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John McLaughlin Shouts About Some Fancy Biracial Snack Food

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Apparently someone on Earth still watches The McLaughlin Group and thank god for that, because old coot host John McLaughlin tends to say some pretty funny things about this Barack Obama character. A couple of months ago he interrupted Eleanor Clift’s Obama analysis and shouted “WARREN HARDING WAS A NEGRO,” which is true. While McLaughlin’s performance yesterday doesn’t quite match that, it’s still a fine piece of old coot theatrics: he rants that Obama is an “oreo,” meaning he wants to dip him in milk and eat him. And here’s a longer version in which you can view Peter Beinart’s slappy reaction. [YouTube, CNN]

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  • Botswana Meat Commission FC

    I refuse to believe this wasn’t actually just a mid-90s SNL skit.

  • Cicada

    You know McLaughlin probably strained something patting himself on the back for talking “street”.

  • TGY

    These old fuckers have to retire from teh Televisions in order to make room for some new fuckers. Being ‘venerable’ just ain’t like it used to be.

  • WonksRunAmuck

    I don’t know about an Oreo but an elitist Newman-O…now that I could get behind.

  • economywine

    looks like someone’s pretty heavy into the rapping music…

  • jagorev

    McLaughlin is still alive? This is the guy who left his vocation in the Jesuit order to go work as a speechwriter for Richard Nixon.

    Just think about that for a second. He left holy orders in order to, quite literally, propagandize for Satan. There must be a special pit in hell reserved for him.

  • ManchuCandidate

    I don’t know. I’d rather be an Oreo than a Krusty-O like McLaughlin.

    One almost gets the impression that McLaughlin harbors a deep resentment towards black people or something.

  • shortsshortsshorts

    They should devote an entire channel to Alzheimer’s patients with very loud political opinions. That would be swell.

  • Donkey Sauce

    Did he bring up McCain’s association with Chocolate Babies?

  • FunkyPalmettoBug


  • Christastic

    At what rest home do they tape this show?

  • FunkyPalmettoBug

    I actually interviewed with McLaughlin to be one of his writers about a year ago. WEIRD vibe in that office. I talked to his office manager/personal assistant for the initial interview, when I came for the interview, he had another person as his personal assistant/office manager. He has this intercom system in his office where he can yell into any room(but can’t hear what people say in the room). So, I sat for awhile in a conference room hearing the voice of John McLaughlin popping up all around me. The interview weird with him. He asked me random US political names and who they were and asked me to analyze an article on Bush. I thought it went well, but he just left the room sans comment. A couple weeks later, yet another personal assistant/office manager called me to set up another interview, I demurred because I heard nothing but bad things about working for him(he goes through whole staffs in a few weeks). McLaughlin called me to offer the job, but that office was too Manson family for my tastes.

  • FunkyPalmettoBug

    The interview was weird with him, my bad.

  • itgetter

    Clearly McLaughlin would not stoop to eat such an elitist delicacy, but if he did, he would keep them in this:


  • Godless Liberal *

    I actually thought he died years ago.

  • 4tehlulz

    Oh, oh, oh, politics and an Oreo Cookie. They forever go together, what a classic combination. When a dark, delicious cookie meets a decrepit white racist. Like the one and only creamy, crunchy, chocolate, B-H-O!

  • Lolo

    Grandpa Owen?!? Who let you out of the home? Get your ass back there before I tell Mom!

  • Lorax

    Sheeeeittt….I’d vote for a cookie over a crackah any day of the week.

  • Harvey Birdman

    When keeping it real goes wrong.

  • Lorax

    [re=35544]4tehlulz[/re]: well played, ma’am, and a tip o’ the hat for your excellent use of meter.

  • Truculent

    Harding was black? He always looked so pale in my history textbook. Who says Wonkette isn’t educational.

  • uncletravelingmatt

    Alas, poor Hopey — too black to win the racist vote, not black enough to garner the support of those who referred to Harding as “that young whippersnapper.”

  • itgetter

    http://www.myenglishnotebook.com/sitebuilder/images/0CookieJar-273×402.jpgre=35520WonksRunAmuck/re: To be fair, we shouldn’t expect McLaughlin to know all that much about cookies. Reanimated corpses don’t need to eat, after all. Except for brains.


  • Christastic

    [re=35538]FunkyPalmettoBug[/re]: That’s sounds ultra creepy. My only run-in with one his people was years ago. I was driving home from school with a friend and the lady in the car behid us kept honking and at us, pulled along side and demanded that my friend pull over. We just ignored her and went on our way.

