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2.04.2009

 

In the Oval Office


Gov. Jim Douglas was not inclined to get all googly-eyed about his quality-time in the Oval Office this week. Gubernatorial aide Heidi Tringe, who accompanied him on the trip, was more reflective of the experience. (That's Heidi on the left standing against the wall)


Tringe, who worked in the White House Office of Science and Technology and had been in the Oval Office twice before, still found the situation awe-inspiring.


Not often you get to see the president of the USA up close, in person for a good half-hour or so. The tall, lanky President Barack Obama was an impressive presence with a spocial aura about him, she said.


Obama, ever the gracious host, moved two sofas back into their proper place after the media was ushered out, she said. She stood there thinking she ought to help, but she was in heels and, well, he's the president, so what are you supposed to do?


The walls leading to the Oval Office are normally lined with presidential photos. The walls of this administration, in its infancy are almost blank, ready for memories to be created.

- Terri Hallenbeck



Comments:
Didn't she pollute the Oval Office while her idol Bush was in there? I'm pretty sure most of Obama's staff was less than thrilled to have her back. If not, I'll be calling them to warn them.
 
Heidi Cringe should be one of the first people cut in the State Worker cuts.

Today's Freeps editorial was right on!
 
Go Deb Markowitz
 
At the Chamber of Commerce lunch Tuesday, Gov. Douglas recalled that Pres. William Taft visited Vermont a hundred years ago. Little known and justifiably obscure fact: Taft stayed at the home of former Gov. Urban Woodbury on Pearl St. Burlington, across from the Degoesbriand hospital. Urban is the one-handed governor seen in the governor's ceremonial office. The very sturdy brass bed used by the hefty taft was in daily use until the 1980's, and is not in storage by a great-grandson of Woodbury.
 
Anonymous said...

"Didn't she pollute the Oval Office while her idol Bush was in there? I'm pretty sure most of Obama's staff was less than thrilled to have her back. If not, I'll be calling them to warn them."

As cringe-worthy as she may be, she's hardly the worst thing that was in there during the bushleague era. As for the Oval Office, I'm sure that shrub-scum superfund site was thoroughly fumigated and detoxed before competence, intellect, legitimacy and integrity were restored to the joint after an eight-year absence.

Cringe-worthy is merely sponge-worthy after the confederacy of dunces and gop-slime war criminals that were foulin' the joint.
 
Markowitz for gov
Racine for Lt gov
 
Bozo for Sec of State
Crusty for Chittenden State Senate
Qualifications: Big Shoes
 
Office of Science and Technology? What basement is that in?
 
jw seems to reflect the sorry state of Vermont liberals when a layabout like himself can try to smear someone like Heidi Tringe, who appears to have accomplished quite a bit in her life.
 
Sounds like Bubs has a crush. That's sweet Bubs. Bet you're a looker.
 
The Oval office was well fumigated eight years ago after the Clintons' left- as I recall with everything that wasn't attached. Then the carpets and drapes had to be changed because of stains and probably the chandeliers!
JW- you are one to talk about scum in the Whitehouse.
 
bubba said...

"jw seems to reflect the sorry state of Vermont liberals when a layabout like himself can try to smear someone like Heidi Tringe, who appears to have accomplished quite a bit in her life."

"Seems" and "appears" being the operative words here, little factually-challenged fella.

Just what is it that little ms cringe-worthy "appears" to have accomplished, bubbakis, helpin' doogie beg for Stimulus Package funding to save her job and bail their sorry, stupid incompetent asses out?

Nice try, nitwit.

Now take a look at the composition of Vermont's Legislature and Congressional Delegation and tell me another one of your psychotic-slop jokes about the sorry state of Vermont.

Always a pleasure. Always a piece of cake.
 
If this Bush cast off is the point person on the federal stimulus, God help us all.
 
NEK..

"The Oval office was well fumigated eight years ago after the Clintons' left- as I recall with everything that wasn't attached. Then the carpets and drapes had to be changed because of stains and probably the chandeliers!
JW- you are one to talk about scum in the Whitehouse."

