Buy Canadian and summer at Martha’s Vineyard?

posted at 12:05 pm on August 17, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

The legendary Casey Stengel once lamented about his hapless expansion-season New York Mets, “Can’t anyone here play this game?”  Two stories this week prompt the same question about Barack Obama and his political team.  First, Obama spent $2.2 million in taxpayer money to buy specially-made buses for a three-state tour about jobs — without actually having a plan to flog.  At least the $2.2 million puts some Americans to work, right?  Well … North Americans, maybe:

President Obama is barnstorming the heartland to boost US jobs in a taxpayer-financed luxury bus the government had custom built — in Canada, The Post has learned.

The $1.1 million vehicle, one of two that Quebec-based Prevost sold the government, has been tricked out by the Secret Service with state-of-the-art security features and creature comforts.

It’s a VIP H3-45 model, the company’s top of the line, and is used by major traveling rock bands.

“That’s the more luxurious model,” Christine Garant of Prevost told The Post.

Barack Obama — rock star.  Yes, that’s exactly the kind of image that wins votes in the upper Midwest.  That’s bad enough, but buying two buses from a Canadian company while promising to create jobs in the US is the worst kind of optics imaginable.  Why not use a manufacturer based in the US?  I’m certain that Complete Coach Works in California could use the work, for instance, or North American Bus Industries in Alabama.  Setra USA manufactures its buses in Greensboro, North Carolina, a key state that Obama could easily lose in 2012.  Wouldn’t a $2.2 million buy there have turned a few heads?  For that matter, Obama could have bought them from Motor Coach Industries and picked them up in his home state of Illinois at the start of his tour.

Next, there’s the problem of going on a jobs tour without a jobs plan.  Obama has been in office for over 30 months, and the last explicit effort he put forward on jobs was Porkulus in Month 2.  Obama’s telling voters that he will come up with a plan down the road, when he should have had the plan in hand before stumping for it on the road.  Not only that, but according to CBS’ Mark Knoller, the new plan is going to sound a lot like the same old plan Obama has for everything:

Senior Officials stress the September speech would contain new ideas – but their descriptions sound like Pres Obama’s current proposals.

The officials says Pres Obama would use the speech to propose new measures to accelerate job growth in the short term.

Ah, yes, another series of short-term gimmicks like Porkulus and Cash for Clunkers.  Remind us again how well those worked out.  No wonder he wants to wait until he’s off the road to unveil his plan.

Speaking of going off the road, Obama will end his trip today and then take a vacation.  Presidential vacations are always dicey, even though a President never really goes on an actual vacation; they just change locations.  George Bush took plenty of flack for his annual August retreat to Crawford, Texas, where his ranch is located, even though Bush was just as on the job as in DC and Congress was out of session during the same periods.  Obama’s taking flack for taking off even though Congress isn’t around to send him any bills, which is unfair — to a point.

The difference between the two is that Bush just went back to his rather rustic and relatively humble home in Crawford, which could never be mistaken for a hoity-toity retreat for the Upper 400.  Instead of going home to Chicago, Obama will rub elbows with the wealthy in Martha’s Vineyard who use summer as a verb, and the optics even have Democrats complaining:

With 14 million Americans out of work, a volatile stock market and a historic downgrade of the country’s credit rating, President Obama is set to begin a 10-day retreat Thursday at a 28-acre Martha’s Vineyard compound called Blue Heron Farm, which costs an estimated $50,000 per week to rent. That divide — and the presumed hypocrisy of a president who has pledged not to rest “until every American looking for a job can find one,” going golfing and biking on an island playground for wealthy celebrities — has been too much for political pundits to resist.

Obama has taken heat the past twosummers for renting Blue Heron, but the difference this time is the intensity of his critics and the fact that they are on both sides of the political aisle. Republican strategist Mike Murphy told the Daily Beast that Obama is “acting like the rich guys he wants to raise taxes on,” while liberal columnist Colbert I. King wrote in The Washington Post that this is the wrong time “to dwell in splendid seclusion among the rich and famous.”

