Caption Contest: After Beerestroika

posted at 6:55 pm on July 31, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

One of these men was accused of having an animus towards the other by the third man in the picture, a self-proclaimed friend of the second.  Does this picture corroborate either of those assertions?  Doesn’t look like it to me, unless someone wants to argue that James Crowley was attempting a tackle on Henry “Skip” Gates after Beerestroika behind Barack Obama’s back.  The picture gives a revealing look at the dynamics between the three men, so much so that Allahpundit and I have been getting a number of e-mails suggesting a caption contest.

Looks like a good idea to me.  What caption would you add to this denouement of the most famous beer summit since August Busch met his first hop?


Related Posts:

Breaking on Hot Air

Blowback

Note from Hot Air management: This section is for comments from Hot Air's community of registered readers. Please don't assume that Hot Air management agrees with or otherwise endorses any particular comment just because we let it stand. A reminder: Anyone who fails to comply with our terms of use may lose their posting privilege.

Trackbacks/Pings

Trackback URL

Comments

Comment pages: 1 2 3 4

“…but by the content of his character.”

29Victor on July 31, 2009 at 7:29 PM

“Teachable Moment”

29Victor on July 31, 2009 at 7:30 PM

In fairness, the O is on the side where Gates uses his cane. He’s be more harm than help to try to assist from there when Crowley’s got the other arm.

Good on Crowley, of course.

mikeyboss on July 31, 2009 at 7:28 PM

Come on, he has two steps on them and he’s pulling away.

thomasaur on July 31, 2009 at 7:30 PM

Obama outdone by Cambridge cop acting “stupidly”.

katy on July 31, 2009 at 7:31 PM

getcha damm hands off me crakkah,

SHARPTOOTH on July 31, 2009 at 7:31 PM

“I’m pretty sure they thought I gave a crap.”

guntotinglibertarian on July 31, 2009 at 7:31 PM

Obama felt the need to roll up his sleeves while guests did not. Did he spill his beer on himself, or just work up that much of a sweat?

maverick muse on July 31, 2009 at 7:32 PM

Obama – Everything is a race, even to the gate! I WON!

TinMan13 on July 31, 2009 at 7:32 PM

Obama: Oh come on Skip, FDR used to roll up & down these steps every damned day and the man had Polio. Yeah. I got game.

portlandon on July 31, 2009 at 7:34 PM

Obama felt the need to roll up his sleeves while guests did not. Did he spill his beer on himself, or just work up that much of a sweat?

maverick muse on July 31, 2009 at 7:32 PM

I think he believes it makes him look cool or young. He doesn’t wear a coat in the Oval Office, either. And note that he’s the only one in the picture not wearing one.

amerpundit on July 31, 2009 at 7:34 PM

“Why thank you Cracka”

HoosierCon on July 31, 2009 at 7:35 PM

A.P. caption:

“Obama plan assists the elderly.”

29Victor on July 31, 2009 at 7:35 PM

With his guest refusing to partake in a game of hoops or bowling, Obama walks away in disgust. Joe Biden, (not pictured), is heard in the background muttering something about a fake but accurate birth certificate.

Rovin on July 31, 2009 at 7:35 PM

The only caption that fits:

The Truth of 3 Men.

TheBigOldDog on July 31, 2009 at 7:35 PM

Prof. Gates: “I’m tired of the man keeping helping me down!”

#1

maverick muse on July 31, 2009 at 7:36 PM

“Wait a moment Skip. Let’s see how far that arrogant dolt walks away until he remembers we’re back here.”

viking01 on July 31, 2009 at 7:36 PM

I trCked down her driver at the pizza place

blatantblue on July 31, 2009 at 7:20 PM

Darlin, don’t stalk the the nice nominee.

Cindy Munford on July 31, 2009 at 7:36 PM

ot/

From Jawa report”

Democratic blogger admits she and others got marching orders from White House to smear Sarah Palin

William Amos on July 31, 2009 at 7:36 PM

Obama: “Another crises averted. I’m so smooth.”

ORconservative on July 31, 2009 at 7:37 PM

“My good friends, for the first time in our history, your anointed Messiah has returned from Captain Billy’s Lager Haus and Grille bringing peace with honour. I believe it is peace for our time…”

Cicero43 on July 31, 2009 at 7:37 PM

I wanna talk about me
Wanna talk about I
Wanna talk about number one
Oh my me my – Toby Keith

WhatsRight on July 31, 2009 at 7:37 PM

After a convivial beer with a race-bating cop and his victim President Obama rushes off for ‘date night’ with Michelle.

