Before we discuss Lady M’s campaign slim-again self wrapped in one of your old favorite upholstered frocks, I should give you a little “information on background,” as we say in the professional news reporting business. So you’ll know the real reason for yesterday’s emergency trip to Tampa.
It all began began while Big Guy was in California earlier this week, raising money from the rich and famous. Since everyone around here realizes what a big challenge we have ahead of us if we want to keep our HopenChange wagon rolling, Plouffee planned a skullduggery session to get us going. While Big Buy was gone, we held an intense 3-day work session with all of our czars and senior level staffers. We hired a VERY expensive think tank facilitator to run the meeting; one who was highly skilled in techniques and card tricks designed to wring every last ounce of creativity out of the truth, and who had a lot of experience working with a group known for their prowess at developing creative concepts for America.
The agin’ ragin’ alien Cajun has expressed some concern about Big Guy’s prospects
We started the brain storming with the SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats) model, butt when the group got hung up on the “S” element, we tried switching to the SCAMPER technique. That was rejected when Lady M found out that the “S” stood for “substitute” the “E” for “eliminate” and the “R” for replace. Obviously that acronym was DOA.
We don’t want to be confused with the party of NO
So the facilitator labored with the Obama Brain Trust for 3 grueling days so they could present their collective ideas to Big Guy when he got back from his West Coast Plunder Tour. The excitement was palpable. Big Guy approached the super-secret conference room deep in the bowels of the West Wing, ready for a shot of much needed Mind Mapping; a chance at the Idea Lottery to put a spark in his campaign.
He put his hand on the door knob, swung the door open in anticipation: there was his entire team of hacks, strategists, planners, political activists and mind sharks! All assembled in a room filled with post-it notes, flip charts and white boards containing the grand culmination of their collective original thoughts...
Oh dear, this is bad news. TeamObama is flat out broke: fresh out of new ideas. So we’re just going to have to make do with the ones we’ve got. Recycling’s good. We’ll just sort through the rubbish and reuse all of the old ideas that still work:
Which brings me back to Lady M’s reupholstered frock:
We previously enjoyed seeing Lady M in this Thakoon way back in the glory days of the 2008 campaign. So as you see we’re not just recycling campaign fund raising plans, we’re actually recycling the whole campaign! Hair clothes and makeup! I leave it up to you to determine if we’re using the same facial features in the re-run.
MO wore the little Thakoon frock again on the Leno Show after the election with her “Now we are Queen” updo.
You’ll note one little change-up this time around: we left off the Black Panther Solidarity Black Ribbon. That cause is no longer an issue now that Ricky has ended the persecution of the group and dropped all the charges.
Any-hoo, Lady M wore this little number in Tampa yesterday where she had a meet and greet with students from John Sexton school who won an award from the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. I can’t swear to it, butt I think we just made this group up last week. Anyway, they, along with a military base meet and greet in Jacksonville provided cover for the launching of the brainstorming team’s 2011-12 initiative: 3 Lady M DNC fundraisers! The award presentation, officially
written off ascribed as part of Lady M’s No Child’s Fat Behind program provided yesterday’s cover opportunity for Lady M to speak at the private (photo embargo) money drop fund raising events in the area.
I had the opportunity to listen to MO’s speech at both of the Tampa events as well as the Fort Lauderdale pickup. Actually, they were more pep rallies than speeches:
So make no mistake about it — I mean, whether it’s health care, or the economy, or education, or foreign policy, the choice we make in this election will determine nothing less than who we are as a country — but more importantly, who we want to be. Who are we? Will we be a country that tells folks who’ve done everything right but are struggling to get by, “tough luck, you’re on your own”? Is that who we are?
MRS. OBAMA: Or will we honor the fundamental American belief that I am my brother’s keeper, I am my sister’s keeper, and if one of us is hurting, then we’re all hurting? Who are we? (Applause.)
Fortunately, TOTUS TOO was there, and he cued the audience as well so they knew when and how to respond appropriately. Nicely done!
So nothing new there: we have another opportunity in 2012 to choose who we are as a country. So choose wisely, blah, blah, blah, otherwise you’re on your own instead of having Big Guy and his team of brilliant idea generators choose for you.
Which recycles me back to the brainstorming session: Big Guy was sort of disappointed at first when he realized his team didn’t have any new ideas. Butt he quickly warmed to the idea of spending more time on the road raising money. Cue the Big Black Canadian Bus!
Butt still, everyone agreed we could use a few new tricks this time around, so Plouffee got right on it and sent out an email to the faithful Obot disciples. I’ve posted a copy of it below, butt if you’re pressed for time here’s the gist of it:
Hey loyalists! Eventually the country’s going to realize we are in a deep economic recession of our own making and demand action. In case our game plan for blaming everything on George W. Bush and the evil Republicans Occupying Congress, we could use a few new ideas on how to pander to various groups to get them to vote for us.
Have you got any good ideas? If so, please place them in these thought bubbles which we’re providing for free here:
so we can put them on our whiteboards and develop a Democratic Strategy 2012: Something for Everyone. Can you help? If you don’t have any ideas either, just send cash.
Here’s the long form, in case you haven’t received yours yet.
It's part of my job to make sure President Obama gets to hear the voices and perspectives of people outside Washington – and lately, that's not been difficult.
Everywhere the President goes, he gets the same message: Americans just want folks in Washington to work together to build an economy that works for the middle class, not just the wealthiest – and is based on rewarding responsibility, hard work and fairness.
That's why the President has proposed the American Jobs Act, a set of bold but common-sense measures that will put up to 2 million Americans back to work and more money in the pockets of working Americans.
Unfortunately, Republicans in Congress keep blocking this bipartisan proposal, putting their party before our country.
On Monday, he was in Nevada to discuss concrete steps we're taking, like removing caps for deeply underwater borrowers and eliminating fees, so that homeowners can refinance their mortgages and save money. On Tuesday, he announced new initiatives that will help put veterans to work in community health centers. And today, he's proposing to offer immediate relief to college students by making it easier to manage their debt while they get on their feet.
These policies aren't a substitute for the American Jobs Act, but they will make a difference. And we don't intend to stop there.
More than 750,000 people have already used a new feature on WhiteHouse.gov called We the People to create and sign petitions calling on the Obama Administration to take action on a range of important issues. Learn more about We the People here:
The President's changes to the student loan program will make it easier for graduates to make their payments and avoid default.
It's also a great example of We the People at work.
In the past month, thousands of citizens signed a petition about student loans. These individuals rightly pointed out that the weight of this debt is preventing graduates all over the country from achieving their dreams.
It's a message received loud and clear and one that President Obama – who spent almost a decade paying off his own student loans – understands.
A new report shows that our investments in student financial aid have made a big difference for families, but too many students still struggle with debt. Today, the President announced clear actions to help young people who are doing everything right and living up to their responsibilities, but having a hard time making loan payments while the economy continues to recover.
So what else do you have? What's the next issue you think needs attention? Make sure your voice is heard in our government:
We can't wait to see what you have to say.
Please send your ideas. Right Away! Because frankly, we’ve got nothin’. An it’s starting to show.
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