Obama to GOP: “You can’t have the keys back. You don’t know how to drive!”

posted at 5:43 pm on August 3, 2010 by Allahpundit

Thus spaketh the man with a 41 percent approval rating. I like his metaphor, actually, even if he has the particulars wrong: After two years of watching him swerve all over the road and sideswipe the occasional telephone pole, the public’s decided that he’s drunk and it’s time to take his keys away.

If only he’d swerved a bit harder and maybe hit some of those poles head-on, says Robert Reich, the left would be more jazzed to keep Democrats in the driver’s seat:

Reasonable people disagree about whether these initiatives should have been more or less ambitious, but almost everyone falls into one of these camps. And that’s precisely the political problem Democrats now face.

A stimulus too small to significantly reduce unemployment, a TARP that didn’t trickle down to Main Street, financial reform that doesn’t fundamentally restructure Wall Street, and health-care reforms that don’t promise to bring down health-care costs have all created an enthusiasm gap. They’ve fired up the right, demoralized the left, and generated unease among the general population.

This leaves the Democrats in a difficult position. They have to prove a negative proposition—that although these initiatives cost lots of money or require many new regulations, conditions would be or will be a lot worse without them.

That’s basically their argument, especially vis-a-vis the stimulus: “If not for us, the totaled car that is American policy would be … even more totaled.” Slap that slogan on the bumper of a Chevy Volt and you’re ready to roll. Exit question: Given his incredible driving prowess, why is our Jeff-Gordon-in-chief here not being invited for a national victory lap by congressional Democrats? Click the image to watch.


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You can say whatever you want Barry, but come November you’ll be riding in the backseat.

You-Eh-Vee on August 3, 2010 at 6:31 PM

Says the man who’s driving the country off a cliff in a Chevy Volt.

Red Cloud on August 3, 2010 at 5:45 PM

After driving it less than 10 feet and then declaring it the automobile of the future.

pilamaye on August 3, 2010 at 6:33 PM

Dear President Obama,

It’s not your decision who gets to be in charge.

Sincerely,
Jessica

+100!

crashland on August 3, 2010 at 6:34 PM

The Republicans have done nothing to prove they are worthy of anyone’s trust….especially conservatives.

The Democrats have proven they are unworthy.

What a great choice we have.

rickyricardo on August 3, 2010 at 5:49 PM

The Tea Party…

Khun Joe on August 3, 2010 at 6:34 PM

Says the guy who created Cash for Clunkers.

MadisonConservative on August 3, 2010 at 5:45 PM

Thread winner!

Schadenfreude on August 3, 2010 at 6:34 PM

After driving it less than 10 feet and then declaring it the automobile of the future.

pilamaye on August 3, 2010 at 6:33 PM

and signing big huge bills that no one has read….

ted c on August 3, 2010 at 6:35 PM

Obama…throwing gas on a fire daily…with not a clue nor a care…

winston on August 3, 2010 at 6:37 PM

Hey look, the President is invoking #1 of Moe Lane’s Top Ten Signs of DOOM. and maybe even a touch of #4, too.

In other news, the President again proves he’s an arrogant pr!ck.

JeffWeimer on August 3, 2010 at 6:38 PM

Solid B+ Incomplete…

rcpjr on August 3, 2010 at 6:39 PM

Barry, maybe you should learn to operate one of these before you try to operate a big boy car that needs keys.

A@@HO-LE

Key West Reader on August 3, 2010 at 6:39 PM

This from the fool who cannot even figure out car insurance.

djtnt on August 3, 2010 at 6:39 PM

“You can’t have the keys back, you don’t know how to drive
I’m the only one who can show you how to thrive
I’m the Driver in Chief
You be drunk with relief
I’ll tell you when to wake up; no, I will you not deprive”

Schadenfreude on August 3, 2010 at 6:41 PM

Bambi came into Office as the classic back-seat driver. He had never done anything of note, but always knew how things should be done. So he was given the keys.

Subsequently, he’s driven the car off the road, run up a huge bill at the auto repair shop and now he wants to junk the car and replace with a shiny expensive new model that he assures us that he knows how to drive.

