Poll: What was the Obamateurism of the Week?

posted at 9:00 am on July 24, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

No kidding — it’s time to pick the Obamateurism of the Week!  If you’ve forgotten a couple of the choices, be sure to have a plan to review them first. Because if you blow that strategy, no one will have a clue what you mean by your choice.

Previous 2011 “winners”:

Got an Obamateurism of the Day? If you see a foul-up by Barack Obama, e-mail it to me atobamaisms@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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Tough choice between #3 and #4.

petefrt on July 24, 2011 at 9:06 AM

The Jeb Bush “never say never” qualifies as an Obamateurism.

maverick muse on July 24, 2011 at 9:08 AM

#5: such arrogance!

OldEnglish on July 24, 2011 at 9:09 AM

I went with “job killing tax cuts”, because 2012 WILL be a referendum on himself. After all, leadership is not proposing a plan.

I understand the wrong week for his birthday and all that, considering how many birth certificates he has.

…. uh, that was joke.

garry on July 24, 2011 at 9:09 AM

Accepting the usage of “revenue” instead of “tax” in economic parlance makes Obamateurs of whomever.

maverick muse on July 24, 2011 at 9:10 AM

Tax Cuts never killed private sector jobs…just government ones.

kingsjester on July 24, 2011 at 9:12 AM

Storming out of economic insolvency conference was a sure sign of impetuous presidential impotence.

“I haven’t the time or the inclination for such things.”

Lame Duck. /quack quack

maverick muse on July 24, 2011 at 9:14 AM

This gets harder and harder every week. One would think the President could smarten up a little and think before he opened his mouth.

EliTheBean on July 24, 2011 at 9:16 AM

went with the last option

D’oh!

cmsinaz on July 24, 2011 at 9:18 AM

Kind of OT but Chris Wallace is tearing up lil Timmeh

…..

Quack Quack indeed!

Key West Reader on July 24, 2011 at 9:18 AM

“job killing tax cuts”

’08 Obama Campaign Pledge to income earners below $250K

Obama delivered the death blow to jobs, and enough taxation to kill those left working.

Every time he repeats the phrase “jobs saved or created” augments his fantasy to fulfill Dreams of My Father: 100% confiscation of earnings in order to provide what people “deserve” from government.

maverick muse on July 24, 2011 at 9:18 AM

I would have voted for the bizarre tantrum press conference — if it had been a choice. He played his hand as a weak child deeply, deeply concerned about his re-election chances.

Rational Thought on July 24, 2011 at 9:19 AM

One would think the President could smarten up a little and think before he opened his mouth.

EliTheBean on July 24, 2011 at 9:16 AM

Blame TOTUS, AWOL

maverick muse on July 24, 2011 at 9:20 AM

I loathe obaka. I have nothing else to say…

ladyingray on July 24, 2011 at 9:20 AM

We need the most intelligent man on teh planet, to explain how tax-cuts kill jobs.

franksalterego on July 24, 2011 at 9:21 AM

tough choices Ed. I picked 5.

ted c on July 24, 2011 at 9:23 AM

OT: candy crowley tried to box in the rep price, still trying to put all the onus on the gop…he came back with that the onus should be on the senate side, we passed 2 bills and they haven’t put ANYTHING on the table, they need to do something…she ended it right there…good for him

cmsinaz on July 24, 2011 at 9:24 AM

maverick muse on July 24, 2011 at 9:14 AM

That was Barry’s famous “world class temperament” on display.

Yet another Obama media-created myth exploded.

AZCoyote on July 24, 2011 at 9:26 AM

This is literally getting harder and harder every week. Finally went with “Job killing tax cuts.” It was definitely the most outrageous.

Lizzy on July 24, 2011 at 9:27 AM

How is it that Republicans are likely to be blamed for the pending remifications for the debt default even though Republicans are the only ones who have submitted any plan.

I am not one for conspiracies, but I am really starting to think that Obama and Senate Democrats are intentionally trying to blow up any debt deal to create a financial panic that they can blame on Repblicans and use to justify another round of “Stimulus Spending” and “Quanitative Easing.”

Very depressing because it might work and it will inflict a llot of pain on innocent citizens.

RedSoxNation on July 24, 2011 at 9:28 AM

Well, at least all the choices are relatively harmless this week. Gotta go with “Job-killing tax cuts”.

JetBoy on July 24, 2011 at 9:28 AM

Those darned evil extremist tax cuts, they`ll be the death of job creation….uhhh sure.

NY Conservative on July 24, 2011 at 9:31 AM

RedSoxNation on July 24, 2011 at 9:28 AM

you are not alone…

cmsinaz on July 24, 2011 at 9:31 AM

Job-killing tax cuts! That takes the cake for stupid.

Shay on July 24, 2011 at 9:31 AM

I had to go with leadership having no plan is leadership. The ‘job killing tax cuts’ was very good, but BHO has never shown leadership, IMO. BHo has continued to show leadership from ‘behind.’

ny59giants on July 24, 2011 at 9:34 AM

Those job-killing tax cuts (????). Why anyone who has a job or owns a business votes for this buffoon, I will never know. Lord help us all.

