Do *you* see anybody in this picture sporting a bad goatee?Here is the actual caption to this official White House photograph by Pete Souza: “President Barack Obama is interviewed by Chuck Todd, of NBC News, at Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids, Mich., July 15, 2010.” Mmhmm, but we only see one person in this picture and it sure isn’t MSNBC poli-nerd Chuck Todd. Oh wait, what’s that down there by the chair?

Let’s see, let’s see …. There’s an airplane tail, which wouldn’t be referred to as “Chuck Todd” even in the most salacious company. And then there’s the mic cord, which only unionized broadcast-tech professionals would ever slur as “Chuck Todd.” This leaves only the water bottle standing politely below the President:

And the chair is Joe Scarborough?

Whether it’s calling for more offshore oil drilling before trying to ban it all again, calling for religious 9/11 tolerance before saying “Nahh dude we did not mean what we said,” or cruelly referring to a crappy little plastic water bottle as respected political analyst Chuck Todd, this White House has less scruples than a common street whore or mortgage derivatives trader. [White House Flickr]

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  1. OT but Rachel Maddow just referenced Wonkette as “the brilliant website Wonkette” she was talking about Kim Jong Il and the Facebook thingy.

  2. There’s an airplane tail, which wouldn’t be referred to as “Chuck Todd” even in the most salacious company.

    Well, yeah, that’s Gerald R. Ford. Duh.

  3. Knowing it’s Chuck Todd explains the smile. Chuckles probably made an NFL joke! Ha, the humorousness of pro football and it’s players of renown! Which team are you pulling for in week 2 of the preseason, Mr. President? Da Bears, you say? Ha ha!

    If it were another reporter, maybe all these football joshings would have been lost forever! Bless Chuck Todd, bless normalcy and God bless the United States of America!

  4. Rachel Maddow just referenced Wonkette as “the brilliant website Wonkette”

    Thank you. Thank you. I do my best to maintain our high standards.

    Trucknutz. Also.

  5. [re=644120]Joshua Norton[/re]: That is manifestly flattering coming from such a well-respected intellectual and journalist, the only proportional response is TITS OR GTFO!

  6. Wait til the Tea Baggers realize that Barry is not only a Socialist Muslin Fascist, but a Socialist Muslin Fascist who has the power to change human beings into inanimate objects.

  7. Only the greatest of all Presidents could lend his name to a landmark like Grand Rapids International Airport. With all its glamorous jetset trans-Lake type services.

  8. Oh pish-posh — the water bottle would have to sport a goatee that made it look like it just came in second in a chocolate chess pie-eating contest if it really wanted to pass for Chuck Todd. That’s obviously Brian Williams.

  9. Holy shit. So that guy who thought he was orange juice was actually Chuck Todd in the dream of a plastic water bottle in the halls of power several hours ago? I need to lay down.

  10. Holy moly, we are in the “Silly Season”. Is it bad that I’m hoping for some sort of major scandal soon? I don’t even care who it is! Give us something to grouse / be snarky about, universe.

  11. That is, for the record, the Kent County International Airport, renamed a few years ago by some idiot republickin congressman who was all for the county shelling out $275,000 to re-name it for the president from GR who got zero votes and carried zero states before being handed the job in ’74. It was Hoesktra (who ran for governor over the summer presumeably because tired of being the dumbest fuck in the house but lost the primary) or Ehlers. The argument they used was that if the money were spent, one day in the future when they were flying into Grand Rapids with their grandchildren, the could tell the little darlings that they actually knew Gerald R. Ford. The right-wing zealots thought it all to be a capitol idea and forked of the cash for the name do-over.

  12. Rachel, thanks for reading. As one of your fellow Wonkette readers, I respectfully request that you join in what has been called “the absolute most consistently hilarious group of one-liner writers on the Internet since forever” — our standards are high but I think you just might be able to pass the rigorous commenter screening process. Also, a huge banner ad a la Campbell Brown would be lovely.

    You’re way better than Chuck “Water Bottle” Todd!

  13. And the FAA airport code for Gerald Ford International Airport is “GRR.” Grrrrr!
    It’s probably called an “international” airport because they sell Nacho Cheese flavored Doritos in the vending machines.

  14. You heard it here first: when Comcast takes over NBC, they’re not even going to go to the expense of sending a plastic water bottle to do interviews.

  15. 1.Piss on a picture of Sarah Palin while saying “I am the President and you can shut the fuck up now.”
    2.Order the Secret Service to shoot the next asshole who stands up in congress to say something is a bad idea, without offering an alternative.
    3.Stop sending federal money to the state of the next moron who says the stimulas was a bad idea.
    4.Nuke Iran just to show the rest of the world we mean business.
    5.Send FEMA to Pakistan
    6.Ask the next person who says you are a Muslim, what difference it makes.
    7.Send Michelle Bachman to North Korea on an undisclosed assignment for an undetermined length of time.
    8.Re establish the WPA. They can start by burying all the power lines underground.
    9.Require all colleges to lower tuition by 30%
    10.See if Mexico will take Arizona Back.

  16. I was interviewing him by hologram, and holograms don’t show up on film. Guess who just lost his invite to the 2011 White House Correspondent’s Dinner? You, Ken Layne. It’s you.

    I hear Barack and Carlos Mencia have already started working on a killer rap about immigration, too. You’ll have to watch it on C-SPAN, Layne.


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