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2/1/2010

Fun with the White House Press

Filed under: Obama — DRJ @ 10:20 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

Today’s unintentional humor comes to us courtesy of White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs:

“We are where we are today partly because of this economic downturn, but partly because for a long time we had two wars that we weren’t paying for. We had tax cuts that we weren’t paying for. And we had a prescription drug benefit that, although very worthy, we never paid for.

We have to return to some very common-sense principles that everyday Americans live by every time they go to the grocery store or want to go to the movies or cash their paycheck, and that is you can’t spend more than you have.”

— DRJ

92 Responses to “Fun with the White House Press”

  1. Comedy gold!!!!!!

    daleyrocks (718861)

  2. Why do all the best posts by DRJ come so late?

    Gibbs is the bestest press secretary since that imbecile Bush hired, except Gibbs thinks he’s glib.

    How, exactly, are we paying for tax cuts, except in the sense we’re not paying more taxes?

    This is the problem with a government that believes all solutions rest solely on the government.

    I’ll tell you what, Gibbs, tell Nancy, Harry and Barry to stop spending so much money against an overdrawn bank account. Then, we’ll take you seriously.

    Ag80 (1592cc)

  3. I don’t find this funny. I find it infuriating. They say those things on the day that the administration proposes a budget which involves 1.6 trillion dollars of deficit spending?

    And they say those things with a straight face? Do they really think I’m so stupid?

    Steven Den Beste (99cfa1)

  4. Was Gibbs trying to see how much dishonest he could fit in one statement?

    JD (61d2c1)

  5. How did the build-up of cognitive dissonance not make his head assplode?

    JD (61d2c1)

  6. We had tax cuts that we weren’t paying for.

    I don’t understand why liberals think you have to pay for tax cuts. Wait, no, I do understand. They think it’s their money and that tax cuts are like them giving away their money to you, right?

    Argh, that’s so freaking infuriating. No matter how often it’s proven tax cuts increase revenues liberals plug their ears and go, “Lalalalala, I can’t hear you!”

    wherestherum (d413fd)

  7. SDB,

    It’s so ludicrous that it’s funny, plus getting mad won’t stop people who are drunk with power. They need an intervention, and hopefully that will happen next November.

    DRJ (84a0c3)

  8. “Do they really think I’m so stupid?”

    Steven Den Beste – Yes. Unfortunately. They are the educated class after all.

    daleyrocks (718861)

  9. Too true, Daleyrocks.

    Ag80:

    Why do all the best posts by DRJ come so late?

    It takes more and more time to get going these days. I blame age.

    DRJ (84a0c3)

  10. SDB: “Do they really think I’m so stupid?”

    Dude: you live in Portland Oregon, from what i can tell, the biggest city in a state that just voted to tax rich people and successful corporations…. of course they think you’re stupid.

    redc1c4 (fb8750)

  11. “I blame age.”

    I blame Bush!

    Sheesh, get with the program DRJ!

    daleyrocks (718861)

  12. Why do all the best posts by DRJ come so late?

    because dancing the late rounds gets the best tips?

    /white smoke

    redc1c4 (fb8750)

  13. Gibbs is the bestest press secretary since that imbecile Bush hired, except Gibbs thinks he’s glib.

    Comment by Ag80

    Scott McClellan is Carole Strayhorn’s son (she lost the Tex Gov Primary and ran anyway, which is just bad form). I always thought that explained damn near everything about him. Oh, and grandson of W Page Keeton (UT Law Dean for a million years). Sadly, I don’t think that explained anything.

    Never understood why W hired Scott. Not loyal, not skilled, not tying his coalition to anything helpful. I guess it was a favor or something. And sorry to say, but Gibbs is a much better Press Secretary than McClellan. He may not be Ari or Tony quality, but it’s hard to say. Gibbs has an awfully hard job to do.

    Dustin (b54cdc)

  14. Actually SDB

    Its 1.8 trillion….

    EricPWJohnson (de707f)

  15. Its 1.8 trillion….

    Comment by EricPWJohnson

    And it will probably wind up even worse than that. Revenues are going to keep falling, inflation is going to eventually surface. Things that added up yesterday will need some help tomorrow.

    All I know is, for all the talk about what a damn emergency this is, DC’s only reaction has been to borrow a lot of money for random crap. No one is sacrificing anything up there.

