Obamateurism of the Day

posted at 8:05 am on January 26, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

When presidents need to relaunch after losing a big midterm election, they like to offer an attractive slogan for their new agenda, in large part to take voters’ minds off of the old, unpopular agenda that created the political setback. After losing more House seats in a midterm than any President in 72 years, Barack Obama needed a new slogan more than most. CBS reported that the White House christened his State of the Union speech as “winning the future”:

President Obama will use tonight’s State of the Union address to issue a broad call for a common ground approach to get the nation’s financial house in order.

Nearly three months after what he described as the “shellacking” suffered by his party in the midterm elections, the president will try to balance a call for job creation and deficit reduction. He will offer his vision to promote hiring with what officials describe as “targeted investments.” He will frame it as a plan for “winning the future.”

As Jim Geraghty points out, most Presidents check to see if anyone else has used the slogan first — perhaps especially someone who’s at least considering a run against the President in question in the next election:

Also, a President who spends as much time talking about the new Internet age as Obama did in his speech last night might have considered that the acronym for his cool new slogan is … WTF.

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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WTF Perfect.

katy the mean old lady on January 26, 2011 at 8:08 AM

“Winning The Future, one bankruptcy at a time.”

Yoop on January 26, 2011 at 8:09 AM

wikileaks task force….

ted c on January 26, 2011 at 8:09 AM

It’s all about the messaging…

steebo77 on January 26, 2011 at 8:09 AM

WTF..
I thought winning was something of the past. We are all “one” now..so I was told.

Electrongod on January 26, 2011 at 8:09 AM

Also, a President who spends as much time talking about the new Internet age as Obama did in his speech last night might have considered that the acronym for his cool new slogan is … WTF.

Yeah, don’t want to get confused with the Wisconsin Tourism Federation. What, there’s another phrase made from the acronym?

rbj on January 26, 2011 at 8:10 AM

You just can’t make this stuff up…

Keemo on January 26, 2011 at 8:10 AM

D’oh!
=====
apparently the internet was down in the WH

cmsinaz on January 26, 2011 at 8:10 AM

Pluperfect.

Fallon on January 26, 2011 at 8:11 AM

We can’t afford any more of Odamna’s wins. Sheesh.

Crusader Rabbit on January 26, 2011 at 8:11 AM

I’ve heard there were similarities to other earlier works….

apostic on January 26, 2011 at 8:12 AM

“WTF” Good one Ed.

Copying the title of Newt’s book was a big gaffe by Barry.

But he does big things.

Geochelone on January 26, 2011 at 8:12 AM

Oboobi and newt..failure and epic failure.

SHARPTOOTH on January 26, 2011 at 8:13 AM

Oh, my gosh! This is too, too funny! Our POTUS: the comedian in chief!

-Aslan’s Girl

Aslans Girl on January 26, 2011 at 8:13 AM

WTF..chuckle..Ok, this OOTD gets at least a top 40 nomination.

There is a lot of competition.

percysunshine on January 26, 2011 at 8:14 AM

Winning? Isn’t that a term you would use in war? I thought we were being more civil these days. How about Working Together To Secure Our Financial Future And The Future Of Our Children, or WTTSOFFATFOOC for short?

Kafir on January 26, 2011 at 8:14 AM

I thought we weren’t supposed to keep score anymore because someone’s feelings might get hurt if they are a loossserr!

flytier on January 26, 2011 at 8:15 AM

Hahahahah, that’s priceless! You just can’t make these things up.

scalleywag on January 26, 2011 at 8:15 AM

There’s that crack research team again, very impressive.

Cindy Munford on January 26, 2011 at 8:16 AM

apostic on January 26, 2011 at 8:12 AM

Yeah, she did such a wonderful job here in Michigan that she, just like everyone else, had to go out of state to find a job.

flytier on January 26, 2011 at 8:18 AM

Also, a President who spends as much time talking about the new Internet age as Obama did in his speech last night might have considered that the acronym for his cool new slogan is … WTF.

Gosh, Ed, Americans have been saying that since Scooter took the Oath of Office and screwed that up.

kingsjester on January 26, 2011 at 8:18 AM

Can’t blame that one on TOTUS.

