I Can Has US Flag?

You know, there are a lot of reasons not to like George Bush. Likewise, there are a lot of reasons not to vote for John McCain.

This strikes me as an exceedingly silly reason.

On the other hand, this is just funny (make sure you read the caption):


BEIJING – AUGUST 10: President of the United States, George W. Bush holds up the American Flag the wrong way before wife Laura Bush instructs him to turn it around at the swimming arena at the National Aquatics Center during day 2 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on August 10, 2008 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Our long national nightmare is almost over.






86 replies
  1. 1
    Napoleon says:

    Is that Kissinger in front of him? What was that, a war criminal’s convention they were at or something?

  2. 2
    guyermo says:

    hey, from how he was looking at it, it was facing the right way!

    anyone else wondering why his face is so red?

  3. 3
    SpotWeld says:

    It’s about as legitimate as not putting your hand over your heart when the national anthem is being sung.

    Does this prove that Bush is a secret Muslim?

  4. 4
    David Hunt says:

    Our long national nightmare is almost over.

    I appreciate the ironic allusion there and I really wish I could get behind the sentiment…but I can’t. I think a better metaphor for the past eight years is a huge bender. We’re about to wake up on the morning afterwards, but the hangovers going last a lonnng time.

  5. 5
    dickweathers says:

    “No one must know I dropped my glasses in the toilet. Not I, the man who drafted the Paris Peace Accords.”

  6. 6
    jake says:

    On the other hand, this is just funny (make sure you read the caption):

    It’s funny because Bush is doing it. If it were Obama our ears would be ringing with comparisons to some radical African-American Muslim group’s practice of flying the US flag upside down.

  7. 7
    Third Eye Open says:

    …Power is the great aphrodisiac…now someone get me a hotdog before my boner kills us all…

    on a different note, is it just me or does the offensive lineman sitting in Kissinger’s row look like he just soiled himself, and is somewhat pleased with himself?

  8. 8

    Yeah, I noticed Kissinger too. I guess China’s one of the countries that doesn’t currently want him extradited to the Hague.

  9. 9
    wasabi gasp says:

    Wouldn’t that be the correct way to hold a flag, if its all about you?

  10. 10
    Punchy says:

    His Not-the-married daughter is still pretty damn hawt.

  11. 11
    The Moar You Know says:

    It’s always charming to see a retard with a pet robot.

  12. 12
    Josh says:

    Laura looks like she’s been hitting the Smylex hard lately.

  13. 13
    MH says:

    Yes it’s silly, but to be fair, it’s hardly the silliest reason we’ve been given thus far.

  14. 14
    D. Mason says:

    anyone else wondering why his face is so red?

    I’m not!

  15. 15
    Scott Truitt says:

    Once a male cheerleader, always a male cheerleader.

  16. 16
    NonyNony says:

    This strikes me as an exceedingly silly reason.

    Straw that broke the camel’s back is all that it seems to be to me. There usually has to be some event that causes the scales to fall from someone’s eyes and realize that the Republican Party is full of clowns who think that their voting base is a bunch of morons.

    For me it was the Clinton impeachment fiasco. For others it was the Bush nomination over McCain in 2000. Everyone has a limit – I don’t recall what event it was that made you finally realize it, John, but I know you had yours as well. This guy finally had his moment. Good for him. If more people would have these epiphanies then maybe the GOP could finally heal itself and become a legitimate political party ready to engage in honest debate about what’s good for the country again. Instead of a clown car ready to entertain the morons at the drop of a hat.

  17. 17
    Duros Hussein 62 says:

    That must be the Tyrant section.

    Kissinger’s thinking “I vish Laura vould stop kicking my seat!”

  18. 18
    Kurzbein says:

    No, Kissinger is thinking, “I wish Dubya would quit calling me Hank.”

  19. 19
    Joshua Norton says:

    Just Georgie putting the “Special” in Olympics.

  20. 20
    cleek says:

    so… still working on getting that new host ?

  21. 21
    Martin says:

    I don’t recall what event it was that made you finally realize it, John, but I know you had yours as well

    Schiavo, correct? John held out until they hit rock bottom.

  22. 22
    dbrown says:

    When told he was holding it wrong, did he turn it up-side-down to better show the world what he has really done to our country?

  23. 23
    KCinDC says:

    Maybe he’s holding for himself and the people behind him.

    I’m more concerned about the fact that it’s square. Is it a bandanna? A napkin? A handkerchief? Any of those would be disrespectful to the flag.

