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More pudding for the President!


bush-0715-crop.jpgBlog Guy, I notice you seem to settle a lot of bets, and I hope you can help me. A bunch of us were debating how long President Bush could hold a half-cup of warm tapioca pudding in his mouth before he’d have to spit it out. Can you find out?

Not so fast, hotshot. Do you mean the first President Bush, or the second one?

Oh. Right. The second. The one who’s there now.

Ah. Okay. Well, so far it’s been six hours and twelve minutes, and he’s still going strong. I’ll let you know when there’s a final result.

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bush-0715-360.jpgU.S. President George W. Bush holds a news conference in the briefing room of the White House in Washington July 15, 2008. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

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But tradition isn’t all good. There was a time when choosing U.S. Presidents of a certain breeding, race and gender was traditional. Times change.

Now stick out your tongue, Herbie!


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Oh please, don’t be so gullible. That’s Herbie! He’s a regular fixture around town. I admit he does a fair Bush imitation, but then he gives it away by mugging and clowning around.

You liked the movie, Senator?


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No, but that’s a good guess. I believe the candidate is making a visual reference to the days when his campaign was very low on money and he had to hitchhike everyplace.

Take me to your next leader, Earthling!


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This is a tough one, because I think both men are serious. 

There are photos of Obama spending idle hours between campaign stops scanning the skies with a pocket telescope he always carries. Sometimes he’ll stop in the middle of a speech and have a look for what he calls “them.”

Act now! Get the Ginsu Knives!


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Well, as you know I get most of my news from seeing photos and guessing what’s going on. But it looks to me like they’re getting into product endorsements.

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You bet. Recent photos show both candidates are adapting to cope with fuel costs. Senator John McCain has traded his jet for one of those boats with the big window fans on the back, that skim over wetlands and bump into alligators and stuff. I gather the strategy is to focus on the swampier parts of America. 

Barack, Paper, Scissors


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Yes. In the spare time he spent never learning to bowl, Obama sharpened his skills at this game, instead. Indeed, he met his wife, Michelle, at the Rock, Paper, Scissors world championships a few years ago. They still frequently play the game to relax, when they think nobody is watching.

Who the Dickens is that candidate?


Hello, Blog Guy – Like many voters, I base my decision almost entirely on how good the candidates are at acting out scenes from classic literature. So far this political season, I have to say I’ve been very disappointed. 

Frankly, I don’t know where you’ve been looking! I’ve seen a wealth of good dramatizations during the primaries, most recently Barack Obama’s poignant version of “Oliver Twist,” shown here.

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I was able to come up with shots of the two Democratic presidential candidates eating ice cream. Moreover, they reflect diversity. It turns out Hillary Clinton is a cup person, while Barack Obama is a cone guy.