October 22, 2017

"Nothing more beautiful than everyone putting their differences aside to help humanity in the face of catastrophe."

81 comments:

sane_voter said...

Jimmy Carter looks mighty good for 93. GHWB is the same age.

sane_voter said...

Also interesting she chose to stand between the Bush presidents and not Obama and GHWB.

rehajm said...

Gaga is listed in the official program at #GagaFiveFootTwo but that's being very generous.

eddie willers said...

When I think of these presidents I think ga ga.

rehajm said...

Did they actually put aside their differences or was it an opportunity for the guys holding grudges to get in front fo a camera?

sane_voter said...

You never see all the living vice-presidents together.

For now, that would be Walter Mondale, George H. W. Bush, Dan Quayle, Al Gore, Dick Cheney, and Joe Biden.

Let's make it happen people!

Sebastian said...

Wait, they are all going to put their differences aside and help Trump help humanity n the face of catastrophe?

Bush and O are going to take their snide criticisms back because we are all putting aside our differences to help humanity?

Bill Peschel said...

Let's see, collectively they've destabilized the Middle East, hollowed out the middle class, made air travel a nightmare, embroiled us in undeclared wars, contributed to a nuclear Iran and North Korea, protected Saudi Arabia after they helped kill 3,000 Americans, helped Wall Street make billions, turned homeowners into paupers, and encouraged spying on Americans while betraying our secrets to our enemies.

Haven't they done enough damage?

robother said...

One Deep State to rule them all, One Deep State to find them....

traditionalguy said...

Good portrait of the One Party that spent 30 years trading power back and forth while they betrayed the USA for personal money. Add in Benedict Arnold for a full rogues gallery.

Darrell said...

Did they get together to get a group discount on their Globalist/NWO tattoos?

walter said...

No meat dress..

Darrell said...

Did they masturbate on her?

Daniel Jackson said...

Donnez-moi a fucking break

Fernandinande said...

One America Appeal concert

Please tell me that Timmy O'Toole (an orphan!) is OK!

"This isn't about show business, this about a kid down a hole or something."

mockturtle said...

Bill Peschel posts: Let's see, collectively they've destabilized the Middle East, hollowed out the middle class, made air travel a nightmare, embroiled us in undeclared wars, contributed to a nuclear Iran and North Korea, protected Saudi Arabia after they helped kill 3,000 Americans, helped Wall Street make billions, turned homeowners into paupers, and encouraged spying on Americans while betraying our secrets to our enemies.

Haven't they done enough damage?


Big thumbs up, Bill!

john said...

"Nothing more beautiful than everyone putting their differences aside..."

Everyone? Isn't there someone missing, or didn't I look closely enough?

Fabi said...

It must be unusual to have five living ex-presidents.

Lem said...

Was the hurricane not big enough to put the difference of the moment aside to help humanity and yadiyada.

Why wasn’t trump invited?

MathMom said...

There's lots of manspreading there. I'd expect Bubba to lead the pack in manspreading, but strangely, he's looking positively girly in this group.

campy said...

You never see all the living vice-presidents together.

Why not just photograph 5 buckets of warm [spit].

chuck said...

What help? All I see is six times who cares.

Bay Area Guy said...

Nice sentiment. Of course, when GWB was President, the Left called him "Chimpy McHitler", said he orchestrated the 9/11 attacks as an inside job (Michael Moore movie), and said he lied to get us into the Iraq War.

Bygones, I guess.

dda6ga dda6ga said...

JEEEZ, all the taxes I have paid for more than sixty years and this is what was spending it, time for the black fag...

Darrell said...

BuSHITler. Give them their due.

Curious George said...

"Fabi said...
It must be unusual to have five living ex-presidents."

Here in the U.S. it is. Lousy healthcare. But not a big deal in Cuba, with their awesome healthcare. I mean you have Raul, and...um...never mind.

Rob said...

Gaga was wise to stay far away from Carter and Clinton. Those guys are handsy.

cubanbob said...

Unless they are going to contribute 10% of their pensions to a relief fund what is their contribution?

BJM said...

Clinton is not aging well.

gspencer said...

Not one of them ever got my vote. And not one of them was faithful to their Article II oath of office.

grackle said...

“Differences?” What we are learning during the Trump era is there’s not a dime’s worth of difference among them.

TerriW said...

I'd believe they were putting aside their differences if Trump were also in that picture.

Jonas said...

