Quote of the day

posted at 11:00 pm on July 30, 2009 by Allahpundit

“‘Sure it’s a gimmick,’ said damage-control specialist Eric Dezenhall, ‘but Obama’s gift is making gimmicks look visionary.

‘In fact, the whole post-racial routine is a gimmick,’ he went on. Dezenhall compared it to the ‘Mission Accomplished’ banner that symbolized a premature Iraq war victory celebration for President George W. Bush.

‘Only it works better, largely because people want it to work; they like the whole theater of healing.’”


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RED STRIPE!!!

I forgot that one on my list.

blatantblue on July 30, 2009 at 11:02 PM

Obama’s gift is making gimmicks look visionary.

All evidence to the contrary.

Cindy Munford on July 30, 2009 at 11:02 PM

AP, could you please let us know if MB4 was banned or not? He was a veteran HotAir member whose comments many of us have enjoyed for years. Several people here are under the impression that he was banned, but if so, it was done without warning or comment so there’s no way to know. I’d just like to know one way or the other.

FloatingRock on July 30, 2009 at 11:03 PM

“damage control specialist” is a JOB?

see-dubya on July 30, 2009 at 11:03 PM

FloatingRock on July 30, 2009 at 11:03 PM

He wasn’t — don’t fret

Probably just moved on for a while

Commenters are transient

blatantblue on July 30, 2009 at 11:04 PM

Obama is a gimmick.

Deanna on July 30, 2009 at 11:05 PM

“Dezenhall compared it to the ‘Mission Accomplished’ banner that symbolized a premature Iraq war victory celebration for President George W. Bush.”

soo, the “damage control specialist” parrots a lie beaten into the ground by his l.d.m. bretheren to try and make a tired point?

/his clients are getting ripped off, regardless of what he’s charging …

Buckaroo on July 30, 2009 at 11:05 PM

“see-dubya on July 30, 2009 at 11:03 PM”

sucker … minute … etc. …
:-)

Buckaroo on July 30, 2009 at 11:06 PM

RED STRIPE!!!

I forgot that one on my list.

blatantblue on July 30, 2009 at 11:02 PM

Dude…………

………….. Where have you been?

Seven Percent Solution on July 30, 2009 at 11:06 PM

He wasn’t — don’t fret

blatantblue on July 30, 2009 at 11:04 PM

Several people involved in that thread feel fairly certain that MB4 was banned. Maybe they’re wrong, but their impression is reinforced by the fact the MB4 has been silent ever since, which is unusual for him.

I’d just like to know so I don’t have to wonder.

FloatingRock on July 30, 2009 at 11:07 PM

The Theater of Healing. Tickets available through November.

DanStark on July 30, 2009 at 11:07 PM

….. Where have you been?

Seven Percent Solution on July 30, 2009 at 11:06 PM

hooray beer!

blatantblue on July 30, 2009 at 11:08 PM

Community Organizer…

d1carter on July 30, 2009 at 11:08 PM

It’s kind of like finding out about the Easter Bunny or Santa Claus…we all want to believe, and no one wants the goodies to end.

Laura in Maryland on July 30, 2009 at 11:08 PM

I’d just like to know so I don’t have to wonder.

FloatingRock on July 30, 2009 at 11:07 PM

not to worry you
but maybe he has something going on in his life?
or he just burnt out

blatantblue on July 30, 2009 at 11:09 PM

I bet,after Crowley left the White House,Gates and Obama
laughed their #ss’s off,as in,I can’t believe he showed up!

Meaning,Operation Racist,Mission Accomplished,Liberal style!

canopfor on July 30, 2009 at 11:09 PM

FloatingRock on July 30, 2009 at 11:03 PM

I miss him too. I haven’t had my Mark Twain quote fix for a while.

Weight of Glory on July 30, 2009 at 11:09 PM

Laura in Maryland on July 30, 2009 at 11:08 PM

I found out when I was nine

I asked and my dad was honest

blatantblue on July 30, 2009 at 11:09 PM

not to worry you
but maybe he has something going on in his life?
or he just burnt out

blatantblue on July 30, 2009 at 11:09 PM

…Or maybe he was banned like several people have stated.

