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(Daily Mail)   Not really news: First Lady Michelle Obama surprises visitors on White House tour. Fark: She shakes hands with a teenager wearing a Ron Paul T-shirt. AWKWARD (w/video & photos)   (dailymail.co.uk) divider line 345
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2012-02-18 09:56:58 PM
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Curse of the Goth Kids: LindyJohn: Dressing for ultimate comfort in all situations is just plebian and corsens public culture.

That's "coarsens" I believe, M'Lud. Respectfully of course, guv.

*doffs cap, backs away*


LOL! Getting use to my Kindle Fire with its damned lack of spell-check... Thank you for doffing your cap, but get off my lawn anyway. :)
 
2012-02-18 09:58:15 PM

Bathia_Mapes: GAT_00: Why would you tour the White House wearing a shirt like that? It's like showing up at a Mets-Phillies game wearing a Yankees jersey.

IMHO, I think he did it to see if he could get a reaction from the First Lady. If that was his intent, he failed spectacularly.

Seeing as he's a teen, he might have done it on a dare because nothing else was clean too.


FTFY

/Teenagers are wonderful people. We do not do laundry.
 
2012-02-18 09:59:31 PM
I ate a pound of fig newtons today. Is that going to come back to haunt me?

A pound.
 
2012-02-18 10:00:55 PM
What should she do? Make him turn it insideout, and if he doesn't he gets tazed by SS.
 
2012-02-18 10:01:27 PM

culebra: phenn: Hero worship. Not attractive.

Hyperbolic assessment of internet humor. Not intelligent.


Deflection. Not working.
 
2012-02-18 10:01:43 PM

GoldSpider: I ate a pound of fig newtons today. Is that going to come back to haunt me?

A pound.


You are farked my friend. The hopes and prayers of my family will go out to you in what will surely be a very difficult time at the Spider household in about 12 to 24 hours.
 
2012-02-18 10:03:22 PM

Sylvia_Bandersnatch: People who respect our nation's democratic traditions don't find it awkward to show respect for people with differing views.


www.thegrowthmasters.com
 
2012-02-18 10:06:14 PM

PsiChick: /Teenagers are wonderful people. We do not do laundry.


Well, some teens might not do laundry, but I did (from age 8 on up) and my son started doing his own laundry when he was 16.
 
2012-02-18 10:06:25 PM

Sylvia_Bandersnatch: People who respect our nation's democratic traditions don't find it awkward to show respect for people with differing views.


But CNN, MSNBC and Fox News have trained us to believe that the only choice is to be staunchly partisan. It's so much easier than thinking for ourself.
 
2012-02-18 10:06:53 PM

phenn: culebra: phenn: Hero worship. Not attractive.

Hyperbolic assessment of internet humor. Not intelligent.

Deflection. Not working.


Deflection from what? Michelle Obama is an excellent First Lady. The Daily Mail is considered by everyone that is actually familiar with it to be a tabloid, there was nothing awkward about the encounter (despite the implication otherwise in the headline), and nothing I've said would indicate that Michelle Obama is a hero to me. I know I know, it's the word "awesome", but I'm using it in the colloquial sense rather than the literal.

Weren't you "moving on"?
 
2012-02-18 10:07:47 PM
As a non-American independent observe, the US currently have easily the most farkable First Lady. You should be exploiting this.


And I'm including Carla Bruni here.
 
2012-02-18 10:09:49 PM

Sylvia_Bandersnatch: People who respect our nation's democratic federal republican traditions don't find it awkward to show fake respect for people with differing views.


ftfy
 
2012-02-18 10:10:29 PM

GoldSpider: I ate a pound of fig newtons today. Is that going to come back to haunt me?

A pound.


How much is that in kilograms? Because you know if we get 4 more years of a super-liberal president like Obama, we'll be forced to switch to the metric system and everything we own that is in standard will be confiscated.
 
2012-02-18 10:10:32 PM

Bathia_Mapes: PsiChick: /Teenagers are wonderful people. We do not do laundry.

Well, some teens might not do laundry, but I did (from age 8 on up) and my son started doing his own laundry when he was 16.




I started about 8, because otherwise it wouldn't be done.

Hurrah for alcoholic parents!
 
2012-02-18 10:10:34 PM

culebra: phenn: culebra: phenn: Hero worship. Not attractive.

Hyperbolic assessment of internet humor. Not intelligent.

Deflection. Not working.

