Obamateurism of the Day

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

How do I know it will be a good week for Obamateurisms?  Whenever the President travels abroad, they come fast and furious.  Yesterday found Barack Obama in fine form while meeting with an audience comprised mainly of Russian business leaders, clumsily reminding them of a transaction that still rankles the Russians to this day, as Reuters explains:

Referring to the long history of Russia-U.S. trade stretching back more than two centuries, Obama told an audience of business people in Moscow:

“Along the way, you gave us a pretty good deal on Alaska. Thank you.”

Czar Alexander II’s sale of Alaska to the United States in 1867 for $7.2 million in gold, around 1.9 cents per acre, was regarded by Russians as a national disgrace — particularly once it became clear that the province was rich in oil.

Reuters calls this a “pointed quip,” but unless Obama wanted to deliberately insult Russians, the only point is that Obama has still not figured out what diplomacy means.  At its most basic, it means refraining from insulting people.  (via Clyde Middleton)

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 bet if Palin was still governor of AK, he’d try and give it back too…

Wyznowski on July 8, 2009 at 12:27 PM

Hillary is negotiating the Honduras situation, trying to get Zelaya to agree not to run again, she also gave an interview to Venezuelan TV bashing Iran and Ajad:

We have seen in the last weeks that Iran has not respected its own democracy.

It has taken actions against his own citizens for peacefully protesting. ["His" referring to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.]

I think it is not a very smart position to ally with a regime that is being rejected by so many of their own people.

ginaswo on July 8, 2009 at 12:29 PM

Yes, yes, it’s all coming together now. Did you know Sasha’s full name is Natasha???

Brat on July 8, 2009 at 12:00 PM

You know, I was wondering about that for a while. I am of slavic ancestry and I thought that was an odd name for their daughter considering the demographics of Barry and the Hipster.

You did just give me an AHA moment there.

bullseye on July 8, 2009 at 12:31 PM

Why isn’t the Department of Law vetting these things before he says them??

e-pirate on July 8, 2009 at 8:14 AM

This is what happens when people don’t understand anything about our government & just repeat talking points. There is a department of law in the WH — it is usually called the Office of the WH counsel, but that is what it is: the legal department.

So, even though Palin misspoke, the “place” she is talking about does exist. But you know what doesn’t exist? An Austrian language and 57 states.

Dark Star on July 8, 2009 at 12:34 PM

Better then his other line:
You can put lipstick on a Putin…

right2bright on July 8, 2009 at 12:35 PM

Is there any chance this is a prelude to trying to give alaska back to the russkies??? Of course, with Sarah Palin stepping down he has a lot less reason to do that (removing tinfoil hat now)

bullseye on July 8, 2009 at 11:54 AM

Nah… he’ll try to give Alaska to China to settle our debt.

jana on July 8, 2009 at 11:57 AM

“bullseye,” and “jana,”

You have both stumbled across something quite insightful.

With Barrack Hussein Obama (Peace be Unto Him! Praise His Holy Name. Surrender yourself to Him completely, Worship at His Holy Feet, Kiss his Divine feet, Bow down before Him in Supplication, Devote yourself to Him and he will give you Peace, He will save you, and your life will be fulfilled) what you said is actually likely to take place.

I wouldn’t be surprised if our Master, Savior, Messiah, Lord, Supreme Being, The One, Mister Hope and Change does pull something like that and get away with it, at least he could get away with it in the eyes of the Left leaning Paleo media Main Stream press, and in the eyes of the left leaning so-called entertainment industry, AKA Hollywood and Music industries.

William2006 on July 8, 2009 at 12:36 PM

William2006 on July 8, 2009 at 12:36 PM

Coulda been a masterstroke just last week…

Coulda ended Palin’s career by giving the Russians Alaska…no state, no governor.

Timing…sometimes means everything. /s

coldwarrior on July 8, 2009 at 1:35 PM

This is what happens when people don’t understand anything about our government & just repeat talking points. There is a department of law in the WH — it is usually called the Office of the WH counsel, but that is what it is: the legal department.

So, even though Palin misspoke, the “place” she is talking about does exist. But you know what doesn’t exist? An Austrian language and 57 states.

Dark Star on July 8, 2009 at 12:34 PM

There is a Department of Law in Alaska. That’s why she used the term. Many states use that title for their Attorney General’s office. New Jersey does too, my husband works there.
Alaska Department of Law

Epic fail by the troll.

rockmom on July 8, 2009 at 2:22 PM

He must be getting some tips from Biden.

Holy cow!

Dr. ZhivBlago on July 8, 2009 at 2:24 PM

Don’t worry. I’m sure Obamov’d be more than happy to give Alaska back at half that price. His ilk could certainly do without the Alaskan people, and they’ve shown no interest in the state’s vast natural resources.

Sign of the Dollar on July 8, 2009 at 3:28 PM

I am of slavic ancestry
bullseye on July 8, 2009 at 12:31 PM

Me too! And I think that is why I looked up to see if Natasha was her real name. My father immigrated with his family when he was 9 years old to Pennsylvania from Czechoslovakia in 1923 (yes back when it was one country). My mom was born in PA but both of her parents were also from Czechoslovakia. Don’t really know much about them though. Where are your ancestors from?

