Obamateurism of the Day

posted at 8:05 am on November 23, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

If the supercommitee process was a test of leadership, as the Beltway media and Barack Obama himself asserted, how did the Commander in Chief respond to the leadership challenge?  When the going got tough, Obama got going … as far away as possible, as Investors Business Daily noticed earlier this week:

But wait! Where has Obama been during this fiscal crunch time?

He hasn’t been on the sidelines again. He’s been completely out of the country. He absolutely had to be in Cannes for the Group of 29.5 or whatever it’s called this month because, you know, the Euro crisis. And, then he was hosting another group of leaders in Hawaii with Michelle. And then, of course, there was the Australia trip, which he’d already postponed twice.

And, hey, as long as he’s down there, why not drop into Indonesia for old times sake and the Asian leaders meeting, score a new tropical shirt, talk some more? Not much going on back home anyway.

And today, having waved his veto wand at everybody on Monday, Obama’s gone again, flying his large plane up to New Hampshire for more useless campaign talk about construction workers fixing bridges and looking like he’s trying real hard.

But trying real hard to do what? Certainly not be president of the United States.

Jim Geraghty, who once warned that all of Obama’s promises have expiration dates, says that the President was merely making good on one of his pledges:

Recall Obama, walking around the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston, hours before he gave the speech that launched his national reputation:

“I’m LeBron, baby. I can play on this level. I got some game.”

A news item from earlier this year, during the NBA finals:

Dallas Mavericks guard DeShawn Stevenson is directing some sharp words toward the Miami Heat’s LeBron James on the eve of Game 5 of the NBA Finals.

Stevenson says the Heat forward “checked out” in the final minutes of Game 4 on Tuesday night, when James was held to eight points — the lowest he managed in 90 career playoff games.

Perhaps when Obama said, “I’m LeBron, baby,” it wasn’t a boast, it was a confession.

Or, as one of Jim’s commenters put it, “Never ask LeBron for change for a dollar from LeBron because he’ll never give you a 4th quarter.”  Obama doesn’t give a second or third quarter either, apparently.

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As several Republican leaders have said, the Dems on the committee didn’t know what Obama would back them up on–there was no communication.
Obama wanted the committee to fail so he’d be able to campaign against Congress.

itsnotaboutme on November 23, 2011 at 8:09 AM

Funny you bring up LeBron. Remember President Obama trying to influence the LeBron sweepstakes by saying “I think he’d look good in a Bulls uniform”? LeBron didn’t go to Chicago. Remember Obama saying about a month after he was elected that he’d “throw his weight around” to get a college football playoff system. We’ve still got the BCS, no playoffs. Even when it comes to something of no urgency, like sports, Obama cannot get anything done.

radjah shelduck on November 23, 2011 at 8:10 AM

Man, do I feel foolish–I fogot the biggest epic Obama fail in sports of all! Now where are the 2016 Olympic games going to be?

radjah shelduck on November 23, 2011 at 8:11 AM

Funny, just saw a headline that Harvard will offer a course on lebron

cmsinaz on November 23, 2011 at 8:13 AM

Bestest president evah!

cmsinaz on November 23, 2011 at 8:14 AM

Never ask LeBron for change for a dollar from LeBron because he’ll never give you a 4th quarter.” Obama doesn’t give a second or third quarter either, apparently.

cause that’s the Change He Need.


ted c on November 23, 2011 at 8:19 AM

Great post this morning, Ed! Happy Thanksgiving to you, and to all HAers!

Off to start the cooking/baking!

herm2416 on November 23, 2011 at 8:19 AM

Man, do I feel foolish–I fogot the biggest epic Obama fail in sports of all! Now where are the 2016 Olympic games going to be?

radjah shelduck on November 23, 2011 at 8:11 AM

I can tell you where they not going to be…..

ted c on November 23, 2011 at 8:20 AM

When Obama said he had skin-in-the-game he never said it was his skin. Other-people’s-money, other-people’s-jobs, other-people’s-skin; The Obama Way.

