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Little R-S-P-E-C-T [Dowd]
NYT ^ | March 8th, 2014 | Maureen Dowd

Posted on 03/09/2014 7:55:08 AM PDT by Third Person

WASHINGTON — IF you can’t spell it, you can’t get it.

President Obama pulled a Quayle Thursday night at a White House performance by the women of soul and muffed the title of Aretha Franklin’s anthem. “R-S-P-E-C-T,” he said, looking a bit confused and eliciting laughter.

When Patti LaBelle took the stage, she told Obama, “Baby, you’ve got swag.”

Swag and respect are exactly what the president needs. He’s got a swag gap with Russia. His administration, after belatedly figuring out what was going on in Ukraine, is improvising as the uber-swaggering Vladimir Putin once more rolls in with tanks anywhere he likes.

But the president is severely constrained in how he can respond, given that the Europeans are reluctant to be very punitive because they’re worried about their energy supplies and have to play nice with the bully on their borders.

He’s doing what seems appropriate at this point — putting a ban on U.S. visas, imposing financial sanctions on “individuals and entities” responsible for Russia’s invasion of Crimea, and trying to horse-whisper the Botoxed, bare-chested man on horseback whose eyes read “K.G.B.,” as John McCain likes to say.

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; Politics/Elections
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1 posted on 03/09/2014 7:55:08 AM PDT by Third Person
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To: Third Person

Ole Dowdy seems to be just phoning it in these days.


2 posted on 03/09/2014 7:58:43 AM PDT by RightGeek (FUBO and the donkey you rode in on)
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To: Third Person

3 posted on 03/09/2014 7:58:58 AM PDT by EEGator
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To: Third Person

I’m amazed Dowd mentions Obama’s screw-up without offering an excuse for it.


4 posted on 03/09/2014 8:04:08 AM PDT by GOPJ (“Don't be pushed by your problems. Be led by your dreams.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson)
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To: Third Person
Obama's got swag?

What Obama has is sashay!

5 posted on 03/09/2014 8:05:38 AM PDT by RoosterRedux (The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing -- Socrates)
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To: Third Person
Terry McCarthy, the president of the Los Angeles World Affairs Council. “The way Republicans are dumping on the president, saying anything short of Armageddon shows that he’s weak, is silly. It’s kind of shocking that foreign policy, which used to be nonpartisan, now becomes partisan so quickly.”

Riiiiiight!

6 posted on 03/09/2014 8:06:10 AM PDT by Starstruck (If my reply offends, you probably don't understand sarcasm or criticism...or do.)
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To: EEGator

Thanks for posting.....uh....but.....WHO is that?


7 posted on 03/09/2014 8:06:46 AM PDT by G Larry (There's the Beef!)
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To: Third Person
Leave Obama Alone!!

Give him a break.

He's probably never even heard the song.

He didn't even become "Black" until he went to college.

At least I think he went to college.

8 posted on 03/09/2014 8:09:41 AM PDT by P-Marlowe (There can be no Victory without a fight and no battle without wounds)
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To: G Larry

Picture is posted IAW Freerepublic Rules. All newbies should read them first.


9 posted on 03/09/2014 8:11:19 AM PDT by TaMoDee (Go Pack Go! The Pack will be back in 2014!)
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To: G Larry

Cathy Jones, aka, my fantasy league wife;-)


10 posted on 03/09/2014 8:11:51 AM PDT by SgtBob (Freedom is not for the faint of heart. Semper Fi!)
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To: G Larry

Catherine Zeta Jones. Michael Douglas left Maureen Dowd for Jones. FR rules dictate CZJ pics on all Dowd threads.


11 posted on 03/09/2014 8:12:12 AM PDT by EEGator
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To: G Larry

You’ve been a member since 2000 and have never been on a Maureen Dowd thread? Catherine’s picture MUST appear on one of her threads. I’ll let the guys explain it to you.


12 posted on 03/09/2014 8:13:41 AM PDT by ladyjane
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To: Third Person

“If you can’t spell it, you can’t get it.”

Perfect.


13 posted on 03/09/2014 8:16:02 AM PDT by Third Person
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To: Third Person

Surgeon General Warning: May cause throat cancer.


14 posted on 03/09/2014 8:18:51 AM PDT by Temujinshordes
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To: EEGator

I’m here for the CZJ pics.

Thank you very much.


15 posted on 03/09/2014 8:20:14 AM PDT by shove_it (long ago Orwell and Rand warned us of Obama’s America)
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To: EEGator

I bet Dowd never gave Douglas an STD.


16 posted on 03/09/2014 8:22:59 AM PDT by rabidralph
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To: G Larry

Any Maureen Dowd thread has to have Catherine Zeta-Jones because she beat out Dowd for the “honor” of being hitched to Michael Douglas


17 posted on 03/09/2014 8:24:04 AM PDT by yldstrk ( My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: rabidralph

“I bet Dowd never gave Douglas an STD.”

