Bad news: Media interrupts president’s purchase of shrimp with question about Iraq

posted at 5:58 pm on August 25, 2010 by Allahpundit

Via Dan Riehl, who notes that there was indeed some important Iraq news today worth asking about. I don’t really begrudge The One the right to duck questions on his vacation, especially when he’s lining up a primetime address on this subject for next week, but this is a classic “What if Bush did it?” moment and, as such, simply Must Be Blogged.

If this dopey quote had come out of Dubya’s mouth, tell me it wouldn’t already be a slogan emblazoned on a t-shirt at Zazzle underneath a Bush/chimp photo comparison:

As the president walked around the restaurant, some cordoned-off reporters shouted out to him questions, including one about the war in Iraq. Next Tuesday night, the president will deliver an Oval Office address at 8 pm ET, in which he will mark the occasion of the withdrawal of US combat troops from the country.

But the president was in no mood today to discuss the issue with reporters in that setting. He ignored questions for a bit, then turned to the reporters.

“We’re buying shrimp, guys,” he said, smiling. “Come on.”

That’s via an excruciatingly bored Jake Tapper, who’s also got a hot item up about Obama having a great time on his vacation. I searched in vain for video of the magic moment so you’ll have to make do with the flashback below from Campaign 2008. Cool Hand Luke is usually unflappable, but don’t get between the man and his lunch. Exit question: Think he’ll credit Bush for the surge in his Iraq speech next week? I know it’s off-message in light of the Dems’ Bushitler messaging for the midterms, but since he’ll be taking the credit for winding down combat operations, sharing a tiny bit with Bush is low-cost.

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Can’t I just eat my shrimp?

Socratease on August 25, 2010 at 6:00 PM

The Barry Gump Shrimp Menu

Shrimp taxes
Shrimp Unemployment
Shrimp Healthcare
Shrimp Polling
Shrimp Iran
Shrimp Afghanistan
Shrimp Midterms
Shrimp Golf
Shrimp vacation

portlandon on August 25, 2010 at 6:00 PM

Let the man enjoy his latest 10-day vacation in the millionaire’s playground.

It’s not like the rest of the country is struggling financially or anything. Oh, wait…

amerpundit on August 25, 2010 at 6:01 PM

Let me just eat my Shrimp Cocktail.

Buy Danish on August 25, 2010 at 6:01 PM

The vacation bit was dubbed “Breaking News” on ABC.

Breaking News: President is enjoying his vacation…

Seriously.

UnderstandingisPower on August 25, 2010 at 6:01 PM

Shrimp for the Shrimp.

CynicalOptimist on August 25, 2010 at 6:01 PM

He’s completely worthless.

Zorro on August 25, 2010 at 6:02 PM

Can’t a guy just buy a little shrimp?…. Dang!

CynicalOptimist on August 25, 2010 at 6:02 PM

Waffles. Shrimp. What’s the difference?

Nice to have Greta Garbo as POTUS.

Cody1991 on August 25, 2010 at 6:03 PM

Think he’ll credit Bush for the surge in his Iraq speech next week?

what???????
think?
what/????!?1?1

um, Bsh screwd everythign upa nad I saved the day with my awesomeness.

that’s how that’s gonna fly.

joeindc44 on August 25, 2010 at 6:03 PM

First, his waffle. Now, his shrimp. What next? His arugula? C’mon guys. Give him a break. You would think he’s on his sixth vation this year or something. Nero would be so proud.

kingsjester on August 25, 2010 at 6:03 PM

xit question: Think he’ll credit Bush for the surge in his Iraq speech next week?

I`m betting we`ll get a “this was a war of choice made by the previous administration” or something. He won`t give Bush any credit.

And once again, the man doesn`t want to job of being president, only the perks.

ThePrez on August 25, 2010 at 6:03 PM

If we can’t talk to Obama when he’s eating, playing golf, on vacation, or having a date with his wife, when the heck can we talk to him???

Sir Corky on August 25, 2010 at 6:04 PM

Summer of Shrimp

faraway on August 25, 2010 at 6:05 PM

Breaking News: President is enjoying his vacation…

Seriously.

No, not seriously. That was clearly tongue in cheek.

