CANNIBALISM  2:46 pm September 15, 2011

Media Reporting About Own Fights Over Photo of Obama Drinking Beer

by Kirsten Boyd Johnson

A photo's worth a thousand words, or six million words no one cares about.The ever-shrinking Washington Post has a little piece of essential journalism about some inane “reporters versus a bunch of slobs” slapfight happening, where else, on Twitter, over a White House photo of President Obama drinking a beer with a young Marine who received the Medal of Honor. Here is your BREAKING NEWS timeline of this tragic story: several White House journalists tweeted the photo because that’s one of those “easy ones,” then a number of  Twitter lunatics spent actual moments of their brief, earthly lives criticizing the photo (THE MARINES ARE OWNED BY JESUS AND THE REPUBLICANS, OBAMA, NICE TRY), the reporters whined back about Twitter being full of obnoxious idiots, and then, this the only terrible part, the Washington Post declared this a newsworthy “debate” in a headline about this banal nonsense.

Reporting about other reporters reporting on the difficulties of reporting on Twitter, TWENTY PULITZER PRIZES:

Many of the followers chimed in, with most offering praise for the photo and the president’s hospitality. But some others apparently offered more cynical comments about the event being a staged photo-op for Obama.

It didn’t take long for the usually combative White House reporters to stick up for the embattled president on this one.

“It would be nice to be able to post a photo of the president having a beer with a Marine without being beseiged with snark. #GrowUp,” [Jake] Tapper later wrote on his account.

[Ed] Henry wrote: “Come on folks, just because WH released a photo of President’s beer w/Dakota Meyer doesn’t mean its ‘just a photo-op’”

Then he added: “Surely you can disagree with President on issues, if that’s how you feel, but still appreciate him recognizing uncommon valor by a Marine”

Come on, Washington Post. We know there are slow news days and a lack of resources and all, but let’s not go down the CNN rabbit hole of pulling quotes from Twitter brawls and calling it “a debate” without a thick sense of irony attached to the word. [Washington Post]

 

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SorosBot September 15, 2011 at 2:49 pm

But see, Obama "recognizing uncommon valor by a Marine" doesn't make him any less black, so the teabaggers will still find some excuse to jump all over him for it.

Terry September 15, 2011 at 3:25 pm

Ain't that the frickin truth.

Trannysurprise September 15, 2011 at 3:30 pm

In the Teabagger world African Americans aren't allowed to be President, thus are illegitimate and that makes any awards he hands out fake.

See, the Teabagger logic train has left the station.

WunkRocker September 15, 2011 at 4:30 pm

He should have rode on a plane another pilot flew and landed on an aircraft carrier. Maybe throw in a "WE KILLED BIN LADEN" banner behind him? We could even get him one of those piloty suit Walnuts was always crashing in.

Rotundo_ September 15, 2011 at 4:44 pm

Hell, if it were a republican, there would be live coverage of the commander in chief kicking the corpse of Bin Laden in the ballsack while jamming a pork chop in his mouth and shouting USA USA USA. Faux Nooze would have had a panel discussion about how presidential said president looked kicking a naked dead arab in the ballsack while jamming a pork chop down his throat before they tied his body to a smart bomb and dropped it on a Afghani wedding.

BerkeleyBear September 15, 2011 at 5:57 pm

Your ideas have been considered, and rejected, as too wimpy and unAmerican by Roger Ailes. To wit, the absence of the following elements:

1. Boot jammed firmly up ass – it's the American way.
2. Feces smeared on said pork chop and/or a handy copy of the Quran (preferably with indications the President in question has been using the holy writ as toilet paper for some time)
3. Tattooing, decapitation or other bodily mutilation
4. Teabagging the corpse (for those grassroots supporters)
5. Shit eating grin on President, preferably with snickering and unintelligible one liners to the effect of "Got 'er done" and "Let's roll him"
6. Burying mutilated corpse neck deep near ant hill and showing results in super slo-mo.

Pristine_ODummy September 15, 2011 at 6:43 pm

When you put it that way …

RedneckMuslin September 15, 2011 at 2:49 pm

Did any of them write, "Darkie sure likes to drink"?

Texan_Bulldog September 15, 2011 at 2:52 pm

Wonder how many malt liquor jokes were made? (Actually, no I don't…it would just make me sad.)

horsedreamer_1 September 15, 2011 at 2:58 pm

If Obama actually were Billy Dee Williams, the Baggers would have been in their place, long ago.

Chet Kincaid September 15, 2011 at 3:10 pm

I was not aware of Billy Dee Williams' bad-ass reputation.

BerkeleyBear September 15, 2011 at 5:57 pm

I believe that's a reference to his stint as a malt liqour pitchman (Colt 45, maybe).

Chet Kincaid September 15, 2011 at 3:13 pm

I get my full quota of malt liquor jokes from the Wonkette comments, in the ongoing tantrum over Barry not naming every initiative the NWA act.

Ayn Rand Paul Tard September 15, 2011 at 3:37 pm

If only…IF ONLY…Barry could muster some attitude. Instead of Fuck tha Police we get Help tha GOPs.

Chet Kincaid September 15, 2011 at 5:54 pm

Went right over your head, huh?

Pristine_ODummy September 15, 2011 at 6:44 pm

Dammit, Texan. MUST we think alike?

gurukalehuru September 15, 2011 at 3:22 pm

Not half as much as this guy: http://wonkette.com/401833/was-bush-falling-down-

ProudLibunatic September 15, 2011 at 4:15 pm

Remember the good ol' days when deathbaggers pretended not to be racists?

