Obamateurism of the Day

posted at 8:05 am on June 10, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Here’s a hint to present and future Presidents — when selecting an example to demonstrate the success of your economic policies, find one that’s an actual success.  Barack Obama hailed New Chet’s Restaurant in his speech last week to auto workers in Cleveland in justifying his extension of the automaker bailouts in 2009:

And this plant, or the earlier plant that used to — that I guess is still right down the road, this is the economic rock of the community.  You depend on it, and so do thousands of Americans.  The Wrangler you build here directly supports 3,000 other jobs, with parts manufactured all across America.  Doors from Michigan.  Axles from Kentucky.  Tires from Tennessee.  And this plant indirectly supports hundreds of other jobs right here in Toledo.  After all, without you, who’d eat at Chet’s or Inky’s or Rudy’s?

Well, no one will be eating at New Chet’s anyway.  As the Boss Emeritus and Gateway Pundit point out, New Chet’s will close its doors this weekend … a victim of the economy, as well as government intervention:

An Ohio restaurant mentioned last week by President Barack Obama as an indirect beneficiary of the government’s Chrysler bailout will go out of business Sunday after a more than 70-year history.

Co-owner Richard Lawrence of New Chet’s Restaurant in Toledo says business has fallen victim to the economy and the workplace smoking ban approved by Ohio voters in 2006. He told The Blade newspaper of Toledo on Wednesday that auto industry cutbacks also hurt.

Gee, those tens of billions of dollars made all the difference, huh?  Maybe the federal government should conduct a restaurant bailout, because when New Chet’s closes, that’s going to hurt the sale of produce, meat, cleaning materials, and so on in Toledo.  Next time, maybe Obama should check to see whether a business is actually succeeding before using them as an example of success, rather than just jotting down the names of local businesses to insert into speeches.

Note well that the nanny-state intervention (by Ohio’s voters in this case, not Obama or the federal government) played a role in killing off New Chet’s, too.  We have seen the same problem in Minnesota after the state passed bans that essentially tell business owners that they can’t determine for themselves whether to allow smoking or not.  Smokers stay home, keep their dollars with them, and businesses end up either failing or damaged as a result.

 

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Maybe we can get Odamna to mention the success of the Democrat Party. THAT should seal its fate… It could even give us a chance to save our nation.

Crusader Rabbit on June 10, 2011 at 8:08 AM

The Restaurant at the End of the Universe Recovery.

NeighborhoodCatLady on June 10, 2011 at 8:08 AM

Is this like the Caterpillar plant in Aaron Schock’s Illinois district that was supposed to hire people and ended up having to layoff folks in the wake of President Bubble Gum’s visit?

With success like this….who needs failure?

ted c on June 10, 2011 at 8:08 AM

I think you are grasping at straws, Ed. Surely, in the past 24 hours, barack has said something stupider than this.

Still, he is a moron.

DuctTapeMyBrain on June 10, 2011 at 8:11 AM

EAST PEORIA, ILL. — President Obama today repeated the claim we asked about yesterday at the press briefing that Jim Owens, the CEO of Caterpillar, Inc., “said that if Congress passes our plan, this company will be able to rehire some of the folks who were just laid off.”

Caterpillar announced 22,000 layoffs last month.

But after the president left the event, Owens said the exact opposite.

Asked if the stimulus package would be able to stop the 22,000 layoffs or not, Owens said, “I think realistically no. The truth is we’re going to have more layoffs before we start hiring again
http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2009/02/doh-caterpillar.html

ted c on June 10, 2011 at 8:12 AM

Maybe the federal government should conduct a restaurant bailout….

Great Googlie Mooglie, Ed! Don’t give the Feds any ideas!

Because you just KNOW Michelle would just love to get her hands on something like this if she had the chance!

pilamaye on June 10, 2011 at 8:14 AM

When Ohio first passed the smoking ban, I was still a smoker and my going out to eat and out to drink plummeted. When taxes were raised to pay for the arts with my smokes, I quit smoking. The thing is, I never got back into the habit of going out to eat or drink.

myrenovations on June 10, 2011 at 8:15 AM

The Obama auto worker’s speech condescending lecture was in Toledo…and so is Chet’s. (Not Cleveland, as in your first para.)

(The announced closure is local news around here. Cleveland stuff, not so much.)

coldwarrior on June 10, 2011 at 8:18 AM

And this restaurant had its start in the twenties. Sad.

carbon_footprint on June 10, 2011 at 8:18 AM

When I was a kid, I had an idea for a videotaped skit for HS. Premise: FDR is doing a fireside chat for a newsreel audience. He talks about how the economy has stablized and people need to have confidence in it. Shortly after beginning this uplifting address, workmen enter and begin to remove furniture, loading it into a truck for a repo company. I never shot it because I didn’t have a context to produce it as a HS project.

