Obamateurism of the Day

posted at 8:05 am on October 21, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

How popular is the American Jobs Act? For something that’s dead in its proposed form, it’s … still not wildly popular. Barack Obama’s bus tour stopped at a local fire station in North Chesterfield, Virginia to tout his jobs bill, which got stopped in the Senate by 47 Republicans and two Democrats. When Obama mentions it, he gets stopped by the sound of one person clapping, but that’s not the worst of it (via Greg Hengler):

From the White House transcript:

And that’s why I sent to Congress the American Jobs Act.  (Applause.)  You can go ahead and clap.  Go ahead, nothing wrong with it.  (Applause.)

There is a qualitative difference between the two “applause” interjections … but not as much as you’d think.  Take a look at the rest of the crowd when the camera pans while the second round of applause occurs.  Very few in the crowd are actually clapping their hands.  The rest just look uncomfortable, even though they’re presumably there to support Obama.

When even the people who show up to your rallies are too embarrassed to applaud for your proposal, it’s a good sign you’re heading for rocky electoral shoals.

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And that’s why I sent to Congress the American Jobs Act.

Gobbledygook

petefrt on October 21, 2011 at 8:10 AM

Next they’ll be piping in the applause.

JimK on October 21, 2011 at 8:10 AM

Feed my ego, Seymour!

Washington Nearsider on October 21, 2011 at 8:11 AM

You can go ahead and clap. Go ahead, nothing wrong with it.
– President Obama

Nope. Nothing wrong here!
– The Sharp Cereal Professor

apostic on October 21, 2011 at 8:13 AM

*shielding their faces*

Gold

cmsinaz on October 21, 2011 at 8:14 AM

They’ll still vote for him though.

Washington Nearsider on October 21, 2011 at 8:16 AM

Yepper WN

cmsinaz on October 21, 2011 at 8:18 AM

Time for an “applause track uploaded to TOTUS?

katy the mean old lady on October 21, 2011 at 8:18 AM

He’ll have to get Sasha or Malia to hold up an applause sign.

I wish that man would wear a tie.

Beaglemom on October 21, 2011 at 8:20 AM

…Very few in the crowd are actually clapping their hands. The rest just look uncomfortable…

Someone could very easily make a few bucks by opening a small concession at Obama rallies that sells paper sacks with eyeholes cut in them.

pilamaye on October 21, 2011 at 8:20 AM

His policies are giving the economy the “clap”.

50sGuy on October 21, 2011 at 8:20 AM

You can go ahead and clap. Go ahead, nothing wrong with it.

Wait. I thought we were supposed to use “up twinkles” not rude applause. These shifting rules are so confusing.

Fallon on October 21, 2011 at 8:21 AM

I would KILL to see some crowd use the human microphone on Obama.

I mean, he’s all-in with the Occupation, right? He should totally be on board.

“Let me be clear,”

LET ME BE CLEAR.”

Washington Nearsider on October 21, 2011 at 8:22 AM

Those folks only look that way because they were forced to eat their peas.

Don L on October 21, 2011 at 8:23 AM

He thinks we’re all idiots. He’s not out there trying to get people employed…he’s out there trying to keep his own job, because do you know what’s in store for him if he doesn’t get re-elected? Nothing. I don’t even think he could sell a book.

scalleywag on October 21, 2011 at 8:24 AM

Just watched to Moaning Joe gang play the Joe Biden “rape” interview with the Human Events reporter. If they had edited it out any more, it would have been 3 seconds of footage.

Oh, Reverend Al now on the panel. Time to change the channel.

Marcus on October 21, 2011 at 8:28 AM

“Just watched the….” Dang these internet goblins.

Marcus on October 21, 2011 at 8:29 AM

And that’s why I sent to Congress the American Jobs Act. (Applause.) You can go ahead and clap. Go ahead, nothing wrong with it.

“And if you refuse to clap, we’ll know it’s because you support rape and murder.”

AZCoyote on October 21, 2011 at 8:30 AM

Clap or Joe will rape you.

MNHawk on October 21, 2011 at 8:32 AM

Approximately 45 million people (legal and non legal) will vote for this man next November; imagine that… The good news is that some 52 million people (all legal) will vote for the Republican opponent.

Keemo on October 21, 2011 at 8:32 AM

Figures Marcus they would ne defending joey

cmsinaz on October 21, 2011 at 8:33 AM

Someone could very easily make a few bucks by opening a small concession at Obama rallies that sells paper sacks with eyeholes cut in them.

pilamaye on October 21, 2011 at 8:20 AM

I’ll volunteer for a shift at that booth! LOL

CantCureStupid on October 21, 2011 at 8:48 AM

I am surfeited and mighty annoyed by these staged appearances where Obama flanks himself with pre-selected supporters who are expected to bark, sit up, and beg on cue.

onlineanalyst on October 21, 2011 at 8:49 AM

Thankfully there is a mute button. I enjoyed the video.

tinkerthinker on October 21, 2011 at 8:57 AM

He needs to make a stop at Zuccotti Park.

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ElectricPhase on October 21, 2011 at 8:57 AM

It’s paid for.

