Obamateurism of the Day

posted at 8:05 am on February 28, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Hey, don’t tell Barack Obama that he doesn’t know Jack. He knows Jack. Unfortunately, Maryland Governor O’Malley’s first name isn’t Jack:

President Obama, addressing the National Governor’s Association, couldn’t find Jack O’Malley in the audience at today’s event.

Trying to highlight a successful program in Maryland, Obama asked the crowd if “Jack O’Malley” was around.

Jack O’Malley is a former Chicago prosecutor and a lecturer at the University of Chicago, where Obama also lectured. Martin O’Malley, on the other hand, is the current governor of Maryland, the chair of the Democratic Governor’s Association and occasionally mentioned as a possible 2016 presidential contender.

Isn’t that the kind of detail that event speakers try to get straight before going on stage?

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Trying to highlight a successful program in Maryland, Obama asked the crowd if “Jack O’Malley” was around.

Jack-in-the-box?

ted c on February 28, 2012 at 8:10 AM

Isn’t that the kind of detail that event speakers try to get straight before going on stage?

what’s a lil’ mistake when you can cover it with an astonishingly awesome rhetorical flourish…./

ted c on February 28, 2012 at 8:12 AM

Barack Obama knew Jack O’Malley. And Martin, you’re no Jack O’Malley.

VietVet_Dave on February 28, 2012 at 8:13 AM

Actually, Ed, I suspect he was thinking of Jack Markell, the governor of Delaware who is also head of the Democrat Governor’s Association.

Who is also a lame-brain, but that’s beside the point ……

DaydreamBeliever on February 28, 2012 at 8:13 AM

Barack Obama knew Jack O’Malley. And Martin, you’re no Jack O’Malley.

VietVet_Dave on February 28, 2012 at 8:13 AM

Now that’s funny! and BHO went to great lengths to point that out to him!

ted c on February 28, 2012 at 8:14 AM

Well, It isn’t like Maryland is next to DC or anything. :0

Seriously, all those Irish people look alike.

Happy Nomad on February 28, 2012 at 8:14 AM

Don’t know jack about history (Obama’s great uncle helped liberate Auschwitz),
Don’t know jack about biology (Obama wants algae to replace gas/oil),
Don’t know jack about geography (57 states),
Don’t know jack about the economy (Do you REALLY need an example here?).

Nope. Obama don’t know Jack.

VibrioCocci on February 28, 2012 at 8:15 AM

Seriously, all those Irish people look alike.

Happy Nomad on February 28, 2012 at 8:14 AM

and lots of them is Catholic like them fellers in Chicago that the Mrs. don’t like…….

ted c on February 28, 2012 at 8:16 AM

the gang that can’t shoot straight.

jeffinsjvca on February 28, 2012 at 8:18 AM

Airball Øbama – who the heck gave him the ball to shoot?
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I wonder how he would feel if people called him Baruch O’Bama. It’s the same impetus that makes him late for every meeting he is scheduled to attend – he values only his own time and his own name.
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BTW, Barracky, speak clearly, don’t slur and mumble when you try to be “folksy”; you are not “folksy.”

ExpressoBold on February 28, 2012 at 8:18 AM

Jack-ass.

Naturally Curly on February 28, 2012 at 8:18 AM

it’s just a tiny state…

ted c on February 28, 2012 at 8:19 AM

pivot towards reading comprehension and knowledge of the 57 state governors….

ted c on February 28, 2012 at 8:20 AM

Trying to highlight a successful program in Maryland…

So did Junior ever find one?

MNHawk on February 28, 2012 at 8:21 AM

Isn’t that the kind of detail that event speakers try to get straight before going on stage?
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Me thinks,Obama has a track record of that!!

Obama forgets soldier KIA and says he’s still alive
June 24 2011
************

http://www.therightscoop.com/obama-forgets-soldier-kia-and-says-hes-still-alive/

canopfor on February 28, 2012 at 8:21 AM

looks like someone left a child behind….

ted c on February 28, 2012 at 8:22 AM

Hey, don’t tell Barack Obama that he doesn’t know Jack.

The Jack that Øbama doesn’t know is Jack Squat… or his cousin Jack Sh*t, for that matter.

petefrt on February 28, 2012 at 8:22 AM

lecturer at the University of Chicago, where Obama also lectured

Prove it. I’ve never seen any evidence of this event ever taking place.

Tommy_G on February 28, 2012 at 8:22 AM

It’s obvious Obama doesn’t know Jack Schit either.

HumpBot Salvation on February 28, 2012 at 8:22 AM

Jack, Brack, Frick, Frack, whatever.

Plouffe and Axelrod have him busy, he doesn’t have time for petty details like this.

NoDonkey on February 28, 2012 at 8:22 AM

It is early, but this will not be a Sunday winner.

