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Can Someone Please Check the Spell-Check?

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(Danville, California)

Is it just I, or is anyone else annoyed that most of the computer spell checkers still flag President Obama's name as a typo?

This has been bothering me for quite some time, and it didn't just start with Obama. The AVID newsroom system, iNews, used to flag "Clinton," as well, even though it is a common name for people and cities.

America Online (AOL) has at least fixed the Clinton issue; but, as you can see in the photo, McCain and Obama are still typos.

Some of you may think I am obsessing about good grammar as I often do. I always say, "If as adults we set bad examples in grammar and usage, then why be surprised when our kids can't communicate well?"

Here is why my annoyance has finally resulted in this blog. I have been searching for full-time work, including jobs with the federal government. Even the government's own web site, www.USAjobs.gov, says Obama is a typo. How embarrassing!

Even worse, "wise-thinking" computers often suggest "correct" words. In the case of www.USAjobs.gov, it suggested three replacement words for Obama:

"Obadiah"
"Oatmeal"
"Oarsman"

I am not making this up, folks! This is our federal government at work, trying to help the unemployed find jobs.
It's the age of computers, and all of this is easily fixed with a patch. Microsoft sends patches out all the time.

Whether you like Obama, McCain or Clinton is beside the point. It's a matter of respect for the office.

This is a problem that is so easily fixed, I am amazed it hasn't been corrected already. Okay, computer geeks, get to it!

It's "Deja Shu" All Over Again!

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(Danville, California)

"Deja Vu" is the French term people use when they have that strange feeling, "Haven't I seen this somewhere before?"

That was my reaction when I saw the uproar over the photo of President Obama with his feet on the desk in the Oval Office. I swore I had seen other Presidents strike a similar pose.

Sure enough, an internet search turned up President George W. Bush doing the same thing; and, of course, here's President Ford in the photo I posted.

I don't know whether anyone from the Middle East took offense on these prior occasions; but as Yogi Berra might paraphrase, "It's 'Deja Shu' all over again!" (Pardon my bad puns, please!)

By the way, the chair in which Ford is sitting was President John Kennedy's ergonomic chair, which he used because of his horrible back problems. Ford had bad knee injuries, so perhaps that explains his use of the chair and his leg on the desk!

I think I saw a photo of LBJ or Nixon with feet up, so I'll keep looking. Don't you just love Presidential trivia?

By the way, get a "leg up" on your friends and buy my book, "Age of Obama: A Reporter's Journey with Clinton, McCain and Obama in the Making of the President 2008" by clicking on the blue book button on the right side of this screen!

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