Obamateurism of the Day

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

The White House soaks in history, and one could spend a lifetime researching all of it, but some items are rather public knowledge — even for those not currently occupying the residence.  One particular feature of the Oval Office, the desk, has a more publicly-known history than the rest of the furniture (with the possible exception of the humidor during the Clinton presidency).  The desk was built with wood from the HMS Resolute and is usually called the Resolute Desk, used by presidents from Rutherford B. Hayes to Barack Obama — although he apparently hasn’t quite learned its name:

A sound technician knocked over a glass of water on the president’s desk in the oval office while entering for Obama’s photo op with Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai.

Obama heard something untoward as the press entered the room.

“Uh oh,” he said. “What’d you all get there,” he inquired.

“A water glass,” came the reply from several in the press.

“Alright,” he said with unmistakable dismay in his voice, adding sarcastically, “It’s the Resolution Desk. It’s only like a hundred years old.”

As Mark Knoller reports for CBS, it’s not the “Resolution Desk,” but the Resolute desk, and it’s about 130 years old.  Maybe the next time someone buys gifts for visiting heads of state at the White House gift shop, the aide can also buy President Obama a handy historical guide to his own office.

Mark has a good picture of the clean-up as well at the link.

Update: Here’s a good reminder of how Obama respects the, er, Resolution Desk:

Maybe the water was to wash off the scuff marks.

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’m holding out for divine intervention.
heshtesh on June 15, 2009 at 8:13 AM

Leaving us with President Biden?!

Akzed on June 15, 2009 at 10:53 AM

Drywall,

It’s called an Obamateurism of the Day. Ed posts the best one he receives from the HotAirheads on a daily basis. Quit whining, it could be worse. He could post all 50 of them every day.

fogw on June 15, 2009 at 10:54 AM

a failed Obama is a win for America no matter what fools like you believe.

highhopes on June 15, 2009 at 10:08 AM

Amen. Everything this President has done and is trying to do is taking us down the road to Socialism, national decline, national disgrace, national mediocrity, and a failed national economy. May he fail at all of it.

http://www.osney.org/po/royalFail.jpg

infidel4life on June 15, 2009 at 11:06 AM

I’m not covering for anything. He called the desk by the wrong name. Who gives a sh1t. Move on. Worry about things that matter instead of being petty whinerbabies.

Dave Rywall on June 15, 2009 at 9:57 AM

Whats wrong? Wittle baby can’t take what he dished out for 8 years?

csdeven on June 15, 2009 at 11:11 AM

It’s not a big thing unless you take into context the disrespect in general BHO feels for the United States. To put his feet on the desk is shameful. It shows he thinks he is better than the office he holds. He is servant of this nation. It is a privilege to be president. He disrespects the office and this nation. He loves being President, not love for America. He has stated so many times before getting elected. I cannot believe the Americans have elected a communist.

Ed Laskie on June 15, 2009 at 11:15 AM

Leaving us with President Biden?!

Akzed on June 15, 2009 at 10:53 AM

May it never be.

Aronne on June 15, 2009 at 11:48 AM

Just imagine if this desk, instead, was a gift from some
Muslim country. By now, we would have heard about its rich and great history, made-up or not. And, I’d bet you anything that water wouldn’t be spilt on it nor feet
clunked-down atop it.

betsyz on June 15, 2009 at 11:54 AM

Muslims invented desks.

Akzed on June 15, 2009 at 11:57 AM

DRywall, you are so logical. What fools these morions be.

dragondrop on June 15, 2009 at 12:06 PM

Leaving us with President Biden?!

Akzed on June 15, 2009 at 10:53 AM

If, as has been suggested, Ogabe is somebody’s puppet, wouldn’t Biden be even more so? He is, after all, even less intelligent and less manly than Ogabe. He would be easy to manipulate. So how would we be worse off?

SKYFOX on June 15, 2009 at 12:11 PM

@Dave Rywall

It isn’t just the fact that he called the desk the wrong name or got the age wrong. It is one minor symptom in an ongoing pattern. 0bama was never vetted properly by the MSM that chose to adore him as ‘the one you are waiting for’ rather than looking at his background. What it boils down to is everything that he has done has pointed to a total lack of respect for the office as well as his own country. And yes, I hope HE fails. I hope HIS policies fail. NOT MY COUNTRY. 0bamas polices are dangerous and are against all this country stands for. I can only hope this country will survive this Marxist inspired empty suit.

Wolftech on June 15, 2009 at 12:35 PM

History began on August 4, 1961 in an unknown hospital in Kenya Hawaii. Anything that happened before (you mean there was a before?) doesn’t matter.

Steve Z on June 15, 2009 at 12:37 PM

Imagine, though, British PM Gordon Brown will be able to say, to the TV technician who spills his water glass:

Sarcastically: Alright, those are the OBAMA DVD’s and their only like…. 3 months old…

originalpechanga on June 15, 2009 at 12:46 PM

Sort of like having the Beverly Hillbillies in the White House.

Dr. ZhivBlago on June 15, 2009 at 12:50 PM

@Steve Z

While I have dismissed the “Birthers” as just more of the same kind of nutjobs as the “truthers”, I am now kind of wondering why if there was nothing behind it, why 0bama would not just show it to end the nutjobs arguments instead of spending hundreds of thousands(if not millions)? While I am more concerned with seeing his college records (Thesis, classes taken, professors, school organizations belonged to, grades, etc), I have to wonder why he is spending so much money to fight all the lawsuits?

To misquote the Bard, Methinks the ‘one’ doth protest too much…

Wolftech on June 15, 2009 at 12:59 PM

History began on August 4, 1961 in an unknown hospital in Kenya Hawaii. Anything that happened before (you mean there was a before?) doesn’t matter.

Steve Z on June 15, 2009 at 12:37 PM

Are you suggesting the labeling of new eras?

Like:
BOE= Before Obama Era
AO= Anno Obamani “Year of our Obama”

shick on June 15, 2009 at 1:06 PM

Sarcastically: Alright, those are the OBAMA DVD’s and their only like…. 3 months old…

originalpechanga on June 15, 2009 at 12:46 PM

That made me smile. :)

shick on June 15, 2009 at 1:08 PM

Leaving us with President Biden?!

Akzed on June 15, 2009 at 10:53 AM

May it never be.

Aronne on June 15, 2009 at 11:48 AM

Could be worse: San Fran Nan. Everytime I see OsamabamaBidenHussein together I cringe.

davidk on June 15, 2009 at 1:16 PM

That cleanup pic looks racist and sexist to me.

TexAz on June 15, 2009 at 1:34 PM

President Obama has never been resolute, so he is probably unfamiliar with the word. He is very familiar with resolution, since he keeps trying to ram then thru congress.

Mallard T. Drake on June 15, 2009 at 1:34 PM

It’s the desk that just keeps giving.

First the Gordon Brown pen handcarved from the Resolute and Obama having no clue – especially no clue on how to properly reciprocate a good gift.

Next feet on the desk and no good sense to not release the photos.

Now not knowing the name and history of the desk he selected himself to sit at for the next four years.

Patterns.

Well there is one thing we know – the desk comes with a calculator large enough to ring up epic debt.

Rockygold on June 15, 2009 at 1:43 PM

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