Obamateurism of the Day

posted at 8:05 am on July 21, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

If you wonder what’s wrong with Obamanomics, this passage from Barack Obama’s second press conference on the debt-ceiling debate should explain it, emphasis mine:

So my general view is that if the American people looked at this, they’d say, boy, some of these decisions are tough, but they don’t require us to gut Medicare or Social Security. They don’t require us to stop helping young people go to college. They don’t require us to stop helping families who’ve got a disabled child. They don’t require us to violate our obligations to our veterans. And they don’t require “job-killing tax cuts.” [sic]

Does Barack Obama believe that tax cuts kill jobs?  It seems so, because the passage doesn’t make sense if “cuts” is replaced by “hikes.”  Obama is arguing for tax hikes, not against them.  The Washington Times’s Joseph Curl notes that even the White House staff couldn’t make much sense of this:

A statement President Obama made halfway through his news conference last week was so unfathomable, so utterly incomprehensible, that befuddled White House stenographers simply gave up and tacked a “[sic]” next to it.

Maybe we should put a [sic] next to every economic policy coming out of the White House.  It certainly describes the resulting American economy 30 months into the Obama presidency.

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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[sic]

OmahaConservative on July 21, 2011 at 8:11 AM

President [sic] Obama.

NeighborhoodCatLady on July 21, 2011 at 8:12 AM

when you’ve lost you’re own stenographers….

they can blame TOTUS?

cmsinaz on July 21, 2011 at 8:12 AM

Sick.

Fallon on July 21, 2011 at 8:12 AM

TOTUS told barack to say it. It’s TOTUS’s fault!

DuctTapeMyBrain on July 21, 2011 at 8:13 AM

Seeing what O is doing to our country makes me [sic]

Beaglemom on July 21, 2011 at 8:13 AM

Pretty consistent of him actually. Quite obviously the only jobs that count in his mind are the ones “created or saved” by no tax cuts: government jobs.

He’s been acting like this since Day One anyway – just making it more explicit now I guess.

inviolet on July 21, 2011 at 8:13 AM

So my general view is that if the American people looked at this, they’d say, boy, some of these decisions are tough

He said “boy”…..RAAAAACCCCCISSSST!

Trafalgar on July 21, 2011 at 8:14 AM

zero minus

OmahaConservative on July 21, 2011 at 8:14 AM

IOW a Freudian slip — just like “don’t call my bluff” when what I’m sure he meant to come out of his mouth was, “I’m not bluffing”.

inviolet on July 21, 2011 at 8:15 AM

Truly there is a sic-ness upon the land….

apostic on July 21, 2011 at 8:16 AM

sic is the new asterisk

darwin-t on July 21, 2011 at 8:16 AM

It’s logical from Obama’s standpoint. He believes government spending creates jobs. Tax cuts threaten his desired increases in government spending, therefore, tax cuts kill jobs in obamanomics.

forest on July 21, 2011 at 8:17 AM

That’s Obama’s layer-cake genius-recipe: pile on everything at once and hope no one notices the ingredients. Presto: change!

Lourdes on July 21, 2011 at 8:17 AM

A statement President Obama made halfway through his news conference last week was so unfathomable, so utterly incomprehensible, that befuddled White House stenographers simply gave up and tacked a “[sic]” next to it.

BESTEST MOST GENIUS ORATOR SINCE CICERO!!!!!!!!

/lib

crazy_legs on July 21, 2011 at 8:19 AM

SIGH – 2012 seems so far away.

gophergirl on July 21, 2011 at 8:19 AM

And they don’t require “job-killing tax cuts.” [sic]

I shall translate progressive thinking:
Giving to much money to the rich is bad. Money spent by government is good, the multiplier affect says so.

rob verdi on July 21, 2011 at 8:19 AM

but they don’t require us to gut Medicare or Social Security. They don’t require us to stop helping young people go to college. They don’t require us to stop helping families who’ve got a disabled child. They don’t require us to violate our obligations to our veterans. And they don’t require “job-killing tax cuts.”

I noticed that, too, when he said it in that Presser. I hoped it was him having had early martinis or perhaps a big piece of that layer cake he spoke rhapsodical about.

Lourdes on July 21, 2011 at 8:20 AM

Purposeful or just incompetence………?

…..we have a 2 1/2 year track record.

