Obamateurism of the Day

posted at 8:05 am on January 4, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

According to Byron York and Andrew Malcolm, Barack Obama managed to distance himself from the Beltway mentality in his first two years as President, as he promised on the campaign trail.  In fact, Obama managed to distance himself from Washington in every sense.  Both quote figures compiled by CBS’ Mark Knoller, the unofficial statistician of the White House press corps, that shows Obama on Air Force One for 339 of the 712 days of his presidency.  That’s 48% of his term thus far that Obama has spent on the road.

So what does the White House say will be Obama’s strategy in the next two years?  More time away from the office:

On “Meet the Press” December 26, top White House adviser Valerie Jarrett said President Obama’s “biggest regret” is that the severity of the economic crisis forced him to “spend almost every waking hour in Washington focusing very hard on solving that crisis” and thus kept him from traveling the country to connect with the American people.  According to Jarrett, Obama recently told aides, “I really want to figure out a way where I can spend more time outside of Washington listening and learning and engaging the American people.”  Jarrett says that in 2011 the president’s schedule will “reflect that priority” — that is, include more time outside the nation’s capital.

Wasn’t his self-stated highest priority supposed to be a “singular focus” on job creation?  This sounds as if the “singular focus” is actually on job salvation … his own job, that is.

I have a suggestion for the President.  Since he wants to focus on spending more time out of Washington in the next two years, can he just plan on spending the four years after that anywhere else but in the nation’s capital?  Apparently, that will be a point of bipartisan agreement.

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well, that house is White y’know….

jus sayin’

ted c on January 4, 2011 at 8:07 AM

I wonder how much time during the remaining 52% of the time that he did spend in DC that he actually spent at the golf courses at Belvoir or Bolling AFB.

ted c on January 4, 2011 at 8:10 AM

This sounds as if the “singular focus” is actually on job salvation … his own job, that is.

and this is what he said on the way back from hawaii…

And so my expectation, my hope, is that John Boehner and Mitch McConnell will realize that there will be plenty of time to campaign for 2012 in 2012. And that our job, this year, is to make sure that we build on recovery.

via politico

puhleeeze

cmsinaz on January 4, 2011 at 8:10 AM

spend almost every waking hour…

Don’t need to read any further. I found the problem.

Electrongod on January 4, 2011 at 8:11 AM

Where oh where is our “new” commenter with his/her statistics on W at Camp David and Crawford? Leave Obama alone!!!!!

Cindy Munford on January 4, 2011 at 8:13 AM

President Obama’s “biggest regret” is that the severity of the economic crisis forced him to “spend almost every waking hour in Washington focusing very hard on solving that crisis” and thus kept him from traveling the country to connect with the American people.

Bizarro Jarrett also said that Obama was going “to save us all,” which, when properly understood in its inverse form, is a remarkably chilling threat.

apostic on January 4, 2011 at 8:13 AM

I believe this is a “hard pivot” that he will actually make good on … too bad he can barely fill an arena.

30 pcs of silver on January 4, 2011 at 8:15 AM

priorities….

cmsinaz on January 4, 2011 at 8:15 AM

The glow is gone.

30 pcs of silver on January 4, 2011 at 8:16 AM

Once again, Rush was right… Obama is courting Daley for top WH spot. Rush predicted that Obama would not run to the middle (triangulation) ala BJ Clinton, but would continue his focus on the path he has taken during his first two years. Obama will not change coarse, and the GOP leadership had better accept this and act accordingly. Stick the knife in and twist, then get the hell out of DC for some fun while the puppets play out their roles.

My only hope is that all of those up for re-election in 2012 will have learned from what just took place last November and refuse to follow the others off the cliff. Same applies to GOP RINO’s up for re-election.

Keemo on January 4, 2011 at 8:20 AM

30 pcs of silver on January 4, 2011 at 8:15 AM

That’s why he had to move to meeting people in their backyards, less embarrassing.

Cindy Munford on January 4, 2011 at 8:22 AM

Jarrett’s singular focus – Vor uns liegt Obama, In uns marchiert Obama und hinter uns kommt Obama! Reminds me of a certain Austrian’s world view.

50sGuy on January 4, 2011 at 8:26 AM

This sounds as if the “singular focus” is actually on job salvation … his own job, that is.

and this is what he said on the way back from hawaii…

And so my expectation, my hope, is that John Boehner and Mitch McConnell will realize that there will be plenty of time to campaign for 2012 in 2012. And that our job, this year, is to make sure that we build on recovery.

via politico

puhleeeze

cmsinaz on January 4, 2011 at 8:10 AM

Exactly! I figured this one would be tomorrow’s OOTD.