    Dustin (b54cdc)

  16. It’s no longer my money the government is spending. It’s now my great-grandson’s money the government is spending. And my grandson isn’t due to be born for another four weeks.

    At any rate, it isn’t the government’s money.

    John Hitchcock (b082bd)

  17. And, DRJ, age has nothing to do with the timing of your posts. Nature does. It’s unnatural for people to be awake when the big orange ball is in the sky.

    John Hitchcock (b082bd)

  18. Its the irony that makes it so funny. This administration has set the bar so high on deficit spending that it may never be broken (I hope). Gibbs may not be a complete idiot; he is just in the position of defending one.

    Robert (037bf2)

  19. John Hitchcock – last time I looked, we live under a big yellow ball – and have done so since the 90s or so … prior to that, in the Los Angeles area, the Sun was indeed a big orange ball, but that’s another Geraldo entirely !

    Do you think the currect crew in the Capitol will figure outt hat first, we need more domestic energy resources and sources ? Then we need more production of non-energy resources ? Then we need to transform those resources into sellable (and, ideally, exportable) goods ?

    And that we don’t need more jobs for folk to collect data on and report on how we keep losing jobs to do any and all of the above three things ?

    Alasdair (205079)

  20. I have my own opinion on the current crew in the White House, and it does not coincide with the feel-good “benefit of the doubt” crowd of antagonistic Conservatives. It falls within a different crowd of antagoniatic, Patriotic Conservatives and Libertarians.

    Does that give you any “feel” for what my opinions are, Alasdair? Or should I also add that I’m a Fundamentalist Christian Conservative in order for you to wrap your mind around my opinion? (Just playing with you while still making my point.)

    John Hitchcock (b082bd)

  21. I guess this means that they’re planning to get all of this money they’re spending from somewhere.

    Hmmm, where could it be that they’re planning to source this money . . .

    Oh, but Teh One PROMISED to not raise taxes.

    It’s a puzzler.

    Icy Texan (0781f2)

  22. No, IT, Teh Won promised not to raise any taxes at all by one dime on anyone making less than 250k. As his 70 cent cigarette tax showed, he didn’t raise taxes by one dime on those people. He raised taxes by a whole lotta dimes on those people.

    John Hitchcock (b082bd)

  23. Robert Gibbs’ new nickname – Mr. SAT

    Infidel Mataween (4a9c06)

  24. Gibbs may not be a complete idiot; he is just in the position of defending one.

    Comment by Robert — 2/2/2010 @ 12:55 am

    Agreed, but when you freely decide to keep defending an (admittedly powerful) idiot, it makes you either incredibly self-serving (and contemptuous of the intelligence of others to boot) or a full-blown idiot yourself.

    Haven’t yet decided which Gibbs is, to tell the truth. Am leaning toward the former.

    no one you know (1ebbb1)

  25. I wish Obama was surrounded by media handlers and message makers who were idiots. In reality, they are brilliant and effective. That is basically most of the talent he relies on.

    That may be what it takes in today’s political world. An absolute focus on media handling, message shaping, being some pretty icon. It’s no surprise that the GOP’s most media savvy people, Palin and Huckabee, are also pretty effective at pulling support.

    Gibbs looks like an aloof clown because he’s supposed to be the foil. It’s better to think the messenger is stupid than thinking Obama’s policies are stupid.

    When folks didn’t like Bush’s policies that they heard from Ari Fleischer, it wasn’t because Ari screwed up delivery or acted like a clown. From one perspective, that’s a disadvantage.

    Dustin (b54cdc)

  26. In Obamaworld, deficit spending is fiscal restraint. Failure is success. Losing a senate seat is actually a show of support for your policies. More unemployment is more jobs “created or saved”. Soon up will be down, night will be day, and national bankruptcy will be financial independence.

    What could go wrong?

    navyvet (e4db05)

  27. Cloward and Piven.

    You think they don’t know what they are doing? You think you matter? You think we’re going to make it to the November elections in time to turn this around?

    They know the clock is running out. The big push is on. TARP II, a stronger push for Health Care reform, another look at Cap ‘n Trade; toss in Don’t Ask and a few other distractions for added flavor.

    Corwin (ea9428)

  28. **
    MUSSSSSST…..NNNNOTT….. LYNCH!!!
    **

    MUSSSSSSTTTT…

    NOOOOOT…

    LYNCH…!!!

