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That Nancy Reagan Crack

His first press conference! His first gaffe! President-elect Obama, asked whether he had spoken to any of his predecessors since the election said he'd talked to all of those who were alive. However, he joked, "I didn't want to get into a Nancy Reagan thing about doing any seances." Whoops. Afterwards, Obama called Mrs. Reagan (who is known for astrology, not seances) and apologized. Apparently, she was gracious.

Was the lesson learned? Surely one of the hardest things for new presidents to accustom themselves to is the fact that every single word of theirs -- every joke, every ironic remark, every unfinished sentence -- is now part of the public record and will be heavily scrutinized. Even when they are talking in private, there is bound to be an aide in the room who will put that offhand presidential comment in his memoirs, or a secretary who will tell Bob Woodward. It took Bill Clinton a long time to get used to this -- during one early phase, he kept making offhand remarks about the Yugoslav crisis, after which people would start shooting each other -- but eventually he got the idea. The sooner Obama learns this unavoidable truth, the smoother his future public appearances will be.

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I am amazed he said this after two years of campaigning....he should have known better. What was he thinking?

Posted by: ca67klein | November 8, 2008 1:30 PM | Report abuse

The Symbolism is over!

Now, we bring you the empty suit -- Barry Obama Show.

Media Q: "What puppy do you like?"
Obama A: “Well err, it depends.”

Posted by: jjcrocket | November 8, 2008 1:41 PM | Report abuse

The question was not "have you spoken to any of your predecessors?" It was "Have you spoke (sic) to any living ex-presidents?" He was answering and repeated the wording of the questioner. As he did that, he realized it sounded funny because of the questioner's wording so he made a joke. Making a quick-witted cultural reference as an aside is a sign of good humor and fast thinking.

Posted by: DCGU20007 | November 8, 2008 2:20 PM | Report abuse

So, DGCU2007, what about making a dim-witted (i.e., inaccurate) cultural reference? What if he had gotten it right and said "Hillary Clinton" or "Mary Todd Lincoln" instead? Would you still think it was a sign of good humor? And yes, nothing like a powerful Pres-elect having a little laugh at the expense of an ailing widow.

Look: the guy messed up. Admit it. But it was a little thing, so let's move on.

Posted by: Compared2What | November 8, 2008 2:37 PM | Report abuse

How is it possible to compare Obama's, maybe not extremely polite, but fully innocent joke with Clintons' part in Yugoslavia crisis and its consequences, which might later, if scrutinized properly, brought both of them to that International tribunal together (or maybe even instead) with Milocevic and others is kind of above my comprehension. But Ms. Applebaum should work hard for her salary, should she not? Sometimes hard work of such nature might bring fully different results, might it not?

Posted by: aepelbaum | November 8, 2008 2:57 PM | Report abuse

I thought Nancy did bring someone in to the WH for a seance, one time.

Posted by: slats999 | November 8, 2008 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Gee whiz, a harmless joke about the Republic Party Messiah is a "gaffe?" I think the author of this little article has made her first "gaffe" under the new president's tenure by making an issue of this. Get a sense of humor already.

Posted by: mongolovesheriff | November 8, 2008 3:44 PM | Report abuse

I suspect Nancy Reagan was very happy to hear from the President-elect and probably likes this guy - he's "clean, bright, and articulate," civil, respectful of people, etc. I don't think she was a big John McCain fan as she was close to the first wife. And being an old lady myself, you've got to admire a guy who tells hip-hoppers to pull up their pants because they're walking by their mothers and grandmothers.

On another note, I was struck by how somber/subdued Obama seemed during the press conference when compared with his campaign persona. Except for the seance crack, the puppy story and asking Lynn about her arm, the guy was all business and a almost little grumpy. Maybe now that he's privy to inside info, he's discovering just how in the ditch the country really has gotten??