5 living ex presidents is the record, and occurred twice before: Under Clinton until Nixon died, and under G.W. Bush until Reagan died.

If I read this right:
http://www.ravi.io/living-us-presidents-2

Narayanan Subramanian said...

Y'all should know why Trump was not invited ... Someone has to actually do the work.

Thanks Donnie boy.

J. Farmer said...

Of that grouping, H.W. Bush is easily my favorite. I am neither a flatterer nor supporter of politicians, and H.W. and I have serious disagreements, but his stewardship of American foreign policy is the best the US has seen in the 20th century since the era of Eisenhower. Kennedy through Johnson through Nixon through Ford through Carter through Reagan were abysmal in comparison to H.W. Bush and Eisenhower. He handled the end of the Cold War like a true elder statements, and his overview of the Gulf War was masterful. The neoconservative faction of the Republican Party loathed H.W. for his perceived anti-Israel/pro-Arab bias and went strongly for Clinton in '92. R. James Woolsey's appointment as CIA director in early 1993 was widely regarded as a campaign payback for such support. Nonetheless, neoconservative tended to be supportive of Clinton's foreign policy, including his meandering in the Balkans in both the early and late 1990s. his inconstant aggression against Iraq, and his unilateral bombing of Sudan and Afghanistan (to absolutely no strategic benefit). George W. Bush ran in 2000 on a "humble" foreign policy that did not involve the US playing world policeman. The shock of the 9/11 attacks resulted in him doing a complete 180. I think this is due more to Bush's uneven foundation than to any considerably thought out response to the attack. Ever since, the US has been stuck with this policy. The Republican Party apparatus did as much as it could to portray Obama as some kind of apologizing, bowing harbinger of American decline and depredation. But the truth is that Obama took most of the George W. Bush policy and doubled down on it. Neoconservatives in the Age of Obama delighted in pointing out Obama's continuity in the programs they advocated for. Obama took Bush's "kill or capture" program and whited out the "capture" part; they vastly increased the drone campaign in which robotic planes piloted from places like Las Vegas shot missiles at people and killed them and anyone who had the misfortune of standing nearby them. And this was all due to the yay or no of a single man, based on secret intelligence gathered by secret means. Obama was so desperate to fight against the stereotype of liberals being weak on defense, that he had to augment his criticism of Iraq with his support for more aggression and war against Afghanistan. It was the good or right war, while Iraq was the distraction, as their argument with. This led Obama to appointing Petraeus in charge of Afghansistan and surging as much as 100,000 troops to the cause. As soon as there was a temporary reduction in violence, it was used as a pretense to withdraw. And therefore, we would be withdrawing with our heads held high and there would be no damage to our credibility. This is the exact same thing the George W. Bush administration relied on to draw down in Iraq. Ultimately, the surge, as defined by its own objectives, failed. But it was a political success. That people cannot distinction between those two facts is a major cause of partisan divide in the world today.

AReasonableMan said...

Narayanan Subramanian said...
Y'all should know why Trump was not invited ... Someone has to actually do the work.

Thanks Donnie boy.


He was playing golf today. Which, admittedly, is better for everyone than him playing president.

Gahrie said...

The mere fact that this is a big deal is disheartening.

Chuck said...

gspencer said...
Not one of them ever got my vote. And not one of them was faithful to their Article II oath of office.

I expect that I'll regret asking, but, uh, who (if anyone) did you vote for?

Kansas Scout said...

Yawn

The Toothless Revolutionary said...

Also interesting she chose to stand between the Bush presidents and not Obama and GHWB.

Republicans are needier and more emotionally deprived.

Gaga, almost certainly a lefty, is emotionally generous. So she stood with the needy ones.

It was the perfect message for a charitable cause.

The Toothless Revolutionary said...

Bill Peschel (3:42) FTW.

Fabi said...

Barack's trousers do really have fine creases.

Unknown said...

He was playing golf today. Which, admittedly, is better for everyone than him playing president.

While you no doubt spent the day playing pocket pool.

Bob said...

Who is the whore with Lady Gaga?

rcocean said...

Carter looks extremely good for 93. He many be our first 100 y/o ex-president.

Bill Clinton looks extremely bad for someone 71 - i don't think he'll make 93.

Note: Despite their campaign rhetoric, all these gentlemen support(ed) Amnesty, massive immigration, NFTA, TPP, wars in the Middle east, bailouts of Wall streets, etc. - (D) or (R) they're all globalists.

