I was watching TV when I heard an interesting remark: "Barack Obama is trying to use words as a substitute for reality." Although I don't really care much for politics, the quotation got me thinking.
How exactly does one substitute words for reality? Is it because Obama is a powerful, charismatic speaker that he can be thought of as doing this? Or is it because "all he does is talk."
[Very lightly edited to enhance readability -TT]