Poll: What was the Obamateurism of the Week?

posted at 9:07 am on May 23, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Time to cast votes for your endorsed Obamateurism of the Week candidate, but let’s not point fingers if your candidate loses.  We have freedom of expression, after all, as long as you don’t ask any questions about the balloting, 0r we’ll have to see your papers while we criticize OOTW enforcement in Arizona.  We are not defined by the borders of our survey, after all.

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immigration shtuff

blatantblue on May 23, 2010 at 9:10 AM

No border, no country.

Kissmygrits on May 23, 2010 at 9:10 AM

I’m going with the Freedom of the press thingy because the entire presentation was a hot mess, not just the refusal to talk to the press.

myrenovations on May 23, 2010 at 9:12 AM

Here’s a tribute to last week’s winner.

Nethicus on May 23, 2010 at 9:12 AM

I like the Specter choice.

rob verdi on May 23, 2010 at 9:13 AM

Mr. Finger Pointer in Chief. Not only is it childish and hypocritical, it’s bad manners when you do it literally.

scalleywag on May 23, 2010 at 9:19 AM

“Freedom of the Press Act” is a redundancy. We have guarantees of a free press in the Bill of Rights.

That whole vacuous ceremony was nothing more than a gesture and photo-op while at the same time denigrating the slaughter of Danny Pearl at the hands of terrorists who used the beheading as a recruitment and incitement tool.

ObaMao cannot address even softball questions from the press without his teleprompter and Blackberry crutches. He represents the audacity of absurdity.

onlineanalyst on May 23, 2010 at 9:20 AM

You know, after a year and 5 months in office, you’re no longer a rookie, you’re a bust.

trubble on May 23, 2010 at 9:21 AM

“Let me be clear. Freedom of the press is important to this country. However I will be exempted from answering questions since I won”.

Guardian on May 23, 2010 at 9:21 AM

OT: dang it pawlenty, just on cnn, he says he doesn’t have a problem with calderone speaking against the arizona law in congress….
I’m sorry, but this is why he will never be president…he is TOO squishy….he should have been offended…

cmsinaz on May 23, 2010 at 9:22 AM

That border quote has to rank as one of the stupider things he’s ever said (and that’s saying a lot!). The statement is ludicrous — even for a Commie, One World Order fool like Barry Obama. He may not like or want national borders, but they certainly do define us. To say they don’t is nonsensical. It’s like saying: I don’t like or believe in the color blue, therefore the sky is not blue.

AZCoyote on May 23, 2010 at 9:23 AM

finger pointing….
it’s his M.O., he continues to finger point against W as well…he will never take responsibility for anything that happens to our country…man o man, he just gets my goat…

cmsinaz on May 23, 2010 at 9:23 AM

There is no hope for this guy. He can’t save himself, he can’t save his presidency and he can’t save America. I used to think that if the economy were to come back and people started getting jobs that he could possibly get re-elected, but he doesn’t care enough to figure out how to actually be president. He has no affinity for people, actions, or America.

BetseyRoss on May 23, 2010 at 9:25 AM

OT: dang it pawlenty, just on cnn, he says he doesn’t have a problem with calderone speaking against the arizona law in congress….
I’m sorry, but this is why he will never be president…he is TOO squishy….he should have been offended…

cmsinaz on May 23, 2010 at 9:22 AM

Don’t be too offended. One reason foreign leaders come to speak to Congress is to express grievances. If they just came and told us how great we were, it’d be kind of a waste. We may not like what he says, but he’s perfectly within is rights to complain about something that affects his country.

Nethicus on May 23, 2010 at 9:26 AM

No border, no country.

Kissmygrits on May 23, 2010 at 9:10 AM

Exactly… So much to correct following November.
1> Border protection and immigration enforcement.
2> Slash taxes & create incentive for both small and big business.
3> Investigate every piece of the Progressive machine; dismantle, prosecute, lock-up those involved.
4> Abolish the existing educational system and replace with new free market solutions.
5> Investigate political corruption starting with Obama, Pelosi, Dodd, Jackson, & Sharpton. Far too many to name.
6> Kick the UN off American soil, and don’t spend one more penny of American money on that Progressive body of evil.

Just to get the fix started… Much more work will follow.

Keemo on May 23, 2010 at 9:28 AM

While I voted for the freedom of the press hypocrisy, this and the secret service (actually doing their job) reminds all of us what a joke President Obama has made of this office. From the total lack of transparency, his lapdogs in the media still cling to their fearless leader, while fearing if they write something negative, it will be a career ender.

