Obamateurism of the Day

posted at 8:05 am on April 6, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

After Barack Obama’s 2012 campaign launch, many commented on the lack of enthusiasm shown even by those featured in his ad — and that Obama didn’t bother to show up in his own spot.  There’s a reason for that, Obama told listeners on a conference call Monday night.  He doesn’t have time to get people enthused, so they need to do it themselves:

“I’m going to need you even more this time than last time,” he said, echoing the themes of Messina’s PowerPoint presentation to big donors. “I can’t spend 24 hours a day campaigning like I did in ‘07 and ’08.”

Why can’t he spend 24 hours a day campaigning, like he did the last time?  Presumably, it’s because he has an important job now.  But, er, Obama had a pretty important job then, too — as a US Senator.  In fact, as Jim Geraghty reminded us yesterday, that’s been a particular pattern for Obama in his political career:

This means in the 10 years between November 2002 and November 2012, Obama will have been a declared candidate for higher office or presidential reelection for 67 of those 120 months, almost 56 percent.

It’s good of Obama to admit that he played hooky for two of the four whole years he served in the Senate in order to run 24/7 for President, but anyone who has paid attention in the last two years won’t be surprised in the least to hear Obama leave it to others to do his work.  Whether it comes to budgets, stimulus packages, his own health-care overhaul objective, or war against Libya, Obama’s really only interested in starting projects, and usually can’t be found when the heavy lifting starts.

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Obama’s really only interested in starting projects, and usually can’t be found when the heavy lifting starts

ADD?

cmsinaz on April 6, 2011 at 8:10 AM

“I can’t spend 24 hours a day campaigning like I did in ‘07 and ’08.”

it’s the only thing he knows how to do….

have teleprompter, will campaign

cmsinaz on April 6, 2011 at 8:11 AM

Par for the course.

OmahaConservative on April 6, 2011 at 8:12 AM

Jive talking failure

AH_C on April 6, 2011 at 8:13 AM

It’s to cute when he pretends to be working. Just like a real grownup.

Dee2008 on April 6, 2011 at 8:13 AM

I hope he VACATIONS 24/7 for the next 2 years!!!

PappyD61 on April 6, 2011 at 8:16 AM

Why can’t he spend 24 hours a day campaigning, like he did the last time?

Golf and Vacations? Just a guess. I mean really, Ed, a guy has to relax…

dogsoldier on April 6, 2011 at 8:17 AM

I can’t spend 24 hours a day campaigning like I did in ‘07 and ’08 ’cause voting “Present” nowadays really wears me out, ya know.

There. Fixored.

apostic on April 6, 2011 at 8:17 AM

Obama’s really only interested in starting projects, and usually can’t be found when the heavy lifting starts.

You can add ADHD to his passive-agressive narcissistic personality…

ladyingray on April 6, 2011 at 8:19 AM

Barry….. only in it for Barry

roflmao

donabernathy on April 6, 2011 at 8:20 AM

Obama isn’t going to find much enthusiasm on facebook. The comments on this article are priceless!
http://www.mercurynews.com/business/ci_17777433?nclick_check=1

ctmom on April 6, 2011 at 8:21 AM

ctmom on April 6, 2011 at 8:21 AM

indeed…

cmsinaz on April 6, 2011 at 8:26 AM

He really sux at this presidenting, doesn’t he?

OmahaConservative on April 6, 2011 at 8:29 AM

“I can’t spend 24 hours a day campaigning like I did in ‘07 and ’08.”(and ’09, ’10 & ’11)

50sGuy on April 6, 2011 at 8:29 AM

When Obama ran for president, Axelrod, Ploffe and his other handlers told him he’d never have to do any hard work — all he had to do was just be the first African-American president, and anything he commanded to occur would happen, because anyone opposing him would be branded a racist and either humiliated into silence or turned into a social pariah. The contract was he lends his skin color, others do the grunt work to get all the left’s pet programs passed via Obama’s near-deity status, and in exchange they give Obama most of the final credit.

There was never any deal where he was going to have to do hard work, and it doesn’t matter that the two Daves’ game plan to Alinskyfying all of his and their opponents hasn’t worked – a deal’s a deal, and Obama’s not going to work any harder than how hard he was promised he was going to have to work (i.e., not at all) when he signed up for the gig four years ago, even if things are collapsing all around him.

jon1979 on April 6, 2011 at 8:34 AM

Campaign.

It is what a community organizer does.

Use other people’s money, demand other people’s time, to try to convince people to do what you think they need to do, and they pay you for the privilege. No heavy lifting required. No attention to detail necessary. If things go wrong, you can easily blame others for being obstructionists.

It is all Obama knows how to do. It is all he has ever done.

Just a glorified con man, shakedown artist, with a law degree, who is clean and articulate, and people love him, so long as they get free stuff.

