Obamateurism of the Day

posted at 8:05 am on May 27, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

As I am sure most of you already guessed, Barack Obama’s time-traveling gaffe rounds out our week in OOTDs. While leaving his signature in the guest book at Westminster Abbey, the President asked the dean for the correct date — but the dean must have assumed that Obama knew what year it was.

How bad can this be, really?  Most of us probably wish it was still 2008 … and that we could get a do-over of the presidential election.

 

Got an Obamateurism of the Day? If you see a foul-up by Barack Obama, e-mail it to me at obamaisms@edmorrissey.com with the quote and the link to the Obamateurism. I’ll post the best Obamateurisms on a daily basis, depending on how many I receive. Include a link to your blog, and I’ll give some link love as well. And unlike Slate, I promise to end the feature when Barack Obama leaves office.

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His signature captures the odor omitting from his presidency.

ProfessorMiao on May 27, 2011 at 8:10 AM

Obama Demagogues like it’s 2008!

Chip on May 27, 2011 at 8:10 AM

Maybe Ø thinks he’s in the fourth year of his present-duncey! It sure FEELS like it to ME!

ExpressoBold on May 27, 2011 at 8:10 AM

pretty pathetic…can’t blame this on anyone dear leader, no one

cmsinaz on May 27, 2011 at 8:13 AM

It must have taken years of practice to perfect that signature. Time well spent preparing to lead the world!

NeighborhoodCatLady on May 27, 2011 at 8:14 AM

The do-over wouldn’t do us any good. The lame-stream media would still brand him Messiah and help him get elected to President. Let’s boot his rear out of office next year and start over.

TulsAmerican on May 27, 2011 at 8:14 AM

How bad can this be, really?

ain’t that like a revisionist historian? Ignore the intervening jackassery between the present and 2008, and try to perpetually live in the glory of the flash-in-the-pan campaign? It’s a case of arrested development. The world love Obama in ’08 and the world still love Obama ’cause it’s still ’08.

History started with the Immaculation, there it is in the book….

ted c on May 27, 2011 at 8:14 AM

barack remembers 2008 fondly. Back when there were 57 states. moron

DuctTapeMyBrain on May 27, 2011 at 8:15 AM

It’s true, we are part of the Truman show….

ted c on May 27, 2011 at 8:15 AM

TulsAmerican on May 27, 2011 at 8:14 AM

good point, we still be called racists for voting against him…

cmsinaz on May 27, 2011 at 8:16 AM

BO?

PU!

petefrt on May 27, 2011 at 8:16 AM

Folks, he doesn’t know. He is merely a pawn, and we are the extras. Consider this…

ted c on May 27, 2011 at 8:18 AM

How’s it going to end?

ted c on May 27, 2011 at 8:19 AM

You know, those new fangled Ipads would work great as a portable teleprompter, for emergencies just such as this.

Addtional space reserved for Marxist trash to insert Palin/Bachmann stupid quip.

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MNHawk on May 27, 2011 at 8:19 AM

A Harvard elite can’t be bothered with mundane things like the correct date, besides, the teleprompter wasn’t there.

tinkerthinker on May 27, 2011 at 8:21 AM

Forgive me for this, but some things are just too tempting to resist.

LET’S DO THE TIME WARP AGAIN!!!!!!!

pilamaye on May 27, 2011 at 8:22 AM

That looks a lot like the “sperm entering the egg” photo that my doctor drew for me.

myrenovations on May 27, 2011 at 8:23 AM

This is what happens when you never leave the campaign trail.

SHARPTOOTH on May 27, 2011 at 8:23 AM

Scroll back to the top and stare at that signature for a few minutes.

It begins to look like a Smurf, giving the public the finger.

Yoop on May 27, 2011 at 8:25 AM

barack remembers 2008 fondly. Back when there were 57 states. moron

DuctTapeMyBrain on May 27, 2011 at 8:15 AM

And when Jerusalem had to be the undivided capital of Israel.

What a glaring case of lying through his teeth to get elected.

ProfessorMiao on May 27, 2011 at 8:26 AM

What a ma-roon…

ladyingray on May 27, 2011 at 8:26 AM

Lay off. This is exactly the kind of mistake Stephen Hawking would make.
- Joe Biden

SKYFOX on May 27, 2011 at 8:28 AM

An interesting deduction about the O would be that he doesn’t keep a journal or diary. If he did he would probably be aware of the date. You know who this helps.

JimK on May 27, 2011 at 8:33 AM

I want everyone to review the signature reproduction again and note that BØ signs his name with a slash through the O, like this Ø.
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Isn’t there some kind of comic book hero called “Super Cipher”?

ExpressoBold on May 27, 2011 at 8:34 AM

That looks a lot like the “sperm entering the egg” photo that my doctor drew for me.

myrenovations on May 27, 2011 at 8:23 AM

Yup, his signature looks like notes/drawings from a human reproduction class.

Fallon on May 27, 2011 at 8:35 AM

I wish it was May 2008! I had a great job and my husband finally did too.

rockmom on May 27, 2011 at 8:38 AM

It’s disturbing that he can’t get the year right. Yes, yes, he’s a busy man who, by nature, is only concerned with the big picture (snark).

What is also odd about his signature is that it looks like the sort of thing that adolescents often do which is practice their signature so that it looks different, artsy or somehow unique. INOW, it doesn’t look like the signature of a mature person.

Any handwriting experts in the house?

Cody1991 on May 27, 2011 at 8:40 AM

LET’S DO THE TIME WARP AGAIN!!!!!!!

pilamaye on May 27, 2011 at 8:22 AM

It’s just a jump to the left!

