Speaking of Videotape…President Obama in 1990 (Updated x 2)

Man, I sure hope Breitbart’s Big Heirs have something more than this harmless little clip to unleash on the world this week:

‘Cause if this is all they got, that’s kind of sad. Aside from the ‘fro, Mr. President hasn’t changed a bit, has he?

UPDATE: Just to clarify, I don’t know what the Breitbartlettes are planning to release. It’s pure speculation on my part that it’s something totally innocuous like this. But at his final CPAC, Breitbart did mention something about “racial division” and tape from the president’s college years. And given the BigBamboozle organization’s propensity for deceptive editing and outright lying, I wouldn’t be surprised if they were even now busily splicing this vid with Malcolm X clips and conflating “diversity” with “get honky.” It’s how they roll.

UPDATE THE 2ND: OMFG! I was kidding about this being THE Breitbartocalypse tape, but apparently ‘tis true! As JenJen in comments put it: “Oh, this is rich… Breitbart’s surviving minions are claiming the video Ben Smith released to Buzzfeed ‘has been selectively edited.’ Hahahahahaha.”

[H/T: TPM; X-POSTED at Rumproast.]






166 replies
  1. 1
    kerFuFFler says:

    But what does he have in his pocketses?

    (Notice how he puts his right hand in his pocket between each sentence? )

  2. 2
    danimal says:

    He sure hid the teleprompters well.

  3. 3
    redshirt says:

    Man does 1990 look OLD!

  4. 4
    Jay C says:

    @redshirt:
    1991, but who’s counting?

  5. 5
    trollhattan says:

    Blue dress shirt and chinos…ZOMG, Obama is a secret engineer!

  6. 6
    Professor says:

    Even then he had a way of captivating his audience!

  7. 7
    General Stuck (Bravo Nope Zero) says:

    Mr. President hasn’t changed a bit, has he?

    Wow, very true. You could just put up the sound from that clip and could not tell if that speech was given yesterday or 20 years ago. Same delivery pitch and tone.

  8. 8
    Jewish Steel says:

    Jeeze. Talk about consistency of character. He really hasn’t changed one iota.

    @kerFuFFler: Thief, thief, thief! Barackins! We hates it, we hates it, we hates it forever!

  9. 9
    Cain says:

    Are you kidding me, this is good stuff. Can easily be used to sway the 99% movement group. After all, the President knows how to protest too, and has done it.

  10. 10
    mk3872 says:

    Did Kid n Play come out for a show after Obama’s speech that day ?

  11. 11
    Cain says:

    Doh.. I didn’t fully watch the clip.. I had no idea he was one of the speakers.. well good on him.. he looks presidential then too!

  12. 12
  13. 13
    Steve says:

    This reminds me of that clip of Obama on the local restaurant review show in Chicago. His tone is the exact same tone he uses today in delivering Presidential speeches, but the content is utterly banal stuff like how big the portions were. The effect is comical.

  14. 14
    kdaug says:

    Gargle, blargle, humanah… Saul Trotsky!

    He’s evil, I say!

    And dumb!

    He’s a dumb evil mad genius who will destroy us all!

  15. 15
    Evolving Deep Southerner says:

    Glad he’s gotten over that taking-his-hand-in-and-out-of-his-pocket oratorical tic. That’s distracting, for sure.

  16. 16
    comrade scott's agenda of rage says:

    @kdaug:

    This video clearly shows that the black fella hates ‘Murka. Plain as all that black on display.

  17. 17
    rlrr says:

    I’m still trying to figure out how Saul Alinsky became the nexus of evil…

  18. 18
    Commenting at Balloon Juice since 1937 says:

    Is there nothing this guy does that is not impressive?

  19. 19
    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @kdaug:

    Gargle, blargle, humanah… Saul Trotsky!

    The bearded white liberal geek? I knew it was either Saul Trotsky or the well known leftist terrorist Leon Ayers! Even when it was the bears I knew it was Saul Trotsky.

  20. 20
    Jeff Fecke says:

    I thought Obama didn’t go to college. Huh.

  21. 21
    TR says:

    I think that protest might be the one referenced in Derrick Bell’s obituary — the one where Bell took an unpaid leave of absence to protest the lack of any tenured minority women at Harvard Law.

    So that’s the way the right is going to follow up Slutsgate? By saying Obama is suspect because he supported the tenuring of women?

