Phony as a $3 Bill


Remember the collective media “SQUEEEEE!!!” when Barack Obama spontaneously began singing “Amazing Grace” at that funeral?


The Story Behind President Obama Singing ‘Amazing Grace’ at Charleston Funeral

President Obama’s singing of “Amazing Grace” during the eulogy for Rev. Clementa Pinckney, who was killed last month in a shooting at a Charleston church, has been widely acknowledged as one of the most powerful moments of his presidency.

But when he first raised the idea with first lady Michelle Obama and senior adviser Valerie Jarrett, it was met with skepticism.

“Why on earth would that fit in?” the first lady said in reaction to the idea, according to Jarrett, who was with the Obamas as they departed the White House aboard Marine One on their way to the funeral in South Carolina.

Jarrett, who had once before tried unsuccessfully to dissuade the president from signing a line of Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together,” had a more subdued reaction. “Hmmm,” Jarrett reacted.

The president went on to explain his thinking to Jarrett and the first lady, who had yet to read the president’s prepared eulogy, during the helicopter ride.

“I think if I sing, the church will sing with me,” Obama said, according to Jarrett, who recalled the story during a question answer session at the Aspen Institute’s Ideas Festival.

But even then, President Obama hadn’t made his mind up whether he would in fact sing.

“I don’t know whether I’m going to do it, but I just wanted to warn you two that I might sing,” Jarett recalled him saying. “We’ll see how it feels at the time.”

But as soon as the president took to podium to begin the eulogy, Jarrett said, it was clear the mood was right.

“From the first time he started to speak, the church was clearly with him,” Jarrett said. “He knew they were with him.”

Before the president began to sing, Jarrett observed that the president paused for a moment. And she later asked him, “Were you thinking about whether or not you were going to sing?”

“Oh no, I knew I was going to sing, I was just trying to figure out what key to sing in,” the president said in response to Jarrett.

Once you learn to fake sincerity, the rest is easy.


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103 Responses to Phony as a $3 Bill

  1. Myiq2xu says:

    My life experiences have made me allergic to emotional manipulation. Maybe that’s why I never liked Obama.

  2. piper says:

    Nauseating – retreating to throne room for a respite.

  3. votermom says:

    I knew it. I could tell by the expression on his fave when he started singing. He’s such a vain vain person.

  4. helenk3 says:

    only in NY could you make money off this and not be a porn star

  5. Myiq2xu says:

    Remember the Obama Youth training camps?

    One day in May, operatives from a Washington-based super PAC gathered New Hampshire mayors, state representatives and local politicos at St. Anselm College for a day of training.

    They rehearsed their personal tales of how they met Hillary Rodham Clinton and why they support her for president. They sharpened their defenses of her record as secretary of state. They scripted their arguments for why the Democratic front-runner has been “a lifetime champion of income opportunity.” And they polished their on-camera presentations in a series of mock interviews.

    The objective of the sessions: to nurture a seemingly grass roots echo chamber of Clinton supporters reading from the same script across the communities that dot New Hampshire, a critical state that hosts the nation’s first presidential primary.

    The super PAC, called Correct the Record, convened similar talking-point tutorials and media-training classes in May and June in three other early voting states — Iowa, South Carolina and Nevada — as well as sessions earlier this spring in California.

  6. DeniseVB says:

    Meanwhile, my newsfeeds are filled with squirrels today….Cosby, Jared from Subway for starters, now…..

    BTW Bobby, “Ricky” was Cuban, not a Cuban Cigar.

    • swanspirit says:

      That was absolutely delicious…. I will watch it again… I love that they used the msnbc hacks … wonderful !!!

    • DeniseVB says:

      I’m still Walker/Cruz, but don’t want Trump to shut up ! Go EVERYBODY, rah! 🙂

    • Constance says:

      Well done and well put!

    • Jeffhas says:

      He is going to STOMP on every front runner when that ad gets loose and he announces. He has great people running his campaign.

    • 1539days says:

      I think Walker must have snagged the guy who made Tim Pawlenty’s ads from 2011.

    • lildoggy4u says:

      Mr very best friends in the world live in Wisconsin. They don’t really follow politics but watch MSNBC every morning. Hello Mika. They just announced to me that they hate Hillary, love Bernie Sanders, hate Walker with a passion and thin Obama is the greatest President that ever was. Its kinda funny because they struggled in Wisconsin for years. Now jobs are plentiful and they are doing very well. They dismiss Walker as being in any way helpful attributing their success to Obama.

  7. swanspirit says:

    Of course it was rehearsed… he is such a narcissist, he has to tell every detail of his so precious life. He could not even let his cult followers remain deluded as to his spontaneous singing. And they will lap up this slop like hungry pigs. Next , his faithful will be calling for him to sing at speaking events, mark my words LOL….

    • leslie says:

      Maybe he can do weddings and Bar Mitzvahs after he leaves the WH. (Fortunately, we don’t expect either of those, so I’m safe.)

  8. Dora says:

    Come on now. Quiet down. Don’t you say anything bad about the government. Oh brother!

