Say what you mean
I thank my good friend Anne-Marie for mentioning the meaning and context of the German phrase I used in my previous letter. But I beg to point out that I was attempting, if too subtly, to satirize those who had compared the efforts of President Obama with the actions of the Nazis, an inexcusably ignorant and stomach-turning tactic in my opinion.
My spouse has warned me about my circumlocution. Perhaps Anne-Marie's letter is a reminder to simply say what I mean.