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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

How Obama 'Gets Things Done' -- We need a president who rarely thinks and never speaks about how he looks in jeans -- By Bret Stephens, The Wall Street Journal

President Barack Obama wore jeans to speak with Russian President Vladimir Putin on March 1. The two discussed the Russian invasion of Ukraine's Crimean peninsula. Maybe Barack Obama should have given Zach Galifianakis an off-ramp, like the one he keeps trying to offer Vladimir Putin.  Those were some pretty barbed lines the president unloaded on the comic actor last week in their semi-parodic "Between Two Ferns" interview.

In case you're wondering why I'm writing about this—well, I am too. A Malaysian jetliner has vanished into thin air, while Russia has completed its seizure of Crimea and may yet invade other parts of Ukraine. Serious stuff, you might say. But the big story of last week as far as the president is concerned is his appearance alongside the star of "The Hangover" movies, the guy who last year smoked a joint live on the Bill Maher show. 

"Zach actually was pretty nervous," Mr. Obama later told Ryan Seacrest, the"American Idol" impresario, in a radio interview. "His whole character is to go after the guest and I think he was looking around and seeing all these Secret Service guys and thinking, 'I wonder what happens here if I cross a line?'

"But we had a great time." 

Incidentally, I quote these lines from the Us Weekly report of the Seacrest interview. Us magazine is where I go for my political news these days. The online article also had a link to a photo gallery of Mr. Obama hanging out with various celebrities, like Justin Bieber.  "What's up, my dude!" the Canadian teen star says to the president of the United States. "What's up, Biebs!" the president of the United States answers back. 

In fairness, this was before Biebs's Miami DUI. In fairness, also, the president does important work. Just the other day, he was photographed standing by his Oval Office desk, casually dressed in jeans, speaking to Vladimir Putin on the phone. The president had been savaged by Sarah Palin "as one who wears mom jeans and equivocates and bloviates." 

Retorted Mr. Obama: "The truth is, generally I look very sharp in jeans." The sole exception, he added, "was one episode like four years ago in which I was wearing some loose jeans, mainly because I was out on the pitcher's mound and I didn't want to feel confined while I was pitching."
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