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Honey, I Shrunk the President
Wall Street Journal ^ | October 4, 2012 | JAMES TARANTO

Posted on 10/05/2012 1:54:36 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife

.....We could spend hours quoting disparaging reviews of Obama's performances from journalists who were never as head-over-heels as Matthews and Sullivan, but we like to pretend as if we have space constraints, so we'll just take one representative example,...Tunku Varadarajan writes: "My God, in the four years that we've seen him in the White House, I don't think we've ever seen the president so flaccid, so dull-brained, so jejune, so shifty, so downcast."

This columnist has to disagree. Obama's lame performance last night seemed typical to us. We can think of a few occasions in which we've seen the president less flaccid, less dull-brained, less jejune, less shifty, less downcast. But only a few.

But these qualities--or, to put it another way, this lack of quality--was harder than usual to miss last night because of the contrast with the highly effectual Romney. One reason it came as such a shock to Obama is that it was the first time in his career that he shared a debate stage with a serious opponent.

...... The test he failed last night is one to which he had never been put.

But the journalists who are pointing the finger at Obama have three fingers pointed back at themselves. Instead of challenging the president, the press corps--with a few honorable exceptions,like ABC's Jake Tapper and the guys from Univision--have spent the past four-plus years puffing him up and making excuses for him. The American Spectator's Jeffrey Lord explains:

>>>"The great James Taranto...long ago posited what is called the "Taranto Principle." In short, it means that the liberal media so coddles liberal politicians that they have no idea how to cope outside that liberal media bubble...

Barack Obama has been so totally coddled by the liberal media that he looked absolutely shell-shocked in this debate. Stunned,unhappy,angry,sour--and at some points genuinely incoherent..........."<<<<<

(Excerpt) Read more at online.wsj.com ...


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KEYWORDS: competency; mediabias; obama; presidency; presidentialdebate
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.....In short, it means that the liberal media so coddles liberal politicians that they have no idea how to cope outside that liberal media bubble...

Barack Obama has been so totally coddled by the liberal media that he looked absolutely shell-shocked in this debate. Stunned, unhappy, angry, sour--and at some points genuinely incoherent....

It reminds me of how progressives have built their base, one hapless dependent at a time. Obama was the face of his constituency - what the Left wants America to be, "Stunned, unhappy, angry, sour,.... genuinely incoherent," incapable of coping and DEPENDENT on Them.

1 posted on 10/05/2012 1:54:40 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

he did look really small


2 posted on 10/05/2012 1:57:55 AM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: GeronL
Hitler finds out Obama lost the debate.
3 posted on 10/05/2012 2:00:04 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
[Taranto article] But the journalists who are pointing the finger at Obama have three fingers pointed back at themselves. Instead of challenging the president, the press corps--with a few honorable exceptions.....

Okay, okay, let's feel the love for Jake Tapper, the Univision interviewers about "Fast & Furious" (good job, again), and a shout-out to the American Spectator for quoting .... James Taranto.

So, James, WSJ editors -- how about it? How about a shout out to people who had it right all along, like Rush Limbaugh, Mike Savage, and Mark Levin? Michelle Malkin and Mona Charen? What? You don't invite them to your feasting-table? After they brought the broccoli and the veal piccata and laid out the flatware and linens?

Ingrates. Those guys slaved in the trenches and polished your carving knives for four years .... and you can't even say a good word for them in your hour of deliverance.

4 posted on 10/05/2012 2:07:27 AM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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To: lentulusgracchus; All
Hidden at the bottom of the page - a chart- [uber-LIBERAL St.Pete Times opines that Obama must hope supporters [viewers] changed the channel before the debate ended]! Breaking down the presidential debate
5 posted on 10/05/2012 2:21:10 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
See also the comments to this article: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10000872396390443768804578036490415028514.html#articleTabs%3Dcomments and much more ...
6 posted on 10/05/2012 2:30:42 AM PDT by trekdown
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To: lentulusgracchus

Indeed!!!! We (thanks to the like of Rush, Levin, Palin and others) have ALWAYS known he was an empty suit. I have no sympathy for the supporters who are in utter shock for the first time seeing what we have always known.

