Obamateurism of the Day

posted at 8:05 am on March 25, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

As some OOTD fans know, it sometimes gets impossible to keep up with the President on gaffes and missteps. I wanted to add the new Orwellian term for “war” at the White House, kinetic military action, to the pantheon of Obamateurisms today.  Before I had a chance to do so, Barack Obama had already changed the nomenclature again, less than 48 hours later, to time-limited, scope-limited military action, which apparently sounds less, er, kinetic or something. Jay Carney even had the cojones to follow that one up with a demurral, “I’m not going to get into the terminology,” when it seems this administration spent all week doing nothing but get into terminology — as a means to distance themselves from the fact that the US attacked Libya and launched a war.

Jake Tapper at ABC had some fun with his blog post title, “Make Love, Not Time-Limited, Scope-Limited Military Actions,” but it was Rush Limbaugh who might have diagnosed the latest switch, emphasis mine:

I swear, this is surreal.  KMA, kinetic military activity has replaced WTF, (laughing) which is winning the future.  I’m sure you thought it was something else. (laughing) Kick my — has replaced what the — Okay, so I guess we’re to assume it’s not a protest anymore.  It’s a kinetic assembling action.  It’s not a riot. It’s kinetic thuggery action.  It’s not a vacation. It’s kinetic leisure action.  It’s not golf. It’s kinetic ball striking action.  It’s not dancing. It’s kinetic foot action.  It’s not sex.  It’s kinetic Lewinsky. (laughing) I’m not drunk.  I’ve been engaging in kinetic adult beverage action.  It’s not an election.  It’s kinetic voting action.  It’s not radio. It’s kinetic Limbaugh action.  Whatever.  Kinetic means motion.  Military means armed forces.  Action means motion.  Kinetic action, moving motion.  And these are the smartest people in the world.  Well, the reason they can’t say it is because they don’t want to say what it really is.  We all know what it is, but they don’t want to say it.  They don’t want to go on record as saying what this really is, because they’re actually trying to pretend it isn’t anything.

Yes, I’d say an acronym that matches up with “kick my a**” for a military action (of any length and scope) is clearly counterproductive, although one could argue it means “kiss my a**,” which is basically what Obama told Congress by neglecting to consult and gain their approval for his adventure.  It is of a piece with WTF as a domestic policy slogan, which is to say a time-unlimited, scope-unlimited track record of amateurish gaffes.

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Second!

Bishop on March 25, 2011 at 8:07 AM

Well, Cap’n Semantics is also in a time-limited, benefits-limited job right now. The sooner that we expire that time-limit, the better.

ted c on March 25, 2011 at 8:08 AM

how can you top Rush….

heh…

cmsinaz on March 25, 2011 at 8:09 AM

The Obama-Libyan War has a nice ring to it.

coldwarrior on March 25, 2011 at 8:10 AM

and the lsm continues pushing the meme that dear leader with into liyba with a coalition unlike what W did in iraq and afghanistan…delusional or just propping up dear leader or both?

*shaking the head*

cmsinaz on March 25, 2011 at 8:11 AM

http://www.therightscoop.com/glenn-beck-show-march-24-2011/

I hope you had the chance to see beck’s show from yesterday.

Very Illuminating…!!

ted c on March 25, 2011 at 8:13 AM

Lets call it Obama’s unprovoked attack on a small nation that didn’t attack us war.

Caper29 on March 25, 2011 at 8:14 AM

Obama lied terminology died.

Ted Torgerson on March 25, 2011 at 8:15 AM

I was going to suggest “baracks Libyan Hard Weggie” or “baracks Libyan Wet Willie”. And if barack really gets aggressive, he could call it “baracks Libyan Bitch Slap”.

DuctTapeMyBrain on March 25, 2011 at 8:15 AM

Let’s kick his a$$…..out of office.

backwoods conservative on March 25, 2011 at 8:16 AM

ted c on March 25, 2011 at 8:13 AM

will check it out later…Thanks T

cmsinaz on March 25, 2011 at 8:16 AM

Nothing to see here…just another case of Moslem on Moslem violence. /

coldwarrior on March 25, 2011 at 8:16 AM

Stop the music! We have this week’s OOTD.

onlineanalyst on March 25, 2011 at 8:18 AM

cmsinaz; Beck traces clear evidence of a Soros-Sunstein-Kaddafi connection via Kaddafi’s son. It’s very compelling. Please, watch it, share it.

ted c on March 25, 2011 at 8:18 AM

WTF, and KMA… Odamna does this on purpose, like a fifth grader, while scratching his head with his middle finger.