Disturb the Universe on January 26, 2011 at 8:18 AM

Future And The Future Of Our Children, or WTTSOFFATFOOC for short?

Kafir on January 26, 2011 at 8:14 AM

I thin that would be big Michelle’s slogan.

katy the mean old lady on January 26, 2011 at 8:18 AM

You just can’t make this stuff up…

Keemo on January 26, 2011 at 8:10 AM

“YES WE CAN!”

Shy Guy on January 26, 2011 at 8:22 AM

I guess Marxists aren’t big on originality. Plus, his staff sucks. They constantly make one mistake after another, as if they really think no one could possibly be as smart as they are. Turns out they’re pretty darn dumb.

darwin on January 26, 2011 at 8:23 AM

Kinda like Clinton when he assigned a name to higher taxes.

“These Investments in the Future. ….”

TimBuk3 on January 26, 2011 at 8:24 AM

Gingrich on F&F now. Wonder if he’ll mention?

ctmom on January 26, 2011 at 8:25 AM

Just hours after delivering his second State of the Union address, the president heads to Wisconsin to sell the five ‘pillars’ of change he espoused as the foundation for the second half of his term.

WTF?

I thought OBobblehead said politicians campaign too much, or there is plenty of time to campaign in 2012, or something…

Mr_Magoo on January 26, 2011 at 8:27 AM

Awesome.

myrenovations on January 26, 2011 at 8:28 AM

You just can’t make this stuff up…

Keemo on January 26, 2011 at 8:10 AM

“YES WE CAN!”

Shy Guy on January 26, 2011 at 8:22 AM

LOL.. :-)

Keemo on January 26, 2011 at 8:28 AM

apostic on January 26, 2011 at 8:12 AM

Yeah, she did such a wonderful job here in Michigan that she, just like everyone else, had to go out of state to find a job.

flytier on January 26, 2011 at 8:18 AM

Yea, one of the subjects Ex-Gov. Gramholm of Michigan will be teaching at Berkley is how to create jobs. I kid you not.

mechkiller_k on January 26, 2011 at 8:29 AM

I thought winning was something of the past.

Yeah. What happened to getting a ribbon even if you come in 9th out of 9? Isn’t it just enough to participate?

Maybe it should’ve been “Participating in the future?” That’s so much less confrontational than an eeeeeeeeeeeevil word like “winning.”

crazy_legs on January 26, 2011 at 8:31 AM

He did tell us that he didn’t know how to use an Xbox.

Kissmygrits on January 26, 2011 at 8:31 AM

He will offer his vision to promote hiring with what officials describe as “targeted investments.” He will frame it as a plan for “winning the future.”

Wait! I thought the new and improved, civil tone demanded that we avoid this kind of inflamatory rhetoric.

Disturb the Universe on January 26, 2011 at 8:32 AM

a President who spends as much time talking about the new Internet age as Obama

In Giggles’ defense on this one, the only phrases he deems worthy of his sainted fingers to Google are:
“Barack Obama”
“President Obama”
“How awesome is Obama?”
“Obama is the best”
“Obama is the smartest president ever”
“Obama is the best president in history”
“Obama is the pinnicle of human evolution”
“I want to have Obama’s baby”

Well… you get the picture. Googleing “Winning the Future” in order to find out whether or not it’s been taken is just beneath Giggles’ awesomeness.

crazy_legs on January 26, 2011 at 8:35 AM

Classic LOL

ace tomato on January 26, 2011 at 8:36 AM

Obama’s vision of a Sputnik Moment?
Cancel the manned space program and do everything else the Soviets did to ruin their country.

barnone on January 26, 2011 at 8:40 AM

All right! I love starting off the day with a huge laugh! WTF! I’ll bet those were Newt’s words, exactly!

Vince on January 26, 2011 at 8:41 AM

Ed, WTF is an abbreviation but not an acronym.

SD on January 26, 2011 at 8:44 AM

Our generation’s “Sputnik” moment will be defeating the mountain of debt Barack Obama dropped on us.
-Dr.Zero (John Hayward)

The new final frontier just isn’t quite as appealing as the old one.

