Obamateurism of the Day

posted at 8:05 am on February 24, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Gosh darn that Congress — that one with a Democratic advantage of more than 70 seats in the House and eighteen in the Senate that simply can’t get anything done! Byron York noticed that Barack Obama griped about the Do-Nothings at a Denver fundraiser last week, bemoaning the fact that Republican meanies just won’t let Democrats have their fun:

In his speech at a Denver fundraiser yesterday, President Obama repeated what has become a key talking point for Democrats — that the Senate “doesn’t get anything done” and the reason for that is that some Republicans, who “don’t believe in government,” are happy to block the administration’s initiatives because blocking government initiatives is “consistent with their philosophy.” Here’s what the president said:

“Look, something you got to understand — for those who don’t believe in government, those who don’t believe that we have obligations to each other, it’s a lot easier task. If you can gum up the works, if you make things broken, if the Senate doesn’t get anything done, well, that’s consistent with their philosophy. It’s a whole lot easier to say no to everything. It’s a whole lot easier to blame somebody else. That politics that feeds on peoples’ insecurities, especially during tough political times — that’s the easiest kind of politics. There’s a long, storied history of that kind of politics.”

Wasn’t it Obama who declared four months ago that this same Congress was one of the most productive in recent memory? From October 15, 2009:

“If we stopped today, this legislative session would have been one of the most productive in a generation — if we just stopped.”

Well, make up your mind, Mr. President. Either it’s the most productive in a generation, which means Republicans aren’t really the problem, or it isn’t … which also means Republicans aren’t really the problem.

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Why couldn’t they pass something with the super majority? 0 is a chronic and habitual liar.

OmahaConservative on February 24, 2010 at 8:08 AM

Consistency is NOT a virtue.

– Saul Alinsky

Daggett on February 24, 2010 at 8:09 AM

But Congress has been productive… in the same sense that a cough that loosens up phlegm is productive….

apostic on February 24, 2010 at 8:10 AM

It’s easy to lie when you have lived a lie your entire life.

yoda on February 24, 2010 at 8:11 AM

Odamna: Obstructionist Republicans need to see the value of compromise… And do everything MY way. I, me, my way. Maybe if I just talk a little more…

Crusader Rabbit on February 24, 2010 at 8:11 AM

It can stay broken. I’m tired of thinking every day. “Oh God, what have they done now?”

katy the mean old lady on February 24, 2010 at 8:11 AM

Production over substance…..right Mr. President?

In the words of Dirty Harry, “stop crying” Barry.

Rovin on February 24, 2010 at 8:12 AM

Keep track of your lies …

Saul Alinsky

darwin on February 24, 2010 at 8:12 AM

Why should the govt do anything, beyond the supply of those institutions that an individual cannot supply – such as security?

OldEnglish on February 24, 2010 at 8:13 AM

Why should the govt do anything, beyond the supply of those institutions that an individual cannot supply – such as security?

OldEnglish on February 24, 2010 at 8:13 AM

Because there’s power to be had, people to control and money to be made? Oh yeah … we’re also too stupid to run our own lives and need those friendly progressives to run it for us.

darwin on February 24, 2010 at 8:16 AM

Barry, get your own 24/7 channel and explain it to us real slow and a little louder. I only understand Austrian.

It would also keep you busy not scarewing up my country.

katy the mean old lady on February 24, 2010 at 8:16 AM

Please. just stop.

Phoenician on February 24, 2010 at 8:18 AM

“We need to pass something, anything, or Barack is gonna get abusive.”

/Harry Reid

Yoop on February 24, 2010 at 8:20 AM

darwin on February 24, 2010 at 8:16 AM

Oh, that explains it, thanks. Perhaps i should start being grateful, instead of incensed.

OldEnglish on February 24, 2010 at 8:25 AM

for those who don’t believe in government

My name is Kafir and no, I don’t believe in government. Government exists to serve me at my behest. It does not require my faith which is good because of all things in life, government is the thing in which I have the least faith. While we do have obligations to one another, it is not government’s responsibility to assure that we meet them, at least those beyond the realm of protection from harm.

Kafir on February 24, 2010 at 8:25 AM

I prefer the latest version, that hasn’t accomplished anything. He can blame whoever he wants, it won’t change the facts on the ground.

JimK on February 24, 2010 at 8:26 AM

Was Zero speaking off the cuff again? Where was totus? Some of those sentences were not exactly proper or smooth. He does seem to get all tangled up when talking ordinary people speak. He didn’t even blame Bush this time, maybe that has been worn out.

