Obamateurism of the Day

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

Everyone who has had to listen to Barack Obama speak can identify his rhetorical crutches — “Let me be clear,” “It’s not about me,” and “I inherited a mess,” to name just a few.  CBS’ Mark Knoller has to listen more than most, being a member of the White House press corps, and decided to focus on another of Obama’s rhetorical crutches.  Just how many “top priorities” can one man have?  As it turns out … a “bevy” of them:

After the Senate passed that $600 million Border Security Bill yesterday, President Obama issued a statement asserting that securing the southwest border has been “a top priority” since he took office.

But if you think Mr. Obama can have but a single “top priority,” you’d be wrong. He’s got a load of them. …

Early in his administration, Mr. Obama also assigned the “top priority” label to his campaign promise to overhaul America’s health care system. But a check of his speeches since taking office, reflect a bevy of other “top priorities[.]”

So how many?  Knoller lists thirteen other “top priorities” besides the economy, border security, job creation, so the official count is 16.  I suspect, though, that Knoller may have given up counting after finding “free trade agreements” on the list.  After all, that’s one of the few on the list that Obama can accomplish on his own, and we’ve yet to see him come up with one that originated with his administration.  For that matter, we have yet to see the White House sign the Colombian free trade pact that Colombia has wanted since George Bush was President.

Maybe sometime soon the White House can put together a Top Ten List of Top Priorities of the Top Guy.  Hopefully, that gets to the top of their list.

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“Let me be clear, Top Priorities are my top priority.”

loudmouth883 on August 17, 2010 at 8:09 AM

So one ‘bevy’ is equal to 16 ?

listens2glenn on August 17, 2010 at 8:10 AM

And “Czar” used to mean the top leader….

apostic on August 17, 2010 at 8:10 AM

That’s what we as a country get for electing a man that’s done no more than vote “present” or shake banks down for money his whole life.

Johnnyreb on August 17, 2010 at 8:11 AM

Add a new one

Building a Mosque at ground zero is now his top priority.

roflmao

donabernathy on August 17, 2010 at 8:11 AM

But the Trump Card is – – – – – –

Barack.

TimBuk3 on August 17, 2010 at 8:12 AM

The Obama family’s top priority has always been ‘Vacation Travel’

philly_PA on August 17, 2010 at 8:14 AM

We’ll Barry, “WE the people” also have a top priority, to eliminate you and your ilk starting in november.

SHARPTOOTH on August 17, 2010 at 8:17 AM

Forgot to count race-baiting. That makes it 17.

DrStock on August 17, 2010 at 8:20 AM

Still waiting on that “pivot on jobs”.

carbon_footprint on August 17, 2010 at 8:20 AM

Y’know, a little Ritalin might help the POTUS with this ADD problem.

apostic on August 17, 2010 at 8:22 AM

any jackass can call something a priority. Only a leader can set about dealing with it. If all you have is a list of priorities in one hand and hopenchange in the other, well, you just might be a one term president.

strong work stimpy.

ted c on August 17, 2010 at 8:23 AM

And look at the outcome of his top priorities where he “succeeded” I wouldn’t let these people wash my car.

Cindy Munford on August 17, 2010 at 8:24 AM

Who ever said this bozo was an eloquent speaker…?

Or a leader, or smart, or talented…?

10-20 years ago, who would have guessed that Americans would have elected Erkel as President?

Barry’s ‘Top Priority’ has always been Barry.

rockbend on August 17, 2010 at 8:24 AM

Dear Liar’s real top priority:
knee-capping the United States of America.

rbj on August 17, 2010 at 8:24 AM

“Let me be clear, I inherited all these top priorities. “

Caper29 on August 17, 2010 at 8:25 AM

We have top men working on it now.

Who?

Top…men.

JetBoy on August 17, 2010 at 8:28 AM

Y’know, a little Ritalin might help the POTUS with this ADD problem.

apostic on August 17, 2010 at 8:22 AM

I’d think twice about that.
Seems he’s had no trouble ADDing to the deficit like no one else before him.

VelvetElvis on August 17, 2010 at 8:32 AM

C’mon, Knoller! As each top priority expires, (that is, when the constituency to which Ø panders recognizes his support for their issue), a new priority rotates into the top position. Why don’t you understand that? Hasn’t Ø made that clear to you or does he need to explain it more clearly so you comprehend the pattern of expiration?
.
Didn’t you “get it” when he was campaigning in ’08?

