Obamateurism of the Day

posted at 8:05 am on July 26, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Barack Obama went to the American people for the fifth time in three weeks to make an argument for, er, something to be done on the debt ceiling.  What does he want done?  He wants Congress to raise it, and he wants some deficit reduction, but just as he has for the last several weeks, Obama declined to offer his own plan or any specifics at all.  Obama did claim that making an issue of the debt ceiling was just silly, since voting to raise the debt ceiling is routine, and that Congress should vote for the debt ceiling increase anyway:

In the past, raising the debt ceiling was routine. Since the 1950s, Congress has always passed it, and every President has signed it. President Reagan did it 18 times. George W. Bush did it 7 times.

Ah, yes, Bush did ask for debt-ceiling increases seven times — three of which were when Obama served in the Senate.  In 2006, Obama didn’t think it was quite so routine:

The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the U.S. Government can’t pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government’s reckless fiscal policies. … Increasing America’s debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that ‘the buck stops here. Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better.

Obama voted against the debt-ceiling increase in 2006.  He didn’t vote at all on the increases in 2007 and 2008, which combined raised the ceiling by $1.65 trillion, or about two-thirds of the one-time increase he seeks now.  Given that Obama was running for President in 2007 and 2008, one can presume that he didn’t want to have that kind of a vote on his record for the campaign, which gives us a real indication of just how routine Obama felt a debt-ceiling hike was then, too.

Obama talks the talk now, but when it came time to cast his own votes when it counted, Obama walked … away.

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You mean he didn’t even vote “Present?”

JayVee on July 26, 2011 at 8:10 AM

Words, history, actions… Nothing has real meaning in this administration.

It was said of Bill Clinton that he would rather climb a tree to tell a lie, than stay on the ground and tell the truth.

At least Clinton recognized the difference.

Crusader Rabbit on July 26, 2011 at 8:11 AM

But you never see that quote of his about lack of leadership in raising the debt ceiling in the old media(not that I have been able to find).

cozmo on July 26, 2011 at 8:11 AM

The story of his life.

JimK on July 26, 2011 at 8:11 AM

Sorry, Obama. Many unengaged voters have become engaged. And they’re fed up with the government wasting their money.

BuckeyeSam on July 26, 2011 at 8:12 AM

Obama talks the talk now, but when it came time to cast his own votes when it counted, Obama walked … away.

White men can’t jump walk away, like me. /BHO

Yoop on July 26, 2011 at 8:14 AM

So, Obama has never voted to raise the debt ceiling?

On another note- is it customary for networks to provide time -during primetime- for the President to campaign? It would be one thing if it was a press conference, or if he had a major announcement to deliver, but no one can assign anything of importance to his speech last night. He wasn’t advocating anything specific. He was just campaigning.

BKeyser on July 26, 2011 at 8:15 AM

Jackass.

crazy_legs on July 26, 2011 at 8:15 AM

Yeah, but that was Republican debt. Republican debt is bad because it means some icky rich person got to keep some of the money that rightfully belongs to the government. It’s like a crime against Social Justice or something. See Democrat debt is shiny and righteous because it stimulates the economy through um… through… it just does, ok?

trubble on July 26, 2011 at 8:15 AM

He says he’s running for re-election because he likes the job. I wonder how he’s liking it these days?

Quick, Bhoener, give this man his “present” so he’ll shut up and go play golf.

NeighborhoodCatLady on July 26, 2011 at 8:16 AM

This is different…’cause…’cause…he’s smarter than Boooosh…that’s why!/// Pass the Loot!

kingsjester on July 26, 2011 at 8:18 AM

He’s gone from an MSM “National Treasure” to an international embarrassment is 30 months. FAIL

Key West Reader on July 26, 2011 at 8:18 AM

But…….but………..but……….Chris Matthews said that Obama’s speech last night was “fair and balanced”, and “balanced and fair” and “and fair balanced” and “balanced fair and” and “They’re coming to take me away, HA-HA! They’re coming to take me away!”

pilamaye on July 26, 2011 at 8:19 AM

2012 can’t come soon enough!

November 6, 2012…..V-A Day!

PappyD61 on July 26, 2011 at 8:20 AM

LOL @ Pilmaye!!

Key West Reader on July 26, 2011 at 8:21 AM

Obama talks the talk now, but when it came time to cast his own votes when it counted, Obama walked … away.

he’s certainly no amateur when it comes to walkin’ away. He’s a pro at placing blame, though.

ted c on July 26, 2011 at 8:27 AM

I can’t stand this man. I want to fight for CCB.

Cindy Munford on July 26, 2011 at 8:30 AM

drudge is headlining that Obama’s base is crumbling.

musta had something to do with the styrofoam construction/?

pillars

ted c on July 26, 2011 at 8:32 AM

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/washington/2011/07/obama-poll-jobs-democratic-base-crumbling.html

confirmed: Obama’s base is racist straight up–they got some problem with a black man in the white house.

narratives

ted c on July 26, 2011 at 8:33 AM

ted c on July 26, 2011 at 8:32 AM

Anyone remember Obama’s famous “these are the pillars upon which our foundations are built?” speech in Denver?

Of course his base is crumbling. One builds pillars on foundations, not the other way around. No amount of styrofoam and glitz is gonna help Obama out this time around.

I want to see a repeat of 1984′s election…525 electoral votes to 13…Reagan v. Mondale…in November 2012.