While the press is supposed to free to keep our government in check, and keep the public informed, these cowards sit at their keyboards struggling daily with how to publish the next big lie.

Rovin on May 23, 2010 at 9:29 AM

“You say you are a student here?” “Zee papers please?”

Adios OBummer. You sir are the hypocrite in chief. Myabe you, holder, and big sis could get in a little circle on your nap mats and do a little reading. Ten pages and then you could have some juice and a cupcake………..

JohnnyMojo on May 23, 2010 at 9:30 AM

Nethicus on May 23, 2010 at 9:26 AM

I can’t accept that for this particular issue….
How can he complain about this issue when his own country is even more stringent with illegal immigration….calling us out for racial profiling, when you go straight to jail if you step in his country illegally…its the audacity of what he said that is offensive…AND that the dems stood up and applauded, I’m upset that pawlenty didn’t get upset about that …

cmsinaz on May 23, 2010 at 9:31 AM

4> Abolish the existing educational system and replace with new free market solutions.

eliminating tenure would do a lot of good for public schools

blatantblue on May 23, 2010 at 9:33 AM

cmsinaz on May 23, 2010 at 9:22 AM

I don’t have a problem with Calderon criticizing the AZ law. Nobody expected him to like it, and I don’t want our government trying to censor political speech, even from a hypocritical boob like Calderon. But I have a big problem with the idiots who stood up and cheered Calderon’s hypocrisy. I expect Calderon to be trying to advance Mexican interests; that’s his job, after all. But I don’t expect American legislators (or an American president) to be trying to advance Mexican interests at the expense of Americans. That’s inexcusable, and that’s the behavior that should offend Pawlenty and every other American.

AZCoyote on May 23, 2010 at 9:35 AM

An embarrassment of rich choices – that’s telling in itself.

Drained Brain on May 23, 2010 at 9:37 AM

AZCoyote on May 23, 2010 at 9:35 AM

word

i have no problem with calderon coming to congress to make an azz of himself

what i have a problem with is congress not booing him out of the chambers.

blatantblue on May 23, 2010 at 9:37 AM

I’m sorry, but this is why he will never be president…he is TOO squishy….he should have been offended…

cmsinaz on May 23, 2010 at 9:22 AM

It’s the AGW garbage for me, why I can’t support him. Dealbreaker.

bikermailman on May 23, 2010 at 9:38 AM

In a related aspect of freedom of the press/freedom of speech, censorship has no place in Supreme Court rulings, and that is why nominee Elena Kagen deserves a pointed grilling over her positions:
http://www.lvrj.com/opinion/government-censors-don-t-belong-on-supreme-court-94686459.html

(And why won’t the Clinton Library release all of the Kagan memos and documents? Or do we have to wait until a lightfingered Louie scrubs those from the vaults as was done in the Library of Congress with other Clinton-era memos?)

onlineanalyst on May 23, 2010 at 9:40 AM

AZCoyote on May 23, 2010 at 9:35 AM
blatantblue on May 23, 2010 at 9:37 AM

point taken, however, will have to agree to disagree with this particular criticism against us…

cmsinaz on May 23, 2010 at 9:43 AM

There is no hope for this guy. He can’t save himself, he can’t save his presidency and he can’t save America. I used to think that if the economy were to come back and people started getting jobs that he could possibly get re-elected, but he doesn’t care enough to figure out how to actually be president. He has no affinity for people, actions, or America.

BetseyRoss on May 23, 2010 at 9:25 AM

Exactly… So much to correct following November.
1> Border protection and immigration enforcement.
2> Slash taxes & create incentive for both small and big business.
3> Investigate every piece of the Progressive machine; dismantle, prosecute, lock-up those involved.
4> Abolish the existing educational system and replace with new free market solutions.
5> Investigate political corruption starting with Obama, Pelosi, Dodd, Jackson, & Sharpton. Far too many to name.
6> Kick the UN off American soil, and don’t spend one more penny of American money on that Progressive body of evil.

Just to get the fix started… Much more work will follow.

Keemo on May 23, 2010 at 9:28 AM

We’re all under the impression November ’10, perhaps ’12 too, will be handily won by conservatives having just experienced 2 years of Diet Tyranny, myself included.

