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Michelle Obama Eye Roll: Classless Partisan Bullsh*t or Hail To The Queen?

By Joanna Robinson | Miscellaneous | January 22, 2013 | Comments ()


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Yesterday, during the Inauguration Luncheon, in reaction to who knows what, Michelle Obama made her feelings about John Boehner pretty plain.
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Now, listen folks, it's not often a gif is headline news. You didn't think we gif-happy folks at Pajiba would just let that slide, did you? The reaction to Michelle's reaction is divided down some pretty predictable lines. Those on the Right are calling the Flotus's eyeroll "classless" and, my faaavorite Obama insult, "uppity." Those on the Left, of course, are calling her by some equally biased terms. The one I've heard most is "Flawless Queen." That's pretty preposterous except, ahem, LOOK AT HER SHE'S A FLAWLESS QUEEN.

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Even he thinks so.

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So, listen, I know I'm preaching to the choir here. You folks are, for the most part, liberal, Obama lovin' pinkos. But I really can't understand why there should be any backlash here. Haven't we all rolled our eyes? Even at people we like? Not to mention people who have been openly antagonistic towards our ideals and our loved ones? So, yeah, folks who are pissed at Michelle Obama, I'm all out of words. I'll just let these speak for me.

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Joanna Robinson wants to swim around in that Brian Kinney eye roll until her fingers get all pruney.







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  • AvaLehra

    Thank you for reminding me that Brian from QAF was once my pretend boyfriend.

  • RedGreen

    She still looks like the Bride of Frankenstein.

  • bbmcrae

    "meh meh meh meh meh meh my guy lost meh meh"

  • Patty O'Green

    Boehner (a smoker) asked the POTUS (a now non-smoker) if he'd had a cigarette before the ceremony. Shade deserved, I say.

  • csb

    I was hoping to see Tiny's eye roll here and you didn't disappoint. The look never seems to do her justice but her putting the effort in is always worth it.

  • kirbyjay

    Giant undie bunching going on about Wes Welker's wife ( NE Patriots for those who are sports challenged) dissing Ray Lewis ( Baltimore Ravens, again for the sports challenged) on Twitter and the same with Mrs Supermodel Brady last year. Here's the thing, most women are momma bears and they snarl and growl when the cubs are threatened. To most women the hubby is just another one of their children.

    SO LEAVE THE F--KING MAMA BEARS ALONE!!!

  • Is that Marlon Brando eyerolling? Because I think my heart just stopped at his perfection

  • thecloofer

    The gif of Jennifer Lawerence and the gif of Marlon Brando need to make with the graphical interchange format-eing already and have delightfully beautiful 3 second babies.

  • AprilPie

    I didn't see an eye-roll but I did see the side-eye that may have meant, "Oh why oh why must these fools continue to recycle the same corny jokes. It isn't funny then and it isn't funny now. Let me just chew on a mouthful of salad so I do not have to fake laughter because each time I fake laughter I die a little on the inside." If Mrs.MO had actually used a proper eye-roll the world would have exploded for her being so black and sassy and uppity!

  • abell

    I think the problem is we have almost no context. An eyeroll without context tends to look pretty shitty, largely because we empathize with whoever's being ignored, belittled, etc. None of the above gifs appealed to me, even when I like the shows or characters. Add the context of politics and the split reaction becomes exactly that. I voted for that woman's husband and she may be belittling one of his opponents, so, I approve! I voted against that woman's husband and she may be belittling one of his opponents, so, I disapprove! We have no idea what the comment was, or if it warranted an eyeroll, so we work with the context we have, which is purely political. Personally, I don't know and don't really care.

  • Alarmjaguar

    Oh, Brian Kinney, it has been too long!

  • Quatermain

    I'm more inclined to roll my eyes at the constant fawning adoration the Obamas get from 90% of the Internet and I'm not generally inclined to give them the benefit of the doubt, but even I'd say this is kind of a retarded non-issue. Boehner makes me roll my eyes on an almost weekly basis, and he's on my team(sort of), so I can only imagine how Her Highness might feel. I'd be more surprised if she didn't roll her eyes.

    Hell, there hasn't been a politician in the last 25 years that hasn't made me roll my eyes at them at one time or another, and that includes the ones I liked/respected/voted for.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    LOOK at who our last two presidents were - Tweedle-Dum and Can't-Keep-It-In-His-Pants. Whatever "fawning adoration" is out there is an expression of relief that we appear to have a leader who is not an intelligent human being capable of negotiating social situations without being an ass, but a family who follows suit.