Disturb the Universe on January 26, 2011 at 8:44 AM

He’ll probably force Newt to re-title his book lest the Justice Dept. Sues Newt for plagiarism.

mizflame98 on January 26, 2011 at 8:45 AM

Winning? Isn’t that a term you would use in war? I thought we were being more civil these days. How about Working Together To Secure Our Financial Future And The Future Of Our Children, or WTTSOFFATFOOC for short?

Kafir on January 26, 2011 at 8:14 AM

Comment of the Day™

steveegg on January 26, 2011 at 8:50 AM

Also, a President who spends as much time talking about the new Internet age as Obama did in his speech last night might have considered that the acronym for his cool new slogan is … WTF.

Had to laugh out loud when that occured to me this morning

“win the future” – WTF? LMAO!

Let’s all see if we can come up with the ‘New’ slogan they might use:

It most likely will contain the words Change or Hope.

Change for the future

Hope for the future

Future for the hope

Change for Hope

Hope for change

A future of change

A future of Hope

A change of Hope

A hope of change

A rope a Hope

Change now for a future of hope

Hope now for a future of change.

Keep Hope Alive

Keep change alive

Keep hope for the future

Keep the change

Keep the Hope

Change the Hope

Change the future

See how easy to make up meaningless phrases – it can be a new party game!

Chip on January 26, 2011 at 8:51 AM

Interesting to me to see how Bachmann’s TP response is being ignored by so many right leaning site’s… We’ll see if this continues throughout the day. They do so at their own peril, as this is a topic of discussion within the TP movement and it’s millions of people.

Keemo on January 26, 2011 at 8:56 AM

Another classic…

WIN…
WTF…

We’re in good hands by golly.

golfmann on January 26, 2011 at 9:00 AM

More meaningless Hopenchange phrases:

Vote for Hope

Vote for change

Vote for future Hope

Hope to change your vote

Whip inflation Now

Going out on a limb here – seeing how the Oppresives are such geniuses at optics and messaging – but this could easily be the Obamateurism of the year.

Of course, you don’t know what else the changemasters may come up with so they may come up with something even better – one can only hope that won’t change.

Chip on January 26, 2011 at 9:02 AM

Bahaha.
What a tool.

ORconservative on January 26, 2011 at 9:03 AM

BTW, when Googling “Winning the Future” the first site that comes up is http://www.newt.org. The second is the Amazon.com link to Newt’s book. In all seriousness, I think they were too arrogant to do something as simple as a search. They’re all the smartest people ever, you know.

crazy_legs on January 26, 2011 at 9:06 AM

crazy_legs on January 26, 2011 at 9:06 AM

They stole the phrase. They do that always. Steal stuff from all places, put it together and present as their own. But what do you know. Only high IQ people do that. You remember Uncle Biden was also caught plagiarizing?

antisocial on January 26, 2011 at 9:23 AM

There’s that crack research team again, very impressive.

Cindy Munford on January 26, 2011 at 8:16 AM

Doing more research on crack of course. What isn’t what you meant by ‘crack reasearch team’?

darwin-t on January 26, 2011 at 9:28 AM

WTF

I’ve been saying this for two years, don’t really see an end in sight.

CantCureStupid on January 26, 2011 at 9:39 AM

I didn’t watch it because I’d rather eat glass, but I saw a video of his “joke” about the demeaning TSA groping us plebs are subjected to. That was a real laugh riot.

Rae on January 26, 2011 at 9:45 AM

I’ve been saying this for two years, don’t really see an end in sight.

CantCureStupid on January 26, 2011 at 9:39 AM

You are right….Dumbo’s whole presidency can be summed up by WTF.

search4truth on January 26, 2011 at 9:48 AM

WTF. Time to fire his research team but then that should have happened a long time ago.

chemman on January 26, 2011 at 9:49 AM

If these Obamateurisms were a boxer, Obutthead would be hurling over a bucket right about now. ROFL!!!!

capejasmine on January 26, 2011 at 10:15 AM

In the interest of Bi-Partisan Civility I dhunter suggest Newt the Neut publish a second printing of his book with the Face of OBlah BLah prominently displayed.

He could then capitalize on book sales to Chris Matthews, SourKraut, Peloosi, and the far leftards who agree with Newt that Global Warming, er, ah, er, Climate Change is a problem for which we should all pay more in taxes and for goods and services!

dhunter on January 26, 2011 at 10:28 AM

Smartestest Precedent Evah!

