Obamateurism of the Day

posted at 8:05 am on January 28, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

On one hand, when discussing issues in real time with little preparation — and no TelePrompter — it’s easy to get points confused. On the other hand, can we all imagine how the media would have treated this if George Bush did it … twice?

President Barack Obama experienced a rare speaking stumble Thursday, mixing up Iraq and Afghanistan when responding in a YouTube interview to questions challenging the wars in those countries.

The president twice referred to Afghanistan when clearly talking about the situation in Iraq.

He said that the United States would withdraw all combat troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2011 and that combat operations there had ended, which actually describes the situation and policy for Iraq.

It was unclear whether Obama realized his mistake. He then correctly stated the situation in Afghanistan, saying the United States would start withdrawing some forces beginning in July, with the goal of handing over full security responsibilities to the Afghan government in 2014.

Well, with Obama adopting the surge strategy in Afghanistan that he excoriated when Bush used it in Iraq, perhaps distinguishing the two might be a little difficult for the Commander in Chief. The answers couldn’t have built the confidence of the person asking the question much, though.

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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It was unclear whether Obama realized his mistake.

UNDERSTATEMENT.

Electrongod on January 28, 2011 at 8:08 AM

Rare speaking stumble?

myrenovations on January 28, 2011 at 8:08 AM

Captain Sputnik

Josiah on January 28, 2011 at 8:09 AM

Afghanistan, Iraq, China, North Korea, Iran. Hey, whatever.

Lizzy on January 28, 2011 at 8:10 AM

Afganistan – Iraq. 6 in one, half-dozen in the other. NOT!!!!

moron

DuctTapeMyBrain on January 28, 2011 at 8:10 AM

it’s hard to keep lies straight, you eventually get caught…

cmsinaz on January 28, 2011 at 8:11 AM

This is what you get when you have such a dysfunctional education system. I bet he could not even pass the INS written Citizenship Test.

MSGTAS on January 28, 2011 at 8:11 AM

Rare speaking stumble?

myrenovations on January 28, 2011 at 8:08 AM

Obviously CNN has missed the OOTD feature here at HA for the last two years … which is one of the reasons I do it.

Ed Morrissey on January 28, 2011 at 8:11 AM

can we all imagine how the media would have treated this if George Bush did it … twice?

24/7 party for sure

cmsinaz on January 28, 2011 at 8:12 AM

On the other hand, can we all imagine how the media would have treated this if George Bush did it

Let’s say, if Palin did it once….

the_nile on January 28, 2011 at 8:12 AM

Cut’em some slack, Chicago Jesus doesn’t have time to worry about america’s bravest or the names of wich country there serving in. That stuff is for the little people.

SHARPTOOTH on January 28, 2011 at 8:13 AM

Obviously CNN has missed the OOTD feature here at HA for the last two years … which is one of the reasons I do it.

Ed Morrissey on January 28, 2011 at 8:11 AM

heh

cmsinaz on January 28, 2011 at 8:13 AM

Hey, Petraeus?! Where you at? Iraqistan or Afgahistaq, or whatever. Tell me somethin’, do they got golf courses over there? Ya’ll doin’ ok? Cool…together we thrive, right. Peace out!

ted c on January 28, 2011 at 8:13 AM

I saw that. It was really bizarre, because he did not appear to realize the mistake.

ProfessorMiao on January 28, 2011 at 8:14 AM

President Barack Obama experienced a rare speaking stumble Thursday,

WTF?

Kafir on January 28, 2011 at 8:14 AM

All these r*gheads look the same to me.

– PBHO

fossten on January 28, 2011 at 8:15 AM

If there were any ‘W’ keys left on the White House keyboards, the current staff would be sending each other memos with ‘WTF’ in them.

Now all they can send is ‘TF’.

percysunshine on January 28, 2011 at 8:15 AM

Rare speaking stumble?

myrenovations on January 28, 2011 at 8:08 AM

Unbiased reporting…

the_nile on January 28, 2011 at 8:15 AM

ted c on January 28, 2011 at 8:13 AM

lol :)

cmsinaz on January 28, 2011 at 8:16 AM

Rare speaking stumble?

myrenovations on January 28, 2011 at 8:08 AM

Unbiased reporting…

the_nile on January 28, 2011 at 8:15 AM

Yeah, that word isn’t there by some cosmic accident…

JetBoy on January 28, 2011 at 8:17 AM

He sure can say Pock-eee-stahn though…

I can’t get enough of that for my money.