It disturbs me that the POTUS has become a dumb kid’s concept of irony in action.

apostic on June 10, 2011 at 8:18 AM

d’oh!

cmsinaz on June 10, 2011 at 8:19 AM

Ed:

You should consider a followup to Monday’s OOTD:

http://hotair.com/archives/2011/06/07/obamateurism-of-the-day-522/

Yesterday, I saw a clip of Stewart deriding Obama for shifting from (and I’m paraphrasing) “we’re experiencing some headwinds” to “we were hit by a truck.” Even Stewart’s liberal audience howled, though they likely continue to blame everything on Bush and the GOP.

All the same, when you watch even that short clip, I can’t see how anyone can argue that Obama is brilliant. I certainly realize that the ability to speak well extemporaneously is only one indication of intelligence. But unless Obama is reading–which, again, is only one indication of intelligence–I see no evidence that Obama comes close to being among the group of those who are the smartest in the room.

BuckeyeSam on June 10, 2011 at 8:21 AM

Along the same lines as O’s deceptive “investment” bilge is this piece that demonstrates how poorly ObaMao understands capitalism. He insists on making the federal government the arbiter of winners and losers. His nominee for the Commerce Department, a Greenie, has ties to a solar company, which is being subsidized with tax dollars.
http://spectator.org/archives/2011/06/10/gambling-man

onlineanalyst on June 10, 2011 at 8:22 AM

BTW: Obama probably checked the restaurant’s menu, spotted fried food and the like, and concluded that the restaurant was expendable.

BuckeyeSam on June 10, 2011 at 8:24 AM

I’m from the government and I’m here to help.

Fallon on June 10, 2011 at 8:26 AM

The Restaurant at the End of the Universe Recovery.

NeighborhoodCatLady on June 10, 2011 at 8:08 AM

WINNER

I was also thnking of the old Commander Cody song “Truck SStop at The End Of The World.”

rockmom on June 10, 2011 at 8:31 AM

In a family of non-smokers I am the only one who thinks the government has over stepped it’s authority on the smoking deal. A little neighborhood pub that serves pretty good food, bought a little place next door that people can go in to smoke.

Cindy Munford on June 10, 2011 at 8:37 AM

After all, without you, who’d eat at Chet’s or Inky’s or Rudy’s?

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Thank goodness Inky’s and Rudy’s are still above water; they have niche markets – Italian food and hot dogs. Then there is this comment from the Ben Smith blog

It wasn’t the economy that doomed Chets. Have you ever eaten there?

After 70 years Toledo finally decided that Chet’s was not up to producing good food but after a visit by Ø to Rudy’s (six locations), sales are through the roof. The fact is, free market principles saved Rudy’s and Inky’s. BTW, I wouldn’t patronize a restaurant that didn’t have an enclosed smokers section, second hand smoke bothers me that much.
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I just hope that the person commenting at Politico wasn’t shilling for Ø; that’s always a possibility with Øbots.

ExpressoBold on June 10, 2011 at 8:39 AM

The Wrangler you build here directly supports 3,000 other jobs

I’m confused, isn’t this the same guy that taught us SUVs are the single most destructive force on the face of the earth. The loss of 3,000 unimportant jobs should be nothing to worry about. Not compared to the peace of mind we will receive by adverting AGW.

Tommy_G on June 10, 2011 at 8:44 AM

Not buying the smoking ban link. TN has a smoking ban (IF a restaurant allows under 21, no smoking, otherwise, smoking is allowed) and it hasn’t hurt business at all. In fact, it has helped because tables turn over quicker.

ladyingray on June 10, 2011 at 8:47 AM

Everything Ovomit gets involved in turns to crap…

PatriotRider on June 10, 2011 at 8:47 AM

In Michigan, that wonderful and economically successful state, they have banned smoking everywhere, restaurants, bars, workplace. They even tried to ban smoking in Cigar Bars! Look what a wonderful thing it’s done for our economy in the worst economic state in the country. The big 2, GM and Chrysler, were stupid enough to make cars that no one wanted and had to be bailed out because of stupidity. Now GM is making more cars that no one wants and Chrysler, don’t get me started there. Ford, the company that didn’t take the bailout, started retooling, both figuratively and literally several years ago and they are the leading car manufacture in the world now. Hopefully, Mr HopeyChangey doesn’t mention them in any upcoming speachs!

flytier on June 10, 2011 at 8:49 AM

It’s really a pathetic snapshot of the evil intent and plotting that has been done against us by government worshippers while we were merely trying to live our lives out the best we can.

How do we stop them now is the question?

golfmann on June 10, 2011 at 9:04 AM

Obaka’s Final Four brackets next year will show the four businesses that remain in operation at the end of his term.

Fallen Sparrow on June 10, 2011 at 9:07 AM

Did Chet’s serve Arugula?

Akzed on June 10, 2011 at 9:07 AM

Hopefully, Mr HopeyChangey doesn’t mention them in any upcoming speachs speeches!

flytier on June 10, 2011 at 8:49 AM

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Yeah, no kidding! You just mentioned him once by an alternative reference and your spelling skills deserted you! “That guy” screws up everything!

