Obamateurism of the Day

posted at 8:05 am on February 18, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

The bad news: Barack Obama didn’t learn his lesson from the July 2009 press conference debacle.  Recall that Obama professed that he hadn’t learned the details of the arrest of his friend Henry “Skip” Gates at his house in Cambridge, but felt sure that the police had “acted stupidly.”  He ended up having to backtrack almost immediately under a hail of criticism for not waiting until he’d learned the facts of the case, finally holding a “beer summit” between Gates and the arresting officer at the White House.

After having to extract his foot from his mouth very publicly over a period of several days in the summer of 2009, one might have thought that President Obama had wised up.  Instead, as Jim Geraghty points out, it looks as though Obama acted stupidly again:

It probably shouldn’t surprise us that President Obama begins his comments on the Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s proposals with the words, “I’d say that I haven’t followed exactly what’s happening with the Wisconsin budget,” and then promptly declares that Walker’s plan “seems like more of an assault on unions.”

The good news: Wisconsin is an awesome state for a beer summit.

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WTF?

Electrongod on February 18, 2011 at 8:07 AM

Wisconsin is an awesome state for a beer summit.

and brats to go with them…

ted c on February 18, 2011 at 8:08 AM

I give him a good, solid B-plus for his efforts.

fossten on February 18, 2011 at 8:08 AM

I took it to mean: “i don’t care what’s in the budget, don’t touch my union buddies!”

OldEnglish on February 18, 2011 at 8:09 AM

Dems in WI are acting stupidly. GOV Walker smacked them down this morning. This was no new news to anyone in WI. The guy was elected to do what he said he is doing. Ah well, I hope the teachers all get fired.

ted c on February 18, 2011 at 8:09 AM

Open Mouth, Insert Foot.

What a doofus. But why isn’t it surprising?

DuctTapeMyBrain on February 18, 2011 at 8:09 AM

The good news: Wisconsin is an awesome state for a beer summit.

brats on the grill

yum!
=====
he tells those not to vilify these folks yet has no problem with the disgusting hitler signage…

cmsinaz on February 18, 2011 at 8:10 AM

I think ‘assault on the unions’ is a dog whistle to unions to front up and stir up some chaos.

ted c on February 18, 2011 at 8:10 AM

Isn’t the definition of insanity doing the same thing over again and expecting a different result?

Or maybe Giggles is just stupid.

Can we see the college transcrpits of this “brilliant” man now?

crazy_legs on February 18, 2011 at 8:10 AM

ted c on February 18, 2011 at 8:08 AM

same wavelength my friend :)

cmsinaz on February 18, 2011 at 8:10 AM

WTF and STFU moments…. Brought to you by OMG is this our POTUS dot com.

Key West Reader on February 18, 2011 at 8:10 AM

Astroturf in WI. I’m sure they’re paid union shills.

ted c on February 18, 2011 at 8:11 AM

same wavelength my friend :)

cmsinaz on February 18, 2011 at 8:10 AM

Heh!

ted c on February 18, 2011 at 8:11 AM

the blm apparently has no problem that the dnc and dear leaders ofa are on the forefront of these protests…

cmsinaz on February 18, 2011 at 8:12 AM

Milwaukee schools closed today. 1/6th of all teachers call in sick.

Fire them.

ted c on February 18, 2011 at 8:13 AM

He hasn’t paid attention to what’s going on? Bull.

kingsjester on February 18, 2011 at 8:15 AM

Fire them.

ted c on February 18, 2011 at 8:13 AM

2nd that

cmsinaz on February 18, 2011 at 8:16 AM

crazy_legs on February 18, 2011 at 8:10 AM

‘ZACTLY!!!!

ExpressoBold on February 18, 2011 at 8:16 AM

The DNC is contirubting funds to the protests and Organizing for America (barackobama.com)is working to support the protesters, as well.

http://www.barackobama.com/index.php?splash=false

mwdiver on February 18, 2011 at 8:17 AM

This reminds me: Has the Wisconsin Trade Federation weighed in on this matter?

apostic on February 18, 2011 at 8:17 AM

Just caught a glimpse of that fool whor-aldo on fox and friends taking the side of the clown prince of bill ayers. What does fox see in that fool, and why is he an expert on anything?

lukespapa on February 18, 2011 at 8:18 AM

mwdiver on February 18, 2011 at 8:17 AM

winning the future!

cmsinaz on February 18, 2011 at 8:19 AM

In 2008, 52% of the voters didn’t know what’s best for the country, then went into their respective voting booths and acted stupidly.

pugwriter on February 18, 2011 at 8:19 AM

O acts stupidly. I like what the Governor said–he basically told O to mind his own business.

