those bedroom slippers……

Thanks for this Ladyhawke. At Jay Carney’s briefing today the major issue of our times – bedroom slippers – was raised.

Ann Compton, White House correspondent for ABC News Radio, asked:

“Twice you answered that you heard the President tell other groups to stop complaining. Can you tell us whether any other groups have been told to “take off their bedroom slippers”? And should anybody in the ballroom that night take offense at the President’s admonishment to “take off their bedroom slippers and start marching”?”

Okay, so Compton was implying that the President has only ever told African Americans (at the Congressional Black Caucus) to take off their bedroom slippers and start marching.

It took literally 10 seconds using the search function on WhiteHouse.gov to find this:

North Carolina State University, September 14, 2011 (23:40 in the original video – here) – speaking to an audience made up of every race, color and creed.

Quality journalism, eh?


Sorry, just saw on Twitter that Pragmatic Obots Unite! already posted on this – see here

Truly, some people just keep on embarrassing themselves:

Anthea Butler (associate professor of religion at the University of Pennsylvania): I was perturbed by his rhetorical delivery and statements like “taking off your slippers.” Seriously. Has the president ever asked a white Democratic audience to “take off your slippers?”

Yep Anthea, he has. 😉

56 Responses to “those bedroom slippers……”

  1. September 29, 2011 at 10:22 pm

    I tweeted her to use the WH press corps time wisely, as in discussing the Jobs bill.

    • September 29, 2011 at 10:24 pm


      @AnnCompton-The bedroom slippers comment is past. The Jobs bill still has to be passed. Use @WH corps chance to move the debate. #MediaFail

    • September 29, 2011 at 10:49 pm

      i got a better idea. Maybe she should get a real job since she can’t really grasp what’s important on this one.

      • September 29, 2011 at 11:09 pm

        That’s the thing that puzzles me, Yard A. So many of these guys in the public eye seem to have no concept of what is important in their jobs (another example =congress critters) yet they seem to be employed ‘for life’ and continue to draw big salaries. Whatever happened to job performance reviews? Are these now obsolete? I moved out of the business world decades ago so I don’t really know what best practices are anymore, but I think it’s a shame that they can get away with dumbing down the dialogue and bringing in a new norm that’s so ignorant.

  2. 7 mtmarilyn
    September 29, 2011 at 10:25 pm

    And they call themselves journalists. This is so maddening. I joined in twitting this!

  3. 8 m
    September 29, 2011 at 10:29 pm

    love ya chips! that is the best pic too of the bedroom slippers to go with this post!

  4. 10 Claire
    September 29, 2011 at 10:30 pm

    This is the type of stuff that Jon Stewart should feature on his show.

    • 11 Me4obama
      September 29, 2011 at 10:44 pm

      Oh please forget Jon Stewart he is another clown, sometimes I can’t stand him when he critizes MY President.

      • 12 theo67
        September 29, 2011 at 11:15 pm

        I’m with you – Jon Stewart has shown us who he is. And it’s not pretty.

        • 13 anniebella
          September 29, 2011 at 11:36 pm

          Stewart is a SOB. And I never like him.

          • 14 Puddin'
            September 30, 2011 at 12:33 am

            I DID like Stewart, I thought he was good especially during the ’08 campaign season. I am somewhat of a neophyte to politics and Stewart actually help me to understand what was going on (with a little humor sprinkled on top 🙂 ) But I haven’t watched his show in a long time because he has become just like all the rest; over the top with the criticism of MY President.

    • September 29, 2011 at 10:54 pm

      Jon Stewart????? He is one of the worst of the talking heads in twisting and misrepresenting PBO’s performance and record. Given his infatuation with Ron Paul, it is likely that he is just another one of those self-centered libertarian like Bill Maher only he does a slightly better job of hiding his game plan. .

  5. 16 dotster3
    September 29, 2011 at 10:34 pm

    Isn’t this WH press corps the sorriest bunch of “journalists” that ever existed? They just blab out idiotic, insignificant questions with no thought, not even a moment’s prepartion or research. And every silly question is formed in a “gotcha” style that is pointless and unproductive and a complete waste of their access. It’s shameful.

    • 17 jacquelineoboomer
      September 29, 2011 at 10:48 pm

      Which makes Chuck Friar Tuck Todd’s MSNBC “commercial” for himself – where he’s driving up the White House driveway to get information the American people can’t get themselves, according to him …

      unless, unlike the White House Press Corps, they actually have a brain and 10 seconds of time to access the Internet.

      It’s getting more unbelievable by the day, if that’s possible.

      • 18 proudmemberofglobalzero
        September 29, 2011 at 10:57 pm

        Please remember chukies 84 year old grandmother Dorothy that works at the MacDonalds down the street from me. She rides the bus to work and back to make minimum wage…what is wrong with this picture.

    • September 29, 2011 at 10:53 pm

      You know, I wonder if there is a guideline (job description) to be a part of. the WH press corp, just as I wonder if there are any criteria for running for president/vice president – other than age. It seems to me that for the presidency all you need to have is money, or moneyed backers. It just doesn’t seem that even a modicum of intelligence is necessary.

      • 22 theo67
        September 29, 2011 at 11:20 pm

        This is true – for such an important position, all President’s should have at least a fraction of the brilliance of President Obama. 🙂 Especially when the US impacts the entire world. It should be declared a crime against humanity if someone unqualified submits their name for candidacy.

