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Clio the Leo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-23-09 09:37 PM
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"Not 'Yes we can!' but 'Grab a mop!"
Just as I suspected....

Behind the 'mop' line
By CAROL E. LEE | 10/23/09 7:52 PM

By now, most of President Obama's followers have heard the "mop" anecdote. It's been one of Obama's favorite ways in the past week to attack his Republican critics. He doesn't mind cleaning up the mess the GOP left, the anecdote goes. "But I dont want the folks who made the mess to sit there and say, youre not mopping fast enough," Obama says. "I want them to grab a mop!

Obama first used the line at a fundraiser in San Francisco last week. He's since trotted it out at two fundraisers this week in New York and again Friday night in Connecticut.

It's not "Yes we can!" but "Grab a mop!" has caught among the Obama faithful. After he used it during a fundraiser in Manhattan, supporters packed into Hammerstein Ballroom broke into a chant: "Grab a mop! Grab a mop!" Beyond the event circuit, Obama enthusiasts worked the anecdote into the status updates on their Facebook pages.

So which of Obama's aides or speechwriters came up with it? Apparently none.

It doesn't happen often, but the president's aides say the Obama came up with the "mop" tale on his own.


And he's not adverse to tweaking it. The last couple times he's added a broom to the mix.

"Grab a mop or a broom or something," Obama said Friday at a fundraiser for Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) "Make yourselves useful.

http://www.politico.com/politico44/perm/1009/cleaning_u...
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Jackeens Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-23-09 09:42 PM
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1. Heck, he's been mopping up for years
Edited on Fri Oct-23-09 09:44 PM by Jackeens


:-)

And here's the video proof (from 1.24):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=miUS7WnMgBw

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Clio the Leo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-23-09 09:48 PM
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2. darn you girl!!!!!
I've been looking for DAYS for an Obama mopping picture!!!! lol ...... from now on, I'm just gonna go, "Jackeens, please put the picture of Obama doing _________ below." :)
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Clio the Leo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-23-09 09:50 PM
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4. "I cleaned the house..... I did some laundry"
Edited on Fri Oct-23-09 09:51 PM by Clio the Leo
AMAZING video!!!!

make an OP from that video so more folks will see it!!! If you dont, I'll do it for you!

lol the thing is just CHOCKED FULL of quotes ....... "I can work while I'm talkin'!" ....... you SURE can!
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valerief Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-23-09 10:00 PM
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5. That was good but I couldn't find the clip where Pauline Beck walks in his shoes in the Senate. nt
Edited on Fri Oct-23-09 10:01 PM by valerief
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Lord Helmet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-24-09 04:17 AM
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9. I read about that.
thanks for the picture
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Cha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-23-09 09:49 PM
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3. We were wondering who came up
with that..I should have known!
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NYC_SKP Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-24-09 12:26 AM
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6. What took 8 years to completely SCREW up, he should have mopped it all up by now...
Edited on Sat Oct-24-09 12:26 AM by NYC_SKP
...so some think. :eyes:
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NYC_SKP Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-24-09 12:30 AM
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7. You're not mopping fast enough. That's a socialist mop!!11!!!11
http://crooksandliars.com/nicole-belle/obama-grab-socia...

-snip-

President Obama was in my hometown of San Francisco Friday for a fundraising dinner and apparently was in a feisty mood. While teabaggers greeted him at the entrance of the hotel, Obama took the time to address his dinner crowd with some of the most partisan words I've ever heard from him:

-snip-

Now, to the non-Democrats who may be watching today - I want everybody to know we believe in a strong and loyal opposition. I believe in a two-party system where ideas are tested and assumptions are challenged -- because thats how we can move this country forward. But what I reject is when some folks decide to sit on the sidelines and root for failure on health care or on energy or on our economy. What I reject is when some folks say we should go back to the past policies when it was those very same policies that got us into this mess in the first place.

Another way of putting it is when, you know, I'm busy and Nancy busy with our mop cleaning up somebody elses mess - we dont want somebody sitting back saying, you're not holding the mop the right way. Why dont you grab a mop, why dont you help clean up. You're not mopping fast enough. That's a socialist mop. Grab a mop - lets get to work.

I think all of us in Washington have a greater purpose. We have a higher calling. And let me tell you, as long as I have the privilege of holding this office, I will do my very best to live up to my responsibilities to our country, to our children, to the future that we hold in common.

-snip-

:rofl:
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earth mom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-24-09 03:28 AM
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8. Obama better mop up his own administration and start with getting rid of Rahm & Geithner. nt
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