Pure arrogance and projection from Barry. But who expects anything different anymore?

Yoop on January 4, 2011 at 8:31 AM

Pure arrogance and projection from Barry. But who expects anything different anymore?

Yoop on January 4, 2011 at 8:31 AM

true

cmsinaz on January 4, 2011 at 8:33 AM

30 pcs of silver on January 4, 2011 at 8:15 AM

That’s why he had to move to meeting people in their backyards, less embarrassing.

Cindy Munford on January 4, 2011 at 8:22 AM

This is true, but that makes it all the more ironic. The man who proclaimed that “this is the moment we’ve all been waiting for” is now reduced to backyard group sessions. Don’t get me wrong, this is definitely a good thing. The bloom is off the rose.

30 pcs of silver on January 4, 2011 at 8:34 AM

Who knew that campaigning for 2012 meant actually doing the job that the American people want you to do? What a concept! But we have never had a President whose idea of America was foreign to our idea of America. Too bad we didn’t catch that before he got elected.

BetseyRoss on January 4, 2011 at 8:35 AM

cmsinaz on January 4, 2011 at 8:22 AM

According to Rick Santorium, a good part of Obamacare was written with regulations “to be determined by the Secretary…” and that is why Pelosi wasn’t kidding that the Bill had to be passed to know what was in. It is a fill-in-the-blank piece of legislation. While I assume he knows what he’s talking about, why is it legal for a non-elected person to make “law”?

Cindy Munford on January 4, 2011 at 8:38 AM

i would not object to Dear Liar spending the next two years on permanent vacation.

rbj on January 4, 2011 at 8:39 AM

While much of ObaMao’s domestic travel served in use as his bully pulpit to promote his programs and pet legislation, his venues were filled with pre-screened supporters. The town halls, backyard jamborees, and politicking on behalf of other candidates were not so thinly veiled campaigning on his own behalf.

Where oh where is our “new” commenter with his/her statistics on W at Camp David and Crawford? Leave Obama alone!!!!!

Cindy Munford on January 4, 2011 at 8:13 AM

Yes, Cindy, the ObaMao apologists forget that Camp David and Bush’s Crawford ranch as of the WH are/were set up at as WH extensions. O’s trips to Martha’s Vineyard, the Smokies, Mt. Desert Island, Chicago, and even Hawaii did not have the relative permanency of Bush’s connections to events in DC. O has treated so many of his vacations as pure getaways at costly expense to the taxpayers, who foot the logistics of these trips.

onlineanalyst on January 4, 2011 at 8:42 AM

Yes, Cindy, the ObaMao apologists forget that Camp David and Bush’s Crawford ranch as of the WH are/were set up at as WH extensions.

FIFM

ObaMao has spent his whole political life in perpetual campaign as a rung on his ambitious ladder.

onlineanalyst on January 4, 2011 at 8:46 AM

That’s 48% of his term thus far that Obama has spent on the road.

the never ending campaign vacation

maverick muse on January 4, 2011 at 8:47 AM

That’s why he had to move to meeting people in their backyards, less embarrassing.
Cindy Munford on January 4, 2011 at 8:22 AM

I don’t know about that. Sure he’s not speaking to empty arenas, but it’s still embarrassing. Remember a certain conversation about spreading the wealth around? Okay, technically that was in Joe the Plumber’s front yard, but still….

Obama:

“I really want to figure out a way where I can spend more time outside of Washington listening and learning and engaging the American people.”

When has he ever “listened”? He lectures, filibusters, and blathers…

Buy Danish on January 4, 2011 at 8:58 AM

I would not object to [Obama] spending the next two years on permanent vacation.

rbj on January 4, 2011 at 8:39 AM

I would even personally go into debt to help pay for it.

jwolf on January 4, 2011 at 9:01 AM

All those days out of the “office” and he never could find the time to meet with the minority leader…

right2bright on January 4, 2011 at 9:02 AM

onlineanalyst on January 4, 2011 at 8:46 AM

I made that argument. And the security for those places and even Keenebunkport was all in place and will be for the live of the resident. Obama has caused many disruptions trying to be one of the people or worse, raising money.

Cindy Munford on January 4, 2011 at 9:02 AM

While I assume he knows what he’s talking about, why is it legal for a non-elected person to make “law”?

