Obamateurism of the Day

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

No, Barack Obama didn’t make an Obamateurism by telling the story of the woman who asked to be buried in her Obama T-shirt after dying from breast cancer. He doesn’t get an Obamateurism for making the story about himself; politicians do that all the time. He gets the Obamateurism for failing to remember her name:

If you’re going to wave the bloody shirt like Marc Antony, especially if it has your own name on the T-shirt, it’s a good idea to remember to at least say the name Julius Caesar.

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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He had a bracelet too/

He’s way out of his league. Maybe he should get better speech writers that should know this kind of stuff.

Brat4life on February 8, 2010 at 8:08 AM

I hear gingko works!

cmsinaz on February 8, 2010 at 8:08 AM

Isn’t that what he has TOTUS for?

Disturb the Universe on February 8, 2010 at 8:09 AM

Where was totus?

SHARPTOOTH on February 8, 2010 at 8:10 AM

He remembered the only thing that was important to Him.
What’s the problem with you right wing fanatics, anyway?
/libmode

VelvetElvis on February 8, 2010 at 8:10 AM

He forgot he had someone write it on his hand.

CTSherman on February 8, 2010 at 8:11 AM

Et tu Brutotus?

Extrafishy on February 8, 2010 at 8:13 AM

Et tu Brutotus?

Extrafishy on February 8, 2010 at 8:13 AM

But Brutotus is an honerable man….

apostic on February 8, 2010 at 8:16 AM

I wonder if he forgets Michelle’s name too? With him, there is only one name under the sun and it startes with “O” and ends with “A”

Don L on February 8, 2010 at 8:16 AM

Why should the nobility bother to learn the names of serfs? Peasants aren’t important.

rbj on February 8, 2010 at 8:16 AM

Extrafishy on February 8, 2010 at 8:13 AM

winner!

cmsinaz on February 8, 2010 at 8:17 AM

Et tu Brutotus?

Extrafishy on February 8, 2010 at 8:13 AM

Ok, that right there, is funny.

Jim708 on February 8, 2010 at 8:19 AM

Couldn’t give her name out because he changed some of the facts to fit his narrative. He can’t tell the truth, even when someone dies.

Kissmygrits on February 8, 2010 at 8:21 AM

I don’t think he expected laughter when he mentioned the T-shirt…he did not look happy. We have a complete fool as a President, makes me wonder who really is in control…

javamartini on February 8, 2010 at 8:21 AM

2008: “*On this Memorial Day, as our nation honors its unbroken line of fallen heroes — and I see many of them in the audience here today –

2009: Corpse-man.

And now in the video President Obama days “What can I saw to that (dead) woman.

What is it with Obama and dead people ?
Is it becuase the majority of his voters are dead people ?
Are the ones whos jobs he has ‘created or saved’ :)

philly_PA on February 8, 2010 at 8:21 AM

Bet he remembers HER name.

Alden Pyle on February 8, 2010 at 8:22 AM

And now in the video
Sorry meant to type:
“President Obama says “What can I say to that (dead) woman”
.

philly_PA on February 8, 2010 at 8:23 AM

Hey, he remembered the only name that matters: the one on the T-shirt.

AZCoyote on February 8, 2010 at 8:24 AM

The Obamateurisms since January 1 2010 alone have provided enough fodder to keep discussions going for a long time.

OmahaConservative on February 8, 2010 at 8:24 AM

I don’t think he expected laughter when he mentioned the T-shirt…he did not look happy. We have a complete fool as a President, makes me wonder who really is in control…

javamartini on February 8, 2010 at 8:21 AM

It’s now part of Obamacare. When we die, we get buried in an Obama T-shirt. This can never be repealed.

SagebrushPuppet on February 8, 2010 at 8:24 AM

I call BS.

Who gets buried in a T-shirt, fer crissakes?

franksalterego on February 8, 2010 at 8:26 AM

Obama is gonna pay my bills

he’s gonna pay for my gas

and when I die he’s gonna remember my name

blatantblue on February 8, 2010 at 8:28 AM

blatantblue: has Bambi paid your mortgage yet?

kelley in virginia on February 8, 2010 at 8:29 AM

kelley in virginia on February 8, 2010 at 8:29 AM

im still waiting for a new iphone from obarfio

blatantblue on February 8, 2010 at 8:30 AM

I wonder if he forgets Michelle’s name too?

Don L on February 8, 2010 at 8:16 AM

I can imagine…. when they’re in bed together, he probably needs TOTUS to be able to say, “Oh baby, oh baby.”

