ComPost: America

Posted at 09:38 AM ET, 04/11/2014

What shoe to throw at this politician? A guide, after Hillary Clinton’s footwear incident

For maximum disrespect.

By Alexandra Petri  |  09:38 AM ET, 04/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  america, shoes

Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 02/03/2014

Is there anything more American than America? The answer, in 8 Super Bowl commercials?

I guess “scientology“?

By Alexandra Petri  |  12:30 PM ET, 02/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  america, eagles, super bowl

Posted at 11:53 AM ET, 09/16/2013

Miss New York crowned Miss America: Why are racist tweets the story?

Sorry, media: This is not the story.

By Alexandra Petri  |  11:53 AM ET, 09/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  miss america

Posted at 04:46 PM ET, 06/11/2013

'Do you get the feeling God is no longer watching over America?' God and Drudge on Twitter

Ask a silly question...

By Alexandra Petri  |  04:46 PM ET, 06/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  america, God

Posted at 05:35 PM ET, 05/30/2013

You don't have to lift a finger to eat fast food

Burger King's hands-free Whopper holder takes the heavy lifting out of becoming obese.

By Alexandra Petri  |  05:35 PM ET, 05/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  america, meat

Posted at 10:18 AM ET, 04/15/2011

AT-AT for America — President Obama and all patriots, it’s time!

President Obama, this is your chance!

By Alexandra Petri  |  10:18 AM ET, 04/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Star Wars, America

Posted at 08:40 PM ET, 04/06/2011

Bristol Palin makes WHAT to speak about abstinence?

I can also speak about something I have not done!

By Alexandra Petri  |  08:40 PM ET, 04/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Palin, America, kids these days, celebrity

Posted at 12:21 PM ET, 03/24/2011

Why the Reagan National Airport air traffic controller slept

A few possible explanations

By Alexandra Petri  |  12:21 PM ET, 03/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  sleep, jobs, oops, America

Posted at 12:59 PM ET, 03/22/2011

American idiots: 38 percent fail citizenship test, Newsweek finds

We the People fail at the citizenship quiz

By Alexandra Petri  |  12:59 PM ET, 03/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  America, oops

Posted at 02:52 PM ET, 03/17/2011

College Board SAT includes reality TV question? Really?

I need to rethink my parenting plans.

By Alexandra Petri  |  02:52 PM ET, 03/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  SAT, oops, America

Posted at 06:06 PM ET, 03/16/2011

Keep Gaia out of this, Rush Limbaugh!

Suddenly, it’s all about Mother Earth.

By Alexandra Petri, Both Beck and Limbaugh thrive on this sort of noisemaking and controversy. “Just ignore them, and they’ll go away and ” everyone always says. “Don’t dignify that with a response.”  |  06:06 PM ET, 03/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Gaia, religion, America

Posted at 06:19 PM ET, 03/14/2011

Bachmann to the future — with birth certificate!

The Minnesota lawmaker has a birth certificate!

By Alexandra Petri  |  06:19 PM ET, 03/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Michele Bachmann, America

Posted at 04:25 PM ET, 03/10/2011

Newt Gingrich’s patriotic urges

My country made me do it!

By Alexandra Petri  |  04:25 PM ET, 03/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Newt Gingrich, America, love

Posted at 06:32 PM ET, 03/07/2011

Don’t limit college students’ voting! Stop old people!

States limit college voters? Try the elderly first!

By Alexandra Petri  |  06:32 PM ET, 03/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  America, college, oops, kids these days, voting, age

Posted at 03:56 PM ET, 03/07/2011

Scholarships for white males? I did feel oppressed!

Are white males really a dispossessed majority?

By Alexandra Petri  |  03:56 PM ET, 03/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  America, rally

Posted at 05:40 PM ET, 03/03/2011

Sex surveys, honor, and Brandon Davies’ girlfriend

What does the recent sex survey say about Brandon Davies violating the BYU honor code?

By Alexandra Petri  |  05:40 PM ET, 03/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  sex, sex survey, America, oops

Posted at 12:24 PM ET, 03/01/2011

Gov. Rick Perry blocks journalists on Twitter -- really?

