Hope and Spare Change: Obama Announces Bold New $5 Bumper Sticker on Twitter!

As a kid, I used to pore over the great series of American Heritage Books of Presidents and Famous Americans, which, like the magazine from which the material was culled, were crammed full of great images and memorabilia. I remember being weirded out by reproductions of images of people being tarred and feathered, out of focus early photographs of Andrew Jackson (or was it John Quincy Adams), and trying to read political cartoons with word balloons windier than a typical installment of Cathy. There was a particularly great shot of Calvin Coolidge wearing - suffering would be a more apt description - an Indian war bonnet

I don't know if that series is still around and, if it is, whether it's being updated to inlcude the two incredibly lousy presidents we've had so far in the 21st century. But when the history of the 2012 campaign gets written, I hope there's space in it to remember that Barack Obama - so fashion forward in all things and as hip with the Internet as he is with drone technology - broke new ground by taking to Twitter to pitch a $5 bumper sticker.

We haven't had a federal budget in years, but there's always time for Twitter fundraising pitches.

Related (I think): According to a Hill poll of likely voters, 68 percent of Americans think that Obama has "significantly changed America." Fifty-six percent think he's changed it for the worse versus 35 percent who think he's made it better.

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  • BarryD||

    I'm kind of weirded out by the fact that some people AREN'T being tarred and feathered, today.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    They showed that dude getting tarred and feathered on HBO's miniseries John Adams and indeed it didn't look pleasant.

  • EDG reppin' LBC||

    The tarring part does seem rather unpleasant. But the feathering part could be a bit of a lark.

  • BarryD||

    They didn't use what we call "tar" today. They used pine tar, which as you know if you've rubbed up against an evergreen and gotten it stuck on your arm, it's sticky.

    It generally wasn't hot enough to burn. It was more of a humiliating pain in the ass.

  • R C Dean||

    The feathering makes it harder to scrape off, I believe. As well as being humiliating.

  • Sheldon J. Plankton||

    Dunno if this was depicted on HBO, but apparently the full treatment included setting the feathers ablaze at the conclusion of the process. I only learned this recently. It was not depicted in any of the colonial history books I enjoyed as a child.

  • BarryD||

    Not true. This was what the Brits did to Irish rebels in 1798. Different from what was described in, say, Huckleberry Finn.

    Note that the Brits also developed things like drawing and quartering.

  • Whiterun Guard||

    And haggis.

  • BarryD||

    The fucking sassanacks did not invent haggis.

  • Pound. Head. On. Desk.||

    There is considerable evidence the Sassenachs (English) did indeed invent haggis, not the Scots.

  • Randian||

    Does it matter which tribe of pasty buck-teethed Saxons really invented such a culinary abortion?

  • Whiterun Guard||

    You said Brits.

  • Randian||

    Again, who the hell cares?

  • Mr. FIFY||

  • db||

  • Broseph of Invention||

    And Jedward.

  • Whiterun Guard||

    Well I guess you can take the president out of the ghetto...

  • BarryD||

    Punahou prep school in Honolulu?

  • ||

    OT, but notable: On July 7, the President gave Executive Order -- Assignment of National Security and Emergency Preparedness Communications Functions, granting him control of all communications in America in the in an emergency: http://rt.com/usa/news/obama-p.....tions-770/


  • ||

    It's especially notable, because the President had previously tried to get a piece of legislation passed that would have accomplished much the same thing, but Congress has so far declined to pass it: http://www.wired.com/threatlev.....gislation/

  • JD||

    This is the second time in two weeks Obama has granted himself powers by executive order. Does he foresee an "emergency" coming? Not that our government would create one or anything.

  • ant1sthenes||

    We're already in a state of emergency. Technically, we have been in a constant state of emergency for some time, well before Barack Obama ever took office.

  • ||

    Yay! Now those ratbagging, teatards won't be able to talk to one another when society collapses.


  • Tim||

    I would have figured on a T-shirt, but then the hard left is bumper sticker crazy. We'll soon be treated at stoplights to Barrack's mug next to "Eat it George" and "Coexist".

