Obamateurism of the Day

posted at 8:05 am on February 2, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

So much of the State of the Union speech ends up being a rehash. Few if any items are truly new; usually the ideas proposed by a President in a SOTU have already floated around Capitol Hill for a while, and are included to either provoke a reaction or to signal allies in Congress to finally get the ball rolling — on your own ideas.

However, it is a little unusual for a President to unveil initiatives as his own that the other party has already accomplished.  John Boehner got the oddest sense of deja vu while sitting on the dais behind Obama during the speech:

House Republicans have spent the last year focused on helping American small businesses expand and create new jobs. Today, the President unveiled a package of ideas designed to do the same – and most of them look strikingly familiar. In fact, many of the ideas endorsed by the President today have already been put forward – and acted on – by House Republicans. The proposals, highlighted below, could already be law if the United States Senate would simply act.  From slashing bureaucratic red tape to easing the tax burden for small businesses, the House has done its work, while the Senate has consistently blocked House-passed legislation.  Republicans appreciate the President sending these bills to Congress today, but perhaps to speed the process along, he should simply submit them to the Senate – now the last roadblock to helping American small business job creators.

It’s not just one overlooked bill, either:

The President proposes to “Expand Mini-Offering Limits,” while the House has already acted on:

  • The Small Company Capital Formation Act, introduced by Rep. David Schweikert (R-AZ) – Passed the HouseNovember 2, 2011

The President proposes “Crowdfunding,” while the House has already acted on:

  • The Entrepreneur Access to Capital Act, introduced by Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-NC) – Passed the HouseNovember 3, 2011

The President proposes to “Extend 100 Percent Depreciation,” while the House has already acted on:

  • The Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act, introduced by Rep. Dave Camp (R-MI) – Passed the HouseDecember 13, 2011

The President proposes “Relieving the backlog of immigrant visas,” while the House has already acted on:

  • The Fairness for High Skilled Immigrants Act, introduced by Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) – Passed the HouseNovember 29, 2011

The President proposes Creating an “IPO on-ramp,” while the House is currently acting on:

  • The Reopening American Capital Markets to Emerging Growth Companies Act, introduced by Rep. Stephen Fincher (R-TN) – House Financial Services Committee held a hearing December 15, 2011

Too bad Barack Obama has been saddled with a do-nothing Congress, huh?

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Zero-clue!

angrymike on February 2, 2012 at 8:07 AM

Through the looking glass…

Sue Doenim on February 2, 2012 at 8:08 AM

Implying that Obama is incapable of keeping up with details between all the golf, pickup basketball, and vacays with the occasional 10-3 workday is RAAAAAAAAACIST!

wildcat72 on February 2, 2012 at 8:09 AM

Zero” does anyone have any ideas I go on in five, common their gonna think we are the party of stupid!

angrymike on February 2, 2012 at 8:10 AM

Taking credit for someone else’s work, natch

Will harry actually do his job now because fear leader has demanded this?

How about a budget

cmsinaz on February 2, 2012 at 8:11 AM

I have come to the conclusion we here at Hot Air are all racist!
Noooooooo!

angrymike on February 2, 2012 at 8:12 AM

Were we expecting Obama to suddenly become truthful and accurate in his speeches?

Pretty rare for a man of his years to change character overnight. He can fool some people who don’t pay much attention with the help of his media pals, and his base doesn’t care how much he lies.

Adjoran on February 2, 2012 at 8:12 AM

Aren’t these some awesome ideas by dear leader? Ok house gop, what are your plans?
-clueless lsm

cmsinaz on February 2, 2012 at 8:14 AM

It’s up to Boehner and the GOP to point these facts out loudly and repeatedly in a public venue and emphasize that the holdup (for how many months now?) has been the do-nothing Senate, led by Harry Reid.

onlineanalyst on February 2, 2012 at 8:15 AM

The Obama re-election campaign continues apace.

What’s truly alarming is the possibility that his Maddening, Winning Speech might help him prevail.

Drained Brain on February 2, 2012 at 8:19 AM

I would hate to be the one who has to clean out that drawer that Reid has all them hidden bills in. That has got to be a huge drawer!

angrymike on February 2, 2012 at 8:22 AM

Taking credit for someone else’s work, natch

Will harry actually do his job now because fear leader has demanded this?

