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(New York Daily News)   Obama's publicity team strikes out after releasing a photo of him holding a baseball bat during a friendship phone call   (nydailynews.com ) divider line
    More: Fail, President Obama, Prime Minister of Turkey, Secretary-General of the United Nations, Sunnis  
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2012-08-05 02:16:35 PM  

Nuclear Monk: So much room for improvement....
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I'm really concerned about the lack of safe firearm handling practices in that photo.
 
2012-08-05 02:19:57 PM  
Baseball is America's national pastime and is as sacred as apple pie and the stars and stripes. In the olden days Republicans would have bombed Istanbul. *adjusts onion on belt*
 
2012-08-05 02:23:00 PM  

Jim_Callahan: St_Francis_P: Where'd he get that bat? Did he get it from a helpless Little League kid? A white kid, who trusted him because he's supposedly our "President"? I'm just asking questions.

Nope, full-sized bat, not a little league bat. Obviously he stole it from a stadium full of fans to deprive as many as 100k people at once of the simple joy of America's favorite pastime.


Na. It was Hank Aaron's bat. He retired awhile back.
 
2012-08-05 02:25:53 PM  
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This is an out pitch!
 
2012-08-05 02:26:24 PM  
....having a good solid piece of wood in your hand is quite often...useful...... Ian Faith
 
2012-08-05 02:26:28 PM  

Neeek: Jim_Callahan: St_Francis_P: Where'd he get that bat? Did he get it from a helpless Little League kid? A white kid, who trusted him because he's supposedly our "President"? I'm just asking questions.

Nope, full-sized bat, not a little league bat. Obviously he stole it from a stadium full of fans to deprive as many as 100k people at once of the simple joy of America's favorite pastime.

Na. It was Hank Aaron's bat. He retired awhile back.


yet another job lost under Obama
 
2012-08-05 02:29:59 PM  

Atillathepun: Neeek: Jim_Callahan: St_Francis_P: Where'd he get that bat? Did he get it from a helpless Little League kid? A white kid, who trusted him because he's supposedly our "President"? I'm just asking questions.

Nope, full-sized bat, not a little league bat. Obviously he stole it from a stadium full of fans to deprive as many as 100k people at once of the simple joy of America's favorite pastime.

Na. It was Hank Aaron's bat. He retired awhile back.

yet another job lost under Obama


I guess a white guy's bat was too good for him?
 
2012-08-05 02:35:51 PM  

propasaurus: Why is this being reported as a failure of the Obama publicity team instead of a baseless faux outrage by some Turkish nut jobs with nothing better to whine about?


Because the NY Post and the Daily News have been in a decades long race to the bottom.
 
2012-08-05 02:36:33 PM  
It's nobody's business but the Turks'.
 
2012-08-05 02:37:23 PM  
CHICAGO POLITICS!
 
2012-08-05 02:37:40 PM  

propasaurus: Atillathepun: Neeek: Jim_Callahan: St_Francis_P: Where'd he get that bat? Did he get it from a helpless Little League kid? A white kid, who trusted him because he's supposedly our "President"? I'm just asking questions.

Nope, full-sized bat, not a little league bat. Obviously he stole it from a stadium full of fans to deprive as many as 100k people at once of the simple joy of America's favorite pastime.

Na. It was Hank Aaron's bat. He retired awhile back.

yet another job lost under Obama

I guess a white guy's bat was too good for him?


Hank Aaron's nickname was "Hammerin'" Hank. Obama's favorite sportswriter is John Sickels. Coincidence? I think not. You can't make this stuff up!
 
2012-08-05 02:38:20 PM  

Fark Dupp: ....having a good solid piece of wood in your hand is quite often...useful...... Ian Faith


"nothin' like a good piece of hickory" -C. Eastwood
 
2012-08-05 02:38:41 PM  
Okay, and...?
 
2012-08-05 02:42:23 PM  
Talk softly and carry a big stick?
 
2012-08-05 02:47:52 PM  
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A US President speaking softly to an ally while wielding what amounts to a big stick?

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2012-08-05 02:52:01 PM  
This is an outrage! It should have been a cricket bat:

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2012-08-05 02:54:00 PM  

cameroncrazy1984: Yeah, I mean it's not like it's well-known that Obama is a big baseball fan or anything.


OBAMA IS A BIG BA-
SEBALL FAN

 
2012-08-05 02:59:02 PM  

Biological Ali: This is an outrage! It should have been a cricket bat:

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He's clearly going for that guy's knee. Just another example of Chicago-style politics.
 
2012-08-05 03:01:12 PM  
I love how the right seems determined to stick with this "Fartbongo insults our allies!" thing after Rmoney's first big international trip turned into a gaffe-fest of international proportions where he did indeed directly insult some of our allies.

Yeah, I know this is starting in Turkey, but I'm sure this is going to be all over the right wing blogosphere.
 
2012-08-05 03:01:37 PM  

St_Francis_P: Uh...I think the takeaway here is that some people are looking for an excuse to biatch.


Came here to say that.

If you want to be offended, you can find something wrong with a picture of a cute puppy.
 
2012-08-05 03:03:56 PM  

Bloody William: There's really a stealth retardation aspect here. The outrage is that Obama is holding a baseball bat while on the phone with a foreign head of state.

The outrage is that he's doing something visually maybe-sort-of-kind-of-offensive while on the phone.

The outrage is that HE DOESN'T LOOK INOFFENSIVE ON THE PHONE.


In related news, look at that biatch eatin' crackers like she owns the place.
 