    OOoops!

    BAD BUPKIS! BAD!!! BAD!!!

    IgotBupkis (79d71d)

  29. Somewhaty OT, buuuuuut….

    we need more domestic energy resources and sources ? Then we need more production of non-energy resources ? Then we need to transform those resources into sellable (and, ideally, exportable) goods ?

    a) Not to disagree with your thesis (since I’m not utterly sure what it is, but…) We’re still, just in terms of manufacturing, the *third* largest economy in the world. JUST manufacturing. *Nothing else*. And we make lots and lots of “else”.

    b) This is a post-industrial economy. Virtually all new WEALTH created in this system isn’t going to be in the form of manufactured goods. It’s going to derive from the creation of that which a “post-industrial” economy is based on (the term “post-industrial” was used when we knew something followed, but weren’t sure what it was. That “what” is now quite evident): IP And SERVICES.

    This country is by far the greatest producer of IP & S the world has, and has ever known. There is no sign visible in the immediate future of any other collection of people able to take that mantle away. Even with the downturn. America is in an utterly unique position in terms of its composition and talent pool, which no other nation could match within a generation even if it embarked on a crash-course to do so.

    In general, there is no “resources” required to maintain this hegemony other than human ingenuity and personal resourcefulness (Yeah, you need food, etc., to support those people, but you were gonna need that anyway, capisce?)

    The rest of that stuff you imagine we need isn’t all that relevant towards us making lots and lots of money.

    Just brainpower.

    This, of course, is why good education is of critical importance. It, along with our polyglot, mongrel national identity, are what give us the ability we have in this arena far in advance of any other nation.

    .

    IgotBupkis (79d71d)

  30. Oh, watch the Democrats sneak back in permanent Secret Service Protection for this president after he leaves office, in stead of the 10 years Congress changed it to.

    PCD (1d8b6d)

  31. Robert Gibbs plainly needs to pass out decoder rings. Along with this post, I read yesterday’s Q&A with Jake Tapper and it is one of the most bizarre exchanges…Gibbs has elevated obfuscation and ridiculousness to a high art form.

    TAPPER: The president’s executive order creating a bipartisan commission to look at debt reduction — why is it needed, considering the fact that Democrats control the House, Senate and the White House?

    GIBBS: Well, it’s needed because I think if you look at the budget documents, we’re going to get somewhere slightly above 3 percent of our GDP taken up in our budget deficit, and I think most people would say 3 percent is about where you need to be and it’s going to take some tough decisions to close those gaps.

    TAPPER: Why are the president and substantial majorities of Democrats in the House and Senate not capable of those tough decisions?

    GIBBS: Because we understand, Jake, that unless you get 60 votes in this environment, you can’t make those — you can’t make those determinations. Let’s use — in one particular instance, the debt commission itself, this was a legislative proposal — and I’m sure many of you have heard me do this — introduced in December, a bipartisan proposal by Senator Judd Gregg, Senator Conrad — one a Republican, one a Democrat — that enjoyed pretty broad bipartisan support. Normally 50 votes would carry the day. This proposal got 53 votes when it needed 60. Seven cosponsors of the legislation ultimately voted against the legislation. So you need 60 votes in this environment to get something done.

    TAPPER: — when one party controls the House, Senate and the White House?

    GIBBS: No, no, no, no, wait a minute. This is — welcome to Washington. One party is not going to get — one party is not going to be able to solve all these. The American people want both parties to work together to solve these. We can make those tough decisions if people are willing to work together to do that.

    Dana (1e5ad4)

  32. #31: IOW, they want someone else to blame for unpopular choices…..

    redc1c4 (fb8750)

  33. Comment by Dana — 2/2/2010 @ 6:33 am

    God, that shuck and jive by Gibbs was pathetic. He’s basically admitting that his boss is incapable of leading–Reagan, Bush I, and Clinton passed legislation with the opposing party controlling one or more houses of Congress.

    Hell, he’s admitting that President Pretty Princess is even less effective than Bush II; THAT’S got to sting.

    It’s not often when you see an administration admit they don’t have the capability to lead the country, but that’s what you get when you put a glorified ward heeler at the head of the table. Obama’s spent so much of his career–hell, his whole life–practicing “oppositional politics,” now that he’s expected to craft policy instead of being an intellectually lazy contrarian, he’s completely at a loss. And Gibbs admitted it.

