Obamateurism of the Day

posted at 8:05 am on June 17, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Apparently no one has informed the President of a critical artificial shortage — and he hasn’t bothered to find out about it himself. In his Oval Office speech, Barack Obama told Americans that the Gulf disaster originated in a shortage of other places to drill:

One of the lessons we’ve learned from this spill is that we need better regulations better safety standards, and better enforcement when it comes to offshore drilling. But a larger lesson is that no matter how much we improve our regulation of the industry, drilling for oil these days entails greater risk. After all, oil is a finite resource. We consume more than 20% of the world’s oil, but have less than 2% of the world’s oil reserves. And that’s part of the reason oil companies are drilling a mile beneath the surface of the ocean – because we’re running out of places to drill on land and in shallow water.

Er, no we’re not, except to the extent that we refuse to do so. The outer continental shelf is much shallower than the deepwater drilling of the kind that BP did, but we’re refusing to allow drilling there.  Even in the case of a blowout, the engineering for a fix would have been much simpler and more quickly applied.  We’re also choosing not to drill in ANWR and the interior West, where both shale and natural gas exist in abundance.  The only reason we’re “running out of places to drill” is because the federal government insists on setting up roadblocks to them.

Obama knows that well enough.  He apparently doesn’t know that we know it, however.

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“because we’re running out of places to drill on land and in shallow water.”

And 42% of the population believes it.

NYconservative on June 17, 2010 at 8:07 AM

He just keeps exposing himself — I guess we could call him – “Flasher in Chief ” of the Delusional..

wheels on June 17, 2010 at 8:11 AM

What does dear leader really know?

cmsinaz on June 17, 2010 at 8:12 AM

Obama knows that well enough. He apparently doesn’t know that we know it, however.

Sounds like…

Shy Guy on June 17, 2010 at 8:14 AM

It must be true because Odamna is the smartest man in the world.

Racists.

(Am I’m wishin’ my life away because I want it to be 2012?)

Crusader Rabbit on June 17, 2010 at 8:14 AM

Just another lie from the enviro-marxists. Their whole plan for us is based on lies that their useful idiots in the MFM help them propagate.

There needs to be a campaign by free marketeers from the Right along with new media to expose and debunk Oliar and the left’s bullfeces once and for all.

A good place to start would be the union infested public schools and their “we are the world” environmental indoctrination.

ontherocks on June 17, 2010 at 8:16 AM

I wonder what it’s like to be in Obama’s brain. Does he really think we’re so stupid that we can’t see through his b.s.?

disa on June 17, 2010 at 8:17 AM

That was a flat out lie. Not an Obamanism. I thought an Obamateurism was when he screws up by accident. He knows damn well that it’s nuts like him that keep us from drilling on land.

Guardian on June 17, 2010 at 8:18 AM

Obama lied, the economy died.

Daggett on June 17, 2010 at 8:18 AM

When the lies and deceptions become so “transparent”, maybe Peloser was closer to the truth than she realized when she said they would be the “party of transparency”. The constant lies and deceptions from this administration support that statement even though her intent was just another in a long line of distortions.

volsense on June 17, 2010 at 8:19 AM

Oilbama is simply running out of
victims to blame.
Nothing more.
Why do people keep falling for this nonsense?!!?

Lockstein13 on June 17, 2010 at 8:20 AM

How are we going to survive this deluge of arrogant stupidity?

lm10001 on June 17, 2010 at 8:22 AM

What’s the ratio of lies vs. truth in this a$$clown’s speeches?

visions on June 17, 2010 at 8:23 AM

You people don’t think that Obama put that in his speech do you? He has minions that do that stuff for him, All hew does is read what Rahm approves. They are the ones that make this crap up on a daily basis. Heck they probably pulled those bogus stats from the PETA website or someplace like that.

Johnnyreb on June 17, 2010 at 8:23 AM

Rove made a good point on Hannity last night, one that I had forgotten.

