Tasteful and dignified

Freebie for the Obama haters. Via Darryl Mason, check out what the White House doormen are wearing this holiday season:

Awww, they love their boss so much that they’re choosing to wear flag pins – the kind that before the election he refused to be bullied into wearing – with his face in front of the stripes. Isn’t that sweet? I wonder where they all got them.

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20 responses to “Tasteful and dignified

  1. But wasn’t the whole point of the flag pin non-story that Obama *did* start wearing them, lest he appear non-patriotic enough?

  2. Well, I would’ve thought anyone who is egocentric enough to accept a Nobel Peace Prize for doing nothing, wouldn’t think twice about wearing a flag-pin with their own face on it….

  3. “Well, I would’ve thought anyone who is egocentric enough to accept a Nobel Peace Prize for doing nothing, wouldn’t think twice about wearing a flag-pin with their own face on it….”

    Hmmm, I’m no fan, he’s a politician after all, I thought he conceded that he wasn’t on a par with previous winners, if he were as egocentric as you make out then surely he just wouldn’t make such an admission.

  4. Gavin, read the article for crying out loud. Obama’s not the one wearing the pin with his face on it – his doormen are.

    But don’t let that get in the way of your character assassination.

  5. “Jan 2009 … John Howard has helped make the world safer, according to the Bush … Medal honour for ex-PM Howard -”

    LOL Making the world safer, what were these two warmongering chickens on? By comparison to these two pricks who waged wars of choice and didn’t even have the decency to clean up before they left office Obama is a saint! Methinks your ire against Obama is misplaced Gavin.

  6. Rob,

    He may be a saint compared to Bush, Howard and Co – (most people are), but that doesn’t qualify him for a Nobel Peace Prize, you are supposed to actually do something to win those.

    Wether you and I agree with the award of it to Howard or not, (I don’t) — the Medal of Freedom given to him by Bush was awarded in the correct context, Obama’s Nobel wasn’t.

    I actually saw the interview on Lateline about a month ago between Tony Jones and the imbecile who was the Chair of the board that awarded him the Nobel.

    Jones asked the question along the lines of, wasn’t it a little early in his Presidency for Obama to have been nominated for this prize. (Remembering the nomination was back in March orApril). The answer he got was that the nomination wasn’t for what he had achieved in office, it was for his achievements over the previous 12 months.

    So, going back 12 months from the time of that nomination, what was Obama doing ? By my calculations he was campaigning for the Presidency, he certainly wasn’t doing anything to bring about world peace or the advancement of mankind.

    Therefore the conclusion is that if you campaign for the US Presidency, you are eligible for a Nobel Peace Prize.

    That he conceded he wasn’t on a par with previous winners has got to be one of the greatest understatements of all time — even Gore deserves his more, at least he actually achieved something.

    Ceo,

    I was referring more to the fact that the pins have his face on the US flag — he must have approved that and he also must have approved their wearing them.

  7. Correction : The nomination period for Obama’s Nobel closed on February the 1st — so he had been President for about a fortnight.

  8. The awarding of a Nobel Peace Prize to a President who is currently presiding over two aggressive wars of choice has demeaned the honour beyond all recognition – however I can’t agree with Gavin that Obama’s acceptance of it identifies him as an egomaniac.

    I suspect that’s just something that Gavin believes of Obama, and he will grasp at whatever evidence is convenient to justify it.

    If that evidence turns out to be false, like the flag pin nonsense above, no problems – he’ll just seamlessly move on to the next cherry picked anecdote.

  9. So how much evidence would I need to provide for you Mondo — or, as I suspect, would whatever I provide just be “cherry picked” in your esteemed view ?

    Ever read through any number of Obama’s speeches ? There’s more than enough references to “me”, “I” and “my destiny” in them to support my impression of the size of his ego.

    Try for example his speech about the fall of the Berlin Wall, no mention of the sacrifices of the people who died trying to cross it, no mention of Truman, Reagan, or Gorbachev — but he did manage to get a mention of himself in there

    “Few would have foreseen,’’ declared the president, “that a united Germany would be led by a woman from [the former East German state of] Brandenburg or that their American ally would be led by a man of African descent. But human destiny is what human beings make of it.’’

    And of course Obama knows more about everything than everybody else

    ““I think that I’m a better speechwriter than my speechwriters,’’ he told campaign aides when he was running for the White House. “I know more about policies on any particular issue than my policy directors. And I’ll tell you right now that . . . I’m a better political director than my political director.’’

