Weekend Project: Caption this Photo

As I approach my 31st birthday in a little more than a fortnight, it occurs to me that I have never, ever been so busy in my entire life. Work is work, school is school, and I always make time for family whenever possible. This semester, however, is actually pretty tough on me, and Joanna and I are working overtime to get our house ready to go on the market. That means sorting and packing stuff up to get things out — and with so little spare time to begin with, it’s been slow-going.

One little thing that has helped tremendously on the weekends, as they are my primary study time and our best chance at making progress on the house, is to put up a single post that is a little more “interactive” than the rest. Last weekend, for example, it was an appeal for votes for Aaron Tillinger’s NuBarter (they made the finals, by the way, and he expresses his sincere appreciation). Next weekend, I have an idea for something that could be a great deal of fun. This weekend, though, I just hope we can get some laughs.

Thank you for understanding my time constraints. Of course, if something noteworthy happens, I’ll be on it. But, in the meantime, I want some comedy genius with regard to the photo below.

For their first face-to-face meeting since Gen. Stanley McChrystal was chosen to serve as the president’s go-to guy in Afghanistan, and for only their third conversation in more than 70 days, Gen. McChrystal met with the president for a full half-hour in Air Force One while on the runway in Copenhagen following Obama’s failed Olympic bid. The first thing I thought when I saw this photo? Naturally, that the president was talking and not listening.

Since we already know that the president of the United States is uncomfortable with the concept of victory, I couldn’t help but wonder what the pair were talking about.

What do you think?

My hasty contribution:

President Obama: It’s frustrating. I play basketball to keep in shape. I run. I work out in the White House gym. I installed a chin-up bar in the private restroom adjacent to the oval office. I do everything I can, and I still can’t beat the First Lady when it comes to arm wrestling.

Gen. McChrystal: I’m sorry, Mr. President. I don’t know what to tell you. I can’t beat her, either.

Original photograph by Pete Souza (The White House).



  1. Rix says:

    O: Remember you sent me a photo of that nice Afghan rug? I want it for Michele.
    MC: Yes, sir! Mighty good trade, sir!

  2. Gail B says:

    OBAMA: Did you see where I killed a fly on TV? The flies are awful in the White House.

    MCCHRYSTAL: Over in Afghanistan we call them circle flies.

    OBAMA: Why are they called circle flies?

    MCCHRYSTAL: Because they circle around the rear ends of horses and camels.

    OBAMA: Are you calling me a horse's ass?

    MCCHRYSTAL: Oh, no, Sir! I would never show disrespect to the president of the United States.

    OBAMA: Well, that's a good thing.

    MCCHRYSTAL: Of course, it's hard to fool those circle flies.

  3. Anonymous says:

    obamacant: why? why don't they love me anymore? didn't I insult and degrade America enough for them? Didn't I weaken America's defense and give away all the tax money? what more can I do to please the world while killing America?

    Gen: wanna come to Afghanistan with me and visit the front?

  4. Anonymous says:

    Obama: You promise, no coup d'etat, right? My civilian force is still a few months off.

    General: No promises, and frankly, your thugs don't scare us.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Obama: It's not going to happen,Rahm sez I need a new Crises to get the American people behind me again

    MCCHRYSTAL: Sir,what do you conceder a crises

  6. Anonymous says:

    BO "You know I love you baby. I wouldn't leave ya. It wasn't my fault Honest… I ran out of gas. I, I had a flat tire. I didn't have enough money for cab fare. My tux didn't come back from the cleaners. An old friend came in from out of town. Someone stole my car. There was an earthquake. A terrible flood. Locusts. IT WASN'T MY FAULT, I SWEAR TO GOD."

    General McChrystal – "Your women. I want to buy your women. The little girl, your daughters… sell them to me. Sell me your children."

  7. Anonymous says:

    General McC: Barry Soetoro/Obama, You can resign or you could prove some pesky paperwork…
    Obama: First, I need my several passports, my Nikes and basketball….and my karaoke machine…
    General McC: or you don't know, but you trampled our Constitution and we the people and you are surrounded. We have a nice facility, off the mainland, and it isn't Hawaii….

  8. Anonymous says:

    OK, General, here's what we need to do. First I'm going to give you an additional 40,000 troops. Then, you invade Copenhagen! Those infidels must be crushed.

    But, The One, Copenhagen is not IN Afghanistan!

  9. Gail B says:

    OBAMA/SOETORO: And now you are all wee-weed up, just like everybody else.

