Obamateurism of the Day

posted at 8:05 am on October 22, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Barack Obama spoke Tuesday at a fundraiser audience comprised mainly of Wall Street executives, who paid over $15,000 each for the privilege of having the President tell them that they were the cause of the financial collapse, and that they should shut up and back reform:

While I’m in New York, I want to stress something about this financial reform effort.  The financial industry is essential to a healthy economy and to the well-being of our economy.  That’s why we stepped in to prevent a collapse that would have had far-reaching and devastating consequences for the American people — steps, by the way, that were not wildly popular and still aren’t among the American people.  But it was the right thing to do.

But we also know we should never again have to face potential calamity because of reckless speculation and deceptive practices and short-sightedness and self-interestedness from a few.  So if there are members of the financial industry in the audience today, I would ask that you join us in passing what are necessary reforms.  Don’t fight them, join us on them.

That’s certainly not an Obamateurism.  In fact, I have nothing but admiration for a man who can get a roomful of people to cough up fifteen grand apiece to get insulted.  That’s a selling-fridges-to-Eskimos moment, in my book.

However, one part of the speech was simply laughable.  After reading off a list of supposed legislative accomplishments, with none of them specific except for Porkulus, Obama dropped this line on the audience:

If we stop now, if we didn’t do anything else for the next three months, we would have had one of the most productive legislative sessions in decades — already.

Er, what? This is the legislative session that got stuck on Obama Agenda Item #1 in July and still hasn’t finished chewing on its trillion-dollar cost.  In fact, with a 70-seat majority in the House and 60 seats in the Senate, Obama and the Democrats couldn’t finish doing the budget on time — which Republicans can’t filibuster under Senate rules.  They had to rely on a continuing resolution to keep the federal government operating in October … and they still don’t have a budget passed.  If they take any longer, they’ll have to pass another CR.

That’s not a productive legislative session.  It’s an embarrassment.

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If to be more productive means to legislate less, then… er, would that be out of character for the current POTUS?

apostic on October 22, 2009 at 8:09 AM

“What”, indeed.

Perhaps if he stopped partying long enough to actually preside, he’d see the truth ….

eforhan on October 22, 2009 at 8:09 AM

That’s not a productive legislative session. It’s an embarrassment.

When your goal is to destroy the American economy, it is a very productive session…

doriangrey on October 22, 2009 at 8:09 AM

I’d rather Congress get stuck and pass nothing.

publiuspen on October 22, 2009 at 8:10 AM

You mean you can’t just say it and make it so…but the words were on the teleprompter…

texabama on October 22, 2009 at 8:11 AM

I’d rather Congress get stuck and pass nothing.

publiuspen on October 22, 2009 at 8:10 AM

I’d rather congress passed a kidney stone the size of a golf ball…

doriangrey on October 22, 2009 at 8:12 AM

Er, what?

exactly…did TOTUS play a game on him?

cmsinaz on October 22, 2009 at 8:15 AM

Did anybody laugh? His delusion continued onto NJ where he spoke at a Corzine event. Lots of Obamateurism’s to pick from there.

ctmom on October 22, 2009 at 8:15 AM

Since his plan is to radically change America, I would say he’s right on target. Marxist.

kingsjester on October 22, 2009 at 8:17 AM

The President’s t.v. is on the unicorn channels where he gets the fairy tale news. No wonder he doesn’t have a clue of what is really going on.

yoda on October 22, 2009 at 8:18 AM

Sure Baracky, we’d all be lost without you. We’d be better off if our government had taken a permanent vacation starting in 2006.

Alfresco on October 22, 2009 at 8:21 AM

If by legislative success Ogabe means his jump shot has improved and the Lieutenant was able to hire ten new servants, then yes things are going swimmingly.

Bishop on October 22, 2009 at 8:23 AM

Did I miss something?

Wall Street execs are paying Obama’s re-election campaign fund $15,000 a piece out of bailout funds?

percysunshine on October 22, 2009 at 8:28 AM

Alice America Through the Looking-Glass.

OmahaConservative on October 22, 2009 at 8:29 AM

Most productive legislature in decades?