Posted by: JulieMcNamara | November 8, 2008 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Nancy Reagan was obsessed with astrology and its supposed effect on all things including decision making, meeting times, etc. There was talk of her using astrology to influence the President and came from White House aides after Reagan's term had ended.

No doubt the Obama statement would have been better left unsaid but certainly doesn't warrent this kind of attention. Particularly after the bush gaffs of the last eight years. Get over it Applebaum and write about something that is important.

Posted by: 1ken | November 8, 2008 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Had George W. Bush casually slandered Eleanor Roosevelt in his first press conference as President Elect I am certain that his commitment to statesmanship and judement would have been broadly questioned.

Posted by: besmanrhotmailcom | November 8, 2008 5:15 PM | Report abuse

I'm an Obama supporter, but I think he gets cocky at times. Nonetheless, he learns from his mistakes, so I don't expect a repeat performance. And as mistakes go, this was minor.

Posted by: smc91 | November 8, 2008 5:25 PM | Report abuse

jjcrocket and friends,

Get over it. Your team lost and it is not our fault that you backed the wrong party!

OBAMA is OUR President and as such, if you love this country as much as you repubs say you do, you'll suck it up and do the right thing by praying for him and supporting his efforts to right what is wrong with what appears to be a sinking ship.

However, we won't hold our breath that you will do the right thing. After all you haven't done it for the last 8 years!

OBAMA & BIDEN - WE made the right choice in 2008!

Posted by: roxlaw | November 8, 2008 5:57 PM | Report abuse

"Surely one of the hardest things for new presidents to accustom themselves to is the fact that every single word of theirs -- every joke, every ironic remark, every unfinished sentence -- is now part of the public record and will be heavily scrutinized."

You think that didn't occur to him during two years of campaigning? How many times did we have to hear about his conversation with Joe the Plumber. The occasional free comment is not nearly as grave a problem as a predatory press and an opportunistic opposition. We're in possession of a too-rare chance to set the world on a better course. yet's try to keep our eyes on the prize, folks, not on the irrelevant. All of us.

Posted by: jepetto | November 8, 2008 5:58 PM | Report abuse

AS far as,Iam concerned the true lowlife
Chicago ghetto punk in that two bit thug
Messiah Barack Hussein Obama was openly
finally put on public display with Obama's
nasty dirty lowlife crack about former
First Lady Nancy Reagan,and after that one,
let me tell Barack Hussein Obama that I will never vote for a Democrat for the
rest of my life as I dearly love and
respect Nancy Reagan as a great First Lady
and frankly you cannot pay me to respect
that ugly hateful Michelle Obama the most
disgusting woman to ever become First Lady.

Posted by: claudinelong | November 8, 2008 6:04 PM | Report abuse

Well, I'm as pleased with his show of humour as I am with the fact that he didn't see fit to distinguish between spirituality and astrology. It gives me hope that he's a rational being who rightly dismisses all such supernatural nonsense.

As long as she wasn't offended, no harm done. Hopefully now that the election campaign is over we can get over this distracting anti-news.

Posted by: Nebby_99 | November 8, 2008 6:11 PM | Report abuse

This is EXACTLY what I hate about the media!! Gaffe?? What "gaffe"!?!? The man made a joke to lighten the moment. Did anyone pay attention to the subject and tone of the news briefing? Was his comment in anyway construed as being mean-spirited or hurtful?? Okay, so "fact-checking" reveals that Mrs. Reagan had astrological charts made on a regular basis and did not host seances. Point taken. Correction made. Anything else? We've got a country that's TANKING in MANY areas and THIS is what we're worried about?!?!? And to the highly enlightened "claudinelong", your hateful vitriol speaks more about YOUR character, than Mr. OR Mrs. Obama's!

Posted by: jyancy13 | November 8, 2008 6:26 PM | Report abuse

Yes, Nancy was into astrology. But that isn't going to help you talk to dead presidents. That's why he said seance.

It was a good joke, but a careless comment he should not have made. A rare indication that Mr. Obama can be affected at all by the tremendous stress of his situation.

