Obamateurism of the Day

posted at 8:05 am on December 14, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Barack Obama warned Republicans not to “frighten” people about his policies last week in comments, but the GOP can chalk that up to projection.  As Republicans point out the failure of Porkulus and the lack of money to spend on Porkulus II, Obama tried to preempt criticism with this accusation:

President Barack Obama told House Republican leaders to “stop trying to frighten the American people” even as he and Democrats said they see a possibility for bipartisan cooperation on job creation legislation.

The House Republican Conference responded by playing Obama’s Greatest Hits of Fear:

  • President Obama: “These urgent dangers to our national and economic security are compounded by the long-term threat of climate change, which, if left unchecked, could result in violent conflict, terrible storms, shrinking coastlines, and irreversible catastrophe.” (The Washington Post, 1/26/2009)
  • President Obama: Everyone in this room knows what will happen if we do nothing.  Our deficit will grow.  More families will go bankrupt. More businesses will close. More Americans will lose their coverage when they are sick and need it the most.  And more will die as a result.”  (Remarks to a Joint Session of Congress on health care, 9/9/2009)
  • President Obama: “Economists from across the spectrum have warned that if we don’t act immediately, millions of more jobs will be lost.  The national unemployment rates will approach double digits not just here in Elkhart, all across the country.  More people will lose their homes and their health care.  And our nation will sink into a crisis that at some point we may be unable to reverse.” (Elkhart, Indiana Town Hall, 2/9/2009)
  • “…millions of people have had their lives profoundly disrupted by developments in the financial system, most severely in our recent crisis. These aren’t just numbers on a ledger. This is a child’s chance to get an education. This is a family’s ability to pay their bills or stay in their homes. This is the right of our seniors to retire with dignity and security and respect. These are American dreams, and we should not accept a system that consistently puts them in danger.” (Remarks by the President, 5/17/2009)

And let’s not forget about the Tonsil Vultures and Foot Rustlers in the American health-care system, too, or the sky-is-falling hysteria driving Obama’s top two legislative priorities.  Obama can’t afford to live without the politics of fear.  It’s the entire basis of his agenda.

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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All you have to do to frighten people about 0bama’s policies is to explain them.

Clearly something is fueling the poll freefall.

wildcat84 on December 14, 2009 at 8:10 AM

Do as I say, not as I do….

Caper29 on December 14, 2009 at 8:11 AM

The national unemployment rates will approach double digits not just here in Elkhart.

Wow! Thank goodness that we averted that one! Imagine a nation approaching double digit unemployment! I bet Detroit would be even worse like somewhere in the low teens.

More seriously, Are going to get to vote for OOTD of the year? My top pick would probably be the DVD gifting to Gordon Brown or the TOTUS incident where he started reading other peoples scripts because that is what appeared on the screen.

highhopes on December 14, 2009 at 8:12 AM

Wouldn’t this be ripe for an easy Republican ad…first Obama with his inane statement about Republicans sowing fear, then the snippets of him and his fear mongering…
Seize on these misstatements and attack…attack…attack…

right2bright on December 14, 2009 at 8:12 AM

Obama: “Quit explaining my plans to the American People. It’s supposed to be a surprise!

kingsjester on December 14, 2009 at 8:13 AM

kingsjester on December 14, 2009 at 8:13 AM

+100000

ladyingray on December 14, 2009 at 8:15 AM

chicken little-in-chief

cmsinaz on December 14, 2009 at 8:15 AM

Good to see the Republicans coming back with a response to the President’s remarks…..the Republicans need to become better poker players.

yoda on December 14, 2009 at 8:17 AM

“Quit scaring the American people with the truth about my schemes, I went to a lot of work to disguise them as wonderful.”

Bishop on December 14, 2009 at 8:17 AM

President Obama has frightened me a lot over the past year. But he’s sort of right… I’m frightened by the Republicans and whether or not they have truly learned the lessons of ’06 & ’08.

myrenovations on December 14, 2009 at 8:18 AM

The HRC needs to be pouncing on this whenever they are on MSM…

cmsinaz on December 14, 2009 at 8:18 AM

Ed, it’s time to turn the daily Obamateurism into a plural. He’s outpacing you.

Fletch54 on December 14, 2009 at 8:18 AM

Odamna: But these ideas sound so good when I tell them to myself. Why don’t you people like them>

Crusader Rabbit on December 14, 2009 at 8:21 AM

The Republicans need to start talking about the pork in that bill going to Bambi’s desk. but many of them don’t want to talk about that because some of the pork is going to their districts.

how many times do I have to say it? they are all in on it.

kelley in virginia on December 14, 2009 at 8:21 AM

I’d rather he do nothing.