    MCCHRYSTAL: Oh, no, Sir. It's worse that that. I'm pi**ed off!

    verify: politers

  10. Anonymous says:

    It's not you. It's me.

    Yes, Sir.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Obama: We lost the Olympics nomination over a little misunderstanding!

    General: What happened sir?

    Obama: They thought I was representing Kenya!

    When I said I was not, they asked to see my birth certificate.

    I said I did not have it but Kos could make me a new one tomorrow.

  12. John says:

    Obama: General…I called you here because I…ummm…ummmm…have a…ummm…problem. Me…ummm…um…and Michelle ummmm…you know…ummm…I can't seem to "perfor…

    Gen (holding up hand in a "stop, I understand" gesture): Mr. President, have you talked to your doctor about Cialis?

  13. Clearly101 says:

    McChrystal: Mr. Obama, you just can't ignore this thing in Afghanistan and hope it will go away. We've got to discuss and agree upon a workable strategy.

    Obama: Well, it worked with my birth certificate and draft registration issues didn't it?

  14. Anonymous says:

    Obama: Things have not been going well for me – we lost the bid for Chicago to sponsor the Olympics in 2016. I have been unable to pass Obamacare, I mean healthcare. My Czars are under attack and I really feel so alone!

    General: Now, you know how I feel.


  15. Anonymous says:

    McC: Yo Barack, the troops have a special surprise for you! They are going to let you be point man on tonights opps.

    nobama: Wow sounds like fun dude but I gotta get over to Copenhagen to line up the olympics for my buds in Chicago

  16. Jan says:

    Obama: To be honest I haven't had time to discuss things with you since I have been fighting things like: 1) Joe Wilson calling me a liar, 2) the Olympic Committee denying my request for Chicago, 3) Sarah Palin saying we have death squads in ObamaCare, 4) Rush Limbaugh becoming the voice of the GOP, and 5) Glen Beck making my life just miserable. That's just the top five things and I have so many more……..Why don't we just scrap this and go get a beer.

    General: Dude, you can't be serious.

  17. Boston Blackie says:

    Obamama: I am loved by everyone, I am going to save the world, I have done more in nine months …….

    General: You lost me on I!!

  18. HOLD THE MAYO says:

    If only the White House staff could choke on ham sandwiches at the rate our brave troops are dieing in battle.

  19. TNelson says:

    President Obama: Enough about Afghanistan already! What do you think about these General, why are my cuticles in such bad shape?

    Gen. McChrystal: Blood tends to do that, Sir.

  20. Anonymous says:

    BO: Since I have been in Office, I have Excelled in Words on the Power Point that I have Access to. What is my Outlook? Would it help to send One Note to my Publisher? I so want to be a Visio-nary. What is the InfoPath for that?

    Gen: I don't speak PC….

  21. PattyW says:

    BO: I never realized those Special Olympics folks would hold a grudge this long! Geez, they really hurt my feelings!

    Gen M: Uh…no comment.

  22. Anonymous says:

    Barry: See, when I was a kid, my Mom wouldn't buy me a set of those little plastic green soldiers…

    McChrystal: That's not right, sir.

  23. Anonymous says:

    (pls disgard earlier post if you can jeff, it was for another caption as you can probably tell)

    now here's my captions:

    "So tell me man, why are you embarrassing me like this?"

    "i did it to be right here face to face with you to get backup for my people. I’m a results-man."

  24. Anonymous says:

    Sir, I believe a surge is necessary.

    Obama: Present.

    My troops are waiting for an answer.

    Obama: Present

    Sir, we can longer dither on the issue.

    Obama: Present

  25. Anonymous says:

    Now, I know you're going to remind me of my campaign promise, but I'll have to have some more time to think this thing through because it's just not that easy, General. It was easy on the trail. It's not easy when I actually have to do it. Ha ha…those on-the-job-training jokes come to mind…Buuut…anyway…On the one hand, I have my ideas. On the other, you have yours. My ideas involve a lot of…uh…a lot of potentially thoughtful…thoughtful, uh…Well, a lot of thinking. You want action. Right now, gotta have it. We're not squaring, here, you see? So, I'll need some time. But, please…by all means, tell your men and women no one is more concerned about this than I am.

    A reminder, indeed, Sir. A reminder that we don't torture enemies, and we don't torture our own, either.

  26. Anonymous says:

    Pick one or I'll have to keep trying my hand at "comedic genius", and so far no success! I'll keep thinking…"Okay…one more! This one's better than the last." Then, I read it and go…"Oh, that's not too funny. Let me try again". But, aside from my failed attempts, there are really good ones on here…anticipating the result! :)

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