Malapropisms, misstatements and mangled verbiage are almost unavoidable in the fast moving world of policy and politics. When you have to think and talk on your feet on a wide array of subjects with a lot of people listening, it’s human nature to make mistakes.
Americans understand this. They elected George W. Bush twice despite his penchant for making foot-in-mouth statements like: “Rarely is the question asked, is our children learning?”
That said, you’d think that some public statements would receive a slightly higher level of scrutiny — especially if they are in writing. You can rest assured, for example, that President Obama has people on his staff who double and triple-check White House statements to make sure no egregious typos slip through.
Would that the Governor and Lt. Governor of North Carolina employed similar help. McCrory’s official statements and releases are frequently peppered with flubs. Just last month, the Guv issued an official press release criticizing “President Barrack Obama.”
Of course, in fairness, when it comes to press releases, it’s widely understood that the official him or herself is unlikely to be doing the proofreading. So one can probably give McCrory a pass — especially since it is entirely plausible that the Guv and a lot of other people don’t know how to spell the President’s first name either.
As for Dan Forest, however, it does seem rather damning that the Lt. Governor — a man who sits on the state Board of Education and brags of having home schooled his children — doesn’t know the difference between “lead” and “led.”
Earlier this week, Forest unveiled a website for his new “super PAC” which he has dubbed “Truth & Prosperity.” Here is the first sentence of the three paragraph, 106 word opening statement (see below) that one has to believe the Lt. Governor read and approved:
“It’s time North Carolina lead.”
Here’s a tip going forward Mr. Lt. Governor: If you want to be a successful public official, a) learn the difference between “lead” and “led” or b) get a better proofreader.