Why expect him to change? Change is for chumps.

coldwarrior on April 6, 2011 at 8:38 AM

I’m still giddy that Paul Ryan stole Mr. President’s thunder! I’d say Ryan for president except that I think he’s needed more right where he’s at.

scalleywag on April 6, 2011 at 8:40 AM

As an Illinois resident that was the FIRST thing I thought of when I read that quote. Gee, thanks Obama for representing me so well!

Even when he was a state senator he didn’t do a whole lot. It was when he wanted to run for US Senate that he got Emil Jones to let him (Obama) his name as sponsor of lots of legislation, to pad his pitiful resume.

I still can’t believe how many people were snookered into thinking he could do anything and that he was fit to be president.

lizzieillinois on April 6, 2011 at 8:40 AM

jon1979 on April 6, 2011 at 8:34 AM

You nailed it!

50sGuy on April 6, 2011 at 8:41 AM

This means in the 10 years between November 2002 and November 2012, Obama will have been a declared candidate for higher office or presidential reelection for 67 of those 120 months, almost 56 percent.

he’s like a bottle of Heinz Ketchup……anticipation….

ted c on April 6, 2011 at 8:42 AM

The fools in Illinois never missed him as a senator.

The fools of the world never missed him while he campaigned 100% since he’s beenn president.

The world will never miss him.

He’s been campaigning ever since he knew what it means to be a charlatan. Was, is, will always be the same.

The fools are those who believe otherwise.

Schadenfreude on April 6, 2011 at 8:42 AM

…and usually can’t be found when the heavy lifting starts.

Which, of course, is the definition of a Freeloader.

Why are we not surprised?

franksalterego on April 6, 2011 at 8:44 AM

The Whine doesn’t like work, it’s a four letter word.

rbj on April 6, 2011 at 8:44 AM

usually can’t be found when the heavy lifting starts

Usually off in the shadows checking the direction of the wind.

petefrt on April 6, 2011 at 8:48 AM

I don’t know why we’re expecting so much out of a community organizer!!! THis is exactly what community organizers do, they perceive problems and get someone else to deal with them. If they could do more, they would be something else. They never really learn what it takes to get something done because they’ve already moved on trying to find another problem.

bflat879 on April 6, 2011 at 8:56 AM

Obama’s really only interested in starting projects, and usually can’t be found when the heavy lifting starts.

Funny, that’s the same thing that his peers on the Harvard Law Review said about him. He wanted to be president of that because he liked the title and the perks, but when it came to doing the actual work, he was never around. He’d come in for a few minutes, order people to do stuff, then say he was going to “work from home” and leave. One editor said Barry seemed to think his very presence in the Review’s office (as brief as it was) was some sort of gift to the others.

So it’s just business as usual for Barry. He’s a lazy narcissist, just like he’s always been. Too bad we didn’t have anything like an objective media to find this stuff out and report on it before 2008.

AZCoyote on April 6, 2011 at 8:56 AM

Whether it comes to budgets, stimulus packages, his own health-care overhaul objective, or war against Libya, Obama’s really only interested in starting projects, and usually can’t be found when the heavy lifting starts.

or, of course, Golf!

Dollayo on April 6, 2011 at 8:56 AM

He hasn’t stopped campaigning since ’07/’08.

vcferlita on April 6, 2011 at 9:01 AM

“* Whether it comes to budgets, stimulus packages, his own health-care overhaul objective, or war against Libya, Obama’s really only interested in starting projects, and usually can’t be found when the heavy lifting starts……

….Typical Community Organizer
.

philly_PA on April 6, 2011 at 9:03 AM

But, he did come down from the mountaintop to finally get involved in the Budget battle.

kingsjester on April 6, 2011 at 9:03 AM

Whether it comes to budgets, stimulus packages, his own health-care overhaul objective, or war against Libya, Obama’s really only interested in starting projects, and usually can’t be found when the heavy lifting starts.

sure he can. He’s at Belvoir lifting a full set.

ted c on April 6, 2011 at 9:05 AM

And, he’s off

Fallon on April 6, 2011 at 9:05 AM

Professional campaigner… Never rolled up his sleeves and did any heavy lifting… JUST what the country needs right now…

Khun Joe on April 6, 2011 at 9:10 AM

Fallon on April 6, 2011 at 9:05 AM

focus has pivoted to campaign…budget schmudget

cmsinaz on April 6, 2011 at 9:12 AM

On the Congressional budget fiasco, the IRS will continue collecting but will stop submitting refunds during any government “shut-down”.

maverick muse on April 6, 2011 at 9:19 AM

On Napolitano’s DHS securing the Mexican/US Border, Mexico’s renowned poet and columnist Sicilia, mourning the death of his son murdered by the Gulf Drug Cartel, called for Mexican public uprising today to protest Mexico for “covering the back of the US when the US does nothing for Mexico” and to demand that the Mexican Government officially negotiate a peace truce with the Drug Cartels.

maverick muse on April 6, 2011 at 9:23 AM

Never rolled up his sleeves and did any heavy lifting…

Likely stuck to missionary position on Big-M.

maverick muse on April 6, 2011 at 9:25 AM

Well, so much for those around-the-clock meetings on the budget.

kingsjester on April 6, 2011 at 9:25 AM

Ed, you nailed it.