Deflection from what? Michelle Obama is an excellent First Lady. The Daily Mail is considered by everyone that is actually familiar with it to be a tabloid, there was nothing awkward about the encounter (despite the implication otherwise in the headline), and nothing I've said would indicate that Michelle Obama is a hero to me. I know I know, it's the word "awesome", but I'm using it in the colloquial sense rather than the literal.

Weren't you "moving on"?


Yeah, yeah, yeah.

The kid was awesome. Being himself. Visiting the Whitehouse. Doing his own thing.

Your admiration is misplaced at best. They appear to both be cordial. She is no better than he.

Big farking perception problem in this country. Big one.
 
2012-02-18 10:10:57 PM
So what? It's gonna be the closest thing the Paultards are ever gonna have to Ron Paul being seen in the White House.
 
2012-02-18 10:11:45 PM

DirtyDeadGhostofEbenezerCooke: Sylvia_Bandersnatch: People who respect our nation's democratic federal republican traditions don't find it awkward to show fake respect for people with differing views.

ftfy


Yeah, you just know that fat little guy is roasting on a spit somewhere, after having been seized by the Secret Service. It was all a ruse.
 
2012-02-18 10:12:03 PM

Bungles: As a non-American independent observe, the US currently have easily the most farkable First Lady. You should be exploiting this.


And I'm including Carla Bruni here.


As an american, I agree, although I wouldn't kick Carla Bruni out of bed.
 
2012-02-18 10:12:51 PM

Benevolent Misanthrope: So, what you're saying is, a true First Lady would have biatch-slapped him? Should have biatch-slapped him? Any first Lady who sees someone supporting someone other than her husband should snub that person?

What's your point, smitty?


Whatever The Mooch decided to do, you can be certain that it was WRONG, WRONG, WRONG.
 
2012-02-18 10:13:49 PM

phenn: Big farking perception problem in this country. Big one.


And you're an excellent example of that. Stop reading so much into comments on the internet in a vain attempt to feel superior, and don't pick petty arguments.
 
2012-02-18 10:13:56 PM

Teufelaffe: Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: Apparently some people think Mrs. Obama is a hateful, bitter woman.

I get inundated with Tea Party propaganda from my step-brother, and they do indeed think Michelle Obama is a hateful, bitter, anti-American woman. It's pretty sad, really.


Well, it is well-documented that she wants to kill Whitey.
 
2012-02-18 10:14:00 PM
OH GOD A SCANDAL, MICHELLE OBAMA BEING COURTEOUS!!! BEING COURTEOUS IS THE FIRST STEP TO SOCIALISM!!!ONE!!

fark the world.
 
2012-02-18 10:14:21 PM

Pants full of macaroni!!: Benevolent Misanthrope: So, what you're saying is, a true First Lady would have biatch-slapped him? Should have biatch-slapped him? Any first Lady who sees someone supporting someone other than her husband should snub that person?

What's your point, smitty?

Whatever The Mooch decided to do, you can be certain that it was WRONG, WRONG, WRONG.


She did nothing wrong. Neither did the kid in question. Jesus Christ Bananas, why is this shiat news???
 
2012-02-18 10:14:58 PM
Graciousness is letting trash like that into your house. Acknowledging their presence? That is downright saintly.
 
2012-02-18 10:15:06 PM

culebra: phenn: Big farking perception problem in this country. Big one.

And you're an excellent example of that. Stop reading so much into comments on the internet in a vain attempt to feel superior, and don't pick petty arguments.


Vain?
 
2012-02-18 10:15:38 PM

phenn: news


What website are you on?
What was the long-standing slogan of said website?
 
2012-02-18 10:15:46 PM

GoldSpider: I ate a pound of fig newtons today. Is that going to come back to haunt me?

A pound.


No the kind of person who eats a pound of cookies per day isn't going to be haunted by a 1% weight gain.
 
2012-02-18 10:16:04 PM

It was the Bush minions who would eject people wearing opposing shirts at events, and even lobby against "gasp" flashing peace signs in the media in war-time.

ts3.mm.bing.net

Before

ts4.mm.bing.net

After


Maybe Obama can put journalists and activists who oppose his agenda on no fly lists like his predecessor did, and we can avoid further awkward moments in this presidency.
 
2012-02-18 10:16:21 PM

Bungles: As a non-American independent observe, the US currently have easily the most farkable First Lady. You should be exploiting this.


Syria and Nicaragua are laughing at your unfortunate oversight.

t0.gstatic.com

4.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-02-18 10:16:22 PM

phenn: culebra: phenn: Big farking perception problem in this country. Big one.

