Obamateurism of the Day

posted at 8:05 am on April 16, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

The office of the presidency confers certain authority, such as having access to data collected by executive branch organizations before the information gets released to the public. Presidents usually review that data before making pronouncements, just to be sure that they don’t get undercut later by conflicting analyses from one’s own branch of government. Or, in Tuesday’s case, almost simultaneously:

OBAMA: All these actions — the Recovery Act, the bank capitalization program, the housing plan, the strengthening of the non-bank credit market, the auto plan, and our work at the G-20 — all have been necessary pieces of the recovery puzzle.

They’ve been designed to increase aggregate demand, to get credit flowing again to families and businesses, and to help families and businesses ride out the storm. And taken together, these actions are starting to generate signs of economic progress.

At the same time, the Treasury was announcing this:

Retail sales dropped sharply in March, the government reported, and wholesale prices fell steeply. Both pieces of data underscore the hard slog the nation faces to emerge from its deep recession and the limitations of more optimistic talk from Washington. The stock market fell 2 percent, as measured by the Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index. …

And the latest economic readings yesterday underscored that conditions remain weak. Retail sales fell 1.1 percent in March, compared with the previous month. Analysts had expected a slight gain.

The Commerce Department said that sales fell among every type of retailer except food and beverage and personal-care stores. The largest decrease was at electronics and appliance stores, which dropped 5.9 percent. Auto sales fell 2.3 percent compared with February, while clothing stores were down 1.8 percent.

When compared with the same month last year, total March sales dropped 9.4 percent.

And unemployment jumped to 8.5% in March as well. So where are those signs of progress? Didn’t anyone bother to tell President Obama of the bad numbers his own branch would announce the same day as he bragged about his policies generating progress on the economy? The right hand of this administration does not know what the left hand is doing …. and it’s arguable that the head in between doesn’t have much of a clue, either.

Got an Obamateurism of the Day? If you see a foul-up by Barack Obama, e-mail it to me at obamaisms@edmorrissey.com with the quote and the link to the Obamateurism. I’ll post the best Obamateurisms on a daily basis, depending on how many I receive. Include a link to your blog, and I’ll give some link love as well. And unlike Slate, I promise to end the feature when Barack Obama leaves office.

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I am reminded of a scene from the end of Animal House… Of a young ROTC officer yelling “All is well” as a crowd of panicky parade attenders run him over…

doriangrey on April 16, 2009 at 8:12 AM

You are right..he hasnt a clue.

becki51758 on April 16, 2009 at 8:14 AM

86 days in and BO shows no indication that he’s capable of acquiring the skills to handle the job.

If there was a 90 day probationary period, he would be let go.

The Tsunami is coming. Buckle up.

there it is on April 16, 2009 at 8:18 AM

I rather liked Obama’s line this week, although I can’t remember which event it came from, that if consumers wouldn’t go out and spend money then the government needed to do it.

BigD on April 16, 2009 at 8:18 AM

I don’t know if he cares that he doesn’t have a clue.

He wanted/needed to give a speech about how things are getting better and he did not care or care to know that government statistics would show otherwise.

But we all knew because we were paying attention. Most people were not paying attention and they probably still don’t know about it.

myrenovations on April 16, 2009 at 8:19 AM

But the only thing the MSM will report on is the crap Obama spewed out. I am so sick of trying to correct people who indignantly insist that I don’t know what I’m talking about because “They saw it on CNN, Obama SAID the economy was getting much better”. Makes me want to slap ‘em!

anniekc on April 16, 2009 at 8:24 AM

GWB intercepts internationally directed communications with known Islamofascists. Every Leftist in America cries foul at the presumed abuse of power.

BHO pushes out the Bush National CyberSecurity Chief and inserts his own. In another breaking record, Obama manages to direct the NSA to intercept massive private American citizen’s emails and phone calls “on a scale far beyond the broad limits set by Congress.”

Obama’s Justice Dept. vows “comprehensive steps to correct & comply.” Meanwhile, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence that oversees the entire intelligence community did not address specifics, but instead generalized “when INADVERTENT mistakes are made, we take it very seriously and work immediately to correct them.”–NYT, Eric Lichtblau & James Risen

Just how does “inadvertent” fit into the effort exercised in intercepting private emails and phone calls of non-criminal American citizens?

