Conservative pundits bash Obama for choosing Dijon mustard on his burger.

From the You-Have-Got-To-Be-Fucking-Kidding-Me department comes word that Conservative pundits are all up in arms over the fact that Obama, during a recent photo-op trip to a burger joint, placed an order where he specifically requested – you’re never going to believe this – no ketchup (*GASP!*) and Dijon mustard! Jumping Jesus Christ on a cracker! By their reaction you’d think the man had asked to be able to shoot a small child right in the face. The folks at Media Matters provide some examples:

During the May 6 edition of his Fox News program, Hannity said: “[A]s you all know, President Obama is a real man of the people. And yesterday he dropped by a popular Virginia restaurant to grab a burger with his pal [Vice President] Joe [Biden]. Now, the Gateway Pundit blog pointed out that plain old ketchup, well, it didn’t quite cut it for the president. Now take a look at him ordering his burger with a very special condiment. … Dijon mustard? I think the president watched just a little bit too much television as a kid.” Hannity then played a portion of a Grey Poupon commercial and commented, “I hope you enjoyed that fancy burger, Mr. President.” In the May 5 post Hannity referenced, the Gateway Pundit wrote of Obama and Biden: “They’re just two ordinary metrosexual guys going out for a burger … Obama and Biden, two ordinary guys, go out for a sandwich and Obama asks for Dijon mustard at Joe’s Hell Burger.” The blog added: “I hear it’s delish with arugula lettuce. Yum-Yum.”

During the May 6 edition of her radio show, Ingraham said of Obama: “I don’t even like the way the man orders a hamburger. … What kind of man orders a cheeseburger without ketchup but Dijon mustard?” She later added of Obama: “See, he was trying to do this whole thing with Biden—‘We’re like the regular people, we’re like every other guy, you know, with our—on our lunch break, we’re going to go grab a burger, two guys, two bros.’ ” Like Hannity, Ingraham played a clip from a Grey Poupon commercial in which an actor asked, “Pardon me, would you have any Grey Poupon?” Ingraham then remarked: “That would have been more appropriate.” Ingraham’s remarks were highlighted by The Fox Nation on May 7:

On the May 7 edition of The Rush Limbaugh Show, Steyn said of Obama’s condiment selection: “He’s amazing, Obama. This coverage—he’s a regular guy. He eats a hamburger with Dijon mustard—Dijon mustard. John Kerry couldn’t get away with that stuff, but he makes it seem like just like a regular thing to do…”

Actually, and maybe this is because I’m a flaming liberal, but I know I lot of people who put Dijon mustard on their burgers along with a lot of other foods. Why the fuck are these people obsessing about this? How is this in any way relevant to anything of any real importance? Why is this considered such an outrage? The clip from Hannity’s show looks like it could be a pathetic attempt at humor, but Laura Ingraham asking what kind of man orders a cheeseburger with Dijon mustard instead of ketchup is just stupid. I suppose that’s pretty much par for the course for Laura Ingraham though.

Not that I understand why the press coverage at this event was on par with what you’d get at the signing of a major piece of legislation – it’s as if the media is stunned by the fact that a President might actually like to go out and grab a burger occasionally – but as silly as the media attention is the reaction to it from the Conservative blow-hards is even more ridiculous. Sadly it doesn’t look like the Conservatives are going to stop being idiotic anytime soon:

Taking the lead for the right, Sean Hannity railed against the cheeseburger blasphemy on his Fox News show last night, rallying his many incensed followers to accuse MSNBC, and Andrea Mitchell in particular, of waging a “cover-up” of Obama’s Dijon mustard eating ways during the cable network’s coverage of the burger outing.

Cornell law school professor William Jacobson has been obsessively chronicling what he has dubbed “dijongate” on his blog. “Obama ordered his burger with DIJON MUSTARD! Bet he had to seek John Kerry’s counsel on that,” writes Jacobson.

He, too, notes the alleged cover-up by the mainstream media, noting that Mitchell “didn’t mention one arugula-like fact” – which was that Obama had the gall to ask for Dijon mustard. “You couldn’t hear it on the MSNBC video because Andrea and her correspondent Kelly O’Donnel (they needed two people to cover this story) were talking so much,” says Jacobson.