Every time he ‘Does Something,’ my wallet cries.

TimBuk3 on December 14, 2009 at 8:22 AM

Most Americans are beyond political rhetoric and fear tactics. They live in the real world. Most understand real problems and real incompetence in dealing with them. Most Americans also realize that we have no leadership, just a guy who makes speeches. THAT’S WHY THEY’RE AFRAID!

Ricohoc on December 14, 2009 at 8:22 AM

This has always been the case; I remember laughing at libs during the Bush administration when they’d crow about him being a fearmonger – and in the same breath talk desperately about the destruction of the country, civil liberties, ending social security and making grandma choose between medicine and food, yadda yadda.

Standard operating procedure for the left.

Midas on December 14, 2009 at 8:25 AM

Good for the Republicans. They should never let his stupidity go to waste, like taking advantage of a crisis.

sherry on December 14, 2009 at 8:25 AM

Most Americans also realize that we have no leadership, just a guy who makes speeches. THAT’S WHY THEY’RE AFRAID!

Ricohoc on December 14, 2009 at 8:22 AM

We are, in my never humble opinion, in a death spiral. The Dems and filthy lying coward are out of control which makes real Americans fearful, which encourages the Dems to spend more and become even more intrusive into private lives, which increases the fear……. Hard to see what is going to break the spiral.

highhopes on December 14, 2009 at 8:29 AM

BOOO TONSILS!!!

blatantblue on December 14, 2009 at 8:31 AM

Instill fear and blame others. Just like a petulant child.

What if there is a real emergency? How will he react? With the latest on Iran, it could be just around the corner.

Oh wait… that would be Bush’s fault.

tru2tx on December 14, 2009 at 8:32 AM

Every word out of dear leader’s mouth frightens me. He’s got to push the fear, in order to sell the fix.

Kissmygrits on December 14, 2009 at 8:33 AM

Obama: “Stop scaring the American people. They’re getting all wee-wee’d up!!!”

missouriyankee on December 14, 2009 at 8:36 AM

What if there is a real emergency? How will he react? With the latest on Iran, it could be just around the corner.

tru2tx on December 14, 2009 at 8:32 AM

He would ignore the crisis for a few months, then he’d dither while the various solutions were polled to determine how it would effect the filthy lying coward’s personal popularity, then he’d book time to make a prime time speech, followed up by trip out of the country somewhere.

highhopes on December 14, 2009 at 8:38 AM

Yay! The fear mongerers are in charge!

/getaclue.

Ah, for the halcyon days of the Jimmy Carter administration.
bangs head into desk.

rbj on December 14, 2009 at 8:38 AM

(CNN) — President Obama warned Wednesday that failure to act immediately on his economic aid plan “will turn crisis into a catastrophe and guarantee a longer recession.”

Let’s not forget this ignorant and irresponsible fear mongering statement from February 4. The guy needed a good slap in the mouth for this one.

ya2daup on December 14, 2009 at 8:38 AM

Every word out of dear leader’s mouth frightens me. He’s got to push the fear, in order to sell the fix.

Kissmygrits on December 14, 2009 at 8:33 AM

Well, we all aren’t like Cousin Pookie.

highhopes on December 14, 2009 at 8:39 AM

Seize on these misstatements and attack…attack…attack…

right2bright on December 14, 2009 at 8:12 AM

Republicans and conservatives don’t attack. They believe that the obvious is so obvious that they don’t need to criticize the other side.

RagTag on December 14, 2009 at 8:44 AM

“I don’t give the Hell,
I just tell the truth ’bout ‘em
And they think it’s Hell”.
— Harry Truman

Who knew that Harry Truman was the original Haiku Guy…

Haiku Guy on December 14, 2009 at 8:44 AM

BOOO TONSILS!!!

blatantblue on December 14, 2009 at 8:31 AM

You only think you need your feet!

ladyingray on December 14, 2009 at 8:45 AM

Gawd I cannot stand this clown. Doucheous Maximous.

Key West Reader on December 14, 2009 at 8:52 AM

unemployment rate in LA is 12%. That is frightening enough for me. its about the economy, stupid.

jbh45 on December 14, 2009 at 8:53 AM

To his credit, John McCain’s scathing speech on the senate floor fell on deaf ears (again) as senate democrats passed this current 1.1 trillion dollar spending spree.

The bill, which funds most domestic federal agencies for the rest of this fiscal year, marks a 12 percent spending increase. Democrats said the spending was needed to counter neglect during the past eight years and that the money would act as another stimulus to create government jobs.

