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Ohhhhh, NOW It Makes Sense!

_45455865_obama_ap2261Now that I’ve watched the latest edition of the new series,  “Dreams of My President: Live! On Location,” I have a much better understanding of his vision as it relates to remedying the nation’s ailing economy.  If I understand correctly, he wants to pump money into devastated communities like, Elkhart, Indiana, so they can get back to work making RV’s that violate his “green energy” standards unless they retool plants and make them more expensive with better batteries since nobody can afford to buy them now, anyway. If they build them, stingy banks will suddenly start loaning money to broke people so they can spend it on vacation vehicles.  That oughta fix everything.

Otherwise, we’re fucked.

Oh, and he wants the “bipartisan” participation of the guys who screwed everything up in the first place with their wrong ideology, and then left the putrid mess on his otherwise pristine desk to clean up on arrival.  (We’ll conveniently forget how he lobbied, twice, and voted for the Wall Street pay-off disguised as TARP as a Senator on the campaign trail.  Being a perpetually campaigning President is much harder and deserves some slack.)

I think that about covers it.

So, I don’t know bout you, but I was certainly reassured as I watched the Spokesmodel-in-Chief read familiar phrases from his TelePrompTer-To-Go that the rest of us know by heart before he opened the floor to pre-screened questions from previously selected suck-ups sympathetic patriotic hacks journalists reporters dedicated to bringing us the Astroturfed spin unvarnished truth, that I can now sleep peacefully, content in the knowledge that, with the young Ronald Reagan aging Urkel Haskell Obamessiah at the helm, the country is screwed nine ways to Sunday in AllState-like good hands.

Cross-posted at Cinie’s World

201 Responses

  1. I was on my way to bed when I just happened to see this post up and am sitting here laughing my fool head off! Too funny!!

  2. Don’t go to bed, Pat, that will only make change out of pj’s time come sooner.

  3. Jeralyn surfaces for air:

    Does he have (none / 0) (#1)
    by Jeralyn on Mon Feb 09, 2009 at 07:06:57 PM EST

    dual telemprompters, one on each side? I’ve never seen him turn his head so many times and never look straight ahead.

  4. “aging Urkel” has GOT to be your best one yet Cinie. LMAO!

  5. None, what? Shame?

  6. Angie, somebody said he was Eddie Haskell like, and I said Urkel, so we put ’em together and came up with Urkel Haskell.

  7. In the video Obama says half the job losses have taken place in the last three months.

    That would be November, December and January.

    What happened at the beginning of November to start the run?

  8. myiq — Jeralyn still has a way to go to get her head out of her ass — the dual teleprompters are clearly right there on the left & right of the podium.

  9. The pj’s aren’t so bad. Or the socks either. It’s the robe with the dried egg and gravy stains that has lost its allure. Thank God I don’t have a pet or those stray hairs would he attached as well. God, I am a mess!

  10. *sighs* If we lived in a better world, somebody with your rhetorical gifts would be getting paid big bucks by Time, Newsweek, NYT or some other major periodical. Instead, we get MoDo.

  11. Where did he ever get the reputation of being a great speechifier?

  12. angie, that seems to be the talking point of the week, courtesy of our old friend, huge Hillary supporter James Clyburn. “OMG! Look! He can string a sentence together without a teleprompter!” And maybe next week he’ll graduate to solid foods, aim high, guys.

  13. Photo from Dec. 2007:

  14. In contrast, the Kos commentators are in raptures over there!!

  15. Ok –this clip is the only part of the speech I saw (admittedly) but I thought the failed policies of the past were the government’s negligent borrowing of trillions of dollars we did not have to spend, spend, spend, thus doubling our deficit. So, the new & improved policy of Obama is to borrow more money that we don’t have to spend, spend, spend thus further increasing our deficit.
    I’m not saying disagreeing with needed to spend now or arguing that we should be focused on reducing the deficit (lord knows, I’m no dakinikat) but how exactly does Obama differentiate between the “failed polices of the GOP” and the policies he wants to put in place now?

  16. Speechifying’s all he’s got, so we have to pretend he’s good at it. To be fair, his speech in 04 wasn’t terrible–but who cares?

  17. In contrast, the Kos commentators are in raptures over there!!

    Yeah, but they write (or receive by email) their reactions ahead of time.

  18. “Where did he ever get the reputation of being a great speechifier?”
    Axelrod sent it out in a memo.

  19. I have the pet hair on my robe from my 2 basset hounds. Only hope I can afford to feed them over the next 4 years.

  20. Soooo, why didn’t the O-press pets pose any questions about this little gem at tonight’s love-in??? Afraid of a little torture, hmmm?

    http://www.salon.com/opinion/greenwald/

  21. re: pet hair — I advise to only have pets that are black & wear black clothes. My Monty’s hair hardly shows at all.

