Obamateurism of the Day

posted at 8:05 am on November 11, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

More than a year after proposing to completely revamp the American health-care sector and watching voters erupt in anger over the takeover, Barack Obama finally admitted that it did him a lot of political damage that he hadn’t foreseen.  After noting that he paid a political price for ObamaCare, Obama then admitted that he has discovered the difference between campaigning and governing:

“When you’re campaigning, I think you’re liberated to say things without thinking about, ‘Okay, how am I going to actually practically implement this,’ Obama told “60 Minutes.”

That’s not the OOTD, however, although telling a national audience that he really had no idea how to implement the ideas he was espousing during the campaign certainly qualifies as one.  (It’s nothing new, though; he pushed a COIN strategy for Afghanistan during two years of campaigning, but nearly balked at implementing it as President when told what kind of resources it would take.)  The real Obamateurism comes when Obama explains how important it will be to work with health insurers now:

“When it comes to health care, we need to be consulting with the insurance industry, make sure they know how things are going to work,” he said.

Maybe if Obama and his party had consulted with insurers rather than spending almost a year demonizing them — Nancy Pelosi called them “villains” — he would have gone in quite a different direction and paid much less of a political price as a result.  Now he wants to get them on board after signing legislation that will spell their destruction, and apparently still can’t quite grasp why they would be somewhat hostile to his crowning achievement.

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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I think you’re liberated to say things without thinking about, ‘Okay, how am I going to actually practically implement this,’ Obama told “60 Minutes.”

So, when trying to practically implement “shovel ready jobs” you have now realized that it was a “crock” all along…

ted c on November 11, 2010 at 8:08 AM

Obama, just sign an executive order. That always works…right?

Electrongod on November 11, 2010 at 8:10 AM

make sure they know how things are going to work,” he said.

Nooooo it’s not a takeing control of the industry…what would give anybody that idea…

SHARPTOOTH on November 11, 2010 at 8:13 AM

God I long for, and pray for the day, when no one in this world has to hear what this clown thinks, or has to say!

lukespapa on November 11, 2010 at 8:15 AM

Only a idiot or a liar can claim he didn’t know what the cost would be. He clearly knew what the cost would be and was willing to pay it in the hopes that we would get used to it and leave it in place.

It is imperative we defund and repeal Obamacare to send a clear message to these traitorous progressives.

csdeven on November 11, 2010 at 8:16 AM

You have to work really hard to be this stupid. No wonder he vacations so much. Stupidity is exhausting.

milwife88 on November 11, 2010 at 8:17 AM

Well obviously it’s a good thing that the public option is back. That should fix everything.

Skandia Recluse on November 11, 2010 at 8:19 AM

Idiot in Chief

Beaglemom on November 11, 2010 at 8:20 AM

What more should we expect when we elect a community organizer to run the country?

petefrt on November 11, 2010 at 8:21 AM

Key message here; don’t believe anything we tell you while we’re campaigning, as we have no idea how or even if any of what we are saying will work.

Pretty much sums up the integrity and character of the entire Democrat Party, and too many from the GOP also. Tell the people what they want to hear, what will get them to vote with their emotions rather than their common sense. Unfortunately this method has worked for far too many years now, and shame on Americans for being so damned foolish.

Keemo on November 11, 2010 at 8:22 AM

You have to work really hard to be this stupid. No wonder he vacations so much. Stupidity is exhausting.

milwife88

We should all thank Providence that Odamna DOESN’T spen more time working.

Crusader Rabbit on November 11, 2010 at 8:22 AM

Lord, forgive me. I know it’s wrong to hate, but . . . .

Ignorant Mensan on November 11, 2010 at 8:22 AM

So let it be written, so let it be done.

Fallon on November 11, 2010 at 8:22 AM

make sure they know how things are going to work,” he said.

He sounds like a mob boss. “You pay us the money and we don’t bust your kneecaps, that’s how things are going to work. Capice?”

tims472 on November 11, 2010 at 8:23 AM

On-the-job training, day 685

ted c on November 11, 2010 at 8:23 AM

Crusader Rabbit on November 11, 2010 at 8:22 AM

Amen. I give him permission to take the rest of his term off.

milwife88 on November 11, 2010 at 8:25 AM

It is imperative we defund and repeal Obamacare to send a clear message to these traitorous progressives.

csdeven on November 11, 2010 at 8:16 AM

We must go further my friend. There must be accountability for such behavior that goes beyond dislike and mistrust, defunding and repealing. Investigations and eventual prosecutions had better take place or there really is no reason for this behavior to change over time.

