Obamateurism of the Day

posted at 8:05 am on August 10, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Barack Obama’s speech on Monday failed to answer any questions about America’s economic leadership … but it did manage to raise a few.  The always sharp-eyed Andrew Malcolm of the Los Angeles Times Top of the Ticket blog spotted a glaring inconsistency that even a rookie speechwriter should have spotted before the boss hit the podium.  I’ll let Andrew take it from here:

Trouble is, real leadership is more than talking and calling for things. It takes a while, but over time listeners begin to notice rote rhetoric, predictable patterns, empty words. An example:

We didn’t need a rating agency to tell us that we need a balanced, long-term approach to deficit reduction. That was true last week. That was true last year. That was true the day I took office.

The day Obama took office, 931 of them ago. Subsequently, in his Monday remarks the president said this:

I intend to present my own recommendations over the coming weeks on how we should proceed.

Over the coming weeks? The need for a balanced, long-term approach was clear the day he took office $3+ trillion dollars ago and sometime soon he’ll share his plans?

Obama is still saying, ‘Yes, we can.’ But he never explains why we haven’t.

On the plus side, he’s really improved … his golf game.

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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931 days.

It seems like an eternity.

gophergirl on August 10, 2011 at 8:09 AM

The Stupid Does presidency.

ted c on August 10, 2011 at 8:13 AM

He was an EMPTY SUIT on Monday.
He was an EMPTY SUIT a month ago.
He was an EMPTY SUIT last year.
He was an EMPTY SUIT the day he was elected.

Where is the CHANGE we can believe in????????

SDarchitect on August 10, 2011 at 8:14 AM

But it takes actual smarts to understand that glibness and self-belief are not sufficient proof of genuine intelligence. Stupid is as stupid does, said the great philosopher Forrest Gump. The presidency of Barack Obama is a case study in stupid does.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424053111904140604576495932704234052.html

ted c on August 10, 2011 at 8:14 AM

obaka….

’nuff said…

ladyingray on August 10, 2011 at 8:15 AM

Where is the CHANGE we can believe in????????

SDarchitect on August 10, 2011 at 8:14 AM

Time.

Electrongod on August 10, 2011 at 8:16 AM

931 days.
It seems like an eternity.
gophergirl on August 10, 2011 at 8:09 AM

And 528 days to go. Hold on!

conservative pilgrim on August 10, 2011 at 8:16 AM

The empty podium presidency.

vcferlita on August 10, 2011 at 8:17 AM

On the plus side, he’s really improved … his golf game.

atta boy

cmsinaz on August 10, 2011 at 8:18 AM

I intend to present my own recommendations over the coming weeks on how we should proceed.

bowles and simpson must be a tad upset, no?

cmsinaz on August 10, 2011 at 8:19 AM

What was it he was sayin’?

When I said, “change we can believe in,” I didn’t say “change we can believe in tomorrow.”

All righty, then.

apostic on August 10, 2011 at 8:19 AM

On the plus side, he’s really improved upgraded … his golf game.

I think it is important to use the directional terms of upgrade and downgrade these days where we used to use improved or worsened. It’ll help further cement the terms into the lexicon.

ted c on August 10, 2011 at 8:20 AM

Look, let me be clear: you ain’t getting re-elected. Leaders lead day one. 931 days? You obviously can’t lead so stick a fork in it, you’re done.

RDE2010 on August 10, 2011 at 8:20 AM

Will his memoir be titled “How to Destroy America in a Thousand Days”?

meci on August 10, 2011 at 8:20 AM

More significantly-
The LA Times website puts in a non-sequitur (to them) photo of Obama reading off of the teleprompter with the description (hover your mouse over the picture)
“Obama reads Debt remarks from his Teleprompter”.
Not very flattering imagery, and the image title specifically mentioning it shows that it wasn’t accidental placement-
I wonder if Malcolm gets to choose the accompanying photo or if it gets placed or okayed by the website editors-
because otherwise this is very telling…
Alienating the LA Times- Priceless!!!!

marks on August 10, 2011 at 8:20 AM

A mental disorder.

tinkerthinker on August 10, 2011 at 8:21 AM

And 528 days to go. Hold on!

conservative pilgrim on August 10, 2011 at 8:16 AM

(500) Days of Obummer

RDE2010 on August 10, 2011 at 8:21 AM

Kinda like his “days, not weeks” promise re. how long we’ll be in Libya.

itsnotaboutme on August 10, 2011 at 8:23 AM

Do we really know that he’s improved his golf game?