I think Dowd IS an STD


18 posted on 03/09/2014 8:24:46 AM PDT by paterfamilias
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To: Third Person

Maybe Respect wasn’t a hit song in Indonesia. Maybe he wasn’t allowed to listen to much music while being indoctrinated by all of the Commies around him (mother, step dad, grandparents, mentor, etc ...). Maybe he just mindlessly reads what’s on the teleprompter. Maybe it’s all of those things.


19 posted on 03/09/2014 8:25:19 AM PDT by cdcdawg (Be seeing you...)
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To: Third Person
President Obama pulled a Quayle Thursday night

but, of course, he didn't get the Dan Quayle treatment...

20 posted on 03/09/2014 8:27:30 AM PDT by latina4dubya (when i have money i buy books... if i have anything left, i buy 6-inch heels and a bottle of wine...)
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To: GOPJ

Obama took a hit before the party???


21 posted on 03/09/2014 8:28:02 AM PDT by ken5050 (I fear a world run by adults who were never spanked as kids and got trophies just for participating)
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To: Third Person

Wow, the Dowdies are turning on Obama. Temporary.


22 posted on 03/09/2014 8:30:33 AM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: ladyjane

Funny you should ask.

Actually, I usually avoid Dowd threads as a waste of time.

This one seemed as though it may be critical of BO, so I took a peek.

Glad that I did, because I had no idea Mike left her for Catherine.

Great FR rule I was unaware of!


23 posted on 03/09/2014 8:31:01 AM PDT by G Larry (There's the Beef!)
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To: Third Person

He IS Ron Burgundy. The TOTUS must have had it misspelled.


24 posted on 03/09/2014 8:33:33 AM PDT by originalbuckeye (Moderation in temper is always a virtue; moderation in principle is always a vice. Paine)
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To: Third Person

I heard on the radio the other day (Rush? or Michael Berry?) that Dan Quayle was given a card with potato spelled with an “e” on the end of it. He thought it was wrong but with with that spelling anyway.

If this is true do you think that Quayle was set up?


25 posted on 03/09/2014 8:33:51 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: Third Person
Obama said nothing wrong! Ne never does.


26 posted on 03/09/2014 8:34:21 AM PDT by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: Ditter
If this is true do you think that Quayle was set up?

Probably. And the MSM dumped on Quayle like he was the guy on the grassy knoll. You know, the "republicans are stupid" narrative. So when the big O or Joe "big-f___ing deal" Biden make a gaffe, the MSM is mum.

27 posted on 03/09/2014 8:41:17 AM PDT by VRW Conspirator ( 2+2 = V)
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To: Third Person

Patti LaBelle’s bodyguard was the guy that assaulted the young guy in an airport. The young guy was a West Point Cadet which PC West Point pulled the plug on him. Then Patti, “you got swag”, pulled out the overused and fully charged, “race card”. Houston jury PC’d the verdict. If you watched the security video, the Cadet didn’t do a thing except not bow down to Miss LaBelle and her bodyguards. He stood too close to “swag”. Patti conveniently doesn’t remember much after the Cadet “said the N-word”.
http://abclocal.go.com/ktrk/story?section=news/local&id=9317316


28 posted on 03/09/2014 8:46:04 AM PDT by machogirl (First they came for my tagline)
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To: Third Person
This entire article is rambling, incoherent stupidity.

It's pure Dowd, in other words.

29 posted on 03/09/2014 8:47:12 AM PDT by Flycatcher (God speaks to us, through the supernal lightness of birds, in a special type of poetry.)
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To: EEGator

Michael Douglas left Maureen Dowd for Jones.

I did not know that. I wonder if there is a link between Dowd and his recent medical problems.


30 posted on 03/09/2014 8:49:23 AM PDT by beef (Who Killed Kennewick Man?)
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To: Third Person
Obama has swag.

Yup!

31 posted on 03/09/2014 8:52:14 AM PDT by Flick Lives ("I can't believe it's not Fascism!")
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To: RoosterRedux
Obama's got swag?

What Obama has is sashay!

Thanks for clarifying that for me, I'm not up on gay terminology so wasn't sure what swag meant. I was going to go with stupid wild ass guess.

32 posted on 03/09/2014 9:11:37 AM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: P-Marlowe
At least I think he went to college.

Oh I'm sure he went to college, all the best drugs are there, but attend classes?

33 posted on 03/09/2014 9:13:49 AM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: Third Person
President Obama pulled a Quayle Thursday night at a White House performance by the women of soul and muffed the title of Aretha Franklin’s anthem. “R-S-P-E-C-T,” he said, looking a bit confused and eliciting laughter.

Another day, another example of Obama acting oh so presidential.

34 posted on 03/09/2014 9:15:42 AM PDT by Lizavetta
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To: Flick Lives

Pulled a Dan Quayle?

Quayle had a three syllable word. Obama only had a two syllable word. Once again, the bar was set a lot lower for the Democrat and he slid under it with room to spare.