(Don't forget I said "pretended.")

GOPCrusher September 15, 2011 at 5:38 pm

Great. Now I'm thirsty for a 40 of Colt .45

Pristine_ODummy September 15, 2011 at 6:44 pm

They just had Pox Ooze hosts talk about those 40 oz malt liquor thingies. Same thing, right?

MARCdMan September 15, 2011 at 2:49 pm

Bet it was Kenyanmuslin non-alcoholic beer!

horsedreamer_1 September 15, 2011 at 2:59 pm

Bia Yangu, Nchi Yangu.

GOPCrusher September 15, 2011 at 5:39 pm

O' Bama's!

GlowneyHouse September 15, 2011 at 6:47 pm

That man never drank a Duff in his life!

Chillwaver September 15, 2011 at 2:50 pm

Goddammit…why can't a brother just sit down, relax, and have a beer with a Marine?

Trannysurprise September 15, 2011 at 3:32 pm

He can. As long as the brother knows his place. Welcome to TeaTard 101.

emmelemm September 15, 2011 at 3:42 pm

The brother should be serving the beer. /fixed

horsedreamer_1 September 15, 2011 at 4:03 pm

'Bama needs more white jacket & gloves.

FraAnima September 15, 2011 at 4:47 pm

or crack pipe and hos.

GOPCrusher September 15, 2011 at 5:40 pm

As long as he doesn't put his feet up on the furniture.

Pristine_ODummy September 15, 2011 at 6:53 pm

That poor man can't do shit without a million sad sacks commenting on it in some way. Even he said (and I remember this well) that he sometimes wondered what he was doing. Thank goodness he's not a quitter like ScaryFailin', or we'd be back in the hands of the teagaggers already.

Come here a minute September 15, 2011 at 2:50 pm

The guy saved dozens of lives — get him some hard liquor!

anniegetyerfun September 15, 2011 at 3:22 pm

Seriously. Is that a fucking Pilsner?

Jukesgrrl September 15, 2011 at 5:11 pm

… with a chaser of Grey Poupon.

Radiotherapy® September 15, 2011 at 2:50 pm

Putting the low in pillow fight.

Lucidamente1 September 15, 2011 at 2:51 pm

Needs moar Crowley, Gates, and Biden. Especially Biden.

MARCdMan September 15, 2011 at 3:18 pm

Biden's no fun, he can't drink due to aneurysms.

not that Dewey September 15, 2011 at 4:01 pm

I think it's fair to say, number one, any of us would be pretty angry. Number two, that Jake Tapper and Ed Henry acted stupidly in replying to somebody when there was already proof that they were moronic twitter fuckheads.

ProudLibunatic September 15, 2011 at 4:20 pm

…not to mention how they called that idiotic drivel "snark!"
I am offended!

WunkRocker September 15, 2011 at 4:32 pm

Troll feeder!

SwanSwanH September 15, 2011 at 2:51 pm

Twitter-gazing.

WhatTheHeck September 15, 2011 at 2:51 pm

Hops libel. Jesus turned water into beer, not wine!

Geminisunmars September 15, 2011 at 2:54 pm

Jesus turned water nto beer, not whine!

OneYieldRegular September 15, 2011 at 2:51 pm

After reading this post, I have only one thing to say: I need a beer.

Texan_Bulldog September 15, 2011 at 2:51 pm

When Jake Tapper starts making sense…2 plus 2=5.

anniegetyerfun September 15, 2011 at 3:22 pm

Right? What the fuck is going on with that? Does someone else manage his Twitter feed?

Jukesgrrl September 15, 2011 at 5:12 pm

I thought the same thing. The teabaggers have really gone off the deep end when Tapper and Ed Henry are the voices of reason.

Texan_Bulldog September 15, 2011 at 10:02 pm

Yeah & Ed Henry is a Fox stooge now!

not that Dewey September 16, 2011 at 12:24 am

Bill Hemmer, Geri Willis, and now Ed Henry? (I'm sure there must be others.) Is CNN just a training camp for Fox News reporters? WTF?

EDIT: Oh, look! Poor Ed Henry! http://www.theatlanticwire.com/business/2011/07/w

How did I miss this?

Doktor Zoom September 15, 2011 at 2:52 pm

This Twitterpation over a photo reminds me of the Battle of Stalingrad, only with less snow. #Hoekstra

Pristine_ODummy September 15, 2011 at 6:54 pm

That was a 9.5 Hoekstra, dood. Pretty damn good.

Bonzos_Bed_Time September 15, 2011 at 2:52 pm

Snark free zone: I'd be happy to drink a beer with either of them.

flamingpdog September 15, 2011 at 4:19 pm

I'm in my work cubicle. I'd happy to drink a beer with anyone right about now.

BerkeleyBear September 15, 2011 at 6:01 pm

I'd be happy to buy either of them a beer. Or anything else they wanted.

Pristine_ODummy September 15, 2011 at 7:01 pm

I'd be happy to share a beer with either of these fine gentlemen, individually.

And as an eremitic curmudgeon, that's saying a helluva fucking lot, since I have to be winkled out of my hidey-hole and dragged, screaming and kicking, to any kind of social foofaraw at all.

Nothingisamiss September 15, 2011 at 2:53 pm

What does Erick Erickson think of this?

elviouslyqueer September 15, 2011 at 3:11 pm

Oh, I've got this one:

Barry—>drank a beer—>beer is an alcoholic beverage—>Barry's Uncle Onyango Obama drank lots of alcoholic beverages and got pulled over for DUI—>Uncle Onyango is an illegal immigrant—>Barry is therefore a de facto illegal immigrant and therefore should be tried, impeached, lynched, and sent back to Afrikkka.

