Do we need a White House literacy program?

posted at 1:40 pm on June 19, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

This isn’t the first time we’ve had to ask this question, but this may be a more embarrassing example of the problem.  My friend Scott Johnson at Power Line notes a multitude of formatting and spelling errors in an official release on the White House web site.  The Obama administration published an important letter to G-20 leaders on the eve of a critical meeting on economic policy, one in which Obama wants to assert American leadership and demand a continuation of his Keynesian policies.  Unfortunately, this letter should give pause as to whether the Obama White House can handle a word-processing program, let alone economic policy (via HA reader ClericalGal on Twitter).

Here are a few examples, emphasis mine:

For our part, we will pursue measures to SUppOit the recovery in private demand and return the unemployed to work. …

At the same time, we recognize the impoltance of setting a credible medium-term fiscal path: that is why my Administration will cut the budget deficit we inherited in halfby FY 2013 and work to reduce our fiscal deficit to 3 percent ofGDP by FY 2015, which will stabilize the
debt-to-GDP ratio at an acceptable level in that year.

Some of the rest of the errors were more, er, impoltant:

* more effective ji’Qlllework for winding down large global firms, along with principles for thefillallcial sector to make afair and substantial contribution towards payingfor allY burdens it creates in a way that protects taxpayers, creates a level playing field, and reduces risks to our economies.

I look fOlward to seeing you in Toronto and reaffhming our unity of purpose and resolve.

There exists one more substantial error, albeit one that has repeatedly been made by the Obama administration since it took office.  Deficits are a function of annual budgeting.  One can inherit a national debt, but not a budget deficit … except for the fiscal year in which a President assumes office.  Unfortunately for Obama’s argument, that budget — FY2009 — never came to George W. Bush for his signature.  Instead, the Democrats controlling both chambers in Congress played keepaway through continuing resolutions (including a Senator from Illinois named Barack Obama), only getting fully passed when Obama signed the omnibus spending bill to complete the FY2009 budget in March 2009.

It seems that the Obama White House has literacy problems in more than just word processing.  In any case, we had better hope that the actual letter as transmitted to the G-20 went through more oversight than it did before getting published to the White House’s official web site.

By the way, it’s been almost a day since it was posted, and it’s still not corrected.  In case someone gets around to it today, I’ve archived the original here.

Update: I’ve gotten a number of e-mails saying these look like artifacts of optical character recognition (OCR) from a scanner or fax machine output.  I’d agree with that, but that hardly lets the White House off the hook, either.  Anyone using OCR knows that it requires a lot of fixing on the back end.

Update II: So Right notes that the White House published the PDF as a correction to its website earlier today.  I think it’s impoltant to keep up with the developments in this story.


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Anyone remember Jay Leno’s segments
“stuff we found at a 99 cent store” ?

Those items have funny rabels and texts just rike this WH litings.Maybe WH is outsolsin , because the jelks busy doing bee-al ponns.

Am I a lacist now?

macncheez on June 19, 2010 at 2:42 PM

Nationals’Game yesterday, golf with joe today. What a leader!

kingsjester on June 19, 2010 at 2:43 PM

This crew has an interesting way of getting the other G20 members to see things from their perspective.

He’s checking out…

TheBigOldDog on June 19, 2010 at 2:28 PM

Stay tuned for the inevitable meltdown of this unappreciated
narcissist.

ontherocks on June 19, 2010 at 2:43 PM

I hope the “intemational” community doesn’t notice. Oh… and it’s unsigned. Sloppy.

Heywood U. Reedmore on June 19, 2010 at 2:43 PM

Stay tuned for this explanation from The One, “It’s come to my attention that one of the memos we inherited from the previous administration was filled with the kinds of typographical errors that got us into this mess in the first place. We are, as usual, working to clean up the mess.”

