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(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

This photo -- taken yesterday as the five living presidents (and presidents-elect) shared a meal together -- has so very many caption possibilities.

Submit your own in the comments section below and we'll pluck out a few of the best to be featured in their own post.

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 7, 2009; 5:22 PM ET
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asked if i like prezie B, wish i had said no, i love him, the right-wing man, instead yes, 9 months ago. further more, wish it were 9 years ago.

Posted by: philipdzo | January 12, 2009 5:21 AM | Report abuse

Cillizza's collection of Fathead wall graphics.

Posted by: DonJasper | January 10, 2009 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Obama: Change you can believe in, but the same necktie as the Bushies.

Posted by: john131 | January 9, 2009 5:29 PM | Report abuse

When do we start the kick line?

Posted by: dognabbit | January 9, 2009 11:10 AM | Report abuse

W: This is awkward -- shouldn't Cheney be standing here?

Posted by: jrosco3 | January 9, 2009 1:57 AM | Report abuse

I thumped his butt, didn't I!

Posted by: fulrich | January 8, 2009 9:54 PM | Report abuse

"You know, two of us wouldn't be here if Jeb had won his 1st Governor's race. Do you ever wonder what if??"

Posted by: tedjv | January 8, 2009 6:02 PM | Report abuse

GHWB: Joe who?
BO: Joe the Plumber. I'm glad HE didn't show.
GWB: He was invited.
BC: Thank heavens, no Joe!
JC: That reminds me, I could use a plumber.

Posted by: papsjack | January 8, 2009 5:14 PM | Report abuse

BHO: No, George. When I said I'd create 3 million new jobs, I wasn't including your son.

GWB (to himself): He'll never guess where I'll hide the football with the codes.

A minute earlier:

BC to JC: You lusted in your heart, Jimmy, and I never inhaled. You and me are a lot alike, buddy.

Posted by: optimyst | January 8, 2009 3:45 PM | Report abuse

I know which one is the "Mack Daddy of the Oval Office".

Posted by: ucla84 | January 8, 2009 3:39 PM | Report abuse

BO: I hear they're Photoshopping Carter in later.

GHWB: Yeah, old dog lost his security clearance.

Posted by: bk2wheels | January 8, 2009 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Obama: "George, remember when the "little brown ones" used to visit you here? Now they are moving in!"


Yes, officer, the 2nd one of the right. He's the one who grabbed my Big Mac.


Obama (thought baloon): This suit and tie looks much better on me than on W.

Posted by: rlritter | January 8, 2009 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Jimmy Carter continues to drift farther to the left.

Posted by: myhojda | January 8, 2009 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Thought balloons over their heads:

GHWB:"I wasn't here long enough."
BHO: "I can't get here quick enough."
GWB: "I can't get out of here soon enough."
BC: "I could have stayed here forever."
JC: "I think I've been here before...."

Posted by: WaitingForGodot | January 8, 2009 12:45 PM | Report abuse

After consecutive visits from FOUR Ghosts of Christmases Past, President Obama decided not to wait for Present and Future to show him that he would become an overweight, gray-haired white guy in a bad suit. He went out and got that kid a huge turkey IMMEDIATELY.

Posted by: MikefromMadison | January 8, 2009 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Which one of these is not like the other?

Posted by: msheik2 | January 8, 2009 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Presidents snub Nancy Reagan and her Ouija Board.

Or finally,

Q. How many Presidents does it take to screw up the economy?
A. One. The rest are only there for the free meal.

Posted by: littlestormcloud | January 8, 2009 12:07 PM | Report abuse

OBAMA: Carter told me his presidency may be considered peanuts by most, but now it's been overshadowed by your son who had the balls to create the worst legacy in presidental history.

Posted by: huangagain | January 8, 2009 12:03 PM | Report abuse

Carter: Damn, I knew I should have worn heels!

Posted by: RedPepper87 | January 8, 2009 12:02 PM | Report abuse

(with apologies to Johnny Cash)

Well, the one on the right was on the left
And the one in the middle was on the right
And the one on the left was in the middle
And the guy in the rear...wants a cheeseburger

Posted by: Aterio | January 8, 2009 11:54 AM | Report abuse

BC to Group: Now Monica and I used to hang out right over there.

Posted by: CHuffman84 | January 8, 2009 11:36 AM | Report abuse

Psssst… Forty-one… Do you let him sit at the grownups' table at Thanksgiving yet?

Posted by: FlownOver | January 8, 2009 11:33 AM | Report abuse

OK, Which one is the cardboard cut-out?