    Hillary Clinton Warns People Not To “Diss The Government”…

    • swanspirit says:

      I am having serious doubts about the mental health of one Hillary Rodham Clinton. Serious serious doubts. Clinical , the woman had a brain problem after she had that blood clot doubts. Something is way off with her, and the person who ran for office in 2008.

      • lyn says:


      • DeniseVB says:

        Let me translate your concerns swan…I’m Hills age and I approve your message🙂 Hill 2008 was doable. So I can’t be ageist or misogynist when I say, HRC blew ’08, blew SoS, I really want her to go away. She’s dumber now than the left accused Sarah Palin being in ’08. I don’t get it.

        • Lulu says:

          Maybe she is playing to her audience. But I agree something is off with her.

          • lildoggy4u says:

            You have to remember she has hired Obama’s campaign folks. The same people who hated her and said it out loud. Do you really think they are gonna let her look anything other than the fool except for her to keep praising Obama? Its unfortunate, but she will never criticize another democrat. I don’t know how she expects to appeal to Independent voters this cycle. She better hurry and find her own voice again like she did in New Hampshire 2008.

      • 1539days says:

        I think Hillary was always this bad at campaigning. She “won” her Senate seat because all the other Democrats who wanted to run dropped out. She got SOS in the Obema White House as a consolation prize and to make her invested in his regime. She’s a lot like George H. W. Bush, who got appointed a lot more than he ever got elected.

  9. DeniseVB says:

    Probably one of the greatest rants I’ve read since Obama took office in 2008. And yes, it’s On Topic !!! (I love when my planets align).

    • swanspirit says:

      Wow, that was pretty awesome, and spot on. The loss of that child was a tragedy that shouldn’t have happened. if the left actually cared about black lives, they would notice, but they won’t.

  10. Myiq2xu says:

  11. Lulu says:

    Rubio is on Cavuto this afternoon. He is seriously flummoxed by Trump. He tried to say visa overstays are the most serious immigration problem. Ugh, I don’t think that is going to wash. Visa overstays at least applied for some kind of paperwork instead of just border hopping. Are they getting picked up for drug dealing, murder, and sex abuse daily? Maybe but not after being deported four, five or six times.

    • Myiq2xu says:

      I don’t trust either party on immigration.

    • Myiq2xu says:
      • 49erDweet says:

        GarBÁGE!!!!! He should know better than that! Cross Rubio off the list! He’s either lying or conniving.

        • Lulu says:

          I think Rubio has an aneurism whenever he hears Trump. He just looses his shit. When Cruz is asked about Trump he tries to hide his shit eating grin. Trump diverted the spit spewing mob from Cruz so he can go into the debates with The Donald as the target since they have trouble multi-tasking.

          • 49erDweet says:

            Yeah, I think a really good politician, like a commenter on TCH, needs to be able to laugh at one’s self and have a sense humor, and Marco may need some seasoning with that. Trump, Fiorina and Cruz have that part nailed.

        • piper says:

          Crossed him out from almost the start – something about him being one of the immigration gang of 8.

          • lizzy says:

            He has the Brylcream look. Just a little dab’ll do ya. I can’t take him seriously. I agree with you about the gang of eight. Do reform in small manageable steps not a 2,000 page bill hiding dead alligators and live crocodiles/ Anyone who goes on about the “dreamers”
            gets an immediate boot from my list. Close the border immediately. I liked the mine field idea.

    • 1539days says:

      We have a lot of Visa overstays because the whole immigration system sucks, but at least those people had legitimate IDs at some point.

  12. helenk3 says:

    the ” custom agent” just called me back to see if I went to the post office yet. I told him that I had to wait for my son as I did not drive and it was getting to almost 5pm and it would have to be tomorrow. He is going to have to push back the delivery date for my big prize. The reason no one knows about the canadian embassy in Vinton Va is because they have so many things of value there they are afraid of robbery. the same reason I should not tell any body about the date of delivery for my prize.

    and I am 21 years old and look like Linda Darnell

  13. Myiq2xu says:

  14. mothy67 says:

    Why not take a moment and give an exwife of the Klown a shot. I think there are so many here that see this song as about kids.

  15. DandyTIger says:

    President Obama’s singing of “Amazing Grace” during the eulogy for Rev. Clementa Pinckney, who was killed last month in a shooting at a Charleston church, has been widely acknowledged as one of the most powerful moments of his presidency.

    The “one of the most powerful moments of his presidency” bit kind of says it all. If after 7 years, him singing at a funeral is one of his most powerful moments, he kind of sucks as a president. Not that we didn’t know that.

    • lyn says:

      LOL. Read between the lines, suckers!

    • swanspirit says:

      They don’t get it, and he doesn’t get it. They swoon and say OH he was so spontaneous !! and swoon
      He comes out and says ” I planned my spontaneity” and they all swoon again.

    • lizzy says:

      Obama as singer “Epic Fail” Obama as president “Catastrophic Fail.” Does the race baiting house of cards fail this week or next. Greece is bankrupt and China is circling the drain from their own real estate problems. Who’s giving odds on O’S timing?

