Obamateurism of the Day

posted at 8:05 am on November 10, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

In an earlier OOTD, Barack Obama made an explicit call for Latinos to vote against Republicans as a means to “punish our enemies,” putting Obama in the same rhetorical ballpark as Alan Grayson and his execrable “Taliban Dan” advertisement that convinced Grayson’s constituents to retire their one-term embarrassment.  A few days later, when campaigning on radio shows in order to entice Democrats to vote, Obama grudgingly admitted that calling his political opponents “enemies” was a poor choice of words — and then blamed Republicans for saying the exact same thing:

President Obama on Monday admitted he made a mistake last week when he referred to those who disagree with him as “enemies,” but argued that Republicans are misinterpreting his remark.

“I probably should have used the word, ‘opponents’ instead of enemies,” Obama said, during an interview with African-American radio show host Michael Baisden.

The president clarified his remark hours before House Minority Leader John Boehner, Ohio Republican, was set to use the comment as a centerpiece of his final speech of the 2010 campaign.

Obama implied that he felt Republicans were unfairly politicizing the comment.

“Now the Republicans are saying that I’m calling them enemies,” Obama said. “What I’m saying is you’re an opponent of this particular provision, comprehensive immigration reform, which is something very different.”

No, he was calling Republicans “enemies,” which is indeed “something very different,” as well as graceless and hyperbolic.  Considering the context in how it was used — attempting to get Latinos to support Democrats — it’s also a bit of ethnic baiting as well.

The fault isn’t in those who understandably object to Obama’s characterization.  The fault lies with Obama for saying it.

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oh the irony.

sesquipedalian on November 9, 2010 at 11:30 PM

Obama has a habit of peeing on our shoes while telling us it’s raining….

landlines on November 10, 2010 at 12:16 AM

BTW:

We should now refer to Obama as the Resident.

(He got the “P” knocked out of him Nov 2)

landlines on November 10, 2010 at 12:17 AM

Did we elect a 5 year old to be our President?

Gwillie on November 10, 2010 at 8:10 AM


… one-term embarrassment.

Grayson, Carter, Obama …

Tony737 on November 10, 2010 at 8:10 AM

Ant to think, the media talking heads were telling us just a few months ago, that this Obama character deserves to be added to the hillside at Mt. Rushmore for his greatness. The only people who compare to the national disgrace that is Barry Obama, are those in the media who have bowed at his feet in front of millions of us while Obama was looting our savings and stealing the greatest health care system ever created.

Keemo on November 10, 2010 at 8:13 AM


… he was calling Republicans “enemies,”

If only he’d go after al qeada with such enthusiasm!

Tony737 on November 10, 2010 at 8:14 AM

Did we elect a 5 year old to be our President?

Gwillie on November 10, 2010 at 8:10 AM

it appears so…

cmsinaz on November 10, 2010 at 8:14 AM

BTW:

We should now refer to Obama as the Resident.

(He got the “P” knocked out of him Nov 2)

landlines on November 10, 2010 at 12:17 AM

How about Obama the Dent.
He was shinny and brand new right off the lot a couple years ago but inexperience has left its toll on the chassis of The One. The MSM and the Dems keep trying to wax and polish the exterior but for anyone to see, he is just a clunker.

Electrongod on November 10, 2010 at 8:15 AM

Or, alternatively, Obama actually said, “Punish your anemones.” Those sea-going polyps have really got it coming, ya know. And to the best of my knowledge, they’re also not in favor of completely devaluing citizenship, er, I mean, reforming immigration.

apostic on November 10, 2010 at 8:16 AM

Self awareness is above his pay grade.

percysunshine on November 10, 2010 at 8:16 AM

O/T: HAPPY BIRTHDAY UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS! (Philadelphia – 1775)

Tony737 on November 10, 2010 at 8:16 AM

Quite alright. After all, he is an enemy of America.

OmahaConservative on November 10, 2010 at 8:17 AM

man up dear leader

cmsinaz on November 10, 2010 at 8:19 AM

“Mommy, he hit me back first!”

Can we take two more years of this maroon?

Crusader Rabbit on November 10, 2010 at 8:19 AM

“Now the Republicans are saying that I’m calling them enemies,” Obama said.