Kissmygrits on February 24, 2010 at 8:26 AM

I’ve heard that line before. It’s someone elses fault, I tried but they wouldn’t let me, etc.

Guess what? Having a real job sucks doesn’t it Barry? How’s that going for you?

Johnnyreb on February 24, 2010 at 8:26 AM

“It’s a whole lot easier to blame somebody else. That politics that feeds on peoples’ insecurities, especially during tough political times — that’s the easiest kind of politics. There’s a long, storied history of that kind of politics.”

Yeah, so stop doing it Mr. President. Might want to cut down on the projection and straw man arguments while you’re at it.

forest on February 24, 2010 at 8:27 AM

Personally I’m happiest when the Congress spends their time declaring National Radish Day or Children with Optimism Week. Keeps them busy, but out of my pocketbook.

texabama on February 24, 2010 at 8:28 AM

This is the most mean-spirited jackass of them all. Everything out of his unregulated mouth is blaming someone else, blaming some other party, accusation of obstructionism, accusations of acting “stupidly,” blaming “the mess” on one particular party, pointing fingers in a Kennedyesque diatribe, and excusing his own incompetence or lack of fidelity to American values.
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“Belief” in government sounds like a religion, doesn’t it? Guess WHAT, Øbummer! We have freedom FROM religion in this country in the sense that the state cannot mandate a state religion. Even the STATE cannot be a religion as you would have it. Such intelligence! Such expressiveness! Such BS!

ExpressoBold on February 24, 2010 at 8:28 AM

It’s a whole lot easier to say no to everything. It’s a whole lot easier to blame somebody else.

More blame comes out of his mouth than anyone I’ve ever heard. He’s the most divisive president ever. If he’d get to work instead of running about the country blaming everyone else for not getting anything done, why, he might actually get something done. His hypocrisy is absolutely mind blowing.

scalleywag on February 24, 2010 at 8:28 AM

It’s easy to lie when you have lived a lie your entire life.

yoda on February 24, 2010 at 8:11 AM

It comes as natural as breathing.

thomasaur on February 24, 2010 at 8:29 AM

Someone really needs to collect all of these flip-flops and put them together in a book. I bet it would sell quite well.

Johnnyreb on February 24, 2010 at 8:30 AM

Most Presidents would love 52-53 seats in the Senate. This bozo couldn’t get ANYTHING done with 60! EPIC FAIL!

Caper29 on February 24, 2010 at 8:30 AM

Hence, Dear Liar.

In the internet age you cannot get away with such obvious lies. The Whine needs to go, either through impeachment or resignation.

rbj on February 24, 2010 at 8:32 AM

If he only were to talk down to us in simpler terms, we rubes might understand how good everything could be.

rightside on February 24, 2010 at 8:34 AM

I think we should install an emergency stop button on congress.

boomer on February 24, 2010 at 8:34 AM

forest on February 24, 2010 at 8:27 AM

He will not understand what you are suggesting unless you write an appropriately researched and annotated paper called “Using Straw Man Argumentation to Demonize Your Enemies: Projection as a Political Ploy.”
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Make sure it is ‘peer-reviewed,’ too else the White House discussion of your ideas will not be able to gain traction with the likes of Valerie “Too Complicated” Jarrett.

ExpressoBold on February 24, 2010 at 8:35 AM

if the Senate doesn’t get anything done, well, that’s consistent with their philosophy. It’s a whole lot easier to say no to everything. It’s a whole lot easier to blame somebody else. That politics that feeds on peoples’ insecurities, especially during tough political times — that’s the easiest kind of politics.

Whose philosphy, Obummer? Try looking in a mirror.

ladyingray on February 24, 2010 at 8:35 AM

Congress—the new George Bush.

Scott Brown is a monolith.

New stuff to demagogue.

ted c on February 24, 2010 at 8:35 AM

The First Presidential Temper Tantrum (TM). Coming soon to a television near you.

kingsjester on February 24, 2010 at 8:39 AM

I am sick of this fool. Is there any way to impeach him before 2012? WORST. PRESIDENT. EVER.

nyx on February 24, 2010 at 8:39 AM

“Look, something you got to understand…”

Me dummy. Me no understand hard stuff. Tank U president man for make me smart with big words.

Piss off, PBHO. When people say to me “Now look” is about the time that I turn away and ignore them.

