Obamateurism of the Day

posted at 8:05 am on June 20, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Will Barack Obama run on Hope and Change again in 2012? Not too many people are fans these days of change, apparently not even Obama himself. Just before the 2008 election, Obama made it clear that he was looking forward to “fundamentally transforming the United States of America”:

As Jim Geraghty noted in early spring, Obama doesn’t like fundamental change any more, at least not as long as it’s someone else’s idea of change:

But the way [Ryan's] plan achieves those goals would lead to a fundamentally different America than the one we’ve known certainly in my lifetime. In fact, I think it would be fundamentally different than what we’ve known throughout our history.

Remember when Obama liked the idea of fundamental transformation? All of a sudden, Obama turned into a traditionalist. Couldn’t someone at the White House have picked a synonym for “fundamentally,” given Obama’s campaign claims?

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This is not the fundamental you were looking for. Move along….

apostic on June 20, 2011 at 8:07 AM

Change Same

ted c on June 20, 2011 at 8:07 AM

Obama made it clear that he was looking forward to “fundamentally transforming the United States of America”:

he certainly has, hasn’t he…why change it again in his eyes

cmsinaz on June 20, 2011 at 8:10 AM

This is a fun Obamatuerism.

myrenovations on June 20, 2011 at 8:12 AM

Nope and Same!

myrenovations on June 20, 2011 at 8:13 AM

It’s time to fundamentally restore America to its founding principles.

Game On!

JimK on June 20, 2011 at 8:13 AM

In fact, I think it would be fundamentally different than what we’ve known throughout our history.

Throughout our history?

Colonists since, what, 1607. Declaration of Independence signed in 1776. Current Constitution in place (ignoring later amendments) since, what, 1787. Medicare enacted in the mid-1960s.

What in the hell is this clown talking about?

Besides, hasn’t Obama in Obamacare “fundamentally changed” Medicare by yanking $500 billion from Medicare to redirect to covering younger people?

BuckeyeSam on June 20, 2011 at 8:15 AM

He’s all for PROGRESSIVE change.

Not the kind that empowers the individual with choice (unless it’s murdering the unborn).

True to his core beliefs.

Can you ever….EVER…. imagine him making a statement where he said “I have freed up the Economy for Capitalism to survive and am reducing regulations to make it happen.”

PappyD61 on June 20, 2011 at 8:15 AM

Will Barack Obama run on Hope and Change again in 2012?

In 2012, it will be Hope and Chains.

petefrt on June 20, 2011 at 8:15 AM

Progressive Regressive

ted c on June 20, 2011 at 8:16 AM

Fundamentally transformed for a trajectory of decline.

IlikedAUH2O on June 20, 2011 at 8:16 AM

how conservative….///

ted c on June 20, 2011 at 8:17 AM

Not “traditionalist”–reactionary.

osogrande on June 20, 2011 at 8:18 AM

He doesn’t like it because it isn’t “fundamentally fascist”.

DrStock on June 20, 2011 at 8:21 AM

Looks to me like we a shift in them thar headwinds!

pilamaye on June 20, 2011 at 8:23 AM

More golf and Vacays please!!!!

Could we propose a 366 day Vacation for the Congress, Federal courts and Exec branch?

Wouldn’t it be cheaper for us to pay them to sit on the beach than to mandate/regulate/legislate us back to the 1700′s?

PappyD61 on June 20, 2011 at 8:28 AM

Finally! An Obamateurism use for that clip.

mizflame98 on June 20, 2011 at 8:30 AM

isn’t this change discrimination?

ted c on June 20, 2011 at 8:30 AM

Dope & Deranged.

Shy Guy on June 20, 2011 at 8:33 AM

In fact, I think it would be fundamentally different than what we’ve known throughout our history.

Throughout our history?
Colonists since, what, 1607. Declaration of Independence signed in 1776. Current Constitution in place (ignoring later amendments) since, what, 1787. Medicare enacted in the mid-1960s.
What in the hell is this clown talking about?
Besides, hasn’t Obama in Obamacare “fundamentally changed” Medicare by yanking $500 billion from Medicare to redirect to covering younger people?
BuckeyeSam on June 20, 2011 at 8:15 AM

BuckeyeSam nails it.

jbtripp on June 20, 2011 at 8:38 AM

Rope and Chains 2012! All aboard the high-speed train to the Transformation Camp!

Naturally Curly on June 20, 2011 at 8:42 AM

There is a reason I call him obaka…

ladyingray on June 20, 2011 at 8:43 AM

Couldn’t someone at the White House have picked a synonym for “fundamentally,” given Obama’s campaign claims?

