So….whenever I hear the word ‘but’ I know that person is lying about what they are saying. It’s impossible to say “I like that shirt, but….” because no, you don’t like that shirt.

I firmly believe that when you hear the word ‘but’ when someone is trying to explain something to you, they are lying- either with what they said before or after saying it.

The following quotes below are from the Presidents Speech tonight accepting the Democratic Nomination for POTUS (9/6/12) and the number of times he used the word ‘but” (at total of 27 times).

_____27 total ‘But’s’ in POTUS’s Speech (quotes below)_____

“Michelle, I love you. The other night, I think the entire country saw just how lucky I am. Malia and Sasha, you make me so proud…but….”

“The first time I addressed this convention in 2004, I was a younger man; a Senate candidate from Illinois who spoke about hope – not blind optimism or wishful thinking, but…”

“I know that campaigns can seem small, and even silly. Trivial things become big distractions. Serious issues become sound bites. And the truth gets buried under an avalanche of money and advertising. If you’re sick of hearing me approve this message, believe me – so am I. But ….”

“I ran for President because I saw that basic bargain slipping away. I began my career helping people in the shadow of a shuttered steel mill, at a time when too many good jobs were starting to move overseas. And by 2008, we had seen nearly a decade in which families struggled with costs that kept rising but…”

“Now, our friends at the Republican convention were more than happy to talk about everything they think is wrong with America, but…”

” they didn’t have much to say about how they’d make it right. They want your vote, but…”

“Now, I’ve cut taxes for those who need it – middle-class families and small businesses. But…”

“It will require common effort, shared responsibility, and the kind of bold, persistent experimentation that Franklin Roosevelt pursued during the only crisis worse than this one. And by the way – those of us who carry on his party’s legacy should remember that not every problem can be remedied with another government program or dictate from Washington. But…”

“Our problems can be solved. Our challenges can be met. The path we offer may be harder, but…”

“I’ve worked with business leaders who are bringing jobs back to America – not because our workers make less pay, but…”

“We’ve opened millions of new acres for oil and gas exploration in the last three years, and we’ll open more. But…”

“Government has a role in this. But …”

“Around the world, we’ve strengthened old alliances and forged new coalitions to stop the spread of nuclear weapons. We’ve reasserted our power across the Pacific and stood up to China on behalf of our workers. From Burma to Libya to South Sudan, we have advanced the rights and dignity of all human beings – men and women; Christians and Muslims and Jews. But…”

“The historic change sweeping across the Arab World must be defined not by the iron fist of a dictator or the hate of extremists, but …”

“My opponent and his running mate are new to foreign policy, but…”

“No democracy works without compromise. But…”

“Yes, we will reform and strengthen Medicare for the long haul, but…”

“We honor the strivers, the dreamers, the risk-takers who have always been the driving force behind our free enterprise system – the greatest engine of growth and prosperity the world has ever known. But…”

“We believe that when a family can no longer be tricked into signing a mortgage they can’t afford, that family is protected, but…”

“We don’t think government can solve all our problems. But…”

“As citizens, we understand that America is not about what can be done for us. It’s about what can be done by us, together, through the hard and frustrating but…”

“I’m no longer just a candidate. I’m the President. I know what it means to send young Americans into battle, for I have held in my arms the mothers and fathers of those who didn’t return. I’ve shared the pain of families who’ve lost their homes, and the frustration of workers who’ve lost their jobs. If the critics are right that I’ve made all my decisions based on polls, then I must not be very good at reading them. And while I’m proud of what we’ve achieved together, I’m far more mindful of my own failings, knowing exactly what Lincoln meant when he said, “I have been driven to my knees many times by the overwhelming conviction that I had no place else to go. But…”

“The auto worker who won the lottery after his plant almost closed, but…”

“I don’t know what party these men and women belong to. I don’t know if they’ll vote for me. But…”

“America, I never said this journey would be easy, and I won’t promise that now. Yes, our path is harder – but…”

“Yes our road is longer – but…”

“We draw strength from our victories, and we learn from our mistakes, but…”


2 comments on “But…

  1. Carrie says:

    So true Chef. President Obama has been lying for four years and continues to do so. It is sad.

  2. Dor Price says:

    are you back on fb or is that someone else pretending to be you?

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