The subject of our newest Tatler Photo Caption Contest was taken directly from the Drudge Report that had this photo and caption displayed front and center starting yesterday and for most of today.
Drudge’s link pointed to a McClatchy piece with the following headline and report:
Linchpin for Obama’s plan to predict future leakers unproven, isn’t likely to work, experts say
WASHINGTON — In an initiative aimed at rooting out future leakers and other security violators, President Barack Obama has ordered federal employees to report suspicious actions of their colleagues based on behavioral profiling techniques that are not scientifically proven to work, according to experts and government documents.
So with that thought in mind, I am very confident the image of President Obama’s eyes, combined with the 1984 reference will spark creativity in the minds of Photo Caption Contest fans resulting in captions more creative than either Drudge’s or McClatchy’s.
And while we are on the topic of “Big Brother” you can caption this image too:
(If any of you are tax lawyers please contact me now because a big expensive audit is in the works.)
To make the audit even more vicious, here again are the winners from our last contest.
“Oceania” America is still the land of the free and the home of the brave even with “Big Brother’s eyes” watching us everywhere. Right? Right?
Do not answer that, just start writing some captions!
Photo Caption Contest Winner: Is This The Optic Of Obama’s Rubbish Chute ‘Door of No Return’ Presidency?
(Editor’s Note: On June 30, 2013 the photo and caption above accompanied Joseph Curl of the Washington Times‘ insightful piece about President Obama standing at his own political “Door of No Return” in Senegal.)
Thanks to all who played along with our latest popular Photo Caption Contest.
Some of the captions were slightly “off the charts” but most writers tried to abide by the contest criteria of “honoring the Office of the President no matter who occupies it as our nation celebrated its independence from that unpopular tyrannical King who only cared about maintaining power and had grown distant from the needs of his subjects with his lavish lifestyle.”
So without further adieu, here are winning captions in the Honorable Mention category.
Bpseudomalleus had three Honorables:
There is so much more room here now that it’s getting a little full under the bus.
Drat this was where the shovel ready jobs were.
Call Putin I found a place to put Snowden.
Marc Malone had two Honorables:
I hate this part, where I have to pretend I care.
Just a few more days, and I can get back to the golf course.
Zipcode also had two Honorables:
African witch doctor in background,— O.K. with your hands tied behind you, jump and prove you can walk on water.
He could have stood in the door way of the White House and saved the tax payers a hell of a lot of money.
JRSWINE had two Honorables as well:
Portrait of The Pretentious Tourist on yet another Epic Ego Trip.
I know this door has absolutely nothing to do with me or any of my ancestors, but gee, it’s still all about me, isn’t it?
Chartz submitted an Honorable caption with some advice:
“Ah c’mon, Barrack, don’t jump. All those scandals aren’t THAT bad. And besides the media’s still got ya covered”
Now for the winning captions….
The judges have determined that we have an epic battle between two “Caption Kings” who are fighting for the first seat in the first car on the first train leaving for re-education camp that is scheduled to depart any day now. So let’s all wish cfbleachers and RockThisTown Godspeed on their journey because they will need it after writing captions like the ones listed below.
When a Door of No Return closes, a window of complete hopelessness opens.
Hey, look down there! So, that’s where all those freedoms and liberties go when I destroy them!
I passed through all the Hope and Change hallways to get here?
Socialism, a road map to here.
I can see MSNBC from here.
Hey, somebody get Robert Plant on the phone…I found the OTHER stairway….and yes, I DID build that.
”Ask not what your country can do for you . . . ask what you can do to continue to keep me coming on these lavish vacations to which I’ve become accustomed.”
“Man, Holder & I could really do some Fast & Furious gunwalking through this door!”
One small door for a man, one giant creep for mankind.
“Dang – even by my standards, this wasn’t worth $100 million.”
Obama goes through the door of no return, then, unfortunately . . . returns.
Keep the battle going you great and powerful Kings!
And we will see the rest of you next time a photo is worthy of a Tatler Photo Caption Contest.
New Photo Caption Contest: Is This The Optic Of Obama’s Rubbish Chute ‘Door of No Return’ Presidency?
The photo and caption above accompanied Joseph Curl of the Washington Times‘ insightful piece about President Obama standing at his own political “Door of No Return” in Senegal:
Now, President George W. Bush stood at the very same spot in 2003, but at a different place entirely — stunning party pickups in the 2002 midterms, majority in the House and Senate, headed to re-election, on the top of the world. It was a picture, nothing more.
Thursday, though, was some very bad “optics.” President Obama, standing alone, morose, looking down, sullen, mock contemplative, within the Door of No Return. Below him, rust-stained cinder blocks, craggy rocks of a shallow port, the Atlantic Ocean.
So now it’s time for Photo Caption Contest loyalists to write their own captions about whether this photo is a “ bad optic” of Obama’s presidency as Joseph Curl has opined.
Of course our captions must remain classy because the media is watching (even though we no longer care about them.)
But we do care about honoring the Office of the President no matter who occupies it as our nation celebrates independence from that unpopular tyrannical King who only cared about maintaining power and had grown distant from the needs of his subjects with his lavish lifestyle.
Here again are the winners of our last contest whose captions were classy even if the subject matter was not.
Have fun and help us celebrate Independence Day from that dastardly King with a caption fit for our president.
Thanks to all who played along with our latest Photo Caption Contest. (With several photos “Ready” for captioning.)
As this contest was raging, I came across come news that made our contest question, “Are you ready for some Hillary-wear?” even more relevant. For last week Hillary spoke hopefully and indirectly that she was “Ready for Hillary,” as reported in Forbes:
In a conversation with a Toronto audience last week, Hillary Clinton ignited further speculation around a potential 2016 presidential run. “Hypothetically speaking, I really do hope that we have a woman president in my lifetime,” said Clinton to an enthusiastic audience of thousands.
But anyone who is NOT “Ready for Hillary” will be confronted with a massive social movement to elect our nation’s first female president, so get ready for the stampede.
Now for the winners, starting with the Honorable Mentions:
RockThisTown, a Caption King had three:
Hillary ’16 – because a face lifted, airbrushed 70 is the new 50.
Ready . . . to learn new ways of saying “I don’t recall” & “I have no recollection of that.”
Ready in ’08 but got shafted by a community organizer.
Chris Henderson, also a Caption King had one winner:
The Moon: That’s one small step for a woman, one giant leap for socialism.
(Note: Chris is referring to this Moon image I included that looked like the Hillary-wear image.)
Zip Code submitted a winning caption for the “weirding out” shirt:
I will not pull the wool over your eyes, but don’t be too sure about cotton!
(Note: Here is the “weirding out” shirt.)
Ready…wait, where’s my hair?
fortibus85 had two winners:
Ready… to reclaim my position as the media darling.
Ready… but what difference does it make?
Adi won with hilarious caption:
This is my 3 a.m. face call.
rbj had this (sad) winner:
Ready to forget who Ambassador Chris Stevens was.
Finally, our Caption King emeritus cfbleachers had one honorable mention:
High Cheekbones…must be going for the Cherokee vote.
And cfbleachers was also the Grand Prize Winner with this clever caption:
In order to be “ready”…one must be prepared. So, the next slogan is a natural… Preparation H.
Congratulations cfbleachers! I can feel your excitement as you prepare to be “Ready for Hillary.”
Thanks again to everyone who entered and see you next time a photo is worthy of a Tatler Photo Caption Contest.
Since a Godless America is the Goal of Obama’s Justice Department — Are We Still, ‘One Nation Under God’?
Today a man of great faith emailed me a news piece with the following message, “You should write about this travesty. It proves once again that DOJ under Eric Holder is out of control!”
The headline of the news report read: DOJ Defunds Youth Programs that Reference God.
As I read the piece by Todd Starnes which appeared on the Fox News web site, I realized something has gone terribly wrong in our nation, “a travesty” to use the words of my friend.
Here are the opening paragraphs of what Starnes reported:
A Louisiana lawman is livid over the federal government’s decision to cut off funds for two programs to help troubled young people, all, he says, because he refused to sign a pledge to bar prayer or any mention of God at their meetings.
Julian Whittington, the sheriff of Bossier Parish, La., told Fox News the Department of Justice Office of Civil Rights defunded $30,000 for their Young Marines chapter as well as a youth diversion program. Federal officials objected to a voluntary student-led prayer in the department’s youth diversion program and an oath recited by the Young Marines that mentions God, according to Whittington, who blasted what he considers the government’s “aggression and infringement of our religious freedoms.”
“We were informed that these are unacceptable, inherently religious activities and the Department of Justice would not be able to fund the programs if it continued,” Whittington told Fox News. “They wanted a letter from me stating that I would no longer have voluntary prayer and I would also have to remove ‘God’ from the Young Marine’s oath.”
Reading Starnes’ entire piece, brought to mind a law that was signed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower on Flag Day, June 14, 1954.
I remembered this law because it illustrates just how far our nation has moved away from the law’s reasoning in the past 59 years. For today, even the hint of such a law would ignite a raging firestorm of media disapproval and cause the ACLU to go ballistic.
That 1954 law to which I am referring officially inserted the words “under God” into the Pledge of Allegiance.
Congress quickly passed the law and Eisenhower signed it. The reason for such swift action was because in the mid- 1950′s at the height of the Cold War against the Russians, our foreign policy was fueled by fears that Communism would spread globally. Thus, inserting the words, “under God,” faithfully distinguished America from those godless communists.
The forced absence of God and the prohibition of people under Communist rule to believe in a power greater than the Communist State, was one of the reasons why we were actively fighting the Cold War.
During that time period, the vast majority of Americans, and their leaders, believed that we were in fact, “under God,” and HIS protective shield. Therefore, it was just a matter of time before our nation would prevail over that godless Soviet State. (See the year 1991 if you need to be reminded how this all worked out.)
Here is what President Eisenhower told the nation as he signed the law:
From this day forward, the millions of our school children will daily proclaim in every city and town, every village and rural school house, the dedication of our nation and our people to the Almighty. To anyone who truly loves America, nothing could be more inspiring than to contemplate this re-dedication of our youth, on each school morning, to our country’s true meaning. . . . In this way we are reaffirming the transcendence of religious faith in America’s heritage and future; in this way we shall constantly strengthen those spiritual weapons which forever will be our country’s most powerful resource, in peace or in war.
Now contrast Eisenhower’s words to what Department of Justice lawyers recently told the sheriff who got his funding cut for programs that “focus on character-building, leadership, and promote a drug-free lifestyle.”
