We planned to publish PINOs Palin Panic Part II today but it is a Friday and we are amused and distracted by silly events and memories of Bill.
Michael Tomasky, a writer we used to respect (we’ll have more on him soon) writes today about the DrudgeReport picture of Obama.
There’s a bit of hubbub over whether Obama, in the instantly famous picture really was checking out that young lady’s backside. Drudge is running big with it, under the (I admit) funny headline “Second Stimulus Package!”
However, if you at the video, not just the still, things get a bit murkier. It seems he may merely have been looking down at some steps.
In either case, I have trouble seeing the political problem here. Especially in the former case. I don’t quite get why Drudge is trumpeting this.
Tomasky used to be astute but apparently is now so Hopium addled that he cannot see why this is so amusing. We’ll remind him with this video:
We are sure Tomasky is not so dumb that he actually fails to understand why the pictures of smarmy Obama and Sarkozy are such a sensation. Yes, they are amusing and funny but they also go at the artificial construct that Obama is a flawless family man unlike, those horrible other people (the Hopium addled immediately yell Clinton!).
Big Media outlet ABC (among others) immediately lunged to protect Obama from even the hint of imperfection. No surprise there. What did pleasantly surprise was the reaction in the comments section. Banner at 4:43 p.m. spoke for many:
He was checking her out, big deal. Guys do that.
What is SICKENING is the press trying to cover up for it! Guys, get your noses out of his butt already!
And who really cares anyway? I’m more concerned about his getting rid of our missile shield with N korea and Iran are threatening to shoot missles at us! Or this Cap and Tax farce.
Wendy at 4:42 bought things back to Governor Sarah Palin:
ABC so worried about Obama and will go to great lenghts to defend him..yet these same droolers will continue to quote Levi Johnston..this administration’s government controlled media outlet..is joke..I only watch FOX news to get both sides..until they shut it down.
At 4:43 Angus put the situation into perspective:
ABC will cover for Obama no matter what. They’re now OBC. Leave it to OBC to try to mitigate this lapse of judgement. Maybe OBC can do a 30 minute special from the Whitehouse with Obama on bootycall.
Like us, Jon (at 4:36) remembered the Saudi bow:
OK he didn’t bow to the Saudi King, but he did bow to the stairs because otherwise they would be impassible.
Or…he did bow to the Saudi King and he did stare at the girls booty.
To many excuses make the obvious apparent.
Katie Couric’s IQ linked to The Onion and what would happen if Barack Obama murdered neighbors:
More than a week after President Barack Obama’s cold-blooded killing of a local couple, members of the American news media admitted Tuesday that they were still trying to find the best angle for covering the gruesome crime.
“I know there’s a story in there somewhere,” said Newsweek editor Jon Meacham, referring to Obama’s home invasion and execution-style slaying of Jeff and Sue Finowicz on Apr. 8. “Right now though, it’s probably best to just sit back and wait for more information to come in. After all, the only thing we know for sure is that our president senselessly murdered two unsuspecting Americans without emotion or hesitation.”
Added Meacham, “It’s not so cut and dried.”
[Picture: Associated Press reporters investigate any possible gym training regimens the president might have used to get into peak physical condition for the murders.]
Since the killings took place, reporters across the country have struggled to come up with an appropriate take on the ruthless crime, with some wondering whether it warrants front-page coverage, and others questioning its relevance in a fast-changing media landscape.
“What exactly is the news hook here?” asked Rick Kaplan, executive producer of the CBS Evening News. “Is this an upbeat human-interest story about a ‘day in the life’ of a bloodthirsty president who likes to kill people? Or is it more of an examination of how Obama’s unusual upbringing in Hawaii helped to shape the way he would one day viciously butcher two helpless citizens in their own home?”
“Or maybe the story is just that murder is cool now,” Kaplan continued. “I don’t know. There are a million different angles on this one.”
So far, the president’s double-homicide has not been covered by any major news outlets.
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This past week Obama made a fool of himself in Russia. Charles Krauthammer covered the serious consequences of the Obama foolery. We like that at least one Big Media columnist understands that Obama will ride over anyone or anything in his quest for publicity and applause. We particularly like this sentence which sums Obama’s craving for publicity succinctly: And our president likes his plumage.
But it was a 25 year old Russian who we declare an honorary Pinko:
Crowds did not clamor for a glimpse of him. Headlines offered only glancing or flippant notice of his activities. Television programming was uninterrupted; devotees of the Russian Judge Judy had nothing to fear. Even many students and alumni of the Western-oriented business school where Mr. Obama gave the graduation address on Tuesday seemed merely respectful, but hardly enthralled.
