Obamateurism of the Day

posted at 8:05 am on February 24, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

There may have been good reasons for Barack Obama to hold off on issuing a statement on Libya until late yesterday afternoon, several days after the Moammar Gaddafi regime started to attack demonstrators and turned protests into a full-blown rebellion. Perhaps most especially, the White House may have needed to stall a little to get Americans out of danger before loosing some harsh rhetoric on a hostile and teetering regime. Whatever the reason for the days-long silence from Obama on Libya, surely the President and his team could come up with a better excuse than I was just too damn busy:

This is just a scheduling issue. The president will meet with Secretary of State Clinton this afternoon. We will have something to say out of that meeting. If possible, the President will speak this afternoon or tomorrow, but I assume we’ll have information on when that will happen fairly soon for you.

A scheduling issue?  Were they waiting for a Magic 8-Ball to be delivered?  Maybe they need Amazon Prime at the White House.

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The POTUS is a busy man you know, what with his laser like focus on golf ski trips guest shots on TV shows being the POTUS.

apostic on February 24, 2011 at 8:09 AM

He was too busy, had an appointment with the golf pro.

JimK on February 24, 2011 at 8:10 AM

Oh, Did Obama say something. Didn’t notice.

Electrongod on February 24, 2011 at 8:10 AM

His schedule was way too full to get to what’s going on in Libya.

mizflame98 on February 24, 2011 at 8:11 AM

pathetic…

—-

libya falls well behind
golf
waffles

cmsinaz on February 24, 2011 at 8:12 AM

Yeah. And while he waited Britain, Italy, and now Germany have warships off the coast. China has already scooted 4000 of their folks out. Meanwhile we are still ‘examining our options’ and have yet to sit down with the EU. Glory be to GAIA, though, we penned our name to the UN strongly worded letter.

Limerick on February 24, 2011 at 8:12 AM

Is it just me, or does the new Press Sec’y look like he’s about 12 years old?

labwriter on February 24, 2011 at 8:12 AM

He was busy eating his waffle.

backwoods conservative on February 24, 2011 at 8:13 AM

So when the phone rings at 3 am, whatever it is has to be put on hold until it can be fit into his daily schedule?

Wethal on February 24, 2011 at 8:14 AM

I heard last night on the news that other countries were helping us get our people out of Libya. Isn’t that something we used to do–help other countries? Since when do we need anybody’s help? Oh, sorry, since we elected a bunch of amateurs to run the country.

labwriter on February 24, 2011 at 8:16 AM

Hey! Wisconsin is a lot closer to D.C. than Libya! The astroturfing requirements in Madison were far more demanding than any straight-forward statement of policy concerning Libya and its full-blown pro-democracy revolution!
.
This is WTF, Bammy-style!

ExpressoBold on February 24, 2011 at 8:17 AM

Wethal on February 24, 2011 at 8:14 AM

he’s got the phone forward to Hillary…the man has to get his beauty rest

cmsinaz on February 24, 2011 at 8:17 AM

There’s always an excuse. This one is extremely lame, embarrassing actually.

Speaking of Amazon Prime–awesome. There isn’t a better company on shipping rates and speed. Love it.

conservative pilgrim on February 24, 2011 at 8:17 AM

Riots could break out in Wisconsin and the streets in Libya explode in flames and if he was invited to present “Best Picture” at the Academy Awards Sunday he would have advisors tell him the pros and cons of doing that. If go that far.

Marcus on February 24, 2011 at 8:17 AM

Increasingly it seems like Obooby is on the side of oppressive tyrants than the people.

Perhaps that’s why he was too busy.

Insert witty screen name here on February 24, 2011 at 8:18 AM

Tinpot tyrants are a dime a dozen, but dissing marriage – that’s important!

OldEnglish on February 24, 2011 at 8:18 AM

What the heck was Giggles doing? All the golf courses around the DC area must still be covered with snow, so it’s not like he was out on the fairways.