Posted by: auntbets | January 8, 2009 11:32 AM | Report abuse

Barack to GHWB: Now how's this for change?

Posted by: OBrepresentsAll | January 8, 2009 11:30 AM | Report abuse

BO to HW: I took Jimmy in the Old Blue Eyes Memorial Pool.

Posted by: jimbo1949 | January 8, 2009 11:29 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Obama: Save George Bush's rug in the Oval Office, and enjoy walking all over it! Barefoot! With lots of guests!

Posted by: auntbets | January 8, 2009 11:27 AM | Report abuse

In a sign of the President Elect's focus (or lack thereof), Barack Obama fails to read the memo that Democrats wear blue ties today.

Posted by: rosenblj | January 8, 2009 11:13 AM | Report abuse


I have to admit, I laughed out did several of my co-workers. Good job.

Posted by: Bondosan | January 8, 2009 10:49 AM | Report abuse

Here's a photo of the last gathering of presidents at the white house, 27 years ago. carter was 57 then, and is the only one still alive:

I wonder how many of the guys in this phot he'll outlive?

Posted by: Kili | January 8, 2009 10:42 AM | Report abuse

Sadly, only W fell for Clinton's joke that the photo was to be used as a model for an updated Mount Rushmore.

Posted by: GJonahJameson | January 8, 2009 9:25 AM | Report abuse

I think "For The Times They Are A-Changing" by Mike from Madison takes the cake. No doubt.

Posted by: JoeD1 | January 8, 2009 9:20 AM | Report abuse

We're not laughing on the inside.

Posted by: sambatkins | January 8, 2009 9:16 AM | Report abuse

"Is it methane gas or did Jimmy just do something?"

Posted by: NotBubba | January 8, 2009 8:55 AM | Report abuse

The Four Musqueteers.........
Athos, Porthos, Ethos and Dartagnan

Posted by: jessicanyokas | January 8, 2009 8:51 AM | Report abuse

The Five Dwarfs: Doc, Happy, Dopey, Sneezy, and Bashful.

Posted by: AdamFeiler | January 8, 2009 8:44 AM | Report abuse

For The Times They Are A-Changing

Posted by: MikefromMadison | January 8, 2009 8:06 AM | Report abuse

BHO to GHWB: Yeah, broccoli does that to me also.

Posted by: Thatsnuts | January 8, 2009 7:19 AM | Report abuse

Caption: You lose Jimmy

Posted by: anysomebody | January 8, 2009 4:23 AM | Report abuse

Take a good look at this picture. This is one of the last smiles you'll see on Barack Obama's face.

He had to be placed in the center but the arrangement should have been CARTER, CLINTON, GEORGE H W BUSH, OBAMA, GEORGE W BUSH, representing left-to-right the ideologies in theory and praxis of these five men. If REAGAN were still alive, would be between GHWB and OBAMA. If FORD were still alive he'd be at the far left, next to CARTER.

Obama respresents the calcifacation of a Theocratic Authortiarian one-party Demopublican nation.

Ironically, Americans think not only is it "change" but that it's a giant leap forward for civil rights.

More's the pity.

Posted by: DexterClinkscale | January 8, 2009 4:00 AM | Report abuse

scrivener, I believe you

Posted by: bdb484 | January 8, 2009 2:57 AM | Report abuse

Gaza Death Toll Mounts. Have You Seen These Men?


Rancorous Presidents unwilling to do lunch do Photoshop instead.


Obama abandons his netroots. (This one works for almost any picture).

Posted by: littlestormcloud | January 8, 2009 2:09 AM | Report abuse

Jimmy, guess what I used to do in here.

Posted by: heriggs | January 8, 2009 1:40 AM | Report abuse

Coming soon to MTV: The Real World, Washington DC

Posted by: formerlylove | January 8, 2009 12:49 AM | Report abuse

With the economy in shambles, why are these guys laughing?


Bill (thinking), where is Hillary?

Posted by: Aprogressiveindependent | January 8, 2009 12:32 AM | Report abuse


Your lame psyops is unconvincing.

You see, only a paid disinfo would even bother to respond.

Maybe I should bid on some "consulting" for your "company."

Posted by: scrivener50 | January 8, 2009 12:19 AM | Report abuse

Wait just a minute. We're missing Al Gore.

Posted by: BBBrandenburg | January 7, 2009 11:36 PM | Report abuse

Introducing The Pennsylvania Avenue Globetrotters.

Posted by: MrZoltanBlack | January 7, 2009 11:22 PM | Report abuse

"Thanks for providing additional evidence of what I have long suspeced: that you may be one of the paid disinfo trolls."

