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2012-09-09 11:20:38 PM  
8 votes:

Amos Quito: Carth: You never went to public school (or hired anyone who did),


Yeah, I went to public school, and so did the wino under the bridge. So?


The very fact that you got that chance was thanks to Americans. All of us, working together, agreed to give up some of our money, and some of our freedom, to give you a chance. We paid taxes, we created laws against extortion and other anti-competitive measures, just so you would be given a chance. Just like everybody else.

You succeeded, most people didn't. Congratulations on that. But don't think for a moment that chance wasn't paid for by other people's taxes. And now that you've succeeded, we expect you to pay for that same chance for the next generation. That's called the Social Contract. That's how civilization works.

What some people don't seem to get is, we're in the minority here, in the U.S. Most countries, you wouldn't have gotten that chance. Bigger, richer, better connected, or just plain crazier people would have taken your chance away from you, even if you'd started to succeed. The reason you had that chance is because of the government, which is the way We, The People, distribute according to the Social Contract.

You don't have to like how the government works. It has lots of problems, in most people's opinion. I hope if you're upset by it that you'll do something about it, to increase the opportunities of those coming after you. But eliminating taxes or the government is not an option. Our government, overall, is a good thing, and the best part about it is that it can be changed for the better. Taxes are not evil. They're not even a necessary evil. Taxes help people like you succeed, and I wish that you could see that as a good thing.

I'm willing to pay Clinton-era taxes. Hell, I'm willing to pay Kennedy-era taxes, as long as I know that money will help the next generation succeed. And if my money is being misspent, then I'll scream to my Congressman about that, not about how taxes are too high. My parents paid those levels of taxes, as did my grandparents. I think I can handle it.
2012-09-09 05:44:16 PM  
7 votes:
Mr President, I know that doing these things will make people like you, but I do not believe it is worth the risk of possible harm doing. There are a lot of people out there who REALLY despise you, and they hate you so much that they would do anything to be put in a position where they could harm you. Sure, I may not like you, but that does not mean that I want to see anyone attempt to kill you. Please, Mr President, dont give those farkers ANY chance.
2012-09-09 05:51:08 PM  
5 votes:
Hey, look. It's a Presidential candidate connecting with his constituents.

As opposed to "I like those fancy raincoats you bought. Really sprung for the big bucks."
2012-09-09 07:13:03 PM  
4 votes:

xl5150: I hope he checked his pocket for his wallet after he put the President down.

Oh wait, I guess there would be no need for the President to do his own dirty work, since he's essentially done the same thing by raising my taxes and killing businesses left and right.


So, can you show me, on the doll, where the president raised your taxes?
2012-09-09 06:56:40 PM  
4 votes:

Smitty Werben Jagerman-Jensen: I am surprised that the Secret Cervix guys didn't freak out and beat the hell out of the guy who gave Obama a bear hug.


Prearranged and scripted, like everything else.
2012-09-10 01:31:56 AM  
3 votes:

Amos Quito: My perspective:

I went into business for myself 25 years ago. Took a big risk - quit my job, invested hard-earned money, and jumped in with both feet. No regrets.

And I have kept this business alive through good and tough times for 25 years - all the while driving on the same roads and bridges, using the same power and telephone lines (and later cell towers) that others who DIDN'T build my business used.

Aside from the infrastructure available to all, I received NO help from government in ANY way. In fact, quite the opposite. If you think government is so "business friendly", ask yourself why companies have been fleeing offshore for decades.

Some people engineer bridges, some people build bridges, some people drive over bridges, and some people drink cheap wine under these same bridges.

Toward what end shall we aspire?

People build infrastructure. People build government, not the other way-round.

If you can't see how his remarks in OR out of context were divisive and pandering, and you can't see why he pissed a LOT of people off with those remarks, I feel sorry for you.


I'm a small business owner too, though for much less than 25 years. So far here's what I've determined about being a small business owner. It's laughable how little taxes I make relative to my new income. I now pay less taxes than I did before and I've nearly doubled my income. I did invest a few thousand bucks of my own up front, but pretty darn close to zero risk.. I mean if my business fails I will just go back to being an employee for a while. I went to public school, I use an internet built because of research for the military and NASA.

