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Barack Obama Does Not Approve Of John McCain’s Extravagant Number Of Homes

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Good gravy, what is up with the news today? The earth has halted in its orbit around the sun while everybody just gawps at how many frigging houses John McCain has. So Barack Obama made this ad SLAMMING McCain and HITTING HIM HARD &c about being a terrible out-of-touch plutocrat land baron rapist of the poor. The McCain campaign will probably respond in the next half hour or so with an ad that just says ARUGULA GODDAMMIT. Oh silly season. [YouTube]

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  • 4tehlulz


  • medievalist

    Serious, this was the McCain campaign response:

    “Does a guy who made more than $4 million last year, just got back from vacation on a private beach in Hawaii and bought his own million-dollar mansion with the help of a convicted felon really want to get into a debate about houses? Does a guy who worries about the price of arugula and thinks regular people “cling” to guns and religion in the face of economic hardship really want to have a debate about who’s in touch with regular Americans?

    “The reality is that Barack Obama’s plans to raise taxes and opposition to producing more energy here at home as gas prices skyrocket show he’s completely out of touch with the concerns of average Americans.”


    If the bitters really fall for this shit, they deserve to spend the rest of their lives cleaning out toilets for their Chinese corporate overlords.

  • DoctorCulturae

    This is better from Hope-ster, but still needs more bite. C’mon! This is a pivotal point! Where’s the dark music and smiley green McExxon saying “Huh? Wuh? Let them eat cake.”

  • Darehead

    When the loon is in the seventh house, and Rupert’s whore aligned with Maurz
    Then piss will come to our planet
    And all, all will hit the bars!

  • Texan Bulldoggette

    Actually McPappy’s response was in a nutshell ‘arugula, bitter, guns & exotic Hawaii’. Me thinks BO might have hit a nerve. Maybe Hills did loan him one of her cojones.

  • The Real JR Revisted

    The response from the McCain Camp is actually hilarious and genius and shows that Obama actually hit him super hard. I can’t wait until the first prez debate where Obama’s going to rope-a-dope him until McCain loses it on National TV.

    Does a guy who made more than $4 million last year, just got back from vacation on a private beach in Hawaii and bought his own million-dollar mansion with the help of a convicted felon really want to get into a debate about houses? Does a guy who worries about the price of arugula and thinks regular people “cling” to guns and religion in the face of economic hardship really want to have a debate about who’s in touch with regular Americans?

    The reality is that Barack Obama’s plans to raise taxes and opposition to producing more energy here at home as gas prices skyrocket show he’s completely out of touch with the concerns of average Americans.

    Dude, they broke out Rezco AND ARUGULA! They’re imploding and dudes on vacay. lol

  • Scarab

    To be fair, he’s a little senile.

  • HandsomePete

    Less McCain mansions, more Obama faux-schlong.

  • The Real JR Revisted

    [re=64923]medievalist[/re]: You win!

  • Darehead

    [re=64925]Darehead[/re]: This is the dawning of the Age of Arugulus!

  • AxmxZ

    I wish they’d used an actual recoding of McCain stumbling over the question. No snark. I want that fucker to crash and burn, this time figuratively ofr a change.

  • Darehead

    [re=64927]The Real JR Revisted[/re]: (to them, not you): Hawaii has no private beaches. He walked on water with the plebians and penile-enthusiasts. So there, Re-Pubes.

  • Noodle Salad

    [re=64923]medievalist[/re]: Too bad Johnny said that you had to make $5 million a year to be rich. Poor Hopey is just middle class like 99.5% of America.

  • SayItWithWookies

    John McCain knows how to win wars — buy a house far enough away that you can’t hear the shooting, and just watch Fox News. Mission fuckin’ accomplished.

  • AngryBlakGuy

    …much stronger sauce than that other Kumbya shit they put out in the past! Bravo!!!

  • Hooray For Anything

    Part of me is disgusted by how low the discourse has gotten in this campaign and how this is the type of stuff the media eats up and how it hurts our democracy. On the other hand, ha!

