Obamateurism of the Day

posted at 8:05 am on November 3, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Can he hear you now?  Can he hear you nowApparently not:

“There’s not going to be a major course correction,” Tapper reported on ABC Tuesday night. “So far, this is not a tsunami. You have Democrats winning. It does not look as though Democrats are going to lose control of the Senate, in all likelihood, so I do not see evidence of any major course correction. They certainly have not talked about it in the White House. “

Will Barack Obama really face the same American people that tubed his Congressional majority and claim business as usual in his press conference at 1 pm ET today?  If so, we may have tomorrow’s OOTD, too.

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Carter 2.0 if Tapper right.

Gracelynn on November 3, 2010 at 8:07 AM

He really does live in a different world

Electrongod on November 3, 2010 at 8:07 AM

Video comment

Now you just have to decide if it represents Obama’s message to the citizens of America or the voter’s message to Obama and Michelle Gibbs Joe Bo.

Shy Guy on November 3, 2010 at 8:12 AM

Tapper just said essentially the same thing on GMA. There will be cooperation, but Obama does not see this as a major rebuke to his policies…

Man is clueless.

lizzieillinois on November 3, 2010 at 8:15 AM

Eh. It’s not like his team seemed to understand the full potential of a fillibuster proof Senate and control of the House, so yeah, business as usual…

apostic on November 3, 2010 at 8:16 AM

Maybe he’ll announce that Moochelle is no longer proud of her country.

50sGuy on November 3, 2010 at 8:16 AM

Business as usual for the DOTUS?

…..and why not?

PappyD61 on November 3, 2010 at 8:16 AM

Will Barack Obama really face the same American people that tubed his Congressional majority and claim business as usual in his press conference at 1 pm ET today?

is water wet?

of course the man is going to double down…he may say all the niceties but it will be back to ‘punishing the enemies’ when he gets back from india…

Guaranteed

cmsinaz on November 3, 2010 at 8:18 AM

Doesn’t really matter if Barry gets the message or not. The economy will determine whether he gets a second term or not, and the likelihood that the economy will be in good shape by 2012 appears slim, at best.

AZCoyote on November 3, 2010 at 8:19 AM

Obama has no intention of cooperating.

I think things will get even worse. The GOP better have extra balls in a warehouse somewhere because this guy is going to chapter two of the Soviet handbook on how to destroy your enemies and take over the country.

darwin on November 3, 2010 at 8:20 AM

….”Can he hear you now?…..

….he couldn’t hear the abortion survivors that the Illinois Senate wanted to protect.

Why would he hear a few serfs?

PappyD61 on November 3, 2010 at 8:20 AM

Of course the Narcissist in Chief will plow ahead with his agenda, he doesn’t believe this wave had anything to do with him or his policies. He’ll put the blame on anything but that.

scalleywag on November 3, 2010 at 8:21 AM

Dear Liar: “Republicans did not gain 100% control of the House and Senate, therefore I am right.”

It’s feudalism 3.0, whereby the gentry class thinks that it is better than the rest of us.

rbj on November 3, 2010 at 8:22 AM

darwin on November 3, 2010 at 8:20 AM

Exactly.

Disturb the Universe on November 3, 2010 at 8:23 AM

I think things will get even worse. The GOP better have extra balls in a warehouse somewhere because this guy is going to chapter two of the Soviet handbook on how to destroy your enemies and take over the country.

darwin on November 3, 2010 at 8:20 AM

spot on

cmsinaz on November 3, 2010 at 8:23 AM

He’s in unchartered waters. We just told him the majority of the community does not want to be organized.

sherry on November 3, 2010 at 8:23 AM

This guy is so freaking clueless.

The next two years ought to be fun when he doesn’t get any money for his programs.

gophergirl on November 3, 2010 at 8:23 AM

Does the constitutional law professor know all appropriations bills must originate in the House?

And by the way, does he know he needs to raise the debt limit next year?

Wethal on November 3, 2010 at 8:23 AM

Keep plucking that chicken, Barry.

GnuBreed on November 3, 2010 at 8:25 AM

Obama acknowledge a GOP win? Actually cooperate with the incoming House?

Not a chance.

He’s got more important things on his mind….like a $200 million a day vacation in India.

He’s still the King. Used to be Emperor but his empire just got a smaller.

coldwarrior on November 3, 2010 at 8:27 AM

heading to jury duty this am, this is one presser I wouldn’t mind watching, just to see him squirm…

will he take questions from jake tapper and wendell goler?

cmsinaz on November 3, 2010 at 8:29 AM

Shocked! Not.

