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Some people were surprised Friday at the informal way in which President Obama said "we tortured some folks" while discussing an upcoming report on enhanced interrogation techniques in the wake of 9/11.

Obama has used the term "torture" a few time before — and the term "folks" many, many times; it's one of his favorite colloquialisms.

In fact, the president used the term "folks" 11 times during his 49-minute news conference Friday.

He talked about "working folks" and "folks who have student loan debts." He spoke of "helping folks get health care" and "legislation to strengthen our border and put more folks down there."

Obama also referred to "folks" two more times after telling reporters about the forthcoming interrogation report that "we did a whole lot of things that were right, but we tortured some folks."

Citing the fear and uncertainty that gripped the nation after the 9/11 attacks, Obama said that "it's important for us not to feel too sanctimonious in retrospect about the tough job that those folks had. And a lot of those folks were working hard under enormous pressure and are real patriots."

The Washington Post put together a brief history of Obama and "folks" throughout his presidency. For example:

"August 2009. Folks discussed: Folks being crushed, critical folks, folks with signs, folks who created a mess.

"Campaigning in Virginia, Obama rails against the folks, critics, who say the economy is a mess. He doesn't want to hear the "folks who created the mess do a lot of the talking." He also notes that sometimes there are folks outside with signs. Meanwhile, Virginia folks are being crushed by health premiums. What a world!"

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