Graffiti is the New Potholes
Yesterday’s State of the City Speech by Mayor Greg Nickels was a lackluster, hackneyed reiteration of familiar promises and tired tenth-grade speechwriting clichés. Read my column tomorrow to find out more.
In the meantime, here are a few Al Runte-esque rhetorical misfires from the mayor’s speechwriting arsenal:
“We have weathered the storm of the last five years and are prepared to sail with the wind at our back toward a future full of hope and confident that we are headed in the right direction.”
“Like the infinite diversity of life itself, the diversity of our home is the foundation of our strength.”
“I don’t know about you, but I’ve noticed a lot of graffiti around our city.”
“We can glance over our shoulders at the heights we have scaled and proclaim we’ve reached the high point. Or we can keep our eyes focused on the road ahead, draw strength from all that has been accomplished in this city, and say now is the time to build an even stronger Seattle. That is the road I choose.”