Open Thread: The Eye-Roll Seen ‘Round the Twitterverse

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According to the expert professional lip-reader team at Entertainment Tonite, chain-smoker John Boehner asks professed ex-smoker President Obama if he ‘had a chance to catch a smoke’… and then adds ‘hah, sooooomebody wouldn’t let you’.

As the female half of a long-term couple, let me assure you that Couple Etiquette under such conditions not only allows but requires an eyeroll on the part of the spouse. Failing to do so would indicate that one was deliberately ignoring Boehner’s roughly joke-shaped jape, and that would be rude, which our First Lady never is (undeliberately, as Mr. Wilde would say).

Dipping into one’s handbag flask to signal the social embarrassment one’s spouse is incapable of feeling, as some vulgar observers claim Mrs. Boehner responded, is not required but certainly understandable.

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88 replies
  1. 1
    cathyx says:

    Peer pressure.

  2. 2
    amk says:

    Love her eyeroll and her headshake.

  3. 3
    PsiFighter37 says:

    Who gives a damn what was said. I love that of everything that happened at the inauguration, the media is giving most of the attention to an eyeroll and to Beyonce lip-synching.

    Fuck the media. A bag of hammers and salted dicks, mixed well with a couple cups of pig feces, would do a better job of covering what’s going on in D.C. Why, you may ask? Because that’s as horrifying as the modern GOP is today.

  4. 4
    Baud says:

    John Boehner asks professed ex-smoker President Obama if he ‘had a chance to catch a smoke

    The eyeroll was inappropriate. She should have just said, “He sure smoked your orange ass, John.”

  5. 5
    Robin G. says:

    The GOP, from Speaker of the House to City Councilman of Bumfuck Nowhere, is comprised of the most universally classless people on the planet.

  6. 6
    cathyx says:

    Typical male to use the ‘if your wife lets you’ ploy. And most guys fall for it.

  7. 7
    Mister Harvest says:

    Sunday talking points: the First Lady was rude to the Speaker of the House, so we have to cut entitlements.

  8. 8
    amk says:

    @PsiFighter37: I take it you missed the msm obsessing about Sasha’s “yawn” during the speech ?

  9. 9
    Baud says:

    @Mister Harvest:

    This is what happens when you let women get abortion on demand. /talking point # 2.

  10. 10
    Ben Franklin says:

    That’s a hell of a lip-reader. He seems to be licking his lips Boehner must have been talking through the little head.

  11. 11
    quannlace says:

    Why is that photo flashing? Or is it just me?

  12. 12
    PsiFighter37 says:

    @amk: Shit, God forbid an 11 year-old got bored attending something that their parents said they had to go to.

    Fuck the trivialities of it all. “Amusing Ourselves to Death” is a great book that highlights not only the decline of news, but the absolute triviality of it all – and in some cases, the sociopathic nature of reporting the news (e.g. how can you cut away to another news story after talking about how people were brutally murdered?).

    Jesus F. Christ

  13. 13

    I’ve got bizzaro world going on in the house right now, I have just fed the pets dinner. The puppy is eating the cat food and the kittens are eating the puppy food. If someone could explain this to me I would appreciate it. (Other than as the vet said “whatever isn’t yours ALWAYS tastes better).

  14. 14
    Raven says:

    He’s lucky she didn’t drop HIM like a bad habit.

  15. 15
    Pooh says:

    It seems more of a “you think that’s funny but we have this argument every day” look.

  16. 16
    Raven says:

    @Litlebritdifrnt: There is no other explanation. Some friends brought there new puppy over yesterday and Bohdi got all nuts about toys he never touches. Just the way it is.

  17. 17
    mapaghimagsik says:

    I roll my eyes every day dealing with GOP Bullshit. Why shouldn’t she?

  18. 18
    wasabi gasp says:

    America’s gonna have a seizure watching you eat that next bite. – John Soothsayer Boehner

  19. 19
    Arclite says:

    Boehner is a fucking douchebag.

  20. 20
    amk says:

    @Litlebritdifrnt: the grass is always greener on the other side thingy is not restricted to bipeds alone. Heck, our cat vicky, bless her soul, used to fight with us for table scraps, when a friggin’ expensive catfood lies awaste.

  21. 21
    jl says:

    The Michelle Obama eye roll video gets more views than inauguration address

    http://www.examiner.com/articl.....on-address

    Ah, democracy!

    Huff Po says she was eye rolling over Obama-Boehner exchange about how long her hubby’s after dinner talk should be.

