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Clintons Might Be 'World's Greatest Parents,' Vogue Editor Tells CNN
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Posted on 08/15/2012 4:51:01 PM PDT by Sub-Driver

Clintons Might Be 'World's Greatest Parents,' Vogue Editor Tells CNN By Matt Hadro Created 08/15/2012 - 7:08pm

By Matt Hadro | August 15, 2012 | 19:08 A A

In a fawn-fest over Chelsea Clinton with CNN's Ashleigh Banfield on Wednesday, Vogue magazine's contributing editor Jonathan van Meter slipped in some serious love for Bill and Hillary.

"I think one of the things the Clintons will go down in history for, it may very well being the world's greatest parents. I mean, they did such an incredible job of protecting her [Chelsea] from the likes of us, basically," van Meter admitted of the press. [Video below the break.]

Shortly before that van Meter slammed Rush Limbaugh as "disgusting" for a demeaning joke he made about Chelsea 20 years ago, that CNN decided to dredge up.

However, van Meter and the "Clinton News Network" had nothing but praise for Chelsea, calling her "incredibly lovely, fun," "remarkably articulate, poised, successful," and a "total fox" with a "big, throbbing brain."

CNN's love for the Clintons is no secret, and anchor Wolf Blitzer and former anchor Kyra Phillips have fawned over Chelsea before. Phillips, in fact, asked if Clinton has a political future and CNN continued that speculation by reporting she is "open to running for office."

"I hope Rush Limbaugh is watching this interview," jabbed Banfield, "And I hope he gets to see these pictures and see how poised, articulate and beautiful this woman has become."

A transcript of the segment, which aired on August 15 on CNN Newsroom at 11:22 a.m. EDT, is as follows:

ASHLEIGH BANFIELD: You know, Chelsea Clinton didn't necessarily choose to grow up in the public eye. She did so by default. She was born in a governor's mansion and she moved to the White House. Politics and public service, you could say, are pretty much in her DNA. So by no means is her life ordinary, but man has she been tight-lipped. We have heard hide nor hair of this girl. That is until now, because you're about to get a very revealing look at Chelsea Clinton, because she's opening up with a very exclusive interview in Vogue in the September issue.

You're going to buy it anyway because it's the September issue, but now one more reason to because this is fascinating. Vogue's contributing editor, Jonathan Van Meter, one of the best in the business, got incredible access to Chelsea and followed her for two months. Holy smokes, Jonathan, when I read this piece I thought this is not the girl that I remember. Transformation.

JONATHAN VAN METER, author, "The Last Good Time": Amazing.

BANFIELD: Just amazing.

VAN METER: You know one of the most amazing things about her is that we feel like we grew up with her, except we know nothing about her. So every word that she said was fascinating to me.

BANFIELD: First of all, I wanted to highlight right off the top one of the things that many of us may have forgotten, or didn't live through if you're young, and that is when she was 13 years old, and she recounts this today in her speech, something that happened to her with regard to Rush Limbaugh, a comment that he made about her. Again, she's 13! She's 13, and Rush Limbaugh said this.

(Video Clip)

RUSH LIMBAUGH: So you'll see who is the cute kid in the White House.

(Camera shows Clintons' dog)

LIMBAUGH: No, no, no, no! That's not the kid! That's –

(Camera shows Chelsea Clinton)

LIMBAUGH: That's the kid! We tried to –

(Applause)

(End Audio Clip)

BANFIELD: Wow. Well, if he could see her now.

VAN METER: He's disgusting. (Laughs)

BANFIELD: That was pretty horrible. But, you know, that changed things because people don't dare talk about those kids in the White House anymore.

VAN METER: That's true. I think one of the things the Clintons will go down in history for, it may very well being the world's greatest parents. I mean, they did such an incredible job of protecting her from the likes of us, basically, and it's an amazing thing that she's decided to step out finally and do this.

BANFIELD: I'll tell a couple of things that I read in the article that I loved. She talked about running and she said this about running: "It's one part of my life in which I fundamentally feel like the observer instead of the observed." My heart just sank.

VAN METER: Isn't that amazing? She's – one of her best friends from childhood basically said that she, as a little girl, behaved like a person who was always being watched. She grew up in a fish bowl, but somehow she's magically survived it and turned into this incredibly lovely, fun, easy-to-be-around person.

