Botchmen?

posted at 1:40 pm on March 10, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

As we see the Obama administration continue to provide a fumbling, incompetent response to foreign policy as well as the economy, we can count on one growth industry: satire.  How best to define the embarrassment of on-the-job training for a junior executive stuck at the top of the food chain, by a public who worshiped him as a secular messiah during the campaign?  An Instapundit reader offers a takeoff on the new movie Watchmen:

The movie’s tag line works in this case: Who’s watching the Watchmen?  Certainly not the national media, as Mickey Kaus discovered.  The boss likes it, except for the disturbing image of Hillary.  They did a good job of nailing President Obama, too, in a pose reminiscent of his “glistening pecs” pic during the campaign.

Still, I prefer The Gong Show.  We need a good graphic for that, because I’m hoping that we get to bang a gong in 2010 and start sending these zeroes offstage.


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We might as well laugh, while America collapses.

OhEssYouCowboys on March 10, 2009 at 1:43 PM

This image terrifies, yet intrigues.

Also: Awesome shop!

TheUnrepentantGeek on March 10, 2009 at 1:44 PM

Man, someone’s headed to a reeducation camp for that one.

Vashta.Nerada on March 10, 2009 at 1:45 PM

Oh good gosh that is a horrifying team, as well as that disturbing pic of Hillary. That should give nightmares.

jencab on March 10, 2009 at 1:47 PM

I hope Jazz Shaw doesn’t go blind!

ladyingray on March 10, 2009 at 1:47 PM

Where’s Geithner?

cs89 on March 10, 2009 at 1:48 PM

Hilarious!

Yet, so sad, cause it’s true.

Kini on March 10, 2009 at 1:48 PM

They did a good job of nailing President Obama, too, in a pose reminiscent of his “glistening pecs” pic during the campaign.

“Glistening pecs” seriously Ed? I prefer “chesticles” and oddly enough….not a hair on them!!

milwife88 on March 10, 2009 at 1:49 PM

BTW, Obamatrons providing lots of potential material for SNL these days. The show could even be made funny once again (maybe). SNL are you listening? Hello? SNL? Anybody home?

whitetop on March 10, 2009 at 1:51 PM

Hilarious!

Yet, so sad, cause it’s true.

Kini on March 10, 2009 at 1:48 PM

No. Hillarious.

And “glistening” is one of those words which just needs to be used once in a while or else it will just plain fall out of the language.

unclesmrgol on March 10, 2009 at 1:51 PM

Except, unlike the real Comedian, Biden’s pretty funny.

BadgerHawk on March 10, 2009 at 1:53 PM

Pix not typical of Nancy though. Brown? So far this week she has appeared in neon scarlet outfit and a lavender get up. Her taste in clothes can only be described as very expensive gaudy. Don’t know why the pundits have not taken the opportunity to exploit her frequent very noticable use of clothing to make herself stand out in the crowd. Makes her the perfect cartoon subject in my opinion.

jeanie on March 10, 2009 at 1:53 PM

The boss likes it, except for the disturbing image of Hillary.

I have to agree with the boss, the Hillary image is disturbing for sure, but Botchmen is oh so true!

We might as well laugh, while America collapses.

OhEssYouCowboys on March 10, 2009 at 1:43 PM

Yep, reminds me of a line from the Zep song When the Levee Breaks, “Cryin’ won’t help you, prayin’ won’t do you no good, Now, cryin’ won’t help you, prayin’ won’t do you no good, When the levee breaks, mama, you got to move.”

May as well laugh at our situation as crying won’t do any good!

Liberty or Death on March 10, 2009 at 1:53 PM

LOL. Great satire! Wish the guys at SNL would pick up on it.

rockmom on March 10, 2009 at 1:54 PM

Why is it they have to make the black man blend into the darkness like that? What is this, the NY Post? Racism, I say!

(Joe, by contrast, looks pretty hip. I wouldn’t mess with him if I were you.)

cackcon on March 10, 2009 at 1:54 PM

All hail the “smart ones.”

Baxter Greene on March 10, 2009 at 1:55 PM

Here comes more of that laughter that borders on the line between sanity and oblivion. I can hear myself moving closer to the edge.