Cindy Munford on August 10, 2011 at 8:24 AM

The Vuvuzela President.

Fallen Sparrow on August 10, 2011 at 8:25 AM

Scooter reminds me of Jackson Browne. He’s Running on Empty.

kingsjester on August 10, 2011 at 8:26 AM

This way he can still blame Bush.

TimBuk3 on August 10, 2011 at 8:27 AM

I’ll believe he’s lost the LA Times when they “leak” the Khalidi (sp?) tape.

piglet on August 10, 2011 at 8:27 AM

The Vuvuzela President.

Fallen Sparrow on August 10, 2011 at 8:25 AM

Awesome! Man that cracked me up. Thanks.

Mord on August 10, 2011 at 8:29 AM

931 days.

It seems like an eternity.

gophergirl on August 10, 2011 at 8:09 AM

It is an eternity, gophergirl.

Obama has presided over the destruction of our country.

All hail Obama, King of Pain.

Greyledge Gal on August 10, 2011 at 8:29 AM

TimBuk3 on August 10, 2011 at 8:27 AM

just read an article this am, he’s still pushing the ‘i inherited this economy’ meme at his fundraisers…sure hope it backfires

cmsinaz on August 10, 2011 at 8:29 AM

Do we really know that he’s improved his golf game?

Cindy Munford on August 10, 2011 at 8:24 AM

I heard he had his golf scores sealed, so we must assume he is improving.

Fallon on August 10, 2011 at 8:29 AM

Smarmy Tina Brown on Moaning Joe is upset how haggard and tired he’s looking. What does this mean? “Grey-Away”, I’d bet.

Marcus on August 10, 2011 at 8:30 AM

Obama also promised to fundamentally transform America. He kept THAT promise. A majority of Americans just had no idea what that meant until now.

LonelyMassRepublican on August 10, 2011 at 8:31 AM

inheritance

cmsinaz on August 10, 2011 at 8:33 AM

I intend to present my own recommendations over the coming weeks on how we should proceed.

You will not see it on paper nor will you hear it clearly in my speeches. I will vaguely speak about what I want, to let you Interpret and hopefully think it is what you want. Let me be clear as President I never say what I mean or mean what I say.

IowaWoman on August 10, 2011 at 8:33 AM

Marcus on August 10, 2011 at 8:30 AM

mika and joe sure gave her softball questions re: the cover…

cmsinaz on August 10, 2011 at 8:33 AM

Do we really know that he’s improved his golf game?

Cindy Munford on August 10, 2011 at 8:24 AM
I heard he had his golf scores sealed, so we must assume he is improving.

Fallon on August 10, 2011 at 8:29 AM

Wonder what his caddy knows?

RDE2010 on August 10, 2011 at 8:34 AM

So. Damned. Sick. Of. Him…

OmahaConservative on August 10, 2011 at 8:38 AM

Marcus on August 10, 2011 at 8:30 AM

Remember when Obama dyed his hair to fit in with the Chinese?…

Fallon on August 10, 2011 at 8:38 AM

I’m beginning to feel sorry for the guy. It has to be tough getting up every morning to a new set of disasters that you haven’t a clue what to do about. He doesn’t know what to do in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria, hasn’t done anything about Iran that we know of, has leaders in China and Russia taunting and scolding him in public, and now after everything has hit the fan, he’s going to “present my own recommendations over the coming weeks on how we should proceed.” I can’t imagine that a single person has any confidence in his “recommendations.” He never was up to the task, never will be.

scalleywag on August 10, 2011 at 8:38 AM

inheritance

cmsinaz on August 10, 2011 at 8:33 AM

Best comment on that thread: Obama also inherited a AAA credit rating

Trafalgar on August 10, 2011 at 8:40 AM

cmsinaz on August 10, 2011 at 8:33 AM

I have been laughing at the Moaning Joe show..Poor Chuck Todd sounded like the teacher on the Charlie Brown Show..Blah..Blah..Blah..ect..:)

Dire Straits on August 10, 2011 at 8:41 AM

Trafalgar, indeed

cmsinaz on August 10, 2011 at 8:44 AM

Yes indeed, words matter.