Too busy destroying this country to comment on another one, I guess?

crazy_legs on February 24, 2011 at 8:19 AM

I still don’t understand. How can Americans still stand this man? How can they still tolerate this bullshit?

promachus on February 24, 2011 at 8:19 AM

let me get this str8….. we wait days for Barry to say SOMETHING….. Finally he says NOTHING…..and all is right in the world again…….Bwahahahahahahahahaha…Them Empty suits sure is stooooopid

roflmao

donabernathy on February 24, 2011 at 8:20 AM

Hey, US Citizens in Libya…Hop on the Barry Ferry to Malta. Step right up, get your complementary TSA patdown, just duck a bit so those AK rounds don’t hit ya in the head.

ted c on February 24, 2011 at 8:21 AM

What the heck was Giggles doing? All the golf courses around the DC area must still be covered with snow, so it’s not like he was out on the fairways.

Too busy destroying this country to comment on another one, I guess?

crazy_legs on February 24, 2011 at 8:19 AM

he wants to drop JDAMs.

Just
Drive
Another
Maxfli!

ted c on February 24, 2011 at 8:22 AM

ted c on February 24, 2011 at 8:21 AM

Barry Ferry? I’m stealing that. Copyright filed as I type.

Limerick on February 24, 2011 at 8:22 AM

Is it just me, or does the new Press Sec’y look sound like he’s about 12 years old?

labwriter

FIFY

Even Turkey started evacuating 25,000 of their citizens before Odamna noticed something just might be amiss. Sheesh…

Crusader Rabbit on February 24, 2011 at 8:22 AM

Find’n just the right Boob Belt….not only takes two people…but it’s hard work damn it

roflmao

donabernathy on February 24, 2011 at 8:22 AM

Scheduling conflict? I love it when they make fools of themselves.

Speaking of Amazon Prime–awesome.

conservative pilgrim on February 24, 2011 at 8:17 AM

Yup, awesome. Now if someone could just teach those FedEx/UPS people how to keep up deliveries when it snows.

petefrt on February 24, 2011 at 8:25 AM

And the media still portrays this as leadership. Understandable.
And the sheeple continue to buy this sh!t.
Amazing.

SKYFOX on February 24, 2011 at 8:27 AM

Hey, what’s more important? Meeting with union bosses figuring out how to overthrow elected state governments or Libya?

I think the answer is clear. Plus, by staying out of it he helps the chances that Libyan oil will be disrupted thus causing the price of oil to necessarily skyrocket sending the US economy into a tailspin and people out into the streets.

Barack Obama: He pledges allegiance to the United Kingdon of Unions.

darwin on February 24, 2011 at 8:28 AM

Is it just me, or does the new Press Sec’y look like he’s about 12 years old?

labwriter

He makes me think of the Bernard character (the museum curator) in Megamind.

conservative pilgrim on February 24, 2011 at 8:29 AM

Yup, awesome. Now if someone could just teach those FedEx/UPS people how to keep up deliveries when it snows.

petefrt on February 24, 2011 at 8:25 AM

Move to a warmer climate location. Problem solved! ;-)

conservative pilgrim on February 24, 2011 at 8:30 AM

Numerous reports from gas/oil field workers still in the desert and afraid to move. Some have provided GPS coordinates.

I pray they aren’t waiting for Marine One to land and get them out of harms way. The president of Poland sent his state aircraft to ferry out people yesterday. The President of the United States didn’t even notice.

Limerick on February 24, 2011 at 8:31 AM

A scheduling issue? This is the vaunted 3AM call. What the hell is he doing at 3AM?

Kafir on February 24, 2011 at 8:34 AM

We must get used to
A new format of lying.
This one’s a mumbler.

He sips his water,
And his sentences trail off.
He’s not confident.

A guilty liar
Makes a poor White House Spokesman.
He’s too obvious.

Haiku Guy on February 24, 2011 at 8:35 AM

He was too busy choosing which profile best suits him.

pilamaye on February 24, 2011 at 8:36 AM

from the guy who thinks he can ‘save lives’ and money by socializing the whole US healthcare system. He spoke of our ‘shared responsibilities’ with regards to caring for one another, yet cannot find it within himself to get up off his duff, cancel a meeting or two and go to bat for Libyan citizens, nor US citizens that live there. And? When he does….he sends them a slow friggin’ boat to nowhere…The Barry Ferry Express….

perfect….

ted c on February 24, 2011 at 8:40 AM

BBC…

The pilot of Col Gaddafi’s private jet – a Norwegian – has fled Libya, press reports there say. Odd Birger Johansen, 57, flew to Vienna with his wife and daughter after fearing for their lives in Libya.

