Dumb but fun: Time for another “Did Obama give the middle finger?” clip

posted at 9:13 pm on December 4, 2009 by Allahpundit

Comedy gold via Breitbart. These clips are a jolly tradition on righty blogs, dating back to last year’s primary when he supposedly dropped the bird on Hillary and then again during the general when he did it to McCain. I think it’s nuts, but the arguments over whether he did or didn’t are always fun. And actually useful, in a way: You can usually separate the anti-Hopenchange men from the boys based on the individual reactions. Most of the Freepers are already in high dudgeon, needless to say.

Just to get the ball rolling, here’s a fun anecdote about Bethlehem Mayor John Callahan, the recipient of this alleged early Christmas gift from The One. Not only did Callahan back Hillary in the primary, but he made a point of attacking Obama on one of his most infamous Kinsleyan gaffes:

Clinton’s rally is in the gymnasium at Liberty High School. Her team is not exactly expecting a full house. On the left side of the gym, as one faces the stage, there are 25 rows of seats, from floor to ceiling. The Clinton team has put up a big blue curtain and an American flag blocking access beyond the first seven rows; all the seats above that remain empty.

But people pack into the room, after waiting hours to get through Secret Service security points. The gym floor is jammed.

“As I look out on the crowd, I’m not sensing any bitterness,” Bethlehem mayor John Callahan tells the audience.

That was just a few days after Bittergate exploded last year. Now this. Run with it!


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More than likely, this is a bad habit of Obama’s, one you would think his wife and his advisor’s would have broken him of by now. Some habits are really hard to break.

William Teach on December 5, 2009 at 10:14 AM

interesting. He only seems to scratch his face with his middle finger when he’s talking about political enemies. Must be just a long series of coincidences. I mean he can’t possibly be that petty, can he?

theCork on December 5, 2009 at 10:22 AM

Immature boob.

SouthernGent on December 5, 2009 at 10:24 AM

Guess I’m in the “Birder” camp.

cs89 on December 5, 2009 at 10:36 AM

He’s giving it to himself!

Reality Check on December 5, 2009 at 10:39 AM

I must not be the first to say this, but when is someone going to produce a video of him doing this absurdly improbable and awkward middle finger “scratch” when he hasn’t just said the name of an enemy? Maybe I’d reconsider. Probably not though as it’s just too bloody obvious what he’s doing here and after 3 times how many more do you need?

Also probably a repeat but I can’t help myself:
has anyone asked Callahan if he’s sensing the bitterness now?

original signed on December 5, 2009 at 10:52 AM

Obama’s middle finger is caught in the Cyber Attack on Jim Hoft’s Exposé taking down FIRST THINGS hosting Gateway Pundit twice overnight. That Obama middle finger diddles porn to school kids at the taxpayer’s expense. That Obama middle finger spends taxpayer dollars to conduct cyber-attacks, one administration Czar defending the other Czar, Cybersecurity defending Indoctrination.

I do not assent. We do not deserve this. Impeach Corruption.

maverick muse on December 5, 2009 at 10:06 AM

Due to the unprecedented corruption of the Obama administration, I would suspect that this administration is working behind the scenes to silence their opposition.

redridinghood on December 5, 2009 at 10:57 AM

Right on cue, Obowma’s handlers appoint a bird czar to control the one finger salutation. I’m amazed he didn’t bust one out while at the “enemy camp” at West Point.

Yea, I must be racist.

Can this turd get any worse?

dthorny on December 5, 2009 at 11:10 AM

What a disturbed narcissist douchebag.

Michelle Dubois on December 5, 2009 at 11:14 AM

He looks natural flippin the bird. Not so much saluting, though.

Akzed on December 5, 2009 at 11:16 AM

So we have a new fingergate scandal coming after climategate.
Funny how that ‘habit’ only appears with people with whom Obama has some bad blood. What a strange ‘coincidence’ from such a cool collected intelligent alpha male.

eaglewingz08 on December 5, 2009 at 11:22 AM

He looks natural flippin the bird. Not so much saluting, though.

