SEUSS ABUSE  2:30 pm January 6, 2012

Lawmaking Fool Apologizes for ‘Mrs. YoMama’ E-Mail

by Liz Colville

swooping to new lows

Kansas House Speaker Mike O’Neal took his time quasipologizing for it, but the Republican has finally admitted wrongdoing in forwarding a warm holiday message comparing Michelle Obama to the Grinch by making use of some unfortunate Wind Event that befell Michelle’s hair on some tarmac somewhere. O’Neal apparently “didn’t read” (because he can’t?) the text of the message, which called the First Lady “Mrs. YoMama.”

The e-mail, whose subject read, “Twins separated at birth?” contains the above picture and the message, “I’m sure you’ll join me in wishing Mrs. YoMama a wonderful, long Hawaii Christmas vacation — at our expense, of course.”

O’Neal added, “Sorry, just had to forward this latest holiday message! I’ve had worse hair days but this is pretty funny.” How considerate.

O’Neal first had his communications director Alyson Rodee defend the whole thing. Said she:

Political cartoons are a part of American culture.

“Culture.”

It’s hard to see how Mike O’Neal poking fun at himself and forwarding a lighthearted political cartoon about the first lady’s extravagant spending of taxpayer funds during a time when many Americans are financially struggling is newsworthy.

This is the first time … in a few days that O’Neal has forwarded such an e-mail. According to the Lawrence Journal-World, the paper received another e-mail that O’Neal had “endorsed” that featured a picture of President Obama and a passage from the Bible containing the words, “Let his days be few and brief.” Days in office! Days in office. [Lawrence Journal-World via Politico]

 

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{ 133 comments }

Barb January 6, 2012 at 2:35 pm

"Douchebag, party of one. Your table is now ready.

Lionel[redacted]Esq January 6, 2012 at 3:01 pm

Sadly, the GOP is larger than just one douche bag.

Grief_Lessons January 6, 2012 at 2:37 pm

Stink, stank, stunk.

actor212 January 6, 2012 at 2:37 pm

Why, I often forward funny things that I don't read! Just the other day, I accidentally posted my blood tests because my phlebologist put a little smiley face sticker on it, and now the world knows I have chlamydia!

snoopyfan2010 January 6, 2012 at 9:34 pm

That was you???

neiltheblaze January 6, 2012 at 2:37 pm

This is, I guess, what passes for humor in a dry state that is wall to wall wheat and corn fields.

veritass January 6, 2012 at 2:37 pm

O'Neal added, "Blah people have some nappy fucking hair, amirite?"

freakishlywrong January 6, 2012 at 2:38 pm

about the first lady’s extravagant spending of taxpayer funds during a time when many Americans are financially struggling is newsworthy.
Fuck this shit. Dig up when these asswipes griped about the the many Bush, or any other fucking Republicant Pres and we'll talk. This is so fucking tired.

Radiotherapy January 6, 2012 at 3:02 pm

Talk to the teleprompter.

CommieLibunatic January 6, 2012 at 3:06 pm

They seem fine, if not enthusiastic, about the F-35 fighter jet program. And that cost about a trillion dollars; a few dozen billion more than the entire GDP of Australia.

gullywompr January 6, 2012 at 2:38 pm

May the lightheartedness of the Republican Party fill your holidays with cheer and joy!

Not_So_Much January 6, 2012 at 2:39 pm

Doesn't this douchenozzle know that the proper apology is the "if anyone was accidentally offended, then I'm sorry they were offended…" bullshit?

tessiee January 6, 2012 at 8:17 pm

That's so 2011. The new hot trend in bullshit non-apologies is that said douchenozzle had deep moral and relgious convictions, blah blah blabbity blah.

memzilla January 6, 2012 at 2:41 pm

Mike O'Neal, former editor of the Ron Paul Newsletter.

SorosBot January 6, 2012 at 2:41 pm

It reminds me more of There's Something About Mary than the Grinch.

Barb January 6, 2012 at 2:43 pm

Franks and beans!

OneYieldRegular January 6, 2012 at 3:04 pm

Or as Sylvia Plath put it: turkey neck and gizzards.

horsedreamer_1 January 6, 2012 at 8:01 pm

Speaking of Plath… You know who else committed death by oven?

Biff January 7, 2012 at 4:02 pm
bumfug January 6, 2012 at 2:41 pm

"I thought they were talkin' 'bout that cello guy!"

DahBoner January 6, 2012 at 5:04 pm

The guy with the clock around his neck???

tessiee January 6, 2012 at 8:20 pm

No, you nut-head! Thomas Jefferson!

