Poll: What was the Obamateurism of the Week?

posted at 9:00 am on March 18, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Time once again to look backwards like Rutherford B. Hayes (never) did and choose the Obama gaffe that punches above its weight for the Obamateurism of the Week! Don’t bother looking for a loophole, or even much consistency.  If you find that none of this adds up, well, welcome to the Obama era.

Previous weekly “winners” in 2012:

  • Says “when the chips are down, I have Israel’s back,” WH claims it’s not a military doctrine
  • Apology to Karzai “calmed things down
  • Uses Boeing plant in SC to cheer manufacturing after his NLRB tried to shut it down
  • Emphasizes graduation rates in SOTU, cuts DC voucher program that nearly doubled grad rates
  • “Well, it turns out our Founders designed a system that makes it more difficult to bring about change that I would like sometimes.”
  • Finds claim of unemployment “interesting” because he is getting “the word” that woman’s husband should have no trouble finding work
  • Hails Roe as essential to allow “our daughters … to fulfill their dreams
  • Shuts down DisneyWorld in order to promote tourism
  • “He didn’t want to take pictures with any more soldiers; he was complaining about it[.]
  • Famous opponent of signing statements issues one covering 17 provisions of bill he signed

Previous Obamateurisms of the Year:

  • Giving 2 minutes of “shout-outs” before getting to the Fort Hood shooting (2009)
  • Obama leaves Clinton at press conference podium on tax deal to attend Christmas party (2010)
  • “I would put our legislative and foreign policy accomplishments in our first two years against any president— with the possible exceptions of Johnson, F.D.R., and Lincoln.” (2011)

Got an Obamateurism of the Day? If you see a foul-up by Barack Obama, e-mail it to me at obamaisms@edmorrissey.com with the quote and the link to the Obamateurism. I’ll post the best Obamateurisms on a daily basis, depending on how many I receive. Include a link to your blog, and I’ll give some link love as well. And unlike Slate, I promise to end the feature when Barack Obama leaves office.

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Dude! I gots the first vote!

I’ll takes “lies, damn lies, and all that stuff that Obama said Rutherford B did!”

ted c on March 18, 2012 at 9:02 AM

it’s going to be tough sleddin’ between 2,4, and 5 this week.

ted c on March 18, 2012 at 9:04 AM

the rush attack

hypocrite, thy name is obama….

they were all good this week…dang what a maroon

cmsinaz on March 18, 2012 at 9:04 AM

Hey, I’m just impressed Obama knew that Rutherford B. Hayes was a president and not an NBA point guard.

radjah shelduck on March 18, 2012 at 9:05 AM

Ted! Watch your language! Sasha and Malia might see that!

Ohiogal on March 18, 2012 at 9:05 AM

Oh come on…come on…COME ON! I’ve never wanted an all of the above before…even when the only thing I could do on Hot Air-was vote on Sundays! PLEASE! President DORK!

KOOLAID2 on March 18, 2012 at 9:07 AM

…now I know where lobotomy4life gets all his information…and saves $8,000 dollars a year in gas!

KOOLAID2 on March 18, 2012 at 9:12 AM

I still want to see the grades of the smartest, brightest, most intelligent president evah.

herm2416 on March 18, 2012 at 9:12 AM

http://www.quickmeme.com/hip-rutherford-b-hayes/popular/?upcoming

my current fave is “I took a bullet in the civil war……you took $1million from Bill Maher…”

ted c on March 18, 2012 at 9:16 AM

The Rush kerfuffle, because the Obamas care so much about their daughters that MrsO’s going on that “Palin dresses like a slutty flight attendant” Letterman’s show this week.

DeniseVB on March 18, 2012 at 9:17 AM

… another week with the same beef, why don’t we have an all of the above radio choice?

cmptrnerd on March 18, 2012 at 9:17 AM

I picked Hayes. First, cause it is just plain stupid to reach back that far. Second, when Carney was pressed on the quote not actually being a quote, his reps ones was it has been widely cited. Ha, just like Sarah Palin can see Russia for her house. Widely cited does not meant is a fact. It does mean there has been some successful propaganda.

