Obama's "Folks"

Tyler Durden's picture

When President Obama explained so eloquently on Friday that the US "tortured some folks," we got an eery sense of deja vu about his phrasing. Sure enough, as The Washington Post reports, it was very much not the first time that he'd used the word "folks."


March 2014. Folks discussed: Hardworking folks, folks cooking meals for the troops, folks at the top, chairless folks, folks who need a raise.

Talking to an audience in Connecticut, Obama discussed income inequality -- "there are folks at the top who are doing better than ever" -- but "we understand that some folks are going to earn more than others." But he was fighting to give "hardworking folks" a pay increase. Folks like the "folks who are cooking the meals of our troops, or washing their dishes, or cleaning their clothes."

He also apologized because he knew "the folks here don't have chairs."


February 2014. Folks discussed: Folks who worked at Costco, folks who earned tips, folks with pockets.

This one is pretty easy to piece together.


October 2012. Folks discussed: Rich folks, middle class folks, Chinese folks, gangbanger folks, folks who mess with Americans.

During a presidential debate, Obama says that Mitt Romney wants "to make sure that folks at the top play by a different set of rules." He, on the other hand wants "give middle-class families and folks who are striving to get into the middle-class some relief." Different folks.

He later accuses Romney of investing in companies that "are building surveillance equipment for China to spy on its own folks." And he makes his case on immigration: "What I've also said is if we're going to go after folks who are here illegally, we should do it smartly and go after folks who are criminals, gang bangers."

On Benghazi, he reminded Americans of his longstanding plan. "[O]ne of the things that I've said throughout my presidency is when folks mess with Americans, we go after them."


August 2011. Folks discussed: Korean folks, folks outside machine shops, non-farm folks.

Obama's weekly address was about putting Americans (American folks) back to work. He wanted to "see folks in Korea driving Fords, Chevys and Chryslers," he said. He wanted folks in Washington to put country before party, lessons he learned from having "shaken hands with folks outside machine shops and churches, corner stores and farms." (Folks who are outside of farms are not farmers, for the record.)


August 2011. Folks discussed: Folks who clean our water, folks in hats, folks who don't talk about patent reform, anxious folks, folks familiar with corn-based ethanol, folks in Washington.

A town hall in Minnesota. The president, kicking into reelection mode defends government workers, the FEMA folks, "the folks who keep our water clean and our air clean to breathe ... And when you go to a national park, and those folks in the hats."

Folks in Minnesota, he knew, were familiar with ethanol additives, but maybe those folks weren't as familiar with patent reform. Anyway, folks were "feeling a little anxious and distressed" about the economy, and he would fix it (was his argument).


August 2009. Folks discussed: Folks being crushed, critical folks, folks with signs, folks who created a mess.

Campaigning in Virginia, Obama rails against the folks, critics, who say the economy is a mess. He doesn't want to hear the "folks who created the mess do a lot of the talking." He also notes that sometimes there are folks outside with signs. Meanwhile, Virginia folks are being crushed by health premiums. What a world!


But no folks have been discussed by Obama as much or with as much derision as the folks in Washington, the folks across the aisle, the folks in Congress. Those folks are the folks that make folks in Minnesota so anxious, was what he hoped to get across.

Anyway, the point is: Folks contain multitudes.

Source: The Washington Post

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We are all Obama's "folks" now...

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Blano's picture

Please don't tell me all Aussies are that fucking stupid.  I've always had a positive opinion of Australia, but if you all feel that way, I demand you be nuked.

FlyinHigh's picture

Do Not Count Me As One of "His Folks"!

In any way, shape or form.

Unless you count me as "Against".

kaiserhoff's picture

He is an embarrassment to his species.

Fortunately, that's not my species.


jcpicks's picture

''These folks are now trying to sue me!'

dobermangang's picture

Obama likes the folks so much, he brought us Ebola.

knukles's picture

It is well known that disease, Bio-Warstuff can be targeted to specific genetic markers, races, etc.
That give anybody an idea?
Is anybody else getting just so fed up that you're starting to hear people talking about thinking that way?
No suggestions....
Just wondering....

WTFUD's picture

Using folks to empathize with the common man/woman shows his sheer contempt for us suckers. The only folks he gives a shit for are ' bag bundlers '. Pretentious CUNT that he is.

blindman's picture

bush was the first potus to exploit that particular
term into the public orgy of semiotic rape
and bludgeoning. it worked so well the potus,
current, could not resist raising the proverbial
broad brush idiot speak is the stock and trade
of the typical politician. beware, but even so,
it may do no good.

Boubou's picture

That's right. GW  invented the word "folks" to give a nice warm fuzzy outline to starting wars on fabricated pretexts, mass spying, torture and other American virtues.

The more monstrous their intentions, thye more cuddly the language becomes.

That's why I get queasy hearing old hope and change dig the word up. Watch out folks - something bad's afoot.

hangemhigh77's picture

TSA, we groped some folks

BeetleBailey's picture

Fuckbama is FUCKED UP FOLK

f16hoser's picture

Obama sure likes "Butt Fulking" Folks! Try saying that 10 times real fast....


loveyajimbo's picture

Hey... I smell a rat... aren't monkeys immune to Ebola?


Ah.... HA!!       -      -     -   -      -               RACE WAR!!!!!

knukles's picture

Where's Tricky Dick when we need him?

Yen Cross's picture

   I keep thinking L "BJ" Knuks. I'm demented...

knukles's picture

No. You're healthy and sane, Yen. We've already determined that.... Some time ago....

starman's picture

anyone knows a OBAMA joke cose I sure never heard one! Not suprised really.

dobermangang's picture

What did Obama say after eating a sled dog?