Sheesh… Will there be anything left of our once proud nation when 2012 finally rolls around and we tell him GTFO?

Crusader Rabbit on March 25, 2011 at 8:19 AM

I cannot wait until the Nov. 2012 kinetic electoral action

JetBoy on March 25, 2011 at 8:19 AM

ted c on March 25, 2011 at 8:18 AM

will do

cmsinaz on March 25, 2011 at 8:20 AM

ted c on March 25, 2011 at 8:13 AM

Yep! This is the Soros-Powers-Susstein “Race to the Top.”
The US and other Western nations are merely pawns.

onlineanalyst on March 25, 2011 at 8:21 AM

Obamamare

NoDonkey on March 25, 2011 at 8:22 AM

I cannot wait until the Nov. 2012 kinetic electoral action…

JetBoy on March 25, 2011 at 8:19 AM

Then followed by kinetic border running fleebaggers.

Electrongod on March 25, 2011 at 8:23 AM

I hope you had the chance to see beck’s show from yesterday.

Very Illuminating…!!

ted c on March 25, 2011 at 8:13 AM

I did and it is.

Naturally Curly on March 25, 2011 at 8:24 AM

So for Obama the Presidency is a time-limited non-kinetic position.

Deanna on March 25, 2011 at 8:24 AM

So we have Obama’s domestic policy (WTF) and now his foreign policy strategy (KMA). Brilliant!

Captain KA strikes again.

conservative pilgrim on March 25, 2011 at 8:24 AM

And yet the lefties continue to tell us its Rush who is the crazy one.

TimBuk3 on March 25, 2011 at 8:25 AM

I thought the KMA acronym was entirely appropriate.

Hey Americans, you don’t like the fact that I sent our military into an African civil war with no idea of the goal of the mission, no exit strategy, no clear chain of command, and without consulting Congress? Well KMA, bitter clingers!

AZCoyote on March 25, 2011 at 8:27 AM

We’ve always been at kinetic military action with Eastasia…

The Art of Kinetic Military Action

The United States Army Kinetic Military Action College.

The mind boggles…

turfmann on March 25, 2011 at 8:30 AM

It boggles the mind that his numbers aren’t tanking worse than they are.

OmahaConservative on March 25, 2011 at 8:34 AM

When this action inevitably evolves into a full-fledged boots-on-the-ground mission, they can call it Sustained Tactical Force Utilization. Put THAT on a medal.

CantCureStupid on March 25, 2011 at 8:35 AM

It boggles the mind that his numbers aren’t tanking worse than they are.

OmahaConservative on March 25, 2011 at 8:34 AM

I don’t believe those polls for one single solitary minute.

turfmann on March 25, 2011 at 8:37 AM

From Captain KickA$$ to Kick MY A$$, all in less than a year.

This is progress?

pilamaye on March 25, 2011 at 8:38 AM

why doesn’t he do something to guarantee his re-election? bring our soldiers home from Af/Pak?

kelley in virginia on March 25, 2011 at 8:40 AM

Obama lied terminology intelligence died.

Ted Torgerson on March 25, 2011 at 8:15 AM

Another version.

BuckeyeSam on March 25, 2011 at 8:41 AM

When this action inevitably evolves into a full-fledged boots-on-the-ground mission, they can call it Sustained Tactical Force Utilization.

CantCureStupid on March 25, 2011 at 8:35 AM

Obama has promised us that there will be no boots on the ground in Libya.

Now at some point there might have to be some tactical military footwear in close proximity to terra firma, but that’s completely different.

AZCoyote on March 25, 2011 at 8:42 AM

It’s amazing, simply amazing… Limbaugh that is…

Keemo on March 25, 2011 at 8:44 AM

Those aren’t US soldiers, those are kinetic action facilitators.

Bishop on March 25, 2011 at 8:48 AM

Remember when FDR delivered that stirring speech before a joint session of Congress? The one in which he sought a declaration of time-specific, mission-specific kinetic military action?

Jorge Bonilla on March 25, 2011 at 8:49 AM

My message to the president is this: Government Funded Year.

Patrick S on March 25, 2011 at 8:50 AM

Rush really nailed this one to the wall.

Is there anyone who didn’t immediately think “Kiss My A@@” when they heard “Kinetic Military Action”? Yet somehow it escaped the entire brain trust at the White House.

Looks like they’re sticking with their new motto–WTF!

Naturally Curly on March 25, 2011 at 8:53 AM

Here’s a snippet from Krauthammer’s column today. Brilliant as usual (to you haters out there, no that wasn’t sarc):

And what about that brilliant U.N. resolution?

* Russia’s Vladimir Putin is already calling the Libya operation a medieval crusade.

