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  • Our Endorsements: Funny or Remote-Controlled Death

    * G.I. Joe shoots into the 21st century.

    * The Complete Guide to Everything explains the election.

    * Does Joe Biden even need an anger translator?

    * LBJ is leading in the polls…I think.

    * Stephen Colbert meets the other press.

    * Everybody wins the Saturday Night Live VP debate.

    * Political cartoons from The New Yorker for your high brow.

    * Second City takes on the potential second in command.

    * Andrew Sullivan's Obama meltdown, as interpreted through gifs.

    * The Endeavor Space Shuttle has suddenly decided it needs plastic surgery.

    Tags: Andrew Sullivan, Barack Obama, Daily Links, Funny or Die, Joe Biden, Lyndon Johnson, Military, Mitt Romney, NASA, Paul Ryan, Saturday Night Live, The New Yorker, The Onion
  • Hollywood Casts "Hanoi Jane" Fonda as Nancy Reagan

    Hollywood just doesn't miss a chance to salute Republican icons with their middle fingers. Variety Magazine reports that a new Lee Daniels movie has cast liberal succubus Jane Fonda as conservative paragon Nancy Reagan

    Based on a Washington Post report by Wil Haygood, pic follows Eugene Allen, the White House butler whose career started with Harry Truman in 1952 and ended in 1986 with Ronald Reagan.

    Forest Whitaker is closing a deal to play Allen, while Oprah Winfrey remains in talks to play his wife. David Oyelowo is in negotiations to play Allen's son, while Liam Neeson and John Cusack are circling presidential supporting roles as Lyndon B. Johnson and Richard Nixon, respectively. Fonda will appear in a handful of scenes as the first lady of the United States.

    If you think about it on the surface, it's perfect casting. Both women come from acting families, married powerful men after gaining their own success, are politically active, and have two eyes and legs. Beyond that, they are as different as North and South Vietnam.

    For instance, while Nancy Reagan was being called "snobby" for moving her family out of California's Governor's Mansion and into a wealthy Sacramento neighborhood, Jane Fonda was being called other things for sitting on a Viet Cong anti-aircraft gun.

    Another example is that Mrs. Reagan was accused of being insensitive to the U.S. economic depression by purchasing new china for the White House. By contrast, Jane Fonda was accused of being a communist spy. But hold on a second! Mrs. Reagan was also once accused of being a communist.

    Jane Fonda and Nancy Reagan: Maybe they're not so different after all! Hey Hollywood, If you really want to piss off the Right, use that for the movie's tagline.

    Tags: Conservatives, Jane Fonda, Liberals, Lyndon Johnson, Nancy Reagan, Republicans, Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan
  • Barack Obama Is the Fourth Best President Ever, According to Barack Obama

    The left has had a lot of fun mocking Newt Gingrich for comparing himself to important historical figures like Abraham Lincoln, Charles de Gaulle, Margaret Thatcher, Ho Chi Minh, Jessica Rabbit, a dishwasher, Uranus and, let's say, the song "November Rain."

    But now President Obama's the one getting a Newt-sized head

    Obama's comments in a recent 60 Minutes interview that his legislative and foreign policy accomplishments top all but three former presidents has sparked fierce blowback among right-leaning blogs.

    The 60 Minutes Overtime video shows Obama telling correspondent Steve Kroft… "I would put our legislative and foreign policy accomplishments in our first two years against any president — with the possible exceptions of Johnson, F.D.R., and Lincoln — just in terms of what we've gotten done in modern history. But, you know, but when it comes to the economy, we’ve got a lot more work to do."

    I don't know why these right-wing blogs are so outraged. Obama has clearly accomplished more than any other president ever.

    Sure, Teddy Roosevelt created the conservation movement and ushered in an era of humane labor laws, but President Obama successfully got, like, five Democrats to agree with him one time.

    Of course, George Washington literally founded the United States of America and freed us from the British, but President Obama once got a law passed by giving up only 80% of its provisions.

    Thomas Jefferson may be responsible for acquiring a third of our country's land mass and writing the Declaration of Independence, but President Obama is… just… so… cool.

    Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images News/Getty Images

    Tags: Abraham Lincoln, Barack Obama, Franklin Roosevelt, Lyndon Johnson, Newt Gingrich, Theodore Roosevelt
  • Jackie Gingrich Cushman Gives Her Dad a Deferment

    It's hard being a politician's daughter. How do I know? A little bird told me. Lynda Bird Johnson, to be exact. You try dating George Hamilton while your dad is trying to win in Vietnam. It must be even more difficult when your father is trying to win the GOP nomination after becoming the poster child for marital infidelity, but Newt Gingrich's daughter Jackie Gingrich Cushman is trying her best to contain the media's domino effect

    Cushman seems to have taken it upon herself to tell the story of her family, and specifically her father, from her perspective — leaving no topic off-limits.

    "I try to frame it in a way that makes sense and resonates with people," Cushman told NBC News. "Like many families, we had a hard time and we’ve all moved on. And we’re all focused on helping each other."

    In fact, several times during her five-stop jaunt through South Carolina’s Upstate, Cushman chose to address the divorce issue head on, using a half/serious, half/humorous anecdote about when her father and then-boyfriend Jimmy Cushman met for the first time, at a bar.

    Standing next to two other men at the bar, Cushman said she heard one say, "There’s Newt Gingrich. I heard he abandoned his wife and children."

    Cushman corrected the men and has continued to wage an ideological battle out in the jungle of this year's campaign trail.

    Guess you could say improving her father's reputation is her own personal Vietnam.

    Photo by Brendan Smialowski/Getty Imgaes News/Getty Images

    Tags: Bill Clinton, Lyndon Johnson, Newt Gingrich, Republicans, Vietnam
  • Lyndon Johnson's Bunghole (and Other Things You Will Learn About in This Video)

    I linked to this last year, when it was just some lousy audio file — featuring then-President Lyndon B. Johnson ordering pants, referencing his "bunghole" and declaring that his "boys need space" — that you had to listen to with your ears like a common goon. I'm sorry for that, people. I am ashamed.

    But now that animator Tawd Dorenfeld has animated it into an animation, I feel like you deserve to have it re-posted, so that you can look at it with your eyes, like a sophisticated upper class goon…

    (via Splitsider)

    Tags: Fashion, Lyndon Johnson