Obamateurism of the Day

posted at 8:05 am on January 16, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

One of Barack Obama’s best qualities is that of family man.  I’m sincere about that; the Obamas have done a very good job (with a couple of notable exceptions) of keeping their children out of the limelight and avoiding personal scandal in the White House.  However, Obama apparently has more family than we first thought:

President Obama, speaking last night in Chicago at a fundraiser at a private home, unloaded this bombshell:

Obama, according to the White House transcript, talked about “The first bill I signed — a bill that said that we’re going to have equal pay for equal work because I want my daughters treated the same way as my sons.”

Sons? What sons? How many? Where? Names? Do the girls know? (More importantly, does Michelle?)

After spending the last three years bragging about passing the Lily Ledbetter Act, a minor piece of legislation that doesn’t say that we’ll have equal pay for equal work but just extended the statute of limitations for discriminatory-pay lawsuits, Obama would have the boilerplate language down pat.  Of course, one would also think that Obama would know better than to claim to have sons in an attempt to underscore one of his political arguments.

 

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Hmmmmmmmm…

I always figured Obama wasn’t a philanderer because, well, you wouldn’t want to make Moochelle any ANGRIER would you?

wildcat72 on January 16, 2012 at 8:07 AM

Who knows, could be true. Maybe junior is a lot more like senior than we ever thought.

EliTheBean on January 16, 2012 at 8:09 AM

We are all sons and daughters in Gods eyes.

ctmom on January 16, 2012 at 8:10 AM

This is just further evidence of his arrogance. If he had spoken of “our sons and daughters” or “our efforts”, instead of the constant me,me,me, all would have been well.

He just can’t bring himself to do this. Everything is about the 0.

esr1951 on January 16, 2012 at 8:10 AM

This has GOT to be in the running for “Obamateurism of the year,” next Christmas.

listens2glenn on January 16, 2012 at 8:12 AM

Sorry,too busy goin’ to Church…photo-op time!
-Obammy
(just mount the ‘prompter on the back of this lady’s head)

askwhatif on January 16, 2012 at 8:12 AM

SING IT, DIANA ROSS!!!

Love child, never meant to be
Love child, born in poverty
Love child, never meant to be
Love child, take a look at me
……

pilamaye on January 16, 2012 at 8:13 AM

Maybe the sons were born while his marriage was in a pro forma session?

Sue Doenim on January 16, 2012 at 8:14 AM

The sons live with his uncle who liberated Auschwitz?

kunegetikos on January 16, 2012 at 8:15 AM

Well, son of a gun.

docflash on January 16, 2012 at 8:17 AM

We’ve never seen the sons because they’ve been staying with relatives in the 57th state.

backwoods conservative on January 16, 2012 at 8:17 AM

He’s got a son by the name of Akbar Hussein Huntsman.

abobo on January 16, 2012 at 8:20 AM

esr1951 on January 16, 2012 at 8:10 AM

How does it feel to be a newbie and a thread-winner nominee?

Excellent point.

hawkdriver on January 16, 2012 at 8:21 AM

The media has never vetted him like all of the others. What do we know?

KOOLAID2 on January 16, 2012 at 8:22 AM

It’s official: zer0 is mental. Reminds me of Klaus Kinski in Aguirre, Wrath of God.

MisterElephant on January 16, 2012 at 8:23 AM

We are all sons and daughters in Gods eyes of Dear Leader.

ctmom on January 16, 2012 at 8:10 AM

FIFY

Fallon on January 16, 2012 at 8:23 AM

No wonder Moochelle wants to eat healthy. Things happen on vacays, don’t cha know.

Kissmygrits on January 16, 2012 at 8:26 AM

Pretty weak, Ed. Don’t tell me you’re running out of material. :-(

Mr_Magoo on January 16, 2012 at 8:30 AM

Uh…. I don’t know if this was so bad. I think he was just hypothetically speaking.

bloggless on January 16, 2012 at 8:35 AM

esr1951 on January 16, 2012 at 8:10 AM

I think you got it dead on. Obama just can’t help himself.

forest on January 16, 2012 at 8:40 AM

Daddy?