Yoop on November 23, 2011 at 8:28 AM

The really pathetic thing is this is e guy who in 2008 was promising to make the oceans begin to recede and the planet would begin to heal, and not a Democrat out there seemed to think there was anything wro with that statement. Flash froward 3 1/2 years and Captain Planet not only can’t do that, he can’t even get involved in debt and budget negotiations, and as much as some congressional Democrats may grouse in private about it, none are willing to go after him in public, while the big media that gushed at his megalomania in 2008 (witty some of the stupider media liberals actually believing he could control the elements) is now going along with the spin that the presidency is a powerless position of helplessness when it comes to financial negotiations.

jon1979 on November 23, 2011 at 8:28 AM

Gobble gobble herm!

cmsinaz on November 23, 2011 at 8:31 AM

Then, why, with all of this glaring incompetence and lack of leadership on the con man in chief’s part, is he still as high in the polls as he is and able to beat a named R? I know, don’t answer.

Kissmygrits on November 23, 2011 at 8:33 AM

When these kinds of “surveys” come out and we realize how the media is skewed left people like Obama get elected without being vetted.

This survey found that NPR and CNN are NOT biased. Forbes picks it up and then others, etc. Pretty soon credibility is eroded in what is viewed as Conservative.

Until the Right does a better job of addressing the power of the media (Associated Press primarily because they drive 90% of the news reports in the U.S.) we’re going to keep getting Progressive control of the government by the likes of Obama, Clinton, Boehner, Cuomo, Emmanuel, etc.


PappyD61 on November 23, 2011 at 8:35 AM

The community-organizer-in-chief is painfully in over his head.

petefrt on November 23, 2011 at 8:41 AM

All hat, no cattle?

Typical Michigan Avenue Chicago street hustler?

Empty suit?

No there there?

Lying sack of animal excreta?

Fabian socialist with a hatred of the West?

An spoiled rotten kid out to seek vengeance for the way his father was treated?

No experience in anything except passing off BS as community organizing?

One has to wonder how, seriously how, this Obama character got elected in the first place.

All of these things listed above (and more) were a major part of the national headlines all across the USA back in 2007-08 in the run up to the election; as voters, potential voters, the broadcast and cable media, the press and pundits of all stripes strove assiduously night and day to fully vet this relatively unknown candidate who walked away from his very first US Senate seat to try to become the President.


He was, like, you know, like totally vetted long long before the November 2008 election, right?


What was that old standard definition of insanity?

Doing the exact same thing over and over again expecting different results?

Congress is insane. But, we trusted Obama, they say. We all thought he really wanted to balance a budget. Sure, yeah…right. Idiots.

The entire Nation will have lost its sanity and its self-respect if this clown from Kenya/Hawaii/Kansas/California/Illinois is permitted to have another term in the White House.

That is if we are a Nation after such a stupid thing is allowed to happen, again.

coldwarrior on November 23, 2011 at 8:49 AM

President AWOL-FB……Alternative Ways of Leading, (from behind)

Rovin on November 23, 2011 at 8:53 AM

“I’m LeBron, baby. I can play on this level. I got some game.”

Putting aside the details about how LeBron checked out, have we ever had a more arrogant, narcissistic fool in the White House?

Buy Danish on November 23, 2011 at 8:53 AM

Chicago is out? Chicago is out!

Washington Nearsider on November 23, 2011 at 9:06 AM

obama needs to be benched and penalized.

tinkerthinker on November 23, 2011 at 9:39 AM

Cloward-Piven grade: B+

Sowell Disciple on November 23, 2011 at 9:45 AM

The problem is not just the poseur in chief, it’s the whole lot of them. They’ve been given way too much power and wealth and they’ve used it to run this country into the ground. I can’t even fathom how we’ll ever get out of this mess, but I don’t see any of the clowns we have running for office being able to do it without a whole new congress to work with them.

scalleywag on November 23, 2011 at 12:01 PM