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.

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Heaven help us!

DougDavis on June 15, 2009 at 8:09 AM

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

Did Barry’s “unmistakable dismay” at the water spill on the desk come before or after Barry parked his shoes on the priceless antique?

AZCoyote on June 15, 2009 at 8:10 AM

It is the resolution desk. It’s where Barry resolved to crap on America. Remember, he didn’t spend his childhood here. It’s hard to know just where he considers “home.”

JiangxiDad on June 15, 2009 at 8:11 AM

I thought they called it that because that is where the President signs resolutions and that sort of thing…

Or maybe it is left over from the Resolutionary War…

gridlock2 on June 15, 2009 at 8:11 AM

I’m holding out for divine intervention.

heshtesh on June 15, 2009 at 8:13 AM

Its no big thing because he knows soooooo much more about health care, energy, and the economy…

singlemalt_18 on June 15, 2009 at 8:13 AM

Hey it was a gift from England and we all know how the President feels about the English.

Dreadnought223 on June 15, 2009 at 8:15 AM

Good morning, Ed. Your Obamateurisms always rip my eyes wide open. Better than coffee. This one is yet another doozy.

Loxodonta on June 15, 2009 at 8:15 AM

Maybe resolution is resolute in Austrian? There’s a lot we don’t know.

the_nile on June 15, 2009 at 8:17 AM

At least they got the Obama’s footprints off the desk from last week.

forest on June 15, 2009 at 8:17 AM

I remember JFK Jr and the Resolute Desk.

Loxodonta on June 15, 2009 at 8:18 AM

From the context I can’t tell if this is yet another “in your face” slap like showing the soles of his shoes to Netanyahu, or just another bit of clueless ignorance.

jwolf on June 15, 2009 at 8:19 AM

How much you wanna bet the desk already has at least one cigarette burn on it?

BigD on June 15, 2009 at 8:20 AM

Give him a pass on this. I can see myself making this type of mistake while I’m thinking about other stuff.

RWLA on June 15, 2009 at 8:21 AM

Barack Obama is stupid.

SCOOPTHIScarlos on June 15, 2009 at 8:23 AM

Or maybe it is left over from the Resolutionary War…

gridlock2 on June 15, 2009 at 8:11 AM

Was that the war between the states minds? Or in Obama’s case, a telepromter malfunction? I’m waiting for him to cite the Declaration of Dependence.

Rovin on June 15, 2009 at 8:23 AM

“It’s the Resolution Desk. It’s only like a hundred years old.”

The Valley Girl President.

snickelfritz on June 15, 2009 at 8:25 AM

I had the privilege of working at a desk that Ronald Reagan used while at the Heritage Foundation.

Let’s hope Obama’s time around historic furniture is limited.

Right_of_Attila on June 15, 2009 at 8:25 AM

Like HMS Resolute, we’re sunk.

Liam on June 15, 2009 at 8:27 AM

No, no, no. It is the Resolution Desk. It’s where Presidents signed the resolutions welcoming states 51-57 into the Union.

rbj on June 15, 2009 at 8:27 AM

don’t cry over spilt milk royal water

gatorboy on June 15, 2009 at 8:30 AM

The Valley Girl President.

snickelfritz on June 15, 2009 at 8:25 AM

Winner!

Loxodonta on June 15, 2009 at 8:30 AM

Barack Obama is stupid.

SCOOPTHIScarlos on June 15, 2009

I think it’s too easy to write him off as stupid. I truly believe he is evil, and I don’t use that word lightly. Of couse he could be stupid and evil, but then I would have to beleive he’s somebody’s puppet who was “placed” in the presidency and is being manipulated.

SKYFOX on June 15, 2009 at 8:31 AM

He’s only the Presdient. No need to know American history unless you are actually and American. He sticks his nicorette gum under the top.

faol on June 15, 2009 at 8:32 AM

don’t cry over spilt milk royal water

gatorboy on June 15, 2009 at 8:30 AM

Get with the program, man!

Obama water is holy water!

