ESPECIALLY RAY NAGIN  2:23 pm February 20, 2009

See, This Is Why Mayors Can’t Have Nice Things

by Jim Newell

We were going to give our recap of Barack Obama’s sexy party for mayors today based on this Jake Tapper article, but how lame would that be brosef? “Articles” are for your GRANDFATHER, right, so we’re checking Jake Tapper’s Twitter instead, cuz maybe we’re rad like that? Eh. Mid-major city mayors tend to be too blunt for national politicians, so this event appears to have been somewhat vulgar. Ha ha, they all wanted Ray Nagin to say something, because they knew it would be inappropriate, and it was. [ABC News, Twitter]


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WadISay February 20, 2009 at 2:27 pm

Did the mayor of Newark give his obligatory cocksucker joke?

cal February 20, 2009 at 2:30 pm

I read “Burnsville MN” as “Bumsville MN.”

Today we all live in Bumsville.

SayItWithWookies February 20, 2009 at 2:31 pm

Introducing the president at the event, Vice President Joe Biden said that “in a long career in politics, there’s one overwhelming reason why I never ran for mayor, which is, it’s too hard.”

Thank you, Mr. Heartbeat-away-from-the-presidency. I’m going to hide under my desk now.

tacodaemon February 20, 2009 at 2:34 pm

Hey Burnsville Mayor Elizabeth Kautz, when Obama talks about cities he probably means, you know, real cities, not 60,000-population podunk burgs like yours.

Texan Bulldoggette February 20, 2009 at 2:35 pm

I hope all these Republican jerk wads get outed as the full hypocrites they are: voting/being against the stimulus but a) taking the money b) taking credit for getting the money and c) attending ribbon cuttings of new construction, etc. Total douche nozzles!

chascates February 20, 2009 at 2:35 pm

“Earlier this month Gov. Rick Perry sharply criticized the federal stimulus package, saying it won’t work. Now he is asking President Barack Obama for all of Texas’ designated portion.”

At least he was against it before he was for it.

suchsweetthunder February 20, 2009 at 2:38 pm

[re=248273]SayItWithWookies[/re]: Sometimes I wish Biden would have won. He’s like our own little Sarah Palin, except women like him.

choinski February 20, 2009 at 2:39 pm

Typo: She hedges butt; praises stimulus

PomPom February 20, 2009 at 2:41 pm

I hope Jindal doesn’t piss away the money for the Gulf Coast & New Orleans, but then again it would be fun to watch his version of the GOP’s “Katrina is God’s way of hating poor people” strategy that worked so well for Bush.

bitchincamaro February 20, 2009 at 2:43 pm

In the future, will they be handing out Pulitzer Prizes for tweeting WH correspondents? We’re fucked, if so.

helzapoppn February 20, 2009 at 2:43 pm

The $3 billion requested by Detroit might just cover all the remaining lawsuit settlement costs and other legal bills. For demolition of abandoned homes they plan to subcontract local gangs to reinstitute Devil’s Night on a monthly basis.

freakishlystrong February 20, 2009 at 2:46 pm

I think I can safely say, this whole Mayor’s conference would have been vastly improved by racist chimps and mincing gays…

bitchincamaro February 20, 2009 at 2:47 pm

[re=248301]helzapoppn[/re]: Like 18 housefires per day does not constitute Devil’s Night?

V572625694 February 20, 2009 at 2:58 pm

Among the ones targeted for criticism are a $1.4 million children’s water park requested by Pine Bluff, Ark; or $33,725 for automatically flushing toilets in Sumter, SC; or as reported by the Wall Street Journal, a $886,000 Frisbee golf course in Austin, Texas; a $500,000 leashless dog park in Chula Vista, Calif., a $4.5 million ‘eco park’ in Boynton Beach, Fla., or $2 million for neon signs for Las Vegas.

Or, as reported by the Boston Globe, a combined $1 million for skateboard parks in Durham, NC, and Pacific, Wash.; $90 million for swimming pools across the country; $25 million for tennis courts; or $700,000 for planting trees along Providence, RI, sidewalks.

