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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Where Barack Obama Got His Smile

posted by on October 21 at 15:10 PM

In part, it appears, from his grandfather, Stanley Dunham:


Full, indisputably adorable picture here.

(Via Sullivan)

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John McCain got his smile by gritting his teeth while the Cong bashed his arms and legs.

Posted by John Bailo | October 21, 2008 3:07 PM

Is that John McCain in the background about to throw a stick at them?

Posted by Paul Constant | October 21, 2008 3:08 PM

It would have to be a time-traveling McCain. McCain was around 30 when this photo was taken.

If McCain can prove that he can time travel, that would be the biggest October Surprise ever.

Posted by Cindy | October 21, 2008 3:13 PM

That's a pro-America protester in the back, trying to protect the older white man from the leglock of a dark-skinned Muslim boy.

Posted by leek | October 21, 2008 3:15 PM

#3, maybe that's how McCain knows how to find Bin Laden.

Posted by w7ngman | October 21, 2008 3:19 PM

That photograph is so SOCIALIST.

Posted by Bub | October 21, 2008 3:21 PM


Obama is 8, and that's Bill Ayers...quick, get off the beach...HE'S GOT A BOMB!!!!

Posted by Hippie Dippy Weatherman | October 21, 2008 3:29 PM

Hey John:

please stop trashing your guy. he gave a lot for his country -- he even tried to commit suicide, you know? Tried to hang himself in his cell with his shirt or something.

So I wouldn't make light of his POW time, once again you are not being respectful of a patriot. It's pretty unAmerican of you.

Your socialistleftyhonestlyredistributionistpal to pal around with--

Posted by PC | October 21, 2008 3:32 PM

Happy childhoods at the beach equal great presidents?

Posted by CommonKnowledge | October 21, 2008 3:33 PM


Posted by Carollani | October 21, 2008 3:39 PM

Screw the SLOG. I should start reading Andrew Sullivan's blog every day. Apparently that's where all the SLOG's material comes from!

Posted by Andy | October 21, 2008 3:43 PM

I have nothing but respect for any survivor of prison camps, Viet, German, Russian, Korean, Japanese or American. That experience in its worst moments is hard to fathom from the outside. Bravo to those who survived to live another day. Bravo to the human spirit and lives that continued.

All that, however, does not change the spectra of the Obama presidency toward which America is moving.

Thank God.

Those who bait Mc Cain's service for fun have not been in any war.

Posted by John Two | October 21, 2008 3:47 PM

So sweet my teeth now hurt.

And hey, other Andy, go ahead and read Mister Sullivan's blog as well, it can be quite a hoot. Or do the doctors limit your computer time?

Posted by Andy Niable | October 21, 2008 3:49 PM

Bailo, did McCain get all bashed up by the Viet Cong before or after he started making those anti-American propaganda films?

And did he learn to smile before or after he plagarized the "cross in the sand" story?

Posted by Inquiring minds.... | October 21, 2008 4:02 PM

I hear that John Marx McCain learned to smile from the Marxist guerrillas he grew up with in Panama, where he was born.

In fact, his grin is evidence of this - he learned how to fake sincerity from his Marxist nanny while burning down American flags.

Posted by Will in Seattle | October 21, 2008 4:15 PM

the really remarkable similarities are in the eyes, downward sloping eyebrows, cheek bones (and of course, the ears)

Posted by ho' know | October 21, 2008 4:20 PM

Awwww... :-)

Posted by Jubilation T. Cornball | October 21, 2008 4:24 PM

The two of them in that photograph seem to be sharing more joy and love than I've ever known in my entire life, but that man with the future president on his shoulders is still the guy who named his only daughter "Stanley".

Posted by whatevernevermind | October 21, 2008 4:26 PM

very sweet

Posted by 4f...sake | October 21, 2008 4:28 PM

@9: it don't hurt.

you tell me where the ambition came from.

Posted by max solomon | October 21, 2008 4:35 PM

and the ears he got from his grandma.

Posted by cranky | October 21, 2008 5:40 PM

Can we PLEASE get some comment moderation on this Slog?

Posted by elenchos | October 21, 2008 5:46 PM

Aw jeezis, get a room.

Posted by wanda | October 21, 2008 7:28 PM

@22, get over yourself. it's just a little blog. let 'em talk, even the dipshits.

Posted by superyeadon | October 22, 2008 12:01 AM

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