Conservative talk radio has been smoldering the air waves today with criticism of President Barack Obama over his choice of condiments. The fact that Obama ordered a cheeseburger for lunch yesterday with Dijon mustard, not ketchup is proof to them that the president is an un-American elitist. Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, and Mark Steyn have all criticized Obama’s burger.
Here is Hannity:
Hannity called Obama’s enjoyment of spicy mustard elitist behavior. He suggested that the president was not an everyman.
Here is Ingraham:
Laura Ingraham questioned Obama’s manhood for not getting ketchup on his burger. Interestingly, she also used the Grey Poupon reference that Sean Hannity
did. I smell a talking point.
Here is Steyn:
Mark Steyn complained that John Kerry could not get away with having a burger with Dijon mustard. He complained that King Barack was eating a hamburger just like regular people. Steyn didn’t the memo though because he did not use
the Grey Poupon clip.
Why is talk radio still fighting the 2008 election? They are still desperately failing around in hopes of finding a criticism that will stick to Obama. This all goes back to one of the GOP’s old standards, Obama is an elitist. In a great piece, Media Matters coined the phrase Dijon Derangement Syndrome to describe what right wing talk radio is up to.
We get it. You think Obama is an elitist, and you will revive this same attack in 2012, after it failed so completely in 2008. Is the tank really that empty on the right that they have to get outraged by what Barack Obama puts on his cheeseburger? Isn’t there a single issue out there that is more important than spicy mustard? This is sad and pathetic.
The strategy seems to be to convince Americans to turn on Obama because he likes mustard……MUSTARD. (I can picture the ad showing Bin Laden eating a burger with mustard.) I am sure the powerful mustard lobby can’t be happy about this. They even turned it into a talking point. Can you believe that it was only a couple of years ago that these people were in charge of the government?
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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