posted at 10:12 am on May 6, 2009 by Ed Morrissey
Maybe it’s a slow news week, but it’s not that slow. After NBC broke the big news about Barack Obama’s burger run, some people apparently discovered a media conspiracy to cover up a scandal that occurs at the lunch counter. Did Obama get a freebie? No, he insists on paying for his lunch. Did he cut in line? That’s inconclusive. However, MS-NBC cut one critical moment from its coverage:
MSNBC, Obama’s favorite network, reported on Obama’s trip with Joe Biden to get a burger. Just two wild and crazy guys out for some red meat. Andrea Mitchell (does she have nothing else to do?) reported that Obama ordered a burger and mustard. Sounds like it had that “real guy kind of quality.”
Mitchell even noted that Obama left a $5 tip in the tip jar. But she didn’t mention one arugula-like fact, and 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.
NBC’s regular news reported Obama’s order as follows: “”I’m going to have a basic cheddar cheese burger, medium well, with mustard,” Obama said. “Do you have spicy mustard? I’ll take that.”
Actually, the quote was “you got a spicy mustard or something like that, or a Dijon mustard, something like that” (at 0.55 of the unedited video below without Mitchell’s talkover).
Obama ordered his burger with DIJON MUSTARD! Bet he had to seek John Kerry’s counsel on that.
Our friend at Legal Insurrection now has a Grey Poupon-Obama graphic proudly displayed on the site. I’m pretty sure William has his tongue firmly in cheek with the breathless updates on this post, but he does seem to be tweaking Obama for an elitist bent and the media for covering it up.
As for me, well, this is about as much of a non-story as it can get. I don’t like regular yellow mustard at all. If I use mustard on anything, it’s either Guldens or (horrors!) Grey Poupon, although I have to admit, I’ve become a big fan of Silver Springs Beer & Brat Horseradish Mustard. Put that on some brats or Italian sausage fresh off the grill and it’ll put hair on your chest. (Hey, that sounds like a great idea for dinner tonight. Hmmm.) But for hamburgers, I’m a mayo man. In fact, I like to dip french fries in mayo, which annoys most of my family but tastes a lot better than ketchup, which is just too sweet for me.
Anyway, if Kelly O’Donnell talked over the Dijon moment, it’s probably not because they thought it was the straw that broke the camel’s back, or that Dijon represented an enormous insult to the working-class families that Obama and Joe Biden claim to represent. It’s probably because it’s just mustard.