Bambi, it ain’t the car. It’s you.

PackerBronco on August 3, 2010 at 6:45 PM

What’s his excuse for not putting the keys in the ignition?

moonsbreath on August 3, 2010 at 6:47 PM

The Republicans have done nothing to prove they are worthy of anyone’s trust….especially conservatives.

The Democrats have proven they are unworthy.

What a great choice we have.

rickyricardo on August 3, 2010 at 5:49 PM

I’ll give you a choice: choose yourself.

Don’t choose the candidate that says, “I’m here to help you, I’ll take care of everything.” Instead the choose the candidate who says: “I have confidence in you and in the American entrepreneural spirit. My job is to defend the country, enforce the borders, enforce the law and to keep out of your way.”

PackerBronco on August 3, 2010 at 6:49 PM

“If not for us, the totaled car that is American policy would be … even more totaled.” Slap that slogan on the bumper of a Chevy Volt and you’re ready to roll.

You are really hitting on all cylinders with this one!

INC on August 3, 2010 at 6:50 PM

This is Bush’s Car…..You wanted the keys, you campaigned about getting the keys, then biatch about the job you have to do and then spend all your time and mouth energy biatching about the car, the car you drive for free, everyone else pays the gas, you drive it around like you stole it—which, by many accounts, you DID!

ted c on August 3, 2010 at 6:52 PM

Dear President Obama,

It’s not your decision who gets to be in charge.

Sincerely,
Jessica
+100!

crashland on August 3, 2010 at 6:34 PM

I concur, and EXCELLENT point!!!

capejasmine on August 3, 2010 at 6:52 PM

I’ll return to the metaphor I used when Teddy K gave up the ghost before the Obamacare vote….

If Obama is driving the car

WE ARE ALL MARY JO KOPECHNE NOW!!!

ted c on August 3, 2010 at 6:53 PM

I suspect Obama hotwired this car.

Play grand theft auto much?

capejasmine on August 3, 2010 at 6:53 PM

Who are you going to give the keys to…Biden or Stark?

right2bright on August 3, 2010 at 6:54 PM

AP warn us next time clicking a link might bring us to WaPo, I will Not give them traffic, why should anyone?

Bobnormal on August 3, 2010 at 6:55 PM

News flash, Obamalamadingdong. You don’t get to decide who gets the keys to the car. We do.

Rip Ford on August 3, 2010 at 6:56 PM

Unqualified at any speed.

Mr. Wednesday Night on August 3, 2010 at 6:56 PM

I suspect Obama hotwired this car.

Play grand theft auto much?

capejasmine on August 3, 2010 at 6:53 PM

Soros bought it and gave the keys to Bury and his Droogs.

thomasaur on August 3, 2010 at 6:57 PM

Memories of a lying Bastige on a campaign trail

Barry doesn’t give his daughters birthday or Christmas gifts. Barry fixes his own car. Barry does the laundry. Barry does the grocery shopping. Barry is Da Man!

/utterly sickening.

Key West Reader on August 3, 2010 at 6:57 PM

This IDIOT needs to be thrown out of the White House!

GarandFan on August 3, 2010 at 7:05 PM

Barry is starting to sound just silly, blaming everyone else in his jive speech. Why doesn’t someone point out that he should be in Washington taking care of bidness rather than flying around in his tricked out Air Force One flapping his gums. He probably spent more time speechifying that working on the economy. (Oh,wait, maybe he doesn’t really care to fix the economy. Cloward-Piven, Hiho, Silver, Away.)

AcidReflux on August 3, 2010 at 7:05 PM

Since the volt only gets 40 mpcharge, we are doomed to watch as the economy goes off the cliff in slooooow motion.

eaglewingz08 on August 3, 2010 at 7:08 PM

Jeff Gordon in chief. I like it.

DrStock on August 3, 2010 at 7:13 PM

“You can’t have the keys back. You don’t know how to drive!”

Coming from the guy who only knows how to grind the gears.

J_Crater on August 3, 2010 at 7:15 PM

I forced myself to watch that clip, just to remind myself of how much I loathe that smug delivery, smarmy style, and rhetoric devoid of content of ObaMao’s.

