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White House Meeting Ferments Beer Brew-hahha

Thursday, July 30, AD 2009

It’s not unusual for people attempting to smooth over a contentious discussion to say that they’d of course be willing to get together for a friendly beer some time. Apparently, when one has the resources and media visibility of the President, it’s possible to actually pull this off, but trouble can ensue.

When President Obama called Cambridge police officer Crowley last week to try to smooth over tension resulting from Obama’s declaration that Crowley’s arrest of Professor Gates had been “stupid”, Officer Crowley suggested that the three men should get together for a few beers. It seems that Obama thought this was a good idea, and a beer summit between the three men is currently scheduled to take place are scheduled to get together at a White House and knock back a couple cold ones.

However, this morning’s Wall Street Journal reveals that peace making is never simple, American brewers are upset over the likely offering at the beer fest:

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  • Hard to fault the President’s fridge choices, at least for the first two. I’m especially fond of Red Stripe. However, I’ll stipulate that Blue Moon is a trifle overrated, if still solid.

    In the spirit of “Buy American,” let me suggest the fine Texas brew Jay Anderson put me on the trail of: Shiner Bock.

  • I agree with Dale that Blue Moon is overrated. There are many other domestics of its type that beat it hands down.

    As I am an IPA fan, I’d pick Sierra Nevada’s or even Anchor Steam’s.

  • I agree with the above about Blue Moon. Still hard to fault anyone who prefers it because it’s still far better than any of the American mass-market brews. You want to rail on the evil effects of a consumerist society – start there!

  • Yes on the Shiner, Dale! But I doubt the President would go for a Texas beer.

  • They could have compromised, maybe Rolling Rock….anyway, I am a big fan of Shiner and Blue Moon. And people do rightly state that Blue Moon can be overrated – but I bet they have yet to try it from the tap with an orange slice. Finally, I also like several of the beers people tend to make of – namely Miller GD and HL.

    Or maybe I drink too much…..

  • Blue Moon isn’t my choice of beer, but with an orange slice and from the tap, it isn’t bad.

    Red Strip and Bud Light are terrible choices.

    As I’ve said elsewhere, Shiner and Abita are excellent American choices. Better than the name-brand stuff, and much better than the West coast micros (I think it was Anchor Steam that I was given a little glass of in one of those taster deals-couldn’t finish it, it was so nasty.)

  • I’ll give the President his due. This is a good idea and kudos for him for running with it.

    Now if they’d only serve PBR in tall cans…

  • I just tried Shiner Bock for the first time last week – it was very good. As a Chicago fellow, I would hope the President preferred Goose Island – maybe a Honkers Ale.

  • Zak,

    I love Goose Island 312.

  • One could pretty easily list off two dozen breweries whose offerings are better than the brews on offer at the White Hous, but if we’re calling out local favorites I have to stand up for St. Arnold’s (down in Houston) over the more mass market Shiner. Also Independence Brewery here in Austin, with a solid Independence Ale (classic American pale ale) and for those who don’t like the bitterness as much, Bootlegger Brown Ale.

  • Let’s through in Smuttynose also.

  • And to wrap up, if one is ever in Boise, go to The Ram and get the Buttface. Its pronounced the way its spelled.

  • I am partial to the Otter Creek brews myself, particularly the Stove Pipe Porter. But I’m also down with the “Champagne of Beers”: Miller High Life.

  • Paul, I’ve never had any Otter Creek’s before but I sure appreciate a nice porter. Darwin turned me onto Samuel Smith’s Taddy Porter – it’s an old English brew. Dude, it’s beautiful…

    Oh, Rogue’s Mocha Porter has a lot of character and believe it or not, Samuel Adam’s Honey Porter is really nice.

  • Apparently the Beer Summit is inspiring all sort of beer related analysis.

  • But I doubt the President would go for a Texas beer.

    His loss, Jay.

  • I think it’d be funny if the president drank Arrogant Bastard Ale.

  • After moving to Texas a few years ago, I fell for Shiner hard.

    It’s what I order every time here in Houston.

    God help me if I ever visit out of state or if a restaurant doesn’t carry Shiner.

    I’ll have to “regress” to rum or scotch beverages.