Bishop on February 24, 2010 at 8:39 AM

What we need is a benevolent dictator, in other words . . .

But if we want a competent benevolent dictator, we’re barking up the wrong tree if the candidate is Barack Obama.

Has he thought about that?

NoDonkey on February 24, 2010 at 8:41 AM

This fool is going to turn the US into a banana republic.
Sick of this fool. Just Sick.
Record time to be sick of a President but this fool makes it so easy.

nyx on February 24, 2010 at 8:43 AM

It’s a whole lot easier to blame somebody else.

Where have I heard that before?

DJ from MA on February 24, 2010 at 8:43 AM

those who don’t believe that we have obligations to each other

And, of course, fulfilling our “obligations to each other” requires hiring thousands upon thousands of bureaucrats at an average of $40-50K a pop plus full pension and health benefits, with job security far above and beyond anything in the private sector.

If you don’t believe in that, you’re a racist.

These people are so simple-minded they don’t even realize their own Marxist-inspired worldview can be turned against them and show that they are just as bad as the “rapacious capitalist” of their ideology, only instead of producing something useful, their “product” is bureaucracy and they individually profit from it mightily in terms of power.

venividivici on February 24, 2010 at 8:45 AM

CRYBABY! Whaaaaaaa, those big bad republicans won’t let me get anything done. Booooo hoooooo. I don’t think he has any earthly idea how bad this makes him look. Bush may not have been the best president in the world but I sure don’t recall him spending the better part of his first year in office complaining about the people he is supposed to work with.

scalleywag on February 24, 2010 at 8:45 AM

What’s this got to do with gays?

Akzed on February 24, 2010 at 8:46 AM

What’s this got to do with gays?
Akzed on February 24, 2010 at 8:46 AM

There you go startin’ sumpin again. /

kingsjester on February 24, 2010 at 8:47 AM

This fool is going to turn the US into a banana coconut republic.
Sick of this fool. Just Sick.
Record time to be sick of a President but this fool makes it so easy.

nyx on February 24, 2010 at 8:43 AM

FIFY!

darwin on February 24, 2010 at 8:48 AM

The First Presidential Temper Tantrum (TM). Coming soon to a television near you.

kingsjester on February 24, 2010 at 8:39 AM

I’m hoping it’s tomorrow.

katy the mean old lady on February 24, 2010 at 8:48 AM

What we need is a benevolent dictator, in other words . . .

But if we want a competent benevolent dictator, we’re barking up the wrong tree if the candidate is Barack Obama.

Has he thought about that?

He’s Barack Obama.
He thinks he is magical. In his mind, he will be competent as soon as he becomes a dictator. It’s magic! He can bring down the stars and heal “bitter clingy” “typical white” persons.

nyx on February 24, 2010 at 8:49 AM

The First Presidential Temper Tantrum (TM). Coming soon to a television near you.

kingsjester on February 24, 2010 at 8:39 AM

I think we already had that at the presser where the filthy lying coward took a comment about “Spock-like logic” to mean that the reporter was referring to his Dumbo-like ears.

highhopes on February 24, 2010 at 8:50 AM

Me dummy. Me no understand hard stuff. Tank U president man for make me smart with big words.

hahahaha.

Maybe we could get Ms. Jarrett to ‘splain that to us more better!

scalleywag on February 24, 2010 at 8:51 AM

It looks like TOTUS was acting up a bit. Fixed it for him.

Look, something you got to understand — for those who don’t believe in government, those who don’t believe that we have obligations to each other, it’s a lot easier task. If you can gum up the works, if you make things broken, if the Senate doesn’t get anything done, well, that’s consistent with their philosophy. It’s a whole lot easier to say no to everything.

See how [i]t’s a whole lot easier to blame somebody else. That politics that feeds on peoples’ insecurities, especially during tough political times — that’s the easiest kind of politics.

There’sI have a long, storied history of that kind of politics.

Actually, I guess it works as-is; it’s just not as explicit.

BlueCollarAstronaut on February 24, 2010 at 8:53 AM

Someone really needs to collect all of these flip-flops and put them together in a book. I bet it would sell quite well.

Johnnyreb on February 24, 2010 at 8:30 AM

Even better – make a video/movie, documentary-style, of all the things he has said (during the election or whenever) and then show how he completely contradicted himself or flip-flopped in the next immediate video clip. This man’s hypocrisy is recorded everywhere. It begs for exposure!