Loxodonta on June 15, 2009 at 8:32 AM

No wonder then that Gordon Brown’s pen set from the sister ship was dismissed. No sense of history. But..this is going to be a new America! Screw history and tradition! We don’t need no stinkin’ history!

KDB on June 15, 2009 at 8:32 AM

Barack Obama is stupid.

SCOOPTHIScarlos on June 15, 2009 at 8:23 AM

Not because of what he said, but because he reveals publicly his disdain for our history and institutions. His ignorance about some of the historical trappings at the WH is purposeful. His stupidity will come from overreach and hubris. That will lead to a lengthening list of errors and Obamateurisms that will create a resumé to substitute for the one he never submitted to the voters.

JiangxiDad on June 15, 2009 at 8:34 AM

He thinks anything you say at that desk has the same expiration date as a New Year’s resolution.

LibTired on June 15, 2009 at 8:40 AM

No respect for the office, or for the country. Didn’t think we could get anyone worse than Bill Clinton is this regard, but we did. Getting BJs in the Oval Office is nothing compared to the way this man is soiling the place.

rockmom on June 15, 2009 at 8:41 AM

The only thing Obama respects is himself.

MarkTheGreat on June 15, 2009 at 8:42 AM

rockmom on June 15, 2009 at 8:41 AM

I honestly think what you just said would be taken as a compliment by Obama. He has scores to settle. That’s his agenda. Your words show that he’s scoring hits.

JiangxiDad on June 15, 2009 at 8:43 AM

Victor Davis Hanson speaks to this theme in a great article at National Review:

“President Obama, in elegant fashion, may casually invoke the means of politically correct history for the higher ends of contemporary reconciliation. But it is a bad habit. Eloquence and good intentions exempt no one from the truth of the past — President Obama included.”

http://article.nationalreview.com/?q=OGE1NGY2Y2I1MTExOTlkN2JjMzc0NTQ5YzUzZjYxNmQ=

Also, his article today, “Just Make Stuff Up”, dares to hint that Big Guy might – just maybe – be an incurable liar!

http://article.nationalreview.com/?q=OTAyNzFjMmMwOWJjYmFmMTA2ODdjODZmZmQ0MWE1Mzg=

“The problem in the next four years will be not just that the president of the United States serially does not tell the truth. Instead, the real crisis in our brave new relativist world will be that those who demonstrate that he is untruthful will themselves be accused of lying.”

KS Rex on June 15, 2009 at 8:48 AM

What Obama hasn’t the balls to say himself, he has his thugs say for him, and yellow journalism spreads the hate.

Speaking as the CIA Director to be quoted, Leon Panetta announces his opinion that Cheney wants another terrorist attack on the USA.

“I think he smells some blood in the water on the national security issue,” Panetta said in an interview published in The New Yorker magazine’s June 22 issue.

“It’s almost, a little bit, gallows politics. When you read behind it, it’s almost as if he’s wishing that this country would be attacked again, in order to make his point.”

No one can enunciate any perception of inherent danger from Obama’s administration without being attacked by the CIA.

Impeach Obama for diminishing the US Constitution rather than upholding it.

maverick muse on June 15, 2009 at 8:50 AM

Called the desk the wrong name?
Used sarcasm?
Put his feet on the desk?

With everything else going on in your country and this is what you choose to complain about?

Ed this is petty and beneath you.

Dave Rywall on June 15, 2009 at 8:50 AM

Behold a new day,a new history.

heshtesh on June 15, 2009 at 8:50 AM

Sometimes changes take place that we must accept like the name of this desk. It is now properly called the Resolution Desk! This is where the wise one comes up with resolutions for the troubles of his American people./sarc

shick on June 15, 2009 at 8:52 AM

With everything else going on in your country and this is what you choose to complain about?

Ed this is petty and beneath you.

Dave Rywall on June 15, 2009 at 8:50 AM

Granted it’s not a biggy, but it’s still a gaffe. But you’re right, just like liberals should never go so low as to point out simple gaffes of a sitting president they disagree with, conservatives shouldn’t as well. It’s a good thing we have liberals as an example to follow.

