Video: Man of the people decides to go for a sandwich

posted at 5:21 pm on October 4, 2013 by Allahpundit

To cleanse the palate. In case you were wondering whether shutting veterans out of war memorials, shrugging off kids with cancer, and chortling that Democrats don’t care when the shutdown ends has O a tiny bit worried about coming off as a callous jackhole, the answer is yes. His job approval in Gallup today is a lean, mean 41/52. Time for a quickie publicity stunt with blue-collar Uncle Joe to show Americans that he’s still One Of Us.

And speaking of callous jackholes, he’s not the only one who’s suddenly worried about public perceptions:

Exit question: Think the GOP alone will bear the brunt of a shutdown-driven collapse in economic confidence? I know two guys who disagree.



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Photoshop him as a Vet cuts the chain at the WWII memorial, in front of the oaf, and mutters “damn Punk”.

Schadenfreude on October 4, 2013 at 5:24 PM

Life at HA today

i see obama’s approval’s up to 52 on gallup…

sesquipedalian on October 4, 2013 at 1:50 PM
LOL. Epic fail, dipstick. That’s Obama’s disapproval up to 52% on Gallup. His approval on Gallup is a thoroughly stagnant 41%.

Gingotts on October 4, 2013 at 1:56 PM
52

sesquipedalian on October 4, 2013 at 2:00 PM
I can’t tell whether you’re being intentionally disingenuous or legitimately can’t tell the difference between approval and disapproval.

Dunedainn on October 4, 2013 at 2:01 PM
oh nevermind

sesquipedalian on October 4, 2013 at 2:01 PM
Who you guys gonna believe, a chick who calls himself “foot-and-a-half”
or your lying eyes?

Maybe she’s colorblind. But the light green line on the linked Gallup chart is APPROVAL, down to 41%. And the dark green line is DISAPPROVAL, up to 52%.

Obama is FALLING, not RISING, in the Gallup poll.

de rigueur on October 4, 2013 at 2:11 PM

This is so freakin epic I call for humpbot! Vanquishing Troll Humpbot!

neyney on October 4, 2013 at 4:50 PM

Schadenfreude on October 4, 2013 at 5:26 PM

Obama opted for a sandwich over this dog?

Murphy9 on October 4, 2013 at 5:26 PM

Scum

crash72 on October 4, 2013 at 5:26 PM

These people were not “essential” five days ago because they were not doing these jobs then. Why are there armed guards at the outdoor parks now?

http://www.washingtontimes.com/multimedia/image/inn-1jpg/#prettyPhoto

UnderstandingisPower on October 4, 2013 at 5:27 PM

Obama’s moral depravity can’t wash off.

VorDaj on October 4, 2013 at 5:28 PM

He ordered a turkey sandwich for himself and a sh!t sandwich for the rest of us.

Mark1971 on October 4, 2013 at 5:28 PM

Surprised it wasn’t cake.

shades_of_gasden on October 4, 2013 at 5:28 PM

Speaker Boehner is a good man who has a tough job. I hope he’ll do what he knows is right.

– Reid now

Earlier, this “Boehner is coward”.

The D party is in huuuuuge trouble. obama doesn’t give a damn about them or the land…but they know it. Landrieiu, you are gone, gone, gone.

Schadenfreude on October 4, 2013 at 5:29 PM

Why are there armed guards at the outdoor parks now?

UnderstandingisPower on October 4, 2013 at 5:27 PM

They are there because the Gestapo was unavailable.

VorDaj on October 4, 2013 at 5:29 PM

A$$ Clown.

Go back to Chicago and organize a tamale stand.

Key West Reader on October 4, 2013 at 5:30 PM

Abdication of leadership

A sound strategy for the Republicans going forward would involve a shift in public perception. People will see the issue one way when they believe House Republicans are unwilling to pass a budget because of ObamaCare. When people see the issue as the president refusing to negotiate with House Republicans on the issue of the debt limit, things will change. The president’s refusal to negotiate “could change the political calculus, the more so the longer it goes. . . . My political antennae tell me when the debate becomes the failure of our leader to negotiate . . . the mood of the country could flip.” That would look like a true “abdication of leadership.”

Schadenfreude on October 4, 2013 at 5:30 PM

And he thinks this transparent little photo op will help? Clueless.

Rational Thought on October 4, 2013 at 5:30 PM

An Obama spokesman has just announced that Obama will take down one Barrycade for every 1 million people who sigh up for Obaamcare.

VorDaj on October 4, 2013 at 5:31 PM

Just the thing to take the people’s minds off the Obamacare exchange failures in all 57 states…a sammich!
That’s the best this administration can come up with?

DublOh7 on October 4, 2013 at 5:31 PM

It’s all about politics and optics 24/7 for the Democrats.

This PR move was so predictable given how badly they’ve managed the optics since the 1st.

They can’t run honestly on their agenda – which is to make the rest of the country emulate Detroit as they seek to fix an unjust and unfair system in an unjust and unfair country. Instead, they play to their propaganda arm and let the ‘Ministry of Truth’ push the meme.

Athos on October 4, 2013 at 5:32 PM

Heh

Schadenfreude on October 4, 2013 at 5:32 PM

Just the thing to take the people’s minds off the Obamacare exchange failures in all 57 states…a sammich!
That’s the best this administration can come up with?

DublOh7 on October 4, 2013 at 5:31 PM

It’s only been a failure in 55 of the states. In Cuba and the State of Denial it’s a success!

VorDaj on October 4, 2013 at 5:33 PM

Fiction could not write dumber images for these amateur thugs on the world stage.

Putin looks utterly competent and decent, go figure.

Schadenfreude on October 4, 2013 at 5:33 PM

I’m starting a tea bag mailing campaign.
One tea bag per envelope with handwritten address to every Representative and Congressman I can find the address for.
Isn’t that what “baggers” are supposed to do?

Cybergeezer on October 4, 2013 at 5:34 PM

Speaker Boehner is a good man who has a tough job. I hope he’ll do what he knows is right.

– Reid now

Earlier, this “Boehner is coward”.

The D party is in huuuuuge trouble. obama doesn’t give a damn about them or the land…but they know it. Landrieiu, you are gone, gone, gone.

Schadenfreude on October 4, 2013 at 5:29 PM

Ace, Iowahawk and Twitchy will be all over that like white on rice. Should be fun!

Key West Reader on October 4, 2013 at 5:34 PM

I was surprised Obama got around, I thought he was going to close all the streets and sidewalks because of the Government Shut Down.

portlandon on October 4, 2013 at 5:34 PM

If only the Rs were smart/strong, once. Hang in there for 2 weeks. YOU can win this all the way.

The Armani is totally empty.

Schadenfreude on October 4, 2013 at 5:37 PM

I bet as soon as he was out of sight he trashed the takeout food and sat down to a lobster and wagyu beef lunch.

mechkiller_k on October 4, 2013 at 5:39 PM

Boehner is awesome, so lets leak his private correspondence .- Reid

rob verdi on October 4, 2013 at 5:39 PM

Think the GOP alone will bear the brunt of a shutdown-driven collapse in economic confidence? I know two guys who disagree.

The American people disagree… for the moment, anyway.

Gallup reports that may more Americans are paying attention to this shutdown than the one 1995 with Clinton, and yet:

OBAMA’S NEGATIVES DURING THIS SHUTDOWN MUCH HIGHER THAN CLINTON’S DURING HIS:

Oct 2-3, 2013 (Obama): 57% neg, 28% pos
Dec 15-18, 1995 (Clinton): 49% neg, 35% pos

and

REPUBLICAN LEADERS NEGATIVES SAME THIS TIME AS LAST TIME

Oct 2-3, 2013: 61% neg, 24% pos
Dec 15-18, 1995: 62% neg, 23 pos

Gallup concluding:

Among top U.S. political figures, there are no winners in the budget standoff, at least in the early days of the shutdown.

With only 4% higher approval than Republicans, Obama isn’t escaping the consequences of this shutdown. For the moment, those polled think no worse of Republicans than they did in 1995, and think a a lot less of Obama than they did Clinton in 1995.

So Obama takes a walk to hide the fact that he’s sinking.

de rigueur on October 4, 2013 at 5:41 PM

Started watching the video, lasted about two seconds. I can’t stand to hear that jug-eared bastard’s voice.

