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Pardon me, do you have any Grey Poupon?

Who ordered the one with extra arugula?

Who ordered the one with extra arugula?

The more things change, the more they remain insane.  From Willam A. Jacobson at Le-gal In-sur-rec-tion:

My post the other day, MSNBC Hides Obama’s Dijon Mustard (aka Dijongate), has hit a nerve unlike anything else I have written.

The post concerned the lunch trip of Obama and Biden to a burger shop to get a “Hell Burger.” I accept that this should not have been news, but the White House image makers wanted to portray the two as just regular guys out at the local diner, so the event was hyped. MSNBC just happened to be in the burger place with cameras rolling when Obama and Biden came in and ordered. Again, not sure why MSNBC had to cover it, but they did, on live TV with Andrea Mitchell at the news desk and Kelly O’Donnell on scene. The dialogue between the two harped on how the trip had a “real guy kind of quality.”

And that was the story line. Two regular guys out for a guy kind of meal. A script written in the White House and read by MSNBC.

But MSNBC edited out the audio when Obama ordered his Hell Burger just at the moment when Obama asked for Dijon mustard. Now I have nothing against Dijon mustard, but the image didn’t fit with the image being spun by the White House and MSNBC. Dijon mustard on a Hell Burger had a very John Kerry-ish quality about it.

So I did the post, made note of the Dijon mustard, the MSNBC editing, and quipped how Obama must have sought Kerry’s counsel. Instapundit (which dubbed the scenario “Dijongate”) and Hot Air linked to the post, with the commentary that they thought the mustard thing was a non-scandal and non-issue.

Like most of my posts, Dijongate could have and probably should have fallen into the black hole of internet punditry, never to be seen or heard of again. But the reaction from the nutroots was widespread and swift, and they have kept the story alive.

Check out the links to the original post, and you will see that many of the high profile nutroots blogs have linked. If you check out the links and comments, you will see that the full foul-mouthed, abusive intellect of the nutroots has been brought to bear.

So BO and Joe go out for a burger just like regular guys, and the whole press corps tags along. BO does something that Jacobson finds snark-worthy and the nutroots gets its two-minute hate on.

Meanwhile important news like the lastest on Joe the Plumber and Carrie Prejean’s allegedly gay father get pushed off the front page.

I’m either drinking too much or not enough.


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58 Responses

  1. Clearly you’re not drinking enough – at least not as much as some people are – cheeesh 😕

  2. From The Jawa Report:

    And that’s blogging for you, spend hours and hours sweating over a post and get crickets. Make a quick remark about Obi-One’s mustard and boom, you’re infamous baby!

  3. The media have to keep buffing up the story line on their POTUS, don’t they? Well, they paid a lot of $$$ to get him, must keep him shiny.

  4. I don’t even remember this much idol worship over David Cassidy or Donny Osmond.

  5. President Obama also asked for whole wheat croissant, organic gruyere, and tiny gherkins. The order taker said “No fries, cheeps. No Coke, Peepsi”.

  6. From Zsa Zsa’s Huff&Puff:

    As you know, President Obama and Vice President Biden made a historic trip to an Arlington, VA hamburger joint, to celebrate the “stress tests” or something, bringing the entire press corps in tow.

    Historic? Obama is the first of 44 Presidents to go out for a burger?

    Or the first to visit Arlington?

    • I hope that’s sarcasm on their part….but I am amused by the fact that Obama can’t even get it together to successfully execute a staged photo op. Mission accomplished, heck of a job, anyone know where they stashed Bush’s flash cards?

      And you know, as I recall he was, unsurprisingly, a d— about the PA primary photo ops, so, you wanna nitpick photo ops what goes around comes around. 🙂

      • This is the kind of stuff that late-night comedy was made of. I guess the OFB aren’t used to seeing Teh Precious getting picked on.

    • It’s 2 chunks out on this one.

    • Don’t you remember Bill going to McD’s?

      I think this is relevant–it’s arugula all over again. Everything BO does is for propaganda purposes. This was just more theater–I’m a regular guy. What a bunch of b.s. Meanwhile, he asks for dijon. What regular guy do you know who goes to a burger joint and asks for dijon?

      • The kind of regular guy who was brought up on food stamps….

        • LOL!

          I’ve never seen anyone look so ill at ease in a “burger joint”!
          Even tourists look more comfortable, because you know, they, like ordinary Americans, are used to go to these places.

