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    Barack Obama may make it to the Rose Garden, but he’ll still be an orchid. For all his attempts to act like a sturdy American perennial, he’s a genuine hothouse flower, and everything he is and does is cultivated.
    He has been trying of late to show off his dad cred — both as a potentially strong dad for the country and as a good dad to his daughters.
    Hello! The above quote is from an article about Obama by a colomnist in New York Times. Here are my qeustions:

    Q1: What does "it" refer to? His ambition of being a president?

    Q2: Why does the columnist say he'll be an orchid? Is orchid a hothouse flower? I think the columnist refers to Obama's inexperience. Right?

    Q3: What does "cred" mean? I don't find it in my dictionary.

    I wish someone else could give me a hand. Thanks in advance!

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    'make it' means 'reach the goal you are striving for' - and Rose Garden is a use of metonymy, meaning White House/Presidency. So 'it' is his 'goal' rather than his 'ambition'

    Q2: Why does the columnist say he'll be an orchid? Is orchid a hothouse flower? I think the columnist refers to Obama's inexperience. Right?

    It's in the next sentence: For all his attempts to act like a sturdy American perennial
    Yes, an orchid is a hothouse flower that can't survive the types of weather that other plants can. He is not a seasoned politician who has weathered many a storm in the cut and thrust of political life; and so far, his image has been cultivated to make him attractive to voters. He has yet to prove himself robust.

    What does "cred" mean? I can't/didn't find it in my dictionary.
    You'll hear/read it as 'This will give me street cred.' 'cred' is just slang shortening of 'credibility'.

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    Default Re: Article about Obama

    • Q1 andf Q2 you have the right answers.
    • "Cred" stands for credo (a statement of principles or beliefs, especially one that is professed formally) or credentials.
      (I'm not an English teacher.)

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    Hi David L.,

    Thank you for your good interpretation and some corrections about my words.

    I have another related question elicited from your answer above. What is the difference between 'goal' and 'ambition'?

    Please read the definiton below from The American Heritage® Dictionary
    ambition. The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000.

    ambition

    NOUN:
    1-a. An eager or strong desire to achieve something, such as fame or power.
    1-b. The object or goal desired: Her ambition is the presidency.
    2. Desire for exertion or activity; energy: had no ambition to go dancing.

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    A goal is something a person wants to achieve. An ambition is a particular kind of goal, a "big" goal. Example:
    His goal is to graduate from college. His ambition is to become an aerospace engineer.
    Another example:
    Obama's goal is to secure the nomination of the Democratic Party then to win the election in November. His ambition is to become President.

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    Smile Re: Article about Obama

    RonBee,

    Thank you for your help. Haven't seen you for a couple of days, I am kinda missing you guys. Hope you are doing well.

    Cheers!

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    Quote Originally Posted by angelg View Post
    • Q1 andf Q2 you have the right answers.
    • "Cred" stands for credo (a statement of principles or beliefs, especially one that is professed formally) or credentials.
    Really?
    Urban Dictionary: cred
    confirms "credibility". That's what I'd always imagined.
    Can you give an example of where it might mean credo?

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    Quote Originally Posted by thedaffodils View Post
    RonBee,

    Thank you for your help. Haven't seen you for a couple of days, I am kinda missing you guys. Hope you are doing well.

    Cheers!




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    Uncle Sam, Happy Birthday!
    RonBee, have a good day!


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    Thanks a bunch!

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