SoRight on June 19, 2010 at 2:45 PM

Wow, that’s just embarrassing.

lizzie beth on June 19, 2010 at 2:46 PM

Are you sure they didn’t mean “impotent”?

vcferlita on June 19, 2010 at 2:52 PM

He has made it a point to stuff his “administration” with muzzies every chance he gets.

I’m sure he has U.S. and foreign born muzzies stashed everywhere. The typo example here: ji’Qlllework , looks like someone was thinking about jihad, al quaida, or something.

The obama doctrine: “More fun, more people killed.”

tigerlily on June 19, 2010 at 2:52 PM

more effective ji’Qlllework for winding down

more effective framework for winding down

J_Crater on June 19, 2010 at 2:09 PM

Well done! That one I couldn’t figure out. ‘rn’ becoming ‘m’ is the most common, but I’ve never seen ‘fr’ as ‘ji’ before. Must be that left-over ’7 year-old’ Bush software they’re using. Sabotage.

shibumiglass on June 19, 2010 at 2:53 PM

Clueless? Maybe.
Stupid? Possibly.
Incompetent? Partly.

Unserious? Clearly and fundamentally.

It pervades every aspect of this Administration. Often, it includes mocking or embarrassing the American public. This case here, though, is likely the result of just not caring at all.

Dusty on June 19, 2010 at 2:59 PM

ji’Qlllework

I think that’s Klingon for incompetent.

MT

Mistahtibbs on June 19, 2010 at 3:02 PM

Are you sure they didn’t mean “impotent”?

vcferlita on June 19, 2010 at 2:52 PM

Impotentate. Obama the Impotentate.

Key West Reader on June 19, 2010 at 3:04 PM

I vote that it’s some sort of code. You remember, the sort of code language you thought up when you were in the third grade. The code you were certain no one had ever thought of, and because it was SO original no one could break it?

oldleprechaun on June 19, 2010 at 3:08 PM

That “Clueless” picture of Obowma made my day…!

Seven Percent Solution on June 19, 2010 at 3:12 PM

Are you sure they didn’t mean “impotent”?

vcferlita on June 19, 2010 at 2:52 PM

If you are going to be impotent, then dress impotent

katy the mean old lady on June 19, 2010 at 3:13 PM

ji’Qlllework

A neat one-word phrase to nutshell the incompetence of the Obama administration.

Make ji’Qlllework into a bumper sticker for 2012.

keep the change on June 19, 2010 at 2:12 PM

I love this idea! Unfortunately only the informed would get it, and the informed are not the problem.

AsianGirlInTights on June 19, 2010 at 3:13 PM

ji’Qlllework

I’m so using this at the next open registration.

TexasDan on June 19, 2010 at 3:15 PM

Anyone remember Jay Leno’s segments
“stuff we found at a 99 cent store” ?

Those items have funny rabels and texts just rike this WH litings.Maybe WH is outsolsin , because the jelks busy doing bee-al ponns.

Am I a lacist now?

macncheez on June 19, 2010 at 2:42 PM

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Dont no… Kant figer wich rase u r makin fun off… ??????
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RalphyBoy on June 19, 2010 at 3:18 PM

The President inherited a 1.4 trillion dollar debt, two wars, and close to a depression.

Stop giving w a free pass. He was a disaster.

Man up.

getalife on March 5, 2009 at 11:49 AM

Inanemergencydial on June 19, 2010 at 3:19 PM

ji’Qlllework - a word describing the President of the United States taking weekends off when the country is in an economic tailspin, involved in two wars, and there are millions of barrels of oil coming ashore on the gulf coast….

… see “Obowma”.

Seven Percent Solution on June 19, 2010 at 3:20 PM

ji’Qlllework

A neat one-word phrase to nutshell the incompetence of the Obama administration.

Make ji’Qlllework into a bumper sticker for 2012.

keep the change on June 19, 2010 at 2:12 PM

I love this idea! Unfortunately only the informed would get it, and the informed are not the problem.