    Good luck with that.

  22. 22
    amk says:

    The fucking teleprompter

    But what does he have in his pocketses?

  23. 23
    rikyrah says:

    this is the best they can do. they are pitiful.

    and desperate

  24. 24
    Rafer Janders says:

    Hey, I’m in that video!

  25. 25
    SamR says:

    @Steve: I had never heard of this but it sounded funny. This seems like it:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8oyTD6JGie0

    I like it when he calls the corn cakes “dangerous.”

  26. 26
    Litlebritdifrnt says:

    Rush is now claiming that he hasn’t lost any sponsors or revenue, and that if you count all the local advertisers in all of the markets he has “over 18,000 sponsors” and losing “28” (his number) is like losing a few french fries at the drive through. Spin away Rush.

  27. 27
    Mnemosyne says:

    Wait, so a future politician was getting up and giving speeches about … politics?!

    Oh, my. This is such a shocking turn of events. Where is my fainting couch?

  28. 28
    comrade scott's agenda of rage says:

    So *that’s* what a madrassa looks like. Wow, those Moooslims are clever, you’d mistaken it for the Harvard campus if you didn’t know better.

  29. 29
    Elie says:

    @Commenting at Balloon Juice since 1937:

    This is part of why they hate him so.. they don’t believe he is for real — he must be some alien being from another planet… a n—-r can’t be like this…

  30. 30
    B W Smith says:

    We look at this video and declare the president is consistent. Brietbart folks look at the video and say the same for different reasons. They see this as proving that Obama has supported “uppity blackness” his entire life. Dr. Bell was in the middle of a campaign for Harvard Law to hire an African-American female professor. He was an expert on civil rights and the law and was asking for more diversity at Harvard. Bell ultimately resigned from Harvard to make his point. This won’t change minds of sensible folks, but it’s red meat for Breitbart supporters.

  31. 31
    Dave says:

    Really? That’s their big get? Conservatives are getting more pathetic by the day.

  32. 32
    Mattminus says:

    This isn’t serious, is it? The most noteworthy thing about the video is the “tim and eric”-like awkwardness. Why is the first 10 seconds focused on a man eating a sandwich? Check out the guy weirdly licking his lips at 0:39. Afro-mullet?!?!?!? WTF

  33. 33
    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @Jeff Fecke:

    I thought Obama didn’t go to college. Huh.

    Well, you’ll notice he’s not in class, which must be why, as one of the Mittlets pointed out, he’s afraid to release his college grades! I bet that thing in his pocket is one of those hippie kick balls like they play with in Soviet Russia.

  34. 34
    MikeJ says:

    @SamR:

    I like it when he calls the corn cakes “dangerous.”

    We have evidence that Obama has purchased yellow cakes.

  35. 35
    wasabi gasp says:

    That damn mouse keeps trying to escape his pocket.

  36. 36
    Scott says:

    @Commenting at Balloon Juice since 1937: Maybe bowling. But I hate bowling.

  37. 37
    liz says:

    I’m weirded out by how he keeps putting his right hand in and out of his pocket. Does anyone know what kind of signal that is for Islamic militants from Kenya?

    Don’t act like that’s not what’s going on here. Don’t be blind sheep.

  38. 38
    SuperHrefna says:

    I love this video, it makes me want to squee like a fangirl. He really hasn’t changed! And he confirms for me once & for all that our President is just TERRIBLE at hotheaded partisan rhetoric. Cool, poised, intelligent and classy all the way, that’s our President Obama.

  39. 39
    ThatLeftTurnInABQ says:

    @rikyrah:

    this is the best they can do. they are pitiful.
    and desperate

    With benefit of hindsight it is amazing that after they spent the 1990s smearing Bill Clinton, it never occurred to the Right, not even in their worst nightmares, that Democrats might respond not with garden variety retaliation and imitation, but by nominating and then electing just about the squeaky-cleanest politician in the history of squeak and clean. Funny how selection pressure works that way. Evolution is a harsh mistress if you refuse to believe in her.

  40. 40
    Poopyman says:

    @Rafer Janders: OK, so let’s hear about it.

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    SuperHrefna says:

    @SamR: Thanks for the link! I love the way he balances his approach to both the corncakes & the peach cobbler, letting them both have a place in his stomach. His drive towards bipartisanship obviously started early.

