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Just when red-blooded Americans begin to believe the wackiest administration to ever grace the White House couldn’t get any more ridiculous, the good folk at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. always seem to deliver. In a matter of days, the White House press corps showed yet another unflattering angle. The brand spanking new disinformation guru seems more than a bit off. And the president has left his second in command alone at the lunch table – again.
Alright, Mr. DeMille, I’m Ready for My Close Up
There appears to be a Norma Desmond revival among the White House press folks. Much like the desperate leading lady in the 1950 movie Sunset Boulevard, some have been deluded into believing they’re destined for stardom despite being simply irrelevant to the times they live in. Several have even begun to whimper about their jobs – anonymously, of course.
Some blame Press Secretary Jen Psaki – not for circling back, but for being so stone-like in delivering the administration’s news. One bleating press pass went so far as to say, “Jen [Psaki] is very good at her job, which is unfortunate,” as reported by Politico. But in Gillette, WY, that sure rubbed Jason Frye the wrong way: “’Jen Psaki is good at her job’ I’ll have whatever they’re smoking because it must be amazing.”
The truth is that press briefings have lost significant viewership, and reporters feel they aren’t getting their time in the spotlight; their coverage of COVID, Ukraine, and the economy just isn’t launching them to stardom. One went as far as to say: “It’s a boring and difficult job.” Boo-hoo.
Andrew Melvin in Hampstead, NC, came to the table and offered a solution: “There’s plenty of things you could ask about if you weren’t a herd of sheep.” He must have left the barn door wide open, as Phyllis Shaw, a Toledo gal, weighed in as well: “If they want to be famous, they could do real reporting on stories that they have suppressed for the last couple of years.” Houstonian Brandon Bostick agreed, empathically stating, “It’s hard to make a name for yourself when your question is cut out because it wasn’t on the list of questions the puppet rehearsed.”
Nearly every heartlander pointed out that Peter Doocy has made an excellent name for himself but could not name another of the White House press corps. Deliciously ironic.
Supercalifragilistic Loony Expodocious
Speaking of being famous, Mr. Biden’s latest addition to the elite ranks is Nina Jankowicz, the self-described Mary Poppins of Misinformation. She’s the kind of gal you go barhopping with in hopes of finding a karaoke machine – but perhaps not who you put in charge of regulating the truth. A new video has surfaced of Nina belting out a song in which she altered a few lyrics, wailing: “I want to be rich, famous, and powerful! Step on all my enemies and never do a thing.”
Amazingly, Jankowicz gave up her music career to focus on misinformation. Almost. It wasn’t long before a Tik Tok video had ol’ Nina singing this catchy little diddy – to the tune of “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,” of course: “Information laundering is really quite ferocious. It’s when a huckster takes some lies and makes them sound precocious by saying them in Congress or a mainstream outlet, so disinformation’s origins are slightly less atrocious.”
Flyover folks aren’t happy about the president’s latest musical number. Donna Hanna, chiming in from Lebanon, OH, observed: “Another gem in his treasure chest of liars and haters.” Down the road in Canton, George Hayes wrapped it up by stating, “She got the idea from Kamalama Ding Dong.”
Alone at the Lunch Table. Again
Shortly after taking the oath of office, Joe Biden publicly stated he would have “alone once a week” luncheon with his VP. “[Like] Barack and I, we have lunch alone once a week,” Biden vowed. “That’s the deal when we’re [Harris and Biden] both in-country, which we’ll be for a while because of COVID, and I see her all the time.” Which to most folks with a pulse sounded painful. A cursory review of the president’s public schedule reflects the power couple has only dined together 25 times since Biden took office.
In Morganton, NC, Ron Williams pondered the health aspects of such a routine: “Seems like that would wreak havoc with the digestive systems of both parties, them loving each other so much and all.” Other middle Americans figured calling Biden a “racist” during the Democratic presidential primaries might have finally sunk in with number 46. But one farmer’s wife in Indiana had a simpler answer: “I’m sure he just forgot.”