November 21, 2012

"It's not surprising that we're so bitter, and we cling to hand grenades and Anglican religion and we use Va-a-a-a-se-line."

That quote ends the previous post, which you need to absorb — perhaps with a piece of toast — to ready yourself for the following exercise in photo comparison.

We have here 2 famous expressions. The first is "Child with Toy Hand Grenade in Central Park" (in the 1962 Diane Arbus photograph) and the second is President Obama, enjoying the perks of the presidency, doing the "not impressed" pose with McKayla Maroney:


(Click photos to enlarge.)

83 comments:

ricpic said...

Which is more grotesque, any Diane Arbus photograph (since they're all grotesque) or the executor of the Cloward and Piven strategy to bring America to its knees, doing cute?

MadisonMan said...

I am beyond tired of that picture of Obama.

X said...

the arbus photo reminds me of obamaphone lady for some reason. must be that they were both trying to make a point about America.

MadisonMan said...

(Probably because I don't think it's clever for a grown man to imitate a young woman.)

edutcher said...

About the same reaction as Carter being photographed with his feet on the desk in the Oval Office.

Erika said...

I've never seen any of those expressions before. I don't care for Kewl Hip Culturally Relevant Obama. I have no idea who that girl is whose Famous Expression he is replicating.

However, I clearly remembered the Beavis & Butthead clip and re-watched it with delight when someone linked it in the comments. "Why does he keep singing about these people he knows? Who gives a rat's ass?" LOL!

Craig said...

Does the vas in vaseline refer to the vas deferens between the testicles and the prostate?

Colonel Angus said...

I don't blame her for being unimpressed with Obama.

Scott said...

Diane Arbus committed suicide, most likely as a result of untreated mental illness.

President Obama is a malignant narcissist, which is not mental illness so much as a character disorder.

AJ Lynch said...

HTF does Obama find time to keep up on this pop culture stuff? He must watch ESPN etc nonstop yet he claims he is working so hard.

That reminds me "Working so hard working so hard for you and me" is a refrain from a 1960's rock & roll song by The Animals?

Aridog said...

Oh, look ....SQUIRREL!

garage mahal said...

That pic is awesome, and I couldn't really see Romney pulling that off.

(Sent from my ObamaPhone)

chickelit said...

Vasoline is petroleum jelly--so is Naplam. Is that the point here?

Patrick said...

(Sent from my ObamaPhone)

That's pretty good Garage. I'll give you a few points for that.

Happy Thanksgiving, all.

Danno said...

You mentioned toast as the something on which to spread the Vaseline?

Colonel Angus said...

That pic is awesome, and I couldn't really see Romney pulling that off.

Probably because Romney isn't an idiot.

Danno said...

You mentioned toast as the something on which to spread the Vaseline?

MadisonMan said...

HTF does Obama find time to keep up on this pop culture stuff?

He does have teen daughters.

MadisonMan said...

Does the vas in vaseline refer to the vas deferens between the testicles and the prostate?

As opposed to a vas deferens you find elsewhere?

Drago said...

garage: "That pic is awesome, and I couldn't really see Romney pulling that off."

There's no question that obama and Romney have different skill sets.

David said...

Back to when kids in Central Park were scrawny, lacked designer clothes and got their knees dirty. Plus that slight whiff of Hitler Youth.

Drago said...

You know what obama can't pull off?

Keeping the US Credit rating from being downgraded.

Again, different skill sets.

How many new mass layoff notices went out this week?

FleetUSA said...

The kid picture just shows how the media can distort anything and make it a sensation well beyond the initial take.

America and the media are just suckers for this type of c***.

McTriumph said...

Arbus was known to be the photographer of freaks, my guess is the photographer of the second photo is of the Arbus school.

Clyde said...

It's okay, McKayla. I'm not impressed with Obama, either.

AJ Lynch said...

Song was by the Yardbirds I think not the Animals.

SomeoneHasToSayIt said...

Nothing about Obama is funny.

He is a bad bad man.

mojavehicular said...

Another kid who probably spent time in Central Park was photographed by Diane Arbus: Anderson Cooper.

