Poll: What was the Obamateurism of the week?

posted at 9:00 am on February 28, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

It’s that time again, when we have to pick the Obamateurism of the Week.  Don’t think of it as a chore, like taking out the garbage before sending important guests out the door; think of it as a state of mind, even if it’s the wrong state.  The important thing is to take credit for being productive with this poll while complaining that nothing ever actually gets done.  Just keep everyone focused on you, so that when you tell a story that exposes your ignorance of a subject on which you claim mastery, you’ll still look … amateurish.

Previous 2010 “winners”:

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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Late entry!

BL@KBIRD on February 28, 2010 at 10:39 AM

Barack Hussien Obama mm mmm mmmm Soooper Genius!

kingsjester on February 28, 2010 at 10:42 AM

It’s not on the list but I choose the Summit itself. Letting a national audience see and hear the dumbest libs ever to hold office talking about dentures and comparing healthcare to segregation was a colossally stupid move.

Bishop on February 28, 2010 at 10:43 AM

Went with the “Dalai Lama Photo Op” because it seemed to be a rather lame message China that he’s not all that supportive of him. Yeesh.

But on further consideration, the logo, besides being so self-serving – it has no indication WHAT it’s portraying. It looks more like a symbol for star-gazing or a 4th of July fireworks stand rather than MDA/DOD.

tru2tx on February 28, 2010 at 10:45 AM

Had to go with the ACME insurance fiasco. If anything highlights the complete ignorance of this a$$hole that does.

conservnut on February 28, 2010 at 10:48 AM

After watching Obama holding town hall meetings, week after week, month after month, operating in full campaign mode for over a year, my vote goes to Obama for telling Senator McCain …….

“Look John, the campaign is over.”

fogw on February 28, 2010 at 10:50 AM

Late entry!

BL@KBIRD on February 28, 2010 at 10:39 AM

Excellent article, confirming what many of us had long suspected about Obama.

Aside from being completely fictional.

Disclaimer at the end of the article:

Purim is a holiday on which Jews are expected to get tipsy, wear costumes and do silly things – including posting completely imaginary and false interviews with the President of the United States on news websites that are perfectly serious on all the other days of the year.

Almost like April Fool’s Day? Who knew?

There Goes The Neighborhood on February 28, 2010 at 10:51 AM

Please . . . even the dumbest coyote is smarter than Barry.

AZCoyote on February 28, 2010 at 9:32 AM

Forgive me, that was demeaning to coyotes everywhere.

Elizabetty on February 28, 2010 at 10:52 AM

Late entry!

BL@KBIRD on February 28, 2010 at 10:39 AM

Ha, that actually had me going for a minute there.

conservnut on February 28, 2010 at 10:53 AM

Live it up, Barack! The ship is going down by the head and the lifeboats are pulling away, but at least you can get ice for your drinks. Obama’s either on a “Mission from Allah” to destroy this country or he doesn’t give a rat’s behind about it. Either way, we are in big trouble up to our eyeballs.

gordo on February 28, 2010 at 10:56 AM

The Dali Lama was a photo op mistake, similar (but not nearly as bad) as the great Palin turkey moment.

Always pay attention to photographs.

AnninCA on February 28, 2010 at 10:57 AM

Once again, a wealth of choices! I can only HOPE i will be left with as many selections if Obama CHANGES medical care in this country.

(I went with the ACME insurance, though my favorite moment from the whole debate was the nose-pick!)

Mutnodjmet on February 28, 2010 at 10:58 AM

(I went with the ACME insurance, though my favorite moment from the whole debate was the nose-pick!)
Mutnodjmet on February 28, 2010 at 10:58 AM

So I’m sitting here drinking coffee and eating eggs…and you need to mention that booger pick of his; I gagged just thinking about it.

Thanks, thanks a lot.

Bishop on February 28, 2010 at 11:01 AM

The Dali Lama was a photo op mistake, similar (but not nearly as bad) as the great Palin turkey moment….

AnninCA on February 28, 2010 at 10:57 AM

♫ One of these things is not like the other,
One of these just doesn’t belong… ♫

Rae on February 28, 2010 at 11:09 AM

It was a good week. Finding it tough to decide, but the pic of the Dalai Lama walking across the wet, nasty ground with the monster-size garbage bags in sandals is pretty embarrassing.

