Obamateurism of the Day

posted at 8:05 am on March 10, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Who doesn’t love the tales of King Arthur and the Round Table? Gallantry, heroism, courage … and gluttony. The New York Times catches Barack Obama making a historical jest at the expense of adviser David Axelrod, but unfortunately Obama didn’t sound too Merlin-like:

Unlike other presidential alter egos, Mr. Axelrod is not viewed as a surrogate “brain” (like Karl Rove), a suspicious outsider (like Dick Morris in the Clinton White House) or a co-president (James Baker in the first Bush White House). Sometimes portrayed as a bare-knuckled Chicago operative, he is also a bantering walrus of a man in mustard-stained sleeves who describes himself as a “kibbitzer,” not a “policy guy.”

Sitting at his desk next door to the Oval Office last week, he was tearing into a five-inch corned beef sandwich on rye with a Flintstone-size turkey drumstick waiting on deck. “I am the poster child for the president’s obesity program,” he said.

A few minutes later, Mr. Obama walked in unannounced, scattering two aides like startled pigeons. “Hey,” Mr. Axelrod said by way of greeting (no “sir” or “Mr. President.”) Mr. Obama surveyed the spread on Mr. Axelrod’s desk with a slight smirk.

“What is this, King Arthur’s court?” he asked, then pulled Mr. Axelrod aside to talk about a health care speech he was about to deliver.

Maybe Sir Gawain had an eating disorder? Or perhaps, as Neo-Neocon surmises, Obama was thinking about Henry VIII rather than Arthur. There are about seven centuries, five wives, and a Round Table’s difference between Arthur and Henry, which seems to have escaped the President. And unfortunately, when one wants to be a smart-ass, it requires one to be smart about the topic in the first place.

In other words, don’t let the Tudors hit you on the way out. Hey, I’m here all week. Don’t forget to tip the serving wench, and try the drumstick, it’s delicious.

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Doesn’t Axelrod know how corned beef is made???

Where is PETA????

ladyingray on March 10, 2010 at 8:08 AM

Unlike other presidential alter egos, Mr. Axelrod is veiwed as Mr Spacely from the Jetsons.

SHARPTOOTH on March 10, 2010 at 8:09 AM

Or he could have been thinking about the buffet at Excalibur… assuming he had some pleasant familiarity with things in Las Vegas…

apostic on March 10, 2010 at 8:09 AM

The ‘Fun People.’

TimBuk3 on March 10, 2010 at 8:11 AM

“And unfortunately, when one wants to be a smart-ass, it requires one to be smart about the topic in the first place.”

Therefore Barry should STFU most of the time…

rockbend on March 10, 2010 at 8:11 AM

Dear Liar: “All these Europeans look alike to me.”

It’s hard to be aware of our Anglo traditions when you are brought being indoctrinated into Marxism.

rbj on March 10, 2010 at 8:11 AM

apostic on March 10, 2010 at 8:09 AM

Been there done that…..Niiiiice.

SHARPTOOTH on March 10, 2010 at 8:12 AM

right rbj: King Arthur & Henry VIII are both of the colonialists country. Bambi hates them.

kelley in virginia on March 10, 2010 at 8:13 AM

but i’m glad the NY Times is reporting this instead of corruption or fraud.

kelley in virginia on March 10, 2010 at 8:14 AM

Dear Liar: “All these Europeans look alike to me.”

It’s hard to be aware of our Anglo traditions when you are brought being indoctrinated into Marxism Islam.

rbj

There, I fixed it for you.