ExpressoBold on August 17, 2010 at 8:32 AM

There is a habit of speech that reliably identifies frauds and pseudo-intellectuals, and Obama has that habit.

I’m talking about the grunting between thoughts, like “ahhh, uhhhh, there are many, uhhh, great world religions and, ahhh, these uhhh, are great in their greatness and, ahhh,…”

Take it from me. The intent is to sound thoughtful and intellectual. But what’s really going on behind that smokescreen is the clown is reaching for ideas on the fly. His apparent confidence comes not from faith in his ideas, but from his certainty that the stenographers in the fake media will interpret his oracles in the best possible light.

The man is a dope.

jeff_from_mpls on August 17, 2010 at 8:34 AM

We have top men working on it now.

Who?

Top…men.

JetBoy on August 17, 2010 at 8:28 AM

I guess he means Joe Biden..:)

PS..No one messes with Joe.

Dire Straits on August 17, 2010 at 8:35 AM

And “Czar” used to mean the top leader….

Clearly Giggles needs a “Top Priorities Czar.” You know… to prioritize all those top priorities he has.

crazy_legs on August 17, 2010 at 8:40 AM

Did anyone notice in a clip of Zero last night on Greta, he was talking to a guy working on Loading Dock 13 before giving a speech to workers. He had the POTUS emblem tacked to the Loading Dock 13 sign on the wall. As if by now people wouldn’t recognize him without a sign.

Kissmygrits on August 17, 2010 at 8:40 AM

Most of can agree that the Obama’s are radicals and are way in over their heads… People, Places, and things are pulling the strings on these two puppets. But they are not the only politicians that have been reduced to puppets. We as a people, must tear down the walls that separate us from the puppet masters; expose who and what they are and destroy this virus to our way of life. Most certainly, the old media is 100% infested with the virus, and must be destroyed.

Keemo on August 17, 2010 at 8:43 AM

Clearly Giggles needs a “Top Priorities Czar.” You know… to prioritize all those top priorities he has.

crazy_legs on August 17, 2010 at 8:40 AM

(Awed) Ooooooh!

apostic on August 17, 2010 at 8:44 AM

So one ‘bevy’ is equal to 16 ?

listens2glenn on August 17, 2010 at 8:10 AM

I call your top priority, and raise you two bevies.

Using these parameters, can we say a liberal’s IQ is equal to three bevies?

Rovin on August 17, 2010 at 8:48 AM

Maybe ObaMao thought that TP means top priority when for most of his ideas it means toilet paper.

onlineanalyst on August 17, 2010 at 8:52 AM

I call your top priority, and raise you two bevies.

Using these parameters, can we say a liberal’s IQ is equal to three bevies?

Rovin on August 17, 2010 at 8:48 AM

You are being generous…

ladyingray on August 17, 2010 at 8:58 AM

I, and I would guess millions of others, have one top priority: to rid us of these bass turds in office. Every last one of these dumb-as-dirt dems.

jbh45 on August 17, 2010 at 9:02 AM

listens2glenn on August 17, 2010 at 8:10 AM

16 and counting. Give him long enough and it might approach a gross.

chemman on August 17, 2010 at 9:02 AM

Rovin on August 17, 2010 at 8:48 AM

LOL.. You’re on your game awful early this morning!

Keemo on August 17, 2010 at 9:06 AM

Rovin,

Flying into your state this afternoon; will spend a week at the folks place in Yucaipa. Problem is, you’re on the other end of the damn state which is like being two states away in most cases. Other wise, I’d be playing a round of golf with you this week.

Keemo on August 17, 2010 at 9:08 AM

Obama gets up yesterday and spouts off that the Republicans are the party of “No We Can’t!”

Meanwhile, the Democrats are proving to be the party of “Yes We Can!”, but for the way wrong reasons.

With the Democrats, it’s “Yes We Can….raise taxes!”

With the Democrats, it’s “Yes We Can….have out of control spending on idiotic pork projects!”

With the Democrats, it’s “Yes We Can….increase unemployment with creating new jobs!”

With the Democrats, it’s “Yes We Can….cut food stamps so Mrs Obama can fund her own personal agenda!”