YYZ on August 25, 2010 at 6:05 PM

Come on AP. He’s always on vacation. When are the news guys gonna be able to ask questions? So they snagged him while he was in the chow line? Reporters gotta earn their dough. He doesn’t do press conferences anymore….. Thank God.

JimP on August 25, 2010 at 6:05 PM

“All I want is a little shrimp”

Mr. President, I think that you are proving to the world that you have “a little shrimp”… very small shrimp… like teeny weenie… microscopic….. non-existent….shrimp…..

CynicalOptimist on August 25, 2010 at 6:06 PM

Why would he comment on it? Imam Obama has already tipped his hand in coming out for the Flight 175 Landing Gear Mosque. He can’t comment on this because this is what he wants.

Do you really think he wants a free and stable Iraq? That would be a good thing for Bush and make him look like a fool for being against the war and the surge. The man hates Bush and America so much that he would gladly piss away the sacrifices made by the military just to make Bush look like a fool.

Blarg the Destroyer on August 25, 2010 at 6:06 PM

He’s finally doing the first tangible thing to help the gulf region, and the media has to interrupt him?

stldave on August 25, 2010 at 6:06 PM

Ahem…did he buy any shrimp during his Gulf vacation??????? Hmmmmmm????

And, somehow I just can’t picture Michele heading and deveining shrimp.

Dingbat63 on August 25, 2010 at 6:06 PM

Fore!

forest on August 25, 2010 at 6:06 PM

Perhaps if President Augustus held a press conference every now and then, these “intrusions” wouldn’t occur. Frankly, I’m glad some reporter dared to ask The One an off-scripted question. Obviously, that’s one over the quota, but let’s give the reporter some credit for being an actual reporter. Bravo!

conservative pilgrim on August 25, 2010 at 6:06 PM

If we can’t talk to Obama when he’s eating, playing golf, on vacation, or having a date with his wife, when the heck can we talk to him???

Sir Corky on August 25, 2010 at 6:04 PM

Put on a purple shirt and show up with a bag of money.

ThePrez on August 25, 2010 at 6:07 PM

Hey AP, that’s nice of you to give Riehl World some link love. Think that’s a first? Or it’s been a while.

conservative pilgrim on August 25, 2010 at 6:07 PM

Perhaps he’s buying shrimp to show his solidarity with all those shrimp fishermen in the Gulf. No, you think not.

Dhuka on August 25, 2010 at 6:07 PM

They need a teleprompter at the fish market…

right2bright on August 25, 2010 at 6:09 PM

Ummm… if reporters can’t ask this guy questions when he is on vacation then they will never get a chance to ask him questions will they?

sharrukin on August 25, 2010 at 6:09 PM

“Will he give him some credit?” Seriously AP, how about a question in which might have to put a little thought into. Not only will he not give Bush credit, I predict he will frame our victory as an actual loss that we’ve somehow managed to escape thanks to his skill and management. His is the “One” after all.

WisRich on August 25, 2010 at 6:09 PM

BUYING SHRIMP IS CRAAAAZY BUSINESS!!!

blatantblue on August 25, 2010 at 6:10 PM

“…There’s pineapple shrimp, lemon shrimp, coconut shrimp, pepper shrimp, shrimp soup, shrimp stew, shrimp salad, shrimp and potatoes, shrimp burger, shrimp sandwich…”

forest on August 25, 2010 at 6:11 PM

LET THE MAN EAT HIS SHRIMP!!!!

abobo on August 25, 2010 at 6:14 PM

Suffering shrimpotash!

Shrimpgate

Moe, Curly, and Shrimp

GnuBreed on August 25, 2010 at 6:14 PM

ABC News has video

William Amos on August 25, 2010 at 6:15 PM

Exit question: Think he’ll credit Bush for the surge in his Iraq speech next week?

Well he should, but I doubt he will. Even if he does give Bush credit, he won’t name him. Instead, he’ll say “my predecessor….” blah, blah, blah

He’s going to upset people either way. Will he risk a catastrophic simultaneous explosion of his Lefty “crazy-they-should-be-drug-tested” base? I dunno, but it sure would be fun to watch. Maybe they could borrow the melting chocolate bunny? haha

conservative pilgrim on August 25, 2010 at 6:15 PM

This is what the O’s always remind of, the old nursery rhyme:

Jack Sprat could eat no fat.

