Obamateurism of the Day

posted at 8:05 am on March 2, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Vancouver residents scratched their heads after hearing Barack Obama try to make global-warming hay over the weather during the Winter Olympics:

First of all, we just got five feet of snow in Washington and so everybody is like — a lot of the people who are opponents of climate change, they say, see, look at that, there’s all this snow on the ground, this doesn’t mean anything.  I want to just be clear that the science of climate change doesn’t mean that every place is getting warmer; it means the planet as a whole is getting warmer.  But what it may mean is, for example, Vancouver, which is supposed to be getting snow during the Olympics, suddenly is at 55 degrees, and Dallas suddenly is getting seven inches of snow.

Donna Laframboise, a Canadian blogger, retorts with amazement at Obama’s ignorance:

Excuse me, but I happen to not only live here in Canada, but to have had family and friends who resided for years in or near the breathtakingly gorgeous (not to mention murderously expensive) city of Vancouver.

I know, therefore, that they don’t own many winter coats in that part of our vast country – and that mowing their lawns is a perfectly ordinary February activity. Vancouver’s weather is much like Seattle’s and, as a friend of mine who lives in the American city mentioned this week, her daffodils have begun to bloom.

One of the issues surrounding Vancouver’s application for the Olympics was the question of whether they would have enough snow on the ground for the outdoor sports that rely on it.   Why is that?  A check of both AccuWeather and Weather.com websites shows that the average high temperature for Vancouver in late February is 48 degrees, only seven degrees lower than the temperature Obama noted in his little speech on global warming.  The latter site allows users to check average for up to nine days previous to the current date — and the average temperature for February 22nd, roughly the middle of the Games, is 47 degrees.  Vancouver’s official tourist site lists the average high temperature for the entire month of February as 44 degrees, well above snow maintenance levels.

In other words, 55 degrees is just a normal weather variation, not evidence of global warming — which Obama might have discovered had he checked his facts before opening his mouth.  (h/t Bill L)

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In other words, 55 degrees is just a normal weather variation, not evidence of global warming — which Obama might have discovered had he checked his facts before opening his mouth. (h/t Bill L

About what we have come to expect from the sage of all 57 States.

Guardian on March 2, 2010 at 8:09 AM

for the last time, PLEASE do not let facts or data influence the Global Warming Crisis……Al Gore specifically told me the Science is indisputable!

SDarchitect on March 2, 2010 at 8:10 AM

Odamna: I know you think you understand what you thought I said, but I’m not really sure I think you understand what I thought I really meant. Or something.

Is Vancouver the 57th state?

Crusader Rabbit on March 2, 2010 at 8:10 AM

had he checked his facts before opening his mouth.

A politician do that!? Ya right.

boomer on March 2, 2010 at 8:12 AM

It is not safe to even assume that Barry could find the city of Vancouver on a map, much less really know anything about it’s climate.

Words. Just words.

Yoop on March 2, 2010 at 8:13 AM

I want to just be clear that the science of climate change doesn’t mean that every place is getting warmer; it means the planet as a whole is getting warmer.

That statement is ridiculous and physically impossible. Obama is an idiot if that is what he truly thinks. Every place has to be getting warmer if the whole friggin planet is getting warmer, thats simple High School physics.

I give that speech a solid F-.

Johnnyreb on March 2, 2010 at 8:13 AM

The weather in Vancouver this year is being affected by El Nino. It has nothing to do with global warming.

Mark1971 on March 2, 2010 at 8:14 AM

Actually, the one is probably best suited to be a friggin’ weather man… what other job is there, where you can be so wrong day after day, and still keep your job!

singlemalt_18 on March 2, 2010 at 8:14 AM

Don’t think of it as Global Warming, O Great Messiah! Think of it as “Temperature Justice“. We’re simply taking heat from those that have, like Dallas, and giving it to those in need, like Vancouver. Don’t worry your clean, articulate little head about it. Go back to your Obamacare quagmire.

trubble on March 2, 2010 at 8:15 AM

People! When are you going to learn, that the lack of snow and the abundance of snow is absolute proof that climate change is happening.

Any time the wind blows, the sun rises or sets, the moon changes phases, or the tides rise and fall, all these are indisputable proof that climate change exists.

You don’t have a harvard education, you can’t possibly fathom what I know!

rightside on March 2, 2010 at 8:18 AM

Think of it as “Temperature Justice“.

Nice.