  42. 42
    Trakker says:

    Did you see the seething anger in that crowd? Did you see that radical, fire-breathing student-leader egging on the crowd to burn a few buildings to get “The Man’s” attention?

    No wonder righties are so frightened of this dangerous man, our President. No wonder they strap loaded pistols onto their waists when they go out in public! The end is near!

  43. 43
    JGabriel says:

    Betty Cracker @ Top:

    Aside from the ‘fro, Mr. President hasn’t changed a bit, has he?

    Good lord, I hope he’s changed since 1990. It would be terrible for anyone to go 22 years without any growth or learning or experiences that changed them.

    .

  44. 44
    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @SuperHrefna: O-bot. If he had stood up to the corncake, he could have beaten the peach cobbler.

  45. 45
    dmsilev says:

    @SamR: I’ve eaten at that restaurant. The President is right, those cakes certainly were dangerous; you could easily fill up on them and not be able to eat your (very tasty) main course.

    Sadly, the Dixie Kitchen is no more, since the complex that it was in is currently a large hole in the ground soon to become a new building.

  46. 46
    kdaug says:

    @Commenting at Balloon Juice since 1937:

    Is there nothing this guy does that is not impressive?

    From my vantage point, honestly, there are no facts in evidence.

    Maybe he farts late at night to Michelle’s chagrin. Maybe he puts too much mayo on Malia’s tuna sandwich.

    But big picture? I can’t see anything.

    Which is why the Republicans are running their B string.

  47. 47
    SuperHrefna says:

    @JGabriel: Well, I think he’s been learning that bipartisanship takes two to make it work…

  48. 48
    Marcellus Shale, Public Dick says:

    i am taking points off because he wasn’t rocking the flat-top fade. the black answer to the mullet.

  49. 49
    Rafer Janders says:

    @Poopyman:

    Unfortunately, I have absolutely no independent memory of listening to him speak. It was a while ago, sadly, and I was younger and dumber than I am today.

  50. 50
    Raven says:

    That ain’t no Fro, jesus.

  51. 51
    ET says:

    And not a teleprompter in sight…..

  52. 52
    Raven says:

    This is a Fro Buddy Miles

  53. 53
    Seebach says:

    Is that it? That wasn’t edited out of something longer? Just that, and the sign HARVARD LAW ON STRIKE FOR DIVERSITY?

    Damn. Obama had Breitbart killed for nothing.

  54. 54
    New Yorker says:

    @Marcellus Shale, Public Dick:

    I thought the jheri curl was the black answer to the mullet…

    Anyway, it amazes me that the right could be so full of fear and loathing over this guy, and then I remember that it has nothing to do with Barack Obama the person, but Barack Obama the symbol: the black man who is more intelligent and successful that 99% of white men. It drives them NUTS.

  55. 55
    Raven says:

    Or Angela, big enough to stash a piece in!

  56. 56
    quannlace says:

    Really? That’s their big get? Conservatives are getting more pathetic by the day.

    Oh, but you forget; the really big explosive tapes are always going to be revealed sometime in the future, an announcement is always pending, something big is always just around the corner….honest…we promise!

    What was this protest about anyway?

  57. 57
    chopper says:

    @MikeJ:

    facing clear evidence of peril, we cannot wait for the final proof, the smoking gun that could come in the form of a mushroom crepe.

  58. 58
    Tractarian says:

    @comrade scott’s agenda of rage:

    This video clearly shows that the black fella hates ‘Murka. Plain as all that black on display.

    Hey, that’s no way to talk about the late great Derrick Bell.

  59. 59
    Raven says:

    @quannlace: Normally when there is a big ass sign that says “Harvard Law Students on Strike for Diversity” it means the protest is about a LACK of diversity at Harvard Law School.

  60. 60
    neil says:

    Barry being affable and charming! Scandalous!

  61. 61
    Morbo says:

    OT: Wow, is that ever an ominous banner ad. “Support Sheriff Joe’s Efforts to Take Our Country” isn’t even bothering not to appear fascist.

  62. 62
    Raven says:

    Mean Jean lost in Ohio!

  63. 63
    Brian says:

    He supports a professor. COMMIE!!!!!!!!!!!

  64. 64
    Tone In DC says:

    I like this clip.
    If this is DimBart’s idea of a “get”, it’s even less impressive than Jeremiah Wright’s sermons.