Crusader Rabbit on March 10, 2010 at 8:14 AM

Seems to be a wee bit of tension,between
Hopey and BrokenAxleRod!!

canopfor on March 10, 2010 at 8:15 AM

sorry ed, this example just seems a bit trivial. we all know BO is a box of rocks and axlerod is a horses….

jbh45 on March 10, 2010 at 8:16 AM

Gawd,I can’t wait for Hopey to screw-up
a Shakespeare play!!!

canopfor on March 10, 2010 at 8:18 AM

Historically illiterate.

myrenovations on March 10, 2010 at 8:19 AM

Why do they let him out without a teleprompter ?

macncheez on March 10, 2010 at 8:20 AM

Apparently they didn’t teach history in Indonesia.

flytier on March 10, 2010 at 8:20 AM

i am sure this was discussed on the Beck/Massa thread, but what caught my attention was Massa’s comment that our economy was in much worse shape than what we knew (unless you are reading all the real reports). and that Congressman (probably especially freshman) spend 5 hours/day trying to raise money.

my final thought on the interview was this: even if you are a truly fine person when you enter Congress, you will not be that same good person after a few terms. does anyone else think the same?

kelley in virginia on March 10, 2010 at 8:21 AM

Somebody should ask Obama what he
thinks about the Crusades!!

canopfor on March 10, 2010 at 8:21 AM

Gawd,I can’t wait for Hopey to screw-up
a Shakespeare play!!!

canopfor on March 10, 2010 at 8:18 AM

The quality of mercy is not stained…

Caper29 on March 10, 2010 at 8:25 AM

In other words, don’t let the Tudors hit you on the way out.

*facepalm*

;)

JetBoy on March 10, 2010 at 8:25 AM

In other words, don’t let the Tudors hit you on the way out.

Love ya, Ed!

jgapinoy on March 10, 2010 at 8:25 AM

Friar Tuck?

Gwillie on March 10, 2010 at 8:25 AM

This is interesting!!
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Silver bullet from U.S. states kills ‘mandatory’ Obamacare
36 legislatures fight for citizens’ rights to opt out of health-coverage demand

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Posted: March 09, 2010
8:54 pm Eastern
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http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=127404

canopfor on March 10, 2010 at 8:26 AM

Every day and in every way, the personal anectdotes from within this administration begin to sound like the script of a poorly written seventies sitcom.

apostic on March 10, 2010 at 8:26 AM

Probably won’t make OOTW, but always fun to catch Ob+ama being a dolt.

SKYFOX on March 10, 2010 at 8:28 AM

The quality of mercy is not stained…

Caper29 on March 10, 2010 at 8:25 AM

Caper29:Had to look it up,smarty-pants,i kid!!:)

canopfor on March 10, 2010 at 8:29 AM

Congressman (probably especially freshman) spend 5 hours/day trying to raise money.kelley in virginia on March 10, 2010 at 8:21 AM

Nice to know our congressweasels work part-time as telemarketers.

katy the mean old lady on March 10, 2010 at 8:30 AM

Sitting at his desk next door to the Oval Office last week, he was tearing into a five-inch corned beef sandwich on rye with a Flintstone-size turkey drumstick waiting on deck. “I am the poster child for the president’s obesity program,” he said.

Seeing how the obesity program is Michelles’, Axelrod must be referring to Obama’s spending policies.

Rovin on March 10, 2010 at 8:31 AM

And unfortunately, when one wants to be a smart-ass, it requires one to be smart about the topic in the first place.

I never “got” the Obama thing. I’ve thought he was a dumb-ass from the first time I heard him open his mouth. Where he gets the reputation for being scary-smart, I will never know.

gridlock2 on March 10, 2010 at 8:31 AM

It’s totally unrealistic to expect liberals to know history.

backwoods conservative on March 10, 2010 at 8:31 AM

what a mess

blatantblue on March 10, 2010 at 8:31 AM

Nice to know our congressweasels work part-time as telemarketers.
katy the mean old lady on March 10, 2010 at 8:30 AM

But what are they selling ?

macncheez on March 10, 2010 at 8:31 AM

Somebody should ask Obama what he
thinks about the Crusades!!

canopfor on March 10, 2010 at 8:21 AM

Barrack likes them on his salads and soups.
And he’s failed at being the Smart Ass in Chief; He’s got it half way perfected, but he’ll never accomplish the smart half.

Cybergeezer on March 10, 2010 at 8:31 AM

Hey, I’m here all week. Don’t forget to tip the serving wench, and try the drumstick, it’s delicious

Heeeheheh! good one ed!