  24. 24
    PeterJ says:

    anyone else wondering why his face is so red?

    He’s on spring break.

    Andrew Sullivan has another great photo.
    Sure looks like he’s had one too many, but is arguing that’s he’s fine…

  25. 25
    jake says:

    Likewise, there are a lot of reasons not to vote for John McCain.

    This strikes me as an exceedingly silly reason.

    I’ll see your silly reasons not to vote for McCain and raise you “Stealth Islamic Communist Gay Non-American Terrorist with a radical Christian Preacher.”

  26. 26
    Ted says:

    Our long national nightmare is almost over.

    No, not yet. We don’t even know yet if it will ever end.

    And yeah, could someone please grab Kissinger? I believe there are more than a few governments that would like to have a word with him.

  27. 27
    KCinDC says:

    PeterJ, I see he’s got a scar on his elbow. Another fall off a Segway, or was it a pretzel?

  28. 28
    JR says:

    Andrew Sullivan has another great photo.

    WTF. Look at his elbow. Did he trip and fall down the bleachers?

  29. 29
    A.Political says:

    wow, and this was your preznit for 8 yrs….either says a lot for his puppeteers or not a lot for the American people at large.

  30. 30
    Cris says:

    so… still working on getting that new host ?

    One thing they have right is their name: hosting matters.

  31. 31
    Punchy says:

    OT: This website is down at least 3-4 hours a day, every single day. That’s not exaggeration. Didn’t know if the hosts realize exactly what a piece of shit server service they’re getting.

  32. 32
    The Moar You Know says:

    Punchy Says:

    His Not-the-married daughter is still pretty damn hawt.

    And reasonably smart, and seems to not be a total fucktard. Wonder what went wrong?

  33. 33
    Joshua Norton says:

    Another fall off a Segway, or was it a pretzel?

    He moonlights as a crash dummy.

  34. 34
    Buck says:

    does the offensive lineman sitting in Kissinger’s row look like he just soiled himself, and is somewhat pleased with himself?

    The lady on his right looks like the one who got soiled.

  35. 35
    smiley says:

    The lady on his right looks like the one who got soiled.

    That’s Nancy Kissinger. Not hawt.

  36. 36
    w vincentz says:

    If he held it so the blue and stars were in the lower left corner it would be more accurate.
    Perhaps a major hurricane will hit a major American city, and he’ll ignore it (as usual) to remind the world of his diplomatic efforts in China…while Georgia becomes a Russian territory. Wouldn’t it be funny if Russia controlled all of the pipelines that supply Europe with energy? Oh gee…time to ignore that too.
    Georgie, the entire world is still shaking their collective heads. Well done….er…cooked.

  37. 37
    Cris says:

    And reasonably smart, and seems to not be a total fucktard. Wonder what went wrong?

    Maybe she’s adopted. We should demand that she produce her birth certificate.

  38. 38
    Patrick says:

    It would be quite appropriate if he was holding it upside down.

    And while I’m a card-carrying Democrat, I totally agree with Punchy. Barb’s teh hawtness!

  39. 39
    The Moar You Know says:

    Punchy Says:

    OT: This website is down at least 3-4 hours a day, every single day. That’s not exaggeration. Didn’t know if the hosts realize exactly what a piece of shit server service they’re getting.

    No shit. This site goes down more often than Larry Craig in an airport bathroom. The past four or five days, it’s literally down more often than not.

  40. 40
    David Hunt says:

    Just Georgie putting the “Special” in Olympics.

    Win.

  41. 41
    cleek says:

    let’s take up a donation and buy the site a new host for X-mas.

  42. 42
    cleek says:

    take up a collection.

    duh.

  43. 43
    Tax Analyst says:

    Martin Says:

    I don’t recall what event it was that made you finally realize it, John, but I know you had yours as well

    Schiavo, correct? John held out until they hit rock bottom.

    Bingo! I believe we have a winner here!

    Yes, I do believe it was the Terri Schiavo fiasco that finally pushed John Cole over the edge.

  44. 44
    Tax Analyst says:

    JR Says:

    WTF. Look at his elbow. Did he trip and fall down the bleachers?

    I noticed that, too. It certainly looks like the result of some type of fall, doesn’t it? There’s another photo out there where he looks, well, he looks somewhat besotted…for whatever that’s worth at this point.

  45. 45
    Zuzu's Petals says:

    Another example of Dear Leader respecting the flag:

    Who should I make it out to?

    And yeah, if it had been a Dem, it’d be on an endless Fox News loop.

