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Politics for Dilettantes

Kawaii -- Wednesday, October 08, 2003 -- 10:08:43 PM

Apathetic? Uninformed? Don't even vote? Have your bread and want your circus?

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Nicholas Kronos -- Friday, July 18, 2014 -- 04:49:47 AM -- 5330 of 5349
At least Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs lives.

Rick Perry and Barack Obama don't seem to laugh at the same things:

CurbSide -- Friday, July 18, 2014 -- 12:14:16 PM -- 5331 of 5349
I have cheese touch.

The folks on the right are laughing, the folks on the left are stone-faced. Maybe Perry has revealed his plans to run again in 2016.

Nicholas Kronos -- Friday, July 18, 2014 -- 01:14:03 PM -- 5332 of 5349
At least Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs lives.

Perry is Feech LaManna:

Nicholas Kronos -- Saturday, July 19, 2014 -- 05:13:22 PM -- 5333 of 5349
At least Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs lives.

Kimberly Guilfoyle: "The only way Putin is in any danger from Obama is if Putin is blocking the doorway to a fundraiser."

Besides funny, it's an excuse to post a picture of Guilfoyle:

Henry Jones -- Monday, July 21, 2014 -- 09:02:43 PM -- 5334 of 5349
Cold ass honky

Hmmm. . isn't she often seen with Andrea Tantaros?

Nicholas Kronos -- Monday, July 21, 2014 -- 10:23:59 PM -- 5335 of 5349
At least Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs lives.

She was married to Gavin Newsome. FWIW.

Anyway, she's sexy and hot, thus worth a picture to liven a dull thread. But she doesn't send my streetcar around the tracks. She has the kind of face that you're better off avoiding plastic surgery and just letting it age.

Pincher Martin -- Tuesday, July 22, 2014 -- 05:17:42 PM -- 5336 of 5349
"Whoever is winning at the moment will always seem to be invincible." -- George Orwell

When I first heard about the Obamas possibly purchasing a home in Rancho Mirage, California, I wondered why our urban sophisticate - who has spent the last thirty-five years of his life living in places like Los Angeles, Manhattan, Boston, Chicago and now Washington DC - would want to live in a desert community with a population under 20,000 and no local culture to speak of. Wouldn't he be more comfortable returning to Chicago or following Bill Clinton to New York City?

What does Rancho Mirage have over those cities?

And then it occurred to me: Golf.

Rancho Mirage has twelve golf courses, also known as country clubs or golf resorts. The city's first resort was the Thunderbird Guest Ranch, opened in 1946 for entertainers and business clientele. Other golf resorts are the Tamarisk, Mission Hills, the Springs, Sunrise, Omni Resorts Rancho Las Palmas hotel (opened in 1979 to replace the Desert Air golf and private airport from 19541978), Rancho Mirage, Morningside, Mission Hills North Course, Westin Hotels Mission Hills resort, and Tuscania by Sunrise Company opened in 2006.

Good to see our semi-retired president is planning ahead about something.

Kate D -- Tuesday, July 22, 2014 -- 05:56:53 PM -- 5337 of 5349
What will it profit a man to gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?

Good grief, I hope my dad gets out of there before O moves in. My dad's a fan, though. Still.

CurbSide -- Tuesday, July 22, 2014 -- 07:01:39 PM -- 5338 of 5349
I have cheese touch.

I've been by his house in Chicago. When I was a kid, you could walk right past it. Now, it's impossible to get anywhere near it. I'm guessing it's easier to protect an ex-president in a community like that, vs. an urban environment.

Pincher Martin -- Tuesday, July 22, 2014 -- 07:49:53 PM -- 5339 of 5349
"Whoever is winning at the moment will always seem to be invincible." -- George Orwell

I didn't think Obama had to move back to his previous home in Chicago. I'm sure there are many other houses and neighborhoods in Chicago.

I was just momentarily caught off guard by his desire to be in the middle of so many old white people in a vast cultural wasteland.

When I was a kid, you could walk right past it. Now, it's impossible to get anywhere near it.

Yeah, well I'm not surprised to find out it's the new Graceland. Obama was always a better celebrity than he was a politician.

Pincher Martin -- Tuesday, July 22, 2014 -- 07:55:18 PM -- 5340 of 5349
"Whoever is winning at the moment will always seem to be invincible." -- George Orwell

I googled Rancho Mirage for images and here are the first few photos that came up.