The grenade boy's father, Sidney Wood, won the men's singles at Wimbledon in 1931.

EMD said...

I am beyond tired of that picture of Obama.

C'mon. If that were Bush, everyone here would be talking about how charming the damn thing is.

Henry said...

I keep seeing that picture and I keep asking myself, who is McKayla Maroney?

Pastafarian said...

Am I the only one who, upon seeing that photo of Obama, has an overpowering urge to punch him in his fucking face?

Maybe the gymnast punched him, right after the photo was taken. She's a 4 foot 11 teen girl, and she has broader shoulders and thicker arms than he does. She could take him apart at the joints.

Just look at those creepy effeminate hands of his. Has he ever done anything with them other than eat and wipe his ass?

Unknown said...

"Suspected Denver serial rapist has ties to high-profile Democrats" is the headline. When the War on Women hits too close to home we can Name That Party!
Posted: 11/21/2012 12:01:00 AM MST
Updated: 11/21/2012 05:56:32 AM MST
By Jessica Fender
The Denver Post




Read more: Suspected Denver serial rapist has ties to high-profile Democrats - The Denver Post http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_22038466/suspected-denver-serial-rapist-has-ties-high-profile#ixzz2CsSt1evK
Read The Denver Post's Terms of Use of its content: http://www.denverpost.com/termsofuse

Baron Zemo said...

MadisonMan said...
(Probably because I don't think it's clever for a grown man to imitate a young woman.)

This is old news. Didn't you see him throw a baseball?

NotquiteunBuckley said...

"The first time any law enforcement agency got to know Costello was July 6 in the parking lot of a Denver King Soopers. He allegedly assaulted an anti-abortion petitioner by shoving the man off his bike and breaking his hip after Costello "shouted obscenities" and "said he believes in abortion," according to the affidavit."

Read more: Suspected Denver serial rapist has ties to high-profile Democrats - The Denver Post http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_22038466/suspected-denver-serial-rapist-has-ties-high-profile#ixzz2CsTjz0VF
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NotquiteunBuckley said...

Just like protocol of Fast and Furious, these fucking Dems rape then proclaim their love of abortion especially in cases of rape and incest.

Colonel Angus said...

(Probably because I don't think it's clever for a grown man to imitate a young woman.)

This is old news. Didn't you see him throw a baseball?


In Mom Jeans no less.

Chip Ahoy said...

President Obama is among the most hip leaders the United States

First sentence. Gags. Stopped dead on gag-reflex inducing kneepad-worthy fellating blowing first sentence, you know the rest must be pure sterling crap. LA Times, with a post that cannot be read past its first sentence.

wildswan said...

If you put the camera too close to a face you get a sort of fisheye effect. When a professional photographer makes this elementary mistake then you have to assume she intended to distort. And Arbus intended to distort Americans. So her photography is unique because it also records its viewers - it is liked by those with a will to distort.

wildswan said...

Oops - I was following links to the picture of Anderson Cooper as a baby by Diane Arbus and forgot explain how this picture links with this thread in my comments above on Arbus. Sorry, rushing to get ready for Thanksgiving - and I'm not so distorted I'm not thankful for the blessings we still have. Even if we will have to struggle for what was once taken for granted.

EMD said...

President Obama is among the most hip leaders the United States has had,

I hope Dan Loumena is proud of his journalistic prowess.



rcommal said...

No cafe post at present, so please forgive me for inserting an OT quickie here:

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad is advocating that the Republican Straw Poll be eliminated. (The Dems don't do a straw poll here.) The current state GOP chair doesn't agree. Still, interesting.

/OT

DADvocate said...

First sentence. Gags. Stopped dead on gag-reflex inducing kneepad-worthy fellating blowing first sentence, you know the rest must be pure sterling crap. LA Times, with a post that cannot be read past its first sentence.

Amen. Hip really matters in a president.

EMD said...

Obama has an 89% sense of humor approval rating!!



CWJ said...

Actually, the best part of the Obama photo are the staffers in the background overdoing the wow this is sooo funny reaction. I trust Obama actually thinks the guffaws are sincere.

William said...

