The Best Picture Ever


*permitting myself to be totally frivolous for a while*

So you may have heard of the Great Speechifier President Obama. When he speaks, flowers bloom on desert lands all by themselves. When he speaks, people of all races start magically living in harmony, all wearing Abercrombie & Fitch (but of course). And he spreads iHopeTM and iChangeTM, all just by his awesome TelePrompter skillz (hey, the thing even has a blog of its own).

And if you do know of all this, you also must know of the President’s right hand man on all things Economic, LarryHe-Man-Who-Knows-Math-Better-Than-All-The-Wimminz-Of-The-World-Summers. Lawrence Summers is important to the President and to all of us around the world, because he and only he can rescue us from this economic crisis (since he helped create it, maybe?)

So today, when the great speechmaker was speechmaking, this happened:


and then this:


The best parts are this:

Mr. Summers “appeared to be nodding off near the beginning’’ of Mr. Obama’s remarks, the report said. It went on “And then he DID nod off, doing the head on the hand and then head falling off the hand thing.’’

and this [emphasis mine]:

All the other officials in the room, including Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner; senior adviser Valerie Jarrett; chief of staff Rahm Emanuel; Christina Romer, head of the Council of Economic Advisers, and Gene Sperling, counselor to Mr. Geithner, seemed to be fully awake.

(LOL. don’t you love how they need to specify that the others were actually awake during Obama’s speech?)

*end of permission*

And in other god-awesome news, via Shakesville: Mystery donor to woman-run colleges strikes again (here and here).

As the USAToday article says:

“Coincidence? Unlikely. With about 23% of U.S. college presidents women, the odds of a dozen randomly selected institutions all having female leaders are 1 in 50 million.”

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