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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I wish I had a Charcoal Pit burger right about now. They’re actually pretty good (overpriced, but good).
But I’ll never have another.

either orr on July 17, 2014 at 3:49 PM

Restaurants Obama visits have a history of closing down afterward. He has a gift.

ConstantineXI on July 17, 2014 at 3:52 PM

Was it Captain Janks? Sounds like his M.O.

Doughboy on July 17, 2014 at 3:36 PM

Dunno, but Noah Rothman has the video.

MSNBC pranked by Howard Stern fan

sentinelrules on July 17, 2014 at 3:42 PM

Well, there’s one reason I’m glad little noah gets his talking points from msnbc.
Thanks for the giggle sentinel rules.

HornetSting on July 17, 2014 at 3:53 PM

https://twitter.com/IDFSpokesperson

Pinned Tweet
IDF @IDFSpokesperson · 6h

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IDF @IDFSpokesperson · 8m

BREAKING NEWS: A large IDF force has just launched a ground operation in the Gaza Strip. A new phase of Operation Protective Edge has begun.

canopfor on July 17, 2014 at 3:53 PM

The English patient was the head-scratchingest Oscar Winner in recent memory, and I include Marisa Tomei in My Cousin Vinny.

Buck Farky on July 17, 2014 at 3:48 PM

It was long and boring, so the Oscar voters just assumed it was Best Picture material.

Good Solid B-Plus on July 17, 2014 at 3:54 PM

Semi-retired?

Obama isn’t governing. At best, he’s campaigning part-time and the rest of the time, he’s living off the trappings of the office (golf, multi-million dollar taxpayer funded vacations, celebrity dinner parties).

Athos on July 17, 2014 at 3:54 PM

I wish we had an American President.

kingsjester on July 17, 2014 at 3:54 PM

zerohedge ‏@zerohedge 15m
ISRAEL GROUND INVASION OF GAZA HAS STARTED: AL JAZEERA

Oil Can on July 17, 2014 at 3:28 PM

Haaretz confirms… Natanyahu has ordered last hour the ground offensive against Hamas terrorists… May Israel be victorious over all her enemies…

mnjg on July 17, 2014 at 3:54 PM

Hey, didn’t President Present draw some ‘red lines’ or whatever yesterday to contain the Russian Bear?
There’s only so much he can do in a week.

How many millions will die for our mistake?

The Guns of August are coming early this Century.

Another Drew on July 17, 2014 at 3:55 PM

Semi-retired?

Obama isn’t governing. At best, he’s campaigning part-time and the rest of the time, he’s living off the trappings of the office (golf, multi-million dollar taxpayer funded vacations, celebrity dinner parties).

Athos on July 17, 2014 at 3:54 PM

Teh SCOAMT isn’t letting something as “trivial” as a shootdown of a plane in a war zone with a couple dozen Americans on board stopping him from campaigning.

Steve Eggleston on July 17, 2014 at 3:56 PM

Katie’s was closed in Wilmington, so Obama was stuck with the Charcoal Pit.

matthew8787 on July 17, 2014 at 3:56 PM

“.and you don’t believe we’re on the Eve of Destruction.”

kingsjester on July 17, 2014 at 3:56 PM

It was long and boring, so the Oscar voters just assumed it was Best Picture material.

Good Solid B-Plus on July 17, 2014 at 3:54 PM

I’ve been lectured by female co-workers that because I am a male I am incapable of appreciating that movie. My response: Good.

ConstantineXI on July 17, 2014 at 3:56 PM

Feigning interest in his fellow human beings, especially those who are suffering, has always been such a tough act for Jugears. His brain just isn’t wired for anything except self-love and hatred for all others. So as a lame duck, he doesn’t even have to try anymore. “Yeah, yeah a tragedy — can I get extra ketchup on that? So where was I?”

Rational Thought on July 17, 2014 at 3:56 PM

LIVE NOW:

http://www.i24news.tv/en/tv/live

canopfor on July 17, 2014 at 3:55 PM

canopfor on July 17, 2014 at 3:56 PM

It was long and boring, so the Oscar voters just assumed it was Best Picture material.