WordsMatter on August 10, 2011 at 8:44 AM

Dire Straits on August 10, 2011 at 8:41 AM

Don’t have the stomach to tune into that network…

OmahaConservative on August 10, 2011 at 8:44 AM

…the teacher on the Charlie Brown Show..Blah..Blah..Blah..ect…

For a moment I thought you were describing POTUS.

Drained Brain on August 10, 2011 at 8:45 AM

Hey DS,

Chuck trying to defend dear leader to the bitter end

cmsinaz on August 10, 2011 at 8:45 AM

Moaning Joe is like a lunatic asylum with Mumbles Eugene and Jonathan Alter criticizing Obama and then when Ari Fleisher says something they both pounce.

And the idiot Joe can take his criticism and snark about Rick Perry and shove it up his “Charlie Crist is what the public is screaming for!”

Marcus on August 10, 2011 at 8:45 AM

OmahaConservative on August 10, 2011 at 8:44 AM

I understand..But it is really hilarious watching them try to cover for Obie..:)

Dire Straits on August 10, 2011 at 8:46 AM

Chuck trying to defend dear leader to the bitter end

cmsinaz on August 10, 2011 at 8:45 AM

And it is not working..El Rushbo is going to have a fied day with the material the Moaning Joe crew is giving him..:)

Dire Straits on August 10, 2011 at 8:47 AM

‘But he never explains why we haven’t’. Bingo! He has been busy doing what his plan was all along which is why he’s paid lip service attention to what really matters to all of us. I’ll wager his golf game hasn’t improved at all. We haven’t seen any score cards or pics. One pic the WH provided last night was of his saluting at Dove AFB. It was supposed to be private per the families request.

Kissmygrits on August 10, 2011 at 8:47 AM

Obama’s song is and has always been ‘The Great Pretender’ By The Platters.

I have noticed that our government frequently calls on other leaders to step down. When will the leaders of the world call on Obama to step down.

meci on August 10, 2011 at 8:48 AM

Yepper DS :)

cmsinaz on August 10, 2011 at 8:48 AM

Marcus on August 10, 2011 at 8:45 AM

Nice post..:)

Dire Straits on August 10, 2011 at 8:48 AM

And it is not working..El Rushbo is going to have a field day with the material the Moaning Joe crew is giving him..:)

Dire Straits on August 10, 2011 at 8:47 AM

Fixed..:)

Dire Straits on August 10, 2011 at 8:49 AM

I wonder if he ever just sits down and cries. If millions of people were saying they disapproved of the job I was doing, that’s what I would do.

scalleywag on August 10, 2011 at 8:50 AM

scalleywag on August 10, 2011 at 8:38 AM

Obama’s a beta-male who was convinced by Axelrod and others to go for the job because all it would involve is Barack telling Harry and Nancy what to do, others going out and demonizing any opponents as rackets, and then passing the bills and giving Obama credit for bringing it all together.

He was never supposed to have to do any hard work in the job, and he and his handlers never had a Plan B in reserve for what to do if Plan A went awry. So in a way you can feel sorry for Obama ending up in a job that a non-leader scared of challenging his ideological base never should have been entrusted to in the first place. But only someone with a massive ego and a lack of curiosity about the history of the presidency would have agreed to run for the position without even thinking about the possible land mines ahead.

jon1979 on August 10, 2011 at 8:56 AM

Speaking of his golf game. Its one thing to diddle while the country is going down the drain – but I want to point out – Obama isnt even mediocre at golf, akin to his “leadership”.

