Poll: What was the Obamateurism of the Week?

posted at 9:00 am on April 18, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

It’s time again to vote on the Obamateurism of the Week!  I’m still working on a Marriage Encounter weekend, improving marriage by making historic strides, so my posting will be light today, whether we like it or not.  Maybe President Obama should thank me for taking it easy this weekend, but perhaps he’d have to hide from the media if he did.  Obama could just announce it in a handout, but no one Obama knows is looking for one, so maybe it wouldn’t be such a big deal after all.

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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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Proud Rino on April 18, 2010 at 12:37 PM

John was never that smart.
Face it, Bill Clinton reintroduced America to the “shuck and jive” style of politics that the South is famous for.
In other words, a consummate BS artist. I disagree with almost everything Clinton stands for but I recognize his ability.
Case in point: If John Edwards were that smart he would never have run with that idiot (and/or loser) Kerry.
Obama is a better orator than Clinton but rates lower than Kerry or Edwards in actual intelligence.

mad scientist on April 18, 2010 at 12:51 PM

He was fiscally responsble, people-responsible

He was the first, but not the second. If the person/s in question crossed him or his plans, Hillary and Bill were feared in DC for the damage they would inflict if they decided you were the enemy. If ‘people’ means the general population, he was certainly a lot better than the WH’s present occupant.

jeanie on April 18, 2010 at 12:52 PM

AnninCA on April 18, 2010 at 10:41 AM

This is about reality versus fantasy. Bush showed the reality and the hard choices necessary while Obama promised a nebulous “hopey-changey” feel-good nonsense.
It is very telling that Obama changed a lot of opinions drastically after his first security briefing-reality set in.

mad scientist on April 18, 2010 at 12:56 PM

With power comes responsibility.
If you can’t stomach either then it’s time to man up and give the job to someone better suited to it.

mad scientist on April 18, 2010 at 12:58 PM

It is very telling that Obama changed a lot of opinions drastically after his first security briefing-reality set in.

mad scientist on April 18, 2010 at 12:56 PM

Ahh…to be a fly on the wall of that first briefing…

jerrytbg on April 18, 2010 at 1:01 PM

jerrytbg on April 18, 2010 at 1:01 PM
A video of his facial expressions would be priceless…..

mad scientist on April 18, 2010 at 1:04 PM

truly…Decades or centuries later it’s funny (sic) how fiction becomes fact…in the case of science…oh yea…

jerrytbg on April 18, 2010 at 1:10 PM

It is very telling that Obama changed a lot of opinions drastically after his first security briefing-reality set in.

mad scientist on April 18, 2010 at 12:56 PM

That strikes me as someone who is pretty grounded in reality – he just lacked information, and given that the information was top-secret, that seems like that’s a forgivable mistake.

Proud Rino on April 18, 2010 at 1:12 PM

Sorry PR…try overwhelmed …

jerrytbg on April 18, 2010 at 1:14 PM

That is such a great picture.

lexhamfox on April 18, 2010 at 1:15 PM

That strikes me as someone who is pretty grounded in reality – he just lacked information, and given that the information was top-secret, that seems like that’s a forgivable mistake.

Proud Rino on April 18, 2010 at 1:12 PM

So, forgive Obama’s mistakes, but call the blogger on whose site that you post on a “liar” and “dishonest”….

Only Obama is the One’s whose sins can be forgiven, except that you’ll defend them and carry the water for him through thick and thin. Such a useful idiot.

ted c on April 18, 2010 at 1:18 PM

Proud Rino on April 18, 2010 at 1:12 PM

Always making excuses- There was evidence all around in what the current President was doing and saying.
Clue: a lot of his policy changes are still in line with what Bush was doing. Shows he was purposefully dishonest.
And you fell for it and won’t admit you are wrong. Pitiful.

mad scientist on April 18, 2010 at 1:22 PM

Only Obama is the One’s whose sins can be forgiven, except that you’ll defend them and carry the water for him through thick and thin. Such a useful idiot.

ted c on April 18, 2010 at 1:18 PM

I actually think the writers of South Park should have used Obummer instead of Muhammad as the super hero whose super power is that he can’t be criticized.

ladyingray on April 18, 2010 at 1:31 PM

Always making excuses- There was evidence all around in what the current President was doing and saying.
Clue: a lot of his policy changes are still in line with what Bush was doing. Shows he was purposefully dishonest.
And you fell for it and won’t admit you are wrong. Pitiful.

mad scientist on April 18, 2010 at 1:22 PM

I actually still think the detainee program at Gitmo is wrong, and, if not illegal, certainly contrary to the spirit of the laws. My opinion hasn’t changed. I don’t have the information Bush had or Obama has, though. But if it’s simply an issue of not having enough information (or having wrong information), that’s a forgivable mistake.

For instance – I think it’s fair to criticize Bush for going into Iraq – that was a questionable decision. I don’t think it’s fair to criticize Bush for believing Hussein had WMD – he went on information that he believed was true at the time. It may have been erroneous, maybe he should have relied on better info, etc. but I think his mistake was made in good faith. Same deal w/Obama.

Presidents rarely make massive changes with regard to foreign policy, at least in terms of philosophy (strategy is another thing). The only one who fundamentally changed the way we do foreign policy in the world in the last 80 yrs or so was Carter. We all know how well that worked out.

Proud Rino on April 18, 2010 at 1:33 PM

The only one who fundamentally changed the way we do foreign policy in the world in the last 80 yrs or so was Carter. We all know how well that worked out.

Proud Rino on April 18, 2010 at 1:33 PM

You have got to be kidding me!

ladyingray on April 18, 2010 at 1:41 PM

You have got to be kidding me!

ladyingray on April 18, 2010 at 1:41 PM

Not really. Obviously they differed in terms of strategy. But the longstanding policy toward Communism was containment until Carter got in office and changed the emphasis to human rights. Not a terrible idea in and of itself, but foreign policy doesn’t exist in a vacuum – you undermine earlier efforts and the mission of the military when you drastically change foreign policy goals.

Post USSR, the foreign policy floundered a bit but it’s gradually become focused on combating terrorism and spreading US ideas of democracy and capitalism into developing nations via trade agreements and international organizations. Nothing that Clinton, the Bushes, or Obama has done has strayed from that. The strategies are different, yes, but the goals are the same.

Proud Rino on April 18, 2010 at 1:50 PM

Proud Rino on April 18, 2010 at 1:50 PM

These is much more to policy than containing Communism.

What about Obama’s alienating our allies and bowing to world leaders? You don’t think that is a change in foreign policy? It shows him as weak.

ladyingray on April 18, 2010 at 2:41 PM

The only one who fundamentally changed the way we do foreign policy in the world in the last 80 yrs or so was Carter. We all know how well that worked out.

Proud Rino on April 18, 2010 at 1:33 PM

Etch this little effer in stone. Such a broad argument backed up by jack and squat as usual. Here’s your sign rino. wear it proudly.

ted c on April 18, 2010 at 4:23 PM

Proud Rino on April 18, 2010 at 1:50 PM

So Odopey’s strategy of supporting a wanna-be dictator in Honduras and saying nothing regarding bogus Iranian elections is supposed to aid in the spread of democracy? Beam back to planet stupid and take your precedent with you.

jdkchem on April 18, 2010 at 5:15 PM

Speaking of democracy, I went here today and stood in the very room where our constitution unfolded and it was awesome.
I challenge every member of Congress and this administration to make the trip and pay tribute to a true patriot and be humbled by his accomplishments. It won’t happen, but the challenge is there nonetheless.
http://www.montpelier.org/visit/index.php

scalleywag on April 18, 2010 at 5:59 PM

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