That was easy. Next!

EatsBabyDingos September 15, 2011 at 4:49 pm

And porbably getting out the snare drum to pound a good dumbeat.

Pristine_ODummy September 15, 2011 at 7:02 pm

Jeezus. My brain hurts.

And knowing that dim, dim bulb, he'll insist on lynching before deportation, too.

tihond September 15, 2011 at 2:53 pm

*Channeling my inner-Republican* Probably a 40, am I rite?

Callyson September 15, 2011 at 2:53 pm

Yeah, this was just a photo op…that's why the Marine *asked* to have a beer with the president:
Meyer asked if he could have a beer with Obama, and the president invited him to the White House on Wednesday, Press Secretary Jay Carney said.
FFS, what's next: will the wingnuts criticize Dakota Mayer for not drinking with Boneheader instead? I can hear it now: "Meyer was just afraid Orangeman would drink him under the table…"

anniegetyerfun September 15, 2011 at 3:23 pm

Maybe he and Boehner can go tanning and share some fruity tropical drinks afterward.

ETA: Meyer should go tanning with Boehner, not Obama. I shudder to think about the screams from the right should Obama's skin get a shade darker.

flamingpdog September 15, 2011 at 4:22 pm

If Obama's skin got a shade darker, he still might not be as dark as teh Boner.

Pristine_ODummy September 15, 2011 at 7:06 pm

Boehner ain't drinking no fruity shit unless there's hard liquor in it.

I still crack up over The Prez referring to Boehner as "a man of colour. Just not a colour found in nature."

Terry September 15, 2011 at 3:26 pm

Meyer was just afraid Orangeman would break down in tears

Pristine_ODummy September 15, 2011 at 7:05 pm

Judging from the rich and tender nuance of John Bo(eh)ner's complexion, he's moments away from cirrhotic liver collapse. So, more like "Meyer was afraid Orangeman would die a hideous alcoholic death on HIS watch."

Y'all ever see anyone's liver explode before? It is not a pretty sight. Moments away, I tellya. Seconds, maybe, even.

WinterOuthouse September 15, 2011 at 2:53 pm

Was Obama drinking Mad Dog 20/20?

elviouslyqueer September 15, 2011 at 3:13 pm

Ripple or GTFO.

OneDollarJuana September 15, 2011 at 3:26 pm

Colt 45. A forty.

Chet Kincaid September 15, 2011 at 3:23 pm

I don't get it.

Terry September 15, 2011 at 3:27 pm

Courvoisier.

DaRooster September 15, 2011 at 3:33 pm

"You lithenin' to the Ladieth Man…"

Sharkey September 15, 2011 at 4:04 pm

Thunderbird.

MrFizzy September 15, 2011 at 4:22 pm

that adds up to a 40, so yeah

GOPCrusher September 15, 2011 at 5:42 pm

I have to believe that the good President, being from Chicago, is prone to enjoying a Goose Island Urban Ale.

BerkeleyBear September 15, 2011 at 6:03 pm

I hope not, seeing as how they've sold out to AB/Unilever. He could have a nice Two Brothers offering, like a Domaine DuPage.

Pragmatist2 September 15, 2011 at 2:53 pm

Stop the Presses!!!!!
The reporters have it exactly right.
These six-toed, single-balled, mouth breathers in the Tea Party hate Obama so much they would happily trash a Marine Medal of Honor winner who (and this is a fact) specifically asked if he could have a beer with the President.

JustPixelz September 15, 2011 at 3:13 pm

Perhaps if the touchstone question should be "Which candidate would a MoH winner like to have a beer with?"

Trannysurprise September 15, 2011 at 3:37 pm

The correct TeaTard answer: Jesus, Ronald Reagan and Lee Greenwood.

Rotundo_ September 15, 2011 at 4:49 pm

Even a blind squirrel finds a nut now and then.

Biel_ze_Bubba September 18, 2011 at 12:26 am

"and this is a fact"

Oh, come down off your high horse. We're talking about Teabaggers here.

Lucidamente1 September 15, 2011 at 2:54 pm

If we'd had Twitter back when me and my roommates would do bong hits and argue over who had the hottest TA, would we have been written up in the fucking Washington Post?

Lionel[redacted]Esq September 15, 2011 at 3:21 pm

Yes.

SudsMcKenzie September 15, 2011 at 2:54 pm

I'm assuming Hopey poured a little out on the patio.

horsedreamer_1 September 15, 2011 at 3:01 pm

Fifteen years sans Pac.

But I see no Changes, here, anyway.

Limeylizzie September 15, 2011 at 2:54 pm

I am listening to Hopey and I just can't bear the thought of Rick Perry standing in his place .

DaRooster September 15, 2011 at 3:00 pm

Parry would be,"So son, how cool was it to shoot at brown people? Ya know how many people I've killed?"

Limeylizzie September 15, 2011 at 3:08 pm

You killed 8, fucking amateur !

hollywooddood September 15, 2011 at 3:36 pm

234 and one coyote?

GOPCrusher September 15, 2011 at 5:44 pm

"I've sent boys younger than you to the gas chamber. Didn't want to do it, felt I owed it to them."

JerkCade September 15, 2011 at 3:01 pm

Not to worry – it'll be Romney.

Limeylizzie September 15, 2011 at 3:07 pm

Sob.

flamingpdog September 15, 2011 at 4:26 pm

No beer on the patio there.

Lionel[redacted]Esq September 15, 2011 at 5:15 pm

Just funny underwear.

