Obamateurism of the Day

posted at 8:05 am on March 16, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Again, for those who wonder how the President who ran up the worst budget deficits in American history can cast himself as a deficit hawk with a straight face, the answer appears to be that Barack Obama has no knowledge of math. Greg Hengler grabbed this video from yesterday’s Ohio stop on the “Shut up, he explained” sales pitch tour for ObamaCare. How hard was the sell? At the end, Obama offers all of your money back on premiums … and 29 times more:

How many people are getting insurance through their jobs right now? Raise your hands. All right, well, a lot of those folks, your employer, it’s estimated, would see premiums fall by as much as 3000%, which means they could give you a raise!

Heck, they could give people a lot more than a raise if insurance premiums dropped three thousand percent. They could give people brand-new cars, because it would mean that the insurance companies would give employers thirty times what the employers used to pay in premiums, or roughly around a quarter-million dollars per employee.

Memo to the White House: one can only reduce cost on an item 100%. That makes it free.

If Obama meant three thousand dollars, well, that’s about as truthful as saving 3000%. Just ask Dick Durbin.

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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How can that (the math) be?

The most smartest, intelligentest, and intellectualest president EVAH of course can make the math work.

Nature and Rules of Nature bend to his will, that’s how. If Obama said 3000%, 3000% it is, then. You just can’t judge him.

Sir Napsalot on March 16, 2010 at 10:07 AM

the answer appears to be that Barack Obama has no knowledge of math

Do I have to keep correcting you on this?

He has knowledge of math. He has no knowledge of truth.

… Oh, and Barry? It’s 9,000, not 3,000. Know your Internet memes.

Daggett on March 16, 2010 at 10:08 AM

If it was a prepared speech it just proves that his speech writer throws darts at words and figures

Kissmygrits on March 16, 2010 at 9:59 AM
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This —– is loved by these idiot writers,he is their puppet.Either he is too stupid to see it or just playing along which also speaks of his stupidity!:):):)

ohiobabe on March 16, 2010 at 10:08 AM

Barry, youz be a furkin mowron!

The only thing going down 3000 percent is your innumerable cult following.

Western_Civ on March 16, 2010 at 10:19 AM

Doesn’t he have a teleprompter? Man, he really can’t speak off the cuff can he.

deidre on March 16, 2010 at 10:21 AM

ObaMao has a future in made-for-teevee ads.

onlineanalyst on March 16, 2010 at 10:27 AM

I’m waiting for someone to put “Go f*ck yourself San Diego!” into the teleprompter.

I would die.

uknowmorethanme on March 16, 2010 at 10:36 AM

I called up my courage and looked at the video again just to see the reaction of the stage props behind the ONE. “3000%” went right by without a question. Typical democrats?

FOWG1 on March 16, 2010 at 10:40 AM

Joe Isuzu was funny — Barack Obama, not so funny.

Sowell Disciple on March 16, 2010 at 10:52 AM

Whatever stupidity that dribbles out of this corrupt fascist’s mouth is irrelevant and he will never be held to account by the Obama-fellating medeia. We must hold our representatives accountable for whatever Ob+ama gets done. Without them, the jug-eared Mr. Hanky can only issue executive orders and that’s not enough to fundamentally change the American Republic. Let every worthless one of them know that you hold their testes in your hands and you are more than willing to squeeze.

Extrafishy on March 16, 2010 at 11:06 AM

If all employers are as greedy and seedy as Dem. think we are where is the pay raise. The money claimed to be saved by the Company will be used to reduce debt(s), increase the bottom line, and repay those who bought a stake in the company.

Now, if the worker in these large greedy/seedy companies shed their affiliation to unions. Unions, responsible for adding thousand of costly $$$ rules and regulations, without any corresponding increase in productivity that would have added $$$ to the bottom line. This $$$ would not have to be expended and can be returned to the employee’s in the form of a raise.

MSGTAS on March 16, 2010 at 11:23 AM

Is there still any doubt that they’re hiding his transcripts for a very good reason?
At least he’s an excellent reader of big print that’s scrolling by on a piece of glass. No thinking required.

n0doz on March 16, 2010 at 11:31 AM

Perspective: 3000% decrease means that a $12,000 annual insurance premium will subsequently cost $400 with no reduction in services provided. Good luck with that!

ExpressoBold on March 16, 2010 at 8:32 AM

Nope. My math tells me that your $12,000 policy would bring your employer a windfall savings of $36,000,000.00

katablog.com on March 16, 2010 at 11:38 AM

The list is getting longer:

Barry is no good at: History, Math, buying car insurance……

GarandFan on March 16, 2010 at 11:39 AM

It is not a math problem. Listen to all of them. They lie all the time and the media doesnt’t care.

davod on March 16, 2010 at 11:56 AM

Question! How many people in that forum actually believed what was being peddaled? Since the audiences for this crap are stacked, I would roughly guess, 3000% believed him.

capejasmine on March 16, 2010 at 11:57 AM

So nobody but me thought about “The Producers”?

He’s our Bialystock, we’re the old ladies, and ObamaCare is “Springtime for Hitler”.

Actually, that metaphor sorta works, doesn’t it?