  16. votermom says:

    Via Ace

    • swanspirit says:

      Of course she did, this entire administration belongs in jail, but it won’t happen. No wonder she was so smug during the hearings.

    • DeniseVB says:

      And wnere was Freedomworks? The craptastic hijackers of the tea party, then disappeared when the IRS shut the locals down? Oh don’t get me started…

  17. Myiq2xu says:

  18. helenk3 says:

    backtrack bunch instructs allies to lean on jewish community to force iran deal

  19. Awwww, a dynamic duo of reporters posted a scathing critique of Amy Schumer’s humor this morning on the WaPo. Yes, it took two and the grammar was still horrific. Because…

    As it turns out, one of them is a black separatist academic with an alleged PhD (and who hasn’t seen THAT before, riiiight?) who basically accused Amy Schumer of being racist. They also actually wrote that A joke is considered benign especially when told by a supposed white liberal feminist.

    Also, this: Yet nobody wants to take responsibility for spewing rhetoric that breeds the fear that results in soaring gun purchases, that “inspires” monsters like Dylann Roof to craft a manifesto with deadly consequences.

    This left the Internet wondering if Ms. Schumer is supposedly white, supposedly liberal, or supposedly feminist, and where she was when Dylann Roof decided to walk into that church.

    In a completely unintended (and yet not unforeseen) consequence, the left & the right united with a collective WTF?

    The domino affect being what it is, the PhD in question responded on Twitter by accusing people of having micropenises. A lot of background research and a complete analysis of the PhD’s Twitter feed ensued. There was some pushing back and forth and then the Law of Walking Cliches was invoked. Result?

    Another black woman on Twitter with a protected account after a verbal scuffle.

    Pass the popcorn…

    • leslie says:

      Don’t forget @MonaB2010 who threatened CJ causing him to terminate his twitter account, and has banned almost everyone. They are sooooo special.

      • Right. That’s what I was alluding to by “another.”

        This comment from the original WaPo article cracked me UP.

        So don’t watch her. It’s called shock comedy. Put away your lesbian rage poetry and take some tips from someone in the English department who knows something about criticism.

    • swanspirit says:

      This is popcorn worthy…

      When Amy Schumer killed those people in South Carolina?

      There is a discussion to be had about the presence of racial humor and the impact it has, but preferably it will be done by people who understand the concepts of self-deprecating humor, satire, and comedic critiques about perceptions of race in America. Which means that discussion won’t be supervised by these two.

      I hope someone warns Key & Peele, because they are going to be next at this rate.

    • DandyTIger says:

      Hahahaha. Making more popcorn.

    • Mt.Laurel says:

      Those alleged PhDs are ubiquitous in the DC area. They are special degrees for special snowflakes who need to justify the jobs they manage to secure via connections and/or checking the right boxes. Degrees obtained faster than a speeding bullet and the holders make sure to include those little letters in absolutely everything. I have even seen their PhD credentials included on birthday cards for lowly staff and insist on being called “Doctor”. Stacey fits right in with this particular subsection.

  20. helenk3 says:

    now i am really angry. just talked to the Orlando police about the custom agent scam. Will not even take a report because I am not a victim. I did not send money. How do you stop them if the police can not be bothered?

    • swanspirit says:

      Maybe you should call the post office about it, they have some pretty strict regulations.

      • helenk3 says:

        going there tomorrow

      • smile says:

        You might try the FBI and the Royal Canadian Police. I watched a scam similar to this being investigated and the RCP definitely were involved and I think the FBI too. Good luck!

    • Myiq2xu says:

      If he calls again, just tell him “I’m glad you called! There is a police detective here who wants to talk to you!”

    • leslie says:

      Call the State’s Attorney’s office. At least that is what all the PSAs say to do here.

  21. DeniseVB says:

    I have to go to bed now, gottta be up at 3 to take the hubby to an early drop at the airport, meanwhile…enjoy….

  22. Myiq2xu says:
    • Lulu says:

      Do they simply not get it? They are supposed to break their neck or stay on the other side. Do they want foam mattresses laid out for them? Trampolines? Ambulances waiting? Orthopedic surgeons waiting with their arms held out. Maybe personal injury lawyers? Or do they expect a parade in welcome in SF. I would like to see a psycho-analysis of the people who do this and the idiots here who think this is terrible. A fence says do not enter and those who can’t comprehend have mental problems or are learning disabled.

  23. Dora says:

    Sweet Mother of Hades, The Gun Used By Illegal In San Francisco Belonged To A “Federal Agent”…

    Good grief, could this flippin’ preventable murder get any more bizarre? First we learn Kate Steinle was randomly shot by an illegal alien. Then we learn ICE had requested notification of his release, which the Sheriff’s Department ignored. Then the illegal alien claimed he shot Ms. Steinle accidentally while trying to shoot a sea lion (a position he has since modified). Now it comes out the gun he used actually belonged to a “federal agent”.

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