  22. The Astroturfers are still over at NQ–if you don’t think this man is the greatest orator since Cicero, you are deficient as a human being and an American.

  23. Well I guess I will have to send in my ACLU dues….I was holding off because, even though they are “non-partisan” they have been acting like a bunch of crypto-obots. It really confuses people when they see my nice blue ACLU card next to my CWP in my wallet.

    “The following can be attributed to Anthony D. Romero, Executive Director of the ACLU:

    “Eric Holder’s Justice Department stood up in court today and said that it would continue the Bush policy of invoking state secrets to hide the reprehensible history of torture, rendition and the most grievous human rights violations committed by the American government. This is not change. This is definitely more of the same. Candidate Obama ran on a platform that would reform the abuse of state secrets, but President Obama’s Justice Department has disappointingly reneged on that important civil liberties issue. If this is a harbinger of things to come, it will be a long and arduous road to give us back an America we can be proud of again.”

    http://www.aclu.org/safefree/torture/38695prs20090209.html

  24. Seriously — he is a Master-bator. I grant them that.

  25. I am still wondering where all this money is going to come from since we are now dug in for awhile in Afghanistan and 4 more kids were killed today in Iraq. And problems are brewing in Iran and Russia to add to the unrest.

    We are talking trillions of dollars here and the coffers are not going to fill up very fast with people losing their jobs each day , or face downsizing and wage freezes. So why are we bailing out the auto industry or making up shares lost by investors when what looms on the horizon is pretty harrowing? Getting into a “tit for tat” with Russia could easily find the gas pipelines turned off in that area of the world. Putin is no one to take for granted.

    And the Israeli/Palestinian conflict is still brewing along with our own immigration issues which are causing a lot of states real financial headaches. Scary.

  26. Leadership by speechification:

    Demagogy (also demagoguery) refers to a political strategy for obtaining and gaining political power by appealing to the popular prejudices, emotions, fears and expectations of the public — typically via impassioned rhetoric and propaganda, and often using nationalist or populist themes.

  27. Damn it ate my A*LU post again.

  28. Pat J — don’t worry, be happy! We have a cool President who plays Sting & Cole Porter instead of Hail to the Chief. Don’t worry about going to hell in a hand basket, just worry what color the basket is & make sure you get a primo seat.

  29. It took me awhile to find it, but I found the perfect BO replacement song for “Hail to the Chief.”

    It’s “I Need This Job” and Paul’s refrain, “Who Am I Anyway,” from A Chorus Line.

  30. Kat5: I made the mistake of getting into it with that idiot sfhillary at NoQ. Sometimes their stupidity is so irresistible–and then I feel dirty for bothering to engage them.

  31. LOL angie.

  32. fif: sfhillary is an idiot. Why she maintains “hillary” as part of her screen name is baffling. She is a died in the wool Obot.

  33. Did anyone see the question about Biden saying there was a 30% chance it would fail no matter what they did? I guess it was Major Garrett. Apparently, BO dissed Biden.

    Barack Obama throws Joe Biden under the bus

    http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/toby_harnden/blog/2009/02/10/barack_obama_throws_joe_biden_under_the_bus

  34. fif — yep, talking to an Obot kind of makes you feel like your IQ drops 10 points, doesn’t it? LOL

  35. My Monty’s hair hardly shows at all

    Would that be the “full Monty?”

  36. sfhillary is one of the resident ‘bots assigned to NQ. The regulars over there like to play with him/her until ‘bot reinforcements arrive. Then, they move to a new thread. That’s why I only go over there occasionally.

  37. The stage was set. The lighting perfect. Yet, when he went to ask of the first press agent to ask his question – he couldn’t remember quite exactly where that dude was sitting…
    Looking so studious. Serious even. With his brows furrowed. As if he was thinking about suthin important or just wishing he cud go do the #2 he needed to do.
    Not being able to speak off-the-cuff, it was like watching the Rocky Horror Picture Show for the first time. Bizarre and quite can’t wrap your mind around it.
    What a craaazy world we live in when that whole – whatever that was – is praised by the MSM.

  38. Barack Obama throws Joe Biden under the bus
    *************
    That was really stupid…

  39. Know what I can’t figure out? Why the polls are showing support for Obama remaining solid, while support for the stimulus bill – and Congress – continues to slip. Has this guy been identified with any particular political party along the way? Other than the The Party of The One, that is.

  40. Is the above video tonight’s press conference? I’ve been away from the computer most of the day so I have no clue what is going on. I’m going to guess that Obama just spewed out a couple of talking points that his economic advisers gave to him then avoided answering questions?

