Obamateurism of the Day; Update: Video added

posted at 8:05 am on May 12, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Andrew Malcolm points out the latest hypocrisy from Barack Obama. The President reacted in righteous indignation in early February when a taxpayer-subsidized group decided to hold a meeting in Las Vegas in order to drum up business:

President Obama has repeatedly urged Wall Street executives to show restraint if they expect government help. “You can’t get corporate jets. You can’t go take a trip to Las Vegas or go down to the Super Bowl on the taxpayer’s dime, ” Obama said at a town meeting this week in Elkhart, Ind.

Apparently, that’s no problem for another set of taxpayer-subsidized recipients looking to drum up business:

And what better way for a new Democratic administration to symbolize cutting out excess in a time of hardship for millions of Americans than to hold a mega-fundraiser in Las Vegas, that urban personification of understatement, for a guy with millions in hand already and no one to spend it against?

Though the Democratic Senate Majority Leader’s May 26 fundraiser at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace will feature Strip headliner Midler and songstress Crow, the biggest draw will be the Commander-in-Chief himself. …

Well, now that they finished their $357,012 taxpayer-funded photo op over the Statue of Liberty, Air Force One is coming to the capital of neon with the somewhat less-new president, who’ll become the fundraiser-in-chief at least for a night.

Maybe they’re looking for another photo op over Mandalay Bay, or perhaps over New York, New York. I think they have a Statue of Liberty there that would make a good backdrop for Scare Force One.

So let’s recap. Companies that take TARP money can’t hold business conferences in Las Vegas, but politicians who run up $2 trillion deficits by throwing TARP money at businesses can hold fundraisers there. Ohhhhh-kay.

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please send this to all Congress.

kelley in virginia on May 12, 2009 at 8:09 AM

please send this to all Congress.

kelley in virginia on May 12, 2009 at 8:09 AM

Please don’t.

They’ll think it’s a great idea and do it themselves.

VelvetElvis on May 12, 2009 at 8:13 AM

elvis, you’re probably right. however, maybe some of our Congressman are good gamblers & could finance ACORN, socialized medicine, nationalized banks, government GM, etc. with winnings.

kelley in virginia on May 12, 2009 at 8:16 AM

I thought Hopey said America is in a DEPRESSION,
worst depression ever,its a Crisis,end of the world!

Meanwhile,Hopey/Changey organizes a tour to Las Vegas,
and spends America taxpayer money,for fund raising!

Cut to the chase,the Liberal Party is partying,and
celebrating that their in power!

But,Liberals can piss money left,right,and centre,but
they can’t come up with funding for schoola vouchers in
Washington for African American students!!

canopfor on May 12, 2009 at 8:19 AM

Even the word narcissist is a pale and hollow description of Obama. But hey, just remember he won, to the victor go the spoils eh Barrak….

doriangrey on May 12, 2009 at 8:19 AM

Oops,thats school,not schoola,Ugh!

canopfor on May 12, 2009 at 8:24 AM

Why doesn’t he do some real president work and go clear some brush?

e-pirate on May 12, 2009 at 8:24 AM

For all the trolls on this site who mistakenly claim that Carrie Prejean is a “hypocrite”….well, in this instance, The Precedent is a hypocrite.

ladyingray on May 12, 2009 at 8:24 AM

Ceasar’s Palace has a lot of those Roman columns that Barack likes so much.Will they all be wearing togas…?

NeoKong on May 12, 2009 at 8:27 AM

canopfor on May 12, 2009 at 8:19 AM

Au contraire! Diane Sawyer told me this morning that “the recession is over!”
I heard her say it several times so it must be true.

Watch the video:
Is Recession’s End in Sight?
Financial expert Liz Ann Sonders sees economic progress ahead.

Brat on May 12, 2009 at 8:30 AM

The Precedent is a hypocrite.

ladyingray on May 12, 2009 at 8:24 AM

Nah, he’s just better than you.

James on May 12, 2009 at 8:30 AM

Why doesn’t he do some real president work and go clear some brush?

e-parasite on May 12, 2009 at 8:24 AM

Because he is far to busy fiddling while America burns to the ground.

doriangrey on May 12, 2009 at 8:32 AM

Why doesn’t he do some real president work and go clear some brush?

e-pirate on May 12, 2009 at 8:24 AM

non sequitur. But I suppose that’s all you have when your Dear Leader shows a “parties for me, but not for thee” attitude. Besides, Bush never called for business executives to cut back.

And business should be spending money, even on jets and Las Vegas. It helps keep the economy going.

rbj on May 12, 2009 at 8:32 AM

The Precedent is a hypocrite.

ladyingray on May 12, 2009 at 8:24 AM

How dare you insult Prince Obarfy of the Enlightened Obarfy Badministration!

blatantblue on May 12, 2009 at 8:35 AM

wearing togas…..?

NeoKong on May 12,2009 at 8:27AM.