This media is just as complicit in our country’s undoing as fearless leader himself. and they need to be turned out to pasture.


7 posted on 10/05/2012 2:35:55 AM PDT by SueRae (See it? Hell, I can TASTE November from my house!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
...journalists who are pointing the finger at Obama have three fingers pointed back at themselves. Instead of challenging the president, the press corps...have spent the past four-plus years puffing him up and making excuses for him.

The truth about the last four years is worth repeating, except I want to say it louder!

...journalists who are pointing the finger at Obama have three fingers pointed back at themselves. Instead of challenging the president, the press corps...have spent the past four-plus years puffing him up and making excuses for him.

8 posted on 10/05/2012 2:41:08 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

The love affair may be hitting the rocks and I have no sympathy for any of the jilted parties.


9 posted on 10/05/2012 2:48:43 AM PDT by Bullish (The stink from this amateur regime smells all the way to Kenya.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

“”My God, in the four years that we’ve seen him in the White House, I don’t think we’ve ever seen the president so flaccid, so dull-brained, so jejune, so shifty, so downcast.””

Not difficult to understand - he has never been publicly challenged by the unbiased media or the fluffy talk show hosts. Unrestrained, he panders to his supporters and lectures other audiences. Much like what he is doing now. He didn’t have the courage to insult Mitt Romney to his face - so he is spinning his hatred at campaign events. No-one to challenge his lies, lack of dignity and decency.


10 posted on 10/05/2012 2:49:15 AM PDT by sodpoodle (Life is prickly - carry tweezers.)
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To: lentulusgracchus

How could you forget Sean Hannity?


11 posted on 10/05/2012 2:51:57 AM PDT by Bullish (The stink from this amateur regime smells all the way to Kenya.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Journalists were at such a total loss to explain Soetoro’s performance, or lack thereof, that it took the genius of Al “Fat Albert” Gore to find the real culprit — the altitude (it's amazing he didn't say it was AGW). However, leave it to Zero to find the real cause — Mitt Romney — since he couldn't seriously blame George Bush. Is this a new theme?
12 posted on 10/05/2012 2:55:21 AM PDT by immadashell
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
One thing I heard on the radio today was an interview with a makeup expert. Three things she pointed out were that Romney smudged his makeup by rubbing his upper lip just before he went on stage, Obama was given a dark eyeliner, probably to mask fatigue, and that as the debate kept going, Dumbo's ears got redder and redder.

She gave some excuse about lighting, but I'm betting that if someone had tracked his BP, his stress and fury at being actually questioned without being fed the answers would have been one click short of a anger management episode.

Odd that this wasn't noted...

13 posted on 10/05/2012 2:57:37 AM PDT by jonascord (Democrats are the people on the Left Side of the IQ Bell Curve.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Spot on.


14 posted on 10/05/2012 3:07:49 AM PDT by Hoodat ("As for God, His way is perfect" - Psalm 18:30)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

The liberals and Obama’s radical protectors put him on his own plantatation. He has no idea how to behave or defend himself off of the plantation.


15 posted on 10/05/2012 3:07:54 AM PDT by NewHampshireDuo
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To: Bullish

“The love affair may be hitting the rocks . . “

Yep. Chrissy Matthews tingle down the leg was just Obama peeing on his leg and telling him it was raining . . . now Chrissy feels betrayed.


16 posted on 10/05/2012 3:08:27 AM PDT by Twinkie (Live and let live.)
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To: jonascord

He was very, very angry. Did you see the photo of him and his lovely wife right afterwards? She was truly furious!


17 posted on 10/05/2012 3:08:31 AM PDT by livius
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Lefties, you set up a phony, groom him, build his image, protect him, praise and adore him, never question him, never confront him, never criticize him, ...

