Obamateurism of the Day

posted at 8:05 am on June 3, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

In his press conference on the Gulf oil spill last Thursday, Barack Obama attempted to push back against the idea that he hasn’t focused enough on the disaster — despite waiting 36 days to finally take questions about it from the press. He insisted that he had a singular focus on stopping the oil spill and getting it cleaned up, and that it occupied his entire attention:

Those who think that we were either slow on our response or lacked urgency don’t know the facts. This has been our highest priority since this crisis occurred.

Personally, I’m briefed every day, and have probably had more meetings on this issue than just about any issue since we did our Afghan review. And we understood from day one the potential enormity of this crisis, and acted accordingly.

So when it comes to the moment this crisis occurred moving forward, this entire White House and this entire federal government has been singularly focused on how do we stop the leak and how do we prevent and mitigate the damage to our coastlines. …

And so my job right now is just to make sure that everybody in the Gulf understands this is what I wake up to in the morning and this is what I go to bed at night thinking about — the spill.

Singular, eh? Well … no, not really. The web site PolitiPage gives its readers a pictorial of Obama’s days and nights for each of the days following the Gulf spill until three days after Obama’s press conference.  According to my count, the days and nights of Obama during the crisis have involved:

  • Two days of media events (White House Correspondents Dinner and a tête a tête with Bono)
  • Three days of fundraising
  • Four commemorations
  • Six days of vacation
  • Six days of campaigning
  • Six sports events
  • Seven days of golf

No one expects any President to have a “singular” focus on one issue at a time; this job requires a multi-tasker.  But we do expect some focus on the job.  In 36 days, Obama seems to have little time for any real presidential work at all … except perhaps when he wakes up and when he goes to sleep.

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This guy is just an utter disgrace.

Key West Reader on June 3, 2010 at 8:08 AM

Two days of media events (White House Correspondents Dinner and a tête a tête with Bono)
Three days of fundraising
Four commemorations
Six days of vacation
Six days of campaigning
Six sports events
Seven days of golf

four calling birds?
three french hens?
two turtle doves?
a partridge in a pear tree?

ted c on June 3, 2010 at 8:08 AM

To be fair, Obama probably believes the words that he says.

myrenovations on June 3, 2010 at 8:09 AM

Ted, you reached into my head and plucked it out… Now every time I hear about them being on top of things from the beginning, this is what will be humming…

bikermailman on June 3, 2010 at 8:09 AM

And so my job right now is just to make sure that everybody in the Gulf understands this is what I wake up to in the morning and this is what I go to bed at night thinking about — the spill.

His job is propagandizing, not leading to a solution. He is essentially “community organizing” not leading.

Dandapani on June 3, 2010 at 8:12 AM

In Chairman Mao’s Little Red Book advice is given; ” when problems arise, have a meeting.”

It seems that ‘having a meeting’ is sufficient. Air one’s grievance, seek reconciliation, lead the group toward common purpose, affix blame and extract remorse for mistakes made.

There just never seems to be anyone actually doing anything. Rice doesn’t get planted or harvested by looking at it, or talking about doing it.

Skandia Recluse on June 3, 2010 at 8:15 AM

Hot Air is a wonderful resource but I have to wonder if the idea behind these features is wrongheaded? Let American Thinker explain…

Don’t be fooled by Obama’s ‘incompetence’

Stu Tarlowe

It is a tremendous mistake to think that the disaster in the Gulf of Mexico will help convince Americans of Barack Obama’s incompetence. Obama’s true agenda is so insidious that even his inability to handle a crisis serves his greater strategy.

And that strategy has a name: it is the Cloward-Piven Strategy. Named for the two Leftist sociology professors who formulated it, its purpose is to bring about the demise of capitalism by overloading the system, largely by making more people desperate and dependent on the government.

Thus, Cloward-Piven’s goals are served by more and more aliens flooding across the border and filling jails, emergency rooms and welfare rolls. It is also served by the mortgage crisis; in fact, Professors Cloward and Piven were the creators of ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now), which helped pressure banks to implement the lending policies that precipitated that crisis. But Cloward-Piven seeks a financial crisis far wider-ranging and more encompassing than a mere mortgage meltdown.