    —————–

    John, did you tell us to read the caption because it (sort of) says daughter Barbara is “wife Laura Bush”?

  46. 46
    jake says:

    Our long national nightmare is almost over.

    That’s what Laura is thinking.

  47. 47
    David Hunt says:

    More seriously, if he held it up very briefly before Mrs. Bush corrected him, I’d class that as one of the embarrassing things that could happen to anyone. After I saw that picture, I visualized unfolding and holding up a flag, and even though I knew I was trying to avoid the same mistake I still got it wrong. My mind simply had me arrange it so that the side of the flag that was facing me looked “right,” so of course the portion that was facing away from me was wrong.

    OTOH, I would never wish myself on the nation as POTUS, either. Also, although you don’t have to be an idiot to mess that up for a brief time, it certainly would help and I’m sure it did in this instance. So overall, there’s lots of more substantial reasons to hate GWB, but those reasons make this one fun to mock him about.

  48. 48
    slippytoad says:

    Zuzu’s Petals Says:

    Another example of Dear Leader respecting the flag:

    Who should I make it out to?

    Bush *signed* the flag??? You have got to be shitting me!

    So where’s the collective burst of Flag Outrage from the Ned Flanders Republicans who have the Flag Code memorized and throw a collective freak-out apoplectic fucking fit every time they see some “liberal” with a flag sewn into the ass of their jeans???

  49. 49
    Heshe says:

    Who’s that woman next to Henry K? Is that his wife? She looks absolutely clueless, like she’s having a lengthy senior moment. That must be their son next to her. What a happy family.

  50. 50
    binzinerator says:

    Our President — just another juiced and red-faced fratboy waving the team pennant at a homecoming game. Anti-intellectual, inarticulate, unprofessional, uncouth and un-Presidential. All touted as virtues. No wonder the fucktard redstate trash felt comfortable having a beer with him. He’s one of them. Ignorant and proud of it.

    And about that backwards flag? Well, as always, it looks like America from where the Bushes are sitting.

    And people are right: if that was Obama, it would be on Fox and CNN and saturating the wingnutosphere non-stop and McCain would have an ad making it into the equivalent of Dukakis riding the tank.

  51. 51
    jibeaux says:

    Okay, the shineola has hit the A/C here at work and I haven’t been able to do NEARLY the time-wasting to which I am accustomed, but after hearing Cokie Roberts this morning, I just had to come and bitch because 8 hours later I’m still mad. She was all insinuating that Obama going on vacation to Hawaii is risky because it sends the message that he’s exotic and it contrasts with the message of being from Kansas that he’s pushed. I wanted to just reach through the radio and choke her…going…to….Hawaii…on….vacation…is…something…every … dentist…on the mainland…dreams of doing… and makes the vacationer …. about as exotic … as Jonah Hill … cause he was in Hawaii in that movie, right? … but thanks… for working so hard … to find a way…. to push the smear…that he’s foreign and other … and did I mention that Hillary lost?! She…..lost!…… (out of strength to choke any more)

  52. 52

    Yeah, that’s pretty petty, but funny.

    What I don’t get, though, is why NBC thinks showing a man with an approval rate in the 20s at every possible juncture is a good move for their Olympics coverage.

    AFAICT even the majority of the US public who’s still in denial about the Bush legacy nonetheless finds it pretty humiliating to have this man traipsing about claiming to represent our country. I guess China can’t very well deny him access to the Olympics if he wants to go, but surely NBC could help us forget that our neighbors placed this man back in office.

  53. 53
    David Hunt says:

    Another example of Dear Leader respecting the flag:

    Who should I make it out to?

    That’s just an example of something that Cheney figured out and counted on back in 2000: Bush will sign anything that’s put in front of him.

    And yes, if that was Obama we’d be hearing about it as long as he held elected office plus 5-10 years.

  54. 54
    Jon H says:

    ” She looks absolutely clueless, like she’s having a lengthy senior moment. T”

    She looks like she’s had an icepick lobotomy. Which is probably what you’d need to live with Henry.

  55. 55
    cleek says:

    She was all insinuating that Obama going on vacation to Hawaii is risky because it sends the message that he’s exotic

    Elvis, the Fonz, Scooby Doo, the Brady Bunch, and my elderly grandparents and i, have all gone to Hawaii for vacation. the SS Minnow was based there.

    it’s beautiful, but it’s about exclusive and elite as the US Virgin Islands. plus, it’s a fucking state. where his family lives.