The arrogance of this man knows no bounds.

I fully expect to see his smug, Mussolini pose and snide commentary at the presser this afternoon, reminding me of:

“…a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.”

tru2tx on November 3, 2010 at 8:29 AM

“Progressives” just keep on “moving forward” like zombies and do not change course.

Buy Danish on November 3, 2010 at 8:30 AM

The “Cousin Eddie” Presidente has known for a while his legislating days are over now he is free to unleash his czars, Dept heads directives and rule by executive order.

He told us he will fundamentally transform America!

He has!

He will continue to try!

He MUST be stopped!

Find your balls Republicans the work begins!

dhunter on November 3, 2010 at 8:32 AM

Of course not, and even if there was a problem, it’s only with the messaging.

Besides, it’s not as if the opposition (ie, the enemy), won more seats than they ever did since before WWII.

Phoenician on November 3, 2010 at 8:36 AM

The next two years ought to be fun when he doesn’t get any money for his programs.

gophergirl on November 3, 2010 at 8:23 AM

He’ll attack the GOP relentlessly and paint them as only concerned for “the rich”. He’ll attack them as anti-earth, anti-children, anti-old people, anti-education, anti-everything.

He’ll try to backdoor as much as he can through regulation.

The left will now unleash their psychotics to protest, riot, vandalize and terrorize. Expect violence. It’s coming. This is what the left does. It’s what they’re doing now in Europe and it’s what they’ve always done … always.

darwin on November 3, 2010 at 8:37 AM

darwin on November 3, 2010 at 8:37 AM

What more can he say about the GOP that he hasn’t already said? I mean they have called us pretty much every name in the book and it cost him the House.

I think he’s crazy to be honest. No normal person would look at what happened last night as an affirmation of the status quo.

gophergirl on November 3, 2010 at 8:41 AM

A quick tour of the HA threads this morning tells me that you all had a blast here last night and that the server held up just fine. My wife and I attended a neighborhood victory party complete with great food and fellowship; had a blast.

If I’m seeing things correctly this morning, there are still two Senate races to be decided; Alaska and Colorado… The GOP picked up 66 seats in the house; and several governorships. It was so loud where I was last night, I’m not sure I have my facts correct.

It will be interesting watching Obama today, that’s for sure. Nothing to date indicates to me that he will compromise with GOP, nor will he compromise with American citizens who are hurting in the worst of ways while he is living large. I detest this man and his wife!

Keemo on November 3, 2010 at 8:41 AM

Ed Morrissey,

If the GOP picks up both of those remaining Senate seats, your predictions from yesterday are spot on! Congrats…

Keemo on November 3, 2010 at 8:42 AM

Obama still thinks that he can control the tides and heal the planet. Saturn’s rings wouldn’t fit around his ego. He will never move right. My guess is that he’ll make a hard left turn in an effort to solidify his shrinking base.

Oldnuke on November 3, 2010 at 8:44 AM

We have much work to do comrades… Yesterday was just a beginning. Californians just made the top of my shit list. If our government tries to bail them out with our tax dollars, I’m going to ************.

Keemo on November 3, 2010 at 8:45 AM

Wanna bet?

Obama’s press conference will be all about the trip to India, and about how the democrats and the republican have to work together to advance Obama’s plan for utopia.

Obama’s remarks will seem to indicate that yesterday didn’t happen.

Skandia Recluse on November 3, 2010 at 8:47 AM

Good! Let him keep up his repugnant radicalism! Show him for the callous, hateful, arrogant thing that he is. 2012′s coming and he’ll have his a$$ handed to him.

-Aslan’s Girl

Aslans Girl on November 3, 2010 at 8:48 AM

Business as usual,don’t you get in the wayyyyyy!!!! Hmmmmm,wonder how OPERATION REVERSE CHAOS is going??:)

ohiobabe on November 3, 2010 at 8:50 AM

What more can he say about the GOP that he hasn’t already said? I mean they have called us pretty much every name in the book and it cost him the House.

gophergirl on November 3, 2010 at 8:41 AM

Oh believe me, the left will villify the GOP, the Tea Party, the right in general. You though the campaigns were bad? Just wait until the GOP House exerts it’s majority.

The GOP will be painted as sons and daughters of Satan and the media will be more than happy to help. This isn’t new. This is how the left works all over the world. Standard pratice.

