Obamateurism of the Day

posted at 8:05 am on August 31, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then this one really needs no explanation (via Jeff Emanuel on Twitter):


Got an Obamateurism of the Day? If you see a foul-up by Barack Obama, e-mail it to me atobamaisms@edmorrissey.com with the quote and the link to the Obamateurism. I’ll post the best Obamateurisms on a daily basis, depending on how many I receive. Include a link to your blog, and I’ll give some link love as well. And unlike Slate, I promise to end the feature when Barack Obama leaves office.

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And this is the leader of our Country. I weep.

Crusader Rabbit on August 31, 2010 at 8:10 AM

He’s not the leader of our country, merely the elected president. Being a leader requires that someone is actually willing to follow you.

Oldnuke on August 31, 2010 at 9:29 AM

Two committees have now been appointed to study the the problem of getting an umbrella through the gate. In the meantime, all gates will be banned during rain.

katablog.com on August 31, 2010 at 9:31 AM

This would be all over the morning shows if it had been W

darwin-t on August 31, 2010 at 9:32 AM

:Snicker: Bwa ha ha ha ha!!! Oh! That’s great!!

crazy_legs on August 31, 2010 at 9:38 AM

You have to be completely self-absorbed and not thinking about what’s going on one foot in front of your face, as well as not paying attention to what’s happening for the 5-10 minutes before it’s one foot in front of your face.

He is so dumb!

WesternActor on August 31, 2010 at 9:20 AM

Yep yep. If it’s not about the O, it doesn’t even register on the screen, baby. Am surprised the narcissist extraordinaire even saw the bar at all and he’s lucky the umbrella didn’t flip out of his hand when it struck the bar.

inviolet on August 31, 2010 at 9:39 AM

That gate is racist.

Missy on August 31, 2010 at 8:19 AM

WaPo headline: “Umbrella denied passage because of the color of its fabric.”

year_of_the_dingo on August 31, 2010 at 9:43 AM

Why is Michelle ducking down?
Why does she have a beyond baffled look on her face?

And Obama looks like he is actually thinking of putting the handle over the top of the entry frame.

albill on August 31, 2010 at 9:44 AM

Where is the video? It has got to be just one big Keystone Cops, Dumb & Dumber laugh after another.

albill on August 31, 2010 at 9:45 AM

By the way, does it look like it’s raining to you?

year_of_the_dingo on August 31, 2010 at 9:45 AM

…She could dress in simple, elegant outfits (with sleeves) for both casual and formal occasions and look stunning…

Cody1991 on August 31, 2010 at 9:18 AM

I agree w/ this. There’s nothing wrong w/ the dresses themselves — imagine them on a svelte twenty year old — , only they’re not her style/age (the dress above is OK for casual but she could do better; I think she listened too much to the hype about her arms). She could look wonderful every day if she chose.

I read the other day that there are women buying dresses and shirts at thrift stores, cutting off the sleeves and mailing them to the WH. lol

Wow – is that for real? Hahahaha Do you happen to have a link because that would be priceless. LOL

inviolet on August 31, 2010 at 9:45 AM

pain train on August 31, 2010 at 8:40 AM

OH, that was just Evil. I need a bottle of scotch and some mental floss now, thank you very much.

Nathan_OH on August 31, 2010 at 9:47 AM

Yea, it’s funny and qualifies as an OOTD. I think it’s mean spirited to call him stupid or dumb over a silly moment like that, though.

scalleywag on August 31, 2010 at 9:50 AM

Cody1991 on August 31, 2010 at 9:18 AM

It also doesn’t help that the media echo chamber they live in (and that the MSM keeps trying to force us into) keeps insisting that she’s the most beautiful woman since Helen of Troy.

crazy_legs on August 31, 2010 at 9:53 AM

scalleywag on August 31, 2010 at 9:50 AM

I want to see the video, did the wind catch the umbrella? It does dovetail nicely with him riding the girl bike though.

Cindy Munford on August 31, 2010 at 9:54 AM

…It doesn’t look any better inside sitting down…
Cody1991 on August 31, 2010 at 8:40 AM

The sitting down part really is inappropriate and unflattering for FLOTUS. I fault her dressers. As for the dress and MO’s taste in general, I’ve come to find it whimsical and enjoy the variety more than Hillary’s awful, boring pantsuits and Laura’s tailored, though lovely, classic suits.

marybel on August 31, 2010 at 9:56 AM

Am surprised the narcissist extraordinaire even saw the bar at all and he’s lucky the umbrella didn’t flip out of his hand when it struck the bar.