    I go with Raven, and more so, maybe she should have just decked Boehner on principle.

    Whatever, her eye-roll is just a cute and beautiful is she is, so it is fine with me.

  22. 22
    Arclite says:

    @jl:

    Whatever, her eye-roll is just a cute and beautiful is she is, so it is fine with me.

    She looks all of 21 in that gif file at the top of this post.

  23. 23
    Birthmarker says:

    The conversation is always changed whenever there is a chance something positive will be said about a Dem. The inauguration was pretty wonderful to me, so today we talk of lip synching and eye rolls. Anything but O’s speech.

  24. 24
    Villago Delenda Est says:

    @Robin G.:

    Leading the fail train: shotgun crazy asswipe Dick Cheney.

  25. 25

    I would suggest that an alternate caption to that GIF would be Obama saying to Orange Julius “so who do you get to sleep with tonight John?” I KNOW I KNOW, but I thought it was funny.

  26. 26

    And here I thought I could not love her more than I already do.

  27. 27
    amk says:

    @jl:

    The Michelle Obama eye roll video gets more views than inauguration address

    eyeroll and smh

  28. 28
    jl says:

    @Arclite: I have gotten my share of eye-rolls from beautiful dames like that, so it has to be way cute for me to enjoy it.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @Litlebritdifrnt:

    If you put the kitten food up where the puppy can’t get it (table, counter, etc.) it will magically become attractive to the kittens again. Especially if the puppy whines and grovels down below while they happily chomp away.

  30. 30
    RossInDetroit, Rational Subjectivist says:

    Michelle is classy but sassy. I like that. And the new hairstyle is most fetching.

  31. 31
    Mnemosyne says:

    I almost feel sorry for Boehner there, because his expression at the end of the video is clearly that of someone who knows his joke fell flat.

    Almost.

  32. 32
    Anne Laurie says:

    @quannlace: Sorry, it’s a self-repeating .gif, but it’s the only one I could find that showed Mrs. Boehner giving the long-suffering, lip-tightened “this is why we never get invited to the nice parties” grimace.

  33. 33
    amk says:

    @Mnemosyne: I feel sorry for missus boner. And all missus repubs.

  34. 34
    Suffern ACE says:

    @amk: in other news, people at work more likely to click on something the know is 5 seconds long than something they know goes on for 20 minutes.

  35. 35
    Ken says:

    I’m sure Mrs. B. lets John smoke. Encourages it, even.

  36. 36

    @Ken:

    Hah, I see what you did there.

  37. 37
    amk says:

    @Anne Laurie: Beat me to it.

  38. 38
    Ruckus says:

    @Anne Laurie:
    Are you sure that’s the only reason?

    I’m sure we could think of many more if the need arose.

  39. 39
    Arclite says:

    Mrs. Boehner looks like she’s gonna shit a brick.

  40. 40

    I have to admit that the best part of the inauguration was the cameras on the first family when they were on the viewing stand. As they sat down POTUS, Malia and Sasha all got out their phones and started checking messages (only FLOTUS didn’t), then the girls started taking pics with their phones, of Mom with a thumbs up, of Dad and Mom kissing (three times so they could get the shot) Malia photobombing Sasha’s shot of Mom and Dad kissing. It was so damn NORMAL, it was just a regular family at an event, taking shots on their cellphones. It is not like these people have a million photos taken of them every single day but the girls just wanted their own shots, on their own cell phones, to preserve their memories. I just loved that.

  41. 41
    AxelFoley says:

    That dismissal of John of Orange by the First Lady is gold.

  42. 42
    Randy P says:

    As the female half of a long-term couple, let me assure you that Couple Etiquette under such conditions not only allows but requires an eyeroll on the part of the spouse.

    As the male half of a long-term couple, I wish to note that there are nuances of this eyeroll. If you like the person who is making the stupid joke, you can do the eyeroll good-humoredly. I note that POTUS is just laughing it off.

    But Michelle is clearly throwing a “what an asshole” vibe, not even bothering with the most microscopic polite pretense at a smile.

  43. 43
    AxelFoley says:

    @Litlebritdifrnt:

    I’ve got bizzaro world going on in the house right now, I have just fed the pets dinner. The puppy is eating the cat food and the kittens are eating the puppy food. If someone could explain this to me I would appreciate it. (Other than as the vet said “whatever isn’t yours ALWAYS tastes better).

    The Apocalypse was supposed to be last year, so I dunno.

    Unless the Mayans’ math was off.