  41. myiq –that would be Montgomery Clift (nickname Monty — real name known only to him) my beloved all black cat with green eyes — when I got him he reminded me of the actor (plus, at the time my dog — may he rest in peace — was named Marlon Brando — I thought it was cute to have Brando & Monty).

  42. What a craaazy world we live in when that whole – whatever that was – is praised by the MSM.

    Every day it is baffling. Basically, if he isn’t a total f*ck up, he’s a GENIUS! Anyone would look like a genius after Bush. Critical thinking is dead.

  43. DV — that’s about it — plus he said a number of times that all economists agree that this stimulus bill is great. I guess Krugman & our dakinikat are not economists in O-world.

  44. Alex Obamaman at Salon:

    The White House scheduled Monday night’s press conference, Barack Obama’s first as president, to give him an opportunity to sell his stimulus package to the country. And — in contrast to his predecessor — Obama didn’t disappoint. He projected an air of competence and calm, made no serious mistakes, seemed to truly know his material.

    But good God, it was boring.

    Recovery is a process

  45. Huff’n’Puff was touting Biden as Sec’y of State in Iowa in return for his throwing his “second tier support behind Obama, like Kucinich and Richardson” did, too.
    I won’t link, but Google “obama second tier iowa” and it’s right there.

  46. My kids named all the pets after sports figures. They were named after players for the Celts, the Sox, the Patriots, and the Bruins. Even the female pets.

    Come to think of it, I don’t think my kids were all that bright.

  47. I would love to be a fly on the wall in the famille Krugman dining room. If flies could talk…

  48. fif — actually, the more I hear from Obama the smarter Bush is looking to me — at least Bush only thought he was “chosen by God” he didn’t think he was God.

  49. Imagine how Krugman feels. Day after day he, a Nobel Prize recipient, is sounding the warning alarm, and this twit declares that “all economists agree with his plan.” He must hate him.

  50. CNN has a transcript

  51. Kat5: lol! You were writing that comment about Krugman at the same time I was…

  52. Krugman supported Hillary right to the end of the primary. Obama owes him nothing even if it means he has to cut off his own nose to spite his face.

  53. Pat J –hey! my dog (at the time) was a boy & so is Monty — my female cat is named Bridget Bardot (BeBe for short) & my female dog is named Pepa (after the female lead in Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown).

  54. When I have a dog, I call ’em “Dawg.”

  55. Tomorrow Biden will do a Howard Dean and come out crying about he he thought he was special and as he watched everyone else disappear under the bus, it never, ever occured to him that he’d share the same fate.

  56. Face it, fif, we’re both insects (equipped, however, with antennae on full alert).

  57. LOL, Cinie!

    What on earth made his people think that speaking at an RV shop would appear sympathetic to other Americans who can’t even pay their rent or buy their groceries????

    An RV shop……the ULTIMATE in American consumerism.

    Your post made me laugh out loud.

  58. So sayeth the web..

    “President Ronald Reagan was particularly good at TelePrompTer reading. He did it so well that I believe this ability was one of the major reasons for Reagan’s many successes. He could stare right at the camera while reading the TelePrompTer. It was like Uncle Ronnie was talking straight to you. Reagan knew how to work the TelePrompTer like no one else.”

  59. I have been seriously thinking of getting a dog again. Still contemplating it as it does tie you down somewhat and I feel for an animal who has to wait on me to come home.

  60. Another astroturfed “reaction”:

    I almost teared up.

    That was from Salon

  61. Swamp gas can do that, myiq.

  62. On that note I am going to bed. They are treating this as if it were “The Sermon on the Mount: instead of what it really is: another infomercial and campaign speech.

  63. Seriously, Obie throws Biden under the bus all the time. When Biden contradicted him on the campaign trail, about coal, wasn’t it, under the bus. When Jo(k)e put his foot in his mouth about Roberts the day after the inauguration, Obie dissed him on the spot. Wasn’t it Pelosi who said she didn’t mind Obie throwing her under, it was the backing up and running over her again, she didn’t like?

  64. Cinie –ok, I’ve got a funny story with the use of the expression “Dawg” — my mom’s second language is English so a lot of times when we are watching movies we put the captions on because if the dialogue goes too fast she misses some things. So, we were watching this movie (which was really stupid — I can’t remember the name — but I think it was Wesley Snipes & he was a fighter in prison) with the captions on, and the characters would refer to each other as “Dog” or “Dawg” & the caption,of course, just read “dog.” Finally, about half way through the movie, my mom turns to me and says “They keep talking about this dog — where is the dog?” LMAO!

