August 23, 2008

I contemplate the symmetry of the names Obama and Biden.

Boggle fans may like this.



(And I know the proposed vandalism relates to the "B" in Obama, not the "M," but I'm not going to redo this.)

ADDED: Simon made this:



And cardeblu sees Damn. [But Glen was first!]

AND: lurker2209 said:
When I saw the word symmetry in your title, I thought that you were going to point out that when stacked like that, every vowel in OBAMA is above a consonant in BIDEN and every consonant is above a vowel. And both names alternate between vowels and consonants. It is weirdly symmetrical.

It's a damn conspiracy!

Amen!

92 comments:

1jpb said...

I was for Dole at the time, but the "Role Hemp" bumper stickers are still my all time favorite political name manipulation.

John Althouse Cohen said...

AMEN!!!

Ann Althouse said...

Role Hemp... should be "roll"... but still, LOL.

Meade said...

MEAN
MEAD
MAD
MAID

Ann Althouse said...

Edam... the cheese.

Ann Althouse said...

Aden... a city in Yemen. Yikes!

vbspurs said...

Yes, I posted about the number stats of Biden/Obama last night.

5 letters for Obama. 5 for Biden. 6 for Barack. 6 for Joseph.

I was also doing what you did, Boggle-style.

OB
BI
AD
ME
AN


I'm sure we could figure out some great Twitter Haikus for it.

Althouse, what are you doing?

Cheers,
Victoria

Meade said...

And here I thought I smoked too much [boggle].

glen said...

Damn (as in "no ...God damn America"

glen said...

Media (as in biased)

vbspurs said...

Aden... a city in Yemen. Yikes!

I gave up playing Scrabble (Literati) on Yahoo! because I found out most people used "cheat-sheets". Here's this online anagramme maker for Obama-Biden.

My favourites:

Babe Domain
Mania Bod Be
A Badmen Bio

And the best one for O'Bambi:

Babied Moan

cardeblu said...

OBAMA
BIDEN = Damn


OBAMA
BIDEN = Mean

Mortimer Brezny said...

name
die
ama = soul in spanish
aid
mead
bead

Clay Spinuzzi said...

DAME
MAIDEN

Simon said...

Very well spotted... Now, put into practice and thence to cafepress!

dccupp said...

DAME because Obama is rather metrosexual.

I like MADE for the chicago connections... interesting.

vbspurs said...

LOL, Cardeblu.

Okay, not to get ahead of ourselves but...oh, what the hell.

McCain Romney

Necromancy Mi (is it in the cards?)
A Mnemonic Cry (for Amba)
Mecca Yin Morn (ooh!)
Canine Cry Mom (woof)
Manic Crony Me (Washington pals)

And the best one:

My Iceman Corn (Maverick and the Iceman!!)

phx said...

I like "Idea Men" or "Idea Man" in there.

glen said...

Dome (Biden's head before the hair transplant)

Nabob (as in a couple of them actually)

Demon (fancy that)

Mania (oh dear)

Babied (see previous post on Media)

Bombed (we can only hope)

madawaskan said...
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Meade said...

Mad Men

vbspurs said...

Demon (fancy that)

Oh Oh. Why do I feel as if I were present the moment "Loose Change" was thought up?

Demon Change, cause Unfastened Coins is, you know, taken.

Bill White said...

I dunno whether words can share letters in this game, but "I am amen" is right there. He's the One. "I AM. Amen." I also dunno what it means that he needs Biden for that.

All this may not be so obvious, though. Have you seen their campaign sign in pictures of their Springfield rally today? http://news.yahoo.com/nphotos/slideshow/photo//080823/ids_photos_ts/r4289023566.jpg/

"MAIDEN" jumps right out in that configuration. Do either of the guys have maiden problems?

glen said...

Bill White said
"MAIDEN" jumps right out in that configuration. Do either of the guys have maiden problems?


Boned (as in have they?)

vbspurs said...

Oba Me.

Zachary Paul Sire said...