EliTheBean on March 18, 2012 at 9:18 AM

Attacks Limbaugh while remaining silent on Maher contribution to his super-PAC

.
Ø was certainly very amateur last week! Just don’t get between Airball Øbama and his political contributions!

ExpressoBold on March 18, 2012 at 9:23 AM

New Obama chant:

Four Maher years!

Fallon on March 18, 2012 at 9:24 AM

The Rush kerfuffle, because the Obamas care so much about their daughters that MrsO’s going on that “Palin dresses like a slutty flight attendant” Letterman’s show this week.

DeniseVB on March 18, 2012 at 9:17 AM

…she’s going to leave the girls home, isn’t she? Ole David might have the Yankee there, that ‘knocked up’ Sarah Palin’s daughter!

KOOLAID2 on March 18, 2012 at 9:25 AM

Just had to go with -

“[C]ircumvent his own ban on hiring lobbyists by hiring the head of a lobbying firm” – Milbank

Proving once again that corruption and lies have become so commonplace in this regíme, we tend to understate the most egregious of transgressions.
~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on March 18, 2012 at 9:27 AM

[C]ircumvent his own ban on hiring lobbyists …

Liar who think he’s above the “law”.

Attacks Limbaugh while remaining silent on Maher …

Obsessed with power — and with lightweights like him, money (combined with a complicit media) is the only way to get it.

Repetitively uses “punches above its weight” …

Lazy — can’t think of anything original, especially when off-TelePrompTer.

Claims new CAFE standards “saves you, …

Math is hard for Barbie and Obummer.

Uses false claims to smear Rutherford B. Hayes …

More laziness. Plus, his speechwriters are all from the Wikipedia generation.

KS Rex on March 18, 2012 at 9:27 AM

Using his latest Executive Order to give “himself and his cabinet members new powers to, for purposes of National Defense, seize control of the economy, means of production, national resources and labor”he won’t have to worry about being re-elected. This is the opening salvo for Obamao to usurp the government and become what he has wanted from the beginning; to be the Hugo Chavez of North America. By the September-October time frame if his re-election chances are below water you will see an unprecedented usurpation of governmental powers in the name of national defense and national security. Voila, no need for an election. Unfortunately, there will also be no need for Obamateurism of the Day or Week since all naysayers will be sentenced to gulags for re-education.

Texcons on March 18, 2012 at 9:29 AM

Meanwhile, in the Friday Night news dump:

Executive Order – National Defense Resources Preparedness

News article here.

tbrosz on March 18, 2012 at 9:29 AM

The Hayes gaffe reveals Obama’s Achilles heel. He is not smart, and despite his credentials, he is very poorly educated. My guess is that his undergraduate schedule was loaded with a bunch of ethnic studies and other sociology courses. One doesn’t learn much in those classes. The man knows no history, no economics, no literature, nothing about business or general accounting, no geography, and Lord knows he doesn’t know a thing about science. His “smartest president evah” meme is skating on such thin ice. He is a quarter inch deep. I enjoy it when that is revealed for all to see.

Rational Thought on March 18, 2012 at 9:30 AM

170 weeks in office x 5 options per week= 850 OOTWs…

…the smartest thing Oblamer ever did was not releasing his grades…

hillsoftx on March 18, 2012 at 9:31 AM

This is one of those times when we need an “All of the above” category…

And by the way, does putting The Emperor’s face on the American flag qualify, or was that the work of his Brown Shirts?

oldleprechaun on March 18, 2012 at 9:33 AM

For being the smartest president of all time he never stops saying stupid shit.

tommy-t on March 18, 2012 at 9:33 AM

radjah shelduck on March 18, 2012 at 9:05 AM

Had a great laugh on this.

docflash on March 18, 2012 at 9:34 AM

cmptrnerd on March 18, 2012 at 9:17 AM

What he said!

Storybec on March 18, 2012 at 9:35 AM

Texcons on March 18, 2012 at 9:29 AM

tbrosz on March 18, 2012 at 9:29 AM

From Sec.102

in peacetime and in times of national emergency

Don’t worry nothing to see here, move along.

