Obamateurism of the Day

posted at 8:05 am on September 7, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Barack Obama had an excellent opportunity to put his Hope and Change promise into action this week, after having been introduced by union ally James Hoffa Jr on a Detroit stage with a call, “Let’s take these [Tea Party] sons of bitches out” and telling Obama that his army of union activists would do the job.  Obama may not have heard Hoffa’s speech when it happened, but he had all day yesterday to repudiate Hoffa’s comments about going to war against Tea Party activists.  That would have fulfilled his promise to change the tone in Washington and reduce the bitter partisanship — which is something that almost by definition has to start with one’s own allies.  It also would have matched his speech after the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in Arizona that called for constructive rhetoric in political debate.  Hoffa might have been miffed if Obama took the opening for a “Sister Souljah” moment, but it wouldn’t have damaged Hoffa at all and could have boosted Obama with moderates.

Instead, not only did Obama fail to take the initiative to rebuke Hoffa for his own gain, the White House couldn’t pick up the golden opportunity handed to them by ABC’s Jake Tapper yesterday.  Jay Carney could have distanced his boss from Hoffa’s remarks by scolding Hoffa, but instead just prattled about how the press corps wants to make “connections” between supposedly unrelated people and incidents — even though Hoffa introduced Obama at the event with the remarks in question.  It’s a response akin to, “Who are you going to believe — us or your lying eyes?”

Obama could have had a real presidential moment.  Instead, Obama looks clueless as to what his own promises of Hope and Change actually were, and ended up tacitly endorsing Hoffa’s remarks.

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Obama “acted stupidly”.

FOWG1 on September 7, 2011 at 8:08 AM

dear leader agrees with hoffa of course he’s not going to distance himself….

civility for thee but not for me in this case…

country before party is bunch of hooey coming from this man…

cmsinaz on September 7, 2011 at 8:09 AM

don’t blame me, I di’int say it….
/bho

ted c on September 7, 2011 at 8:09 AM

If McCain could apologize for Cunningham’s harsh comments 3 1/2 yrs ago, why can’t The One–The Healer, The New Tone Moderator–why can’t he–the master apologizer–say he regrets the union thug’s evil rant?

itsnotaboutme on September 7, 2011 at 8:10 AM

as jake tapper said…washington kabuki

cmsinaz on September 7, 2011 at 8:10 AM

Hope and change in action

SHARPTOOTH on September 7, 2011 at 8:11 AM

Barack Obama had an excellent opportunity to put his Hope and Change promise into action this week…”

Um, Ed? I think he has put enough Change into action these past two and a half years…..here is Hoping that for a new WH resident in November, 2012.

herm2416 on September 7, 2011 at 8:14 AM

Fails to repudiate his own failure to repudiate incivility.

NeighborhoodCatLady on September 7, 2011 at 8:14 AM

He is the current High Priest of the Progressive religion.

All power is given to the one who holds the keys to power.

He shall not be questioned by the gnats like Tapper.

PappyD61 on September 7, 2011 at 8:14 AM

the One is too busy rebuking perry for dissing bernanke to deal w/ this.

chasdal on September 7, 2011 at 8:15 AM

Instead, Obama looks IS clueless…

There. I fixed it for you.

Crusader Rabbit on September 7, 2011 at 8:15 AM

Oh, he will do it in front the joint session where it will make a bigger splash and be able to castigate the republicans at the same time.

cozmo on September 7, 2011 at 8:15 AM

Even some Dems are speculating it is time to throw King Putt overboard.

CommentGuy on September 7, 2011 at 8:17 AM

Another blogger had Hoffa on Air Force One (with Trumka, et.al.) being given a ride to the election rally (sorry, pre-speech). If true there is no plausible way for Obama not to have known what Hoffa was going to say. At this level they rarely wing it. My guess is that this was planned.

This is merely the latest in a series of rallies to violence from Union members. Remember “if they bring a knife, we’re gonna bring a gun”?

I am beginning to believe that Obama will be voted out (but will continue to work to ensure that’s true). I am now honestly concerned about the violence that may ensue after he loses. It may be the first violent transfer of power in our history.

