The Watering Hole, Saturday, March 4th, 2017: Look Back and Laugh…and Sigh

We need to take a break from the horror that America has become under a dark, grim authoritarian regime that’s less than two months old, and look back at what – in now-stark contrast – were the halcyon days of Barack Obama, The Laughing President.

President Obama was always at ease with himself, so he was also (almost) always at ease with foreign leaders, celebrities, his fellow Democrats, former Presidents from both sides of the aisle, even the Pope, for heaven’s sake; and even, FFS, the PRESS, that “Enemy of the American People”:

Notice that German Chancellor Angela Merkel doesn't mind President Obama touching her.

Notice that German Chancellor Angela Merkel doesn’t mind President Obama touching her.

Jon Steward and President Obama share a pose and a smile

Jon Stewart and President Obama share a pose and a smile

President Obama has a good laugh with David Letterman

President Obama heartily laughing with David Letterman

V.P. Joe Biden and President Obama acting casually.

V.P. Joe Biden and President Obama perform synchronized laughing.

Patently genuine laugh between Hillary Clinton and President Obama

Patently genuine laugh between Hillary Clinton and President Obama

Hillary's losing it, but Obama is happy to provide support

Hillary’s losing it, but Obama provides support

President Obama and former President Bill Clinton having a good time

President Obama and former President Bill Clinton having a good time

"THERE ARE FOUR PRESIDENTS [laughing]!"

“THERE ARE FOUR PRESIDENTS [laughing]!”

The President and The Pope

The President and The Pope

President Barack Obama's mic drop at his final Nerd Prom

President Barack Obama’s mic drop at his final Nerd Prom

But the ease and warmth that he obviously shared with so many others pales in comparison with the almost-visible aura of the unmistakable ease, warmth, humor, respect and love that he shares with his wife Michelle:

Barack and Michelle, side by side, as a loving couple should be...

Barack and Michelle, side by side, as a loving couple should be…

Date night out?

Date night out?

Now THAT'S "Class!"

Now THAT’S “Class!”

I won’t sully this brief remembrance of better times with the name(s) or photo(s) of the current fake occupier of our White House. I hope that, as I did, you couldn’t help but smile in response to President Barack Obama’s infectious grin.

[…sigh…]

This is our Open Thread, a bit late – enjoy!

Letterman Mocks McCain – “Straight talk express is no longer in service.”

“Attention passengers, the Straight Talk Express is no longer in service,” David Letterman opened his “Late Show” monologue Wednesday night.

The late night host, who famously sparred with John McCain after the Republican candidate canceled on a scheduled appearance, only to be caught on tape filming an interview with Katie Couric at the time he was due with Letterman, then openly mocked McCain over his loss.

“I would like to say one thing to John McCain,” Letterman said. “Listen, Senator: you don’t show up for me, America doesn’t show up for you.”

Letterman also joked about the Obama transition.

“I think I speak for most Americans when I say, anybody mind if he starts a little early? Would that be a problem?”

Letterman Slams McCain On Gordon Liddy

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David Letterman rips into McCain over Sarah Palin’s references at rallies were she has stated that Obama “pal’s around with terrorists.”  He also said that McCain’s association with Gordon Liddy could be looked at the same way.  Liddy is a convicted felon who has called for shooting Federal agents in the head.  McCain was in the hot seat and you could tell he was not happy that Letterman brought up the fundraiser that he attended at Gordon Liddy’s home.

Letterman Slams McCain – “Don’t Know If We Can Trust Him”

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John McCain has arranged a new date to be on the David Letterman show.  Letterman’s just not sure if he will make it or not.    Plus, McCain needs them to start a half an hour sooner, than what they normally tape the show.  Letterman gets a few digs in on McCain.

Letterman & Brian Williams: “I’m a Maverick”

Brian Williams and David Letterman discuss the Vice-Presidential Debates.  Williams notes the serious issues voters should think about when considering a Vice-Presidential candidate.  Brian Williams delivers a great line when he walks onto the show “I’m a Maverick, and I may not answer the questions tonight.”  David Letterman had so many funny one-liners throughout their discussion.  One particular line, that Palin used in the debate that Letterman took issue with was, “Can I call you Joe.”  He felt that was a cheesy, cheap set up by Sarah Palin.

Letterman’s still pissed..

Yikes..

YahooNews (AP):

“Late Show” host David Letterman kept up a verbal assault on John McCain Thursday, saying he felt like an “ugly date” because the GOP presidential candidate backed out of a scheduled appearance on his talk show.

The night before, Letterman had said McCain’s decision to suspend his campaign to deal with the economic crisis “didn’t smell right.” Letterman substituted MSNBC‘s “Countdown” host — and critic of the Arizona senator — Keith Olbermann when McCain called him to say he wouldn’t appear Wednesday.

The comic was unhappy when McCain sat for an interview withKatie Couric instead of him Wednesday — and even more perturbed to learn that McCain didn’t leave New York until Thursday.

He said he felt like a “patriot” to let McCain off his commitment to deal with the economy and “now I’m feeling like an ugly date.”

“That’s what I feel like, I feel like an ugly date,” he said. “I feel used. I feel cheap. I feel sullied.”

Read on…

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