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Nice Old Couple Just Loves This Cruise Ship

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Aww, look at the nice old couple dancing to the oldies on this nice cruise ship, in space. Who are they, anyway?

Used to be the president and first lady of Estados Unidos de América? Why, they don’t even look Mexican! Guess it was a different time, back then. And who’s that performing this quaint old dance song? Ke$ha? Ke$ha Who? Also what is a dollar sign? [White House Flickr]

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  • Troubledog

    Yeah yeah yeah, and then the ship turns upside down, and they are trapped below decks with an all-star cast including Ernest Borgnine, Shelley Winters, Red Buttons, and Gene Hackman.

  • sezme

    That dress she is wearing: so insultingly unpatriotic.

  • Barrelhse

    Dancing? Thank god. I thought they were engaging in fisticuffs. Or Muslin Panther Terrorist fist-bumps.

  • sezme

    They are exchanging glances, and racing each other to the presidential bedroom. In front of all the guests, she is just stone cold turning his pleated pants into a pup-tent.

  • kudzu

    What’s next: the lobster buffet?

  • Jack Stuef

    Looks like George W. left some clothes in the closet.

  • themcw

    what is a dollar sign? Ask P Diddy. Is he there?

  • amobogio basketball-jones

    Somebody’s gram and gramps got a Wii Fit for Christmas and they’ve finally decided to try it out… So cute.

  • ladymacbeth

    barry o: the cute one.

  • Oldskool

    I know they’re too smart and cool to dance the Hustle but that’s what it looks like. Gah.

  • 13ollocks To The Rules

    “Tell your doctor about your medications, especially if you take nitrates for chest pain, as Cialis may cause an unsafe drop in blood pressure…….”
    Cue the twin bath tubs and the four hour boner…..

  • schlock and flaws

    I thought the Fhlotsin Palace blew up…or is this another cruise ship in space?

  • JMP

    Don’t they know that people in their position are supposed to stare at each other with barely-contained rage over the years of mutual hatred and bondage for political advancement? Or the woman can show a blank stare with a tinkle of sociopathy and Joker-style frozen smile, only showing the emotion of jealousy that her husband killed more people than her, while the man stares off into the middle distance while grinning and drooling like an easily satisfied victim of retardation, which he is, interrupted by an occasional giggle at a completely inappropriate moment.

  • Zorg

    And where is their comical retainer, Old White Joe?

  • Fuck Toad

    [re=620965]JMP[/re]: Wingnuts actually constantly interpret pictures of Michelle Obama as depicting just immense amounts of rage and hatred. They think she is just constantly pissed off and angry at white people and at Obama for being half white.

  • imissopus

    Is that some sort of al-Qaeda terrorist mating dance?

  • sati demise

    [re=620965]JMP[/re]: needs moar valium?

  • Texan Bulldoggette

    [re=620965]JMP[/re]: I’ve been drinking (hey, it’s SUMMER and I have 2 kids to entertain all fucking day!), so the most erudite I can be is: LOL.

  • TheCoolestGuyInTown

    They couldn’t pick an American dance? Like the… Roger Rabbit, Cabbage Patch or the Bartman?!?!

    Color me OUTRAGED!!!!

  • just pixels

    I took a quick trip in the Wayback Machine to the days Barack and Michelle were dating. As she contemplated marrying him, I’m sure she knew he’d do surprising, interesting and amazing things in his life, in their life. But back in 1992, anyone could have told you it was impossible for a black man to become President of the United States.

    I try to imagine how truly surprising, interesting and amazing Barack Obama has been to Michelle. Then I think she probably knew all along that nothing was impossible for him.

  • Extemporanus

    The “Aloha” deck bar looks different than I remember it.

    As does, for that matter, Isaac.

    “Looove, life’s sweetest reward…
    Let it flow, it FLOTUS back to you!”

  • Holding Out for a Hero

    Cute as a dickens.

  • Aurelio

    Barry sure has gotten gray since he’s been preznit. Michelle just looks better and better. I think that means she’s the psychopath in the family.

  • Sharkey

    Uh, oh. I see Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet in the background. GET OFF THE SHIP!!

  • Extemporanus

    [re=620956]Jack Stuef[/re]: For realz.

    Every time I see Barack rockin’ one of his short sleeve blue shirt & khaki pleated pant ensembles — one of which predates his fucking senate campaign! — all I can think of is THIS.

  • Barrelhse

    [re=620976]Extemporanus[/re]: I’m gonna guess that MOST bars look different from how you remember them, even the next day. At least if you take your drinking seriously.

  • Mr Blifil

    I am the same age as Barack Obama so I get to do this:

  • prison rodeo


  • elburrito

    Obama once again shows his disdain for white America by mocking the way we dance.

  • slappypaddy

    [re=620965]JMP[/re]: you refer to the Clintons, nicht wahr? whereas here we have the next level in the game:

    “More fisticuffs, my dear?”

