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?


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GATES: Slow down White Boy, can’t down a forty like back in the day, just ax my biatch.

M-14 2go on July 31, 2009 at 8:39 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

Thank you for the kind words.

Have faith that many have now seen the truth. The mask slipped badly and can’t be properly reapplied.

TheBigOldDog on July 31, 2009 at 8:39 PM

You want to do what with your cane,I..I..don’t
think that would be that great of an idea,beside’s
I bet you,it would take at least three secret service
agents to pull it out!

canopfor on July 31, 2009 at 8:41 PM

MSM caption: Racist cop tries to push esteemed Harvard professor down White House steps.

Zoltan on July 31, 2009 at 8:42 PM

So it is true,Obama actually shops at a womens store
for his Mom’s Jeans,you know,that is interesting!

canopfor on July 31, 2009 at 8:43 PM

Sgt. Crowley lures Gates and Obama onto the front porch, where he proceeds to arrests them for being drunk and disorderly.

Obama responded, “not unless you can catch me, stupid!” and took off weaving and wobbling down the front lawn.

Gates was overheard saying, “This is going to be the best documentary, evah! Now get your hands off me! Don’t you know who I am?? You and your mama are raaaaaaaacist.”

sarainitaly on July 31, 2009 at 8:44 PM

I must be loosing my touch .I thought this stupid cop would at least wear the (I love Obama tee shirt )i sent him.After all i paid for the beer.

thmcbb on July 31, 2009 at 8:44 PM

Zoltan on July 31, 2009 at 8:42 PM

hahaha!

sarainitaly on July 31, 2009 at 8:44 PM

Gates: Why he gotta walk up there, I aint no b!tch.

farright on July 31, 2009 at 8:46 PM

BTW, don’t forget where people stood on this issue. Don’t forget who they criticized and who they defended. It revealed a lot about them too.

TheBigOldDog on July 31, 2009 at 8:46 PM

C’mon guys, I want you too see my Palin dart board!

PaCadle on July 31, 2009 at 8:47 PM

Crowley is wearing a T-shirt under the suit….

Says “I’m with Stupid—->”

Fighton03 on July 31, 2009 at 8:48 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

Four legs good, two legs bad. Ignorance is strength. Blindness is sight. Slumber is alertness.

Cheshire Cat on July 31, 2009 at 8:48 PM

Hey! Who took off his handcuffs!

Hawthorne on July 31, 2009 at 8:51 PM

Gates to Crowley,going down these stairs reminds me of a
party held at a members house of the Black Pathers,and
the funny thing was,I fell down the stairs,and there was
Obama under the stairs with the hosts daughter,oh,I tell
ya,Michelle would of had all h#ll break lose!

canopfor on July 31, 2009 at 8:51 PM

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

Christien on July 31, 2009 at 7:09 PM ”

Winner!!
LOL

Brizzy29 on July 31, 2009 at 8:54 PM

Gates: Why he gotta show me that white boy lookin a$$? now if dat was michelle–yum, yum.

farright on July 31, 2009 at 8:55 PM

Caption:
Dude, I’m buzzed. How bout you?

RobCon on July 31, 2009 at 9:01 PM

Ladies and Gentlemen of the Press, let me introduce my latest two useful tools, um ah um, my latest two pawns, um ah um … …

Luka on July 31, 2009 at 9:04 PM

Crowley to Gates: “You do have your keys with you, right?”

infidel4life on July 31, 2009 at 9:05 PM

Here, let me help you, watch your head…uh, oh sorry Skip, force of habit…

NickelAndDime on July 31, 2009 at 9:06 PM

“We’re off to see the Wizard…”

SouthernGent on July 31, 2009 at 9:06 PM

Affirmative Action at the White House

RedSoxNation on July 31, 2009 at 9:06 PM

Hey,how do I look?

ohiobabe on July 31, 2009 at 9:07 PM

Sergent Crowley, I think we both realize by now that he is just using us both, so can you help me catch up with him so I can shove my cane up his skinny ass?

Luka on July 31, 2009 at 9:10 PM

Crowley: Let me help you. He threw me under the bus, so I know what it’s like to have an arrogant turd have zero empathy for my situation.

Mallard T. Drake on July 31, 2009 at 9:10 PM

Obama: “Ladies and Gentlemen of the Press, let me introduce my latest two useful tools, um ah um, my latest two pawns, um ah um … … …”

Professor Gates: “Sergent Crowley, I think we both realize by now that he is just using us both, so can you help me catch up with him so I can shove my cane up his skinny ass?”

