Obamateurism of the Day

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

Barack Obama visited a Chrysler plant on Friday, trying to make the argument that he had saved the American economy in part through the automaker bailouts. Earlier in the week, his administration admitted that far from recouping every penny of the tens of billions Obama sunk into GM and Chrysler, as Obama promised last year, taxpayers would lose at least $14 billion. That morning, the Department of Labor’s unemployment report had economists talking about a worsening US economy. Clearly defensive, Obama blamed “head winds” and “bumps in the road” for falling economic indicators, and then tried offering a lighter moment by saying that the product made by company he was visiting would have trouble getting past obstacles, too:

There are always going to be bumps on the road to recovery. We’re going to pass through some rough terrain that even a Wrangler would have a hard time with. You know that.

This was at a Jeep factory, which makes the Wranglers. Needless to say, the workers didn’t appreciate the President of the United States derogating their product even for an analogy, and reacted immediately, while Obama at first kept plowing through his speech. He finally stops and acknowledges the response with a weak, “A Wrangler can go over anything, huh?” Yes — unlike a certain President, who apparently can’t go over a speech before delivering it while considering the intended audience.

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What a sad, sad, little man.

csdeven on June 6, 2011 at 8:09 AM

oh cripe, stick to totus dear leader

cmsinaz on June 6, 2011 at 8:09 AM

Sounds like TOTUS malfunctioned and went into “What-This-Joke-Of-A-President-REALLY-Thinks!” mode.

pilamaye on June 6, 2011 at 8:10 AM

Just so everyone knows (you probably do), but Weinergate Round 2 has started at Breitbart’s bigs: New pics, a new Tweet recipient, etc.

“It’s me.”

Good Lt on June 6, 2011 at 8:10 AM

This just goes to prove what I’ve been saying for a long time. BHO can not make an intelligent ad hoc remark because he isn’t intellgent. It’s as simple as that.

No Niks on June 6, 2011 at 8:11 AM

How many years did it take this man to get his Harvard degree?

TimBuk3 on June 6, 2011 at 8:11 AM

high gas prices … economic disruptions … instability …

So basically, he’s reciting his list of accomplishments.

SagebrushPuppet on June 6, 2011 at 8:11 AM

GM wants you to keep your big ol’ stupid pie-hole shut too, 0bama…
Geeeeeessssssssh!

OmahaConservative on June 6, 2011 at 8:12 AM

Oh yeah, just wait until these government owned compaies come out with the American car of the future -the “Debtmobile.”

You cannot actually buy one, but each American will have a single payer mandate assessment of $10,000 a year to subsidize the fallen dollar. Tires for the car that you can’t buy will be subsidized by the government to the tune of $1000 which is to be considered taxable income.

Don L on June 6, 2011 at 8:12 AM

Sometimes I think it might be horrible in the short term for a second Obama presidency but would utterly destroy the democratic party in the long term if he were re elected.

One things for sure the dems will not recapture Congress as long as he is in the White House.

William Amos on June 6, 2011 at 8:12 AM

ooh yeay. Car metaphors—makes me thirsty for MOAR SLURPEE!

c’mon lil buddy, get that wrangler outta the ditch and over that bump.

ted c on June 6, 2011 at 8:12 AM

Last Monday, it was our Best and Brightest. Friday, it was our Factory Workers. Next thing, you’ll be telling me he’s dismantling NASA. Oh, wait…

kingsjester on June 6, 2011 at 8:12 AM

How many years did it take this man to get his Harvard degree?

TimBuk3 on June 6, 2011 at 8:11 AM

He does have a degree, doesn’t he? I mean, someone has seen his transcript, right?

Anyone? Bueller?

SagebrushPuppet on June 6, 2011 at 8:13 AM

Aristotle is rolling in his grave. His first consideration was for his audience. Our POTUS – Whadda maroon!