    Cokie Roberts is a puckered ass.

  56. 56
    w vincentz says:

    Autographing the US flag isn’t quite as bad as using the Constitution for toilet paper.

  57. 57
    cleek says:

    W and not-Jenna look like they’re hosting the visiting delegation from the Uncanny Valley.

    like he’s taken his collection of Real Ugly Dolls out for a night on the town.

  58. 58
    phobos says:

    This was obviously Photoshopped. The “Flip horizontal” filter leaves tell-tale pixel artifacts.

    Nice try, Moonbats.

  59. 59
    dbrown says:

    Our nightmare is over? McSame just needs to point out that Obama had black, yes, that is right; black kids and it is all over. As blazing saddles showed – as the man on the roof yelled to the town’s people bell as the church bell rang “The guy is a nig(bong) … the guy is a ni(bong) … and rove smiles … knowing that their crimes are covered for at least another four years.

  60. 60
    KCinDC says:

    Those of you who are only now seeing Bush’s flag-signing habit probably missed when his appearance with the flag doormat as well. As always, IOKIYAR.

  61. 61
    PeterJ says:

    OT, it seems John McCain can use the internet after all, at least Wikipedia

    Also I think the fact that he didn’t use Conservapedia will hurt him in November among bat shit crazy republicans.

  62. 62
    Tax Analyst says:

    I suspect the very big fellow next to Mrs. Kissinger is someone’s bodyguard or is perhaps in some other way involved in “VIP” security.

    That’s my guess, anyway.

  63. 63
    Mary says:

    He might be red-faced because of drink, but the dude has rosacea, and heat and stress can make him go beet red without touching a drop. I mean, check out poor Chuck here, too.

  64. 64
    Tonybrown74 says:

    Oh, Fuck Me!! This man is a simpleton of the Nth degree!

    He looks like he should be wearing a bloody helmet!

    And did anyone else bear to watch the “interview” with Bob Costas yesterday? How moronic did he look smiling while Costas asked him about the escalation of war between Russia and Georgia??

    I actually had to shut the TV off at that point.

  65. 65
    bootlegger says:

    JR Says:
    WTF. Look at his elbow. Did he trip and fall down the bleachers?

    I noticed that, too. It certainly looks like the result of some type of fall, doesn’t it? There’s another photo out there where he looks, well, he looks somewhat besotted…for whatever that’s worth at this point.

    Actually he did that riding the Olympic Mountain Bike course.

    I never hate everything about anybody, I believe there is good in everyone, however small, and one of the very few things I like about our president is that he’s a mountain biker like me. Well, not just like me, he rides with a pretty big crowd, rides some of the nicest trails in the world and probably has a bike that puts mine to shame, and to my own shame he could probably totally lose me on a climb, but we both ride and that’s my point. Oh, and I clear brush on my land too and we’re both from Texas. Both sports fans too.

    Unlike him though I never gave up bourbon and I dig science and reading. I think he fucked us all with his Good Intentions, and that should be a lesson to all of us never to elect a person just because we like them or vote against them for the opposite reason. The Rove’s attack dogs know this is why many people pick a candidate, hence the style and substance (or lack thereof) of their attack strategery.

  66. 66
    GSD says:

    Bush is such a self-centered cretin. He held the flag up like that because it looks right when HE looks at it.

    -GSD

  67. 67
    gypsy howell says:

    Who knew there was a special War Criminals box at the Olympics.

  68. 68
    jake says:

    What I don’t get, though, is why NBC thinks showing a man with an approval rate in the 20s at every possible juncture is a good move for their Olympics coverage.

    People are hoping for another “Fontaine Puke” moment from the Bush Family.

  69. 69
    Zuzu's Petals says:

    Bush signed the flag??? You have got to be shitting me!

    Not just one. A bunch. As a campaign stunt.

    And then he did it again three years later.

    Outside the Beltway

    His supporters appear to be equally ignorant.

    Bush supporters sign flag

  70. 70
    Breschau says:

    That’s Nancy Kissinger.

    Really? I thought it was Bill Nighy in a wig.

  71. 71
    Cris says:

    let’s take up a donation and buy the site a new host for X-mas.

    cleek: any thoughts? I assume BJ is still small enough (i.e. doesn’t generate enough revenue) that it can’t justify a dedicated server, so it’s a matter of finding reliable shared hosting. (Reliable, shared, cheap — pick two?)

    As cpanel sites go, I’ve heard lots of good things about HostGator, mostly from Goons, but I have no firsthand experience with it.