“We don’t really understand why Obama is such a star,” said Kirill Zagorodnov, 25, one of the graduates. “It’s a question of trust, how he behaves, how he positions himself, that typical charisma, which in Russia is often parodied. Russians really are not accustomed to it. It is like he is trying to manipulate the public.”
You got it Kirill.
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On July 4th Politico published a story which glorified Obama and imagined how great Obama would be when he arrives in Africa later today. The article which took only minimal swipes at Bill Clinton reminded us why Bill is our guy.
Politico did not seem to realize that a white Bill Clinton getting a great crowd and a great crowd reaction says something more uplifting about humanity than the tired story of Obama ‘getting down in Africa with his homies’.
Still it was a good story for a weekend summer night:
It might seem like a moment just too good for the White House to pass up – America’s first black president, on his first trip to sub-Saharan Africa, looking out over a sea of jubilant faces, delivering a message of friendship and hope.
Yet President Barack Obama, who would command a monumental audience nearly anywhere he spoke on the continent where he traces his ancestry, is not scheduled to deliver a speech to the general public when he visits Ghana next week.
The White House said it preferred a smaller event at Ghana’s parliament to herald the nation’s democratic traditions. But some suspect the reason has its roots in an event that holds a storied place in White House lore – President Bill Clinton’s 1998 speech to a massive crowd in the sweltering heat of Accra, Ghana, where Obama will visit as well.
It does not really occur to Politico that maybe Obama is afraid that he cannot get a crowd greater than white old “racist” Bill Clinton. The possibility that at best Obama could only match Bill is not considered. Old, white, “racist” Bill Clinton who did so much to help the world was loved – even by all those African-Africans even though Bill Clinton was only the first Black president. Obama will always take second to Bill, at best.
And Bill saved a life. Don’t ever forget that. Bill saved many Muslim lives in the Balkans and many lives of all colors and creeds. Bill also personally saved a life. Barack Obama only saves his news clippings.
Whatever the number, the overheated, overcrowded, overwhelming event left some in Clinton’s party worried that he’d been shot, and a doctor concerned that he could contract HIV from frantic interaction with the crowd. And it took a threatening turn at the end, as a red-faced, shouting Clinton implored the crowd, “Get back! Back off!” as it threatened to crush a woman near the front of the stage.
“The crowd was so large that it began surging towards the stage. Suddenly, a woman in the front of the crowd began to get trampled,” recalled Sandy Berger, Clinton’s national security adviser at the time. “Clinton jumped up and put his arm down over the side and grabbed her. The Secret Service thought he’d been shot and freaked out.”
“He saved her life,” Berger said. “It was a kind of tumultuous scene.”
Michelle would at most have yanked at the woman’s sleeves.
In those days (keep that in mind you Hopium addled ahistorical fools) AIDs was greatly feared. Today we know better, but back in those days – fear was strong.
Clinton’s White House physician Dr. Connie Mariano said she started out that day worried about the heat, but wound up concerned about HIV.
“It was steamy, and hot, and miserable,” Mariano recalled. “[Ghana’s president General Jerry] Rawlings put a ceremonial robe over [Clinton’s] dark business suit and I thought, ‘Oh my God, he’s going to pass out,’” she said.
Mariano said the feverish crowd and the scuffle over people being crushed at the front left the president nicked up.
“He got scratches. His hands were cut because people’s nails were scratching him because they wanted to hold him,” she said. “Realize how many HIV-positive people there were there. … It was an extremely frightening experience.”
As the crowd surged forward, police wielding rubber truncheons slammed them down on the hands of people holding onto the barricades. The front-line people would jump back, only to be pushed forward, grab the barricades, and have their hands whacked again. Reporters offering bottled water to parched Ghanaians nearly triggered a stampede.
“I just remember the mass of flesh. There was like a gazillion people, more than I had ever seen in my life,” said Ann Scales, who covered the event for The Boston Globe.
Clinton’s speechwriter that day, Ted Widmer, recalled a feeling of sensory overload.
“It was surreal in many ways — just one sensation after the next,” he said. “Sweat was pouring out of every pore in my body. … I was seeing these people do a lion dance with deafening drums. … I’ve been at plenty of unmemorable political speeches. This one was carnival-esque and fun.”
During the presidential primary campaign last year, Clinton often invoked the memory of his Accra speech as an example of when he was at his rhetorical peak. “Back when I was in politics, I was a reasonably good speaker,” Clinton told college students in Austin, Texas last February. “I once spoke to a million people in Ghana.”
You’re still at your peak Bill. You’re still the one.
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For those needing a Palin fix right away, you can prep for Part II of our Palin Panic series by checking out the good folks at The Confluence who today are having a discussion as to whether or not Governor Sarah Palin is a feminist. We’ll discuss that issue too in Part II of our Palin Panic series.