Obamateurism of the Day

posted at 8:05 am on August 24, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Nothing impresses like a leader who can express himself in clear, precise, and confident language. Such men and women get instant respect in any forum, especially on the world stage. When the leader of the free world reaches for a verb — or was it an adjective? — to describe heightened scrutiny and anticipation, nothing less than a three-syllable word will do:

I guess “wee-wee’d up” is better than “doo-doo’d down,” although maybe next time, President Obama can just say “Number One and Number Two.” And maybe someone can ask Chris Matthews if he still has a tinkle down his leg.

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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Just wait until the temper tantrums after he is out of office. There is no way that this guy is going to be a class act in his post-presidency. He will be constantly seeking the spotlight, second-guessing the current administration, lying about his accomplishments in office etc.

highhopes on August 24, 2009 at 9:14 AM

I am sure he will be Carter on crack.

TXMomof3 on August 24, 2009 at 9:18 AM

Just wait until the temper tantrums after he is out of office. There is no way that this guy is going to be a class act in his post-presidency. He will be constantly seeking the spotlight, second-guessing the current administration, lying about his accomplishments in office etc.

highhopes on August 24, 2009 at 9:14 AM

Yeah, but his post-presidency can’t come soon enough.

TXUS on August 24, 2009 at 9:27 AM

Chris Wallace said on Fox News Sunday that they had researched the words and they mean “wet the bed”.

…that just in from Mike Gallahger.

ladyingray on August 24, 2009 at 9:36 AM

There is no way that this guy is going to be a class act in his post-presidency.

That’s a given, when has he showed any ability to treat other people as anything other than props in the “Barack Obama – It’s all about me!” show.

He won’t even live in this country. He’s made enough money, he can live in a country that appreciates him.

NoDonkey on August 24, 2009 at 9:40 AM

wheewheedup

-noun

1. A boat, with no rudder, or means of propulsion.

To be up $hit Creek, in a wheewheedup, without a paddle.

franksalterego on August 24, 2009 at 9:53 AM

I never again want to hear that Bozo is the most elequent speaking president in history. He wee weed all over that theory.

txag92 on August 24, 2009 at 10:04 AM

He won’t even live in this country. He’s made enough money, he can live in a country that appreciates him.

NoDonkey on August 24, 2009 at 9:40 AM

As an American President, the filthy liar in the White House would make a damned fine Secretary General of the UN.

highhopes on August 24, 2009 at 10:04 AM

I never again want to hear that Bozo is the most elequent speaking president in history. He wee weed all over that theory.

txag92 on August 24, 2009 at 10:04 AM

You could say he “acted stupidly.”

highhopes on August 24, 2009 at 10:05 AM

He is sooooo presidential. Like OMG.

……puke

laurakbarr on August 24, 2009 at 10:09 AM

wheewheedup

-adjective

1. An attempt to get a boat to move, without any means of navigation or propulsion.

He’s wheewheedup $hit Creek without a paddle.

franksalterego on August 24, 2009 at 10:14 AM

that other great mature leader, Pee Wee Herman.
kingsjester on August 24, 2009 at 8:36 AM

Come on, now, don’t get all Pee-Weed up.

VanPalin on August 24, 2009 at 10:23 AM

Wheewheedup

-pronoun

1. A well known, heavily traveled creek running through Washington D.C.

He’s up Wheewheedup without a paddle… Or, a boat.

franksalterego on August 24, 2009 at 10:34 AM

I guess “wee-wee’d up” is better than “doo-doo’d down,”

Heehe! As a mom of two little ones I can relate to that.

I listened to this clip again, he just sounds so full of himself. He really had himself going when he got to the wee weed part and just couldn’t stop himself. He sounded more like a stand-up comedian than a president.

4shoes on August 24, 2009 at 10:35 AM

Listen to the last 10 seconds of the clip:
“…worried about the polls, the pundits and the cable channels…”

Why the distinction of the cable channels? ABC, NBC/MSNBC, CBS not to be worried about?

Guess not.

kurtzz3 on August 24, 2009 at 11:01 AM

a verb — or was it an adjective?

It’s a “participle”: a verb phrase (including the present or past participle form of the verb, the form usually used with auxiliary verbs such as “have” or “has”) used as an adjective.

“The fawning press is smitten with Obama.” (This is a two-fer; the second participle is used as a predicate adjective.)
“I was taken aback by his hubris.”

-Grammatiknazi

The Monster on August 24, 2009 at 12:07 PM

That is so say that the present participle is usually the -ing form, and the past is the one used with “have” or “has”.

PIMF

The Monster on August 24, 2009 at 12:08 PM

to say
GAACK!

The Monster on August 24, 2009 at 12:08 PM

Macacca

darwin-t on August 24, 2009 at 12:49 PM

Just wait until the temper tantrums after he is out of office. There is no way that this guy is going to be a class act in his post-presidency. He will be constantly seeking the spotlight, second-guessing the current administration, lying about his accomplishments in office etc.

highhopes on August 24, 2009 at 9:14 AM

Speaking of high hopes… maybe he won’t be able to do all of that after all… he’s got plenty of shady deals in his past, and I’m sure there will be plenty more in his future.

Perhaps his post-presidency will be conducted from prison?

jana on August 24, 2009 at 1:13 PM

I guess “wee-wee’d up” is better than “doo-doo’d down,”

We’ve got all the class and dignity we’d expect of a black version of Conan O’Brien.

…Only he’s trying to run the country and deal with serious foreign and domestic problems. And our enemies around the world are laughing at him.

landlines on August 24, 2009 at 3:42 PM

What a wee-tard.

fusionaddict on August 24, 2009 at 4:09 PM

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