As Starnes writes in his Fox News piece, The sheriff was told he would not be given any money unless he wrote a letter pledging not to pray or use the word “God.”
It truly is a sad day in America when our government resembles the Communists we defeated in the Cold War.
Incidents like this one in Louisiana and numerous others, beg the question, “Is our nation still ‘under God,’ or has HIS protective shield been lifted?”
If you are not an avid reader of every Hillary Watch 2016 installment, than you may not be familiar with Ready for Hillary. If that is the case, then you must be asking, “Why all the hoopla surrounding an on-line store? ” (Even Drudge Report mentioned it.)
So to get you up to speed – Ready for Hillary is a political action committee (PAC) that is waiting for Hillary to announce that she is
divorcing her husband officially announcing her candidacy for the 2016 Democrat Party nomination for President. (When she finally does make this announcement, MSNBC will offer 24 straight hours of special programming hosted by James Carville and Al Sharpton.)
After browsing through the merchandise in the Ready store, it became apparent the “virtual shelves” were ripe with Caption Contest potential.
Like this Ready-to-Go
Barf Bag for $35.00.
Or this “limited edition Ready” button for $5.00
And if you happen to be NOT READY for Hillary, contest writers can caption the shirt pictured below. This priceless shirt parody, which originated on Twitter, is obviously not offered for sale at the Ready store and sure to be a classic.
Our new contest offers Photo Caption Contest loyal followers ample opportunity to show-off their creative brilliance. Just be sure to mention which image you are captioning, for example, the shirt, the bag, the button, or the “weirding out” shirt.
Here are the winners from our last contest where the aforementioned creative brilliance was on display.
There is only one official rule for this contest and that happens to be the same rule the Clintons live by, “Get mad and then get even.”
Have fun with your entries but please try to stay somewhat classy even though this Ready for Hillary-wear image does somewhat resemble the Man in the Moon.
In the “World Gone Mad Department” of Florida Atlantic University, Professor Deandre Poole’s annual contract to teach communications has been renewed.
Professor Poole, whom you may remember found himself at the center of what became a national controversy after he instructed his class to write the name JESUS on a piece of paper and step on it. One student complained, the story caught fire and Poole was eventually placed on paid leave back in March.
After following this story as it unfolded earlier this year, I thought it would be fitting to now post the Sun Sentinel (South Florida’s daily local newspaper) report on the contract renewal, proving once again that we live in truly bizarro times. My favorite parts of this story are in bold:
FAU Renews Contract Of Instructor In Jesus Case
Poole, a non-tenured communications instructor, was placed on paid leave in late March after receiving death threats for an assignment that got dubbed “stomp on Jesus” in the national media.
But FAU officials said Friday his annual contract will be renewed. He will teach this summer and fall online only while the university assesses whether his safety is in jeopardy, said Heather Coltman, interim dean of the College of Arts and Letters.
She said the university made the decision after talking with students in his class, faculty members and a security consultant.
“We thought it was in the university’s best interest,” Coltman said. Coltman added, “I understand this decision may not be popular with all members of the community, but it was based on months of thorough research and consideration.”
Poole said he’s ecstatic to have his job back. He said people mistakenly believed the assignment was anti-Christian. He said he never used the word “stomp” and followed verbatim an assignment in a textbook written by a professor at a Christian college. ”I was extremely alarmed by all the misinformation that was out there,” he said. “So many individuals rushed to judgment without having all the facts.”
During a class assignment on symbolism, Poole asked students to write “J-E-S-U-S” on a piece of paper, place it on the floor and them step on it. The assignment angered one student who complained to administrators and the media.
FAU initially defended the assignment but once it started receiving criticism in the national media, the school reversed course and apologized. It promised never to use the assignment again.
That pledge alarmed faculty, who say administrators don’t make decisions about what course work is taught.
“My intent was not to tell faculty what they could or couldn’t do but to defuse the situation,” former President Mary Jane Saunders said.
Saunders resigned as FAU president in May, citing negative media attention of this incident and several other controversies.
It’s unclear whether the Jesus assignment will be used again. Coltman said the university will have a series of meetings on academic freedom and how to best deal with subject matter that might be controversial.
Isn’t this report just a lovely little window into the state of higher education as it exists today?
Personally speaking, I hope this assignment will be used again for several classes but that this time the names of MOSES, MARTIN LUTHER KING, OBAMA and MOHAMMED will be used as the stomp material. Then the university will again be forced to determine just how “valuable an asset” is Professor Poole.
Furthermore, there is only one itty-bitty fact that the Sun Sentinel piece omitted which could be of great interest to its readers.
Professor Poole is the vice-chairman of the Palm Beach County Democrat Party.
But that fact is of such low importance you can understand why it was not reported. In all my earlier postings on this incident, I mentioned that fact ALWAYS seemed to be omitted whenever mainstream national or local media reported on what became known as the “Jesus stomping” incident.
However, there was one exception to that omission. There is a Palm Beach County based web site called the BizPacReview and it has what these days is called “a conservative slant” in its reporting. And once again, BizPacReview did report Poole’s Democrat Party connection in their latest report on the new contract.
One has to ask if Poole had been a Republican Party vice-chairman would that fact always have been omitted from the mainstream media reports and/or would his contract even have been renewed?
These are just two silly questions that come to mind in a bizarro world gone mad and questions to which readers of this site already know the answers.
Our last edition of Hillary Watch 2016 posed the question: Will Hillary be forced to run for Bill’s third term rather than Obama’s third term?
The answer to that question assumes the following:
Obama’s overall job approval rating will continue downward.
As of this writing, the Real Clear Politics (RCP) poll average has Obama’s job performance at 45.8% approve and 49.3% disapprove. However the RCP average of his handling of the economy is more dismal, with 43.3% approving and 52% disapproving.
Hillary’s presidential non-campaign gains momentum.
Just check out the Ready For Hillary PAC web site and you will feel the momentum building for the forthcoming massive social movement to elect the first female president — initially fueled by Hollywood and the mainstream media. On “Ready for Hillary” you will notice that Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) is the first female Senator to publically pledge her support for Hillary in 2016. McCaskill is then followed by Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH).
As reported in The Hill, Shaheen, who is up for reelection in 2014 said, “We’re talking to her about helping me in my reelection effort, and I know that she’s taking a little break. But I am hopeful that she will and I ‘m also hopeful she’s going to run for president.”
No surprise that House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is also quoted on “Ready for Hillary” after looking up to a higher authority saying, “I pray that Hillary Clinton decides to run for president of the United States.” (Watch this space for whether the Almighty actually listens to Nancy Pelosi.)
More Hillary less Obama in the 2014 midterm election.
This week the aforementioned Hill piece had the following headline: Dems start Obama to Clinton transition. The piece reports:
Requests are flooding in for the former Secretary of State to campaign for candidates.
Of course, President Obama remains the most sought-after figure, but his star power could fade in the coming months as the chatter about his successor intensifies. His approval rating has fallen as his administration has grappled with a variety of controversies ranging from IRS overreach to government snooping.
“The political focus of the Democratic Party will shift to Hillary, and in some ways it has already,” said former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell (D), who, as a staunch Clinton supporter, has an interest in seeing his forecast come true.
He noted that while Obama will be the policy leader of the party, there will be an “inherent transition” politically to the person Democrats see as the next leader.
My three word summary of The Hill piece is the sound of Democrat’s crying, “Hillary help us.”
Ready for Hillary vs. Ready for Reality in 2014.
The “Ready for Hillary” concept sounds way too easy and “way to easy” usually means trouble ahead. (See Hillary vs. Obama 2008.)
So now the conventional wisdom is Hillary has become the de facto leader of the Democrat Party. She has the 2016 Democratic nomination locked up and the 2014 midterms will act as both her 2016 show-prep and IOU collection machin
As Hillary is crisscrossing the nation raising buckets of money for Democrat candidates and collecting piles of IOU’s, the 2014 midterm campaign trail will be fraught with deadly IED’s that she must avoid. These IED’s will have Obama’s name all over them. For even though Obama will not personally be on the ballot in 2014 his policies and legacy will be front and center.
Hillary, by request of the candidates, will be actively campaigning to give Obama what he so desperately wants: to win back Democrat control of the House and keep Democrat control of the Senate. But come 2014, Obama could be politically toxic, and ObamaCare, having kicked in full throttle, could potentially be extremely unpopular once people experience the negative impact of increased costs, declining care and loss of full-time jobs.
But out on the campaign trail, Hillary must give voters good reasons to cast their ballots for that congressman/woman or senator from a red/purple state up for re-election. Usually, in midterm elections, those reasons are to support the President, his policies and his vision for America.
So how will Hillary support Obama while running from Obama?
That will be tricky, especially if his current approval rating continues its downward spiral. Then, after the 2014 election, if many of the candidates Hillary campaigned for were defeated, that could reflect poorly on her and she could be perceived as a weaker presidential candidate.
Just imagine the video of Hillary defending Obama with all those, “Give Obama the Congress he deserves” speeches that will be replayed non-stop in 2016.
However, as we have come to know, Mrs. Clinton is a pro at being disingenuous, so there is no doubt she will find a way to Kabuki dance with Obama while she dances over Obama. For there is no way Hillary Clinton is going to let Obama defeat her again. Therefore, watching how she maneuvers through the 2014 minefield laden campaign trails should be award-winning political theater.
Is the Republican Party headed for a 1964 -style presidential landslide defeat?
Finally, my usual Hillary Watch 2016 question is, “Name the Republican leader who can win 270 electoral votes and defeat Hillary?” That question and answer depresses me even more lately as my computer is being targeted with Ready for Hillary pop up ads like the one I captured on display above. (I assume this is because the super-computers controlling the universe think Hillary Watch 2016 is a pro-Hillary site.)
But I have stumped the algorithms! For the mission of Hillary Watch 2016 is not to support her, but to watch her very closely while waiting for a GOP candidate to emerge. Meanwhile, my greatest fear is that there will be a Republican Party replay of the 1964 presidential election landslide defeat between Lyndon Johnson and Barry Goldwater.
Although way too early to matter, this news still gives me the chills because in my paranoid political mind, 1964 looms large. For as every Republican knows the path to the White House runs through Florida. On the other hand, I expect neither Bush nor Rubio will be the Republican nominee in 2016. But still the question remains, “Is there anyone on the GOP bench who will be “Ready for Hillary?”
Thankfully a Stop Hillary 2016 PAC is now gearing up. But WHO will be the one to stop her?
All and any attempts to answer that question are welcome.
