It’s the Great Pumpkin, Mr. President!

October 21, 2011

Do you believe this, Michelle?

What’s that, Barack?

I’m the president, and I’m pulling my own pumpkins!

Pulling your pumpkins from the patch to the plane?

Precisely.

Where’s the presidential pumpkin puller?

In Pacific Palisades.

Presidential Pumpkin Puller Peter Piper is in Pacific Palisades?

Positively.

Poop! That explains why I had to pick my own peck of pickled peppers!

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Top and right: President Barack Obama pulls a cart loaded with pumpkins that he and first lady Michelle Obama picked for Halloween at Wood’s Orchard in Hampton, Virginia October 19, 2011.

Bottom right: Michelle Obama looks at red pepper she pulled from the White House Kitchen Garden during the fall season harvest  in Washington, October 5, 2011.

REUTERS photos by Jason Reed

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Oooooh, more shots of famous people with produce.

Posted by 69Spinster | Report as abusive

Michelle’s pumpkins are hangin’ a little low. Seems her pepper is aimed high though. :P

Posted by GeorgiaPeach | Report as abusive

White House Gardner: Oooh, FLOTUS, look at this lovely Red Pepper. I’d like to pick a peck of those.
FLOTUS (with scathing look on her face, as usual): You’re fired! That’s NOT a Red Pepper…any WHG worth his Miracle Grow knows you’re supposed to pick Jalapeno Peppers when they’re GREEN!
WHG: I told you to put Jose in charge of the WH Pepper Patch, but you said, “NOOOO, he doesn’t have his Green Card. Ooops….”

Posted by Moonshine | Report as abusive

I offer a Friday haiku:

President’s pastime
pick palatable pumpkins
promoting produce

Posted by 69Spinster | Report as abusive

@Moonshine: You’re confusing the White House gardner story with Mitt Romney’s.

Posted by 69Spinster | Report as abusive

If the President and First Lady pick pumpkins, it must be an American and patriotic activity. That means that I’m a patriot. The BF and I went apple- and pumpkin-picking last weekend. Our picking companion bought a 56-pound pumpkin at the farm. How’s that for patriotism?

Posted by 69Spinster | Report as abusive

@Spin: Ok, OK…Fast forward 2 years and hit “Replay.”

Posted by Moonshine | Report as abusive

does that last picture show the FLOTUS giving the press the pepper??? Oh my!

Posted by GeorgiaPeach | Report as abusive

Sure looks like it, Georgia.. I think things are really heating up in the WH.

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

Presidential pumpkin puller and all round flunky-guy?
Yeah, where is Joe Biden anyway?
Or has he not got back from Libya yet?

Posted by Nosmo_King | Report as abusive

I love how nonchalant the Secret Service dude is walking across the parking lot in the background.

“I’m just an average Joe. Don’t mind me. I’m just here to get pumpkins. What’s that? Uh…it’s not a real gun. It’s for carving pumpkins. No, I was not just talking into my cuff….I was talking to this pumpkin….”

Posted by justK | Report as abusive

That Michelle has a nice-looking pair of pumpkins.

Posted by lemonttaylor | Report as abusive

I like how there’s a guy helping the President by pushing the pumpkin cart. Must be some heavy pumpkins on that thing.

Posted by 69Spinster | Report as abusive

If this is about the Great Pumpkin, does the Secret Service qualify as a security blanket (to draw out the metaphor)?

Posted by 69Spinster | Report as abusive

FLOTUS: “Barry baby, if you make ONE MORE CRACK about my pumpkins, I’m gonna shove this pepper where the FBI will never find it!”
POTUS: “ZOO-WEE-MAMA!”

Posted by AllThatJazz | Report as abusive

Barry, Barry, pumpkin carry
Had a wife who didn’t tarry.
Pulled the wagon to Air Force One,
Back to DC for Halloween Fun.

See you folks after the Apocalypse.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/10/2 1/us-doomsday-prophet-idUSTRE79K07Z20111 021

Sing: It’s the End of the World as we know it…

Posted by FriscoJohn | Report as abusive

It’s been a rainy fall, so everyone needs to be on the lookout for E-X-P-L-O-D-I-N-G pumpkins. Yes, exploding. This usually only happens with the really, really big pumpkins. When my son was 4, we planted some Dill’s Atlantic Giant pumpkins. The biggest was about 5x5x5 feet. It went BANG! in teh garden one night. We rolled the smallest one, about 3x3x3 out to the front yard.

Posted by DoctorDoll | Report as abusive

Doc, our problem was with IMploding pumpkins. When we lived in Hong Kong it would still be very, very warm on Halloween. I’d carve our pumpkin on the very morning of Halloween, and by evening it would collapse in a limp, shapeless mass….

Posted by rcbasler | Report as abusive

I humbly offer a haiku for @Doc and the Blog Guy:
Implode or explode
Neither is a good option
For jack-o-lanterns

Posted by 69Spinster | Report as abusive

@Frisco – bravo!!!

Posted by GeorgiaPeach | Report as abusive

See that paper bag in the President’s hand? I’ll bet it has cider doughnuts. I can’t speak for Virginia, but that’s what they sell in such farm stands in New York and New Jersey.

Posted by 69Spinster | Report as abusive

I’m melting, melting, melting….

Posted by DoctorDoll | Report as abusive

I got $100 (with the appropriate conversion rate for those outside the U.S.) straight up cash for anyone who names their kids Flotus and Potus. Cash people!

Posted by iflydaplanes | Report as abusive

@Mr. Pilot – great names for twins, don’t you think?

Posted by GeorgiaPeach | Report as abusive

In the Social Security Master Death list there are three persons with the first name Flotus, and three persons with the last name Potus, but none with Potus as the first name.

There are five persons who were named Pink Floyd.

Posted by Billl | Report as abusive

@Georgie, hey good point. $200 if it’s twins!

@Billl, if that’s true that’s kinda awesome. I am gonna say it’s true because I am too lazy to double-check ya. :p

Posted by iflydaplanes | Report as abusive

@ifly – I have (un)officially renamed by daughters FLOTUS and POTUS, said name change permanent until I get your payment.

Posted by AllThatJazz | Report as abusive

@ifly – I have (un)officially renamed by daughters FLOTUS and POTUS, said name change permanent until I get your payment.

Posted by AllThatJazz | Report as abusive

Sorry mate, birth certificates or it didn’t happen.

Oh no Mr. President that was for Jazz, not you.

Posted by iflydaplanes | Report as abusive

Mr. Pilot – Rastus would be a perfect surname, don’t you think? Flotus & Potus Rastus. I has a nice ring to it!

Posted by GeorgiaPeach | Report as abusive