Not_So_Much September 15, 2011 at 3:33 pm

Will he formally ban the letter "g"? 'Ah shore am proud of ya killin' all them thar browns. Mebbe we kin do sum shootin' some time and yew kin show me how it's done!' durp durp durp.

elviouslyqueer September 15, 2011 at 3:58 pm

According to enflamed colostomy bag Bruce Tinsley, Barry already did that.

Dudleydidwrong September 15, 2011 at 4:24 pm

Aflac should fuck Mallard Fillmore with a rusty shovel.

flamingpdog September 15, 2011 at 4:33 pm

Better yet, Mallard Fillmore should be the object of this.

finallyhappy September 15, 2011 at 5:26 pm

Rick Perry -and the riots of 68 will happen again in the streets of our cities. And this time instead of my parents sending me to the country for the summer- I'll be out there rioting.

BerkeleyBear September 15, 2011 at 6:16 pm

Yeah but this time fuck going after the inner cities. Let's target the top 5 percenters who actually have all the money, instead of the Korean liquor store owner and nice burrito cart man.

Me, I got my eye on a nice lakefront community in Lake Oswego. Plus, once we evict the current occupants it will be easy to defend.

Who's with me?

BerkeleyBear September 15, 2011 at 6:09 pm

I look at both Mitt and Rick and I get a Tweetie-esque tingle. Only it is my flesh trying to crawl the fuck off my body and as far away from those two insincere, ineloquent (and in Perry's case seemingly functionally illiterate) salesmen. Can't you just see the two of them on an infomercial for dynamic secret real estate strategies, with Mittens as the straight man and Perry as the wild pitch guy?

Ack, now I've gone and made myself ill.

Geminisunmars September 15, 2011 at 2:55 pm

If no such photo came out, they'd be screaming that Obamer was dissing the medal of honor winner.

Wonderthing September 15, 2011 at 2:56 pm

Hmmmm. Black people and beer. Is the Marine pregnant now? The Enquirer wants to know.

SayItWithWookies September 15, 2011 at 2:57 pm

Yeah, shame on President Obama for having his picture taken doing something — that's using our troops for a photo op. Unlike, say, parading around on an aircraft carrier declaring a victory that wasn't.

baconzgood September 15, 2011 at 3:09 pm

You forget which the "Mission" was. The Mission was to get us bogged down in a endless war of imperialism so Cheney could make his dick feel bigger or work on father issues or what ever it was.

SayItWithWookies September 15, 2011 at 3:18 pm

Or to get the Armageddon ball rolling so Jesus would come back. Which sorta worked, since it brought seven years of misery, persecution and death to Iraq's small Christian population. Of course, Dubya's all tribulation and no rapture, so it didn't end well.

Jukesgrrl September 15, 2011 at 5:18 pm

The mission was to get Halliburton's stock prices up.

anniegetyerfun September 15, 2011 at 3:25 pm

Needs moar codpiece.

Lionel[redacted]Esq September 15, 2011 at 5:18 pm

In fairness, I don't think the USS Carl Vinson has launched an attack on the US since Bush conquered it.

HobbesEvilTwin September 15, 2011 at 2:57 pm

OMG! this is bigger than Watergate, Iran-Contra and White House blow jobs ALL COMBINED!!!!!

Texan_Bulldog September 15, 2011 at 2:58 pm

Don't forget Paperclip Gate!

DaRooster September 15, 2011 at 3:02 pm

And "Speech-Kerfuffle".

horsedreamer_1 September 15, 2011 at 3:15 pm

Try reading your teleprompter, now, when you're drunk! Not so special, now, are you?

OneDollarJuana September 15, 2011 at 3:28 pm

White House blow j…? How did JFK get wrapped up in this thread?

bflrtsplk September 15, 2011 at 2:57 pm

How many beers is this guy gonna drink while he's Preznet anyway? Shouldn' t he be drinking malt liquor or Night Train or something?

poncho_pilot September 15, 2011 at 2:58 pm

nothing says "supporting the troops" like turning a returning Marine's visit with the President into a twitter slap fight. ugh.

DaRooster September 15, 2011 at 2:58 pm

I'll wait for the poll that tells me how I should react to this story.

Beowoof September 15, 2011 at 2:59 pm

He should have been waiting that table not sitting at it.

Geminisunmars September 15, 2011 at 2:59 pm

What a bunch of twitterpaters.

ArmoredBore September 15, 2011 at 3:00 pm

I'm not going to bother reading this "debate", but I sure can imagine how it looks.

elviouslyqueer September 15, 2011 at 3:21 pm

Or this.

OneDollarJuana September 15, 2011 at 3:30 pm

That's hot!

Dudleydidwrong September 15, 2011 at 4:28 pm

Michele and Sarah sure looked stupid in that, but maybe that's the way they get their jollies. Was Marcus the ref? He'd have been a disinterested party.

not that Dewey September 15, 2011 at 3:59 pm

The one on the left is Jake Tapper, right?

baconzgood September 15, 2011 at 3:02 pm

Mmmmmmmmmmmmmm Beer. I'll have one of those a little later. Then another and another and another and another….

horsedreamer_1 September 15, 2011 at 3:02 pm

Not nearly so much drama as would be at Pres. Palin's welcoming of the NCAA Champion UCONN Huskies.

KenLayIsAlive September 15, 2011 at 5:43 pm

I think I saw that porno.

not that Dewey September 17, 2011 at 2:29 pm

Or surrounded Hopey's welcoming of the Rutgers women's basketball team.