Keemo on November 11, 2010 at 8:26 AM

D’oh!

clueless

cmsinaz on November 11, 2010 at 8:29 AM

B-U-F-F-O-O-N

Kafir on November 11, 2010 at 8:29 AM

In campaign 2012, each and every Obamateurism of the Day should be the basis for a campaign advert/spot.

Hard to believe this late in the game this guy from Chicago still hasn’t grasped the magnitude of his Office nor the effect his holding that Office has across the US and the rest of the world.

Thanks to the HopeyChanbge crowd who elected him, we are all lab rats so this guy can learn about presidenting.

Thanks a lot, libs.

coldwarrior on November 11, 2010 at 8:29 AM

“When you’re campaigning, I think you’re liberated to say things without thinking about, ‘Okay, how am I going to actually practically implement this,’ Obama told “60 Minutes.”

This sounds like Obama went to the Jerry Brown school of politics. (33 second clip)

Rovin on November 11, 2010 at 8:29 AM

On-the-job training, day 685

ted c on November 11, 2010 at 8:23 AM

indeed….usual probation period is 90 days or you are outta there…

cmsinaz on November 11, 2010 at 8:31 AM

The RNC better be collecting all these OOTD for ’12…

they don’t have to do anything, dear leader took care of it for them…

cmsinaz on November 11, 2010 at 8:32 AM

This reaction is typical for Dems’ wake-up call of their unintended consequences of their harebrained schemes for Utopia. Their guiding philosophy is to offer (faux) contrition rather than permission (from the governed). For ObaMao, though, I think that the destruction of the insurance business was behind O-care all along.

onlineanalyst on November 11, 2010 at 8:35 AM

God I long for, and pray for the day, when no one in this world has to hear what this clown thinks, or has to say!

lukespapa on November 11, 2010 at 8:15 AM

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Rovin on November 11, 2010 at 8:38 AM

coldwarrior on November 11, 2010 at 8:29 AM

apologies, didn’t see your post…

great minds and all :)

cmsinaz on November 11, 2010 at 8:40 AM

‘Okay, how am I going to actually practically implement this

Looks like his mouth has been writing checks that his a$$ can’t cash.

chalk that up to the other 10 things that his trannny nanny should’ve taught him when he was 8 years old.

ted c on November 11, 2010 at 8:43 AM

a big shout out to all the veterans today!

Thank you for your service!

cmsinaz on November 11, 2010 at 8:43 AM

O/T
Meghan McCain is on Imus in the Morning right now Fox Business News…she just predicted that Romney will be the next pick for Republican nominee for President 2012….she isn’t into Huckabee.

Dr Evil on November 11, 2010 at 8:47 AM

he would have gone in quite a different direction and paid much less of a political price as a result.

Don’t kid yourself Ed.
The insurance companies love Obamacare. What’s not to love? The government has told all their citizens that they have to buy your product or risk punishment. Bonus!
Why do you think the ARRP was on board? They’re basically just an insurance company/broker.

Caper29 on November 11, 2010 at 8:47 AM

The nasty little man-child still doesn’t get it. He believes the problem is our failure to understand his policies and not the policies themselves. But it doesn’t matter how many more Democrats fall because of him, as long as we still have him. I have believed from day one, when people were getting worked up about his cabinet appointments and czars, they didn’t matter and never will. Only he matters. People are no more than disposable diapers to him. Fill them with crap and throw them away. We have two more years to get that message out to as many as will listen. Forget the socialists and black racists, they are not worth the effort. Work on the Independents and the Democrats who live as conservatives, even if they don’t usually vote that way.

Extrafishy on November 11, 2010 at 8:50 AM

I say we put photos of Obama on all campaign filing documents.

rogerb on November 11, 2010 at 8:53 AM

“Today, we sometimes hear that democracy stands in the way of economic progress.”

Huh?