Top it off with Napolitano’s radical report.

maverick muse on April 16, 2009 at 8:24 AM

doriangrey on April 16, 2009 at 8:12 AM

I was going to make the exact same analogy about another “ism” from last week but got distracted by somethi……….

oh look, cows.

Jim708 on April 16, 2009 at 8:25 AM

Somewhere you must have missed the memo, Ed: it doesn’t matter the veracity of what He says, it’s only how He looks saying it, how cool He and others perceive Him(self) to be, and the stentorian tones with which He utters His every pronouncement.

Captain Scarlet on April 16, 2009 at 8:28 AM

Bush Sr.:
“a thousand points of light”
“Read my lips: NO NEW TAXES”

Obama Knock-off:
“I promise TAX CUTS”
hope ‘n see a glimmer of light

maverick muse on April 16, 2009 at 8:30 AM

Maybe Obama is living in John(Silky)Edwards two America’s!

One America is reality,the facts on the economy speaks for themselves!!

And the other America,is of the Liberal view that
grasping Obama Hope,everything will be pushing up
rose’s!!

And,of course,with a Liberal Administration,can you have
a Catostrophic Doomsday Crisis one week,and by the next
week,Obama is claiming ‘Mission Accomplished’ on saving
the economy,

shimmer and glimmer, of Hope and all!!!!!!(Sarc).

canopfor on April 16, 2009 at 8:31 AM

oh look, cows.

Jim708 on April 16, 2009 at 8:25 AM

You kill it… I’ll grill it… ;)

doriangrey on April 16, 2009 at 8:31 AM

And,of course,with a Liberal Administration,can you have
a Catostrophic Doomsday Crisis one week,and by the next
week,Obama is claiming ‘Mission Accomplished’ on saving
the economy,

shimmer and glimmer, of Hope and all!!!!!!(Sarc).

canopfor on April 16, 2009 at 8:31 AM

I am the GREAT and TERRIBLE Oz One… Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain…

doriangrey on April 16, 2009 at 8:32 AM

Too bad our genius in chief knows nothing about economics. Pumping unwanted supply does not create demand it reduces values. Demand, here, the willingness of people to buy a car, a house is non-existent. It will stay that way until people trust in their future, and nothing these clowns are doing, builds that trust

and trivial $400 checks do not inspire people to make long-term commitments. its political theater

billypaintbrush on April 16, 2009 at 8:34 AM

if consumers wouldn’t go out and spend money then the government needed to do it.

BigD on April 16, 2009 at 8:18 AM

+1 another occasion wherein Obama’s eloquence was found wanting.

BECAUSE, contrary to what you might read in the Constitution, with or without public ballot, definitely against the public majority protestations, it is the JOB of the Obama government to overtax citizens while spending the nation beyond “debt” into bankruptcy.

maverick muse on April 16, 2009 at 8:37 AM

I once heard an “inside the beltway” reporter say that Republican administrations were run like a corporation with a top-down structure while Democratic administrations all had little camps of power. This is probably why you get a sense of disorganization from Democrats. Not that I’m defending The One or anything.

Kafir on April 16, 2009 at 8:38 AM

Progress to a liberal/progressive means statist control of the economy, so as far Obama is concerned, the bad numbers would lead to more statist control and that is progress to Mr. Obama.

eaglewingz08 on April 16, 2009 at 8:42 AM

I am the GREAT and TERRIBLE ONE….

doriangrey on April 16,2009 at 8:32AM

doriangrey:

This is so predictable,of Liberals,as if this is a surprise!

Republicans in charge,Liberals announce its the end of Mankind!

Liberals in charge,and its Utopian Narvana!

And,as predictable when the Right protest,the Left call it
a fraud as in the Tea Partys!:)

canopfor on April 16, 2009 at 8:43 AM

Eventually, Ayn Rand will be proven right.

Wino on April 16, 2009 at 8:47 AM

maverick muse on April 16, 2009 at 8:30 AM

”A beam of light will come down upon you, you will experience an epiphany … and you will suddenly realize that you must go to the polls and vote for Obama”"

amkun on April 16, 2009 at 8:47 AM

Two months ago, Ed criticized Obama for being all doom and gloom on the economy.

