Obamateurism of the Day

posted at 8:05 am on September 28, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

When someone holds a party in your honor, you generally want to thank them by name. When someone throws a party in your honor and charges each guest $35,800 to attend in order to put the money in your campaign chest, you want to thank them by name — and you probably want to make sure you get the name right first:

The president told a $35,800-a-couple Medina fundraiser that the 2012 election will be “especially hard because a lot of people are discouraged” but vowed he will “keep drawing a clear contrast” between his vision of America and that of the Republicans.

The fundraiser was held in the 27,000-square toot, art-draped home of former Microsoft chief operating officer Jon Shirley. Obama deemed the art collection unforgettable. But he could not remember the name of his host.

“I was saying to Mark that I wish I had time to just roam around because this is as beautiful a collection as I’ve ever seen. I want to thank Mark . . .” Obama said. A couple of guests said “Jon,” and the president quickly corrected himself.

The Boss Emeritus refers to a pertinent quote from the First Lady in June:

“See, what you all need to know about the President you helped to elect is that when it comes to the people he meets, Barack has a memory like a steel trap[.]”

Well, if he can’t even remember the people who raise millions of dollars for him, something tells me he’s not going to do much better with people who aren’t putting cash in his coffers.

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Memory like a steel trap? more like a fetid swamp.

JimK on September 28, 2011 at 8:09 AM

I say we tax the sh@T out of rich art collectors!

Caper29 on September 28, 2011 at 8:10 AM

Barack has a memory like a steel trap[.]”

Rusted shut.

Extrafishy on September 28, 2011 at 8:12 AM

Mark Huntsman would totally be a better President than Obama.

fossten on September 28, 2011 at 8:12 AM

Is Mark a janitor?

Caper29 on September 28, 2011 at 8:12 AM

D’oh!
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isn’t this like the 3rd or 4th time he’s screwed up his hosts’ name?

seriously…

cmsinaz on September 28, 2011 at 8:12 AM

she’s not running.

PappyD61 on September 28, 2011 at 8:13 AM

can’t blame totus on this one eh?

cmsinaz on September 28, 2011 at 8:13 AM

Too much “herb” in his youth?

Stress can also cause memory loss.

Or,maybe he doesn’t really care so much about the “little people,” even when they raise millions for his “high”ness.

That’s all I got in the way of excuses. Sheesh, what a dolt.

Crusader Rabbit on September 28, 2011 at 8:15 AM

“See, what you all need to know about the President you helped to elect is that when it comes to the people he meets, Barack has a memory like a steel trap[.]”

A steel trap with lots and lots of holes in the walls.

pilamaye on September 28, 2011 at 8:15 AM

Barack has a memory like a steel trap sieve

FIFY, Michelle.

NeighborhoodCatLady on September 28, 2011 at 8:15 AM

Mark Huntsman would totally be a better President than Obama.

fossten on September 28, 2011 at 8:12 AM

My Pet Rock would be a better president!

tinkerthinker on September 28, 2011 at 8:16 AM

Like a steep trap…rusty and unhinged.

kingsjester on September 28, 2011 at 8:16 AM

He only remembers the ones on his bad boy lists.

tinkerthinker on September 28, 2011 at 8:19 AM

Relevant…?

JetBoy on September 28, 2011 at 8:19 AM

Just look at all this man has done for his half uncle, his illegal immigrant aunt, brother still living in a hut. Etc.

What do you think he’s going to do for you?

TimBuk3 on September 28, 2011 at 8:20 AM

The real party begins in:

Countdown until Obama leaves Office
480 Days, 04 Hours

MJBrutus on September 28, 2011 at 8:21 AM

Good point tinker, he had no problem remembering folks who have dissed him

Mr thin skin

cmsinaz on September 28, 2011 at 8:23 AM

I want to thank the 44th President of the United States for ruining our country. Thank you, um…what’s his name again?

RDE2010 on September 28, 2011 at 8:23 AM

Who cares!! Colorado, Wyoming — they’re both square. What difference does it make?

Oh, whoops. I’m on the wrong Obama screw up thread.

Who cares!! Mark, Jon — they’re both dudes. What difference does it make?

azkag on September 28, 2011 at 8:24 AM

Who cares!! Mark, Jon — they’re both dudes. What difference does it make?

azkag on September 28, 2011 at 8:24 AM

I think we should take it to another level. One that BO might understand:

“I would like to thank Wyoming…I mean Mark…I mean Jon…I give up. It’s those janitors I tell you!”

