Poll: What was the Obamateurism of the week?

posted at 10:00 am on July 31, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

It’s time for stuff everybody welcomes — like voting for the Obamateurism of the Week! You don’t need to know much about history to make your choice; we’ll let you vote even if you do think that doubling the federal budget is fiscally conservative.   By now, some of these gaffes may seem pretty routine.  We have a wealth of options this week, so just discard the choices you don’t need.  Just remember that every discard is like addition, only, er … not.

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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heh. first vote.

for the revisionist history on President Reagan.

ted c on July 31, 2011 at 10:02 AM

Oh, man.

Every one of those are winners.

BallisticBob on July 31, 2011 at 10:03 AM

I had to go with his “What the FDR?” moment.

backwoods conservative on July 31, 2011 at 10:04 AM

Too many good ones, can we pull a lib and vote more than once?

Kissmygrits on July 31, 2011 at 10:04 AM

FDR

OmahaConservative on July 31, 2011 at 10:05 AM

Too many worthy choices, “unexpectedly”.

Dingbat63 on July 31, 2011 at 10:05 AM

“I’d rather be talking about stuff that everybody welcomes — like new programs.”

I’d rather he talk about stuff that I would welcome — like his resignation.

Tommy_G on July 31, 2011 at 10:05 AM

To make more savings, you’ve got to rake in more. Sounds like Blondie at a fashion sale.

OldEnglish on July 31, 2011 at 10:06 AM

This guy may have been “made” President, but damn is he ignorant.

texriot on July 31, 2011 at 10:07 AM

He keeps bringing up Reagan. I thought Commies hated Reagan.

SagebrushPuppet on July 31, 2011 at 10:10 AM

FDR

To say that, he was either deliberately lying or profoundly ignorant.

petefrt on July 31, 2011 at 10:11 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.”

.
This garbled logic which eventually gets to the right position, with a negative connotation, comes from “the smartest man in the room.” After everything I have seen and heard over the last 2½ years this might best be described as “whining.” Yea, whining!
.
Like WTF, “Whining The Future.”

ExpressoBold on July 31, 2011 at 10:11 AM

I went with FDR, but with Obama’s propensity for “whoppers” you could probably post a list like this every day.

tpitman on July 31, 2011 at 10:11 AM

More programs! After all how the H*LL am I suppose to get elected if I can’t GIVE my supporters something?

katablog.com on July 31, 2011 at 10:12 AM

I can’t decide. FDR being a penny-pincher is the most egregious, but every time he speaks Ronald Reagan’s name I just see red. How DARE he!

Naturally Curly on July 31, 2011 at 10:12 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.”

Don’t count on me spending less!

katablog.com on July 31, 2011 at 10:13 AM

Remember folks, this man is the Ultimate Liberal Democrat. “We are the Ones We’ve been waiting for.” Etc.

Barack Obama is the pinnacle of Modern Liberalism.

Pathetic.

visions on July 31, 2011 at 10:14 AM

I’m totally stumped. That’s a lot of stupid in one week.

Cindy Munford on July 31, 2011 at 10:14 AM

can we pull a lib and vote more than once?

No, but dead people can vote.

katablog.com on July 31, 2011 at 10:15 AM

These just get tougher every week.I went with the revenues because it best describes the tax-and-spend attitudes of Liberals and the fact they they will only inadvertently admit it.

Mord on July 31, 2011 at 10:15 AM

Early voting shows its going to be close

Gwillie on July 31, 2011 at 10:16 AM

We don’t need more stink’n programs. What we need is less Obama and more Rubio.

jbh45 on July 31, 2011 at 10:16 AM

Barack Obama is the pinnacle of Modern Liberalism.

Pathetic.

visions on July 31, 2011 at 10:14 AM

Very good point.

Mord on July 31, 2011 at 10:17 AM

If you don’t do revenue, you have to cut spending….

Well, DUH

ladyingray on July 31, 2011 at 10:18 AM

The whole “Obamateurisms” saga needs it’s own offshoot website around election time. It would be an invaluable tool to forward around to “indpendent” voters and your average apolitical citizen. Just a clear and concise summary of all of the Obamateurisms with links galore.

The vast majority of the voting public is completely unaware of how incompetent and dishonest this president is.

What say you, HA?

visions on July 31, 2011 at 10:19 AM

I’m totally stumped. That’s a lot of stupid in one week.