Cody1991 on July 31, 2009 at 7:37 PM

Not so fast Mr prez. I’m gonna need to see some I.D.

faol on July 31, 2009 at 7:37 PM

Actions speak louder than Words.

or

Watch that first step Skippy, you’ve been drinking.

Kini on July 31, 2009 at 7:39 PM

William Amos on July 31, 2009 at 7:36 PM

Could you try the link again, I got a no track back message.

Cindy Munford on July 31, 2009 at 7:40 PM

Scumbag. That Crowley will do ANYTHING to make the President look bad.

Lily on July 31, 2009 at 7:41 PM

Sorry video here of my earlier post

Liberal bloggers admit that White House backed Palin smear campaign ?

William Amos on July 31, 2009 at 7:41 PM

amerpundit on July 31, 2009 at 7:34 PM

Doesn’t work that way. When your guests are wearing suit and tie, it is a sign of disrespect to not reciprocate with like gesture, as if the guests aren’t worth the effort. But The One made clear in advance, “It’s just a beer, for crying out loud.”

maverick muse on July 31, 2009 at 7:41 PM

One of these men was accused of having an animus towards the other by the third man in the picture, a self-proclaimed friend of the second.

An insufferable ass is an insufferable ass, of course, of course,
And no one can talk sense to an insufferable ass of course
And especially, of course, if the insufferable ass is the famous Barack Obama.

Go right to the source and ask the insufferable ass.
He’ll give you the answer that Jeremiah Wright will endorse.
He’s always on a racist’s course.
Talk to Barack Obama.

People yakkity yak a streak and waste your time of day
But Barack Obama will never speak on race unless he has something bad about whites to say.

An insufferable ass is an insufferable ass, of course, of course,
And this one’ll talk white racism ’til his voice is hoarse.
You never heard of a talking insufferable ass?

Well listen to this.

He is Barack Obama.

Cheshire Cat on July 31, 2009 at 7:42 PM

Obama:

“Twenty-seven closets and still not enough room, so we had to move some of the skeletons out here into the gatehouse…”

ROCnPhilly on July 31, 2009 at 7:42 PM

Just shorten it to “Cop, Skip and a Chump”. We know who the latter is.

Way to go Christien!

TXUS on July 31, 2009 at 7:42 PM

Hey, boys. Don’t forget to pay for those beers. Give Rahm your credit cards – no cash.

Cody1991 on July 31, 2009 at 7:42 PM

Obama tried to repair the damage from his imtemperate “stupidly” remark he made at his news conference by staging this BS beer meeting, but ends up revealing how narcissistic and uncaring he actually is.

Everything he does is staged: But when the cloud of rhetoric has passed. when the roar of the crowds fades away … when the stadium lights go out, and those Styrofoam Greek columns are hauled back to to some studio lot..What does he seek to accomplish after he’s done turning back the waters and healing the planets? The answer– the answer is to make government bigger, and take more of your money and give you more orders from Washington, and to reduce the strength of America in a dangerous world… No truer words were ever said. And American was forewarned about the consequences of electing this dangerous hawker.

bayview on July 31, 2009 at 7:43 PM

Crowley: “You’re being held for drinking.”

Gates: “Okay, let’s get started!”

Terp Mole on July 31, 2009 at 7:44 PM

Just A Cop, Skip, and A Chump From the White House

Christien on July 31, 2009 at 7:09 PM


Perfect o!!

mizflame98 on July 31, 2009 at 7:44 PM

Gangly Obama walks weird.

maverick muse on July 31, 2009 at 7:44 PM

“Remember…eyes forward on the stairs…you don’t look at my daughter’s butt, I don’t look at your daugher’s butt”

JetBoy on July 31, 2009 at 7:46 PM

That photo reinforces Obama’s original revealing comment. It’s the kind of photo that once it sinks in, creates unchangeable impressions. It can destroy people and make heroes out of others.

It shows Crowley as a true hero, an honest blue collar cop who follows the Golden Rule – do unto others. It shows Obama the narcissist, racist opportunist he is, so oblivious he can’t even help his elderly, disabled black friend down the stairs of his own house. This could end Obama.