Seriously, has anyone considered “what if” the progressive machine is so far into gear that November may be “fixed?”

What then?

They’ve come too far and gained too much in such a short amount of time, and the plans they have drafted up are much more grand than what they’ve done up to this point. We need to stop kidding ourselves that they’ll relinquish anything or ever play by the rules again.

selias on May 23, 2010 at 9:48 AM

Keemo on May 23, 2010 at 9:28 AM

And to think i thought Sarah’s speech was inspirational when i watched it this morning.

heshtesh on May 23, 2010 at 9:49 AM

Freedom of the Press – bad enough that he’s coming up on a year without a press conference but now he’s arrogant enough to know that for the most part, no one in the LSM will complain or make it an issue.

PatMac on May 23, 2010 at 9:49 AM

There is no hope for this guy. He can’t save himself, he can’t save his presidency and he can’t save America. I used to think that if the economy were to come back and people started getting jobs that he could possibly get re-elected, but he doesn’t care enough to figure out how to actually be president. He has no affinity for people, actions, or America.

BetseyRoss on May 23, 2010 at 9:25 AM

Betsey, I am afraid that you come to this conclusion from a false premise. I think that from Obama’s perspective, his presidency is going along swimmingly. You see, we expect that our president comes to the job with our collective best interests at heart, as a representative of all the people. This is clearly not the case with Obama. He loathes everything that people like you and I, as well as the well meaning liberal guys and gals in our neighborhoods, stand for and love about our nation. His entire upbringing and life experience as an adult have been an exercise in damning the fundamental binding principles of our nation and how to dissolve them such that the malignant marxists can reconstruct the nation in their image.

It is the perfect storm of political & economic treachery.

Enjoy the quiet while it lasts as history has a nasty way of repeating itself.

Recall that at one minute a century ago, Archduke Ferdinand was alive and in the next the entire world slipped into the abyss.

turfmann on May 23, 2010 at 9:50 AM

I don’t have a problem with Calderon criticizing the AZ law. But I have a big problem with the idiots who stood up and cheered Calderon’s hypocrisy. I don’t expect American legislators (or an American president) to be trying to advance Mexican interests at the expense of Americans. That’s inexcusable, and that’s the behavior that should offend Pawlenty and every other American.

AZCoyote on May 23, 2010 at 9:35 AM

Exactly – Pawlenty should have been prepared to criticize the dems for their behavior. Focusing on Calderon is a sideshow, the criticism should be on the dem reaction.

PatMac on May 23, 2010 at 9:55 AM

Barack H. Obama (while pointing his finger at the press): ‘I have the freedom to not answer questions because I will not let you put borders on who I back in local elections. By the way, the Secret Service will be checking your papers as you leave the room to verify your citizenship. Now, if you will excuse me, I have to go get the oil changed on TOTUS.’

Yoop on May 23, 2010 at 9:57 AM

B. Hussein Ogabe(PBUH) is the Destroyer. Enabler of rent seekers.

Inanemergencydial on May 23, 2010 at 10:00 AM

Once again, another week, so many “good” choices. Barry never disappoints. If the RNC is smart, they’ll run ads this Fall that include a montage of Barry’s greatest hits (misses)… a sure fire way to get Barry’s foes out to the polls.

WordsMatter on May 23, 2010 at 10:09 AM

turfmann on May 23, 2010 at 9:50 AM

Exactly right… This is all by design, and Obama’s presidency is moving along better than the world wide Progressive movement leaders could have expected.

http://www.businessinsider.com/dow-theorist-richard-russell-sell-everything-liquid-you-wont-recognize-america-by-the-end-of-the-year-2010-5

Read this and pay close attention to the last paragraph. The financial reform bill is designed to allow the Progressive’s access to the entire ball of wax folks. Your retirement savings included.

Keemo on May 23, 2010 at 10:11 AM

It is the perfect storm of political & economic treachery.

Enjoy the quiet while it lasts as history has a nasty way of repeating itself.

Recall that at one minute a century ago, Archduke Ferdinand was alive and in the next the entire world slipped into the abyss.

turfmann on May 23, 2010 at 9:50 AM

Yes, Obama must destroy the country before he can “rebuild” it… crystal clear now.

WordsMatter on May 23, 2010 at 10:11 AM

Nope! Calderone should lobby his positions in private. Don’t think for one moment that speech wasn’t written for him by Obama’s boys. That was a show put on for the Latinos in this country!
A$$wipes! Usding this bs to keep their hold on power!!!!!!

