July 31, 2011

Presidential Cinematography
— rdbrewer

Look at this photo. They tried to make Obama seem bigger by placing the camera very low and using a wide angle lens with the camera moved in closer. This has the effect of making the background recede behind him more sharply. Things closer to the camera appear larger. That's also a problem, though, as mere fractions of an inch count for a lot. Notice how large the podium appears. It's enormous. It looks like the podium is the most important thing. And look at his hand. His hand is just a few inches closer to the lens, yet it appears larger than his head.

This shot is the visual equivalent of the infamous Newt Gingrich press release:

The literati sent out their minions to do their bidding. Washington cannot tolerate threats from outsiders who might disrupt their comfortable world. The firefight started when the cowardly sensed weakness. They fired timidly at first, then the sheep not wanting to be dropped from the establishment's cocktail party invite list unloaded their entire clip . . . .

For this shot to work, they needed to construct a small podium just for the occasion. Also, with all the visual hocus pocus going on, the touch of moving the camera down somewhere around his belly button was way over the top. Flat-out stupid, really. Finally, they needed to tell him to keep his hands down. Instead, they wound up with a kitschy, distorted-looking mess, like a shot you'd see in a horror film--a shot of the monster.

Below the fold, John Lithgow's dramatic reading of the Gingrich press release.

And for the fun of it, here is the comic strip version of the Gingrich press release.

Added: Note that the photo is taken from video of the speech. It's the actual shot they put on TV.

Posted by: rdbrewer at 10:08 AM | Comments (186)
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1 Excellent fiddle concert. Too bad about all the fires.

Posted by: sifty at July 31, 2011 10:10 AM (ECjvn)

2 When your president seems small, change lenses!

Posted by: rdbrewer at July 31, 2011 10:12 AM (e7G9N)

3 At least now we know why he has such big nostrils.

Posted by: rogerb at July 31, 2011 10:14 AM (eRsuw)

4 See today's Dilbert for up to date analysis of the situation.

Posted by: Hrothgar at July 31, 2011 10:15 AM (yrGif)

5 Need I say it? Racist.

Posted by: blaster at July 31, 2011 10:15 AM (Fw2Gg)

6 Why does everyone in the Obama Admin. look like multi-colored Sleestak.

Posted by: Oldsailors poet at July 31, 2011 10:16 AM (ZDUD4)

7 Why does everyone in the Obama Admin. look like multi-colored Sleestak?

All I see are red ones. Maybe the color is going out on my monitor.

Posted by: sifty at July 31, 2011 10:18 AM (ECjvn)

8

Old & Busted:  There are no small roles, only small actors.

New & Fresh:  Cinematography, baby!

Posted by: Count de Monet at July 31, 2011 10:18 AM (4q5tP)

9 Putting things closer to the camera makes them look bigger?  The hell you say!

Posted by: Bill Clinton at July 31, 2011 10:19 AM (Fw2Gg)

10 This can all be explained by the fact that Zero is a puppet.  Frank Oz was under the podium.

Posted by: Cicero at July 31, 2011 10:20 AM (QKKT0)

11 Damn, I wish I knew this earlier...

Posted by: Anthony Weiner at July 31, 2011 10:20 AM (GKQDR)

12 The hand is there on purpose to move the eyes away from those huge ears.

Posted by: davod at July 31, 2011 10:20 AM (C5U9L)

13 Who thought this POS was smart?

Not me.  Any of you?  Charles the Hammer?  The WSJ?

Posted by: Aldo Moro at July 31, 2011 10:21 AM (UqKQV)

Posted by: Anthony Weiner at July 31, 2011 10:22 AM (Fw2Gg)

15

Putting things closer to the camera makes them look bigger?

We gotta check this out!

Posted by: San Fernando Valley Film Industry at July 31, 2011 10:22 AM (4q5tP)

16 They were trying to minimize Chairman Zero's ears.  It takes a lot of work, a lot of planning.

Posted by: I'm in a New York state of mind at July 31, 2011 10:24 AM (4sQwu)

17 Great, you've discovered my secret.

Posted by: Christina Hendricks at July 31, 2011 10:25 AM (Fw2Gg)

18 "Great, you've discovered my secret."

And mine.

Posted by: Anthony Weiner at July 31, 2011 10:27 AM (4sQwu)

19

I'll only be able to listen to this asshat speak if it is in a concession speech

Posted by: Flapjackmaka at July 31, 2011 10:28 AM (kG75t)

20 A presidency that has been aggrandized with smoke and mirrors, oh and cameras too.  You don't say. 

Posted by: runningrn at July 31, 2011 10:28 AM (ihSHD)

21 And mine.

Posted by: Anthony Weiner at July 31, 2011 03:27 PM (4sQwu)

 

OMG I've been #hacked!

Posted by: Anthony Weiner at July 31, 2011 10:28 AM (Fw2Gg)

22 Flapjackmaka, How's it goin my friend!

Posted by: Oldsailors poet at July 31, 2011 10:28 AM (ZDUD4)

23 Nah, I think it's because the dude looks more and more orange. What's with all the make up lately?

Posted by: Ma Bell at July 31, 2011 10:29 AM (vwQq9)

24 23, The KOOLS put deeeeep lines on your face.

