the failed presidency of barack obama

Congressman Gives *Thorough* Proof That Barack Obama Is George W. Bush

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Hey c'mon where's your tie, asshole?We just received a lovely e-mail from a poor soul who had to participate in a conference call with Rep. John Shimkus, famous for, what… ah right, trying to sweep Mark Foley’s gay child sex under the gay child sex rug. Let’s let our operative tell the rest: “I sat in on a teleconference with Congressman John Shimkus, who has no speaking skills whatsoever. At any rate, he begins the teleconference with this gem, which I have attatched. Barack Obama is exactly like George Bush because of three things…”

1. He wants to decrease the national defecit

2. He wants to keep radical Muslims out of Afghanistan and…

3. “I can’t remember what the third one was”

Shimkus isn’t exactly a player on Capital Hill (he appears in your archives 3 times) but he says some incredibly dumb things like this…all the time.

In the same teleconference when asked if it was hypocritical to put in five earmarks in the Omnibus Bill and then vote against it because its too spendy he says “Isn’t it a great country?!”

Anyone else thinking…Santelli/Shimkus 2012?

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  • Dave J.

    Fact: anytime someone says “isn’t it a great country” as a joke, they are 100% a huge douche, and deserve a solid cockpunching.

  • BillyClubb

    Barack Obama is exactly like George Bush because of three things…

    And the punchline is…?

  • Delicious


  • grendel

    Isn’t Shimkus Yiddish for Cockpunch?

  • Zadig

    I was willing to write off this guy as a delightfully ineffective buffoon, until the “isn’t it a great country” part. Fuck this guy in the ass, in hell, in a pool of boiling urine, forever, by Mark Foley.

  • HopeyDope

    I was going to say one witty thing here, but I can’t remember what it was.

  • ManchuCandidate

    Shimkus, the GOP’s answer to Yakov Smirnoff!

    In Democrat Party, youth touches you.
    In GOP, you touch youth! And go to jail. What a country!

  • elburrito

    #3 big ears?

  • BillyClubb

    [re=254023]Dave J.[/re]: [re=254028]grendel[/re]: Two commenters say Shimkus means ‘cockpunch’, and I cannot deny their wisdom.

  • Hamster

    #3 – He’s Preznit? Got 2 daughters? What!?!?!! …I give up.

  • SayItWithWookies

    There are exactly three kinds of people in America: Those who can count and those who can’t.

  • AngryBlakGuy

    …LMAO! Chris Matthews just said Newt Gingrich looks like a WARLOCK!

  • BillyClubb

    [re=254035]ManchuCandidate[/re]: That is so… Yakov!

    In America, everywhere there is a party,
    In the Soviet Union, the party is everywhere…

  • gliberal

    Shimkus spelled backwards is Suk-mihs. (punctuation mine)

  • Hamster

    [re=254038]Hamster[/re]: I got it! He puts his pants on one leg at a time. No? damn. How bout, “doesn’t know who the hell John Shkimsu is”

  • gurukalehuru

    They both speak English, although only one of them does it well.
    They both are at least half white.
    Barry has written two books. George Bush has probably read at least that many. Not necessarily long ones.

  • Violenza

    [re=254042]AngryBlakGuy[/re]: Hahahahaha, Matthews ain’t doing too bad for himself this week.

  • suchsweetthunder

    [re=254037]BillyClubb[/re]: You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

  • MarieDeGournay

    [re=254042]AngryBlakGuy[/re]: Sometimes Tweety is just too much.

  • MarieDeGournay

    They are both carbon based life forms.
    They are both located on the Orion arm of the Milky Way Galaxy.
    They are both 75% water.

    Whew! Never thought I’d think of three.

  • coffeeyesplease

    Hey Shimkus, here’s further evidence that Obama and Bush are alike.
    They both think you’re a dick!!
    Even in W. standards….