Vince on May 23, 2010 at 10:13 AM

No border improves US bonds! Sell, Sell, Sell because no one with a brain is buying US bonds.

And yes, I couldn’t say any of the choices were bad. They all clearly demonstrate that the boy king hasn’t learned much even in his on-the-job training.

You could also add the White House’s latest “let them eat cake” attitude with yet another glitzy party

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katablog.com on May 23, 2010 at 10:13 AM

All of the above?

jdkchem on May 23, 2010 at 10:14 AM

I think it’s the vacuous, tin-eared statement about Daniel Pearl.

Kensington on May 23, 2010 at 10:15 AM

LOL…that screen capture looks like Obama’s in the attitude of Jesus in a Renaissance painting giving a blessing.

Anyway, I go for the borders comment. “We’re not defined by our borders.” Good grief.

ddrintn on May 23, 2010 at 10:15 AM

An embarrassment of rich choices – that’s telling in itself.

Drained Brain on May 23, 2010 at 9:37 AM

Perfect week for an “all of the above”.

cartooner on May 23, 2010 at 10:16 AM

Seriously, has anyone considered “what if” the progressive machine is so far into gear that November may be “fixed?”

What then?

They’ve come too far and gained too much in such a short amount of time, and the plans they have drafted up are much more grand than what they’ve done up to this point. We need to stop kidding ourselves that they’ll relinquish anything or ever play by the rules again.

selias on May 23, 2010 at 9:48 AM

My secret fear as well.

And it is reinforced daily when I look at Rasmussen’s Daily Approval Index and see that nearly half of the people in this country view Obama favorably.

I pray we are able to end this nightmare in ’10 and ’12, but as the recent special elections and primaries have shown, it’s certainly not a given.

IrishEi on May 23, 2010 at 10:17 AM

Just had no choice but to choose the ‘borders, bonds’ thing. He simply, purely lacks any ability to see himself as he really is! He makes a statement like this, straight faced, sincerely and never,ever stops to think who HIS bonds might be and how the American people see the issue. How did a man who is so deeply dis-connected to the majority of American citizens ever get to be President of same. The fates have got to be rolling around laughing at the dirty trick they’ve played on us.

jeanie on May 23, 2010 at 10:25 AM

While I voted for “We are not defined by our borders, but by our bonds,” I have to remark that none of these options is truly “amateurish” unless just following the liberal talking points and agenda is behaving amateurishly.
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I’m beginning to think that whatever Øbummer is allowed to touch on his own, without his handlers and speechwriters control, are the episodes that we regard as truly sophomoric and amateurish. Saying “The police acted stupidly!” is amateurish. Where are all the other easy calls that BO (the dog is named for him, you know!) formerly provided for us? Like Slow Joe Biden, Øbummer is now severely curtailed from his free expression by his advisers.
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He can only parrot the complaints of the liberal talking points in an effort to maintain partisan edge and Democrat attack on Republican and conservative citizens. He is less presidential than he is presidential candidate. That’s the real Øbamateurism.

ExpressoBold on May 23, 2010 at 10:28 AM

“We are not defined by our borders, but by our bonds

America First screw the UNization of America

William Amos on May 23, 2010 at 10:28 AM

“We are not defined by our borders, but by our bonds”

“Our Treasury bonds, that is.”

mrt721 on May 23, 2010 at 10:30 AM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vxd_hsiZ1Ak

IrishEi on May 23, 2010 at 10:17 AM

Call me a nutter, call me anything you wish…
Everyone should be wondering why exactly is it that the DC police escorted 500 SEIU thugs to the home of a private citizen. Everyone should wonder why most law enforcement establishments have unionized. Everyone should at least question why swat teams across the country have trained for martial law. Everyone should at least question the contents of this video.

Keemo on May 23, 2010 at 10:31 AM

I’m convinced we need to have a new weekly award, which I propose dubbing, “The Hippo.” The name personifies the huge, lumbering debt we find ourselves in, the libs dream for the size of government, and the hypocrisy of the buffoons who decry the end of the free market while benefiting from same.

This week’s nominees? Well, there’s Felipe Calderon, that hapless Mexican Bandito that stole our nation’s incredulity when he chastised us before a joint session of Congress.

