June 23, 2011      Share

Earlier this week, CIA Director Leon Panetta,
President Obama’s nominee for Secretary of
Defense, won unanimous confirmation by the
Senate to assume the top job at the Pentagon.
His testimony before the Senate Armed Services
Committee went smoothly for the most part,
but there are always a *few* glitches.

The Top 7 Surprises at
Panetta’s Confirmation Hearing

7> The only Italian word Panetta knows is “cappuccino.”

6> Jim Inhofe opened with a prayer from the Book of Rummy.

5> Panetta laid all his cards on the table … “most-wanted”
style ones, with incriminating pictures of each SASC member.

4> Joe Lieberman revealed he’d been blogging as a lesbian for
the past year.

3> Panetta, after having the opportunity to tour his Pentagon
office, revealed he nearly withdrew from consideration because
of all the “Old Guy Smell.”

2> Jim Webb demanded Panetta’s DepSecDef come from General
Dynamics, rather than Boeing.

and the Number 1 Surprise at Panetta’s Confirmation Hearing…
1> Panetta threw his hands up and admitted: “I don’t know whether
it should be spelled ‘Usama’ or ‘Osama’ either.”



Selected from 34 submissions from 9 contributors.
This week’s list authors are:

Jeffrey Contompasis, Ashburn, VA — 1, Banner tag (6th #!)
Kevin Dopart, Washington, DC — 2, 4, 5, 6 (4-day pass!)
Douglas Frank, Crosby, TX — 3
Edmund Conti, Raleigh, NC — 7
Kilroy, Washington, DC — Graffitist