Hog Wild on March 2, 2010 at 8:19 AM

I want to just be clear that the science of climate change doesn’t mean that every place is getting warmer; it means the planet as a whole is getting warmer.

And Mr. President, I want to be clear that the fact that the El Nino conditions that have put snow on Dallas and DC is not climate change it is called weather. The difference being that you can not justify your massive international wealth distribution schemes based on weather.

highhopes on March 2, 2010 at 8:19 AM

It was on the teleprompter, so he said it. Climate is not campaigning, so he knows nothing.

ROCnPhilly on March 2, 2010 at 8:21 AM

You don’t have a harvard education, you can’t possibly fathom what I know!

rightside on March 2, 2010 at 8:18 AM

Harvard called. They want their diploma back. :-0

highhopes on March 2, 2010 at 8:21 AM

Don’t think of it as Global Warming, O Great Messiah! Think of it as “Temperature Justice“. We’re simply taking heat from those that have, like Dallas, and giving it to those in need, like Vancouver. Don’t worry your clean, articulate little head about it. Go back to your Obamacare quagmire.

trubble on March 2, 2010 at 8:15 AM

Redistribution of Warmth.

uknowmorethanme on March 2, 2010 at 8:23 AM

My Aussie barometer (piece of string, nailed to the back door) gives a more accurate forecast than Obama seems capable of.

OldEnglish on March 2, 2010 at 8:24 AM

C’mon, Dear Liar has to shove Crap ‘n’ Trade down our throats, He shouldn’t be expected to have to know the intricacies of weather & climate. It’s just like expecting The Whine to understand basic economics when He wants to overhaul America’s economy. Or asking a Constitutional law lecturer to understand our founding principles.

rbj on March 2, 2010 at 8:25 AM

Harvard called. They want their diploma back. :-0

highhopes on March 2, 2010 at 8:21 AM

… and the janitor that took it.

Yoop on March 2, 2010 at 8:27 AM

It was on the teleprompter, so he said it. Climate is not campaigning, so he knows nothing.

ROCnPhilly on March 2, 2010 at 8:21 AM

Was it on the telly? Because the poor structure of that sentence carries Obama’s own personal stamp of oratory brilliance.

jana on March 2, 2010 at 8:27 AM

Facts unexpectedly conflict with liberal ideology…

JetBoy on March 2, 2010 at 8:30 AM

President Obama to Ed Henry, “I like to know what I’m talking about before I speak.” He likes to, but it’s not really necessary.

nogooddeed on March 2, 2010 at 8:30 AM

Facts? AGW acolytes, like Øbummer, don’t need facts! The AGW religion is impervious to facts, infallibility and restraint! When “deniers” question your AGW beliefs, simply keep repeating those beliefs and the “deniers” will eventually fall by the wayside.
.
FACTS! How dare you!

ExpressoBold on March 2, 2010 at 8:31 AM

That near-certainty of warm temperatures is precisely why the IOC put the Winter Olympics in Vancouver at the end of February.

steveegg on March 2, 2010 at 8:34 AM

Hmmmm I live 180 miles from Florida panhandle, (which has the the Gulf of Mexico ) . The elevation here is 235 feet above sea level .
The government has spent MILLIONS sending the same scientist that were studying impact craters on Mars to study the crater here .At the time of the impact the area was 130 feet BELOW sea level .Thats almost a 400 foot swing .
AHA I see our elite ” Harvard educated” poster has determined Any time the wind blows, the sun rises or sets, the moon changes phases, or the tides rise and fall, all these are indisputable proof that climate change exists.

You don’t have a harvard education, you can’t possibly fathom what I know!

rightside on March 2, 2010 at 8:18 AM

Hmm perhaps you could enlighten the hoards of idiots here as to how the rotation of the Earth ( giving the appearance of the sun rising an setting } is determined by the weather ?
Perhaps you have exotic equipment that can measure the delta in friction exerted upon the Earth by the varying densities of warm vs cool air ?
And as a follow up please explain why we see identical heating and cooling patterns on Mars , Pluto and Saturn ?
Have the Martians not developed an electric vehicle yet ?
Ok its clear that only perhaps 850 people on the whole planet are smart enough to tell the rest of us how to live ……….

ELMO Q on March 2, 2010 at 8:37 AM

This guy has no shame. But, then again, we all knew that.

milwife88 on March 2, 2010 at 8:37 AM

First of all, we just got five feet of snow in Washington and so everybody is like — a lot of the people who are opponents of climate change, they say, see, look at that, there’s all this snow on the ground, this doesn’t mean anything.