UltimateBob on February 8, 2010 at 8:30 AM

“Oh my darlin’, oh my darlin’, oh my darlin’ what’s her name.”
Huckleberry Hound

flytier on February 8, 2010 at 8:31 AM

Melanie Shouse (that’s the woman’s name, BTW) would still have been out of pocket for a Mammogram under Obamacare, since she contracted cancer at 37 and died at 41. The US Preventive Health Services Task Force would deny coverage for mammograms to women under 50.

Haiku Guy on February 8, 2010 at 8:32 AM

He doesn’t get an Obamateurism for making the story about himself; politicians do that all the time.

Ed, why is Obama getting a pass on another one of his narcissistic unmaskings? The general statement “politicians do that all the time” is untrue. If so, please refresh my memory and list the names and occasions of politicians propping up dead people wearing their campaign paraphernalia to support their political argument.

conservative pilgrim on February 8, 2010 at 8:34 AM

I call BS.

Who gets buried in a T-shirt, fer crissakes?

franksalterego on February 8, 2010 at 8:26 AM

Have you ever met an O-bot? Some of them are “out there.”

I’m sure that there are some with the “O” symbol tatooed on their rear ends.

By the way, I love the term O-bot. My mother, who was born of Polish immigrants, speaks Polish as well as she speaks English. She used to use a word “oobatz” (not sure of the spelling), which meant “crazy.” So O-Bots is perfectly appropriate.

UltimateBob on February 8, 2010 at 8:35 AM

Haiku Guy on February 8, 2010 at 8:32 AM

Haiku Time:

Why does Obama
Hate women under fifty
Like Melanie Shouse?

Disturb the Universe on February 8, 2010 at 8:36 AM

You may want to read this story on the “bury me in a Obama tshirt lady”

http://justoneminute.typepad.com/main/2010/02/our-bigtime-investigative-media.html

journeyintothewhirlwind on February 8, 2010 at 8:36 AM

Melanie Shouse (that’s the woman’s name, BTW) would still have been out of pocket for a Mammogram under Obamacare, since she contracted cancer at 37 and died at 41. The US Preventive Health Services Task Force would deny coverage for mammograms to women under 50.

Haiku Guy on February 8, 2010 at 8:32 AM

I know. That’s the real irony of the whole matter.

I thought about that too, and I’m surprised that none of the TV pundits have mentioned it. You’re the first, HG!

UltimateBob on February 8, 2010 at 8:37 AM

AND FOR THE DEEPLY PEDANTIC: Obama said Ms. Shouse was “buried” in an Obama t-shirt, but apparently she had asked to be cremated.

From journey’s link

Disturb the Universe on February 8, 2010 at 8:39 AM

Melanie Shouse (that’s the woman’s name, BTW) would still have been out of pocket for a Mammogram under Obamacare, since she contracted cancer at 37 and died at 41. The US Preventive Health Services Task Force would deny coverage for mammograms to women under 50.

Haiku Guy on February 8, 2010 at 8:32 AM

How’d did you find her name? Do you have a link or more information on her? It’d be interesting to know if this story is legit.

Yeah, under Obamacare Ms. Shouse wouldn’t qualify for a mammogram. She was at a young age to contract breast cancer too. I wonder if there was any family history of BC? If so, then she should’ve sought out a way to receive a mammogram. Otherwise, this would’ve been hard to detect. Annual exams don’t start until the 40s. Either way, the story is a sad one.

conservative pilgrim on February 8, 2010 at 8:41 AM

one thing separates the lib from the con

whether you believe people are mostly unlucky all the time

or

you believe people are mostly the sums of their own decisions

blatantblue on February 8, 2010 at 8:42 AM

The Campaign Worker
(Melanie Shouse, by the way)
Died at forty-one.

So no Mammogram,
Under Obamacare rules,
Would have been paid for.

She still would have died,
Because with Obamacare,
Nothing would have changed.

Haiku Guy on February 8, 2010 at 8:43 AM

You may want to read this story on the “bury me in a Obama tshirt lady”

http://justoneminute.typepad.com/main/2010/02/our-bigtime-investigative-media.html

journeyintothewhirlwind on February 8, 2010 at 8:36 AM

Eye popping! The STL Today article reveals Melanie Shouse’s priorities. At least they got “that woman’s” name.

conservative pilgrim on February 8, 2010 at 8:45 AM

I thought about that too, and I’m surprised that none of the TV pundits have mentioned it. You’re the first, HG!