Posted by: Oldsailors poet at July 31, 2011 10:30 AM (ZDUD4)

25 You all seem to be jealous of Obama and hi ability to connect with his audience, whether visually or through his soaring rhetoric. Bush had none of these skills, and needed his puppet-masters behind the scenes to manipulate everything. Making fun of Obama because he has lots of press conferences and speaks to the American people more than Bush ever did is your way of mocking a man who can communicate very effectively. You hate him because he is different; he is post-racial, post cold-war, post White America. All of this makes you the footnotes of history, and you hate it. In reality, it is your hatred of Obama; his color, his youth, his exuberance, his ability to talk to people who aren't lily-white and middle class and mowing their lawns.

Guess what? You are in the minority now, WE WON! So stop your obvious racism and be good Americans. Oh, wait, you can't do that because of your black hearts and racist rhetoric and evil thoughts.

How dare you!

Posted by: Lucy'sRabbit (NJProgressive) at July 31, 2011 10:30 AM (LH6ir)

26 25, That's some funny shit right there.

Posted by: Oldsailors poet at July 31, 2011 10:31 AM (ZDUD4)

27 one eyed, one horned, flying purple people eater.....

Posted by: phoenixgirl at July 31, 2011 10:31 AM (eOXTH)

28

Posted by: Anthony Weiner at July 31, 2011 03:22 PM (Fw2Gg)

 

Heh!  I did a big overnight relay out here in the Western Washington last weekend.  There was a team from NYC named "Show us Your Weiner."  All 12 team members ran in hotdog in a bun hats.  Everyone at the finish line was laughing out loud when they came in and their team was announced. 

Posted by: runningrn at July 31, 2011 10:31 AM (ihSHD)

29 You all seem to be jealous of Obama and hi ability to connect with his audience, whether visually or through his soaring rhetoric. Bush had none of these skills, and needed his puppet-masters behind the scenes to manipulate everything. Making fun of Obama because he has lots of press conferences and speaks to the American people more than Bush ever did is your way of mocking a man who can communicate very effectively. You hate him because he is different; he is post-racial, post cold-war, post White America. All of this makes you the footnotes of history, and you hate it. In reality, it is your hatred of Obama; his color, his youth, his exuberance, his ability to talk to people who aren't lily-white and middle class and mowing their lawns.

Guess what? You are in the minority now, WE WON! So stop your obvious racism and be good Americans. Oh, wait, you can't do that because of your black hearts and racist rhetoric and evil thoughts.

How dare you!


I hear a lot of sound coming out of your holes that have nothing to do with you blowing me or getting me a sammich. This disappoints me.

Posted by: sifty at July 31, 2011 10:32 AM (ECjvn)

30 This presidency is the horror show and O-bah-muhh is the monster. Plus his minion of O-bah-muhhZombies.

Posted by: It ain't Hatin' if it's true at July 31, 2011 10:33 AM (0NYZ1)

31 Re #25: It's really sad when you can no longer tell the fake idiot trolls from the real idiot trolls.

Posted by: Gregory of Yardalre at July 31, 2011 10:34 AM (azHfB)

32

Posted by: Lucy'sRabbit (NJProgressive) at July 31, 2011 03:30 PM (LH6ir)

Damn.  I'm convinced.

Posted by: Cicero at July 31, 2011 10:34 AM (QKKT0)

33 #25

Is this Average Joe's Enigma Cipher for Dummies 101 again?

Posted by: sifty at July 31, 2011 10:34 AM (ECjvn)

34 he is post-racial,

Posted by: Lucy'sRabbit (NJProgressive) at July 31, 2011 03:30 PM (LH6ir)

So what race is orange?

Posted by: Ma Bell at July 31, 2011 10:35 AM (vwQq9)

35

Posted by: Lucy'sRabbit (NJProgressive) at July 31, 2011 03:30 PM (LH6ir)

 

(Sniffing)  I was guessing sock, maybe I'm wrong.

Posted by: runningrn at July 31, 2011 10:35 AM (ihSHD)

36 MTV got a very good picture of me.  And that was in the pre-Weiner days!

Posted by: Al Gore at July 31, 2011 10:36 AM (/izg2)

37 How dare you!

Posted by: Lucy'sRabbit (NJProgressive) at July 31, 2011 03:30 PM (LH6ir)


did that hurt to write as much as i think it did?

Posted by: The Great Satan's Ghost at July 31, 2011 10:36 AM (UrPTC)

38 They tried to make Obama seem bigger

He looks faker than ever!

It also looks like he is looking a foot or so over your head instead of at you.
To me he looks like he is trying to ease your complaints while thinking about his next golf outing.

Posted by: Deathknyte at July 31, 2011 10:37 AM (VwUPm)

39 Better solution, fire the bum.

Posted by: uncivil & right at July 31, 2011 10:37 AM (olWQz)

40

In reality, it is your hatred of Obama; his color, his youth, his exuberance, his ability to talk to people who aren't lily-white and middle class and mowing their lawns.

Because, of course, we'd all be totally happy if an old, dumpy, white socialist with a speech impediment were bankrupting the country, running up record debt, and destroying the economy. Barney Frank, for example.

Posted by: Gregory of Yardalre at July 31, 2011 10:37 AM (azHfB)

41 Yuo knwo, Peter Jackson used the same methods for his hobbits.

Posted by: sifty at July 31, 2011 10:38 AM (ECjvn)

42 BTW, can any of you conservative troglodytes lend me a bennie?  I've been out of work since January and my car's totally out of gas.

Posted by: Lucy's Rabbit Just Died at July 31, 2011 10:38 AM (QKKT0)

43 one eyed, one horned, flying purple people eater beater.....