    I’d say to vote for Gridlock 2010, but it looks like we already have Brainlock 2009 large and in charge.

    Another Chris (2d8013)

  34. Q: How do you know Robert Gibbs is lying?
    A: His lips are moving.

    rbj (9f3937)

  35. Gibbs is deliberately trying to confuse the current-year and proposed budget deficits with the accumulated national debt, in order to blame the current-year and proposed budget’s deficits on Bush (tax cats, war, Medicare drug benefit).

    Gibbs is also blatantly lying about the percentage of GDP the budget computes to. As noted in comment #31, “slightly above 3%” of GDP isn’t what the budget deficit is–it’s 13.3%. It’s slightly above 13%. (A 1.6 trillion proposed deficit out of a GDP of 12 trillion is 0.13333).

    Official Internet Data Office (dc2fe1)

  36. We have to return to some very common-sense principles that everyday Americans live by every time they go to the grocery store or want to go to the movies or cash their paycheck, and that is you can’t spend more than you have.

    We have to return to some unworkable scheme that everyday Americans wished they could live by every time they go to bill their customers, and that is you get to bill the customers for as much as you want to spend.

    cboldt (60ea4a)

  37. It’s not often when you see an administration admit they don’t have the capability to lead the country, but that’s what you get when you put a glorified ward heeler at the head of the table. Obama’s spent so much of his career–hell, his whole life–practicing “oppositional politics,” now that he’s expected to craft policy instead of being an intellectually lazy contrarian, he’s completely at a loss. And Gibbs admitted it.

    And the real irony behind that is Obama has never had to face true opposition. In Chicago, it’s a battle between liberal, liberaler and liberalest. It’s not surprising he finds opposition from conservatives (spit) so distateful.

    the wolf (85e509)

  38. (A 1.6 trillion proposed deficit out of a GDP of 12 trillion is 0.13333).

    Considering our total public debt is roughly $12.3 trillion, that means our debt is 100% of GDP (our total combined debt across all sectors is 350%). And it’s going to get worse.

    It’s over. We’re hosed–there’s no way a country can remain financially stable with a 1:1 correlation of public debt to GDP. It’s now just a matter of when the whole structure comes crashing down. My bet is after 2011 when the OptionARM and Alt-A loans reset, and we see “Subprime II: National Insolvency Boogaloo.”

    Another Chris (2d8013)

  39. (A 1.6 trillion proposed deficit out of a GDP of 12 trillion is 0.13333)

    And a 1.6 trillion proposed deficit out of a GDP of 14.4 trillion, (which is another estimate I’ve seen somewhere) is 11.1% of GDP.

    That would put the US national debt/GDP ratio at about 85%. Japan’s is anywhere from 170% to 200%.

    Official Internet Data Office (dc2fe1)

  40. I’m with #22, Cloward-Piven.

    Obviously I’m not in the know, but one must plan for the capability of an adversary, not intent, and events support it. Risk management. The consequences are potentially disastrous. A couple years ago I’d never have dreamed of it…

    I have not wanted to read ‘Rules for Radicals’, because it sounds like BS, but I just ordered it.

    jodetoad (7a7b8a)

  41. Well, i ranted at my site, here:

    http://allergic2bull.blogspot.com/2010/02/cluelessoutrageous-white-house-quote-of.html

    And here is a cleaned up, de-formatted, pictureless, censored for potty talk, cut and paste of what i said:

    Big hat tip to DRJ posting at Patterico. We get this little gem from White House spokes model Robert Gibbs:

    > We have to return to some very common-sense principles that everyday Americans live by every time they go to the grocery store or want to go to the movies or cash their paycheck, and that is you can’t spend more than you have.

    Words fail me. I mean my jaw just hit the floor.

    Okay they aren’t failing me anymore.

    Bobby, you are just f—ing with us, right? I mean do you have any idea how unreal that statement is?

    Here Bobby, take a f—ing look at how your administration applies that principle:

    And that is just the deficit. You get a deficit when you spend more money than you have coming in. See how it goes up and down? That is because sometimes you idiots are planning on reducing the rate of increase in our debt.

    You hear that? You aren’t even talking about reducing the debt, but occasionally reducing the rate of increase in our debt.

