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Zenga Zenga! Obama’s Qaddafi Moment May 20, 2011

Filed under: Comedy,Nawal,Obama,Politics — Nawal @ 11:15 am

Yesterday, President Obama made what was touted to be a major policy speech entitled “A Moment of Opportunity”  at the State Department.  The speech wasn’t great and there was nothing major about it. However, one amusing thing that came about during the speech was reading the comments of Twitter users (using the #MEspeech hashtag) regarding this excerpt below :

For six months, we have witnessed an extraordinary change take place in the Middle East and North Africa. Square by square, town by town, country by country, the people have risen up to demand their basic human rights.

Immediately, people were commenting that Obama almost made a “zenga zenga joke” with that second line.  Of course, they’re referring to one of Libyan President Muammar Qaddafi’s fairly recent televised speeches in which he exclaimed:

I will call upon millions from desert to desert. We will march to purge Libya inch by inch, house by house, alley by alley.

Or as the latter part was said in Arabic: “Shiber shiber, dar dar, beit beit, zenga zenga!”  This Qaddafi speech quickly became an internet meme.  One of my favorite parodies was a clip shown on the late night talk show CONAN.  So while Obama’s Middle East speech certainly wasn’t groundbreaking, it at least provided some entertainment thanks to Qaddafi,  Obama’s speechwriter and Twitter users.


Thanks Ron Paul! April 21, 2009

ron_paul_posterThis is just a shout out to the Bay Area Ron Paul Campaign for Liberty for their awesome tea-bagging poster. With conservatives organizing tea-bagging parties across the country, the Ron Paul campaign thought they’d join in too. But their poster conveys a message that I truly stand behind and actually makes sense.  Of course, some republicans aren’t too happy about it; as if that’s a surprise.  California Republican Party Chairman Ron Nehring put out a statement today in which he said:

“The leaders of the taxpayer movement in California are good, solid people with whom I’ve worked for years. Their work is incredibly important and should not be tainted by the anti-Semitic views of a few who wish to use the growing taxpayer movement for their own, fringe purposes. Such attempts must be roundly condemned across the board.”

Sorry, but criticizing Israel’s policies (occupation, war crimes, crimes against humanity, etc.) that are supported by our government and funded with our taxpayer money isn’t anti-Semitic. And, by the way, Palestinians are Semitic too.

But back to the awesome poster.  It’s image couldn’t be more vivid and the text is so on point.  The text reads “Uncle Sam Reminds You: KEEP PAYING TAXES. The ongoing extermination of Palestinian Children Can’t be Done Without Your Help.”  There you go.  Plain, simple, to the point and pure awesome.

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