MadisonConservative on March 10, 2009 at 1:56 PM

Where’s Geithner?

cs89 on March 10, 2009 at 1:48 PM

He’s invisible.

darii on March 10, 2009 at 1:57 PM

Hillary’s ass needs to be bigger.
Where’s Rahm’s tutu?

HornetSting on March 10, 2009 at 1:57 PM

Pelosi should have a mask on with a big dollar sign on it. It would mean I wouldn’t have to look at albino boxtox horror. Yuck.

darii on March 10, 2009 at 1:58 PM

Where’s Geithner?

cs89 on March 10, 2009 at 1:48 PM

In the underlying sewer system.

My collie says:

He’s “In Over His Head” Man.

CyberCipher on March 10, 2009 at 1:59 PM

I like how Biden is “the Comedian” also the only member whose name is unchanged from the masked heroes. It’s pretty fitting.

Rightwingguy on March 10, 2009 at 1:59 PM

the problem with the Obama administration is that you can’t hide the POTUS.

It was easy to hide the candidate. He also hid between the election and inaugeration.

But now he can’t hide.

So the pitiful, abject, shameful stupidity and inexperience is all too obvious. He can’t hire competant people, make rational decisions, handle the stress, speak coherently without a telemprompter, or manage the locker-room ruffians that surround him.

Yes it’s funny as hell…..but it also places this country in the greatest peril it has ever been in.

But then again, I guess we deserve it. He was, after all, elected by idiots.

Frankly, the country might be better off if the fool just let it be known that Axelrod and Soros are running things. They aren’t incompetant, but can’t really do what they want since the charade must be maintained that their stooley is “in charge”. And since Obama is incompetantly going down the same path they would go, we might as well have people in charge who at least wouldn’t show the world what a childlike stumblebum the POTUS is.

notagool on March 10, 2009 at 2:01 PM

Ogabe’s moobs are going to haunt my sleep now, thanks, thanks a lot.

I take issue with this statement too: “How best to define the embarrassment of on-the-job training for a junior executive stuck at the top of the food chain..”

Ogabe isn’t stuck anywhere, he chose to be there and can choose to leave anytime, the sooner the better. Today, right this effin minute would be ideal.

Bishop on March 10, 2009 at 2:02 PM

i believe that the “glistening pecs” shot was leaked when he was in hawaii in dec./jan., not during the campaign…

on the other hand, we now know that he is always campaigning, so…

homesickamerican on March 10, 2009 at 2:03 PM

Is Obama our first president that waxes his chest hair? Or does he just not have enough testosterone to grow any?

faraway on March 10, 2009 at 2:06 PM

Where’s Geithner?

cs89 on March 10, 2009 at 1:48 PM

He got his cape caught in the bank door and was shot to death.

teke184 on March 10, 2009 at 2:07 PM

Where’s Geithner?

cs89 on March 10, 2009 at 1:48 PM

He’s invisible.

darii on March 10, 2009 at 1:57 PM

Nicely done.

BadgerHawk on March 10, 2009 at 2:09 PM

The world will look up and shout, “Save us!” And I will whisper, “Hopenchange.”

Christien on March 10, 2009 at 2:10 PM

They caught Hillary in the middle of her famous Linda Blair head spin.

Ted Torgerson on March 10, 2009 at 2:11 PM

Hillary’s silly gaffe reminded me of a couple of moments in the primary when I went, “oh no, you didn’t!” Small stuff, to be sure. But so flipping unnecessary.

I still can’t believe Obama gave the PM a set of CDs.

*shaking head*

AnninCA on March 10, 2009 at 2:11 PM

The economy is Obama’s kryptonite.

faraway on March 10, 2009 at 2:12 PM

Perfect pick for President Obama, the guy is naked…emperors new clothes comes to mind

Conservative Voice on March 10, 2009 at 2:14 PM

I cannot laugh any more. I fear that this country is gone and there is no way for us to recover,,,,we will not be able to stop or fix what is happening.

retiredeagle on March 10, 2009 at 2:15 PM

‘Bitchmen’ applies.