“and Axlerod, while you’re at it, put the little hat on with the bells and dance us a jig too while you’re at it.”

ted c on March 10, 2010 at 8:32 AM

Every day and in every way, the personal anectdotes from within this administration begin to sound like the script of a poorly written seventies sitcom. apostic on March 10, 2010 at 8:26 AM

Welcome Back Carter.

Mojave Mark on March 10, 2010 at 8:32 AM

It’s an understandable mistake, given the way Obama is going all medieval on us with the healthcare thing.

Mr. D on March 10, 2010 at 8:32 AM

Congressman (probably especially freshman) spend 5 hours/day trying to raise money.kelley in virginia on March 10, 2010 at 8:21 AM

Nice to know our congressweasels work part-time as telemarketers.
katy the mean old lady on March 10, 2010 at 8:30 AM
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Speaking of raising money!!!!:)
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To understand the full implications of Obama’s effort, you first need to understand how voter registration often has worked in Chicago. The Regular Democratic Party spearheaded most drives, doing so using one primary motivator: money. The party would offer bounties to registrars for every new voter they signed up (typically a dollar per registration). The campaigns did produce new voters. “But bounty systems don’t really promote participation,” says David Orr, the Cook County clerk, whose office is responsible for voter registration efforts in the Cook County suburbs. “When the money dries up, the voters drop out.” Nor did the Democratic Party always vigorously push registration among minorities, Orr says. “It’s not that they discouraged it. They just never worked hard to ensure it would happen.”
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http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/January-1993/Vote-of-Confidence/

canopfor on March 10, 2010 at 8:32 AM

Mr. Obama is a media creation. I don’t care who or how many times people tell me he is brilliant. He’s too lazy and self absorbed to be sold as a great mind.

Cindy Munford on March 10, 2010 at 8:33 AM

But what are they selling ?

macncheez on March 10, 2010 at 8:31 AM

Timeshares in Obamaville.

katy the mean old lady on March 10, 2010 at 8:33 AM

Mr. Obama is a media creation. I don’t care who or how many times people tell me he is brilliant. He’s too lazy and self absorbed to be sold as a great mind.

Cindy Munford on March 10, 2010 at 8:33 AM

He’s a victim of the soft bigotry of low expectations, eh?

gridlock2 on March 10, 2010 at 8:36 AM

Oh: I forgot:
Barrack is giving the hard working asses a bad reputation. But, for a “show ass”, he’s ranking about B+.

Cybergeezer on March 10, 2010 at 8:36 AM

It was. . . . . . a Holy Grail of a sammich??

dts-01 on March 10, 2010 at 8:38 AM

Barrack likes them on his salads and soups.
And he’s failed at being the Smart Ass in Chief; He’s got it half way perfected, but he’ll never accomplish the smart half.

Cybergeezer on March 10, 2010 at 8:31 AM

Cybergeezer:But,he does articulate!!!:)

canopfor on March 10, 2010 at 8:42 AM

When your subordinates do not respect the office that you hold then you get this shambles of a White House. This was the same way that Carter maintained his White House.

He is Mr. President only family members can use his name. David Axelrod needs to grow up. This amateur hour needs to end.

When Leon Panetta took over as President Clinton’s chief of staff it was one of the first things he did was to get rid of the “cousin billy” types.

Jdripper on March 10, 2010 at 8:43 AM

Cybergeezer:But,he does articulate!!!:)

canopfor on March 10, 2010 at 8:42 AM

Constantly.

katy the mean old lady on March 10, 2010 at 8:44 AM

Wart indeed.

rogerb on March 10, 2010 at 8:45 AM

Synopsis of The First Year:

When He ain’t being Bush, he ain’t succeeding. This must be driving the MSM nuts.

As some of the clearer eyed posters (like MB4) here pointed out recently, all either administration did well was spend money.

The good news for these guys is that China is still buying our debt. The photo of His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, walking by the trash may have been a real diplomatic coup.

IlikedAUH2O on March 10, 2010 at 8:46 AM

Mr. Obama surveyed the spread on Mr. Axelrod’s desk with a slight smirk.

