Obama's Brave Burger Run; Even Takes Biden Along (And You Know How Risky That Can Be)

All D.C. is a-twitter with yesterday's big burger run by the White House's answer to the Venture Bros.

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden jaunted off to an Arlington, Virginia restaurant called Ray's Hell Burger, where they and their posse ingested mass quantities of burgers and house-speciality "cheesy tater puffs."

In case you're keeping score, here's a Wash Post rendering:

Obama, customer No. 42, opted for something more simple: "Your basic cheddar cheeseburger, medium well."

No ketchup, the president said, but lettuce and tomato. And: "Have you got a spicy mustard or somethin' like that? A Dijon mustard?"

Biden ordered a Swiss cheeseburger with jalapeno peppers and ketchup, medium well, and a root beer....

Obama and Biden went Dutch—basic cheeseburgers cost $7.95—as each pulled a wad of cash from his wallet to pay. But Obama bought burgers for reporters, cameramen and staff, including personal aide Reggie Love. "We're paying, or these people are gonna write about how we're freeloading," Obama said, pointing to members of the press corps, whom he dismissed as "cheap dates."

The president left $5 in the tip jar.

Obama should know better: You really don't have to pay for fawning coverage from the Fourth Estate (now reduced for quick sale by owners!), though I'm sure all the starving members of the White House press corps are happy with the free-to-them grub, especially now that Jack Germond isn't standing in the way of the fixin's bar.

These sorts of ultra-lame, super-calculated P.R. stunts really chap my hide. They're simply the obverse of official stories that Kim Jong-il doesn't ever go to the bathroom or that Mussolini could beat even Italian champs at tennis, clearly phony embellishments to alternately make leaders either superhuman or super-normal.

What's even more stunning is that they apparently work. Check this out:

Bonnie Cosby, 51, a technology consultant who picked up burgers on her way home from work, opined: "It shows that he's in touch with the people, that he's not up in the ivory tower. He's a real person—with a burger."

Dear Bonnie: If that's the conclusion you draw from the burger run, please step away from the technology, which I really hope isn't nuclear.

We are supposed to live in a republic (small R!) and one of the grand traditions of republics is that the de-spectacularize the public sphere, especially when it comes to representing political figures. Kings and monarchs rubbed their divine status in the face of the common man through gigantic and expensive pageants. Now wealthy and uber-powerful pols pretend to be sans-culottes, which may be even more insulting. Like Lady Obama wearing $540 sneakers to a food bank handout (or Nancy Reagan using dinner china made from the bones of Warner Bros. backlot extras) this sort of phony-baloney common-manism should get nothing but scorn.

Next time, just order in so we can lose the momentary diversion and get back to the important stories, such as whether Chrysler will be bought by Fiat or whether it will be run by Obama's fiat.

And if we do have to put up with calculated public-relations displays, can't we just go back to the days of Silent Cal Coolidge in a headdress? Or maybe some other other member of the Village People?

Whole Post story here.

Oh yeah, btw, President Obama, there's a rally today right near your house to save the DC school voucher program that you're helping to kill in the name of caring about low-income kids trapped in schools you'd never send your own children to. Maybe you can skip the lunch run today and head out over to that? And if you can't make it, I'm sure VP Joe isn't doing more than taking a nap at 1pm.

Watch the voucher vid below and click here for details on the rally.

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  • Charles Montgomery||

    Call the freaking whaaaaambulance..

    What are the odds? A politician does do something republican with the small r - have a meal outside the whitehouse - and someone at Reason gets all bruised around the rear.

    Silent Cal would have been hammered for not talking, I suppose.

    "And if we do have to put up with calculated public displays"

    I'll take mine at burger joints, not offshore with signs that say "Mission Accomplished" in clear camera range.

  • ||

    Those are good burgers Walter.

  • Xeones||

    You're out of your fucking element, Donny.

  • ||

    Call the freaking whaaaaambulance..

    It's cute how one liberal comes up with a silly pun and then they all start saying it constantly. It's like one parrot gets loose in the parrot factory, and they all end up with the same broken record call.

    But this one is especially cutting to we non-Democrats, because no one on the left ever whines about anything, right?

  • Xeones||

    Yeah, Silent Cal in a headdress is kind of awesome. Barry O being all condescending about some hamburger is not. Fuck Barack Obama, yo.

    Shut the fuck up, Bonnie Cosby.

  • Untermensch||

    Silent Cal would have been hammered for not talking, I suppose.



    Only if his not talking were faux populism designed to convey to sycophants that he's just like them. For the press right now, if Obama fell over backwards off a stage and landed on his head it would somehow be proof of his divine nature as the vox populi incarnate ("it could happen to one of us too"). If George Bush had dont it, it would have been proof of his incompetence. I won't argue with one of those assessments, but if Bush had showed up, press core in tow, and bought cheeseburgers for them all, I somehow doubt you would have seen it as an authentic moment that reveals how great a guy he was.

  • Fenevad||

    err, …if Bush had dont done it…

  • Charles Montgomery||

    Sugarfree has not been on the intarwebs long, or has not roamed much. The whaambulance is from FARK (or its friends) and has no political valence.