  65. 65
    scav says:

    Those were handout, socia1ist corncakes he was supporting, in spite of their being dangerous yellowcakes.

  66. 66
    japa21 says:

    Not like this is just recently uncovered. This was part of a PBS documentary a couple years ago. Of course, that fact alone just makes it worse. Just shows Big Bird is a raving radical as well.

  67. 67
    Jay C says:

    @ Betty Cracker:

    Minor change of tense:

    ‘Cause if This is all they got – that’s kind of sad.

    But yes, it IS a good thing that Barry O has dropped the hand-in-the-pocket thing for his speechifying. Looks much better on the podium at the White House.

    Oh, and in 1991, Barack Obama was – just like Sandra Fluke – a 30-year-old law student! Who was paying for HIS contraception? Or is that Big Bullshit’s next “scoop”?

  68. 68
    Hill Dweller says:

    It’s even more pathetic when you consider this video was aired a couple of years ago in the PBS documentary about Obama.

  69. 69
    muddy says:

    @Commenting at Balloon Juice since 1937: Is there nothing this guy does that is not impressive?

    Uncle, uncle. That’s what the Republicans ought be saying. If they were patriots (note use of subjunctive for a condition of unreality) they would take all the money they are planning to use in the election and put it toward the national debt they are always on about. Even as they were the ones to run the tab.

  70. 70
    Loneoak says:

    @Raven:

    I actually know Angela Davis. She’s still kickin’ it with the fro, just a bit tighter.

  71. 71
    J.W. Hamner says:

    Wow, his delivery is identical (though obviously less polished).

    And yeah, it’s a little disturbing how old my freshman year in high school looks.

  72. 72
    Poopyman says:

    Crap. it took me a few minutes to disambiguate from this Derek Bell.

  73. 73
    Ferd of the Nort says:

    Oh for the ability to time travel. Go back into that audience and tell them that THAT man is going to be running for RE-ELECTION as President of the United States in 21 years.

    There would be some major mind-blowage.

  74. 74
    barath says:

    I remember seeing this video during the 2008 campaign – someone had posted it online. How is this considered news?

  75. 75
    Raven says:

    @Loneoak: Teaches at SDSU right?

  76. 76
    Martin says:

    @barath: I never saw it. Sounds like nobody else here other than you did either.

  77. 77
    Legalize says:

    Seriously. This HURTS the President? With who?! Oh, that’s right ….

    Blackity, black

  78. 78
    WereBear says:

    @kdaug: Which is why the Republicans are running their B string.

    Looks to me like they are down to their G string.

  79. 79
    Linnaeus says:

    @J.W. Hamner:

    Depending on the time of year in 1991, that would have been either my freshman or sophomore year of college.

    20+ years down the road, I’m…in school! Sorta.

  80. 80
    Mnemosyne says:

    @Martin:

    It sounds like we all should have been watching PBS. Also, too, how frickin’ lazy was Breitbart that he would take his “explosive” “secret” video from a nationally broadcast TV series?

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    wrb says:

    I’d assumed he’s been deliberately adopting a more midwestern, folksy accent than could be genuine, but apparently it is nothing new.

  82. 82
    scav says:

    I’m pretty sure this isn’t the tape the Big Heirs are going on about, a few day threads ago I’m pretty sure they had IDed it as a post play (the dreaded Alinsky!) panel interview that doesn’t seem to be available without ninja action and a quick scavenge though old playback machines.

  83. 83
    muddy says:

    @wrb: He may have gotten the manner of speaking from his grandfather.

  84. 84
    Martin says:

    @Mnemosyne: Oh yeah, I had meant to watch that but never did.

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    rlrr says:

    @muddy:

    He looks just like his maternal grandfather…

  86. 86
    kd bart says:

    There must be video from 1991 of Mitt Romney firing people.

  87. 87
    freelancer says:

    Dear Game of Thrones and Arrested Development fans,

    I give you the Best thing in the world today.

    You’re welcome.

  88. 88
    dogwood says:

    @Martin:

    I saw it. And I’ve seen it posted around the web many times.

  89. 89
    Cain says:

    @TR:

    So that’s the way the right is going to follow up Slutsgate? By saying Obama is suspect because he supported the tenuring of women?

    In which case, again he makes a great case to female voters. He was fighting for their rights even back in 1991!