Ed is covering all the “everything else” as well.

shick on June 15, 2009 at 8:56 AM

More importantly, did Obambi say “Resolution Desk” with eloquence? :)

poxoma on June 15, 2009 at 8:57 AM

just think, at the end of four years ed’s gonna write one heckufa book about these obamateurism’s… what will he name it?

SHARPTOOTH on June 15, 2009 at 8:57 AM

No wonder then that Gordon Brown’s pen set from the sister ship was dismissed. No sense of history. But..this is going to be a new America! Screw history and tradition! We don’t need no stinkin’ history!

KDB on June 15, 2009 at 8:32 AM

Well, that does fall into the same category as “Constitution? We don’t need no Constitution!”

VaGal on June 15, 2009 at 8:57 AM

Or maybe it is left over from the Resolutionary War…

gridlock2 on June 15, 2009 at 8:11 AM

Was that the war between the states minds? Or in Obama’s case, a telepromter malfunction? I’m waiting for him to cite the Declaration of Dependence.

Rovin on June 15, 2009 at 8:23 AM

Revisionism as is, not as would be perceived.

And to that, progressoverpeace nailed the Precedence of the Resolution to dissolve the Constitution.

maverick muse on June 15, 2009 at 9:00 AM

Called the desk the wrong name?
Used sarcasm?
Put his feet on the desk?

With everything else going on in your country and this is what you choose to complain about?

Massive deficits?
Socializing industries including medicine?
Tax increases?

With everything else going on in our country and this is what you choose to defend?

snickelfritz on June 15, 2009 at 9:01 AM

No respect for the office, or for the country. Didn’t think we could get anyone worse than Bill Clinton is this regard, but we did. Getting BJs in the Oval Office is nothing compared to the way this man is soiling the place.

rockmom on June 15, 2009 at 8:41 AM

Worldview of Clinton Presidency: It depends on what your definition of “is” is.
Worldview of Obama Presidency: It depends on what my definition of “is” is.

shick on June 15, 2009 at 9:03 AM

I don’t know what is worse, the President’s Idiocracy or some of the comments defending him on the MSM web sites.

cobrakai99 on June 15, 2009 at 9:04 AM

Just in, the desk has now been renamed the Resolution Desk and you’re all idiots.

LibTired on June 15, 2009 at 9:04 AM

Here’s a schtimulus Obamateurism that needs to make the headlines today:

New Benefits Mean No Food Stamps For Some
$25 Check May Keep Families From Food Stamps

WASHINGTON — When President Barack Obama increased unemployment benefits as part of his economic stimulus, he also made some Americans ineligible for hundreds of dollars a month in food stamps.

“People were aware of this but, as you recall, the stimulus was moving along and then it was passed in about a day,” Dean said. “There was not a lot of policy discussion on this.”

Brat on June 15, 2009 at 9:06 AM

No respect for the office, or for the country. Didn’t think we could get anyone worse than Bill Clinton is this regard, but we did. Getting BJs in the Oval Office is nothing compared to the way this man is soiling the place.

rockmom on June 15, 2009 at 8:41 AM

Worldview of Clinton Presidency: It depends on what your definition of “is” is.

Worldview of Obama Presidency: It depends on what my definition of “is” is.

shick on June 15, 2009 at 9:03 AM

Touché!

maverick muse on June 15, 2009 at 9:06 AM

Massive deficits?
Socializing industries including medicine?
Tax increases?

With everything else going on in our country and this is what you choose to defend?

snickelfritz on June 15, 2009 at 9:01 AM
——–
I’m not defending jack sh1t.

At least you have some of the right topics on your mind and not whether or not Obama should take his wife out for dinner on the town.

Dave Rywall on June 15, 2009 at 9:11 AM

Didn’t Obama watch the second National Treasure movie?

Anyone, no matter what age, who saw that movie knows the name and the history of the desk.

myrenovations on June 15, 2009 at 9:13 AM

I’m not defending jack sh1t.