Seriously guys? You’re accusing MSNBC of covering up Obama’s choice of mustard as though it was some international incident they were trying to sweep under the rug? Is this really all you guys have these days? Don’t scrape the bottom of the barrel too hard or you might break through it and then what’ll you have? Not that you have much at the moment.

But a snotty choice of mustard isn’t the worst of Obama’s sins it seems:

“How could our fearless leader go to Ray’s Hell-Burger and order his burger ‘medium well,’” the first questioner asked, adding, “Sacrilege. Everyone knows the only way to eat one of those burgers is medium (at most) or medium rare. He and Biden both ordered their burgers medium well (yes, I’m one of the idiots who watched him do so on Youtube). I have lost faith in Obama’s judgment. “

Sietsema answered, “I was surprised they got their burgers so thoroughly cooked, too! Oh, well, at least the two are getting out and exploring the city and its environs. That’s what pleases me most. “

But that did little to quell the outrage. Another questioner and apparent Obama fan wrote, “Oh, the humanity! The President likes his burgers MEDIUM WELL. I’d rather eat shoe leather myself. What can we as Americans do to correct this disaster? As for no ketchup, if that’s his preference, then so be it. I just hope he doesn’t get nailed as a fancy pants elitist for requesting dijon mustard. “

A blogger at “Slashfood, meanwhile, writes, “While I approve of his decision to top his burger with cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, and dijon mustard, I must strenuously object to his choice to have it grilled medium well. Although not as egregiously awful as well done, medium well is still pretty heavily overcooked. If President Obama wants to eat a hockey puck, the man should order a hockey puck. If he wants a burger, he should go with, at most, medium rare.”

As someone who orders his meat cooked medium-well all the time I’d like to offer a hearty “Fuck you!” on Obama’s behalf. What most restaurants consider to be medium-well is often more of a medium if not borderline medium-rare. Ordering medium-well is the best way to assure your food isn’t bleeding all over your plate like it was just carved off the fucking cow. Just the same, it’s a matter of personal preference and I don’t begrudge people who are willing to risk any number of food borne illnesses by eating their meat rare or medium-rare and I’d appreciate it if you fucking food snobs would allow me and the President the same courtesy. For all I know you people might enjoy a good bout with E. coli bacteria and what you spend your time suffering from on the toilet behind closed doors is entirely up to you.

At any rate what the pundits should be focusing on here isn’t so much what mustard preferences Obama has as much as it is how pathetic the 24 hour news channels have gotten at covering every little thing as though it were of international importance. This is the sort of story that I can see being mentioned at the end of a broadcast or as a quickie throw-away “lite” story for a minute or so, but some of the channels devoted upwards of five minutes to it. Thank goodness there’s at least one pundit out there who did just that:

Once again it takes a comedian to point out the true absurdity in the situation. I can only imagine what he’ll have to say about the whole Dijon-gate silliness.

34 thoughts on “Conservative pundits bash Obama for choosing Dijon mustard on his burger.

  1. I don’t like ketchup on my sandwiches either.  I really don’t like it with my fries to be honest…I only like it with hash browns and tater tots.  I prefer mustard or mayo…and Dijon sounds really freaking good though I have only tried it on hot dogs and it was guuud.

    They are all just mad because they didn’t think of putting Dijon on their burgers first.

  2. I don’t eat it with anything. I’ve even stopped using it in my meatloaf.. I’m one of those weird guys who gets all of his burgers without ketchup, and only eats brown mustard on his hot dogs. I only use yellow mustard for my fries, but only because brown mustard and fries somehow gives me heartburn.

    Ketchup just reminds me of living in a trailer and watching people eat it on everything.

  3. Hamburgers should be topped with three things, and only three things:

    Blue cheese.
    More bacon.

  4. OMG…I see things like this, and I wonder how anybody writes fiction novels. You can’t make this stuff up…

    Having watched the video clips, I can say that only three good things have come from this.

    1. The guy on the Rush Limbaugh show who complained that Obama was taking away the British people’s position as the rightful voiceover actors on pompous Gray Poupon commercials.

    2. Jon Stewart’s entire monologue, which besides the general humor of it—he was the only person who jabbed the president for his speed, articulation and emphasis during ordering—the only I thought was funny about him getting the burger.

    3. It shows that Obama must be doing an unassailably good job at everything else, if this is what the right wing pundits had to work with.

    Oh well, off to Fuddruckers for a juicy burger cooked medium or better, per company health policy, and topped with one of their standard 5 condiments which is a spicy mustard.