    *shrugs*

  44. 44
    Dave C says:

    Off topic (sort of) and shallow: Has there ever been a First Lady as straight up gorgeous as Michelle Obama? I haven’t checked the history books, but I’d be surprised if there had been!

  45. 45
    amk says:

    @Litlebritdifrnt: And the dood was so seriously into his blackberry while his family was fussing around him. Typical men.

  46. 46
    Randy P says:

    @Dave C: I use her as kind of a sanity test for people. If you don’t absolutely adore this woman, there is something seriously wrong with you.

    I believe about, oh, 27% of the country dislikes her.

  47. 47
    Kai-two says:

    @Litlebritdifrnt:
    That is what has always amazed me – how in the world do those girls (young women?) manage to be so normal given the shit-storm that is directed at their father (and mother) every day of the year?

    That and the fact that POTUS regularly attends the parent-teacher conferences.

  48. 48
    amk says:

    @Randy P: I read somewhere that her approval rating is 76%. Close enough.

  49. 49

    @amk:

    Yes! They had to poke his elbow to get him to do the kiss shot for the girls. I just thought it was so damn normal, as I said, it was a charming snap shot of a typical family, doing what typical families do. I thought it was brilliant. Did you see the bit when Sasha turned around to talk to one of the other guests and the guest had a baby who was seriously booping her nose? It was so cute I almost died of sugar overload.

  50. 50
    Citizen_X says:

    Here’s the long form of the video, featuring Boehner drawing first blood.

    @mapaghimagsik:

    I roll my eyes every day dealing with GOP Bullshit.

    So she’s muttering “Oh, for fuck’s sake” under her breath, too?

  51. 51
    Arclite says:

    @Dave C:

    Off topic (sort of) and shallow: Has there ever been a First Lady as straight up gorgeous as Michelle Obama? I haven’t checked the history books, but I’d be surprised if there had been!

    Jackie O was pretty attractive.

    And the flip side, has there ever been a president as attractive as Obama? Slim, muscular, handsome, tall, he’s pretty much got it all.

  52. 52
    redshirt says:

    @Dave C: Mrs. Taft was a women ahead of her times.

  53. 53
    Phoenician in a time of Romans says:

    @amk:

    @Mnemosyne: I feel sorry for missus boner. And all missus repubs.

    They’re the party of “personal responsibility”. They made their own beds; they can lie in them (while their husbands are off pursuing ‘wide stances’ in mens room toilets somewhere…)

  54. 54
    Ben Franklin says:

    @Citizen_X:

    The look on Obama and Michelle’s face at the frozen end, tells more than any leap reader would.

  55. 55

    Oh and add to the fact that POTUS and FLOTUS greeted White House tour guests personally today and you just get the icing on the damn cake. Bo was there too!

  56. 56
    SoINeedAName48 says:

    Being hearing impaired myself, here’s what Boehner was REALLY saying:

    “Say, Barack – are you going to finish that wine of yours? If not …”

  57. 57
    Dave C says:

    @Arclite:

    Yeah, I can recognize that the prez is a good lookin’ guy and all, but there is just some “je ne sais quoi” quality to the 1st lady that sort of makes my heart melt every time I see her. I can’t really understand it, but whatever “it” is, she has it.

  58. 58
    Mnemosyne says:

    @Litlebritdifrnt:

    Here’s a link to the video on the White House website.

    As I always say, I’m convinced that meeting ordinary people and shaking hands and doing all of that “meet and greet” campaign stuff is what Obama really loves about his job. Hobnobbing with journalists and politicians, not so much.

  59. 59
    Katiemc says:

    @Arclite:

    Does John F Kennedy qualify?

  60. 60
    Jay S says:

    @RossInDetroit, Rational Subjectivist:

    And the new hairstyle is most fetching.

    Am I the only one who kept seeing the melon helmet cat when she looked straight in to the camera? I don’t normally notice hair or clothes, but I couldn’t get that image out of my head.

  61. 61

    @Mnemosyne: Zell Miller White house tour troofer says “this has to be staged, people would have been more excited than they were jeeebus

  62. 62
    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @Mnemosyne: Hobnobbing with journalists and politicians, not so much.

    I suspect he can suffer fools as well as most people, but not fools who think their shit smells like strawberries and their recycled CW is keen insight (yes, I am thinking of Tom Brokaw)

  63. 63
    slag says:

    We’ve all soooo been there. We feel your pain, Michelle! I’d be perfectly ok if she just took her fork and stabbed him with it. More than ok. I’d live vicariously.

  64. 64
    Yutsano says:

    @slag: Maybe we could get her a rusty farm implement just for such an occasion.

