Obamateurism of the Day

posted at 8:05 am on July 29, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Occasionally, Barack Obama offers an idea that makes him seem terribly out of touch with the people he’s supposed to lead. Ah, heck, it’s more than just occasionally, as Guy Benson discovered after one of Obama’s press conferences this month.  (Which one?  Who can keep track?)  Guy found ten choice quotes from presser, a couple of which we’ve already covered in the OOTD series, but a couple have to be added to the series.

First, Obama told the press corps that Republican proposals to cut the budget would interfere with the well-loved American tradition of, er, expanding government:

We’re not out here trying to use this as a means of doing all these really tough political things. I’d rather be talking about stuff that everybody welcomes — like new programs

No, not everyone welcomes the idea of new federal programs.  In fact, we have quite a few we’d like to end.

And this one, quite frankly, makes me wonder how Obama’s reputation of a deep thinker developed in the first place:

You may hear the argument that why not just go ahead and do all the cuts and we can debate the revenue issues in the election — right? You’ll hear that from some Republicans. The problem is, is that if you don’t do the revenues, then to get the same amount of savings you’ve got to have more cuts.

It took Obama this long to figure out that cuts are an alternative to increasing taxes?  Most of us had that figured out already, big guy.  That’s why we elected a Republican House in 2010, and why we’re likely to elect a Republican President in 2012.

 

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The man can’t even close an umbrella.

katy the mean old lady on July 29, 2011 at 8:12 AM

we’re likely to elect a Republican President in 2012.

Don’t count your chickens…

itsnotaboutme on July 29, 2011 at 8:12 AM

I explained what is going on with debt, taxes, revenues, spending, etc. to my eighth grader. He caught on without too much difficulty. baracks brain travels in a completely different dimension and transcends mortal thinking.

Empty-suited, moron in chief.

DuctTapeMyBrain on July 29, 2011 at 8:13 AM

D’oh!

cmsinaz on July 29, 2011 at 8:13 AM

I’d rather be talking about stuff…

And stuff? A favorite word of the World’s Greatest Orator. I wouldn’t be surprised to hear him start sentences with Like, e.g. Like I’d rather be talking about cool stuff…

Drained Brain on July 29, 2011 at 8:15 AM

Deep thoughts from Barack Obama. I will spend the remainder of this new day pondering such enlightenment.

conservative pilgrim on July 29, 2011 at 8:15 AM

It took Obama this long to figure out that cuts are an alternative to increasing taxes?

obaka….

ladyingray on July 29, 2011 at 8:16 AM

He says that like it’s a bad thing.

JimK on July 29, 2011 at 8:17 AM

He should go out to the links, shout ‘Fore,’ shoot five and write down three,

TimBuk3 on July 29, 2011 at 8:17 AM

It’s the spending, STUPID!!
.
OT: Stupid Steny Hoyer lying his @$$ off on Squawk Box, being his “blame Republicans” consistent self and playing politics with another of “the most severe crisis to ever face our Republic” BS. He’s not convincing anybody on the program of his integrity, statesmanship, or veracity. Little b!tch!

ExpressoBold on July 29, 2011 at 8:22 AM

Release his college apps and transcripts. Then throw him out of office.

Key West Reader on July 29, 2011 at 8:23 AM

No, not everyone welcomes the idea of new federal programs. In fact, we have quite a few we’d like to end.

Unfortunately, the we you allude to, are still in the minority.
The American people have been hooked on the federal government program drug for too long.
Withdrawal is just too hard for many of them, and they can vote to keep it coming. Federal program junkies.

donh525 on July 29, 2011 at 8:23 AM

stuff that everybody welcomes —

Yay, “Stuff!” Stuff, stuff, stuff…..

Soaring rhetorical brilliance……. from someone who leads from behind because that’s all anyone can do when they have their head up their a$$.

Get stuffed, BO.

Cody1991 on July 29, 2011 at 8:24 AM

It could be worse. We could’ve elected the REAL author of “Dreams from my Father.”

RBMN on July 29, 2011 at 8:25 AM

I am a product of the ’60s, and I never had ANY drugs as good as what he must be doing. This dude personifies truly transcendant idiocy. The man is a freakin’ genius.

We are well and truly screwed if the sheeple give him another 4 years.

Sheesh…

Crusader Rabbit on July 29, 2011 at 8:25 AM

and why we’re likely to elect a Republican President in 2012.

Don’t toy with us, Ed.

KS Rex on July 29, 2011 at 8:26 AM

He says that like it’s a bad thing.