Fallon on November 11, 2010 at 8:55 AM

I say we put photos of Obama on all campaign filing documents.

rogerb on November 11, 2010 at 8:53 AM

I see what you did there…++

ted c on November 11, 2010 at 8:56 AM

Idiot in Chief

Beaglemom on November 11, 2010 at 8:20 AM

… and LIAR in chief.

“If you like your…”

I have been advised that my BC/BS plan will cease to exist on December 31st. I have to reapply for the plan that is going to replace it.

An entire group of doctors, including the one I depend on right now for followup on a special surgical procedure that was performed this past summer, have opted out of that plan.

So I will be losing the plan I liked, AND the doctor I depend on. I have moved from intense dislike to hatred of Obama and the Dems that shoved this all down our throat with total, willful arrogance.

Yoop on November 11, 2010 at 9:01 AM

Maybe if Obama and his party had consulted with insurers rather than spending almost a year demonizing them — Nancy Pelosi called them “villains” — he would have gone in quite a different direction

…But that’s not how Bill Ayers taught him how to do it.

Baxter Greene on November 11, 2010 at 9:03 AM

God I long for, and pray for the day, when no one in this world has to hear what this clown thinks, or has to say!

lukespapa on November 11, 2010 at 8:15 AM

Are you kidding me? MSM loves him! They will always ask him what he thinks about anything!

ladyingray on November 11, 2010 at 9:04 AM

Consequences? We don’t need to pay attention to no stinking consequences!

Famous line from The Treasure of the Obama Madre.

profitsbeard on November 11, 2010 at 9:05 AM

The Corporate Exuctives of the Insurance Companies are making all the money they can, while they can. They’re laying off CSRs and Independent Agents are on food stamps. This is exactly what Scooter wanted. Single-payer, here we come.

kingsjester on November 11, 2010 at 9:17 AM

On-The-Job training means you actually learn how to do your job. Not to learn how NOT to do your job. I think by the time it ends Obama will figure out every possible way how NOT to be POTUS.

EliTheBean on November 11, 2010 at 9:21 AM

Err… he’s not saying he should have consulted with them: “make sure they know how things are going to work”.
 
REALLY amazing.

CLaFarge on November 11, 2010 at 9:21 AM

Wow! This is actually a SOOTD!

Siamese
Obamateurism
Of
The
Day

Joined at the ass.

Shy Guy on November 11, 2010 at 9:22 AM

Most of us were taught to think about what we say before we say it, lest it come back to bite us in the a$$ someday. It appears Mr. President skipped learning these elementary skills and jumped right into considering himself a great orator, and now he looks foolish and juvenile.

scalleywag on November 11, 2010 at 9:33 AM

“When it comes to health care, we need to be consulting with the insurance industry, make sure they know how things are going to work,” he said.

Sounds like another “listening tour” – Democrat style.

Tell people how it’s going to be, and that’s that. If anyone objects, they will be publicly smeared by powerful Democrat public officials as dangerous racist Nazis.

forest on November 11, 2010 at 9:36 AM

Let’s have a picture of zero with a cig dangling from his pie hole on all cigarette packages.Opens up many avenues of exploration.

dragondrop on November 11, 2010 at 9:36 AM

oops wrong place to comment on cigarettes.

dragondrop on November 11, 2010 at 9:40 AM

“When it comes to health care, we need to be consulting with the insurance industry, make sure they know how things are going to work,” he said.

He’s still not talking about consulting with them, as in learning from a discussion. Instead of “consulting with” he really means “explaining to” or “dictating to”. “Consulting” just sounds a lot better.

Sowell Disciple on November 11, 2010 at 9:46 AM

Investigations and eventual prosecutions had better take place or there really is no reason for this behavior to change over time.

Keemo on November 11, 2010 at 8:26 AM

I can live with that.

csdeven on November 11, 2010 at 9:57 AM

“When you’re campaigning, I think you’re liberated to say things without thinking about, ‘Okay, how am I going to actually practically implement this,’ Obama told “60 Minutes.”

I know it’s not the OOTD but it’s a perfect example of why TOTUS ranks above cabinet level in this cabal.

