Obamateurism of the Day

posted at 8:05 am on March 27, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Michael Ledeen noted this blunder by President Barack Obama earlier this week. Obama promised to improve relations with our allies if elected to the White House. Unfortunately, it appears Obama understands multi-party democracies as well as his Secretary of State:

He also sent a letter to Italian President Giorgio Napolitano (a member of the now defunct Communist Party), expressing confidence that the United States and Italy would work together “to overcome the current global political and economic hardships and build a safer world.” The only problem with the letter was that the Italian president does not make policy; that power resides with the prime minister and his cabinet. Perhaps the White House czars have issued an ukaz stipulating that the American president writes only to his peers, and thus instead of addressing himself to Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, President Obama wrote to a man who holds an almost entirely ceremonial position.

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Entelechy, exactly.

Ralph Peters, New York Post

Afghanistan: Obama’s Vietnam. Am I the only American who remembers that candidate Obama had a plan to capture Osama bin Laden and fix our previous “mistakes” in Afghanistan? President Obama doesn’t have a clue.

Russia: Moscow’s response to the Obama administration’s bid for a new start? It threatens NATO members it once occupied and continues to back Iran’s nuclear program. Plus, it bribes Kyrgystan to kick us off the critical-to-Afghanistan Manas airbase (then offers to help replace that supply lifeline, giving Russia a choke-hold on our troops). Next, the Kremlin threatens massive re-armament and demands the abandonment of the dollar as the international reserve currency.

Obama’s response? Push that re-set button again. And again. At what point does naiveté become cowardice?

Chicago City Slicker Obama, “Have you ever had that feeling that this is the best I’m ever gonna do, this is the best I’m ever gonna feel… and it ain’t that great?”

Emmanuel: We’re doing great, guys! We’re driving them!
Biden: Ah, that’s perfect! We’re lost but we’re making good time!
Bush: Do you know what the secret of life is?
[holds up one finger]
Bush: This.
Obama: Your finger?
Bush: One thing. Just one thing. You stick to that and the rest don’t mean shit.
Obama: But, what is the “one thing?”
Bush: [smiles] That’s what *you* have to find out.

maverick muse on March 27, 2009 at 3:50 PM

Ready to go on day 1+1,354.

ddrintn on March 27, 2009 at 4:43 PM

This is like watching a clumsy puppy chase his tail.

I’m sorry, anyone who voted for this guy was and is a complete idiot.

And I’m not sorry.

NoDonkey on March 27, 2009 at 8:48 AM

I agree with all, but next time leave out the clumsy puppy part. I can’t have puppies impuned by association.

anniekc on March 27, 2009 at 4:52 PM

… next time leave out the clumsy puppy part. I can’t have puppies impuned by association.

Yes, more like watching a unicorn foal trying to learn to walk, but repeatedly getting its horn stuck in the mud.

drunyan8315 on March 27, 2009 at 6:17 PM

Is there an easy way to browse through all the Obamateurisms of the Day?

Daggett on March 28, 2009 at 12:58 AM