Obamateurism of the Day

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

Say, wasn’t our President supposedly a Constitutional scholar? Matt Lauer challenged Barack Obama in NBC’s Super Bowl interview to answer for those who are disappointed in the pace of the change Obama promised to bring to Washington DC.  Greg Hengler clips the question — and the curious answer:

Matt Lauer, NBC: I have talked to so many people over the last couple years, President Obama, who were huge supporters of yours in 2008. And today they are not sure. I hear more and more that they’re disappointed in you. That you aren’t the transformational political figure that they hoped you would be. How does that make you feel when you hear that?

President Barack Obama: I think this is the nature of being President. What’s frustrated people is that I have not been able to force Congress to implement every aspect of what I said in 2008.

Well, it turns out our Founders designed a system that makes it more difficult to bring about change that I would like sometimes. But what I have been able to do is move in the right direction. And what I’m going to keep on doing is plot away, very persistent. You know what? One of the things about being President is you get better as time goes on.

“It turns out”?  Er, didn’t Constitutional Scholar Obama already know this when he was running for President?  If not, well, that’s a pretty big Obamateurism in and of itself.  Assuming he did know and understand that the Constitution was purposefully designed to keep radical changes from taking place, then Lauer’s question remains unanswered.  Obama made those promises with that reality already in place, and quite obviously didn’t have a plan to deal with it.

That’s not the only problem with this answer.  Obama had complete Democratic control of Congress his first two years, and ended up squandering it with the imposition of an unpopular health-care reform effort that will likely get tossed by the Supreme Court, perhaps especially after Obama’s new diktat to religious organizations on contraception.  He blew his chance to focus on other aspects of “change” by making his party so unpopular that they lost 68 seats in the House in the next election and losing the gavel.  And because of that, Obama has had zero ability to move the more radical aspects of his agenda — thankfully.  So truly, Obama did not “get better as time goes on.”  He’s gotten appreciably worse at moving his agenda, and it’s his own fault.

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The “he inherited” line always gets me. Really? Did some old aunt or uncle, or BHO Sr put the Presidency in their will? How exactly did BHO Jr inherit it? He CHOSE to run in the primaries, he CHOSE to accept the nomination, he CHOSE to run in the general, he CHOSE to take the oath of office. Stop the g.d. whining about inheriting already!

Nutstuyu on February 8, 2012 at 12:57 PM

Bugs the p!ss out of me too. Not only was it his “choice”….he said HE KNEW HOW TO FIX IT and promised to do just that.

I don’t recall him saying “I can fix this, but only if it isn’t too hard and I want to make sure I use up every ounce of political capital on a healthcare scheme (that no-one wants) first”.

Biggest moron ever to sit in the oval office.

Tim_CA on February 8, 2012 at 1:07 PM

He still blames others
Sheesh
cmsinaz on February 8, 2012 at 8:15 AM

Narcissist never see themselves as the reason for failure. Likewise, They rarely work in in isolation since that would mean there is no one to shift the failure to. They typically work in situations where they can isolate themselves from a failure by shifting the blame to someone else while at the same time claim they saw it coming, but did not have the power to stop it, thus not only avoiding blame for a failure, but advancing themselves at the same time as someone who could have prevented it if they had the authority to do so.

Obama as a narcissist has risen to a position where he must isolate himself from failure, by delegating all his responsibly and those of his government, to others, including his decisions, to insure he has deniability for all his failures. He sees Congress as the authority he must appeal to grant him more power, but since he must have it and is denied, he has no choice but to find ways to give it to himself.

As we, and world leaders and enemies have seen, he is very reluctant to make any decision that ultimately will hold him accountable for making it. His path, unless forced to do otherwise, will always be the one that does not involve his making a decision that he sees as a danger to his self percieved persona, even if it means not doing anything.

Franklyn on February 8, 2012 at 1:12 PM

The reason that Obama hopscotched his way from community organizing to state legislature to Congress to the WH is that, in his own words, legislating was “too slow” in achieving his audacious dreams from his father.

onlineanalyst on February 8, 2012 at 1:23 PM

I wonder if he ever looks into the mirror and thinks, “What the hell am I doing here?” I know it’s what I think every time I see him.
ExpressoBold on February 8, 2012 at 8:20 AM

I have some doubts that he thinks that. Listen to what he says and how he says it. He is saying ‘I am right, I know what is best, everyone who disagrees is wrong’. Narcissists almost never see themselves as the one who is wrong.

