heckuva job

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Used ironically with reference to US president George W. Bush's (serious) statement to FEMA head Michael D. Brown September 2, 2005, after Hurricane Katrina: "...you're doing a heckuva job." [Officially transcribed as "...you're doing a heck of a job."

Noun[edit]

heckuva job

  1. (US politics, usually ironic) A good job.
    • 2005, Al, Kamen, "Lobbyist to Put In a Good Word for Sudan," The Washington Post, Oct. 25, 2005, [1]:
      FEMA, still doing a heckuva job. Monday, with South Florida reeling from Hurricane Wilma, FEMA was offering an online alternative for those needing help.
    • 2006, "'Zero experience,'" January 11, 2006, The Register-Guard, [2]:
      President Bush continues to do a heckuva job installing unqualified cronies in key government posts.
    • 2006, Paul Krugman, "Limiting The Damage," The New York Times, November 6, 2006, [3]:
      To put it bluntly, he's an insecure bully who believes that owning up to a mistake, any mistake, would undermine his manhood -- and who therefore lives in a dream world in which all of his policies are succeeding and all of his officials are doing a heckuva job.
    • 2007, Graydon Carter, "Murder on Denial," June 2007, Vanity Fair, [4]:
      Paul D. Wolfowitz, principal architect of the Iraq war and President Bush's handpicked choice to head the World Bank ("Heckuva job, Wolfie!"), has been in denial over whether he will keep his job.
    • 2008, Brian O'Connor, "Threat of economic futility: Severe," The Detroit News, April 1, 2008, [5]:
      So let me say: Heckuva job, Paulie [Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson Jr.]! Mission accomplished!