JoeHanson on January 16, 2012 at 8:42 AM

Pretty weak, Ed. Don’t tell me you’re running out of material. :-(

Mr_Magoo on January 16, 2012 at 8:30 AM

i though the same

Uh…. I don’t know if this was so bad. I think he was just hypothetically speaking.

bloggless on January 16, 2012 at 8:35 AM

obvious

Ed, its weak and you know it! gives us a real thing!

nathor on January 16, 2012 at 8:49 AM

“Sons?”

Hope the child support he is paying someone doesn’t cut into Moochelle Feed costs.

“Sons?” What a total maroon!

Horace on January 16, 2012 at 8:53 AM

Who’s you’re daddy.

docflash on January 16, 2012 at 8:53 AM

heh
How appropriate that today some of America “celebrates” Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – at the expense of real leaders of men and accomplishment: Washington and Lincoln.

Since MLK was a serial adulterer, and given the allegations against Herman Cain, be they true or not, who’s to say that there’s not a boy someplace in the B. Hussein Obama “woodpile”?
Maybe that’s why Moochelle keeps Barry’s ‘nads in the soap dish.

BTW, Albert ‘The Matchbook Reverend’ Sharpton is “protesting” something or other in Detroit today. Trolling for a “booty call”?
I’ll be there! /sarc

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Karl Magnus on January 16, 2012 at 8:54 AM

Uh…. I don’t know if this was so bad. I think he was just hypothetically speaking.

bloggless on January 16, 2012 at 8:35 AM

The One speaks both Austrian and Hypothetica?

Smartest President EVAH!

Horace on January 16, 2012 at 8:56 AM

Wouldn’t surprise me. 72% of black children live in single parent homes. It’s gotten to the point that the ‘single black mother’ has become something of a hero. Won’t be long before they’re building statues in the park to the ‘Single mother raising her child on her own’. While I acknowledge it is tough to raise a kid on your own…or even with another parent…let’s not forget or dismiss how they got to be in this situation in the first place; by getting knocked up by some guy with less thought to the consequences than what they’d be having for breakfast the next morning.

PorchDawg on January 16, 2012 at 8:58 AM

The One speaks both Austrian and Hypothetica?

Smartest President EVAH!

Horace on January 16, 2012 at 8:56 AM

one reason i avoid this obamatourism posts is that they can become an hivemind for obama hatred.

nathor on January 16, 2012 at 9:00 AM

Idiot

cmsinaz on January 16, 2012 at 9:05 AM

one reason i avoid this obamatourism posts is that they can become an hivemind for obama hatred.

nathor on January 16, 2012 at 9:00 AM

Nah. We don’t need a message board for that. All we need to do is to tune into the mainstream media to get a truck load of ignorant, narcissistic, wrong headed, lying and down right stupid comments from The One himself. I had hope for the guy. He had a golden opportunity to do amazing things as the first black president, but he’s succeeded only in expanding every divide and making a bad situation worse. So, yeah. I hate him. But for cause and good reason.

PorchDawg on January 16, 2012 at 9:06 AM

one reason i avoid this obamatourism posts is that they can become an hivemind for obama hatred.

nathor on January 16, 2012 at 9:00 AM

Some of us need an outlet!

freedomfirst on January 16, 2012 at 9:08 AM

…by the way, I’ve never seen a better example of hivemind than the leftists (knowing or not) supporting this creep.

freedomfirst on January 16, 2012 at 9:10 AM

What a jackal…

mlewis7299 on January 16, 2012 at 9:13 AM

Nah. We don’t need a message board for that. All we need to do is to tune into the mainstream media to get a truck load of ignorant, narcissistic, wrong headed, lying and down right stupid comments from The One himself. I had hope for the guy. He had a golden opportunity to do amazing things as the first black president, but he’s succeeded only in expanding every divide and making a bad situation worse. So, yeah. I hate him. But for cause and good reason.