So if the oil spill in the Gulf manages to destroy the fishing and tourist industries in that region, shut down oil drilling, raise the price of oil and of food all over the country, and bring more and more Americans to a financial breaking point and thus dependent on food stamps and other government programs, Obama and Co. will smile and nod at one another as the Cloward-Piven strategy hums merrily along.

Anything that puts a greater strain on government services — and the inability of those services, through incompetence and complex bureaucracy to actually improve things – advances the goals of Cloward-Piven. The more desperate and demoralized the American people become, and the more preoccupied we are with simple survival, the better our new “leaders” like it, and the closer they get to assuming total and complete control of every aspect of our lives.

PierreLegrand on June 3, 2010 at 8:16 AM

It is a blessing,
When ‘Bam ignores a problem.
We are better off.

Haiku Guy on June 3, 2010 at 8:16 AM

Present.

davidk on June 3, 2010 at 8:16 AM

“You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time.” Abraham Lincoln, (attributed)
16th president of US (1809 – 1865)

I think the bloom is falling off the rose – finally

EliTheBean on June 3, 2010 at 8:17 AM

He gives a crap about those rednecks. Boy, when you lose Carville….

katy the mean old lady on June 3, 2010 at 8:19 AM

PierreLegrand on June 3, 2010 at 8:16 AM

Exactly right.

Daggett on June 3, 2010 at 8:21 AM

Dandapani – you are spot-on correct.

I would think his “job right now would be to fix the problem in the gulf” not “make sure that everyone in the gulf realizes that I am thinking about this”.

What a poser.

DuctTapeMyBrain on June 3, 2010 at 8:21 AM

Dandapani – you are spot-on correct.
I would think his “job right now would be to fix the problem in the gulf” not “make sure that everyone in the gulf realizes that I am thinking about this”.

What a poser.

DuctTapeMyBrain on June 3, 2010 at 8:21 AM

His “Job” right now is to destroy this country…that is his only concern. Why isn’t that obvious?

PierreLegrand on June 3, 2010 at 8:22 AM

And so my job right now is just to make sure that everybody in the Gulf understands this is what I wake up to in the morning and this is what I go to bed at night thinking about — the spill.

Riiight. You think about how this issue can be used against evil wascally Republicans. But hey, you can prove us wrong. To paraphrase the Maverick: Build the goddammed berns

Buy Danish on June 3, 2010 at 8:24 AM

All you have to do is look at his resume,he has never done anything or solved any problem.So essentially
PierreLegrand on June 3, 2010 at 8:16 AM is correct.

tim c on June 3, 2010 at 8:26 AM

His job is propagandizing, not leading to a solution. He is essentially “community organizing” not leading.

Dandapani on June 3, 2010 at 8:12 AM

That is all he knows how to do. And I’m not sure he’s any good at it.

ladyingray on June 3, 2010 at 8:34 AM

Anyone else get the feeling that when it comes time for Obama to leave office he’ll find some way to white knuckle his way into staying? I know, this is the United States and Article II the Amendment XXII forbids such a thing, but when has this guy ever cared about little things like the Constitution and the rule of law?

pugwriter on June 3, 2010 at 8:37 AM

Does he understand that everybody in the gulf area lives with this nightmare every day. They wake up with it in the morning and go to bed with it on their minds every night. This is their life while Obozo flits around the country living his presidential life. This isn’t about him and his quest to fundamentally change the country. We liked our lives and country the way they were.

Kissmygrits on June 3, 2010 at 8:37 AM

pugwriter on June 3, 2010 at 8:37 AM

*Article II and Amendment XXII*

Ugh!

pugwriter on June 3, 2010 at 8:39 AM

•Two days of media events (White House Correspondents Dinner and a tête a tête with Bono)
•Three days of fundraising
•Four commemorations
•Six days of vacation
•Six days of campaigning
•Six sports events
•Seven days of golf

What, no Partridge in a pear tree….or federal jobs offered to candidates—illegally?