Thanks to all who entered our latest Photo Caption Contest. As expected, your captions took the chill off what many said resembled a Cold War-era photo. (Does this mean Hillary’s 2009 Russian relation’s “reset-button” is doin’ time in the gulag?)
Now here are all the Honorable Mentions:
RockThisTown (a Caption King) submitted several winners:
Neither is capable of running a country – but they did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night!
“Would you mind lobbing a few missiles over the Bering Strait just to scare Sarah Palin?”
“Vladimir, the funny thing is you’ll never own an NFL franchise!”
(Editors Note: There is a Putin/NFL ring controversy if you are unaware.)
cfbleachers (our Caption King emeritus) had several honorable mentions:
“All I said was, I can remove freedoms and liberties faster than you can…and he got all huffy on me”
“He never listens to me anymore” – ”And he only wants to talk about himself”
TLC….Tyrant Lovers Counseling session. They met on E-hegemony.
Putin on the Fritz.
The hammer and sicko.
One of these guys is a lifelong Communist, with a background of murky undercover work, intent on ruling his country as a dictator. ….The other guy is Putin
Special shout- out to LeighB who submitted a prophetic caption foreshadowing Obama’s teleprompter-free speech the next day in Berlin, which according to Chris Matthews, was “ruined by the sun.” The caption was:
Waiting for the teleprompter to arrive…
Putin: Whoever put me up on this stage just earned a one-way ticket to Yakutsk!
The leaders of the two largest state-run media organizations in the world.
Store Security holding a couple of juveniles until their parents show up.
And the Grand Prize Winner is…. drumroll……
Zip Code, who along with these three honorable mentions….
Putin,— I would suggest Russian roulette for World domination, but your gun laws would put a stop to that.
I must be slipping, this is the first time someone is not kissing up to me.
Obama: I should not have asked him how the old lady was.
…also claimed the Grand Prize:
Obama, Now let me get this right, You will trade me your Super Bowl Ring for my Peace Prize!
Congratulations Zip Code on your first Grand Prize winning caption! (Cue applause machine.)
Thanks again to all who entered and see you
in the gulag next time a photo is worthy of a Tatler Photo Caption Contest.
Yesterday, when I first saw this photo I immediately thought “Photo Caption Contest” because this is just one of those photos that is worth a “1000 words” and a few good captions.
The caption, “Cold War” was how the Drudge Report described this photo, but we expect many more colorful and creative alternatives from our loyal contest followers and any newcomers who care to match wits with our esteemed group of “Caption Kings.”
Certainly, when the history of the Obama presidency is written, I expect this photo will be used to illustrate Obama’s rocky relationship with our former/current – friend/enemy Russia and President Putin who (thank goodness) happens to have his shirt on in this photo. (But now that Putin is divorcing his wife, one can only imagine how many more shirtless poses await us.)
Many of you are aware that for the last year we have kept this contest orderly by enforcing our one rule, “be nice and stay classy because the media is watching.” But recently that rule has become inoperative because we no longer care if the media is watching or what they are thinking. However, staying classy never goes out of style even in a world gone mad. So do try to abide by whatever you think this rule means.
Here again are the winners from our last contest and please use them as an example of “staying classy.”
Good luck and remember that in the early 1960’s President Kennedy and Russian Premier Nikita Khruschev also had quite a testy relationship but the Russians never did manage to “bury us.”
All signs point to “The Donald” making a run for the White House in 2016 and in a nutshell this is his message, “Republicans need to pick the right person for the next cycle.”
So expect his bumper sticker to read something like, “Trump is right,” and let’s examine some recent media reports leading one to conclude that Trump is “right now” laying the groundwork for a serious presidential campaign.
On May 27, 2013 the New York Post’s gossipy Page Six ran the following headline: Trump Researching 2016 Run. The report began with, “Donald Trump has spent more than $1 million on electoral research for a potential presidential run in 2016.”
The take-away quotes are from Michael Cohen, Trump’s executive vice president and special counsel:
“The electoral research was commissioned. We did not spend $1 million on this research for it just to sit on my bookshelf,” Cohen said. “At this point Mr. Trump has not made any decision on a political run, but what I would say is that he is exactly what this country needs. The turnout at these political speeches indicates his following remains very strong and is growing.“
Then on the same day, May 27th , Politico picked up the New York Post story and posted it on their CLICK blog with the headline: Report: Trump Spends $1M on 2016 Research.
After reading Politico’s piece, I assumed Trump’s research revealed that voters thought he was a narcissistic egomaniac, only running for president as a stunt to keep his name/brand in the press only long enough to further enhance the value of his national/ global real estate and business/media ventures.
Perhaps the research did in fact show some of that sentiment, but maybe there were some positive signs too, propelling him to attend Christian activist Ralph Reed’s, Faith and Freedom Coalition’s “Road to Majority” conference last weekend in Washington D.C.
There, mega-mogul Donald Trump was seen walking the same halls as all the other mere mortal, non-mogul Republican 2016 hopefuls – however, Trump not only attended, but had a coveted slot, as Friday night’s keynote dinner speaker. And to emphasize how seriously Trump took this speaking engagement, that day Friday, June 14th was The Donald’s 67th birthday.
(PJM’s video coverage of Trump’s speech with his comments on the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs is here.)
“The Road to Majority” conference attracted everyone who is anyone among the GOP’s current crop of office holding conservatives and former elected officials all jockeying for a 2016 position in the wide-open horse race.
Here was the Washington Times piece and their headline about the conference that was attended by what was considered a small number of only 400 faithful: Republican political stars woo waning Christian conservatives; preach message of inclusiveness.
Why then would a busy man like Trump waste his time with this relatively small, but very influential slice of the primary voting GOP base if he was not actively auditioning for the 2016 nomination? Was he there testing his “positioning” campaign message on the Christian conservatives?
As Politico reported in their coverage of Trump’s June 14th speech:
Trump, who flirted with running for president in 2012 and has spent $1 million on state-by-state research on his 2016 prospects, said Republicans need to pick “the right person” for the next cycle.
“You can’t get it wrong again,” Trump said. “You got it wrong. And you can’t get it wrong again.”
Then Politico ends the piece recounting Trump’s speech in May when he spoke to a crowd of 2,300 at the Oakland County Republican Party Lincoln Day Dinner in Novi, Michigan:
In his Michigan speech Trump predicted Hillary Clinton would be the Democratic front-runner and that if Republicans “don’t pick the right person, it will be a landslide.”
It is no coincidence that Trump continues to emphasize the word “right” and cynics like me can “rightfully” assume it has a double meaning.
So does Donald Trump have any chance of winning the 2016 GOP presidential nomination?
There is no doubt that he is very wealthy, has near 95% name recognition, and is both a cultural rock star and an American icon known around the world. But can he parlay those advantages into winning primaries against presumed opponents like Senators Marco Rubio and Rand Paul, and Governor Chris Christie?
Curious, I posed this question to Mark McKinnon, the chief media strategist from the last winning Republican presidential campaign in 2004.
Here was his reply: “Trump is not credible, is not compelling, is not gifted and has no experience. He has nothing except money and a big mouth.”
My response back to McKinnon was, “These days you never know how far money and a big mouth can take you.”
That means watch this space folks — for if Trump is serious about running for president he could be a veddy interesting 2016 wildcard. And along side my on-going Hillary Watch 2016 series, this post might even turn out to be the first Trump Watch 2016!
Can one even fathom all the blood and guts that would spill from a Clinton vs. Trump 2016 match-up?
There is no doubt it would be the political equivalent of a pay-per-view Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Thanks to all who entered our latest Photo Caption Contest. Once again the entries were hilarious and creative.
If you are regular follower of this contest you know that we have a small, select group of loyalists who win most frequently and thus have been named the “Caption Kings.”
Now, because this is an equal opportunity contest, newcomers have the same chance of winning as one of the Caption Kings. The only reason I am stating this is because for this contest we have one clear, supreme Grand Prize Winner who also happens to be a Royal Caption King, but please do not think that judges favor Caption Kings because that would be untrue.
Now the drum roll…. for Chris Henderson, our Grand Prize Winner with three brilliant captions.
They said “CIA” but Obama heard “CYA” so he appointed a lawyer.
Obama turns the CIA into a No Spy Zone.
Another meaningless red line by Obama.
Congratulations Chris! (Be sure to say good-bye to Chris as he boards the bus to re-education camp this summer.)
Here are all the Honorable Mentions:
The Obama administration is now selecting agency directors based on how good they would look while being thrown under the bus.
Scottch (a Caption King) submitted:
Haines: “Oh goody! With this position I’ll be able to read a LOT more erotica on people’s computers!”
(Editors note: Ms. Haines has a documented work history of reading erotica. You just can not make this stuff up!)
RockThisTown (a Caption King) submitted these two winners:
“OK, now for your oath of office. Repeat after me: “I do solemnly swear to support blaming Bush for all that goes wrong.”
“Avril if you happen to run across my birth certificate when you start your new job, bury it!”
Zip Code also submitted two winners:
Don’t worry about not having any experience, I didn’t have any either when I took this job, and look at the country now.
We see in your resume you have seen all of the 007 movies, gentleman, we have a new CIA Director!
Born Free submitted:
“Mirror, mirror, on the wall, which one here is next to fall?”
Thanks again to everyone who entered and see you next time a photo is worthy of a Tatler Photo Caption Contest.
While the Department of State, Justice, IRS and the NSA are all embroiled in scandal, and the Obama administration is imploding before our eyes, now is the perfect time for President Obama to select a new deputy CIA director with no experience at the CIA and no intelligence gathering experience at all.
Avril Haines, a lawyer in the White House Counsel’s office, has just been named the new #2 at the CIA replacing Michael Morell who is resigning after 33 years with the agency.
As PJM’s Bridget Johnson notes in her piece on this matter, here is what CIA Director John Brennan said about the qualifications of his new deputy:
She has published in the area of private international law and the law of war, has taught classes as an adjunct faculty member at Georgetown University Law School, and has represented the United States in international negotiations at the Hague Conference, the United Nations, and elsewhere.
In the Obama administration job qualification space-time continuum, Ms. Haines is about six months away from taking over as CIA Director.
The subject of our new photo caption contest was posted at The Daily Beast (along with an interesting background piece about Ms. Haines) and the following caption:
Avril Haines has up until now remained a low-key member of the Obama administration.
Now, I am quite sure our witty, creative, contest regulars and brilliant newcomers can write a much better caption than that. After all, this is a charming group photo of President Obama and his brain trust in action
solving all our domestic and international problems, planning his next $100 million family trip to Africa.
