Yesterday’s New York Times had a piece about former first lady, New York senator, and Secretary of State — if you ever want to feel horrible about your life’s meager accomplishments, look no further than that resumé — Hillary Clinton, detailing her as-yet-unannounced-but-still-quite-likely run for president in 2016. Concerning Clinton’s coyness about her plans, her communication aide, Phillipe Reines, had this to say:
‘Everyone’s gotten way ahead of themselves, and most importantly, they have gotten way ahead of her.’
Venting the frustration of all veterans of Clinton politics and the intrigue that constantly surrounds them, he added, ‘What’s that acronym, WYSIWYG? What you see is what you get.’
Reines’s point is, nobody is certain what Clinton’s plans are at this point and the media should stop hemming and hawing over it for now. However, what I got from that quote was a minute or so of confusedly trying to guess what “WYSIWYG” meant — “Would You Sign It With Your (word that begins with G)” was the closest I got — before reading the very next line. It wasn’t even in the next graf down.
So remember, people in the media, a group to which I kinda sorta belong, can be remarkably stupid sometimes. Don’t take everything they/we say as gospel.