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    Out of Touch

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to explain to me the meaning of the metaphoric expression in bold in the following title of a NYT's article “McCainTries to Define Obama as Out of Touch”? To the best of knowledge there is only one meaning namely “no longer in contact or communication” which makes an allusion to physical contact.

    "After spending much of the summer searching for an effective line of attack against Senator Barack Obama, Senator John McCain is beginning a newly aggressive campaign to define Mr. Obama as arrogant, out of touch and unprepared for the presidency."

    Thank you for your efforts.

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    Re: Out of Touch

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to explain to me the meaning of the metaphoric expression in bold in the following title of a NYT's article “McCainTries to Define Obama as Out of Touch”? To the best of knowledge there is only one meaning namely “no longer in contact or communication” which makes an allusion to physical contact.

    "After spending much of the summer searching for an effective line of attack against Senator Barack Obama, Senator John McCain is beginning a newly aggressive campaign to define Mr. Obama as arrogant, out of touch and unprepared for the presidency."

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards

    V.
    "Out of touch" for a politician means: out of touch with the common people; out of touch with what people want, or what the country needs.
    Yes, I'd say it's a metaphor. A musician can be literally "out of touch" with his instrument if he hasn't played for a while.
    Last edited by Raymott; 06-Aug-2008 at 10:55. Reason: typo

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    "Out of touch" in this case means that Mr. Obama no longer understands the needs and concerns of the "common folk," or Mainstream America. He cannot relate to the average person.

    For example, in an interview long ago, Princess Diana stated that she didn't know how to operate a parking meter. This would indicate that she was "out of touch" with the majority of the British population, since the average citizen dealt with putting coins in a parking meter on a regular basis.


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    You're out of touch, I'm out of time - But I'm out of my head when you're not around...

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    Don't you think that all politicians are out of touch with the reality of peoples lives? I think that this is a case of "the pot calling the kettle black."

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    Hi Raymott, Ouisch, IvanV and bhaisahab,

    I am honored to have read your superb responses to my original post.

    Thank you for your assistance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Don't you think that all politicians are out of touch with the reality of peoples lives? I think that this is a case of "the pot calling the kettle black."
    I tend not to get into political matters here, or anywhere online, but I have to admit I do think so. They are so out of touch with the reality.

    But, I don't get this. Are you saying I am being the pot calling the kettle black?

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    Quote Originally Posted by IvanV View Post
    I tend not to get into political matters here, or anywhere online, but I have to admit I do think so. They are so out of touch with the reality.

    But, I don't get this. Are you saying I am being the pot calling the kettle black?
    No- McCain is the pot.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    No- McCain is the pot.
    That now seems obvious. It didn't last night when my I had to prop up my eyelids with toothpicks.

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    I know that feeling- some of my answers look very different in the morning. Btw, the original pot/kettle expression in full was 'The pot calling the kettle black arse', but politer times decided to amend it.

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