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Pincher Martin -- Tuesday, July 22, 2014 -- 07:56:12 PM -- 5341 of 5349
"Whoever is winning at the moment will always seem to be invincible." -- George Orwell

Beautiful area. But it's pretty much just golf courses and homes for golfers.

I'm guessing the president and the first lady won't be spending too much time together in retirement if that home sale goes through. Don't try to tell me Michelle is high on Rancho Mirage.

CurbSide -- Tuesday, July 22, 2014 -- 10:54:45 PM -- 5342 of 5349
I have cheese touch.

Just about anywhere you would live within the Chicago city limits would be in a dense area and hard to protect.

Yeah, well I'm not surprised to find out it's the new Graceland. Obama was always a better celebrity than he was a politician.

I don't know if it's a destination for tourists and the like. I think it's just hard to get all that close to the President no matter what. George Bush's home in Dallas is about 8,000 square feet. I don't know how big the lot is, but it's probably bigger than the city lot and a half the Obamas have.

The weather in California is nicer than it is in Chicago, unless you have a thing for six months of winter. Maybe they are thinking the girls will go do Stanford.

Pincher Martin -- Tuesday, July 22, 2014 -- 11:48:09 PM -- 5343 of 5349
"Whoever is winning at the moment will always seem to be invincible." -- George Orwell

Curb,

No one said Obama's home had to be inside the city limits. I've never been to Chicago, but I'm sure if it's like most U.S. cities, there are numerous wealthy, suburban areas within easy driving distance of downtown.

The Clintons live in a large suburban home in Westchester County that's less than an hour's drive from Manhattan and Clinton's former office in Harlem.

I don't know if it's a destination for tourists and the like. I think it's just hard to get all that close to the President no matter what. George Bush's home in Dallas is about 8,000 square feet. I don't know how big the lot is, but it's probably bigger than the city lot and a half the Obamas have.

I don't care about the size or price of the home. I was talking about its unusual location for a man who's lived in cities his entire life and who appears to style himself an urban sophisticate and environmentalist.

Rancho Mirage is a place for wealthy white retirees who like to play golf. The closest city (Los Angeles) is more than a two-hour drive away. There's no culture to speak of - unless you consider a local Indian casino to be cultural. (Joshua Tree National Monument is close by, but somehow I don't think that was the draw for the president, if indeed he and his family do plan to live in Rancho Mirage.)

The weather in California is nicer than it is in Chicago, unless you have a thing for six months of winter. Maybe they are thinking the girls will go do Stanford.

So he should live in LA or the Bay Area. Those places wouldn't surprise me. They certainly fit Obama to a tee. He practically lives in those areas already, with the countless fundraising trips he's taken to this state over the last six years.

I just think it's funny that our president appears to be so consumed by the game of golf that he would let it drive his post-presidential retirement plans. Nixon went home to California. Reagan and Bush retired to their ranches in California and Texas. Carter went back to Georgia. Clinton sought out the bright lives and multicultural environment of New York.

And Obama? He's heading to Golf mecca, baby !

Pincher Martin -- Tuesday, July 22, 2014 -- 11:54:44 PM -- 5344 of 5349
"Whoever is winning at the moment will always seem to be invincible." -- George Orwell

It appears a couple of prominent politicians did make Rancho Mirage their home before passing away.

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Ford, Agnew, and Obama. Just one more for a foursome.

Nicholas Kronos -- Wednesday, July 23, 2014 -- 12:50:44 AM -- 5345 of 5349
At least Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs lives.

Perhaps they could name a course in his honor: El Presidente Mirage.

MsIt -- Wednesday, July 23, 2014 -- 01:28:11 PM -- 5346 of 5349

El Presidente Mirage.

Ha! This made me laugh.

Kate D -- Wednesday, July 23, 2014 -- 07:17:34 PM -- 5347 of 5349
What will it profit a man to gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?

Me too! Meanwhile, Obama is in San Francisco fundraising AGAIN, tying up traffic.

Henry Jones -- Wednesday, July 23, 2014 -- 07:31:26 PM -- 5348 of 5349
Cold ass honky

He was in Seattle yesterday. During the week in which all except one lane of I90 westbound of a major commuter segment is closed. Yeah, friend of the peasantry, he is.

Nicholas Kronos -- Sunday, August 03, 2014 -- 08:28:33 PM -- 5349 of 5349
At least Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs lives.

I'll get right on that.

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