Pres. elect Obama’s announcement about when he would select his cabinet, according to cnn.com, was: “There is no doubt that people want to know who is going to make up our team,” he said “I want to move with all deliberate haste, but I want to emphasize deliberate as well as haste.”
Isn’t the phrase “with all deliberate speed” significant in civil rights history? Not sure I remember accurately, but I think some court ordered that racial segregation be remedied “with all deliberate speed” which was widely understood to mean the court would not hurry local authorities into this, or, with a wink, local authorities don’t have to do anything, not just yet anyway. And so “with all deliberate speed” because some kind of code for “some day, but not yet”.
Not that I have any suggestion of what to make of it - just wondering if anybody else noticed the similarity and perhaps loading of the phrase.