    And here is other the galling thing. Read the whole briefing at the link above. He says this and there isn’t even one single follow up question. The press is so blinkered that he can say something that unreal and they barely bat an eye.

    Jesus, it’s a good thing I am not a member of the White House press corps. I probably would have gone all Hulk on them and thrown a chair at Gibbs, hearing that in person. I certainly would have asked a rude follow up question. Something like, “are you f—ing kidding me?”

    Seriously, am I the only person who hasn’t noticed that this administration says wise things, and then utterly fails to apply them at all? I guess they are “just words,” right Obama?

    Sheesh.

    A.W. (f97997)

  42. SDB – To echo above, they do think you are every bit that dumb. No other explanation fits.

    JD (61d2c1)

  43. A.W.
    To address your last sentence.
    The wise things you reference are applied. They’re applied in an attempt to mollify the rubes and provide useful idiots with talking points.
    They were never expected to be part of the admin’s actions.

    Richard Aubrey (a9ba34)

  44. The response from Gibbs is not unintentional, it’s well conceived and very much contrived, sometimes it’s even choreographed. Gibbs is transfixing the press. He’s well aware there’s no rational explanation for Obama’s obscene spending. Or, the truth might prove to be just too inconvenient at the moment.

    So, since Gibbs has got to respond somehow, he says something so absurdly obnoxious it shocks and angers nearly everyone who hears it. While the questioner is momentarily stunned into silent confusion attempting to grasp what was said and how it might possibly be related to the topic, a shill quickly jumps in and spins a tangential point. (We recognize it here in it’s informal variant of “sympathetic trolling.”)

    After the formal WH performance, any further discussion of his preposterous double-talk, any response to what Gibbs “said,” is a victory for him. He’s managed to change the subject from questions for which there is no satisfactory answer to a discussion about him, or what he said, or if he’s stupid, or foolish, or drunk.

    Mission accomplished, next topic. Any other questions?

    ropelight (ad619f)

  45. amazing, Obama is now himself claiming he follows this principle.

    A.W. (f97997)

  46. A.W. – None are so blind as those that refuse to see.

    JD (61d2c1)

  47. Comment by Another Chris — 2/2/2010 @ 7:00 am

    Your designation of the President as a “ward heeler” is disrespectful of all of those hard-working ward-healers everywhere.

    AD - RtR/OS! (eadee4)

  48. Healing a ward and heeling a ward are vastly different. That is all.

    JD (61d2c1)

  49. As a ‘community organizer”, if he was “healing”, he would be accomplishing much more for so many more, than if he was just “heeling”.
    All this group knows to do is to stuff their pockets (which is “heeling”); Point well taken.

    But, since they like to think of themselves as the “vanguard of the proletariate”, I would remind them that not only does “all power comes from the barrel of a gun!”,
    but that “invasion would be futile; there’s a gun behind every blade of grass!”.

    AD - RtR/OS! (eadee4)

  50. Schadenfruede forever. Incredible.

    [note: fished from spam filter. –Stashiu]

    HeavenSent (ae267e)

  51. I have to say that I admire Gibbs–it isn’t just anyone who can say this stuff with a straight face. Maybe that’s why Pelosi has had so much Botox–makes saying this stuff with a straight face much easier.

    Rochf (ae9c58)

  52. Gibbs really thinks that the media will faithfully parrot whatever BS he dumps on them. And for the last year they have, but I’m seeing signs that the media have decided to jump off of Obama’s lap. They are going to start burning Gibbs soon.

    I doubt that we’ll see Gibbs in his job past about mid summer.

    SPQR (26be8b)

  53. Following the ship-wreck that will occur on Nov 2, we shall see wholesale changes at 1600 PA Ave.

    And, Rahm’s intemperate outburst will not go quietly into that good night.

    AD - RtR/OS! (eadee4)

  54. Well, we had the Fruit-of Kaboom Bomber, can anyone think of a catchy phrase for this?

    peedoffamerican (422035)

  55. Comment by peedoffamerican — 2/2/2010 @ 12:22 pm

    Can you just imagine the intensive training that TSA agents will have to undergo to determine the difference between normal silicon/saline implants, and ones’ stuffed with C4?
    Brings a whole new meaning to the term: Hands-On Job!

