MustardGate: a retrospective.
Late on the evening of May the fifth, 2009; President Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and a gaggle of White house staffers travelled to Ray’s Hell Burger in Arlington Virginia. Their purpose was to get a late night meal, and to have a simple photo-op of the president and vice president being ordinary guys. The cool bosses. The president ordered a simple hamburger and quizzed the burger attendant about their selection of mustard. Asking for, among other things, dijon mustard. The first real scandal of the whole incident, was that a young man working at a burger joint had never heard of dijon mustard. After the burger was order, but before the incident turned into a general interest story. Bloggers suggested, rather astutely, that the media was going to edit out the dijon part of the presidents order. And then it happened. No less than five major television news departments edited the video to remove the president requesting mustard. Reporters reading off the presidents order from notes removed any mention of condiments from the presidents order. The blog claiming that the media would cover up the presidents love of mustard saw readership sore into the hundreds of thousands. In the coming weeks, Republican commentators would try to participate in the trend by accusing Mr. Obama of being European, Democrats returned to older general interest stories and removed dijon mustard from the presidents favorite recipes. It was almost as if there was really something to hide.
Fast forward eight years, and the failing news magazine Newsweek has brought up mustardgate again. They’ve written a news article with several glaring errors about mustardgate, in an attempt to cover up how hysterical their coverage of the Comey testimony has been. Still lying about President Obama’s love of mustard eight years later; what else are they hiding? Meanwhile President Obama, relieved of the press responsibilities of a sitting president, is once again free to put Dijon Brown or Deli mustard on anything he wishes.