  • As one of the rare breed of mostly Irish Americans who are life-long abstainers from beverages containing alcohol, I will not venture an opinion of the beer to be served. I would merely note that if any DC cops are below their DUI quota of tickets, this get together presents possibilities!

  • Not a summit, just a beer, Obama says


    Beer offer turns Gates situation into brewhaha

    Wilmore noted that Gates had said “yo mama” during his confrontation with Crowley.

    “How many decades has he been holding that in?” Wilmore said. “Did he call him a jive turkey, too?”

    Wilmore did have one thing in common with white comics: He couldn’t resist a beer joke.

    “Alcohol — that’ll end well,” he said. “Booze isn’t how you resolve a racial conflict. It’s how you start one.”

  • Killian’s Red is good– very inexpensive, yet high enough quality that my Guiness-snob beer drinker friends enjoy it without qualm. (Me, I enjoy both Killians and PBR cans.)

    Wanna be practical, a variety pack of Weinhards would probably be the way to go, though.

    Wait, I suggested practicality… for a college professor and a politician… where was my mind?

  • They could’ve gone with Yuengling,(Oldest AMERICAN beer)!

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  • Great way to make use of the worst song of the last decade!

  • Thank you Ledygrey for bringing this superb video to my attention!

  • I’m sure you folks will be happy to hear that “Hey There Obama” was the first YouTube project of a Catholic homeschool family in Michigan. Dad (John) wrote the song, gathered the photos, and played the older federal agent; our oldest boy John-Henry (16) filmed the video, did all the editing, and played the younger agent; Mary-Grace (9) had a cameo; and our local DRE played the lead role. Another local Catholic teen, Matt, did our audio recording and editing. Humor is a great weapon in the culture wars, and we’re grateful to all those fellow believers who are helping us to battle the Cult of Obama.

  • You and your family are to be congratulated John! The video is fantastic, and I am unsurprised that a Catholic homeschooling family was behind it. Humor can often reveal truth and I think that is just what your video did. Very well done!

  • Mr. Keenan –

    Again, it is indeed a commendable effort you and your family have made. Thank you! It certainly made my day upon viewing (and re-viewing) and I’ve since shared it with my family and friends. Also, as you know, I’ve placed it on my blog as well (thank you for stopping by and leaving your kind words). Hopefully, we’ll see your admirable project with view-count which rivals other videos which are the medias’ darlings.

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Fatal Error

Wednesday, July 22, AD 2009

An oldie but a goodie from the only reliable source of news on the net, the Onion.  Life without the Internet.  What would we do?  We might have to “gasp” talk to one another!  Bloggers would have to post their missives on their doors for passers-by to write comments!   What would we do with the several hours freed up each day from not browsing the internet?  The Horror, the Horror!

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  • The teen section of my local newspaper just ran a story in which a high school couple tried to go two weeks (!) without communicating by cell phone or internet — no texting, Facebook, or e-mails. Apparently the notion of talking to one another via landline phone was kind of foreign to them. I wonder how many adults would do if they tried this kind of experiment?


  • Without the Internet, I’d go stark raving mad at my cube-ville job. I wouldn’t be more productive, but I would be more irascible.

  • Elaine: How on earth did we ever make it to adulthood without Facebook? A friend told me she found her teenaged daughter sitting in the living room texting her best friend. Best friend lives across the street.

    Of course, I remember tying up the family phone (and we only had one line, for 6 people – imagine that nowadays) for hours when I was 16. I had to talk to my friends – and I had just seen them at school a few hours earlier. I can’t remember now exactly what was discussed. Hard to imagine now how the charms of 16 year old boys and the latest pop band could inspire hours of discussion.

  • I’m sure girls could find MANY things to talk about. The internet just enabled them to do so that’s all.

Let's Send Congress to the Moon

Monday, July 20, AD 2009



In honor of America landing a man on the Moon forty years ago, the indispensable Iowahawk has a column here in which he suggests sending Congress to the Moon.  I’d like to be among the first to climb on board this rocketwagon.  I suspect we will never get our budgetary house in order until Congress is sent to the Moon, and I believe that most Americans have long thought that Congress and a full Moon go together.   However, as the above picture indicates, I can think of a few officials from the Executive Branch who should go along for the ride!

