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Above is a video clip from the hit television series The West Wing where Josh Lyman, the Deputy Chief of Staff to the president, thinks he can easily handle the White House press pool. Notice how he gets stumped at the end of the clip about an “inflation plan”. Instead of admitting that the president doesn’t have a plan to tackle the possibility of inflation, Josh decides to call the press pool stupid and tells that he does have a plan. Entertaining, right?

Now let’s comeback to reality.

Here’s a video clip of President Obama’s White House Press Secretary Jay Carney from earlier today:

Haha… Priceless! It’s crazy how The West Wing can mirror real life at times.

On a serious note, where’s the [real] president’s plan at???

Guy Benson – from Townhall.com – made an interesting point:

Since his unmitigated failure of a budget was unanimously defeated in the Senate, this president has refused to offer a specific plan of his own on virtually anything at all.  Instead, he talks about “visions” and “contours” and “frameworks” — and tries to blame his opponents when his poor leadership is exposed.  Over the last five days, the president has (a) undermined a bargain with John Boehner by introducing an unacceptable eleventh-hour condition, (b) rejected “out of hand” a bipartisan compromise that he found to be politically unpalatable, and (c) delivered a speech that painted his opponents as the intractable extremists.  In light of this behavior, it’s entirely reasonable for Americans to wonder what, precisely, Barack Obama’s proposed solution might be.  Today, the White House dismissively waived off that question as a GOP talking point and condescendingly inquired if the journalist who dared to ask it was capable of taking notes.

Well said.

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Wonder what you would find if you frisked the seven finalists chosen for Time magazine’s annual ‘Person of the Year’?

Answer: By looking at the picture, I’m sure you guessed it: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)…

Wait a second…

Okay. Sorry, I had to go look out the window real quick to make sure I’m still on planet Earth. Honestly, I find this quite shocking and comparable to Obama’s Nobel Prize – haha:

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is among the seven finalists chosen for Time magazine’s annual “Person of the Year,” according to media reports on Monday.

“Look, she’s the first woman Speaker of the House. She’s the strongest Speaker of the House in decades,” Time managing editor Richard Stengel said of Pelosi on NBC’s “Today” show. “She had piloted what is probably the most important legislation in decades through the House. She’s a really, really pivotal lawmaker.”

No offense to Mr. Stengel, but I recall her passing (or attempting to pass) some of the worst legislation our country has ever seen:

  • Passed the stimulus bill.
  • Passed a cap-and-trade bill that’s dead on arrival in the Senate.
  • Passed an ObamaCare bill that’s headed for the dumpster – thanks to Harry Reid (D-NV).

Not to mention all these mishaps she’s been able to accomplish this year:

Sorry, I would of loved to post all of the Pelosi videos and sound bites into this single post, but there’s just too many of them. Although, she must of done a good job overall if the GOP is planning to link her (instead of Obama) to Democrats in centrist districts for attack ads in the upcoming 2010 election – haha.

Enough about House Speaker Pelosi, here are the other finalists for Time magazine’s annual ‘Person of the Year’:

Other finalists in the realm of politics include last year’s winner President Barack Obama, Afghanistan commanding Gen. Stanley McChrystal and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke.

Apple CEO Steve Jobs and Jamaican sprinter and Olympic Gold Medalist Usain Bolt are also included as finalists.

Another finalist is the “Chinese worker,” which the magazine said has become an influential international economic power.

Hmm… Very interesting choices, but there’s no need to worry. After all, I’m sure Time magazine has excellent judgement. 😆

*UPDATE* – December 16, 2009:

Ladies and gentlemen, meet Time Magazine’s ‘Person of the Year 2009’: Ben Bernanke!

Hmm… Really?? 😕

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Wonder what you would find if you frisked General Electric – the parent company to NBC/Universal?

Answer: SOLD! Comcast has bought NBC/Universal from G.E.

FOX News reports:

Comcast Corp. announced Thursday it plans to buy a majority stake in NBC Universal for $13.75 billion, giving the nation’s largest cable TV operator control of the Peacock network, an array of cable channels and a major movie studio.

Comcast would name three people to the board and GE two, and Comcast would manage the joint venture. Jeff Zucker would remain NBC Universal’s CEO and report to Comcast Chief Operating Officer Steve Burke. NBC Universal’s headquarters are expected to stay in New York.