Was there an Ex-President's fund raiser after Katrina?

Real American said...

Traveling Wilburys still looking sharp!

Sebastian said...

When they say we should all put aside our differences and get behind the president, I'll pay attention. Otherwise, I call BS.

anti-de Sitter space said...

I wonder which one had the most pussy.

I'd assume Carter is bringing up the rear (though never having done it that way, not that that counts as pussy).

The easy money is on penultimate-HW. (but, that means there's big dough to be done).

Then....it's tricky. Seems like a toss-up. How to choose between big (half) black cock, a coke fiend and a rapist?


I dunno.

CWJ said...

Wait wait wait. So J. Farmer, you were in favot of the first Gulf War?

anti-de Sitter space said...

If forced to suss out those three.

I put nerd BHO as behind the rapist and coke fiend.

And, the rapist is the ultimate.

If DJT is in the mix, he wins.

If Harvey is in the mix, DJT wins.


Carry on.

anti-de Sitter space said...

FTR,

I'm only counting DJT's actual F-ing, e.g., I'm not incl the F-ing of the rubes (i.e. most of y'all).

Even re that strict accounting he's winning. When y'alls F-ing is factored in ya gets the phenomenon known as winning so much you're sick of winning.

Anywho, that's all above your paygrade. So ya know what to do........carry on.


mockturtle said...

J. Farmer: Paragraphs aren't just for breakfast.

Saint Croix said...

I like those go-to-hell socks!

anti-de Sitter space said...

"I like those go-to-hell socks!"

Makes sense, cause those more comforting than what you see when read what Jesus said re where you and other supporters of the R party are going.



Meade said...

Bob said...
Who is the whore with Lady Gaga?

lol

rcocean said...

J. Farmer: Paragraphs aren't just for breakfast.

Lol.

anti-de Sitter space said...

BTW,

Avoiding line breaks is what folks do to show respect for Althosue's rules. Avoiding line breaks means that you are Althouse's bitch.



Just sayin'.




Saint Croix said...

I think the photographer put Obama and W in the 2 and 4 positions because those are the only two who are dressed well.

Clinton is dressed the worst, by far. And he's the most uncomfortable, too.

Bill: "You think I should wear a tie?"

Hill: "Oh sure."

Bill: "Purple-on-purple?"

Hill: "Absolutely."

DavidD said...

At first I thought Lady Gaga was George H.W. Bush's nurse, there to push the wheelchair around.

“Hello, Nurse!”

J. Farmer said...

@CWJ:

Wait wait wait. So J. Farmer, you were in favot of the first Gulf War?

I have made this argument before. The first Gulf War was a result of a clear case of unwarranted regime range in Kuwait by means of a cross-border invasion by a neighboring military power. A Chapter VII resolution was passed by the Security Council, and a multilateral force (including neighboring Arab states) was organized. The operation had a limited objective, and it was achieved at relative little cost. I disagreed with a lot of the post-war policy. That has absolutely nothing to do with the vague, meandering interventionism the US has followed in Southeast Europe and the Middle East for the last 25 years.

Left Bank of the Charles said...

In around a month George H.W. Bush will pass Gerald Ford as the U.S. President who has lived to the oldest age. Jimmy Carter is right behind him, and I predict he'll live to at least 100.

anti-de Sitter space said...

FTR,

The Iran-Iraq war was the first war that was often called the "gulf war."

mockturtle said...

J.Farmer writes re the Gulf War: The operation had a limited objective, and it was achieved at relative little cost. I disagreed with a lot of the post-war policy. That has absolutely nothing to do with the vague, meandering interventionism the US has followed in Southeast Europe and the Middle East for the last 25 years.

Exactly. Although it was implemented mainly as a favor to the Saudis, like most of our Middle East policies.

Leigh said...

Second @grackle: what differences are they "setting aside"?

Also strongly second @Bill Peschel and @Mockturtle. This is why I keep urging people to watch Jeb! at CPAC during the primaries. Anyone who saw it knew Trump was going to win.

For years, the men on Gaga's stage have barely disguised, utter contempt for the perceived "great unwashed masses." Hollywood has never pretended to hide its disgust and disdain (until now). Yet the NFL has decided to keel at their feet.

Alrighty then. Carry on. Faster, please.

Birkel said...

Carry on.
Just sayin'.