Yeesh, you're almost as bad as that guy who keeps accusing anyone who disagrees with him of being an Obama campaign official.

Posted by: SeanC1 | January 7, 2009 11:11 PM | Report abuse

It's good to be king

Posted by: MrZoltanBlack | January 7, 2009 11:11 PM | Report abuse

The Rolling Stones have announced that long-time bass player Darryl Jones will be elevated to full partnership, after serving in a salaried position for 16 years. The occasion was commemorated at Mick Jagger's Mustique mansion, where the band was taking a break from recording a new album called "Their Asthmatic Geezers' Bequest." From left, Ronnie Wood, Jones, Keith Richards, Jagger and Charlie Watts.

Jones’ promotion was announced in conjunction with the recording of a new album "Their Atrophied Geezer's Request." As with all their recent releases it will be followed by reviews about how the band hasn't put out anything decent since 1978, a tour of large halls and a live album.

Posted by: cybermant | January 7, 2009 11:05 PM | Report abuse

Suddenly, Carter, Clinton, Obama, and Bush HW's approval ratings started to climb.

Posted by: seli0052 | January 7, 2009 10:45 PM | Report abuse

Officer Mancuso:

Thanks for providing additional evidence of what I have long suspeced: that you may be one of the paid disinfo trolls.

And did you know that "Officer Mancuso" was a sordid character? Read the book. Maybe you'll want to change you "handle."

Oh, while I'm at it: Read this, too:

Posted by: scrivener50 | January 7, 2009 10:36 PM | Report abuse

scrivener50, the problem you're encountering with Politico is explained in their Terms of Service. They don't accept posts from the Oort Cloud, all posts must originate in the inner solar system.

Posted by: officermancuso | January 7, 2009 10:21 PM | Report abuse

Obama to Bush Sr. : Come on, you can tell me, he was a practical joke on the country for short changing you a second term. Right? Come on. Come on!

Posted by: aha3 | January 7, 2009 10:15 PM | Report abuse

The two who look comfortable in their skin are Bush I and Obama. The gap between Clinton and Carter is noteworthy, especially with His Billness looking as though his left arm had been amputated at the elbow. No hard feelings, Jimmy, really!

Posted by: officermancuso | January 7, 2009 10:13 PM | Report abuse



"I am making this post to fight apparent interference with, and censorship of, political blog sites by third parties with an ideological agenda."

Explanation: I can no longer post to

On Friday, I received dozens of emails stating that dozens of my posts were removed for "inappropriate content."

Even the Google links to the posts were scrubbed from the net.

Nothing was inappropriate, and I still don't think it was Politico that initiated (and even executed) the "take down."

I called Politico's number to find out why. The people on the other end (whoever they were) said it was probably just a technical gitch, and that they would look into it.

Two days later, they're still looking into it...

Yesterday, I was finally able to log onto the site -- but my posts still are not going up. Each time I try, I get an index page of posts.

Could a third-party entity be inserting "spoofed pages" into my data stream, preventing me from posting?

I called John Harris, the editor, but could not get through.

Was I really talking to Politico people? Was Politico pressured to take down my posts?

I'd like John Harris to know what's going on... just it case I have encountered what the spooks refer to as "kabuki theater" and his people are in the dark.

My decades of investigative reporting tell me that some very powerful entity does not want my article to be seen by the power elite who get much of their daily political news from the Politico web site.

Here is a link to that story. Readers can decide for themselves whether that is a plausible premise, given the times in which we are living:

ps -- It's not just Politico. Sometimes my posts here at the "Fix" are greeted with a full-screen message that the post has been "received and is being held for the blog owner."

I believe several stories posted to my blog site about the "spoofed pages"/warrantless surveillance (and TAMPERING) issue are the reason my posts to The Fix are again going through and have not been taken down...

...also, perhaps, a fear of pushing around The Washington Post.

If anyone else is having similar problems, please post to my blog site:

And Chris, thank you. Those trolls who were calling you Chrissy or whatever seem to have gone away; I hope some of my efforts have helped in that regard.

Someday, one of these paid disinfo trolls will grow a set and spill the beans about prior restraint and censorship of political blogs in America.

I have a feeling some will begin to come forward after Jan. 20th.

Believe me, this is the least of it.

Read my article if you want to know what I am talking about.

Thanks, all.

Posted by: scrivener50 | January 7, 2009 10:10 PM | Report abuse

One of these things is not like the other.