What was one of the O administration’s first moves after inauguration? They marked a lot of US land off limits for oil leases.

Why can’t we have a president who tells us the damn truth?

BuckeyeSam on June 17, 2010 at 8:25 AM

“One of the lessons we’ve learned. . . . .”

God, I hope so.

TimBuk3 on June 17, 2010 at 8:27 AM

YOU LIE!

maverick muse on June 17, 2010 at 8:27 AM

Where is the gop leadership???

They need to get off their butts and start calling this man out!

I know,I know wishful thinking

cmsinaz on June 17, 2010 at 8:28 AM

I wonder what it’s like to be in Obama’s brain. Does he really think we’re so stupid that we can’t see through his b.s.?

disa on June 17, 2010 at 8:17 AM

It’s a teleprompter, not a brain.

Key West Reader on June 17, 2010 at 8:28 AM

What’s the ratio of lies vs. truth in this a$$clown’s speeches?

[visions on June 17, 2010 at 8:23 AM]

“Dividing by zero is undefined in this setting. Calculation terminated.”

Dusty on June 17, 2010 at 8:30 AM

The only shortage of places to drill is superimposed now by quack disciples of Gore, inspired since the youth in the 1960s to break “the system”. The Democrat-Marxists then taught that bureaucracy was evil. Fat cats now.

maverick muse on June 17, 2010 at 8:30 AM

because we’re running out of places to drill on land and in shallow water.

You have to interpret the text not as a scientific observation, but as a threat, like when the executioner says to the prisoner: “you’re running out of time.”

It’s a threat.

jeff_from_mpls on June 17, 2010 at 8:31 AM

Rove made a good point on Hannity last night, one that I had forgotten.

What was one of the O administration’s first moves after inauguration? They marked a lot of US land off limits for oil leases.

Why can’t we have a president who tells us the damn truth?

BuckeyeSam on June 17, 2010 at 8:25 A

I guess that’s so they could get out there and say “we’re running out of places to drill (because we’ve marked a lot of those places off limits already)”

it’s the stuff in parentheses in this guys TOTUS speeches that shows the real meaning of what he says.

good point on rove.

ted c on June 17, 2010 at 8:32 AM

Yesterday’s Fred Thompson Show interesting FACT:

The federal government already spent half-a-billion dollars subsequent to the Alaska Valdez spill RESEARCHING HOW TO EFFECTIVELY RESPOND THE NEXT TIME.

The answer is already on record. We already paid for the solution.

Silence is deafening and the slick is a killer.

maverick muse on June 17, 2010 at 8:33 AM

ted c on June 17, 2010 at 8:32 AM

Exactly. Read between the lines. Look beyond the mask.

maverick muse on June 17, 2010 at 8:35 AM

How are we going to survive this deluge of arrogant stupidity?

lm10001 on June 17, 2010 at 8:22 AM

It feels like an eternity until he hightails it back to Chicago. I am a firm believer that we can start to exhale in November and start normal breathing patterns when the true failure of his presidency manifests itself during his attempt at another rip-roaring presidential campaign. No way to predict how anybody is going to clean up his mess, but just knowing that he no longer has keys to the WH is the first step.

sherry on June 17, 2010 at 8:37 AM

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/postpartisan/2010/06/obama_disappoints_from_the_beg.html?hpid=opinionsbox1

even the chief water carrier and knob polisher at the WaPo, Mr. YOUgene Robinson, Journalist Extraordinare, is not pointing out that the object of his love and affection for so long is woefully ill-equipped to perform the duties of the office of President.

i.am.stunned.

ted c on June 17, 2010 at 8:38 AM

Why can’t we have a president who tells us the damn truth?