ShaveTheWhales January 7, 2012 at 9:05 pm

Or his brother Monte.

Tundra Grifter January 6, 2012 at 2:42 pm

That Grinch photo looks to me more like Donald Chump when the wind undid his 'do.

Or, to be a bit more accurate, Chump's hair don't.

BaldarTFlagass January 6, 2012 at 2:50 pm

His hair would have been out of the frame by the time the cameraman clicked; blowing down the sidewalk like a tumblin' tumbleweed.

SayItWithWookies January 6, 2012 at 2:42 pm

Can we just take away Kansas' internet access? At least until they figure out what century this is.

memzilla January 6, 2012 at 2:43 pm

Next up, a resolution in the Kansas Legislature to rename the town of Liberal, Kansas.

not that Dewey January 6, 2012 at 3:38 pm

What, "America-hating Big Government Traitorous PC Feminazi Socialist, KS"?

BaldarTFlagass January 6, 2012 at 2:43 pm

"Her hair is pretty near… pretty near her forehead, that is."

Biff January 7, 2012 at 4:15 pm

Thing is, this same asshat probably thinks Callista would make an ideal 1st Lady, because she's so translucently Caucasian.

Goonemeritus January 6, 2012 at 2:43 pm

I had a girl friend when I was young that rocked a similar hair style to the FLOTUS’s but she used Mop & Glow to hold it in place.

tessiee January 6, 2012 at 8:22 pm

Wood glue works, I'm told.

Guppy January 7, 2012 at 12:47 am

I'm suddenly reminded of There's Something About Mary.

BigDumbRedDog January 6, 2012 at 2:44 pm

Her hair is actually hiding the fact that she is a unicorn.

donner_froh January 6, 2012 at 2:44 pm

Political cartoons are a part of American culture

They know a lot about culture in Topeka, KS.

Geminisunmars January 6, 2012 at 3:11 pm

I think it is spelled Kulture, in Klansas.

LetUsBray January 6, 2012 at 9:31 pm

Say, is this that "white culture" Glenn Bleck was talking about when he was claiming in that whiny, sniveling voice of his that the prez is racist?

HempDogbane January 6, 2012 at 2:44 pm

What's Not the Matter With Kansas?

Gleem_McShineys January 6, 2012 at 4:21 pm

Q: What's The Matter With Kansas?
A: HELLO? KANSAS.

slowhansolo January 6, 2012 at 2:45 pm

Oh, hey, look! A Republican racist! Don't see those too often.

snoopyfan2010 January 6, 2012 at 9:36 pm

Or white ones at that….those are rare.

Golfing_OJ January 6, 2012 at 2:45 pm

"The Speaker has announced he will be retiring to spend more time with his watermelon salesman!"

Radiotherapy January 6, 2012 at 2:46 pm

Cracker-ass says what?

Limeylizzie January 6, 2012 at 2:46 pm

K-K-K-Kansas , beautiful Kansas , your'e the only K-K-K-Klan that I adore.

Barb January 6, 2012 at 2:58 pm

Lizzie, let's send him a thoughtful email.
mike.oneal@house.ks.gov

Mumbletypeg January 6, 2012 at 3:03 pm

Even weirder? His wiki page lists his address.
Wait, did I just say that?

Limeylizzie January 6, 2012 at 3:04 pm

Wonkette road trip?

Mumbletypeg January 6, 2012 at 3:14 pm

It would be a delight, because you keep reminding me of all these sing-out-loud tunes I'd half-forgotten. My grandfather used to sing that K-katie song to us.

Biff January 7, 2012 at 4:18 pm

Jesus fuck, he and I share a birthday, though he is exactly one year older than I. Thing is, we were both in the Class of '69, so he must be an MR or something…

Limeylizzie January 6, 2012 at 3:04 pm

OK I'm with you.

donner_froh January 6, 2012 at 2:46 pm

It’s hard to see how Mike O’Neal…is newsworthy

He isn't–except when he is doing something stupid in public. Like now.

FlownOver January 6, 2012 at 3:27 pm

Like pretty much always, at least here in Baja Nebraska

Buckminster January 8, 2012 at 12:11 pm

Maybe he could go to Facebook and take a tutorial on how not to harass someone on the internet.

BaldarTFlagass January 6, 2012 at 2:47 pm

Maybe Michelle is actually the fourth Stray Cat.