Overall, there are still some government hoops that the deal has to jump through in order for it to pass officially, but we will see.

The BIG question is: Will Comcast eventually change NBC’s failing cable-news service MSNBC in order to compete better with FOX News and CNN?

Hmm…

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MSNBC's Chris Matthews.

Wonder what you would find if you frisked MSNBC’s Chris Matthews after Obama’s speech to West Point about Afghanistan?

Answer: According to Matthews, West Point is an enemy camp.

As the heading of this post reads: ARE YOU KIDDING ME!?

Don’t let anyone hold you back from what you really think Chris:

“I didn’t see a lot of warmth in that crowd out there. The president chose to address tonight and I thought it was interesting. He went to maybe the enemy camp tonight to make his case. I mean, that’s where Paul Wolfowitz used to write speeches for, back in the old Bush days. That’s where he went to rabble rouse the “we’re going to democratize the world” campaign back in ’02. So, I thought it was a strange venue.”

Absolutely unbelievable and disrespectful. Some patriot he is (or extreme lack of).

Waiting for a public apology…

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Wonder what you would find if you frisked President Obama’s speech he is scheduled to give at West Point to announce his new strategy in Afghanistan and Pakistan?

Answer: Is this another photo op?

I am not saying that it is, but it really makes you wonder…

This President is a complete joke right now. Not only was his Asia trip a complete bust, but now he FINALLY decided on a strategy plan for Afghanistan and Pakistan! General McChrystal gave his recommendations back in August and in the meantime President Obama has been dithering around playing golf and hosting parties while it takes him a semester’s time to make a decision. Oh, not to mention our troops are over there without the resources they need to win.

CBS reports:

President Obama will announce his new strategy in Afghanistan and Pakistan, as well as any troop increase in the region, in a speech next Tuesday at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time at the United States Military Academy at West Point, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs told reporters this morning.

In the speech at West Point, which is located 50 miles north of New York City, the president is expected to announce he is deploying between 32,000 and 35,000 additional troops to Afghanistan. Gibbs said today that the president has not yet informed him of a final decision.

This is just completely absurd. President Obama already has the decision, but what does he need to do? He needs to notify the Secret Service to get their gear together, Air Force One to get the plane gassed up, and the press to inform them that he has made a decision and bring the cameras!

Unbelievable… He really can’t just inform the people needed to get this plan underway? After all, he has already wasted three months of the year deadline proposed by General McChystral. It’s obvious that Obama feels the need to waste another week to setup an epic speech at West Point, but don’t worry… His beloved teleprompter will surely be there.

*UPDATE 1*

Oh look! I’m not the only one upset about this issue:

Mr. Ainsworth took the unprecedented step of publicly criticising the US President and his delays in sending more troops to bolster the mission against the Taliban.

A “period of hiatus” in Washington – and a lack of clear direction – had made it harder for ministers to persuade the British public to go on backing the Afghan mission in the face of a rising death toll, he said.

Senior British Government sources have become increasingly frustrated with Mr Obama’s “dithering” on Afghanistan, the Daily Telegraph disclosed earlier this month, with several former British defence chiefs echoing the concerns.

But Mr. Ainsworth is the first Government minister to express in public what amounts to personal criticism of the US president’s leadership over the conflict which has so far cost 235 British lives.

Even America’s socialist friend (Britain) is giving President Obama a big slap in the face over his war delay.

Props to Mr. Ainsworth.

*UPDATE 2*

Do I need to say more?:

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AreYouKiddingMe

Valerie-Jarrett

Valerie Jarrett, WH Adviser

Wonder what you would find if you frisked the White House adviser Valerie Jarrett during an interview on CNN?

Answer: A bunch of nonsense coming out of her mouth.

HUH!? Really!? Is this woman legit? Because I honestly cannot tell from this interview. This attack on FOX News is becoming a joke! It is becoming more and more obvious that the White House is using this as a distraction to stir the media away of the real issues and Obama’s agenda.

Just to name a few: Socializing health-care, dithering on Afghanistan, a failed $800 billion stimulus, cap-and-tax, and putting more radicals in the White House.