Don’t you just hate it when the other side takes your comments in context and use them against you?

rbj on November 10, 2010 at 8:24 AM

I don’t think he was ever corrected or told he was wrong as a child. …… Or as an adult.

conservative pilgrim on November 10, 2010 at 8:24 AM


“I probably should have used the word, ‘opponents’ instead of enemies,”

Yes, that was very … “inartful”.

Tony737 on November 10, 2010 at 8:24 AM

“Now the Republicans are saying that I’m calling them enemies,” Obama said. “What I’m saying is you’re an opponent of this particular provision, comprehensive immigration reform, which is something very different.”

We are also “an opponent” of raising taxes on anyone. We are opponents of cap and trade which will raise energy prices, (while the price of gas rises). We are opponents of a seriously flawed health care bill crammed down our throats last Christmas eve. We are opponents of a run-away government that has spent $3 trillion over the past two years threatening this nation’s fiscal solvency.

Look in the mirror Mr. President—you and your Party ARE THE ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE.

Rovin on November 10, 2010 at 8:26 AM

If you are an Estwing hammer everything looks like a potential nail. If you are a narcissistic Obama everything looks like a potential enemy.

Yoop on November 10, 2010 at 8:28 AM

conservative pilgrim on November 10, 2010 at 8:24 AM

very good point

cmsinaz on November 10, 2010 at 8:30 AM

during an interview with African-American radio show host Michael Baisden.

I know this is off-topic- (and I have nothing against Daily Caller)- but how is it relevant to this report that Michael Baisden is African American?-

marks on November 10, 2010 at 8:30 AM

BO: a “man” who talks with forked tongue and walks with duck feet.

jbh45 on November 10, 2010 at 8:32 AM

I don’t think he was ever corrected or told he was wrong as a child. …… Or as an adult.

conservative pilgrim on November 10, 2010 at 8:24 AM

Adulthood is still pending.

Yoop on November 10, 2010 at 8:33 AM

Is there any possibility that Shep will consider the president’s provocative words as an example of “slimy politics”?

onlineanalyst on November 10, 2010 at 8:34 AM

during an interview with African-American radio show host Michael Baisden.
I know this is off-topic- (and I have nothing against Daily Caller)- but how is it relevant to this report that Michael Baisden is African American?-

marks on November 10, 2010 at 8:30 AM

ObaMao has a habit of tailoring his provocative rhetoric to his audiencesin order to “fire them up,” forgetting that in this day of instant communications, he cannot get away with being so indiscreet.

onlineanalyst on November 10, 2010 at 8:37 AM

What he said on the radio show was ‘probably’ shouldn’t have used the word enemy. He can’t even admit to a mistake when he’s admitting to a mistake.

Kissmygrits on November 10, 2010 at 8:39 AM

“First I was for it, then I was against it.”

Shy Guy on November 10, 2010 at 8:39 AM

cmsinaz on November 10, 2010 at 8:30 AM

Thanks. Obama’s response here reminds me of a kid being told what he did was wrong and having a meltdown trying to save face and justify his actions. (I had to deal with this the other day with a kid at school.) The repurcussions of no discipline and training carry over into adulthood, and we all suffer because of it.

conservative pilgrim on November 10, 2010 at 8:42 AM

Ant to think, the media talking heads were telling us just a few months ago, that this Obama character deserves to be added to the hillside at Mt. Rushmore for his greatness. The only people who compare to the national disgrace that is Barry Obama, are those in the media who have bowed at his feet in front of millions of us while Obama was looting our savings and stealing the greatest health care system ever created.

Keemo on November 10, 2010 at 8:13 AM

Re Rushmore, I’ll settle for Obama Chia heads being sold in the Rushmore souvenir gift shop.

After JFK was assassinated, there was Rushmore talk as well. Luckily cooler heads prevailed and gave historians time to admit that he was a terrible president and unworthy of such honor.

slickwillie2001 on November 10, 2010 at 8:43 AM

Imagine the things he’d say if he weren’t so “clean and articulate”. He’d have to explain himself all the time and come across as a real jerk.

Jeff on November 10, 2010 at 8:44 AM

“Now the Republicans are saying that I’m calling them enemies,” Obama said.

