Obamateurism of the Day

posted at 8:05 am on March 31, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Barack Obama wants America to know that this country can’t move forward on just slogans and gimmicks. No, he wasn’t speaking ironically at the Congressional Correspondent’s Dinner, but as Conservatives 4 Palin notes, he went off of his TelePrompter to try to zing Sarah Palin on “drill, baby, drill.” Unfortunately, Obama’s practically the poster child for the ills he decries:

But here’s the thing – we’ve been down this road before. Remember, it was just three years ago that gas prices topped $4 a gallon. I remember because I was in the middle of a Presidential campaign. Working folks haven’t forgotten that. It hit a lot of people pretty hard. But it was also the height of political season, so you had a lot of slogans and gimmicks and outraged politicians waving three-point-plans for two-dollar gas – you remember that-’drill, baby,drill’-we were going through all that. And none of it would really do anything to solve the problem. There was a lot of hue and cry, a lot of fulminating and hand wringing, but nothing actually happened. Imagine that in Washington. The truth is, none of these slogans made a bit of difference.

So the man who got elected almost entirely on the basis of one slogan — Hope and Change — and whose economic policies consist of one gimmick after another (Porkulus, Cash for Clunkers, short-term homebuyer credits) now warns us about “slogans and gimmicks”? Isn’t Obama Exhibit A for that warning?

Oh, and by the way … the utterly trite “drilling won’t solve the problem” is a slogan, too, and a lot more empty than “drill, baby, drill.”

Update: I can’t believe I missed this, but Obama is griping about empty slogans while standing in front of a “Winning The Future” backdrop. Thanks to commenter FlipFlop for pointing that out.

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…but nothing actually happened. Imagine that in Washington. The truth is, none of these slogans made a bit of difference.

Drilling didn’t happen and $2 gas wasn’t seen because YOU won. Imagine that.

Electrongod on March 31, 2011 at 8:10 AM

He’s full of it. The moment GWB opened up the oil leases off the US Coasts the price of oil started dropping. And it would do so again, if the Moron-in-Chief had any brains.

JimK on March 31, 2011 at 8:12 AM

Energy Policy + National Security + Job Creation

Inextricably linked. Now known as The Palin Doctrine.

NoNails on March 31, 2011 at 8:14 AM

What Goes Around – - -

TimBuk3 on March 31, 2011 at 8:14 AM

In the transition from H&C to WTF, what could possibly go right? Barry FTW. /NOT

Yoop on March 31, 2011 at 8:16 AM

Don’t forget Winning the Future!

Disturb the Universe on March 31, 2011 at 8:16 AM

Our slogan-in-chief has spoken

Beaglemom on March 31, 2011 at 8:17 AM

Drill, baby, drill is the perfect slogan anytime. It’s never smart to import stuff is here.

Cindy Munford on March 31, 2011 at 8:18 AM

And the sad thing is that, had we actually started exploiting known reserves back then, the prospect of a large future supply would be tamping down the so-called “speculative” activity now, and so our prices at the pump probably would be quite a bit lower.

mr.blacksheep on March 31, 2011 at 8:22 AM

Not a very friendly crowd. Notice how he pauses anticipating applause that never comes. Sad-O

Key West Reader on March 31, 2011 at 8:25 AM

Oh, and by the way … the utterly trite “drilling won’t solve the problem” is a slogan, too, and a lot more empty than “drill, baby, drill.”

consider the source.

ted c on March 31, 2011 at 8:26 AM

Resign baby, resign!

Rovin on March 31, 2011 at 8:26 AM

Drill, baby, drill is the perfect slogan anytime. It’s never smart to import stuff is here.

Cindy Munford on March 31, 2011 at 8:18 AM

I wouldn’t say that. It’s smart to import something you already have if the total cost of importing it is less than the total cost of getting it locally.
Of course, by total cost, I mean you have to figure in the nebulous but significant cost of enriching despots.

Count to 10 on March 31, 2011 at 8:26 AM

He’s full of it. The moment GWB opened up the oil leases off the US Coasts the price of oil started dropping. And it would do so again, if the Moron-in-Chief had any brains.

JimK on March 31, 2011 at 8:12 AM

Exactly. We don’t have to actually get our own resources out of the ground to bring prices down, all we have to do is start exploring for oil and our suppliers will drop their price to get us to stop. Whomever the GOP nominee is should pound this point home every chance she gets.