Yes, a respite at Martha’s Vineyard is Obama’s idea of “not resting,” which more or less undoes the common-man connection Obama wanted out of his rock-star bus tour.  Why not go to the Gulf coast, as the Obamas urged last year, if they didn’t want to come to Chicago in the summer?  Why not Camp David, as Colbert King suggested, which is a way for Presidents and their families to take a break outside of the public eye while still giving the impression of being on the job?  Camp David wouldn’t have cost the taxpayers millions in additional security:

Obama has paid his family’s share of the property’s rental cost each summer. But as is the case each time the president travels on official duties, taxpayers are on the hook for the millions of dollars it could cost for the Secret Service to secure the island, as well as for the transportation and housing of dozens of White House staff.

It seems that no one at the White House knows how to handle optics.  This August will be a festival of failure on that score.

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The Obama brand is a cortege, with hearses in it, made in Canada. This is the image of Obama now. Don’t forget this week. It will be very significant in history.

Schadenfreude on August 17, 2011 at 12:07 PM

I heard this bus was based on the Justin Bieber tour bus.

portlandon on August 17, 2011 at 12:07 PM

Also, is this a “Green” bus? Does it run on Recycled Oil & Green Diesel?

portlandon on August 17, 2011 at 12:08 PM

No Canadian job left behind.

ErnstBlofeld on August 17, 2011 at 12:09 PM

I thought he just got back from Martha’s Vineyard. It’s sad when you can’t keep track of someone’s vacation time.

vcferlita on August 17, 2011 at 12:09 PM

As Obama did dressage, Perry galloped through Iowa like an unbroken stallion in danger of cracking a leg.

The Texas governor called the president “the greatest threat to our country” and questioned his patriotism and sense of duty. The former Air Force pilot said the military and veterans would prefer a commander in chief who had been in uniform.

–Maureen Dowd

Schadenfreude on August 17, 2011 at 12:09 PM

Why didn’t he use the light rail system to make the tour?

Oh…it is not convenient nor practical. Hmmmmmm

WashJeff on August 17, 2011 at 12:10 PM

Hey, of course he went all out on the buses.

He needed them to be able to survive all the people he’s going to be throwing under them very soon.

teke184 on August 17, 2011 at 12:10 PM

I’m certain that Complete Coach Works in California could use the work, for instance, or North American Bus Industries in Alabama. Setra USA manufactures its buses in Greensboro…

 
Sorry, but they don’t make Prevosts.

rogerb on August 17, 2011 at 12:10 PM

First, Obama spent $2.2 million in taxpayer money to buy specially-made buses for a three-state tour about jobs — without actually having a plan to flog.

And they get about 2 MPG…

Seven Percent Solution on August 17, 2011 at 12:11 PM

Canada, one of the other 7 states.

VegasRick on August 17, 2011 at 12:11 PM


It’s a VIP H3-45 model, the company’s top of the line, and is used by major traveling rock bands.

Well, he IS the first “Rock Star” president!

Canada is our bestest buddy and all, but damn, this doesn’t look good for the Bamster.

Add this to our tax money being used to help the Brazilians drill for oil so that we can be their “best customer”.

O/T: Allen West to CAIR – “NUTS!”
http://blogs.miaminewtimes.com/riptide/2011/08/nuts_allen_wests_one-word_resp.php

Tony737 on August 17, 2011 at 12:11 PM

Yes, bayam, we know who loves the U.S., the guy who loves Canadian health misery and Canadian jobs.

I love the image he now is stuck with, until his truck leaves the WH, whit Michelle’s belongings.

The imagemeisters scewed up really big this week and videos abound.

This president is a driving putrid entity who will have another stint with the millio-billionaires in Martha’s vineyard…but they worry about his ‘leadership image’. Heh. My schadenfreude is hard to contain.

Schadenfreude on August 17, 2011 at 12:12 PM

Obama has paid his family’s share of the property’s rental cost each summer.

What does this mean? Do they divide the total number of people on the property into the total cost, and Obama pays 4 shares?

If he wasn’t there, nobody else would be there either, so all of the cost is his.

Secondly, who pays for the “share” that Obama doesn’t pay for?

BobMbx on August 17, 2011 at 12:13 PM

Whatever happened to the buy American law which was passed some years ago? Did The One overrule it by Executive Order? Was the Secret Service able to claim that no American Company could produce this vehicle that could safely protect the President?

