Obama warns of the "old okey-doke"

Michael H Covarrubias mcovarru at PURDUE.EDU
Fri Jan 25 00:47:48 UTC 2008

A fuller quotation seems to clearly counter the reading of "everything's okay"
for okey-doke. In fact he's saying the opposite. He compares the Clinton's
comments to stories that are meant to scare.


"They're trying to bamboozle you. It's the same old okey doke. You all know
about, okey doke, right? It's the same old stuff. Just like if anybody starts
getting one of these e-mails saying 'Obama is a Muslim.' I've been a member of
the same church for almost 20 years, praying to Jesus with my bible. Don't let
people turn you around because they're just making stuff up! That's what they
do. They try to bamboozle you, hoodwink you," he said.

Quoting RonButters at AOL.COM:

> I guess I didn't make myself clear, Ben. Yes, Obama said (and I took into
> account the full context):
> 1. "They're trying to bamboozle you."
> 2. "It's the same old okey-doke."
> That is:
> 1. "They are trying to fool you."
> 2. "They are just giving you the same old 'everything is OK'."
> That is:
> 1. "They are full of lies."
> 2. "They say everything is okie-doke(y), but it really isn't."
> As it was usually used in discourse, "okey-doke" meant simply, "OK--fine" as
> in
> "Don't worry, everything is okey-doke(y)."
> Pretty much synonymous with "hunky-dorie," though "hunky-dorie" is perhaps a
> shade more enthusiastic.
> It is most likely, imho, that Obama associates "okie-doke" with older
> people,
> hence it is characteristic of the geezer thinking that he is attempting to
> pin on Bill and Mrs. Bill.
> In a message dated 1/24/08 5:26:54 PM, bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU writes:

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