Obamateurism of the Day

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

Our President graduated from Harvard Law School, but he might have profited (pun intended) from a few courses from Harvard Business School instead. Barack Obama offered a preview of his Chamber of Commerce speech in his Saturday radio address, only this time with a lecture about their “obligation” in business:

President Obama called on U.S. businesses to do more to help grow the economy, saying that while the unemployment rate is getting better and jobs are being added, the U.S. needs “to get there faster.”

“Businesses have a responsibility, too,” said Obama in his weekly address on Saturday. “If we make America the best place to do business, businesses should make their mark in America. They should set up shop here, and hire our workers, and pay decent wages, and invest in the future of this nation.That’s their obligation.”

JammieWearingFool instructs Obama on the role of business:

Actually, the obligation of business is to make as much profit for shareholders and to sell products people want. The purpose of business is not to “invest” in unproven technologies just so we can move toward some utopian “green” society.

Of course, one could point out to Obama that his rapid expansion of federal regulation on employee relations, investment, and environmental controls has hardly made America the “best place to do business,” so his initial premise fails on its face.

Also, the unemployment rate is getting better and jobs are being added, but that’s only as true as far as it can be taken literally.  The unemployment rate is only getting better because of the evaporation of almost a million people from the workforce over the last three months and the lowest civilian participation rate in the workforce in a generation; over the last year, we’re not adding enough jobs per month to keep up with population growth, either.

The obligation of a President is to know these things.  Maybe Obama should mind his own business first.

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And remember, folks: there’s nothing socialist here. (::giggle::)

apostic on February 8, 2011 at 8:09 AM

“Please business owners, hire people and make me look good”

Electrongod on February 8, 2011 at 8:11 AM

That Odamna is ignorant about the actual purpose of business surprises you? He’s a constitutional scholar who doesn’t understand the constitution, a history buff who doesn’t know anything about history… He seems to be good at community organizing. Can you think of anything else?

I’m having trouble trying to figure anything else he’s good at.

Crusader Rabbit on February 8, 2011 at 8:11 AM

It’s so simple, really. If a doctor’s obligation is to provide free medical services then it just stands to reason that business’s obligation, generally, is to hire and pay people for no economically rational reason. Get with the utopian program, Clingers.

Tuning Spork on February 8, 2011 at 8:14 AM

“Please business owners, hire people and make me look good”

Electrongod on February 8, 2011 at 8:11 AM

+1

cmsinaz on February 8, 2011 at 8:14 AM

Crusader Rabbit on February 8, 2011 at 8:11 AM

Well, the jury’s still out on his basketball and golf games.
Acooter wants to radically change America.

kingsjester on February 8, 2011 at 8:15 AM

I’m having trouble trying to figure anything else he’s good at.

Blaming Bush
Campaigning
Doing as little actual work as possible
Growing the deficit

Beaglemom on February 8, 2011 at 8:15 AM

Scooter, not Acooter.

kingsjester on February 8, 2011 at 8:15 AM

They should set up shop here, and hire our workers, and pay decent wages, and invest in the future of this nation.That’s their obligation.”

kneel before Zod dear leader!

cmsinaz on February 8, 2011 at 8:16 AM

I’m having trouble trying to figure anything else he’s good at.

Crusader Rabbit on February 8, 2011 at 8:11 AM

I think he’s good at appearing as the star in his own sitcom. That’s what he auditioned for, right? It would explain his high level of engagement with image and his low level of engagement with the details.

apostic on February 8, 2011 at 8:17 AM

This guy azzhat gets scarier every day.

OmahaConservative on February 8, 2011 at 8:18 AM

If I had been in that crowd, I would have felt insulted. This two-faced empty suit is trying to tell me what I am “obligated” to do with my own company while at the same time tying my hands with red tape?

Mord on February 8, 2011 at 8:18 AM

The obligation of a President is to know these things. Maybe Obama should mind his own business first.

Obama’s business, is your business.

/Socialist motto

ted c on February 8, 2011 at 8:19 AM

…and pay decent wages

But not too much because,

…at a certain point you’ve made enough money

Fallon on February 8, 2011 at 8:20 AM

I’m having trouble trying to figure anything else he’s good at.
Crusader Rabbit on February 8, 2011 at 8:11 AM

Christina Aguilera, Obama et al, are good at adding fluff to simple things and then blowing it on a national stage.

Electrongod on February 8, 2011 at 8:21 AM

Forget Harvard — Podunk Community College would do you better. At Harvard, there is no coursework covering sales.

Word.

