Every time I see the word "astounding," I think of this old Borscht Belt joke:
These two women were having lunch. The first one was bragging about her great house, her husband's great job and career, etc. The second woman responded with, "Astounding!"
The first woman talked about her wonderful vacations. The second woman said, "That's astounding!"
The first woman talked about her smart, successful, good-looking children. The second woman responded replied with, "Astounding!"
Well, you get the idea. Finally, the first woman said to the second, "But enough about me. What have you been doing?"
The second woman said, "I've been going to charm school."
The first woman asked, "Really? Charm school? What do they teach you in charm school?"
The second woman replied, "They teach you to say 'Astounding' instead of 'Bullshit!'"
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I say all this because I have been reading about how Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was sent to jail today for violating pre-trial travel restrictions. Back in May 2007, Illinois Senator Barack Hussein Obama, Jr. said glowingly that fellow Democrat Kilpatrick "is going to be doing astounding things for many years to come."
Astounding, indeed. Obama is rapidly rising in that "astounding" level himself, possibly in more ways than one.
Hat tip to Powerline for the Obama quote. (There is a video in their post also.)