AlexJ on March 18, 2012 at 9:37 AM

Rushgate backfired horribly. People are tuning in to hear what all the fuss is about. The whole idea of “the war on women ” was completely lame. I can just picture them sitting at a table thinking up these hair brained schemes. They’ve been doing it sense their first week in office, it’s been a sight to behold.

newportmike on March 18, 2012 at 9:39 AM

Sec. 103
(b) assess on an ongoing basis the capability of the domestic industrial and technological base to satisfy requirements in peacetime and times of national emergency
Sec. 201.
(b) The Secretary of each agency delegated authority under subsection (a) of this section (resource departments) shall plan for and issue regulations to prioritize and allocate resources and establish standards and procedures by which the authority shall be used to promote the national defense, under both emergency and non-emergency conditions

Don’t worry, it doesn’t mean what you think it means/

AlexJ on March 18, 2012 at 9:46 AM

David Axelrod’s interview regarding Maher should net his own Axemateurism of the Week. I’m sure the liberals loved his political talent for spinning an issue and trying not to sound like a hypocrite, but come on. Any reasonable person isn’t buying any of it.

Well, first of all, let me say there’s been a coarsening of our political culture. I don’t think that language is appropriate, no matter who uses it. And I think whoever you are in politics, you ought to be willing to say so. I was disappointed that Governor Romney didn’t stand up more forcefully when Rush Limbaugh said what he said. (Turn the conversation to Romney instead of addressing Maher)

But understand that these words that Maher has used in his standup act are a little bit different than — not excusable in any way — but different than a guy with 23 million radio listeners using his broadcast platform to malign a young woman for speaking her mind in the most inappropriate, grotesque ways.

Nor does Bill Maher play the role in the Democratic party that Rush Limbaugh plays in the Republican party, where he’s really the de facto boss of the party. Everybody responds to him, which is the reason why I think Governor Romney was afraid to take him on.

And his whole finish is to downplay what Maher does and turns it back to Romney again.

(Sound a little jealous of Rush’s audience.)

hawkdriver on March 18, 2012 at 9:46 AM

Texcons on March 18, 2012 at 9:29 AM

tbrosz on March 18, 2012 at 9:29 AM

I need you smart folks’ interpretations about this before I sufficiently panic.
It fully gives me the creeps, but need help understanding his overreaching points in this one.
I don’t want to be/sound irrational to my friends, is all.
TIA

pambi on March 18, 2012 at 9:50 AM

tbrosz on March 18, 2012 at 9:29 AM

*shudder*

cmsinaz on March 18, 2012 at 9:52 AM

Rutherford B Hayes—STRAIGHT OUT OF WIKI-QUOTE!

And, we’re on to the 58th state!

mountainaires on March 18, 2012 at 9:53 AM

All tough choices this week. Went with blatant hypocrisy of being mute on Bill Maher.

jazzuscounty on March 18, 2012 at 9:57 AM

Meanwhile, in the Friday Night news dump:

Executive Order – National Defense Resources Preparedness

News article here.

tbrosz on March 18, 2012 at 9:29 AM

Thanks for posting that, no one will ever know from MSM..

Post to your facebook pages and anywhere else you can!

Tim Zank on March 18, 2012 at 10:04 AM

Meanwhile, in the Friday Night news dump:

Executive Order – National Defense Resources Preparedness

News article here.

tbrosz on March 18, 2012 at 9:29 AM

And the media ignores!

Thanks tbrosz

CoffeeLover on March 18, 2012 at 10:05 AM

I was going to go with Hayes, but then decided against it because he probably had a speech writer put that stuff in. While he probably approved it, it was the speech writer that came up with it.

I ended up going with saving $8000, not only because his math is wrong, but because it shows just how out of touch he is with us commoners. He thinks we can all afford Chevy Volts and Fisker Karmas or even a new car, no matter what make or model. Hey, even though you are taking on more debt, look how much you’ll “save”!