JellyToast, I noticed the page turning of notes, too. How vacuous must he be to not have that formerly trotted out anecdote firmly planted in his skull? And, Jeff, you are correct that his community-organizing “street” delivery is his fallback position. Dropping those “g’s” is so sincere, don’t you know?

His DNC audience must be trapped in its comfort zone of cliches and self-annointed superiority to be hoodwinked by ObaMao’s speech. Talk about being bamboozled and hoodwinked. I think that there is an eight-track tape in that clunker that they are rocking out of the ditch they created.

onlineanalyst on August 3, 2010 at 7:17 PM

To paraphrase Triumph the Insult Dog: “Okay, now he’s begging to be pooped on.”

AubieJon on August 3, 2010 at 7:17 PM

Alinsky

Joe Caps on August 3, 2010 at 7:18 PM

“If not for us, the totaled car that is American policy would be … even more totaled.” Slap that slogan on the bumper of a Chevy Volt and you’re ready to roll.

That’s hilarious. Mr. President is about as funny as my high school friends were back in the 70s when they would say “What, did you get your license at a Kmart blue light special?” Har, har, har.

scalleywag on August 3, 2010 at 7:20 PM

onlineanalyst on August 3, 2010 at 7:17 PM

I can’t watch his clips anymore. He’s become the Smart A$$ in Chief, and nobody likes a smart a@@. His poll numbers reflect that.

scalleywag on August 3, 2010 at 7:22 PM

Pure hatred.

Can’t say more, would get in trouble.

Midas on August 3, 2010 at 7:23 PM

I’ll return to the metaphor I used when Teddy K gave up the ghost before the Obamacare vote….

If Obama is driving the car

WE ARE ALL MARY JO KOPECHNE NOW!!!

ted c on August 3, 2010 at 6:53 PM

+1..That is an impressive post! :)

Dire Straits on August 3, 2010 at 7:24 PM

“I Won”, Part Deux.

Lockstein13 on August 3, 2010 at 7:27 PM

He is spending his birthday in Chicago…alone…touching base with his keepers-of-the-keys…shooting a few hoops…waiting for the “sunburst” to energize his falling numbers.

Will he take BO with him since the dog is accustomed to luxe travel?

onlineanalyst on August 3, 2010 at 7:29 PM

Hey Mr. President, the Jerk Store called…

scalleywag on August 3, 2010 at 7:31 PM

“I know how to drive….

FORE!!!!”

/bho

LibTired on August 3, 2010 at 7:31 PM

Jeff Gordon in Chief? Naw… more like Danica Patrick in Chief, all hype and no substance.

cebj25 on August 3, 2010 at 7:34 PM

This might be wrong…….but I’m going to just be honest with fellow HotAirians.

I cannot even stand to listen to listen to this lying thug of a politician. He is America’s WORST NIGHTMARE.

He is the DOTUS (Destroyer of the United States).

PappyD61 on August 3, 2010 at 7:35 PM

PappyD61 on August 3, 2010 at 7:35 PM

I think that’s safe to say. I don’t listen to him anymore either. He makes me ill. I can’t wait until we have a manly president instead of a third grader.

scalleywag on August 3, 2010 at 7:38 PM

WHAT YOU SAID…..

He can turn the volume up on the rhetoric all he wants – but no one is listening to him.

The fact is – Americans really aren’t interested in giving the keys back to the Republicans. The only reason they are interested at all in the GOP is because the GOP is the only thing that can stop Obama – or slow down his radical agenda of socialism, which is bankrupting this country.

Based on what’s transpired in the last 19 months – I don’t think they can make a case for continued one party rule.

HondaV65 on August 3, 2010 at 5:53 PM

WHICH PARTY SUCKS LESS…………November winner!!!!

PappyD61 on August 3, 2010 at 7:39 PM

He is the DOTUS (Destroyer of the United States).

PappyD61 on August 3, 2010 at 7:35 PM

I don’t think this is falling on death ears at Hot Air. :)

Dire Straits on August 3, 2010 at 7:40 PM

Is amateur hour almost over yet?