BigWyo on January 28, 2011 at 8:20 AM

Alzheimer’s?
Nah.

Electrongod on January 28, 2011 at 8:22 AM

Another day, another Obamateurism.

It just never gets old.

FlatFoot on January 28, 2011 at 8:24 AM

He sure can say Pock-eee-stahn though…

BigWyo on January 28, 2011 at 8:20 AM

Also Teli-bahhhhhn.

Electrongod on January 28, 2011 at 8:25 AM

Aw, c’mon, guys. He just ‘Miss-Spoke.’

TimBuk3 on January 28, 2011 at 8:27 AM

Winning the Future one gaffe at a time. What a putz.

hip shot on January 28, 2011 at 8:30 AM

Alzheimer’s?
Nah.

Electrongod on January 28, 2011 at 8:22 AM

Time Magazine features Obama and Reagan together in their latest feature, Perhaps the media can put two + two together, like they did with “violent conservatives” and Tucson.

Paging Ron Reagan…….

Rovin on January 28, 2011 at 8:32 AM

(W)hen responding in a YouTube interview…

Gravitas.

When it was noted last week that Obama had not had a news conference at the White House since last summer, spokesman Robert Gibbs turned it back on reporters.

“I think the last time … we talked about the president’s media schedule, and here you all, to a person, reminded me of our dramatic overexposure,” Gibbs said.

Fallon on January 28, 2011 at 8:32 AM

The Great Communicator, he ain’t. Not even close.

kingsjester on January 28, 2011 at 8:33 AM

Rare speaking stumble?

myrenovations on January 28, 2011 at 8:08 AM

Several speaking stumbles every day. I am sure Ed has a hard time deciding which one to post for OOTD.

antisocial on January 28, 2011 at 8:34 AM

Rare speaking stumble?

myrenovations on January 28, 2011 at 8:08 AM

Unbiased reporting…

the_nile on January 28, 2011 at 8:15 AM

My thoughts, exactly.

pugwriter on January 28, 2011 at 8:36 AM

This guy is a phony at every level of life.
This sentiment is spreading like wildfire across our nation and was highlighted by the SOTU speech.

Keemo on January 28, 2011 at 8:36 AM

Rare speaking stumble?

myrenovations on January 28, 2011 at 8:08 AM

My thoughts exactly…creating the narrative for us dweebs to follow.

lukespapa on January 28, 2011 at 8:37 AM

We should send it to them Mr. Morrissey.l

Cindy Munford on January 28, 2011 at 8:38 AM

President Barack Obama experienced a, rarely noticed by the adoring press ,speaking stumble Thursday, mixing up Iraq and Afghanistan when responding in a YouTube interview to questions challenging the wars in those countries.

Cindy Munford on January 28, 2011 at 8:41 AM

I saw that. It was really bizarre, because he did not appear to realize the mistake.

ProfessorMiao

It does not appear that Odamna has realized ANY of his multiplicity of mistakes. It’s the mark of a strong leader… or a delusional mega-lo maniac.

Crusader Rabbit on January 28, 2011 at 8:41 AM

President Barack Obama experienced a rare speaking stumble Thursday, mixing up Iraq and Afghanistan when responding in a YouTube interview to questions challenging the wars in those countries.

the only rarity is the frequency of which they acknowledge speaking stumbles.

ted c on January 28, 2011 at 8:43 AM

CNN seemed to think Palin’s North Korea flub “mattered” on an international stage and lamented her readiness. And though she quickly corrected herself they still managed to create a kerfuffle over it….but a sitting President, with an actual country we’re engaged in war with, repeating the gaffe and not correcting himself –it’s okay. Let’s give him a respectful write-up and move on. People misspeak after all! Nothing to see here.