Guppy06 September 15, 2011 at 3:03 pm

"beseiged with snark"

Man the snark cannons!

proudgrampa September 15, 2011 at 3:05 pm

Oh, for fuck's sake.

MissTaken September 15, 2011 at 3:07 pm

Jiminy Fucking Cricket, people are actually fucking posting bitchy ass responses to tweets that the President granted a hero's simple request to share a beer and that someone took a photo of it?

Please tell me this is when Twitter officially "jumps the shark" and can finally go the fuck away.

elviouslyqueer September 15, 2011 at 3:30 pm

Honey, Twitter officially jumped the shark approximately 15 seconds after being launched.

Jukesgrrl September 15, 2011 at 5:26 pm

In those 15 seconds it turned into yet another advertising tool for everyone from Snookie to Grandpa Cornpants but Facebook Nation is too dumb to know when it's being used.

hagajim September 15, 2011 at 3:10 pm

Meanwhile – back in the real world – John (orange-u-tan) Boehner announces the new GOP job plan – do not a fucking thing until that negro is gone gone gone!

Wait – maybe that's not the real world….nope, in the real world there are still no jobs – dickfucks!

Pithaughn September 15, 2011 at 3:31 pm

Ok, here's the thang. they like moderately high unemployment. "they" are them that already have the wealth. Trust me, they are like the Taliban in that they can wait out a few years, then put another of the fascist meat puppets back in the white house. As if the current occupant is not enough of a corporatism lackey. From my view here on the streets of a typical minor US city, I see the population of unemployed, dis-spirited, slovenly dressed youngsters increasing; wandering the streets. How long until we see the Arab spring spread to our disenchanted left behinds?

Jukesgrrl September 15, 2011 at 5:30 pm

I totally agree — but given the tastes and proclivities of our dis-spirited youth, I hesitate to think what their idea of "spring" is. Girls Gone Wild?

GOPCrusher September 15, 2011 at 5:48 pm

Don't you have to put down the X-Box handle to properly riot?

Pithaughn September 15, 2011 at 7:03 pm

Indeed, but the kids, young adults I see don't have even those basics of life. I don't interact with these people at all, just notice them hanging out and walking around day after day. Sometimes they smile and wave, but mostly just glare and stare.

PuckStopsHere September 15, 2011 at 3:11 pm

I'm just glad he doesn't have his feet on the table in the patio of the People's House!

MissTaken September 15, 2011 at 3:11 pm

In tomorrow's Wash Post:

Martha Stewart tweets her recipe for butternut squash and is besieged by snark from followers who find her use of cumin both distasteful and unpatriotic. #frontpagenews

weejee September 15, 2011 at 3:15 pm

But Martha being a true patriot would have done kegstands with that brave Marine rather than go with those tacky clear glass mugs.

not that Dewey September 15, 2011 at 4:02 pm

#notintendedasanactualrecipe

GOPCrusher September 15, 2011 at 5:49 pm

huhuhuhuhuhuhuhuhuhuhuhuhuhuhuhuhuh…..You said cumin.

Canmon September 15, 2011 at 3:13 pm

Name your son Dakota and he'll turn into a Medal of Honor winner. Didn't Johnny Cash write a song like that?

DaRooster September 15, 2011 at 3:13 pm

Seems a bit "laid back" to be too staged of a photo op…

baconzgood September 15, 2011 at 3:14 pm

What did this guy do to deserve to drink a brew with the prez at the White House….Oh

anniegetyerfun September 15, 2011 at 3:17 pm

Conservatives would only consider it a legitimate meeting if Obama was handing the Marine a crack pipe.

ManchuCandidate September 15, 2011 at 3:18 pm

The MSM and it's audience of shutins and dipshits deserve each other.

anniegetyerfun September 15, 2011 at 3:19 pm

"On Wednesday, when Meyer had a beer with President Obama, things got ugly for another reason."

Did Obama punch the Marine in the face and say "Booyah, mouthfucka! Allahu Akbar!"? No? Then I think your sentence is a little off.

MissTaken September 15, 2011 at 3:19 pm

Of course the teabaggers think this is a staged photo-op, Obama isn't drinking from a pimp chalice while smoking a Newport.

Buzz Feedback September 15, 2011 at 3:23 pm

Ah yes, Jake Tapper. He of the "I went on a date with Monica Lewinsky" article in the City Paper back in the day. Your high horse is out of the barn, choad.

Mumbletypeg September 15, 2011 at 3:23 pm

When we had films like Sweet Smell of Success raking its object of disaffection over the coals, they at least made gossip-mongering look sharp in its sleazy-ness. Today's journalists just look pathetic in their pettiness.

Lionel[redacted]Esq September 15, 2011 at 3:23 pm

Up for debate on Fox and Friends tomorrow morning:

Why is it the President is only around White People if he gets them drunk first?

genxr September 15, 2011 at 3:27 pm

@Billo not once did anyone say "hey MFer where's my MFing ice tea?"

@ChuckGrassley ur thoughts on Big Nrg in White House?

DahBoner September 15, 2011 at 3:27 pm

"MARINES ARE OWNED BY JESUS AND THE REPUBLICANS, OBAMA, NICE TRY"

Gomer Pyle is GOD?

Rotundo_ September 15, 2011 at 5:03 pm

To the scooter bound who exist watching the reruns, it is a probability. GawwwwwwLEEEEEE!!!!!!!!11111!!!!!ONE!1!

BerkeleyBear September 15, 2011 at 6:21 pm

Well, he was gay. And a hell of a crooner on "Back home in Indiana". So maybe.

