“I have in my hand a piece of paper”

Via Steve M

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26 responses to ““I have in my hand a piece of paper”

  1. Life News :

    Planned Parenthood called the pro-abortion health care bill the House approved late Sunday night a victory and *applauded the financial windfall is expected to reap* as a result. The abortion business also dismissed the executive order President Barack Obama promised Congressman Bart Stupak as *harmless*.

    “For more than a year, Planned Parenthood has worked tirelessly for a health care” bill, its president Cecile Richards said in a statement today. “It’s a huge victory for women’s health, but our work isn’t over yet.”

    With passage of the legislation, “monumental progress was made toward achieving these goals.”

    Richard dismissed the executive order, which has been slammed by pro-life groups, as a “a symbolic gesture … to anti-choice Congressman Bart Stupak (D-MI), which has diverted attention from the central goal.”

    “Planned Parenthood is also extremely pleased that members of the House listened to the millions of women and men who expressed their strong opposition to the Stupak abortion ban. Stopping the Stupak ban was a high priority,” she said. “It was a tough fight, but we salute Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D- CA), Congressman Rosa DeLauro (D–CT) , members of the House Pro-Choice Caucus.”

    Despite Stupak’s contention that the executive order would implement his abortion funding ban, Richards says that’s not the case.

    ‘What the president’s executive order did not do is include the complete and total ban … that Congressman Bart Stupak (D–MI) had insisted upon,” Richards said. “So while we regret that this proposed Executive Order has given the imprimatur of the president to Senator Nelson’s language, it is critically important to note that it does not include the Stupak abortion ban.”

    “Thanks to supporters like you, we were able to keep the Stupak abortion ban out of the final legislation and President Obama did not include the Stupak language in his Executive Order,” Richards admitted.

  2. I like how your Recent Comments sidebar shortens this post title to “I have in my hand a pie…”

  3. Old Dominion Tory

    “. . . and the President is about to put that pie in my face.”

  4. Interesting: that is not happiness on the faces in the background of the two photos.
    I noticed this morning that Glenn Reynolds at Instapundit issued an apology to prostitutes for his recently comparing them to Congress. In a similar spirit, I think it can be said that Neville Chamberlain wanted to avoid bloodshed, and he was at the time of the photo finally ramping up British production of the fighters that would save the day in the Battle of Britain.
    Rep. Stupak apparently wanted $700,000 for airport security fences in his district.

  5. I like to give people the benefit of the doubt, but Stupak has simply disgraced himself.

  6. When push came to shove, Bart didn’t support life.

    Bart Stupak had the power to kill this bill.

    He did.

    And he chose to use that power to kill babies and the elderly instead.

    The true disgrace is he thought we were stupid.

  7. “I have in my hand a pie.” Unintentional but a very fine thing!

    A talk-radio caller suggested maybe Rahm & Co. had something on Stupak, who didn’t look at all happy at his press conference. Think the Chicagoans made him an offer he couldn’t refuse?

  8. What a gyp, I can’t believe I never owned this game as a kid: Pie Face.

  9. Wait, you throw the pie in your own face?

  10. Well, I admit the element of surprise is lacking, but in my family we would have figured out a way to modify both the rules and the game pieces pretty darn quick.

    After all, we did turn Rocks Papers Scissors into Elephants Mice Snakes and in fact you can keep adding animals as long as you can justify where they fit in the Circle of Life. (It can take longer to “win” of course, but it’s how you play the game that’s most important.)

  11. The oft quoted bit of Marine doggerel:

    It’s God’s job to judge (insert name</u). Its the Marine's job to arrange the meeting.
    keeps coming to mind. And it does so in the most uncharitable scenarios involving Stupak, Pelosi and the rest of the Keystone Kop muttonheads wandering the halls of Congress in the guise of politicians and statesmen.

  12. Let’s charter a few buses and head down to Washington for a “Pie In the Face” Flash Mob.

  13. You’re on.

  14. President Obama signed the Senate health care bill into law Tuesday. He did not sign the executive order on abortion negotiated with Michigan Democratic Congressman Bart Stupak in an 11th-hour arrangement that may well have saved the entire health care reform effort.

    A White House official told Fox, Obama will not sign the Executive Order Tuesday and has set no specific date to do so. Stupak predicted Obama would sign the order later this week. The White House said only that Obama would sign the order “soon.”

  15. Sir Thomas More: Why Richard, it profits a man nothing to give his soul for the whole world… but for Wales? A Man for all Seasons

  16. Old Dominion Tory

    The Duke of Norfolk: Oh confound all this. I’m not a scholar, I don’t know whether the marriage was lawful or not but dammit, Thomas, look at these names! Why can’t you do as I did and come with us, for fellowship!
    Sir Thomas More: And when we die, and you are sent to heaven for doing your conscience, and I am sent to hell for not doing mine, will you come with me, for fellowship?