Posted by: mikeinmidland | November 8, 2008 6:28 PM | Report abuse

There's one thing which hasn't even been mentioned yet: While the slip of the tongue was very minor in any objective judgment, he had no qualms to apologize.

I repeat. He apologized.

When was the last time an American president apologized? When was the last time Bush apologized for ANYTHING?

But instead of pointing out that Obama had the decency and manners to say sorry, we get another smart-aleck Applebaum tirade as if it was in any way NEW to him that his every word would be scrutinized. Now that's "journalism". Bah.

Posted by: mentar | November 8, 2008 6:46 PM | Report abuse

The First Official Word of the 44th President of the United States of (KKK) America: Uhhhhhhhhhhhh.


The Teleprompter was down. And Slick was stammering and panic stricken.


Good thing the Corporate BigWigs were there to direct him.

Makes Bush look like a silver tongued devil and genius.

God help us.

Uhhhhhh. Uhhhhhh.

I don't know. Well,....

The buffoon can't pick a dog without being told how by a liberal special interest group.

Much less an effective bipartisan Cabinet.

Posted by: theeasypartsover | November 8, 2008 7:48 PM | Report abuse

After reading the posts by Claudine Long and jjcrocket, all I can say is that I liked them better in the original German. Sieg heil, guys, and keep the faith. One day you'll get your Fourth Reich.

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

Obama will learn no doubt but the interesting point is that his remarks give us insight into the man - a smart alecky, mean spirited thought whether expressed or unexpressed.

Posted by: buckrogers1 | November 8, 2008 7:56 PM | Report abuse

The Nancy Reagan remark was a minor gaffe and he apologized for it. Obama looks very comfortable with the press and hopefully this means many more press conferences for this administration.

Posted by: mfcjrca | November 8, 2008 7:58 PM | Report abuse

Both he and Biden had better learn 21st Century speak - everyone hears it instantly.

Think twice speak once.

Posted by: Billy1932 | November 8, 2008 8:53 PM | Report abuse

Give the man a break. Couldn't you see how tired he was? Between the the climax of the campaign and the need to start transition planning even before the election, which Obama apparently did, there was little time to contemplate the reality he now faces: the country and the world are in crisis, and, the country and the world has enormously high expectations about HIM. The weight of the world is on his shoulders.

We should all be asking what we can do to help.

Posted by: martimr1 | November 8, 2008 9:51 PM | Report abuse

Suddenly right-wingers promote and demand Politically Correct speech?

Oh yeah, well excu-u-u-u-u-se me. LOL

Posted by: shrinqrap | November 8, 2008 11:11 PM | Report abuse

OMG ... there's a few of you who haven't gotten over the LOSS have you? Bitter? Clinging to your slurs? Hahahaha ....folks get used to the fact. Barack Obama is the president and you can bark all you want but noooobbooody's listening!

Posted by: Omyobama | November 8, 2008 11:51 PM | Report abuse

Oh please. It was a cute joke. Haha, crazy lady with a seance, whatever. I could care less about Nancy Reagan or Presidential gaffes. Did anyone actually listen to what he said, or were you too busy waiting like vultures to hop on his first "mistake"? I am so very serious, WHO CARES. I only care about what he's going to DO. Actions speak louder than words.

Posted by: sykadelic_chic | November 9, 2008 12:34 AM | Report abuse

Of course Nancy was gracious. She has always been proud of America.

Posted by: pkhenry | November 9, 2008 12:50 AM | Report abuse

Wait a minute - eight years of a President who can barely put two sentences together, and THIS is a gaffe?

Get a grip, people.

Posted by: tpsteele | November 9, 2008 7:37 AM | Report abuse

Claudinelong--So, you were offended by the president-elect's joke about Nancy Reagan? Well, you did a fine job of illustrating what civility, bipartisanship, and respect look like!

