Sunday, June 01, 2014

Don't do that sort of thing

Will the New York Times ever stop tantalizing us with hints about Barack Obama's expletives deleted?

Mark Landler -- While Mr. Obama will most likely shun such colloquialisms at West Point, the baseball analogy is an apt summary of his philosophy. In other conversations, aides say, the president has used a saltier variation of the common-sense saying, “Don’t do stupid stuff.”

Tom Friedman -- words he reportedly uses privately to summarize the Obama doctrine: “Don’t Do Stupid Stuff” (with “stuff” sometimes defined more spicily).

Update: Bonus Mark Landler -- Mr. Obama has instead settled on a minimalist foreign policy — one that he laid out at West Point and sums up with a saltier version of the phrase, “don’t do stupid stuff.”