Obamateurism of the Day

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

Among the absurdities unleashed at the President’s press conference earlier this week was a pledge that no one took seriously, and for good reason. While attempting to explain why he was surrendering to the “hostage takers” of the GOP, Barack Obama said that he hadn’t given up the fight. Obama promised that when the tax rates deal expired in two years, then he’d really fight for his position.  No, seriously:

And I understand the desire for a fight. I’m sympathetic to that. I’m as opposed to the high-end tax cuts today as I’ve been for years. In the long run, we simply can’t afford them. And when they expire in two years, I will fight to end them, just as I suspect the Republican Party may fight to end the middle-class tax cuts that I’ve championed and that they’ve opposed.

There are a multitude of problems in this paragraph from Obama’s opening statement.  First, if Obama’s referring to the middle-class tax rates that got extended in this deal, then he’s lying through his teeth; the GOP has never proposed raising them.  They just refused to decouple those from the other tax rates, and wisely, as it turns out, because otherwise the Democrats would have cheerfully hiked taxes on the very people who need to invest to grow the economy.  If Obama’s talking about his Make Work Pay tax credit, the deal actually did end that, replaced by the two-percent “holiday” from FICA.  Is Obama going to demand the reinstatement of the MWP at the end of the holiday?  If so, when did the GOP oppose it?

But the silliest notion is that Obama is somehow going to fight two years from now the battle he conceded this week.  The GOP now has the next election positioned as a fight over tax hikes, and if the administration’s own predictions for economic growth are borne out, Obama and the Democrats will be in an even weaker position than they were in 2010.  They have to defend 23 of the 33 seats in the Senate up for the next election, and will almost certainly lose the majority in the upper chamber.  Even assuming Obama wins another term, how exactly will he fight to hike those rates with his party in the minority in both chambers of Congress when he couldn’t fight for it while still having the Senate — and technically the House as well during the time this deal will pass?

Theodore Roosevelt once said the key to power was to speak softly and carry a big stick.  Obama’s talking trash while toting a broken stick, and it’s not impressive.

Note: Yesterday I meant to hat-tip my old friend Stephen Macklin, but forgot.

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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But the silliest notion is that Obama is somehow going to fight two years from now the battle he conceded this week.

was Obama invoking GEN Douglas MacArthur’s “I shall return” quote in that lil’ quip….?

Theodore Roosevelt once said the key to power was to speak softly and carry a big stick.

Teddy Roosevelt, despite being a progressive, was a forceful, vigorous, and accomplished man in his own right. Obama isn’t man enough to fetch Mr. Roosevelt a cup of coffee, no matter what Bill Clinton thinks of his skills.

ted c on December 10, 2010 at 8:11 AM

There are enough Obamateurisms coming out of the WH these days the heading for this series of threads might have to be changed to “Obamateurism of the Hour.”

sdd on December 10, 2010 at 8:11 AM

Theodore Roosevelt once said the key to power was to speak softly and carry a big stick. Obama’s talking trash while toting a broken stick, and it’s not impressive.

Obama’s note worthy comment that will go down in history is;
“I am going to find who’s ass to kick”.
And then there are those spoken by TOTUS.

Electrongod on December 10, 2010 at 8:11 AM

Obama’s talking trash while toting a broken stick, and it’s not impressive.

and yet, the kool aid drinkers think he is all that…

cmsinaz on December 10, 2010 at 8:11 AM

I think that the OOTD may have to have an afternoon version for the next week or so…at least until the next vacaycay. The volume of material is just coming at us too fast.

ted c on December 10, 2010 at 8:12 AM

It’s almost as if Dear Liar has no executive experience. . .

rbj on December 10, 2010 at 8:13 AM

Theodore Roosevelt once said the key to power was to speak softly and carry a big stick.

Barack Obama’s key to power is to speak harshly and act like a big d*ck.

differences.

ted c on December 10, 2010 at 8:14 AM

ted c on December 10, 2010 at 8:14 AM

+1

cmsinaz on December 10, 2010 at 8:15 AM

Obama promised that when the tax rates deal expired in two years, then he’d really fight for his position.