College Prof on June 6, 2011 at 8:13 AM

Was this a “botched joke?”

fossten on June 6, 2011 at 8:13 AM

Good Lt on June 6, 2011 at 8:10 AM

he’s toast, but he’ll be able to keep his job due to the D next to his name…pathetic

cmsinaz on June 6, 2011 at 8:13 AM

Manners 101. Apparently, Barack Obama never learned any.

conservative pilgrim on June 6, 2011 at 8:14 AM

I am in Europe, but have friends in the Toledo area (Go Rockets!). They were thrilled at the positive publicity for the Toledo area – a rarity in itself.

However, the gaffes were apparently flying left and right during the visit. The UAW workforce was described by a friend who was there as “courteous but not enthusiastic”.

And I’ve owned a REAL Jeep, not the turds they churn out now with a “Trail Rated” badge on them. Those real Jeeps could and did go through and over just about anything. I was blown off a highway by a 45mph wind into 4 feet of snow twice on the same trip during a particularly bad winter in ’93 or so. I just put ‘er in 4WD, and it drove my family and I out of the snow and to our destination. Not. One. Scratch. Take THAT, Range Rover.

Bigurn on June 6, 2011 at 8:20 AM

Needless to say, the workers didn’t appreciate the President of the United States derogating their product even for an analogy, and reacted immediately, while Obama at first kept plowing through his speech. He finally stops and acknowledges the response with a weak, “A Wrangler can go over anything, huh?”

The most totally tone deaf American evah.

This is what you get when the country elects a guy who’s primary claim to fame is training ACORN types how to protest free-market business for the purpose of extorting money from them. This clown has absolutely no sense of the concept of pride in one’s own handiwork and craftsmanship.

OT: Oy, Weinergate may not be over yet. Breitbart apparently will be dribbling out more stuff on Weiner’s tweeting this morning.

BuckeyeSam on June 6, 2011 at 8:25 AM

He looked down before continuing the joke. I’m guessing it was written down in his notes. He really is tone deaf to the American people and their sense of pride and he’s not quick enough to make a bad joke on the fly.

It’s lovely that he cannot take responsibility for anything, any part of the economy. He is such a special, special petulant little man-child.

Fallon on June 6, 2011 at 8:28 AM

The most totally tone deaf American evah.

BuckeyeSam on June 6, 2011 at 8:25 AM

I was typing while you posted. I agree 100%.

Fallon on June 6, 2011 at 8:29 AM

is there any republicans in the back seat of that wrangler?

ted c on June 6, 2011 at 8:31 AM

A super expose of ObaMao’s “funny math” re the government’s auot bailout: http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/268847/obamas-funny-auto-jobs-math-john-berlau

Ironically, many of the auto industry jobs added were found in the hirings of foreign manufacturers located in right-to-work states in the South.

O doesn’t fully understand the talking points that his handlers give him.

onlineanalyst on June 6, 2011 at 8:32 AM

I was typing while you posted. I agree 100%.

Fallon on June 6, 2011 at 8:29 AM

Yet you put it ever so much more succinctly!

Solemn D-Day commemoration to all.

BuckeyeSam on June 6, 2011 at 8:33 AM

Thank you Soros……..with any luck this Oval Office disaster you helped foist on us will be over soon.

Let’s hope he takes down scores of Progressives with him in Nov 2012.

PappyD61 on June 6, 2011 at 8:34 AM

Getting the details right is obviously beyond his capabilities. He does, however, have aides who are, or should be paid, to do these things for him.

This is the sloppiest administration ever. They are careless, lazy and juvenile. The most amazing and perhaps frightening aspect of all of this is that they don’t seem to realize how they embarrass themselves on a constant basis.

Cody1991 on June 6, 2011 at 8:34 AM

It took the savings and loan I used to work for (before the bankers & feds put us out of business) almost 100 YEARS to get the assets up to 1.5 billion.

