TOTUS 1…Shattered…

The broken glass of the TelePrompTer lies at the base of the podium as President Barack Obama speaks at the at the Urban and Metropolitan Policy Roundtable at the Eisenhower Old Executive Office Building in Washington Monday, July 13, 2009. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

The broken glass of the TelePrompTer lies at the base of the podium as President Barack Obama speaks at the at the Urban and Metropolitan Policy Roundtable at the Eisenhower Old Executive Office Building in Washington Monday, July 13, 2009. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Via AP at HA:

Tapper saw it happen live and somehow pulled himself together to file a report. Tragic mishap? Or further harrowing evidence of The One’s penchant for playing hardball with his enemies, especially those who have betrayed him time and again?…

Midway through his speech on urban and metropolitan policy in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building this afternoon, one of his two small glass prompters came crashing down, hitting the wood floor and crashing in many pieces. It made quite a ruckus.

“Oh, goodness,” a startled President Obama said. “Sorry about that, guys.”

He then proceeded on with his remarks, “To pull our economy back from the brink, including the largest and most sweeping economic recovery plan in our nation’s history…”

For the rest of the speech the president relied on the one remaining teleprompter, to his right, and notes on his podium to finish his speech…

Clip courtesy of TheRollingStones!!!

The Rolling Stones perform “Shattered” in the Martin Scorsese movie, “Shine A Light” live from the Beacon Theater in New York City in the fall of 2006. 

July 13, 2009. Tags: , , , . Politics. Comments off.

Compare/Contrast: TOTUS in Ghana – Big Dawg and GW in Ghana…

In 1998 United States president Bill Clinton and first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton made a six-nation tour of Africa, the most extensive visit to Africa ever undertaken by a sitting U.S. president. At his first stop, in Ghana, Clinton was greeted by a crowd hundreds of thousands strong. Here, draped in a traditional Ghanaian kente cloth, President Clinton, center, waves to the crowd, accompanied by the first lady, far right, and Ghanaian president Jerry Rawlings left.

In 1998 United States president Bill Clinton and first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton made a six-nation tour of Africa, the most extensive visit to Africa ever undertaken by a sitting U.S. president. At his first stop, in Ghana, Clinton was greeted by a crowd hundreds of thousands strong. Here, draped in a traditional Ghanaian kente cloth, President Clinton, center, waves to the crowd, accompanied by the first lady, far right, and Ghanaian president Jerry Rawlings left.

When Big Dawg and GW Bush went to Ghana they spoke to tens of thousands of the people, directly, as they gathered in the square. In the case of Big Dawg’s visit there was panic over a stampede, and Big Dawg literally saved a woman from being crushed by pulling her up. His hands were so scratched his staff and Secret Service were terrified for him. Crowds were wild about Bill and wild about GW Bush also. Both these presidents did a tremendous amount for Africa and the people knew they cared.

February 20, 2008 – President George W. Bush and Mrs. Laura Bush greet Ghanaian tribal chiefs and members of tribes, in Accra, Ghana. President Bush met with 30 tribal chiefs during his visit to the International Trade Fair Center. (White House photo by Shealah Craighead.)

February 20, 2008 – President George W. Bush and Mrs. Laura Bush greet Ghanaian tribal chiefs and members of tribes, in Accra, Ghana. President Bush met with 30 tribal chiefs during his visit to the International Trade Fair Center. (White House photo by Shealah Craighead.)

Click the link to view he embedded video of the Big Dawg visit at Politico, here is the write up by Gerstein:

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.

For Clinton, the first stop on a 12-day, six-country African journey was a chance to bask in the adulation far from Washington (MiM here-yada yada Monica).

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.”

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.

We have seen quite a lot of footage of TOTUS travels abroad, and tens of thousands amassed in Berlin to see him. But for some reason when he went to Ghana the crowds were small and he was behind bullet proof barriers and did not address the massive crowds that Big Dawg and GW spoke to.

So as the American media proudly proclaims this a historic visit, (and in the sense that our previous Presidents who went there were not of African descent this is so), let’s take a moment and give a shout out to GW Bush and the Big Dawg who went to see the people (not to be seen and drop off a big check).

AP of all places!:
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July 12, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , . Politics. Comments off.

TOTUS Time: Didn’t he promise us a Rose Garden? The media certainly did…

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June 23, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , . Economy, Finance, Housing, Obama Administration, Politics, Popular Culture. Comments off.

Political Wrap: In Gordon Brown’s footsteps, VAT tax floated..Jokin Joe slams TOTUS..ReasonTV slams Joe…

Update:

As the Obama Administration BOLDLY takes the deficit where no deficit has gone before …hilarity ensues….

From Ambinder:

Vice President Joe Biden gives as good as he gets. His response to a malfunctioning teleprompter at the U.S. Air Force Academy graduation in Colorado Springs, Colorado:

“What am I going to tell the president? I’ll tell him his Teleprompter is broken. What will he do then?