As all contest regulars know, we only have one rule and that is, “be nice and stay classy because the media is watching.” However, recently we have changed that rule to read, “be nice and stay classy because the IRS and the NSA are looking out for you.” (No one gives a hoot what the media thinks anymore.)
In case you missed it, here were the winners from our last, highly competitive contest.
Since this new caption contest is somewhat about the CIA, here is what a family member once told me who worked for the CIA in operations around the world for several decades. He said, “Working for the CIA is like you are drowning and they throw you a straw.”
I always loved that line. So glad I finally found an excuse to share it!
Since our last edition of Hillary Watch 2016 posted in early May, a political tsunami has occurred in our nation’s capital. And to prove just how much that tsunami has altered the political landscape, remember it was only the Benghazi whistle blower hearings that were front and center at that time.
Now consider how many scandals, revelations, and leaks have befallen the Obama administration since then, with no break in between.
Sex! Lies! Horny Ambassadors! Fixers! Cover-ups!
It’s all so juicy and easy for the general public to understand (as opposed to those bor-ring Benghazi talking points).
Watch as Hillary’s famous Benghazi hearing question, “What difference does it make?” is sure to be asked again and turned on her as more details are revealed. After all, this was her domain and these were her people so the “I know nothing” defense will not fly.
OK, so we have now established that there will be some rough patches ahead for Hillary 2016. However, 2016 is decades away in political dog years. As noted above, what has happened politically since early May is a fine example of political dog years in action. One day, one week, one month, is enough time for a 180 degree turnaround in politics.
It is a given that circumstances will change, but there is one question that will not change and that question will have the most impact on Hillary’s 2016 prospects.
That question is, “Can Hillary win Obama’s third term?”
Let’s examine the recent record for some examples.
Daddy Bush won Reagan’s third term in 1988.
Al Gore won the popular vote for Clinton’s third term in 2000.
John McCain did not and could not win George W. Bush’s third term in 2008.
So, that brings us up to The Question of 2016.
As a loyal Republican who will vote for whomever is running against Hillary in 2016, my answer to The Question is “Yes she can.” Republicans must assume she can and fight all the harder for the following reasons:
Hillary as the “first female president” is real, appealing, gigantic, important, enormous, and the media will turn it into a mantra.
I have written about this mantra before and I will mention it again and again. For once this huge social movement starts rolling, a heavy-set white man from New Jersey, or two first-term senators from Kentucky or Florida will not stand a chance.
That brings me to the second reason behind, “Yes she can,” which also happens to be a question that I have raised in numerous past Hillary Watch 2016 installments.
How in 2016 does any Republican presidential candidate win 270 electoral votes?
It is a question that must be asked and examined but the facts make the answer difficult with so many demographic groups such as women, youth, Hispanics, African-Americans, Asians, unions, government employees, gays, and teachers all aligned against the GOP.
Furthermore, Hillary’s favorable/unfavorable Gallup poll ratings are going down and up, from an early 2013 sky-high favorable of 66% to a still very respectable 58%. Contrast that to her current unfavorable rating, rising from a low of 29% to 39%. Still all VERY ACCEPTABLE for a nationally known and somewhat polarizing figure.
Hillary’s new Twitter account also made a big splash this week indicating she is gearing up and ready for the modern age.
And with the modern age comes Clinton-era nostalgia that will be re-packaged, re-modeled and re-branded as Hillary is positioned to win Bill’s “third term.”
Now this is key to answering the major question I have posed and right out of Mad Men. “If you don’t like the question change the conversation.” And here is how Hillary could do just that; she could win Obama’s third term while running against Obama using this argument:
We, as a nation, were all hoodwinked in 2008. Obama offered us hope and change and after Bush we were all so desperate for anything new and shiny.
So we made a mistake…twice. The first time I tried, I cried, and I came pretty close, even warned you about him taking phone calls at 3 AM. But it was not my time so new and shiny won out, first in 2008 and then again in 2012. So let’s reset the clock and now in 2016 I will do for this nation what I was going to do in 2008.
Seriously folks, you might hear something like this from Hillary in 2016.
Hillary must run for Obama’s third term, but Team Clinton, along with the media, will make us think that it’s really Bill’s third term for which she is running.
Since our latest Photo Caption Contest posted on June 6th, the Verizon revelation that served as the inspiration behind the contest has gone forth and multiplied into a mega-data-mega-scandal-mega-monster that consumes everything digital in its path.
So while the media and the government go mad trying to sort it all out, think of this winner’s post as a secure oasis where you can reflect upon the timely concept of WWOFFD. (What Would Our Founding Fathers Do?)
Due to the popularity of this contest resulting in an over-abundance of creative captions submitted by our brilliant, witty readers, no one winner could be declared. Therefore, our panel of VIP judges chose groups of winning captions.
Here is the Honorable Mention Group.
Obama is very happy as Chris Christie has asked him for a second date.
You’re fine, I told Holder to grab everyone’s phone records except for my pot dealers
“What? You voted for me six times? Call me back when you double that.”
“I love the sound of treason in the morning”
Born Free submitted three winners:
“Ground control to Major Tom…”
“Your call cannot go through. An armed drone is on its way to your location. You coulda stopped this in 2012, but it’s too late now, suckas!”
Dial in now to our certified 501(c) toll-free phonebank of IRS-deputized OFA comrades, and find out how you too could win a chance for a phone call with ‘O’
Obama: “I’m listening to the Muslim call to prayer, it’s one of the prettiest sounds on Earth.” (Judges note: In case you forgot, President Obama actually made this statement.)
Now for the “Caption King” winner’s circle with a few Grand Prizes tossed out to the best of the best.
Yeah, Vlad. I promised you that in my second term, I would have a little more “flexibility”. I’ve stolen every Constitutional right from the useful idiots that I could.
Can you fear me now? (Grand Prize)
For English, press 1. For Arabic, press 2. For tyranny, press “O”.
Vlad, sorry to hear about your divorce, comrade. Yeah, she bought the lipstick on the collar from the Auntie bit…whew! Otherwise, I would have had my reset button pushed, permanently.
Yeah, yeah…I’m Commander in Chief…blah, blah, blah. This is my second term, I’m phoning it in. (Grand Prize)
Does this have a Choom App?
When I first got an “I Phone” I thought they had named it after one of my speeches.
How can I talk to you and make any sense? Where’s the teleprompter on this thing?
So, Samantha Power says let’s attack Israel and Susan Rice chimes in…”and we can blame it on a YouTube video!”
No, Shulman…I didn’t say make a collect call to all Republicans, I said make a COLLECTION call on all Republicans. After 167 visits here you would think you would have this down by now.
Lois Lerner, this is Clark Kent. Let’s do a secret, invitation only conference call with our media at the Daily Plant-it.
Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely. But media conspired power, corrupts…with absolution.
“I still want to spread the wealth . . . of information.” (Grand Prize)
Obama-phone set on Chrissie Matthews leg tingle vibrate.
Obama takes Heat in NBA Finals . . . but takes no heat in USA scandals.
For the first time in her life, Michelle is proud of Barack’s phone. (Grand Prize)
Hello, Apple? I’m signing an Executive Order today changing the name of the iPhone to the O-phone. Don’t worry – there’s a couple billion in it for you.”
“This 900 number Axelrod turned me onto is fantastic!”
A bitter phone clinger.
Obama on his daily conference call with the non-Fox media giving them their marching orders.
From Chris Henderson:
“I’ve got America’s number. It’s 1-9-8-4.” (Grand Prize)
“Can you impeach me now?” (Grand Prize)
No Mr. Putin, Bill Clinton didn’t leave his little black book in the Oval Office. Why do you ask?”
Even on the phone Obama drones on and on.
From Allan Crowson: (Who is not yet a Caption King, only a Grand Prize Winner.)
Listen, when I said I wanted an unlimited data plan, I truly meant it: unlimited data, that’s the plan.
Thanks to all who played along making this contest so successful and competitive.
See you all next time a photo is worthy of a PJ Tatler Photo Caption Contest!
One of the most famous political phrases of all time is, “Follow the money,” the advice given to Watergate journalists Woodward and Bernstein by their secret source, code-named “Deep Throat.”
That advice proved essential to unraveling Watergate crimes and it remains true today as governments actively follow international terror groups seeking funds to fuel their operations.
It is well established that the illegal drug trade has played a key role keeping the Taliban and Al Qaeda in business. But now, another source of nefarious terror group funding is slowly gaining more global media attention – the increased horn and tusk trade from the slaughtering of elephants and rhinos in Africa.
An associate of mine, James P. Farwell — acclaimed author, defense consultant and foreign policy expert — recently wrote a well documented piece on this topic. It appeared in the Huffington Post, entitled, Why Desperate Terrorist Groups Have Turned to Slaughtering Innocent Elephants and Rhinos.
The kill numbers are truly astounding and at the current pace of slaughter, extinction is imminent. For example — 25,000 elephants in the wild have been slaughtered since 2007.
Poachers are decimating the forest elephant. Populations have declined 62% in ten years. Unless something changes, elephants are headed for extinction in the wild.
The Rhinoceros story is equally alarming. Poaching of South African rhinos is up 50% since 2011 and 5000 percent since 2007. The market is for their horns, which can fetch $30,000 apiece, more per gram than gold or cocaine.
Rhino populations have dropped 90% in just fifty years.
Asian networks, especially the Chinese, Vietnamese, and even Asian Americans have been involved in the slaughter partially fueled by consumers who falsely believe the rhino tusks ground into powder can cure cancer and increase sexual potency.
But there is a much more sinister angle to the story, as Farwell continues:
The horn and tusk trade is merely one element of a broader scope of intertwined illegal activities in drug trafficking, arms smuggling, and money laundering. It all aims for the same goal: generating huge, illegal profits for criminals, who often provide funds that finance violent extremism. Those who bankroll these sophisticated quasi-military operations are international criminal networks, often working hand-in-hand with terror networks linked to or aligned with extremist groups.
Following the money and stopping its flow be it from sales of rhino and elephant tusks, or the usual, drugs and weapons, is the smartest and surest path that governments can take to put extremist groups out of business. However, drugs and weapons as financial tools to fund terror networks does not compare to the heart-breaking mass slaughter of species for that same purpose.
Tusks for terror is a travesty that needs to be better publicized, especially by the media and entertainment industries. Then perhaps this real threat of elephant and rhino extinction will spark massive global outrage on a grand scale so the necessary pressure can be applied and protection will result.
Earlier today, with the breaking news that the Obama administration is secretly collecting Verizon call records, the Drudge Report was prompted to run this image parodying the Verizon tag line, “Can you hear me now?”