Is this really the way it’s typed on the teleprompter?
Or was he speaking sans TOTUS?

Next time we vote clean and articulate, perhaps we should raise the bar on just what articulate is.

Disturb the Universe on March 2, 2010 at 8:38 AM

What a marroooon.

mechkiller_k on March 2, 2010 at 8:40 AM

Is this really the way it’s typed on the teleprompter?
Or was he speaking sans TOTUS?

You guys are correct. He went off script to answer a question.

ROCnPhilly on March 2, 2010 at 8:40 AM

This blunder is good news. Obama personally put his own name behind the “science” of global warming. When Gore’s scam comes crashing down, Obama will fall (or fall more than he already is) along with it.

jwolf on March 2, 2010 at 8:43 AM

Facts unexpectedly conflict with liberal ideology…

JetBoy on March 2, 2010 at 8:30 AM

There’s that word again!

highhopes on March 2, 2010 at 8:44 AM

Harvard called. They want their diploma back. :-0

highhopes on March 2, 2010 at 8:21 AM

… and the janitor that took it.

Yoop on March 2, 2010 at 8:27 AM

My brother got his bacholors degree in biology and conservation. The first thing he did was frame it and hung it in the bathroom with a small hammer next to it.
Engraved on the hammer was the message, “In case of emergency BREAK glass.”

I think we should do the same for all the president’s important papers (healthcare included).

mechkiller_k on March 2, 2010 at 8:48 AM

affirmative action president.

jbh45 on March 2, 2010 at 8:49 AM

That whole “deal with the Devil” thing is just starting to unravel. We’re witness to a Greek tragedy played out in American politics. Pride, his downfall.

Mojave Mark on March 2, 2010 at 8:52 AM

The weather in Vancouver this year is being affected by El Nino. It has nothing to do with global warming.

Mark1971 on March 2, 2010 at 8:14 AM

And it is still not much different from normal. Snow in Vancouver is more rare than it is in Washington DC. Vancouverites are the consummate Canadian wusses when it comes to winter weather.

ProfessorMiao on March 2, 2010 at 8:57 AM

I want to just be clear that the science of climate change doesn’t mean that every place is getting warmer; it means the planet as a whole is getting warmer.

Your understanding of science is nil (big surprise) if you speak of the dogma of AGW zealots as “climate science”. This puts your knowledge of science exactly at par with your knowledge of the Constitution.

trubble on March 2, 2010 at 8:15 AM

“Temperature Justice” – perfect!

ya2daup on March 2, 2010 at 8:59 AM

Isn’t life hilarious?

We have a guy that doesn’t have even a basic understanding of auto insurance attempting to take control of our bodies.

This same guy, in the face of overwhelming contrary evidence, doubles down on climate change in an effort to turn our bodies, which he intends to own, into slave labor for the state.

If that wasn’t funny enough Americans are forced to pay into a retirement ponzi scheme that Obama wants to save by refusing medical treatment to the very people the program was designed to assist.

Funnier than Leno.

Dorvillian on March 2, 2010 at 9:02 AM

Global Warming is just being intemperate.

TimBuk3 on March 2, 2010 at 9:05 AM

Obama is probably just getting his information from LittleGreenFootballs.

Logic on March 2, 2010 at 9:05 AM

Well, to be fair to to Teh Won, I think in a lot of people’s minds who don’t know better, that when you cross that border, it goes straight from sunshine and bluebirds to frozen tundra and moose year round.

Just like going west from Kansas, the border of Colorado means immediate mountains, right?

JamesLee on March 2, 2010 at 9:06 AM

OMG. He is such.an.idiot. Eye-roll. What a poseur.

keebs on March 2, 2010 at 9:06 AM

Is he drinking again?

Kafir on March 2, 2010 at 9:07 AM

have another drink barry.

jeff_from_mpls on March 2, 2010 at 9:07 AM

He’s got his story line and he’s stickin’ to it. They will never give up on this hoax because they are so close to passing a bill to create the ultimate power grab as with health care. We will be denied medical care when we need it most and energy when we need it most. Get in line, serfs.

Kissmygrits on March 2, 2010 at 9:11 AM

Vancouver’s weather is much like Seattle’s and, as a friend of mine who lives in the American city mentioned this week, her daffodils have begun to bloom.

My daffodils are blooming too! Not really unusual for Atlanta GA this time of year. But guess what…it’s snowing like crazy here right now!

