Obama: You know what’s sexy? Insulation

posted at 5:25 pm on December 15, 2009 by Allahpundit

A useful contrast with the last Democratic president, needless to say. Obama and Clinton may both be policy wonks, but somehow I can’t quite picture this bon mot coming from Billy Jeff.

This is actually one of The One’s longstanding pet memes, to the point where Jon Stewart included an extended bit on his “weatherization” preoccupation in last week’s goof on unemployment. Out of curiosity, I fired up WaPo’s new searchable database of Obama’s presidential speeches to see if he’d ever waxed sexy-like about energy costs before. Bingo:

So today we’re announcing additional actions to promote energy efficiency across America, actions that will create jobs in the short run and save money and reduce dangerous emissions in the long run.

The first step we’re taking sets new efficiency standards on fluorescent and incandescent lighting. Now, I know light bulbs may not seem sexy, but this simple action holds enormous promise because 7 percent of all the energy consumed in America is used to light our homes and our businesses.

So there you go. At long last, an answer to the question of what turns Vulcans on.

Oh, and before you ask, total uses of the phrase “let me be clear” thus far this year: 85.


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This guy is such a fool. Light bulbs? Insulation? Nice to know he’s focusing on the big issues. He’s completely out of his depth.

mr.blacksheep on December 15, 2009 at 5:27 PM

so i guess now we know what’s under those belts

AdrianG on December 15, 2009 at 5:27 PM

You know what I think is sexy. having a job so you can afford you own insulation

Jacob Hammond on December 15, 2009 at 5:27 PM

I’m feeling all tingly down my leg just thinking about it.

Okay, I’m actually not, but it had to be said. :)

Bob's Kid on December 15, 2009 at 5:27 PM

Obama and Clinton may both be policy wonks, but somehow I can’t quite picture this bon mot coming from Billy Jeff.

Ah, were you not around for the Lewinsky scandal? I remember her having quite a bit of insulation.

keep the change on December 15, 2009 at 5:28 PM

I wonder if he finds deficit spending sexy too?

podank on December 15, 2009 at 5:28 PM

Oh, and before you ask, total uses of the phrase “let me be clear” thus far this year: 85.

That’s only in prepared speeches. He uses it far more away from speeches.

lorien1973 on December 15, 2009 at 5:28 PM

Insulation, compact flourescents, and filling up your tires. Now that’s an economic policy!

PackerBronco on December 15, 2009 at 5:28 PM

I would make a joke about the FLOTUS replacing Odumbsh*t with a chalk-gun… but that might get me banned.
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………..!

RalphyBoy on December 15, 2009 at 5:29 PM

Hey, Barry. Y’know what’s really sexy? American Freedom.

kingsjester on December 15, 2009 at 5:29 PM

What’s next “airing up your tires will save 2 billion jobs”?

Knucklehead on December 15, 2009 at 5:30 PM

Great! You should have a “let’s be clear” counter at the top of the website.

taney71 on December 15, 2009 at 5:30 PM

He’s the biggest Tool at Home Depot.

perries on December 15, 2009 at 5:30 PM

Careful O, I wouldn’t get sexy with insulation. It’s itchy!

tims472 on December 15, 2009 at 5:31 PM

He’s the biggest Tool at Home Depot.

perries on December 15, 2009 at 5:30 PM

But certainly not the sharpest.

mr.blacksheep on December 15, 2009 at 5:32 PM

You know what he also gets excited about?

Inflating tires.

Enoxo on December 15, 2009 at 5:32 PM

taney71 on December 15, 2009 at 5:30 PM

I like that idea…along with inherit

cmsinaz on December 15, 2009 at 5:32 PM

Now we know what turns Obama on, how do we turn him off?

fourdeucer on December 15, 2009 at 5:32 PM

Enoxo on December 15, 2009 at 5:32 PM

…and his ego!

tims472 on December 15, 2009 at 5:33 PM

My cat has scratched out all the insulation in the attic… and I feel a terrible cold draft at night… so I agree with Obama, insulation is sexy…

ninjapirate on December 15, 2009 at 5:34 PM

Next up, Tiger Woods cheats on his wife with fiberglass insulation.

Now that would hurt.