  • Jim Slemaker

    Nothing to see here folks.

    Now, Tina Fey, THAT is an eye roll! From zombie eyes to last living breath.

  • I don't think she's a perfect queen, but this is ridiculous. I think, if anything, she's doing a very obviously exaggerated eye-roll that she WANTED him to see. As a jke even. I can't believe shit like this becomes A Thing.

  • John G.

    Forget eye rolls. Sitting that close, she should have stabbed Boehner with her fork.

  • John W

    And the winner is...Tina Fey. Degree of difficulty 3.6. The Silver goes to Lady Mary and the Bronze to RDJ.

  • e jerry powell

    What, like Boehner isn't annoying?

  • mrcreosote

    DAMN YOU for showing me the Bitch in Apt 23 eyeroll! The show is DEAD! Have you no shame sir! At long last, have you no shame! Also Boehner was making a smoking joke to the prez, so diiiiiiiiick move.
    Also an eyeroll is about the least offensive political move. Given the amount of mud slung, Boehner is lucky she didn't replace his tanner with deer urine.

  • Bert_McGurt

    Is it any surprise that there've been no rumours of presidential infidelity?

  • e jerry powell

    Really, who would he cheat on her with? An intern? I don't think so. Another politician's wife? Please. Michelle is the whole package. Not half, not some, but ALL.

    I suspect that not even Olivia Pope could pull focus from FLOTUS.

  • jollies

    Seems clear she was rolling eyes and shaking head at something her husband said. She might instead have given a derisive laugh (or perhaps said "Oh, come on now") except that her mouth was full.

  • SeaKat Stabler

    She's surrounded by politicians.

    And she rolled her eyes once. ONCE.

    Ok, That's one proof of a miracle. One more and we're on for CANONIZATION.

  • Mrs. Julien

    I'm more distressed that the First Lady is eating with her elbow on the table.

    An Edwardian upbringing in 1980s Toronto is very hard to overcome, okay?!

  • e jerry powell

    I have my elbows on the table right now, and I was raised in the SOUTH.

    I shall never stop rebelling.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    Ha, I thought the same thing. Not Edwardian, or anything, just that *someone* was likely to comment on her table manners.

  • marigi

    Off topic: Marlon Brando gif= instant cold shower!!! Whew!!!!

  • Bedewcrock

    Seriously. I had absolutely NO IDEA he was that handsome. .

  • e jerry powell

    Between Brando and Newman, I don't know how Tennessee Williams ever had a hand free to write anything.

  • Frank Booth

    You, sir, have won this hand. I am gasping for air.

  • pumpkin

    yes!

  • Mrs. Julien

    You need to see A Streetcar Named Desire. He is a poem.

  • MissAmynae

    A dirty, dirty Southern poem. Bunk-thirty!

  • Samantha Klein

    Can we talk instead about how POTUS looks at FLOTUS? Because I am in love with him for it. In nearly any picture I've ever seen where he's looking at her, his expression says "Holy shit, really? ME??" He looks like somebody who's just won the jackpot (and I mean, really, he did, because she is a flawless queen). It's adorable.

  • It's so true. While all marriages/relationships have their flaws, theirs aren't worn for everyone to see (while I enjoy them separately, I very much have the Clintons in mind). There's been no scandal or infidelity rumors, because .. look at them. No one would believe them.

  • foolsage

    "Let's face it tiger, you just hit the jackpot."

    And yes, they really are adorable.

  • Boothy K

    It looks like the kind of eye roll I do when someone tells me a tasteless joke (if especially when my boyfriend uses sexual connotations and or uses the word "seen" when he is SUPPOSED TO SAY SAW!!!!!!!!") and I can't bring myself to laugh even for the sake of diplomacy.

  • Kballs

    And Young Marlon Brando was one handsome motherfucker. Should I hate 'em? Yeah, I hate 'em.

  • Jim

    Moments after that he did that eye-roll, every pair of panties and briefs in the room fell to the floor simultaneously. True story.

  • pumpkin

    Having only witnessed large Marlon Brando, I wondered as a teenager what my mom every saw in him. Then I watched The Wild One and I knew.

    Sigh...

  • Bedewcrock

    The Island of Dr. Moreau was my first foray into Marlon Brando......a weird foray indeed.

  • Frank Booth

    Yeah, The Island is really not what you want as an intor to Brando, primordial dwarf and all...." He who breaks the law"

  • petitesuissesse

    That may be my favorite gif of all time. He's smirk is pure up-to-good-wait-for-me.

