A GOP lawmaker suggested that President Barack Obama could improve his response to security threats by using the word terrorism more often. MSNBC's Keith Olbermann took the congressman's suggestion Wednesday and used the word terror 27 times in a single paragraph to show how Republicans exploiting it as a "brand name" are "doing the terror work of terrorists."
"Name one other specific recommendation that the president could implement right now to fix this," ABC's George Stephanopoulos asked Rep. Peter King earlier this week.
"I think one main thing would be to -- just himself -- to use the word terrorism more often," King responded.
"Let me answer Mr. King on his own terms," said Olbermann. "26 uses are not enough. Let me employ 27, but do so honestly."
You and your terror-obsessed political party, Congressman King, use terrorism and the terrified fear of terrorism to try to terrorize Americans into the terror that there is a terrorist attack on this terror-threatened country every terrorized day. You terrify the easily terrified into a false terror over whether our terrorized counterterrorism effort is terrifyingly inadequate and how only terror-conscious Republicans can save a terrified nation from the terrorizing Democrats who should be terrified that you call them terror-less and who should become terror-full in a terrifying speed. That in using terrorism as a terrifying brand name, you are doing the terror work of terrorists holds no terror for you.
"You do know what the dictionary says is the antonym for the word terror, don't you, Congressman King?" asked Olbermann. "Calm. Try it sometime," he concluded.
This video is from MSNBC's Countdown, broadcast Jan. 6, 2010.