Obama’s not the only amateur, apparently

posted at 12:45 pm on March 28, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

When I started the Obamateurism of the Day, I didn’t expect it to turn into a franchise.  Demonstrating that Amateur Hour continues at the State Department, Hillary Clinton managed to display an amazing degree of ignorance while making a pilgrimage to the shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico yesterday afternoon.  While viewing the famous image of Mary as a native peasant that Mexicans believe was divinely created, Hillary asked — well, you have to read the story:

During her recent visit to Mexico, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made an unexpected stop at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe and left a bouquet of white flowers “on behalf of the American people,” after asking who painted the famous image.

The image of Our Lady of Guadalupe was miraculously imprinted by Mary on the tilma, or cloak, of St. Juan Diego in 1531. The image has numerous unexplainable phenomena, such as the appearance on Mary’s eyes of those present in the room when the tilma was opened and the image’s lack of decay.

Mrs. Clinton was received on Thursday at 8:15 a.m. by the rector of the Basilica, Msgr. Diego Monroy.

Msgr. Monroy took Mrs. Clinton to the famous image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, which had been previously lowered from its usual altar for the occasion.

After observing it for a while, Mrs. Clinton asked “who painted it?” to which Msgr. Monroy responded “God!”

Who painted it? Didn’t anyone brief Hillary on the history of the Guadalupe apparition?  As it turns out, no one should have had to brief the Secretary of State.  She told the Monsignor that she had visited once before, thirty years ago. She must have thought it was just a good place to take tourist pictures.

The Anchoress notes:

Doh! Another State Department error! It’s a good thing we have a “smart” State Department, now, instead of the “dumb” one we had for the last 8 years!

Some “smart diplomacy,” huh?  First Hillary doesn’t understand multiparty democracy, then she fumbles a snarky “reset button” by mistranslating it and putting it in Latin rather than Cyrillic script.  She can’t even get names straight, let alone sound intelligent when visiting national shrines.  A few more of these and we may have a new feature here at Hot Air.

Update: I just noticed that SondraK sent me this to my Obamateurism folder earlier.  Be sure to read her thoughts.


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Hilary is as self-centered and accordingly stupid as can be. I notice she didn’t bother to cover her head, either. What an honor to view the tilma up close, and she can’t even figure out basic protocol or read a brochure about the apparition.

I can just imagine her walking into a mosque all uncovered and wander into the main hall…./not

It will be a miracle if she doesn’t manage to start wars with her willful ignorance.

tcn on March 28, 2009 at 12:51 PM

To which Hillary replied, “God? Never heard of him. Has his work ever been shown at the Guggenheim?”

Bishop on March 28, 2009 at 12:52 PM

I guess Hillary thought it might be the guy who did the Obama “messiah” sculpture.

William Amos on March 28, 2009 at 12:52 PM

“Who painted it?” LMAO!

SouthernGent on March 28, 2009 at 12:52 PM

its nice to see all of these “smart” people who are held up as elites representing us so well.

rob verdi on March 28, 2009 at 12:52 PM

We now get why the concept of the “reset” button was so appealing to her.

When does America get one?

Karl on March 28, 2009 at 12:54 PM

Hillary thought it was a painting of one of Bill’s interns.

lasertex on March 28, 2009 at 12:54 PM

Don’t be picking on Hillary. She’s likable enough. Obama said she was.

backwoods conservative on March 28, 2009 at 12:54 PM

/shakes head

29Victor on March 28, 2009 at 12:55 PM

a bouquet of white flowers “on behalf of the American people”

Hey, separation of church and state! Christianist! I want a protest march!

PattyJ on March 28, 2009 at 12:55 PM

At least she didn’t break into the Obama-hysterical-giggle when they told her it was painted by G_d.

myrenovations on March 28, 2009 at 12:55 PM

Birds of a feather, ya know!

DannoJyd on March 28, 2009 at 12:56 PM

The adults are in charge now.

Del Dolemonte on March 28, 2009 at 12:56 PM

Joe Biden “Hillary Clinton God love her…..”

William Amos on March 28, 2009 at 12:56 PM

Intelligence for thee, but not for me.

BuckeyeSam on March 28, 2009 at 12:57 PM

A major flaw in all politicians is that they have never learned to keep their mouths shut. This is just another one of those cases where you believe someone is stupid then they open their mouth and prove it.

rplat on March 28, 2009 at 12:57 PM

i keep saying that the state dept. is chock full of the protocol people who know an inordinate amount of minutia from around the world that keeps our public officials from embarrassing themselves. hillary should know this from her White House days.

why don’t Hillary & bambi avail themselves of these people?

kelley in virginia on March 28, 2009 at 12:58 PM

I guess the stupid things Obama does were not as amusing as today’s Hillary gaffe.

