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37 Responses to “January 21st Presidential Staff Meeting”

  1. VennData says:

    How DARE you tacitly criticize that greatest of presidents George W. Bush and his sidekick Richard Cheney. Please, take me off this blog.

  2. rmasand says:

    If it takes the first presidential briefing for Obama to figure this out we are waaaaaaay beyond f***ed!!

  3. ButtoMcFarty says:

    No shit.

    In a way…..McCain won.

    And excuse me for being master of the obvious….its the first black man in the WH.

    Bag job check.

    Has ANY president EVER gone into the WH with so much to deal with??
    Domestic and Foreign policy both look well and good fucked to me.


  4. JustinTheSkeptic says:

    I don’t know he’s pretty smooth when he rolls to the podium…perhaps we will all be doing the, “You put your right hand in, you put your right hand out. You put your right hand in and you shake it all about. You do the hockey Obama and you turn yourself around . That’s what it’s all about……Oh beautiful for special interest, for amber waves of the elite…

  5. AGG says:

    Well folks, President-elect Obama has moved on from the “oh shit” moment to the “no comment” phase. EVERYBODY is looking to him for leadership while the snakes still in power are using power winches on the rug beneath him. You ladies and gentlemen on this blog really believe that Bush et al is going to go that easy? Why do you think all hell is breaking loose in Gaza and Pakistan? Sure, it won’t work. But they’re giving it the good old college try. Three weeks more of sociopathic national policy. If we can get past January 20, 2009, it will be a great year for justice. The biggest mistake the locos in government are making right now is stepping on Obama’s options. I figured he wasn’t going to “go after” the reptilian law breakers until he consolidated his leadership with positive policy decisions. I’m not so sure now because if he finally “gets it” that reptilians are not Americans and that they are the enemy, not the loyal opposition, he will proceed to imprison them poste haste.

  6. KJ Foehr says:

    Note from W to O left in the Oval Office:


    Barack, oh, pardon me, I mean Mister President,

    Ha! Ha! Ha! Just funnin’ ya. Anyway, I want you to know a little secret:

    You are fucked!

    See ya in the cartoons; I’m outta here!


  7. Groty says:

    Fascinating. The guy buys the election, spending more than Bush and Kerry COMBINED in 2004.

    There is NO POSSIBLE WAY he can deliver against those high expectactions. If he were a stock, I’d be shorting the shit out of him on maximum margin.

  8. EDF says:

    You responders above evidently are so jaded you can’t imagine anyone responding well to a challenge. No one could solve all problems on day 1 or even day 1,000 but we can damn well try. We’ve all been fucked for 8 years but that’s no reason to believe it’s gotta continue that way.

  9. Pat G. says:

    I agree with EDF. Let’s give Obama a chance. Bush and Cheney had 8 years to lead us to this “fucked” up state. They should go out as the epitome of the Peter Principle.

  10. JoWriter says:

    @AGG – Hey! You won! I thought the hatred, paranoia and bitterness you Progressives, Liberals or whatever yu guys call yourselves, have would have dissipated in a victory glow by now.

    How long are you going to carry this boulder around – don’t y0u know it’s bad for your health? My guess? Never. After all, you still find reasons to bring up Reagan and his evil effect. I’m surprised you are not all dead of envy and despair by now.

  11. sinful mistress says:


    OK Geniuses, What the F do you guys suggest…more of the same? Let the “markets” figure it out?? How about Santa or the Tooth Fairy or the Easter Bunny or Jesus figure it out? Go hide in a hole until real men/women figure it out so you bastards can F it up again.

  12. Marcus Aurelius says:

    In the final analysis (to date – so I guess it’s not really final), Obama will not be able to immediately, or even quickly, correct the compound mistakes (some would argue “crimes” is a much more appropriate word) of every administration and Congress since Nixon cut the last thread connecting the dollar to gold. You know it. I know it, and of course, Obama knows it. Why pretend that anyone thinks Obama (or anyone else) can fix this?

    While all of the aforementioned administrations and Congresses (except those the reader voted for, of course) bear responsibility (a word whose meaning changed under Ronald Reagan, to an admission of wrongdoing without any intention that the deed be corrected, or the victim made whole), a quick glance at legislation sponsored and largely passed by the parties in majority at any given time indicates that the Republicans have done far more damage to our economy than the Democrats ever dreamed of. They bloated the budget, looted the treasury, and took on debt beyond accounting. They also enriched their friends at the expense of everyone else (if you’re reading this, you are in the category of those who benefitted least, but will pay the most).

