Obamateurism of the Day

posted at 8:05 am on January 4, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Barack Obama managed to come home from Copenhagen empty-handed twice in his first year of on-the-job executive training, and that’s bad enough for one’s credibility.  However, the Washington Times reports that the second trip was even more embarrassing, as Obama had to walk into a meeting uninvited in order to get other world leaders to spend any time at all with him:

Barack Obama is not used to being the guy not invited to a party. At the Copenhagen global warming conference, however, he found that not everyone wanted to hang with him. Our president can’t take a hint.

After Mr. Obama’s bilateral meeting with Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, the Chinese began sending lower-level functionaries to the multilateral meetings. A frustrated Mr. Obama pressed for another bilateral meeting, which was scheduled for Friday at 6:15 p.m. Other leaders of the countries known as the “BASIC” bloc were harder to pin down.

The Obama team tried to schedule a meeting with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and was told he was at the airport readying to leave. Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva also was unavailable. South African President Jacob Zuma said there was no point meeting without India and Brazil. Then the Chinese pushed the bilateral meeting back to 7 p.m.

“We were told they were at the airport,” a senior administration official said. “We were told delegations were split up. We were told they weren’t going to meet.” So imagine Mr. Obama’s surprise when he arrived for the bilateral powwow and found all four leaders in the room already in deep discussion. “Are you ready for me?” he said with an “uncharacteristic edge” to his voice, according to a CBS News report.

Later, the White House denied that they had “crashed” the meeting, but the other leaders certainly went way out of their way to avoid the US President, including lying about their whereabouts.  Recall when Obama promised to use “smart power” to improve America’s standing in the world?  Who was the last American President that found himself the victim of an international game of “Ditch ‘Em”?

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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But, but PM Singh got to attend President Obama’s first state dinner…

myrenovations on January 4, 2010 at 8:09 AM

“Are you ready for me?” he said with an “uncharacteristic edge” to his voice, according to a CBS News report.

I can’t stand this man. Get over yourself, Barry.

bridgetown on January 4, 2010 at 8:10 AM

Next they’ll all get a phone call about an ‘emergency’ so they can leave.

c.u.shoeless on January 4, 2010 at 8:11 AM

Surprised India and China didn’t lock the doors….maybe next time.

yoda on January 4, 2010 at 8:11 AM

Later, the White House denied that they had “crashed” the meeting, but the other leaders certainly went way out of their way to avoid the US President, including lying about their whereabouts.

Get a clue, 0.

OmahaConservative on January 4, 2010 at 8:12 AM

BO…the “man” in touch with his inner-child.

jbh45 on January 4, 2010 at 8:13 AM

You mean they didn’t swoon like school girls upon meeting Obama? Don’t they know he’s 50% Rock Star, 50% Super Genius and 50% Messiah? Well, just like the American People, they clearly just don’t know what’s best for them. Thank goodness we have Obama who knows what’s best and will do it no matter how much it hurts us.

MMMMM mmmm MMMMM

trubble on January 4, 2010 at 8:15 AM

B-b-but he’s the World’s president!

“White House denies the accusations…”

Seems to be a running theme lately.

JetBoy on January 4, 2010 at 8:16 AM

awkward

cmsinaz on January 4, 2010 at 8:16 AM

Those world leaders who avoided him are obviously racist. Zero should have brought a six-pack to the meeting…

joejm65 on January 4, 2010 at 8:16 AM

We need to tatto a “L” on Obama’s forehead.

milwife88 on January 4, 2010 at 8:17 AM

The last time I saw a POTUS looking so lost at a social function was when Carter crashed the post-game victory celebration in the Pirates’ locker room. He looked like he wanted to say a few words of congratulations, but players and the reporter on camera cut him off with a deliberate snub.

Ah. Good times. Good times….

apostic on January 4, 2010 at 8:18 AM

*My bad. Add to my last post… 1979 World Series.

apostic on January 4, 2010 at 8:19 AM

Note to China and India:

Next time, tell him the meeting is at The Blue Oyster Bar

(mildly NSFW)

trubble on January 4, 2010 at 8:19 AM

The world loves us again! They just don’t like that real stuck-up guy we have for a president,

backwoods conservative on January 4, 2010 at 8:19 AM

Perhaps if Barry would have scheduled a meeting with world famous Al Gore, (the other pulitzer phony), he wouldn’t have felt so “left out in the cold”.

