Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Da

Author Taylor Branch's new book, The Clinton Tapes: Wrestling History with the President, is based on 79 interviews conducted with President Clinton while the latter served in the White House. Team G:TB is generally more interested in fake sports wagering, Bert and Ernie's nascent rap career, and filler, but we couldn't help notice the following passage:

He also relayed how Boris Yeltsin's late-night drinking during a visit to Washington in 1995 nearly created an international incident. The Russian president was staying at Blair House, the government guest quarters. Late at night, Clinton told Branch, Secret Service agents found Yeltsin clad only in his underwear, standing alone on Pennsylvania Avenue and trying to hail a cab. He wanted a pizza, he told them, his words slurring.

The next night, Yeltsin eluded security forces again when he climbed down back stairs to the Blair House basement. A building guard took Yeltsin for a drunken intruder until Russian and U.S. agents arrived on the scene and rescued him.
Here's to you, Boris Yeltsin, real man of genius. If more world leaders had your panache, we'd spend a lot less time blowing each other up, and the world's munchie economy would bring prosperity to all.

43 comments:

TJ said...

This post seems like an appropriate place to wish our own Chris Chandler doppleganger happy birthday.

TR said...

Yeltsin looks more like Clinton in that picture than I would've guessed.

Happy 50th Whit!

Dan said...

i'm thinking/hoping he was weating boxers....putin's more of a tighty whitey guy, and medvedev i'm thinking is all about the nut huggers, along with sarkozy

Dan said...

"weating" is supposed to read "wearing"

Dan said...

today i'm all about the boxer but on occasion, when trying to fit into some of my tighter dungarees, i'll slip into an under armour brief - no lines

Whitney said...

Dan, you've been metrosexual for as long as I've known you. Since before it was a word.

Dan said...

i think you have me confused with someone else....
does anyone use the word "dungarees" anymore? my mom used to use that word when i was a little kid....and "sneakers" or "sneaks" for short

Whitney said...

And thanks TJ and TR. And T.C. & Rick, T.G Sheppard, TLC, T.O. (for helping me win my FFL game), TV, THC, T.N.T. (the AC/DC song, not the channel), the TWA Tea (not the Pan Am coffee) and especially T.D. Parker, for giving me many laughs -- courtesy of TJ.

TR said...

What do you have against TR Dunn?

TJ said...

Dan, canyougobacktotypingwithoutspacesagainthatwasawesome.

Mark said...

Happy Birthday Whitney!

I'll still never understand why the Bucs gave up a #1 pick for you, only to cut you mid-season, but at least that pick ended up being Quentin Coryatt.

zoltan said...

Three cheers for Whitey. Huzzah.

zoltan said...

And Whitney too.

TJ said...

Misspellings are funny.

TR said...

I always knew Zoltan was racist.

TJ said...

Do Dennis and I know how to pick 'em, or what? At the end of our NL-only baseball draft this year, in the minor league portion (where in years past I have snagged a gem like Prince Fielder) we apparently drafted a murderer. Sounds about right for our team...
http://bit.ly/16FlVV

Whitney said...

Thanks, Mark. Thanks, Z-man.

Little known fact: many of my high school dudes call me "Whitey." They contend it's a funny, antiquated name and more enjoyable to call me than Whitney. I contend those morons don't know how to spell.

TJ said...

Not mentioned...the emu was wearing a wife-beater and jorts:

FOREST, Miss. (AP) - Officers had to use a stun gun and handcuffs to capture an emu running loose on Interstate 20 in central Mississippi on Sunday.

zoltan said...

There are emus in Mississippi?

Dan said...

happybirthdaymrwhitneyareyoureallyfiftythatmustmakeyoutheoldestguyongheorgheisthatdepressingtoyouitwouldbeifitweremehaveagreatdayilltalktoyasoonpeaceout

TJ said...

Attaboy...

Dan said...

seriously mr. whit - are you really fitty? that must make you the oldest on gheorghe - you should be out partying somewhere, or are you? a little jameson in store for ya today? hmm hmmm...Danny? how 'bout a middleton?

Whitney said...

I am now closer to 50 thank I am to 25, and that's plenty depressing.

I do have the liver of a 50-year-old. And the brain of a 19-year-old. And the panties of a 23-year-old. Awww, yeah.

TR said...

Whit banged a 23 year-old guy last night?

Whitney said...

Don't act so shocked. My appeal knows no limits.

TJ said...

Wait, seriously, there are emus in Mississippi?

rob said...

emus, like whitney's apparent appeal, know no boundaries.

TR said...

Why can't they make a reality show on Plax's prison tenure? Who wouldn't watch that? Does he get immediate VIP treatment, meaning he has bodyguards who will ensure he's treated well? Does he have to fight and/or bang a dude to get protection? Is he in solitary confinement? Does he just end up being a regular dude who smokes butts, plays cards and does push-ups in the yard? I want to know these things.

The Michael Vick prison show would've been a good one too. Did he cry when Dungy visited him? Did he get conjugal visits from Hampton whores?

Dave said...

this post reminds me of the russian premier in "dr. strangelove."

i am just as capable of being sorry as you are, boris.

rob said...

dear abby,

i have a major project due at work on the 30th. i haven't started it yet. and i probably won't until the 29th. instead, i'm spending my time commenting on third-rate (though highly, highly amusing) blogs. what the hell is wrong with me?

signed,
procrastinating

Whitney said...

Third-rate???? Come on! We got LeBron!! We produce actual music as opposed to the millions of blogs that just critique others'! We have cornered the market on posting muppet rap YouTubes!!

rob said...

if you put half as much effort into new content as you did that comment (!!!!), we'd be second-rate in no time.

Dan said...

nice work on the 23-year old...
what's he do for a living?

zoltan said...

Did this really happen?

http://sports.espn.go.com/boston/nfl/news/story?id=4494894

Whitney said...

Wow. Check this out.

Greeny absolutely destroys a Redskins rookie LB (who might be one noogie away from the short bus, or at best made an egregious error in a terribly misguided show of defending his team).

TJ said...

Very fun Orioles implosion occurring right now.

rob said...

dear abby,

my wonderful wife drove my car into a ditch yesterday and damaged the muffler. my car now sounds like an extra from 'the fast and the furious'. what's an appropriate punishment?

signed,
wannabe drifter

TR said...

If you really want to bum her out, I'll stop sleeping with her.

Just a thought.

Dan said...

ouchee

Whitney said...

TR's comment made me laugh, if only because I know she reads this blog.

Hi, Sammy!

TR said...

Yeah, that guy Ted Reynolds is a dick.

Dan said...

qadaffi's really a handsome devil

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