BuckeyeSam on June 17, 2010 at 8:25 AM

John 18:37-38

maverick muse on June 17, 2010 at 8:38 AM

Obama’s real message was about the need to end America’s ruinous addiction to oil. But he didn’t lay the proper foundation for that important part of the speech. First, he needed to enlist Americans in a holy crusade to halt the worst environmental disaster in our history. Instead, he told us about Dr. Chu’s Nobel prize.

heh. Obama is a trophy polisher.

ted c on June 17, 2010 at 8:39 AM

sherry on June 17, 2010 at 8:37 AM

May we all effectively rescind Obama’s administration, leaving his smear in office an expensive but null and void experience.

maverick muse on June 17, 2010 at 8:40 AM

I am trying to recall when it became necessary to fact check a President so much when he speaks.

They have massive staffs to confirm data before they make statements and this simply is not something the public should have to endure.

CommentGuy on June 17, 2010 at 8:41 AM

because we’re running out of places to drill on land and in shallow water. But, if we dump money into Brazil were my good buddy George Soros is invested…

FIFY

Caper29 on June 17, 2010 at 8:41 AM

heh. Obama is a trophy polisher.
ted c on June 17, 2010 at 8:39 AM

That’s “all he’s got” to give.

maverick muse on June 17, 2010 at 8:41 AM

Caper29 on June 17, 2010 at 8:41 AM

Not to deflect attention from Obama’s leases to China and Russia to drill off our shores.

maverick muse on June 17, 2010 at 8:42 AM

May we all effectively rescind Obama’s administration, leaving his smear in office an expensive but null and void experience.

maverick muse on June 17, 2010 at 8:40 AM

kinda like totalling out a new car. It was new, shiny, looked good, sounded good but now it’s a worthless heap that you still have to pay for and have a handful of lessons to take away from the whole escapade.

ted c on June 17, 2010 at 8:43 AM

The only thing worse than a stupid person, is a person who thinks I am stupid.

ladyingray on June 17, 2010 at 8:44 AM

Ted c: don’t be too stunned……he and his fellow cheerleaders were back on the Obama train within 12 hours after their critiques from what I saw on tv yesterday……

cmsinaz on June 17, 2010 at 8:45 AM

CommentGuy on June 17, 2010 at 8:41 AM

Common sense conclusion:

They have massive staffs to confirm fabricate data before they make statements

Bargain Whole Cloth For Sale.

Can’t say the Libyan Gadaffi didn’t warn the world during Obama’s campaign.

maverick muse on June 17, 2010 at 8:45 AM

Obama knows that well enough. He apparently doesn’t know that we know it, however.

Democrats rely on voter stupidity. Look at their supporters. They assume everyone is ignorant and propelled by emotion. BO is a perfect example of this. His entire career has been built on snookering the ignorant with plans contrived by an inner circle of political elites scam artists who game the system. It’s called organized, semi-legal, theft.

It’s beyond their comprehension that the ‘little people’ understand exactly what’s going on. They’ll be even more surprised when we boot them out.

Cody1991 on June 17, 2010 at 8:46 AM

The only thing worse than a stupid person, is a person who thinks I am stupid.

ladyingray on June 17, 2010 at 8:44 AM

Touché

Tea Party T-Shirts

maverick muse on June 17, 2010 at 8:47 AM

an expensive but null and void experience.

maverick muse on June 17, 2010 at 8:40 AM

Perfect description. Makes you wonder how the history books will describe his presidency.

sherry on June 17, 2010 at 8:47 AM

It’s stunning that the Complainer-in-Chief has reached the point where he doesn’t care whether he is lying or not. Government fiat and Sierra Club Hysteria do not reflect real-world states of mineral deposits.
.
It’s true that the Federal government owns more land in the US than any private land holder, Ted Turner notwithstanding, including off-shore drilling rights. When a program of job creation and economic development such as that of Governor Bob McDonnell (VA) can be held hostage by a “decree of the regime” from a ideologue statist, that’s monarchy.
.
Don’t defy the monarch (capo) or you’ll get hurt (knee-capped). THANKS, 52 Per-Centers!

