Sunday, November 28, 2010

Lip Service



The Germans seemingly have a word for everything. And in this case, the word is "schadenfreude," which means "overwhelming sympathy for a great man."

We're referring of course, to the tragic maiming of Barack Obama's lower lip...the very same lip which promised us "Hope and Change" and "post-partisan politics," the lip which told us that Obamacare would bring down healthcare costs, the lip which so-recently delivered such inspiring words about our country's "recovery summer," and so much more. And now, in a sad instant, everything has changed.

The president, as we all now know, was bravely showing the world that the threat of nuclear escalation in North Korea wouldn't keep him from playing basketball. Because, as the president himself said back when he could still talk, "if we can't play basketball, then the terrorists - who are probably old white women and little children - have won."

Fortunately, our forefathers planned for just such emergencies and, per the requirements of constitutional succession, Joe Biden's lower lip has been transplanted onto the president's face. Should it be rejected before year's end, Nancy Pelosi's lower lip will be next in line.

This is a hard time for all Americans, but we must somehow try to carry on. Relying, if we must, on the concept of schadenfreude. Because truthfully, we're full of it.



Lower lip, we hardly knew you.
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14 comments:

drjim said...

Sail On, Oh Great Lip Of State!!
.....or was that 'ship of state'?

Bo "PurseLips" Obama said...

So the rumors about the grateful wife of a recently pardoned turkey and the "real meaning" of the famous song "Midnight Special" and those suggestive remarks about the prisoners wattle and where WAS Rahm Emanual last night were all just...

Doktor Paulie said...

I thought that schadenfreude meant "delight in another person's misfortune", but evidently I was wrong. I must admit to feeling a great deal of it, whatever it's called. The nice thing about this is that it will seriously improve BO's frowny face should he be forced to unleash it on the North Koreans.

Stilton Jarlsberg said...

Doktor Paulie- Apparently there's been confusion about the meaning of "schadenfreude" in the past, so we're glad to have cleared it up for you. The German word for enjoying the suffering of others is "fahrvergn├╝gen." We think.

And we agree that the presidential frowny face may actually be enhanced by Frankenlips, and we salute you for reminding us to always look on the bright side. Or as the Germans say "handschuhschneeballwerfer."

Bobo said...

Too bad they didn't stitch his whole pie-hole shut. The Germans call that shuten upen das schwachkopf.

pryorguy said...

I think he ran into a coffee table chasing a lame duck!

Mr. Ugly said...

I love your work and read you every day....but I have numerous dictionaries (including Webster's New World & The Google) that say that schadenfreude (scha·den·freu·de) is the "Pleasure derived by someone from another person's misfortune".

Stilton Jarlsberg said...

Mr. Ugly- Ummm, yes...that was actually part of the joke, you see. We do have schadenfreude in this situation, but were pretending not to. But now that we've had to explain it, much of the fahrvergn├╝gen (pleasure of driving) has gone out of our handschuhschneeballwerfer (glove-wearing snowball thrower). But at least we know that gesundheit is German for "birth certificate," and that's nothing to sneeze at.

moronpolitics said...

Our problem is a bad case of Guuzattahkensmuthenzenzigiltgetzemalektid.
The only way he can get another four years is if we are all ALIVE that long and we nominate a "flippin' idjit" with only a teensy bit more experience that HE had. You think that NOBODY could be that dumb? Listened to radio lately?

Pete(Detroit) said...

Stilt - "gesundheit" LOL, literally!
I was rolling when the sub for Hannity (Mark Samone?) brought this up the other day, pretty much exactly a year after the great Tiger Woods incident...
And if Michelle's really having problems w/ Dry Yams, I have a few suggested recipes...

MP - I assume you're talking Sara Palin? Much as I like the woman, I think she has more baggage than traction. Same w/ Jindahl (sp?) Hukkabee, Romney, et al. Don't know a thing about Pawlenty, other than my UberLib brother in MN thinks he sucks, which may actually be a strong recommendation. Granted, it's VERY early, but NO one is impressing me yet. Like to see Tommy Thompson (no relation to Fred) get some press this time out - didn't know he was IN it last time, until he dropped... and he was fine Gov of WI, AFIK.
Thank GOD my current Gov, Granholm, is ineligible! (Canadian born, and well doc'd..)

pryorguy said...

Pete... wouldnt you like to be 'impressed' with someone from either party for a change? I sure would!

moronpolitics said...

Pete(detroit) you're most welcome over at moron po place, make sum comments---please. I take guest columns even. Jindahl is the ONLY person I have seen GROW and CHANGE on the gop side. The tea party enthusers on radioland scare me. People screaming for "I'm not a witch -- I'm you" in Delaware and Alaska/miller to take leadership positions except OOOOOPS... they didn't win their races. duh. Screaming for Rove's head for saying they Might NOT win!! Gosh.. They DIDN'T!!! Hello???

Anonymous said...

I dunno, I felt sorry for Obama. But I have to admit my first thought after hearing Obama got hit in the face with a basketball (which didn't happen) and needing stitches was, "You're supposed to play with an inflatable ball, not a cinder block!"

Jeff H said...

Is it racist to say O-Bama-Lama-Ding-Dong now has a "fat lip"?