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1 Anonymous November 25, 2008 at 4:51 pm


2 nick November 25, 2008 at 4:55 pm

Bush: ‘And for my last trick, I give you… utter ruin! Get outta that without moving, university boy!’

3 Rolo Tomasi November 25, 2008 at 4:58 pm

Bush: “The difference between you and me is that I say one thing and do the opposite. While you say one thing and say the opposite.”

4 Some Guy November 25, 2008 at 5:01 pm

In two months it’s your problem, not mine: “Mission Accomplished”

5 Charlie November 25, 2008 at 5:08 pm

“Everyone laughs at farts.”

6 Tony Trepanier November 25, 2008 at 5:20 pm

Condi isn’t the only one who can stand at 45 degree angles with enemies.

7 Rational November 25, 2008 at 5:28 pm

Krugman almost turned down the Noble Prize when he found out that this moment would be a requirement.

8 Ron Barlin November 25, 2008 at 5:37 pm

Well, at least we have one thing in common. Obama beat both of our preferred candidates – Hillary Clinton and Hillary Clinton.

9 Martin November 25, 2008 at 5:42 pm

Wow, that’s what competence looks like…

10 Keith November 25, 2008 at 5:44 pm

Number 26 on the Freakonomics blog, written by “a student of economics” is by far the best one, and I’ll just modify it slightly:

“So I says to Cheney “Duh! Piece-wise continuous functions are ALWAYS Reimann integrable, so just invert the matrix and use a polynomial distributed lag to eliminate the heteroskedasticity! What a lightweight! Heh-heh-heh†

11 sal November 25, 2008 at 5:54 pm

This conclusively proves that is no trap door leading to a shark tank in the oval office.

12 mk November 25, 2008 at 6:42 pm

(In a Mr. Burns voice): “Excellent! This life size, smiling clone of Paul Krugman is just what the doctor ordered!”

“What do you think of this idea, Paul: we’re thinking of pardoning a Thanksgiving turkey this year and shooting a prizewinning liberal economist!”

“I like you in profile like this, Paul! Less eye contact!”

“Psst — hottie at 2 o’clock.”

“Well, now that you have the secret Nobel Prize ring of Power, I am sure you too will succumb to the irresistible temptation to use your newfound infinite might to stamp out every ember of hope and love in the hearts of your fellow man and wom–aah,haha, I can’t believe how crazy this stock market’s been, huh?”

13 mk November 25, 2008 at 6:45 pm


You think I’m cool, right?

14 Oil Shock November 25, 2008 at 6:58 pm

“Birds of a feather, flock together”

15 RB November 25, 2008 at 7:22 pm

Krugman: “But seriously, Mr. President, the door is right over there (motioning in the direction of his gaze) … we need to clean up a bit before your successor can get down to work … if you don’t mind, sir.”

16 DanC November 25, 2008 at 7:28 pm

Krugman: You can have a good career throwing BS around?

Bush: Yep, they even gave a prize for it this year

17 Michael Drake November 25, 2008 at 8:12 pm

“Like most political jokes, either or both affiliations may be replaced with any other desired affiliation.”

But not salva veritate.

18 Yancey Ward November 25, 2008 at 8:15 pm

So, Paul, ever been to Cuba before?

19 DPirate November 25, 2008 at 8:25 pm

No, I wont shake your hand, either.

20 Bill Stepp November 25, 2008 at 8:38 pm

“Professor, I’d rather embrace your mistress than your principles.”

21 Alex November 25, 2008 at 9:04 pm

Krugman: “Do I _have_ to grin to everyone?”

22 simmerdownnow November 25, 2008 at 9:26 pm

Messrs Krugman and Bush share a few laughs during a surprise reunion that shocked the world. Separated shortly after Mr. Krugman’s birth, the two brothers were raised in different environments and developed very different views of the world. Both were educated at Yale, and both have attained worldwide notoriety through their career accomplishments. In response to a question about the antagonistic tone of his writing, Mr. Krugman replied, “He’s not perfect, but he is my brother. We may disagree on policy, but, I tell you this, if you mess with this man, you mess with me.” Mr. Bush was later quoted as saying “Even though Pauly sometimes over econofies his analysis, he is an expert on the internationalification of trade, and I respect that. I’m looking forward to reminisifying with my brother.”

23 Ron Byrnes November 25, 2008 at 10:16 pm

Guess you’ll have to bury your Nobel bling in a PVC tube Krug, jokes on you.

24 winston November 25, 2008 at 11:16 pm

Bush: Yeah, keep laughing. Did I forget to mention O’Reilly is also in on this photo op?