  65. Good news for some people, I guess:

    “For Catholics, Heaven Moves One Step Closer

    The announcement in church bulletins and on Web sites has been greeted with enthusiasm by some and wariness by others. But mainly, it has gone over the heads of a vast generation of Roman Catholics who have no idea what it means: “Bishop Announces Plenary Indulgences

    In recent months, dioceses around the world have been offering Catholics a spiritual benefit that fell out of favor decades ago — the indulgence, a sort of amnesty from punishment in the afterlife — and reminding them of the church’s clout in mitigating the wages of sin.
    (snip)

    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/10/nyregion/10indulgence.html?_r=2

  66. Pat J — get a cat — it definitely doesn’t wait for you to come home — sure it is happy that you come home, but no biggie if you are running late.

  67. angie: My ex was handsome but rather dim. During the S.A.L.T. talks he turned to me and asked why they were discussing and negotiating “salt” when there was so much in the oceans available to anyone who wanted to go get it. He was dead serious.

  68. angie: The thought of cleaning out litter boxes again is a turn off to be honest.

  69. I dated a guy once (no really) who was so stupid I was convinced his first name was “Uhhh.” Whenever anybody asked him his name he said, “Uhhh…Willie.”

  70. “— the indulgence, a sort of amnesty from punishment in the afterlife”
    *************
    Maybe this explains Nancy Keenan’s behavior…..I know myiq2xu was worried about Nancy committing mortal sins.

  71. I’m very concerned for someone who actually cries at a pol shilling on tv. What kind of life does that person lead that Obama is what stirs emotion in them? Now, I admit I cried when Reagan talked about those astronauts on the Challenger who “kissed the face of God” (still remember the line) but I was in grade school AND had just witnessed the Challenger blowing up in school that day. The emotion was a mixture of the deaths & the beautiful eulogy (and it was a beautiful eulogy). What is this moron’s excuse for crying at a frigging press conference to sell us on a more tax cuts disguised as “stimulus?”

  72. Re O throwing Biden under: Obama is not a nice guy, not at all. He’ll sacrifice anyone and anything if the public quest for his own greater glory is threatened in the smallest degree. I can’t believe how many comments I’ve read on the Net re how Obama is getting ‘rolled by the Republicans’ b/c he’s ‘too nice.’ I even see it on TL. Talk about being delusional!

  73. “Wasn’t it Pelosi who said she didn’t mind Obie throwing her under, it was the backing up and running over her again, she didn’t like?”

    LOL! Yeah I’m sure he’ll stop one of these days.

  74. I was convinced his first name was “Uhhh.”

    Mr. Right’s first name is “always”

  75. Cinie & Pat J — LMAO!! I hear ya — Big & stupid has its benefits until they open their mouths.

  76. “I almost teared up”

    And here’s a nice pamphlet for you: Do you have some sort of emotional disorder? Know the signs!

  77. For some strange reason, Jessica Simpson always brought back memories of my ex. Great to look at but you had to stand on a table in order to have an elevated conversation.

  78. How about NOT using photos of that ONE??

    Cinie — a good read as usual. And the photos — he looks like an immature kid — a bratty snotty twirp. I won’t look at the ONE on the tv — nor listen to him. When I read a transcript of one of his speeches — it looks cobbled together — so of like a google search of key words or phrases.

    We are so screwed — but mostly the NEXT generation’s generation will be paying for the screw ups of the tag team of bush and repeat (0bambam).

    And for pet hair — just wear multi color outfits and no one will notice. White shows up more than black — as Angie observed.

  79. Kat5 — exactly — he even threw his typical white granny who raised him under the bus.
    and btw — did he ever make it to a funeral?

  80. How does one “tear up” over an economic speech? These people need a severe dose of a reality vaccine as this is getting totally out of hand.

  81. Pat J –maybe the tears were from plucking her eyelashes out to stay awake during the speech.

  82. Pat, if smoke from the Hopium bong gets in your eyes, you can tear up over a Jack in the Box commercial.

  83. To think that his is only week three of the 4 year package deal. OMG!!

  84. angienc2, on February 10th, 2009 at 12:01 am Said:

    Kat5 — exactly — he even threw his typical white granny who raised him under the bus.
    and btw — did he ever make it to a funeral?
    **********
    IIRC, during the last HI vacation, they made some time and threw granny’s ashes into the pacific.

  85. Fuckstick Gary Kamiya:

    Barack Obama is constitutionally inclined to be a conciliator and a difference-splitter. As a legislator in Illinois, he was noted for his ability to get different parties to come together.

    Sez who??? Do you have a single example Gary?

  86. Honestly, it’s really ineffective astroturfing. If you say you almost teared up over a press conference, people are going to look at you oddly. bots already have a rep for being overzealous, overemotional space cadets and it’s kind of off-putting to most people.

  87. I am off to bed. After a long day of doing absolutely nothing. Surprisingly, it takes almost as much energy as keeping busy.