This was all no distraction. This was truth revealed. Destroy Obama and you’ve destroyed his agenda.

Obama has destroyed himself – or at least started the process. It only took 6 months. A little longer than it took his, “John the Baptist” Deval Patrick. Now, if the trajectories continue to coincide, watch where we go from here – straight down – near infinite slope.

TheBigOldDog on July 31, 2009 at 7:46 PM

“White House cited for code violation: no hand rails on steps. ADA investigates”

Lame, I know. How about this:

“Crowley accused of pick pocket scam”

Ah, forget it, I stink!!

gina4 on July 31, 2009 at 7:46 PM

Obama-My work here is finished,besides I’m not one to micromanage A tiff between a citizen and a policeman in a simple civil disturbance. If you beleive that one I have 250,000 jobs I’d like you to count!

sonnyspats1 on July 31, 2009 at 7:48 PM

Barry doing the only job he is qualified to do…

White House tour guide

phreshone on July 31, 2009 at 7:48 PM

Two contemporary victims of slavery exit the White House after sharing a beer with a symbol of white privilege and oppression.

Buy Danish on July 31, 2009 at 7:49 PM

Arrested? This is kidnapping! People are gonna know I’m missing. There’s a liquor store I go to every morning.

Terp Mole on July 31, 2009 at 7:50 PM

Hey, is Joe still trying to find a corner in the Oval Office? Where ya at Joe?

God love ya.

alohapundit on July 31, 2009 at 7:51 PM

Helping handicapped older people is against a narcissist’s creed.

jukin on July 31, 2009 at 7:51 PM

Frankly, I think it’s a nice picture. Has some symbolic content, but… it’s… nice. Good for Crowley. Shows Gates as a vulnerable guy. Shows Obama as basically Oblivious but that’s nothing new.

CK MacLeod on July 31, 2009 at 7:52 PM

Who do I have to gum to get a refill?

Terp Mole on July 31, 2009 at 7:54 PM

William Amos on July 31, 2009 at 7:41 PM

You’ve got to get on Twitter if you are not already and start disseminating this stuff where it matters. It’s mostly lost here I am afraid. If you need help, let me know.

TheBigOldDog on July 31, 2009 at 7:56 PM

When you hold me like that you remind me of your Momma

fryclint on July 31, 2009 at 7:56 PM

Ok, class, today we’ll be sitting quietly with the lights off, because teacher has a hangover.

Terp Mole on July 31, 2009 at 7:56 PM

Let’s go guys! It’s 5 minutes to Oprah!

TheBigOldDog on July 31, 2009 at 7:57 PM

Gates to Crowley: “Damn, that Barry is slow than Joe. I’m going over to the Law School tomorrow and slap some professors upside the head”

phreshone on July 31, 2009 at 7:58 PM

“White House cited for code violation: no hand rails on steps. ADA investigates”

gina4 on July 31, 2009 at 7:46 PM

Having personally had to deal with the ADA, I liked that one.

genso on July 31, 2009 at 7:58 PM

Obama to self:
“Crisis created. Crisis handled. Chalk up one more to the Jobs Saved column. Yes, I’m that good…

ROCnPhilly on July 31, 2009 at 7:59 PM

The waffles are out here?

blatantblue on July 31, 2009 at 7:59 PM

TheBigOldDog on July 31, 2009 at 7:56 PM

Im there

http://twitter.com/WilliamAmos

William Amos on July 31, 2009 at 7:59 PM

I wonder if Gates has second thoughts after reflecting on this scene? I am the eternal optimist.

Dingbat63 on July 31, 2009 at 8:00 PM

“Teachable Moment”

29Victor on July 31, 2009 at 7:30 PM

Yes it was! Yes it was! A big chunk of America got the message. Now it’s been reinforced.

Distraction my ass. It’s funny how wonkie some people can be. You’ve got to wonder if they understand anything about human nature.

TheBigOldDog on July 31, 2009 at 8:00 PM

Caption Contest: After Beerestroika

OK RATS, how’s your Obama vote working for you now?

byteshredder on July 31, 2009 at 8:01 PM

Just A Cop, Skip, and A Chump From the White House

Christien on July 31, 2009 at 7:09 PM

Shorten it to: A Cop, Skip, and A Chump and you have an all time classic. Now go copyright it.

meci on July 31, 2009 at 8:01 PM

William Amos on July 31, 2009 at 7:59 PM

I’m following you. Go through my follow list and start adding people and most in turn will add you. Start broadcasting your finds there.