Has the Obama campaign been charged anything for the usage of these buses for campaigning? Seems like election fraud to me.

jackal40 on August 17, 2011 at 12:13 PM

The man is on Cannabus.

Fly On The Wall on August 17, 2011 at 12:13 PM

O/T: Allen West to CAIR – “NUTS!”

Shades of General Anthony McAuliffe?

ErnstBlofeld on August 17, 2011 at 12:14 PM

It seems that no one at the White House knows how to handle optics. This August will be a festival of failure on that score.

The imagemeisters blew it big time with the hearses in the cortege. I love, love, love it. The symbolics of all the morose decay is perfect for these thuggish fools.

Schadenfreude on August 17, 2011 at 12:14 PM

Senior Officials stress the September speech would contain new ideas ways of attacking Republicans.

WashJeff on August 17, 2011 at 12:14 PM


Why not use a manufacturer based in the US?

Because the Canadians are more like the Europeans and we need to be more like Europe too … duh!

Tony737 on August 17, 2011 at 12:14 PM

When I worked at the White House (Bush Senior and Clinton) … we had a rule about American made cars in the motor pool. All limos had to be American made. The Communications vans … with highly specialized equipment – we worked with Ford and other companies to build, normally taking one of their off-the shelf designs and modifying them while they built them.

It’s pretty damned atrocious that this van was procured from outside the country.

But whatever – bet your ass it came from a UNION shop wherever it was built!

HondaV65 on August 17, 2011 at 12:14 PM

Also, Obama wants to get as much cool stuff for his Presidential Library. This Bus will be perfect for it. No other President is going to want to use it, so I assume it will follow Obama out the door in ’12, along with the White House china, and the Resolute Desk.

portlandon on August 17, 2011 at 12:14 PM

They didn’t hire a flower truck to drop rose petals on the road in front of the bus as they toured?

Seems like they could have created some jobs with that…

catmman on August 17, 2011 at 12:15 PM

Obama on 8/15

I want to sell goods all over the world that are stamped with three words: “Made in America.”

faraway on August 17, 2011 at 12:15 PM

Hey, Barry, the rolled up sleeves aren’t fooling anyone. If you really knew what hard work was, you’d wear a short sleeved shirt.

And heavier shoes.

CurtZHP on August 17, 2011 at 12:15 PM

Also, is this a “Green” bus? Does it run on Recycled Oil & Green Diesel?

portlandon on August 17, 2011 at 12:08 PM

They run on Obama hot air.

Schadenfreude on August 17, 2011 at 12:15 PM

Don’t forget this week. It will be very significant in history.

Schadenfreude on August 17, 2011 at 12:07 PM

With the entire country imploding thanks to Barry, it is hard to see one thing that truly stands out. But, I do think you nailed it with this one.

roy_batty on August 17, 2011 at 12:15 PM

Note to the Perry Campaign:
Get your ideas here from Ed Morrissey on combating the purple-lipped, jug-eared bass-tard.
Hint: a minimum of one per day in OOTD.

carbon_footprint on August 17, 2011 at 12:15 PM

I was just thinking…

… it’s going to suck to be the second afro-american President of the United States.

Just look at who you are going to be compared to…

Seven Percent Solution on August 17, 2011 at 12:15 PM

I heard this bus was based on the Justin Bieber tour bus.

portlandon on August 17, 2011 at 12:07 PM

That would be a step up in maturity for Barry.

MeatHeadinCA on August 17, 2011 at 12:15 PM

Shades of General Anthony McAuliffe? – ErnstBlofeld

Yup … but neither the reporter, nor the CAIR rep got it! haha

Tony737 on August 17, 2011 at 12:15 PM

Created or Saved Canadian jobs…

PatriotRider on August 17, 2011 at 12:16 PM

The man is on Cannabus.

Fly On The Wall on August 17, 2011 at 12:13 PM

If only…

MeatHeadinCA on August 17, 2011 at 12:16 PM

Why oh why are conservatives using the word optics in this way?

This is pure journolist vocabulary and real words in the lexicon prior to this hipsterspeak (savor the tasty irony in that clause) are available to convey the same point.