Then tell us how Obama sucks, how you’re working to defeat him, and quit whining.

JiangxiDad on June 15, 2009 at 9:14 AM

Good thing he’s not a republican, or the MSM would have to report on all these things.

Daggett on June 15, 2009 at 9:16 AM

Touché!

maverick muse on June 15, 2009 at 9:06 AM

Difference between relativism and narcisism though they hold much of the same points.

shick on June 15, 2009 at 9:17 AM

Why is a glass of water sitting on that piece of furniture in the first place? It wouldn’t have been there if the filthy liar in the White House had any respect for the office that was handed to him by the MSM and the stupid people in this nation. Six months in office and the bastard hasn’t even bothered to learn about the place he works. Typical arrogance for somebody like Obama.

highhopes on June 15, 2009 at 9:20 AM

Didn’t Obama watch the second National Treasure movie?

myrenovations on June 15, 2009 at 9:13 AM

Nah, he went to watch it and found out that he had the wrong format. ;-0

Seriously, if he has so little respect for the furnishings of the Oval Office it is only a matter of time before he redoes the whole place in glass, chrome, and animal prints.

highhopes on June 15, 2009 at 9:22 AM

Ed, the photo is a big deal, but the slight mistakes about the name & especially the age are no big deal.

jgapinoy on June 15, 2009 at 9:23 AM

At least you have some of the right topics on your mind and not whether or not Obama should take his wife out for dinner on the town.

Dave Rywall on June 15, 2009 at 9:11 AM

You’re right again. It was a simple night on the town. I guess there’s no significant diffence when I save some bucks to take my wife out on the town and when U.S. Royalty grossly spends tax payer dollars to take out his wife and a whole entourage out of state via mega-carbon-footprint jets and vehicles.

You’re right, no significant difference.

shick on June 15, 2009 at 9:24 AM

You’re right, no significant difference.

shick on June 15, 2009 at 9:24 AM

\
Correction. You didn’t imply a difference. I did. I meant to say. “You’re right. This is tiny.”

shick on June 15, 2009 at 9:26 AM

Why is a glass of water sitting on that piece of furniture in the first place? It wouldn’t have been there if the filthy liar in the White House had any respect for the office that was handed to him by the MSM and the stupid people in this nation. Six months in office and the bastard hasn’t even bothered to learn about the place he works. Typical arrogance for somebody like Obama.

highhopes on June 15, 2009 at 9:20 AM
——-

HIGHHOPE’S 4 POINT ACTION PLAN:

1
LAUNCH ENQUIRY INTO WHETHER OR NOT A COASTER WAS DEPLOYED TO DETERMINE WHETHER OR NOT A VIOLATION OF THE AMERICAN HERITAGE ACT OCCURRED

2
INVESTIGATE HOW MANY OUNCES OF WATER WERE PLACED ON DESK SO AS TO MEASURE THE DISRESPECT PER OUNCE RATIO

3
COMMENCE IMPEACHMENT PROCEEDINGS

4
APPLY FOR CRYBABY BADGE

Dave Rywall on June 15, 2009 at 9:27 AM

Come on!

He’s Ivy League.

He’s been vetted by the Government Media Press Corps.

So what if he doesn’t know if he’s a Muslim or a Christian or if our country is a Christian nation or a Muslim nation.

Hell, he doesn’t even know how many states are in the Union.

But he’s the President of the United States. He’s the product of our Socialist De-education System.

More importantly, he’s writing history instead of reciting it.

He da man.

Get over it.

The future is Now!

Stepan on June 15, 2009 at 9:29 AM

I misspelled “believe” earlier. Not a big deal, but I give others crap for that, so I deserve no less from myself.
Shame, even in it’s mildest form, is important for human beings and hard-wired into us. I honestly don’t know how Obama exists without it, or if he found a way to completely ignore it.

