Obama warns of the "old okey-doke"

RonButters at AOL.COM RonButters at AOL.COM
Thu Jan 24 21:59:28 UTC 2008

It seems to me that Obama is merely using the somewhat archaic phrase
"okey-doke" in the ordinary sense of "OK," i.e., the discursive sense "everything's
fine". The reporter is the one who glosses it as "a con." Obama is just
signalling his usual mantra that Clinton is somewhat old fashioned (and "okey-doke"
old gal) who hopes to reasure the public with the same old "Don't worry,
everything is basically fine" attitude.

In a message dated 1/23/08 10:31:22 PM, bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU writes:

> From Sumter, SC...
> ---
> http://www.boston.com/news/politics/politicalintelligence/2008/01/when_obama_
> call.html
> 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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