* China is calling for a cease-fire in place — which would completely undermine the allied effort by leaving Gaddafi in power, his people at his mercy and the country partitioned and condemned to ongoing civil war.

* Brazil joined China in that call for a cease-fire. This just hours after Obama ended his fawning two-day Brazil visit. Another triumph of presidential personal diplomacy.

And how about NATO? Let’s see. As of this writing, Britain wanted the operation to be led by NATO. France adamantly disagreed, citing Arab sensibilities. Germany wanted no part of anything, going so far as to pull four of its ships from NATO command in the Mediterranean. France and Germany walked out of a NATO meeting on Monday, while Norway had planes in Crete ready to go but refused to let them fly until it had some idea who the hell is running the operation. And Turkey, whose prime minister four months ago proudly accepted the Gaddafi International Prize for Human Rights, has been particularly resistant to the Libya operation from the beginning.

MJBrutus on March 25, 2011 at 8:54 AM

So, if we can’t use the term “war” what do we call our soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines?

Warriors is out.

Kinetic Military Action Figures is in?

coldwarrior on March 25, 2011 at 8:54 AM

Operation Look Tough for 2012!

Bozell was on Fox News this am discussing how the old liberal media is trying to change history on little Bammie’s excellent Lybian adventure. They are trying to pass off the lie that ‘President George W. Bush didn’t go to Congress for authorization to invade Iraq, or Afghanistan, etc.’

Of course the last real President we had did exactly that, over a period of weeks and in great detail, and Congress voted for it.

slickwillie2001 on March 25, 2011 at 8:56 AM

Obama has promised us that there will be no boots on the ground in Libya.

Now at some point there might have to be some tactical military footwear in close proximity to terra firma, but that’s completely different.

AZCoyote on March 25, 2011 at 8:42 AM

Yeah, I know there are a couple thousand Marines who can’t wait to hear the sissy euphemism that will be used to describe their mission.

I really loathe this lying sack of a President.

CantCureStupid on March 25, 2011 at 8:57 AM

What is totally sad, but true, is that the Beltway nomenklatura don’t get the joke. They think they’re being clever.

Deluded by the smallness of their intellects.

mr.blacksheep on March 25, 2011 at 9:00 AM

Well, Soros was inside the WH and he had the keys; O is just for side show, tho we all knew that.

Face it people…Obama (with us tagging along and helping out) are helping establish the Islamist Caliphate. Anti-Christ? You betcha!

ProudPalinFan on March 25, 2011 at 9:06 AM

War: kill things, break stuff.

Dandapani on March 25, 2011 at 9:09 AM

Don’t y’all know? They’re smarter and they care more than average Americans.

kingsjester on March 25, 2011 at 9:11 AM

WTF. KMA.

obaka, STFU and GTHO

ladyingray on March 25, 2011 at 9:13 AM

It’s not even so much that Dear Liar is an amateur, those of us who actually had a clue picked up on that early on. But the 53% who voted for him, and the media who covered for him are now utterly exposed as idiots.

rbj on March 25, 2011 at 9:14 AM

KMA could not possibly stand for “Kick My A==” The only A== that Obama kicks is that of businesses, and then he has to figure out exactly which A– to kick.

kringeesmom on March 25, 2011 at 9:15 AM

The War of Obamic Aggression

ya2daup on March 25, 2011 at 9:32 AM

why didn’t he just go straight to ‘Let’s Overthrow Libya’?

Sideout on March 25, 2011 at 9:38 AM

The White House Gift Shop now sells Kinetic GI Joe Dolls, right next to the Kinetic Golfing Barry Dolls and the Kinetic FLOTUS Butt Dolls.

Yoop on March 25, 2011 at 9:38 AM

I can’t even begin to express my anger, and fear at what this boob is doing to this country. What angers me even more is, with all the evidence we have now…there are still the idiots, and not just the poor and ignorant, or those lacking even a smidge of knowledge or desire when it comes to politics, and their country…but at the alleged media. I won’t even give them validity to be called the press, or journalists. They’re not. They are simply willing puppets, to kiss O’s arse, and do his bidding for him. They don’t give a sh!t about this country. It’s all about party and ideology for them…and that makes them very dangerous.

capejasmine on March 25, 2011 at 9:48 AM

Obama can change all the wording he wants.

Just give me a one-term kinetic President!

Rovin on March 25, 2011 at 9:49 AM

Can anyone explain exactly when the idiot independents are going to wise up to this guy? How much of this kind of Marxist crap are they going to swallow without questioning? It is baffling!

csdeven on March 25, 2011 at 10:07 AM

Impeach zero now.

dragondrop on March 25, 2011 at 10:10 AM

Actually, the military does use “kinetic” to distinguish between fighting and, say, PsyOps.