Good Solid B-Plus on July 17, 2014 at 3:54 PM

Yea, but taking a pee break was never a problem during that movie.

captnjoe on July 17, 2014 at 3:56 PM

Krystal Ball…pwned.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TW0TRAFlvn0

ReaganWasRight on July 17, 2014 at 3:56 PM

This isn’t even mailing it in… unless its of some postcard telling of what a great time he’s having and sorry for that little flight tragedy…

He does see everyone else in the world as props to use… a sociopath.

ajacksonian on July 17, 2014 at 3:56 PM

GAZA: I would hope that the line of march is from the north all the way to the Egyptian Border, pushing all ahead of it, and leaving only rubble behind.

Another Drew on July 17, 2014 at 3:56 PM

The Meme Presidency starts:

I can haz cheezeburger?

Snowblind on July 17, 2014 at 3:57 PM

You people are despicable. And BTW I’m sure it has to do with Benghazi. I guess we need to invade Russia now ? Just gross

I hate you all. Just awful vile mammals

AmlissVess on July 17, 2014 at 3:46 PM

Take your meds, lunatic.

Resist We Much on July 17, 2014 at 3:57 PM

Me and Joe, we share shakes all the time,”

Well at least he didn’t say what he and Reggie share all the time.

txdoc on July 17, 2014 at 3:57 PM

Feigning interest in his fellow human beings, especially those who are suffering, has always been such a tough act for Jugears. His brain just isn’t wired for anything except self-love and hatred for all others. So as a lame duck, he doesn’t even have to try anymore. “Yeah, yeah a tragedy — can I get extra ketchup on that? So where was I?”

Rational Thought on July 17, 2014 at 3:56 PM

Yep. It’s artificial. And Barry isn’t a very good actor.

ConstantineXI on July 17, 2014 at 3:57 PM

Everything is tranquil

The Notorious G.O.P on July 17, 2014 at 3:57 PM

As stimulating as the first?
Shovel ready BS.

Closet Optimist on July 17, 2014 at 3:51 PM

Looks like road-and-bridge contractors have laundered / paid up the protection money I mean bribes …err…political donations and now they need their government money !!

burrata on July 17, 2014 at 3:58 PM

Well at least he didn’t say what he and Reggie share all the time.

txdoc on July 17, 2014 at 3:57 PM

Home-made mayonnaise topping on fresh packed fudge.

ConstantineXI on July 17, 2014 at 3:58 PM

The world is burning, the economy is in shatters, illegal immigration out of control, the terrorists are stronger than ever, russians rebels downing civilian airplane, and yet the most incompetent President in history is doing the only thing he can do, meaningless talk, photops, and having fun…
PS: “at 1:01 pm Obama declared, “I’m starving!” He sat down to eat with Tanei Benjamin, who wrote the president a year ago.” Yeah that was such a coincidence having this girl there, no planned photop what so ever…

mnjg on July 17, 2014 at 3:58 PM

The world is burning, the economy is in shatters, illegal immigration out of control, the terrorists are stronger than ever, russians rebels downing civilian airplane, and yet the most incompetent President in history is doing the only thing he can do, meaningless talk, photops, and having fun…
PS: “at 1:01 pm Obama declared, “I’m starving!” He sat down to eat with Tanei Benjamin, who wrote the president a year ago.” Yeah that was such a coincidence having this girl there, no planned photop what so ever…

mnjg on July 17, 2014 at 3:58 PM

Can’t he just eat his waffle?

ConstantineXI on July 17, 2014 at 4:00 PM

AmlissVess on July 17, 2014 at 3:46 PM

And just who the F are you?

Buck Farky on July 17, 2014 at 4:00 PM

Ranger Smith is POTUS, and Ivan the bear is a lot worse than Yogi.

reaganaut on July 17, 2014 at 4:00 PM

ISRAEL:

Bugging Out:

Israeli-Palestinian conflict
2m
All we are evacuating our hotel as are all Gaza beach hotels. Warned of imminent amphibious landing – @millerC4
see original on twitter.com

canopfor on July 17, 2014 at 4:00 PM

captnjoe on July 17, 2014 at 3:31 PM

Weird…

Akzed on July 17, 2014 at 4:01 PM

You people are despicable. And BTW I’m sure it has to do with Benghazi. I guess we need to invade Russia now ? Just gross

I hate you all. Just awful vile mammals

AmlissVess on July 17, 2014 at 3:46 PM

WOW, which Zoo did you escape from… Call animal control please…

mnjg on July 17, 2014 at 4:01 PM

We now offically have a vacuum of leadership in the US.

