Obamateurism of the Day

posted at 8:05 am on January 3, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

You’re the President of the United States that ran the first trillion-dollar budget deficits in American history — and did it all three of your years in office. You’ve demanded two unpopular debt-ceiling increases, including one in the last couple of weeks. You earn millions from the sale of your books and $400,000 a year in salary. What about all of this makes Barack Obama think that joking about whether his credit card works somehow endears the common folk to him?

Our good friend John Hayward, who wrote at Hot Air as Doc Zero until landing at Human Events, couldn’t believe his ears:

As he and his army of photographers and Secret Service agents kept an army of regular shoppers stewing just-off camera, the President wondered aloud if his credit card still worked.

Ladies and gentlemen, courtesy of CBS News, I give you the signature American moment of 2011.  We’re all wondering if the credit cards still work.  Uncle Sam and his favorite nephew Barack have been racking up an awful lot of charges lately, while the Federal Reserve uses other credit cards to pay the monthly bills.  Nobody wonders if the next charge will go through until the latest load of goodies is rolling past the register.

John wonders what Obama was doing at a Best Buy in the first place:

Incidentally, would anyone have been even slightly troubled if the President – whose endless vacations and opulent lifestyle would embarrass the crowned monarchs of old – had dispatched aides to efficiently and anonymously purchase his Christmas gifts, without causing undue difficulty for the ordinary citizens of Virginia?  When the perks of his office make perfect sense to even the most flinty-eyed federal spending hawk, he doesn’t use them.  We really needed a million photos of Barack pretending to be a regular guy and schlepping through a Best Buy to pick up something family-friendly he and the girls could play on the Wii, just to prove the wheels of American retail commerce are still turning, didn’t we?

Look on the bright side.  I’m pretty sure Obama provided material for at least a few GOP commercials.

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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His credibility card has expired.

NeighborhoodCatLady on January 3, 2012 at 8:07 AM

Let’s not forget that President Downgrade lost the US its AAA credit rating.

onlineanalyst on January 3, 2012 at 8:09 AM

What an un-presidential goober this man is.

November can’t come too soon.

DuctTapeMyBrain on January 3, 2012 at 8:10 AM

This man child is so shallow and fake. I can’t believe anyone cal still swallow this B.S.

rightoption on January 3, 2012 at 8:10 AM

cal=can

rightoption on January 3, 2012 at 8:11 AM

His credit card works. His brain doesn’t, and neither do his policies.

backwoods conservative on January 3, 2012 at 8:11 AM

I would have loved to been that cashier and gone “Denied”.

Happy caucus day everybody. Let’s get some real votes counted finally.

gophergirl on January 3, 2012 at 8:12 AM

As he and his army of photographers and Secret Service agents kept an army of regular shoppers stewing just-off camera

There seems to be an OOTD pattern developing in 2012. Once again, it’s all about the 0.

hoofhearted on January 3, 2012 at 8:13 AM

But bush!!!
-dem talking points until election

cmsinaz on January 3, 2012 at 8:13 AM

The audacity of the Dope.

JimK on January 3, 2012 at 8:13 AM

Can we pay our National Debt Card bill with our People’s Republic of China Mastercard?//

ted c on January 3, 2012 at 8:14 AM

This man child is so shallow and fake. I can’t believe anyone cal still swallow this B.S. rightoption on January 3, 2012 at 8:10 AM

You obviously are blessed to not have to hang around Libs very much. They love this stuff….when it is a Lib doing it. Now when W/W Sr did it, it was as you describe it.

Dingbat63 on January 3, 2012 at 8:15 AM

Another page in the RNC playbook added

cmsinaz on January 3, 2012 at 8:15 AM

Three years and Obama still thinks it is all about him. Those other shoppers are expected to be thrilled that they are that close to America’s royal family!

Happy Nomad on January 3, 2012 at 8:16 AM

“Incidentally, would anyone have been even slightly troubled if the President – whose endless vacations and opulent lifestyle would embarrass the crowned monarchs of old – had dispatched aides to efficiently and anonymously purchase his Christmas gifts, without causing undue difficulty for the ordinary citizens of Virginia?”

This entirely misses the point. As one afflicted with NPD (among other things), zer0 needs adulation wherever it goes. And if it doesn’t feel it’s getting the attention it feels it is due in its immediate circles, it will seek it out about among the zer0bots, of which there is no shortage–notice the constant reference to “Sir” in the video clip.

*barf*

MisterElephant on January 3, 2012 at 8:17 AM

This guy never heard about Best Buy’s “Store Pickup” option on-line? Oh, that’s right. He needed a photo op of him trudging through the aisles. It’s all about appearances.

