Obamateurism of the Day

posted at 8:05 am on September 9, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

When Chris Matthews described Barack Obama as the last Kennedy brother, we assumed that even the White House would have a laugh over the ridiculous jock-sniffing of Matthews for both Obama and the Kennedys.  Apparently not.  Just a week after the death of Ted Kennedy, Obama decided to evoke Camelot for the cameras, using one of his daughters to pay an homage to JFK, according to the Times of London:

It is a clear homage to perhaps the most iconic White House photograph.

Almost 46 years after the world first saw two-year-old John F. Kennedy Jr playing under the Oval Office desk as his father worked, the White House has released a picture of Sasha Obama, 8, hiding behind a sofa as President Obama reads briefing papers at the same desk.

According to the White House, Sasha is sneaking up on her father as he nears the end of a working day behind the Resolute desk, which was a gift from Queen Victoria to President Rutherford B. Hayes in 1879.

The original photograph, taken in October 1963, a month before President Kennedy was assassinated, shows John Jr peering out from under the desk as his father, like Mr Obama, reviews briefing papers. It was a photograph that helped to promote the image of Kennedy’s Camelot — the youthful President running the country with a young family playing at his side in the White House.

Didn’t this same President once warn people about politicizing his family?  Candid photos around the White House are to be expected, but staging photos with his daughter so he can act like John Kennedy is not just hypocritical, it’s more than a little pathetic.  And as the Times points out, it’s the second time he’s done it.

Here are the two photos put together:

The President has a lovely family and deserves respect for raising two intelligent daughters, but he shouldn’t be using them to attempt to make himself a faux Kennedy.

Update: A warning: remarks about the younger Obamas will get deleted and users banned.  Leave the kids out of the line of fire, please.

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JFK was know to annoy people, by letting his children have access to him, and his photo was probably a true candid. when in a good mood, I might even entertain the notion that it was released by a proud parent saying “Isn’t my kid cute.”

None of the above apply to Obama-nation.

Slowburn on September 9, 2009 at 11:52 AM

Good, and you can buy me a drink too.

TXMomof3 on September 9, 2009 at 10:41 AM

Will do…Joe Biden explained the more money I blow the more money I’ll have….

sven10077 on September 9, 2009 at 11:53 AM

OMG–now I need to wash my eyeballs out! Don’t click on the “It’s come to this” headline post–I’m warning you!!!

lovingmyUSA on September 9, 2009 at 11:56 AM

Night folks, (or good morning in your case)–need to get some sleep–worked all night. Get your packing done for this weekend!

lovingmyUSA on September 9, 2009 at 12:01 PM

Don’t worry, for all our hand-wringing, after the Obama babes’ dad has wreaked his havoc on our country and OUR children are left carrying the bag, they will go on to lucrative, high-paying jobs as hedge fund managers or hospital administrators. Super cute.

Cornhusker on September 9, 2009 at 12:07 PM

But didn’t Camelot sorta end badly? Does he really want to bring that on?

Alden Pyle on September 9, 2009 at 2:09 PM

Regarding the pic…

Meh, so what? If this is the worst “Obamateurism of the day”, then Obama’s had a pretty good day.

malclave on September 9, 2009 at 2:45 PM

Update: A warning: remarks about the younger Obamas will get deleted and users banned. Leave the kids out of the line of fire, please.

Ed, does that warning only apply to comments about the Obama kids? Or are you going to be fair and apply it to comments about Palin’s kids too?

Here, let me help you out (emphasis mine):

But, speaking of politicizing children, who was it that factored in the Palin “death panel” tweet? And how about that People Magazine cover, with abstinence spokesmother Bristol?

Bleeds Blue on September 9, 2009 at 8:45 AM

UltimateBob on September 9, 2009 at 3:21 PM

Meh, so what? If this is the worst “Obamateurism of the day”, then Obama’s had a pretty good day.

malclave on September 9, 2009 at 2:45 PM

True. But it’s just the phoniness of it all. You can bet that if his approval ratings were still above 60% like they were a couple of months ago, you wouldn’t be seeing photos like this until his memoirs were written years from now.

UltimateBob on September 9, 2009 at 3:24 PM

Where’s the pick of Obama picking feeding his nose? I suppose they chose not to release that one. Why? Isn’t it all about honesty?

JiangxiDad on September 9, 2009 at 8:37 AM

1921 C DRUM on September 9, 2009 at 5:33 PM

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