    Xeones on the other hand, is merely stupid. "Barry O being all condescending about some hamburger" make absolutely no sense and describes nothing about the post. Dead Persians should not post about foods they don't understand, or about how someone could condescend to or about them.

    Sometimes a lunch is just a lunch. Unless you go all Galternative about it...

  • ||

    I'll gladly pay you Tuesday...

  • ||

    whom he dismissed as "cheap dates."

    That has to be related to RC's Law in some way. I mean, they are cheap dates, they spread their legs for vague promises of HOPEANDCHANGE after all, but I doubt Obama would like people to understand he's not kidding when he points it out.

    But lest the liberals get their panties in a wad, this is no different than the 8,000 cut away shots of GWB clearing brush from his "ranch."

    The problem isn't that they all do "commonmanisms," it's that the press reports on them with no recognition of how cynical they all are.

  • BakedPenguin||

    The Obamer does burgers? He should have taken his new secretary of Asian affairs to White Castle. After a couple tokes, of course.

  • BakedPenguin||

    AP: Chumpville, May 9. Politician goes to kindergarten; truly cares.

  • ||

    Charles Montgomery should know that I know it came from FARK and in fact am writing this just a few miles away from their servers. But that doesn't change the facts of the matter one bit. It is a liberal canard to cry "whaambulance" when "the right" complains about obvious double standards. It marks him as a whiner himself. Something Chuck would understand if he could take Obama's balls out of his mouth for two fucking seconds.

    Scary bolding for Chuck's benefit. As is this:

    WE ARE NOT FUCKING REPUBLICANS. GO SOMEWHERE ELSE IF YOU WANT TO CONFRONT THEM.

  • Xeones||

    Charles, you're thinking of Xerxes, you no-history-knowing dumb motherfucker.

  • High Every Body||

    Research project: How many of the fawning MSM burger posse were all for the NYC bans on fat and/or salt?

    If someone beats me to it please post here? I can't get on it until late afternoon.

  • High Every Body||

    I keep forgetting to get a burger at the 21 Club in Manhattan on the occasions I visit there.

    Has anybody here had one?

  • BakedPenguin||

    I'm glad he's finally living up to one of his campaign promises. He pledged to be all open, and this is definitely one of the most transparent things I've seen him do yet.

  • Warty||

    Xeones is a Greek character from some historical fiction novel about Thermopylae if I remember right. I think I read it years ago.

    Shut the fuck up, Bonnie Cosby.

    I'm taking back my meme, X. Observe: shut the fuck up, Charles Montgomery.

  • Guy Smiley||

    his new secretary of Asian affairs

    Quitting House to work for Obama has got to be one of the biggest instant drops in usefulness to society ever achieved.

  • Xeones||

    Gates of Fire, Warty. Supposedly, there's a movie in the works.

    You didn't Creative Commons license your meme? My bad.

  • BakedPenguin||

    Guy - if it keeps anymore 'Harold and Kumar' movies from being made, it won't be a deadweight loss.

  • ||

    Quitting House to work for Obama

    Having docs named Kutner and Cuddy
    Just kept confusing everybody.

  • ||

    BakedPenguin! Anymore talk like that and I'll wash your mouth out with Epi's penis soap.

  • ||

    Jesus, get a fucking life people.

    Reading My Pet Goat would not have been a news story if it didn't happen (and continue) while planes slammed into the WTC.

    This is routine shit. Having a hissy fit over it is embarrassing, Nick. Sack up and move on.

  • ||

    Every President goes out and rubs shoulders with the common people at some restaurant. Most cities have a famous pizza or barbeque joint that has been visited by three Presidents or some such. Normally such activities are little noted nor long remembered. But since this is Obama, the media must portray it as something new and different and exciting and fabulous.

    They do the same thing with Michelle Obama. I live in the most liberal neighborhood in America. None of my neighbors are anything but indifferent to Michelle Obama. They like her well enough but really don't pay much attention to her. You wouldn't know it by watching the national media where she is portrayed as the new Jacki Kennedy.

    This kind of coverage is just propaganda. It is no different than the kind of stories you would see in North Korea or Syria, with just a little less exageration. How long before we hear about Obama beating Tiger Woods in golf?

  • Bingo||

    "It shows that he's in touch with the people, that he's not up in the ivory tower. He's a real person-with a burger."


    HAHAHAhahaahahaha

  • ||

    Typo: "We supposed to live in a republic..."

  • ||

    I suspect that as the economy gets worse and Obama's poll numbers start to fall, you will see more and more of this kind of thing. The media has too much invested in Obama for him to fail without a fight. I used to think that once his popularity fell, the media would turn on him like wolves. I am starting to think the opposite is true. The worse things get the more they will rally around him and the more over the top rediculous the coverage will become.

  • Fluffy||

    Hey, Charles Montgomery -

    I'll bet that the Presidential security apparatus was deployed for this trip, and that transportation was arranged for the Presidential [and Vice Presidential] entourage and probably the press corps as well.

    That means that by definition the event can't demonstrate small-r anything.

    If a President wants to demonstrate small-r humility and unpretentiousness, you know how he can do it? Not go anywhere at all to hold stupid media events. Stay in the damn White House and perform your executive function. This is a campaign event, and nothing more or less, and dragging the security apparatus down Glebe Road makes it an Imperial campaign event.