25 Rex Rhino November 25, 2008 at 11:43 pm

Bah! What the hell is going on with these annoying next buttons over every message? I have a scroll wheel, so just put all the comments on one page… but if you ARE going to split comments on multiple pages, have the next/previous buttons at the top and the bottom, and have the pages numbered 1/2/3 with an option to click on them and go directly to that page!

26 Unit November 25, 2008 at 11:53 pm

“Good job Paul! You and I sure came up with plenty of foxholes to keep all those atheists and libertarians busy for the next hundred years, hehehe…”

27 pants November 26, 2008 at 12:27 am

Paul Krugman is on the left. President Bush is on the right.


28 Nick L November 26, 2008 at 2:03 am

“Ahh, it’s amazing – he’s the leader of the free world, and he thinks Hayek is just some kind of a bad cough..”

“Al Gore got one – and an Oscar too, so don’t go all high and mighty on me pal..”

29 Thanatos Savehn November 26, 2008 at 4:58 am

“Cronyism – it’s not just for cowboys! Welcome to the club b!atch” – GWB

30 glenn November 26, 2008 at 6:47 am

The Krugman and the Thugman.

31 SheetWise November 26, 2008 at 7:27 am

Bush: Knock knock.
Krugman: Who’s there?
Bush: Huh?

32 Scot November 26, 2008 at 9:22 am

“No, really Paul, I think we should have a conference call with Art Laffer.”

33 Andrew November 26, 2008 at 10:04 am

“Hey Paul, have a cigar!”

34 aaron November 26, 2008 at 10:53 am

Is that an oil bubble in your pocket or are you just happy to see me.

35 Rich Berger November 26, 2008 at 11:22 am

Hah! You got hair in your ears, too.

36 NPTO November 26, 2008 at 11:43 am

Mr. Krugman, I think the Nobel guys have over-superestimated you.

37 Anonymous November 26, 2008 at 12:19 pm


Well, at least it wasn’t a libertarian economist!


38 aaron November 26, 2008 at 12:38 pm

Is that a bubble in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me?

39 BukaHobbit November 26, 2008 at 12:55 pm

Krugman? Like on that gold coin? Can I get some for the bailout?

40 BukaHobbit November 26, 2008 at 12:58 pm

Yeah, I shave mine too. Laura likes it that way.

41 Hume November 26, 2008 at 1:11 pm

GWB: “These last 8 years were fantastic and fun. It was fun-tastic”

PK: “Yeah. I gotta thank you GB, You did wonders for my column. I can’t believe all those NYT readers think I’m serious about that stuff. Fools.”

GWB: “Yeah. All we need is Peter Boettke and the triangle is complete.”

42 Nosybear November 26, 2008 at 2:22 pm

“Nobel, Mr. President, not No Bull.”

43 Andrew November 26, 2008 at 2:23 pm

Krugman: “It’s new-KLEE-er…….Gah!”

Bush: “I know. I just been playing with you.”

44 Michael Makowsky November 26, 2008 at 3:02 pm

“I know there’s a new guy coming, but would you mind if I still blamed you?”

45 Superheater November 26, 2008 at 5:02 pm

Wait’ll Pauly finds out I had the CIA cook up a transdermal poison that works only on him.

46 RCD November 26, 2008 at 5:44 pm

Bush: So all you and Al did was put on weight and grow a beard? That’s all it took?

47 edwin November 26, 2008 at 5:55 pm

krugman talk balloon : who’s laughing now?!

bush thought balloon : yeah, let’s see who’s laughing when he finds out I had his cats shipped to guantanamo…

48 dmh November 26, 2008 at 6:24 pm

Hey, Kruggiemon, did you hear the one about the neocon, the economist and the rabbi?

49 Igor Taam November 26, 2008 at 6:45 pm

Krugman thinking -> Stranger than fiction. Next year: Literature Nobel.

50 Igor Taam November 26, 2008 at 6:56 pm

W.: If I weren’t George W. Bush I could swear this beard guy is Paul Krugman.

51 Robert November 26, 2008 at 7:05 pm

Watch me make the case that deficits are great for the economy now that Bush is gone and Obama is gonna send the debt into outer space! It’s not about economics–it’s all about the spin, and I am the greatest unbiased hack in the world when it comes to lies and spins.

52 Robert November 26, 2008 at 7:06 pm

Watch me make the case that deficits are great for the economy now that Bush is gone and Obama is gonna send the debt into outer space! It’s not about economics–it’s all about the spin, and I am the greatest unbiased hack in the world when it comes to lies and spins.

53 Anonymous November 26, 2008 at 7:15 pm

“Make no mistake: I’m smiling because you have two more months of relevance.”

“Fantastic. And I’m smiling because you haven’t yet seen my finale…”

54 Igor Taam November 26, 2008 at 7:31 pm

W.: Luke… I’m your father

55 dancole November 26, 2008 at 7:35 pm

“Hey Paul, no recession for the two of us, eh?”