Bigurn on September 7, 2011 at 8:17 AM

To paraphrase Emperor Misha: If rhetorical standards are good then rhetorical double standards must be twice as good.

Tuning Spork on September 7, 2011 at 8:17 AM

If McCain could apologize for Cunningham’s harsh comments 3 1/2 yrs ago, why can’t The One–The Healer, The New Tone Moderator–why can’t he–the master apologizer–say he regrets the union thug’s evil rant?

itsnotaboutme on September 7, 2011 at 8:10 AM

Because he’ll totally get away with it anyway. And because he WANTED this.

fossten on September 7, 2011 at 8:18 AM

If McCain could apologize for Cunningham’s harsh comments 3 1/2 yrs ago, why can’t The One–The Healer, The New Tone Moderator–why can’t he–the master apologizer–say he regrets the union thug’s evil rant?

itsnotaboutme on September 7, 2011 at 8:10 AM

There are only a few groups that are still a guaranteed lock for Obama in 2012. You would have him distance himself from what little he has left?
Do I sense that the “master apologizer” hasn’t been doing much apologizing since his poll numbers started diving, or is it just coincidence?

Extrafishy on September 7, 2011 at 8:22 AM

Obama is not “The One” who they told us he was, He’s the one WE knew he was.

simkeith on September 7, 2011 at 8:23 AM

“At a time when our discourse has become so sharply polarized,at a time when we are far too eager to lay the blame for all that ails the world at the feet of those who happen to think differently than we do — it’s important for us to pause for a moment and make sure that we are talking with each other in a way that heals, not a way that wounds.”

I guess those “Together We Thrive” t-shirts are a bit outdated.

Quisp on September 7, 2011 at 8:24 AM

Obama is not clueless. He’s perfectly happy with what Hoffa said.

gh on September 7, 2011 at 8:25 AM

Obama “acted stupidly”.

When doesn’t he?

crazy_legs on September 7, 2011 at 8:27 AM

He better pray there are no attacks by union thugs at any Tea Party rallies; he could be implicated due to his stunning complacency.

Key West Reader on September 7, 2011 at 8:28 AM

Keyword: clueless

DrStock on September 7, 2011 at 8:30 AM

He better pray there are no attacks by union thugs at any Tea Party rallies; he could be implicated due to his stunning complacency complicity.

Key West Reader on September 7, 2011 at 8:28 AM

:-)

Tuning Spork on September 7, 2011 at 8:32 AM

“I thought he was a kind of a dick yesterday,” – Halperin

mechkiller_k on September 7, 2011 at 8:36 AM

Given that Obama’s most highly developed skill is demagoguery it must have been difficult for him not to have praised Obama.

Basilsbest on September 7, 2011 at 8:43 AM

Somewhere deep within the records of either the White House staff or those of David Axelrod there likely lies an email that directs the ramp up of aggressive rhetoric and threats directed at the Tea Party and Republicans. If such a directive exists, and should ever be leaked to the American public, all hell just might break loose.

Barry’s walking a tight rope with this issue, and no net below.

Yoop on September 7, 2011 at 8:47 AM

telling Obama that his army of union activists would do the job.

Better wake up and smell the coffee, Junior.

There’s a whole lot more of us than there are of you.

And we’re fed up.

AZCoyote on September 7, 2011 at 8:47 AM

Keyword: clueless

DrStock on September 7, 2011 at 8:30 AM

I WISH

He’s a “get in their faces”, “get back at your enemies” Community agitator who engaged in Alinsky style thug tactics in Chicago (in a similar fashion as Sharpton and Jackson shakedown companies).

He knows full well what he is doing. I also believe he and his minions are “transforming” America as we read here in our safe little HotAir pod.

I just wish he was incompetent.

***has anyone heard about what he has his minions doing in Israel to try and topple Netanyahu?.

His Community Organizer/Agitator has gone global.

PappyD61 on September 7, 2011 at 8:50 AM

sorry for the all bold…..

