There’s a Reason That I Don’t Usually Do Political Posts

by Marinka on August 31, 2008

So, like most other people, I’ve been hearing a lot lately about John McCain’s pick for VP, Sarah Palin.

About whether women, particularly those annoyed that Hillary is out of the running, and who have had recent lobotomies, will flock to her.

About whether she has the necessary experience to attend funerals abroad.

About whether the comparisons between McCain & Palin and Regis & Kelly are inevitable.

So, this post is not about that.

This post is about Obama and my lackluster response to him, despite the fact that my fellow democrats are throwing their virtual underwear at the computer screen at the very mention of his name.

“Yes, we can!” they chant. And have been chatting for the past year or so. It’s really annoying to me, but I couldn’t put my finger on it.

Until now.


Do you?

If you are a mother with children under 7, boys, in particular, you certainly do.

That’s right, the beloved cartoon character, Bob the Builder. A builder, A problem solver. A working class man.

And what does Obama do? He steals from him. I am all for giving people the benefit of the doubt, but as far as I know, Bob is still building, still answering the phone in the middle of the night to go on repair emergencies. If Obama paid him for his catchphrase, surely he’d be kicking back a little, not chasing after every job.

Plagiarism. Theft. How Obama can think that we’re all so stupid that we’ll let him get away with this is simply beyond me. But I think it shows clearly what he thinks of women in general, moms in particular and the working class in general. Nice.

But perhaps this helps explain his appeal to the younger generation? “Yes, we can!” strikes such a familiar chord, brings such nostalgia to us young ‘uns, that is it a source of comfort, of Sunday cartoons and we flock to him.

And notice the media’s total failure to call him on it. Nice, liberal media.

But I am telling you, blog friends, so that you can be on alert.

So that when Biden comes out dressed in a giant purple suit, singing “I love you, you love me, we’re a happy family!” you will be hip to what’s going on.

We must hold our politicians accountable.

Although if McCain started channeling Captain Underpants, he’d totally get my vote. Wedgie Power!

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{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

Anonymous August 31, 2008 at 9:06 am

Utterly ridiculous commentary on Obamas catch phrase. Sorry I wasted time reading it all the way through in hopes there was something worthwhile.


sdl August 31, 2008 at 9:43 am

Of course it was ridiculous, anon–that’s why it was funny.


Amy August 31, 2008 at 9:47 am

Thanks a lot, no I won’t be able to watch Obama without humming a little Bob the Builder. (Maybe it’s good he didn’t pick Clinton as a running mate because she does look a lot like Wendy.)

PS: Hey Anon, grow a pair and use your real name if you’re going to be all loser-y.


Madge August 31, 2008 at 9:51 am

anonymous is a moron. i loved this post. i love obama . this cracked me up!


Maura August 31, 2008 at 10:04 am

In defense of Obama, he doesn’t have any boys under 7, so maybe it was the innocent coincidence the media would probably claim. )I wouldn’t know a Bob the Builder saying if my life depended on it.)

Now, if he’d picked up on some Dora phrase, THAT would be a different matter!


Quart August 31, 2008 at 10:38 am

I’ve watched almost every press conference and every episode of B the B, and I never put the two together! Like Amy, I will be humming that damn theme song every time I see a “Yes We Can” reference. Let’s just let “America” be what “Can we fix it?” is referring to.


Threeundertwo August 31, 2008 at 11:24 am


Maybe we dems should adopt Barney’s “clean up!” song. Seems appropriate.

Someone needs to do a mash-up of Obama and Bob the Builder on Youtube.


anymommy August 31, 2008 at 12:36 pm

Can we have a sense of humor, anon?


Hilarious. Biden in a purple dinosaur suit killed me.


sofie August 31, 2008 at 2:46 pm

Hey! There’s room for a Dora reference, too, given the whole plagiarism thing. Next time Obama shouts “Yes we can!” Michelle Obama can run in with a magic backpack on and put her hand up and yell, “Obama! No Swiping!”

I want to see Obama in the little fox suit with the mask. Please, just once, before I vote? Would it help if I said I was in a swing state?


Marinka August 31, 2008 at 4:05 pm

Anonymous–I’m glad that you had HOPE and read all the way through hoping for CHANGE. Get it? Hope? Change?

SDL–ridiculous? How dare you! 😉

Amy–Oh my god, you’re so right! Hillary is very Wendy! And you know she’d be ready for that 3 am phone call.

Madge–I already forgave our anonymous friend. To be fair, this post got picked up by some political website, so I can see how someone looking for astute political analysis may be disappointed. But on the other hand, s/he should be used to disappointment in the quest for astute political analysis.

Maura–Hey, girls watch Bob too! Bob’s catch phrase is “Can we build it?” and then everyone chants “Yes, we can!” Well, everyone who’s not reaching for the corkscrew, that is.

Two under Three (hey, that’s a lot!)–Yes, “Clean up!” is the perfect song for the dems!

Anymommy–I knew I wasn’t the only one having Biden dress up fantasies. That came out wrong.

Sofie–good call on Dora! And I’m sure Obama would be receptive to your request.

Quart–I’m an educator. I wouldn’t be surprised if Obama asked me to be the Secretary of Edukation.


funkimunkii August 31, 2008 at 4:56 pm

yes. but can he defend us against pippy p. poopie pants? how would he handle the preposterous plight of the purple potty people?

I thought Obama stole his phrase from the Rosie the Riveter posters. But I kinda prefer the handyman image.


raisingtheboys August 31, 2008 at 5:26 pm

So following this logic…perhaps Palin will start walking around with a purple backpack and her monkey McCain bouncing alongside? THE MAP! THE MAP! BACK PACK BACKPACK! Repeating the same old shit over and over. Except


Vodka Mom August 31, 2008 at 8:33 pm

An African American Bob the Builder? brilliant! Then, I can sing with ’em both.

Yes I can!


Toni September 1, 2008 at 5:07 am

heh heh love the post, it started my day off with a laugh.


Mekhismom September 1, 2008 at 7:08 pm

Okay, I officially have a headache from laughing so hard. I actually heard the phrase on Bob the other day and briefly reflected on it and let it go. Thanks for reminding and purple McCain – too funny.


Kristine September 2, 2008 at 10:41 am

Thank you! I have been going around for weeks telling my husband that Obama is a plagarist and that no one has caught it yet! He is waiting for someone in the crowd to say “I think so”


ms. changes pants while driving September 2, 2008 at 7:46 pm

you made me snort wine out of my nose.


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