SKYFOX on June 15, 2009 at 9:29 AM

You’re right again. It was a simple night on the town. I guess there’s no significant diffence when I save some bucks to take my wife out on the town and when U.S. Royalty grossly spends tax payer dollars to take out his wife and a whole entourage out of state via mega-carbon-footprint jets and vehicles.

You’re right, no significant difference.

shick on June 15, 2009 at 9:24 AM
——
I will assume your letters of outrage have already been mailed out to all living ex-presidents and the descendants of deceased ex-presidents for going for dinner, throwing out first pitches, etc etc etc.

Dave Rywall on June 15, 2009 at 9:30 AM

Dave Rywall on June 15, 2009 at 9:27 AM

A lame attempt at distraction while ignoring the content of his comment. The question is: Can you answer the charge that he’s ignorant of the history of the office he holds?

I don’t think you’ll try to answer that one. Distraction and obfiscation is quick and easy.

shick on June 15, 2009 at 9:31 AM

Well aint Barry a regular Hyacinth Bucket. I hope the photographer didn’t brush against the wallpaper also.

——-
upinak…….

That ‘z’ address is a good one.

Limerick on June 15, 2009 at 9:33 AM

I will assume your letters of outrage have already been mailed out to all living ex-presidents and the descendants of deceased ex-presidents for going for dinner, throwing out first pitches, etc etc etc.

Dave Rywall on June 15, 2009 at 9:30 AM

Do you ever get tired of using the same distraction techniques rather than looking at the issue?

Consequently, I didn’t mail letters to any presidents including Obama. Liberals want everyone else to tighten their belts while they loosen theirs at our expense.

While you on the other hand try to distract us. Have you seen the president Obama’s dog? It is really cute.

shick on June 15, 2009 at 9:34 AM

Don’t be bothering him with the history of old, dead, white men. If it didn’t happen while he was alive he’s not interested.

UnEasyRider on June 15, 2009 at 9:36 AM

Dave Rywall

Never fear, Dave. After twenty years of waiting, the Canadian National Healthcare System is coming through and your appointment with a pediatric mental health professional is mere months away.

SKYFOX on June 15, 2009 at 9:37 AM

I misspelled obfuscation. Sorry for the confusion. ;)

shick on June 15, 2009 at 9:38 AM

Dave Rywall on June 15, 2009 at 9:27 AM

Speaking of stupid people, glad Canada’s contribution to the mentally challenge is piping up in support of the filthy liar in the White House. I just love the way you launch into hyperbole or otherwise make extreme statements in lieu of defending your grossly moronic statements. It is the mark of a weak mind and an indefensible position.

highhopes on June 15, 2009 at 9:40 AM

The glass incident and the shoes on the desk fiasco both show how little respect the One has for the office. He is all about himself and his power, not the historic and somber duties he has in his charge.

HoustonRight on June 15, 2009 at 9:40 AM

A lame attempt at distraction while ignoring the content of his comment. The question is: Can you answer the charge that he’s ignorant of the history of the office he holds?

I don’t think you’ll try to answer that one. Distraction and obfiscation is quick and easy.

shick on June 15, 2009 at 9:31 AM
—–
The “charge”…ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

If you expect each president to acquire knowledge of the historical significance of each piece of furniture in the White House then you have a highly moronic set of priorities.

Dave Rywall on June 15, 2009 at 9:41 AM

Well aint Barry a regular Hyacinth Bucket. I hope the photographer didn’t brush against the wallpaper also.

Barry is prissy, and a scold, snarky and common. He can’t hold a candle to Hyacinthe. As the Major says, Mrs. Bucket is appealing “in a weird sort of way.” Barry’s appeal I don’t see at all.

JiangxiDad on June 15, 2009 at 9:45 AM

Hey Moron Dave. By office I wasn’t talking about the furniture.

HoustonRight on June 15, 2009 at 9:45 AM

The glass incident and the shoes on the desk fiasco both show how little respect the One has for the office. He is all about himself and his power, not the historic and somber duties he has in his charge.

HoustonRight on June 15, 2009 at 9:40 AM
——–

Are you of the amazingly deluded belief that no other president put his feet on the desk?