Generation[redacted] January 6, 2012 at 3:00 pm

Do you like Flock of Seagulls?

tessiee January 6, 2012 at 8:25 pm

Well… She's got cat class and she's got cat style.

horsedreamer_1 January 8, 2012 at 10:17 am

Brian Setzer? I just met her!

AlterNewt January 6, 2012 at 2:48 pm

I like these unpologies.

Buckminster January 8, 2012 at 12:08 pm

Yeah, he's sorry, but not in the way he means it. He's sorry as in, "What a sorry loser."

coolhandnuke January 6, 2012 at 2:48 pm

Santorum Vitalis is the hair product of choice in the Kansas Legislature.

actor212 January 6, 2012 at 2:49 pm

The First Lady is looking kinda blah today.

Blueb4sunrise January 6, 2012 at 2:50 pm

It's 'Yo Blahma' .

BaldarTFlagass January 6, 2012 at 2:51 pm

The "forward" button; how does it work?

Geminisunmars January 6, 2012 at 3:13 pm

Emails come in, emails go out. You can't explain it.

VespulaMaculata January 6, 2012 at 2:52 pm

You've got to hand it to First Ladies, Republican and Democrat. They really must love their husbands to sign on for the abuse they all end up taking.

memzilla January 6, 2012 at 2:55 pm

Of GW Shrub's 2,922 days in office, he spent 977 of them on vacation, about 33%.

Unfortunately, 66% of Americans still get their news from teevee, but the percentage is shrinking. Say what you will about Google, it is making it easier to catch these asshats in their bald-faced lies.

tessiee January 6, 2012 at 8:27 pm

However, it's only fair to point out that every day Dumbya was on vacation was one day less that he was molesting the country.

elviouslyqueer January 6, 2012 at 2:57 pm

It’s hard to see how Mike O’Neal poking fun at himself and forwarding a lighthearted political cartoon about the first lady’s extravagant spending of taxpayer funds during a time when many Americans are financially struggling is newsworthy.

Shorter Alyson Rodee: Michelle should act more niggardly about her spending.

actor212 January 6, 2012 at 2:59 pm

BORING CORRECTION:

BLAH-gardly…

SorosBot January 6, 2012 at 3:03 pm

What she's saying is that only white people should have nice things like vacations to Hawaii.

Chichikovovich January 6, 2012 at 3:22 pm

More precisely – only white people should be able to fly home for Christmas with the family. Evidently his view is that the only proper place for African-Americans is in prison.

Geminisunmars January 6, 2012 at 3:25 pm

Well, if he really wanted to be with his family during the holidays he would have gone to Kenya.

chicken_thief January 6, 2012 at 3:17 pm

Originally she was going to note her surprise that Hawaiian resorts had Section 8 housing and took food stamps, but edited that part out so as to not offend any Hawaiian resorts.

tessiee January 6, 2012 at 8:28 pm

"Shorter Alyson Rodee: Michelle should act more niggardly about her spending."

Also, if her hair-do is silly, people will be inclined to snigger at her.

Generation[redacted] January 6, 2012 at 2:58 pm

I would like to invite the House Speaker to bite into a three decker rat dick and toadstool sandwich with arsenic sauce.

Wonderthing January 6, 2012 at 2:59 pm

"Look Daddy! Every time a douchebag posts a racist email, a demon gets his horns."

–Zuzu (or PA- Zuzu)

OneYieldRegular January 6, 2012 at 3:03 pm

What a cool job that staffer Alyson Rodee has – being trotted out by her racist boss to defend his racism. I'm sure it makes her feel that acquiring that college degree was worth all the trouble.

chicken_thief January 6, 2012 at 3:20 pm

Making the apologies isn't nearly as bad as the day she was interviewed and he said, as he pushed her head to his crotch, "well, you want the job, don't you?"

nonbeliever7 January 6, 2012 at 3:04 pm

Kansas? That's somewhere in Venezuela , right?

slowhansolo January 6, 2012 at 3:16 pm

You betcha! And it has 17 billion residents!

widestanceshakedown January 6, 2012 at 3:04 pm

A cheap carpet/drape joke would have been funnier.

GregComlish January 6, 2012 at 3:04 pm

Yo Mama so black she could be the First Lady of the United States!

Geminisunmars January 6, 2012 at 3:16 pm

Oooooo — slam!

Negropolis January 7, 2012 at 2:06 am

Oh, snap! No you didn't!

owhatever January 6, 2012 at 3:04 pm

Stay classy, Kansas.

