Obamateurism of the Day
posted at 8:05 am on July 23, 2009 by Ed Morrissey
I understand that the national average for attention spans continue to drop every year, but we expect more out of a President, don’t we? At the very least, the top man should be able to recall his opening statement during the entirety of his own press conferences. Barack Obama offered this during the last part of his opening statement:
I understand how easy it is for this town to become consumed in the game of politics – to turn every issue into running tally of who’s up and who’s down. I’ve heard that one Republican strategist told his party that even though they may want to compromise, it’s better politics to “go for the kill.” Another Republican Senator said that defeating health reform is about “breaking” me.
So let me be clear: This isn’t about me. I have great health insurance, and so does every Member of Congress. This debate is about the letters I read when I sit in the Oval Office every day, and the stories I hear at town hall meetings.
Just a few minutes later, Obama insisted that he wasn’t blaming Republicans:
OBAMA: “You haven’t seen me out there blaming the Republicans.”
No, we saw you up there blaming Republicans. Even the AP scoffed at that assertion:
THE FACTS: Obama did so in his opening statement, saying, “I’ve heard that one Republican strategist told his party that even though they may want to compromise, it’s better politics to ‘go for the kill.’ Another Republican senator said that defeating health reform is about ‘breaking’ me.”
By the way, for a bonus Obamateurism, Jake Tapper reported that the White House meant the “Republican strategist” description for William Kristol, the editor of the Weekly Standard and a pundit — who hasn’t been a party strategist since he stopped working for Dan Quayle in 1993.
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