  88. In Illinois the parties are already together, that’s why they call it the Illinois Combine.

  89. btw — did he ever make it to a funeral?

    Angie – MO probably got a fantastic deal on an urn at Pottery Barn and had the servants ship it to Typical (deceased) White Woman c/o Hawaii. Who needs an address?

  90. SHV — oh, did they carve a 5 minutes out from their schedule of body surfing & sun bathing to toss granny’s ashes in the ocean? I’m so happy for them. I guess attended a whole funeral would be too much to expect for the woman who raised you and loved you more than anyone else. (his words, not mine).

  91. Night Pat J!

    I’m off to bed too — thank you everyone for making this a fun-filled evening & keeping me up longer than I intended!

    Good Night!!

  92. Poor grannny, she’ll always be remembered as a political football. That was so wrong.

  93. “I guess attended a whole funeral would be too much to expect for the woman who raised you and loved you more than anyone else. (his words, not mine).
    **********
    I think he was relieved when she died…no one left to tell about his childhood. Sociopaths don’t like people to know about what they were like as children.

  94. G’night, Pat ‘n Angie.

  95. .As a legislator in Illinois, he was noted for his ability to get different parties to come together.

    Kamiya’s got a point, myiq. I mean, Rezko, Blago, Ayers, Wright, Triple-J, Annenberg, Axelrod, Pritzker, Jarrett… Barry’s the common denominator here, ain’t he?

  96. I’m sure she would never had said anything about his childhood. Who would air their family issues in public like that? Most people know enough to keep that stuff private and especially not to trash your family by putting your own one sided spin in front of the whole world knowing they’re not going to respond with their side.

  97. Seriously:

    Nobody talks about Obama’s past.

    NOBODY

  98. Prolix, on February 9th, 2009 at 11:30 pm Said:

    It took me awhile to find it, but I found the perfect BO replacement song for “Hail to the Chief.” It’s “I Need This Job” and Paul’s refrain, “Who Am I Anyway,” from A Chorus Line.”

    ——————

    Who am I anyway? Am I my resume??

    Bwahaha! Brilliant!

  99. “MO probably got a fantastic deal on an urn at Pottery Barn and had the servants ship it to Typical (deceased) White Woman c/o Hawaii”

    Ahhhh, you guys are killing me here! Hee!

  100. That should be the theme song of anyone trying to get a job in the Empty Suit Admin–what does he want from me? Who should I try to be? So many faces all around and here we go, I need this job, o god….

  101. Myiq, you forgot to add the name Fredo to your quote;
    “Nobody talks about Obama’s past, Fredo, NOBODY!”

  102. Nobody talks about Obama’s past. NOBODY

    But we are allowed to freely quote from his two works of fiction, are we not, myiq? Unless, of course, said quotes contradict later versions of Truth issuing directly from Dear Leader, or indirectly through action or inaction on the part of DL.

    We could use some firmer guidelines on this stuff.

  103. Obama’s opening statement had 1235 words.

    His answer to the first question had 902

  104. Cine–that was supposed to be on the DL. You’re my sister, and I love you, but don’t ever take sides against the family again!

  105. Obama’s a walking argument for ventriloquism, myiq.

  106. But I’m your older sister, Seriously, and I was stepped over. I’m smart!

  107. You broke my heart! You broke my heart! I know it was you!

  108. It ain’t the way I wanted it! I can handle things!

  109. You’re nothing to me now, Cinie. You’re not a sister, and you’re not a friend.

    Which sucks, because I really like you and everything, but…

  110. Cinie, there’s this weird underground club in Havana I gotta show you someday.

  111. You know you don’t have to act with me, Seriously. You don’t have to say anything, and you don’t have to do anything. Not a thing. Oh, maybe just whistle. You know how to whistle, don’t you, Seriously? You just put your lips together and… blow.

  112. The only thing I remember Fredo saying was “I don’t recall, Senator”

  113. 3W, do tell?

  114. Cinie, meet me in Key Largo. Or, if you’re ever running from the law and need a fabulous little designer apartment to hang in, look me up. Havana was all just a big mistake. WAS IT A BOY?

    Awwww, Fredo rocks! He is so much more than “I recall, Senator.”

  115. They got these sexy men who dance around with big snakes. You gotta see it. But don’t tell Seriously, she’ll figure it out, then we’ll both end up on that rowboat to nowhere..

  116. 3 W, How do you say “banana daiquiri”?

  117. Ok, can we just do one movie at a time, cause I’m getting lost..

  118. And, don’t worry about Seriously. I’m her older sister and she takes care of me. She never thinks about that. I like rowboats, every time I put my line in the water I said a Hail Mary, and every time I said a Hail Mary I caught a fish.

