Obamateurism of the Day

posted at 8:05 am on April 14, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Barack Obama stands firm against the rise of a deep evil somewhere in the world:

And I want to be very clear that we are resolved to halt the rise of privacy in that region.

The President meant “piracy,” of course, but apparently couldn’t read the word correctly off of the Teleprompter. Andrew Malcolm notes that this was no throwaway line, and Obama’s delivery of it will create some work for journalists quoting it:

This morning, Obama used the word “privacy” when he meant “piracy” in speaking about the resolution of the crisis off the coast of Somalia. The White House in its official transcript acknowledged the mistake …

The gaffe blew the key quote and could present some problems for journalists, who will be forced to work around it.

Why? Hasn’t the Obama administration also put privacy in the crosshairs?

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Privacy? You don’t need no steenking privacy…

loudmouth883 on April 14, 2009 at 8:07 AM

Ackbar, you couldn’t be clearer about how you feel about privacy.

onlineanalyst on April 14, 2009 at 8:09 AM

C’mon, all we ask if for him to read what the teleprompter says while doing an impression of a Wimbeldon spectator. Is that so hard?

trubble on April 14, 2009 at 8:11 AM

Greatest Badministration evah

blatantblue on April 14, 2009 at 8:12 AM

I get privacy and piracy confused all the time!!!

Mo’Ron.

rockbend on April 14, 2009 at 8:12 AM

We’ve seen he’s been bowing to inspecting peoples “privacy” in the area.

the_nile on April 14, 2009 at 8:13 AM

SO, what happens when the pirates invoke parlay?

rightside on April 14, 2009 at 8:13 AM

Freudian slip perhaps?

Just remember big Obama is watching you!!

Dreadnought223 on April 14, 2009 at 8:15 AM

Congress will probably propose a law so we all have to call pirates, “privates” from now on.

anniekc on April 14, 2009 at 8:16 AM

We have hit “Barak” bottom…

ladyingray on April 14, 2009 at 8:18 AM

Just announcing his plan to end privacy in ‘that region’ which is really the US. Nothing to be concerned about.

gatorboy on April 14, 2009 at 8:18 AM

He’s an actor. A dumb one.

ex-Democrat on April 14, 2009 at 8:18 AM

I’m shocked he doesn’t say “privacy” the way the British do…withouth the sharp accent on the “i”: “prehvecy”.

What a douche.

SouthernGent on April 14, 2009 at 8:19 AM

Maybe TOTUS should switch to Ebonics instead of English.

Or, perhaps “Austrian.”

Barb Dwyer on April 14, 2009 at 8:19 AM

Chimpy McHitlerburton is so stupid he can’t even read a teleprompter correctly. This just proves that the Fascist W. wants to deprive US citizens of our rights. More shredding of the Constitution!

Eh, what’s that. Oh, right. Change of administratons.

Jeez Ed, is this the best you can come up with? So Dear Leader said privacy instead of piracy. Haven’t you ever had a slip of the tongue. It doesn’t mean anything. You’re just upset that there’s a president who cares about the American worker in the White House.

/all too predictable lefty troll retort.

rbj on April 14, 2009 at 8:19 AM

…and if it was not a mistake?

right2bright on April 14, 2009 at 8:20 AM

I’m not sure about the concept, or his intent, but the statement WAS clear.

MikeA on April 14, 2009 at 8:20 AM

The President meant “piracy,” of course, but apparently couldn’t read the word correctly off of the Teleprompter.

I don’t think this is the obvious conclusion. We know that The Precedent detests the notion of private property (more than just about anything, frankly), so much that he had gone out of his way to explain how The Founders had placed too many constraints in the Constitution which protected private property (i.e. didn’t force redistribution of private property from those who earned it to those who just wanted it). This is not a small point, as private property is a necessary condition for individual liberty – which we also know that The Precedent is strongly against.

I have little doubt that The Precedent meant ‘privacy’, and he is giggling in the Oval Office as he watches the media twist and turn to make his words into what THEY think it should be.

But, then again, they are “just words” … or was it that “words count”? I keep forgetting which rule is operational during this hour of The Precedent’s illegitimate tenure.

progressoverpeace on April 14, 2009 at 8:20 AM

He’s dyslexic.

Brat on April 14, 2009 at 8:21 AM

Honestly, when you first started this Obamateurism feature, I thought it would be difficult to find something every day. I was wrong.

jimmy the notable on April 14, 2009 at 8:21 AM

Thats a double,me thinks,first Hopey is going to get
those nasty pirates,so he says,

but, what he really means,is that through his Socialist
ideas,he’s going to end American’s privacy,just like
what happened to Joe the Plumber,as an example,but maybe
not!!!

canopfor on April 14, 2009 at 8:22 AM

Do we even need to discuss the “WIBHSI” (What if Bush Had Said It) factor?