PappyD61 on July 21, 2011 at 8:21 AM

A statement President Obama made halfway through his news conference last week was so unfathomable, so utterly incomprehensible, that befuddled White House stenographers simply gave up and tacked a “[sic]” next to it.

Hehehe…

Lourdes on July 21, 2011 at 8:21 AM

[dic]

hamnj7 on July 21, 2011 at 8:22 AM

I have a gift.

a capella on July 21, 2011 at 8:22 AM

Ed, haven’t you been around any young people lately? They’ve replaced “cool” with “sick.” I thought it ended in a K, but maybe I was wrong. So, if we translate this to seventies language, it looks like this:

And they don’t require “job-killing tax cuts.” [cool]

Kafir on July 21, 2011 at 8:24 AM

Sic the sick TOTUS on the smartest (sic) POTUS ever!

Yoop on July 21, 2011 at 8:24 AM

All money is government money…right?

Government is here to take care of all of us and all our needs…right?

Only government can create and save jobs…right?

Only Obama has the wisdom, the vision, the gift to turn America into a near-perfect utopian society where all are equal, there are no wars, everybody has the same, everyone is healthy, clean energy rules, and the Constitution is amended to allow Obama to serve three, four, as many terms as he wishes, as He has been designated Field Marshall Learned Doctor, Lightgiver and President for Life.

Nothing to worry about…it is all perfectly logical from Obama’s perspective, the only perspective that matters…right?

coldwarrior on July 21, 2011 at 8:24 AM

549 days to go…..
549 days to go…..
549 days to go…..

….noon, January 20, 2013.

….his smug mug in that big winter coat off to the side of the lecturn as is the place for outgoing President and first lady. Watching as the new President is sworn in. The oath is administered and Obama leaves the stage happy as a “ONE TERM PRESIDENT“.

PappyD61 on July 21, 2011 at 8:25 AM

Obama has always given me a [sic] feeling.

kingsjester on July 21, 2011 at 8:26 AM

But he is clean and articulate. (sic)

txag92 on July 21, 2011 at 8:27 AM

And they don’t require public sector job-killing tax cuts.

eigafan on July 21, 2011 at 8:27 AM

Ed, haven’t you been around any young people lately? They’ve replaced “cool” with “sick.” I thought it ended in a K, but maybe I was wrong. So, if we translate this to seventies language, it looks like this:

And they don’t require “job-killing tax cuts.” [cool]
Kafir on July 21, 2011 at 8:24 AM

I think the term they use now is ‘dope’ which is why the WH stens resorted back to sick.
And they don’t require “job-killing tax cuts.” [cool] [dope]

darwin-t on July 21, 2011 at 8:28 AM

.noon, January 20, 2013.

….his smug mug in that big winter coat off to the side of the lecturn as is the place for outgoing President and first lady. Watching as the new President is sworn in. The oath is administered and Obama leaves the stage happy as a “ONE TERM PRESIDENT“.

PappyD61 on July 21, 2011 at 8:25 AM

What a wonderful dream that is. Let’s make it a reality!

sandee on July 21, 2011 at 8:28 AM

So he slips from casually inept to purposefully destructive and just hopes no one notices.

Crusader Rabbit on July 21, 2011 at 8:30 AM

He’s operating on such a higher plane than all of you – you just don’t understand!!

exhelodrvr on July 21, 2011 at 8:35 AM

But the crease in his slacks…….

Ris4victory on July 21, 2011 at 8:35 AM

Just like everything this dumbass does, this comment deserves the Star Trek “Double Facepalm”.

search4truth on July 21, 2011 at 8:39 AM

sandee on July 21, 2011 at 8:28 AM

Can you imagine the celebrations that will take place after he loses in 2012? Of course, there may also be some inner city riots.

a capella on July 21, 2011 at 8:43 AM

Orwell is rolling over in his grave.

ErnstBlofeld on July 21, 2011 at 8:43 AM

Made perfect sense to him.

Kissmygrits on July 21, 2011 at 8:45 AM

It’s refreshing to see that even DOTUS’s own staff can’t make heads or tails of what he’s talking about these days.

pilamaye on July 21, 2011 at 8:52 AM

Not an error. He cannot imagine in his Trotsky-ite cerebrum that jobs come via any mechanism other than government largesse. So from his worldview, tax cuts make it less possible for the government to “create” a job (probably thinking of his next Czar position).