  • Strictly for the Tardcore

    [re=64936]AxmxZ[/re]: I’d be fine with him crashing and burning fo’ realz again. Maybe his vehicle can be loaded with that delicious, combustible oil he has such a hard-on for.

    WALNUTS! should just go ahead and replace all of his responses to Barry’s ads or speeches with, “FIVE AND A HALF YEARS, ALAN!!!” and save everybody some time and energy.

  • loquaciousmusic

    I really like that ad, actually. The copy is great. What would have made it even better, though, is if they had shown the picture of Barack with his snorkelpenis. That would win us some bitters!

  • DoctorCulturae

    Press release response:

    “Does a guy whose wife made more than $27 million last year, just got back from pretending to know bikers and bought who knows how many houses really want to get into a debate about houses? Does a guy who worries about the price of NOTHING and thinks regular people “believe” his crap about Americans as “whiners” concerning economic hardship really want to have a debate about who’s in touch with regular Americans?

    “The reality is that John McCaine’s plans to kiss the oil companies and pig-headedness about producing more real energy here at home as gas prices skyrocket show he’s completely out of touch with the concerns of average Americans.”

  • Oscar Folsom Cleveland

    This is chump change we can afford, my friends, so vote ofr a change we can believe in, or not.

  • Strictly for the Tardcore

    [re=64945]AngryBlakGuy[/re]: I’ve been getting the feeling through this campaign that Barry’s trying to avoid the uh, well, the angry black guy stereotype that would chase off the bitters and rednecks. The irony, of course, is Barry comes off as more articulate, intelligent, and charismatic then WALNUTS! does even when he’s pissed, so I wish he’d go for the goddamned throat already.

  • Guppy06

    Obama vacations in the 50th state, while the McCain family fortune is somewhere in the Caymans.

  • AngryBlakGuy

    [re=64923]medievalist[/re]: [re=64927]The Real JR Revisted[/re]: …you can tell Barry drew blood on this subject by how haphazardly the response is. They actually fukkin mention “arugula”, who the hell wrote this response a college intern? By mentioning Barry’s annual income and price of his home do they not realize that that they now open themselves up to attacks on MCCAINS INCOME and the PRICE OF MCCAINS HOMES!!!

  • smashtheduck

    This is officially depressing. I could go read Sullivan but he won’t shut up about some cross in the sand shit when everyone knows the guard was just trying to play tic-tac-toe with Walnuts. Can someone please go check the Union Station boy’s room for Larry?

  • EnBuenOra

    So, Mr. Elitist Barack Obama who pronounces his words right and eats arugula wants to criticize POW war hero and common working man Maverick just because he left his POW-era wife for a young heiress to a fortune and now humbly owns so many houses he can’t even count them?

    You don’t fool us, you Demo-crap ay-leet-ists!!!

  • dano

    McCain’s going to have a hard time labeling Obama as an elitist when he can live in a different one of his houses every month for almost a year.

  • Servo

    They should have put more emphasis on McCorpse’s convenient memory lapses. If you’re gonna be a bear, BE A GRIZZLY!

  • medievalist

    [re=64960]AngryBlakGuy[/re]: Yeah, that reply reeks of desperation and stupidity — too things like to see coming out of the McCain campaign. Douchebags.

  • Serolf Divad


    Better yet: he’s got a different house for each day of the week.

  • Canuckledragger

    Hopey should reply:

    “My fellow Americans, this debate is not about whether I own one house or whether my opponent owns ten houses.

    “This is a race for the WHITE HOUSE, and it has only ONE owner: the American people.

    “It is YOU, my fellow citizens, who will decide who gets to reside in that house for the next four years, and I have every faith in your good judgement.

    “One of us belongs in the WHITE HOUSE and one of us belongs in the Shady Acres Rest Home. Should be a no-brainer.”