Rovin on January 4, 2010 at 8:20 AM

Sounds like the POTUS picked up a few tips from the Salahis.

highhopes on January 4, 2010 at 8:21 AM

Between gaffes and screw-ups,and his World Apology Tour,
and p*ssing off almost every country,Hopey,the Fence Post
Turtle in bewildered and perplexed!!

canopfor on January 4, 2010 at 8:21 AM

dear leader has weakened america’s standing

cmsinaz on January 4, 2010 at 8:22 AM

The man won the NOBEL!! What’s wrong with these people?!? Don’t they know a genius when they see one?!?

And, most importantly, his pants are so nicely creased! He’s like a… a… GOD!

tru2tx on January 4, 2010 at 8:23 AM

Hopey,the Fence Post Turtle in bewildered and perplexed!!

canopfor on January 4, 2010 at 8:21 AM

canopfor, you made my day!!! ( :

yoda on January 4, 2010 at 8:24 AM

Oh,I guess the world has moved on from,”Community Organizer
Agitator”,to world leaders,as it appears,thats the level,wh
ere Obama is still stuck at!!!

canopfor on January 4, 2010 at 8:24 AM

Have you seen the America Rising video yet? It is great:

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xbqhl8_america-rising-an-open-letter-to-de_news

Please share widely!

perries on January 4, 2010 at 8:24 AM

He’s in way over his head, and it’s showing.

irishspy on January 4, 2010 at 8:24 AM

canopfor, you made my day!!! ( :

yoda on January 4, 2010 at 8:24 AM

yoda: Sumpin ain’t right with Hopey!!!hehe:)

canopfor on January 4, 2010 at 8:26 AM

Thank goodness we have Obama who knows what’s best and will do it no matter how much it hurts us.

trubble on January 4, 2010 at 8:15 AM

Judgment to lead.

How was poor, poor Obama to know that the real reason the world loved him was because they wanted an American President they could kick around? They had a taste of this in the seventies and they’ve been licking their chops ever since. I hope they enjoy it while it lasts.

Kafir on January 4, 2010 at 8:26 AM

Its amazing that Obama didn’t start a war with China,
jus sayin!!

canopfor on January 4, 2010 at 8:27 AM

This guy is a joke.

boomer on January 4, 2010 at 8:27 AM

The last time I saw a POTUS looking so lost at a social function was when Carter crashed the post-game victory celebration in the Pirates’ locker room. He looked like he wanted to say a few words of congratulations, but players and the reporter on camera cut him off with a deliberate snub.

apostic on January 4, 2010 at 8:18 AM

Heh, I remember that one. Talk about a fish out of water. These ever present reminders of Obama as Carter II are getting a little creepy.

jwolf on January 4, 2010 at 8:29 AM

yoda: Sumpin ain’t right with Hopey!!!hehe:)

canopfor on January 4, 2010 at 8:26 AM

We know!

yoda on January 4, 2010 at 8:29 AM

canopfor on January 4, 2010 at 8:27 AM

He’s got 3 years…help us….

ladyingray on January 4, 2010 at 8:30 AM

The kid left standing by himself after the teams have been chosen.

Just what we needed in a leader.

Yoop on January 4, 2010 at 8:32 AM

The most painful thing one can do to Obama is ignore him.

That’s what his daddy did.

Disturb the Universe on January 4, 2010 at 8:33 AM

Yoop on January 4, 2010 at 8:32 AM

+1

ouch

cmsinaz on January 4, 2010 at 8:34 AM

Humiliating.

Cylor on January 4, 2010 at 8:35 AM

How was poor, poor Obama to know that the real reason the world loved him was because they wanted an American President they could kick around?

Kafir on January 4, 2010 at 8:26 AM

Ah, that’s why he looks like a beat-up tin can, a 100 feet further down the road.

Yoop on January 4, 2010 at 8:36 AM

Did Obama spend his freshman year in high school being stuffed into lockers or didn’t they do that at his Hawaiian prep school?

Wethal on January 4, 2010 at 8:37 AM

The most painful thing one can do to Obama is ignore him.

That’s what his daddy did.

Disturb the Universe on January 4, 2010 at 8:33 AM

by Jove, I think you’ve nailed it.

tru2tx on January 4, 2010 at 8:39 AM

Obama’s arrogance makes me wonder if he isn’t French.

