Obamateurism of the Day

posted at 8:05 am on April 15, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

How do you say “D’oh!” en Français?  When Barack Obama tried wowing the French at his town hall meeting, he wound up needed a prompt from the audience when his Teleprompter apparently froze:

PRESIDENT OBAMA: … First, because, for all our differences, there are certain values that bind us together and reveal our common humanity: the universal longing to live a life free from fear and free from want, a life marked by dignity and respect and simple justice. Our two republics were founded in service of these ideals. In America it is written into our founding documents as life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. In France, liberté …[freezes]

AUDIENCE MEMBER: Egalité.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Absolutely — (laughter, cheers, applause) — egalité, fraternité.

What makes this so classic is the pose Obama strikes while waiting for the Teleprompter to move.  And how difficult is it to remember Liberté, egalité, fraternité — especially when it’s the theme of the “we’re really all the same” speech Obama was giving?

Zut alors! Or, perhaps, merde.

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This is a great example of Obamateurism.
But I suspect there are some that happened yesterday! This one is old news.

Christian Conservative on April 15, 2009 at 3:38 PM

This is a great example of Obamateurism.
But I suspect there are some that happened yesterday! This one is old news.

Christian Conservative on April 15, 2009 at 3:38 PM

There is something that happened yesterday. Obama had an ecomomic press conference where he labeled his economic recovery plan “The Five Pillars,” which is a foundational element of Islamic theology. He then proceeded to mangle a biblical allegory, the house built upon sand/rock, while incorporating Islamic theology into it. Here is a snippet from the White House web page:

Now, there’s a parable at the end of the Sermon on the Mount that tells the story of two men. The first built his house on a pile of sand, and it was soon destroyed when a storm hit. But the second is known as the wise man, for when “the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house, it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.”

It was founded upon a rock. We cannot rebuild this economy on the same pile of sand. We must build our house upon a rock. We must lay a new foundation for growth and prosperity — a foundation that will move us from an era of borrow and spend to one where we save and invest; where we consume less at home and send more exports abroad.

It’s a foundation built upon five pillars that will grow our economy and make this new century another American century: Number one, new rules for Wall Street that will reward drive and innovation, not reckless risk-taking — (applause); number two, new investments in education that will make our workforce more skilled and competitive — (applause); number three, new investments in renewable energy and technology that will create new jobs and new industries — (applause); number four, new investments in health care that will cut costs for families and businesses; and number five, new savings in our federal budget that will bring down the debt for future generations. (Applause.)

That’s the new foundation we must build. That’s our house built upon a rock. That must be our future — and my administration’s policies are designed to achieve that future.

He also has a Five Pillars plan for education that he has been mentioning for a month or so. I guess Zero has concluded that not only aren’t we a Christian nation, but that we are trending Islamic as well.

Maquis on April 15, 2009 at 3:47 PM

Hilarité

ronsfi on April 15, 2009 at 4:22 PM

Maquis on April 15, 2009 at 3:47 PM

A foundation… built on top of pillars? What?

What is the point of that “parable” supposed to be? As near as I can tell, all that says is that Barak Hussein Obama knows less about architecture than he knows about Christianity. And he knows even less about economics.

logis on April 15, 2009 at 5:27 PM

Maquis on April 15, 2009 at 3:47 PM

Thank you so much for posting this.

Mixing Christ’s Building on a Rock parable with the symbolism of the Five Pillars in order to promote an economic policy is a very puzzling thing to do.

1) I interpret the Building on a Rock parable quite differently than Obama. Using non-religious language, here’s the way I see it:

The wise man does not and cannot create the Rock upon which to build his house. The rock is there, and it is the wise man who seeks it, can find it, and then builds upon it.

The creations of man are also made of rock. However, they are a seemingly endless supply of tiny rocks that form the continuously shifting sands of human beliefs, opinions and tastes. It is the foolish man who will not see these sands for what they are, and chooses to build upon them as if they are a foundation of rock.

So, when Obama uses this parable to say we cannot build on the same “pile of sand,” but must “lay a new foundation” upon which to build, I interpret this to mean he is going to build upon a brand new pile of sand, a different pile of sand. And lo and behold, his economic plan is to build massive government programs on massive government debt. It’s a shining temple built on quicksand.

2) When Obama refers to the Five Pillars, is this an Sunni Islamic reference? If so, these pillars are religious commands that must be followed upon pain of severe punishment. And it is interesting that our country does seem to be moving toward a centralized state command and control economy. Everywhere such an economy has been enforced, the people suffer. So, perhaps this interpretation of his words is correct.

