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Old 05-09-2014, 05:48 PM  
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So I'm kind of fascinated by a cultural discussion that is happening around this whole "#bringbackourgirls" thing.

On one side, you've got Rush Limbaugh, sounding a little callous:
I just think this is pathetic. I'm just stunned. We got 300 Nigerian girls kidnapped by an Al-Qaeda group, and nobody cared or talked about it for a while. Hillary wouldn't call 'em a terror group. Now, all of a sudden, for some reason, we're on a big push to get 'em back and this is how...? Well, you can't read the writing. It's a plea for people on Twitter to get in gear and bring the girls back. It's #BringBackOurGirls. Apparently there's a Twitter... What do you call 'em, handle? It's the number sign
"BringBackOurGirls." (interruption) It's a hashtag, okay.

Anyway, there's Mrs. Obama looking sad and grim, and the sad thing here is that the low-information crowd that's puddling around out there on Twitter is gonna think we're actually doing something about it. (interruption) Exactly. Yeah, they'll say, "At least she is trying, Mr. Limbaugh. What are you doing? At least Mrs. Obama cares! At least they're trying to get them back."

Here it is again, closer. See it? Is that not pathetic? What the hell message does that send? Imagine if bin Laden were still alive. Imagine Ayman al-Zawahiri. Can you imagine? They're laughing at this over in the huts and so forth wherever they are. It is just unbelievable. #BringBackOurGirls. They're Nigerian, unless there's something that we don't know.

But are we really this powerless? The correct way to look at this is the audience that will see it -- the Twitter, low-information universe -- will say, "Oh, Mrs. Obama! At least they care, and at least they're trying to do something."
On the other side, I guess you've got Michelle Obama, who is doing the radio address this week to "demand justice for Boko Haram kidnap victims."

The question that I have about all this is "to what end?" I don't particularly like Rush Limbaugh. He's tone deaf at the very least. But isn't it also tone deaf to hold up a sign for twitter without any real call to action? This reminds me a lot of the #occupywallstreet stuff, where they call a bunch of people to "raise awareness" - but that's the extent of the call to action.

I don't understand what this is supposed to accomplish. As a father, I feel terrible about these girls, but I would be disgusted if the extent of the people with the power to do anything about it basically turned that loss into a branding campaign for how in touch and compassionate they are.
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Old 05-09-2014, 09:25 PM   #31
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The nigerian gang will see Michelle's sign and sad face and give them up.
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Old 05-09-2014, 09:31 PM   #32
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The nigerian gang will see Michelle's sign and sad face and give them up.
Yep. That is foreign policy Obammy style.
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Old 05-09-2014, 09:35 PM   #33
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The nigerian gang will see Michelle's sign and sad face and give them up.
I mean seriously, what good does that do? It mean NOTHING, less than nothing if that's possible, the only thing that counts on something like this is manpower.

It never fails to amaze me how EASY these kinds of tragedies in Africa could be fixed with MINIMAL manpower and resources if even just a handful of advanced nations joined up together... you're up against a bunch of guys in sandals, riding camels and maybe they have some 60's soviet technology.

Yet the world just lets it happen... over and over and over and over and over again.

At some point, you have to ask yourself why... **** you Michelle, if you care, make Barack the African care.
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Old 05-09-2014, 09:49 PM   #34
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Old 05-09-2014, 10:34 PM   #35
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It sucks that by using Twitter, Michelle is no longer allowed to urge her husband to do something. Twitter has some silly rules.
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Old 05-09-2014, 10:34 PM   #36
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Instead of bitching about it, your party needs to learn from it.
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Old 05-09-2014, 10:37 PM   #37
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Laura BushVerified account ‏@laurawbush 13h
Our hearts go out to the missing Nigerian girls who were kidnapped from their school and to their families who... http://fb.me/2J56X9NF7

https://twitter.com/laurawbush/statu...49568190455808

You missed the point. Laura Bush is no longer the first lady, and she's not putting imagery out there that features herself with a hashtag trend message.
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Old 05-09-2014, 10:44 PM   #38
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Laura can't do something like this because their party fails miserably at appealing to anyone outside of their demographic.

Sorry, but rich grandmas don't quite have the same appeal to a newer, tech savvy generation. Think about a bunch of wrinkly old ladies taking selfies with hashtag signs. They would look ridiculous.

Michelle is milking this shit, no doubt about it. This is a publicity stunt to show that she's in touch with our community. By taking to twitter and doing the hashtag thing, she's appealing to a younger and broader audiance trying to keep that young liberal vote going.

You old bastards are probably right, there is very little substance behind her actions. All talk, no go so to speak.

BUT

THIS IS HOW YOU WIN VOTES, you ****s.

Instead of bitching about it, your party needs to learn from it. Take their tactics, do something "fresh". Instead of sounding like a bunch of unsympathetic and out of touch weirdos, understand what they're doing and adapt, don't bitch about it.

The average American is going to care about this situation in Nigeria. The avg American can't do a damn thing about it. So what CAN they do? All they can do is take to Social Media to raise awareness and express their disapproval in hopes that the White House sends out our best to save the day yet again.

Responding to it and agreeing with it is a pretty damn good way to get someone to like you.

Republicans, don't be so angry that youre party is getting whipped in the game. Instead, learn how to play the game.
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Old 05-09-2014, 10:55 PM   #40
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You missed the point. Laura Bush is no longer the first lady, and she's not putting imagery out there that features herself with a hashtag trend message.
He knew the difference.
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Old 05-09-2014, 11:08 PM   #41
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Old 05-09-2014, 11:11 PM   #42
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So, how do we know that Obama doesn't have 10 of his best intel men there right now working with other countries in secret so that those douchebags that did the kidnapping think they aren't being tracked?
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Old 05-09-2014, 11:15 PM   #43
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So, how do we know that Obama doesn't have 10 of his best intel men there right now working with other countries in secret so that those douchebags that did the kidnapping think they aren't being tracked?
That isn't possible because of Twitter. Or something.
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Old 05-09-2014, 11:32 PM   #44
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You missed the point. Laura Bush is no longer the first lady, and she's not putting imagery out there that features herself with a hashtag trend message.
Seems like your point was that she would never tweet such a thing, and I have some evidence otherwise. Of course, it was barely in use while she was FL, so you got me there. Any feelings on if Nancy Reagan or Martha Washington would have tweeted?
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Old 05-10-2014, 12:20 AM   #45
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Seems like your point was that she would never tweet such a thing, and I have some evidence otherwise. Of course, it was barely in use while she was FL, so you got me there. Any feelings on if Nancy Reagan or Martha Washington would have tweeted?
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