Or, how about that fun-loving kidder, Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, running for one of that state’s democrat congressional nominations, who has repeatedly claimed he served in Vietnam, but who, um, didn’t. Ha-ha! Just kidding. Of course, he did get the backing of his party, so, there will be no primary for him. Whew! Dodged that bullet. (Unfortunately for Mr. Blumenthal, I suspect the people of Connecticut may be just a tad bit t.o.’ed that their candidate was selected for them, but we shall see.)

Finally, there is Rep. Joe Baca (D-CA) who saw a great entrepreneurial opportunity and began shilling bracelets in protest of the Arizona anti-illegal immigration law.
I almost think that since Calderon is not a U.S. citizen or official of this country, he must be disqualified. (Am I the only one that sees a bit of irony in that?)

So, it’s between Blumenthal and Baca.
Baca gets my vote for this reason: I just find it the ultimate in hypocrisy that this Bozo is making money off of a product which allows him to grandstand in typical liberal fashion…and I wouldn’t be the least surprised to learn that he opened a Goldline account to flip those good-ole American greenbacks into well…gold, thus taking advantage of the capitalist system at the same time he and his party are doing everything they can to declare the free market dead, and nationalize just about everything from health care, to banks, to car companies.

Chewy the Lab on May 23, 2010 at 10:34 AM

Jonathan Favreau (born June 2, 1981) is Director of Speechwriting for President Barack Obama.[1] Favreau attended the College of the Holy Cross, graduating as valedictorian. In college, he accumulated a variety of scholastic honors, and took part in and directed numerous community and civic programs. After graduation, he went to work for the John Kerry Presidential campaign in 2004, working to collect talk radio news for the campaign, and eventually was promoted to the role of Deputy Speechwriter. While working for the Kerry campaign, he first met Barack Obama.

In 2005, Robert Gibbs recommended Favreau to Obama as an excellent speechwriter. Favreau was hired as Obama’s speechwriter shortly after Obama’s election to the United States Senate. Obama and Favreau grew close, and Obama has referred to him as his “mind reader.” He went on the campaign trail with Obama during his successful Presidential election campaign. In 2009, he was named as a White House staff member, as Director of Speechwriting, becoming the second youngest person ever to take that post.

This is the head speechwriter for Obama. The guy is 26 and 22 of those years were spent in school! How can he have a well formed world view? Yet, Obama said that this guy thinks just like him!

Vince on May 23, 2010 at 10:34 AM

I have not cast a vote yet because I am trying to decide which Obamateurism is most fitting – and this week’s choices are all stunners.

Philly on May 23, 2010 at 10:35 AM

B. Hussein Ogabe(PBUH) is the Destroyer. Enabler of rent seekers.

Inanemergencydial on May 23, 2010 at 10:00 AM

Hey look. The lady who coined the phrase in 1974, Anne Krueger…was educated at U. of Wisconsin-Madison.

That’s weird. Isn’t that where Joel Rogers hangs? Didn’t he create the Apollo Alliance? Didn’t the Apollo Alliance pen the stimulus plan, and employ Van Jones?

Oh well, probably an unrelated coincidence.

selias on May 23, 2010 at 10:37 AM

I was laughing to myself when I thought over the above choices for this week. Then it dawned on my – these are JUST ONE WEEK of mis_steps. One week out of 208 weeks. I stopped laughing. Now, I’m not even smiling.

katablog.com on May 23, 2010 at 10:38 AM

“We are not defined by our borders, but by our bonds”

We are truly defined by our borders, we have an obligation to define those control limits to that which is welcome consent to that which is illegal trespass. Without those control limits we have chaos.

fourdeucer on May 23, 2010 at 10:38 AM

These weekly lists are no longer necessary; PBHO himself is the biggest Obamateurism, proven daily by these colossal blunders.

Bishop on May 23, 2010 at 10:40 AM

Mark Steyn brilliantly juxtaposes federal policy at the Canadian border, where millions of dollars in “stimulus” money are being spent to ensure security at border crossings no one uses, with the southern border, where Arizona ranchers lie awake at night listening to illegals in their yards:

I gave a speech for the Goldwater Institute in Tucson a few weeks back, and several people came up from the border to see me. Like many letter writers I’ve heard from since, they told tales of living in remote properties where every night illegals cross their land. They lie awake at night frightened for their children and listening for footsteps in the yard. In effect, the sovereignty of the United States of America no longer applies in this territory – and John Morton and the Department of Homeland Security are entirely cool with that.

