Inside the Beltway: Eastwood’s motto-matic
It’s already a cultural force. Clint Eastwood’s “empty chair” moment at the Republican National Convention drew Democratic derision but inspired enthusiastic Republicans. It’s all a matter of “Eastwooding.” The vacant chair symbolizes the vacuous state of the White House, amplified by social media the very instant Mr. Eastwood stood on the stage and addressed “imaginary Obama.” Among nimble new T-shirt mottos at online purveyor CafePress.com: “Repeal ObamaChair,” “Empty chair = Empty Suit,” “CLINT/CHAIR 2012,” “I Stand with the Chair,” and “Mitt, go ahead and make my day, Nov. 6, 2012”.
“President Obama is the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people. Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan would do a much better job running the country, and that’s what everybody needs to know. I may have irritated a lot of the lefties, but I was aiming for people in the middle,” Mr. Eastwood told the Carmel Pine Cone, a small California newspaper.
Cafe Press, meanwhile, tracks the motto trends, and what they imply for the election. See samples here: http://shop.cafepress.com/chair-and-eastwood
“More than a decade later, the world we live in is forever changed. But as we mark the anniversary of September 11, we remember what remains the same: our character as a nation, our faith in one another, and our legacy as a country strengthened by service and selflessness.” (From President Obama’s proclamation recognizing Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance).
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Mr. Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will observe a moment of silence on the White House lawn to mark the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, attend a ceremony at the Pentagon Memorial and later visit with wounded warriors at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
It’s fitting for a man who is the cover model on the next issue of “Deer and Deer Hunting” magazine. Word has sprung that Rep. Paul Ryan has chosen “Bowhunter” as his Secret Service code name, inspired by his favorite he-man hobby. Oh, but there appears to be much cachet here. The news was first leaked by a Republican source to style-conscious GQ magazine, which also recently revealed “Javelin” as Mitt Romney’s code name.
“A Secret Service spokesman declined to comment, although the service has said in the past that the publication of code names does not risk the security of its protectees because all radio communication is now encrypted,” says virtuous GQ correspondent Marc Ambinder.
Maybe Democrats are just trying to be hip and connected. Yes. Maybe. They continue to use coarse language for President Obama’s re-election campaign. In recent days, Obama for America CEO Anne Marie Habershaw, Democratic National Committee political director Jeffrey Lerner and Obama campaign manager Jim Messina have dotted donation pitches with terms like “damn cool” “crap” and “hell no.”
Looks like it’s Mr. Messina’s turn again. His latest dance with the d-word:
“I’ll be damned if the Romney campaign, Karl Rove, the Koch brothers, and a handful of anonymous billionaires ‘carpet bomb’ the president and end up deciding this election for millions of Americans in the last 57 days,” Mr. Messina advised loyal Democrats in an email Monday, then asked for a $5 donation.
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