Daggett on December 15, 2009 at 5:34 PM

Why am I reminded of Carter’s sweaters?

cthulhu on December 15, 2009 at 5:35 PM

He inherited the biggest lack of insulation of any President.

Meric1837 on December 15, 2009 at 5:35 PM

Does anyone else think this seems very infomercial-like?

Conservative in NOVA on December 15, 2009 at 5:35 PM

At long last, an answer to the question of what turns Vulcans morons on.

Vashta.Nerada on December 15, 2009 at 5:36 PM

Why am I reminded of Carter’s sweaters?

cthulhu on December 15, 2009 at 5:35 PM

Oh — that’s right, that was another B+ president…

cthulhu on December 15, 2009 at 5:36 PM

is insulation urban speak for condoms?

eaglewingz08 on December 15, 2009 at 5:37 PM

He’s the biggest Tool at Home Depot.

perries on December 15, 2009 at 5:30 PM

He’s also the most useless.

thomasaur on December 15, 2009 at 5:37 PM

I am sure Barry has never touched insulation, much less a hammer in his lifetime.

I can at least give Carter that honor.

upinak on December 15, 2009 at 5:37 PM

You mean, the 10+ hours of fluorescent glow that I get at work, I can now have in my very own home… Gee, sign me up…

Neo-con Artist on December 15, 2009 at 5:38 PM

He’s also the most useless.

thomasaur on December 15, 2009 at 5:37 PM

No he is bringing himself down. Self involving tool. The tools that are most useless are the media standing there listening to this.

upinak on December 15, 2009 at 5:38 PM

Barry mentioned Weatherization in one of the debates, and I give him credit for that. Conservation pays; alternative energy costs. Unfortunately, he promotes conservation because the federal Weatherization Assistance Program is a huge funding source for community organizers.

Profit from Weatherization technology: Seal the top of your house before installing any insulation. Most houses lose huge volumes of heated air through unintended passages around chimneys, ductwork, plumbing, and framing gaps. Insulation doesn’t mitigate those problems—it just buries them.

Once you get the top of a house tight and the ductwork sealed, it will stop drafting cold air on the 1st floor, as if by magic. Because air in = air out.

HelenW on December 15, 2009 at 5:40 PM

Well, at least my string of hearing people speak at a Home Depot who don\’t know what the hell they\’re talking about remains unbroken.

Scott P on December 15, 2009 at 5:41 PM

This is reminiscent of his fascination with tire gauges. Hey, anything to make it look like he’s actually doing something.

backwoods conservative on December 15, 2009 at 5:41 PM

Obama pimps sexual innuendo because his ideas won’t sell.
Other examples include:
High taxes are sexy.
The military draft is sexy.
Eugenics = hot (incinerate the people and the evidence)

maverick muse on December 15, 2009 at 5:42 PM

How do you apply weatherstripping to a tent in Ogabeville?

How do you put air in the tires of your car that was just repossessed?

The 55 gallon drum filled with burning furniture that you are huddled around doesn’t need compact flourescent’s, it makes it own light. Joy.

Bishop on December 15, 2009 at 5:43 PM

HelenW on December 15, 2009 at 5:40 PM

Weatherization Assitance is via the Tax Payer. How about if you decide to do something of that sort.. have it as a tax credit. It would help us the tax payers who are paying out for this, as well as those filling.

Or do you think I am wrong in this?

upinak on December 15, 2009 at 5:43 PM

backwoods conservative

Elitist that he is, Obama would use the tire gauge to determine the pressure in Congress and from the public.

maverick muse on December 15, 2009 at 5:44 PM

perries on December 15, 2009 at 5:30 PM

Hee-hee. Clever! Made me LOL!

Gob on December 15, 2009 at 5:45 PM

Marketing 101: Sex sells.

Obama: Blows insulation.

RushBaby on December 15, 2009 at 5:46 PM

Different strokes, right? I mean hell, Michelle Obama finds Marlboro Menthol breath and a good Reverend Wright rant sexy.

marklmail on December 15, 2009 at 5:47 PM

About those stupid CFL Obamabulbs – whenever I see some poor fool buying them, I start up a conversation about the dangers of the mercury and suggest that they read the serious warning label. Nothing sexy about the clean-up process when they break!

redwhiteblue on December 15, 2009 at 5:47 PM

A. If I could insulate my house as well as Obambi is insulated by the press, I could get paid for my energy savings!
B. Insulation? Obambi could run into a brick wall at the speed of light, and not get any brain damage; What? No brain?
C. What insulation is Congress using to keep itself insulated from the American People?

