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Obama Calls Nancy Reagan

By Shailagh Murray
CHICAGO -- President-elect Barack Obama made one notable slip during his first post-election news conference: his crack about the ailing Nancy Reagan's reported consultations with an astrologer. He quickly sought to remedy it.

"In terms of speaking to former presidents, I've spoken to all of them that are living," Obama had said in answer to a question. "Obviously, President Clinton -- I didn't want to get into a Nancy Reagan thing about, you know, doing any seances."

"President-elect Barack Obama called Nancy Reagan today to apologize for the careless and off-handed remark he made during today's press conference," transition spokeswoman Stephanie Cutter announced. "The President-elect expressed his admiration and affection for Mrs. Reagan that so many Americans share and they had a warm conversation."

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My gosh people, gods got Reagan now. A mistake is just that. Wake up. If you, the people think as this as comedy, you are surely sick and in need of help. God willing, this man can and will make drastic changes for good, for your Country, not just the people. Both work together. You might yet be liked by all foreign Countries. May your god bless you, but I believe he has. From a white Canadian? What a shame I must have to say that. What the hell difference is our color or Religious beliefs? You are on your way to Freedom.

Posted by: justada56 | November 9, 2008 10:48 PM | Report abuse

President-elect Barack Obama called Nancy Reagan today to apologize for the careless and off-handed remark he made during today's press conference. YEP--THAT'S OBAMA: CARELESS AND OFF-HANDED. Our future Prez has no common sense or class. LOVE the comment regarding Mary Todd Lincoln..wife of one of his political heroes. Obama is NO Abe Lincoln. Maybe he thinks he is beause he's "from" Illinois.

Posted by: MaggieMay2 | November 9, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Comment to suwaneebarb
I am a mixed race person and I feel not at all offended by Omamas remark.
If somebody makes stupid remarks ( which is very rare)I just answer with a smile: " Ask dog breeders and they will tell you that mixed breeds are healthier than pure

Posted by: mixedbreed | November 9, 2008 1:21 AM | Report abuse

Reagans like the cool guy who started dating your mom and lavished you with praise and gifts. Afterwards you find he's emptied your mom's bank account and squandered your inheritance.

Posted by: rooster54 | November 8, 2008 4:28 PM | Report abuse

RE the appointment of Emanuel:
Less than reputable people will tell you what they want you to hear until you sign on the dotted line, then comes the fine print and buyers remorse. In this case, voters and the media wanted to show they were above discrimination. Rahm Emanuel is perhaps the most hot-headed attack dog in congress, and one of the most non-partisan. He doesn't represent what Obama promised about uniting at all. Read the Wikipedia entry on Emanuel, which describes where he stabbed a steak knife into the a table shouting "dead, dead" after rattling off names of people he disagreed with. He's another thug from the Chicago political machine.


Posted by: Billw3 | November 8, 2008 3:45 PM | Report abuse

So should Gen. Washington then.

Posted by: JakeD | November 8, 2008 1:38 PM | Report abuse

By the way, we should all admit and learn from our mistakes:

Reagan should have been strung, drawn and quartered for treason.

Posted by: jrob822 | November 8, 2008 1:07 PM | Report abuse

The Boland Amendment was un-Constitutional.

Posted by: JakeD | November 8, 2008 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Reagan was illegally dealing arms to the Iranians, a theocracy sworn to annihilate us, and then giving the cash to Nicaraguan "contras" who were using it to manufacture and then flood the streets of LA with crack cocaine.

And he got re-elected.

It doesn't matter who runs for the GOP in 2012. The fact that Obama is intelligent and doesn't have the character baggage that Bill did will enable him to do all sorts of great things for the country- and for the party.

The only question now is 2016. I'm thinking Jeb Bush.

Posted by: jrob822 | November 8, 2008 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Jaked: Oh pick Pallin PLEASE! That would be soooo much fun!!


