Obamateurism of the Day

posted at 8:05 am on July 14, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

I know it seems as though Barack Obama has been President a lot longer than 18 months to conservatives, business owners, the unemployed, and even Congressional Democrats — but apparently it’s also been confusing to the President himself.  The White House rolled out its new strategy to fight HIV/AIDS, which this year comes with no extra money; it instead relies on reallocating funds for more efficient and effective use.  Obama anticipated criticism over the decision and tried to pre-empt it by reminding everyone of his, er, lengthy track record as President:

HIV/AIDS activists said there is no new federal money in this strategy. Rather, it redirects money that has already been allocated. …

Obama acknowledged that these are challenging times for Americans living with HIV/AIDS because the economy is forcing states are being forced to cut back on assistance for drugs.

“I know the need is great,” he said. “And that’s why we’ve increased federal assistance each year that I’ve been in office, providing an emergency supplement this year to help people get the drugs they need, even as we pursue a national strategy that focuses on three central goals.”

“Each year”?  He’s been President in two calendar years … and didn’t increase assistance in this year.  In fact, Obama didn’t increase it much last year, either :

  • FY2008: $6.031 billion
  • FY2009:  $6.68 billion
  • FY2010 (present): $6.835 billion
  • FY2011: $6.99 billion

Given the decline of the dollar’s value, that’s probably effectively less buying power year on year from FY09 forward.  And maybe that’s a smart move in terms of policy, but it’s certainly not a track record of expansion.  In the two budget years in which Obama had input, it looks like each were essentially flatlines for PEPFAR.

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“Each year”? He’s been President in two calendar years … and didn’t increase assistance in this year. In fact, Obama didn’t increase it much last year, either :

Hmmm, Ed, I think you’ve stumble upon a new statist tactic: the a priori revision of history that is yet to come. Obama may be already envisioning himself the president of forever and he’s already giving the speech about what he’s done in the past, despite it being the present.

ted c on July 14, 2010 at 8:10 AM

Ok, we know he’s a Marxist, a narcissist, and a fraud. Why not toss in “delusional” as well? Makes a nicely rounded Chief Executive and Commander in Chief, don’t you think?

mr.blacksheep on July 14, 2010 at 8:10 AM

“Each year”? He’s been President in two calendar years …

And that first year, with the trillion and a half deficit? Bush did it! Or, so I keep hearing.

Pablo on July 14, 2010 at 8:11 AM

Hmmm, Ed, I think you’ve stumble upon a new statist tactic: the a priori revision of history that is yet to come. Obama may be already envisioning himself the president of forever and he’s already giving the speech about what he’s done in the past, despite it being the present.

ted c on July 14, 2010 at 8:10 AM

Good point. He’s the smartest man in the room, so why not pre-revise history. I like it.

mr.blacksheep on July 14, 2010 at 8:11 AM

18 months of abject failure… This instance is just one more tiny example of why those with NO EXPERIENCE should never sit behind the big desk.

Crusader Rabbit on July 14, 2010 at 8:12 AM

Feels like “each decade.”

Daggett on July 14, 2010 at 8:13 AM

NOVEMBER……

PappyD61 on July 14, 2010 at 8:17 AM

Pardon my skepticism, but has anyone plotted the funding level of the past, say, 10 years against the incidence of new cases, treatments and survival rates in that area?

Huge amounts of HIV funding are being pumped in. Are they getting results that area any where near commensurate?

petefrt on July 14, 2010 at 8:26 AM

What does it mean when folks no longer bother to check whether what Obama says is true or not?

Hint: people deal with the insane and the mentally deficient in just this way.

My democrat friends, it’s not necessarily a good sign when people quit holding your president to the standard of truth.

On the contrary, it means they consider him an idiot. A useful one, to be sure!

jeff_from_mpls on July 14, 2010 at 8:28 AM

“And that’s why we’ve increased federal assistance each year that I’ve been in office….”