Right_of_Attila on March 28, 2009 at 12:58 PM

Ed: Obambi should have his own “amateur hour” post everyday. Then the administration as a whole could get their own because they all seem to be in a contest as to who can say the most stupid thing.

kelley in virginia on March 28, 2009 at 1:00 PM

hey, we have to laugh. why don’t the Catholics jump up & down over this? but then again, bambi is speaking at Notre Dame & Nancy Pelosi is speaker of the House & the list goes on & on.

kelley in virginia on March 28, 2009 at 1:01 PM

GWB will be a hailed as a scholar by the time these 4 years are up.

lasertex on March 28, 2009 at 1:02 PM

After observing it for a while, Mrs. Clinton asked “who painted it?” to which Msgr. Monroy responded “God!”

To which Mrs. Clinton replied, “I didn’t know Obama was a painter.”

cyclown on March 28, 2009 at 1:04 PM

I saw Newt on Fox yesterday saying how he admires Hillary. He said something like “she’s the best choice Obama’s made for his cabinet so far”. I think that’s setting the bar awfully low.

zmdavid on March 28, 2009 at 1:04 PM

Im afraid Hillary’s fact checkers are the same ones used by the Obama whitehouse,they must all be affirmative action educated…

Sorry if anyone finds this offensive.

canditaylor68 on March 28, 2009 at 1:04 PM

The image of Our Lady of Guadalupe was miraculously imprinted by Mary on the tilma, or cloak, of St. Juan Diego in 1531.

can god paint? what kind of paint was used? and why can’t he paint better than an average duccio?

sesquipedalian on March 28, 2009 at 1:05 PM

Boy, I guess we dodged a bullet in getting the smartest woman in the world out of the Presidency and into the State Dept. I know people at State and although not particularly the sharpest crayons in the box are more educated than Hillary appears to be. I am so surprised that Great Britian hasn’t attacked us yet. Oh, wait. They are bankrupt, too. Never mind.

BetseyRoss on March 28, 2009 at 1:05 PM

Hillary: I was there thirty years ago, Monsignor, but I was so-o-o-o drunk…

whitetop on March 28, 2009 at 1:05 PM

“God? I thought it was a Penn & Teller prop!”

dinobalz on March 28, 2009 at 1:05 PM

TTheoLogan

As usual, your Catholic-bashing insults are short, limp and unsightly.

SKYFOX on March 28, 2009 at 1:08 PM

At least she didn’t say. “Wow, she’s pretty hot, my husband would do her.”

pappy on March 28, 2009 at 1:08 PM

She’s likable enough. Obama said she was.

backwoods conservative on March 28, 2009 at 12:54 PM

LOL!

scalleywag on March 28, 2009 at 1:08 PM

Sarah Palin is on the campaign trail one month, merely running for office and is destroyed for not knowing a major supreme court decision or some nonsense.
Hillary Clinton IS the Sec State traveling the world representing the US of A and the gaffes are becomeing a daily occurrence.

I’m certain this will end up on SNL… Certain I tell you!

katy on March 28, 2009 at 1:09 PM

Hillary: Don’t blame me for not knowing. Last time I was here, I was under sniper fire.

whitetop on March 28, 2009 at 1:09 PM

…..”under sniper fire again there Nurse Ratched?”

try again later on March 28, 2009 at 1:09 PM

“The image of Our Lady of Guadalupe was miraculously imprinted by Mary on the tilma, or cloak, of St. Juan Diego in 1531.”

After observing it for a while, Mrs. Clinton asked “who painted it?

So, this is what a liberal arts degree from Wellesley College produces?

Certainly didn’t get this intelligent at Yale Law School.

If this is smart diplomacy…there’s gotta be smarter folks back in the hills of Arkansas that can get ‘er done better.

coldwarrior on March 28, 2009 at 1:11 PM

I cant post the link but up on CNN right now a US soldier just got billed by the army 3,000 dollars for his war wound treatment.

Obama got his way finally.

William Amos on March 28, 2009 at 1:12 PM

can god paint? what kind of paint was used? and why can’t he paint better than an average duccio?

sesquipedalian on March 28, 2009 at 1:05 PM

The question is if it was “painted by god” in 1531, did he use lead-based paint!?!?!? God hates the environment!