That “I’m the smartest kid in the room and you know it” smirk is one of the things I hate most about the filthy lying coward in the White House. The bastard has no humility or humanity. I don’t hate easily but I hate and detest Obama like no other President ever.

highhopes on March 10, 2010 at 8:47 AM

Gotta say; This one reminds me of Barrack because of his ears:

Cybergeezer on March 10, 2010 at 8:45 AM

Cybergeezer: Awesome,a Demon Donkey with horns!haha:)

canopfor on March 10, 2010 at 8:47 AM

It wasn’t corned beef. It was Spam.

csdeven on March 10, 2010 at 8:47 AM

I’ve thought he was a dumb-ass from the first time I heard him open his mouth. Where he gets the reputation for being scary-smart, I will never know.

gridlock2 on March 10, 2010 at 8:31 AM

Seems to have been a theme developed largely by Democrats who are even more ignorant than Barry (e.g., Joe Biden), and then jumped on and expanded by a left-wing MSM eager to show how very tolerant and open-minded (e.g., Chrissy Matthews, who forgot for an hour that Obama is black) they are.

AZCoyote on March 10, 2010 at 8:48 AM

surprised it wasnt pork

blatantblue on March 10, 2010 at 8:48 AM

Statements like that are another reason I want to see his high school, college, and law school transcripts.

kingsjester on March 10, 2010 at 8:49 AM

“I am the poster child for the president’s obesity program,” he said.

Although Axelrod said this, it fits the pattern of the Obama WH: Not for me, but for thee.

They eat like pigs and party like royalty with our money, but want to suppress our rights and freedoms to the point of control and oppression. Hypocrites.

conservative pilgrim on March 10, 2010 at 8:49 AM

Statements like that are another reason I want to see his high school, college, and law school transcripts.

kingsjester on March 10, 2010 at 8:49 AM

Yes. But that would be rather embarrassing, wouldn’t it? One might come to the conclusion that maybe he is a Manchurian Candidate.

conservative pilgrim on March 10, 2010 at 8:51 AM

Cannot summon up much more than an eye-roll on this one.

However, comic relief always counts for something.

He’s SOOO INTELLIGENT!!

tru2tx on March 10, 2010 at 8:51 AM

Mr. Obama surveyed the spread on Mr. Axelrod’s desk with a slight smirk.

That “I’m the smartest kid in the room and you know it” smirk is one of the things I hate most about the filthy lying coward in the White House. The bastard has no humility or humanity. I don’t hate easily but I hate and detest Obama like no other President ever.

highhopes on March 10, 2010 at 8:47 AM

highhopes: So you want smirks eh!!:)
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http://pumapac.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/obama-smirk.jpg

canopfor on March 10, 2010 at 8:51 AM

gridlock2 on March 10, 2010 at 8:36 AM

Exactly!!!!

Cindy Munford on March 10, 2010 at 8:54 AM

Barrack does ignorance with such eloquence.

Cybergeezer on March 10, 2010 at 8:54 AM

Constantly.

katy the mean old lady on March 10, 2010 at 8:44 AM

katy the mean old lady:Tee-hee:)

canopfor on March 10, 2010 at 8:57 AM

It wasn’t corned beef. It was Spam.

csdeven on March 10, 2010 at 8:47 AM

Excellent: I’d forgotten about that one!

Cybergeezer on March 10, 2010 at 8:57 AM

Mr. Obama is a media creation. I don’t care who or how many times people tell me he is brilliant. He’s too lazy and self absorbed to be sold as a great mind.

Cindy Munford on March 10, 2010 at 8:33 AM

I agree with you except for the fact that he has, in fact, been sold as a great intellectual. Far too many people keep referring to the brilliance of Obama. I just don’t see it. I wouldn’t be shocked if it came out he doesn’t even read books other than the coffee table publication of his inaguration.

highhopes on March 10, 2010 at 8:58 AM

I wouldn’t be shocked if it came out he doesn’t even read books other than the coffee table publication of his inaguration.

highhopes on March 10, 2010 at 8:58 AM

I’d be shocked to learn that he even read the two books he, ahem, “authored.”