ShaveTheWhales September 16, 2011 at 1:16 am

What a great voice, no? Also, you are old.

BerkeleyBear September 16, 2011 at 7:35 pm

Nah, I lived in Indiana for 9 years and they trotted his ass out at the 500 every chance they got (somehow the rednecks were okay with his queerness, or they just had the same blindspot so many women had about Liberace (which calling back to another thread, is a classic Bloom County reference)).

anniegetyerfun September 15, 2011 at 3:27 pm

I have the same patio set. Costco.

Jukesgrrl September 15, 2011 at 5:34 pm

Uh oh. Don't tell that to the teabaggers. They'll be OUTRAGED that the Obamas are not shopping at Sam's Club, as God intended.

Goonemeritus September 15, 2011 at 3:30 pm

There have not been many Congressional Medal Honor winners that were still capable of consuming a beer in the history of the award. This medal is rarely awarded and even more rarely awarded non-posthumously. Two great Americans toasting their mutual awesomeness.

DemonicRage September 15, 2011 at 3:33 pm

Last President gets us involved in a pointless Invasion of a Muslim country and tries to nominate his personal attorney, who wears Racoon eye makeup, for a seat on the Supreme Court and all this is perfectly cool. This President has a beer at the White House in the company of a National Hero and he gets stomped on/ criticized. What is going on?

elviouslyqueer September 15, 2011 at 3:40 pm

I have no idea, but I'm fairly certain it has zero to do with the fact that the POTUS is a dusky negro.

Chichikovovich September 15, 2011 at 4:09 pm

"tries to nominate his personal attorney, …, for a seat on the Supreme Court"

At the time I hoped that the Democrats would quickly pull their act together and confirm her soooper-fast before the Republicans could get a good head of outrage going and force the candidate to withdraw. 'Cause whoever we got instead would be a million times worse, and would have been bred, raised and trained as a legal terminator in the secret labs in the Federalist Society basement.

And now we have Alito. Am I Cassandra or what?

Rotundo_ September 15, 2011 at 5:08 pm

She would have been another Thomas, doing a crossword while at the bench and waiting for Antonin to tell him how to rule and his clerks to write the thing up so he can get back to watching Long Dong Silver loop films and whacking off. Except in her case, it would have been reading Harlequin Romances and discreetly firing up one of those remote control thingamadoodles.

BerkeleyBear September 15, 2011 at 6:23 pm

I always thought she was a knitter. Specifically of things with a male bovine theme.

You know, a bull knitter.

An_Outhouse September 15, 2011 at 3:35 pm

WHERE'S THE PAPERCLIP?

FASTENER LIBEL!!!!

elviouslyqueer September 15, 2011 at 3:35 pm

Really? @WaPo #whogivesashit

imissopus September 15, 2011 at 3:37 pm

#shutthefuckupyouwhinyrightwingdisrespectfulchunksofhumaneffluvium

zombie rotten mcdonald September 15, 2011 at 3:39 pm

ifthethunder will be very impressed with the WaPoop on this one, I am sure.

HistoriCat September 15, 2011 at 3:47 pm

Obama has his sleeves partially rolled up – this is disgraceful and demeaning to both the office of the Presidency and that Medal of Honor winner!

superdave September 15, 2011 at 3:49 pm

Hey! I have the very same lawn furniture in my backyard! It's kinda like my ass and Obama's ass have shared the very same spot! Or not. That's all I got.

crybabyboehner September 15, 2011 at 3:54 pm

When you lie down with Twitter you wake up with Twits.

El Pinche September 15, 2011 at 3:54 pm

god almighty I hate the MSM.

DashboardBuddha September 15, 2011 at 4:02 pm

I'm just glad paperclips weren't involved.

notreelyhelping September 15, 2011 at 4:05 pm

With the kind of shit one has to do to win a Medal of Honor, I find it kind of touching that the guy wanted a beer with his commander-in-chief. Seriously. And that they gave it to him. That anyone–anyone–should bitch about that or try to score political points…appalling.

Sorry. Can't squeeze one out of the humor gland here.

sunmusing September 15, 2011 at 6:28 pm

Yeah I know what you mean. I saw him describing what happened on Jon Stewart the other night. Wow. Not only did he save all those lives, but he watched his hand EVAPORATE! AND he continued the fight! I will deliver beer to this guy where ever, when ever.

MozakiBlocks September 15, 2011 at 10:53 pm

Beer, blowjobs, whatever the dude wants.

AlterNewt September 15, 2011 at 4:05 pm

That's some deep shallowness there.

fuflans September 15, 2011 at 4:10 pm

hobbits.

Ruhe September 15, 2011 at 4:11 pm

Kirsten, I hate to repeat myself but….America. Killed. Irony.

Stop looking for it. You'll hurt yourself.

mereoblivion September 15, 2011 at 4:15 pm

They both seem like people I'd feel honored to go have a beer with.

BlueStateLibel September 15, 2011 at 4:17 pm

The weirdest thing to me is that anyone could have just A beer, as in ONE, single beer. What is with these people?

GOPCrusher September 15, 2011 at 5:52 pm

Lightweights.

chascates September 15, 2011 at 4:18 pm

Twitter is the new 'overheard-in-a-bar'.

MrFizzy September 15, 2011 at 4:19 pm

OK, I didn't read every post on this article, so sorry if I missed something similar. But…am I the only one who thinks that these staged photos of Obama drinking beer are just fucking stupid? It's hard to imagine what audience they're trying to appeal to – can't be rednecks (they hate the negroes, so it don't matter what they're doing), can't be old folks (they don't cotton to drinking), it can't be young folks (they recognize this is merely dumb), and it sure as hell isn't librals (who are scratching their heads wondering what this is all about). BO would do much more honor to people in the military by getting out of Afghanistan. I'll put the snark-hat back on now.

