I can kill a man with my business card…

June 24, 2010

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Blog Guy, I love it when you give us Inside Washington stuff that nobody else knows. What’s the latest hot topic among President Obama’s inner circle?

BUSINESS cards clinton 260Oh man, it’s an ugly one! You didn’t hear this from me, but it turns out Obama expects his people to carry oversized business cards. He thinks it’s classy.

So now they lug around cards the size of a bumper sticker. They need a briefcase just to hold them. Each card weighs two pounds, mounted on plywood.

Here you can see Treasure Secretary Timothy Geithner presenting his card to a visitor a couple of days ago, and a shot of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton with one of her cards.

Yikes! Where did Obama get that wacky idea?

business cards france 260From his trip to France, where everybody is required to carry around cards that say France on them, like the one in this picture. Hence the old expression, “as big as a French business card.”

Actually, Obama’s original staff memo on the subject was badly worded, and for a couple of weeks Geithner, Clinton and the rest were handing out huge cards that just said said FRANCE.

This sounds like one nutty administration. Is this true, Blog Guy?

Of course. I wouldn’t be able to say it here if it wasn’t.

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U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner places his name card on the table as he testifies before the Congressional Oversight Panel, which was created to oversee the expenditure of the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) on Capitol Hill in Washington June 22, 2010. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton addresses a panel discussion with several non-governmental organizations at the Heal Africa clinic in Goma, August 11, 2009. REUTERS/Roberto Schmidt/Pool

UEFA President Michel Platini holds a card with the name of France, chosen as the country to host the European soccer championships in 2016 during an announcement ceremony in Geneva, May 28, 2010. REUTERS/Valentin Flauraud

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That guy, the one just over Mr. Geithner’s left shoulder, looks a bit questionable! I think he may have some stock in an over-sized business card company!

Posted by Jibberish | Report as abusive

No Jibb, I believe that’s just the aide who carries the suitcase full of business cards. He makes $100,000 and doesn’t work weekends.

Posted by rcbasler | Report as abusive

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The OE Stiletto Unit can kill a man just by giving him a stern look.

Yeah, they are that powerful, don’t let ‘em fool you!

Posted by iflydaplanes | Report as abusive

And who do you think should have the benefit of that stare, Mr.Pilot?

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

For $100,000, I would carry two suitcases!

Posted by Jibberish | Report as abusive

Hence the other old saying “As big as a Frenchman’s … wallet”.

Posted by zeitgeist | Report as abusive

Spin, I meant if giving the said person, the death stare would benefit the world and earn us a few more free trips to the Shoe stores! :)

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

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Why do they all look so darn smug in the pic w/Geitner? My guess is they all think Geitner looks like the enemy from “Billy Madison” & they’re all thinking about that @ once.

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Shra, you are a dangerous one, I’ll tell you! Killing for shoes only by staring!!

I think I almost prefer to be zapped half to death…

Posted by justM | Report as abusive

There you have it Shra, you have answered your own question. :)

M, that’s what I’m sayin’, can’t let ‘em fool ya! :p

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They’ve really called it the Congressional Oversight Panel? REALLY ?! I think that’s the funniest use of the past anterior tense I’ve read so far this year. :)

Posted by CrowGirl | Report as abusive

It is all marketing! You got to remember that President Obama was one of the first to fully utilize internet marketing to tip the balance of the election. He understands the concept of standing out from the rest of the crowd in order to be remembered which is the job of marketing ;)

…maybe some of us should run an experiment to see how this would work for our own businesses :?:

Posted by Weez | Report as abusive

You got all that right, Spin…
Just adding a teeny weeny bit…

Shra brakes for brownies and Mr.Fab Abs… ;)

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

Well, I did… and so far it has been good… a few sly comments here and there… but hey, I am leaving, ament I? :)
Treating the folks to Domino’s Pizza and chocolates…
thats it!

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

he he he…. oh Spin… that has an incident to it too… :)

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