Posted by: toritto | November 8, 2008 12:32 PM | Report abuse

I would vote for either Romney or Palin in 2012 (God willing ; )

Posted by: JakeD | November 8, 2008 12:29 PM | Report abuse

JakeD: Nice to see you back! (I never thought you were a paid staffer). Glad you didn't take the gas pipe - I think my right wing cousins in Ohio and Arizona did.

So, what do you think the GOP should do now? Move right? Move center? Do you like Romney or Pallin to lead the party?

Posted by: toritto | November 8, 2008 12:19 PM | Report abuse

Oh ya, It was funny because a Demorate said it. If it were a Republican, it would be a different story. Just ask Chris Matthews

Posted by: Rick30 | November 8, 2008 11:36 AM | Report abuse

He should apologize, he should have never said it in the first place. It sounds like arrogance to me. Nancy Reagan was a GREAT First Lady, and a wonderful human being, she should not have to take insults from anyone, especially obama. Sounds like some of Bidens big mouth is starting to rub off.

Posted by: highwaybluesoccer | November 8, 2008 11:34 AM | Report abuse


That joke was funny because it was true. See the difference?

Posted by: JakeD | November 8, 2008 10:51 AM | Report abuse

LOL! So it begins. Hillary DIANE Clinton was the one who "spoke" to Roosevelt. BTW: since I'm still posting, doesn't that prove I am not a paid McCain staffer?

Posted by: JakeD | November 8, 2008 10:42 AM | Report abuse

Nancy Reagan is an ailing old woman.
While she probably doesn't want to the the butt of jokes I think she probably did appreicate the call.

Obama should be as successful as Reagan.

Posted by: RedBird27 | November 8, 2008 7:42 AM | Report abuse

Actually, one of Barack's hero's wife, Abraham Lincoln, had seances! So, Barack would have been more politically correct if had used the name Mary Todd Lincoln, instead, and as she is not living, he would not have had to Call anyone to apologize, not unless he too uses a seance. Barack was trying to be funny and not ridicule anyone.

Posted by: dsoulplane | November 8, 2008 6:36 AM | Report abuse

It's too bad Barack Obama's grandmother is no longer living, for she would surely wash his mouth out with soap. What kind of person would publicly grieve the loss of his 86-year-old grandmother, and days later ridicule someone else's 87-year-old grandmother? This is not about politics; it's about character and common decency. Now that our President-elect has insulted Nancy Reagan who's next, Senator McCain's mother?

Posted by: Chippewa | November 8, 2008 5:45 AM | Report abuse

it was a funny comment, and if you don't know it, fine, go back to yr Dubya and complain, since he's the kind of joke you prefer. or maybe call yr oh, so wonderful vp pick, beyond the palin, who thinks that when you are convicted it means you have been found innocent (is this an Alaska thing? Stevens also thinks he wasn't convicted. Are they brain dead, snow blind, or just plain old stupid?) that's a joke and a half. the difference is, reporters and others laughed, now that's a sound you don't hear much in bush america, guys and gals, because with cheney at the head and bush at the rear they have driven this find nation into the ground so deeply that it appears like the first democratic evil empire to the rest of the thinking, and, yes, laughing world.

so take a break, bozos, you have major problems with yr party. try to help them out, and don't leave yr sense of humor at the door or you will continue to lose lose lose. meantime, the rest of us are going to enjoy a good joke from time to time.

it's the new F word in America: Funny.

Posted by: pajesseson | November 8, 2008 4:47 AM | Report abuse

I think marecek at 12:32 summed up a lot of people's thoughts. It was insensitive and worse, stupid. Why on earth would he possibly think that making Nancy Reagan the butt of a joke could possibly be a good idea? What makes the thing actually funny to me is that he managed to insult Nancy Reagan and cause embarassment to Hillary Clinton in a single sentence! Up until now, I would have sworn this was a rhetorical impossibility.