Kafir on March 31, 2011 at 8:26 AM

He says all this while standing in front of a wall with his WTF slogan all over it. WTF indeed.

pappy on March 31, 2011 at 8:27 AM

So the man who got elected almost entirely on the basis of one slogan — Hope and Change

in addition to his supposed greatness and smartness through the alleged authorship of his ‘auto’biography….

the weight of the evidence against both his past, the present record, as well as his future performance is becoming increasingly clear.

ted c on March 31, 2011 at 8:28 AM

Didn’t HE come up with the check the tire air pressure as a quick solution? I recall his Kool Aide drinking fans were giving away tire gauges.

Wish we also had a daily “What If Bush Had Done This Ism.)

Dingbat63 on March 31, 2011 at 8:29 AM

I’m ready for an Obamamobile. It’ll be awesome.

You drive down the road and you have a bag of sticks and rocks and orange peels and potato peels and mulch and dog poo and as you drive, you insert the sticks and rocks and orange peels and potato peels and mulch and dog poo into the dashboard which doubles as a gas tank, and away we go!

Yes We Can WTF!

Key West Reader on March 31, 2011 at 8:30 AM

So says the man who thinks releasing oil from our Strategic Petroleum Reserve is the answer to our energy woes.

pain train on March 31, 2011 at 8:32 AM

There is no question that Palin is living in the ObaMao head rent free when he has to inject a snark about “Drill, Baby, Drill.” The message resonated with the public, and he knows it.

Ask this clown why he told Brazil to “Drill, Baby, Drill.”

onlineanalyst on March 31, 2011 at 8:36 AM

The dude makes fun of slogans and gimmicks while standing in front of a backdrop that says “Winning The Future”. *facepalm*

flipflop on March 31, 2011 at 8:37 AM

Don’t forget the slogan “Yes We CAN!” repeated in chant form like a mantra and converted to the pompous Seal of the Office of the President-Elect as “vero possimus.”
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Now we find out the he eschews Congressional consensus for military action because the UN said he could. People need to wake up and pay attention.

ExpressoBold on March 31, 2011 at 8:42 AM

The dude makes fun of slogans and gimmicks while standing in front of a backdrop that says “Winning The Future”. *facepalm* flipflop on March 31, 2011 at 8:37 AM

Soon they’ll just use the acronym. WTF is most fitting for this tool.

Dingbat63 on March 31, 2011 at 8:43 AM

I also blame John McVain for being the deciding vote to block opening ANWR in a futile attempt to pander to the enviro-nuts. As if they would vote for him solely on that basis regardless of the (R ) after his name.

All else remaining the same, we could be inching towards $3.50 now instead of $4/gal.

AH_C on March 31, 2011 at 8:45 AM

Yesterday, powerlineblog’s John Hinderaker provided a dandy summary of how ObaMao lies with statistics in re to our energy policy. Of particular interest is how the 2%/25% Big Lie contorts the reality. (Save this one to refute the Green Weenie’s arguments.)
http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2011/03/028724.php

President Talking Points cannot go off prompter when it comes to energy issues because he doesn’t have a clue, and GE (as well as other “Green Technologies”)owns him.

onlineanalyst on March 31, 2011 at 8:45 AM

They don’t call it an Obamateurism for nuthin’!

pilamaye on March 31, 2011 at 8:46 AM

Count to 10 on March 31, 2011 at 8:26 AM

I understand what you are saying but it’s hard for me to believe that it would ever be cheaper to import oil to be refined here. Shipping alone is an unnecessary expense. I’m still in shock that unions have made the steel industry cheaper as an import.

Cindy Munford on March 31, 2011 at 8:46 AM

LOL, Palin lives in this guys head 24/7…

Keemo on March 31, 2011 at 8:46 AM

The Wrecking Ball is right!!!!

he said: “drilling won’t solve the problem….”

100% correct if you’re in the backpocket of GE and you want everyone driving electric powered/government monitored/controlled vehicles.

PappyD61 on March 31, 2011 at 8:47 AM

“drilling won’t solve the problem”

…windmills,bio-fuels,and batteries sure haven’t solved anything.Just look at the current energy and food costs.