“Yes, we are spending more money to keep cops on the street, to keep neighborhoods safe so that families feel secure. I think it is money well spent,” Majority Whip Richard J. Durbin, Illinois Democrat, said during the weekend’s debate. “Money spent to help our first responders, firefighters and policemen is a critical investment. This bill makes that investment.”

In the same article the Times said: “Taxpayer watchdog groups say the bills are loaded with thousands of earmarks, the pork-barrel spending projects lawmakers include to direct money to pet projects.”

You can bet these earmarks went directly into congressional democrat districts where their political lives hang in the balance.

Rovin on December 14, 2009 at 8:55 AM

Next year will determine whether the lies and deceptions of Obama will diminish his apparent desire to bring our country down to the international level as the rest of the world. There is no doubt whatsoever that he does not have the best interests of the country in him. I guess that is why having an American to lead our nation was the intent of the founding fathers. Too bad powerful Americans usurped that for their own personal gain. We will know soon if the ignorance of the American people can make that correction.

volsense on December 14, 2009 at 8:57 AM

Wouldn’t this be ripe for an easy Republican ad…first Obama with his inane statement about Republicans sowing fear, then the snippets of him and his fear mongering…
Seize on these misstatements and attack…attack…attack…

right2bright on December 14, 2009 at 8:12 AM

Where’s the RNC on this? They should have a full-time video person posting ads like yours daily. Another great ad would be clips of Obama attacking police, doctors, insurance companies, “fat-cat” bankers, etc., with an ending asking where are the lawyers in O’s attacks? Disgusting that the POTUS attacks decent Americans over and over and doesn’t get called on it.

PatMac on December 14, 2009 at 8:59 AM

It’s only hypocrisy if the media points it out. They never will. They will continue to give Obowma a hum job for the next three years. Brarack Hussein Obama, Mmmmm, mmmmmm, mmmmm.

SKYFOX on December 14, 2009 at 9:01 AM

Obama can’t afford to live without the politics of fear. It’s the entire basis of his agenda.

This quote from Ed says it all. Obama has turned FDR’s 1933 speech on its head: the only thing we have to fear is the President himself.

jwolf on December 14, 2009 at 9:03 AM

Disgusting that the POTUS attacks decent Americans over and over and doesn’t get called on it.

PatMac on December 14, 2009 at 8:59 AM

This is great for us, but we are the choir…it drives up the posts for HotAir, but it doesn’t help the cause.
I have said it a hundred times…we need a James Carville, a voice that goes on all the shows and just hammers away at these foolish comments.
If a politician makes a stupid comment, and no one hears the comment, is it stupid?
Well, we lost an election…so I guess not…

right2bright on December 14, 2009 at 9:04 AM

C’mon, he’s just trying to help.

Akzed on December 14, 2009 at 9:05 AM

Obama can’t afford to live without the politics of fear. It’s the entire basis of his the Democrat agenda.

FIFY

Kafir on December 14, 2009 at 9:13 AM

This one gets my vote:

Obama Hypocrisy Meter Off The Charts: “I Did Not Run For Office To Be Helping Out A Bunch Of Fat Cat Bankers On Wall Street”

Obama goes back to his Wall Street-bashing rhetoric in today’s 60 Minutes on CBS, after he has already doomed this country to tens of trillions in excess debt to make sure that Wall Street not only thrives, but prospers, courtesy of Bernanke’s vertical bond curve and the daily destruction of the dollar.
[...]
First you bail them out, and now you bash them? It is one thing to dash criticism upon rhetoric but at least be consistent. If people can not read between the lines of this administration’s endless hypocrisy, they deserve all they get.
[...]
Because while your Wall Street-centric policies can be explained by your lack of financial comprehension and private-sector experience (thereby justifying your desire to be “advised” by those who are an integral part of the banker syndicate), your complete disdain for the average American’s intellectual level exemplified by your most recent, upcoming 7 pm TV appearance is what is truly insulting.

Rae on December 14, 2009 at 9:15 AM

Way to go Mr. Morrissey and Hot Air, keep showing us the way via “Obamateurism of the Day”. This post consistently shows U.S. the true President Obama. Because, a persons true ideology/beliefs are exposed by viewing or listening to a persons actions overtime.

In this instance, it is true that President Obama wants to be the only one to frighten people into believing his way is ‘the way’ and one must follow him blindly and without question.

MSGTAS on December 14, 2009 at 9:24 AM

Let me grab a mop & get of my way — he is drooling on the floor again.

On the $1.1 trillion porkfest spending bill, note that Repub Thad Cochran joined the Maine Butt sisters in passing this bucket of lard. Thad (MS) is the well known King Of Lard and you can bet there are some juicy earmarks in it for him.