And then, one day, you have to push him out in the real world and BLAM...

You find out he is still just a phony.

And then you get angry??


18 posted on 10/05/2012 3:10:14 AM PDT by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
The Obama that guys like Matthews and Sullivan expected instead was a character in a fairy tale--a fairy tale written by guys like Matthews and Sullivan.

Brilliant!

19 posted on 10/05/2012 3:10:24 AM PDT by Nervous Tick ("You can ignore reality, but you can't ignore the consequences of ignoring reality.")
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To: Bullish

The love affair may be hitting the rocks and I have no sympathy for any of the jilted parties.

You summed up what others have been saying with several paragraphs. LOL. Good one.


20 posted on 10/05/2012 3:14:38 AM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
I'm curious about the ecard that was scrubbed from the Hussein Obama tumblr page. The campaign is unglued...but I didn't realize it was *this* bad. LOL

Rush made mention of this aberration.

The Weekly Standard has a screen shot of the original.

21 posted on 10/05/2012 3:22:15 AM PDT by Daffynition (Self-respect: the secure feeling that no one, as yet, is suspicious. ~ HLM)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
It amazes me that some people cannot see what an empty suited liar Obama is. We at FR knew it from the beginning.

The Left is truly mentally disturbed.

22 posted on 10/05/2012 3:27:25 AM PDT by Mister Da (The mark of a wise man is not what he knows, but what he knows he doesn't know!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

LOLOL!


23 posted on 10/05/2012 3:29:40 AM PDT by Salamander (Like acid and oil on a mad man's face, his reason tends to fly away.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I bet Obama will execute a wag-the-dog military event just before the next debate and claim he cannot attend because of pressing POTUS duties.

The press will laud him for this - putting Country first.

Same for the last debate.


24 posted on 10/05/2012 3:34:04 AM PDT by Andy from Chapel Hill
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To: Daffynition

My lovely lady humps.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iEe_eraFWWs


25 posted on 10/05/2012 3:36:05 AM PDT by Salamander (Like acid and oil on a mad man's face, his reason tends to fly away.)
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To: Right Wing Assault

Sounds just like a Hans Christian Anderson tale I once heard...


26 posted on 10/05/2012 4:01:27 AM PDT by miss marmelstein
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To: immadashell; Condor51
Obama agrees----says Al Gore nailed it when he said Obama bombed b/c of the climate change in Colorado.

I hear Obama is taking no chances w/ the next debate---he's coming prepared.

Watch for Obama taking the debate podium w/ a portable oxygen unit, a ProAir inhaler, snorkeling equipment, adult diapers, and an economy-size bottle of SuperBeta Prostate pills.

27 posted on 10/05/2012 4:02:40 AM PDT by Liz ("Come quickly, I'm tasting the stars." Dom Perignon)
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To: SueRae
Exactly.

Makes you wonder what happened to the "smartest man in the room."

... and don't forget Breitbart! Another of the fearless ones willing to speak the truth when it was not popular.

28 posted on 10/05/2012 4:18:34 AM PDT by generally (Don't be stupid. We have politicians for that.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
>"Obama must hope supporters [viewers] changed the channel before the debate ended]"

ABC and YouTube did that for him!

They censored Romneys closing remarks. Just cut him off.

Get ready for 4 more years of the filth collumn abusing the office of the President.

29 posted on 10/05/2012 4:30:05 AM PDT by rawcatslyentist ("Behold, I am against you, O arrogant one," Jeremiah 50:31)
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To: jonascord

Obama was given a dark eyeliner, probably to mask fatigue,”

In all seriousness, do you think obama is currently using drugs?

Or possibly has AIDS?

Personally, I do. Not sure what, but there is something deeply unhealthy about his countenance. And yes some of that is related to being an aging homosexual.