JimK on July 29, 2011 at 8:17 AM

To him and the socialists/communists it is the end of the world.

tinkerthinker on July 29, 2011 at 8:26 AM

Sadly, a lot of people would LOVE new programs. He’s not the least bit out of touch with that crowd.

clnurnberg on July 29, 2011 at 8:31 AM

It took Obama this long to figure out that cuts are an alternative to increasing taxes?

Well, to give him the benefit of the doubt (I know…) maybe this explains why his “balanced” approach has always included raising taxes. It really is almost as though the thought never even crosses his (or countless other folks’) mind that there really are alternatives to the expanding government mindset.

BlueCollarAstronaut on July 29, 2011 at 8:32 AM

Cheer up everyone. Baby Bam has sent out his mommy, Val, to remind the country that he’s losing sleep over this debacle, and not in fact, worrying about his scheduled, August boondoggles:

Valerie Jarrett: Obama ‘getting absolutely no sleep’ because of debt crisis

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As John Boehner spent the night trying to wrestle members into place to support his debt ceiling deal, Valerie Jarret reminded reporters yesterday that it was President Obama who was losing sleep over the issue.

“He’s getting absolutely no sleep. He’s working tirelessly, meeting with his economic team, doing a lot of outreach, exploring all kinds of possibilities for compromise,” Jarrett said.

Chief of Staff William Daley told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer last night that Obama has issued a secret plan for solving the debt crisis.

http://washingtonexaminer.com/blogs/beltway-confidential/2011/07/valerie-jarrett-obama-getting-absolutely-no-sleep-because-debt-cr?utm_source=feedburner+BeltwayConfidential&utm_medium=feed+Beltway+Confidential&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+BeltwayConfidential+%28Beltway+Confidential%29feed&utm_content=feed&utm_term=feed

Cody1991 on July 29, 2011 at 8:34 AM

Sadly, a lot of people would LOVE new programs. He’s not the least bit out of touch with that crowd.

clnurnberg on July 29, 2011 at 8:31 AM

I agree, the pay my mortgage, Pay my car payment Bill has not passed YET.

IowaWoman on July 29, 2011 at 8:36 AM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P36x8rTb3jI
Here is link

IowaWoman on July 29, 2011 at 8:37 AM

The problem is, is that if you don’t do the revenues, then to get the same amount of savings you’ve got to have more cuts.

“Revenues” aren’t savings.

forest on July 29, 2011 at 8:38 AM

And he’s not even from Rio Linda.

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darwin-t on July 29, 2011 at 8:42 AM

He can stuff it.

Kissmygrits on July 29, 2011 at 8:54 AM

You may hear the argument that why not just go ahead and do all the cuts and we can debate the revenue issues in the election — right? You’ll hear that from some Republicans. The problem is, is that if you don’t do the revenues, then to get the same amount of savings you’ve got to have more cuts

WTF is he talking about here? It must be too early for me in the morning as this makes little sense to me. Who talks like this?

let’s see if I get this right:

“do all the cuts” means gut Defense
“do the revenues” means raise taxes and destroy the middle class

how did I do?

Ditkaca on July 29, 2011 at 8:56 AM

darwin-t on July 29, 2011 at 8:42 AM

LOVE the FacePalm!!!

DuctTapeMyBrain on July 29, 2011 at 9:18 AM

Empty-suited, moron in chief.

DuctTapeMyBrain on July 29, 2011 at 8:13 AM

I disagree with your assessment that when Obama is speaking on the economy that he is a clueless moron. I believe with every fiber of my being that Barack Hussein Obama (PBUH) is a despicable Marxist to the core and is engaging his policy or Cloward/Piven in order to put as many people as possible on the public dole. When they overwhelm each program, the pressure on politicians to expand the programs in order to quell the guaranteed violence and to remain in power will be overpowering to even moderately conservatives.

Your comment regarding your 8th grader is a testament to the honesty and class of the American conservative. We just cannot accept that a POTUS would be purposely on a path to destroy what made this country the freest country ever. So he must simply be stupid.

He certainly is a moronic empty suit in other areas.

csdeven on July 29, 2011 at 9:27 AM

Credit downgrade is the tea party’s fault.

Spending as a percent of GDP has nothing to do with credit rating.

Make $50K a year? So go buy a 14 million dollar house a Lambo, a cigarette boat and a villa in Cabo. Just don’t argue with the tea party about debt limits.

IlikedAUH2O on July 29, 2011 at 9:27 AM

Have you heard about the evil oil companies, millionaires and billionaires and corporate jets????

Like the prez said, if you can’t afford a tank of gas, go buy a new car even if it hasn’t been invented yet. This is the finest example of his cluelessness I have heard.

kringeesmom on July 29, 2011 at 9:32 AM

“Life is like a box of stupid.”

