Obamateurism of the Day

posted at 8:05 am on January 19, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Old and busted — the “Bain mentality“:

President Obama’s chief campaign strategist David Axelrod today on “This Week” honed his two-pronged attack on GOP frontrunner Mitt Romney, insisting the former Bain Capital CEO’s record and shifting policy positionswill undermine his general election appeal.

“Frankly I don’t think bringing a Bain mentality to this economy — to running this economy — makes him a strong candidate,” Axelrod told me. “I don’t think shifting and moving around on positions – fundamental positions – is one that people are going to embrace.”

“Trust is a big issue in the presidency,” he said. “I think there’s a big trust issue here.”

New hotness — trusting people from … Bain:

Jeffrey Zients will serve as President Obama’s new acting director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), but the president’s decision might undercut attacks on Republican Mitt Romney’s career as a venture capitalist, because Zients and Romney are both alumni of Bain & Company.

“I’m pleased to designate Jeff Zients to lead the Office of Management and Budget. Since day one, Jeff has demonstrated superb judgment and has provided sound advice on a whole host of issues,” Obama said in a statement accompanying the announcement today. Zients previously served as Deputy Director of OMB under Jack Lew, who became Obama’s chief of staff with the departure of Bill Daley.

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney might also be pleased at Zients’ promotion, given that they have a common professional background; Zients worked with Bain & Company as early as 1988, according to the Bain website.  Romney worked at Bain & Company, first from 1977-1984, and then again from 1991 and 1992, when he was the Bain & Company chief executive officer.

So did Barack Obama bother to tell his re-election campaign that he was going to appoint a budget director who worked at the very same firm that his campaign was demonizing less than ten days earlier?  Heck, at least no one can accuse the White House of coordination these days.

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Le Oops!!
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No Bainer:

Obama’s New Budget Chief Worked for a Bain Company, Too
Added: 11 hours ago Occurred On: Jan-18-2012
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OOPS!!! Looks like team Odumba put their foot in their mouths on this! I wonder how the Lame St Press will spin it??????

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=340_1326937344

canopfor on January 19, 2012 at 8:11 AM

Romney worked at Bain & Company, first from 1977-1984, and then again from 1991 and 1992, when he was the Bain & Company chief executive officer….

When he used his awesome skills to rescue it from impending doom, and took the whopping big greedy fat cat salary of one dollar.

Buy Danish on January 19, 2012 at 8:11 AM

Obama is the Bain of our existence.

JimK on January 19, 2012 at 8:13 AM

Doesn’t matter. The MSM will just igonre it.

crazy_legs on January 19, 2012 at 8:13 AM

Bain was evil then.

NeighborhoodCatLady on January 19, 2012 at 8:13 AM

Is this supposed to be his attempt to pander to both Democrats and Republicans in an election year?

Maddie on January 19, 2012 at 8:13 AM

Killing the Keystone Pipeline should have been the OOTD. Of course, that was an act of MALICE, not amateur buffoonery.

What is clear to me is that Obama intends to foster islamic revolution everywhere in the world (he supports revolts by islamists, fails to support revolts AGAINST islamists as in Iran) and he is determined that we remain dependent on islamists for oil (he refuses to allow us to get our own resources and won’t allow us to get it from Canada).

The man should be tried and hung for treason.

wildcat72 on January 19, 2012 at 8:17 AM

Bain was evil then.

NeighborhoodCatLady on January 19, 2012 at 8:13 AM

The Bainality of Evil

Shy Guy on January 19, 2012 at 8:19 AM

Bain conservative bad
Bain liberal good

They’ll still bash him on it, the hypocrites

Hope the gop counters it

cmsinaz on January 19, 2012 at 8:19 AM

Time for Mittens to take off the gloves and expose the liberal hypocrisy ruining this country- He certainly has the spotlight- Voters respect backbone.

FlaMurph on January 19, 2012 at 8:21 AM

Canopfor, more like move along now, nothing to see here per lsm

cmsinaz on January 19, 2012 at 8:23 AM

Me thinks,Hopey acted,”Stupidly”!
(sarc).

canopfor on January 19, 2012 at 8:23 AM

We’ve always been at war with Bain.

/memoryhole

CurtZHP on January 19, 2012 at 8:26 AM

Ha ha Ha. Jeffrey Zients was on the board of Revolution Health Group:

On October 25, 2007, the company dismissed 60 employees, or a quarter of its work-force, ostensibly as part of a restructuring.

