Oh, 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.