Are you of the amazingly deluded belief that no other president ever spilled something on the desk?

Dave Rywall on June 15, 2009 at 9:47 AM

If you expect each president to acquire knowledge of the historical significance of each piece of furniture in the White House then you have a highly moronic set of priorities.

Dave Rywall

Every president should be awed by the power of his own office. That would naturally include a curiosity in the history of the office and even the furniture. It’s not like the pieces were picked up at WalMart. That Ogabe has no reverence for the office is telling.

SKYFOX on June 15, 2009 at 9:48 AM

I am surprised the president in his ongoing efforts to “be cool” he has had photos taken in the oval office in a golf shirt with his shades atop his head.

HoustonRight on June 15, 2009 at 9:49 AM

If you expect each president to acquire knowledge of the historical significance of each piece of furniture in the White House then you have a highly moronic set of priorities.

Dave Rywall on June 15, 2009 at 9:41 AM

Hey moron,

Google Resolute Desk and go to the White House site. They have numerous pictures of the desk and even pictures of the plaque that sits right in front of the filthy liar when he is at the desk. Yes, it is probably unrealistic for the bastard to know about each and every piece of furniture in the Oval Office but one whose importance he sees every day is pretty damned hard to overlook.

You’d think a man who was so attuned looking for a teleprompter would get the name right when it is literally facing him.

highhopes on June 15, 2009 at 9:50 AM

Hey Moron Dave. By office I wasn’t talking about the furniture.

HoustonRight on June 15, 2009 at 9:45 AM

The discussion is specifically about Obama calling a piece of furniture by the wrong name and Obama putting his feet on the desk.

Perhaps you should put a sock in it until you can stay on topic.

Dave Rywall on June 15, 2009 at 9:50 AM

Every president should be awed by the power of his own office. That would naturally include a curiosity in the history of the office and even the furniture. It’s not like the pieces were picked up at WalMart. That Ogabe has no reverence for the office is telling.

SKYFOX on June 15, 2009 at 9:48 AM
———-
That you make the claim that since he got one word wrong one time means he has zero interest or reverence for the history of the office is beyond stupid. To demand that the president become some Jimmy Olsen history buff is also stupid.

Dave Rywall on June 15, 2009 at 9:52 AM

If you expect each president to acquire knowledge of the historical significance of each piece of furniture in the White House then you have a highly moronic set of priorities.

Dave Rywall on June 15, 2009 at 9:41 AM

Sigh. More of the same.

I’m not suggesting he have exhaustive knowledge of his office. But that is your strawman of Ed’s argument. Ed is focusing on a key piece of furniture in his office.

I’m asking you to simply admit that he made a mistake on this particular issue. Small as it be. It’s a simple thing to do Dave. You don’t seem to want to admit this simple gaffe.

The big issues on economy, healthcareare handled on a much larger scale on this website.

If this issue is tiny, why do you continue to waste your time defending it. Oh, you may say that your not but your distractions have been nothing more than pulling us away from it.

I respect people who I disagree with who admit small to big mistakes. On this issue I see you covering for Obama in the small details. I’m not impressed.

shick on June 15, 2009 at 9:52 AM

Expect the ‘Resolution Desk’ to be front and center at the next White House yard sale – along with everything we hold dear in this country.

Invitation only – Chicoms and Saudis, mostly.

Timothy S. Carlson on June 15, 2009 at 9:53 AM

It’s not like the pieces were picked up at WalMart. That Ogabe has no reverence for the office is telling.

SKYFOX on June 15, 2009 at 9:48 AM

I’d venture that Obama is more of an Ikea kind of President.

highhopes on June 15, 2009 at 9:53 AM

Perhaps you should put a sock in it until you can stay on topic.

Dave Rywall on June 15, 2009 at 9:50 AM

Dave meet Kettle and you may call him Black.

shick on June 15, 2009 at 9:54 AM

If you expect each president to acquire knowledge of the historical significance of each piece of furniture in the White House then you have a highly moronic set of priorities.

