Obamateurism of the Day

posted at 7:53 am on March 22, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

This is a clip from a few days ago, and in this case, it’s not so much what he says as the obvious fact that he got lost on his Teleprompter while saying it. Watch President Obama look nervously left and right trying to find the thread of his remarks, and drop into the Department of Redundancy Department when he does:

There are those who say that the plans in this budget are too ambitious to enact. To say that, uh … they say uh, in the face of challenges, uh, that we face, we should be trying to do less than more.

In the face of challenges that we face? It’s facing those challenging challenges that really challenge us to our face.

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He was is an embarrassment and a failure.

Compare the two in town hall questions without a teleprompter and the former President puts him to shame.

Not even close.

getalife on March 22, 2009 at 9:35 PM

FIFY

ladyhawke53 on March 23, 2009 at 5:23 AM

To say that, uh … they say uh, in the face of challenges, uh, that we face, we should be trying to do less than more.

This is a sentence fragment. Where is the verb in this sentence? “To say that…we should be trying to do less than more” is a thought or a concept, which Obama intends to criticize, but what does he say about it?

“In the face of the challenges that we face”–now we have “face” as a noun and a verb–this is a two-faced remark!

Please forgive me for this English grammar analysis–my Mom was a high school English teacher, but probably couldn’t diagram this sentence!

Steve Z on March 23, 2009 at 10:07 AM

The kid needs to detox from the blanky errrr…. ummm….. teleprompter.

Intimidator on March 23, 2009 at 1:40 PM