Obamateurism of the Day

posted at 8:05 am on March 14, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

In diplomacy, we often have quirks in language that end up being boilerplate that sounds silly when considered in the aggregate.  The Danish television show Detektor finds Barack Obama making so much use of the phrase “one of our closest allies” that it becomes meaningless.  That’s not so much the work of a lazy speechwriter as it is the language of diplomacy.  That is a specific construct that honors one ally without disconcerting others.

When it comes to the boxing language, though, that’s another matter (via Granny Jen):

Does every country “punch above its weight”?  Perhaps we should adjust the weight classes accordingly.

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no teleprompter–geez!
and if these folks really believe dear leader *shaking the head*

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sad that the danes will do what the lsm will not

cmsinaz on March 14, 2012 at 8:11 AM

His punchy comments also seem unlikely to translate very well — not that our faux-sophisticate president has any concept of what a foreign language is anyway.

Sowell Disciple on March 14, 2012 at 8:12 AM

So much sadder when someone from across the pond points these things out.

TimBuk3 on March 14, 2012 at 8:13 AM

Sounds to me like he’s punch drunk.

Mitoch55 on March 14, 2012 at 8:13 AM

Boxing is so last century. We need a metaphor to reflect the new MMA hotness. How about getting on that right away, Ø, since you are such a sports nut and know so much more about sports than you do about the economy, the Constitution and Constitutionally guaranteed liberties, leadership, individual responsibility, and capitalism.
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You suck, bro, big time.

ExpressoBold on March 14, 2012 at 8:16 AM

mr light weight himself…

cmsinaz on March 14, 2012 at 8:17 AM

Flyweight.

*SWAT*

VibrioCocci on March 14, 2012 at 8:19 AM

And we owe all of our money to one of our not so close allies.

docflash on March 14, 2012 at 8:20 AM

Biden should be outraged. Buffoonery is his role.

forest on March 14, 2012 at 8:23 AM

Whichever racist let him loose without the army of teleprompters has some splain’in to do.

CorporatePiggy on March 14, 2012 at 8:24 AM

Europe seems to have his number. Unfortunately, America elected a strawweight boxer for president.

Fallon on March 14, 2012 at 8:25 AM

Even the Europeans are mocking him.

celtic warrior on March 14, 2012 at 8:29 AM

empty suit.

ctmom on March 14, 2012 at 8:33 AM

Every country’s a “strongest ally” to Barry—especially in an election year. Credit card restrictions? We don’t need no stinkin’ credit card restrictions.

Rovin on March 14, 2012 at 8:33 AM

‘Obama is one of the world’s biggest morons… he frequently is in over his head.’
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RalphyBoy on March 14, 2012 at 8:37 AM

He didn’t bow!

KOOLAID2 on March 14, 2012 at 8:38 AM

He’s using that phrase as a crutch for his lack of knowledge, and/or lack of desire to learn, about these countries. Afterall, isn’t it time for his 96th round of Golf? It’s gonna be great weather this weekend!

WordsMatter on March 14, 2012 at 8:39 AM

We can only HOPE that The Repetitious One will meet the same fate as Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, the first head of state Obama encounters in this video.
She is now the former president of the Philippines, under arrest for corruption.

itsnotaboutme on March 14, 2012 at 8:42 AM

BTW, when Obama said the Philippines punches above its weight, no doubt everyone there thought of the Pinoy boxing superstar Manny “Pac-Man” Pacquiyao.

itsnotaboutme on March 14, 2012 at 8:43 AM

Where’s the teleprompter? His writers are getting as lazy as he is. Or did Skippy manage to memorize this on his own?

BetseyRoss on March 14, 2012 at 8:44 AM

He looks so bored.

Not sure he really much likes the job.

Maybe he should consider a different one.

Lets all help him out this fall and send him packing!

Cinematicfilm on March 14, 2012 at 8:53 AM

He didn’t bow!

KOOLAID2 on March 14, 2012 at 8:38 AM

Damn my eyes, I read this as:

He didn’t bowl.

I thought, yeah, Barack, show them your awesome athletic ability in the bowling alley. Then, they won’t mock you about boxing metaphors. Sheesh! I need a higher octane cup of coffee today.

Fallon on March 14, 2012 at 8:54 AM

Where’s the teleprompter? His writers are getting as lazy as he is. Or did Skippy manage to memorize this on his own?

BetseyRoss on March 14, 2012 at 8:44 AM

Most likely a copy and paste from his Blackberry. I’d love to see the contacts listed on that phone.

Fallon on March 14, 2012 at 8:56 AM

Hackneyed.

ted c on March 14, 2012 at 8:57 AM

ExpressoBold on March 14, 2012 at 8:16 AM

How about-

“France is one of our strongest allies. They are consistantly able to get a rear-naked-choke hold.”

OkieDoc on March 14, 2012 at 9:01 AM

If you’re going to use metaphors to bolster your point, you should pick one that the people you’re talking to will get. The Danes are probably scratching their heads wondering wtf he’s referring to. I still don’t buy the he’s the most intellectual pres evah.

