No, BuzzFeed, Obama Didn’t Make A Blowjob Joke. But Web Traffic Is Nice, Eh?

Clown CarOh, BuzzFeed. I know the competition for campaign scoops is intense, but you shouldn’t need to go down this road. Similarly, the White House pool reporter on duty tonight — Todd Gillman of the Dallas Morning News — should know better than to throw this kind of poop against the wall.

Buzzfeed is selling this story (sans byline), complete with a Fox News question mark designed for plausible deniability as “Did President Obama Just Make A Blowjob Joke?”

The bulk of the Buzzfeed story is this:

So says the pool report from his gay and lesbian fundraiser at L.A.’s Beverly Wilshire tonight. Incredibly awkward.

From Gillman’s White House pool report of Obama’s comments at a campaign fundraiser:

The stage was striking. Obama spoke from a lectern, no seal, with an enormous American flag draped behind him like the scene in “Patton,” his head not even reaching the top of the fourth stripe.

He warmed up with some jokes about the first lady’s appearance on the Ellen DeGeneres show. “Michelle outdoes me in pushups as well,” he said, after saying that she’s taken some criticism on her technique “because she doesn’t go all the way down” – a line that he let hang, naughtily, provoking laughter from the crowd.

The key word here is “naughtily.” Gillman doesn’t clarify, and BuzzFeed takes the ball down the field and goes right to blowjob joke.

Except, the more accurate word here is probably “cheekily.” The President has a habit of chiding the First Lady about her healthiness, dance moves and the likes. For evidence, check out the White House transcript of Obama’s comments:

I want to thank my wonderful friend who accepts a little bit of teasing about Michelle beating her in pushups — (laughter) — but I think she claims Michelle didn’t go all the way down. (Laughter.) That’s what I heard. I just want to set the record straight — Michelle outdoes me in pushups as well. (Laughter.) So she shouldn’t feel bad. She’s an extraordinary talent and she’s just a dear, dear friend — Ellen DeGeneres. Give Ellen a big round of applause. (Applause.)

There’s a joke about the First Lady cheating at exercise, but where Gillman comes up with naughty and where Buzzfeed somehow extricates a blow job joke from that… only the Gods of “I really want web traffic” can divine.

 

  • The Dark Avenger

    Dark Avenger… Don’t waste time and pixels trying to convince me you’re an intellectual lightweight. I already know.

    Thank you for sharing, Justifiedrightandwrong.

  • Wilbur

    Uh oh, Justy just said that my comparison was absurd, pointless, and irrelevant. I guess that settles that!
    We agree. Marvelous !

    That’s right Justy, I agree with everything you have ever said, and everything you ever will say.

    My intention was to show that conservatives didn’t all agree. I see you understand that now.

    I always understood that. Some conservatives are absolutely barking mad and others are just a bit misguided, and there’s a world of gradations in between those two poles. Which end of the spectrum are you on? I have my suspicions but could be wrong.

    • Justanotherrighty

      I have my suspicions but could be wrong.
      c’est juste

      Dark Avenger… Don’t waste time and pixels trying to convince me you’re an intellectual lightweight. I already know.

      • Wilbur

        Watch it mon p’tit ecrou aux ailes, if you speak too much Freedom they’ll blackball you from breitbart.com

  • Justanotherrighty

    Uh oh, Justy just said that my comparison was absurd, pointless, and irrelevant. I guess that settles that!
    We agree. Marvelous !

    Well clearly I can never, ever, criticize breitbart.com again for anything, ever.
    Clearly, that’s your decision. My intention was to show that conservatives didn’t all agree. I see you understand that now. Good on ya !

    please pick a pseudonym that reflects a real name rather than something that with a few numbers and symbols would serve you better as a password.
    You mean like the close resemblance between “Dark Avenger” and your real name ?
    BTW, when will you lefties ever stop telling people what they should do to get you to stop acting like a jackass ?

    After Oliver switched over to Daily Banter, I had trouble logging in under my real name, unless I wanted to post all my comments on Facebook, which I did not.
    So I quickly made up a name, and logged on to Daily Banter that way. If that doesn’t meet with your approval, then I hope pray light candles and sacrifice small animals wish that you would ignore me, and do us both a favor …

    • The Dark Avenger

      I meant a real name in the sense of something easily remembered and with spaces, like “Best Right-winger in the World”, or “Boastful Chump”.

      I think you’d do best with “Master of Men”, myself, since that would be from a ripoff of the character that I took my pseudonym from, rightagainandagainbecauseisayso.

      BTW, when will you lefties ever stop telling people what they should do to get you to stop acting like a jackass ?

      I just made a suggestion, rightytidypowerful, you are free to ignore it, and if you stopped acting like a jackass, that would be a welcome surprise.

      So I quickly made up a name, and logged on to Daily Banter that way.

      And you couldn’t create one with spaces in it because why?

      If that doesn’t meet with your approval

      C’mon, a real political thinker like you, worried about the approval of someone who uses a title taken from an old pulp magazine character?

      You shouldn’t worry your beautiful mind about me, rightifimnotwrongallthetime. If you have a problem with my responses to your ramblings here, that’s just too f*cking bad.

  • Wilbur

    Uh oh, Justy just said that my comparison was absurd, pointless, and irrelevant. I guess that settles that!

    Justy, one unexplicit bj joke would not a vulgar slob make, and even if that’s what it was, would I be bothered by a president who tells a slightly off-color joke once in a while? Not really.

    But thanks for the link. Having seen it it’s clear to me that Obama either didn’t mean the joke or told it very poorly. Clearly, though, some buttheads in the crowd thought it was a joke.

