Is this regional, and if so, where is it from?
I noticed it the other night from Julián Castro, of all people, on Charlie Rose. I can guarantee you he didn't learn that pronunciation growing up in San Antonio, or the overuse of the filler phrase 'going forward' meaning 'in the future.' (And I wonder if Joaquín, the other twin, might not be a better bet for intelligence?)
So, I was thinking maybe Kansas, where they say 'warsh' or 'wursh' for 'wash'? But that's just a stab in the dark.
In any case it's probably DC or more broadly the East Coast, where gullible people pick up all sorts of bad habits. Like 'nucular' for 'nuclear' -- but don't get me started.
Is there a site that tracks regional US pronunciations? I should know that, but nothing comes to mind.
I just wondered if any of you had also noticed the phenomenon, and what can we do to stop it in its tracks, before it's too late.