Obamateurism of the Day

posted at 8:05 am on January 12, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Let’s see if we can unpack all the ironies in this story, coming to us from Jammie Wearing Fool:

President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign is considering moving the final day of the Democratic National Convention to Bank of America Stadium to sell more skyboxes to wealthy donors, three Democrats involved in the fundraising told Bloomberg News.

We’ll start with this.  The President who inspired the Occupy movement with his class warfare rhetoric in September now wants to make his convention speech at a stadium named after one of the banks that got bailout money.  Why?  So that he can charge more money for the 1% to attend his speech.

And why might that be?  Here’s a little more irony:

The 74,000-seat home of the Carolina Panthers also would have room for the convention to sell more floor passes close to the stage. Planners are struggling to meet a $36.6 million fundraising goal, according to the Democrats, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to discuss the matter.

What a shock.  The party that has been cheerleading the Occupiers find themselves short on funds for their big summer bash, thanks to a lack of support from those big donors.  So, is this just an error based on a little desperation?  Nope:

Obama advisers are aware of the political downside of the president delivering his nationally televised acceptance in a stadium named for a bank that considered imposing a fee that he said would have “mistreated” customers, sources told Bloomberg. That would be outweighed, they said, by the chance to lure more big-dollar contributors to cover the convention’s costs.

Yup, the very bank that Democrats demonized for adding a user fee to debit cards might now get a lot of free advertising from the leaders of their party during the Democratic National Convention, because Democrats find themselves short on cash … just like the banks did when Democrat Dick Durbin inserted a law that limited their ability to recover costs from merchants.  Maybe instead of the Barackopolis, the Democrats can build a big ATM machine lectern for Obama’s speech.

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The Rutles got it right: “All You Need Is Cash.”

NeighborhoodCatLady on January 12, 2012 at 8:08 AM

One bank for me and one bank for the peons.

JimK on January 12, 2012 at 8:08 AM

Maybe instead of the Barackopolis, the Democrats can build a big ATM machine lectern for Obama’s speech.

Ouch!
Ed’s bringin’ the heat this am.

ted c on January 12, 2012 at 8:08 AM

if you love me, fill my stadium.

Will he be selling fishes n’ loaves as well?

ted c on January 12, 2012 at 8:09 AM

Maybe instead of the Barackopolis, the Democrats can build a big ATM machine lectern for Obama’s speech.

Not gonna happen. ATM cost people jobs, and Obama doesn’t want one to cost him his.

Washington Nearsider on January 12, 2012 at 8:10 AM

Excellent Ed

Don’t forget about reusing those fabulous Greek columns

cmsinaz on January 12, 2012 at 8:11 AM

Heh…

OmahaConservative on January 12, 2012 at 8:14 AM

Not gonna happen. ATM cost people jobs, and Obama doesn’t want one to cost him his.

Washington Nearsider on January 12, 2012 at 8:10 AM

Dang – I was going to say that!!

#OccupyJailCell

Sue Doenim on January 12, 2012 at 8:14 AM

I wonder what the plan will be if it turns out demand for all that extra seating isn’t all that great. Do they get “sitters” like the Oscars do to fill the seats to make it appear like there is a full audience? Do they do careful camera work and give the attendees really big signs? Or, at the last minute, does Obama decide he simply cannot do the speech in an arena named for one of those filthy banks and feigns moral outrage.

Happy Nomad on January 12, 2012 at 8:16 AM

They’re struggling to fill the space they have and to meet their fundraising goal, so they’re going with a bigger venue? Gotta love that progressive logic!

Naturally Curly on January 12, 2012 at 8:18 AM

President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign is considering moving the final day of the Democratic National Convention to Bank of America Stadium to sell more skyboxes to wealthy donors

But the whores in the mainstream media will say he’s the Warrior for the Middle Class!!

PappyD61 on January 12, 2012 at 8:21 AM

Have you looked at BAC stock price? What would be the greatest of ironies would be if BAC did not exist by the time the convention comes a round.

For those who might not know, many funds and institutions can not hold a stock that trades under $5 per share. If/when BAC breaches watch it bounce off the floor.

EliTheBean on January 12, 2012 at 8:22 AM

Maybe instead of the Barackopolis, the Democrats can build a big ATM machine lectern for Obama’s speech.

Hopefully the ATM will have gotten a belly-full of zer0′s guff and suck him in through the deposit slot.

