Video: Obama says Banking “my committee”, not on it

posted at 2:20 pm on July 23, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

Maybe now we know why Barack Obama never called a meeting of his subcommittee on European relations to discuss the NATO effort in Afghanistan.  Apparently, Obama is confused about his own committee assignments.  In Israel, Obama tried to claim a little credit for work on a bill done by the Senate Banking Committee — on which he does not serve:

The bill calls for divestment from Iran, a common-sense plan that has wide bipartisan support. Obama clearly wanted to claim credit for this effort, but as the Senate website clearly shows, Obama doesn’t belong on the Banking committee. Nor is Obama on any of the subcommittees.

Once again, Obama wants to claim credit for efforts on which he served no role. Either that, or Obama is such a dilettante that he has no idea on which committees he actually belongs. It could even be both. Neither gives any confidence that Obama has any grasp at all of his own job, let alone the one for which he’s campaigning. Maybe he needed a lot more than three years to get acclimated to national politics.


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He’s trying to get Al Gore to admit that it was really BO who invented the internet.

jgapinoy on July 23, 2008 at 2:24 PM

Nitpicking!
Once Obama owns the world, he can claim all credits to himself.

Sir Napsalot on July 23, 2008 at 2:25 PM

With IndyBank & Fannie & Freddie, why would BO want a part of that mess?

jgapinoy on July 23, 2008 at 2:26 PM

With IndyBank & Fannie & Freddie, why would BO want a part of that mess?

jgapinoy on July 23, 2008 at 2:26 PM
——–

Once he figures out what albatrosses they are, they’ll go under the bus.

Mew

(is it just me, or is the Obama bus going to need its’ own area code soon?)

acat on July 23, 2008 at 2:30 PM

Maybe he’s picking and choosing what to get away with. Who really cares whether or not he’s on the Banking Committee? Don’t get me wrong, the guy is a total douche.

jtorres138 on July 23, 2008 at 2:30 PM

Maybe he needed a lot more than three years to get acclimated to national politics.

More like 143 working days.

Perhaps he’s just y’know, confused.

I almost feel sorry for the guy. He was probably sitting in empty rooms, wonder where the rest of the committee was.

Karl on July 23, 2008 at 2:31 PM

Has this guy ever actually been to the Capitol, or did he just stand in Lafayette Park, gazing at the White House.

If he actually did make it to the Capitol it didn’t make much difference, as the guy made no impact whatsoever.

But by all means, let’s make this guy President.

Do the Democrats TRY to nominate the worst possible candidate every fall? Because in view of this trend (Carter, Mondale, Dukakis, Clinton, Gore, Kerry, Obama), it’s as if the hold American Idol, but the guy who throws up his lunch and passes out on the floor, wins.

NoDonkey on July 23, 2008 at 2:31 PM

Either this misfit is a liar, or he’s an idiot. Or, of course, he’s both.

For the record – I think that he’s both.

I posted about this book, yesterday – please read The Commissar Vanishes – by David King.

The altering or the truth – of reality – depending on the needs of the moment, will occur with Obama.

He’s just another Comrade, who will not support, support, disapprove, approve, disagree, agree, et al., as his Socialist desires dictate.

OhEssYouCowboys on July 23, 2008 at 2:31 PM

LOL!!! And Harry Smith had the nerve to ask Bobby Jindal about McCain’s verbal gaffes

Greenhorn on July 23, 2008 at 2:33 PM

Very inartful.

NeighborhoodCatLady on July 23, 2008 at 2:33 PM

This guy is clueless and he’s being advised poorly. I still haven’t gotten over the profound ignorance he displayed with the Jerusalem comment and subsequent flipflop, and now he doesn’t even know what committees he’s on.

I’m guessing his next claim will be that oil prices have been falling because he threatened to replace gasoline with hope and change.

forest on July 23, 2008 at 2:37 PM

Words…just words….

JetBoy on July 23, 2008 at 2:37 PM

I’ve gone from being passe about Obama to being downright afraif of him. He’s obviously an inveterate liar.