FloatingRock on July 30, 2009 at 11:10 PM

blatantblue on July 30, 2009 at 11:09 PM

My condolences.

Laura in Maryland on July 30, 2009 at 11:11 PM

…Or maybe he was banned like several people have stated.

FloatingRock on July 30, 2009 at 11:10 PM

for what, though?
I don’t see any plausible explanation

blatantblue on July 30, 2009 at 11:11 PM

Community Organizer…

d1carter on July 30, 2009 at 11:08 PM

d1carter: More like Village Agitator!:)

canopfor on July 30, 2009 at 11:11 PM

Several people involved in that thread feel fairly certain that MB4 was banned. Maybe they’re wrong, but their impression is reinforced by the fact the MB4 has been silent ever since, which is unusual for him.

I’d just like to know so I don’t have to wonder.

FloatingRock on July 30, 2009 at 11:07 PM

It might help if someone has the link back to this thread you speak of, to examine it for any announcement of an MB4 banning.

In all the bans that I’ve witnessed, Ed or AP (and Bryan while he was here, for that matter) have announced it loud and clear. I can’t imagine why they would have made an exception in this case. They’re usually not shy when making someone go away.

Hawkins1701 on July 30, 2009 at 11:11 PM

the whole theater of healing.

Is there a new random BS generator I don’t know about?

ROCnPhilly on July 30, 2009 at 11:12 PM

I bet,after Crowley left the White House,Gates and Obama
laughed their #ss’s off,as in,I can’t believe he showed up!

Meaning,Operation Racist,Mission Accomplished,Liberal style!

canopfor on July 30, 2009 at 11:09 PM

I kind of doubt it after Sgt. Lashley tossed his little love note to Barry.

Poll numbers crashing and burning in 5…4….3

Knucklehead on July 30, 2009 at 11:12 PM

My condolences.

Laura in Maryland on July 30, 2009 at 11:11 PM

Thanks. Had to occur eventually. Many Americans now believe Santa Claus exists in Barack Obama

blatantblue on July 30, 2009 at 11:13 PM

d1carter: More like Village Agitator!:)

Village Idiot

brdchris1 on July 30, 2009 at 11:13 PM

Huckster-in-Chief!

jdkchem on July 30, 2009 at 11:13 PM

Rush had a soundbite from Obama’s “Dreams of My Father” where he insisted on being likeable to white people to curry favor and make them feel better.
He then played a soundbite of some reporter woman who said Obama makes white people feel better about themselves after he confirms how well they treated him.

All of this in the Oprah school of spiritual mush. Everything is the Chicago way.

jencab on July 30, 2009 at 11:14 PM

“damage control specialist” is a JOB?

see-dubya on July 30, 2009 at 11:03 PM

see-dubya: Maybe a Czar!!:)

canopfor on July 30, 2009 at 11:14 PM

Obama’s gift is making gimmicks look visionary.

Doesn’t seem to be working this time. His numbers are sinking pretty dramatically.

Maybe people are beginning to catch on to this fraud and his many “gifts.”

AZCoyote on July 30, 2009 at 11:14 PM

“damage control specialist” is a JOB?

see-dubya on July 30, 2009 at 11:03 PM

It is in this administration! He is probably busier then any of the other czars!

Susanboo on July 30, 2009 at 11:14 PM

Hawkins1701 on July 30, 2009 at 11:11 PM

It was the Croce thread while Allah was on vacation. There is nothing on it to indicate that MB4 was banned but he did make a comment, I thought a joke, and it is gone. If he is annoyed and lurking I wish he would come back.

Cindy Munford on July 30, 2009 at 11:15 PM

for what, though?
I don’t see any plausible explanation

blatantblue on July 30, 2009 at 11:11 PM

That’s what I’d like to know.

FloatingRock on July 30, 2009 at 11:15 PM

Maybe AP was having a crappy staycation and took his anger out on MB4

:D

blatantblue on July 30, 2009 at 11:15 PM

Maybe people are beginning to catch on to this fraud and his many “gifts.”

AZCoyote on July 30, 2009 at 11:14 PM

Are you telling me that the Queen didn’t like her IPod?

Knucklehead on July 30, 2009 at 11:16 PM

Hoooary Gimmicks!