I would absolutely love to see the two or three pictures right before this moment. How did Giggles get himself into that predicament?

And Michelle’s sour-puss-scowel is priceless.

crazy_legs on August 31, 2010 at 9:57 AM

No, it’s not stoopid or dumb.

But it is Dorktastic, I say as one who has been there & done that. And, yes, I think that, had it been W (or Gerry Ford, for that matter) it would have been all over the news. We’ll see if SNL decides to slip it in this weekend.

dts-01 on August 31, 2010 at 9:59 AM

Moochelle,

“Come On, MESSIAH, do your trick thingy and make the bar recede like ya did the oceans, the oil spill, the economy and public opinion!
And hurry the hell up about it” I’m gonna get all wet!”

Cousin Eddie,
“Bushes Fault”

dhunter on August 31, 2010 at 10:00 AM

Wow – is that for real? Hahahaha Do you happen to have a link because that would be priceless. LOL

inviolet on August 31, 2010 at 9:45 AM

I read about it on another blog and have no idea if this is an organized effort or not.

One of the funniest, and yes, snarky, blogs is: http://www.michellesmirror.com/

This may all sound trivial to many, however, the manner in which one presents oneself says a lot. There are sacrifices to be made when one is in the public spotlight. There are also many perks. It doesn’t seem unreasonable to expect the president and his wife to behave better. The fact that they don’t is very telling.

Cody1991 on August 31, 2010 at 10:02 AM

It’s “complicated”. Too many choices. Either you’d have to briefly close it, then re-open it once past the gate, or just lower it and turn it slight to one side as you pass through the gate. Shows what an “education” can do for you.

GarandFan on August 31, 2010 at 10:05 AM

Umbrellagate?

jeridhill on August 31, 2010 at 10:12 AM

I want to see the video, did the wind catch the umbrella? It does dovetail nicely with him riding the girl bike though.

Cindy Munford on August 31, 2010 at 9:54 AM

HA! President Poppins!

scalleywag on August 31, 2010 at 10:13 AM

Followup

William Amos on August 31, 2010 at 10:15 AM

Mean spirited, thy name is Obama.

Dhuka on August 31, 2010 at 10:16 AM

Someone should inform Michelle that you’re supposed to bend backwards when doing the limbo.

Dee2008 on August 31, 2010 at 10:18 AM

cant figure out why that link is bad

Found a second pic of Barack Umbrella.

William Amos on August 31, 2010 at 10:23 AM

Found a second pic of Barack Umbrella.

William Amos on August 31, 2010 at 10:23 AM

Nice job; even better than the first. LOL

Could a more perfect encapsulation of both their styles be found? Him doing things the complicated way (because closing the umbrella would look like admitting he shouldn’t have had it open in the first place, and narcissists nevah admit a mistake). And her angrily getting in his face about a minor mistake. (Looks like she’s saying “You stoop!”)

inviolet on August 31, 2010 at 10:38 AM

Here’s a really nice pic of the First Lady BTW.

Now why can’t she dress like this more often?

inviolet on August 31, 2010 at 10:39 AM

Why is Michelle ducking? She looks as if she’s expecting the whole gate to fall upon them because he can’t maneuver an umbrella.

mizflame98 on August 31, 2010 at 10:41 AM

She really needs some fashion help:

mizflame98 on August 31, 2010 at 10:50 AM

But, Michelle, I pinched my fingo on the umbrella closer thingy! Do you have a Band-Aid in your purse?

Steve Z on August 31, 2010 at 10:55 AM

A true gentleman would hold the umbrella over his wife, with his arm around her shoulders. But this is Barack Obama.

Steve Z on August 31, 2010 at 10:58 AM

It’s “complicated”. Too many choices. Either you’d have to briefly close it, then re-open it once past the gate, or just lower it and turn it slight to one side as you pass through the gate. Shows what an “education” can do for you.