Dave Rywall on June 15, 2009 at 9:41 AM

You are always a thousand times more thoughtful than what you’re showing today. Leaving aside policy issues for a moment, Obama clearly has personality traits and behaviors, unguarded comments and flippancies which are far from charming or endearing. Granted, he may be like many others in this respect, but the criticisms, large and small are fair game, given his office.

He is not the perfect vehicle, regardless of what the press has told us. He’s as imperfect as any, and worse than many, and it’s silly of you to try to argue otherwise. Defend socialism, or whatever ism all you like, but Barry’s rapidly revealing himself to be a thin-skinned bore, a scold, and a bit of a dolt. I don’t, however, expect any of that to prevent him from delivering the message he was hired to deliver. He just won’t always be able to rely on personal appeal to paper over the content. Sooner or later, the message itself will be the only thing showing through.

JiangxiDad on June 15, 2009 at 9:54 AM

Hey moron,

Google Resolute Desk and go to the White House site. They have numerous pictures of the desk and even pictures of the plaque that sits right in front of the filthy liar when he is at the desk. Yes, it is probably unrealistic for the bastard to know about each and every piece of furniture in the Oval Office but one whose importance he sees every day is pretty damned hard to overlook.

You’d think a man who was so attuned looking for a teleprompter would get the name right when it is literally facing him.

highhopes on June 15, 2009 at 9:50 AM
——
Why don’t you direct your energy at sh1t that matters instead of wetting your pants over him getting a single word wrong about a desk. There are far, far, far more important things you had better hope he gets right than the name of a stupid desk. Unless, of course, you’re hoping he fails at everything, which would hurt your country, which would make you really anti-American.

Dave Rywall on June 15, 2009 at 9:55 AM

Sigh. More of the same.

I’m not suggesting he have exhaustive knowledge of his office. But that is your strawman of Ed’s argument. Ed is focusing on a key piece of furniture in his office.

I’m asking you to simply admit that he made a mistake on this particular issue. Small as it be. It’s a simple thing to do Dave. You don’t seem to want to admit this simple gaffe.

The big issues on economy, healthcareare handled on a much larger scale on this website.

If this issue is tiny, why do you continue to waste your time defending it. Oh, you may say that your not but your distractions have been nothing more than pulling us away from it.

I respect people who I disagree with who admit small to big mistakes. On this issue I see you covering for Obama in the small details. I’m not impressed.

shick on June 15, 2009 at 9:52 AM
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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

Silly me….I forgot to bow.

HoustonRight on June 15, 2009 at 9:57 AM

Unless, of course, you’re hoping he fails at everything, which would hurt your country, which would make you really anti-American.

Dave Rywall on June 15, 2009 at 9:55 AM

If Obama fails at every one of his initiatives and the Country remained exactly the same before he came into office, we would be not worse off.

Fail away Obama! Fail away!

shick on June 15, 2009 at 9:57 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

Ed pointed the err out. YOU are whining about the pointing. And we are worrying about his Statism.

But at least you finally admit it.

Wasn’t so hard was it. (That’s sarcasm. You wouldn’t go down without kicking and screaming.)

shick on June 15, 2009 at 10:00 AM

…He called the desk by the wrong name. Who gives a sh1t. Move on. …
Dave Rywall on June 15, 2009 at 9:57 AM

I forgot to mention that the media and entertainment industries obviosly don’t care but they sure were quick to point out Bush’s gaffes weren’t they. The contrast in comparison between coverages of current and past presidencies is partly the purpose for Ed having this running segment.

shick on June 15, 2009 at 10:04 AM

Dave Rywall on June 15, 2009 at 9:55 AM

So I assume in the posts about significant issues (taxes, deficits, healthcare policy, national security, etc.) you can fully understand our concern, as these are more important matters? You want be justifying everything Obama does in those areas now?

We’ll be watching.

cs89 on June 15, 2009 at 10:06 AM

Why don’t you direct your energy at sh1t that matters instead of wetting your pants over him getting a single word wrong about a desk. There are far, far, far more important things you had better hope he gets right than the name of a stupid desk. Unless, of course, you’re hoping he fails at everything, which would hurt your country, which would make you really anti-American.