Akzed on December 5, 2009 at 11:16 AM

On Thanksgiving my cousin, an AF pilot, said that Obama has been seen saluting with his left hand.

I’m not sure if there is a photo.

RushBaby on December 5, 2009 at 11:33 AM

I think it’s nuts, but the arguments over whether he did or didn’t are always fun.

More and more you surprise me. I never consider high profile opinion people like you to be naive so it is a surprise when I see evidence of it. AP, how can you not see this overt and calculated message he sends in this way.

There is ZERO doubt in my mind he flipped off McCain in that late campaign speech, no doubt at all. It was petty, immature and definitely not up to presidential standards.

It was that very moment I decided he was a person I could never like, never accept. He can dislike the politics of a war hero if he chooses but to dishonor one in that way tells you all you need to know about his character.

Since that time he has shown disdain for the military which proves my point. The “backdrop” comment, not visiting the hospital in Germany, yet went to work out and having his image photographed watching our war dead brought off the plane.

FireBlogger on December 5, 2009 at 12:30 PM

not a doubt in my mind that was the finger being given! that was freaking hilarious! i laughed for like 5 minutes…just thinking about it makes me laugh! absolutely a premeditated F bomb signal

dirksilver on December 5, 2009 at 12:45 PM

LOL, he hates Americans. (Of course, many of us already knew that to be true. I laugh now at the stupid liberals who didn’t know he hates them too.)

ray on December 5, 2009 at 12:55 PM

Turn the sound off and just watch the gestures. First the thumb, then the bird…pause, then the pointer, then the pointer with arm thrusts.

If I only understood Swahili, I would know he was saying ‘fuck you’.

percysunshine on December 5, 2009 at 1:03 PM

If I only understood Swahili, I would know he was saying ‘fuck you’.

percysunshine on December 5, 2009 at 1:03 PM
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Superb. +10.

Dopenstrange on December 5, 2009 at 1:09 PM

it would have been to die for to see the entire military academy scratch their noses (with the middle digit) at the same time for Obama during his speech…

ndanielson on December 5, 2009 at 1:33 PM

Obama bows to foreign royalty but gives the finger to US citizens.

The Obama Presidency.

thgrant on December 5, 2009 at 1:41 PM

Allahpundit, I’m guessing your familiarity with that, how can I put this, GENRE of communication is low. I think that’s why its flying over your head.

SarahW on December 5, 2009 at 1:56 PM

thgrant on December 5, 2009 at 1:41 PM

+1

cmsinaz on December 5, 2009 at 2:14 PM

More than likely, this is a bad habit of Obama’s, one you would think his wife and his advisor’s would have broken him of by now. Some habits are really hard to break.

William Teach on December 5, 2009 at 10:14 AM

Another bad habit his wife — or somebody — should break him of is the “fairy hands” thing he does when trying to look manly jogging down the stairs whilst deplaning.

winfield on December 5, 2009 at 2:31 PM

he supposedly dropped the bird on Hillary

Zero absolutely has ZERO class. WORST president in my lifetime, E-VAH!

Supposedly? C’mon..I grew up with 3 brothers who used to give the finger to each other that way. Thank God my brothers gave that up when they became adults. Too bad our president acts like he’s still in grade school. What a loser.

Annietxgrl on December 5, 2009 at 2:33 PM

It’s not who the gesture is supposed to “upset”, but rather whom it is revealed to appeal to.

And yes, that is the bird. For anyone who doesn’t think so… you just ain’t HIP man. Can you dig it? (insert nose rub with sole extended middle finger.)

ChipDWood on December 5, 2009 at 2:40 PM

This douchebag does veiled “message” plays ALL THE TIME. You must look at Obama’s history and agenda to get them all. The “shout out” to Native Americans prior to the Ft Hood speach, hand gestures, etc etc. He does it constantly, and most are aimed at his radical base. They “get it” and it supports their “smartest people in the room” feelings.

