Oh President Obama, how are you holding up this fine Thirsty Thursday? Things have been kind of screwy for you of late. The WikiLeaks scandal seems to be having no end in sight even with the arrest of Julian Assange as some supporters of the WikiLeaks creator have decided to launch a viral attack on various credit card websites. On the plus side, if you spend too much money buying presents for the First Daughters and the Bidens, they have at least given you the excuse to use to send to MasterCard? We're trying to find the silver lining at least.
And if that wasn't headache-inducing enough for you, you have the whole Don't Ask/Don't Tell debate hanging over your head as people who are even all the same for it are managing to fight amongst themselves in true, hilarious Washington form. According to reports on MSNBC, Majority Leader Harry Reid (which remains, short of Dick Army, one of the best unused porn names ever), Rep. Joe Lieberman (who inexplicably remains a Democrat for reasons still widely unknown) and Republican Susan Collins are all engaged in some disagreement/confusion about whether Collins is for Don't Ask/Don't Tell or not. It's sad when your greater opponent is your ally, isn't it?
WikiLeaks and the Don't Ask/Don't Tell debate headaches pale in comparison to the massive one that President Obama has just inflicted upon himself when he decided to extend the Bush tax cuts for two more years, reaching a compromise with Republicans while simultaneously pissing off a whole lot of liberals in the process. According to a report in the New York Times, while the tax cuts will help out nearly all households in America, some 25 percent of the tax savings will benefit the top one percent of the population. The deal also included a 13-month extension in government for people have been unemployed for long periods of time.
Some Obama supporters have expressed dismay at the deal because the continuing of the Bush tax cuts is in direct conflict with President Obama's campaign promises. I know, a politician that breaks a campaign promise once they get into office?
With Democratic leaders like Nancy Pelosi saying that there is unrest in the caucus and unrest in the blogosphere causing some to start the small drumbeat of their being a Democratic primary challenge in 2012, President Obama is having a grey hair causing kind of a week. In honor of all of this upheaval in the Washington D.C., we've put together this little politico mixtape to soundtrack all the political discourse.
On Tuesday, President Obama gave a press conference to take on criticism of the tax cuts deal as well unemployment. The White House, being the totally with-it people they are, have their own YouTube channel.
President Obama has always been accused of being a bit of emotionally detached or at least a little too brainy or even a, in the words of the always perpetually fabulous Sade, smooth operator.
President Obama showed way more emotion than usual when he took both Democrats and Republicans to task about the handling of everything. He went as far as referring to some lawmakers as "hostage takers" and said, "I think it’s tempting not to negotiate with hostage-takers, unless the hostage gets harmed. Then people will question the wisdom of that strategy. In this case, the hostage was the American people, and I was not willing to see them get harmed.”
He took on members of his party who have decried any working with the Republicans and said, "People will have the satisfaction of having a purist position and no victories for the American people. And we will be able to feel good about ourselves and sanctimonious about how pure our intentions are and how tough we are, and in the meantime, the American people are still seeing themselves not able to get health insurance because of pre-existing condition, or not being able to pay their bills because their unemployment insurance ran out.” In short, President Obama was saying:
Obviously President Obama is saying:
President Obama is dealing with a large contingency of people who feel, in some way or another, that he is not the man that they voted for which is true because things that happen in theory on the campaign trail are in their own little bubble. All the Will.I.Am YES WE CAN tunes in the world doesn't change the reality of what Washington D.C. is. It's an incredibly polarizing time in politics as there is little or no grey area at this point when it comes to people's beliefs in America and Capitol Hill exemplifies this as it has become a black-and-white town.
With this tax deal, some bloggers have decided that their should be a challenger and though that is barely a whisper at this point, the NY Times decided to write an article about because why not as people try to shout to the top their issues with what's going on with the Obama presidency in their eyes.
Elsewhere, Newt Gingrich has made references to the fact that he might throw his hat in the ring for the 2012 election.
Technically he would be making a comeback from not nowhere but Fox News. Potato, Pota-toe.
We don't know how any of this stuff will pan out because of the very nature of politics in this country is quite the wilderbeast to wrangle. We're pretty sure that President Obama, when he's alone in the Oval Office, is going to write a letter to Santa and tell him that all he wants for Christmas is New Year's Day so he can just get 2010 behind him.
Anyway, we don't believe in the Republican or Democratic party. We, like Samantha Jones, just believe in a party and hope for things to get better.
Dancing Paul Rudd thanks you for your time and hopes you have a glorious Thursday.