Obamateurism of the Day

posted at 8:03 am on March 30, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

In announcing his policy about the prosecution of war in the Afghanistan-Pakistan theater, Barack Obama tried impressing upon listeners that al-Qaeda was not just a threat to America. He listed the major AQ attacks since 9/11, but he forgot someone in the roll call:

But this is not simply an American problem — far from it. It is, instead, an international security challenge of the highest order. Terrorist attacks in London and Bali were tied to al Qaeda and its allies in Pakistan, as were attacks in North Africa and the Middle East, in Islamabad and in Kabul. If there is a major attack on an Asian, European, or African city, it, too, is likely to have ties to al Qaeda’s leadership in Pakistan.

Barcepundit wonders … what happened to Madrid? After all, AQ killed more people in Madrid than all of the ones Obama mentioned put together (191, and 1800 injured) excepting Bali, where the death toll in two attacks exceeded Madrid. The attack in Spain was a confirmed AQ action.

This isn’t even an oversight during some off-the-cuff remarks. This came from a prepared speech, delivered with the assistance of a Teleprompter. Doesn’t anyone do research at the White House?

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Doesn’t anyone do research at the White House?

Why should they?

Just believe in the One.

loudmouth883 on March 30, 2009 at 8:07 AM

Somewhat OT, but did you know that Barack Obama’s bringing an entourage of 500 with him to the G20 summit? True. Also true: twelve of them are teleprompters.

flipflop on March 30, 2009 at 8:10 AM

Barcepundit wonders … what happened to Madrid? After all, AQ killed more people in Madrid than all of the ones Obama mentioned put together (191, and 1800 injured) excepting Bali, where the death toll in two attacks exceeded Madrid. The attack in Spain was a confirmed AQ action.

As The Precedent is true to his Indonesian schooling, he includes Spain as part of “North Africa and the Middle East”, as The Precedent thinks that Spain belongs to muslims that must be folded back into the muslim world, eventually.

progressoverpeace on March 30, 2009 at 8:11 AM

Doesn’t anyone do research at the White House?

What kind of people are running the show when they need to do research to know about the Madrid bombings?

Were all the people in charge today incommunicado on some Arctic expedition with Al Gore when the trains blew up?

Shy Guy on March 30, 2009 at 8:11 AM

He seems hella confused about the Spanish.

OneGyT on March 30, 2009 at 8:12 AM

What kind of people are running the show when they need to do research to know about the Madrid bombings?

Shy Guy on March 30, 2009 at 8:11 AM

The same sort of people who think that giving a boxed set of DVD’s to the British Prime Minister is appropriate.

Anyway, Biden already thanked Zaptero for his help in Iraq (LOL), so I don’t know what the Spanish would be complaining about.

progressoverpeace on March 30, 2009 at 8:15 AM

Obama will fix all the failures of Bush foreign policy by inspiring our allies. Spain dropped their support of the War Against Contingency Operations (WACO), or whatever, through the power of his will or personality or something.

Not mentioning the attack on Madrid will show how important the Spanish are, and get them to respect America, because our leader does not respect them. Oh wait…

Right_of_Attila on March 30, 2009 at 8:16 AM

Don’t worry. Biden preemptively apologized to the Spanish.

ignorantapathy on March 30, 2009 at 8:17 AM

If only he had a VP who was a foreign policy expert that had just met with the Spanish PM, then he would have remembered.

Nethicus on March 30, 2009 at 8:18 AM

Gee, I’m surprised he didn’t mention the “false choice” between doing nothing and nuking Islamabad, or some other asinine straw man argument. Also, notice how he doesn’t talk about inheriting anything from his predecessor when it comes to the war on terror, because he would have to admit to Bush’s success in preventing another attack on the homeland. The post-911 list does not include the U.S. for a reason.

By the way, since his speechwriter is a twenty-something genius, I wouldn’t be surprised if down the road, plagiarism rears its ugly head. Or as Liberals like to refer to it, an unattributed “homage.”

