You’re no Lyndon Johnson

Ryan Grim and Sam Stein over at Huffington Post are very disappointed in Barack Obama for trying to play politics. They compare the current political situation with Lyndon Johnson’s passing of a major tax cut in addition to the 1964 Civil Rights Act. They credit Johnson’s bypassing of congress and taking his case to the People.

Johnson surveyed the legislative landscape and knew he had to shake things up.

Rather than negotiate with Congress, Johnson turned the goodwill of the nation into a force with which to bludgeon the GOP and expand what was politically possible. He took his case to the American people, reminding them that the GOP was the “Party of Lincoln,” and flooded Washington with religious leaders who lobbied Congress.

In fact, they state that “Had Johnson stuck to inside baseball, he would have struck out twice.”

I think they need to read LBJ’s biography. Johnson was the consummate insider who had spent over two decades in congress. He knew, much more so than Obama, how to push a bill through the legislature (emphasis added).

Many believe that Johnson was able to pass the 1964 and 1965 Acts because of an exceptional set of circumstances. During his 24 years in Congress Johnson had gained unprecedented experience in getting legislation through Congress. He also had an unusual two- thirds of Congress in his favour and Congressmen felt particularly after Kennedy’s assassination that they should be righting national wrongs. Johnson was himself exceptionally persuasive and determined and had a lifelong commitment to helping the poor.

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Abraham Who?

I notice that President Obama didn’t list the Siege of Petersburg on his accomplishments.  He’s modest that way.

US Grant consults President Obama

It’s not Michael Ramirez or Stoaty Weasel, but I thought it moderately amusing.

Update:  Sarjex finds us another photo of an important historical personality in conference with the Prezzy.

Sand: Not the Best Material for Handling the Rain

There’s a sand sculpture of President Obama in Charlotte a few blocks from the convention hall.  The sculpture’s taken some damage from periodic rainstorms that come through the area.

A torrential downpour that struck Charlotte on Saturday afternoon damaged the Mount Rushmore-style sand sculpture bust of President Obama — an ominous beginning to what many fear is a plagued convention.

Kinda creepy, actually


Most of the damage seems to be near the base of the sculpture, as it’s covered by an overhead breezeway.  Ironic that the  convention is in North Carolina, the sculpture is sponsored by a city in South Carolina, and the sand is from an inland mine.

But landlocked Charlotte is nearly 200 miles from the ocean — and the sand is actually from a mine in South Carolina.

Looks like there will be a few jobs created or saved…at least until the end of the convention while workers patch up damage after every good thunderstorm.

I Always Knew that He wasn’t as Smart as Everyone Thought

President Obama, about to violate a rather important rule of Evil Overlordship.

Obama Violates the Evil Overlord Rules

This is what happens when you start to believe your own press clippings.

Update:  I couldn’t resist.  This one just wrote itself.

Should I keep Joe Biden on the Ticket?

Okay, I’ll stop now…