Lionel[redacted]Esq January 6, 2012 at 3:05 pm

I love how the current Republican excuse de jour is "I didn't read it, even though it went out under my name." It appears to be the "spend more time with the wife and kids" of our age.

Geminisunmars January 6, 2012 at 3:18 pm

More dog-whistle for the party base.

MissTaken January 6, 2012 at 3:06 pm

I wrote this comment, but I didn't read it.

Lionel[redacted]Esq January 6, 2012 at 3:09 pm

All though my name appears on this comment, I have neither read your comment nor have I read this comment.

elviouslyqueer January 6, 2012 at 3:16 pm

This comment has not been read by the user.

SorosBot January 6, 2012 at 3:16 pm

This is not a comment.

tessiee January 6, 2012 at 8:31 pm

Ceci n'est pas un comment.

SorosBot January 6, 2012 at 3:17 pm

I didn't read your comment either, because Wonkette doesn't allow comments.

Geminisunmars January 6, 2012 at 3:24 pm

Wha? There are comments?

MissTaken January 6, 2012 at 3:34 pm

No one has read (or lost) any

El Pinche_v2 January 6, 2012 at 3:27 pm

I didn't see what you did there.

Guppy January 7, 2012 at 12:52 am

Wow, I didn't peg you for Ron Paul.

Crank_Tango January 6, 2012 at 3:06 pm

Yeah well, Kansas mama so fat…

Chillwaver January 6, 2012 at 3:08 pm

I've got another "YoMama" joke for you , Mike:

YoMama is so dumb, that she raised her son an ignorant Republican bigot.

FakaktaSouth January 6, 2012 at 3:08 pm

What up with the class warfare, bitch? Lavish vacations when people are suffering is. . .what? Not nice because rich people are dicks to not pretend to be poor? I thought this great separation between rich and poor is what pissed these fucktards off? I. Cannot. Keep. Up. IOKIYR, its always wrong if you're Obama. Right. I know. Still, their lack of consistency pisses ME off.

Geminisunmars January 6, 2012 at 3:19 pm

Well, you have to admit that they are consistently inconsistent.

Naked_Bunny January 6, 2012 at 4:22 pm

I like how we're supposed to be angry at Obama for going to Hawaii instead of being angry at O'Neal for supporting economic policies that prevent us from also being able to go to Hawaii.

BlueStateLibel January 6, 2012 at 3:09 pm

That's the first time I've ever seen "culture" and "Kansas" mentioned in the same sentence, or actually ever.

Mumbletypeg January 6, 2012 at 3:11 pm

As with Party of Teabrains, GOP committee stooges, and Republican tools of yore , Mr. O'Neal attains not-so-special status as one for whom "the clue train passed his station without stopping."

Geminisunmars January 6, 2012 at 3:27 pm

What a clever little comma.

MissTaken January 6, 2012 at 3:11 pm

On behalf of all women who have had their 'do get jacked up by an errant wind, I say "Fuck you, you racist, sexist fuck".

Lemme guess, he's fat and bald, right?

elviouslyqueer January 6, 2012 at 3:19 pm
weejee January 6, 2012 at 3:15 pm

Obvs Speaker Mike O’Neal had a vicious case of the dyslexia and the posting was about the wife of cellist Yo Yo Ma.

JustPixelz January 6, 2012 at 3:25 pm

In fairness, Grinch and Michelle are both people of color. Also, some people think they both are cartoon characters. (Not me! I loooove Michelle.)

Nevertheless, this is a fun game!

"Join me in wishing Shit Romney a wonderful Mormonadon holiday." [picture of Romney and a robot]

"Celebrate the 25th anniversary of The Handmaid's Tale with Rick Santorum." [picture of woman chained to a bed]

"SNAP! Let's help Newt Gingrich commemorate 75 years of food assistance in America." [photo of Newt next to a famished third world male, caption: "To Serve Man"]

FlownOver January 6, 2012 at 3:31 pm

So the grinch is grah?

Chichikovovich January 6, 2012 at 3:25 pm

"Mike O’Neal poking fun at himself and forwarding a lighthearted political cartoon about the first lady’s extravagant spending of taxpayer funds…"

But, but,…. I'm so confused. How could he have known the message was about that if he didn't read it?

ShaveTheWhales January 7, 2012 at 9:13 pm

Well, it had a picture of FLOTUS, didn't it? About what else could it lightheartedly have been?

mavenmaven January 6, 2012 at 3:27 pm

The entire republican party is santorum.

chicken_thief January 6, 2012 at 3:31 pm

Alyson also added that, like The Donald, Mike gets along well with the blahs.