    And of course, for political blogs, X-mas season falls between the convention and the election. JC needs a new host pronto.

  72. 72

    Yep. War criminals of a feather flock.

    But then we knew that, didn’t we?

    Tell me where to donate for a new server. The Daily Crash is more fun than I can bear what with the Olympics, War, a Presidential race, and Jennifer Anniston soon to announce her latest beau. Jesus stop with all the excitement!

  73. 73
    PaulW says:

    It would have made more sense if he held it upside down.

  74. 74
    ThymeZone says:

    How many Asians has Henry Kissinger killed?

    I bet they rolled out the red carpet for his murdering ass.

  75. 75

    That picture perfectly captures “the banality of evil.”

  76. 76
    Adam says:

    Apparently there are some good genes on the female side of that family at least. Barbara -> Laura -> Barbara/Jenna is definitely a steady improvement.

  77. 77
    w vincentz says:

    OT- Sharon Churcher has an interview in the London Daily Mail (note- no USA press coverage) with Carol Shepp McCain.
    Carol McCain has broken her 30 year silence regarding ex-hubby, John’s, fucking around on her.
    Looks to me that if this gets as much coverage as Edward’s fucking around, Johnnie will be as powerful as Slick Willie.

  78. 78
    Xenos says:

    And did anyone else bear to watch the “interview” with Bob Costas yesterday? How moronic did he look smiling while Costas asked him about the escalation of war between Russia and Georgia??

    He wants this war. War is good for the Republican brand. Sounds like he set up the Georgians to get rolled, and he thinks he is so fucking clever for doing it that he can’t help smiling.

  79. 79
    cleek says:

    cleek: any thoughts?

    not really. i don’t know all the different providers out there.

    personally, i like LunarPages.com. i use them for all my stuff – while none are big-name blogs like this, i’ve never had any trouble with them. they’re CPanel-based. they do WordPress. they’re cheap. etc.. i’m sure there are others.

    i’m convinced the problem here is the MySQL server, not WordPress, since you can usually see the WP error message when MySQL flakes out, here.

  80. 80
    Montysano says:

    OT: I’m always amazed at the virtual communities that develop around the better blogs. It gives me hope.

    To wit: over at Tbogg’s casa, Satchmo has journeyed on. Thursdays will suck for a while.

  81. 81
    Delia says:

    He might be red-faced because of drink, but the dude has rosacea, and heat and stress can make him go beet red without touching a drop. I mean, check out poor Chuck here, too.

    Georgie might get red cheeks from rosacea. Bill Clinton does. But he doesn’t get that looped expression he has in the Sully photo from any skin condition.

  82. 82
    AnneLaurie says:

    And reasonably smart, and seems to not be a total fucktard. Wonder what went wrong?

    His sample didn’t look very motile to the techs at the fertility clinic, and nobody wanted Dubya the Mean Drunk back for a repeat visit the next month. So they “improved” Laura’s ampule with a little extra from a proven donor.

  83. 83
    Conservatively Liberal says:

    anyone else wondering why his face is so red?

    Because he is taking a dump in his Depends?

    Laura forgot to tell him to keep breathing?

    He’s holding his breath until he gets a snow cone?

    He’s choking on a pretzel?

    He’s trying not to burst out laughing because he farted?

    He slipped Kissinger some pot brownies?

    He told Laura to pop Kissinger’s ears and she is about to do it?

    He’s drunk?

  84. 84
    Greg D says:

    You guys are fucked up! Who fucking cares which way he holds the flag!? Seriously, I hate the fucker more than you ever could, but to use this picture as anything more than a guy who is cheering the team is a sign that you all have become morons! Jesus, will you fuckers be arresting people for holding the flag wrong? Because I wipe my as twice or 4 times, will I be convicted in your fucking monkey court? Seriously, dudes, get a fuckin grip. This post and commentary makes American look pretty fuckin dumb…well, as dumb as the other 50 percent who voted him in for 8 yrs!

  85. 85
    Greg D says:

    And why is his face red? Yep, now I know you are all a bunch of jack-off, armchair athletes! You have obviously never cheered your asses off for someone at a sporting event. This is the problem with America, you are too fuckin dumb to allow people to be people. Bush is excited and cheering for his team. This is probably the only time you will ever hear me defend this moron, but I have to say, if you are Obama supporters, the world is in for another few years of idiotic Americanism!!!

  86. 86
    Cris says:

    Paging Greg D, you forgot your medication

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