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What happens when you put people who hate government in charge of the government

Froomkin:

One member of the White House new-media team came to work on Tuesday, right after the swearing-in ceremony, only to discover that it was impossible to know which programs could be updated, or even which computers could be used for which purposes. The team members, accustomed to working on Macintoshes, found computers outfitted with six-year-old versions of Microsoft software.

Ouch! Now that's raw evil.

Of course, Obama's deeply mediocre drunken groper of a chief speechwriter, as a fully paid up member of the creative [cough] class, doubtless uses a Mac, so we're still in 2% less raw evil territory. But still.

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Damon's picture
Submitted by Damon on

This sounds like an honest-to-goodness nightmare of a computer geek.

But, they hate government, though?

But, we've always been at war with Eastasia...

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Submitted by vastleft on

that Obama wrote the inaugural speech by himself.

He might take note that Sir Elton John has sworn off his brief attempts at writing his own lyrics.

Ironically, the biggest song Captain Fantastic wrote all by hisself was called "The One."

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Submitted by elixir on

this will be a rude wake up call from the Obama induced haze. Oh my, six year old applications, what shall we do?!! News flash, that's what the majority of the working world is using. Get used to it.

I love this job!

Submitted by jawbone on

President Barack Obama may have bounced the draft off of a few people, starting with his wife Michelle, who told reporters Saturday on the Obama Train that the speech would be "great." The president, showing he is capable of modesty at times, laughed and said she should have predicted just an "alright" inauguration speech.

Not sure why he put "alright" in quotes; perhaps he's quoting a news report. However, the spelling should "all right"; "alright" is a construction some people seem to take from "already."

Anyway, grammar rant over.

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Submitted by Sarah on

construction bugs hell out of me.

I would bet Obama actually said "all right" -- as in, "okay" or "good enough".

But I don't have audio to listen to.

Lazy reporters bug me. Whether they're doing sports, or news, or covering court cases, or getting stuff so wrong it ends up being a lie, if they cannot be bothered to check spelling, they make me suspect they're not bothering to check facts, too.


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Submitted by gqmartinez on

Or had it been hyped beyond belief such that not even God incarnate (or FSM-incarnate) could live up to the expectation?

I remember hearing by every how great "The Ring" was, how creepy it was. It took me about two years to finally see it after having it built up and was sorely disappointed. After a few other watchings since, and reasonable expectations, I could see why some liked it.

I haven't heard the speech--I'm waiting for all the hype and expectation to die down. I'm just curious as to how bad it really was. Like Pepsi Clear, the hype often ruins the way the product is received.

Only tyrants rig elections.

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Submitted by LostClown on

Granted I watched it after watching Ringu. They perverted all the best parts of Ringu and took all the suspense out of it. Americans don't know how to make good thrillers.

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Submitted by Sarah on

was fine for what he wanted it to do. What's caused everybody to be so down on it was, I think, simple. It wasn't poetic, or heroic; it was "roll up your sleeves, we're just getting started," not "okay, now it's all under control." What he wanted it to do wasn't at all what the Obamanation had in mind.

He said, essentially, things are bad. Didn't get this effed-up overnight, won't get fixed overnight. Can't do it without you, folks. But if you'll stay with me ... well, hey. Look, I won.
You made that happen. What can't come after that, if we stick together and work on it?
Kinda nice, actually, to hear him use language even a Chimpy supporter could grok, and say things that were so blatantly obvious as to be inarguable.


We can admit that we’re killers … but we’re not going to kill today. That’s all it takes! ~ Captain James T. Kirk, Stardate 3193.0

1 John 4:18