Posted by: KWeberLit | November 9, 2008 7:58 AM | Report abuse

It's folks like Claudinelong who show up at the Palin hate rallies. It's folks like Claudinelong who just can't get it about the fact that the country has had enough of folks like Claudinelong. It's folks like Claudinelong who are responsible for electing GWB and the mess that we're in today. It's folks like Claudinelong, who show a lack of respect of others views, that cause the country to be divided in red/blue states.

Posted by: philasportsphan | November 9, 2008 8:21 AM | Report abuse

I think what he really meant was no more wacky Republican's who run the Whitehouse based on their Astrologer or what "God" personally told them to do in a dream. Hey intellectualism! What a concept after wandering the desert for 8 years thinking "God" told them to bomb anyone who doesn't agree w/ them.

Posted by: mtdon | November 9, 2008 11:56 AM | Report abuse

He displays his lack of class. He thinks he is just so cute and so clever. A sad beginning for a frightening future.

Posted by: spencer38611 | November 9, 2008 12:24 PM | Report abuse

The hullaballoo about President-elect Obama's passing reference to Nancy Reagan's obsession with the occult is far overblown. It was a light hearted comment, not mean or spiteful as Nancy so often was and still is. Fortunately, the Reagan era is over and its legacy is stone dead. America is a far finer place as a result.

Posted by: dsrobins | November 9, 2008 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Give it a rest. I didn't hear any of you righties decrying McCain's joke about Chelsea Clinton being ugly because Janet Reno was her father. Or Reagan's "we just outlawed the Soviet Union...bombing starts in five minutes." It is a pity that some people are so hate-filled that they will jump on anything a Dem might say just to get a rush.

Posted by: mikel7 | November 9, 2008 3:26 PM | Report abuse

claudinelong - I usually don't call people into question over grammar but your diatrabe on Obama- without an ending punctuation mark was just too much. All during the campaign you wrote these overly long missives; using language not really fit for human consumption and did not use any punctuation - maybe a couple of commas but just full of run on sentences full of hate. The post does not punctuate for you. You seem intelligent and I bet you can punctuate. For good or bad; as most of you said to us for 8 long years about Bush - Barak Obama is now the President of the US. He is YOUR commander in chief. A little respect please.

Posted by: gjkbear | November 9, 2008 5:05 PM | Report abuse

It's good that he apologized but I was quite disappointed he uttered such a remark after such a disciplined and respectful (mostly) campaign -- what does it show about him that he made such an undisciplined, sharp-edged, disrespectful and wholly unnecessary faux pas? I hope it was mostly due to exhaustion and a pathetic (weak, juvenile) attempt at humor.

Reminds me of his snotty and snarky comment toward Hillary during one of the debates. This is an ugly 'shadow side' tendency he should hasten to leave behind ASAP or it could bode poorly for the future -- I'd hate to see another typical guy in power who thinks put-down humor is acceptable when what it actually reveals is the same old insecure, self-absorbed, power-hungry, mean-spirited egomaniac.

That would be 180 degree departure from what we have been lead to believe is the authentic Obama.

Which is the true Obama? I truly hope it's what we've all been lead to believe and not in fact bait and switch.

Posted by: flacan | November 9, 2008 5:41 PM | Report abuse

dig deeper Anne, sooner or later you will find sonmething still more insignificant!
Go girl!

Posted by: jsmeets1 | November 10, 2008 2:30 AM | Report abuse

Personally speaking, I thought the "gaffe" about Mrs. Reagan's penchant for relying on the paranormal was funny - although I was glad to hear he personally called Mrs. Reagan with an apology. And his comments about the puppy - were likewise funny. He took a lighthearted question and addressed it seriously but also tongue in cheek. Do I think this man is perfect? No. Do I think he is human? Oh yes. And that makes me smile.