Posted by: phoenixgirl at July 31, 2011 03:31 PM (eOXTH)

FIFY

Posted by: SEIU, your purple overlords at July 31, 2011 10:38 AM (FKMW3)

44 <blockquote>You all seem to be jealous of Obama and hi ability to connect with his audience, whether visually or through his soaring rhetoric. Bush had none of these skills, and needed his puppet-masters behind the scenes to manipulate everything. Making fun of Obama because he has lots of press conferences and speaks to the American people more than Bush ever did is your way of mocking a man who can communicate very effectively. You hate him because he is different; he is post-racial, post cold-war, post White America. All of this makes you the footnotes of history, and you hate it. In reality, it is your hatred of Obama; his color, his youth, his exuberance, his ability to talk to people who aren't lily-white and middle class and mowing their lawns.

Guess what? You are in the minority now, WE WON! So stop your obvious racism and be good Americans. Oh, wait, you can't do that because of your black hearts and racist rhetoric and evil thoughts.</blockquote>

You forgot to encode the Joe!

Posted by: JPS at July 31, 2011 10:39 AM (7RVNG)

45 Without my free government money I can never realize my dream of being a furry.

Posted by: Luciana Moocherati, bunny lover at July 31, 2011 10:40 AM (ECjvn)

46 Re #25, rabbits got um-brage?  Next thing, you'll be telling me clams got legs!

I can't look at pictures of Bumbler either, or listen to him speak.  He's just a big ol' pile of zero to me. 

Posted by: Theresa's ready for NFL Football!!! at July 31, 2011 10:40 AM (mo1uZ)

47

Posted by: Lucy'sRabbit (NJProgressive) at July 31, 2011 03:30 PM (LH6ir)

That's a pretty familiar hash... I'd say Lucy is one of the tastiest socks around here.

Posted by: Rex Harrison's Hat at July 31, 2011 10:40 AM (4136b)

48 To have aspecial podium made, having a designer make intents with specifications, make shop drawings, issue purchase order to a qualified WBE fabricator, it must have left a record in a lot of places. This is a story I would love to read about when at the dentist in TIME magazine, one of those one page human interest stories.featuring the above forced perspective photo of the O, and especially the part where we learn the identity of the staffer who had the idea and pulled it all together. I think his or her name from here on out would be "The podium."


Posted by: Buck O. Phive at July 31, 2011 10:40 AM (8q9aJ)

49 In reality, it is your hatred of Obama; his color, his youth, his exuberance, his ability to talk to people who aren't lily-white and middle class and mowing their lawns.


Whats wrong with mowing the lawn?

Posted by: donthe flyer at July 31, 2011 10:41 AM (Ibx+6)

50 Jussa raise yerra chin, culo.

Posted by: zombie mussolini at July 31, 2011 10:42 AM (oUG6f)

51

'Yuo knwo, Peter Jackson used the same methods for his hobbits.'

And by hobbits, you mean those tea-partiers, right?

Posted by: Pissed off 26-year old with three part-time jobs at July 31, 2011 10:42 AM (e2VMT)

52

In reality, it is your hatred of Obama; his color, his youth, his exuberance, his ability to talk to people who aren't lily-white and middle class and mowing their lawns.

Posted by: Lucy'sRabbit (NJProgressive) at July 31, 2011 03:30 PM (LH6ir)

White people don't mow lawns.  I mean, WTF muchacha?

Posted by: Every Illegal Alien in Southern California at July 31, 2011 10:42 AM (QKKT0)

53 Dude.  His head looks like one ginormous hopium poppy begging to be harvested for its latex goo.   Come to me, my man-child.

Posted by: Fritz Doom at July 31, 2011 10:43 AM (p2IBw)

54 his ability to talk to people who aren't lily-white and middle class and mowing their lawns. I think she's right about that. People that aren't middle class and white mow my lawn.

Posted by: Oldsailors poet at July 31, 2011 10:43 AM (ZDUD4)

55 I wouldn't trust Obama not to sell my lawnmower to buy cocaine and Kools.


Posted by: sifty at July 31, 2011 10:45 AM (ECjvn)

56 Guess what? You are in the minority now, WE WON! So stop your obvious racism and be good Americans. Oh, wait, you can't do that because of your black hearts and racist rhetoric and evil thoughts.

How dare you!

Posted by: Lucy'sRabbit (NJProgressive) at July 31, 2011 03:30 PM (LH6ir

Minority? oh ok I see you don't get out of Trenton very much.

Posted by: Krazy Kat at July 31, 2011 10:45 AM (A23u6)

57

Phigures they would have to engineer some sort of phony photo Phraud to make our Phaux Precedent look phrackin Precedential.

 

Thanks a lot you 52% Mother Phu*kers!

Styrophoam columns and camera tricks did it for these mophos.

Posted by: runningrn at July 31, 2011 10:46 AM (ihSHD)

58

Posted by: Lucy'sRabbit (NJProgressive) at July 31, 2011 03:30 

Yes Lucy I would much prefer getting corn holed and robbed by white commies rather than Soetero. At least comrade Mc Cain would have given us a reach around. Is that racist?

 

Posted by: Ringo at July 31, 2011 10:47 AM (OkWjw)

59 It's just Average Joe beating off on the blog again.


Posted by: sifty at July 31, 2011 10:49 AM (ECjvn)

60 58, My Friend, I don't give reacharounds.

Posted by: John McShamnesty at July 31, 2011 10:49 AM (ZDUD4)

61 41 Yuo knwo, Peter Jackson used the same methods for his hobbits.