SouthernGent on March 28, 2009 at 1:13 PM

We are all going to miss Condoleeza Rice before this is over with. A Notre Dame graduate like her would not have made the same mistake.

My collie says:

Condi may not have been the BEST SS that we’ve had, but she was WAY better than THIS power drunk Marxist misandrist.

CyberCipher on March 28, 2009 at 1:14 PM

Why would Hillary know about the image? Her religion is getting herself elected, duh. . .

Rode Werk on March 28, 2009 at 1:15 PM

“Smartest woman in the world”. Yep.

GarandFan on March 28, 2009 at 1:15 PM

Smart, tough, experienced.

whitetop on March 28, 2009 at 1:15 PM

The Guadalupe apparition? It’s this woman’s intelligence that’s the apparition.

50sGuy on March 28, 2009 at 1:17 PM

I wouldn’t have known that either. But, hope I would have been smart enough to ask some innocuous question about it’s history since I was not entirely familiar with it. Often admitting you don’t know is the best strategy. I just wish I could remember that now and then when I post. I shall try to do better.

jeanie on March 28, 2009 at 1:19 PM

This is pretty pathetic. Our Lady of Guadalupe was responsible for the conversion of the Mexican people to Christianity. She is of signal importance to them and for Hillary to not know who she is or why she is venerated by the Mexican people is simply staggering.

Jvette on March 28, 2009 at 1:20 PM

Please go to http://www.notredamescandal.com and sign the petition.

Make your voice heard on this. They are close to 200,000 signatures as I post this.

jay12 on March 28, 2009 at 1:20 PM

Like our President, history will write they are among the best ever.

A coalition of great leadership.

They will make millions after their 8 years of power writing books and giving speeches on how to lead.

getalife on March 28, 2009 at 1:21 PM

Its like we lost twice in November.

Chuck Schick on March 28, 2009 at 1:21 PM

“she’s the best choice Obama’s made for his cabinet so far”

So then, Zippy the Chimp wasn’t available for SoS?

oldleprechaun on March 28, 2009 at 1:24 PM

Isn’t Bill the Co- Secretary Of State? Couldn’t we get him to spell her for awhile? He is much better at schmoozing.

Dr Evil on March 28, 2009 at 1:27 PM

This did not get much media coverage, but SoS Clinton explained her policy for dealing with North Korea on the Greta show the other night.

Secretary Clinton on North Korea’s New Threat

About 1/3 into the video she is begging them on National TV for them to talk to her. She seems to think she has a better chance of reaching them through the Greta show then with her present lines of communications. Their whole policy is they are going to talk to them and North Korea has refused. This country is doomed. :-)

JeffinSac on March 28, 2009 at 1:27 PM

Ed,

If you are going franchise you need a new name –

SDL! – State Department Live!

Maybe you can get Chevy Chase to come out of retirement.

Dr. Dog on March 28, 2009 at 1:28 PM

why don’t Hillary & bambi avail themselves of these people?

kelley in virginia on March 28, 2009 at 12:58 PM

Really excellent point, Kelley. Obama with Gordon Brown was ridiculous but he has no experience as we all know. Hilary is another matter entirely. She did live in the White House for 8 years and we were constantly told she was a two-fer.

msmveritas on March 28, 2009 at 1:28 PM

GWB will be a hailed as a scholar by the time these 4 years are up.

lasertex on March 28, 2009 at 1:02 PM

The populace excused BJ Clinton for his crimes but that will not be the same with G.W. Bush. The libs control the information so this will never leave the internet. FNC won’t even find it worthy of mention.

thomasaur on March 28, 2009 at 1:29 PM

Better keep her away from Lourdes or Fatima. I can hardly wait to hear what she has to say about the Shroud of Turin.

johnsteele on March 28, 2009 at 1:30 PM

To which Hillary replied, “God? Obama?
Bishop on March 28, 2009 at 12:52 PM

csdeven on March 28, 2009 at 1:31 PM

Well, at least she wasn’t elected President! Whew, dodged a bullet there!

Nethicus on March 28, 2009 at 1:32 PM

Like our President, history will write they are among the best ever.

A coalition of great leadership.

They will make millions after their 8 years of power writing books and giving speeches on how to lead.

getalife on March 28, 2009 at 1:21 PM

Isn’t that a little premature? It’s only been two months.

aengus on March 28, 2009 at 1:36 PM

Well, it was painted. But I guess Hillary was supposed to play nice and say “Wow! A work from God! Amazing!”

