Asawin Suebsaeng

Asawin Suebsaeng

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Asawin Suebsaeng is a reporter at the Washington, DC, bureau of Mother Jones. He has also written for The American Prospect, the Bangkok Post, and Shoecomics.com.

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A graduate of Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Penn., Asawin came back to DC with hopes of putting his flimsy Creative Writing major, student newspaper tenure, and interest in human rights and political chicanery to some use. He started cutting his teeth at F&M's student-run weekly, The College Reporter, serving as editor in chief. He has interned at The American Prospect, been a reporter for the Bangkok Post, and scribbled for ShoeComics.com. His favorite movie is either Apocalypse Now or Pirahna 3D, depending on the day or mood.

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Drudge, Breitbart.com, and ABC on the Dark Knight Rises Theater Shooting: #Fail

| Fri Jul. 20, 2012 12:17 PM EDT

At least 12 people were killed in a mass shooting at a midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, Colorado. The name of the suspected gunman, now in custody, is James E. Holmes. What we know about him this morning: He's a white male, mid-20s, with an apartment in Aurora.

Here's Matt Drudge tweeting a thinly sourced Joel Pollak report at Breitbart.com: 

The James Holmes tracked down by Breitbart.com is 25 years old and registered at an address in La Plata County—roughly a six-hour drive from the alleged shooter's apartment, according to Google Maps.

And now, here's ABC News' Brian Ross earlier today, irresponsibly speculating on the shooter's possible Tea Party link (ABC later withdrew the claim and apologized):

There are a lot of people in Denver and Aurora with the legal name of James/Jim Holmes.

Dozens of people are injured. At least 12 people are dead. The body count could rise. Even the 2012 attack dogs are taking a siesta from the partisan mudslinging in the wake of the tragedy. If you're going to publish a story about an alleged mass murderer's politics, you had better get it right.

George W. Bush: "8 Years Was Awesome and I Was Famous and I Was Powerful"

| Tue Jul. 17, 2012 6:08 PM EDT

From an interview late last week, allow us to present the Bushiest Bush quote that has ever been Bushed (see the 4-minute mark below): 

Eight years was awesome and I was famous and I was powerful.

One more time:

Eight years was awesome and I was famous and I was powerful.

Just to recap, George W. Bush is saying that his 96 months as chief executive of America—endorsing torture, launching war on convoluted make-believe, jumping the gun, decimating a record budget surplus, politicizing NASA and the DOJ, wiretapping, ditching Kyoto, bungling Katrina, restricting stem-cell research, fighting AIDS in Africa, pushing reasonable immigration reform, and getting pissed at the South Park creators—were straight awesome.

Will Ferrell is officially allowed to retire; George Walker Bush now ad-libs self-caricature at a level of sharpened, terse, crystallized wit that even the most practiced comic or impersonator could only hope to channel. (The only thing that was perhaps missing from this impressively formulated one-liner was Bush labeling his presidency as "extreeeeemme.")

The quote was practically made for reverse-caption contests:

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"Eight years was awesome and I was famous and I was powerful." Joyce Boghosian/The White House"Eight years was awesome and I was famous and I was powerful."Joyce Boghosian/The White House

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"Eight years was awesome and I was famous and I was powerful.""Eight years was awesome and I was famous and I was powerful." Wikia

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"Eight years was awesome and I was famous and I was powerful.""Eight years was awesome and I was famous and I was powerful." Crawford-Texas.org

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"Eight years was awesome and I was famous and I was powerful." Joyce Boghosian/The White House"Eight years was awesome and I was famous and I was powerful." Joyce Boghosian/The White House

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"Eight years was awesome and I was famous and I was powerful." Paul Morse/The White House."Eight years was awesome and I was famous and I was powerful." Paul Morse/The White House

As Andrea Higbie explained in Salon in 2008, "awesome" is one of Bush's go-to adjectives, used to "describe everything from dead soldiers to the pope." This latest "awesome" quote comes from an interview last week with Peter Robinson, the man who wrote "tear down this wall." During their hour-long conversation, the ex-POTUS talked baseball, family, and politics and the economic landscape today. (Bush was presumably there to push his just-released book of economic prescriptions, The 4% Solution.) As for other stuff that the former president is up to: The George W. Bush Presidential Center will open in a little over a year, and will become the second largest presidential library in the country.

It's gonna be powerfully awesome. 

 

Here's the hour-long interview with Robinson:

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