Obamateurism of the Day

posted at 8:05 am on October 29, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Maybe someone at the White House needs to keep Barack Obama away from the cameras, or at least away from the television talk shows. In an attempt to energize young voters for the midterms, Obama appeared on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart, but apparently wasn’t prepared to get a couple of tough questions. Before Obama knew it, he had contradicted himself on filibusters and admitted that ObamaCare was a Trojan horse for further government control of health care, but that wasn’t the worst of it. When Stewart rebuked him for doing a George Bush imitation, Obama switched off and impersonated Pee Wee Herman instead:

“In fairness, Larry Summers did a heck of a job,” he continued, using the same infamous phrase his predecessor, Republican President George W. Bush, used to describe the discredited former head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Michael Brown, in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

“You don’t want to use that phrase, dude,” Stewart said.

“Pun intended,” Obama replied.

Pun?  Huh?  So Obama really intended to throw Larry Summers under the bus?  As Jonah Goldberg points out, there was no pun involved, only a President who got blindsided and clumsily attempted to make it look as though he was in on the joke:

What’s interesting — and obvious by my lights — is that Obama barely even noticed the “dude.” He was stung by the fact that Stewart — and the audience — clearly busted the president saying something politically very stupid. Saying that Summers did a “heckuva job” — on the Daily Show! — was a real blunder. Obama is clearly embarrassed that he got busted saying it. And rather than laugh with the audience and at himself he says, entirely unconvincingly, “pun intended.”

No it wasn’t. For the record, it wasn’t even a pun

But Obama’s ego couldn’t let him take it on the chin. So he in effect said “I meant to do that” with that “pun intended” line. It was defensive and lame.

The New York Daily News caught the moment in the appearance it called “dumb” and “diminishing” to Obama’s presidency.  I’m wondering just how much more it can possibly diminish past the Pee Wee League.

Got an Obamateurism of the Day? If you see a foul-up by Barack Obama, e-mail it to me at obamaisms@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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The clothes have no emperor. This dude‘s an empty suit.

Crusader Rabbit on October 29, 2010 at 8:09 AM

first the bicycle photos …and now this.

Pee Wee League indeed.

ted c on October 29, 2010 at 8:10 AM

Hence the reason for the Teleprompter. Obama is missing a few brain cells.

Electrongod on October 29, 2010 at 8:10 AM

Obama doesn’t need anyone to help make him look stupid. He manages that very well on his own. I really don’t think that he understands that the audience wasn’t laughing with him, they were laughing at him.

milwife88 on October 29, 2010 at 8:12 AM

I’m wondering just how much more it can possibly diminish past the Pee Wee League.

we’ve got 2 more years to find out…

cmsinaz on October 29, 2010 at 8:12 AM

“Broken Arrow, we’ve got a Broken Arrow!”

that phrase used to mean a loose nuclear warhead….

now it means a POTUS loose from the TOTUS

ted c on October 29, 2010 at 8:12 AM

Electrongod on October 29, 2010 at 8:10 AM

slurpee brain freeze?

cmsinaz on October 29, 2010 at 8:12 AM

This man does not wear President well.

He should have been Community Organization Czar.

sherry on October 29, 2010 at 8:12 AM

Lying is a reflex for that tool.

justltl on October 29, 2010 at 8:14 AM

ted c on October 29, 2010 at 8:12 AM

new code word for the secret service…good one tc

cmsinaz on October 29, 2010 at 8:15 AM

WOW! BRAVO! THE PREZIE IS THE JOKE!

2012, here we come!

TheAlamos on October 29, 2010 at 8:16 AM

The phrase “elections have consequences” will live on for at least a hundred years following the Obama experience.

Not sure this is the legacy this narcissist wanted for himself, but it is the legacy he will have created.

Keemo on October 29, 2010 at 8:17 AM

ted c on October 29, 2010 at 8:12 AM

new code word for the secret service…good one tc

cmsinaz on October 29, 2010 at 8:15 AM

no. a very good one!