UltimateBob on February 8, 2010 at 8:37 AM

Haiku Guy is a
dirty racist hatemonger
-Rahm Emanuel

Extrafishy on February 8, 2010 at 8:48 AM

Say anything because the MSM will never check it out!

flytier on February 8, 2010 at 8:54 AM

It’s a Barack Obama world and we’re just living in it.

No one cares about the minor characters in a movie, just the big star.

NoDonkey on February 8, 2010 at 8:57 AM

Say anything because the MSM will never check it out!

flytier on February 8, 2010 at 8:54 AM

Just don’t write anything on your hand. Then you’ll get 50 fact checkers stat!

conservative pilgrim on February 8, 2010 at 8:58 AM

Twilight Zone…

ted c on February 8, 2010 at 8:58 AM

Maybe they’ll hold the wake in the closed Obama store.

Coronagold on February 8, 2010 at 8:59 AM

It’s a Barack Obama world and we’re just living in it.

No one cares about the minor characters in a movie, just the big star.

NoDonkey on February 8, 2010

Does that make him more or less delusional than the ugly-leisure-suit guy in Iran? They both believe that they are the keys to transforming their world. The only question is which one will cause more deaths and how soon.

Extrafishy on February 8, 2010 at 9:04 AM

This story is depressing on so many levels.

daesleeper on February 8, 2010 at 9:06 AM

“I worked for Obooba and all I got was this dumb t-shirt I’m buried in,” -Whatsername.

Akzed on February 8, 2010 at 9:08 AM

Does that make him more or less delusional than the ugly-leisure-suit guy in Iran? They both believe that they are the keys to transforming their world. The only question is which one will cause more deaths and how soon.

Extrafishy on February 8, 2010 at 9:04 AM

I suspect they’ll wind up co-operating on that one…

Haiku Guy on February 8, 2010 at 9:08 AM

journeyintothewhirlwind on February 8, 2010 at 8:36 AM

E gads. Everything he says is either stupid or wrong. Everything.

Akzed on February 8, 2010 at 9:13 AM

“I worked for Obooba and all I got was this dumb t-shirt I’m buried in,” -Whatsername.

Akzed on February 8, 2010 at 9:08 AM

Winnah!

jana on February 8, 2010 at 9:14 AM

conservative pilgrim on February 8, 2010 at 8:58 AM

They’ll do a skit on SNL and CNN will fact check it.

flytier on February 8, 2010 at 9:15 AM

E gads. Everything he says is either stupid or wrong. Everything.

Akzed on February 8, 2010 at 9:13 AM

You wasted the “either”. No T-shirt for you.

Yoop on February 8, 2010 at 9:17 AM

I wonder how much an apple would cost now if the government had started a Foodcare program instead of Medicare.

justltl on February 8, 2010 at 9:24 AM

The demratf**ks never miss the opportunity to drag out the dead to push their Marxist policies. They are despicable and Obama is their king.

csdeven on February 8, 2010 at 9:26 AM

blatantblue on February 8, 2010 at 8:30 AM

What about whiskey? Will he buy me my whiskey?

ladyingray on February 8, 2010 at 9:28 AM

I wonder how much an apple would cost now if the government had started a Foodcare program instead of Medicare.

justltl on February 8, 2010 at 9:24 AM

History repeats…
What did a loaf of bread cost,
Ukraine, ’33?

Haiku Guy on February 8, 2010 at 9:30 AM

What about whiskey? Will he buy me my whiskey?

ladyingray on February 8, 2010 at 9:28 AM

Whiskey is unhealthy, and you will not be allowed to drink it under the Obamacare guidelines.

However, as a cost-cutting measure, it will be an approved anesthetic to be used during surgeries.

jana on February 8, 2010 at 9:32 AM

It was said that Bill Clinton would rather climb a tree and tell a lie than stand on the ground and tell the truth. Odamna would hike up a mountain. BO stinks.

Crusader Rabbit on February 8, 2010 at 9:41 AM

And the hits just keep on coming. Another classic of comedy gold from “The Won”.

chewmeister on February 8, 2010 at 9:42 AM

Puh-leez – - – who really believes that he forgot her name. It is another made up story. If he named her people could check out the story and find out that she never existed. (What a shame that we know when our Commander-in-Chief is lying because we can see his lips moving.)

Magnum on February 8, 2010 at 9:42 AM

She obviously did not have a mind of her own, and the crowd laughs at the situation.

