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A Load Of You-Know-What: #Barackward

- March 9, 2012

It’s Been A Week Of #Barackward Moments

#Barackward: “Some Staffers Had A Word To Describe The Moments When He Seemed Unable Or Unwilling To Connect: Barackward, A Combination Of ‘Barack’ And ‘Awkward.’” (Jodi Kantor, The Obamas, 2012)

#BARACKWARD MOMENT #1

Obama Said People Always Faint At His Events

After An Individual Apparently Fainted, Obama Said, “Don’t Worry … Folks Do This All The Time” At My Events. OBAMA: “It looks like somebody might have fainted up here.  Have we got some of the EMS, somebody.  Don’t worry about -- folks do this all the time in my meetings. You’ve always got to eat before you stand for a long time.  That’s a little tip.” (President Barack Obama, Remarks At Daimler Factory, Mount Holly, NC, 3/7/12)

#BARACKWARD MOMENT #2

Obama Filmmaker Says The Only Negative Thing About Obama Was That “There Were Too Many Accomplishments”

CNN’s Piers Morgan: “Most documentary makers balance these movies with the negative as well as the positive. What are the negatives in your movie about Barack Obama?”

Davis Guggenheim: “Well, I mean the negative for me was there were too many accomplishments. I had 17 minutes to put them all in there.”

Morgan: “Oh, come off it! You can't say that with a straight face. Come on.”

Guggenheim: “I'm looking at you right now with a straight face. I mean, look --”

Morgan: “The only negativity about Barack Obama is there are too many positives?”

Morgan: “How much did it cost and who paid?”

Guggenheim: “Well, I'll let the campaign tell you that. I -- you know, I took a pay cut to make this. But the --”

Morgan: “I'm surprised you weren't paying him, by the sound of it, for the sheer honor and joy.” (CNN’s “Piers Morgan Tonight,” 3/8/12)

#BARACKWARD MOMENT #3

Obama Personally Pitched Movie Idea To Hollywood Exec 

Obama Pitched A Movie Idea To Harvey Weinstein. “Movie mogul Harvey Weinstein says he recently got a pitch from his pal in the White House, President Barack Obama. ‘The president sent me a book the other day and said, ‘Why don't you make this into a movie?’ Weinstein told British newspaper The Times in an interview published last week.” (Caitlin McDevitt, “Obama Sends Movie Tips to Harvey Weinstein,” Politico’s “Click,” 3/6/12)

  • Weinstein: “I Sent Him An E-Mail Back Saying He Was The Most Overqualified Book Scout I've Ever Had.” “‘I can't tell you [the title, but] it was a spy novel. I sent him an e-mail back saying he was the most overqualified book scout I've ever had.’ Weinstein, a big supporter of the president, has been actively involved in fundraising for his re-election campaign.” (Caitlin McDevitt, “Obama Sends Movie Tips to Harvey Weinstein,” Politico’s “Click,” 3/6/12)

#BARACKWARD MOMENT #4

More Fundraising With Pop Stars And Celebrities

Obama Will Fundraise Next Week With Pop Star Cee Lo Green. “Barack Obama will continue on the fundraising trail next week, where he will try to roll in the dough alongside Grammy-winning artist and ‘The Voice’ host Cee Lo Green. According to Party Time, the Sunlight Foundation's database of congressional and presidential fundraisers, Obama will spend next Friday with the hip-hop star at an up to $10,000-a-head fundraiser in Atlanta at Tyler Perry Studios.” (Lauren Fox, “Obama To Fundraise With Cee Lo Green,” U.S. News’ Washington Whispers, 3/8/12)


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