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Brendan McLaughlin
  • Barack and Michelle Obama Got to Meet Kate Middleton

    The Obamas are in England right now where they're meeting with the country's most important figures: the Royal Family. What better way to show support for our economically floundering allies than to visit with a select group of people who live extravagantly off their state and have almost no influence over their country's policies?

    Among the royal family members greeting the Obamas were Prince William and his new wife Kate Middleton

    Prince William and Kate Middleton have carried out their first royal duty as a married couple by meeting US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle today.

    According to The Mirror, Wills and Kate met the Obamas at Buckingham Palace, with the occasion marking Middleton's first role as a member of the royal family, after marrying her prince last month.

    I wonder what they talked about.… My guess is, Barack and William started things off light, exchanging pleasantries about the newlyweds' honeymoon and complimenting each other's wives' dresses, then got down to business and discussed Fergie's royal wedding snub.

    After the Obamas wrap things up in England, it's off to France, where they'll meet with the chick who played Amélie.

    Photo by Charles Dharapak/AFP/Getty Images

    Tags: Barack Obama, France, Kate Middleton, Michelle Obama, Prince William, Queen Elizabeth, United Kingdom
  • Winning the Newture

    Newt Gingrich recently pointed out that his use of the phrase "Winning the Future" pre-dates that of President Barack Obama. In fact, it was the title of his 2005 book, Winning The Future: A 21st Century Contract With America (as if I have to tell YOU!).

    Newt tweeted

    While I think the commander-in-chief is allowed a slip up* every once in a while, it does make you wonder: How many other popular phrases throughout history could have been lifted from Newt Gingrich? Here are a few quotes that struck me as possible contenders for points to be made in Newt’s next book, Winning the Future, and Other Great Sayings That Have Been Stolen from Me – I’m Mad as Hell and I’m Not Going To Take This Anymore (That’s Mine Too!).

    What if Marie Antoinette didn't coin the phrase, "Let them eat cake!”? It could have been Newt! Though, that would mean it had to be a misquote, because the original would have had to have been, "Let ME eat cake." That makes more sense. He wouldn’t want to share.

    In The Empire Strikes Back, when Princess Leia tells Han she loves him just before he gets frozen in carbonite, he says, "I know." That seems too good to have not been coined by Newt, doesn't it? Couldn’t you see the staff at his ex-wife's hospital CRACKING UP over that one? It's sooo Newt to cut through all that pre-radiation treatment tension like that.

    "Cut. It. OUT!" Most people attribute this phrase and accompanying hand motion to Joey Gladstone from "Full House." I never bought this, though. Could Gladstone have come up with something so clever, and so physically demanding? No, I don’t think so. It sounds more like something to Newt would say to his third fiancé when she tried to sneak an adultery clause into their pre-nup.

    And of course, who could forget the all-too-often abridged, "Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn — that you have cancer; now sign these papers here and here”?


    * Keep in mind that the slip up as I see it isn’t lifting the phrase, it’s using it at all. Seriously, it sounds annoying.

    Tags: Barack Obama, Books, Newt Gingrich, Primaries, Republicans, Star Wars