    Conservatives will, at this point, pull the, “Clinton signed Gramm-Leach-Bililey Act” nugget out of their asses, and in doing so will demonstrate, once and for all, why “bipartisanship” is nothing more than rank appeasement of an enemy.

    Obama will not wave a magic wand and fix our economy, but at least we didn’t elect another imbecile. If the Republicans have a plan, they should put it forth.

  13. Bob A says:

    …now for the bad news

  14. Bob A says:

    By the way anybody notice this?

    By Saying Yes, WaMu Built Empire on Shaky Loans

    WaMu. Nothing more or less than an organized crime operation.

    What a country. We can all be proud.

  15. Stuart says:

    Yup, short and to the point. Talk about being handed a bad set of cards.

  16. ALIZEE says:

    Trop drôle Barry!

  17. devil_futility says:

    I don’t know about F*ed. By the end of the year the economy will have begun to turn around. – good for Obama

    He has a built in exit plan in Iraq – while it seems to be going ok over there. – good for Obama

    The situation in Afghanistan can probably easily be improved. – good for Obama

    Eventually he’ll have to worry about monetary policy and the debt – not good for Obama

  18. OK Geniuses, What the F do you guys suggest…more of the same?

    Until you hear mouthpieces like the NYT and CNN preaching that believing the Fed and borrowing to get to prosperity is the problem and not the solution then America has not hit bottom. Like alcoholism you can’t solve your problem until you hit bottom. This is headed for a total economic washout and America has handed Obama a bunch of muddy rags and a pail of mud with which to wash the windows. Don’t expect clean windows

  19. They bloated the budget, looted the treasury, and took on debt beyond accounting. They also enriched their friends at the expense of everyone else

    Their biggest crime was claiming the moral high ground. It is one thing to be a crook. It is another thing altogether to be a hypocritical one

  20. geoff says:

    re: the January 21st Presidential Staff Meeting.

    Right On Cue with Colin Powell on Meet the Press 10/19/2008:

    “‘There’s Going To Be A Crisis…On The 21st, 22nd Of January…”

    Watch/listen at 2 mins 40 secs the video of it at:

  21. james hogan says:

    It’s already pretty obvious by his selections in the economic front that he (Obama) wants to try to repeat the Clinton years. Heaven help us all if that’s the case! By trying to retread the economic advisory board with the remnants of the the Clinton years , he will guarantee that the same old deregulartory meme will be re-encacted. That is one of the reasons we got into this mess, and more of it will only deepen the problem. Surely Obama has the gumption not to go there. Or so I hope. We don’t need to reprise the Robert Cohen/Tim Geithner/Larry Summers era.

    Now that the election is over, and we can look at the aftermath–see the cartoon above–it is very important that the public realize that this is deep, wide problem and that it is not likely to be solved anytime soon. If Obama can get the public to go with him for at least 18 months and show some improvement along the way, I think he’ll do OK. I hope so. The alternative is not appealing to human beings.

    There are many areas where most conservatives and most liberals can agree: we all need roads, water and santiations systems, and the most obvious need–state and local governments.

    If the FED is embarked on a policy of quantative equilibrium, then let some of it drift down to the states and local governments. It would be the first time in over 50 years that “trickle down” economics has worked, and I hope it’s just in time.

  22. james hogan says:

    Oh, crap! That’d be Robert Rubin, not Cohen.

    Too much holidaying. Sorry.

  23. Alizée says:

    J’en ai marre de ces cyniques. J’en ai marre d’en avoir marre ! Aussi…

  24. Alizee,

    Is that really you posting? Or are you being ‘used’ by someone

    vous êtes très très beau

    according to Google translate.

    In answer to your post: To not be cynical is to not understand the problem. I like to consider myself a realist and this problem is 50 years in the making. The ability to get out is surely there. America has not fallen down a cliff from which they can not climb back….yet. The real question is do the American people have it in themselves to do what it takes to climb out of this mess? Two things will be required. Self sacrifice and hard work. Is that still in the American psyche or has it been conditioned out after many generations of prosperity?

  25. Blissex says:

    «It’s already pretty obvious by his selections in the economic front that he (Obama) wants to try to repeat the Clinton years.»

    There is my alternate theory: that by putting a bunch of blue dog democrats and keeping a few republicans in the initial period of his administration, he is going to burn them, as they will have to confront and be burned by intractable problems.

    If you became President in January 2009, knowing how bad is the situation, would you put your dearest supporters and allies forth to be destroyed by the circumstances or would you rather nominate your dearest enemies and rivals?