If you have such low self awareness that you're so upset about his comments, I feel sorry for you.
2012-09-09 09:37:29 PM  
3 votes:
Amos Quito

So, about those taxes you hate paying so much... You might have missed this in the news last week, because it didn't get as much coverage as it deserved, but sequencing of the entire human genome (not just the coding parts) was published last week. Open-source, so it's available to anyone. The ENCODE project has been paid for with your taxpayer dollars.

Some results of this basic research, which is the kind companies don't do because it requires more than a quarterly horizon, are HUGELY IMPORTANT for understanding some cancers, and also immune diseases like diabetes and MS.

It was published open-source so that if commercial drug companies want to start developing therapies based on these discoveries, they can. But remember: YOU paid for it. They didn't build it themselves. You and I funded the entire foundational work. In a few years we are going to be able to say we had an important part in curing cancer and MS.

Don't believe the drug companies when they say they did it; they will only do the easy half, after the real work that you and I paid for.
2012-09-09 08:11:52 PM  
3 votes:

Amos Quito: StreetlightInTheGhetto: Amos Quito: [lh3.googleusercontent.com image 250x250]

Van Duzer didn't build that.

I hate you, by the way.


Noted.

Hate the sin, love the sinner ;-)


There are a lot of wealthy, successful Americans who agree with me - because they want to give something back. They know they didn't - look, if you've been successful, you didn't get there on your own. You didn't get there on your own. I'm always struck by people who think, well, it must be because I was just so smart. There are a lot of smart people out there. It must be because I worked harder than everybody else. Let me tell you something - there are a whole bunch of hardworking people out there. (Applause.)

If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you've got a business - you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen. The Internet didn't get invented on its own. Government research created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the Internet.

LULZ

The point is, is that when we succeed, we succeed because of our individual initiative, but also because we do things together. There are some things, just like fighting fires, we don't do on our own. I mean, imagine if everybody had their own fire service. That would be a hard way to organize fighting fires.


/unless you were brought up by wolves... you know what, even then Mowgli had help from Baloo and Bagheera, and would have been SCREWED if Baloo hadn't taught him the key Jungle phrase in every language spoken in the jungle so no, teachers f--king helped him too


What, so all Obama was REALLY saying is that all individual achievements are built on the work of others that have gone before them.

Right?

That no one REALLY earns anything - that it's just the luck of the draw.

You got an eng ...


Yep, I got an engineering degree.

I also had f--king awesome teachers, paid for through taxes (public school whole way through) who helped me. I was in a gifted program 2nd through 12th grade, funded by taxpayer dollars. My parents couldn't have possibly afforded private school, but I got an amazing education that directly led to getting admitted to one of the best engineering colleges in the country. That's the point. I did the work but their help was invaluable and a benefit of the way our society is set up. My grandfather was a laborer, but my dad took advantage of public schooling and scholarships and became the first in his family to *not* be a laborer/tradesman of some kind. That's what America offered my family.

If you can't figure out that was what the President was saying, then I honestly feel sorry for you.
2012-09-09 07:09:13 PM  
3 votes:

xl5150: I hope he checked his pocket for his wallet after he put the President down.

Oh wait, I guess there would be no need for the President to do his own dirty work, since he's essentially done the same thing by raising my taxes and killing businesses left and right.


1/10.
2012-09-09 06:57:57 PM  
3 votes:
Obama seems to have more fun that any candidate in recent memory. He's winning the 'wanna have a beer with him' vote hands down.
2012-09-09 06:30:03 PM  
3 votes:
How can you not smile when watching that.
2012-09-09 06:13:29 PM  
3 votes:

cman: Mr President, I know that doing these things will make people like you, but I do not believe it is worth the risk of possible harm doing. There are a lot of people out there who REALLY despise you, and they hate you so much that they would do anything to be put in a position where they could harm you. Sure, I may not like you, but that does not mean that I want to see anyone attempt to kill you. Please, Mr President, dont give those farkers ANY chance.