Up until now, since the left controlled Congress and the White House, the left really had no one to attack. They do now.

darwin on November 3, 2010 at 8:51 AM

He didn’t listen when the majority of Americans didn’t want the health care bill, so why should he listen now? He’ll go ahead and if the Republicans hold firm, he’ll just blame things on them. We’ll get more of the car being back in the ditch rhetoric.

Beaglemom on November 3, 2010 at 8:51 AM

One of the things Tuesday’s results showed is that conservative candidates for the most part at the state level with demonstratable public records won; those new to the political process without records to stand on did not get the benefit of the doubt from the moderate swing voters.

What that means for Team Obama is they still will have faith in their ability to target and demoninze new conservative faces to those swing voters they’ll need to win re-election in 2012. As far as the House goes, that means the leadership over the next 60 days is going to have to make sure they define themselves and their goals nationally before Democrats are able to define them in the same way they did Gingrich after the 1994 midterms. And the same thing goes for presidential hopefuls over the next year — the Democrats can’t blanket demonize GOP hopefuls right now, but the more and more the field becomes defined the more and more candidates who may be known in one part of the country but not another will be defined negatively by the Dems and the big media if they aren’t out their making their own case between now and the first primaries in January 2012.

jon1979 on November 3, 2010 at 8:51 AM

Obama’s remarks will seem to indicate that yesterday didn’t happen.

Skandia Recluse on November 3, 2010 at 8:47 AM

Yes, his constant state of denial will not falter.

It’s always all about him. He’ll officially kick off his 2012 campaign today. There will be some sort of catchphrase buried in his speech today.

sherry on November 3, 2010 at 8:52 AM

is water wet?

of course the man is going to double down…he may say all the niceties but it will be back to ‘punishing the enemies’ when he gets back from india…

Guaranteed

cmsinaz on November 3, 2010

You forgot to refer to the price tag on O’s big junket to India.

chai on November 3, 2010 at 8:53 AM

Mr. Krauthammer made a point last night that scares me to death. Obama is going to do all his dirty work through departments and regulations. I don’t know why that would be legal since Congress is suppose to write and pass laws but I am not happy.

Cindy Munford on November 3, 2010 at 8:56 AM

Where I was last night, Fox News was on one TV and CNN the other. I was surprised that both networks spent quite a bit of time talking down the TP movement and it’s importance on this election and future elections. I expected that from CNN, but Fox also did this in a much more subtle way. The establishment is quite fearful of the TP movement it would seem.

Keemo on November 3, 2010 at 8:56 AM

You forgot to refer to the price tag on O’s big junket to India.

chai on November 3, 2010 at 8:53 AM
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Uh-huh. okay,the election is over,now let’s get this out even more over the airwaves….200 million a day??? 40 aircraft,3000 people! is he going to set up his dictatorship over there?Hope:)

ohiobabe on November 3, 2010 at 8:59 AM

BTW: Montana went full red last night with our state elections. Huge GOP gains across the state.

Keemo on November 3, 2010 at 9:00 AM

What the Lame Duck Congress does, probably depends on how many of them have to come back and live among us “little people”. However, I will not hold my breath waiting for them to do the right thing. Just as I expect nothing new out of Obama’s press Conference today, except more of his arrogance and hubris. Tomorrow’s OOTD? Count it, Ed.

kingsjester on November 3, 2010 at 9:01 AM

ohiobabe on November 3, 2010 at 8:59 AM

Living large on our dime while we are all suffering.
This is a simple case of Obama flipping American voters the bird, and laughing his way to a land where he will likely be worshiped.

Keemo on November 3, 2010 at 9:02 AM

If this is true, this may be the path to Obama’s undoing in 2012. At first I was depressed about the Senate outcome, but with Reid still in the Senate and Obama not changing course and remaining belligerent toward the majority of the American people, he may self-torpedo his hopes for re-election.

WordsMatter on November 3, 2010 at 9:03 AM

kingsjester on November 3, 2010 at 9:01 AM

Congrats on taking out one of the “Blue Dogs” last night..:)

Dire Straits on November 3, 2010 at 9:03 AM

chai on November 3, 2010 at 8:53 AM

correct, my bad

cmsinaz on November 3, 2010 at 9:04 AM

Dire Straits on November 3, 2010 at 9:03 AM

Thanks. Come January, Travis Childers will be back comforting mourners at the family funeral home in Tupelo, MS.

kingsjester on November 3, 2010 at 9:05 AM

kingsjester on November 3, 2010 at 9:05 AM

Let’s wish him well in that job..:)

Dire Straits on November 3, 2010 at 9:07 AM

If so, we may have tomorrow’s OOTD, too.

