Obamateurism of the Day

posted at 8:05 am on September 29, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Barack Obama has hit the road, trying to sell his new Porkulus II stimulus, er, job-creation plan, asking Congress for $450 billion for the usual government subsidies and “shovel ready” infrastructure projects that worked so well in keeping unemployment under control that we still haven’t seen it dip below 9%.  That’s obviously a tough sell, and Obama has worked hard to close the deal.  In fact, in North Carolina, Obama tried relying on a notorious hard-sell tactic — scare the customers:

 Governor Perdue can tell you — there are a lot of roads and a lot of bridges that need fixing.  There is a lot of work that needs to be done in schools and airports.  All these things are in need of repair.  In North Carolina alone, there are 153 structurally deficient bridges that need to be repaired.

Well, that’s news to North Carolinians — and to their Department of Transportation.  The News-Observer checked with the NCDoT, who were just as puzzled at the President’s remarks:

DOT engineers and administrators are fielding calls about the president’s remarks, too. They say the bridges around the Beltline and across the state are safe.

“The key thing is: We don’t have any bridges that are about to fall,” said Wally Bowman, DOT’s division chief for Wake and six neighboring counties. “We don’t have any bridge out there that is structurally inadequate, where it cannot handle the traffic. We make sure those bridges stay in a good state of repair.”

Actually, the term “structurally deficient” applies to any bridge with any damage, regardless of whether repairs are required or not.  North Carolina has 2,700 bridges in that category, not 153, and none of them need immediate repair, let alone federal intervention.  The number of bridges that need repair to keep them from falling on people?  Zero.  As the NCDoT told the News-Observer, if there was a bridge in danger of doing that, they’d close it and fix it.

But this passage caught the attention of Newsbusters:

Obama appears to have undercounted his bridges. And at the same time – employing the deft spin that political speakers use when they spice up a little information to make a big impression – the president may have over-suggested the risk to public safety.

“Over-suggested”?  Is that anything like “failing to do research,” or “scaremongering,” or just “lying“?

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Like a brriidge over troubled water…..

ted c on September 29, 2011 at 8:08 AM

Flailing wildly. He should have stayed in the kiddie pool.

kingsjester on September 29, 2011 at 8:09 AM

If this man said the sun was shining, I’d go look out the window for a second opinion. And if I saw that the sun really was shining, I still wouldn’t believe him.

NeighborhoodCatLady on September 29, 2011 at 8:10 AM

Burning bridges everywhere her goes…

myrenovations on September 29, 2011 at 8:10 AM

Could that have been a bridge too far?

JimK on September 29, 2011 at 8:13 AM

I don’t care what you say, this bridge is coming down!!

ted c on September 29, 2011 at 8:13 AM

Is that anything like “failing to do research,” or “scaremongering,” or just “lying“?

It’s not “lying”. He just makes sh*t up. There’s a subtle difference between lying (Nixon) and fantasy (Carter).

gh on September 29, 2011 at 8:13 AM

Or was it a “bridge to nowhere?”

JimK on September 29, 2011 at 8:14 AM

And this is a surprise? I would say it is more blatant the normal, but no different then any other time he opens his mouth. Oh no! Report me to AttackWatch.

EliTheBean on September 29, 2011 at 8:14 AM

I live in NC and our local papers were full of panicked letters to the editor after BO made this statement demanding that these bridges be identified and fixed immediately. It’s sad the number of drones who will believe anything he says.

ConservativeMom on September 29, 2011 at 8:18 AM

I wonder if the Pres will continue to link arms with Gov. Bev Perdue as he campaigns hard in North Carolina.

DrStock on September 29, 2011 at 8:18 AM

The English language is like putty to these people. They can mold it into any shape they wish, hold it out in front of you and expect you to believe it is what they say it is.

Extrafishy on September 29, 2011 at 8:20 AM

“Over-suggested”? Is that anything like “failing to do research,” or “scaremongering,” or just “lying“?

Apparently, Obama lies when he reads his teleprompters.

Off the cuff, he doesn’t lie as much but he says the opposite then of what he says when he lies while reading his teleprompters.