But Obama supporters really need to lighten up. He won. He's going to be president. He's now, officially, Comedy Target Number One. Get used to it. There are going to be a lot of Obama jokes and your self-righteous hissy fits just add to the comedic potential.

Just to warm you up, I'll start. Did you here about Obama's new health care plan? He's going to let the uninsured touch the hem of his robe. BA dump BUMP. Thank you, thank you, I'll be here all Administration! And try the vegetarian nut burgers. You've been great!

Posted by: anon99 | November 8, 2008 2:42 AM | Report abuse

Way to get your Presidency going with your foot in your mouth. Insulting Nancy Reagan for something that Hillary Clinton did (no seances but talked to dead First Ladies).

Posted by: kolbkl | November 8, 2008 1:38 AM | Report abuse

I see this as a simple off-handed remark, trying to lighten up the atmosphere a bit. Let's face it - the First Lady consulting an astrologer during her husband's presidency struck most of us as a bit loony. In this little inconsequential episode I see Obama as witty and also a gentleman for phoning Mrs. Reagan. We can expect Mr. Limbaugh, in his usual strident, over-bearing way to jump on anything that occurs with our newly-elected President.

Posted by: lojo401 | November 8, 2008 1:02 AM | Report abuse

President-elect Obama wasn't trying to coverup an awkward/stupid answer. He was answering a stupid, or poorly worded question. Part of the question was "What are you doing to prepare for Office? Have you spoken to any living Presidents...?" It was an off-the-cuff joke. Some found it funny while some sore-losers are "outraged". Get over yourselves. McCain/Palin LOST! Obama didn't have to apologize to Nancy Reagan, but he did and in so doing has shown more class in one day than Bush/Cheney have shown during their entire time in Office.

Posted by: Absolute_0-K | November 8, 2008 12:57 AM | Report abuse

I was glad to see that he apologized to Nancy Reagan, poor woman...I am sure at 87 she really wanted to be the joke of Obama's first press conference.

Whether you liked, or did not like the what a partisan comment for such a "non-partisan" candidate!

This should truly tell us all a lot about where we are starting the next four years.......

Posted by: HOBE | November 8, 2008 12:55 AM | Report abuse

Do any of the folks fulminating here against Obama know if John McCain ever apologized for telling the following joke (the telling of which was hardly an off-handed gaffe):

"Why is Chelsea Clinton so ugly?
Because her father is Janet Reno."

Posted by: HughBriss | November 8, 2008 12:45 AM | Report abuse

Obama was wrong. It wasn't Nancy Reagan, Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky were actually the ones doing seances.

Posted by: Nikon4800 | November 8, 2008 12:40 AM | Report abuse

Showed Obama is knowledgeable about the history of past presidents and their first wives. And funny too.

Posted by: carbon916 | November 8, 2008 12:39 AM | Report abuse

Well, Obama is off to a horrible start. All he's been appointing are old Clinton administration hacks. This is some real CHANGE ha ha ha

Obama - 4 and done!

Posted by: Phil6 | November 8, 2008 12:38 AM | Report abuse

We all knew Barry Obama was not yet ready for the job, now he's already proving it true. Making fun of Nancy Regan? Sheesh, what a low class thing to do at your first official press conference.

Bobby Jindal - 2012 !!

Posted by: Phil6 | November 8, 2008 12:34 AM | Report abuse

I am an unequivocal Obama supporter, so I am not predisposed to find fault with him, and I was simply stunned by this idiotic comment. Although I despised Nancy Reagan, I could not see the point in making such an insult. Hopefully this is just due to jitters and first-time press conference nerves. To his credit, however, Obama proves his is no Bush by acknowledging he made a stupid mistake and IMMEDIATELY remedying it. Kudos to him for that.

Posted by: marecek | November 8, 2008 12:32 AM | Report abuse

The first of many eff-ups by the empty suit.

Posted by: waterfrontproperty | November 8, 2008 12:25 AM | Report abuse

The Obama-bots don't see it as an issue.