Posted by: cymric | November 10, 2008 7:08 AM | Report abuse

I'm not seeing any explanation for what the people posting here are so against Obama. The emotion fueling these posts is apparent; in fact, it's all I remember about any of them. Ordinarily, I'd like to hear your arguments in support of your claims, but honestly, today I don't. We've got new leadership. Obama was my choice, and I have high hopes for his Presidency, but I'd have been plenty satisfied with a President McCain, had he been elected-- because he is a good man and because he also would have represented new leadership. I wish some of the people so full of negative sentiment would stay off the board here. You'll have your time again, but you should have the tact to recognize that that time is not now. Since many of you are clearly republicans, you might recall Susan Sontag's ill considered article about how we deserved what we got on 9-11, published within weeks of the event. Some of what Sontag wrote was probably true, but it was inconceivable to many that in publishing such ideas at such a moment, when the wound was so fresh, she could have been trying to enlighten anyone about anything, but had rather been trying to kick her fellow Americans while many were as far down as they'd ever been.

Those who are unwilling to contain their hate should stay away from those for whom this election represents a chance at a new beginning.

Posted by: Dmerrin10000 | November 10, 2008 8:06 AM | Report abuse

Humor is and has always been a double edged sword. You don't know how it will be taken. I cringed when I heard him say that.

Let the comedians do the comedy President-elect Obama. I prefer your serious side.

Posted by: sandnsmith | November 10, 2008 8:39 AM | Report abuse

eileenpage52 - BRAVA! Someone finally said it!

Posted by: cclady1 | November 10, 2008 9:02 AM | Report abuse

Obama was really making a crack about Hillary Clinton, I assume, since I heard she did hold seances. But Hillary is na Democrat so...

Posted by: WilliamBlake | November 10, 2008 11:37 AM | Report abuse

It wasn't as bad as republican Joe Scarborough dropping the "F" word when he was talking about Rahm Emanuel on this MSNBC show this morning. After of which, his sidekick, Mika, blatantly lied to tens of thousands of viewers when she insisted Joe didn't use the "F" word.

Posted by: jandcgall1 | November 10, 2008 12:18 PM | Report abuse

I took his remark as a comforting reminder that Ronald Reagan is, indeed, dead.

Posted by: TheProFromDover | November 10, 2008 12:50 PM | Report abuse

I am sure that Obama will be afforded the same respect as Pres Bush has had by the media publishing every gaffe or insensitive remark he makes.

Posted by: paperclip1 | November 10, 2008 1:03 PM | Report abuse

So what?
I know a lot of people are drooling for a chance to pounce, but this is not really not a bid deal. Save your false outrage for the real concerns that will come up, as there would be with anyone in a free representative democracy.

Be certain, though, that Obama won't use lies and deceit to get 4,200+ Americans killed in combat in an unjust war.

More people rode the red line today than voted in the sate of Alaska. McCain picked the Governor of the red line to be his VP. Fortunately a resounding majority of America saw how crazy that would have been.

Posted by: sacomment | November 10, 2008 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Hey, Obama can say whatever he wants! He is the President elect and entitled to say anything to anybody. If Republicans have a problem with it then they can just sit there and cry! I am just waiting for my check! Anybody know when those are coming? Finally, a president who cares about the needs of poor and middle class America and not just rich people! I can't wait til I get that check from Obama! I just don't know if I am getting a new stereo or rims! THANK YOU OBAMA FOR MY MONEY!!! Tax those rich people and get me some more!!!

Posted by: michaelellis29 | November 10, 2008 1:36 PM | Report abuse

So,like the saying goes that you can take a
Chicago Thug out of Chicago but you cannot
take the thug out of Barack Hussein Obama!
And that dsmn totally uncalled for smartarse lowlife remark about former First
Lady Nancy Reagan was totally out of line
by the big shot dope snorting Chicago Punk
the Obama thug! What a lowlife loser this
Barack Hussein Obama creep really is that
he would stoop that low.