  90. 90
    trollhattan says:

    I hope future politicians are paying attention, because when the amount of parsing and searching and spelunking and yard-saleing and treasure hunting the winged monkeys are unleashing on Obama is applied to somebody who’s spent their life on the internet, it’s going to be ugly, ughy, ugly. And endless.

    No wonder decent people don’t care to run for office.

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    muddy says:

    @rlrr:

    He looks just like his maternal grandfather…

    He sure does! Aside from the melanin he doesn’t look like his father at all.

  92. 92
    kdaug says:

    @Linnaeus:

    20+ years down the road, I’m…in school! Sorta.

    Damn Linnaeus, your road of life is a cul-de-sac?

  93. 93
    Nom de Plume says:

    When you said “protest” I pictured him walking around with a sign in one hand and a bullhorn in the other, probably shouting something about U.S. imperialism or something. But there he is, in his button-down shirt, looking like the proper young straightlaced Harvard student he was. At that age, George W. Bush was snorting lines off hookers’ tits, but naturally wingnuts will be appalled by this clip somehow.

  94. 94
    Mnemosyne says:

    @rlrr:
    @muddy:

    This picture always amuses me because it’s one of the best ones that shows the president is a dead ringer for his grandfather. Plus, you know, it’s an adorable picture in itself.

    ETA: I got into a weird argument with someone here once who claimed that Obama couldn’t possibly look exactly like his grandfather because their skin color was different. I still don’t know what the hell that was all about.

  95. 95
    PTirebiter says:

    @quannlace:
    Nah. They’re already going with the “you can’t disprove a negative” argument so favored by conspiracy experts.
    Breiboi promised a game changer. The fact this isn’t a game changer proves Breiboi was assassinated before he could release the real tape.
    “They” released this obviously pro Obama tape in a clumsy attempt to establish plausible deniability. Thankfully, Obama gutted the real CIA of real agents making this amateur attempt obvious.

  96. 96

    President Obama has on numerous occasions been caught on tape being black.

  97. 97
    AA+ Bonds says:

    That guy is motherfuckin ENJOYING that sandwich, he is just savoring it, that is what I look like every day

  98. 98
    Linnaeus says:

    @kdaug:

    Damn Linnaeus, your road of life is a cul-de-sac?

    It has been to a degree, I suppose. But hey, it’s the journey, you know?

  99. 99
    PaulW says:

    Jebus Christ, I do believe that kid is Presidential material!

    …what?

  100. 100
    AA+ Bonds says:

    When I eat a sandwich, I can’t even think about Barack Obama or the diversity of Harvard Law, because every sandwich could be the last one. Put your hand in your pocket and think about that. Then take it out. Take it out and grab a slice of bread and get started, America

  101. 101
    Tom65 says:

    Chief Editor Korir laughs at your insolence! LAUGHS, I TELL YOU!

  102. 102
    AA+ Bonds says:

    Sweater wearin, sandwich chompin, Obama listenin, pocket divin – the first 20 seconds of the first track and it only. gets. triller

  103. 103
    Martin says:

    Top story on CNN: Rumors about the new iPad.

    I don’t know whether this demonstrates how influential Apple has become or how shitty CNN is or both, but there’s something not at all right about it.

  104. 104
    feebog says:

    It is interesting, the things we note on a tape like this. Several people have commented on the distracting hands in the pocket, out of the pocket mannerism. It is most likely a nervous habit, one that was obviously corrected in time. I have given many public speeches, at Union conventions, in traning classes, at seminars and meetings of all types. We all have these habits, some persist a lifetime, others are pointed out to us and (hopefully) corrected.

    If you look at footage from the 2008 McCain campaign you will quickly pick up on a nervous habit he never overcame; fiddling with his wedding ring. He does it while speaking and even more so while listening to others speak.

  105. 105
    Anya says:

    @Mnemosyne: It’s about someone who doesn’t see things beyond the skin color. But yes, I always thought he looked like he’s grandfather. He even got the big ears from him.

  106. 106
    Betty Cracker says:

    Just to clarify, I don’t know what the Breitbartlettes are planning to release. It’s pure speculation on my part that it’s something totally innocuous like this. But at his final CPAC, Breitbart did mention something about “racial division” and tape from the president’s college years. And given the BigBamboozle organization’s propensity for deceptive editing and outright lying, I wouldn’t be surprised if they were even now busily splicing this vid with Malcolm X clips and conflating “diversity” with “get honky.” It’s how they roll.

