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Obama, Legally Blonde? (Maureen Dowd Takes off the Gloves for Hillary)
NY Times Select (subscription only) ^ | 2.14.07 | Maureen Dowd

Posted on 02/14/2007 6:49:28 AM PST by meg88

Barack Obama looked as if he needed a smoke and he needed it bad.

So there he was, trying to meet the deep, inexhaustible needs of both Iowa activists and the global press behemoth on his first swing across the state, while giving up cigarettes.

He was a tad testy.

“I’ve been chewing Nicorette all day long,” he told reporters at a press conference in Ames on Sunday, where he was getting irritated at suggestions that he lacked substance and at the specter of his vanishing privacy.

The Illinois senator didn’t have on an implacable mask of amiability, as Hillary did in Iowa. He didn’t look happily in his element, like Bill Clinton.

Senator Obama’s body language was loose — and he’s so slender his wedding band looked as if it was slipping off — but there was a wariness in his dark eyes.

He is backed up by a strong, smart wife and a professional campaign team, but he doesn’t have a do-whatever-it-takes family firm with contract killers and debt collectors, like Bush Inc. and Clinton Inc.

He sounded self-consciously pristine at times, as if he was too refined for the muck of politics.

After talking to high school journalists, he took a sniffy shot at the loutish reporters who were merely whispering where’s the beef: “Take some notes, guys, that’s how it’s done.”

He doesn’t lack confidence, but he’s so hung up on being seen as thoughtful that he sometimes comes across as too emotionally detached and cerebral with crowds yearning for an electric, visceral connection. J.F.K. mixed cool with fire.

For a man who couldn’t wait to inject himself into the national arena, and who has spent so much time writing books about himself, the senator is oddly put off by press inquisitiveness.

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TOPICS: Editorial; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: New York
KEYWORDS: allstyle; blamimbo; dowd; duufus; ears; elections; goingdowninflames; jackass; maureendowd; nopolicies; nosubstance; obamanation; osama

1 posted on 02/14/2007 6:49:29 AM PST by meg88
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To: meg88

Dowd is trying to cool off Obama's support from the liberal tobacco nazis.


2 posted on 02/14/2007 6:52:13 AM PST by Brilliant
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To: Brilliant
per FR rules..


3 posted on 02/14/2007 6:55:58 AM PST by meg88
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To: meg88
...he sometimes comes across as too emotionally detached and cerebral with crowds yearning for an electric, visceral connection

He's got that Dukakis thing going for him... as exciting as a towel in a closet.

4 posted on 02/14/2007 6:56:05 AM PST by theDentist (Qwerty ergo typo : I type, therefore I misspelll.)
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To: Brilliant
“I’ve been chewing Nicorette all day long,”

maybe he could get a sponsorship deal like the Nascar guys and display the logo on his suit.........

5 posted on 02/14/2007 6:56:08 AM PST by nascarnation
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To: meg88
Barack Obama looked as if he needed a smoke and he needed it bad.

How could we trust a man with this problem as president. In a major crisis he may become unstable from lack of nicotine or may even have to step out of the White House for a cigarette. No, we need a stable man or woman in office. One who has no bad habits and no other negatives. I guess we'll just have to keep looking.

6 posted on 02/14/2007 6:56:30 AM PST by FreePaul
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To: FreePaul

THAT deserves a nomination for stupid post of the day.


7 posted on 02/14/2007 7:00:26 AM PST by JustaDumbBlonde (America: Home of the Free Because of the Brave)
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To: theDentist

I guess the bloom is off the rose for Maureen :)


8 posted on 02/14/2007 7:00:52 AM PST by meg88
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To: meg88

The dems are making the same mistake they made with Dean. They ought to wait it out and take a full measure of their candidates. I have a saying...."Never be fooled by your own bullshirt." That's the mistake the dems make. They pull the wool over their own eyes first, then, when the candidate's true character emerges, they get disappointed, and left at the altar.


9 posted on 02/14/2007 7:02:06 AM PST by Huck (Soylent Green is People.)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

It had to be an attempt at sarcasm.


10 posted on 02/14/2007 7:02:51 AM PST by Huck (Soylent Green is People.)
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To: meg88

Oh this is great. We all get to watch him go through detox.


11 posted on 02/14/2007 7:04:30 AM PST by BMIC
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To: meg88
So there he was, trying to meet the deep, inexhaustible needs of both Iowa activists and the global press behemoth on his first swing across the state, while giving up cigarettes. He was a tad testy.

If he's testy on a campaign swing though Iowa a year before votes are cast, he's never going to make it to the finish line.