With the Democrats, it’s “Yes We Can….destroy health care!”

With the Democrats, it’s “Yes We Can….eventually offer unconditional amnesty to illegal aliens!”

So when Obama says the Republicans are the party of “No We Can’t!”, in a way, he is correct.

Because the Republicans are indeed the party of “No We Can’t…….have ANY of this anymore!”

pilamaye on August 17, 2010 at 9:17 AM

THE only top priority to dear leader is dear leader…..everything else, meh….

cmsinaz on August 17, 2010 at 9:21 AM

Keemo on August 17, 2010 at 9:08 AM

Two states indeed. My best to the Family Keemo. And, if we ever get together for a round, I’ll be needing a bevy of strokes from ya………

Rovin on August 17, 2010 at 9:37 AM

So one ‘bevy’ is equal to 16 ?

listens2glenn on August 17, 2010 at 8:10 AM

How many lines fit on the teleprompter? Probably depends on the font they use.

exhelodrvr on August 17, 2010 at 9:39 AM

Thinking that the daily isms for the rest of this week are kinda pointless, no?

Don’t we already have a winner and just waiting on the weekend to make it official?

As for top priorities? The guy is a rank amateur! We had a PM a few years back that actually listed his FORTY top priorities.

Jim708 on August 17, 2010 at 9:51 AM

Latest “Top Priority” for “Cousin Eddie” is to get Dems re-elected and he started off in fine fashion last night raising $1 Million in L.A. and shutting down most of West L.A. for three hours while he ate steak at a $30,000 per plate dinner.
So much for the common man .
Drudge has the link and the comments are brutal for Pinnochio.
The little tyrannt just keeps steppin in it.

dhunter on August 17, 2010 at 9:53 AM

JetBoy on August 17, 2010 at 8:28 AM

You owe me a laptop … SNORT !!

pambi on August 17, 2010 at 9:55 AM

He is a total embarrassment to the United States. Liberals, however, are extremely proud of what they have done. Odumbo is the Anti-Christ and is doing all he can to weaken the country and destabilize the planet. China will soon take our place. Glad I won’t live long enough to see the total collapse, but I truly fear for my children and grandchildren because of the irreparable damage. There will be a special place in Hell for these people.

ultracon on August 17, 2010 at 10:01 AM

My favorite is

“We will not rest, until. . . ”

The WON literaly said that then turned on his heal and went back to the golf course with the underware bomber.

Wander on August 17, 2010 at 10:16 AM

I thought the ‘top priority’ was jobs, jobs, jobs.

GarandFan on August 17, 2010 at 10:29 AM

The top priority is like the flavor of the month. Today it’s whatever he decides makes for good campaign contributions. I saw where Barbara Streisand was a no show to an event she co-hosted?

scalleywag on August 17, 2010 at 11:44 AM

Inability to assign priorities is a characteristic of an incompetent executive.

landlines on August 17, 2010 at 12:09 PM

Reminds me of nutty 90s presidential candidate Ross Perot, who had several of what he called “my highest priority.”

itsnotaboutme on August 17, 2010 at 12:39 PM

Obama is nothing but an arrogant, cocky blowhard who’s in love with the sound of his own voice. That’s why his speech writer is basically a kid who should be writing saccharin sweet romance novels.

OxyCon on August 17, 2010 at 12:44 PM

In the life of Obama there is only one priority, the One.

Schadenfreude on August 17, 2010 at 12:45 PM

There will be a special place in Hell for these people.

ultracon on August 17, 2010 at 10:01 AM

Do we deserve any lesser place in hell? We knew what he was and most of us did nothing (besides vote) to get the word out or try to counter the lies and expose the truth. Our hope for salvation is in learning the price of our inaction and resolving to be the Americans the founders knew we had to be for our republic to survive. Sitting around on our widening backsides won’t do it.

Extrafishy on August 17, 2010 at 1:57 PM

Don’t forget taking Michelle on really bitchin’ dates.

Kafir on August 17, 2010 at 2:37 PM

Obowma: My uhh top priority umm is to ahh golf and umm vacation and uhh BBQ on uhh your dime.

Obowma’s top priority is Obowma in power.

dthorny on August 17, 2010 at 2:50 PM