Video: Obama eulogizes woman buried in Obama t-shirt whose name he can’t remember

posted at 5:28 pm on February 5, 2010 by Allahpundit

Skip ahead to 8:25 of the clip. I get why Byron York and Ace are irritated by this. Just as the “corpsman” gaffe plays into Obama’s image as an insular elitist who’s removed from blue-collar military culture, this one’s irresistible as alleged evidence of The One’s egomania. A fair point by York:

Many observers have noted that the president often seems extraordinarily self-referential. It’s all about him, they say. But even those critics might be a little taken aback by the “buried in an Obama t-shirt” remark. Is it really that much about him?

Others ask how some of Obama’s statements would have been covered had George W. Bush made them — for example, if Bush had pronounced “corpsman” as “corpse-man” (as Obama did twice at the National Prayer Breakfast). Had Bush mispronounced the word so badly — and he did say some weird things — it’s likely many commentators would have rushed to fit it into their Bush-is-stupid narrative. Now, it’s Obama who’s sounding strange. And even putting aside the “corpsman” gaffe, what does the president’s telling of the “buried in an Obama t-shirt” anecdote tell us about him? (By the way, this is not about the woman and her choice — people do all sorts of things, and we respect the decisions they make — but about the president’s choosing to tell the story himself.)

No doubt, Bush solemnly intoning about a nameless true believer buried with a “W” on his chest would have been sneered at as the crassest form of political exploitation. But the eternal double standard aside, I don’t think O’s paying tribute to his own awesomeness here. Remember, this is the guy who famously and presciently described himself as a “blank slate” upon which idealists of all stripes could project their Hope-iest, Change-iest deams. (The fact that he can’t make all of those dreams come true is probably the biggest reason his polls keep eroding.) Heard in context here, during a pitch about ObamaCare, it sounds to me like he’s simply using the t-shirt as a symbol of the dream of universal health care, not as some political last rite by which those bearing the mark of the Messiah shall attain salvation. The point, in other words, is that she was so committed to O-Care — not necessarily to O himself — that she chose to endorse it unto eternity by wearing the shirt. Or so a charitable interpretation would have it.

As for why he didn’t respect her enough to learn her name before using her as a prop, what can I tell you? The guy’s a tool.


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Disclaimer:“Working the phones for 0bama campaign in the hope that he will later fill the tank and pay the rent for you can be hazardous to your health”.

Just another shameful use of a human tragedy for 0bama political gain. Even the moronic audience laughed.

Rookie on February 6, 2010 at 12:24 PM

He didn’t expect audience laughter at that clip. At all.

As for the woman and her mammogram, mammograms cost about $70-$90. People like her will spend that money on something else – and somehow have plenty of time to campaign for Obama – but they will not spend a hundred dollars for a vital test because they think it’s owed to them.

I call that stupid. I call it dying of entitlement.

Let’s face it, nobody likes to go to the doctor. Nobody likes preventive tests. Nobody likes mammograms. And nobody likes paying for them.

So thinking that it’s owed to you by someone else is a good reason to skip them, isn’t it. Plus you get to be a martyr for the universal health care cause if you die from your own stupidity.

Pathetic and disgusting.

Alana on February 6, 2010 at 12:51 PM

got grades?

BHO Jonestown on February 6, 2010 at 12:53 PM

Alana on February 6, 2010 at 12:51 PM

And what else do we know about this woman? Was she getting treatment and care and died anyway?
Besides that, this is just pathetic.

JellyToast on February 6, 2010 at 1:12 PM

I detest Cancer patients, they should all die; Rahm can you give em “some pills”. /Satire

But there is some truth in that, no?

father on February 6, 2010 at 1:46 PM

Dresses your corpses.

Wipes your backside.

Cleans your floors.

Cleans up after pets

Obama T-shirts – the New and Improved Sham Wow.

Now with more Sham and less Wow!

Lily on February 5, 2010 at 7:20 PM

awesome ! +2

ted c on February 6, 2010 at 2:50 PM

The dead lady was just a Populist version of Dead Ted Kennedy. The Dems dragged his corpse around and look how well it worked in MassachusettEs. Rotten to the corpse.

BigAlSouth on February 6, 2010 at 3:50 PM

When will we see 2 camera recordings with one camera directly in line-of-sight behind each teleprompter? Just switch back and forth as he looks from one screen to the next. Comedy gold.