Who will fill it?

faraway on July 17, 2014 at 4:01 PM

AmlissVess on July 17, 2014 at 3:46 PM

So, why are you here?

Barred on July 17, 2014 at 4:01 PM

And way, way back two days ago Obama on the border crisis was all …“I’m not interested in photo-ops; I’m interested in solving a problem.”

LetsBfrank on July 17, 2014 at 4:01 PM

The Associated Press @AP · 13m

BREAKING: Israeli military says it has launched ground operation in Gaza Strip

canopfor on July 17, 2014 at 4:02 PM

Did anyone see his initial comments? When he came within the outer rungs of almost identifying that nearly 300 people including 23 dead Americans might be somewhere in the vicinity of possibly looking somewhat similar to a tragedy?

SO bizarre. He came running out, just like a football player coming out on to the field. His usual big, cheesy out-of-place grin as out of place as an electric guitar solo during a Gregorian chant. (you all know the one.) He then gives a shout out to the person who introduced him. Mind you this was right in the middle of CNN special coverage and after CNN announcers had been highlighting that the Prez was “about to speak” on the tragedy. Then ….. this?

Remember Ft. Hood? He did the exact same thing.

LetsBfrank on July 17, 2014 at 3:52 PM

As clinical a case of narcissism there ever was.

Bitter Clinger on July 17, 2014 at 4:02 PM

I hate you all. Just awful vile mammals
AmlissVess on July 17, 2014 at 3:46 PM

Change your diaper, it’s Thursday.

Akzed on July 17, 2014 at 4:02 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

Yes precious, we know.

slickwillie2001 on July 17, 2014 at 4:02 PM

…the economy is in tatters….

Try this good news from a state that used to be an engine of the American Economy:

“In April, California sales tax collections were down 2.1%, in May they were down 3.2% and in June they were down over 11%. That shows the lack of confidence in the economy—saving, paying off debt instead of spending. California real unemployment (U-6 of the Bureau of Labor Statistics) in June was 16.7%. California ended the last fiscal year with a $1.9 billion “surplus” (you get that by forgetting the $340 billion debt and hundreds of billions in unfunded pension plan liabilities). California is in a Depression and our confused Guv Brown cannot even understand the finances.…”

Another Drew on July 17, 2014 at 4:03 PM

Can’t he just eat his waffle?

ConstantineXI on July 17, 2014 at 4:00 PM

Yeah, we should not be so tough on him… After all his hard work governing he deserves little fun… I heard this man does not sleep at all trying to solve all world problems… We are forever in debt for his genius…

mnjg on July 17, 2014 at 4:03 PM

MeanWhile,…..:

The White House, Washington, DC, US
3m
White House reportedly on lock down due to ‘unattended package’ by the fence line of the North Lawn – @RebeccaJarvis

canopfor on July 17, 2014 at 4:03 PM

Semi-retired?

Obama isn’t governing. At best, he’s campaigning part-time and the rest of the time, he’s living off the trappings of the office (golf, multi-million dollar taxpayer funded vacations, celebrity dinner parties).

Athos on July 17, 2014 at 3:54 PM

Paaaaaaaaaarrrrrrr-TAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYY!

Ward Cleaver on July 17, 2014 at 4:03 PM

What plane crash?——eight ball side pocket

rjoco1 on July 17, 2014 at 4:04 PM

Remember Ft. Hood? He did the exact same thing.
LetsBfrank on July 17, 2014 at 3:52 PM

As clinical a case of narcissism there ever was.
Bitter Clinger on July 17, 2014 at 4:02 PM


Forensic profiler: Obama ‘slipping mentally’

Akzed on July 17, 2014 at 4:05 PM

Mark Knoller @markknoller · 43s

North grounds of WH in security lockdown. US Secret Service investigating an unattended package along the north fence line.

canopfor on July 17, 2014 at 4:05 PM

Can’t he just eat his waffle Pit special?