RepubChica on February 28, 2010 at 11:13 AM

Picking his nose

pabarge on February 28, 2010 at 11:16 AM

AnninCA on February 28, 2010 at 10:57 AM

I wouldn’t call it a photo op mistake. He should never have been sent out that door with the garbage piled up there. Really he shouldn’t have even gone out that door even without the garbage. That’s the wrong door for dignitaries.

boomer on February 28, 2010 at 11:17 AM

The Dali Lama was a photo op mistake, similar (but not nearly as bad) as the great Palin turkey moment.

Always pay attention to photographs.

AnninCA on February 28, 2010 at 10:57 AM

So sending the pope of the Buddhists out by way of the back door by the trash is not as bad as the turkey video????

Please Ann, you can do better than that.

conservnut on February 28, 2010 at 11:21 AM

Ed, I like that “Liability of Super Genius” nice touch.

Dr Evil on February 28, 2010 at 11:26 AM

GEICO

Would He storm out of the room if a commercial featured a biracial guy tossing a fit when he heard on the Tv screen:

“…so easy a future president could do it!”

IlikedAUH2O on February 28, 2010 at 11:27 AM

AnninCA on February 28, 2010 at 10:57 AM

As far as the Palin thing goes…that’s just what happens to turkeys when Thanksgiving nears. I thought it was funny. Sending somebody out of the white house past the garbage whom you are supposed to be friendly with…not funny. Not funny at all. Just think of the symbolism.

boomer on February 28, 2010 at 11:30 AM

I went with the productive/nonproductive statements. Sure, all politicians lie, but this guy’s lies are the only thing about his administration that are transparent.

rbj on February 28, 2010 at 11:33 AM

I just wrecked my car. Where can I buy some ACME insurance?

Does their ‘profit to earnings ratio’ look good?

In the words of the mighty Andrew Klavan, he’s a supercilious twit.

petefrt on February 28, 2010 at 11:33 AM

AnninCA on February 28, 2010 at 10:57 AM
As far as the Palin thing goes…that’s just what happens to turkeys when Thanksgiving nears. I thought it was funny. Sending somebody out of the white house past the garbage whom you are supposed to be friendly with…not funny. Not funny at all. Just think of the symbolism.

boomer on February 28, 2010 at 11:30 AM

Watching that turkey was funny to maybe 1 or 2 people in the entire world.

Congratulations.

AnninCA on February 28, 2010 at 11:34 AM

For Wiley Hussein Coyote, it’s ACME!

Or, as that estute political philsopher Bugs Bunny put it:

What a maroon!

profitsbeard on February 28, 2010 at 11:38 AM

“I’m the President, so my time doesn’t count.”

fossten on February 28, 2010 at 11:40 AM

BL@KBIRD on February 28, 2010 at 10:39 AM

LMAO!

nyx on February 28, 2010 at 11:42 AM

The Acme quote is a twothree-fer.

1) Shows a bigger misunderstanding of insurance thatn the typical 16-year-old.
2) Calling it Acme just guarantees comparisons to Wile E. Coyote
3) Since he made up the details of the story on the spot, he basically shot himself in the foot.

There Goes The Neighborhood on February 28, 2010 at 11:43 AM

United States President Barack Obama admitted, in a special Purim interview for Arutz Sheva, that he “frankly does not have a clue” regarding the psychology of the Middle East and that “a three year old child with some experience in nursery-school power politics could probably understand the Middle East better than [he does].”

“I really am a space cadet when it comes to Middle East,” he said.

Awesome

nyx on February 28, 2010 at 11:44 AM

“I’m the President, so my time doesn’t count.”

fossten on February 28, 2010 at 11:40 AM

He is going to be saying this soon,
“Well, when a president does it, it’s not illegal”

nyx on February 28, 2010 at 11:47 AM

I wouldn’t call it a photo op mistake. He should never have been sent out that door with the garbage piled up there. Really he shouldn’t have even gone out that door even without the garbage. That’s the wrong door for dignitaries.

boomer on February 28, 2010 at 11:17 AM

What Ann is essentially saying, I belive, is that it wasn’t improper for the Dalai Lama to be sent out the backdoor. It was a mistake for President Obummer to get caught sending him out the backdoor.

So typical for a Democrat…

I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Ms. Lewinsky…

gryphon202 on February 28, 2010 at 11:52 AM

I have always seen Obama as Wile E Coyote and Palin as the Road Runner.

Crux Australis on February 28, 2010 at 9:52 AM

Wow. It really fits, doesn’t it. Everything keeps backfiring. It’s like Wile E Coyote was getting favorable press coverage for all his biggest screw-ups!