Weird…what next..”Since the day I was born”
.

philly_PA on July 14, 2010 at 8:30 AM

Pardon my skepticism, but has anyone plotted the funding level of the past, say, 10 years against the incidence of new cases, treatments and survival rates in that area?

Huge amounts of HIV funding are being pumped in. Are they getting results that area any where near commensurate?

petefrt on July 14, 2010 at 8:26 AM

You come from a more innocent era, I see.

To the utopian mind, only the cause matters. The effect is whatever the textbook says it must be, thus there is no need to check.

What matters is that the requisite amount of cash was thrown at the issue.

jeff_from_mpls on July 14, 2010 at 8:30 AM

Weird…what next..”Since the day I was born”
.

philly_PA on July 14, 2010 at 8:30 AM

Actually, our time-shifting president stopped the Gulf oil leak the day he was born.

Watch for it when he makes his victory speech.

Our president has powers.

jeff_from_mpls on July 14, 2010 at 8:32 AM

  In the two budget years in which Obama had input,

And Congress has only passed one budget, right?

conservative pilgrim on July 14, 2010 at 8:35 AM

Words, just words….

Wethal on July 14, 2010 at 8:38 AM

And Congress has only passed one budget, right?

conservative pilgrim on July 14, 2010 at 8:35 AM

This year’s budget was deemed passed, I believe. Seriously, I think I read that recently.

Let’s deem our president impeached.

jeff_from_mpls on July 14, 2010 at 8:44 AM

“Everything has been better every year of my administration.” Just put this in every speech for a disclaimer and he’s covered.

Kissmygrits on July 14, 2010 at 8:47 AM

You can say lots about the Won but the word that comes to my mind is poseur. It’s what came to my mind over 2 years ago when I first heard the prep schooled, ivy leaguer talkin’ down to the workin’ “folks”. Granny Jan video:

You might be a poseur…if your name is Barack Obama

No Niks on July 14, 2010 at 8:54 AM

Please, make it stop.

teacherman on July 14, 2010 at 8:56 AM

Remember that V.P. Biteme has tried several times to suggest that Iraq will be the shining example of the current administration? One, if not the only thing, that Pres. Bush got compliments for was his aid to Africa for medications for sufferers of Aids/HIV. Mr. Obama is probably trying to take the credit for the program. Why bring it up if there is no significant change?

Cindy Munford on July 14, 2010 at 9:02 AM

President Bush did more to combat aids than any president before him, and the miserable failure of a man that followed.

That dark skin bought Ding-Dong the presidency, but all he’s willing to give to his Black brothers on the dark continent is a free reign for Islam. The Obama Stash is apparently for his posse.

Hening on July 14, 2010 at 9:08 AM

57 States…….solid B+

search4truth on July 14, 2010 at 9:12 AM

What? Obama LIED again? Say it ain’t so! That’s not the hope and change I was expecting when I learned about Rev. Wright and Bill Ayers.

Anyone got some soap worthy of a Presidential mouth?

katablog.com on July 14, 2010 at 9:18 AM

According to longstanding congressional Democrat protocol, obama’s incremental HIV increases would be considered CUTS under and Republican administration.

paul1149 on July 14, 2010 at 9:23 AM

According to longstanding congressional Democrat protocol, obama’s incremental HIV increases would be considered CUTS under and Republican administration.

paul1149 on July 14, 2010 at 9:23 AM

Excellent!

TedInATL on July 14, 2010 at 9:43 AM

This year’s budget was deemed passed, I believe. Seriously, I think I read that recently.

Let’s deem our president impeached.

jeff_from_mpls on July 14, 2010 at 8:44 AM

Yes, you did. Deeming our president impeached is the next step. I’m all for it!

BetseyRoss on July 14, 2010 at 10:32 AM

Isn’t it funny… Bush, who the libs all know hates black folks, did more for HIV/AIDS in Africa than any president before him. Yet the first black president is basically doing as little as he can get away with for those with HIV/AIDS and the libbies think it’s just FAB!