Obama’s Anti-American underground loves this childish bullsh*t.

marklmail on December 5, 2009 at 2:40 PM

I don’t think it was anything but intentional.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nr70MCMWc7w

R D on December 5, 2009 at 2:44 PM

The Link in my post above shows all 3 times he flipped the bird to opponents. (that were caught on tape)

R D on December 5, 2009 at 2:46 PM

If you had just told your teenage son that he can’t borrow the car on Friday night, and he gave you that gesture, would you ignore it or ground him?

bitsy on December 5, 2009 at 3:28 PM

If you had just told your teenage son that he can’t borrow the car on Friday night, and he gave you that gesture, would you ignore it or ground him?bitsy on December 5, 2009 at 3:28 PM

Nailed it.

ManUFan on December 5, 2009 at 3:37 PM

Guess I’m in the “Birder” camp.

cs89 on December 5, 2009 at 10:36 AM

Classic. Me too.

ElectricPhase on December 5, 2009 at 3:44 PM

This is just another AP kick me post.

Basilsbest on December 5, 2009 at 3:46 PM

I don’t think it was anything but intentional.

You’re just saying that because you’re not stupid.

Basilsbest on December 5, 2009 at 3:47 PM

During the campaign this was childish as the president it is inexcusable. He always finds a way to prove he is classless.

tim c on December 5, 2009 at 3:48 PM

At most this would be a freudian slip of the finger.

SnKArcbound on December 5, 2009 at 4:34 PM

Looks like his is pissed off at TOTUS – wonder what made him so angry?

tanvec on December 5, 2009 at 4:44 PM

Ooooh, he’s such a bad ass…. NOT. Gimme a break.

ErinF on December 5, 2009 at 4:53 PM

Sorry Allah, you know that’s the bird… again, and again, and again.

Worst. President. Ever.

scotash on December 5, 2009 at 5:54 PM

Meh, why hide it?

Nobody is fooled that he actually has any class, so he might as well drop f-bombs in public speeches as opposed to the “who me? flip a bird? it’s an accident!” piffle, as per Schwartzeneggar and his infamous acrostic memo.

meep on December 5, 2009 at 6:08 PM

Dude, he can’t scratch and talk at the same time? The pause was a bit suspect.

In other words…….I question the timing.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on December 4, 2009 at 9:24 PM

The pause that refreshes. Obama lost his momentum when he inserted his juvenile flip to someone probably not in that audience. but in an audience of friend(s) who would view the video

Obama likes to flip the fingerless bird and has a long trail of classic DVD’s. and cheap symbols of patriotism stunts to ruffle the feathers of the group he despises, along with butt kissing displays like bowing to potentates, and hugging tyrants to rub it in, for me to assume he has suddenly gone cold turkey

Obama plays Junior High so predictably, I see a collection of Obama’s Greatest Diss’s in the near future

entagor on December 5, 2009 at 6:19 PM

Dude, he scratched himself doesn’t know the difference between his middle and index finger. Come on.

Allahpundit on December 4, 2009 at 9:16 PM

FIFY AP.

fossten on December 5, 2009 at 7:40 PM

Obama is a punk who needs to do small things. He is crass.

rlwo2008 on December 5, 2009 at 7:45 PM

Dude, he scratched himself. Come on.

Allahpundit on December 4, 2009 at 9:16 PM

So, are you on Axelrod’s payroll now too? :-p

SagebrushPuppet on December 5, 2009 at 7:47 PM

Here ya go.

http://www.blogcdn.com/www.politicsdaily.com/media/2009/07/obama_gates_head_scratch.jpg

http://www.blackagendareport.com/images/stories/136/ObamaScratchHead.jpg

Do people alternate what fingers they scratch with? I do not believe they do.

- The Cat

MirCat on December 4, 2009 at 9:59 PM

Is The Joker afflicted with the heartbreak of psoriasis?