    AD - RtR/OS! (eadee4)

  56. Tittiebomber. Breasts are not just for milk anymore, I guess.

    peedoffamerican (422035)

  57. Got Milk?

    peedoffamerican (422035)

  58. Comment by peedoffamerican — 2/2/2010 @ 12:24 pm

    The Wonder-Boom!

    AD - RtR/OS! (eadee4)

  59. AD, do you know where I can apply for the job with hands on training?

    peedoffamerican (422035)

  60. It gives new meaning to the old joke about womens fake boobs exploding on airliners. Also to this old joke also:

    Woman goes to doctor for routine breast exam. Doctor, “Is it okay to numb your breasts?’
    Patient, “Sure.”
    Doctor, “num, num, num, num,…”
    Breast, “Kaboom”

    peedoffamerican (422035)

  61. Trolling AND spam, all in one package?

    SPQR (26be8b)

  62. Trolling AND spam, all in one package?
    Comment by SPQR — 2/2/2010 @ 12:56 pm

    I usually nuke those before anyone notices them. I was too slow this time and everyone should note that you weren’t talking about anyone here, just the bankruptcy lawyer spam that I deleted.

    Stashiu3 (44da70)

  63. Ok, all you experts (Am I going to regret asking), HOW would you set off one of these “Bomb Racks”?

    PCD (1d8b6d)

  64. My apologies, Stashiu3, in cases like that feel free to delete my smartass comment as well.

    SPQR (26be8b)

  65. you can’t spend more than you have

    But if you’re the government, you can spend more than other people have.

    ras (88eebb)

  66. No worries. We avoid deleting comments as much as possible and everyone understands. I just didn’t want your comment misunderstood because of something I had done. I’m usually quick enough to grab those before anyone can see them. The spam filter misses a few of those each day, so the surprising thing is it doesn’t happen even more often.

    Stashiu3 (44da70)

  67. Talking about exploding breastesses is not trolling, nor spam. 😉

    JD (61d2c1)

  68. Talking about exploding breastesses is not trolling, nor spam. 😉
    Comment by JD — 2/2/2010 @ 1:15 pm

    Can we get Better Half’s opinion? 😉

    Stashiu3 (44da70)

  69. She just rolled her eyes and shrugged her shoulders.

    JD (61d2c1)

  70. In a case like that, Stashiu3, I’d certainly want you to delete my comment as well. I’m a big boy and would figure out why. 😉

    SPQR (26be8b)

  71. Waaaaaaaay off topic, but if you want a good belly laugh, go find the Kos Polling results for the “conservatives” he polled, and the ensuing commentary. They really hate you.

    JD (61d2c1)

  72. They have the money.

    They got it from the Chinese.

    The problem will come when the Chinese realize they are getting paid back simply by turning the printing presses to a higher speed.

    Shipwreckedcrew (dfa1f1)

  73. Obama is going to ruin the credit rating of the United States.

    “Feb. 2 (Bloomberg) — Moody’s Investors Service Inc. said the U.S. government’s Aaa bond rating will come under pressure in the future unless additional measures are taken to reduce budget deficits projected for the next decade. . . ”

    “If the current upward trend in government debt were to continue and become irreversible, the rating could come under downward pressure,” said analysts led by Steven A. Hess, senior credit officer at Moody’s in New York.”

    Official Internet Data Office (dc2fe1)

  74. Comment by PCD — 2/2/2010 @ 12:59 pm

    I suppose (having to rely on “Hollywood” tech, here) that they could use one of those pager activated detonators as was used in “Man On Fire“.
    Of course, the real question would be, who would be initiating the page?

    AD - RtR/OS! (eadee4)

  75. The way it is described in the article, it is the same explosive that the Fruit-of-Kaboom bomber used. It would be set off with a syringe injecting the re-agent into the breast nad could be simply explained away as an insulin injection until KABOOOM.

    peedoffamerican (422035)

  76. It’s the liberal’s version of Three Card Monte, nothing more than a semi-sophisticated street con.

    GeneralMalaise (55c598)

  77. “Well, we had the Fruit-of Kaboom Bomber, can anyone think of a catchy phrase for this?”

    Ta-ta-go-BOOM-de-yay?

    GeneralMalaise (55c598)

  78. With all due credit to my wife:

    KaBOOB!!

    EW1(SG) (edc268)

  79. Rahmbo should have called Gibbs a freakin’ ‘tard.

    daleyrocks (718861)

  80. Yeah. Cut your coat according to your head size. Or something like that….

    The Emperor (ca5114)

  81. 80.Rahmbo should have called Gibbs a freakin’ ‘tard.