    An unpretentious chief executive would deep-six all "permanent campaign" events like this one, as well as the bloated and redundant Rose Garden events like signing ceremonies, visits by Boy Scouts and sports teams, etc.

  • ||

    Typo: just order in so we can lost the momentary diversion

    Maybe you should hire me as your web editor ;)

  • ||

    I don't know what you are talking about Mr. Gillespie. Isn't the fact that even though he is President he has to act like a common man part of the very tradition you talk about of "de-spectacularizing" the public sphere? The Prez don't shit, wouldn't hold water here, apparently you think that if he goes and gets a freaking 8 dollar burger he is being too common. What should Obama be doing? Should he be hidden away at Cheney's undisclosed location? It seems he is damned if he does and damned if he doesn't.

  • ||

    "An unpretentious chief executive would deep-six all "permanent campaign" events like this one, as well as the bloated and redundant Rose Garden events like signing ceremonies, visits by Boy Scouts and sports teams, etc."

    I totally agree with that. But the few times that has occured, the media has destroyed the guy for it. There is no bigger waste of time and money than the President visiting a disaster area. Yet, when George Bush I didn't visit Miami after Hurricane Andrew, the media destroyed him for being out of touch. The media encourages this kind of crap because it gives them something to report on and makes their jobs easier. It is just pathetic.

    And if there is one small "r" republican thing BO could do, it would be to pay for those kids in DC to got to private school out of his own pocket. He made 3.5 million last year, he can afford it.

  • ||

    "Medium well?" That's un-American.

  • ||

    "What should Obama be doing? Should he be hidden away at Cheney's undisclosed location? It seems he is damned if he does and damned if he doesn't."


    See fluffy above. How about staying in the whitehouse and trying not to do too much damage instead of wasting tax payer money for BS photo ops? Thank God no one asked him any uncomfortable questions. The poor media would be digging through the poor bastard's trash and talking to all of his ex-girlfriends as we speak.

  • grimaldius mensch||

    Sorry folks, but our new friend Charles Montgomery is long gone and won't be back.

  • PFJ||

    "It shows that he's in touch with the people, that he's not up in the ivory tower. He's a real person-with a burger."

    Kill me now.

  • High Every Body||

    At least Biden did not pull a Kerry "Swisse-cheesesteak" blunder. At least not as reported.

  • ||

    All D.C. is a-twitter with yesterday's big burger run by the White House's answer to the Venture Bros.

    Let's get this thread back on track:

    Henchman 24: Come on! They have one female servicing a large group of males. That implies a species that lays eggs.

    Henchman 21: Oh my God, you're crazy! They're so obviously mammals!

    Henchman 24: Please! She'd be in estrus 24/7 if she didn't lay eggs.

    Henchman 21: Smurfs don't lay eggs! I won't tell you this again! Papa Smurf has a fucking beard! They're mammals!

  • not the real jb||

    Third Typo: "this sort of phony-baloney comman-manism should get nothing scorn."

    I think there is a *BUT* missing.

  • High Every Body||

    Was that a Union burger joint or not? The DNC needs to get on that right away.

  • ||

    So, basically, Nick is demanding that politicians stop acting like politicians.

    ***YAWN***

    What a next--a post demanding that dogs stop licking their balls?

  • ||

    Nick is next going to make the thoroughly impossible demand that you stop be boring.

    Crazy, I know.

  • ||

    I think my gerund went down the memory hole. Stupid typing.

  • Troy Camplin||

    $5 tip, huh? It doesn't say how many burgers he bought. But if his own burger plus drink plus cheesy puffs came out to $15, then a $5 tip would have covered only him and one other. In other words, if he bought more than one person another meal, he stiffed the people at the restaurant. As usual, generosity is for others, through coercion, notour rulers.

  • BPER||

    I am astounded by that quote. Does this person not understand what a photo op is or are they just so brainwashed for Obama that they convinced themselves that he is a common person because he ate a burger?

  • ||

    Anything ordered at a counter and carried out yourself deserves no more than a $5 tip, sorry.

  • Warty||

    Who the fuck tips at a carryout place? Fuck you elitists.

  • ||

    "Benzene chewables have doubled production in ze child slave mines. Dilly-dallying saw a brief spike, but ve stabilized it by removing ze feet of the alpha males, UND DE POPULAR GIRLS!"

  • ||

    I will say this in defense of such trips by any President. If you have ever been to the non-tourist part of the Whitehouse, it is one of the strangest places on earth. In the middle of a busy city, is this guilded prison. Parts of it are like a submarine with no windows or any view of the outside world. I think living there would drive anyone crazy. I have no doubt the strange nature of the place contributes to second term Presidencies inevitably ending in huge fuck ups. If I were stuck there, I would want to get out and have a burger to.

  • ||

    I was addressing Troy and agreeing with Warty BTW.

  • robc||

    okay, people, here is the deal - If Obama wants a burger, that is a good thing. He should do it off the clock, not with press in tow. Sneak out, ditch the secret service, buy the damn burger and get back to the WH before anyone knows you are gone.

    If he did that, I would respect his real man of the peopleness. Of course, if he did that, I would never know about it. :)

  • robc||

    If I were stuck there, I would want to get out and have a burger to.