Philly on July 24, 2011 at 9:36 AM

I think Obambi’s hastily called press conference had some golden nuggets, too:

“I couldn’t get a phone call returned”

“I’ve been left at the altar now a couple of times”

Obama the victim…

But, I went with Obama tipping his hand, calling his own bluff, “Job-killing tax cuts” (sic)

Fallon on July 24, 2011 at 9:38 AM

You’ve finally done it…

That’s IT!

I can’t choose one!

(I’ll come back to it) lol

golfmann on July 24, 2011 at 9:41 AM

Job killing tax cuts. Just shows that Barry has no clue how to create jobs, only eliminate them.

chewmeister on July 24, 2011 at 9:41 AM

Boy, talk about your “target-rich environments” . . .

This is getting harder by the week. Bumbling this bad is going to be a tough act for any other idiot to follow.

tpitman on July 24, 2011 at 9:42 AM

Tax Cuts never killed private sector jobs…just government ones.

kingsjester on July 24, 2011 at 9:12 AM

Hmmm. I think you are on to something.

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CW on July 24, 2011 at 9:44 AM

All of the Obamateurisms this past week can be summed up with a characterization of this Obama Presidency…….

Mr. President, Your ability to negotiate a fair and balanced approach to raising the debt ceiling has to be commendable——– “That was a joke …”

Rovin on July 24, 2011 at 9:44 AM

I am not one for conspiracies, but I am really starting to think that Obama and Senate Democrats are intentionally trying to blow up any debt deal
RedSoxNation on July 24, 2011 at 9:28 AM

It is no conspiracy but rather an extreme game of politics that no doubt the Dems would consider.

CW on July 24, 2011 at 9:45 AM

Rovin on July 24, 2011 at 9:44 AM

EXCELLENT

+1000

cmsinaz on July 24, 2011 at 9:51 AM

Joke and Obama are synonymous.

CW on July 24, 2011 at 9:54 AM

Captain Demogogue has shown himself to be a class A jerk all week long.

scalleywag on July 24, 2011 at 9:55 AM

Blows campaign strategy, says 2012 will be a referendum on himself

Because he’s in full campaign mode, and he’s even messing it up.

Dr Evil on July 24, 2011 at 9:56 AM

I chose “that was a joke”.

I almost went with the referendum comment, and all the others, I’ve no doubt were intentional. Twisting words to suit his narrative is the same ol, same ol. Just like saying revenue, instead of taxes. Using tax cuts as a means to job losses, is ludicrous. But said in the right tone, and said enough times, he could probably get some idiots to believe that.

That was a joke? Well, as Ed said, in the thread…if you have to assure people it was a joke…….. lol

capejasmine on July 24, 2011 at 9:57 AM

RedSoxNation on July 24, 2011 at 9:28 AM

Are they being blamed, or going to be blamed? Or is this just what the msm’s want you to believe?

capejasmine on July 24, 2011 at 9:59 AM

capejasmine on July 24, 2011 at 9:59 AM

the lsm is definitely putting the blame on the gop and the sheeple tend to believe them thats for sure…no onus on the dems or dear leader, they are putting all the onus on the gop…

cmsinaz on July 24, 2011 at 10:01 AM

I’m just so excited about voting next week for the temper tantrum press conference that I can’t think.

Cindy Munford on July 24, 2011 at 10:01 AM

Zero shouldn’t have said “That was a joke.”

Zero should have said “I am a joke.”

viking01 on July 24, 2011 at 10:03 AM

It’s all about meeeeee! Me! Me, Me, Me, Me, Me! I’m more important than any economy! Got it? Me, Me, Me, Me, Me, Me, Me, Me, Me, Me, Me, Me, Me, Me, Me!
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Not Michelle! ME!
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Me.

ExpressoBold on July 24, 2011 at 10:03 AM

Carney left to argue that “Leadership is NOT proposing a plan” for a vote 33.04%

Anyone ever notice that Democrats seem to have their own unique definition of words that seem to be somewhat opposed to what normal folk like you and I would define them as?

Perhaps that’s why Carney’s hapless boss doesn’t seem understand why the rest of us don’t think things like “redistribution” and “taxes” are always such a good thing.

On the other hand, there was another Democrat residing in the WH years before who had his own unique definition of “is”.

pilamaye on July 24, 2011 at 10:05 AM

Has anyone else noticed that we have had at least one Obamateurism every day for like THREE YEARS?!

That’s somewhere in the neighborhood of 1,000 of these stupid, insipid, ridiculous statements or actions! At some point, this becomes a sickening pattern of a delusional, self-absorbed narcissist who has no grip at all on reality.

UnderstandingisPower on July 24, 2011 at 10:10 AM

Referenda on himself……but the joke is a close second.

I don’t know you can possibly narrow it down to this small list of nominees!!!

