Obamateurism of the Day

posted at 8:05 am on July 30, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Most of the time, I write the OOTD in order to demonstrate how something in the news actually shows Barack Obama’s amateurish handling of the Presidency as a means to focus more attention on those incidents that escape larger media attention.  In this case, the OOTD is an argument of why something was merely an amateurish stumble.   During his ill-advised appearance on The View, Obama offered this view of African-Americans, using a term that comes straight out of white-supremacist playbooks:

President Obama waded into the national race debate in an unlikely setting and with an unusual choice of words: telling daytime talk show hosts that African-Americans are “sort of a mongrel people.”

The president appeared on ABC’s morning talk show “The View” Thursday, where he talked about the forced resignation of Agriculture Department official Shirley Sherrod, his experience with race and his roots.

When asked about his background, which includes a black father and white mother, Obama said of African-Americans: “We are sort of a mongrel people.”

Whoa.  Obama knew he had made a faux pas and quickly added:

“I mean we’re all kinds of mixed up,” Obama said. “That’s actually true of white people as well, but we just know more about it.”

The word Obama wanted was mutts, which Glenn Reynolds recognized as well.  Americans tend to be mutts — a blend of many nationalities, which is one of our strengths: being a melting pot.  Our national identity comes from our adherence to the rule of law, not a single ethnic identity or language or religion, as is the case in other countries.

In fact, white people recognize this just as much as others in the US, despite Obama’s odd assertion here.  And everyone, regardless of background, knows better than to use “mongrel people” to describe anyone in the US … except Obama, apparently.  But it’s clear that this is just an amateurish gaffe, and not the insult it would have been considered had it come from any of Obama’s predecessors in the Oval Office.

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“An amateurish gaffe” or one more bit of proof Obama just doesn’t “get” America?

mrt721 on July 30, 2010 at 10:57 AM

“An amateurish gaffe” or one more bit of proof Obama just doesn’t “get” America?

mrt721 on July 30, 2010 at 10:57 AM

Too bad our Constitution doesn’t have some clause that would require that the US President be a natural-born citizen, or something… Then all these misunderstandings could be avoided!

Haiku Guy on July 30, 2010 at 11:04 AM

Boss Emeritus has on her site that he just bowed to Chris Christie. Add that one here, please.

ProudPalinFan on July 30, 2010 at 10:33 AM

ProudPalinFan: This will have to tie you over till,a thread
is fired up!!:)

Who’s ya daddy? Obama bows to Gov. Chris Christie

http://anotherblackconservative.blogspot.com/2010/07/whos-ya-daddy-obama-bows-to-gov-chris.html

canopfor on July 30, 2010 at 11:04 AM

canopfor on July 30, 2010 at 9:15 AM
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“Somos todos cruzados”

That about it?

OkieDoc on July 30, 2010 at 9:36 AM

OkieDoc:Haha,close enough!!:)

canopfor on July 30, 2010 at 11:08 AM

Soooooh, Obama implicitly admits that he is a racist

Finally, contrary to his recommendation that we have public discussions of this, I would be, er, cautious about discussing any of this at, say, the workplace, lest a co-worker or (employer!) complain about hate speech.

Buy Danish on July 30, 2010 at 9:59 AM

Buy Danish: Your post is kick-*ss,btw,I came across a PDF,
but couldn’t cut/paste,in Black Theology,that
references Mongrel!!:)
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Page #8,i believe.

http://books.google.ca/books?id=1NEBaLt5U4YC&pg=PA8&lpg=PA8&dq=Black+theology+mongrel&source=bl&ots=uP585H1vSH&sig=2TNHtq05uuz5b9WJYg6Vn3_QZSQ&hl=en&ei=OuxSTNfPDcT58Aa3stTgBA&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=10&ved=0CDAQ6AEwCTgU#v=onepage&q&f=false

canopfor on July 30, 2010 at 11:34 AM

BTW, how does this translate into Spanish?

OkieDoc on July 30, 2010 at 9:08 AM

Thanks! I was gonna look it up, but it means “perro sato”. You know, not a Poodle, but a Peek-a-poo; a Mal-ti-poo, a Pug-a-poo, etc. for which people pay insane amounts of money.

I learned to “dissect” dog breeds when I moved here, because this is done here all the time (i.e., “this dog is part Shepherd, part Collie, part Hound”). I still find it funny. I always thought for mixed breeds one should not pay anything, or if they’re at a shelter, just the minimum.

ProudPalinFan on July 30, 2010 at 11:46 AM

Explains this, again.

