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July 24, 2011

Dear Leader’s Birthday Bash

Filed under: politics, Russia — Tags: , , , — edge of the sandbox @ 10:11 am

Friday I was listening to Mark Steyn, the undocumented anchorman subbing for Rush Limbaugh, who, apparently is attending a funeral of some Jewess.  Unfortunately, Steyn’s hilarious take on Obamster’s 50th Birthday bash scheduled for the day after his own debt ceiling deadline is not available on the interwebs.  Because our President is the kind of guy who celebrates his Birthday with a fundraiser, my.barakobama.com is advising the minions how to celebrate dear leader’s 50th.  Apparently, the proper way to throw dear leader’s party is to invite 50 people to listen to his 50 minute speech.  I, for one, am looking forward to that speech.  I suspect MO’s holiday attire will be entertaining as well.

If one is a die-hard Obama fan, however, this might be just a tad bit uncomfortable.  Imagine trying to round up 50 individuals for an hour of yawning.  They will probably raise money, and lots of it, because giving to Obamster is the polite thing to do, especially on such occasion, but a party, really?  I’m trying to imagine individuals willing to throw it. Perhaps some shameless party hacks and nerds pretending that this exercise in Presidential personality worship is cute.  I suspect, unless the party is in danger of being immortalized for a news outlet, there will be a lot of no-shows.

Talking about fundamentally transforming American character!  I’m blessed to live in a country where we have to google our founders’ Birthdays.  I happened to know that both John Adams and Thomas Jefferson died on the 4th of July, but that’s easy to remember.

The 22 of April and 21 of January are not easy to remember, but they are branded into my brain.  April 22 is Lenin’s Birthday, which the whole country was required to celebrate.  We schoolchildren had to wear our dress uniforms for the occasion and listen to stories about grandpa Lenin.  The pupils who failed to show up in dress occasion uniforms were yelled at in front of the whole class.  Soviet educators were not sold on self-esteem, you see.

dress uniform
White aprons and bows for girls, white shirts for boys.

Since no special uniform was required for the commemoration of Lenin’s death, few  remember the date.  My uncle happened to be born on January 21, and in the 30s, back when he was a boy, the family couldn’t celebrate his Birthday.

everyday uniform

That's the everyday uniform: Dark blue suits and light blue shirts for boys and black aprons and non-white, typically black, bows for girls. The schoolchildren here are young pioneers, hence the red neckgear.

By the way, this is my fifth post this week.  Mr. Hawkins, you are an inspiration!

7/24 UPDATE: linked by Political Junkie Mom.  Thanks!

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4 Comments »

  1. Would it be all right to wish Obama an unhappy birthday? No, we would probably be accused of being racist.

    Comment by Conservatives on Fire — July 24, 2011 @ 12:35 pm

  2. Hey there Missy. A commercial on Nick channel reminded me of you the other day. It was the pretty boys of Big Time Rush about a Get Active challenge–you know how Michelle is gonna save our kids from obesity and stuff.

    So they’re hawking this propaganda, and the Big Reward you can earn for participating . . . “a certificate signed by President Obama!”

    Reminiscent of the certificate you received as a kid, for Socially Useful Labor, isn’t it? LOL
    http://popcrush.com/big-time-rush-michelle-obama-million-pala-challenge/

    Comment by nooneofanyimport — July 24, 2011 @ 1:47 pm

  3. The Obamaheads reminds me of the Greek oracle’s prediction that “a great nation would fall” if Croesus invaded Persia. Croesus, of course, thought the oracle meant Persia would fall. Unfortunately for him, he was wrong.

    And so is Hope and Change.

    Comment by Harrison — July 24, 2011 @ 10:48 pm

  4. Conservatives on Fire,
    I’m thinking of ways to with him an unhappy Birthday. 😉

    Linda,
    It’s eerie, isn’t it?
    Since when do kids need extra motivation to play? Maybe parents need a push to get security detail worked out…

    Harrison,
    So true. I can’t wait for 2012.

    Comment by edge of the sandbox — July 25, 2011 @ 3:58 pm


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