Whatever Happened to the Gulden’s Rule?

From Media Matters:

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.”

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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.


During the May 6 edition of his Fox News program, Hannity said: “[A]s you all know, President Obama is a real man of the people. And yesterday he dropped by a popular Virginia restaurant to grab a burger with his pal [Vice President] Joe [Biden]. Now, the Gateway Pundit blog pointed out that plain old ketchup, well, it didn’t quite cut it for the president. Now take a look at him ordering his burger with a very special condiment. … Dijon mustard? I think the president watched just a little bit too much television as a kid.” Hannity then played a portion of a Grey Poupon commercial and commented, “I hope you enjoyed that fancy burger, Mr. President.”


During the May 6 edition of her radio show, Ingraham said of Obama: […] “See, he was trying to do this whole thing with Biden — ‘We’re like the regular people, we’re like every other guy, you know, with our — on our lunch break, we’re going to go grab a burger, two guys, two bros.’ ” Like Hannity, Ingraham played a clip from a Grey Poupon commercial in which an actor asked, “Pardon me, would you have any Grey Poupon?” Ingraham then remarked: “That would have been more appropriate.”


On the May 7 edition of The Rush Limbaugh Show, Steyn said of Obama’s condiment selection: “He’s amazing, Obama. This coverage — he’s a regular guy. He eats a hamburger with Dijon mustard — Dijon mustard. John Kerry couldn’t get away with that stuff, but he makes it seem like just like a regular thing to do. Now there’s — I see that some of the left-wing commentators are saying, ‘Why are people making a fuss about the Dijon mustard?’ but that’s just an example of the way Obama is able to enlighten us.” Later in the program, Steyn stated: “I deeply resent Barack Obama crashing in as the Grey Poupon spokesperson, because that has been the lifesaver for non-American voiceover artists in this country for years — getting the gig doing the Grey Poupon voiceover.”

Sometimes, silence is Gulden.


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35 responses to “Whatever Happened to the Gulden’s Rule?

  1. Friend of the court

    Hannity, Ingraham and Steyn are all full of Brown Poopon. Ketchup is for French Fries.

    • happy mother’s day, fotc! πŸ˜€ did fred take you out for hamburgers and dijon mustard? πŸ˜‰

      • Friend of the court

        Fred is taking me out tomarrow night, when it’s not so crowded. Also, I will be meeting his new lady friend and her little boy. I plan to ask her what her intensions are, toward my little boy.

        • not a bad idea, fotc. fomlpoma took me and my mom out for chinese food, and the place was packed.

          get your questionnaire updated for the new lady friend. boys need their moms to look out for them no matter how old they get.

  2. Did you catch Wanda Sykes press corps comedy schtic?

    “What are you doing going out together with Biden for lunch?

    Whose idea was that?? Pelosi’s???

    You two can’t be out in public together.

    She was a Hillary supporter, you know. ”

    Anyway, Dijongate is a HUGE deal – much more important than Iraq, the economy (or lack thereof), Afghanistan, Healthcare, and a myriad of other issues.

    The real question is: Are the Right wing talking heads cutting the mustard?

    • fran,
      i thought that was the funniest part of her act! πŸ˜† hilarious!

      dijongate is a big deal, because tiny little rethug brains can process a scandal about condiments. when it comes to anything that calls for an understanding of anything more difficult that mustard vs. ketchup or miracle whip vs. mayonnaise, they are completely lost.

      by the way, did you see the red carpet arrivals before the event? greta von susteren was there with her slob of a husband and todd palin. greta was wearing her tux again (i know she wore it before, because i wrote a recap of a previous press dinner over at the big orange, and i remember writing about it). i wonder what the 2 super-christians, toddy and sarah, think about their little scientologist friends.

      • Todd Palin is *palling around* in D.C. elite circles? I thought he was a manly man who is at his best when his legs are wrapped around a gas guzzling snow-machine as he races by the heartland of Alaska’s wilderness? I would think a dress up schmozefest for the press would be the last place you’d find him– he’d rather be field dressing the kill he scored from the helicopter hunting spree?
        Plus he shows up with Greta in drag?
        He must have gotten a hold of that Alaskan pot they call Matanuska Thunderf@#k & had a mean case of the munchies. Either that or he’s so sick of dealing with Palin babies, he will tolerate any social event anywhere, just to get away~ the further the better?

        • maybe he was already in town since he’s been schlepping around with bristol and her baby for her paid abstinence tour. he probably had to go with greta so he’d have someone to explain all the jokes to him.

  3. Thanks for uncovering this scandal. How disgraceful and brazen of our POTUS! You rock, GOP!!

  4. Hello Nonnie!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

    I sent you an email at your gmail address.

    Where are Nightowl and Gotta?

    I am going to post this then sit and watch it for ten minutesto see if you reply.

  5. I once heard Alan Colmes try to explain away the fact that Hannity refuses to shake people’s hands. Colmes was being very tactful and diplomatic of course but it was clear that the caller was pointing out something in Hannity’s character disability that Colmes felt obliged to gloss over for the sake of being his t.v. sidekick. Is using catsup on a burger some unwritten rule of testosterone enhancement now ? This is such jr high bullshit all over again. You use dijon mustard you got the cooties and the girl touch, I quit, no tags back… Another crystal clear example of where the conservatives are planting their directionless flag : condiments.

    • rastamick,
      keep in mind the people they are catering (pun intended) to. they’re like schoolyard bullies who find it easier to call people names rather than articulate a reasonable argument about things that really matter.

  6. jeb

    I wonder what condiments Rush uses on his Oxycontin?

    Did Bu$h use Dijon on his pretzel?

    There are just so many aspects of this story that need to be covered.

    • jeb,
      s0meone over at the big orange dusted off a chimpy/pickles bush recipe for deviled eggs. one of the ingredients was….drumroll…dijon mustard! 😯 of course, the rethugs have more or less dismissed chimpy as part of the past never to be revisited, but there is also a story about newt gingrich twittering from a french restaurant he was having dinner at with greta von susteren and her slob husband. not just elitist unpatriotic french food, but he was sharing it with scientologists!!!

  7. Doh! It just now dawned on me–the whole Ketchup fetish is based on worship of Saint Ronnie.
    Ronald Reagan declared Ketchup a vegetable.
    By not partaking of the sacrament of ketchup– Obama is dissing the patron Saint of the GOP.

  8. I had a burger today in Fabulous Ferndale and was offered a choice of yellow or Dijon mustard. I took the Dijon so I could be in solidarity with our president.

  9. Well, you know how the Right is always trying to divide the nation up with that class warfare rhetoric, and so they’re trying to tear down this guy who happens to be able to afford better mustard … wait, … never mind.

    • it’s time for some new political parties. i suggest the ketchup, mustard, and mayo parties. of course, within those there are the different factions–the salsa, dijon, and miracle whip caucuses. i just hope they keep those radical hot sauce people at bay! πŸ˜‰

  10. distributorcap

    you know they have to rename French’s Mustard to Freedom Mustard

    • dcAp,
      no wonder the rethugs are so miserable. so many condiments they aren’t allowed to have. no french’s mustard, no dijon, and certainly no heinz ketchup (and we all know that heinz is the best, hunt’s is too runny). i would bet that there are plenty of salad dressings that are not allowed on the far right side of the congressional cafeteria. no russian, french, italian, or anything else that sounds too europe-y. i guess all they have to put on their salads is piss and vinegar.

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