(Or not)

CantCureStupid on May 27, 2011 at 8:40 AM

If some knew then what some know now……

sicoit on May 27, 2011 at 8:41 AM

Ahhh…2008. The good ole days when the US was composed of 57 states…..

search4truth on May 27, 2011 at 8:41 AM

Yeah, me too!

MJBrutus on May 27, 2011 at 8:42 AM

Maybe he used his auto pen and did not update the software from 2008. Lets face it, this guy has been on auto pilot since his election.

Obama is Awesome.

mechkiller_k on May 27, 2011 at 8:43 AM

That looks a lot like the “sperm entering the egg” photo that my doctor drew for me.

myrenovations on May 27, 2011 at 8:23 AM

OMG! It sure does! AAAAGGGGGHHHHHHH! ROFL

sicoit on May 27, 2011 at 8:46 AM

He’s such a smart, busy, hard-working, well-traveled, and takin’-care-of-bidness guy I’ll forget he was off by three years in his signature dating. Plus, his is an historic presidency and all that jazz.

RepubChica on May 27, 2011 at 8:48 AM

The OOTW is going to be difficult this week.

Lectured by PM Netanyahu like a school boy.
His Limousine gets stuck on a hump.
Forgetting which year it is this year.
Giving a speech/toast during the British National Anthem.

Crux Australis on May 27, 2011 at 8:53 AM

The OOTW is going to be difficult this week.

Crux Australis on May 27, 2011 at 8:53 AM

Good grief, with the busy week we have had, HotAir may have to devote the entire website to the OOTW this week!

pilamaye on May 27, 2011 at 9:09 AM

I propose a rule.
OOTD from that day.
Still plenty of ‘em…

Haiku Guy on May 27, 2011 at 9:29 AM

“Despite the solemnity of the occasion, the Obamas managed to lighten the atmosphere with some jokes and light-hearted comments.”

Well, as long as he could get a few good jokes in, the trip was worth it. The ultimate hipster dufus.

Mr_Magoo on May 27, 2011 at 9:43 AM

Well he is so busy, trying to save us from job losses, and a tanking economy, and trying so very hard to give us great health care, and houses, and cars, and money. Also, he’s working so very hard at setting an example to the world as to how things SHOULD be, we can’t really expect him to remember what year it is. Right?

ROFL. The mans a walking, talking tool!

capejasmine on May 27, 2011 at 9:50 AM

I’m just surprised he didn’t have red and blue markers to color in the “O” to make it look like his logo.

Ordinary American on May 27, 2011 at 9:53 AM

I am sure others have mentioned it but that B looks like he is giving us the middle finger- something he probably played around with on doodle pads or in art class and found amused him and why he does that middle finger head scratch- it has become a part of him.

journeyintothewhirlwind on May 27, 2011 at 10:10 AM

Seen what his signature looks like side-ways?

Is He Still Drunk on Guinness?

slickwillie2001 on May 27, 2011 at 11:51 AM

I’m just surprised he didn’t have red and blue markers to color in the “O” to make it look like his logo.

Ordinary American on May 27, 2011 at 9:53 AM

Good one!

I’m surprised he didn’t rip out the page, stuff it in his pocket, and ask for a do-over.

GrannyDee on May 27, 2011 at 12:08 PM

Presidential do-over? Yes, because as bad as John McCain is, he couldn’t hold a candle to President Walking Disaster.

RebeccaH on May 27, 2011 at 12:38 PM

Yet another one for the files of “What would the MSM do if it had been Bush.”

crazy_legs on May 27, 2011 at 12:55 PM

Wrong date on book. Botched toast to the Queen. Limo stuck on speed bump.

This trip is gaffe-tastic enough to make me wonder if it’s really Biden in disguise.

NavyMom on May 27, 2011 at 1:42 PM

Barack Hussein Obama is a Dummy.

Schadenfreude on May 27, 2011 at 2:02 PM

Media blame…GWB?

Schadenfreude on May 27, 2011 at 2:02 PM

Good think the trailer queen didn’t chicken-scribble more. Look for what she did in Rio.

Schadenfreude on May 27, 2011 at 2:03 PM

Well, s/b “good thing”.

Schadenfreude on May 27, 2011 at 2:03 PM

But he’s got such a cute signature . . . .

Sowell Disciple on May 27, 2011 at 2:18 PM

If Mr. Obama’s European trip has been somewhat of a comedy, perhaps it’s also a comedy of errors.

Arriving in Dublin, a presidential limo bottomed out and became stuck on a driveway. Signing a guest book at Westminster Abbey, Mr. Obama dated the entry 2008.

But the president’s most awkward moment was at the state dinner hosted by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday.

As Mr. Obama toasted the Queen and palace guests, the orchestra mistook a poignant pause for the end of his speech, striking up “God Save the Queen” early. The president continued over the music and lifted his glass, a gesture ignored by the Queen until the end of the song.

Mr. Obama president later joked with Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg that the mishap was “out of the movies,” a phrase that could be used to described much of the president’s European adventures.

Schadenfreude on May 27, 2011 at 2:37 PM

But he’s got such a cute signature . . . .

Sowell Disciple on May 27, 2011 at 2:18 PM

I prefer this version: Signature

slickwillie2001 on May 27, 2011 at 2:54 PM

I prefer this version: Signature

slickwillie2001 on May 27, 2011 at 2:54 PM

Ay, caramba!

Sowell Disciple on May 27, 2011 at 3:06 PM