After all the commentary and analysis that’s been going on (see here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here and here), there is one part of Obama’s speech that really bothers me. See below:
Moving forward, I would ask that we all remember the weightiness of these issues, the stakes involved for Israel, for America, and for the world. Already, there is too much loose talk of war. Over the last few weeks, such talk has only benefited the Iranian government, by driving up the price of oil, which they depend on to fund their nuclear program. For the sake of Israel’s security, America’s security and the peace and security of the world, now is not the time for bluster. Now is the time to let our increased pressure sink in and to sustain the broad international coalition we have built. Now is the time to heed the timeless advice from Teddy Roosevelt: Speak softly; carry a big stick. And as we do, rest assured that the Iranian government will know our resolve and that our coordination with Israel will continue.
So what is it? Well, Obama is the US President. He can afford the best speechwriters out there, he probably has a whole department writing his speeches. In fact, he is a renowned orator — his speeches got him elected. On top of that, he’s a former academic — a legal professor, no less.
So why, then, did he say “weightiness”??? That is not a word! He just needed to say “the weight of these issues”.
Poor form Mr President, poor form.