BruinEric on August 17, 2011 at 12:16 PM

With the entire country imploding thanks to Barry, it is hard to see one thing that truly stands out. But, I do think you nailed it with this one.

roy_batty on August 17, 2011 at 12:15 PM

The land has seen the abyss, finally, and said “NO, not yet, no way”. Keep this thread. You will come back to actually love it.

Schadenfreude on August 17, 2011 at 12:16 PM

Am I the only one who thinks that bus has a major creepy, scary look to it? Like someone going to war?

Knucklehead on August 17, 2011 at 12:16 PM

All of this crap is done on purpose, to rub our noses in it.

This admin knows exactly what it is doing. Soetoro & his handlers want to bring the USA down a few notches, as promised, to match up w/3rd world countries.

“I won’t wear that pin”

Ris4victory on August 17, 2011 at 12:17 PM

Obama on 8/15

I want to sell goods all over the world that are stamped with three words: “Made in America.”

faraway on August 17, 2011 at 12:15 PM

Ouch! Just two days ago.

carbon_footprint on August 17, 2011 at 12:17 PM

“O” Canada…..has a whole new meaning…

PatriotRider on August 17, 2011 at 12:17 PM

I remember 40 years ago Sports Illustrated doing a story about the Boston-Montreal Stanley Cup playoff series, in which the point was that after winning the Stanley Cup in 1970, the Bruins got sucked into the hype surrounding them and truly believed they could turn things on and off like a light switch against a Montreal team that missed the playoffs the year before.

Boston lost in 7.

That’s the same mentality of Team Obama. After winning the 2008 campaign, the boss and his staff truly believe that with the big media and the Democratic spinners on their side, they can turn things on and off like a light switch. So it doesn’t matter if he vacations in Martha’s Vineyard or takes a clueless bus trip as a substitute for a real economic recovery plan in 2011; they can just put it into gear next year, send the Obamas on vacation to Detroit or some colinas along the Mexican border and with the media dropping decks of race cards on the GOP nominee, everything will be hunky-dorey come November 2012.

jon1979 on August 17, 2011 at 12:17 PM

It seems that no one at the White House knows how to handle optics. This August will be a festival of failure on that score.

All they have is optics, with the Fool they chose to bring, and they even blew the images. It couldn’t happen to a ‘nicer’ thuggery. The turkesy flew high and crashed. The hot air took them far, but the drop is a beauty to see. The end will be dust and pulp.

Schadenfreude on August 17, 2011 at 12:18 PM

Am I the only one who thinks that bus has a major creepy, scary look to it? Like someone going to war?

Knucklehead on August 17, 2011 at 12:16 PM

…like something that flies out of a Death-Star…

PatriotRider on August 17, 2011 at 12:18 PM

Tony737 on August 17, 2011 at 12:11 PM

Allen West does have a way with words doesn’t he? I love this man!
L

letget on August 17, 2011 at 12:18 PM

Am I the only one who thinks that bus has a major creepy, scary look to it? Like someone going to war?

Knucklehead on August 17, 2011 at 12:16 PM

It looks militant leftist to me. It’s being paid by for US taxpayers. And now we find out it’s an import. Oh, goodies!

MeatHeadinCA on August 17, 2011 at 12:18 PM

If Obama wanted to be the leader of Canada, he should have told us. That can be arranged!!!!!!

MeatHeadinCA on August 17, 2011 at 12:19 PM

So 2.2M for, what, not just three state, but about a three or four day tour?

He really has entitlement problems.

INC on August 17, 2011 at 12:19 PM

Am I the only one who thinks that bus has a major creepy, scary look to it? Like someone going to war?

Knucklehead on August 17, 2011 at 12:16 PM

Wait till he brings it to Chicago, drives over the Michigan Ave. bridge, and dumbs his sh!t on a Wendella Boat.

WashJeff on August 17, 2011 at 12:19 PM

Am I the only one who thinks that bus has a major creepy, scary look to it? Like someone going to war?

Knucklehead on August 17, 2011 at 12:16 PM

I agree. That solid blob of black is weird. I think his staff is nuts to let him use it.

