|Have his back for just $3|
Many who had his back in 2008 are now ready to give his back back.
Why is it that educated people insist on resorting to ridiculous slang? Answer: to seem hip. To seem cool. Have my back. Please.
Let's look at this a moment. On the day of the 2010 elections, the President told Chicago TV: "You can make a difference today and how well I'm able to move my agenda forward over the next couple of years is gonna depend in part on folks back home having my back."
The erudite pronouncement of a law professor.
In January, just before the Iowa caucuses, Gov. Rick Perry told audiences in Sioux City, "If you have my back tomorrow at the caucuses, I'll have your back for the next four years in Washington, D.C." Not that he'll work diligently on the serious issues confronting our nation and the world; he's more interested in back story. Apparently Iowans had little interest in Gov. Perry, forward or backward. He earned 10% of the vote.
And this week, in an email signed "Michelle," the First Lady asks for a donation of a mere "$3 or more" to repay our President for his ceaseless, selfless devotion to you. "Every night in the White House, I see Barack up late poring over briefings, reading your letters and writing notes to people he's met. He's doing that for you--working hard every day to make sure we can finish what we all started together."
Then the clincher: "This week, I need you to have his back."
|The President has Mrs. Obama's back|
A very hard rock Australian group has addressed the issue appropriately. In what I consider a hilarious series of hoarse shouts, the group Carpathian offers lyrics that begin, "I want to know who's for real. All this talk of having my back has been overdone. I have no compassion for this f---ing trend." They end two-and-a-half minutes of throat-scraping with the scream, "Don't! Have! My! BAAAAACK!"
Not to disappoint the Aussies, but "have my back" is everywhere. Often used incorrectly. And if I'm wrong, you can get back to me.