        • September 30, 2011 at 12:09 am

          ‘for such an important position, all President’s should have at least a fraction of the brilliance of President Obama’

          Just a fraction. 😉 We know everyone is not quite as brilliant! Seriously though, they should have to do a constitution pretest,, for example

      • 24 nathkatun7
        September 30, 2011 at 12:13 am

        “t seems to me that for the presidency all you need to have is money, or moneyed backers. It just doesn’t seem that even a modicum of intelligence is necessary.”

        Well said, Vcp! By the way, the same is true of Congress!

    • 25 Puddin'
      September 30, 2011 at 12:37 am

      I think that young man (the kid who interviewed Joe Biden first and then finally got a chance to interview PBO) in Florida does a better job than these persons…they really are useless.

  6. September 29, 2011 at 10:37 pm

    Thanks Chips for this bedroom slippers fact check….hope this will help
    to shut up the ‘infotainers’. Nice looking slippers by the way!
    Thanks for all your hard work…nite to all.

  7. 27 utaustinliberal
    September 29, 2011 at 10:39 pm

    The deplorable state of what passes as mainstream journalism in this country is reprehensible. In the age of http://www.whitehouse.gov and http://www.google.com not to mention other credible news sites like http://www.politifact.com or http://www.thereidreport.com no journalist worth his or her salt should act like a moron or ask moronic questions that a child could readily search for answers to in a jiffy.

  8. September 29, 2011 at 10:45 pm

    Just showed up on Twitter–Christie seriously considering run for WH in 2012: http://t.co/DjlZ5A4z

    We can count on the sorry WHPC to ask Jay a question about this instead of about PBO’s jobs bill and what Congress will do to help it pass.

    • 29 jacquelineoboomer
      September 29, 2011 at 10:52 pm

      majii – When you go to the link and check out the photo, isn’t it just amazing how different the looks on the faces of the bystanders near Christie are, compared to the big smiles anyone and everyone standing around President Obama show on their faces?

      That, right there, is but a small indicator of the ludicrousness of a run by Christie against PBO.

  9. 30 Me4obama
    September 29, 2011 at 10:51 pm

    Bedroom slippers gate, what’s coming next, Target gate? I love my Bedroom Slippers I have no clue how anyone would be offended especially when PBO is the one telling you to take them off. Good night my Fellow Obamabots, Good night Mr. President I hope that Michelle got you something nice from Target, you too Malia and Sasha + Bo, oh I miss Bo.

  10. 34 ML
    September 29, 2011 at 10:52 pm

    Are those slippers available somewhere? I would love to have them!

  11. 38 donna dem 4 obama
    September 29, 2011 at 11:01 pm

    I just got home from work and check in here to see that I have passed $7,000.00 in donations. You all are AWESOME….but what on earth is going on with #2’s donations on the leaderboard????


  12. 44 MeaBloom
    September 29, 2011 at 11:06 pm

    This bedroom slipper crap is OLD!! They have nothing else to criticize him for or call him out on (because he’s that good) so of all things, they use BEDROOM SLIPPERS! How weak! You’re must still be wearing your bedroom slippers on the battle field of the comment offends you. #thatisall

  13. September 29, 2011 at 11:21 pm

    Just found this in a comment at POU:

    Erica Raven Branch-Butler
    I suppose that Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King was “talkin’ down” to black folks as well, when he said this:”So listen to me, children: Put on your marching shoes; don’cha get weary; though the path ahead may be dark and dreary; we’re walking for freedom, children.”–1962

  14. September 29, 2011 at 11:40 pm

    Here’s a quote from an excellent analysis featured on 3chicspolitico’s blog (http://commentariesonthetimes.wordpress.com/2011/09/28/a-love-supreme-3 ) which vividly articulates how the MSM totally missed the point of President Obama’s message to the CBC:

    “His oratory was informed with so many inside Afro-American cultural references, esoteric nuances and complex allusions to our tradition of struggle, that most of the white pundits who monopolize the commentary on his speech are clueless and miss the point altogether.”

    I agree. President Obama’s speech was on point and served as a double whopper for those in attendance at the CBC dinner. In smooth but classy words, he flipped Maxine’s wig last Saturday night as effectively as he did The Donald’s rug earlier this year. At the same time, he used soulful language tailored to that particular audience to bring an uplifting message to all who were in attendance—leaving the audience with no doubts about whether or not he’s “one of us.”

  15. 53 TrumpDog
    September 30, 2011 at 12:03 am

    Oh good grief, the WH press corps are talking about this???
    I almost wish they would go back to whining about what Hoffa said.

  16. September 30, 2011 at 12:05 am

    someone should send this video to Al Sharpton, to use on his show, Jon stawart, to see will he use it on his show, and Colbert, and all the News station. Cnn, NBC, MSNBC, ABC, CBS for them to see what an ass they are. I would but don’t know how.

  17. 55 gn
    September 30, 2011 at 3:58 am

    The “slippers” nontroversy has truly revealed and uncloaked the people who simply want President Obama to fail, and want him out of office. Because nothing else could possibly explain an attack so meritless, so trivial, so trifling. Maxine Waters, et. al.: God does not like ugly.

  18. 56 LunarSea
    September 30, 2011 at 7:07 am

    Good morning TOD fam and happy friday!

    Well they did it again. They threw out a bogus claim (slippergate) all across the airwaves that we all knew to be untrue and we spent all our time debunking it while they’ve already moved on to the next one.

    I mean they actually SAID this is their MO, yet we fall for it all the time. While I understand the need to debunk, please don’t allow our message to be drowned out in the process.

    #passthebill Call, write, talk everyone who will listen. When they start talking about the next faux outrage (and we know they will) change the subject back to #JobsAct . Tell them that is not an issue the issue is the #jobsact

    Gotta run, have a great day all – and thanks for all the hard work everyone does in trying to keep them honest.

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