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Carney: They Said Yooouk!

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney today struck back at reporting claiming that President Obama was booed last night in Boston at his own fundraiser in Boston, asserting that “the preponderance” of the people in the crowd were in fact shouting “Yooouk.”

Why would they do that? Because Yooouk would be a nickname for Kevin Youkilis, the baseball player. Obama had made the mistake of gently taunting the Boston crowd for trading to his beloved White Sox.

Carney not only denied Obama was booed, but sought to turn his mention of the trade into a matter of high principle. From the pool report:

“There has been some really silly reporting about the president’s remarks regarding Kevin Youkilis last night. It is highly commendable in my view as a Red Sox Fan that the president has always refused to pander on sports. He is a White Sox fan, he owns his fandom of the White Sox . He proved that again last night, And anyone who knows Boston,  knons the Red Sox and anyone who was in that room last night knows that the preponderence of people shouting in repsonse to what the President said about Kevin Youkilis were saying ‘Yoooook and not Booo’ for God’s sake.”

He mentioned the 2007 occasion when Obama declined to wear a Red Sox cap as he was a White Sox fan

“I don’t think the American people appreciate it when politicians suddenly pretend they are fans of other teams to curry favor. The president is very serious about that, he will not do that. He will not cross that line.”

See Putin? Look out. Obama is a man who stands by his team. I mean, like, okay, he didn’t stand by Mubarak, but the White Sox – well yes!

I don’t know.

The Boston Globe, which should know a Youk from a boo, called it a boo.

Making a light-hearted jab as he delivered a series of thank-yous at the start of a fund-raising speech, the president added: “Finally, Boston I just want to say – thank-you for Youkilis.”

The infielder was traded on Sunday for righthanded relief pitcher Zach Stewart and utility fielder Brent Lillibridge.

As boos swelled up from the floor and down down from the double balconies at Symphony Hall, Obama chuckled.

And so did Obama and the official White House transcriber two people who count, in Carney’s words, as “anyone who was in that room last night.” From the transcript:

I also want to acknowledge former Governor Michael Dukakis, who is here, and his lovely wife Kitty.  (Applause.)  And finally, Bos, I just want to say thank you for Youkilis.


THE PRESIDENT:  I’m just saying.  He’s going to have to change the color of his “sox.”  (Laughter and boos.)  I didn’t think I’d get any “boos” out of here, but — (laughter) — I guess I shouldn’t have — I should not have brought up baseball. I understand.  My mistake.

AUDICEN:  Booo —

THE PRESIDENT:  My mistake.  You’ve got to know your crowd.  (Laughter.)

Maybe they were booing Dukakis, just for old times sake.

Okay, how about Youk decided for Youkself.

Anyway, why does Carney even care? It all seemed pretty good natured to me.

30 Responses to Carney: They Said Yooouk!

  1. Just an interesting aside, when Preezy meets with the common folk, it’s always no coat, no tie, sleeves rolled up, an assemblage of common everyday people serving as the unfortunate backdrop along with the common individual drawl. When he’s before the monied individuals or Hollywood it’s a suit, tie and the best diction he can muster with the help of a teleprompter and an American Flag backdrop.

  2. This administration lies even about the smallest most inconsequential things.

    When thy lie even about the smallest things, we KNOW they are lying on the big stuff.

  3. Of course they’re yelling “YOUK”. Other common misinterpretations:
    -“I think it’s better if we all share the WEED.”
    -“If I had a son he’d look like Tawana Brawley.”
    -“We’re the country that built the Intergalactic Railroad.”
    -“I do think at a certain point you’ve made enough whoopi.”
    -“Navy Corpse-Man Christian Brossard.” (ok, I can’t fix that one)

  4. Obama: ‘Carney, are they boo-ing me?’
    Carney: ‘Uh… no. They’re saying Yoo-ouk, Yoo-ouk.’

    Proof that these jokers are no longer even serious with themselves and are now getting strategies from classic Simpson’s episodes.

  5. …he owns his fandom of the White Sox
    These people have some serious problems with delusional solipsism… (thanks Rush and Mr. Webster).

    noun \ˈsō-ləp-ˌsi-zəm, ˈsä-\
    Definition of SOLIPSISM
    : a theory holding that the self can know nothing but its own modifications and that the self is the only existent thing; also : extreme egocentrism

  6. Speaking as a die hard Red Sox fan, there is no way the crowd was yelling Yoouuuk, none. This trade is very controversial, and many people are not happy about it. Why would Red Sox fans yell Yoouuk when the President was mocking them, the very same cheer used when Youk came up to plate or made a big play? Does not compute, and don’t forget the fans at Fenway already booed Barry at our 100th Fenway Anniversary.

  7. “He is a White Sox fan, he owns his fandom of the White Sox.” Yeah, except he can’t name a single player on the White Sox.

    “I don’t think the American people appreciate it when politicians suddenly pretend they are fans of other teams to curry favor. The president is very serious about that, he will not do that. He will not cross that line.”

    Haha! I seem to recall POTUS switching teams lately after Biden made a certain announcement. Was that not “pretending to be a fan of another team to curry favor”?

      • Baghdad Bob was the first person I thought of when reading Keith’s article. Can just imagine the arrogant Obama yelling at the Carney Barker… Get out there and tell them that my fans weren’t booing me. They were so awed by my mellifluous words they started chanting Youk, Youk, Youk. Yeah, that’s the ticket. Now do what I pay to do! Get out there and tell ’em that.

        Yep, he’s real steadfast when it comes to loyalty to sports teams. When it comes to doing his job? The job to protect and defend the Constitution? The job he put his hand on Lincoln’s bible and swore an oath to? That’s flexible…

  8. If you can’t tell the truth about the easy things, like a funny moment of a friendly crowd booing a tongue-in-cheek joke about the the Youk, you can only assume that they are hiding and lying about the big stuff too. Carney insults our collective intelligence and frequently the POTUS seems to be happy to do so as well. We deserve better from our leaders.