Mustard-Gate! [Greg Pollowitz]
Media Matters is in full defense mode over President Obama's choice of mustard:
Following President Obama's May 5 visit to Ray's Hell Burger in Arlington, Virginia, Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, and Rush Limbaugh Show guest host Mark Steyn criticized Obama as an elitist because he ordered a burger with "spicy mustard" or "Dijon mustard." Hannity claimed that Obama ordered a "fancy burger" with a "very special condiment," while Steyn asserted Obama is trying "to enlighten us" through his order. Ingraham asked of Obama: "What kind of man orders a cheeseburger without ketchup but Dijon mustard? ... The guy orders a cheeseburger without ketchup? What is that?" In their discussions of Obama's burger order, Hannity, Ingraham, and Steyn all referenced a Grey Poupon commercial featuring actors portraying wealthy British men expressing desire for the mustard.
To be fair, the president didn't ask for arugula. The mustard is just a Media Matters sideshow, however. Laura Ingraham summarized what was wrong with the trip:
INGRAHAM: What? I'm watching this, and I think, OK, the press corps is so easily bought off. You just buy them a couple of dirty old burgers and they're fine. "Oh, did you know the president treated?" First of all, journalistic ethics — are we supposed to be treated by the president and the vice president?
And does this question ever pop into your minds like it did mine yesterday? Do these men not have anything better to do than go on a road trip to Arlington for a photo-op — which is done for one reason and one reason only. You know why it's done? Check out this last line of The Washington Post piece: "Bonnie Cosby, 51, a technology consultant who picked up burgers on her way home from work, opined: 'It shows that he's in touch with the people, and that he's not up in the ivory tower. He's a real person — with a burger.' " No, the —
RICHARDSON [audio clip]: Pardon me, would you have any Grey Poupon?
INGRAHAM: That would have been more appropriate, would not have — of him to go right through the drive-through? Took him a while to figure out what he was going to order. Didn't he seem to hesitate a while? It's just like when he was trying to find the church, buy the puppy, figure out if — when life begins with the Rick Warren question?
I would laugh if the woman said, "Sir, what would you like?" and he said, "Oh, that's above my pay grade. I can't, I can't — well, I'll get back to you on that. I gotta talk to Michelle first."
I recommend reading the entire Media Matters post as Sean Hannity and Mark Steyn make equally relevant points on why the entire trip, not just the mustard was what was really ridiculous.
05/08 12:50 PMShare