Somebody should tell President Obama to forget the folksy metaphors. The prez sounds phony mouthing them, and since they are unfamiliar to him, he's apt to get them wrong. As was the case at today's townhall at Binghamton University, when Obama claimed that reducing spending on government programs would be "like eating your corn seed."
You might have thought the man from Illinois would have known that the phrase is "eating your seed corn." Then again, they don't raise much maize in Hyde Park. For good measure, Obama assured the audience that "we don't have an urgent deficit crisis." Let the good times roll! View the video after the jump.
Note also how Obama stumbles in speaking of being "penny wise and pound foolish." Stick to the liberal lexicon, Mr. President! You'll never stumble when ripping Republicans for "balancing the budget on the backs of the poor"!
BARACK OBAMA: We don't have an urgent deficit crisis. The only crisis we have is one that's manufactured in Washington, and it's ideological. And the basic notion is, is that we shouldn't be helping people get health care and we shouldn't be helping kids who can't help themselves and whose parents are underresourced, we shouldn't be helping them get a leg up. And so some of the Headstart, even deeper cuts in education support, even deeper cuts in basic science and research. And, you know, that's like eating your corn seed. You know, it's like, ah, being penny wise and pound foolish.