Beto Standing on Tables

Beto Standing on Tables

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Updated Mar 22, 2019 at 09:03AM EDT by Don.

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Beto Standing on Tables refers to Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke's habit of delivering speeches on tables and countertops in local food establishments in the opening days of his campaign. The regularity of such photos over the first week of his campaign led to jokes and satirical articles about O'Rourke jumping on tables.


On the first day of his campaign, O'Rourke entered a coffeeshop in Keokuk, Iowa. After introducing himself to attendees, he then climbed on top of a table and began speaking to the crowd.[1]


O'Rourke continued to talk to crowds while standing atop tables and countertops in the following days of his campaign, including stops at Central Park Coffee in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa and Mount Vernon, Iowa[2] (shown below).


As photos of O'Rourke on tables continued to circulate on the campaign trail, he inspired multiple satirical articles about the habit. Eater[2] and Elle[3] both published pieces about O'Rourke on countertops, subtly mocking the trend, with Elle writing, "It's a move that seems intended to improve sight lines and perhaps subliminally connote leadership. Instead, it's giving me 'Cool English Teacher Who Watches Dead Poets Society Every Weekend.'" Twitter user @david_j_roth theorized that while O'Rourke's table photos may be silly, they could be a ploy to assert his youth and energy as opposed to Donald Trump (shown below). User @jamesvasile said the trend for him was having the effect of making O'Rourke look like a privileged white dude (shown below, right).

David Roth @david_j_roth Following It's silly to me that Beto spends like half his waking hours hopping on the countertops of coffee shops across lowa, but-and l assume this is part of the point-I am enjoying the mental image of Trump wheezily humping himself up onto a table at a Ruth's Chris in Ottumwa. 5:03 PM-18 Mar 2019 James Vasile @jamesvasile Follow Pictures of Beto standing on counters in restaurants are supposed to communicate his passion and his ability to engage an audience, but all I see is the privilege of a dude with dirty shoes standing on a table people eat off of because he wants folks to look at him 10:40 AM-19 Mar 2019

Others began making jokes about the trend. For example, @elmendorfzack joked "beto o'rourke will not stop until he has stood on every table in the US" (shown below, left). User @jameswheaties joked that the custodial staff of the establishments Beto visited would be displeased with him standing on all the tables (shown below, right).

richârd @elmendorfzack Follow beto o'rourke will not stop until he has stood on every table in the US 5:37 PM-18 Mar 2019 tammie bobby brown @jameswheaties Follow custodial staff watching Beto ORourke walk on every single table and counter in the room GIF 5:45 PM-18 Mar 2019

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Laura Mannino @lauramannino Follow Beto is 1000% that waiter who crouches at your table to break down nachos vs artichoke dip. 12:46 PM- 19 Mar 2019 fTraposoC Follow @MacheteBlak I swear to god if i see beto standing on a table GIF 5:23 PM-18 Mar 2019 Gissur Simonarson @GissiSim Follow Yooo, that's someone's kitchen table Beto! Calm down! 5:19 PM 18 Mar 2019 Seize the memes of production Follow> @tidepodjuulpod Replying to @jbillinson Beto when he sees a table or countertop no one is giving a passionate speech on. 4:46 PM-18 Mar 2019 Joseph Anthony @JosephA54541140 Follow Replying to @BarstoolNewsN Beto & company after a few drinks on the table GIF 8:51 AM-19 Mar 2019 Barstool News Network @BarstoolNewsN BNN Followw "Guys, I'm not like a normal teacher. l'm a cool teacher" 5:02 PM-18 Mar 2019

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