BANFIELD: And all that, yes. But then, on top of that, and this is what so surprised me. I suppose it shouldn't have surprised me with smart parents like those two. She is just remarkably articulate, poised, successful. She's on seven boards. She's actually a lecturer at the university. She's a graduate PhD student right now and I want to read this quote just so that you know how articulate this young woman has become.

She said, "I really wanted to work in the private sector. I felt as if I had no inherited understanding of that from my parents, but I didn't fundamentally care about denominating success through money. And think it's important to be in professions in which you care about the metric of success." Whoa.

VAN METER: (Laughs) It's amazing. And one of the things that I loved about her is that she has digressions that I described as frequent and lengthy where she'll be telling a story, she'll digress and you'll learn so much in these digressions because she's got this big throbbing brain. She's so smart. Huma Abedin said, she may very well be the smartest person I've ever met.

BANFIELD: Holy cow, 32 years old, too. I was thinking, yeah, she's probably 19 or 20. 32 years old, married and pressure from her mom, Hillary, to have grand babies. Jonathan, it's a great read. It's really, really terrific. It's so insightful and it's what you do best. I remember your Jennifer Aniston piece from a decade ago.

VAN METER: I wrote about you. I wrote about you.

BANFIELD: Now, let's not talk about that.

VAN METER: Remember when it was a scandal to wear glasses on television? Now, we're all doing it.

BANFIELD: Or dye your hair. Yeah, right. Oh, yeah, nice glasses. Mr. Van Meter, excellent work. By the way, you can read the entire interview with Chelsea Clinton on Vogue.com, as well. But I recommend that you get that September issue. It's awesome ballast because it is extraordinarily heavy. It's almost a thousand pages this year, right?

VAN METER: It's a cinder block, is what it is.

BANFIELD: And it hits newsstands, nationwide, on August the 21st. By the way, she is a total fox, so I –

VAN METER: She really is.

BANFIELD: – I hope Rush Limbaugh is watching this interview.

VAN METER: Yeah.

BANFIELD: And I hope he gets to see these pictures and see how poised, articulate and beautiful this woman has become. Thank you, Jonathan.


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1 posted on 08/15/2012 4:51:03 PM PDT by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver
A rapist pervert that is infected with herpes makes a swell daddy.

LLS

2 posted on 08/15/2012 4:55:54 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer (Sarah speaking at the romney convention would be like Led Zeppelin opening for The Monkees)
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To: Sub-Driver

I’m surprised Chels hasn’t been installed in a “safe” Dem house seat somewhere already.

Although those are becoming less and less common and the current office holders may not be that excited about stepping aside for the Clintons.

At 32, she’s already 4 years behind Paul Ryan.....


3 posted on 08/15/2012 4:57:55 PM PDT by nascarnation
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To: Sub-Driver

Word to CNN...Rush wasn’t watching.


4 posted on 08/15/2012 4:58:39 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: Sub-Driver

In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost, please forgive these two nothing-burgers who sit on Your beautiful earth and say such stupid stuff.

Best parents? Chelsea’s father had an affair with a young girl the same as her , in the country’s oval office.

Do those dolts think that is good parenting?


5 posted on 08/15/2012 5:00:34 PM PDT by Fishtalk (http://patfish.blogspot.com/)
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To: Sub-Driver

BANFIELD: First of all, I wanted to highlight right off the top one of the things that many of us may have forgotten, or didn’t live through if you’re young, and that is when she was 13 years old, and she recounts this today in her speech, something that happened to her with regard to Rush Limbaugh, a comment that he made about her. Again, she’s 13! She’s 13, and Rush Limbaugh said this.

(Video Clip)

RUSH LIMBAUGH: So you’ll see who is the cute kid in the White House.

(Camera shows Clintons’ dog)

LIMBAUGH: No, no, no, no! That’s not the kid! That’s –

(Camera shows Chelsea Clinton)

LIMBAUGH: That’s the kid! We tried to –

(Applause)

(End Audio Clip)

BANFIELD: Wow. Well, if he could see her now.

VAN METER: He’s disgusting. (Laughs)

__________________________________

At the time that incident happened, she was 12, not 13. And it was an on air accident. Here is a more full transcript for context:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1032838/posts

http://lyingliar.com/?p=17


6 posted on 08/15/2012 5:03:21 PM PDT by lowbridge (Joe Biden: "Look, the Taliban per se is not our enemy.")
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To: LibLieSlayer

That’s not all. The mother is in all probability sleeping with an al-Qaida-connected woman. Yup, perfect parents.