Sergent Crowley: “I’m with you, brother!”

Luka on July 31, 2009 at 9:13 PM

Look at me go I don’t need no help from whitey.

ouldbollix on July 31, 2009 at 9:14 PM

Wrong GQ backdrop!

This image of our president should be photo-shopped widely through time and space, like Zelig or Forrest Gump.

exdeadhead on July 31, 2009 at 9:16 PM

Hurry up boys, I’m late for my basketball game.

Zorro on July 31, 2009 at 9:16 PM

“Show me the way to go home….”

5u93rm4n on July 31, 2009 at 9:24 PM

Is that the president, or a guy from the IT department???

phreshone on July 31, 2009 at 9:26 PM

“Psst, Mr. Gates… I want you and the President to know, and this has nothing to do with race, and just call it my own teachable moment, but you two are the biggest assholes I’ve ever had a beer with.

Danzo on July 31, 2009 at 9:31 PM

Let’s not forget the time that the McCains gently and reverently set a flower down at ground zero while Obama threw his flower like he was discarding a candy wrapper.
http://www.swamppolitics.com/news/politics/blog/2008/09/mccain_obama_ground_zero_onwar.html

scrubjay on July 31, 2009 at 9:35 PM

Affirmative Action at the White House

RedSoxNation on July 31, 2009 at 9:40 PM

I can’t get into my “mom jeans” fast enough.

nor on July 31, 2009 at 9:40 PM

Beer Summit #2:

Send a keg to the Justice Dept for dropping all charges against the racist Black Panthers for voter itimidation…

TN Mom on July 31, 2009 at 9:42 PM

Crowley’s mama taught him manners.

Wethal on July 31, 2009 at 6:59 PM

I vote for that one.

Jaynie59 on July 31, 2009 at 9:48 PM

Obama:
“Whew! Now I’m ready for the Israel-Iran Nuclear Talks Mixer.”

ROCnPhilly on July 31, 2009 at 9:52 PM

my caption:

Harvard educator accepts helping hand from off duty police officer. Ignorant a$$ struts arrogantly in front of friend and the only true public servant in the photo.

jdflorida on July 31, 2009 at 9:53 PM

Crowley’s mama taught him manners.

Wethal on July 31, 2009 at 6:59 PM

And Obama’s mother abandoned him.

“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

Awesome.

baldilocks on July 31, 2009 at 9:55 PM

The Great White Help.

andycanuck on July 31, 2009 at 9:56 PM

If you’re out to make a splash, Obama cheri,
Do know your haberdashery!
Buttons, buckles, ruffles and lace
Represent the social scene race!

Be an example to your sex
Give your boot a dapper strap
And it’s smarter if your garter has some snap!
A cravat should be flounced about your neck

Wear a nightcap when you nap
Be bewitching with some stitching on your cap!
Now, drape your cape
And puff your cuff
Embroider those lapels!
Be the new king of the social scene in pastels!

Draw your britches in quite tight
Even more so, and your torso will ignite
Now, smock your frock
Perfume your plume
And let your waistcoat swing!
And the social scene will bow to its new king!

PercyB on July 31, 2009 at 10:00 PM

I can’t get into my “mom jeans” fast enough.

nor on July 31, 2009 at 9:40 PM

Obama is a deceiver, a dissembler
His Mom trousers are alight
From what poll or banner
Shall they dangle in the night?

PercyB on July 31, 2009 at 10:03 PM

Caption: Lead, follow, or get out of the way.

Dilophos on July 31, 2009 at 10:05 PM

What other people?
Randy

williars on July 31, 2009 at 10:11 PM

Dude, you brought some yayho from the evidence room, right?

Alden Pyle on July 31, 2009 at 10:25 PM

(Caption) (Crowley)Can you believe this guy 10$ for one cheap ass beer (Gates)He,s got to find money some were for this insane health care program.

thmcbb on July 31, 2009 at 10:25 PM

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

MikeA on July 31, 2009 at 8:36 PM

Its not like there will ever be a President in a wheelchair or anything…

Wolftech on July 31, 2009 at 10:36 PM

Obama, ” Yo, America, What Do you see behind me? Did not I tell you? I am GENIOUS!!!!! You get them drunk with couple of BEERS of their brand and they start singing ” WE’R FAMILY, PEPPER AND SALT AND ME (MIXED OR MIXED UP……OR WHAT EVER) THERE GOES THE RACISM!!!!!!!!