This isn’t about the politics of the moment, Ed, it’s about what we can get done right now two years from now.

ted c on December 10, 2010 at 8:16 AM

It’s almost as if Dear Liar has no executive experience. . .

rbj on December 10, 2010 at 8:13 AM

What’s weird is now he can claim he has some executive experience. Somehow that does not give me comfort.

Electrongod on December 10, 2010 at 8:16 AM

he’s gonna fight the GOP, and yet hold out his hand to our enemies….

boggles the mind…

cmsinaz on December 10, 2010 at 8:16 AM

ted c on December 10, 2010 at 8:11 AM

Racist!

/

Key West Reader on December 10, 2010 at 8:17 AM

Those who fight and run away live to run away another day, too.

nice sub-line there Ed

cmsinaz on December 10, 2010 at 8:18 AM

Theodore Roosevelt once said the key to power was to speak softly and carry a big stick. Obama’s talking trash while toting a broken stick twig, and it’s not impressive.

Fixed

mizflame98 on December 10, 2010 at 8:19 AM

“Whine loudly and beat your enemies with your wet noodle”

Obama’s domestic and foreign policy all summed up in 10 little words.

Key West Reader on December 10, 2010 at 8:19 AM

The history books about Obama’s Presidency is going to interesting to read. I am sure there will be umteen versions to choose from.

Electrongod on December 10, 2010 at 8:20 AM

Those who fight and run away live to run away another day, too.

Priceless!

This guy is always talking about what he can accomplish if given more time. So much for “ready to lead on Day 1″ and with majorities in both Houses of Congress, no less.

30 pcs of silver on December 10, 2010 at 8:20 AM

You can make fun of Obama all you want but he is getting the last laugh as he usually does. With all the bullshit drama about his caving on tax cuts he did no such thing. His crew never wanted the taxes to expire. What he did in fact is get several programs extended which a couple of weeks ago had no chance–ethanol and $1 subsidy for alternative fuels–both huge boondoggles that Repubs swore they would never support. Now every Repub is lining up to vote yes. Obama and Pelosi will continue to eat the Repubs lunches for the next two years because, tea party or not the Repubs have no core principles. If Repubs had any values they would vote against these bills and let the Bush taxes expire. Then in the new session they could write new bills out of the House and force the Dems in the Senate to choose. Instead they got rolled as they usually do.

Obama will be elected in 2012–no problem with this Repub leadership.

patrick neid on December 10, 2010 at 8:20 AM

Sounds like Captain Kick-Ass has transformed into Private Whiney-Pants.

pilamaye on December 10, 2010 at 8:21 AM

You can make fun of Obama all you want but he is getting the last laugh as he usually does. With all the bullshit drama about his caving on tax cuts he did no such thing. His crew never wanted the taxes to expire. What he did in fact is get several programs extended which a couple of weeks ago had no chance–ethanol and $1 subsidy for alternative fuels–both huge boondoggles that Repubs swore they would never support. Now every Repub is lining up to vote yes. Obama and Pelosi will continue to eat the Repubs lunches for the next two years because, tea party or not the Repubs have no core principles. If Repubs had any values they would vote against these bills and let the Bush taxes expire. Then in the new session they could write new bills out of the House and force the Dems in the Senate to choose. Instead they got rolled as they usually do.

Obama will be elected in 2012–no problem with this Repub leadership.

patrick neid on December 10, 2010 at 8:20 AM

And pigs will be seen flying amongst the Geminids Meteor Shower this weekend!

pilamaye on December 10, 2010 at 8:22 AM

Barack Obama’s key to power is to speak harshly and act like a big d*ck.

differences.

ted c on December 10, 2010 at 8:14 AM

Nicely done. :)

Barry is a complete stranger to the truth. It’s a shame the LDM consistently refuses to call him on it.

CantCureStupid on December 10, 2010 at 8:31 AM

A) Facts and truth never matters to a Democrat.

B) When in doubt, blame Republicans.

