Obamateurism of the Day

posted at 8:05 am on May 29, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Noah Pollak at Commentary Magazine caught this confused metaphor from the man who stood in front of the Barackopolis to accept his party’s nomination. In his speech last week entitled “Two Pillars of a New Foundation,” Pollak wonders whether Obama normally lives in upside-down houses:

I have spoken repeatedly of the need to lay a new foundation for lasting prosperity; a foundation that will support good jobs and rising incomes; a foundation for economic growth where we no longer rely on excessive debt and reckless risk – but instead on skilled workers and sound investments to lead the world in the industries of the 21st century.

Two pillars of this new foundation are clean energy and health care.

Pollak wonders:

Does Obama know that pillars rest on top of foundations, not the other way around?

He should know it if he was paying attention to this:

Maybe that was supposed to be the Parthenon’s basement.

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Foundations rest on “footers”, but “pillars” sound a bit more Obamaesque.

flipflop on May 29, 2009 at 8:09 AM

Foundations? We don’ need no stinkin’ foundations.

What do you expect from a President who has no actual real world experience in anything except campaigning and reading a good speech from a teleprompter?

coldwarrior on May 29, 2009 at 8:09 AM

Who are his writers? And does he ever review their work and THINK about the words before he reads them? If you can’t get the easy stuff right, why should we trust you with the hard stuff?

Dee2008 on May 29, 2009 at 8:12 AM

His lack of rudimentary knowledge about anything is truly remarkable. He wouldn’t even be an interesting aquaintance in my opinion.

zeebeach on May 29, 2009 at 8:15 AM

Foundations… I was quite fond of our old foundations which were based on our founding documents.

Never been too fond of pillars though. Unless there are on buildings and ruins in Europe, they are usually gaudy and have no purpose.

myrenovations on May 29, 2009 at 8:16 AM

Barrack Obama, doing the destroying of America that Americans wont do…

doriangrey on May 29, 2009 at 8:17 AM

Since Obama’s dreams of clean energy and health care reform are pie in the sky, it would make sense that he is building castles in the air. Sadly, his delusional schemes mean that we will soon suffer hell on Earth.

pearson on May 29, 2009 at 8:21 AM

Gawd….and now they want an email tax???

ladyingray on May 29, 2009 at 8:27 AM

This was a weak one.

KS Rex on May 29, 2009 at 8:29 AM

I still haven’t figured out how socilized healthcare is going to make me richer when they will have to tax me to death to pay for it.

boomer on May 29, 2009 at 8:30 AM

Maybe he’s confused them with the five pillars of that religion he doesn’t subscribe to.

Disturb the Universe on May 29, 2009 at 8:45 AM

Will my comment be sufficient to qualify for O’Reilly’s Hot Air hate comment of the day?

Disturb the Universe on May 29, 2009 at 8:46 AM

Up is down.

Freedom is slavery.

the_nile on May 29, 2009 at 8:48 AM

C’mon now…Don’t you know we’re not supposed to pay attention to what the Most Magnificent Barack Obama says. Just marvel at how well he says it. Just ask Chris Matthews.

kingsjester on May 29, 2009 at 8:49 AM

Will my comment be sufficient to qualify for O’Reilly’s Hot Air hate comment of the day?

Disturb the Universe on May 29, 2009 at 8:46 AM

If my outright calling Obama the Anti-Christ referred to in the Book of Revelations doesnt then your wiffile of a strike suggesting a connection between Obama and Islam sure as he11 aint gonna….

doriangrey on May 29, 2009 at 8:50 AM

doriangrey on May 29, 2009 at 8:50 AM

Darn, I’ll have to try harder.

Disturb the Universe on May 29, 2009 at 8:52 AM

Ed, you and Chris Muir have got to work on that day by day Obamateurism calendar.

SKYFOX on May 29, 2009 at 8:53 AM

Maybe he’s confused them with the five pillars of that religion he doesn’t subscribe to.

Disturb the Universe on May 29, 2009 at 8:45 AM

Cough cough… So he really is into cutting and reducing eh?? Whittling Islams five pillars down to only two is quit a bit of cost cutting… Perhaps its just like a tax religion refund…

doriangrey on May 29, 2009 at 8:53 AM

Whittling Islams five pillars down to only two is quit a bit of cost cutting… Perhaps its just like a tax religion refund…

doriangrey on May 29, 2009 at 8:53 AM

Where’s the obligatory Muslim rage?

Disturb the Universe on May 29, 2009 at 9:01 AM

Good one. he’s quite an embarrassment to have as a precedent.

becki51758 on May 29, 2009 at 9:01 AM

Where’s the obligatory Muslim rage?

Disturb the Universe on May 29, 2009 at 9:01 AM

Dude…. That was sooo one of the pillars that Obama eliminated… ;p

doriangrey on May 29, 2009 at 9:03 AM

Be fair. English (and English idioms) isn’t George Soros’ first language.

