Does this kind of sloppy diction from a Harvard graduate and the President of the United States bother anyone else besides me — a public-speaking teacher whose first lesson every year emphasizes the importance of precise enunciation?
Apparently such sloppy diction does bother some others, including Samuel L. Jackson:
President Obama has made a habit of deliberately dropping his G’s when talking to “ordinary Americans,” and it’s getting on Samuel L. Jackson’s nerves. In an interview with Playboy Magazine, Jackson criticized our Harvard-educated president for ‘trying to relate.’Read the rest HERE.
“First of all, we know it ain’t because of his blackness, so I say stop trying to ‘relate.’ Be a leader. Be [expletive deleted] presidential,” he said. “Look, I grew up in a society where I could say ‘It ain’t’ or ‘What it be’ to my friends. But when I’m out presenting myself to the world as me, who graduated from college, who had family [that] cared about me, who has a well-read background, I [expletive deleted] conjugate.”...
On the other hand, we have others saying that the very act of transcribing Obama's sloppy diction exactly as uttered is racist.
Why is it that each and every criticism of Obama is deemed racist but Obama's selective use of blaccent is fine and dandy?