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Apparently Big Guy really doesn’t know how to play poker.
He didn’t use the exact words this time, butt never-the-less he sent John-Boy the message: “don’t call my bluff.” This time he was talking about rescheduling his joint session of Congress “jobs, jobs, jobs” speech. Butt old John’s been playing cards a lot longer than Big Guy and, recognizing an amateur’s hand, went ahead and called him anyhow.
So Big Guy had to throw down his cards. Now he finds himself on TV Thursday night - up against Kid Rock and Lady Gaga’s pre-game send up of the NFL season kickoff, and the Big White staff is furious.
It’s gotten so bad that JJ is beginning to develop an involuntary tick/sneer with his left lip. Watch, beginning around the 12 second mark. If he can’t develop a better game-face for defending our team’s tactics he may have to be benched:
Big Guy thought he could finesse the hand he was holding by pulling an “unprecedented” move and simply declare the date and time he would address Congress. Oh,oh! Apparently that’s not how it works, at least not constitutionally speaking:
The fact is a president cannot schedule a joint session of Congress on his own hook. He simply does not have that power Constitutionally. He must ask the Senate majority leader and the speaker of the House of Representatives if the date he is requesting will work. Such a date has to be agreed upon by Congress before announcements are made. Obama did not do this.
It may be time for Big Guy to admit that he doesn’t know much about poker (or the constitution), and stick with something he’s better at. Like sending emails to his true believers:
At 10PM on the night of August 31, Obama’s reelection campaign sent out an email titled “frustrated.”
“I know that you’re frustrated by that. I am, too,” the email had Obama “saying” to his supporters.
The email goes on:
It’s been a long time since Congress was focused on what the American people need them to be focused on. That’s why I’m putting forward a set of bipartisan proposals to help grow the economy and create jobs — that means strengthening our small businesses, giving needed breaks to middle-class families, while taking responsible steps to bring down our deficit.
The president continued: “I’m asking lawmakers to look past short-term politics and take action on that plan. But we’ve got to do this together.
This whole joint session date dance was obviously engineered to make the GOP look like they are obstructionists for the president’s obviously selfless desire to get America back on track and the Old Media did its best to assist Obama to parlay that feeling.
Really, it was just so they would know that he felt their pain.
So, with the move to Game day, Big Guy has been forced to go on air at 7:30 EDT, requiring his California team to listen on the radio since they’ll still be stuck in traffic on their way home. He really had no choice once he decided to reschedule his own game-changer speech; he sure didn’t want to get called for a delay of game too.
In other important email news, Big Guy just authorized the launch of our official answer to the Tea Party assault: the Obama 2012 We The People campaign. He had Plouff-Daddy send out this email to his loyal minions explaining how our grass roots populist propaganda pogrom will work:
According to the Blaze:
The White House unveiled a new online tool Thursday intended to help individuals petition the government. The new “We the People” feature, accessible on WhiteHouse.gov, is, according to White House director of digital strategy Macon Phillips, “a new way for your voice to be heard in our government.”
Per We the People’s features, if a petition garners enough signatures — 5,000 names within 30 days – the White House promises lawmakers will review it and that the White House will craft an official response.
I think our new Digital Propaganda Czar, Macon “Bacon” Phillips will be a very, very busy man if we’re going to respond to every petition with 5000+ signatures. And fortunately since he’s working on “official government work” his overtime will be paid by the Federal government instead of the Obama for America campaign fund. We need to watch every penny of that billion dollar campaign chest!
Little Mo (not an official government employee and therefore not required to carry any water around here) can’t wait for the official start up of the “We the People” campaign. He has already drafted his first petition:
“We the People petition the President of the United States, Barack Hussein Obama, to fulfill his promise to Matt Lauer that ‘if I don’t have this done in three years’ it will be a one term proposition. Accordingly, we the people call on President Obama to resign as of January 20, 2012”
I don’t know, I think this campaign has the potential to backfire.
Do any of you have petitions you’d like to launch?
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