AsianGirlInTights on June 19, 2010 at 3:13 PM

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But we the informed still need a giggle on the way to and from the place we ji’Qlllework at so we can payingfor allY burdens wit a smile on our faces… stupid as that sounds…

RalphyBoy on June 19, 2010 at 3:27 PM

So that’s what a Harvard B+ paper looks like.

Lily on June 19, 2010 at 3:28 PM

Hukt on fonix werkt fer me!

malclave on June 19, 2010 at 3:28 PM

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Dont no… Kant figer wich rase u r makin fun off… ??????
-

RalphyBoy on June 19, 2010 at 3:18 PM

Since we can’t make fun of any brack ho*es anymore
and ‘corpses’ deserve our respect
I’d like to make fun of all those who speak Engrish

macncheez on June 19, 2010 at 3:29 PM

Change you can believe in?

hillbillyjim on June 19, 2010 at 3:31 PM

SLOPPY, INCOMPETENT, INCOHERENT AND ILLITERATE! It’s the White House and they get paid to NOT make mistakes so there is no excuse for this type of inadequacy. Maybe they should stop playing so much beer pong and do their real jobs for a change.

POTUS is such an embarrassment and disgrace.

Sporty1946 on June 19, 2010 at 3:31 PM

TOTUS may need a tune-up.

hillbillyjim on June 19, 2010 at 3:41 PM

Incredible, I think I know what happened . . . they just *finally* replaced the horrible letter with a PDF. I think someone OCR’ed the PDF and simply pasted that text up, rather than using the original text or at least proofreading the OCR. Amazing . . .

http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/rss_viewer/president_obama_letter_to_g-20_061610.pdf

SoRight on June 19, 2010 at 3:45 PM

Yup, just OCR’ed it in Adobe, and came up with ji’Qlllework. OCR is pretty weak to begin with, but whoever OCR’ed the letter obviously failed to even check the results. The letter is filled with italicized words, which does to OCR what talking with a mouth full of marbles would do to voice transcription.

You’d kind of think that someone would have just found out where the PDF came from and gotten the text, no?

SoRight on June 19, 2010 at 3:47 PM

Fools ‘lead’ us.

The world laughs its ars off at the incompetence on full display.

We deserve the fools we’ve brung.

Schadenfreude on June 19, 2010 at 3:52 PM

Remember RIF – Reading Is Fundamental.

MeAlice on June 19, 2010 at 3:54 PM

Someone scanned the text that was to be put into the press release, ran it through OCR, and didn’t spell-check it to find the bizarre recognition errors that always come up. Sloppy, but not illiterate.

valiantdust on June 19, 2010 at 1:49 PM

I’ll give you that valiantdust, this does not prove whomever wrote this is illiterate however the fact this was an official government communication being sent to the G-20 and posted on an official government website without being proofread and corrected is sloppy, it demonstrates incompetence, it is unprofessional and as the recipient (reader) it would be reasonable to believe the author of such a communication IS ILLITERATE in addition to being incompetent and unprofessional and that is what concerns me.

It’s one thing if this communication was between two people tasked with formulating this communication and the letter was an initial draft but to send this garbage out as a final draft (OCR issues or not) to the G-20 and posting on their website is simply unacceptable, incompetent, and unprofessional!

I had a boss (he was the President/CEO/owner of the company) that would sometimes send out e-mails to our customers that were at best unintelligible, filled with typos and misspellings to the point where it left everyone scratching their heads wondering what the hell he was trying to communicate! Unprofessional communications such as this does not instill confidence in our customers and in this case such communications from our government does not instill confidence in we the people or the G-20!

There’s really no excuse for any official communications going out to customers (or in this case the G-20 and the world) with typos and misspellings as most readers won’t just shrug and say, “gee this letter must have been scanned, look at all of the OCR typos” when instead as a recipient my thoughts would be “gee, look at all of the typos and misspellings, how unprofessional, illiterate, and incompetent the US government is that they couldn’t be bothered with proofreading a letter before publishing it!”