Week long solid coverage (complete with snickering) and reference to it for the rest of the term. Video of it ad infinitum after his term. Stop me if I’m wrong.

Obama does it, Media: *YAWN*.

rihar on April 14, 2009 at 8:22 AM

I noticed all the media accounts were quick to correct it for him. Unlike with Bush, where they’d be saying what an idiot he is.

JammieWearingFool on April 14, 2009 at 8:23 AM

Never forget Bush was sooooooooo stupid!

So stupid he didn’t even know about 7 additional states, so stupid he wasn’t able to read 2th grade level text from a teleprompter (with mistakes).

Such an embarrassment this Bush guy was. Thank Stalin we now have a capable and intelligent POTUS. Phew!

Aristotle on April 14, 2009 at 8:24 AM

The left crapped on Bush for his verbal gaffes, right craps on Obama for his.

Neither side acknowledges its guy ever made any verbal gaffes and the cycle of stupid continues.

Yawn.

Dave Rywall on April 14, 2009 at 8:25 AM

I thought that is what I heard him say, but I tune him out so frequently, that I just wasn’t sure.

ctmom on April 14, 2009 at 8:25 AM

He only threatened to stop its rise in ‘that part of the world’, so there’s nothing to worry about.

BadgerHawk on April 14, 2009 at 8:26 AM

The left crapped on Bush for his verbal gaffes, right craps on Obama for his.

Neither side acknowledges its guy ever made any verbal gaffes and the cycle of stupid continues.

Yawn.

Dave Rywall on April 14, 2009 at 8:25 AM

Bush was the word murder king. No one on the right has a tough time admitting that because none of us worship the guy or have some deep emotional investment in his success.

Next.

BadgerHawk on April 14, 2009 at 8:27 AM

The neverending,continuous,in constant perpetual motion
and ongoing daily gaffes that Obama guarentees like the
Sun rising and setting!(Sarc!)

canopfor on April 14, 2009 at 8:30 AM

“And I want to be very clear that we are resolved to halt the rise of privacy [sic] in that region,”

He’s promising to stop piracy’s rate of growth? Like the current rate of Somali piracy is acceptable, as long as it doesn’t get any higher?

Loxodonta on April 14, 2009 at 8:31 AM

Iam glad Obama is in charge of education. He can’t read well

steviedfromnc on April 14, 2009 at 8:33 AM

Sorry Ed, but I dont think Obama misspoke on this one. The commandeering of vessels under letters of Mark is/was know as Privateering. Obama is clearly indicating that the acts of piracy off the cape of Africa are sanctioned acts of Privateering. What he is not indicating is whom he believes has sanctioned those actions.

doriangrey on April 14, 2009 at 8:34 AM

He doesn’t even seem to realize that he used the wrong word!

ArmyAunt on April 14, 2009 at 8:34 AM

One might think, even if it were a typo on the TOTUS, Barry would have noticed it in time to provide some human support. But nooo…

First it’s TOTUS. Now we see it’s TOTUS supported by a Text-to-Speech Voice Synthesizer.

But maybe Barry was just “tired” that day.

petefrt on April 14, 2009 at 8:38 AM

Maybe all of the pirates are privates and there is no captain.

Johan Klaus on April 14, 2009 at 8:39 AM

Here comes the spin….

“Privacy refers to the state of privateering”

— Gibbs

Pianobuff on April 14, 2009 at 8:39 AM

Here comes the spin….

“When using the term privacy, the President was of course referring to the relative state and rate of privateering in the region.”

— Gibbs

Pianobuff on April 14, 2009 at 8:41 AM

He doesn’t even seem to realize that he used the wrong word!

ArmyAunt on April 14, 2009 at 8:34 AM

A while back, he did not even realize that he was reading someone else’s speech.

Johan Klaus on April 14, 2009 at 8:42 AM

bambi doesn’t mean anything he says. gaffe-y or not. and frankly, what will he do about piracy? he said he was going to put some Navy ships in the region, but they won’t/can’t go helping non-US ships, can they?

kelley in virginia on April 14, 2009 at 8:43 AM

Pirate Parts – Private Parst, I get them mixed up too!

And on the lifeboat we now find “pirate parts!”

Wander on April 14, 2009 at 8:43 AM

Dave Rywall on April 14, 2009 at 8:25 AM

You really love your man, don’t you?

Johan Klaus on April 14, 2009 at 8:44 AM

Here comes the spin….