When people dislike you, they will truly dislike everything about you. This is an amusing picture. Whatever reservations one has about the Obama Presidency, one must admit that the man has a natural talent for miming.

phx said...

You know that's his Xmas card to Boehner, certain world leaders...

phx said...

Am I the only one who, upon seeing that photo of Obama, has an overpowering urge to punch him in his fucking face?

Hypertension.

Freeman Hunt said...

I don't know who the girl is, so I don't get the reference, but the Obama picture does not make me recoil in disgust the way it seems to make some others. Just looks like Obama and a girl making goofy faces.

Colonel Angus said...

Whatever reservations one has about the Obama Presidency, one must admit that the man has a natural talent for miming.

Can we give him to France?

Drago said...

phx: "You know that's his Xmas card to Boehner, certain world leaders..."

Which world leaders?

psst, we already know it's Netanyahu.......

Drago said...

CWJ: "I trust Obama actually thinks the guffaws are sincere."

Of course he does, in the same way that he knows more about everyone elses job than they do and in the same way that he actually believes his own BS...

as reported by Richard Wolffe.

garage mahal said...

Am I the only one who, upon seeing that photo of Obama, has an overpowering urge to punch him in his fucking face?

LOL

Chip Ahoy said...

Actually, it's a single frame of an animation. The previous frames had

$16,2000,000,000.000.00

))))) schwing ---->

go by. And the 'folks' in the back are celebrating their great success.

I'm impressed. Harry Reid says US government operates best without a budget and

Tim Geithner says the debt ceiling should be infinite.

They're speaking and behaving as money means nothing. Nothing.

It's odd though, I see faithless people shift their natural human faith to government but insist on its currency having no meaning at all, no anchor, nothing at all for faith to be based.

Lydia said...

So, our president can spend time in front of his mirror practicing that face (you know he did), but couldn't spare a minute or two to learn how to pronounce "Aung San Suu Kyi"?

Colonel Angus said...

So, our president can spend time in front of his mirror practicing that face (you know he did), but couldn't spare a minute or two to learn how to pronounce "Aung San Suu Kyi"?

Priorities.

jr565 said...

President Obama is among the most hip leaders the United States

Who uses the word "hip" to describe someone as cool any more? Might as well call him "fab" or "Gear" or "fresh" or a "real hep cat".

jr565 said...

If Obama is described with any of the following lingo the person making the point doens't really know what "cool" actually means:

http://cougartown.com/slang.html

Right, Daddy O?

Titus said...

Obama looks kind of hot in that pic.

Romney pumping gas pic with Edward Scissorhands hair is priceless though.

Clyde said...

@ Freeman Hunt and others,

McKayla Maroney was one of our Olympians in London. She ended up with a silver medal and made that face on the podium to show that she was not impressed with silver. When it blew up and went viral, she at least had a sense of humor about it.

Clyde said...

The Best of the McKayla Maroney Is Not Impressed Meme

jr565 said...

Obama is one of the baddest (as in good) presidents we've ever had. He's a real hep cat.
He's bitchin! Also, in addition to being the boss he's also really boss (like a record by Jan & Dean!)

He don't talk no jive. But I don't really dig the way he spends our bread, you dig? Don't call the fuzz, on me!

But,the way he won the election, that was far out man! He's jake with me! No more beating one's gums about him.
Some people call him an Ethel, but tha'ts hooey! Tell it To Sweeney.

And check out the gams on his wife!She gets me all hotsy totsy! She's real Shebah, for sure. What a dame! She's no bug eye betty, that's for sure!

jr565 said...

http://www.funnyordie.com/slideshows/f188d6b4bb/silver-medalist-mckayla-maroney-is-not-impressed

That's kind of the expression I get every think about OBama's economy.

Pragmatist said...

Well we have Mittens pump gas in La Hoya and O posing with celeb tumblers in DC. Ah, what a differance and election makes. The Kid in the part is awesome.

EMD said...

I believe the word we are all searching for is fetch.

Freeman Hunt said...

Thanks, Clyde.

Now that I know the reference, I still don't understand why this picture makes people mad.