  • Cape Clod

    Has anybody checked with Cokie Roberts about how many homes John McCain SHOULD own?
    I believe she is the final arbiter about average Americaness.

  • Outstando

    McCain has, like, as many houses as Saddam Hussein had. I wonder which one has the rape room.

  • 4everjung

    I bet if they search some of them houses they’ll find more of Cindy’s forgotten siblings.

  • WhatTheHeck

    I’ve got news for Walnutz, $1 million does not a mansion buy in 2008.
    Maybe it did in the 50’s wnen Walnutz was purchasing the second of his seven homes.

  • Vanity Smurf

    Shows you the Republican mentality in the response, there is no such thing as a private beach in Hawaii. They just don’t understand the whole concept of everybody having a right to the beach. Ignorant greedy fucktards.

  • Baconcat

    “If you’re gonna be a bear, BE A GRIZZLY!” Obama shuld use that in a speech. Of course the repubs would immediately go out and say, “I’m not saying anything but, isn’t the bear the symbol of commies? I mean it’s on the California flag. CALIFORNIA.”

  • The Real JR Revisted

    [re=64960]AngryBlakGuy[/re]: In fact the whole response is so hilarious that I really wish he went THERE with the Berry Honest Tea thing again because I need more lulz cowbell, dammit!

  • confusionanddelay&lt

    This is beautiful. They can appear to be bitching about how rich he is (which nobody really cares about) while playing up the more important issue that they’re not supposed to talk about which is that McCain is either senile or stupid or both. So yay!

  • freakishlystrong

    [re=64960]AngryBlakGuy[/re]: My friends, don’t forget about our crack “librul” media however, they’ll find a way to ignore that argument…

  • sezme

    The ad shows admirable restraint in not saying “Well, it’s seven. Seven houses, bitch.” Also, I believe this will go down as a defining moment of this campaign.

  • jasonelias

    The McCain camp response is super weak! Ha!

  • The Real JR Revisted

    [re=64960]AngryBlakGuy[/re]: Also, with McCain’s $5 mill standard, Obama’s $4 mil doesn’t even make him rich!


  • Servo

    Oh, look. Is that the McCorpse campaign getting “testy”? Having a bad day? Is it from John’s diarrhea of the mouth, the Homeland Security phones getting hacked, the Iraqi/American agreement of a withdrawal timetable, or all of the above? Hello?

  • freakishlystrong

    Ad here we are talking about HOUSES..not issues, see how they do that?

  • spencer

    You guys are being assholes. Have some sympathy for the guy. I lose shit in my apartment all the time. Now imagine not only losing something, but not knowing which house you left it in. And now imagine not knowing about all the possible houses where you could have left it.

  • georgia_peach

    [re=64970]Servo[/re]: It’s Al Gonzalez who has the “convenient” memory lapses…I think McCain’s are gen-yoo-wine senility. Or the hypocrisy leaking into his brain.

  • Serolf Divad


    “His own million dollar mansion” bwahahahaha… It’s like McCain’s never stepped outside his office. What a dingus: hey McCain… got some news for you. They’re called McMansions. And they’re not that big of a deal. Your nanny probably lives in one.

    At any rate. The message I take away from the McCain campaign’s statement: Barack Obama has one house, McCain has seven.

  • scotterl

    Out-of-touch-wise, similar to famous story about H. Kissenger not being able to instruct a new driver the way to his home when regular driver took ill. When was the last time that anyone thinks that the crazy old Walnut was behind the wheel of a car. He doesn’t know how to get to any of his mansions, much less how many of them there are.

  • Darehead

    Meanwhile, to placate the fundies, Pastor Rick had a special Saddleback service and read scriptures from the Book of John:

    John McCain has many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. So I saith unto him, ‘John, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way?’ And John answered unto me, I am the Way to the White House, the truthiness, and the man of rich wives: no man cometh unto the presidency, but me.
    And Pastor Warren spoke, “Arise, my friends, let us go hence, to serve in John’s many mansions, for he is the Prince of the Universe.,

  • Vanity Smurf

    [re=64998]freakishlystrong[/re]: No, the issue is McNasty’s budding dementia.