Oh yeah, dog parks are baaaad, but F-22 fighters are gooood! High-speed rail is baaad, but two more lanes on I-xx5 are gooood!

And really, I’m for all the automatically flushing toilets they can get in South Carolina. Or even manually flushing ones.

V572625694 February 20, 2009 at 2:59 pm

[re=248299]bitchincamaro[/re]: Has any WH correspondent ever gotten a Pulitzer for that work? Because if there’s one place where there’s no news for sure, it’s a WH press briefing.

Dana P was pretty, though, so there was that. Now…meh.

Hooray For Anything February 20, 2009 at 3:02 pm

[re=248283]Texan Bulldoggette[/re]: Another reason for rooting for the stimulus package to work is to watch all those Mayors and Governors squirm while trying to pretend they never actually said they were against the stimulus package and almost didn’t take the money
[re=248299]bitchincamaro[/re]: Fight the future

CorkPopper February 20, 2009 at 3:10 pm

[re=248320]V572625694[/re]: Yeah, I don’t get it. We want public works, but not for anything like parks and pools? (OK, I get the objection to the frisbee golf thing.) Oh wait, the rich don’t need public parks and pools and tennis courts. They have their own and mingling with the masses is so icky. Why spend money on that?

CivicHoliday February 20, 2009 at 3:12 pm

[re=248273]SayItWithWookies[/re]: He also gave the wrong website address. One of these days, Barry’s gonna snap when Joe says something retarded (which is like every 5 minutes), and ninja kick his head off. It will be legendary.

ManchuCandidate February 20, 2009 at 3:19 pm

I think Obama’s worried about the Mayor Quimbys will give their stimulus monies to Lyle Lanley who sold monorails to North Haverbrook, Brockway and Ogdenville.

Quimby: We will now hear suggestions for the disbursement of the
two million dollars.
Lisa: Don’t you mean million dollars?
Quimby: [looks around nervously, adjusts his tie] Of course.
million dollars.

Woodwards Friend February 20, 2009 at 3:27 pm
Josh Fruhlinger February 20, 2009 at 3:31 pm

Baltimore’s own Mayor Sheila Dixon got un-invited from this shindig, just because of minor details like her indictment for accepting fur coats from developers with city contracts, and also maybe stealing gift cards intended for poor people. Why does Obama hate lovably corrupt Democratic big-city mayors?

SayItWithWookies February 20, 2009 at 3:32 pm

[re=248320]V572625694[/re]: The automatic ones are better because then you don’t have to teach the natives how to use them.

Hooray For Anything February 20, 2009 at 3:34 pm

[re=248360]ManchuCandidate[/re]: I don’t think you’ll have to worry about that as monorails are a form of public transportation, especially a green form of public transportation, something that automatically qualifies it as pork. Unless it’s fueled by ethanol, of course.

anabellum February 20, 2009 at 5:38 pm

actually…moves to improve local park systems are generally more ‘shovel ready’ than other projects…good thing private donors have stepped forward with 2 million to start work on City Park in New Orleans…it’s one of the last parks that still has many of it’s original WPA buildings, draws 14 million visitors a year, and is the second largest urban park in the US…

it’s typical though, that Austin Texas wants to spend $886,000 on a frisbee golf course when the city just announced a cut back in hours for it’s libraries and lay-offs for some of the library staff…

as i recall, Austin spends 40% as much on it’s libraries as is average for a city it’s size….

hobospacejungle February 20, 2009 at 6:35 pm

Oh yes, Austin — the mini-Los Angeles that the rest of the country somehow thinks is an oasis in the middle of redneck hell. It’s been living off it’s pre-1980 reputation for far too long now. Local watering holes are polluted, downtown is full of ugly tall buildings blocking everyone’s view of the capitol building and north of town is a wingtard fantasy suburban fuckhole.

Yes we still have nice things here but no thanks to the carpetbaggers who’ve done their best to destroy this place over the past 30 years.

patrickhenry February 22, 2009 at 7:17 pm

golf carts or metal detectors for inner city schools its a tuff choice

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