Mending Fences

April 5, 2012

Now that the dust is settling in the Republican candidate stakes, it looks like Mitt will be our nominee. And I’m fine with that. Really. I am.

After four years of President Downgrade, we will need to do some fast damage control if we hope to regain even a bit of our former standing in the world community. With that in mind, I have several suggestions for actions President Romney can take very soon after he is sworn in:

  1. Contact someone in England and suggest that, because of the very special relationship that exists between the two countries, we’d really love to have that bust of Churchill back and proudly displayed in the White House.
  2. Issue an invitation to Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu to a White House state dinner in his honor. Allow him to dine with the guests.
  3. Ditto the Dalai Lama. Allow him to enter and exit by the front door.
  4. Make sure there is a fully-staffed Protocol office, and that they actually know what they are doing regarding things like vetting guests at state dinners and choosing special gifts for foreign dignitaries.
  5. Make sure you know how to pronounce military jargon… like “corpsman”.
  6. Start practicing now so that you can throw a baseball from the pitcher’s mound across home plate. Bonus points if you don’t wear mom jeans while doing so.
  7. Call a spade a spade: Drop the stupid “kinetic military action”, “overseas contingency operation”, “man-made disasters”, jargon and call them wars, terrorists, etc.
  8. From the time of your election to the day of your inauguration, don’t begin your transition using the non-existent position of “Office of the President-Elect”. And definitely don’t design a seal for this non-existent office.
  9. And please, whatever else you do, when you accept the nomination at the convention, do not fist-bump Ann.

If you can start off your presidency with these few things, you’ll definitely be on the right track. And I’m fine with that. Really. I am.


MSNBC Fail: Contessa Brewer Does It Again

July 20, 2011

Amazingly enough, there are times when I feel sorry MSNBC. And yes, now that Keith Olbermann’s gone, it’s mostly when Contessa Brewer says something stupid.

Like this:

In case you didn’t know either, Rep. Mo Brooks of Alabama has three degrees: economics, political science, and law.

Okay, I don’t really pity MSNBC. I actually pity Rep. Brooks for having to suffer fools like Ms. Brewer.


H/T: HotAir

Michelle Obama: The New Marie Antoinette?

August 9, 2010

It’s been quite a week for FLOTUS (First Lady Of The United States) Michelle Obama and the youngest of the first couple’s daughters, Sasha. But more on that in a moment.

First, it’s good to be back. The two-week hiatus was a good opportunity to veg out and try to ignore the reality of our country’s abysmal economy, the unrelenting unemployment, the runaway train-ride towards being overwhelmed by illegal aliens while the federal government sues anyone who wants to enforce existing laws designed to combat the problem.  Ah yes, how nice it’s been to ignore it all. Kind of like, you know… being President.

AP Photo/Sergio Torres

As for the first lady, I’m so happy that Michelle had a chance to get away from the drudgery of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. And Spain is such a great place to spread the wealth around, isn’t it?

Uh, perhaps for them but not, apparently, for us minions:

In July, Michelle Obama showed us all how concerned she was with the desperation of businesses in the Gulf states who are losing hundreds of millions of tourism dollars due to the BP Oil Spill. In a warm show of community unity, she traveled to the Florida Panhandle, hit hard by the oil spill and boldly stated that families who are “looking for things to do with their kids this summer… this is a wonderful place to visit.” And she sounded so sincere, didn’t she?

Then she went back to Washington to pack for a week-end trip in Maine. You may remember that was the trip where the family dog got his own chartered plane to join the family.

Last week, in true Marie Antoinette fashion, she jetted off on the Vice-President’s 757 Jumbo Jet with youngest daughter Sasha, a few dozen of her closest  friends, a complete staff of secret service  and attendants and spent the last 5 days in a luxury vacation area on the Mediterranean Sea in southern Spain…

But she’s back home now and all is well. If she hurries, she’s got just enough time to do a new PSA (Public Service Announcement) encouraging us minions to vacation in the Gulf of Mexico before she has to jump aboard Air Force One with the entire family for yet another vacation, this one on Martha’s Vinyard. I wonder if the dog will have his own jetski.