Bottom line is the Obawa administration let this document go out with typos and misspellings, sent it to members of the G-20 and posted it on the Internet. At the very least it’s unprofessional and demonstrates their incompetence!

Liberty or Death on June 19, 2010 at 4:06 PM

I beginning to think Obama means dumb sh*t in Kenya.

elifino on June 19, 2010 at 4:15 PM

Spelling standards are racist.

Sharke on June 19, 2010 at 4:15 PM

It’s like reading “Jabberwocky”.

Someone ought to sent this to Paul McCartney and ask him again about Presidents who KNOW what a library is. It’s looking like the one we’ve got must’ve lost his card, or spent all his time checking out movies instead of books.

I’d love to see Barry having to read crap like this off the teleprompter, squinting, stuttering . . .

tpitman on June 19, 2010 at 4:19 PM

Why don’t you all just aks them what’s wrong with their spelling and grammar?

Pilgrimsarbour on June 19, 2010 at 4:19 PM

the budget deficit we inherited in halfby

I wonder if Captain Kicka$$ knows that it is Congress, that thing he was part of 2004 to 2009, is the body that spent that money that created the deficit he inherited?

Is anyone in the MSM smart enough to ask this question?
Is anyone in the MSM honest enough to ask this question?

reduce our fiscal deficit to 3 percent ofGDP by FY 2015

Ya right, is that like reducing insurance premiums by 3000%?

DSchoen on June 19, 2010 at 4:26 PM

I don’t use OCR in my work, but I have used it (not often) to scan personal documents. It is a given that you must proofread the output for any spelling or punctuation errors. The fact that this letter was posted on the White House website without proofreading is embarrassing and sloppy. It’s getting to be a cliche, but I’ll say it: If the Bush White House did this, the lefty blogs and media would be full of “Bush is stupid” jokes right now, instead of the sound of crickets.

ClericalGal on June 19, 2010 at 4:27 PM

…awww the good ol days when a VP made an error and misspelled potato, potatoe (or at least that is the rumor) and Quayle was harassed about that his whole history.
I am sure the MSM will treat this the same….

right2bright on June 19, 2010 at 5:10 PM

Ebonics is alive!!!

right2bright on June 19, 2010 at 5:12 PM

Why don’t you all just aks them what’s wrong with their spelling and grammar?

Pilgrimsarbour on June 19, 2010 at 4:19 PM

Cause’ that would be RRRAAAAACCCCIIIISSSTT!!

Liberty or Death on June 19, 2010 at 5:34 PM

Bad spelling and grammar is what you get from governmentschool educated administrative help.

GFW on June 19, 2010 at 5:35 PM

We deserve the fools we’ve brung.

Schadenfreude on June 19, 2010 at 3:52 PM

We? Do you have a mouse in your pocket because I sure as hell didn’t vote for the Empty-Suited Celebrity-in-Chief in the WH!

Liberty or Death on June 19, 2010 at 5:40 PM

schoochildren could do better

Monica on June 19, 2010 at 6:13 PM

“Smartest and brightest administration, evah!”

GarandFan on June 19, 2010 at 6:19 PM

As shown in his Oval Office speech, Obama and his speechwriters need to take remedial history classes because they were not paying attention when they took the classes before.

slp on June 19, 2010 at 6:29 PM

I suspect diversity hiring at the White House at work, not merit hires/appointments.

Cows giving kerosene
Kid can’t read at seventeen
The words he knows are all obscene

but it’s all right

Dr Evil on June 19, 2010 at 6:33 PM

This is probably OT nitpicking, but I really wish that Ed would either stop using images with lots of tiny text that’s unreadable when shrunk as post thumbnails, or also put up a link to the full-size image so that those of us who haven’t seen it before can actually read all of it.