“When using the term privacy, the President was of course referring to the relative state and rate of privateering in the region.”

— Gibbs

Pianobuff on April 14, 2009 at 8:41 AM

Sorry, but in this instance I don’t think this is spin. International law of the sea has always drawn a very clear distinction between illegal acts of piracy and legal acts of Privateering. It seems rather clear that Obama is attempting to define the piracy occurring off the African coast as legally sanctioned privateering rather than illegal piracy.

doriangrey on April 14, 2009 at 8:47 AM

“Privacy refers to the state of privateering”

— Gibbs

Pianobuff on April 14, 2009 at 8:39 AM

Surely you jest. Gibbs isn’t actually saying this, is he?

pri·va·teer (prv-tîr)
n.
1. A ship privately owned and crewed but authorized by a government during wartime to attack and capture enemy vessels.
–From The Free Dictionary

Since there’s no wartime and no Somali government authorization (indeed, no government), the ‘privateering’ spin is absurd.

petefrt on April 14, 2009 at 8:50 AM

doriangrey on April 14, 2009 at 8:47 AM

You mean you think Barry’s attempting to justify the piracy?

petefrt on April 14, 2009 at 8:52 AM

The oh so classic Freudian slip??

Ann on April 14, 2009 at 8:54 AM

The left crapped on Bush for his verbal gaffes, right craps on Obama for his.

Neither side acknowledges its guy ever made any verbal gaffes and the cycle of stupid continues.

Where have you been the last eight years to come up with that?

Yawn.

Dave Rywall on April 14, 2009 at 8:25 AM

Oh, that’s right…. sleeping.

Pianobuff on April 14, 2009 at 8:55 AM

Lets see,first off,hopey calls the journalist infobabe
‘Sweetie’,then theres the 57 state thingy,oh,and then
he butcher’s the company’s name Orion,or was it O’Ryan,
and then sumpin about touching the Queen,and bowing to
the king,then its sumpin about the pirates having or
needing privacy or some thing like that,

but,don’t get alarmed,there is no pattern,its all
random!!!!(Sarc)

canopfor on April 14, 2009 at 8:57 AM

You mean you think Barry’s attempting to justify the piracy?

petefrt on April 14, 2009 at 8:52 AM

Not in the slightest. I think he is attempting to lay a legal ground work for the United States ignoring existing international law of the sea regarding Piracy. Under existing international law of the sea any nations naval forces that come across an act of piracy are legally bound to take action. Obama by defining the acts of piracy off the coast of Africa as privateering is stating that US Naval assets will only interdict such acts as directly pertain to US flagged vessels.

doriangrey on April 14, 2009 at 8:57 AM

petefrt on April 14, 2009 at 8:50 AM

No, just idle speculative humor as I get the first cup of coffee down.

Pianobuff on April 14, 2009 at 8:57 AM

Obama finally decided to go after the pirates when it was pointed out to him that the Somalis had strong capitalist tendencies; thus, the quick imposition of a dirt nap. This also explains his confusing privacy and piracy.

Someone should explain to him that Fanon had his own capitalistic tendencies.

EMD on April 14, 2009 at 8:58 AM

this is proof that he just reads the teleprompter w/o thinking.

jgapinoy on April 14, 2009 at 9:01 AM

This seems a little nitpicky. Couldn’t you wait until later in the day to see if something pops up that is more amateurish than a misspoken word? I know, I know, the left did it to Bush all the time, but seriously, it’s just as annoying when we do it. If Obama isn’t giving you enough material for an Obamism of the day, maybe you should just skip a day, or even make it a weekly thing?

Bill Scrunty on April 14, 2009 at 9:03 AM

No, just idle speculative humor as I get the first cup of coffee down.

Pianobuff on April 14, 2009 at 8:57 AM

Many a leftist policy started out with a moron leftist reading someone else’s speculative humor and thinking that it sounded like a great idea.

progressoverpeace on April 14, 2009 at 9:04 AM

Don’t tell me they’re listening to pirate phone conversations now. That is one thing, one thing I will not stand for. He is shredding the Constipitution!!!! Outrage!

First the pirates, then the pirate first mates, then people who dressed like a pirate once for Halloween, until one day Barack listening to

you

.

LibTired on April 14, 2009 at 9:05 AM

Actually, privateering is explicitly constitutional. It’s what Letters of Marque are.

