....And on Mount Sinus He gave to him two tablets and said, "Take two and call me in the morning.""That was possibly the biggest waste of television air time since that low-speed car chase of a certain white Bronco!" - the Pointmeister
"It used to be that only rain or some other act of God would delay the World Series, but I guess network execs figured an Obama infomercial was close enough." - John McCain
Depending on what polls you read, Republican candidate John McCain has narrowed the gap between himself and Democrat Barack Obama by 3 to 6 percentage points. It would appear that Obama's ill-advised choice to run a 30 minute, $3-$4 million dollar infomercial on the major networks and several smaller cable networks may have cost him.
It's all a matter of timing. In this case, it was bad timing. Ask those who are struggling to survive in this recessionary economy. Ask those who are facing foreclosures, losing their pension plans, and seeing their futures go down the toilet, what they could do with $3 or $4 million dollars!
After sitting through that rhetoric filled half hour I went outside to put out the trash for tomorrow morning pickup. A nearby neighbor, a 75-year-old widower, was doing the same thing. He called out to me and asked what I thought of Obama's air time.
He didn't really give me the opportunity to answer. "If I'd only had 1% of that money six months ago, I wouldn't have had to sell my house and move in with my son and his wife and their four kids and those two mangy dogs." He was shaking his fist. I said to him that he was lucky to have found a buyer for the house. I guess he didn't see it that way.
He said, "Can anyone answer me this question? Is that man running for office because he wants to the President or because he wants to be the first black President? And don't tell me there is no difference!"
He went in his house mumbling about taking all those damn pills he couldn't afford and that it was too damn cold and he was going to bed. (I'd be remiss not to mention that he is himself, a black man.)
By the way, I understand there were plenty of people in both Philadelphia and the Tampa area who were quite upset that Obama chose to preempt the pregame introductions to the World Series game.
Congratulations to the Philadelphia Phillies, the 2008 World Series Champions.
A tip of the hat to the Tampa Bay
DevilRays for an outstanding "worst-to-first" season.
The following was received in an e-mail from John, a sometime contributor of material I use here from time to time.
To show his impartiality, University of Tennessee student David Kernell, who hacked into Governor Sarah Palin’s private e-mail, did likewise to Senator Obama’s, herewith,Thanks John. (I still think you should consider doing a blog of your own.)
From: Barack Obama [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Tuesday, October 21, 2008 3:58 PM
Subject: RE: Cabinet Maker
Thanks for the kind words. The notion that, ‘people who need people, are the luckiest people in the world’, could not be truer, and by the way, one of my favorites, of all your songs.
Appreciate the offer of looking after the girls if Michelle and I decide to have a quiet evening, once I become POTUS.To tell you the truth, I’m going to add a few things to the Vice President’s job description. I think Joe “The Babysitter” would be a great job for my VP. My eldest daughter is about the same age I was, when Joe was first elected to the Senate. You know Joe, he can tell some whoppers, which will be good entertainment for the girls.
Let me think about your request of being Ambassador to the Vatican. Hillary sorta hinted that she might like it, figuring Bill wouldn’t be likely to get into old habits (no pun intended) if he was surrounded by all those religious types, if you know what I mean. I think Jeremiah Wright was also talking about that post but I’ve got to admit, after listening to him for some 20 odd years I still don’t always hear or understand him.
Thanks for the suggestion of Jack Bauer for Secretary of Homeland Security but I think he’s still under contract to shoot more episodes of 24.Don’t forget that’s FOX, I don’t have a lot of time for that network, as you know.
I’ve got some ideas for my cabinet and other positions in my administration which I’d like to share FOR YOUR EYES AND NOSE ONLY:
Attorney General: Judge Mathis or Judge Judy
Secretary of Agriculture: A. Corn
Secretary of Commerce: Tony Rezko
Secretary of Defense: William ‘Refrigerator’ Perry – Da Bears
Secretary of Education: William Ayers
Secretary of Energy: Mayor Daley –he died in 1976 but he’s still on the voter registration
Secretary of Health & Human Services: Smokey Robinson
Secretary of Homeland Security: The New York Times
Secretary of Housing & Urban Development: Tina Fey – just to stir McCain’s ‘plumbing’
Secretary of Interior: Martha Stewart
Secretary of Labor: Fannie May
Secretary of State: Sean Penn – the only one to go mano-a-mano with Hugo Chavez
Secretary of Transportation: Ralph Kramden
Secretary of Treasury: Freddie Mac
Secretary of Veterans Affairs: Gov. James E. McGreevey
Chief of Staff: Jay Silverheels – “That right, Kemo Obama”
Environmental Protection Agency: Al Gore – who else could fill that carbon footprint
National Drug Control: Dennis Rodman
Let me know what you think.