Posted by: Ralphinphnx | November 10, 2008 2:58 PM | Report abuse


Wow claudinelong, never vote for a Democrat because of Obama? That is just plain stupid. That is like saying I would never vote for a Republican because of Nixon (which I have voted for several since him). It was a stupid joke but it was not worth getting all in a bunch about. He called her an apologized. He was repentant unlike you with your "lowlife
Chicago ghetto punk" (we know what you really are saying) and Messiah Barack Hussein Obama. Which is uglier? I feel very sorry for you, really, it is sad when someone is so bitter and angry over words. And to "get even" calls someone racist names full of bigotry and hate.

You should be ashamed of your childish rant.


AS far as,Iam concerned the true lowlife
Chicago ghetto punk in that two bit thug
Messiah Barack Hussein Obama was openly
finally put on public display with Obama's
nasty dirty lowlife crack about former
First Lady Nancy Reagan,and after that one,
let me tell Barack Hussein Obama that I will never vote for a Democrat for the
rest of my life as I dearly love and
respect Nancy Reagan as a great First Lady
and frankly you cannot pay me to respect
that ugly hateful Michelle Obama the most
disgusting woman to ever become First Lady.

Posted by: claudinelong | November 8, 2008 6:04 PM

Posted by: rcc_2000 | November 10, 2008 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Nancy Reagan was pregnant when Ronnie married her!

Posted by: pedjr336 | November 10, 2008 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Don't forget that while Nancy was reading her star charts, your Saint Ronnie was waiting for her interpretations before making policy Repubs are something in Olympics.....ooops...was that politically incorrect????..... I sure hope so.....

Posted by: seakeys | November 10, 2008 4:33 PM | Report abuse

JulieMcNamara -- Yes, Obama was weary from an exhausting campaign (not to mention the death of his grandmother three days before), and also searching for a new presidential tone.

He's prone to be too serious, and learned to counteract that using a rousing, inspiring oratorical style -- which wouldn't be appropriate for his press conference.

He has a very dry, sharp sense of humor. He was trying to let that humor slip out and balance his seriousness. Unfortunately teasing the reporter about which "living presidents" he'd consulted was a joke in poor taste.

He'll learn.

Posted by: Hypatia3 | November 10, 2008 6:12 PM | Report abuse

Are we ever going to grow up and get a life? I am a Regan Republican and McCain supporter, but folks, for God's sake GET A LIFE!

Obama used the phrase "spoken to all the living Presidents" and realized how silly that sounded. He tried to add some humor to his faux pas. Ok, so what? Can we stop rushing to volunteer for the "victim class". We have become a group of phsychological wooses. This artificial hypersensitivity is obnoxious and needs to be buried along with other stupidities and nonsense.

Posted by: CommonSense46 | November 10, 2008 7:14 PM | Report abuse

Obama's comment of ignorance is just a taste of what is sure to come. He didn't have his speech or teleprompter in front of him...

He's never been asked "real questions" that one might think "real" journalist would ask.

If all I had to reply to a question was what type of dog will I get the girls, I would have ran for the presidency.

What a joke. The majority of Americans who voted this guy in have no brains.

How Ironic...tomorrow is Veterans Day; the very men and woman who fought for this country and our freedom "to keep" - is now going away - with a Socialist/Marxist President. Amazing.

Posted by: mdwoman | November 10, 2008 7:56 PM | Report abuse

Folks,this is a hint of things to come.Obama off script is not the messiah his blind followers have been telling everyone that he is.It is most interesting to see how his followers rush to explain what he "meant".Unfortunately we are stuck with their messiah for at least four years.At which time he will be given the boot along with the corrupt senate and congress.

Posted by: cincigal74 | November 10, 2008 8:45 PM | Report abuse

Do you people realize that if Anne Applebaum were to get a crew cut, she would look just like Bruce Willis?

Anne, will you write a column entitled:

"YipeeKyeYay, Mother#######"

Posted by: Ombudsman1 | November 10, 2008 10:38 PM | Report abuse

Hey crocket!!!

Michelle Obama was wearing a red dress today when she and President-elect Obama visited the white house!!! Any Symbolism there!!!!!