DrW on July 23, 2008 at 2:39 PM

Enough already. That was no understandable goof, no vague use of the word “we,” that was a deliberate emphasis. “We passed out of the US Senate Banking Committee, which is my committee…

Can we call this guy a liar yet? Is there any other word for it?

Gilda on July 23, 2008 at 2:42 PM

It was my understanding there would be no math.

benrand on July 23, 2008 at 2:43 PM

and now he doesn’t even know what committees he’s on.

At least we can rest assured that he would take the Presidency much more seriously.

NeighborhoodCatLady on July 23, 2008 at 2:43 PM

Is there any other word for it?

Insufferable jackass comes to mind.

NoDonkey on July 23, 2008 at 2:45 PM

I thought this trip was supposed to be so tightly controlled and so tightly scripted that there wouldn’t be any possibility of a gaffe on the whole trip.

What’s gaffe count up to? Is anyone counting?

NeighborhoodCatLady on July 23, 2008 at 2:45 PM

The lefties despise a certain President for being an arrogant, elitist, former drug-using, stubborn,foreign policy experience-lacking, faith-based underachiever, so they’re going to nominate this guy.

NellE on July 23, 2008 at 2:46 PM

Ed, the Senate is there to serve his goals. Barack also made full use of Biden’s committee to efficiently and effectively fulfill the responsibilities of his subcommittee — that’s why he held no hearings.

Dusty on July 23, 2008 at 2:46 PM

W
T
F

baldilocks on July 23, 2008 at 2:48 PM

Carter’s firm grasp on worst president ever will be in serious jeopardy soon.

Grafted on July 23, 2008 at 2:48 PM

Pandermania is running wild! He was just playing up to the Israelis. You know what Jooooooos are like with money!

/sarc

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on July 23, 2008 at 2:49 PM

To quote the weeping, 90 year old grandfather in Moonstruck:

I’m so confused.

tree hugging sister on July 23, 2008 at 2:50 PM

All your committees belong to us [signed] Obama

which translates as

All them peeps be my peeps [in an alternative vernacular]

LaMonte on July 23, 2008 at 2:50 PM

Well don’t expect the MSM to report this. The Obamessiah is perfect. While he is prancing around Europe with all the reporters lips firmly planted on his ass, guess who is out actually trying to make a “change”.

http://www.townhall.com/columnists/MichaelGerson/2008/07/23/cindy_mccain_and_the_smell_of_death

jewells45 on July 23, 2008 at 2:50 PM

Every single time I see that screencap I think Blazin’ Saddles for some reason.

carbon_footprint on July 23, 2008 at 2:50 PM

Insufferable jackass comes to mind.

NoDonkey on July 23, 2008 at 2:45 PM

Ha! Quite descriptive!

There’s another word that’s been involuntarily popping in my mind every time I’ve seen Obama on TV the last few days. Tisn’t a nice word, sorry, can’t help it. Can’t write it here either but let’s just say it starts with a D. And there’s an OUCHE in there somewhere too.

Gilda on July 23, 2008 at 2:51 PM

Obama clearly wanted to claim credit for this effort, but as the Senate website clearly shows, Obama doesn’t belong on the Banking committee. Nor is Obama on any of the subcommittees.

He has not been in the Senate long enough to remember what his committee assignments are. How long was it from the day he was sworn into the Senate until he announced he was running for POTUS?

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on July 23, 2008 at 2:51 PM

But did he stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night?

Bugler on July 23, 2008 at 2:52 PM

It was my understanding there would be no math.

benrand on July 23, 2008 at 2:43 PM

Wow………..wow………..
.
.
awesome.

subbottomfeeder on July 23, 2008 at 2:52 PM

Obama reading from paper = great speaker

Obama taking questions he has not seen in writing = super arch paleo frowny face +1

gabriel sutherland on July 23, 2008 at 2:53 PM

Has anyone asked him or the campaign about this yet?

mikeyboss on July 23, 2008 at 2:53 PM

BARRY’s mind thought on this;
“It is pretty hard to get a grip on how all that Washington DC stuff goes in just 143 days ya know….all those bells and …oh , those are for VOTING?
HUH.
Isn’t everyone in the room on all those committees?
I don’t run all of those?
But I keep saying “I” and people aren’t stopping me….”
..dials quickly…
“MamaMichelle, they’re pickin on me again.”

shooter on July 23, 2008 at 2:53 PM

“This wasn’t the committee that I thought it was. No, really! Not a clue.”

