This is the only political article that I’ll post today. I believe it’s important to ponder the historical evidence of the contents of this video and draw your own conclusions. I also believe it might be a good conversation piece around the dinner table today.
Once again, Happy Thanksgiving and I hope you enjoy learning the following information as much as I did…
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No, in my opinion Fox News is more on the opposite end of that spectrum…
Annoyed over Fox News attacking President Barack Obama for not saying “God” in his Thanksgiving Address, Jon Stewart asked Monday evening if the network was “turning into The 700 Club?”
The Daily Show host took the network to task once again for their latest, peculiar over-reaction in a segment titled “Much Ado About Stuffing.”
“Seriously, failing to mention God in you Thanksgiving address, not a huge Thanksgiving faux pas,” Stewart said. “I could understand if instead of pardoning two male turkeys, he had married them. Then I could understand Fox getting bent out of shape.”
Stewart wasn’t even accepting Fox’s attempt to “be fair” to Obama, as the network mentioned that he wasn’t the first president to leave out God in his Thanksgiving address.
“Who did you make look up that shit on a holiday weekend?” he asked. “Who did you do that too?”
Fox News later told its viewers that Obama did indeed mention God in his written Thanksgiving address instead of the Youtube broadcasted message. By that time in the segment, Stewart was ready to move on.
“This is about turning Thanksgiving into yet another one of those Christian persecution culture war type things,” he said. “Don’t you do it! Don’t you do it to Thanksgiving! I’ll give you the war on Christmas, we are trying to fuck that up. This is all reformed Jews have left.”
WATCH: Video from Comedy Central, which was broadcast on November 28, 2011.
Hats off to Mario Piperni’s creativity and insight into the GOP political quackery machine…
While you were munching away on Thanksgiving leftovers, I was putting together this little video and thinking of how Dems could not have done a better job of picking out a wackier bunch of political opponents than this gang of eight dysfunctional wingnuts. OK, Huntsman is only half a wingnut but a wingnut nonetheless.
Enjoy…and do yourself a favor and stay away from the stores if you can. I hear it’s not pretty out there.
(You can watch the video in HD and full-screen on youTube if you prefer.)
Mrs. Palin makes a valid point about political gaffes when she points out that everyone makes them. However, is it me or are most of her retorts toward the media, the POTUS and Mrs. Obama more piercing and odious than the average political response to something she has said or done?
Even on Thanksgiving Day, Sarah Palin found time to lash out at her political foes — in this case the media for blowing out of proportion her gaffe on the Korean crisis.
In a Facebook posting, the combative Palin addressed a Thanksgiving message to “57 states” — mocking a mistake President Obama made in his 2008 campaign as a way of arguing that the news uses a double standard. “If you can’t remember hearing about them [Obama slip-ups), that’s because for the most part the media didn’t consider them newsworthy,” she wrote, according to ABC News. “I have no complaint about that. Everybody makes the occasional verbal gaffe — even news anchors.”
Palin drew ridicule earlier this week when she said in a radio interview with Glenn Beck, “We gotta stand with our North Korean allies” during a discussion about the deadly attack by the North on a South Korean island. Beck quickly corrected her and she replied, “We’re bound by prudence to stand with our South Korean allies, yes.” Roughly 24 hours after reports of the incident, Palin was criticizing the Obama team’s response to the attack. “We’re not having a lot of faith that the White House is going to come out with a strong enough policy to sanction what it is that North Korea is going to do.”
Of the media reports that followed her little mix-up, she said, “Obviously, I would have been even more impressed if the media showed some consistency on this issue. Unfortunately, it seems they couldn’t resist the temptation to turn a simple one word slip-of-the-tongue of mine into a major political headline.” And for her part, Palin couldn’t resist firing back.
The 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate is a woman on the move. On Saturday, she is due in Iowa for a book signing at a Borders in West Des Moines for “America by Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith and Flag.” Iowa is the site of the first 2012 Republican presidential contest — and Palin says she’s considering a national candidacy. Palin’s camp said the book-signing events are “not political in any way.”
President Obama’s “wildly distorted” version of Thanksgiving– where the pilgrims and Native Americans traded food and wealth during a cold winter– has greatly upset Rush Limbaugh. In fact, Limbaugh was so shocked the president would thank Native Americans for their “rich culture,” he thought the White House’s official Thanksgiving declaration was a hoax.
Compared to George Washington’s 1789 declaration, Limbaugh argues, Obama’s is practically sacrilege. Decrying “the myth of the first Thanksgiving,” Limbaugh read an excerpt of the President’s declaration, adding personal touches in places like “Native Americans’ rich culture continues to add to our nation’s heritage” (here he inserted “at their casinos and reservations.” Then he repeated several variations of “this has got to be a parody” to himself incredulously as he mulled over the text, which he followed by interpreting President Obama’s comments: “We were the invaders… we were incompetent idiots, we didn’t know how to feed ourselves, so they came along and showed us how, and that’s what Thanksgiving is all about.”
Speaking with a caller, Limbaugh clarified what the real story of Thanksgiving is about: “the true story of Thanksgiving is how socialism failed,” he tells the caller, noting that “the Indians didn’t teach us capitalism” and “we shared our bounty with them… because we first failed as socialists.” The caller, David, seemed thrilled with that explanation, but it sounds like the sort of thing American history scholars may have a bit of a problem with.
The audio from today’s radio show below:
Thanksgiving dinners take eighteen hours to prepare. They are consumed in twelve minutes. Half-times take twelve minutes. This is not coincidence. ~Erma Bombeck
President Obama sat down with Barbara Walters for a holiday weekend special set to air next Friday called A Barbara Walters Special: A Thanksgiving Visit with President and Mrs. Obama and it seems that Ms. Walters was able to generate draw out his thoughts on the 2012 campaign. Though he says that he’s not giving much consideration to the coming presidential run, he is instead focusing on being “the best possible president.” And, he said, he certainly isn’t focused on a potential challenge from former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.
ABC News Political Director Amy Walter reports:
When asked specifically if he thinks he can beat Sarah Palin in 2012, the president told Walters “I don’t think about Sarah Palin.”
“Obviously Sarah Palin has a strong base of support in the Republican Party and I respect those skills,” Obama said. “But I spend most of my time right now on how I can be the best possible president. And my attitude has always been, from the day I started this job that if I do a good job and if I’m delivering for the American people the politics will take care of itself.
“If I falter and the American people are dissatisfied, then I’ll have problems,” he said.
The interview, which also included first lady Michelle Obama, covered a wide range of topics including the recent events in North Korea, the latest controversies over TSA screenings in airports, the “shellacking” his party took in the 2010 midterms, the economy, and, of course, Thanksgiving traditions.
The full interview, “A Barbara Walters Special: A Thanksgiving Visit with President and Mrs. Obama,” will air Friday, Nov. 26 at 10 p.m. ET.