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Jan. 23rd, 2004

01:25 pm - This is not whitehouse.org.

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A real press release from our president.

I'm agog at the patronizing "fuck with the media" tone of this.

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From:hope_persists
Date:January 23rd, 2004 07:33 pm (UTC)
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yeah, I've read that around lj today. It is absolutely insane. Someone in sos_usa (i think) mentioned that when someone is "high" they become super focussed on one thing, which is often obtaining "munchies." that cracked me up.
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From:assclouds
Date:January 23rd, 2004 08:16 pm (UTC)

Irrelevant to the topic at hand

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I love yr icon here. Happy happy.
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From:hope_persists
Date:January 23rd, 2004 10:41 pm (UTC)

Re: Irrelevant to the topic at hand

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why thank you :)
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From:zarfmouse
Date:January 23rd, 2004 09:19 pm (UTC)
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I'd love to find out.

It happened at a restraunt in Roswell, New Mexico of all places.

I have no information (yet) outside of the press release itself.

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From:anne_jumps
Date:January 23rd, 2004 10:18 pm (UTC)
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I think he was "helping" a restaurant by acting as a server.
It was on Yahoo! News.
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From:boannan
Date:January 23rd, 2004 11:07 pm (UTC)
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that would explain a lot!
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From:jasunshine
Date:January 23rd, 2004 11:33 pm (UTC)
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Now, I'm no fan of this guy, and we aren't provided with any context for this exchange, but with the exception of the decision to post it as a "press release" on the official Whitehouse website, I'm willing to cut the guy some slack on this (and only this).

Say I'm a salaried worker, like the President or a sysadmin (a position I'm slightly more familiar with). If I'm at a restaurant trying to get some ribs for dinner and someone asked me about foreign policy or MAC-address filtering on their router, I'd probably mess with them a bit too. Particularly if they'd been following me around all day.

And, hey, any words out of his mouth that aren't 1. forming national policy or 2. campaigning for his reelection are small victories, no?

:)
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From:zarfmouse
Date:January 24th, 2004 09:08 am (UTC)
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See I'm pretty sure he must have called the press to this event and then refused to answer their questions. Otherwise it wouldn't have become a press release. I think it's a press release because it is the trascript of a press conference.

Plus this IS politics. He's trying to give them all a life lesson about capitalism. He's trying to teach them that the economic problems we have are just because people don't shop enough. And it's a silly publicity stunt ("I'm going to save this ladies business, I'm so selfless and compassionate.")

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From:bdar
Date:January 23rd, 2004 11:46 pm (UTC)
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Put some of your high-priced money right here to try to help the local economy. You get paid a lot of money, you ought to be buying some food here. It's part of how the economy grows. You've got plenty of money in your pocket, and when you spend it, it drives the economy forward. So what would you like to eat?"

- George Bush, in conversation


My God. He's become a Coen Brothers character.


"That'll be twenty-five fifty payable in advance. Checkout time is twelve sharp, only you can forget that on account you're a rez. If you need anything, anything at all, you dial zero on your personal in-room telephone and talk to me. My name is Chet. Kitchen closes at eight but I'm the night clerk. I can always ring out for sandwiches. Though we provide privacy for the residential guest, we are also a full service hotel including complimentary shoe shine. My name is Chet."

- Barton Fink
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From:hfx_ben
Date:January 24th, 2004 12:50 am (UTC)
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I hope you're aware of the crackdown on a journalist in Ottawa ... really hotted things up here ... even the PM has come out recommending that "Security of Information Act" be reviewed.

ciao
stay well
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From:mathuaerknedam
Date:January 24th, 2004 07:06 am (UTC)

Hilarious!

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And yes, this does sound like it's out of a Coen brothers movie.

Zach, is agog what you really meant? I read your tone as shock or disgust, but I'm not sure. Here's what MW says about agog:

Etymology: Middle French en gogues in mirth
: full of intense interest or excitement
: EAGER - kids all agog over new toys


Personally, I think it's great. It seems clear enough that is W trying to get some ribs, not holding a press conference. If reporters want to dog him when he's snagging some graze, fine, fuck with them. Sure he's going to perform for the media, he has no choice.

At least he's making it clear what he's doing. It's not like when he's usually lying to us.

Here's the yahoo news page for more context:

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=573&ncid=757&e=7&u=/nm/20040123/od_nm/campaign_bush_cafe_dc

(Sorry Zach, you'll see this twice. My first post dropped the example of agog in use.)
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From:zarfmouse
Date:January 24th, 2004 09:02 am (UTC)

Re: Hilarious!

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Wow. All my life I've been misusing "agog".

I always thought it meant "beside myself" or "shocked". Damn. I bet I've confused a lot of people!
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