Cybergeezer on December 15, 2009 at 5:48 PM

Hey, Barry. Y’know what’s really sexy? American Freedom.

kingsjester on December 15, 2009 at 5:29 PM

+100

bikermailman on December 15, 2009 at 5:49 PM

Why am I reminded of Carter’s sweaters?

cthulhu on December 15, 2009 at 5:35 PM

Oh — that’s right, that was another B+ president…

cthulhu on December 15, 2009 at 5:36 PM

I won’t forget how cold it was during 1973 winter with Nixon promoting citizens to keep thermostats at 63 degrees F. “Wear a sweater” wasn’t enough indoors to keep you warm: Layer up!

maverick muse on December 15, 2009 at 5:49 PM

Jacob Hammond on December 15, 2009 at 5:27 PM

You know what I think is sexy? 0 not having a job anymore, so we can all have a recovery.

Tuari on December 15, 2009 at 5:49 PM

Sexy insulation is just the logical progression from tire pressure gauges.

Sheer genius this one. We dumb yokels will go buy scads of fiberglass since the One has dubbed it “sexy.”

Now, could we see his college records? More and more I’m thinking affirmative action.

marybel on December 15, 2009 at 5:50 PM

Well, it does put a different twist on “foaming at the mouth”…

Horatius on December 15, 2009 at 5:50 PM

Obama: You know what’s sexy? Insulation

Translation: What’s sexy is ME, that’s right ME … Barack Obama dictating to you peons out there. You’ve gone on too long with your religion, and your guns, and your cookouts and laughing with your familes. That’s all gonna end because I SAID SO. ME, Barack Obama, now that’s sexy.

darwin on December 15, 2009 at 5:51 PM

Oh, and before you ask, total uses of the phrase “let me be clear” thus far this year: 85.

That’s only a B. He needs at least three more for a true B+.

MadisonConservative on December 15, 2009 at 5:51 PM

Memo to Osama Obama: Ya know what would be really sexy? Your resignation!

Your bulb burned out long ago, pal. Hang it up and make room for a patriotic American in the White House.

MrScribbler on December 15, 2009 at 5:52 PM

You know what I think is sexy? 0 not having a job anymore, so we can all have a recovery.

Tuari on December 15, 2009 at 5:49 PM

AMEN!

maverick muse on December 15, 2009 at 5:52 PM

Another good thing to do, esp in the warmer parts of the country: full roof ridge ventilation. The peak of the roof is cut off, and a vent runs the whole length. Supposed to reduce the attic temps by up to twenty degrees. Had a new roof a couple of years ago, had them do it while they were already up there. Does in fact work!

bikermailman on December 15, 2009 at 5:52 PM

Someone please send this dope on vacation.

He’s like one of those toys you wind up, and it just does something stupid.

Cody1991 on December 15, 2009 at 5:53 PM

OKAYYYY can we have a complete list of home improvment supplies that give you an erection so we can avoid those???

sonofdy on December 15, 2009 at 5:53 PM

Oh, and before you ask, total uses of the phrase “let me be clear” thus far this year: 85.

My presidency” only 18 – must be something wrong with search.

Schadenfreude on December 15, 2009 at 5:53 PM

What’s next “airing up your tires will save 2 billion jobs”?

Knucklehead on December 15, 2009 at 5:30 PM

or create 2 billion jobs.

barnone on December 15, 2009 at 5:54 PM

Why do I see Justin Timberlake’s song “Bring Sexy Back” as you see a Home Depot commercial with some fat guy rolling out insulation in his actic… and at the end of the commercial… Obama thinks your insulation is sexy.

gag.

upinak on December 15, 2009 at 5:54 PM

Walking through the light bulb section at Walmart these days ticks me off. It’s loaded with those mercury spewing, crappy light giving off curly lights. And there are no 100 watt bulbs. Now they’re 92. 75′s? Nah. 60 something. 60′s are now 52′s.
Screw em. I now put 52′s where I once had 40′s and 92′s where I once had 75′s.
Fight the power. heh heh

Sugar Land on December 15, 2009 at 5:54 PM

Bush probably had all the insulation removed from the White House.

