Boy, we dodged what could have been a pretty embarrassing moment tonight, and this is a good example of why we rehearse these things. We went through Big Boy's opening statement - using me - and it ran about two minutes, 30 seconds, which in my opinion is way too short. This the "Obama Show" not the "Question Show" after all (I'm still fighting with Gibbsy over whether I'll be used tonight or not, btw).
Then we had the reporters start asking their questions. It was a slow process, because they just got them this morning, and they were reading them off the file cards trying to make them sound like they were just asking them off the top of their heads. So David Gregory asks about whether Big Guy likes the 90% tax.
"Yes," says The Boss. "Yes I do. Uh, Americans earn much too much compared, say, to, uh, the Venezuelans or the Chinese. We must make our economy competitive with our fellow citizens of the world. I am confident that a 90% tax on income will get us there."
Gibbsy stopped the rehearsal right then and there and clarified for The Boss that it wasn't a 90% tax on income, only on AIG retention bonuses. Everyone in the room seemed disappointed when they heard that.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Whew, That Was Close
Posted by TOTUS at 9:30 AM
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So Totus, I noticed your still on "left-coast" time. Did you decide to take in Disney Land or what? Do you have a "stand-in" when you're on vacation?ReplyDelete
You know what might help Big Boy out tonight? His gym outfit. You know the one - tee shirt tucked into the sweatpants, honky style. That ought to distract those "journalists" from "asking" those tough "questions."
Ah er um.....anyone up for Global Bail Out.ReplyDelete
Clear your screens TOTUS this one is going to be long winded.
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That was close one TOTUS...almost as big was his chat with Joe the Plumber! The reporters need to study their lines too.ReplyDelete
TOTUS. Question. Will cap and trade effect the Big Boy's use of you? I'd hate to see you fall victim to it. :(ReplyDelete
TOTUS......I've noticed you call your boss "Big Boy". I have since used the term "BlackBerry Boy" and I'm starting to think.............I'm not sure about the "boy" stuff.....hhhmmmmmm................ReplyDelete
Looking forward to tonight! Hope to see you there.ReplyDelete
It is a shame that he shows his real colors like that, especially in front of others.ReplyDelete
“Dead Fish,” Axe, and Gibbsy better get a handle on that on the whole Manchurian game will be over before 2010.
This is such an interesting idea... Witty discussion of presidential public affairs through the lens of "teleprompter 1." Who are you? Hmmm...ReplyDelete
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TOTUS - I'm not sure if Big Boy and Toes are being totally honest with you. Have you noticed the installation of a picture window in the back of the press room? It's a mega teleprompter with scroll visible only through special POTUS contact lenses. It's the only way Big Boy could possibly manage without you. Keep up the good deeds.ReplyDelete
File Cards? Are you serious TOTUS? Teleprompter for everyone!ReplyDelete
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Don't worry about Big Boy, without you he talks like Ken Pile from the movie A Fish Called WandaReplyDelete
Regulators should be able to safeguard the entire financial system as well as monitor the health of specific institutions, Geithner said. This oversight should cover “all institutions and markets that could pose systemic risk” he said, according to the excerpts.
all institutions? Could you elaborate, please, reader of the free world?
TOTUS have you read this one yet?ReplyDelete
Gaza Refugees that nobody else wants.
By executive order, President Barack Obama has ordered the expenditure of $20.3 million in migration assistance to the Palestinians. Egypt won't take them. Jordan won't take them. Syria won't take them. Saudi Arabia won't take them. SNOPES says it is just to release aid money to Gaza. It is published at White House Gov.
Tuesday, January 27th, 2009 at 12:00 am
Unexpected Urgent Refugee and Migration Needs Related to Gaza
MEMORANDUM FOR THE SECRETARY OF STATE
SUBJECT: Unexpected Urgent Refugee and Migration Needs Related to Gaza
By the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, including section 2(c)(1) of the Migration and Refugee Assistance Act of 1962 (the "Act"), as amended (22 U.S.C. 2601), I hereby determine, pursuant to section 2(c)(1) of the Act, that it is important to the national interest to furnish assistance under the Act in an amount not to exceed $20.3 million from the United States Emergency Refugee and Migration Assistance Fund for the purpose of meeting unexpected and urgent refugee and migration needs, including by contributions to international, governmental, and nongovernmental organizations and payment of administrative expenses of the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration of the Department of State, related to humanitarian needs of Palestinian refugees and conflict victims in Gaza.
You are authorized and directed to publish this memorandum in the Federal Register.
THE WHITE HOUSE,
January 27, 2009
Are we importing suicide bombers?
TOTUS is probably busy rehearsing right now. I would venture to guess that the meaning of "all institutions" will be defined after the legislation has passed. Big Boy does not have time for details and specifics right now don't you understand?ReplyDelete
If we had 'details and specifics' Big Boy wouldn't need these public appearances. Beside, he's cutting into my 'American Idol' time, dammit! (Maybe he could break into song?)ReplyDelete
Is it true the best way to hide something is in plain sight? Oh the things you must witness coming across your screen. Nuance this one for me TOTUS. It's so much better when you tell it;)
Funny you should mention American Idol. I think Big Boy is working to schedule an appearance. Well at least he is working on something. You will be able to have your cake and eat it too!ReplyDelete
TOTUS you're under attack!
TOTUS...if Big Boy were to schedule an appearance during SURVIVOR, could we vote him off?ReplyDelete
Can you set that up?
I, er, um, like suggest that you figure out a way to like throw your um voice, you know, like a ventriloquist. Think about the fun you could have calling on random reporters and the looks on hopey and gibbs faces.
TOTUS - surely there won't be anything random about this press conference. It's scripted right? We can't take any chances with Big Boy's persona.ReplyDelete
Hey, TOTUS, what will happen to you when they finish the computer in the podium project? Will you be eligible for unemployment?ReplyDelete
TOTUS, I just saw the pick when you played that prank on Big Boy and made him pick his nose!!!!! Awesome!!ReplyDelete
TOTUS - sounds like you might be burnt toastus once this podium project is complete. On the bright side, unemployment benefits maybe perpetual if the Big Boy gets his way.ReplyDelete
Tonight you will see a stark contrast between Obama and Bush. More complete sentences will be used tonight than in the past 8 years! I've never see such envy in my life.ReplyDelete
Al Gore told me you will soon be replaced by cue cards --- global warming and stuff. If we don't do something about it RIGHT NOW the world will be devoured by giant snakes or something
Since Al Gore is the smartest man ever, ever I'm sure Big Boy will understand.
You seem to have played a "bigger" role last night. good for you.ReplyDelete
Will you be eligible for unemployment?
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