PorchDawg on January 16, 2012 at 9:06 AM

please, if you picked any DC politician and analyzed in the worst possible spin everything he did or said, you would hate him too.

if you tell me this is just an exercise to counter sycophantic MSM about obama. then i would understand you. but i not sure every commenter in these posts understands that.

nathor on January 16, 2012 at 9:13 AM

…by the way, I’ve never seen a better example of hivemind than the leftists (knowing or not) supporting this creep.

freedomfirst on January 16, 2012 at 9:10 AM

i do agree with you on this.

nathor on January 16, 2012 at 9:14 AM

Some of us need an outlet!

freedomfirst on January 16, 2012 at 9:08 AM

group therapy? lol!

nathor on January 16, 2012 at 9:15 AM

but i not sure every commenter in these posts understands that.

nathor on January 16, 2012 at 9:13 AM

Your condescension runs strong. Why don’t you just FO?

MisterElephant on January 16, 2012 at 9:19 AM

Uh-Oh, better check that closet…

fistbump on January 16, 2012 at 9:24 AM

nathor on January 16, 2012 at 9:13 AM

Difference is though, Nathor, none of those politicians are the President of the United States. Nancy Pelosi, for example, is one of the worst, but as a member of a ‘large committee’, any real damage she could do is pretty much muzzled by that ‘committee’. Not so with the Chief Executive. For example, Pelosi can’t call a joint session of congress together on the subject of health care, stand in front of the nation and proceed to tell more than 21 documented blatant lies or gross exaggerations. In a 40 minute speech that’s more than one documented lie every two minutes…which equates to almost every statement other than, ‘um’.

The Captain of a ship can do far more damage then the Purser. We can dismiss an incompetent Purser, but an incompetent Captain? See the difference?

http://i.usatoday.net/travel/_photos/2012/01/14/3-dead-as-Italian-cruise-ship-runs-aground-F7RBI94-x-large.jpg

PorchDawg on January 16, 2012 at 9:30 AM

Maybe the sons were born while his marriage was in a pro forma session?

Sue Doenim on January 16, 2012 at 8:14 AM

Heh.

Just Sayin on January 16, 2012 at 9:30 AM

PorchDawg on January 16, 2012 at 9:30 AM

what you tell me? that obama is a liar? so are most of DC politicians and our recent past presidents.

nathor on January 16, 2012 at 9:39 AM

Hmmmmmmmm…

I always figured Obama wasn’t a philanderer because, well, you wouldn’t want to make Moochelle any ANGRIER would you?

wildcat72 on January 16, 2012 at 8:07 AM

Barry is no doubt a philanderer – but you can’t make babies when you are on the ‘down low’. (paging Larry Sinclair…)

HammerNH on January 16, 2012 at 9:40 AM

Kinda like big daddy MLK Jr. Bastards everywhere.

Long haired country boy on January 16, 2012 at 9:50 AM

We are all sons and daughters in Gods eyes of Dear Leader.

ctmom on January 16, 2012 at 8:10 AM

FIFY

Fallon on January 16, 2012 at 8:23 AM

I was going to say that. :(

Dear Obama, peace be upon Him, is the father of us all. After three glorious years a new National holiday is long overdue. I propose we replace the October Columbus Day Federal holiday with a Fathers Day federal holiday in June in honor of our heroic father Obama.