Mitoch55 on January 3, 2012 at 8:17 AM

Remember Michelle’s line, “It was like Jack and his magic beans“? Before 2005 and his book sales, the Obamas were living beyond their means.

Fallon on January 3, 2012 at 8:20 AM

And, I miss Doc Zero. I don’t visit him over at Human Events enough… Maybe, a new New Year’s resolution in the making?

Fallon on January 3, 2012 at 8:22 AM

Dingbat63 on January 3, 2012 at 8:15 AM

On the one hand, a conservative wants to know the enemy. On the other hand, leftists are just plain annoying. Definitely a trade-off.

MisterElephant on January 3, 2012 at 8:23 AM

“Incidentally, would anyone have been even slightly troubled if the President – whose endless vacations and opulent lifestyle would embarrass the crowned monarchs of old – had dispatched aides to efficiently and anonymously purchase his Christmas gifts, without causing undue difficulty for the ordinary citizens of Virginia?”

This entirely misses the point. As one afflicted with NPD (among other things), zer0 needs adulation wherever it goes. And if it doesn’t feel it’s getting the attention it feels it is due in its immediate circles, it will seek it out about among the zer0bots, of which there is no shortage–notice the constant reference to “Sir” in the video clip.

*barf*

MisterElephant on January 3, 2012 at 8:17 AM

If Obama had sent an aide to Christmas shopping there would have been a different, but equally indignant, post about the President sending a highly-paid federal employee to pick up the kids video games — and also calling him a cold-hearted b******d for not picking out his own kid’s gifts.

Another politician does another photo op and another blogger tries to gin up some outrage.

As for the “endless vacations,” check here. Apparently the Obama’s, who have less money than any of the last three Republican Presidents, aren’t allowed to spend it as they choose.

I’m not sure how Hawaii is any more opulent than a multi-acre family compound or a ranch.

urban elitist on January 3, 2012 at 8:27 AM

At Petco on his photo-op with BO before Best Buy he bought a $40 bone for Bo with a $50 bill. BO, eating well on our dime.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FvzBknic7o8

No Niks on January 3, 2012 at 8:32 AM

He needed another Ipod to load the latest speeches, and hasn’t used the CC in awhile since someone else buys him stuff. Did we get the dog in the pictures, guys, great.

Kissmygrits on January 3, 2012 at 8:32 AM

And, I miss Doc Zero. I don’t visit him over at Human Events enough… Maybe, a new New Year’s resolution in the making?

Fallon on January 3, 2012 at 8:22 AM

You don’t have to miss him; he’s right here:

http://www.humanevents.com/search.php?author_name=John+Hayward

He’s still one of the best.

doctormom on January 3, 2012 at 8:33 AM

Incidentally, would anyone have been even slightly troubled if the President – whose endless vacations and opulent lifestyle would embarrass the crowned monarchs of old – had dispatched aides to efficiently and anonymously purchase his Christmas gifts, without causing undue difficulty for the ordinary citizens of Virginia?

But then he wouldn’t have been able to be photographed flashing his big ol’ toothy WTF grin.

Flora Duh on January 3, 2012 at 8:33 AM

Dingbat63 on January 3, 2012 at 8:15 AM

*eyeroll*

Strong on fail, full of strawmen. You prove my point of leftists being annoying little drones.

MisterElephant on January 3, 2012 at 8:36 AM

Dingbat63 on January 3, 2012 at 8:15 AM
*eyeroll*

Strong on fail, full of strawmen. You prove my point of leftists being annoying little drones.

MisterElephant on January 3, 2012 at 8:36 AM

My apologies, Dingbat63. I was referring to this:

urban elitist on January 3, 2012 at 8:27 AM

MisterElephant on January 3, 2012 at 8:38 AM

Did he try to use his Race card? I think that has certainly been maxed out.

GoodAg77 on January 3, 2012 at 8:41 AM

Barack the Inconvenient!
.
Barack the Self-Absorbed!
.
Barack the Trepidatious!
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Barack the Plastic Pillager!
.
Barack the First-in-Line!
.
All hail Barack! Hail, yea-yuh!

ExpressoBold on January 3, 2012 at 8:43 AM

Is it November yet??

Khun Joe on January 3, 2012 at 8:43 AM

Gotta love technology.
Barrack just swiped his card and pressed some buttons…..
Job Killer!!!

Electrongod on January 3, 2012 at 8:44 AM

I’m not sure how Hawaii is any more opulent than a multi-acre family compound or a ranch.

urban elitist on January 3, 2012 at 8:27 AM

Probably because the family compounds and ranches are their HOMES. Last I heard, the Obama family doesn’t have a residence in Hawaii.

