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Where do they find these people and how do they get elected?

In case you didn't know, President Barack Obama's West Point address, in which he announced his intention to escalate the war in Afghanistan, pre-empted the broadcast of A Charlie Brown Christmas on ABC. As it turns out, at least one person was crackpotted enough to believe that the whole point of the address was to prevent this cartoon from being shown. That person is Arlington, Tennessee Mayor Russell Wiseman. He actually exists. And he made the mistake of bleating out his strident, weird take on the matter on Facebook, and is acting all aggrieved that people noticed.


Asked by sweet-a-kins at 11:36 AM on Dec. 4, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • The spinmeisters are on here justifying this redneck..If a Democrat did it, you all would be after his testicles and DEMAND his resignation. Hypocrites.

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:28 PM on Dec. 4, 2009

  • Ok, so, this is total crap, we sit the kids down to watch 'The Charlie Brown Christmas Special' and our muslim [sic] president is there, what a load.....try to convince me that wasn't done on purpose. Ask the man if he believes that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and he will give you a 10 minute disertation [sic] about it....w...hen the answer should simply be 'yes'....
    First off, "A Charlie Brown Christmas" is a twenty-five minute dissertation on Jesus Christ being the Son of God. More importantly, in this time of giving, I'll point out that "A Charlie Brown Christmas" is available on DVD from Amazon for $13.99. Maybe one of Wiseman's Facebook friends (maybe even the one with a conscience who sold Wiseman out to the press out of a higher obligation, perhaps instilled by his or her belief in Jesus Christ) should purchase it for him, and he need never watch a speech about a serious topic like war again.

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 11:37 AM on Dec. 4, 2009

  • Wiseman wasn't done expounding on the subject, by a long shot. He went on to suggest that "you obama [sic] people need to move to a muslim [sic] country," and adding, "you know, our forefathers had it written in the original Constitution that ONLY property owners could vote, if that has stayed in there, things would be different........"

    Yes. Many, many fine citizens of this great nation would be disenfranchised! Just like...Jesus would want?

    So, here's the really deep thoughts about The Way We Live Now from Ellyn Angelotti of the Poynter Institute:

    "A lot of people think Facebook is private so only a limited number of people can see their post," Angelotti said. "But the reality is that it can be made public.

    "You've got to be careful. The same social rules that apply in real life should be applied to the virtual life."

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 11:37 AM on Dec. 4, 2009

  • Search for useless online news article.
    Twist it to make it an almost newsworthy post.
    Post it.
    Hope for answers and drama.
    Blame Bush and Fox for it ever happening.
    Move on to news article searching once more.

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:41 AM on Dec. 4, 2009

  • LOL Ok the guy is a nut but he has every right to his opinions.
    Face it, Obama did interrupt a classic that kids and adults watch every year. For what? More of the
    same ole same ole in my opinion.
    To let America know he had finally made this huge decision(that he could have made in a week)
    in hopes we would now all understand.
    He even gave a withdrawl month and then turned around and said it would be contingent on what was
    going on at the time. So typical Obama, trying to appease both sides in one breath.

    Answer by itsmesteph11 at 11:43 AM on Dec. 4, 2009

  • Agrees with Steph

    Answer by tnmomofive at 11:47 AM on Dec. 4, 2009

  • I'd rather watch Charlie Brown. He's a lot better-looking.

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:48 AM on Dec. 4, 2009

  • LOL anon as a kid I never missed it I anticipated when it would come on days ahead of time along with Frosty..Rudolph and the other classics...I have alot ofthose on dvd and my little ones love to watch them all yr round..

    Answer by tnmomofive at 11:49 AM on Dec. 4, 2009

  • LMAO...I saw LOTS of peoples facebook status PISSED b/c it was preempted so this man could speak......AGAIN! I dont care if it was important....its HIS fault that many dont listen to him anymore....he NEVER shuts up so you never know if its important or just ANOTHR campaign speech!


    Answer by momof030404 at 11:50 AM on Dec. 4, 2009

  • Our President is not a Muslim, and interrupting Charlie Brown to announce a new war strategy is a bad thing? Sorry, mayeb he should have waited til the soaps were on...O wait, people would be pissed at that too...


    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 11:59 AM on Dec. 4, 2009