But only a liberal would be stupid enough to believe that America cultivating it’s own resources of Oil,Natural Gas,and Coal won’t solve the problem of the high demand and cost of the resources we have to import.

Of course Obama’s concern is not with energy independence,it’s with lining the pockets of the GE’s out there that pump so much money and influence back his way.

Baxter Greene on March 31, 2011 at 8:47 AM

The astounding thing to me, is that he says all this crap while not acknowledging two VERY important fact;
1: HIS administration is bungling the middle east, shutting down oil production HERE while giving BRAZIL $2 BILLION to increase THEIR oils production, and
2: He has been President for more than 2 YEARS! What the he’ll has he been doing while fuel costs have been skyrocketing?!?!?

It really is as if he thinks we don’t realize he’s already WON the Presidency!!!!

KMC1 on March 31, 2011 at 8:47 AM

Did y’all see the part of his speech where he went off TOTUS and insulted Georgetown University instead of the intended D.C.? I guess he is trying to ween himself too quickly.

Cindy Munford on March 31, 2011 at 8:48 AM

There’s a strong contender for the Elaine Benes Lack of Self-Awaremess Award.

franksalterego on March 31, 2011 at 8:48 AM

Another Kinetic WTF moment recorded for posterity.

percysunshine on March 31, 2011 at 8:48 AM

Imagine: 2012 Presidential Debate…….

Obama trots out “Drill Baby Drill” as a snarky.

Palin looks at him and says in Portugese (the language of Brazil) “”Drill Baby Drill”, is what you were happy to tell the people of Brazil just last year.”

PappyD61 on March 31, 2011 at 8:52 AM

Are his dumb@$$ voters asking him what his plan is, that’s going to be more than just a slogan?

MNHawk on March 31, 2011 at 8:55 AM

you remember that-’drill, baby,drill’-we were going through all that. And none of it would really do anything to solve the problem.

…plus…how does Obama know it won’t help solve the problem,Palin’s “drill,baby,drill” policy was not enacted.

Obama has actually done just the opposite which has also cost America tens of thousands of jobs.

If Obama thinks the “drill,baby,drill” is a such a bad idea….then why did he go to Brazil with our taxpayer money…and push “drill,Brazil,drill”??????

One thing is certain…if we had started drilling over a decade ago when liberals were whining about “it won’t help for 10 years”…we would have the energy independence and lower prices that Obama talks about…but does not deliver.

Baxter Greene on March 31, 2011 at 8:56 AM

Scooter says whatever is politically expedient at the time.

kingsjester on March 31, 2011 at 9:08 AM

In a UK Telegraph commentary by James Delingpole, the author lists ten reasons why the Libya adventure is wrong and foolish. This one hits home in re to the idiocy of biofuels as the wave of future energy independence and its contradictions in terms of being humanitarians:

10. If, according to President Obama, Libya was a “looming humanitarian disaster” that would have “stained our conscience”, how come similar rules don’t apply to his biofuels policy which may be responsible for as many as 200,000 Third World deaths per year? Here is a genuine problem (see this paper by Indur Goklany) which could be solved without costly military action and bring about a guaranteed happy outcome.

Increased production of biofuels increases the price of food worldwide by diverting crops and cropland from feeding people to feeding motor vehicles. Higher food prices, in turn, condemn more people to chronic hunger and “absolute poverty” (defined as income less than $1.25 per day). But hunger and poverty are leading causes of premature death and excess disease worldwide. Therefore, higher biofuel production would increase death and disease.

Research by the World Bank indicates that the increase in biofuels production over 2004 levels would push more than 35 million additional people into absolute poverty in 2010 in developing countries. Using statistics from the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr. Indur Goklany estimates that this would lead to at least 192,000 excess deaths per year, plus disease resulting in the loss of 6.7 million disability-adjusted life-years (DALYs) per year. These exceed the estimated annual toll of 141,000 deaths and 5.4 million lost DALYs that the World Health Organization attributes to global warming. Thus, developed world policies intended to mitigate global warming probably have increased death and disease in developing countries rather than reducing them. Goklany also notes that death and disease from poverty are a fact, whereas death and disease from global warming are hypothetical.

Thus, the biofuel remedy for global warming may be worse than the disease it purports to alleviate.

onlineanalyst on March 31, 2011 at 9:09 AM

Similar s#it
Same As$hole

How’s that for a slogan?

darwin-t on March 31, 2011 at 9:09 AM

Making empty suits look bad.