- Barack Obama, 2008

landshark on July 23, 2008 at 2:53 PM

jewells45 on July 23, 2008 at 2:50 PM

Michelle Obama was too busy raising her kids…….or giving a speech indicating that if the racists prevail children will suffer under President McCain.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on July 23, 2008 at 2:54 PM

gabriel sutherland on July 23, 2008 at 2:53 PM

Debates! Bring on the debates!

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on July 23, 2008 at 2:55 PM

Flat out lie and not a gaffe. He pauses to clarify that it’s his committee. He’s desperately trying to puff up his accomplishments to look like something other than what he really is; a nothing.

alteredbeat on July 23, 2008 at 2:55 PM

Megalomaniac.

TheBigOldDog on July 23, 2008 at 2:57 PM

He’s only trying to bamboozle us!

becki51758 on July 23, 2008 at 2:58 PM

alteredbeat on July 23, 2008 at 2:55 PM

Hes a puffer fish?

becki51758 on July 23, 2008 at 2:58 PM

I’m a US Senator and I’m responsible for..ah…the Banking Committe..Yeah, that’s the ticket. I’m on the banking committe. In fact, I run the Banking committee. Yeah, that’s the ticket! It’s MY committe!

DrW on July 23, 2008 at 2:59 PM

I don’t see how remembering what committee Barack’s on helps Michelle’s children.

Committee assignments are merely a distraction.

NoDonkey on July 23, 2008 at 2:59 PM

He has been running for President the entire short time he’s been “in the Senate”, so I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt and not call him a liar on this one – yet. But it’s not much a benefit, because that means he actually doesn’t know what committees he is, or isn’t on. He’s clueless and wholly unfit to be President.

forest on July 23, 2008 at 2:59 PM

3 new check marks today

* Speeches in stadiums filled with mesmerized, adoring audience – Check

* Seeks to replace God with the State – Check

* Creates his own new symbols of power – Check

* People adopting his name as their own – Check

* Wants Secret Police force – Check

* An uninspiring background before meteoric rise – Check

* Somebody powerful people think they can control – Check

* Often dismissed as a light-weight by his opponents – Check

* Associates with racists hatemongers – Check

* A propaganda machine willing to show him only in the best possible light – Check

* Inspires adoration Art – Check

* appropriates symbols of past German glory – Check

* Never plans on giving up power – Check (Obama to be president for the next “eight to 10 years”)

* A narcissistic megalomaniac – Check

* Uses, “glorious leader” style Agitprop posters common in totalaterian nations – Check (see German campaign posters for example)

* Lost both parents before adulthood – Check

* Brazenly takes credit for other people’s accomplishments – Check

TheBigOldDog on July 23, 2008 at 3:00 PM

For crying out loud! Does this guy really think he can spout bullshit like this and nobody will check??? This SHOULD be a “Tuszla dash” moment for Obama, if the MSM has not completely checked their gonads at the door.

This guy isn’t even a halfway decent SENATOR, and he’s running around Europe acting like he’s President!

Un. Freaking. Believable.

rockmom on July 23, 2008 at 3:07 PM

This is not the Senate Banking Committee I remember.

rbj on July 23, 2008 at 3:09 PM

“that means he actually doesn’t know what committees he is, or isn’t on.”

Making this guy President is like making the summer intern CEO of Proctor and Gamble. How would that affect stock prices?

Or starting a guy who was a senior in high school last fall, at QB in the NFL.

Preposterous.