His wife could eat no lean.
And so between them both,
you see,

They licked the platter clean

Cody1991 on August 25, 2010 at 6:16 PM

The guy can’t stand in line to order food and answer a question at the same time?

And he was elected to the highest office in the country?

No wonder I drink.

MadisonConservative on August 25, 2010 at 6:16 PM

Being President is hard. What with all the vacations, dates, golf rounds, whining, fundraising, wasting money, doing nothing and photo ops….
I shudder to think what the prissy little Princess will do when a major crisis happens. Except what he’s done for every other one: Ignore it. (hello, Iran protests, South Korean boat, Greek protests, etc, etc, etc)

mjk on August 25, 2010 at 6:18 PM

The guy can’t stand in line to order food and answer a question at the same time?

MadisonConservative on August 25, 2010 at 6:16 PM

Not without his TOTUS.

Sir Corky on August 25, 2010 at 6:19 PM

“We’re buying shrimp, guys,” he said, smiling. “Come on.”

And it’s probably Maine shrimp, not from the Gulf.

Oh well, Olympia Snowe-Job and Suzie Collins would approve.

Del Dolemonte on August 25, 2010 at 6:19 PM

How many lobsters (stuffed with caviar?) did your wife inhale today, Bozo?

petefrt on August 25, 2010 at 6:19 PM

What kind of whine goes with shrimps?

Christien on August 25, 2010 at 6:19 PM

Leave Obama alone. He’s on vacation with his family just trying to eat lunch.

terryannonline on August 25, 2010 at 6:20 PM

Only a doofus would go to a fresh seafood shack in MA and order shrimp which isn’t native, Deval Patrick excluded. Clams, baby, clams.

No Niks on August 25, 2010 at 6:22 PM

But… was it shrimp scampi, shrimp salad, popcorn shrimp, fried shrimp, boiled shrimp, shrimp sandwich, stuffed shrimp…. and for Pete’s sake was it BUBBA GUMP SHRIMP!?

obligatory

ted c on August 25, 2010 at 6:23 PM

Considering the number of vacations Obama has had, I think the press can interrupt for some questions.

INC on August 25, 2010 at 6:23 PM

Only a doofus would go to a fresh seafood shack in MA and order shrimp which isn’t native, Deval Patrick excluded. Clams, baby, clams.

No Niks on August 25, 2010 at 6:22 PM

Good catch! (Pun intended).

I’m from Florida–fish, shrimp, oysters.

When we lived in New England–fish, lobster, clams.

INC on August 25, 2010 at 6:24 PM

The guy can’t stand in line to order food and answer a question at the same time?

And he was elected to the highest office in the country?

No wonder I drink.

MadisonConservative on August 25, 2010 at 6:16 PM

Much like he couldn’t deal with the economy while he was busy cramming Obamacare down our throats, he cannot answer any questions until he decides between shrimp etouffee and shrimp-ka-bobs.

stldave on August 25, 2010 at 6:24 PM

I thought the POTUS was always on the clock, even on vacation, no?

At least that’s one of the things I hear when people complain about all the vacations.

SlaveDog on August 25, 2010 at 6:26 PM

The Crustacean in Chief…all hail!

Mason on August 25, 2010 at 6:28 PM

Man up and suck down some chowder, champ. We can get the Secret Service to crumble the crackers for you.

JammieWearingFool on August 25, 2010 at 6:29 PM

STOP THE F*UCKING COUNTRY!!!!!!!!B

Mr. Grump on August 25, 2010 at 6:30 PM

I’m sure the Michael Moore movie with this footage will be coming out soon.

Scrappy on August 25, 2010 at 6:31 PM

Think he’ll credit Bush for the surge in his Iraq speech next week? I know it’s off-message in light of the Dems’ Bushitler messaging for the midterms, but since he’ll be taking the credit for winding down combat operations, sharing a tiny bit with Bush is low-cost.

I’ll chuck this up with Allah’s other misses; you know that when it comes to Obama, Allah cannot contain himself; staring up at “The One” eyes wide open, hands clasped and mouthing the words “We are not worthy, just say the word and I’ll hope and change”.

julian on August 25, 2010 at 6:31 PM

So, it’s OK if an adoring crowd disrupts his family from eating in peace, but it’s not fair if he gets one generic question tossed his way.

