Poll: What was the Obamateurism of the Year?

posted at 8:15 am on December 31, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

And so it all comes down to four Obamateurisms — the most memorable and significant of all the gaffes celebrated in this feature throughout 2011. In 2010, readers selected Barack Obama’s decision to abandon the Briefing Room podium to Bill Clinton at a press conference as the Obamateurism of the Year; in 2009, the winner was the two minutes of shout-outs from the podium from Obama before he got to the reason for the presser — which was the massacre of 14 people at Fort Hood in a lone-wolf, home-grown terrorist attack.  Which of our four finalists will join these golden moments in presidential facepalming?

I don’t envy readers their decision today.  In order to keep you all in suspense, the poll won’t display the results after voting, so the only way to find out which of these won will be to check out the results tomorrow!

Got an Obamateurism of the Day? If you see a foul-up by Barack Obama, e-mail it to me at obamaisms@edmorrissey.com with the quote and the link to the Obamateurism. I’ll post the best Obamateurisms on a daily basis, depending on how many I receive. Include a link to your blog, and I’ll give some link love as well. And unlike Slate, I promise to end the feature when Barack Obama leaves office.

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4th best evah. That really chaps my hide. What a punk.

Boodad on December 31, 2011 at 10:59 AM

Just think, we will do away with the OOTD, OOTW, and OOTY, by the end of 2012. I look forward to Ed’s new feature: The Romeyrific Conservative Success of the day, week, and year.

csdeven on December 31, 2011 at 11:00 AM

I went with #1 although all of them represent what a truly arrogant and vile man he is. Making him a one term president cannot come soon enough.

ak moose stew on December 31, 2011 at 11:01 AM

Former President Obama

We can’t wait. Yes we can.

BobMbx on December 31, 2011 at 11:03 AM

Voted for the first one. There are so many layers to his statement. But…

If you can’t even get a soldier’s name correct, does anything else even matter?

Odysseus on December 31, 2011 at 9:28 AM

That is number two. I agree with the comment above about voting on a term winner. If that is ever the case, I will have to vote with the 2009 shout out which was a total disrespect to the Fort Hood soldiers just slain on his watch. That told us all we ever needed to know about him.

jazzuscounty on December 31, 2011 at 11:08 AM

had to go with the 4 bestest president evah!!!!

HAPPY NEW YEAR to my HA family!

cmsinaz on December 31, 2011 at 11:11 AM

Definitely #3. All of his arrogance and stupidity are put on display in one sentence. Can anyone tell me exactly what foreign policy achievements LBJ had? How about Lincoln?

Hey, we all know he wanted to say he was the bestest evah, but in a supreme act of humility bumped himself down to #4. LOL.

fogw on December 31, 2011 at 11:13 AM

4th bestest ever prez – Obozo – what a DUDE!!!!!!!!

Happy New Year to everyone at HA/(HotGas)

nchammer on December 31, 2011 at 11:18 AM

Screwing up the name of the MOH reciepient actually dishonored both the actual reciepient but also another MOH reciepient, Double fail.

D-fusit on December 31, 2011 at 11:30 AM

I thought I had goofed up my vote until I realized that the winner will be revealed later. The suspense is killing me…

Fallon on December 31, 2011 at 11:31 AM

Like my spelling.

D-fusit on December 31, 2011 at 11:31 AM

I thought I had goofed up my vote until I realized that the winner will be revealed later. The suspense is killing me…

Fallon on December 31, 2011 at 11:31 AM

I believe that depending on current events, if this poll were taken on a different day, the results would be different. And any answer is equally valid. The guy is either an amateur or a evil genius. I don’t know which I prefer.

csdeven on December 31, 2011 at 11:37 AM

Ooga Booga has no honor. How can he be expected to award a Medal Of Honor? I despise him.

Long haired country boy on December 31, 2011 at 11:43 AM

D-fusit on December 31, 2011 at 11:31 AM

If spelling or grammar becomes a requirement, I am doomed.

Cindy Munford on December 31, 2011 at 11:48 AM

Will we be able to select the best overall Obamateurism of O’s term in Jan 2013?

Better wait until the moment Barry is flying out of town because he’s likely to do/say something stupid until the very last minute.

Oh what a great moment that will be for America.
Obama waving good-bye.

bailey24 on December 31, 2011 at 11:48 AM

Cindy Munford on December 31, 2011 at 11:48 AM

Me too, Cindy. I’m hooked on phonics.

Long haired country boy on December 31, 2011 at 11:51 AM

He’s a lot closer to being the fourth worst president ever (actually, he’s at the bottom) than he is to being the fourth best ever.

Moose Drool on December 31, 2011 at 11:52 AM

Number 1, stating he wishes he was a dictator, I think takes that cake for Obamateurism of the year.