7 posted on 08/15/2012 5:03:32 PM PDT by Jyotishi (Seeking the truth, a fact at a time.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Just think - had Chelsea gotten an abortion, gone through a sex change, and then mercy-killed her gramma they would have cinched the title.


8 posted on 08/15/2012 5:05:14 PM PDT by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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To: Sub-Driver

Chelsea said...

“I’m so proud my dad taught an intern to get down on her knees in the oval office and pay lip service to the head of state.”


9 posted on 08/15/2012 5:06:37 PM PDT by Drango (A liberal's compassion is limited only by the size of someone else's wallet.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Q. What do you get when you cross a crooked lawyer with a corrupt politician?

A. Chelsea Clinton.


10 posted on 08/15/2012 5:06:56 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: Sub-Driver
"I think one of the things the Clintons will go down in history for, it may very well being the world's greatest parents. I mean, they did such an incredible job of protecting her [Chelsea] from the likes of us, basically," van Meter admitted of the press.

So what would lead me to believe that somebody you wouldn't want near your kids is a good judge of parenthood?

11 posted on 08/15/2012 5:07:12 PM PDT by tacticalogic ("Oh, bother!" said Pooh, as he chambered his last round.)
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To: Sub-Driver

I don’t know if my father is the greatest dad in the world and all, but I guarantee that he never shoved an El Producto into the private regions of an employee nearly half his age.


12 posted on 08/15/2012 5:07:39 PM PDT by fhayek
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To: Sub-Driver

http://mycrains.crainsnewyork.com/40under40/profile_images/1993/thumbs/401993vanmeter.jpg

sprawling loft shared by writer Jonathan Van Meter and his partner, editor and photographer Andy Young

http://204.2.109.187/gcn_246/domesticbliss.html


13 posted on 08/15/2012 5:09:43 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: Sub-Driver
Methinks Web Hubbel is pissed.

5.56mm

14 posted on 08/15/2012 5:09:43 PM PDT by M Kehoe
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To: Sub-Driver

She said, “I really wanted to work in the private sector. I felt as if I had no inherited understanding of that from my parents, but I didn’t fundamentally care about denominating success through money. And think it’s important to be in professions in which you care about the metric of success.” Whoa.

Whoa indeed, excuse me while I HURRRRRRRllll.


15 posted on 08/15/2012 5:10:19 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: fhayek

“I don’t know if my father is the greatest dad in the world and all, but I guarantee that he never shoved an El Producto into the private regions of an employee nearly half his age.”...

Stellar reply - let the battlecry be. ‘Remember Harmonica!’


16 posted on 08/15/2012 5:10:19 PM PDT by delcopatriot (Defeat Obamatollah and his czars!)
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To: tet68

She wanted to work in the private sector. He wanted to work in the private parts.


17 posted on 08/15/2012 5:14:48 PM PDT by billhilly
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To: tet68

She wanted to work in the private sector. He wanted to work in the private parts.


18 posted on 08/15/2012 5:16:31 PM PDT by billhilly
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To: Sub-Driver
but praise for Chelsea, calling her ..... and a "total fox"

That statement is only true if you take into consideration that a fox is part of the dog family.

19 posted on 08/15/2012 5:18:58 PM PDT by CaptainK (...please make it stop. Shake a can of pennies at it.)
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To: bigbob
Word to CNN...Rush wasn’t watching.

Word to CNN...NO ONE was watching.
20 posted on 08/15/2012 5:33:27 PM PDT by JayNorth (Barack Obama and Joe Biden are proof positive that two wrongs don't make a right!)
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To: Sub-Driver
“I hope Rush Limbaugh is watching this interview,” jabbed Banfield, “And I hope he gets to see these pictures and see how poised, articulate and beautiful this woman has become.”

We are talking about Chelsea Clinton, right?

And yeah, Rush’s “Millie” joke about Chelsea was rude. It was also twenty years ago. And at that distance, and after the lightning bolts that have been thrown at Trig Palin the last few years, let alone his older siblings, let alone his mom...I’m over it. And they should be too.