Governing a country well is hard, as past administrations have shown. But it is strange to be governed by officials who, as a matter of policy, are deliberately undermining our sovereignty and weakening our nation.

From powerlineblog.com

Keemo on May 23, 2010 at 10:56 AM

Seriously, has anyone considered “what if” the progressive machine is so far into gear that November may be “fixed?” What then? They’ve come too far and gained too much in such a short amount of time, and the plans they have drafted up are much more grand than what they’ve done up to this point. We need to stop kidding ourselves that they’ll relinquish anything or ever play by the rules again. selias on May 23, 2010 at 9:48 AM

I AM seriously considering this possibility and I’m stocking up on a great many necessities. My non-functioning left ear may have kept me out of the military in ’74, but that won’t be a problem now. I just really hope it doesn’t have to go there.

Fishoutofwater on May 23, 2010 at 11:01 AM

6> Kick the UN off American soil, and don’t spend one more penny of American money on that Progressive body of evil.

Just to get the fix started… Much more work will follow.

Keemo on May 23, 2010 at 9:28 AM

I can only hope sooner than later. When the organization is led by tyrants, oligarchs and utopians, it no longer represents humanity’s highest hopes for cooperation and self-determination but caters to the lowest common denominator by consensus. Or as we used to say; DBC or designed by committee

AH_C on May 23, 2010 at 11:09 AM

AH_C on May 23, 2010 at 11:09 AM

Very well stated.. Bravo!

Keemo on May 23, 2010 at 11:23 AM

“We are not defined by our borders”

this from the President of the United States. ROTFL.

Paul-Cincy on May 23, 2010 at 11:25 AM

I voted for the Secret service checking papers. I like it when he jerks the press around. It will be fun to watch who and how long they put up with it. Members of the press that are still singing his unconditional praises have serious issues.

Cindy Munford on May 23, 2010 at 11:29 AM

finger pointing….
it’s his M.O., he continues to finger point against W as well…he will never take responsibility for anything that happens to our country…man o man, he just gets my goat…

cmsinaz on May 23, 2010 at 9:23 AM

Does everyone here remember the leftie’s continual moaning about how W never admitted mistakes?

MJBrutus on May 23, 2010 at 11:41 AM

man o man, he just gets my goat…

cmsinaz on May 23, 2010 at 9:23 AM

Hey, are you trying to imply that he’s Muslim? ;-)

Buford Gooch on May 23, 2010 at 11:43 AM

Wow this was a really tough one. Had to go with the checking the papers of High School students. Another case of Bammys do as I say not as I do.

sandee on May 23, 2010 at 11:48 AM

Boarders Boarders Boarders… enough said!

WhoU4 on May 23, 2010 at 12:02 PM

We are not defined by our borders, but by our bonds shackles

“How well do they fit, America? Are they comfortable enough?”

ya2daup on May 23, 2010 at 12:02 PM

I can’t even imagine hating a country as much as Obama hates this one. I’ve tried to see the humor in these Obamateurisms, but I just can’t anymore. He is irredeemably vile.

Extrafishy on May 23, 2010 at 12:10 PM

What was the Obamateurism of the Week?

What wasn’t?

Seriously, all of these are great choices. I went with “not defined by our borders” simply because borders do define you. A Canadian lives north of the 48th parallel. A Mexican lives south of the Rio Grande. In between, you are an American. And not a hyphenated American, but simply American. If you consider yourself a Something-American, go live in Somethingland. Perfectly fine to celebrate where your more recent ancestors lived (I like Scottish festivals, Scotch & haggis) but that isn’t who you are.

rbj on May 23, 2010 at 12:12 PM

This was a hard one.

29Victor on May 23, 2010 at 12:20 PM

I think people need to read the choices to the end before voting.

Obama’s dismissal of our borders is a call for national sucide.

The rest of the list are simply SOP noxious idiocies.

profitsbeard on May 23, 2010 at 12:45 PM

No border, no country.

Kissmygrits on May 23, 2010 at 9:10 AM

This.

Connie on May 23, 2010 at 12:46 PM

Too many choices, Ed. Also, I’m not so sure it is amateurism most of the time. Perhaps Obama Outrage of the Day is more appropriate.

Buckeye Babe on May 23, 2010 at 12:59 PM

I had to pick “We are not bound……” because that sets the tone of this administration. It’s no wonder that, from the news reports it appears, everyone in this administration refuses to read the Arizona Law, and they all, uniformly, speak of it in the same language. They even have the President of Mexico on the same page, as far as their talking points are concerned.