,,,

“My partner is stuck in the desert and he feels very scared and abandoned. The Chinese landed on the airstrip last night and got all their workers out, why can’t our government do this? The Foreign Office keep saying they can’t give me any information. The camp where my partner is at is running low on food, they’re on rations and are being guarded by a tribe gang, but he doesn’t know how long this will last, and is fearing the worst. I just feel so helpless.”

”’

Gary, who is stranded at an energy plant south of Tripoli, writes: “We are eight Brits, one Canadian and one American. Most of the local staff have left, we have stopped work, but have been told to keep the gas plant running to supply the west of the country with electricity. We had a number of incidents on Wednesday. We had vehicles stolen at knifepoint… Wednesday was the first time in two weeks we had internet access. The phones are in and out, Skype is almost impossible now. Some of us are coping well under the circumstances, but I really do [fear] for my life and that of my colleagues.”

As many as 4,600 Chinese nationals had been evacuated from Libya by Thursday morning, said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Ma Zhaoxu. They were taken variously to the Greek island of Crete, Egypt and home to China.

Limerick on February 24, 2011 at 8:43 AM

“The president is too damn high, er, busy.”

Akzed on February 24, 2011 at 8:45 AM

The Chinese landed on the airstrip last night and got all their workers out, why can’t our government do this?

**facepalm**

ted c on February 24, 2011 at 8:45 AM

Maybe he was in a long meeting with Trumka and Stern.

forest on February 24, 2011 at 8:46 AM

He wants this. He wants oil prices to skyrocket, he wants the US to lose face and be taken down a peg or two. A leader would lead and shove the schedule aside. The Poser-in-chief yawns and ignores it until he feels the US has been damaged and then comes out and votes present.

Beaglemom on February 24, 2011 at 8:47 AM

Jay Carney…….Bwahahahahahahahaha

when you are the dumb one in this group ya got big problems.

roflmao

donabernathy on February 24, 2011 at 8:47 AM

He wants oil prices to skyrocket,

Beaglemom on February 24, 2011 at 8:47 A

Brent crude at $120 in London this morning. West Texas crude jumped $2.68 a barrel overnight.

Limerick on February 24, 2011 at 8:50 AM

If the west wants Gaddaffyduck gone then knock his aircraft out of the sky. The falling embers will tell all those ‘freedom loving’ folks Barry is so concerned about that hope has arrived.

Limerick on February 24, 2011 at 8:52 AM

Maybe the crack White House aides couldn’t find out anything because they were misspelling Lybia (sic) on Google?

Fallon on February 24, 2011 at 8:52 AM

Why is it that European leaders were willing to speak out, even though there were still Europeans in Libya?

No, this was largely spin. Obama is a spectator as the Bush Doctrine seems to be working.

Drained Brain on February 24, 2011 at 8:53 AM

Cut Zero some slack. If he doesn’t see it on Jerry Springer he figures it simply isn’t an Executive Office priority… unless it’s a big development like getting a 3D television or something important.

Where’d you put my Hawaiian Vacation Planner, Moochy ?

You know, right here by the remote control before your skiing junket…

viking01 on February 24, 2011 at 8:53 AM

Carney looks like one of the students in Cabin Boy. “Man oh man do I hate them fancy lads.”

50sGuy on February 24, 2011 at 8:53 AM

Yeah, he’s crazy busy, swamped I tell you. Here’s his schedule for today

http://www.whitehouse.gov/schedule/president

Trafalgar on February 24, 2011 at 8:55 AM

Trafalgar on February 24, 2011 at 8:55 AM

Well done. Deserves post of the day.

Limerick on February 24, 2011 at 8:57 AM

And why is there still no aircraft carrier task force in the Mediterranean? It’s not like North Africa went up in flames 2 days ago, nor haven’t we deployed there before. Surely someone in the national security council has brought up the idea, why hasn’t Dear Liar acted on it?

