Barack Obama

Obama Is Offered a Joint, Shakes Hands With Man in Horse Mask


President Barack Obama hit the streets of Denver yesterday, but he declined to take a hit.

Shortly after the president arrived for a taxpayer-funded fundraising trip in Colorado, a brewery patron boldly offered Obama a joint. Originally posted here on Instagram, a six second video captured the commander-in-chief laughingly decline the opportunity.


Earlier in the day, another Rocky Mountain local appeared in one of those uber-creepy horse-head masks to shake hands with the president. The New York Times' Doug Mills tweeted this picture (right) showing Obama taking it in stride, but check out this one and the mean mug on his security detail.

Regarding the president's pool playing and beer sipping with Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper yesterday, Politico's Jonathan Topaz dryly writes that "Obama … has begun to venture out in Washington, D.C., and interact with more average Americans," which recalls the satirical Onion article in which voters lauded the president's ability to stage a "convincing and authentic approximation of an actual human conscience."

Jokes aside, the president's got a history of laughing about marijuana, but not in a good way. Let's not forget that the former toker proved himself to be a big buzzkill in his first term when he reneged on a pledge to stop raiding legal on California's legal dispensaries and LOL'd at marijuana legalization advocates, dismissing the idea that legal weed would be an economic boon for America.

Besides repairing his own shaky legacy, the president's current mission in Colorado is to help members of his own party whose own political futures are at risk. The Denver Post explains that Rep. Cory Gardner's reelection race "looks to be one of the tightest in the country."  Likewise, and "Obama needs [Sen. Mark] Udall to win so Democrats have a fighting chance of keeping control of the Senate." 

Today, the president just wrapped up a speech in Denver about middle class jobs, but apparently got ditched by Hickenlooper. Obama will now make his way to Texas, where he will undoubtedly have a less jocular time dealing with the ongoing immigration crisis. 

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  1. Obama was there to supply the other end of the horse.

  2. Obama was also ditched by the beneficiary of his fundraising effort, Senator Udall.

    1. That is pretty bad.

  3. “Hahahaha, stop throwing people in jail for marijuana. You guys crack me up.”

  4. Those horsehead things are popping up as one of the pictures in a lot of the online dating profiles girls are putting up. Perhaps there’s a meme I’ve missed, but I just assumed it was a stupid way to try and show how “silly” you are, like the fake mustache pictures.

    1. I missed it as well.

    2. My impression was that it started with the horsehead dude going for a jog in a hurricane a few years back. It happened near enough to Halloween that the meme was pretty widespread. But who really knows with these things.

    3. In fairness, they do all think Sarah Jessica Parker is sexy for some flyingspaghettimonsterforsaven reason, so maybe they’re just trying to look like here.

      1. I just realized that this post is riddled with spelling errors and I’m not even drunk yet.

    4. Perhaps there’s a meme I’ve missed

      Apparently. The first time I saw it was in one of those Fiat commercials that look like a bad acid flashback.

    5. Perhaps there’s a meme I’ve missed

      The internet welcomes you to 2009!!!

    6. I think it’s because the horse head mask is one of those Amazon products with a bunch of joke reviews, like the 3 wolf moon shirt.

      1. I wonder if this is really George Takei?

        By George Takei on June 19, 2013I purchased this mane-ly for anonymity, but instead it was a night-mare that saddled me with un-bridled panic.

        At a recent Comic Con, I donned the mask wearing my best track suit, jockeying for a simple laugh: “What do gay horses eat?” I queried, eager to bray “Heeeeeyyyy!!” Comic gold, friends, I know.

        But the neigh-sayers came unglued. “No! You’re George Takei! I know that voice!”

        Now, it doesn’t take a gallop poll to know what happened next. I hoofed it out of there with herds of fans riding my ass, shouting till they, too, were…horse.

  5. Obama is going to Texas for fundraisers, I’m sure.

    Nobody, but nobody, is going to ask him any uncomfortable questions about immigration.

  6. Shakes Hands With Man in Horse Mask

    That was actually John Elway

    1. That was actually John Elway

      …and it wasn’t a mask.

      I’ve always found it kind of ironic that a horseface with big teeth would play for the Broncos.

      1. And he ditched the Colts to do so.

    2. Shakes Hands With John Elway

      …would’ve been great alt-text.

    3. Iowahawk re: Horse mask

      1. Holy crap. I am on a conf call and forgot to mute…now I need to explain my laughter.

  7. You know who else shook hands with a Horst?

    1. George Orwell, while writing 1984 on the Herbidean island of Jura?

    2. Princess Michael of Kent?

  8. That instagram post looks a bit like Gavrilo Princip and Squeeky From had a child that was fed LSD.

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