Obamateurism of the Day

posted at 8:05 am on October 15, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

After 20 months of telling America that prosperity is right around the corner thanks to his $800 billion Porkulus package filled to the brim with “shovel-ready projects,” Barack Obama has made a sudden discovery, according to a profile by the New York Times titled, “The Education of President Obama.”  The discovery is that Obama spent hundreds of billions of dollars on something that doesn’t exist:

While proud of his record, Obama has already begun thinking about what went wrong — and what he needs to do to change course for the next two years. He has spent what one aide called “a lot of time talking about Obama 2.0” with his new interim chief of staff, Pete Rouse, and his deputy chief of staff, Jim Messina. During our hour together, Obama told me he had no regrets about the broad direction of his presidency. But he did identify what he called “tactical lessons.” He let himself look too much like “the same old tax-and-spend liberal Democrat.” He realized too late that “there’s no such thing as shovel-ready projects” when it comes to public works.

Gee, who could have known that?  Well, just about every critic of Porkulus, as the public-spending cycle was one of the main arguments against the bill.  The impact of public-works projects comes years down the road if at all, and rarely stimulates anything except those directly involved in their execution.  Any project ready to roll already has its funding; any project that needs funding will have to still jump through miles of regulatory hoops before actually using the funds it receives.

You know who might have known that?   A President with actual executive experience.  Which brings us back to the Times’ theme.  It seems that we’re spending a lot more on education these days, and still getting substandard results.

Bonus OOTD: You have to love the very next line in the profile, too:

Perhaps he should not have proposed tax breaks as part of his stimulus and instead “let the Republicans insist on the tax cuts” so it could be seen as a bipartisan compromise.

Riiiiiiiiiiiiight.  Because Obama should have insisted on proposals that cost a lot of money and don’t work in order to showcase his “bipartisanship” when he grudgingly agreed to solutions that actually do work.   Had Obama pushed Nancy Pelosi into allowing Republicans to participate in writing the bill instead of locking them out of the process, those tax cuts might have been better structured for actual stimulus, too.  What did Obama say when asked about that?  “I won” — and he said it on the third day of his presidency.

I have a better idea.  Let’s elect Republicans and cut out the middleman.

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To paraphrase Rush: The only shovel ready jobs will be burying seniors as the result of the death panels. Odamna’s inexperience shows in his every decision. I continue to weep for my country.

Crusader Rabbit on October 15, 2010 at 8:12 AM

Let’s elect a fiscal conservative that has a clue about how our economy works.

Hog Wild on October 15, 2010 at 8:12 AM

There are a lot of things Obama figured out too late. That is because he had no executive experience when he took the job.

We need to elect a governor or former governor-they run a microcosm of the federal government.

texasconserv on October 15, 2010 at 8:12 AM

The shovel ready jobs will come in the form of grave diggers when Obamacare comes fully online.

mizflame98 on October 15, 2010 at 8:13 AM

Just like Communism, Porkulus works. It just hasn’t been done correctly yet.

Oh the employment opportunities we shall see….

Canadian Infidel on October 15, 2010 at 8:14 AM

Perhaps he should not have proposed tax breaks as part of his stimulus and instead “let the Republicans insist on the tax cuts” so it could be seen as a bipartisan compromise.
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Well,thats bloody kind of the governor, now ain’t it
I tells ya,and the appearance of work’n together,what
a crock!!

This is Pure Split/Personality sumpin..sumpin..bi-part
compromise my *ss!!!!(sarc).

canopfor on October 15, 2010 at 8:15 AM

“The Education of President Obama”

can we blame the teachers union on this one?

cmsinaz on October 15, 2010 at 8:16 AM

What did Obama say when asked about that? “I won” — and he said it on the third day of his presidency.

whoever runs against him in ’12 needs to pounce on this gem…

cmsinaz on October 15, 2010 at 8:18 AM

I really can’t take any of Mr. President’s comments in that article seriously. He’s campaigning. He’s already proven to be the most divisive and partisan president in history and his poll numbers prove that Americans aren’t liking it. Now he’s trying to make people look at him in a different light. Too late, chump.

scalleywag on October 15, 2010 at 8:19 AM

Well,in Hopeys own words!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Obama to Spur Economy With Infrastructure Investment (Update3)
By Edwin Chen and Julianna Goldman – December 8, 2008 10:19 EST

Speaking yesterday at a Chicago news conference and on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Obama said state governors have many such projects that are

“shovel ready,”

meaning they could be undertaken swiftly and have an immediate impact on jobs.
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http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=newsarchive&sid=ao_8cZPMC0cE

canopfor on October 15, 2010 at 8:21 AM

So he did not know anything about ‘public works’ and NO ONE on his “team” did either?