How about a budget

cmsinaz on February 2, 2012 at 8:11 AM

I hate those people.
I have been the one to do the good work on my own initiative & sat in a meeting to watch the ‘boss’ take the credit for it with no mention of where it came from.
It’s amazing to sit & hear someone lie so blatantly.
Most people sit there & let it happen without ever saying a word.
The key for us all is to not do that.
Boehner needs to do a smack down on this.
But I’m dreaming, I know.

Badger40 on February 2, 2012 at 8:22 AM

Doesn’t the GOP have anyone as aggressive but not as obnoxious as Debbie Downer to get the facts out before the public? The Axelrod-DNC marketing machine is winning the war of words with their pathetic product.

onlineanalyst on February 2, 2012 at 8:24 AM

It’s Bush’s fault

vcferlita on February 2, 2012 at 8:25 AM

Held up by the Senate, to be passed in an election year – after giving Obama a heads-up? They wouldn’t be that corrupt, would they?

OldEnglish on February 2, 2012 at 8:28 AM

Agree badger and Onlineanalyst

Bloody infuriating

cmsinaz on February 2, 2012 at 8:30 AM

Too bad Barack Obama has been saddled with a do-nothing Congress, huh?

.
What, exactly, has the Democrat-led, Democrat-majority, Democrat-controlled Senate done since January of 2011? We know that it has obstructed progress and decision-making by not passing a budget for over 1000 days (which, BTW, is the same period of duration as the marriage of Anne Boleyn to Henry VIII AND the same duration as the Kennedy presidency). Failing to pass a budget is not a really a celebratory accomplishment, though.
.
What contribution, exactly, has the Senate made to American life and economic progress? I cannot think of one damn thing.

ExpressoBold on February 2, 2012 at 8:30 AM

All that really matters today is, what time is Holder going to sit down in front of congress today? One day after the Terry family files suet against ATF!

angrymike on February 2, 2012 at 8:32 AM

Ot – sorry

angrymike on February 2, 2012 at 8:33 AM

Racking up 5 trillion in debt, providing no budget for over 1000 days, championing scores of now bankrupt “green” companies, funding the energy sectors of other countries while destroying ours, keeping unemployment bubbling at around 15% (u6)- all while taking credit for the work of others. That’s-

winning the future, the soetero way!

GrassMudHorsey on February 2, 2012 at 8:34 AM

Obama gets the credit. The Republicans get the blame. It is a simple formula folks. Stop looking at the facts and punish those do nothing Republicans.

Grunt on February 2, 2012 at 8:34 AM

Ah, holder going before congress to testify about his role in the murder of Officer Terry, while at the same time his mincing ninny boss criminally ignores a subpoena to testify in a Georgia (not Russian) court.

Such a different kind of politician Earflaps is- post partisan, post racial, and post legal code apparently.

So like, when does the earth start healing and stuff?

Let’s move!

GrassMudHorsey on February 2, 2012 at 8:37 AM

The MSM is constantly bringing these facts to the American people.
If it had not been for the media, we would never have known that the Senate passed a budget a long time ago…and that the do nothing Congress are such racists.

KOOLAID2 on February 2, 2012 at 8:47 AM

Dear Leader! Oh God, I worship Dear Leader! HIS ideas are so awesome! He’s so brilliant!! Dear Leader can never do wrong! Thank you Dear Leader for all of your blessings and awesomeness!! Thank you a million times Dear Leader!!!

Signed. The Main Stream Media


/sarcasm off

Vntnrse on February 2, 2012 at 8:49 AM

It’s up to Boehner and the GOP to point these facts out loudly and repeatedly in a public venue and emphasize that the holdup (for how many months now?) has been the do-nothing Senate, led by Harry Reid.

onlineanalyst on February 2, 2012 at 8:15 AM

I agree, but given this …

Aren’t these some awesome ideas by dear leader? Ok house gop, what are your plans?
-clueless complicit lsm

cmsinaz on February 2, 2012 at 8:14 AM

How exactly are they supposed to do it. Barky knows full well these initiatives have been acted on already. He’s counting on the fact that 51% of Americans don’t. With the dinosaur media covering for him, spouting the “congress hasn’t acted” line over and over, he’s golden.