Now, Obama is putting a positive spin and that’s bad.

It’s almost like Ed is just criticizing Obama for the sake of criticism ;)

e-pirate on April 16, 2009 at 8:48 AM

Eventually, Ayn Rand will be proven right.

Wino on April 16, 2009 at 8:47 AM

Eventually the liberals will get everything they ever wanted… And their will be nobody left to save them from the hell on earth they have created.

doriangrey on April 16, 2009 at 8:48 AM

Some might say,Obama is `Out of Touch`,
or sumpin like that!!

And,I`m stunned TOTUS hasn`t taken the fall
for this,or for that matter,been set-up!!

canopfor on April 16, 2009 at 8:50 AM

I’m not particularly concerned about monthly retail sales or unemployment figures. The conservative message should be that downturns are part of the cycle of a capitalist economy. Obama and the socialists are trying to use a normal contraction to destroy the system itself.

billypaintbrush on April 16, 2009 at 8:34 AM

This is correct, but not heard from our leaders, who themselves know little but how to run for office. Reagan used to meet personally with Friedman. He knew what he believed in because he understood why it was true.

Ted Torgerson on April 16, 2009 at 8:52 AM

Eventually the liberals will get everything they ever wanted… And their will be nobody left to save them from the hell on earth they have created.

doriangrey on April 16, 2009 at 8:48 AM

Leftism sure seems to be a sign of the end of civilization, huh? It’s not a state of mind that lends itself to cultural or civilizational evolution. Rather, everyone ends up hating each other, the country it infects falls apart or is destroyed by enemies from abroad that the country is now too weak, physically or mentally, to deal with, and it’s reduced to starting back over from nothing.

Leftism is the great equalizer, if you will.

amkun on April 16, 2009 at 8:57 AM

It is not a case of the right hand not knowing what the left hand is doing. It is a case of the right hand not knowing what the right hand is doing.

Face it, Obama is making this stuff up as he goes along.

coldwarrior on April 16, 2009 at 8:58 AM

e-pirate on April 16, 2009 at 8:48 AM

It’s almost like you don’t care about being lied to, as long as someone you like is doing it. ;)

Jim Treacher on April 16, 2009 at 8:58 AM

And not only all this, but now Obama is presenting himself as Jesus Christ. In the same speech yesterday, he invoked the parable of the house built on a rock; he likened himself and his “policies” to that rock that will allow our country to stand in the face of the storm that confronts us. My gosh, that man’s hubris knows no bounds.

jwehman on April 16, 2009 at 9:03 AM

Two months ago, Ed criticized Obama for being all doom and gloom on the economy.

Now, Obama is putting a positive spin and that’s bad.

It’s almost like Ed is just criticizing Obama for the sake of criticism ;)

e-pirate on April 16, 2009 at 8:48 AM

Yeah, sort of like putting a positive spin on the Titanic:
“Look everyone, we now have ice for our gin & tonics!”

You really don’t get the point of the Obamateurisms of the Day thing, do you?

rbj on April 16, 2009 at 9:03 AM

Either Barry should ask for his money back form Harvard, or Harvard should release his grades.

Cause, so far, they’re both looking like idiots.

Saltysam on April 16, 2009 at 9:05 AM

Face it, Obama is making this stuff up as he goes along.

coldwarrior on April 16, 2009 at 8:58 AM

At least when you face it, you have the solace of knowing you have the truth on your side.

Makes the ramon noodles go down better.

Saltysam on April 16, 2009 at 9:07 AM

doriangrey on April 16, 2009 at 8:12 AM

That ROTC man was Kevin Bacon as Chip Diller.

Odie1941 on April 16, 2009 at 9:23 AM

“Remember Jerry, it’s not a lie…if you believe it.” — George Costanza

CP on April 16, 2009 at 9:24 AM

With all the money this administration is spending, you would think they could afford more than one teleprompter.

percysunshine on April 16, 2009 at 9:25 AM

Didn’t anyone bother to tell President Obama of the bad numbers his own branch would announce the same day as he bragged about his policies generating progress on the economy?