ConstantineXI on July 17, 2014 at 4:00 PM

FTFY.

Ward Cleaver on July 17, 2014 at 4:05 PM

I’ve written him almost everyday since he was crowned. Why hasn’t he had a burger with me?

Dingbat63 on July 17, 2014 at 4:05 PM

Yeah, we should not be so tough on him… After all his hard work governing he deserves little fun… I heard this man does not sleep at all trying to solve all world problems… We are forever in debt for his genius…

mnjg on July 17, 2014 at 4:03 PM

He’s such a genius and so hard to challenge he manages to finish up his work in a couple hours a day, while it takes us peasants 8 hours or more.

I’ve also heard that when he golfs, every hole is a hole in one. At least, on the scorecard…

ConstantineXI on July 17, 2014 at 4:05 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

And he works for us; we can say what we want about his performance. JFC, why do you continue to defend the indefensible?

Buck Farky on July 17, 2014 at 4:05 PM

Mark Knoller @markknoller · 43s

North grounds of WH in security lockdown. US Secret Service investigating an unattended package along the north fence line.

canopfor on July 17, 2014 at 4:05 PM

Flaming turd?

Ward Cleaver on July 17, 2014 at 4:05 PM

You people are despicable. And BTW I’m sure it has to do with Benghazi. I guess we need to invade Russia now ? Just gross

I hate you all. Just awful vile mammals

AmlissVess on July 17, 2014 at 3:46 PM

Thanks so much for sharing that.

F-

Del Dolemonte on July 17, 2014 at 4:06 PM

Obama isn’t governing. At best, he’s campaigning part-time and the rest of the time, he’s living off the trappings of the office (golf, multi-million dollar taxpayer funded vacations, celebrity dinner parties).

Athos on July 17, 2014 at 3:54 PM

Obama doesn’t know how to be President any more than a dog knows what it would do with the car if it caught it.

ConstantineXI on July 17, 2014 at 4:06 PM

Ukraine, Russia political crisis
7m

Editor’s note:

The Security Service of Ukraine says it has intercepted phone conversations, including one where a Russian military intelligence officer and a leading commander admit to involvement in downing the Malaysia Airlines plane in the Ukraine, Kyiv Post reports. – Stephanie
Read more on kyivpost.com

http://www.kyivpost.com/content/ukraine/separatists-admit-downing-a-civilian-plane-in-tapped-conversation-full-transcript-356545.html

canopfor on July 17, 2014 at 4:06 PM

Home-made mayonnaise topping on fresh packed fudge.

I thought it was corn dogs…didn’t Joan Rivers say he was as queer as a $3 bill?

txdoc on July 17, 2014 at 4:07 PM

White House reportedly on lock down due to ‘unattended package’ by the fence line of the North Lawn – @RebeccaJarvis

canopfor on July 17, 2014 at 4:03 PM

Is that across from the tent lady?

ladyingray on July 17, 2014 at 4:07 PM

Home-made mayonnaise topping on fresh packed fudge.

I thought it was corn dogs…didn’t Joan Rivers say he was as queer as a $3 bill?

txdoc on July 17, 2014 at 4:07 PM

And Mooch had a chopadicoffomy.

ConstantineXI on July 17, 2014 at 4:07 PM

You people are despicable. And BTW I’m sure it has to do with Benghazi. I guess we need to invade Russia now ? Just gross

I hate you all. Just awful vile mammals

AmlissVess on July 17, 2014 at 3:46 PM

Did you 5 years in Harvard teach you that eloquence and analytical thinking ability?

acyl72 on July 17, 2014 at 4:07 PM

Weird…

Akzed on July 17, 2014 at 4:01 PM

yea, sometimes it happens to me. delusions of grandeur and relevance.

captnjoe on July 17, 2014 at 4:07 PM

And way, way back two days ago Obama on the border crisis was all …“I’m not interested in photo-ops; I’m interested in solving a problem.”

