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Poor, Humiliated Sean Hannity

I think the right’s mancrush on Vladimir Putin has now hit its high point. Sean Hannity waxed eloquent about how manly Putin is on his show, and frankly that may hot have been the only thing he was “waxing” at the time. And he’s “humiliated” when he compares the macho Putin with that girly man Obama.

“Many Americans, including myself are, humiliated today. Take a look at the photo comparison of our commander in chief. There he is juxtaposed with Vladimir Putin […] For the first time in my adult life, I am humiliated for my country. Just the picture of Putin swimming the butterfly, which is a real hard stroke. Yeah, big chested – and by the way, it’s in frigid water that he’s swimming across a river … so you got a picture of that juxtaposed next to Obama on a bicycle in Martha’s Vineyard with the goofy helmet on riding his bike.”

He was talking about this:

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Of course, he could have been talking about this:

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But that would require being consistent, something Hannity is entirely incapable of. But don’t you love how he’s practically drooling over Putin and his big chest? Here’s what I think we should do. There’s a guy selling butt plugs that look like Vladimir Putin:

o-PUTINYOURBUTT-570

I think we should send a bunch of these to Hannity. Thousands of them.

Comments

  1. iknklast says

    This never ceases to amaze me. Anyone who thinks it’s wimpy to ride a bicycle has never ridden a bicycle. Oh, I know, he’s wearing a helmet. I just fail to see how that makes you unmanly; it makes you smart. I’d rather my president be smart than some grotesque caricature of macho.

    And as someone who is aware of the real problems this country is facing, I’m quite pleased to see the president setting a positive example by riding a bicycle instead of a limo.

  2. Doug Little says

    Wow, you know they have little to actually attack the president on when they resort to this shit.

  3. sigurd jorsalfar says

    At least Obama isn’t riding a segway. Imagine how humiliating to Hannity that would be? Especially if there was a picture of Obama crashing his segway. That would be so humiliating it would put Hannity into a coma. That’s why it’s a good thing that never happened.

  4. colnago80 says

    You know, back in the summer of 2008 during his foreign trip, Obama was seen in a gym in Germany working out. He was doing forearm curls with 75 pound barbells. I wonder if Hannity (or Putin for that matter) could do that.

    By the way, fucking asshole Hannity’s criticism of Obama for wearing a bike helmet is asinine in the extreme. Take it from somebody who used to think like that and had a fall which resulted in a head injury requiring a trip to the emergency room of a hospital. After that incident, I wouldn’t ride to the end of my cul de sac without a helmet.

    By the way, it should be noted that both Bush and Obama are riding Trek bicycles, made in the USA (in Whitewater, Wi.). I personally own a Trek 520. And yes, I also own a Colnago Superissimo and a Specialized Allez.

    http://goo.gl/UBf4h2

  5. Chris J says

    I wonder what that chances are that the reason the Right is pushing this “unmanly” narrative so hard is partly because they’re predicting a female democratic candidate in the next elections. After such a wimpy womanly girly-man like Obama, would you rather have an actual literal girl lead the nation or a big strong manly man like, psh, I dunno, Paul Ryan or something.

  6. caseloweraz says

    So the picture shows our president riding a bicycle in public. I presume the man in the car is Secret Service. But still, this is something of a risk for Obama. I wonder if Putin takes equivalent risks. Somehow I doubt it.

  7. Alverant says

    Putin had people he didn’t like poisoned. So do the cons want Obama to start doing that to be “manly” or is it something they would do if they thought they could get away with it?

  8. caseloweraz says

    Sigurd Josalfar: At least Obama isn’t riding a segway. Imagine how humiliating to Hannity that would be? Especially if there was a picture of Obama crashing his segway. That would be so humiliating it would put Hannity into a coma. That’s why it’s a good thing that never happened.

    Are you referring to the time when Bush 43 tried to ride a Segway? As I recall, he complained that it wouldn’t stand up. Someone told him the power had to be switched on.

  9. Reginald Selkirk says

    iknklast #2: And as someone who is aware of the real problems this country is facing, I’m quite pleased to see the president setting a positive example by riding a bicycle instead of a limo.

    The Secret Service agent in the background driving a huge sedan while he talks on the radio does undercut the environmentally/politically correct message just a tad.

  10. cgm3 says

    I guess Hannity must consider FDR another wimp. A President confined to a wheelchair; a sure sign of weakness.

  11. abusedbypenguins says

    So, a fascist is in love with an ex-communist. Sort of like Adolph and Joe until Adolph thought he could take on Joe and the gang.