Albatross on December 31, 2011 at 11:57 AM

Yeah, right Obama, because FDR and especially Johnson were such great presidents. That is the real irony of his comparison. What a dunce!

HellCat on December 31, 2011 at 11:59 AM

Can anyone tell me exactly what foreign policy achievements LBJ had?
fogw on December 31, 2011 at 11:13 AM

Getting us in a protracted war in Asia with no clear goal for winning and thus providing an excellent distraction to enact the most sweeping social legislation since FDR. LBJ horse-traded our troops for his domestic social legislation in his “War on for Poverty”.

You all may gripe about what Obama said but the fact is he & Pelosi rammed in legislation – Obamacare- that is one of the last big keys to the total Progressive takeover. He & the Congress have enacted more absurdly restrictive EPA mandates, like somehow making “social justice” a part of the EPA. Obama’s accomplishments are putrid but unless the next President and Congress roll back the clock Obama will be right, because these policies will live beyond him and run our lives in perpetuity. As awful a President as Carter was we are still living with his legacy – in the Department of Education, Department of Energy and the sequelae to all he enacted.

batterup on December 31, 2011 at 12:02 PM

Dang, here we are in the final 4, and I still can’t make a choice to just one.

Kraken on December 31, 2011 at 12:07 PM

4th best evah. That really chaps my hide. What a punk.

Boodad on December 31, 2011 at 10:59 AM

4th best..w/ a “B+” self-imposed grade on his presidency..would love to see those college transcripts..

Static21 on December 31, 2011 at 12:07 PM

Long haired country boy on December 31, 2011 at 11:51 AM

And I have spell check!!!

Cindy Munford on December 31, 2011 at 12:09 PM

“I would put our legislative and foreign policy accomplishments in our first two years against any president — with the possible exceptions of Johnson, F.D.R., and Lincoln.”

Earthquakes were reported today as the former presidents who were already spinning in their graves began to spin at speeds too high to measure!!!

Lockheed on December 31, 2011 at 12:10 PM

4th best..w/ a “B+” self-imposed grade on his presidency..would love to see those college transcripts..

Static21 on December 31, 2011 at 12:07 PM

“Gentlemen’s C”.

VegasRick on December 31, 2011 at 12:21 PM

Obama is the instigator, as well as the shepherd of the decline of America. His party, led by the likes of Reid, Pelosi, Schumer, Frank, Dodd, etc., has created a giant sucking vacuum of debt and deficit. And they still cannot accept that the party is over.

President Downgrade, raised from childhood as a Red-diaper baby and fostered in his degraded philosophy by mentors like Franklin Marshall Davis, “Reverend” Wright, and Bill Ayers, represents the nadir in American history.

May we emerge from this abyssmal nightmare with leaders of vision and the resolve to restore our country as a land of optimism and opportunity.

onlineanalyst on December 31, 2011 at 12:28 PM

I do not care about his lies, his narcissism, his wish that he were leading a truly Marxist nation. Those aren’t amateurish, they are Chicagoland style.

When a servicemember earns the highest award for Valour, you REMEMBER HIS NAME!

Freelancer on December 31, 2011 at 12:28 PM

Number 1 typifies 0 and the extreme left: Lusting for ultimate power. Scratch a leftist, find a totalitarian.

Tough pick, they’re all jaw-dropping.

iurockhead on December 31, 2011 at 12:29 PM

I still say his quote about his legislative agenda and foreign policy is not an Obamateurism. In this instance, while not the 4th greatest President (anybody think LBJ was a great President? ), he did get most of what he wanted legislatively. So in that context, he was correct.

The Hu Jintao quote is the real insight into President Obama. That he said it out loud, where it can be picked up and repeated across the world is the real Obamateurism.

Mitoch55 on December 31, 2011 at 12:33 PM

In order to keep you all in suspense, the poll won’t display the results after voting, so the only way to find out which of these won will be to check out the results tomorrow!

You Devious B@stard!!!!!

Tim_CA on December 31, 2011 at 12:34 PM

“No one is scrutinizing Hu Jintao’s words in Tahrir Square.”

I voted for the “fourth best ever” but I have to ask, when did Hu Jintao (ever?) speak in Tahrir Square? How did I miss it?

jffree1 on December 31, 2011 at 12:34 PM

Will we be able to select the best overall Obamateurism of O’s term in Jan 2013?

Better wait until the moment Barry is flying out of town because he’s likely to do/say something stupid until the very last minute.

Oh what a great moment that will be for America.
Obama waving good-bye.

bailey24 on December 31, 2011 at 11:48 AM

This.
I know that Barry will give us all that last kick in the stones as he is packing up his pencils. You know pardon-week will definitely make the top ten (ie..Corzine, Madoff, Sandusky, etc..).

Note: I have him losing here. Regardless of what the polls say, when I go with my gut, I find I am usually right, and in the majority.
My gut tells me that Barry will lose BIG, and Newt will be the one who beats him.