The most productive thing that our Congress can do is usually nothing. But I don’t think that is what he was talking about.

IlikedAUH2O on October 22, 2009 at 8:30 AM

i’m so sick of him, and I can’t imagine having him for 3+ more years.

deidre on October 22, 2009 at 8:31 AM

deidre on October 22, 2009 at 8:31 AM

+1

OmahaConservative on October 22, 2009 at 8:32 AM

The President’s t.v. is on the unicorn channels where he gets the fairy tale news. No wonder he doesn’t have a clue of what is really going on.

yoda on October 22, 2009 at 8:18 AM

Don’t deceive yourself, he knows exactly what is going on. The problem is that most Americans cant wrap their heads around what his true agenda is, therefore they chose to believe he is simply misinformed and naive. He is neither, he genuinely is a Marxist attempting to subvert the US Constitution and remake America into a socialist/communist/Marxist utopia.

doriangrey on October 22, 2009 at 8:32 AM

If we stop now, if we didn’t do anything else for the next three months, we would have had one of the most productive legislative sessions in decades — already.

That’s a lofty goal. Sounds like someone can see what’s down the road for his stupid “healthcare” bill.

LibTired on October 22, 2009 at 8:32 AM

That’s a selling-fridges-to-Eskimos moment

Actually, Eskimos & other Alaskans (and Canadians) do like refrigerators. Are you going to keep milk out in the snowbank when it is 60 below, and the milk is frozen solid, or put it in the fridge in your house where it will be handy and cool, but not a solid block of ice.

And continuing resolutions means no increases in budgets. So if all Congress did this year was pass that, then spend the next 12 months “fact finding” in Tahiti, that would be an improvement.

rbj on October 22, 2009 at 8:33 AM

If we stop now, if we didn’t do anything else for the next three months, we would have had one of the most productive legislative sessions in decades — already.

Bwahahahahahaha! “…one of the most productive legislative sessions in decades”? Oh stop! Stop! Yer killin’ me, Barry!

ya2daup on October 22, 2009 at 8:33 AM

“self-interestedness”? That’s an Obamateurism in and of itself. The word is “self-interest”.

flipflop on October 22, 2009 at 8:34 AM

That’s a lofty goal. Sounds like someone can see what’s down the road for his stupid “healthcare” bill.

LibTired on October 22, 2009 at 8:32 AM

ROTFLMAO…. Yup, this is definitely a Steve Urkel knowing he is about to fall down the stairs, I meant to do that moment…

doriangrey on October 22, 2009 at 8:38 AM

The ‘best’ part was that he talked to these ‘erudite’ elites in “doin’ nothin’ and we’re just startin’…”, just like he talks to his little uneducated and really stupid acorns.

Pity our land, and the fools who sat there.

Where have the real men gone?

Schadenfreude on October 22, 2009 at 8:41 AM

doriangrey on October 22, 2009 at 8:32 AM

Much truth to what you’ve said here. A one world government, with Obama handing America and our wealth over to third world countries for having had the nerve to produce goods desired around the globe… This is what Obama will do if we don’t keep up the pressure on Democrats who seek to have a future in politics.

Cap & Trade taxation is really wealth redistribution. Take America’s wealth and give it to countries like Kenya. Talk radio heads are busy making fun of the fact that Obama’s brother still lives in a hut. If Obama has his way, his brother and every other Kenyan will soon be delivered our homes, and we will be the ones living in their huts.

Keemo on October 22, 2009 at 8:43 AM

Don’t deceive yourself, he knows exactly what is going on. The problem is that most Americans cant wrap their heads around what his true agenda is, therefore they chose to believe he is simply misinformed and naive. He is neither, he genuinely is a Marxist attempting to subvert the US Constitution and remake America into a socialist/communist/Marxist utopia.
doriangrey on October 22, 2009 at 8:32 AM

Forgot my sarcasm marks.

yoda on October 22, 2009 at 8:47 AM

If productivity is measured in taxpayer dollars wasted and channeled to political allies per hour of presidential effort, then I think he may be on to something with his claim of this being the most productive legislative session.