Can this idiot do anything right?

Its one thing to be a 85IQ’er who exists through affirmative action – but in golf, – no AA will help you in any way.

Considering the Boehner “golf fest” where they knowingly paired him with Boehner – so he couldnt be completely embarrrassed (sport and political optics together) – but did anyone catch the 2 or 3 shots they had video of? One he shanked hard left, about 120 yards out, another it dribbled down the fairway into the rough.

SO – whats golf got to do with politics and Obama?

He sucks at both, while lying about both. And commits most of his time towards them.

Odie1941 on August 10, 2011 at 8:57 AM

Golly-Gee.

It’s beginning to look like there may be flaws in the media’s vetting process.

Ya’ think?

franksalterego on August 10, 2011 at 8:58 AM

“I intend” and “over the coming weeks” translates to “I expect you to forget what I just said so that I won’t be held accountable”.

SKYFOX on August 10, 2011 at 9:01 AM

The need for a balanced, long-term approach was clear the day he took office $3+ trillion dollars ago and sometime soon he’ll share his plans?

Better late than never in finally noticing just how bad he and his team are.

chemman on August 10, 2011 at 9:02 AM

He was an EMPTY SUIT on Monday.
He was an EMPTY SUIT a month ago.
He was an EMPTY SUIT last year.
He was an EMPTY SUIT the day he was elected.

Where is the CHANGE we can believe in????????

SDarchitect on August 10, 2011 at 8:14 AM

According to The Empty Suit, it’s coming tomorrow.

He just needs to be more specific on what tomorrow he’s refering to.

Hold not your breath waiting for that to materialize.

pilamaye on August 10, 2011 at 9:03 AM

And 528 days to go. Hold on!

conservative pilgrim on August 10, 2011 at 8:16 AM

Can we keep him on the golf course…..please!

Rovin on August 10, 2011 at 9:03 AM

The day Obama took office, 931 of them ago. Subsequently, in his Monday remarks the president said this:

I intend to present my own recommendations over the coming weeks on how we should proceed.

Come on guys, you gotta give President Pull-Ups a chance to think!

katablog.com on August 10, 2011 at 9:09 AM

Wahoooooo, the LA Times is cracking, Ruth Marcus is cracking, Maureen Dowd is cracking, Peggy Noonan has cracked…….finally, the MSM is drawing back the curtain we drew back three years ago.

herm2416 on August 10, 2011 at 9:13 AM

Do we really know that he’s improved his golf game?

Cindy Munford on August 10, 2011 at 8:24 AM

Knowing him his golf scores have probably been sealed.

Oldnuke on August 10, 2011 at 9:15 AM

O /T: Milwaukee journal sentinel reports in today’s paper that Dems are retreating from voter fraud accusations. Heh

I would add the link, but haven’t the slightest clue how to do that.

Journalsentinel.com is the website.

herm2416 on August 10, 2011 at 9:17 AM

Do we really know that he’s improved his golf game?

Cindy Munford on August 10, 2011 at 8:24 AM

Impossible. Aside from his limited coordination and horrid swing – he is surrounded by sychophants. In golf, you cant fudge the dedication and skills necessary to get better or be considered “good” (15 handicap or less). Sure he golfs a few times a month – but even a weekender with far more skills – thats the minimum to just maintain a level, of which Obama is horrid.

Spitballing here – Obama is at best a 45 handicap.

Odie1941 on August 10, 2011 at 9:22 AM

OC,

Sooooooo, will you please tell me how you did that to my quote? Hope springs eternal that I’ll get with the new millennium with regard to posting–hee hee

Thank you!

herm2416 on August 10, 2011 at 9:36 AM

We didn’t need a rating agency to tell us that we need a balanced, long-term approach to deficit reduction.

Beware that “balanced” word. It means increased taxes on those who already pay the tax freights.

I guess we can expect O’s plan “unexpectedly” since Dems aren’t too hot on budgeting and realistic economic projections.

onlineanalyst on August 10, 2011 at 9:39 AM

herm2416 on August 10, 2011 at 9:36 AM

Highlight the section you want to link to, copy the link and hit the link button above and paste the link in and hit done.