100 years…

Remember savings accounts?

golfmann on June 6, 2011 at 8:38 AM

Sometimes I kind of feel sorry for the In Over His Head in Chief, standing in front of crowds of people making foolish remarks he thinks are good analogies. Why not take some time to write out some cool analogies and run them by some speech writers before he goes out in public?

scalleywag on June 6, 2011 at 8:39 AM

He’s not very bright.

JammieWearingFool on June 6, 2011 at 8:41 AM

There are always going to be bumps on the road to recovery. We’re going to pass through some rough terrain that even a Wrangler would have a hard time with. You know that.

Is this the same guy who said, “You want to go forward, what do you do? You put it in ‘D.’ When you go backward, what do you do? You put it in ‘R’”?

I guess if you want the car to get stuck, you put it in ‘O’.

aunursa on June 6, 2011 at 8:41 AM

ted c on June 6, 2011 at 8:31 AM

Ha! While holding a mop?

scalleywag on June 6, 2011 at 8:41 AM

He does have a degree, doesn’t he? I mean, someone has seen his transcript, right?

SagebrushPuppet on June 6, 2011 at 8:13 AM

Are you kidding? A black guy with an Arab name, a stint as a community organizer in south side Chicago, and letters of recommendation from far-left radicals like Bill Ayers. The admissions committee members at Harvard were probably pi$$ing themselves with joy at the prospect of their new student, and there was no way in hell the like-minded faculty would ever have allowed him to be anything other than a star. Barack Hussein Obama embodies everything that schools like Harvard worship: the Third World ethnicity, the perpetual victim status of (certain) minorities, the anti-American, anti-military, far-left radical ideology, etc.

AZCoyote on June 6, 2011 at 8:44 AM

Is he aware that the Wranger gets 15 mpg (19 hwy) ??
Oh, the humanity !!

pambi on June 6, 2011 at 8:49 AM

There are always going to be bumps on the road to recovery. We’re going to pass through some rough terrain that even a Wrangler would have a hard time with. You know that.

Hmmm…apparently BHO reads Consumer Reports magazine.

sandspur on June 6, 2011 at 8:51 AM

Bigurn on June 6, 2011 at 8:20 AM

Hey, thanks. At least the Rockets haven’t had to force our coach’s resignation. Lately. Heard the snippet on NPR Friday afternoon. Tone-deaf doesn’t begin to describe this idiot. Yet Sarah Palin is the one who’s “unschooled?” Yeesh, we’ve got a lot of work ahead of us.

rbj on June 6, 2011 at 9:00 AM

Oh, so UAW workers don’t like Zero poking fun at them ? Too bad. Your product stinks, and your Union played a huge role in electing this loser. Own it, chumps.

teacherman on June 6, 2011 at 9:01 AM

AZCoyote on June 6, 2011 at 8:44 AM

And their gentleman B’s became gentleman A’s to make sure he got through all his classes. Discerning minds want to know who took his bar exam.

chemman on June 6, 2011 at 9:06 AM

I’m also interested in the statements following the gaffe: “But you know what.. We know what’s happened here… We know what’s possible when we invest in what works….” Other than the obvious platitudes involved, it also shows that Ø is going to ignore evidence and ignore alternate ideas, plans, and advice because, as one of the elite “WE,” 9.1% unemployment is so much better and more successful than any other option available.
.
Double down, Ø, while we continue to ridicule your lack of analytical skills, your tone deafness, your partisanship, you thin-skinned authoritarian proclivities and most of all, your appearance of total Keystone Kops incompetence.
.
I’d like for him to explain, without hemming and hawing, just who the “We” is that has such confidence in the economic malaise surrounding us.

ExpressoBold on June 6, 2011 at 9:06 AM

What an unlikable little man.

Mojave Mark on June 6, 2011 at 9:08 AM

Great speech! Incomparable gravitas balanced with a keen sense of humor! Awesomely awesome! He’ll go down as one of our greatest presidents.

/Richard Gere

Gang-of-One on June 6, 2011 at 9:17 AM

Outlaw all unions or put us all in one. Fair is fair.

