Minister of Science and Chief Protector of the Faith

Saturday, January 30, 2010

In the Alligator's Den

Holy guacamole! President Obama has done something that no other president has ever done before. In a grudge match held at House Republican retreat in Baltimore on Friday, the president faced down 140 GOP House members and took questions from the GOP lawmakers on camera. What's more, President Obama aced every question.

This event will become teabagger rebuttal 101. (Let's say this again - The odds were 140 to one!) The President easily schooled the Republicans on every question. In their own vernacular, the President "learned 'em real good." Let's see a Republican presidential hopeful, any Republican presidential hopeful do what the president did on Friday.

If you haven't seen it yet, you have some serious catching up to do. You can watch President Obama's Full Q&A with the House Republicans or watch the event with commentary from Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow [ 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 ] (He also gave a speech.) You can also read the complete transcript of Obama's remarks for quotable blog quotes or to merely help count the number of dead bodies that the president left in his wake.

I was actually very happy with the President's State of the Union address, and I would have been satisfied with that response to his critics alone. This brave and direct confrontation of his Republican critics was just an extra rainbowlicious slice of unicorn angel cake wonderfulness.

If I have any regrets about this event it is that it happened on a Friday, thus it is guaranteed to be buried by the media over the weekend. But I can't complain. Even "I hate Carebear" Tengrain gave a brief 'hrumph' about it. You can also read the G.O.P.'s "Better Solutions" document that outlines the Republican's legislative reform proposals for extra comedic effect. [ Hee hee! ]

If you still have any doubt that the president is beyond extra-awesome, then let it also be said that he plays a wicked game of 'peek-a-boo'. I feel that this talent alone proves that he is the Kwisatz Haderach. 'Nuff said.


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At Sat Jan 30, 11:48:00 AM, Blogger Masked Evangelist said...

Now if he can just get those Blue Dogs to stop crapping in the House and Senate

At Sat Jan 30, 12:57:00 PM, Blogger Lockwood said...

I think those of us who've been complainy (perhaps even whiney) were hoping to see this from the start, not waiting until a year in. That said, I had the same reaction to the SOTU address and was hoping to see some serious follow-through. This was maybe the best in a torrent of good news yesterday.

At Sat Jan 30, 12:59:00 PM, Blogger Lockwood said...

P.S. Watch out for the stone burners, Barack!

At Sat Jan 30, 02:29:00 PM, Blogger JustJoeP said...

Well said Dr Z.

Lockwood, I believe I read a great deal in early 2009 how President Obama tried to do Just That, to work closely with, hold happy hour at the WH, hold lunches, hand shake and cajole and buddy with, and encourage cooperation bewteen the monolithic Republicans and the circular firing squad Dems. It got him no where in early 2009, and in fact, just served to re-trench and strengthen the resolve of the Republican Senators against united against him and his "Bolshevik" agenda. We'll see how well it works the 2nd time around, now that voters are angry.

At Sat Jan 30, 06:44:00 PM, Blogger Darwin's Dagger said...

It's about time he went on the offensive. Obama has been as assertive as a mute human in an Ape City lobotomy lab. "Get your stinkin paws off my agenda you damn dirty Republicans."

At Sat Jan 30, 08:25:00 PM, Blogger Dusty Crickets said...

From Wiki...

" The most essential and valuable commodity in the universe is melange, a drug that gives the user a longer life span, greater vitality, and heightened awareness; it can also unlock prescience in some humans.."

Looks like he finally got his hands on some good...
Lets hope the trend continues.

At Sun Jan 31, 10:10:00 AM, Blogger Kulkuri said...

Did he have to bow so low to that little kid??

At Sun Jan 31, 01:34:00 PM, Blogger Terry said...

I don't like the way Barack is holding Mike Pence in that pit photo; he could accidentally snap his neck like a fricken pencil if he's not careful.

At Sun Jan 31, 05:46:00 PM, Blogger sunshine said...

I like that picture of him playing peek a boo! so cute.
Better show that Alligator picture to Derk! And he thinks Hippo's are mean!!! Sheesh.
Of course.. that one alligator does look like he's smiling.


At Sun Jan 31, 07:28:00 PM, Blogger Tengrain said...


I don't hate the Carebear, I'm just disappointed in his leadership.

I was very excited by this development (as you noted Dr. Z) -- I just hope this is a sustained activity.



At Mon Feb 01, 08:48:00 AM, Blogger Übermilf said...

In my opinion, what Obama was guilty of last year was an unjustified faith in the humanity of Washington politicians. He thought he could reach agreements and compromises.

Now that he knows these people are totally unreasonable and largely evil, perhaps now the ass-kickings will commence.

At Mon Feb 01, 01:40:00 PM, Blogger Teresita said...


In my opinion, what Obama was guilty of last year was an unjustified faith in the humanity of Washington politicians. He thought he could reach agreements and compromises.

Sure, and now that he no longer has sixty votes in the Senate, reaching agreements and compromises is a thing of the past, now it's going to be "my way or the highway". I'll buy that for a dollar.

At Tue Feb 02, 12:18:00 PM, Blogger Randal Graves said...

A trend requires at least two instances, so I'm going to withhold what meager yippees I might otherwise blather on about. Unless he pulls a Mortal Kombat fatality on a wingnut, then I'll build temples to him.

At Tue Feb 02, 08:37:00 PM, Blogger Greendayman said...

Thanks Doctor, My Obama faith metric had fallen to sub 2008 levels. I had been listening to (gasp) Tengrain..(whom I adore). I watched all parts of your numeracy. Thank you, Thank you. Remove gun from mouth, unload cartridges. Go back to work now..

There are no temples to be built, no wingnuts to be vanquished, only good, solid legislation to be debated and passed. I am not a praying subserviant, but there is a part of me that really wants Barack to succeed. He has an uphill road of negative media, press and assholes to overcome.. but by Jeebus, he made a great start with that Baltimore factcheck session.

At Wed Feb 03, 06:10:00 PM, Blogger Dr. Zaius said...

Masked Evangelist: Maybe we can train them with a rolled up newspaper... ;o)

Lockwood: Ack! That's a great link! I love good news. ;o)

JustJoeP: Obama has no choice but to at least appear to be encouraging cooperation with the Republicans. **sigh**

Darwin's Dagger: I figure that Obama has some idea of what to do. ;o)

Dusty Crickets: melange? What about blancmange? ;o)

Kulkuri: Ha! Good rebuttal. :o)

Terry: One can only hope... ;o)

Sunshine: I am afraid that I don't quite understand Derk's preoccupation with hippos. [ 2 ] ;o)

Tengrain: Just wait until the Kwisatz Haderach rides the giant sand worm. ;o)

Übermilf: I don't think that Obama has much choice. I think that he has to at least appear to be encouraging cooperation with the Republicans. **sigh**

Teresita: You might be just whistling past the graveyard. Or maybe you are just whistling. ;o)

Randal Graves: You seem to have kind of an 'all-or-nothing' approach to politics. ;o)

Greendayman: If only more Democrats wanted to succeed, instead of complaining about every step of his presidency. ;o)


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