TXUS on March 10, 2010 at 9:08 AM

Guess they don’t teach European History in Indonesia.

ctmom on March 10, 2010 at 9:09 AM

conservative pilgrim on March 10, 2010 at 8:49 AM

And don’t forget, smoke like fiends, driving up healthcare costs for everyone.

ctmom on March 10, 2010 at 9:12 AM

I’d be shocked to learn that he even read the two books he, ahem, “authored.”

TXUS on March 10, 2010 at 9:08 AM

I have visions of Obama busy with a coloring book while his ghost writer is pounding away about what a wonderful father this mysterious sorta Muslim that let little Barry grow up Christian in Indonesia.

highhopes on March 10, 2010 at 9:15 AM

The quality of mercy is not stained…

Caper29 on March 10, 2010 at 8:25 AM

Caper29:Had to look it up,smarty-pants,i kid!!:)

canopfor on March 10, 2010 at 8:29 AM

Actually I think it was Clinton that said that one.

Caper29 on March 10, 2010 at 9:19 AM

“Hey,” Mr. Axelrod said by way of greeting (no “sir” or “Mr. President.”)

I think this could be an Obamaturism in and of itself. When your own advisors don’t respect you (or the office) enough to call you “Mr. President” and instead greet you with things like “Hey,” “Yo,” or “Wazzup” then you have a real problem.

crazy_legs on March 10, 2010 at 9:36 AM

I think this could be an Obamaturism in and of itself. When your own advisors don’t respect you (or the office) enough to call you “Mr. President” and instead greet you with things like “Hey,” “Yo,” or “Wazzup” then you have a real problem.

crazy_legs on March 10, 2010 at 9:36 AM

Obama has purposefully lowered the respect for the office, by his own disrespect for it. The staff is just taking their cue from him. That will not change until he is out of the office and a truly respectful and respected person replaces him.

Yoop on March 10, 2010 at 9:47 AM

Actually I think it was Clinton that said that one.

Caper29 on March 10, 2010 at 9:19 AM

Hehe. Out, out, damned spot.

apostic on March 10, 2010 at 9:47 AM

Every day and in every way, the personal anectdotes from within this administration begin to sound like the script of a poorly written seventies sitcom.

apostic on March 10, 2010 at 8:26 AM

Thats Dy-No-Mite!

BobMbx on March 10, 2010 at 9:50 AM

Obama has purposefully lowered the respect for the office, by his own disrespect for it. The staff is just taking their cue from him. That will not change until he is out of the office and a truly respectful and respected person replaces him.

Yoop on March 10, 2010 at 9:47 AM

Yoop: Thats an, Amen!:)

canopfor on March 10, 2010 at 9:52 AM

I think this could be an Obamaturism in and of itself. When your own advisors don’t respect you (or the office) enough to call you “Mr. President” and instead greet you with things like “Hey,” “Yo,” or “Wazzup” then you have a real problem.

crazy_legs on March 10, 2010 at 9:36 AM

Indeed. I find this far more troubling.

lonesome_pine on March 10, 2010 at 9:54 AM

what a mess

blatantblue on March 10, 2010 at 8:31 AM

that’s an understatement!

huskerdiva on March 10, 2010 at 10:26 AM

Possibly, if Obama had heard of Sir John Falstaff, he might have been thinking about him. If Axelrod if Henry VIII, then who is Obama? Certainly not the pope. If Axelrod is Falstaff, who is Obama? Certainly not Henry V. Maybe Pistol, Bardolph, Nym. Maybe one of the three fellows hanged for treason.

SilentWatcher on March 10, 2010 at 10:33 AM

And unfortunately, when one wants to be a smart-ass, it requires one to be smart about the topic in the first place.

In other words, don’t let the Tudors hit you on the way out. Hey, I’m here all week. Don’t forget to tip the serving wench, and try the drumstick, it’s delicious.

