74 is right. They don’t speak casually or in the manner that mere mortals do. They are deliberate in their comments and routinely plant seeds so to speak in the minds of the general public. In this instance, it is also possible that they see such an attack coming and want to be able to say afterwards that they were doing everything they could to prevent it. Where I worked the President and I did a presentation twice a year to all employees sharing financial forecasts, results of the current year plans, going forward plans, and answering any questions that employees wanted to ask, and believe me they asked some pretty tough questions. We were a very open and honest company but even then we sometimes did plant seeds so that employees wouldn’t be taken by surprise at a later date when something we weren’t ready to talk about yet came about.