The Impossibility of Parody

CSM headline “Obama’s shave ice order: A sign of bipartisanship?

Seriously?  Apparently, not:

Usually Obama orders the same shave ice flavor combination: guava orange, cherry, and lemon-lime. He’s been so predictable about this that Island Snow has dubbed that particular mix the “Snowbama.”

However, when Obama last Tuesday arrived at Island Snow’s Kailua branch for his annual visit, he called an audible. Per a suggestion made by employee Renee Ebia, he replaced the guava orange with melon. Going in new directions! Working with others to make his shave ice a better product! That sounds like a recipe for bipartisan progress if we’ve ever heard one.

(Come on, that makes as much sense as most of the punditry you’ve heard this week. Admit it. It might even be worth a Fox News consulting contract.)

And then Obama did it again. On Monday, he returned to Island Snow for one last shave ice before boarding Air Force One. Instead of the three flavors of his previous visit, he chose only two: melon and cherry. Does this mix reduction presage a desire to rein in government spending? Time will tell. Back to you in “The Situation Room,” Wolf.

Not particularly funny, but only because it’s so damned plausible.

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  1. John Burgess says:

    While I don’t insist that ‘ice cream’ be called ‘iced cream’, ‘shave ice’ is entirely new (and distasteful) to me. Is this a Hawaiianism?

  2. James Joyner says:

    “Shave ice” is something akin to a snow cone or Italian ice, rather than a dairy product like ice cream.

  3. sam says:

    Well, there was that freakout over Dijon mustard…

  4. mantis says:

    They call it shaved ice (or shave ice, apparently) in Hawaii. My guess is that they don’t use “snowcone” because they don’t have snow there.

  5. tom p says:

    >>>>>>>>>> ‘shave ice’ is entirely new (and distasteful) to me. Is this a Hawaiianism?>>>>

    John, i grew up playing baseball and eating snowcones. One is as American as the other…

  6. John Burgess says:

    No, I don’t have a problem with the product–shaved ice is shaved, not chopped as in sno-cones[TM]. It’s the ‘shave’ vs. ‘shaved’ that’s getting to me. I only know the one with the complete past tense, not the abbreviated ‘shave’.

    ‘Shave ice’ sounds like something a shave-tail would get if he bellied up to the bar in the Officer’s Club when it was full of Colonels!