          But then what can you expect from a former junior senator who had his own chef?!

  7. I believe president kennedy also visited Arlington….he has an eternal flame there….

  8. Any kind of mustard on a hamburger is wierd, IMO. Catsup on hamburgers, mustard on hot dogs.

    • Apparently that place doesn’t have fries either. Just tater tots.

      • I guess Napolean Dynamite I and II felt right at home there.

    • Exactly, the stuff about him being a foreigner must be true.

    • Hey, I like mustard on my burgers and my hot dogs!

      Most think that is far less wierd then my proclivity to place pineapple habenero relish on my hot dogs. mmmmmmmmm I’m making myself hungry.

      • I don’t eat hot dogs. I’ve seen them make them. They took is to the Pig Palace in Omaha at the Omaha stockyards when I was like 10. I’ve never touched anything remotely looking like ground up meat again .

      • People would probably not eat hamburger if they saw how it was processed either. Hundreds, or sometimes thousands of cows may have contributed the “meat” in a 1 lb. processed package of hamburger meat in the grocery store. That’s why one sick or contaminated cow can result in the recall of tens of thousands or more lbs. of meat.

  9. Now Media Matters is on the story:

    Dijon Derangement Syndrome: Conservative media attack Obama for burger order

    http://mediamatters.org/research/200905070031

    Doesn’t anybody have a sense of humor anymore?

    • short answer, no.

    • TFF!

      In the comments there are folks complaining and asking for “real news.” Yeah, like the latest on Bo the dog or MO’s “toned” arms. You know, “important” stuff. Then the idiots go on to create a fauxgressive discussion about how it doesn’t matter what anyone puts on their burger and that it’s nobody’s business. Sigh. Where were they with the privacy issue when Zero signed on with FISA?

      OMG but you can’t make this stuff up.

  10. The comments on that blog piece are… weird.

    Increasingly, the BO Movement gives me the creeps. They’re getting worse, not better. Maybe it’s the increasing cognitive dissonance? The more the rot is exposed, the more they focus on… Carrie Prejean, for god’s sake? Their outrage over mustard satire? Fifth grade “teabagger” jokes?

    They keep claiming the right is dead. If it’s indeed dead, shouldn’t they, say, be out ensuring the delivery of UHC or something useful? I mean, what’s standing in the way?

    But I guess they are the change they were waiting for and they were waiting all their lives to pour their energy into teabagging jokes. Or something to that effect.

    • I think we’re the only sane people left.

      Which is really scary cuz my hold on reality is tenuous at best

    • Ideology and policy, are like, hard, boring, and unhip. Right wingers buy polyester derivatives from JC Penney–what, you thought there was something deeper that made them objectionable?

    • The Right isn’t dead. It’s hiding in place within the Democratic Party. These idiotic obots just need to take a look around at the folks they’re in bed with.

      • Indeed. Any talk of left or right, isn’t looking high enough and is merely a Punch and Judy show.

        The Animators ( the ones with the strings) are much higher up and as One.

  11. Yes..but what about the really important stuff???

  12. what happened to conflusian say tonight?

  13. oh great

  14. Yahoo has a headline which links to a Bloomberg piece on the Supreme Court vacancy. It reads:

    Court Pick: Obama brings greater expertise to decision than any recent president

    Really? The media is going to continue forcing Obama’s ‘brilliance’ down our throats, whether we swallow it or not.

    • Court Pick: Obama brings greater expertise to decision than any recent president

      WHAT can they be talking about?? Is W the sum total of our recent presidents? It’s the Bill Clinton disappearing act….like when they talk about the Obama girls as if Chelsea didn’t exist . You would never know the Obama girls go to the same school Chelsea did.

  15. Trying to contribute here, but spammy keeps eating everything I write. Must be because it’s a food thread…

  16. As I posted on Hullabaloo under one of my other noms de Web:

    Mustard, shmustard!

    Professor Plum did it with the Lead Pipe in the Conservatory, dammit! :mrgreen:

  17. […] in our press we are waging “the battle of the Dijon mustard”, out there an 8 years war is heating […]

  18. Obama at Ray’s Hell Burger Diner: “You Got a Dijon Mustard”

  19. Did anyone notice that the pic at the top of the column looks like “regular Joe” sitting at a table with a cardboard cutout of the chief executive? O looks unreal–skinny and flat.

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