Of course, she’s entitled to a vacation, and all first families have taken them. My point is simply this:  Adding up hotel suites, private cottages by the sea, meals and transportation while there probably added roughly several million dollars to the coffers of Spain. It could have been the coffers of the businesses in the Gulf of Mexico.  And it would have prevented the inevitable comparison to Marie Antoinette.

But that would be an unfair comparison… While Michelle wants to put OUR kids on a strict diet, at least Marie Antoinette is purported to have said “Let ’em eat cake.”

Pass the twinkies…

Gerry Ashley

What The Fly Heard At 1600 Pennsylavania Ave.

February 5, 2010

Episode One – Biden’s Revenge

Gerry Ashley

Obama Minus Teleprompter: Making Joe Biden Sound Good

February 4, 2010


We’ve all seen it before: Take away Barack Obama’s teleprompter and it’s not long before Joe Biden starts sounding pretty impressive as a public speaker. 

Another such moment occurred earlier this week at a town meeting in Nashua, NH. But the real story is not so much in what he said, but the supreme irony of how POTUS managed to stuff so many feet into his mouth at once. 

Supreme Irony 

Obama was trying to convince those in attendance that in tough economic times, it’s important to cut back on wasteful spending.  As he spoke those words, I couldn’t help but wonder how many in the crowd appreciated the supreme irony and utter hubris: the American taxpayers, backbone of the United States (and source of all money being wasted by the federal government) were being lectured about wasteful spending by the man: 

  • Who just submitted a federal budget that is the highest in history – at a time when America can least afford increases in government spending
  • Who signed the most pork-filled and irresponsible stimulus package legislation without even bothering to read it — or allow us, the taxpayers, time to read it  — before  he signed it
  • Who is bound and determined to pass an equally mysterious health care reform bill that will, in all likelihood, put the final nail into the coffin of our economy (while killing what has been the world’s premiere medical system including research for breakthroughs in numerous diseases)

The hubris was staggering… but wait! 

As embarrassingly bad as that was, it was about to get a lot worse. Obama stopped just long enough to switch feet in his mouth. 

In an attempt to explain the need for fiscal conservatism (something that Obama clearly knows nothing about), he decided to forgo TOTUS and test the waters of Ad-lib Bay… only to get sucked out to sea by the undertow of Stubris as he pontificated: 

“When times are tough, you tighten your belts,” said Obama . “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.” 

The president’s comments come nearly a year after he criticized companies that received federal money for taking corporate junkets to Las Vegas. His comment back then: 

“You can’t go take that trip to Las Vegas or go down to the Super Bowl on taxpayers’ dime.” 

Keep those words in mind for a moment. We’ll get right back to them. 

Las Vegas business leaders said Nevada tourism suffered last year in part because companies canceled trips to Las Vegas in the wake of the president’s comments. The sting had only started to fade, but Las Vegas continues to suffer more than most cities in this recession. 

Let The Bashing Begin 

The backlash from Harry Reid’s state was instantaneous. From the AP

Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman said during a hastily called news conference that Obama is no friend to Las Vegas and would not be welcomed here if he visits. 

“I’ll do everything I can to give him the boot,” Goodman said. “This president is a real slow learner.”… 

Nevada’s tourism has been hit hard during the past two years as consumers everywhere tighten leisure spending and companies spend less on meetings and conventions. 

Reid, one of Obama’s closest allies, issued a statement headlined “Reid to Obama: ‘Lay off Las Vegas”‘ and was unusually blunt in his reaction. 

“The President needs to lay off Las Vegas and stop making it the poster child for where people shouldn’t be spending their money,” Reid said. “I would much rather tourists and business travelers spend their money in Las Vegas than spend it overseas.” 

Perhaps… just perhaps… if we could all take a step back and look at the big picture, we could see that this is also what Obama is doing to the entire United States economy… not just Las Vegas. It is unfortunate that the city was singled out, but Obama’s words and actions since taking office are doing to the US economy what his latest hoof-in-mouth disease incident has done directly to Vegas for a second time. 

In response to the all the outrage, Obama dutifully dashed off a letter of pseudo-apology to Harry Reid: 

Click to read President's Apology

From Stubris back to Hubris 

Nowhere in this letter will you find an actual apology,  for to do so would be an acknowledgement of having made a mistake. And Obama still believes he is never wrong. 

