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- March 23, 2012

It’s Been Another Couple Weeks Of #Barackward Moments

#Barackward: “Some Staffers Had A Word To Describe The Moments When He Seemed Unable Or Unwilling To Connect: Barackward, A Combination Of ‘Barack’ And ‘Awkward.’” (Jodi Kantor, The Obamas, 2012)

#BARACKWARD MOMENT #1

Biden Told A Dirty Joke At A White House Reception

Biden “Threw In A Dirty Joke At The Official White House Reception.” “Yesterday, a reporter from the Irish Times responsible for the foreign press pool report of a breakfast with Joe Biden and Irish prime minister Enda Kenny noted that the ‘[vice president of the United States] seems to have an inexhaustible supply of Irish sayings.’ But it wasn't just Irish sayings--Biden also threw in a dirty joke at the official White House reception.” (Daniel Halper, “Biden Tells A Dirty Joke,” The Weekly Standard, 3/21/12)

#BARACKWARD MOMENT #2

Obama “Tucked In” British Prime Minister David Cameron

Obama Tucked British Prime Minister David Cameron Into Bed. “British Prime Minister David Cameron on Tuesday revealed he was ‘tucked up in bed’ by US President Barack Obama during the pair's recent trip on Air Force One. The two leaders were repeatedly seen back-slapping and sharing jokes during Cameron's recent US visit, but now it appears the friendship was sealed when the president offered Cameron the use of his personal quarters. ‘It was 4 o'clock UK time so he (Obama) said 'David, why don't you use my bed and put your feet up,' so I duly did,’ he told members of his constituency in Witney, south England.” (“Cameron ‘Tucked In Bed’ By Obama During US Trip,” Agence France Presse , 3/20/12)

  • Cameron: “I Don't Think That Has Happened Before.” “‘Barack went to the back of the plane and explained to my private secretary and the team 'don't worry, the British Prime Minister is fine I have just tucked him up in bed'. I don't think that has happened before,’ added Cameron.” (“Cameron ‘Tucked In Bed’ By Obama During US Trip,” Agence France Presse , 3/20/12)

#BARACKWARD MOMENT #3

Biden Rated The Osama Bin Laden Raid The Most “Audacious Plan” In The Past 500 Years

Biden Called The Raid To Capture Obama The Most “Audacious Plan” In The Last 500 Years. “Vice President Joe Biden said Monday that the raid that killed Osama bin Laden was the most ‘audacious plan’ of the past 500 years. Biden's comments, made at a Democratic fundraiser in Morris Township, NJ, ranked the May 2011 assault that ended the Al-Qaeda chief's life above the D-Day invasion of Normandy in 1944, the surprise landing at Inchon in 1950 that turned the tide of the Korean War or, going back a bit further, George Washington's daring night-time crossing of the Delaware River before the Battle of Trenton in 1776.” (Olivier Knox, “Joe Biden Calls Bin Laden Raid The Most ‘Audacious Plan’ In 500 Years,” Yahoo News’ “The Ticket,” 3/20/12)

#BARACKWARD MOMENT #4

Obama Agreed To Appear In The “Entourage” Movie

Adam Grenier Says Obama Agreed To A Cameo Role In The “Entourage” Movie. “Adrian Grenier, star of the hit series ‘Entourage,’ says he’s made a deal with President Obama. ‘I promised to make the ‘Entourage’ movie if he would do a cameo. He agreed. Seriously,’ Grenier wrote on Facebook on Friday.” (Caitlin McDevitt, “‘Entourage’ Star: Obama Agreed To A Cameo,” Politico’s “Click,” 3/19/12)

#BARACKWARD MOMENT #5

Cee Lo Green “Flipped The Bird” At An Obama Fundraiser

“At A Fundraiser For President Obama On Friday, Singer Cee Lo Green Dropped A Few F-Bombs And Flipped The Bird.”  “At a fundraiser for President Obama on Friday, singer Cee Lo Green dropped a few F-bombs and flipped the bird. Green didn’t go for the radio-safe version of his hit ‘F**k You’ and cursed multiple times – in addition to giving the middle finger – during his performance.” (Caitlin McDevitt, “Cee Lo Sings ‘F**k You’ At Obama Fundraiser,” Politico’s “Click,” 3/19/12)