  5. When the next “Why does every one hate me because…” thread is “American” the rest of the world will point to Dimburger, Inanity and Michelle Eichmann and go “You see these people, the ones who you let speak for you?  That’s what the other 95% of the population believes you to be like, because that’s the face you are proud to present to the rest of the world”

    And you keep calling burgers in buns ‘sandwiches’. Sandy- stay behind after class, and write 200 words on the correct use of the word ‘Sandwich’.

    (When he was little my eldest asked for ‘a beefburger, no beef, no burger’- he meant a chicken burger, without the bun.)

  6. I don’t like ketchup on burgers, generally.  If I’m at McD’s I will just order a quarter pounder but if I am at Wendy’s or Five Guys Burgers and Fries (blessings upon them, be there deity or no, and if you haven’t been to one, seek them out) I will have the mustard and the mayo, no ketchup.

    And yet, if I get a patty melt, I like to dip it in ketchup.

    And you are correct, SEB, about burgers needing to be medium well at least.  You can cook a steak less because the inside of the meat is (supposed to be, anyway) reasonably sterile.  The outside can be a frothing sea of bacteria, all of which will get mixed up when you grind the meat.

    Not that I really wish ill upon anyone, but imagining a picnic of conservative jackass commentators all coming down with food poisoning from eating raw burgers doused with ketchup, and thusly being off the air for a couple days, does warm the cold cockles of my heart.

  7. Sandwich?  Isn’t that a group of Pacific islands that was annexed by some colonial power in the nineteenth century?

    This is the facepalmiest story I’ve heard in some time.  Don’t these conservative pundits have lives and self esteem to think about?

  8. Last_Hussar –
    What is wrong with calling a Hamburger a Sandwich? On most menus it is listed under ‘sandwiches’.  Some weird brit thing?
    Careful, or I will come over there and take away your Aluminium.  What do you think of that?
    Oh, snap.
    – Matt

  9. If the rest of the restaurant looks clean and the staff don’t look like morons I’d chance it with all sorts of food in the States that we’re technically supposed to be fearful of because of the evil bacteria in it. If the staff is clean and the surfaces are clean, I usually trust the distributors to be clean because I ate so much food when I was younger that went from field to pot. If it’s been packaged, most US food is unnaturally clean. Thank goodness.

  10. Will someone just fire everyone at FOX, MSNBC, and CNN from the CEO’s all the way down to the shoe shiners. Close their doors, and raze their buildings? They are broadcasting this shit into space and making all of Humanity look bad.

    I mean, really?

    Gray Poupon only created their advertising campaign to get poor people to buy their product so they could feel rich.

    Plus, in watching that clip on the Daily Show, all I heard was him ask for mustard, I didn’t hear a thing about dijon.

    Oh, and if a burger is cooked right in the first place, it wouldn’t need any condiments to cover the taste.

  11. What is wrong with calling a Hamburger a Sandwich? On most menus it is listed under ‘sandwiches’.  Some weird brit thing?

    No, a weird Yank thing. Just because McShoeleather calls it a sandwich, doesn’t make it so.  A sandwich is made using two slices of bread (3 for double-deckers and Scooby Doo).


    Al – loo – min -yum

    got it?

  12. You can’t make this stuff up…3. It shows that Obama must be doing an unassailably good job at everything else, if this is what the right wing pundits had to work with.

    RIGHT ON, JethricOne.
    And, they have nothing more pressing to write about or show on TV? One wonders what they are hiding behind this red herring. HMMMMM.  raspberry
    OOPS, excuse me, . . . behind this medium well burger.

  13. People can keep their undercooked meat.  I want it well done so I’m sure the beast is dead.

    Funny to see the opposition to ketchup.  Me, I like the stuff on my burgers, roast beef, and french fries.  Goes good with the sausages I actually like.

    I wonder if the idiots would be so up in arms about the mustard if it wasn’t dijon mustard.  After all Dijon is French, playing into the whole French bashing nonsense that still infects many Americans.

  14. Tangential: Why is Rush Limbaugh called the “Head of the Republican Party”? Is it some kind of running gag?

  15. I don’t put ketchup on anything but potatoes…

    And I only do that because my favorite potato condiment is an extremely unhealthy condiment.

    Mmmmm ranch dressing… Why must you taste good on everything?