I am certain at this hour that the guy is a hired actor. He “says” what’s in front of him on the script and then, off script, he’s one of those actors who isn’t very bright while making for good photos and handshakes and shoulder-grabs.

I doubt that Barack Obama even knows what he means on any given day. He seems to be sayin’ whatever he thinks “works” especially when it’s in print on screen before him, or, there are cameras nearby.

Lourdes on September 29, 2011 at 8:23 AM

“Pass my plan or everyone will die, it’s that simple. Ya’ll have a nice day now, ya heah?”

-PBHO

Bishop on September 29, 2011 at 8:25 AM

RELATED:

President Pander: Statistics Are ‘Deceptive’… Obama Tells Latinos — Don’t Worry We Are Not Actually Deporting More Illegals Than Bush

from The Blaze, September 29, 2011

…there’s a video of him “off the cuff” admitting that on the record, he’s lying.

Lourdes on September 29, 2011 at 8:26 AM

I wonder if the Pres will continue to link arms with Gov. Bev Perdue as he campaigns hard in North Carolina.

DrStock on September 29, 2011 at 8:18 AM

The Toxic Team

LOL

Key West Reader on September 29, 2011 at 8:27 AM

“Pass my plan or everyone will die, it’s that simple. Ya’ll have a nice day now, ya heah?”

-PBHO

Bishop on September 29, 2011 at 8:25 AM

Or, maybe:

“Pass my plan and maybe a few of you folks will live, it’s that simple. Ya’ll have a nice day now, ya heah?”

-PBHO

Lourdes on September 29, 2011 at 8:27 AM

Dude, leave it to the states. You aren’t God.

RDE2010 on September 29, 2011 at 8:29 AM

The comments made by the NC Governor are all over our news here in Montana. I don’t think it wise for Obama to lock arms with that woman right now, but hey Obama has proven to be anything but wise.

Keemo on September 29, 2011 at 8:29 AM

You know (putting on the glasses)…maybe he thinks “bridges and roads” are the only “jobs” there are other than scooping ice cream, vacationing and playing golf.

Lourdes on September 29, 2011 at 8:31 AM

Bush says that there are terrorists who want to kill us when there really are terrorists who want to kill us – we get “ZOMG!!! The politics of FEAR!!!!” from the left.

Giggles twists the phrase “structurally deficient” into lying about needed repairs and making people assume that the bridge is going to collapse tomorrow unless there’s massive Federal intervention – we get crickets from the left.

Hypocracy, thy name is “progressive.” (Used to be “liberal” until your policies completely poisoned the word and you had to use another one, which is becoming just as toxic).

crazy_legs on September 29, 2011 at 8:32 AM

RELATED:

President Pander: Statistics Are ‘Deceptive’… Obama Tells Latinos — Don’t Worry We Are Not Actually Deporting More Illegals Than Bush

from The Blaze, September 29, 2011

…there’s a video of him “off the cuff” admitting that on the record, he’s lying.

Lourdes on September 29, 2011 at 8:26 AM

So when he says ‘path to citizenship for those who are already here’, is he just talking Mexicans and Latinos? Or does that include Hezbolla, Hamas and other terrorists who have infiltrated through the border states?

Someone should ask him.

Key West Reader on September 29, 2011 at 8:33 AM

If the bridges are made of Reardon Metal, they’re doomed.

Freelancer on September 29, 2011 at 8:33 AM

Barack Obama has hit the road

I felt a small tingle

faraway on September 29, 2011 at 8:39 AM

Until now he thought bridge was a card game.

docflash on September 29, 2011 at 8:39 AM

Fearmongering. The last act of desparation.

DuctTapeMyBrain on September 29, 2011 at 8:41 AM

The Obama administration is structurally deficient

faraway on September 29, 2011 at 8:42 AM

Anyone that calls the dingbat leftist piece of garbage of a governor, a dictator wannabe, is an over-suggester, over-suggester, pants on fire!

/sigh

Serious Journalism Fail in America. A profession utterly corrupt from top to bottom.