Dudleydidwrong September 15, 2011 at 4:37 pm

You're sure this is a "staged photo?" Man, I thought I was cynical.

Negropolis September 16, 2011 at 1:02 am

Any photo taken within the grounds of the White House is staged, that is, it is meant for either immediate or eventual public consumption. Yes, this was staged. Some photos are for simple documentation and others are meant for politics, sometimes it's both, and even more often it's not even clear the intention. I kind of had the same question, myself, about these "beer summits."

MrFizzy September 16, 2011 at 8:31 am

I got some grief over this from other wonkers

Negropolis September 16, 2011 at 8:52 pm

I know you did, and it's not fair but it's just how it goes, sometimes.

Jukesgrrl September 15, 2011 at 5:51 pm

The photograph who took this picture was not from the media's WH press corps. Official White House photographers are hired to record history. Chief Pete Souza (who also worked in the Reagan White House) has a staff of three photographers and one videographer. They operate as stealthly as possible. They aren't like wedding photographers forcing Aunt Dorothy to stand next to Aunt Betty even though they hate each other. They didn't stage this event any more than they staged the killing of OBL.

Personally, I'm relieved and happy to see a photo of our president doing something normal. Anyone who is forced to think of Boehner and McConnell even once a day deserves a beer … or ten.

GOPCrusher September 15, 2011 at 5:55 pm

He deserves a Secret Service agent that rolls perfect phatties that he enjoys while listening to Bob Marley and The Wailers.

MrFizzy September 16, 2011 at 8:33 am

Thanks for the comment – there was actually a piece in the paper this morning about the photographer who took this shot. He's actually not in the WH press corps – he's a vet who lost both legs (I think in Afghanistan, maybe Iraq). Generally I agree that it's good to see BO doing something low-key like that.

BerkeleyBear September 15, 2011 at 6:28 pm

The young man was asked if he wanted anything before the ceremony. He said he wanted a beer with the President. The President obliged and a bunch of press assholes took the pics.

When a man who has won the MoH asks to have a beer with you, I don't care if you are a teetotaling Mennonite. . . . YOU. HAVE. THE. FUCKING. BEER. And if someone doesn't like it, that 's their goddamn problem.

MrFizzy September 16, 2011 at 8:35 am

No question whatsoever about the latter – I would like to have a beer with either one of those guys at any time. It would have been interesting if MoH winner Sgt. Meyer had asked Bushie (the supposed tee-totaler) to have a beer with him. Of course, Bush wasn't comfortable with anyone who had anything to do with the military.

MissTaken September 15, 2011 at 7:15 pm

Every single thing the Prez does is photographed and it was the WH Press Pool who posted it to Twitter, not the White House.

This wasn't trying to appeal to any audience other than reporting that the only living Marine MoH recipient from the Afghan war asked his Commander in Chief to share a beer. If the MoH recipient asked Obama to play some basketball that would be photographed, and posted to the public by the press pool as well.

fuflans September 15, 2011 at 4:20 pm

nice patio dude.

Barrelhse September 15, 2011 at 5:08 pm

Q: What's Irish and stays out all night?

A: Patty O'Furniture

MrFizzy September 15, 2011 at 4:21 pm

BTW those two glasses of "beer" have been positively identified as the same ones that were on the same table when Obama tried to make peace over that incident up in Massachusetts or wherever. Back in the good old days.

thefrontpage September 15, 2011 at 4:35 pm

Twitter is to intelligent communication what the Salahis are to sanity.

johnnyzhivago September 15, 2011 at 4:47 pm

If it was a photo-op, they would have been sitting in front of a gigantic banner proclaiming "MISSION ACCOMPLISHED

Barrelhse September 15, 2011 at 4:48 pm

I suppose this is a little OT, but John Boehner is a piece of fuck.

elviouslyqueer September 15, 2011 at 5:06 pm

Oh, you mean this shit?

Yea, "piece of fuck" would be one of the nicer things I've called that nicotine-reeking, smegma-smeared, pitiful waste of protoplasm.

Jukesgrrl September 15, 2011 at 5:53 pm

That he is "a piece of fuck" bears repeating, so not OT.

jqheywood September 15, 2011 at 5:58 pm

FUCK LIBEL!!!!!!

Steverino247 September 15, 2011 at 5:19 pm

Well, being awarded the MOH proves he has balls of steel. Asking to have a beer with the President is the military equivalent of pointing to the spot in the outfield where you're sending the next pitch.

lochnessmonster September 15, 2011 at 5:26 pm

Meh

KenLayIsAlive September 15, 2011 at 5:47 pm

"President Obama declined when the Marine asked if he could help him get a tax break for his prostitution business…"

James O'Keefe strikes again!

owhatever September 15, 2011 at 6:11 pm

Obama getting the Marine Corps drunk so he can destroy it, one jarhead at a time. Republicans oppose this, saying let them fight until they get wounded, then deny them medical care so they die quicky and save the cost of beer because Marines drink a lot.

Chet Kincaid September 15, 2011 at 6:31 pm

Fuck everybody with a cynical opinion about this "photo op." We ought to be glad there are apparently people of high character in the military who aren't making asses of themselves in birther youtube videos.

MozakiBlocks September 15, 2011 at 10:55 pm

Son you ain't ever lied.

ShaveTheWhales September 16, 2011 at 1:58 am

No shit.