#BARACKWARD MOMENT #6

Biden Fundraised At A Former Brothel

Biden Spoke For A Fundraiser At A Home Which Used To Be A Brothel. “Joe Biden spoke tonight to a pricey fundraiser at the home of Philip Sellinger, a prominent New Jersey Democratic lawyer, and his wife Barbara.  ‘Sunnymede,’ the pool report notes, ‘is large, painted white and old. It stands out as particularly big in a mostly middle to upper-middle-class neighborhood, on Old Glen Rd. just off busy Madison Avenue.’ But place has a past, something that Biden, an enthusiast of history and of distressed real estate, would appreciate: As the New York Times reported in 1998: ‘On Old Glen Road in this lush and lolling hamlet, things have never been quite the same since Judith Kelly Dempsey moved into the 20-room Georgian Colonial on an estate known as Sunnymede in 1991. …The police say Mrs. Dempsey had turned her mansion into an all-hours bordello called An Afternoon Delight.” (“Biden Speaks In Former Brothel,” BuzzFeed, 3/19/12)

#BARACKWARD MOMENT #7

At A Fundraiser, Robert De Niro Said It Was “Too Soon” For A White First Lady

At Obama Fundraiser, Robert De Niro Said It Was “Too Soon” For Another White First Lady. “Actor Robert De Niro thrilled the crowd at a New York fundraiser headlined by first lady Michelle Obama when he listed the alternatives. ‘Callista Gingrich. Karen Santorum. Ann Romney. Now do you really think our country is ready for a white first lady?’ De Niro asked a star-studded crowd gathered in the backroom of Locanda Verde, a restaurant he owns on Greenwich Street in TriBeCa. Someone in the crowd shouted, ‘No!’ as De Niro quickly added, ‘Too soon, right?’” (Jennifer Epstein, “De Niro Suggests It’s ‘Too Soon’ For Another White FLOTUS,” Politico’s “44,” 3/19/12)

#BARACKWARD MOMENT #8

Obama Credited Oprah With Getting Him Elected

Obama Says Oprah Helped Him Become President. “Winfrey, the former talk show host who now owns her own network, attended a fundraiser at the Atlanta area home of actor and filmmaker Tyler Perry. ‘There is my good friend, Oprah,’ Obama said. ‘Who very early on, when I was still running, just decided that she would support this guy with a name that nobody could pronounce.’ Both Obama and Winfrey call Chicago their hometown. More than three years after his historic election, Obama said that Winfrey is still ‘somebody who Michelle and I seek out in thinking about not just the day-to-day issues of the day, but trying to keep our focus on the big picture. What she's done for so many people, not just in America but around the world, is extraordinary,’ Obama said. ‘So I just want to say thank you to Oprah.’” (David Jackson, “Obama: Oprah Helped Make Me President,” USA Today’s “The Oval,” 3/17/12)

#BARACKWARD MOMENT #9

Obama Needed Help With His Golf Swing

Pro Golfer Rory McIlroy Offered To Help Obama Improve His Golf Swing. “Pro golfer Rory McIlroy, who attended the state dinner on Wednesday, has offered to help President Obama improve his golf game. ‘Unbelievable experience at the White House last night! Big thanks to @BarackObama for the invite! We'll get that golf swing sorted soon!’ he tweeted on Thursday.” (Cariltin McDevitt, “McIlroy To Obama: Let’s Work On Your Game,” Politico’s “Click,” 3/16/12)

#BARACKWARD MOMENT #10

Biden Accused Republicans Of Being Out Of Touch While Speaking At A Ritzy Dinner

Biden Accused Republicans Of Not Knowing “What It Means To Be Middle Class.” “‘These guys don’t have a sense of the average folks out there,’ Biden said according to the pool report, ‘they don’t know what it means to be middle class.’” (Charlie Spiering, “Biden Hails Middle Class At Wealthy Fundraiser,” The Washington Examiner’s “Beltway Confidential,” 3/13/12)

  • Attendees Paid Minimum $10,000 Per Couple And “Dined On New York Strip Steaks, And White Truffle Mashed Potatoes.” “Biden made the remarks at the Georgetown home of Senator John Kerry, where some 87 guests paid a minimum of $10,000 per couple to dine on char-grilled grass-fed New York strip steaks and white truffle mashed potatoes beneath a tent basked in soft pink lighting.” (Donovan Slack, “Biden Slams GOP Lawmakers For Failure Of Debt Deals,” Politico 44, 3/12/12)

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