Obamateurism of the Day

posted at 8:05 am on October 25, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Was India’s Parliament building a “shovel-ready job”? Don’t be surprised if Barack Obama claims to have saved or created a few jobs in New Delhi. They’re doing a makeover in India’s Central Hall to accommodate the President’s closest traveling companion (via American Thinker):

A teleprompter will be in use for the first time in the Central Hall of Parliament when US President Barack Obama addresses MPs on November eight.

As per the tentative programme being worked out, the address by Obama, who once said that “America has its roots in the India of Mahatma Gandhi”, would not be for more than 20 minutes. …

Obama will take the help of a teleprompter to deliver his address to the 780-odd members of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, sources said.

Parliament authorities said this will be the first time that such a facility will be arranged in the Central Hall.

So for a 20-minute speech, India has to install a Teleprompter for the first time in its history, thanks to an American President who apparently can’t live without it. I guess that’s one way of being historic

Note: That quote about Gandhi was an earlier Obamateurism.

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India; crutches for the US President, but none for the amputees that lose their limbs to disease….

perspectives.

ted c on October 25, 2010 at 8:08 AM

TOTUS = Binky

cmsinaz on October 25, 2010 at 8:09 AM

Linus’ blanket

cmsinaz on October 25, 2010 at 8:09 AM

Barry is such a great orator!

Daveyardbird on October 25, 2010 at 8:10 AM

Who really runs the country TOTUS or POTUS?

EliTheBean on October 25, 2010 at 8:10 AM

Have teleprompter, will travel.

backwoods conservative on October 25, 2010 at 8:11 AM

So for a 20-minute speech, India has to install a Teleprompter for the first time in its history, thanks to an American President who apparently can’t live without it. I guess that’s one way of being historic …

That’s the “smartest president, evaaaaaah”.

Schadenfreude on October 25, 2010 at 8:12 AM

The dolt in the WH, like all self-absorbed narcissists, expects that the world will accommodate him and his needs. After all, hasn’t life worked out that way for him so far?

Yes, indeedy. Our president has no clue re the roots of America in its settlements, its founding documents, or its history.

onlineanalyst on October 25, 2010 at 8:13 AM

For a 20-minute speech he has to have his teleprompter?!?!

If I couldn’t speak extemporaneously for 20-minutes on any subject that I supposedly know so much about, I would think myself a failure. Holy crap. We have such a whiny baby in office. He is really dumbing down the greatness of America.

DuctTapeMyBrain on October 25, 2010 at 8:13 AM

Have you seen the new ad against Pelosi? Nancy Pelosi on Trial in a ‘Few Good Men’ Spoof

Nearly Nobody on October 25, 2010 at 8:13 AM

It’s embarrassing to have such a loser for a president.

AZCoyote on October 25, 2010 at 8:14 AM

What would a speech be for TOTUS without it? Same drivel as on the endless campaign stump. It’s an appendage President Teleprompter can’t live without.

anXdem on October 25, 2010 at 8:14 AM

We ObaMao add the reverb to give his 20-minute boilerplate “oration” a masterful touch?

onlineanalyst on October 25, 2010 at 8:14 AM

How do you think the car in the ditch speech will go over in India?

onlineanalyst on October 25, 2010 at 8:15 AM

Hope SNL jumps on this one……

ctmom on October 25, 2010 at 8:18 AM

onlineanalyst on October 25, 2010 at 8:15 AM

Will he say they are afraid?

ladyingray on October 25, 2010 at 8:19 AM

But will he bow?

PappyD61 on October 25, 2010 at 8:19 AM

Wonder if he’ll inquire about if there are any golf courses in New Delhi.

pilamaye on October 25, 2010 at 8:24 AM

Well, he sure does not want to stay around here after November 2nd. He and TOTUS are gettin’ the Heck out of Dodge. He and his Progressive minions have lost their luster.

kingsjester on October 25, 2010 at 8:25 AM

I wonder what exciting new “facts” about our country Barry will invent for this speech. Are we going to discover that we’re one of the world’s largest Sikh nations now? That our founding was directly inspired by some fabulous Hindu god?

I can’t wait to hear Barry’s speech. I learn some fascinating new stuff about my country and its history every time Barry whips out his trusty teleprompter for one of these international Barry lovefests. It’s gratifying to have such an intelligent and knowledgeable leader clueing us dumb nativist rubes in on all that important information our history books failed to tell us!