TheAlamos on October 29, 2010 at 8:17 AM

slurpee brain freeze?

cmsinaz on October 29, 2010 at 8:12 AM

Maybe.
Remember when Obama said his bad bowling was like the Special Olympics? Well,…there maybe more of a connection between these two then we know.

Electrongod on October 29, 2010 at 8:20 AM

President of the United States of America takes his message to the View and to the Jon Stewart show..

How low can this man go? How low can this man take the office of potus? One thing can be said of G.W. Bush and his wife; they took the dignity of this office very seriously.

Keemo on October 29, 2010 at 8:21 AM

Joe Biden got more influence then expected.

the_nile on October 29, 2010 at 8:21 AM

Obama amending his campaign slogan:

Yes, we can, but…

Followed by audience interrupting him with hysterical laughter.

(Even the snarky Daily Show crowd has lost faith.)

Disturb the Universe on October 29, 2010 at 8:22 AM

the king sits down in the court of jesters….

ted c on October 29, 2010 at 8:23 AM

I’m wondering just how much more it can possibly diminish past the Pee Wee League.

Er, doesn’t he have to get himself arrested in an adult movie theater to go full Pee Wee?

Disturb the Universe on October 29, 2010 at 8:24 AM

How low can this man go?

Barack Obama will be interviewed by Snagglepuss on the Cartoon Network.

NoDonkey on October 29, 2010 at 8:26 AM

The Progressives (Democratic Socialists, Marxists, whatever) continue to be stunned by these gaffes, slip-ups and mental lapses because, after all, Obama’s the most erudite demigod ever to shine the glow of his countenance on the oval office, right?

Extrafishy on October 29, 2010 at 8:30 AM

Barack Obama will be interviewed by Snagglepuss on the Cartoon Network.

NoDonkey on October 29, 2010 at 8:26 AM

LOL… Good one!

Keemo on October 29, 2010 at 8:32 AM

Heckuva job, Bambi!

Glenn Beck reported the other day that according to some singing bird at the W.H., The One uses a teleprompter in meetings with as few as 6 people. I believe it. Without it, he’s like the crazy uncle in the attic he once spoke of vis a vis Jeremiah Wright.

Buy Danish on October 29, 2010 at 8:32 AM

This is an Obamateurism logjam.

He went on the Daily Show while serving as president
Said Obamacare was Trojan Horse
Revealed that his position on the filibuster depends entirely on which party has a majority in the Senate.
Showed he doesn’t really understand what “pun” means.
Insulted Larry Summers in an effort the un-embarrass himself.
Got called “dude” in national TV by a comedian for his efforts.
Heckuva job, Barry!

forest on October 29, 2010 at 8:33 AM

So, what’s the Boy King going to do on Wednesday morning when Reggie Love turns on the TV for Obama, and all Obama can see on the morning news is Red States all across the map…governors, representatives, senators?

If I were Reggie, after tucking the President in for the night, I’d make sure anything that could be thrown was securely taped down, glued down, nailed down, before entering the President’s chambers on Wednesday morning.

As for pun’s…or Obama’s lack of understanding what constitutes a pun…is this the level of competency in English that is taught at Harvard? For godssake, Barack, English is your mother tongue.

coldwarrior on October 29, 2010 at 8:33 AM

Electorate: We will refudiate you & your policies on Nov. 2!
Obummer: I know you are, but what am I?

KS Rex on October 29, 2010 at 8:34 AM

Maybe O how wrong can rehab his image on Jerry Springer.

hip shot on October 29, 2010 at 8:35 AM

The Not-Ready-For-Prime-Time President.

Hey, I still can’t believe that millions of Americans elected this wet-behind-the-ears “community organizer” to the Oval Office.

disa on October 29, 2010 at 8:35 AM

The Dude does not abide Obama being called dude,

MarkT on October 29, 2010 at 8:35 AM

President of the United States of America takes his message to the View and to the Jon Stewart show..