What a crock of shi*. It was a slogan that that they could play off in the useful idiots media.

In reality it was a lie. Our government lies constantly, and those who do not lie to us will not stand up and tell the world that it is a lie.

That makes them part of the problem.

Give liberty or give me death.

jarhead0311 on October 15, 2010 at 8:24 AM

The Imam Obama lies … Say it isn’t so. Is lying a Muslim tradition?

tarpon on October 15, 2010 at 8:25 AM

Obama 2.0?

No thanks.

Key West Reader on October 15, 2010 at 8:26 AM

I still say Obama knows exactly what he is doing to our economy, to our country… I look at the absolute treacherous people he has brought into the WH as advisers, and the decisions and results become clear. Van Jones is just one example of exactly what kind of direction this president is seeking. This man is hitting a home run with every one of his at-bats. At some point, Americans must realize that this is all be design and is meant to knock America off it’s foundation forever. This man is playing for keeps and must be taken serious.

Keemo on October 15, 2010 at 8:26 AM

Our problem is thar we have too many birds, and they are eating all of the grain. Now if we could just arrange all of the unemployed into a giant line, they could advance across the country and drive all of the birds into the sea. No shovels needed.

Haiku Guy on October 15, 2010 at 8:27 AM

The Imam Obama lies … Say it isn’t so. Is lying a Muslim tradition?

tarpon on October 15, 2010 at 8:25 AM

To us ‘infidels’, why of course it is!

lukespapa on October 15, 2010 at 8:27 AM

Let’s elect a fiscal conservative that has a clue about how our economy works.

Hog Wild on October 15, 2010 at 8:12 AM

Fiscal conservatism is one leg of the stool. Don’t know about you, but I don’t have great confidence in one-legged stools. They tip too easily.

Extrafishy on October 15, 2010 at 8:29 AM

Infrastructure was, maybe, 20% of Porkulus. Most of the money was spent to guarantee unionized public sector jobs with a little bit set aside for race-based payoff disguised as “Green Jobs”.

Haiku Guy on October 15, 2010 at 8:32 AM

“Shovel Ready”
==================

It took Hopey about 6 months to plug an oil leak,
for gawd sakes,do not allow Changey to be near any
shovels!!(sarc).

canopfor on October 15, 2010 at 8:33 AM

Steep learning curve for the lecturer from Chicago U…

mjbrooks3 on October 15, 2010 at 8:33 AM

Heh heh…remember this? Even Jack Cafferty of CNN called teh won a liar!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8pO1oJPps1I

sicoit on October 15, 2010 at 8:35 AM

Yeah, that “Obama 2.0″ thing…

1) Usually developers will have a properly working version of their product before rolling out a new version.

2) Will 2.0 have bloat? Consume more resources? Take up more space? Require greater overhead? Cost about 50 percent more and give you things you you’ll never use?

3) Is there a End User’s License Agreement? (“It’s not our fault if this software doesn’t work for you or messes up your machine.”)

Others?

apostic on October 15, 2010 at 8:35 AM

Hooey the Clown sez,
“Look! Shovel Ready Projects!”
Money disappears…

Haiku Guy on October 15, 2010 at 8:36 AM

Hopey the Clown…

Damn on-the-fly spellcheck! Anybody know how to disable that on the iPad?

Haiku Guy on October 15, 2010 at 8:38 AM

Infrastructure was, maybe, 20% of Porkulus. Most of the money was spent to guarantee unionized public sector jobs with a little bit set aside for race-based payoff disguised as “Green Jobs”.

Haiku Guy on October 15, 2010 at 8:32 AM

The infrastructure;
twenty percent of pork pie.
Unions and greens most.
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(How’s that, Haiku Guy? Do I get a cookie?)

Extrafishy on October 15, 2010 at 8:39 AM

Heh. Hooey works…

apostic on October 15, 2010 at 8:39 AM

Others?

apostic on October 15, 2010 at 8:35 AM

Answering myself…

4. How do we know this version doesn’t contain a Trojan?

apostic on October 15, 2010 at 8:42 AM

A term or two as a small city mayor or even two and a half years as a governor would have taught him those lessons.

JimK on October 15, 2010 at 8:44 AM

I’ll wait and see how the GOP handles things before I start laying palm fronds at their feet; this isn’t over yet.

Bishop on October 15, 2010 at 8:45 AM

Forget the Shovels,any work to be had,is gone to the banks,
Universities,Environmetal Wacko Research,Teachers/Unions,
Trade Unions,Grean Environmental Programs,which of course
nedds new Federal Offices and Programs and Federal Employ
ees!!