Jiminey Carter is having a laugh riot at his good fortune!

I am convinced after last night that OBLah Blah has no intention of running and certainly not of winning.
Work is too hard for this “Cousin Eddie”!

After that performance the only thing that makes sense is he knows the non-existent Birth certificate will disqualify him from enough States, that have the balls to pass a bill demanding proof of citizenship before election, that he cannot possibly win and would rather just take the cash and run!

By promoting this slogan he is promoting the Newt as his replacement knowing full well Newt will carry on and be a one termer!

dhunter on January 26, 2011 at 10:34 AM

So, there are going to be Obama “WTF?!” bumper stickers, since there were “WTF” stickers for Dubya?

Too bad they didn’t choose the slogan “Barack Obama Helps International Communism Advance.”

Christien on January 26, 2011 at 11:00 AM

Apparently the diplomatic protocol team and the speech writing team are using the same crack research team.

novaculus on January 26, 2011 at 11:08 AM

Just hours after delivering his second State of the Union address, the president heads to Wisconsin to sell the five ‘pillars’ of change he espoused as the foundation for the second half of his term

Islam has five pillars for change, too. Just sayin…

This is not the first time that the ObaMao marketing strategy has swiped another’s slogan. Either ObaMao is learning the strategy from his VP, Plugs “Plagiarism” BiteMe, or perhaps this is how ObaMao coasted through undergraduate and law school.

We observe. You decide.

onlineanalyst on January 26, 2011 at 11:09 AM

Jeebus…. whenevah I “invest” like this clown. They usually fly me out, comp my room, buy my drinks and feed me steak and lobster. Come on Barry if ya gonna screw the taxpayers… at least kiss’em.

roflmao

donabernathy on January 26, 2011 at 11:32 AM

Perfect!!

BHO = WTF

Seems somehow prophetic

Tim_CA on January 26, 2011 at 11:36 AM

Ed, WTF is an abbreviation but not an acronym.

SD on January 26, 2011 at 8:44 AM

Ed is correct according to all definitions I can find: its an acronym.

From Wikipedia: An internet slang acronym for “What the f**k?”

From AH Dictionary: ac·ro·nym (ăkrə-nĭm′)n.
A word formed from the initial letters of a name, such as WAC for Women’s Army Corps, or by combining initial letters or parts of a series of words, such as radar for radio detecting and ranging.

Yoop on January 26, 2011 at 11:49 AM

In reading the transcript from the SOTU address last night, I noticed Barry went straight from the first step in WTF to the third step.

WTF happened to the second step Barry?

Laser-like focus.

pain train on January 26, 2011 at 12:06 PM

I needed a good laugh today, thanks Ed.

HellCat on January 26, 2011 at 12:39 PM

But, he had an 18-year-old intern check it out and everything! Of course, the intern now says, who the f**k is Newt Gingrich?)

winoceros on January 26, 2011 at 1:48 PM

“targeted investments” == making sure we keep the spigots open for our union thugs allies.

ya2daup on January 26, 2011 at 2:18 PM

WTF is actually the best acronym for this narcissistic charlatan.

However, it s/b applied to all those who fall for his pied piper methods.

Your children should and will really hate you.

Rats are indignant.

Schadenfreude on January 26, 2011 at 2:56 PM

Yoop on January 26, 2011 at 11:49 AM

You’re misunderstanding the definitions you are citing. WTF doesn’t form a word, it forms three letters that are enunciated separately: W-T-F. Now, if WTF were pronounced “watif” or some such, you and he would be correct.

SD on January 26, 2011 at 3:37 PM

See how easy to make up meaningless phrases – it can be a new party game!

Chip on January 26, 2011 at 8:51 AM

Frickin A!
I think the Soviets were very good at this.
Read CPUSA vs PRAVDA propaganda slogans.
They are almost effing identical.
Someone needs to start slipping some of the former USSR slogans into things.
See if the Dems notice.
This is just too funny.

Badger40 on January 26, 2011 at 3:56 PM

You’re misunderstanding the definitions you are citing. WTF doesn’t form a word, it forms three letters that are enunciated separately: W-T-F. Now, if WTF were pronounced “watif” or some such, you and he would be correct.