Cylor on June 19, 2010 at 6:56 PM

The sloppy sentence structure is even more irritating to any of us who attended elementary school prior to the 1950s.
Examples in one paragraph:
“For our part, we will pursue measures to (support) the recovery in private demand and return the unemployed to work.”
Breaking it down: “…we will pursue measures to [(support) the recovery in private demand] and [return the unemployed to work].
QUESTION: what does “recovery in private demand” mean?

Also: “…my Administration will cut the budget deficit we inherited in (half by) FY 2013…”. As placed, the “we inherited” does not fit or contribute to the point of the sentence. [It is there purely because Obie's people cannot resist any opportunity for snark.] Correct sentence structure would be: “The budget deficit my Administration inherited will be cut in half by FY 2013…”.

This quote divides into three parts. The first [For our part...to work] is 20 words. The second [At the same...fiscal path;] is 16 words. The third [that is why...in that year.] is 46 words. A sentence of 18 or more words is known as a “run-on” sentence. It indicates an inability to make a point without babbling.
Babbling is the one true talent possessed by Obama and his administration.

GGMac on June 19, 2010 at 6:56 PM

This looks like OCR issues to me, not word processing. It’s hard to mis-type “forward” as “fOlward” (how often do your typos involve an accidentally capitalized letter in the middle of a word? Not to mention that “r” and “l” are nowhere near each other on the keyboard), but OCR does that sort of thing all the time.

Someone scanned the text that was to be put into the press release, ran it through OCR, and didn’t spell-check it to find the bizarre recognition errors that always come up. Sloppy, but not illiterate.

valiantdust on June 19, 2010 at 1:49 PM

I think “illiterate” would be a more charitable charge than “stupid enough to scan a printed document, then run OCR to convert it, then not bother to check the text for obvious errors.”

Any why would you scan a document and run OCR when the text was almost certainly electronic in the first place? Wouldn’t you find the file that was printed, and convert that to a PDF? Why would you rather do it the hard way?

This actually makes me wonder if they tried to take a report someone else did and claim it as their own.

So, your choices are:
a) Illiterate
b) Technologically clueless
c) Shamelessly plagiaristic

There Goes The Neighborhood on June 19, 2010 at 6:58 PM

Hmmm. Like Obie’s people, I also cannot resist an opportunity for snark!! :)

GGMac on June 19, 2010 at 7:01 PM

B+

Kissmygrits on June 19, 2010 at 7:01 PM

Incredible, I think I know what happened . . . they just *finally* replaced the horrible letter with a PDF. I think someone OCR’ed the PDF and simply pasted that text up, rather than using the original text or at least proofreading the OCR. Amazing . . .

http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/rss_viewer/president_obama_letter_to_g-20_061610.pdf

SoRight on June 19, 2010 at 3:45 PM

Thanks for posting the PDF. It does make it clear what happened. The moment I saw that the line about a “more effective framework” was in italics, it was clear why OCR failed so badly that you could get jQlllework.

OCR is highly dependent on recognizing fonts, and doesn’t do well with italicized fonts. It’s worst of all when the rest of the text is a normal font, and only a few words are in italics.

So I concur. For one reason or another, this was OCRed from a printed text. Which raises the question, why didn’t they have the original digital document rather than relying on OCR?

From what I’ve seen, OCR is not often very useful. By the time you proofread the entire text and clean it all up, a fast typist could very often have keyed it all in directly.
I think you’d have to do a high volume of documents before OCR paid off.

There Goes The Neighborhood on June 19, 2010 at 7:19 PM

Ebonics?

Mason on June 19, 2010 at 7:20 PM

Remember.
If you gonna be im potent—-then you gotta look im potent
.New golf shoes will do da trick.

Col.John Wm. Reed on June 19, 2010 at 7:24 PM

How come we always have time to do it right the second time?

Why don’t we just take the time and GET IT RIGHT THE FIRST TIME?