I think it’s time for his handlers to install TOTUS III, IV, V … heck, there should be a wall-sized TOTUS to the left, the right, and on the back wall so he doesn’t go off script and piss off more people.

VibrioCocci on November 3, 2010 at 9:09 AM

200 million a day.

Didn’t we kick the last king’s ass?

Inanemergencydial on November 3, 2010 at 9:15 AM

He’s lost the middle. All he has left it his kooky base. My magic 8 ball predicts a hard turn left, full steam ahead with executive orders.

Alden Pyle on November 3, 2010 at 9:18 AM

He is a COMMUNIST, a dedicated one. He will NEVER EVER go for capitalist ideas and policies. He will destroy America before he accepts her as she is. He will not yield, he will not compromise. Therefore, he MUST be vanquished utterly in 2012. His agenda must be brought to a screeching halt from now until then. We MUST show up his radicalism, trumpet his insane communist ideas and goals, and we MUST offer an American Constitutional rationale for every stumbling block we put in his way to right the ship of state.

SilentWatcher on November 3, 2010 at 9:19 AM

My magic 8 ball predicts a hard turn left, full steam ahead with executive orders.

Alden Pyle on November 3, 2010 at 9:18 AM

The federal government only has power if the states recognize it’s power. The states are only obligated to recognize the enumerated powers in the Constitution.

Ignore dictates from the fed, especially the executive and they’re powerless.

I wish the states would wake up and understand how much power they really have.

darwin on November 3, 2010 at 9:23 AM

There is no way a guy who takes the kind of trip he is about to embark on goes to the middle.
He will give the country a big middle finger and pivot hard left.
The harder left you are the less limitations matter. I hope Boehner is ready for an ugly fight.

ORconservative on November 3, 2010 at 9:24 AM

I have huge doubts about Boehner.. I would rather see another in charge, but I’m sure it will be Boehner. We are fighting the GOP establishment, and this man is one of them.

Keemo on November 3, 2010 at 9:32 AM

Anyone know how many state legislatures changed hands yesterday? With redistricting set for next year, and more R governors, it may be harder for some congressional Dems to stay in power in 2012.

spudmom on November 3, 2010 at 9:32 AM

spudmom on November 3, 2010 at 9:32 AM

I think 12 … or 16. I can’t remember which.

darwin on November 3, 2010 at 9:36 AM

A good bit of repudiation of Obama’s agenda is a good thing, a very good thing…we’ve a long way to go.

But, the Chinese have just unleashed the first part of the next Obama wave… /

Unbelievable.

coldwarrior on November 3, 2010 at 9:42 AM

But, the Chinese have just unleashed the first part of the next Obama wave… /

Unbelievable.

coldwarrior on November 3, 2010 at 9:42 AM

yuck

cmsinaz on November 3, 2010 at 9:45 AM

Dems now have a small window of opportunity here, to ram thru anything, and everything they can, that their black hearts desire.

Obama will be on a 10 day $2 billion trip. When he gets back, he won’t veto anything they try to shove thru.

No…he most likely won’t back off, or tack toward the middle. He’ll continue to be the bull headed, drip that he is.

He has a choice. Move toward the middle, and stand a better chance of another term, or lean more toward the left, and lose it all. Being that he’s not exactly a genius, I think he’ll do the former, and believe he’ll have a shot.

And what scares me…seeing what California is willingly doing to their state, and Mass., I have to wonder….does he stand a shot at a 2nd term inspite of destroying the country?

capejasmine on November 3, 2010 at 9:51 AM

Keemo on November 3, 2010 at 8:45 AM: Californians just made the top of my shit list. If our government tries to bail them out with our tax dollars, I’m going to ************.

HEY! Don’t forget about us intellects in MA. We’ll need a bailout from the policies of tax-and-spend, re-elected Obama mini-me before 2012.

scituate_tgr on November 3, 2010 at 9:51 AM

Anyone know how many state legislatures changed hands yesterday? With redistricting set for next year, and more R governors, it may be harder for some congressional Dems to stay in power in 2012.

spudmom on November 3, 2010 at 9:32 AM

I’m not sure on the numbers, but if memory serves, it was Juan Williams who admitted that it will be a decade or more, before Dems can take back control of the house.

capejasmine on November 3, 2010 at 9:52 AM

My question is will he learn no matter how hard you push a bad idea, it is still a bad idea? I think the answer is No. He is an ideologue; plain and simple. He can’t change or moderate. This will kill the Dem’s in two years.

