Al Franken missed Obama's speech for Harold Ramis's funeral

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Even though President Obama's Minnesota approval rating is at an all-time low and the Senate is in session in D.C., Al Franken planned to travel to St. Paul to be at POTUS's Union Depot speech.

But on Monday morning, his good pal Harold Ramis passed away, and Al instead spent yesterday in Chicago for Ramis's funeral.

Here's what Al had to say about Harold on Twitter: Ramis, perhaps best known for his role in the Ghostbusters films, died at 69 from complications associated with autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis. Franken starred in his 1995 film, Stuart Saves His Family.

Here's the trailer:



What a difference 19 years has made for Franken, right?

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Cräig Benttimäki
Cräig Benttimäki

It does not matter what that guy thinks anyway. Screw that lying, war mongering, power hungry, constitution breaking, traitor's opinion!

jazzbo13
jazzbo13

What a difference 19 years has made for Franken, right?


Yeah, he's funnier now!

Brian Agar
Brian Agar

Nicely said, Brandon. The Party of Hate & the Party of No needs to go.

Christina Olsen
Christina Olsen

Did the president go to the Joan Mondale funeral? No. And even if he did, I still think it's alright for Franken to attend a funeral of someone who is close to him, like a brother, instead of being in St.Paul for a presidential visit.

Mary Mack
Mary Mack

Regardless of what party does what, the actions of the MN GOP is simply tasteless. If I were a GOP I would make it clear to the party leaders that such behavior only makes the GOP look like a bunch of idiots. I know any number of Republicans in Minnesota who can't stomach the state party.

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

Good for Sen. Franken - Harold Ramis was a comedic genius and was a good friend to Al. His short stint on the early days of SCTV are still hilarious today. Always loved Moe Green's Dialing for Dollars. And to the the trolls like Mingtran, WhiteMatt, etc., who love to throw politics into an article about the death of a great man, it only shows how a lack of basic human empathy creates sick conservative fucks like yourselves.  

Chris Peden
Chris Peden

I'm 100% sure Obama will make another bullshit speech....

sweetliberty17761776
sweetliberty17761776 topcommenter

no one would doubt the pus licking fraken is an absolute minion and brown nose of the potus


any questioning was done in the same vain that you click on a Khardashian story or watch a car wreck



ajlalk3
ajlalk3 topcommenter

Yep, ridiculous "Us vs Them" partisan whining, fighting and complaining going on here. Business as usual.

spincut13
spincut13

For the people who apparently can't read the article and follow up sources, there was rumors that Franken didn't show because of some allergy to Obama due to low popularity ratings. Not only was that kind of a stupid claim like most GOP claims made to smear someone, but Obamas numbers aren't THAT low.


So for those of you who can't be troubled to do anything but whine over "why this article was written", it was basically to point out that the notion that Al Franken wasn't there for the speech solely because he "doesn't like Obama anymore" is kind of stupid and unfounded.

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

The original reason Franken wasn't going to attend was because of a vote happening on Tue morning, Obama was here Wed afternoon. If Ramis wouldn't have died, Franken still wouldn't have showed. No dem wants to be associated with Obama, they all want to be seen with Bill Clinton. It was just announced Harry Reid, Obama's bff with benefits, doesn't even support this minimum wage increase and is breaking with the prez on the issue. It is no longer "racist" to speak out against Obama. Most everyone dislikes him.

SoxOnTheBrain
SoxOnTheBrain

@atrupar In your blog,you slam @alfranken for not having attended Harold Ramis's funeral. Maybe he just couldn't go.Stop making assumptions.

Brandon Antonio Dominguez
Brandon Antonio Dominguez

I don't like to play in the shitty mud with narrow minded conservatives like yourself. Have a good day brother, hope you find enlightenment.

Kelly Andersen
Kelly Andersen

Who cares what this Moron does, He is an embarassment to our state.

webcelt
webcelt

@CinBlueland recovering from surgery. You must be the only person in Minnesota who didn't know that.

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

@mnjoe The article was political, idiot. Like I've noted a million times before, I'm way more socially liberal than any of you brainwashed savages on here.

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

Yes, about rebuilding the nation's crumbling infrastructure and the jobs that would be created to repair it. Such bullshit!

yoopie93
yoopie93

@sweetliberty17761776   If comments like this one are what it takes to become a City Pages "Top Commenter," then it would appear that this designation is about as easy to obtain as a degree from the University of Phoenix.

_Joe_
_Joe_

@spincut13

Correct.  Let's not forget that his predecessor scraped the ground with 25% three times during his tenure.

ChazDanger
ChazDanger topcommenter

@mingtran Hearsay and lies, like usual from Ming. You just can't catch a break can you?

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

Watch him win reelection in a landslide.

_Joe_
_Joe_

@mingtran  

I'd argue that if you actually believe that, then you're the one who is brainwashed.  You're about as socially liberal as the AZ Senate.

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

@WhiteMatt You and your ilk. Settle down - it's gonna be OK.

sweetliberty17761776
sweetliberty17761776 topcommenter

@yoopie93


the UofP


is where most leftists get their degrees from before they collect the Pelosi


mandated dole 

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

And NOBODY wanted to be seen with him either.

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

@ChazDanger @mingtran go put doll clothes on your pug, Puggie. Your comments have no basis in reality and are based on nothing. Your pug probably doesn't like to be treated like a doll, either.

_Joe_
_Joe_

@WhiteMatt

I always wondered how people like you could be so angry at everybody all the time.  Seeing the assumptions you make about your fellow American citizens, I begin to understand.  Living with that vitriol every day isn't good for you man.

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

You name called me first.....and made stupid unsubstantiated claims, when in fact, you are more socially conservative than me. I don't lose arguments to mouth breathing savages

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

@mingtran Namecalling - the last resort of someone on the losing end of an argument.  P.S. Al Franken will be reelected in a landslide! 

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

Give an example, clown.

sweetliberty17761776
sweetliberty17761776 topcommenter

@MNjoe @MicheleBachmann



for your philosophy to work it is based on jealously and low self esteem ,,,to say the least


to offer "help" in the form of the debilitating welfare and to have Eugenics as your "Family planning"


( I am pro choice )


for starters is the sign of , self hate projected onto others and used 


under the guise of help


and your hate right there of foreigners who "need to learn the language" or you will look down on them


is 


AGAIN


more self hate as you NEED TO FEEL SUPERIOR


and thats just for starts


take care

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

@sweetliberty17761776 @MicheleBachmann You are so wrong about "lefties" being self-hating. We just hate nutjobs like you.  Also, if you want to live in "Merica, please learn English.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@sweetliberty17761776 If only we could all be as smart as the nitwit who can't even write a sentence.  

ChazDanger
ChazDanger topcommenter

@mingtran by you using "either". You're implying that nobody wants to be seen with the president, but you are very wrong, like usual.


mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

You're a racist, racist. You hate everybody but black people

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@mingtran Why are you pretending your hate of Obama has nothing to do with racism.  You are an openly racist shithead.  Do you think people are too stupid to remember who you are everyday you worthless fucking coward?  

ChazDanger
ChazDanger topcommenter

@mingtran @ChazDangerI'm glad you can use the internet as a way to blow off steam, it's probably helping you in all aspects of your life. 

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