“I expect all of you to march with me and press on. Take off your bedroom slippers, put on your marching shoes. Shake it off. Stop complaining, stop grumbling, stop crying. We are going to press on. We’ve got work to do, CBC,” he said.
The speech, heavy on references to civil rights marches and delivered with a sermon-style, southern affect of dropped ‘g’s — as in “complainin’,” drew rousing applause and support from the audience.
Obama put on a phony accent. I’m not sure how to describe it, except to say that it was an accent of inauthenticity, a sound that someone who was not down for the civil rights struggle thinks someone who was down for the struggle should speak.
It was an unnatural sound similar to when northerners say “y’all” when visiting the south, when easterners put on cowboy accents at a dude ranch in Wyoming, or when anyone north of the Equator says “throw another shrimp on the barbie.”
Apparently many in the audience bought into it, but more than a few must have been thinking, “why is he talking that way?”
Oh lordy, we’re in a heap of trouble, sho ’nuff.
Update: Unbelievable, Was the Associated Press transcription of Obama’s CBC speech ‘racist’?