However Obama himself saw it as one, and made the appropriate apology to Mrs.Reagan.

To bad Obama's own followers cannot rise to, the president elects class level.

You O-Bots have allot of class, to bad its all low.

Posted by: dashriprock | November 8, 2008 12:15 AM | Report abuse

I wouldn't have apologized who in their right mind would trust an astrologer for advise on running country anyway? God bless you Barack Obama. And Gods speed saving the world from the mess that the Bush family put our world into!

Posted by: nicksurf33 | November 7, 2008 11:44 PM | Report abuse

If he made a remark about a lonely widow desperately seeking closure with her late husband, well, that would clearly warrant apology. (as I initially assumed)

Making an allusion to a silly anecdote about the former first lady practicing witchcraft for some mundane purpose? Thats what we in the biz call wit. Please explain how he "went there".

Anyway, he's a far greater man than me, considering I can't seem to figure out what's wrong. Perhaps It's due to living under an eight-year unapologetic administration?

Furthermore, does anyone honestly believe Nancy Regan was hurt? (unless her body is 90% starch)

I know Rush Limbaugh and Bill O'Reily were OUTRAGED, but its because they're hypersensitive, bleeding-heart GOP pundits who blasphemously nail themselves to the cross while they pour over every mundane "demon-crat infraction".

PRO-TOP: Those effete "journalists" are betraying their followers ("real" Americans), since their only motivation is to skate past the credit-crisis (since they got 47% of the market by the yarbles) while their target-demographic presumably die from jingoism-induced ulcers.

Posted by: jacob303 | November 7, 2008 11:43 PM | Report abuse

This repeated foolishness about Obama needing a "script" is pretty stupid and tiresome. He writes his own danged scripts. He writes his own danged books. He is a writer. You know, the reason why we have a written record of the Gettysburg Address is because Lincoln, a great writer and noted orator, wrote it down before he delivered it, so that he could compose his language to convey his meaning most effectively. He, too, had a script. So what? It's not at all strange to prepare one's remarks in written form before delivering an oration. When speaking extemporaneously, by contrast, it is not unexceptional to deliver the occasional "uh" and to pause for thought. Nor is it too surprising to occasional say something mildly regrettable. He still pronounces his words correctly, speaks reasonably grammatically (more than most, that's for certain), and generally refrains from resorting to idiot cliches like "bring it on" or "dead or alive."

Posted by: ScienceTim | November 7, 2008 11:42 PM | Report abuse

"Obama has to be more careful on every word out of his mouth from now on."

Yeah right. Maybe he should avoid saying things like: "Bomb, bomb, bomb, Iran," or "I'll fire anyone involved in the Plame affair," or "Mission Accomplished," or "Iraq has weapons of mass destruction," or "Brownie, you're doing a heck of a job," or "we do not torture," or...

I can go on and on. Don't tell our guy he has to "watch what he says," you little piss ants. He has the guts to admit his mistakes which is more than I can say for Republican in office for the last 30 years.

Another comparison:
Reagan runs the country while secretly a victim of Alzheimer's vs. Obama cracks an insensitive joke while George Bush is still President. Who should be apologizing to who?

Posted by: thevoicereason | November 7, 2008 11:34 PM | Report abuse

Obama made a minor slip of the tongue -- "talked to all of the Presidents who are alive." As he instantly caught himself in the slip, he sought to cover it with humor, as if he had been making a conscious joke, by making this gratuitous snitty remark about Nancy Reagan.

He could have (should have) simply laughed at himself for a (probably nervous) verbal gaffe. But that would be unbecoming for the new leader of the free world. So instead of showing humility, he showed us snideness. We'll give him a mulligan on this one, but the next one will become a trend and reveal a character that is insecure enough to try to cover his gaffes not as Prince Charming but as the frog.

Posted by: fjwas | November 7, 2008 11:28 PM | Report abuse

You obviously are jealous. Calm your anger. Go have a coffee with Rove or Limbaugh or someone. I'm sure that will make you feel better.