5u93rm4n on July 30, 2009 at 11:16 PM

Are you telling me that the Queen didn’t like her IPod?

Knucklehead on July 30, 2009 at 11:16 PM

What?

Why not?

It had PHOTOS of Obama.

What the hell is not to like?

Be a little grateful, Queen

blatantblue on July 30, 2009 at 11:16 PM

Think about all the time and effort Martin Luther King wasted on all of those marches, when a simple little beer summit would have done the trick.

Obama the Wiser.

fogw on July 30, 2009 at 11:17 PM

Thanks. Had to occur eventually. Many Americans now believe Santa Claus exists in Barack Obama

blatantblue on July 30, 2009 at 11:13 PM

You mean “The One” is not Santa Claus?

Susanboo on July 30, 2009 at 11:19 PM

Obama is a combo of gimme and ick.

profitsbeard on July 30, 2009 at 11:20 PM

AP, could you please let us know if MB4 was banned or not?

I have no idea. I didn’t ban him. Ask Ed.

Allahpundit on July 30, 2009 at 11:20 PM

Thanks. Had to occur eventually. Many Americans now believe Santa Claus exists in Barack Obama

blatantblue on July 30, 2009 at 11:13 PM
You mean “The One” is not Santa Claus?

Susanboo on July 30, 2009 at 11:19 PM

Does that mean I’m not getting my puppy this Christmas?

brdchris1 on July 30, 2009 at 11:20 PM

It’s kind of like finding out about the Easter Bunny or Santa Claus…
Laura in Maryland on July 30, 2009 at 11:08 PM

Finding out what? :|

Patrick S on July 30, 2009 at 11:21 PM

Hawkins1701 on July 30, 2009 at 11:11 PM

You know what the real value of these threads is: Troll self-exposure…

Ed Morrissey on July 7, 2009 at 9:15 PM

I can not believe that you just banned MB4.

Joe Bloggs on July 7, 2009 at 9:27 PM

FloatingRock on July 30, 2009 at 11:21 PM

You mean “The One” is not Santa Claus?

Susanboo on July 30, 2009 at 11:19 PM

I think he is.

If I decide to have eating, sleeping, and sh!tting machines

I mean kids

Every Christmas I’m going to tell them the tale of Baracka Claus

So! Evvvverrry year, when the snow falls, Baracka Claus flies around the world, at low altitude, scaring everyone in sight, to drop off crappy, government-run health insurance plans to all the good boys and girls!

blatantblue on July 30, 2009 at 11:21 PM

I have no idea. I didn’t ban him. Ask Ed.

Allahpundit on July 30, 2009 at 11:20 PM

Thanks for you’re response, AP. I’ll ask Ed again tomorrow.

FloatingRock on July 30, 2009 at 11:22 PM

Barack Obama should reflect upon this between making gimmicks look “visionary”:

Be more concerned with your character than with your reputation. Your character is what you really are while your reputation is merely what others think you are.
(Dale Carnegie)

And also:

Reflect upon the defects of your character: thoroughly realize their evils and the transient pleasures they give you, and firmly will that you shall try your best not to yield to them the next time. (Helen P. Blavatsky)

Tav on July 30, 2009 at 11:22 PM

Does that mean I’m not getting my puppy this Christmas?

brdchris1 on July 30, 2009 at 11:20 PM

That would be a negative. And that new car you wanted for your birthday, well you can kiss that goodbye too since cash for clunkers is DOA.

How about a Barry IPod?

Knucklehead on July 30, 2009 at 11:22 PM

The Theater of Healing.

I laughed, I cried. It was better than “Chicago.”

Terrie on July 30, 2009 at 11:22 PM

That would be a negative. And that new car you wanted for your birthday, well you can kiss that goodbye too since cash for clunkers is DOA.

How about a Barry IPod?

Knucklehead on July 30, 2009 at 11:22 PM

No thanks, I don’t need a laxative right now!

brdchris1 on July 30, 2009 at 11:23 PM

Does that mean I’m not getting my puppy this Christmas?

brdchris1 on July 30, 2009 at 11:20 PM

Maybe Barry will breed Bo, and you can ask him “pretty please” may I have one?