BTW, every mention of those Greek columns makes me roll my eyes at zer0 and the left in general. What a stupid and cheaply theatrical display!

MisterElephant on January 12, 2012 at 8:22 AM

No problem. George Soros or Warren Buffet will buy the stadium and rename it. Problem solved.

ctmom on January 12, 2012 at 8:23 AM

What a Shocka!
Think the MSM will connect these dots and report it?
I doubt it,too.

TimBuk3 on January 12, 2012 at 8:23 AM

When I first heard this story, what struck me was: Who the hell thought having an outdoor convention in early Sept in Charlotte is a good idea?

Hope you like mosquitoes.

JohnGalt23 on January 12, 2012 at 8:25 AM

Wouldn’t it ne delicious if they couldn’t fill that stadium
However, I can see lsm just focus their cameras on dear leader and not the crowd….no blimp view

cmsinaz on January 12, 2012 at 8:28 AM

I hope it rains.

Beaglemom on January 12, 2012 at 8:29 AM

Yup, the very bank that Democrats demonized for adding a user fee to debit cards might now get a lot of free advertising from the leaders of their party during the Democratic National Convention

Don’t bet on it. The media will refer to the Stadium as “Carolina Panthers Stadium” throughout the entire event. They know the state run media will mitigate the downside almost entirely.

Lost in Jersey on January 12, 2012 at 8:30 AM

Don’t do as I do, do as I say! Hypocrite!

OldEnglish on January 12, 2012 at 8:30 AM

I don’t get these ‘fat cats’….dear leader bashes them with his hand held out and they are only too willing to give him cash

cmsinaz on January 12, 2012 at 8:31 AM

I wonder what the plan will be if it turns out demand for all that extra seating isn’t all that great. Happy Nomad on January 12, 2012 at 8:16 AM

Perhaps Obama’s people can fly out all those folks from Solyndra who suddenly have a lot of time on their hands. There’s still a lot of oil workers in the gulf region that are available too.

Rovin on January 12, 2012 at 8:32 AM

All of the above HN

cmsinaz on January 12, 2012 at 8:32 AM

obama, the crony capitalist wolf in socialist sheep skin.

nathor on January 12, 2012 at 8:32 AM

Mosquitoes! That’s better than a plague of locust. The libs seem to be less than artful politically a lot more than the pubs are stupid at times. Is that a win for our side?

Kissmygrits on January 12, 2012 at 8:35 AM

I hope it rains.

Beaglemom on January 12, 2012 at 8:29 AM

God wouldn’t dare do that to the man who caused the seas to recede (for the first time since Moses) and started healing the planet!

Happy Nomad on January 12, 2012 at 8:36 AM

This

Ugly on January 12, 2012 at 8:43 AM

Excellent Ed

Don’t forget about reusing those fabulous Greek columns

cmsinaz on January 12, 2012 at 8:11 AM

Thief! I wanted to say that!
In keeping with the theme of the evening, I hope the telepompters in front, on both sides of JugEars…are made to look like replicas of ATM’s.

KOOLAID2 on January 12, 2012 at 8:49 AM

I hope it rains.

Beaglemom on January 12, 2012 at 8:29 AM

God wouldn’t dare do that to the man who caused the seas to recede (for the first time since Moses) and started healing the planet!

Happy Nomad on January 12, 2012 at 8:36 AM

God wouldn’t be able to make it rain if the WON doesn’t want him to. He is suppose to be the Almighty, isn’t he? DWS sure thinks so.

Sabercat2 on January 12, 2012 at 8:50 AM

No problem. …..or Warren Buffet will buy the stadium and rename it. Problem solved.

ctmom on January 12, 2012 at 8:23 AM

With all the money he collects from his friends, the Republicans, with his asinine offer. Funny how that deal wasn’t offed to his friends, the Democrats. I used to think Buffett was smart, now I am honestly wondering if dementia is setting in. I don’t say that sarcastically, as my dad suffered from it.

herm2416 on January 12, 2012 at 8:54 AM

I wonder if Bank of America issued his race card.

Sticky Wicket on January 12, 2012 at 8:56 AM

President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign is considering moving the final day of the Democratic National Convention to Bank of America Stadium to sell more skyboxes to wealthy donors, three Democrats involved in the fundraising told Bloomberg News.

