From the You-Have-Got-To-Be-Fucking-Kidding-Me department comes word that Conservative pundits are all up in arms over the fact that Obama, during a recent photo-op trip to a burger joint, placed an order where he specifically requested – you’re never going to believe this – no ketchup (*GASP!*) and Dijon mustard! Jumping Jesus Christ on a cracker! By their reaction you’d think the man had asked to be able to shoot a small child right in the face. The folks at Media Matters provide some examples:
During the May 6 edition of his Fox News program, Hannity said: “[A]s you all know, President Obama is a real man of the people. And yesterday he dropped by a popular Virginia restaurant to grab a burger with his pal [Vice President] Joe [Biden]. Now, the Gateway Pundit blog pointed out that plain old ketchup, well, it didn’t quite cut it for the president. Now take a look at him ordering his burger with a very special condiment. … Dijon mustard? I think the president watched just a little bit too much television as a kid.” Hannity then played a portion of a Grey Poupon commercial and commented, “I hope you enjoyed that fancy burger, Mr. President.” In the May 5 post Hannity referenced, the Gateway Pundit wrote of Obama and Biden: “They’re just two ordinary metrosexual guys going out for a burger … Obama and Biden, two ordinary guys, go out for a sandwich and Obama asks for Dijon mustard at Joe’s Hell Burger.” The blog added: “I hear it’s delish with arugula lettuce. Yum-Yum.”
During the May 6 edition of her radio show, Ingraham said of Obama: “I don’t even like the way the man orders a hamburger. … What kind of man orders a cheeseburger without ketchup but Dijon mustard?” She later added of Obama: “See, he was trying to do this whole thing with Biden—‘We’re like the regular people, we’re like every other guy, you know, with our—on our lunch break, we’re going to go grab a burger, two guys, two bros.’ ” Like Hannity, Ingraham played a clip from a Grey Poupon commercial in which an actor asked, “Pardon me, would you have any Grey Poupon?” Ingraham then remarked: “That would have been more appropriate.” Ingraham’s remarks were highlighted by The Fox Nation on May 7:
On the May 7 edition of The Rush Limbaugh Show, Steyn said of Obama’s condiment selection: “He’s amazing, Obama. This coverage—he’s a regular guy. He eats a hamburger with Dijon mustard—Dijon mustard. John Kerry couldn’t get away with that stuff, but he makes it seem like just like a regular thing to do…”
Actually, and maybe this is because I’m a flaming liberal, but I know I lot of people who put Dijon mustard on their burgers along with a lot of other foods. Why the fuck are these people obsessing about this? How is this in any way relevant to anything of any real importance? Why is this considered such an outrage? The clip from Hannity’s show looks like it could be a pathetic attempt at humor, but Laura Ingraham asking what kind of man orders a cheeseburger with Dijon mustard instead of ketchup is just stupid. I suppose that’s pretty much par for the course for Laura Ingraham though.
Not that I understand why the press coverage at this event was on par with what you’d get at the signing of a major piece of legislation – it’s as if the media is stunned by the fact that a President might actually like to go out and grab a burger occasionally – but as silly as the media attention is the reaction to it from the Conservative blow-hards is even more ridiculous. Sadly it doesn’t look like the Conservatives are going to stop being idiotic anytime soon:
Taking the lead for the right, Sean Hannity railed against the cheeseburger blasphemy on his Fox News show last night, rallying his many incensed followers to accuse MSNBC, and Andrea Mitchell in particular, of waging a “cover-up” of Obama’s Dijon mustard eating ways during the cable network’s coverage of the burger outing.
Cornell law school professor William Jacobson has been obsessively chronicling what he has dubbed “dijongate” on his blog. “Obama ordered his burger with DIJON MUSTARD! Bet he had to seek John Kerry’s counsel on that,” writes Jacobson.
He, too, notes the alleged cover-up by the mainstream media, noting that Mitchell “didn’t mention one arugula-like fact” – which was that Obama had the gall to ask for Dijon mustard. “You couldn’t hear it on the MSNBC video because Andrea and her correspondent Kelly O’Donnel (they needed two people to cover this story) were talking so much,” says Jacobson.
Seriously guys? You’re accusing MSNBC of covering up Obama’s choice of mustard as though it was some international incident they were trying to sweep under the rug? Is this really all you guys have these days? Don’t scrape the bottom of the barrel too hard or you might break through it and then what’ll you have? Not that you have much at the moment.
But a snotty choice of mustard isn’t the worst of Obama’s sins it seems:
“How could our fearless leader go to Ray’s Hell-Burger and order his burger ‘medium well,’” the first questioner asked, adding, “Sacrilege. Everyone knows the only way to eat one of those burgers is medium (at most) or medium rare. He and Biden both ordered their burgers medium well (yes, I’m one of the idiots who watched him do so on Youtube). I have lost faith in Obama’s judgment. “
Sietsema answered, “I was surprised they got their burgers so thoroughly cooked, too! Oh, well, at least the two are getting out and exploring the city and its environs. That’s what pleases me most. “
But that did little to quell the outrage. Another questioner and apparent Obama fan wrote, “Oh, the humanity! The President likes his burgers MEDIUM WELL. I’d rather eat shoe leather myself. What can we as Americans do to correct this disaster? As for no ketchup, if that’s his preference, then so be it. I just hope he doesn’t get nailed as a fancy pants elitist for requesting dijon mustard. “
A blogger at “Slashfood, meanwhile, writes, “While I approve of his decision to top his burger with cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, and dijon mustard, I must strenuously object to his choice to have it grilled medium well. Although not as egregiously awful as well done, medium well is still pretty heavily overcooked. If President Obama wants to eat a hockey puck, the man should order a hockey puck. If he wants a burger, he should go with, at most, medium rare.”
As someone who orders his meat cooked medium-well all the time I’d like to offer a hearty “Fuck you!” on Obama’s behalf. What most restaurants consider to be medium-well is often more of a medium if not borderline medium-rare. Ordering medium-well is the best way to assure your food isn’t bleeding all over your plate like it was just carved off the fucking cow. Just the same, it’s a matter of personal preference and I don’t begrudge people who are willing to risk any number of food borne illnesses by eating their meat rare or medium-rare and I’d appreciate it if you fucking food snobs would allow me and the President the same courtesy. For all I know you people might enjoy a good bout with E. coli bacteria and what you spend your time suffering from on the toilet behind closed doors is entirely up to you.
At any rate what the pundits should be focusing on here isn’t so much what mustard preferences Obama has as much as it is how pathetic the 24 hour news channels have gotten at covering every little thing as though it were of international importance. This is the sort of story that I can see being mentioned at the end of a broadcast or as a quickie throw-away “lite” story for a minute or so, but some of the channels devoted upwards of five minutes to it. Thank goodness there’s at least one pundit out there who did just that:
|The Daily Show With Jon Stewart||M – Th 11p / 10c|
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Once again it takes a comedian to point out the true absurdity in the situation. I can only imagine what he’ll have to say about the whole Dijon-gate silliness.