IlikedAUH2O on June 6, 2011 at 9:18 AM

There are always going to be bumps on the road to recovery. We’re going to pass through some rough terrain that even a Wrangler would have a hard time with. You know that.

He doesn’t get that he and his progressives ARE the bumps in the road.

tinkerthinker on June 6, 2011 at 9:23 AM

Sometimes I kind of feel sorry for the In Over His Head in Chief

scalleywag on June 6, 2011 at 8:39 AM

I don’t.

Not one time.

fossten on June 6, 2011 at 9:24 AM

BHO can not make an intelligent ad hoc remark because he isn’t intellgent.

SHOCKA!

And as far as the dude who said a 2nd BO term would doom the Democrat party: Sorry, but if America didn’t get it in the first 4 years, they won’t get it period. Come on, what is this guy’s claim to fame so far? vacations, parties, hoops, golf, eating greasy food, making a fool of America, making a fool of himself, bowing to enemies, insulting America’s friends, mom jeans, open mouth insert foot, lies and more lies, hiring left wing radicals, obamacare, did I mention LIES ………. need I go on?

katablog.com on June 6, 2011 at 9:26 AM

What an awesome research department the Obama Administration has!/

Oh well, maybe they’ll explain this gaffe by saying he was talking about Wrangler jeans whose tough, utilitarian construction has served everyone from cowboys, to hipsters, to union workers in auto plants, and gotten them through “rough patches” like briars and thorns and stuff. Wranglers are thus a metaphor for American resiliency…

Buy Danish on June 6, 2011 at 9:29 AM

Maybe if there had been some Greek columns near his podium, those UAW lemmings would have recognized his brilliance (/) and cheered loudly.

redwhiteblue on June 6, 2011 at 9:35 AM

“But you know what.. We know what’s happened here… We know what’s possible when we invest in what works….”

Ugh! I cannot abide this dimwit’s abuse of the word invest. The government has absolutely no constitutional role in investing. It has no right to use tax dollars to promote winners and destroy losers in a free-market, capitalist society. It can “promote the general welfare” by getting out of the way and/or legislating only in those areas that prevent corruption.

onlineanalyst on June 6, 2011 at 9:41 AM

Long-term unemployment worse now than during the Great Depression:
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2011/06/05/eveningnews/main20069136.shtml

itsnotaboutme on June 6, 2011 at 9:43 AM

Idiot, thy name is Obama.

capejasmine on June 6, 2011 at 10:04 AM

Watch his face. Zero doesn’t look like he believes what he’s saying either. Can’t sell it to an audience that way.

Kissmygrits on June 6, 2011 at 10:07 AM

We’re going to pass through some rough terrain that even a Wrangler would have a hard time with.

He was worried about getting his jeans dirty.

There are always going to be bumps on the road to recovery.

None bigger than the bump on a log in the White House.

Steve Z on June 6, 2011 at 10:13 AM

Honestly, this is an example of how spoiled American workers are. Of course, a Wrangler can’t go over EVERYthing. It’s not an unfair analogy at all. Some things cars just aren’t meant to go over. This is not the same thing as calling somebody’s baby ugly.

This is more akin to saying the Treasury secretary isn’t qualified to help everyone with their taxes. (Okay, bad example.)

The American worker is supposed to have everything, right? Even when it’s not possible. Gotta have that giant pension; gotta have that McMansion with no money down; gotta make it so we can never be fired; gotta prohibit jobs from being done by anybody who can do ‘em for less or do ‘em better; gotta be absolved of debt when I made a bad decision and paid too much for that Mcmansion. And on and on and on. And don’t tell us we can’t do those things. Don’t tell us we can’t have those things.

Don’t tell us our car can’t do things it isn’t capable of doing. ‘Cause that would be . . . honest, right?

Pablo Snooze on June 6, 2011 at 10:14 AM

The Cash for Clunkers Pimp drove the country further into the ditch, and keeps digging.

