Obamateurism of the Day

posted at 8:05 am on October 30, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

This one’s a flashback Obamateurism of sorts in that it happened over a year ago, but we’re just finding out about it now, thanks to Time Magazine’s excerpts from David Plouffe’s campaign memoir this week. Plouffe recalls the moment when he got a chance to discuss with Barack Obama his selection of Joe Biden as running mate.  Plouffe told him that

“You just can’t wing something like this — it’s too important.”

Oh, wait — sorry!  No, actually Obama said this about Sarah Palin:

Obama and I had a long talk late that afternoon to evaluate Palin. “I just don’t understand how this ends up working out for McCain,” he said. “In the long term, I mean. The short term will be good for them. But when voters step back and analyze how he made this decision, I think he’s going to be in big trouble. You just can’t wing something like this — it’s too important.”

Maybe some people can criticize McCain’s choice, but not the man who picked Joe Biden as his running mate.  If Palin didn’t have campaign polish at times, Biden often acted as though he was drinking polish on the campaign trail.  The Constitutional law professor managed to quote the wrong section of the Constitution during a televised debate with Palin, famously warned an audience that Obama’s inexperience would invite our enemies to “test” us, and once asked a wheelchair-bound man to “stand up!” at a rally.  As far as interview savvy goes, Biden warmly recalled Franklin Roosevelt’s televised speeches during the Wall Street collapse in 1929, somehow forgetting that FDR wasn’t President until 1933 and commercial television didn’t exist for several years after that.

Palin managed to turn out the base in the election, blunting a catastrophe for the GOP into a mere debacle.  What did Biden do?  He turned out Delaware, which had gone Republican in national elections as recently as … 1988.  As Andrew Malcolm often notes, the administration has had to keep Biden under wraps for most of the year, quietly neglecting to publish his schedule in hopes of keeping his fumbles off the front pages.

It may have been Obama’s first national “What was he thinking?” moment.  Unfortunately, it wasn’t his last, nor his last Obamateurism.

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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So I wonder if Biden himself ever “went rogue,” would anyone one notice.

apostic on October 30, 2009 at 8:10 AM

(dang stutter)

apostic on October 30, 2009 at 8:10 AM

“You just can’t wing something like this — it’s too important.”

Too bad Obummer doesn’t feel the same way about Afghanistan…

ladyingray on October 30, 2009 at 8:19 AM

But they are running out of duct tape, keeping Joe gagged and strapped to that chair in the VP Bunker.

kingsjester on October 30, 2009 at 8:20 AM

Yah but Biden brings gravitas. Or something.

Bishop on October 30, 2009 at 8:20 AM

“You just can’t wing something like this — it’s too important.”

Pot. Kettle.

publiuspen on October 30, 2009 at 8:21 AM

If Palin didn’t have campaign polish at times, Biden often acted as though he was drinking polish on the campaign trail

LMFAO …….. great line !!!

Jerome Horwitz on October 30, 2009 at 8:22 AM

publiuspen on October 30, 2009 at 8:21 AM

beat me to it….dear leader has been winging it since 20Jan…

cmsinaz on October 30, 2009 at 8:22 AM

David Plouffe completely made that quote up.

Fluff would have you believe that Obama was calm and measured after Palin was selected. The evidence suggests drastically otherwise.

The Obama campaign and their propagandists in the media began immediate nuclear attacks on Sarah Palin – before she even uttered a word at the RNC. The fear in his campaign was palpable – and you can still sense it even today.

Obama is no “wise sage” friends. This is a guy who doesn’t have the experience to be.

I’ll tell you how Ogabe reacted to Sarah Palin. He reacted with sheer panic because she is more experienced in real life – and more experienced in executive management than he is. There is no denial in this. The Ogabe campaign immediately told the press they didn’t want any comparisons between Obama and Palin’s experience – instead, compare Biden’s experience to Palin’s. The David Copperfield trick in all this was to convince the public that Palin was less qualified to assume the duties of President than Biden was.

But the real story should have been – that Obama was even less prepared than Palin to be President.

That was the deflection the Ogabe campaign wanted and it’s what their whores in the media willingly gave them.

HondaV65 on October 30, 2009 at 8:23 AM

Obamateurism of the Day Month Year!
Fun Post, thanks Ed.

Amadeus on October 30, 2009 at 8:24 AM

apostic on October 30, 2009 at 8:10 AM

For Biden, “going rogue” would mean writing a book in which he plagiarizes most of what Palin wrote in hers.