Susanboo on July 30, 2009 at 11:24 PM

Do you suppose Crowley got a parting gift of DVDs for participating in the little charade?

behiker on July 30, 2009 at 11:25 PM

If he is annoyed and lurking I wish he would come back.

Cindy Munford on July 30, 2009 at 11:15 PM

That’s what I’m hoping—or otherwise that he’ll be unbanned.

FloatingRock on July 30, 2009 at 11:25 PM

No thanks, I don’t need a laxative right now!

brdchris1 on July 30, 2009 at 11:23 PM

Oh, I’m sorry. But have a Barry Barry Christmas if I don’t talk to you before then.

Knucklehead on July 30, 2009 at 11:29 PM

FloatingRock on July 30, 2009 at 11:25 PM

I admire that you are asking. I hope it’s just a rumor and he’s on vacation.

Cindy Munford on July 30, 2009 at 11:29 PM

You know what the real value of these threads is: Troll self-exposure…

Ed Morrissey on July 7, 2009 at 9:15 PM

I can not believe that you just banned MB4.

Joe Bloggs on July 7, 2009 at 9:27 PM

FloatingRock on July 30, 2009 at 11:21 PM

Yeah, I think MB4 WAS indeed banned.

He does not post again after page 2 of that thread…at all.

That does not seem like a fit to his pattern whatsoever, so it seems logical that he’s gone. There would have been at LEAST one more comment if he were still able to post. “Um, I’m not banned” would have been the likely response.

Hawkins1701 on July 30, 2009 at 11:30 PM

Do you suppose Crowley got a parting gift of DVDs for participating in the little charade?

behiker on July 30, 2009 at 11:25 PM

Nah just a pair of ringing ears

You know Obaman, his buddy Skippy, and the retard were talking behind his back after Crowley left

CWforFreedom on July 30, 2009 at 11:30 PM

blatantblue on July 30, 2009 at 11:21 PM

and bad little capitalists get a lump of coal in their stocking, um.. er.. soy yeah a lump of soy.

Laura in Maryland on July 30, 2009 at 11:31 PM

Every Christmas I’m going to tell them the tale of Baracka Claus

So! Evvvverrry year, when the snow falls, Baracka Claus flies around the world, at low altitude, scaring everyone in sight, to drop off crappy, government-run health insurance plans to all the good boys and girls!

blatantblue on July 30, 2009 at 11:21 PM

LOL!

“Twas the night before Christmas when all through the house, not a creature was stirring not even a mouse. The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, in hopes that Baracka Claus soon would be there!”

Susanboo on July 30, 2009 at 11:31 PM

Man

What with Obama get me for Christmas?

Or will Michelle hog all the presents for herself?

blatantblue on July 30, 2009 at 11:32 PM

FloatingRock on July 30, 2009 at 11:21 PM

I remember seeing that comment that night and went back looking for evidence. I didn’t find it but I also didn’t find the comment MB4 made about the Croce thread really being a Michael Jackson thread. It’s a mystery.

Cindy Munford on July 30, 2009 at 11:33 PM

Susanboo on July 30, 2009 at 11:31 PM

Chills down my spine reading that.

Will he eat the cookies I will leave out for him?

Or ask for waffles?

Will he be mad I left only cookies, and give me pain pills in my stocking?

UGH

blatantblue on July 30, 2009 at 11:33 PM

Or will Michelle hog all the presents for herself?

blatantblue on July 30, 2009 at 11:32 PM

No, just the StarWars toys.

Laura in Maryland on July 30, 2009 at 11:33 PM

Do not worry about your friend, FloatingRock, although I am certain that he much appreciates it. Cat’s have at least nine lives and they can be very tricky. If someone locks the front door they can always jump in through a window.

FeralCat on July 30, 2009 at 11:34 PM

No, just the StarWars toys.

Laura in Maryland on July 30, 2009 at 11:33 PM

Zing!

Guardian on July 30, 2009 at 11:35 PM

No, just the StarWars toys.

Laura in Maryland on July 30, 2009 at 11:33 PM

you are a bad bad lady
i love it

blatantblue on July 30, 2009 at 11:35 PM

Man

What with Obama get me for Christmas?