Posted by: sifty at July 31, 2011 03:38 PM (ECjvn)

 

Actually he made the NAZGUL seem bigger not the Hobbits smaller.

Posted by: William Amos at July 31, 2011 10:49 AM (64H8E)

62

Posted by: Pissed off 26-year old with three part-time jobs at July 31, 2011 03:42 PM (e2VMT)

you sound like my son

Posted by: Ma Bell at July 31, 2011 10:50 AM (vwQq9)

63 I'm not sure what's more powerful.  The Precendential Cinematography of today or the Iconography of the campaign.  Great video from Bill Whittle.

Posted by: Rex Harrison's Hat at July 31, 2011 10:50 AM (4136b)

64

'You all seem to be jealous of Obama and hi ability to connect with his audience, whether visually or through his soaring rhetoric. Bush had none of these skills, and needed his puppet-masters behind the scenes to manipulate everything. Making fun of Obama because he has lots of press conferences and speaks to the American people more than Bush ever did is your way of mocking a man who can communicate very effectively. You hate him because he is different; he is post-racial, post cold-war, post White America. All of this makes you the footnotes of history, and you hate it. In reality, it is your hatred of Obama; his color, his youth, his exuberance, his ability to talk to people who aren't lily-white and middle class and mowing their lawns.

Guess what? You are in the minority now, WE WON! So stop your obvious racism and be good Americans. Oh, wait, you can't do that because of your black hearts and racist rhetoric and evil thoughts.

How dare you!'

Fuck you. In the simplest terms, fuck you and people like you.

Posted by: Pissed off 26-year old with three part-time jobs at July 31, 2011 10:51 AM (e2VMT)

65 I know who it is, but I'm not telling.    

Posted by: Theresa's ready for NFL Football!!! at July 31, 2011 10:51 AM (mo1uZ)

66 Pissed off 26-year old with three part-time jobs at July 31, 2011 03:51 PM Easy big fella, it's more brilliant satire from one of our esteemed rons.

Posted by: John McShamnesty at July 31, 2011 10:53 AM (ZDUD4)

67 Bunch of amateurs!

Posted by: Josef Goebbels at July 31, 2011 10:53 AM (Y+DPZ)

68

'Easy big fella, it's more brilliant satire from one of our esteemed rons.'

Oops, I feel like a dick.

Posted by: Pissed off 26-year old with three part-time jobs at July 31, 2011 10:54 AM (e2VMT)

69 Actually he made the NAZGUL seem bigger not the Hobbits smaller.

Forced perspective and big props were used in several places.

Had to shoehorn in a hobbit joke. Imperative.

Posted by: sifty at July 31, 2011 10:54 AM (ECjvn)

70 The term "stoop shouldered' comes to mind. Ichabod Obama.

Posted by: Lincolntf at July 31, 2011 10:54 AM (4cMM3)

71 I love it when our socks out-progressive the progressives.

Posted by: Rex Harrison's Hat at July 31, 2011 10:55 AM (4136b)

72

Oops, I feel like a dick.

Posted by: Pissed off 26-year old with three part-time jobs at July 31, 2011 03:54 PM (e2VMT)

Don't.  Simply bask in the quality trolling coming from (LH6ir).

Posted by: Rex Harrison's Hat at July 31, 2011 10:58 AM (4136b)

73 Commntor Guska was telling us yesterday how Hollywood types can make people think they're trying to make someone look good, but in reality make them look bad.  I suppose they have to be able to make people look good before they can pull that trick off.. and here it is.  He looks somehow better than normal.

Posted by: Truman North at July 31, 2011 10:58 AM (K2wpv)

74 Posted by: Lucy'sRabbit (NJProgressive) at July 31, 2011 03:30 PM (LH6ir)

It's getting to the point were you need a spreadsheet on hash marks just to keep tabs on the socks.

Posted by: YIKES! at July 31, 2011 10:59 AM (F2lG1)

75

*squirt*

Posted by: Anthony Weiner, facing the camera at July 31, 2011 10:59 AM (C0Z3w)

76 Where's the halo?  Somebody slipped up.

Posted by: toby928 at July 31, 2011 11:01 AM (GTbGH)

77

So what race is orange?

Posted by: Ma Bell at July 31, 2011 03:35 PM

A singing, rhyming, and LITIGIOUS race!



Posted by: Council of Oompah-Loompah American Relations at July 31, 2011 11:01 AM (Y+DPZ)

78 One way to tell sock or troll is the spelling and coherency.  Not always, but it seems like the trollies throw spelling and grammar out the window in their haste to baste them some wingnuts. 

Posted by: Theresa's ready for NFL Football!!! at July 31, 2011 11:02 AM (mo1uZ)

79 76 Where's the halo?  Somebody slipped up.
Halo is so yesterday. Next he'll be levitating  

Posted by: Ma Bell at July 31, 2011 11:04 AM (vwQq9)

80

Posted by: Theresa's ready for NFL Football!!! at July 31, 2011 04:02 PM (mo1uZ)

Mmmm...  Basted wingnuts...

Posted by: Home J. Simpson at July 31, 2011 11:05 AM (4136b)

81
Sockpuppets are only allowed to puppet if their monthly dues are current. 

Posted by: Vinny Testarossa, Sockpuppet Labor Organizer at July 31, 2011 11:10 AM (Lt/Za)

82 it seems like the trollies throw spelling and grammar out the window in their haste to baste them some wingnuts

Then again, it may just be due to that awesome multi-culti edumacation they received.