MNHawk on September 29, 2011 at 8:45 AM

Hence, Dear Liar.

rbj on September 29, 2011 at 9:01 AM

Obama is the only thing structurally deficient in our country.

csdeven on September 29, 2011 at 9:02 AM

I’ll go with Jive A$$ for $100.00

golfmann on September 29, 2011 at 9:07 AM

Days until 2012 election? 404

Days until the Democrats dump Obama and replace him on the ticket? much, much sooner.

MTF on September 29, 2011 at 9:16 AM

All this fixation on bridges and roads…you’d think Obama never was allowed to play with Tonka Toys when he was a kid.

As to the question, “Over-suggested”? Is that anything like “failing to do research,” or “scaremongering,” or just “lying?”

Well, to try to stay civil about this, I’d suggest that Obama is either certifiably delusional, or a pathological liar.

Neither one a trait I’d like to see in a US President.

(Matter of fact, I hate to see Obama as a US President.)

coldwarrior on September 29, 2011 at 9:17 AM

Even if Obama wasn’t lying about the bridges, I’d have to ask why they are in such disrepair after we just spent $800 extra on “infrastructure” in Porkulus-1.

Just for scaling purposes, the annual budget for the PA DOT is $3.8 total. If Porkulus actually went into roads and bridges, the DOT budget for each state in the union could have been more than quadrupled last year.

Could have fixed alot of bridges with that, but the money went to Solyndra and unions instead.

forest on September 29, 2011 at 9:27 AM

The bridge to nowhere…

ladyingray on September 29, 2011 at 9:29 AM

Lourdes on September 29, 2011 at 8:26 AM

So when he says ‘path to citizenship for those who are already here’, is he just talking Mexicans and Latinos? Or does that include Hezbolla, Hamas and other terrorists who have infiltrated through the border states?

Someone should ask him.

Key West Reader on September 29, 2011 at 8:33 AM

Likely, he MEANS (“in his mind”) Hezbolla, Hamas and other terrorists but he’s speaking to Hispanics while assuming they’re not bright enough to realize that he’s misleading them (as he does everyone else).

He’s trying to flirt-and-court for ethnically-defining voters while compounding the lies: speaks to ‘them,’ lies about lying via the teleprompted speeches, lies IN the teleprompter speeches, THEN assumes no one’s going to be “as smart as (he) is” so he can MEAN (in his own mind) just about whatever suits his purpose on any given hour.

I doubt Obama knows what clarity is. He appears to be saying whatever-whenever and relying on his belief that his “charm” and good-ole-grinning-guy schtick will assuage all doubts.

Lourdes on September 29, 2011 at 9:41 AM

Liar-in-chief

cmsinaz on September 29, 2011 at 9:42 AM

Just for scaling purposes, the annual budget for the PA DOT is $3.8 total. If Porkulus actually went into roads and bridges, the DOT budget for each state in the union could have been more than quadrupled last year.

Could have fixed alot of bridges with that, but the money went to Solyndra and unions instead.

forest on September 29, 2011 at 9:27 AM

THUS, Obama moved on to the “millionaires and billionaires” and “we all must pay our fair share” rhetoric. Once he realized his checks would bounce, he proceeded on the “raise taxes” thing.

Lourdes on September 29, 2011 at 9:44 AM

Ah you scoffers! Those NC bridges WERE deficient. They haven’t gotten their Solyndra solar panels and been painted green with a “brought to you by Obama” sign yet.

katablog.com on September 29, 2011 at 9:50 AM

He’s trying to flirt-and-court for ethnically-defining voters while compounding the lies: speaks to ‘them,’ lies about lying via the teleprompted speeches, lies IN the teleprompter speeches

And when someone lies to your neighbor, what do you think that person will do to you?

katablog.com on September 29, 2011 at 9:52 AM

He is taking a lesson from McCarthy: always be specific when using numbers but never let anyone tie you down to just one.

Laurence on September 29, 2011 at 9:58 AM

Well, the bridges in North Carolina might be safe, but what about the other 56 states?

vcferlita on September 29, 2011 at 10:01 AM

Actually, the term “structurally deficient” applies to any bridge with any damage, regardless of whether repairs are required or not.