S. Weasel on February 8, 2011 at 8:21 AM

…and pay decent wages
But not too much because,

…at a certain point you’ve made enough money
Fallon on February 8, 2011 at 8:20 AM

ding ding ding

cmsinaz on February 8, 2011 at 8:22 AM

Businesses have a responsibility, too. Obama said

Businesses aren’t sworn to any responsibility except that which they freely choose. Presidents, on the other hand, are sworn to support and defend the Constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic. So, let’s have that talk about responsibilities, champ.

ted c on February 8, 2011 at 8:23 AM

Obama isn’t very good at this presidency thing, is he?

pugwriter on February 8, 2011 at 8:25 AM

He spent the first two years destroying businesses, discouraging investment, screwing taxpayers with his “reforms”. What he could do to spur growth and investment and confidence would be to step down, take a nice long vacay and disappear from the world stage.

The man is an evil clown.

Key West Reader on February 8, 2011 at 8:25 AM

Mr President, we don’t work for you.

TimBuk3 on February 8, 2011 at 8:25 AM

dear leader at it again…

cmsinaz on February 8, 2011 at 8:28 AM

He seems to be good at community organizing. Can you think of anything else?

I’m having trouble trying to figure anything else he’s good at.

Crusader Rabbit on February 8, 2011 at 8:11 AM

That community he “organized” is still just as poor and dilapidated as it was before he got there so I also have doubts about his community organization skills.

Kafir on February 8, 2011 at 8:29 AM

Did he school the Chamber on “profits and earnings” ratios too?

This from a man with zero business experience, who never ran so much as a lemonade stand.

petefrt on February 8, 2011 at 8:29 AM

Are we sure that he’s not quoting Marx?

Reality check, Obama, no-one owes anyone a living.

OldEnglish on February 8, 2011 at 8:30 AM

Here’s a scary thought. Listen to your local mayors and city council members. Check out the council agendas and past minutes. Obama’s attitude toward business is exactly what your local elected official has in mind for your town. Remember, that is the environment he comes from.

Municipal and county governments are the petri dishes from which state and federal politicians are grown.

pugwriter on February 8, 2011 at 8:31 AM

…and then you can get bailed out by the fed govt when you’re on the verge of bankruptcy. GM and Chrysler are colossal examples of the end results of dear leader’s vision of how a business should be run.

Kissmygrits on February 8, 2011 at 8:39 AM

Actually, the obligation of business is to make as much profit for shareholders and to sell products people want.

At a certain point you’ve made enough money.

He’s not a capitalist. He doesn’t even understand it well enough to pretend to be a capitalist.

forest on February 8, 2011 at 8:42 AM

I’m having trouble trying to figure anything else he’s good at.

Crusader Rabbit on February 8, 2011 at 8:11 AM

He’s a great Chicago White Sox fan — who can’t name his favorite White Sox player.

Dear Liar is an incompetent fascist. And we have to rely on the incompetent part.

rbj on February 8, 2011 at 8:42 AM

I’ve heard several news reports that suggest that many companies are in a position to hire but between Obamacare and his crazy regulations, they don’t know if they can afford it.

Cindy Munford on February 8, 2011 at 8:42 AM

You gotta think that no matter who runs against Obama in 2012 will win. I mean, how long does it take for people to realize that the advertised product is flawed?

Usually people suffer in silence and I believe that is what is happening here in fear of the dreaded “race card”. Otherwise I think you would hear more well known people coming out against this empty suit.

Vince on February 8, 2011 at 8:43 AM

Here’s a scary thought. Listen to your local mayors and city council members. Check out the council agendas and past minutes. Obama’s attitude toward business is exactly what your local elected official has in mind for your town. Remember, that is the environment he comes from.

Municipal and county governments are the petri dishes from which state and federal politicians are grown.

pugwriter on February 8, 2011 at 8:31 AM

You betcha. I experience it all the time. First, they make zoning decisions based on whether or not there is alot of opposition and tend to ignore the actual law.

Second, the attitude you mention is just rampant on the boards and in the public. One planning board member the other night voted against an unpopular project because he said he “didn’t think it was the best use for the property”. You gotta be kidding me. Does he thing he’s on a politboro? That’s not his role and it’s still not a commie country. Does the development, on private property, meet the law or not? whether or not he thinks it’s the “best use” should not matter at all.

Other boards, especially in NJ, tend to shake-down housing developers and cell phone tower companies etc for freebies in exchange for approvals. They also have laws literally monopolizing cell tower leases on Twp property which I believe are illegal, but haven’t been legally challenged yet simply because it’s an expensive hassle to do so and easier to just give in to the petty tyrants. It’s unreal.

forest on February 8, 2011 at 8:50 AM

“Property is theft,” -Obooba.