Cindy Munford on July 31, 2011 at 10:14 AM

Now we know the basis for his claim to being the adult in the room. No child has lived long enough to acquire that much warped and twisted thinking.

backwoods conservative on July 31, 2011 at 10:19 AM

Wow! This was the past week? Ed, you might have to start a morning and evening edition. There too many. Again, every week it gets tougher to pick just one. Maybe an all of the above category.

EliTheBean on July 31, 2011 at 10:21 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.” 23.03% (146 votes)

No Buh-Rock. The problem is YOU.

Key West Reader on July 31, 2011 at 10:23 AM

Hugo Chavez in black face.

SteppedInWhat on July 31, 2011 at 10:27 AM

Of all the OOTWs, I think this is one of the most challenging, because every item is a “winner”. I will ponder the list for a while. Congrats, because these are doozies. Granted, you have a wealth of stupidity and incompetence from which to draw. How do you narrow down the list every week?

Philly on July 31, 2011 at 10:27 AM

The lack of economic sophistication by this man is astounding. So much sophistry just cannot cover that much stupid.

ajacksonian on July 31, 2011 at 10:27 AM

Had to go with “new programs” because we’re all so thrilled with Obamacare and all the other new stuff he’s thinking of foisting on us. Not to mention how all those new programs amazingly shrink the deficit (sarc).

texabama on July 31, 2011 at 10:28 AM

Please, please, someone publish small books of these remarks to compare to what is said about Governor Sarah Palin. You can add some Biden, Reid and Pelosi bloopers, too.

This is important since the whole conservative brand has been painted as fools. I spend time around a lot of liberals and they really do not know.

IlikedAUH2O on July 31, 2011 at 10:28 AM

I see a possibility of two or three of this week’s choices making it into the second chance voting for OOTY. The Amateur-in-Chief has been very productive this week.

backwoods conservative on July 31, 2011 at 10:28 AM

I’m totally stumped. That’s a lot of stupid in one week.

Cindy Munford on July 31, 2011 at 10:14 AM

It’s a lot of stupid for one presidency, and there is still a year and a half to go. Hope the country will be strong during these trying times.

Tommy_G on July 31, 2011 at 10:33 AM

And they make Palin look dumb

An example of ignorance: An AV rated lawyer I know gave a talk and afterward a top executive observed that our POTUS was one of the most brilliant lawyers in the country but look how we are struggling.

IlikedAUH2O on July 31, 2011 at 10:34 AM

backwoods conservative on July 31, 2011 at 10:19 AM

Seldom has a child with a “no limit” credit card turned out well. I expect this time to be no different.

Cindy Munford on July 31, 2011 at 10:34 AM

The “routine” voter against raising the debt ceiling now demands that the debt ceiling be routinely raised.

profitsbeard on July 31, 2011 at 10:36 AM

OK, I’ve selected new programs. Obozo, being a socialist, is too dumb and tone-deaf to realize that voters want no part of any new federal program or entitlements. President Jackass is too dense to realize that entitlements and a bloated government helped get us into this mess.

I will gladly take off his hands the $ hundreds of thousands of income he does not need. It’s the least I could do, really. The spike in gas prices pretty much exhausted my humble stash, so I could put his money to good use. Then I would be practicing the economic justice he loves to preach. Hope and change!

Philly on July 31, 2011 at 10:39 AM

Unlike Bush who had the 16 words and his mangling of words, this President gives over and over again. What does that tell us.

amr on July 31, 2011 at 10:45 AM

Blast from the past! From Politico, 2/22/09:

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0209/19124.html

President Obama will announce Monday that he plans to cut the nation’s projected annual deficit in half by the end of his first term, a senior administration official said Saturday.

The plan will make explicit what Obama officials have been suggesting for months: Contrary to his campaign promise, Obama will allow the Bush tax cuts on the wealthiest Americans expire as scheduled at the end of 2010 instead of seeking their repeal sooner. Officials determined that seeking to raise the taxes earlier during a recession was a bad idea, advisers said.

Obama, who will speak Monday to a Fiscal Responsibility Summit at the White House, also will outline steps he is taking to eliminate what his staff calls “accounting gimmicks” used by previous administrations.

“This budget actually is going to assume that there will be a hurricane, tornado, earthquake, flood or manmade disaster in the United States in fiscal year 2010, and each year going forward 10 years,” the official said. “The Bush budget never assumed that.”