But Obama is using the word to obfuscate, to impress, and to distract.

njcommuter on March 25, 2011 at 10:19 AM

It’s not about finding who’s @$$ to kick. It’s about finding who’s @$$ to kinetically engage.

MNHawk on March 25, 2011 at 10:24 AM

The White House needs an enema.

This is just so sad it makes me weep for my country.

Sponge on March 25, 2011 at 10:27 AM

There is a Constitutional remedy to all of this. Who is going to get the ball rolling?

BetseyRoss on March 25, 2011 at 10:47 AM

Kiss my a$$. Definitely. Whilst Winning The Future, of course.

Pablo Snooze on March 25, 2011 at 11:16 AM

Ed (and Rush), you meanies.

Don’t you guys know it took nearly a whole week, a d*mn whole week, for the supersmart WH staff to come up with KMA?

Just like WTF, the KMA killed within 24 hrs!

/WH Obama team: “Doubling attacks on Palin and Limbaugh!”

Sir Napsalot on March 25, 2011 at 11:30 AM

I’m still amazed we call this Jug-Eared Empty-Suit “Mr. President”.

Tim_CA on March 25, 2011 at 12:06 PM

It’s not dope sniffing, it’s kinetic mind enhancing action.

Dopes are in charge. Period.

Schadenfreude on March 25, 2011 at 12:41 PM

The Obama-Libyan War has a nice ring to it.

coldwarrior on March 25, 2011 at 8:10 AM

The War on Libya.

Christien on March 25, 2011 at 1:07 PM

In the ad biz, a KMA is a freebie for the client — whether it’s a banner for his kid’s birthday party, an ad for his wife’s favorite charity gala, or business cards for his son-in-law’s new venture — it still means kiss my ass.

cheeflo on March 25, 2011 at 1:32 PM

While it may be more comfortable and self-indulgent to laugh at D’OHbama and view this just another sign of his overall incompetence, you might consider the obama has accomplished exactly what he set out to do:
He has shown that he can – at any time he so desires, on a whim – start lobbing cruise missiles at any country he so desires. And he can do it in violation of the Constitution and without congressional approval. Without even consulting congress at all, for that matter. And in defiance of congressional will and the will of the public.
And that a flaccid congress and an ignorant public will allow him to get away with it. Yes, they’ll whine and snivel and write scathing editorials and blog posts – which will be resoundingly ignored by obama and his little cabal.

Obama absolutely loathes America and the American people (moreso even than England, who imprisoned his grandfather, the mau-mau terrorist) – and he wishes nothing so much as to bring America down to the level of second- or even third-world countries.
He may, indeed, be a buffoon – but he is a psychopathic buffoon on a mission of destruction.

Solaratov on March 25, 2011 at 1:49 PM

LET’S MOVE GET KINETIC!!

ziggyville on March 25, 2011 at 1:57 PM

The White House Gift Shop now sells Kinetic GI Joe Dolls, right next to the Kinetic Golfing Barry Dolls and the Kinetic FLOTUS Butt Dolls.

Yoop 9:38 AM

And the Bradford Exchange offers the limited edition Kinetic Michelle Obama Figurine with real Swarovski Crystals, handcrafted in China, no doubt.

ziggyville on March 25, 2011 at 2:07 PM

Barack Obama had already changed the nomenclature again, less than 48 hours later, to time-limited, scope-limited military action, which apparently sounds less, er, kinetic or something.

YGBSM (You Gotta Be $hittin’ Me)

Will our troops that are killed, only be dead for a “scope limited, time limited” time, or will they be dead forever?

The President is asking/ordering our troops to fight and die to accomplish what?

Team Obama! They put the K in Kwality!

DSchoen on March 25, 2011 at 3:46 PM

Kinetic Military Action Figures is in?
coldwarrior on March 25, 2011 at 8:54 AM

Under this President? Fodder!

DSchoen on March 25, 2011 at 3:48 PM

How can anyone consider this amateurish?

Obama has shown himself to be extremely professional at Kinetic Verbal Obfuscation Action.

Siddhartha Vicious on March 25, 2011 at 7:22 PM

Truly impressive. You realize he could have referred to it as a Limited Military Action and no one would have turned a hair. Now, he just looks ridiculous.

tom on March 25, 2011 at 10:26 PM

Do we now have a terminology czar? Who is it in the WH staff that keeps coming up with this cr#p. Pass me another adult beverage, will ya.

Kissmygrits on March 25, 2011 at 10:26 PM