” I DO NOT THINK WE NEED A CZAR FOR THIS PROBLEM” I THINK I SHOULD TAKE OVER ALL THE BREWERIES NEXT AND OPEN UP “BEER SUMMIT BARS” EVERY STREET CORNER!!!!! PROBLEM SOLVED, BABY!!!!

deeshant48 on July 31, 2009 at 10:40 PM

(Caption)Now if you two gentlemen will follow me down to the lake in back i will show you both how i walk on water.

thmcbb on July 31, 2009 at 10:42 PM

“Oh, boy, could you help Mr. Gates down the steps?”

PattyJ on July 31, 2009 at 10:46 PM

(Caption)(Obama)Will one of secret service guys stop that drunk ass Biden.He,s got my coat.

thmcbb on July 31, 2009 at 10:49 PM

(Caption)(Obama) Man can you believe that Gates what a pussy.One beer and he needs whitey to help him down a few steps.

thmcbb on July 31, 2009 at 10:53 PM

Obama…If I get far enough ahead, I can grab a smoke.

jbinnout on July 31, 2009 at 10:55 PM

(Caption)(Crowley)Wow Prof.Gates that ass beating we gave you last week did not slow you down much.

thmcbb on July 31, 2009 at 10:57 PM

The all-important national discussion on race issues will be held in private.

Thank you for your understanding,
Team Obama Cowards

TN Mom on July 31, 2009 at 11:02 PM

(Caption)(Crowley)That,s right Gates i have got some dark glasses and a tin cup in the car.We can stand on the sidewalk out here and pick up some real money before we go back.

thmcbb on July 31, 2009 at 11:03 PM

“Please, Professor Gates, step out on to this patio to speak to my mamma”

RightWinged on July 31, 2009 at 11:03 PM

Wait till these two fools find out i put exlax in there beer.

thmcbb on July 31, 2009 at 11:10 PM

PercyB on July 31, 2009 at 10:00 PM

MB4 is that you?!?!

alohapundit on July 31, 2009 at 11:14 PM

(Caption)(Crowley)Hey Gates how about i come by your house next week kick you ass.Maybe then the Pope will invite us to Rome for a glass of wine.

thmcbb on July 31, 2009 at 11:19 PM

Crowley to Gates:

You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. You have the right to speak to an attorney, and to have an attorney present during any questioning. If you cannot afford a lawyer…”

coldwarrior on July 31, 2009 at 11:26 PM

I wonder:

1. Whether Gates was aware, at the time this picture was taken, of what Sgt. Crowley was doing

2. How long, if ever, it will take Gates to become conscious of Sgt. Crowley’s assistance

3. How he will teach the lessons of the photographed moment, and its context, publicly and privately, of Sgt. Crowley’s actions, in B(acon)-L(ettuce)-T(omato) terms, to his classes at Harvard

4. How his explanation (same or different) will play to the Harvard Faculty

5. How Gates will explain Obama’s actions in the photo, particularly compared to those of Pres. Bush (see Headlines here)

6. How his cultivated writer daughter, graduate of The New School University yet articulate to only an average degree and marginally able to write in a focussed manner, Elisabeth Gates, will correct her writing, now that it has received a “rewrite and resubmit” grade.

Sorry Bess, but while The New School may give very high marks for that which you (and they) call “writing” (reads like what most 14y.o.’s no longer write) out here in the real world, we recognize it for the inarticulate and not-passing drivel that it is, and say so publicly.

Arbalest on July 31, 2009 at 11:30 PM

Crowley to Gates: I told you he’d get pissed off if we brought Aunt Zeituni.

Terrie on July 31, 2009 at 11:31 PM

“Gates and Crowley re-enact perp walk for media”

BobMbx on July 31, 2009 at 11:36 PM

Someone mentioned earlier, but just to comment on it again. The headline in our paper said Obama and McCain lay flowers at ground zero. I wrote the paper and said “actually one lays the flower, John McCain, and one throws the flower, Obama.” I had it up on my board at school. There was McCain who has been through years of torture, bending down to gently lay the flower. There was basketball star Obama throwing the flower. If that shouldn’t have told us everything we need to know about him, and it apparently didn’t. We are too stupid as a country.