On May 23, 2008, RHG terminated its employer business unit and business to business unit as well as laying off an additional 50 people.

Vulture!

Also,

At age 35, Zients was named to Fortune Magazine’s “40 under 40″ with an estimated wealth of $149 million.

What tax rate does he pay? I demand we see his tax returns!

It’s also worth mentioning that he doesn’t appear to be doing a very good job cutting waste at the W.H. The last major announcement Obama made in that regard had to do with eliminating tchotchkes.

Buy Danish on January 19, 2012 at 8:27 AM

Canopfor, more like move along now, nothing to see here per lsm

cmsinaz on January 19, 2012 at 8:23 AM

cmsinaz:The Marxist Socialist Media,are in Full Circle The Wagons
Mode,in helping Hopeys Re-Election Campaign!!

They have been,in the last 3 months,in Full Lefty
News Suppression of Obama,and Laser-Focused on Team
GOP!!:)

canopfor on January 19, 2012 at 8:27 AM

Maddie on January 19, 2012 at 8:13 AM

It’s just zer0′s latest cute attempt to “keep ‘em guessing.” It started with the “Winning the Future” crap and has continued on through various actions that try to anticipate the stance of the Republicans.

Cutsy-pie antics, and just what I would expect from the Poopy-Pants Party.

MisterElephant on January 19, 2012 at 8:27 AM

And what – Has Goldman somehow now become choir boys in the liberal mind ? Whiskey Foxtrot big time !

FlaMurph on January 19, 2012 at 8:27 AM

NO PROBLEMO !!!
.
The name Bain & Company will never be associated in spoken or printed word when reporting about Jeffrey Zients. The only place one will ever read about the association of Zients and Bain will be on conservative blogs and nowhere else.
.
Romney, on the other hand, should he be the Republican nominee will always be described as “Bain venture capitalist”, “Bain vulture capitalist”, or some such other descriptor as derogatory as possible.
.
No wonder Øblama is always so smug, huh? Control of the media, minority status, and living in public housing.

ExpressoBold on January 19, 2012 at 8:29 AM

What tax rate does he pay? I demand we see his tax returns!

It’s also worth mentioning that he doesn’t appear to be doing a very good job cutting waste at the W.H. The last major announcement Obama made in that regard had to do with eliminating tchotchkes.

Buy Danish on January 19, 2012 at 8:27 AM

Buy Danish:Nice Intell scoop,yup,the Left are all giddy over trying
to cook Mittens goose,over 15%,and Cayman Island banking
!:)

canopfor on January 19, 2012 at 8:30 AM

You got that right Canopfor

cmsinaz on January 19, 2012 at 8:33 AM

This Presidency is putting The Onion to shame. Unbelievable.

visions on January 19, 2012 at 8:34 AM

wildcat72 on January 19, 2012 at 8:17 AM

The reign of Bain and feign of Sandhill Crane.

By George, I think he’s got it.

Fallon on January 19, 2012 at 8:34 AM

It’s time to get midevil on Sotero and his goons.Rush did it yesterday and it was a classic.

jeffinsjvca on January 19, 2012 at 8:38 AM

And what – Has Goldman somehow now become choir boys in the liberal mind ? Whiskey Foxtrot big time !

FlaMurph on January 19, 2012 at 8:27 AM

FlaMurph:Ya,you’ll love this!
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Goldman Sachs set aside $12 billion to pay staff in 2011
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Submitted 22 hours ago from http://www.guardian.co.uk by editor
http://www.breakingnews.com/
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http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2012/jan/18/goldman-sachs-staff-pay

canopfor on January 19, 2012 at 8:39 AM

O/T,Hopey/Changey speeding up Immigration!!
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markknoller tweeted:
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WH official confirms Orlando Sentinel report that Pres Obama will send consuls to China/Brazil to speed processing of tourist visas to US.

Story metadata:
Submitted 16 mins ago from twitter.com/markknoller by editor
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Correction via @AP:

US weekly jobless claims fall to 352,000; fewest in nearly 4 years
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Story metadata:
Submitted 3 mins ago by editor

http://www.breakingnews.com/

canopfor on January 19, 2012 at 8:43 AM

You got that right Canopfor

cmsinaz on January 19, 2012 at 8:33 AM

cmsinaz:-:)

canopfor on January 19, 2012 at 8:44 AM

This really isn’t an Obamateurism so much as it is an Axlerodism.