You can bet the Secret Service looked that guy over more than a couple times before Obama arrived.
2012-09-09 06:05:28 PM  
3 votes:
Mitt Romney wouldn't know how to connect with another human being unless it involved cables and a USB port.
2012-09-09 05:37:51 PM  
3 votes:
Hey, if you get an opportunity to molest a President, go for it.
2012-09-10 02:48:39 AM  
2 votes:

surfrider: Um, it's not the Republicans known for reactionary boycotts and protests...just sayin.


Using Google (which conservatives have vowed to boycott), it took me all of several seconds to find:

Welcome to BoycottLiberalism.com
Recent Boycotts of the Week...

The Updated Conservative Boycott List: The 41 Advertisers Who Bailed On Rush Limbaugh...

American Family Association Calls For Boycott Of Google Over ...

Talk show host Beck vows to boycott American Airlines...

It's Time Conservatives Boycotted HBO & Time Warner - Townhall ...

Don't Do Business with Progressive Appeasers - Michelle Malkin ....

Economic Civil War: Declaration of Mutual Total Boycott of - PJ Media...

General Mills earns spot on boycott list - Conservative Republicans ...
2012-09-10 01:17:17 AM  
2 votes:

StreetlightInTheGhetto: You got an eng ...

Yep, I got an engineering degree.

I also had f--king awesome teachers, paid for through taxes (public school whole way through) who helped me. I was in a gifted program 2nd through 12th grade, funded by taxpayer dollars. My parents couldn't have possibly afforded private school, but I got an amazing education that directly led to getting admitted to one of the best engineering colleges in the country. That's the point. I did the work but their help was invaluable and a benefit of the way our society is set up. My grandfather was a laborer, but my dad took advantage of public schooling and scholarships and became the first in his family to *not* be a laborer/tradesman of some kind. That's what America offered my family.

If you can't figure out that was what the President was saying, then I honestly feel sorry for you.


Here's the thing, and I think you know this, too. Guys like this, who keep spouting off on the whole 'you didn't build that' bullshiat? They know what the President said and what the President meant.
They're just liars.
2012-09-10 01:12:29 AM  
2 votes:

Amos Quito: and you can't see why he pissed a LOT of people off with those remarks,


he didn't piss anyone off. he did give the right wing PR machine an opening for more of their faux outrage and they ran with it.

then once the ditto heads and the no nothings had some directions OMG OBAMA BAD.
2012-09-09 09:53:41 PM  
2 votes:
My understanding is that Celera did not do the same thing at all.

Celera worked on the coding parts of the genome -- the genes themselves. If the rest of the genome had been worked on, it wouldn't have been published in over 20 papers on Wednesday, six in Nature. Nature doesn't publish anything that isn't brand new.

What ENCODE did was the entire genome -- including the moiety thought to be "junk DNA." It turns out that noncoding DNA does a lot of stuff. There are a whole bunch of sequences that "switch" genes on and off at different times.

It was previously thought that the switches had to be at either end of the gene, kind of like HTML works. Instead it turns out that because DNA is knotted and folded up in the cell (and yes, they had to figure out the folding, too) often the switch for a gene is next to it on a different fold, not along the strand. As if you had to italicize something by putting html on the lines above and below.

These findings are a big deal, biologically speaking.
2012-09-09 07:55:31 PM  
2 votes:

StreetlightInTheGhetto: Amos Quito: [lh3.googleusercontent.com image 250x250]

Van Duzer didn't build that.

I hate you, by the way.


Noted.

Hate the sin, love the sinner ;-)


There are a lot of wealthy, successful Americans who agree with me - because they want to give something back. They know they didn't - look, if you've been successful, you didn't get there on your own. You didn't get there on your own. I'm always struck by people who think, well, it must be because I was just so smart. There are a lot of smart people out there. It must be because I worked harder than everybody else. Let me tell you something - there are a whole bunch of hardworking people out there. (Applause.)

If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you've got a business - you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen. The Internet didn't get invented on its own. Government research created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the Internet.

LULZ

The point is, is that when we succeed, we succeed because of our individual initiative, but also because we do things together. There are some things, just like fighting fires, we don't do on our own. I mean, imagine if everybody had their own fire service. That would be a hard way to organize fighting fires.