Q.E.D.

The mean old GOP and those gun-happy, bible-thumping grandma-haters would rather help Warren Buffett (oops, he’s on my side) Bill Gates (wait, he’s one of us) Ted Turner (hrrmmm!) Corporate Jet Owners™!

Freelancer on July 21, 2011 at 8:58 AM

The only jobs that tax cuts kill are gubmint jobs. In Øbama’s head, gubmint jobs are the jobs that really matter.

Maybe it was a Freudian slip. The man’s world-view and way of thinking are alien to America as we know it. Alien, and hostile too.

petefrt on July 21, 2011 at 9:04 AM

Just stop.

RDE2010 on July 21, 2011 at 9:05 AM

Freelancer on July 21, 2011 at 8:58 AM

Wow. Do you hear an echo in here?

petefrt on July 21, 2011 at 9:06 AM

I have a gift.

a capella on July 21, 2011 at 8:22 AM

And his gift is this: the ability to con millions of morons into voting him into powerful, high-status positions, despite his clear lack of any relevant qualifications or skills.

AZCoyote on July 21, 2011 at 9:07 AM

PappyD61 @8:25
I’m torn between staying dignified at the swearing in of the new President in 2013, and giving Zero and the wife their own version of the Goodbye song that Bush was serenaded with in 2009. Ah, what the hell.. Everybody Sing !!

teacherman on July 21, 2011 at 9:09 AM

Sic?

I thought he was Muslim!

Shy Guy on July 21, 2011 at 9:16 AM

Cloward/Piven…..Obama means exactly what he says. This is not an Obamateurism.

csdeven on July 21, 2011 at 9:29 AM

President Job Killer at it again – unexpectedly of course.

katablog.com on July 21, 2011 at 9:36 AM

The oath is administered and Obama leaves the stage; America is relieved that he was a “ONE TERM PRESIDENT“.

FIFY

katablog.com on July 21, 2011 at 9:39 AM

This one is actually very profound….

golfmann on July 21, 2011 at 9:40 AM

Pretty consistent of him actually. Quite obviously the only jobs that count in his mind are the ones “created or saved” by no tax cuts: government jobs.

He’s been acting like this since Day One anyway – just making it more explicit now I guess.

inviolet on July 21, 2011 at 8:13 AM

inviolet said it first. That was my first thought on reading it too. I hadn’t seen it before, because life is too short to listen to Barry bloviate.

Seriously, I have never understood the widely held opinion that Barry is a great orator; he is very, very average. I listened to him a couple of times back in the day when tingles were running up Missy Chrissy’s leg. I wasn’t impressed by the content or the delivery. The content was largely logic-free and factually challenged, and the delivery was as melodramatic as a soap opera. It doesn’t matter how sharp the crease in his pants, how high the fake columns, how flowery the phrasing, or how many twits are swooning in the audience, if you don’t have something of value to say it is just a blast of hot air that might as well have emerged from the opposite end of the alimentary canal.

Unless, of course, you are a Democrat, or among the seventh-grade intellects Axelrod and ad writers typically target. (These groups have significant overlap.) For these groups, parroting party-line pap is sufficient.

If you want to hear a great public speaker, listen to just about any of Winston Churchill’s recorded speeches. There was a man who could communicate a message. He didn’t need big words to convey big ideas, and he didn’t assume his audience was ignorant or stupid or both.

novaculus on July 21, 2011 at 9:52 AM

President Obama [sic]

antisocial on July 21, 2011 at 9:55 AM

novaculus on July 21, 2011 at 9:52 AM

Obama is – at best – a 6th place finisher at a high school debate field.

Reading and speaking are 2 totally different things – and Bambi can barely read well, speaking… hahaha an effing joke.

Odie1941 on July 21, 2011 at 10:02 AM

Seriously, I have never understood the widely held opinion that Barry is a great orator; he is very, very average.

I agree with you. As Hillary Clinton memorably said, he once gave a speech. Go back and read it in the cold light of day. It’s full of clichés, and most of it consists of his own autobiography.

Some day historians will marvel at the fact that this speech was a springboard to the presidency.

Drained Brain on July 21, 2011 at 10:03 AM

Obama For America (sic)

BKeyser on July 21, 2011 at 10:14 AM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eDJSVPAx8xc&feature=related

…and some people still voted for him. ::Face Palm::

Lourdes on July 21, 2011 at 10:15 AM

What’s happened to Mr Glib?