Schadenfreude on June 6, 2011 at 10:28 AM

Toledo is liberal bastion and a union town, has been for decades and decades, and Obama probably thought it was safe territory to spout yet more of his condescending pap.

But, ask those in the Toledo area who actually work for a living and the Friday snarl on I-75/I 475 was huge, lots of folks late for work thanks to Obama, deliveries postponed or late and hundreds of long-haul and local truckers had to wait it out till Obama left Toledo…the Secret Service essentially shut down every overpass and bridge in the area. And for what? A quick pep talk at Jeep and a stopover for a couple dogs and fries at Rudy’s?

Citing the Wrangler in the context Obama used, well, that didn’t go down so well, at all.

Maybe, and soon, the liberals and union crowd in Toledo will see the havoc Obama has and is causing…and maybe start thinking for themselves sooner rather than later.

But, I won’t hold my breath on that one…

coldwarrior on June 6, 2011 at 10:36 AM

It makes me sad to do this but: I don’t think that was bad. he said it in the way one might say “… that even the toughest, most amazing thing ever would have hard time with.”
 
Sorry, guys. There’s nothing there this time.

CLaFarge on June 6, 2011 at 10:45 AM

That was pathetic. Obama sounded like he was afraid somebody was going to throw something at him, and then he threw out that Wrangler comment, which was just a bad analogy to use in front of people who actually make the thing.

I have a feeling the Obama election campaign this time around is going to be painful to watch, even though I don’t like the guy and can’t wait to be rid of him.

RebeccaH on June 6, 2011 at 11:23 AM

WHAT A REALLY DUMB THING TO SAY. THE WRANGLER IS THE BEST JEEP/SUV OUT THERE. THAT’S ONE OF MY TOP 3 FAVORITE CARS. I AM TRULY OUTRAGE:
2011 Jeep Wrangler – “Adventure Swamp” Commercial (featuring Lenny Kravitz)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gtd9GrO-XWk

StewartIII on June 6, 2011 at 11:33 AM

sank

Tzetzes on June 6, 2011 at 11:40 AM

The most amazing and perhaps frightening aspect of all of this is that they don’t seem to realize how they embarrass themselves on a constant basis.

Cody1991 on June 6, 2011 at 8:34 AM

More frightening is how easily, and shamelessly, the Fourth Estate permits these continuous blunders to go unreported, unquestioned, seemingly unnoticed.

Freelancer on June 6, 2011 at 11:47 AM

How many years did it take this man to get his Harvard degree?

TimBuk3 on June 6, 2011 at 8:11 AM

It really doesn’t matter, because he was going to get that degree no matter what kind of work he did or how long he was present.

An after-effect of the reign of the jackass will be a new look at the value of an Ivy League degree.

slickwillie2001 on June 6, 2011 at 12:22 PM

I thought it was a gaffe because of what he was actually admitting about the economy. It’s going to get WORSE, waaaay worse, 2 years after you said it was recovering?? I read the statement as “you ain’t seen nothin yet” which is way scarrier then him just pissin off union workers.

brainy435 on June 6, 2011 at 12:30 PM

Did he ask the workers if they made a hybrid mini-van?

walkingboss on June 6, 2011 at 12:31 PM

What an awesomely awesome motivational speech /
Geeeze… Even Howard Dean coulda come out with something like:
“but thanks to me, the Wrangler CAN AND WILL climb these humongo Bush-Boulders in the road !! Raaaaahhhh !”
Awesome, I tell ya ….. Sigh

pambi on June 6, 2011 at 12:51 PM

Totus Sabotage. He’s such a dork!

mizflame98 on June 6, 2011 at 12:52 PM

As my Grandma Alta used to say :”If you your lips were to keep from slips five things observe with care: Of whom you speak, too whom you speak, and how and when and where.”
Ya listening Mr. President?
Ahh, I guess not.

Amendment X on June 6, 2011 at 4:47 PM