…don’t forget Mythbusters as well.

Dude in Chief, sweet. There’s a lovely British phrase for him that rhymes with anchor that rather fits with the Pee Wee theme.

ExPat on October 29, 2010 at 8:35 AM

every chance this guy gets he continues to prove himself an idiot.

keep talking.

ted c on October 29, 2010 at 8:36 AM

How many ways can one describe the denigration of the highest office in this nation? Pathetic.

Rovin on October 29, 2010 at 8:37 AM

When Stewart rebuked him for doing a George Bush imitation,

And referred to the President of The United States as “Dude”. How long will it take to regain the dignity of the office after this loser gets the boot?

Oldnuke on October 29, 2010 at 8:37 AM

its time to replace the dude in chief with the first dude

unseen on October 29, 2010 at 8:39 AM

Er, doesn’t he have to get himself arrested in an adult movie theater to go full Pee Wee?

Disturb the Universe on October 29, 2010 at 8:24 AM

Dude! (pun intended) It’s only been two years. Give him a chance!

Lanceman on October 29, 2010 at 8:39 AM

Maybe O how wrong can rehab his image on Jerry Springer.

hip shot on October 29, 2010 at 8:35 AM

Ouch!

Rovin on October 29, 2010 at 8:39 AM

ted c on October 29, 2010 at 8:36 AM

He’s making his case directly to the American people.

That he’s an idiot.

Case closed.

NoDonkey on October 29, 2010 at 8:39 AM

Obama’s wearing the “Kick Me” sign on his backside, the sign he applied himself. Clever, not.

maverick muse on October 29, 2010 at 8:41 AM

Maybe O how wrong can rehab his image on Jerry Springer.

hip shot on October 29, 2010 at 8:35 AM

Ouch!

Rovin on October 29, 2010 at 8:39 AM

But not in time for a Halloween dude excuse.

maverick muse on October 29, 2010 at 8:42 AM

How many ways can one describe the denigration of the highest office in this nation? Pathetic.

Rovin on October 29, 2010 at 8:37 AM

But at least Presidents don’t drop their pants around their knees in the Oval Office…..oh..wait.

Electrongod on October 29, 2010 at 8:42 AM

Electrongod on October 29, 2010 at 8:20 AM

heh

cmsinaz on October 29, 2010 at 8:43 AM

Keemo on October 29, 2010 at 8:21 AM

amen K

cmsinaz on October 29, 2010 at 8:43 AM

Keemo on October 29, 2010 at 8:21 AM

I’m betting on QVC. Hawking bags of that from Bo that Dear Liar personally scooped up. But no one will be buying.

Not even a pun, yet The Whine is the smartestest president ever? At this point, He should resign and America will get through two years of President Biden. At least the jokes will be funnier.

rbj on October 29, 2010 at 8:44 AM

This pathetic attempt to rekindle the adoration of his empty headed young followers of two years ago is stunning.

It is backfiring spectacularly. Another step in the direction of a complete meltdown.

I have to say I am enjoying every moment of it.

tru2tx on October 29, 2010 at 8:48 AM

rbj on October 29, 2010 at 8:44 AM

Second that!

Keemo on October 29, 2010 at 8:48 AM

How low can this man go?

Has his appearance on Mythbusters aired yet ??
He’s the MYTH, for God’s sake. This just may have proven it.

As I’ve seen clips of this interview, I was struck at how it appeared that he was reading his accomplishments from his hand !!
(has BOR had his ‘body language’ expert on, yet ?)
Hand-notes or not, he still could NOT look Jon in the eye and recite them with ANY degree of confidence.
What a maroon !!

pambi on October 29, 2010 at 8:49 AM

I’m not even sure Obama understood that Stewart was mocking him for the Bush/Brownie disaster….he’s that dense and wrapped up in himself. He needed to respond in some way to the laughter and came up with the “pun intended” comeback….does he even know what a pun is??? Oy, what an embarrassment.