NeoKong: That would be,

Hopey/Changeys Roman Temple Pillars of Perpetual Hope
and NeverEnding Change,guarded by,the Temple Pillar
Troopers!!!!!!!!!hehe:)

canopfor on May 12, 2009 at 8:36 AM

e-pirate: have you ever cleared brush? its real work. it also clears the body & mind so that the day-to-day stresses become easier to bear.

but bambi is not bearing any stresses. he leaves policy to rahm, speeches to TOTUS & the ‘splaining to Gibbs.

kelley in virginia on May 12, 2009 at 8:37 AM

actually, this is not funny in a “ha-ha” sense, but funny in a “wow, a politician can’t find the words…sense”

boehner says the Reps can’t find the words to describe how awful bambi’s budge proposal is.

that must be some budget.

kelley in virginia on May 12, 2009 at 8:39 AM

he leaves policy to rahm,speeches to TOTUS&the ‘splaining to Gibbs.

kelley in virginia on May 12,2009 at 8:37AM.

kelley in virginia:

I think you hit a trifecta!!hehe:)

canopfor on May 12, 2009 at 8:42 AM

Is the LA Times actually going to question the hypocrisy of The [novice] One?

OMG! Media check n balance alert!!!!

scottm on May 12, 2009 at 8:42 AM

canopfor on May 12, 2009 at 8:19 AM

Au contraire! Diane Sawyer told me this morning that “the recession is over!”
I heard her say it several times so it must be true.

Watch the video:
Is Recession’s End in Sight?
Financial expert Liz Ann Sonders sees economic progress ahead.

Brat on May 12, 2009 at 8:30 AM

Not quite what “our” economic guru says at the NYT’s:

“Actually, a multiyear period of economic weakness looks likely in any case. The economy may no longer be plunging, but it’s very hard to see where a real recovery will come from. And if the economy does stay depressed for a long time, banks will be in much bigger trouble than the stress tests — which looked only two years ahead — are able to capture.

Finally, given the possibility of bigger losses in the future, the government’s evident unwillingness either to own banks or let them fail creates a heads-they-win-tails-we-lose situation. If all goes well, the bankers will win big. If the current strategy fails, taxpayers will be forced to pay for another bailout.” Krugman

Appearently Diane and Paul are not on quite the same page.

Rovin on May 12, 2009 at 8:45 AM

but bambi is not bearing any stresses. he leaves policy to rahm, speeches to TOTUS & the ’splaining to Gibbs.

kelley in virginia on May 12, 2009 at 8:37 AM

So we shouldn’t be mad at Obama for ruining America, he’s not actually doing it, we should focus all our energy on Rahm Emmanual?

I’m having difficulty remembering who I should be outrageously outraged by.

e-pirate on May 12, 2009 at 8:46 AM

the recession is over when neil cavuto says so.

kelley in virginia on May 12, 2009 at 8:47 AM

Because he is far to busy fiddling while America burns to the ground.

doriangrey on May 12, 2009 at 8:32 AM

I’m not sure that’s the metaphor you want to go with, since I quoted an activity the previous president partook in while our economy crumbled/Katrina hit/any number of other examples.

e-pirate on May 12, 2009 at 8:49 AM

I hear Obama will be doing his Elvis impersonation of ‘A Little Less Conversation’

A little less conversation, a little more action please
All this aggravation aint satisfactioning me
A little more bite and a little less bark
A little less fight and a little more spark
Close your mouth and open up your heart and baby satisfy me
Satisfy me baby

Onus on May 12, 2009 at 8:49 AM

e-pirate: wait, bush wasn’t sitting around doing nothing when Katrina hit. Bush conjured up the storm & directed it to hit poor, black people who had an idjit for mayor & a blubbering idjit for governor.

well, maybe it was karl rove, the magnificent bastard.

kelley in virginia on May 12, 2009 at 8:54 AM

While he’s there, he can take some of our govt. $ and try his hand at the tables. Maybe he can win enough to cover the deficit.

What? Makes as much economic sense as the “bailout” plan.

cs89 on May 12, 2009 at 8:56 AM

I’m not sure that’s the metaphor you want to go with, since I quoted an activity the previous president partook in while our economy crumbled/Katrina hit/any number of other examples.

e-parasite on May 12, 2009 at 8:49 AM

That you are not sure is no great surprise, had you anything even remotely resembling an actual education rather than the “new” socialist indoctrination you would not be making such a fool of yourself. But alas you are a victim of your indoctrination and consequently incapable of genuine honest intellectual discourse, were you otherwise you would not be throwing up straw-man false canards regarding Bush’s brush clearing at a time when none of those events you describe were actually happening.

doriangrey on May 12, 2009 at 8:58 AM

Obama has left the room.

Yoop on May 12, 2009 at 8:58 AM

I’m having difficulty remembering who I should be outrageously outraged by.

It looks like you’re having difficulty with the handy list of BDS one-liners. You aren’t alone, though. I know it’s difficult, but you nitiwts keep plugging them into just any old topic at random. This is what happens when you use a cheat sheet.