Brat on July 8, 2009 at 5:07 PM

Nah… He knew it was an insult. He just does sh*t like this to mess with the wackadoodles in the press. Imagine how they must screw themselves into knots trying to help this “F”in Zero pass as anything other than low rent boob.
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When you are a nothing being treated “almost like a god”, burning the wings off of flies and calling it impressive becomes boring. I think that he’s now hoping for some big-boy pants so he can try to walk without his tele-tubbie helping him keep his feet on the ground… and outta his mouth. Still needs a lot of practice I guess.
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RalphyBoy on July 8, 2009 at 5:35 PM

Even the White House can’t get it right.

coldwarrior on July 8, 2009 at 5:38 PM

How do I know it will be a good week for Obamateurisms?

Because the Sun came up?

DSchoen on July 8, 2009 at 8:29 PM

#1 daughter in a peace shirt what does this tell the world?? KICK ME

mathewsjw on July 8, 2009 at 9:29 PM

mathewsjw on July 8, 2009 at 9:29 PM

Interesting point about the “peace” T-shirt…both of them.

She made a political statement. Her parents approved. They let her wear it. Thus, is she no longer off limits?

And, since the Obama daughters are now a J Crew “property” they are now public figures…are they off limits?

coldwarrior on July 8, 2009 at 9:46 PM

mathewsjw on July 8, 2009 at 9:29 PM

coldwarrior on July 8, 2009 at 9:46 PM

Just reminds me of the campaign, when Obama was telling people he wanted to protect his daughter’s privacy while including them in interviews/photo ops.

Basically, the Obamas want the positives of selling cute kids & wholesome family values with none of the negatives of actual questions about the practice.

Republican politicians would probably like the same…
Too bad.

cs89 on July 8, 2009 at 10:45 PM

Hey Barry, sure hope that reset button is reusable.

galvestonian on July 9, 2009 at 6:42 AM

mathewsjw on July 8, 2009 at 9:29 PM

coldwarrior on July 8, 2009 at 9:46 PM

Just reminds me of the campaign, when Obama was telling people he wanted to protect his daughter’s privacy while including them in interviews/photo ops.

Basically, the Obamas want the positives of selling cute kids & wholesome family values with none of the negatives of actual questions about the practice.

Republican politicians would probably like the same…
Too bad.

cs89 on July 8, 2009 at 10:45 PM

You mean we won’t be hearing a Letterman statutory rape joke about the “first kids”?

Jeff from WI on July 9, 2009 at 9:50 AM

I am of slavic ancestry
bullseye on July 8, 2009 at 12:31 PM

Me too! And I think that is why I looked up to see if Natasha was her real name. My father immigrated with his family when he was 9 years old to Pennsylvania from Czechoslovakia in 1923 (yes back when it was one country). My mom was born in PA but both of her parents were also from Czechoslovakia. Don’t really know much about them though. Where are your ancestors from?

Brat on July 8, 2009 at 5:07

I see you’ve done a very thorough job of Czeching out your ancestry.

Jeff from WI on July 9, 2009 at 9:53 AM

Has there been a single day on which Barrack Hussein Obama (Peace be unto Him, Praise His Holy Name, All Worship, Honor, and Prostrations to “The One,” the Messiah, The Savior, the Lord of the Universe, Mister Hope and Change, May we kiss His feet in devout, reverent worshipfulness) has not placed himself before television cameras and vomitted pure, unaduleterated BS?

I am still waiting for our new Master, Savior, Messiah, Lord, Mister “hip,” Mister Hope and Change, Mister “Yes, We Can!” Barrack Hussein Obama (Peace be unto Him. Praise His Holy Name. All worship and supplication be unto Him) to pay all our bills, fix your house, buy us new cars, vacation homes, aircraft, and so much more.

William2006 on July 9, 2009 at 12:19 PM

I’m sorry but with 32% “strongly approving” of the job that this filthy liar is doing is still an unacceptably high number of morons who are roaming free.
highhopes on July 8

Keep in mind 18% to 20% are party whacko extremist, that’s true for any party.

That means he has tween 12% to 14% supports among non-nuts.

DSchoen on July 9, 2009 at 5:01 PM

I’m sorry but with 32% “strongly approving” of the job that this filthy liar is doing is still an unacceptably high number of morons who are roaming free.

highhopes on July 8

Keep in mind 18% to 20% are party whacko extremist, that’s true for any party.

That means he has tween 12% to 14% supports among non-nuts.

DSchoen on July 9, 2009 at 5:01 PM

“highhopes,” and “DSchoen,”

Are you both referring to our Lord and Savior, Mister Hope and Change, Mister “Yes, we can!,” the Messiah, Barrack Hussein Obama (Peace be unto Him, Praise His Holy Name, all Honor and Glory be unto him)?

Barrack Hussein Obama (Peace be unto Him, Praise His Holy Name, All Honor and Glory be unto Him!) was a community organizer who hung wout with racists, radicals, and druggies.

What can we expect from such an individual?

Sarah Palin had more experience than Barrack Hussein Obama (Peace be unto Him, Praise His Holy Name, All Honor and Glory be unto Him!) but SHE is the person whose name and family are dragged through the mud, who is painted as “Stoopyd,” and worthy of being hated while our Lord and Savior, the Messiah, Mister Cool, Mister Hope and Change, Mister “Yes, We can (rip the people off and push Socialism and Fascism on the people and take away their constitutional rights) got a free pass and was coronated by the Press and Hollywood and the Entertainment industry, two major outlets through which the people receive their brainwashing. Hence, our Savior has come to be POTUS.

Go figure!

William2006 on July 9, 2009 at 9:33 PM

I hope you have an eye on publishing these one day, Ed.

NoamSayin on July 10, 2009 at 12:47 AM

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