Posted by: knjincvc | November 11, 2008 12:43 AM | Report abuse

Yes, it was a gaffe - but a fairly minor one on the grand scale of things. And Obama deserves some credit for his extraordinarily *few* missteps; perhaps that is why this one is getting so much attention.

Let's focus on the real issues.

Posted by: PaulG2 | November 11, 2008 2:14 AM | Report abuse

It appears that Ms. Applebaum is warming up in the bullpen preparatory to throwing some hard inside brush backs. She has a couple of months to get in shape after being in semi retirement for eight years.

Posted by: 44pol | November 11, 2008 7:21 AM | Report abuse

I'm not a member of the Church of the Reagans. She's just another homewrecker AND one who turned her formerly Democrat, union-heading husband into a jingoistic ReThuglican who used the Southern Strategy of racism to win the Presidency.

And then, as has been pointed out above, she actually turned to astrologers for advice on policy matters.

She has a huge part in the turn of our country's leadership away from rational scientific thinking into cloud cuckoo land, leading to things like "trickle down" economics.

She deserved a little ribbing, and St. Ronnie deserved a little ribbing by proxy, too. He was the worst governor California ever had, wrecking what had been a beautiful place to live, and he was a horrible president, too, putting the middle class at the mercy of those whose only morality was More Money, More Money, More Money (for ME).

Posted by: RealCalGal | November 11, 2008 11:02 AM | Report abuse

Too bad the press didn't jump all over every one of Dubya's gaffs. Maybe we could have been spared the last four years of the Bush nightmare.

Posted by: larrydurack | November 11, 2008 12:08 PM | Report abuse

Alright that was a bad joke. The man has just won the biggest prize any politician can possibly hope for and he is the first black to do so and with a muslin father. So he is euphoric and his head is in the cloud, at least momentarily, and it is completely understandable. It doesn't mean he is cocky or stupid. It just means he is human and he apologized just like any other human being who realized his mistake.

Posted by: lohengrin | November 11, 2008 12:26 PM | Report abuse

So,far the whole damn worthless Gaffe Filled Messiah Barack the Wealth Spreader
Hussein Obama Admiinistration is proving
to be a bigger threat to our own USA then
Osama bin Laden and Al_Qeada,Mullah Omar
and the Taliban,Communist China and Russia
all rolled into one!..Why did that idiot
Tom Brokaw think asking Obama about which
puppy did Barack Hussein Obama like,was the
biggest issue facing the USA? OMG Shades
of George W Bush and Barney all over again!
..So until the American people say loudly
and forceful Can the BS here and now Press
Corp and Liar Elect Little George W Bush II
Messiah Barack "The Wealth Spreader" Hussein Obama and get your lazy butt to work on the peoples business not running off to the damn gym ever half hour,or still
making your magic teleprompter idiot speeches and doing endless photo ops and
looking for a puppy nonsense Obama or damn
kit Resign Here And NOW! Throw the Democrats out in 2010, and Elect A Winner
Republican Sarah Palin in 2012 and 2016!
Send Wealth Spreader Barack Obama to jail
along with Joe Mouth Biden,Nancy Pelosi,
Dhris Dodd,John Kerry,Hillary Clinton,
Barney Franks and Hopeless Harry Reid!
God Save the USA from Obama & Stooges!

Posted by: sandylong5274 | November 11, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Minor, to be sure, after all the nasty stuff that Mewt tle Grinch and Rush the Gasbag have said already. And Obama apologized for it. It was pretty mild. Not like the fire breath stuff Paul Broun of Georgia is saying. What a nutcase.

Posted by: majorteddy | November 11, 2008 7:49 PM | Report abuse

i resent the implications of this article's title.

nancy reagan's crack is private.

Posted by: forestbloggod | November 11, 2008 9:24 PM | Report abuse

No one appreciates how easy it is to have a joke fall flat -- let alone ad lib -- than another performer.