  16. That’s the dumbest way of gaining controversy against the president….Aww damnit, now I feel like having a burger myself.

  17. Julian: “Tangential: Why is Rush Limbaugh called the “Head of the Republican Party”? Is it some kind of running gag? “

    Alas, it isn’t.  When Limbaugh speaks, Republicans jump.  Michael Steele, the nominal head, apologized for offending him.  He may well be the most powerful current Republican, in terms of the votes he can sway.

  18. Yes, it is true that Limbaugh is the ad hoc leader of the GOP. Dare not cross him, lest you incur the wrath of his millions of ditto-heads.

    But the thing to keep in mind about Limbaugh, Hannity, et al: they’re in the entertainment business – it’s about ratings. And stories like this go viral and feed those ratings. Those radio announcers are not in the business of breaking new ground or effecting change. On the contrary: they thrive on the adversity of facing a progressive in the White House and bringing their legions of fans along for the ride. It’s just entertainment. Obama is the biggest cash cow these people could have hoped for, and it puts the Limbaughs of the world in the position of agent provocateur.

  19. Yeah, Stormin’, but why does the world have to be that way?  As Mose Allison asks, “whatever happened to real life?”

  20. I know someone who has a fear of ketchup.  Just the thought of it nauseates him.  What does that have to do with anything?  I dunno.  But, I do think it’s an interesting phobia.


  21. Isn’t it time that we start telling these f—king Krixstains to crawl back under their rocks….. with the other WORMS?

  22. That’s certainly one of the odder spam comments we’ve gotten recently. I’ve deleted the link.

  23. NO!  Grey Poupon should be called “Freedom Mustard”  It’s made in the US (little known fact)


  24. I see USpace is determined to spam up the comments here by repeating himself. So I guess it’s time to blacklist them.

  25. This latest Fox bullshit has the same level of substance as anything else they’ve covered in the last decade.  I guess I should quit being surprised by the back-biting, shallow, whiny bitch-fest, but it is always depressing to see how far down into the mud American right-wingers can drag themselves(and sometimes the rest of us.)  It’s like watching the old Tod Browning movie “Freaks.”  “One of us…One of us…

      Actually, it’s more like watching quadruple-amputee midgets with severe learning disabilities and Tourrette’s syndrome jello-wrestle each other while suffering from explosive diarrhea.

      Well, really, I guesss it’s more like watching overblown, ignorant, self-important, completely worthless assholes of the yellow press doing what they do…which is, of course, trying to rile up all of the ignorant, self-important, completely worthless assholes who vote republican. 

      I’m just a bit tired of America’s far-right media whores and their endlessly shitbaggy ways.  Does it show?

  26. I’m just a bit tired of America’s far-right media whores and their endlessly shitbaggy ways.  Does it show?

    Not at all, Neil, not at all!  cheese

  27. Who is Pascal Wager?
    What a ridiculous question.  Now, if you’d asked:
    “What is Pascal’s wager?”  the answer would be:
    Blaise Pascal was a 17th century philosopher who went to great pains of consideration to try and convince everyone that, basically, if you ‘choose’ to be an Atheist and it turns out God exists, you’ll be damned to eternal hell for your disbelief (regardless of the kind of life you lived).  However, if you ‘choose’ to believe in God and he ends up not existing, you haven’t lost anything. 
    Of course, it’s impossible to choose what you believe.  You claim to believe, perform the rituals and read the texts, but in the end what you believe is what it is.

  28. Er, ascending trans, thanks, but Julian knows that, and so does everyone else here.  It’s a joke.

  29. Well, perhaps I’ll be able to educate someone else…the search for truth and understanding is the thinking man’s ultimate (non-survival) goal, and that is impossible without the sharing of information.And after all, eventually another person may come here for the first time, and maybe, just maybe, they’ll appreciate the info. 
      Thank you, though, zilch, for taking the time to alert me to the fact that you’re a venerated member of this forum and that you are familiar with the subject of my comment.  You’ve really made me feel quite welcome here.  In the future, I will strive to keep any coments free of anything of which you might already be aware (although I’m guessing this actually very little).

  30. You will find quite a few “in” jokes in many posts, here. Be patient. Usually they are made obvious in due time. Welcome.  grin

  31. ascending, you’re the newcomer here. It would probably be wise to not make assumptions until you’ve familiarized yourself with the threads and the regulars first.

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