2 X 4’s

Paddy and Seamus in a pickup truck drove to the lumberyard. Paddy walked in to the office and said, “We need some four-by-twos.”

The clerk said, “You mean two-by-fours, don’t you?”

Paddy said, “I’ll go check,” and went back to the truck. He returned a minute later and said, “Yeah, I meant two-by-fours.”

“All right. How long do you need them?”

Paddy paused for a minute and said, “I’d better go check.”

After a while, Paddy returned to the office and said, “A long time. We’re gonna build a house.”



Flap over flip-flop President

Flip flop obamaTongues are wagging over President Obama wearing flip-flops while on vacation in Hawaii last week. 

“I can’t say I’ve seen a president’s toes before. This could be a very usual thing,” said presidential historian Jane Hampton Cook, author of an upcoming children’s book “What Does the President Look Like?”  
“But I don’t think this is a big deal. Your footwear belongs to the occasion. If you’re on the beach buying your daughter snow cones, I don’t think you can beat him up for this. Now if he’s wearing flip-flops to the State of the Union, that’d be different.”

“It makes him look like a man of the people, and they [his advisers] probably like that it’s an informal and inexpensive shoe,” Presidential historian Doug Wead said.
Wead recalled a time when he was at Jimmy Carter’s White House for an event, and some young people wore sneakers.   “I remember Mrs. Carter looking down at their feet, horrified.”
Not everyone in the Beltway appreciated Obama’s hang-loose approach to footwear.
“You don’t think you’re going to see [Russian Prime Minister] Vladimir Putin wearing flip-flops, do you?” said one DC observer.
“If you were born in Hawaii, if you grew up in Hawaii, if you vacation in Hawaii and you don’t wear flip-flops, then there is something seriously wrong with you. You don’t wear wingtips to the beach in in Hawaii,” [as Richard Nixon did] said Kathleen Hall Jamieson at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg Center for Public Policy.