Does this mean they are going to break out those idiotic fake Roman columns again?!!!!

pilamaye on January 12, 2012 at 8:59 AM

When I first heard this story, what struck me was: Who the hell thought having an outdoor convention in early Sept in Charlotte is a good idea?

Hope you like mosquitoes.

JohnGalt23 on January 12, 2012 at 8:25 AM

Sigh. Mosquitos and Democrats: one one hand you’ve got a bunch of flying, blood-sucking, disease-carrying insects … and on the other you’ve got mosquitos.

Libraritarian on January 12, 2012 at 9:00 AM

More Obama Kabuki – quel surprise!

College Prof on January 12, 2012 at 9:00 AM

Democratic National Convention to Bank of America Stadium

For just a $2.50 donation your name will be entered into a drawing for one of 50,000 exclusive seats at this prestigious gathering. For a further donation of $35,000 you will be entered for a chance to meet and have a beer with the President. For a $1,000,000 you can sit next to the teleprompter or Michelle your choice…Don’t delay enter today.
:)

philly_PA on January 12, 2012 at 9:06 AM

Can you imagine the street vendors selling souvenirs of little ATM machines? LOL Obama and the DNC are having a hard time filling their venues. Look at this photo from Obama’s jobs summit yesterday. Lots of empty seats!

http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2012/01/revolt-ceos-blow-off-obamas-bogus-jobs-summit-photo-op/

GrannySunni on January 12, 2012 at 9:14 AM

Thanks for the morning laugh. Do you think they realize how ridiculous they look?

mlewis7299 on January 12, 2012 at 9:15 AM

Hell, why stop at Bank of America Stadium?

Why not just go down the road a few miles to the Charlotte Motor Speedway? That place seats about 140,000 plus all the others you can pack into the infield. And they have a JumboTron almost big enough to fit Barry’s ego.

Think about all the other revenue-generating possibilities: they could sell rides around the track in the presidential state car – something along the lines of “The Barack Obama Experience”; helicopter rides on Marine One, a Legends race starring David Axlerod, Valerie Jarrett, & David Plouffe, and Barry could cast his big mitts in concrete out front.

This is gold I’m tellin’ ya, gold!

pain train on January 12, 2012 at 9:15 AM

Philly: I’d take the teleprompter! I wouldn’t want to sit next to an angry Michelle!

Vntnrse on January 12, 2012 at 9:17 AM

Will he be selling fishes n’ loaves as well?

ted c on January 12, 2012 at 8:09 AM

That has got to hurt.

chemman on January 12, 2012 at 9:18 AM

Maybe instead of the Barackopolis, the Democrats can build a big ATM machine lectern for Obama’s speech.

What? And put all of those tellers out of work?

onlineanalyst on January 12, 2012 at 9:21 AM

philly_PA on January 12, 2012 at 9:06 AM

How much to NOT be entered into any contest involving the “chance” to meet America’s royal family?

Happy Nomad on January 12, 2012 at 9:21 AM

Philly: I’d take the teleprompter! I wouldn’t want to sit next to an angry Michelle!

Vntnrse on January 12, 2012 at 9:17 AM

She won’t be angry. Michelle O is looking forward to all of that barbeque. LOL

onlineanalyst on January 12, 2012 at 9:22 AM

Rain, Red Rain!

I want to see their pain.

Red Rain is coming down.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u6BesY5Doec

D-fusit on January 12, 2012 at 9:26 AM

The 74,000-seat home of the Carolina Panthers

Anybody have any idea how many bus loads of SEIU and ACORN members it will take to equal 74,000?

Flora Duh on January 12, 2012 at 9:28 AM

“Together We Jive” TM

onlineanalyst on January 12, 2012 at 9:28 AM

BDMs. Big Donor Machines

Big donors with card slots in their foreheads. Barry puts his card in, money comes out.

Yoop on January 12, 2012 at 9:29 AM

This is actually even more ironic. BOA is still in a total mess even post-bailout because it had even more toxic debt than it realized / admitted and because the management is utterly dysfunctional. It might well be bought for pennies on the dollar before Dear Leader ascends to his throne.

CorporatePiggy on January 12, 2012 at 9:32 AM

They’re struggling to fill the space they have and to meet their fundraising goal, so they’re going with a bigger venue? Gotta love that progressive logic!