GnuBreed on December 14, 2009 at 9:25 AM

Ponder this combo:
Narcissist + Marxist + Failing.
Things could get interesting.

justltl on December 14, 2009 at 9:25 AM

Obama: Didn’t barry claim during the primaries that 10,000 people died in the Iowa flood?

Pelosi: 500 million people lose their jobs every month.

Gore: The core of the Earth is a million degrees.

Proves that Libs have no grasp of numbers.

Geochelone on December 14, 2009 at 9:27 AM

I was thinking that the other day…how astonishing it was for him to say that when all we ever hear from him is fear mongering. Good post.

What’s sad is that I was watching TV last night and flipped the channel to see Oprah’s Christmas special and thought I would be ill. I’d rather watch Desperate Housewives.

scalleywag on December 14, 2009 at 9:28 AM

Proves that Libs have no grasp of numbers.

Geochelone on December 14, 2009 at 9:27 AM

Millions of unemployed Democrat Congressmen and Senators.

justltl on December 14, 2009 at 9:33 AM

scalleywag on December 14, 2009 at 9:28 AM

Seriously.
There was enough artificial sweetener in that to gag a lab rat.

justltl on December 14, 2009 at 9:39 AM

I didn’t watch the Christmas bozo special. It made me ill to see the POTUS frittering away his time on yet another frivolous fluffy piece about himself on TV. Maybe in 2010 he’ll start taking the presidency seriously. hahahahaha.

scalleywag on December 14, 2009 at 9:42 AM

Barry doesn’t like being quoted.

GarandFan on December 14, 2009 at 10:09 AM

right2bright on December 14, 2009 at 9:04 AM

The goal of making better choices is a tough one for a republic with a popular vote (Ok, electoral) system. Making poor choices is easy when the proponents can use emotions.

Conservatives need to do a film about the Chinese repossessing the USA by the time the Dems are through with their spending. If this wasn’t scary enough, how about our losing body organs? I guess we can’t do a disaster movie as easily as they can…

IlikedAUH2O on December 14, 2009 at 10:15 AM

I’m really beginning to question the man’s mental state.

jukin on December 14, 2009 at 10:44 AM

There is one bright spot in all of this. The Won’s falling poll numbers indicate that the American People are discovering what his agenda really is without the need to have it covered in the MSM. Hell, looks to me like they’re finding the facts in spite of the MSM’s active participation in the cover up.

Oldnuke on December 14, 2009 at 10:44 AM

What’s sad is that I was watching TV last night and flipped the channel to see Oprah’s Christmas special and thought I would be ill. I’d rather watch Desperate Housewives.

scalleywag on December 14, 2009 at 9:28 AM

Factoring in the fact that CBS ran late because of NFL coverage and the Oprah worship service was at 10pm, I’m guessing there was only an hour and a half tops that wasn’t filled with the filthy lying coward and his cow of a spouse.

highhopes on December 14, 2009 at 10:47 AM

I’m really beginning to question the man’s mental state.

jukin on December 14, 2009 at 10:44 AM

Just wait until his mental state when the media turns on him. He’s not used to anything but getting his way and if one of his big initiatives like healthcare reform fails, the resulting royal temper tantrum will be epic.

highhopes on December 14, 2009 at 10:49 AM

Obama to the American people:

This won’t hurt a bit.

as he pulls out his giant, infected syringe full of poison and prepares to “fundamentally change” America.

UltimateBob on December 14, 2009 at 11:12 AM

Haiku Guy on December 14, 2009 at 8:44 AM

Come on, Haiku Guy
Don’t just copy Truman’s work.
Publish your own thoughts.

Tom_OC on December 14, 2009 at 11:54 AM

Tonsils: “I’m only a few inches from the brain.”

Foot: “I’m just a foot.”

Brain: “OMG! Look out, here comes the surgeon.”

Surgeon: “Hey, it’s OK guys. Obama isn’t paying me to do anything any more.”

Yoop on December 14, 2009 at 11:58 AM

The other side of his hypocrisy is his double talk about being a transparent and bipartisan administration, which, to this day goes largely unreported. You don’t start a bipartisan relationship by locking people out of offices and stating “I won”…or telling people to get out of the way, or blaming the previous administration 11 months into your own presidency, (which he never misses a chance to do, but I think he picked that up from Mama Pelosi). I expect the next pollster we hear from will be using a bright burnt sienna crayola to announce his ratings have dropped to 38.

scalleywag on December 14, 2009 at 12:08 PM

Mr. President’s facade is fading almost as fast as Tiger’s.

scalleywag on December 14, 2009 at 12:11 PM

Don’t forget to add the EPA threat from Friday. That may as well have come straight from the Messiah.

n0doz on December 14, 2009 at 1:26 PM