Maybe that was the only piece of new clothing she received in years because it was a freebie for showing up to support Obama. As a Demoncrate supporter, now she knows that Obama wants her $$ and everyone’s $$ for his use to redistribute with the goal of no middle class.

MSGTAS on February 8, 2010 at 9:48 AM

It’s not about her! It’s about HIM!!! Why bother to remember, or even care to learn her name?

capejasmine on February 8, 2010 at 9:55 AM

We are all this woman to him. His agenda matters more to him than the American people.

kingsjester on February 8, 2010 at 9:59 AM

It’s not about her! It’s about HIM!!! Why bother to remember, or even care to learn her name?

capejasmine on February 8, 2010 at 9:55 AM

Exactly what I was going to comment. +1

Christian Conservative on February 8, 2010 at 10:00 AM

Either he didn’t remember her name, or for some reason chose not to mention it. Maybe he somehow never knew it in the first place.

Either way, the impression I get is that she’s just cannon fodder to Odinglenuts. If he really cared about her, why wouldn’t his record-breaking campaign fund raising machine not provide health care to his workers? How much money does he have left over from the campaign? What happened to that money? Doesn’t Obama or the DNC care about people?

What a heartless,cruel bunch of b@stards they are to let this poor, dedicated woman, who was so loyal that she chose to be buried, or cremated or whatever in an Obama t-shirt or underwear or socks or something. I think Democrats are just downright mean.

mr.blacksheep on February 8, 2010 at 10:02 AM

And Martha Coakley
Said Scott Brown did not provide
Health Care to his troops.

Looks like Obama’s
Did not have health care, either…
Didn’t Coakley know?

Haiku Guy on February 8, 2010 at 10:08 AM

It is sort of an inverse “Truman Show”. Rahm Emmanuel is the director in the sky and the rest of us are unknowingly living in the scripted reality show as Obama goes through his paces. There are a few ‘insiders’ (MSM, pundits, Washington) running around trying to ‘fix’ things when unexpected ‘stuff’ happens (like lights falling out of the sky or elections in VA, NJ, and MA going horribly wrong).

jerseyman on February 8, 2010 at 10:41 AM

But, but, but Obama lied about her not having insurance and if it didn’t cover seeing a doctor because of the deductable she couldn’t pay, since reportedly she had invested all of her money in the new business, there is a free clinic at a hospital, it was reported. But tell me who puts all their money in a business so they have no money for a doctors visit, or maybe food, housing, etc. One wonders about most of the details of this story; both sides of the coin as reported by the media, local blogs and Obama.

We all make choices and then regret them; but one shouldn’t get singled out as a victim when the choices are bad.

amr on February 8, 2010 at 10:42 AM

On another note…BO is coming dangerously close to crossing the streams…

RCP Average
Approve 48.3
Disapprove 47.5
Spread +0.8

Youngs98 on February 8, 2010 at 10:46 AM

Remember folks, this is not about ME!

GarandFan on February 8, 2010 at 11:05 AM

E gads. Everything he says is either stupid or wrong. Everything.

Akzed on February 8, 2010 at 9:13 AM

A lot of times stupid and wrong. More times than not he’s just plain lying.

Oldnuke on February 8, 2010 at 11:25 AM

This clip is jaw-droppingly appalling.

Connie on February 8, 2010 at 11:28 AM

IMHO, the real Obamateurism is that he doesn’t know that that was an Obamateurism.

jukin on February 8, 2010 at 11:30 AM

When having sex he cries out his own name.

Army Brat on February 8, 2010 at 2:13 PM

With the retard occupying the White House, (Yea; I know; which one am I talking about.) There’s living proof you can be a complete incompetent dunce, and become President of the United States.
Al Franken has a pretty good chance of becoming President himself. Or Larry the Cable Guy, or David Paterson. Maybe Arianna Huffington.
What a hoot!

Cybergeezer on February 8, 2010 at 2:17 PM

When having sex he cries out his own name.

Army Brat on February 8, 2010 at 2:13 PM

I’m guessing that’s because he’s the only one in the room.

Extrafishy on February 8, 2010 at 2:19 PM

ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME and ME.

DDT on February 8, 2010 at 2:37 PM

Bet he remembers HER name.

Alden Pyle on February 8, 2010 at 8:22 AM

Who is it?

elclynn on February 8, 2010 at 4:53 PM

Perhaps he could write the name of the dearly departed on, you know, his ego. (Bet you thought I was going to say “hand”!)

Knott Buyinit on February 8, 2010 at 9:11 PM