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Is it just me?

This image is really grating on my nerves: the President of the United States walking around clutching a huge goofy-ass microphone, like Bob Barker or some shit.

Bipartisan bitch. Bush did it. Clinton did it. I even found a picture of Bush I at it.

If they can’t wire him up so his voice mysteriously booms out of everywhere like Jovian magic, at least could they give him a long slender Trekky sort of mic? Or one of those little wireless ear clippy things, like some kind of President Tony Stark?

I don’t mind it so much in the initial campaign, but once you’re the leader of my country, I expect you to comport yourself with more dignity than the last fifteen minutes of a Jerry Lewis telethon. Thenk yew.


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Time: October 14, 2010, 10:33 pm

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Comment from SCOTTtheBADGER
Time: October 14, 2010, 10:36 pm

A wireless lapel mike would be prefered.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: October 14, 2010, 10:40 pm

Yes. That would do fine.

Comment from Mark T
Time: October 14, 2010, 10:47 pm

I think this particular big ol’ mike doubles as an incense censer and a holy water sprinkler. He kinda likes it cuz it feels like an ice cream cone, too. Poser.

Comment from Allen
Time: October 14, 2010, 10:53 pm

It’s to hide his Slurpee in.

Comment from Pupster
Time: October 14, 2010, 11:02 pm

That is not a microphone.

http://tinyurl.com/35toq7b NSFW

Comment from Enas Yorl
Time: October 14, 2010, 11:27 pm

^Pffft! He didn’t even hold the hit! Waste.

Gene Rayburn had the coolest microphone ever.

Comment from Randy Rager
Time: October 14, 2010, 11:51 pm

Glenn Beck was more modern at the recent “Taking America Back From Dirty Filthy Commies Rally”, or whatever they called it.

Comment from The Dread Pirate Neck Beard
Time: October 15, 2010, 12:05 am

I would be that he is, in fact, wired with a lapel mic: the fat black cock in his hand is a prop so he feels more at ease in front of an audience.

Comment from Scubafreak
Time: October 15, 2010, 12:43 am

It’s probably as close to an Imperial Sceptre as he thinks he can get away with…..

Comment from Monotone (The Elderish)
Time: October 15, 2010, 1:02 am

What, The president can’t use his blackberry for that?!

Comment from Scubafreak
Time: October 15, 2010, 1:04 am

Oh, Stoatie. Did you catch the latest manufactured outrage? Virtually in my back yard… 😉


Comment from Mark
Time: October 15, 2010, 1:36 am

Hey, Scubafreak! If only the Rockies were able to hit one out of the park like that, they’d win the World Series instead of starting their vacations early…

Comment from Mark
Time: October 15, 2010, 1:38 am

And Stoatie – Hey knows better than to actually tea-bag Soros on camera, so this just keeps him in practice for when the red light goes off…

Comment from Elphaba
Time: October 15, 2010, 3:41 am

I’d vote for Tony Stark. =D

Comment from Anonymous
Time: October 15, 2010, 6:49 am

He could wear one of those headset thingies like some motivational speakers have. Then he could wave his arms around while he tells everybody how he can run their lives better than they can.


Comment from gebrauchshund
Time: October 15, 2010, 6:52 am

Oops, I anonymousized myself.

Comment from Clifford Scridlow
Time: October 15, 2010, 1:57 pm

“I expect you to comport yourself with more dignity than the last fifteen minutes of a Jerry Lewis telethon”.


Comment from Bill (now the .000357% of your traffic that’s from Iraq) T
Time: October 15, 2010, 6:44 pm

A wireless lapel mike would be prefered.

One without any power source, hopefully…

Comment from bad cat robot
Time: October 15, 2010, 10:19 pm

That’s what the Faraday cage is for, natch. We’ll tell him its for EMP security or somesuch.

Comment from Christopher Taylor
Time: October 15, 2010, 11:22 pm

I have no doubt they focus tested and image polled this to death trying to find out what made him look most presidential.

Comment from David Gillies
Time: October 15, 2010, 11:53 pm

Whenever I see someone walking around with a mike like that I expect him to start busting out a Vic Damone number. And even if you hate Obama, you have to admit that would be awesome.

Comment from Pablo
Time: October 17, 2010, 1:23 am

Bob Barker throws a flag on the play.

Comment from Christopher Taylor
Time: October 19, 2010, 1:56 am

As long as its not “Cincinatti Dancing Pig.” I’m pretty sure Vic Damone is the guy that the singer in Godfather 1 was modeled after.

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