Kissmygrits on March 14, 2012 at 9:03 AM

Is there even a word for boxing in Austrian?
 
(I’m not watching him, but $5 says he attempted some sort of accent.)

rogerb on March 14, 2012 at 9:05 AM

When it comes to the boxing language, though, that’s another matter

Three effing years in the job and this jug-eared idiot still doesn’t have a clue about international affairs other than to bow and scrape to our enemies and tell Israel to go to hell. What will it take to get the clueless boob who voted for Obama the last time because he is black or Democrat or whatever to take a look at what this idiot is doing to this nation? I’m all out of ideas.

Happy Nomad on March 14, 2012 at 9:06 AM

“France is one of our strongest allies. They are consistantly able to get a rear-naked-choke hold.”

OkieDoc on March 14, 2012 at 9:01 AM

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LOL !!!
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That would sure get some international attention! How would it rate in the reserved but approving diplomatic language: novel or risqué?

ExpressoBold on March 14, 2012 at 9:10 AM

Is there even a word for boxing in Austrian?

(I’m not watching him, but $5 says he attempted some sort of accent.)

rogerb on March 14, 2012 at 9:05 AM

A boxing match in German (the language of Austria) is boxkampf. which sounds pretty close to dummkopf, which of course what the jug-eared idiot is.

Happy Nomad on March 14, 2012 at 9:14 AM

He didn’t bow!

KOOLAID2 on March 14, 2012 at 8:38 AM

They weren’t Muslim.

Mr. Morrissey is right. It is pretty stupid to call foul on a generic (and meaningless) diplomatic phrase like strongest and closest allies. It is pro-forma and Obama even used it when talking about Israel and we all know how much he hates them because he told Putin about it when he thought his microphone was off. But, the boxing metaphor is not universal and certainly not the kind of talk a real diplomat would use to describe a nation that goes above and beyond what is expected.

Happy Nomad on March 14, 2012 at 9:20 AM

(I’m not watching him, but $5 says he attempted some sort of accent.)

rogerb on March 14, 2012 at 9:05 AM

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I’ll take your $5, he didn’t BUT he did a lot of this: “uh, er, ah, um, ah, uh, eh, er, uh, er, ah, um,ah, uh, eh, er, uh, er, ah, um,ah, uh, eh, er, and uh.” That doesn’t count as a foreign accent, unless he was imitating Biden. Biden, of course, has no problem launching into a fake Indian (SE Asian) accent for rhetorical purposes.
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Hey…. did you get Biden and Ø mixed up?

ExpressoBold on March 14, 2012 at 9:22 AM

We are lucky to have such a life-like robot leading our country.

St Gaudens on March 14, 2012 at 9:27 AM

He sounds like an idiot, but in his mind he has simplified it so the ppl who aren’t as smart as him can understand.
All he does is pander, he fells like he’s the smartest President evah!!!!!!!

angrymike on March 14, 2012 at 9:31 AM

Europe seems to have his number. Unfortunately, America elected a strawweight boxer for president.

Fallon on March 14, 2012 at 8:25 AM

The Europeans were strongly in favor of Barry/Baraka back in 2008 when he was relatively unknown. It was more important for us to break the color barrier to the White House than it was to elect someone actually competent to hold the most powerful office in the world.

Now we’re all stuck with this ludicrous fool, thanks in no small part to the mobs of European dopes who were cheering him on.

AZCoyote on March 14, 2012 at 9:46 AM

Is there even a word for boxing in Austrian?
 
rogerb on March 14, 2012 at 9:05 AM

 
A boxing match in German (the language of Austria) is boxkampf.
 
Happy Nomad on March 14, 2012 at 9:14 AM

 
It was a joke on the Smartest President Ever:
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tr7zhnctF4c

rogerb on March 14, 2012 at 9:51 AM

I’ll take your $5, he didn’t BUT …
 
ExpressoBold on March 14, 2012 at 9:22 AM

 
Are you 100% on that? Any creative pronunciations against American English norms count (Pockeystahn but not Ahfgonistahn, etc. Isn’t it weird how he never says Fruns for France or Nippon for Japan?).

rogerb on March 14, 2012 at 9:57 AM

Isn’t it weird how he never says Fruns for France or Nippon for Japan?).

rogerb on March 14, 2012 at 9:57 AM

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If there is one thing we know about Airball “Barky” Øblama, it’s that he is selective: the Cambridge police acted stupidly but the NBPP in Philly did not commit voter intimidation even when they took a default judgement from the DOJ which was later rescinded. Thus, he would find it perfectly logical to say Pok-ess-tahn while not saying Af-hanis-tahn nor Baghdad with the glottal stop, as the natives say it. He is so clueless when he hears the British National Anthem, “God Save the Queen,” he thinks it’s for him and keeps on delivering his toast at the state banquet for his visit to Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace.
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He will do and say anything to appear knowledgeable but he is, basically, just another rube from Hawaii. He sounded far more at ease and adept at speech-making when he was giving Derrick Bell praise at HLS in 1991. He is far more effective when he is racializing and haranguing. Maybe that is why he is so disinterested in proper observance of white culture, white institutions, and white accomplishments while extolling the virtues of being a minority. He just really hates white people.