The Reagans have always exhibited graciousness. I'm sure Mrs. reagan appreciates his situation and understands how easy it is to slip up.

Posted by: gbooksdc | November 11, 2008 10:27 PM | Report abuse

Some folks have an axe to grind because their guy lost. Gee, it sure sucks to be you. Well, give Obama your best shot. He's a man, he can take it. If that doesn't help, you can always try primal scream therapy.

Meanwhile, the rest of us will be doing our part to repair the damage done by the Bush/Cheney administration during the past eight long, arduous years.

Posted by: labman57 | November 11, 2008 10:55 PM | Report abuse


Nobody in recent history has been as good at doing this as George W. Bush. After almost 8 years in the White house, he still finds creative ways to make colossal gaffes.

(...and this from a guy who is not creative in any other respects).

Obama is feeling his oats. He just won the Presidency and we're all excited.

Give him some time and he'll master the art of the press conference just like he has mastered every other skill required to beat the pants off of that rich kid, King George (er, Ex-President George).

Posted by: dmmgba | November 12, 2008 1:13 AM | Report abuse

Let's see here; over the last two months, Barack Obama has been called "Domestic Terrorist," "Traiter," "Un-American," "Socialist," etc. He has been threatened with death, etc.

Has John McCain or Sarah Palin called Barack Obama to personally apologize?

Give me a break; the guy has a sense of humor, the only person who could possibly be offended by what he said was Nancy Reagan; who probably was not even listening. He called her and personally apologized. That showed showed a lot more humility and class than I have seen on these posts.

Posted by: risejugger | November 12, 2008 1:23 AM | Report abuse

But you said he would be perfect.

Posted by: gary4books | November 12, 2008 5:40 AM | Report abuse

God Save the USA from Obama & Stooges!

Posted by: sandylong5274

If there were a God, dung beetle, do you think It would have backed Bush? By the way, ever heard the expression: "God is love"? Or how Jesus said: "Love thy neighbor as thyself"? You must be a Satanist.

Posted by: edwcorey | November 12, 2008 11:25 AM | Report abuse

Just the first. We won't have long to wait for the next, I'm sure. It could all unravel in a short time.

Posted by: djallison2000 | November 12, 2008 5:09 PM | Report abuse

AS far as,Iam concerned the true lowlife
Chicago ghetto punk in that two bit thug
Messiah Barack Hussein Obama was openly
finally put on public display with Obama's
nasty dirty lowlife crack about former
First Lady Nancy Reagan,and after that one,
let me tell Barack Hussein Obama that I will never vote for a Democrat for the
rest of my life as I dearly love and
respect Nancy Reagan as a great First Lady
and frankly you cannot pay me to respect
that ugly hateful Michelle Obama the most
disgusting woman to ever become First Lady.

Posted by: claudinelong | November 8, 2008 6:04 PM

Gee Claudine, you want to drop the "N" bomb so bad I bet you can taste it. It must really burn your muffin to think that one of THOSE people will represent the US for the next eight years, huh?

Posted by: markbark42 | November 13, 2008 9:13 AM | Report abuse

That was no gaffe. Obama meant what he said. It was a clear signal that there would be no BS in his adminstration like we've seen from the repugnicans. Nancy Reagan - HA! another sick joke, just like Ronnie, Palin, and both Bushes. Idiots all the way. It's time for some smart adults to run things.

Posted by: adrienne_najjar | November 13, 2008 11:02 AM | Report abuse

I believe he is allowed to make a silly comment as a human being - President Elect aside - however, because he is under the public's constant scrutiny - as all celebrities find themselves - he has to be much more sensitive with his remarks. It comes with the territory, as we say. What the man-in-the-street can get away it, can put him in a very bad light.

Posted by: Annie008 | November 13, 2008 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Personally, I liked the line, but referencing a Ouija board would have been more accurate.

Posted by: gogmu012 | November 13, 2008 4:13 PM | Report abuse

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