Posted by: LockeRomero | January 7, 2009 10:04 PM | Report abuse

Photographer: "OK, let's get a snap with all of the decent Presidents. Mr. Carter, take a couple steps to the right so I can cut you out of the shot. You can stop smiling, you're not in the frame."

Posted by: Jindal2012 | January 7, 2009 10:00 PM | Report abuse

Obama said to 41 " i Guess you and Bill are the only one's here to get head in this office"

Posted by: pagalo | January 7, 2009 10:00 PM | Report abuse

"Psst, everybody, Jimmy's got the cooties! Keep away! Tee hee..."

Posted by: billmcg1 | January 7, 2009 9:41 PM | Report abuse

It was Number 3, officer. I'd recognize that goofy grin anywhere.

Posted by: dognabbit | January 7, 2009 9:29 PM | Report abuse

"None of Obama's supporters could ever have imagined him ending up to the right of George W. Bush."

Posted by: anon99 | January 7, 2009 9:22 PM | Report abuse

I have 3:

Bush snr to BO: 'Yeah you're right how did little ole G W get here?


Jimmy Carter keeps up his reputation as a maverick by staying as far away from his successors as possible.


Bush Jnr: 'Wow have all you guys just come to see me!'

Posted by: paulmcmaster1 | January 7, 2009 8:39 PM | Report abuse

Obama to 41: "Get a load of the guy to my left..."

Posted by: Matt_I | January 7, 2009 8:10 PM | Report abuse


Obviously Chris Matthews has never seen the Big Lebowski before... I laughed.

Posted by: jcw7v3 | January 7, 2009 8:02 PM | Report abuse

Did you smell that? OKAY who cut the cheese?

Posted by: ClickOK2Termin8 | January 7, 2009 7:56 PM | Report abuse


"He's pardoning HIMSELF so I don't have to? Great! ... Now... um, uh... what was all that about a 'new world order'?"





Posted by: scrivener50 | January 7, 2009 7:49 PM | Report abuse

"Health care expense? WHAT health care expense? We haven't noticed it."

Posted by: gene9 | January 7, 2009 7:39 PM | Report abuse

Can you spot the Idiot in this picture ?

Posted by: Stratus | January 7, 2009 7:12 PM | Report abuse

BO to 41: So help me, if Jeb is in the picture too next time we do this...

Posted by: HannahBanana | January 7, 2009 6:59 PM | Report abuse

The Nation in Their Hands

Bush Sr.: Aloofly pocketed, per prudence.
Obama: The left and the right together.
Bush Jr.: Manichean split with too little (jacket) oversight.
Clinton: What's he holding behind his back?
Carter: In an Oval Office parka, though missing his mittens.

Posted by: Adam221 | January 7, 2009 6:56 PM | Report abuse

GHB Yeah, Barack. We put the idiot in the middle for our home pictures too.

Posted by: selrach_us | January 7, 2009 6:53 PM | Report abuse

Carter: Eww, Clinton stinks of sex

Posted by: kreuz_missile | January 7, 2009 6:51 PM | Report abuse

Obama, to 41: Okay, okay, I know the past eight years weren't your fault. Please, just promise me this: your grandchildren will never, EVER run for office.

Posted by: EBC1 | January 7, 2009 6:38 PM | Report abuse

GB: Have I ever told you, you're like the son I always wanted.

BO: Aw shucks, you're making me blush like a school girl.

GWB: (nervous laugh)

BC: Betcha can't tell what I'm doing with my hands right now.

JC: I wonder if anyone can tell that I crapped myself.

Posted by: narphorium | January 7, 2009 6:30 PM | Report abuse

"Hey, remember when you barfed all over that Japanese Prime Minister?"

Posted by: JRM2 | January 7, 2009 6:30 PM | Report abuse

Us Magazine special presidential edition: Who wore it best?

Posted by: kbinparis | January 7, 2009 6:25 PM | Report abuse

Us Magazine special Presidential edition: Who wore it best?

Posted by: kbinparis | January 7, 2009 6:24 PM | Report abuse

"Now that the sheep dog has corralled the sheep into the oval, he's now grouping them according to the color of their neckties..."

Posted by: Sarcastrophe | January 7, 2009 6:15 PM | Report abuse

Laughter through tears is my favorite emotion.

Posted by: sahildmehta | January 7, 2009 5:53 PM | Report abuse

Number four. Take one step forward.

Posted by: rlowe1 | January 7, 2009 5:47 PM | Report abuse

What's with the security buffer around Jimmy?

Posted by: bsimon1 | January 7, 2009 5:41 PM | Report abuse

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