As a sub-topic in the film, juxtapose video clips of how much he has “blamed Bush” or “the past administration” – priceless! Such a documentary would go viral, or sell a lot of tickets! And….it would all be in his own words. Just words. Heh.

Perhaps, to give full credit where credit is due, Nancy and Harry can have the same treatment. This could be gold!

This is a prime opportunity for a Conservative movie-maker….. Where are all the creative Conservatives? Let’s roll!

DINORight on February 24, 2010 at 8:57 AM

I would not be surprised to see the petulant man-child at his worse tomorrow. This is what he is literally basing the entire success of his Presidency on. If the Republicans man-up, he could have that tantrum tomorrow.

kingsjester on February 24, 2010 at 8:58 AM

Wonder how those other presidents ever got any of their agendas implemented with a divided Congress?

Oh, that’s right, they were competent and had leadership experience.

cs89 on February 24, 2010 at 9:00 AM

Well Mr. Precedent, why not get up this morning and do something that does not involve a new spending program, or a new set of laws or rules? Today you could start to figure out how to actually ferret out that $50 billion a year in Medicare/Medicaid waste using existing laws. Today you could start putting a stop to ineligible people using OUR health care system, again by using existing laws. Maybe you could find a way to stop Nancy Pelosi from buying $100 K worth of booze using our credit card, or see if teh wifey couldn’t get along with one or two less assistants each day.

Instead, you had rather complain about how you are not being given free rein to run completely roughshod over all our backs. Well, we are not impressed.

GnuBreed on February 24, 2010 at 9:00 AM

Where to begin? Why does he get away with saying this stuff? What would life be like with a press corpse? If people are buying this b.s. and continue to donate to the Dems, I must ask Ms. Jarrett who the really simple people are? The entire country is just one big episode of Jay Walking.

Cindy Munford on February 24, 2010 at 9:00 AM

Mental confusion of this sort is the sign of seriously undisciplined mind.

chemman on February 24, 2010 at 9:01 AM

if the Senate doesn’t get anything done, well, that’s consistent with their philosophy. It’s a whole lot easier to say no to everything. It’s a whole lot easier to blame somebody else. That politics that feeds on peoples’ insecurities, especially during tough political times — that’s the easiest kind of politics.
Whose philosphy, Obummer? Try looking in a mirror.

ladyingray on February 24, 2010 at 8:35 AM

Good catch, lady. This guy’s such an idiot, blaming Republicans for blaming others. I bet this logic would go right over his head.

PatMac on February 24, 2010 at 9:02 AM

“That politics that feeds on peoples’ insecurities, especially during tough political times”

Shouldn’t that be “tough economic times”? What an a$$!

Goody2Shoes on February 24, 2010 at 9:04 AM

Mr. President, let me give you a quick tip: when the lies start colliding with each other, it’s time to retreat and regroup.

jwolf on February 24, 2010 at 9:06 AM

The man builds so many straw men I’m surprised a fire marshal isn’t required at every speech.

R Square on February 24, 2010 at 9:06 AM

You might be able to lie your way to the precedency, but when you get there and start spinning your wheels, you’re better off just smiling and waving. The lies catch up to you more quickly when you’re stuck.

This idiot’s BS has gotten stale in record time, and he’s completely unaware of it. He just keeps pointing fingers and digging deeper.
You do have to admit though, he really is an excellent community organizer.

ontherocks on February 24, 2010 at 9:09 AM

In his mind, he will be competent as soon as he becomes a dictator.

It is heartening to think that he can see the reality of his situation, but I believe he’s got the typical juvenile liberal mindset – anything that goes wrong is someone else’s fault, never, ever his.

NoDonkey on February 24, 2010 at 9:14 AM

… as a French intellectual whispered to me at a party not long ago, “There is only room in the West for one Obama — and we in Europe are the Obama.”

The “New Exceptionalism”

J_Crater on February 24, 2010 at 9:15 AM

..This is beginning to remind me of the siege at Bastogne with the not-to-capable-nor-noble Republicans assuming the role of the embattled 101st Airborne.

Maybe this Thursday, the Pantload-in-Chief will his spend six hours asking the Republicans to surrender on his health care wet dream..

..and maybe, like General McAuliffe, they will answer with a terse, “Nuts!”