Or will Michelle hog all the presents for herself?

blatantblue on July 30, 2009 at 11:32 PM

Maybe he’ll give you one of those cars he is buying in the “cash for clunkers” program. He’s got to pawn them off on someone, ‘cuz he isn’t going to let the dealers re-sell them. Ask for a purdy red truck, betcha he’s gonna have one of those to give ‘ya!

Susanboo on July 30, 2009 at 11:36 PM

Does that mean I’m not getting my puppy this Christmas?

brdchris1 on July 30, 2009 at 11:20 PM

Would you settle for a nearly house-trained veep?

Laura in Maryland on July 30, 2009 at 11:37 PM

Susanboo on July 30, 2009 at 11:36 PM

Just don’t let him take photos with 16 year old brazilian girls.

blatantblue on July 30, 2009 at 11:37 PM

I thought Crowley was drinking wheat beer.

My favorite.

The Ugly American on July 30, 2009 at 11:39 PM

man i need a beer after today

all this talk of beer
and i haven’t had one

what is this travesty?

and I won’t have one tomorrow either, what the hell

life is so unfair!!!! i need a government check!

blatantblue on July 30, 2009 at 11:40 PM

That’s what I’m hoping—or otherwise that he’ll be unbanned.

I bet MB4 has more then one name registered.

Spirit of 1776 on July 30, 2009 at 11:40 PM

I bet MB4 has more then one name registered.

Spirit of 1776 on July 30, 2009 at 11:40 PM

hm..

maybe this person is mb4.

blatantblue on July 30, 2009 at 11:41 PM

The president’s approval ratings, down overall, slipped markedly among whites in the days after Obama weighed in on the dispute: to 46 percent from 53 percent before he spoke on the matter.

In the same period, his approval went up among racial minorities and Hispanics after his comments — to 74 percent from 63 percent before he talked about it.

That part is disturbing.

Alana on July 30, 2009 at 11:42 PM

I bet MB4 has more then one name registered.

Spirit of 1776 on July 30, 2009 at 11:40 PM

Who can keep track of more than one name. I can barely keep my banking info, passwords, and car keys straight.

Laura in Maryland on July 30, 2009 at 11:43 PM

Had I been in charge the choice of beers would have been Scape Goat Pale Ale, Arrogant Bastard Ale, or perhaps a nice Extra Special Bitter.

diogenes on July 30, 2009 at 11:43 PM

Susanboo on July 30, 2009 at 11:36 PM

Just don’t let him take photos with 16 year old brazilian girls.

blatantblue on July 30, 2009 at 11:37 PM

He won’t ‘cuz “Michelle Grinch” won’t allow that.
He’s just gonna stop at every policeman/woman’s house and have a little nightcap with each of them.

Susanboo on July 30, 2009 at 11:46 PM

Who can keep track of more than one name. I can barely keep my banking info, passwords, and car keys straight.

Laura in Maryland on July 30, 2009 at 11:43 PM

you need that “lil’ reminder” thing from the commercials

blatantblue on July 30, 2009 at 11:46 PM

I bet MB4 has more then one name registered.

Spirit of 1776 on July 30, 2009 at 11:40 PM

hm..

maybe this person is mb4.

blatantblue on July 30, 2009 at 11:41 PM

I see him as a pirate!
No – a poet!
No – a prince!
A gypsy mopping sweat upon his brow
Might it be this gypsy of yours stands before you now?
It could be him!
It could be you!
Odd’s fish, it could be me!
That scallawag could be most any sod

PercyB on July 30, 2009 at 11:47 PM

Susanboo on July 30, 2009 at 11:46 PM

LOL

love it

blatantblue on July 30, 2009 at 11:47 PM

Would you settle for a nearly house-trained veep?

Laura in Maryland on July 30, 2009 at 11:37 PM

um, after some deep thought and 10 minutes of laughter, um, no

brdchris1 on July 30, 2009 at 11:47 PM

blatantblue on July 30, 2009 at 11:41 PM

lol, no.

Laura in Maryland on July 30, 2009 at 11:43 PM

People who comment in comment sections on blogs, I assume. I don’t do it, you [I assume] don’t, but it happens despite your and my abstinence. Good luck with your keys, btw:)

Spirit of 1776 on July 30, 2009 at 11:48 PM

I bet MB4 has more then one name registered.