SD on January 26, 2011 at 3:37 PM

Interesting, because all of the sites listed below, plus many, many more to numerous to bother copying, ALL IDENTIFY WTF AS AN ACRONYM.

Wikipedia

TheFreeDictionary

acronymfinder

http://www.acronymgeek.com

http://www.all-acronyms.com

http://www.acronymattic.com/

wiki.answers.com/

http://www.answerbag.com

Yoop on January 26, 2011 at 4:47 PM

You’re misunderstanding the definitions you are citing. WTF doesn’t form a word, it forms three letters that are enunciated separately: W-T-F. Now, if WTF were pronounced “watif” or some such, you and he would be correct.

SD on January 26, 2011 at 3:37 PM

Interesting, because all of the sites listed below, plus many, many more to numerous to bother copying, ALL IDENTIFY WTF AS AN ACRONYM.

Wikipedia

(TheFreeDictionary)

(acronymfinder)

(www.acronymgeek.com)

(www.all-acronyms.com)

(www.acronymattic.com/)

(wiki.answers.com/)

(www.answerbag.com)

Yoop on January 26, 2011 at 4:52 PM

New bumper sticker:

Obama Hope and Change WTF

GrannyDee on January 26, 2011 at 7:25 PM

Yoop on January 26, 2011 at 4:52 PM

Well friend, if you see the definition of an acronym, you will notice SD was correct.

ac·ro·nym
   /ˈækrənɪm/ Show Spelled[ak-ruh-nim] Show IPA
–noun
1.
a word formed from the initial letters or groups of letters of words in a set phrase or series of words, as Wac from Women’s Army Corps, OPEC from Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, or loran from long-range navigation.

Who looks dumb now?

Badger40 on January 26, 2011 at 11:06 PM

Badger40 on January 26, 2011 at 11:06 PM

Hm-m-m-m-m…

So,, I learned something new. All those sites that identify WTF an acronym are incorrect?

Yoop on January 27, 2011 at 1:05 AM

Interesting, if you delve further into the definitions.

WTF is considered a type of abbreviation, as is an acronym, and is identified as an initialism.

http://encarta.msn.com/dictionary_/abbreviation.html

Types of abbreviations:

There are four main kinds of abbreviations: shortenings, contractions, initialisms, and acronyms. 1 Shortenings of words usually consist of the first few letters of the full form and are usually spelled with a final period when they are still regarded as abbreviations, for example, cont. = continued, in = inch. In the cases when they form words in their own right, the period is omitted, for example, hippo = hippopotamus, limo = limousine. Such shortenings are often but not always informal. Some become the standard forms, and the full forms are then regarded as formal or technical, for example, bus = omnibus, taxi = taxicab, deli = delicatessen, zoo = zoological garden. Sometimes shortenings are altered to facilitate their pronunciation or spelling: bike = bicycle2 Contractions are abbreviated forms in which letters from the middle of the full form have been omitted, for example, Dr. = doctor, St. = saint or street. Such forms are invariably followed by a period. Another kind of contraction is the type with an apostrophe marking the omission of letters: can’t = cannot, didn’t = did not, you’ve = you have. 3 Initialisms are made up of the initial letters of words and are pronounced as separate letters: CIA (or C.I.A.), NYC, pm (or p.m.), U.S. (or US). Practice varies with regard to periods, with current usage increasingly in favor of omitting them, especially when the initialism consists entirely of capital letters. 4 Acronyms are initialisms that have become words in their own right, or similar words formed from parts of several words. They are pronounced as words rather than as a series of letters, for example, AIDS, laser, scuba, UNESCO, and do not have periods. In many cases the acronym becomes the standard term and the full form is only used in explanatory contexts.

Yoop on January 27, 2011 at 1:41 AM

Interesting, if you delve further into the definitions.

Yoop on January 27, 2011 at 1:41 AM

Hopefully you’re a quick typist etc bcs your post was the biggest waste of time I think I have ever seen.
You do get a shout out from me for it.
Who else could waste a part of their life like this?

Badger40 on January 27, 2011 at 7:49 AM

Meanie!

I took an advanced course in cut-and-paste. Took all of about 10 seconds.

You need some stronger coffee. ;-)

Yoop on January 27, 2011 at 1:29 PM