EliTheBean on February 28, 2012 at 8:27 AM

Isn’t that the kind of detail that event speakers try to get straight before going on stage?

Nobody cares about the mistakes the first black president makes. He’s historic.

The Rogue Tomato on February 28, 2012 at 8:29 AM

The Jack that Øbama doesn’t know is Jack Squat… or his cousin Jack Sh*t, for that matter.petefrt on February 28, 2012 at 8:22 AM

I think he looks in the mirror and sees Mr. Off…

hillsoftx on February 28, 2012 at 8:30 AM

Trying to highlight a successful program in Maryland…

So did Junior ever find one?

MNHawk on February 28, 2012 at 8:21 AM

I think he measures ‘success’ in terms of the amount of money spent, so there are plenty.

forest on February 28, 2012 at 8:36 AM

I think he was taking a dig at his VP..”Stand up, Jack, let ‘em see ya.”

Sticky Wicket on February 28, 2012 at 8:38 AM

Barry busted when he went all-in with a Jack high.

Yoop on February 28, 2012 at 8:42 AM

As a resident of Maryland….I WISH we had anyone but Martin O’Malley AKA “Ill raise taxes on everything and youll all be taken care of…oh and by taken care of I mean ill give you everything for free if you make less than 8 bucks an hour.”

UBuffaloBulls on February 28, 2012 at 8:43 AM

I doesn’t know jack diddly either.

tinkerthinker on February 28, 2012 at 8:44 AM

Nope. Obama don’t know Jack.

VibrioCocci on February 28, 2012 at 8:15 AM

Actually there is one Jack I believe he is very familiar with.

I believe this particular Jack’s last name is Mehoff.

pilamaye on February 28, 2012 at 8:44 AM

looks like someone left a child behind….

ted c on February 28, 2012 at 8:22 AM

well that was definitely Rick Santorum

DHChron on February 28, 2012 at 8:49 AM

Martin O’Malley, on the other hand, is the current governor of Maryland, the chair of the Democratic Governor’s Association and occasionally mentioned as a possible 2016 presidential contender.

Hey, I’m of Irish descent. Does this mean I have to vote for him?

/

Odysseus on February 28, 2012 at 8:51 AM

UBuffaloBulls on February 28, 2012 at 8:43 AM

That’s what you get for living in Maryland.

I stood a year of it (in Montgomery County no less) then fled screaming to Virginia.

NoDonkey on February 28, 2012 at 8:56 AM

Hey, I’m of Irish descent. Does this mean I have to vote for him?

Odysseus on February 28, 2012 at 8:51 AM

Well that depends. Are you also a delusional commie? Because Martin O’Malley is an unapologetic commie who has destroyed Maryland with the help of an overwhelming Dem majority who ignores most of the state and panders to Suburban DC and Baltimore liberals.

And he is delusional because the only one seriously pointing to him as a Presidential contender in 2016 is Martin O’Malley. Nevertheless, he’s gone on a tear of raising taxes, pushing sodomy, and other issues that would appeal to commies in places other than the dark rat hole that is Maryland.

Happy Nomad on February 28, 2012 at 9:03 AM

I stood a year of it (in Montgomery County no less) then fled screaming to Virginia.

NoDonkey on February 28, 2012 at 8:56 AM

You and a lot of others. Why anybody living in DC would willingly choose to reside in Maryland is beyond my understanding.

Happy Nomad on February 28, 2012 at 9:04 AM

AGAIN, no Apology-mateurism? Wazzup, Ed?

Maddie on February 28, 2012 at 9:12 AM

Does Obama ever make a speech where he gets everything right? Come on, this is just par for the course.

RebeccaH on February 28, 2012 at 9:12 AM

But…But …but, why can’t we put a teleprompter BEHIND the ‘folks’ ,they won’t EVER turn around when I am speaking……Their not aloud!!!!!!

angrymike on February 28, 2012 at 9:15 AM

Obama knows only his Chicago cronies by name, thus the confusion on this befuddled nitwit’s part.

BTW Here is some eye-opening information on the food-stamp program for Obama, Pelosi, and David Gregory. Contrary to Gregory’s and other’s claims that calling Obama the Food Stamp President is racist, the numbers of whites on the program exceeds those of blacks and hispanics, but that’s not all…
http://spectator.org/archives/2012/02/28/obamas-food-stamp-fetish

Newt was correct, according to Ross Kaminsky. Newt does do his homework, folks.

onlineanalyst on February 28, 2012 at 9:20 AM

VibrioCocci on February 28, 2012 at 8:15 AM

Thread winner!!!

Maddie on February 28, 2012 at 9:26 AM

Come on, how can you expect TEH GENIUS to remember little things like names? We have TEH MOSTEST INTELLIGENT PRESIDENT EVAH and you’re complaining about a little thing like a name of some random white Governor?