Khun Joe on June 19, 2010 at 7:29 PM

Silver Lining Here!

We can all hope that they spell the names and streets wrong on the arrest warrants or subpoenas.

Ha Ha Ha

IlikedAUH2O on June 19, 2010 at 7:32 PM

What happens when 5 year olds are let loose in the White House? Now we know.

Fnord!

ajacksonian on June 19, 2010 at 7:50 PM

So, your choices are:
a) Illiterate
b) Technologically clueless
c) Shamelessly plagiaristic
d) All of the above

There Goes The Neighborhood on June 19, 2010 at 6:58 PM

You forgot one option

jdkchem on June 19, 2010 at 7:58 PM

Any why would you scan a document and run OCR when the text was almost certainly electronic in the first place?

There Goes The Neighborhood on June 19, 2010 at 6:58 PM

ROFL! Maybe they typed the original on an IBM Selectric.

Daggett on June 19, 2010 at 8:13 PM

It probably wouldn’t make much difference. Zero would cut class to go golfing and his NEA teacher would give him a B+ anyway. Then Harvard would offer him a fake set-aside admission while promising to hide his equally suspect B-pluses there in perpetuity.

viking01 on June 19, 2010 at 8:17 PM

…awww the good ol days when a VP made an error and misspelled potato, potatoe (or at least that is the rumor) and Quayle was harassed about that his whole history.
I am sure the MSM will treat this the same….

right2bright on June 19, 2010 at 5:10 PM

Worse; Quale was handed a printout of the correct aanswers for a spelling bee. His only error (acknowledged by the school, after the fact) was that he accepted the list, without noticing the error.

In this one distorted moment, a provably intelligent man, whose transcripts and writings were publicly available, was rendered into a left-wing punching bag.

massrighty on June 19, 2010 at 8:35 PM

massrighty on June 19, 2010 at 8:35 PM

See above; bad formatting, and no preview.

Where’s my WH Job?

massrighty on June 19, 2010 at 8:36 PM

massrighty on June 19, 2010 at 8:35 PM

See above; bad formatting, and no preview.

Where’s my WH Job?

massrighty on June 19, 2010 at 8:36 PM

Sorry. Overqualified.

There Goes The Neighborhood on June 19, 2010 at 8:46 PM

Sorry. Overqualified.

There Goes The Neighborhood on June 19, 2010 at 8:46 PM

What gave me away?
Was it finding, and quickly correcting, my own error?

massrighty on June 19, 2010 at 8:56 PM

Clueless and dumber than dirt.

mobydutch on June 19, 2010 at 8:58 PM

ji’Qlllework Uber Alles!
ji’Qlllework mit uns!

Holger on June 19, 2010 at 9:08 PM

He still refuses to release his grades…. no wonder!

ultracon on June 19, 2010 at 9:14 PM

Next thing you know the Obama administration will under-estimate Obamacare by $115 Billion and refuse to protect our borders…

TN Mom on June 19, 2010 at 9:24 PM

Any why would you scan a document and run OCR when the text was almost certainly electronic in the first place?

There Goes The Neighborhood on June 19, 2010 at 6:58 PM

ROFL! Maybe they typed the original on an IBM Selectric.

Daggett on June 19, 2010 at 8:13 PM

Ha! The last time I had material go to a scanner occurred in the 80s because I did not have access to any type of word processing equipment (believe it or not!).

INC on June 19, 2010 at 9:27 PM

Ok, so I have been registered for years and almost never comment…whew…got that out of the way…NOW…

Who the heck writes like that? Oh wait, I know, it’s the self-esteem generation! You know, the ones who never heard of a grammatical rule they couldn’t break? Yes, them!! Forgive the preposition, please…growing up if I’d written such drivel I would have been up all night writing “I shall NOT write like an idiot” a thousand times…Mom & Dad weren’t exactly forgiving of gross errors, thank God…

Researcher...MO on June 19, 2010 at 9:58 PM

Oh, and OCD scanning is NO excuse thank you very much. One either knows the rules or doesn’t, period. No excuses. OCD is for the weak anyway…

Researcher...MO on June 19, 2010 at 10:01 PM

They need a poof weeder.

