Obama pretty excited about this whole “car” metaphor for the midterms

posted at 8:02 pm on August 19, 2010 by Allahpundit

I thought he’d only been at it for two weeks but apparently it’s a longstanding thing. See, “D” stands for “Democrats” but it also stands for “drive,” and that’s what you want to be doing when you’re in a car. Whereas “R” stands for both “Republican” and “reverse,” and no one wants to be doing that. So there you go. You’re now set for the midterms.

Remember: Crushing deficits and near-double-digit unemployment = drive. Wingnut = reverse.

It has since become the Mr. Potato Head of campaign stump speech metaphors.

The president keeps expanding on it. This week, as he repeated it at fundraisers across the country, it continued to balloon into several paragraphs and with bells and whistles tacked on in all directions.

Obama changes features around. He introduces new characters. He adds new props. The other day he decided Republicans were sipping Slurpees as they watched Democrats dig out the car. (Incidentally, Obama is the only president to ever use the word “Slurpee” in a speech, according to the archives of The American Presidency Project)…

For a moment during another fundraiser in Chicago that same day, the metaphor even seemed to become too much for Obama.

“I also want to make a simple point — not to belabor this analogy,” he said, “but when you want to go forward, what do you put the car in?

And this time the audience got involved. “D!” the crowd shouted. “D,” Obama replied.

Lots, lots, lots more at the link, I’m sorry to say. Semi-serious question: Shouldn’t our modern-day Pericles be expected to do a little better than this to jazz his base for November? The die is already cast vis-a-vis the basic result, but if he hits the right notes he should at least be able to mobilize turnout among his base to mitigate losses. They seem to respond well to mindless, koan-ish slogans. How about borrowing a page from Nike with “Just do it”? Or “Think positive,” maybe? What about “Pull. That. Lever!” with a long pause between each word to encourage unison chanting? I know he can do better. I have faith. I’ll leave you with this from the great Michael Ramirez:

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Hey Vato! Watch my car bounce! Juist like you in 2012, vato.

texriot on August 19, 2010 at 9:14 PM

Barack “the DOTUS” Obama…….mmmm, let’s say a GEO METRO
(Parts coming from the U.S. and overseas, small, green, lots of pep, but HUMMER MEAT on the Road).

Michelle “Antoninette” Obama…..mmmm, how about a Cadillac with all the pimped out trim (look at those arms)and shiny stuff everwhere, classy look, but very expensive upkeep.

Nanny Pelosi…..easy one, a 1959 Oldmobile, big fins, clunky, not reliable, makes a lot of screechy noise, what we would call “a hunka junk”.

Harry Reid……a little Suzuki Swift, small, really tinny sounding, tries to look like and act like a real car but under the hood, just a little four cylinder…..or less.

Sarah Palin….A Freaked out Alaska Wilderness Edition HUMMER, With fat tires, shiny clear glass, big grille and uses LOTS OF U.S. ENERGY RESOURCES.

There ya go…….

PappyD61 on August 19, 2010 at 9:15 PM

He says problem: The car’s in the ditch.

He says solution: Nationalize the car company, raise taxes on the driver, and mortgage the ditch to China.

Gotta love that Bamster.

petefrt on August 19, 2010 at 9:15 PM


He gets in, buckles up, makes sure the girl gets in and gives him instructions, (girl in case he guns it and it gets away from him), he drives 8 feet, a girl reporter says “he’s driving”, he tries to stop twice, figures out how to turn the mean machine off, gets off and says That was “pretty smooth”

No crap “Cousin Eddie ya drove an electric car 8 feet on a polished concrete floor was it gonna be bumpy?

“Pretty smooth” Urkel ya gumby doll lookin dweeb! What a wuss!

D is for dumber than a box of rocks!
R is for reverse this mess, back us up to prosperity, full employment and a great stock market, back us up to George Bush!

dhunter on August 19, 2010 at 9:20 PM

One War Down as combat operations end in Iraq—Troops come home to fanfare and thanks from a grateful nation who also morns the 4000 + souls who made the ultimate sacrifice—Crickets Chirping at the White House

Thanks a bunch you pathetic Community Organizer. And you wonder why your numbers are tanking. And try driving this metaphor with our military who will also be home to vote your liberal buddies out of office.