4Freedom on October 29, 2010 at 8:51 AM

I have no time, but can someone find out just how many times (and in what ways) GWB stumped for midterm candidates ?
Probably did some, but certainly NOT like THIS ! oy

pambi on October 29, 2010 at 8:52 AM

Zero’s never been ‘in on the joke’, he’s always been the joke. No gravitas intended.

Kissmygrits on October 29, 2010 at 8:56 AM

The New York Daily News caught the moment in the appearance it called “dumb” and “diminishing” to Obama’s presidency.

The moment is a metaphor for the man(child).

BitterClinger on October 29, 2010 at 9:02 AM

Maybe someone at the White House needs to keep Barack Obama away from the cameras Oval Office

Fixed

NoFanofLibs on October 29, 2010 at 9:02 AM

Has anyone else notices that when ObaMao is off-prompter or “fired up” before his fan club, he begins to stutter, “We, we, we…”? It’s almost a tell of his being “all wee-wee’d up.”

onlineanalyst on October 29, 2010 at 9:02 AM

The clothes have no emperor. This dude‘s an empty suit.

Crusader Rabbit on October 29, 2010 at 8:09 AM

2010 Halloween trend, streaking trick’r’treating Obama-look-alikes. /imitative flattery and all

maverick muse on October 29, 2010 at 9:02 AM

begins to stutter, “We, we, we…”? It’s almost a tell of his being “all wee-wee’d up.”

onlineanalyst

“Did the little piggy say wee wee wee all the way home?
Why, yes.”

maverick muse on October 29, 2010 at 9:04 AM

<a href="Geico – Piggy wee wee wee – (2010) :30“>Why yes

maverick muse on October 29, 2010 at 9:06 AM

Now we have a kid who killed himself after an elite prep school (Groton?) hounded him out for “anti-gay” cartoons.

Meantime most of the student body supported him and he himself had kids teasing him with slurs weeks before.

In The Boston Herald, the Dad blams PC. Boy is he getting hammered!

IlikedAUH2O on October 29, 2010 at 9:07 AM

F

or the record, it wasn’t even a pun

For the record, Jonah missed his period. Pun intemded.

Mr_Magoo on October 29, 2010 at 9:11 AM

BO has absolutely no humility. He cannot laugh at his own foibles or blunders. Self-absorbed as he is, his mode has always been to attack others, making them the butt of a joke. That is why he took to the Alinsky, “Pick a target, freeze it…” method so easily.

onlineanalyst on October 29, 2010 at 9:13 AM

For the record, it wasn’t even a pun

For the record, Jonah missed his period. Pun intemded.

[damn iPod!]

Mr_Magoo on October 29, 2010 at 9:15 AM

About 90 percent of the people watching the Daily Show who have criticism of Obama also hold their criticisms from the left, not the right, just as Stewart did on the show. But at the same time, they have no other realistic place to go in 2012, other than to not vote (they only bolt for Hillary if they absolutely, positively think Obama’s going to get them killed at the polls two years from now).

So even if they do recognize the Larry Summers response as both lame and condescending, there’s nothing they can do about it except convince themselves that no matter how disappointing Obama is, to them he’s still better than anyone the Republicans would run in the ’12 election.

jon1979 on October 29, 2010 at 9:17 AM

Funnier than this was how defensive he was when responding to the Yes We Can shtick Stewart was laying on him. Stewart was trying to support his “give me time” excuse but Obama appeared oblivious because he was so busy defending himself. Humor in his world is only his own witty remarks.