    I agree, but see my post just after yours.

  • robc||

    Anything ordered at a counter and carried out yourself deserves no more than a $5 tip, sorry.

    Fixed.

  • Grammarian||

    Typos, man, typos. Don't be so damn lazy.

  • High Every Body||

    It is nice that Obamabiden traveled to America to get a burger instead of staying in DC.

  • ||

    John,

    But he's got the Chicago pizza guy!

    I got to see the West Wing when I was a fellow. If I were president, it would be more homey, with stuff on the floor and piles of unwashed clothes near the laundry room.

  • ||

    Yeah, ditching the Secret Service--great idea.

    You know, if Michelle Malkin had carped like this, and gotten moronic responses like these, I would have understood--but Reason?

    You are sub-Malkinesque right now, people (and, no, that has nothing to do with being under her physically, I must add).

  • ||

    robc,

    I would try to do that to, but I am not sure you can in this day and age. The USSS is nuts. I have a friend who was a good friend of GW Bush going back to the early days in Texas. Once Bush became President, he saw less and less of him until he stopped talking to him all together. This was true of all of Bush's personal friends from Texas. He ended up being totally isolated and dependent on his advisors for information. I don't think that is unique to Bush. We lock Presidents in these guilded cages and feed them shit and then wonder why they don't know what is going on half the time.

  • ||

    "I got to see the West Wing when I was a fellow. If I were president, it would be more homey, with stuff on the floor and piles of unwashed clothes near the laundry room."

    Yeah. The navy runs the situation room and sure enough it looks like the inside of a submarine. The first Bush used to invite the staff out to play horse shoes with him because he had no one to play with. It is kind of pathetic when you think about it.

  • ||

    Charles, if he just wanted a small-r republican burger, why'd he take the fucking press with him?

    This was a publicity stunt, nothing more or less, and as such is deserving of mockery.

    The fact that you can't see it as such and really, actually think that Obama is a man of the little people tells us way more than I wanted to know about you.

  • ||

    Pro,

    I would put in a Whitehouse gun range.

  • High Every Body||

    John,

    I see your gun range and pormise to give the 'ignored' segment of Hollywood the Executive access they have been denied since the Kennedy Administration.

  • ||

    Not only did he take the press, he took Joe Biden. Does anyone on Earth, including Joe Biden, really think that Obama hangs out with the VP?

    John,

    I'd live in a trailer on the lawn during these trying times. And dress and act appropriately.

  • ||

    A trap range on the back lawn would be good to.

  • ||

    "John,

    I'd live in a trailer on the lawn during these trying times. And dress and act appropriately."

    Only if you also had a mondo sattilite dish out front and turned the press briefing room into a private garage where you could finally rebuild that 68 camaro you had on block for the last 10 years.

  • High Every Body||

    A trap range on the back lawn would be good to.

    That would be good, along with a skeet range right behind the Supreme Court with the ACLU HQ as the backstop.

  • Warty||

    I'd get a herd of chimps for the front lawn, myself.

  • robc||

    If the prez starts shooting at the secret service, are they allowed to shoot back, or is part of their job to just take it?

    A. That provides a way to get away from the SS
    B. Leads to some interesting Most Dangerous Game opportunities

  • robc||

    Put a pool under the press room. Hit a button and the floor pulls back and they all fall in. Hit it again and it covers them up.

  • ||

    Do chimps come in herds or packs?

  • ||

    Warty,

    Close. What you really want is a large group of bonobos.

    robc,

    I didn't know why the Press Pool was called that until I actually went into the room and had someone explain it. Strangely enough, I had the same vision you just articulated--i.e., the pool hadn't been removed, just covered up. Waiting. Watching. Judging.

  • robc||

    John,

    Do chimps come in herds or packs?

    Barrels.

  • Warty||

    Gaggles.

  • ||

    John,

    I haven't verified this, but it looks like the collective noun for chimps is "cartload." That's awesome.

  • ||

    "Put a pool under the press room. Hit a button and the floor pulls back and they all fall in. Hit it again and it covers them up."

    With the fricken sharks.

  • Warty||

    I don't want Bonobos, they're too peaceful. I want a gaggle of ferocious, meat-eating chimpanzees desecrating the front lawn.

  • jestah||

    Press be FUCKED! Fuckin' press takin' han' outs from da Pres. Dat be fucked up shit. Eatin' groun' up animals dat be causin' global incinitation wid cheese comin' from da milk from da animals causin' global incinitation.

  • ||

    Almost as good as a "parliament of owls."

    Warty,

    Peaceful isn't the word. Randy is.

  • Medic001||

    I would have been more impressed if he got a salad. Way to eat a high fat, grain/ land devouring cow. 5 bucks in the tip jar are you serious? If he bought lunch for all his aids, and there monkey's, the tip should have been around 105 bucks.

    cheap skate.

    Good job.

    We know your'e cheap. And isn't that TAX payer money you are using to chow down that burger?

  • medic||

    their-

  • ||

    http://www.rinkworks.com/words/collective.shtml

    According to that site, the proper collective noun is in fact cartload. That is awesome.

  • Fluffy||

    Henry,

    You haven't offered a single defense of this other than "this is routine shit".