But this country may do the same thing, except this will insert this clown act into the most important office in the land.

P&G would get pummeled if they did it. An NFL team would get laughed out of the league if they tried it.

But POTUS? By all means, let’s see if a woefully inexperienced, self-important jackass can learn on the job.

NoDonkey on July 23, 2008 at 3:10 PM

Love story was actually a story about him and Michelle, not Al and Tipper…
He probably will be reassigned to the banking committee because of the work he has done for them…

right2bright on July 23, 2008 at 3:11 PM

That’s not the Senate committee I remember….

drjohn on July 23, 2008 at 3:13 PM

This is not the Senate Banking Committee I remember.

rbj on July 23, 2008 at 3:09 PM

Beat me by THAT much!

drjohn on July 23, 2008 at 3:13 PM

For crying out loud! Does this guy really think he can spout bullshit like this and nobody will check???

I think he can bank on it.

MayBee on July 23, 2008 at 3:15 PM

Makes Quayle look like a PHD…

right2bright on July 23, 2008 at 3:16 PM

Stealing credit or just clueless?

Yes.

baldilocks on July 23, 2008 at 3:23 PM

For crying out loud! Does this guy really think he can spout bullshit like this and nobody will check???

rockmom on July 23, 2008 at 3:07 PM

Yes he does. It’s not that nobody will check, it’s just that nobody important will check. And even if they did, who would care?

Not his drooling followers in the media. Not the noncontributors to society who will vote for him 95+%. Not the insulated liberal elite who can proclaim their superiority because they’ve adopted a minorIty-politician pet.

He could say and do anything and his core support will not erode. He’s not running on his actions, he’s running on his mere existence. Feelings over facts, self-esteem over accomplishments.

He lies because he knows he’ll get away with it. Hey, it’s worked pretty well so far.

Gilda on July 23, 2008 at 3:24 PM

Barry probably played hooky during Orientation Week in the Senate and started campaigning for President. Forgot to write down what committees he’s supposed to be on.

GeneSmith on July 23, 2008 at 3:24 PM

Who really cares whether or not he’s on the Banking Committee?

I care! If he isn’t honest about something so inconsequential, then he can’t be trusted on anything. If I am going to lie, it’s going to be something big; like this outfit isn’t new or no these shoes are old, I just don’t wear them much.

bopbottle on July 23, 2008 at 3:24 PM

Maybe now we know why Barack Obama never called a meeting of his subcommittee on European relations to discuss the NATO effort in Afghanistan.

I just want to note that the other day, Obama stated that he, as President, would not defer to Gen. Petraeus with regard to troop levels in Afghanistan and Iraq. Apparently, he thinks Petraeus’ view is too limited by his assignment in Iraq to understand the need to put more troops in Afghanistan. Perhaps if he held a hearing on the issue, he’d have realized that the CENTCOM Commander oversees Afghanistan as well.

Big S on July 23, 2008 at 3:27 PM

Gilda,

You mean ScaramOUCHE? Oh you meant another word?… Never mind…….lol

MNDavenotPC on July 23, 2008 at 3:27 PM

* Lost both parents before adulthood – Check

TheBigOldDog on July 23, 2008 at 3:00 PM

Not true. They did abandon him, though.

baldilocks on July 23, 2008 at 3:28 PM

Why doesn’t somebody ask Senator Chris Dodd whose committee that is? You know, the guy who got the sweetheart loan deal. Maybe he’ll give the Committee to Obama as a hot potato.

The Senate Banking Committee has 21 members, and Obama isn’t one of them. Is that now “his” committee, because he’s a Senator? Then again, McCain is also a Senator, so it must be his committee too!

Obama probably figured the Israelis wouldn’t know any better, but they don’t vote in American elections, either. Israel is very busy being a friend of Israel, you see.

Steve Z on July 23, 2008 at 3:32 PM

I almost feel sorry for the guy. He was probably sitting in empty rooms, wonder where the rest of the committee was.

Chortle!