Texas Gov. Rick Perry is blocking journalists on Twitter. But not all journalists? Does Gov. Perry not grasp that anyone can still read his account? @GovernorPerry is not locked! It's visible to everyone! So this seems like a particularly inane...

By Alexandra Petri  |  12:24 PM ET, 03/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Epic Failures, Only on the Internet, Petri | Tags:  America, oops, technology, twitter

Posted at 08:09 PM ET, 02/28/2011

Kirk Douglas, the Oscars and the power of age

Maybe our youth-obsessed culture is like Samson -- lost its power when Justin Bieber cut his hair. I enjoyed the Oscars. Disclosure: My college roommate and bosom companion wrote jokes for the telecast, so I'd been programmed to enjoy them...

By Alexandra Petri  |  08:09 PM ET, 02/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Bad Advice, Epic Failures, Petri | Tags:  America, Oscars, age, kids these days

Posted at 02:00 PM ET, 02/03/2011

Living on a Prayer: the value of Barack Obama's prayer breakfast

"The presidency," Barack Obama said this morning at the National Prayer Breakfast, "has a funny way of making a person feel the need to pray." Prayer is one of those activities that is usually restricted to moments of great...

By Alexandra Petri  |  02:00 PM ET, 02/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Barack Obama, Barack Obama | Tags:  America, Barack Obama, prayer

Posted at 11:34 AM ET, 01/25/2011

State of the Union: Competitiveness, the Super Bowl, and Amy Chua

The economy's up a little. Although chastened by tragedy, we're feeling more civil to each other. Except for that awkwardness with the piano music, the dinner with China was a success. Now, with the State of the Union Address, it's...

By Alexandra Petri  |  11:34 AM ET, 01/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Barack Obama, Barack Obama, Barack Obama, Barack Obama, Barack Obama | Tags:  America, Barack Obama, football, state of the union, tiger mothers

Posted at 05:19 PM ET, 01/12/2011

Is Miss America to blame for Sarah Palin's 'blood libel' video?

Watching Sarah Palin's eight-minute video today about the Tucson tragedy, I was reminded of nothing more than the Miss America channel on YouTube. A single phrase -- "blood libel" -- has defined this video so far. But there's so...

By Alexandra Petri  |  05:19 PM ET, 01/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Big Deals, Big Deals, Big Deals | Tags:  America, Miss America, Sarah Palin, scary

Posted at 09:18 AM ET, 01/11/2011


Everyone is shouting. It starts innocently enough. You see someone else shouting. "Stop shouting!" you say. He doesn't stop. "Stop shouting!" you insist, more loudly. "You need to stop shouting and be quiet!" Suddenly you find that you are shouting,...

By Alexandra Petri  |  09:18 AM ET, 01/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Epic Failures, Epic Failures, Epic Failures, Epic Failures | Tags:  America, Glenn Beck, Keith Olbermann, Sarah Palin, censorship, media, the power of myth

Posted at 01:57 PM ET, 01/10/2011

Giffords shooter Jared Lee Loughner's YouTube message to the world

This weekend, the New York Times focused on the idea of the digital afterlife -- what becomes of our Online Presence when we shuffle off our mortal coils? But in the aftermath of the Tucson shooting, another question emerges:...

By Alexandra Petri  |  01:57 PM ET, 01/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Big Deals, Big Deals, Big Deals | Tags:  America, YouTube, online comments, scary

Posted at 06:59 PM ET, 01/07/2011

More myths about the Civil War

The Post this weekend includes a list of five myths why the South seceded. I helped make the accompanying quiz. It is rife with legitimate facts! Here are a few more myths about the Civil War: Stonewall Jackson got the...

By Alexandra Petri  |  06:59 PM ET, 01/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Petri, Petri | Tags:  America, Civil War, mythbusters, the power of myth

Posted at 03:30 PM ET, 09/22/2010

Laughing in America: a Millennial's answer to Mourning in America

When I watched the "Mourning in America" ad skillfully crafted by Fred Davis's "Strategic Perception" firm, I didn't feel sad. Unlike the people who distinctly recollect the 1980s, the new commercial doesn't fill me with bleak sadness and despair....

By Alexandra Petri  |  03:30 PM ET, 09/22/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Petri | Tags:  millennials, mourning in america