30 posted on 10/05/2012 4:34:07 AM PDT by ConservativeDude
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To: lentulusgracchus

I agree with you completely.


31 posted on 10/05/2012 4:40:26 AM PDT by liberalcide1
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To: jonascord

BO has been on the edge of meltdown since the 2010 election!


32 posted on 10/05/2012 4:44:23 AM PDT by iopscusa (El Vaquero. (SC Lowcountry Cowboy))
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To: ConservativeDude
Even for someone as lazy and insulated from outside influences as the Current Usurper, the presidency is a high stress job. Even for no other reason than that sick feeling he has that when he loses his job, people are going to actually start looking into his past, and there is squat 'n squirt he'll be able to do to deflect or stop it.

Some author once pointed out that the only Pres that didn't seem to age rapidly was Nixon, and he was like a vampire. He seemed to feed on the stress.

33 posted on 10/05/2012 4:49:36 AM PDT by jonascord (Democrats are the people on the Left Side of the IQ Bell Curve.)
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To: jonascord

Some author once pointed out that the only Pres that didn’t seem to age rapidly was Nixon, and he was like a vampire.”

Dang, that’s funny. And apt.


34 posted on 10/05/2012 4:54:25 AM PDT by ConservativeDude
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Good article.

Obama was undone by his own socialist concepts.

Romney’s home is in competition and the free market. He has honed his political skills the same way he honed his business skills - working hard, getting his hands dirty, digging in.

The “coddling” that Obama has experienced is based in socialist ideas. He has been coddled his entire life. The competing in the last election was done for him - he just had to show up. He has never had to compete. In the debate he was exposed for the fraud that he is, just like the poor dependent folks in Katrina who didn’t know how to fend for themselves (”Who’s gonna help me? Where’s the government?”)

I loved this debate. Truth and facts won. I hope we get two more like it.


35 posted on 10/05/2012 5:10:56 AM PDT by MV=PY (The Magic Question: Who's paying for it?)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Almost as hilarious as Obummer’s vacuous debate answers was his post-debate assessment to the brain dead youth in CO yesterday morning. He actually said something to the effect that “the Mitt Romney on stage last night does not want to be held accountable..”

If these true “skulls full of mush” had the power of reason, they would realize that he was pulling the old Alinsky move again, accusing his opponent of something he is guilty of...blaming Bush for all his problems and NEVER being accountable for his disastrous lack of ability.


36 posted on 10/05/2012 5:14:03 AM PDT by txrefugee
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To: Bullish
How could you forget Sean Hannity?

Hannity does what he does, and Michael Medved does what he does, but I don't think of either of them as conservative, but more Republican, rather. I think of them as outlets of Official GOP Party Hierarchy Thinking. So they're Republicans, but they are not "conservatives" or "conservative Republicans" as both are pwned by the RNC.

37 posted on 10/05/2012 5:14:33 AM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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To: jonascord
She gave some excuse about lighting, but I'm betting that if someone had tracked his BP, his stress and fury at being actually questioned without being fed the answers would have been one click short of a anger management episode. Odd that this wasn't noted...

Well, odd that you mention it now .... but if you'll metasearch Kam Kamata and his Convention 2008 story of Obama's getting very exhausted and receiving some last-minute pepping up from Moochelle, Valerie Jarrett and some other handlers/case officers (Kamata talked about this and turned up weeks-dead on his kitchen floor some time later), you will see some parallels to his convention behavior back then, the last time he put "everything on the line" for a big speech.

38 posted on 10/05/2012 5:26:40 AM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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To: SueRae
Indeed!!!! We (thanks to the like of Rush, Levin, Palin and others) have ALWAYS known he was an empty suit. I have no sympathy for the supporters who are in utter shock for the first time seeing what we have always known.