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  • Actually, I picture Ralph Kramden vowing to send Congress “to the moon, Alice!”

  • Iowahawk is on to something, although I would fear for the fate of the moon. A tax on green cheese would certainly be imposed immediately.

    However, you’d think that Rep. Kucinich, who once saw a UFO while visiting Shirley MacLaine’s house (after a bit of wine and reefer) would jump at the chance. He could certainly serve as translator if any aliens pop up. We’d just have to make sure that we send them up there with an ample supply of loco weed and Chardonnay.

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Totus a Target?

Tuesday, July 14, AD 2009

Near tragedy in DC yesterday when a screen of Totus (Teleprompter of the United States), crashed.   Rumors abounded yesterday that Totus was no more.  Had this, dare I say it, been an assassination attempt against Totus?  Was Vice-President Biden involved?  There is no love lost between Biden and Totus, but certainly Biden would not stoop to electronicide, would he?

Fortunately Totus announced here on its blog that it is OK.  Totus blames Felix its operator.  Hmmm, I wonder if there are recent sightings of Biden and Felix together?   Stay alert Totus, the screwdrivers, if not the knives, may be out against you!

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  • I’m surprised Biden hasn’t been chained to a VPTOTUS and ordered to say only what VPTOTUS tells him to say, with no ab libbing. Of course, if that happened the country would be deprived of a great comedy source and we need all the laughs we can get these days.

  • I would hate to see my favorite clown so restricted Donna, but I believe as the administration’s numbers tank, tighter restrictions will be put on Biden’s loose lips.

Live Polls and Puppet Pundits

Sunday, July 12, AD 2009

From the only reliable source of news on the net, the Onion.  One of the difficulties of being a parodist in rather absurd times is that reality tends not to be that far removed from parody.  Such is the case with this video which might be easily mistaken for a “news” show where pundits are doing their best, or worst, to adjust to new technology.

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  • Heh. This video is a strong form of the argument against democracy.

  • “I have several post office boxes.” Ha!

  • One of the diffulties of being a parodist in rather absurd times is that reality tends not to be that far removed from parody.

    True. Parodists in very absurd times can quickly overkill their material. Yet the absurdity also allows the great parodists to shine, as we see here.

  • “.…reality tends to be not that far removed from parody.”

    Many a true word said in jest, Don.

    Here in NZ during our 2002 election campaign during public televised debates, studio audiences were given remotes which acted on a “Worm” on a screen that was visible to all – audience and candidates; the worm acted exactly as shown in this clip.

    A member of Parliament by name Peter Dunne (a Catholic BTW) leader of the United Future Party had the “worm” maxing out on several occasions.
    The election result, United Future got – I think – nine MPs into government in our MMP electoral system. Previous term 2, following term 2, current term 1.

    The worm had such an influence on the outcome of the election that it was banned from any further political debates.

    So did Dunne “worm” his way into parliament?

    The worm has definitely turned. 🙂

  • Our future Don, polls and worms, God save us!

  • This reminds me so much of the crap Fox would pull on Ron Paul during the primary debates. He’d tell the truth…. and man those polling numbers went south. It seemed all everyone wanted to hear was how great America was and how awesome the troops are.

It Could Happen to Anyone

Friday, July 10, AD 2009

Here’s something light for your Friday. We all knew what sort of guy French president Nicholas Sarkozy is, but few realized that our own president has similar aesthetic sensibilities.

Some are loudly mocking Obama for this. I’d say give the guy a break.

The king is but a man, as I am: the violet smells to him as it doth to me: the element shows to him as it doth to me; all his senses have but human conditions:

Presidents are a lower species than kings, but the principle applies. And we must recall that the wisdom of the American people has given us a president who hasn’t yet had years of practice in checking out passing babes without allowing it to be obvious to the camera. Give it some time and when his senses kick in with human conditions as the element shows to him, he’ll gaze upon it with the same cool aplomb as Sarkozy.