TheBigOldDog on July 31, 2009 at 8:01 PM

Gates: What I said was, “I’ll speak to Obama.”

Crowley: Are you sure? It sounded like “yo mama” to me.

Gates: Are we having beer with yo mama?

Crowley: Those mom slacks look familiar.

Terrie on July 31, 2009 at 8:02 PM

Obama puts incident(s) behind him.

HoustonRight on July 31, 2009 at 8:04 PM

“Stand up, Skip!”

alliebobbitt on July 31, 2009 at 8:04 PM

Either “but by the content of his character” or “Teachable moment” by 29Victor get my vote. Very, very nice.

Harrell on July 31, 2009 at 8:04 PM

It shows Crowley as a true hero, an honest blue collar cop who follows the Golden Rule – do unto others. It shows Obama the narcissist, racist opportunist he is, so oblivious he can’t even help his elderly, disabled black friend down the stairs of his own house. This could end Obama.

TheBigOldDog on July 31, 2009 at 7:46 PM

Professor Gates (thinking to himself): You know God, on second thought, if somehow I was ever marooned out in the sticks or a deserted Island someplace with one other man, I think I would choose this Sergent Crowly guy instead of President Obama afterall.

Luka on July 31, 2009 at 8:04 PM

TheBigOldDog on July 31, 2009 at 8:01 PM

Might just do that

William Amos on July 31, 2009 at 8:04 PM

This picture just shows what a classless, elitist, piece of sh%t Obama really is…………

………. speaks volumes.

“Class……. Some people have it, others do not.”

Seven Percent Solution on July 31, 2009 at 8:05 PM

“ONE OF THESE ISN’T LIKE THE OTHERS’ (Crowley)

CCRWM on July 31, 2009 at 8:05 PM

Obama: “Which camera is live, fellas? This one to the left? Ok.”

David2.0 on July 31, 2009 at 8:09 PM

Lurking for my inner Spike Lee:

Gates: “Help a brother out”.

Obama: “Let whitey do it, we ain’t on the plantation anymore”.

Hog Wild on July 31, 2009 at 8:09 PM

“Look at that man’s azs! I’m tellin’ ya bro… I’m leavin’ yo mama out a’dit dis time. I’m gonna get me sumz O’bama ass. I knowz thatz sumz good azz! I kan just taste it now!”

Griz on July 31, 2009 at 8:11 PM

Obama: “Under my health care reform plan, every black man with a cane will be assigned a racist white cop to assist him whenever necessary.”

David2.0 on July 31, 2009 at 8:12 PM

Oh My God

El_Terrible on July 31, 2009 at 8:12 PM

A bit OT, but this just in: I was watching Gates’ daugher Elizabeth on CBS and she is very, um, light-complexioned.

So, I rummaged around the web and, as it turns out, Gates’ first wife was white.

Way to keep it authentic, Skip!! Real ghetto cred!

I wonder if she profiled him when he came home each night.

guntotinglibertarian on July 31, 2009 at 8:15 PM

That photo reinforces Obama’s original revealing comment. It’s the kind of photo that once it sinks in, creates unchangeable impressions. It can destroy people and make heroes out of others.

It shows Crowley as a true hero, an honest blue collar cop who follows the Golden Rule – do unto others. It shows Obama the narcissist, racist opportunist he is, so oblivious he can’t even help his elderly, disabled black friend down the stairs of his own house. This could end Obama.

This was all no distraction. This was truth revealed. Destroy Obama and you’ve destroyed his agenda.

Obama has destroyed himself – or at least started the process. It only took 6 months. A little longer than it took his, “John the Baptist” Deval Patrick. Now, if the trajectories continue to coincide, watch where we go from here – straight down – near infinite slope.

TheBigOldDog on July 31, 2009 at 7:46 PM

No truer words have been uttered. Wake up America! Wake up! Now is the hour of urgency! Wake up from your slumber. Behold the lie you embraced.