The Precedent is just trying to keep some consistency with the claim that he was so clueless that he wasn’t even aware that the Tea Parties were taking place. He knew that it stretched credulity, to say the least, that the same person who was all over TV blasting the words of a couple of minor journalists and talk show hosts (of which Santelli’s was one of the drivers of the Tea Parties) and of the small mobs bussed in to harass AIG executives would be totally unaware of the tea parties themselves, that he decided to double down on the whole “clueless” and “ignorant” theme.

Besides, he just loves lying to people, and the dumber the lie, the more of a kick he gets out of it!

progressoverpeace on April 16, 2009 at 9:31 AM

I rather liked Obama’s line this week, although I can’t remember which event it came from, that if consumers wouldn’t go out and spend money then the government needed to do it.

BigD on April 16, 2009 at 8:18 AM

So, under the standard economic assumption that consumers, in aggregate, are rational, then this implies that the government is going to behave irrationally.

That pretty much sums it up.

mr.blacksheep on April 16, 2009 at 9:36 AM

It’s almost like Ed is just criticizing Obama for the sake of criticism ;)

e-pirate on April 16, 2009 at 8:48 AM

But questioning the President is patriotic, and every American citizen’s right and duty.

Hillary Clinton told me so in 2003.

Del Dolemonte on April 16, 2009 at 9:39 AM

If there was a 90 day probationary period, he would be let go.
there it is on April 16, 2009

Great line. I wouldn’t have hired him in the first place. He’s too easy to read as a liar from the get go.

SKYFOX on April 16, 2009 at 9:40 AM

Great line. I wouldn’t have hired him in the first place. He’s too easy to read as a liar from the get go.

SKYFOX on April 16, 2009 at 9:40 AM

Indeed. Too much obfuscating about his background, lying about his involvement with Ayers, Wright, Rezko and others. “As I have said all along ‘X’”, when he’s obviously not said “X” “all along”. Slimy, wormy, mealy-mouthed, lying and insincere. Other than that, he’s of great character.

mr.blacksheep on April 16, 2009 at 9:45 AM

It simply doesn’t matter to them. Obama knows that whatever he says will be swallowed my the masses and the facts will be ignored, if ever revealed.

Grafted on April 16, 2009 at 10:12 AM

Oh, Obama knows what’s going on.

His eyes are on the prize: a complete dismantling of America, while the Muslim Brotherhood continues to infiltrate the government at all levels.

November 4th, 2008 was a coup d’etat and the MSM has fully greased the wheels, and continues to grease the wheels for the al-Mansourian Candidate.

It’s time NOW to speak up to liberal friends and families….I’m slowly getting through to people … liberal white guilt that makes them sooooo proud to vote for a non-white (who cares if he’s an anti-American, marxist, Alinsky-loving freak?) is the only thing holding them back in their madness.

I send people to HotAir.com and Lucianne.com and ask them just to compare with NYT, CNN, ABC, and the other MSM outlets.

Just compare.

Let’s roll.

ex-Democrat on April 16, 2009 at 10:12 AM

Let’s call it what it is, community organizer mentality.

Unfortunately Husssein is not the president of ACORN, and now that I think about it, he might not have the qualifications for that job either.

But isn’t it just darling the way the MSM slobbers all over him as he trips over his own feet?

fogw on April 16, 2009 at 10:14 AM

Atlas is starting to Shrug

Kuffar on April 16, 2009 at 10:16 AM

I rather liked Obama’s line this week, although I can’t remember which event it came from, that if consumers wouldn’t go out and spend money then the government needed to do it.

BigD on April 16, 2009 at 8:18 AM

Well, that pretty much sums up “progressive” economic theory, and we are all guinea pigs now to see if it works. Never has before, but that hasn’t stopped President Emanuel from trying it again.

rockmom on April 16, 2009 at 10:17 AM

Obama’s Sermon on the Mount @ Georgetown

“We cannot rebuild this economy on the same pile of sand,” he added. “We must build our house upon a rock.”

Having removed the label of Christ from where he stood to preach, Obama infers HIMSELF as the rock, directs America to reference the bottomless pit of national bankruptcy as the rock, and would replace capitalism with socialism as the rock.

