Stewart: Did the President just quit?

posted at 12:45 pm on July 27, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Well … yes, in fact, he did. National Journal includes this clip of Jon Stewart’s reaction to Barack Obama’s prime-time speech on Monday as part of its roundup of comic reactions, but it’s Stewart that gets most critical of Obama. Jimmy Kimmel might have had the funnier response, however:

Did the President quit? It’s hard to tell, since the President didn’t look like he was offering much in the first place. He’d insist on being the point man for negotiations, and then go public and scold Republicans for not compromising while never bothering to tell people the specifics of his own demands. Republicans made theirs excruciatingly clear, passing two bills in the House while the Senate followed Obama’s lead and produced nothing at all. In this strange national speech, Obama seems to have pushed himself away from the table, washing his hands of the crisis he helped stoke. That followed the collapse of his position on tax hikes, which Harry Reid abandoned, leaving Obama as the only one still talking about tax hikes.

Ironically, the path to a resolution may become more clear without Obama involved in the negotiations, as Congress can now focus on combining the Reid and Boehner plans once they pass in both chambers. Obama’s lack of leadership in this episode won’t be soon forgotten.

On that point, IBD’s editors agree:

Last Friday, at the end of his press conference on the debt, President Obama said: “I think if you want to be a leader, then you got to lead.” Too bad Obama isn’t taking his own advice.

It’s possible that Obama thinks talking about an issue is the same as leading on it. After all, in July alone, the president has held three press conferences and a town hall, delivered three press briefings, a radio address and a prime-time speech — all devoted to the debt ceiling negotiations.

But in the real world, leadership means standing in front of the parade and directing its course. All Obama has done since the debt crisis emerged more than two years ago is posture, issue platitudes and try to score political points from the tail end of the march.

You can boil this down to three words: Where’s his plan?

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He had plan, let others be responsible and attack them for it.

rob verdi on July 27, 2011 at 12:50 PM

Did the President quit?

He quit awhile ago.

Rebar on July 27, 2011 at 12:51 PM

I’ll boil it down to one word “Present”

PatriotRider on July 27, 2011 at 12:52 PM

I loathe Letterman, but that clip of Biden in his robe made me guffaw.

Bishop on July 27, 2011 at 12:52 PM

He had plan, let others be responsible and attack them for it.

rob verdi on July 27, 2011 at 12:50 PM

+1

KeepOhioRed on July 27, 2011 at 12:53 PM

Present!

greggriffith on July 27, 2011 at 12:53 PM

It’s the passing the buck method of leadership. All the MBA schools are teaching it now. They’re even adding this dimension to the competing values framework…

Caper29 on July 27, 2011 at 12:54 PM

His plan is to avoid blame while blaming. It was his plan for getting elected, why should he change? He had no substance to offer then except HopeAndChange, he has nothing to offer now.

Freelancer on July 27, 2011 at 12:55 PM

You paeans wouldn’t understand my plan anyway, so why should I bother explaining it to you?

Just eat your peas!

-Duh Won

VelvetElvis on July 27, 2011 at 12:55 PM

Obama likes the perks of the Presidency, but none of the work.

portlandon on July 27, 2011 at 12:56 PM

As we have learned, the question “where is your plan?” is a Republican talking point.

Brian1972 on July 27, 2011 at 12:56 PM

Ruh roh, you know you’re in trouble when your own lefty comics start chewing on you.

petefrt on July 27, 2011 at 12:58 PM

You can boil this down to three words: Where’s his plan?

He had plan, let others be responsible and attack them for it.

rob verdi on July 27, 2011 at 12:50 PM

+10000

Brevity is the soul of wit.
William Shakespeare

I have nothing more to add to that.

Chip on July 27, 2011 at 12:58 PM

“Present”

b/w

“Fore!”

visions on July 27, 2011 at 12:58 PM

Let us not forget here that the President DID have a plan. And it FAILED in the Senate 0-97!

UnderstandingisPower on July 27, 2011 at 12:59 PM

Bad news for Soetoro when the scales have fallen from the eyes of Bill Stewart/Jon Maher.

