Have you never SEEN decorations, Mr. President?

December 6, 2011

Honey, was that the doorbell? Could you see who it is, please?

Sweetie, it’s the president!

President Obama?

Yeah. He’s here for some kind of a surprise inspection of our Christmas decorations.

Oh crap, it’s decoration inspection time already? Quick, put a plate of shiny Christmas balls on the table, and I’ll get our holiday mugs. Maybe that”ll satisfy him.

Where’s that damned little tree, and that snowman for the wall?

I hate to say this, Sweetie, but I don’t think he’s ever gonna leave! He’s been here for three hours, talkin’ about tinsel and blinking lights. It’s almost time for “CSI: Miami.”

Well, he IS the president, so be patient. Say, why did you put out that extra Christmas place mat?

I figured the pope might drop by, too. This IS Scranton, Baby!

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President Barack Obama talks with Patrick and Donna Festa in their Scranton, Pennsylvania home November 30, 2011. Obama was in Scranton to urge Congress to extend and expand the payroll tax cuts. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

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Guess it takes a lot of balls to have the pres over for a visit.

Please ask Mr. Spam Filter to be kind to Sister Merry Bambi’s thought above.

The OE platform will take us far,
In 2012 vote Baz/Lamar!

Posted by Onedoor | Report as abusive

BG has our hopes up
with Lamar in string mittens;
Brown bears and pandas.
the puppies and kittens.
Sarcasm and humor
the zaps that Shra flings,
these are a few of my favorite things.
When the blog stops
Will my heart pop?
I’ll try not to be so sad
I’ll remember the laughter the love and the joy
and all of the fun we’ve had!

Posted by Onedoor | Report as abusive

The OE Blog: where One might be strange; but, never a stranger.

Baz/Lamar 2012!

Does Reuters understand that the folks that read the blog might actually take time to read the Reuters news? Hmmm?
The blog seems to be a pretty sneaky way of getting more readers for Reuters. Do you get a bonus for that, BG?

Posted by Onedoor | Report as abusive

I think BG gets a dollar a comment, One.

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

Perhaps it’s the lack of quality doughnuts in der Vaterland, but those Christmas balls look kind of tasty! ;-)

Posted by Jibberish | Report as abusive

There is a plate of cookies right in front of the President…
Oh boy, Michelle is really gonna blow!

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

Obama is like “yeah these are good decoration, but its not a new invention, dummy” :D

Posted by fwd079 | Report as abusive

I hope that the President realizes that Congress is in Washington, D.C., not Scranton, PA. See photo caption.

Posted by 69Spinster | Report as abusive

Do I detect sprinkles on the cookie orbs in back of the Christmas balls?

Posted by FriscoJohn | Report as abusive

The table iteslf is very pretty. I like the style and the wood.

Posted by 69Spinster | Report as abusive

POTUS: Maybe this picture will make the OE Blog.

MR. FESTA: It’s a natural! Blog Guy will probably make up some cute story about inspecting Christmas decorations and look, we’ve got Christmas balls!

MRS. FESTA: Yes, but how can ever top Toilet Head Johnson?

Everyone laughs.

Maybe I should have clicked through on more of those Levitra ads … not that I NEED anything like that, just sayin’.

Posted by justCAM | Report as abusive

POTUS: Do you thing any of these pics make the OE blog?

MR. FESTA: Of course, it’s a natural! Blog Guy will probably make up some cute story about inspecting Christams decorations or something. Look, we’ve got shiny Christmas balls!

MRS. FESTA: Yes, but could it ever top Toilet Head Johnson?

Everyone laughs.

Posted by justCAM | Report as abusive

I’m no @Bart King-type expert, but the photo would have been cuter if Brady had been in it:
http://blogs.reuters.com/oddly-enough/20 11/08/19/obamas-golden-opportunity/

Posted by 69Spinster | Report as abusive

Another free meal for the POTUS…

Posted by jclimacus081 | Report as abusive

I humbly offer a haiku:

Christmas discussion
Payroll tax cuts, ornaments
Sparkly politics

Posted by 69Spinster | Report as abusive

Why is the POTUS in Scranton to talk about tax cuts? Wouldn’t that be better done in D.C.? What am I missing? (for the sake of brevity, please restrict answers to THIS subject, not things I’m missing in general)

Posted by AllThatJazz | Report as abusive

Here’s a haiku:
POTUS in Scranton
Drumming up votes is hard work
Hey, have a cookie!

Posted by jclimacus081 | Report as abusive

The POTUS looks like his thoughts are preoccupied with cutting some turducken! Either that or he just ripped an SBD and is waiting to see if anyone has the nerve to call him on it.

Posted by iflydaplanes | Report as abusive

@ Jazz and his rhetorical question: Yep.

Posted by ladylala | Report as abusive

Mr.Pilot, care to explain ur comment? I swear I did not understand a word of it!

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

Don’t fall for it @Ifly, Shra’s got her taser all warmed up.

So are those “Schweddy Balls” the Prez is admiring?

Posted by Dave_not_dave | Report as abusive

Shra, I knew that! OK, so it slipped my mind. BUT! Look in the the new post! Grenaaades! Now I can die a very happy man!

Posted by uncarastus | Report as abusive

I would Shra but first you have to place your taser down and take three steps backwards.

Posted by iflydaplanes | Report as abusive

Ah! I see what you mean… turducken… very nifty.

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive