Video: Semi-retired president interrupts burger run to issue brief statement on plane being blown up

posted at 3:21 pm on July 17, 2014 by Allahpundit

The plane went down around 11:30 ET, possibly with Americans on board and most assuredly with dire consequences for eastern European geopolitics.

But since we’re in the post-optics “YOLO” phase of lame-duckery, that’s really no reason to cancel a fun day out.

At approximately 12:50 pm, the motorcade stopped at the Charcoal Pit, a popular, established restaurant just north of Wilmington, Del. Known for its burgers and sundaes. Obama shook hands and mingled with many of the diners, stopping at one point to pick up seven-month old Jaidyn Oates, and pose for a photo.

He invoked Vice Presiident Biden’s name a few names, noting to some diners, “Me and Joe, we share shakes all the time,” and to others, “Biden told me the burgers are pretty good.”

Just before hugging another young girl, whose mother lifted her across the booth to hug the president, Obama asked, “Do you give good hugs?”

At 1:01 pm Obama declared, “I’m starving!” He sat down to eat with Tanei Benjamin, who wrote the president a year ago. The president ordered a 4-ounce “Pit special,” which is burger with fries. He asked for it to be done medium well, and to have lettuce and tomato. He also asked for a water with lemon.

Two hundred ninety-five people are presumed dead and the evidence points at Russian-backed Ukrainian separatists, who were boasting earlier today on social media that they’d shot down what they thought was a Ukrainian cargo plane. This wasn’t the only plane crash in Ukraine recently either; U.S. officials blame the others on Russian proxies, so go figure that they’re the prime suspects in today’s horror too. (A separatist leader claims they didn’t do it but nobody believes him.) As Julia Ioffe says, taking down a passenger jet from Amsterdam means that the Ukraine war now has implications for civilians throughout Europe, not just those in Donetsk, which means (at a minimum) much harsher sanctions on Russia and dangerously poor relations with Moscow for NATO going forward. And yet, when O did finally step to the podium more than an hour later, here’s the wisdom his staff had prepared for him to impart:

“It looks like it may be a terrible tragedy.”

Here’s the clip, which makes clear that his “statement on Ukraine” isn’t really a statement on Ukraine at all. It’s 60 seconds tacked onto a speech about infrastructure that was already planned for today. This guy will. not. be. thrown. off-message, even if people are falling from the sky over a war zone whose aggressors have already drawn U.S. sanctions. Exit quotation: “Let’s build some bridges. Let’s build some roads.”

Update: I want to say “unbelievable” but it’s quite believable.

Update: Via Mark Hemingway, a study in contrasts.

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Dear Piers Morgan, the Won dropped the ball years ago when he invited every lice infested child in central America to cross over to the free life. He has tripped over that dropped ball every day as each new crisis occurs.

Kissmygrits on July 17, 2014 at 8:15 PM

We’ve got two more years of accelerating, unanswered crises and then Hillary. I’ve pretty much given up on the USA, sad as it is to say.

I’ll work to save Texas. We might have a chance down here.

Who is John Galt on July 17, 2014 at 8:20 PM

I’ll work to save Texas. We might have a chance down here.

Who is John Galt on July 17, 2014 at 8:20 PM

Watch Perry

What did he say about his little meeting with Obama?

If Texas survives, it will be the great real Texans who save it, in the spirit of the Alamo

entagor on July 17, 2014 at 8:27 PM

I’m sure the leader of the Free World, Angela Merkel, will have more to say.

K. Hobbit on July 17, 2014 at 8:46 PM

Is there a reason the taxpayer is footing the bill for these excursions?

It seems that the fundraisers must first reimbursethe federal govt for the costs for transporting Obama and the Secret Service to the fundraisers and photo ops. Anything left over should go to support the border children til they are deported.

talkingpoints on July 17, 2014 at 9:33 PM

At the fund raisers tonight will there not be even one Democrat patriot that will ask President Obama, “What the hell are you doing here eating iced prawns from crystal bowels when there is a civilian airliner shot down with Americans on board and a major military blowup in Gaza?” “What is wrong with you, Man?”

