Obamateurism of the Day

posted at 8:05 am on April 30, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Arizona’s new immigration-enforcement law has caused many in political life to rethink their assumptions — but not their geography. In a town-hall meeting in Ottumwa, Iowa this week, Barack Obama tried walking the fine line between welcoming people to the country and actually enforcing the law, while somehow ignoring the fact that his job really only involves doing the latter. Obama tried to salute the US by pointing out that we treat immigrants different than other countries do … like, say, that big country across the pond called Europe:

So the challenge we have now is how do we set up a system where, yes, we’re welcoming new people to our country, which by the way makes us stronger. One of the things that is a huge advantage for America compared to countries like Europe is, actually, we’re constantly replenishing ourselves with hungry, driven people who are coming here, and they want to work, and they start a business, and our population is younger and more dynamic, and that’s a good thing!

One of the things that is usually an advantage is that we have a legal system of immigration that allows those people to enter the US properly. The problem isn’t that we don’t welcome legal immigrants. It’s that we don’t bother to enforce our immigration laws so that we can have more legal immigration that favors the law-abiding and productive over those who start off their stay in America by breaking our laws. And one of the problems with our brilliant President is that he’s apparently never learned that Europe isn’t actually a country, but a continent which contains many countries.

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And one of the problems with our brilliant President is that he’s apparently never learned that Europe isn’t actually a country, but a continent which contains many countries.

Bahahahaha! B-b-but Ed. He’s our smartest, most brilliant, most holiest of Presidents!!! EVAH!!!!!

I have to agree with Rush on this one. This isn’t about compassion, empathy, or sympathy for the plight of the poor to a richer nation for opportunity. This is about garnering votes by any means possible. Obama is really showing his desperation, isn’t he?

capejasmine on April 30, 2010 at 11:20 AM

They speak Austrian in the country of Europe, don’t they?

jukin on April 30, 2010 at 11:30 AM

Buster adds
“Also, the IT dude just had a baby, so he’s prolly not getting any sleep. We’ll cut him some slack.”

justltl on April 30, 2010 at 11:32 AM

As one poster at MM put it:

What we have is an amoral bunch of cronies who are planning to use faux-leftist platforms to grab power and wealth. Like Daly in Chicago, Obama’s not really an anything-ist but an Obamaist, and will do whatever he thinks he must to appropriate as much power and money for himself as he can. I really think it’s that simple. Maybe the Communist-Marxist ideology he’s been steeped in provides him “moral cover”, so that he can justify to himself that whomever he screws along the way probably deserved it. But I think that’s about the extent of his ideological purity. He really is Daly writ large.

mr.blacksheep on April 30, 2010 at 11:33 AM

He’s dreamy!

Inanemergencydial on April 30, 2010 at 11:33 AM

What about his home country of AFRICA?

/s

TheSitRep on April 30, 2010 at 12:05 PM

Compare this to the false claim Palin thought
Africa was a country .

borntoraisehogs on April 30, 2010 at 12:21 PM

What an arrogant Dummy in Chief!

Europe, get out of his pants and see how dumb he really is.

Alas, maybe you love American presidents like this…gives you another reason to feel arrogant.

Schadenfreude on April 30, 2010 at 12:58 PM

B+

Dr Evil on April 30, 2010 at 1:40 PM

I thought that his IQ was around 116…I sincerely doubt that number now. Lower? yeah. His astounding lack of knowledge does nothing to compliment his lack of intellect.

Army Brat on April 30, 2010 at 3:17 PM

If Palin said it, it would be more proof to leftists that she’s an idiot. When Obama says it, it’s just a silly slip. And if you bring it up, you’re an idiot.

hepcat on April 30, 2010 at 4:19 PM

When Obama says it, it’s just a silly slip. And if you bring it up, you’re an idiot a racist.

hepcat on April 30, 2010 at 4:19 PM

Corrected.

malclave on April 30, 2010 at 5:03 PM

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