Akzed on February 8, 2011 at 8:53 AM

Yes, Mr. President we are waiting for you to get the government out of the way so business can produce those jobs and PROFITS!

tim c on February 8, 2011 at 8:54 AM

“That’s their obligation.”-BHO

“THERE SHOULD BE A LAW!!!”

/crr6

Yoop on February 8, 2011 at 8:55 AM

You gotta think that no matter who runs against Obama in 2012 will win.

Vince on February 8, 2011 at 8:43 AM

I’d like to think that’s the case, I want to agree with you, I wish I could but I just can’t. Obama is now just what he was when he first ran for office. It was plain as day for anyone who looked past the facade. All the necessary information was there to see him for what he was and yet “He Won”. The same people who voted for him then will, most likely, vote for him the next time around. They’re too stupid to vote any other way. There may be a few disillusioned souls who’ll switch or sit it out but by and large he’ll get the same people voting for him again. I hope I’m wrong, matter of fact I’ll be downright giddy if he’s handed his hat and some sombrero sauce on a plate. Right now I put his odds for reelection at 50/50. Depends on who runs against him. Personally I don’t care if the Republicans nominate Charles Manson I’m voting for him. I have my favorites but in the end for me it’s going to be whoever is running against Obama.

Oldnuke on February 8, 2011 at 9:03 AM

I’ve heard several news reports that suggest that many companies are in a position to hire but between Obamacare and his crazy regulations, they don’t know if they can afford it.

Cindy Munford on February 8, 2011 at 8:42 AM

Precisely. The newest issue is his budget that’s coming out on Monday which will double the employer’s cost of unemployment insurance. That of course, is due to the repeated benefit extensions and the need to replenish the funds.

The man is an idiot and should be removed from office.

Key West Reader on February 8, 2011 at 9:07 AM

I’m having trouble trying to figure anything else he’s good at.
Crusader Rabbit on February 8, 2011 at 8:11 AM

He could get a Ph.D in Destructing Governments from any Ivy. He’s a genius at that.

What’s scary isn’t so much that Obama is a dyed-in-the-wool Marxist, anyone with a room temperature IQ knew that in 2007, it’s that 52% of our fellow citizens voted for the Anti-George Washington anyway.

Guess they really, really hated George Bush. I hope they feel better about themselves.

Well, as my father would say, ‘if it hurts, it instructs’. By that measure, our fellow citizens will be experts on both Marxism and Capitalism by the time Barry leaves office.

turfmann on February 8, 2011 at 9:11 AM

At least he isn’t a hypocrite on this…he has gone about hiring record number of people in his employ, he is doing his job putting people to work…unfortunately we see the outcome, bankruptcy, economic chaos, and the constant threat of higher taxes…but he is consistent.

right2bright on February 8, 2011 at 9:21 AM

Clinton: We could give you a tax cut, but you might not spend it right

Obama: Profits are good, as long as you spend the money right”

Why can the people have their money and spend it they way they wont to?

EliTheBean on February 8, 2011 at 9:24 AM

That Odamna is ignorant about the actual purpose of business surprises you? He’s a constitutional scholar who doesn’t understand the constitution, a history buff who doesn’t know anything about history… He seems to be good at community organizing. Can you think of anything else?

I’m having trouble trying to figure anything else he’s good at.

Crusader Rabbit on February 8, 2011 at 8:11 AM

He even failed at community organizing…or at least he was a mediocre organizer:

But those who were involved in the effort say Obama played a minor role in working the problem and never accomplished his goal. A pre-existing group at Altgeld Gardens and a local newspaper, the Chicago Reporter, were working on the problem before Obama came on the scene, yet Obama does not mention them in his book, “Dreams From My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance.”

mizflame98 on February 8, 2011 at 9:28 AM

Thank you, Mister “No personal business experience” for those sage comments to the Chamber of Commerce…

/s

A new high in lows for the Gang who couldn’t shoot straight…

Khun Joe on February 8, 2011 at 9:30 AM

This from a guy who has never done anything other than getting elected due to the work of political operatives.

darwin-t on February 8, 2011 at 9:41 AM

The world according to Obama:

At the outset of WWII, businesses realized their obligation to “invest in the future of this nation” instead of sitting on the sidelines because FDR shamed them into doing so.