LetsBfrank on July 17, 2014 at 4:01 PM

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA

He’s been nothing but photo ops from day 1.

He has no interest in governing. I wish he’d just resign already and let Biden have a crack at it. At least Biden would try to do something constructive and there is no evidence that he actually hates the United States and Americans. I truly believe he would suck less than Obama and the US and the world are in melt down. Two more years of Obama will have very bad consequences.

talkingpoints on July 17, 2014 at 4:08 PM

Mark Knoller @markknoller · 43s

North grounds of WH in security lockdown. US Secret Service investigating an unattended package along the north fence line.

canopfor on July 17, 2014 at 4:05 PM

Guess UPS dropped his stash by the fence?

txdoc on July 17, 2014 at 4:08 PM

Russian claims Putin’s plane might have been target.

http://rt.com/news/173672-malaysia-plane-crash-putin/

Phoenician on July 17, 2014 at 4:08 PM

You people are despicable. And BTW I’m sure it has to do with Benghazi. I guess we need to invade Russia now ? Just gross

I hate you all. Just awful vile mammals

AmlissVess on July 17, 2014 at 3:46 PM

Did you 5 years in Harvard teach you that eloquence and analytical thinking ability?

acyl72 on July 17, 2014 at 4:07 PM

Ask it if Harvard Law taught that criticizing a Democrat President is a crime according to the Constitution?

ConstantineXI on July 17, 2014 at 4:09 PM

Krystal Ball…pwned.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TW0TRAFlvn0

ReaganWasRight on July 17, 2014 at 3:56 PM

That just lowered the sale price of CNN….

d1carter on July 17, 2014 at 4:10 PM

0b00ba’s only president because of gerrymandering.

Akzed on July 17, 2014 at 4:10 PM

And way, way back two days ago Obama on the border crisis was all …“I’m not interested in photo-ops; I’m interested in solving a problem.”

LetsBfrank on July 17, 2014 at 4:01 PM

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA

He’s been nothing but photo ops from day 1.

He has no interest in governing. I wish he’d just resign already and let Biden have a crack at it. At least Biden would try to do something constructive and there is no evidence that he actually hates the United States and Americans. I truly believe he would suck less than Obama and the US and the world are in melt down. Two more years of Obama will have very bad consequences.

talkingpoints on July 17, 2014 at 4:08 PM

Obama is smoke and mirrors.

And he’s run out of smoke.

ConstantineXI on July 17, 2014 at 4:10 PM

Gaza, PS
2m
Israeli Army spokesman says troops in ‘several areas’ of the Gaza Strip, operation involving ‘infantry, artillery, tanks’ and others – @glcarlstrom

https://twitter.com/glcarlstrom

canopfor on July 17, 2014 at 4:09 PM

canopfor on July 17, 2014 at 4:10 PM

canopfor on July 17, 2014 at 4:05 PM

Guess UPS dropped his stash by the fence?

txdoc on July 17, 2014 at 4:08 PM

txdoc: Good one,….ChoomExpress:)

canopfor on July 17, 2014 at 4:11 PM

This is End Times, peeps. End Times are a c’mon. Better set things right before it’s too late.

Cherokee on July 17, 2014 at 4:12 PM

White House reportedly on lock down due to ‘unattended package’ by the fence line of the North Lawn – @RebeccaJarvis

canopfor on July 17, 2014 at 4:03 PM

The White House has a fence around it?

The progressive-fascists have been telling us for years that fences (on the border) don’t work….

Athos on July 17, 2014 at 4:12 PM

Does the press still bother to say what a great communicator this nitwit is because all I remember are his errors. I truly am amazed that he didn’t get in front of the cameras and his fans and say, “Plane crash, bummer”. What a jackazz!

Cindy Munford on July 17, 2014 at 4:12 PM

And Mooch had a chopadicoffomy. ConstantineXI on July 17, 2014 at 4:07 PM

Huh? Barry would have lost interest!

Akzed on July 17, 2014 at 4:12 PM

This is End Times, peeps. End Times are a c’mon. Better set things right before it’s too late.