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  • Mark this down on your calendars! I rise in defense of Obama! It is entirely possible that he was not gazing with a lustful eye at this 16 year old girl but that something else attracted his attention. It is hard to judge from the angle. If I am mistaken however, he is not clear on the concept yet that, whatever he does while he is in office, will be spread across the net and dissected in excruciating detail. If he is afflicted with roving eyes, he’d better learn custody of them, especially unless Michelle has a good deal more patience than I suspect she has!

  • Come on, funny as this is it doesn’t really bear debate.

  • After watching the video it was certainly innocent enough, but still, that photo is hilarious.

  • lolz… good to be the prezz, yo.

  • It is entirely possible that he was not gazing with a lustful eye at this 16 year old girl but that something else attracted his attention.

    While not normally a defender of the president — I’d like to stake out the claim that there is a category of “just looking” which does not involve “gazing with a lustful eye”.

    But yes, Donald’s link suggests the picture is just an amusing coincidence. Almost too bad. I thought it gave him an amusingly human touch.

  • Yep–looks like one of those situations where a picture is worth a thousand fictional words. Sarkozy, on the other hand, is in full Frenchman mode.

  • I almost wish it were for real and that it wasn’t a 16 year old girl. Could you imagine the bragging rights of the chick who could say, “yeah, my [please keep the comments Christian] caused an international incident!”

  • “The French don’t care what they do actually As long as they pronounce it properly.”

  • I think, Rick, this may be an area in which a variant of the “those who have money don’t talk about it” principle applies. 😉

  • I guess it’s just me, but Sarkozy’s gaze of adoration (affection?) seems to be directed more towards Obama. You never know with those French, after all. 🙂

  • what is Miley Cyrus doing at the G8?

  • I thought the video makes our President look worse.

  • Damn! Too bad this post wasn’t one where you can insert your own captions for the featured picture; there are just too many tempting ones to put up (albeit, many of which would admittedly be tendentiously liberal as they would lascivious).

  • Hey, guys…

    I KNOW for a fact that it could happen to anyone because it happened to ME. Damned group photo on prom night, damned photographer had all of the girls kneeling in front of all the guys, damned camera went off, seriously, as my eyes were randomly and instantaneously cast downward so that it looks like… well, you get the idea.

    What a bloody mess. I really sympathize with the President on this one.

  • Joe,

    We know the truth about you. All that talk about economic democracy, yadda yadda – it’s just to impress the ladies. 😉

  • Have you guys seen the video showing that Sarkozy is actually doing what people thought Obama was doing?


  • I think the French would be aghast if Sarkozy had not been engaged in La Ogle!

  • I think this post, and the comments, tells more about the people viewing the picture, than it does with what Obama actually did (save for Joe who has pointed out what he did wasn’t what people were interpreting the picture as being).

  • I think the above post regarding the whole host of previous posts concerning the featured post surely speaks volumes about the commenter than anybody else here; reminds me of certain Republican careerist policians who attempt to demonstrate such virtuous exterior while when their own private lives are exposed, they either are in knee deep in vile pornography or themselves engaged with exceedingly exhorbitant high-class call girls given to remarkably lewd acts.

  • Oh Bah Humbug Henry

    I think it shows that (what it appears to be a mostly male comment section currently) that is often lets say critical of Obama wants to have a little bonding with him. It is human which is nice to see

    It is sort of like the amusing Bush Vollyball picture.

  • e.

    I think that I if I carefully diagrammed the above sentence carefully, I’d find you to be impugning Henry a bit harshly, so I won’t. I agree that Henry’s response is rather humorless and up-tight, but be wary of getting to personal as I’d hate to have to douse a flamewar on such a light post.


    I’m not clear what it is that you think the thread proves about its participants other than that:

    1) They have a sense of humor.
    2) Many are willing to confess to having innocently “checked out” a woman in the past.

    Is there one of these that you object to?

  • What’s interesting to note is Henry himself had claimed to be an adept on the subject of Sir Thomas More; too bad he is not so much an expert that he seems wholly ignorant of the saint’s own candid admission about being, every once in awhile, given to such tempting speculations concerning the seductive wiles of the female flesh (which is principally why he did not pursue a ecclesial but instead a secular vocation).

  • The humor impaired, they are always with us.