Take pictures, ID teachers who are protesting and fire them for lying about being sick. Play hardball.

Beaglemom on February 18, 2011 at 8:20 AM

mwdiver on February 18, 2011 at 8:17 AM

where in the world is the blm?

*crickets chirping*

cmsinaz on February 18, 2011 at 8:21 AM

He’s a tool of the unions…or is it the other way around?

Perhaps Obama acted “stupidly?” /

[I see Obama’s been rebuffed by Mubarak…apparently has been trying to call the former Egyptian president lately. Mubarak is refusing Obama’s calls.]

Now, that is an Obamateurism…toppling a foreign leader then trying to make all nice nice with him on the phone after the fact.

coldwarrior on February 18, 2011 at 8:21 AM

Never let a good crisis go to waste. He’d rather we were talking about the foot in his mouth than the stinky budget he proposed.

ctmom on February 18, 2011 at 8:21 AM

Odamna: YOU need to tone down the rhetoric of hate… That’s so it will sound more vitriolic when I use it. And keep your budget-cuttin’ mitts off of my union buddies–ya stoopid b@st@rds.

We had a poem when I was a kid:
When in danger
When in doubt
Run in circles.
Scream and shout.

That pretty much summs up the Odamna philosophy.

Crusader Rabbit on February 18, 2011 at 8:23 AM

This went through my mind as soon as I heard the words Beer, Summit and Wisconsin. Perhaps these ladieas could mediate.

looking4statesmen on February 18, 2011 at 8:23 AM

Doesn’t follow it? You mean he’s actively organizing the unionistas! LIAR

clnurnberg on February 18, 2011 at 8:25 AM

looking4statesmen on February 18, 2011 at 8:23 AM

:)

cmsinaz on February 18, 2011 at 8:26 AM

By leaving the classroom to make a point the teachers of WI are showing they care more about themselves than the children they teach.
Doctors would not leave their patients, firefighters would not let the city burn, soldiers never abandon their posts.
I say fire the entire crew and start over with people that care about children first.

FireBlogger on February 18, 2011 at 8:26 AM

coldwarrior on February 18, 2011 at 8:21 AM

Doesn’t Obama know the man is in a coma?

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

The unwillingness or inability to learn from past (recent past) mistakes — help me out here Larry Tribe — is that one of those special kinds of “brilliance” that one can only learn at Harvard Law?

But hey, we can’t really blame Barry for siding with the unions regardless of the merits of their position. After all, unions bought him the presidency and guaranteed him and his family a future of great wealth and privilege. Barry owes them, big time.

AZCoyote on February 18, 2011 at 8:29 AM

Maybe ObaMao should pay attention to how responsible excecutives tackle budgetary issues instead of popping off with his community agitator schpiel.

onlineanalyst on February 18, 2011 at 8:29 AM

Obama’s ego simply won’t allow him to keep his mouth shut. It’s laughable to claim he hasn’t been paying much attention to the problems in Wisconson; The unions are what got him elected.

anniekc on February 18, 2011 at 8:30 AM

When in danger
When in doubt
Run in circles.
Scream and shout.

Crusader Rabbit on February 18, 2011 at 8:23 AM

Burma Shave!

apostic on February 18, 2011 at 8:32 AM

WTF?

Electrongod on February 18, 2011 at 8:07 AM

Wisconsin

Teaching

Frauds

That’s WTF.

Yoop on February 18, 2011 at 8:35 AM

I think ‘assault on the unions’ is a dog whistle to unions to front up and stir up some chaos.

ted c on February 18, 2011 at 8:10 AM

Exactly. When Øbama planted his flag with the union protesters, against the Wisconsin state government, he promoted taking it to the streets. I wonder how much civil unrest he intends to promote, in Wisconsin and other states to follow.

petefrt on February 18, 2011 at 8:35 AM

When in danger
When in doubt
Run in circles.
Scream and shout.

Crusader Rabbit on February 18, 2011 at 8:23 AM
Burma Shave!

apostic on February 18, 2011 at 8:32 AM

Hah!

Key West Reader on February 18, 2011 at 8:37 AM

So it begins… Wisconsin & Ohio, followed by California, Illinois, and New York. With Obama’s stamp of approval, the unions have no fear of the law.

Keemo on February 18, 2011 at 8:40 AM

Open mouth, insert both feet, ankles,shins,knees,thighs,pelvis,backbone,shoulders,neck, and head.