That sounds too much like work. Something that Dear Liar and his regime feel is beneath them.

rbj on June 20, 2011 at 8:54 AM

I’m shocked to find out Obama is a fundamentalist.

garry on June 20, 2011 at 8:55 AM

Obama’s Fundamental Transformation of America, (see hope and change), has been noting short of an officially sanctioned money laundering scheme under the guise of legislative policy. When Obama’s dream of redistribution of wealth didn’t work, he conceded to Nancy Pelosi and the Democratic Party to fund their own socialist agenda by passing a stimulus bill designed to funnel billions in taxpayer dollars directly to like-minded liberal progressives, (and their unionized conspirators), who would in turn return a large portion of this money to Democrat campaign coffers—it’s called money laundering! To add further insult to most Americans, the brainchild of healthcare reform, (which was rejected by a majority of the country), was again created as a reform package where the Obama Democrats made backroom deals with the health insurance industry, the pharmaceuticals, and other entities, who would also insure major donations to the liberal party. All of these partisan policies that became law have been virtually unfunded, (see U.S. printing presses), to the tune of trillions in new debt, and under the guise of saving our economy. It should be no surprise that today Obama despises the words fundamental change or transformation as a campaign slogan, since every decision and policy passed under this administration has led this nation on the path of total economic insolvency. Hope and change? Or just more corruption from the Democratic power-brokers and puppet-masters hanging on by a thread?

Rovin on June 20, 2011 at 9:07 AM

Lady in gray: not O-baka-san?

Count to 10 on June 20, 2011 at 9:08 AM

It’s time to fundamentally restore America to its founding principles.

Game On! JimK on June 20, 2011 at 8:13 AM

+1

Rovin on June 20, 2011 at 9:09 AM

Remember when Obama liked the idea of fundamental transformation? All of a sudden, Obama turned into a traditionalist.

He’s just going Barack & forth.

itsnotaboutme on June 20, 2011 at 9:12 AM

Obama’s Fundamental Transformation of America, (see hope and change), has been noting short of an officially sanctioned money laundering scheme under the guise of legislative policy…..

damn spellcheck missed this—noting = nothing

Rovin on June 20, 2011 at 9:31 AM

See, ya got this wrong! Ø is mental but in a fun kinda way and around the WH lawyer hangout, he’s known as da mental, just in a good-time, lawyerly kinda way, has been known as such for years, just nobody but insiders knew it, Valerie and all those folks, sooooo he was just talking about himself here when spoke of changing America in a fun, da mental way.
.
True story!

ExpressoBold on June 20, 2011 at 9:37 AM

Dope and Lame

teacherman on June 20, 2011 at 9:45 AM

Mark Steyn back before the election regularly repeated what one of his own readers suggested as a slogan for Obama:

This is a great country. Elect me so I can change it.

And now Obam is clinging bitterly to his own “traditions.”

In the same way leftists and unionists warn about “creeping privatization” in Canada and the UK, to describe their fears at returning health care, for example, to the free market, something they managed to socialize within recent memory after generations of the traditional free market approach.

George Orwell would understand perfectly.

Drained Brain on June 20, 2011 at 10:09 AM

This is not the fundament I knew . . . .

Sowell Disciple on June 20, 2011 at 10:42 AM

Ryan’s budget moves us a hair back from the brink of the socialist cliff toward the freedom that our founders cherished. That’s not fundamentally changing things, but a partial restoration of the country.
Actually Obama has been successful in fundamentally changing things:
Government takeover of the finance industry
Government takeover of the auto industry
Government redistribution of wealth to union cronies
Government restriction of the oil industry
Government appointments unaccountable to Congress
Government takeover of the health insurance industry
Government mandates for health insurance
Government land grabs

None of these were envisioned by our founders. God help us restore America to the rights You gave us – life, liberty, and pursuit (not provision) of happiness.

Christian Conservative on June 20, 2011 at 11:03 AM

Well, at least today’s entry is indeed a case of POTUS proving he’s an amateur. Most of them over the last three weeks are examples of his narcissistic disregard of the rule of law, or his determined socialism, not mere gaffes or faux pas.

Freelancer on June 20, 2011 at 11:05 AM

CHANGE: Obama changed everything he touched from “working” to “NOT working”!!!

HOPE: Obama and his ilk will never again be allowed to assume control of a government anywhere in the world.

landlines on June 20, 2011 at 11:11 AM

Couldn’t someone at the White House Obama have picked a synonym for “fundamentally,” given Obama’s campaign claims?

Alas, he is not smart. He is a milicious inept peacock.

Schadenfreude on June 20, 2011 at 1:32 PM

Schadenfreude on June 20, 2011 at 1:32 PM

I did not want to have to do this.

But don’t y’all know what Obama stands for?

O for Zero
Bam for hit
A as in high score or excellence.

So Obama Equals No excellent scores.

BTW, I call myself a racist reactionary since that is the description given to anyone who has a problem with Democrats. So keep the hate mail coming.

IlikedAUH2O on June 20, 2011 at 9:41 PM