Kafir on October 30, 2009 at 8:25 AM

HondaV65 on October 30, 2009 at 8:23 AM

I wonder how much more Plouffe made up?

publiuspen on October 30, 2009 at 8:25 AM

the man who picked Joe Biden as his running mate

Me thinks Obama didn’t pick anyone…..he is a manufactured product of the corrupt Demoncrap machine, and was probably told this is your partner-in-crime.

Jerome Horwitz on October 30, 2009 at 8:26 AM

But the real story should have been – that Obama was even less prepared than Palin to be President.

That was the deflection the Ogabe campaign wanted and it’s what their whores in the media willingly gave them.

HondaV65 on October 30, 2009 at 8:23 AM

Exactly!

The announcement of Palin as McCain’s running mate had ObaMAO all wee-wee’d up, so their only response was to hit personally and hit hard. The media took up the slack from there on, having gotten their marching orders from Central Casting, er Central Command.

onlineanalyst on October 30, 2009 at 8:29 AM

So I wonder if Biden himself ever “went rogue,” would anyone one notice.

apostic on October 30, 2009 at 8:10 AM

Biden could go naked and no one would notice.

yoda on October 30, 2009 at 8:32 AM

It may have been Obama’s first national “What was he thinking?” moment.

It should have been a signal to everyone that Dear Liar has been thinking about how best to wreck America.

rbj on October 30, 2009 at 8:35 AM

Palin is irrelevant.

LibTired on October 30, 2009 at 8:35 AM

What did Biden do? He turned out Delaware, which had gone Republican in national elections as recently as … 1988

Well, I gotta give him some credit for delivering Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in a big way too.

forest on October 30, 2009 at 8:36 AM

The problem is it felt like McCain was “winging it” for his entire campaign. Suspending it to return to DC after the Lehman Brothers collapse, refusing to attend the first debate until the TARP bill is passed but then attending anyway, introducing out of the blue in the middle of one of the debates a plan to bailout people’s mortgages, refusing to go after Obama’s radical ties….only to reverse course and go after Bill Ayers later on(but refusing to touch the subject of Rev. Wright), and of course constantly urging us to “fight with him” while simultaneously reassuring us that Obama was a good man and would make a fine President.

A job well done Steve Schmidt and Nicole Wallace.

Doughboy on October 30, 2009 at 8:36 AM

During their first rally together on August 23, 2008, Barack Obama introduced Biden to the crowd by saying:

*

“Joe won’t just make a good Vice President – he will make a great one. After decades of steady work across the aisle, I know he’ll be able to help me turn the page on the ugly partisanship in Washington, so we can bring Democrats and Republicans together to pass an agenda that works for the American people.”New York Times: Senator Obama’s Remarks Introducing Senator Biden (August 23, 2008)8

Seen here

GnuBreed on October 30, 2009 at 8:36 AM

Oh but his decision to choose Joe had to be done quickly or the country will suffer its greatest setback in history….or something like that.

jbh45 on October 30, 2009 at 8:36 AM

“…Biden often acted as though he was drinking polish a Polish drinker…”

FIFY?

Shy Guy on October 30, 2009 at 8:46 AM

History is not going to be kind to Barack Hussein Obama, and there’s not a single damned thing he’s going to be able to do about the criticism leveled at him by the future historians.

doriangrey on October 30, 2009 at 8:48 AM

If Palin didn’t have campaign polish at times, Biden often acted as though he was drinking polish on the campaign trail.

Now that’s funny! And I haven’t even had coffee yet.

ted c on October 30, 2009 at 8:54 AM

Palin managed to turn out the base in the election, blunting a catastrophe for the GOP into a mere debacle.

And the GOP leadership still doesn’t get it. NY-23 is a microcosm of the 2008 elections and the GOP once again was on the wrong side of the equation.

highhopes on October 30, 2009 at 8:57 AM

Palin killed Biden in the debate, a critical point in time for Palin to establish credibility. The media COMPLETELY IGNORED 15 WHOPPER LIES told by Biden. Just another example of how the media got Obama/Biden elected.

marklmail on October 30, 2009 at 8:57 AM

MSM was the tool of the coup.

the_nile on October 30, 2009 at 9:03 AM

History is not going to be kind to Barack Hussein Obama, and there’s not a single damned thing he’s going to be able to do about the criticism leveled at him by the future historians.

doriangrey on October 30, 2009 at 8:48 AM

What is going to be more fun is when, post-presidency, the criticism starts and he doesn’t have a corps of media hacks to go out there and attack Fox News, Rush Limbaugh, or any of the others. The filthy lying coward in the White House is so thin skinned when it comes to criticism he isn’t going to be able to stand it.

highhopes on October 30, 2009 at 9:03 AM

But they are running out of duct tape, keeping Joe gagged and strapped to that chair in the VP Bunker.