Dhuka on June 19, 2010 at 10:08 PM

I mean OCR!! Damn iPad spell check…

Researcher...MO on June 19, 2010 at 10:08 PM

Poof weeders are not proof against stupidity. I have a boss who insists on bad punctuation for certain things because she LIKES it, rules be damned…it shames me because I have to put my name to it as webmaster, and she won’t allow corrections in the perverted name of “consistency”, as if an error in print should translate into an error online, because she says so…sigh…

Researcher...MO on June 19, 2010 at 10:15 PM

No need for OCR.

I am sure that Obama’s secretary has multifunction machine which scans directly to PDF.

slp on June 19, 2010 at 11:53 PM

Oh yeah, the simple fix in MS word is click
File >> Options >> Spell Check Properties
Then on the dictionary tab make sure
Affirmative Action/ Democrat is checked,

Click save setting then close.

Like I have room to talk but, I thought it was funny.

TheSitRep on June 19, 2010 at 11:57 PM

But the left freaks out if Sarah Palin fails to add footnotes to her Tweets.

VidOmnia on June 20, 2010 at 1:57 AM

Wonder how many billions this “literacy program” will cost the American taxpayer?

Starting to wonder if these guys aren’t just a bunch of crooks rather than hardcore Marxists. It is a perfect scam if you think about it. Appropriate a few billion here, hundreds of billions there, tens of millions here and no one knows where this money is going. Surely a few billion ending up in private bank accounts will go unnoticed given these amounts.

That coupled with a fawning Liberal media that won’t ask any questions or investigate, and Conservative Americans balking at the idea of setting up the cobblestone barricades in the streets because, “Hey, Buddy, this is America! We respect law and order around here, Pal!” attitude they’re shielded from both sides with the sheeple right in the middle thoroughly clueless and scared.

Dr. ZhivBlago on June 20, 2010 at 5:40 AM

Incompetency is but his camoflage. He is most competent -we just have a different vision of what he’s attempting to accomplish. When we wake up (someday soon I hope) and realize that the progessive/socialist movement has always first destroyed the system it wishes to take over, we’ll have to give him a “A+” grade because that is what he has succeefully done with lightening speed while we naively assume he really has good intentions for our nations.

The bold clues of who he is -who he has as pals and mentors and their collective history of evil, their controlled media, his desire for a “civilian army” – go right over our heads as we fail to assume the worse. we wouldn’t buy a car from sleezy liars like this yet we believe he(and the left) has our best interests at heart and means well, but is just incompetent?

What do we need a socialist Pearl Harbor to understand they see traditional America,freedom, family and God as the enemy and are at open war with it?

Don L on June 20, 2010 at 6:34 AM

It’s like reading “Jabberwocky”.

tpitman on June 19, 2010 at 4:19 PM

I have read “Jabberwocky”. It makes sense. This does not.

What happens when 5 year olds are let loose in the White House? Now we know.

Fnord!

ajacksonian on June 19, 2010 at 7:50 PM

No. At this point 5 year olds would be looking for mom for help.

Slowburn on June 20, 2010 at 6:44 AM

I think this looks like someone was editing a document in Word with “track changes” on and they typed with the “show markup” feature on, where characters that are deleted are shown, and its easy to make mistakes unless you reread the document when viewing “final” under the review tab.

ted c on June 20, 2010 at 6:55 AM

I’d love to see Barry having to read crap like this off the teleprompter, squinting, stuttering . . .

tpitman on June 19, 2010 at 4:19 PM

Love it. Here’s hoping that the brainchild that did the G20 transcription gets a chance to upload to the TOTUS soon!

