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2005-07-28 01:31:13 PM  
The thumb is a finger, I don't care what anyone says.
2005-07-28 01:31:27 PM  
So he tries to kiss the media's butt and you complain.
Then he flips them off and you complain.
Go rub one out and take a nap.
2005-07-28 01:41:44 PM  
A thread dedicated to a THUMBS UP?

You gotta be shiattin' me.
2005-07-28 01:44:44 PM  
It's obvious that he's saying "If all of your asses were directly above my head, this is where I'd be jamming my thumb."

2005-07-28 01:45:12 PM  
Sure, it's a thumbs up, but it looks like he's flipping them off. And that's funny no matter who's doing it.

I'd like to flip off the press.
2005-07-28 01:46:14 PM  
Since you can't actually see his face, we don't know if it's actually George W. Bush.
2005-07-28 01:47:01 PM  
This article will post to the main page on Thu, 28 Jul 2005 at 3:08 PM

Hello 3 o'clock FlameWar, i was wondering where you were.
2005-07-28 01:47:03 PM  
Heroic Poser

Kleenex is on sale at . Go buy yourself some and STFU.
2005-07-28 01:47:28 PM  
We can't even be sure those beings are human!
2005-07-28 01:47:30 PM  
looks like his thumb to me...
2005-07-28 01:49:19 PM  
It's all over the internets in better resolution.

It's not a thumb.

But really... how many times have you wished you could do that? Wished that someone, ANYone would do that?
2005-07-28 01:50:05 PM  
I don't think that's his thumb. I could be wrong, I usually am... but it just doesn't look like a thumb to me.
2005-07-28 01:50:31 PM  
unlikely: It's all over the internets in better resolution.

2005-07-28 01:51:53 PM  
Yes, linky please.
2005-07-28 01:52:40 PM  
It could be his thumb. The way his hand rotates when he lowers his arm, it looks more like you'd expect it to if he was sticking his thumb up.

But I'm not calling it either way. The thing is, I don't care.
2005-07-28 01:53:50 PM  
So, let me get this straight.

THIS is the kind of bullsh*t we focus on now?

(Scene: Newsroom at Cable News Outlet)

Editor: So the President, whose domestic agenda--tax reform, tort reform, and the big one, Social Security--has been derailed or sidetracked, is now having difficulty passing a piece of legislation related to foreign policy and trade. So you tell me, kids, what's the big headline?
Reporter 1: Duh. Bush gave the finger!
Reporter 2: It was a thumb's up!
Reporter 1: Nuh-uh!
Reporter 2: Uh-huh!
Reporter 1: No way!
Reporter 2: Way huh!
Editor: Controversy! Let's get this story out there. BUSH GIVES FINGER! Add a question mark there at the end. BY GOD, WE ARE GOING TO GET THE PULITZER!
(knock at door)
Editor: Come in!
Secretary: There's a Mr. Jim Lehrer outside, and he's joined by the Ghosts of Murrow and Mencken.
Editor: What do they want?
Secretary: I believe they said they'd like to stick their foots up your ass.
Editor: (slaps fist in hand) Controversy!
2005-07-28 01:57:39 PM  
Oh noes! Now the rest of the world is going to think the US is just a bunch of childish, in-your-face cowboy types who do what we want to whomever we want!!!
2005-07-28 01:58:13 PM  
Meh, upon further review, it's a thumb. The challenging team will be charged a time out.
2005-07-28 01:59:00 PM  
tea: We can't even be sure those beings are human!

Are we even sure that this is taking place on Earth?
2005-07-28 01:59:18 PM  
unlikely: It's all over the internets in better resolution.

Yes... a link would be nice since the link provided requires a plugin I will not be installing...
2005-07-28 02:01:59 PM  
Clearly a thumbs up.

I mean, I don't think Bush is a brain surgeon, but does anyone actually think he'd just suddenly start flipping off reporters? Christ. You can get away with calling yourself an environmentalist when you're the least environmentally friendly president in a century, but anything as over or obvious as flipping off the press-- for god's sake, he's not gonna do that.
2005-07-28 02:02:02 PM  
Are we even sure that this is taking place on Earth?

Editor: (slaps fist in hand) Controversy!

Intergalactic controversy!
2005-07-28 02:03:45 PM  
Flipping the bird.