It look’s like the Mourning in America tour! (which is certainly fitting!).

INC on August 17, 2011 at 12:21 PM

Obama will rub elbows with the wealthy in Martha’s Vineyard who use summer as a verb.

Great line, Ed!

INC on August 17, 2011 at 12:22 PM

he should have borrowed Will Smith’s Men in black suit and shades to complete the effect.

Our first anti-American President.

kingsjester on August 17, 2011 at 12:22 PM

“Festival of Failure” is great! I’m adopting that as my motto for The One’s entire administration.

mugged on August 17, 2011 at 12:22 PM

and the Resolute Desk. portlandon on August 17, 2011 at 12:14 PM

That’s the resolution desk to you, and don’t spill a glass of water on it, it’s like 100 years old or something… Barry Obama….

sandee on August 17, 2011 at 12:22 PM

…like something that flies out of a DeathDebt-Star…

PatriotRider on August 17, 2011 at 12:18 PM

FIFY!

:)

INC on August 17, 2011 at 12:23 PM

Would be a shame if that vacation got cut short due to a hurricane or something.

SouthernGent on August 17, 2011 at 12:23 PM

That bus President Downgrade gets in and out of is the optical equivalent of the helmeted Dukakis in the tank. But at least the latter fool’s props were made in the USA.

TXUS on August 17, 2011 at 12:24 PM

Oh goody, they bought two and guess who gets to use the other one?

The bus–and there is another one like it that will eventually be used by the Republican presidential nominee–has been in the works for years.

Good Lord I hope they paint it.

Knucklehead on August 17, 2011 at 12:24 PM

Would be a shame if that vacation got cut short due to a hurricane or something.

SouthernGent on August 17, 2011 at 12:23 PM

I still think Obama is going to make a last minute “sacrifice” and stay home. He’ll send Michelle and the kiddies though, not to mention mother-in-law and assorted other free loaders…

sandee on August 17, 2011 at 12:25 PM

Am I the only one who thinks that bus has a major creepy, scary look to it? Like someone going to war?

Knucklehead on August 17, 2011 at 12:16 PM

It is a war, against you, but the bus is headed to the cemetery.

Schadenfreude on August 17, 2011 at 12:25 PM

I worded this incorrectly before. Rush just phrased it better.

Obama gets off his Canadian bus on 8/15 and says…

I want to sell goods all over the world that are stamped with three words: “Made in America.”

faraway on August 17, 2011 at 12:25 PM

I’ll be lucky if I get to the apartment pool before Labor Day.

kingsjester on August 17, 2011 at 12:25 PM

INC on August 17, 2011 at 12:23 PM

Good one!!!

PatriotRider on August 17, 2011 at 12:26 PM

“Can’t I just suck on my soft-serve?”

carbon_footprint on August 17, 2011 at 12:26 PM

he should have borrowed Will Smith’s Men in black suit and shades to complete the effect.

Our first anti-American President.

kingsjester on August 17, 2011 at 12:22 P

Better yet, Jake and Elwood Blues, from the Blues Brothers. Maybe invite Aretha Franklin along for effect.

Knucklehead on August 17, 2011 at 12:27 PM

I guess he solved Brazil’s problem. On to Canada.

PS. Maybe the next President can sell them on Ebay.

derft on August 17, 2011 at 12:27 PM

It seems that no one at the White House knows how to handle optics.

I don’t think it’s that they can’t. They don’t care. It doesn’t matter to them how it looks. It’s Obama, and that’s all we need to know. It’s acceptable because it’s him!

capejasmine on August 17, 2011 at 12:28 PM

Some of us can remember when GMC had a pretty good bus division — iirc, driven off the cliff by government idiocy…

/.

CaveatEmpty on August 17, 2011 at 12:29 PM

Re-election Vehicle

Limerick on August 17, 2011 at 12:29 PM

MeatHeadinCA on August 17, 2011 at 12:19 PM

I don’t want him as leader of Canada. They have a great conservative PM up there in Stephen Harper

ConservativePartyNow on August 17, 2011 at 12:29 PM

I guess he solved Brazil’s problem. On to Canada.