BierManVA on January 4, 2010 at 8:40 AM

canopfor on January 4, 2010 at 8:27 AM
He’s got 3 years…help us….

ladyingray on January 4, 2010 at 8:30 AM

ladyingray:A grand total of,1461 days,and a site that has
so far,his Executive Orders!!:)

http://1461days.blogspot.com/

http://1461days.blogspot.com/2009/01/current-list-of-president-obamas.html

canopfor on January 4, 2010 at 8:43 AM

The Obama team tried to schedule a meeting with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and was told he was at the airport readying to leave. Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva also was unavailable.

This should tell Obama that he is not liked by other world leaders, nor is he taken seriously. But for some reason, I don’t think he will get the message.

Johnnyreb on January 4, 2010 at 8:44 AM

Arrogant, self-serving, and clueless. Barack The Magnificent in action.

kingsjester on January 4, 2010 at 8:45 AM

I don’t think he will get the message.

Johnnyreb on January 4, 2010 at 8:44 AM

ya got that right…totally clueless with his cronies propping him up

cmsinaz on January 4, 2010 at 8:46 AM

I can not get ovewr how inept everything he does is.
It is painful to watch, even though I can not stand him.
I really wish he’d get some kind of a clue. He has pissed away or is actively pissing away every last bargaining chip the US has, why should they want to be around him?

ORconservative on January 4, 2010 at 8:46 AM

first time I’ve heard this embarrassing story, but is this truly an Obamateurism? I mean this is a straight out snub due to others’ rightful lack of respect, but I thought Obamateurism was for amateur mistakes made by the Bamster.

katablog.com on January 4, 2010 at 8:46 AM

Surprised India and China didn’t lock the doors….maybe next time.

yoda on January 4, 2010 at 8:11 AM

They could take a cue from Barry’s cohorts, and do it in the name of “Transparency”

VelvetElvis on January 4, 2010 at 8:47 AM

Anybody remember the bully from school? The one who never realized he was being ignored?

antisocial on January 4, 2010 at 8:48 AM

katablog.com on January 4, 2010 at 8:46 AM

You don’t crash into meetings. Also you don’t try to overwhelm world leaders with rhetoric.

antisocial on January 4, 2010 at 8:50 AM

So does anyone remember this happening to that mentally deficient cowboy that ran the country the previous eight years? I feel certain if it had, we would still be hearing about it.

Cindy Munford on January 4, 2010 at 8:50 AM

You don’t crash into meetings. Also you don’t try to overwhelm world leaders with rhetoric.

antisocial on January 4, 2010 at 8:50 AM

Why not? It worked in Nov. 2008.

katablog.com on January 4, 2010 at 8:53 AM

Barry was trying to emulate Michaele and Tareq Salahi in going places uninvited. Where was securities?

bayview on January 4, 2010 at 8:53 AM

Cindy Munford on January 4, 2010 at 8:50 AM

You are correct, ma’am. And in that same vein, why weren’t the Media invading every second of Obama’s vacation and jumping him for not immediately andressing the Panty-Bomber? They should would have if it was Boooosh!

kingsjester on January 4, 2010 at 8:53 AM

Not to let Obama off the hook, but we are talking here about Brazil, China, India, South Africa. None of these countries can be called fast friends, and the former three, especially China, have very good reasons to slap a pie in the face of America. China is doing its level best to isolate the United States and to take its place as the leader of nations; at the very minimum, a slight punishment (say, import duties on steel) are required for this slight.

I don’t care about the pie — I’m just glad nothing happened other than it hitting his face.

unclesmrgol on January 4, 2010 at 8:53 AM

Just for grins I ran a Google search on the quote, “White House denies” and came up with 345,000 hits. I ran the samesearch on the quote “White House confirms” andonly came up with 111,000. Seems they spend about twice as much time denying as they do confirming. Maybe they need a Czar of denial.

MikeA on January 4, 2010 at 8:56 AM

Email this video to everyone you know.

OmahaConservative on January 4, 2010 at 8:57 AM

Are you ready for me?” he said with an “uncharacteristic edge” to his voice, according to a CBS News report.

You know after this meeting was over they were trying to find out who told him about this meeting so they can leave him and zero out for the next meeting. You know he wasn’t wanted there. Pretty soon they’ll be saying make sure you don’t tell Zero or you won’t be invited anymore.