AZCoyote on October 25, 2010 at 8:25 AM

Actually, TOTUS is bringing Obama.

justltl on October 25, 2010 at 8:30 AM

So for a 20-minute speech, India has to install a Teleprompter for the first time in its history, thanks to an American President who apparently can’t live without it. I guess that’s one way of being historic …

..That’s because he is so fantastically intelligent and a great communicator……

…..did you know that Obama and Harry Reid saved the world??????

Baxter Greene on October 25, 2010 at 8:30 AM

justltl on October 25, 2010 at 8:30 AM

heh :)

cmsinaz on October 25, 2010 at 8:31 AM

like all self-absorbed narcissists, expects that the world will accommodate him and his needs.
onlineanalyst on October 25, 2010 at 8:13 AM

INCLUDING clearing out / taking over the ENTIRE Taj Mahal.
Good Lord, this group is the most disgusting admin EVAH !!

pambi on October 25, 2010 at 8:32 AM

And yet the MSM makes a big deal about Palin writing notes on her hand. Barry is such an embarrassment.

mizflame98 on October 25, 2010 at 8:33 AM

All kidding aside: Doncha think maybe, just maybe, there’d be a way to hide this guy for a week before the election? Sending to another country is not the solution. Maybe give him some makework, like doing an inventory of the WH bomb shelter, might help.

apostic on October 25, 2010 at 8:33 AM

Actually, TOTUS is bringing Obama.

justltl on October 25, 2010 at 8:30 AM

The Obama is the audio part of TOTUS.

the_nile on October 25, 2010 at 8:37 AM

He might as well wear a sign hunga around his neck reading:
I am CLUELESS!”

Justrand on October 25, 2010 at 8:37 AM

DuctTapeMyBrain on October 25, 2010 at 8:13 AM

Last year, I saw President Bush give an interesting talk for 45 minutes without so much as a note card.

If this guy’s “brilliant”, then everyone is brilliant.

NoDonkey on October 25, 2010 at 8:38 AM

George Soros is taking no chances.

rbj on October 25, 2010 at 8:40 AM

Eh, setting up a telepromter isn’t that big a deal. Yes, it’s bad symbolism for the TOTUS dependent Prez, but I think the trip to Mumbai, is a bigger Obamateurism. No doubt the residents will love to be inconvenienced by The One. And we taxpayers can’t wait to pay for the hotel rooms at the Taj. Don’t know that this passes a cost/benefit analysis.

Buy Danish on October 25, 2010 at 8:42 AM

How do you think the car in the ditch speech will go over in India?

onlineanalyst on October 25, 2010 at 8:15 AM

Especially the Slurpee comment.

James on October 25, 2010 at 8:42 AM

Eight more days!

Keemo on October 25, 2010 at 8:44 AM

And yet the MSM makes a big deal about Palin writing notes on her hand. Barry is such an embarrassment.

mizflame98 on October 25, 2010 at 8:33 AM

As big of an embarrassment Obama is to our nation, the old MSM tops him by plenty. Talk about the enemy of a free people; the old media must be held accountable.

Keemo on October 25, 2010 at 8:46 AM

Indian street vendors are already selling T-shirts that say: “We survived the ObaTotus of 2010“.

Yoop on October 25, 2010 at 8:54 AM

How do you think the car in the ditch speech will go over in India?

onlineanalyst on October 25, 2010 at 8:15 AM

Especially the Slurpee comment.

James on October 25, 2010 at 8:42 AM

Maybe he’s going to use the Republicans say no to the sky is blue speech.

mizflame98 on October 25, 2010 at 8:55 AM

He might as well wear a sign hunga around his neck reading:
“I am CLUELESS!”

Justrand on October 25, 2010 at 8:37 AM

Nah. Just put a T-shirt on the teleprompter that says, “I’m With Stupid.”

apostic on October 25, 2010 at 8:56 AM

Ed needs to do more exploration on the India trip. Why is 0 reserving nearly 1,000 rooms for his 3 day stay in India? He is taking over the entire Taj Mahal of 570 rooms, 125 rooms at the Taj President, 80 to 90 rooms at the Grand Hyatt, 80 to 90 rooms at the Oberj and all rooms at NCPA, number unknown. He is flying in on Air Force One with two jumbo jets and escort jets and since it is seaside there will have to be Naval ships there for protection. There will be a 45 car motorcade. How many ‘close’ friends is he bringing and what are the costs. I cannot find the numbers for the 2006 trip Bush made when he stayed 2 days in India, but surely the press would have had a field day if anything like this had taken place. The only comparison I could find was a 21 car motorcade for Bush when he visited the Queen.