Would that be the secret VP bunker he told everyone was in the Naval Observatory?

crazy_legs on October 30, 2009 at 9:04 AM

I wish I could be as irrelevant as Palin – $1.25 mill in ‘da bank and one million supporters on FB, gorgeous family, adoring hubby, morals, beauty, brains & impeccable timing. Too bad she is such a loooooooooooser./

We dodged a major bullet with Palin – and got good ‘ole Joe Biden – whew!! Thank goodness….. the adults are in charge. They may hate America, but they are all “growed” up.

Ris4victory on October 30, 2009 at 9:05 AM

I have to give the Dems credit. They recognized Sarah as a force to be reckoned with immediately, just as the Republicans did. They still know who the enemy is and it is Sarah. She is a force of nature and they don’t know what to do. Attacking her isn’t working. They can’t ignore her(well they could, but that wouldn’t work either) They are all flumoxed. It just makes me smile!

BetseyRoss on October 30, 2009 at 9:07 AM

Joe “Hindu Dunkin’ Donuts” Biden.

Winging it, daily.

profitsbeard on October 30, 2009 at 9:12 AM

Maybe, like Palin, Joe can see Russia from Katie’s on Union Street, or his ability to take advice from a Home Depot employee serves our military and foreign affairs better than the commanders in the field.

If it wasn’t for Obama’s outright assualt on private interprise and his attempt to turn this nation into a socialist “republic”, Biden’s gaffs would shine much more light on his lack of leadership skills.

Rovin on October 30, 2009 at 9:12 AM

Palin is irrelevant.

LibTired on October 30, 2009 at 8:35 AM

Oh right. Irrelevant as in setting the chattering classes abuzz by pointing out death panels in Nanzicare. Irrelevant as in opening the floodgates for Doug Hoffman. Irrelevant as in selling a million books before the ink is dry. Losers like you would love to be that irrelevant.

Western_Civ on October 30, 2009 at 9:14 AM

So, tell me; Which one is supposed to be the bigger joke?

Cybergeezer on October 30, 2009 at 9:18 AM

Realizing that he lacked a sense of humor, I assumed Barry selected Ol’ Joe to provide a little comic relief in the administration.

Barb Dwyer on October 30, 2009 at 9:20 AM

Not sure why Ed dropped the Day by Day Cartoon link, but today’s is right on.

Christian Conservative on October 30, 2009 at 9:21 AM

I used to think Biden was incompetent, but that implies the possibility of competence. No such hope there.

SKYFOX on October 30, 2009 at 9:29 AM

Oh right. Irrelevant as in setting the chattering classes abuzz by pointing out death panels in Nanzicare. Irrelevant as in opening the floodgates for Doug Hoffman. Irrelevant as in selling a million books before the ink is dry. Losers like you would love to be that irrelevant.

Western_Civ on October 30, 2009 at 9:14 AM

She’s totally irrelevant. That’s why no one’s writing articles about her. Russia. House.

LibTired on October 30, 2009 at 9:30 AM

Not sure why Ed dropped the Day by Day Cartoon link, but today’s is right on.

Christian Conservative on October 30, 2009 at 9:21 AM

So True.

joeswampy on October 30, 2009 at 9:38 AM

History is not going to be kind to Barack Hussein Obama, and there’s not a single damned thing he’s going to be able to do about the criticism leveled at him by the future historians.

doriangrey on October 30, 2009 at 8:48 AM

We’ll see. All those future historians are being indoctrinated as we speak in our glorious public schools to worship Dear Leader.

Monica on October 30, 2009 at 9:41 AM

“You cannot go to a 7-11 or a Dunkin’ Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent…. I’m not joking.”

–Joe Biden, in a private remark to an Indian-American man caught on C-SPAN, June, 2006

OmahaConservative on October 30, 2009 at 9:47 AM

Since one of the sub-plots of this thread is Sarah Palin, and how unfit she was for office, I want someone to remind me…

Whose decision was it to “SUSPEND HIS PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN?”

