Obamateurism of the Day

posted at 8:05 am on November 17, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

We may have to start calling this week’s OOTD selections the Fine Whine category.  Yesterday, we noted Barack Obama’s complaint to Chip Reid that the American press never asks him about how people often compliment him.  Newsbusters captures another whiny moment from the President at the press conference in Japan on Monday.  The pool report includes this exchange after an Australian reporter thanked Obama after an answer to his question:

“I knew it must have been an Australian because my folks never say thank you,” Obama said.

At that, the entire American pool said in unison — admittedly with a bit of sarcasm — “Thank you, Mr. President.”

PM Gillard could be heard chiming in, “There are a few cheeky Australians here.”

Sarcasm?  No kidding.  Generally speaking, a President holds press conferences to get his messaging out past the editors and pundits in the media, although Obama has had so few of them that perhaps most of the press corps has forgotten that.  Lachlan Markey puts it in perspective:

At first glance, Obama’s comment reeks of arrogance. He seems to think that press access is a privilege, not a right, and that he is under no obligation to even speak to reporters.

But remember, Obama’s media approach has been notable in that he has often circumvented traditional reporters in favor of new media and social networks. In doing so, he has been able to avoid tough questions, while still getting his message out – often to more people than would see, for instance, a cable news broadcast.

Or, put more simply: no one needs to thank Obama for occasionally doing his job.

Update: Via Ted C, perhaps this is what Obama has in mind for the press corps when he demands their gratitude. Hey, there’s never a bad time for an Animal House reference!

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ted c on November 17, 2010 at 8:08 AM

ted c on November 17, 2010 at 8:08 AM

Thanx, ted. was thinking that, too.

apostic on November 17, 2010 at 8:11 AM

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ted c on November 17, 2010 at 8:08 AM

heh

cmsinaz on November 17, 2010 at 8:12 AM

Our Diva in Chief.

Seriously, you can tell this guy never had a daddy around.

Anything a man can’t stand is male whining.

We get enough of that from women, we can’t have it from our sons and we don’t respect leaders who do this.

Is there a CEO who whines nearly as much as this guy? They know not to do it and it’s unthinkable to blame a drop in performance on a predecessor.

NoDonkey on November 17, 2010 at 8:13 AM

He seems to think that press access is a privilege, not a right,

Please. This narcissistic fool thinks any access to him, by anybody, is a privilege.

Barry’s an egomaniac who is going to come to the same end as his dreamy father did.

AZCoyote on November 17, 2010 at 8:14 AM

Must be incredibly difficult living with the poster child for narcissism. Too soon to start having sympathy for Michelle?

sherry on November 17, 2010 at 8:14 AM

Fine Whine category

A little Paul Masson paraphrase

‘will tell no whine before its time’

cmsinaz on November 17, 2010 at 8:15 AM

Or, put more simply: no one needs to thank Obama for occasionally doing his job.

I guess it depends on one’s point of view. Christians know to thank God regularly, so it’s understandable if people of other faiths think in terms of regularly thanking their own gods, too. Therefore: Obama’s expectation of being thanked by the press….

apostic on November 17, 2010 at 8:16 AM

sherry on November 17, 2010 at 8:14 AM

She married him, let her deal with it. I have no sympathy for the wilfully stupid.

ZeeMI on November 17, 2010 at 8:22 AM

Dang it! It’s still early, I mixed by blockquotes. More coffee here please!

ZeeMI on November 17, 2010 at 8:23 AM

ted c on November 17, 2010 at 8:08 AM

Conspiracy! Morrissey’s got to be sending Tedc advanced OOTD’s—-there’s no way he can come up with these so early in the morning. (like a liberal, I’m crying foul)

p.s. Good one Ted

Rovin on November 17, 2010 at 8:25 AM

Ohhhh Barry, you’ve done it again! /Mr Magoo

tbear44 on November 17, 2010 at 8:27 AM

Obama secrets start getting printed soon in MSM newspapers. Popcorn at the ready.

journeyintothewhirlwind on November 17, 2010 at 8:28 AM

At first glance, Obama’s comment reeks of arrogance. He seems to think that press access is a privilege, not a right, and that he is under no obligation to even speak to reporters.

Technically true. However, we are under no obligation to thank Dear Liar, or even respect The Whine. If presidentin’ is too hard, resign.

rbj on November 17, 2010 at 8:29 AM

He seems to think that press access is a privilege, not a right,

But he knocked off his Senate opponent Ryan by arguing that the press had a right to see Ryan’s sealed divorce records.

Wethal on November 17, 2010 at 8:30 AM

But remember, Obama’s media approach has been notable in that he has often circumvented traditional reporters in favor of new media and social networks.

Circumventing is Oliar’s specialty.

He has circumvented citizenship issues, both birth and re-entry, academic record submission, publishing anything before being named editor of Harvard Law Review, most likely writing his book (Dreams – Bill Ayers), Real Estate purchase – Rezko, any congressional review of his Czars, the law in stiffing GM and Chrysler bond holders, Arizona’s right to enforce it’s borders (lawsuit).

I apologize for leaving a lot out, but I doubt anyone needs to bother researching these items as it’s now common knowledge.