Twark_Main on January 16, 2012 at 9:53 AM

one reason i avoid this obamatourism posts is that they can become an hivemind for obama hatred.

nathor on January 16, 2012 at 9:00 AM

That a lot of people find it foolish that the man with the supposed most important Job in this nation cannot control his tongue does not mean that they hate him. That you automatically equate the worst motives to others speaks volume more about you than them.

chemman on January 16, 2012 at 9:55 AM

Perhaps he was a sperm donor and that’s how he paid for college.

elm on January 16, 2012 at 9:56 AM

I think this is a teleprompter problem. He didn’t have a teleprompter in front of him so he had to go by memory. WE all know when he isn’t feed lines his responses tend to get… stupid

LordDaMan on January 16, 2012 at 10:02 AM

Maybe Barrack Hussain has multiple families in Kenya, Indonesia and Hawaii that we don’t know of, I am sure Jesse must be helping him love child relationships.

Sticky Wicket on January 16, 2012 at 10:04 AM

Have we not properly vetted this fellow?

Bmore on January 16, 2012 at 10:06 AM

uh oh. Hope this wasn’t a “slip” before an official announcement. A pregnant 1st lady would be a boost to his re-election!

tj4osu on January 16, 2012 at 10:11 AM

one reason i avoid this obamatourism posts is that they can become an hivemind for obama hatred.

nathor on January 16, 2012 at 9:00 AM

And yet, here you are. Perhaps “avoid” doesn’t mean quite what you think it does.

Solaratov on January 16, 2012 at 10:12 AM

HammerNH on January 16, 2012 at 9:40 AM

Yes, I think you’re right. From what I’ve seen and read, Barry could never be accused of being a womanizer.

Peppa Pig on January 16, 2012 at 10:19 AM

And yet, here you are. Perhaps “avoid” doesn’t mean quite what you think it does.

Solaratov on January 16, 2012 at 10:12 AM

it does mean avoid. i am out of this thread and i know i wont be missed . enjoy!

nathor on January 16, 2012 at 10:21 AM

This one is a classic.

It is a completely unforced error, coming out of a combination of arrogance, ignorance, and just plain not paying attention.

And, its hilarious.

Voyager on January 16, 2012 at 10:28 AM

I believe he means that we are all the children of his Lordship.

stillings on January 16, 2012 at 10:36 AM

Perhaps he was a sperm donor and that’s how he paid for college.

elm on January 16, 2012

Naaaaaaa
He was an affirmative action foreign exchange student.
For the most “transparent” Administration evah, Barry won’t even release his college transcripts. I have – repeatedly and am proud to do so if a prospective employer should inquire. Being self-employed cancels that out.
American voters have a much lower threshold for competence.
The collective guilt of Americans for all of history’s ills is nauseating.

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Karl Magnus on January 16, 2012 at 10:46 AM

So THAT’S the reason his records are all hidden??

Christian Conservative on January 16, 2012 at 10:46 AM

So that’s who all those multiple SSAN’s belong to.

OkieDoc on January 16, 2012 at 10:54 AM

nathor on January 16, 2012 at 9:39 AM

Nathor, perhaps…perhaps…but here’s the deal. Not all lies or all liars are equal. Nor are all politicians pathological in their lies. Most politicians lie sometimes, but Obama lies all the time. All…the…time. Most politician’s lies don’t amount to anything. They’re just talking points or the party line. Obama’s lies…as the President of the United States…amount to a LOT. Because he is President, his lies are taken as truth and repeated as truth. See? So you can’t just say, “Oh, they all do it.” As President, his multitude of lies have consequence. Make sense?

PorchDawg on January 16, 2012 at 11:03 AM

uh oh. Hope this wasn’t a “slip” before an official announcement. A pregnant 1st lady would be a boost to his re-election!

tj4osu on January 16, 2012 at 10:11 AM

Ewwwwww!

Spiders from Mars on January 16, 2012 at 11:08 AM

Is he high or on drugs all the time? That would be an easy out for this kind of slip up.

Otherwise it looks like 3 measures of arrogance, 2 measures of stupidity, and a dash of incompetence.

CorporatePiggy on January 16, 2012 at 11:15 AM

There is so much we don’t know about the charlatan.

He might have a husband too.