GarandFan on August 31, 2010 at 10:05 AM

He’s out of practice, after the Secret Service has handled umbrella duty for 18 months…

Steve Z on August 31, 2010 at 11:00 AM

O/T: Hahahahahahah!!

mizflame98 on August 31, 2010 at 11:00 AM

Cody1991 on August 31, 2010 at 8:40 AM

Wow- that is a lot of leg for a first lady to be showing. I can’t even capitalize f.l. because that pic is not F.L. material.

journeyintothewhirlwind on August 31, 2010 at 11:07 AM

This is the smartest President evah! When can we stop saying that?

allstonian on August 31, 2010 at 11:18 AM

Dude, he actually tosses the effing thing over the top of the gate, I KID U NOT

Alden Pyle on August 31, 2010 at 11:24 AM

Dude, he actually tosses the effing thing over the top of the gate, I KID U NOT

Which actually goes to prove how AWESOMELY AWESOME and TEH COOLEST OF TEH COOL and the WICKEDEST MOSTEST AWESOME MOSTEST SMARTEST GEEENYIZZ he is. If he were dumb, he wouldn’t have been able to catch it and it would’ve hit Michelle! And we all know how that would’ve ended.

crazy_legs on August 31, 2010 at 11:40 AM

This is the best ootd yet. We all had a great laugh to start the day. Also, the winning remark–now we know why his college records are sealed.

dragondrop on August 31, 2010 at 11:51 AM

What kind of superstition rules the life of the most intelligent president evah if he just can’t walk through an outside doorway with an umbrella?

mizflame98 on August 31, 2010 at 11:52 AM

Has the Secret Service been notified to remove all sharp objects, fryin pans, ash trays, and other heavy objects from the residential quarters?
If looks could kill OBiden would be president, Moochelle would be in jail and Peelosi would be next in line!

Scared yet?

dhunter on August 31, 2010 at 12:03 PM

Ed, didn’t you hear? Obama’s already starting in on his post-presidential movie career. His first role is Elwood P. Dowd in a remake of “Harvey“. So he was just practicing. Funny how Michelle’s really looking for that rabbit, though.

Sowell Disciple on August 31, 2010 at 12:03 PM

He’s a Dem. He’s just too lazy/stupid to close it, bring it through that gate, and then open it again.

I’m sure some underling opened it for him initially, then handed it to his Oneness.

I can picture The One fianlly making it past the gate, then muttering to another servant, “Have that removed”, similar to Captain Stillman.

reaganaut on August 31, 2010 at 12:04 PM

What kind of superstition rules the life of the most intelligent president evah if he just can’t walk through an outside doorway with an umbrella?

mizflame98 on August 31, 2010 at 11:52 AM

Me-thinks its’ a Mooslimb or Kenyan thing!

Where’s Sarah on this? I suppose shes’ too gracious to make fun of a dope.

Hope Fox has Whorealdo or OReally on and asks about this!

I’m sure those tools will have a lame excuse for his Dumbness!

dhunter on August 31, 2010 at 12:06 PM

Here’s a really nice pic of the First Lady BTW.

Now why can’t she dress like this more often?

inviolet on August 31, 2010 at 10:39 AM

.
**cough**photoshop**cough**

mrt721 on August 31, 2010 at 12:21 PM

Why does she have a beyond baffled look on her face?

albill on August 31, 2010 at 9:44 AM

She’s thinking “Seriously, are you an idiot?”

DSchoen on August 31, 2010 at 2:14 PM

Supercalafragilisticexpealadushebag

scituate_tgr on August 31, 2010 at 2:26 PM

I cannot tell from the photograph if the umbrella handle is in front of or behind the gate cross-piece. O’s torso is plainly behind the side posts (his white shirt is partly covered by left-hand one), but he is holding his arms out front, and the umbrella is tilted in Michelle’s direction.

bandarlog on August 31, 2010 at 2:28 PM

Maybe that is ass low as he can get the umbrella over his ego.

Slowburn on August 31, 2010 at 3:59 PM

I will not rest until every American knows the proper way to handle an umbrella.
It is the top priority of my administration.

I inherited this umbrella from the last administration. When I got here I found this just waiting for me wrapped with a bow!

DSchoen on August 31, 2010 at 4:04 PM

Obamacare anyone?

chickasaw42 on August 31, 2010 at 5:34 PM

He’s not the leader of our country, merely the elected president. Being a leader requires that someone is actually willing to follow you.

Oldnuke on August 31, 2010 at 9:29 AM

It also requires actually taking the time to try to lead.

sockpuppetpolitic on August 31, 2010 at 5:59 PM

“Michelle, this low bar must be a right wing conspiracy” –The smartest man in the world

Schadenfreude on August 31, 2010 at 11:28 PM

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