Gaddaffi has American blood on his hands, it’s entirely appropriate to put a few missiles into wherever he’s hiding out.

rbj on February 24, 2011 at 9:00 AM

Well well well…it seems cash starved Britian has men on the beach….meanwhile the President of the United States is exploring more options.

Now the latest on the ongoing evacuation of the stranded Britons in Libya. The Foreign Office says: “We can confirm that a Royal Air Force C130 Hercules has departed Tripoli with 52 British passengers on board and 13 other entitled passport holders, bound for Malta. A second C130 is deploying to Malta and will be ready to assist as required. HMS Cumberland has docked in Benghazi (navy cruiser)and is currently preparing to carry out the evacuation of British nationals from the port.”

-BBC

Limerick on February 24, 2011 at 9:01 AM

Yeah, he’s crazy busy, swamped I tell you. Here’s his schedule for today

http://www.whitehouse.gov/schedule/president

Trafalgar on February 24, 2011 at 8:55 AM

Oh my goodness. Did you email this to Ed?

And what the heck is Obama doing until 0930? Who starts their business day at 0930 in the morning? Guess those late night parties are catching up with him. Being President is hard.

conservative pilgrim on February 24, 2011 at 9:02 AM

And what the heck is Obama doing until 0930? Who starts their business day at 0930 in the morning?

conservative pilgrim on February 24, 2011 at 9:02 AM

And knocks off work a bit after 3:00 pm, so he can rest up for the Motown Sound shindig later on?

Trafalgar on February 24, 2011 at 9:06 AM

Yeah, he’s crazy busy, swamped I tell you. Here’s his schedule for today

http://www.whitehouse.gov/schedule/president

Trafalgar on February 24, 2011 at 8:55 AM

1:45 pm The President holds a meeting with the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness Eisenhower Executive Office Building, Room 430

Guess who’s on that council?

- Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO.

- Jeffrey Immelt, chief executive of General Electric Co

- Joseph T. Hansen, president of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union

- Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer of Facebook;

- Lewis “Lew” Hay III, chief executive of NextEra Energy Inc (green energy)

darwin on February 24, 2011 at 9:07 AM

BO: Crap, I have to meet with Clinton?
Jay: yessir, tomorrow am.
BO: then I need to make a statement about Libya?
Jay: yessir, tomorrow pm.
BO: Crap, what about my tee time?
Jay: yep, that will need to be rescheduled. Maybe we can fit in your 18 holes with a nice rib dinner with MO, sir?
BO: Crap, I have to have dinner with MO?

and it goes on and on….

jbh45 on February 24, 2011 at 9:07 AM

Limerick on February 24, 2011 at 8:57 AM

Cheers mate!

Trafalgar on February 24, 2011 at 9:09 AM

Maybe we should send him a copy of “Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.” Or, would that be racist?

Pablo Snooze on February 24, 2011 at 9:09 AM

This Carney guy is fun to watch.

DrStock on February 24, 2011 at 9:09 AM

Trafalgar on February 24, 2011 at 9:09 AM

No, no. Pints on me, friend. You nailed him to his own handiwork.

BTW…Speigel reports those three German warships headed south past Malta contain 600 German Marines.

Limerick on February 24, 2011 at 9:12 AM

A governor 700 miles away takes a stand against public sector unions in defense of the taxpayers in his state, and it takes the president all of 12 seconds to make a public statement.

(see also: Stupidly acting Cambridge Police officials)

A murderous dictator overseas, with known terror connections slaughters innocents in the streets by the hundreds, and it’s “Hmmm…I think I can fit in a statement sometime around Tuesday.”

Bruce MacMahon on February 24, 2011 at 9:13 AM

And knocks off work a bit after 3:00 pm, so he can rest up for the Motown Sound shindig later on?

Trafalgar on February 24, 2011 at 9:06 AM

B-b-b-b-but it’s Motown night at the White House! Sheesh, what do you want from the man? He can’t do everything./

Don’t you remember what Obama told the San Diego graduates?

