Obamateurism of the Day

posted at 8:05 am on December 2, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Barack Obama must be having one hell of an identity crisis. He campaigned for office as a post-partisan moderate, but has governed as a big government tax-and-spender. When talking to the New Democrat Coalition in March 2009 — just after his Keynesian plan to spend $800 billion for economic stimulus — Obama told them he was a New Democrat. Five weeks ago, Obama told liberal bloggers that he is really a progressiveTom Elia notes a passage in a New York Times article by Matt Bai reporting that Obama privately insists he’s a … don’t laugh … Blue Dog Democrat?

The body of Mr. Obama’s writing and experiences before he became a presidential candidate would suggest that he is instinctively pragmatic, typical of an emerging generation that sees all political dogma — be it ’60s liberalism or ’80s conservatism — as anachronistic. Privately, Mr. Obama has described himself, at times, as essentially a Blue Dog Democrat, referring to the shrinking caucus of fiscally conservative members of the party.

Tom responds by congratulating Obama on keeping that observation private, because if he made it publicly, he’d get laughed off the dais.  Perhaps President Obama should have decided exactly what he wants to be when he grows up before running for President.

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Liar, liar, fur on fire.

NeighborhoodCatLady on December 2, 2010 at 8:08 AM

Mr. Obama has described himself, at times, as essentially a Blue Dog Democrat

and he’s right about people “treatin’ him like a dog” on this one….because, the next time he’s on the ballot, then he’ll see what it feels like to be a blue dog, that’s for sure.

(comment about electoral pugilism and being pummeled both “black and blue” withdrawn at discretion of commenter)./

ted c on December 2, 2010 at 8:08 AM

Sybil.

ladyingray on December 2, 2010 at 8:09 AM

I know. He’s a shmuck.

JimK on December 2, 2010 at 8:09 AM

Perhaps President Obama should have decided exactly what he wants to be when he grows up before running for President.

heh

—–

and the msm continues with the palin bashing that she does not fit the bill to be president…

cmsinaz on December 2, 2010 at 8:12 AM

I wonder how other Blue Dogs feel about Mr. Obama’s new label. Maybe he’s identifying as a Blue Dog as a means to off a few more the next electoral go-round.

http://www.kentucky.com/2010/11/27/1543192/surviving-blue-dog-blames-obama.html

ted c on December 2, 2010 at 8:12 AM

Sybil.

ladyingray on December 2, 2010 at 8:09 AM

+1

perfect…

cmsinaz on December 2, 2010 at 8:12 AM

heck, before you know it, he’ll be calling himself a fiscal conservative and agreeing to tax reductions while the liberal press caterwauls about it. oh wait!

ted c on December 2, 2010 at 8:15 AM

he is instinctively pragmatic

meaning he is completely unprincipled and will say whatever he thinks his audience wants to hear.

Sleaze.

AZCoyote on December 2, 2010 at 8:16 AM

If there’s anything we’ve learned about the PantLoad in Chief, it’s that what ever runs out of his mouth has a shelf life of about 5 minutes.

Yesterday never happened. Even if you have pictures/video/audio….it didn’t happen.

BigWyo on December 2, 2010 at 8:16 AM

ted c on December 2, 2010 at 8:15 AM

a little EJ freakout…

cmsinaz on December 2, 2010 at 8:19 AM

This is par for the course when you’re dealing with an empty suit. However, Blue Dog Democrat fits him because he says he is one thing but votes like something else entirely.

Kafir on December 2, 2010 at 8:21 AM

“When I grow up, I wanna be King of the World. Can I, Uncle Frank, can I really be King of the World?”

“You can be anything you want to be, Barry, anything at all.”

coldwarrior on December 2, 2010 at 8:21 AM

Stand here and Obama is one thing. Stand over there and Obama is something else.

The first Holographic President.
TOTUS is not amused.

