WASHINGTON, DC – The White House has officially renamed the U.S. Government of the U.S. Federal Family.
President Barack Obama issued and Executive Order today that officially changes the name “U.S. Government” to “U.S. Federal Family.”
“President Obama feels that the term ‘government’ has taken on a bad connotation in the last decade, because of bad policies by previous administrations,” said White House Press Secretary, Jay Carny. The government takes care of many of our citizens and we want the country to think of the government in a positive light. That’s what the U.S. is now a ‘Federal Family’ rather than a ‘government’. It’s much more positive and will make all Americans feel good about Washington.”
The phrase was repeatedly used this weekend in the “Federal Family’s” response to Hurricane Irene.
Here’ an example from an official FEMA document issued last Friday.
“Under the direction of President Obama and Secretary Janet Napolitano, the entire federal family is leaning forward to support our state, tribal and territorial partners along the East Coast,” a FEMA news release declared Friday as Irene churned toward landfall.
“The G-word, “government,” has been nearly banished from all agencies,” said Nancy Pelosi, the minority leader of the House. “The Republicans have made the G-word into something that upsets Americans. Democrats want to make America great again, and the first step is to get rid of that ugly word.”
Professors around the country agree. “’Government’ is such a dirty word right now,” says Florida State University communication professor Davis Houck. “Part of what the federal government does and any elected official does is change the terms of the language game into terms that are favorable to them.”
“Family” can evoke favorable thoughts of motherhood and security, “says Nancy Pelosi.
In “the family” here is crazy Uncle Harry and wacky Aunt Nancy:
And here’s Papa:
The phrase “federal family” has been used before – in the 1930s, under President Franklin Roosevelt.
A Google search shows the phrase appearing 10 times on FEMA’s website during the Bush years. Since Obama took office, “federal family” has turned up 118 times on fema.gov, including 50 Irene-related references.
Among them: statements that the Obama administration “is committed to bringing all of the resources of the federal family to bear” for storm assistance and that “the entire federal family continues to lean forward to support the states in their ongoing response efforts.”
Republicans were quick to respond. “This is another outrageous attempt by the Obama administration to manipulate language to control Americans,” said Speaker of the House, John Boehner. Boehner doubts that “Federa Family” will give the public a warm and fuzzy view of Washington.
“Will it create jobs?” Boehner asked rhetorically. “Hell no, it won’t!!”
“We really like the new label,” said Senator Harry Reid. “People will have a hard time believing that your ‘family’ would to anything to harm you. I think this will be a major step in bringing America back to greatness.
Make sure you pay your taxes to your Federal Family next April 15th – or you will be spanked!!