ExpressoBold on June 17, 2010 at 8:47 AM

Obama knows that well enough. He apparently doesn’t know CARE that we know it, however.

maverick muse on June 17, 2010 at 8:47 AM

The country elected Don Quixote as its President. Oh my.

jdflorida on June 17, 2010 at 8:48 AM

I see a campaign ad…

mr.blacksheep on June 17, 2010 at 8:49 AM

I’m actually at the point where I think he transparently lies just to see how far he can push us. Like a small child deliberately misbehaving just to see where the boundaries are. Obama is testing our boundaries and finding out that there aren’t any mechanisms in place to stop a true tyrant. He refuses to show any documents—who stops it? He appoints czars and commissions at will—who stops it? He takes over parts of the private sector (banking, automotive, housing)—who stops it? Yesterday he set up a slush fund and make a private company pay for unemployment benefits for workers HE laid off—who stops it?

texabama on June 17, 2010 at 8:49 AM

Obama is the smartest person in any room he walks into. Just ask him.

kingsjester on June 17, 2010 at 8:52 AM

It’s true that the Federal government owns more land in the US than any private land holder–EspressoBold

Yes.

And the federal government obscenely hijacked the rights to vast tracks of property from private owners with presidential executive orders, as soon as mineral and oil deposits are located, denying ranchers the property rights of their land deeds that include ownership of water, minerals, oil, whatever in the land.

maverick muse on June 17, 2010 at 8:52 AM

http://www.americanthinker.com/2010/06/the_presidents_oil_reserves_li.html

Yep, the potus is a liar…

Keemo on June 17, 2010 at 8:54 AM

I might add that there is a huge quantity of oil waiting to be tapped into here in Montana. Our Democrat Governor won’t allow the drilling to take place.

Keemo on June 17, 2010 at 8:56 AM

texabama on June 17, 2010 at 8:49 AM

tex, I don’t think he cares. Lying is his nature. What they understand (and another reason for their stunning arrogance) is there is little standing in their way at the moment.

So, they tell bald-faced lies and keep marching on. Even if they’re thrown out it will take a monumental effort to unwind what they’ve done.

It’s like throwing mud at a wall. Some of it will stick. And that’s exactly what they’re doing.

I heard a fund manager interviewed this morning w/r to the oil spill. He made a point of saying that his real concern with investing here is the larger political picture of the administration inserting itself into every aspect of business and our lives. He’s freaked out.

Cody1991 on June 17, 2010 at 8:56 AM

What amazes me more than anything about Obama’s governing(ruling) style is that he is so inept. He knows how to make a flaming mess out of the USA, but he thinks that he won’t get any pushback. None of them in the WH do. The tea party was born less than a month after Porkulous was passed and it has been downhill for him ever since.
They thought that they could “sell” whatever BS came into their heads. They still do. They are such slow learners. I guess they can see the disaster about to hit them in November, but they are not adjusting their message or actions. They are plunging ahead like nothing has happened and that all is normal with them. They can’t seem to understand that most of us don’t read the MSM anymore. Lack of leadership and dependence on the MSM to get out their vapid message is looking like a dangerous joke.

BetseyRoss on June 17, 2010 at 8:58 AM

Wow, the comparison of Obama’s speech to that of a speech delivered by Carter is amazing. Rush has it right once again, Liberals have one play book, and they have been using it over and over for the past century.

Keemo on June 17, 2010 at 8:58 AM

I propose that we distinguish between Obama amateurism of the day and Obama lie of the day. His lies are too important to trivialize as an amateurism.

paul1149 on June 17, 2010 at 9:02 AM

Obama=Lying sack of $hit.

csdeven on June 17, 2010 at 9:04 AM

paul1149 on June 17, 2010 at 9:02 AM

There simply wouldn’t be room on this page for other stories.

Keemo on June 17, 2010 at 9:04 AM

maverick muse on June 17, 2010 at 8:52 AM

Fat government cannot effectively manage all the property that it has on its table of gluttony, can it? What does this regime do, in secret, to its own people, the rightful governors of themselves, that would provoke outrage if publicized?
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Forget the Lame Stream Media , water-carrying peons that they are, they suck at reporting “noos” and are now good only for propaganda.