Rovin on June 3, 2010 at 8:40 AM

Headline at HuffPoop:

“McCartney Makes Fun Of Bush, Praises Obama At White House Concert”

Accompanied of a smiling Zero presenting him with what looks like some type of award, but only thinking of plugging the damn hole!

Marcus on June 3, 2010 at 8:42 AM

PierreLegrand on June 3, 2010 at 8:16 AM

The MackDaddy Daily Amateur Hour is mainly in response to the ongoing lambasting of W. And we take a great amount of perverse pleasure in poking fun at the Eliteraty’s Clown.

But many of us have consistently warned of the ultimate goals of the Marxist Regime.

The cause of Marxism does not eschew violent otherthrow. But they know that won’t work here. They have so far been unable to rid us of our guns.

We have been watching for the crisis upon which MackDaddy can seize to declare martial law.

We have pointed to his support, along with various dictators and the U.N., of Zayala so he could point to an example of how he could retain control of the White House after the end of his (then expected) second term.

We’ve often pointed to his support of third world dictators, his deference to totalitarian leaders.

We have repeatedly warned others to stock up: food, guns, and ammo.

I told my wife the other day to watch for a crisis to occur soon after Dec. 31, 2011, or a multiplication of crises, severe enough, in their minds, for MackDaddy to call a national emergency and declare martial law.

This oil spill, the Hiney Flu, to name a couple of “crises” they are using as trial runs to see how the unwashed will respond.

We are not underestimating the evil that is being thrust upon us.

davidk on June 3, 2010 at 8:43 AM

And so my job right now is just to make sure that everybody in the Gulf understands this is what I wake up to in the morning and this is what I go to bed at night thinking about — the spill.

In other words, his job is to convince us how concerned he is and how wonderful he is, while the whole region is destroyed.
As for American Thinker, that is exactly what I was thinking. Oh I’m sure he thinks about it on waking up and going to bed, The question is what is he thinking in those few moments.
Obama is not incompetent. He is doing exactly what he intended to do when he took office. He is doing it very effectively. He doesn’t care how much death and destruction it causes — that is the goal.

Farmer Brown on June 3, 2010 at 8:44 AM

Marcus on June 3, 2010 at 8:42 AM

And he devoted a recent singing of “Michelle” to Michelle.

davidk on June 3, 2010 at 8:44 AM

Oh, come on, people, President Toonces is Apollo 13 material…according to the Dumbest Generation. An iron grip on the crisis.

The Apollo generation shouldn’t be so mean to the little child that was elected…

http://wattsupwiththat.com/2010/06/01/the-chasm-between-apollo-and-the-gulf/

Never pretty when a real can-do man, lectures a child. ;-)

MNHawk on June 3, 2010 at 8:46 AM

just about any issue since we did our Afghan review.

and he brings up another situation where he had to make command decisions but dragged it out way longer then necessary.

chasdal on June 3, 2010 at 8:46 AM

Seven days of golf? Out of 36? PBHO is playing golf every five days on average? Presidenting is a good gig if you can get it.

Bishop on June 3, 2010 at 8:47 AM

Along with others, I’m thinking:

Four commemorations
Three fundraisers
Two media events
And an Israeli ultimatum.

apostic on June 3, 2010 at 8:47 AM

And so my job right now is just to make sure that everybody in the Gulf understands this is what I wake up to in the morning and this is what I go to bed at night thinking about — the spill.

No, your job right now is not to make us understand your suffering.
Your job right now is to understand the suffering of the gulf and find a solution to the problem.

Disturb the Universe on June 3, 2010 at 8:49 AM

Obama lying? I’m shocked, SHOCKED!!!!!!!

50sGuy on June 3, 2010 at 8:49 AM

Where’s Joe Wilson when we need him?

ohiobabe on June 3, 2010 at 8:49 AM

PolitiPage

Good (new) news site.

petefrt on June 3, 2010 at 8:52 AM

Obama has always been a critic of the doers but he’s never been a solver of problems. Now he’s in a position where he has no skills and no methodology that he can bring to bear on this problem. He’s utterly helpless. He doesn’t view it a a problem for America but merely a problem for his popularity. His “solution” will not be based on stopping the oil flow but rather on shoring up his political capital, America be damned.