OmahaConservative on August 10, 2011 at 9:41 AM

Joe is upset how haggard and tired he’s looking. What does this mean? “Grey-Away”, I’d bet.

Marcus on August 10, 2011 at 8:30 AM

Grey-Away is for commoners. For Obama it’s “Grecian Formula”

ziggyville on August 10, 2011 at 9:43 AM

Where is the CHANGE we can believe in????????

SDarchitect on August 10, 2011 at 8:14 AM

The operative word being…believe. He didn’t say we’d like the change, just that we can believe in it. I find it rather cryptic and scary. I really don’t want that change, because many here, including myself, know exactly what change he’s talking about.

capejasmine on August 10, 2011 at 9:44 AM

OC,

Sooooooo, will you please tell me how you did that to my quote? Hope springs eternal that I’ll get with the new millennium with regard to posting–hee hee

Thank you!

herm2416 on August 10, 2011 at 9:36 AM

Type any copy and highlight it with your left mouse

You may need to click your yellow drop down bar in the browser to “allow scripted windows” to run.

Paste the url in teh link window that appears. Hit preview to ensure the text is now blue highlighted.

Odie1941 on August 10, 2011 at 9:44 AM

OC,

Thank you!

Anybody read the comments in the. LA Times comments sections? Those will leave a dent!

herm2416 on August 10, 2011 at 9:44 AM

Grey-Away is for commoners. For Obama it’s “Grecian Formula”

ziggyville on August 10, 2011 at 9:43 AM

ROFL! Yup! For the god that he is, nothing but the best!

capejasmine on August 10, 2011 at 9:48 AM

Knowing him his golf scores have probably been sealed.

Oldnuke on August 10, 2011 at 9:15 AM

ROFLMAO!!!

capejasmine on August 10, 2011 at 9:51 AM

I love that there’s an ad for a golf resort at the top of this page. Classic.

brainy435 on August 10, 2011 at 10:41 AM

Did you see the weasel word? “…intend…”.

sadatoni on August 10, 2011 at 10:46 AM

Do we really know that he’s improved his golf game?

Cindy Munford on August 10, 2011 at 8:24 AM

Who would know? He lies about everything else and he only plays with those who are not going to call him out.

Franklyn on August 10, 2011 at 11:20 AM

On the plus side, he’s really improved … his golf game.

Says who?

Ever seen him bowl?

Tim_CA on August 10, 2011 at 11:33 AM

He’s got to be destroying the economy on purpose. Otherwise this supposed “genius” is the stupidest person on the planet!

Christian Conservative on August 10, 2011 at 11:49 AM

And 528 days to go. Hold on!

conservative pilgrim on August 10, 2011 at 8:16 AM

Our problem is that those days remaining are ticking off like we are in the Tower of London listening to the gongs. Each one of those days, he damages our country a little bit more.

slickwillie2001 on August 10, 2011 at 12:36 PM

Poor Barry, in over his head. Actually being judged for the first time in his life on “results”. Oh for the days when he could just get by voting “Present!”

Damned ungrateful people, actually expecting him to DO something! Don’t they realize they should be worshiping the very ground HE walks on?

GarandFan on August 10, 2011 at 12:39 PM

On the plus side, he’s really improved … his golf game.

Duh! He’s the president — who (that HE plays with!) is going to call him on whether that was a snowman or a hockey stick? Or a foot wedge. Or count his mulligans?

Let’s see a show of hands: Does anybody think The One plays by anything resembling the rules of golf?

EconomicNeocon on August 10, 2011 at 1:08 PM

Smarmy Tina Brown on Moaning Joe is upset how haggard and tired he’s looking. What does this mean? “Grey-Away”, I’d bet.
Marcus on August 10, 2011 at 8:30 AM

I think your on to something here! Perhaps he’s a covert leader!
Notice how most of the country looks haggard and tired!

DSchoen on August 10, 2011 at 2:10 PM