Posted by: Soap MacTavish at July 31, 2011 11:11 AM (vbh31)

83 Hey that camera angle worked for Kirk Douglas ,Sly Stallone and Kermit so back off Ace. 

Posted by: Out of workHollywood Cameraman what took that picture at July 31, 2011 11:13 AM (A23u6)

84 I should try that!

Posted by: Glen Danzig at July 31, 2011 11:14 AM (KbEJl)

85
Before the camera shot, Obama's front men cut my balls off to show their solidarity with the progressive movement.

Posted by: The Presidential Seal Eagle at July 31, 2011 11:15 AM (Lt/Za)

86

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Posted by: Disgraced Camera Lens at July 31, 2011 11:16 AM (C0Z3w)

87 Must be rough trying to scrape that sun baked Hope and Change sticker off the old jalopy huh?

Posted by: uncivil & right at July 31, 2011 11:18 AM (olWQz)

88

Posted by: Disgraced Camera Lens at July 31, 2011 04:16 PM (C0Z3w)

Lens?  It looks more like Beldar Coneheads dik-pik?

Posted by: Fish the Impaler at July 31, 2011 11:19 AM (Lt/Za)

89 Most fishermen know when you hold the fish out toward the camera it makes the fish look bigger.

Posted by: Gollum at July 31, 2011 11:21 AM (H3jYe)

90

So what race is orange?

Citrus, I believe.

Posted by: mghorning at July 31, 2011 11:21 AM (+UsW1)

91 Wow you missed the ones where the lighten or darken his skin color depending on which audience is being appealed to.  Sometimes they grey his hair to add the touch of wisdom.
I would much rather see those pics then the one posted. Those pics and the context, which audience ( Older Republican types or Young Democrats) they are geared for during which political play.

By the way check out Willimabanzai7's work at Zerohedge. He has some utterly hillarious political pictures.

Posted by: Barky at July 31, 2011 11:22 AM (CFhHo)

92 86

Thanks for the reminder. I need to put the old Frontline on the doggy today.

Posted by: MrCaniac at July 31, 2011 11:26 AM (eKuOw)

93 Most fishermen know when you hold the fish out toward the camera it makes the fish look bigger.

Fishermen don't lie as much as Barak Obama.

Posted by: sifty at July 31, 2011 11:27 AM (ECjvn)

94
"Thanks for asking Ms. Shipman.  Yeah, look at my left hand.  It's about this long."

Posted by: Barack "Hissy Fit" Obama at July 31, 2011 11:27 AM (Lt/Za)

95

 Most fishermen know when you hold the fish out toward the camera it makes the fish look bigger.

keep those elbows in

 

Posted by: garrett at July 31, 2011 11:28 AM (jC3Pd)

96 Re: rdbrewer's comment in the side bar GOProud is not a conservative organization. Its purpose is to uphold the homosexual lifestyle and the destruction of marriage. Not conservative at all.

Posted by: President Chet Roosevelt at July 31, 2011 11:30 AM (H1AIH)

97
I always hold my winkie closer to the camera, but it's a big mammygoogler in any setting. 

Posted by: Ron Jeremy, The Hedgehog at July 31, 2011 11:30 AM (Lt/Za)

98 John Lithgow's reading sucks donkey balls.

Posted by: Waterhouse at July 31, 2011 11:33 AM (P57Q4)

99 We're the ones we've been waiting for.

Posted by: USS Diversity at July 31, 2011 11:33 AM (KbEJl)

100 If Congress was a sports team, Obama would be president of the Booster Club.

Posted by: JD at July 31, 2011 11:34 AM (WtMd2)

101
It's official conservatives, we won at least one battle this week. 

Posted by: Foreskin Retention Society of California at July 31, 2011 11:38 AM (Lt/Za)

102 If Congress was a football team, Obama would be lurking in the locker room during the game sniffing jocks and stealing socks.

Posted by: sifty at July 31, 2011 11:41 AM (ECjvn)

103 That's Obama?  I didn't recognize him without a golf club in his hands.

Posted by: Reiver at July 31, 2011 11:41 AM (mJznp)

104 This reminds me of what they did with the Gibson Palin interview (never heard of it). They shot it to make it look like he was towering over her from his bespectacled perch on high, and she was insignificant, weak and subservient.

Posted by: The Mega Independent at July 31, 2011 11:41 AM (5I0Yr)

105 If Congress were a football team, Obama would be in the band.

Posted by: USS Diversity at July 31, 2011 11:43 AM (KbEJl)

106 And of course remember the deal with Michelle Bachmann when she gave a speech and was looking at the camera filming her and they (I think it was CNN) showed her speech on TV from a camera from another angle making her look like she was looking away while she was talking. 

Posted by: Theresa's ready for NFL Football!!! at July 31, 2011 11:44 AM (mo1uZ)

107 If congress was a football team...Obama would take the money for the new uniforms and spend it on cigarettes and copies of the math test.

Posted by: sifty at July 31, 2011 11:44 AM (ECjvn)

108 The funniest thing about that picture is how small Obama looks behind the podium.  They completely blew it.

Posted by: rdbrewer at July 31, 2011 11:45 AM (e7G9N)

109 If Congress were a football team, Obama would be a dance team escort.

Posted by: Count de Monet at July 31, 2011 11:45 AM (4q5tP)

110 Sow how many hours did the offical AoS gawker boycott last? was it 2 or 3?

Posted by: HowardDevore at July 31, 2011 11:45 AM (lPKnt)

111 Packaging. Branding. Messaging. Smoke and mirrors, poll tested slippery words and now camera angles. Always the focus with the Democrats. It never ever ever ever occurs to them its YOUR GODDAMNED PRODUCT THAT SUCKS.

