Gotta Love Mitt Romney – Postscript

What are the odds? On a flight from New York’s JFK airport to Salt Lake City on January 24, 2014, Scrubs actor Zach Braff and Governor Mitt Romney ended up sitting next to one another.

Mitt Romney & Zach Braff

Mitt Romney & Zach Braff

Governor Romney and Mr. Braff exchanged tweets and posted selfies.

You Gotta Love Mitt Romney – Part 4

Mitt Romney, appearing relaxed and casual wearing blue jeans with a blazer, shirt and tie, slow-jammed the news last night (January 24, 2014) on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Governor Romney and Mr. Fallon talked and rapped on topics ranging from President Obama’s upcoming State-of-the-Union address, the NSA spying on American citizens, the flawed Obamacare program, and Governor Romney’s “47%” gaff in his unsuccessful presidential campaign.

George W. Bush, the Renaissance Man

George W. Bush, the man who told Jay Leno that he named his cat Bob, “So I can remember how to spell it when I get older,” has been very busy.

Between rounds of golf, organizing and riding in 100K mountain bike rides with America’s wounded warriors, raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for the M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston Texas, and personally refurbishing health clinics in Africa, through the Bush Center’s partnership with Pink Ribbon/Red Ribbon, whose mission is to screen women, in Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America, for cervical and breast cancer, the 43rd President of the United States has also become an accomplished portrait painter.

President Bush charged his painting instructor, Gail Norfleet, with a task. “There’s a Rembrandt trapped in this body. Your job is to find it.”

While a guest on the The Tonight Show on Tuesday, November 19, 2013, President Bush presented a portrait he had painted of Jay Leno to the late night television host.

Jay Leno portrait

Jay Leno portrait by President George W. Bush

President Bush has plans to paint portraits of 19 foreign presidents and prime ministers with whom he worked during his tenure at the White House. He has already provided the artwork for a Christmas ornament, which may be purchased through the Bush Center web site (which, incidentally, works).

Bush Center Ornament

Bush Center Ornament

See also:
As Bush Settles Into Dallas, Golf Tees and Family Time Now Trump Politics [New York Times; Nov 2, 2013]

George Bush Shows Off Painting Hobby, Shares Jay Leno Portrait [US Weekly; Nov 20, 2013]

George W. Bush Presidential Center

Rubio, Republicans and the Right: Winning with Water

Never mind that there was more truth in Senator Marco Rubio’s awkward drink of water than there was in the preceding State of the Union address by President Barack Hussein Obama. Anyway, most Americans skipped the cringe-inducing hour-long speech by the Targeted-Drone-in-Chief. (Many of us chose the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show over the Dog-and-Pony-Show Tele-prompter Lalapalooza. Yay Affenpinscher! Go Banana Joe!!) Even fewer stuck around to witness the Big Drink of Water. We had to catch it in the endless re-runs, courtesy of the supurbly-coiffed moving mouths in the Alphabet Networks.

But just forget Wolf Blitzer and the other gasping girls in the CNN Situation-Comedy Room. What they are trying to divert your attention from is the wisdom and clarity of what Senator Rubio actually said.

But [President Obama’s] favorite attack of all is that those who don’t agree with him – they only care about rich people.

Mr. President, I still live in the same working class neighborhood I grew up in. My neighbors aren’t millionaires. They’re retirees who depend on Social Security and Medicare. They’re workers who have to get up early tomorrow morning and go to work to pay the bills. They’re immigrants, who came here because they were stuck in poverty in countries where the government dominated the economy.

The tax increases and the deficit spending you propose will hurt middle class families. It will cost them their raises. It will cost them their benefits. It may even cost some of them their jobs.

And it will hurt seniors because it does nothing to save Medicare and Social Security.

So Mr. President, I don’t oppose your plans because I want to protect the rich. I oppose your plans because I want to protect my neighbors.

Okay, Wolf, I know this play. I lived in New York. It’s a hot summer night. You set a little fire in the garbage shoot and start yelling. The tenants, hearing the commotion and smelling smoke, run into the hall to see what’s going on. This gives your partner time to sneak into the apartment through the open window on the fire escape, to steal the radio.

But it is a pathetic stretch to turn an unscripted drink of water during the delivery of a nationally televised speech into a tsunami in order to prop up the vapid Leader of the Western World (formerly known as the Free World). This is what “Journalism” has become in the 21st Century.

If you live in the mind of an MSNBC broadcaster, this “Rubio’s Watergate” incident is apparently a train wreck. Therefore, we demand photographs! Brace yourself, because until now it has been a not-too-well kept secret that Senator Marco Rubio is not the only one in the GOP who has been observed refreshing himself with a drink of water. Here are the pictures to prove it!

Rep Paul Ryan, Sen Marco Rubio, Gov Mitt Romney

Rep Paul Ryan, Sen Marco Rubio, Gov Mitt Romney: Refreshing

As an interesting point of trivia, while it is probably true that Democrats also drink water, there are no known photographs of Vice President Joseph Biden in the act of doing so. There is evidence, however, that while the party with the elephant mascot favors water, the jackass party has distinctly more complex beverage preferences.

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Pres William Jefferson Clinton, Sec Hillary Rodham Clinton, Pres Barack Hussein Obama: In their Cups

Right.

Joss Whedon, Mitt Romney and the Zombie Apocalypse

Full disclosure: I’m a huge fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. What The Godfather is to Francis Ford Coppola, the Buffy saga is to Mr. Whedon: a one-of-a-kind masterpiece. If Mr. Coppola never had another thing to say, The Godfather
trilogy would have been enough. If Mr. Whedon never brought another screenplay to fruition, he has made an indelible mark on the popular culture.

But Mr. Whedon continues to forage in fantasy. This time he has spun an apocalyptic vision starring Mitt Romney in the role of President of the United States. He envisions a world in which the restoration of personal liberty and “ungoverned corporate privilege” will result in poverty, joblessness, and the loss of a woman’s “reproductive rights.”

Romney is ready to make the deep rollbacks in health care, education, social services, reproductive rights, that will guarantee poverty, unemployment, overpopulation, disease, rioting, all crucial elements in creating a nightmare zombie wasteland. But it’s his commitment to ungoverned corporate privilege that will nose-dive this economy into true insolvency and chaos. The kind of chaos you can’t buy back. Money is only so much paper to the undead. The 1% will no longer be the very rich, it will be the very fast. Anyone can run, fight, make explosives out of household objects or especially do parkour of any kind – you’ll want to stick with them, unless they read Ayn Rand.

Mr.Whedon apparently prefers the nightmare he knows: four more years of trillion dollar deficits, 23 million unemployed or underemployed workers, $5-a-gallon gasoline, Barack Hussein Obama.

As some of us rewind and continue to enjoy the Buffy tapes, perhaps Mr. Whedon will spend the next four years learning to be a traceur. [Look it up. I did.]