JetBoy on December 10, 2010 at 8:35 AM

pilamaye on December 10, 2010 at 8:22 AM

Keep dreaming. You been had! In one bill Obama has gotten every Repub to backtrack on deficit pledges while making the Repubs look even more tone deaf on by having them vote against the 9-11 emergency responder bill passed by the House because get this, “repubs promised not to pass any bills before the tax bill”. So first they will pass a pork laden tax bill violating all their principles, before they vote on a first responder bill. Oh yeah that’s going to get them the Presidency with this leadership.

patrick neid on December 10, 2010 at 8:39 AM

These aren’t really tax cuts, we aren’t going to have more money in our pockets in January than we did in December if they pass this, we just aren’t going to have less. So if Mr. President believes that by extending the tax cuts he’s going to create jobs, why didn’t he give real tax cuts to the wealthy and small businesses instead of increasing the deficit with his boondoggle stimulus package?

scalleywag on December 10, 2010 at 8:39 AM

I’ll go with lying through his teeth for $1000, Alex.

Kissmygrits on December 10, 2010 at 8:45 AM

And Jane says she’s gonna kick tomorrow …..

Jerome Horwitz on December 10, 2010 at 8:45 AM

As John Steinbeck said:

The best laid plans of mice and men oft go awry

Pass the popcorn.

kingsjester on December 10, 2010 at 8:47 AM

And Jane says she’s gonna kick tomorrow …..

Jerome Horwitz on December 10, 2010 at 8:45 AM

You can’t do that without a link mang!!!!111

Jane Says

Inanemergencydial on December 10, 2010 at 8:49 AM

This is what caught my eye in that paragraph.

In the long run, we simply can’t afford them.

. So in two years we’ll be able to, 2012 can’t come fast enough.

USMCDevilDog on December 10, 2010 at 8:49 AM

Inanemergencydial on December 10, 2010 at 8:49 AM

I’m a maroon …… haven’t figured out how to link things yet LOL

Jerome Horwitz on December 10, 2010 at 8:52 AM

patrick neid on December 10, 2010 at 8:20 AM

You’re in good company:


Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post
:
Swindle of the year — Barack Obama won the great tax-cut showdown of 2010 – and House Democrats don’t have a clue that he did. In the deal struck this week, the president negotiated the biggest stimulus in American history, larger than his $814 billion 2009 stimulus package.

petefrt on December 10, 2010 at 8:58 AM

petefrt on December 10, 2010 at 8:58 AM

He said this the other night, he likened it to another Stimulus Bill. The only difference is that more Republicans would have been on board with the original Stimulus had it gone to the people and not to campaign contributors. It’s not like anyone in D.C. is afraid to give our money (future money) away, just where it goes. I’d call this a tie with the American people coming in second. As usual.

Cindy Munford on December 10, 2010 at 9:05 AM

These aren’t really tax cuts, we aren’t going to have more money in our pockets in January than we did in December if they pass this, we just aren’t going to have less. So if Mr. President believes that by extending the tax cuts he’s going to create jobs, why didn’t he give real tax cuts to the wealthy and small businesses instead of increasing the deficit with his boondoggle stimulus package?
scalleywag on December 10, 2010 at 8:39 AM

One word: Payback

Obama turned the stimulus/porkulus over to Pelosi to protect himself from the obvious paybacks to his union buddies who mobilized millions of voters. His biggest mistake was also handing her the reins on this disastrous healthcare bill that is nothing but a power-grab on the private insurance industry. Both policies will be on his epitaph…..

Rovin on December 10, 2010 at 9:08 AM

patrick neid on December 10, 2010 at 8:39 AM

You forgot to mention that the “no earmarks” pledge is already evaporating. I, too, have no faith in this Republican leadership.

Boehner and Cantor are still in there, and the Committee chairs have already been decided. Obama will be re-elected because we’ll be too busy trying to clear out the rest of the cozy, inside-the-beltway Republican Guard.