Bambi on July 31, 2009 at 11:36 PM

Gates to Crowley can we go out the side gate.That stupid ass Sharpton is out there with a bullhorn yelling no justice no peace .

thmcbb on July 31, 2009 at 11:37 PM

Crowley to Gates You really think you can get by the guards with that set of silver ware in you pocket?

thmcbb on July 31, 2009 at 11:43 PM

Gates to Crowley What do you mean you Mama carries a razor ?

thmcbb on July 31, 2009 at 11:46 PM

We are too stupid as a country.

Bambi on July 31, 2009 at 11:36 PM

Hey, welcome to HotAir Mr. Maher. Enjoy your stay!

/s

alohapundit on July 31, 2009 at 11:54 PM

“..let’s get the hell out of here before Biden comes out of the crapper!”

VoyskaPVO on August 1, 2009 at 12:00 AM

“..can you believe that a**hole stiffed us for the check?”

VoyskaPVO on August 1, 2009 at 12:01 AM

http://www.recessrally.com

reshas1 on August 1, 2009 at 12:03 AM

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.

-TheBigOldDog on July 31, 2009 at 7:46 PM

My sentiment exactly. I hope this photo will be seen by all those who have yet to have buyer’s remorse and realize the nakedness of the emperor.
God bless Crowley, you deserve each and every support of your colleagues and more from the American people.

mz.josephine on August 1, 2009 at 12:06 AM

Thought baloon over Obama’s head:

*racial unity farse summit…check.*

LEBA on August 1, 2009 at 12:16 AM

Class is colorblind.

chief on August 1, 2009 at 12:18 AM

Pride goeth before a fall.

LEBA on August 1, 2009 at 12:23 AM

If this doesn’t do me in nothing will.

crawley holding on to gates in case they are still drinking when the sun goes down

proudteadrinker on August 1, 2009 at 12:25 AM

Actions really do speak louder than words.

redwhiteblue on August 1, 2009 at 12:41 AM

Obama to himself :
Shouldn’t have had those tacos for lunch , after a burrrito for breakfast

macncheez on August 1, 2009 at 12:42 AM

I can’t add anything to the observations of the basic motivations of the people in these photos. Crowley’s is to help others, Obambi’s is all about his own desires. those who are least suited to public office are most apt to seek it.

Fighton03 on August 1, 2009 at 12:48 AM

Obarfy:
Now what was that step Michael used to do? Ooh!

OkieDoc on August 1, 2009 at 1:01 AM

I don’t know if it has been mentioned but I just read that Prof. Gates sent the young lady who made the phone call flowers and a card. Very sweet of him.

Cindy Munford on August 1, 2009 at 1:20 AM

The last time I was negotiating some steps, they caught me flashing on that Brazilian, teenagers’s ass. I sure as hell ain’t gonna check out Skip Gates’ tush…Sgt Crowley, on the other hand…

PC14 on August 1, 2009 at 1:21 AM

“Hooray Beer!”

Blacksmith on August 1, 2009 at 1:49 AM

CrockObama: I gotta get away for those two slugs, they’ll blur my favorite image….me.

dthorny on August 1, 2009 at 1:59 AM

Obama: Come follow me.

Crowley: You sure ain’t my savior, now shut up!

ConservadorRebelde on August 1, 2009 at 2:04 AM

Beers for clunkers.. right this way..

Republican Yogi on August 1, 2009 at 2:22 AM

“I’m wonderful, I’m marvellous, I’m beautiful to see.”

westerncanadian on August 1, 2009 at 2:41 AM

wtf people — 3 pages and noone quotes homer [simpson, of course]

“to alcohol — the cause of, and solution to, most of life’s problems!”
:-)

Buckaroo on August 1, 2009 at 3:53 AM

Two more guys under my bus—Makabe_6700

Kevin43 on August 1, 2009 at 4:11 AM

“It is finished! (I hope.)

Time to MoveOn.org ™”

Ordinary American on August 1, 2009 at 4:15 AM

Crowley to Gates:
“That’s OK,it’s not you fault the Depends leaked”.

Jeff from WI on August 1, 2009 at 5:46 AM

Just doing his job …. on or off duty ….. Sgt. Crowley seems to be a class act

Aggie95 on August 1, 2009 at 7:16 AM

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