This means its time for PJ Media readers to show that they can write even better captions by entering our “world famous” contest.
You know the rules, be nice and stay classy because the media is watching. (But now these rules are in place only to protect you from the IRS and have nothing to do with the media any more.)
Here are the winners from our last highly competitive contest in case you missed the post. Based on the temperament of our readers, we expect this contest to be just as ruthless.
Good luck and remember HE is listening, HE hears everything, and HE is our president.
At the beginning of our latest contest the following question was posed:
In the glorious history of PJ Tatler Photo Caption Contests could this be the best photo ever?
Regardless of whether you thought this truly was the best contest photo ever, it certainly sparked much interest. So thanks to all who entered and here are the winners from this highly competitive contest.
Zip Code had two winners:
Check this out Michelle, after all these years the White House laundry finds Mr. Clinton’s lost shirt.
I have not had foreign relations with anybody!
“I went to New Jersey and all I got was this lousy kiss from Chris Christie.”
Born Free had two winners:
“Investigate THIS, Issa!”
“Get a Marine gunnery sergeant over here to take care of this, on the double!
“The New York Times did this… WaPo, you can do it, too.”
“Next time somebody remind David Gregory that my ass is down here”
“MSNBC, let me be clear, this is not where my ass is located.”
Now for the Grand Prize Winners….
Judge’s note: Due to the sheer volume of ultra-brilliant submissions there are four grand prize winners. This means more seats are needed on the train heading to Camp Obama-nation this summer, where I hear water boarding is a competitive sport.
JeffHansen: (I think you are a contest newcomer, so welcome aboard!)
“I didn’t know about the lipstick until I saw it on TV.”
“Does this shade match my lies?”
RockThisTown (one of our Caption Kings) had two great ones:
Obama gets a kiss, America gets lip service.
This was the moment when the rise of Michelle’s ire began and our planet began to reel.
Important Note: Just in case you forgot why this submission is the work of a genius, let me explain. This caption is a clever re-write of a statement then-Senator Barack Obama made in a speech on June 3, 2008 after winning the Democrat nomination for president. This is what he actually said, and then managed to get elected five month later:
Thank-you RockThisTown for giving me an excuse to mention one of my favorite Obama-gasims!
See you all again soon, either at camp, or next time a photo is worthy of a Tatler Photo Caption Contest!
At this moment, no daily news cycle is complete without one hearing or reading the word “Watergate” in connection with the four Obama Administration scandals currently swirling around in various stages of unraveling.
For example, look no further than here at PJM yesterday with a piece by Ed Driscoll entitled, Obama and the IRS: Worse Than Watergate.
That title perfectly illustrates the Watergate reference framework across all media platforms, regardless of ideological tilt.
Currently, the four scandals are categorized in one of three ways: Nothing like Watergate, worse than Watergate, or just like Watergate.
It goes something like this:
“The AP story is nothing like Watergate.”
“The Benghazi cover-up is just like Watergate.”
“The tapping of a Fox reporter’s personal emails resembles Watergate.”
Now, it is blatantly obvious that the use of the word “Watergate” in connection with Obama’s troubles has become thoroughly overused and overuse leads to a loss of impact.
Therefore, I suggest a new term that all media can easily adopt and embrace. This new term is very Watergate-esque in that it consolidates Obama’s four scandals together under one heading — the same way Watergate consolidated all of Nixon’s scandals and cover-ups.
The new term is “Obamagate.”
How perfectly it blends the old Nixon with the new Obama and just rolls off the tongue.
Using Obamagate as the umbrella term for the scandals involving the IRS, Benghazi, Fox News and AP should be applauded by journalists. For starting now, while reporting on the more than 50 shades of colorful scandal details, journalists will only have to write or say, Obamagate instead of repeating such cumbersome phases as the “changing Benghazi talking points” or “IRS targeting of 501(c)(4) conservative groups.”
It’s the journalistic equivalent of the KISS principle in action. (Keep It Simple Stupid.)
Furthermore, there is a reason why lumping together four Obama scandals and calling them Obamagate could have a profound influence on journalists who are looking for answers to hundreds of scandal questions.
Giving the scandals one big name magnifies its potential for journalistic fame and fortune as in, “Follow the money” to a career that could be made through Obamagate revelations. It’s a modern twist on this famous advice provided by “Deep Throat” during Watergate.
At this moment, and forever inspired by Woodward and Bernstein of Watergate fame, young wannabes are searching for direct and or indirect links to the White House and Obama’s version of “CREEP.” (CREEP, for Watergate newbie readers, was the name of Nixon’s 1972 Committee to Re-Elect the President.)
CREEP. I always loved the irony of that name.
As someone who came of age during Watergate, I was fascinated with the growing scandal that dominated the headlines.
It was that keen interest in Watergate that led me to save my TIME magazines. Here is a photo of five of them.
My fondest Watergate memory took place during 1973. That summer, after graduating from Needham High School (a Boston suburb) I worked as a waitress in Cape Cod, MA before starting college in the fall.
On my daily bike ride to work, I passed a small hotel with a TV in the lobby. There, I watched as John Dean testified before the Senate Watergate Committee when he said, “I began by telling the president that there was a cancer growing on the presidency and that if the cancer was not removed the president himself would be killed by it.”
Today, it is through the prism of John Dean’s now iconic quote that I view Obamagate. For the few facts we know and don’t know about the four scandals could very well be a cover-up in progress.
And now, just like back in Watergate time, we have a president who is losing control of his administration. Even the lap-dog press is starting to turn on him and most important, the American people’s faith and trust in Barack Obama is on the wane.
Obamagate is becoming a cancer and if not removed the consequences will be serious for him, for us and our future as a great nation.
In the glorious history of PJ Tatler Photo Caption Contests could this be the best photo ever? We post – you decide.
Here is the report from ABC News:
President Obama had a bit of a lipstick problem at the White House Tuesday evening.
A bright red stain appearing on the collar of his white shirt as he took the stage for a speech. The president quickly called out the woman responsible for the big red smudge saying he didn’t want to get in trouble with First Lady Michelle Obama.
“I want to thank everybody who’s here for the incredible warmth of the reception. A sign of the warmth is the lipstick on my collar. I have to say I think I know the culprit,” the president said to laughter at the Asian American and Pacific Islanders Heritage Month celebration at the White House. “Where’s Jessica Sanchez? It wasn’t Jessica. It was her aunt. Where is she? Auntie, right there. Look at this. Look at this. I just want everybody to witness.”
“I do not want to get in trouble with Michelle, so I’m calling you out right in front of everybody,” he joked.
So now that you know the news, I expect many colorful captions speculating on the “real story” about how a lipstick kiss landed on Obama’s collar.
For the duration of this contest, I am suspending our usual rules of “be nice and stay classy because the media is watching.” My reasoning is that the media is too busy doing the kissing to be watching now anyway.
Here again, in case you missed it, are the winners from our last contest where a vicious “Caption King” battle was waged, resulting in a dethronement.
Please note that new contest readers are encouraged to enter because they have an equal chance of winning and should never be intimated by our distinguished court of Caption Kings.
Good luck and remember that even though our contest rules have been suspended, this is still a “family” web site.
Thanks to all who played along with our latest PJM Photo Caption Contest.
Due to the front page of the May 23rd Huffington Post one would think that by now Attorney General Eric Holder would have been fired or resigned and inked his deal as MSNBC’s new on-air legal consultant.
Silly for me to assume the Huffington Post’s call for Holder’s resignation was going to be President Obama’s version of when President Johnson lost Walter Cronkite’s support for the Vietnam War on-air in 1968.
However, as of this writing, Holder remains AG because he is a Democrat, and a friend of President Obama’s — even though Holder’s many missteps include accusations that he perjured himself before Congress.
Just for fun, imagine if Alberto Gonzales, President George W. Bush’s Attorney General had been accused of Holder’s growing list of wrongdoings? The calls for Gonzalez to resign would be 24/7 howling across every media platform.
So, as a way to vent all the anger Republicans feel about the double-standard currently on display in our media/political axis, this photo caption contest was held as a public service.
There were many creative entries and, as usual, it was difficult to pick a winner, but here is my attempt to honor the best of the best.
Grand Prize Winner(s):
Holder didn’t know and Hillary says it doesn’t matter and nobody told Obama.
Hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil. Also known as the Helen Keller Defense of tyranny.
Eric Holder and his hard leftist Department of Just Us, where Animal Farm and 1984 are training manuals.
All three winning captions were submitted by cfbleachers.
For those who are new to our contest, cfbleachers was our first “Caption King” (recently dethroned by Chris Henderson.) But for this contest he came roaring back to re-claim the crown that his brilliance forced me to create a few years back.
(Full Disclosure: Yours truly and cfbleachers have never met but have arranged to sit together on the “Red-state” train heading to a future Obama-nation “re-education camp.” However, this on-going arrangement does not influence the judging.)
Submitted by rbj: Wait, so pajama wearing bloggers were right all along?
Submitted by Bpseudomalleus: After all this I HAVE to run for mayor of Chicago.
Four winning captions were submitted by another “Caption King” named RockThisTown:
‘And now the end is near, and so I face the final curtain . . . ‘
“I hope I don’t have to wait until Dec 2016 for Obama to pardon me . . . ”
“Yes, in hindsight, the underwear bomber was improperly briefed before questioning.”
“Please, all I ask is that you do not waterboard me.”
Chris Henderson, our newly dethroned Royal Caption King (but still an ordinary King) had two winners:
Oh No, HuffPo says Holder must go, so below the bus “O” will throw.
Eric Holder prepares to do his best John Mitchell impression.
Finally King cfbleachers, (just to show off) submitted this priceless little ditty sure to hasten the arrival of the train taking us to Camp Obama-nation.
There once was a lawyer named Holder
Who had a very big chip on his shoulder
Our Constitution’s in peril
His attacks have been feral
Because all the pages he’s burned do still smolder.
See you all next time a photo (or a web-site home page) is worthy of a PJM Photo Caption Contest!
There must be millions of Americans who were both shocked and delighted after seeing the “front page” of yesterday’s Huffington Post.
Now, after years of countless reports by PJ Media detailing the illegal actions, cover-ups and wrongdoings of Attorney General Eric Holder, this screenshot has earned a place of honor as the subject of our latest Tatler Photo Caption Contest.
What finally swayed this influential member of the left-leaning media to call for Holder’s resignation?
The front page post appeared after it was revealed by NBC News that Holder had signed off on a controversial and intrusive search warrant that identified Fox News reporter James Rosen as a “possible co-conspirator” violating the Espionage Act.