    Guess what? I don't like the routine shit. I have been bitching about events like this for years here.

    If complaining about the waste of resouces expended on Presidential events, and arguing that the daily press corps focus on this nonsense has helped to create the puerile image-based national political culture we have today, are "subMalkinesque", then it should be easy for you to argue that we're wrong. It should be easy for you to argue that this was a great use of resources and of everyone's time and you should be able to show me how it lifted the level of the national debate. So go ahead, knock yourself out.

    Because if all you've got is "Of course politicians act this way, so you shouldn't complain" you can hit the bricks.

  • ||

    They need a collective noun for blog commenters.

    A trolling of commenters?
    A cluster fuck of commenters?
    A batin' of commenters?
    A monologue of commenters?

  • Bonny Cosby||

    And, like, when one of those Predator drone missile thingys kills some kids in that country over there? And Obama says he regrets it? It shows that he's in touch with the people, that he's not up in the ivory tower. He's a real person - with robot airplanes and remote fired missles.

  • High Every Body||

    A trolling of commenters?

    Aren't we down to just MNG for that category now?

  • Warty||

    Cartload. That's the best fact I've learned all week.

  • ||

    A harem of commenters?

    I'd have been impressed if Obama had had a robot drone order and procure for him a hamburger.

  • ||

    Warty,

    Me, too. One wonders what transpired to trigger that term.

  • ||

    Pro,

    How about a muster of commenters? It is the collective noun for peacocks.

  • ||

    John,

    You're brilliant: A cockload of commenters!

    . . .or did you mean a musterbation of commenters?

  • Warty||

    Murmuration of commenters.

  • Fluffy||

    By the way, I doublechecked to be sure, but I could swear I had read that Obama had already played the burger photo op trick at a Five Guys [at the Five Guys, really] earlier this year.

    It's true, he did.

    So in addition to everything else, this is a redundant unnecessary photo op.

  • Warty||

    storytelling of ravens
    unkindness of ravens


    Those might work pretty well here.

  • ||

    A protest of commenters?
    A rabble of commenters?

  • ||

    I like "a basement" of commenters.

  • Urkobold™||

    A CLEAVAGE OF COMMENTERS.

  • ||

    Not chimps; BABOONS. Those fuckers are mean.

  • ||

    Pro,

    A cockload of commentors is the only answer. It is perfect.

  • Urkobold™||

    WHY? BECAUSE OF THE MEANINGS WITHIN MEANINGS WITHIN MEANINGS OF THE WORD:

    cleav-age

    1. the act of cleaving or splitting.
    2. the state of being cleft.
    3. the area between a woman's breasts, esp. when revealed by a low-cut neckline.
    4. a critical division in opinion, beliefs, interests, etc., as leading to opposition between two groups: a growing cleavage between the Conservative and Liberal wings of the party.
    5. the tendency of crystals, certain minerals, rocks, etc., to break in preferred directions so as to yield more or less smooth surfaces (cleavage planes).
    6. Embryology. the total or partial division of the egg into smaller cells or blastomeres.
    7. Also called scission. Chemistry. the breaking down of a molecule or compound into simpler structures.

  • jester||

    MastUrbation! You masturbater! Spell Czech, you worthless non-entity!

  • ||

    What the country needs (besides a good five cent cigar) is another John Q Adams. A prez skinny dipping in the Potomac every morning would be awesome just for the spectacle of the Secret Service going nuts.

  • jester||

    Leave it to cleavage. Nice (insert word. VOTE NOW!) job, Urkobold tm

  • Warty||

    A prez skinny dipping in the Potomac every morning

    Plus, there's a good chance he'd mutate into a superhero. Or at least drown.

  • EJM||

    Biden ordered a Swiss cheeseburger with jalapeno peppers and ketchup, medium well, and a root beer...

    I haven't been there, but the root beer is supposedly Old Dominion (on tap). Apparently, they also serve Cheerwine (in bottles) and even Moxie. (See more here.)

    It is nice that Obamabiden traveled to America to get a burger instead of staying in DC.

    The place is located in the Rosslyn section of Arlington County--only about a couple of miles from the White House.

  • ||

    I had heard that the First Lady had forbidden President Clinton from going to the McDonald's on 17th St. after one-too-many reporters noted his regular attendance there. At least his lust for the burger--albeit the adulterated variety--was real.

  • jester||

    a cacophonic cockroach-pandemonium of commenters
    a crystal-methane of commenters
    a cock-sure cantoring of commenters
    a concatenation of commenters
    a confederacy of commenters
    a conspiracy of commenters
    a comentation of commenters
    a cock-a-doodle-doo of commenters
    a coddling of commentaters
    a condi rice of commentaters
    an Idaho of common taters

  • jester||

    Hey Biden, fucker! That would be American Emmentaler, you cheese-pirate! Quit plagairizing already!

  • ||

    Anything ordered at a counter and carried out yourself deserves no more than a $5 5¢ tip, sorry.

    FIFY. I don't tip at the Arby's drive thru window either.

  • ||

    "I had heard that the First Lady had forbidden President Clinton from going to the McDonald's on 17th St. after one-too-many reporters noted his regular attendance there. At least his lust for the burger--albeit the adulterated variety--was real."