El Pinche_v2 January 6, 2012 at 3:36 pm

Yeah, Mike O'Neal is a man of cunture..I mean culture. I bet his country club culture doesn't allow nigras and beaners.

hilbillyheroine January 6, 2012 at 3:55 pm

Wait till they find ouT Flotus is a heavy smoker who killed her highschool boyfriend. Oh, what? Wrong one?

Simon_DeLongo January 6, 2012 at 4:16 pm

Since the Kansas House Speaker's Offices looooooooooves "poking fun" at pictures, get a load of communications director Alyson Rodee:
http://tv.ku.edu/profile/Alyson-Rodee/

And since we're at it, check out the Speaker's daughter: http://www.reponeal.com/pic.php?id=45

Naked_Bunny January 6, 2012 at 4:20 pm

Ah, yes. How dare Barack return to the state of his birth for Christmas. I'm sure there aren't any Republican Congressmen returning to their birth states on the taxpayer dime, no sirree!

Groupshrug January 6, 2012 at 4:35 pm

As a Lawrence, Kansas resident (where the paper that published this story is), I have to say that Kansas is as racist as you think. However, Lawrence is quite an enigma within the state.

Lawrence is a very Liberal, well educated and artistic community that ends up on many top 10 lists of towns that kick ass for one reason or another. I try to explain to people that Lawrence is to Kansas as New York City is to the United States.

finallyhappy January 6, 2012 at 5:34 pm

yeah but we'd still have to go to Kansas. Sorry.

Groupshrug January 6, 2012 at 7:38 pm

If you fly into Kansas City International Airport, you're very close to Lawrence and you don't have to drive through the really yokel parts.

LetUsBray January 6, 2012 at 9:39 pm

I lived in Lawrence in the early '90s. Is the paper you're referring to the Urinal-World, and is it still to the right of Ivan the Terrible?

Negropolis January 7, 2012 at 2:08 am

I thought that Manhattan was the NYC of Kansas.

Wait, wha?!

Biff January 7, 2012 at 4:30 pm

Kansas is also home to Split Lip Rayfield, and anyone who doesn't know of them, really should.

Gleem_McShineys January 6, 2012 at 4:40 pm

To those I have offended, I am sorry. That was not my intent. If I had meant to offend you, I'd have called her a straight up jigaboo! Or maybe a darkie. But never nigger, I can't bring myself to ever say nigger, it is terrible. People should never say nigger. I hated hearing that Dr. Laura saying nigger nigger nigger, it really was awful. But I digress.
So you see, looking back, I am actually being very classy in the email in question! You should probably thank me, Mrs. Obama!

Respectfully, (Truly respectfully! Not like how some people treat you people!)
Mike O'Neal

DahBoner January 6, 2012 at 5:01 pm

If going down south means going to Oklahoma, you might live in Kansas

Then YO MAMA screws knuckledraggers from Kansas.

Thanks folks, I'll be here all weekend….

Troglodeity January 6, 2012 at 11:36 pm

Never forget: Topeka is the place where they've legalized domestic violence. Seriously.

Negropolis January 7, 2012 at 2:09 am

And, it's the home of the Phelps KKKlan.

Negropolis January 7, 2012 at 2:13 am

Y'all are no fun. Don't you get the joke? Don't you see it?! The First Lady is blah! I mean, look at her. OMG, she's so fuckin' BLAH! Oh, just fuck it. Fuck y'all. No; Fuck ALL Y'ALL!

"Repeal O'Neal" has a nice ring to it; jus' sayin'.

ttommyunger January 7, 2012 at 7:50 am

The sad, overlooked fact is that this asshole is not a moron, he is a racist pandering to his racist constituency. He knows this shit makes him a local hero and feeds red meat to his base. It is no accident that so many racist, evil nut-cases live and thrive in Kansas; it is a fucking breeding ground for ignorance and bigotry. There, I've said it and I'm glad, my apologies to the six or seven normal, intelligent people currently trapped within the unwholesome confines of Kansas.

horsedreamer_1 January 8, 2012 at 10:19 am

All Mike O'Neal has is dust in his brain.

Buckminster January 8, 2012 at 12:07 pm

This kind of behavior would get you fired from WalMart. Think about it. We expect a higher level of decorum from the guys who stock your cheap Chinese crap store than we expect of our political machines.

Limeylizzie January 6, 2012 at 3:18 pm

My Grandmother used to sing it to me and I sing it to my stepdaughter, kate, and I think drive her insane!

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