Rovin on August 19, 2010 at 9:24 PM

That is right sometimes you need to go in R(everse) in order to stop the damage of continuing D(riving) policy of full speed ahead.

joe99jpn on August 19, 2010 at 9:24 PM

I’m waiting for the clown to go all out and tell his audience not to worry about the State of the Car because the Dems have car insurance.

“Hello? … What do you mean I’m not covered for collision!”

Read the fine print, you idiot. We’re not covered for the wreck you’re speeding towards.

Dusty on August 19, 2010 at 9:24 PM

This presidency is a lemon.

clement on August 19, 2010 at 8:53 PM

Just like a Chevy Vega.

Key West Reader on August 19, 2010 at 9:27 PM

The economy is in the garage…how do you get it out? Drive it through the wall and have the building collapse, or put it in reverse and get on the road to prosperity?

txmomof6 on August 19, 2010 at 9:30 PM

Key West Reader on August 19, 2010 at 9:27 PM

More like the Edsel

Rovin on August 19, 2010 at 9:31 PM

Does anybody want to continue driving headfirst into a wreck or would you rather stop, hit reverse and get the hell out of dodge and back into safety?

MFn G I M P on August 19, 2010 at 9:35 PM

The Bampster has trouble keeping it between the ditches.

HellCat on August 19, 2010 at 9:41 PM

judging though from obama’s target constituency he should be making up analogies that translate into dari and espanol (some of them at least)

seaniep on August 19, 2010 at 9:44 PM

Oh yeah, and film it over the Grand Canyon,
;-)macncheez on August 19, 2010 at 9:12 PM

Driving over the cliff in a Chevy Volt.

Buy Danish on August 19, 2010 at 9:45 PM

I jus donna no what to de heer. Looked all over an jus kant find that damn “D” in tis car. Hey, missa Pres, ges yo aint talkin to me..

News2Use on August 19, 2010 at 9:47 PM

I want the Bond car with the ejection seat come November.

Left Coast Right Mind on August 19, 2010 at 9:49 PM

Here’s a driving analogy for Obumble:


justltl on August 19, 2010 at 9:54 PM

for News2Use – that pic is better, your choice is @$$hole or Republican

seaniep on August 19, 2010 at 9:57 PM

I’m embarrassed for him – such a man-child, as Rush says.

Sometimes I try to imagine how he thinks, but it’s beyond me. He apparently has not the slightest bit of self-awareness, humility or humor.

disa on August 19, 2010 at 10:30 PM

Let me C

A Congress controlled by Democrats and GW ran the car in a ditch….. Barry and the same Democrats have now crashed thru the guard rail and over the cliff…… Forget the car….

get the credit cards and check book from these idiots before we have to file chapter 7


donabernathy on August 19, 2010 at 10:34 PM

When you’re about to drive off a cliff, you don’t put it in “D”

J_Crater on August 19, 2010 at 10:39 PM

D stands for distraction and destruction, and the folks know it.

How about borrowing a page from Nike with “Just do it”? Or “Think positive,” maybe? What about “Pull. That. Lever!”

“Pull that probe – we’re scroomed enough” –Electorate

Schadenfreude on August 19, 2010 at 10:40 PM

So does that make Pelosi the little old lady from Pasadena?

txhsmom on August 19, 2010 at 10:40 PM

D = destroy
R = rebuild
I can’t believe I spent more than 5 seconds thinking about this. Thanks, Mr. President…

joejm65 on August 19, 2010 at 10:59 PM

President Edsel

shorebird on August 20, 2010 at 12:55 AM

This is the best rhetoric he can come up with?

We were told he was the next JFK. Now that turns out to stand for John F. Kerry.

flataffect on August 20, 2010 at 1:02 AM

Here’s a driving analogy for Obumble:


justltl on August 19, 2010 at 9:54 PM


Rae on August 20, 2010 at 1:27 AM

Lighten up people!
Clearly Obama is only coming down to our level with his car analogy because we’re too stupid to understand all the smart stuff the Liberals claim he says.

OxyCon on August 20, 2010 at 1:42 AM

Rovin on August 19, 2010 at 9:24 PM

Good point Rovin on the a lot of the military being home to vote. They may have to take orders from Obama. No one can give them any orders in the voting booths. God bless them.

All are Patriots in uniforms; let’s hope many, many will be Patriots in voting booths. This would be a good way to show their displeasure with the current Commander in Chief.