Naturally Curly on January 12, 2012 at 8:18 AM

Certainly fits their meme:”If you don’t have enough $$, spend more!!”

askwhatif on January 12, 2012 at 9:35 AM

Anybody have any idea how many bus loads of SEIU and ACORN members it will take to equal 74,000?

Flora Duh on January 12, 2012 at 9:28 AM

How many bricks will it take to seal up all the exits once they are in the stadium? But let’s not forget our friends at the NEA when figuring out where the crowds of commies in brightly colored tees will come from.

Happy Nomad on January 12, 2012 at 9:35 AM

Anybody have any idea how many bus loads of SEIU and ACORN members it will take to equal 74,000?

Flora Duh on January 12, 2012 at 9:28 AM

12,000 buses, 12,500 buses if they are hauling their own signs.

askwhatif on January 12, 2012 at 9:38 AM

Could someone please direct me to the lefty comment on this page defending Team Obama’s fundraising idea here? I can’t find it anywhere …

VibrioCocci on January 12, 2012 at 9:47 AM

OUT:

Hope and Change

IN:

Envy and Sloth

landlines on January 12, 2012 at 10:12 AM

September is the beginning of hurricane season isn’t it? Could we pray for a hurricane to topple the greek columns on top of those on the stage?

katablog.com on January 12, 2012 at 10:23 AM

Maybe instead of the Barackopolis, the Democrats can build a big ATM machine lectern for Obama’s speech.

Have you no soul? That would deprive a real lectern of its job!

The Schaef on January 12, 2012 at 10:55 AM

What a Shocka!
Think the MSM will connect these dots and report it?
I doubt it,too.

TimBuk3 on January 12, 2012 at 8:23 AM

Or will the MSM do its best to conceal the B of A identity?

Sowell Disciple on January 12, 2012 at 10:58 AM

Will he be selling fishes n’ loaves as well?

ted c on January 12, 2012 at 8:09 AM

Hmm now that’s a good Idea, I think I’ll see if I can get a vendor permit and an old peanut tray like the vendors have at the ball game and see if I can sell them to the masses!

Mini-14 on January 12, 2012 at 11:51 AM

pain train on January 12, 2012 at 9:15 AM

I think the only Jumbotron big enough for Barry’s ego is in Jerry’s house in Texas!

Mini-14 on January 12, 2012 at 11:56 AM

Hell, why stop at Bank of America Stadium?

Why not just go down the road a few miles to the Charlotte Motor Speedway? That place seats about 140,000 plus all the others you can pack into the infield. And they have a JumboTron almost big enough to fit Barry’s ego.

Think about all the other revenue-generating possibilities: they could sell rides around the track in the presidential state car – something along the lines of “The Barack Obama Experience”; helicopter rides on Marine One, a Legends race starring David Axlerod, Valerie Jarrett, & David Plouffe, and Barry could cast his big mitts in concrete out front.

This is gold I’m tellin’ ya, gold!

pain train on January 12, 2012

heh
ØbozØ had best give away the seats for free. Aint no NASCAR fans gonna be there.

~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on January 12, 2012 at 11:56 AM

Could BofA turn them down? Thanks, but not interested? Or, is control of the venue totally vested with the Panthers or the municipal government?

GWB on January 12, 2012 at 12:00 PM

That would be outweighed, they said, by the chance to lure more big-dollar contributors to cover the convention’s costs.

liberal4life and Obama will never get the irony and hypocrisy.

They are sausages made from: Muenchhausen, Pinocchio and Machiavelli.

Schadenfreude on January 12, 2012 at 12:06 PM

Obama should write another book: “How To Make The Rubes Self-Identify”. So far, he’s been an expert at it.

RebeccaH on January 12, 2012 at 12:27 PM

One of the first things that repulsed me about BO was that acceptance speech in the Denver stadium. Not because of the grandiose staging, obnoxious as it was: what with the predominant architecture of governmental buildings, Greek columns are a visual shorthand for “government”, after all. It was the very concept of the change of venue: changing the acceptance of a convention’s result (by its very form a response to those that chose him, and therefore done within the same walls) to the paradigm of a rock star-like performance. It showed both his narcissism and his disregard for the meanings of proper form, the warning signs of a tyro tyrant.

And now he’s found a way to one-up the disgust — pour over all that a sickly layer of money-grubbing desperation. From rock star concert we’ve turned to gimme pig bridal shower. Feh!

sistrum on January 12, 2012 at 2:52 PM