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I can has metaphor?

Hours before Obama’s State of the Union yesterday, perky Katie Couric tweeted this:

Just had lunch with the president who seems pensive, slightly deflated, realistic, aggravated and resolute. Didn’t eat his pie.

I haven’t really got the hang of Twitter yet, but I’ve figured out this much — with a 160-character message limit (less if you want to leave room for people to forward or “retweet” your message), complicated ideas are right out. A thought of even the teeniest ambition comes out like something your senile Aunt Irma might mutter in her sleep.

Katie’s first sentence? Excellent. Katie’s second sentence…oh god, it just cracks me up. Every time I think about it. Didn’t eat his pie.

“Pie” is a comedy word, like “pants” or “Schenectady.” It’s inherently funny. You don’t ever want to couple “pie” with someone whose stature and dignity you wish to preserve.

I can’t help thinking what a wonderfully useful metaphor that’s going to be in the next few years. Any time Barack Obama just has been or is just about to be thwarted, smacked down, brought up short or otherwise disappointed — who wants some pie?

The latest Rasmussen numbers were released today; Barack Obama didn’t eat his pie

Pie not on White House menu after April unemployment figures soar

Pie? No, thanks. Dems’ electoral hopes fade in latest round of voter polls

Oh, we’re going to have SO MUCH fun. Thanks, Katie!


Comment from Scubafreak
Time: January 28, 2010, 6:38 pm

I’m forced to wonder if mrs Cougar Couric was more upset that he didn’t eat HER pie.

That seems to be the state of the State Controlled Media these days……..

Comment from Scubafreak
Time: January 28, 2010, 6:39 pm

And before anyone says it, YES! I AM a dirty-minded SOB….


Comment from Mrs. Compton
Time: January 28, 2010, 7:00 pm

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! I’ve had to endure him being referred to constantly by my favorite Disney character. Now he’s going to steal the name I call my child???? No fair, no fucking fair!!!!!!

FUCK YOU, COURIC, go have a colonoscopy.

Comment from weirdsister
Time: January 28, 2010, 7:04 pm

Didn’t eat his pie. Poor baby…all wee-wee’d up, are we?!

We discuss a lot of politics in our household, and my kids have become pretty savvy. I got a real kick out of this, today:

I home school my teenaged daughter; while working on her US Government curriculum today, we were reading about taxes…income taxes, excise taxes, sales taxes, estate taxes, gift taxes…you get the picture. We discussed how presidential policies lower or raise these taxes. She got this irritated, disgusted expression on her face and said, “Can’t I just eat my waffle?!”

Comment from Red State Witch
Time: January 28, 2010, 7:42 pm

Pie. It’s the new Pudding.

I can haz pudding pie?

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: January 28, 2010, 8:29 pm

My mother’s pet name for me was “Puss” Mrs C — I always was a cat person. I don’t know if she was in a hurry or if she really didn’t know how to spell it, but the first letter I got from her in college was addressed to “Dear Pus.”


Heh, weirdsister. I thought you’d given me a brilliant idea, but I just checked Zazzle and there’s already a ton of “eat my waffle” gear. Those people don’t miss a trick!

Comment from weirdsister
Time: January 28, 2010, 9:33 pm

Speaking of pie, Stoaty, here’s something I used in the kid’s gov’t class to illustrate the concept of ‘redistribution of wealth’…

Penn & Teller’s Obamanomics Explained: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WMzf9QzaNI8

Comment from BigBlueBug
Time: January 28, 2010, 10:07 pm

I look at Ms Cougar Curic and I get this giddy tingly

You know, like watching a monkey inspecting
a pocket watch.

RI update: Must Credit BBB

Borrowing money from the feds to pay unemployment
benefits. Don’t have the money to pay interest on
the loan. We are either getting a Casino or every
Rhode Islander is going to have to cough up a kidney
to sell on the black market.

Comment from Gromulin
Time: January 28, 2010, 10:14 pm

weirdsister – I’ve an even better one: We DON’T talk a lot about politics in the house, but wife has Fox News on in the background a lot, and just by osmosis, it has changed my 7y/o son’s outlook on Obama. Out of the blue a couple weeks ago, he pronounced that he didn’t think Obama was doing a very good job. When we asked him why he thought that, he just said “I hear that a lot”. Since we don’t discuss it, our best guess is that even a 7 year old is tuned in to the epic Fail that is our president. Cracked us both up.

Comment from Chef Mojo
Time: January 29, 2010, 2:48 am


Comment from d3ft punk
Time: January 29, 2010, 6:22 am

Speaking of Obama + pie (from back when I did that sort of thing)

Comment from Nicole
Time: January 29, 2010, 9:39 am

The whole pie thing just cracked me up. I think pie plus the shortness of the sentence is what did it. Didn’t eat his pie. Like next we’ll hear “didn’t eat his peas” and “wait till your father gets home.”

Comment from Buffoon
Time: January 29, 2010, 9:50 am

Is that a manure pie?

Comment from Mrs. Compton
Time: January 29, 2010, 11:12 am

Weirdsister, I love that you use that Penn and Teller skit!!!

Comment from jwpaine
Time: January 29, 2010, 3:31 pm

Kudos, Weez, for capturing (or photoshopping into existence) a pic of Teh Awesome that exhibits not one, not two, not three, but every friggin’ emotion Couric attributes to somebody who didn’t eat their pie.

confidential to Scubafeak: My first thought, as well. FTN!

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