GarandFan on July 21, 2011 at 10:21 AM

I could forgive, and forget if I believed Obama was just a moron. A bumbling idiot who’s in over his head…but he’s not. He’s doing everything….EVERYTHING with intent. He wants this nation destroyed. The worst part is, he has help in doing it, and I do believe that these people are morons, for believing he really wants to help them, and others. Think again. Think about it. Think about all he’s done, and then ask yourselves….am I or anyone else REALLY better off now?

And keep in mind….418,000 first time job losses from last week. Really? Is this helping America, or helping Dems keep more people dependent on government checks?

Anyone that helps and supports this, should be ashamed of themselves. Yes! You too Mr. Hanks.

capejasmine on July 21, 2011 at 10:35 AM

PappyD61 @8:25
I’m torn between staying dignified at the swearing in of the new President in 2013, and giving Zero and the wife their own version of the Goodbye song that Bush was serenaded with in 2009. Ah, what the hell.. Everybody Sing !!

teacherman on July 21, 2011 at 9:09 AM

Now that’s my version of Hope and Change!!!

GrannyDee on July 21, 2011 at 10:43 AM

…unexpected…

Knott Buyinit on July 21, 2011 at 11:53 AM

Seriously, I have never understood the widely held opinion that Barry is a great orator; he is very, very average.
novaculus on July 21, 2011 at 9:52 AM

It’s really quite simple.

Think back to Joe Biden’s proclamation of how Barry was “clean and articulate”. It betrays a mindset which says that black people generally do not possess those qualities.

Whenever the libs go on an on about how Obama is such a great speaker, I believe that in their minds its always followed by the unspoken caveat “for a black guy.

VelvetElvis on July 21, 2011 at 11:54 AM

Obama (sick)

Tim_CA on July 21, 2011 at 12:01 PM

And the media tries to decide if they should twist this, pretzel-like, into a positive or ignore it totally. Still propping up that rickety facade.

SKYFOX on July 21, 2011 at 12:04 PM

Whenever the libs go on an on about how Obama is such a great speaker, I believe that in their minds its always followed by the unspoken caveat “for a black guy.“

VelvetElvis on July 21, 2011 at 11:54 AM

Is this the “soft bigotry of low expectations”?

SKYFOX on July 21, 2011 at 12:05 PM

and it’s all so siclic…

garry on July 21, 2011 at 12:14 PM

I honestly think there’s something wrong with his brain.

RebeccaH on July 21, 2011 at 1:14 PM

….noon, January 20, 2013.

….his smug mug in that big winter coat off to the side of the lecturn as is the place for outgoing President and first lady. Watching as the new President is sworn in. The oath is administered and Obama leaves the stage happy as a “ONE TERM PRESIDENT“.

PappyD61 on July 21, 2011 at 8:25 AM

He’s such a petulant little priss that I assume he will refuse to attend the swearing-in. M’chell sure as h won’t.

slickwillie2001 on July 21, 2011 at 1:26 PM

Seriously, I have never understood the widely held opinion that Barry is a great orator; he is very, very average.
novaculus on July 21, 2011 at 9:52 AM

He’s not a great orator, he is a decent reader of speeches that he could not write if his life depended on it. In the after-White House, he could make a living narrating PBS specials as long as the script has pronunciation hints.

slickwillie2001 on July 21, 2011 at 1:28 PM

Does Barack Obama believe that tax cuts kill jobs?

“Does he have a degree in economics” –Contessa Brewer

Schadenfreude on July 21, 2011 at 1:40 PM

Yet, stupid Leslie on Fox just said that “it’s not a bad economy, Obama made it better, it’s not his fault”.

Lefties are either stupid or play the part well. In any event they are impertinent hacks.

Schadenfreude on July 21, 2011 at 1:42 PM

Is this the “soft bigotry of low expectations”?

SKYFOX on July 21, 2011 at 12:05 PM

Indeed.

Solaratov on July 21, 2011 at 3:42 PM

Does Barack Obama believe that tax cuts kill jobs?

If the Rethuglikkkans had their way, taxes would be cut and scientists getting federal money to study gay men’s penis sizes would be out of jobs!

malclave on July 21, 2011 at 4:03 PM