Posted by: TimnDC | November 7, 2008 11:27 PM | Report abuse

Oh my gosh, you are all so right. He misspoke! I knew I should've listened to you Obama naysayers! AND, he's a muslim, arab, anti-christ. It so much more obvious now. We have been so duped! You guys are so smart!

Posted by: tn71
False start, offense----oh, wait, the team is still in the tunnel. It will be enforced during the May Day parade in January.

Posted by: EliPeyton | November 7, 2008 11:26 PM | Report abuse

The Obamapologists are already in full force. Yes, he made a stupid comment. Yes, it was his first public (non-scripted) comment since he was elected. And it was incredibly stupid and careless. Yes, he apologized to an old widow. But he is an idiot for saying such a thing in the first place - with that smirky, smarmy smile no less.

These same Obamapologists saying everyone is overreacting were the same ones skewering Bush when he misspoke or made up a new word.

We are in for a world of hurt. And we brought it upon ourselves for voting for this rank amateur. I hope Putin is as forgiving as Nancy Reagan reportedly is.

Posted by: mattwalter | November 7, 2008 11:16 PM | Report abuse

He was thinking of the wrong first lady. Nancy Reagan was said to consult with one or more astrologers, but it was Hillary Clinton's claim to communing with the spirit of Eleanor Roosevelt that led to talk of seances.

Posted by: mon_nom_de_guerre | November 7, 2008 11:14 PM | Report abuse

Oh dear, a president with a sense of humor, and him a genius. No wonder nobody writing here gets the joke. Fact is, by the time the Gipper started his second term, it's not clear how much was left of him. So Nancy would be particularly "adept" at channeling for St. Ronny because, well, she's done it before.

Get it?

Posted by: fzdybel | November 7, 2008 11:14 PM | Report abuse

tn1: thanks for the laughs!

Posted by: martymar123 | November 7, 2008 11:09 PM | Report abuse

Oh my gosh, you are all so right. He misspoke! I knew I should've listened to you Obama naysayers! I can already visualize it. He said something kind of dumb, immediately apologized for it, took responsibility for his mistake, that's like 2 steps toward socialism. I KNEW he wanted my gun! That's what it really means. AND, he's a muslim, arab, anti-christ. It so much more obvious now. We have been so duped! You guys are so smart!
Feel better now?

Posted by: tn71 | November 7, 2008 10:59 PM | Report abuse

If George W Bush had to follow Obama's standards, he would be apologizing all day every day for his gaffes.

Posted by: tinguman | November 7, 2008 10:49 PM | Report abuse

For all of you who are blowing Obama's comments way out of proportion, go and get a real life. Get over it! Stop hating and move on!!!

Posted by: TimnDC | November 7, 2008 10:47 PM | Report abuse

It's a good thing Nancy Reagan wasn't black, or Obama would called a RACIST.

Posted by: pgr88 | November 7, 2008 10:45 PM | Report abuse

You won't be able to count how many mistakes and how many empty promissess the Obama administration will make. I TOLD YOU SO!

Posted by: rosalynneus | November 7, 2008 10:38 PM | Report abuse

Obama said "and" during the press conference. I am soooo offended. How dare he use such disrespectful words. If he says "the" I am going to absolutely flip out!

Posted by: hayden1 | November 7, 2008 10:36 PM | Report abuse

Come on people grow up.. Most of you are looking for anything just to see him fail. But you know what he is not going to. He was elected by not only blacks but whites also. I don't care what none of you say the man is a smart guy. He can hold a sentence without looking all goofy (hint). Just relax its 2008 not 1928... GO OBAMA...

Posted by: deckyc | November 7, 2008 10:33 PM | Report abuse

Folks! Obama is very lucky on this misstep. Image if he "offends" someone like Putin. Or anyone else has power that we cannot trash around. That is not an "apology" can solve it. Obama has to be more careful on every word out of his mouth from now on. He is now president-elect. We, American, will "pay" for his misstep after Jan 20, 2009. Could be painful and costly...

