Obamateurism of the Day

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

Presidents have made use of the Saturday radio address for several administrations now, usually to press for their policies, to defend an appointment, or to send a message on foreign policy.  People looked with great anticipation to the weekly addresses of Barack Obama for his rhetorical skill.  Who knew he’d be more Desi Arnaz than FDR?  Obama went into re-reruns on Saturday:

In a last-minute re-recording of his weekly address, President Obama praised the House for passing the energy bill on Friday and pressured the Senate to quickly do the same.

The president delivered the same exact speech he gave Thursday in the Rose Garden calling on the House to pass the bill – he just adjusted the tense and changed a few turns of phrase.

“Yesterday, the House of Representatives passed a historic piece of legislation that will open the door to a clean energy economy and a better future for America,” Obama said in his weekly address.

(“Right now, the House of Representatives is moving towards a vote of historic proportions on a piece of legislation that will open the door to a new clean energy economy,” Obama said in the Rose Garden on Thursday.)

That’s the best Obama can do – rehash a speech from earlier in the week?  Remember when people thought that this was the era of genius in the White House?  We’re in the sixth month of the Obama presidency, and already he’s run out of things to say.  George Bush may have tortured syntax and waterboarded vocabulary, but he could handle more than one topic at a time.

Besides, most of Obama’s speeches sound the same anyway.  We have a great pressing need for the government to run [fill in the blank], which will save money while we spend trillions of dollars we don’t have.  Oh, and I hate deficits, which are the fault of everyone but me. Maybe he should just YouTube that and stick with it for the summer.

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 do not recall a President that so enjoyed acting presidential instead of BEING presidential. This man baffoon is going to destroy this county.

HoustonRight on June 29, 2009 at 9:31 AM

Let met me be clear…
There are those who say…
As I’ve always said…
Make no mistake…

What else?

Loxodonta on June 29, 2009 at 9:06 AM

Don’t forget these nuggets scattered profusely in each and every speech:
I will…
I intend…
I have…
I am…
I was…
I know…
I understand…
I reject…
I believe…
and the best of all: I’m sorry.

Miss Molly on June 29, 2009 at 9:35 AM

highhopes on June 29, 2009 at 9:31 AM

I’ll tell you what is scary. All of the signs were there prior to the election. His lack of experience, socialist upbringing, radical associations, etc. and he was elected anyway.

I am begining to wonder if there are enough people paying attention to change course. I was complaining to someone on Friday about the C&T bill and they just looked at me with a blank stare. It sent chills down my spine.

HoustonRight on June 29, 2009 at 9:36 AM

Buy Danish on June 29, 2009 at 8:29 AM

Good article BD…

Here’s another take on that topic.

http://www.americanthinker.com/printpage/?url=http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/06/obama_the_african_colonial.html

Keemo on June 29, 2009 at 9:36 AM

This is how we get Barry to shut up: We replace TOTUS with mirrors, and he’d be so mesmerized by his own beauty that he’d be speechless.

Loxodonta on June 29, 2009 at 9:38 AM

Loxodonta on June 29, 2009 at 9:38 AM

He would need a new TOTUS(widescreen) ears have to fit.

HoustonRight on June 29, 2009 at 9:41 AM

This is how we get Barry to shut up: We replace TOTUS with mirrors, and he’d be so mesmerized by his own beauty that he’d be speechless.

Loxodonta on June 29, 2009 at 9:38 AM

He may even swoon and then we won’t have to see him either.

Miss Molly on June 29, 2009 at 9:43 AM

and the best of all: I’m sorry.

Miss Molly on June 29, 2009 at 9:35 AM

Don’t forget my favorite.

“I won.”

Oldnuke on June 29, 2009 at 9:52 AM

This is how we get Barry to shut up: We replace TOTUS with mirrors, and he’d be so mesmerized by his own beauty that he’d be speechless.
Loxodonta on June 29, 2009 at 9:38 AM

Hold on now, are we sure he can even see his own reflection?

Bishop on June 29, 2009 at 9:53 AM

Hold on now, are we sure he can even see his own reflection?

Bishop on June 29, 2009 at 9:53 AM

Nah, he’s not a vampire he’s just smoke and that goes perfectly with mirrors.