21 posted on 08/15/2012 5:36:28 PM PDT by RichInOC (Palin 2012: The Perfect Storm.)
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To: Fishtalk

What - you expect him to shutp his wife? I don’t see why banging some intern behind his wifes back is a big deal. Really, I don’t.

I wanted him impeached and removed for perjury, campaign contribution trades for arms secrets and a lot more. The intern crap was a sideshow and it worked to keep hidden the serious stuff. Men will always do young women. What’s the big deal?


22 posted on 08/15/2012 5:38:35 PM PDT by atc23 (The Confederacy was the single greatest conservative resistance to federal authority ever.u)
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To: Sub-Driver
they did such an incredible job of protecting her [Chelsea] from the likes of us

Sure . . . her step-father, Bill Clinton (Webster Hubbell being her real father), prevented her from the news that he was a rapist, sexual predator, had a curved penis, made a mess on an intern's dress, was married to a lesbian, sold national secrets to the Chicoms for campaign money, was a drug addict, hid his medical records, was a draft dodger, and had STDs.

Mommy protected her from the news that Mommy was a bisexual pervert, involved in a murder, obstructed justice, abused a corpse, stole $100,000 of government property on her way out of the White House, stole over 900 FBI records that were never returned, committed perjury and suborned perjury, and was a big fat liar.

Unless Chelsea lived in an opaque bubble, she has to be horribly ashamed of those two disgusting people.

23 posted on 08/15/2012 5:44:34 PM PDT by laweeks
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To: CaptainK
but praise for Chelsea, calling her ..... and a "total fox"

Put a picture of Howdy Doody next to Chelsea and see if there's any difference. One is quite ugly, has big fat lips, a stupid smile, huge teeth, and the other is Howdy Doody.

"total fox" huh? I know you can't help how ugly you might have been born, but please don't try to tell us that you're a beauty.

24 posted on 08/15/2012 5:48:05 PM PDT by laweeks
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To: JayNorth

The media has become so incredibly pathetic that I almost feel sorry for them.


25 posted on 08/15/2012 5:49:41 PM PDT by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: laweeks
lol
to Ms. Ashleigh...
Any one can be beautiful with a little airbrushing and digital work overs...

Chelsea needs to work on her troubled marriage, not politics...

26 posted on 08/15/2012 5:50:39 PM PDT by haircutter
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To: Sub-Driver

by the way Ms. Ashleigh...I think Rush has more important things to cover than spend time reading a Vogue mag or listening to a CNN broad...

as soon as I read CNN and Vogue I didn’t even bother to read it....


27 posted on 08/15/2012 5:53:34 PM PDT by haircutter
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To: CaptainK
My horse might find Chelsea's smile appealing....
28 posted on 08/15/2012 5:54:07 PM PDT by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: Sub-Driver

Is this a throw up article? The Clintons are communists as is their daughter.


29 posted on 08/15/2012 6:06:31 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: Sub-Driver

The World’s greatest parents? Come on. They raised one child. Sure, she turned out fine but seriously? World’s greatest?????


30 posted on 08/15/2012 6:15:59 PM PDT by napscoordinator (Attention Republican National Convention voters....Santorum/Bachmann 2012! Dump liberal Romney NOW!)
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To: Sub-Driver

Never heard of van Meter before and I gotta said: that is one creepy man.


31 posted on 08/15/2012 6:17:44 PM PDT by Psycho_Bunny (OWS = The Great American Snivel War)
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To: Jyotishi

The beast (hildebeast) sleeps with the enemy.

LLS


32 posted on 08/15/2012 6:26:48 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer (Sarah speaking at the romney convention would be like Led Zeppelin opening for The Monkees)
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To: Sub-Driver

First, no one watches CNN so Banfield, so the journolist suck up is doing it to an empty audience.
Second, Chelsea was raised by her mother’s mother, not Hill.
Third, echo the woman-user father points.
Lastly, you can call a pig’s ear a silk purse all you want...
It’s still a pig’s ear.


33 posted on 08/15/2012 7:06:09 PM PDT by matginzac
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To: LibLieSlayer

If Willy really is her Dad instead of Web I can easily see him say “I’m never gonna do that again” which could explain her single child status. ;-)


34 posted on 08/15/2012 7:48:04 PM PDT by Tunehead54 (Nothing funny here ;-)
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To: nascarnation

These two “journOlists” can chat all they want about her electoral political prospects but she’d be Caroline Kennedy’d as soon as they tried to get her in office.