Bob's Kid on July 23, 2008 at 3:32 PM

I’ve discovered a sure-fire test of whether an arrow pierces the Obama armor: his minions will immediately respond with an attack on McCain, or Bush, or Republicans — anything except the topic at hand, per the Politico link Ed posted.

Pathetic, really.

Nichevo on July 23, 2008 at 3:35 PM

Who really cares whether or not he’s on the Banking Committee? Don’t get me wrong, the guy is a total douche.

jtorres138 on July 23, 2008 at 2:30 PM

Good point. Nobody cares if he’s on the Banking Committee, his explanation was equally valid without his “which is my committee” addition, so why did he say it except to give himself more personal credit than he would otherwise be due?

I don’t care what committees he’s on, I care that he’s willing to blatantly lie in order to exalt himself.

Had he exaggerated in order to make someone else look better, a heroic soldier for example, I might be more inclined to overlook it. But with Obama it’s always about him, him, him. How much more vulgar can this guy get?

Gilda on July 23, 2008 at 3:37 PM

MNDavenotPC on July 23, 2008 at 3:27 PM

Uhh, yeah, that was it. Scaramouche, that’s the ticket. Thanks!

Gilda on July 23, 2008 at 3:39 PM

Jewell45 is onto something. Who is out doing more for Africa than Jeremiah Wright has ever done? Cindy McCain! While Michelle Obama belly-aches that a McCain election would be devastating for children, his wife is out helping black children in Rwanda.

Compassionate conservative, anyone?

Steve Z on July 23, 2008 at 3:40 PM

I can practically hear the sound of Bosnian sniper fire in the distance…

D2Boston on July 23, 2008 at 3:42 PM

I always wondered how these politicians serial liars can wake up every morning and not feel dirty. I guess since he has told so many stories lies that he can’t keep them straight.

Who is behind Bambi telling him how wonderful he is?? Reminds me of the scene from History of the World Part 1 where the infeminite guy is whispering in Cesars ear, You are awesome or something like that.

titleist123 on July 23, 2008 at 3:44 PM

Um, I think given what has happened in the financial markets over the last 18 months, A HELL OF A LOT OF PEOPLE CARE who is on the Senate Banking Committee!!! In fact, TODAY the House is debating final passage of a THREE HUNDRED BILLION DOLLAR BANKING BAILOUT BILL which that Senate Banking Committee helped to write. A little more important than divestment from Iran, don’tcha think????

This is not some high school yearbook bullshit about being listed in the Pep Club when nobody remembers you coming to a meeting.

rockmom on July 23, 2008 at 3:45 PM

OhEssYouCowboys on July 23, 2008 at 2:31 PM

I plan to check this book out based on your recommendation. I’m on the Newseum website now looking at some of the photos, and it gets creepier with every click.

Dubn8tr on July 23, 2008 at 3:48 PM

Are the Dems thoroughly embarrassed by this guy yet?

RushBaby on July 23, 2008 at 3:50 PM

God created the earth. Therefore, it’s HIS.

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on July 23, 2008 at 3:50 PM

Big S on July 23, 2008 at 3:27 PM

Great point. It didn’t sound right to me at the time, and you’ve told me why.

mikeyboss on July 23, 2008 at 3:53 PM

If Barack Obama were a Marx Brother, he’d be Richard.

mymanpotsandpans on July 23, 2008 at 3:54 PM

Would that considered to be a “GAFFE” by Barack Obama? Would this classified as a “BREAKING NEWS” by this “GAFFE” as well since a certain moron (His TV show is not the only thing that gets low ratings) on PMSNBC make a spectacle about Sen. John McCain’s gaffe last night?

ZoneDaiatlas on July 23, 2008 at 3:56 PM

If Barack Obama were a Marx Brother, he’d be Richard.

mymanpotsandpans on July 23, 2008 at 3:54 PM

Now, that’s funny.

-Joey Bagadonutz

mikeyboss on July 23, 2008 at 3:56 PM

I plan to check this book out based on your recommendation. I’m on the Newseum website now looking at some of the photos, and it gets creepier with every click.