Posted by: fixerupper at July 31, 2011 11:46 AM (ffV1/)

112 if congress was a footballteam....Obama would be standing on the side line in a bicycle helmet

Posted by: Ma Bell at July 31, 2011 11:47 AM (vwQq9)

113 If Congress were a football team, Obama would directing stadium parking.

Posted by: YIKES! at July 31, 2011 11:47 AM (F2lG1)

114 Ya know, it's a perfect angle from the perspective of a pre-picture knobgobble by the cameraman.  Just saying. 

Posted by: Theresa's ready for NFL Football!!! at July 31, 2011 11:47 AM (mo1uZ)

115 The funniest thing about that picture is how small Obama looks behind the podium.  They completely blew it.

He looks like Don Knotts with a spray-on tan.

http://tinyurl.com/dzuzof

Posted by: sifty at July 31, 2011 11:48 AM (ECjvn)

116 ...and now we present, Ace of Spades Headquarters...IN 3-D!

Posted by: AoSHQ's DarkLord sez F--- Nevada! at July 31, 2011 11:49 AM (Fs7RJ)

117 This is all I ever see.

Posted by: TOTUS at July 31, 2011 11:49 AM (H3jYe)

118 Short or tall, near or far, orange or purple lipped- King Putt is an abject failure and a completely incompetent douche sent from Douchetron to ruin life as we know it, no matter what skeletor pelosi does.

Posted by: Chariots of Toast at July 31, 2011 11:49 AM (XyjRQ)

119

Oops, I feel like a dick.

Posted by: Pissed off 26-year old with three part-time jobs at July 31, 2011 03:54 PM (e2VMT)

Sometimes you feel like a dick, and sometimes you don't!

 

*squirt!*

Posted by: Anthony Weiner at July 31, 2011 11:50 AM (DrWcr)

120 Leni Riefenstahl would be proud....

Posted by: KZnextzone at July 31, 2011 11:54 AM (ZUWaD)

121 The Debt and President Chicken

Posted by: sifty at July 31, 2011 11:56 AM (ECjvn)

122 If Congress was a football team, Obama would be that skinny, know it all, annoying kid that ends up stuffed in someone's locker.

Posted by: runningrn at July 31, 2011 11:57 AM (ihSHD)

123 If Congress was a football team, Obama would fight long and hard for equal funding for the SDS.

Posted by: sifty at July 31, 2011 11:58 AM (ECjvn)

124 I'm charging them for food and utilities too. Freeloaders!

Biden charging Secret Service for cottage rental

Posted by: Joe "Mr Potter" Biden at July 31, 2011 12:00 PM (Y+DPZ)

125 Let me go on Like a blister in the sun Let me go on Big hands I know you're the one

Posted by: harry reid at July 31, 2011 12:02 PM (eOXTH)

126 The funniest thing about that picture is how small Obama looks behind the podium.  They completely blew it.

Put glasses on him and he's Urkle.

Posted by: Retread at July 31, 2011 12:03 PM (LJdyo)

Posted by: kbdabear at July 31, 2011 12:05 PM (Y+DPZ)

128

That can't be the only trick they use on him.

What's the name of the technique used to make him appear intelligent? Whatever it's called, it ain't workin'...

Posted by: BackwardsBoy at July 31, 2011 12:05 PM (d0Tfm)

129 What's the name of the technique used to make him appear intelligent? Whatever it's called, it ain't workin'...


This Obama guy is on so much dope he should be called Elvis Winehouse.

Posted by: sifty at July 31, 2011 12:07 PM (ECjvn)

130 Miami Dolphins WR Brandon Marshall admits to personality disorder

In other news, Lindsay Lohan admits to drinking problem

Posted by: kbdabear at July 31, 2011 12:07 PM (Y+DPZ)

131

What's the name of the technique used to make him appear intelligent? Whatever it's called, it ain't workin'...

 

Well, when 52% are dumber than dirt, you don't need much to make him appear smart.........

Posted by: Ma Bell at July 31, 2011 12:09 PM (vwQq9)

132 Curious posted a link over at the last thread of Don Lemon at CNN trying to condescend to Rand Paul. What a pompous fucking twit!

I would like to slap the piss out him.

Posted by: As IF... at July 31, 2011 12:10 PM (piMMO)

133 Inflated shrimp. Did the same thing with his tiny little brain.

Posted by: tarpon at July 31, 2011 12:10 PM (MoWf3)

134 What's the name of the technique used to make him appear intelligent? Whatever it's called, it ain't workin'...

It's an old technique. It's called "lying".

Posted by: As IF... at July 31, 2011 12:11 PM (piMMO)

135 Effing Biden More money than God and fleecing the taxpayers by charging the security detail RENT. AMAZING!

Posted by: BlackOrchid at July 31, 2011 12:12 PM (SB0V2)

136 Seriously, if you haven't watched that clip, it is infuriating.

Posted by: As IF... at July 31, 2011 12:13 PM (piMMO)

137 Yet McCain showing himself to be as totally inane. We didn't know it but the  Obama/McCain election made the Ford/Carter election look like Jefferson/Adams.