56 Igor Taam November 26, 2008 at 8:03 pm

K.: No, Mr. President, duct tape doesn’t solve all problems.

57 Igor Taam November 26, 2008 at 8:09 pm

Seriously… I’m not Santa.

58 Igor Taam November 26, 2008 at 8:55 pm

K.: Seriously… I’m not Santa.

59 David Gordon November 26, 2008 at 9:27 pm

Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.

60 mk November 26, 2008 at 9:47 pm

“Kruggie, you’re doin a heck of a job. (Thought bubble: let’s see if that kills his career.”

61 mk November 26, 2008 at 9:53 pm

I wish to amend my previous submission to read: “…And me, a man who regularly forgets to wear pants… the President of the United States!”

62 Rebecca November 26, 2008 at 10:18 pm

“Got any good stock tips?”

63 Harkins November 26, 2008 at 10:54 pm

From your book? Hell no, Paul, I thought of the plan after reading an email from some dude in Nigeria.

64 James November 26, 2008 at 11:16 pm

Sarah Palin? C’mon, really John?!

65 babar November 26, 2008 at 11:36 pm

pauling around

66 Zeke Stinson November 27, 2008 at 12:26 am

Bush: “Wow. You can be dumb enough to lose a debate with O’Reilly on TV and STILL be smart enough to win one of them Nobel prizes.”

67 Igor T. November 27, 2008 at 12:38 am

K: I brought you pretzels, Mr. President.

68 Liz November 27, 2008 at 12:58 am

Bush: Santa Claus!!!

69 Hank Heath November 27, 2008 at 2:06 am

Dismal science, huh?

You ain’t seen nothing, yet!

70 mickslam November 27, 2008 at 4:46 am

President Bush and Noble Prize winner Paul Krugman will resume peace talks Jan.21, 2009 at Camp David.


Mr. Krugman reluctantly accepts congratulations, sneering smile from President Bush.

71 frozen November 27, 2008 at 9:10 am

Bush: Wait a minute, how’d you get one of them gold medals from the King of Sweden? I thought I went to Japan for the Olympics this past summer.

72 Katz November 27, 2008 at 9:17 am

So, how come there’s no Nobel Prize for blowing stuff up? The guy invented dynamite, didn’t he?

73 Mads November 27, 2008 at 9:51 am

Bush: If you are so smart why didn’t you send me a tape with your idears.
Krugman: I thurght you hád Internet in the White House.


Krugman: Haven’t you read my blogs at all?
Bush: Well you see; reading and information and stuff is now what a persidents time is for.

74 John November 27, 2008 at 12:35 pm

“Sweden is a socialist country, right?”

“Kruggy, ever thought about moving to Stockholm?”

“Kruggy, is it true that the Economics prize isn’t actually a REAL Nobel?”

75 Vikram Hegde November 27, 2008 at 2:06 pm

So is your brother the Governer of Sweden or something…

76 Joshua Holmes November 27, 2008 at 2:49 pm

K: You know, this is kind of ironic. I’ve spent your whole Presidency attacking you in the New York Times.

B: In the what?

77 hole hanz? November 27, 2008 at 4:31 pm
78 frelkins November 27, 2008 at 6:47 pm

I posted this over on the freako blog too:

“God, just as long as he doesn’t hug me.”

79 Jason Malloy November 27, 2008 at 10:17 pm

From left: thinking of economy, economy of thinking.

80 Eric H November 28, 2008 at 12:08 am

The Derider and The Decider.

81 JAW November 28, 2008 at 12:25 am

Bush: So, Kruggy, why aren’t there any bells? Do they have whistles?

82 Josh November 28, 2008 at 1:01 am

Due to an unforgiveable lack of proofread, that should have been:

KRUGMAN: So… should we tell Obama I’m really a libertarian?
BUSH: Nah…

83 jason walters November 28, 2008 at 3:42 am

Stop me if you heard this one. You me and a rabbi walk into a bar…

84 Jenny November 28, 2008 at 5:19 am

And I always thought Clinton actually said “It’s the stupid economics”

85 Mark November 28, 2008 at 1:15 pm

Bush: Now that I’m going back to Crawford, will you be going back to doing economics?

86 Harkins November 28, 2008 at 3:24 pm

So now do you understand what I meant by ‘faith-based solution’?

87 robert thornton November 28, 2008 at 9:31 pm

I am going to pardon everyone that you hate.

88 bns November 28, 2008 at 11:12 pm

Mission Accomplished.

89 Ben Kalafut November 30, 2008 at 5:45 pm

“Krugman”, you say? Do you write for _Commentary_?

Mr. President, you’re such a kidder!

90 chris huth December 1, 2008 at 9:48 pm

Brace yourself! I’m going to punch you in the dick.

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