The Republican strategy:
As the curtain opens we see two men seated behind their desks at the Hartford Courant. It’s a beautiful day in late spring and Colin McEnroe and Rick Green are both putting the finishing touches on their column for Sunday’s paper. In the background WTIC’s John Rowland’s show is playing loudly much to the annoyance of others in the newsroom.
Rick: Col, did you see the Heat/Thunder game last night?
Colin: No, you know Thursday night is the night I do my hair, nails, ya know the works, I don’t wake up this beautiful…it takes work, don’t hate me because I am beautiful.
Rick: Mac, you are a newspaper columnist and you are on that ham radio station…besides the photo above your blog, nobody sees you.
Colin: I want to always look my best for my fans; you never know when I might bump into someone.
Rick: Fans!? Colin, dude, you have a handful of people who follow you on your blog, and since Susan Campbell took the buyout that leaves your 12 to 1 radio show down to half a dozen listeners.
Colin: I am on from 1 to 2! How many times must I tell you! I am beginning to suspect that you lie to me and don’t listen to my show…you listen to Rush don’t ya? Quick what are the call letters to my station?
Rick: (Nervously) Calm down buddy, you know I love your show. (Trying to change the subject) Hey did you really delete all of those stupid limericks from that Todd clown?
Colin: Yeah, I sure did…and as soon as I did, both of my adoring fans had my back! Who cares about free speech…I had a hissy fit, and took my blog and ran home!
Rick: Dude, what’s with you Ivy League guys? We are newspaper men; we also own blogs…without the free expression of thoughts, even those we don’t agree with, where would that leave us? I think his limericks are beyond retarded-but I post them, ignore them much like I would a TV show I don’t like.
Colin: You mean like Stan Simpson’s show?
Rick: Exactly! Now that Susan’s gone you are my only guy friend here Colin. Man up, the way the economy is we need all the viewers and bloggers we can get…free speech is truly something to protect!
Colin: I guess you are right dude!
Rick: Col, don’t call me dude; you are well into your sixties, besides my teen-aged children stopped using that word long ago.
Colin: You used it just a second ago!
Rick: I am old-school, and a real man…I can drink beer, buy a Harley, get some ink-with me all of those things are believable…if you tried any of that it would look as if you were trying too hard. You impress me as a white wine drinking fellow on a moped who considers himself a bad-ass because you refuse to wear a helmet. You always seem to try far too hard Colin.
Colin: You mean like how we both think Obama is a fraud…but around our friends we pretend that we love him…you know just so we can stay PC?
As the curtain falls Governor Rowland is heard taking a call from one of his hundreds of thousands of listeners.
Best 2012 commercials: The Bibb redux. Got to get that “Bain closed this town” and “I’ll never vote for Mitt Romney” drawl down just right and make the sad wrinkled and downtrodden faces just so.
When I discuss the anomalies surrounding the president’s origins, my friends often counter with the standard reply “It’s possible.” As in the last scene of the classic comedy Some Like It Hot, regardless of what Daphne (Jack Lemmon) says to Osgood (Joe E. Brown) about why they can’t marry, Osgood remains willfully blind and continues to assure Daphne that they can.
This led me to list the “It’s possible” responses I have heard over the last few years to illustrate why many friends remind me of Osgood. (This is a partial list; feel free to add your own.)
“It’s possible” that Syracuse University, Frank C. Laubach Collection, lost Obama Sr.’s University of Hawaii transcripts — the ones that would show if Sr. could have met Ann in a Russian language class as the official Obama story proclaims.
“It’s possible” that Obama Sr. and Ann were married in Maui, even though there is no official record of a marriage, no pictures, and no witnesses — not even Ann’s parents.
“It’s possible” that Obama was born on August 4, 1961 in Kapiolani Hospital — or was it Queens? — even though there are no photos of a pregnant Ann or a newborn, no witnesses, no accounts of a frantic drive to the hospital or of a beaming father, let alone a legitimate birth certificate.
“It’s possible” that Ann was responsible for giving the hospital all of the information found on the birth certificate, including giving Obama Sr.’s age as 25 when he was really 27.
“It’s possible” that Ann didn’t know Obama Sr.’s place of birth and so stated it as “Kenya, East Africa” (this is like stating “The United States, Central North America”).
“It’s possible” that Ann stated the race of the father as “African” when the more common appellation at the time would have been “Negro.”
“It’s possible” that Neil Abercrombie, now Governor of Hawaii and self-proclaimed best friend of Obama Sr., frequently saw the little family together in Hawaii despite the fact that Ann and baby Barry showed up in Seattle to stay weeks after Barry was born.