Mojave Mark on June 3, 2010 at 8:54 AM

By the picture, I gather the private lunch with Elie Wiesel wasn’t exactly warm.

And the pie lady at Jerry’s dinner doesn’t look to thrilled to meet the president either.

Disturb the Universe on June 3, 2010 at 8:57 AM

And the yellow shirt tucked into the sweat pants is worse than the mom jeans.

Disturb the Universe on June 3, 2010 at 8:57 AM

http://wattsupwiththat.com/2010/06/01/the-chasm-between-apollo-and-the-gulf/

Never pretty when a real can-do man, lectures a child. ;-)

MNHawk on June 3, 2010 at 8:46 AM

To the woodshed and spanked!

davidk on June 3, 2010 at 8:58 AM

•Two days of media events (White House Correspondents Dinner and a tête a tête with Bono)
•Three days of fundraising
•Four commemorations
•Six days of vacation
•Six days of campaigning
•Six sports events
•Seven days of golf

And that big @$$ in my face….

MNHawk on June 3, 2010 at 8:58 AM

What would the press be saying if Bush was President during this oil spill?

albill on June 3, 2010 at 9:00 AM

Ed, here’s the YouTube video version.

Canadian Infidel on June 3, 2010 at 9:01 AM

Seven days of golf? Out of 36? PBHO is playing golf every five days on average? Presidenting is a good gig if you can get it.

Bishop on June 3, 2010 at 8:47 AM

He can do this because HE WON. You mean that work and responsibility came with the position? You’re joking, right?

docdave on June 3, 2010 at 9:10 AM

Anything that puts a greater strain on government services — and the inability of those services, through incompetence and complex bureaucracy to actually improve things – advances the goals of Cloward-Piven. The more desperate and demoralized the American people become, and the more preoccupied we are with simple survival, the better our new “leaders” like it, and the closer they get to assuming total and complete control of every aspect of our lives.

PierreLegrand on June 3, 2010 at 8:16 AM

Okay, we understand your point. The vast majority of us here on HotAir understand that Obama is a threat to the Republic and that he is not a Jimmy Carter panty-waist liberal. No need to carry-on any further about the seriousness of the threat that Obama and his gang of thugs poses to our country.

WordsMatter on June 3, 2010 at 9:11 AM

Hey, be fair!!

He spent some time with Bono.

I know I couldn’t bring myself to do that. Maybe he’s braver than I give him credit for.

Or, maybe he’s also a huge piece of crap.

Rogue Traveler on June 3, 2010 at 9:19 AM

1st post says it all.

cmsinaz on June 3, 2010 at 9:21 AM

…since we did our Afghan review.

I’m sure he meant Afganistan here. Why would he have an intense review of the blankets in the White House?

loudmouth883 on June 3, 2010 at 9:24 AM

Wow! That pictorial review is pretty damning. I juxtaposed the oil spill time line with a daily calendar of Obama’s activities for the time period and it was equally as shocking.

..the guy is truly lazy and incompetent and all wrapped up in the perks of the office and not into doing the heavy lifting.

The War Planner on June 3, 2010 at 9:30 AM

Seven days of golf? Out of 36? PBHO is playing golf every five days on average? Presidenting is a good gig if you can get it.

Bishop on June 3, 2010 at 8:47 AM

Let’s see, 7 golf games times 18 holes equals 126 successful holes completed.

1 golf spill with 1 golf hole still in progress. If you add that to his other 126 holes and look at the ratio, he has a 126/127 success rate with golf holes. What’s your beef?

Laura in Maryland on June 3, 2010 at 9:31 AM

Let’s see if the WH has scrubbed this video of the Golfer-in-Chief, the guy ready from Day One.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MzllR24e-FY&feature=player_embedded

onlineanalyst on June 3, 2010 at 9:36 AM

This has been our highest priority since this crisis occurred.

And we understood from day one the potential enormity of this crisis, and acted accordingly.