Spirit of 1776 on July 30, 2009 at 11:40 PM

That’s ridiculous!

When one’s character begins to fall under suspicion and disfavor, how swift, then, is the work of disintegration and destruction. – Mark Twain

TMK on July 30, 2009 at 11:48 PM

PercyB on July 30, 2009 at 11:47 PM

Where is MB4?

Like Obama, did he trip through a door?

blatantblue on July 30, 2009 at 11:49 PM

That does not seem like a fit to his pattern whatsoever, so it seems logical that he’s gone.

Hawkins1701 on July 30, 2009 at 11:30 PM

Exactly. MB4 has thick skin. He’s been through far worse than that without giving up. And if a veteran member like MB4, who’s been commenting virtually every days for years was banned without warning or comment, especially if he was called a troll in the process, that’s just wrong.

I bet MB4 has more then one name registered.

Spirit of 1776 on July 30, 2009 at 11:40 PM

I’ve often thought so, but still, it wouldn’t be the same without “MB4″.

FloatingRock on July 30, 2009 at 11:50 PM

TMK on July 30, 2009 at 11:48 PM

Dude! Remind me to never again click on someone’s sign on name. This is the first day in almost a week that I’ve been able to handle solid food, and you almost made me toss my crackers and ginger ale.

Laura in Maryland on July 30, 2009 at 11:51 PM

Real Men of Genius…

Here’s to you, Mister Gift of Making Gimmicks Look Visionary Guy!

Christien on July 30, 2009 at 11:52 PM

Who is this MB4 guy? He must be one heck of a guy by the way you guys talk about him!

Susanboo on July 30, 2009 at 11:53 PM

Laura in Maryland on July 30, 2009 at 11:51 PM

lol i just clicked

you been sick?

blatantblue on July 30, 2009 at 11:53 PM

Who is this MB4 guy? He must be one heck of a guy by the way you guys talk about him!

Susanboo on July 30, 2009 at 11:53 PM

had the largest trouser trout of any man on HotAir!

THATS WHY AP banned him!

blatantblue on July 30, 2009 at 11:53 PM

When one’s character begins to fall under suspicion and disfavor, how swift, then, is the work of disintegration and destruction. – Mark Twain

TMK on July 30, 2009 at 11:48 PM

If Man could be crossed with the Cat it would improve Man but deteriorate the Cat. – Mark Twain

Lawrence Talbot on July 30, 2009 at 11:54 PM

Trouser trout? Huh???? I don’t think I want to know!

Susanboo on July 30, 2009 at 11:54 PM

Trouser trout? Huh???? I don’t think I want to know!

Susanboo on July 30, 2009 at 11:54 PM

Boo!

blatantblue on July 30, 2009 at 11:54 PM

Laura in Maryland on July 30, 2009 at 11:51 PM

LOL. I’ve been too lazy/bizy to keep up with that blog lately. I’ll get back to work on it, I promise.

(My favorite is the one with Putin.)

TMK on July 30, 2009 at 11:55 PM

Hmmm,
no apology to the cop for calling him stupid
No apology from the racist prof for fanning the flames of bigotry
No apology for drinking a fuffuie beer blue moon

Kini on July 30, 2009 at 11:55 PM

TMK on July 30, 2009 at 11:55 PM

lol the putin one is good

blatantblue on July 30, 2009 at 11:55 PM

was banned without warning or comment, especially if he was called a troll in the process, that’s just wrong.

Well, let us not jump to conclusions mat. You don’t know what was sad earlier, or whether an email exchange occurred. The best evidence is the fact that the hosts rarely hammer someone and then only after warning, so there is little justification to assume they arrested MB4 because he was black banned him without communication.

Spirit of 1776 on July 30, 2009 at 11:56 PM

We are getting silly, it’s late, hate it but I’ve got to go, night all. You guys are a scream! :)

Susanboo on July 30, 2009 at 11:56 PM

That part is disturbing.

Alana on July 30, 2009 at 11:42 PM

Doesn’t sound like much healing to me. More polarization.

a capella on July 30, 2009 at 11:56 PM

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