You Obamabots are bringing a chemistry cheat sheet to a biology exam, resulting in much hilarity.

reaganaut on May 12, 2009 at 9:01 AM

The blatant hypocrisy of this president should contribute nicely to his downfall. His penchant for the good life on our dime will catch up to him. Very similar to how Imelda’s shoe collection became the symbol of her criminal hypocrisy.

sherry on May 12, 2009 at 9:09 AM

Expect Yet Another Hypocrisy, Yet Another Lie, and Yet Another Outrageous Decision at least once daily for the next 3.5 years.

Why? Because nobody who can do anything about it cares. Because they love to tweak those of us with sensibilities. They love to rub it in our faces that with all the power they have and the media in their pockets, they can get away with anything.

I’m sure they’re enjoying every moment of our outrage.

Daggett on May 12, 2009 at 9:12 AM

Maybe Penn & Teller can make him disapear.

Alden Pyle on May 12, 2009 at 9:13 AM

Gibbs will say: “I dunno…what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.”

qestout on May 12, 2009 at 9:16 AM

Air Force One is coming to the capital of neon with the somewhat less-new president, who’ll become the fundraiser-in-chief at least for a night.

Air Force One is going to need a refit for new engine-hour-meters that have room for more digits. If it is ever on the ground long enough.

Yoop on May 12, 2009 at 9:18 AM

You aren’t alone, though. I know it’s difficult, but you nitiwts keep plugging them into just any old topic at random.
reaganaut on May 12, 2009 at 9:01 AM

They have a Moonbat Magic Eight Ball, and some examples:

It’s Bush’s fault
Inherited mess
Scroll up(oops!)

mossberg500 on May 12, 2009 at 9:18 AM

elvis, you’re probably right. however, maybe some of our Congressman are good gamblers & could finance ACORN, socialized medicine, nationalized banks, government GM, etc. with winnings.

kelley in virginia on May 12, 2009 at 8:16 AM

They are only good at gambling with our money. Unfortunately everyone is a loser.

Dasher on May 12, 2009 at 9:26 AM

They have a Moonbat Magic Eight Ball, and some examples:

It’s Bush’s fault
Inherited mess
Scroll up(oops!)

mossberg500 on May 12, 2009 at 9:18 AM

As I have always said…

It’s torture…

Tax break for 95%…

Bush lied…

Karl Rove…

Cheney… Halliburton…

WMDs…

It’s a BIG ball.

Yoop on May 12, 2009 at 9:29 AM

Democrats seem to fall slightly below tapeworms in the grand scheme of things.

Wine_N_Dine on May 12, 2009 at 9:48 AM

Thanks for letting me know when not to go to Vegas.

OTOH, no wonder these people have no idea what is really going on in the world. They are too busy partying and blowing my money.

ORconservative on May 12, 2009 at 9:49 AM

Wonder if Dear Leader will answer the door in his bathrobe. If he wins big at the craps table does the money belong to the taxpayers?

Kissmygrits on May 12, 2009 at 10:05 AM

Additional thought. Wonder if this is a payback for SEIU. Can’t really give them any TARP money, oh wait, Yes We Can.

Kissmygrits on May 12, 2009 at 10:08 AM

Just a question to clarify, Ed:

Is “Obamateurism” a euphemism for something else?

This post seems that way. He’s not so much amateur as he is disingenuous, conniving, arrogant, and ill-willed.

Am I wrong here?

bluelightbrigade on May 12, 2009 at 10:19 AM

bluelightbrigade

I think Ed has it pegged and the term if apt. A smart and seasoned politician would not make as many rookie mistakes regardless of the preponderance of bad personal traits.

SKYFOX on May 12, 2009 at 10:44 AM

SKYFOX on May 12, 2009 at 10:44 AM

Yeah, I agree. It’s just that recent posts titled OOTD seem to really just be pointing out The One’s [massive] character flaws, not merely his [obvious]rookie goofs.

Yesterday’s was a classic example: He’s simply a liar. What’s amateurish about that? He’s had all of his life to hone that skill.

bluelightbrigade on May 12, 2009 at 10:55 AM

Why doesn’t he do some real president work and go clear some brush?

e-parasite on May 12, 2009 at 8:24 AM

racist

max1 on May 12, 2009 at 11:10 AM

Maybe Penn & Teller can make him disapear.

Alden Pyle on May 12, 2009 at 9:13 AM

maybe a magic trick where tigers make him dissapear, one bite at a time……….

UNREPENTANT CONSERVATIVE CAPITOLIST on May 12, 2009 at 11:33 AM

I wonder if Tom Hanks is already making a movie about how Christianity is bad, gambling is good, and casts himself has Obama, The One.

kirkill on May 12, 2009 at 2:48 PM

The Unions and Las Vegas must be opposing families.

- The Cat

MirCat on May 12, 2009 at 2:54 PM