Mudhog on December 31, 2011 at 12:36 PM

So hard to choose just one….
went with wrong soldier as non-posthumous MoH recipient.

Punk.

Will we be able to select the best overall Obamateurism of O’s term in Jan 2013?

Better wait until the moment Barry is flying out of town because he’s likely to do/say something stupid until the very last minute.

Oh what a great moment that will be for America.

Obama waving good-bye.

bailey24 on December 31, 2011 at 11:48 AM

>>>January 20 2013 – The End of an Error<<<

Green eyed Lady on December 31, 2011 at 12:43 PM

Sitting in for Rush Limbaugh yesterday, economist Walter E. Williams shared this observation about how Obama is not like Jimmy Carter in his economic destructiveness but like FDR. Wrongly celebrated and now “baked in” to the historical narrative is the meme that FDR salvaged the nation from the Great Depression. Real scholars of history have evidence that FDR not only made the Depresssion worse, he prolonged it.

http://washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/columnists/2011/08/ominous-parallels-between-obama-roosevelt-grow

onlineanalyst on December 31, 2011 at 12:46 PM

Mudhog
well I hope the heck your right about everything!

angrymike on December 31, 2011 at 12:49 PM

Looking forward to 2012 and Obama’s concession speech.

GeorgieGirl9 on December 31, 2011 at 12:49 PM

Obama telling people it would be easier to be President of China because “No one is scrutinizing Hu Jintao’s words in Tahrir Square.”

Until it was pointed out by a commenter here, I had glossed over the utter stupidity of O’s remark. I glossed over the ending of the statement, seeing it only as O’s desire to have dictaorial powers. Geography isn’t his strong suit, is it?

onlineanalyst on December 31, 2011 at 12:52 PM

He’s saying he got the 4th-most done. And he’s probably pretty accurate – though it’s in the negative direction. So, due to the fact that he’s pretty accurate, instead of screwing up, I don’t rate it as an 0bamateurism.

cane_loader on December 31, 2011 at 10:17 AM

You make a valid point that most understand; however, I disagree with you as well.

I voted for that particular Obamateurism precisely because only an amateur passing himself off as a Constitutional Law Professor could believe that “getting things done” (as in “passing more laws” as in “restricting more individual liberty”) is actually a positive thing — of which to be proud — from a Constitutional perspective.

It’s a staggeringly revealing demonstration not only of his Narcissistic Personality Disorder … but of his sheer ignorance and the subsequent danger that has resulted — and will continue to result — from it.

If we are to survive as a nation, we will need leaders who understand that “less is more” and begin actually cutting the size and scope of government in all facets — in spite of the predictable human cry, uproar, demonstrations, and perhaps even riots from half the nation …

ShainS on December 31, 2011 at 1:10 PM

Hu?

I feel the same way about the choices that were left after the toast got eliminated as I’ve felt about the Republican candidates since Sarah refused to run. I still vote, but not with the enthusiasm I would have.

backwoods conservative on December 31, 2011 at 1:17 PM

My first gut instinct was to go with the third one because of it’s stupidity. I wound up voting for the first option though, because while not as dumb as the third (but pretty darn close), it’s much more outrageous for how he ignored human rights issues in saying it.

Jonathan on December 31, 2011 at 1:26 PM

the lameness of these should indicate this ‘feature’ is long past its sell by date.

freshface on December 31, 2011 at 1:29 PM

This has been fun the past couple of weeks, but how in the world are you ever going to catch up? Starting Monday you’ll have at least 15 choices for Obamateurism of the Day”. It will be an embarrassment of riches, for sure.

Turn MD Red on December 31, 2011 at 1:37 PM

I voted for the China one because Obama doesn’t want to be president, he wants to be dictator.

MaggiePoo on December 31, 2011 at 1:42 PM

Thanks, Ed, for this Hot air feature. The constant gaffes, miscues, and outright knavery have astonished even those of us who expected a disastrous presidency. I join the chorus for a 2012 book in time for the elections.

The “I wish I were dictator of a repressive communist regime” is priceless, and one of those speaking the truth by accident incidents. IIRC I believe he was responding to criticism of him uttered during the Egypt uprising – so it is not a geography gaffe, just a cosmic level US president FAIL.

Timeout on December 31, 2011 at 1:53 PM

I went with #2. As CIC he should absolutely know the name of MoH recipients, especially since he had awarded Jared Monti’s medal posthumously to his parents and met with them in the Oval Office after the ceremony. This one speaks volumes about his (lack of) concern for our military.

rightthinkr on December 31, 2011 at 2:06 PM

I had to go with number three. Not only does it show his arrogance, his choices for who were ahead of him were even more telling…

wardogs on December 31, 2011 at 2:24 PM

If spelling or grammar becomes a requirement, I am doomed.