And for my money, let Obama get re-elected – he’s weak. I would prefer to leave the strong Republican Governors where they are in their respective States, instead of forever touting them as potential Presidential candidates. Washington is not going to ‘devolve’ its powers to the States, even with a Tea Party Congress. The Governors are going to have to wrest if from them. We need strong State Governors more than we need a Presidential candidate. Let Obama have the slot; he’ll be easy to manage.

ss396 on December 10, 2010 at 9:09 AM

My head spins trying to understand his opinion on the Tax Deal. Is for for it, or against it, or just John Kerry it?

EliTheBean on December 10, 2010 at 9:11 AM

Who is patarick neid and why does he thing we have any illusions about D.C. and those who dwell there?

Cindy Munford on December 10, 2010 at 9:18 AM

ss396 on December 10, 2010 at 9:09 AM

petefrt on December 10, 2010 at 8:58 AM

It’s all unbelieveable at such an early date. And the final insult is that it wasn’t a few weeks ago the Repub leadership was saying ethanol was dead and now they will all be voting for it. It wouldn’t surprise me that Pelosi and crew put ethanol in just for spite. Do repubs have any ethics at all? Shame? The way repubs are gleefully voting for this new bill with no objections makes me think they really want the ethanol giveaways–bridges to nowhere redux.

patrick neid on December 10, 2010 at 9:22 AM

ted c on December 10, 2010 at 8:14 AM

Thread winnah!!

crazy_legs on December 10, 2010 at 9:26 AM

Who is patarick neid and why does he thing we have any illusions about D.C. and those who dwell there?

Cindy Munford on December 10, 2010 at 9:18 AM

I cut my teeth at Captain’s Quarters. What I am not is a serial poster.

But its good to know folks like you exist and easily predicted that Ryan, DeMint and crew would fold so easily and the Tea Party was just that–a party. I feel better already.

patrick neid on December 10, 2010 at 9:27 AM

patrick neid on December 10, 2010 at 9:27 AM

I’m glad I could cheer you up, it looks like a near impossible task. I would like to get the new Congress seated before declaring them a failure, but I’m a glass half full kind of person.

Cindy Munford on December 10, 2010 at 9:38 AM

Barry is playing this game as if it has five quarters.

BTW:

replaced by the two-percent “holiday” from FICA.

Two percentage points.

Yoop on December 10, 2010 at 9:39 AM

Two words: Nuclear Football

No Niks on December 10, 2010 at 9:40 AM

It’s almost as if Dear Liar has no executive experience. . .

Yes He Does!

Remember that Obama was appointed by Billy Ayes to run the Chicago Annenberg Challenge to improve education in Chicago. Obama managed to give out $100 million, counting matching funds, to non-educators who made Rev Wright seem reasonable wrt to race and socialism. Little or none of that money found its way in the classroom.

Gee, it was almost like a sign of things to come and we somehow missed…

Point of Order. By my count, this is the third Obamateurism of the Day from one presser given on one day. Before we vote for the Obamateurism of the Week, shouldn’t we have to pick which one best represented this one day?

Laurence on December 10, 2010 at 9:43 AM

petefrt on December 10, 2010 at 8:58 AM

Just finished reading your Kraut link. Thanks. Should be mandatory reading.

patrick neid on December 10, 2010 at 9:44 AM

I’m glad I could cheer you up, it looks like a near impossible task. I would like to get the new Congress seated before declaring them a failure, but I’m a glass half full kind of person.

Cindy Munford on December 10, 2010 at 9:38 AM

Cindy, I’ve read his posts for a long time. Pretty astute and he’s right on this issue.

a capella on December 10, 2010 at 9:53 AM

Obama hit himself with that stick.

tinkerthinker on December 10, 2010 at 10:02 AM

a capella on December 10, 2010 at 9:53 AM

I don’t doubt it. I didn’t mean to imply that he was a troll, concern or otherwise. Just trying to get a feel for a new, to me, “face”.

Cindy Munford on December 10, 2010 at 10:05 AM

ted c on December 10, 2010 at 8:14 AM

:D

ladyingray on December 10, 2010 at 10:13 AM

Even assuming Obama wins another term, how exactly will he fight to hike those rates with his party in the minority in both chambers of Congress when he couldn’t fight for it while still having the Senate — and technically the House as well during the time this deal will pass?

