Chili’s created an entire, fully-functional website AND Twitter page for a pretend restaurant as part of their new marketing campaign, yet the Treasury couldn’t even manage to get FinancialStability.gov set up in time for Tim Geithner’s press conference announcing it. ::sad head shake::
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If you’re curious about Leonard Abess, Jr., the Miami banker the President mentioned in his address tonight – the one who, instead of keeping $60 million of the proceeds after selling the bank, gave it to his employees — the story is here.
My favorite quote: “…if the president doesn’t come to work, it’s not a big deal,” he said. “But if the tellers don’t show up, it’s a serious problem.” Very true.
This has been my phone’s wallpaper for weeks.
There’s already some chatter about Obama’s use of the old-fashioned phrase “ginned up” in his first official press conference as president last night. I love word origins — if I thought I could make a living at it, I’d be an etymologist — so I dug around a little to find a good explanation of the phrase. Urban Dictionary lists several definitions, but I think that Obama’s intent was along the lines of being excited or motivated, but in a negative context, like a drunk with a bad idea.
The ever-enlightening Online Etymology Dictionary points out that the origin of the phrase deals with shoving ginger up a horse’s ass, which is just the kind of thing they’re always including, whether you want to know it or not.
Also, hey, did you notice that the press conference was streamed live on whitehouse.gov? Love this new technology-friendly administration.