BHO Jonestown on July 27, 2011 at 1:00 PM

What do you expect from a preteen who’s learned recite a speech well?

Speakup on July 27, 2011 at 1:01 PM

Where’s his plan?

Bammy has a plan: more taxes and more spending.

AZCoyote on July 27, 2011 at 1:01 PM

It’s possible that Obama thinks talking about an issue is the same as leading on it. After all, in July alone, the president has held three press conferences and a town hall, delivered three press briefings, a radio address and a prime-time speech — all devoted to the debt ceiling negotiations.

This still comes as a shock to people? It was his M.O. during the entire Obamacare debate and that sucker dragged for nearly a year. He hands it off to Congress and then swoops in at the end to sign whatever bill passes and claims credit. The reason Obamacare and the debt ceiling have been so contentious and difficult is that he’s been forced to negotiate with the GOP. With the health care law, the Dems were able to avoid any major showdown because the only stumbling block was Scott Brown’s election and reconciliation took care of that. But now with the GOP in control of the House, Obama has to be there to broker a deal between both chambers and as we can all see, he’s either not interested in leading or doesn’t have the requisite skills for the job(or both).

Which makes you wonder how ugly it’ll get if Obama wins reelection but the GOP regains control of the Senate. Unless he’s gonna veto everything that comes out of Congress, he’ll be forced to work very long hours to come up with some sort of compromise on pretty much everything.

Doughboy on July 27, 2011 at 1:03 PM

Decision Points — GWB (2010)

Indecision Points —- BHO (2013)

Caper29 on July 27, 2011 at 1:03 PM

His plan is to get re-elected.

scalleywag on July 27, 2011 at 1:04 PM

And yet, no Dim will primary this guy? Where’s Ted Kennedy when this country can really use him?
Jimmah Cartah has to be dancing a happy jig. Not only is he not the worst president of the last hundred years now… it’s not even close.

Sugar Land on July 27, 2011 at 1:05 PM

Obama and Boehner losing their high chairs. Arses dangling in the air…

Thank you Tea Party.

Schadenfreude on July 27, 2011 at 1:06 PM

try to score political points from the tail end of the march.

Heh, he’s just leading from behind!

atxcowgirl on July 27, 2011 at 1:06 PM

Quit worrying about election and save the country.

Stop the bleeding. The tourniquet must be applied, NOW!!!

Schadenfreude on July 27, 2011 at 1:07 PM

HA, where’s the updates on Oslo?

Sheesh, we only had 2 entries.

mythicknight on July 27, 2011 at 1:08 PM

Where’s his plan?

Bammy has a plan: more taxes and more spending.

AZCoyote on July 27, 2011 at 1:01 PM

Yup, it’s called:

From each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs. (Karl Marx)

But he can’t come out and say that so he has to couch it in terms of class warfare rhetoric like corporate jets, making the rich pay their fair share and spreading the wealth around.

The fact that National Socialists can never be truthful about their true intentions should indicate volumes about them.

Chip on July 27, 2011 at 1:09 PM

You can boil this down to three words: Where’s his plan?

The plan, the plan.

Schadenfreude on July 27, 2011 at 1:10 PM

Where’s his plan?

Ummmmm…… the dog ate it? Bad, BO…. bad BO……

Cody1991 on July 27, 2011 at 1:13 PM

What do you expect from a preteen who’s learned recite read a speech well?

Speakup on July 27, 2011 at 1:01 PM

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I think you were upgrading his single actual ability…
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RalphyBoy on July 27, 2011 at 1:14 PM

I won, the games over, go home…

right2bright on July 27, 2011 at 1:14 PM

We’ve been down this road before

How does it feel?

Key West Reader on July 27, 2011 at 1:15 PM

HA, where’s the updates on Oslo?

Sheesh, we only had 2 entries.

mythicknight on July 27, 2011 at 1:08 PM

What’s there to update. The left say that it’s all the fault of the Christians on the right.

The ‘leadership’ in Europe says “no problem here, we need more democracy”.

The actual perpetrator will spend the rest of his life in a club-like atmosphere, further studying and developing his ‘manifesto’.