And you're an excellent example of that. Stop reading so much into comments on the internet in a vain attempt to feel superior, and don't pick petty arguments.

Vain?


You are indeed.
 
2012-02-18 10:16:27 PM

Bathia_Mapes: Benevolent Misanthrope: So, what you're saying is, a true First Lady would have biatch-slapped him? Should have biatch-slapped him? Any first Lady who sees someone supporting someone other than her husband should snub that person?

What's your point, smitty?

I'm the submitter and that's not what I was saying at all. In case you didn't notice, I used the "amusing" tag because I thought it was an amusing situation. I also thought the First Lady handled an awkward situation very well.


At least someone in the Obama family is willing to work with people on the other side of the aisle.

Bo is a really stand up dog.
 
2012-02-18 10:18:21 PM

Tremolo: Note: it's now okay to visit the White House wearing a shirt supporting a political opponent of the president.


FTFY
 
2012-02-18 10:22:10 PM

phenn: Pants full of macaroni!!: Benevolent Misanthrope: So, what you're saying is, a true First Lady would have biatch-slapped him? Should have biatch-slapped him? Any first Lady who sees someone supporting someone other than her husband should snub that person?

What's your point, smitty?

Whatever The Mooch decided to do, you can be certain that it was WRONG, WRONG, WRONG.

She did nothing wrong. Neither did the kid in question. Jesus Christ Bananas, why is this shiat news???


Because someone filmed and released 78 minutes of Michelle Obama shaking people's hands. Someone at the Daily Mail was assigned to watch that video and, after he finished cursing under his breath, decided he was going to wring a story out of it come hell or high water.
 
2012-02-18 10:25:48 PM
How is any of this out of the ordinary? He wore a Ron Paul t-shirt. Who cares?
 
2012-02-18 10:28:04 PM

Bathia_Mapes: Benevolent Misanthrope: So, what you're saying is, a true First Lady would have biatch-slapped him? Should have biatch-slapped him? Any first Lady who sees someone supporting someone other than her husband should snub that person?

What's your point, smitty?

I'm the submitter and that's not what I was saying at all. In case you didn't notice, I used the "amusing" tag because I thought it was an amusing situation. I also thought the First Lady handled an awkward situation very well.


And why was this awkward for Michelle Obama? It's not like Ron Paul is any kind of a threat to win a damn thing; in fact, all he's going to do is pull a Nader and siphon votes away from other candidates- and not Obama.
 
2012-02-18 10:28:14 PM

LindyJohn: Curse of the Goth Kids: LindyJohn: Who the hell wears a T-shirt on a tour of the White House, let alone a political one?

Teenagers.

But then again, it's a tour, not a state visit. If he was dragged to that AND the various monuments, the Capitol and assorted other rigmarole I'm not really going to slate him for dressing comfortably. And at least by advertising a candidate he's taking an interest in the whole citizenship thing. I'm not really seeing a problem anywhere in this really.

I get that and I realize that dress standards have disappeared in the last two generations. However, crap situations like this highlight the reasons why societal dress standards exist in the first place.

Someone above mentioned that he should have worn Khakis and a collared shirt at a minimum, and I agree. Dressing for ultimate comfort in all situations is just plebian and corsens public culture. This is just one small example of why and how that happens. Kid should have known better. I have kids of my own and hope that they would. I also hope that public standards of dress come back in vogue...


At least he wasn't wearing pajamas...

/ugh... when did THAT become acceptable?

//Mrs. O is awesome and a class act
 
2012-02-18 10:29:52 PM

MayContainHorseGluten: How is any of this out of the ordinary? He wore a Ron Paul t-shirt. Who cares?


I care. The last President fought tooth and nail against "awkward" free speech moments that conflicted with his agenda.
 
2012-02-18 10:30:27 PM

moonscatter: She really is a class act. Nice to see a First Lady act like one.


Laura Bush was supposedly quite nice and personable. I don't really remember hearing much from/about her other than she really supported libraries. I also don't remember anyone really attacking her on any issue, so maybe that's why I never really heard about her.

/I really don't understand why people attack Michelle Obama
//I remember Hillary being attacked too..
 
2012-02-18 10:32:24 PM

Bungles: Bathia_Mapes: PsiChick: /Teenagers are wonderful people. We do not do laundry.

Well, some teens might not do laundry, but I did (from age 8 on up) and my son started doing his own laundry when he was 16.



I started about 8, because otherwise it wouldn't be done.

Hurrah for alcoholic parents!