NeighborhoodCatLady on March 31, 2011 at 9:10 AM

The dems have been saying this same thing for decades. They also like to point out it would take 10 yrs before any oil is drilled, transported, refined and sold to consumers so it won’t stop the hurt at the pump today. If we had drilled more 30 to 40 yrs ago and built more refineries, we wouldn’t be in this pain now.

Kissmygrits on March 31, 2011 at 9:16 AM

Of course, by total cost, I mean you have to figure in the nebulous but significant cost of enriching despots.

Count to 10 on March 31, 2011 at 8:26 AM

And, let’s not forget funding terrorists (something T. Boone Pickens reminds politicians frequently, to no avail).

DrMagnolias on March 31, 2011 at 9:19 AM

Making empty suits look bad.

NeighborhoodCatLady on March 31, 2011 at 9:10 AM

Obo makes invisible suits look bad.

Shy Guy on March 31, 2011 at 9:23 AM

I loathe that man.

coldwarrior on March 31, 2011 at 9:29 AM

I loathe that man.

coldwarrior on March 31, 2011 at 9:29 AM

But he makes it so easy to loathe him!

turfmann on March 31, 2011 at 9:34 AM

Whether he is on TOTUS. Or off. TOTUS. Obama’s speech rhythms. Are annoying. To me. I also find. His. Constant lying annoying.

redwhiteblue on March 31, 2011 at 9:39 AM

To quote the awesomely awesome Snoopy, “Bleahhhhhh!”

ladyingray on March 31, 2011 at 9:45 AM

impeach, baby, impeach!

tinkerthinker on March 31, 2011 at 9:48 AM

He’s right. Slogans and such won’t work. But if he’d opened his mind, and allowed for more drilling 2 years ago, we’d be way ahead of the game now. But nope. He’s continued to shoot first, then assess the blame on others later.

And now… I am really beginning to wonder. I’d read a piece a few weeks back, about the economy. Not on this site mind you. lol But the accusation was made. How deep are Dems hands in helping to destroy our own economy? Seems plausible in the way….things were fine and Obama and McCain were virtually tied. Knowing Obama could win on the economy, when the issue of the day back then were the wars in Iraq, and Afghanistan…. just how desperate were Dems to have Obutthead win?

It keeps me up at night wondering.

capejasmine on March 31, 2011 at 10:15 AM

Whether he is on TOTUS. Or off. TOTUS. Obama’s speech rhythms. Are annoying. To me. I also find. His. Constant lying annoying.

redwhiteblue on March 31, 2011 at 9:39 AM

Agree with you 100%, along with that sibilant s.

Every time Odumbo speaks, I want to rip my ears off.

GrannyDee on March 31, 2011 at 10:18 AM

He denounced “drill, baby, drill” and just a few sentences later claims that he got the message and implemented it.

Heh.

unclesmrgol on March 31, 2011 at 10:38 AM

“The Smartest Man in the World” can’t figure out that if we’d “drilled baby drilled” two years ago, we wouldn’t be facing the oil prices we are right now.

So much for Barry’s “intelligence”.

GarandFan on March 31, 2011 at 10:51 AM

I have to thank all of you for watching this guy and lending your comments. I can’t watch him. I haven’t seen him speak in months. Can’t do it. Won’t do it.

I shouldn’t feel this way about the President of the United States…

pugwriter on March 31, 2011 at 11:03 AM

The greatest problem in the U.S. today is the lack of truthtelling about lies. Obama stands up everday and lies and no one calls him out on his lies.

The only time Obama told the truth.
I will make sure that energy cost will skyrocket.
I will control health care for everyone.
I will invest in failed EU policies.
I will deny innnercity school children the chance of a good quality education.
I will raise taxes on anyone who tries to better themselves.
I will regulate anyone who sells a taco or hotdog in the U.S.
I will take anyone who disagrees with me to court.

Lest I rant.
Obama is a liar when he is doing exactly what he wants and at the same time tells the American people just the opposite.

And all this time no one has the sense to call Obama a liar.
Obama is anti energy.
Obama is anti good education.
Obama is anti jobs.
Obama is anti affordable food.

And yet all this time no one calls Obama the liar he is.