/unless you were brought up by wolves... you know what, even then Mowgli had help from Baloo and Bagheera, and would have been SCREWED if Baloo hadn't taught him the key Jungle phrase in every language spoken in the jungle so no, teachers f--king helped him too



What, so all Obama was REALLY saying is that all individual achievements are built on the work of others that have gone before them.

Right?

That no one REALLY earns anything - that it's just the luck of the draw.

You got an engineering degree? You didn't earn that. Somebody else did that. Someone else created all of the formulas that you use. Someone else built the schools that you were taught in, and someone else taught your teachers what they know.

You didn't earn that. There are a lot of smart, hardworking people out there who don't have engineering degrees. What makes you think you are any better than they are? Why should you benefit from your hard work and devotion more than they?

Obama's speech was designed to pander to the underachievers - to make them think that the only reason SOME people are more successful than others is that they were LUCKY - that it was HANDED to them by others - OR BY THE GOVERNMENT.

That's a hell of a way to inspire people to do work harder, think smarter, and be more successful, don't you think?

The only thing that Obama "inspired" with that little speech was class warfare - envy, division and resentment.

And you don't REALLY think Obama WROTE THAT, do you?


Oh, and BTW, I would very much prefer to have four more years of BO than face the prospect of even ONE term of MR.

But that doesn't mean I'm not going to call him on his pandering divisive bullshiat.

KNOWUTIMEAN?


;-)
2012-09-09 07:38:52 PM  
2 votes:
Everything the President does is planned by the Secret Service. If this guy just did that without asking permission, he would of been taken down so fast his head would of spun. That said, it is an awesome picture.
2012-09-09 07:25:28 PM  
2 votes:
Each time I've been through a Secret Service screening I'm struck by how completely free of bullshiat and most remarkably, how much FASTER it is than dealing with a TSA checkpoint.
2012-09-09 07:05:59 PM  
2 votes:
I saw Clinton in downtown Chicago in 1996, and they basically evacuated, sterilized, and cordoned off a city block. Then they welded down the manhole covers, stationed snipers on the rooftops, created four inlets with metal detectors and let the crowd in.

I wonder if there is an opposite strategy for unannounced visits?

"Hi we're the Secret Service, the President will be here in a few moments, we have jammed your cell phones, we're gonna frisk you all and then he's gonna have some pizza and beer."

*15 minutes later*

"K thnx bi! As you were!"
2012-09-09 06:59:39 PM  
2 votes:
I like Obama, he's better than the last guy
2012-09-09 06:48:31 PM  
2 votes:

hinten: He doesn't vote by party line. He feels comfortable with Romney, will vote for him and he bear hugs Obama.
I will never understand how some people decide who to vote for.


Perhaps that's because you can't read. FTA: "Van Duzer, by the way, is a registered Republican who voted for Obama in 2008 and says he will do so again in November."
2012-09-09 06:45:15 PM  
2 votes:
I demand to see more of the cute female employee.
2012-09-09 06:25:27 PM  
2 votes:

Marcus Aurelius: You can bet the Secret Service looked that guy over more than a couple times before Obama arrived.



Exactly.  He was the store owner.  You own a business, a lot of information is out there about you.  I promise you they did a lot of background checks on the business owner of a place Obama was scheduled to visit.
 
Random customers?  That may be tricker.
2012-09-09 06:06:29 PM  
2 votes:

hinten: He doesn't vote by party line. He feels comfortable with Romney, will vote for him and he bear hugs Obama.
I will never understand how some people decide who to vote for.


Umm, the guy said he was voting for Obama, not Romney.

FTFA: Van Duzer, by the way, is a registered Republican who voted for Obama in 2008 and says he will do so again in November.

"I don't vote party line, I vote who I feel comfortable with, and I do feel extremely comfortable with him," he told the press pool.
2012-09-09 06:06:02 PM  
2 votes:
Van Duzer, by the way, is a registered Republican who voted for Obama in 2008 and says he will do so again in November.

"I don't vote party line, I vote who I feel comfortable with, and I do feel extremely comfortable with him," he told the press pool.


GOP announces boycott of his store in 3... 2... 1...
2012-09-09 06:02:42 PM  
2 votes:

Bathia_Mapes: Awesome photo is awesome.