Posted by: dagny at July 31, 2011 12:13 PM (2z7Ot)

138 Well Morons July has weighed in as the hottest month of record since I started keeping track. The average daily high was 96.8° compared to 93.8° last July. There were 11 days this month above 100°

June this year was also slightly higher than last year, but not by much.

Posted by: Vic at July 31, 2011 12:16 PM (M9Ie6)

139 More money than God and fleecing the taxpayers by charging the security detail RENT.

C'mon! Folks will pay for the privilege of taking a bullet for someone who has contributed so much to this great nation.

Posted by: As IF... at July 31, 2011 12:17 PM (piMMO)

140 John Lithgow's reading sucks donkey balls.

I would imagine he's given that a try, himself.

Posted by: Soap MacTavish at July 31, 2011 12:17 PM (vbh31)

141

Actualy the Framing of the video was done to put the Seal of the President in LARGE Focus... to reinforce the idea that Babi is Precedent...

Because without the Office, he is nothing.... he's a nobody... he's accomplished nought... and no one would be listening to him...

The Emporer, sans clothes, is hiding behind the Seal of the US.

Posted by: Romeo13 at July 31, 2011 12:17 PM (NtXW4)

142 Of course you could present something of substance that would help solve the problem, but nothing like that ever entered the mind of the O administration.  Go ahead, win the day.  Increase the debt ceiling.  The fall will be that much harder.

If I was S&P or Moody's I would downgrade the credit rating of the US now because of the huge debt run up that we cannot pay back.  This O/Congress is just sick Kabuki.

Posted by: Alaska Paul at July 31, 2011 12:19 PM (tMnOL)

143 Actualy the Framing of the video was done to put the Seal of the President in LARGE Focus... to reinforce the idea that Babi is Precedent...

We need the occasional reminder because, without that seal, we might obstinately refuse to let the fucker drive this nation into the gutter.

Posted by: As IF... at July 31, 2011 12:20 PM (piMMO)

144 as if well the seal is out of focus just like his presidency......

Posted by: harry reid at July 31, 2011 12:21 PM (eOXTH)

145 oops that sock has static cling

Posted by: harry reid at July 31, 2011 12:22 PM (eOXTH)

146 Rembrant drew the Jesus figure in his paintings to a slightly larger scale.  It's an old technique.

Posted by: Brett_McS at July 31, 2011 12:23 PM (iA6nz)

147 damn

Posted by: phoenixgirl at July 31, 2011 12:23 PM (eOXTH)

148 Yet McCain showing himself to be as totally inane insane. We didn't know it but the  Obama/McCain election made the Ford/Carter election look like Jefferson/Adams.

Posted by: dagny at July 31, 2011 05:13 PM (2z7Ot)

FIFY!

Posted by: Hrothgar at July 31, 2011 12:23 PM (yrGif)

149 145

Actualy the Framing of the video was done to put the Seal of the President in LARGE Focus... to reinforce the idea that Babi is Precedent...

Because without the Office, he is nothing.... he's a nobody... he's accomplished nought... and no one would be listening to him...

The Emporer, sans clothes, is hiding behind the Seal of the US.

Posted by: Romeo13 at July 31, 2011 05:17 PM (NtXW4)


But before the Seal of the US, he had his favorite seal.


Posted by: MrCaniac at July 31, 2011 12:24 PM (eKuOw)

150 Anyone still against McConnell and McCain being primaried?

Posted by: sifty at July 31, 2011 12:24 PM (ECjvn)

151 We didn't know it but the  Obama/McCain election made the Ford/Carter election look like Jefferson/Adams.

Posted by: dagny at July 31, 2011 05:13 PM (2z7Ot)

I'm not sure what the comparison is there. The Jefferson/Adams election was the most contentious election in history. When it was hung up for so long in the House due to the actions of traitor Aaron Burr State militias were actually called out. We were very close to going into a war between the factions then. 

Posted by: Vic at July 31, 2011 12:25 PM (M9Ie6)

152 Supposedly John McCain isn't going to run again, or so he's said.  He shouldn't, his time is up.  Don't know the situation with McConnell  but yes, I'd like him to be primaried. 

Posted by: Theresa's ready for NFL Football!!! at July 31, 2011 12:27 PM (mo1uZ)

153 someone primaried mclame and you all shit all over him...

Posted by: d. Hopper Badger at July 31, 2011 12:28 PM (kBWjM)

154

That can't be the only trick they use on him.

What's the name of the technique used to make him appear intelligent? Whatever it's called, it ain't workin'...

Posted by: BackwardsBoy at July 31, 2011 05:05 PM

I'm just a teleprompter, not God.

Posted by: TOTUS at July 31, 2011 12:28 PM (aZLY2)

155 They'll have to carry McCain out of there kicking and screaming.

Retirement is the Green Mile for his type.

Posted by: sifty at July 31, 2011 12:28 PM (ECjvn)

156 Turn on ABC and watch the Haskell. Racetracks are the last outpost of pure capitalism.  Live free or die.

Posted by: dr kill at July 31, 2011 12:29 PM (le5qc)

157 He is 74 now, so when his current term runs out he will be 81. He is already senile so one wouldn't expect him to run again.

Of course a lot of these old shits keep running until they die in office.

Posted by: Vic at July 31, 2011 12:29 PM (M9Ie6)

158 someone primaried mclame and you all shit all over him...


whoa whoa whoa, Hoss.

This is a big room. Some of us worked pretty hard to get that old crook out of office.