I started at 8 because my grandma believe in children doing chores as soon as they were physically capable. I got a picture of myself and my sister doing dishes when I was 5-years old. I'm kneeling on the tall kitchen step stool, washing the dishes. My sister is standing next to me, drying them. She was around 4-years old at the time.
 
2012-02-18 10:34:31 PM

phenn: why is this shiat news


It's not news, it's Fark.
 
2012-02-18 10:35:43 PM

Jurodan: moonscatter: She really is a class act. Nice to see a First Lady act like one.

Laura Bush was supposedly quite nice and personable. I don't really remember hearing much from/about her other than she really supported libraries. I also don't remember anyone really attacking her on any issue, so maybe that's why I never really heard about her.

/I really don't understand why people attack Michelle Obama
//I remember Hillary being attacked too..


The only stupid attacks I remember against Laura Bush were: 1) She killed a guy in a car accident decades ago in Texas, 2) She looks like The Joker, and 3) She married GW Bush.

The stuff she did as First Lady were pretty much classy and spot-on for the role. Who really objects to literacy programs?
 
2012-02-18 10:36:01 PM

Jurodan: I also don't remember anyone really attacking her on any issue,


She was a classy First Lady as well and likely a saint for dealing with W for all these years.

First Ladies seem to get the worst treatment when there's a Democrat in the White House. I'm sure it is just a coincidence though.
 
2012-02-18 10:37:50 PM
Here's the real question-- who wears a t-shirt to the White House? And it's not like his family or school group just decided to walk in on a whim, that shiat has to be scheduled. There's background checks and everything.

And yes, I'm aware that the answer to the above is "a teenager," which is why parents exist.
 
2012-02-18 10:40:51 PM

jpo2269: Good for MO... Not a fan of her husband, but find MO to be very likable and very real.

As for the little fark who wore a Ron Paul t-shirt to the White House, wtf is wrong with you son? Show some damned respect for the "People's House" and dress appropriately. Damn, you don't have to wear a flippin tuxedo, but could you at least dress as you would if your were attending church... And if you cannot afford at minimum khakis and a collard shirt, you could at minimum save the "I'm voting for someone other than the current guy" t-shirt... You may not like the current head of household at 1600 Penn, but he earned the right to be there by the results of the 2008 election.


I think god especially wants the poor and people who don't have nice clothes to attend church and he expects Christians to welcome them. When you stand before God how will you explain that wearing nice khakis is more important than leading people to Christ and encouraging worship? As a Christian i don't want someone turned away from church because they only have old jeans or sweats. church is not a fashion show. God want you to come as you are. He didn't put churches or people like you in charge of screening His worshipers.
 
2012-02-18 10:40:55 PM
Just a thought - maybe Mrs. Obama just saw a teenager visiting the White House and didnt care what he was wearing.
 
2012-02-18 10:42:29 PM

Bathia_Mapes: I started at 8 because my grandma believe in children doing chores as soon as they were physically capable. I got a picture of myself and my sister doing dishes when I was 5-years old. I'm kneeling on the tall kitchen step stool, washing the dishes. My sister is standing next to me, drying them. She was around 4-years old at the time.


Then shouldn't them dishes and laundry have been done by now?
 
2012-02-18 10:43:11 PM
I think wearing a t shirt to the White House isn't quite appropriate. Maybe if it was July, but even then. You can throw on a polo shirt for touring the White House.

/Went to DC in July once
//Put on a skirt for visiting congress
///Embarrassed by consort, who flipped off the White House
 
2012-02-18 10:44:34 PM

EZ1923: Here's the real question-- who wears a t-shirt to the White House? And it's not like his family or school group just decided to walk in on a whim, that shiat has to be scheduled. There's background checks and everything.

And yes, I'm aware that the answer to the above is "a teenager," which is why parents exist.


i don't think there's much of a market for suits and polo's with big lettered slogans.
 
2012-02-18 10:45:34 PM

MayContainHorseGluten: How is any of this out of the ordinary? He wore a Ron Paul t-shirt. Who cares?


The derptastic products of America's public schools.
 
2012-02-18 10:46:51 PM

Shaggy_C: Why is that awkward? Given Mr. Paul's political relevancy, it's kind of like showing up to Fenway Park in an Astros jersey. Yeah, you might get some strange looks, but who is going to actually get pissed?


Back in the day I was at Fenway for a game with the Yankees and a fight started between some Yankees fans and Sox fans. As the Yankees fans disappeared beneath a sea of pounding fists, a group of girls nearby in Mets uniforms loudly shouted "Let's go Mets". Surreal!
 
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