Brat4life on January 4, 2010 at 8:57 AM

Certainly can’t blame the other leaders for not wanting a narcisstic, arrogant, under-achieving man-child at their meeting.

TXUS on January 4, 2010 at 8:59 AM

This is both sad and embarrassing for our Nation. We look like a bunch of sitting duck fools.

I wish he’d step aside.

Key West Reader on January 4, 2010 at 9:01 AM

Also you don’t try to overwhelm world leaders with rhetoric.

antisocial on January 4, 2010 at 8:50 AM

You do if you’re Obama — but that’s because it’s the only play in his playbook. We are in a ****load of trouble for the next 3 years.

jwolf on January 4, 2010 at 9:01 AM

kingsjester on January 4, 2010 at 8:53 AM

Someone should get a picture of a group of Geisha and photo shop the faces of different members of the press onto it. They are truly the handmaidens of the president.

Cindy Munford on January 4, 2010 at 9:01 AM

*** heavy sigh ***

We just put the Obamateurism of the Year behind us. I guess we have another 365 days of Obamateurisms (times three) before we hopefully have a competent administration in the White House.

But I’m confident that 0bama will have no problem providing us with plenty of material to fill all those daily openings.

UltimateBob on January 4, 2010 at 9:03 AM

first time I’ve heard this embarrassing story, but is this truly an Obamateurism? I mean this is a straight out snub due to others’ rightful lack of respect, but I thought Obamateurism was for amateur mistakes made by the Bamster.

katablog.com on January 4, 2010 at 8:46 AM

The problem was the diplomatic response to the snub. Now we understand why everyone in the meeting blamed Obama for the inability to reach a decision. The fix was in, whether he showed up or not, because China doesn’t want to curb its greenhouse gasses, and was looking for a way out.

I think whoever is in charge of diplomacy over at the White House (either Rice or Clinton — I’m not sure, given the reporting structure) doesn’t do any “what-if” analysis going into these meetings, and we lose diplomatically as a result.

After all, if we can be made to appear incompetent (whether or not we really are incompetent), America’s stature is diminished and the stature of our opponent (China) is improved.

unclesmrgol on January 4, 2010 at 9:03 AM

I can just imagine those world leaders trying to hide from him. lol

becki51758 on January 4, 2010 at 9:06 AM

Twentieth Century dangerous anti-American president.

OmahaConservative on January 4, 2010 at 9:08 AM

Like most Americans, the other world leaders wish that Obama would just go away.

Christian Conservative on January 4, 2010 at 9:09 AM

When do we get to snub him like this? November is so far, far, away.

BetseyRoss on January 4, 2010 at 9:09 AM

canopfor on January 4, 2010 at 8:43 AM

That many days?

*groan

Thanks for the links!

ladyingray on January 4, 2010 at 9:15 AM

This should tell Obama that he is not liked by other world leaders, nor is he taken seriously.

Johnnyreb on January 4, 2010 at 8:44 AM

This is a good thing. As far-left and anti-American as he is, we would really be in trouble if he had any influence. Or a spine.

As it is, we are fortunate that he’s not able to cause as much damage as he would like.

UltimateBob on January 4, 2010 at 9:16 AM

But, but PM Singh got to attend President Obama’s first state dinner…

myrenovations on January 4, 2010 at 8:09 AM

Guess that Wagyu Beef on the menu didn’t help matters much either?

coldwarrior on January 4, 2010 at 9:17 AM

unclesmrgol on January 4, 2010 at 9:03 AM

Agreed 100%. The embarrassments are painful but livable. But the O administration is a disaster area of diplomatic incompetence. We are going to pay a very heavy price somwhere, sometime, unless we are astoundingly lucky.

jwolf on January 4, 2010 at 9:17 AM

unclesmrgol on January 4, 2010 at 9:03 AM

What’s really funny is that he rescheduled the days of his attendence so that he would have more of an impact. Oopsie!!
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/12/04/obama-copenhagen-date_n_380774.html

Cindy Munford on January 4, 2010 at 9:18 AM

Wouldn’t it be more appropriate to point out that the American President ran off to Denmark (while America faces economic crisis) for a “global warming” conference after the released hacked emails and data and Global Warming Pushed During Record Cold

katablog.com on January 4, 2010 at 9:24 AM

How about a water vapor summit?

