Obamateurism of the Day

posted at 8:45 am on February 23, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Bill Ritter has never been confused with Arnold Schwarzenegger … until now:

President Barack Obama took some good-natured ribbing from the audience when he misidentified Gov. Bill Ritter as the “terrific governor of California.” For the record, Ritter is governor of Colorado.

Obama’s gaffe at a fundraiser for Sen. Michael Bennet caused laughter as Obama quickly caught his mistake Thursday. “Colorado, sorry,” he said according to a White House transcript of his speech released Friday. “Listen, East Coast time, it’s past my dinner,” he added.

Unlike Arnold, neither Ritter nor Bennet is likely to say, “I’ll be back” — or at least be accurate when they do. (h/t HA reader Ilsa Lund)

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I guess his name just wasn’t that important to The Magnificent One.

kingsjester on February 23, 2010 at 8:48 AM

“Listen, East Coast time, it’s past my dinner,” he added

“So shut your laughing pieholes and let me finish my waffle, er speech” he explained.

ted c on February 23, 2010 at 8:48 AM

Does Ritter speak Austrian?

Disturb the Universe on February 23, 2010 at 8:49 AM

“Listen, East Coast time, it’s past my dinner,” he added

Bedtime?

darclon on February 23, 2010 at 8:50 AM

I for one am just glad he’s so much smarter than me…so I can safely idolize him and stuff.

jamie gumm on February 23, 2010 at 8:50 AM

Me, my, I…

OmahaConservative on February 23, 2010 at 8:50 AM

Blame it on TOTUS…or Bush.

Disturb the Universe on February 23, 2010 at 8:51 AM

He’s just confused, after all, there are fifty-seven governors he has to keep track of.

OmahaConservative on February 23, 2010 at 8:52 AM

Another failure by TOTUS!!!!!!

Dick Turpin on February 23, 2010 at 8:54 AM

Confusing Colorado with California? Give the President a break! This is no big deal.

Wait till He has people confusing the United States with Zimbabwe.

IlikedAUH2O on February 23, 2010 at 8:55 AM

Obama is such a dunce.

jaime on February 23, 2010 at 8:59 AM

Wait till He has people confusing the United States with Zimbabwe.

IlikedAUH2O on February 23, 2010 at 8:55 AM

I guess that the United States is only a Uruguay and a Venezuela away from Zimbabwe on the UN list of nations. Just like Colorado is only a Utah and a Nevada away from Kallieforkneeyah on the map.

Locations.

ted c on February 23, 2010 at 9:01 AM

Hopey/Changey is heading for the Highest GaffeScrewUP
Record,and,if it was an olympic event,there is no
question,that OBama would win gold,and probably would
set a record back to back!!

What Clinton did in eight years in gaffes,Obama did it in
less than a year and a half,truly,Hopey is in a class of his
own!!(sarc).

canopfor on February 23, 2010 at 9:02 AM

He should have replied:

“Thank You, President Carter.”

TimBuk3 on February 23, 2010 at 9:02 AM

How long until TOTUS gets thrown under the bus?

gwelf on February 23, 2010 at 9:02 AM

Pure genius. What did America do to deserve this guy?

Mojave Mark on February 23, 2010 at 9:04 AM

Impeach the TOTUS

sdd on February 23, 2010 at 9:07 AM

Can’t tell his a$$ from a hole in Colorado.

Yoop on February 23, 2010 at 9:08 AM

Does Ritter speak Austrian?

Disturb the Universe

Throw another shrimp on the Barby.

Daveyardbird on February 23, 2010 at 9:08 AM

Narcissists often
Have difficulty with names.
They just don’t care much…

Haiku Guy on February 23, 2010 at 9:11 AM

And this is what he says when he’s trying to help Bennet in Colorado? I think I’m beginning to understand the Corzine, Deeds, and Coakley defeats better now.

jwolf on February 23, 2010 at 9:11 AM

But Dear Liar pronounces nuclear correctly, so He’s a genius.