RebeccaH on October 4, 2013 at 5:42 PM

That’s really retarded, Sir

Schadenfreude on October 4, 2013 at 5:43 PM

So Obama takes a walk to hide the fact that he’s sinking.

de rigueur on October 4, 2013 at 5:41 PM

He’s not running for anything, except his lost emptiness in the Armani, but his party is in huuuuuge trouble.

Schadenfreude on October 4, 2013 at 5:44 PM

Hope they Cloroxed the place down after those two infectious a-holes left. If you used a UV light you would see slime all over.

arnold ziffel on October 4, 2013 at 5:45 PM

I wonder if President Optics actually eats when he engages in lunch stagecraft? Or does he order and casually slide the sandwich/burger/hot dog/pizza slice/normal guy food into the secret service guy’s briefcase? I mean, I’m not buying it. If he could get away with it, he’d “lunch” in 3 different states per day because, well, why waste time off camera when you can be on camera, right?

How, how I ask you all, in the name of all things decent and good and right, does this man have any approval rating at all? How, HOW I shout from the rooftop of my keyboard, does not every person in this beloved country of our not see this callous jackhole for the callous jackhole that he is?

LetsBfrank on October 4, 2013 at 5:47 PM

He’s got a dog sammich place near the WH..?

d1carter on October 4, 2013 at 5:47 PM

The elderly were starving to death and freezing to death in such large numbers that the US passed Social Security out of embarrassment and humiliation.

JustTheFacts on October 4, 2013 at 4:42 PM

That’s weird since, on average, Americans at the time died 3.3 years before they were ever eligible to receive one Social Security cheque.

Resist We Much on October 4, 2013 at 5:00 PM

Oh my, RWM, they are truly obamaphone and Jeantel obama-voters.

Schadenfreude on October 4, 2013 at 5:47 PM

He was deeply disappointed the deli did not have dog or lion.

acyl72 on October 4, 2013 at 5:47 PM

Two Beagle Bagels and quart of German Shepherd pie..?

d1carter on October 4, 2013 at 5:47 PM

I was surprised Obama got around, I thought he was going to close all the streets and sidewalks because of the Government Shut Down.

portlandon on October 4, 2013 at 5:34 PM

Hey, the streets and sidewalks are open. It’s just illegal to look at any of the monuments or memorials until the shutdown is over.

Happy Nomad on October 4, 2013 at 5:52 PM

Looks like the press is starting to peel off. LA Times coverage of the sandwich walk:

The president’s rare midday stroll outside the White House came as he tried to contain the fallout from a senior administration official’s comment that the White House was “winning” in the budget fight that has frozen parts of the government. ”It doesn’t really matter to us” how long the shutdown lasts, the official told The Wall Street Journal. “Because what matters is the end result.”

The president has turned to Taylor’s Philadelphia-style hoagies during tough times with Congress before. In May 2012, as he tried to win support for his economic proposals, the president fetched takeout from Taylor for a meeting of the top four congressional leaders.

The meeting and the sandwiches did little to move his proposals along.

de rigueur on October 4, 2013 at 5:52 PM

Didn’t Reid call Speaker a coward?

Sir Napsalot on October 4, 2013 at 5:53 PM

How many sales do you suppose that sandwich shop lost because of Captain Kickass’s photo-op? And you just know that Obama didn’t leave anything in the tip cup either.

Happy Nomad on October 4, 2013 at 5:54 PM

Choke on it.

RovesChins on October 4, 2013 at 5:54 PM

WASHINGTON – With nothing public on his schedule and an anonymous quote from an administration official to bat away, President Obama walked out of the White House with Vice President Joe Biden on Friday to pick up sandwiches and engage in a little damage control.

“There’s no winning,” Obama told reporters before ordering lunch at a favorite haunt near the White House. “No one is winning.”

The president’s rare midday stroll outside the White House came as he tried to contain the fallout from a senior administration official’s comment that the White House was “winning” in the budget fight that has frozen parts of the government. ”It doesn’t really matter to us” how long the shutdown lasts, the official told The Wall Street Journal. “Because what matters is the end result.”