SagebrushPuppet on December 5, 2009 at 7:48 PM

My vote is that it is definitely a passive aggressive ghetto finger.
It ain’t no coincidence that Obama’s face always seems to itch seconds after he feels he is forced to mention someone who was “mean to him” by name…and that the only finger that can scratch that itch is a fully visible and extended middle finger.
If you watch these videos and compare them, you can almost see him thinking it all out in advance. Notice how he’s doing nothing with his hand prior, but the moment he pivots to mention his target by name he gets his hand prepared for the salute and holds it out…then he casually says the victim’s name followed by a dramatic pause, then he extends the bird to his cheek.
If his cheek really did itch, why the pause after he first moves his hand? Why not just scratch in one motion without all the physical and verbal pauses?
And that certainly wasn’t an itch he scratched. We’ve all had itches to our faces, cheeks or nose during public speaking or performing music and there is just no way two slight little rubs with a finger tip like Obama did is going to stop that itch.
No. It was a hand gesture solely. There was no itch.
There is no doubt in my mind what he’s doing.

OxyCon on December 5, 2009 at 7:50 PM

What a pathetic excuse for an adult. Obama is the poster child for abortions.

Slowburn on December 5, 2009 at 8:03 PM

I sometimes use my middle finger to push my glasses up my nose. But, and this is important, my other stay extended. They do not curl back, because then I would be flipping myself off. And I won’t have that!

SagebrushPuppet on December 5, 2009 at 8:08 PM

Maybe he was just sharing his IQ?

Or his number of white parents.

Mr. Grump on December 5, 2009 at 5:07 AM
Racistttttttttt. That was totally uncalled for.

(OK. If after all this and MSNBC or CNN doesn’t calll. I’ll settle for a job on GMA or any other MSM out let.)

OK, have it your way. His number of BLACK parents.

Mr. Grump on December 5, 2009 at 9:13 PM

Im a Birder.

5u93rm4n on December 5, 2009 at 9:36 PM

It’s so obvious, especially if taken in context with the words coming out of his mouth. It takes a willing suspension of disbelief not to see it.

mike_NC9 on December 4, 2009 at 9:43 PM

If there could be instances shown of Obama suddenly “scratching himself” using his middle finger right on the face so everyone sees it so they get it, when there is no reason he’d be flipping someone off I’d be willing to reconsider but yeah, the times he does it is when he’s saying something about someone he’s got a beef with.

As every junior high kid would know, the “I was just scratching myself!” excuse is the lame cover. Grownups know they’re full of it.

KittyLowrey on December 5, 2009 at 10:36 PM

As AP has proven, the oddball media is intimidated by Obama and his thug cronies.

If someone did have the balls to call Obama out on this, they would just claim it was a “righty blogs” conspiracy. Isn’t Hotair.com a “righty blog”? Hmmmm.

mike_NC9 on December 6, 2009 at 1:20 AM

I would say it was a bad habbit if it didn’t always happen after a specific quote.

He would say something about Hillary, stop to scratch his nose while giving the finger. Mention McCain, oh I have an itch to scratch, not the full hand like most people, but just the middle finger.

Obama is a child in everyway, this is just another thing he does to act like one.

Rbastid on December 6, 2009 at 1:45 AM

Dude, he scratched himself. Come on.

Allahpundit on December 4, 2009 at 9:16 PM

I recommend that you spend one full day in a junior high school lunchroom. Then report back to us. Dude.

redwhiteblue on December 6, 2009 at 2:01 AM

ap

he DID give HRC thwe finger and followed it up bu BRUSHING OFF HIS SHOULDER

it was an ENTIRE ROUTINE from a JAY Z song

how can you deny it?????

ginaswo on December 6, 2009 at 8:10 AM

I had a nun in a high school English class who loved to tick off points with her fingers. Without fail, the last point was ALWAYS made with the middle finger. She obviously never had too many points to make…

She was so strict and so into discipline that no one would laugh or even snicker with they saw The Finger. This woman could destroy someone with a single word or phrase…

karl9000 on December 6, 2009 at 9:00 AM

He is feeling for the on switch.

davod on December 6, 2009 at 9:01 AM

You can usually separate the anti-Hopenchange men from the boys based on the individual reactions. Most of the Freepers are already in high dudgeon, needless to say.

Let me guess. You’re a man cause you think he scrathed. Those who think he has done it deliberately are boys no matter how commited they are to the anti-hopenchange cause and what sacrifices they made. I’m also sure that he scratched but your arrogance is revolting.

