Thou Shalt Not Disrespect Teh Precious!


Via Legal Insurrection:

Obama costume scares up controversy

One Halloween costume is scaring up plenty of controversy along the Tennessee-Kentucky border.

A person dressed as President Obama wearing a straitjacket is generating lots of complaints.

We don’t know if these employees at Hopkinsville’s Jennie Stuart Medical Center were making a joke or a political statement with their Halloween costumes, but they did get a reaction.

Those who fall into the offended category are upset with the portrayal of President Obama in police custody wearing a straitjacket.

1st Street Baptist Church Pastor C.E. Timberlake says it’s wrong to portray any president that way.

“I think it’s very offensive and really that shouldn’t have happened,” Timberlake said. “There are other characters they could have dressed up and put a straitjacket other than the President of this country,”

Administrators of the hospital agree releasing a statement saying “no matter who the president is they deserve respect and honor.”

WTF? Did I wake up in North Korea this morning? Since when are we obligated to respect and honor any president?

I can remember every president since JFK. As a kid we had a record of some guy impersonating Kennedy’s Massachusetts accent for laughs. I watched The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour and Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In, both of which regularly lampooned LBJ and Nixon. Doonesbury started under Nixon, and G.B. Trudeau won a Pulitzer Prize in part because of his mocking of Nixon.

I can remember Rich Little impersonating Nixon. I remember Chevy Chase playing a bumbling Gerald Ford on SNL. I can’t remember how many times I saw Johnny Carson poking fun at presidents. Halloween masks of presidents are always big sellers. Every single president in my lifetime has been mocked, jeered and criticized – JFK, LBJ, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush, Clinton, and Bush.

Why should Barack Obama be any different?

I was raised to be polite. If I met any president – past, present or future, living or dead – I would be polite. I would shake his hand (if offered) and call him Mr. President. Of course I would be equally polite with anyone I met.

But the idea that I can’t ever make fun of, belittle, imitate, impersonate, insult, mock, jeer and/or criticize a president is flatly un-American. Presidents, Vice-Presidents, First Ladies, Cabinet members, SCOTUS justices, governors, senators, mayors – every leader is fair game.

I can stand on the steps of the U.S. Capitol and shout “Fuck Barack Obama!” That is one of the things that makes this country great. We are all sovereign citizens and we bow down to nobody.

And that’s how we roll.

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82 Responses to Thou Shalt Not Disrespect Teh Precious!

  1. Honkety honk honk HONK!

  2. 1539days says:

    Remember all the ginned up controversy over Fred Armisen playing Barack Obama on SNL? Apparently, it was far too offensive for a (mixed race) white guy to play a half-white “black” president. When Chevy Chase played Ford, he didn’t use any special make-up or affect any voice style. The assumption was that everyone knew it was Ford because he fell down at least once in every skit.

  3. driguana says:

    Yes, it is amazing how fearful everyone has become to speak out. If you do, you are branded an extremist. Truly amazing that people who want less government, lower taxes and adherence to the Constitution are branded Nazis, racists and haters. Beyond my comprehension! There is definitely a fear factor rising in this country….in fact all over the world. The world in many respects, this being one, has gone crazy.
    One supposes that the only solution is safety in numbers, speaking out boldly as Ben Carson did and bringing more and more voices together in strength…..kinda like Red Dawn. I do not like Obama, I do not respect him but as you say will always be polite. But let’s face it…Obama is not a leader, he is not an effective policy maker, he does not bring disparate people together, he is not a good speaker, he distorts factual information….those are not mean spirited barbs… is the truth.

    • 1539days says:

      The other side of that is Obama rarely puts people in a place to show him respect. If you are prone to disagree with him, his supporters make you show fealty and subservience. Republicans are not crashing the website, they are exploiting the loopholes of a poorly written law, often to save states (and the federal budget) a lot of money. It is unreasonable to expect the GOP to change their minds on a law they voted against, especially when it is an epic failure.

    • Constance says:

      BUT Obama is a really good puppet. Exactly who pulls his strings?

  4. DeniseVB says:

    You might be too young to remember Vaughn Meader’s First Family albums in the early 60’s, it was delicious parody and quite the rage, the tracks even got play time on Top 40 stations.

    I think many of the tracks are on youtube also.

  5. Anthony says:


    • Right up there with “Obama will pay my gas and mortgage.”
      I think divorce rates will rise. Those on the very edge of subsidies may find that their combined incomes will put them over the line. But divorcing may bring the income of at least one spouse down to subsidy level.

