Barack Obama takes over The Word on The Colbert Report
went to watch this video because I was curious how it played out for real… because on one hand it’s kind of a hilarious concept but on the other, i feel like it’s really walking a fine line of what is kind of appropriate and professional to do?
and my dad was in the room, and he commented on how he feels like it crossed a line, and really belittled the role of president/leader of the country, etc. and made a mockery of the position.
And I’m just curious what everyone else’s thoughts are. I don’t really have my on weigh in yet, but moreso I’ve seen this gifset shared but no discussion about whether it was an appropriate thing to do or not, or if that’s even something we should be concerned about.
so what do you think? Does it make the president more relatable, like he knows how to laugh at himself, not take everything too seriously, show he’s connected with pop culture and a younger generation, and cares about connecting with them/us? Or does it help encourage attitudes that don’t take the government seriously or who are drenched with cynicism, disdain, disrespect, disappointment, etc. when thinking of our government?
I’m just really curious what y’all think….
I think (speaking just for myself) that for this to happen around the same time as the Senate torture report’s release, and Dick Cheney’s going on TV to defend his and Bush’s legacy in light of that report, means that anyone making any sort of case about actions that are or are not appropriate for a president to take or that do or don’t reflect well on the office or are or are not “presidential” in the sense of upholding the value and respectability of the institution, and who is making that case in reference to Obama going on Colbert rather than in reference to that other story, is voicing concern about the orientation of one particular deck chair during the sinking of the Titanic.
With that said, I can see the point he’s making, which is a perfectly defensible point in regards to deck chair orientation. I don’t happen to agree with that point, and I think it’s kind of funny/ironic that a middle-aged dad who engages in elaborately awesome LOTR/HP cosplay is the one making it, but he’s certainly entitled to his opinion.
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Today (Dec. 16) is Jane Austen’s birthday! Here’s cartoonist Jen Sorensen’s take on Pride and Prejudice, which we commissioned last year for the book’s bicentennial. (Click this link, or the image, for a more readable version.)
Awesome. But I’m bothered by the uncorrected error in the description of the Lydia/Wickham panel.
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Happy friday! I’m officially done with my first quarter of grad school! I still have one final critique to go through, but in terms of art-making I’m all wrapped up.
Here’s the piece I did for my final scratchboard assignment! It’s of a Yellow-Rumped Warbler feeding a Brown Headed Cowbird.
Cowbirds are nest parasites that lay their egg in another species’ nest. The cowbird egg hatches before the host eggs do, and the larger, more demanding nestling outcompetes the others easily. Host parents often aren’t aware that their nests have been parasitized, and will continue to feed a different-looking fledgling well into their development.
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MK not yet cast as an elf in any Tolkien adaptation.
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My 10 favourites of 2014:
love has no ending. by Sylvia Morris
Fan art of Yulin Kuang’s fan movie of WH Auden’s poem ‘As I Walked Out One Evening’. Watch it. And all the rest.
*(aivlysann is sylvia (in reverse) with my middle name ann tacked on.)
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Edouard Manet + Sea
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A sense of fairness compels me to admit that I just saw a Sponsored Post that I actually found interesting and non-objectionable. It was a gifset for the Into the Woods movie.
That is all.
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August 20, 2014 – Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia)
Yellow Warblers are found throughout North America, wintering in Central and South American mangrove forests. They eat insects, including beetles, caterpillars, and wasps. Cowbirds often parasitize Yellow Warbler nests. If this happens, the warblers usually build a new nest over the old one, sometimes resulting in up to six layers.
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“I’m not sure the millennial generation has the patience to watch twelve, thirteen episodes of an hour-long show—even a half-hour show.” Ynon Kreiz, the president of Maker Studios (The New Yorker) I am really incredibly sorry for the dumb shit adults say, kids. (via imaginarycircus) This sounds like the kind of thing someone would say defensively after scowling for a while at market research indicating they didn’t want to watch that much (or much at all, really) of _his_ show.
Ynon Kreiz, the president of Maker Studios (The New Yorker)
I am really incredibly sorry for the dumb shit adults say, kids.
This sounds like the kind of thing someone would say defensively after scowling for a while at market research indicating they didn’t want to watch that much (or much at all, really) of _his_ show.
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I’m liking what I’m hearing from the team about doing their best to avoid navigational errors and stick close to the other boats to learn from speed comparisons. I’m concerned that Sophie’s back injury might keep her out of Leg 3, though. Hope she improves quickly; the Leg 3 start is January 3 (the day after the Abu Dhabi in-port race), which means she has just under 3 weeks.
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