    Bubba unlike Obama was actually capable of making a sincere public gesture.

  • ||

    Granted, I'm biased out of fear for my job and for my taint, but I vote for the Urkobold's suggestion. It catches the spirit of blog commenters in so many ways.

  • ||

    "RantingRabble"

  • ||

    A snark of commenters.

  • TechnoViking||

    A fuck parade of commenters!

  • GG||

    Biden ordered a Swiss cheeseburger with jalapeno peppers and ketchup...

    I don't know what is more disgusting. The ink-stained wretches, La Bama Nostra, or that burger.

  • ||

    You guys are all missing the obvious choice:

    a circle-jerk of commenters.

  • ||

    Lacks that clever and often indirect subtlety that collective nouns generally have. Which is why I like "cleavage." Cockload" is also appropriate for this particular group. "Snark" isn't bad, but I find it too limiting.

    A futility of commenters would be okay, too.

  • ||

    I've got the world up my ass
    and i'm gonna move fast
    be the first
    won't be the last
    i've got the world up my ass
    society is burning me up
    take a bite, spit it out
    take their rules
    rip 'em up, tear them down
    twisted mind, withered brain
    you know I'm going insane
    I just tell them to get back
    when they tell me how to act
    i've got the world up my ass
    you know I've got the world up my ass

  • ||

    PL,

    A momsbasement of commenters?

  • ||

    So, what you're saying is that a quivering, vomitous mass of commenters is too obvious?

    In that case, I'm going to go with a mandingo of commenters.

  • ||

    SugarFree,

    Too precise and accurate. A vague yet true word would be better. Like a "trek" of commenters.

  • Fascitis Necrotizante||

    I can't believe I used to like these guys...

  • ||

    A complaint of commenters.

  • ||

    A curmudgeon of commenters.
    A crank of commenters.
    A fester of commenters.

  • ||

    An ejaculation of commenters?

  • kilroy||

    Urkobold™ wins.

    Now show me your cleavage!

  • ||

    John, you are correctomundo. When Clinton ate at Mickie Dees it was uncontrived.

    I would gladly pay you Tuesday.......

  • ||

    A urghey of commenters.

  • ||

    Nah, too slangy.

    An orgasm of commenters.

  • ||

    Too many commenters deliberately give no pleasure at all.

    A fark of commenters?

  • ||

    A frustration of commenters?

  • ||

    An anonymity of commenters?

    (Bit of a tongue twister.)

  • ||

    A torture of commenters?

    I just looked at the Oxford list of collective terms for animals. I particularly liked "destruction of [wild] cats", "chattering of choughs", "smack of jellyfish", "unkindness of ravens", and, of course, "cartload of chimps."

  • ||

    SF,

    FrBunny | May 6, 2009, 10:46am | #

    I like "a basement" of commenters.



    Please remove my comments from your "ignore" settings!

  • ||

    Oh, my sweet Honey Bunny. I'm so sorry. I was at a dreary meeting and when I got back I must have cruised right past you on the speed-read scroll down. You may have the life of my servant, Episiarch. It is not much, I know.

  • ||

    I still like "cleavage of commenters" best.

  • ||

    Hmm... Can I choose to open three more cases instead?

  • ||

    "Medium well?" That's un-American - Pro L

    No shit. I bet Obama put A1 sauce out for the kobe beef he served up at the white house stimulus package cocktail party. Grits is the number one breakfast food in the white house. Did these people get their sense of taste from a jar?

  • ||

    Ah, but call the grits "polenta", and it's high society all over again.

  • ||

    Can I choose to open three more cases instead?

    I don't think any crime I've ever committed is worthy of the punishment of being called Howie Mandel. Words can hurt like fists, Bunny. Like fists.

  • The Tijuana Donkey||

    I'll take mine at burger joints, not offshore with signs that say "Mission Accomplished" in clear camera range.

    Tell us where Bush touched you Charlie. Did he make you touch his, you know, penis? Did he play with your balls and tell you what a good boy you are and how you and he have a special secret? Tell us what he did. Don't suppress it, let it out, you'll feel much better when you start the process of healing and move on.

  • ||

    being called Howie Mandel

    Dear god, I hadn't even considered that someone could interpret it that way! Clearly we're back to even.

    (And once more, Episiarch slips from my grasp...)

  • Rowdy Rodney Peepers||

    Yo, SugarFree!

  • ||

    Word! That's awesome. finally.

  • ||

    It is a really good restaurant, though. Went there the other week. Truly amazing burgers, some impressive options. Obama decided against any of the interesting (expensive) cheeses or toppings, like the Amish cave-aged cheddar.

    Brave? Brave would have been if he'd ordered the bone marrow topping, or the foie gras.

  • ||

    Brave would have been if he'd ordered the bone marrow topping

    Wow. That's sounds delicious. My problem would be picking a cheese to go with that. Maybe raclette? Or a butterkase?

  • ||

    Wensleydale?

  • ||

    Yeah, Obama has that "common touch" with his burgers. Just like this guy and his peasant "one-pot meals":

    http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_g-tViu31MMs/SbXLUd1vFBI/AAAAAAAAAMs/hK4iCTxI8ws/s1600-h/U1011534INP.jpg

  • Kirk Hawley||

    The President goes to the burger joint. Cool. I remember when Nixon did that.