  6. DeniseVB says:

    Remember Madtv ? It was cancelled right after BO won his election in 2008 because it had the best Obama impersonator, imho. Here’s a video directed by Heidi Klum and Seal for the show:

  7. DeniseVB says:

    I just found this, Top 5 Prezzy Impersonators …. great history ๐Ÿ˜€

    • elliesmom says:

      I would have put David Frye and Rich Little ahead of a couple of those guys. Frye appeared as Nixon at my school in the spring of 1973. It was a very memorable performance. I have no quarrel with Dana Carvey topping the list, though.

      • DeniseVB says:

        I liked Phil Hartman’s Clinton better too. Will never forget him jogging into a McDonald’s with his SS guys and stealing french fries off the tables …. lol.

        Rich Little as Nixon should be in the Top Ten at least ๐Ÿ™‚ This is fun, great memories!

  8. The Klown says:
    • t says:

      Yep, I liked that article. Hello, dumb politicians. It’s one thing to promote “hope and change”. It’s another thing to tell lies that actually hurt or even destroy people. I guess they figured nobody would ever find out because they tell so many lies that go unquestioned.

      But we on main street have pitchforks, tar and feathers for when you sh**t on us.

    • insanelysane says:

      He has been a liar in my books since 2007. And personally, I didn’t buy into the bullshit. It just makes me despise him more.
      Like Eddie Hascal, a real creep.

  9. angienc says:

    I remember when I was a little girl (8 or 9 years old) my family took a trip to DC & we went to the Smithsonian museums. One — American History — had an exhibit with lots paraphernalia from presidential campaigns — “I Like Ike” buttons, etc. Much of it was cartoony & a lot was the “opposition” stuff, especially the Nixon & LBJ stuff re: Vietnam, but there was also Carter as Mr. Peanut, etc.

    Right next to us as we viewed the exhibit was this Asian guy (I was too young to pay more attention than that) who was literally mouth agape, gasping, etc. the entire time. He kept laughing & saying “I can’t believe Americans make fun of their political leaders this way.” (paraphrasing — it was a long time ago). He was genuinely shocked/stunned.

    Afterward, I asked my dad why that guy was in such disbelief & he told me: Here in America we’re allowed to make fun and criticize our political leaders. In other parts of the world, they can’t do that. That difference is what makes America great.

    • DeniseVB says:

      Whenever I visit DC, the American History museum is a must stop, I love the political and Presidential displays, especially the Hall of the First Ladies’ inaugural gowns where there’s always a rope line wait to get in ๐Ÿ˜€ Michelle’s 1st inaugural gown looks more like the chenille bedspread in person as it did on t.v. Everybody seemed to hold their feet up to her shoes and giggle. Guess we would have been shot in N.Korea… That and the other museums would take a month to see everything. Smithsonian does good !

  10. lyn says:

    If I were walking on a street and saw Obama, I’d hold my purse tight and run away.

    • insanelysane says:

      Just like Bronco’s whitey grandma.

      • lyn says:

        Those were Backtrack’s words when he spoke after the Zimmerman verdict and what his experience was like being a black man in America.

    • DeniseVB says:

      Even when they shut down Times Square on a busy Sat night so the Obamas can see a play, it was impossible to SEE them. Blocks were closed down tight and even if you’re near the travel route, The Beast’s windows are too dark and it’s flying by so fast, it’s a blur, you couldn’t even hit it with your purse …. lol.

  11. The Klown says:

    This here is what you call a “two-fer”:

  12. insanelysane says:

    Robert Reich has an Op-ed in the SF Chronicle that puts Obamacare in perspective. Pointing out how it was/is the Republicans dream reform. It is/was their plan and Democrats HATED IT and KILLED it when Nixon tried to get it passed and again when Hillarycare was being promoted. That POS insurance mandate was trotted out by Bob Dole.

    But , now, with the Messiah hand delivering it to the Dems, they love it. It’s the answer to all our problems.

    What utter hypocrisy.

    • angienc says:

      Trying to blame the GOP for this shit just because a righty “think tank” came up with the idea isn’t putting things in “perspective” — it’s rationalizing it and trying to deflect blame for a POS law that “passed” due to trickery in the middle of the night without ONE REPUBLICAN VOTE. Only a fool would buy it.

      • insanelysane says:

        My point was that the Dem hated the ideas in Ocare when it was promoted by Republicans. That is what makes me digusted.

        Just like Guantanamo was a major Bush hate fest, but now with Bronco having done nothing re” Guantanamo, there is not a peep from the Democrats.

        Actually I find both sides repulsive

    • 1539days says:

      An individual mandate is actually capable of creating “universal” health care. In Massachusetts, the participation rate is over 98%. Almost everyone has health insurance there. What the ACA is doing is trying to fund socialized medicine at the individual level.