All the residue of Afirmative Action and Political Correctness, inventions of the traitorous Left.

And this woeful underachiever is complaining?

ontherocks on November 17, 2010 at 8:32 AM

Just who does Mr. President think he is?

scalleywag on November 17, 2010 at 8:42 AM

“I’ve been here for ten minutes and no one has patted me on the head,” -Hussein Obooba.

Akzed on November 17, 2010 at 8:50 AM

Just who does Mr. President think he is?

scalleywag on November 17, 2010 at 8:42 AM

More to ponder: who does Mr. President think he isn’t?

Appears to believe he is Everyman for every country, situation, solution?

Yoop on November 17, 2010 at 8:58 AM

I did an Obama the narcissist video yesterday using Obama’s great moments in narcissism on video. I would have loved to use the last two Obamamateurisms, but no video or audio available. Geez, no hidden camera phones?

I did manage (it was hard /s) to pull enough together to make this satire:

The ObamaMEter measures the MEness in Obama speak

No Niks on November 17, 2010 at 9:04 AM

Glenn Beck had a great episode on Nimrod last night. Clearly, Obama is our Nimrod.

csdeven on November 17, 2010 at 9:08 AM

But he knocked off his Senate opponent Ryan by arguing that the press had a right to see Ryan’s sealed divorce records.

Good point.

crazy_legs on November 17, 2010 at 9:17 AM

But remember, Obama’s media approach has been notable in that he has often circumvented traditional reporters in favor of new media and social networks. In doing so, he has been able to avoid tough questions, while still getting his message out – often to more people than would see, for instance, a cable news broadcast.

Depends on where the circumventing is. Obama already showed this tenancy in the early going when he began to call on representatives from the Huffington Post at his news conferences. It showed a fear of being challenged at a time when his approval ratings were still in the low 60s, and that’s a trend that’s grown, to the point of that ridiculous meeting with progressive bloggers at the White House the week before the election.

Giving time to Oliver Willis, Atrios & Co. may get you fawning questions, but it’s not going to get you any new converts, because talking to them is just preaching to the choir. You can say Bush did something similar with conservative radio talk show hosts, but the talk radio universe is still far wider than that of the liberal blogs, and thanks to the natural bias of the press towards the left, Bush perpetually had to deal with sniping from the media.

What serious sniping there’s been at Obama from the big media has mainly come along the lines of anger at the president not being liberal or forceful enough against his critics, not because he’s too far to the left. And the “Australian” quip is telling because it shows Obama irked that the foreign press, as opposed to the domestic White House press corps, are the ones driving the troublesome questions on this trip, in places when he can’t avoid news conferences.

(The aggressive questioning by the Korean Chinese reporter last week seemed to give the U.S. reporters a little courage to actually report that the president’s trip isn’t exactly going gangbusters, though odds are that courage will vanish once they’re back home and have to deal with the pressure of others in their peer group not to embarrass Obama and hurt The Cause.)

jon1979 on November 17, 2010 at 9:20 AM

Again, I’m going to bet dollars to donuts, that due to this mans incessant insecurity issues…..he sucks his thumb at night.

capejasmine on November 17, 2010 at 9:49 AM

Obama secrets start getting printed soon in MSM newspapers. Popcorn at the ready.

journeyintothewhirlwind on November 17, 2010 at 8:28 AM

Why do you believe that? His fellating media is on their knees by choice. He is everything they want in a President and they will go to any lengths to protect that. They already surrendered any vestige of credibility during Monicagate, so they have nothing left to lose by standing behind (or kneeling in front of) their marxist god-king. They will never speak “truth to power” when the power has a black, socialist face.

Extrafishy on November 17, 2010 at 9:53 AM

Again, I’m going to bet dollars to donuts, that due to this mans incessant insecurity issues…..he sucks his thumb at night.

capejasmine on November 17, 2010 at 9:49 AM

I’ll see your thumb-sucking and add to the pot a Binky and a Linus Security Blanket.

Yoop on November 17, 2010 at 9:56 AM

If dubya had said this (and he probably did)…

So whe will the MSM argue with Obi-whine like David Gregory used to argue with Bush?

Mr_Magoo on November 17, 2010 at 10:13 AM

“I knew it must have been an Australian because my folks never say thank you,” said Obi-whine Canolli.

Mr_Magoo on November 17, 2010 at 10:15 AM

Great picture of the Whiner: Crybaby in Chief

slickwillie2001 on November 17, 2010 at 10:56 AM

Narcissistic, yes; thin-skinned, of course.

And another example of Obama speaking badly of the USA while abroad.

Sowell Disciple on November 17, 2010 at 11:10 AM

Reminds of me of the old BBC comedy, Are You Being Served. Whenever Young Mr Grace (who was about 90) came into the store, the staff would bow and say in unison, “Thannnk You, Mister Grace”.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0075696/

abcurtis on November 17, 2010 at 11:51 AM

Our Diva in Chief.

Seriously, you can tell this guy never had a daddy around.

Seriously, you can tell this guy never had a real day’s job in the private sector.

Sir Napsalot on November 17, 2010 at 3:57 PM