L. Pare: Another moment in history

I believe President Obama's "historic" trip to Southeast Asia ranks next to another historic moment when it was claimed that Nero played the fiddle while Rome burned.

Larry Pare, Livermore

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Bob Woodbury's picture

You can believe that.

It's not true but you can believe it.

Jonathan Albrecht's picture

Nero fiddling

was a legend created by his enemies, just as this letter is.

MICHAEL LEBLANC's picture

This letter was created by Nero's enemies?

With friends like those who post here, Obama doesn't need enemies. The worst enemy he has is himself.

RONALD RIML's picture

And you also probably believe......

Mittens was Presidential material.

Get over yourself.

Jason Theriault's picture

Actually....

Your comment is the very essence of what is wrong with your side.

Nero did not play the fiddle while Rome burned. Every part of that statement is wrong.
1. Nero played the cithara, which is a type of lyre or harp.
2. Nero wasn't even in Rome at the time.
3.As soon as Nero heard of the fire, he rushed back and coordinated the fire fighting efforts.

But hey, don't let historical accounts from people who have studied the matter dissaude your efforts to make a point at any cost. Because your obviously set on blaming Obama regardless of the reason.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Fire_of_Rome

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Hahaha...I thought Albrecht

Hahaha...I thought Albrecht was bad... Was your degree in NEROsis a major or minor.BTW, you wouldn't happen to know what Nero had for dinner that evening, would you?
As far as blaming obama, regardless of the reason? Sound familiar? Can you say Bush? Like it or not, "your side" is in for four more years of that stuff. Elections have consequences, remember?
Where've you been hanging out; hardly see you here any more.

Jason Theriault's picture

Easy

He had Pizza. Duh.

I have the same disdain for those who blame Bush blindly. The economic collapse of 2008 is the fault of Not just Bush, but Clinton, Bush and especially Reagan.

I'm split on what Obama has accomplished so far. Part of me see ObamaCare as ineffectual and a distraction from going to a Single payer system and that he should have focused his efforts on the economy. Part of me says he slowed the fall enough so that it could start recovering, at which point the best thing to do is stay hands off.

And as for where I have been hanging out - I was in company paid training last week.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

I could be supportive of a

I could be supportive of a single payer system if EVERYONE were required to pay their EQUAL share into it to make it financially viable. I just don't think America is capable of structuring such a system because of the divides that exist, both politically and culturally. Instead, we'll end up with a hybrid hacked up politically compromised version of obamacare, and it will suck.

Jason Theriault's picture

It's been hybrid hacked up sin 1985

The Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985 already mandates that anyone going into an ER get treatment regardless of ability to pay. We already mandate that everyone gets treated, we just dine and dash when the bill comes. And you wonder why costs are out of control. They have to account for mandated unexpected costs.

What they should have done is just extend Medicare to everyone and then raise the medicare withholding. They could increase my medicare witholding 10X and still be less than what I pay for insurance.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

The Medicare inclusion of all

The Medicare inclusion of all will never happen; it makes far too much sense. Another plan that won't happen is covering all Americans under the same plan that covers Congress and the White House.

MICHAEL LEBLANC's picture

Nero is looking better every day.

1. Playing what? "No, no. I have been practicing...I bowled a 129. It's like -- it was like Special Olympics, or something."
2. Where is he? "I've now been in 57 states — I think one left to go."
3. Rushing to the rescue? "The reforms we seek would bring greater competition, choice, savings and inefficiencies to our health care system."

Morituri salutamus.

RONALD RIML's picture

50 Bushisms to every Obama Faux Pas

Sure you wanna go there???

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

The Pirate does: #1 obama

The Pirate does:
#1 obama said he visited 57 states.
#2 obama pronounced the word corpsman as corpseman.

O.K. Now you owe us 100 Bushisms.
Bring 'em.

RONALD RIML's picture

You gotta buy the book.

I could post most of them - but Mark's crying would drown out the server.

George W. Bushisms: The Slate Book of Accidental Wit and Wisdom of Our 43rd President

"Judge for yourself. Here are over 100 memorable misstatements by our syntactically challenged president, collected, annotated, and introduced by Slate magazine's Jacob Weisberg."

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Haha...I should've known that

Haha...I should've known that was a trap.

RONALD RIML's picture

Actually I went 'Fishing'.....

I knew the pond would be well stocked ;)

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

The Pirate went trolling and

The Pirate went trolling and got hooked.

RONALD RIML's picture

Ah - But you have so many trophies on the wall.....

"Bush" was a gimmee.......

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

I know, but 50 to 1 was

I know, but 50 to 1 was irresistible odds; at least, to a pirate.

MICHAEL LEBLANC's picture

No. Please spare us another ...

... 1000 word copy & paste plagiarized from a site you already have queued up. Why don't you surprise everyone and post something original? Doubly surprising if you can lay off your repertoire of four-letter words.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

That you would admit to any

That you would admit to any is refreshing.

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