  • 724wd

    "You folks are, for the most part, liberal, Obama lovin’ pinkos" <looks around=""> shit, how did 'I' get here?

  • lowercase_ryan

    If there was any kind of slight here Boehner would have been the first one crying about it on Fox News. This is a non-story. No offense, but I'm tired of reading about how ridiculous the right is getting with their insane objections and mountain-out-of-a-molehill protestations. They will always be up in arms about something and it's becoming less and less likely that whatever it is that has irked them is relevant to the rest of the country. Hell, I get the feeling even Republicans are growing tired of their shtick.

  • theotherone

    Some how this post doesn't seem right without a Max Blum eye roll.

    But since I couldn't find one a face palm will have to do...

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  • Kballs

    Sometimes eye-rolling is condescending. Sometimes it is exasperation. Sometimes it is a way of showing either of these in a comical way that everyone privy to the moment involved should understand within its context. This appears to be the third option considering Obama's and Boehner's reactions (as others have already mentioned).

    And calling her "uppity" is outrageous on more than one level. I imagine anyone using that word sitting astride a horse as he looks down upon his fields and homestead, wondering what the world is coming to.

  • Frank Booth

    I remember instances where people would use the word "uppity" right after he won the first election. How the individuals using that word would try to claim that there were no racist connotations to the word. I am french Canadian with french as my first language and even I know that this word is used almost exclusively within a racist context.

  • Squid

    "Uppity" gives me the urge to put ground glass in Massa's collard greens.

  • e jerry powell

    I couldn't bring myself to ruin perfectly good collard greens. I just wouldn't let the bastard have any.

  • dizzylucy

    Given that POTUS and Boehner were talking behind her and laughing, I saw it as a "men/politicians/whatever and their stupid jokes" kind of eye roll.

    But if she were truly rolling them at Boehner, I could not disagree with her.

  • Squid

    Yes! But if you look at it, it seems like she's rolling her eyes at
    something POTUS is saying. And I don't know how a marriage works without eye-rolling.

  • BAM

    This!

  • Nicole_OCTV

    Thank you, this is how I see it too. They're both laughing, and she's rolling her eyes in a classic, 'Oh, you two!' kind of way. I would have no problem with her rolling her eyes sincerely all over Boehner's face, but I really don't think that's what is happening here.

  • par1964

    I would have no trouble with her rolling her CAR all over Boehner's face ..... just sayin .....

  • MissAmynae

    Boehner's wife has the same look on her face. Like she's heard that same terrible joke since they were dating. Y'all know the one- "A White Horse fell in the mud..."

  • bleujayone

    Oh, please! The Mrs. and I have rolled our eyes at one another's words and actions so many times, outsiders think we're shooting a game of marbles from our skulls. And I imagine in about a decade or so (if not sooner) our beloved offspring will be doing the same to us complete with accompanying snorts and scoffs that can be picked up on sonar by Russian subs 8,000 miles away. If Mrs. Obama is like most of us, the eye-roll is a defensive reflex used to suppress the urges to either verbally eviscerate someone or just slap them upside their head.

  • e jerry powell

    I would youtube the fuck out of Shelly going upside someone's head, but alas, I fear Wanda Sykes is right, and Shelly can't even give Black Woman Neck because of the steel rods that were implanted alongside her spine before Obama ever ran for the Senate, and that may decrease her arms' range of motion a bit.

  • just julie

    If there is one fucker in this country who deserves an eyeroll (and "shade") from Michelle Obama, it's Boehner.

  • e jerry powell

    DId Jackie Kennedy even know what shade is? That would have been AWESOME.

  • Groundloop

    Indeed. I think she was very restrained. Every time I see Boehner's liver lipped, droopy dog face, I wonder what would need to happen for me to be in a position whereby I'd have a chance to plant the toe of my boot right in his scranus.

  • Lemon_Poundcake

    "Scranus" is my new favorite word.

  • Groundloop

    It is pretty delightful, though I can't take credit for it. The first person I saw use it was BikeSnobNYC. He also came up with "Pants Yabbies".

  • damnitjanet

    Once again, the Obamas understand and represent the heart of most 'murcans.

  • poopnado

    I seem to remember Laura Bush refusing to shake Colbert's hand after his scathing speech at the White House Press Correspondents' dinner. It's okay to have feelings.

  • Laura

    Although God forbid if you express them in the wrong forum.

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