While in college, a term I heard uttered with alarming frequency was "buzzkill." It was, as you've probably surmised, used to describe receiving bad news, or a person whose mere presence immediately siphoned away a good "buzz" at a party or concert.Not that college was the high-water mark in terms of my life's accomplishments. With more than a touch of sarcastic pride, my father is fond of telling anyone who will listen that it took his eldest son just three terms to graduate college: Nixon's, Ford's and Carter's. Talk about buzzkill.

In that same vein, I doubt any former collegian would sense more buzzkill than what's been emanating from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue these days - especially in response to economic issues.

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