Cherokee on July 17, 2014 at 4:12 PM

I haven’t been to confession in a long time. Maybe time to go.

ConstantineXI on July 17, 2014 at 4:13 PM

Can you imagine what would have happened if Obama had been President on 9/11/01?

Jack_Burton on July 17, 2014 at 4:13 PM

You people are despicable. And BTW I’m sure it has to do with Benghazi. I guess we need to invade Russia now ? Just gross
 
I hate you all. Just awful vile mammals
 
AmlissVess on July 17, 2014 at 3:46 PM

 
While you’re here, congratulations on whatever personal role you played in encouraging legislation written specifically to actively and willfully limit medication available to women.

rogerb on July 17, 2014 at 4:14 PM

Can you imagine what would have happened if Obama had been President on 9/11/01?

Jack_Burton on July 17, 2014 at 4:13 PM

We are already depressed, and now you have to go and push us all towards suicide. great

captnjoe on July 17, 2014 at 4:14 PM

Huh? Barry would have lost interest!

Akzed on July 17, 2014 at 4:12 PM

Has he ever appeared interested?

ConstantineXI on July 17, 2014 at 4:15 PM

This is End Times, peeps. End Times are a c’mon. Better set things right before it’s too late. Cherokee on July 17, 2014 at 4:12 PM

Enough with that shi’te.

“The revelation from Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants what must soon take place.” -Rev. 1:1

“…the time is near.” -Rev. 22:10

“Look, I am coming soon!” -Rev. 22:12

Akzed on July 17, 2014 at 4:15 PM

One wonders what would happen at the end of the world. Obama will make it a point to talk about his NCAA brackets.

warmairfan on July 17, 2014 at 4:16 PM

Can you imagine what would have happened if Obama had been President on 9/11/01?

Jack_Burton on July 17, 2014 at 4:13 PM

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

Bitter Clinger on July 17, 2014 at 4:17 PM

d1carter on July 17, 2014 at 4:10 PM

Sorry, I thought that was CNN….they look and sound so much like MSNBC….

d1carter on July 17, 2014 at 4:17 PM

Akzed on July 17, 2014 at 4:15 PM

How about we don’t go there today?

captnjoe on July 17, 2014 at 4:17 PM

Me and Joe, we share shakes all the time,

Yep. When they are standing shoulder to shoulder at the urinals, each shakes for the other.

climbnjump on July 17, 2014 at 4:17 PM

Mark Knoller’s last two “not-a-reply” tweets are the truly-disturbing items:

Mark Knoller @markknoller · 45m

WH says VP Biden, in Detroit, called Ukraine Pres Poroshenko to offer US assistance to help determine what brought down airliner.

Mark Knoller @markknoller · 32m

AF-1 wheels up from Delaware. Pres Obama en route to NYC for two Dem fundraisers. Both closed to press coverage.

If you can’t figure out why they’re disturbing, there is no hope for you.

Steve Eggleston on July 17, 2014 at 3:34 PM

Yes, I do know why it’s disturbing. And what’s funny is that the outrageously outraged troll got closer to the truth than it knows:

You people are despicable. And BTW I’m sure it has to do with Benghazi. I guess we need to invade Russia now ? Just gross

I hate you all. Just awful vile mammals

AmlissVess on July 17, 2014 at 3:46 PM

Actually, Obama’s behavior today is close to what apparently happened on the night of the attack in Benghazi. An act of war occurred and the Leader of the Free World, instead of getting involved in the issue, said the hell with it, left the mess to his underlings, and went off fundraising. That’s what he’s done today. The difference is this time, since he doesn’t have to face the voters in a few months, the Leader of the Free World isn’t even trying to pretend he cares.

As for Steve’s other point about a rump Biden presidency — well, at least Slow Joe wants to be president.

Mr. D on July 17, 2014 at 4:17 PM

As America tumbles, careens and rockets toward Obamageddon all I can say is…God’s will be done. Thy will Oh Lord, and not mine.

Gebirgsjager on July 17, 2014 at 4:17 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

And he works for us; we can say what we want about his performance. JFC, why do you continue to defend the indefensible?