Akzed on July 29, 2011 at 9:33 AM

Once again, Hot Air, if you had seen my video from 7/13 you wouldn’t be two weeks behind the curve. It was sent to, linked in the comments, but there’s no respect for little ol’ Granny Jan from Amherst,MA who nails at least 78% of the time.

Eat Your Own Damn Peas, Barack Obama

No Niks on July 29, 2011 at 9:35 AM

Don’tcha’ just luv being lectured by a mathematical illiterate?

franksalterego on July 29, 2011 at 9:36 AM

Don’tcha’ just luv being lectured by a mathematical illiterate?

franksalterego on July 29, 2011 at 9:36 AM

+100 !!!!

kringeesmom on July 29, 2011 at 9:50 AM

You may hear the argument that why not just go ahead and do all the cuts and we can debate the revenue issues in the election — right? You’ll hear that from some Republicans. The problem is, is that if you don’t do the revenues, then to get the same amount of savings you’ve got to have more cuts

In other words, we can’t give you more of other people’s money unless we are allowed to take it from them.

katablog.com on July 29, 2011 at 9:57 AM

It took Obama this long to figure out that cuts are an alternative to increasing taxes?

Obama wants to destroy this country. No doubts on that. And his compliant press, staff, and supporters prop him up. It’s like they feel they have to, because they know how stupid he is, and can be. They’re doing him no favors, other than to show the world his enormous stupidity.

capejasmine on July 29, 2011 at 10:38 AM

Hey, Obama why don’t you just stick to looking cool riding a bike…oh,wait.

Caper29 on July 29, 2011 at 10:49 AM

Affirmative action, in action.

GarandFan on July 29, 2011 at 11:11 AM

I’d like to hear this chant at meet and greets next year:

CUT BABY CUT!

CUT BABY CUT!

And for a new slogan, how about:

It’s the spending, stupid!

EconomicNeocon on July 29, 2011 at 11:14 AM

GarandFan on July 29, 2011 at 11:11 AM

That’s the story of his life. Without forty years of that damned liberal program we would not have been cursed with this jackass.

slickwillie2001 on July 29, 2011 at 12:08 PM

Valerie Jarrett: Obama ‘getting absolutely no sleep’ because of debt crisis
Cody1991 on July 29, 2011 at 8:34 AM

I wonder how Val knows Obama is not getting any sleep…better not tell Michelle.

HellCat on July 29, 2011 at 12:17 PM

It could be worse. We could’ve elected the REAL author of “Dreams from my Father.”

RBMN on July 29, 2011 at 8:25 AM

ROTFLMAO

Tim_CA on July 29, 2011 at 1:01 PM

darwin-t on July 29, 2011 at 8:42 AM

The “Math is Haaaaard” facepalm

perfectly played.

Tim_CA on July 29, 2011 at 1:03 PM

“I’m good enough. I’m smart enough. And doggone it, people like me!”
- Barry Soetoro while studying at Muslim school in Indonesia

HammerNH on July 29, 2011 at 1:53 PM

White House meeting on what to do about the House Republicans -
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y0cF2piwjYQ

HammerNH on July 29, 2011 at 2:21 PM

“He’s getting absolutely no sleep. He’s working tirelessly, meeting with his economic team, doing a lot of outreach, exploring all kinds of possibilities for compromise,” Jarrett said.
Chief of Staff William Daley told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer last night that Obama has issued a secret plan for solving the debt crisis.
Cody1991 on July 29, 2011 at 8:34 AM

“He’s getting absolutely no sleep.

Sounds like someone with a guilty conscious.

Chief of Staff William Daley told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer last night that Obama has issued a secret plan for solving the debt crisis.

That’s it! Its official now!
Obama is channeling Nixon!

DSchoen on July 29, 2011 at 3:44 PM

This is a dummy in fancy clothes. The media know the carnival, but can’t admit that they’ve been duped.

Schadenfreude on July 29, 2011 at 3:50 PM

Valerie Jarrett: Obama ‘getting absolutely no sleep’ because of debt crisis
Cody1991 on July 29, 2011 at 8:34 AM

I wonder how Val knows Obama is not getting any sleep…better not tell Michelle.

HellCat on July 29, 2011 at 12:17 PM

She sings him nursery rhymes from Frank Marshall Davis’s childrens book to put him to sleep every night.

slickwillie2001 on July 29, 2011 at 4:48 PM

Ed wrote: “That’s why we elected a Republican House in 2010, and why we’re likely to elect a Republican President in 2012.” — Unfortunately if we don’t have at least 60 Republican senators they won’t be able to undo all that obama and the Dems have screwed up.

free on July 29, 2011 at 5:56 PM