DIM, as in most of you guys are f**king DIMwits.

No! Just kidding.

You'll like this better:

DIM, as in Obama/Biden's chances of winning.

vbspurs said...

This is already making the rounds:

Obama picked him because he will be 66 in November.
Biden is in his 6th term.
Biden has served the 6th longest period among the current Senators.

glen said...

Amoeba (as in a one-celled parasite with no definite form)

And finally...

Bemoan (as in I bemoan the fact that Ann credits Cardeblu with DAMN when I arrived at it first.

dccupp said...

ABIDE
ABODE

OBAMA/BIDEN

Meade said...

I
BE
DA
NEW
MESSIAH

(Okay I stretched that one a little bit.)

dccupp said...

BAD OMEN

rhhardin said...

M and B are both labials.

``Bathed by the mist'' depends on it for hidden alliteration.

cardeblu said...

Glen, actually I was going more for the "damn mean" aspect, but...

;PP

dccupp said...

END
DEAN

glen said...

nomad (as in certain elusive Muslims)

of course, many would consider that...

ani (as in related to the cuckoo)

But I say...

ado (as in much about nothing)

PS> Thanks Carde ;-)

Ben (The Tiger) said...

Bade.

BAMN (the anti-Connerly people).

Named.

Simon said...

Ben,
I was at a symposium earlier in the year that was disrupted by BAMN, and several of them came up to the microphone at the Q&A of Connerly's panel and began a long rant with "Hi, I'm a member of BAMN, and..." Anyway, later in the day, at the Q& for the law & economics panel, Prof. Merril is the next questioner, and the panel chair introduces him and exhorts him to say something controversial. Merril thinks for a minute and begins "I'm a member of BAMN, and..."

I guess you had to be there, but it was very funny at the time...

Trooper York said...

O is for the optimism I am selling

B is for the Black man I half am

A is for the African who made me

M is the Man I want to stick it to

A is for the asshole who is my vp

B is for the bitch from the primary

I is for the idiots I will repay

D is for the disaster I will be

E is for the error they have made

N is the word you want to call me

Put it all together it spells victory

If it doesn’t then racist you all will be.

lurker2209 said...

When I saw the word symmetry in your title, I thought that you were going to point out that when stacked like that, every vowel in OBAMA is above a consonant in BIDEN and every consonant is above a vowel. And both names alternate between vowels and consonants. It is weirdly symmetrical.

Eli Blake said...

Dang, if you are having so much fun with five letter names, I guess I should be glad Obama and Biden don't have six letters (especially since Obama's first name does), or all you righties would be going nuts right now.

Then again, if McCain picks Romney we are 2/3 of the way there.

Skyler said...

I enjoyed watching that but I found myself rooting for you to say the most obvious (to me) "amen" and I thought you were just yanking our chain saving it for last.

Trooper York said...
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Trooper York said...

Hussein/Robinette because we are firmly stuck in the middle with you!

al said...

thence to cafepress!

That would get me to purchase something with Obama's name on it.

Well done!

Anil Petra said...

The latest talk is that this choice of Joe Biden, a "grown up", mimicks George W. Bush's playbook pick of Dick Cheney as his VP.

Hmmm. Symmetry, names?

I suggest we nickname Obama's VP "Joe Cheney".

Ben (The Tiger) said...

Not Cheney, Bentsen.

(We hope, anyway.)

Trooper York said...

Well of course Clueless Joe is going to plagiarize Dick Cheney's playbook. That's his trademark after all.

Chip Ahoy said...
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TitusStagLeap said...

OK, I am getting ready to get my pussy out but some nights I just don't want to do it.

I went to Marc from Marc Jacobs today to ask if they had the shirt that I lost last weekend and they looked at me like I had three heads.

"Umm, I don't know that shirt". Well can you order it bitch? I had to explain it to them and they had no clue. It was in the store a fucking week ago. Should not these sales queens know the collection?
And do all of you have to look exactly the same? Malnourished, hair scattered and totally bitchy.
Forget it.