That was very, very good. :)

Rocks on March 10, 2010 at 10:38 AM

when one wants to be a smart-ass, it requires one to be smart about the topic in the first place.

Barry’s not too bright about anything.

GarandFan on March 10, 2010 at 10:44 AM

highhopes on March 10, 2010 at 8:58 AM

We need to start a new conspiracy group, not a truther, not a birther …….. a transcripter? Not that it would do any good, his ego has been stroked from infancy and I am sure his grades would reflect that.

Cindy Munford on March 10, 2010 at 10:46 AM

History, shistory…..so, Axelrod is the fat rat we all knew he was….does he have a hole in the wall to scurry into when obama makes yet another gaffe?

HornetSting on March 10, 2010 at 10:48 AM

Every day and in every way, the personal anectdotes from within this administration begin to sound like the script of a poorly written seventies sitcom.

apostic on March 10, 2010 at 8:26 AM

That’s because you are thinking of Carter years Redux…
But I doubt even Jimmah was/is this bad.

Sir Napsalot on March 10, 2010 at 10:52 AM

Seeing how the obesity program is Michelles’, Axelrod must be referring to Obama’s spending policies.

Rovin on March 10, 2010 at 8:31 AM

No, maybe Axelrod knows who the real president is in the WH (i.e., who sets agenda, make final descisions, ets.)

Sir Napsalot on March 10, 2010 at 10:55 AM

To paraphrase Steyn’s opening line concerning Krauthammer’s take on Geert Wilder, these aren’t words one has cause to type terribly often, but I think Captain Ed has jumped the roasted pig on this one. Sure, these clowns (jesters? fools?) in the administration are illiterate regarding even the basic time-line of Western civilization, but you have to admit that turkey drumsticks are pretty medieval-looking, maybe even Dark-Ages-era medieval. I really think that is all Dear Leader had in mind when he said that…I mean, just looking at the context. I know they’re an easy target for this kind of thing, but if you’re going to get that sniffy criticizing the administration, you might as well point out that King Arthur never saw a turkey leg.

Knott Buyinit on March 10, 2010 at 10:56 AM

Yep, there’s no way that the uncouth David Axelrod would have been a Knight of the Round table (which was also 100% Christian, but I digress). But hey, maybe Barack “Sir Mordred” Obama can enlist Michelle and her 23 handmaidens to conduct a War against Drumsticks.

(In the T.H. White interpretation “Mordred plays the role of a bitter but successful populist and faux-Bolshevik.”)

Buy Danish on March 10, 2010 at 11:11 AM

Oh man, now I’m hungry for a reuben. LOL

Well, Obama knows squat about the Constitution. Why would he know about historical figures?

capejasmine on March 10, 2010 at 11:17 AM

Somebody should ask Obama what he
thinks about the Crusades!!

canopfor on March 10, 2010 at 8:21 AM

Good God, man! What are you trying to do — – start WWIII???

****”er, uh, as I have always said, the Europeans acted stupidly.”****

hillbillyjim on March 10, 2010 at 11:17 AM

crazy_legs on March 10, 2010 at 9:36 AM

Or: “Heeeey; My _________!

Cybergeezer on March 10, 2010 at 11:32 AM

If you bloggers don’t get at least one good belly laugh out of these pages, you are doing something wrong.

Cybergeezer on March 10, 2010 at 11:34 AM

The quality of mercy is not stained…

Caper29 on March 10, 2010 at 8:25 AM

Is that a prompter I see before me?

C’mon, there have to be a million of these. Weight of Glory? Bishop? Who’s with me?

Friends, Muslims, countrymen, lend me your ears – oh wait…got plenty already

Rosmerta on March 10, 2010 at 1:47 PM

How can anyone expect the big 0 to know British history, he has an eight year olds grasp on American history. I’d pay big bucks to see him him on Are You Smarter Than A Fifth-Grader. He’d get creamed! I can just imagine that thin skin being all wee wee’d up, and him attacking the child as he does anyone that questions his awesomeness.

M-14 2go on March 10, 2010 at 6:42 PM