Let them eat $5.00 a gallon gas or something…

italianguy626 on March 18, 2012 at 10:06 AM

I still want to see the grades of the smartest, brightest, most intelligent president evah.

herm2416 on March 18, 2012 at 9:12 AM

What he said.

CorporatePiggy on March 18, 2012 at 10:07 AM

The Hayes gaffe reveals Obama’s Achilles heel. He is not smart, and despite his credentials, he is very poorly educated. My guess is that his undergraduate schedule was loaded with a bunch of ethnic studies and other sociology courses. One doesn’t learn much in those classes.
(snip)

Rational Thought on March 18, 2012 at 9:30 AM

Au Contraire, mon Frere …
“Social Change”, (Barry’s aphrodesiac), is a Junior year Sociology course. Mine was taught by a bonafide Marxist Asst. Prof. who was just out of PhuD school. As a combat arms Vet and older than my classmates, I had great fun debating the d-bag in the “Coke-Bottle” glasses.

Conflict Theory, the theory that the masses are in perpetual conflict with “The Man” (especially re: victimless crimes because “The Man” ‘forced’ them into drug-dealing, prostituion, etc.) is the same as “Critical Theory”, only the players change the subject to suit their own agenda and apply the paradigm to same.
THAT’S the kind of BS that King Barack the Growth Slayer worships.
After all, he never worked a day in his sorry life, why should his “fellow travelers”?
Blech …

~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on March 18, 2012 at 10:08 AM

Flat headed prez O. smears technologically-advanced predecessor President Hayes.

profitsbeard on March 18, 2012 at 10:15 AM

Does this EO qualify as an OOTD?

Signed last week, it describes the conditions we’ll endure under marshal law.

Akzed on March 18, 2012 at 10:18 AM

Re. The “Obama Flag”:

Remember a year or two ago, when the left was threatening to have Sarah Palin prosecuted for misuse of the flag, because she had a flag painted on her bus?

There’s some real selective outrage on the part of the left.

HeatSeeker2011 on March 18, 2012 at 10:21 AM

A Rush to judgment: Liberal Hypocrisy in action.

Philly on March 18, 2012 at 10:23 AM

Again, they are all good, but I had to choose Obama’s lack of historical knowledge since I wrote about it in the Greenroom—before discovering it was already an Obamateurism. Silly me.

Rovin on March 18, 2012 at 10:46 AM

Is this a legit explanation of the new EO ?

pambi on March 18, 2012 at 10:33 AM

(b) The Secretary of each agency delegated authority under subsection (a) of this section (resource departments) shall plan for and issue regulations to prioritize and allocate resources and establish standards and procedures by which the authority shall be used to promote the national defense, under both emergency and non-emergency conditions

Yes as far as it goes. It focuses on the draft and martial law which when brought up in conversations will be deemed loony conspiracy racist hater talk. There are many more subtle aspects, such as using the treasury w/o congressional authorization to make loans to engineer specific outcomes across any all industry or area in the US.
Also chek out ACE’s site for another take

AlexJ on March 18, 2012 at 10:48 AM

In my mind, there wasn’t one that really stood out. I went w/ #4, another instance of Obama’s ignorance of economic matters.

22044 on March 18, 2012 at 10:51 AM

Why has no one mentioned his pronunciation of “Rootherford?” Does anyone else pronounce it this way? I don’t think he even knows who Rootherford is!

allstonian on March 18, 2012 at 11:00 AM

Re. The “Obama Flag”:

Remember a year or two ago, when the left was threatening to have Sarah Palin prosecuted for misuse of the flag, because she had a flag painted on her bus?

There’s some real selective outrage on the part of the left.

HeatSeeker2011 on March 18, 2012 at 10:21 AM

Obama’s face as icon is right out of Propaganda 101.