RepubChica on January 28, 2011 at 8:43 AM

This guy is a phony at every level of life.
This sentiment is spreading like wildfire across our nation and was highlighted by the SOTU speech.

Keemo on January 28, 2011 at 8:36 AM

He has that “groomed for office” vibe about him. It’s as if he spent his entire adult life being prepared for power and position and never bothered to become a complete person. I’m sure shrinkologists have a term for it.

pugwriter on January 28, 2011 at 8:43 AM

It was unclear whether Obama realized his mistake.

Obama is NEVER mistaken

/moonbat

NoFanofLibs on January 28, 2011 at 8:44 AM

President Barack Obama experienced a rare speaking stumble Thursday

Rare?

steebo77 on January 28, 2011 at 8:45 AM

RepubChica on January 28, 2011 at 8:43 AM

blm double standard part 6,487

cmsinaz on January 28, 2011 at 8:45 AM

OT: Did any of you catch the comment by a TNT guest during the airing of a basketball game, stating openly that Palin was good masturbation material? Sarah lives in their heads 24/7….

http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2011/01/28/tracy-morgan-calls-palin-good-masturbation-material-network-apologizes/?test=faces

Keemo on January 28, 2011 at 8:47 AM

I’m sure shrinkologists have a term for it.

pugwriter on January 28, 2011 at 8:43 AM

I believe the term is Brooks Brothers vacatus…AN EMPTY SUIT.

kingsjester on January 28, 2011 at 8:49 AM

Keemo on January 28, 2011 at 8:47 AM

Ed popped it under the headlines K
:)

cmsinaz on January 28, 2011 at 8:49 AM

Keemo on January 28, 2011 at 8:47 AM

Yep. Classy, huh?

kingsjester on January 28, 2011 at 8:50 AM

stating openly that Palin was good masturbation material?
Keemo on January 28, 2011 at 8:47 AM

If only Clinton stopped at masturbating.

Electrongod on January 28, 2011 at 8:50 AM

Obama is NEVER mistaken

/moonbat

NoFanofLibs on January 28, 2011 at 8:44 AM

He said that the United States would withdraw all combat troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2011…

So let it be written, so let it be done.

Fallon on January 28, 2011 at 8:51 AM

with an actual country we’re engaged in war with

Oops…not the country, but the Tah-lee-bon. My flub.

RepubChica on January 28, 2011 at 8:52 AM

So let it be written, so let it be done.

Fallon on January 28, 2011 at 8:51 AM

excellent

cmsinaz on January 28, 2011 at 8:53 AM

What great foreign policy.
Keep your enemies (and friends) guessing.
BRILLIANT!

OkieDoc on January 28, 2011 at 8:53 AM

Yep. Classy, huh?

kingsjester on January 28, 2011 at 8:50 AM

At least these three black men have visions of a woman; Chris Matthews, not so much…

Keemo on January 28, 2011 at 8:53 AM

I’m sure shrinkologists have a term for it.

pugwriter on January 28, 2011 at 8:43 AM

Yeah. “A-hole”

Aviator on January 28, 2011 at 8:58 AM

CNN seemed to think Palin’s North Korea flub “mattered” on an international stage and lamented her readiness. And though she quickly corrected herself they still managed to create a kerfuffle over it….but a sitting President, with an actual country we’re engaged in war with, repeating the gaffe and not correcting himself –it’s okay. Let’s give him a respectful write-up and move on. People misspeak after all! Nothing to see here.

RepubChica on January 28, 2011 at 8:43 AM

That is worth repeating…in all 57 states.

onlineanalyst on January 28, 2011 at 9:11 AM

can we all imagine how the media would have treated this if George Bush did it … twice?

no need to imagine. harken back to just a few weeks ago when Sarah mixed up north and south korea, it was never mentioned how she had referred to the countries correctly several times previously in that speech. yet this article makes sure the reader knows that obama did get them right at least once in his speech.

chasdal on January 28, 2011 at 9:11 AM

In Wisconsin the other day The One seemed to be supporting the Packers. Did He so soon forget the love of the Steelers’ owner in the last Lombardi ceremony?

He also got lost in His remarks there so maybe He doesn’t know that the Pack are playing the Stillers.