DrStock on April 6, 2011 at 9:27 AM

called for Mexican public uprising today to protest Mexico for “covering the back of the US when the US does nothing for Mexico” and to demand that the Mexican Government officially negotiate a peace truce with the Drug Cartels.

maverick muse on April 6, 2011 at 9:23 AM

Yes, poor mistreated Mexico and the pitiful “nothing” that it gets from the U.S. The U.S. only gives Mexico billions of dollars in aid to fight drug trafficking, and has allowed millions of Mexico’s poor to come and live in the U.S., at a cost of hundreds of billions a year to U.S. taxpayers. But of course, it’s not enough. It’s never enough when the entitlement mentality is as deep and strong as it is with the Mexicans.

AZCoyote on April 6, 2011 at 9:37 AM

“I can’t spend 24 hours a day campaigning like I did in ‘07 and ’08.”

I have to be about the people’s business of vacationing, playing hoops, and golf when Michelle doesn’t have a party that I need to attend. Here’s Bill Clinton to keep you warm.

katablog.com on April 6, 2011 at 9:39 AM

focus has pivoted to campaign…budget schmudget

Yeah, so much for that laser-like focus and hard-pivot to jobs after Obamacare just had to be passed.

I really, really hate this man.

crazy_legs on April 6, 2011 at 9:49 AM

OAA is a powerful force, Obama has been failing upward since I first heard about him back in ’01. He’s defied logic, common sense, and gravity ever since.

southsideironworks on April 6, 2011 at 9:56 AM

But he looks good in the suit….right? ROFL!!!

Can’t the poor guy just eat his waffle, and play a few rounds of golf, and some b-ball? Yeeeeeeeesh.

That’s what the boob does. Passes the work off to others, and there are ALWAYS idiots out there more than willing to do it for him. YOU know who you are.

capejasmine on April 6, 2011 at 10:01 AM

That’s what the boob does. Passes the work off to others, and there are ALWAYS idiots out there more than willing to do it for him. YOU know who you are.

capejasmine on April 6, 2011 at 10:01 AM

And yet, Obama views himself as indispensable, as do those who are carrying water for him on their dime. Defies logic.

Liberalism and Progressivism must both indeed be mental disorders.

coldwarrior on April 6, 2011 at 10:06 AM

He and Big Mooch will go down in history as the most successful grifters ever.

justltl on April 6, 2011 at 10:13 AM

“I can’t spend 24 hours a day campaigning like I did in ‘07 and ’08.”

TRANSLATION: I’ve got a golf game to work on. AND a big jet to fly around in.

GarandFan on April 6, 2011 at 10:33 AM

Obama’s really only interested in starting projects, and usually can’t be found when the heavy lifting starts.

6 Stages of Obama’s Project Management:

1. Enthusiasm.
2. Disillusionment.
3. Panic.
4. Search for the Guilty.
5. Punishment of the Innocent.
6. Praise and Honors for the Non-Participants

Caper29 on April 6, 2011 at 10:42 AM

Par for the course.

OmahaConservative on April 6, 2011 at 8:12 AM

..groooaaaaaannnnn.

The War Planner on April 6, 2011 at 10:47 AM

And, he’s off…

Fallon on April 6, 2011 at 9:05 AM

..good link; here’s a shocker:

“If the schedule remains intact, it will be the president’s first trip outside the capital since he officially declared Monday he will seek a second term. And while Obama (D) and his aides have repeated said he will not focus on his campaign in the next few months, his schedule may contradict those words.

Obama’s town hall on energy will be held at a wind turbine plant in the town of Fairless Hills in Bucks County, a well-known political bellwether in the Philadelphia area.

In New York City, Obama he won’t be wooing big-money donors, like he did last week. Instead, he will appear at the 20th anniversary of National Action Network, the group run by black activist and Obama backer the Rev. Al Sharpton.”

..a wind turbine plant; that’s rich!

The War Planner on April 6, 2011 at 11:33 AM

Present.

Tim_CA on April 6, 2011 at 11:37 AM

What, no Greek temples this time around? No airheads fainting in the front row? Whatever will we do for entertainment?

RebeccaH on April 6, 2011 at 12:05 PM

Obama’s really only interested in starting projects…

.
And finishing none.
Kind of like a meth addict.

mrt721 on April 6, 2011 at 12:46 PM

ADD?
cmsinaz on April 6, 2011 at 8:10 AM

ADD? Ability Deficit Disorder?

DSchoen on April 6, 2011 at 3:01 PM

It’s no small wonder the unions love this guy, he does little to nothing, yet gets great pay and benifits…

M-14 2go on April 6, 2011 at 8:39 PM