ExpressoBold on June 17, 2010 at 9:05 AM

We can call liberals stupid, slow learners, repeat offenders, etc. It doesn’t change the fact that no one is stopping them! They are doing things that are blatantly unconstitutional and there are no repercussions. Until businesses (and their money) refuse to allow what is happening to continue and until our legal system does its job, it won’t matter if the liberals have the IQ of a rock—they are still beating us.

texabama on June 17, 2010 at 9:06 AM

Obama knows that well enough. He apparently doesn’t know that we know it, however.

It used to be that it was easier to control information. Now it isn’t, which is why the Fascist-Democrats want to control the internet. Look at the total control in North Korea or China or Iran or Cuba or what’s going on in Russia.

These statists want to be able to lie right to our face, without us having any recourse to our own information.

rbj on June 17, 2010 at 9:12 AM

The libs and lefty media have been promoting the lie that we are running out of oil and places to drill for years. That’s why a lot of people believe it. Sure seems to be a lot of oil under the gulf. It’s a lot shallower off the west coast of FL that goes further off coast, too. The rigs would not be seen from land. Dear leader is just kicking the lie further down the road.

Kissmygrits on June 17, 2010 at 9:15 AM

texabama on June 17, 2010 at 9:06 AM

Lots of reasons & causes can be attributed to this texabama.
The dumbing down of America by way of controlling the message and the substance through the media and the public education system. The destruction of our moral standards by way of TV, movies, and video games. Drugging our children into oblivion through newly created illnesses such as ADD & ADHD… The list goes on and on.

Bottom line for me: Americans stopped paying attention to the political process; plain and simple. A few spoon fed thoughts per night and then off to our own business. I can’t count the number of people I know that were busy saying “I don’t pay attention to politics, I just hate that stuff.” Which is exactly what the Liberals desired.

If our country is to be returned to the people, the we the people must be engaged, involved, and educated. We must hold our elected reps accountable. We must not allow them to live above the laws of our land.

Keemo on June 17, 2010 at 9:20 AM

Obama knows that well enough. He apparently doesn’t know that we know it, however.

If you ask me, Ed
You give him too much credit.
He don’t know nuthin’.

Haiku Guy on June 17, 2010 at 9:21 AM

Not only is Obama lying about where to drill and why… his 6 month drilling ban , while oil pours on the Gulf shores, will take away 90% of drilling jobs – only to be replaced with roughly 5% of green jobs within the Gulf region.

Aside form a GE wind turbine manufacturing site in NW Florida – zero companies exist to offer a “green solution”, in lieu of oil rig jobs.

He is killing the Gulf area, literally.

Odie1941 on June 17, 2010 at 9:32 AM

A man called Rush’s show a while ago and said crude is bubbling up to the surface at golf courses in California. Could that possibly be true?

Cindy Munford on June 17, 2010 at 9:48 AM

A man called Rush’s show a while ago and said crude is bubbling up to the surface at golf courses in California. Could that possibly be true?

Cindy Munford on June 17, 2010 at 9:48 AM

There Will Be Blood was on cable last night… perhaps he was confused?

Or perhaps he feels Obama will now pay attention to oil, you know – being it effects his 5 iron shot from the fairway…

Odie1941 on June 17, 2010 at 9:50 AM

Keemo:
Agree with you 100%. Just wish I could be optimistic about it. I, too, keep hearing “I can’t listen to them, they all lie”, “what difference does it make?”, etc., etc. In the end they’ll go with whoever has the best slogan or logo. I think we need the right person to make the right legal challenge and work on taking back our courts. We need to get at least one of the branches back on the side of the people.

texabama on June 17, 2010 at 9:50 AM

I grew up in south-central Alaska and spent one glorious summer working in Prudhoe Bay on the North Slope. All the wells, roads, buildings, vehicles, etc. up there has done nothing to diminish the caribou. Anyone who says the caribou would be harmed has drunk deeply from the left-wing environmentalist koolaid.