12 posted on 02/14/2007 7:07:07 AM PST by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: Rummyfan

That's what I was thinking. Same goes for McCain


13 posted on 02/14/2007 7:08:16 AM PST by meg88
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To: meg88

So mr.osamaObama had a heater on the platform with him during his annoucement while his constituents were freezing!


14 posted on 02/14/2007 7:10:21 AM PST by OldFriend (Swiftboating - Sinking a politician's Ship of Fools by Torpedoes of Truth)
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To: meg88

She still knows who has the FBI file on her...


15 posted on 02/14/2007 7:15:05 AM PST by theDentist (Qwerty ergo typo : I type, therefore I misspelll.)
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To: meg88

First of all, I'll bet he hasn't actually quit smoking, but won't smoke in public. The Nicorette was to get him through the day.


16 posted on 02/14/2007 7:17:00 AM PST by EnquiringMind
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To: OldFriend

Obama-a classic limo liberal!


17 posted on 02/14/2007 7:20:33 AM PST by meg88
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To: meg88

Yay..another CZJ pic to add to my 'Various Women and Honeys' folder.


18 posted on 02/14/2007 7:23:48 AM PST by Carl LaFong ( Hi !)
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To: meg88

During the debates, I hope someone puts a carton of Kools on the podium. Within 5 minutes he will look like he has just jogged 5 miles.


19 posted on 02/14/2007 7:30:49 AM PST by Holicheese (Beerfest could be the greatest movie ever made!)
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To: theDentist

That is one FBI file I would most definitely NOT want to see! :)


20 posted on 02/14/2007 7:32:34 AM PST by meg88
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To: meg88

It looks like it's going to be "ok" to criticize Obama if you're a liberal, like Dowd, but not if you're a conservative, like Howard. Some things never change....


21 posted on 02/14/2007 7:33:36 AM PST by KellyAdmirer
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To: meg88

Dowd has this thing about smoking. Remember when she described Anne as "that tough-talking, chain-smoking"?


22 posted on 02/14/2007 7:49:58 AM PST by Redleg Duke (Heaven is home...I am just TDY here!)
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To: meg88

He is backed up by a strong, smart wife and a professional campaign team, but he doesn’t have a do-whatever-it-takes family firm with contract killers and debt collectors, like Clinton Inc.




She finally got one fact right.


23 posted on 02/14/2007 8:35:47 AM PST by thegreatmalcolmx (I came to love white people.)
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To: meg88
"He is backed up by a strong, smart wife and a professional campaign team, but he doesn’t have a do-whatever-it-takes family firm with contract killers and debt collectors, like Bush Inc. and Clinton Inc."

This is not very pro-Clinton. I guess she means it sarcastically. Who are the contract killers she speaks of?

24 posted on 02/14/2007 10:50:04 AM PST by Montfort
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To: meg88

Why did you post a picture of Catherine Zeta-Jones???


25 posted on 02/14/2007 10:56:02 AM PST by CTOCS (Some people drink from the fountain of knowledge. Others just gargle.)
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To: CTOCS
Why did you post a picture of Catherine Zeta-Jones???

FreeRepublic rule #204c.
26 posted on 02/14/2007 11:01:02 AM PST by gipper81 (in case you didn't know, we are STILL cleaning up Jimmy Carter's crap from the 1970s)
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To: nascarnation
maybe he could get a sponsorship deal like the Nascar guys and display the logo on his suit.........

Better that than the pharm sponsorship Dole landed.

27 posted on 02/14/2007 11:02:27 AM PST by LexBaird (98% satisfaction guaranteed. There's just no pleasing some people.)
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To: CTOCS
Why did you post a picture of Catherine Zeta-Jones???

Are you sure you've been here since 2001?

28 posted on 02/14/2007 11:03:27 AM PST by LexBaird (98% satisfaction guaranteed. There's just no pleasing some people.)
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To: CTOCS
Why did you post a picture of Catherine Zeta-Jones???

You are new to MoDowd threads, aren't ya?

29 posted on 02/14/2007 11:08:09 AM PST by NeoCaveman (Hillary Hugo Chavez wants to "take those profits" away from you, for the common good)
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To: Brilliant

Last time I paid for a woman to tickle my fancy, she was lot prettier than this; maybe I need to get drunk and loose with my money before I can see how this ends.

Select N.Y.Times???


30 posted on 02/14/2007 11:12:07 AM PST by Old Professer (The critic writes with rapier pen, dips it twice, and writes again.)
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To: NeoCaveman; LexBaird; gipper81

I guess I'm clueless WRT Mo-Do threads.