By ReasonTV

The terrifying thing is they are ALREADY floating a federal sales tax/VAT tax in the Obamedia, call your Critters before the horror of European VAT tax raises it’s ugly head any higher…PATRICULARLY BUDGET CMTE SEN. KENT CONRAD ND who apparently embraces the VAT concept…maroon!!

Demonstrators called for a suspension of value-added tax on food in Manila last year. Such a tax is attracting real interest among U.S. policymakers. (By Romeo Gacad -- Agence France-presse Via Getty Images) WaPo

Demonstrators called for a suspension of value-added tax on food in Manila last year. Such a tax is attracting real interest among U.S. policymakers. (By Romeo Gacad -- Agence France-presse Via Getty Images) WaPo

May 27, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Economy, Finance, Music, Obama Administration, Politics, Reggae, Taxes, Uncategorized. Comments off.

Update: Witchhunt Inquisitor accidentally catches self: while hoist on petard claims her ‘role’ is to get control of Congress and the Presidency, not to actually object to unConsititional actions…but she did ‘fight the war’…

Oh thank Gawd SOMEONE mentioned this, it is Rep. Pete Hoekstra R-MI –The Note :

Hoekstra, however, said he finds is “very difficult to believe” that intelligence officials would intentionally mislead leaders of the House intelligence committee, as Pelosi is alleging.

He also blasted Pelosi for saying that, since she felt she couldn’t change Bush administration policies, she turned her attention to electing a Democratic congressional majority.

“What I heard her say — and I was quite taken aback by her when she said — was that politics are more important than national security,” Hoekstra said. “That’s a very dangerous precedent.”

Bond said there have been numerous instances where congressional leaders have privately influenced administration policy on intelligence matters, though he declined to offer specfics.

“It’s no excuse to say, ‘I was powerless.’ That’s what oversight is all about,” he said. “There are a whole range of actions, and she did not take them.”

Nora Desmond Nancy Pelosi has gone off the rez…

BWAHHHAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!! BWAAAFRAKKINHAAAAAAA!!!!! Oh my side hurts now! BWAAAAAAHAAAAA!!!!!

Pelosi Press Briefing Transcript Courtesy of Legal Insurrection:

QUESTION: Do you wish now that you had done more? Do you wish…

PELOSI: No. 

QUESTION: … it had been your own letter?

PELOSI: No, no, no, no, no, no. I mean, the point is, is that we had the conversation. They told us they had legal opinions. As I say in my statement, we now know what they didn’t inform us then, that there were other opinions within the executive branch that concluded that these interrogation techniques were not legal. So no letter or anything else is going to stop them from doing what they’re going to do. My job was to change the majority in Congress and to change — to fight to have a new president, because what was happening was not consistent with our values, certainly not true, and — and something that had to be changed….

(Hear that boys and girls? Her JOB was to change the majority  and to fight to have a new TOTUS not to you know TAKE ACTION OF ANY SORT…)

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May 14, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Comedy, Entertainment, Film, Film Noir, Obama Administration, Politics, Popular Culture. Comments off.

TOTUS goes to the real world for a Cheezburger: Pardon Me, Do You Have Any Grey Poupon?

BWAAAAAAHAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!

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Courtesy of mghoft:

He’s just your ordinary metrosexual guy going out for a burger…Obama and Biden, two ordinary guys, go out for a sandwich and Obama asks for Dijon mustard at Joe’s Hell Burger.

more about “Pardon Me Do You Have Any Gray Poupon?“, posted with vodpod

May 6, 2009. Tags: , , , , . Obama Administration, Politics, Popular Culture. 1 comment.

Market Update: Averages Fall on Geithner Bank capitalization comments and Wagoner ouster…

DOW now down 274 to 7503, S&P down 28 to 787, NAS down 52 to 1492…

Everyone catch Timmeh on Sunday saying the banks will need more money? The markets sure did. WOTS is Golden Slacks and others are being ENCOURAGED to pay back TARP so Timmeh can RECYCLE the TARP funds back to other banks….REGIFTING with our tax dollars…

…On the ABC program, Geithner would not specify whether he expects to ask Congress for more money this year, though he did not rule it out.

…He conceded that U.S. banks likely will need “large amounts of assistance” before the credit crisis is resolved and said it would be “a mistake” to think that they can earn their way out of the current downturn.

The ouster of Wagoner IMO reflects the TOTAL UNCERTAINTY this administration creates every day, and how can markets recover in that environment? Exactly…every good thing the FED is doing is being undone by the erratic, yeah erratic, TOTUS Team…Phil LeBeau’s blog on the end of an era at GM here

ROY is TOTUS is taking 500 PEOPLE with him to his European Vacation and G20

TOTUS ENTOURAGE MAKES EU HEADLINES WHEN RAHM LOSES IT:

500 PEOPLE and MRS TOTUS FLOTUS and her staff too

Way to show FISCAL RESTRAINT and respect for Americans hardship there..How much will that cost? More than Sarah Palin’s campaign wardrobe I’ll betcha….

Hypocrisy they name is TOTUS….

McCotter on Wagoner ouster:

March 30, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , . Big 3, Economy, Obama Administration, Politics, Popular Culture. Comments off.

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