The PJ Tatler

The Obama Administration's Ebola Response Focus-Grouped Word for the Day is 'Tenacious'

During today’s 45-minute White House press briefing, Josh Earnest repeatedly rolled out a word to describe the Obama administration’s response to Ebola.

You and I could probably come up with several words to describe that response. The administration clearly went with “tenacious.” Before long, reporters even started using “tenacious” in their questions back to Earnest.

Take a look.

The Obama administration likes to play word games. War is not war, it’s “kinetic action.” Terrorism is a “man-caused disaster.” Nidal Hasan is not a terrorist, he engaged in “workplace violence.” The Muslim Brotherhood is “mostly secular,” begging at least one question — Well, what about its non-secular aspects?

What we have here is an administration that wants to convince you to credit it for merely showing up. It’s the “everyone gets a trophy” crowd at work atop our government, again.

The definition of tenacious is “tending to keep a firm hold of something; clinging or adhering closely,” or “not readily relinquishing a position, principle, or course of action; determined.”

“Tenacious” =/= “effective.” Or “intelligent.” It can mean “stubborn.”

In fact, looking at that first definition, “tenacious” fits the “bitter clingers” Obama denounced years ago. And we’ve come full circle with the “everyone gets a trophy” crowd.