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2013-01-23 08:52:54 AM
While I'm on the other side of the aisle, the guy sure is affable, which is nice.
 
2013-01-23 08:53:32 AM
sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net
 
2013-01-23 08:54:02 AM
Holy pixelated pictures, Batman!


i.dailymail.co.uk


pic is borrowed
 
2013-01-23 08:56:31 AM
From what I've heard, the First Dog shows up somewhat regularly. In other news, dogs will be dogs.
 
2013-01-23 08:59:38 AM
Meeting with the common folk?

IMPEACH!
 
2013-01-23 08:59:54 AM
As much as I disagree with the President on many issues....he is first and foremost the Commander in Chief of our Country. If the opportunity arose for me to meet the President I would shake his hand and smile. If the opportunity arose for me to answer a question from him, I would answer it in a polite and respectful manner. Doing either of these things is not a validation of his policies or his beliefs, it is the behavior of a citizen of this country. We must remember that we are not honoring the man when shaking his hand or speaking with him, we are honoring the position and rank. We would not want any different from anyone if he were of the Republican party, we would expect people to be polite and civil.
 
2013-01-23 09:00:04 AM
These people were obviously affected by the mind control rays being emitted from every electrical socket in the white house. Either that or these are crisis actors.
 
2013-01-23 09:03:12 AM
Do they even make cameras with resolutions that low anymore? And why would you bring one on your tour of the White House. "And this is the Lincoln Bedroom. Or the War Room, it's tough to make out."
 
2013-01-23 09:04:49 AM
Befriending visitors is part of the Romulan infiltration plan.
 
2013-01-23 09:05:14 AM
more evidence in the 'history's greatest beast' theory

/clearly from the Ceaușescu academy
 
d23 [TotalFark]
2013-01-23 09:08:13 AM
Yeah.. he's such a horrible guy... isn't he?

Look at this and then go listen to some Glenn Beck.
 
2013-01-23 09:10:22 AM

Wade_Wilson: Do they even make cameras with resolutions that low anymore? And why would you bring one on your tour of the White House. "And this is the Lincoln Bedroom. Or the War Room, it's tough to make out."


Somebody probably just took really crappy stills from the raw video.
 
2013-01-23 09:11:28 AM
static.tvfanatic.com
 
2013-01-23 09:14:33 AM
Obama took a dump today. There an awesome tag for that?
 
2013-01-23 09:15:26 AM
"Whar beer summit Mr. Obama? Whar?"
 
2013-01-23 09:21:19 AM
@ 7:56 in WH video. I wonder how Mitt Romney would've handled being asked for a fist bump in that situation. Even though many people dont agree with his policies, one cannot argue that this president is not the coolest president in the history of the US. He answers questions on Reddit, he gets his staff to respond cleverly to a Death Star white house petition, he fist bumps fools, plus he kills Osama Bin Laden, he's a magnificent troller. It's laughable how far the Republicans have to come in order to even come close to that level of coolness.
 
2013-01-23 09:22:05 AM
 
2013-01-23 09:22:46 AM

DesertMP: As much as I disagree with the President on many issues....he is first and foremost the Commander in Chief of our Country. If the opportunity arose for me to meet the President I would shake his hand and smile. If the opportunity arose for me to answer a question from him, I would answer it in a polite and respectful manner. Doing either of these things is not a validation of his policies or his beliefs, it is the behavior of a citizen of this country. We must remember that we are not honoring the man when shaking his hand or speaking with him, we are honoring the position and rank. We would not want any different from anyone if he were of the Republican party, we would expect people to be polite and civil.


People like you are the reason I love America. Especially having lived in countries where any election comes with a death toll.

Chunderwipes, less so.
 
2013-01-23 09:23:04 AM

DesertMP: As much as I disagree with the President on many issues....he is first and foremost the Commander in Chief of our Country. If the opportunity arose for me to meet the President I would shake his hand and smile. If the opportunity arose for me to answer a question from him, I would answer it in a polite and respectful manner. Doing either of these things is not a validation of his policies or his beliefs, it is the behavior of a citizen of this country. We must remember that we are not honoring the man when shaking his hand or speaking with him, we are honoring the position and rank. We would not want any different from anyone if he were of the Republican party, we would expect people to be polite and civil.


You might be overthinking this a tad.
 