Pathetic.

Christien on August 25, 2010 at 6:32 PM

How many lobsters (stuffed with caviar?) did your wife inhale today, Bozo?

petefrt on August 25, 2010 at 6:19 PM

Well, she was tired of Obama`s Shrimp menu…oh maybe that one is off the menu

The Barry Gump Shrimp Menu

Shrimp taxes
Shrimp Unemployment
Shrimp Healthcare
Shrimp Polling
Shrimp Iran
Shrimp Afghanistan
Shrimp Midterms
Shrimp Golf
Shrimp vacation

portlandon on August 25, 2010 at 6:00 PM

bluemarlin on August 25, 2010 at 6:33 PM

Louis and Antoinette are indignant and modest.

But the Obamas’ lobster experience is not confined to these shores. Michelle Obama was barely off the plane during her voyage early this month to the Spanish Riviera when, according to the Spanish press, she dived into a feast of sea bass tartare, strawberry gazpacho and sardines, and a main course of lobster with seaweed risotto.

Michelle enjoyed the repast so much that she was right back at it on August 14 during the Obamas’ two-day Panama City, Fla photo-op vacation. There, at the Firefly restaurant, it was more lobster for Michelle.

The Obamas were supposed to be showing support for the good people of the oil spill-stricken Gulf, eating their seafood and so forth. So the big question is, was it a Caribbean lobster or one shipped down from Maine?

No wonder the Russians just started fueling the Iranian nuclear reactor at Bushehr. When President Medvedev was here, Obama took him for burgers.

Schadenfreude on August 25, 2010 at 6:34 PM

I decided to see how many websites had the quote

“We’re buying shrimp, guys,”

I checked Google, there was 607 results, I found one website that had this

Poor Obama. After a tiring period of three vacations since July, and a record number of rounds of Golf, Obama just can’t buy his shrimp. The AP’s puff piece makes you want to feel so bad for the man who was dining out for the first time since arriving at Martha’s Vineyard, mainly due to the weather. I guess those personal chefs just aren’t good enough.

That is going to hurt.

WoosterOh on August 25, 2010 at 6:34 PM

Fork held concave side downward in left hand. Knife remains in right hand. He doesn’t even eat like an American.

kurtzz3 on August 25, 2010 at 6:34 PM

Man up and suck down some chowder, champ. We can get the Secret Service to crumble the crackers for you.

JammieWearingFool on August 25, 2010 at 6:29 PM

pssssstt….chowda has bacon !!

macncheez on August 25, 2010 at 6:34 PM

Breaking News: “Obama postpones next Vacation. Remains at White House Another Week.”

JellyToast on August 25, 2010 at 6:36 PM

Prolly buying the shrimp for the damn dog…

Bo…….

BigWyo on August 25, 2010 at 6:37 PM

What I meant to add was Barry needs his time off. Leave him alone to rest and collect his thoughts./sarc/

Mr. Grump on August 25, 2010 at 6:38 PM

I thought the POTUS was always on the clock, even on vacation, no?

At least that’s one of the things I hear when people complain about all the vacations.

SlaveDog on August 25, 2010 at 6:26 PM

Certainly not, he has vacations he gets off, he gets golf time off, and certainly not on duty between the hours of 8PM – 9:30AM. So call all you want at 3 AM, won`t matter as the ringer is turned off!

bluemarlin on August 25, 2010 at 6:38 PM

I like the faux-man-o-the-people Sox cap.

Question: “Mr. President, who’s the manager of the Chicago White Sox?”

Obama: “We’re buying shrimp, guys,” he said, smiling. “Come on.”

BuckeyeSam on August 25, 2010 at 6:40 PM

Schadenfreude on August 25, 2010 at 6:34 PM

Oh, wow, lobster in Florida, now shrimp in Maine!

That is not how you support the local seafood industry!

INC on August 25, 2010 at 6:41 PM

Video

http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2010/08/vacationing-president-to-press-were-buying-shrimp-guys-come-on.html

Nothing special, I usually cant stand the man and always change the channel, even if it is Fox News when he is on, so that 1:38 is more of him than I have seen maybe in the almost 8 months of 2010.