SoulGlo on March 28, 2009 at 1:36 PM

slobber, slobber

drool, drool

(feces consuming smirk)

getalife on March 28, 2009 at 1:21 PM

Del Dolemonte on March 28, 2009 at 1:37 PM

Looks like a painting to me.

getalife on March 28, 2009 at 1:37 PM

It’s only been two months.

aengus on March 28, 2009 at 1:36 PM

Has it been that long?

Del Dolemonte on March 28, 2009 at 1:38 PM

This must be part of a bailout initiative for NBC. SNL can now fire all of their writers and just run news clips back to back.

Hillary, Obumbles and Gibbs are a laugh riot, if you can block out the fact that they are destroying our once-great nation one gaffe at a time.

Maybe TOTUS has a cousin that can give Hillary a little help…

hillbillyjim on March 28, 2009 at 1:39 PM

The cloak probably just had her thinking about the blue dress…

Star20 on March 28, 2009 at 1:39 PM

getalife on March 28, 2009 at 1:37 PM

Based on your first post this thread I was going to ask if you knew how to stay on topic. Based on your second post it is confirmed.You are a simpleton.

Hey do you get paid anything more than your welfare check to be a shill????

Jamson64 on March 28, 2009 at 1:40 PM

Like our President, history will write they are among the best ever.getalife on March 28, 2009 at 1:21 PM

Historians would say you are wrong. The election of B.O. may have been historic,but his presidency and his administration are going down in the books as a historical blunder.

canditaylor68 on March 28, 2009 at 1:40 PM

Who’s briefing this administration on foreign relations? Triumph the Insult Comic Dog?

Michelle Dubois on March 28, 2009 at 1:42 PM

Jamson64 on March 28, 2009 at 1:40 PM

Just call em like I see em.

getalife on March 28, 2009 at 1:42 PM

Hey do you get paid anything more than your welfare check to be a shill????

Jamson64

He works out of ACORN’s basement.

Dr. Dog on March 28, 2009 at 1:43 PM

getalife on March 28, 2009 at 1:42 PM

the more you post the more you prove me right

do you get paid more than your welfare check to shill ??

Jamson64 on March 28, 2009 at 1:43 PM

Getalife… you don’t have a job that is quite evident.

Jamson64 on March 28, 2009 at 1:43 PM

Jamson64 on March 28, 2009 at 1:40 PM

getalife on March 28, 2009 at 1:42 PM

Notice it doesn’t deny it’s a simpleton?

Del Dolemonte on March 28, 2009 at 1:43 PM

Well, it was painted. But I guess Hillary was supposed to play nice and say “Wow! A work from God! Amazing!”

SoulGlo on March 28, 2009 at 1:36 PM

No. Hillary should have been properly briefed (or educated) and then said things like “how beautiful” or “this is inspiring” or some such jabber.

It is either arogance or ineptitude that led her to this embarassing moment of smart diplomacy.

myrenovations on March 28, 2009 at 1:45 PM

Mrs. Clinton could dance naked on the streets of DC and Getalife would pretend it was not embarrassed.

Jamson64 on March 28, 2009 at 1:45 PM

canditaylor68 on March 28, 2009 at 1:40 PM

That is the con thinking disconnected from reality.

You have failed to accept your party and their ideas have failed.

The President’s agenda is going big and changed the direction of your failed party.

getalife on March 28, 2009 at 1:45 PM

jeanie

You would do what any intelligent , humble and respectful person would do in asking before saying something. You must remember that you are talking about an elitist, a self indulgent Marxist who allows no other entity to stand above her save Saul Alisky.

MNDavenotPC on March 28, 2009 at 1:45 PM

After observing it for a while, Mrs. Clinton asked “who painted it?” to which Msgr. Monroy responded “God!”

To which, the only logical response is, “No. Really, who painted it?”

lorien1973 on March 28, 2009 at 1:45 PM

Well, it was painted. But I guess Hillary was supposed to play nice and say “Wow! A work from God! Amazing!”

SoulGlo on March 28, 2009 at 1:36 PM

No. Hillary should have been properly briefed (or educated) and then said things like “how beautiful” or “this is inspiring” or some such jabber.

It is either arogance or ineptitude that led her to this embarassing moment of smart diplomacy.

myrenovations on March 28, 2009 at 1:45 PM

Soulglo…you were just schooled.

