Obamateurism of the Day

posted at 8:05 am on January 23, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Remember Harry Truman?  Barack Obama certainly wants to take a page out of Truman’s political playbook this year by running against a supposedly do-nothing Congress.  However, Obama seems to have forgotten that Truman could make that claim after proclaiming that “the buck stops here” for responsibility in his administration.  For Obama on the Keystone XL pipeline decision, the buck stopped at … Foggy Bottom:

Earlier today, I received the Secretary of State’s recommendation on the pending application for the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline.  As the State Department made clear last month, the rushed and arbitrary deadline insisted on by Congressional Republicans prevented a full assessment of the pipeline’s impact, especially the health and safety of the American people, as well as our environment.  As a result, the Secretary of State has recommended that the application be denied.  And after reviewing the State Department’s report, I agree.

Politico reported that this was nothing more than transparent blame-shifting to Hillary Clinton, and even Obama’s White House told everyone that Hillary really had nothing to do with it:

There was puzzlement, bordering on disgust, in the West Wing on Wednesday at all the professions of shock and outrage at President Barack Obama’s decision to reject the Keystone XL pipeline.

“Um, … this came as a surprise to anybody?” said a person close to Obama. “There was never the slightest bit of doubt we were going to say no.”

So why hide behind Hillary’s skirts?  That may be a lot of things, but it’s hardly Trumanesque leadership.

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He’s not hiding behind a skirt. He’s leading from behind a skirt.

NeighborhoodCatLady on January 23, 2012 at 8:09 AM

Votin’ “Present” folks!

Ohiogal on January 23, 2012 at 8:09 AM

Not a pimple on Truman behind!

angrymike on January 23, 2012 at 8:10 AM

It would have been the 4th best pipeline EVAH!

RAGIN CAJUN on January 23, 2012 at 8:10 AM

So why hide behind Hillary’s skirts pantsuits?

Fixed.

itsnotaboutme on January 23, 2012 at 8:11 AM

Why hide behind Hillz? Because this is a truly stupid decision and he doesn’t want to carry the can for it. Duh.

CorporatePiggy on January 23, 2012 at 8:12 AM

Is she thinking of challenging him, I wonder?

OldEnglish on January 23, 2012 at 8:12 AM

Its tos Evil RightWing Mean’O Pubricans that deny
Hopey’s deams,and aways putting door toppers in
his way!!(Snark)

canopfor on January 23, 2012 at 8:13 AM

Trying to deflect from the ‘you said you wanted to create jobs, and killed 20,000 of them at one time’ argument Mitt or Newt is sure to make?

Washington Nearsider on January 23, 2012 at 8:14 AM

Bestest president evah
/

Coward in chief

His slogan is don’t blame me

cmsinaz on January 23, 2012 at 8:15 AM

I guess he forgot about that sign that Truman had on his desk.

Oldnuke on January 23, 2012 at 8:16 AM

Truman had b-lls, could anyone image “The One” making the call on bombing Japan? He can’t even keep the queen in line on spending!

angrymike on January 23, 2012 at 8:17 AM

Guess who is getting the blame?????!!!!
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More:

President Obama says Republicans ‘forced’ his decision
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to reject permit for major oil pipeline

– APStory metadata:
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Obama:

Keystone decision not a judgment on pipeline merits, but arbitrary nature of deadline;

GOP forced decision
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- APStory metadata:
Submitted Jan. 18, 2012, 3:32 p.m. by editor

http://www.breakingnews.com/topic/keystone-pipeline-debate

canopfor on January 21, 2012 at 9:16 AM

canopfor on January 23, 2012 at 8:19 AM

As the State Department made clear last month, the rushed and arbitrary deadline insisted on by Congressional Republicans prevented a full assessment of the pipeline’s impact, especially the health and safety of the American people, as well as our environment.

The pipeline was proposed 7 years ago. There is no rushed and arbitrary deadline. The United States is criss-crossed with pipelines that operate very safely and effectively with zero impact on the environment. A step toward energy independence and the creation of thousands of jobs…these are anathema to Obama, and that’s the only reason he’s blocking the pipeline. It matters not that he’s hiding behind Hillary or the environmentalists, his anti-capitalist, socialist dogma is unveiled even further. He must be defeated.

Trafalgar on January 23, 2012 at 8:20 AM

There was puzzlement, bordering on disgust, in the West Wing on Wednesday at all the professions of shock and outrage at President Barack Obama’s decision to reject the Keystone XL pipeline.
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Heres a great line,from CEO Jack Gerard,of American Petreleum Institute!

“This is a clear abdication of leadership on the part of the President.

How can you say that you are for jobs and reject the

Largest Shovel Ready Job in America.
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Mr. President, what are you thinking?