    Comment by daleyrocks — 2/2/2010 @ 4:01 pm

    It is awfully hypocritical to use the same language that your heroes are pretending to be so furious about in front of the cameras. Especially in a joke as unfunny as yours. The entire joke is the use of the word ‘tard? Don’t quit (looking for) your day job.

    Intelliology (00d844)

  82. It’s not hypocritical at all. And you aren’t seriously thinking it was. You just want to make another mess.

    Dustin (b54cdc)

  83. You’re right. It is not hypocritical to be upset over someone else using the same language that you are using. Actually I shouldn’t be surprised that that is your viewpoint considering the leash in foul language that JD gets around here. But that’s different!

    Intelliology (00d844)

  84. Barcky told us it was alright to make jokes about special people. I know that hits a little close to home, sockpuppet.

    JD (c7bd69)

  85. Comment by ropelight — 2/2/2010 @ 10:57 am

    ropelight, since Gibbs came on the scene and I’ve had time to marinade in the Gibbsian Goulash he routinely offers, I hold with Option B as to why he was hired. At first, the disbelief and state of shocks one experiences after these pressers, caused me to go with Option A, but even this president needs smart people around him.

    Option A, which I thought until the stunned state of shock wore off, was:

    He is just a really easy mark. And because of his cluelessness, the administration could wantonly dish crap out to him to pass on to the public and he would and never be the wiser, but just a blank slate, non-thinking believer.

    But Option B makes far more sense:

    He is one of the smoothest operators around who knows how to manipulate, finesse, and simultaneously baffle the masses with a steady stream of of run-on sentences, half-truths, idiotic claims, and non-linear ramblings that, as you point out, leave the listener stunned and unable to make a quick counterpoint. He is the master.

    Dana (1e5ad4)

  86. Here’s obama’s actual words today:

    > Responsible families don’t do their budgets the way the federal government does. Right? When times are tough, you tighten your belts. You don’t go buying a boat when you can barely pay your mortgage. You don’t blow a bunch of cash on Vegas when you’re trying to save for college. You prioritize. You make tough choices. It’s time your government did the same. (Applause.)

    > Now, that’s why I continue to insist on making investments for job growth this year, why I continue to insist that we put more money into education; that’s why I say we put more money into science and technology for innovation. (Applause.) That’s why I continue to believe that we’ve got to invest in our infrastructure so that we are building the kind of America that can compete in the 21st century. Those are smart investments. That’s like buying the new boiler — if it’s busted, you got to get a new boiler. If the roof’s leaking, you got to fix the roof. There’s some things you’ve got to do.

    > But you can put off buying the new curtains, even if it’d be nice to have. You know, that — remodeling the bathroom, I mean, everything is working. You don’t need it right now. I mean, what we’ve been having are folks who want to buy the curtains but don’t want to fix the boiler. (Applause.) And our priorities have to change.

    if you go to my site you can get sources, etc.

    You know as usual, the problem isn’t their words. its the fact that their deeds and their words bear no relationship to each other.

    A.W. (f97997)

  87. A.W., Obama’s own words are astonishing incoherent. Who would think to following “You make tough choices. It’s time your government did the same. ” with “why I continue to insist that we put more money into education; that’s why I say we put more money into science and technology for innovation.”?

    That’s his answer to any thought that the government is not balancing its own budget, spend more money.

    Completely incoherent. This guy must really think that the American people are morons.

    SPQR (26be8b)

  88. ^not all, just leftards such as idiotology. Who has yet to answer the questions put directly to him regarding his statements on an earlier thread on climate change.

    How ’bout it, trust – fund poseur?

    Dmac (539341)

  89. To the leftist morons in charge of the government, it’s only “everyday Americans” that are expected not to spend more than they have.

    Blacque Jacques Shellacque (efef8c)

  90. Problem with Obama, he refused to recognize HE is the cause of the problems, and the he is a mentally ill spender of other people’s money.

    PCD (1d8b6d)

  91. > I’d say to vote for Gridlock 2010, but it looks like we already have Brainlock 2009 large and in charge.

    No, you have to have a brain to lock it, and our Scarecrow Congress and PotUS are sadly deficient in that arena.

    IgotBupkis (79d71d)


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