Dudleydidwrong September 16, 2011 at 10:11 am

Thanks, Chet. Couldn't agree more. I'm out of upfists, however

MikeInMichigan September 15, 2011 at 7:43 pm

I can just TELL that Obama's drinking a Colt .45.

Barrelhse September 15, 2011 at 8:04 pm

And the Marine's having a Black Label?

lulzmonger September 15, 2011 at 10:22 pm

TwitGate!

Or is it TwatGate?

BZ1 September 15, 2011 at 11:57 pm

and he's slouching…

Negropolis September 16, 2011 at 12:42 am

…without being beseiged with snark. #GrowUp,” [Jake] Tapper later wrote on his account.

Oh, boy, if that's not ever rich coming from Jake Tapper, who made it a mission during Obama's campaign (and throughout his presidency, really) making the most bitchy, gossipy, sardonic comments – both on air and on social media – about the president out of anyone in the entire press corp. Fuck you very much, Jake.

I've never been able to nail his politics down, but Jake has easily been one of the most smug and annoying reporters out there, I mean, above the level of a Chuck Todd or a Mark Halprin.

Negropolis September 16, 2011 at 1:09 am

Surely, this man has earned to be called whatever he is named or wants to be called, but lil' mommas, can you please stop naming your boys Dakota and your girls Madison? Pretty por favor? I realize he's from rural Kentucky, but then he could has been named Louis.

ShaveTheWhales September 16, 2011 at 1:25 am

My kids are about the same age as this young man, so I've known several "Dakota"s over the last twenty years. This is only the second male, but even at that it's one of the more unisex names I know of.

Oh, and I thought Jake Tapper's political persuasion was "Smug and Annoying".

ShaveTheWhales September 16, 2011 at 4:07 am

So, just in case anyone is still reading this thread, a graf from the NYT article:

"Mr. Obama also described Mr. Meyer as conscientious to an almost painstaking degree. When the White House tried to arrange a call to inform Mr. Meyer — who was promoted to sergeant but left active duty for construction work in his home state, Kentucky — that he would be receiving the medal, Mr. Obama said, Mr. Meyer hesitated to get on the phone with the president because he was at work.

The call was rescheduled for Mr. Meyer’s lunch break, Mr. Obama said."

This isn't snark, just "wow". Both because the sergeant didn't want to take the call when he was supposed to be working, and because the WH just said "okay" and rescheduled.

baconzgood September 16, 2011 at 8:55 am

I read it and didn't know that aspect of the story. Both seem like understanding PEOPLE. We need less soldiers and politicians, and more people.

Uniprober September 16, 2011 at 8:28 am

Maybe now 'folks' will realize that the Marines are an unprofitable, socialist boondoggle.

ttommyunger September 16, 2011 at 2:08 pm

In a related story, Boehner is reported to have had a loose bowel movement. Film at Eleven via Fox's exclusive Congressional Crapper-Cam.

Biel_ze_Bubba September 18, 2011 at 12:36 am

This comment has been deleted by the administrator.

Another fucking malfunction by our 8-bit robo-nanny. I wish I had the energy to sift through my post and find the word that set it off this time … but I don't. Fuck you, Intense Debate.

weejee September 15, 2011 at 3:12 pm

What, no kegstands?

FraAnima September 15, 2011 at 4:46 pm

"There is no fate but what we make."

The machines becoming self-aware will be an improvement.

KenLayIsAlive September 15, 2011 at 5:38 pm

"After 75 minutes … I had seen enough"

He added:

"Didn't enjoy the experience one bit. I went right to the edge, but not over."

BerkeleyBear September 15, 2011 at 6:22 pm

Well, while I know you are correct, they do actually have a hand in it, having authorized the thing and all.

Chet Kincaid September 15, 2011 at 6:41 pm

Billy Dee Williams' reputation is that of a curl-relaxed, suave ladies man whom Richard Pryor lampooned running elegantly down the hall in the Star Wars movies. I'm not seeing the upgrade from the allegedly ball-less Barry. The Billy Dee malt liquor campaign slogan was "works every time," a play on efficient intoxication and Billy's seduction skills, not "I'm going to kill your motherfucking pink ass." I just get tired of you guys not being able to tell your fantasy negroes apart.

Pristine_ODummy September 15, 2011 at 6:49 pm

Dammit, Chet, din'tchoo get the memo? We're FUNGIBLE, dood. Not only do we look alike, but any one of us can be Teh Fantasy Negroid of Any Occasion.

BerkeleyBear September 15, 2011 at 8:05 pm

I never said the reference made any sense.

I have my fantasy negroes clear, thank you very much. I've never once claimed that Barack was a fan of Samuel Jackson Beer as promoted by Dave Chapelle (It'll Get You Drunk!) or any other screaming stereotype. Personally I think hes sui generis, but if I have to pigeonhole him I'd say Harold Washington without the bum ticker (I hope).

Ayn Rand Paul Tard September 15, 2011 at 7:23 pm

Chet, Chet–black, white, it don't matter. We'd still be mocking him for doing a lousy job.

Chet Kincaid September 15, 2011 at 7:36 pm

Next time you pat me on the head, you will lose that fucking hand. Black enough for you?

BerkeleyBear September 15, 2011 at 8:08 pm

Could you do it one more time, only more black? (said as whitely as possible by the casting agent).

Yes, I made a reference to a Robert Townsend movie. Just be glad I didn't go into the Keenan Ivory Wayans collection.

Negropolis September 16, 2011 at 12:47 am

The guilt-trippin' is strong with that one.

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