And the whole idea of associating a candidate with a company he ran two decades ago is absurd. What about the company Barry Sotero was running two decades ago? Oh, that’s right, the jug-eared idiot has never done anything but take from society!

Happy Nomad on January 19, 2012 at 8:44 AM

A Bain here and a Bain there and pretty soon you’re talking about a lot of Bains.

Yoop on January 19, 2012 at 8:45 AM

@canopfor

I keep wondering when he’s going to “recess” appoint the additional 7 states which will count for 200 electoral votes?

wildcat72 on January 19, 2012 at 8:47 AM

This really isn’t an Obamateurism so much as it is an Axlerodism.

And the whole idea of associating a candidate with a company he ran two decades ago is absurd. What about the company Barry Sotero was running two decades ago? Oh, that’s right, the jug-eared idiot has never done anything but take from society!

Happy Nomad on January 19, 2012 at 8:44 AM

Barack Hussein Obama is the Jar-Jar Binks of American politics.

wildcat72 on January 19, 2012 at 8:47 AM

Many don’t know this, but there are two parallel Bains. One is the Evil Bain, where Romney worked, Kirk was a murdering power-hungry sex maniac, and Spock had a goatee. The other Bain is where Zients worked.

oddjob on January 19, 2012 at 8:49 AM

OT: Popcorn!

Buy Danish on January 19, 2012 at 8:49 AM

And the whole idea of associating a candidate with a company he ran two decades ago is absurd.
Happy Nomad on January 19, 2012 at 8:44 AM

Clearly we differ on the meaning of “absurd”.

Buy Danish on January 19, 2012 at 8:51 AM

@canopfor

I keep wondering when he’s going to “recess” appoint the additional 7 states which will count for 200 electoral votes?

wildcat72 on January 19, 2012 at 8:47 AM

wildcat72:Lol,well they are “Tiny” States!

canopfor on January 19, 2012 at 8:54 AM

Many don’t know this, but there are two parallel Bains. One is the Evil Bain, where Romney worked, Kirk was a murdering power-hungry sex maniac, and Spock had a goatee. The other Bain is where Zients worked.

oddjob on January 19, 2012 at 8:49 AM

Hilarious!

Spiders from Mars on January 19, 2012 at 8:59 AM

Oceania was at war with Eastasia: Oceania had always been at war with Eastasia.

Lost in Jersey on January 19, 2012 at 9:00 AM

Canopfor, more like move along now, nothing to see here per lsm

cmsinaz on January 19, 2012 at 8:23 AM

cmsinaz:The Marxist Socialist Media,are in Full Circle The Wagons
Mode,in helping Hopeys Re-Election Campaign!!

They have been,in the last 3 months,in Full Lefty
News Suppression of Obama,and Laser-Focused on Team
GOP!!:)

canopfor on January 19, 2012 at 8:27 AM

The truth…dat!
It’s only January, and the media will start intensifying that protection. What will they be doing by September or October?

KOOLAID2 on January 19, 2012 at 9:04 AM

Clearly we differ on the meaning of “absurd”.

Buy Danish on January 19, 2012 at 8:51 AM

Really? How would you characterize assigning relevancy to what Romney was doing for a living twenty years ago?

Happy Nomad on January 19, 2012 at 9:12 AM

As this seems to be the pattern in this admin, again, the right hand doesn’t know what the left hand is doing. Or in this case, the left hand doesn’t know what the right hand is doing. It’s no wonder they keep putting foot in mouth.

fistbump on January 19, 2012 at 9:16 AM

When the massive leftist electronic and print press is on your side, you needn’t be too careful about the truth, or contradicting yourself, and so on.

I mean, Obooba et al literally don’t have to care. Literally. It shows, don’t it?

Akzed on January 19, 2012 at 9:22 AM

Really? How would you characterize assigning relevancy to what Romney was doing for a living twenty years ago?
Happy Nomad on January 19, 2012 at 9:12 AM

Germane? You want to ignore this part of his resume’? That is “absurd”.

PS: It wasn’t 20 years ago. He began work in consulting in 1977 and didn’t leave Bain until 1999 when he left to turnaround the Utah Olympics. Oh wait! Maybe it’s “absurd” to mention that too?

Buy Danish on January 19, 2012 at 9:26 AM

Like Obama voters would be smart enough to notice?

MNHawk on January 19, 2012 at 9:39 AM

Like Obama voters would be smart enough to notice?

MNHawk on January 19, 2012 at 9:39 AM

0bama voters couldn’t pour water out of a boot with instructions printed on the heel.