Truly, Higgins, General Motors, General Electric, Boeing, and other big businesses that FDR courted during the 1930’s, were positive they would go bankrupt if they produced products for the war effort. But, because FDR was so cool and persuasive, they decided it was best for the spirit of American values. Can you imagine their surprise that they actually came out of the war richer and more diverse than ever?

The world according to the facts:

Big business got involved in the war effort because they were going to make tons of cash. FDR, who was an enemy of big business during his lurch into socialism in the 1930’s, had to crawl on his belly to make sure those businesses trusted that he would be business friendly during the war.

csdeven on February 8, 2011 at 9:54 AM

over the last year, we’re not adding enough jobs per month to keep up with population growth, either.

The lost generation. They wouldn’t even be counted in the mix.

chemman on February 8, 2011 at 10:04 AM

He’s a great Chicago White Sox fan — who can’t name his favorite White Sox player.

rbj on February 8, 2011 at 8:42 AM

Yeah, those are the guys who play at “Cominsky” Park, right?
He hasn’t said it, but I’d bet he’d claim their cross-town rivals play at “Wrinkly” Field.

SKYFOX on February 8, 2011 at 10:05 AM

. . . This from a man . . . who never ran so much as a lemonade stand.

petefrt on February 8, 2011 at 8:29 AM

In all fairness, we can’t say whether or not he ran a lemonade stand. Those records are sealed also.

Sowell Disciple on February 8, 2011 at 10:17 AM

Hunger and envy have made many socialists.

Abject economic failures and the inevitable abuse of state power make them capitalists again.

Both processes throw off sparks of inconsistency and confusion.

That is how I explain Dear Leader at the C of C.

IlikedAUH2O on February 8, 2011 at 10:18 AM

The obligation of a President is to know these things.

Yeah, too bad we don’t currently have one.

GarandFan on February 8, 2011 at 10:21 AM

He seems to be good at community organizing. Can you think of anything else?

I’m having trouble trying to figure anything else he’s good at.

Crusader Rabbit on February 8, 2011 at 8:11 AM

Actually, he wasn’t very good at community organizing — his record there is also very thin. He has risen to his position on the efforts of others, as he has done all of his life. That may be his special talent.

cheeflo on February 8, 2011 at 10:26 AM

So, in other words, it’s ‘business’s’ job to squeak out a profit, maybe, while dealing with the stifling regulations, taxes and fees the government foists upon them, all while spending every dime they have to hire people that they may or may not need in this time of financial crisis, because it’s really their fault in the first place?

That’s the most brilliant plan to revive an economy I’ve ever heard………

Sponge on February 8, 2011 at 11:31 AM

What should we expect from a community organizer turned leader of a great nation? Obama is not a bad guy: He’s just wrong.

OOTDs such as this one demonstrate the misconceptions that lie at the heart of his core beliefs. But the fact is that all work is not equal. Government needs to get out of the way and allow businesses to hire people to do a day’s work for the value of that work.

The easier the job, the more folks there are who can do it and the less it pays. Think ditch digging here. The more fun a relatively easy job is (in the eyes of most folks), the more people there are who want to do it and the less it pays. Think dime a dozen Hollywood talent here.

Hard jobs that involve doing things most people can’t and don’t want to do pay the most. The effect of Obama’s core beliefs is to tax at a higher level folks who decide to tackle those hard, unpopular jobs. The higher the tax, the less incentive there is for those who are able to undertake that job, when an easier, more powerful job such as government will pay them more.

EconomicNeocon on February 8, 2011 at 12:06 PM

Interviewer on WTOP radio talking about this went on and on about how businesses were sitting on Trillions of record profits. The talking head interviewed tried to explain that businesses obligation is to shareholders. The resulting impression was that somewhere there were rich evil shareholders (who would never be people like you and me). Not mentioned was Obama’s anti-businees policies or the fact that he has created an atmosphere of uncertanty.

No suprise that the news guy lacked a basic understanding of economics, continued in his ignorance, and rushed to present his slant. Still disturbing to hear though.

AnotherOpinion on February 8, 2011 at 12:22 PM

Also, the unemployment rate is getting better and jobs are being added, but that’s only as true as far as it can be taken literally. The unemployment rate is only getting better because of the evaporation of almost a million people from the workforce over the last three months and the lowest civilian participation rate in the workforce in a generation; over the last year, we’re not adding enough jobs per month to keep up with population growth, either.
The obligation of a President is to know these things.

It’s exactly what Obama wants.

Maybe Obama should mind his own business first.

He is. His plans are succeeding beyond even his own Utopian imagination.

Schadenfreude on February 8, 2011 at 3:45 PM

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Dire Straits on February 9, 2011 at 12:58 AM