  17. Mrs. P, maybe “Stupak” will become a verb especially associated with Obama’s promises and lack of fulfillment thereof.

  18. I have in my hand a pen

    I gather that the signing ceremony was held this afternoon for the meaningless executive order which Rep. Stupak sold out for. Rep. Stupak gets to watch, along with Sen. Bob Casey. No word yet whether, as was the case with Sister Carol Keehan of the “Catholic ” Hospital Association, Rep. Stupak will get a pen as part of the executive order deal. Also no word yet on the size of the deal as assessed by Vice President Joe Biden.

  19. It was a happy-looking bunch at today’s signing, though there appeared to be only one pen to go around.

    I believe Mrs P’s congressman was there. Perhaps when she calls on his office he can show her his souvenir nib.

  20. Mark, the photo at your link is indeed filled with happy faces, although Bart Stupak may still be recovering from that big kiss he got from Rep. Anthony Weiner on Sunday night: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2010/03/24/a_pretense_masquerading_as_virtue_104891.html
    As to the all important signing pens, it may be that there are a few extra pens near President Obama’s left hand in the photo at your link–although it is hard to be sure.
    I think Mrs. P should call her congresscritter and ask about the pen situation. If there’s pushback, tell ’em: “It’s a big deal.”

  21. 1. It’s not so much who is in the photo as who is not in it.

    Nancy Pelosi.

    Does she no longer appear on film? Very possible.

    Or was one of the conditions of the Fems that she not be there?

    Or are things between her and Stupak 5 that bad?

    As for my congressman, he said he wasn’t voting for it until they held the electronic vote. Then he voted yes. His name is mud. I have to find out who the Republican is who is running against him and volunteer as a political consultant. Last time I was part of a political team, we won the election. And of course my secret weapon is I sleep with the world’s best speech writer….ask the past few Presidents of Ford Motor and Billy himself….

    This was a good read:

    White House: Transparency? Are you kidding?
    By: Byron York
    Chief Political Correspondent
    03/24/10 5:47 PM EDT

    The Obama White House did not allow the press to cover the president’s signing of the executive order created to win Rep. Bart Stupak’s vote for Obamacare. At the daily briefing, reporters wanted to know why no press photographer or reporter was allowed in. Press secretary Robert Gibbs told them they should be happy with a picture from the White House photographer, Pete Souza — a photo produced and selected by the White House. It will be a “nice picture,” Gibbs assured reporters.

    Reporters tried to appeal to the White House’s professed commitment to openness and transparency. Gibbs was having none of it. The White House wanted to limit coverage of the executive order, so in the spirit of openness and transparency it simply shut the press out. This is how Gibbs’ back-and-forth with reporters went:

    “The president is signing an executive order on abortion that is a pretty big national issue,” a reporter asked. “Why would that be closed press, no pictures?”

    “We’ll put out a picture from Pete [Souza],” Gibbs said.

    “But what about a picture from the actual national media, not from — ” the reporter started to follow up.

    “On, the picture from Pete will be for the actual event,” Gibbs answered.

    “Right, but what about allowing us in, for openness and transparency?”

    “We’ll have a nice picture from Pete that will demonstrate that type of transparency.”

    “Not the same, Robert,” the reporter said. “Never has been.”

    “I know you all disagree with that,” Gibbs answered. “I think Pete takes wonderful photos.”

    Gibbs’ suggestion that the press corps thinks Souza is a bad photographer set off the reporters. That’s not what they were saying; the point was that the press was not allowed in.

    “Whoa, whoa, whoa,” the reporter said. “Don’t twist this — it’s not an attack on Pete.”

    “Well, I don’t know why you’d want to attack Pete, Chuck,” Gibbs said, “but I’m going to stand up here and defend Pete’s — ”

    “It’s not transparent and it’s a vital issue.”

    “And you will have a lovely picture from Pete.”

    “You really think that’s all it’s worth, is a photograph, on an issue this important?”

    “No, I think you’ll be able to see the President sign the executive order.”

    “Not hear anything anybody has to say?”

    “You’ll have a nice picture.”

    And here it is: a nice picture, exactly what the White House wanted you to see, and nothing more.

    Read more at the Washington Examiner: http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/blogs/beltway-confidential/White-House-Transparency-Youve-got-to-be-kidding-89054337.html#ixzz0j8lqDXbG

  22. Whoa Nellie!

    Look at who I’ll be helping to send to congress next January

    http://www.voteforteri2010.com/

  23. Wahoo! You are going to have fun at her campaign office!

  24. Can we talk about pie some more?

    Kidding. Mrs. P, they didn’t let the press in?? The Pete Souza photo is probably photoshopped. A single photo – that’ll disappear down the memory hole.

    I think the press is being Stupaked by Obama.

    Or maybe ‘to Stupak’ is ‘to throw a pie in someone’s face.’

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