Oh, and muzzies, they’ll keep progressing their mission.

Schadenfreude on July 27, 2011 at 1:17 PM

Quit worrying about election and save the country.

Stop the bleeding. The tourniquet must be applied, NOW!!!

Schadenfreude on July 27, 2011 at 1:07 PM

..kinda remind you of what? The Gulf oil spill? The dithering on the Afghanistan troop surge/withdrawals/meeting with his general? The “laser-like focus” on the economy and jobs? Even somewhat reminiscent of the 18 hours he took to give the order to zap Osama Bin Laden?

Think we’re seeing a trend here.

The War Planner on July 27, 2011 at 1:17 PM

The plan, the plan.

Schadenfreude on July 27, 2011 at 1:10 PM

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Right down to the $50,000 per price tag.
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RalphyBoy on July 27, 2011 at 1:17 PM

Quit? Let me know when he starts working.

bridgetown on July 27, 2011 at 1:18 PM

Being president is hard.

rollthedice on July 27, 2011 at 1:19 PM

Obama Song!

Key West Reader on July 27, 2011 at 1:19 PM

You can boil this down to three words: Where’s his plan?

The plan, the plan.

Schadenfreude on July 27, 2011 at 1:10 PM

This the inspiration for the ATF’s Operation Castaway:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cfR7qxtgCgY&feature=related
(Gilligan’s island)

Chip on July 27, 2011 at 1:20 PM

“Where’s his plan?”

Add up all the crisis’s…

(Over regulation stifling the economy, no energy production, long term unemployment, “Fast and Furious”, bye-bye Israel, “Days not Weeks” in Libya, hyping the budget crisis, scaring seniors, Obowmacare destroying the health care system, long term $4.00+ gas, etc., etc.,)

Seven Percent Solution on July 27, 2011 at 1:20 PM

How does it feel?

Key West Reader on July 27, 2011 at 1:15 PM

More like:

..I’m on the pavement
Thinking about the government
The man in the trench coat
Badge out, laid off
Says he’s got a bad cough
Wants to get it paid off..

The War Planner on July 27, 2011 at 1:22 PM

The last time the govt defaulted was 1979 under Carter, and what happened to him… he lost in a landslide the next year to someone that GOP elites did not want to nominate, but was the greatest president of the century.

Palin, are you listening?

ConservativePartyNow on July 27, 2011 at 1:23 PM

Brevity is the soul of wit.
William Shakespeare

I have nothing more to add to that.

Chip on July 27, 2011 at 12:58 PM

Schadenfreude on July 27, 2011 at 1:24 PM

Add up all the crisis’s crises

Seven Percent Solution on July 27, 2011 at 1:20 PM

..grammar Nazi strikes again.

The War Planner on July 27, 2011 at 1:24 PM

I loathe Letterman, but that clip of Biden in his robe made me guffaw.

Bishop on July 27, 2011 at 12:52 PM

Joe Biteme is the administration’s comedy flypaper. If a comedian really must mock the administration of little Bammie, it’s been made clear that it’s open season on Joe Biteme. God help any comedian that mocks little Bammie though.

slickwillie2001 on July 27, 2011 at 1:24 PM

Sons and Daughters.

Key West Reader on July 27, 2011 at 1:24 PM

The actual perpetrator will spend the rest of his life in a club-like atmosphere
Schadenfreude on July 27, 2011 at 1:17 PM

I do believe the max sentence in Norway is 21 years behind bars.

The dude will be out in plenty of time to do it all again.

Bishop on July 27, 2011 at 1:25 PM

The Blamer in Chief doesn’t do plans. He lays blame…that’s it.

chipandcharge on July 27, 2011 at 1:26 PM

Bishop on July 27, 2011 at 1:25 PM

Because they are erudite, superior to us, democratic, enlightened, progressive, multicultural and all that.

Schadenfreude on July 27, 2011 at 1:28 PM

But… Obama has words. And that’s the same as a plan, right?

hawksruleva on July 27, 2011 at 1:29 PM

grammar Nazi strikes again.

The War Planner on July 27, 2011 at 1:24 PM

Thanks…

… my bad.