PS. Maybe the next President can sell them on Ebay.

derft on August 17, 2011 at 12:27 PM

Just like she did the state’s airplane. Go Palin!

ConservativePartyNow on August 17, 2011 at 12:30 PM

Optics czar?

cmsinaz on August 17, 2011 at 12:31 PM

nope…

Re-distribution Vehicle

Limerick on August 17, 2011 at 12:31 PM

Good Lord I hope they paint it.

Knucklehead on August 17, 2011 at 12:24 PM

I hope they sell it.

VegasRick on August 17, 2011 at 12:32 PM

Romney-killing Vehicle

faraway on August 17, 2011 at 12:32 PM

Valerie Jarett’s MO? This looks like an attempt to mimic Sarah Palin’s Bus Tour. At least Sarah Palin’s bus had the U.S. Constitution painted on the side. Why would anyone paint a huge tour bus black? I have seen it, what’s the appeal? It doesn’t say listening tour it doesn’t say anything about his supposed purpose American jobs. Even Rick Perry’s bus has a message on the side. If it is to make sure it doesn’t look like a campaign bus fine. But Black? What next Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones step out with sun glasses and neutralizers?

Dr Evil on August 17, 2011 at 12:32 PM

With 14 million Americans out of work

It’s closer to 30 million and may actualy be higher. Seethe Youngstown State University study. Do I need to post the link again? Or shadowstats.com

The government cannot arbitrarily reduce the size of the labor force to make the failure in chief look good. US Citizens are seeing through the BS propaganda.

They also see that the main of fail just blew two million on buses he’ll likely not use again, look awful and were OUTSOURCED TO CANADA.

Everything failbama touches turns to manure. August is being a tough month for him. perhaps he should order some shrimp.

Help me out people whats the new term? Is it Staycation or nocation or naycation? I can’t remember, nor can I afford one, whatever its called.

dogsoldier on August 17, 2011 at 12:33 PM

I don’t want him as leader of Canada. They have a great conservative PM up there in Stephen Harper

ConservativePartyNow on August 17, 2011 at 12:29 PM

We had him long enough. Time to pass the joint around.

MeatHeadinCA on August 17, 2011 at 12:33 PM

He is so politically tone deaf, I have come to believe that his successful Presidential campaign was simply blind luck. I always knew there was an element of luck involved in his winning, but I assumed that there was a certain amount of skill/political intuition at play, as well.

Not any more.

But at least the oceans aren’t rising.

exhelodrvr on August 17, 2011 at 12:33 PM

0bama and the Democratic party have become the General Motors of politics.

He (and they) feel comfortable that their base will remain forever loyal to them, no matter how much they slack off and no matter how bad their product is.

They do not seem to realize that the voters (their consumers) are becoming more educated. They demand better, and are now turning to other brands for superior products. Just look at his latest poll numbers in New Jersey.

0bama lives like a king while laughing at the peasants. He is causing irreversible damage the Democratic party, and I could not be happier about it.

UltimateBob on August 17, 2011 at 12:33 PM

BTW….I haven’t seen this posted here, or anywhere I’ve been the past few days, but…….

Isn’t it blasphemy for global warming loons such as Obama, to be riding around in ANYTHING black, as it absorbs heat, and creates more global warming? Not to mention 2 huge buses, and 10 0r more SUV’s surrounding the buses at all times….doesn’t that create a HUGE carbon footprint?

Their god would be ashamed.

capejasmine on August 17, 2011 at 12:34 PM

That solid blob of black is weird. – INC

RRRRRAAAAAACCCCIIIIIST!!

Tony737 on August 17, 2011 at 12:34 PM

Good Lord I hope they paint it.

Knucklehead on August 17, 2011 at 12:24 PM

I hope they sell it.

VegasRick on August 17, 2011 at 12:32 PM

Hire some unemployed Americans to paint it. ;0

MeatHeadinCA on August 17, 2011 at 12:34 PM

dogsoldier on August 17, 2011 at 12:33 PM

Scamcation…four years of it.