Mitoch55 on January 3, 2012 at 8:46 AM

And when was the last time the Obama family spent any time in their HOME in Chicago?

Mitoch55 on January 3, 2012 at 8:47 AM

But he’s clean.

docflash on January 3, 2012 at 8:47 AM

urban elitist on January 3, 2012 at 8:27 AM

Baloney. We don’t know everytime the Obamas purchase gifts or necessities. Be honest with yourself, this was just a photo op.

As for the vacations, at your own link a commenter cc states:

I think the difference is Bush and Regan took vacations to their own ranches and didn’t run up excessive bills stuck to the tax payer, like Obama and Michelle. They also weren’t hypocrites telling the American people that during tough economic times all of us need to “cut back”, advocating Americans support the Gulf Coast as a vacation spot after the oil disaster–while they make a point of going to Martha’s Vineyard, Spain, Hawaii, etc…

A lot of ‘do as I say, not as I do’ with this bunch. BTW ~ Your name is perfect to try to defend them, urban elitist, lol. I’ve noticed the Obamas don’t visit and stay in their Chicago home very often, weird, huh?

Fallon on January 3, 2012 at 8:48 AM

I don’t know why Ooga Booga is worried. His credit card has a 10 trillion dollar debt limit on it.

Long haired country boy on January 3, 2012 at 8:50 AM

Did he try to use his Race card? I think that has certainly been maxed out.

GoodAg77 on January 3, 2012 at 8:41 AM

+1000

BacaDog on January 3, 2012 at 8:52 AM

Doc, you need to brush up on your Yiddish.

I wonder if Obama knows that he could have done all of his shopping in his pajamas on Bestbuy.com.

Sorry about the image.

the_souse on January 3, 2012 at 8:59 AM

Sure, this was a photo op. But joking about whether your card will be accepted is a pretty common self-deprecating joke. This seems like an awful petty OOTD. How ’bout something meatier, like the debt ceiling?

Mohonri on January 3, 2012 at 9:01 AM

urban elitist on January 3, 2012 at 8:27 AM

You lefties just don’t seem to get it when you compare zer0 to Republicans. You see, we were told zer0 was different. He’s Mr. Hopeychangey. He’s going to change how Washington works. No more business as usual. He said he wouldn’t rest until everyone that wants a job has one. He was going to stop the rising seas and heal the planet. He was supposed to be post partisan. He was presented as the new messiah. He was everything Bush wasn’t. He was for the little guy.

In reality, he’s an elitist snob. He’s none of the above. We conservatives saw through all the nonsense. People like you didn’t and want to perpetuate the myth about the fraud.

A word of advice for you. If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

hoofhearted on January 3, 2012 at 9:01 AM

Awe, I guess he doesn’t have a unlimited balance on his personal credit card, but the public credit card has no limit!!!!!!

D-fusit on January 3, 2012 at 9:01 AM

Another page in the RNC playbook added

cmsinaz on January 3, 2012 at 8:15 AM

Though I have to wonder it they have the stones to actually use it.

Sort of the “Wish the RNC would actually have a playbook that contained the play ‘play nice and try to be liked’”

ProfShadow on January 3, 2012 at 9:03 AM

While I am in total agreement that this entire episode is a theatrical farce in every imaginable way, and leaves the Resident open to all of the valid criticisms here expressed, I have a different take on the intent of his words.

Yes, it would be stupid approaching imbecilic to ask out loud, with cameras rolling, if your credit card would work, if you were referring to whether or not you had credit. Even an amateur such as the Resident would know this, given the damage he has done to the national credit standing. So I posit that what he was questioning about his card wasn’t whether there was an available balance, but whether the card itself might have expired, or become invalid through disuse.

Freelancer on January 3, 2012 at 9:15 AM

…and he destroys more jobs using that electronic thingy that processes the cc payment!

mel23059 on January 3, 2012 at 9:23 AM

urban elitist on January 3, 2012 at 8:27 AM

Forgot your chill pills today. It isn’t about how he spends his own money. It is the optics of the situation in a time when many, many of our American brothers and sisters are living on the edge of disaster.

chemman on January 3, 2012 at 9:42 AM

Gawd! He is an airhead AND a POS!

KOOLAID2 on January 3, 2012 at 9:42 AM

Has he gone to an ATM yet?

KOOLAID2 on January 3, 2012 at 9:43 AM

urban elitist on January 3, 2012 at 8:27 AM

Yeah it’s all about “shared sacrifice” you know. BTW, did Bush and Reagan put up the secret service (on the taxpayers’ dime) in $400 a night hotels? Oh, sorry, you don’t want to talk about that.

katablog.com on January 3, 2012 at 9:46 AM

Obama is always railing against the credit card company’s policies. Good for me but not for thee. So, it is a double bonus OOTD.

