Obamateurism of the Day

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

Manufacturing has always been the height of political fashion, and so it’s never a surprise when politicians talk about their commitment to expanding the manufacturing sector.  Usually, though, they manage to do it in an area where their actions haven’t strangled it.  Barack Obama tried out that strategy when he bragged about Boeing’s ability to build 787 Dreamliners in places like Everett, Washington, and … South Carolina:

“So this company is a great example of what American manufacturing can do in a way that nobody else in the world can do it,” Obama told the assembled workers this afternoon at the Everett, Wash., Boeing plant.   “And the impact of your success, as I said, goes beyond the walls of this plant.  Every Dreamliner that rolls off the assembly line here in Everett supports thousands of jobs in different industries all across the country. Parts of the fuselage are manufactured in South Carolina and Kansas,” Obama also noted before mentioning factories in other states.

Boeing does build airplanes in South Carolina, but it’s despite Obama and his NLRB, as Joel Gehrke reminds us:

The NLRB tried to close that South Carolina plant, though, after union workers in Washington argued that Boeing had built the new factory in South Carolina — which is a right to work state — in retaliation against the Machinist Union strikes that had slowed production in Washington state. The NLRB dropped the complaint in December after Boeing signed a new contract with the machinists.

Yeah, as soon as Obama forced Boeing to knuckle under to the union, they let the company operate its South Carolina plant.  Obama offered this piece of advice at the event, which reads curiously like a warning:

“What’s happening here in Everett can happen in other industries,” Obama added today during his discussion of American manufacturing.

If we let Obama have another term, I’ll bet that will be absolutely true.

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“What’s happening here in Everett can happen in other industries,” Obama added today during his discussion of American manufacturing.

Other industries are left to wonder if that is a promise or a threat.

ted c on February 23, 2012 at 8:10 AM

Hustlers tend to have a lot of chutzpah. Its in their DNA.

Buy Danish on February 23, 2012 at 8:11 AM

Does Obama-lama-ding-dong do anything not amaturish? BTW my gas went up 18 cents in 24 hours. This deserves constant attention and maybe some yelling.

JimboHoffa on February 23, 2012 at 8:11 AM

Oceania has always been at war with Eurasia….

apostic on February 23, 2012 at 8:12 AM

Other industries are left to wonder if that is a promise or a threat.
ted c on February 23, 2012 at 8:10 AM

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Yeah, bigtime. : (

listens2glenn on February 23, 2012 at 8:13 AM

It’s not like Captain Dumb@$$ doesn’t know what his voters will lap up or anything.

MNHawk on February 23, 2012 at 8:13 AM

Obama, #1 in BS export world-wide…

hillsoftx on February 23, 2012 at 8:15 AM

Usually, though, they manage to do it in an area where their actions haven’t strangled it.

the WH staffers were willing to overlook that factor when scheduling this dog n’ pony show. What better way to boost Obama in a state he’s gonna lose than by revising some history and showcasing his (lack of) economic prowess.

ted c on February 23, 2012 at 8:15 AM

Amazing.

He does this crappola because the media let him get away with it.

itsnotaboutme on February 23, 2012 at 8:18 AM

The job-killer in chief strikes again.

If McCain were President, we’d have at most 6% unemployment.

Yet the MFM would still be squawking a lot louder than they are now.

NoDonkey on February 23, 2012 at 8:20 AM

its easy to revise history when you have 300+ journalists manning the memory hole for you.

ted c on February 23, 2012 at 8:20 AM

Yepper itsnotaboutme

cmsinaz on February 23, 2012 at 8:21 AM

It is a promise AND a threat.

Obama-lama-ding-dong, indeed.

ABO,

herm2416 on February 23, 2012 at 8:24 AM

Yeah, let him puff up in front of union workers but when a lone reporter asks too pointed a question he bristles like a scalded cat, whines about media prejudice, and begins to add to his “enemies list,” just like our old buddy Richard Nixon.
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They used to call Nixon “Tricky Dick” during his many years of elected offices. He had an authoritarian bent just like Ø. What could we call Teh Won to emphasize his slippery nature? I was going to suggest “Buttery Barack” but I like butter too much for that.
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I’ll think about it. Give suggestions!

ExpressoBold on February 23, 2012 at 8:24 AM

“What’s happening here in Everett can happen in other industries,” Obama added today during his discussion of American manufacturing.

Ya’ got a nice little operation here…shame if something were to happen to it.

258 and counting…ABO 2012!

Sue Doenim on February 23, 2012 at 8:25 AM

ted c on February 23, 2012 at 8:10 AM

Um, Ted? You may have missed the memo, but you’re supposed to start with “Bishop!”

RedCrow on February 23, 2012 at 8:26 AM

He is the DOTUS.

He’s the installed Manager of American decline by a nation of Teaters.

PappyD61 on February 23, 2012 at 8:26 AM

This is less an Obamateurism but a chilling reminder of what will happen if this jug-eared tyrant gets a second term and is unfettered by re-election concerns.

Happy Nomad on February 23, 2012 at 8:27 AM

I’ll think about it. Give suggestions!

ExpressoBold on February 23, 2012 at 8:24 AM

Um, Oleogenus Obama?

CurtissP-40b on February 23, 2012 at 8:35 AM

its easy to revise history when you have 300+journalists manning the memory hole for you.

ted c on February 23, 2012 at 8:20 AM

Since they didn’t report the NLRB attack on Boeing in they first place, they can now ignore his duplicity regarding Boeing in Washington and manufacturing in general.

Easy peasy!

