Obamateurism of the Day

posted at 8:05 am on February 17, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Carly Simon once sang, “You’re so vain … you probably think this song is about you, don’t you? Don’t you?” If you think a speech from Barack Obama is about you, you’re not vain — just sadly mistaken. Americans for Prosperity put this clip together from Obama’s January 22nd speech in Elyria, Ohio, where the topic was jobs. Or that’s what the topic was supposed to be, anyway. As AFP totes up the mentions of taxpayers, small businesses, tax cuts, and finally references to himself, take a guess at which one got 132 mentions? No, it’s not Cousin Pookie on the couch:

When taking writing courses many years ago, instructors stressed that constant self-references in essays were amateurish crutches, used by weak writers. Blogging is a more informal presentation, but even on blogs, a constant drumbeat of self-references gets annoying. When a speaker’s three favorite subjects are Me, Myself, and I, voters have to wonder if there’s any room in Barack Obama’s love affair for them.

By the way, be sure to visit AFP — it’s a great organization putting forward a solid, fiscal-conservative agenda. Keep an eye out for their next event, as they routinely have powerful presentations from leading conservative voices … and the occasional blogger who now has to avoid a self-reference at all costs.

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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Shakespeare on Obama:” a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more: it is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.”

Marco on February 17, 2010 at 12:19 PM

I think this is a bit excessive. I think he should have focused on the state, not himself. I believe that whoever had written his speech is under a spell. I could have done a better job than he and not mentioned myself as much. I know how vain is this jerk, but I look forward to the future that I am creating for my family and myself. I don’t want his help, I don’t need his help, I didn’t ask for his help. I can do this alone.

madmonkphotog on February 17, 2010 at 12:23 PM

Me, Myself, and I
Aiming for the sky
You thought I was schooled
Heh, how you were fooled
Pie in the sky am I

Schadenfreude on February 17, 2010 at 12:34 PM

His speech sounds like a post by AnninCA.

fossten on February 21, 2010 at 12:48 PM

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