DJ Barack-O warns his East Coast subjects to buckle their seat belts.
“All indications point to this being a historic hurricane,” Obama said from his vacation getaway on Martha’s Vineyard, Mass., which lies on Irene’s projected path and for which a hurricane watch is in effect.
Alas for the Colossus of the Mall ("I am King, King of Kings. Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair") its official consecration will have to be postponed because of meteorological shenanigans. Poseidon is in an ill temper. His first trick, the earthquake, having failed to produce the proper reverence, he has whipped up Irene for his amusement.
These things pass, and in due course the Colossus -- oh, yes, and the "Mountain of Despair" St. Martin removed a sinful country from -- will receive its honors. I would bet money that the Washington Post, the New York Times, and the Associated Press will all use the word "historic" in their reports on the event.
This "historic" handle is one of the Lazy Corrupt Media's (LCM's) favorite ploys nowadays. What was DJ Barack-O's election? Just ask any LCM newspaper writer or TV face worker. "Historic." "Historic." "Historic." "Historic." "Historic."
Of course, by definition it was historic. Everything that ever happened or will happen becomes part of the historical record. The sinking of the Lusitania made history too. But as the word is used now, it has ultra-positive connotations, except for the odd hurricane. I don't recall any newscasters on September 11 ten years ago saying, "Today, in a historic terrorist attack, the World Trade Center was leveled ... ."
Using "historic" in the sense of "wonderful, marvelous" is but one of the LCM's cute little tricks for slipping their Mickey Finn of bias into the public's drink. If the LCM fails in its all-out attempt to destroy the candidacy of Rick Perry or Michele Bachmann or whoever, the stories about his or her inauguration will not be graced with the word "historic."
I can see the opening lines already: "On a grim, cloudy day in Washington, amid protests from over 500 activist organizations kept at bay by security guards, the nation's 45th president took the oath of office today in an unhistoric ceremony."