2012-08-05 03:04:39 PM  
this is bad news bears...for Obama
 
2012-08-05 03:06:00 PM  
The Bestest:
See, I'm trying my damndest to understand the issue here and coming up short.

It was really just a failed meme by the Obama White House.

You see, a few weeks ago, one of the trial-balloon Democratic messages was that Romney was "Playing wiffle-ball in the major leagues." They were hoping that people would pick up on that, so they handed Obama a real baseball bat for the photo op, hoping someone would say "Hey, look! Obama's doesn't play Wiffle Ball!"

They just took too long to get the photo out, and managed to do it completely wrong. It might have worked if they'd just had him meeting with a Major Leaguer. Instead, he's just some guy fiddling with a bat while talking on the phone...
 
2012-08-05 03:13:13 PM  

St_Francis_P: Uh...I think the takeaway here is that some people are looking for an excuse to biatch.


I was going to agree with you, but the bat was clearly out of its case and he was handling it without gloves, to say nothing of him grinding it into the floor, WTF Fartbongo?! He's trying to destroy America one collectable at a time!

/I bet when he was a kid, he'd go over to other kids' homes and break the thumbs off their GI Joes.
 
2012-08-05 03:13:47 PM  
FTFA:
"The photo reveals from whom our Prime Minister receives orders to rule the country"

Do something about it, Turkeys.
 
2012-08-05 03:14:22 PM  
OH MA GAWD!!!! HE IS BATMAN!!!!
 
2012-08-05 03:14:53 PM  

St_Francis_P: I think we can file this away under, "Horseshiat the opposition party will say no matter what."


That is a mighty big file.
 
2012-08-05 03:17:38 PM  
This means Dan Cathy is automatically President/Pope and Obama has to administer a B12 shot to Jose Canseco's ass.
 
2012-08-05 03:18:00 PM  
Rupert Murdoch's Daily News is providing a platform for the opposition in Turkey.
 
2012-08-05 03:18:08 PM  
The only way this is a story is if Obama told the prime minister that he was going to break his skull with that bat.
 
2012-08-05 03:21:24 PM  

Ed Finnerty: I noticed he was also black while on that phone call. WTF is that?


I think you've nailed it.
 
2012-08-05 03:23:38 PM  
So Romney is a tax cheat and Obama has a baseball bat.

/both sides are bad so vote republican?
 
2012-08-05 03:23:48 PM  
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2012-08-05 03:28:54 PM  

Atillathepun:
yet another job lost under Obama


All right, my follow-up was going to be something about it being an attempt to steal the very history of baseball itself, but I think you win.
 
2012-08-05 03:31:10 PM  
This is what you might call the logical batshiat insane quality of political discourse these days.
 
2012-08-05 03:32:52 PM  
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2012-08-05 03:33:00 PM  

PC LOAD LETTER: So, NOW is Sarah Palin automatically President and Obama has to be the bathroom attendant in Congress? These rules are so confusing.


No. Sarah Palin is now President and Obama has to sling falafel from a cart in Istanbul while Joe Biden has to take over Mahir Cagri's website.
 
2012-08-05 03:33:07 PM  

Xetal: So Romney is a tax cheat and Obama has a baseball bat.

/both sides are bad so vote republican CHP?


Turkey-fried that for you.
 
2012-08-05 03:35:06 PM  
What's wierd, reading about the Republican PEople's Party on Wiki they sound like they'd be much closer to supporting Obama then any conservative in the US.
 
2012-08-05 03:35:26 PM  
The real scoop here is that when you're the President, you can take any artifact from Warehouse 13 that you want.

/One Claudia Donovan, please.
 
2012-08-05 03:42:11 PM  
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2012-08-05 03:44:55 PM  

FlashHarry: boo farking hoo. a couple of presidents ago, it wouldn't have been a bat in his hand while he was on the phone...


Ya, i'm sure more than one president has held a cigar while talking on the phone.
 
2012-08-05 03:45:43 PM  
It's nice to know that derp is not limited to US republitards.
 
2012-08-05 03:46:00 PM  

Jim_Callahan: St_Francis_P: Where'd he get that bat? Did he get it from a helpless Little League kid? A white kid, who trusted him because he's supposedly our "President"? I'm just asking questions.

Nope, full-sized bat, not a little league bat. Obviously he stole it from a stadium full of fans to deprive as many as 100k people at once of the simple joy of America's favorite pastime.


Give Obama credit, he tries hard to look American, with his drinking beer, eating cheeseburgers and liking baseball; but because he was born in a foreign land, he'll never fool true patriots.
 
2012-08-05 03:49:42 PM  
Hmm. We usually don't get the full-retard-troll headlines on the weekends.
 
2012-08-05 03:56:35 PM  
Just stop, GOP. We're laughing at you, not with you.
 
2012-08-05 03:58:23 PM  
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2012-08-05 04:01:33 PM  
jake_lex: I love how the right seems determined to stick with this "Fartbongo insults our allies!" thing after Rmoney's first big international trip turned into a gaffe-fest of international proportions where he did indeed directly insult some of our allies.

Yeah, I know this is starting in Turkey, but I'm sure this is going to be all over the right wing blogosphere.


I was fully expecting to hear one of those guys he visited say something like "man, that dude's a clown" while walking away without realizing a mic is still on.
 
2012-08-05 04:04:40 PM  
This is possibly the dumbest manufactured outrage ever.

Maybe the freepers thought the President was holding a bumpaddle:

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2012-08-05 04:05:25 PM  
Came for The Untouchables reference. Leaving satisfied, much like after drinking a six of Great Lakes Elliot Ness.
 
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