An eye-catching headline

First, I just saw the headline (in the 2/8 NYT Week in Review, p. 2):

A White House Swish List

and wondered if someone was fingering flamboyantly gay staffers at the White House. But then I saw the accompanying graphic, of Barack Obama launching a basketball, and realized that that it was an extended riff on administration strategies, analogizing from pickup basketball. (Not that gay men don’t play basketball.)

(On the opposite page was Sarah Lyall’s “Racial Epithets in Cultured Accents”, on the latest collection of UK stories about possibly racist speech by the elevated, discussed at great length on Language Log here.)

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