The preferred phrase of President Obama and what it actually says about him:
"The ubiquitous injunction “Let’s be clear”, followed by a list of
five bogus bullet-points, is a much more common refuge than the Latinate
diction and Byzantine sentence structure that Orwell deplored.
We live in a self-consciously plain-spoken political era. But
Orwell’s advice, ironically, has not elevated the substance of debate;
it has merely helped the political class to avoid the subject more