August Horch on July 31, 2009 at 8:15 PM

Thought balloon; I’m acting stupidly again aren’t I

elclynn on July 31, 2009 at 8:15 PM

Isaiah 11: 6
The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.

redtail on July 31, 2009 at 8:16 PM

For Art History students: “The Blind Leading The Lame”

I’m sure there’s a better painting, though I can’t remember the title. If I were an art student, I’d be thinking of this as a subject though.

CK MacLeod on July 31, 2009 at 8:18 PM

Maybe he’d offer his hand if a cute 16 year old girl was around.

El_Terrible on July 31, 2009 at 8:18 PM

Barry doing the only job he is qualified to do…

White House tour guide

phreshone on July 31, 2009 at 7:48 PM

He is not even qualified for that either, unless he shows his Birth Certificate and social security card :P

Wolftech on July 31, 2009 at 8:18 PM

Doesn’t look like it to me, unless someone wants to argue that James Crowley was attempting a tackle on Henry “Skip” Gates after Beerestroika behind Barack Obama’s back.

Who cares what it looks like? Those damned white people are all alike.

The President and a Harvard professor both said so, and they can’t be racist because they’re black.

logis on July 31, 2009 at 8:22 PM

Harrell on July 31, 2009 at 8:04 PM

thanks (blush)

29Victor on July 31, 2009 at 8:23 PM

Incidentally, references to Biden above…I don’t think he drinks alcohol from what I have read.

mimi1220

To think, all the money I’ve wasted on booze and he can be that way for nothing!

Wander on July 31, 2009 at 8:24 PM

“Look at the size of the shadows his ears make!”

“Dayyum! Is it bad luck to step on them?”

“Can’t be good, let me help you around them, uh, are you up to walking that far?”

Maquis on July 31, 2009 at 8:27 PM

Perp Walk Part II

Caper29 on July 31, 2009 at 8:29 PM

“To Preserve and Protect No Matter what Color or Creed”. The same can not be said for the Commander in Chief who is hell bent for leather to destroy this Country and it’s people. Officer Crowley is a hero and I’ll bet he’s no longer a democrat.

suzyk on July 31, 2009 at 8:29 PM

One chooses to place others above himself. The One chooses to place himself above all others.

kagai on July 31, 2009 at 8:29 PM

Don’t taze me Bro

Texas on July 31, 2009 at 8:29 PM

And the apology is coming when?

TexasJew on July 31, 2009 at 8:31 PM

He’s got a hand on your car.
He’s got a hand on your doctor.
He’s got a hand on your thermostat.
He’s got a hand on your school.
He’s got a hand on your wallet.
He’s got a hand on your bank.
He’s got a hand on your mortgage.
He’s got a hand on your business.
He’s O-Boctopus!

Don’t take it personal.
O-Boctopus has only so many hands.

SilverStar830 on July 31, 2009 at 8:32 PM

Professor Gates (thinking to himself): You know God, on second thought, if somehow I was ever marooned out in the sticks or a deserted Island someplace with one other man, I think I would choose this Sergent Crowly guy instead of President Obama afterall.

Luka on July 31, 2009 at 8:04 PM

I would have praised Gates to the hilt if he had just walked up to the microphone and said, “I was wrong. I overreacted. I didn’t realize somebody reported my house was being burglarized. I just thought I was being harassed. I was wrong. Sgt Crowley is a fine man and we are lucky to have him in Cambridge.”

That would have been the right thing to do and it would have shown a ton of class. Alas, he rather just run and spout platitudes. He’s just another intellectual Harvard coward and believe me, Harvard has more than its fare share of them by design.

TheBigOldDog on July 31, 2009 at 8:34 PM

See, peeps? This is what Holder meant about having an honest discussion about race.

Cody1991 on July 31, 2009 at 8:34 PM

… And The Children Shall Lead

(another Star Trek episode I got from Jonah)

huckleberry on July 31, 2009 at 8:34 PM

Watch the steps,wouldn’t want you to fall flat on your face!!

canopfor on July 31, 2009 at 8:35 PM

Let me be clear, this is not about me.

The Ugly American on July 31, 2009 at 8:36 PM

Umm, the white house steps are not ADA compliant? What’s up with that?

MikeA on July 31, 2009 at 8:36 PM

So tell me Gates,is their any audio,or video of Obama
screaming white racial comments!

canopfor on July 31, 2009 at 8:38 PM

I’d like to stick this cane up that arrogant a$$.

farright on July 31, 2009 at 8:38 PM

Comment pages: 1 2 3 4