EMD on March 30, 2009 at 8:18 AM

C’mon you guys, don’t you know, it’s not Spain? It’s Al-Andalus??

bikermailman on March 30, 2009 at 8:20 AM

And to top it off, as progressoverpeace pointed out, Biden already thanked Zaptero for bugging out of Iraq after the attack…Biden gets his own Obamateurism…

golfer1 on March 30, 2009 at 8:20 AM

I am highly disappointed in Teleprompter.

CarolynM on March 30, 2009 at 8:22 AM

Teleprompter/Laughter machine 2012

or whatever

/s

Crux Australis on March 30, 2009 at 8:26 AM

When does mental incompetency reach the level of an impeachable offense?

If not due to mental incompetency but, instead, due to a blatant disregard for the oath of office, at what time is impeachment an option?

Must consider answers before 10 AM. That is when getalife’s GTOIC wakes up.

Yoop on March 30, 2009 at 8:27 AM

Not to mention the significance of Madrid: it was done to affect an election and it succeeded.

CookeyD on March 30, 2009 at 8:31 AM

i don’t mind that all of bambi’s speech writers are liberal because bambi is liberal–he hired them afterall. i mind when they don’t even do google research to find out any info. but lying or omitting doesn’t worry those people in the White HOuse.

kelley in virginia on March 30, 2009 at 8:35 AM

but i really mind that the protocol office of the White House & State Dept seems to be asleep at the wheel. are they purposely insulting everyone? doesn’t bambi understand that when he goes to a G-20 summit or some such place, the other heads of state will view him as a complete idiot? you’d think he’d care about that

kelley in virginia on March 30, 2009 at 8:37 AM

i wasnt aware they cleared basque separatists…if thats the case, yeah this is just another amateur hour performance for el presidente.

ernesto on March 30, 2009 at 8:39 AM

hmm….how many world leaders and countries has he insulted now? Should we keep a list?

becki51758 on March 30, 2009 at 8:39 AM

Terrorist attacks are merely distractions from the history-making term of Ogabe; ignore them and concentrate on the radiance emanating from the White House.

Bishop on March 30, 2009 at 8:44 AM

The Spain bombings also brought down a government.

I don’t know why the TOTUS left Spain off the list, but there had to be a reason because TOTUS doesn’t make mistakes. The change in ruling party following the bombings is the main thing that sets it apart form the others, so maybe that has something to do with it.

forest on March 30, 2009 at 8:45 AM

He also didn’t mention attacks by Abu Sayef, AQ ally in the Philippines.

jgapinoy on March 30, 2009 at 8:46 AM

The Spain bombings also brought down a government.

Maybe BHO only wanted to mention attacks that he deems bad. The Madrid bombings sent the conservatives packing & gave BHO another Euro-Leftist head of state to work with.

jgapinoy on March 30, 2009 at 8:48 AM

Madrid was a man-caused disaster.

LibTired on March 30, 2009 at 8:54 AM

Madrid was a man-caused disaster.

LibTired on March 30, 2009 at 8:54 AM

Speaking of which, someone needs to inform Homeland Joke Security that the official, PC phrase is “person-caused disaster”. (“Human” is out, because it’s mostly “man”)

progressoverpeace on March 30, 2009 at 9:01 AM

I have no doubt the rest of the world likes the U.S. better now that The Precedent is our fearless leader…everyone can use a good laugh right about now…

ladyingray on March 30, 2009 at 9:03 AM

Could it be that Obama doesn’t want to ruffle Zapatero’s feathers by bringing up unpleasant facts? That event is what put Zapatero in office, after all.

And after Biden expressly thanked Zapatero for helping out so much in Iraq — it would only embarrass him.

Oh, yeah, and the thwarted AQ attempt to bomb the High Court doesn’t count, either.

cheeflo on March 30, 2009 at 9:05 AM

Speaking of which, someone needs to inform Homeland Joke Security that the official, PC phrase is “person-caused disaster”. (”Human” is out, because it’s mostly “man”)

progressoverpeace on March 30, 2009 at 9:01 AM

I don’t know. “Person” is an insult to non-violent women.