      Insurance companies know exactly how much medical care costs, who uses it and how much they need to charge for it to satisfy their business model. Some states mandate that insurers spend 80% of all plan premiums on money going directly to patient care. They calculate for that, too. They would actually be quite capable of figuring out how much everyone would have to pay to cover the way people use health care in order to pay for everyone.

      Under socialized medicine, there are two important numbers. One is how much money comes in from taxes and how much goes out in medical expenses (plus administration). There’s never enough money coming in and there’s always too much going out. In most cases, countries with socialized medicine split the difference. They levy taxes from multiple sources and they set limits on the amounts and types of care available (what Sarah Palin calls death panels).

      The United States has the best and most expensive health care in the world. When the UN says our health care isn’t the best, it’s because cheapness is their primary metric. It is not, however, universal. I just wonder if it will even be available after Obamacare is done with medicine.

      • elliesmom says:

        Health insurance in MA is very expensive, though. Even after the part that my husband’s former employer employer paid, which is by far the lion’s share, we paid close to $12,000 a year. It’s great insurance, and we have certainly used our share of it with our son’s cancer treatment and my husband’s chronic conditions. We are also grateful they continue to insure us after retirement. But the 98% coverage doesn’t come cheap. And people on MassCare, our version of Medicaid, have limited options on where they can go for treatment. My own primary care physician is not accepting any more Medicaid or MediCare patients. She won’t drop any current patients who become eligible, but she can’t survive financially unless she controls the mix. The sticker shock has passed here, and expensive health insurance has become the new normal, but that doesn’t make it easier for everyone to afford it.

      • insanelysane says:

        80% Insurance allocation mandate leaves
        20% as their profits.

        I’ve read that Medicare is administered with 3% of the total.
        So, Given big Ins is more efficient than Government, Their admin. costs could be 2% which leave 18% allowed to be removed for Profits instead of ACTUAL HEALTHCARE.

        That 18 % is my gripe. Get profits out of the system.

        • elliesmom says:

          When we buy insurance, no matter what kind, we are paying someone else to assume our risk for us. The greater the risk, the higher the potential payoff needs to be, or no one would be interested in assuming the risk. When the government agrees to pay for something, there’s no risk. If it pays out more than it takes in, it just borrows or taxes more. Nothing the government has done in the past has convinced me I want it to be dictating my health care, and no company is going to take on the level of risk involved in insuring for medical costs for a 3% profit margin.

        • insanelysane says:

          Medicare for all.
          In when you are born…out when you die.

          My Individual health Insurance is over $12,000 a year. $2,160 of that goes to pay CEO bonuses and dividends to stockholders.

          There is no reason for anyone to make a profit on Healthcare insurance.

          I trust the Government when it comes to Medicare. I can’t wait until I am eligible. Everyone I know on Medicare is well pleased by the program.
          No profits in that system.

          The Big Insurance companies are raking in millions for their own profits. That’s obscene.

        • 1539days says:

          Medicare uses the existing health insurance structure to process claims. It spends 3% more than other health insurance companies. Does it really make sense that employees working for teh government would be cheaper than private sector employees working for insurance companies?

          Medicare also pays out less than any other insurance company to doctors and hospitals. They take Medicare patients because there are so many of them, but if they had to take the kind of lousy payouts Medicare for all would offer, doctors would be quitting the business left and right.

        • John Denney says:

          20% is not profits; 20% is what the company has left to pay employees, taxes, lights, office space cost, auditors, computer maintenance, and depreciation of capital equipment. What’s left from that is profits.

          But if you still think they’re so bad, start a non-profit insurance company yourself. Undercut their prices and put them out of business, while being a hero to those they oppress.

        • t says:

          To the poster who says the 20% isn’t profit….And all you have to do to make sure that 20% grows and grows is to create a bigger pie. And that’s what Obamacare has done. It has created a gigantic pie. 20% of a huge pie definitely funds a lot of light and water bills and ensures some folks get exceedingly rich.

          The barriers to entry are too huge for a common person to enter the insurance industry.

        • John Denney says:

          t, There’s a real “can-do” attitude. What barriers?

  13. helenk3 says:

    the silence of the left

    there are some really interesting tidbits in this article.
    mooch and her friend and their college activities

  14. helenk3 says:

    Va democrat calls for forcing doctors to accept medicare and medicaid patients

    anybody remember when democrats believed in freedom?

    • elliesmom says:

      What they can’t do is force doctors to practice medicine. When you can’t meet your expenses because the government doesn’t pay enough for Medicaid and Medicare patients, you do what any failing small business does, you go bankrupt. I worked for a large school system that decided they were going to move teachers to different schools in the interest of making all schools equally mediocre. Some teachers were delighted with their new assignments, but others weren’t, and they found jobs elsewhere. Unfortunately, those that left were mostly the best teachers the school system had. It was a great plan on paper.