    -K

  • Rowdy Rodney Peepers||

    In Greensboro there has been a long established soul food oriented burger joint called Beef Burger. I use to frequent it regularly in the 80's and early 90's but I haven't steeled up my nerve to frequent it since then because that hamburger is one coronary concoction that defies description. For one thing, they put fires between the patty and the cheese melt along with onions caramelized in beef grease. It was delicious, but K-razy.

  • Rowdy Rodney Peepers||

    they put fires between the patty and the cheese melt along with onions caramelized in beef grease.

    How they get sustained fires on a cheeseburger, you wonder? Elementals, man. The head cook is Djinn from ancient Nubia.

    I meant, fries ;)

  • ||

    The guy even orders a politically correct burger. No juicy-tasty-pink meat for BAM. Nope...just incinerated cow parts with cheesy poofies. Wonder if he got a toy with that.

  • JB||

    Look at the deranged and retarded commenters even on here. If Obama was a 'normal' and considerate person, he would have had a staffer pick up the burgers instead of using the opportunity as a photo op which inconvenienced all sorts of people.

    Obama is such a douche and you retards still can't get enough of his cock in your mouth and his jizz streaming out your ears.

  • ||

    If Joe Biden was my VP I too would want to stuff the biggest burger I could find into his mouth.

  • ||

    If they both were to keep hamburgers in their mouths for the rest of the term, I'd be content.

  • ||

    Medium well? What's next, ketchup on a hot dog?

  • Stephen Macklin||

    So The One shows up during lunch hour, with secret service, police aides media etc orders lunch for probably 8 to 10 people and left $5 for a tip?

    What a cheap SOB.

  • ||

    Geez, I wonder if Gillespie complained when Dumbya donned a costume and codpiece and did his clown act on an aircraft carrier?

    Somehow HAVING LUNCH seems less contrived. But maybe that's because I'm sane.

  • ||

    that is some weak-ass shit there, Gillespie. You'd have more credibility with the birth certificate conspiracy theory.

    Seems to me that the 'liberal' media sure ate up Bush's photo ops at his fake dude ranch in Crawford.

  • ||

    Doop de doop... Just checking in at Reason. How's it going? Ah, I see you still reacting with impotent spitting rage at the smallest of bits of news about Obama. You guys might want to pace yourselves, you've got a few years left.

  • ||

    Michelle Malkin called, she's asking you all to knock it off because you're using up all the supplies of outrage that drives her daily blog posts.

    Maybe for the future you could give Obama a hand by prescribing the exact proper dining out procedure he should follow in order to not incur your outrage or confirm your suspicions that he's Hitler, Stalin, Mao and Pol Pot incarnate; what burger joint he should eat at, what he should order, how well he should have his burger cooked, what is the proper cheese, what are the proper condiments, for whom should he or should he not buy lunch, how much is the proper amount of tipping.

    You people have more dietary laws than orthodox Jews.

  • anna missed||

    Whats even worse, is that Obama was wearing the dreaded denim. He was wasn't he? I mean what's the world coming too. Back in the time of Dickens when the rich and powerful dressed as they should, in top hats and ruffled collars - and all the poor wretches, in their filthy collars and threadbare top hats dressed to imitate them. Boy, I can't wait till we go back there.

  • JB||

    renato, Obama is a douche-bag and this is just another (small) example of him being a douche-bag.

  • John||

    "Seems to me that the 'liberal' media sure ate up Bush's photo ops at his fake dude ranch in Crawford."

    It's interesting how this is the response to every criticism of the'Bama---counter them with a "well, Bush did it too" refrain.

    Obama spending too much? "Well Bush did it for 8 years!" Obama wiping his ass with the Constitution? "Well, Bush did it!"

    You guys DO realize that Bush is no longer president right?

    It's funny really. The liberal "movement" is a house of cards waiting to collapse under the weight of its own hubris and folly, and they don't even realize it.

    But you keep biting on that pillow renato...

  • ||

    They're simply the obverse of official stories that Kim Jong-il doesn't ever go to the bathroom or that Mussolini could beat even Italian champs at tennis, clearly phony embellishments to alternately make leaders either superhuman or super-normal.

    Exactly. But look, we're not fooled-- we all know that Obama doesn't really eat hamburgers. In fact, like most divine beings, he has no need to eat food at all. All of these instances where Obama "eats" food in public is just an elaborate ruse. I don't know a single person that believes he eats at all, much lets condescends to sully his palate with a cheeseburger. Please.

  • ||

    Shorter Nick: Obama's public hamburger consumption reminds me of Kim Jung-Il and Benito Mussolini.

  • shecky||

    Sorry, Nick, but you've lost it. I read this post twice, and the only response I can muster is BFD. Looks like derangement syndrome has hit the homeland.

  • Insomniac||

    Every third week when he is on the Television I whisper silently
    Of the feelings I have for the Emperor of My Heart.

    Every time that I hear him
    I just start to quiver
    That in four years we'll be apart

    Every little thing he does is magic
    Everything he does just turns me on
    Even though my life before was lethargic
    with Obama's hand to guide me, I go on.