TRC, what say you to Obama’s schlif?

Schadenfreude on July 30, 2010 at 11:54 AM

In the “Twilight” series, Edward uses this word to insult and diminish Jacob. I tweeted about that this morning. Of course, that word has not made it to the movies, nor Eclipse.

Perhaps he is either a closet fan, or his daughters are Twifans. Mongrel is not a word you just cook up in the air.

ProudPalinFan on July 30, 2010 at 11:57 AM

Buy Danish on July 30, 2010 at 9:59 AM

Excellent observation and assessment.

He is not dumb, he’s maliciously manipulative.

Schadenfreude on July 30, 2010 at 12:00 PM

canopfor on July 30, 2010 at 11:34 AM

I’m inclined to believe that Obama is familiar with this book which dissents from the concept of American Exceptionalism. If you scroll down you’ll see that the author has written about Obama, Crazy Uncle Jeremiah, and Race. I’m running out and don’t have time to check that out, but if you have the time it could be fun…

Buy Danish on July 30, 2010 at 12:10 PM

Sometimes, the true feelings of someone, comes out at the most unexpected places. I think this is one of those times.

capejasmine on July 30, 2010 at 12:32 PM

On this one, the helicopter’s rear blades act as rays coming off The Won’s head as he greets Christie. Luv those AP photogs…
http://www.daylife.com/photo/058i8y96xpaVp?q=obama+christie

ProudPalinFan on July 30, 2010 at 12:43 PM

canopfor on July 30, 2010 at 11:34 AM
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Crazy Uncle Jeremiah, and Race. I’m running out and don’t have time to check that out, but if you have the time it could be fun…

Buy Danish on July 30, 2010 at 12:10 PM

Buy Danish: Rev.Wright,that should be enlightening,thanks,
I’ll check it out!!:)

canopfor on July 30, 2010 at 1:04 PM

But it’s clear that this is just an amateurish gaffe, and not the insult it would have been considered had it come from any of Obama’s predecessors in the Oval Office.

If he had spent more time here during his formative years, he’d know that. Culturally & ethnically speaking, the Dude is NOT an American – more like a transplant that still has a way to go in assimilating American ways.

Just as a longtime Swede immigrant can’t seem to lose the accent, Obambi can’t lose the Indonesian, Moslem cum Marxist savoir faire.

NOTE: this has nothing to do with place of birth and all that nonsense and everything to do with that instilled Red, White & Blue as opposed to Crimson & Gold tempered by Green & White.

AH_C on July 30, 2010 at 2:02 PM

“I mean we’re all kinds of mixed up,” Obama said. “That’s actually true of white people as well, but we just know more about it.”

So he’s saying it’s a black thing; we wouldn’t understand?

ya2daup on July 30, 2010 at 2:21 PM

I’ve never been sure about Obama’s attitude toward African-Americans as a whole, but his attitude toward white Americans couldn’t be clearer, with that statement that “That’s actually true of white people as well, but we just know more about it.” Apparently in his world, white people are monolithic and clueless about anything to do with race or ethnicity.

The man is an ignoramus.

RebeccaH on July 30, 2010 at 3:20 PM

Somehow, the more poseur Obama talks sans teleprompter, the more I am convinced he is the LAST person qualified to lead any sort of discussion on race.

marybel on July 30, 2010 at 10:33 AM

Good for you.

I was absolutely certain of this when it was revealed Obama sat in Rev. Wright’s hate filled congregation for 20 years or so. Obama has no credibility on the subject.

Gang-of-One on July 30, 2010 at 4:14 PM

Bow Wow Wow.

Mr. Joe on July 30, 2010 at 5:42 PM

How many more times will he demonstrate that he is clueless about America? He doesn’t know our history, our culture, and certainly not our Constitution.

When will people “get it”, that he doesn’t “get it”?

M-14 2go on July 30, 2010 at 6:26 PM

Well, we’re gonna be A-OK since there needs to drill-baby-drill to get the oil to power up the unit./*geniuses*/sarc

ProudPalinFan on July 30, 2010 at 7:18 PM

Sorry wrong thread! Darn computer!

ProudPalinFan on July 30, 2010 at 7:19 PM

I can’t believe nobody’s come up with this yet:

He wa’n’t no common dog, he wa’n’t no mongrel; he was a composite. A composite dog is a dog that is made up of all the valuable qualities that’s in the dog breed — kind of a syndicate; and a mongrel is made up of all riffraff that’s left over. – Mark Twain

PersonFromPorlock on July 30, 2010 at 9:12 PM

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