Face it, these bills were passed by the House in November and low info voters don’t know and don’t care that they were passed or that it’s the D controlled Senate blocking them. If Boehner & Co. haven’t gotten the word out in the past three months, what makes you think they’ll get the word out now over the loud and constant drumbeat of zer0 saying they’re his plans?

Lost in Jersey on February 2, 2012 at 8:49 AM

It’s up to Boehner and the GOP to point these facts out loudly and repeatedly in a public venue and emphasize that the holdup (for how many months now?) has been the do-nothing Senate, led by Harry Reid.

onlineanalyst on February 2, 2012 at 8:15 AM

I don’t understand why they are not out every day holding press conference after press conference about this stuff.

tinkerthinker on February 2, 2012 at 8:52 AM

Plagiarizer-in-Chief. It started when he stole Gingrich’s book title as a campaign slogan and no one said anything. Perhaps if we could see his college records we’d know how early on he started this.

katablog.com on February 2, 2012 at 9:04 AM

zer0 and his minions get away with murder and the Republicans roll over. “My friends, you have nothing to fear from a zer0 ‘present’-Dunce-y.”

Bye-bye, USA. At least I was around for the Reagan years.

MisterElephant on February 2, 2012 at 9:17 AM

It’s too bad that the “Romney Immaculate Deception” hasn’t any idea what any of those bills are about. I’d bet pert’neer anything that Newt does.
That “outsider” claim can be a b!tch, eh?

~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on February 2, 2012 at 9:22 AM

O doesn’t write or check his speeches. He just gets up there and dutifully reads from TOTUS. If he has to speak extemporaneously he comes out with all kinds of garbage. Erm, like Mitt and Newt, erm…

CorporatePiggy on February 2, 2012 at 9:36 AM

it is a little unusual for a President to unveil initiatives as his own that the other party has already accomplished

It’s pretty obvious where Oplagiarist got his ideas.

I’m thinking that Ann Coulter’s “Three cheers for RomneyCare” ought to qualify as an Obamateurism of the Day.

stukinIL4now on February 2, 2012 at 9:54 AM

So is Harry Reid going to take any of those House passed pieces of legislation out of his desk drawer now?

GarandFan on February 2, 2012 at 10:25 AM

This is hardly Obamateurism.

How else is he going to claim HE HIMSELF singlehandedly turn the economy (media is going to hype the summer of recovery of course) around?

Just like his claim of personal credit on taking out UBL.

Sir Napsalot on February 2, 2012 at 10:27 AM

0bama strategy is to fool some people all of the time. The democrat party strategy for the last 70 years has been to make all the people ignorant enough to fool.

jukin3 on February 2, 2012 at 10:33 AM

Typical of bammy and the LSM. What is more depressing is the fact that the GOP lets him get away with it. We need a due over on the leadership roles of the House and Senate, put someone with cojones in those roles.

D-fusit on February 2, 2012 at 10:34 AM

Everybody is looking at this speech from the wrong angle. It does not matter what he says. His words are awe-inspiring and his voice is melodious. His ideas reach out to the very corners of the universe. This was his Savior of the Universe speech. Now, isn’t that better?

Peppa Pig on February 2, 2012 at 10:41 AM

Too bad Barack Obama has been saddled with a do-nothing Congress, huh?

heh

ted c on February 2, 2012 at 10:42 AM

Where’s an EO when you need one?

Oh, he’s still going around to get all of his cabinets’ opinions first…then he’ll pick one out of Johnny Depp’s hat.

askwhatif on February 2, 2012 at 10:44 AM

Perhaps if we could see his college records we’d know how early on he started this.katablog.com on February 2, 2012 at 9:04 AM

Pretty sure it would look like the sound of a flat tire:
“FFFFDDDFFFFFFDDFFFDDD”

askwhatif on February 2, 2012 at 10:49 AM

I have been the one to do the good work on my own initiative & sat in a meeting to watch the ‘boss’ take the credit for it with no mention of where it came from.
It’s amazing to sit & hear someone lie so blatantly.