Article I, section 8, clause 11:
“To declare war, grant letters of marque and reprisal, and make rules concerning captures on land and water;”

clause 10:
“To define and punish piracies and felonies committed on the high seas, and offenses against the law of nations; ”

So if Congress wanted to, it could grant private US citizens the privilege of going after the pirate scum.

rbj on April 14, 2009 at 9:07 AM

doriangrey on April 14, 2009 at 8:57 AM

Thanks. But wouldn’t the Somalians be the pirates and Captain Phillips be the privateer? Think I need another coffee to think this over.

petefrt on April 14, 2009 at 9:08 AM

LOL INTERNETS

Jim Treacher on April 14, 2009 at 9:09 AM

The headline for the linked LA Times article says a whole lot about the state of their “journalism.”

Even Obama can make a mistake

To the LA Times, this is his first mistake.

Loxodonta on April 14, 2009 at 9:09 AM

I think that headline was ironic. Top of the Ticket seems to be pretty clear-eyed when it comes to The One.

Jim Treacher on April 14, 2009 at 9:10 AM

Don’t be so hard on Obama!

Maybe some day your teleprompter will tell you the wrong thing to say too.

Herb on April 14, 2009 at 9:13 AM

Jim Treacher on April 14, 2009 at 9:10 AM

OK, thanks.

Loxodonta on April 14, 2009 at 9:14 AM

Bill Scrunty on April 14, 2009 at 9:03 AM

When Obama was presented as the most unique specimen on the planet, there is nothing wrong with putting him under the microscope each and every day.

sherry on April 14, 2009 at 9:18 AM

That he is not enough aware of what he says is more concerning than that he mis-read the teleprompter

gatorboy on April 14, 2009 at 9:21 AM

TOOOOOOOOOOOOOOTTTUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!

therightscoop on April 14, 2009 at 9:24 AM

Obama must have just come from the DHS meeting and may have had some of the new directives in mind…..

(U//FOUO) The possible passage of new restrictions on firearms and the return of
military veterans facing significant challenges reintegrating into their communities
could lead to the potential emergence of terrorist groups or lone wolf extremists
capable of carrying out violent attacks

katy on April 14, 2009 at 9:25 AM

Obama wanted a Somalian Water Dog. Thank goodness his kids insisted on a Portuguese version.

Josiah on April 14, 2009 at 9:26 AM

The gaffe blew the key quote and could present some problems for journalists, who will be forced to work around it.

Meaning, “…who will be forced to try to keep the lid on this gaffe so as not to expose what a cipher their Dear Leader is.”

Akzed on April 14, 2009 at 9:29 AM

How did Letterman handle this? Anyone know?

Akzed on April 14, 2009 at 9:36 AM

Privacy is Austrian for piracy. geez.

geckomon on April 14, 2009 at 9:39 AM

I’m not going to watch the video, but he didn’t catch himself? Realize he’d made a mistake? That what he said made no sense at all?

Bob's Kid on April 14, 2009 at 9:39 AM

I’m not going to watch the video, but he didn’t catch himself? Realize he’d made a mistake? That what he said made no sense at all?

Bob’s Kid on April 14, 2009 at 9:39 AM

Nothing even close. He just sailed right by it without so much as a twitch.

progressoverpeace on April 14, 2009 at 9:42 AM

time to pull a Ron Burgundy on Barry…

max1 on April 14, 2009 at 9:43 AM

So if Congress wanted to, it could grant private US citizens the privilege of going after the pirate scum.

rbj on April 14, 2009 at 9:07 AM

How about hunting cruise vacations where you get to shoot up pirate vessels with a 20 mm?

I think it could be part of an economic stimulus (vacation) package.

Right_of_Attila on April 14, 2009 at 9:45 AM

How about hunting cruise vacations where you get to shoot up pirate vessels with a 20 mm?

I think it could be part of an economic stimulus (vacation) package.

Right_of_Attila on April 14, 2009 at 9:45 AM

Oh wow. I like the idea. Maybe have a $10,000 per head “license” for this, to help raise revenue. And turn it into the next reality show.

rbj on April 14, 2009 at 9:53 AM

Even with the teleprompter? It’s gettin’ bad.

drjohn on April 14, 2009 at 9:54 AM

Hold onto that little soundbite, I’m sure it’ll become useful in the future.

Davalf on April 14, 2009 at 9:54 AM

The President meant “piracy,” of course, but apparently couldn’t read the word correctly off of the Teleprompter.

ohhh this could get fun…

alexraye on April 14, 2009 at 9:54 AM

The gaffe blew the key quote and could present some problems for journalists, who will be forced to work around it.