  12. sigurd jorsalfar says

    caseloweraz, I am indeed. There is a well-known serious of photographs showing Bush falling off his segway. Just google “Bush segway crash” or “Bush segway fall”. But whatever you do, please don’t tell Sean Hannity. The shock could kill him.

  13. dingojack says

    “But whatever you do, please don’t tell Sean Hannity. The shock could kill him.”
    What’s Sean’s personal email address again?
    :) Dingo

  14. eric says

    Wow, you know they have little to actually attack the president on when they resort to this shit.

    Its the same problem regular news services face: if you set up round-the-clock news reporting, you soon have to result to repetition and trivialities. If you set up round-the-clock Obama bashing…

  15. says

    Just the picture of Putin swimming the butterfly, which is a real hard stroke. Yeah, big chested – and by the way, it’s in frigid water that he’s swimming across a river …

    Uh, I’ll swim butterfly across a river if you want. It’s not that hard– yeah, it’s pretty much the least energy-efficient stroke in terms of degree of splashing around to speed, but not actually very difficult.

    And I’m pretty sure my chest is even bigger than his…

    You know what’s hard? Riding a bicycle up a hill. That sucks. And smart people do it with helmets on.

  16. dugglebogey says

    Which is it? Is Obama a jackbooted thug who is worse than Hitler and rules like a tyrant, or is he the weak-ass pussy that encourages Russia to invade Ukraine?

    You can’t have it both ways, you fuckers.

  17. says

    I noticed that Obama looks more relaxed and sure of himself. Bush looks like that is his first ride after the training wheels were removed.

  18. naturalcynic says

    How much would Hannity drool if he had seen Chairman Mao swimming down the Yangtze

    and Colnago … Putin, with his physique with relatively short arms [levers], should be able to curl over 75 lbs.
    and well said about bike helmets, although you leave an opening with your admission of your pre-helmet days.

  19. naturalcynic says

    <blockquore Bush looks like that is his first ride after the training wheels were removed. I seem to remember Lance Armstrong saying that W was extremely competitive when the two of them were riding around the ranch.

  20. colnago80 says

    Re naturalcnic @ #26

    Well, Obama has relatively long arms and a slender build so curling 75 lbs would be more difficult for him then for Putin.

    As for the bike helmets, well, some of us have to learn the hard way.

  21. scienceavenger says

    @7 I was thinking the same thing, trying to recapture the past glory of lost empires.

  22. naturalcynic says

    another fail

    Bush looks like that is his first ride after the training wheels were removed.

    I seem to remember Lance Armstrong saying that W was extremely determined to show off when the two of them were riding around the ranch.

  23. illdoittomorrow says

    Good ol’ anxious masculinity on display, yet again. I’m surprised he didn’t demand Obama get a lifted 4×4 with a big-block engine (Murkin-made, of course) to make up for it.

    OT: I’m kind of impressed that both Reagan and Romney know how to use drop bars, but they both look like they needed to raise them a bit.

  24. cptdoom says

    By the way, fucking asshole Hannity’s criticism of Obama for wearing a bike helmet is asinine in the extreme. Take it from somebody who used to think like that and had a fall which resulted in a head injury requiring a trip to the emergency room of a hospital. After that incident, I wouldn’t ride to the end of my cul de sac without a helmet.

    Well, Hannity did go on to reminisce about how many times he and his buddies crashed their bikes and hurt their heads. Could account for a heck of a lot of Hannity’s, um, “intellectual capability.”

  25. Moggie says

    naturalcynic:

    I seem to remember Lance Armstrong saying that W was extremely competitive when the two of them were riding around the ranch.

    Trustworthy source you’ve got there.

  26. says

    Moggie, to be fair, Dubya was so competitive that when he found out Armstrong only had one testicle he wouldn’t stop bragging about how he had two.

  27. Nick Gotts says

    Wow, you know they have little to actually attack the president on when they resort to this shit. – Doug Little@3

    That’s the bizarre thing: there’s plenty to attack Obama on, such as his persecution of whistleblowers, mass surveillance, failure to shut Guantanamo, failure to prosecute torture, prolongation of the war in Afghanistan, failure to rein in the big financial corporations…

  28. observer says

    Ha! I’d like to see Hannity ride against me or the guys I ride with in the summer time. Even the slowest one of us would give that out of shape blob a heart attack.

    And anybody who would ride without a helmet is an idiot.

  29. says

    @colnago80 #5
    Yeah, but GW has a FOX front suspension forx on there (might be somethign on the back too). Obama’s bike is STOCK!!!! See GW is doing MAINLY off road biking. Obama? He’s got a hybrid bike, and it looks like he has one of those add-on’s to hook a smaller bike up in the back. Is he out riding with his family? How embarrassing!!!