Schadenfreude on October 4, 2013 at 5:55 PM

Aides disavowed the comment Friday morning, Day Four of the shutdown, before Obama and Biden took to the streets for the impromptu hoagie run. Jacketless and shirt-sleeves rolled up, the men were cheered on by pedestrians as they walked. “Hang tough, Mr. President” one person yelled. “You’re doing the right thing.”

Schadenfreude on October 4, 2013 at 5:55 PM

Did he walk on water ?

burrata on October 4, 2013 at 5:56 PM

At Taylor Gourmet, standing between a sign saying “Order Here” and a poster that read “Love,” Obama praised the restaurant for offering furloughed employees a 10% discount, but said the shutdown “could be over today.” “I’m happy to have negotiations, but we can’t do it with a gun held to the head of the American people,” he said.

The president has turned to Taylor’s Philadelphia-style hoagies during tough times with Congress before. In May 2012, as he tried to win support for his economic proposals, the president fetched takeout from Taylor for a meeting of the top four congressional leaders.

The meeting and the sandwiches did little to move his proposals along.

de rigueur, thanks. I gave it more prominence. When you lose the LAT…you’re pretty cooked.

Schadenfreude on October 4, 2013 at 5:56 PM

God help me if this a-hole ever shows his face in a restaurant where I’m eating. I’d never be allowed back, but it’d be worth it.

crrr6 on October 4, 2013 at 5:56 PM

He gave the country a sh*t sandwich. Hope he gets the same.

pat on October 4, 2013 at 5:57 PM

Not one troll defending the two clowns.

Schadenfreude on October 4, 2013 at 5:57 PM

WIRED SHUT: BARRICADE AT WWII MEMORIAL REINFORCED…
Military keeps Camp David open; Halts NFL, baseball coverage to troops overseas…
Park Service Shuts Down Private Inn…
PHOTOS: Armed agents turn visitors away…
RANGER: ‘We’ve been told to make life as difficult for people as we can. It’s disgusting’…
Autumn ‘leaf season’ in jeopardy…
Debt ceiling fight dates to Founding Fathers…
COSTA: Boehner looking to temper expectations…
WH asks for shutdown sob stories…
CHRIS WALLACE: Message is ‘bull’…

Drudge, for the whole world to see…the goon of the US of Zimbabwe

Schadenfreude on October 4, 2013 at 5:59 PM

Drudge, for the whole world to see…the goon of the US of Zimbabwe

Schadenfreude on October 4, 2013 at 5:59 PM

Just read this…the State Run Media will never touch the truth…

d1carter on October 4, 2013 at 6:02 PM

I guess he quickly got tired of cooking for himself.

Bitter Clinger on October 4, 2013 at 6:05 PM

“We’ve been told to make life as difficult for people as we can. It’s disgusting

Just let that sink in…

This guy will not be employed as a Park Ranger much longer if he is identified…

d1carter on October 4, 2013 at 6:06 PM

Obama’s Criminal America. Good job democrat voters!

Can the government use civil forfeiture to take your money when you have done nothing wrong—and then pocket the proceeds? The IRS thinks so.

For over 30 years, Terry Dehko has successfully run a grocery store in Fraser, Mich., with his daughter Sandy. In January 2013, without warning, the federal government used civil forfeiture to seize all of the money from the Dehkos’ store bank account (more than $35,000) even though they’ve done absolutely nothing wrong. Their American Dream is now a nightmare.

Federal civil forfeiture law features an appalling lack of due process: It empowers the government to seize private property from Americans without ever charging, let alone convicting, them of a crime. Perversely, the government then pockets the proceeds while providing no prompt way to get a court to review the seizure.

On September 25, 2013, Terry and Sandy teamed up with the Institute for Justice to fight back in federal court. A victory will vindicate not just their right to be free from abusive forfeiture tactics, but the right of every American not to have their property wrongfully seized by government.

Murphy9 on October 4, 2013 at 6:06 PM

‘What type of country pays as it goes for government functions?’

- Jay Carney

The government that signs this?

The Statutory Pay-As-You-Go Act of 2010

Resist We Much on October 4, 2013 at 6:07 PM

I guess he quickly got tired of cooking for himself.

Bitter Clinger on October 4, 2013 at 6:05 PM

Or just got tired of Mooch’s cooking. ;0

Happy Nomad on October 4, 2013 at 6:11 PM

Makes me almost want to give up mustard.