2013-01-23 09:23:22 AM

DesertMP: As much as I disagree with the President on many issues....he is first and foremost the Commander in Chief of our Country. If the opportunity arose for me to meet the President I would shake his hand and smile. If the opportunity arose for me to answer a question from him, I would answer it in a polite and respectful manner. Doing either of these things is not a validation of his policies or his beliefs, it is the behavior of a citizen of this country. We must remember that we are not honoring the man when shaking his hand or speaking with him, we are honoring the position and rank. We would not want any different from anyone if he were of the Republican party, we would expect people to be polite and civil.


...but you'd respect Mitt Romney as a man? George W. Bush?? Smh.
 
2013-01-23 09:24:01 AM
It is when you can *BAMF*.

nerdsontherocks.com
 
2013-01-23 09:27:02 AM
Quick! Amputate the tourist's hand before he's infected with Kenyan communism!
 
2013-01-23 09:27:32 AM

strapp3r: more evidence in the 'history's greatest beast' theory

/clearly from the Ceaușescu academy



He lures you in with his nice, polite demeanor. When you let your guard down...that's when he strikes.
 
2013-01-23 09:30:13 AM
The guy is very good at marketing himself, or maybe he's just really enjoying the position. I used to think he was just trying to be the best at PR, but we're past that point. And considering the small amount of time he spends on vacation, he just seems more genuine. I'd like to meet him, or any former or current pres.
 
2013-01-23 09:31:19 AM
We're walking, we're walking, and we're stopping.
 
2013-01-23 09:33:10 AM
1992 - My tour of the White House began with the President shaking hands with the group as we entered and then the secretary-looking person telling him his next meeting was in 5 and ushering him away. That was a very cool experience for a poli-sci major.
 
2013-01-23 09:33:10 AM
It is not the first time the Obamas have met with visitors. In one visit last February, Mrs Obama and Bo surprised tourists in the Blue Room of the White House to hand out hugs and advice.

Many were overcome with emotion as she instructed the youngest visitors to eat their vegetables and listen to their parents and teachers.


That choking sound you just heard was thousands of teabagger Real American Patriots shoving Carl's Jr. Double Western Bacon Burgers down the throats of their kids, because soshailist tyranny.
 
2013-01-23 09:35:58 AM

DesertMP: As much as I disagree with the President on many issues....he is first and foremost the Commander in Chief of our Country. If the opportunity arose for me to meet the President I would shake his hand and smile. If the opportunity arose for me to answer a question from him, I would answer it in a polite and respectful manner. Doing either of these things is not a validation of his policies or his beliefs, it is the behavior of a citizen of this country. We must remember that we are not honoring the man when shaking his hand or speaking with him, we are honoring the position and rank. We would not want any different from anyone if he were of the Republican party, we would expect people to be polite and civil.


Nice to know there are still a few people like you around.
 
2013-01-23 09:36:26 AM
REO-Weedwagon: Quick! Amputate the tourist's hand before he's infected with Kenyan Muslim communism socialism!

fixed that for ya.
 
2013-01-23 09:36:44 AM

pkellmey: 1992 - My tour of the White House began with the President shaking hands with the group


That reminds me: I was sure WH tours had been long since discontinued, and until I read this article I didn't know that you can now tour the white house. I did it during the Carter administration, but thought that ended with Reagan.
 
2013-01-23 09:39:40 AM
I'm just glad we finally have a president who isn't a moron or a horn dog.
 
2013-01-23 09:41:20 AM

gilgigamesh: pkellmey: 1992 - My tour of the White House began with the President shaking hands with the group

That reminds me: I was sure WH tours had been long since discontinued, and until I read this article I didn't know that you can now tour the white house. I did it during the Carter administration, but thought that ended with Reagan.


They had renovations a few months before and had stopped tours. We were there just a month or so after they resumed. I would imagine disruptions occur every so often because of things like that.
 
2013-01-23 09:43:55 AM

gilgigamesh: pkellmey: 1992 - My tour of the White House began with the President shaking hands with the group

That reminds me: I was sure WH tours had been long since discontinued, and until I read this article I didn't know that you can now tour the white house. I did it during the Carter administration, but thought that ended with Reagan.


The tours never stopped completely. You just had to be sponsored to do them after Clinton? changed the policy. It may have opened up more since Obama has been in there

I, too, toured during Carter as a kid. Can't really remember it. I didn't meet the President though. :(
 
2013-01-23 09:44:27 AM

pkellmey: gilgigamesh: pkellmey: 1992 - My tour of the White House began with the President shaking hands with the group

That reminds me: I was sure WH tours had been long since discontinued, and until I read this article I didn't know that you can now tour the white house. I did it during the Carter administration, but thought that ended with Reagan.