  • kinnath||

    We got your Obama bumper stickers right here.

    Obama: Dumber than Carter; Dirtier than Nixon.

  • Auric Demonocles||

    Obama: Never Raised Taxes. Well, Not a Tax Tax

  • ||

    I really want the Nixon one with the Obama O. That would piss off a goodly amount of the idiots where I live.

  • Mo' $parky||

    So is the theme for all of today's articles "the government hasn't passed a budget in years?" Will each writer have to find a creative way to work it into their article? Will writers be pared down as the day goes on? Will somebody be named Chopped Champion at the end of the day?

  • Joe R.||

    The appetizer basket:

    No budget
    Drug War escalation
    Drone strikes
    The TSA

    You have 20 minutes to write an article using all of these ingredients in some way. Go!

  • ||

    Entree basket:

    Citizens United
    Entitlement reform
    Voter ID laws
    Thomas Friedman

    You have 30 minutes for this article.

  • D.A. Ridgely||

    If I don't buy a bumper sticker, do I have to pay a tax or a penalty?

  • Scotticus Finch||

    Very nice.

  • ||

    Obama: At Least He's Not an Actual Turd Sandwich!

  • ||

    Yeah, but he is an actual Giant Douche, so it all works out.

  • ||

    Of course. But even he is not stupid enough to campaign on that. I bet Joe Biden would lap it up though.

  • Brett L||


  • Invisible Finger||

    How much does it cost me if I don't buy one?

  • db||

    That's between you and the IRS.

  • ||

    If you like your current bumper sticker you can keep it.

  • sloopyinca||

    [rips off current bumper sticker]
    /government program

    Looks like you need a new bumper sticker, citizen.

  • Lisa||

    *no shovels were damaged in the making of this bumper sticker.

    (I would buy it if it had that disclaimer)

  • R C Dean||

    Whatever you do, HyR, don't put up a picture of the bumper sticker for us to mock.

  • Mr. FIFY||

    I may put one on my car, but upside down, akin to the distress-display mode for the American flag.

    But then, I can't afford to replace slashed tires... and there are a LOT of angry Democrats in my area...

  • sloopyinca||

    Talk about a divisive asshole. Here is Obama's bumper sticker page.

    I've never seen identity politics played on such a grand scale before. Well, not since you-know-who.

  • sloopyinca||

    Note it is more expensive for Hispanics, Latinos and Environmentalists to be Obama supporters than it is for Islanders, Asian-Americans, Women, JOOOOOOOOZ, Nurses, Veterans and Blacks?

    Why does Obama hate Latinos and Environmentalists?

  • Mr. FIFY||

    Is there a Hillbillies for Obama sticker? I'm afraid to click on the link, lest the White House see my porn collection.

  • EDG reppin' LBC||

    In the case of the Latino bumper stickers, the stickers double as auto-body adhesive/filler. They can double as replacement lenses for brake lights as well.

  • sloopyinca||

    ^^This^^ actually sounds like a plausible explanation.

  • Mr. FIFY||

    I'm gonna buy one at random, and fly it upside-down on my bumper.

    Bets on how many key-scratches my poor car will have before November? Double-or-nothing on number of slashed tires?

  • db||

    I saw one the other day that read " TOO INFORMED TO VOTE REPUBLICAN"

    While I don't vote republican, I would love to see them stuck on the side of the road looking for help and have someone drive off af

  • sloopyinca||

    I would actually put that on my car if I could pair it up with a "Democrats Suck" sticker.

  • sloopyinca||

    But only if neither one of them covered up my favorite bumper sticker of all time.

  • JD||

    I got a certificate error saying the website wasn't a trusted source. No kidding!

  • Auric Demonocles||


    But can you keep it?

  • Brandybuck||

    He needs to sell bumper stickers at five dollars, to combat the Swiss bank account War Machine of Romney. It's for democracy!

  • ConstitutionFirst||

    Yeah it reads: "NoBama 2012"


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