  • Darwin Catholic,

    One need only read More’s intriguing work, Dialogue of Comfort; in fact, you might even decipher just which allegorical character that seems quite in sync with the kind of rather seemingly scrupulous (yet, at heart, devious) persona H. Karlson himself seems wont to assume in his above comments.

    Yet, with all due respect to you and my betters; I’ll bow out from remarking any further.

  • e.,

    Sorry, I don’t mean to drive you away. I agree with you that an excessive puritanism often masks hidden problems. I’m just concerned that specifically applying that to a particular person (whom none of us get along with well) will start trouble.

    Perhaps I go overboard, but I think sometimes it’s necessary to be extra careful when dealing with comments about people I don’t like — since they’re likely to be taken even more sharply than they’re meant.

  • This post is yet again indicative of the Calvinist mindset of you Americans. What would be dismissed as quite natural and merely typical gazing by more enlightened Europeans is scrutinized by the Americanist puritans on this blog for purely partisan purposes.

    When former French President François Mitterrand died, his wife and mistress appeared side-by-side at his funeral. That’s how it’s done in predominantly Catholic France. If only you protestant-inspired Americanist Catholics could be as open-minded as European Catholics. But I suppose you’d argue that having mistresses and claiming to be an atheist would make Mitterrand a “bad” Catholic, despite the fact that he was born into a devoutly Catholic family (unlike many of the late-arriving evangelical converts who comment here) and despite the fact that his mother was a remote niece of Pope John XXIII.

    But what I find most offensive about this post is the not-so-subtle racist portrayal of the President as the stereotypical over-sexualized black male. Notwithstanding the President’s clearly Adonis-like persona, the racism inherent in this obvious attempt at sexualizing your country’s first black President is nothing new to the neo-con Republican dirty tricksters who brought down Harold Ford, Jr. with similar sleazy tactics.*

    * And, since I am the master of tu quoque, and in an attempt to preempt others who might use that technique to refute my argument, please don’t even bring up the subject of Clarence Thomas’ disgusting performance and feigned indignation over his alleged “high-tech lynching”. Since he’s more white than black because of the conservative way he votes (and not to mention a dissident Catholic because of his positivist jurisprudence), any effort to denounce the alleged portrayal of him as an oversexualized black male will only fall on deaf ears.


  • Jay gets the koopie doll. I can’t top that. 😀

  • This is why I wear dark glasses and carry a blind man’s cane whenever I’m in a public place where I might be photographed. You got to learn from the masters.

  • prurient juvenile americanist sexist hypocrites, all of you. you probably tell lewd jokes at your fascist knights of columbus beer bashes, don’t you?

  • Oh Jay that is classic 🙂

  • Chomsky Zombie,

    No, we burn Protestants at the stake.

    Why do you ask?


  • “you probably tell lewd jokes at your fascist knights of columbus beer bashes, don’t you?”

    Inbetween goosesteps, yes.

  • Dang, I’ve really got to get to my lady’s auxiliary meetings more often, those VFW meets where we plot to take over the world just eat too much time, and the exploding casseroles are SO hard to make…..

    Me, I found the photo giggle-worthy– several places have put in a caption of “wow, nice shoes!”

  • I think this post, and the comments, tells more about the people viewing the picture, than it does with what Obama actually

    It says that the commenters here are human beings with a sense of humor.

  • Perfect parody of MM, although it’s hard to come up with anything more ideological than the reality.

  • You guys are disclosing sworn 4th degree secrets. Hush, hush!

  • As a catholic, i expect you to update your post with the video that changes your first assumption. If not, you are guilty of smear. What would have christ done ?

  • As a catholic, i expect you to update your post with the video that changes your first assumption. If not, you are guilty of smear. What would have Jesus done ?

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  • And I guess your not partisan, right? The economy collapsed last year under the watch of the previous president and under the weight of the Reagan legacy.

  • An Piobaire, the shelf life of blame the other guys is wearing very thin. It is your man who is saddling this country with a debt now that your grandkids will be lucky to pay off:


  • It’s becoming progressively more difficult not to hate my country…

  • An Piobaired,

    I think the first error is in thinking a President has that much to do with the economy. Even if it is a large amount I think one also has to look at the role Democrats, who were in control on Congress for two years prior to the recession, had in this problem. I think the failure of Democrats to reign in problems like Fannie Mae (which McCain and Bush tried to address) is a significant contributor.