EliTheBean on November 3, 2010 at 9:54 AM

Anyone know how many state legislatures changed hands yesterday? With redistricting set for next year, and more R governors, it may be harder for some congressional Dems to stay in power in 2012.

spudmom on November 3, 2010 at 9:32 AM

I’m not sure on the numbers, but if memory serves, it was Juan Williams who admitted that it will be a decade or more, before Dems can take back control of the house.

capejasmine on November 3, 2010 at 9:52 AM

Looks like 16 so far: Link.

scituate_tgr on November 3, 2010 at 9:59 AM

If he changes his course in any way, I will eat my hat.

Alana on November 3, 2010 at 10:25 AM

The bright side: Not getting all the goodies we wanted will leave us hungry. I can see 20102 from here, and it looks better than it did yesterday before the ballots were counted. And for all the efforts of the Obama administration to skew the census, they have lost so many state legislatures and governor’s seats that they will take a drubbing in the redistricting battle after all.

Much as I despise Harry Reid, I would rather have him as Senate Minority Leader than either Dick Durbin or Chuckie Schumer. He can be counted on for an ongoing stream of gaffes and offensive comments. As Senate Democrats will now assume the role of protectors of the Obama agenda, blocking the efforts to undo the lurch toward socialism, I am counting on Reid to put a particularly despicable face on the blockade.

As for some of the more controversial Tea Party supported candidates losing, there are some silver linings. Tea Partiers will vet their choices more carefully. We really have to do better in that regard. And Democrats will soon realize just how close they came to political oblivion. They expended massive resources and barely won despite running against deeply flawed candidates.

The Battle of 2010 is clearly won. I think we should all enjoy the holidays, and them go right back to work preparing for the Battle of 2012. The war ain’t over.

novaculus on November 3, 2010 at 10:28 AM

He’s lost the middle. All he has left it his kooky base. My magic 8 ball predicts a hard turn left, full steam ahead with executive orders.

Alden Pyle on November 3, 2010 at 9:18 AM

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Yup… Putting more gasoline on the fire. That’ll be Ob*stards reaction to being told no. The battle has only just been joined, not won.
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RalphyBoy on November 3, 2010 at 10:31 AM

I don’t think Obama will change course. He is who he is, and he can no more change his spots than a leopard can. He was capable of falsely portraying himself as a moderate bridge-builder, but now the Marxist cat is out of the bag. He isn’t the chameleon that Bill Clinton is.

My biggest concern at this point is that he gets a couple more Supreme Court appointments. Despite gains in the Senate, there are enough Republican Senators who will vote yea on just about any nominee (yes, I mean you, Dick Lugar!) to make it a scary situation.

novaculus on November 3, 2010 at 10:58 AM

A good bit of repudiation of Obama’s agenda is a good thing, a very good thing…we’ve a long way to go.

But, the Chinese have just unleashed the first part of the next Obama wave… /

Unbelievable.

coldwarrior on November 3, 2010 at 9:42 AM

Andy Vanderbilt, Chris Matthews and Shemp Smith already have their orders in.

slickwillie2001 on November 3, 2010 at 11:03 AM

….”Can he hear you now?…..

….he couldn’t hear the abortion survivors that the Illinois Senate wanted to protect.

Why would he hear a few serfs?

PappyD61 on November 3, 2010 at 8:20 AM

Excellent comment, Pappy. I’m going to borrow it to confront my lib friends who are still in the tank for O.

When I think of those poor little ones, my heart breaks. But then I remember: The Lord knows and He will be the final Judge of Obama.

GrannyDee on November 3, 2010 at 12:21 PM

It may just be that in the long view, California took one for the team. Under Gov. MoonBeam Part Deux, the illegals will get drivers licenses and more benefits, businesses will be taxed more, success will be punished and groupthink praised.

All by itself, one state’s economy going in the tank will guarantee that the national economy will not improve enough under the GOP House to gift BHO as Clinton was gifted in 1996. When the Contract with America produced success in the budget, Billy Jeff immediately proclaimed it his success, and enough people still don’t get how government works that he was given credit for economic improvements which were in opposition to his plans and policies. BHO’s only hope for a second term would be for the same to occur. Perversely, that could never have happened with a Lib House pushing socialist economic policies, only under a Vast Right Wing House.

For now, gridlock will ensure things don’t get much worse, California will ensure they don’t get much better. Today’s status quo, sadly, works for me if it means BHO’s approval two years from today remains as is.

Freelancer on November 3, 2010 at 3:38 PM