PappyD61 on September 7, 2011 at 8:51 AM

Obama looks clueless…

Could have stopped right there.

mwdiver on September 7, 2011 at 8:51 AM

He’s an idealogue. He is not cluess, or classless although you could make the point on that he is. He is trying to instill fear in the country with his union thugs. Their lawlessness is santioned already. No one bothers to press charges nor do they call out this insaity for what it is. This is becoming more than political rhetoric and silly Obamateurisms. Be vigilent.

BetseyRoss on September 7, 2011 at 8:52 AM

Obama could have had a real presidential moment. Instead, Obama looks clueless as to what his own promises of Hope and Change actually were, and ended up tacitly endorsing Hoffa’s remarks.

Some people never change.

RDE2010 on September 7, 2011 at 9:07 AM

Obama is not “The One” who they told us he was, He’s the one WE knew he was.

simkeith on September 7, 2011 at 8:23 AM

I went with my gut, actually. It sort of crawled up my throat when it heard “spread the wealth.”

RDE2010 on September 7, 2011 at 9:09 AM

Pappy, no need to apologize as far as I see it! Everything you said is true!!!

Vntnrse on September 7, 2011 at 9:13 AM

Obama could have had a real presidential moment

“Real Presidential moments” occur when a real president is in the White House representing an entire nation and not a political ideology that only serves half of the country. Hope and change went out the window the day Obama was sworn into office.

I truly hope Mr. Hoffa Jr. makes plenty of more speeches down the road to keep Tea Party Americans focused on “this war” of ideologies pitting big government entitlements (and the idea that unions are the only choice for the American worker), against the individual who understands the concept of living within their own means. Hoffa and the liberal Democrats have already lost the argument for a bigger intrusive government, while a strong majority of the country has rejected these policies. The only course they can take now is the Alinsky tactic of class warfare and injecting racism into the conversation to confuse the masses—a sure fire ploy for losers.

Rovin on September 7, 2011 at 9:14 AM

12% want to go to war with the rest of us?

OK…. :)

And btw, why is it 12% represent ALL the working people anyway?

golfmann on September 7, 2011 at 9:19 AM

Well said Rovin

cmsinaz on September 7, 2011 at 9:19 AM

Jay Carney could have distanced his boss from Hoffa’s remarks by scolding Hoffa, but instead…

The Jeremiah Wright Defense: I sat in his congregation for 20 years but didn’t hear a word that he said.

petefrt on September 7, 2011 at 9:21 AM

Michele Bachmann’s campaign could raise a small fortune selling womens Tee Shirts with the slogan I’m Nobody’s Son and a Tea Party themed background.

meci on September 7, 2011 at 9:21 AM

If McCain could apologize for Cunningham’s harsh comments 3 1/2 yrs ago, why can’t The One–The Healer, The New Tone Moderator–why can’t he–the master apologizer–say he regrets the union thug’s evil rant?

itsnotaboutme on September 7, 2011 at 8:10 AM

First of all, ‘could apologize’ isn’t accurate. Obama demanded an apology. (If memory serves.)

Secondly, ‘harsh comments?’ Like using the President’s middle name?

I know you don’t mean anything by your post, but I’m so tired of hearing about how mean Cunningham was to then-Senator Obama. If my recollection is correct, the Obama campaign asked for an apology from Senator McCain. In this case, Obama can’t – even when confronted (by proxy) – be bothered to jump on board his own Hopey-Changey Express.

He sickens me. I hope Perry wins the nomination, but I’m pulling that lever for whoever has the (R) next to their name.

Washington Nearsider on September 7, 2011 at 9:23 AM

Zero won’t condemn Hoffa’s words because he agrees with them. He’s also trying to kiss and make up with the Unions. Obummer is a Chicago thug politician and taking out his opponent is how he got elected there. Besides, this is how he feels about the TP and anyone who polls against him.

Kissmygrits on September 7, 2011 at 9:37 AM

That would have fulfilled his promise to change the tone in Washington and reduce the bitter partisanship — which is something that almost by definition has to start with one’s own allies. It also would have matched his speech after the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in Arizona that called for constructive rhetoric in political debate.