Brat on March 2, 2010 at 9:11 AM

JamesLee on March 2, 2010 at 9:06 AM

When I was a kid, I was watching a Bugs Bunny cartoon. Bugs was trudging through a blizzard when he came upon a sign that said “Mason-Dixon Line.” On the other side of the sign it was springtime.

Kafir on March 2, 2010 at 9:12 AM

Whatever you do, do not insult our exalted leader with his inability to know the facts!
He’s performing “to the best of his ability”.
You might be condemned as RAAACIST! That’s a term that covers all evils.

Cybergeezer on March 2, 2010 at 9:14 AM

That whole “deal with the Devil” thing is just starting to unravel. We’re witness to a Greek tragedy played out in American politics. Pride, his downfall.

Mojave Mark on March 2, 2010 at 8:52 AM

If so than the tea party movement would be the Greek chorus. This group’s efforts were what prevented Obamacare from passing in August on a purely partisan basis and has exposed the filthy lying coward in the White House and his corrupt party for what they are.

highhopes on March 2, 2010 at 9:15 AM

I think Obummer has hijacked our POTUS drinking game…

ladyingray on March 2, 2010 at 9:17 AM

My brother got his bacholors degree in biology and conservation. The first thing he did was frame it and hung it in the bathroom with a small hammer next to it.
Engraved on the hammer was the message, “In case of emergency BREAK glass.”

I think we should do the same for all the president’s important papers (healthcare included).

mechkiller_k on March 2, 2010 at 8:48 AM

That’s funny.

conservative pilgrim on March 2, 2010 at 9:18 AM

For such a mild winter climate, why did Vancouver get the Winter Olympics in the first place? Strange.

conservative pilgrim on March 2, 2010 at 9:19 AM

This guy has the brains of a corpse, man.

Cybergeezer on March 2, 2010 at 9:21 AM

Obama probably has never looked at a map and noticed that, for example, New York is at the same latitude as Spain, not England. The warm currents that circulate from west to east across the oceans make the western coasts of both Eurasia and North America warmer at the same latitudes than the eastern coasts. That’s why Vancouver is warmer in the winter than Boston and why Great Britain’s winter weather is more temperate than Newfoundland’s.

jon1979 on March 2, 2010 at 9:21 AM

It was on the teleprompter, so he said it. Climate is not campaigning, so he knows nothing.

ROCnPhilly on March 2, 2010 at 8:21 AM

Actually, he was lip-synching his comments so that explains the foot-in-mouthism…

chai on March 2, 2010 at 9:22 AM

I think Obummer has hijacked our POTUS drinking game…

ladyingray on March 2, 2010 at 9:17 AM

LOL: And he’s posting under the moniker AnninCa!

Cybergeezer on March 2, 2010 at 9:23 AM

I think Obummer has hijacked our POTUS drinking game…

ladyingray on March 2, 2010 at 9:17 AM

Well, he was told to drink in moderation during his physical this week. George W. Bush chokes on a pretzel and Wiki is reporting it as a suicide attempt brought about by alcohol and depression over starting the war in Iraq. Yet, there is a (I’m sure standard) line about drinking in moderation and not a word from the media. Had this been a Republican there would be all sorts of media speculation about abuse of alcohol.

The double standard is why the public does not trust the state-run media.

highhopes on March 2, 2010 at 9:28 AM

For such a mild winter climate, why did Vancouver get the Winter Olympics in the first place? Strange.

conservative pilgrim on March 2, 2010 at 9:19 AM

Economics.

highhopes on March 2, 2010 at 9:30 AM

LOL: And he’s posting under the moniker AnninCa!

Cybergeezer on March 2, 2010 at 9:23 AM

And Jimbo3

highhopes on March 2, 2010 at 9:31 AM

Economics.

highhopes on March 2, 2010 at 9:30 AM

Yeah, I know. I guess the $$$ outweighed the practicality of having snow for snow events without manufactured help.

conservative pilgrim on March 2, 2010 at 9:36 AM

If facts didn’t bother Dear Leader at the health summit–why should they when it pertains to climate? Facts only count when used by our liar-in-chief…

lovingmyUSA on March 2, 2010 at 9:39 AM

Kafir on March 2, 2010 at 9:12 AM

Heh! I almost cited that as well, but wasn’t sure if anyone would get it.

JamesLee on March 2, 2010 at 9:42 AM

People forget that Montreal hosted the SUMMER Olympics in 1976. Southern Canada isn’t that cold and never was.

rockmom on March 2, 2010 at 9:43 AM

Too funny! Snow in the US is weather but a warm winter in Vancouver is climate change.

obladioblada on March 2, 2010 at 10:04 AM

“Obama might have discovered had he checked his facts before opening his mouth.”

