View Full Version : Dave Barry Year in Review: Bailing Out of 2008

Jae Onasi
03-07-2009, 04:42 PM
If you like politics, economics, Tina Fey, Olympics, hate OJ, and/or love Dave Barry, he has something for all of you in the Dave Barry Year in Review: Bailing Out of 2008 (http://www.miamiherald.com/living/columnists/dave-barry/v-fullstory/story/826965.html). Laugh, then discuss.

How weird a year was it?

Here's how weird:

O.J. actually got convicted of something.

Gasoline hit $4 a gallon -- and those were the good times.

On several occasions, Saturday Night Live was funny.

There were a few days there in October when you could not completely rule out the possibility that the next Treasury Secretary would be Joe the Plumber.

Finally, and most weirdly, for the first time in history, the voters elected a president who -- despite the skeptics who said such a thing would never happen in the United States -- was neither a Bush NOR a Clinton.

Of course not all the events of 2008 were weird. Some were depressing. The only U.S. industries that had a good year were campaign consultants and foreclosure lawyers. Everybody else got financially whacked. Millions of people started out the year with enough money in their 401(k)'s to think about retiring on, and ended up with maybe enough for a medium Slurpee.

So we can be grateful that 2008 is almost over. But before we leave it behind, let's take a few minutes to look back and see if we can find some small nuggets of amusement. Why not? We paid for it, starting with . . .

03-07-2009, 05:41 PM
Dave Barry is one of my favorite "funnymen" of all time. I wouldn't call him a comedian because he's far more intelligent than your average stand up.

Jae Onasi
03-07-2009, 06:51 PM
I'm beginning to wonder if Joe the Plumber might not have been a better choice for Sec'y of Treasury.... :D

03-07-2009, 09:07 PM
Thanks for the link, Jae: it was definitely worth the read, and gave some much-needed comedy to the events of the past year. :p

03-08-2009, 08:54 PM
Barack Obama, in a historic triumph, becomes the nation's first black president since the second season of 24, setting off an ecstatically joyful and boisterous all-night celebration that at times threatens to spill out of The New York Times newsroom. Obama, following through on his promise to bring change to Washington, quickly begins assembling an administration consisting of a diverse group of renegade outsiders, ranging all the way from lawyers who attended Ivy League schools and then worked in the Clinton administration to lawyers who attended entirely different Ivy league schools and then worked in the Clinton administration.

President-elect Obama, continuing to bring change in the form of fresh-faced Washington outsiders, announces that his secretary of state will be Hillary Clinton. The position of secretary of defense, currently held by Bush appointee Robert Gates, will be filled by Bush appointee Robert Gates. Responding to rumors that he also plans to retain Dick Cheney, Obama insists that he has tried to ask the vice president to leave, ``but nobody knows where he is.''

^ :lol: My favorite part. :xp:
This is so great. It's nice to see somebody who can be funny without resorting to "bathroom" humor. This guy is spot on! :D I needed a laugh today, thanks Jae!