"off ice"

Victor Steinbok aardvark66 at GMAIL.COM
Wed Feb 20 23:05:46 UTC 2013


This is a reversal of a more common problem that is not even a typo.
Quite often web formatting, for some unknown reason, eats spaces. In
this case, it appears to have generated one.


On 2/20/2013 1:11 PM, Joel S. Berson wrote:
> At 2/20/2013 12:57 PM, Laurence Horn wrote:
>> And yet another infamous golf round, according to the implication of
>> a HuffPost headline today:
>> Obama Golfed With Oil Men As Climate Protesters Descended On White House
>> http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/20/obama-climate-protest_n_2719338.html
>> I read one of the comments in response to this piece as proposing an
>> interesting new sports metaphor that I couldn't quite work out:
>> ========
>> Obama is merely a brand that American people have vicariously
>> bought. The off ice of the presidency, after Kennedy (and perhaps
>> the exception of carter) has become merely a resume builder.
>> ========
>> But on closer examination the "off ice of the presidency" was not a
>> hockey-inspired allusion to Obama's "on ice" vs. "off ice"
>> activities, but a mere typo.  Unless there really are no mistakes.
> I read "off ice" as (presidential) activities not related to the "on
> ice" real, or at least official, duties of the presidency.  Such as
> appearances with celebrities in other endeavors, as "resume
> builders".  So it strikes me as a clever and useful metaphor.
> "On [basketball] court", "off court"?  (Although perhaps these days
> it should be "in court", "out of court" for Hollywood and sports
> celebrities.)  Etc.?
> Joel

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