Yeah, and the WTC was still standin', the DOW was at 10587, the economy was in good shape, NOLA and the redneck riviera were still standin' and in one piece, the '93 WTC culprits had been caught and brought to justice, that OKC nra/gun show trash had been captured and brought to justice and the reagan/bush budget deficit had been erased, the first bush recession had been overcome and were replaced by a thriving economy, the first balanced federal budget since '69 and the largest federal budget surplus in US History and the US was at peace, admired and respected throughout the world.

Then came shrub and his eight-year gop-trash scum fest which ended with none of those things being the case.

Secondly, White House is two words.

You're welcome. Don't mention it.

Clinton had his faults, nekwit, but ignorance and incompetence weren't among them and based on their collective records, I still don't see what shrub's alleged strengths are.

You're dumb, you're scum and ya got bupkis, nekkie boy. Ya always are. Ya always do.

Always a pleasure.
 
(1) 2000 - collapse of the unregulated NASDQ bubble costing thousands of people their life's savings.
(2) 1990's - disassembling of our Army and Intelligence gathering capabilities by Clinton and co.
(3) American soldiers dragged thru the streets of Mogadishu after being murdered by terrorist scum.
(4) Balanced budget finally enacted by Newt Ginrich and the Republican congress only after threatening a Constitutional amendment forcing same.
(5) Welfare reform enacted by Newt and Co., unhappily signed by Bill due to widespread popularity of act throughout country.
(6) Failure to order hit on Osama by Madeleine and Bill due to usual liberal cowardice.
(7) White House permanently disgraced by sexual predator Bill Clinton.
(8) Travelgate, Rose Law Firm, Whitewater, Web Hubbell, countless indictments against Clinton cabinet and officials.
(9) Murder of Innocent women and children when immolated by Janet Reno at Waco.
(10) Final insult - Bush inherits 2000 Clinton recession upon taking office. Tax cuts produce 5 years of growth, even with Hurricanes and Terrorist attack on Trade Center.


Case closed.
 
bubba...

"Case closed."

Yeah, you're dumb, you're scum, ya got bupkis and ya always do.

Always a pleasure. Always a piece of cake.
 
"Yeah, you're dumb, you're scum, ya got bupkis and ya always do."

Dang Coop, you can't even win an argument with yourself.

If you had any capability for shame at all you'd be feeling it now.

Instead you're feeling around under the bed for that stale doughnut you dropped.

Sad, so very, very sad.
 
"Now take a look at the composition of Vermont's Legislature and Congressional Delegation and tell me another one of your psychotic-slop jokes about the sorry state of Vermont."

Yeah, Mr. Integrity, Shumlin leadin' the Senate.

Get a clue before you open your piehole, jw.
 
Racine
Markowitz
 
Anonymous....

"Now take a look at the composition of Vermont's Legislature and Congressional Delegation and tell me another one of your psychotic-slop jokes about the sorry state of Vermont."

"Yeah, Mr. Integrity, Shumlin leadin' the Senate."

In other words, you're still dumb, you're still scum, your ignorant anonymous ass has got bupkis and ya can't buy a case of a clue.

Gee, thanks for clearin' that up, little nameless-nitwit fella.

As for Shumlin, the voters of Windham County seem to like him just fine. If you've gotta beef, take it up with them.

Face it, schmuck. If the majority of Vermonters keep givin' doogie another shot, they also keep sendin' larger and larger Dem majorities to the legislature to keep their eye on your boy.

In fact, we just elected the largest Dem legislative majorities in Vermont History to keep an eye on his incompetent ass. This one may just be big enough to keep him from vetoing everything in sight, too.

If Vermont's gotta suffer another two years of doogie incompetence, the legislature should make his life as miserable as he's made Vermont's.

Frankly, it's their civic duty and the least they can do.

Always a pleasure.
 
"ya can't buy a case of a clue."

Ya obviously don't even proofread your shit, schmuck.
 
Anonymous....

""ya can't buy a case of a clue.""

"Ya obviously don't even proofread your shit, schmuck."

Gee, I apologize. I hate playin' down to the ignorant anonymous trash competition, little fella.

Always a pleasure.
 
jw,

You're dumb, you're scum, and you've got bupkis.

Thanks for clearin' that up, fat, unemployed, unemployable, on-the-dole, never-leave-the-house fella.
 
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