Barred on October 4, 2013 at 6:14 PM

Or just got tired of Mooch’s cooking. ;0

Happy Nomad on October 4, 2013 at 6:11 PM

Gotta side with him on that. Arugula and carrot sticks get old pretty damn quick.

Bitter Clinger on October 4, 2013 at 6:16 PM

GarandFan on October 4, 2013 at 6:16 PM

All we need is a picture of King Barry playing golf at Andrews AFB this weekend!

GarandFan on October 4, 2013 at 6:17 PM

Lol. The website of Taylor Gormet, the place this idiot went into, features a pic of him on their homepage. It’s clearly run by a bunch of libtards. I’m in the DC area, and that’s one place I will never eat.

More to the point, however, aside from the silly theatrics, I have noticed not one bit of difference in my daily life since the government has been “shut down”. Keep it shut down I say.

WhatSlushfund on October 4, 2013 at 6:20 PM

All we need is a picture of King Barry playing golf at Andrews AFB this weekend!

GarandFan on October 4, 2013 at 6:17 PM

Yeah, civilian workforce at Andrews isn’t getting paid but he’s out on the links there. That would be an awesome photo.

My guess is that he’s going to take the brats out for ice cream or something (with press pool in tow) so that he can give the same lecture he gave in Rockville yesterday and in that sandwich shop today.

Happy Nomad on October 4, 2013 at 6:22 PM

Closing open air parks and scenic overlooks simply to increase the pain point for Joe and Josephine Six-Pack. This is something even the lowest of low information voters should see through if only the news wasn’t being filtered and spun through the MSM.

CaptFlood on October 4, 2013 at 6:23 PM

Fewer and fewer and fewer peolpe are taking this POTUS seriously…

mjbrooks3 on October 4, 2013 at 6:25 PM

Man of the people decides to go for a sandwich

Which one is a man ?

burrata on October 4, 2013 at 6:27 PM

This is a good article on the debt ceiling:

Debt Ceiling Fights? Designed By The Founding Fathers

But, this part is not quite accurate:

From that point forward, there were 69 changes to the debt limit through the end of the 2007-2008 fiscal year, including the largest single-chunk increase, $984 billion in May 2003, as America borrowed to pay for wars in Afghanistan and Iraq while also cutting taxes.

From the Congressional Research Service:

On 02.17.09, the debt ceiling was increased by $789 billion (P.L. 111-5).

On 12.28.09, the debt ceiling was increased by $290 billion (P.L. 111-123).

On 02.12.10, the debt ceiling was increased by $1.9 trillion (P.L. 111-139).

On 2 August 2011, President Obama signed the Budget Control Act of 2011 into law, which increased the debt ceiling by $2.1 – $2.4 trillion in three stages. Upon his signature, the debt ceiling was increased by $400 billion. The second tranche of $500 billion was triggered on 22 September 2011. On 01.12.12, presidential certification triggered a third, $1.2 trillion increase on 28 January 2012.

Federal debt reached its limit on 12.31.12. ‘Extraordinary measures’ were estimated to allow payment of government obligations until mid-February or early March 2013. H.R. 325, which suspended the debt limit until 19 May 2013, was passed by the House on 01.23.12 and by the Senate on 01.31.13. Obama signed it into law on 02.04.13.

According to the White House Office of Management and Budget, those ‘extraordinary measures’ amount to about $550 billion, which means that $6.7 trillion has been added to the national debt under the Obama presidency and we now have an estimated $17.25 trillion national debt.

For those keeping score at home, that adds up to $5.929 trillion in debt ceiling increases and ‘extraordinary measures’ on Obama’s watch, which has lasted 4 years, 8 months, and 15 days so far.

Resist We Much on October 4, 2013 at 6:32 PM

With the secret service how much did this sandwich cost?

sandee on October 4, 2013 at 6:38 PM

So let me get this straight. During the GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN, he went to a PRIVATE BUSINESS who has been helping GOVERNMENT WORKERS eat because of the GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN…

The government that HE supposedly RUNS?

BWHAHAHHAHAHHAAAA!

