Media Reporting About Own Fights Over Photo of Obama Drinking Beer

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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  1. SorosBot

    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.

    1. Trannysurprise

      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.

      1. WunkRocker

        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.

        1. Rotundo_

          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.

          1. BerkeleyBear

            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.

          1. Chet Kincaid

            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.

          2. Pristine_ODummy

            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.

          3. BerkeleyBear

            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).

          1. BerkeleyBear

            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.

    1. Pristine_ODummy

      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.

    1. not that Dewey

      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.

    1. Jukesgrrl

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

  2. Doktor Zoom

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

    1. Pristine_ODummy

      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.

    1. elviouslyqueer

      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!

      1. Pristine_ODummy

        Jeezus. My brain hurts.

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

  3. Callyson

    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…"

    1. anniegetyerfun

      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.

      1. Pristine_ODummy

        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."

    2. Pristine_ODummy

      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.

    1. GOPCrusher

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

      1. BerkeleyBear

        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.

  4. Pragmatist2

    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.

  5. Lucidamente1

    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?

    1. Not_So_Much

      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.

    2. finallyhappy

      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.

      1. BerkeleyBear

        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?

    3. BerkeleyBear

      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.

  6. SayItWithWookies

    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.

    1. baconzgood

      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.

      1. SayItWithWookies

        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.

    2. Lionel[redacted]Esq

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

  7. bflrtsplk

    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?

  8. poncho_pilot

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

      1. Dudleydidwrong

        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.

  9. baconzgood

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

  10. horsedreamer_1

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

  11. MissTaken

    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.

      1. Jukesgrrl

        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.

  12. hagajim

    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!

    1. Pithaughn

      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?

      1. Jukesgrrl

        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?

        1. Pithaughn

          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.

  13. MissTaken

    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

  14. Canmon

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

  15. anniegetyerfun

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

  16. anniegetyerfun

    "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.

  17. MissTaken

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

  18. Buzz Feedback

    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.

  19. Mumbletypeg

    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.

  20. Lionel[redacted]Esq

    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?

  21. genxr

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

    @ChuckGrassley ur thoughts on Big Nrg in White House?

    1. Rotundo_

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

        1. BerkeleyBear

          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)).

    1. Jukesgrrl

      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.

  22. Goonemeritus

    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.

  23. DemonicRage

    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?

    1. elviouslyqueer

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

    2. Chichikovovich

      "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?

      1. Rotundo_

        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.

        1. BerkeleyBear

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

          You know, a bull knitter.

  24. HistoriCat

    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!

  25. superdave

    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.

  26. notreelyhelping

    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.

    1. sunmusing

      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.

  27. BlueStateLibel

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

  28. MrFizzy

    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.

      1. Negropolis

        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."

    1. Jukesgrrl

      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.

      1. GOPCrusher

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

      2. MrFizzy

        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.

    2. BerkeleyBear

      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.

      1. MrFizzy

        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.

    3. MissTaken

      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.

  29. MrFizzy

    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.

    1. elviouslyqueer

      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.

  30. Steverino247

    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.

  31. owhatever

    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.

  32. Chet Kincaid

    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.

  33. Negropolis

    …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.

  34. Negropolis

    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.

    1. ShaveTheWhales

      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".

  35. ShaveTheWhales

    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.

    1. baconzgood

      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.

  36. ttommyunger

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

  37. Biel_ze_Bubba

    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.

  38. BerkeleyBear

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

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