Mr_Magoo on October 29, 2010 at 9:20 AM

the dude is a dud. known it since the one speech he read at the 2004 dem-wack-job convention.

jbh45 on October 29, 2010 at 9:24 AM

Poor, naive Mr. President…thought he was walking into a safety zone and was going to come out smelling like a rose. What a boneheaded move, going on that show. Bush is so much smarter than that.

scalleywag on October 29, 2010 at 9:25 AM

Clearly, this one must be in the running for the Obamateurism of the year.

csdeven on October 29, 2010 at 9:26 AM

With a landslide next Tuesday, either the GOP will make enough progress by 2012 or we will have had three years of a lame-duck presidency and the only thing Obama will have accomplished by then is his half-baked ObamaCare. The youth vote should be completely gone underground by then.

Mr_Magoo on October 29, 2010 at 9:26 AM

Stop comparing Obaka to Pee Wee Herman!!

You’re making Pee Wee look worse!

ladyingray on October 29, 2010 at 9:28 AM

That was classic, he provided us with his new campaign slogan, and the Republicans better lock onto it.

“Yes We Can, but…”

right2bright on October 29, 2010 at 9:34 AM

Clearly, this one must be in the running for the Obamateurism of the year.

csdeven on October 29, 2010 at 9:26 AM

His whole presidency has been an Obamateurism

NoFanofLibs on October 29, 2010 at 9:46 AM

does he even know what a pun is??? Oy, what an embarrassment.

4Freedom on October 29, 2010 at 8:51 AM

It’s amazing, isn’t it, how many basics those expensive Ivy League educations don’t seem to cover.

But then what do I know? I’m just one of the great unwashed.

AZCoyote on October 29, 2010 at 9:46 AM

I listened to the clip only once, and swore he said “unintended” not “pun intended”. Which actually makes sense. Stewart implicitly points out the Bush/Brownie connection, and Obama smiles and replies, “unintended”. Perfectly logical answer. A misheard Obamateurism doesn’t count!

Paul-Cincy on October 29, 2010 at 9:50 AM

Pee Wee? O’Bama cannot hit the ball when they put it on a pedestal in front of him.
Lonesome Loser…http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z5KWI71s3DY

Open The Door on October 29, 2010 at 10:17 AM

After getting bitch-slapped for two more years, he’s going to need a teleprompter to talk to his dog.

justltl on October 29, 2010 at 10:19 AM

But, Larry summers did do a heck of a job: he introduced Google searches as a metric for judging success of economic policies. Think of all the research grants in economics that can now be chopped out of the budget because Larry found The Answer.

ya2daup on October 29, 2010 at 10:22 AM

Darkness washed over the Dude. Darker than a black steer’s rear on a moonless night…

teacherman on October 29, 2010 at 10:33 AM

I know the Dude. You sir, Mr. Obama, are no Dude!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sYsw0KVRjCM

Pablo Snooze on October 29, 2010 at 10:36 AM

All Pee Wee’d up.

loudmouth883 on October 29, 2010 at 10:47 AM

Stay classy, Giggles.

crazy_legs on October 29, 2010 at 10:53 AM

I’m wondering just how much more it can possibly diminish past the Pee Wee League.

He probably managed to strike out in Tee-Ball.

chemman on October 29, 2010 at 10:54 AM

I’m wondering just how much more it can possibly diminish past the Pee Wee League.

When he is seen wearing trench coats at movie theaters and press conferences.

mechkiller_k on October 29, 2010 at 10:55 AM

He probably managed to strike out in Tee-Ball.

chemman on October 29, 2010 at 10:54 AM

I just flashed on a thought of Obama and Napolean Dynamite at the tee ball poll and neither one can hit the thing. Someone make a graphic.

mechkiller_k on October 29, 2010 at 10:57 AM

Would Rahm have let Bammie go on Stewart’s show? Is this floundering a symptom of WH staff churn? Would you want to be the WH staffer today that cleared the Stewart appearance? Who is Bo’s pooper-scooper today?