Yuppo! ^__^

People genuinely like the guy.

Oddly enuff a quick GIS for 'Romney+ Bear Hug' returned this image.

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A guy shaking Mitt Romney's hand with a rubber glove on.

So there's that.

/Hot linked from Gawker cos Fark them.
//And yeah, I didn't try that GIS w/ Filters off.
2012-09-09 06:02:42 PM  
2 votes:

cman: Mr President, I know that doing these things will make people like you, but I do not believe it is worth the risk of possible harm doing. There are a lot of people out there who REALLY despise you, and they hate you so much that they would do anything to be put in a position where they could harm you. Sure, I may not like you, but that does not mean that I want to see anyone attempt to kill you. Please, Mr President, dont give those farkers ANY chance.


You sound concerned.
2012-09-10 02:16:36 AM  
1 vote:

the_geek: I'm a small business owner too, though for much less than 25 years. So far here's what I've determined about being a small business owner. It's laughable how little taxes I make relative to my new income. I now pay less taxes than I did before and I've nearly doubled my income. I did invest a few thousand bucks of my own up front, but pretty darn close to zero risk.. I mean if my business fails I will just go back to being an employee for a while. I went to public school, I use an internet built because of research for the military and NASA.

If you have such low self awareness that you're so upset about his comments, I feel sorry for you.



The only thing Amos has built in his lifetime is a ditch. And probably a white sheet for his club's weekly meetings
2012-09-10 01:03:39 AM  
1 vote:

Amos Quito: And you don't REALLY think Obama WROTE THAT, do you?


Obama was paraphrasing Elizabeth Warren. he did a bad job of it but still they have a valid point. no one alive in America today gets ahead simply on their own ability.
2012-09-10 12:30:13 AM  
1 vote:
Just throwing my comment in here late again:

This is the difference between staged/scripted and pre-approved.
Some farker said above, and then other farkers confirmed that this was cleared with the secret service beforehand - and you can even see where Obama kind of cringes the first time the pizzeria owner grabs him around the middle; Obama knows he's going to be picked up. And I'm sure that (as another farker said) the guy had to have lifted someone a few times for the secret service to see he could do it.

That's all fine and I give it a 99/100 chance that the pizza guy suggested it himself.
Again that's the difference between being scripted like the MITT sign at the rally the other day (yesterday?) and this event which probably did not come from the Obama campaign.
2012-09-09 11:41:02 PM  
1 vote:

cman: Mr President, I know that doing these things will make people like you, but I do not believe it is worth the risk of possible harm doing. There are a lot of people out there who REALLY despise you, and they hate you so much that they would do anything to be put in a position where they could harm you. Sure, I may not like you, but that does not mean that I want to see anyone attempt to kill you. Please, Mr President, dont give those farkers ANY chance.


I don't like the president, but I also am one of the many, many people out there raised correctly by my parents, and would never do harm to another person. I'd probably shake his hand and gawk in awe, honestly. It's the freaking President!

Plus I have wayyyyy too many things on my slate to do yet in life, and nobody is worth my life in prison. But yeah, I can see you point.

Also, as an aside. Nothing, NOTHING like this is ever split second. That restaurant was vetted, microscoped, and X-rayed for hours before he showed up. I'm pretty sure he was safe. Still a fun picture.
2012-09-09 10:57:51 PM  
1 vote:

quatchi: Bathia_Mapes: Awesome photo is awesome.

Yuppo! ^__^

People genuinely like the guy.

Oddly enuff a quick GIS for 'Romney+ Bear Hug' returned this image.

[cache.gawker.com image 640x360]

A guy shaking Mitt Romney's hand with a rubber glove on.

So there's that.

/Hot linked from Gawker cos Fark them.
//And yeah, I didn't try that GIS w/ Filters off.


