As part of a nascent and irregular feature* on this blog, let us once again travel back roughly eight years and check in with President-elect Barack Obama.
Is he busy tweeting insults on Twitter, appointing dangerous lunatics to powerful positions in the federal government, lying about vote fraud or upending American foreign policy to make himself a trifle wealthier?
Nope, nope, nope and...nope.
Historical Note: The post below mentions something called "awards" which were a thing that existed in the ancient blogging world. In this case, the "Weblog Award" for Individual Blogger was something I won back in 2008 thanks to the energetic support of readers like you. The same year, Andrew Sullivan won the "Best Blog" award. In 2009 they shut the whole shebang down, which just goes to show you. Also of minor historical note, in the original comment section a reader asked me how my job search was going. A question which, like The Exorcist, just keeps getting funnier every time I think about it. Post also contains a reference to "Norm Coleman", who was a scary Disney character made up mostly of teeth and bullshit which Disney discontinued because it was giving kids nightmares.
Me, from January 14, 2009:
Everybody Comes to Barack’s
“Round up the usual suspects” Edition
So this happened:
Obama Pulls Up a Chair at George Will's HouseAnd while there is no official word on what they discussed, but running a sophisticated poly-dimensional analysis of sound vibrations picked up off the window, lip reading, and flatulence all run through the Mass Speculatometer 3000, it probably sounded a little something like this...
By Michael D. Shear
Where does one dine a week before becoming the leader of the free world?At the Chevy Chase, Md., house of conservative columnist George Will.President-elect Barack Obama left his temporary home at the Hay-Adams Hotel at just after 6:15 this evening, arriving about 20 minutes later at Will's house, valued at $1.9 million.Aides said the visit was a dinner party; eagle-eyed reporters spotted two other conservative columnists among the guests: William Kristol of the Weekly Standard and David Brooks of the New York Times.This from the pool report, issued minutes ago: "Thanks to an enterprising photographer, a shot through a window showed op-ed stalwarts William Kristol and David Brooks are also part of this unlikely gathering of tight, right suits."…
KRISTOLDo you mind if I ask you a few
questions? Unofficially, of course.
Make it official, if you like.
What is your nationality?
I'm an Islamofascist.
Pulitzer here I come!
That was a joke.
I was born in Hawaii if that'll
help you any.
I understand you lived overseas for awhile.
There seems to be no secret about
Are you one of those people who cannot
imagine the free market in your beloved
It's not particularly my beloved
Can you imagine us in London?
Now that you have fucked up the
global economyfor the next 30 years,
in Monty Python sketches.
How about Chicago?
Try making a living peddling rims and tee-shirts
on Maxwell Street and then come back and
talk to me about “capitalism”.
Aha. Who do you think will win the
I haven't the slightest idea.
I read in my column in the NYT that Barack is
completely neutral about everything.
You weren't always so carefully
neutral. We have a complete dossier
"Barack Obama, allegedly American. Possibly
forty-seven. Used ACORN to cheat Caribou
Barbie and that old guy out of the White House ."
How you did it is a little vague. We
know you love tax increases, Mr.
Obama, and also we know that you used
to be cool with gay marriage.
Don't worry. We are not going to
Barack looks up from the book.
Is my skin really brown?
You will forgive my curiosity, Mr.
Obama. The point is, the enemies of
corporate feudalism have come to the Village
and we wanna know which side you are on.
My interest in whether your fucked up
Mainstream Media stays or goes is purely
a pragmatic one.
In this case, you have no sympathy
for Fox News, huh?
Not particularly. I understand the
point of view of the Rachel Maddow, too.
Anonymous bloggers publish the foulest
lies on Teh Internets every day, and even after
David Broder called them potty-mouthed
poo-heads they continued to post their
Of course, one must admit, some of them are
pretty fucking funny.
I admit they can be clever.
From l'affaire Jeff Gannon to the US Attorney
unpleasantness they have vexed us.
With our beloved Mooselini
they continue their slander,
We intend not to let it happen again.
Obama gets up.
You'll excuse me, gentlemen. Your
business is bitching about trivia and pimping
your failed ideology. Mine is running
Later, to escape the sounds of Angry Neocon Love coming out of George Will’s
sex dungeonwine cellar, Brooks slipped out on the porch with the President-Elect. Then, after a long, uncomfortable pause punctuated only by the sounds of traffic, the muffled, far-away shrieks of Billy Kristol in the transports of welt-raising deregulatory ecstasy, and the eye-rolling of the President-elect…
What in heaven's name brought
you to the Center?
My political health. I came to Center for the waters.
The waters? What waters?
The Center is a fucking desert!
I was misinformed.
In the months and years to come will see waves of dispossessed Conservatives -- Ideologically Displaced Persons -- washing up on our shores and looking for a home. And once they've wiped their filthy little feet on the Rug of Contrition and gone through decontam they will be surprised at what a relatively hospitable joint we run here over here on the Left side of the Earth.Because the Liberal phantasms that have kept them angrily mesmerized their entire lives have been products of their own viciously partisan propaganda.Over here in the Real World, we value hard work. Self-sustaining communities. Good schools.Healthy, well-informed citizens.Choice, for everybody.Marriage, for everybody.A government based on transparency and rigorous, well-considered performance standards.Taxes that balance the need to pay for the infrastructure and the maintenance of the commons without need to promote creativity and the entrepreneurial drive that makes the wheels go ‘round.And whatever their history, people who share these values and are willing to work on the means of realizing them are our allies and should be greeted as such.So in that light, I understand Obama’s gesture. I don't agree with it, but I get the idea that, as Lincoln said, we destroy our enemies when we make friends of them.But while that idea might contain some truth, this is also undoubtedly true:
My dear Barack, you overestimate the influence
of the Wingtards. I don't interfere with them and
they don't interfere with me. I am a Reasonable
Conservative and master of my fate! I am...
LEE ATWATER'S GHOST
Ronald Reagan’s zombified corpse is here, sir!
You were saying?
That as long as the livelihoods of men like Brooks, Kristol and Will depend on defending an obscene doctrine and ripping the guts out of anyone who opposes their loathsome agenda -- no matter deeply they bury the blade under layers of silk batting -- they remain democracy’s enemies.And until a Conservative of any age, race, gender or class can cheerfully make a bonfire out of their dog-eared copies of --“Atlas Shrugged”“Men in Black: How the Supreme Court Is Destroying America”“The World According to Ann Coulter”“Hollywood Nation: Left Coast Lies, Old Media Spin, and the New Media Revolution”“Unhinged: Exposing Liberals Gone Wild”“The ACLU vs. America: Exposing the Agenda to Redefine Moral Values”“The O'Reilly Factor for Kids”“Deliver Us from Evil: Defeating Terrorism, Despotism, and Liberalism“Setting the Woods on Fire”,“Sarah: How a Hockey Mom Turned Alaska's Political Establishment Upside Down”“Guilty: Liberal "Victims" and their Assault on America”“The Case Against Barack Obama”“Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the American Left from Mussolini to the Politics of Meaning...-- and a thousand others and pee on the ashes and walk away feeling the better for it, they simply cannot be trusted inside our perimeter.ps. Thanks to the astonishing labors of many, kind peers, friends and complete strangers, I have apparently won the 2008 Weblog Award for Best Individual Blogger. Which stuns me. However until the Secretary of State completes the correct paperwork or Norm Coleman concedes, nothing is certified or official, so I’ll wait for The Word before posting a proper “Thank You”.Until then, many, many thanks.
* Ironically, "nascent and irregular" is also my shirt size.