I was a major Obama supporter in 2008. I remember the first waves of buyer’s regret (not that Romney was a choice) when he gave a unmemorable inauguration speech – I was so sure I was going to hear a JFK-2. But there was so much difference between his nomination acceptance speech in Chicago and that … something was just so wrong.
But the second wave came when I started to hear “folks” used everywhere instead of “people”, “men and women”, “citizens”, “soldiers”, whatever. I’ve got a good ear – and all of that was as phony as hell.
We didn’t want the Bush soundtrack – “nyoo-clear”, “misunderestimate”, and, yes, “folks” – continued. We didn’t want to go back to crackerbarrel. (At least GWB was authentic in his lack of fluency.)
What an embarrassing time the last six years have been for so many of us. So very sad.