Mason on July 17, 2014 at 7:59 PM

Is it time to start publicly shaming the attendees?

For instance the ones at the Texas fundraisers should pay at least as much as they paid to see Obama to support the border children.

Today’s should be shown partying as the Malaysian airliner is shot down.

talkingpoints on July 17, 2014 at 9:36 PM

Romney would have handled this with strength. Obama just accommodates Russia with his “flexibility” after the election.

Perspicacious on July 17, 2014 at 9:59 PM

If Texas survives, it will be the great real Texans who save it, in the spirit of the Alamo

entagor on July 17, 2014 at 8:27 PM

I’ve got a “Remember the Alamo, Barry Soertoro” magnet on my car.

Who is John Galt on July 17, 2014 at 10:03 PM


williamg on July 17, 2014 at 10:24 PM

What The Media would be Saying Now If mmmBOOOOOOSH were President:

“This plane DID NOT explode from a MISSILE attack – it was OBVIOUSLY an “inside job“…..It appears Agents of mmmBOOOOOOH blew this plane up from the INSIDE!

“After the plane went down, President mmmBOOOOOOOOOSH was heard to say:”

“Good Job, Brownie!!”

williamg on July 17, 2014 at 10:26 PM

He’s the most goddamn powerful man of the free world, I think he can say what he wants

nonpartisan on September 14, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Sorry, that ended with Bush 43.

This toothless pantywaist can’t punch his way out of a paper sack and says nothing that valarie doesn’t approve of first.

itsspideyman on July 17, 2014 at 10:31 PM


“This Really CHAPS MY ASS!…….”

williamg on July 17, 2014 at 10:34 PM

I’m beginning to think that Prez O’BoutMe doesn’t like being around the women in the Whitehouse or the food he gets there. I mean, he is taking a lot of fun man-food filled trips to big fundraising dinners with lots of famous folks, and Michelle, Valorie, The First Mother-in-law and the girls are nowhere to be found. Even when Michelle does go with him, the distance between them is, well distant.

WestTexasBirdDog on July 17, 2014 at 11:07 PM

The 3am phone call is now coming 24/7.

PackerBronco on July 18, 2014 at 12:19 AM

I’ll work to save Texas. We might have a chance down here.

Who is John Galt on July 17, 2014 at 8:20 PM

I think that is why he hates Texas. We are the one state that does have a chance to survive his destruction of America.

You are right. We are the one state that has the ability to separate from the other states, put back on the mantel of the Republic of Texas that has never been removed. Our children still pledge to the Texas Flag and Republic of Texas. We are a state by treaty. That is one of the reasons that we have our own electrical grid separate from the national grid that all other states share. We have the majority of the oil and gas produced in our nation and the refineries to process it. We have a world class port at Houston. We have our own state law enforcement in the Texas Rangers.

If it came down to it, if USA is destroyed by Obama or ones like him, we can break the treaty and leave. We did that once before and can do it again. If you wonder when that happen, think back to the Civil War. We rejoined the Union ten years after the war was over. We missed out on all the fun with Union carpetbaggers and occupation.

If we had to go on our own we would be the fifty largest economy in the world, at least the one before Obama messed it up as well. Expect Obama to do anything he can to punish us as a state and all of us who live in it.

Franklyn on July 18, 2014 at 2:18 AM

He’ll gladly comment Tuesday for a hamburger today.

justltl on July 18, 2014 at 7:02 AM

I hate you all. Just awful vile mammals

AmlissVess on July 17, 2014 at 3:46 PM

Is that supposed to…hmmm…upset us?

zoyclem on July 18, 2014 at 7:37 AM

Speaking of useless wimps, I haven’t heard any spewings from Jimmy Carter’s toothy pie hole lately.
I had to google him to see if he’s still alive.

justltl on July 18, 2014 at 7:39 AM