CurtZHP on January 19, 2012 at 9:46 AM

0bama voters couldn’t pour water out of a boot with instructions printed on the heel.

CurtZHP on January 19, 2012 at 9:46 AM

But at least they’re a Genius In France, right?

The Schaef on January 19, 2012 at 10:13 AM

Buy Danish on January 19, 2012 at 9:26 AM

This is what I hate about these threads. Clearly you are a Romney hater. You will never vote for the man and nothing anybody points out is going to change these facts. So instead of championing some other candidate you just post attacks on the guy you hate with snarky commentary.

People like you are the fifth column for Obama’s reelection.

Happy Nomad on January 19, 2012 at 10:15 AM

This is what I hate about these threads. Clearly you are a Romney hater. You will never vote for the man and nothing anybody points out is going to change these facts. So instead of championing some other candidate you just post attacks on the guy you hate with snarky commentary.
People like you are the fifth column for Obama’s reelection.
Happy Nomad on January 19, 2012 at 10:15 AM

What the hell are you talking about? I have been here at this blog supporting him since 2007. You’re the one who thinks his business resume’ is irrelevant. You are not helping Romney with this idiotic tactic.

Buy Danish on January 19, 2012 at 10:24 AM

Happy Nomad

PS. You clearly have a reading comprehension problem. Did you actually read the comment where I linked to his great business career and talked about how he turned around the Olympics?

Pathetic…

Buy Danish on January 19, 2012 at 10:26 AM

When he used his awesome skills to rescue it from impending doom, and took the whopping big greedy fat cat salary of one dollar.

Buy Danish on January 19, 2012 at 8:11 AM

Unfortunately, quoting a $1 salary for a senior executive doesn’t mean anything, thanks to Clinton. During his administration, he tried to raise revenue by instituting an extra tax on executive pay above a defined cap. As a result, most corporate executives take a very small portion of their earnings as salary to avoid that tax, shifting the greater share to objectives-based bonuses. So an honest statement of how much money Romney earned in that position isn’t about the $1 salary. Now, I only say this as a point of clarification, since I don’t care how much a corporate board of directors chooses to pay their senior executives. If I don’t hold stock in the corporation, and don’t sit on that board, it’s not my concern, and shouldn’t be anyone else’s, either.

Freelancer on January 19, 2012 at 10:35 AM

I still prefer the Obamateurisms that demonstrate Obama’s cluelessness or sheer stupidity. Hypocrisy– like today’s– runs a distant third.

Any President who constantly beats up on Wall Street, while raising up to one-third of his campaign funds from Wall Street, isn’t going to have a problem Bain-bashing with ex-Bain execs in his administration. And he willuse Bain against Romney.

Further to the link above, Obama is actually raising moremoney from the finance industry now than he did in 2008, and Wall Street is now at the top of Obama’s big donor list (last time around it was lawyers).

Beat ‘em up with one hand, pick their pockets with the other. Bash, rinse, repeat. Obama doesn’t strike me as the stupid one here.

de rigueur on January 19, 2012 at 10:56 AM

When he used his awesome skills to rescue it from impending doom, and took the whopping big greedy fat cat salary of one dollar.

Buy Danish on January 19, 2012 at 8:11 AM

Oh that’s rich! Here you go again preaching to the choir of Mittbots.

For months, you’ve clawed and scratched at Sarah by negating the truth of the topic — essentially, it doesn’t matter what the truth is, it’s the perception and “unfortunately” Sarah is unelectable — ad nauseum.

Now the focus has sharpened on Mittness, you’re reduced to sounding exactly like a cultish Palinista defending Mittwit with truth against the perceptions. Execpt you’re defending a moderate shifting right, while we were supporting a conservative thru and thru.

Two questions:
1) Do you really think that “But he only had a $1/year salary” will sway ANY indie or moderate?

2) Do you think you can sway any “Palinista” to help you spread the “truth”? Especially since, like Lee Iacocca who also took a $1 salary, the payoff was in the bonuses and stocks.

I can see Oboobi having fun and winning with that:

“Mitt knew he would succeed, so instead of taking a multi-year salary subject to the top income tax rate, he deferred the earnings so he could claim the same money at the capital gains rate.

Simply put, Mitt was rich enough to game the system and here he is calling for a flat 25% tax rate for the working stiffs, while lowering the current capital gains rate for his rich friends. All he’s proposing to do is put some chump change in your pocket while stuffing more into the rich.”

Yup, that meme will have legs for sure.