And back to Stubris Once More 

What he should be doing is writing a much longer apology to the citizens of the United States for the way he is trashing what is left of our economy with his reckless spending. But the chances of that are… well, you don’t need the boys in Vegas to give you the odds on that. 

Read the President’s letter and he implies he’s looking forward to his “next visit to Las Vegas in about two weeks.  Wanna bet he  takes that trip to Las Vegas or goes down to the Super Bowl on taxpayers’ dime?” 

After this latest verbal gaffe-cum-teaching opportunity, you just know that somewhere Dan Quayle and Joe Biden are having a toast, shouting out, “We’re finally off the hook!” 

Gerry Ashley

Best Top Ten List of the Year

January 13, 2010

John Hawkins at Town Hall has come up with the very best 2009 retrospective Top Ten list I’ve seen so far.

10.  No, no. I have been practicing…I bowled a 129. It’s like — it was like Special Olympics, or something.
— Barack Obama

9.  I mean, if you think about — if you think about it, UPS and FedEx are doing just fine, right? No, they are. It’s the Post Office that’s always having problems.
— Barack Obama makes the case for socialized medicine in a rather odd fashion

8.  Before a crowd of troops holding cameras and cell phones, the president joked, “you guys make a pretty good photo op.”
— Political Punch

7.   I know, too, that Islam has always been a part of America’s story.
— Barack Obama distorts America’s history in Egypt

6.   I won.
— Barack Obama to Republicans in Congress who were trying to discuss the stimulus plan with him

5.   Chuck Todd: Khalid Sheikh Mohammed — can you understand why it is offensive to some for this terrorist to get all the legal privileges of any American citizen?
Obama: I don’t think it will be offensive at all when when he’s convicted and when the death penalty is applied to him.
— NBC Interview with Barack Obama

4.   Our friends have fought and bled and died alongside us in Afghanistan. And now, we must come together to end this war successfully. For what’s at stake is not simply a test of NATO’s credibility — what’s at stake is the security of our allies, and the common security of the world.

But taken together, these additional American and international troops will allow us to accelerate handing over responsibility to Afghan forces, and allow us to begin the transfer of our forces out of Afghanistan in July of 2011.
— Barack Obama announces the “common security of the world” of the world is at stake in Afghanistan and then sets a timeline for withdrawal a sentence later.

3.   Oprah: What grade would you give yourself, for this year?

Obama: Um, good solid B+

…Oprah: So B+, what could you have done better?

Obama: Well B+ because of the things that are undone. Health care is not yet signed. If I get health care passed we tip into A minus.
— Oprah Winfrey interview with Barack Obama

2.   But I don’t want the folks who created the mess to do a lot of talking. I want them to get out of the way so we can clean up the mess. I don’t mind cleaning up after them, but don’t do a lot of talking.
— Barack Obama

1.   The Cambridge police acted stupidly in arresting somebody when there was already proof that they were in their own home. . . . What I think we know — separate and apart from this incident — is that there is a long history in their country of African-Americans and Latinos being stopped by law enforcement disproportionately, and that’s just a fact.
— Barack Obama on the arrest of his friend, Henry Louis Gates.

Sadly, you just can’t make this stuff up. Happily, however, we’ve only got three more years of this before he’s gone!


Oh No, Joe, Say It Ain’t So!

May 28, 2009


Vice President Joe Biden is up to his old tricks again. Last week he revealed the location of a secret bunker; now he’s trashing the president’s use (or over-use) of his teleprompter.

According to The Christian Science Monitor, his audience was at best, less than enthusiastic:

The Colorado Springs Gazette reports that it didn’t seem to be a great day for him anyway. According to the paper, Biden “didn’t get much love from the crowd” while delivering his speech.

One of the three times that he did receive spontaneous applause, however, was when he made fun of his boss. That’s when the teleprompter blew over.

“Made fun of his boss.” This man is one heartbeat away from the Oval Office. Hmmm, maybe he’s trying to embarrass Obama to death. At the rate he’s going, he may just make it.

And really, how do you go from bluebirds to falcons? If he must quote Thoreau, why not:

“The hawk is aerial brother of the wave which he sails over and surveys, those his perfect air-inflated wings answering to the elemental unfledged pinions of the sea.”