    “You lead, lover, and I’ll follow.”

    the rest is, or will be, history.

  • gjdodger

    “Can we do the Hokey Pokey?

    YES, WE CAN!”

  • obfuscator

    michelle’s wry smile makes me think that she’s fully aware that her husband is a bit of a dork.

  • Troubledog

    [re=620962]Oldskool[/re]: I concur – that is the very first thing I thought when I saw the picture. Van McCoy. Do The Hustle.

    [re=620965]JMP[/re]: You’re too close! Switch to guns!

  • tribbzthesquidz

    They’re totally doing it. Having sex that is to say.

  • Troubledog

    It’s another secret message, and unbelievably, OBAMA’S HUSTLING DARK ARMIES ARE MASSING IN PRISONS THIS VERY MOMENT!

    Obama is using Federal prisons to train his race warriors. It’s just like that fucking Star Wars thing with the motherfucking clones, WHY IS NO ONE TALKING ABOUT THIS

  • SayItWithWookies

    Michelle’s having a flashback to their days in Chicago, imagining them in the living room, after the girls are in bed, doing their workout with the Heavyhands in front of the TV. Simpler times, but now you’re off changing the world, and wouldn’t miss this for anything.

  • slappypaddy

    [re=620999]Troubledog[/re]: those were the days. we had just lost a major war, the president had actually been driven from office for being a crook, the white male hegemony was beginning to crumble, boys and girls of all sexes and colors were coming out to play, crack and crank were barely glimmers in a sociopathic eye, the sex was free, the music was beautiful and the dancing divine.

    time for me to scutter off and weep into my gin, blow my nose into my boa.

  • Clancy_Pants

    I believe that move is called the white man’s overbite.

  • legalize everything

    Some of you may remember that the dollar sign was used to denote the old American form of currency before we switched to Ameros.

  • nappyduggs

    Oh, this is an allIblack remake of that eighties movie with the old white people and Steve Guttenburg. What’s this clalled, Soul Cocoon?

  • nappyduggs

    Oh, honey. You just had to open your mouth. Having a mug of valerian tea with a thimble full of whiskey in it is for sleepytime, not for bloggytime.

  • Radiotherapy

    The best thing about this pic is that you know it will make the Hate, American Style folks just cringe. Who would had ever thought the Love Boat would turn out such that Isaac “your bartender” usurps Cap’n Stubing. Take our country back!!1!

  • Mike Di Leo

    [re=621020]nappyduggs[/re]: Oh I thought it was a scene from On Golden Pond on Ice.

  • mustardman

    Michelle’s top sure looks like a muslim terrorist symbol. We need to get to the bottom of this!

  • taylormattd

    Why do I love Michelle?

  • imissopus

    [re=621026]mustardman[/re]: It does look like it was made out of a couple of Arafat’s old keffiyahs, doesn’t it?

    And no, I do not know if I spelled that word correctly. Too lazy for teh Google.

  • Bearbloke

    Good Gawd, Yanks! Can your parents possibly be more embarrassing in public?

  • sati demise

    [re=620985]Extemporanus[/re]: oh god, that guy was DRUNK! no doubt about it.

    [re=621000]tribbzthesquidz[/re]: I imagine it is damn fine, too.

  • JMP

    [re=620968]Fuck Toad[/re]: But, just look at the picture Ken posted; Michelle is pretty obviously saying, “when are these assholes with cameras going away so I can fuck you?” The two of them actually look attracted to each other, unlike other inhabitants of the white house.

    [re=620995]slappypaddy[/re]: The Clintons, then a certain sociopathic couple

  • SayItWithWookies

    [re=621034]Bearbloke[/re]: My parents took disco dancing lessons — so yeah, probably.

  • Sleeves

    [re=621034]Bearbloke[/re]: Yes!!

  • Escape Goat Nation

    Here comes Johnny Yen again
    With the liquor and drugs
    And the flesh machine
    He’s gonna do another striptease
    Hey man where’d you get
    That lotion? I been hurting
    Since I bought the gimmick
    About something called love
    Yeah something called love
    That’s like hypnotizing chickens
    Well I am just a modern guy
    Of course I’ve had it in the ear before

    ‘Cause of a lust for life
    ‘Cause of a lust for life

    I’m worth a million in prizes
    With my torture film
    Drive a G.T.O.
    Wear a uniform
    All on a government loan
    I’m worth a million in prizes
    Yeah I’m through with sleeping on the
    Sidewalk – no more beating my brains
    With the liquor and drugs
    With the liquor and drugs
    Well I am just a modern guy
    Of course I’ve had it in the ear before

    ‘Cause of a lust for life
    ‘Cause of a lust for life
    I got a lust for life
    Got a lust for life
    Oh a lust for life
    Oh a lust for life
    A lust for life
    I got a lust for life
    I got a lust for life

  • nappyduggs

    Hey Wookies:
    D’you think one of them will pull off the infamous quadruple hip fracture? Good times, good times.

