There’s something about small talk…

December 30, 2009

Blog Guy, sometimes I see photos of President Barack Obama with prominent celebrities. Surely he can’t know who they all are, so what does he talk to them about?

Here’s how that works. The President’s staff comes up with just one single line for him to memorize about each celebrity. Something designed to trigger a very genuine, easy response from them, so nobody is embarrassed.

obama kennedy center 500

That’s very interesting. So for the Kennedy Center Honors recently, he met actor Robert DeNiro. What would Obama have said?

OBAMA/Obama said, “Bob, can you guess who I’m talking to?”

Ah, I see! So then  DeNiro could just reply, “You talkin’ to me?”

Exactly. Now you’ve got it.

He also met singer Bruce Springsteen there. So Obama might have said…

“Say, Bruce, where were you born?”

Wow! That’s ingenious! And I saw photos of actor Ben Stiller at that event, so Obama probably said…

That’s an easy one…

Really? No way. No fricking way!

Yep. “Ben, Is that… is that hair gel?”

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Top: President Barack Obama greets Robert DeNiro and Bruce Springsteen at a reception for the Kennedy Center Honors  recipients in the Blue Room of the White House, Dec. 6, 2009.  (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Right: Ben Stiller arrives in the East Room for a reception for Kennedy Center Honorees at the White House in Washington, December 6, 2009. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

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Each day when I come to work now the first thing I do is check out this blog. That definetly says something about my job, just not sure what that says about me……

Posted by iflydaplanes | Report as abusive

It says you’re a fine human being. But wait. Aren’t you a pilot?

Posted by Robert Basler | Report as abusive

That’s it! The pilots who overflew Minneapolis were reading your blog, RB!

Posted by justCAM | Report as abusive

That could also explain the snafu with the univited guests at the White House dinner.

Posted by justCAM | Report as abusive

I am a pilot yes, not as a profession though. No worries on anyones next trip.

So BG… I notice a lot of your loyal followers are heavily medicated. I enjoy your blogs med-free. Should I worry?

DeNiro looks like he has to make a wee-wee.

Posted by iflydaplanes | Report as abusive

Mr.Pilot… you need drugs and meds here… You just do…
and since you are a pilot… how come you dont about such meds???

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

Shra I get high on propeller driven machines with wings. Well high in them rather.

If RB’s blogs drive me to meds though, so be it.

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