“Hello, look at back of guitar Shellbyville.”

rbj on February 23, 2010 at 9:12 AM

I think I’m beginning to understand the Corzine, Deeds, and Coakley defeats better now.

I can’t say enough good things about my good friend Jim Corzone… I look forward to working closely with Jeff on things that are important to the people of New York… I mean Jersey

Haiku Guy on February 23, 2010 at 9:14 AM

Good Lord but Giggles is dumb as a box of rocks and about as sharp.

If Bush had said that there’d be absolute howliing from the alphabet networks, CNN, MessNBC, the usual suspects in print… but it’s the modern-day Jesus so all we get is crickets.

crazy_legs on February 23, 2010 at 9:17 AM

Listen, East Coast time, it’s past my dinner

Please pass the waffles…

tims472 on February 23, 2010 at 9:19 AM

No, I wasn’t being racist above or talking about the future here.

Well, the white gov’t in Rhodesia was prosperous despite every type of embargo and international intevention. And the racial fairness and income redistribution programs have led the old “bread basket” of Africa into becoming a beggar which the wealthy US is supporting.

They had honest and smart white and conservative black leaders over there. This is why it took a terror war including the downing of an airliner (and the butchering of survivors) to end the old Rhodesia.

We don’t have any smart leaders so it has nothing to do with the US.

IlikedAUH2O on February 23, 2010 at 9:23 AM

Easy mistake to make… Both states are known for their large Amer-Indian populations. Both governors are former action film stars from Austria…

Wait… What?

Both states start with the letter C…

Never mind.

It was Bush’s fault.

Crusader Rabbit on February 23, 2010 at 9:23 AM

Cut the guy a husk, why doncha? Like it’s easy keeping track of 57 governors…

tree hugging sister on February 23, 2010 at 9:24 AM

“Listen, East Coast time, it’s past my dinner,” he added.

Thank you Mr. President for telling us where DC is located. Now can you point to it on a map?

highhopes on February 23, 2010 at 9:24 AM

“It’s past my dinner, and the wine was very good.

cs89 on February 23, 2010 at 9:27 AM

How many times has this moron forgotten where he is?

D2Boston on February 23, 2010 at 9:31 AM

He’s just confused, after all, there are fifty-seven governors he has to keep track of.

OmahaConservative on February 23, 2010 at 8:52 AM

This is a common mistake which needs to be corrected. What he actually said was “I’ve now been in, fifty (insert long pause) seven states and uh uh I think one left to go.” So apparently there are 58 states. But it is confusing because then he says that Alaska and Hawaii he wasn’t allowed to go to so that would mean that there are really 60 states. You can see how confusing that gets so it’s no wonder he was off a little. After all with that many states to keep track of you can see how anyone might misplace a couple of them and that makes all the difference you guys were jumping all over a simple gaffe for nothing. It’s not like anyone could actually remember all of them. Nest thing you’ll expect is for him to memorize all the capitals of all those states…as if anyone could do that.

Oldnuke on February 23, 2010 at 9:32 AM

If only he had worn an Obama T-shirt.

abobo on February 23, 2010 at 9:36 AM

At least 0bama says “Pockeeeston”

SouthernGent on February 23, 2010 at 9:43 AM

Listen, East Coast time, it’s past my dinner expiration date.

Barnestormer on February 23, 2010 at 9:46 AM

Just think about how much smarter he would be if he moved back in time to say, Europe or the middle East.

Kissmygrits on February 23, 2010 at 9:46 AM

How many times has this moron forgotten where he is?

D2Boston on February 23, 2010 at 9:31 AM

Depends on what the definition of ‘is’ is.

Yoop on February 23, 2010 at 9:48 AM

He can’t help it…when he opens his eyes and all he sees is his colon.

DJ from MA on February 23, 2010 at 9:48 AM

“It’s past my dinner.” Meaning..”You’ve got your money whoever you are, why am I still here?”