Scrappy on August 3, 2010 at 7:44 PM

PackerBronco on August 3, 2010 at 6:49 PM

Amen!!!

Cindy Munford on August 3, 2010 at 7:51 PM

Need to put the car in (R)everse before we head over the cliff with dear leader

cmsinaz on August 3, 2010 at 6:00 PM

….in (D)rive.

cableguy615 on August 3, 2010 at 7:54 PM

A mongrel in a Volt-wagon–now that’s real muscle…

Dhuka on August 3, 2010 at 7:54 PM

Heh, Jan Brewer has a birthday card offering for the ManChild: http://www.happybirthdayfromaz.com/

onlineanalyst on August 3, 2010 at 8:01 PM

Obama was an idiotic fad for brain dead morons, like trucker hats, Von Dutch and “tribal” tattoos.

Django on August 3, 2010 at 8:11 PM

….in (D)rive.

cableguy615 on August 3, 2010 at 7:54 PM

count me out of this joy ride

cmsinaz on August 3, 2010 at 8:14 PM

ChittyChittyBangBangEnomics

faraway on August 3, 2010 at 8:15 PM

Obama talks like he’s on a perpetual episode of BET Def Comedy Jam. “Look at me and how witty I am!” Hey a–hole, you’re president. Try sounding like it.

Django on August 3, 2010 at 8:16 PM

Obama’s driving us on the Highway to Hell

faraway on August 3, 2010 at 8:16 PM

Are you possibly better off than you might have possibly been had we not wasted so much money?

Yeah, a real winner of a campaign slogan.

TQM38a on August 3, 2010 at 8:20 PM

This from the Urkel who got in a Volt, belted up, got a chic in the passenger seat in case it got away from him, drove four feet on a polished concrete floor, got out and proclaimed “That was smooth!”

Drivin an electric toy car 4 feet doesn’t make you Mario Andretti,
Bein a community organizing jerk doesn’t make you my President or qualified to be such,
and he proves it everyday!
The least accomplished and least qualified person in whatever room he is in is the Pinnochio Presidente! Fraud!

dhunter on August 3, 2010 at 8:28 PM

“…and miles to go before I sleep.”

AubieJon on August 3, 2010 at 8:33 PM

Due respect to the moron-in-chief, he sounds like a petulant child. It is the AMERICAN PEOPLE who decide “who gets the keys”.

echosyst on August 3, 2010 at 8:37 PM

He’s such a child

ya2daup on August 3, 2010 at 8:41 PM

No one, and I mean, NO ONE, does snark like dear old Allah.

Purple Fury on August 3, 2010 at 8:42 PM

This is all going to end very, very badly for Barry.

And I cannot wait.

turfmann on August 3, 2010 at 8:45 PM

Wow, did the teleprompter come up with that line.

Hummer53 on August 3, 2010 at 8:47 PM

During a bit that drew hearty laughs from the Democratic audience, he likened the GOP to a driver who has gone into a ditch, and after not helping to push the car out, demands the keys back.

I wonder if he’s ever pushed a car out of a ditch. Come on, doesn’t he look like the guy who would be facing away, talking on the cellphone, as the other people do the work?

You betcha.

disa on August 3, 2010 at 8:59 PM

Take your fuzzy dice and get the hell out of the car, a-hole.

Ronnie on August 3, 2010 at 9:56 PM

“Click the image to watch.” I will not!

Alfresco on August 3, 2010 at 10:25 PM

onlineanalyst on August 3, 2010 at 8:01 PM

OK, that totally made me giggle! THANK YOU!

Yellowdog12 on August 3, 2010 at 10:49 PM

I wonder how long it took him to master this: PRD21. He hasn’t fared too well with anything else, so caution is advised.

LarryG on August 3, 2010 at 11:29 PM

Ass-Clown in Chief

Jaibones on August 3, 2010 at 11:39 PM

I couldn’t force myself to watch this moron say essentially nothing I want to hear.

Secondly, he’s been driving alright….but its largely been a golf cart and 3-wood.

JP1986UM on August 3, 2010 at 11:46 PM

Honk if you like high unemployment..

TN Mom on August 4, 2010 at 12:00 AM

No Jonathan Winters here. Please move on.