Cybergeezer on December 15, 2009 at 5:55 PM

Let me be clear. As I’ve said before, you can’t just eat whatever you want and have your thermostat at 72 degrees and expect the rest of the world to be OK with that.

POTUS is POS

marklmail on December 15, 2009 at 5:55 PM

Oh, and before you ask, total uses of the phrase “let me be clear” thus far this year: 85.

Obama speech “BUT!” delivery cuts the cheese every time.

“Chocolateyblahblahblahblahblahblahblah, BUT!”

maverick muse on December 15, 2009 at 5:57 PM

Don’t forget to check your tire pressure.

JammieWearingFool on December 15, 2009 at 5:57 PM

Obama’s not the sharpest tool in the box.

Schadenfreude on December 15, 2009 at 5:58 PM

“My presidency” only 18 – must be something wrong with search.

Schadenfreude on December 15, 2009 at 5:53 PM

No, that was the real grade for that phrase.

bikermailman on December 15, 2009 at 5:58 PM

Obama’s not the sharpest tool in the box.

Schadenfreude on December 15, 2009 at 5:58 PM

But he is the biggest tool!

bikermailman on December 15, 2009 at 5:59 PM

Someone please send this dope on vacation.

He’s like one of those toys you wind up, and it just does something stupid.

Cody1991 on December 15, 2009 at 5:53 PM

LOL:
THAT’S WHAT I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS; AN OBAMA DOLL THAT DOES DUMB TRICKS!! (I know; All his dolls do dumb tricks).

Cybergeezer on December 15, 2009 at 5:59 PM

What’s next “airing up your tires will save 2 billion jobs”?

Knucklehead on December 15, 2009 at 5:30 PM

The next thing will be a mandate to stop breathing for ten minutes a day and save the planet!

Cody1991 on December 15, 2009 at 6:00 PM

Talk about small-minded.

BuckeyeSam on December 15, 2009 at 6:00 PM

Not his job to be concerned about the insulation in our homes.

kc8ukw on December 15, 2009 at 6:02 PM

Cybergeezer on December 15, 2009 at 5:59 PM

Okey, dokey! Try this: http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51Gnpph6rYL._SL500_AA280_.jpg

Cody1991 on December 15, 2009 at 6:02 PM

Talk about small-minded.

BuckeyeSam on December 15, 2009 at 6:00 PM

It’s that puny neck and large ears; Starving the brain for blood.

Cybergeezer on December 15, 2009 at 6:03 PM

Barry & Michelle should strip and go rolling around in a big pile of pink insulation.

Does it FEEL sexy now or just itchy?

portlandon on December 15, 2009 at 6:06 PM

Obama’s kooky fascination with tire pressure gauges and weatherizing simply scares the hell out of me. When POTUS is making mountains out of molehills…it’s time to be afraid, very afraid.

LadinPlaid on December 15, 2009 at 6:07 PM

Let me be clear. The only insulation I’m interested in is that which would insulate our country from him. No matter the cost.

TXUS on December 15, 2009 at 6:08 PM

I don’t know about you, but it just makes me itchy in all the wrong places….

jbh45 on December 15, 2009 at 6:09 PM

Barry & Michelle should strip and go rolling around in a big pile of pink insulation.

Does it FEEL sexy now or just itchy?

portlandon on December 15, 2009 at 6:06 PM

You sure that is the insulation?

upinak on December 15, 2009 at 6:09 PM

Oh dear God, Barry O is now stealing policy from our own Aussie PM, Kevin Rudd.

We’re so terribly sorry….

– Nora Charles

The Thin Man Returns on December 15, 2009 at 6:09 PM

Cody1991 on December 15, 2009 at 6:02 PM

I’m putting one of those on my rear bumper and hooking it in to the car battery so it never stops!

Cybergeezer on December 15, 2009 at 6:09 PM

PERVERT!

TruthToBeTold on December 15, 2009 at 6:09 PM

upinak on December 15, 2009 at 6:09 PM

Must be herpes.

Cybergeezer on December 15, 2009 at 6:10 PM

What the pfargtl?