ExpressoBold on March 14, 2012 at 10:18 AM

Can you imagine Michelle hearing ” Honey, you are the most beautiful person in the whole world and you punch above your weight” every day ??

Sticky Wicket on March 14, 2012 at 10:30 AM

The most shallow, non-serious foreign policy president in my lifetime. They don’t even bother to change up the speeches from one country to the next because they know the LSM media over there won’t ever give coverage to something like this. GW Bush, however, trying to exit thru a locked door gets worldwide coverage for weeks.

Tomolena1 on March 14, 2012 at 10:37 AM

I am embarrassed for my country.

jazzuscounty on March 14, 2012 at 10:53 AM

He should know: Obama punches outside his weight class every day. This empty suit has no class, merely a veneer that is as fake and shallow as he is.

By the way, where are all our resident trolls ardently defending this pencil necked Teleprompter-In-Chief?

ghostwalker1 on March 14, 2012 at 10:58 AM

Just in now -
New ‘Punchy the Action Figure’. Just pull his strings and he’ll stutter and speak Alinskese all day long.
Runs on natural gas, after 40 words.

askwhatif on March 14, 2012 at 11:03 AM

I am embarrassed for my country.
 
jazzuscounty on March 14, 2012 at 10:53 AM

 
C’mon, now. He put a flying hammer lock on our foreign relations. That’s all.

rogerb on March 14, 2012 at 11:08 AM

from his Blackberry. I’d love to see the contacts listed on that phone.

Fallon on March 14, 2012 at 8:56 AM

On Speed-Dial

1 – Soros
2 – Jarrett
3 – ‘Chelle
4 – Dinnerjacket
5 – Chavez
6 – Rev. Wright
7 – Bill Ayers
8 – Mullah Omar
9 – Lebron James
10 – Kim Kardashian

CorporatePiggy on March 14, 2012 at 11:11 AM

And we owe all of our money to one of our not so close allies.

docflash on March 14, 2012 at 8:20 AM

IIRC, technically, we owe most of our money to the Fed, then Social Security, then the Chinese.
Grreeaaattt goin’ there…O-diot

askwhatif on March 14, 2012 at 11:17 AM

Hilarious!

And the Austrian Language is one of the most melodic….he’s listened to it in all 57 states with both Corpse-men and Fallen Soldiers.

Another Sputnik Moment brought to you by the smartest president evah!

Tim_CA on March 14, 2012 at 11:24 AM

Could we PLEASE have a dumb president again. The sooper smart one embarrasses my country and her citizens at least twice a day.

jukin3 on March 14, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Empty suits are so lightweight.

MrKleenexMuscles on March 14, 2012 at 12:22 PM

This is what happens when you have a President as intellectually limited at Barack Obama is.

RebeccaH on March 14, 2012 at 12:30 PM

Oh good Lord, what a hollow headed, empty suited, jug eared POS. I am so ashamed that this egotistical globe trotting a$$ is allowed to represent our country.
Dear Mr. Precedent:
You are far too stupid to realize what an a$$ you are making of yourself. Stay home, sit down and shut your damned mouth.

rightoption on March 14, 2012 at 12:30 PM

Fools, this fool is president, for utter shame. May the public never forgive itself for such a Mistake.

Schadenfreude on March 14, 2012 at 12:35 PM

My sister’s old Chatty Kathy doll had a wider range of phrases.

Somebody stop pulling that damn string that comes out of his back!

iurockhead on March 14, 2012 at 3:40 PM

reminds me of his 2009, 10, 11, 12 state of the union speeches…..must be an echo following barry…..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UDDRiGIUYQo

DiabloAzure on March 14, 2012 at 3:50 PM

reminds me of his 2009, 10, 11, 12 state of the union speeches…..must be an echo following barry…..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UDDRiGIUYQo

DiabloAzure on March 14, 2012 at 3:50 PM

Interesting. Well, well well!

If we Americans really do want hard work to pay off and responsibility to be rewarded; if we want to fix what needs fixing and then move forward; if we truly believe that colleges and universities really should cut their own costs; if we truly do want to take on illegal immigration, while we stop expelling responsible young people who staff our labs and start new businesses; if we really believe more Americans should be put to work repairing our crumbling roads and bridges; and if we really do believe that we have a deficit of trust, and that the two parties should once and for all end the notion that they should be waging a perpetual campaign; and if we somehow conclude that we should all want a smarter, more effective government (whatever that is!) . . .

Whew!

Well, then . . . it seems to me that we are just going to have to elect a new President, one who is NOT constantly trying to punch above his weight!

Trochilus on March 18, 2012 at 11:53 AM