Via:

Obama Caves To Daryl Hannah
Jan 18 2012
************

http://nation.foxnews.com/president-obama/2012/01/18/obama-bows-sheiks-kills-american-jobs

canopfor on January 19, 2012 at 3:36 AM

canopfor on January 23, 2012 at 8:21 AM

The tradition continues……voting present once again. “look, Ma, no fingerprints!”

herm2416 on January 23, 2012 at 8:22 AM

Would you want this wimp next to you in a foxhole?

docflash on January 23, 2012 at 8:23 AM

Oops,thats Petroleum,not(Petreleum).

canopfor on January 23, 2012 at 8:24 AM

Blame,blame,blame thats all this administration does blame someone else. Grow a pair you worthless piece of dung! Shesh

angrymike on January 23, 2012 at 8:24 AM

Canopfor
Your forgiven.

angrymike on January 23, 2012 at 8:26 AM

And yet, there is still to be found a lot of the American public to support this creature.
Proof people are insane.

Badger40 on January 23, 2012 at 8:30 AM

If I was in a foxhole with “The One” only one would make it out alive, and I’d put my bets on me!

angrymike on January 23, 2012 at 8:32 AM

Obama blames someone else, so he can take the high road. Rushed decision? What a farce. And people believe him.

Drudge linked a great article filled with facts and numbers about the “dismal state of the country”. Our situation is NOT Obama’s fault, but everyone else’s. He had nothing to do with it!

conservative pilgrim on January 23, 2012 at 8:37 AM

was Truman in the Top Four bestest ever????

…/

ted c on January 23, 2012 at 8:39 AM

Ugh! Mantra everyday…

Remember, remember, the first Tuesday in November………..

soulmate on January 23, 2012 at 8:44 AM

So why hide behind Hillary’s skirts pantsuits?
Fixed.

itsnotaboutme on January 23, 2012 at 8:11 AM

Thank you itsnotaboutme!
Skirt? She’s always wearing pants! (His pants!)
JugEars will never get rained on, hiding behind that either!

KOOLAID2 on January 23, 2012 at 8:52 AM

Drudge linked a great article filled with facts and numbers about the “dismal state of the country”. Our situation is NOT Obama’s fault, but everyone else’s. He had nothing to do with it!

conservative pilgrim on January 23, 2012 at 8:37 AM

Thanks for the link. Now would someone please hand that article over to Mitch Daniels before Tuesday.

lynncgb on January 23, 2012 at 8:55 AM

The blue stained dress gave her nightmares, so switched to pantsuits.

Sticky Wicket on January 23, 2012 at 9:01 AM

The blame everyone else policy seems to be working because a lot of people are still supporting him.

scalleywag on January 23, 2012 at 9:02 AM

The buck stops anywhere but here.

The Rogue Tomato on January 23, 2012 at 9:02 AM

I guess he forgot about that sign that Truman had on his desk.

Oldnuke on January 23, 2012 at 8:16 AM

Some one needs to put a kick-me sign on obama’s back side.

tinkerthinker on January 23, 2012 at 9:03 AM

Elect craven beta-male “present”-Dunces to office, this is what you get.

O(ne) B(ig)-A(ss) M(istake) A(merica)

MisterElephant on January 23, 2012 at 9:03 AM

WOW? Hillary to Obama, “why dont’ you man up to one thing, just once”. I’ll bet after 1.19.2013, Hillary will come out with a new book detailing all the misguided remarks by this guy.

fistbump on January 23, 2012 at 9:08 AM

Of course Obama can make such claim. In fact, teh WON can make any claim he wants.

Because the citizendry of 2012 have the benefit of decades and decades long ‘improved’ (monopolized) public education.

Next.

Sir Napsalot on January 23, 2012 at 9:11 AM

Canopfor
Your forgiven.

angrymike on January 23, 2012 at 8:26 AM

angrymike:-:)

canopfor on January 23, 2012 at 9:14 AM

Hiding behind a skirt is SOP for Barry. Valerie Jarret, Moochelle…

wildcat72 on January 23, 2012 at 9:14 AM

♫♪ Who’s the next to go under the bus, under the bus, under the bus …
Ohhhhhh Who’s the next to go under the bus, under the bus? ♫♪

“Captain Kickäss” is some kind of “leader”.
Despicable about sums it up.

~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on January 23, 2012 at 9:14 AM

I truly am dreading tomorrow’s State of the Union Speech campaign rally. We already know that the message is that he’s the guy fighting Congress to ensure “economic equity” for all Americans. In other words it will be a campaign speech filled with pandering, half-truths, and outright lies.

Happy Nomad on January 23, 2012 at 9:18 AM

“There was never the slightest bit of doubt we were going to say no.”

