Thursday, July 02, 2015

Sylvia Burwell: Blather alert!

Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell, interviewed on PBS Newshour last night (starting at 17:10), was surprisingly inarticulate defending Obamacare. In part that was due to her repeated use of empty blatherspeak phrases: "in terms of," "with regards to," "in the sense of," and "point in time." She also has the fashionable and annoying habit of starting sentences with "so."

Even though Burwell is smart and Obamacare should now be easy to defend, this sort of thing reflects poorly on the administration. Why not create a flab-gab ombudsman to monitor the public presentations of cabinet officials to discreetly notify them when they're guilty of this?

See also this.

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