  119. If anything should happen to him, if he slips in the shower, then I’m going to start blaming some of the people in this room (primarily Three Wickets and myiq, just cuz), and then I do not forgive.

  120. Cinie, *sobs* I don’t want anything to happen to you! I don’t want to be a sociopath! HELP ME!

  121. Seriously! You do not come to the Confluence and talk to a man like Myiq like that!

  122. Seriously! You don’t just walk into a place like the Confluence and talk that way to a man like myiq. (Orrr, is that Cinie’s line..) Cinie’s been bangin cocktail waiters every other day. myiq had to slap some sense into her..

  123. *checks kidneys* Still got ’em. You know, my father made myiq an offer he couldn’t refuse. He said either his brains or his signature would be on that contract. *checks kidneys again* Got the signature, got the kidneys–what’s myiq got?

  124. Aw, now that, that was nothin’, Seriously. Myiq didn’t mean nothin’ by that. Yeah, sure he flies off the handle every once in a while, but me and him, we’re good friends, right Myiq?

  125. Cinie *shakes head* we’ve been over this once already.

    You set my sister straight????

  126. Everytime I think I’m out they pull me back in!

  127. Myiq, we’re going to buy you out. I’ve had Tom Hagen draw up a contract. And once again I ask, you set MY SISTER straight?

  128. Tell her Cinie. Myiq’s got the whole gambling territory covered out west. You’re gonna need that someday. Seriously doesn’t even realize that all the other blogs back east are moving in on her.

  129. And what’s next, you’ll say that you made your bones when I was dating cheerleaders????

  130. Seriously, I’m going to take a nap (not really). When I wake up, if the money is on the table, I’ll know I have a partner. If it isn’t, I’ll know I don’t.

  131. Three Wickets, Cinie is my sister and I love her, but she’s never going to takes sides against the family again. Stay out of this!

  132. Three Wickets, you’ve been dying of the same heart attack for 10 years.

  133. Wait a minute, Myiq, Myiq, I got an idea. Three Wickets, you’re the Consiglieri and you can talk to the Don, you can explain…

  134. CINIE! If I have to tell you one more time, you are going fishing here in Vegas. And get rid of the girls!

  135. Hey, Seriously, are you sure about that?

  136. We’re here to work. Get rid of them and the band too.

  137. (Alright, you’ve got me doing three parts here! Not fair.)

    Why do you hurt me, Seriously? I’ve always been loyal to you. And Cinie, I can’t talk to RD. She’s gardening right now.

  138. RD told me she had business. She said give her a call. Once the party started.

  139. You’re out, Three Wickets. You’re not a wartime consigliere. You never were.

  140. Well, call RD. Get her down here now.

  141. Seriously, do you really want to walk into that bathroom stall and not know where I hid the pistol for you.

  142. Okay, Three Wickets. That’s why they call her Superwoman.

  143. Hey! I don’t want my sister walking out of there with just her, uh, ^&*( in her hand!

  144. And enough with the jabs about the heart attack. I’d give four million just to be able to take a piss without it hurting

  145. You think you’re going to live forever–how about putting on a shirt?

  146. Someday Seriously, and that day may never come, I’ll call upon you to do a service for me. But, until that day, accept this justice that I will bring to Talk Left as a gift on my puppy’s birthday.

  147. Send Cinie off to do this, send Cinie off to do that! Let Cinie to take care of some Mickey Mouse night club somewhere!

  148. I’ll put on my shirt. Just let me get these EKG thingamajiggies off my hairy chest.

  149. My father did business with you, he respected you, hell, he even named you, but he never trusted you. Put on a shirt!

  150. Cinie, stop complaining to Seriously. The RD would not be happy.

  151. Cinie, what happened when Paulie called in sick? HUH? You want we should put you in charge of US Steel with a track record like that?

  152. Pop never wnated this for me–but there’s a reason I’m here, all I’m saying.

  153. Seriously, I know a little guy name fidel, and he’s gonna move in some day. You’re gonna need my help. So pipe down. And ease up on the hair mousse.

  154. Hey, Seriously, are you sure about that? I mean, Myiq, loves the business. He never said anything to me about sellin’.

  155. Seriously, RD just texted me. Says whoever comes to you with this Corrente meeting he’s the traitor. Don’t forget that.

  156. AHHHHHHH! If you love myiq so much, why don’t you ask him to adopt you? And if he decides to set you straight again, don’t come running to me! Also, if he decides to get a massage, maybe excuse yourself and go get a banana daquiri.

  157. But as to the selling thing–I’m going to make him an offer he can’t refuse.

  158. Yes, I know how they’re going to come at me. They’re going to set up a meeting on his turf. There I’ll be assassinated.