It’s become clear that what he was talking about when he told Harry “I have a gift” was affirmative action, because if people really did see in him what they wanted to see, he would have evaporated by now or taken up full time residence at Ft. Leavenworth.

ontherocks on November 11, 2010 at 10:02 AM

Good Lord. This is AMAZING. Has this man no CLUE as to what he’s doing or how poorly he’s coming across with statements like this?

RedNewEnglander on November 11, 2010 at 10:04 AM

“I think the Republicans were able to paint reveal my governing philosophy as a classic, traditional, big government liberal. And that’s not something that the American people want,” Obama said.”

An awakening?

Nah.

iurockhead on November 11, 2010 at 10:13 AM

The important thing is to get the insurance companies from all 57 states on board with health care reform.

What?

Are you sure?

Mr_Magoo on November 11, 2010 at 10:16 AM

“When it comes to health care, we need to be consulting with the insurance industry, make sure they know how things are going to work.”

That doesn’t sound “conciliatory” to me.

It sounds like a threat from a thug.

franksalterego on November 11, 2010 at 10:21 AM

Well you think this president and the WH/Congress for the past two years are scary?

To me, the scariest part is the support he and Dems still enjoys now.

Sir Napsalot on November 11, 2010 at 10:26 AM

“When it comes to health care, we need to be consulting with the insurance industry, make sure they know how things are going to work,” he said.

Late and backwards. Should be, “Before we try to reform healthcare, we need to be consulting with the insurance industry, make sure that we know how things work.”

But I guess this is just the longer version of the famous Obama summary, “I won.”

tom on November 11, 2010 at 10:49 AM

Why on earth would he work with insurance companies? Didn’t he already admit that O’care was a trojan horse, that is intended to lead to single payer?

Again, he lies, and again…he’s either thee most vicious liar I’ve ever seen, or completely inept, and stupid.

capejasmine on November 11, 2010 at 10:54 AM

You all have pretty much nailed the guy on all points….Well Done!

tomshup on November 11, 2010 at 11:01 AM

Well you think this president and the WH/Congress for the past two years are scary?

To me, the scariest part is the support he and Dems still enjoys now.

Sir Napsalot on November 11, 2010 at 10:26 AM

True, the tidal wave happened because a few percent of the population changed their vote. Huge numbers of Americans still agree completely with what the Jackass is doing to us.

slickwillie2001 on November 11, 2010 at 11:36 AM

Investigations and eventual prosecutions had better take place or there really is no reason for this behavior to change over time.

Keemo on November 11, 2010 at 8:26 AM

I can live with that.

csdeven on November 11, 2010 at 9:57 AM

Exactly. Criminal behavior, and this entire administration is choking us with it because that’s what Marxists do, must be punished appropriately, i.e., jail time. Otherwise, we will never be able to keep up with their violations of The People and the Constitution. What they get away with only increases the severity and frequency of their constant destruction. I, for one, can’t keep up with them and most of the TP can’t either. We have lives. If they aren’t put away for their transgresssions, they will not stop. Ever.

tigerlily on November 11, 2010 at 11:58 AM

Why on earth would he work with insurance companies? Didn’t he already admit that O’care was a trojan horse, that is intended to lead to single payer?

Again, he lies, and again…he’s either thee most vicious liar I’ve ever seen, or completely inept, and stupid.

capejasmine on November 11, 2010 at 10:54 AM

His Blackberry votes for viscious liar. Jus’ sayin’.

tigerlily on November 11, 2010 at 11:59 AM

“When it comes to health care, we need to be consulting with the insurance industry, make sure they know how things are going to work,” he said.

Like Kathleen Sebelius, threatening to throw them out of the pool.

Hey Nancy, what was in that bill about the Secretary shall do WHAT?

Steve Z on November 11, 2010 at 12:42 PM

The dumbest man ever to be President, bar none.

And did you see his statement on Veterans’ Day? Me neither.

F’shizzle, m’nizzle!

Adjoran on November 11, 2010 at 2:47 PM

The dumbest man ever to be President, bar none.

And did you see his statement on Veterans’ Day? Me neither.

F’shizzle, m’nizzle!

Adjoran on November 11, 2010 at 2:47 PM

Hey Obama:

Why don’t you sign an Executive Order to repeal gravity??

That would save energy, right????

/SARC>

landlines on November 11, 2010 at 7:54 PM