Posted by: SF_DavidC | November 7, 2008 10:33 PM | Report abuse

Oops and now having read the below comment, yup, I do recall Hillary channeling Eleanor Roosevelt.

But I think she was speaking figuratively.

Wasn't she?

I can't imagine seances in the White House wouldn't have come up during the primaries.

Posted by: Georgetwoner | November 7, 2008 10:27 PM | Report abuse

Yeah I never heard anything about any first lady having seances in the White House, although it sounds very Mary Todd Lincoln.

The rap on Nancy Reagan was that she supposedly consulted with an astologer. This I think was refuted, but regardless had nothing to do with the Gipper. It was more about her issues with Patty.

I never heard anything occult at all about Hillary.

Anyhow: no seances in the White House whatsoever.

Posted by: Georgetwoner | November 7, 2008 10:24 PM | Report abuse

"Anon99, did I miss the joke? Hillary Clinton held a seance in the WH? What the bleep are you talking about?"

Hillary said she channeled Eleanor Roosevelt via seance while she was in the White House. Not sure if it was before or after her husband was impeached.

Posted by: EnoughISEnough | November 7, 2008 10:20 PM | Report abuse

Help Rush's ratings? They're already stratospheric, the highest in the medium.

Posted by: EnoughISEnough | November 7, 2008 10:18 PM | Report abuse

For the people seeing Rush Limbo red in the face, that was his JOY. Rush had his best years when Clinton was in office. It gives people something to rally around.

Seriously, think it through. Obama will great for his ratings.

Posted by: Ombudsman1 | November 7, 2008 10:14 PM | Report abuse

Obama made a mistake and he apologized. There are some people out there who are so hurt by the election that they are going to attack Obama on every little thing. It's petty! America voted decisively and we all need to respect that. Let's please move the country forward together.

Posted by: PA_DC | November 7, 2008 10:10 PM | Report abuse

Anon99, did I miss the joke? Hillary Clinton held a seance in the WH? What the bleep are you talking about?

Posted by: Cossackathon | November 7, 2008 10:01 PM | Report abuse

The apology was appropriate and the right thing to do.

I hope Obama rises to his new responsibility and becomes the President we need, eschewing the radical and Marxist ideas of his past.

If he does, I will support him and I know most others will too.

If he tries to make the US the US of EU with socialized medicine, new entitlements and higher taxes, I will fight him all the way.

Posted by: StarsAndStripesForever | November 7, 2008 9:58 PM | Report abuse

Rush is a the equivalent of a TV evangelist. Originally, he simply could not see his way to support McCain if he were selected. But he fell in line like all dutybound Republicans.

If he truly looks badly, its likely he needs to check himself back in \

Posted by: DaBishop | November 7, 2008 9:52 PM | Report abuse

Obama was very gracious and humble to apologize. I think it was an innocent attempt at being funny.

Posted by: charice33 | November 7, 2008 9:52 PM | Report abuse

If the hard right wants the GOP to remain the party of the angry white man, well so be it. Liberals want you to do exactly that as well!

This election the GOP became the party of the old, undereducated, rural angry white voter. This group is becoming a smaller and smaller percentage of the electorate. It became the party of the Southern core of the Confederacy and states like Wyoming where nobody lives. It lost in every major metropolitan area. It lost affluent diverse suburbs in Philadelphia, Charlotte, Raleigh, Fairfax and Northern Virginia, Miami and Tampa, Seattle and Minneapolis, Los Angeles and San Francisco, Alberquerque and Las Vegas, New York and Boston . It even lost Dallas and Houston.

It lost hispanic voters by 2 to l. It lost virtually 100% of the black vote. It lost the "youth" vote 2 to 1. The Democrats won every growing demographic.