What am I missing here, tho? Dad shames his kid at the deepest, most fundamental level, mom’s ambition allows it, and somehow they’re just great parents??


35 posted on 08/15/2012 7:58:52 PM PDT by EDINVA
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To: napscoordinator
Your comment on Chelsea.

Sure, she turned out fine but seriously? World's greatest?????

A perfect day up here in Great Lakes country and just going to call it quits. I concur with your statement. My wife and I raised two daughters. It ain't easy. Chelsea is a level headed young woman and she possibly does not need any superlatives, or whatever that is.

Chelsea not responsible for her sometime charming and wayward Dad, nor for Hillary.

Excuse the ramble.

36 posted on 08/15/2012 8:12:32 PM PDT by Peter Libra
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To: Sub-Driver

They didn’t have to deal with sibling rivalry.


37 posted on 08/15/2012 8:43:43 PM PDT by TwoSue
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To: Sub-Driver
Great satire!
and I want to read this quote just so that you know how articulate this young woman has become.

She said, "I really wanted to work in the private sector. I felt as if I had no inherited understanding of that from my parents, but I didn't fundamentally care about denominating success through money. And think it's important to be in professions in which you care about the metric of success."

Whoa.

She knows words, and can use them in sentences, almost approximately correctly.
38 posted on 08/15/2012 11:30:37 PM PDT by Oztrich Boy (Internet fun fact: There is 1 person named walter wawra in Kalamazoo, MI.)
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To: Tunehead54

Yeah... hard to dispute Web’s DNA in that child.

LLS


39 posted on 08/16/2012 3:51:43 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (Sarah speaking at the romney convention would be like Led Zeppelin opening for The Monkees)
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To: Sub-Driver

I have never thought Chelsea Clinton was pretty at all. On the other hand, the Bush twins...............

Oh, well, does anyone ever remember the press saying how pretty Laura Bush looked or how nice she was to everyone? Of course not, as the MSM does not like the Bushes or any GOPers.

Instead we are fed with lies about what a good dresser Michelle Obama is, and how good looking and likeable Barack Obama is, etc, ad nauseum.

All lies, all the time!!!!!


40 posted on 08/16/2012 5:18:20 AM PDT by Gumdrop
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To: Sub-Driver

Except for that rape and that serial adultery thing.


41 posted on 08/16/2012 5:23:25 AM PDT by AppyPappy (If you really want to annoy someone, point out something obvious that they are trying hard to ignore)
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To: atc23

Uh, okay.

Men do not “always” do young women. There are men who remain faithful to their wives though this does not seem likely to you. Tells us about you more than I’d like.

I do understand the male desire of young women but it IS possible to avoid sin, perhaps you’ve never heard of this.

That being said....the whole question....read closely as your reading and comprehension skills are suspect here...that THE CLINTONS WERE GREAT PARENTS!

I say, and I stand by my assertion, that a father who goes after a woman as young as his daughter in their own house (WH living quarters are right upstairs), IS NOT A GOOD FATHER!

You, obviously and not to my admiration, think this sort of thing is okay.

Sure he lied under oath and his extra-marital affairs are not necessarily something the government should be getting involved with.

But, I’ll say it again because of limited reading comprehension going on here....the subject of this post was the CLINTONS AND THEIR PARENTING SKILLS.

Getting oral ministrations in your own house with a young woman the age of your daughter....it might be okay with you but I think this is a kind of crappy Dad.

Silly me.


42 posted on 08/16/2012 5:36:35 AM PDT by Fishtalk (http://patfish.blogspot.com/)
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To: Gumdrop

Forgive me for drifting a bit off topic here, but when Moochelle was introduced at the Olympics, some pundit or another said, to the effect, that Michelle was known in America for her fashion sense of style.

Now I don’t want to pounce all over Michelle with derogatory terms. At times she looks good.

But she’s no style icon and anybody with eyeballs can see she’s not.

The pee upon our feet and tell us it’s raining.

Like they carry on that the Clintons are good parents, man, beam me up Scotty.


43 posted on 08/16/2012 5:39:34 AM PDT by Fishtalk (http://patfish.blogspot.com/)
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