Cindy Munford on December 31, 2011 at 11:48 AM

oh please…..I’d have been banned by 3rd post!

Tim_CA on December 31, 2011 at 3:21 PM

I voted for the 4th best pres remark, but i could have just as easily vote for the all the right moves…….this guy is just toooooo full of himself.

DiabloAzure on December 31, 2011 at 3:25 PM

Went with number 3. That this fool thinks he’s deserving of being POTUS, let alone a great president, is a total shame and disgrace. It’s a sign of diminished national character that he was even elected president. If he’s not voted out next year, I don’t know if future generations will forgive us.

But now is not the time for being gloomy: a new year brings us the possibility of a new hope and change (Obama retirement). I wish all of you the best in the coming year.

Gladtobehere on December 31, 2011 at 3:27 PM

I voted for #1, but would have voted for #2 if I thought that was a true gaffe, but it might well have been one of his many deliberate digs at the military. Anyone who’s studied Marxist thought and is familiar with Obama’s extreme radical background knows that he must see the US military industrial complex as one of the prime sources of evil in the world, and he despises the military. He can’t state so publicly but has gotten the message across in so many other ways–taking 3 months to decide on whether to send troops to Afghanistan, when it probably took him 30 minutes to decide on what was his best political move in that regard, and the rest of the time was spent sending the message to his leftist base that he doesn’t jump when the generals tell him to jump. The highly inappropriate dresses FLOTUS has worn to most of the MOH ceremonies, particularly the posthumous ones. His bizarre reaction to the Fort Hood shootings, dragging the cameraman along to meet the fallen troops coming into Dover, playing golf on Memorial Day, etc., etc. And now extending olive branches to the Taliban while they’re still shooting at us, which will demoralize our troops if nothing else.

And that toast to the queen was no mistake either. People were focused on the timing of his remarks during the toast, but not on the fact that he never completed the toast. He set his glass down without ever drinking to the queen.

milmom25 on December 31, 2011 at 3:40 PM

It is truly sad and discouraging when you realize that all of these choices came from the man we call President. The country we knew may well be lost if all those relying on the government for part or all of their income vote for this man. We may have witnessed the beginning of the end, let’s pray not.

Pardonme on December 31, 2011 at 3:50 PM

I believe that depending on current events, if this poll were taken on a different day, the results would be different. And any answer is equally valid. The guy is either an amateur or a evil genius. I don’t know which I prefer.

csdeven on December 31, 2011 at 11:37 AM

You give him too much credit. He is only an evil amateur.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on December 31, 2011 at 4:50 PM

When Obama claims superiority against all presidents with the possible exceptions of three, he’s feigning an ounce of modesty. Otherwise even his zombies might realize how over-the-top narcissistic he is.

Sowell Disciple on December 31, 2011 at 5:23 PM

In order to keep you all in suspense, the poll won’t display the results after voting, so the only way to find out which of these won will be to check out the results tomorrow!

Damn You! You meddling kid!!!

In reality it does not matter. All four and all the also rans point out just how unfit for office Obama is.

Here’s to 2012 and throwing this ignorant but arrogant SOB out of office! Somebody else is going have to pay for the jug-eared idiot’s golf outings and vacations.

Happy Nomad on December 31, 2011 at 6:30 PM

Cindy,
fearknotspilingcanbeovercomebyspeedreaders.

Col.John Wm. Reed on December 31, 2011 at 6:39 PM

Getting us in a protracted war in Asia with no clear goal for winning and thus providing an excellent distraction to enact the most sweeping social legislation since FDR.

batterup on December 31, 2011 at 12:02 PM

Which, if I remember correctly, is noted by Vezzini as the most famous of the classic blunders!

The Schaef on December 31, 2011 at 10:24 PM

While I don’t agree with ridiculing the mentally deranged, I voted for Option #3.

Because sometimes you just have to get the deranged away from the nuclear football.

Lourdes on January 1, 2012 at 12:59 AM

Looking forward to 2012 and Obama’s concession speech.

GeorgieGirl9 on December 31, 2011 at 12:49 PM

That is going to be the Sweetest Event of the New Century. Awesome.

Lourdes on January 1, 2012 at 1:03 AM

Number 1, stating he wishes he was a dictator, I think takes that cake for Obamateurism of the year.

Albatross on December 31, 2011 at 11:57 AM

I couldn’t choose between this and #3. Went with 3 in the end because it was just so over the top.

#1 should get an dishonorable mention though.

rightConcept on January 1, 2012 at 1:32 AM

That’s “with the possible exceptions of Lincoln, FDR and Joghnson.” He’s not saying he is 4th best, he’s saying he’d listen to your arguments that they were better presidents although you’d have a tall hill to climb to convince anyone you were right. The important word here was “possible.”

Fred 2 on January 1, 2012 at 2:02 AM

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