Yeah.

forest on November 10, 2010 at 8:46 AM

Do you see a man wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him
Proverbs 26:12

lukespapa on November 10, 2010 at 8:52 AM

Indeed cp….indeed

cmsinaz on November 10, 2010 at 8:52 AM

Obama has a habit of peeing on our shoes while telling us it’s raining….
landlines on November 10, 2010 at 12:16 AM

I think he is actually starting to pee on his own shoes.

Fallon on November 10, 2010 at 8:54 AM

ObaMao has a habit of tailoring his provocative rhetoric to his audiencesin order to “fire them up,” forgetting that in this day of instant communications, he cannot get away with being so indiscreet.

onlineanalyst on November 10, 2010 at 8:37 AM

It’s what a “community organizer” does.

Trouble is as Rush says, it’s really community agitating and no lowly commie gutter snipe has ever been elevated to the presidency before.

About 4years ago when this disgrace first announced his candidacy, I had to research just what a CO was and – hello Saul Alinsky.

It’s funny how the MFM never made the connection that millions of us googled in the very beginning.

ontherocks on November 10, 2010 at 9:02 AM

Personally, I think a video of him using the ‘enemies’ word would make a very effective campaign ad against Mr. Obama. In such an ad you’d want to contrast his persistent blather about “working together with…” and his calling his opponents enemies. Maybe throw in a few “they can come along for the ride but they’ve got to sit in back” comments as well. Maybe with some slick modern editing touches like those quick “stutter”-type repeats of the word enemies for emphasis.

The simple fact that he’s walked back 90%+ of his promises, commitments and pledges should make him a pretty easy target for a well-financed campaign-ad producer. Highlighting his lies is a “target-rich environment”, after all.

martin.hale on November 10, 2010 at 9:05 AM

I don’t know. Just call me liberal in the morning but I kinda see Barry as the victim here. As a text book narcissist shouldn’t he fall under the disabilities act yet? (Well maybe during the lameduck)
Anyhoot the guy is suffering from said symptoms. Liar. Bully. As worse he’s been exposed to a top rate liberal/progressive education. Jet fuel for this malady. Always the aggressor/victim. A world class view of what appears to be a dangerously average one’s self.
Alas I’m afraid this poor fellow can never be cured of this disability in his life time and will always find himself compared to the like: consumate community organizers; wife beaters.

onomo on November 10, 2010 at 9:06 AM

I know, I know, it’s getting pretty tired, but…could you just imagine the fallout had Bush said this during his presidency? Unbelievable.

RepubChica on November 10, 2010 at 9:17 AM

Obama would be no mystery to the founding fathers.

Evil has existed from the dawn of time. It is so perfectly designed that it never changes and will always embody the same elements. It was the same in a cave 10,000 years ago and it will be the same when we colonize Mars.

Our founding fathers knew this and that is why model for governance is as close to perfect as one can get. Progressives assume that technology endows them wisdom wisdom far superior to those who used buggy whips. iPhones will never have an “Omniscient” app.

The name progressives have labeled themselves with is the antithesis to what they do. Progressive policies are in fact regressing to a less free, more barbaric existence for the majority of mankind. Unless you own an iPhone…then you are insulated from their tyranny.

csdeven on November 10, 2010 at 9:20 AM

The now and then president. The both way liar.

now ~ opponents

then ~ enemies.

tinkerthinker on November 10, 2010 at 9:23 AM

landlines on November 10, 2010 at 12:17 AM

That was awesome!

ladyingray on November 10, 2010 at 9:28 AM

So he didn’t mean”enemies enemies”.

darwin-t on November 10, 2010 at 9:32 AM

it’s also a bit of ethnic baiting as well.

“Misunderstatement, Ed” — GWB, “he, he, he”

The fault isn’t in those who understandably object to Obama’s characterization. The fault lies with Obama for saying it.

He’s the quintessential whiner. Harvard et all don’t teach accountability and he certainly didn’t learn it sooner either.

The irony that this guy will put race relations back by so much is incredible and very sad. Many Ph.D. theses will be written on the subject, incl. the charlatanry which brung him to this post. A great leader he will never be.