The “Union-dues-direct-to-Democrats-jobs-bill” is already paid for? Did Gates, Buffet and “people like (Obama)” crack open their checkbooks and pay for it voluntarily?

He is such a shyster.

Fallon on October 21, 2011 at 9:00 AM

I am clapping with one hand behind my back and my fingers crossed.

hip shot on October 21, 2011 at 9:00 AM

What annoys me further is that when Obama has these staged speeches, he is more than tranparently in a campaign mode, sure to have what he perceives to be a focus group of supporters (and beneficiaries) for his spending idea du jour.

onlineanalyst on October 21, 2011 at 9:01 AM

Obama says “It’s paid for, it will not add to our deficit, it’s paid for by asking the wealthiest of us, people like ME to put in a little bit more.So that we can make sure that folks that are struggling get the help they need.” This coming from the same guy who shilling for artists to make posters for FREE on The American Jobs Act Obama Murder, Robbery, and Rape Act.

USMCDevilDog on October 21, 2011 at 9:10 AM

Some day he’ll be found hiding in a sewer pipe.

Akzed on October 21, 2011 at 9:11 AM

More pathetic each day.

docflash on October 21, 2011 at 9:13 AM

Nice to know that as a lifelong Conservative I am required to pay for yet another Obama campaign tour.

Thank you, Mr. O..

Putz.

coldwarrior on October 21, 2011 at 9:14 AM

Does anyone really believe anything he says anymore? I turn the channel if he’s on the tube, I don’t watch clips of him. I used to call him Mr. President out of respect for the office, but after yesterday? He doesn’t deserve the respect.

scalleywag on October 21, 2011 at 9:15 AM

Narcissist in chief.

FireBlogger on October 21, 2011 at 9:17 AM

If a tree falls in the woods and…

If one hand claps at an Obama rally does an OWS poop in the park?

Or something like that.

Yoop on October 21, 2011 at 9:36 AM

Just like unions don’t give workers a choice as to where their dues are spent, they don’t give employees a choice. Betcha money most of these people were on a day off, or had to show up, after coming off the night shift for this. They weren’t necessarily there because they wanted to be.

capejasmine on October 21, 2011 at 9:48 AM

they’re not clapping for you, they’re clapping at you…or something.

ted c on October 21, 2011 at 10:14 AM

What is the sound of one person clapping….?

Electoral Defeat!

JohnTant on October 21, 2011 at 10:51 AM

How long before there are armed men behind them making them clap?

CurtZHP on October 21, 2011 at 11:07 AM

This was probably the result of the theft of Obama’s VERBERATOR PRO along with TOTUS!! This left him with no speaking ability whatsoever.

landlines on October 21, 2011 at 11:11 AM

Republicans used to go along with these things as he said (and some probably still want to) but that was before BHO spent all our money!

Christian Conservative on October 21, 2011 at 11:37 AM

Saying “clap if you got it” works only once.

borntoraisehogs on October 21, 2011 at 12:03 PM

I wish that man would wear a tie.

Beaglemom on October 21, 2011 at 8:20 AM

Have you noticed that Ahmadinnerjacket never wears a tie? Has to do with to do with Muslims associating neckties with Crusaders, or something along those lines.

Barry? Makes one think about small actions sending not-so-subliminal messages to others who don’t wear ties, eh?

GGMac on October 21, 2011 at 1:24 PM

Anyone notice what is missing? Cameras! Not a single one except for the reporter’s. They always handed out those cheap digital cameras when he has a crowd. Maybe isn’t doing that at this “I am not campaigning” taxpayer paid campaigning speech. That probably is why he keeps the campaign bunting, that cheap “Jobs Bill” banner, and props simple, so we will not figure out what he is doing on the “sly”. You would think that the “extras” would have wanted to take a picture. Maybe they were resticted to pencil and paper drawings like the reports are when he speaks.

That crowd was amazing. If any more showed up the echo in the bay would have been crowded out. My guess, base on the lack of enthusiasum on the fire figters faces that the crowd was made up of their families they were encouraged to haul down for the ocation. It is really sad when a president draws about as big a crowd as some local citizen running for a city council postion on a rainy night. It is even more so when he has to encourage them to clap, and only a small hand full do, or maybe most of them off camera did and that is all there was.

It is becoming painfully obvious that Obama probably has developed a serious narcissistic psychosis that is destablelizing him. The solution, especially after trama debt ceiling, was to get him doing something that he can do well and enjoys doing it, which happens to be limited to campaigning. The problem is his record of failures and unpopular sucesses. The JOBS BILL is the solution they came up with. It was not intended to pass; only to have the things in it that Obama is fixated on. The other requirement was that it not demand hard answers or solutions from Obama, but to follow the narcissitic path of laying blame for the failure elsewhere and demand that “they” fix the problem “they” caused.

Harry Reid is sitting on the bill to insure that Obama has the plank to campaign on as long as possible, or at least until they can move it along to something else. What is worrisome is that his handlers feel the need to keep him busy, distracted and seeing himself as doing something important.

Franklyn on October 21, 2011 at 1:44 PM