    Then there was his attaching of a Presidential style seal with “Yes We Can” written in Latin to his podiums during his campaign until his aides finally convinced him that it wasn’t a good idea to be looking so presumptive so he removed it.

    In short Mondo, I don’t dislike Obama any more than I dislike any other politician, yes I think he has an over-sized ego and I also don’t think he’s a particularly outstanding President — time will tell on that one and I’d be happy to be proven wrong — but I also can see that he has a particularly difficult road ahead and that its going to take some very careful and wise decisions to navigate it, I just hope he has the right people around him and that he listens to their advice.

  10. I read an interesting analysis that Obama’s resume would have been barely adequate for a middle management position at a major corporation, yet he was voted in to the office of the President. I suspect that now that he is in the job, he is learning that ideals don’t change anything – you have to negotiate to get your changes through. If that means they get watered down, so be it – it’s either that or drop them all together.

    The funniest thing is that Obama didn’t even run his own campaign – considered one of the most successful campaigns in world history. David Axlerod did and did one fine job of it. And I agree with everything that GavinM has said.

  11. “The funniest thing is that Obama didn’t even run his own campaign – ”

    Errr, why is that funny? Wouldn’t that be the norm? Who runs their own campaigns? McCain certainly didn’t!

    “I read an interesting analysis that Obama’s resume would have been barely adequate for a middle management position at a major corporation, yet he was voted in to the office of the President.”

    This is all well and good but what would the resumes of previous presidents say that made them so much more suitable? Let’s say GW Bush, what’s in his resume that makes him presidential material?

    He’s a figurehead for sure, that’s what a president is, head of state, thing is this is an articulate figurehead, one who can write and speak publicly, now the public speaking aspect is vital I would have thought??

  12. “one who can write and speak publicly, now the public speaking aspect is vital I would have thought??”

    Well, he can read well in public.

  13. “Well, he can read well in public.”

    Which is also important and an ability his predecssor didn’t really have. (who doesn’t use a teleprompter Gavin?)

  14. Hey everyone, Rob, Gavin etc: have a good christmas and a great new year!!

    Carn the Mighty Blues in 2010!

  15. Carn the Mighty Blues in 2010!

    If they aren’t total social pariahs by then. Who’d have thought, blokes on a cruise would get drunk?? ;)

    Seasons greetings confessions.

  16. “(who doesn’t use a teleprompter Gavin?)”

    If someone uses one all the time when speaking publicly, they aren’t a great orator, they are a great reader.

    You’re right about Bush of course, but then again I don’t think he ever claimed or was acclaimed by others to be a great orator.

    Hi confessions —

    Merry Xmas to you too, and you Rob — I hope Santa brings both of you lots of nice prezzies :)

    Yeah, what can I say about those Carlton guys — young blokes, Xmas time, off-season – who’d a thought they might have a party and get drunk :P

  17. “You’re right about Bush of course, but then again I don’t think he ever claimed or was acclaimed by others to be a great orator.”

    But I would question how somebody lacking the skills in the first place ever got to be president. Granted Bush was OK in front of a camera toward the end of his presidency but why the fuck would have ANYBODY voted for the Bush of 2000?

    Maybe it had more to do with gore than Bush???

    Have a good ‘un Gavin and family… Will spar again soon…

  18. Who’d have thought, blokes on a cruise would get drunk??

    LOL I always thought cruises were like Contiki bus tours for seniors!

    Gavin: I’m expecting BIG things from the boys this year, so if they want to let off some steam over xmas that’s fine with me.

  19. “I’m expecting BIG things from the boys this year, ”

    Setting yourself up for disappointment!

    Only joking, I wouldn’t have a clue really.

  20. “but why the fuck would have ANYBODY voted for the Bush of 2000? ”

    Thats a good question Rob, perhaps, as you say there was something unappealing about Gore, also I think overall Bush Snr’s presidency was/is viewed fairly positively, so perhaps Americans expected similar from Junior ? Maybe it just came down to the American public wanting a change after 2 terms from the Democrats.

    It seems to be a trend in recent history that Presidents there seem to mostly get 2 terms but their party gets voted out after that.

    I’m with you confessions, although I’m a little worried about who’s going to kick our goals.

    I reckon your Doggies should go alright Rob.

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