  107. 107
    What Have The Romans Ever Done for Us? (formerly MarkJ) says:

    @rlrr: Not sure if someone has answered this already, but it dates back to Clinton Derangement Syndrome. Back in the day Hillary Clinton wrote a thesis on Saul Alinsky and ever since the Right has used his name as shorthand for hating America. Because the Clintons did such awful damage to the country, of course.

  108. 108
    pragmatism says:

    hey Big Journalists, can you dig up a video of Obama on Mars? I was hoping that story had legs.

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    AA+ Bonds says:

    Seriously, I love a good smear

    But if the Breitbartites expect people to view a protest against Harvard Law for its lily-white faculty as counter to the reasons those people all voted for Obama in 2008 . . . I wish everyone the best of luck in trying to figure out what the fuck is happening here on their Glenn Beck chalkboards

    Your average viewer is not going to know who that guy is that Obama is talking about and they are sure not going to bother with a bunch of Google queries to find out, they are going to see people protesting Harvard Law and think, “okay, sure, I can get behind that”

  110. 110
    Cowbelle says:

    @Betty Cracker: This post of yours is kind of misleading.

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    Judas Escargot, Your Postmodern Neighbor says:

    Damn.

    In 1991 I was just finishing up grad school (not at Harvard), but was very familiar with the Harvard Campus area since most of my friends’ apartments and nighttime drinky spots were scattered around the campus area. Plus, I grew up about 3 miles up the street walk from there.

    I wonder if Obama had ever raised a glass at (the now long-gone) English-style pub at 33 Dunster St.?

    I feel old.

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    harlana says:

    aw, another one i have to wait to watch when i get home! i’ll bet he looked pretty cute with a ‘fro, too!

  113. 113
    YAFB says:

    You can get a taste of the entirely predictable reaction to this from the usual suspects in this PJ Tatler post and comments (oh boy, the comments …).

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    redshirt says:

    @Mnemosyne: I had a similar experience back in 2008. I was rockin’ my green “Barack O’Bama” Irish t-shirt at the Wal-Mart in Bangor ME and the checkout guy was like “Obama’s not Irish” and I was like “Sure he was, his mother was Irish” and I could see the “DOES NOT COMPUTE” lights going off in his eyes. We went back and forth a couple of times like this and he could.just.not.get it.

    It was amusing, and sad.

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    SuperHrefna says:

    @Mnemosyne: I’ve had that argument with my stepfather. It’s weird, Obama is *so exactly like* his maternal grandfather I think everyone should be able to see it, but given that my stepfather is 81 and has spent his whole life in white-bread America I suppose he may be generationally handicapped when it comes to looking past someone’s skin color/hair texture to see their other salient features.

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    AA+ Bonds says:

    This is one of those things like when O’Keefe had that plan that terminated in attempted rape of a CNN reporter, or when Pollak/Breitbart tried to “smear” Mark Ames by pointing out that he is also a gross-out comedy writer, or when Breitbart had that scheme to mock God’s commandments and then live to a ripe old age

    There seems to be no one in that organization who looks up from the mirror on the table and suggests a calming benzo to round out the afternoon, and you know, how hard is it to hire that guy? Really?

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    harlana says:

    @redshirt: i love St. Paddy’s and i would love a shirt like that!

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    Betty Cracker says:

    @Cowbelle: I thought the conditional construction made it clear it wasn’t the Breitbart vid, but I guess you’re right. Duly updated!

  119. 119
    harlana says:

    @Judas Escargot, Your Postmodern Neighbor: oh yes, i remember where i was in ’91 — things sure have changed a lot since then

    :(

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    SuperHrefna says:

    @harlana: You can buy one, they have them in the Barack Obama store!

    ETA: oops, they seem to be gone now, they were selling them recently though, I kept getting emails from the campaign urging me to buy one…

  121. 121
    redshirt says:

    @harlana: I would sell it to you. For an extremely high price. :)

    It was part of his 2008 official campaign merchandise. Best item in the store, IMO.

    For 2012 it’s clearly the “Made in the USA” branded items. Love that gag.

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    harlana says:

    @japa21: wow, that is just pathetic

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    AA+ Bonds says:

    Look I know Democrats don’t like to read things like this because it wrecks the salt-of-the-earth illusion but do you really think Obama ever got in front of a camera during his years at HLS without the idea in his mind that he was running for office someday and had to consider how this would play on the evening news

    Because I doubt he ever did

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    Sly says:

    @kdaug:

    Which is why the Republicans are running their B string.

