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February 26, 2009

Wow. Deep.

in Time Magazine:

“Frank was one of them. Frank! Moose was another one of them. Moose. I said, ‘Well, what if the dog isn’t a moose’”

FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA, on how she doesn’t like her daughters’ list of possible names for a dog

Posted by Karol at 12:08 AM |
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Is she high? She looks high in the photo. She sounds high in the quote. I think she may be high.
Why, oh, why are they still dragging out this damn dog situation? How long does it take to get a freaking dog?

Posted by: jana at February 26, 2009 at 12:26 am

Weeeelll, names IS a problem for this family. Looks like Harvard and Princeton educations don’t guard against utter ignorance and plain stupidity – like thinking Sasha is a nickname for a girl named Natasha.

Posted by: Tatyana at February 26, 2009 at 8:54 am

Dammit, I wanted to get in the ivy-league-pinhead punch!
I wonder if Time Inc has any time to examine the redistribution of a huge chunk of the disposable income of Joe Cabernet?

Posted by: Casca at February 26, 2009 at 10:20 am

The personal attacks are real classy.

Posted by: katie g at February 26, 2009 at 12:27 pm

And I’m sure you were equally enraged, Katie, during the last 8 years of personal attacks on Bush and his family.
Also, my mocking wasn’t actually of Mrs. Obama, just of Time Mag thinking that was special enough a statement to be a quote of the day. It’s just a little sickening is all.

Posted by: Karol at February 26, 2009 at 5:00 pm

My mocking was. How else am I supposed to react to someone that ignorant, vulgar and arrogant?
I wouldn’t mind if she named her girl Chantelle or Aisha; that’s not a culture I am familiar with: misspellings might be a point of pride there, for all I care.
But if you’re borrowing a diminutive from Russian to give a name to your daughter, with no concern that some day she’ll be an adult and still be called an inappropriately endearing nickname like Natasha – instead of Natalia (or Natalie) – you’re not very smart, in my book, but not especially stupid.
It turns especially stupid if you then proceed with “shortening” that name into Sasha. Which is a) in itself a diminutive b) a diminutive of a totally different name, Alexandra.
It’s like calling Peter- Paul. Or Katie – Michelle. Or Barack – Hussein. Ooops.

Posted by: Tatyana at February 26, 2009 at 6:47 pm

Oh, Katie. I adore how the Left is now so worried about the feelings of the current White House occupants.
8 years of Chimpy McHitler, and calling Laura Bush dowdy. I guess it just took a while for the outrage to set in, huh?
But, now it’s time we all join together and be patriots! Go, USA!

Posted by: jana at February 27, 2009 at 12:06 am

This is just all sad. Having a dog should have been something help the girls find security and adjust to the Whitehouse. Instead it has been a cheap political stunt.
For a short time (until the issue of allergies arose) my sister had 2 Pomeranians. She named them Foxy and Sable after their shape and color. I think that’s the way it should be; you don’t pick a name randomly, you find one that suits the dog.

Posted by: RonL at February 27, 2009 at 1:49 pm

This is just all sad. Having a dog should have been something help the girls find security and adjust to the Whitehouse. Instead it has been a cheap political stunt.
For a short time (until the issue of allergies arose) my sister had 2 Pomeranians. She named them Foxy and Sable after their shape and color. I think that’s the way it should be; you don’t pick a name randomly, you find one that suits the dog.

Posted by: RonL at February 27, 2009 at 1:50 pm

I think there should be a basic rule of decency. Lay off presidential kids under the age of 18. And that means laying off Sasha and Malia and their names.

Posted by: Von Bek at February 27, 2009 at 4:06 pm

Are you hinting there is something indecent about kids of Oh’Bummer?

Posted by: Tatyana at February 27, 2009 at 8:23 pm

The Clintons got a cat, the Bushes had Barney, every time we have a “story” like this, the media runs with it… this is nothing new. Agreed, Karol, these stories are drawn out, and probably shouldn’t be quotes of the day when our banking/military/ecomic problems are all much more relevant.
It was really the commentary by Tatayana about the girl’s name that I was taking issue with. And actually, yeah, all the news stories during the past 8 years that delved into the lives of Barbara and Jenna did bug me – they were teenage girls when they entered the White House, and really should have been left to live their lives…
The commentary about mocking the girl’s name?? You must be kidding me. Tatayana, I didn’t know that those of Russian origin had a monopoly on the name Natasha – or, that in this country, there are “rules” about nicknames we give our children. Your commentary is rude. That was what I would have objected to…

Posted by: katie g. at February 27, 2009 at 11:22 pm

No, katie g., my commentary was factual. Natasha, as well as Sasha, Nadya, Sonya, Misha, etc – are Russian names, not American. You could argue their origins aren’t Slavic per se, and that would be a legitimate argument.
On which I would reply: true, but Russians already made Greek, Roman, Jeudean, Aramaic, Nord, etc names their own over the centuries, by giving them distinctly Russian suffixes and interpretations. So when someone steals a word from Russian language, she has a choice: to use is exactly the way it is done in the language she borrows from, or invent her own suffix/diminutive/interpretation from the Original Root. Like Anglo-Saxons done with the name Aleksander (Iskander) – they adapted it for a female as Alexandra and gave it diminutives Sandra, Sandy or Alexa. No need to go for Sasha. Otherwise the inattentive borrower looks like an ignorant half-educated dimwit, for all the world to see.
That would be our conversation, if you did made an effort to present a valid argument to counter my comment with. But you had none, so you whined.
Aside: is it something specific to liberals on this site, to always misspell foreign names? Like mine, for instance. First- Winters, now katie g. Is it something in their drink? Or they are trying to emulate their Patron Dame?

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