Seven Percent Solution on July 27, 2011 at 1:29 PM

Where’s his plan?

++++++++++++++++++++++++
Cloward-Piven is a plan, isn’t it?

Cloward-Piven is a strategy for forcing political change through orchestrated crisis.

The strategy was first proposed in 1966 by Columbia University political scientists Richard Andrew Cloward and Frances Fox Piven as a plan to bankrupt the welfare system and produce radical change.

Sometimes known as the “crisis strategy” or the the “flood-the-rolls, bankrupt-the-cities strategy,” the Cloward-Piven approach called for swamping the welfare rolls with new applicants – more than the system could bear. It was hoped that the resulting economic collapse would lead to political turmoil and ultimately socialism.

NMRN123 on July 27, 2011 at 1:30 PM

Did the President just quit?

csdeven hardest hit!

singer on July 27, 2011 at 1:31 PM

He’d insist on being the point man for negotiations, and then go public and scold Republicans for not compromising while never bothering to tell people the specifics of his own demands.

This odd dance reminds me of Andre Linoge in the Stephen King miniseries “Storm of the Century.” Watch from 3:30 to 3:45…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HuwmVd1Az5Q

Note the creepy smile, too.

Paul_in_NJ on July 27, 2011 at 1:32 PM

Every time you guys link to these liberal entertainers, you are generating advertising dollars for them. Dollars that are spent on liberal agendas, programs and candidates. Nice job….

Why don’t conservatives get this?

Why not help out people that are NOT your enemy? You should check out PJTV’s Sonja Schmidt’s hilarious new “low budget, high octane” show called ‘the IN word’…. Lib-Free Entertainment….

deedtrader on July 27, 2011 at 1:33 PM

Linoge: “Just give me what I want, and I’ll go away.”
Anderson: “What is it you want?”
Linoge:

Paul_in_NJ on July 27, 2011 at 1:33 PM

Did the President just quit?

csdeven hardest hit!

singer on July 27, 2011 at 1:31 PM

Huge logical flaw in yer conclusion

Schadenfreude on July 27, 2011 at 1:34 PM

Obama has no plan, nor do Dems. Republicans submitted a House passed ccb bill, and Reid tabled it. So before Obutthead starts scolding anyone about partisanship, submit that damn bill to the Senate and give it a fair chance for a vote. Until then, all other options should not even be held up for consideration.

capejasmine on July 27, 2011 at 1:34 PM

You can’t quit if you don’t play.

mrt721 on July 27, 2011 at 1:38 PM

Racist!

Harpoon on July 27, 2011 at 1:39 PM

The plan, the plan.

Schadenfreude on July 27, 2011 at 1:10 PM

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Right down to the $50,000 per price tag.
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RalphyBoy on July 27, 2011 at 1:17 PM

I always liked the SCTV remake better…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s4WoOClHh9g

Del Dolemonte on July 27, 2011 at 1:40 PM

Jon Stewart is just soooo cute…and funny!…and has such a succinct, entertaining way of explaining what we would otherwise not get.

Thanks, Jon…you’re the greatest! ;-)
/s

So sick of this wisea$$.

Dr. ZhivBlago on July 27, 2011 at 1:43 PM

ObaMao had a “plan,” which the Senate shot down in a bipartisan fashion 97-0.

onlineanalyst on July 27, 2011 at 1:47 PM

While I normally don’t find Stewart that funny (or intelligent) I must admit to laughing out loud when he started waving the hammer and sickle around wildly.

Kirin on July 27, 2011 at 1:50 PM

Obama is not a leader – at best he is a manager or supervisor. He has never exercised his ability to make a decision when it meant he had to lead on an issue. We have all worked with people like him – finger in the air waiting to see which way the wind is blowing then claiming he was “quietly building the consensus”. BS

Starting in 2007, my brother has been an ardent, over-the-top supporter of Obama always claiming that his top attributes were his superior intellect and proven ability to see both sides of an issue and bring parties together in an unbiased way to reach a solution. For the past four years I have challenged my brother to cite even one example of either Obama’s purported intellect or mediating skills. That usually ends with him accusing me of being a racist “looking to hang a black man”. (Yeah, Thanksgiving meals are a hoot in my family.)