RDE2010 on September 28, 2011 at 8:26 AM

Rusted shut.

Extrafishy on September 28, 2011 at 8:12 AM

Beat me to it.

rihar on September 28, 2011 at 8:28 AM

Campaigns?

ehhh, outlaw them by executive order (Governor Perdue approves).

PappyD61 on September 28, 2011 at 8:28 AM

“I was saying to Mark that I wish I had time to just roam around because this is as beautiful a collection as I’ve ever seen.”

Dear President Obama, (11/7/2012)

It has come to my attention that you now have plenty of time to visit my home and “roam around”. It is with great regret that I can no longer extend this invitation.

Best regards,

Mark

Rovin on September 28, 2011 at 8:30 AM

“I would like to thank Wyoming…I mean Mark…I mean Jon…I give up. It’s those janitors I tell you!”

RDE2010 on September 28, 2011 at 8:26 AM

And then in the backround can be heard: “Stand up, Chuck!”

JetBoy on September 28, 2011 at 8:31 AM

He wouldn’t be having these memory problems if ATM’s hadn’t outsourced all of his donors names to China.

VelvetElvis on September 28, 2011 at 8:32 AM

fundraiser was held in the 27,000-square toot, art-draped home of former Microsoft chief operating officer Jon Shirley.

Shirley, er.. surely, Obama must’ve been kidding with the name mixup….

ted c on September 28, 2011 at 8:38 AM

at least barry has a superior intellect which helps him in foreign affairs:

US President Obama has given the Europeans a harsh lecture on the dangers of their ongoing debt crisis. Offended by the unsolicited advice, Europeans have suggested the US get its own house in order first. Obama’s remarks were “arrogant” and “absurd” German commentators say on Wednesday.

http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/0,1518,788807,00.html

oh…sorry, never mind

r keller on September 28, 2011 at 8:41 AM

He needs a NameCzar.

Limerick on September 28, 2011 at 8:42 AM

The whole quote from Michelle was “Barack has a memory like a steel trap. It’s a gift. He will never forget your story.”

My video: Barack Has a Memory Like a Steel Trap

It has all the big memory gaffes made before 8/17 and some other goodies. I can never hear Michelle say that Barack has a memory like a steel trap without a clap of thunder. They should go together.
Granny Jan

No Niks on September 28, 2011 at 8:45 AM

Good Obamateurism of the Day, Allahpundit!

Static21 on September 28, 2011 at 8:46 AM

My Pet Rock would be a better president!

tinkerthinker on September 28, 2011 at 8:16 AM

Yup, the 1970s are looking better and better all the time.

rbj on September 28, 2011 at 8:48 AM

F**k Micro Soft….

Keemo on September 28, 2011 at 8:50 AM

The mark.
Isn’t that what they call the target of a scam….?

NeoKong on September 28, 2011 at 8:51 AM

Now, I wouldn’t call this one an Obamateurism, Ed.

After all, perhaps Obama was speaking the truth.

Out in Chicagoland, a “mark” is: a person identified as an easy target, or “sucker”.

Now, about Obama wanting to roam around the home….fantastic collection and all that…well, that is a commonplace thing out in Chicagoland as well. But, normally, one does not inform the home owner beforehand nor afterward.

So, Obama was just reverting to his Southside roots, nothing less.

coldwarrior on September 28, 2011 at 8:52 AM

In all seriousness, this is probably not error but indifference, just a reflection of his low level of regard for others.

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on September 28, 2011 at 8:56 AM

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on September 28, 2011 at 8:56 AM

When my mother calls me by her brother’s name or my father’s name, I know there’s love there. You can tell which is which.

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on September 28, 2011 at 8:57 AM

Memory like a steel trap?

I think she’s referring to her minge.

