Obamateurism of the Day
posted at 8:05 am on January 19, 2010 by Ed Morrissey
Scott Brown has campaigned hard in Massachusetts by driving across the state repeatedly, meeting the voters and telling his story. He put over 200,000 miles on his truck, which he featured in an ad as a way of showing that he listened to the people he wants to represent. For some reason, this got under Barack Obama’s skin during his appearance on behalf of Martha Coakley on Sunday, as Jim Hoft notes at Gateway Pundit:
Forget the ads. Everybody can run slick ads. Forget the truck. [Laughter] Everybody can buy a truck.
Well, I know over 3.4 million people since Obama’s inauguration who can’t buy a truck any longer, or much of anything else. I’d bet many of them don’t find it a source of laughter, either. Scott Brown teed off on Obama on that same point yesterday:
Brown took that opportunity to slam the president on government spending..
“Mr. President, unfortunately in this economy, not everybody can buy a truck,” Brown said in a statement. “My goal is to change that by cutting spending, lowering taxes and letting people keep more of their own money.”
But the bigger Obamateurism comes from Obama’s dismissive attitude about the truck itself. Brown drives a GMC Canyon, made by General Motors — the very company Barack Obama bought on behalf of taxpayers in his bailout. Shouldn’t we expect some salesmanship from the guy who sunk our money into a losing enterprise like GM and transformed it into Government Motors?
Maybe Brown can explain that to Obama personally … when he takes Paul Kirk’s place in the Senate after today’s election.
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