So when it comes to the moment this crisis occurred moving forward

Never let a good crisis go to waste.

crazy_legs on June 3, 2010 at 9:40 AM

He is really confused this morning, as he sang with a former Beetle and nobody listened.

Find and play a tape of Admiral Allen on MSNBC at 0700 this morning.

Select anything which The One has said on the matter within the whole length of the crisis.

I have long maintained that there is something mentally wrong with the zombies who fell for the policies of the American left. Now I will add to the revised DSM the fools who continue to fall for the siren’s song of this POTUS.

As posters here sagely said:

Empty. Suit.

IlikedAUH2O on June 3, 2010 at 9:43 AM

Watch for the global warming and enviromental officials and experts sent in to prevent “wasting” this crisis.

IlikedAUH2O on June 3, 2010 at 9:49 AM

this is what I wake up to in the morning and this is what I go to bed at night thinking about — the spill.

Given the other option he has lying next to him, I actually believe the spill is a convenient distraction.

ontherocks on June 3, 2010 at 9:55 AM

what I wake up to in the morning and this is what I go to bed at night

Being Precedent is hard work.

davidk on June 3, 2010 at 10:00 AM

like numerous other posters I realized that since the oil spill is estimated to go until Christmas, we’re going to have a new rendition of a “partridge in a pear tree” – this one will be “an incompetent in the white house”.

katablog.com on June 3, 2010 at 10:04 AM

HOW’S THAT “LASER LIKE FOCUS” ON JOBS THING WORKING OUT?

GarandFan on June 3, 2010 at 10:19 AM

•Two days of media events (White House Correspondents Dinner and a tête a tête with Bono)
•Three days of fundraising
•Four commemorations
•Six days of vacation
•Six days of campaigning
•Six sports events
•Seven days of golf

Actually, that doesn’t sound as bad when you spell it out as it does when you add all the off days together. What is that? 34 days out of the last 44, where Obama hasn’t done any actual work. That’s assuming zero slacking off – and seriously, what are the odds of that?

But you have to realize that, with this President all of that stuff IS his job. Liberalism has run its full course; America has elected its first true Subjectivist President.

When Obama says he cares deeply about every issue – and is focused on each of them to the exclusion of all else – his job is DONE in his eyse and in the eyes of his followers.

The lesser souls who pay taxes and work for corporations like BP are supposed to handle all the niggling details and free liberals up to do the only job that really matters in the Universe — caring about everything that so desperately needs to be cared about.

In the moonbats’ eyes, WE – you, me, George Bush and all the other conservatives in the world – are the ones who are slacking off. And to make it worse, we’re all ingrates for not understanding how incredibly much Obama and the rest of the the neo-hippies are doing for us.

logis on June 3, 2010 at 10:26 AM

HOW’S THAT “LASER LIKE FOCUS” ON JOBS THING WORKING OUT?

GarandFan on June 3, 2010

He’s using the same two-dollar laser I use to tease my dog…and his batteries are dead (Obama’s laser, not my dog).

Extrafishy on June 3, 2010 at 10:39 AM

Saying it makes it so in The Won’s world.

Cindy Munford on June 3, 2010 at 10:42 AM

Obama has always been a critic of the doers but he’s never been a solver of problems. Now he’s in a position where he has no skills and no methodology that he can bring to bear on this problem. He’s utterly helpless. He doesn’t view it a a problem for America but merely a problem for his popularity. His “solution” will not be based on stopping the oil flow but rather on shoring up his political capital, America be damned.

Mojave Mark on June 3, 2010 at 8:54 AM

What makes you think he views the oil spill as a problem? I want to believe that folks get that he is evil then I read some pointing out that he is incompetent because he isn’t fixing the oil spill…

Maybe your version of fixing the oil spill and his version are not the same thing? Maybe he views “fixing” the oil spill as destroying as much as possible.

Folks we have to all understand he is doing EXACTLY what he is supposed to do. Far from being incompetent he is making all the “right” decisions.