Now swallow.

Poof!

percysunshine on February 18, 2011 at 8:40 AM

I wonder how much civil unrest he intends to promote, in Wisconsin and other states to follow.

petefrt on February 18, 2011 at 8:35 AM

I think that by trotting out his “in your face” budget, his open support for the overthrow of long term allies resulting in the burning of the entire middle east, his blatant disregard of the rule of law and his rallying cries to his thugs are all clear signs of what we expected to happen. He will preside over the dismantling of our Nation only if we let him.

Key West Reader on February 18, 2011 at 8:40 AM

Much different situation here than with the Gates-Cambridge Police kerfuffle. In the former, Obama really didn’t know what he was doing or what he was getting into, because it was a minor issue blown into a national incident by the president’s comments.

In this one, Obama knew exactly what the situation was in Wisconsin and he knew exactly what kind of media attention a statement by the president on an incident in Madison would do, in upping the spotlight even more on the public sector union protests. You can question the way he said it, but there’s no doubt he said it to make sure everyone knw which side of the protest he was coming down on, and the national party’s help to the (literally) at-large Wisconsin Dems shows that, unlike two years ago, this statement was premeditated.

jon1979 on February 18, 2011 at 8:40 AM

So, we are reminded that these union protestors are our “neighbors.” Don’t remember that being said about those in the Tea Party.

publiuspen on February 18, 2011 at 8:41 AM

So it begins… Wisconsin & Ohio, followed by California, Illinois, and New York. With Obama’s stamp of approval, the unions have no fear of the law.

Keemo on February 18, 2011 at 8:40 AM

It’s starting down here as well. People are up in arms over the fact that our Governor is refusing “stimulus” funds to build a high speed rail. All the college students are freaking out.

Key West Reader on February 18, 2011 at 8:42 AM

Martial Law in ….?

OldEnglish on February 18, 2011 at 8:43 AM

I know this is off topic, but anyone know where I can get a written transcript of Herman Cain’s CPAC speech? I can listen to the speech, but don’t have time to transcribe it. Thanks to anyone who can help.

College Prof on February 18, 2011 at 8:45 AM

And, Obama is mum on the union activists targeting Republican politicians’ homes.

How about a call for civility, Mr. President?

Fallon on February 18, 2011 at 8:47 AM

The debate to privatize the education of our children should heat up real good as teachers continue to shut down our schools and deprive our children of their free lunch.

Key West Reader on February 18, 2011 at 8:42 AM

This is typical community organizing where those on top organize the people on the bottom to rise up in rebellion. From elementary school through higher education, the organizing of this moment has been taking place for decades now. In the end, this piece of machinery must be squashed for good and forever.

Keemo on February 18, 2011 at 8:47 AM

Astroturf in WI. I’m sure they’re paid union shills.

ted c on February 18, 2011 at 8:11 AM

Not only are there union shills but also Obama minions from Organizing for America. It’s like a freaking Buzzby Berkley
extravagaza of the right.

mkm19602000 on February 18, 2011 at 8:47 AM

I wonder how much civil unrest he intends to promote, in Wisconsin and other states to follow.

petefrt on February 18, 2011 at 8:35 AM

Let him “bring it on”. The time to take care of the taxpayer’s business is upon us.

Yoop on February 18, 2011 at 8:47 AM

O the Fascist has plenty of opinions about areas that are not part of his job description. Now he thinks that he is a union boss whose opinion supersedes that of a governor and the legislative body of a state.

On the other hand he “delegates” tasks to flunkies in created positions, and these czars don’t have to pass Senate scrutiny. The abuse of power by this administration is out of control as is his spending spree.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703373404576148684150871602.html?mod=WSJ_Opinion_MIDDLETopOpinion

onlineanalyst on February 18, 2011 at 8:52 AM

Not only are there union shills but also Obama minions from Organizing for America. It’s like a freaking Buzzby Berkley extravagaza

mkm19602000 on February 18, 2011 at 8:47 AM

Please. There are certain legs I would not EVER care to see between.

apostic on February 18, 2011 at 8:54 AM

In this one, Obama knew exactly what the situation was in Wisconsin and he knew exactly what kind of media attention a statement by the president on an incident in Madison would do, in upping the spotlight even more on the public sector union protests. …

jon1979 on February 18, 2011 at 8:40 AM

Yes, and it was just part of a coordinated national assault on Gov. Walker and the Wisconsin state legislature. From Politico:

DNC playing role in Wisconsin protests

OfA (Organizing for America arm of the DNC) Wisconsin’s field efforts include filling buses and building turnout for the rallies this week in Madison, organizing 15 rapid response phone banks urging supporters to call their state legislators, and working on planning and producing rallies

petefrt on February 18, 2011 at 8:54 AM

The debate to privatize the education of our children should heat up real good as teachers continue to shut down our schools and deprive our children of their free lunch.