/lib

crazy_legs on February 28, 2012 at 9:29 AM

Part of the thrust of this meeting with the Dem Gov’s Assn. is to sort out ways for the Democrat governors to go around laws passed by Congress…sort of the way Obama himself does. They will learn from the master baiter.

onlineanalyst on February 28, 2012 at 9:32 AM

Martin o’malley is the bestus govner evah evah,

he knows who to put taxes on taxes that taxes make.

to see if I am right look at the republican in virginia versus this tool in merryland and how the respective DC states are doing financially.

losarkos on February 28, 2012 at 10:02 AM

Barry is always fuzzy about details that aren’t about Barry.

Priorities.

GarandFan on February 28, 2012 at 10:13 AM

Just another sign of how super scary smart Presidebt 0bbama is. Moochelle told us how his mind is so wondrous he never forgets anything.

jukin3 on February 28, 2012 at 10:19 AM

When you are emporer of the world, you don’t need to know the underling’s names.

Christian Conservative on February 28, 2012 at 10:26 AM

Where’s Danny Kaye when you really need him? (“Oh really? No, O’Malley. Sandy Koufax, O my Drysdale, Maury Wills I love you so….”)

The whole thing sounds like a bad ’60s folk song. The only name he left out was Abraham.

UnrepentantCurmudgeon on February 28, 2012 at 10:30 AM

Even I knew his correct name. Uh, I’m one of those clingers. Geez, this 0 fellow is not great.

Bmore on February 28, 2012 at 10:36 AM

Jack?

Martin?

Only one name is required to be remembered by Obama and all the faithful minions…Obama’s.

coldwarrior on February 28, 2012 at 10:39 AM

I’m a resident of Maryland and the only successful program is more taxes and spending. O’Malley has proposed adding the 6 percent sales tax to gasoline purchases in order to refill the transportation trust fund which is continually raided in order to spend, spend, spend.

shana on February 28, 2012 at 10:47 AM

The bumbling dipstick just “phones it in” these days.

Tim_CA on February 28, 2012 at 10:51 AM

It was Bush’s fault.

jqc1970 on February 28, 2012 at 11:15 AM

I forget peoples names, and I’m not even the President! Silly article.

dahni on February 28, 2012 at 11:47 AM

No, no, no. You just don’t get it. If Obama says his name is Jack, then his name is Jack and if you don’t agree then it’s because you’re too stupid to understand what Obama is trying to tell you.

natasha333 on February 28, 2012 at 12:00 PM

VibrioCocci on February 28, 2012 at 8:15 AM

+100
There could be a good song there…a long one even!

KOOLAID2 on February 28, 2012 at 12:03 PM

C’mon, its not like he was asked who his favorite ball player is….

ted c on February 28, 2012 at 12:06 PM

He seems to make this type of mistake fairly often. Bush was the idiot (we’re constantly being told) but I don’t recall hearing about him doing this even once. And I’m sure the LSM would have called my attention to it if it had happened. I suspect 0bama is not as smart as I’ve been led to believe.

Tomolena1 on February 28, 2012 at 12:20 PM

A resolution is pending in the Maryland State Legislature to change the state’s name to Martyland to remind the President of the Governor’s first name. /sarc

I wonder what Barky would have said when the Governor was Spiro Agnew?

Steve Z on February 28, 2012 at 12:33 PM

Putz in Chief.

AH_C on February 28, 2012 at 1:52 PM

I love it how Obama dismisses O’Malley when he was corrected. I guess he’s the only one allowed to have a sense of humor. (See, you can’t have fun at his expense.)

djaymick on February 28, 2012 at 2:13 PM

Be he has a mind like a steel trap!!

trap…trip…slip…spit…that’s it, like a steel spit, with a pointy head.

askwhatif on February 28, 2012 at 3:13 PM

The end result is another teleprompter in the unemployment line.

Grunt on February 28, 2012 at 3:48 PM

I think he looks in the mirror and sees Mr. Off…

hillsoftx on February 28, 2012 at 8:30 AM

Actually, Reggie used to help with that.

Nutstuyu on February 28, 2012 at 4:17 PM

I think he looks in the mirror and sees Mr. Off…

hillsoftx on February 28, 2012 at 8:30 AM

I believe this particular Jack’s last name is Mehoff.

pilamaye on February 28, 2012 at 8:44 AM

I doubt it. What with him being a neutered male and all.

manyears on February 28, 2012 at 5:01 PM

Be he has a mind like a steel trap!!

trap…trip…slip…spit…that’s it, like a steel spit, with a pointy head.

askwhatif on February 28, 2012 at 3:13 PM’

He has a mind like a steel trap…Illegal, and banned in 57 states!

Dawgwood on February 28, 2012 at 9:37 PM