Having grown up in Alaska, I consider myself very environmentally aware, but this would not harm the migration of the caribou or the environment at all.

DuctTapeMyBrain on June 17, 2010 at 9:51 AM

This president has a credibilty problem already and the speech writers aren’t helping by sustaining that image.

Americannodash on June 17, 2010 at 10:02 AM

We only have 2% of the world’s oil reserves because we’ve restricted those evil oil companies from drilling on land and below the sea. That’s why we are aggressively seizing as much “free” land as possible and placing them under heavy federal environmental restrictions, making them unsuitable for any future conventional energy exploration (coal, natural gas, and oil).

eigafan on June 17, 2010 at 10:20 AM

Or perhaps he feels Obama will now pay attention to oil, you know – being it effects his 5 iron shot from the fairway…

Odie1941 on June 17, 2010 at 9:50 AM

It was probably a couple of weeks ago but you might be on to something. We need to get The Won to Calif. to play.

Cindy Munford on June 17, 2010 at 10:32 AM

Again he lies!

What I want to know is DID OBAMA KNOW ABOUT THE LITHIUM BEFORE HE DEPLOYED MORE TROOPS???

BLOOD FOR LITHIUM

griv on June 17, 2010 at 10:48 AM

This morning on Fox news they said that Obama and BP had planned to hold a joint press conference back in April, before the oil spill. BP was going to endorse Obama’s new cap and tax energy bill. I can imagine the temper tantrum the whiner-in-chief must have had when he learned of the the lost photo op due to the spill.

GrannySunni on June 17, 2010 at 10:54 AM

The old “orphan defense,” named for the boy who murders his parents then throws himself on the mercy of the court as an orphan.

tom on June 17, 2010 at 10:57 AM

How can you call a deliberate lie as ‘amateurish’?

Don’t go O’Reilley on us.

Sir Napsalot on June 17, 2010 at 11:00 AM

Another speech and and another opportunity to prove he is not competent enough to fill the position that a hypnotized public elected. Now they are wondering why they elected him President.

Now they awaken, beware the fallout from the nightmare they awaken to.

MSGTAS on June 17, 2010 at 11:03 AM

This was just another excess CO2 emission by the mouth-in-chief….slowed only by his foot

landlines on June 17, 2010 at 11:26 AM

Obama knows that well enough. He apparently doesn’t know that we know it, however.

Bullzeye.

Akzed on June 17, 2010 at 12:58 PM

because we’re running out of places to drill on land and in shallow water.

Really?

Our company drills new oil wells in Southern California every 3 weeks at a cost of 1.2 million per well, which explains the lack of a desire to drill relief wells for each well adding another million to the cost. Completion, adding a submersible pump and liner for the oil zone adds another 300K to the total cost.

Most of these costs are due to Federal fees, state and local fees, environmental concerns and so forth.

Our governments hand in the private markets till.

dthorny on June 17, 2010 at 1:19 PM

A man called Rush’s show a while ago and said crude is bubbling up to the surface at golf courses in California. Could that possibly be true?

Cindy Munford on June 17, 2010 at 9:48 AM

Back in the 70′s in Fullerton, Calif it was happening. Today, it happens on the Santa Barbera beaches daily and I imagine the newer golf course in Brea, Calif. was built on a long term oil field.

dthorny on June 17, 2010 at 1:25 PM

A man called Rush’s show a while ago and said crude is bubbling up to the surface at golf courses in California. Could that possibly be true?

Cindy Munford on June 17, 2010 at 9:48 AM

I imagine the newer golf course Black Gold in Brea, Calif., built on a long term oil field, would have occasional oil seepage. Huntington Beach, Calif used to have tar balls on the beaches as well.

dthorny on June 17, 2010 at 1:41 PM