  • x111e7thst

    [re=621040]Escape Goat Nation[/re]:
    Down at the arsenal they keep the nerve gasses
    Guarded day and night by caged white rabbits
    Been sitting there for years

  • trondant

    [re=620964]schlock and flaws[/re]: Same one. Former VP Zorg is arranging a clandestine arms deal as I type this.

  • BarackMyWorld

    They look like Dora the Explorer from the episode where she tries to teach kids how to mambo.

    Yes, I have kids.

  • Oh hell to the no

    [re=620975]just pixels[/re]: He must have been pretty damn awesome because, good lord, that man looks like the biggest dork in the world. I say that as the biggest lady dork in the world. Also, sometimes I get mad at Michelle for stealing away Barry from some lady dork. You know he was the good friend that a lady dork had a crush on but was too awkward to do anything about and then here comes cool Michelle, stealing him away. Even though that lady dork was such a better choice, even though all these years later, they *are* a great couple.

    Yeah, I am projecting. Someone had to speak up for all the lady dorks.

  • Chernobyl Soup

    I’m representing Sasha and Malia in their lawsuit against Flickr.

  • Way Cool Larry

    Black people dancing in the Oval office? This is even worse than Clinton getting a blowjob there.

  • norbizness

    Heyyyyyyyyyy macarena

  • gurukalehuru

    Why do I suspect that the video version wouldn’t show much more action than the still?

  • Oblios Cap

    [re=621047]x111e7thst[/re]: [re=621040]Escape Goat Nation[/re]:

    Stop writing Palin peoms!

  • PlanetWingnuta

    [re=620983]Sharkey[/re]: You mean you hear someone covering “There’s Got To Be A Morning After” when you hear that or See Maureen McGovernon get the hell off the ship, leave the building, anything you’re doing stop and look for the EXIT sign.

    By the way in seriousness…WAY WAY CUTE!!!!!

    There’s got to be a morning after
    If we can hold on through the night
    We have a chance to find the sunshine
    Let’s keep on looking for the light

    Oh, can’t you see the morning after?
    It’s waiting right outside the storm
    Why don’t we cross the bridge together
    And find a place that’s safe and warm?

    It’s not too late, we should be giving
    Only with love can we climb
    It’s not too late, not while we’re living
    Let’s put our hands out in time

    There’s got to be a morning after
    We’re moving closer to the shore
    I know we’ll be there by tomorrow
    And we’ll escape the darkness
    We won’t be searching anymore

    There’s got to be a morning after
    (There’s got to be a morning after)
    There’s got to be a morning after
    (There’s got to be a morning after)
    There’s got to be a morning after
    (There’s got to be a morning after)
    There’s got to be a morning after
    (There’s got to be a morning after)
    (repeat and fade out)

  • PlanetWingnuta

    Channelling the Teabaggers:


  • Canmon (the Inadequate)

    This was part of the stimulus package. They have to dance for the White House tours to increase attendance. Strangely, no one seems to be paying attention to them.

  • Dashboard_Buddha

    I like these people.

  • YellowKid

    [re=620967]Zorg[/re]: well played, sir

  • tribbzthesquidz

    I keep seeing those “annoy a liberal” bumper stickers. Whatever suckaz.
    Annoy a liberal: Destroy eco-system, food-chain/Kill and injure indiscriminately/Be a mindlessly cruel scold
    Annoy a rightist: Be a functional human being

  • NopantsMcGee

    Why don’t pleated pants die? Die, die, die.

  • Godot

    [re=620963]13ollocks To The Rules[/re]: As if four hour boners are anything unusual for Barry.

  • Zorg

    According to Professor Dr. Wanda Sykes, before the Obamas were installed in the White House, black children were told told by their parents to avoid dancing in public because “white people could see them.” Ah, progress!

  • Mike Aimer

    OMG!!! It’s Hitler!!!

  • JesusButter

    I love that they are color coordinated. So Socialist.

  • Mad Brahms

    [re=621185]Godot[/re]: Well, he has to be ready for the attack of the 30-foot tall gay agenda, obviously.

  • Poisoned Rationality

    Am I the only one who read the caption in the official WH Flickr? They’re not dancing, they’re mocking our troops!!!!!

    “President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama pretend to march to music in the Blue Room of the White House, July 4, 2010, before delivering remarks to military families during a Fourth of July celebration.”

    Just heading over the RedState to see if I’m right on that …

    Really, though, what an adorable dork our Barry is.

  • seldom-seen smith

    This photo makes me wonder whether the presidential tailor is still working off of Lyndon Johnson’s measurements.

  • Mad Farmer Manifest

    [re=620997]obfuscator[/re]: I get the same look from my wife for the same reason. Although I dare say that Barry is a bit more successful of a dork than I am.

  • Maus

    Politically, I’m a total cynic, but I can’t help but think they’re the sort of cute, sarcastic married couple I’d love to be :|