Cindy Munford on January 4, 2011 at 8:38 AM

beats me, probably because dear leader won apparently…

cmsinaz on January 4, 2011 at 9:04 AM

Buy Danish on January 4, 2011 at 8:58 AM

I know, I don’t think he moved to backyards to prevent the visual, just trying to be one of the folks. It didn’t work for me.

Cindy Munford on January 4, 2011 at 9:04 AM

Listening, learning and engaging. Like he did at the last press conference.

Kissmygrits on January 4, 2011 at 9:06 AM

I would even personally go into debt to help pay for it.

jwolf on January 4, 2011 at 9:01 AM

Er-r-r-r… I believe you are already DEEP into debt paying for all of Barry’s new programs. And his vacations. And Michelle’s pre-vacations. And Barry’s golf fees. And Barry’s pre-campaigning.

Soon you will get to go even further into debt when he actually starts (sic) campaigning.

Yoop on January 4, 2011 at 9:16 AM

Engaging the American people. Bah!

This is nothing more then early campaigning. By the way, as President, isn’t there something immoral, or illegal about campaigning on tax payers money?

capejasmine on January 4, 2011 at 9:45 AM

“That’s 48% of his term thus far that Obama has spent on the road.”

Actually it is a lot more than 48% spent on the road, because this is just travel time and there is a lot more time on the road because many of these trips were multiple days.

JeffinSac on January 4, 2011 at 9:47 AM

He’s got his hands full with hostage negotiations and all.

Akzed on January 4, 2011 at 10:01 AM

Wasn’t his self-stated highest priority supposed to be a “singular focus” on job creation?

Have you never heard of delegation? Bubba Clinton is in charge of jobs, along with Joe Gaffe Biden.

katablog.com on January 4, 2011 at 10:03 AM

as President, isn’t there something immoral, or illegal about campaigning on tax payers money

This is I Won Barack Hussein Obama…… you RACISTTTTTTTTTT

katablog.com on January 4, 2011 at 10:04 AM

Is it a prerequisite for being a spokesperson in Washington to be able to stand and either lie with a straight face, or just rattle off any old blather the springs into your head, when presented with a microphone poked at your pie-hole?
Are you serious, Valerie? Are you serious?

tpitman on January 4, 2011 at 10:07 AM

Jarrett says that in 2011 the president’s schedule will “reflect that priority” — that is, include more time outside the nation’s capital.

TRANSLATION: It’s CAMPAIGN season!

GarandFan on January 4, 2011 at 11:12 AM

“I really want to figure out a way where I can spend more time outside of Washington listening and learning and engaging the American people.”

Not that he figures on doing anything, but now he can come home and say to Michelle, “Wow, isnt that something?”

abcurtis on January 4, 2011 at 11:14 AM

We need to reduce the terms of President to one term. That way he wont need to spend the last two years of his administration campaigning.

abcurtis on January 4, 2011 at 11:15 AM

Jug-Ears could always cut back on the vacations and spend THAT time “connecting” with the American people.

Seems that this dope likes to do “anything” rather than govern.

Tim_CA on January 4, 2011 at 11:21 AM

President M.T.Suit has never been a ‘Washington Insider’ or a ‘Beltway Insider’. He is the consummate ‘Community Organizer’ who can only see his ‘base’: the crooks, corruptocrats, union goons and other assorted Chicago denizens whose voting habits make Washington D.C. look like a piker.

SeniorD on January 4, 2011 at 11:48 AM

The more time he spends on golf courses, the less harm he can do to the country. So . . . if you belong to a great golf club, take one for the team and get your club to extend Barry an invite to play there.

EconomicNeocon on January 4, 2011 at 1:15 PM

Indeed.

Grow Fins on January 4, 2011 at 1:26 PM

I’ll bet you could book him as a guest on TEMS, Ed. It’s about the only venue he hasn’t appeared on. He’s been like Zelig.

“spend almost every waking hour in Washington focusing very hard on solving that crisis What was he doing besides “focusing?” One thing he could have done would be to drop Obamacare. How much work would that have been?

flataffect on January 4, 2011 at 3:34 PM

“I will not rest until we get economic recovery and create jobs, jobs, jobs”. Isn’t that what the dear leader claimed?

And yet 48% of his time traveling, errrrr resting?

If Obowma wasn’t so idiotic, I’d say he was stupid.

dthorny on January 4, 2011 at 7:18 PM

He’ll be traveling extensively to Chicago to get ready for the 2016 Olympics.

dthorny on January 4, 2011 at 7:21 PM