Thursday May 8, 2008

Campus Report May 8, 2008

UD English professor Jim Farrelly and Christopher Kelley, visiting assistant professor of political science at Miami University, talked political words and meanings May 2 on a WMUB-FM call-in show.

UD English professor Jim Farrelly and Christopher Kelley, visiting assistant professor of political science at Miami University, talked political words and meanings May 2 on a WMUB-FM call-in show. The conversation included irritation, aggravation, straight talk, Winston Churchill, sentence-ending prepositions, hubris and nemesis. Conspicuously missing from the show: Lockbox. Strategery. Nuke-ular. Listen online.

Farrelly, who teaches classes in film and popular culture, notes that the race for the Democratic nomination in recent weeks has reminded him of a hit 1946 Broadway musical starring Ethel Merman.

"Barack Obama's 'Yes, you can' — really, 'Yes, I can' —  immediately got me thinking of Annie Get Your Gun and Annie's — Hillary Clinton's as-yet unexpressed — 'No, you can't,'" he said.

He volunteers the following "slightly edited version of Irving Berlin's original lyrics for the first verse":

    I'm superior, you're inferior;

    I'm the big attraction, you're the small;

    I'm the major one, you're the minor one;

    I can beat you shootin [off my mouth!], that's not all.

    Anything you can do, I can do better ...