OneGyT on December 15, 2009 at 6:11 PM

I’m putting one of those on my rear bumper and hooking it in to the car battery so it never stops!

Cybergeezer on December 15, 2009 at 6:09 PM

There’s a great video of this toy, but I can’t post the link.

Cody1991 on December 15, 2009 at 6:12 PM

Why am I reminded of Carter’s sweaters?

cthulhu on December 15, 2009 at 5:35 PM

It’s all part of the “Cash for Cardigans” program.
http://www.scrappleface.com/?p=4448

Was ObaMao speaking at the same Home Depot, where Biden likes to hang out?

onlineanalyst on December 15, 2009 at 6:12 PM

He’s all wee-wee’d up with a fiberglass insulation fetish.

Buy Danish on December 15, 2009 at 6:12 PM

So, in years to come, will the caulk gun be as iconic of Skippy as the sweater is of Jimmy?

Hmmm. . .

POTUS-as-caulking gun. Disturbing imagery beyond my meager photoshop skilz.

Wind Rider on December 15, 2009 at 6:13 PM

Insulation makes his ears stand up…

d1carter on December 15, 2009 at 6:13 PM

Wind Rider on December 15, 2009 at 6:13 PM

Great. Are you for silicone?

upinak on December 15, 2009 at 6:14 PM

A caulking gun and a teleprompter walk into a bar. There isn’t a bartender, cause the secret service deemed them ‘security risks’ . . .

Wind Rider on December 15, 2009 at 6:14 PM

If you ever wondered “what is beyond stupid”…this would be it.

milwife88 on December 15, 2009 at 6:16 PM

Damn good laughs are hard to come by; Thanks, Barack!
You can get a late night TV show all your own.

Cybergeezer on December 15, 2009 at 6:16 PM

Does anyone else think this seems very infomercial-like?

Conservative in NOVA on December 15, 2009 at 5:35 PM

Maybe, Obama and Gore have bought into insulation futures.
Insider trading?

Johan Klaus on December 15, 2009 at 6:17 PM

Just out of curiosity: how many people here used to be liberal? I used to be. Heck, I’m a proud alumnae of UC Berkeley. What ever happened to the ideals? What ever happened to individualism and freedom? Nowadays I hear kids, self-proclaimed liberals, who dream of nothing but health-insurance mandates and light-bulbs. Light-bulbs!!! WTF!!! WTF happened? Everything that we fought against, this insufferable political establishment, has somehow now become not just what our children submit to, but idolize that they worship! WTF! Some dimwitted jackass telling you to change your light-bulbs is not your hero! WTF!

year_of_the_dingo on December 15, 2009 at 6:17 PM

What an idiot. And they said Bush was stupid.

You know what’s sexy barry? that James Brown look alike you’re married to.

Not.

LtE126 on December 15, 2009 at 6:18 PM

If you ever wondered “what is beyond stupid”…this would be it.

milwife88 on December 15, 2009 at 6:16 PM

No, this is close.. but this is not it. Yet.

upinak on December 15, 2009 at 6:18 PM

It’s all part of the “Cash for Cardigans” program.
http://www.scrappleface.com/?p=4448

Was ObaMao speaking at the same Home Depot, where Biden likes to hang out?

onlineanalyst on December 15, 2009 at 6:12 PM

Cash-for-Cardis? Whoa!!! That one must have been for MO. She buys those weentsy cardigans at Gap for Kids (by the gross) and wears them over all her sleeveless dresses – after the first round of photos. Gotta take care of those biceps. ;)

Cody1991 on December 15, 2009 at 6:18 PM

Kommunity organizer and Komrad handyman.

Fletch54 on December 15, 2009 at 6:20 PM

Oh, and before you ask, total uses of the phrase “let me be clear” thus far this year: 85.

That tells me this is on the White House speechwriters’ boilerplate. You know what would be funny? If someone could hack into their computers so that every time the phrase “Let me be clear” is employed, it is automatically replaced by the phrase “Pull my finger.” So Obama could say “Pull my finger–much work remains” or “Pull my finger–these problems have been brewing for years and will not be cured overnight.” That would be a lot of fun!

radjah shelduck on December 15, 2009 at 6:20 PM

“I get really excited about it.”

I bet Michelle does too.

drjohn on December 15, 2009 at 6:20 PM

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