Choose the Obamateurism of the Year: flight 7

posted at 8:05 am on December 29, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

We’ve been highlighting the amateurish stumbles of our new President since March, and now it’s time for Hot Air readers to pick the Obamateurism of the Year!  Over the next few days, I’ll offer polls in different brackets (or “flights”) of previous Obamateurism of the Week winners, and you’ll pick the winners between five or six selections in a new poll each day, except Christmas.  I also hand-selected a few second-place winners in a second-chance bracket, which will run next week.  After we’ve narrowed down to eight finalists, Hot Air readers will select the OOTY!

Six of the eight slots in the OOTY finals have already been filled:

  • Obama bows to Saudi King Abdullah
  • Warning on deficits and spending while pushing big-spending programs
  • Change in Iran coming because “Obviously, after the speech I made in Cairo…”
  • Obama opines on Gates arrest without “having all the facts”
  • Throwing Poland under the bus on missile defense on 70th anniversary of Soviet invasion
  • Obama goes to Copenhagen for Olympics (and comes home empty)

Can’t say I was terribly surprised by yesterday’s choice, but it was the closest poll yet.  Copenhagen I only outpolled Obama’s war on Fox News by five points, and for most of the day it could have gone either way.  Today’s is the toughest of the finals so far, with seven choices (one of these had to have more than 5) and at least three outrages that will get a lot of play.  In fact, more than half of them could easily have won the coveted OOTY Award on Thursday.  Once again, I’m glad to have you picking these …

Update: Seven choices, not six. I added the seventh after I wrote the post but before it went up, and forgot to edit it.

Got an Obamateurism of the Day? If you see a foul-up by Barack Obama, e-mail it to me at [email protected] 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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Since I could only choose one,I went with the KSM trial.Bambi’s comments could conceivably give KSM a technicality to appeal,or a reduced sentence.How can he get a “fair” trial when the president himself has declared KSM guilty,and proscribed a sentence?

DDT on December 29, 2009 at 2:53 PM

Toughest choice yet. I voted “present.”


Nah, I went with the “Shout Outs.” The Bow was close just due to its international significance, but the shout outs were a slap in the face to those that died that day.

RedNewEnglander on December 29, 2009 at 2:53 PM

This one was just unfair. How can you not pick Obama bowing AGAIN to another monarch? How can you not pick remarks after the Fort Hood shooting that start with “Let me give a shout out,” and then in at least one case get the medal the person was awarded completely wrong? How can you not pick the whole “we’ll give them a fair trial, but don’t worry, we’ll make sure they’re found guilty” fiasco.

And yet, while not a popular choice, I had to go with the little speech at the state dinner for India. Just read it, and ask yourself how can you get more amateurish than a statement like this at a state dinner!

Yours is the first official state visit of my presidency, its fitting that you and India be so recognized.

Bearing in mind this is not a paraphrase, but a direct quote, it certainly deserves some sort of prize for amateurishness.

tom on December 29, 2009 at 3:18 PM

At the end of this process do we choose a winner (somebody who got all of them right). Incentive is a great thing. Regarding the prize we could give the winner capability to ban any 5 trolls of his/her choice.

Makes sense?

antisocial on December 29, 2009 at 3:25 PM

My Pick>

The O’s sweet deal for the pharmaceutical industry!

Bill Blizzard on December 29, 2009 at 3:42 PM

Decisions, decisions…

I gotta go with the “shout outs”. The other choices were all affronts to my good sense, but the shout outs totally pissed me off. I can’t imagine even a jackass like Jimmah Carter pulling a stunt like that.

uncivilized on December 29, 2009 at 5:06 PM

I take my vote back.

I said Bow to Japan, when no president has done that…

I see Fort Hood is the top pick.

Right, the Fort Hood shout outs were like a big disgrace. We he did say that cops act stupidly.

Anyone with common sense and a high school education should know that respect of the cops is key in Justice. If you can’t trust the cops, system deteriorates.

father on December 29, 2009 at 5:25 PM

I’m voting and my choices have been along the lines of the general concensus but I don’t see how we are going to arrive at a single winner. Every voting point,flight 1 through 7, could be an hour long documentary, a Congressional Hearing or a book length expose’.

Wolfen on December 29, 2009 at 6:19 PM

This voting thing has been great fun. My last attempt at voting didn’t go so well when my guy lost the election..

Rockygold on December 29, 2009 at 8:10 PM

I have to go with the “B-plus” quip. It encompasses all his actions this year in one shining example of self-centered narcissism.

Blacksmith on December 29, 2009 at 8:29 PM

The shout out shows his agenda means so much more than the american people and american miltary.

Gracelynn on December 29, 2009 at 8:52 PM

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