If Obama Is Spock We Are Doomed!!!

Tuesday, June 9, AD 2009


Maureen Dowd wrote a column last month in which she compared, tongue in cheek, Obama to Mr. Spock from Star Trek.  Jeff Greenwald of Salon also sees a resemblance between Chicago’s “gift” to the country and the first officer of the Enterprise.  Bill Whittle of Pajamas Media, takes great joy in informing us in a very entertaining video here why having an intellectual in the mode of Mr. Spock as president is very bad for the nation.

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  • well, most of ’em are true anyway

  • It’s a fun video, but I don’t think Spock qualifies as an intellectual (he’s very intelligent, but that’s not the same thing). Also, the problem Spock had in the series as a leader was that he couldn’t connect with people emotionally, and therefore they didn’t trust him. This, I’m afraid, is not Obama’s problem.

  • 0.o

    Want… to defend… Spock…..

    On a side note, I thought Spock had a pretty good sense of humor: very, very, VERY dry. Heavy use of irony.

    Spock is also very good at subtle, polite insults. ^.^

    I object to intellect without discipline; I object to power without constructive purpose. -Spock


  • Foxfier, I will concede that Spock often got off a good bon mot. However, what made it humorous was the assumption on the part of the audience that Spock was not trying to be funny and would have been aghast at the suggestion that he was attempting to be funny.

  • Asperger’s.

  • I’d have to draw a distinction between “trying to be funny” and having a sense of humor; I’d further have to submit that any Vulcan dealing with humans will either have to be able to find some amusement in their actions, or go mad from the sheer irrationality.

  • Of course we also have to bear in mind that Spock was only half Vulcan. I always assumed that he massively repressed his sense of humor in order to be 100% Vulcan which was obviously his goal, at least in the original series. The Enterprise series portrayed Vulcans as being far more openly emotional, at least by the standards of the original series.

  • If I remember the bits of Enterprise I read, coupled with the history of the Romulans,





    in the Enterprise time-frame, Vulcans had fallen away from the logical teachings of Surak (googles to get the name right) and it was toward the end of that when the teachings made a resurgence; historically, the Vulcans nearly wiped themselves out before Surak’s teachings took hold.

    Several waves of refugees or those who didn’t wish to reject their (highly overpowering) emotions included the ancestors of the Romulans. (They seem to have found a way to control their overwhelming emotions by being cold-blooded, back-stabbing, manipulative politicians.)

    That would make Sarek a child soon after a big wave of religion sweeps over, so Spock might be modeling himself on some real hard-liners, logically speaking.

    Add in the way that someone who is halfway between cultures tends to choose one and be more Catholic than the Pope for that one, and it explains why Spock would be a Vulcan’s Vulcan. (Spock’s fiancé’s actions in that pon farr ep come to mind.)

    Side note: I am utterly geeking out that my spell check had “Spock” in it already.

  • While it is true that Obama has developed a reputation for being rather “geeky,” I seriously question whether he has Asperger’s, since most Aspies are socially extremely awkward and probably couldn’t win an election if their lives depended on it. I do not mean that as an insult, by the way, just a statement of fact.

    Probably the most famous Aspie in the world right now is Bill Gates; he is famous and very successful but charisma is not exactly his strong point. In general, Aspies have little or no interest in purely social friendship (it has to be about a common interest), or in the relentless social maneuvering that would be required to become a successful politician.

    A lot of Aspies do identify with characters like Spock and Next Generation’s Data because of their focus on pure logic and inability to deal with emotions and body language. As I said earlier, many Aspies (I strongly suspect myself to be one) prefer e-mail and blogging to in-person communication because it allows you to communicate pure words and ideas, without having to worry about eye contact, etc.

  • nope, obama cannot be an aspie because he is too full of shi* to be. as a rule, aspies are very honest, do what they say they are gonna do, and say what they mean and mean what they say. obama, on the other hand, is from the senate, and as a rule, people from the senate and the house are so full of shi* that they cannot tell the difference between truth and a lie – to congressmen and seantors – truth and a lie are the same thing. 😛