Sadly for you, Oboobi will absolutely slay Mittens during the general elections. It doesn’t matter if they have just one debate or one every week, no amount of preparation will help Willard. For the simple fact that he has no principles. On every subject that comes up, Oboobi will point out the flip or the flop. Instead of promoting his positions, Mittens will always be on defense, while Oboobi will go on to extoll his own constancy. Lies won’t matter with the MSM messaging network.

And then comes the TKO when he dropps the October surprise.

Oh well. Seeing how the primaries are starting to shake out, the forecast is very grey. I only have two votes this November — my conservative representative and POTUS. Both of my establishment conservative Senators aren’t up this year.

In spite of the vaunted hype about electability, I don’t see Mittens beating Oboobi and considering that if we discard that canard, SP would be a better POTUS than MR any day, I’ve no choice but to vote for a conservative POTUS, be it write-in or 3rd party. At least my one vote will be counted and heard to deny a mandate to either progressive.

So the fate of my family and the US lies with those that have Reps and Senators that need to be replaced and whether we select a hard-core progressive, a progressive-lite or a conservative for POTUS.

carry on.

AH_C on January 19, 2012 at 11:22 AM

All the Obama thugs attempts to smear the Republican candidates isn’t going to change the fact that Obama is a failed president!

jqc1970 on January 19, 2012 at 11:55 AM

PS: It wasn’t 20 years ago. He began work in consulting in 1977 and didn’t leave Bain until 1999 when he left to turnaround the Utah Olympics. Oh wait! Maybe it’s “absurd” to mention that too?

Buy Danish on January 19, 2012 at 9:26 AM

From the article…
“Zients worked with Bain & Company as early as 1988, according to the Bain website. Romney worked at Bain & Company, first from 1977-1984, and then again from 1991 and 1992, when he was the Bain & Company chief executive officer.”

…and what was his salary when he was CEO?

Solaratov on January 19, 2012 at 11:55 AM

Obama is the Bain of our existence.

JimK on January 19, 2012 at 8:13 AM

If only he were 1/5 the capitalist Bain is…
*Le Sigh*

Pqlyur1 on January 19, 2012 at 11:56 AM

Heck, at least no one can accuse the White House of coordination these days.

On anything.

Tim_CA on January 19, 2012 at 11:59 AM

Isn’t it interesting just how close Romney keeps getting to Obama? He’s associated with Bain, where donations to Democrats way outpaced donations to Republicans. Former Bain people keep working for the White House. If it makes it hard for Obama to go after Romney, it’s twice as much bad news for Romney that he’s sleeping with the enemy. (Obvious hyperbole, but you get the point.)

tom on January 19, 2012 at 12:17 PM

Freelancer on January 19, 2012 at 10:35 AM

If he had failed in his mission to turn Bain Consulting around he wouldn’t have received much in the way of bonuses. Also note he took the Olympics job for $1.00 also and donated a million dollars.

…and what was his salary when he was CEO?
Solaratov on January 19, 2012 at 11:55 AM

I don’t know. I’m not sure what you’re getting at. He didn’t have to turn Bain Capital around because, unlike Bain Consulting, it was not on the verge of bankruptcy so there was no need to take only a $1.00 salary.

AH_C on January 19, 2012 at 11:22 AM

That was the most long-winded, pointless comment I’ve read in a long time. Honestly I have no idea what you’re raving about, except that it has something do do with your not liking my criticism of Sarah Palin – who I continue to criticize with very good reason.

Buy Danish on January 19, 2012 at 12:58 PM

That was the most long-winded, pointless comment I’ve read in a long time. Honestly I have no idea what you’re raving about, except that it has something do do with your not liking my criticism of Sarah Palin – who I continue to criticize with very good reason.

Buy Danish on January 19, 2012 at 12:58 PM

This is very true. Sarah Palin obstinately persists to this very day in not being Mitt Romney.

tom on January 19, 2012 at 1:02 PM

When he used his awesome skills to rescue it from impending doom, and took the whopping big greedy fat cat salary of one dollar.

Buy Danish on January 19, 2012 at 8:11 AM

Obviously, like Barack Obama, Mitt Romney believes that at some point you’ve made enough money.

tom on January 19, 2012 at 1:06 PM

tom on January 19, 2012 at 1:02 PM
tom on January 19, 2012 at 1:06 PM

I’ll be on the alert for more cogent commentary from you./

Buy Danish on January 19, 2012 at 1:25 PM