What astonishes me is that he shamelessly spouts complete crap and the “truth-to-power” phonies in the mid-stream media happily scribble it down and pass it through to their pathetic publications and sad little TV shows as though it were the new gospel.

Back in the 1970′s, I used to listen to English-language Soviet broadcasts (I think it was Pravda) on short-wave radio. It was always astonishing how they covered Brezhnev like he was God’s gift to the world, and everywhere he went he brought sunshine and rainbows, and joy to the hearts of the people, regardless of the jarring dissonance with reality.

Hey…. wait a minute, is that what’s going on here?

mr.blacksheep on October 22, 2009 at 8:51 AM

If we stop now, if we didn’t do anything else for the next three months, we would have had one of the most productive legislative sessions in decades — already.

Another Obama, “I reject your reality, and substitute my own!” moment.

NickelAndDime on October 22, 2009 at 8:55 AM

hhahaha My first laugh of the day!

becki51758 on October 22, 2009 at 8:55 AM

why would big business/Wall St pay $15,000 each for bambi’s speech when they know Rahm is going to restrict their paychecks by legislation specific to them, not by general rise in taxes?

is that dumb?

kelley in virginia on October 22, 2009 at 8:57 AM

If we stop now, if we didn’t do anything else for the next three months, we would have had one of the most productive legislative sessions in decades — already.

Don’t you see what he’s doing, Ed? It’s CYA time, a little “legacy massage” if you will, on the off chance that the democrats are unable to pull off his health reform. Obama intends to determine the historical view of his presidency, and the media is willingly complicit in the writing of that script.

Puddleglum on October 22, 2009 at 8:59 AM

why would big business/Wall St pay $15,000 each for bambi’s speech when they know Rahm is going to restrict their paychecks by legislation specific to them, not by general rise in taxes?

is that dumb?

kelley in virginia on October 22, 2009 at 8:57 AM

It was either fear or stupidity… Either they went there hoping to minimize the damage or, well because they are to damned stupid to know what is in their own best interests…

doriangrey on October 22, 2009 at 9:03 AM

This picture pretty much sums it all up

orfannkyl on October 22, 2009 at 9:19 AM

i linked the NYT article from Drudge that said some of these big execs wouldn’t receive more than $200,000 in total compensation.

this might run into the same problem with the restricting of AIG bonuses. how much of the compensation above $200,000 was by contract before the bailout was implemented?

$200,000 might seem like alot to many, but it isn’t at all if someone has to buy the requisite wardrobe for CEO of Bank of America plus live in NYC or somewhere that expensive. and if this CEO can’t accept more that $200,000 total compensation, does that mean he can’t accept a car ride from the airport to his home? he can’t accept a meals expense? he doesn’t get mileage? what about stock options? or health insurance?

why don’t these people stand up & call out Obama for the communist that he is?

kelley in virginia on October 22, 2009 at 9:26 AM

flipflop on October 22, 2009 at 8:34 AM

Exactly! Imagine George Bush saying that, it would be the lead story on every newscast.
Personally, I would be happy to pay these morons a year’s salary if they would just go home and do nothing! It’s better than the train wreck they’ve become.

flytier on October 22, 2009 at 9:29 AM

But we also know we should never again have to face potential calamity because of reckless speculation and deceptive practices and short-sightedness and self-interestedness from a few.

He should lighten up a little on his friends Chris “Countrywide” Dodd and Barney Frank. They meant well, and it’s always the thought that counts.

forest on October 22, 2009 at 9:29 AM

I always have to ask myself: why would wall street executives pay $15,000 to hear this guy? It’s not like he’s not on TV every day. It’s not like he favors wall street! It’s not like he wants them to do their thing in freedom. It’s not like he doesn’t want to control them. It’s not like he favors capitalism over fascism. So I can only come out with two alternatives:
1) Extortion – if they don’t pay him, he will ruin them.
2) Fascism – Hoping they will be part of the elite.

Christian Conservative on October 22, 2009 at 9:37 AM

That’s a selling-fridges-to-Eskimos moment, in my book.