    Long story short, the lady followed us to where we were going and confronted my friend. The lady hit a curb, blew out a tire and blamed my him for it. She then started shouting about how she was a producer for McLaughlin and that gave her some juice in this town. In fact, she threatened to sick her boss on my friend if he didn’t cooperate. We just laughed in her face and went on our merry way.

    Later that evening I told my dad about the incident and all he said was:
    “She was going going to ‘sick’ McLaughlin on you?!?! Fuck her, and fuck him…That guy’s an asshole!”

    Puzzled, I asked “You know that guy?”

    My dad just gave me a knowing smile and reiterated his last comment:
    “Trust me, that guys an asshole. You’re friend’s going to be alright.”

    OK, it’s not much of a story, but it’s all I got right now.

  • Max Power

    I totally thought he would’ve called him a Hydrox instead.

  • DCBulloch

    If Obama is an Oreo is Bill Clinton a Milano Cookie? Also, I think McLaughlin invented Oreos circa 1320 and this is simply self promotion.

  • PoliticalGraffiti

    im hungry now

  • myklwain

    CCCClarence Page is no oreo.

  • m_supercomputer

    I’ve started DVR’ing the McLaughlin Group for the unintentional comedy since that Harding thing. I haven’t been disappointed yet.

  • AxmxZ

    Barry isn’t an Oreo. Oreos are not as delicious as Barry. Barry is some elitist half-70% dark chocolate half- white chocolate single-source-cacao and organic hazelnuts confection.

  • graceless

    I’d be pissed.

  • V572625694

    [re=35538]FunkyPalmettoBug[/re]: What? McLaughlin has writers? I thought all that witty banter on his excellent show was spontaneous! Now my life feels empty.

  • nbawriter

    Oreo isn’t racially transcendent … but Hydrox is. Go figure.

  • Gormogon

    Obama is full of trans fats and is bad for you.

    [re=35538]FunkyPalmettoBug[/re]: I’ve heard similar stories form other interviewees.

  • Felicia

    Is McLaughlin older than McCain?

  • FunkyPalmettoBug

    [re=35608]V572625694[/re]: I was going to slowly write Buchanan as a gay leftist.

  • problemwithcaring

    Ugh God, what the fuck does a Nilla Cakester like him know about oreos…?

  • Christastic

    [re=35668]problemwithcaring[/re]: That they’re hell to scrub off of dentures.

  • PioBaroja

    The next man on the moon will be Chinese!


  • graceless

    [re=35649]Felicia[/re]: Yes. We have found something older than John McCain.

    Hat’s off, folks.

  • Mista Eko

    If you listen, carefully, you’ll hear John is saying that Obama is an “o-ri-YO”. In the black community, that means the servant of a greater power. It was coined from the Wizard of Oz, in which Wicked Witch of the West’s guardsmen pace back and forth while chanting “o-ri-YO, wi-OHHHHH-whoa”. Thus, servant to the witch = servant to The Man.

    That, or the man’s so fucking old he doesn’t even know how to pronounce the name of a cookie that’s been on the market for at least 30 years. He must wonder what happened to moon pies.

  • weaselplasty

    i like, totally liked the mclaughlin group before all you poseurs. this is evidenced by past comments where i brought up the mclaughlin group for no goddamn reason. i haven’t commented in weeks, but MUST CREDIT WEASEPLASTY.

  • josereyes.theroof

    [re=35756]Mista Eko[/re]: Moonpies are for misfits.

    As to the panel discussion, I have never seen all four panellists gang up on JMC like Beinart (who looks like a better groomed version of My Nemesis), Clift, Buchanan (!), & Bernard did. For the first time, the host was — WRONG!

  • DieOnTheTurnpike

    Will we soon be hearing him refer to Hillary as a Ladyfinger?

  • GunStreetGirl

    I may or may not have semi-regular McLaughlin Group viewing parties. Said parties may or may not include drinking games with categories like, “The Patented Clarence Page Eye Pop” or “Quantify This!”

  • TheMac

    Mmm. Oreos.

  • lawchic

    I just love it when know it all White people call Black people terms like “Oreo.” They do realize it’s an insult to White people too right? And what makes this comment, all the more perplexing and hilarious is that Obama is an Oreo. He has a delicious chocolate outside, with a smooth creamy white center :) i.e. He’s biracial you dumbass!!!!!

  • weaselplasty

    [re=35835]GunStreetGirl[/re]: i want in on the viewing parties. which may or may not happen.

  • Lionel Hutz Esq.

    Finally. I had started to believe that Barack was an authentic negro, but how can I not believe someone with the street cred that comes from being an 70 year old, former Jesuit Priest, Nixon Staffer Republican.

    Its the same reason that I only listen to rap that Bill O’Reilly has cleared.