  65. 65
    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @amk:

    I feel sorry for missus boner. And all missus repubs.

    You are a far, far better person than I could ever dream of being.

  66. 66
    slag says:

    @Yutsano: That would be certainly within the bounds of decorum in my book. Honesty is always the best policy.

  67. 67
    Roger Moore says:

    @Jay S:

    Am I the only one who kept seeing the melon helmet cat when she looked straight in to the camera?

    That’s no melon, it’s a citrus peel. I’m not sure what variety, but it’s a citrus of some kind.

  68. 68
    Sister Rail Gun of Warm Humanitarianism says:

    Since this doesn’t seem to be making the news outside of special interest circles, there’s been a major service outage among AT&T UVerse subscribers in the Southeast since yesterday morning. People in Fort Worth report being without service for 36 hours and counting. Mine went out around 2 this morning. Thank the FSM for smartphone hotspots.

  69. 69
    Silva says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: Oh, you men are all alike. Seven or eight quick ones and then you’re out with the boys to boast and brag. YOU BETTER KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT. Oh… I think I love him.

  70. 70
    dance around in your bones says:

    I watched the whole inaugural ceremony, and from the first moment I saw Boner trailing forlornly behind POTUS he looked irritated, bored and desperate for a triple scotch. Like he could barely restrain himself from eye-rolling.

    If I was Michelle I would have a hard time restraining myself from spitting on the dude.

  71. 71
    Silva says:

    @dance around in your bones: You really don’t think that both laugh about “Louie Gohmert” and his cohorts?

  72. 72
    dance around in your bones says:

    @Silva: Maybe they both spit-laugh. I mean, if those folks weren’t so poisonous to our country, they would be laughable.

    I could hardly concentrate on the ceremony when I saw Goober Gohmert in the background.

    I simply do not understand how people that stupid get elected to public office. Perhaps I am naive.

  73. 73
    DougW says:

    @Raven: Sounds like a republican dog to me…

  74. 74
    Maude says:

    @dance around in your bones:
    And also how many stupid people it took to elect him.

  75. 75
    dance around in your bones says:

    @Maude: Exactamente. Just incomprehensible to me.

    But then, I am fairly sane, I think.

  76. 76
    Roger Moore says:

    @dance around in your bones:

    I simply do not understand how people that stupid get elected to public office.

    Their constituents believe their congresscritter should truly represent them, and that means picking somebody just as moronic and pig ignorant as they are.

  77. 77
    dance around in your bones says:

    @Roger Moore: Soooooooooooo depressing.

    I’m glad I’m on the O-side.

  78. 78
    SarahT says:

    @Silva: “Ah, sweet mystery of life…”

  79. 79
    AA+ Bonds says:

    The second inaugural always gets sandbagged by the press. In what country have y’all been living?

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    AA+ Bonds says:

    First Family crap: always creepy in a democracy.

  81. 81
    AxelFoley says:

    @AA+ Bonds:

    Eat a bag of dicks.

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  83. 83
    Patricia Kayden says:

    @Jay S: Yes, you’re the only one. But cute cat photo anyways..

  84. 84
    aimai says:

    @Randy P:

    I agree with this. I loved it but it was pretty damned hostile. Of course she was eye rolling for the entire female half of the country so she was about 150 million seconds short of the full roll he deserved.

    I also seem to be the only one who thinks Mrs. Boehner was stuffing the extra bread rolls into her purse. Probably carries a zip lock bag to do so.

  85. 85
    aimai says:

    By the way in the longer clip of that gif its pretty clear that Boehner probably tried to make that joke a couple of times and tapped the first lady on the arm to get her attention when she ignored the first try. I think that’s really the reason for the eye roll–she had politely tried to pretend she didn’t hear it and then he badgered her to get a response.

  86. 86
    Gopher2b says:

    Live the eye roll but I do think Obama’s nervous laugh and immediate turn-away deserves some attention. It’s like every family gathering for me. I leave with whiplash.

  87. 87
    TBDBITL says:

    @dance around in your bones:”In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king.”

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    billiecat says:

    let me assure you that Couple Etiquette under such conditions not only allows but requires an eyeroll on the part of the spouse. Failing to do so would indicate that one was deliberately ignoring Boehner’s roughly joke-shaped jape, and that would be rude, which our First Lady never is (undeliberately, as Mr. Wilde would say).

    I said when I saw it it was just a reaction to a dumb joke, in almost these exact words. It’s a non-story spun out of a non-event.

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