  • obfuscator

    [re=64943]Noodle Salad[/re]: I still don’t know how McCain “won” that Jesus Chat thing with answers like this:

    In a forum last week with the Rev. Rick Warren, McCain was asked to define the word “rich” and to give a figure. After promoting his tax policies, McCain said: “I think if you are just talking about income, how about $5 million?” The audience laughed, and he added: “But seriously, I don’t think you can — I don’t think seriously that — the point is that I’m trying to make here, seriously — and I’m sure that comment will be distorted — but the point is that we want to keep people’s taxes low and increase revenues.”

    That’s exactly the kind of shoot from the artificalhip Straight Talky that I’ve come to know and love. It was pretty gutsy of him to suggest that people making $5 million per year might be considered rich, and only a true Maverick would have the balls to answer a specific tax policy question with a bunch of mindless pandering.

    ?Obama, asked the same question at the forum, said those making $250,000 and higher are in the top 3 to 4 percent and “doing well.” Obama and his wife, Michelle, reported making $4.2 million in 2007.

    Oh, Barack Hussein Obama, why do you insist on answering tax policy questions with your “numbers” and “percentages”? Everyday folks like John McCain know that only elitist America haters use “math”. John McCain’s an American Just Like You who don’t need no “math”. That’s why he doesn’t know how many homes his multi-millionaire heiress wife owns.

  • TGY

    Perhaps WALNUTS! should write the addresses on the palm of his hand as an aide memoire. Then I suppose he should follow that up with a few other important pieces of data. I hope he has big hands or can write very small.

    How naughty of Barry to point out how out of touch with the US economy WALNUTS must be if he can’t even keep in touch with his own economy. So sad.

  • KYJurisDoctor

    How can John McCain NOT know how many homes he owns? Amazing!

  • Outstando

    Why does John McCain hate hard working successful people? Sure, easy for him to say, divorcing his wife so he could marry some rich lady. Some of us have to work for a living.

  • Vanity Smurf

    [re=65002]scotterl[/re]: That story is awesome. Oh, to be so rich that you have no idea how to get where you live because you are always taken there by staff. That’s up there with so rich you never physically handle money or any kind. How can anyone think they’re rich until they’re that rich.

  • Jobbotch

    [re=64995]The Real JR Revisted[/re]: Ooh, brilliant! Hope the Obama people are reading.

  • DoctorCulturae

    [re=65000]georgia_peach[/re]: Someone somewhere needs to put together all these senior moments including the incredibly patronizing and lame injunction, “My friends…” Almost as bad as nu-cyoo-lar.

  • AxmxZ

    [re=64960]AngryBlakGuy[/re]: Not to mention that, by McCain’s own standards, Obama’s measely 4 million make him nothing more than middle-class.

  • TGY

    [re=65007]KYJurisDoctor[/re]: Perhaps he left one or two in his pants and it got ‘lost in the wash’, as ’twere. That happens to me a lot with combs.

  • shortsshortsshorts

    Below the belt. Excellent.

  • kudzu


  • Canuckledragger

    [re=64984]4everjung[/re]: How cosmicly weird that you should mention that, because Cindy does have more than one half sister:

    But she doesn’t count either. Why? Well according to the McCain camp:

    “Mrs. McCain was raised as the only child of Jim and Marguerite Hensley, and there was no familiar relationship with any other sibling,” it said in a statement.

    BTW: It seems that Cindy’s non-existent kin are Dems. Which is likely the real reason they’e been banished to the memory hole.

  • RuperttheBear


  • AxmxZ

    [re=65001]Serolf Divad[/re]: It’s even better than that. Obama has ONE house valued at 1 million; McCain has at least SEVEN houses, ONE of which is valued at 12 million.