Oleta on October 25, 2010 at 9:04 AM

C’mon. The Indians are just accommodating the (mentally) handicapped.

mr.blacksheep on October 25, 2010 at 9:10 AM

Uh… Would that be the same Mahatma Gandhi spoken of in these articles? The Mahatma Gandhi who recommended Churchill surrender unconditionally to the NAZI’s? THAT Mahatma Gandhi?

http://www.howcomyoucom.com/articles/nov282000.htm

http://koenraadelst.bharatvani.org/articles/fascism/gandhihitler.html

oldleprechaun on October 25, 2010 at 9:14 AM

They’re doing a makeover in India’s Central Hall to accommodate the President’s closest traveling companion

Will TOTUS have it’s own room?

BacaDog on October 25, 2010 at 9:14 AM

Just sitting here waiting for the has-been media to take notice. Meanwhile, those journalistic icons wonder why the letters YKK are impressed in reverse into their chins.

Extrafishy on October 25, 2010 at 9:16 AM

It’s embarrassing to have such a loser for a president.

AZCoyote on October 25, 2010 at 8:14 AM

Yep, and we have no one to blame but ourselves.

ncborn on October 25, 2010 at 9:16 AM

C’mon. The Indians are just accommodating the (mentally) handicapped.

mr.blacksheep on October 25, 2010 at 9:10 AM

Oh NO! Will this be a new requirement for businesses? Must have totus equipped restrooms and sidewalks?

katablog.com on October 25, 2010 at 9:18 AM

Yep, and we have no one to blame but ourselves.

ncborn on October 25, 2010 at 9:16 AM

Speak for yourself. I voted for Palin.

katablog.com on October 25, 2010 at 9:19 AM

Good God Almighty, the man is a walking, talking (reading?) punchline. It’s like America lost a bet or something.

CantCureStupid on October 25, 2010 at 9:31 AM

TOTUS for a 20 minute speech because this idiot has never really worked a day in his entire life. A 20 minute speech would be work and Obama is the poster child for “You Can’t Teach an Old Dog New Tricks”
Disgusting.

ORconservative on October 25, 2010 at 9:41 AM

This is an embarrassment. Obutthead will always be remembered for the joke that he is.

capejasmine on October 25, 2010 at 9:52 AM

Obama can’t speak for 20 minutes without TOTUS?

Harvard educated? Former “instructor” in Constitutional Law at Chicago? Allegedly the most intelligent articulate president we have ever elected?

Instead we will be listening to Obama reading off TOTUS and still getting all the facts wrong…as the Indian Parliament sees Obama’s head swing from left to right, left to right, left to right…like a judge in a ping-pong match.

Might as well send Joe Biden instead. At least Biden’s speech would be entertaining.

“Stand up, Apu. There ya are. How’s that Slurpee franchise doin’ for ya?”

coldwarrior on October 25, 2010 at 10:10 AM

Oleta on October 25, 2010 at 9:04 AM

Right? Zinging him for TOTUS is fine (as unserious and played out as it is), but honestly. But this sort of indulgence during our Greater Depression is appalling, and deserves at least a mention:

Barack and Michelle’s Mumbai darshan plans

To ensure fool-proof security, the President’s team has booked the entire the Taj Mahal Hotel, including 570 rooms, all banquets and restaurants. Since his security contingent and staff will comprise a huge number, 125 rooms at Taj President have also been booked, apart from 80 to 90 rooms each in Grand Hyatt and The Oberoi hotels. The NCPA, where the President is expected to meet representatives from the business community, has also been entirely booked.

The officer said, “Obama’s contingent is huge. There are two jumbo jets coming along with Air Force One, which will be flanked by security jets. There will be 30 to 40 secret service agents, who will arrive before him. The President’s convoy has 45 cars, including the Lincoln Continental in which the President travels.”