However that said, his actions, appearance, and strange behaviors portray a psychotic Narcissist who is struggling with the reality that his reality is being rejected. We saw this last summer beginning just before his vacation in July. The joint session of Congress that followed with his “Jobs Bill” that did not exist was an effort to avert a more serious break down. He needed to be doing the one thing he can do successfully; campaigning.

Unfortunately his failure provided him not a single success to campaign on. The jobs bill provided a single message for him to campaign on that was uncomplicated and politically safe. It appears to have worked and if you notice that bill just sort of disappeared from sight.

Changes have been made and he appears to be more balanced than he was last summer and confident. One of those changes was dropping anything about the economy from his daily briefing. They said at the time it had shown to not be productive to include it.

If you follow his schedule now, the morning briefing is maybe ten or fifteen minutes which is just about enough time to do a clothing check and remind him of where he needs to be at what times to briefly meet with a member of his staff or government, perform a ceremonial event or meeting, a photo op, or more often now, the times and places of the daily fundraisers. In short, he is isolated from the more negative reports that reach his office and for anything else is prepared for his often brief involvement before he arrives.

Franklyn on February 8, 2012 at 1:27 PM

Oops — I meant Raiser of the Oceans, of course. :-)

KS Rex on February 8, 2012 at 8:19 AM

You were right the first time.

(“This is the day the oceans began to recede…..” bho)

Solaratov on February 8, 2012 at 1:49 PM

He is a constitution scholar alright, but of Kenya.
Sticky Wicket on February 8, 2012 at 8:26 AM

There is room for agreement since he did go over there and participate in a presidential campaign for his cousin, Ordinga. Obama did advise Ordinga that if he lost, to cry voter fraud and force them to declare him the winner. Ordinga lost, cried voter fraud as Obama told him to do, but it was his killing of thousands who did not vote for him that convinced the Kenyan government to create the position of prime minister within the government and give it to Ordinga so he would stop the killing.

Ask the question of “What is a Constitutional scholar?” Sounds like it means he knows something about the Constitution, which is obviously the intent.

The term scholar simply means he was a student who attempted, or completed a study or course on the Constitution. It is a term that does not convey authority or depth of knowledge of the subject.

It is most probable that Obama did in his course of studies to become a lawyer, take a course on Constitutional Law. If he did, he is legitimately a Constitutional scholar but no expert as he is trying to pretend, on constructional law.

There is of course the claim that he taught Constitutional law in college. That claim is now that he was an adjunct lecture on the subject or perhaps related courses.

A lecturer is just someone who has knowledge of a subject that he or she presents to a group. An adjunct lecturer is less knowledgeable, or perhaps even unfamiliar with the subject.

I found most of the adjunct lecturers that I encountered in college were simply using handouts and scripted lectures from a folder kept in a filing cabinet back in the office. Calling Obama an adjunct implies he probably was presenting someone else’s lecture. With consideration of his narcissism, Obama probably saw nothing wrong with taking their lecture and calling it his.

If Obama really understood our constitution, he would realize that his problem is the constraints of a constitution that supports a Republic made up of a small federal government and strong states and individual rights, rather than the one he need; a constitution based on democratic centralized government that decides for the people what they should or should not believe or do.

Obama’s government would be the parliamentarian style of government found in European socialist countries and one, different only in the time, we rejected when we wrote our constitution. A parliament based government means the party or coalition of parties with the most seats in Parliament after an election, gets to form the government and elect the president and appoint all government officials. Once the people have voted, they are more or less out of the deal. That, Obama has lamented, is the type of government he wishes he had. He probably would not understand it any better than he does ours now, but at least he could rule rather than govern and all that hard stuff.

Franklyn on February 8, 2012 at 3:28 PM

So truly, Obama did not “get better as time goes on.” He’s gotten appreciably worse at moving his agenda, and it’s his own fault.

Glad he failed. Wished he had failed on some other aspects…

jazzuscounty on February 8, 2012 at 4:27 PM

Enemies at the gate–Obama and Ginsberg, or in the gate I should say. Where is our George Washington?

jazzuscounty on February 8, 2012 at 4:30 PM

This Harvard educated, Constitutional law scholar knows about as much about the Constitution as my Labrador. Either that or he’s knowingingly ignoring it.

PorchDawg on February 8, 2012 at 4:32 PM

“…you get better as time goes on.”

Uh, no. Most Presidents seem to get measurably worse as time goes on. Imagining this lowlife/nitwit getting worse is a sobering thought.

Jaibones on February 12, 2012 at 9:40 AM

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