Friday, April 1, 2011

Unprecedented Pinch Hitting

Do you remember back in January, 2008, when Hillary was still a leading contender for President, and El Rushbo asked this indelicate question?

"Do we really want to sit here and watch a female president age every day before our eyes?"

Clinton 2008






To be fair, he was probably just asking what many people were wondering after Drudge published the worst-picture-of-any-candidate-ever of an exhausted looking Hil on the campaign trail.

Sexist as it was, it turns out he might have had a point. Even though Hil had things “tightened up” a bit before taking on the responsibilities of Big Guy’s secretary, and tweaked a bit more before Chelsea’s wedding (Is she still married by the way? I can’t keep up with kids these days.), as we all know, these little efforts don’t last forever.


It’s also a well known fact that being president ages you very quickly. And you can really see the toll It’s taken over the past few weeks since Hillary has taken of the role of de facto president:

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Maybe when Hil’s done handling this Middle-east mess I should give her the names and contact numbers for some of our highly skilled Big White kinetic medical artists.

I don’t want her to take it the wrong way, but really, look what these skilled technicians have done for Lady M:


I know we’re dealing with a 15 year age gap here, butt seriously – these people are such miracle workers that sometimes I even suffer  a little job insecurity.

Butt still, we can’t escape the fact that this type of coverage is sexist, pure and simple. Do you hear anyone making fun of the way Big Guy is aging? Au contraire, they say he hasn’t aged a day since he got here. In fact, I think he may actually look younger.


Everyone asks “How does he do it?” I think it’s just like you read in the magazines: he tries to maintain a healthy work/family life balance.


Feb. 1, 2009
“During a Super Bowl watching party in the White House theatre, the President and First Lady join their guests in watching one of the TV commercials in 3D.”
(Official White House photo by Pete Souza)

This official White House photograph is being made available only for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House.

And I can tell you that he’s mastered the art of letting things roll off his back.

morton salt girl Like a duck

Take what happened yesterday with the Washington Nationals for example. Instead of inviting Big Guy to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at their seasonal opener, they had five flag officers representing each branch of the military carry out that honor. It was sheer pandemonium – 5 pitches flying over the plate. Still, I’m betting it was easier on the catcher than trying to get one of Big Guy’s infamous “high and wide” dirt balls.

Butt that’s not the point. You just don’t diss the Commander in Chief like that during war kinetic military action time. And we still haven’t determined if this sleight was due to Big Guy’s falling poll numbers or his, uh…girlie pitching style.

I’m betting it was the later, as I overheard some talk that Big Guy might be a better catcher than pitcher, but that idea was apparently not considered viable since it was immediately kiboshed. I really don’t know what to think, so I’ll just report, and you decide.


Butt with Hill pinch hitting now, maybe Big Guy will have some time to spend on the budget deficit before the government has to shut down.

And if he’d brought Hil in from the bullpen a little earlier, he might have had a little more time to spend on his brackets. Then he could  have rooted for his own teams this weekend, while  balancing his work/family life.