Personally, I absolutely love this quotes by Ms. Jarrett:

We want the public to understand what’s going on. We saw the kinds of distortions this summer, particularly directed at seniors over health-care reform. It was really outrageous and I think what the President said in his message before Congress is we’re going to speak directly to the American people to make sure they understand the truth.

HAHA! First of all, explain these distortions? From what I saw at the town hall meetings (because we know the White House didn’t pay attention to them), it was clearly a bunch of concerned and informed individuals. People were showing up with the actual health-care bill and reading what was IN IT! Of course people were scared! They were scared because they actually read the bill – unlike our politicians. This is health-care! This is taking over 1/6 of our U.S. economy! And what was the typical response when a constituent pointed out concerns in the bill? The politician would simply reply with “I apologize because I don’t have the bill here in front of me, but…” and then rant on and on – dodging the question.

Oh, but don’t worry Ms. Jarrett. The President knows EXACTLY what this bill will include and accomplish. Wait a minute… then why can’t he explain how America will pay for it or why he uses the same talking points when the bill has changed numerous times?

White House = Hypocrites. How’s FOX News bias, but not MSNBC? Oh yeah, that’s why Ms. Jarrett stumbled around that question worse than someone with a B.A.C. of .399 – Impressive.

Side-Note: America isn’t dumb. We don’t need the Messiah to inform us on the issues. We can read sir. Also, last I knew… Glenn Beck has a direct phone line specifically for you guys to call and point out this ‘distortions’ and guess what? It still has not rung. Doesn’t that tell you something people?

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Obama-A-Joke

Wonder what you would find if you frisked all the comedian punchlines emerging about Obama?

Answer: Maybe he is becoming a joke?

It has been about 9 months since President Obama took office and there has hardly been any criticism of his actions  within the main stream media. At first, the media said there was nothing about Obama to make fun of, but lately there has been some pokes at the new President. David Paul Kuhn from Real Clear Politics reports:

Most presidents become a joke at some point. It’s a matter of when and how. Both points should concern this president. In Winston Churchill’s words, “a joke is a very serious thing.” Or it can be, when the joke is about a very serious thing.

Some of the recent punch lines thrown at President Obama by comedians include: Saturday Night Live, Bill Maher, Jon Stewart, and more. Mr. Kuhn continues:

Smart administrations take jokes seriously. By the spring of 1982, Ronald Reagan’s staff was concerned by a running joke. A new comedy record was popular, portraying Reagan as the amicable dunce.

Satire helped undermine both Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter. And as Reagan’s pollster, Richard Wirthlin, put it then: “the danger” of political satire “arises when the humor portrays the president as silly or impotent or portrays what he’s trying to do as irrelevant–when it attacks some of the basic elements of his leadership.”

Mocking the powerful is as old as Ben Franklin. A JFK impersonator won a Grammy in 1963 for satirizing the Kennedys. By the late 1970s, SNL became political satire’s defining institution.

Chevy Chase made Gerald Ford a klutz. Dana Carvey parodied George Bush as the wimpy, “wouldn’t be prudent” president. Phil Hartman nailed Clinton as the fast food president in his McDonalds skit, cheapening Clinton as a man after the easy pleasures. Just last year, Tina Fey devastated Sarah Palin as a silly, high school cheerleading airhead.

It was supposed to be hard to joke about Obama. White liberal comics were afraid to touch on race. Obama came to office in serious times. But it was also Obama’s image. He ran on a lofty persona unlike any candidate since Reagan. But in the case of Obama, the liberal pop culture was buying and selling it. Obama was to bring, “change, we can believe in.”

But the change maker has not made change–at least not on the hard fights, not yet. Hillary Clinton once asked why Obama “can’t close the deal.” Her dig is now a punch line. And most people get the joke, except CNN.

As Garry Trudeau, of “Doonesbury” fame, told one reporter, “For something to be funny, the audience has to be in a position to sense the truth of it.” And SNL’s lampoon of Obama was funny.

Is Obama’s charm slowly wearing off on people? After all, the man is on television 24-7 and like SNL said… He hasn’t really done anything. It’s almost like a boring Truman Show, haha.

Beware of political satire Mr. Obama, because sooner or later it will come out of nowhere and bite you in the rear end!

Side-Note: I’m betting sooner.

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