I'm quite surprised that it's not Romney with the rubber gloves on.
2012-09-09 10:25:26 PM  
1 vote:
I would be honored to meet any current or former president, even if I didn't agree with them politically. I think GWB was awful, but would still be very honored to meet him and shake his hand. Would be respectful as well. I think the most interesting guy to talk to would be George HW Bush (as director of the CIA, imagine the stories he would have).
2012-09-09 10:01:39 PM  
1 vote:
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2012-09-09 09:44:11 PM  
1 vote:
office_despot : So, about those taxes you hate paying so much... You might have missed this in the news last week, because it didn't get as much coverage as it deserved, but sequencing of the entire human genome (not just the coding parts) was published last week. Open-source, so it's available to anyone. The ENCODE project has been paid for with your taxpayer dollars.

Nevermind that Celera Genomics did it in half the time, at one-tenth the cost.

"If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it."
2012-09-09 09:09:32 PM  
1 vote:
it's been done...
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2012-09-09 09:06:13 PM  
1 vote:

SuburbanCowboy: farkityfarker: Hut

Oddly enough, your joke was almost 100% correct. Change it from one crappy chain to another. Papa John's

Link


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Romney: "Entrepreneurs of all kinds try to begin business. Most of them failed. A few of them succeeded brilliantly. And the success of that few doesn't make us poorer, it makes us better off," Romney said to a round of applause.

Great quote. I love how Republicans espouse entrepreneurialism and small-business ownership while admitting that it will result in failure for most people who attempt it.

What a great plan.
2012-09-09 08:49:16 PM  
1 vote:
Mr. Van Duzer Is a righteous dude.
2012-09-09 08:33:17 PM  
1 vote:

GranoblasticMan: Luther924s: Uh, I think you missed the point. Next time look for the part where he says, "The point is." Let me help you:

The point is, is that when we succeed, we succeed because of our individual initiative, but also because we do things together.

/Reading comp ftw

I completely agree with the sentiment intended in the speech... However, I also agree it was very poorly worded. Unusually poorly worded for an Obama speech, especially.


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"Sometimes earnest, honest
people don't anticipate the
moves of dishonest, devious
people"
2012-09-09 08:32:26 PM  
1 vote:
Scripted? Maybe not so much.

Pre-approved? Duh.
2012-09-09 08:06:10 PM  
1 vote:

skinink: Archimedes' Principal: So, It has come to THIS?

/ What 's the next move, Mitt Romney washing cars wearing only a Speedo?
// You know you want it.


dukakis, ugh, not even Jon lovitz could save this man...
2012-09-09 08:01:57 PM  
1 vote:

BGates: Coco LaFemme: BGates: Coco LaFemme: BGates: jaytkay: the801: yeah, i'm surprised by the number of people here who don't realize that this was planned and that this guy picked up a secret service guy at least half a dozen times beforehand to make sure he was good at it.

[citation needed]

Your mom. Of course this was scripted. Obama isn't going to let any random poor person touch him.

o_O

You mean Romney, right?

The picture sure looked like Barry.

You mean President Obama. What I meant was, the attitude of not wanting to let the "poors" touch him doesn't belong to the President. He doesn't have the affectation of being uncomfortable around different walks of life. Romney does.

Not sure where you get that. I see hundreds of photos of Romney with the "poor". I see very little of Obama.


Especially when their boss forces them to go as an unpaid day off.
2012-09-09 07:48:23 PM  
1 vote:

sno man: downstairs: Marcus Aurelius: You can bet the Secret Service looked that guy over more than a couple times before Obama arrived.


Exactly.  He was the store owner.  You own a business, a lot of information is out there about you.  I promise you they did a lot of background checks on the business owner of a place Obama was scheduled to visit.
 
Random customers?  That may be tricker.

It was an unannounced stop, the shop owner was vetted for sure, and the lack of notice would keep most of the yahoo's at bay... but I'd bet there were a couple of guys in the place nursing diet cokes in the corner for a couple of hours before Obama got there.


The operative word is "unannounced", that doesn't mean unplanned and unscripted.

I guarantee you, Obama's campaign had people in contact with the guy weeks before the visit to plan out the details.

Likewise, the Secret Service advance team has been all over the guy and the restaurant. In fact, they very likely were there several hours before hand to screen out undesirables/security risks.

Likewise, if that lift were truly spontaneous, that photo wouldn't exist.

Oh, you'd see him partially lifting Obama, but you'd also see him getting swarmed by Secret Service.