Trusser13 on February 23, 2010 at 9:49 AM

You can see how confusing that gets so it’s no wonder he was off a little.

Oldnuke on February 23, 2010 at 9:32 AM

He’s the champ at being “off a little” a lot. If he ever finds those other seven eight nine ten states we are all in trouble.

Yoop on February 23, 2010 at 9:53 AM

How many times has this moron forgotten where he is?

D2Boston on February 23, 2010 at 9:31 AM

This situation could have been much worse. He only botched the state Ritter governs. He could have forgotten where he was and apologized to the people of “your great nation” for all the crimes Americans have committed over the years.

highhopes on February 23, 2010 at 9:56 AM

Yoop on February 23, 2010 at 9:53 AM

He locates a couple of those missing states regularly. They’re the states of confusion and denial.

Oldnuke on February 23, 2010 at 10:09 AM

Poor, poor, poor Dear Reader…..

Caper29 on February 23, 2010 at 10:14 AM

Seems insignificant but could be symptom of major cracks in the facade. If reading comprehension fails this fluffernutter what, pray tell, does he have left?

curved space on February 23, 2010 at 10:26 AM

“Listen, East Coast time, it’s past my dinner,” he added.

And they laughed at Hillary’s 3am Ad.

barnone on February 23, 2010 at 10:35 AM

So–we’ll be seeing this in a SNL skit soon…right…umm…right?

lovingmyUSA on February 23, 2010 at 10:57 AM

For being the smarterest man ever, he sure does some awfully stupid things. Usually the two do not correlate unless one is a messiah….or action affirmative action king.

Everyday bring a new reason that why we have never seen the college(s) transcripts from this jeanuz.

jukin on February 23, 2010 at 10:57 AM

curved space on February 23, 2010 at 10:26 AM

Fluffernutter~! Ha!

donkichi on February 23, 2010 at 10:58 AM

Dear Reader…..

Caper29 on February 23, 2010 at 10:14 AM

I’m gonna have to remember that one.

cs89 on February 23, 2010 at 11:01 AM

It’s hard to keep all those 57 governors straight. You know…from all those 57 states.

capejasmine on February 23, 2010 at 11:06 AM

“Thank you Cleveland, good night!”

loudmouth883 on February 23, 2010 at 11:09 AM

“Listen, East Coast time, it’s past my dinner,” he added.

So, when there is no one else to blame, blame jet lag!

ExpressoBold on February 23, 2010 at 11:31 AM

Coloforniarado, the 57th state.

Must be that Rocky Mountain High, or something like that.

Remember Sasha: “Where are you, Daddy?”

Steve Z on February 23, 2010 at 11:56 AM

You can see how confusing that gets so it’s no wonder he was off a little.
Oldnuke on February 23, 2010 at 9:32 AM

Just A Little?

But you are right, the way I understand it, it was 57 states he’s already been to, a couple more to go and not counting AK and HI.

Sir Napsalot on February 23, 2010 at 12:05 PM

I’m gonna have to remember that one.

cs89 on February 23, 2010 at 11:01 AM

Agreed. That’s quality work right there, Caper.
“I don’t know my states because I inherited EST from George Bush.”

Tom_OC on February 23, 2010 at 12:14 PM

White House Press Release: Dinner disrupts space-time continuum, will be outlawed for your own good. -K. Sebelius

James on February 23, 2010 at 12:28 PM

New board game due out March, 2010: “Where in the Universe is Barack Obama”.

Yoop on February 23, 2010 at 12:50 PM

One thing you have to keep in mind, while George Bush was blasted constantly for the fact that he MAY have done some cocaine once in the 70′s and was accused of driving while drunk that same decade, Obama has written (or had Billy write FOR him) about how much pot and coke he’s done, so we really have NO IDEA what the actual condition of his brain actually is.

Sponge on February 23, 2010 at 4:35 PM

Thanks, Messiah, for campaigning for the Republicans in Colorado.

n0doz on February 23, 2010 at 8:04 PM