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Re: Can Anyone Here Do The Job of President?! by johnnythemonkey on 13 August 2008 5:36pm
 
Excellent Pete.
 
Re: Can Anyone Here Do The Job of President?! by Ken Dunn on 14 August 2008 10:06pm
 
Yes, L.T., on that I would almost certainly vote for you so that means my dream of becoming president myself can be shelved. (See my recent short funny story in 'palinstravels Big Green Joke Book').
 
Re: Can Anyone Here Do The Job of President?! by bIG bLOGGER on 16 August 2008 3:46pm
 
Lounge Politico:I endorse johnny's compliment: you did a great job of giving us your PRESCRIPTION FOR A BETTER SOCIETY.Nice one,Pete.
I wonder:what IS the 'job-description'of a US President?It's a really tough job to do,and putting it to the tune of MY FAVOURITE THINGS is probably not going to make it any less tough.
I'm not so sure about the church bells:you may find their sound appealing(!!)but in many UK towns and cities they are more of a curse than a blessing,because they can go on a while and make a hell of a racket,which is more akin to DISTURBING the peace!

Anyway,here are a few of MY favourite things(with apologies to Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II) :

Polish plumbers,Belgian builders, even Latvian electricians:---
Brown envelopes stuffed with 10-pound notes for politicians;
'Page 3' girls wearing little except lipstick and eyelashes:
Charlie Chaplin,Oliver Hardy and Burt Reynolds's moustaches;
Nice summer sunshine ripening plums,pears and peaches:
Millionaires getting fat on fancy yachts and French beaches;
Workaday women wage-slaves scrubbing posh office floors:
'Bono' and Bob Geldof swearing:"For f***'s sakes save the poor!"

These are a few of MY favourite things--
But for CHUCK BERRY it was playing with his Ding-A-Ling-A-Ling!!...
(Ha!Ha!...are you sure that's CLEAN??....Ed.)

 
Re: Can Anyone Here Do The Job of President?! by sighthound on 16 August 2008 6:27pm
 
I'd vote for you any day, LT. Let me know when you're running and maybe I'll finally make that move to Canada.
 
Re: Can Anyone Here Do The Job of President?! by tucsonmike on 17 August 2008 2:03pm
 
This is funnier than the candidates, both of whom are appearing in Rick Warren's Megachurch to prove how "Christian" they are.
 
Re: Can Anyone Here Do The Job of President?! by geordiegirl on 19 August 2008 12:16am
 
And, I saw a newspaper picture of them 'hugging' each other on that show. I ask you!!! (Did anyone watch it?)

As for our two versifiers, I think they should do the job in tandem.
 
Re: Can Anyone Here Do The Job of President?! by sighthound on 19 August 2008 3:04am
 
The hottest rumor running around the NPR newsroom is that Obama will pick Colin Powell for VP which I think would be brilliant. It sorta takes the race card right out of the equation in a weird way by just blowing a raspberry in the face of racism. And the people (a lot of them) who are afraid Obama would be assassinated would be assured because, if a fanatical racist wanted to off him, the country would still have a black President. And, since Powell is a Republican, maybe we could get past the paralyzing partisianship that Newt Gingrich infected our system with. Powell has the foreign policy chops that Obama lacks. And Powell is the one Republican that Democrats really respect. (Powell has made no secret of his disdain for the current Republican administration since they tricked him into conning the American public into going to war) I think it would be wonderful.
 
Re: Can Anyone Here Do The Job of President?! by geordiegirl on 19 August 2008 3:35pm
 
Now THAT sounds really good. Could it happen, though? Didn't Mrs.P. famously dissuade Colin P. from standing as a candidate some time ago, simply because of the risks? Would all that not still apply?
 
Re: Can Anyone Here Do The Job of President?! by bIG bLOGGER on 21 August 2008 4:46pm
 
I would be quite astonished if Obie picked veteran Colin Powell to be his running-mate(i.e.potentially Vice President);No,I think he will almost definitely choose someone(male or female) a bit younger.Powell after all is a Republican.

3 Questions to Tucsonmike:--
1.BOTH candidates will shortly elect their 'running-mates'. Does it make much difference whom they choose?
2.Can the capability and skill of each candidate to raise campaign funds translate into votes? If so,Obama is 'home-and-dry',because,up to 31 July,2008,Obama has raised the significant amount of 401 million dollars,and McCain has raised much less: 171 million dollars.
3. Since candidate John McCain is the senator from Arizona (your home state,tucsonmike),does he perforce have your unconditional backing?
Barack Obama is the debonair and youthful senator from Chicago (Illinois),and he has already garnered the backing of Oprah Winfrey, George Clooney, Susan Sarandon and Spike Lee.
 
Re: Can Anyone Here Do The Job of President?! by tucsonmike on 22 August 2008 2:47am
 
OK, Pete, I have several things to answer.
Spike Lee. I grew up with him and once considered him a friend. Got that outta the way.
1.BOTH candidates will shortly elect their 'running-mates'. Does it make much difference whom they choose?
A short American History lesson is in order.
The Vice Presidency was an afterthought. Until the early 19th Century, it was whoever came in second, which meant he was from a different party.
The Founding Fathers were against the very idea of political parties. Until very recently, the Vice President's job was to be a heartbeat away from the Presidency, nothing more.
Normally, it was a Senator, who got along with people, not necessarily brilliant. (One of the V.P's jobs is to be the tiebreaking vote in the Senate).
FDR's V.P. from 1940-44 was a former Texas Senator named John Nance Gardner. He described being Vice President as not worth a bucket of warm piss.
Harry Truman had only been V.P. for 82 days, when FDR died. He met with FDR twice in that period.
Only recently has the office meant anything.
A statistic crunching computer said Colin Powell would be the best V.P. candidate for BOTH parties and allegedly both the McCain and the Obama camps were talking with him. McCain is looking at Democratic Senator from Connecticut Joe Lieberman.
What are they looking for?
McCain is looking for someone younger who can succeed him.
Obama is looking for someone with foreign policy experience. This time, the V.P. candidates DO matter.

2.Can the capability and skill of each candidate to raise campaign funds translate into votes? If so,Obama is 'home-and-dry',because,up to 31 July,2008,Obama has raised the significant amount of 401 million dollars,and McCain has raised much less: 171 million dollars.

It can, but not necessarily.

3. Since candidate John McCain is the senator from Arizona (your home state,tucsonmike),does he perforce have your unconditional backing?

I am supporting McCain, but barely. More as a "he will mess with my life less." BTW, a cousin of mine is a personal friend of McCain's. They were POW's together. They are voting for McCain, but do not think he is right for the job.

 
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