President Obama told the graduates to “tamp down those lofty expectations,” in order to not be greatly disappointed later in life.

Fallon on February 24, 2011 at 9:18 AM

C’mon, give the guy a break. He has class warfare to stoke, taxes to raise, financial obligations to incur… Damn, he’s got a whole country to ruin.

It’s not like there are any union members in Libya or anything anyway, so what’s the big deal.

mr.blacksheep on February 24, 2011 at 9:19 AM

It’s not like there are any union members in Libya or anything anyway, so what’s the big deal.

mr.blacksheep on February 24, 2011 at 9:19 AM

Actually those oilworkers probably are union.

Limerick on February 24, 2011 at 9:21 AM

This one will make the finals for OOTY.

NeighborhoodCatLady on February 24, 2011 at 9:22 AM

Gadaffyduck making radio address now……..

Limerick on February 24, 2011 at 9:22 AM

Col Gaddafi describes the current revolt in the country as a “farce”,

Limerick on February 24, 2011 at 9:23 AM

This one will make the finals for OOTY.

NeighborhoodCatLady on February 24, 2011 at 9:22 AM

Glenn and Stu are mocking it now. Seems one of the scheduling conflicts was his daughter’s basketball game.

petefrt on February 24, 2011 at 9:24 AM

Actually those oilworkers probably are union.

Limerick on February 24, 2011 at 9:21 AM

Probably a few thousand, max. How many fraudulent votes can a few thousand oil workers generate, anyway? Small potatoes when you’re as big a wheel as O’Bama.

mr.blacksheep on February 24, 2011 at 9:26 AM

ROTFLMAO…..Gaddaffyduck claims the opposition is Al Qaeda!

Limerick on February 24, 2011 at 9:29 AM

The problem is Valerie‘s schedule.

gh on February 24, 2011 at 9:37 AM

There is a reason his Blackberry is pretend.

Cindy Munford on February 24, 2011 at 9:38 AM

Limerick on February 24, 2011 at 9:29 AM

The other day I saw that he was blaming radical Islamists. That is certainly a new tact.

Cindy Munford on February 24, 2011 at 9:40 AM

Shortly after saying “you’re responsible for what is happening to your country, be it peace or war. It’s your choice… as long as you’re happy”, and expressing his “condolences to the officers who have died and their children”, Col Gaddafi hangs up

and their children? Sweet Jesus, Mary, Joseph.

Limerick on February 24, 2011 at 9:47 AM

This is just a scheduling issue. The president will meet with Secretary of State Clinton this afternoon. We will have something to say out of that meeting.

Obama: Hey, Hillary, this Gaddafi guy is messing up my date night with Michelle Ma Belle. What’s the coolest awesomest thing I can do to him–blow up a camel or an aspirin factory or the Chinese Embassy? C’mon, Hill, you know about these things!

Oh, by the way, Hill, could you send Bill to whisper sweet nothings to my Press Secretary?

Steve Z on February 24, 2011 at 10:04 AM

Being President is hard.

conservative pilgrim on February 24, 2011 at 9:02 AM

Yes, being president is hard. Playing one is a snap when the media flies low cover for you.

SKYFOX on February 24, 2011 at 10:08 AM

http://www.whitehouse.gov/schedule/president

Starts his day at 9:30am and ends it about 3:30pm. Wow, being President is hard work.

And look at that evening schedule:

The President and the First Lady host music legends and contemporary major artists for “The Motown Sound: In Performance at the White House”; the Vice President and Dr. Biden will also attend

Dr. Biden? Of course you can see why he couldn’t possibly cancel this to meet on US state matters!

I thought Michelle my Belle was off on a ski trip with the kiddies. Maybe Bo has to walk Bo!

katablog.com on February 24, 2011 at 10:14 AM

Aw c’mon! Presidentin’ is hard!