There is no longer a GOP Representative in the House from all of New England. There are only three from New York and only one of those is urban. It will be very possible to flip Arizona itself in the next Presidential election.

Make Pallin or Boehner the leader of your party! Please!!

The GOP needs to decide what it is FOR......calling the opposition names ain't gonna cut it as "policy". Continuing to emphasize the culture wars will lead to a smaller, waiting for the rapture, lily-white regional Southern party. Look at the faces of the new America........the demographics are against you. :-)

Posted by: toritto | November 7, 2008 9:50 PM | Report abuse

President elect for less than a week and already sticking his foot in his mouth. What a nice start. Cmon, Barack, grow up.

Posted by: tceb | November 7, 2008 9:49 PM | Report abuse

I am extremely concerned for the life and well being of Rush Limbaugh. I've seen him in a couple of news clips after Obama's election: Rush was so shocked, his face purple blue, his carotids about to explode. He seems not to like the outcome of the elections and believes Obama is going to destroy all the glorious achievements Bush has brought to the nation. Rush what a patriot he is!

Posted by: TomCastano | November 7, 2008 9:46 PM | Report abuse

On that point Olegna, I propose that the US Government and states begin selling off sections of National Forest and National Wilderness. Nothing vital but there are a couple Presidents at Mount Rushmore who just never impressed me to deserve such an honor. Everyone can appreciate that there are sections of government owned forest that are neither visited nor even talked about.

Posted by: DaBishop | November 7, 2008 9:33 PM | Report abuse



And I couldn't agree more...

It's one thing to make a mistake and apologize...

It's quite another to make a mistake and pretend you didn't.

We call that "Change"

Posted by: LeftwithNochoice | November 7, 2008 9:32 PM | Report abuse

Ok, Ok.
Now, while you're all in various kinds of snits, you're missing what is being done behind the scenes: what shenanigans in the midnight before the actual dawn of change are being spawned to ceimate our changes of bringing about such changes.

Already, the "drill, baby, drill" proposed policy of he GOP is being hastily done. Thousands and thousands of precious acres reserved for ecological and historic ends (i.e., for the future) have been opened for various mineral explorations. More of the same sneaky kind too unless...

And what else, who knows? They're slashing and burning before they scamper off, snickering with the loots. So, do something useful. Instead of bickering and mealy-mouthing each other, vigilantly watch what's really happening. Democrat or Republican, this is your land, these are your resources, this is your future. Don't cut your nose to spite your face.

Posted by: olegnaj | November 7, 2008 9:27 PM | Report abuse

Wanted Dead or Alive--White House Seance Advisor--

Job requirements--must be able to conjure up the spirits of dead Presidents and get their advice on important matters such as what dress the Misses will wear to the inauguration, how to "amortize" the current economic crisis, be able to predict which of the Clinton political zombies should be brought back from the dead and placed in important cabinet positions,

Other job requirements--Must be able to chant "Yes we can" ten thousand times, SunMoon like without going into a coma, look good in a wardrobe funded by the DNC and be able to drive a 1939 International Harvester magic bus painted in psychedelic dayglow--

Apply at big White House on Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, DC before January 1st.

Posted by: reconpresseusa | November 7, 2008 9:24 PM | Report abuse

That was no slip. It was a clear message that the bulls_hit that started with saint ronnie is OVER!

Posted by: adrienne_najjar | November 7, 2008 9:23 PM | Report abuse

Hey thenotoriousflavio:

If someday we will have a gay President, tell me what kind of sexual act will newer deviant folks be protesting to be protected?

Posted by: DaBishop | November 7, 2008 9:22 PM | Report abuse

Of course he had to apologize. After all, seances are just smoke and mirrors, swindles perpetrated on the gullible by con artists. There's simply no comparison with the scientifically proven success of astrologers in predicting the behavior of the stock market, the winners of elections and football games, and the turn of a roulette wheel. That's why all astrologers are billionaires.

Posted by: donnolo | November 7, 2008 9:19 PM | Report abuse

oh god, slay brother. i just rolled off the chair...with that.

