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    Presidential Rebate Tonight!

    By kyle | October 3, 2012

    I stole that line from someone on Twitter, can’t remember who. I’ll be livetweeting the proceedings later on tonight, Inshallah.

    Topics: Barack Obama, Mitt Romney | 5 Comments »

    5 Responses to “Presidential Rebate Tonight!”

    1. Obama bin Biden Says:
      October 4th, 2012 at 9:39 am

      Romney mopped the floor with the community organizer. It’s a beautiful day!!

    2. Don Reed Says:
      October 4th, 2012 at 12:15 pm

      I didn’t “get a thrill up my leg” last night or this morning, reading the newspapers.

      But it did feel almost as good as the day I crushed the 2002 Derby at the betting window.

      This morning, Obama blamed George Bush for his poor showing in Denver last night.

      When, informed by his aides after the debate that he didn’t do as nearly as well as he thought he had – evidently, the meeting didn’t take place in the WHFB* – he blamed BOTH Bushes.


      Does anyone remember GB Senior losing the debate to Clinton when he looked at his wristwatch as if he was bored out of his mind?

      History repeated itself. There was a hidden teleprompter behind the curtain visible to Obama, but it only displayed the time, not the award-winning canned rhetoric of the past three years.

      I thought of the following, then was encouraged by seeing the same remark in the Post last week (&today, Pod repeated it) – that he’s spent four years hearing “Yes sir Yes sir Yes sir.”

      That is, in terms of preparing for a critical debate, the equivalent of lying face down on your coach for four years & then trying to run the NYC marathon.

      Or, since the word “choke” seems to be every other word in these news reports I’m reading, being chosen for the U.S. Ryder Cup team.

      Since, hopefully, Valerie won’t be needing a Secret Service detail in 2013, she might want to look into that greens keeper job at the site of the 2014 Cup. Pays very well, I hear.

      In other news… inspired by the President’s holding a fund raiser in Las Vegas after his ambassador in Libya was murdered, Mark Sanchez of the Jets (last Sunday: 49ers 34, NYJ 0) attended a fashion show.

      Not the big one, with the $40,000 dresses being savaged soto voce (soto vogue?) by Anna Wintour.

      The models were strutting around in Jets T-shirts. One of them slapped a Jets player right in the kisser after he told her to bend over & he’d see if he had any future as a quarterback, taking a snap.

      The ex-replacement ref – hired last week by the grateful Jets owner, Woody Johnson, to work as a security guard – didn’t see anything & so & the penalty flag remained in his back pocket.

      Over on the sidelines, three models (or two eager human wire clothing hangers & Tim Tebow, I forget which) fit very comfortably into Rex Ryan’s 2012 edition.

      *White House Flattery Bubble.

    3. Don Reed Says:
      October 4th, 2012 at 12:20 pm

      P.S. I’m really tired of writing comedy – I’m an ECONOMIST, for God’s sake! When the hell does Fleming get back from Siam?

    4. Don Reed Says:
      October 7th, 2012 at 5:08 pm

      “For voters who had accepted the received wisdom of the national television networks and newspapers like the New York Times, Romney’s arrival in their living rooms last Wednesday night will have come like a thunderclap – followed by a sense that they had been deliberately deceived.

      “They are hardly likely now to trust the caricatures (heartless capitalist pig or gaffe-ridden buffoon) that they have been offered of Romney. The rest of this presidential campaign will be seen through different eyes, and will have to be fought on different terms. ”

      Janet Daley, Telegraph (UK 10/06/12)

    5. Don Reed Says:
      October 7th, 2012 at 9:36 pm

      “Y’know, I hate to sound like a Monday morning QB, but I knew Obama was in deep weeds when seven minutes into it Romney got, as one of my friends said, that sympathetic grin he used to get whenever Rick Perry spoke.”

      Doug Giles, Oct. 7, 2012