My guess is the day had finally arrived when the potential for the circumstances written about by Martin Niemoller in his famous WWII-era poem could not longer be ignored by the Huffington Post.
Let’s recall the poem’s first and last verses:
First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out– Because I was not a Socialist….
Then they came for me–and there was no one left to speak for me.
Or, was it because President Obama stated in a major speech, just hours before NBC broke the Holder news, that Holder was going to review Justice Department guidelines governing investigations involving journalists?
Perhaps it was the one-two punch of these two news events that finally caused the Huffington Post to agree with PJ Media that Holder is damaged goods and must resign.
So now it is time for PJ Media readers to submit captions for this Huffington Post screen shot from May 23, 2013. I know it will be difficult to stay within the contest rules of “be nice and stay classy because the media is watching.” (And here again are the winners from our last contest who did that rather well.)
However, at this time it is not about the media, but rather self-preservation and potential IRS audits. Who the heck cares what “the media” thinks anymore, anyway?
Have fun with this caption contest over Memorial Day weekend and remember that freedom is never free, especially for those who paid the highest price.
Do you remember this controversial John McCain presidential campaign television spot targeted against then-Senator Barack Obama in the middle of the heated 2008 election?
Here’s the script:
Announcer: He’s the biggest celebrity in the world.
But, is he ready to lead?
With gas prices soaring, Barack Obama says no to offshore drilling.
And, says he’ll raise taxes on electricity.
Higher taxes, more foreign oil, that’s the real Obama.
This ad caused the mainstream media (MSM) who were in the midst of their “slobbering love affair” with Senator Obama to pause briefly for self-examination.
The gravity of the ad’s message forced the MSM to acknowledge that they built the alter upon which the “biggest celebrity in the world” was now standing — while continuing to lead the world’s worship of him.
Here is a sentence from the New York Times report on the TV spot dated July 30, 2008:
This ad’s imagery highlights the McCain view that Mr. Obama offers more sizzle than substance, a theme that the Republican candidate has been trying to underscore on the campaign trail.
“More sizzle than substance.” That nicely summed up Senator Obama in July of 2008. But of course the NYT piece did not delve into the possibility that the statement was true. Nor did the MSM investigate or honestly ask themselves the question posed in the ad, “But is he ready to lead?”
Now fast forward to 2013.
Our proven to be “more sizzle than substance” president, not only pleads ignorance about the details of the numerous scandals engulfing his administration, but uses ignorance as both a defense and a badge of honor.
It appears that “ignorance” has joined “blame” as the most useful tools in Obama’s leadership kit.
So looking back, how has the “biggest celebrity in the world” handled his celebrity?
The answer appears to be, “like an addiction.”
An addiction might explain President Obama’s non-stop campaigning and the obvious self-worth he garners from appearing before adoring crowds — no matter how poorly he is performing in Washington. His celebrity addition could also explain why Obama consistently surrounds himself with celebrities who worship him, thus causing their fan base to worship them even more. Let’s call this a celebrity circle of love.
As the second term of President Obama continues to unravel, those of us who were never sucked in by “the sizzle” will be watching with fascination how the show finally ends for “the biggest celebrity in the world.”
It might even be a tragic ending now that his once adoring MSM has finally begun to widely criticize his performance.
Thanks to all who contributed to our latest Photo Caption Contest.
With all the scandals swirling around President Obama, expect even more tears in the next few weeks because Obama knows his legacy is threatened.
And what does our fearless leader do when his legacy is threatened?
“I sure want to do some governing,” is what President Obama told a star- studded crowd at a New York City fundraiser just hours after last Monday’s “tearful” press conference.
Now, as the contest judge, if someone had submitted that statement as a caption contest entry they would have been awarded the Grand Prize.
Therefore, I declare President Obama our honorary Caption Contest winner. (I am sure he will place our trophy next to his Nobel Peace Prize.)
Speaking of “noble” winners, let’s start with our list of Honorable Mentions.
Submitted by Bpseudomalleus:
I’m a better scandal than Nixon and a better crier than Boehner.
Submitted by Rbj:
*Sniff*, why am I finally being held accountable for the first time ever?
Submitted by WWHawkeye:
“Honestly, I have no idea how I got Krazy Glue on my cheek.”
RockThisTown (a Caption King) submitted these two:
“Where’s a Marine to block water off my face when I need one?”
“There’s no ‘there’ there, er, I mean, there’s no tear there.”
Cfbleachers our Caption King Emeritus submitted:
I’m going to miss Chris Matthews tingling leg soooo much.
And the Grand Prize goes to our reigning Caption King, Chris Henderson with:
White House plumbers have been called in to fix the leak in Obama’s tear duct.
Congratulations to King Henderson who continues his serious winning streak!
Just in case some of you are too young to understand the humor in this winning entry, here is the “White House Plumbers” definition from Wiki:
The White House Plumbers, sometimes simply called the Plumbers, were a covert White House Special Investigations Unit established July 24, 1971 during the presidency of Richard Nixon. Its task was to stop the leaking of classified information to the news media. Its members branched into illegal activities working for the Committee to Re-elect the President, including the Watergate break-in and the ensuing Watergate scandal.
But now its 2013.… “gate” scandals are so overplayed and the current White House has no need for plumbers. Instead, they just fix their own problems “in-house” because the law is irrelevant.
See you next time a photo is worthy of a Tatler Photo Caption Contest! (And if you don’t see another contest, it’s because I am busy fending off an IRS audit.)
A chilling fact, and one that EVERY American needs to be fully aware, is the IRS will have a major role in the implementation of Obamacare, officially known as Affordable Care Act. (ACA)
Now, in light of the current IRS scandal, the thought of the IRS legally wedded to the ACA should give every American serious heart burn.
Here is how The Blaze reported this issue on May 15th:
Stuart Varney appeared on Fox News this morning to discuss just how much the IRS will have control over with the complete implementation of the president’s health care overhaul. “The IRS will be the policing agent for Obamacare,” Varney said. “You’re going to have to, on your next tax return, you’re going to have to report to the IRS personal health care information…Do you trust the IRS with your personal health care information?”
Most Americans would answer, “Hell no” to that question.
However, the vast majority of Americans are unaware that the IRS is taking a lead role in implementing Obamacare — a program that is viewed favorably by only 35 percent of Americans.
Here is an explanation behind the Obamacare/IRS joint venture as reported by The Week:
When the Supreme Court upheld the ACA last year, it ruled that the law was constitutional because it used tax penalties and credits to make the new health care system work. The agency is in charge of implementing 47 tax provisions, including new taxes on medical devices and new subsidies for those who want to purchase coverage through health care exchanges set to debut later this year. The agency will also be tasked with ensuring that all Americans can prove they have “qualifying” coverage under the law.
Now one can only imagine the horrors awaiting all Americans when the IRS and the ACA join forces later this year.
But today, House Republicans are voting on what will only amount to a symbolic repeal of the ACA. Symbolic, because the bill will die in the Senate and the mainstream media will make light of the fact that the Republican controlled House is trying for the third time to repeal this unpopular bill since they took control in 2011.
Therefore, what I believe we have is a major communication problem.
Certainly, if all Americans knew of the forthcoming marriage between a mismanaged, scandal plagued IRS and the unpopular ACA program in control of one/sixth of the nation’s economy, than today’s House repeal vote might have a chance of making it to the floor of the Democrat controlled Senate.
Then numerous “red state” Democrat Senators up for reelection in 2014 would be forced to vote for or against the ACA. (Which is precisely why this kind of vote will not happen.)
All Americans must be made aware and Republicans must properly convey, just what is at stake when this unholy alliance between the IRS and the ACA is implemented.
To quote Newt Gingrich on MSNBC’s Morning Joe earlier this week, “Why would you trust the bureaucracy with your health if you can’t trust the bureaucracy with your politics?”
Watch for that question to be the bumper sticker issue of the 2014 midterm elections.
On Monday May 6th the following question was posted on The Blaze, linked to Buzzfeed’s report from Reuters:
Did Obama Cry While Answering Benghazi Questions During Press Conference?
Buzzfeed reported Reuters’ description of the same photo taken by its photographer, Jim Bourg, referencing the moisture on the president’s cheek as a “tear” that came while he answered press questions about Benghazi.
“A tear runs down the face of President Barack Obama as he answers questions about the attack on the U.S. embassy in Benghazi during a joint news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington,” Reuters’ description read.
So now you know why the above photo is deemed “worthy” of a Tatler Caption Contest along with loyal contest participants specifically asking for this photo be a contest subject.
I am not going to fault President Obama for showing emotion about the Benghazi incident which resulted in the loss of four Americans. But I do have doubts that it was the real reason for the tear Obama shed eight months after the attack while hosting a joint White House press conference with the British Prime Minister.
Since Benghazi “happened a long time ago” (as White House Press Secretary Jay Carney recently stated) than what else could spark such emotion in our normally “kool” president?
The answer is simple, “It’s the legacy stupid!”
President Obama’s teardrop fell the moment he realized he had lost control over the shaping of his legacy. This explanation is possible because it is well known that Obama’s legacy is very important to him.
In fact, he planned on spending his entire second-term passing and implementing such legacy issues as health care, gun control, and immigration reform.
Then on Monday evening after the tearful press conference, Obama flew off to a star-studded New York City fundraiser hosted by Hollywood mogul, Harvey Weinstein. There, Obama made a statement no president has ever felt the need to make. While reflecting on his second term, he said, “I sure want to do some governing.”
But when is there time for “governing” when his schedule is crowded with fundraising, campaigning, travel, parties, golf and vacations?
And with all the scandals currently engulfing him, even less time will be left for “governing.” (Many readers are cheering this.)
Even more damaging is Obama can not escape the dreaded “N” word he is being associated with on a daily basis, even from his former cheerleaders in the media!
Nixon’s legacy was certainly not the one Obama planned on emulating since his Messianic presidency began with all those lofty comparisons to Lincoln, FDR, and even the real Messiah.
But enough of my theories. Now it’s time for PJ Media readers to weigh in by either writing a caption or explaining the teardrop from the “kool guy.”
Please remember our rules, “be nice and stay classy because the media is watching.” (And obeying these rules might keep you from getting audited.)
Here again are the winners from our last contest (and only a few of them have been audited so far.)
Good luck and please note that using the “N” word (Nixon) in your caption means your entry will automatically be singled out for special attention by the IRS and yours truly!
Thanks to all who entered our latest and very successful, Photo Caption Contest.
