Category Archives: Obama

Let Your Fingers Do The Walking

With the bailouts and the health care debate behind him, American President Barack Obama now has to contend with the huge BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.  One of the funnier things I’ve seen associated with his predicament is “drill, baby, drill” proponent Sarah Palin saying Obama’s in bed with big oil.  Of course, as Governor of Alaska, or as Republican vice-presidential candidate, she wasn’t.  Hmmm.

The latest popularity figures show 42 per cent of Americans approve of Obama’s performance.  On the down side, the same poll shows most Americans have “come to believe that the political system is broken, that most politicians are corrupt, and that neither political party has the answers.”  Furthermore, just 27 per cent believe Congress knows what it is doing and, most telling of all, when it comes to the economy, 41 per cent say that a group of people randomly selected from the phone book would do a better job than the current Congress.

Boy, wouldn’t you like to see some of those questions asked in Canada.  Is it any wonder John Diefenbaker once said “dogs know best what to do with polls.”

Speaking of which imagine what Stephen Harper is thinking.  The scandal plagued, anti-abortion, right-leaning, jet setting, redacted documents and MPs aren’t submitting expense accounts Prime Minister must be looking at Obama’s so-called “dropping” popularity figures with polling envy seeing how earlier this month 29 per cent of Canadians said they thought he was the best federal party leader to be Prime Minister.  29 per cent, people!

Seems Obama has the upper hand!

Of course, it’s still nearly double what Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff achieved at 17 per cent.  Sad, sad, sad.

All in all, though, I’d like to see Canada adopt that approach referred to in the American poll.  Instead of on election next time out Canadians need to cover their eyes and take a blind stab at the phone book.  We couldn’t do any worse!


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She’s Got Good Hand-Eye Coordination

Sarah in Wonderland

by nonamedufus

You know, to my way of thinking, one should be suspect of a political organization that calls itself a Tea Party.  I think they’ve opened themselves to ridicule.  I mean, when I think of Tea Party I think of Alice in Wonderland. How’d you like to belong to a political entity that’s best known for falling down a rabbit hole?

And that’s exactly what they did earlier this month.  The so-called Tea Party held a convention in Nashville and their key speaker was, if you’ll excuse me, one Mad Hatter.  In attendance, I think, were several cheshire cats, a hookah smoking caterpiller or two and the rest of her Fox News confreres.

But I digress.

Sarah’s hand job.

In a move clearly aimed at taking a swipe at President Obama, Sarah Palin derided both his platform and his pulpit.  First, in her speech, Palin cried out to her supporters “How’s that hopey, changey stuff wokin’ out for ya?”   With the economy in the dumps, health care on the rails, and a recent electoral loss in Massachusetts the rhetorical question elicited a predictable response.  And while the line may have been in keeping with her folksy – aw-shucks – mom of a single-teenage-mom – if it’s good for America I’ll run for president – image , her next move was not.

It was more in keeping with a high school student who hadn’t studied for her final exam.  In a question and answer session following the speech it was clearly evident Alice, er, ah, Palin had written notes to herself on the palm of her hand, to which she clearly had to refer.

Photos show she’d written the words “energy, taxes, lift America’s spirits”. Things wouldn’t have been so bad if she hadn’t moments before criticized Obama for using  a teleprompter when he speaks.

Speak to the hand ’cause the face ain’t listening

The telepromper has been around since the 50s and a long line of Presidents have used them beginning, apparently, with Eisenhower.

I’m not sure how many Presidents, or Presidents-to-be have written on their hands.

If Sarah Palin really is going to run for President in 2012, she’s going to have to work for it.  The office certainly isn’t going to be handed to her.

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The Adventures of Pinheadio

Another Opportunity Missed To Be A Real Leader

by nonamedufus

Once upon a time, in a dark and melting land, lived a puppet known as Pinheadio who wished with all his wooden heart that he could be a real, live leader.  As the stiff, wooden Prime Minister of this Northern nation of Tim Bit crunchers and double-double swallowers known as Cantaduh, Pinheadio tried very hard to endear himself to the little people but each time his foot danced a step forward a string yanked it two steps back.

Now it was no secret that Pinheadio’s father and mentor, Hypcritto, who just happened to be the leader of the biggest nation of gallon for gallon gas-guzzlers of the free world, was the one pulling Pinheadio’s strings.

When you get in trouble and you don’t know right from wrong…give a little whistle.

There were those that wondered how Pinheadio and Hypcritto could be related since Pinheadio was as white as a newborn baby’s bum – and had often been referred to as something close to that description – and Hypcritto was as black as the coal-producing states he so craved electoral support from.  But the rumour was that Pinheadio was adopted, as most puppets are.  Pinheadio’s tell-tale black nose was the one give-away that the two were close.

The United States of Disunion’s influence on Cantaduh was unmistakable.  It could be seen in its trade, its economic policy, and in its television programming.

So it came as no surprise when Pinheadio chose to walk in lock-step with Hypcritto on a little matter of climate change, prompting many to repeat Marcellus’ oft quoted line “who cut the cheese in the state of Denmark”.

You see, Hypcritto trumpeted – don’t stand too close Pinheadio, you’ll get some on you – a new climate change charter that was “a meaningful and unprecedented breakthrough”.  Oddly enough, the charter contained no deadlines, no limits and wasn’t binding.  You’d think for all that cheesiness it would at least be binding.  Some deal!  And yet Pinheadio rushed in, where wise men fear to tread, and parroted his buddy’s exultations.  Well, at least there was no photo-op for the camera-shy Pinheadio to be late for.

We know why Tweedle Dumb and Tweedle Dee saw eye to eye.  But of course. As Hypcritto craves coal country’s backing, so too does Pinheadio prefer the petroleum patch’s support.  And this deal leaves wide open the setting of special emission levels for the energy sector.

Is this a good deal, overall?  Hmmm…  Why is Pinheadio’s nose starting to grow?

I had strings but now I’m free there are no strings on me…oops!

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An Open Letter To The US, Eh?

Barack – “B” My Baby

by nonamedufus

You Americans are a funny lot.  You don’t offend me.  You just make me scratch my head.  I can’t get over the vitriolic spew I see day in day out about your President.  The guy’s gotta be the best White House resident in decades and yet everybody wants to tear him down.  Yeah, sure, feel sorry for Tiger Woods but lay into Obama.

Yes we can

Oprah to the rescue.  Barbara Walters with a tan scored the coup of her career when she sat down with President and Mrs Obama recently.  Well, hell she nearly single-handedly got him elected, so I guess this is pay-back.

I didn’t watch the show.  I tuned in to where America gets it’s news.  Fox News?  Hell, no. Entertainment Tonight! I went for the ET re-cap – sort of the Reader’s Digest version, if you will.  I figured I’d see 5-10 minutes of the silliest questions there instead of having to sit through an hour of that banality.

And the question that did it for me?  It was more the answer when Oprah asked him to rate himself one year in.  The President said he’d give himself a B+.  Hmmm, interesting.  I wish I’d had the opportunity to rate MYSELF when I was going to high school.  Sure wouldn’t have spent that second year in Grade 9!

And, hey, more power to the guy.  You can’t wait for somebody else to come along and pat you on the back.  (Well, except maybe for Oprah.)  So you may as well do it yourself.

Right on Barack.  Oh, and way to go on picking up that Peace prize right after you decided to send 30,000 Americans to war.  Never mind.  I’ll just go back to scratching my head.

* This post originally appeared at The Offended American


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