"On the ground."
It's the new thing to say if you're a politician or a news person. For example, "President Bush today talked about the effect of blah blah blah on the military, but what does that mean for troops on the ground in Iraq?" Or, "Today in Washington debate continued over a bill that would aid victims of hurricane Katrina. We asked rescue workers on the ground what they thought." It's used to refer specifically to people at the scene of whatever they're talking about, as opposed to wherever the policy-making happens or the anchor reporting is done from.
Like, what, where are these people, in a blimp? Do they seriously think they're better or higher up than normal people to the point that they actually see themselves as physically elevated? Who made that up? It's stupid.
That's all. It's annoying.