Posted by: oldcons | November 7, 2008 9:16 PM | Report abuse


I recall that you were not particularly supportive of OBAMA's canidacy but it appears that you are now on board.

If my recollection is correct, WELCOME. If not, please forgive my misrepresentation.

Posted by: roxlaw | November 7, 2008 9:12 PM | Report abuse

Your a fool! You are. You're indeed.

Posted by: vicoria | November 7, 2008 9:12 PM | Report abuse

Notorious Flavio -- Hush! Otherwise, you're going to inspire the Repukelickins to start pushing for a U.S. Constitutional amendment against allowing gays to become president. Whaaaaaat, you think they wouldn't stoop that low? Just watch 'em. 'Pubes go so low you gotta surveill them with an electron microscope.

Posted by: Bukkonen | November 7, 2008 9:10 PM | Report abuse

He MUST be hanging out with Joe Biden too much. Diarrhea of the mouth is contagious.

Picking on an old lady, and a first lady at that is inexcusable. It's about good manners and respect.

Is anyone reallly surprised?

Posted by: jiboo | November 7, 2008 9:08 PM | Report abuse

SCHWING! That Nancy Reagan crack sounds like something I'd say, but I'm snarky. Actually, it sounds many things the Chimperor said. Didja ever notice how so many of his quips, especially the nicknames he hung on people, had a nasty, belittling edge to them? At least Obama had the good graces to call and make nice with the limpy ol' lady. Now when someone asks him "What mistakes have you made in your first four days as president-elect?" he'll have something to point to.

Posted by: Bukkonen | November 7, 2008 9:05 PM | Report abuse

It's a pretty funny line though.

Posted by: person2 | November 7, 2008 9:03 PM | Report abuse

Insulting Nancy Reagan was in poor taste but worse was his comment that he was like a shelter dog - a mutt. Excuse me? If I were a mixed race person I would be hugely offended by that slur.

Posted by: suwaneebarb | November 7, 2008 9:02 PM | Report abuse

Nancy Reagan was into seances, so I don't know why he had to apologize. That was what she did.

Posted by: matrox | November 7, 2008 9:01 PM | Report abuse


Tell me was it the Republicans, that just voted down same sex marriage in the democratically controlled state of California ?


Posted by: dashriprock | November 7, 2008 9:00 PM | Report abuse

In answer to thenotoriousflavio above. I would have no objection to seeing Barney Frank fill that office. If you've ever watched Frank speak, especially to hostile debate opponents, the guy is brilliant. He's one of the most intelligent, quick thinking people that I've ever observed and his heart is in the right place where the welfare of ALL Americans is concerned.Frank in 2012, Sure.

Posted by: fredfawcett | November 7, 2008 9:00 PM | Report abuse

He's not afraid to admit when he's wrong,

He makes very few mistakes, and when he does make one he's quick to correct it.

He's just what we need to bring us out of our national depression -- economic and overall.

Republicsns should step back, take a deep breath, and give him a chance.

We're all Americans.

Posted by: svreader | November 7, 2008 8:55 PM | Report abuse

Actually this was a triple gaffe. First, he implied that he wouldn't want to speak with President Reagan. Second, he took a pointless shot at a nice old lady that many people are very fondly of. Finally, it was Hillary Clinton, not Nancy Reagan who held a seance in the White House. Not the best first outing he could have had. He's going to get nicknamed UhOhbama on late night TV if he's not more careful.

Posted by: anon99 | November 7, 2008 8:50 PM | Report abuse

Leave that sort of thing to Joe (Biden)!

Posted by: Jacqmotte3675 | November 7, 2008 8:44 PM | Report abuse


Could you imagine a GAY President?


40 Years ago, people felt the same way about Blacks.

Looks like the conservatives have a new minority to whip.

Posted by: thenotoriousflavio | November 7, 2008 7:47 PM | Report abuse

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