Jamson64 on March 28, 2009 at 1:46 PM

When Hillary is shown a copy of the koran at her next visit to a mosque, I’ll bet she won’t ask, “who wrote it?”

Cicero43 on March 28, 2009 at 1:47 PM

To be fair, Hillary’s alot more focused when being shot at.

Chuck Schick on March 28, 2009 at 1:47 PM

“If anyone in North Korea is watching……..

…….. give us a call.”

Seven Percent Solution on March 28, 2009 at 1:48 PM

Well, at least she wasn’t elected President! Whew, dodged a bullet there!

Nethicus on March 28, 2009 at 1:32 PM

.
Still a better chose than Obama.

darktood on March 28, 2009 at 1:48 PM

left a bouquet of white flowers “on behalf of the American people,” after asking who painted the famous image.

Our State Dept, is getting to be an embarassment. Even tourists read a little history and background of the places they visit.

Herb on March 28, 2009 at 1:48 PM

To which, the only logical response is, “No. Really, who painted it?”

lorien1973 on March 28, 2009 at 1:45 PM

Perhaps, if one was entering a theological debate. A diplomat should know not to ask the question in the first place, or debate it.

Ed Morrissey on March 28, 2009 at 1:49 PM

Maybe TOTUS has a cousin that can give Hillary a little help…

hillbillyjim on March 28, 2009 at 1:39 PM

Maybe PaPOTUS?

(Palm Pilot Of The United States)

hillbillyjim on March 28, 2009 at 1:49 PM

LOL How embarrassing!

becki51758 on March 28, 2009 at 1:51 PM

To which, the only logical response is, “No. Really, who painted it?”

lorien1973 on March 28, 2009 at 1:45 PM

Perhaps, if one was entering a theological debate. If one is a diplomat, they should know not to ask the question in the first place, or debate it.

Ed Morrissey on March 28, 2009 at 1:49 PM

Don’t bother with Lorien she was in the bottom 10 percent of her GED class.

Lorien better to not post and only appear stupid than to post and….well you know.

Jamson64 on March 28, 2009 at 1:51 PM

She apparently did have a teleprompter with her.

vcferlita on March 28, 2009 at 1:52 PM

I noticed some common things amongst those that act as if Hillary was not clearly exposed as an idiot. They do not have a clue about diplomacy and they are quick to be disrespectful to religion.

Jamson64 on March 28, 2009 at 1:53 PM

My quote of Newt praising Hillary wasn’t quite right, it was actually “I think she is probably the best single choice President Obama has made for the cabinet”
It is in the last 40 seconds of this 10:12 video.
http://www.foxnews.com/video2/video08.html?maven_referralObject=4036277

zmdavid on March 28, 2009 at 1:53 PM

Bill never said he liked his women to be smart…
or even well informed, or prepared for the task at hand.

VTWaldrup on March 28, 2009 at 1:54 PM

As it turns out, no one should have had to brief the Secretary of State. She told the Monsignor that she had visited once before, thirty years ago.

Did she also tell him that she was named after Sir Edmund Hillary?

Cicero43 on March 28, 2009 at 1:54 PM

getalife on March 28, 2009 at 1:45 PM

Keep in mind getalife-everything Obama is doing can be undone. His own party is abandoning him. I pity the poor ignorant masses such as yourself. Obama’s entire administration has been nothing but an embarassment for this country. He still does not have a treasury dept staffed and the mistakes so-far are unmatchable. What pray tell has Obama accomplished that will change the face of history in a positive way that is embraced by all people?

canditaylor68 on March 28, 2009 at 1:54 PM

zmdavid on March 28, 2009 at 1:04 PM

I saw that too..and I thought he had lost his mind.

becki51758 on March 28, 2009 at 1:55 PM

Well, at least she wasn’t elected President! Whew, dodged a bullet there!

Nethicus on March 28, 2009 at 1:32 PM

Even though I can’t stand Hillary, I’d be real happy to see her running the country right now.

Knucklehead on March 28, 2009 at 1:55 PM

A teachable moment. One hopes Obama’s visit to Notre Dame results in a similar moment.

unclesmrgol on March 28, 2009 at 1:56 PM

canditaylor68 on March 28, 2009 at 1:54 PM

“Hey hey but but he had a mandate”

(me acting like getalife)

Jamson64 on March 28, 2009 at 1:56 PM

just glad its not Gore,

VTWaldrup on March 28, 2009 at 1:57 PM

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