Oldnuke on June 29, 2009 at 9:55 AM

He may even swoon and then we won’t have to see him either.

Miss Molly on June 29, 2009 at 9:43 AM

It’d be nice if he whacked his head on the podium when he swooned…and lapsed into a coma.

Barb Dwyer on June 29, 2009 at 9:55 AM

Miss Molly on June 29, 2009 at 9:43 AM

I feel pretty,
Oh, so pretty,
I feel pretty and witty and bright!
And I pity
Any boy who isn’t me tonight.

I feel charming,
Oh, so charming
It’s alarming how charming I feel!
And so pretty
That I hardly can believe I’m real.

See the pretty boy in that mirror there:
Who can that attractive boy be?
Such a pretty face,
Such a pretty shine,
Such a pretty smile,
Such a pretty me!

I feel stunning
And entrancing,
Feel like running and dancing for joy,
For I’m loved
By a pretty wonderful boy!

– Barry, from Chicago Story

Loxodonta on June 29, 2009 at 10:12 AM

Loxodonta on June 29, 2009 at 10:12 AM

LOL!

Miss Molly on June 29, 2009 at 10:15 AM

Obama ran out of clever and original things to say long before he took the oath of office. His shtick is (and has been) a tired re-hash of every class grievance, ethnic complaint and identity-politics nostrum of the last fifty years.

His next original thought will be noteworthy for its rarity.

cruadin on June 29, 2009 at 10:24 AM

Keemo on June 29, 2009 at 9:36 AM

Thanks for the reminder. I heard Rush read from it a few days ago but I was traveling and didn’t have internet access…

Buy Danish on June 29, 2009 at 10:36 AM

Let met me be clear…
There are those who say…
As I’ve always said…
Make no mistake…

What else?

Loxodonta on June 29, 2009 at 9:06 AM

Don’t forget uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuhhhhhh and aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand

BetseyRoss on June 29, 2009 at 10:46 AM

hmmm…so I’m not the only one who hits the mute button when Mr. Obama appears…

Miss Molly on June 29, 2009 at 9:20 AM

Rest assured that you are not the only one. I have been pushing the mute button as soon as I see his face, or as soon as I hear his voice, for three months now. The white letters are worn off that button. I just cannot stomach him.

It is such an automatic response that I might just miss his resignation speech. =:-(

Yoop on June 29, 2009 at 11:04 AM

Miss Molly,

Don’t forget

“I inherited”
“I won”

Star20 on June 29, 2009 at 11:47 AM

I am begining to wonder if there are enough people paying attention to change course. I was complaining to someone on Friday about the C&T bill and they just looked at me with a blank stare. It sent chills down my spine.

HoustonRight on June 29, 2009 at 9:36 AM

I honestly can’t guage the attention span out there in the general population. I’m living/working within the beltway so a lot of this stuff tends to be an echo chamber. People here are more aware of this stuff but that might not hold true in “flyover country” where the impact of C&T won’t show up until all the oppressive taxation fully takes hold. I’m just afraid that by that point it would be too late to turn back the clock on what this evil administration has done.

highhopes on June 29, 2009 at 12:54 PM

George Bush may have tortured syntax and waterboarded vocabulary, but he could handle more than one topic at a time.

He could handle many more than one at a time and while he made some speaking errors he has a host of remarkable and historic speeches that are well-written and were delivered well, too.

Obama is flat out lazy. I have never—not when he appeared on the national scene in 2004 at the DNC or since—bought the conventional wisdom that Obama delivers rhetorically inspired speeches. He seems to copy his style and well-meaning people trying to be “fair” nodded “that sounds good”. How patronizing and shallow and wrong.

KittyLowrey on June 29, 2009 at 1:19 PM

Remember when people thought that this was the era of genius in the White House?

Um, nooo… I guess I’m losing my memory. But at least I still remember voting for the Republicrat Obama ran against.

Squiggy on June 29, 2009 at 1:45 PM

I think it would be cool to feature the previous night’s QOTD as this morning’s OOTD. I bet there are lots of days when you could do this, provided the QOTD came from The One.

Rosmerta on June 29, 2009 at 5:26 PM

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