Dave Rywall on June 15, 2009 at 9:55 AM

The filthy liar in the White House is destroying the nation. He wants European socialism, Canadian healthcare, and all the other mistakes of the so-called progressive movement. Obama and his supporters are pure evil and they are the ones who are anti-American.

I am proud to say that a failed Obama is a win for America no matter what fools like you believe. You’ve already destroyed your nation but there is hope for the US.

highhopes on June 15, 2009 at 10:08 AM

Give him a pass on this. I can see myself making this type of mistake while I’m thinking about other stuff.

RWLA on June 15, 2009 at 8:21 AM

His arrogance makes him undeserving of a pass. Strip him of his teleprompter and his luster fades quickly.

fogw on June 15, 2009 at 10:17 AM

Fail away Obama! Fail away!

shick on June 15, 2009 at 9:57 AM

I am often to quick to speak. This isn’t my full viewpoint. I want him to truly change his viewpoint.

I desire that he:
- respect the constituion of the U.S.
- represent the U.S. as a sovereign nation
- seek to defend the U.S.
- fairly protect the downtrodden
- trust in a free market economy
- fairly seek that justice is served against those who abuse their power
- abandon Chicago thug-politics

shick on June 15, 2009 at 10:18 AM

This is hardly the first stupidity. Galloping ignorance!

LarryG on June 15, 2009 at 10:19 AM

Another Golden Obama Moment.

President Obama’s knowledge of history makes me very, very sad. What is the presidency coming to? No…don’t answer that.

Aronne on June 15, 2009 at 10:19 AM

That pic is the perfect view of Orrogance.

ladyingray on June 15, 2009 at 10:21 AM

Dave (and others who don’t understand why Ed dwells on minutiae in his “Obamateurisms” posts):

What Ed is doing is illustrating absurdity by being absurd. Pointing out small errors and acting like they define a person is a time-honored and well-used liberal tactic that is NOT being employed against Obama. Any one of these “Obamateurisms” could have been enough to end this man’s careers if wielded by the liberal media against him — at the very least, they would have used them to distract from real stories for weeks.

George Allen’s career was ended over the nonsense word “macaca.” Dan Quayle never recovered from a spelling error. Sarah Palin has been dogged for months over being able to see Russia from her house, and she didn’t even say it (Tina Fey did). Joe Biden makes more/worse errors than this in a single day, and he’s a sitting vice president. The press routinely gives him passes, as they do for Obama. They would never, ever, ever give the same passes to Republicans. So Ed isn’t giving Obama a pass, either.

aero on June 15, 2009 at 10:29 AM

Unless, of course, you’re hoping he fails at everything, which would hurt your country, which would make you really anti-American.

lol.

People want Obama to fail because his policies are bad for the country.

Obama’s policies failing = Obama Failing = USA stays the USA

Now if Obama’s polies were good, then we’d want him to succeed in getting them set in motion.

That after all this time you still donn’t get this distinction means that you are either retarded (in the classic sense), or that you are willfully ignorant, or both.

Either way, we all know that talking with you is like teaching a pig to sing: it wastes our time, and annoys the pig.

Don’t try and retort. I won’t be in this thread to read it, and I don’t care what you say.

You simply don’t matter.

bluelightbrigade on June 15, 2009 at 10:37 AM

Hey Drywall, if this were a significant issue, it would have gotten its own post separate from the daily OOTD feature. The OOTD is a lighthearted response to the daily BushBash on every lib site for the past eight years. Why don’t you get over yourself and quit pretending that you don’t understand this? Thanks in advance.

If you are so incensed by the daily OOTD fare, you can always CHOOSE not to click on it. There’s you some pro-choice that you can believe in.

hillbillyjim on June 15, 2009 at 10:43 AM

This person does not deserve the priviledge of the presidency!

ohiobabe on June 15, 2009 at 10:44 AM

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