RAAAAACIST!

Blacksmith8 on October 22, 2009 at 9:42 AM

1) Extortion – if they don’t pay him, he will ruin them.
2) Fascism – Hoping they will be part of the elite.

Christian Conservative on October 22, 2009 at 9:37 AM

Both?

forest on October 22, 2009 at 9:44 AM

$200,000 might seem like alot to many, but it isn’t at all if someone has to buy the requisite wardrobe for CEO of Bank of America plus live in NYC or somewhere that expensive. and if this CEO can’t accept more that $200,000 total compensation, does that mean he can’t accept a car ride from the airport to his home? he can’t accept a meals expense? he doesn’t get mileage? what about stock options? or health insurance?

why don’t these people stand up & call out Obama for the communist that he is?

kelley in virginia on October 22, 2009 at 9:26 AM

Kelley, it’s typical dhimmicrap B$. Those useful idiots are under the spell of the ‘Won’. They don’t actually think these purported ‘rules’ will apply to them personally. AKA the Chicago way, they think they are bribing the pres so their companies, salaries, pay, expenses, bonuses, and total compensation packages will be protected. The problem is those bozos don’t realize what kind of sick, twisted freak Barry/Barack/Akbar Dunham/Soetoro/Obama/Obooboo really is.

Blacksmith8 on October 22, 2009 at 9:49 AM

What an interesting time we live in. The President, Barack Obama, has the AKA distinction. On a police report he would be listed as AKA Barry Dunham, Barry Soetoro, Barack Obama Jr., Barack Obama II.

Blacksmith8 on October 22, 2009 at 9:52 AM

So if there are members of the financial industry in the audience today, I would ask that you join us in passing what are necessary reforms.

Like cutting their pay by 90%? Not even Mother Teresa could convince them to do that!

Steve Z on October 22, 2009 at 9:57 AM

Like our President, this congress is a joke!
Get out the posters.

bluegrass on October 22, 2009 at 10:12 AM

Like 10% unemployment is the new normal, an administration that wallows in corruption and incompetence is now the best we can hope for far into the future.

SKYFOX on October 22, 2009 at 10:20 AM

Did I miss something?

Wall Street execs are paying Obama’s re-election campaign fund $15,000 a piece out of bailout funds?

percysunshine on October 22, 2009 at 8:28 AM

Exactly, fund raising with American hand outs…I believe the term is money laundering.

Jeff from WI on October 22, 2009 at 10:21 AM

Ed – I am getting bored.

Tell me when someone from the White House tells the Truth!

That would be an event.

barnone on October 22, 2009 at 10:30 AM

we should never again have to face potential calamity because of reckless speculation and deceptive practices and short-sightedness and self-interestedness from a few.

Was he talking about Washington or Wall Street?

elderberry on October 22, 2009 at 10:47 AM

If we stop now, if we didn’t do anything else for the next three months, we would have had one of the most productive legislative sessions in decades — already.

It’s come to this. Not only are all the Obamateurisms lies, but now they come with a big steaming cup of denial too!

highhopes on October 22, 2009 at 10:57 AM

Wall Street execs are paying Obama’s re-election campaign fund $15,000 a piece out of bailout funds?

percysunshine on October 22, 2009 at 8:28 AM

That does appear to be the scam. As long as the execs play along, it’s a win-win for both them and Obama. And Obama holds the stick of “windfall tax” against them to make sure they all stay in line. It’s probably legal, but dirty, rotten, and filthy.

jwolf on October 22, 2009 at 10:59 AM

While it is poetic justice that the financial industry has to suffer the slings and arrows of the Obama administration, that is just about all of the pain they have endured.

They are still making out like ummm, bandits.

Star20 on October 22, 2009 at 11:17 AM

If you look at the number of newly minted conservatives/Republican voters there will be in 2010 then, well, yes, this Congress has been spectacularly productive.

VelvetElvis on October 22, 2009 at 11:26 AM

The thing that is scary about this is that it will become “common knowledge” for half the country really soon.

petunia on October 22, 2009 at 2:09 PM