  159. Oh, shit. Okay kids, I got to go to wrestle with the Obots. I’ll take you fishing again tomorrow.

  160. IQ just emailed me. He says, you damn Pumas, you really make him laugh. He does you a favor and takes Cinie in when you’re having a bad time, and now you’re gonna try and push him out! The Confluence wants to buy out Klownhaus? No, he buys you out, you don’t buy him out.

  161. Cinie…don’t tell Al neri, but he is so fired.

    Three Wickets, is he going around yelling, I’m myiq! again? Tell him that he’ll be taken care of.

  162. Yes myiq, we know who you are, you’re myiq…..Okay, good….

  163. He’s gone for a massage, with his contacts on, so whoever you sending better be prepared.

  164. Try the veal, it’s the best online.

  165. I always thought it would be myiq….but it was the smart move. RD was always smarter.

  166. What guarantees could I give you, Seriously? I am the hunted one! I missed my chance. You think too much of me kid – I’m not that clever. All I want, is a truce.

  167. I have to go to teh bathroom.

  168. LOL I’m giddy. I needed all the laughs from these last coupla threads after reading the Messiah’s transcript. “winter of our ….” whatever! (I’ve been off doing something much better than watching TV.) That whole speech is just a riot! Did Favreau really get paid for writing that tripe? How can even Uhbahma say that confused swill without giggling? How can the MSM listen without snickering?

    Jeebus, Zeus, and Bacchus. We have been sold up the creek without a paddle nor a boat.

    (((all Conflucians))) sleep well. BBL.

  169. So you’re saying the eloquence didn’t make you all teary eyed, then?

  170. Couldn’t find that pistol I bet. Clemenza works for me.

  171. He got the reputation of “great speechifier” the same place W got his as a “charmer” or Reagan as a “great communicator”. Or Gore “invented the internet”

  172. ok computer is working and it is dinner with the Obots tonight….I now know this computers limit to how many screens I can have open befor I lock it up!

    Cinie now you are just being snarky (dont worry Its what I love about you!) great post….

  173. OMG! You guys are so funny—and I don’t even know what you’re talking about!

  174. NOLA is definitely different:

    Fans of porn star Stormy Daniels are drafting her to run for the U.S. Senate seat in Louisiana now held by Republican Sen. David Vitter. And it’s no racy gimmick, they say.

    Then again, it wasn’t that long ago we had a movie star, a television star and a porn star all running for governor here in Big Smoggy (the movie star won)

  175. Good old Joe. He will at least help to keep our time interesting. How long will it be before we don’t see Biden anymore?

  176. I’m a bit slow; but “how do we know the questions were “pre-screened”?!?!?

  177. myiq

    Most of the companies we’ve been working since Novemeber said that they usually lay off some employees in Dec/Jan but the situation looked bleak when the results of the TARP were not what they expected, and they did not have much faith in the stimulus bill being discussed. Some were already in weak financial position and thus they layed off earlier and the layoffs were much bigger.

    Not only are there plenty of economists not in favor of the bill but most of the companies I’ve spoken with aren’t.

  178. Good grief, what is everybody talkin about? I can’t keep up.All I want to comment about are the tears from last night’s speechifyering. I got teary eyed too. Its when I realized (not for the first time), that we really are all screwed.

  179. I was led to this site from RBO. Now I think I know where all that campaign money came from and why there was a BO campaign worker with an office in the Bahamas.
    http://globalvoicesonline.org/2009/02/09/obama-campaign-manager-in-baku/

  180. glennmcgahee, from link:

    “A Plouffe associate confirms details of the trip to Politico. He says Plouffe will be speaking to university students “about the 2008 election and the power of grassroots people to make change…He’ll be focusing on the power of democracy and what it means to people around the world.”

    No one from this or the Bush administration has any credibility discussing democracy anywhere – OK, maybe in a court of law as a defendant.

  181. Does anyone have a theory as to why Obama picked Joe Biden? Was it just so he would look good in comparison to the number one gaffe master? Or was there a monetary reason?

  182. Purplefinn,

    Over at The Real Barack Obama, they have a theory all worked out about why Plouffe is taking that trip.

    http://therealbarackobama.wordpress.com/2009/02/09/plouffe-makes-a-surprise-visit-to-azerbaijan-not-so-fast-take-a-closer-look/2/

  183. I think because Biden is pretty well steeped in foreign affairs and he needed that perception of gravitas to overcome his own deficiencies.

    Biden appeared pretty glib and knowledgeable throughout the debates and adding him gave a leverage of experience Obama lacked.

    And by the way, where is Hillary these days? All I hear is Jones, BIden’s trip, Mitchell and Powers being mentioned on foreign affairs. Has he managed to outstrip her of duties while she just sits there at the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue looking busy?