They don't like people manhandling those they're protecting without advance warning, and they're very, very jumpy.
2012-09-09 07:35:02 PM  
1 vote:

redmond24: I honestly thought this was an Onion shoop. It is not.

[radioviceonline.com image 435x300]


Smilin' Joe, macking on a biker's woman. Wow. There's so much unfiltered win in that picture. Her expression, Joe's expression, the two dudes whose faces look like they're saying, "Aww, geez....not again."
2012-09-09 07:31:53 PM  
1 vote:
Romney would have said "I'm friends with the CEO of Pizza Hut."
2012-09-09 07:24:14 PM  
1 vote:
I honestly thought this was an Onion shoop. It is not.

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2012-09-09 07:22:10 PM  
1 vote:

downstairs: Yep.  It kinda disturbs me that this affects peoples votes (it does)... but yeah, he's got it down like no other President.  Even beyond Clinton, who did it pretty well.


The idea is that people will vote for whomever they think best understands their situation.

For example, on the issue of taxes, who do you think the average uninformed poor voter is going to support? The guy who says "I know exactly how you feel, I was raised in a single-parent household"? Or the guy who says "I don't like paying taxes either, I just claimed a $77k tax deduction so I could send my ballet dancing horse to the Olympics"?
2012-09-09 07:17:41 PM  
1 vote:
In another article, the guy mentioned that he got Secret Service permission before he did what he did.

Set up? Well, yes, but considering what the SS would have done otherwise, it was a smart move.
2012-09-09 07:08:57 PM  
1 vote:

downstairs:  
These things are well planned.  The Secret Service knows what they're doing.


I remember the Secret Service being tougher than this.

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2012-09-09 07:07:37 PM  
1 vote:

FirstNationalBastard: Hey, if you get an opportunity to molest a President, go for it.


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Agrees. 

/I'll bet Scott Van Duzer didn't spill a drop
2012-09-09 06:59:52 PM  
1 vote:

Smitty Werben Jagerman-Jensen: I am surprised that the Secret Cervix guys didn't freak out and beat the hell out of the guy who gave Obama a bear hug.


It was probably setup.

/NTTAWWT, it's brilliant.
2012-09-09 06:51:32 PM  
1 vote:

downstairs: Marcus Aurelius: You can bet the Secret Service looked that guy over more than a couple times before Obama arrived.


Exactly.  He was the store owner.  You own a business, a lot of information is out there about you.  I promise you they did a lot of background checks on the business owner of a place Obama was scheduled to visit.
 
Random customers?  That may be tricker.


It was an unannounced stop, the shop owner was vetted for sure, and the lack of notice would keep most of the yahoo's at bay... but I'd bet there were a couple of guys in the place nursing diet cokes in the corner for a couple of hours before Obama got there.
2012-09-09 06:51:12 PM  
1 vote:

quatchi: Bathia_Mapes: Awesome photo is awesome.

Yuppo! ^__^

People genuinely like the guy.

Oddly enuff a quick GIS for 'Romney+ Bear Hug' returned this image.

[cache.gawker.com image 640x360]

A guy shaking Mitt Romney's hand with a rubber glove on.

So there's that.

/Hot linked from Gawker cos Fark them.
//And yeah, I didn't try that GIS w/ Filters off.


Where's Romney's glove?

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/hotlinked from a Freeper's photobucket because fark him
2012-09-09 06:45:36 PM  
1 vote:

FirstNationalBastard: Hey, if you get an opportunity to molest a President, go for it.

2012-09-09 06:28:41 PM  
1 vote:

hinten: He doesn't vote by party line. He feels comfortable with Romney, will vote for him and he bear hugs Obama.
I will never understand how some people decide who to vote for.


FTA...Van Duzer, by the way, is a registered Republican who voted for Obama in 2008 and says he will do so again in November.
2012-09-09 06:03:04 PM  
1 vote:
He doesn't vote by party line. He feels comfortable with Romney, will vote for him and he bear hugs Obama.
I will never understand how some people decide who to vote for.
2012-09-09 05:44:28 PM  
1 vote:
Awesome photo is awesome.
 
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