“These days, I look in the mirror and I have to admit, I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist I used to be.” – President Barack Obama

Obama channeling FDR?

Obama channeling FDR?

THE nerd prom was held last night, otherwise known as the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner, with President Obama throwing out quips, jokes and a few clunkers. Conan O’Brien was the talent, having the most fun when he zeroed in on the NRA’s Wayne LaPierre.

“Here’s a fun fact about tonight’s food– everything you ate was personally shot by Wayne LaPierre. Don’t worry, it was during a home invasion. The fish came in through the window. Incidentally, you may not know this, but Wayne LaPierre is merely the executive vice president of the NRA. Which begs the question, how freaking crazy do you have to be to be the actual president of the NRA? He’s not even at the top.” Huffington Post

Conan punching at the NRA was very popular in the room. But overall he looked nervous and the television viewing audience saw the top of his head most of the time, because he was reading his material instead of performing it. Once he found the gavel on the podium, using it as a gage developed into a nervous tick.

That was nothing compared to the 20.6 pound swag bad filled with lots and lots of brand name booty.

Among the brand names in the People/Times bag: Alba Botanica, Alex and Ani, California Baby, C Wonder, Demeter Fragrance, Eastern Collective, Edge Shave Gel, Georgetown Cupcake, GoGo squeeZ, GoMarco In., Good Karmal, Grooming Lounge, Happy Socks, Herban Essentials, illy issimo, Incase, JASON, John Masters Organics, Justin’s, KIND Healthy Snacks, Kusmi Tea, LeSportsac (the bag itself), L’Oreal Paris, MADHOUSE by Michael Aram, Manduka, Neuro Drinks, Peeled Snacks, Pirate’s Booty, Praim Gorup, Preserve Products, PRITI NYC, Purely Elizabeth, Quinn Popcorn, Red Bull, Revision Skincare, RUSK, SAMY FAT HAIR, Sara Kety Baby, Schick, Scholastic, Sheila G’s Brownie Brittle, Somersault Snack Co., SpaRitual, Starbucks, Stila, Supersmile, TableTopics, Taza Chocolate, Theo Chocolate, Toyota (alas, a mug, not a car), Twistband, Urbanhalo Headbands, VEGA, Weleda.

The question whether the same people who cover President Obama should be getting cozy with him and other politicians they also cover is a subject that never dies out. It’s an important subject.

I’ve been critical before at the whole affair, but after the last ten days it doesn’t seem like that big of a deal.

Of course, the cynics will be aghast, the hyper partisans will grumble, the independents will be disgusted, and the haters of President Obama who can’t distinguish between anything as long as he’s involved will all cluck at the elite politicians and wring their hands.

Everyone’s a critic.


TM NOTE: The comments lately, with few exceptions, simply haven’t been worth reading. The sniping between people has brought the discussion to a new low, which was only made less offensive, because of the even more outrageous vitriol lobbed President Obama’s way that went well beyond criticism to personal invective that was uninteresting and unworthy of being published. The comments are closed.