Dubn8tr on July 23, 2008 at 3:48 PM

Thanks for looking it up. Let me know what you think. Orwell called it the “memory hole.” But, it really happened in the Soviet Union, and it can happen here.

Thanks again for taking the time to look at the book. It’s an important book. It’s a timely book.

OhEssYouCowboys on July 23, 2008 at 3:58 PM

“Richard Marx is a musical genius. I have all of his albums.” – Barack Obama

NoDonkey on July 23, 2008 at 4:09 PM

Can we get the one or two conservative Hollywood types to make a “spoof” internet movie called “Mr O goes to Washington” and base it on known Obama facts. Take away the ‘O’ura of Obama the myth and show just the facts and you’d have yourself the Presidency all locked up.

Simonsez on July 23, 2008 at 4:31 PM

Not true. They did abandon him, though.

baldilocks on July 23, 2008 at 3:28 PM

By that I meant “separated from” so I’ll change it to make it clearer.

TheBigOldDog on July 23, 2008 at 4:41 PM

The gaffe gift that keeps on giving gaffes.

Bigfoot on July 23, 2008 at 4:46 PM

Bigfoot on July 23, 2008 at 4:46 PM

Or, the gaffe that keeps on gaffing?

mikeyboss on July 23, 2008 at 4:56 PM

It’s just one slip up after slip up. Is the man retarded?

madne0 on July 23, 2008 at 6:14 PM

this guy is a stooge.. what rock did they find him under?

Chakra Hammer on July 23, 2008 at 7:47 PM

It’s just one slip up after slip up. Is the man retarded?

madne0 on July 23, 2008 at 6:14 PM

I want to see his grades at Harvard, this dude is not smart, i’m sorry..

Harvard’s prestige has fallen, not sure if Obama got though on affirmative action and his professors just pushed him through or what but this guy doesn’t seem capable of formulating any kind of rational thought.

Chakra Hammer on July 23, 2008 at 7:50 PM

I want to see his grades at Harvard, this dude is not smart, i’m sorry..

Harvard’s prestige has fallen, not sure if Obama got though on affirmative action and his professors just pushed him through or what but this guy doesn’t seem capable of formulating any kind of rational thought.

Chakra Hammer on July 23, 2008 at 7:50 PM

He’s also probably a legacy admit, since his father did graduate work there.

Big S on July 23, 2008 at 8:09 PM

He’s also probably a legacy admit, since his father did graduate work there.

Big S on July 23, 2008 at 8:09 PM

Ahhh… I forgot, his dad went there..

remember I wondered how he got to got Harvard..

He got special treatment, remember when they said Bush got special treatment?

Well B.O. in his book said that in High School it was a daze because he was doing so many drugs(i bet his grades sucked in HS, i wondered how he could have got admitted to Harvard.. now that you mention it that his dad went there your probably right, the legacy thing, plus the racial stuff )

Chakra Hammer on July 23, 2008 at 11:16 PM

Video: Obama says Banking “my committee”, not on it.

Ed, is this your subtle way of suggesting Obama has no cents?

Dr. Charles G. Waugh on July 23, 2008 at 11:41 PM

Megalomaniac.

TheBigOldDog on July 23, 2008 at 2:57 PM

He’s a puffer fish?

becki51758 on July 23, 2008 at 2:58 PM

How about this?

PUFFER FISH: Megillomaniac.

Dr. Charles G. Waugh on July 23, 2008 at 11:48 PM

This is HUGE.

This should sink Obama.

It is a clear demonstration of what Obama is all about.

A liar who takes credit for things he did not do.

This is more important than is obvious.

drjohn on July 24, 2008 at 12:04 AM

ALL YOUR COMMITTEES ARE BELONG TO US!

(So is your White Houses and incomes!)
David

LifeTrek on July 24, 2008 at 9:14 AM

Ah, finally some evidence.

Obama said the royal WE.

Sir Napsalot on July 24, 2008 at 12:58 PM