I find this completely astounding. I don’t even know where to begin…Vodpod videos no longer available.
Jack Cafferty seems like a pretty dry fellow. His commentaries are generally fairly interesting but always slightly “Droopy the Dog,” which isn’t necessarily bad when you have Campbell Brown running around. But his piece today entitled “My Crush on Michelle Obama” is just plain bizarre. Has he been exposed to the same Love Potion no. 9 as Chris Matthews? WARNING: the essay, nay, poetry below is practically Shakespearian and may thus make children and small animals swoon:
I think I am developing a crush on America’s first lady. Michelle Obama is more compelling than her husband. He’s good, but she’s utterly fascinating.
Mrs. Obama has blown away the stale air in a White House musty from eight years of the Bushes. It’s like the sun came out and a fresh spring breeze began wafting through the open windows.
It’s the people’s house, and Michelle Obama totally gets it. So much so that she has taken to inviting people in from the streets to see her home. Nice touch — one completely lacking in her recent predecessors.
Watch her when she visits a local school and you see the warmth and affection she instantly triggers in people. Kids are pretty much totally honest with very good BS-detectors. If they sense you’re a phony, forget it. But around the first lady, they want to hug her and laugh with her and tell her stories.
You can see the same qualities these kids recognize in her daughters. She is the consummate mother as evidenced by the poised, polite smiling children she and her husband are raising. I have four daughters, and trust me — they don’t turn out like the Obama children without devoted parents.
New to the Washington neighborhood, Michelle Obama has taken it upon herself to go around and introduce herself to the people in the various agencies of government. When’s the last time a first lady did that? I don’t ever remember it before. And during her visits she listens rather than lectures. And people respond to her.
She was raised on the south side of Chicago by blue-collar parents. She went to Princeton University, and Harvard Law School. But in many ways she’s still a kid from the south side of Chicago, and that’s what makes her special. She knows exactly who she is.
The Obamas bring a humanity and humility to their tasks which sets them far apart from the run-of-the mill phonies who populate Washington. It’s exactly what the doctor ordered for this wounded nation.
Michelle Obama’s unassuming, but dead-on, sense of style has the fashion press gushing all over itself.
Her arms are becoming the stuff of legend. Who appears sleeveless on the cover of Vogue, let alone in front of a joint session of Congress while her husband delivers one of the most important speeches of his life? And the reviews were rave.
Cindi Leive, the editor of Glamour magazine gushed, “Oh my god! The first lady has bare arms in Congress in February at night!” If she keeps it up, Seventh Avenue will soon stop making women’s clothes with sleeves.
Ok, I admit it. When it comes to the first lady, I’m smitten.
The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Jack Cafferty.
Her arms? Really? You, Jack Cafferty, think that’s newsworthy?
A couple of days ago I happened to catch Harold Ford Jr. and Tom DeLay on Hardball discussing President Obama’s un-SOTU and Governor Bobby Jindal’s response. I expected the discourse to be a bit nasty with the likes of Chris Matthews (Obama Fan Club Treasurer) and The Hammer on the same show, but what I was not ready for was the sheer absurdity that was Tom DeLay. I admit that I thought a lot of what he had to say was a bit nutso and meant simply to garner attention, but the manner in which The Hammer addressed Harold Ford Jr. and Chris Matthews was, as we say in North Carolina, CRAZY, bless his heart. I was sort of expecting DeLay to start referring to the ever-eloquent Harold Ford Jr. as “boy.” Yikes.
So for your viewing pleasure:
Tom Bevan over at RealClearPolitics reports:
A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll conducted on February 18-19 among 429 Republicans shows Sarah Palin with a slight edge over Mike Huckabee and Mitt Romney as the preferred GOP nominee for 2012:
Alaska Governor Sarah Palin 29%
Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee 26%
Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney 21%
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal 9%
Someone else 10%
None/no one 4%
No opinion 2%
Republican men split more or less evenly among the top three choices, but Palin has a double digit lead among GOP women, winning 32% to Huckabee’s 22% and 20% for Romney.
Let’s get in the time machine and take a little trip back, back, back:
PALIN/UNMONITORED VOLCANO 2012!
Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius has FINALLY been tapped for HHS Secretary. Of course, now we’re unlikely to see a Senator Sebelius anytime soon, but one has to make sacrifices, I suppose…Rumor had it that Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), now well known for his frienemy-esque relationship with former Oregon Sen. Gordon Smith, was being considered for the position but good authority has it that he did not think giving up his Senate seat was worth it. The Modern Major General absolutely concurs but wishes Governor Sebelius the best of luck!