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Could Somebody Explain The ‘Czar’ Thing To Me?

Why the hell does everybody keep referring to anyone in the US government who’s even remotely connected to Obama a ‘Czar’? If anybody is going to get slandered by the term (I’m assuming it’s meant to be perjorative, since…well, look at the people using it) wouldn’t it be Obama himself? You know, given the connection the word has to emperors and all of that?

Or am I just missing something really obvious here?

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  1. October 5, 2009 at 11:45 am

    Czars are the unlected, un-confirmed by congress, special administrators appointed by the President to govern parts of the US’ interests such as transportation or global warming. They are an extension of the POTUS’ power.

    The term was actually many years ago and was coined because of their “imperial” nature.

    • October 5, 2009 at 1:16 pm

      I guess that makes sense (for a given definition of ‘sense’), although it would be good for clarity if people would use their actual titles more often. Referring to somebody as a ‘Czar’ doesn’t say much about what they actually do. (Although some bloggers are helpful enough to refer to an ‘educatino Czar’, for example, which would be fine except for the fact that I think ‘Czar’ is a really stupid word to use. I’d love to meet whoever influenced modern political satire the most and kick them to death.)

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