I hope you don’t paint for a living, Slick!

September 13, 2009

Readers have asked what I thought of Friday’s national Day of Service, in which President Barack Obama helped paint a house to show his strong support for volunteer work.

It’s great that the first family set such a fine example, but I noticed all these people standing outside the house where the president was working, holding signs saying how much they love Obama…

That made me wonder, what with Barack and Michelle working so hard inside, if these folks maybe could have found a better use of their own Day of Service time than just standing around with signs.

I also found a curious Reuters photo from the event. Since I don’t know what was going on, I’m going to pretend I’m with CNN and just imagine it:

“Yo! Skinny! You with the roller! Is that what you call painting?”

“Well, I’m doing my very best…”

“That isn’t good enough, Slick! Look, there’s a hole in the wall now! What do you do in real life, Buddy?”

“I work in government.”

“Hah! That explains a whole lot!”

“I’m sorry about the hole. Uh, can I have your name? I want to schedule you for an early death panel visit”

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Above: Washington, DC residents wait to catch a glimpse of President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama, September 11, 2009.

Left: Obama paints a room at a home being constructed by Habitat for Humanity in Washington, DC, September 11, 2009.

REUTERS photos, Jason Reed

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nice…just what the country needs now, a death panel joke. you work for reuters robert? first thing i’ve ever read on reuters that sounded like it belonged on breitbart instead.

Posted by bob foster | Report as abusive

Jeez bob foster, lighten up and get the shift key fixed on your keyboard. If you want serious, go somewhere else. Humor is always the best medicine, and nothing is off-limits except in the land of PC-niks.

Posted by Dave | Report as abusive

No really! It was funny! I congratulate you!

Bob needs to get a life (or sense of humor). Seriously, they are not explicitly called death panels but I think he will learn there is something that is the same by definition. I mean they already exist in US medicine and it will only make the Congress’s health reform work closer to what they want to believe. To your president has no clue what is really in those plans being made.

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Posted by Nancy | Report as abusive

Sign me up to help the Prez paint the White House. Maybe a nice, neutral beige will work?

Posted by CAM | Report as abusive

You know who is a great painter? Chuck. He can do a house house in one day, two coats.

Posted by Tim | Report as abusive

Makes you wonder if all those peoples standing around like that were bussed in or what? I mean to stand around like that on the day of service is crazy. They all should have been put to work and just think how many homes could have been started to be built or how much trash could have been cleaned up. What a waste of time and effort.

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