    Who’s their A string?

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    AA+ Bonds says:

    Also: you are kind of undermining yourself by not allowing people to believe that this is the video the Breitbartinas are releasing

    Take a page from the fat fucking corpse in the bag and allow people to draw false conclusions from implications

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    AA+ Bonds says:

    @Sly:

    Who’s their A string?

    Christie, Daniels, and Huckabee, and I agree, that’s pretty fuckin pathetic right there

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    redshirt says:

    @Sly: Zombie Reagan.

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    SuperHrefna says:

    @AA+ Bonds: Huckabee is A-string? Really? Wow, they are even more fucked than I thought they were…

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    AA+ Bonds says:

    I like to sit and think about the times I’ve seen Chris Christie on video because it’s really funny when morbidly obese Baron Harkonnen type people move quickly and make sudden gestures that make their whole body ripple like a pond, it’s like, whoa man! take the German kids I’m all gristle and bone!

    @SuperHrefna:

    And the only reason he’s there is because he’s had the chance to keep his mouth shut for a few months, also I really like your name

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    SuperHrefna says:

    @AA+ Bonds: Thanks! YouTube suggested it as a user name for me when the one I wanted was taken & it made me laugh so I kept it :-)

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    AA+ Bonds says:

    We will never elect Chris Christie to the Presidency because under the Constitution two people can’t serve in that office at the same time

    I’m sorry I got about a million of these, every time I see him I think of more

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    AA+ Bonds says:

    Also, every time I see this photograph I wonder exactly how light escaped the event horizon and reached the lens

    You have to admit that there is some serious redshift going on

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    freelancer says:

    Also, TNC has an excerpt of his new fiction book. This dude can write. But you all knew that much already.

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    Joel says:

    @Poopyman: I was thinking about the baseball player.

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    @AA+ Bonds:

    Look I know Democrats don’t like to read things like this because it wrecks the salt-of-the-earth illusion but do you really think Obama ever got in front of a camera during his years at HLS without the idea in his mind that he was running for office someday and had to consider how this would play on the evening news
    __
    Because I doubt he ever did

    The things you describe are not mutually exclusive. I am sure a large percentage of Democrats who exist in the real world are aware of this fact.

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    Sly says:

    @AA+ Bonds:

    Christie, Daniels, and Huckabee, and I agree, that’s pretty fuckin pathetic right there

    So we have a guy who can pass for a 1950s Vegas pit boss, George W. Bush’s budget director, and Flat Tax Gomer Pyle.

    Pathetic is right. But the question is how are they more representative of the Republican animus than Romney and any of the Not-Romneys?

    I would contend that this is the A list.

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    AA+ Bonds says:

    @Midnight Marauder:

    Oh I know, I am saying, take comfort in it, let the realization that this guy has always been running for office wash over you like a warm spring breeze

    If Reagan was Teflon, Obama is the heat shield on a Saturn V -mounted reentry vehicle

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    gogol's wife says:

    @muddy:

    I think he got a lot from his grandfather. They look very much alike, for one thing. And BO’s Midwestern accent sounds very authentic to this Midwesterner (NW Missouri).
    ETA: I see his resemblance to his maternal grandfather was thoroughly covered earlier in the thread. Never comment without reading first!

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    Kilkee says:

    @harlana: I believe Obama’s reelection site has them….

    Oops — beaten to it. But maybe they’ll be back.

    Meanwhile, appopos of the “looks like his grandfather” issue, can someone with better internet skillz dig up that “Obama as a white man” portrait and lay it up against Stanley’s picture? Dead ringers. The jaw and ears, especially.

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    Rafer Janders says:

    @Judas Escargot, Your Postmodern Neighbor:

    I wonder if Obama had ever raised a glass at (the now long-gone) English-style pub at 33 Dunster St.?

    You mean John Harvard’s Brew House? It’s still there. It didn’t open until somewhere in the fall of 1991/spring of 1992, though, so it’s unlikely he did, since he graduated from the law school in June 1991.

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    gogol's wife says:

    @AA+ Bonds:

    That doesn’t bother me at all. I’m deeply grateful that he went into politics. He trained well for it, intelligently and well, and we all benefit.