Posted by: sifty at July 31, 2011 12:30 PM (ECjvn)

159 This guy gives spokesmodels a bad name.

Posted by: Progressive Insurance Girl at July 31, 2011 12:30 PM (H3jYe)

160 And Ramadan Kareem to all my Muslim friends.

Posted by: dr kill at July 31, 2011 12:31 PM (le5qc)

161 I don't see what you mean. I'm still in fine form.


Posted by: robert Byrd, D-Jurassic Age at July 31, 2011 12:31 PM (ECjvn)

162 Let's go wingnuts!  Just bend over and take your medicine already.  I got a Botox appointment later today!

Posted by: Nancy Pelosi at July 31, 2011 12:31 PM (zgZzy)

163 Not only does this guy give spokesmodels a bad name, he gives Golfing Dicks a bad name.

Posted by: Enzyte Guy at July 31, 2011 12:34 PM (H3jYe)

164 Let's go wingnuts!  Just bend over and take your medicine already.  I got a Botox appointment later today! Posted by: Nancy Pelosi at July 31, 2011 05:31 PM

Are they going to make the left side of your face droop to match the right side now?

Posted by: huerfano at July 31, 2011 12:34 PM (aZLY2)

165 87 Must be rough trying to scrape that sun baked Hope and Change sticker off the old jalopy huh?

Posted by: uncivil & right at July 31, 2011 04:18 PM (olWQz)

Have not laid eyes upon any obama stickers in 4-5 months and yesterday I spotted 3 of em...the odds!

Posted by: Red Shirt at July 31, 2011 12:34 PM (FIDMq)

166 We flip off and cut-off cars with Obama stickers like it's a new Olympic sport and we want to be on the US Team.

Posted by: sifty at July 31, 2011 12:36 PM (ECjvn)

167 The Obama 2012 stickers are coming out here in Burbank. The IATSE union goons are slapping them on their cars right next to the IATSE sticker and the Union Yes sticker.

Retards.

Posted by: sifty at July 31, 2011 12:37 PM (ECjvn)

168 Anyone still against McConnell and McCain being primaried?
Posted by: sifty at July 31, 2011 05:24 PM (ECjvn)

Primary every establishment Repub!

Posted by: Hrothgar at July 31, 2011 12:38 PM (yrGif)

169 If congress was a football team OBama would have been a walk on free agent who never went to college and when his career was over went home and did tv commercials for local businesses.

Posted by: Krazy Kat at July 31, 2011 12:45 PM (A23u6)

170 I'd love to see William Shatner do a dramatic reading of the Gingrich press release.

Posted by: rdbrewer at July 31, 2011 12:52 PM (e7G9N)

171 I see more Kerry stickers than Obama stickers. He will be like Carter. How in the hell did he ever get elected when absolutely NOBODY voted for him?!

Posted by: As IF... at July 31, 2011 12:57 PM (piMMO)

172 the ears look big too

Posted by: infidelphia at July 31, 2011 01:01 PM (kKWmw)

173

Lucy'sRabbit (NJProgressive)

Ah, come on. Doesn't that look very very similar to the form of the name of a regular??

Posted by: Mama AJ at July 31, 2011 01:03 PM (XdlcF)

174 If congress was a football team, ...

Øbama would be watching soccer in Bill Ayre's basement.

Posted by: Hrothgar at July 31, 2011 01:14 PM (yrGif)

175 The cinimetography isn't working. Look at his suit. Did he have Michelle swipe it from one of Michael Jackson's "youthful visitors"?

Posted by: t-bird at July 31, 2011 01:26 PM (FcR7P)

176 If Congress were a football team, Obama would be in the band.

and he'd be playing the crash cymbals.

Posted by: Swanny at July 31, 2011 01:33 PM (ZthpO)

177 How'd those cunning operators keep from showing a giant talking asshole?  Don't see that in the picture at all--but there's one there.

Posted by: Comanche Voter at July 31, 2011 01:39 PM (3ESDJ)

178 If Congress was a football team, Obama and his beard would be cheering for the tight end.

Posted by: JD at July 31, 2011 01:40 PM (WtMd2)

179 Its too bad they still havent figured out how to fix stupid.

Posted by: Jimmah at July 31, 2011 01:41 PM (TfRqk)

180 Posted by: Mama AJ at July 31, 2011 06:03 PM (XdlcF)

And I thought the name was too damned obvious!

Posted by: Lucy'sRabbit (NJfootcover) at July 31, 2011 01:58 PM (LH6ir)

181 Re. "news" outlets using camera tricks to help or hinder friends/opponents, I recall several years ago the BBC got caught in using bad lighting on purpose for conservative guests on some interview show.

Posted by: andycanuck at July 31, 2011 02:45 PM (oUG6f)

182 and he'd be playing the crash cymbals.
Too complicated. He'd be on the triangle.

Posted by: andycanuck at July 31, 2011 02:46 PM (oUG6f)

183 Srsly, spambots?  "Come a cropper"?  Are you time-travellers from Victorian England?

Posted by: Lance McCormick at July 31, 2011 03:22 PM (/D8ux)

184 The Obamanauts learned a lot from Leni Riefenstahl.

Posted by: Jay Guevara at July 31, 2011 03:55 PM (AclNX)

185 Camera angle FAIL. Makes him look more like Urkel than even in the regular pictures. What a doofus,

Posted by: David Gillies at July 31, 2011 08:03 PM (FdBA0)

186 It's a lectern, damnit, not a podium.

Posted by: JC at July 31, 2011 09:10 PM (nM8Lz)

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