    Do I have to tell the story
    Of the seven hundred and thirty three days since we first met.
    Unquestionably, he is our Supreme Leader,
    And with him to show the way,
    Our lives are now all set.

    Every little thing he does is magic
    Everything he does just turns me on
    Even though my life before was lethargic
    with Obama's hand to guide me, I go on.

    I resolve to repeat his chant a thousand times a day,
    And tell everyone, Yes We Can!, though it may be cliched.

    And his self assured command grips me,
    As I long to reach for the Kool Aid
    There are forty million Dixie cups to fill, if in four years, he is really gone.

    Every little thing he does is magic
    Everything he do just turns me on
    Even though my life before was lethargic
    With Obama's guiding hand I go on.

  • ||

    Let's stop having the President throw out the first pitch of the baseball season. Oh yeah, no more easter egg hunts for the kids either.

    These are pressing matters that must be blogged about!

  • ||

    I though this was Reason, but quickly learned the reasonable are anything but...

  • ||

    What!? No mention of Hitler!? What is WRONG with you!?

  • ||

    ZOMG! Obama had a hamburger photo op. He's obviously the first president to have ever done such a thing. Kim Jong-Il, Mussolini! WTF is this worthless column about again?

  • ||

    "It's interesting how this is the response to every criticism of the'Bama---counter them with a "well, Bush did it too" refrain."
    John, I think the point of this bullshit column is that Obama gets fawning press coverage. I believe the point of the riposte is that few people on the right were outraged and wrote columns referencing Kim and Mussolini regarding the fawning coverage that Bush got while president. And yes Bush is no longer president, but the damage he did will take a while to undo.

  • ||

    This is seriously what the rightwing is talking about these days?

    Wow. Just wow.

    I'm told Reason used to be a good magazine...

  • JB||

    Looks like some self-fisting leftist linked to this post. 'How dare you criticize the great and holy Obama for spending $60,000 of taxpayer money to get a cheeseburger!'

    Stupid leftist scum.

  • JD||

    OK, who linked to this story? We obviously got picked up by some damn partisan site somewhere. Fess up, now.

    Re: CatinTX @8:42am: Drink!

  • Xanthippas||

    OK, who linked to this story? We obviously got picked up by some damn partisan site somewhere. Fess up, now.

    Yes a true partisan, John Cole.

    http://www.balloon-juice.com/?p=20835

    If you're up for it, leave a comment there defending Gillespie and see what happens.

  • ||

    For God's sake, why are you even spending the time to write about this, especially since it seems to bother you so much.

    Take a stand and report on something important, like is anything going to be done to bring about justice for the wrongs of previous administration.

    If you press folk would take a lead and continue to add pressure, it might actually make a difference.

  • ||

    Of course, it's not at all like when the Romney and Co. hold a press congference on restructuring the Republican Party at a local pizzeria. Oh no.

  • ||

    If anyone ever asks me to prove libertarians are stupid, I will point them to this article. If they themselves are stupid and they don't get it at the end of the article, I will ask them to read the comments. Even an idiot will get it after that.

  • JB||

    Jason, you are one big moron. The Retard-in-Chief spends $60,000 to get a cheeseburger and you have no problem with that?

    No wonder you liberal retards love the guy wasting trillions of dollars.

  • Libtard||

    Obama spent 6 MILLION DOLLARS on a cheeseburger and I don't care!

  • Suki||

    Xanthippas,

    "OK, who linked to this story? We obviously got picked up by some damn partisan site somewhere. Fess up, now."

    Yes a true partisan, John Cole.

    http://www.balloon-juice.com/?p=20835

    If you're up for it, leave a comment there defending Gillespie and see what happens.

    I left this May 9th 11:33 am:


    LOL, you folks cannot be serious can you?
    Too bad the Pres. interrupted the VP's car washing day. He did not even get to wax his Trans Am before heading out on the burger run!



    It is currently awaiting moderation. Let's see if something that mild gets past.

  • Suki||

    Bad tag.

  • ||

    Really is there no better news, WOW he eats burgers. he is just like you and me , that really wows me. All past presidents have eaten burgers and hot dogs. Hey if this kind of publicity excites the country good. Just like airforce one photo shoot that scared the pants off all the poor people in N.Y that cost about 389,000.00 that money could have been put to good use , at least for the AMERICANS that are starving. I feel sorry for for my country.

  • Suki||

    They did post my comment at balloon juice.

  • USpace||

    .
    The Left is just keeping this 'Mustard story' alive, the Right had a chuckle and moved on. There are many much more important things to criticize this administration about. The Left doesn't want people focusing on the big stuff, because that's where it's most dangerous to them. The Truth will bring them down, God willing.
    .
    absurd thought -
    God of the Universe says
    deify your dear leaders

    they are supernatural
    with magical qualities

    .
    absurd thought -
    God of the Universe says
    don't protest tax increases

    or support states' rights
    YOU RIGHT-WING EXTREMIST
    .

  • ||

    Let the guy order what he wants. Pittsburgh is making a big deal that he didn't use Heinz ketchup. The nerve of him? Eating mustard instead of Heinz ketchup. For those of you who need to know the connection: John Kerry endorsed the president and is married to Teresa Heinz of Pittsburgh, of the ketchup and pickle industry. Big whoop, and get an effin' life!

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