Remind Me Not To Play Poker With Obama

Watch this video. Watch Obama’s reaction to the joke.

Now keep in mind that the kill order had been given more than 24 hours prior.

Damn.

FILED UNDER: Barack Obama, Intelligence, Middle East, National Security, Quick Takes, Terrorism, US Politics, World Politics
Alex Knapp
About Alex Knapp
Alex Knapp is Associate Editor at Forbes for science and games. He was a longtime blogger elsewhere before joining the OTB team in June 2005 and contributed some 700 posts through January 2013. Follow him on Twitter @TheAlexKnapp.

Comments

  1. michael reynolds says:

    A good poker player, and just a very smart guy.

    It will surprise no one that I’m fairly confident about my intellect. I realize there’s a huge gap between me and the guys who calculate the effects of black holes (and by huge gap I mean that I understand them about as well as our cat understands me.) But I’m not used to the idea of a politician who may — just may — be substantially smarter than I am. It’s very off-putting.




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  2. Herb says:

    That Obama knew Bin Laden’s death was imminent during that dinner puts the whole thing in a different perspective. Indeed, I watched the video again this morning. The zingers still zing, but the closing moments, when Obama turns his attention to the armed forces, took on an added depth.




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  3. jwest says:

    The Aztec Indians believed that their high priest could block the sun and bring it back during solar eclipses.

    There will always be a certain group of people who want to believe something so badly, they will attribute perfectly natural phenomena to the powers of one man.

    Tell me, Mr. Gardiner – do you by any chance enjoy Krylov’s fables? I ask this because there is something… there is something Krylovian about you.

    I heard that he speaks eight languages, and on top of everything else, holds a degree in medicine as well as law.




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  4. Alex Knapp says:

    The Aztec Indians believed that their high priest could block the sun and bring it back during solar eclipses.

    No, they didn’t. But thank you for playing. Perhaps you’d like a copy of our home game?




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  5. jwest says:

    Alex,

    Did you gain that particular piece of knowledge from your association with Comic Book Resources?




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  6. Alex Knapp says:

    jwest,

    Did you gain that particular piece of knowledge from your association with Comic Book Resources?

    Nope. The old fashioned way. By reading books.

    Do you have a contradictory source that you’d like to provide to demonstrate evidence for your assertion?




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  7. jwest says:

    Alex,

    No, I will bow to your superior knowledge of Aztec culture.

    But tell me, do you think Obama reads Krylov’s fables in the original Russian?




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  8. mantis says:

    jwest,

    You just love to embarrass yourself, don’t you you racist shitbird?




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  9. jwest says:

    I’m just wondering if this is going to spike the sales of Barack Obama action figures.




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  10. Alex Knapp says:

    jwest,

    But tell me, do you think Obama reads Krylov’s fables in the original Russian?

    I doubt it, since, to my knowledge, he doesn’t speak Russian.

    His parents did, though. That’s how his parents met, actually – they were in the same Russian language class together.

    Also, you missed the key point of Being There, which is odd because it’s actually spelled out in the movie explicitly by the housekeeper.




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  11. jwest says:

    Alex,

    “An’ it’s for sure a White man’s world in America.”

    Only a liberal would take that as the key point to “Being There”. The movie is about people’s propensity to read into blank slates what they wish to see. It plays like a documentary on Obama.




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  12. sam says:

    “Only a liberal would take that as the key point to “Being There”. The movie is about people’s propensity to read into blank slates what they wish to see. It plays like a documentary on Obama.”

    I’m pretty sure the recursive nature of that claim is lost on jwest.




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  13. Davebo says:

    I really don’t care what the key point to Being There was though I have my own opinion.

    As to the recursive nature of the claim, I’m pretty sure Jwest is Googling the phrase to find how he can utilize this strange new phrase to make inane comments on Obama and librul Muslims.

    Lather, Rinse, Repeat. It’s more than for just hair care.

    The irony of it all is that Being There essentially told the story of a mentally challenged person who, despite his challenges, seemed to get it.

    As opposed to a mildly mentally challenged person commenting on the internet.




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  14. An Interested Party says:

    There will always be a certain group of people who want to believe something so badly, they will attribute perfectly natural phenomena to the powers of one man a black man’s academic success to be due to affirmative action.

    Happy to be of help…




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  15. Herb says:

    “Do you have a contradictory source that you’d like to provide to demonstrate evidence for your assertion?”

    Yeah, we both know where that came from. Jwest saw Apocalypto and thought it was about the Aztecs.




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  16. Southern Hoosier says:

    If Comrade Obama holds his cards the way he handles intelligences. I’d be happy to play against him. It was nice of him to tell al-Qaida that we captured all the intel from bin Laden’s compound. I’m sure they are hard at work on damage control.




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  17. matt says:

    If Comrade Obama holds his cards the way he handles intelligences. I’d be happy to play against him. It was nice of him to tell al-Qaida that we captured all the intel from bin Laden’s compound. I’m sure they are hard at work on damage control.

    Oh yeah I’m sure Al-queda never would of assumed that at all on their own nope…




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