This just goes to prove what we’ve all been saying all along: That Obama is nothing more than an empty suit held up by puppet strings and inflated egos. He’s going to be described by future generations as the “President Nothing.” The president who was to be better than any in history but wound up being nothing more than an amorphous idea that disappeared leaving nothing of value behind.

His legacy will be overwhelming debt, lost allies and dreams that disappeared into the darkness of liberal ideology and demands.

Mad Mad Monica on July 14, 2010 at 10:45 AM

Somewhere George Orwell is laughing his ass off.

GarandFan on July 14, 2010 at 10:48 AM

Every day, in every way, it’s just more lies on top of more lies from O-Bummer.

Headache. I have such a headache.

GrannyDee on July 14, 2010 at 11:12 AM

I had a debate with a liberal at a party recently on Obama’s policies and the main debate point she had was…get ready… “Because president Obama said so.” I lost a few IQ points in those minutes with her.

jukin on July 14, 2010 at 11:28 AM

I thank President Bush for the recent increases in HIV/AIDS funding.

If Obama wants to change his tune and take responsibility for his spending choices, his deficits, his budgets, his debt expansion, and how he’s running the economy; then I’ll let him take credit for this.

But if Bush is (as Obama claims) responsible for all the debt, deficit spending, and budgets; then isn’t Bush the one who deserves credit for this? I can’t see a way to separate these.

gekkobear on July 14, 2010 at 11:58 AM

“Each year”? He’s been President in two calendar years … and didn’t increase assistance in this year. In fact, Obama didn’t increase it much last year, either :
FY2008: $6.031 billion
FY2009: $6.68 billion
FY2010 (present): $6.835 billion
FY2011: $6.99 billion

So, from FY 2008 to FY 2009 (which began in October 2008), President BUSH increased AIDS funding by $649 million, and Obama increased it by $155 million in FY 2010 and $155 million in FY 2011.

Ain’t it so cool that Obama’s the first black President and helps his African brothers? Don’t want none of those failed policies of the past, like 4 times more funding increases to fight AIDS! We’re gettin’ Obama Care now!

Steve Z on July 14, 2010 at 12:18 PM

We shoudln’t be spending one cent of taxpayer dollars on people with AIDS. That’s just plain stupid. If someone is stupid enough to practice unsafe sex, then we should just allow Darwinism to run it’s course and cull the herd. Instead we’re paying to allow these people to infect even more people.

OxyCon on July 14, 2010 at 12:33 PM

Seriously, you’re going to criticize him for not spending more money?

Heywood U. Reedmore on July 14, 2010 at 1:20 PM

This might be why there’s an ad on the tube, to donate to HIV/AIDS treatments. Less than 43 cents a day it says.

As for Obama….maybe even he thinks it’s been to long? LOL

capejasmine on July 14, 2010 at 2:00 PM

Crusader Rabbit on July 14, 2010 at 8:12 AM

Close!
Obama and merry band of Administrative Academia incompetence
are proof positive that Academia prepares one for an ENTRY level job, not the CEO!

DSchoen on July 14, 2010 at 3:50 PM

There’s no error on the part of The Won. He’s very dense. His head’s a black hole. Time slows down as you approach the event horizon of a black hole. Science!

ya2daup on July 14, 2010 at 4:07 PM

Chiming in really, really late here [those of us on West Coast time who can't read OOTD until we get home from work, don't get to comment in a timely manner].

What the apologists are going to say is that Obama supported increasing spending on this item while he was in Congress (may or may not be true, won’t matter to the apologists), therefore in reality, he didn’t mis-speak, he was telling the Obamessiah truth, he supported raising this line item every year he’s been in office [including his short stint as Senator]

AZfederalist on July 14, 2010 at 10:28 PM

ObaMao announces a change in policy. = Things are going to get worse.

Slowburn on July 14, 2010 at 10:47 PM