+11ty million to the 10th power

askwhatif on February 2, 2012 at 10:54 AM

And no doubt Obama thinks Congress should pass a budget … another little duty the Senate has shirked.

The irony of all this is that in fact Obama is at war with his own party in Congress, and apparently does not recognize that fact. Whattaguy.

UnrepentantCurmudgeon on February 2, 2012 at 10:58 AM

I don’t understand why they are not out every day holding press conference after press conference about this stuff.

It’s possible that they don’t have the stones for the war. Recent history lends support to that idea. But there’s another angle: we have such an ADD media and limited public attention span that it’s more and more a good idea not to fire your ammunition too early: it probably gets ignored, and repetition leads to ennui. So it’s probably generally a good idea to “hold your fire until you see the whites of their eyes.” I hope beyond measure that some little task force in the GOP is accumulating all the gems we have taken note of over the last few years, even extending back to the 2008 campaign. With proper timing the barrage could (should) be devastating.

UnrepentantCurmudgeon on February 2, 2012 at 11:02 AM

Obama: I Pushed Dodd-Frank And Health Care Reform Because Of I’m Christ

Schadenfreude on February 2, 2012 at 10:51 AM

I read the link in head-lines; several commenters there pointed out that the President wants to give away other people’s money as well as his own. I agree with previous posts on HotAir: that Mr. Obama should lead by first writing a check to the Treasury for whatever amount he deems fair — after all, “faith without works is dead.”

AesopFan on February 2, 2012 at 11:18 AM

Too bad Barack Obama has been saddled with a do-nothing Congress, huh?

Every time I see a liberal use that argument, I correct them. What we have is a do-nothing Senate run by Democrats. We had a do-nothing House until Republicans took over.

Then I watch the smoke start rising…

taznar on February 2, 2012 at 11:22 AM

Well…..when you’re too lazy and too stupid to do things on your own…….

Tim_CA on February 2, 2012 at 12:00 PM

Why am I reminded of the childhood game, “Simon says”?

EconomicNeocon on February 2, 2012 at 12:10 PM

Reid has spent the last year being Obama’s personal obstructionist so Obama could say it is not his fault, it is Congress’s fault. The mindless obamabots eat up every lying word that comes out of Obama’s lying mouth.

jqc1970 on February 2, 2012 at 12:16 PM

Barry talks a good game (and, yes, it’s usually someone else’s). It’s what he does that really matters, and so far, he’s done squat.

RebeccaH on February 2, 2012 at 12:32 PM

I’ll never get this image out of my head now.

J_Crater on February 2, 2012 at 11:46 AM

Posting such without a content warning should be a felony.

Cleombrotus on February 2, 2012 at 1:36 PM

It’s up to Boehner and the GOP to point these facts out loudly and repeatedly in a public venue and emphasize that the holdup (for how many months now?) has been the do-nothing Senate, led by Harry Reid.

onlineanalyst on February 2, 2012 at 8:15 AM
I don’t understand why they are not out every day holding press conference after press conference about this stuff.

tinkerthinker on February 2, 2012 at 8:52 AM

Neither do I…but the LSM is too obsessed with how the former Governor bashed the former Speaker to be worried about what the CURRENT Speaker says.

Boehner will have to have a heart-to-heart talk with whoever wins the Republican nom: Tell them what we did, and that you’ll sign those bills we passed. And don’t forget to campaign in states where we could use a few extra Senators!

Steve Z on February 2, 2012 at 2:33 PM

It’s an election year and Obumbles and his crew can’t come up with any ideas of their own.

So they ‘propose’ ideas their opponents already acted upon so that they can claim credit at the bill-signing ceremony.

As to why the republican leadership isn’t screaming this from the rooftops. They aren’t called the party of stupid for nothing.

CrazyFool on February 2, 2012 at 2:52 PM

Why isn’t this already made into a commercial and run enough times that this stupid “Do-Nothing Congress” narrative either goes away or shifts rightly to the Senate?

“President Obama claims that he is hamstrung by a do-nothing Congress that won’t address his ideas.”

Cut to SOTU quote from Jugears’ own mouth, followed up with the record of the vote passing the Republican led House.

Lather, Rinse, Repeat.

It’s that easy.

Spiders from Mars on February 2, 2012 at 3:51 PM