      • underwhelmed says:

        Of course they can. They will pass a law making it illegal for doctors not to practice. And if Congress doesn’t agree, Obama will simply do it by executive action. Guys, you are on the brink of becoming a fascist state. Yes, Obama is terrible, but he has a seemingly inexhaustible supply of people in power around him willing to do the heavy lifting, and a media which is no longer a watchdog, but a rottweiler for the guy with the gun and the whip. Honest to God, I don’t know what it’s going to take for the people of the US to wake up and understand what’s at stake here.

        • lyn says:

          Honk! If Obamacare won’t wake up Americans, I don’t know what will. The NSA spying and Obama’s outright lying haven’t produced much outrage. Any other non-Obama president would have been impeached by now.

        • DeniseVB says:

          I agree. Gotta get people past the bullies calling them a racist I suppose. I’m beyond it, nothing hurts my feelings after being a Democrat attacked by her own party with some vile sh*t. ๐Ÿ˜€

  15. helenk3 says:

    now this should get interesting

    Tea Party to protest backtrack-McAuliffe rally

  16. Constance says:

    Nice post but I’m pretty sure the First amendment means the most violent pornographic degradation of women is acceptable and actually noble but it was never intended to allow male political figures (especially Progressive males) to be made fun of, belittled, imitated, impersonated, insulted, mocked, jeered and/or criticized.

    • The Klown says:

      The Constitution doesn’t differentiate between good and bad speech. As Larry Flynt put it, “If the First Amendment will protect a scumbag like me, it will protect all of you.

  17. helenk3 says:

    benghazi whistleblower says he was smeared

    well the backtrack bunch left 4 people die without sending help. smearing someone for telling the truth would not be beyond them

  18. helenk3 says:

    4 legal arguments why obamacare is a bad law and ought to be overturned

  19. DeniseVB says:

    Key and Peele get Obama ๐Ÿ™‚ BTW, Key, who plays Luthur the anger translator, was the Obama in the Madtv music video above …..

  20. The Klown says:

    If Mitt has any dirt on Christie he ain’t dishing it out:

  21. The Klown says:

    Is it just me or does anyone else accidentally leave out words when they type comments? I think in complete sentences but my fingers skip stuff sometimes.

  22. helenk3 says:

    a must read article by a Medal of Honor recipient

    a helpless military just what backtrack ordered

  23. helenk3 says:

    does anyone know if the sales of TV sets has gone up since October 1st?
    listening the the squiggling and squirm and flat out lie over obamacare makes one want to throw something at the TV

    that arrogant, ignorant a$$ ez emanuel is on TV now I want to smack him silly

  24. Lulu says:

    Broncobama hits 40% approval in Gallup. 53% disapproval. So 7% are transitioning or have no opinion. But the Republicans are ruined because of the shutdown. Ahem.

    • 1539days says:

      Also, factor in that most of the 12% of the African American population still supports Obama. They never supported Bush, so among the non-Black population, Obama is already less popular than Bush.

      • Lulu says:

        These numbers are inflated. The WH has been on Gallup’s butts so I think their numbers are 3-4 points too high in approval and about the same too low in disapproval.

        I think the WH political operation knew that there would be a dip in the approvals but the timing was thrown off. I think they thought that the web site would allow them to pimp the “benefits” of Obamacare, expanded Medicaid, subsidies, decreased premiums in some high price states, etc before the cancellations (which I think were timed to go out after the rollout of the website with the collusion of the health insurers and are quite late this year but legally required before going into effect) notice letters were sent out. They counted on the media carrying their water with happy stories from the website to balance out the horror and fury of the public getting reamed. Timing is everything in politics and con jobs. Broncobama, the absent president, bungled it and left the insurers with only bad news and blame.

        • 1539days says:

          What really hurt them was their main line of defense, the professional bloggers, were getting their cancellation notices sooner and saw how much they were gonna get socked on the exchanges.

    • DeniseVB says:

      The Republicans have to realize they can’t stand up to Obama unless they have a spine. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Constance says:

      I finally heard Scott Brown say today that there was no reason for the shut down because one of the first bills passed to end it funded everything but had a delay in enforcing the individual mandate. It is now obvious a delay was very much needed and anyone involved with the disaster of Obama care implementation had to have known that. So why did Dems shut down the government?

      • jeffhas says:

        See – this is what the Repubs need to hammer home about the shutdown.

        It made good sense to shutdown for a delay – hell, everybody’s screaming for a delay now! – this could turn ‘Das Shutdown’ narrative around.

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