It applies to bridges that just need to be widened to accommodate more traffic.

Akzed on September 29, 2011 at 10:06 AM

He is taking a lesson from McCarthy: always be specific when using numbers but never let anyone tie you down to just one.
Laurence on September 29, 2011 at 9:58 AM

Um, if you’re talking about Joe McCarthy, he was right about everything and smeared no one.

Akzed on September 29, 2011 at 10:08 AM

I think the bridge in Obama’s brain, that connects one ear to the other is in dangerous need of repair. If that’s even possible. I swear, the howling sound in there is remeniscent to the song….duuuuuuuuust in the wind.

capejasmine on September 29, 2011 at 10:12 AM

Why is it, every time this yokel talks it reminds me of that scene in Blues Brothers where Jake is in the drainage tunnel making excuses to Carrie Fisher and just making s#!t up……..

Sponge on September 29, 2011 at 10:29 AM

lil’ Simon n’ Garfunkel for your morning thread….

ted c on September 29, 2011 at 8:10 AM

I’ll see your Simon and Garfunkel and raise you Three Dog Night.

mchristian on September 29, 2011 at 10:33 AM

The fear monger in chief strikes again! Part of being a good politician is weighing your words carefully before you speak, and knowing what you speak is the truth. Mr. President has neither skill.

scalleywag on September 29, 2011 at 10:36 AM

LIAR!

GarandFan on September 29, 2011 at 10:39 AM

A good politician also shouldn’t be divisive, pitting people or parties against each other. When it comes to that, Mr. President has no rival. He’s been doing that since he came into office and now people wonder where all this uncivil discourse and uneasiness has come from. It’s come from his own mouth.

scalleywag on September 29, 2011 at 10:41 AM

lil’ Simon n’ Garfunkel for your morning thread….

ted c on September 29, 2011 at 8:10 AM

You just made my day. What an amazing gift to us that these two old men are as great, as moving, as they were 45 years ago.

Obie’s going on the back burner for the rest of the day. CDs out and headphones on – all-day concert coming up!

Thank you, ted c!

GGMac on September 29, 2011 at 10:50 AM

Stole this…..

25 years ago we had Ronald Reagan, Johnny Cash, and Bob Hope. Today we have Obama, no cash and no hope.

csdeven on September 29, 2011 at 10:52 AM

lil’ Simon n’ Garfunkel for your morning thread….

ted c on September 29, 2011 at 8:10 AM

I’ll see your Simon and Garfunkel and raise you Three Dog Night.

mchristian on September 29, 2011 at 10:33 AM

Over-Suggester!

oh nobody believes in me….

MNHawk on September 29, 2011 at 10:55 AM

So now we can add “over-suggested” to the newspeak vocab.

Jason Coleman on September 29, 2011 at 11:16 AM

If the president over-sold the bridge issue to get more stimulus, then I’ll underfund my federal taxes as they’re not needed. Isn’t the entire reason for home property taxes for infrastructure, local police and firefighters?

dthorny on September 29, 2011 at 11:48 AM

And where does all the gas tax money go that’s supposed to fix these things? Maybe we need to ask politicians this and have them explain that this tax was nothing more than a budget balancing slush fund.

djaymick on September 29, 2011 at 11:57 AM

“Over-suggested”? Is that anything like “failing to do research,” or “scaremongering,” or just “lying“?

When it’s done by our Government Overlords for our own good?

ATTTACKKK WAAAATCH !!!!!

(points at Ed)

Tim_CA on September 29, 2011 at 12:31 PM

“Shovel ready,” “stimulus,” “investments,” and “infrastructure” simply have been redefined by Obama as euphemisms for wasteful borrowing.

One of the greatest summations of all things Obama.

Schadenfreude on September 29, 2011 at 12:32 PM

Bridge over the river queer…

Dhuka on September 29, 2011 at 1:07 PM

He should have stayed at a Holiday Inn Express the night before the speech…

karl9000 on September 29, 2011 at 3:03 PM

Obama lied, the economy died…

malclave on September 29, 2011 at 4:38 PM