Obamateurism of the Day

posted at 8:05 am on August 9, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

One of Barack Obama’s favorite themes is the nasty influence of wealth on the American electoral system. Right next to that — or perhaps even surpassing it — is Obama’s insistence on expanded government spending. As Emily Miller reports for the Washington Times, Obama got to combine both of his passions in one event last week … rather ironically:

A day earlier, Mr. Obama attended three fundraisers in his hometown of Chicago celebrating the big 5-0. These netted the Democrats an eye-popping $3,665,000. “I could not have a better early birthday present than spending tonight with all of you,” Mr. Obama said to the 1,700 people who paid $50 a ticket to get into one of the events.

Mr. Obama met separately with 100 of his most exclusive donors, each of whom forked over $35,800 per person to break bread with the birthday boy. Mr. Obama, who had added $3,938,093,118,800 to the national debt as of his birthday, told his rich friends that the government needs to spend more on everything from “wind turbine and electric cars” to “cures for cancer.”

Without any irony, he railed against “big money flooding the airwaves and slash-and-burn politics, sometimes I think that core belief in what is possible here in America gets lost.” Of course, Mr. Obama plans to flood those airwaves with $1 billion in campaign-funded commercials suggesting he is fighting for the average Joe.

Big talk from a big-money man, it seems … Say, remember when Obama pledged to stay within the public-funding limits of a presidential campaign in 2007? And remember how Obama pledged to fix the public-funding system that he suddenly claimed was broken in 2008 once he became President? How is that project going, anyway?

Got an Obamateurism of the Day? If you see a foul-up by Barack Obama, e-mail it to me at obamaisms@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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He lied.

kingsjester on August 9, 2011 at 8:09 AM

Say, remember when Obama pledged to stay within the public-funding limits of a presidential campaign in 2007?

That was Campaign Obama. He hasn’t been around for quite some time.
Oh wait…

Electrongod on August 9, 2011 at 8:09 AM

How is that project going, anyway?

right up there with jobs, jobs, jobs….

cmsinaz on August 9, 2011 at 8:10 AM

Of course, Mr. Obama plans to flood those airwaves with $1 billion in campaign-funded commercials suggesting he is fighting for the average Joe personally attacking his opponent because he has nothing to show for his 3 years in office.

cmsinaz on August 9, 2011 at 8:11 AM

He’s just an awful icky man.

gophergirl on August 9, 2011 at 8:12 AM

But, how many of those checks have since been canceled? I would sure like to know THAT number!

herm2416 on August 9, 2011 at 8:15 AM

I see he’s still blaming the economy on everybody but himself as of yesterday. How long must he think he can get away with that huge lie)

Vntnrse on August 9, 2011 at 8:18 AM

I wonder how much We The People are going to pay for “Happy Birthday To You” sung to the Birthday Boy for his Big 5-0.

That song is still copyrighted.
The owners of that copyright WILL send a bill.

TimBuk3 on August 9, 2011 at 8:19 AM

He sucks…

OmahaConservative on August 9, 2011 at 8:20 AM

Obama lied, the economy died

NoFanofLibs on August 9, 2011 at 8:22 AM

I still want to know how many of the big donors flew to his party on private corporate jets…I’m sure Oprah drove, and Stevie Wonder took a train?

right2bright on August 9, 2011 at 8:26 AM

Ooh,ooh..Mr. Kot-ter, Mr. Kot-ter.:
Here’s one from Baracky’s fundraiser last night:
“This is not rocket science in terms of how we can create more jobs in this country,”
Says the guy who never had a real job,is not qualified to run a lemonade stand, never created a job in the private sector and has lost 2.5 million jobs since being post turtled into the presidency.
As a matter of fact he lost rocket scientist jobs.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on August 9, 2011 at 8:26 AM

Business contribute to Obama for the same reason they buy insurance.

tommyboy on August 9, 2011 at 8:26 AM

Since he wants to tax the rich, wouldn’t it be fitting if he took all that money and deposited it into the treasury?

right2bright on August 9, 2011 at 8:27 AM

There are three or four Obamateurisms for the price of one in this post. Good work, as usual, Ed!

the birthday boy.

Racist!

itsnotaboutme on August 9, 2011 at 8:29 AM

each OOTD is a softball for Ed Morrissey…and dang it if he don’t swing for the fence and knock it outta the park. He is pretty well practiced at this OOTD thing by now, that’s for sure.

ted c on August 9, 2011 at 8:31 AM

When does his “Tragic Bus” tour start?

50sGuy on August 9, 2011 at 8:33 AM

100 Obamateurisms equals one Barackalypse

That is the current exchange rate.

Geochelone on August 9, 2011 at 8:36 AM

C’mon Ed, you know that Dear Liar shouldn’t be held to his own standard.

rbj on August 9, 2011 at 8:38 AM

Barry is busy using the shovel from the “ready-project” to bury his lies, like a cat in the sandbox burying …

Yoop on August 9, 2011 at 8:45 AM

FUBO

Naturally Curly on August 9, 2011 at 8:46 AM

Didn’t those promises expire a long, long time ago? In a galaxy far, far away?

