We are so lucky to have the conservative clowns and elitist police on the case. Dijon or spicey MustardGate has been exposed. It was yet another chapter in the annals of liberalism elitism and Obama’s unquenchable fetish to have himself filmed while getting lunch, DijonGate: What have we learned?”
I’m going to have a basic cheddar cheese burger, medium well, with mustard. . . . You got a spicy mustard or something like that, or a Dijon mustard, something like that?”
— Barack Obama, May 5, 2009
“The reaction proved one thing I already knew: The cult of personality surrounding Obama is real. And many of the cultists are demented, dangerous or both.”
— William Jacobson, May 8, 2009 – of a conservative blog called Legal Insurrection.
Congratulations to Professor Jacobson. Traffic at his Legal Insurrection blog, which was about 37,000 visits in February, surged to more than 107,000 in just two days Thursday and Friday, because he dared to point out how dishonest news coverage has become.
[ ]..A burger at Ray’s Hell-Burger costs $6.95, so lunch at the Arlington restaurant isn’t exactly the value menu at Mickey D’s. If the White House believed they could show Obama as a Regular Guy by having him eat at a place where the burgers are seven bucks, maybe they need to work on their definition of populism.
The Right gets to decide everything about your life – everything from acceptable countertops to mustard to what constitutes acceptable sports to how much a real populist would pay for lunch. The cult of personality of Obama? Geez read some history on the genuflecting Cult of Bush. Presidents usually live in a bubble, as do some of their supporters – see Cult of Bush link – so when one goes out on a burger run, just like many Americans do at lunch, its news. It shouldn’t be, but because of the precedent it set it got some attention. As to being a cynical photo-op cheered on by the “demented, dangerous or both” – that kind of salivating hyperbole is better reserved for sending unqualified political cronies, with lives at stake, to rebuild Iraq. I searched for Legal Insurrection’s or The Other McCain’s equal or greater outrage expressed on Bush having such contempt for American troops, but no surprise that post is not to be found. Photo-ops? Bush’s pretending to care New Orlean’s charade is a classic. The photographic history of the Bush/McCain man love photo-ops are available for those that have the stomach. There are plenty of others, but a personal favorite was Bush praising miners’ rescue while cutting the budget for the department that saved them. Yet More Dijon
So, apparently, the point of obsessively focusing on Obama’s mustard choice wasn’t that he wanted dijon mustard. It’s that he wanted dijon mustard and it wasn’t the lead story on every news channel in existence, which is a totally different thing. Conservatives are totally accepting of his mustard choice, they’re just not accepting of the fact that his mustard choice wasn’t used to destroy and discredit every fiber of his being. It’s like “hate the sin, love the sinner”, except with more condiments and less sense.
Just remembered this bit of genuine cultish drool from Powerline,
It must be very strange to be President Bush. A man of extraordinary vision and brilliance approaching to genius, he can’t get anyone to notice. He is like a great painter or musician who is ahead of his time, and who unveils one masterpiece after another to a reception that, when not bored, is hostile. – John Hinderaker, 28 July 2005
The pants that John was wearing that day, the one’s with the knees worn out, if he’ll part with them, might hang in the Bush library some day.