Looks like a nice, light-hearted picture of the President. Yes, he's incompetent and misguided, I agree. But he's also pretty photogenic and good at seeming personable in pictures. In fact, I'd prefer that he stop President-ing altogether and have nice pictures made instead.

Freeman Hunt said...

Thanks, Clyde.

Now that I know the reference, I still don't understand why this picture makes people mad.

Looks like a nice, light-hearted picture of the President. Yes, he's incompetent and misguided, I agree. But he's also pretty photogenic and good at seeming personable in pictures. In fact, I'd prefer that he stop President-ing altogether and have nice pictures made instead.

Freeman Hunt said...

I just looked up the picture of Romney pumping gas that some liberals are laughing about. I don't get that either. He's just pumping gas. So what?

Chip S. said...

He's just pumping gas. So what?

If he'd won, the Secret Service would be filling his gas tank. But he lost, see? Hahahaha.

C'mon, it's hilarious.

David said...

Freeman, they want Romney to fail. The underlying assumption of the gloating is that people who pump their own gas are failures. It's a loser thing. Losers have to pump their own gas. Winners have lackeys for such matters, or just ride in motorcades in other peoples' cars (paid for by you, me and the other loser gas pumping proles.)

Chip Ahoy said...

Freeman, right wing sites are showing it too. He's disheveled. Extremely disheveled. Like driving across country disheveled. Not pressed and ironed creased pants presidential at all. Just a regular bloke all crumpled up pumping gas.

The kind of guy that yells at his kids for crying about Twinkies in the back of the car. I saw that in Maui more than I cared. Disheveled dads yelling at their kids in the car, and you know they're all loaded. Bad mood beaten dads all over the place. On Maui. Pumping gas.

BarrySanders20 said...

The assignment was to compare th etwo photos.

I don't see much similarity other than smirks, but that actually shows the difference.

Grenade boy is exasperated and impatient. McKayla/Obama are imitating the original McKayla showing disgust and distain and her utter inability to pretend she was happy with second place. If anything, Mitt giving his concession speech should be akin to the original McKayla.

Obama lacks the expression of disgust and distain, and therefore does not really mimic her very well.

chickelit said...

Freeman: the sore winners want to see Romney pushed to the ground and have his haircut by Nate Silver.

ricpic said...

What's so terrible about disheveled dads yelling at their kids in the car? Or even giving them a well deserved frosk? The delicate flowers aren't all that delicate and will survive the experience.

EDH said...

I know a girl who reminds me of Cher
She's always changing
The color of her hair
She don't use nothing
That ya buy at the store
She likes her hair to be real orange
She uses tangerines...


Besides rhyming "orange", Coyne and the Flaming Lips have perfected living in a bubble, with the Bubble Surf.

Freeman Hunt said...

People are nuts. In the town where I grew up, you could see the Waltons pumping gas. I don't understand the significance of gas pumping. Do they think that rich people don't pump gas? Do they think that people get ready to the same level for car driving and for being on television?

Bizarre.

rcommal said...

Freeman: the sore winners want to see Romney pushed to the ground and have his haircut by Nate Silver.

That's it, in a nutshell! Perfect.

phx said...

I just looked up the picture of Romney pumping gas that some liberals are laughing about. I don't get that either. He's just pumping gas. So what?

I guess you aren't in tune with the tenor of the times.

phx said...

It's called being petty.

Titus said...

It's not the pumping, it is how disheveled he looks. He should of looked like tht in the election. He would of won.

Titus said...

The dye job is gone too.

pm317 said...

Blogger MadisonMan said...

(Probably because I don't think it's clever for a grown man to imitate a young woman.)
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That is partly how he won the election, the leader of the free world who oversees the biggest economy in the world, and blah, blah.

Joe Schmoe said...

The Democrat gliterati who tut-tut ugly Americanism overseas now celebrate what really was an episode of ugly Americanism at the London Olympics.

Well, I guess I shouldn't be surprised by McKayla's American sense of entitlement that the gold medal should have been hers just for showing up.

wyo sis said...

Angry and Petty..
The new SS nicknames for POTUS and FLOTUS?