So I ended up going to Marc Jacobs and French Connection and got a couple of cute blouses so I think I am set. My heart isn't really into it tonight though, but usually on those nights I do well.

We will see.

TitusStagLeap said...

At Marc Jacobs I was fortunate to deal with the women sales girls which are much better than the waify men twerps.

TitusStagLeap said...

For those of you interested the jeans tonight will be Paper, Denim and Cloth.

TitusStagLeap said...

I like Joe Bidin. Yes, he talks quite a bit but he seems pretty cool. He has a nice smile and his wife is cute.

Peggy Noonan Loves him.

vbspurs said...

Then again, if McCain picks Romney we are 2/3 of the way there.

Dammit, Eli! That was my upcoming post and now you done blewed it.

Mitt = 4 letters
John = 4 letters

McCain = 6 letters
Romney = 6 letters


If that's the ticket, this election is shaping up to be a numerologist's bonanza.

Now, what does it all mean though??

*cue spooky music*

Cheers,
Victotia

vbspurs said...

Edam... the cheese.

You mean, not the first man with dyslexia?

reader_iam said...

I'm assuming that people know that, at least with regard to the speech/Neil Kinnock flap, it's not precisely how it was, and is, being presented, for political reasons. Right? Not that fairness and precision are the point in terms of political presentation and spin of it; I do get that. It would bug me, a bit, though, if people actually believed what they were saying, as they're putting it.

vbspurs said...

(Okay I stretched that one a little bit.)

LOL, Meade. That and Troops alphabet city, plus Simon's Bad Men were the best in a very creative thread.

Trooper York said...

Everybody who ever wrote a book report from reading classic comics know's what that's all about.

It just that journalist's have a much bigger tolerance for plagiarism than your average bear. Just sayn'

Unless of course it is a conservative blogger or someone like that, then your liberal journalist types will gather up their torches and pitchforks and go out to kill Frankenstein.

Simon said...

vbspurs said...
"LOL, Meade. That and Troops alphabet city, plus Simon's Bad Men were the best in a very creative thread."

I can't take any credit at all. It was 100% Althouse's idea. I just rendered it in photoshop.

vbspurs said...

It was 100% Althouse's idea.

Aww. How gallant, Simon. But don't worry -- she rips off ideas from others all the time.

Photoshop skills are underrated!

Cheers,
Victoria

From Inwood said...

Prof A

What immortal hand or eye,
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?

From Inwood said...

Prof A

Apparently Simon can. Or at least photoshop thy fearful symmetry.

former law student said...

I think ol' Howard had a hand in the VP selection:

MEAN DEAN MADE ME BID BIDEN; DEAN BADE ME DAMN BOB, AIDEN - OBAMA

But with the AID of BIDEN, OBAMA has it MADE.

titus -- pissy queen salesmen are the bane of shopping in SF. I don't know why they select retail as a career.

garage mahal said...

Interesting anagrams with "Obama Biden"

BAMBI ANODE
BABE DOMAIN
AMOEBA BIND
NADIA BOB ME
A MAO BIND BE

Just for kicks "McCain Romney"

RAM ICY CON MEN
MAC CORNY ME IN
COMA MERCY INN
CRAM CONE IN MY
NANCY RICE MOM
RACY MONIC MEN
YARN COMIC MEN
ACRONYM MINCE
NANCY COME RIM

And of course "Ann Althouse"

A NEAT LUSH NO
ETHANOL ANUS
HATE ANN SOUL
ANUS TAN HOLE
AN ANUS HOTEL
LEASH ANN OUT
LOAN TUNA SHE
ANN USA HOTEL
A SEAL HUNT ON

Ann Althouse said...

The official anagram for Ann Althouse is: Nun's Oath Ale.

AllenS said...

OBAMA-BIDEN

Abbreviated version:

OBADEN

TitusStagLeap said...

I did a guy from Bayonne tonight. He was hot and very bridge and tunnel. I love that.