Schadenfreude on January 16, 2012 at 11:48 AM

Of course, one would also think that Obama would know better than to claim to have sons in an attempt to underscore one of his political arguments.

How many Unicorns does he have?

Tim_CA on January 16, 2012 at 11:54 AM

What a silly fool he is!

helenvt on January 16, 2012 at 12:02 PM

The One speaks both Austrian and Hypothetica?

Smartest President EVAH!

Horace on January 16, 2012 at 8:56 AM

Heh!

He’s Brilliant!!!

Tim_CA on January 16, 2012 at 12:18 PM

Give us a break, Obama trots out his kids for photo ops at every opportunity. He talks about opportunity but sends his kids to the most exclusive school. That was one thing that Carter could be respected for; he sent his children to public school.

Obama is an empty suit who can’t even get the words on the teleprompter right.

jqc1970 on January 16, 2012 at 12:57 PM

This is just another gaffe by President Fumbletongue. If he had ever crossed Michelle with another woman, he’d be giving all his speeches in falsetto.

RebeccaH on January 16, 2012 at 12:57 PM

Sons and daughters in Allah, Ed.

Odysseus on January 16, 2012 at 1:15 PM

one reason i avoid this obamatourism posts is that they can become an hivemind for obama hatred

Or maybe because you don’t know how to use capitalization or punctuation?

Nutstuyu on January 16, 2012 at 1:29 PM

I hope to see his sons on Maury Povich show some day
;-)

burrata on January 16, 2012 at 1:44 PM

At first glance, this one seems a bit weak, Ed.

However, what makes it weak at first glance is the idea that you know he is referring to daughters and sons in general, not specifically his family. And then his choice of words comes across as conscripting all American children as HIS, which betrays his unmitigated, innate narcissism. He sincerely believes that, because he is the current occupant of the Oval Office, then all citizens belong to him. Well, I’m sure the same can be said of any dictator, of any emperor, of any tyrant. He is Teh Won, all others are his subjects, loyal or not.

The nation, and the world, cannot afford four more years of movement in this direction.

Freelancer on January 16, 2012 at 1:53 PM

Hot Air is (of course) correct. The first bill Obama signed into law did not require equal pay for equal work. That legislation has been on the books since the 1960s. The bill Obama signed, the incorrectly-named “Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act,” merely extended by 180 days the statute of limitations for filing a claim of pay discrimination based on gender.

From The Obama Timeline:

Ledbetter, who had worked 19 years for Goodyear Tire and Rubber in Alabama, earned less than her male co-workers did. After she retired, she decided to sue Goodyear, which correctly argued that the statute of limitations had run out. The Supreme Court properly ruled in Goodyear’s favor. The court did not address the issue of whether there had been discrimination. Goodyear argued there had not, and submitted Ledbetter’s substandard performance appraisals to support its case. After the bill signing ceremony, Michelle Obama remarks that Ledbetter “…knew unfairness when she saw it, and was willing to do something about it because it was the right thing to do”—when in fact Ledbetter took no action for 19 years.

Colony14 on January 16, 2012 at 2:13 PM

Barry’s sons are probably using the name Shabazz…

Colony14 on January 16, 2012 at 2:14 PM

…and look just like Malcolm X.

Colony14 on January 16, 2012 at 2:14 PM

TOTUS BETRAYUS?

Kraken on January 16, 2012 at 5:07 PM

It’s official: zer0 is mental. Reminds me of Klaus Kinski in Aguirre, Wrath of God.

MisterElephant on January 16, 2012 at 8:23 AM

Are you saying BHO is being held at gunpoint to finish the job the way Kinski was on that film? It seems like the situation is more reversed wherein BHO has us in his sights.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on January 16, 2012 at 7:13 PM

Imagine, if the same words were uttered by Gingrich or Romney the alphabet channel reporters would be scurrying around the globe looking for the love child by now.

Sticky Wicket on January 22, 2012 at 6:51 PM