Fox radio news played it as is all day!

jgapinoy on April 14, 2009 at 9:56 AM

Even with the teleprompter? It’s gettin’ bad.

drjohn on April 14, 2009 at 9:54 AM

Heh. He’s going to have to move to using an earpiece, soon – EarPrompter.

progressoverpeace on April 14, 2009 at 9:57 AM

He often prefaces remarks with “Let me be clear…” or “I want to be perfectly clear…”

Well who the hell is stopping him from being clear?

He is!

pappy on April 14, 2009 at 10:01 AM

this is proof that he just reads the teleprompter w/o thinking.

jgapinoy on April 14, 2009 at 9:01 AM

Too true. His speechwriters compose the boilerplate, and Ackbar just regurgitates the words. He is not engaged in what he says but only in how he delivers it. The repetitious use of “Let me be clear” is supposed to support his purported sincerity.

onlineanalyst on April 14, 2009 at 10:09 AM

Pirate Parts – Private Parts, I get them mixed up too!

Wander on April 14, 2009 at 8:43 AM

Couldn’t that hurt when you’re, um, y’know, euphemistically speaking “taking matters into your own hands,” or, um, “self-congratulating,” if you know what I mean, what with the hook hand and all…?

Captain Scarlet on April 14, 2009 at 10:14 AM

this was no throwaway line, and Obama’s delivery of it will create some work for journalists quoting it

I’ll say! Front page of my Denver Post this morning:

Obama promises to “halt the rise” of Somali piracy

AP story, but Post editors had to craft the headline to fit the available space. But in the third paragraph, darned if the the story doesn’t state unequivocally, “[open quote] halt the rise of piracy [close quote].” They’ll be hearing from me.

What a dolt he must be to gaff that line. This was the money shot to this drama and he squirted Kool-Aid.

Captain Scarlet on April 14, 2009 at 10:21 AM

Obamateurism:
Dept. of Homeland Security Intelligence and Analysis Report

Permitting Janet Napolitano’s launch against Conservatives now targeted as Rightwing Radical Terrorists. Federal directive sent to local law enforcement agencies in time to Target Tea Party.

Relinquish your Constitutional affiliations, or else.

maverick muse on April 14, 2009 at 10:38 AM

He often prefaces remarks with “Let me be clear…” or “I want to be perfectly clear…”

Remember another President who prefaced his remarks with “Let me make one thing perfectly clear”? Richard “I am Not a Crook” Nixon…

So now we get Barack Hussein “I am Not an Idiot” Oopsbama.

But maybe Barry O from the barrio has a point here. We should disrupt the privacy of pirates in Somalia, like having Army privates shoot pirates. Change you can believe in!

Steve Z on April 14, 2009 at 10:38 AM

Mr. Malleable astonishes Americans at just how far his arms can stretch around our necks.

You don’t feel a thing. Believe Obama.

maverick muse on April 14, 2009 at 10:43 AM

Obama is so articulate, isn’t he Joe? And clean.

cs89 on April 14, 2009 at 10:50 AM

To the Left, Obama’s race means that when you mention these mistakes, you are a de facto racist.

Speedwagon82 on April 14, 2009 at 12:54 PM

DAMMIT….who wrote the word privacy on the teleprompter agaain? If it’s on there, he’ll read it.

Seriously though, you can tell by his eyes that he has had another telepromptus interruptus moment and had to go into the old memory vault for the right word…better luck next time, Barry.

Huckabye-Romney on April 14, 2009 at 12:55 PM

whom he believes has sanctioned those actions.

doriangrey on April 14, 2009 at 8:34 AM

Never talk about Islam. Barry would be offended.

Badger40 on April 14, 2009 at 1:39 PM

I respectfully disagree. It’s time your candidate got the same treatment as Bush for the last 8 years. Every foible no matter how small is fair game.

jakabok_botch on April 14, 2009 at 2:22 PM

Where are all those Dems who would constanly scream about how Bush was borderline retarded becuase of speaking blunders exactly like this? But Obama is “refeshing intelegence” coming into the office.

Awful quiet now…..

Scrappy on April 14, 2009 at 2:28 PM

I really like the sub-head at the LA Times link:

Even Obama can make a mistake”

WTF? Is it suddenly a revelation that the Golden Child might be wrong about something? Anything? Is that what makes this newsworthy in the eyes of the LA Times editorial staff?

Yeah, no bias here, folks. Just the facts.

Cripes!

cruadin on April 14, 2009 at 2:52 PM

And I want to be very clear that we are resolved to halt the rise of privacy in that region.

Obviously, the President was still talking about housing.

malclave on April 14, 2009 at 6:12 PM

blatantblue on April 14, 2009 at 8:12 AM

Second good laugh I’ve gotten from reading HA today!

Al in St. Lou on April 14, 2009 at 6:50 PM