Alden Pyle on September 28, 2011 at 9:00 AM

Mark Huntsman would totally be a better President than Obama.

fossten on September 28, 2011 at 8:12 AM

My Pet Rock would be a better president!

tinkerthinker on September 28, 2011 at 8:16 AM

Heh. I guess I was too subtle.

fossten on September 28, 2011 at 9:00 AM

I wonder if Jon showed Ø his car collection. It’s quite extensive, all restored to original condition. It takes a massive amount of money to acquire, restore, maintain, and pay the property tax on this collection.
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I wonder, too, if Mark Jon reminded Ø that his art collection and his car collection and his 57,000 SqFt house and his politically connected lifestyle are possible because of profits and earnings of a company he once helped to manage. I find it telling that Ø lusts after the benefits of hard work and the entrepreneurial spirit but has no clue how to do it himself or allow its expression in those inclined to be entrepreneurial, creative, successful and, ultimately, wealthy.
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I wonder if, when Ø admired an art collection as beautiful as he had ever seen, Jon thought back to Herr Hermann Göring who was an art admirer and collector as well, but that he, Herman, also worked for the government and not for private enterprise.

ExpressoBold on September 28, 2011 at 9:06 AM

Is Mark a janitor?

Caper29 on September 28, 2011 at 8:12 AM

Is Mark a Jewish janitor?

IowaWoman on September 28, 2011 at 9:21 AM

This is both rude and lazy and if people don’t realize that that is the hallmark of this man by now, we can expect four more years of him and all of his handiwork.

Cindy Munford on September 28, 2011 at 9:21 AM

As if a dumb@$$ Obama groupie deserves any better?

MNHawk on September 28, 2011 at 9:22 AM

Mark = marked rich man in the second term.

AH_C on September 28, 2011 at 9:23 AM

What’s a square toot?

Akzed on September 28, 2011 at 9:40 AM

Well it’s not about Mark, or Jon, or us, or even Michelle. It’s ALL about him. He doesn’t have to remember you, but you’d damn well better remember him!!!

capejasmine on September 28, 2011 at 9:45 AM

I say we tax the sh@T out of rich art collectors Progressives!

Caper29 on September 28, 2011 at 8:10 AM

It won’t solve any problems but it will make us all feel better…

Fallon on September 28, 2011 at 9:45 AM

So many states, so many people, rememberin’ is hard. Just make sure they spell my name right on those checks, Mark, er Jon.

Kissmygrits on September 28, 2011 at 9:51 AM

Barack has a memory like a steel trap[.]”

You lie!!!

HellCat on September 28, 2011 at 10:03 AM

Well he was correct, Jon was the “mark”…

right2bright on September 28, 2011 at 10:09 AM

Oh, c’mon now..

He’s smack-dab in the middle of the lair of a bogeyman billionaire.

I’d be surprised, he could remember his own name

franksalterego on September 28, 2011 at 10:17 AM

Just further proof that there is only one thing Barry thinks about.

Barry.

GarandFan on September 28, 2011 at 10:55 AM

it’s all about meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

Tim_CA on September 28, 2011 at 11:02 AM

What’s a square toot?

Akzed on September 28, 2011 at 9:40 AM

Heh. I caught that too.

UltimateBob on September 28, 2011 at 11:30 AM

But if he had to remember names of supporters then it wouldn’t be all about him.

He couldn’t be our Narcissist-in-Chief if that happened.

Move on. Nothing to see here.

Pablo Snooze on September 28, 2011 at 11:32 AM

“See, what you all need to know about the President you helped to elect is that when it comes to the people he meets, Barack has a memory like a steel trap[.]”

Heh, she meant that it’s trapped in steel. She speaks like a fool, but is condescending in the process.

Schadenfreude on September 28, 2011 at 11:39 AM

Barack has a memory like a steel trap[.]”

Rusted shut.

Extrafishy on September 28, 2011 at 8:12 AM

Squirt a little WD-40 in his ear. That’ll fix that right up.

Solaratov on September 28, 2011 at 12:26 PM

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carbon_footprint on September 28, 2011 at 1:52 PM

I’m telling you, Obama is suffering the first symptoms of early onset Alzheimer’s. That’s why he can’t say “hello” without a pair of teleprompters. It’s why he constantly gets his facts wrong on just about everything, and can’t remember anybody’s name. Oh sure, he has his good days, like when he goes to speak to a gaggle of black politicians and remembers to drop his g’s and say words like “y’all”. But even then he’s irritable, and that’s another symptom.

Valerie Jarrett and Eric Holder are running this country… right into the ground.

RebeccaH on September 28, 2011 at 1:58 PM

I’m safe. My wife never brags on me. . .

dts-01 on September 28, 2011 at 1:59 PM

The check was aready cashed, so why bother with the names?

AnotherOpinion on September 28, 2011 at 2:21 PM