Maybe just “non-natural disaster”.

LibTired on March 30, 2009 at 9:11 AM

“Doesn’t anyone do research at the White House?”

Nah…we don’t need no stinkin’ research! Our duly elected government is far too busy implementing a new world order of fairness, redistributing wealth, taking over private companies and ruining the economy by trashing capitalism so we can all equally share the misery in the new regime of Obamanation. After all, he’s the ONE we’ve been waiting for.

Day 70 of America held hostage.

Barb Dwyer on March 30, 2009 at 9:20 AM

Maybe just “non-natural disaster”.

LibTired on March 30, 2009 at 9:11 AM

Heh. But we don’t want to imply that our muslim brothers are not part of nature. That would be a clear violation of the brilliant Geneva Conventions.

Maybe just “occurence”?

progressoverpeace on March 30, 2009 at 9:23 AM

To quote the Obamoron, “As I have always said,” a talking chimp does not need to be factual, accurate, truthful or ethical to be amazing or amusing.

mr1216 on March 30, 2009 at 9:42 AM

Heh. But we don’t want to imply that our muslim brothers are not part of nature. That would be a clear violation of the brilliant Geneva Conventions.

Maybe just “occurence”?

progressoverpeace on March 30, 2009 at 9:23 AM

I think that’s fine as long as we don’t fall into the trap of grouping the occurrences together and referring to them as “them”.

LibTired on March 30, 2009 at 9:51 AM

The adults are in charge now.

Historians are already writing that O’bama is already a greater President than even Abraham Lincoln.

I still want his teleprompter to fail.

Del Dolemonte on March 30, 2009 at 9:53 AM

Not the teleprompter I once knew.

seven on March 30, 2009 at 9:57 AM

May I point out that he also failed to make mention of a Zarqawi-led faction of AQ that left a significant body count in a certain country that (apparently) dare not be mentioned?

It was in the news for awhile.

landshark on March 30, 2009 at 10:00 AM

Not to mention the significance of Madrid: it was done to affect an election and it succeeded.
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CookeyD on March 30, 2009 at 8:31 AM
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i wasnt aware they cleared basque separatists…if thats the case, yeah this is just another amateur hour performance for el presidente.
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ernesto on March 30, 2009 at 8:39 AM

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Zapatero and his Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party came to power after the Madrid bombing. I think Zapatero’s henchmen set the bombs.

darktood on March 30, 2009 at 10:04 AM

An article that ties in with your Obamateurism of the Day threads:

Experts say Obama needs to watch the gaffes
Posted: 03/30/09 07:40 AM [ET]

Xiphos on March 30, 2009 at 10:21 AM

Zing Spain! The Obamination is systematically insulting every Europen country. I think he should take another vacation and run with the bulls.

Grafted on March 30, 2009 at 10:36 AM

If Obama doesn’t report it, does that mean it didn’t happen?

GarandFan on March 30, 2009 at 10:38 AM

Hope. Change. Stupidity.

A-MA-TEUR!

off-topic request: Does anyone know Nancy Pelosi’s home address? I’m going to San Francisco on business this week and would love to take a picture of myself flipping her the bird. :-)

cannonball on March 30, 2009 at 10:41 AM

Anyone catching The Precedent’s speech on TV right now? His head is moving left-center-right-center-left- … without stopping. I can’t even concentrate on what he’s saying, amazed at how he is trying so hard not to look like he’s following TOTUS’ instructions. Pathetic and more amateurish than anything.

progressoverpeace on March 30, 2009 at 11:15 AM

The reason the neo-con ideology has ended is because people like Ed are more interested in dissecting anything Obama says or does, than looking inward at his party and coming up with new ideas and thinking. When a party is out of ideas all it has left is too attack the other side. But as the pollster Frank Luntz once said “you can’t win elections by just being against something, you have to be for something. Wall Street and the economy have imploded and Ed is concerned with Obama having left out something, or said something.Bush was the worst president in history, using that yardstick, Obama is doing just fine, thank you.