PappyD61 on July 24, 2011 at 10:11 AM

Geithenr is on Fox News Sunday. So far, I don’t think he has answered a single question directly, and Wallace is basically letting him get away with it.

novaculus on July 24, 2011 at 10:13 AM

garry on July 24, 2011 at 9:09 AM

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Hilarious!
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Tax Cuts never killed private sector jobs…just government ones.

kingsjester on July 24, 2011 at 9:12 AM

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I’m using that from now on!
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Rovin on July 24, 2011 at 9:44 AM

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That was great!

ExpressoBold on July 24, 2011 at 10:15 AM

Timmie the tax cheat (did he ever pay?) is still convinced that after years of recession prolonged by increasing the gigantic government burden that our economy will surely be improved by an even greater government burden.

Instead of 42c of every dollar lets borrow 52c or 62 or.., that’ll fix it because we should all know by now raising taxes, going back to that never empty well of the wealthy investor, will really create a robust economy, this time.

The issue is still one of the Democrats refusal to accept any kind of spending control whatsoever.

Speakup on July 24, 2011 at 10:26 AM

As Ed said earlier this week, if you have to tell people it’s a joke, you’re not doing it right.

Amateur.

backwoods conservative on July 24, 2011 at 10:30 AM

I saw just a tiny bit of Turbo, I wonder why he thinks borrowing enough money for eighteen months of spending is more impressive to that ratings institutes than reducing our debt?

Cindy Munford on July 24, 2011 at 10:30 AM

Barry’s at -21 on Rasmussen today.

The poor little baby.

Key West Reader on July 24, 2011 at 10:31 AM

I would have voted for the bizarre tantrum press conference — if it had been a choice. He played his hand as a weak child deeply, deeply concerned about his re-election chances.

Rational Thought on July 24, 2011 at 9:19 AM

..he’s been using this anger-shtick so much recently, he should be called THE POUTUS.

The War Planner on July 24, 2011 at 10:49 AM

I wish his crybaby antics as is presser from Friday had been included in this poll.

madmonkphotog on July 24, 2011 at 10:49 AM

“Job killing tax cut”. It goes right up there with “spread the wealth” as a true insight into how Obama views revenue. Our economy will remain crippled as long as he is in office.

If any of you are in or around LA today, please come to the LA’s Tea Party (which is focusing on the NAACP).Many patriots are working hard to reach out and ensure we only have to deal with this Joker until 2012.

Mutnodjmet on July 24, 2011 at 10:58 AM

The only job that is a tax on our patience and which needs to be cut is the one killing America- Obama’s.

profitsbeard on July 24, 2011 at 11:33 AM

I think this week there are actually five real amateurisms to choose amongst. Usually, when the President says something we think is dumb, it’s exactly what he means to say, and it’s a lie. This time, when he has said something dumb, it’s actually the truth, but one which doesn’t help him. Then again, I think that the truth rarely would.

Freelancer on July 24, 2011 at 11:48 AM

Tough one again, went with #5, thought that Barry’s spat the dummy presser on Friday might have made the list!

Sandybourne on July 24, 2011 at 11:59 AM

all worthy picks, and all show the real nature of the man in office, he’s never accepted the blame for anything that went wrong in his life, it’s always someone else’s fault, like a 6 year old blaming the spilled milk on the cat or their sibling. Friday’s speech just proved that. And he continues to prove he has no clue about how government affects business and the economy, to the point that you have to think he plotting the downfall of our economy. Too close to the Reichstag fire for me.

Mini-14 on July 24, 2011 at 12:04 PM

If I’d had the choice, I would have said “none of the above” because his obvious mistake this week was trying to slip in another $400 billion in taxes on John Boehner. It cost him the high road, cost him the opportunity to “look” like a leader and, in fact, made him look like a community organizer.

bflat879 on July 24, 2011 at 12:15 PM

#4 wins narrowly over #3

Contessa, you should ask whether Barry has a degree in economics.

bayview on July 24, 2011 at 12:25 PM

Contessa, you should ask whether Barry has a degree in economics.

bayview on July 24, 2011 at 12:25 PM

… or constitutional law.

slickwillie2001 on July 24, 2011 at 1:31 PM

“That was a joke …”

Barry is correct, if he was describing his outstanding leadership.

Yoop on July 24, 2011 at 1:36 PM

I can’t wait until next week’s OOTD. He had at least 5 of them in the Friday temper tantrum press conference.

The best one happened when he said Republicans should not stick to some promise they made during the campaign. Yeah, campaign promises are just lies, we know Barry, hopenchange.

HellCat on July 24, 2011 at 1:47 PM

Job-killing tax cuts! That takes the cake for stupid Obama’s policies.

As far as Tax Cheat Timmy, that’s why Democrats like taxes – they don’t have to pay them – tax paying is just for the little guys.

katablog.com on July 24, 2011 at 2:37 PM

(sic)

Tim_CA on July 24, 2011 at 9:19 PM