Week of December 9
Morale has been down at the NSA since Edward Snowden's revelations began coming out slowly but steadily. The NSA has been tracking cell phones and e-mail of just about everyone, foreigners and patriotic Americans alike. Despite the outcry and accusations, the president is standing behind its leadership, especially given the critical role it plays during the holiday season.
Santa Claus Is Tracking You Down
[ Santa Claus Is Coming to Town ]
Week of December 2
Despite last-minute fixes to Healthcare.gov, the government is delaying requirements that all plans meet minimum standards of coverage. So Obamacare has not yet put an end to lower cost insurance that provides substandard care. Enjoy it while it lasts!
We've Got a Lot of Livers to Do
[ I've Got a Lot of Livin' to Do ]
From the album Liberal Shop of Horrors (2010)
Week of November 25
President Obama's poll ratings are worse than ever. Americans no longer think he's trustworthy, much less "lovable," and his numbers are even worse than Rob Ford's. So he recently reached out for some help from an experienced man of the people for advice on how to turn around his second term.
Don't Strain Your Brain
[ The Rain in Spain ]
Week of November 18
Obamacare's launch has been such as disaster that the administration's fumbling is being compared to the Hurricane Katrina response. That's not really fair — to the Bush administration. After all, President Bush never asked for a natural disaster, and he never signed a law creating one. And unlike Hurricane Katrina, many Americans were actually looking forward to the arrival of Obamacare, expecting it to be just what the president promised.
Welcome to Healthcare.Gov
[ I Don't Know How to Love Him ]
Week of November 11
Give us a "thumbs up" on Facebook — before it's too late! The company is dropping its iconic thumb symbol and replacing it with a new "Like" button. Every time Facebook makes changes, it annoys or confuses its most active users while the masses remain blissfully unaware. Whether the change is really to make the symbol less white or whether it's just a way to dodge another lawsuit, Facebook "likes" will still be protected speech under the First Amendment.
I've Grown Accustomed to My Facebook
[ I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face ]
From the album Desperate Housemembers (2011)
Week of November 4
For a guy with a Nobel Prize, President Obama sure doesn't know much about what's going on around him. He didn't know about the N.S.A. eavesdropping on allies. He didn't know about the I.R.S. targeting conservatives. He didn't know about Libya or Syria. And he didn't know that you couldn't always keep your old insurance once Obamacare kicked in. So really, none of it is his fault.
Don't Know Much
[ Wonderful World ]
Week of October 28
Halloween hasn't been the same since the financial crisis. That's when things became really scary. Five years ago this month, it looked like the entire economy and financial system might collapse unless someone came in to bail out the big banks. And we all know how well that turned out.
[ Monster Mash ]
From the album Obama Mia! (2009)
Week of October 21
Loonies of the Right
[ Music of the Night ]
Reprised from the album Desperate Housemembers (2011)
Week of October 14
House Republican leaders keep changing their demands in the shutdown and debt limit crises, but the Tea Party conservatives are standing their ground when it comes to Obamacare. They want it defunded, no matter what.
[ Fun, Fun, Fun ]
Week of October 7
Shutdown Flashback: Hard to believe, but the last government shutdown was no less bizarre than this one. In 1995, House Speaker Newt Gingrich explained that he'd shut down the government because Bill Clinton snubbed him. Newt claimed the president made him leave Air Force One by the back door, instead of alongside him, after the return trip from Israel for Yitzhak Rabin's funeral. The two men eventually made a deal — but not before Clinton called to apologize...
Newt, Newt, Newt, Goin' Out My Back Door
[ Lookin' Out My Back Door ]
From the album Return to Center (1996)
Week of September 30
Budget crises in Washington are a pre-existing condition...so why aren't they covered by Obamacare? With the clock ticking down toward a government shutdown, both sides at least can agree that the top priority is finding a way to pin the blame on the other side.
The Blame Game
[ There Is Nothin' Like a Dame ]
From the album Fiscal Shades of Gray (2013)