There Goes The Neighborhood on February 28, 2010 at 11:53 AM

The last three are all equally worthy and make the first 2 look pale in comparison. I had to go with the insurance one though because that was a very personal bit of stupidity.

katablog.com on February 28, 2010 at 11:54 AM

I’m gonna have to go with the the Dalai Lama being put out with the trash. Not only was that a stupid move, but Chris Plant on WMAL in DC reported that Obama gave him the mother of stupid gifts, Whitehouse cuff-links.
Jeez Champ, look at the mans formal attire, he started wearing robes as soon as he was out of diapers.I’m Barack Hussein Obama, SUPER GENIUS!!!!

M-14 2go on February 28, 2010 at 11:55 AM

He really expected Acme to hand him the keys to a new car, the way his Marxist professors handed him a law degree. Or maybe because they handed him a law degree.

“Something for nothing” only works in in faculty lounges. In the real world, it gets you Socialized Mortgage Meltdowns and 10% unemployment.

Noel on February 28, 2010 at 12:13 PM

You didn’t include the farcical heal care lecture summit.

LonelyMassRepublican on February 28, 2010 at 12:16 PM

AnninCA on February 28, 2010 at 10:57 AM

That is who Palin is. That is what American People are. No one cared but the MSM and I really don’t even see the comparison except for you trying to inject Palin into the conversation as just slightly more awkward.

hawkdriver on February 28, 2010 at 12:23 PM

Wow, another tough week. I’m going to have to go with the insurance yarn. “I thought I bought car insurance, but those evil capitalists at ACME sent me a parachute packed with an anvil.”

Oh, and by the way. If you’re rear-ended, the police (if they are called to the scene) put fault almost 100% of the time on the person who rear-ended you so it would be their insurance that would pay for your repairs, unless they are uninsured. Or if your car is as beat-up as you said, the insurance company may choose to send you a check for fair market value and scrap the car.

Obama gets his story telling prowess from Michael Moore. Any inconvenient facts are left on the cutting room floor.

Left Coast Right Mind on February 28, 2010 at 12:28 PM

How in the heck do you choose?!it’s a full time job keeping up with his gaffes:):):)

ohiobabe on February 28, 2010 at 12:33 PM

You didn’t include the farcical heal care lecture summit.

LonelyMassRepublican on February 28, 2010 at 12:16 PM
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Ha!Have to go with denture dudette on that one :)

ohiobabe on February 28, 2010 at 12:42 PM

Had to vote five times.

daesleeper on February 28, 2010 at 12:57 PM

So sending the pope of the Buddhists out by way of the back door by the trash is not as bad as the turkey video????

Please Ann, you can do better than that.

conservnut on February 28, 2010 at 11:21 AM

Pretty much. Can you hear the uproar if it had been THE Pope.

Has MackDaddy a problem with brown people who dress different?

davidk on February 28, 2010 at 12:59 PM

*I* would have used his quote,

“My time doesn’t count, because I’m President.”

Lockstein13 on February 28, 2010 at 1:06 PM

Acme Insurance fable betrayed not just ignorance about insurance but calls into question whether the incident ever happened at all. He always has trouble when he leaves his teleprompter at home.

tullius on February 28, 2010 at 1:18 PM

So; Does Odipsh!t know We the People expect something special from The Fool In Chief on April 1st?
Maybe he’ll sign legislation that makes it law for everyone to have OnStar in their vehicles, since he’s the honcho of GM. With OnStar he can keep track of all his subjects, and just mail out federal tickets for any infractions.

Cybergeezer on February 28, 2010 at 1:22 PM

Hahvahd . Genius . Most intelligent President evah .

borntoraisehogs on February 28, 2010 at 1:28 PM

Watching that turkey was funny to maybe 1 or 2 people in the entire world.

Congratulations.

AnninCA on February 28, 2010 at 11:34 AM

The entire situation and how people reacted was funny. Guess what Ann those things happen everyday. You know that turkey you buy in the store. Yep that happened to it. You know that hamburger you buy, ditto. That’s how things work Ann. It’s called agriculture. Meat isn’t like a cake mix thrown together in a box in the Betty Crocker factory.

boomer on February 28, 2010 at 1:49 PM

Meep, meep.

Even more interesting is that ObummerMao specifically added that when he phoned the insurance company, the representative “laughed at him.”

