OLD COOTS  2:18 pm July 14, 2008

John McLaughlin Shouts About Some Fancy Biracial Snack Food

by Jim Newell

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 July 14, 2008 at 2:22 pm

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

Cicada July 14, 2008 at 2:22 pm

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

TGY July 14, 2008 at 2:23 pm

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 July 14, 2008 at 2:24 pm

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

economywine July 14, 2008 at 2:25 pm

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

jagorev July 14, 2008 at 2:29 pm

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 July 14, 2008 at 2:32 pm

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 July 14, 2008 at 2:33 pm

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

Donkey Sauce July 14, 2008 at 2:34 pm

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

FunkyPalmettoBug July 14, 2008 at 2:40 pm


Christastic July 14, 2008 at 2:42 pm

At what rest home do they tape this show?

FunkyPalmettoBug July 14, 2008 at 2:45 pm

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 July 14, 2008 at 2:47 pm

The interview was weird with him, my bad.

itgetter July 14, 2008 at 2:50 pm

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


Godless Liberal * July 14, 2008 at 2:51 pm

I actually thought he died years ago.

4tehlulz July 14, 2008 at 3:01 pm

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 July 14, 2008 at 3:01 pm

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

Lorax July 14, 2008 at 3:03 pm

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

Harvey Birdman July 14, 2008 at 3:04 pm

When keeping it real goes wrong.

Lorax July 14, 2008 at 3:04 pm

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

Truculent July 14, 2008 at 3:06 pm

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

uncletravelingmatt July 14, 2008 at 3:07 pm

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 July 14, 2008 at 3:08 pm

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 July 14, 2008 at 3:10 pm

[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 July 14, 2008 at 3:12 pm

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

DCBulloch July 14, 2008 at 3:14 pm

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 July 14, 2008 at 3:20 pm

im hungry now

myklwain July 14, 2008 at 3:23 pm

CCCClarence Page is no oreo.

m_supercomputer July 14, 2008 at 3:24 pm

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

AxmxZ July 14, 2008 at 3:27 pm

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 July 14, 2008 at 3:31 pm

I’d be pissed.

V572625694 July 14, 2008 at 3:32 pm

[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 July 14, 2008 at 3:34 pm

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

Gormogon July 14, 2008 at 3:37 pm

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

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

Felicia July 14, 2008 at 3:50 pm

Is McLaughlin older than McCain?

FunkyPalmettoBug July 14, 2008 at 3:56 pm

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

problemwithcaring July 14, 2008 at 4:01 pm

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

Christastic July 14, 2008 at 4:19 pm

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

PioBaroja July 14, 2008 at 4:31 pm

The next man on the moon will be Chinese!


graceless July 14, 2008 at 4:47 pm

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

Hat’s off, folks.

Mista Eko July 14, 2008 at 4:57 pm

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 July 14, 2008 at 5:21 pm

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 July 14, 2008 at 6:36 pm

[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 July 14, 2008 at 6:43 pm

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

GunStreetGirl July 14, 2008 at 6:47 pm

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 July 14, 2008 at 10:27 pm

Mmm. Oreos.

lawchic July 14, 2008 at 11:44 pm

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 July 14, 2008 at 11:44 pm

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

Lionel Hutz Esq. July 15, 2008 at 1:46 am

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.

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