Under White House projections, this year’s inherited budget deficit of $1.3 trillion will be cut to $533 billion by fiscal year 2013, the end of the first term.

“So we’ll cut it at least in half,” the official said.

Yeah, right.

Del Dolemonte on July 31, 2011 at 10:46 AM

The tea party and anyone with a lick of sense has been screaming about smaller government and cuts in spending and the last thing on anyone’s mind ought to be “new programs”, but there he is…totally oblivious again. Doh!

scalleywag on July 31, 2011 at 10:51 AM

OT/ Can anyone verify this.

Anderson Cooper is moving over to Fox starting in September.

derft on July 31, 2011 at 10:54 AM

As a kid, I used to be good at multiple choice quizzes.

Now, with Obama, even that is ruined.

Shy Guy on July 31, 2011 at 10:56 AM

Franklin Delano!

darwin-t on July 31, 2011 at 10:59 AM

the problem is, if you don’t do the revenues………..

Sometimes BO just twirls my brain!

herm2416 on July 31, 2011 at 11:01 AM

Ed, that was just wrong. You can tell by voting that is as close to evenly split as you can get. Way too much amateurism to shake a stick at. You have to admit, when it comes to being a bumbling idiot, this President is EPIC!!

Magnum on July 31, 2011 at 11:01 AM

The “new programs” on was pretty amateurish because he drifted off message by using the word “programs”. They are now “initiatives”, got it? “Initiatives”!

forest on July 31, 2011 at 11:02 AM

Sometimes BO just twirls my brain!

herm2416 on July 31, 2011 at 11:01 AM

We’re just not smart enough to comprehend his brilliance.

darwin-t on July 31, 2011 at 11:03 AM

He keeps bringing up Reagan. I thought Commies hated Reagan.

SagebrushPuppet on July 31, 2011 at 10:10 AM

Supposedly, our “intellectual” president has been reading some of Reagan’s works…so that he can distort Reagan’s intent.

onlineanalyst on July 31, 2011 at 11:14 AM

We’re just not smart enough to comprehend his brilliance.

darwin-t on July 31, 2011 at 11:03 AM

heh–perhaps with a “new initiative”, we could begin to understand his brilliance…….doubtful though.

herm2416 on July 31, 2011 at 11:14 AM

The whole “Obamateurisms” saga needs it’s own offshoot website around election time.
visions on July 31, 2011 at 10:19 AM

Agreed! Except leave out stuff like buttoning his jacket incorrectly — that kind of thing only “humanizes” him to his adoring masses.

KS Rex on July 31, 2011 at 11:16 AM

Related topic: I was chatting with a neighbor at our local community get-together on Friday evening. He is a laborer at a local brewery, where the company is encouraging its work force to work just a few days a week by accepting temporary lay-offs and taking unemployment benefits to offset their lesser income. He was appalled that our tax dollars are supporting this deceit. He had a moment of enlightenment that the Obamanomics set-up is destroying the middle class through excessive taxation in order to spread the wealth.

Welcome to Lenin-world, chumps.

onlineanalyst on July 31, 2011 at 11:22 AM

Three pressers in the last week, and unexpectedly there are six outstanding choices for OOFTHW. What an unexpected correlation.

parke on July 31, 2011 at 11:23 AM

Unbeleivable this week.

Excellent choices all……I threw a dart.

Tim_CA on July 31, 2011 at 11:23 AM

All of these choices are of a piece. They demonstrate ObaMao’s economic ideology and innumeracy. A failure on all counts.

onlineanalyst on July 31, 2011 at 11:35 AM

I think there is a lesson to be learned this week: When Obama holds multiple pressers that are closely timed, you only need one entry (e.g., “Obama gave several press conferences). This entry will then cover several sub-OOTW. :)

Mutnodjmet on July 31, 2011 at 11:38 AM

Why don’t we just change this thread title to:

Obamateurism Week

because I think the guy screwed up every minute of the week, including the time when he was asleep.

PackerBronco on July 31, 2011 at 11:41 AM

Golly Goober… Kin ya’ please ‘splain the economy?

“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.”

Thanks Goober.

franksalterego on July 31, 2011 at 11:45 AM

Wow, you expanded to six choices, Ed, when any five of those would have been hard to choose amongst.

A very good week for OOTD, a very bad week for Barry.

You are prepping the zinger lines from these as a set of election ads, right? Please?