I want to see a wholesale repudiation of Obama from all across America. Regardless of who the Conservative candidate is to be, I will work to make sure that Obama’s is defeated, soundly. I would hope that all thinking Americans do likewise.

coldwarrior on July 26, 2011 at 8:41 AM

Obama has never voted to raise the debt ceiling

BKeyser on July 26, 2011 at 8:15 AM

Needs to be repeated…

Fallon on July 26, 2011 at 8:42 AM

Obama declined to offer his own plan or any specifics at all.

For the “record” (last night), Loopy Lawrence O’Donnell called Marsha Blackburn a liar for saying this statement above, and told her he was not going to let her lie like this on “his show”.

Rovin on July 26, 2011 at 8:46 AM

confirmed: Obama’s base is racist straight up–they got some problem with a black man in the white house.

narratives

ted c on July 26, 2011 at 8:33 AM

I can hardly believe my eyes, Ted C! I went over there and read the article and 30 or so comments. NOT ONE COMMENT IN SUPPORT OF OBAMA! In the LA Times! And several of them admitted to voting for him in 08.

Did you love how they called Bernie Sanders an “Independent” senator? Twice?

Naturally Curly on July 26, 2011 at 8:50 AM

why didn’t boehner bring this little tidbit up as well…

cmsinaz on July 26, 2011 at 8:50 AM

Rovin on July 26, 2011 at 8:46 AM

she’s brave just to go on that loopy show

cmsinaz on July 26, 2011 at 8:51 AM

she’s brave just to go on that loopy show

cmsinaz on July 26, 2011 at 8:51 AM

I guess you’re right, but I can’t imagine that anyone who watches Crazy Larry is the least bit persuadable.

Might be fun to make the veins on his neck pop out, though.

Naturally Curly on July 26, 2011 at 8:58 AM

Obama declined to offer his own plan or any specifics at all.

Can someone help me with this? Where does it spell out this responsibility for the president in the Constitution? I’m sincerely curious.

withmanitisimpossible on July 26, 2011 at 9:00 AM

This joker has set the standard for all future presidents. Any bum who stumbles out a bar after midnight.

MaiDee on July 26, 2011 at 9:08 AM

The President is responsible to sign bills presented to him, or to veto them. He is then responsible to execute the law of the land.

When the President has complicitly allowed Congress to avoid implementing a budget for more than two years, while spending unallocated money, and then ridicules every attempt the House makes to get a budget enacted, he should at the least provide a counter-proposal. Every real leader in the past would have done so as a matter of course, or at minimum, courtesy.

Freelancer on July 26, 2011 at 9:09 AM

withman: There is no responsibility on the part of the Executive branch to offer its own plan in the Constitution.

There is also no authority on the part of the Executive branch to offer criticism of pending legislation in the Constitution, either.

Therefore, we must fall back on ‘common ethics’, if you will. And common ethics will tell you that if you offer criticism of multiple plans without offering a plan in its place, people are allowed (if not expected) to call you on it.

The authority granted by the Constitution to the Executive branch to check the Legislative branch is the veto. Perhaps Obama should restrict his commentary to ‘no’.

Scott H on July 26, 2011 at 9:12 AM

I want to see a wholesale repudiation of Obama from all across America. Regardless of who the Conservative candidate is to be, I will work to make sure that Obama’s is defeated, soundly. I would hope that all thinking Americans do likewise.

coldwarrior on July 26, 2011 at 8:41 AM

I think you mean refudiation.

Freelancer on July 26, 2011 at 9:13 AM

Naturally Curly on July 26, 2011 at 8:58 AM

heh

cmsinaz on July 26, 2011 at 9:16 AM

Scott H on July 26, 2011 at 9:12 AM

Thank you.

withmanitisimpossible on July 26, 2011 at 9:20 AM

Freelancer on July 26, 2011 at 9:09 AM

Thank you, I agree.

withmanitisimpossible on July 26, 2011 at 9:20 AM

I can’t stand this man. I want to fight for CCB.

Cindy Munford on July 26, 2011 at 8:30 AM

dittos

OmahaConservative on July 26, 2011 at 9:24 AM

OmahaConservative on July 26, 2011 at 9:24 AM

Since I pay taxes in two states I wrote three Democratic senators this morning.

Cindy Munford on July 26, 2011 at 9:43 AM

Obama talks the talk now, but when it came time to cast his own votes when it counted, Obama walked … away.

Just doing what he does. I’m betting, when the cameras are off , he’s running like a deer from these problems and issues.

capejasmine on July 26, 2011 at 9:43 AM

Obama must have loved that movie Groundhog Day, because it seems like every day he’s on tv repeating the same things over and over and over again.

The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. Obama 2006

How intuitive the man was!

GrannySunni on July 26, 2011 at 9:56 AM

In the past, raising the debt ceiling was routine. Since the 1950s, Congress has always passed it, and every President has signed it. President Reagan did it 18 times. George W. Bush did it 7 times.

And that’s exactly what got us into the debt crises we now find outselves in. You can only kick the can down the road for so long, or in our case, about 60 years before the bills come due and the credit gets cut off. Obama is whining that he isn’t being allowed to ignore reality like everyone else got to.

tommyboy on July 26, 2011 at 9:56 AM

There is no responsibility on the part of the Executive branch to offer its own plan in the Constitution.

Perhaps the framers thought that “leader” implied leading?

katablog.com on July 26, 2011 at 10:06 AM

President Reagan did it 18 times. George W. Bush did it 7 times.

It would seem mathematically, then, that another vote before the 2012 election is about right.

Drained Brain on July 26, 2011 at 12:00 PM

If he would look in the mirror, it would shatter.

Schadenfreude on July 26, 2011 at 12:21 PM

I’ll be happy when Obama walks away from the job for good… in January 2013.

RebeccaH on July 26, 2011 at 12:30 PM