    And those shoes? Gross!!!! (eleventy)

    *disclaimer: I used to work for FOX Racing Shox (now fox ride dynamics)

  30. says

    Nick Gotts “That’s the bizarre thing: there’s plenty to attack Obama on, such as his persecution of whistleblowers…”
    They’re for that. “Keep us Safe”.

     
    “…mass surveillance…”
    And that.

     
    “…failure to shut Guantanamo…”
    And that.

     
    “…failure to prosecute torture…”
    And that.

     
    “…prolongation of the war in Afghanistan…”
    Also that.

     
    “…failure to rein in the big financial corporations…”
    And that (but conflicted. They’re against baillouts [but only after Obama took office] but also against government doing things).

  31. colnago80 says

    Re Nick Gotts @ #37

    The trouble is that the Rethuglicans agree with Obama on those issues.

  32. says

    @myself#39

    I might have to re-think that. It may not be a law for those over the age of 18. But I do believe it is a city law where I live .

  33. colnago80 says

    Re JJ831 @ #40

    Obama appears to be wearing running shoes and his feet are too far forward on the pedals. Dubya appears to be wearing cycling shoes.and clipless pedals. I only started using clipless pedals a little over a year ago because the Shimano 315 E shoes I had to buy because of the width were totally unfitted for toe clips. Took a little getting used to.

    Bush started out riding a Trek Rage but then upgraded to a higher end bike and gave the Rage to one of his son-in-laws.

  34. magistramarla says

    Well, I think that a tall, slim, muscular man who is super-intelligent, a good husband and a great father is extremely sexy. President Obama and my own husband both fit that description.
    I’ve thought that our President is sexy since the first time that I saw him on TV back in 2008 and he has aged well over the past few years.

  35. Michael Heath says

    Doug Little writes:

    Wow, you know they have little to actually attack the president on when they resort to this shit.

    I’m a fan of President Obama’s overall performance, but like all presidents, his performance is target-rich for legitimate criticism. So I think such inane vacuous criticism says a lot about Sean Hannity and nothing about the president.

  36. spamamander, internet amphibian says

    If I ever see another picture of Dubya showing off his knobby old man knees again it will be too damn soon.

  37. says

    Isn’t this just a slightly more adult phrasing of “Jocks rule! Nerds suck?”

    Yeah, Hannity, if your understanding of international and interpersonal relationships hasn’t advanced beyond bad eighties caricatures of high school cliquishness, then yes you ought to feel humiliated. Just not for the reasons you state.

  38. caseloweraz says

    JJ831: In California, it’s the law.

    Honored more in the breach than the observance, in the part of California I inhabit. I see guys all the time riding around at night without helmet or light, often without reflector — and wearing dark clothing to boot.

    Also they’ll typically ride right through stop signs and red lights. Our local paper runs a daily comment section about driving. One comment this week was “I’m a bicyclist who stops at red lights. This tends to confuse motorists.”

    And don’t get me started on bicyclists and hand signals…

  39. caseloweraz says

    Abdul Alhazred: Putin is bucking for a Nobel Peace Prize.

    To paraphrase the Firesign Theater bit, “We too want piece — of Ukraine.”

  40. stace says

    Moggie, to be fair, Dubya was so competitive that when he found out Armstrong only had one testicle he wouldn’t stop bragging about how he had two.

    “Heh, heh, think I’ll call you Uniball, from now, how’s that sound, Lance.” Bush indulging in one of his favorite pass times, handing out nicknames.

  41. uncephalized says

    @iknklast #2:
    “This never ceases to amaze me. Anyone who thinks it’s wimpy to ride a bicycle has never ridden a bicycle.”

    This. Here’s what I ride: surlybikes(.)com/bikes/big_dummy/bike_info (well, the 2008 version of that bike). His name is Big Dumb Ed (no relation to the good Mr. Brayton!), and he is the pickup truck of bicycles. We can haul just about anything I want, and regularly do.

    However, Ed weighs 50-60 lbs *before* I get on, which brings us up to around 270. When my wife gets on the back we’re pushing 400 lbs total weight. And yes, we ride up (moderate) grades and all around town that way, under my leg power alone. It is a damn good workout. “Wimpy” is not an adjective that comes to mind when thinking of this bike.

    Also, people who use the “wimpy” as an actual insult are a) uniformly assholes b) need to grow the fuck up and c) are most likely the true “wimps” in the room.