  • teebob2000

    Santelli/Shimkus… Sounds like a medical condition where you balls are rendered hairless and hang down to your knees.

  • mrpuma2u

    [re=254035]ManchuCandidate[/re]: WIN!!! I love Yakov Smirnoff references. You rock.

  • ogradybt

    I have to give it to him. It is a great country.

  • WadISay

    [re=254071]MarieDeGournay[/re]: He kind of let DeLay run his mouth last night; other than that, yeah.

  • Jukesgrrl

    According to the Wikipedia, Shimkus is the idiot who, during a speech on the floor of the House, compared “the war in Iraq to a baseball game between ‘my beloved St. Louis Cardinals’ and ‘the much-despised Chicago Cubs.'” So maybe the part he couldn’t remember was something lame about baseball.

  • Hedley Lamar

    [re=254122]teebob2000[/re]: OMG, I totally have that!

  • teebob2000

    [re=254140]Hedley Lamar[/re]: Don’t touch any porous surfaces.

  • 51dimes

    [re=254138]Jukesgrrl[/re]: Obama’s a White Sox fan…they both hate the Cubs.

    We just thought this through more than Shimkus.

  • SweetTea&A

    I’ve heard of Shimkus for three reasons:
    1. Something about Mark Foley
    2. My asshole ex-roommate used to work for him.
    3. I don’t remember the other one.

  • The Frogurt Is Also Cursed

    phase 3 – profit!

  • Nedrick

    I moved from the IL-19 (John Shimkus) to the IN-4 (Steve Buyer). I went from one next-to-invisible, do-nothing, white Republican male to another…

  • TGY

    Well, they are certainly both people, though that’s a bit of a dubious characterization in George’s case.

  • remembers when Wonkette was funny

    they are the same, just don’t expect a dumb shit like Shimkus to explain it.

    1) Both walk around mouthing platitudes they know will make their faithful nod their heads, even tho theither of them really has a clue. In fact, both are mostly blank canvases. Democrats see what they want to in Obama the same way Republicans saw what they wanted to in Bush.
    2) Neither ever actually accomplished anything before becoming president
    3) Both largely got voted for because their supporters knew the other side would hate it

    He is, by all accounts, the Democrats George Bush

  • cleo

    His famous letter quote is “We agree to disagree”. The man is not smart and is tolerated by the Democrats in this state because he is ” a nice guy”. He is no nice guy. How nice can you be when you don’t even march with your constitutents to help get the local steel milss back to work and deprive children of health care? The kids just need to accept their personal responsibility. We need a candidate to run against him who will get the actual live (not moribund lipservice) support of the Illinois Democratic Party. The IL Democrats tolerate him and we suffer! Everybody should call Michael Madigan and Dick Durbin to tell them that we in Congreessional 19 are mad as hell and can’t stomach Mr.Dimkus anymore. He was a rubber stamper for Bush. Now he is a roadblock. We need a cerebral,committed representative.

  • S.Luggo

    [re=254401]cleo[/re]: About the “not smart” part:

    John Shimkus (R- Doh!, Illinois) voted against the Stimulus Bill, but then, in explaining his “no” vote, explained to the local press that he vote against the Stimulus Bill because the bill did not have enuf money for Illinois roads and bridges:

    “Q[Reporter]: I know you voted against the stimulus package. Why did you vote against that measure?

    A [Shimkus]: …. I looked at this bill, the bill that passed the House was $30 billion for roads and bridges and that got cut down to just over $27 billion for roads and bridges and our Illinois capital bill is $42 billion, so this national bill is $12 billion less than what our needs are here in Illinois. That bill calls for us to spend $800 billion dollars, why not do a hundred billion for infrastructure and really take care of long-term needs. There will be a lot of communities that are going to be asking for help and assistance and they will not have a prayer for getting any of this money.” – Feb. 19, 2009

  • S.Luggo

    [re=254401]cleo[/re]: Voted against SChip. Wants another billion for “clean” coal, also.