We Irish will bet on anything after a few drinks.

From CNS News:

Irish bookmaker Paddy Power says Sen. Barrack Obama (D-Ill.) is the undisputed master of cliches this election season, and his well-known mantra — “Change” — is sure to show up in Thursday’s speech when he accepts the Democratic presidential nomination. The odds are 10 to 1 it will, the Dublin-based oddsmaker said.

The odds other cliches will show up, according to Paddy Power, are “I’m fired up” at 6 to 1; “I’d like to thank my wife,” “As I stand here today,” “fundamental belief,” “defining moment,” and “God Bless America” clock in with 12 to 1 odds (says something about Obama when “God bless America,” which would usually be at 1 to 1 odds for a politician, is at 12 to 1 for the Deliverer).

“Let me be clear,” “war on terror,” “politics of hope,” and “common purpose” come in at 14 to 1 odds.

“Crossroads of history,” “I have a dream,” “pursuit of happiness,” “I’m fired up” and “building a better America” are at 16 to 1.

“We cannot lose hope” is at 25 to 1, and “an eye for an eye only winds up making the whole world blind” is at a measly 100 to 1.

Odds of other potential Obama cliches during his Invesco Field acceptance speech

They left a few out of the above story, so here are some of my best guesses for other potential cliches along with the odds:

10 to 1: “Iraq and a hard place.”

40 to 1: “My family doesn’t put on Ayers… uh, I don’t mean ‘Ay-yers’ but rather ‘airs’ without the ‘y’… you know what I mean don’t you?”

60 to 1: “Keep your friends close and your enemies closer. Hey, yeah, that’s all I was doing!”

75 to 1: “A penny for your thoughts. Think about it. This means that if all of us here at Invesco Field had just one thought, we could feed my half-brother for over two years!

90 to 1: “Don’t count your chickens before they hatch — not that I don’t think they count as chickens before they hatch like that lie the right is telling everybody about me.”

100 to 1: “Speaking of that, you can’t make an omelette without breaking a few eggs… just as long as that omelette isn’t made in the last trimester because I never ever said that should be legal.”

115 to 1: “Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater. Save the water just in case there’s a drought.”

125 to 1: “The road to hell is paved with good intentions and named after Robert Byrd… just kidding Senator.”

130 to 1: “My white grandmother calling the kettle black.”

140 to 1: “Plato said that an unexamined life is not worth living. Those actor kids from Diff’rent Strokes were indeed wise.”

150 to 1: “Remember, big brother is listening — well, not mine because he can’t afford a radio. I’m just messin’ wit cha, bro!”

165 to 1: “It was the most historic day since the Wright brothers took flight. Jeremiah’s got a brother? See, I told you I never listened to anything he said!”

175 to 1: “Let me tell you a cock and bull story… hey, why’s President Clinton leaving?”

And coming in at 200 to 1 odds is the unintentional tribute to Ted Kennedy cliche trifecta: “Water under the bridge,” “We’ll cross that bridge when we come to it,” and “Asleep at the wheel.”

Have a good speech, Senator Obama, and cliche away!

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