ExpressoBold on June 10, 2011 at 9:20 AM

At least Barry’s place was still open when he made the comment; unlike Sheriff Joe:

Look, all you have to do is go down Union Street with me in Wilmington or go to Katie’s Restaurant or walk into Home Depot with me where I spend a lot of time

It turns out that Katie’s Restaurant closed down fifteen years ago.

pain train on June 10, 2011 at 9:26 AM

Obaka’s Final Four brackets next year will show the four businesses that remain in operation at the end of his term.

Fallen Sparrow on June 10, 2011 at 9:07 AM

Wait…don’t his picks actually lose????

ladyingray on June 10, 2011 at 9:30 AM

ladyingray on June 10, 2011 at 9:30 AM

Good point. In the end, we all lose.

Fallen Sparrow on June 10, 2011 at 9:33 AM

ExpressoBold on June 10, 2011 at 9:20 AM

LOL! I was up all night fighting a computer virus. Spelling skills went out the window about 6 this morning.

flytier on June 10, 2011 at 9:40 AM

He doesn’t exactly have a Midas touch, now, does he?

Kissmygrits on June 10, 2011 at 9:43 AM

Not buying the smoking ban link. TN has a smoking ban (IF a restaurant allows under 21, no smoking, otherwise, smoking is allowed) and it hasn’t hurt business at all. In fact, it has helped because tables turn over quicker.

ladyingray on June 10, 2011 at 8:47 AM

Ohio’s smoking ban is an all or nothing ban. Really it came about in part because businesses were complaining about countywide smoking bans. You could go to a ‘smoke free’ bar in Franklin County, or drive two miles to a ‘smokers’ bar in Fairfield. So the solution of the tobacco zealots was to push for an entire state ban.

of course, we’re now up to 22% of Ohioans smoking, and the smoking zealots blame… Gov Kaisich’s budget cuts (which haven’t happened yet)

The_Livewire on June 10, 2011 at 9:44 AM

Maybe the federal government should conduct a restaurant bailout…

Nanny Piglosi provided help to restaurants in her district with Obamacare waivers.

slickwillie2001 on June 10, 2011 at 9:54 AM

…All the same, when you watch even that short clip, I can’t see how anyone can argue that Obama is brilliant. I certainly realize that the ability to speak well extemporaneously is only one indication of intelligence. But unless Obama is reading–which, again, is only one indication of intelligence–I see no evidence that Obama comes close to being among the group of those who are the smartest in the room.

BuckeyeSam on June 10, 2011 at 8:21 AM

He’s not brilliant, he’s an idiot and I don’t understand how the h he got his college degrees. He does not speak well extemporaneously, he’s a stammering fool. The one skill that got him here is his ability to recite what is on a teleprompter.

slickwillie2001 on June 10, 2011 at 9:57 AM

Barry’s Kiss of Death strikes again!

ZeeMI on June 10, 2011 at 10:25 AM

flytier on June 10, 2011 at 9:40 AM

.
All in good fun!

ExpressoBold on June 10, 2011 at 10:35 AM

wonder if he took time to kick a few dogs on his way out of town?

Tim_CA on June 10, 2011 at 10:49 AM

After all, without you, who’d eat at Chet’s or Inky’s or Rudy’s?

I imagine that the owners & employees of Inky’s and Rudy’s are feeling pretty nervous today. Perhaps they should begin some cost-cutting measures by firing anyone foolish enough to still have an Obama/Biden bumper sticker on their car. Heck, I’d fire ‘em even if they had the glue residue from that stupid little oval sticker!

redwhiteblue on June 10, 2011 at 10:57 AM

New Chet’s acted stupidly.

Kenosha Kid on June 10, 2011 at 12:05 PM

This president is a flaming liberal who’s also incredibly inept.

Schadenfreude on June 10, 2011 at 1:06 PM

New Chet’s acted stupidly.

Kenosha Kid on June 10, 2011 at 12:05 PM

A business model that depends on Chrysler for success? Yep.

slickwillie2001 on June 10, 2011 at 1:17 PM

this company will be able to rehire some of the folks who were just laid off.”
Caterpillar announced 22,000 layoffs last month.
But after the president left the event, Owens said the exact opposite.
Asked if the stimulus package would be able to stop the 22,000 layoffs or not, Owens said, “I think realistically no. The truth is we’re going to have more layoffs before we start hiring again”

Wholly-whack-a-moley Batman! 22,000+ 22,000+ 22,000 in the near future!

That’s 66,000 jobs saved or created! ya buddy!

DSchoen on June 10, 2011 at 3:13 PM

I see everyone is anxiously anticipating Recovery Summer 2: the Cultural Revolution – coming soon to a collective near you.

Turns out, recession is the New Prosperity. If not for Beloved Comrade Obama’s brilliant stimulus plan saving and creating all our jobs, there would be no work at all in America. In unrelated news, new ration coupons will be distributed at the polls, right after an Approved Social Worker checks your ballot for appropriate choices.

Adjoran on June 10, 2011 at 4:12 PM

This president is a flaming liberal who’s also incredibly inept.

Schadenfreude on June 10, 2011 at 1:06 PM

I forgive the redundancy, there.

Siddhartha Vicious on June 10, 2011 at 8:15 PM