BTW, do you know who is still open? The PRIVATE BUSINESSES who are not connected to the government! Shocker.

UnderstandingisPower on October 4, 2013 at 6:41 PM

In celebration of Obamacare, the vendor should serve Obama’s sandwich lukewarm and without any meat…at double the price…after making him wait 4 hours!!!

landlines on October 4, 2013 at 6:43 PM

Too bad the MF’er didn’t choke on it.

Fazman on October 4, 2013 at 7:01 PM

Someone ought to make well-publicized run on Taylor Gourmet to buy sandwiches for the vets at the barrycades around the WWII memorial…

de rigueur on October 4, 2013 at 7:03 PM

Phone it in, phony!

hillbillyjim on October 4, 2013 at 7:30 PM

From Chad Henderson’s Facebook page: Q:Favorite Dressing? A: Creamy Caesar.

BHO Jonestown on October 4, 2013 at 7:30 PM

“Man of the people decides to go for a sandwich.”

..er..ah..ah..ah..ah..how’s your mutt-dip special? Is the German Shepard lean? N-N-No, t-t-t-that’s o.k., I’ll have a roasted Pomeranian on a roll. Hold the mayo.

The War Planner on October 4, 2013 at 7:44 PM

If it was my store, I would have put a barricade in front of the door when I saw them coming – told him we’re shut down – @zzhole.

dentarthurdent on October 4, 2013 at 7:44 PM

Gotta feel sorry for the guy; if he’d gone on his trip to Indonesia he could be sitting down to a nice meal of Dog instead of settling for a crummy sandwich!

kcewa on October 4, 2013 at 7:46 PM

I’ve been to Taylor’s, they are over priced subs meant for uppity white people. A perfect place for Obama to go to.

Lance Murdock on October 4, 2013 at 8:07 PM

Who Shut Down the Government?

If Senator Reid and President Obama refuse to accept the money required to run the government, because it leaves out the money they want to run ObamaCare, that is their right. But that is also their responsibility.

You cannot blame other people for not giving you everything you want. And it is a fraud to blame them when you refuse to use the money they did vote, even when it is ample to pay for everything else in the government.

When Barack Obama keeps claiming that it is some new outrage for those who control the money to try to change government policy by granting or withholding money, that is simply a bald-faced lie. You can check the history of other examples of “legislation by appropriation” as it used to be called.

Whether legislation by appropriation is a good idea or a bad idea is a matter of opinion. But whether it is both legal and not unprecedented is a matter of fact.

http://townhall.com/columnists/thomassowell/2013/10/04/who-shut-down-the-government-n1716292/page/full

Green eyed Lady on October 4, 2013 at 9:12 PM

“After all this theater, my approval rating is at 41%?”

Heh.

Key West Reader on October 5, 2013 at 12:50 AM

Is it wise for Dear Leader and Joe Bite-me to be strolling the streets of DC together? Hope Boehner was in a secure location.

Dingbat63 on October 5, 2013 at 6:51 AM

It’s not so much that the emperor has no clothes as it is that the clothes have no emperor.

steebo77 on October 5, 2013 at 9:49 AM

He must not like turkey chili cuz it’s also called white chili (no red sauce). Times are getting lean in the WH. Is Mooch in the kitchen? Doubly doubtful.

Kissmygrits on October 5, 2013 at 10:10 AM

Those workers in the pic don’t exactly have big smiles on their faces. Their hours must have been cut so they could get free health care.

Kissmygrits on October 5, 2013 at 10:13 AM

Obama can’t stick that sandwich up his arse while Reid sticks his pomegranates up his.

Or they can give each other a hand.

Sherman1864 on October 5, 2013 at 10:28 AM

I mean “can.” My iphone resists my Churchillian rhetoric.

Sherman1864 on October 5, 2013 at 10:31 AM

I’m wondering if it was a ham sandwich. After all the predictions that a ham sandwich would beat him in his reelection bid, he must’ve eaten one for lunch.

rukiddingme on October 5, 2013 at 12:12 PM

“I’ll just go ahead and order for everyone. The people will have a sh!t sandwich, hold the bread. I’ll have the turkey with provolone. And just send me the tab, I’m good for it.”

mrt721 on October 5, 2013 at 12:28 PM