What the heck did they tell him?

November 6, 2008

Take a look at these pictures of President-Elect Barack Obama below. Top row, happy-go-lucky, not a care in the world. Bottom row, like a guy going for triple root canal.

And here’s what’s interesting. The top three were taken just before the election, and the bottom three, plus the one at the left, were taken after the election.

This is after less than a day of briefings and staff meetings where they tell him all the big secrets. Like about the alien plan to invade Earth in February. Like the White House television uses an antenna and won’t get H.D. Like Mississippi and Alabama will probably continue to be states. You know, junk like that.

Whatever they told him, if it can do that to you in one day, you better hope you don’t ever find out.

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Barack Obama smiley and frowny photos by REUTERS/ Jason Reed

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I think they just told him that dogs were’nt allowed in the White House (un house-trained puppies especially!!)

Posted by Nick Reese | Report as abusive

I think he just found out more of his Kenyan relatives are here in the country illegally and more are loaded up and coming over for a visit.

Posted by Pondering | Report as abusive

He hasn’t had a chance to mourn the loss of his Gran…?

Posted by ME | Report as abusive

Give the guy a break… he’s tired.

Posted by Give the guy a break | Report as abusive

“Ok, so that’s it for the stuff on aliens. Now, this next subject’s a little sticky. You see, Mr. President-Elect, and … Again, we’re pretty uncomfortable here, but the protocol’s clear; we have to tell you. Here are the details of … ahem.. our plan to keep black people out of positions of power.”

Posted by Steve | Report as abusive

He just found out he shouldn’t have been negotiating behind the scenes without all the data, and now is regretting some of the things he promised to North Korea and Iran.

Posted by J Boardman | Report as abusive

He doesn’t need to smile.. he as already snowed over the Country, won the uneducated voter.. He doesn’t need to care any more….

Posted by Curtis | Report as abusive

Maybe now he knows that he can not change the world..



Posted by UmNome | Report as abusive

Ah, yes. Well, maybe he heard a bunch of the voters were still bitter and recriminating, and that uniting the country was a pipe-dream as long as people refused to let go of their sour, sour grapes.

Posted by Pat | Report as abusive

A glimmer of reality has hit home. He’s hasn’t even taken office and the stress of the job is obvious. Even though I did not vote for him, I hope he can improve our Country. I suppose, only time will tell?

Posted by Steve C. | Report as abusive

That’s reality setting in. He now has to re-think EVERYTHING he promised on the campaign trail; this isn’t Community Organizer stuff any longer. The US economy, Russian, Chinese and Iranian intentions; then there’s Al-Queda, North Korea, Afghanistan and Iraq… Why did we elect a rookie? Oh yeah, for CHANGE. Well, it’s coming…

Posted by mightyjin | Report as abusive

He is thinking “Damn, it seemed like such a good idea at the time, what the hell did I do this for again?”

Posted by Diane | Report as abusive

Curtis, that’s where you’re wrong. Look at a graph of educated voters (people with degrees beyond high school), a majority of them voted for Obama. :) And I am happy to say that I was one of them.

Posted by Theresa | Report as abusive

Theresa, where is this graph?

Posted by CG | Report as abusive

http://www.cnn.com/ELECTION/2008/results  /polls/#USP00p1

Here are the exit polls – you can see under the education section.

Posted by Brett | Report as abusive

I would not put very much stock in an exit poll with under 18,000 respondents, and especially where the location of the polls is unknown.

Nor would I trust any poll where the poll states that the selected locations were “scientifcally selected.” Notice, the words “unbiased” and “unprejudiced” do not appear. What were the criteria on which the “science” was based? What was the purpose behind the poll? I deal with many, many “experts.” One can prove anything with statistics.

One of the biggest problems with the U.S. Government is that it HEAVILY relies upon statistics. Ultimately, statistics, just like sterotypes, are fictions. They are no substitute for legislators meeting with and discussing issues with their constituents.

And, before you start presuming to know whom I voted for, give it up. You don’t.

“There are three types of prevarications: Lies, damn lies, and statistics.” — Mark Twain

Posted by Dr. Doll | Report as abusive

To return to the photographs at the heart of this blog, Obama is now facing the daunting responsibiities of being president. I do not envy him.

This morning, in response to a question, I said “I have the distinct honor and privilege of not having to make that decision.” Obama does not have that luxury. In addition, he must be exhausted from the campaign, and the defense mechanisms which kept his personal grief at bay during the campaign are now wearing down.

I hope that the American public and the media are kind to him. Pray for him … hard.

Posted by Dr. Doll | Report as abusive

If you think that 50 Senators can somehow meet with over 300 million constituents, you must be on something. Statistics, right or wrong, are obstractions of the population, just like any meetings between representatives and constituents. Have a group of skin-heads meet with their representative and you will get a skewed representation of what the general population wants, just like inproperly sampled statistics. Statistics are realistic, meeting with even the majority of one’s constituent base isn’t.

Posted by Scott | Report as abusive


Funny, my representative routinely has meetings with constitutents. She manages it. Properly condicted statistics may have a place. They should not be the sole source of information. Isn’t it funny how senators and representatives manage to get out to meet their constituents at campaign time?

PS. I AM something. Whose something are you?

Posted by Dr. Doll | Report as abusive

and as for being a “rookie”, no one, no matter how experienced they may be, can be fully prepared for the mess George W is leaving behind. Just hope the “rookie” surrounds himself with the best people he can, regardless of political bent.

Posted by jimb | Report as abusive

Has anyone else noticed how close this election mimics the election in the last season of the west wing? a young, inexperienced, dynamic, minority democrat against a seasoned, well liked except by his own party republican. weird…..

Posted by jimb | Report as abusive

Maybe he’s just really tired. I’m sure he hasn’t slept much in the past few weeks. Not real sure he’ll get to sleep much in the next four years either.

Posted by Brian | Report as abusive

Why is it every time that I read one of this guy’s blogs I feel like i just lost 4 IQ points?

Posted by Golther | Report as abusive