Alexey on December 6, 2009 at 9:36 AM

Totally déclassé. Totally. Or, as they say in Rio Linda, totally without class.

Somebody said that Sarah Palin is not in the same class as Obama. Well, let’s thank God for that. She’s way ahead of him in the class stakes.

SilentWatcher on December 6, 2009 at 9:58 AM

Here’s why he’s flipping the bird: the middle finger is uncomfortable to extend by itself. The thumb and the index are the most comfortable. It’s not unknown for people to scratch something with the middle finger—it’s just that one doesn’t do it with that finger extended (unless one is into digital manipulation, of course). The scratching with the middle finger is genuine when it occurs with all the fingers in the hand at the same extension. Then it is that, primarily, because of its length, the middle finger is the scratching finger. Obama never does this action when referencing someone who’s in his pocket. He only does the middle finger deal with others who displease him or whom he wishes to show public disrespect. Therefore, custom and logic would argue that Obama, the man-child president, is flipping someone the bird.

SilentWatcher on December 6, 2009 at 10:06 AM

Most likely it’s a Freudian slip on Obama’s part.

zoyclem on December 6, 2009 at 10:21 AM

I had standing behind me, several PUMAs (one that was taking pics for their website) and complained about that and remembered it pretty well. I replied the same feeling, and acknowleged he did that with McCain.

ProudPalinFan on December 6, 2009 at 10:50 AM

Most likely it’s a Freudian slip on Obama’s part.

zoyclem on December 6, 2009 at 10:21 AM

For the sake of argumen, I’ll grant you this. But in government perception is reality. At the very least his handlers should acknowledge this unfortunate habit and pledge to be more sensitive to appearances. If this is ever brought up, it will just be portrayed as us crackpots making shit up out of whole cloth.

mike_NC9 on December 6, 2009 at 11:00 AM

Oh please. Wake the eff up. You know the man-child is doing it on purpose. Those that know him well know it too as they have prolly joked about his dopey flippinf device.

Gob on December 6, 2009 at 2:26 PM

Here’s hoping that the vast majority of American’s do the same to him in 2012.

RedbonePro on December 6, 2009 at 6:17 PM

Naww dude. If you look at him in the multiple clips his MO is always the same. He mentions their names and then ALWAYS scratches some part of his face with his middle finger. Who the heck does that? No one. It’s noticeable, if it wasn’t no one would care.

I think at this point for him, it’s like second nature. I don’t know if he even knows he’s doing it. But it always happens in the exact same way. That is no coincidence. I have yet to see a clip where it happens to someone he likes. It’s always an opponent.

He is juvenile.

xax on December 6, 2009 at 6:32 PM

Dude, he scratched himself. Come on.

Allahpundit on December 4, 2009 at 9:16 PM

Fool me once, shame on me. Fool me twice, shame on you.

Fool me three times, call me Allahpundit.

SirGawain on December 6, 2009 at 6:34 PM

That Kenyan Communist Muslim is a typical Chicago political hack – a bitter, vindictive POS even after scratching out a win the year before. So long as he’s in power, he’ll never let that poor schmo forget it during his Reign Of Terror.

Catch
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CatchAll on December 6, 2009 at 8:48 PM

I’ll just add a ditto to what Michelle Dubois said (above).

TBenton on December 6, 2009 at 9:02 PM

Guess I’m in the “Birder” camp.

cs89 on December 5, 2009 at 10:36 AM

Ditto.

bigjack on December 6, 2009 at 11:21 PM

Anyone who has watched and followed The Man-Child’s style and actions and doesn’t clearly see that the mack daddy gave the finger to an opponent is on par with an intelligence and level of naivete that would have also voted for John Kerry.
Case closed.

cjk on December 7, 2009 at 12:02 AM

Clean and articulate…….. NO

Clean …….. Maybe in a hygenic sense only……

mmmmm mmmmm mmmmm

bluegrass on December 7, 2009 at 8:53 AM

I thought Clinton was the vulgar president, I was mistaken; this one is openly and shamelessly so. His bird flip has been so prominently noticed before that it can ONLY be intentional at this point.

Mark30339 on December 7, 2009 at 11:36 AM

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