Key West Reader on February 18, 2011 at 8:42 AM

Hope so. That would be one beneficial side effect. That debate is long overdue.

petefrt on February 18, 2011 at 8:59 AM

Maybe it is a bit out there…but with OFA and SEIU and such being at the beck and call of Obama…and being able to shut down Wisconsin’s government, and trying the same in Ohio and New York and other states…is this “civilian national security force” Obama was speaking of?

Obama’s Brown Shirts? Paid thugs? Who may outnumber our uniformed armed forces?

Oh, and Obama’s lame “hasn’t exactly been following” what is going on in Wisconsin…bull! He knows exactly what is going on. He and his minions are on top of it…and have had a hand in it since it all started. Go to the bank on that one.

coldwarrior on February 18, 2011 at 9:00 AM

“I have to admit I don’t know what I’m talking about but I’ll make a comment anyway for political gain…”

Caper29 on February 18, 2011 at 9:04 AM

The good news: Wisconsin is an awesome state for a beer summit.

Brauts!!!

csdeven on February 18, 2011 at 9:11 AM

Wisconsin is a horrible place for a beer summit because they have great microbrews and the president will just stick with his Blue Moon or Bud Light and it will show that he’s not even serious about beer.

myrenovations on February 18, 2011 at 9:11 AM

The good news: Wisconsin is an awesome state for a beer summit.

Along with; Bratwurst
,Kielbasa, Deep Dish Pizza, Buffalo Wings, Chips and Dips. I know it’s not on par like the menu for the Super Bowl at the WH. Yet Green Bay did win…
Then he could give the state workers Addministrative Leave for the day… Being that they are his neighbors and friends! VIGs (Vigorish)!

USMCDevilDog on February 18, 2011 at 9:13 AM

USMCDevilDog on February 18, 2011 at 9:13 AM

MAO (Michelle Antoinette Obama) is being dispatched to your residence at this moment. Your diet is not in line with her “everyone elses’ fat behind” movement. Gird your pork loin.

Key West Reader on February 18, 2011 at 9:18 AM

Ed,

I was thinking of something more along the lines of a ‘foot bazooka’

belad on February 18, 2011 at 9:21 AM

It is because, to Barry, he can instantly take a few keywords and understand completely what the problems and answers are. It is so simple.

Limerick on February 18, 2011 at 9:21 AM

Are there no state issues the Community Organizer in Chief won’t stick his unwanted nose into?

RobertE on February 18, 2011 at 9:29 AM

Oh, and Obama’s lame “hasn’t exactly been following” what is going on in Wisconsin…bull! He knows exactly what is going on. He and his minions are on top of it…and have had a hand in it since it all started. Go to the bank on that one.

coldwarrior on February 18, 2011 at 9:00 AM

This POS is such a pathological liar, he’ll issue a statement in two weeks telling us all that he formed a special task committee several months ago to investigate the situation in Wisconsin and get back to him with their recommendations.

Keemo on February 18, 2011 at 9:31 AM

Let’s all sing along to the new Hail to The Chief.

Drained Brain on February 18, 2011 at 9:37 AM

Maybe it is a bit out there…but with OFA and SEIU and such being at the beck and call of Obama…and being able to shut down Wisconsin’s government, and trying the same in Ohio and New York and other states…is this “civilian national security force” Obama was speaking of?

Obama’s Brown Shirts? Paid thugs? Who may outnumber our uniformed armed forces?

coldwarrior on February 18, 2011 at 9:00 AM

I wouldn’t call it “out there” at all.

Obama said:

“We’ve got to have a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded.”

It is not out of the realm of possibility to suggest that this is the national security force he intended to create.

AngelStandlngBy on February 18, 2011 at 9:37 AM

It’s starting down here as well. People are up in arms over the fact that our Governor is refusing “stimulus” funds to build a high speed rail. All the college students are freaking out.

Key West Reader on February 18, 2011 at 8:42 AM

My son, who lives in Madison, was telling me just the other day that their Governor did the same thing a few weeks ago. Apparently that got shadowed by the teachers froo-fraw.

