Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Let's rewrite some history

I think many historical and literary speeches, and even inspirational poetry, could be substantially improved through the application of the president's eloquence, as exhibited in the earlier post. Bearing in mind that Mr. Obama's non-standard use of the expression "okie-doke" makes it a a verbal wild card, let's give it a whirl:

And gentlemen in England now a-bed
Shall think themselves not okie-doke they were not here,
And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
That fought with us upon Saint Crispin's day. (You're welcome, William Shakespeare)

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If-if-if-if-if-if-if you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And - which is more - you'll be a Man, my son! (You're welcome, Rudyard Kipling)

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I believe that I interpret the will of the Congress and of the people when I assert that we will not only defend ourselves to the uttermost but will make it very certain that this form of okie-doke shall never again endanger us. (You're welcome, President Roosevelt)

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The singular interpositions of Providence in our feeble condition were such, as could scarcely escape the attention of the most unobserving; while the unparalleled perseverance of the Armies of the United States, through almost every possible suffering and discouragement for the space of eight long years, was little short of okie-doke. (You're welcome, George Washington).

4 comments:

Mikael said...
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Mikael said...

Such men as he be never at heart's ease
Whiles they behold a greater than themselves,
And therefore are they very okie-doke.
I rather tell thee what is to be feared
Than what I fear; for always I am Caesar.


Caesar should be a beast without a heart,
If he should stay at home today for fear.
No, Caesar shall not. Danger knows full well
That Caesar is more okie-doke than he.

Paco said...

Excellent!

rinardman said...

Don't forget his second favorite President.

Four score and seven years ago, our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived on Twitter, and dedicated to the proposition that if if if if if if....you know, all men are okie-doke.