SOP

notagool on March 2, 2010 at 10:10 AM

That’s a “B plus” deduction for the affirmative action president, but for anyone else it would have been a “D minus”.

jbh45 on March 2, 2010 at 10:12 AM

First of all, we just got five feet of snow in Washington and so everybody is like — a lot of the people who are opponents of climate change, they say, see, look at that, there’s all this snow on the ground, this doesn’t mean anything.

It might mean something to those who have to plow or shovel it to get to work.

I want to just be clear that the science of climate change doesn’t mean that every place is getting warmer; it means the planet as a whole is getting warmer.

So an unusually warm day in Vancouver means something, but lots of snow in Washington or Dallas doesn’t? Doesn’t “science” of climate change mean measuring things like temperatures and snowfall?

For someone wanting to lecture the world on climate, Obama seems to ignore the influence of oceans on climate–if the wind blows off the ocean most of the time, winters are mild and summers are cool and wet. Middle-latitude winds are mostly out of the west, so that cities on the east shores of oceans have milder winters those on west shores or inland cities. Vancouver is at about the same latitude as International Falls, MN, but the wind off the ocean keeps Vancouver much warmer than the Icebox of the Nation. Other cities at the same latitude include Caribou, ME, and Pornic, France, where palm trees bask in mild ocean breezes off the Gulf Stream.

Obama got a well-deserved “raspberry” from Donna Laframboise, whose name is French for “raspberry”!

Steve Z on March 2, 2010 at 10:16 AM

ROFL Ed!

But I’ve come to the conclusion that…..Obama, and what he says, no matter how stupid, insipid, vapid, and inane it is….it is so, because HE said so. He is THE ONE! Dun dun duuuuuuuuuuuun.

I just can’t see how he can’t be embarrassed by his moronic self.

capejasmine on March 2, 2010 at 10:17 AM

When I was a kid, I was watching a Bugs Bunny cartoon. Bugs was trudging through a blizzard when he came upon a sign that said “Mason-Dixon Line.” On the other side of the sign it was springtime.

Kafir on March 2, 2010 at 9:12 AM

Part of the Mason-Dixon Line was along the Potomac! Seems like Elmer Fudd Obama is still looking for global warming wabbit in the snow!

Steve Z on March 2, 2010 at 10:23 AM

Donna Laframboise

“Woman the Raspberry.” Love it!

Tzetzes on March 2, 2010 at 10:43 AM

First of all, we just got five feet of snow in Washington and so everybody is like — a lot of the people who are opponents of climate change, they say, see, look at that, there’s all this snow on the ground, this doesn’t mean anything.

Like, does Meghan McCain, like write his speeches? Because, she’s, like, a progressive and stuff. Like that would be totally awesome or something.

/Valley Girl

Left Coast Right Mind on March 2, 2010 at 10:45 AM

Obamalama isn’t big on facts or details.

GarandFan on March 2, 2010 at 10:49 AM

And some want to put this guy in charge of their healthcare!

Canada do you have room for a husband and wife from the States who pay their bilss, taxes included?

dhunter on March 2, 2010 at 11:02 AM

bilss = bills

dhunter on March 2, 2010 at 11:02 AM

All those entitlements getting this clown educated was a complete waste of money. What a gross embarrassment!.

Hopey changey

bluegrass on March 2, 2010 at 11:25 AM

“had he had checked his facts before opening his mouth”?
When has any Democrap,Socialist,Progressive,Islamic jihadist,or other wingnut radical ever checked his facts?
Facts don’t matter to crazy people,only ideology.People who think like the Democraps who are running that party today don’t know the difference beteen fact and fiction.I’d throw a lot of Republicans and conservatives into the same category,also.
Besides,the Messiah said it,and that makes it true./sarc

DDT on March 2, 2010 at 11:40 AM

Be nice, he’s using ghetto logic.

Alden Pyle on March 2, 2010 at 11:46 AM

Leftists lie at every opportunity.

Even when there is no point to it, they lie just to stay in tip top liar’s shape.

justltl on March 2, 2010 at 12:54 PM

— which Obama might have discovered had he checked his facts before opening his mouth.

Inconceivable!!

Maquis on March 2, 2010 at 1:30 PM

Facts are irritating annoyances.

Buffoon in Chief!

Schadenfreude on March 2, 2010 at 1:48 PM