However, there is another meaning to the Five Pillars, as it may also refer to a puzzle, which requires a certain pattern of looping back and forth in order to untangle. I only bring this up because Obama often seems so puzzling. And then, another name for this puzzle is “The Devil’s Staircase.” However any association between that particular name, Obama’s strange religious references, and our country’s fate under Obama is purely coincidental.

Loxodonta on April 15, 2009 at 5:42 PM

A foundation… built on top of pillars? What?

What is the point of that “parable” supposed to be? As near as I can tell, all that says is that Barak Hussein Obama knows less about architecture than he knows about Christianity. And he knows even less about economics.

logis on April 15, 2009 at 5:27 PM

Were we to take him at his word it means that we shall build our future upon Islam. I take it that he is an idiot that attempts to synthesize Christianity and Islam and Leftism and thinks we will swoon and comply regardless of his incoherency.

However, there is another meaning to the Five Pillars, as it may also refer to a puzzle, which requires a certain pattern of looping back and forth in order to untangle. I only bring this up because Obama often seems so puzzling. And then, another name for this puzzle is “The Devil’s Staircase.” However any association between that particular name, Obama’s strange religious references, and our country’s fate under Obama is purely coincidental.

Loxodonta on April 15, 2009 at 5:42 PM

Certainly we hope a coincidence! ;)

Yes, this is common to all Islam, it started with the murdering pedophile himself.

Yup, this is a mangling of theologisms of incredible proportions. Had Bush done this the left would have demanded he be institutionalized on the spot.

What worries me most, is Zero’s seemingly incessant efforts to pull Islam into the mainstream of American politics and policy. Those happy few that dispute my concerns that Islam informs his worldview might wish to consider what he has in mind. ;)

Maquis on April 15, 2009 at 5:55 PM

What worries me most, is Zero’s seemingly incessant efforts to pull Islam into the mainstream of American politics and policy. Those happy few that dispute my concerns that Islam informs his worldview might wish to consider what he has in mind. ;)

Maquis on April 15, 2009 at 5:55 PM

Just remember, Obama means peace.

Loxodonta on April 15, 2009 at 6:05 PM

Stupidité

Wanderlust on April 15, 2009 at 7:06 PM

What a dork.

Bathroom scene:

Normal Person: “Honey, can you bring me a roll of toilet paper? I didn’t notice we’re out in here.”

Obama: “Honey, can you reset the teleprompter? It froze and I don’t know what to do next…”

Daggett on April 15, 2009 at 7:20 PM

The obama is also mistaken if he thinks freedom and the pursuit of happiness is paralleled with Liberty, Equality, and Brotherhood. The French revolution had a communist element before communism even formally existed. The Jacobins, the original leftists, championed the idea of equality of all men, eschewing the idea of an American meritocracy, who in turn, need to form a union, or brotherhood, to stave off the “oppressive yoke” of the bourgeois.

That is not part of the founding fathers American ideology or philosophy. In America, while all men are born equal, they are not maintained that way by the state. And there certainly was no call for a brotherhood. There was no ideal of class warfare that was the hallmark of the French revolution. They only reason why France didn’t become the world’s first communist state, was because the Jacobins themselves were executed, and Napoleon arrived and instituted his own code. But that talk of Liberty, Equality, Brotherhood would be echoed again in Czarist Russia. We know what happened there.

That is scary talk, obama. Either you are ignorant of basic high school history, or you are a leftist.

Damn, could it be both?

keep the change on April 15, 2009 at 8:32 AM

Thank you for posting that.

mikeyboss on April 15, 2009 at 8:05 PM

I take it that he is an idiot that attempts to synthesize Christianity and Islam and Leftism and thinks we will swoon and comply regardless of his incoherency.

It’s called Nation of Islam. Nation of Islam is to regular Islam as Kwanzaa is to Christmas.

To Muslims, even the Wahhabis and Al Qaida, hatred of the United States is merely a means to a spiritual end. With Nation of Islam, it’s the other way around: The “GOD DAMN AMERICA” stuff is their meat and potatoes – and the Christian and Islamic references are just tacked onto that as an afterthought.

Everything else they preach – whether that’s Obama’s “Five Pillars holding up the foundation of sand”, or Louis Farrakhan’s “Mother Wheel” spaceship – none of that is SUPPOSED to make any sense. They just keep spouting as much gibberish as possible so nobody takes all that stuff about killing white people too seriously.

logis on April 15, 2009 at 8:25 PM

how in the world is “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” the same as “liberty, equality and fraternity”? Besides liberty, one idealizes free enterprise while the other idealizes socialism. Is it any wonder America is the economic powerhouse of the world while France is known for its 30 something hour workweeks and strikes?

Phoenician on April 18, 2009 at 9:15 PM

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