Electrongod on December 2, 2010 at 8:22 AM

Isn’t the concept of “finding oneself” a liberal tradition usually occurring during the college years??? Either he didn’t go through this phase, or he did and we just don’t know about it—kinda like those other insignificant things that occur during college.

ted c on December 2, 2010 at 8:22 AM

Either the man has no idea who he is, or he has no princples. As POTUS either is bad for the country

EliTheBean on December 2, 2010 at 8:22 AM

Obama’s Mantra: “I’ll treat you so many ways, you’re bound to like one of them!”

Bootleghooch on December 2, 2010 at 8:23 AM

“I am that I am” Yahweh

“I yam what I yam.” Popeye

“I am you.” COD

“I am a New Democrat, really a progressive, a Blue Dog Democrat, floundering.” Obama

Fallon on December 2, 2010 at 8:23 AM

Fallon on December 2, 2010 at 8:23 AM

+10.

coldwarrior on December 2, 2010 at 8:25 AM

Fallon

++ strong work

ted c on December 2, 2010 at 8:27 AM

kinda like those other insignificant things that occur during college.

ted c on December 2, 2010 at 8:22 AM

Ted, have we found his college transcripts? Or are they still locked up. Maybe ‘wiki’ can leak them?

lukespapa on December 2, 2010 at 8:30 AM

Fallon
++ strong work

ted c on December 2, 2010 at 8:27 AM

ditto

cmsinaz on December 2, 2010 at 8:31 AM

How about this…..

DOTUS Daily checklist…..
Destroy military morale with DADT, Mandate further curbs on Farm Dust by the EPA, cripple Internet with Net Neutrality, etc. The list is endless!!!

PappyD61 on December 2, 2010 at 8:34 AM

Who he is seems quite apparent now that we have all gotten to know him over the past two years. The man is simply an angry black man who is a racist to the core, an ultra-liberal to the core, and a man who wants to transform America into his own sick and twisted vision.

This man will have destroyed 50 years of racial progress between blacks and whites in a few short years. He will have damaged the lives of millions upon millions of hard working tax paying citizens. He will have installed a new attitude of victimhood upon a new generation of young black Americans. The man is a steam roller of human destruction.

Keemo on December 2, 2010 at 8:36 AM

Obama, is he man or beast?
Nope, just a Praying Mantis.

Electrongod on December 2, 2010 at 8:37 AM

And since he generally won’t do exactly what the left wants him to do, he ends up with very little gratitude from his own party.

I do get a kick out of Obama getting guff from those morons. Every “centrist” thing Obama does is either completely meaningless (like appointing a few RINOs to some panel) or totally disingenuous and insignificant (like the “pay freeze” or his “opposition” to gay marriage). They never get it, and hilarity ensues.

forest on December 2, 2010 at 8:38 AM

All About Barack. (Eh, that it’s all about him is nothing new…)

apostic on December 2, 2010 at 8:39 AM

One of the great features of hiding your birth, scholastic, and Harvard Law Review publishing records, and all of your parents and grandparents aren’t around to spill:

You can make believe.

ontherocks on December 2, 2010 at 8:39 AM

Maybe he meant to say he’s a “Blue Balls” Democrat.

Buy Danish on December 2, 2010 at 8:39 AM

Blue dog???

Well, he got the “dog” part right.

Crusader Rabbit on December 2, 2010 at 8:41 AM

Mr. Obama has described himself, at times, as essentially a Blue Dog Democrat,

Insert Ice-T comment

ted c on December 2, 2010 at 8:42 AM

Fallon on December 2, 2010 at 8:23 AM

Well done.

myrenovations on December 2, 2010 at 8:45 AM

If you think about it…

He’s black
He’s white!
He’s Christian
He’s moslem!
He’s liberal
He’s conservative!
He’s strong
He’s weak!
He’s Reagan
He’s Carter!
He’s a narcissist
He’s humble!

/good Lord.