Last week after ripping the GOP, my brother said Obama couldn’t make a decision on which sandwich to eat for lunch. Obama is lucky he has SEIU, ACORN and George Soros to tell him what to do.

in_awe on July 27, 2011 at 1:56 PM

The Puppet to speak, again.

Schadenfreude on July 27, 2011 at 2:02 PM

The President has a plan and it’s as clear as day. Why don’t you people get it.

His plan: Get Re-Elected!!

And his strategy is clear as well.

Running without a record worked out for him last time and he’s determined to keep it that way.

IndieDogg on July 27, 2011 at 2:04 PM

Here’s his plan.

Akzed on July 27, 2011 at 2:10 PM

Jon Stewart says he can’t get his dad out of the bathroom and he’s an ideologues. The progressives gave themselves whiplash. Who voted strictly on partisan lines to pass Obamacare? Answer: progressive ideologues. They created the strength of their opposition and they earned every heartburn they suffer for it today. It’s different when the ideological strong arming is being received and not applied. They are disingenuous, by the way hows that coffee party going?

Dr Evil on July 27, 2011 at 2:13 PM

Is it time to resurrect the “Obama as The Joker” pix?

onlineanalyst on July 27, 2011 at 2:13 PM

It’s possible that Obama thinks talking about an issue is the same as leading on it.

Possible? How about “obvious”?

Missy on July 27, 2011 at 2:33 PM

This is just another example of Obama’s belief that words ARE actions. He talked about the problem, so he’s doing something about it. If Republicans don’t jump on board, that’s their fault. Remember, to Obama, bipartisanship is Democrats and Republicans coming together in an effort to give Obama everything he wants.

Fred 2 on July 27, 2011 at 2:34 PM

Jimmy Kimmel

Funny stuff. Charge ‘em for the calls to Congress…

Fallon on July 27, 2011 at 2:38 PM

Of course Obama has a plan. It’s in the same secret lock box as Perry’s secret plan to end the war, (By the way, isn’t it strange that no one ever asked him about where it is after the eelction? I mean ending the war is on the same level as stopping the seas from rising.)

Don L on July 27, 2011 at 2:50 PM

I call it an eel-ection because most of the winners are very slippery….

Don L on July 27, 2011 at 2:51 PM

Gotta go, gotta go, gotta go right now, gotta go gotta go gotta go.

Obama so needs to be gone. He’s a grocery clerk sent to collect the bill. Ted Mack would be proud.

saiga on July 27, 2011 at 3:15 PM

He quit awhile ago.

Rebar on July 27, 2011 at 12:51 PM

Agreed. And I think Stewart joked about that, too. Which means Stewart is now reusing some of his old jokes. Not a good sign in the career of a comic. Can a clip show be far away?

apostic on July 27, 2011 at 3:25 PM

Where’s Clara Peller when you need her?

exhelodrvr on July 27, 2011 at 4:12 PM

Akzed on July 27, 2011 at 2:10 PM

NMRN123 on July 27, 2011 at 1:30 PM

You funloving crazy Crisisers.

shick on July 27, 2011 at 4:28 PM

You know what we call the guy walks behind the parade?

Shit Shoveler.

BobMbx on July 27, 2011 at 4:43 PM

Where’s his plan?

Blowing in the Wind?

Somewhere Over the Rainbow?

Eastbound and Down?

JohnGalt23 on July 27, 2011 at 5:30 PM

perhaps this Jon Stewart person will follow Geo. Lopez to Canada after the 2012 election.

BHO Jonestown on July 27, 2011 at 6:24 PM

It took the libs this long to figure out what sort of a leader Obama really is.

Hey, dumbasses! We figured it out before he was even President! What took YOU so long?

R. Waher on July 27, 2011 at 7:03 PM

Where’s his plan?
It’s with his birth certificate, and you can’t see it unless you have a tangible interest in seeing it.

virgo on July 27, 2011 at 11:58 PM

Leadership?

FORE!!!!!

skeneogden on July 28, 2011 at 11:10 AM