Travis1 on August 4, 2010 at 12:01 AM

Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero grabbed the Democratic nod, but the GOP candidate automatically became the favorite in the economically ailing state. Michigan has the nation’s second-highest unemployment rate — at 13.2 percent — and scores of foreclosures, and that has been a drag on the two-term Democratic governor.

Schadenfreude on August 4, 2010 at 12:02 AM

This fool needs to go back to the teleprompters, he is a much better speaker when he mimics Ron Burgandy in chief, although, his message still sucks.

I’d like to see a group of Nascar fans (left turn only, just not with their politics) take him to the woodshed to straighten him out on his socialist policies.

Is the Chevy Volt ride this years Dukakis tank ride?

http://www.bostonherald.com/blogs/news/lone_republican/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/dukakis-in-the-tank.jpg

dthorny on August 4, 2010 at 12:43 AM

This sounds like a threat. Is he gonna declare martial law and refuse to leave the WH when Gov. Palin defeats him in 2012? Is he going to send ACORN, SEIU, the Black Panthers, and every thug he knows to the voting booth to make sure nobody votes GOP? Is he going to have his liberal business buddies rig the voting machines? How else can he say the GOP will not be in control again? Obama is a communist dictator.

SilentWatcher on August 4, 2010 at 1:30 AM

From his mouth to Allah’s ear.

ray on August 4, 2010 at 2:00 AM

No, we’re not going to go to places where people think it’s unhelpful that we go. That would be crazy,” White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said at Tuesday’s briefing.

Well then, I am happy to hear that they will be leaving America. Amen!

redwhiteblue on August 4, 2010 at 2:36 AM

“Gimme the f**king keys, you c**ksucker!”

ZK on August 4, 2010 at 8:05 AM

Obama thinks of himself as the driver.

And as Michael Medved pointed out yesterday, one of the German translations of the word “driver” is “Führer”.

Obama wants to be der Führer? No surprise there.

Felonious Monk on August 4, 2010 at 9:36 AM

Wow…..this guy makes Jimmuh Carter look less than terrible.

olesparkie on August 4, 2010 at 9:48 AM

So he wants the keys to the car since the GOP drove it in a ditch… problem is He’s now taking the car to the demolition derby!!

justice4ddd on August 4, 2010 at 9:48 AM

You may be dangling the keys over our heads now, but we may be able to declare “I won” in November (and I am speaking about the voice of the American electorate, not a single solitary person as you did).

LadyGator88 on August 4, 2010 at 9:55 AM

Obama is an unmitigated dumb-ass and a master of nonsensical rhetoric. It’s clear that he has no idea just how incompetent and incapable he really is.

rplat on August 4, 2010 at 10:00 AM

Bite me, slick. You damn well ain’t my daddy.

mojo on August 4, 2010 at 10:34 AM

Obama is an unmitigated dumb-ass and a master of nonsensical rhetoric. It’s clear that he has no idea just how incompetent and incapable he really is.

rplat on August 4, 2010 at 10:00 AM

I’m more concerned about the utter-ignoramuses that reflexively vote for him.

Inanemergencydial on August 4, 2010 at 11:09 AM

Obamao is a real one man brain trust!

MCGIRV on August 4, 2010 at 12:46 PM

Obama wants to be der Führer? No surprise there.

Felonious Monk on August 4, 2010 at 9:36 AM

So ve heil (phffft!), heil (phffft!), right in der Führer’s face!

Mary in LA on August 4, 2010 at 2:25 PM

took the keys away……

with the clown in the white house now….. ya can’t even take the training wheels off the tricycle…. cause after 20 months he hasn’t figured how to pedal and steer.

roflmao

donabernathy on August 4, 2010 at 10:06 PM

So what are you guys saying, The Obama Experiment isnt working..?

Badbrucskie on August 5, 2010 at 9:40 AM

I bet if we asked to see the Presidents Drivers License he would show us the phony drivers license he has not renewed since he bought it to buy beer for his High School Graduation party. I understand he will renew it next year because he will be older than the drivers license says he is.

MSGTAS on August 5, 2010 at 9:44 AM

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