I saw what you did there.

pain train on September 7, 2011 at 9:50 AM

There’s a whole lot more of us than there are of you.

And we’re fed up.

AZCoyote on September 7, 2011 at 8:47 AM

I don’t think there is enough cement.

Cindy Munford on September 7, 2011 at 10:09 AM

Not really O/T: just saw on news Obama to reveal his 300 Billion dollar tax plan to create new jobs….exactly what I said he was going to do…just sad! Then he’ll blame the right for not raising taxes in order to create those “shovel ready” jobs he’s been promising since he came into office

Vntnrse on September 7, 2011 at 10:10 AM

If McCain could apologize for Cunningham’s harsh comments 3 1/2 yrs ago, why can’t The One–The Healer, The New Tone Moderator–why can’t he–the master apologizer–say he regrets the union thug’s evil rant?

itsnotaboutme on September 7, 2011 at 8:10 AM

Did Obama ever, or did anyone within his circle ever answer the question, just what exactly was the hope and change we could expect? Nope!

I remember several times, Hannity would get O’bots calling, and chanting the hope and change mantra. Hannity would ask them, just what is the hope and change? Not one of them ever answered that question, but to say….hope and change.

Perhaps this IS O’s hope and change. He’s obviously trying to create divides between everyone. Rich, not rich. He race baits. He’s dividing states. He’s dividing the nation. He’s dividing the common bond we all are, as Americans.

He’s far from being a messiah, healer, or whatever. He’s worried about one person…and that’s himself. And he, and his ilk, like Hoffa…will say and do anything to keep their power.

capejasmine on September 7, 2011 at 10:15 AM

sorry for the all bold…..

PappyD61 on September 7, 2011 at 8:51 AM
Your comments should always be bold–You speak the truth, and you are right!!!

mobydutch on September 7, 2011 at 10:23 AM

A great line from a great Rich Lowry column this morning, Civility for Me, But Not for Thee:

Perhaps the president gave the unions a secret waiver from his injunctions to civility?

Drained Brain on September 7, 2011 at 10:24 AM

I guess those “Together We ThriveJIVE” t-shirts are a bit outdated.

Quisp on September 7, 2011 at 8:24 AM

Silly! The dang T-shirt printer just made a typo!

VelvetElvis on September 7, 2011 at 10:31 AM

Obama only ever apologizes for things he despises. American exceptionalism, for example. He has never been caught apologizing for something with which he agrees in principle, no matter the public perception or potential political fallout. There is not an ounce of graciousness in him. But he is reliably consistent in this one way. He will stand with his allies no matter how horribly they behave. Right up until he needs to throw them under the bus to protect himself.

Freelancer on September 7, 2011 at 10:33 AM

If McCain could apologize for Cunningham’s harsh comments 3 1/2 yrs ago, why can’t The One–The Healer, The New Tone Moderator–why can’t he–the master apologizer–say he regrets the union thug’s evil rant?

itsnotaboutme on September 7, 2011 at 8:10 AM

Maybe the Tea Party SOB’s can get revenge by calling him James Hussein Hoffa. OMG ! Stop the Presses! Racists!!!

Steve Z on September 7, 2011 at 10:35 AM

Obama “acted stupidly”.

FOWG1 on September 7, 2011 at 8:08 AM

As he does 99% of the time.

And the 1% of the time when he doesn’t, he’s just getting lucky. Like the proverbial blind squirrel or the broken clock.

UltimateBob on September 7, 2011 at 10:46 AM

His teleprompter didn’t tell him to take Hoffa to task.

EconomicNeocon on September 7, 2011 at 11:04 AM

Wouldn’t you love to see the wimp in the middle of an old fashioned, Friday night, full moon, bar brawl. He’d need a few diaper changes.

katy the mean old lady on September 7, 2011 at 11:13 AM

Hoffa said take ‘em out and there’s a killing spree at an IHOP.

There. See how easy this is?