They had renovations a few months before and had stopped tours. We were there just a month or so after they resumed. I would imagine disruptions occur every so often because of things like that.


According to wikipedia they stopped public tours after 9/11, and they are currently only available for people who arrange the visit through their congressional reps.  I am not sure how up to date that info is; it seems that the white house is now open to the public.
 
2013-01-23 09:44:50 AM
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2013-01-23 09:45:19 AM
By sponsored I mean like a spot is reserved by your congressman, etc... But the days of showing up and getting in line to tour are over.
 
2013-01-23 09:46:55 AM
They're just a couple of moolyan attention whores.
 
2013-01-23 09:47:02 AM

I_C_Weener: The tours never stopped completely. You just had to be sponsored to do them after Clinton? changed the policy. It may have opened up more since Obama has been in there

I, too, toured during Carter as a kid. Can't really remember it. I didn't meet the President though. :(


Apparently they did stop completely after 9/11, then resumed on a limited basis in 2003 through special arrangements.  I don't know the current status either.

I didn't meet him either.  But I did write to him, and somewhere in my Dad's house I still have the picture and form letter they sent back.

10 year old Gil was thrilled.
 
2013-01-23 09:49:15 AM

Tumunga: They're just a couple of moolyan attention whores.


If you're going to throw around racial slurs at least learn to spell them.  It's 'moulinyan', or if you're too illiterate to say/spell that correctly, 'moolie'.
 
2013-01-23 09:49:48 AM

DesertMP: As much as I disagree with the President on many issues....he is first and foremost the Commander in Chief of our Country. If the opportunity arose for me to meet the President I would shake his hand and smile. If the opportunity arose for me to answer a question from him, I would answer it in a polite and respectful manner. Doing either of these things is not a validation of his policies or his beliefs, it is the behavior of a citizen of this country. We must remember that we are not honoring the man when shaking his hand or speaking with him, we are honoring the position and rank. We would not want any different from anyone if he were of the Republican party, we would expect people to be polite and civil.


Thank you for that. It is exactly howI feel as well. Do me a favor though, remind this guy about that:

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2013-01-23 09:50:55 AM

Thunderpipes: Obama took a dump today. There an awesome tag for that?


All Obama dumps have their own tag. It says, 'Thunderpipes'.
 
2013-01-23 09:52:16 AM

gilgigamesh: pkellmey: gilgigamesh: pkellmey: 1992 - My tour of the White House began with the President shaking hands with the group

That reminds me: I was sure WH tours had been long since discontinued, and until I read this article I didn't know that you can now tour the white house. I did it during the Carter administration, but thought that ended with Reagan.

They had renovations a few months before and had stopped tours. We were there just a month or so after they resumed. I would imagine disruptions occur every so often because of things like that.

According to wikipedia they stopped public tours after 9/11, and they are currently only available for people who arrange the visit through their congressional reps.  I am not sure how up to date that info is; it seems that the white house is now open to the public.


At the time, that was also the process for us to tour the Senate and House during our visit there. We had to get the tickets from our state house rep. at a certain time in the morning so he could be there to shake hands with everyone at his office. I got to eat in the same underground cafeteria the reps were getting coffee in. I would imagine things are probably different now.
 
2013-01-23 09:56:45 AM

Billy Bathsalt: DesertMP: As much as I disagree with the President on many issues....he is first and foremost the Commander in Chief of our Country. If the opportunity arose for me to meet the President I would shake his hand and smile. If the opportunity arose for me to answer a question from him, I would answer it in a polite and respectful manner. Doing either of these things is not a validation of his policies or his beliefs, it is the behavior of a citizen of this country. We must remember that we are not honoring the man when shaking his hand or speaking with him, we are honoring the position and rank. We would not want any different from anyone if he were of the Republican party, we would expect people to be polite and civil.

People like you are the reason I love America. Especially having lived in countries where any election comes with a death toll.

Chunderwipes, less so.


I too have lived overseas where elections resulted in a death toll. I have also served my country in combat and I know that even though I may disagree with my countrymen in their beliefs and opinions, it does not mean that their beliefs and opinions are invalid. As a nation, we've had many challenges and met them head on, most of the time we get things right, some of the time we get things wrong. But if we can't work together to fix the things we get wrong or improve, then what's the point? As for respecting any President as a "man", my answer is "No, I don't have to if I don't think he's earned my respect regardless of party." I believe this would be true of anyone, respect is earned not given. The OFFICE of the Presidency has earned my respect, not the man who wears the title.
 