It appears that most entries fell into three distinct categories.
1. Making fun of Hillary’s 2016 run for the White House.
2. Making fun of both Clinton’s past statements.
3. Comments on Hillary’s looks or age.
I fully expect this topic trifecta to be further exploited as 2016 approaches. (However, we must be sensitive writing about Hillary’s looks and age because I too am a middle-aged woman, as are your wives or mothers.)
Due to the fact that there were so many clever entries, choosing a winner(s) was exceptionally difficult. But here goes…..
The Grand Prize of priceless PR is awarded to one of our “Caption Kings,” Chris Henderson with this stinging Tazer-like entry:
“Islamists did not have terrorist relations with that Consulate!”
Note: Official Announcement Alert
Since Chris Henderson has won this Grand Prize, along with numerous recent contest wins, means that he has officially dethroned cfbleachers as the reining Caption King of Kings. (Oh no, did I just start a vicious Caption King war?) Please remember that cfbleachers is STILL a royal Caption King along with RockThisTown, but King Henderson’s throne is positioned just a tad higher at this moment.
Here are King Henderson’s Honorable Mention captions:
“It depends on what the meaning of the word ‘difference’ is!”
“It’s not like it was sniper fire in Bosnia or anything!”
“How dare Ambassador Stevens die at the hands of peaceful Islamic non-terrorists and disrupt my megalomaniacal presidential plans!”
Hillary orders the media to Stand Down on their reporting of Benghazi.
Close on Henderson’s tail were these two entries from cfbleachers: (Who I sense is now planning a clever, but forceful verbal assault against me and King Henderson.)
What does Hillary wear to a Congressional tantrum? Depends.
A scene from Shaming of the True.
RockThisTown deserves some kudos for these Honorable Mentions:
It Takes a Villain. (This was my husband’s favorite caption and now he repeats it every time he sees Hillary on TV.)
“I should be getting a facelift in preparation for 2016 instead of wasting my time here with you!”
“Can’t you see I’m having a bad hair day!”
Now for the rest of the Honorable Mentions.
DON’T YOU GET IT? MY FUTURE IS ON THE LINE HERE?
PRETEND IT DOESN’T MAKE A DIFFERENCE, DAMMIT!
This doesn’t matter, It’s my turn, I’m supposed to be President!
Two from CrankyYankee:
“I’ve baked this story for 7 months, and you will eat and like it!”
“I Can’t Handle The Truth!”
“This is about me and my career and I’m not letting four dead guys screw it up!”
It depends on what the meaning of “it” is!
Thanks again to all who entered and see you next time a photo is worthy of a Tatler Photo Caption Contest!
And remember, “Fighting is encouraged in the royal court of the Caption Kings.”
Last week my husband and I were back in our hometown of Washington D.C. where we both had business and events to attend. Normally I do not write about my personal travel adventures but this trip had a rather unique “historical time capsule” element that makes it worth recanting.
My husband, a retired State Department Foreign Service officer is now an executive with Cross International/Cross Catholic Alliance, both an international Christian and Catholic humanitarian organization that improves the lives of the poor in 40 countries around the world.
He also serves on the board of an advocacy group which is comprised of similar Christian faith-based organizations.
Mid-week while attending a conference of the advocacy group, my husband told me they spent an entire afternoon discussing how Christian groups are being increasingly squeezed/harassed by the Obama Administration in matters such as hiring policies, health insurance coverage and IRS audits. (Cue the foreboding music.)
Meanwhile, Thursday on Capitol Hill, I attended a luncheon held by the Republican Women’s Federal Forum, a group in which I am a long time member and where Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) was the speaker.
We all know that Senator Paul is putting out feelers as to whether he should make a run for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, but first he must increase his name identification, make some headlines and develop his brand image.
On Wednesday, the day before the Rand Paul luncheon the Congressional Benghazi “whistleblower” hearings had occurred, showering the entire town with political fall-out. So naturally, Rand Paul saw fit to weigh in on this hot topic.
Senator Paul in his Thursday lunch speech said that Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s handling of the terrorist attack in Benghazi should “preclude her from holding higher office.” I immediately turned to a friend sitting next to me and said, “Now that was a headline.” It was obvious that Rand Paul had just fired his first warning shot of the 2016 presidential campaign.
Then later on, more 2016 Republican presidential campaign antics were yet to come.
In the early evening, I attended an event called POLITICO’s Playbook Cocktails with MSNBC “Morning Joe” co-hosts Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough.
The event was supposed to be about Mika’s new book called Obsessed, America’s Food Addiction – And My Own, but of course politics soon entered the discussion. Joe Scarborough said something like President Obama should have remained a U.S. Senator in order to have gained more experience, and Senator Marco Rubio was not yet ready to run for president in 2016 and should stay in the Senate. (I strongly agree with both assessments.)
As Joe was talking about the future of the Republican Party, Mika’s cell phone rang and she immediately says, “Hi Chris.” Big surprise! N.J. Governor Chris Christie called in to join the discussion and upstaged everyone on stage. Truly it was an entertaining moment and you can watch as it happened here.
During the call, Christie said his recent secret weight reducing LAP-BAND surgery was a difficult personal decision based on health and family issues, not future political considerations. He was referring to his assumed 2016 presidential run for the GOP nomination.
However, if this surgery is successful Christie will emerge physically smaller but politically larger with an image more suitable for a jog on the national campaign trail. Therefore, Christie feels the need to justify, re-justify and further defend his “tough personal” medical decision.
So my Thursday in DC could be summarized like this: Rand Paul vs. Chris Christie vs. Hillary in 2016.
Then it was Friday and ABC News revealed that there were 12 versions of the Benghazi talking points. I cheered this “breaking” news because finally the mainstream media (MSM) were on to Benghazi, after months of Fox News being ridiculed by the MSM for its non-stop pursuit of this unresolved story. (Kudos to PJM as well, along with Steve Hayes of the Weekly Standard who was the first to report the Obama Administration’s multiple Benghazi talking-points. But as we Conservatives know, news is only real news when the MSM reports it.)
Then over the weekend the Benghazi story had fully evolved to where Republicans want the whole truth while Democrats accuse Republicans of using Benghazi to target Hillary for 2016. Here are two pieces I posted last week in Washington on this exact issue.
My big question is, “Why in Washington D.C. in May of 2013 does every lunch, event and hearing have to be about the 2016 presidential election?” Could it be that Washington is such a forward thinking city? (Try not to laugh.)
While my husband’s conference finished up I had a two free hours and decided to visit the American History Museum which I had not been to in years.
On my way there, news broke that the IRS had just admitted targeting Tea Party groups who were applying for perfectly legal tax-exempt status.
How timely that the group of Christian aid agencies my husband helps represent, just two days ago in their Washington meeting had discussed how their faith-based group members were being targeted for audits by the IRS. (My husband’s organization among them.)
As I entered the American History Museum my thoughts turned to Nixon and Watergate. Remember how Nixon used the IRS to harass his political enemies? In fact, that was one of Nixon’s 1974 impeachable offenses. There are, as of this writing, no direct ties to Obama, but after all, the IRS is part of his administration.
Now the American History Museum was swamped with school kids and at one point the crowd broke into a spontaneous singing of the Star Spangled Banner while unfurling a huge flag in the lobby. This outbreak of patriotism renewed my faith in the American people even as news about the IRS will undoubtedly contribute to the growing distrust Americans have towards their government.
With my museum time short, I wandered into the American war exhibits and was shocked to see that WWI and the Korean War were stuffed into very small corners. Certainly these wars deserve more space than currently allotted.
However, WWII was the exact opposite with endless rooms covering all aspects of the war. In the Home Front exhibit there were WWII posters hanging on the side of a battleship. As an owner of a small collection of WWI and WWII posters, I was delighted to see one of my own posters on display.
So now my new definition of growing old (semi-gracefully) is seeing stuff you own hanging in the Smithsonian. And to further add friends to this definition, I spotted the name of a close friend on a movie exhibit. Instantly I sent him an image of the display, exclaiming that he was “Smithsonian” famous, as opposed to just Hollywood famous. He immediately thanked me because he had not known this and was thrilled.
Finally, on Saturday we are at Reagan National heading home and in the terminal we stumble upon a group of WWII veterans arriving as part of an Honor Flight. If you are not familiar with Honor Flights they are an organization that brings WWII veterans to Washington D.C. to visit the WWII memorial.
Greeting them at the gate was a full band and much flag waving. Random passengers like us instantly formed lines in the terminal clapping and cheering as these heroes of the “Greatest Generation” got the welcome they richly deserved.
This spontaneous demonstration of patriotism and respect was a remarkable sight, especially after I had just visited all those Smithsonian exhibits dedicated to their struggles.
After arriving home, I had a good laugh on Sunday as Meet the Press moderator David Gregory, quoted Rand Paul’s controversial remark about Hillary that he repeated again in Iowa over the weekend. It seems 2016 is looming very large.
Then I walked into our guest room and looked lovingly at my Smithsonian WWII poster hanging on the wall. After what I consider a “time capsule” trip to Washington with so much breaking news, the poster’s slogan took on new meaning. Its stirring message is just as applicable today, whether Americans are fighting a foreign enemy or raging against their own government.
My WWII Government Printing Office poster dated 1942 says: Strong in the strength of the Lord we who fight in the people’s cause will never stop until that cause is won.
Perhaps I should send the IRS and the Obama Administration a photo of this poster? But I am sure that the poster would be outlawed today as a violation of church and state and I would be audited for even sending it.
A few days before the May 8th Benghazi whistleblower hearings I heard several liberals spinning Democrat talking points on cable news saying that these House hearings were really about Republicans trying to build roadblocks to Hillary Clinton’s yet to be announced White House run in 2016.
Of course I was appalled (but not surprised) that Democrats were trying to link Republicans attempting to learn the truth about an attack that left four Americans dead with a potential presidential run still 3 ½ years in the future.
But let’s be realistic here and keep our eye on the prize (that 270 electoral vote prize) by asking the following question:
Do you actually think that coalitions of both high and low information voters who are likely to cast their vote for Hillary Clinton as the first female president of the United States will actually give a rat’s tail about her role in Benghazi, Libya in 2012? Furthermore, if you believe most Republicans actually believe that these latest whistleblower hearings are going to derail Clinton’s 2016 White House run, than you need to order up some professional political help.
For Hillary’s high speed campaign train has already left the station and its cargo includes a major social movement that will “break the glass ceiling” of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
So what about Benghazi? Forgetaboutit! Because most Hillary voters by 2016 will think Benghazi is a new strain of arugula in the fresh vegetable department of Whole Foods.