WoosterOh on August 25, 2010 at 6:42 PM

Mr. President, can you tell America what about the eating of shrimp has most surprised, troubled, enchanted and humbled you?

-the question they wanted to ask

Bishop on August 25, 2010 at 6:42 PM

Schadenfreude on August 25, 2010 at 6:34 PM

MO: “Does this lobster make my ass look big? Screw ‘em. Clean out the shops, and find me one of them maternity tops to wear. First priority is to cover my a$$. Too big a job? Get out. Just get the effing lobster, champagne and some entertainment. This job is a beotch. I, btw, am not. Got it? Get it.”

Cody1991 on August 25, 2010 at 6:43 PM

is there such a thing as a shrimp waffle?

ted c on August 25, 2010 at 6:43 PM

I like the faux-man-o-the-people Sox cap.

Question: “Mr. President, who’s the manager of the Chicago White Sox?”

Obama: “We’re buying shrimp, guys,” he said, smiling. “Come on.”

BuckeyeSam on August 25, 2010 at 6:40 PM

Forget the baseball schtick. It’s just amazing watching him to pretend to be a man.

Cody1991 on August 25, 2010 at 6:45 PM

is there such a thing as a shrimp waffle?

ted c on August 25, 2010 at 6:43 PM

Is there such a thing as POTUS? Or do we simply have Jarrett in drag?

Cody1991 on August 25, 2010 at 6:48 PM

The Barry Gump Shrimp Menu

Shrimp taxes
Shrimp Unemployment
Shrimp Healthcare
Shrimp Polling
Shrimp Iran
Shrimp Afghanistan
Shrimp Midterms
Shrimp Golf
Shrimp vacation

portlandon on August 25, 2010 at 6:00 PM

Shrimpy jobs
Shrimpy GDP
Shrimpy private sector
Shrimpy business activity
Shrimpy foreign policy
Shrimpy cops acting stupidly
Shrimpy questions
…but…..XXXXLL government eating all that shrimpy stuff

ted c on August 25, 2010 at 6:50 PM

If he resents being bothered @ lunch why not have lunch @ the White House? No vacation = no pesky questions.

BHO Jonestown on August 25, 2010 at 6:54 PM

Leave Obama alone. He’s on vacation with his family just trying to eat lunch.

terryannonline on August 25, 2010 at 6:20 PM

His fifth. Fifth vacation. As in FIVE. Five times he’s been on vacation.

He can handle a damn question in between bites of shrimp.

Bee on August 25, 2010 at 6:54 PM

Let the shrimp eat his waffle.

Lady Macbeth is hungry, too.

profitsbeard on August 25, 2010 at 6:56 PM

Baracks House of Shrimp and Waffles?

irishspy on August 25, 2010 at 6:58 PM

Now now folks, let’s not be too hard on the royal couple for their sixth vacation, M’chell is setting a fine example of economy by dressing in a tablecloth and old pair of curtains: She’s No Jackie

slickwillie2001 on August 25, 2010 at 6:59 PM

Forget the baseball schtick. It’s just amazing watching him to pretend to be a man.

Cody1991 on August 25, 2010 at 6:45 PM

I’ve questioned his manliness and hairiness since the first time I saw him.

BuckeyeSam on August 25, 2010 at 7:04 PM

M’chell is setting a fine example of economy by dressing in a tablecloth and old pair of curtains: She’s No Jackie

slickwillie2001 on August 25, 2010 at 6:59 PM

It’s Mooch-Hell these days, and those fingers of hers are lethal weapons.

Cody1991 on August 25, 2010 at 7:05 PM

Well he should, but I doubt he will. Even if he does give Bush credit, he won’t name him. Instead, he’ll say “my predecessor….” blah, blah, blah

conservative pilgrim on August 25, 2010 at 6:15 PM

Now this is going to shock some people to the bone, but I really want to say something nice about my predecessor for a change. This is one think he didn’t #uck-up so bad I have not yet been able to fix it.

Tav on August 25, 2010 at 7:06 PM

Good clean, pollution free Gulf Shrimp prices are down 40 cents per pound because of the Feds and media and stupid people who live away from the Gulf Coast.