As opposed to me who is very....

Mortimer Brezny said...

The official anagram for Ann Althouse is: Nun's Oath Ale.

Simon. I would buy the tee-shirt that had a picture of this beer on it. I would make a joke about Ann in a wimple, but I am fearful Trooper York will attack me for it.

Dan from Madison said...

I am late to this party so most of what I saw was already mentioned.

Not mentioned yet is the super important question of why Althouse makes her A in two different ways, one not picking up the pen, and one picking up the pen and making the more neat cross stroke.

Ann Althouse said...

"Simon. I would buy the tee-shirt that had a picture of this beer on it."

There does need to be some Althouse blog merchandise. I was thinking I needed to actually go into the brewery business. But I could have just a T-shirt... some mugs... Cafe Press stuff....

I think I need an image of a feisty nun to go with the words, though.... Not just the letters....

AlgonquinS said...

"There does need to be some Althouse blog merchandise"

1. An Ann Althouse bobble head doll. I'd buy one.

2. Drop your pants and hop up on the Xerox machine, take a picture and then sell the image as wallpaper/screen saver. I'll buy two.

Meade said...

NUN'S OATH ALE
Get In the Habit!

Ruth Anne Adams said...
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Ann Althouse said...

Dan from Madison said... "Not mentioned yet is the super important question of why Althouse makes her A in two different ways, one not picking up the pen, and one picking up the pen and making the more neat cross stroke."

Good question... There is an explanation.

Meade: Love the slogan! It would probably be illegal, actually, if I wanted to use it to sell alcohol. I'm not up on the law here, but I think you can't make light of alcoholism on the packaging.

Ruth Anne: Thanks for remembering what I forgot and proving once again why you are the Official Historial of the Althouse Blog.

Attila said...

Obama-Biden is also nearly impossible to pronounce without practice.

Meade said...

Obiden off more than he can chew.

Meade said...
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Meade said...

"...I think you can't make light of alcoholism on the packaging"

But be honest: You have no real ambitions to start a brewery. Do you?

You're an artist. A master blogger. Maker of mocking memes, vortextual themes, and lusciously lucid dreams.

Mortimer Brezny said...

I think I need an image of a feisty nun to go with the words, though.... Not just the letters....

Well, see, that's where the image of you in a wimple comes in...

Wimplepalooza. Patent Application for Wimple.

Ruth Anne Adams said...
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Simon said...

Mortimer Brezny said...
"[Althouse said that t]he official anagram for Ann Althouse is: Nun's Oath Ale. [¶] Simon. I would buy the tee-shirt that had a picture of this beer on it."

I homebrew, so maybe I should brew up a batch with this caption. ;)

I'll see if I can come up with an appropriate label sometime next week (taking Meade's and Ann's elements into account) and let you know.

vbspurs said...

McCain Palin: Calm in Panic

Is this perfect, or what?!

vbspurs said...

OBAMA-BIDEN

Abbreviated version:

OBADEN


I've blogged about Osama Bin Biden already, but saw an eBay t-shirt with Obama Bin Biden. I was sniped!

Simon said...

Ruth Anne Adams said...
"McCain Palin: Calm in Panic"

vbspurs said...
"Is this perfect, or what?!"

Nice! I sense an animation project coming on.

Meade said...

Simon said...
"I'll see if I can come up with an appropriate label sometime next week (taking Meade's and Ann's elements into account) and let you know."

Set em up, Simon. I'm buying!

Ruth Anne Adams said...
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Meade said...

Come on, Ruth Anne, you know that alone has gotta qualify me as second-husband-grade material. Don't it?

Ruth Anne Adams said...
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vbspurs said...

Simon, count me in too! Large, so I can sleep in it. ;)

jdeeripper said...

Obama/Biden. Osama bin Laden. Bad Omen, Amen.

Meade said...

Ruth Anne, you may fully vet me anyplace, anytime.

Simon said...

As promised in my 6:35 PM comment above, BAD MEN, cafepressed.