Now see, this is the sorta thing that would make me respect the guy if he wasn't so contemptible.
2005-07-28 02:04:53 PM  
If he actually was flipping off the media, it might be the first thing he's done in his administration that I agree with.
2005-07-28 02:08:38 PM  
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2005-07-28 02:09:52 PM  
I think that's his penis.
2005-07-28 02:10:07 PM  
logistic: Kleenex is on sale at . Go buy yourself some and STFU

I can't go to walmart. Since your moms a greeter, ask her to get me some.
2005-07-28 02:10:34 PM  
Somewhere, children are starving by the thousands. A civil war is under way in Africa. The national debt is escalating, and World War III may very well be upon us.

None of this matters, however, not now. Bush may have given the press corps the finger!

I predict that the world's stupidest flame war will take place in this very thread. We're gonna make history here, folks, strap yourselves in...
2005-07-28 02:14:16 PM  
[image from too old to be available]
2005-07-28 02:17:20 PM  
Such a good Christian man....
2005-07-28 02:20:46 PM  
It's. his. thumb.

Move along. Absolutely nothing to see here.
2005-07-28 02:22:27 PM  
That settles it. I'm not voting for him in the next presidential election.
2005-07-28 02:24:09 PM  
Looked like a thumb to me.
2005-07-28 02:26:11 PM  
Since when is a thumb both in the middle of the hand (from a rear, arm-extended vertical angle) while the hand is still significantly wider than the forearm (thus suggesting the hand is not rotated)?

When also is the thumb approximately the length of the hand in question?

I think it's a middle finger. The movement of the gesture suggests it, and it just doesn't look like a thumb.
2005-07-28 02:26:14 PM  
That's his thumb. I don't think he would flip off the media. Cheney is a different story...
2005-07-28 02:27:32 PM  
Meh. I watched it frame by frame, and I don't see a twisting of the hand/forearm, the arm bend looks normal (i.e. you'd be seeing the back of his hand), and the digit in question maintains center placement on his hand. I still think it's a finger (which one is beyond my abilities - it may have been the index finger). But I don't think it's a thumb.
2005-07-28 02:29:36 PM  
Well, look at your own thumb when you give a thumbs up. When I look at mine, if I want my hand to be as wide when compared to my forearm as Bush's appears to be, I have to twist my forearm awkwardly and the thumb is then clearly on the inside of the hand, not the middle. Alternately, when I give a more comfortable thumbs up, with the thumb in the middle, my hand appears incredibly narrow and the digit appears very shortened.

Meh. Maybe Bush has fat hands. I can't tell, but I still don't think it looks like a thumb.
2005-07-28 02:30:54 PM  
Okay, upon further review, I'll accept thumb. It's an odd gesture, though. (Photoshop cleared it up for me). Bush has weird-looking hands, though. Him and Ann Coulter, man, they're a team...
2005-07-28 02:35:13 PM  
Heroic Poser

*fap fap fap*


2005-07-28 02:35:39 PM  
I had to watch several times, but yeah, it's a thumb. Damn. I keep waiting for the big f*ckup, the one he can't spin out of, and since this country seems to be more inclined to outrage over stupid things like blowjobs than abysmal policy, I thought maybe this would be the one people latched on to.
2005-07-28 02:40:29 PM  
"Repeat. It's his thumb."

Did you actually look at the picture you posted? Or does Bush have his thumb in the middle of his hand?
2005-07-28 02:41:33 PM  
It has been the policy of TheRealist administration not to comment on an ongoing investigation.
2005-07-28 02:43:43 PM  
At best...

It's an arm.
2005-07-28 02:45:29 PM  
for that to be his thumb, there would have to be no more skin to either the right or left of said protruberance.

that, my children, is his middle finger, with knuckles of his other fingers on either side.
2005-07-28 02:46:11 PM  
meshman: Did you actually look at the picture you posted?

Yeah. It's a thumb.

Next stupid question.

*not that I'd blame him the least little bit for flipping off the press
2005-07-28 02:47:41 PM  
vernonFL: zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

See? You feel better now, don't you?
Now go scrub yourself off with steel wool because you just fapped to the President. Take two Boobies links, apply on sensitive area and don't call me in the morning.
2005-07-28 02:49:26 PM  
it's obvious that it's his finger if you watch the movie

watch quicktime
2005-07-28 02:57:23 PM  
It appears to be his thumb.
"I can't believe nobody thought of this".
2005-07-28 03:01:28 PM  
after viewing the movie, looks like a thumb.

/it was his finger.
2005-07-28 03:01:37 PM  
ch4r7ie: it's obvious that it's his finger if you watch the movie

Nah, blow that up and play it frame by frame. It's his thumb. Look at how he brings his hand down. Why would he twist his hand to point one of his fingers towards himself?
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