I just wonder if Dear Leader thinks that those pillars rest on a giant tortoise swimming in an ocean of milk. . .

rbj on May 29, 2009 at 9:04 AM

I’ve only got one pillar, a white pillarcase and matching sheets.

Daggett on May 29, 2009 at 9:04 AM

Since Obama’s dreams of clean energy and health care reform are pie in the sky, it would make sense that he is building castles in the air.
pearson on May 29, 2009 at 8:21 AM

Indeed. This statement created an image of an unfinished structure. Like something that is abandoned and unfinished. With weeds growing around it…

keebs on May 29, 2009 at 9:06 AM

Maybe this explains why his ideas are so flimsy and prone to collapse.

wildcat84 on May 29, 2009 at 9:36 AM

Indeed. This statement created an image of an unfinished structure. Like something that is abandoned and unfinished. With weeds growing around it…

keebs on May 29, 2009 at 9:06 AM

Indeed.

The libs never do actually finish anything or solve any actual problems they agitate about, even when they have the power to do so.

It’s as if they don’t actually WANT to solve anything so that their “solution” continues to gobble more money and power.

wildcat84 on May 29, 2009 at 9:40 AM

Not so fast.

Pillar
c.1225, from O.Fr. piler, from M.L. pilare, from L. pila “pillar, stone barrier.” Fig. sense of “prop or support of an institution or community” is first recorded c.1325.

It might be related to

Pile
“heavy pointed beam,” from O.E. pil “stake,” also “arrow,” from L. pilum heavy javelin of the Roman foot soldier, lit. “pestle” (source of O.N. pila, Ger. Pfeil “arrow”). Pile-driver in the fig. sense of “very strong hit” is recorded from 1958.

St. Paul wrote to St. Timothy, in 1 Timothy 3:15,
“…the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth,” showing that pillars can be understood as supporting something.

So, is a retraction in order?

Akzed on May 29, 2009 at 9:46 AM

If my outright calling Obama the Anti-Christ referred to in the Book of Revelations doesnt then your wiffile of a strike suggesting a connection between Obama and Islam sure as he11 aint gonna….

doriangrey on May 29, 2009 at 8:50 AM

Um, there’s no “s” in Revelation, and where exactly do you find the word “anti-Christ” in that book?

Akzed on May 29, 2009 at 9:47 AM

When the foundation is made out of styrofoam the pillars are most probably the strongest part. Either way the whole structure will still end up being blown over in the first stiff breeze that hits it.

Dreadnought223 on May 29, 2009 at 9:48 AM

where we no longer rely on excessive debt and reckless risk – but instead on skilled workers and sound investments to lead the world in the industries of the 21st century.

Never mind whether pillars are above or below the foundation–the real Obamateurism is his actual reliance on excessive debt and reckless risk with OUR money!

Steve Z on May 29, 2009 at 9:58 AM

I think he meant to say “Two Pilings”, but that sounds too much like “piles”, which would bring to mind “piles of crap”, which is much too accurate a description of the Obama program to be permitted.

gridlock2 on May 29, 2009 at 10:02 AM

So when is Obama going to close down Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, the pillars that got us into this fine mess in the first place?

Obama Franks Waters, LLC, destroyers of the nation’s economy.

unclesmrgol on May 29, 2009 at 10:26 AM

foundation…..more like shifting sands.

Dr Evil on May 29, 2009 at 10:46 AM

This is why the America he is building will all come crashing down. He is supporting the foundation of his vision with pillars.

Now if he had said “piles” then he would have been correct. Piles are columns sunk into the ground to support foundations. However, you need lots of piles to support a foundation. Two aren’t going to accomplish the task.

The image I have is little Barack playing Jenga as a boy. He keeps pulling the blocks out at the bottom seeing how far he can go before the whole thing topples. Now he is doing the same thing with our country.

Mallard T. Drake on May 29, 2009 at 11:44 AM

Obama’s main speech writer is quite young and, thus, not too wise nor experienced. Like the young everywhere these days, his level of education has vast and deep holes of general knowledge. His idea of research– if he feels any need– for those flamboyant metaphors probably extends only to Wiki. I would guess that he works with a crew of self-congratulatory narcissists who are equally weak. Obama is at the top of this chain of superficiality.

onlineanalyst on May 29, 2009 at 12:23 PM

Well… if you were setting up the system for collapse…

///tinfoil

bitsy on May 29, 2009 at 12:42 PM

Piles are a serious pain in the a$$. And that sums up this administration, on a good day.

darktood on May 29, 2009 at 12:47 PM

Barrack Obama, doing the destroying of America that Americans wont do want to…

doriangrey on May 29, 2009 at 8:17 AM

They asked for it, they got it!!!

Schadenfreude on May 29, 2009 at 1:20 PM

Totus strikes again!

gbear on May 29, 2009 at 3:23 PM

And here I thought the “upside down house” metaphor was referring to his top-down command economy. Which I fully expect to “stand” like any other structure that uses the light house to support the heavy “foundation” – as rubble.

Blacksmith on May 29, 2009 at 3:30 PM