Unprecedented Usage

The White House backed up the announcement of President Obama’s intention to make recess appointments of 15 nominees with a blog post by Jen Psaki, the White House’s Deputy Communications Director, “An Unprecedented Level of Obstruction.”

An Unprecedented Level of Obstruction.” The Administration makes frequent use of that term, “unprecedented.” How frequent?

Well, if you search for the term “unprecedented” at www.WhiteHouse.gov, you get 353 hits. As of 6 p.m. today.

But only four times in headlines.

This is not a shot, by the way. Every Administration has its rhetorical quirks.

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