Tim Pawlenty: Obama On A “European Pub Crawl”

Earlier this afternoon, Tim Pawlenty’s Twitter feed sent out this message:

Perhaps the Governor is unaware that the President met with the Prime Minister of Ireland, attended a State Dinner with Queen Elizabeth II, met at length with Prime Minister David Cameron, spoken before Parliament, and is now attending the G-8 Summit.

Pub crawl? Seriously?


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  1. James Joyner says:

    It’s a mildly amusing line. But, yeah.

  2. Yet another disillusioned pawn says:

    What do facts matter. What counts is that now we have a new meme–the so-called president of the United States now an Islamic shadow agent, Nigerian DRUNKARD. Fire up the birther machine again, we’ve got a new bloody shirt!

  3. Gustopher says:

    What a schmuck.

    The Republican candidates sure are classy this year.

  4. LadyLogician says:

    As classy as scratching your face with your middle finger while talking to your political opponent Gustopher?

    Seriously – he is on a “pub crawl” just like the Ryan plan will push grandma over the cliff in her wheelchair. It’s called hyperbole and both sides do it (badly most times although this one was somewhat amusing) and we really need to get past the knee jerking every time one side or the other engages in it.


  5. michael reynolds says:

    Poor, T-Paw, he thinks if he’s dumb enough the wingnuts will like him.

  6. tom p says:

    Seriously – he is on a “pub crawl” just like the Ryan plan will push grandma over the cliff in her wheelchair.

    Seriously, Ryan is not pushing Grandma over a cliff, he is pushing Grandpa over a cliff (ME!)(52)

    LL, I ain’t sure what world you live in but in this world there is NO insurer who will give me a policy once I hit 65 (pre-existing conditions and all that stuff) no matter how much money I throw at them.(and for the record, my PEC is genetic)

    Ahhhhh, but that is just “details”.

  7. TG Chicago says:

    T-Paw checked out the latest polling and saw that he’s not breaking through. So he does something to get his name out there. It’s dumb on the surface, but not so dumb otherwise. Nothing excites GOP primary voters as much as dissing Obama.

    Too bad, though. I’d prefer that he slowly built up a brand by doing stuff like opposing ethanol subsidies. It’s early enough that there’s no need for this kind of media trolling. Maybe he hadn’t gotten any Sunday morning invites yet, so he figured he needed to get some buzz so he could talk about ethanol.

  8. tom p says:

    Obama On A “European Pub Crawl”

    I can think of worse reasons for going to Europe (like getting the Russians to negotiate on a “missile defense shield”.

    But what do I know?

  9. Chad S says:

    In a related story: T-Paw is polling below Herman Cain. Wonder why…

  10. anjin-san says:

    This is coming from a guy who is confused about the difference between Iran & iraq…

  11. Franklin says:

    It’s a joke, folks. Perhaps not overly amusing, but I liked it.

  12. Jay says:

    Hey pants wetters, get over it. It was a joke.

  13. Chris A says:

    To those saying a joke, it WOULD be a joke and it sounds like a funny one too. One tiny problem. Pawlenty’s running for PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. You’d think he’d show a wee bit more decorum. Oh wait, it’s the GOP primary. Nevermind, carry on.

  14. TG Chicago says:

    Sure, it was a joke. But if he actually wants to be president, he will one day have to explain how meeting the heads of our primary European ally constitutes a “pub crawl”. It’s not a good way to refer to meetings with valued heads of state.

    If a Kadima party offical running against Netanyahu referred to his recent address to a joint session of Congress as “bar hopping”, I think you might view it in a different light. It’s not the end of the world, but it’s not very dignified.

    PS notice how (prior to this post) nobody in the original post or the comments thread has uttered the word “Medicare”? That goes to show you that the tweet didn’t have the full intended effect.

  15. mattb says:

    Lame attempt at humor? Yes.

    But at least it wasn’t Eric Bolling, Fox Business, who went the lame and racist route of accusing the president of “Chugging 40’s” in Ireland instead of heading to MO to be with the tornado victims (and doubled down on the joke, both on twitter and on air).

  16. Jay says:

    I’ll remember the claims of “seriousness” the next time President Obama appears on ‘The View.’

  17. Appearing on The View. Better or worse than appearing on Rush Limbaugh’s show?

    I’d say they’re equally horrible, vindictive, hateful venues

  18. Nick says:

    John Kerry made a similar joke in 2006, he got huge pushback, had to apologize, and it ended his slim 2008 chances.

    Hopefully the same will happen to Tim Pawlenty.

  19. Nick says:

    Nevermind. I read around Geraghty et al. for GOP reactions and apparently this joke shows that Tim Pawlenty is the tough, serious grown up candidate. Oh well.

  20. Davebo says:

    As always, Twitter offers no upside but huge downsides.

    If Pawlenty doesn’t get that, he may be the joke.

  21. The Manatee says:

    The President has a Medicare plan. He cut it.

  22. An Interested Party says:

    If Pawlenty doesn’t get that, he may be the joke.

    I thought he was already…