Oldnuke on February 18, 2011 at 9:47 AM

Wisconsin Democrats acted stupidly–they went to Illinois, and seeing what stupidity comes out of Illinois these days (Obama), they will act even more stupidly.

Scott Walker needs to stand his ground here–children in Wisconsin are missing out on education because of the teacher walkout, so he should refuse to pay the teachers when they are on strike, and extend the school year one day for every day the schools are closed. Let’s see how taxpaying parents react when their kids are still in school in July, and then maybe teachers would rather work in February.

Steve Z on February 18, 2011 at 9:50 AM

I was once a public school teacher. I stayed away from the faculty lunchroom and lounge because I was fearful of the assault from the union people. When I crossed their picket lines my students cheered for me. Parents thanked me. My fellow teachers…verbally assaulted me. Get this straight…the children and the taxpayers of America are under assault by Barack Obama and his union goons!

redwhiteblue on February 18, 2011 at 10:00 AM

The DNC is contributing funds to the protests and Organizing for America (barackobama.com)is working to support the protesters, as well.

mwdiver on February 18, 2011 at 8:17 AM

Worth repeating…

Fallon on February 18, 2011 at 10:13 AM

Me, me, me, me. Dear leader also said he has a budget problem of his own. His budget problem is bigger than Gov. Walker’s budget problem if he’s making this a pissing contest. Does this mean that dem/libs walking our of the Capitol in DC is on the table?

Kissmygrits on February 18, 2011 at 10:23 AM

I find it unAmerican for a sitting president to be promoting civil unrest within the country…can we impeach him yet?

tinkerthinker on February 18, 2011 at 10:32 AM

Bammie is up to his neck in this, while he tries to give the appearance that he is above the fray. His ‘Organizing for America’ thugs are in Wisconsin, and the DNC is heavily involved as well.

Always the alinskyite. It’s all little Bammie knows.

slickwillie2001 on February 18, 2011 at 11:08 AM

After Obama bungling it yet again, clearly this calls for all the ‘ladies’ on The View and Orca Windpree to cry on national tv and said republicans are just born meanies.

Sir Napsalot on February 18, 2011 at 11:37 AM

He doesn’t have to worry about contradictions or hypocrisy — the MSM has his (narrow, feminine) back.

Tim_CA on February 18, 2011 at 12:08 PM

Just caught a glimpse of that fool whor-aldo on fox and friends taking the side of the clown prince of bill ayers. What does fox see in that fool, and why is he an expert on anything?

lukespapa on February 18, 2011 at 8:18 AM

He’s not an expert on anything and neither is that fool OReally?, they just get overpaid by Fox to BLAHBLAHBLAHBLAH BLAH!

dhunter on February 18, 2011 at 1:49 PM

Orca Windpree

HEhEHehehehehe!
Whorealdo and Orca sittin in a tree……
K I S S I N G….

dhunter on February 18, 2011 at 1:51 PM

then promptly declares that Walker’s plan “seems like more of an assault on unions.”

For once I agree with The One. Although unlike the President I see this as a feature rather than a bug.

Stephen Macklin on February 18, 2011 at 1:55 PM

I find it unAmerican for a sitting president to be promoting civil unrest within the country…can we impeach him yet?

tinkerthinker on February 18, 2011 at 10:32 AM

I second the motion:

Not much Preservin’, Protectin’, or Defendin’ goin’ on!!!

landlines on February 18, 2011 at 3:18 PM

WTF and STFU moments…. Brought to you by OMG is this our POTUS dot com.
Key West Reader on February 18, 2011 at 8:10 AM

YGTBSM!

DSchoen on February 18, 2011 at 3:44 PM

and brats to go with them…

ted c on February 18, 2011 at 8:08 AM

I think the brats left the state and are holed up in a Best Western in Illinois.

Obama – “Let me be perfectly clear – mmmmmmmmm, beer!”

Pablo Snooze on February 18, 2011 at 8:53 PM

Let’s all have a beer summit. It’ll make the next 2 easier.

skeedro on February 18, 2011 at 10:04 PM

“beer summit” describes what the 52% was doing in 2008

skeedro on February 18, 2011 at 10:05 PM

idiots… and i actually know some of them that have admitted to it… luckily they seem to have “learned” from their stupidity. We can all “hope” that they have “changed”.

skeedro on February 18, 2011 at 10:07 PM

President Obama is the greatest imitator of the Democrat Mascot in history. The DONKEY

old war horse on February 18, 2011 at 11:31 PM