  • grendel

    [re=64983]Outstando[/re]: Well, technically it’s Cindy’s rape room, but she’s assured me that all of her strap-ons are put away until after the election. Can’t have rope burns on the candidate’s wrists, you know!

  • MrAgro

    [re=65020]RuperttheBear[/re]: Comment of the day.

  • The Real JR Revisted
  • AngryBlakGuy

    [re=64972]medievalist[/re]: [re=64988]The Real JR Revisted[/re]: [re=64995]The Real JR Revisted[/re]: [re=65012]AxmxZ[/re]: …in WALNUTS! defense they didn’t specify which CONTINENT they were referring to when they asked how many homes he owns. Poor guy got ambushed!

  • grendel

    [re=65031]AngryBlakGuy[/re]: He’s got a lovely home in Iraq with a view out the back window overlooking Afghanistan.

  • AxmxZ

    [re=65031]AngryBlakGuy[/re]: Well, if you count that bungalow in Benin, and the summer home in Antarctica… pie?

  • Whiskeybaby

    I like this new Hussein tactic. That whole thoughtful,intelligent, above-the-belt discourse he was engaging in really wasn’t working. You only need to watch the Olympics to see that Americans don’t respond well to gracious, low-key responses to anything…the only thing we respect and adore is when one guy kicks the other guys ass good, then pumps his fist into the air and yells Boo-yeah!!

  • grendel

    [re=65051]Whiskeybaby[/re]: The difference is that Walnuts! is kicking HIMSELF in the truck nutz…. Hopey is just pointing and laughing.

  • bago

    ObamaCamp: You’re absurdly wealthy!
    McCainCamp: Oh yeah, well you’re not even rich and worry about the price of things, like food and housing!

    I mean, wow.

  • VomitComit

    [re=64977]Canuckledragger[/re]: I think the super clean Canadian air has helped you formulate an awesome retort to the insanity that is this ‘elitist vs. baron’ debate that has distracted people, once again, from the real issues of the election.

    And did Walnuts say how many of his houses were actually assisted living centers? My guess is 6.

  • Fear of a Black Reagan

    [re=65024]grendel[/re]: I don’t believe Cindy needs a strap-on to operate her rape room…

    Seriously, have you seen her? She could make a good living in Thailand if it weren’t for Daddy’s ca$$$h.

  • freakishlystrong

    [re=65004]Vanity Smurf[/re]: “budding”? Full Blown.

  • itgetter

    [re=65020]RuperttheBear[/re]: Hahahahaha

  • Miller

    Fact check Obama’s ass: it’s 10. Rotten liar. How can we trust someone who would so blatantly lie about the number of John McCain’s houses?

  • quixoticfilibuster

    The hole in the ozone layer has doubled in size thanks to the output from the all the lawnmowers it takes to maintain McCain’s grass.

  • irisheyes

    [re=64925]Darehead[/re]: genius

  • c-sick

    As an italian-american that grew up on arugula and dandoline salad i resent the fact that the republicans have made me feel unpatriotic about eating my favorite salad. I mean have they tasted this stuff? Its amazing. Throw a little salt and pepper, wine vinegar, olive oil, lemon, tomato and onion, i mean its wonderful. We might not agree on all the issues but there should be a bipartisan effort to recognize the deliciousness of arugula.

  • snig

    [re=65192]c-sick[/re]: Yeah, it’s ok for you, but they consider it uppity for a black person to do so.

  • BaxterJones

    I am shocked at how quickly Obama’s team got this ad out. What kind of coffee must they go through on a daily basis? Are they working around the clock?

  • pondscum

    Does McCain actually own ANY of the houses or are they all Cindy’s?

  • TexasCowGirl

    [re=65192]c-sick[/re]: I don’t think it’s really the “eliteness” of arugula it’s the all around healthiness. Bitters don’t like healthy foods and they only eat vegetables that have been kept in cans for months and even years. Fresh green leafy veggies like arugula are like cryptonite for bitters as they are fat, lard filled bastards.