MarkT on February 6, 2010 at 4:20 PM

She should have just kept her tires inflated. She could have saved enough to afford HC insurance. Not to demean her suffering, but did she sign up for the Buddy Check Program and self-exams? What was her economic situation that she could not afford HC? Did she buy a flat screen tv instead of getting HC? Somehow I think her circumstances were more complex than what President Oblahblah talked about. And that “my friends” is a bi-partisan issue.

Does the President ever mention how many “die because they didn’t have HC insurance” when he’s NOT in front of his sycophant koolaid drinking supporters?

As usual, the HC issue always comes down to solving our HC problems vs. using the issue to gain influence and votes. Main Street sees through the facade.

Mr_Magoo on February 6, 2010 at 4:51 PM

ScumB+ag.

javamartini on February 6, 2010 at 5:14 PM

There are no words.

HAnthonyWayne on February 6, 2010 at 6:32 PM

He did the same thing during the SOTU; mentioned letters he received but no names given. Are these letters fake? Do we know if they really exist?

Oh, and considering his dog is named “BO”, I am not surprised at Obama’s arrogance.

TN Mom on February 6, 2010 at 10:22 PM

Ashes to ashes, dust to dust, Obama to Obama, amen.

Rightwingguy on February 7, 2010 at 12:36 AM

It’s just too bad this woman didn’t call St. Anthony’s Hospital in St. Louis. They offer free breast exams to women who are in need of assistance.

Jay Mac on February 6, 2010 at 10:06 AM

Maybe she couldn’t handle nuns.

unclesmrgol on February 7, 2010 at 3:15 AM

So a woman died, we don’t know her name or anything about her, and her death is only used for dramatic effect in a story about someone else entirely.

I think I’m familiar with this phenomenon… the shirt was red wasn’t it?

(I’ll put this here, but if I have to explain the Star Trek reference it isn’t as funny)

gekkobear on February 7, 2010 at 6:23 AM

Since Obama inaugural, Republicans have had to face a series of “[email protected] sandwiches” that they have been presented. HCR was just one more.

Besides if HCR had passed the afternoon of the Obama inaugural, Melanie Shouse would still have to wait 3 more years for the benefits part of the legislation to kick in, while her “friends,” the Democrats collected (and spent) taxes and said there was nothing they could do.

J_Crater on February 7, 2010 at 9:17 AM

Most importantly this clip puts the lie to the Obama as great orator myth. Obama is not a great speaker; he is a good reader (TOTUS). When speaking extemporaneously he is mediocre. This is the biggest Emperor with no clothes sales job in memory. The myth was hatched by partisans and the MSM – but I repeat myself – and now it refuses to die.

Mason on February 7, 2010 at 10:37 AM

This story is bull. There are tons of free screening programs for breast cancer.

All I have to say is: “You lie!”

If he wasn’t telling a lie, he would have given a name.

sheesh on February 7, 2010 at 11:39 AM

Maybe he couldn’t remember her name because she was a “corpseman”…..

And this guy is supposed to be a genius? I’ll bet he graduated as an undergraduate with a 2.0 gpa. Not that anyone will ever see those transcripts. The MYTH would be destroyed. Tool………..

adamsmith on February 7, 2010 at 12:14 PM

Allahpundit, always ready to give Obama the benefit of the doubt. I think we can safely unmask him at this point. It’s Bill O’Reilly.

Sharke on February 7, 2010 at 1:26 PM

I call shenaningans on this one. Have any of his boo-hoo health insurance stories turned out to be 100% true? This lady is fictional or exagerated. They just finally got smart and stopped giving their fake sob story characters names.

bitsy on February 7, 2010 at 3:14 PM

I bet she maxed out her campaign contributions. What’s the going rate for getting mentioned in an Obama speech these days? But couldn’t afford a mammogram.

munseym on February 7, 2010 at 5:15 PM

Man, Obama epitomizes the UGLY AMERICAN in this clip.

‘In the novel, a Burmese journalist says “For some reason, the [American] people I meet in my country are not the same as the ones I knew in the United States. A mysterious change seems to come over Americans when they go to a foreign land. They isolate themselves socially. …they live pretentiously. They’re loud and ostentatious.” Ultimately, the phrase “ugly Americans” comes to be applied to Americans behaving in this manner.’

The ‘foreign land’ Obama and his entourage have been experiencing is our own heartland of America, and that’s where their ugliness surfaces… Including the inept passing reference to this poor supporter, whose name escapes Obama.

Ralph64 on February 8, 2010 at 1:56 AM