Other than that,thats where the Team Hopey Loot went,
and its on the backs of future America Tax Payer Voters!!
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Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Berkeley Lab rakes in more stimulus

Berkeley Lab rakes in more stimulus – San Francisco Business Times
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Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has pulled in another $12.4 million in stimulus money to fund research into cancer, neurodegenerative diseases, radioactive decontamination and other health conditions.

So far the lab has amassed $240 million form the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The latest tranche is funded through the National Institutes of Health.

Of the $12.8 million, $4.2 million will fund a two-year research project to develop treatments for nuclear contamination.
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http://sanfrancisco.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/stories/2010/01/18/daily51.html

canopfor on October 15, 2010 at 8:48 AM

Unfortunately, we are stuck with a President who requires on the job training for everything. We need a grown-up in charge.

Beaglemom on October 15, 2010 at 8:48 AM

Ah crap, I forgot to punch in for the day shift.

Ed, could you please add five minutes to my time card? Oh, and I need next Friday off…I have a uh…sick relative…yeah that’s it a sick relative.

Bishop on October 15, 2010 at 8:50 AM

Barack The Sequel 2.0 is going to be just as over hyped, over produced, over budget, and overwhelmingly suck as version 1.0.

Here’s hoping the supporting cast is a lot smaller.

GnuBreed on October 15, 2010 at 8:50 AM

Normally I would be outraged. But it seems that I’ve been so outraged by so much by this ruling elite that my outrage tank is empty. Part of the plan?

rbj on October 15, 2010 at 8:51 AM

I have a better idea. Let’s elect Republicans and cut out the middleman.

Better yet, Ed. Let’s elect Conservatives on November 2nd and watch Obama’s First Presidential Temper Tantrum (TM). I can’t wait.

kingsjester on October 15, 2010 at 8:52 AM

I’ll wait and see how the GOP handles things before I start laying palm fronds at their feet; this isn’t over yet.

Bishop on October 15, 2010 at 8:45 AM

I think we (the people) are at the very beginning of this attempt to take back our government and return it to it’s rightful owners. The GOP establishment is very much part of the problem rather than part of the solution. This is why they are fighting TP candidates in front of our eyes. This project will take at least a decade to expose and destroy every piece of the machinery that owns-corrupts DC, and to dispose of all politicians around our country that have been compromised by the machine.

When the day comes where the UN is kicked off American soil, I will know we have made real progress.. The UN is a key piece of the machinery that is out to destroy us from within.

Keemo on October 15, 2010 at 8:54 AM

Obamas czar of clumsiness, Bernanke, was just on the tube. They are cranking up the printing presses and inflating everything.

I will remember the time when an obamateurism was just an inside joke, instead of an alliance with Zimbabewe.

percysunshine on October 15, 2010 at 8:59 AM

Have another party…play another round of golf…book a vacation to some exotic corner of the earth.

Wha-choo bitter clingers talkin bout? This economy don’t look so bad from 1600 Penn Ave.

Alden Pyle on October 15, 2010 at 9:02 AM

Keemo on October 15, 2010 at 8:54 AM

Yah, a personal dream of mine is to see the UN dragged onto a sea-going barge and gotten rid of.

The GOP should not be immune to this, the good ol’ boy network needs to be thrashed apart and exposed. Start representing the people again.

Bishop on October 15, 2010 at 9:03 AM

Taggart: Send a wire to the main office and tell them I said…
[Bart whacks him with a shovel]
Taggart: Ow!
Lyle: [writing] Send wire, main office, tell them I said, “Ow”. Gotcha!

We’ll deliver your shovel-ready project to you, sir, on November 2.

ya2daup on October 15, 2010 at 9:04 AM

Give the guy some slack. He’s just an intern, you know.

Dhuka on October 15, 2010 at 9:07 AM

Taggart: Send a wire to the main office and tell them I said…
[Bart whacks him with a shovel]
Taggart: Ow!
Lyle: [writing] Send wire, main office, tell them I said, “Ow”. Gotcha!
We’ll deliver your shovel-ready project to you, sir, on November 2.

ya2daup on October 15, 2010 at 9:04 AM

ya2daup:Lol:)

canopfor on October 15, 2010 at 9:09 AM

Bishop on October 15, 2010 at 9:03 AM

Amen comrade..

Keemo on October 15, 2010 at 9:12 AM

You know who might have known that? A President with actual executive experience. Which brings us back to the Times’ theme. It seems that we’re spending a lot more on education these days, and still getting substandard results.

Obaka’s on-the-job training is expensive!

ladyingray on October 15, 2010 at 9:18 AM

I can’t wait for the first debate for the 2012 cycle.