Rush (among others) has played this quote many times over the years. This is a great indictment of journ-o-lists Kenyan-keister-kissing, psuedointellectual-skidmark worst:


...consider these excerpts from a conversation between NBC's Tom Brokaw
  and PBS's Charlie Rose on Rose's show, five days before the presidential
  election:

Rose: Barack Obama ... is principally known through his autobiography
  and through very aspirational speeches.

Brokaw: Two of them.

Rose: Exactly, two books...

Brokaw: He's a very smart guy. I love this phrase postmodern, even though
  I don't know what it means.

Rose: I know what it means in architecture but not in politics.

Brokaw: Right. Exactly. And he may be our first postmodern presidential
  candidate...

Brokaw: We don't know a lot about Barack Obama and the universe of his
  thinking about foreign policy. China has been not examined at all, which
  is astonishing...

Rose: I don't know what Barack Obama's worldview is. Really don't know.

Brokaw: No, no, I don't either.

Rose: I don't know how he really sees where China is and where it wants to
go and how smart he is about that, or India, or the whole global structure.
Or John McCain either.



Yeah, Charlie and Tom, you guys were really doing your jobs (NOT!).
39 posted on 10/05/2012 5:27:16 AM PDT by Peet (Everything has an end -- only the sausage has two.)
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To: ConservativeDude
See my last.
40 posted on 10/05/2012 5:28:19 AM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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To: Bullish

Easy, Sean is a repeating talking point.


41 posted on 10/05/2012 5:29:31 AM PDT by bmwcyle (Corollary - Electing the same person over and over and expecting a different outcome is insanity)
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To: lentulusgracchus

I recommend this as the “Post of the Day!” Great observation!


42 posted on 10/05/2012 5:45:40 AM PDT by jennings2004 (Dear Leader's new math: 1(brutalized, dead Ambassador)+2(dead seals)+...= 1(bump in the road))
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
That was seriously laugh out loud funny!


the part about Moocheles lunch program was priceless!!!
43 posted on 10/05/2012 6:09:20 AM PDT by dagoofyfoot
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To: Salamander

Oh goodness! *That* was an education! Lady parts and man parts.


44 posted on 10/05/2012 6:16:28 AM PDT by Daffynition (Self-respect: the secure feeling that no one, as yet, is suspicious. ~ HLM)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Jejune - juvenile, immature, also dull or insipid, among others.


45 posted on 10/05/2012 6:21:31 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... Present failure and impending death yield irrational action))
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To: jonascord
Some author once pointed out that the only Pres that didn't seem to age rapidly was Nixon, and he was like a vampire. He seemed to feed on the stress.

Nixon handled his job with three fingers of brown liquor and frequent prayer and invocations of his late, sainted Quaker mother, Hannah Nixon. Having plenty of blood sugar from the booze had the virtue of relieving his liver and pancreas of frequent demands that they get up and deliver quads of energy to meet the strains of the office.

46 posted on 10/05/2012 7:10:24 AM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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To: Daffynition
Good save from Memory Hole oblivion (or is that, "mammary hole"?).

It's another good example of the peculiar tendency of the Left to debase and degrade casually and carelessly, with neither necessity or expedience to prompt the lapse of manners and grace.

47 posted on 10/05/2012 7:19:03 AM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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To: jennings2004
Why, thank you for the kind words!
48 posted on 10/05/2012 7:21:09 AM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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To: Liz

“Watch for Obama taking the debate podium w/ a portable oxygen unit, a ProAir inhaler, snorkeling equipment, adult diapers, and an economy-size bottle of SuperBeta Prostate pills.”

Nah, all he needs is a breathalyzer!


49 posted on 10/05/2012 8:39:23 AM PDT by CSM (Keeper of the Dave Ramsey Ping list. FReepmail me if you want your beeber stuned.)
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To: GeronL

Apparently Tunku has forgotten how many pics there are of Obama with his middle finger raised towards the audience & the press.

The chickens have come home to roost——and they brought along some buzzards to pick the carcass clean.


50 posted on 10/05/2012 9:27:04 AM PDT by ridesthemiles
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