It’s a pity we don’t have a free press in this country. they would, most certainly, be right on this and asking the pertinent questions.

bflat879 on May 23, 2010 at 1:37 PM

Obama refuses to hold press conferences for two reasons:

1. He’s too dumb to answer any question without his prepared teleprompter.

2. He’d implicate himself – see “What job was Sestak offered?” and etc.

Schadenfreude on May 23, 2010 at 1:57 PM

Speaking freely would also expose the empty head he really is, while the press-inflated ‘intelligence’ balloon would be popped by the slightest pin of a needle.

Schadenfreude on May 23, 2010 at 1:58 PM

No border, no country.

Kissmygrits on May 23, 2010 at 9:10 AM

Exactly. They are all bad but #5-most dangerous

congma on May 23, 2010 at 2:26 PM

Again, HA ignores the real OOTW:

Jugs’ failure to simply walk away from public life before he’s gets a lot of good people killed.

It’s not a question of if, but only a question of when and where. We will be attacked; Obama will not care or know what to do.

BobMbx on May 23, 2010 at 2:29 PM

Call me a nutter, call me anything you wish…
Everyone should be wondering why exactly is it that the DC police escorted 500 SEIU thugs to the home of a private citizen. Everyone should wonder why most law enforcement establishments have unionized. Everyone should at least question why swat teams across the country have trained for martial law. Everyone should at least question the contents of this video.

Keemo on May 23, 2010 at 10:31 AM

I happened across SNL last night. I haven’t watched that show, but the opening had the Obama impersonator and one of the questions, (I think it may have been a spoof on the census) he was explaining the reason for it being asked was…

How many weapons are in this home? Where are they kept? At what time of the day is this house unoccupied?

The reason for the question according to SNL, “Well, something might happen where I would have to declare Martial Law and having this information will make it easier to disarm American citizens.”

I was shocked by this. Was this meant to be a goof on Americans who think this president is a danger? Or is SNL coming to the same conclusions so many of us have already reached?

Jvette on May 23, 2010 at 2:50 PM

rbj on May 23, 2010 at 12:12 PM

I was with you ’til the haggis, rbj.

For those of you who don’t know:

Haggis is a dish containing sheep’s ‘pluck’ (heart, liver and lungs), minced with onion, oatmeal, suet, spices, and salt, mixed with stock, and traditionally simmered in the animal’s stomach for approximately three hours. (Wiki)

IrishEi on May 23, 2010 at 3:11 PM

Jvette on May 23, 2010 at 2:50 PM

Interesting indeed!

Keemo on May 23, 2010 at 3:18 PM

Yeah, I’m thinking the ‘not defined by our borders’ bit is less an ‘amateur’ move as it is simply a revelation of where his head is and where he’d like to see us.

Midas on May 23, 2010 at 3:36 PM

I do think that all of these choices would make great anti-Obama GOP TV ads for the 2012 election (which cannot come soon enough).

Philly on May 23, 2010 at 4:33 PM

JohnnyMojo on May 23, 2010 at 9:30 AM

only if the juice contains no added sugar, and the cupcakes are fattening, so none of those either. :(

Mini-14 on May 23, 2010 at 4:48 PM

Who’s that thug in prison orange on the front page pic?

Wha…?

Never mind.

hillbillyjim on May 23, 2010 at 10:05 PM

Perfectly fine to celebrate where your more recent ancestors lived (I like Scottish festivals, Scotch & haggis) but that isn’t who you are.

rbj on May 23, 2010 at 12:12 PM

I’m of Scots background too (Ulster Scots, actually) and on both sides of the Atlantic we love arguing and pugnacity in general. Some things don’t leave the DNA. LOL

ddrintn on May 23, 2010 at 11:33 PM

I think a bigger Obamateurism of the week was the decision to disclose secret missile and NASA tests in the hopes that other nations will do the same. That’s like the police disclosing its undercover operations and undercover officers’ identities in the hope that criminals will disclose their identities and their criminal enterprises. Ain’t gonna happen but a lot of innocents will get hurt by such recklessness. I am only surprised that Gates hasn’t resigned. By going along, he has become the Soviet Secy of Defense not the US Secy of Defense.

eaglewingz08 on May 24, 2010 at 6:57 AM