November 7, 2008

Punk President-elect Proves Propriety of Undignified Designation

Filed under: Taxes & Government — Tom @ 11:19 pm

He couldn’t resist going punk for even 72 hours after the election:

Obama was asked at his press conference today if he’d spoken to all the “living” presidents.

“I have spoken to all of them who are living,” he responded. “I didn’t want to get into a Nancy Reagan thing about doing any séances.”

O.M.G. What have the American people, and Obama’s foreign contributors, done? It didn’t even occur to him how nasty this would come off. Looks to me like he just thinks he’s the funniest guy in the room.

Then Obama punked out again by refusing to come before the cameras to apologize, even though everyone who loves, honors, or simply respects Nancy Reagan was insulted too:

President-elect Barack Obama called Nancy Reagan this afternoon to apologize for a joke about her having held “séances” in the White House, an Obama aide said.

“President-elect Barack Obama called Nancy Reagan today to apologize for the careless and off handed remark he made during today’s press conference,” said transition spokeswoman Stephanie Cutter. “The President-elect expressed his admiration and affection for Mrs. Reagan that so many Americans share and they had a warm conversation.”

It’s as if he thinks if he apologizes through one of his peeps instead of doing it himself, he’ll maintain his street cred.

All you “with us or against us” types, if you think I’m “with” this, you’ve got another thing coming.

He didn’t even get the “joke” right: Nancy Reagan consulted astrology, while it was Hillary that tried to communicate with the spirit of Eleanor Roosevelt (excerpt added on Nov. 8):

Hillary Clinton had also sought spiritual guidance from decidedly less traditional sources. In the spring of 1996, she turned to “reflective meditation” sessions with New Age psychic philosopher Jean Houston. Hillary confided in Houston that she had always felt the presence of Eleanor Roosevelt in the White House. At Houston’s urging, Hillary actually sat in her room and “talked” to Eleanor Roosevelt. “I was a huge admirer of Eleanor Roosevelt — I wanted so much to be like her, to make a real contribution as First Lady,” Hillary said. “But after three years in the White House I felt stymied. I wanted to know what this brilliant woman would have done if she were alive today.” At this time it was not unusual for White House staff members to hear Hillary, behind closed doors, having animated — if one-sided — conversations with Eleanor’s ghost. “I try to figure out what she would do in my shoes,” Hillary recalled. “She usually responds by telling me to buck up or at least to grow skin as thick as a rhinoceros.”

Nov. 8 additional comment: But it’s only those Christian fundamentalists who are weird. (/sarc)

Geez, I really don’t want to spend four years calling out punkish behavior. If he avoids going punk until inauguration or for any 90-day period during his presidency, I’ll consider dropping the appellation. But if he doesn’t, it will be irresponsible to let it go.

Exit question: How do you DC-insider RINOs who voted for him feel now? Yeah, like me, praying that this 46 47 year-old man-child miraculously grows up in the next 75 days.


UPDATE, Nov. 8: Bearing Drift Ohio

Had a talk show host or radio jock made a joke about Ted Kennedy, or anything like this about a Democrat, there would be calls for them to be fired, Olbermann would be pitching a fit and people would cry to boycott sponsors… But it was not a radio person. It was the next President of the United States who asked for a new civil tone and dignity in politics. …. looks like we are off to a great start for “change” (sigh).


Filed under: General — Tom @ 11:15 am

Appearing this Sunday at The 20th Century Theatre in Cincinnati’s Oakley Square (map):

Fastest Lowering of the Bar in US Presidential Election History

Filed under: Taxes & Government — Tom @ 10:57 am

On Election Eve:


Just after the election, at Barack Obama’s President-elect web site, (underline is mine):


Couldn’t Help But Comment ….. (110708, Morning)

Hope, change, child abuse — and another reason to homeschool.


POR Economy Update — With today’s Employment Situation Report (6.5% unemployment; 284,000 seasonally adjusted jobs lost; downward revisions to previous months), seasonally adjusted job losses since the POR (Pelosi-Obama-Reid) Economy’s effect on America commenced in October 2007 have been 938,000. Seasonally adjusted jobs lost since they took ownership in June 2008 have been 818,000:


Obama’s and his party’s acolytes will surely want to claim future success based on when Obama takes office, or perhaps even beginning October 2009. Not around here, and not in reality. The POR triumvirate set about to ruining things in January 2007, started getting their way in the fourth quarter of 2007 (not a coincidence, the first quarter of their first budget, the first negative quarter of economic growth in 6 years), and gained virtual control in June 2008. We are in the midst of their sixth month of ownership.


The Cleveland Plain Dealer has dedicated a web directory to the Cuyahoga county corruption probe. Though the probe has widened significantly, national and even statewide media coverage has been scant to non-existent.

The PD’s latest post begins:

People joke that they need a score card to keep track of who’s who in Operation Air Ball — federal investigators’ intriguing yet unexplained nickname for the widening public corruption probe gripping Cuyahoga County. ….. It’s tough to keep them all straight, especially after a second round of raids and subpoenas last month that nearly doubled the number of people the feds have identified in public records.

I guess when one corrupt party has a death grip on elected and bureaucratic offices, all you have left is gallows humor.


Warner Todd Huston at Newsbusters notes that PUNK Previously Unaccomplished Nonsupporter of Kin) President-elect BOOHOO-OUCH (Barack O-bomba Overseas Hussein ObambiObama – Objectively Unfit Coddler of Haters) has already broken two campaign promises, more than likely shattering the previous record for Fastest Promise Breakage by a Newly-elected President:

The first broken promise was the one where the candidate of “change” was going to bring a new tone to Washington. This one has been broken by Obama’s choice for Chief of Staff: Rahm Emanuel. Representative Emanuel (D- Illinois) is a hard-core, far left, liberal as well as being an old Clinton hack. Not only that, but Emanuel is not a “new tone” kind of guy but is a Pit bull of epic proportions. The parallel would have been McCain claiming a new tone but picking Karl Rove as his Chief of Staff. Emanuel is little different than Terry MCauliffe or Howard Dean in his vehement and vocal attacks on Republicans. So much for the “new tone” Obama claimed he wanted to foster.

And now comes his second broken promise. Politico reported on November 5 that Barack Obama has stepped back from his claim that lobbyists would not have a place in his new administration.

A better parallel to the Emanuel pick would have been if Bush had picked Tom “The Hammer” Delay.

Hope and change is already the same-old, same-old on steroids.