CP

cranfordpundit on March 16, 2010 at 11:58 AM

Apparently Ed has stumbled into the secret of the Obamamath by which we can spend the entire Federal budget three times each year!!!

landlines on March 16, 2010 at 12:11 PM

Hey Zero..Sylvan’s on line one for you

ZeeMI on March 16, 2010 at 12:20 PM

And the Democrats said that Bush was the Idiot.

PappaMac on March 16, 2010 at 12:31 PM

And therein lies the brilliance/evil of this scheme: take a nontaxable benefit and convert it to taxable income on the employee side. Think of how much wages will go up once employers get rid of their health plans all together. They will have to stay competitive with other employers, employees will demand increases since their insurance has been axed, and their increased wages will all be taxed!

Our government gets a hat trick: More control over our lives, more people beholden to the government, and more tax revenue to use to continue the dependence.

So much for transparency.

sheesh on March 16, 2010 at 1:24 PM

You must listen to the prophecy of Mullah Obama!

Cybergeezer on March 16, 2010 at 1:42 PM

Preacher not presidential. He has a rhythm to reading whatever is on the teleprompter and acting. Used car salesman.

AnotherOpinion on March 16, 2010 at 1:45 PM

I heard Obama’s 3000% comment on Rush this morning, and decided that I would change my mind on Obamacare. Since we are now paying about $6000.00 a year for health care insurance premiums, I calculated that a 3000% reduction would triple my husbands salary, and who would turn that down?!! I need a new car, and want to renovate my kitchen, so this pay raise will really come in handy. Thanks Mr. Obama!

/sarc

Susanboo on March 16, 2010 at 1:58 PM

So when the evil insurance companies fail to lower premiums by the 3,000 percent they obviously should, will Obama take that as justification for more regulations? What a question, everything is justification for more regulations in Obama-World.

Fred 2 on March 16, 2010 at 2:37 PM

Affirmative action , no grades , no published work , no LSAT , only Lawrence Tribe remembers him .

borntoraisehogs on March 16, 2010 at 2:41 PM

You can’t drive the family station wagon at a hundred and twenty miles an hour forever. The tires won’t take it, the cooling system was not meant for it and the suspension won’t take the beating.
Similarly, you can’t expect a guy with a 116 IQ to do the job of POTUS for any period of time and succeed. And I’m beginning to think that “116″ is being extremely generous.
He is going to crash and burn at some point, and we’re all on the bus with him.

Army Brat on March 16, 2010 at 2:43 PM

sorry…in the wagon with him…

Army Brat on March 16, 2010 at 2:43 PM

Maybe this is evidence that Prez O’bambi is watching too much American Idol. All those judges do the same thing. “Dude, one billion percent yes!” He picked it up from Randy Jackson.

Agam on March 16, 2010 at 3:22 PM

Can’t drop 3000%? Thats just more Evil Republican lies to fool everyone. In Obamica everything is possible if you just wish, or have hope, or refuse to work for anything.

Rbastid on March 16, 2010 at 3:24 PM

Dude.

Did you see the lady on Obama’s right mouth the words…

“THAT’s NOT GONNA HAPPEN.”

Agrippa2k on March 16, 2010 at 3:44 PM

… a windfall savings of $36,000,000.00

katablog.com on March 16, 2010 at 11:38 AM

Øbummer! Is that you!!?? Why are you hiding out at HotAir? Getting economics advice?

ExpressoBold on March 16, 2010 at 3:45 PM

I said often that he’s a dangerous dummy. Question that at your peril.

Schadenfreude on March 16, 2010 at 4:04 PM

Not all of the people standing behind 0 were big supporters. Look over his left shoulder at young guy with sweater & tie and the older man in a suit over his left shoulder. I don’t think either bought his spiel.

Oleta on March 16, 2010 at 5:14 PM

C’mon Man!
Give the guy a break. He’s overworked campaigning in 57 states to pass his generational theft act!
He’s working so hard we may not have enough energy left to lower the price of gas much less the sea levels.

chickasaw42 on March 16, 2010 at 6:39 PM

Obama is a dick.

justltl on March 16, 2010 at 8:21 PM

Ed, Next time you mention “president” don’t capitalize the P if you are referring to bama!

jgdp on March 16, 2010 at 11:09 PM

I heard Obama’s 3000% comment on Rush this morning, and decided that I would change my mind on Obamacare. Since we are now paying about $6000.00 a year for health care insurance premiums, I calculated that a 3000% reduction would triple my husbands salary, and who would turn that down?!! I need a new car, and want to renovate my kitchen, so this pay raise will really come in handy. Thanks Mr. Obama!

/sarc

Susanboo on March 16, 2010 at 1:58 PM

Unfortunately, Obamacare also “gives” everyone a 10000% tax increase….to pay for the health care premium reduction and the armies of bureaucrats who may give it to you if they feel you qualify and you vote correctly….and also to pay for the (newly heavily armed) super-sized IRS army soon to descend upon your neighborhood.

Youse will pay up so nobody will break youse health care…

landlines on March 17, 2010 at 2:26 AM

s-m-r-t. I am wondering if he even made it through Jr High. Where are those transcripts?

cobrakai99 on March 21, 2010 at 10:13 AM

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