PalmettoPatriot on August 20, 2010 at 1:53 AM

Obama’s car “stories are a little scary”

Obama: I had a beat-up old car. And I won’t name the name of the insurance company, but there was a company, let’s call it Acme Insurance in — in Illinois. And I was paying my premiums every month. After about six months I got rear-ended, and I called up Acme and said, “You know, I’d like to see if I can get my car repaired.” And they laughed at me over the phone.

Obama not getting the whole “car insurance thingy”.

Which is understandable, cuz he think riding with “Thelma and Louise” heading for the cliff is a good thing!

After all the cars in “D” YeeeeHaaaa!

Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.
Patrick Jake O’Rourke

DSchoen on August 20, 2010 at 2:51 AM

Crickets Chirping at the White House
Rovin on August 19, 2010 at 9:24 PM

Excellent point.

Can’t expect the CNC to interrupt this week’s 2-week vacation after his grueling 2? 3? I lost count, vacation’s to meet the troops as they get home.

DSchoen on August 20, 2010 at 3:08 AM

ninjapirate on August 19, 2010 at 8:08 PM

With Congress changed he loses the “gas card”

DSchoen on August 20, 2010 at 3:25 AM

Obama is the only president to ever use the word “Slurpee” in a speech

Obama is the only president to ever use the “I inherited” excuse 17,349,832 times!

The previous holder of that was record was a guy named William Henry Harrison, he did it twice, then he died, 32 days in office.

Anyone remember him?

DSchoen on August 20, 2010 at 3:57 AM

Reckon Barry got driving lessons from Ted Kennedy & Matthew Broderick. Barry’s dad had driving issues as well.

BHO Jonestown on August 20, 2010 at 4:24 AM

Uh Oh…..Comrade Barack and the drunken socialists pushed the car out of the ditch and in front of a speeding train.

joe btfsplk on August 20, 2010 at 6:00 AM

2 Words:

So Presidential


donabernathy on August 20, 2010 at 7:57 AM

Have you noticed, Obama isn’t very good at comedy …

tarpon on August 20, 2010 at 8:05 AM

I drive a car with a 6-speed manual transmission.
What the hell is “D”?

Also, I remember when cars had “L”, it wasn’t as fast as D, but it was far more useful when the road was bad.

Just sayin’.

stevezilla on August 20, 2010 at 8:32 AM

Howz about:

Bus driver…
Throw me…
Under… Your… Bus!


Mojave Mark on August 20, 2010 at 8:42 AM

The BHO 2010 does not pass inspection: emmisions, brakes, fuel leaks.

diogenes on August 20, 2010 at 9:06 AM

I hope he’s driving one of those new Volts. A really pretty dark blue one. Oops, your 45 miles area up Mr. President.

Kissmygrits on August 20, 2010 at 9:51 AM


Stimulus: Blown Transmission

Health care bill: Dropped the entire bottom end.

This economy needs a king-sized tow truck.

franksalterego on August 20, 2010 at 10:01 AM

Addition for the Obama Car story:

When you (D)rive headlong into a ditch, applying the gas in the same direction will only make things worse. All you do is dig a bigger hole without going forward. Eventually the hole gets so big you can no longer get out of it.
By going into (R)everse when you first enter the ditch you can prevent further (D)amage to the vehicle (of state) and make your way out of the ditch. It will take lots of pushing and effort but once back on the road you can continue on the same path or reverse directions and go down a better road.

mechkiller_k on August 20, 2010 at 10:02 AM


Steve Huntley has a great article on this driving the car into the ditch analogy:

President Obama has been getting a lot of mileage in campaign appearances with his automobile analogy about Bush administration policies driving the country into a ditch. He talks about “D” standing for Democrats and driving the country forward and “R” representing Republicans and going backward. The problem with this analogy is that cars have a reverse gear for a reason, and sometimes it’s useful for getting out of trouble.

If you (D)rive a car forward into a (D)itch, then putting it into (R)everse will back you out onto the (R)oad to

Steve Z on August 20, 2010 at 11:15 AM

When you’ve (D)riven your car down a (D)etour and into the massive (D)itches of (D)ebt, (D)ecline, (D)efecit and (D)eception, you need to avoid (D)espair about the (D)epression looming just in front of you by putting the car into (R)everse and taking a whole new direction!

November cometh!

Fatal on August 20, 2010 at 2:03 PM


It’s what the people SAID they wanted, but after they actually saw it on the road….

OBAMA = Edsyl after the push-button transmission has died and/or locked up in reverse!! (no way to fix it)

landlines on August 20, 2010 at 8:21 PM