VoyskaPVO on February 24, 2010 at 9:18 AM

Wow. Obama still hasn’t figured out that even if your party has a majority in both houses of Congress, it’s hard to pass legislation that the American people hate. Damn this democratic republic! It’s so inconvenient.

Have you ever tried to explain to a Democrat that our federal government is designed to work slowly? Have you ever tried to explain why? The left has worked diligently to wreck the Constitution because it’s so inconvenient for their agenda.

The Republicans should dare the Democrats to pass health care legislation with reconciliation. If your enemy is going to commit suicide, why stop them. Of course, the Democrats are the modern American political equivalent to suicide bombers. They’re going to martyr themselves, but I’m afraid they’re going to take a lot of innocents with them.

Barack Obama is a good political tactician but a terrible strategist. He’s set a trap for the Republicans tomorrow, but he’s hunting with the wrong bait. The American people are repulsed by the Democratic version of health care reform. The frustrating thing is that we all know that changes need to be made to the system, but we want something better, not worse.

Ampleforth on February 24, 2010 at 9:28 AM

Obama thinks having it both ways is bipartisan.

the_nile on February 24, 2010 at 9:28 AM

Why couldn’t they pass something with the super majority? 0 is a chronic and habitual liar.

OmahaConservative on February 24, 2010 at 8:08 AM

It was all that magic filibustering the GOP did…in the minds of Democrats.

gwelf on February 24, 2010 at 9:33 AM

Was he lying then?… Or, is he lying now?

franksalterego on February 24, 2010 at 9:38 AM

It’s a whole lot easier to blame somebody else.

Wow. Just Wow. Giggles, you’ve hit a new low with that one.

crazy_legs on February 24, 2010 at 9:39 AM

Dig faster, Ob+ama. We’ll toss a sandwich down to you every now and then. Just don’t stop digging.

SKYFOX on February 24, 2010 at 9:46 AM

Fail.

publiuspen on February 24, 2010 at 9:49 AM

…and now for some serious commentating, Nutoboy and AP will have a panel discussion on racisim and ebonics. Oh, wait…they are both no shows once again.

ZZZZzzzzzZZZZZZzzzzzzz

jbh45 on February 24, 2010 at 10:00 AM

He was right – stopping, and not trying to do anything, would have been more productive than doing something that has a negative effect. Like they’re trying to do now.

exhelodrvr on February 24, 2010 at 10:27 AM

Obama is such a liar.

jaime on February 24, 2010 at 10:44 AM

You lie!

I really think that Obama would rather tell a lie than tell the truth.

jukin on February 24, 2010 at 10:50 AM

Goody2Shoes on February 24, 2010 at 9:04 AM

I caught that also. What a tool.

PappaMac on February 24, 2010 at 10:58 AM

It’s a whole lot easier to say no to everything. It’s a whole lot easier to blame somebody else.

What Obama has written on his hand: “1. Blame Bush, 2. Blame Bush, 3. Blame Bush”

PappaMac on February 24, 2010 at 11:00 AM

“It’s a whole lot easier to blame somebody else.” Such as President Bush, Mr. President?

I always say, if the Democrats are accusing someone of questionable behaviour, I will lay odds that they are currently engaging in that selfsame behaviour.

Also, Mr. President, can we try to speak our language correctly? “…something you got to understand…” rings so sour in my ears. I believe, “there is something you should understand” would work better. Even if he substituted “have” for “got” the sentence would work better.

allstonian on February 24, 2010 at 11:30 AM

Dear Mr. President:

I believe in self government which means I don’t need the government to tell me how or where or when to do what is right.

Please go back to your waffle.

Mommynator on February 24, 2010 at 11:53 AM

Barracky boy doesn’t mind looking clueless and confused; He does it with such grandiloquence. His sycophants can’t get enough.

Cybergeezer on February 24, 2010 at 1:13 PM

I trust in my country. I trust in my government. But Mr. Obama, I do NOT trust you. I do NOT trust in your policies. I do NOT trust in your ideology, and agenda…and I DO NOT TRUST Democrats.

capejasmine on February 24, 2010 at 2:49 PM

DingleBarry

respectamerica on February 24, 2010 at 3:10 PM

Ozero:

It’s a whole lot easier to blame somebody else.

Isn’t that what they call projection?

2ipa on February 24, 2010 at 8:32 PM

“He who permits himself to tell a lie once, finds it much easier to do it a second and third time, till at length it becomes habitual.”
~Thomas Jefferson

davidk on February 24, 2010 at 9:53 PM