I will bet you real bucks that Obama’s opponent will be quoting from this article MULTIPLE times.

barnone on October 15, 2010 at 9:26 AM

Obaka’s on-the-job training is expensive!

ladyingray on October 15, 2010 at 9:18 AM

ladyingray: Not bad for 2 years of experience!(sarc):)

canopfor on October 15, 2010 at 9:50 AM

Maybe we should bring our shovels to the polls Nov 2nd, just in case those Black Panther poll watchers show up, eh, ah pitchforks too.

And wasn’t Moochelle politicing in a polling place there in Chitown recently.
Bury the Bastrids their SHOVEL READY!

dhunter on October 15, 2010 at 9:57 AM

“He realized too late that “there’s no such thing as shovel-ready projects” when it comes to public works.”

You know who might have known that? A President with actual executive experience. Which brings us back to the Times’ theme. It seems that we’re spending a lot more on education these days, and still getting substandard results

.

Heh-heh. Excellent line, Ed.

It cost the US taxpayer – or more accurately, the US taxpayers’ children – in excess $810 billion US – more than the cost of waging the Iraq war over the course of GW Bush’s entire 2 terms – for this President to finally figure out what most people with any management experience at all in the private sector already knew.

Gee, I wonder what it would have cost the American people to enroll “the most brilliant man to ever occupy the oval Office” in one of those accelerated business internship programs before he moved into 1600 Penn Ave?

Even at current tuition rates, and even with POTUS’ notoriously glacial pace in grasping the obvious, it might have been worth the gamble.

leilani on October 15, 2010 at 10:01 AM

When the day comes where the UN is kicked off American soil, I will know we have made real progress.. The UN is a key piece of the machinery that is out to destroy us from within.

Keemo on October 15, 2010 at 8:54 AM

AMEN!

Gang-of-One on October 15, 2010 at 10:01 AM

No shovel-ready jobs? Sure there are. Come November 3rd, it will be shoveling all of the sh!t out of Congress that his clown troupe led by The Dingy one and Botox Betty have saved or created over the past two four years years..

..and then the momentous cleaning of the Augean Stables when he gets his ass kicked out in 2012.

The War Planner on October 15, 2010 at 10:05 AM

A term or two as a small city mayor or even two and a half years as a governor would have taught him those lessons.

JimK on October 15, 2010 at 8:44 AM

I’m hoping that a term or two at Leavenworth will teach him a lesson.

justltl on October 15, 2010 at 10:29 AM

mjbrooks3 on October 15, 2010 at 8:33 AM

The only problem is that he is still stumbling around trying to find the learning curve.

chemman on October 15, 2010 at 10:31 AM

The admin ‘spent’ on virtual projects with the ‘money’ that had not been produced yet. In other words, the past (almost) 21 months we have a ‘virtual’ president and ‘virtual’ government.

Sir Napsalot on October 15, 2010 at 11:02 AM

I wonder if this is one of Alinsky’s rules:

When the public starts asking you why your master plan failed, feign ignorance.

UltimateBob on October 15, 2010 at 11:02 AM

Psyche! Psycho!

FIFY

NoFanofLibs on October 15, 2010 at 11:07 AM

The discovery is that Obama spent hundreds of billions of dollars on something that doesn’t exist:

And his only regret is that he couldn’t get the GOP involved so that they would share in the blame.

So he isn’t interested in fixing the economy, he wants cover as he continues to collapse it.

It’s difficult not to imagine an impeachment trial if the repubs gain control of congress. (Tea Party repubs and not RINOs that is)

The evidence that The Won is intentionally harming the country is now abundant, some of it has been awkwardly and Obamateurishly admitted.

ontherocks on October 15, 2010 at 11:09 AM

Well, there were those “shovel-ready jobs for ACORN workers to use to bury their extra ObaMao stash in a tin can in their backyards.

Too much of that “stimulus” went to bail out states– in a temporary way, kicking the can down the road– for their fiscal shortfalls. This was a method of rewarding failure. Other aspects of this money supported the Left’s favored earmarks that had been delayed because the federal government had more pressing needs. It was one gigantic slush fund to use to buy favors by the Dem candidates up for election during this cycle.

onlineanalyst on October 15, 2010 at 11:11 AM

Just think how smart Obutthead is. It only took 20 months, over $800 billion of our dollars, plus trillions in spending, and he figured this all out, on his own.

Yup…he sure is awesome! NOT!!!!!!!!!

capejasmine on October 15, 2010 at 11:15 AM

We need to find a way to bend the Bamster’s learning curve upward, because as far as I can see it’s a pretty flat line.

slickwillie2001 on October 15, 2010 at 11:32 AM

Barack 2.0 With several new bugs features.
Even more expensive than the original.

Slowburn on October 15, 2010 at 4:22 PM

Whats next?

Will Obama learn there is no Great Pumpkin?

DSchoen on October 15, 2010 at 6:43 PM