What's the significance of the CZ-J pic?

Yes, I've been here that long, and then some.


31 posted on 02/14/2007 11:18:54 AM PST by CTOCS (Some people drink from the fountain of knowledge. Others just gargle.)
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To: CTOCS; Miss Marple

Explanation of the Dowd/Douglas connection: by Miss Marple- 2/11/03

Ms. Dowd was escorted around New York and DC for many months by one Michael Douglas of Hollywood fame and fortune. She got to go to all the best parties, was photographed for the tabloids, and was picking out a gown to wear at the Oscars. Of course, Michael had become interested in her during Clinton's impeachment, when she had written some very anti-Clinton columns. After a few weeks of the Michael treatment, she began to write anti-Starr, ant-Newt columns, ignoring Clinton.


Then Clinton was acquitted by the Senate. In an amazing coincidence, Michael Douglas dropped Ms. Dowd like a hot potato, and instead picked up a hot tomato, Catherin Zeta-Jones, who subsequently bore him a son and they were married.


Ms. Dowd cannot get over her tragic loss. Her columns are increasingly anti-Bush, in the hope of impressing her lost love, Michael.


32 posted on 02/14/2007 11:23:44 AM PST by proud American in Canada ("We can, and we will prevail.")
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To: CTOCS
What's the significance of the CZ-J pic?

Actor Michael Douglas dumped MoDo for CZJ.
33 posted on 02/14/2007 11:24:01 AM PST by irishjuggler
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To: theDentist

Why am I picturing this guy in the WH and running to the shipping/receiving dock to smoke a butt?


34 posted on 02/14/2007 11:27:51 AM PST by AGreatPer
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To: irishjuggler

Thanks. I remember now.


35 posted on 02/14/2007 11:36:12 AM PST by CTOCS (Some people drink from the fountain of knowledge. Others just gargle.)
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To: meg88

"Barack Obama looked as if he needed a smoke and he needed it bad."

Mo Do looks as if she needs a man and needs it bad.


36 posted on 02/14/2007 12:51:41 PM PST by sono (There are only two exit strategies - One is victory, the other defeat - Joe Lieberman)
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To: thegreatmalcolmx
"...with contract killers and debt collectors, like Clinton Inc."

The Dowd finally admits that the Clintons are deadly? What's up, did she finally discover Alamo Girl's list???

Aah, but she has to claim Bush has the same sort of killers doing his bidding, also? So that the Clinton's once again, escape responsibility?

Other than trying to claim that the WTC catastrophe was "Bush's fault", as so many of the shallow minded do, what other accusation against him, is there? WHO was killed? Where and why? Can the Dowd answer that? If not, then why is she accusing the President of the United States of MURDER?

With the Clintons, we have long lists, literally dozens of people, with piles of incriminating evidence to go along with it. Hmm, now just what was that girl's name, who was shot in a Georgetown Starbucks during a supposed attempted robbery, in which not a thing or dollar were taken? She was the one who Linda Tripp warned Monika about, as in, 'you don't want to end up like her...'. Which I believe, is very much a part of why the infamous blue dress, was never washed.

37 posted on 02/14/2007 1:37:10 PM PST by BlueDragon (If we think of religion as taking a position on divinity, then atheism is indeed a form of religion.)
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To: meg88

Oh, that's gonna leave a mark. Actually, two marks.....


38 posted on 02/14/2007 1:45:02 PM PST by exit82 (Defend our defenders--get off the fence.)
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To: meg88
not enough CZJ pics on this thread

This is not Maureen Dowd






39 posted on 02/14/2007 2:18:39 PM PST by finnman69 (cum puella incedit minore medio corpore sub quo manifestus globus, inflammare animos)
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To: theDentist

"he sometimes comes across as too emotionally detached and cerebral..."

Wasn't that the excuse they cooked up for Kerry?

Snobbish, intellectually vacant and self-centered is more like it....


40 posted on 02/14/2007 2:32:13 PM PST by OpusatFR ( ALEA IACTA EST. We have just crossed the Rubicon.)
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To: meg88
wow. if you are a democrat, and maureen doesn't like you, you have some real problems on your hands.
41 posted on 02/14/2007 3:16:18 PM PST by smonk
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To: FreePaul

"who has spent so much time writing books about himself, the senator is oddly put off by press inquisitiveness"

Ah, he and Hillary DO have something in common.


42 posted on 03/08/2007 6:27:06 AM PST by Muzzle_em (A proud warrior of the Pajamahadeen)
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