I’m sorry, but what kind of buffoon do you have to be to elect this dunce cap to a 2nd term? I know the far left wacko, despite them being fed up with is lack of pure extremism, but other than that, HOW could you consciously do that?

Sponge on December 10, 2010 at 10:45 AM

Obama’s talking trash while toting a broken stick FAT LIP, and it’s not impressive.

dhunter on December 10, 2010 at 10:51 AM

Obama’s talking trash

Been doing that since Day One.

GarandFan on December 10, 2010 at 11:03 AM

What makes you think Congress will be in Republican hands in 2013? If Republicans in the new Congress don’t shape up and start living up to their pledges to the American people, it’s anybody’s guess what the 2012 election will look like. Republicans could find themselves dealing with a small Democratic majority and a whole bunch of new independents. As it stands right now, there are but a handful of Republicans I wish to see retained and this new crop better remember how they got there.

Krauthammer is right: the GOP got rolled and their response has been, “Thank you, Sir; may we have some more please?” Feh.

SukieTawdry on December 10, 2010 at 11:19 AM

BO the fighter.

justltl on December 10, 2010 at 11:22 AM

Notice how The One is turning a lot more grey lately?

Seems to have lost a bit of weight, too.

This Presidentin’ is hard.

coldwarrior on December 10, 2010 at 12:08 PM

then he’s lying through his teeth

As Nader appropriately said “Obama’s a con man”.

Schadenfreude on December 10, 2010 at 12:25 PM

Obama’s note worthy comment that will go down in history is;
“I am going to find who’s ass to kick”.

Electrongod on December 10, 2010 at 8:11 AM

Never did find it, did he?

Just trash talkin’, like every other two-bit Chicago street hustler does, daily.

When the chips are down….he’ll fold. Can’t even play poker.

Running out of folks to blame, too.

coldwarrior on December 10, 2010 at 12:40 PM

Barack Obama’s key to power is to speak harshly and act like a big d*ck.

differences.

ted c on December 10, 2010 at 8:14 AM

hahahaha!

Yes, I watched that press conference, and the part where Republicans supposedly want to raise taxes for the middle class but not the wealthy just infuriated me.

Does he think people really believe that? I don’t think they do. There is no evidence for it, aside from his suggesting it.

Does HE really believe that? No, he just tells horrific, immoral lies in the hopes that people will believe them.

I realize a lot of people will. But I think vastly more people see through bald-faced lies such as this than he (or many people) realize.

Alana on December 10, 2010 at 12:59 PM

Can we please stop calling it a tax cut? There is no tax cut; this is just a continuation of what has been in effect for the past several years. My taxes certainly aren’t going down, except for the fact that my husband has been out of work for six months. If we had made the same amount of money that we did last year, our taxes would be the same. There is no tax cut!

The government shouldn’t be able to talk about “affording” any kind of decrease in revenue. It’s our money, not theirs. We can’t afford to pay them any more money, so they need to tighten their belt just as we do when money’s scarce. This is not rocket science, folks. Sheesh!

College Prof on December 10, 2010 at 2:11 PM

PRESENT!!!

RedNewEnglander on December 10, 2010 at 3:33 PM

The single-year extensions of ethanol and alternative fuel subsidies are small potatoes. It was far more important to set the tone for the next two years, and that is that the President will have to deal with Republicans to get anything done.

Clinton is the perfect symbol of that, because several of his signature achievements were achieved with a minority of his own party supporting him, but enough Republicans to get them through. But Clinton was entirely comfortable throwing the Left under the bus, because he had no personal ideology. His only deeply-held belief was that he should be President.

Obama is a true believer who has never even been exposed to ideas outside the far left pantheon of ideology. While he rebukes his critics on the left, it is more because they criticized him first and he is miffed than due to any sense on his part that they are wrong on policy.

I don’t see Obama able to triangulate with Clinton’s deftness. He’s not that smart, he’s not that quick, and he’s not that skilled.

Adjoran on December 11, 2010 at 3:16 AM