That’s one Obamanation speech I’d actually have the stomach to watch.

NavyspyII on June 20, 2010 at 7:00 AM

Don’t you think this is why we need the $4.35 Billion “Race to the Top” contest by Arne Duncan so we can properly teach people how to construct a sentence and spell? I’m sure that’ll do it. Billions of dollars thrown at the problem.

In the meantime, let’s have all the states sign on to “common core standards” aka NATIONAL standards. Let’s all agree to common denominators so we are all the same. Yep…that’s the answer.

/sarc

manateespirit on June 20, 2010 at 7:04 AM

ted c on June 20, 2010 at 6:55 AM

appears to be so…

does anyone miss electric typewriters and white-out?
/s

cmsinaz on June 20, 2010 at 7:07 AM

We aRE th ones weavebeen wAIti’nng four.

JeffB. on June 20, 2010 at 7:56 AM

I wish he would stop using the first person all the time. It is alway I I I, me me me, my my my. It is our country, and he is our representative, not our supreme leader.

kmarie on June 20, 2010 at 8:38 AM

No. At this point 5 year olds would be looking for mom for help.

Slowburn on June 20, 2010 at 6:44 AM

They may be trying! Perhaps this is their call for help…

Mind you by the late-80s there was a spell check function in most low-end OCR packages (BTDTGTTS). Which brings up the dire question: why did they turn off the spell-check function on their software? Too smart for words is my guess.

ajacksonian on June 20, 2010 at 8:42 AM

Not to mention that the sites claims to reduce the deficit is tantamount to lying even just based on their entitlement promises within the Health Care REFOAM bill.

hawkdriver on June 20, 2010 at 8:50 AM

Incompetence seems to be one of this administration’s definining characteristics — besides being amateurish, thin-skinned, bullying, tin-eared, and condescending. What a President!

mbabbitt on June 20, 2010 at 8:55 AM

I beginning to think Obama means dumb sh*t in Kenya.

elifino on June 19, 2010 at 4:15 PM
Thanks for the translation!!!!!!

mobydutch on June 20, 2010 at 10:26 AM

Certainly explains “corpseman” stat “corpsman”. Assuming Obambi can read verbatim…

AH_C on June 20, 2010 at 10:47 AM

Did it again, in the father’s day “declaration”.

Fathers are our first teachers and coaches, mentors and role models. They push us to succeed, encourage us when we are struggling, and offer unconditional care and support. Children and adults alike look up to them and learn from their example and perspective. The journey of fatherhood is both exhilarating and humbling it is an opportunity to model who we want our sons and daughters to become, and to build the foundation upon which they can achieve their dreams.

See what’s wrong in the bolded section.

Nurturing families come in many forms, and children may be raised by a father and mother, a single father, two fathers, a step father, a grandfather, or caring guardian.

Heh, the “two mothers” will let him have it. He might have emphasized that on mother’s day.

Schadenfreude on June 20, 2010 at 1:04 PM

You got to love our HIGH PAID UNION TEACHERS FOR DOING SUCH A GREAT JOB.

My provider has streaming news and I can’t even count the spelling errors, and when there is an accident the people are WOUNDED not INJURED, really pathetic that these same teachers keep screaming for more money and benefits when half of them are illiterate themselves.

We need more Charter Schools and Home Teaching for the survival of our great Country

Sorry for any spelling errors, I’m old and only graduated High School.

concernedsenior on June 20, 2010 at 1:05 PM

Here’s the link.

Schadenfreude on June 20, 2010 at 1:06 PM

It seems totally perfect when you are baked.

LA Conservative on June 20, 2010 at 1:29 PM

The good news is that the White House beer bong is functioning just fine.

NoDonkey on June 20, 2010 at 3:45 PM

I look fOlward to seeing you in Toronto and reaffhming our unity of purpose and resolve.

I type better when I’m Instant Messaging.

Aronne on June 20, 2010 at 4:13 PM

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