    Also also, it is my understanding that the statistics on helmet use for injury prevention are not as clear-cut as proponents would like to claim; and that making the decision to ride your bike at all is far safer (in a global-risk-of-daeth sense) than deciding not to ride because you don’t have, or don’t want to wear, a helmet.

    Basically, the decreased health risks from the exercise far outweigh any added risk of injury, even if you are riding bare-headed. This is not to mention the moral (yes, moral) imperative to minimize societal car-miles due to cars’ much greater (negative) per-mile and lifetime impact on public health, safety and the environment. Helmets have no bearing on that debate, and I would argue that it’s actually immoral to helmet-shame (or helmet-legislate) anti-helmeters out of riding entirely, which is one inevitable outcome of such pushes.

    According to Wikipedia, “UK figures show that it takes at least 8000 years of average cycling to produce one clinically severe head injury and 22,000 years for one death.”

    In other words, it takes about *100 lifetimes* of cycling to create *one* severe brain injury, and about *275 lifetimes* to kill one person. Why don’t we compare that to the kill rate of America’s favorite transport method, the car, which is responsible for about 30,000 deaths per year in the country (plus about 2M injuries which we’ll ignore for now). Maybe we should require cars to drive slower, or ban them from high-fatality areas, instead of passing restrictive helmet laws that will have a negligible effect on cyclist safety and reduce cycling participation. All this while ignoring the real problem, which is the fact that the average person in this country uses a ton of steel (or several tons) to move a few hundred pounds of human being(s) and their cargo to the corner store and back, putting themselves and everyone around them in substantial danger every time they feel like a Polar Pop.

    I won’t dispute that helmet-wearing cyclists are probably marginally safer than non-wearing ones, all else equal. At the same time, a helmet is one of a thousand factors affecting safety; of arguably much greater importance are where, when and how you ride, as well as how visible and communicative you make yourself (better to *avoid* than to *survive* a collision). There’s also a serious confounding problem where the people who don’t wear helmets may be a demographic the group less predisposed to all forms of caution, and thus earn themselves an overwhelming number of injuries and deaths due to general recklessness–of which their lack of a helmet is but one small part. The group of people riding legally, correctly and defensively while not wearing helmets is likely extremely small–since all informed cyclists “know” that not wearing a helmet is for chumps who don’t value their neurons–and therefore it might be hard to draw any accurate conclusions about the relative risk profile for such riders. I’d be very interested to know if anyone has good data on this.

    @observer #38
    “And anybody who would ride without a helmet is an idiot.”

    And this is exactly the kind of counter-productive shaming I am talking about. Can we let adults make their own, informed decisions about relative risk and acceptable outcomes in their own lives without attacking their intelligence? People are not idiots because they disagree with your interpretation of statistics, or weight their priorities differently.

    BTW, an interesting analysis on the subject: www(.)ncbi.nlm.nih(.)gov/pmc/articles/PMC1119262/

  42. colnago80 says

    Re uncephalized @ #53

    http://goo.gl/yzY2Se

    All it took is one fall and a trip to the hospital emergency room to convince me that not wearing a bike helmet is the height of stupidity. Now it may be that riding the type of bike that you ride is safer because of greater stability as it appears to have a much longer wheel base. The road racing type bikes that I ride are a lot less stable and it doesn’t take much to have a fall.

  43. says

    ” Oh, I know, he’s wearing a helmet. I just fail to see how that makes you unmanly; it makes you smart. I’d rather my president be smart than some grotesque caricature of macho.”

    Gary.Busey.

    I rest my case.

  44. uncephalized says

    @colnago #54

    I do wear my helmet most of the time. My bike *is* long and stable–very little risk of an endo or an over-the-bars–but there are a million ways to lay down a bike, and I’m not immune. That wasn’t really germane to my main point anyway.

    My take-home is the statistics say your risk of life-threatening injury while on a bike is *already* very low (you may well be an outlier, of course), even if a helmet does make that tiny risk tinier. And riding a bike without a helmet is safer than not riding at all, because the exercise you get riding makes you less likely to die of practically everything else. Opportunity cost, global relative risk, etc.

    As a corollary, I’m arguing that laws mandating helmet use can be counter-productive because they discourage many people from riding at all, both worsening health outcomes *and* paradoxically making it *more* dangerous for the remaining few cyclists, who no longer benefit from the safety-in-numbers effect–which is significant, though not well-understood. (One theory is that car drivers are better trained to look out for bikes when they see them more often–and it is *cars* that are involved in the majority of cycling deaths, helmets or no.)

  45. says

    @ 58:

    I cannot speak for uncephalized but I would certainly wear mine to bed, if for no other reason that it would make the wife think I was teh HAWT–if I had a bike OR a wife.

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