Freelancer on July 31, 2011 at 11:47 AM

Where did this guy learn economics – from the Triple A High School Diploma Company of Delevan Indiana?

50sGuy on July 31, 2011 at 11:50 AM

second quarter GDP growth rate at 1.3 percent,

Read more: http://newsbusters.org/#ixzz1ThNA9WwY

Did HA post about this???

CW on July 31, 2011 at 11:53 AM

It’s been a rich week.

southsideironworks on July 31, 2011 at 11:53 AM

The “new programs” on was pretty amateurish because he drifted off message by using the word “programs”. They are now “initiatives”, got it? “Initiatives”!

forest on July 31, 2011 at 11:02 AM

I thought new government spending was supposed to be referred to now as “investments in our future” or some such. But my favorite Bammy euphemism is still “spending in the tax code” (as opposed to “tax cuts”).

Orwell would be proud.

AZCoyote on July 31, 2011 at 11:58 AM

Had to go with FDR. Though the more programs tempted me. The problem is I don’t think that is a gaff. I am seriously concerned that he is correct on that one. Too many Americans what a daddy/mommy government to protect them from the big bad world.

chemman on July 31, 2011 at 11:58 AM

It’s been a rich week.

southsideironworks on July 31, 2011 at 11:53 AM

And Obama has been spreading the……wealth.

backwoods conservative on July 31, 2011 at 11:59 AM

OT/ Can anyone verify this.

Anderson Cooper is moving over to Fox starting in September.

derft on July 31, 2011 at 10:54 AM

Sure, he can partner with Shemp Smith. Please tell me that’s not true.

slickwillie2001 on July 31, 2011 at 12:01 PM

CW on July 31, 2011 at 11:53 AM

Is this it?

http://hotair.com/archives/2011/07/29/q2-gdp-falls-to-1-3/

Cindy Munford on July 31, 2011 at 12:14 PM

CW on July 31, 2011 at 11:53 AM

Sorry, did you mean that the MSM didn’t report truthfully about it? I think it just goes without saying as annoying as it is.

Cindy Munford on July 31, 2011 at 12:16 PM

FDR,
why next week he’ll probably tell us that “contrary to popular myth FDR did not issue an executive order to create internment camps for over 100,000 us citizens based on the way they look”

FDR & Woodrow Wilson. The two worst Presidents our county has ever had – those are the heros of the Progressives.

batterup on July 31, 2011 at 12:27 PM

Tough choice this week. In the end, FDR won out for sheer chutzpah. Not that there wasn’t plenty of that to go around.

Dodd on July 31, 2011 at 12:30 PM

Hard choice!

Must be because whenever he tries to talk about economics, he puts his foot in his mouth over and over.

Alana on July 31, 2011 at 12:33 PM

These choices make me numb with FEAR… of the people who voted for this lying fool and those who still believe him!

redwhiteblue on July 31, 2011 at 12:39 PM

Sherman Frederick of the Las Vegas Review Journal calls him Chief Wild Eagle, a reference to F-Troop.

Pretty good analysis of the total idiocy of PBO.

http://www.lvrj.com/opinion/where-the-heck-are-we-126476398.html

Jvette on July 31, 2011 at 1:16 PM

OT/ Can anyone verify this.

Anderson Cooper is moving over to Fox starting in September.

derft on July 31, 2011 at 10:54 AM

Don’t know about that but he has a new daily show called “Anderson” starting in September that will be syndicated.

I was really hoping he and GPS Twit would run for President and VP. But Zakass is ineligible.

Del Dolemonte on July 31, 2011 at 1:26 PM

More programs? No, we need more committees to look into things.

/s

Dr. ZhivBlago on July 31, 2011 at 3:43 PM

Tough choice–they’re all winners.

SukieTawdry on July 31, 2011 at 7:44 PM

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.” 22.06% (1,204 votes)

Makes me imagine John Madden explaining, “see what happens is, if the quarterback throws the ball into the end zone and the receiver catches it, well that would be a touchdown.”

skeedro on July 31, 2011 at 8:14 PM

Several great choices, I went with the new programs quote at the end because it epitomizes just how utterly out of touch this guy is.

Seriously, has any President ever been able to deliver so much evidence, day in and day out for years, of how hopelessly over his head he is in the job?

Adjoran on August 1, 2011 at 4:42 AM

What a week. It’s a shame only one can win.

wkgdyw on August 1, 2011 at 3:25 PM