35 posted on 03/09/2014 9:16:24 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (Insurgent Conservative)
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To: ken5050

One toke over the line...]


36 posted on 03/09/2014 9:22:23 AM PDT by GOPJ (“Don't be pushed by your problems. Be led by your dreams" - Ralph Waldo Emerson)
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To: Third Person

“Swag and respect are exactly what the president needs. He’s got a swag gap with Russia.”

swag

noun: swag; plural noun: swags

1.
an ornamental festoon of flowers, fruit, and greenery.
“ribbon-tied swags of flowers”
a carved or painted representation of an ornamental festoon of flowers or fruit.
“fine plaster swags”
a curtain or piece of fabric fastened so as to hang in a drooping curve.
2.
informal
money or goods taken by a thief or burglar.
“their homes offer tempting swag for burglars”
products given away free, typically for promotional purposes.
“local studios provide swag, spirits, and food”
marijuana, typically of a low grade.
“prices range from $40 a 10-seed packet for some Jamaican swag to $345 per pack for something tastier”
3.

verb
verb: swag; 3rd person present: swags; past tense: swagged; past participle: swagged; gerund or present participle: swagging

1.
arrange in or decorate with a swag or swags of fabric.
“swag the fabric gracefully over the curtain tie-backs”


37 posted on 03/09/2014 9:25:01 AM PDT by BwanaNdege
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To: Temujinshordes
Surgeon General Warning: May cause throat cancer.

I would be willing to take that chance!

38 posted on 03/09/2014 9:25:59 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: cdcdawg
Maybe the press is giving Obama a pass on something they destroyed Quayle on....

The MSM gave Obama a pass when he flubbed how many ‘states’ were in the United States... They gave him a pass on Obamacare, Benghazi, having the IRS target conservative groups... The real story is the same - the press is a bunch of liberal butt kissers.

The oddity here is Dowd mentioned Obama’s gaffe. That's unusual. Man bites dog. Normally the New York Times ignores and suppresses anything that might make a liberal look bad.

39 posted on 03/09/2014 9:32:18 AM PDT by GOPJ (“Don't be pushed by your problems. Be led by your dreams" - Ralph Waldo Emerson)
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To: shove_it
As always, it was a pleasure.
40 posted on 03/09/2014 9:41:44 AM PDT by EEGator
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To: P-Marlowe

Good points. I’m a white guy and I can hear Aretha singing that line (R-E-S-P-E-C-T) but then, I’m American.


41 posted on 03/09/2014 10:16:41 AM PDT by MulberryDraw (Repeal it.)
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To: Third Person

Maybe he needs to begin again, something easier?
Perhaps: There was a farmer, had a dog and BINGO was his name-OH, B-I-N-G-O, B-I-N-G-O...


42 posted on 03/09/2014 10:21:10 AM PDT by BigIsleGal (Wake Me Up When the Stupid Wears Off)
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To: EEGator

Thank you, sir. May I have another?


43 posted on 03/09/2014 10:59:29 AM PDT by shove_it (SAE)
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To: shove_it
I don't see why not...
44 posted on 03/09/2014 11:24:13 AM PDT by EEGator
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To: Third Person
A little risque for direct posting, but my favorite.
45 posted on 03/09/2014 1:55:36 PM PDT by kanawa
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To: EEGator; G Larry
Get with the program, Larry. Another FR rule is that when Helen Thomas' name is mentioned, a picture must be posted to remind other Freepers to use their eye bleach immediately after seeing an example of Leftist beauty.

I follow these rules. So must you.


46 posted on 03/10/2014 3:12:07 AM PDT by submarinerswife (Insanity is doing the same thing over and over, while expecting different results~Einstein)
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To: EEGator
Catherine Zeta Jones. Michael Douglas left Maureen Dowd for Jones.

People should also keep in mind the larger Dowd/Douglas/Jones story that was/is at play.

Back during the Lewinsky mess Dowd really came out hard at Bill Clinton. I mean, some of her articles were really scathing. At the time she was much more prominent and influential as a columnist than she is today.

The Clinton War Machine saw her as a major threat, given her influence within Dem politics. But they couldn't really go negative and take her out using their usual means (politics of personal destruction). So, in the greatest acting gig of his career they threw Michael Douglas (at his peak following "The American President") at her.

Douglas was brilliant in the role. Dowd fell for it hook/line/sinker, and suddenly her articles came decidedly back to spouting the pro-Clinton line. But it was just a role; Douglas dropped her like the proverbial hot potato once Clinton was "safe" and went for a MUCH better (aka hotter) POA.

That really messed Dowd up. People should go read her man-hating pieces from after the breakup. Basically they came down to "Rich, successful older women want rich successful older guys. But rich successful older guys are shallow/egotistical/self-absorbed/evil/etc and only want young hot women. It's SOOOOOO UNFAAAAIIIIRRRRR!!!!"
47 posted on 03/10/2014 3:35:03 AM PDT by tanknetter
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