Obama mistook rock for millstone.

maverick muse on April 16, 2009 at 10:30 AM

If there was a 90 day probationary period, he would be let go.–there it is on April 16, 2009

heh.

Amend to accompany the Constitution’s citizenship requirement of every POTUS.

maverick muse on April 16, 2009 at 10:35 AM

Facts are irrelevant to the message.

Obama and his administration will continue to do this, piece by piece, regardless of what’s going on.

Obama’s audinece are those who don’t work anyway, those who get government handouts already, and don’t care about and have no real stake in any recovery anyway.

catmman on April 16, 2009 at 10:37 AM

go out and spend money then the government needed to do it.

BigD on April 16, 2009 at 8:18 AM

Well, that pretty much sums up “progressive” economic theory, and we are all guinea pigs now to see if it works. Never has before, but that hasn’t stopped President Emanuel from trying it again.

rockmom on April 16, 2009 at 10:17 AM

Progressive” rat trap.

maverick muse on April 16, 2009 at 10:42 AM

Obama is putting a positive spin and that’s bad.

Did you even think before you typed this? You admit Obama is lying by spinning the truth.

catmman on April 16, 2009 at 10:44 AM

Yeah, sort of like putting a positive spin on the Titanic:
“Look everyone, we now have ice for our gin & tonics!”
rbj on April 16, 2009 at 9:03 AM

Is that yours? That is brilliant!
I’m stealing that.

carbon_footprint on April 16, 2009 at 10:46 AM

Let the Spinning Wheel Turn

maverick muse on April 16, 2009 at 10:51 AM

Just another example of all that ‘vast executive experience’ The One brought to the job.

GarandFan on April 16, 2009 at 11:09 AM

Well, almost 100 days in and we are convinced that Obama can’t do much of anything. I am pretty well set in my opinion because I haven’t seen anything to convince me otherwise. I do not see any evidence of his taking direction or instruction. For one that doesn’t know much this is very dangerous.

BetseyRoss on April 16, 2009 at 11:15 AM

If there was a 90 day probationary period, he would be let go.
there it is on April 16, 2009 at 8:18 AM

We have a 90 day probation period. Had one boy wonder, who at 60 days, was still a total failure. Tried to get the super to get him back for more training, or we were going to be stuck with a problem employee. Was told we didn’t have it in the budget, so no go.

Ten years later, he’s a lazy POS who won’t do 6 hours worth of work in 8 hours, countless union grievances, and several dozen EEOC complaints. Almost all thrown out. The customers hate him, he’s a blithering idiot, and we’re just plain stuck. So, the probationary period is no guarantee.

bikermailman on April 16, 2009 at 12:32 PM

Two months ago, Ed criticized Obama for being all doom and gloom on the economy.

Now, Obama is putting a positive spin and that’s bad.

It’s almost like Ed is just criticizing Obama for the sake of criticism ;)

e-pirate on April 16, 2009 at 8:48 AM

Two months ago was before Obama opened the deficit floodgates. Wide Open. Keep up, epirate.

Basilsbest on April 16, 2009 at 1:12 PM

When Obama said there was a glimmer of hope, I hoped he would announce his resignation. Instead he continued to bloviate. Things aren’t working out so well for Billy Ayers’ buddy. Quelle surprise.

Next time, maybe the people will ignore the left wing morons who control the media and not elect someone whose only executive experience was as head of a radical school experiment that failed miserably.

Basilsbest on April 16, 2009 at 1:24 PM

Either Barry should ask for his money back form Harvard, or Harvard should release his grades.

Cause, so far, they’re both looking like idiots.

Saltysam on April 16, 2009 at 9:05 AM

That assumes that BHO actually paid money TO Haaavaud. My guess is that he got through on a “diversity” scholarship. So basically, Harvard comes out looking like an idiot both ways.

Looking forward, given the direction The One is taking the country, how proud do you think Harvard will be of the fact that Obama is a Harvard alumni?

AZfederalist on April 16, 2009 at 2:16 PM

“Remember Jerry, it’s not a lie…if you believe it.” — George Costanza

CP on April 16, 2009 at 9:24 AM

it’s it not a lie…if I am saying it.” – The One

OneConservative on April 16, 2009 at 8:50 PM