Perhaps Althouse banned and forgot her ban?
The idiot-syncrasy is too much to forget.

Gahrie said...

Who is the whore with Lady Gaga?

Bill's date.

MadisonMan said...

GHW Bush has very fat ankles. Make he think he has congestive heart failure.

HoodlumDoodlum said...

sane_voter said...Jimmy Carter looks mighty good for 93. GHWB is the same age.

My parents went to his church and heard him preach last month. They said he sounded good and was mentally sharp but looked pretty frail in person. I'm gonna try and get down there to Plains myself soon.

Clyde said...

Just for this post, I won't say anything negative about any of them.

Dickin'Bimbos@Home said...

I wonder if the rapist feels embarrassed? nah.

Dickin'Bimbos@Home said...

You'd think the millions of dollars funneled into the Clinton Foundation would amount to some serious charitable relief for hurricane ravaged states.

Nah.

SeanF said...

Jonas: 5 living ex presidents is the record, and occurred twice before: Under Clinton until Nixon died, and under G.W. Bush until Reagan died.

It's interesting that Nixon was part of one of the largest groups, considering that when he resigned he was the only living ex-president.

Phil 3:14 said...

Reading these comments certainly reinforces the theme of Gen. Kelley's recent press room speech.

MathMom said...

MadisonMan -

GHW Bush has vascular Parkinsonism, according to CBS News.

What is vascular parkinsonism?

People diagnosed with the condition walk with shuffling steps, and brain scans suggest they have suffered small strokes. However, they do not have the characteristic tremors of Parkinson’s disease, and they do not respond to drugs for Parkinson’s.

“They look like Parkinson’s from the waist down. From the waist up, they look very expressive,” said Dr. Alberto Espay of the University of Cincinnati’s Gardner Neuroscience Institute.

(clip)

Vascular parkinsonism can closely mimic a number of other disorders, including classic Parkinson’s, progressive supranuclear palsy and excessive fluid on the brain.

Bad Lieutenant said...

Poor GHWB, he looks awful. Swollen like a tick. Needs those fluids taken off, where is the Lasix? But CHF is a spiral...

J-Farm, would you agree that it was a calamity for President Bush to be defeated by Bill Clinton in 1992? It certainly altered the course of history.

I felt that Bush was in the process of bringing the post-WWII history in for a landing, not a crash. Winding up historical loose ends. But then Clinton came along and undid as much of his work as possible.

J. Farmer said...

@Bad Lieutenant:

J-Farm, would you agree that it was a calamity for President Bush to be defeated by Bill Clinton in 1992? It certainly altered the course of history.

I felt that Bush was in the process of bringing the post-WWII history in for a landing, not a crash. Winding up historical loose ends. But then Clinton came along and undid as much of his work as possible.


I completely agree and am pretty sure I have made that argument in this very space. H.W. Bush would have been a much better choice for establishing a new world order, though he was awful on the immigration issue. Clinton's neocon foreign policy was a disaster and helped set the the template for Bush, Obama, and now Trump. He foolishly swallowed the unipolar kool aid. James Baker's realism would have been much preferable. That Jeb! was reprimanded for and had to walk back having Baker on his foreign policy advisement team is a symbol of just how far the rot has grown. Ironically, the success of the Gulf War had its own unintended repercussions, leaving many US foreign policymakers with tremendously unrealistic expectations about what US military might can accomplish.

Achilles said...

The only real difference between the old Bush and Clinton was Clinton was more easily bought. Bush I wouldn't have done anything significantly different then Clinton ended up doing. He might have been less flakey in Africa at best.

J. Farmer said...

@Achilles:

The only real difference between the old Bush and Clinton was Clinton was more easily bought.

Israel was a point of difference, as well. I doubt Bush would have appointed a figure like Dennis Ross.

He might have been less flakey in Africa at best.

Bush did make the decision to deploy troops to Somalia, though Clinton doubled down on that foolish endeavor. I am also not so sure Bush, Sr. would have pursued the same foolish path against Iraq that Clinton did in the 90s. Clinton laid the groundwork for Bush, Jr.'s fateful decision to engage in that stupid war.

William Chadwick said...
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William Chadwick said...

The Toothless State-fellator wrote: "Republicans are needier and more emotionally deprived." Evidence? Conversely, is being a slavish dependent on Big Brother a sign of mental health and maturity?

chickelit said...

Did Bush the Elder pinch LG during that photo shoot?