It tastes like mush.

BiPolarFrenchman's picture

It's a disarming word - folks are friends, comrades, pals.  

knukles's picture

"comrades" ... see, he's honest about it....

Setarcos's picture

Just folk the folk off Mrs Obomber.

djsmps's picture

Now, don't go hatin' folks, cuz there be to much a that.

Last of the Middle Class's picture

guess he's got a mouse in his pocket or perhaps a gerbil up his ass cause I haven't tortured a damn person Mr. President asswipe.

pain_and_soros's picture

Someone needs to tell Obama to go folk off

Cabreado's picture

Don't mean to put a damper on things, but every ounce of energy expended playing around with "Obama" is one not directed at the collection of persons called "Congress."




Gadfly's picture

Or those behind the throne.  All part of the plan.  The President, no mater which party, becomes the focal point for everything that is wrong and stupid and unjust.  While the real soulless power-hungry psychopaths hide in the shadows, threatening, bullying, and extorting the politicians and countries under their control to do their bidding. 

Cabreado's picture

Ah, so let's just roll over and play stupid, then.

I'm sorry, Gadfly, but that doesn't cut it.

And you gave Congress a pass of your own.

In one short paragraph, you have rendered everyone powerless, including the masses, and even the institution of Congress too.

That is a pathetic stance... which serves what, exactly?

Baby Eating Dingo22's picture

err..I think he said forks

We tortured some forks

You know, bend their tines. Call them spoons. Place them on the left side of the plate, alongside the knife

It's his Hawaiin accent causing all the confusion

kchrisc's picture

"Political language... is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind."

                                                                                George Orwell


I didn't kill any people. We only had 'folks' at the FEMA camps."

syntaxterror's picture

That faggot is such a fake.

kchrisc's picture

See the little faggot with the prompter and the Nobel
Yeah buddy that's his own hair
That little faggot got his own jet airplane
That little faggot he's a millionaire

ToNYC's picture

Just Folks...with drones on the ceilings, like geckos in the Tropic of Cancer.

world_debt_slave's picture

I remember when O was first elected and was on the tube about every day, I thought it quite odd. Then when he was found to be an empty suit, he faded away off the tube every day.

Playtime's Over's picture

Cording to talking heads Bawaaawah is being unfairlly critisized. Me thinks there is a slight difference of opinion in flyover.  That's my take FOLKS.

Gaffing_Nome's picture

Celente puffed out a bit about 'Bama using folks a while back. Prior to that I thought [Bamas'] the use of folks was...kinda interesting in that special stupid sorta way, folks.


folx? Foucaultx? Gunna get some Pho(x).



besnook's picture

this the stupidest article ever published in the post. and, no, i am not an obambam fan. the article does remind me of an internet posting tracking shrub's use of the word fabulous.....which he probably picked up after sucking off the guy in the casket at his skull and crossbones induction ceremony.

pain_and_soros's picture

This guy sold his soul to be president...naively thinking that he could bring about real, or even imagined change to not just the US, but the world.

However, being clueless about how the real world works & in particular the financial world, he soon became overwhelmed & sold out to his handlers & the Wall Street bankers who bought his 1st (& 2nd) election victory (and themselves a get out of jail free card...)

He was the perfect (hollow) candidate to enable his puppeteers (i.e., military industrial complex) to carry out what the Soviets & Stasi could only dream of...

I think the guy will ultimately be judged by history as a very tragic figure - he had no substance with which to handle the responsibility of making difficult decisions & instead simply abandoned his job leaving decisions to others while going thru the motions to try to make it look good at least to the mindless people who elected him for a 2nd time.

I think lately, with no 3rd campaign to prepare for, he has not even tried to make it even look like he cares...but has thrown in the towel & the teleprompter completely

Fore more years is his new mantra.

Calmyourself's picture

The "folks" in MN are fucking pissed and Al "diaper wearing dipshit" Franken is going to feel our wrath.. Start booking dates at Indian casinos you pos..

dirty belly's picture

Here's your Liberal Blues: http://youtu.be/h2yppzb-Lpo

Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.

are we there yet's picture

The spin doctors missed a news source. Obamas teleprompter team member gave an unsupervised reporter interview with surprising leaks. Such as Obamas telepromters are made in china and they get a discount because they buy several teleprompters a week with a 2 million a year teleprompter budget. Once Obama set up a full teleprompter for a lone dinner with his wife Machelle. Once when the teleprompter did not work he fired the teleprompter teams only white guy. The current head of the teleprompter team plans on going back to her ACORN work when the presidency changes. Interesting unfiltered read.



franzpick's picture

Bammy's getting dangerously close to "You Folks", and the original "You People". What goes around comes around.

divingengineer's picture

Wha chew mean you FOLKS????


astitchintime's picture

They ALL use the word.  It's like the antithesis of yes, I feel what you are thinking.

It is "oh, I am on your side" can you FEEL the love"

GEEZ, <folks> we're in BIG TIME trouble here!

Nid's picture

And just today...

"We are taking the appropriate precautions," Obama said at a press conference.

"Folks who are from these countries that have even a marginal risk, or an infinitesimal risk of having been exposed in some fashion, we're making sure we're doing screening."

Jonesy's picture

What's not to love about folks, especially Israel-first folks?  Those guys are great!  

Ernie November's picture

Folks is one thing, Obama's faux populist and glib dropping of the 'g' in his use of gerunds I find more annoyin.

q99x2's picture

Damn the president of Washington D.C. couldn't get a job as a circus barker. Its a dark day in America. Why doesn't he fucking quit. Nobody likes that creep.