NeighborhoodCatLady on August 9, 2011 at 8:47 AM

Hmmm… A modern retelling of the Emperor’s New Clothes, where the child, who points out that the emperor is naked, is called a racist and verbally abused by the emperor’s henchmen and the crowd, and is ludicrously blamed for the emperor’s lack of clothing.

Heckova job, Barry.

Fallon on August 9, 2011 at 8:48 AM

Oops, wrong thread. My bad.

Fallon on August 9, 2011 at 8:50 AM

“This is not rocket science in terms of how we can create more jobs in this country,”

Umm, aren’t the rocket scientists unemployed right now?

tinkerthinker on August 9, 2011 at 8:51 AM

“…breaking bread…” Awww, isn’t that cute? Their own personal Jesus.

RDE2010 on August 9, 2011 at 8:51 AM

How many of those checks will bounce after super Monday? Do all those rich donors ever stop to think that he’s going to come after their money in a big way if he gets reelected? That is if, they still have any money left after he’s done crashing the economy.

Kissmygrits on August 9, 2011 at 9:11 AM

“Big talk from a big-money man, it seems … Say, remember when Obama pledged to stay within the public-funding limits of a presidential campaign in 2007? And remember how Obama pledged to fix the public-funding system that he suddenly claimed was broken in 2008 once he became President? How is that project going, anyway?”

He’ll get right on that as soon as he finishes helping OJ find the real killer. A man can only do one job at a time, after all.

PJ Emeritus on August 9, 2011 at 9:14 AM

“I could not have a better early birthday present than spending tonight with all of you more of your money on frivolous entitlements to win me some more votes,” Mr. Obama said.

FIFY

jbh45 on August 9, 2011 at 9:15 AM

I heard someone refer to Obama’s plan as an addiction to failure. He keeps putting leeches on the patient with no indication that it is doing anybgood. The patient is ill and being bled to death.

Fallon on August 9, 2011 at 9:18 AM

anybgood? lol “any good”

Fallon on August 9, 2011 at 9:18 AM

Say, remember when Obama pledged to stay within the public-funding limits of a presidential campaign in 2007?

Another pivot.

GrannyDee on August 9, 2011 at 10:03 AM

Come quickly November 2012. Whoever occupies the next POTUS should purge all things Obama, including pictures/portraits, from the WH proper in order to remove the stench of that marxist trash.

AH_C on August 9, 2011 at 10:08 AM

Now if only the super-rich big-wigs in Holllywood would pay their fare tax share. Hint: Michael Moore, put your money where your mouth is….

chai on August 9, 2011 at 10:31 AM

It’s unexplainable how these big money donors are contributing gobs of money to Obama’s campaign when he’s insisting that they make too much money and should give it to the government to redistribute.

Could it be that they KNOW what he espouses is a lie and won’t take a dime from their pockets?

katablog.com on August 9, 2011 at 10:44 AM

The patient is ill and being bled to death.

This handles the social security problem without having to be the bad guy and make cuts!

katablog.com on August 9, 2011 at 10:46 AM

“This is not rocket science in terms of how we can create more jobs in this country,”

Really? Then why have you been unable to do it in 3 years? Are you telling your supporters just why you deserve the “President Pull-Ups” nickname?

katablog.com on August 9, 2011 at 10:48 AM

You. Lie.

KMC1 on August 9, 2011 at 10:52 AM

I think Rachel Maddow should have put on a slinky dress and sang Happy Birthday Mr President ala Marilyn Monroe. Or Ed Schultz could have done the same thing. Just my 2 cents.

abcurtis on August 9, 2011 at 10:57 AM

I know there are a lot of media toadies carrying this turd, but don’t you think their arms are getting tired, at least a little?

SKYFOX on August 9, 2011 at 11:00 AM

So long as liberals profit, and benefit from capitalism, than it is moral and just.

If the rest of us do so, it’s immoral, evil, and corrupt.

Anyone see the Fox news ticker last night? The FCC is actively talking the Fairness Doctrine again. *SIGH*

capejasmine on August 9, 2011 at 11:07 AM

Could it be that they KNOW what he espouses is a lie and won’t take a dime from their pockets?

katablog.com on August 9, 2011 at 10:44 AM

They are useful morons. When liberals achieve their main goal…one party rule…they won’t need to depend on the money from the wealthy. They’ll take what they want, and be damned everyone.

Once they achieve this one party rule, the rich can get in line with the rest of us, and govt. will deem who gets what, and when. The military…or most, will comply. Not complying means you and your family join us. Who’d want that? Not everyone stands on principles.

The rich and those who could afford it, fled Venezuela for the same reasons.

capejasmine on August 9, 2011 at 11:14 AM

His lips were moving, so you know he’s lying.

GarandFan on August 9, 2011 at 11:37 AM