At least Obama and Hoffa weren’t IN the IHOP enjoying a waffle. And the guy didn’t give Hoffa a high-five on the way out. In that case, the President might have had to stop long enough to actually make a statement suggesting that shooting people is probably not a good thing.

IndieDogg on September 7, 2011 at 11:46 AM

Obama may not have heard Hoffa’s speech when it happened,

No, the Teleprompter In Chief didn’t hear Hoffa’s comment so he didn’t tell Blamo what to say about it.

Dandapani on September 7, 2011 at 11:56 AM

Hoffa makes strange remarks for a guy with a father shot, cut up and dumped to rot in a garbage can by clowns with the same “bust their heads” attitude.

IlikedAUH2O on September 7, 2011 at 12:13 PM

Obama may not have heard Hoffa’s speech when it happened,

Hoffa said what he said while introducing the President. What planet again do the BHO-Crazies live on?

Besides, even if he had his fingers in his ears (as he apparently did for a decade in Rev. Wright’s church), he’s certainly heard it since. Does he always restrict his comments to things that only happened in his presence? Utterly ridiculous.

Shades of “That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.” If you don’t know the joke that sets up that punch line, you should. It’s pretty funny.

IndieDogg on September 7, 2011 at 12:26 PM

It’s almost as if Barack Obama doesn’t hear anything anybody says unless it’s praise or criticism of himself.

RebeccaH on September 7, 2011 at 12:42 PM

Leaders, one and all – Hope ‘n Change, indeed

WASHINGTON — A top aide to President Obama says Americans must decide for themselves how to be civil with each other — a rather sharp departure from comments that Obama has himself made in the past.

In an interview with the WMAL Morning Majority Wednesday, White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer said the Obama administration is not going to be drawn into the “gotcha game” of reacting to comments made by Teamsters President James Hoffa, Jr. At a Labor Day rally in Detroit, Hoffa urged the President to use unions as his army to fight back against the Tea Party and “take these son-of-a-bitches out.”

Pfeiffer told WMAL that President Obama is not going to “serve as the speech police for the Democratic party.”

“What everyone should do is make their best judgment of how they be civil,” said Pfeiffer. “What I don’t think makes sense is to distract from the major issues at hand to try to get everyone to go back and approve and disapprove of every single thing that every single person has said,” he added.

Thugs are in charge at the WH and on down.

Schadenfreude on September 7, 2011 at 1:00 PM

It is time to take this son of a bitch Obama out. Everyone understands I only mean by voting at the polling place on election day.

borntoraisehogs on September 7, 2011 at 1:47 PM

Another blogger had Hoffa on Air Force One (with Trumka, et.al.) being given a ride to the election rally (sorry, pre-speech). If true there is no plausible way for Obama not to have known what Hoffa was going to say. At this level they rarely wing it. My guess is that this was planned.

This is merely the latest in a series of rallies to violence from Union members. Remember “if they bring a knife, we’re gonna bring a gun”?

I am beginning to believe that Obama will be voted out (but will continue to work to ensure that’s true). I am now honestly concerned about the violence that may ensue after he loses. It may be the first violent transfer of power in our history.

Bigurn on September 7, 2011 at 8:17 AM

Rush Limbaugh opened his show discussing Don Hoffa and Fatboy Trumpka going to this rally courtesy of the federal government on Air Force One.

The new narrative that little Bammie was not even aware of what the thugs on the stage were saying is just more of their lies.

slickwillie2001 on September 7, 2011 at 1:48 PM

Jay Carney could have distanced his boss from Hoffa’s remarks by scolding Hoffa, but instead just prattled about how the press corps wants to make “connections” between supposedly unrelated people and incidents — even though Hoffa introduced Obama at the event with the remarks in question. It’s a response akin to, “Who are you going to believe — us or your lying eyes?”

Maybe Obama just has a different notion of what makes people “connected?” After all, he listened to Wright for years, but somehow never heard him say anything controversial. And he launched his political career in William Ayers living room, but then claimed he was “just a guy in the neighborhood.”

tom on September 7, 2011 at 2:29 PM