  184. Interesting site, thanks BB.

  185. Pat, last night someone mentioned that whenever a foreign policy question came up he referred to someone else in the administration, not Hillary.

  186. PJ

    With the planned expansion of the NSC to oversee domestic and foreign activities usually part of the SOS or Commerce portfolio, and the envoys reporting directly to the WH, and Power’s powerful role behind the scenes, Hillary will be marginalized. Her trip to Europe and Japan is not what is needed right now, though important. But she seems not to be invited to the resolution table for the major foreign issues.

    I still believe she would have been better off staying in the Senate.

  187. I have a funny feeling about this. It may be that he has created an atmosphere to marginalize her. Offer her SoS then appoint people loyal to him to basically carry out the same duties but in a less visible role. He can say he satisfied her base supporters while doing end runs around that office. Most of those people have a “direct line of report” to him as it is.

    Just seems rather ironic.

  188. looking for integrity, ouch!

  189. Cinie – wonderful thread. Posters – you may yet get us through this “hell” with the humor. The last two threads are so funny.

    PJ – the Clintons are not to be mentioned. Makes “Fluffy” and the “zombies media” nervous to remind voters of having real as opposed to nothingness of “Fluffy”.

  190. looking for integrity,

    I’ve been wondering about that. Hillary will be at the NSC meetings though. It seems clear that Obama plans to centralize everything in the WH even more than Bush did. My real question is whether Obama will be at the NSC meetings or if James Jones will be the real CIC.

  191. I think people should read the whole article about Jones and the NSC, not just blog headlines about it.

    I don’t see anything there that indicates he is trying to marginalize Hillary. Here ‘s the link:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/02/07/AR2009020702076_pf.html

  192. Purplefinn

    I know, but I hate seeing such an intelligent, capable, visionary woman “checkmated”. There is a pattern in these appointments. They are either pay back or an effective way to neutralize and opponent – very Chicago machine.

    I have a feeling that I’m sounding increasingly cynical in my posts but the small light at the end of the tunnel has begun to fade for me.

  193. Plurat

    Other surces say otherwise, and an analysis of the restructuring of the NSC along with the special envoys reporting to the WH do change the role the SOS will play It’s telling that with respect to the foreign issues questions asked at the press conference BO never referred to Hillary, but to others.

    BB

    I agree. I believe we are looking at a centralization of power the likes of which we haven’t seen before.

  194. Hillary appointed the special envoys — they were her idea, and they are personally close to her.

    The NSC needs to be restructured to include non-traditional areas, as the article says. This is a good thing, IMO, and does nothing to diminish the sec of state.

  195. Plurat – Not blogging headlines. I read the WP article (not one of the sources I care for – same level as the NYT- due to the reporting done during the elections and campaigns). I read articles, reports and analyses on both sides of the political spectrum.

    Azerbaijan – My take is that, with the very real possibility of losing our base in Kyrgyzstan, we are courting Azerbaijan. Currently there is a base there open to NATO which the US uses to supply troops in Afghanistan, and which may need to be expanded if the other base is lost.

    Who better to send that Pflouffe, a non-member of the administration and a private citizen, to do the courting so that Putin won’t sound the alarm bells? Smart but transparent move.

  196. New post up by RD!

  197. Plural-

    Then we are reading different sources. My understanding is that the envoys were selected without Hillary’s input initially.

    I also disagree that the NSC should be expanded. Too many cooks spoil the soup and there will be a large amount of overlapping of areas between departments. Who is then the major decisions maker? Jones made it very clear that he is the “chairman” in an interview.

  198. There was an interview with Hillary yesterday in which she described the selection of Holbrooke, and her reasons for it. She is also very close to Mitchell. Both were chosen by her.

    The NSC needs to be expanded to include non-traditional areas like the ones listed in the WaPo article, so as to be updated to the 21st century.

  199. Here’s a clip from yahoo news:

    When Obama approached her to become secretary of state after he won the presidential election in November, Clinton said she recommended the idea of the special envoy and for Holbrooke to fill the position.
    “Richard represents the kind of robust, persistent, determined diplomacy that the president intends to pursue, and that I’m honored to help him fulfill,” Clinton said.
    She said she admired deeply Holbrooke’s “ability to shoulder the most vexing and difficult challenges” while he served in the administration of her husband, president Bill Clinton.
    “And he does bring relentless focus and energy. He can wear you out, but it is necessary to keep everybody, you know, on point about what we’re trying to achieve,” she said.

    news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20090209/pl_afp/usdiplomacyafghanistanpakistan_20090209165425

  200. Yes, Looking…Pat and I both discussed our uneasiness with Hill’s current position on a thread here, over the weekend –

    We are witnessing the creation of a kingdom here in the US – indeed the likes of which we haven’t seen before

    👿

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