BHO Jonestown on March 10, 2009 at 2:15 PM

BTW, Obamatrons providing lots of potential material for SNL these days. The show could even be made funny once again (maybe). SNL are you listening? Hello? SNL? Anybody home?

whitetop on March 10, 2009 at 1:51 PM

haha, SNL can’t poke fun at Obama – they turned him into a superhero this weekend. See The Rock Obama

faraway on March 10, 2009 at 2:16 PM

The world will look up and shout, “Save us!” And I will whisper, “Hopenchange.”

Christien on March 10, 2009 at 2:10 PM

Most excellent +1!

Liberty or Death on March 10, 2009 at 2:21 PM

I emailed Instapundit where I saw it first, but I’ll say it here as well, why no Obama logo on Dr. McSocialism’s forehead?

Ennuipundit on March 10, 2009 at 2:23 PM

Why is it the blogosphere can come up with spot on sarcasm while the late-nite ‘comedians’ have yet to do a single monolog on the Caliph Hussein al-Chicago?

SeniorD on March 10, 2009 at 2:25 PM

Still, I prefer The Gong Show. We need a good graphic for that, because I’m hoping that we get to bang a gong in 2010 and start sending these zeroes offstage.

The Unknown Comic!

Gene, Gene The Dancing Machine!

juanito on March 10, 2009 at 2:25 PM

You should have Rahm decked out in a tutu…

Idfaciam on March 10, 2009 at 2:26 PM

Hillary’s ass needs to be bigger.
Where’s Rahm’s tutu?

HornetSting on March 10, 2009 at 1:57 PM

Thanks for ruining my appetite. You owe me a pound of Wagyu beef.

Del Dolemonte on March 10, 2009 at 2:27 PM

Joe’s got some guns!

loudmouth883 on March 10, 2009 at 2:28 PM

I knew a guy from here in New Hampshire who actually won the Gong Show.

30+ years later, he’s still in Hollywood trying to find fame and fortune.

BTW wasn’t Chuck Barris a CIA agent? Valerie Plame won’t tell me.

Del Dolemonte on March 10, 2009 at 2:29 PM

I cannot laugh any more. I fear that this country is gone and there is no way for us to recover,,,,we will not be able to stop or fix what is happening.
retiredeagle on March 10, 2009 at 2:15 PM

Eventually we will do both, but the process will be ugly, really ugly.

Bishop on March 10, 2009 at 2:30 PM

Thanks Bishop,,,,just sorry I do not have your optimism,,,with all the in motion stuff and worldwide machinations,,,,I just do not see recovery. Sorry

retiredeagle on March 10, 2009 at 2:33 PM

This would be funny if it wasn’t true.

ObamatheMessiah on March 10, 2009 at 2:49 PM

LOL, that’s great. What a bunch of clowns. Sadly, they’re in charge. I’m putting this on the bulletin board at work (anonymously of course, I work with a den of kool aid drinkers).

scalleywag on March 10, 2009 at 3:04 PM

I have photoshop, I’ll try and make a Gong Show image worthy of a post for you. Why don’t you have a contest?

scalleywag on March 10, 2009 at 3:06 PM

The “Dim One” has man-boobs. He’s a perfect candidate for the “bro” (aka as the mansierre).

jdflorida on March 10, 2009 at 3:09 PM

An attack on one is an attack on all. This is a bad group of masters.

2Tru2Tru on March 10, 2009 at 3:20 PM

Here’s one I put together a week ago.

Dr. Dog on March 10, 2009 at 3:28 PM

Great Picture!

Now, must stab my eyes with a pencil………..

EagleClaw on March 10, 2009 at 3:29 PM

As Rahm himself famously said, “it’s an opportunity to do things that you think you could not do.”

sissywillis on March 10, 2009 at 3:38 PM

The stuff nightmares (or night terrors) are made of.

SassyDarlin on March 10, 2009 at 3:40 PM

Hillary’s got a lotta buh dunk a dunk dunk in that photo!