athensboy on March 30, 2009 at 11:30 AM

Biden did thank the Spaniards for being such good targets….

unclesmrgol on March 30, 2009 at 11:32 AM

Anyone catching The Precedent’s speech on TV right now? His head is moving left-center-right-center-left- … without stopping. I can’t even concentrate on what he’s saying, amazed at how he is trying so hard not to look like he’s following TOTUS’ instructions. Pathetic and more amateurish than anything.

progressoverpeace on March 30, 2009 at 11:15 AM

Record it, speed it up 3x, put it to music, and you’ve got a hit!

unclesmrgol on March 30, 2009 at 11:33 AM

off-topic request: Does anyone know Nancy Pelosi’s home address? I’m going to San Francisco on business this week and would love to take a picture of myself flipping her the bird. :-)

cannonball on March 30, 2009 at 10:41 AM

I think she lives in something called Coitus Tower — but then again, maybe not.

unclesmrgol on March 30, 2009 at 11:34 AM

Bush Jimmy Carter was the worst president in history, using that yardstick, Obama is doing just fine, thank you.

athensboy on March 30, 2009 at 11:30 AM”

FIFY , you liberal emo non-thinker.

But, don’t worry Jimmy, Obama is fast making you a distant second with all his gaffes, idiotic ideas and missteps on the economy.

Webrider on March 30, 2009 at 11:51 AM

As The Precedent is true to his Indonesian schooling, he includes Spain as part of “North Africa and the Middle East”, as The Precedent thinks that Spain belongs to muslims that must be folded back into the muslim world, eventually.

progressoverpeace on March 30, 2009 at 8:11 AM

I’m sorry…the teleprompter clearly says, ‘Moops.’

James on March 30, 2009 at 11:59 AM

C’mon, he said it so well. Why should content matter?

EconomicNeocon on March 30, 2009 at 12:04 PM

twelve of them are teleprompters.

Those are the Teleprompter Messiah’s Twelve Disciples.

Chickyraptor on March 30, 2009 at 12:45 PM

Somewhere, there’s a village…. in search of an idiot.

Obama, they want you back. Or not.

psrch on March 30, 2009 at 2:37 PM

Hope. Change. Stupidity.

Make that Rope & Chains.

jgapinoy on March 30, 2009 at 4:57 PM

Madrid was a man-caused disaster.

LibTired on March 30, 2009 at 8:54 AM

Speaking of which, someone needs to inform Homeland Joke Security that the official, PC phrase is “person-caused disaster”. (”Human” is out, because it’s mostly “man”)

progressoverpeace on March 30, 2009 at 9:01 AM

One of our commenters, I forget but she was a lady, suggested we avoid the sexism issue by using Anthropogenic instead of man or human etc, and I like it.

The next issue, folks, is that the term disaster is so judgmental in today’s world of global timidity and cowardice, after all, one nation’s disaster is another nation’s all-night street dance party. It’s all relative, you see.

So I propose Anthropogenic Relatively Significant Event.

ARSE for short.

Maquis on March 30, 2009 at 5:14 PM

Doesn’t anyone do research at the White House?

Why should they?

Just believe in the One.

loudmouth883 on March 30, 2009 at 8:07 AM

Why should they? They all want getalife to go ‘Hear! Hear!’ when the words are spoken and not heard.

OneConservative on March 30, 2009 at 8:24 PM

“Doesn’t anyone do research at the White House?’
Forget research, were these twinks paying attention to recent history?

Christine on March 31, 2009 at 12:38 AM

More Obama stupidity, for sure, but I couldn’t care less about the cowardly Spaniards. They’re probably the most anti-American nation in the EU, and I would like to see us close our embassy there, and boot theirs off American soil.

Virus-X on March 31, 2009 at 12:43 AM