Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Obama's New "Truthiness*" Office

* As Stephen Colbert might say.

Mr. Transparency has added yet another position to the White House. That would be the Director of Progressive Media & Online Response. The point of this position? Well, it would seem to smack down any negative story that might arise about Obama. We can't have THAT, after all.

I am not kidding. This new position will be directed primarily at the online community:
[snip] The post is a new one for this White House. Rapid response has been the purview of the Democratic National Committee (and will continue to be). Lee's hire, however, suggests that a portion of it will now be handled from within the administration. It also signals that the White House will be adopting a more aggressive engagement in the online world in the months ahead.

Lee has played that role in the past, including writing a semi-infamous White House blog post that said Fox News' Glenn Beck was lying about the administration on his show. His new gig comes with its own Twitter account, precisely for the purposes of disseminating push back.

An equally telling requirement of Lee's new job, however, is that of crafting strategy for outreach to the progressive community. Lee has been tasked with that responsibility in his previous incarnations, both as a member of the DNC online team during the '08 election and as a senior new media adviser with then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).[snip] (Click here to read the rest.)

Oh, yes - we cannot have anything negative to say about The One, can we? I mean, really - no one can acknowledge when the Emperor Has No Clothes.

Along those lines, you likely know that Obama is off on another European Vacation, including going to Moneygall, Ireland to meet a very distant relative. (I am pretty sure my Irish connections are far closer than the 8th cousin Obama will be glad-handing, but hey - I would have to pay for my own damn trip to Ireland., so...) While there, he and Michelle went to a pub and tossed back a pint of Guiness:
(May 22, 2011 - Photo by Pool/Getty Images Europe)

Huh - rather a somber look for someone hanging out in a pub, but whatever. Ahem. He did lighten up, but I thought that photo was intriguing...

But get this - the White House INSISTED upon taking its own water to - wait for it - Buckingham Palace. In London. That one. Where the Queen of England lives. Not just that The Emperor would not drink the water there, he wouldn't even drink THEIR bottled water. Again, I am not making this up - how could I? I never would even DREAM of something like that.

It is LONDON, not East Jesus, Timbuckto, for heaven's sake. What is WRONG with this man? His people were worried it might upset his tummy, is the explanation for this (new) slight. He can toss back a Guiness, but not accept a bottle of water from the TRUE Royals. Now that takes some chutzpah, doesn't it?

Well, who knows how much longer bloggers like me will be able to write these kinds of things before the Office Of "Truthiness*" rains down hard making sure everyone still believes the Emperor has clothes? I guess I better get them in while I can, huh?

One last thing - just what kind of bottled water IS it that His Highness requires? I'm just wondering. Is it laced with gold, frankincense, and myrrh? What do you think?


Mary Ellen said...

Obama only drinks the kind of water that he walks on. ;-)

I think he needs a food taster, too. It's obvious that Michelle seems to have taken on that job, those wide belts can only hide so much.

Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy said...

LOL - good ones, ME. Oh, and the White House also sent along its own bullet proof glass - in case there was a mortar attack on Buckingham Palace - and snipers.

Your taxpaying dollars at work!!