Key West Reader on December 2, 2010 at 8:49 AM

Could this be a triangulation? Hell, this is becoming googleplexipolygonulation.

apostic on December 2, 2010 at 8:50 AM

Obviously, someone has told Obama he needs to triangulate, so he’s going to try and play one on TV by saying all the right things while trying as hard as possible not to actually do anything tangible toasted moving to the center. Even if he is telling some people he’s a Blue Dog (“Blue” in this case means sad and depressed after the Nov. 2 election) you can be sure the leaders of the liberal special interest groups Obama’s mortified of offending are being told this is all a joke and is simply to fool the swing voters.

jon1979 on December 2, 2010 at 8:51 AM

Mr. Obama has described himself, at times, as essentially a Blue Dog Democrat,

I think that elbow to the mouth caused much more damage that we know. Did the doctor forget to “stitch up” the leak from this man’s brain?

Rovin on December 2, 2010 at 8:51 AM

Simpler explanation, following Occam’s Razor:

Obama is a liar.

jwolf on December 2, 2010 at 8:57 AM

Gabriel Gifford, D-AZ, said the exact same thing last night on Greta. “I’m a blue dog democrat.” Talking point disseminated. Fooling anyone?

doctormom on December 2, 2010 at 8:59 AM

Triangulation is the name given to the act of a political candidate presenting his or her ideology as being “above” and “between” the “left” and “right” sides (or “wings”) of a traditional (e.g. UK or US) democratic “political spectrum”. It involves adopting for oneself some of the ideas of one’s political opponent (or apparent opponent). The logic behind it is that it both takes credit for the opponent’s ideas, and insulates the triangulator from attacks on that particular issue. Opponents of triangulation[who?], who believe in a fundamental “left” and “right”, consider the dynamic a deviation from its “reality” and dismiss those that strive for it as whimsical

if considering himself a blue dog by virtue of a triangulation strategy, then its something that fits him quite perfectly.

ted c on December 2, 2010 at 9:07 AM

meaning he is completely unprincipled and will say whatever he thinks his audience wants to hear.

Sleaze.

AZCoyote on December 2, 2010 at 8:16 AM

Hey, Bill Clinton objects to being put in the same bin as Dear Liar. Even unprincipled sleazes have their standards. And The Whine doesn’t measure up to them.

rbj on December 2, 2010 at 9:09 AM

I just don’t understand how some one could be politically literate and still not one is on the political landscape. I mean, I lean pretty heavily libertarian so I have a good idea of when I’m out at the edge of the bell curve of US philosophy and when I’m in the bulk of the bell curve.

How could he not know unless he’s intellectually inbred??

dts-01 on December 2, 2010 at 9:12 AM

Key West Reader on December 2, 2010 at 8:49 AM

He’s an intellectual
he’s an idiot
He’s the smartest man in the room
he can’t conjugate his verbs correctly

Tommy_G on December 2, 2010 at 9:14 AM

No matter how many times you call a mouse a Clydesdale he will still be but a mouse.

Alden Pyle on December 2, 2010 at 9:17 AM

…be it ’60s liberalism or ’80s conservatism — as anachronistic.

Generally, a puppet is what the puppeteer makes you in appearance, word, action and emotion. That’s why he has trouble describing himself.

scituate_tgr on December 2, 2010 at 9:30 AM

I other words, he’s a snake oil salesman. A flim flam man.

scalleywag on December 2, 2010 at 9:48 AM

Perhaps President Obama should have decided exactly what he wants to be when he grows up before running for President.