    Oh, and gosh, you got that from breitbart? Breitbart.com has a post on it that’s not totally batshit wingnut? Well clearly I can never, ever, criticize breitbart.com again for anything, ever. You really nailed me there, Justy.

    • Wilbur

      That thing about ‘nailing’ was *not* an anal sex joke!

  • The Dark Avenger

    Now that Dark Avenger has laughed at Stanley Kurtz, the story is no longer true, right?
    Good one

    That somehow the story about the New Party and it’s (GASP!) relationship with Obama over a decade ago is going to turn the election is what’s risible, not that this is some sort of false report, or that Mr. Kurtz isn’t a paragon of journalistic virtue.

    According to MM:

    Kurtz has obsessively attempted to paint Obama as a secret radical since 2008, often by connecting him to the New Party. His 2010 book is titled Radical-in-Chief: Barack Obama and the Untold Story of American Socialism.

    Better luck next time.

    This is beginning to resemble the Underpants Gnome meme:

    1. Tell people about Obama and the New Party

    2. ???????

    3. See Romney elected.

    That will happen when you hear of pigs flying over a hockey game in Hell.
    (Oh, yes, making fun of my name just enhances the intellectual vigor of your contribution. Keep doing that.)

    Bookmark this, Liberals! As this is exactly how it is going to go down

    Rightynightytidy, if you want people to accurately reproduce your Nom D’Internett, please pick a pseudonym that reflects a real name rather than something that with a few numbers and symbols would serve you better as a password.

  • Justanotherrighty

    Now that Dark Avenger has laughed at Stanley Kurtz, the story is no longer true, right?
    Good one. Very impressive. If only you had mentioned one item that indicated the story was false – that would have been impressive. Better luck next time.
    If the economy has improved to the point where the majority of the American electorate will vote for Obama in November
    That will happen when you hear of pigs flying over a hockey game in Hell.
    (Oh, yes, making fun of my name just enhances the intellectual vigor of your contribution. Keep doing that.)

    If it was a bj joke, good on him!
    Instead of making an absurd, pointless, and irrelevant comparison to Pres Bush, perhaps you could explain why you would draw some comfort from knowing that your President is a vulgar slob. [Really, I’m just kidding. I don’t even want to hear such a tortured explanation.]

    Here’s a comment on the story:

    In those rare moments when the media chooses to attack Obama, I don’t normally assume the position of defending him, but this is grossly unfair. Furthermore it’s degrading to the First Lady of the United States, which I find especially appalling.

    Source: Breitbart

  • Wilbur

    The people who don’t like President Obama don’t need contrived stories to express their disfavor with him. They do that every day without any prodding or encouragement, every opportunity they contrive.

    Fiqst.

    Who needs an “Obama scandal” – real or otherwise – after what happened in Wisconsin on Tuesday?

    I love the smell of wingnut hubris. Smells like …… victory.

    As for the topic of the post: reads like it could be a blowjob joke to me, it would all depend on phrasing and intonation – have to hear the audio.

    If it was a bj joke, good on him! I’d much rather have a president who jokes about blowjobs than a president who jokes about wasting the lives of thousands of American servicepeople.

  • The Dark Avenger

    Stanley Kurzt is a reliable journalistic source?

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHaHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

    Thanks for repeating a current talking point that has nothing to do with reality, righwingwannabe:

    The study found that Obama’s negative coverage exceeded positive coverage in 14 of 15 weeks examined, while positive coverage outweighed negative for Romney in six of the 15 weeks and was fairly evenly divided in four more.

    Since November, nearly two-thirds–63 percent–of the coverage about Obama were framed around political strategy and momentum. In comparison, 21 percent primarily connected the president with foreign- or domestic-policy issues.

    Researchers said the result “suggests the media have been treating [Obama] more as a presidential candidate than a chief executive for months.”

    The problems you and your right-wing fellow lunatics face, rightwinghickey, are several:

    One has to deliver a lot of information in order for people to get indignant about Obama and the New Party in the first place.

    Third-parties, outside some urban regions and states like NY with their Conservative party, are something most Americans aren’t familiar with outside of the Greens, or, as in CA, the P&F or the AIP.

    Attempting to tie Obama to a lefty party from over 15 years ago isn’t going to have much traction outside the Republican Base, which would believe that Obama was the Purple Martian if it was reported on Fox by Gretchen Carlson and vouched for by Donald Trump and the latest successor to St. Breitbart of Cocaine.

    If the economy has improved to the point where the majority of the American electorate will vote for Obama in November, it won’t matter if you can tie him to the CPUSA and prove that he’s the Purple Martian at the same time.

  • SaveFarris

    Why is there a picture of Ed Schultz to go with this post?

  • Justanotherrighty

    You want a real Obama scandal that the MSM won’t cover? Try this one.
    As Kurtz says in his closing paragraph:

    … let us see whether a press that let candidate Obama off the hook in 2008 — and that in 2012 is obsessed with the president’s youthful love letters — will now refuse to report that President Obama once joined a leftist third party, and that he hid that truth from the American people in order to win the presidency.

  • Justanotherrighty

    If the RW Media can’t find a scandal in which to embroil President Obama; they will create one.
    a) The people who don’t like President Obama don’t need contrived stories to express their disfavor with him. They do that every day without any prodding or encouragement, every opportunity they get.
    b) If you think Buzzfeed is the “right wing media”, then you probably think the Podunk Press is the MSM.
    c) Who needs an “Obama scandal” – real or otherwise – after what happened in Wisconsin on Tuesday?

  • db

    OW,

    It’s the “scandal du jour”. We’ve discussed this often enough before. If the RW Media can’t find a scandal in which to embroil President Obama; they will create one.

    • Plunket

      As bad of a week as it was for Obama, this one was quickly forgotten, whether he meant it to be a double entendre or not.