Mojave Mark on January 4, 2010 at 9:32 AM

Thanks for starting the new year off right, Ed. Now where’s my OOTD calendar? Are they printed yet?

Extrafishy on January 4, 2010 at 9:52 AM

canopfor on January 4, 2010 at 8:43 AM
——————————
That many days?

*groan

Thanks for the links!

ladyingray on January 4, 2010 at 9:15 AM

ladyingray:Yup,*rolls eyes*,and yes,your welcome LiG:)

canopfor on January 4, 2010 at 9:55 AM

Shouldn’t this count toward last year’s Obamateurisms? It did occur in December and probably would have won. Was Acorn involved in this? I think we should have a recount.

Kissmygrits on January 4, 2010 at 9:55 AM

And, most importantly, his pants are so nicely creased! He’s like a… a… GOD!

tru2tx on January 4, 2010 at 8:23 AM

Don’t forget clean and articulate!

Oldnuke on January 4, 2010 at 10:11 AM

Its amazing that Obama didn’t start a war with China,
jus sayin!!

canopfor on January 4, 2010 at 8:27 AM

His term ain’t over yet!

Oldnuke on January 4, 2010 at 10:13 AM

This is almost as humiliating as the One’s snub in the Russian handshake line. I guess Smart Power aka “Carter” diplomacy still doesn’t translate well.

skanter on January 4, 2010 at 10:17 AM

Later, the White House denied that they had “crashed” the meeting,

That’s what Michaele and Tareq Salahi said…

right2bright on January 4, 2010 at 10:22 AM

A global cooling for The One at the global warming summit.

Tropical Igloo on January 4, 2010 at 10:23 AM

This is like being in grade school and notes being passed around about a birthday party, and not being invited…not that that ever happened to me every year…after year, after year…and not that I would ever remember or care.
I bet the other leaders stop talking when he walks into the room, and he thinks it is out of respect….

right2bright on January 4, 2010 at 10:24 AM

How was poor, poor Obama to know that the real reason the world loved him was because they wanted an American President they could kick around?

Kafir on January 4, 2010 at 8:26 AM

Or perhaps a pinata President?

ya2daup on January 4, 2010 at 10:26 AM

So imagine Mr. Obama’s surprise when he arrived for the bilateral powwow and found all four leaders in the room already in deep discussion. “Are you ready for me?” he said with an “uncharacteristic edge” to his voice, according to a CBS News report.

Kinda like the scene in “Stand by Me”…

Wen Jiabao: “That’s not the secret knock.”
Barry: “C’mon you guys! I forgot the secret knock!”
All (rolling eyes): “Barry.”

ya2daup on January 4, 2010 at 10:36 AM

What am I missing here ? (I know it’s early)
“We were told they were at the airport,” a senior administration official said. “We were told delegations were split up. We were told they weren’t going to meet.”

AND HE STILL SHOWED UP ??

Seems their CO’sA just makes things worse !
Remarkable.

pambi on January 4, 2010 at 10:45 AM

Ha! You all are in rare form for the first Obamateurism of the year.

anniekc on January 4, 2010 at 10:53 AM

perries on January 4, 2010 at 8:24 AM

Wow! That is a great video! If only they could put it on the television airwaves! Thanks for sharing.

Susanboo on January 4, 2010 at 12:28 PM

LOL.

Nobody wants the smart assed little kid on in their little club.

Awesome. So awesome.

RedNewEnglander on January 4, 2010 at 12:58 PM

In on.

edit feature?

RedNewEnglander on January 4, 2010 at 12:58 PM

Buffoons are no fun at parties.

Schadenfreude on January 4, 2010 at 1:09 PM

Here’s the story as it was reported when it happened, by the people there. The uncensored version…

http://neoneocon.com/2009/12/22/is-stress-unhinging-obama/

R D on January 4, 2010 at 1:16 PM

bridgetown on January 4, 2010 at 8:10 AM

+1

Al in St. Lou on January 4, 2010 at 2:19 PM

As much as many people didn’t like Mr. Bush, he was always invited and there. Really says something.

Mommynator on January 4, 2010 at 2:22 PM

Smrat Power!

fitzsweetpea on January 4, 2010 at 5:39 PM

EPIC FAIL–once again! I’m gonna need more paper in my notebook of EPIC FAILURES….

lovingmyUSA on January 4, 2010 at 6:02 PM