Schadenfreude on November 10, 2010 at 9:33 AM

The name progressives have labeled themselves with is the antithesis to what they do. Progressive policies are in fact regressing to a less free, more barbaric existence for the majority of mankind. Unless you own an iPhone…then you are insulated from their tyranny.

csdeven on November 10, 2010 at 9:20 AM

Thank you for this, csdeven. It can’t be repeated enough. The stole the term. One should never refer to them as such, without single quotes. Nor are the truly liberal either. They are comprised of two categories, the exploiting elites and the serfs. Unfortunately, neither will admit it. The former are too clever and power-hungry (see Pelosi/Reid/Obama) and the latter are too dumb.

Schadenfreude on November 10, 2010 at 9:37 AM

“They stole the term”…it should have been.

Schadenfreude on November 10, 2010 at 9:38 AM

So ‘punish our opponents’ is more tactful?

Is that ‘punish’ as in chastise?

Or ‘punish’ as in brutalize?

Either way, I don’t care to hear my president saying it about me.

Peri Winkle on November 10, 2010 at 9:51 AM

Just another boneheaded remark by bonehead.

dragondrop on November 10, 2010 at 9:52 AM

Does this mean “The Great Orator” doesn’t know how to use words?

GarandFan on November 10, 2010 at 10:04 AM

Another little gift from Bammie to the greedy unions: Unions Using the Department of Labor to Chill Employer Speech

Expect much more legislation-by-regulation for the next two years. We can take the House away from democratics, but the Bamster can still run wild with his progressive administration.

slickwillie2001 on November 10, 2010 at 10:12 AM

I’m happy to be considered an enemy of Obama. I wear that proudly. Since I revere this country and the freedoms on which it was founded and the patriots who shed their blood to secure those blessings, can we justly consider Obama an enemy of everything American?

Extrafishy on November 10, 2010 at 10:19 AM

Did we elect a 5 year old to be our President?

Gwillie on November 10, 2010 at 8:10 AM

The narcissistic, petulant Little Black Man-Child.

pdigaudio on November 10, 2010 at 10:21 AM

Barry O.: It’s your fault that you misunderstood something I shouldn’t have said.

mizflame98 on November 10, 2010 at 10:23 AM

In an earlier OOTD, Barack Obama made an explicit call for Latinos to vote against Republicans as a means to “punish our enemies,”

How Nixonian of him to make a new White House Enemies List. He will soon have 240 “enemies” in the House of Representatives, who may not take kindly to being punished.

Somehow his “amigos Latinos” forgot to punish Marco Rubio, who won by over a million votes!

Steve Z on November 10, 2010 at 10:31 AM

Seen the most fashionable First Lady evah -in a babushka in Indonesia? Michelle Straps on the Headscarf to Visit Istiqlal Mosque

slickwillie2001 on November 10, 2010 at 10:31 AM

Seen the most fashionable First Lady evah -in a babushka in Indonesia? Michelle Straps on the Headscarf to Visit Istiqlal Mosque

slickwillie2001 on November 10, 2010 at 10:31 AM

Mesmerizingly natural…and still ugly

Schadenfreude on November 10, 2010 at 11:11 AM

Or ‘punish’ as in brutalize?

Either way, I don’t care to hear my president saying it about me.

Peri Winkle on November 10, 2010 at 9:51 AM

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His ramblings often include words and phrases that direct violence towards we who disagree… It’s the way of the wanna-be dictator. And I’m beyond pi**ed about it at this point.
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RalphyBoy on November 10, 2010 at 11:55 AM

Of course he also said we could ride the bus as long as we

sit in the back


The POTUS needs the TOTUS!

The Expert Knows

HAExpert on November 10, 2010 at 12:31 PM

Keemo on November 10, 2010 at 8:13 AM

Re: Mt Rushmore

Separate from the others, as a reminder of “Never Again” Americans should be fooled by the Jour0List-Soros types.

Sir Napsalot on November 10, 2010 at 12:59 PM

Maybe it was “punish our enemas” . . .
He likes to drop the “g” in words ending in “ing” when speaking to particular ethnic groups to add a little street cred to his orations, so perhaps he thought latinos pronounced “enemies” as “enemas” . . .

tpitman on November 10, 2010 at 4:04 PM

English as a second language is a bitch to learn, even with the TOTUS.

gbear on November 10, 2010 at 4:38 PM

Spot on Ed.

RealMc on November 10, 2010 at 6:30 PM