Alden Pyle on March 10, 2009 at 3:46 PM

Lord have mercy, that is funny! Gotta go along with da boss about the image of Hill, though, sheesh! They did a perfect job on Prezuhhhdent Hopeychangey.

TeeDee on March 10, 2009 at 3:49 PM

Bed Crapper in Chief and his wacky band of drunken orderlies.

NoDonkey on March 10, 2009 at 3:52 PM

Here comes more of that laughter that borders on the line between sanity and oblivion. I can hear myself moving closer to the edge.

MadisonConservative on March 10, 2009 at 1:56 PM

Hillary in that outfit. And she’s looking right at you.

AUGH – ACK – OOG.

TheUnrepentantGeek on March 10, 2009 at 3:54 PM

They left out Rorschach.

pseudonominus on March 10, 2009 at 3:59 PM

was there no character that michelle my bell could have played. i mean, she has the most superhero arms of them all.

Ghoul aid on March 10, 2009 at 3:59 PM

I think it would have been more accurate to put Rahmbo in a tutu.

By the way, I’ve been to hundreds of movies in my lifetime, but Watchmen was the first one that I ever walked out on. Completely morally reprehensible. So the comparison to Obama/Reid/Pelosi, etc. works.

VanPalin on March 10, 2009 at 4:24 PM

By the way, I’ve been to hundreds of movies in my lifetime, but Watchmen was the first one that I ever walked out on. Completely morally reprehensible. So the comparison to Obama/Reid/Pelosi, etc. works.

But how do we walk out on the Obama/Reid/Pelosi debacle?

I feel like Alex DeLarge in “A Clockwork Orange” and they’re playing Barney songs instead of Beethoven.

NoDonkey on March 10, 2009 at 4:30 PM

Best.
Satirical sendup.
Eva.

Geministorm on March 10, 2009 at 5:01 PM

LOL…wow, Joltin’ Joe is ripped…I guess he’s had plenty of free time to hit the gym. And LOL at Hillary’s butt.

ddrintn on March 10, 2009 at 5:51 PM

Botchmen

Me thinks AP was being a little gracious with the title…

Hog Wild on March 10, 2009 at 5:51 PM

oops… uh Ed that is.

Hog Wild on March 10, 2009 at 5:53 PM

Nicely done!

Can we hit the “Overcharge” Button and reset this crew of cretins?

profitsbeard on March 10, 2009 at 9:20 PM

I think that’s pretty funny, but I liked Watchmen even if it does have some anti-Reagan themes (that was Alan Moore’s intention in the comic book). I think this photoshop is kinda insulting to the “heroes.” I mean, how could you not like Rorschach. Sure he’s a sociopath, but he gets the job done and doesn’t kill any innocents. Meh. Oh well.

Achilles on March 10, 2009 at 9:33 PM

The picture isn’t creepy enough for this administration. Carter’s maybe, but not Obama.

darktood on March 11, 2009 at 3:52 AM

I’m still on the fence about believing that the Ogabe crowd is merely incompetent (to a factor not seen before in American history) or of truly evil intent. I don’t say that lightly. To believe it to be mere incompetence, I would have to believe we have always been on the precipice of economic and social collapse, held aloft by sheer luck or the hand of Providence. And although my faith in God does not waver, I wonder if that hand may have been withdrawn and human folly allowed to run it’s course.
Every action of the big-eared freak has been an attempt (by design or coincidence) to spit in the face of God. God has put up with enough crap from us. Even He may have reached His limit for now. We are truly reaping what we have sown, whether you believe in God or not.
Until we find our way out of this darkness, I am all for mocking the whole lot of them. It’s the least we can do.

SKYFOX on March 11, 2009 at 5:11 AM

SKYFOX on March 11, 2009 at 5:11 AM

Less than two months in and Obama has already managed to get God to abandon America? That’s quite an accomplishment.

Nonfactor on March 11, 2009 at 6:01 AM

Nonfactor

If I allow my child to suffer the consequences of a bad or impetuous act, I have not abandoned my child. Too bad you can’t see the distinction.

SKYFOX on March 11, 2009 at 7:36 AM

Awesome. Thanks for the laugh.

Aronne on March 11, 2009 at 12:12 PM