Obama warns of the "old okey-doke"

Charles Doyle cdoyle at UGA.EDU
Thu Jan 24 14:40:13 UTC 2008

Is Obama's "Black" talk a little like Bush's "Texas accent"--an affectation (to some extent, at least)?


---- Original message ----
>Date: Thu, 24 Jan 2008 08:12:24 -0600
>From: Scot LaFaive <scotlafaive at GMAIL.COM>
>>I don't get it, Ben. Why is this worthy of note?
>I seems worthy to me as it shows him attempting to connect with that particular population through a phrase, a phrase which wouldn't work so well here in the Midwest I believe. Just my opinion.
>On Jan 23, 2008 10:05 PM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at gmail.com> wrote:
>> I don't get it, Ben. Why is this worthy of note? Now, if he'd said, "It's the same old shit" or even, "It's the same old confidence game"
>> ...
>> FWIW, I myself went for the okey-doke a time or two, in my lost youth.
>> -Wilson
>> On 1/23/08, Benjamin Zimmer <bgzimmer at babel.ling.upenn.edu> wrote:
>> >
>> > From Sumter, SC...

>> >  Obama used the friendly setting to urge voters not to be fooled by what he said were untruths coming from Hillary Clinton's campaign.
>> > "They're trying to bamboozle you. It's the same old okey-doke," he said, using a slang phrase for a con. "Y'all know about okey-doke, right? It's the same old stuff."
>> > ---
>> > --Ben Zimmer

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