HellCat on January 3, 2012 at 9:48 AM

No matter how many photo ops BO and MO create, they will never be considered ordinary people. With BO not knowing whether his credit card will work, it’s obvious he has no clue about his own personal finances. And if he doesn’t know his personal finances, then how can we trust him with the finances of our country?

GrannySunni on January 3, 2012 at 10:01 AM

At Petco on his photo-op with BO before Best Buy he bought a $40 bone for Bo with a $50 bill. BO, eating well on our dime.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FvzBknic7o8

No Niks on January 3, 2012 at 8:32 AM

I’m sure you aren’t ragging on Bo the dog. He didn’t choose to be a prop for Obama’s photo-ops. I fear for what may happen to him once he’s no longer needed. Hope he finds a good home with a different family.

swinia sutki on January 3, 2012 at 10:08 AM

November can’t come too soon.

DuctTapeMyBrain on January 3, 2012 at 8:10 AM

Why? GOP don’t have anyone right now that can beat Ooga Booga.

Long haired country boy on January 3, 2012 at 10:08 AM

This man child is so shallow and fake. I can’t believe anyone cal still swallow this B.S. rightoption on January 3, 2012 at 8:10 AM

You obviously are blessed to not have to hang around Libs very much. They love this stuff….when it is a Lib doing it. Now when W/W Sr did it, it was as you describe it.

Dingbat63 on January 3, 2012 at 8:15 AM

I have some very liberal relatives that I saw over the holidays. They are still slobbering over the Won. And that was BEFORE they started drinking…

climbnjump on January 3, 2012 at 10:24 AM

I could swear I read an interview with Michelle a while back in which she said they don’t buy Christmas presents for each other or the girls. She said she didn’t want to give them the impression that anything they got at any time came from someone else, such as Santa Claus. One– what a stupid thing to say in any language. Two– as if he’s just “one of the guys” doing a little shopping Three– he did the same phony thing in DC when he went shopping for Bo at that Petsmart.

Xyz22 on January 3, 2012 at 10:46 AM

I’m a little surprised the card went through. Given the 180 between his campaign promises and his actual governance, one of those two men is not the other. Should have been detained for identity theft.

de rigueur on January 3, 2012 at 10:48 AM

z22 on January 3, 2012 at 10:46 AM

Nice catch:

Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) tells People magazine in the issue out Friday that he and his wife, Michelle, do not give Christmas or birthday presents to their two young daughters.

Obama tells the magazine’s Sandra Sobieraj Westfall in a seven-page cover story that he and his wife follow the unusual practice because they “want to teach some limits.”

Fallon on January 3, 2012 at 10:54 AM

Genius. This is the kind of thing that really annoys locals. Like when you live in a capital city and they shut all the roads to allow the ruling class to sail through town to something really important like a football game or Best Buy.

Man of the People stuff.

CorporatePiggy on January 3, 2012 at 10:58 AM

Having never shopped there before, Barry wasn’t sure if they accepted Kenyan Express cards. Certainly an honest mistake.

The video would have been greatly enhanced had the clerk asked Barry for two forms of valid ID to use the card. Knowing Barry, he would have thought it cute to hand the clerk a mug with his phony BC on it.

I couldn’t see the cash register screen clearly to see what he bought. Was he getting iPods for the unhappy little girls, to fill with his uplifting speeches?

MrKleenexMuscles on January 3, 2012 at 11:06 AM

I posit that what he was questioning about his card wasn’t whether there was an available balance, but whether the card itself might have expired, or become invalid through disuse.

Freelancer on January 3, 2012 at 9:15 AM

That was my take, too. The card might’ve passed its expiry date – who among us checks that until actually standing in front of the cashier?

This is petty, and unworthy of us. There are plenty of reasons to want this singularly miserable failure out of office, but let’s not make ourselves ridiculous in the process.

ss396 on January 3, 2012 at 11:31 AM

Isn’t his latest “channeling” that of being “just a regular dude”? Or is it “dud” . . .

tpitman on January 3, 2012 at 11:59 AM

President Andrew Shepherd had a similar problem with a florist one day.

Isn’t it amazing how every cutesy event this man endures was already experienced by someone else…in a movie?

My god…this guy really is Chauncey Gardner.

BobMbx on January 3, 2012 at 1:29 PM

Sure, this was a photo op. But joking about whether your card will be accepted is a pretty common self-deprecating joke. This seems like an awful petty OOTD. How ’bout something meatier, like the debt ceiling?