    If the President nominated you to State, Treasury or Defense starting in January 2009, would you think he was doing you a favour or trying to hand you a poisoned chalice?

  26. Greg0658 says:

    I heard a blurb about a week ago – not much since – I did a little look into – drew a blank

    ie Pime Minister of Canada puts administration on hold with Queens permission – returns about the same time (Jan 19th if I remember correctly)

    what do you experts have to add?

  27. Greg0658 says:

    Groty Says: “Fascinating. The guy buys the election”

    I helped buy that election – first time ever … shame tho, that money buys elections, and that I feed it from both R&L ends – buying products of corporations who fund elections for their well being, and, little me directly for my own well being

  28. Greg0658 says:

    james hogan Says: “It’s already pretty obvious by his selections in the economic front that he (Obama) wants to try to repeat the Clinton years. Heaven help us all”

    what else can you do when so many Ameria earned dollars have been invested in foreign lands – let those dollars go into default or stall and let the equipment reposses on site?

    you capitalist won’t let him do whats needed
    ie Change … to a system that stops using cash as a power to put in place the masses
    ie Change … to invent a system that provides for the masses

    and why … because as Gov Corzine put it “wall streeters have no idea how to use the working end of a shovel” or put another way would rather thieve than have to

  29. @Greg0658 Says: December 28th, 2008 at 8:20 am

    It was a procedural move Greg. They were threatening to topple his government in a motion of non confidence. He called time out until they can put a budget together. Showdown is the 26th.

    This is a pretty good source:

  30. Steve Barry says:

    I am thankful that we have a president who is not an embarrassment intellectually and who the whole world respects. Just by being elected as a minority, he has made a major accomplishment. He has a clean slate in my book. Good luck to him…but he IS fucked. His saving grace is none of it is his fault so far.

  31. mknowles says:


    A recent Associated Press article quoted transition officials for President-elect Obama as saying “[o]nly one outside economist” contacted by the President-elect’s advisors had “voiced skepticism” about the President-elect’s emerging plans for an economic “stimulus” spending bill with a price tag as large as $1 trillion, with the vast majority of that number going to new spending on government programs and projects.

    House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH) is compiling a list of credentialed American economists who would like to add their voices to the list of stimulus spending skeptics. If you are an economist who would like to be added to this list, you can join the list here and provide your comments. Also, please feel free to provide links to any papers or publications that support or extend upon your comments.

    Be aware that information submitted through this form can, and most likely will, be shared publicly.

    12/22 UPDATE: Stimulus spending skeptics speak out on the GOP Leader Blog.

  32. KJ Foehr says:

    Hey guys, do yourselves a favor and click on Alizee in her post at December 28th, 2008 at 2:57 am

    It’s oooh la la, squared!

    Shake that booty bay-bee! Yeah, that’s what I’m talking about!

  33. Hey guys, do yourselves a favor and click on Alizee in her post at December 28th, 2008 at 2:57 am

    DOH! She’s married! My dreams just crashed and burned :(

    2008 has certainly been a bad year

  34. EDF says:

    @james hogan
    You said, “It’s already pretty obvious by his selections in the economic front that he (Obama) wants to try to repeat the Clinton years. Heaven help us all if that’s the case!”

    Picking the best people around is not necessarily bad. It’s the leadership that counts.

    Then, you said:
    “… he will guarantee that the same old deregulatory meme will be re-encacted.”

    As Alizée might say, “Au contraire”.
    IMHO, the sense of the country is very clear now that the administration (how do I love thee, Phil Gramm) wilfully destroyed what regulations existed. We now realize what a bad deal that was. The “Clinton-years-people” (save Robert Rubin, perhaps) were not part of that wrecking machine and I don’t see them becoming that anytime soon. And, BTW, if you’ve noticed, Rubin is not on the “inside” of this incoming administration.

  35. Jurgen says:

    Bonjour Alizée!

    Si vous êtes un véritable Alizée, s’il vous plaît répondre avec qui et où avez-vous un dîner dans 21 Mars 2008?

    Merci beaucoup!

  36. EDF,

    w/ this: “The “Clinton-years-people” (save Robert Rubin, perhaps) were not part of that wrecking machine and I don’t see them becoming that anytime soon. And, BTW, if you’ve noticed, Rubin is not on the “inside” of this incoming administration.”

    your HeadlineNews take defies credulity.

    your habit must be worth an appreciable bump to KFT’s EPS, and, thus, +DOW points–no doubt your fellow 401(k)/MutFund dead-enders should thank you for it..

  37. Looks like Obama’s gonna be opening all those envelopes on the first day ;)