How come Sarah Palin disqualified herself from political office by making gaffes to intellectual lightweights like Katie Couric and Charles Gibson, while the elephant in the room, John McCain made perhaps the worst campaign blunder in the last 25 years and he’s still in power?

jeff_from_mpls on October 30, 2009 at 10:33 AM

David Plouffe completely made that quote up.Fluff would have you believe that Obama was calm and measured after Palin was selected. The evidence suggests drastically otherwise.The Obama campaign and their propagandists in the media began immediate nuclear attacks on Sarah Palin – before she even uttered a word at the RNC. The fear in his campaign was palpable – and you can still sense it even today.Obama is no “wise sage” friends. This is a guy who doesn’t have the experience to be.I’ll tell you how Ogabe reacted to Sarah Palin. He reacted with sheer panic because she is more experienced in real life – and more experienced in executive management than he is. There is no denial in this. The Ogabe campaign immediately told the press they didn’t want any comparisons between Obama and Palin’s experience – instead, compare Biden’s experience to Palin’s. The David Copperfield trick in all this was to convince the public that Palin was less qualified to assume the duties of President than Biden was.But the real story should have been – that Obama was even less prepared than Palin to be President.That was the deflection the Ogabe campaign wanted and it’s what their whores in the media willingly gave them.HondaV65 on October 30, 2009 at 8:23 AM

I could not agree more… The whole story in the Times is a total revisionist account of the campaign Oloser ran. I remember how panicked Obama and Axelrod were at Palin\’s selection. At first they wouldn\’t even acknowledge she was a govenor, Obama called her the Mayor of Wasilly (not his most shining moment) Obama tried to state he had more executive experience than her because he was \”running his campaign staff of 2000 employees\” the whole thing was really amazing. So to try to paint this false picture after, is transparent and only the Obamabots will buy into it. Now everyone knows that Biden got picked because his son, Beau, had Larry Sinclair arrested and locked up for 72hrs which prevented him from giving a speech about his drug use and sex in a limo with Obama. Judging from Biden\’s performance and what a headache he\’s been, I believe it.

CCRWM on October 30, 2009 at 10:38 AM

Christian Conservative on October 30, 2009 at 9:21 AM

I don’t think he brought the link over when he made the leap from Captain’s Quarters to HotAir.

Today’s is good, though. Thanks for pointing it out.

cs89 on October 30, 2009 at 11:17 AM

Biden didn’t even measure up well in the VP debate. He “should” have won that one, hands-down.

He definitely failed to do that.

AnninCA on October 30, 2009 at 11:20 AM

John McCain made perhaps the worst campaign blunder in the last 25 years and he’s still in power?

jeff_from_mpls on October 30, 2009 at 10:33 AM

Well, he has stayed in his senator’s seat. But power?

AnninCA on October 30, 2009 at 11:21 AM

Now everyone knows that Biden got picked because his son, Beau, had Larry Sinclair arrested and locked up for 72hrs which prevented him from giving a speech about his drug use and sex in a limo with Obama. Judging from Biden\’s performance and what a headache he\’s been, I believe it.

Really? Details please. I haven’t heard about this.

karenhasfreedom on October 30, 2009 at 11:42 AM

Shouldn’t that be the Obamateurism of the year? Joe Biden is the gift that keeps on giving.

shooten on October 30, 2009 at 12:25 PM

Fluff would have you believe that Obama was calm and measured after Palin was selected. The evidence suggests drastically otherwise.

That is the truth. They had to be sh!tting their pants when McCain picked Palin. Especially when the McCain / Palin ticket briefly pulled ahead in the polls. That’s when the democrats really cranked up their usual dirty politics.

But the real story should have been – that Obama was even less prepared than Palin to be President.

HondaV65 on October 30, 2009 at 8:23 AM

Right on. Good post.

The Obama machine and his fawning media successfully managed to steer the debate away from that annoying little fact, and more to her being a “hearbeat away from the presidency.”

UltimateBob on October 30, 2009 at 1:42 PM

Obama chose Biden before he was nominated, before the convention. At the time there was fear in the Obama camp that the superdelagates would revolt and give the nomination to Clinton. By nominating Biden Obama got enough of the party elders to cement the nomination. The pick of Biden also decreased the dangers of assassination and impeachment.
All that aside, it is ALWAYS an amateurish move to give greater responsibility to Joe Biden. It also demonstrates contempt for his country and his fellow citizens.

snaggletoothie on October 30, 2009 at 3:29 PM

What you see/get of Biden and Michelle Obama is just when they’re not muzzled.

Imagine all the lost opportunities.

Schadenfreude on October 30, 2009 at 4:25 PM