Fox News Investigates Obama’s Habit of Using the Word ‘I’ to Refer to Himself


Have you noticed that Obama often uses the word “I” as his preferred first-person singular personal pronoun? What a narcissist, right? Not necessarily, says Fox News. The unbiased news organization likes to have all its facts before forming an opinion. As such, it has embarked on an important journalistic investigation into Obama’s use of the word. Here’s the question at stake, as they put it:

Much attention has been given to President Obama’s persistent use of “I” when giving speeches to sell his administration’s agenda. Is he taking responsibility — or, as his critics say, is he still in campaign mode? is tracking the president’s speeches all this month and will report back after each to see whether The “I’s” Have It.

So how is Fox News going to analyze Obama’s use of the word “I”? By … counting the number of times he uses it in his speeches. And that’s it. How will that answer the question they presented as their premise for the whole exercise? We have no idea. It’s almost as if they don’t really care about the answer at all.

The I’s Have It: Obama Hits 34 I’s in Washington, D.C. [Fox News via Media Matters]