Bringing back to the stone age one decision at a time.

chemman on January 23, 2012 at 9:19 AM

conservative pilgrim on January 23, 2012 at 8:37 AM

Great article from the Washington Times; thanks for linking. Should be required reading for every voter.

KS Rex on January 23, 2012 at 9:19 AM

WOW? Hillary to Obama, “why dont’ you man up to one thing, just once”. I’ll bet after 1.19.2013, Hillary will come out with a new book detailing all the misguided remarks by this guy.

fistbump on January 23, 2012 at 9:08 AM

We now know what happens when the phone rings at 3 a.m. It goes straight to voicemail. But, of course, the President’s schedule is very busy today….. He is meeting with the Boston Bruins.

Happy Nomad on January 23, 2012 at 9:21 AM

He wants us to suffer pain at the pump, the oil companies to reap a windfall profit, congress will impose a new and reasonable tax on that and voila, more money to fund his green energy friends.

Kissmygrits on January 23, 2012 at 9:21 AM

The Times disputes Paul Krugman

WITH little fanfare, a dangerous notion has taken hold in progressive policy circles: that the amount of money borrowed by the federal government from Americans to finance its mammoth deficits doesn’t matter.

J_Crater on January 23, 2012 at 9:24 AM

Badger40 on January 23, 2012 at 8:30 AM

The more things change the more they stay the same. The American electorate re-elected FDR, the cause of their pain, 3 times.

chemman on January 23, 2012 at 9:27 AM

conservative pilgrim on January 23, 2012 at 8:37 AM

The 40 or so percent that still like him would stop at the first part of the article and the take away would be that Obama wasn’t to blame.

chemman on January 23, 2012 at 9:32 AM

Didn’t everyone think it was weird the the State Department was sited as the naysayer?

Cindy Munford on January 23, 2012 at 9:37 AM

Never say he isn’t a leader, a leader of pantywaists that is.

D-fusit on January 23, 2012 at 9:38 AM

I didn’t do it Bart Simpson Obama strikes again.

maddmatt on January 23, 2012 at 9:46 AM

Would you want this wimp next to you in a foxhole?

docflash on January 23, 2012 at 8:23 AM

No, but I would fasten a picture of his wife BabyGotBakka at the end of my rifle. That face alone would cause the enemy to surrender faster than a Frenchman.

SnarkySam on January 23, 2012 at 9:50 AM

…As the State Department made clear last month, the rushed and arbitrary deadline insisted on by Congressional Republicans prevented a full assessment of the pipeline’s impact…

There he goes again…seperate and isolate (in this case, divide).
“The Great Uniter”, he ain’t.

askwhatif on January 23, 2012 at 9:53 AM

Not that I give a rats ass…but why does Shillary sit there and take this crap from him? I thought she was made of sterner (albiet, more communist) stuff than this…

MooCowBang on January 23, 2012 at 10:05 AM

Wait a minute- the State Department?

When did the State Department begin weighing in on domestic matters of commerce? Unless I’m mistaken, the State Department is involved in diplomatic efforts with foreign countries. You know, like giving a “reset” button to the CIS with the word “over charge” in Russian printed on it, and other clever things. Since when is Nebraska a foreign country?

What happened to the Dept. of the Interior, or the Commerce Department, or the freaking EPA on this?

Why is soetero the gangly failure trying to pin his boneheaded domestic decision on the state department? Is he going to blame the IRS for his laughably naiive screwups in Iran/Egypt/Iraq/Syria/Afghanistan/Trashcanistan/UK/Poland/Czechoslavakia/Poland/France/Switzerland/Brazil/you name it next?

And these are rhetorical questions- soetero is an abject chuckleheaded failure, increasingly desperate and spastic in his attempts to place blame.

But hey, March is just around the corner- won’t be long before the Wizard of Uhs is appearing on ESPN to expertly discuss his ever so important NCAA tourney brackets.

November. This imbecile must be voted out.

GrassMudHorsey on January 23, 2012 at 10:07 AM

The state department’s function, per Wikipedia:

“The United States Department of State (often referred to as the State Department or DoS[2]), is the United States federal executive department responsible for international relations of the United States, equivalent to the foreign ministries of other countries. The Department was created in 1789 and was the first executive department established.”

RESPONSIBLE FOR INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS. NOT Domestic pipelines.

Nebraska is one of the 57 states. Its capital is not Iowa- as we all know from soetero the gangly failure, Iowa is the capital of Canada.

This latest weak kneed attempt to hide behind a woman rates four lames on the lameometer.

GrassMudHorsey on January 23, 2012 at 10:13 AM

No question the Obama stuck the “decision” on Hillary; she can’t say much because of course the State Department did issue the report — and we all know that Obama ALWAYS takes his advisers advise…. when they issue the answer he told them he wanted.

katablog.com on January 23, 2012 at 10:17 AM

We really don’t deserve such a strong leader./

Bmore on January 23, 2012 at 10:17 AM

So, TransCanada is aligned with the Teamsters.

