I wrote earlier about CNN’s Betty Nguyen referring to Sen. Joe Biden as “Obiden” repeatedly on the air. (My man TJ Holmes called her out on it. West Memphis, represent!) And as I was writting up a different version of this story for DailyKos it occurred to be how dangerous this “Obiden” mess could be inf allowed to spread further into the mainstream.
When it comes to celebrity, we Americans have an obsession of smashing the names of famous couples together like Bennifer, Billary, Bennifer II, TomKat, Vaughniston, McGosling and of course the robust and insane sounding Brangelina. (My favorite because it sounds like a hearty breakfast cereal.) But when it comes to presidential candidates and their veeps we need to nip this thing in the bud.
Unless Barack Obama and Mighty Joe Oldster are “doin’ it” they should not have a Portmanteau. People already treat Obama as “cute” and “superficial.” He doesn’t need a cute and superficial name for him and Sen. Joe Biden.
And if the media MUST dub them something, why not something presidential-like or really butch like “Ebony and I’ll-Kick-Your-Ass” or “Murtaugh and Riggs.”
And Biden is SOOO Riggs. He’s got that mad dog, Mel Gibson look in his eye and the foot-n-mouth to prove it.
Side note: Other Portmanteaus the press could have gone with …