Buck Farky on July 17, 2014 at 4:05 PM

Buck. BUCK!! Look at the date.

HornetSting on July 17, 2014 at 4:18 PM

He’s such a genius and so hard to challenge he manages to finish up his work in a couple hours a day, while it takes us peasants 8 hours or more.

I’ve also heard that when he golfs, every hole is a hole in one. At least, on the scorecard…

ConstantineXI on July 17, 2014 at 4:05 PM

Now you have given the low IQ liberals a talking point… Obama is such a genius he can finish the whole day work in 2 hours and that is why he spend the remaining 14 hours golfing, reading speeches, eating, and having late dinners with celebrities… :)

mnjg on July 17, 2014 at 4:18 PM

Restaurants Obama visits have a history of closing down afterward. He has a gift.

ConstantineXI on July 17, 2014 at 3:52 PM

He went to Matt’s Bar for a Jucy Lucy when he was in Minneapolis a few weeks ago.

The waitstaff there has now achieved a new level of insufferable smugness.

Next time you’re in the Twin Cities, pass them by and go to the Five-Eight Club instead.

They have Jucy Lucy’s too, but without the smug attitude.

Bruno Strozek on July 17, 2014 at 4:18 PM

You people are despicable. And BTW I’m sure it has to do with Benghazi. I guess we need to invade Russia now ? Just gross

I hate you all. Just awful vile mammals

AmlissVess on July 17, 2014 at 3:46 PM

There’s alot of real estate between invading Russia and blowing off the deaths of 23 Americans to have a burger before 2 fundraisers.

Just FYI

Chuck Schick on July 17, 2014 at 4:19 PM

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

“may be”? Perhaps Ozero could explain to us what circumstances would not be a tragedy.

The only thing that comes to mind for me would be if he was on the plane.

captnjoe on July 17, 2014 at 4:19 PM

May Israel be victorious over all her enemies…

mnjg on July 17, 2014 at 3:54 PM

Amen. I wish they’d simply bombard the area until nothing is left standing or moving, rather than send troops in to be killed in the process.

Midas on July 17, 2014 at 4:19 PM

Israel is invading Gaza and he is out F&@% Dems…

sorrowen on July 17, 2014 at 4:20 PM

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

“may be”? Perhaps Ozero could explain to us what circumstances would not be a tragedy.

The only thing that comes to mind for me would be if he was on the plane.

captnjoe on July 17, 2014 at 4:19 PM

And… “tragedy”? Is that really the right word here to begin with?

Midas on July 17, 2014 at 4:20 PM

Can you imagine what would have happened if Obama had been President on 9/11/01?

Jack_Burton on July 17, 2014 at 4:13 PM

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

Bitter Clinger on July 17, 2014 at 4:17 PM

He would have blamed it on his immigration bill not being passed.

ConstantineXI on July 17, 2014 at 4:20 PM

Buck. BUCK!! Look at the date.

HornetSting on July 17, 2014 at 4:18 PM

Thanks! Missed that.

Semi-related: I think I’ll have another beer. Red Hook Audible Ale.

Buck Farky on July 17, 2014 at 4:21 PM

Mark Knoller @markknoller · 1m

Security lockdown at WH over. All clear given.

canopfor on July 17, 2014 at 4:23 PM

And… “tragedy”? Is that really the right word here to begin with?

Midas on July 17, 2014 at 4:20 PM

You rightly pointed out that the correct word is “murder”.

captnjoe on July 17, 2014 at 4:24 PM

Buck Farky on July 17, 2014 at 4:05 PM

Buck. BUCK!! Look at the date.

HornetSting on July 17, 2014 at 4:18 PM

HornetSting:

InExplicable me thinks,……………(sarc)—————:0

canopfor on July 17, 2014 at 4:24 PM

Can you imagine what would have happened if Obama had been President on 9/11/01?

Jack_Burton on July 17, 2014 at 4:13 PM

He would have prosecuted the passengers of Flight 93 for obstruction of jihad ?

burrata on July 17, 2014 at 4:25 PM

Obama is voting “Present” once again.
God protect us.

kingsjester on July 17, 2014 at 4:25 PM

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