Thursday, October 25, 2007

Caption Central

"Talk to the Hand!" edition

--Who knew Bush administration blinders were soundproof too?
--Like talking to a wall. Literally.
--Voting in Iraq has come a long way from the purple dye...
--Someone finally figured out that Condoleezza Rice's vision is based on movement
--After years of Iraq visits, mildly bloody hands barely elicited a shrug
--The mime was unsuccessful in asking Condi if she could go to the bathroom
--"I'm out of blood. I'm told you have plenty to spare."
--Protester Desiree Anita Ali-Fairooz discovers the boundary of the First Amendment Zone
--As Martin Riggs might say, "I'd get used to that view."
--Condi's right-hand woman always wore her heart on her sleeve
--The Bush administration's plan to knock us back 50 years gains ground
--If Jesus' message doesn't sway them, why would your bloody hands?
--Rice didn't like being reminded how many seconds she once considered diplomacy
--"All right, a CodePink protester! That should put a permanent end to all discussion of ending the war. Learned that from Memogate."
--"You know, Madame Secretary, we wouldn't have to do this if you guys would occasionally acknowledge any viewpoint outside of your disastrously tight yes-circle."
--"Great job! High five!"

7 comments:

Cajun Tiger said...

How about - Completely classless woman attacks the epitome of a woman with total class.

Ian McGibboney said...

In that case, I would kindly refer you to the next-to-last caption I wrote.

If Condi is exuding "class" here, then by definition Ronald Reagan was totally classless. He actually dealt with his hecklers - and in a way even I have to admire. Here, both sides look bad because one is lashing out (though not, strictly speaking, "attacking") and the other sports the stone facade that frustrates critics of this administration in the first place.

Cajun Tiger said...

And what would you suggest that Condi do when she is on her way to a hearing? "Excuse me distinguished ladies and gentlemen of Congress. I know you have asked me to come so I can talk with you about vitally important matters of State, but apparently this fine citizen here thinks she is more important than all of you and such important matters. So, please excuse me while I sit down and talk with her instead of you so that I may address her issues being apparently she thinks she is the most important person in the room and interrupting your hearing is her right to do."

Ian McGibboney said...

When leadership consistently ignores any voice other than its own tightest yes-circle - and expresses pride in doing so (i.e., "I don't read the newspaper;" "I don't listen to the polls;" "You're either with us or against us") - than such a confrontation is inevitable.

Granted, only a fringe element is likely to lash out in this way; but Rice's (lack of) reaction shows how necessary it is. She can't even be bothered to be witty about it, like Reagan was; it's as if the people don't even exist. Which is how a lot of us feel with this group.

Cajun Tiger said...

So I guess this is the type leadership you are hoping for in dealing with the same Code Pinkers...instead of gracefully ignoring them question their right to even be there by asking on mike, "were you invited to speak?"

Cajun Tiger said...

oops...sorry...forgot the link: http://www.myfoxla.com/myfox/pages/News/Detail?contentId=4968958&version=7&locale=EN-US&layoutCode=TSTY&pageId=3.2.1

Ian McGibboney said...

1) Comedians get heckled. Politicians get protested. The whole point of protest is to provoke when no other forms of communication have been heeded. It's a Constitutional right, even it has come down to a certain level of frustration.

2) Nowhere does Hillary say the guy wasn't allowed to be there. She asked if he had been invited to speak and moved on. A one-sentence acknowledgment that drew applause. His point had been made. Everyone won, really.

3) Condi didn't handle it with "grace"; she handled it with deliberate ignorance. If the woman had struck her (or tried to), she would have fought back like anyone else. Just as with their foreign policy, aggression is their only form of communication. Maybe the protester is an extreme example, but if I had sent the same message dressed in a suit and tie, do you honestly think the reaction would have been any different? No. These people shut themselves off from the world, which is why people feel compelled to do this in the first place (regardless of party).