Mohonri on January 3, 2012 at 9:01 AM

This is a guy who can’t speak to 6th graders without his teleprompter. Do you think his handlers would let him so much as grunt in public if it wasn’t planned?

This visit to Best Buy is a scripted “human event” to show how normal he is, just like us. Just wondering…did he stand in line waiting his turn?

Suppose his CC didn’t work…does anyone hold any thoughts that the Best Buy manager would not make the sale anyway? Perhaps…ask for a photo ID?

BobMbx on January 3, 2012 at 1:34 PM

The Hawaiian vacation cost how much??!!!?
http://www.hawaiireporter.com/reflecting-on-life-in-oahu-real-estate-in-2011/123

onlineanalyst on January 3, 2012 at 1:44 PM

Geesh! How many more days of this idiot must we endure!

jqc1970 on January 3, 2012 at 1:57 PM

This entirely misses the point. As one afflicted with NPD (among other things), zer0 needs adulation wherever it goes. And if it doesn’t feel it’s getting the attention it feels it is due in its immediate circles, it will seek it out about among the zer0bots, of which there is no shortage–notice the constant reference to “Sir” in the video clip.
*barf*
MisterElephant on January 3, 2012 at 8:17 AM

SOOO your saying Obama is a victim of bad potty training?

DSchoen on January 3, 2012 at 3:30 PM

Republicans are outraged over Obama’s 17 day Christmas vacation, but George W. Bush took at least 4 vacations that were longer than Obama’s including one scheduled for five weeks in August 2005.
urban elitist on January 3, 2012 at 8:27 AM

So Bush took a vacation after getting The national unemployment rate down to 4.9 percent, down from 5.4 percent a year earlier. Now since you like comparing Obama to Bush for equivalency, now when Obama gets national unemployment rate down to 4.9 percent you may have a point.
The fact is Obama has increased the the national unemployment rate.
The fact is Obama is now 1000 days late with a budget, he has failed to do his basic job! If you or I were this incompetent in your job we would be fired….for cause!!

Try again!

DSchoen on January 3, 2012 at 4:09 PM

But bush!!!
-dem talking points until election
cmsinaz on January 3, 2012 at 8:13 AM

Good! The question is, do you really want to go back to unemployment under 5%? If yes, don’t vote for Obama. Do you really want the deficit to be $1.4 Trillion as opposed to“what now sounds like chump change $160 billion” then vote for Obama!

DSchoen on January 3, 2012 at 4:19 PM

I’m not sure how Hawaii is any more opulent than a multi-acre family compound or a ranch.

urban elitist on January 3, 2012 at 8:27 AM

You are kidding, right?

I could swear I read an interview with Michelle a while back in which she said they don’t buy Christmas presents for each other or the girls.

Xyz22 on January 3, 2012 at 10:46 AM

Maybe that is because that is a Christian tradition, and no one has convinced me that their faith is Christianity.

jazzuscounty on January 3, 2012 at 4:32 PM

I think this was his attempt to highlight that he’s tough on the evil bankers — they hated his regulatory reform so much that they’ve cut off his credit.

SD on January 3, 2012 at 4:41 PM

Outstanding O’bummer to start the year.

Which is it? Is he clueless for not realizing that the average Joe wonders if a card will work when they pull it out?

Or since we can pretty much guess that the way he intended his dumb comment was to mean, “I haven’t used this thing in so long, I don’t know if it’s still active?”, he just went against the whole purpose of this shopping trip (that bogged down that Best Buy for who knows how long) by admitting that he hasn’t gone to a store in a while and that this was simply a publicity stunt.

EconomicNeocon on January 3, 2012 at 5:51 PM

This clown is so freaking fond of Executive Orders, why didn’t he just place one online and leave the good citizenry to shop in peace?

I Heart America on January 3, 2012 at 7:33 PM

He makes all of this money and buys one game for both of his daughters to play with him. For a man that has no problem spending other’s money he shure is stingy with his.

cobrakai99 on January 3, 2012 at 7:41 PM

Please link John Hayward (Doc Zero) more often…I miss him and often forget to check the Human Events site.

Who is John Galt on January 3, 2012 at 8:26 PM

But he’s clean.

docflash on January 3, 2012 at 8:47 AM

And well-spoken, according to the in-crowd.

Who is John Galt on January 3, 2012 at 8:34 PM

Now that B Hussein “AntiChrist” Obama has befouled yet another fine American retailer, I reckon we’re going to have to change the name of that chain to BEAST BUY(tm)

Buy a turntable and all your LP’s play at 666 rpm.

CatchAll on January 4, 2012 at 1:01 AM