Bambi, being the narcissist he is, has a real problem with people laughing at him. And if his Acme Insurance Company is a lie, what are we to make of his “laughed at me” comment?

GrannyDee on February 28, 2010 at 1:49 PM

Meep, meep!
“Acme Insurance”:
Aaaaaahaaaaahaaaaahaaaaahaaaa! pssaaaoouuu!

Cybergeezer on February 28, 2010 at 1:55 PM

If someone hits you in the rear end, he pays. Clear liability. If the other guy ran off and Obooba had no comprehensive on his clunker, and called his company, they would have told him that he had no coverage (if he had none).

His knowledge and truthfulness about healthcare amounts to bupkis, he just wanted us to know that he is equally dishonest and clueless when it comes to auto insurance. Maybe true to form he also wants to nationalize auto insurance given how his company treated him in his dreams.

Akzed on February 28, 2010 at 3:11 PM

Presidential Oath of Office
“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”
THAT’S HIS OUT! HA HAS NO ABILITY.

Cybergeezer on February 28, 2010 at 3:36 PM

Was Obama sending a message to the chinese by sending the Dali Lama out that door? “Hey don’t mind my meeting with him. I sent him out the same door I send out the garbage”.

boomer on February 28, 2010 at 4:10 PM

It’s so hard to choose sometimes. Obama is such a pathetic rookie and such a clueless public figure — every example shows a man completely out of his depth, a man of such low personal character and dishonesty that outside of a racially gerrymandered district you wonder how he ever got elected to anything, much less the Presidency.

Jaibones on February 28, 2010 at 4:11 PM

“Look John, the campaign is over.”
fogw on February 28, 2010 at 10:50 AM

Okay, gotta admit this is a good one!!!!

DSchoen on February 28, 2010 at 4:48 PM

For “amateurism”, the insurance quote and Dalai Lama treatment are hard to beat. But my vote went to the missile defense system logo, one of the creepiest expressions yet of this man’s egotism and megalomania.

Sowell Disciple on February 28, 2010 at 4:51 PM

I can’t tell you how many jaws have hit the floor when I pass the liability insurance story on to liberals. Anyone knows that liability insurance aint full coverage. AND that when you get hit in the rear of your car, the guy that hit you pays.
His IQ is supposed to be 116? No freakin’ way. Too many drugs when he was going to college for all those years?
Drop this guy down in some small town with a thousand bucks and he’d be on the street with a cardboard sign sayin’, “Will profess for food.” within a month. The real world would crush him like a bug.

Army Brat on February 28, 2010 at 6:10 PM

Great choices as usual; hard to pick one but finally settled on the insurance remark.

Acme Insurance fable betrayed not just ignorance about insurance but calls into question whether the incident ever happened at all. He always has trouble when he leaves his teleprompter at home.

tullius on February 28, 2010 at 1:18 PM

LOL. Boy is this true!

Speaking of picking, his nose pick over on UTube is great. It really gives the ewww factor to our elite leader.

arizona on February 28, 2010 at 6:32 PM

Getting the state wrong when mentioning Colorado governor Bill Ritter

How many times is this president going to get the state he’s in wrong?

I went with getting laughed at by Wile E. Coyote.

jarodea on February 28, 2010 at 6:38 PM

I’m surprised that the R-word in Chief didn’t hand the Dalai Lama a bag of trash and say, “Oh, Mr. Lama? On your way out, could you be a sport and stack this with the rest? Thanks.”

Left Coast Right Mind on February 28, 2010 at 6:46 PM

I chose the acme insurance. lol Geeze! If this guy doesn’t understand insurance, but wants to run health care? NOOOOOOOO WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!!!

capejasmine on February 28, 2010 at 7:04 PM

He must be the only lawyer in history who was satisfied with the standard answer given out by phone-bank operators. Come on, he was hit in the rear and he thought he had no recourse but to pay for the damages HIMSELF? The man’s a genius, I tell you. Abe Lincoln re-born.

But on the other hand, in some ways the Dalai Lama story goes deeper. Here is a world leader, someone who you’ve already handled so poorly that people are talking about foreign policy incompetence being a hallmark of your administration and you send him out the same entrance as you do the garbage? Now really, you’ve already taken a hit handling this guy, we kind of expect Presidents to learn something from their mistakes. Otherwise all your on-the-job training we’ve already paid for was wasted.

Fred 2 on March 1, 2010 at 12:15 AM

Meep! Meep!

Blacksmith8 on March 1, 2010 at 9:49 AM

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