2013-01-23 09:56:53 AM

pkellmey: gilgigamesh: pkellmey: 1992 - My tour of the White House began with the President shaking hands with the group

That reminds me: I was sure WH tours had been long since discontinued, and until I read this article I didn't know that you can now tour the white house. I did it during the Carter administration, but thought that ended with Reagan.

They had renovations a few months before and had stopped tours. We were there just a month or so after they resumed. I would imagine disruptions occur every so often because of things like that.


It had nothing to do w/renovations.  The public tours were suspended after 9/11 for a number of years.  Sometime just before Bush's 2nd term, the tours were resumed for select groups who had undergone background checks.  I don't remember when the public tours were completely reopened (at work & can't Google).

/Our company had a function in DC in 2003 and applied for a tour, but got turned down.
 
2013-01-23 09:56:55 AM

DesertMP: As much as I disagree with the President on many issues....he is first and foremost the Commander in Chief of our Country. If the opportunity arose for me to meet the President I would shake his hand and smile. If the opportunity arose for me to answer a question from him, I would answer it in a polite and respectful manner. Doing either of these things is not a validation of his policies or his beliefs, it is the behavior of a citizen of this country. We must remember that we are not honoring the man when shaking his hand or speaking with him, we are honoring the position and rank. We would not want any different from anyone if he were of the Republican party, we would expect people to be polite and civil.


THIS +100  We need more people like this.


/hated W
//would have still stood up and shook his hand
 
2013-01-23 09:58:20 AM

gilgigamesh: pkellmey: gilgigamesh: pkellmey: 1992 - My tour of the White House began with the President shaking hands with the group

That reminds me: I was sure WH tours had been long since discontinued, and until I read this article I didn't know that you can now tour the white house. I did it during the Carter administration, but thought that ended with Reagan.

They had renovations a few months before and had stopped tours. We were there just a month or so after they resumed. I would imagine disruptions occur every so often because of things like that.

According to wikipedia they stopped public tours after 9/11, and they are currently only available for people who arrange the visit through their congressional reps.  I am not sure how up to date that info is; it seems that the white house is now open to the public.


That's definitely not up-to-date.  Friends of mine toured the WH in 2010 and I remember it being open to the public slightly before that.  Just can't remember when.
 
2013-01-23 09:58:35 AM

DesertMP: As much as I disagree with the President on many issues....he is first and foremost the Commander in Chief of our Country. If the opportunity arose for me to meet the President I would shake his hand and smile. If the opportunity arose for me to answer a question from him, I would answer it in a polite and respectful manner. Doing either of these things is not a validation of his policies or his beliefs, it is the behavior of a citizen of this country. We must remember that we are not honoring the man when shaking his hand or speaking with him, we are honoring the position and rank. We would not want any different from anyone if he were of the Republican party, we would expect people to be polite and civil.


Can you write to the governor of my fair state and explain this concept to her? She clearly doesn't get it.

/still wishes the Secret Service had shot her when she stuck her finger in Obama's face
 
2013-01-23 10:02:46 AM

Grand_Moff_Joseph: DesertMP: As much as I disagree with the President on many issues....he is first and foremost the Commander in Chief of our Country. If the opportunity arose for me to meet the President I would shake his hand and smile. If the opportunity arose for me to answer a question from him, I would answer it in a polite and respectful manner. Doing either of these things is not a validation of his policies or his beliefs, it is the behavior of a citizen of this country. We must remember that we are not honoring the man when shaking his hand or speaking with him, we are honoring the position and rank. We would not want any different from anyone if he were of the Republican party, we would expect people to be polite and civil.

THIS +100  We need more people like this.


/hated W
//would have still stood up and shook his hand


Same here.  I despised Bush but would have been honored to meet our President.  I don't understand why people can't separate the person from the position.  Okay, you may disagree w/his policies but he's the leader of the free world with his finger on the nuke button.  How can you NOT respect that, regardless of who's in the suit?
 
2013-01-23 10:03:13 AM

brigid_fitch: That's definitely not up-to-date.  Friends of mine toured the WH in 2010 and I remember it being open to the public slightly before that.  Just can't remember when.


Wait... information on wikipedia isn't reliable?

Quickly, bear me my fainting couch, Jeeves!
 
2013-01-23 10:04:24 AM
Jesus, you people worship him for the simple act of being human.
 
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