Naturally Curly on February 23, 2012 at 8:43 AM

Um, Oleogenus Obama?

CurtissP-40b on February 23, 2012 at 8:35 AM

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Nice One !!
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Doesn’t have the same impact as Tricky Dick Nixon, though. Tricky Dick. Three syllables and a double entendre that paints the picture; easy to remember, too, like 9-9-9 always raises an image of Herman Cain. That’s more what I’m looking for. Keep thinking!
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Thanks!

ExpressoBold on February 23, 2012 at 8:43 AM

“What’s happening here in Everett can happen in other industries.”

Threat or promise?

Is it any surprise to any (except for the boneheads in the White House) that industries are still moving off-shore where at least they have a modicum of long-range stability and a shot at fiscal survival?

Heck, even the Chinese are moving their money from the US to other parts of the world…buying government treasuries in Latin America and South Asia. At least they’ll be getting a real return for their investments. Won’t be getting the play money we’ll be printing with Obama’s smilin’ face on it when he gets another four or more years.

[Personally, I wish Obama would get eight to ten…learn all about gettin’ along with others, and not being the top dog in the kennel.]

coldwarrior on February 23, 2012 at 8:44 AM

Other industries are left to wonder if that is a promise or a threat.

ted c on February 23, 2012 at 8:10 AM

If they have to wonder, they clearly haven’t been paying close enough attention to Obama’s actions the past three years.

AZCoyote on February 23, 2012 at 8:51 AM

Watcherback Barack

birdman8421 on February 23, 2012 at 8:52 AM

Does Obama-lama-ding-dong do anything not amaturish? BTW my gas went up 18 cents in 24 hours. This deserves constant attention and maybe some yelling.

JimboHoffa on February 23, 2012 at 8:11 AM

Whatever happened to that campaign to slap post-it notes that read “Thank you obama” on gas pumps? Perhaps it’s time to revisit that idea.

Lost in Jersey on February 23, 2012 at 8:58 AM

This one’s a pretty good entry for OOTW.

22044 on February 23, 2012 at 9:05 AM

Watcherback Barack

birdman8421 on February 23, 2012 at 8:52 AM

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Pretty good, that has possibilities. Watch Yer Back Barack. I’m beginning to really warm up to it.

ExpressoBold on February 23, 2012 at 9:09 AM

its easy to revise history when you have 300+ journalists manning the memory hole for you.

ted c on February 23, 2012 at 8:20 AM

ted c …What you say is very very very correct! (you may have, the wrong hole though.)

KOOLAID2 on February 23, 2012 at 9:32 AM

Obummer knows he’ll never win South Carolina or Kansas anyway, so he only mentions them in friendly territory such as Washington State.

Steve Z on February 23, 2012 at 9:43 AM

Lost in Jersey on February 23, 2012 at 8:58 AM

Hey, I hadn’t heard of that campaign, but that’s a stunning idea! I’m going to do that myself when I buy gas (and watch my back while doing it as I live in a blue-on-blue state).

MisterElephant on February 23, 2012 at 9:47 AM

Does anybody know if Barry’s ears wings were built by Boeing’s union workers?

Yoop on February 23, 2012 at 9:55 AM

Will Boeing suffer the Anti-Midas affect of lord 0bama?

jukin3 on February 23, 2012 at 10:16 AM

Nice One !!
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Doesn’t have the same impact as Tricky Dick Nixon, though. Tricky Dick. Three syllables and a double entendre that paints the picture; easy to remember, too, like 9-9-9 always raises an image of Herman Cain. That’s more what I’m looking for. Keep thinking!
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Thanks!

ExpressoBold on February 23, 2012 at 8:43 AM

Oleo O’

jrsrigmvr on February 23, 2012 at 10:26 AM

Douche-Bag-Marxist-in-Chief.

hizzzah.

Tim_CA on February 23, 2012 at 11:20 AM

Other industries are left to wonder if that is a promise or a threat.

ted c on February 23, 2012 at 8:10 AM

What Ted said x 11

D-fusit on February 23, 2012 at 11:27 AM

odumbo is nothing short of disgusting and a blatant America hater. He has provided more than enough ammunition for impeachment with his violations of law and the Constitution, but the GOP elitists have no balls.

ultracon on February 23, 2012 at 11:40 AM

Obama is a hypocritical lying peace of feces.

He is a sausage made of Muenchhausen, Orwell, Pinocchio and Machiavelli.

Media, spontaneously combust for dereliction of duty.

Schadenfreude on February 23, 2012 at 1:10 PM

Obama is just visiting Boeing in Seattle so he can collect those union contributions to his re-elect campaign and probably the extorted funds he got from Boeing to get off its back in S Carolina.

chickasaw42 on February 23, 2012 at 4:03 PM

This isn’t an Obamateurism. This belongs with the companion series, Obamalevolence of the Day, which should’ve been running since Day One

john1v6 on February 23, 2012 at 10:26 PM

The fine print on the obamanation Boeing visit was virtually no productive work got done on plane assembly for at least two days. Boeing spent the preceding day getting ready for the visit, and the day of his visit, Boeing told lots of ‘unwanted’ non-union workers to take the day off while they bussed other union workers from other plants in.

It seems the biggest outstanding amateur question of the day is whether this expense is going to be reported as a political donation by the unions and Boeing to the Obama campaign and Democrat party. Or is the Obama campaign going to pay Boeing for all the productive work time wasted on his visit? Time that can’t be just made up out of thin air on planes that are already months behind delivery, that Boeing may be already paying some sort of penalty on.

drfredc on February 24, 2012 at 11:08 AM