Bammie probably realized today that he swallowed his own foot, whole. The irony is that he would have been given a far more respectful and productive interview with any Fox News anchor. Instead he chose to become a joke.

slickwillie2001 on October 29, 2010 at 11:39 AM

Maybe President Dude should have stayed away from the weed in “college” as it appears that it actually does kill brain cells.

redwhiteblue on October 29, 2010 at 11:41 AM

“Smartest man in the world”

Yeah. “The Summer of Recovery” was a smashing success.

GarandFan on October 29, 2010 at 11:44 AM

From the clip I saw, it sure looked as though Obama was reading from some sort of cheat sheet the way he kept looking down at the same place near where his hand would be under the table. Wouldn’t it be funny if he wrote notes on his hand?

OxyCon on October 29, 2010 at 11:51 AM

For the last two years, America’s watched this man double down on his gaffes rather than own up to them like a big boy.

Now we’re starting to see him doubling-down on his gaffe of doubling-down on his gaffes!

leilani on October 29, 2010 at 11:56 AM

I’m no Hillary Clinton fan, but it’s breath taking, and amazing that the Dimocrats threw her over, to exalt this ego in a suit. Just amazing.

And they’re the elitist, and smarter than everyone else? They all should be embarrassed by this. I imagine they are.

capejasmine on October 29, 2010 at 12:21 PM

From the clip I saw, it sure looked as though Obama was reading from some sort of cheat sheet the way he kept looking down at the same place near where his hand would be under the table. Wouldn’t it be funny if he wrote notes on his hand?

OxyCon on October 29, 2010 at 11:51 AM

I noticed that. Maybe he was looking at his watch praying for time to move faster.

slickwillie2001 on October 29, 2010 at 12:29 PM

Obamateurism of the Day Minute

Schadenfreude on October 29, 2010 at 12:49 PM

I listened to the clip only once, and swore he said “unintended” not “pun intended”. Which actually makes sense. Stewart implicitly points out the Bush/Brownie connection, and Obama smiles and replies, “unintended”. Perfectly logical answer. A misheard Obamateurism doesn’t count!

Paul-Cincy on October 29, 2010 at 9:50 AM

My bad. Watched it again, clearly “Pun Intended“. Whatever THAT’S supposed to mean.

Paul-Cincy on October 29, 2010 at 12:50 PM

My bad. Watched it again, clearly “Pun Intended“. Whatever THAT’S supposed to mean.

Paul-Cincy on October 29, 2010 at 12:50 PM

Right; he stepped in it bigtime and “pun intended” was him pretending he was in on the joke.

He went on a comedy show and expected a serious reception, and he’s the most-brilliantest president ever!

slickwillie2001 on October 29, 2010 at 12:55 PM

“I know you are, but what am I?”

All pee-wee’d up.

iurockhead on October 29, 2010 at 1:20 PM

What a Douche!

El Douche, looks more and more like he’s in way over his head! Pretty pathetic when Liebowitz can make ya look like an idiot!

AllosaursRus on October 29, 2010 at 1:37 PM

its time to replace the dude in chief with the first dude

unseen on October 29, 2010 at 8:39 AM

Todd Palin?

Steve Z on October 29, 2010 at 1:42 PM

How low can this man go?

Barack Obama will be interviewed by Snagglepuss on the Cartoon Network.

NoDonkey on October 29, 2010 at 8:26 AM

Didnt Space Ghost have an interview show?

Shambhala on October 29, 2010 at 1:47 PM

Darkness washed over the Dude. Darker than a black steer’s rear on a moonless night…

teacherman on October 29, 2010 at 10:33 AM

Racist!

Shambhala on October 29, 2010 at 1:48 PM

The result of affirmative action promotions instead of actual effort, skill and accomplishment. You can’t make a person smart by discounting the others he competes against.

A zebra will never be a tiger, no matter how many time you call him one, and insist everyone in the room call him “tiger”, he will still be a zebra.

Alden Pyle on October 29, 2010 at 8:32 PM