Enough with the Hillary humor! But seriously, there have been some important developments since our last installment of Hillary Watch 2016. (I have been accused by friends of being obsessed with Hillary, thus I am trying to resist the urge to write new Hillary Watch 2016 posts every time there is major Hillary news.)
But here are a few nuggets I have been saving.
House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said, “she prays” that Hillary Clinton will run for president. Well Praise the Lord and press the pantsuits!
This Divine request leads to a new segment of Hillary Watch 2016 called “Celebrity Corner.” I fully assume this segment will engulf my entire series sometime in early 2016 when legions of young starlets are seen clawing their way onto Hillary’s campaign bus in hopes of being pictured in People Magazine.
First up in the new corner is old Henry Kissinger (who is still alive I am pleased to report). He, unlike Pelosi, is not asking for God to help make Hillary president, but publicly “joked” to her at an important Washington think-tank dinner saying, “At least four secretaries of state became president.”
This “joke” was seriously reported the next day across all media platforms.
What is not a joke is the fact that Hillary is an extremely polarizing personality in a highly polarized nation.
With that said, the question remains, “What difference does it make?”
When future historians write about the September 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, my bet is the most memorable statement will be the one spoken by then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. It was back in January of 2013 when Clinton finally testified before a Senate committee and famously yelled, “What difference –at this point, what difference does it make?”
Her statement was referring to a top diplomat who said, “from the beginning” everyone at the consulate thought the attack was an act of terror — as opposed to a spontaneous demonstration stemming from an anti-Islamic You Tube video — the explanation put forth by the Obama Administration.
So today, as the Benghazi hearings took place on Capitol Hill, Drudge Report, at one point, had our contest photo featured front and center with the caption, “What Difference Does It Make?”
Now I am quite sure that PJM readers can write captions much more colorful, so prove me right! However, your only restraint is the rule, “be nice and stay classy because the media is watching.” (Here again are the winners from our last contest who followed that rule and still managed to flourish.)
Perhaps decades from now, Hillary’s statement will rank as high on the “scandal statement scale” as Howard Baker’s, “What did the President know and when did he know it,” from Senate Watergate hearing fame in 1973.
That of course depends on whether voters ask the same question, “What Difference Does It Make” and apply it to Hillary’s 2016 White House plans.
And the answer to that question is still, “to be determined.”
As expected, the submitted captions for the two photos were a vast improvement over the original ones shown as they appeared in the May issue.
Here are all the winners and honorable mentions for the “feet on the desk photo.”
The Grand Prize of priceless PR goes to RockThisTown (one of our Caption Kings) with:
“OK, guys, tell me again how we’re going to fake my legacy . .”
Chris Henderson, (another Caption King) was a close second with these two zingers:
Denis McDonough: “Your shoes are especially shiny today boss. The media did a good job on them this week.”
Obama: “And these are the feet I use to walk on water.”
Now for the honorable mention winners:
Cfbleachers, our Royal Caption King submitted:
”Denis, you’re never going to be able to lick my boots by bending from way over there”
RockThisTown also had two captions in this category:
Propped up feet . . . fitting for a propped up Presidency.
“Denis, your impression of how I bow to Middle East leaders is spot on.”
Fortibus85 is honored for this interesting caption:
”And the beauty of the new Pentagon policy against proselytizing Christianity is that it doesn’t cover Liberation Theology, which is really Marxism with Christian overtones. It’s brilliant!”
Then there was Katherine in RB who submitted this very thoughtful editorial comment:
The really bothersome part isn’t that he wasn’t raised well enough to know not to put his feet up on the furniture, it’s that there isn’t a single person in the entire decision making line that understands how bad this whole “feet on the furniture” thing makes him look. Or perhaps it only looks bad to the wrong people.
Here are the winners for the second photo.
The Grand Prize again goes to RockThisTown with:
“Ahhh, I love the smell of redistributed wealth in the afternoon.”
RockThisTown also had two honorable mentions:
The Rose Garden sector is doing just fine.
”Oh, if I could just remember where Michelle planted the marijuana!”
Chris Henderson wins an honorable mention with:
“I wonder how I can tax sunlight?”
Cfbleachers scored with:
”The sun worships me. Tell my media to write that”
Rbj ranked high with:
Obama basks in the knowledge that the sun worships him.
Thanks again to all who played along, and see you next time a photo is worthy of a Tatler Photo Caption Contest.
Upon hearing this news I thought it was a good time to check out the list. (You never know what you will find because these days you might even spot that “quiet” neighbor or pot-smoking classmate.)
After reading the list I strongly encourage President Obama to do the same. Perhaps then he might not be so hesitant to utter the phrase, “Islamist Terrorist” when discussing the Boston bombings or the numerous other recent domestic Islamic extremist/terror attacks that were either successful or foiled.
Please feel free to forward this list to the media or elected officials who are resisting the truth about a very small number of people from a certain group who want to do our nation great harm.
From reading this list one would think that political correctness and ethnic sensitivity would take a back seat to the reality of the serious threats we face. But remember, this is 2013 and we are super-respectful of everyone’s feelings, both group and individual.
So now, be sure to keep your feelings in check as you scroll down the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorist List.
Most Wanted Terrorists
At the bottom of the list are several FBI legal paragraphs and now I would like to add my own:
This list has been posted as a public service by an American who loves and fears for this nation.
If an alien landed in Washington today and asked me to describe our leader, all I would have to do is show him video footage of two events just days apart.
First would be video of our leader performing at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner (WHCD) on Saturday evening. There, the alien would watch as President Obama delivered a series of hilarious jokes with masterful timing.
The alien would notice that our leader is a showman who loves crowds that love him back and certainly the audience at the WHCD fell into that category. I would then tell the alien that our leader is at his best when the occasion calls for him to be cool, hip, and self-effacing — but Obama also performed his comedic routine with a less-than-humble attitude that drove the crowd wild.
After seeing our leader’s performance even the alien would have been smitten.
But then came Tuesday’s press conference marking the President’s first 100 days of his second term.
There the alien would see video of a totally dysfunctional leader with a performance reminiscent of his sleepy first debate against Mitt Romney.
From the press conference it became obvious that the President has upped his blame game to new levels. However, he seems oblivious to the fact that he was reelected to actually lead our nation through turbulent times — not just react to events of the time.
You know it’s a bad performance when one of Obama’s head cheerleaders by the name of Dana Milbank from the Washington Post writes:
Obama is correct about the dysfunction, (in Congress) and the difficulty of passing even uncontroversial bills. But his stance was frustratingly passive, as if what happens in Congress is out of his hands. It’s the president’s job to lead, and to bang heads if necessary, regardless of any “permission structure.” Obama seemed oddly like a spectator, as if he had resigned himself to a reactive presidency.
You can watch it all here and judge for yourself.
So after watching these two very different performances, I suspect that the alien would be confused and ask what happened to our leader between Saturday and Tuesday.
I would explain that Saturday was just an entertainment performance whereas on Tuesday he was performing his real job.
Naturally the alien (like anyone) would suggest that our leader make what he did on Saturday his real job since he was so much better at it.
My reply would be that our leader already tries that as much as possible and it’s called campaigning. But at some point campaigning must end because there is his all important legacy at stake that can not be uploaded onto a teleprompter and performed in front of a crowd.
President Obama must learn that leadership is a non-comedic performance for which he currently garners little applause.
Ultimately it is leadership, not blame, that will determine his legacy and that legacy is not looking too good right now.
Vanity Fair is out with their May issue featuring a photographic essay entitled, The Lean-Back President, proving (for those who had any doubt) that President Obama is, in fact, a “laid-back president.” (So glad we finally have conclusive evidence of this revelation, considering all his vacations, golf outings, and glamorous parties at tax-payer expense.)
But apparently Vanity Fair felt the need to answer “critics” who think that President Obama is “too buttoned-up.” Seriously, I am not making this up, for the piece states:
Barack Obama receives ample flak from critics who say that he is too buttoned-up and reserved to thrive in an office that historically has required its fair share of cajoling, socializing, and even arm-twisting. But a thorough examination of the photo archives of White House photographer Pete Souza reveals quite the opposite: Obama can, in fact, be remarkably laid-back. His body language in the Oval Office, the Situation Room, and other top Cabinet-level meetings indicates a man who is ready to let it all hang loose. He’s often in shirtsleeves, with his feet up, and frequently will be the only member of a meeting with a knee on the table. Below, a photographic investigation of the “lean-back” president.
Our contest photo was captioned above by Vanity Fair and now, here is a second contest photo with its Vanity Fair caption.
I am sure that PJM readers can write more colorful captions than Vanity Fair, so go ahead and “make my day.”
Of course we have rules that must be obeyed and they are, “be nice and stay classy because the media is watching.” (After all, PJM is a “family” web site.) And, if you need further assistance, read how our last contest winners managed to restrain themselves.
Because of the unusual nature of this contest featuring two photos, please note, photo one or photo two when submitting your entry.
Have fun, but parents please teach your children to keep their feet off the priceless antiques when visiting the White House.
Thanks to all who entered our latest Photo Caption Contest. As usual, our brilliant and creative readers submitted some real winners forcing our judging panel to work overtime selecting the best of the best. But now that the judges have been paid off, here are the results.
Two from rbj:
Man, if only I could reprogram his teleprompter.
Finally, a speech where he doesn’t blame me.
Two from cfbleachers, our “Caption King of Kings:”
“You know, honey, your approval ratings are exactly the same currently.”
“George, what do you think he would put in his library?” “Well, Laura, if I had to guess…he better get started writing his next 50,000 autobiographies”
Submitted by jib:
I nicknamed the wrong guy Turd Blossom.
(Editor’s Note: President Bush’s nickname for Karl Rove was Turd Blossom.)
Submitted by “Caption King” Chris Henderson:
“So I put his biography in the Fiction Section.”
Submitted by zipcode:
I only had fifty states to worry about.
Editor’s Note: The caption above refers to a 2008 campaign speech where Obama said he had visited all “57 states with one left to go.” This clip is one of my favorites, so here it is again:
And the Grand Prize of priceless PR goes to smoothsailing with a hilarious caption perfectly depicting the “conversation” and facial expressions of both George and Laura.
Bush : “Laura, why is he looking down and reading?”
Laura: “Because I spray painted his teleprompter, Dear.”
Congratulations to smoothsailing! After a few more winners you too could achieve “Caption King” status.
Thanks again for playing along and we will see you all next time a photo is worthy of a Tatler Photo Caption Contest!