He does know: A Pathological Liar

Slowburn on December 2, 2010 at 10:03 AM

“The body of Mr. Obama’s writing and experiences before he became a presidential candidate would suggest that he is instinctively pragmatic Marxist”

FIFY

jnelchef on December 2, 2010 at 10:13 AM

Self-delusion is for suckers.

hillbillyjim on December 2, 2010 at 10:45 AM

meaning he is completely unprincipled and will say whatever he thinks his audience wants to hear.

that’s OLD news.

katablog.com on December 2, 2010 at 10:52 AM

Rush as usual was right he’s a JACKASS!

dhunter on December 2, 2010 at 10:54 AM

The body of Mr. Obama’s writing and experiences before he became a presidential candidate would suggest that he is instinctively pragmatic,

Huh? He wasted $160 million of Annenberg Challenge money promoting radical ideas in Chicago schools while giving nothing for math and science, came to fame as a Community Agitator Organizer hustling banks for loans to slumlords, and sat 20 years in Jeremiah Wright’s church, and he’s a pragmatist?

Privately, Mr. Obama has described himself, at times, as essentially a Blue Dog Democrat,

Which is why most of the Blue Dog Democrats ran campaign ads about their opposition to Obama’s policies. Makes perfect sense. But mabee I’m 2 stoopid to figger out Obama’s jeanius, just a bitter clinger voter. Silly me.

Steve Z on December 2, 2010 at 10:58 AM

He’s humble!

/good Lord.

Key West Reader on December 2, 2010 at 8:49 AM

Obama: Oh Lord, it’s hard to be humble, when you’re perfect in every way…

Steve Z on December 2, 2010 at 11:01 AM

Obooba = Red Dog.

Akzed on December 2, 2010 at 11:11 AM

I think he may be legit nuts to some degree. Seriously.

RedNewEnglander on December 2, 2010 at 11:34 AM

I think he may be legit nuts to some degree. Seriously.

RedNewEnglander on December 2, 2010 at 11:34 AM

Absolutely. Looking at how he was brought up, first abandoned by his father, then his mother, to end up with his wacky Marxist grandparents, likely sexually molested by Davis, move after move, etc. Then there’s the extreme narcissism, probably a defense mechanism against his many problems. He’s messed up bad.

slickwillie2001 on December 2, 2010 at 12:13 PM

He’s this close to cracking.
These kind of characters usually do it in a big way when they crack.
Another little nudge or two and he’s flipping cigarette butts at reporters and belching on camera after power chugging a malt.

justltl on December 2, 2010 at 12:16 PM

There is something seriously wrong with him.

tinkerthinker on December 2, 2010 at 12:21 PM

There is something seriously wrong with him.

tinkerthinker on December 2, 2010 at 12:21 PM

Its’ called LIBERALISM! Its’ a disease and it is about to destroy America while we sit around talking about how incompetent this JACKASS is!

He certainly is not incompetent at doing anything in his power, his every policy decision that is harmful to this formerly great country!

Perhaps we should quit trying to decide what he is and IMPEACH the imposter!

dhunter on December 2, 2010 at 12:38 PM

Perhaps President Obama should have decided exactly what he wants to be when he grows up before running for President.

Oh c’mon Ed. Obama is clean, articulate, and speaks well. Isn’t that all there SHOULD be to a president? ROFL!!!

Sad isn’t it? Even sadder, that 52% of Americans were duped by this immature moron!

capejasmine on December 2, 2010 at 3:24 PM

Obowma: “I am……pandering”. What’s next? Obowma as leader of the Tea Party?

With apologies to Winston Churchill. Obowma is a ridicule, wrapped in a mysterious birth, inside an enema.

dthorny on December 2, 2010 at 3:26 PM

Hell man, Obowma won a Nobel prize for…uhhhhhhh….ummmmm….let me think……ehhhhhh……nothing?

With those ears, Obowma is George Soros lap dawg.

dthorny on December 2, 2010 at 3:32 PM

Ed: You misunderstood:

0bama’s a nude Democrat who’s growing progressively more Socialist and anti-American.

landlines on December 2, 2010 at 11:26 PM

God save the United States from this buffoon.

Adjoran on December 3, 2010 at 2:22 AM

I dont think that there is such a thing left as a Blue Dog.

mobydutch on December 3, 2010 at 2:44 AM