TomLawler on March 31, 2011 at 11:20 AM

LMAO….!

WTF….!

Tim_CA on March 31, 2011 at 11:25 AM

can we believe he is a total hypocrite?

yes, we can!

sarainitaly on March 31, 2011 at 11:30 AM

Isn’t Obama Exhibit A for that warning?

I thought he was change we can believe in?

sarainitaly on March 31, 2011 at 11:33 AM

Whether he is on TOTUS. Or off. TOTUS. Obama’s speech rhythms. Are annoying. To me. I also find. His. Constant lying annoying.

redwhiteblue on March 31, 2011 at 9:39 AM

gawd, i agree! bugs!

he is not the one i have been waiting for.

sarainitaly on March 31, 2011 at 11:35 AM

Another day, another act of stupidity. Obama is the man of many slogans and logos. OFA, hope and change, yes we can, and on and on. He made all his campaign appearances standing in front of different backdrops with different slogans. Now he has WTF and I’m sure he thinks it’s a clever play on words. After all, he sold t-shirts on his website after Biden said signing Obamacare was a BFD. Despicable behavior for our CinC.

GrannySunni on March 31, 2011 at 11:37 AM

The truth is, none of these slogans made a bit of difference.

I am absolutely certain that generations from now, we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment when we began to provide care for the sick and good jobs to the jobless; this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal; this was the moment when we ended a war and secured our nation and restored our image as the last, best hope on Earth.

how’s that working out so far?

sarainitaly on March 31, 2011 at 11:38 AM

His next speech will be a stinging indictment of over dependence on the teleprompter.

RDuke on March 31, 2011 at 11:40 AM

Well, he said there was “a lot of hue and cry,” which is incorrect usage. There was “a hue and cry” is the proper structure of that expression.

tanarg on March 31, 2011 at 11:45 AM

Howie over at Jawa Report (http://www.jawareport.mu.nu/) links a piece by Jen Rubin:

Obama’s jaw-dropping hypocrisy on energy

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/right-turn/post/obamas_jaw_dropping_hypocrisy_on_energy/2011/03/29/AF2iDI2B_blog.html

novaculus on March 31, 2011 at 11:55 AM

Take note of Obama’s use of the standard deceptive argument: If developing our own energy resources won’t solve the problem, well then, there is no reason to develop those resources at all. Even if the development would substantially reduce the problem.

This guy is so used to talking to liberals and Democrats, he thinks everyone is just as stupid as they are.

novaculus on March 31, 2011 at 11:58 AM

HERE’S ONE OF OBAMA’S “GIMMICKS” FROM BACK THEN:
Obama Insists Inflating Tires Better Than Oil Drilling
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=akjXqfvLu28

StewartIII on March 31, 2011 at 12:18 PM

“I don’t believe the votes are here in the Congress to support opening ANWR to drilling and development, and I really don’t think that opening ANWR is a real solution to any of the energy needs we have here over the next eight or 10 years.” — Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D.-N.M.) on May 1, 2001

Haiku Guy on March 31, 2011 at 1:38 PM

But it was also the height of political season, so you had a lot of slogans and gimmicks and outraged politicians waving three-point-plans for two-dollar gas – you remember that-’drill, baby,drill’-we were going through all that.

President Bush lifted the drilling embargo in July 2008, and by early 2009 we had $1.85 gasoline, thanks to the stampede mentality of the oil-futures market. Stampedes may seem stupid, but at least Dubya the Cowboy knew how to start a stampede in the right direction.

But SmartPower(TM) can’t bring himself to repeat the “failed policies of the past” even if they succeed.

Try it, you’ll like it !!!

Steve Z on March 31, 2011 at 3:04 PM

this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal;

Tell that to the people of northeastern Japan.

this was the moment when we ended started a war and secured our nation and restored our image as the last, best hope dope on Earth.

FIFY, Barry.

Steve Z on March 31, 2011 at 3:08 PM

Whomever the GOP nominee is should pound this point home every chance she gets.

Kafir on March 31, 2011 at 8:26 AM

I don’t know if your “she” is the same as my “she”, but either “she” will do against President Tire Pump.

SKYFOX on March 31, 2011 at 3:50 PM

Pump prices have doubled under Obama.

Schadenfreude on March 31, 2011 at 4:44 PM