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    Rafer Janders says:

    @kdaug:

    Which is why the Republicans are running their B string.

    Um, this is their A string. If it’s not, who else have they got who’s not running? Palin? The Dark Lord Cheney? Giuliani?

    Seriously, this is it. This is all they got. Years and years of dominance in national politics, and this is the bumper crop it’s produced.

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    Rafer Janders says:

    @AA+ Bonds:

    Christie, Daniels, and Huckabee, and I agree, that’s pretty fuckin pathetic right there

    An obesity who’s one step away from Breitbarting on the sidewalk, a midget cuckold who was Bush’s budget director, and Huckabee, the man who pardoned a rapist so he could go out and rape and murder again?

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    JenJen says:

    Oh, this is rich… Breitbart’s surviving minions are claiming the video Ben Smith released to Buzzfeed “has been selectively edited.”

    Hahahahahaha.

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    Elisabeth says:

    So apparently this tape is edited and the full version will be discussed on Hannity’s show tonight. Stand by Darrell Issa to start impeachment hearings.

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    Gretchen says:

    @AA+ Bonds:
    Vertical stripes are very slimming.

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    pragmatism says:

    @Joel: Derek’s Operation Shutdown was a huge success.

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    pragmatism says:

    @JenJen: maybe dana can get her husband’s “hip hop” outfit Powdered Zombies to provide some background music.

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    geg6 says:

    @Raven:

    Yeah, apparently she was too liberal and the GOP voters went with the true conservative.

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    harlana says:

    @SuperHrefna:

    Huckabee is A-string? Really? Wow, they are even more fucked than I thought they were…

    for the life of me, i could never understand the appeal of having Gomer Pyle as president

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    A L says:

    I hear the parts that were edited out feature Obama addressing non-whites as if they were human beings.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @Rafer Janders:

    Huckabee, the man who pardoned a rapist so he could go out and rape and murder again?

    Don’t forget the four dead cops in Seattle that were the result of another bad Huckabee pardon.

    Frankly, in that case it sounds like the perp needed serious and ongoing mental health assistance more than jail. It would be nice if we could, IDK, have something resembling decent mental health care in this country so mentally ill people don’t get to the point where they’re so eaten up by their delusions that they decide to harm themselves or others. Call me a dreamer.

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    harlana says:

    @A L: oh man, no wonder they wanted to keep this under wraps!

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    harlana says:

    @AA+ Bonds: Welcome to Cheeseburger Estate!

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    FlyingToaster says:

    I saw that clip on Frontline late Sunday or Monday night (whenever it was on GBX after midnight). Breitbart’s heirs are beyond lame.

    Perhaps they should get up from the computer, go outside, and interact with the rest of the universe. Their bubble isn’t sustainable.

    Andrew Breitbart is still dead, and if anyone respected his memory, his sites would go with him.

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    4jkb4ia says:

    Halftime:

    Georgetown 31, Pitt 23. Way to try to get an NIT bid, guys. Jamie Dixon looks beside himself.

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    preachy says:

    Can’t wait for Barack’s bio-pic, ’cause you just know he’ll be played by Denzel!

    I mean that as a good thing, BTW. DW is an amazing actor, and I’ll bet only he could pull it off.

    Well, maybe Don Cheadle.

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    David Koch says:

    This is it?

    Pfft.

    This clip was featured in a PBS “Frontline” biography on Obama 5 years ago.

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    4jkb4ia says:

    Georgetown by 10, 10 minutes to go. Serious waking up necessary. Jamie Dixon was seen looking resigned.

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    4jkb4ia says:

    That was the most pathetic excuse for a foul shot I have ever seen.

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    4jkb4ia says:

    Georgetown by 19, 2 minutes to go. This thing’s over. So is the last game Pitt will ever play in the Big East tournament, and their season. Sigh.

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    Rafer Janders says:

    @preachy:

    Nah. Tom Sizemore.

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    Canuckistani Tom says:

    This is what many Bothans Breitbart died for?

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    David Koch says:

    @preachy: Will Smith has the ears.

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    g says:

    Breitbart’s surviving minions are claiming the video Ben Smith released to Buzzfeed ‘has been selectively edited.’

    So what got clipped out? Obama suddenly flipping out and going all Mau Mau on them?

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    Odie Hugh Manatee says:

    @WereBear: “Looks to me like they are down to their G string.”

    Yup, the back half of it.

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