PierreLegrand on June 3, 2010 at 10:59 AM

Okay, we understand your point. The vast majority of us here on HotAir understand that Obama is a threat to the Republic and that he is not a Jimmy Carter panty-waist liberal. No need to carry-on any further about the seriousness of the threat that Obama and his gang of thugs poses to our country.
WordsMatter on June 3, 2010 at 9:11 AM

It is imperative that we all understand and that we furthermore stop this idea that he is making mistakes. He isn’t making any mistakes…his handlers won’t let him. He is doing EVERYTHING exactly according to his plan.

His values and ours are alien to each other which makes us unable to understand him.

PierreLegrand on June 3, 2010 at 11:01 AM

It is imperative that we all understand and that we furthermore stop this idea that he is making mistakes. He isn’t making any mistakes…his handlers won’t let him. He is doing EVERYTHING exactly according to his plan.

His values and ours are alien to each other which makes us unable to understand him.

PierreLegrand on June 3, 2010 at 11:01 AM

Okay, we get it, we get it. But contrary to the views of some, he’s not the Messiah, so he certainly does make mistakes.

WordsMatter on June 3, 2010 at 11:17 AM

To be fair, Obama probably believes the words that he says.

myrenovations on June 3, 2010 at 8:09 AM

I don’t think so. I think he just reads what Rahm had typed and placed on the teleprompter for him. Which is why later he as so much trouble articulating it in his own words.

barnone on June 3, 2010 at 11:20 AM

It is imperative that we all understand and that we furthermore stop this idea that he is making mistakes. He isn’t making any mistakes…his handlers won’t let him. He is doing EVERYTHING exactly according to his plan.

His values and ours are alien to each other which makes us unable to understand him.

PierreLegrand on June 3, 2010 at 11:01 AM

I get the whole Cloward/Piven overwhelm strategy, so we know that he’s not rooting for America.

But there is also some serial incompetence on display here.
He may be a marxist plant, but he’s far from in control.

Look at making pronouncements of control before confirming the success of the failed topkill method.

Or announcing potential legal action against BP, thereby driving it’s market cap down to the tune of 20 BILLION just before a potential takeover. Talk about shooting your potential hijacking in the foot.

This clown cabal is a criminally negligent farce.

ontherocks on June 3, 2010 at 11:26 AM

I’d much rather have this bozo playing golf all the time rather than trying to “fundamentally transform” the US.

rbj on June 3, 2010 at 11:34 AM

This guy has no work ethic.

HellCat on June 3, 2010 at 12:03 PM

Lazy, incompetent, unprincipled, immature, irresponsible, emotionless jerk. Yup! That pretty much describes Obozo.

capejasmine on June 3, 2010 at 12:23 PM

•Six days of vacation
•Six sports events
•Seven days of golf

The fact that he took so many days away from work of any kind that you have to separate these into different categories is…appalling.

James on June 3, 2010 at 12:29 PM

In other words, his job is to convince us how concerned he is and how wonderful he is, while the whole region is destroyed.

Farmer Brown on June 3, 2010 at 8:44 AM

You can’t blame him for trying after all the “I feel you pain” routine worked for Clinton.

chemman on June 3, 2010 at 12:39 PM

Another day…another party.

HellCat on June 3, 2010 at 12:40 PM

And so my job right now is just to make sure that everybody in the Gulf understands this is what I wake up to in the morning and this is what I go to bed at night thinking about — the spill.

How many speeches have used the “I wake up in the morning” and “I go to bed at night thinking” about the topic at hand?

Does he ever think between 9 AM & 5 PM?

/s

cs89 on June 3, 2010 at 1:04 PM

The more desperate and demoralized the American people become, and the more preoccupied we are with simple survival, the better our new “leaders” like it, and the closer they get to assuming total and complete control of every aspect of our lives.

PierreLegrand on June 3, 2010 at 8:16 AM

Years ago we had an old neighbor who was a Nazi fighter pilot in WWII. He thought Hitler was a great leader and told us many stories. (not that we wanted to hear them!) Your post gives me chills because I see the similarites in what he told us about Hitler and what’s going on in our country today. God help us.

GrannySunni on June 3, 2010 at 2:07 PM

Socializer in Chief.

Susanboo on June 3, 2010 at 4:13 PM