Limerick on August 17, 2011 at 12:34 PM

Idea: Could some one research Obama’s speeches during this “jobs tour” and do an analysis on just how many words were used about jobs?
On the other hand, see how many words were campaign rhetoric.
I would be interested because, you know, this was a “jobs tour” and not a re-election campaign. After all, we paid for it.

carbon_footprint on August 17, 2011 at 12:34 PM

he should have borrowed Will Smith’s Men in black suit and shades to complete the effect.

Our first anti-American President.

kingsjester on August 17, 2011 at 12:22 P

I was going back reading through the thread so I am not the only one that thought “Men in Black”. You have to wonder if that’s the theme they were going for?

Dr Evil on August 17, 2011 at 12:35 PM

That solid blob of black is weird. – INC

RRRRRAAAAAACCCCIIIIIST!!

Tony737 on August 17, 2011 at 12:34 PM

Hey! INC is just calling a spade a spade. OH WAIT!

VegasRick on August 17, 2011 at 12:36 PM

Dr Evil on August 17, 2011 at 12:35 PM

Maybe he painted it black because he’s allergic to red, white, and blue?

kingsjester on August 17, 2011 at 12:36 PM

jon1979 on August 17, 2011 at 12:17 PM

Great analogy with the Bruins-and don’t forget, they only won the Stanley Cup one more time in the next 41 years-in 1972.

Del Dolemonte on August 17, 2011 at 12:37 PM

Can you imagine the cup of bitter gall Hillary drinks every morning, waking up and having to go to work for this guy because she lost to him?

Good heavens.

It has to be a living hell to be at least moderately competent and be forced to work with this guy.

Tee hee.

Also also, this is awesome from the LA Times:

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/washington/2011/08/obama-jobs-package-debt-deal.html

TexasDan on August 17, 2011 at 12:37 PM

IT’S GOOD TO BE THE KING!

GarandFan on August 17, 2011 at 12:38 PM

Oh goody, they bought two and guess who gets to use the other one?

The bus–and there is another one like it that will eventually be used by the Republican presidential nominee–has been in the works for years.

Good Lord I hope they paint it.

Knucklehead on August 17, 2011 at 12:24 PM

And the nominee should promptly say ” no thanks”.

katy the mean old lady on August 17, 2011 at 12:38 PM

wait, what?
What was the bus tour about?
I missed it. Totally, but I did see a picture of the bus. I bet it’s fabulous inside.

So, what was this bus tour about???

bridgetown on August 17, 2011 at 12:38 PM

I guess he couldn’t have painted “Organizing for America” on the side, although it would have been truth in advertising. Organizer in Chief…..organizing a bus tour to keep his job.

Dr Evil on August 17, 2011 at 12:38 PM

Debt Star.

Jorge Bonilla on August 17, 2011 at 12:38 PM

Good Lord I hope they paint it.

Knucklehead on August 17, 2011 at 12:24 PM

I hope they sell it.

VegasRick on August 17, 2011 at 12:32 PM

Those buses will probably be scrapped after 0bama’s 3-day multi-million dollar photo op tour.

UltimateBob on August 17, 2011 at 12:38 PM

GarandFan on August 17, 2011 at 12:38 PM

“Oh, piss boy!”

exhelodrvr on August 17, 2011 at 12:39 PM

Maybe he painted it black because he’s allergic to red, white, and blue?

kingsjester on August 17, 2011 at 12:36 PM

Well, he’s definitely not allergic to Commie Red.

MeatHeadinCA on August 17, 2011 at 12:39 PM

Those buses will probably be scrapped after 0bama’s 3-day multi-million dollar photo op tour.

UltimateBob on August 17, 2011 at 12:38 PM

Yeah, you can’t drive too fast over speed bumps with Michelle Obama in the bus.

MeatHeadinCA on August 17, 2011 at 12:40 PM

Isn’t his whole presidency a “festival of failure”? Just askin’.

herm2416 on August 17, 2011 at 12:40 PM

Debt Star.

Jorge Bonilla on August 17, 2011 at 12:38 PM

!!

bridgetown on August 17, 2011 at 12:40 PM

And the nominee should promptly say ” no thanks”.

katy the mean old lady on August 17, 2011 at 12:38 PM

No, they should use it and paint “This is what your President spends your tax dollars on” all over it.

Knucklehead on August 17, 2011 at 12:41 PM

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