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    Question is something of a liberation

    Perhaps it was the poll registering that a shade under one in five Americans believed he deserved the Nobel Peace Prize. Or maybe it was the churlish Norwegians who grumbled that he was not taking the time to break grovbrød with King Harald V, or perhaps dress up in traditional folk costume.
    It could even be that his growing domestic unpopularity - which he described last week as "painfully clear" (though his spokesman Robert Gibbs described a recent Gallup poll as "meaningless" and "something a six-year-old with a Crayon could do") - is something of a liberation.
    I don't understand why Obama's unpopularity is something of a liberation as he decribed. Could someone paraphrase it for me? Thanks.

    Barack Obama warlike? No, he's just an American president - Telegraph

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    Re: is something of a liberation

    Maybe it means that if the public doesn't like him already, he doesn't have to choose his words as carefully to make sure he doesn't upset people. He is free (liberated) to say what he wants.

    Painfully clear means it is extremely obvious, even though it's a truth he'd rather not see/know.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: is something of a liberation

    Barb_D, thank you for your help.

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