For the record, the late summer/fall is white shrimp season. The little bugger grow from larvae deep in the estuary, gather in large schools then head out to the Gulf of Mexico.

Kermit on August 25, 2010 at 7:07 PM

Leave Obama alone!

Let him eat his damned waffles!

OxyCon on August 25, 2010 at 7:11 PM

Obama: “Look, I’m on vacation with the fam here….I’m not the President today”

Secret Service Guy In Charge: “Uh…Mr. President, you’re never not the President…even on vacation…”

Obama: “Oh…I learn something new everyday”

BobMbx on August 25, 2010 at 7:11 PM

Shrimponomics

faraway on August 25, 2010 at 7:13 PM

Lady Macbeth is hungry, too.

profitsbeard on August 25, 2010 at 6:56 PM

So is the back forty she calls her derriere.

Tav on August 25, 2010 at 7:14 PM

Shoot, I forgot to link the waffle video.
Anyhow:
Let Obama eat his damned waffles!

OxyCon on August 25, 2010 at 7:14 PM

M’chell is setting a fine example of economy by dressing in a tablecloth and old pair of curtains: She’s No Jackie

slickwillie2001 on August 25, 2010 at 6:59 PM

That dress needs a LV handbag to complete the hedious look

macncheez on August 25, 2010 at 7:14 PM

I’ve questioned his manliness and hairiness since the first time I saw him.

BuckeyeSam on August 25, 2010 at 7:04 PM

MO was also repulsed on first meeting. Then she realized she could “craft” him into a workable “husband.” Jarrett, the snake, lent her dark arts to the project, and a political protege was born. Stunning, no?

Now we have a confused nothing heading up the most powerful country in the world. The Chinese must be laughing their asses off while Zip shows his ass to his Saudi benefactors. He’s a punk. Anyone with an IQ of 10 could figure this out. But it’s our country and our lives on the line.

Cody1991 on August 25, 2010 at 7:15 PM

There is an old Spanish expression which explains why Obama and Michelle Antoilette took separate vacations and why the National Enquirer is reporting growing tension between the two over his “dates” with Oprah:

No castle can hold two queens.

Dhuka on August 25, 2010 at 7:19 PM

Of course Bush won’t get a h/t

ladyingray on August 25, 2010 at 7:20 PM

We are all just prawns in his little game.

faraway on August 25, 2010 at 7:21 PM

Shoot, I forgot to link the waffle video.
Anyhow:
Let Obama eat his damned waffles!

OxyCon on August 25, 2010 at 7:14 PM

AP posted that.

Bee on August 25, 2010 at 7:25 PM

Considering he waited 79 days to respond to an oil spill IN FEDERAL WATERS in the Gulf and delayed and delayed the cleanup, I’d say he’s had enough vacations.

dthorny on August 25, 2010 at 7:33 PM

sharing a tiny bit with Bush is low-cost.

Too expensive.

He. Will. Never. Ever. Do. It. Ever.

Brian1972 on August 25, 2010 at 7:36 PM

Think he’ll credit Bush for the surge in his Iraq speech next week?

Absolutely not. It would not surprise me if he once again declared that Dubya started a war based on data he cooked on WMD’s, and it took Obama to end the war with dignity.

After all he is the one with the reset button and using smart power that is making our enemies love us once again. *sarcasm off*

simkeith on August 25, 2010 at 7:39 PM

ABC News has video

William Amos on August 25, 2010 at 6:15 PM

I’m surprised, watching that. I didn’t know they allowed people around them. That was a lot of regular people, it looked like.

Alana on August 25, 2010 at 7:41 PM

Share credit? Hahahahahaha!! Surely you jest. The One ‘shares’ with No One.

GarandFan on August 25, 2010 at 7:45 PM

“We’re buying shrimp, guys,” he said, smiling.

Obama enjoys shrimp & lobster while the rest of us eat potted meat. Where are the JOBS???

TN Mom on August 25, 2010 at 7:50 PM

By O’s logic, food = excuse not to answer questions. Dude should do all press conferences and appearances carrying food. Built in excuse “come on, guys”. Sweet, I should be a democratic political advisor!

NickelAndDime on August 25, 2010 at 7:50 PM

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