Neo on February 24, 2011 at 10:19 AM

TOTUS is on the blink. Once the technician gets it up and running, and it fits into his schedule Obama will make a statement about world events that threaten America.

katablog.com on February 24, 2011 at 10:30 AM

President is Obusy….

he urgently needs more face time with his mirror…

landlines on February 24, 2011 at 10:33 AM

Starts his day at 9:30am and ends it about 3:30pm. Wow, being President is hard work….

katablog.com on February 24, 2011 at 10:14 AM

Still, I suspect that little Bammie is working harder now than he ever has in his life, and that’s not saying much. This is his first real job.

slickwillie2001 on February 24, 2011 at 10:34 AM

http://www.whitehouse.gov/schedule/president

Trafalgar on February 24, 2011 at 8:55 AM

Thanks for that. This illumination of the truth of how this man/child spends his day should be enough to horrify the world! I love Motown, but why can’t these nincompoops just put the sweet sounds on their Ipods and listen to Smokey while they eat lunch? Wasteful fools. Ed is right…they are using the Magic 8 Ball to govern! Clueless fools. Fools, fools, fools!

redwhiteblue on February 24, 2011 at 10:45 AM

A scheduling issue. Nice one, clown. What could possibly be more important than evacuating our assets and expressing concern for the massive upheaval that’s occurring in the ME right now?!? The Amateur in Chief is just in over his head and they’re all worried about their next celebrity sighting instead of the ISSUES that affect this COUNTRY. I mean, he’s ignoring the economy, ignoring job creation…other than pushing thug union tactics, all the golf courses up there are frozen. What the HELL does this man do with his TIME if he’s no longer outside smoking?!?

Sponge on February 24, 2011 at 10:55 AM

Well here’s one theory why he’s been so quiet…

http://deathby1000papercuts.com/2011/02/obamas-400000-gift-to-gaddafi-kids-malta-turns-away-gaddafi-daughters-plane/

scalleywag on February 24, 2011 at 11:00 AM

and

http://therealbarackobama.wordpress.com/

scalleywag on February 24, 2011 at 11:01 AM

The president of Poland sent his state aircraft to ferry out people yesterday. The President of the United States didn’t even notice.

I’d be more than willing to learn Polish if the President of Poland would come here to be Prez of the USA. Sent his state aircraft to rescue his countrymen/women. What a great guy!!

OTH, there’s Bam-Bam…gettin’ down with Motown. (See http://www.whitehouse.gov/schedule/president posted by Trafalgar on February 24, 2011 at 8:55 AM)

GrannyDee on February 24, 2011 at 11:07 AM

There is no excuse for not getting our citizens out of that God forsaken country. None. And if Mr. President were truly concerned about their well being he should have taken immediate steps to bring them home. His incompetence is stunning, absolutely stunning. No president that I can recall has ever been such a poor leader.

scalleywag on February 24, 2011 at 11:17 AM

No president that I can recall has ever been such a poor leader.
scalleywag on February 24, 2011 at 11:17 AM

Carter is equal to Obama in incompetence, but Jug-ears is way ahead on hatred for America.

SKYFOX on February 24, 2011 at 12:42 PM

That 3 am phone call had to be delayed due to a scheduleing issue. No one breaks in on the man’s scheduled sleep.

AnotherOpinion on February 24, 2011 at 1:02 PM

MuBarak Obama has been a very busy man so cut him some slack. No only has he been plotting with the labor unions, which is a real White House crisis, but he’s been planning a big Motown party too!

OxyCon on February 24, 2011 at 1:23 PM

Remember all the guff that Bush faced for finishing reading to students when 911 happened? He didn’t want to cause a panic and finished on his promise.

djaymick on February 24, 2011 at 2:28 PM

A scheduling issue? This is the vaunted 3AM call. What the hell is he doing at 3AM?

Kafir on February 24, 2011 at 8:34 AM

What, you never heard of lighted golf courses?

chickasaw42 on February 24, 2011 at 4:09 PM

This is the ultimate Twix “need a moment” commercial.

Stormy

StormsWillPass on February 24, 2011 at 8:01 PM

wouldn’t confront me none if jugears kept his piehole shut—the less i hear from him the better.
also, let’s stay out of libya and all the rest. they all hate us, but as usual, when there’s a problem they want us to come solve it. feek ‘em, i say.

devadevadasa on February 25, 2011 at 10:46 AM