IlikedAUH2O on January 28, 2011 at 9:33 AM

OK previous Lombardi ceremony. I just got an email from the brain dead liberal who loves to read my stuff and then carp.

IlikedAUH2O on January 28, 2011 at 9:35 AM

It couldn’t have built the confidence of the soldiers in both places getting shot at every day, either. Another wtf moment for them and us.

Kissmygrits on January 28, 2011 at 9:37 AM

pugwriter on January 28, 2011 at 8:43 AM
Yeah. “A-hole”

Aviator on January 28, 2011 at 8:58 AM

Got it in one.

katy the mean old lady on January 28, 2011 at 9:38 AM

TOTUS fault definitely NOT the A$$mative A$tion Precedents fault!

Pock-eee-stahn I think I have a shoe box full of those dam cards, maybe I can sell them on Ebay since copies of the Chi-Town Jesus speech-i-lyin the other night isn’t going so well, even with the figure of the Mother Mary holding the Real Jesus kinda sorta etched into the case right next to The Wons’ smiley dufus face!

dhunter on January 28, 2011 at 10:00 AM

Wow! Sounds like Obutthead is tired, and in desperate need of yet another vacation!!!

*sigh*

capejasmine on January 28, 2011 at 10:02 AM

Thats’ why they call it DOPE!

Hopey put down the Newports and Virginia Slims and picked up the bong and crack pipe again!
Splains the weight loss also!

Now if Moochelle could just get the millions of Obeasttities on this diet maybe they could slim down too and get a job like her hubby!

dhunter on January 28, 2011 at 10:15 AM

It was unclear whether Obama realized his mistake.

It is clearer every day that America realizes its mistake…

landlines on January 28, 2011 at 10:31 AM

ted c on January 28, 2011 at 8:13 AM

+1000

screwauger on January 28, 2011 at 11:06 AM

CNN seemed to think Palin’s North Korea flub “mattered” on an international stage and lamented her readiness. And though she quickly corrected herself they still managed to create a kerfuffle over it….but a sitting President, with an actual country we’re engaged in war with, repeating the gaffe and not correcting himself –it’s okay. Let’s give him a respectful write-up and move on. People misspeak after all! Nothing to see here.

RepubChica on January 28, 2011 at 8:43 AM

Should my fondest wish come true and Sarah Palin becomes president, do you think for a moment that the media would finally shelve it’s hate-fest and give her even a fraction of the fawning respect they show Obama? Not a chance. I know with every fiber of my being that they will fabricate assaults on her daily. It will be Reagan times ten. They will have nothing to lose; certainly not credibility. They left that, with Clinton’s “essence”, on a blue dress and the Oval Office floor.

SKYFOX on January 28, 2011 at 11:15 AM

SKYFOX on January 28, 2011 at 11:15 AM

And their viewership will decrease to all but the marginally sane such as Matthews and Olberdork as Sarah speaks over their heads, through her heart and directly to the American People!

Her charisma and wit will be on full display as they show their ugly partisan faces and pound nail after nail into their own Coffins by their delusional hate for all who dare question their failed ideals!

dhunter on January 28, 2011 at 11:23 AM

Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain. I am the wise and all powerful Obama!

flytier on January 28, 2011 at 11:30 AM

“Rare” speaking stumble?

“Um… uh… um… um… um… I… I… I… um… um… uh… uh…”

I guess that isn’t a speaking stumble… when the ENTIRE FRIGGIN ADMINISTRATION is one GIANT STUMBLE!

crazy_legs on January 28, 2011 at 11:41 AM

Best to stay on prompter bro.

Tim_CA on January 28, 2011 at 11:54 AM

On the other hand, can we all imagine how the media would have treated this if George Bush did it

Let’s say, if Palin did it once….

the_nile on January 28, 2011 at 8:12 AM

-
Of course I’m a day late… But THAT would be a real treat/s

RalphyBoy on January 28, 2011 at 12:20 PM

President Barack Obama experienced a rare speaking stumble Thursday…

This + coffee = spit take

ynot4tony2 on January 28, 2011 at 6:43 PM