Is this another ‘Stimulus’ that only awards to Union Labor?

askwhatif on January 23, 2012 at 10:21 AM

Smart cowardice!

/sigh

MNHawk on January 23, 2012 at 10:33 AM

So at 1600 Pennsylvania it used to be:

“The Buck Stops Here”

Today it’s:

“The D*ouche Lives Here”

Tim_CA on January 23, 2012 at 10:53 AM

You know, like giving a “reset” button to the CIS with the word “over charge” in Russian printed on it, and other clever things.

[. . .]

GrassMudHorsey on January 23, 2012 at 10:07 AM

I still laugh at that. In front of millions of people, Shrillary says something to the effect of, “Did we get it right? We all worked so hard on this.” Idjit.

MisterElephant on January 23, 2012 at 10:57 AM

Would you want this wimp next to you in a foxhole?

docflash on January 23, 2012 at 8:23 AM

No, but I would fasten a picture of his wife BabyGotBakka at the end of my rifle. That face alone would cause the enemy to surrender faster than a Frenchman.

SnarkySam on January 23, 2012 at 9:50 AM

Thanks for the chuckle amidst so much bad news.
I have a French rifle for sale: Never used and only dropped once.

~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on January 23, 2012 at 10:57 AM

Wizard of Uhs . . .

GrassMudHorsey on January 23, 2012 at 10:07 AM

LOL! Haven’t heard that one before.

MisterElephant on January 23, 2012 at 10:58 AM

I have a French rifle for sale: Never used and only dropped once.

Karl Magnus on January 23, 2012 at 10:57 AM

LMAO.

Tim_CA on January 23, 2012 at 11:06 AM

OT, but why has no one thought of this before? What could go wrong?

antisense on January 23, 2012 at 11:09 AM

Funny thing is, they could use Solyndra solar panels for cathodic protection of the pipeline, thus making it a green energy program as well as evil oil. Blaming Repubs is getting about as old as Jeffy in Family Circus blaming the ghost ‘Not Me’ for anything that goes wrong.

Schwalbe Me-262 on January 23, 2012 at 11:13 AM

Anybody who thought O would approve this does not fully understand his agenda. If anything is touted as a positive for jobs, he will nix it as fast and furious as he can.
Election?
BOHICA 2012

Peppa Pig on January 23, 2012 at 11:24 AM

Thump…Bush…Thump…Wright…Thump…Ayers…Thump…His Grandmother…Thump…Bitter Clingers…Thump…Bush…Tea Party…Thump…Congress…Thump…Republican enemies…Thump…Bush…Thump…Wall Street (while he takes their campaign contributions)…Thump…Thump…Hillary and the State Department. The bus rolls on.

Christian Conservative on January 23, 2012 at 11:32 AM

Please allow me to opine that the Obamateurism of the YEAR came in early this time. In terms of jobs, the economy, and the quest for energy independence, can anyone think of a more bone headed decision for this administration to have made?

Tomolena1 on January 23, 2012 at 11:49 AM

So why hide behind Hillary’s skirts?

Because she’s the bigger man.

Schadenfreude on January 23, 2012 at 12:12 PM

There’s no value in referring to the slogan of a President who isn’t ranked as high as fourth on the all-time list. That just isn’t fair to the current Occupant.

Freelancer on January 23, 2012 at 12:19 PM

So it took the smartest president ever three years to learn how to vote “Present”?

Count me as totally unimpressed.

On a more serious note, the man seems to have no courage whatsoever.

parke on January 23, 2012 at 12:27 PM

This pathetic little arrogant narcissistic coward isn’t even equal to Carter, and it doesn’t get any worse than that.

jqc1970 on January 23, 2012 at 12:56 PM

I suppose it could be appropriate that the State Department has something to say about the pipeline, it involving another country and all. But to pin the administration’s base-appeasing, Republican-bashing rhetoric onto the State Department’s jurisdiction means that Obama, instead of owning up to the political charade, would rather have a “diplomacy” that issues a big official FU to Canada. “Safety of the American people?” Do they want to pretend that our neighbors to the North are the terrorists we must fear now? Oh that’s right, the Conservative Party won the majority government there last year, same thing in the president’s eyes.

sistrum on January 23, 2012 at 1:17 PM

“There was never the slightest bit of doubt we were going to say no.”

BUT WE’RE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DECISION.

Just like we weren’t responsible for Solyndra or Fast and Furious.

GarandFan on January 23, 2012 at 1:54 PM

Actually, he’s hiding behind Hillary’s pantsuit.

Colony14 on January 23, 2012 at 5:38 PM