Posts Tagged ‘President Obama


Can I Pray to Make You Go Away?

kurt warnerI’ll be the first to admit I don’t get the whole religion and prayer thing. For instance, I can’t STAND how after anything bad  happens newscasters or whoever they are interviewing will say “Our thoughts and prayers are with…” Really? Like Anderson Cooper gets on his knees every night to pray. I buy that he’s on his knees every day, but that is a very different sort of subservience. Whateves, maybe I’m just crotchety and unable to use my imagination to believe in mythology as something real.

Then there are people like Kurt Warner whose religious views are a major talking point for him at any opportunity, even when meeting the President. Hearing that President Obama would be in Arizona delivering the commencement address at Arizona State University (WOOOOOOOO!), Warner made a call and arranged a short get-together with Barack. The two men met and talked about Obama’s basketball skills, with Obama even inviting Warner to come play at the White House some time. Then the conversation got somewhere useful; Warner asked the President how he could pray for him.

Uh. What?

According to Warner, the President responded that “[I] could pray for his family because of the situation and how difficult it is, and ‘pray that I get it right.'”

What are you supposed to say to someone asking how they can pray for you? Give me 6 more inches? Should you treat it like you would with a genie? It’s about the same likelihood of anything happening right?

You know partly why I hate people who say things like “I’ll be praying for you.” A) most of the time they probably “pray” once and then move on. B) It’s a way to be like “I’m helping,” without actually doing anything. C) Nothing ever changes, and if something WERE to change, it wouldn’t be because of prayer.

I only wish Obama asked Warner to pray for the Bears to dominate the NFC next season, after all, you can’t ignore a request from the Commander in Chief right?



Obama Holds Off on Dismantling NASCAR, For Now

Aprils Fool’s Day used to be so much fun before the Internet. Now everyone feels the need to show how incredibly clever they are by coming up with fake news stories or gadgets or what have you. I just find myself hating to use the Internet that day because instead of finding real information you just get crap and a day without Internet?!!!?

That said, as I reported yesterday, and suspected, the news that President Obama was telling Chrysler and GM that acceptance of government funds would require them to pull out of NASCAR was in fact, fake.

Tony Stewart, one of the top racers and a team owner himself had this to say regarding the prank:

“I know that talking to the people at Chevrolet they’re very committed to the racing program. They realize the value of it with not only the rest of corporate America but what it does to our nation.  It still goes back to ‘win on Sunday, sell on Monday.’  This is a sport that’s been good for the auto industry and vice versa.

Which of course, is no longer the case, but then I wouldn’t expect NASCAR to be current with facts and data. And while this was a prank, it wouldn’t be surprising if this is something the government seriously looks into. If they are going to tell Citibank and automaker executives that they need to cut down on their silly expenditures like private planes and the like, why wouldn’t wasting hundreds of millions of dollars in sponsorship dollars be better spent elsewhere, instead of essentially the government sponsoring auto sports. Fortunately, that would never happen.

[Orlando Sentinel]


Obama Tells Auto Companies to Ditch NASCAR

I can’t confirm for certain that this isn’t an April Fool’s Joke, which is super annoying, and despite it being on Drudge, I can’t seem to find the actual statement from the White House anywhere, but fuck it, I like this story regardless…

President Obama’s White House has reportedly told GM and Chrysler that if they are to receive government funds, among the expenses they must cut back on includes their participation in NASCAR. If GM and Chrysler were both to pull completely out of NASCAR, they would save a combined $250 million dollars, which is no small sum. Particularly for the employees of either company who have seen their jobs evaporate, their benefits dry up and their retirement plans disappear into the ether of mismanagement.

From President Obama’s statement:

Automakers used to operate on the principle of ‘win on Sunday, sell on Monday,’ but the Auto Task Force’s research just doesn’t validate that as true. NASCAR is a racing series that regulates down to the smallest detail of the cars, where a car badged a Chevrolet or Dodge differs only marginally from a Ford or a Toyota. There’s no technological development to speak of.

In order to receive this money, corporations must demonstrate they will spend it wisely. Racing has been said to improve on-road technology, but frankly, NASCAR almost flaunts its standing among the lowest-tech forms of motorsport. NASCAR is not proven to drive advancements that transfer from the racetrack to the road, and this nation’s way forward does not hinge on decades-old technology. We need new, and we need innovation.

He also stated that if Ford were to accept money from the government they would be expected to pull out from NASCAR as well. I’m sure this move will be going over extremely well in the South where they were already such big fans of the President…However, I like this move, I’d rather some workers who have been getting shit on for the last 20 years get some of their money back than seeing some rednecks get entertained by cars driving around in a circle.\

The statement continues:

This is an obvious cut to make, but it is not an easy one. This administration is not ignoring the tremendous sentimental value and emotional appeal NASCAR holds for so many Americans. But now is not the time for sentiment and nostalgia; now is a time for decisive financial action. If our automotive industry is to emerge from this recession intact, then these difficult decisions must be made.

[Car and Driver]

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