“It’s possible” that Ann’s doctor gave clearance for this 2,500-mile trip 15 days after giving birth to Obama, and that the airlines allowed a baby this young to fly.
“It’s possible” that Ann’s father, Stanley Dunham, was disappointed when Obama Sr. left Ann in June of 1962, as Abercrombie told David Remnick in his Obama biography, The Bridge, even though Stanley’s daughter and grandson had left Obama Sr. ten months earlier.
“It’s possible” that Obama Sr. never told his many friends studying at Hawaii’s East-West Center that he was married and had a son.
“It’s possible” that Ann’s best friends in Seattle, Susan Blake and Maxine Box, didn’t know she was enrolling as a student at the University of Washington and instead thought she was just visiting with her “pink and very new” baby in late August 1961.
“It’s possible” that Susan Blake thought that Ann was on her way to visit Obama Sr. at Harvard, even though Obama Sr. didn’t leave for Harvard for another 10 months.
“It’s possible” that when David Maraniss interviewed Susan Blake and Maxine Box in 2008, they suddenly remembered Ann’s visit taking place in the late summer of 1962, not in 1961, as they had told others.
“It’s possible” that Obama Sr. didn’t know his son’s real name. On his immigration documents he wrote “Barack Obama 2nd,” but on the birth certificate, the official name is “Barack Hussein Obama, II.”
“It’s possible” that Obama was given a Social Security number assigned only to people who reside in the state of Connecticut.
“It’s possible” that Obama’s Selective Service card’s postal cancelation stamp is the only one with a two-digit date stamp for the year, as opposed to a four-digit date stamp.
“It’s possible” that as a student at Harvard Law School and while president of the Harvard Law Review, Obama was never required to write anything.
“It’s possible” that his literary agents when writing his biography made everything up themselves, that they guessed that his place of birth was Kenya.
“It’s possible” that Dreams from My Father is the best-written memoir ever produced by an American politician and that Obama actually wrote it himself, even though earlier examples of his writing include clunkers like “The belief that moribund institutions, rather than individuals are at the root of the problem, keep SAM’s energies alive.”
“It’s possible” that Obama completely altered his writing style and wrote, as Bill Ayers described it, “a political hack book,” The Audacity of Hope, after writing his masterpiece, Dreams.
“It’s possible” that there is a simple explanation for all of the multiple problems experts have found in his official birth certificate posted online by the White House.
“It’s possible” that there is a simple explanation for not releasing any of his school or medical records.
When you take all of the unknowns and strange circumstances surrounding Obama and his origins — the many items that can be answered only with “It’s possible” — a logical person is left with one conclusion: the widely accepted “Story of Obama” is just not possible.
When our mainstream media discover that Obama is a fraud, they will likely respond as Osgood did when he discovered that Daphne was a man: “Nobody’s perfect!”
What’s the good of commenting? Those fools will go on believing and parroting lies about the President.
Seems one of the GOP’s main complaints here is that Obama has “blamed Bush” for things. The idea that Obama cannot be permitted to “blame Bush” for anything, however, is completely illogical. A corollary of the idea that Bush cannot be blamed for anything, is that Bush did not do anything wrong. In other words, he was the perfect president.
Seriously? The GOP’s tactics are going to be predicated on the notion that G.W. was perfect? What rationally-minded person could possibly agree with such a premise?
As long as we acknowledge that G.W. might not have been a perfect president, then it stands to reason we might have to “blame him” for something. Logic permits nothing else.
Time for the GOP to grow up and stop whining and simpering every time a Democrat — Obama included — is insolent enough to suggest G.W. might have been less than perfect. He wasn’t perfect … no one is. Acknowledging this reality cannot hurt them … so they have no excuse (other than immaturity) to do so.
Blame Bush plays well to the Democratic party line toadies who are stuck with one glorious moment in time–the 2008 election.
at some point a President has to say “I own these issues now” and possibly even acknowledge he was a Senator from November 2004-08 and was part of the problem then too.
He might even admit he’s lousy at building a consensus. Never did it before. Never will. The recent turn of events to the Imperial Presidency by exectuve order is going to fall under the SCOTUS knife.
Interesting HuffPo factoid:
Rahm Emmanuel’s Chicago residents face a murder rate that is worse than for U.S. troops in Afghanistan.
Which answers the question “Why is the US in Afghanistan?”
Answer: Because we don’t want Kabul to turn out like Chicago.
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