Since Obama will stay in a hotel that is on sea front, elaborate coastal security arrangements have been made by the US Navy in consonance with the Indian Navy and the Coast Guard. “There will be US naval ships, along with Indian vessels , patrolling the sea till about 330-km from the shore. This is to negate the possibility of a missile being fired from a distance,” the officer said.

The President will be accompanied by his chefs, not because he would not like to savour Indian cuisine, but to ensure his food is not spiked.

Let them eat cake.

Rae on October 25, 2010 at 10:21 AM

My guess is he breaks away for a session with the hookah pipe and some slim slum dog boys

Alden Pyle on October 25, 2010 at 10:23 AM

You guys are cruel, of course he needs a little help with a speech to be given in INDAIN now if it were to be in POKEUSTANI or AUSTRIAN the Harvard Law Review genius would have it covered but INDIAN is a tough language for even POKEUSTANIs to get right…. er, ah, or, ah… something!

dhunter on October 25, 2010 at 11:57 AM

As per the tentative programme being worked out, the address by Obama, who once said that “America has its roots in the India of Mahatma Gandhi”,

… and he can say that with authority ’cause he’s a time traveler, interacting with us through his 11-dimensional Wurlitzer of a mind, which enables him to see things we poor dullards could never hope to see. How blessed are we, no?

ya2daup on October 25, 2010 at 12:05 PM

Breaking NEWS Scandal!!! ***TOTUS caught in bed one of the Indian Sex workers Michelle was meeting with!***

The Expert Knows
http://theexpertsblog.blogspot.com

HotAirExpert on October 25, 2010 at 12:53 PM

Are we going to have to provide retirement benefits for TOTUS, and life-long Secret Service protection once he leaves office?

ss396 on October 25, 2010 at 1:25 PM

Who really runs the country TOTUS or POTUS?

EliTheBean on October 25, 2010 at 8:10 AM

NEITHER: The guy who loads the text into TOTUS is really in charge.

landlines on October 25, 2010 at 1:38 PM

Bammie is takin’ his binkie, whether you wingnuts like it or not! So there!

Why don’t you all just, you know, like, STFU?

novaculus on October 25, 2010 at 2:28 PM

TOTUS will be training Indians how to make robo-calls for Democrats. No thinking allowed.

Steve Z on October 25, 2010 at 3:26 PM

I wonder what kind of cheat sheets Obama needed at Harvard?
Sarah Palin can get my with a few words on a palm…

Canadian Infidel on October 25, 2010 at 3:40 PM

Who really runs the country TOTUS or POTUS?

EliTheBean on October 25, 2010 at 8:10 AM

NEITHER: The guy who loads the text into TOTUS is really in charge.

landlines on October 25, 2010 at 1:38 PM

Odd isn’t it that we know nothing about that person? In a Republican presidency the liberal old media would be digging out that story of who runs the teleprompter, how many people in the crew, how much money they make, what the teleprompter department costs to operate and take to trips around the world, etc.

slickwillie2001 on October 25, 2010 at 3:42 PM

When will Obowma bow to the teleprompter?

I wonder what kind of cheat sheets Obama needed at Harvard?
Sarah Palin can get my with a few words on a palm…

Canadian Infidel on October 25, 2010 at 3:40 PM

It’s all there in Obowma’s school records…..we have yet to see.

dthorny on October 25, 2010 at 10:14 PM

Ghandi’s tactics worked with the British because the British were not Hitler and the NAZIs.

His tactics would be a complete disaster with the NAZIS as would Dr. Martin Luther King’s tactics during the Civl Rights movement.

William2006 on October 26, 2010 at 1:58 AM

Will people stop lying about Obama’s great oratory skills.

He studders too much, adds to many fillers (uuuhhh, uuuummm, da, da, duh, duh, and, um, let me be perfectly clear, let me make myself clear, da, da, da. … ) and his phrasing is stilted, unpleasant, and annoying.

He expresses no real enthusiams, only anger and condescension and arrogance.

Obama’s voice is unpleasant as well, with a touch of egotistm to it, er, more than a touch, torrents of egotism and narcissism.

Then there is that awful smirk on his face, and he holds his nose up in the air, his head tilted, with that repulsive look on his face as if he is smelling his own passed gas, and as if he were about to hand down the sentence of the firing squad to another enemy who did not aggree with him.

William2006 on October 26, 2010 at 2:01 AM