Fallon on March 18, 2012 at 11:05 AM

Why has no one mentioned his pronunciation of “Rootherford?” Does anyone else pronounce it this way? I don’t think he even knows who Rootherford is!

allstonian on March 18, 2012 at 11:00 AM

Let’s aks the authority: Fred Rutherford

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fred_Rutherford

If he doesn’t know, maybe Lumpy will.
(chuckle)
~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on March 18, 2012 at 11:07 AM

Why has no one mentioned his pronunciation of “Rootherford?” Does anyone else pronounce it this way? I don’t think he even knows who Rootherford is!

allstonian on March 18, 2012 at 11:00 AM

I think he confused it with the two pronounciations of Roosevelt:

ROZE-uh-velt, ROO-seh-velt

In Chicago, Roosevelt Avenue was pronounced “ROO-seh-velt.” My mom never heard it pronounce “ROZE-uh-velt” until the late 60′s.

Fallon on March 18, 2012 at 11:10 AM

I went with Limbaugh/Maher because it involves not only partisan hypocrisy, but also belittling of the office of President by injecting himself into the matter in the first place. Add to that his honoring of Sandra Fluke, and he’s taken an extra belittling step. Hack politician posing as president.

Sowell Disciple on March 18, 2012 at 11:14 AM

Why has no one mentioned his pronunciation of “Rootherford?” Does anyone else pronounce it this way? I don’t think he even knows who Rootherford is!

allstonian on March 18, 2012 at 11:00 AM

There’s a good chance that Barry at least knows “Rootherford” is now a corpse-man …

ShainS on March 18, 2012 at 11:18 AM

I dunno. The “POTUS steps into what should’ve been a private dispute” thing has gotten old. It was freshly stupid when he blundered into the Sanford and Wilson conflict, but nowadays we’ve come to expect this sort of thing. Picking a side in the Fluke and Limbaugh noncontroversy is a common Obamateurism. It seems to have inconvenienced his allies more than himself.

On the other hand, that Hayes thing got legs and ran laps around the POTUS. The blowback hit him directly while pretty much missing his semi-skilled writer. Despite his poor grasp of history, this a fresh kinda stupidity from the POTUS. And it gets my vote.

apostic on March 18, 2012 at 11:20 AM

Amateur at many, Professional at few.
Had to go with CAFE, tempting as it was to go with Rutherford, dead people are easy to smear. His audience doesn’t even know who Hayes was. Rush Maher is intentional. Lobbyist is just disingenuous. Punches above weight, starting point feather? I’m not sure it even makes sense.

Bmore on March 18, 2012 at 11:20 AM

The Hayes gaffe reveals Obama’s Achilles heel. He is not smart, and despite his credentials, he is very poorly educated. My guess is that his undergraduate schedule was loaded with a bunch of ethnic studies and other sociology courses. One doesn’t learn much in those classes. The man knows no history, no economics, no literature, nothing about business or general accounting, no geography, and Lord knows he doesn’t know a thing about science. His “smartest president evah” meme is skating on such thin ice. He is a quarter inch deep. I enjoy it when that is revealed for all to see.

Rational Thought on March 18, 2012 at 9:30 AM

Yes. We also know that his K-12 was done in shifty Indonesian schools and a proggie finger-painting private school in Hawaii. We’ve seen plenty of evidence that he doesn’t know the basics of american history, arithmetic, or science.

slickwillie2001 on March 18, 2012 at 11:21 AM

Thanks, AlexJ on March 18, 2012 at 10:48 AM.
Learning as I go.
We now have a dedicated thread, so I’ll leave this here.

pambi on March 18, 2012 at 11:29 AM

…now I know where lobotomy4life gets all his information…and saves $8,000 dollars a year in gas!

KOOLAID2 on March 18, 2012 at 9:12 AM

..Great alias! Somehow, that troll’s comments will now take on a renewed significance for me.

The War Planner on March 18, 2012 at 11:41 AM

“[C]ircumvent his own ban on hiring lobbyists by hiring the head of a lobbying firm” – Milbank

Dr Evil on March 18, 2012 at 12:00 PM

I have always got a problem with choosing an Obamateurism. So many of these things aren’t examples of being an amateur. On the contrary I think they are deliberate and thought out, like the lobbyist and Limbaugh things. He knew what he was doing and just thought we were too stupid to notice. Not sure about the “above its weight: comment, kind of strange. And the CAFE stabdard thing was a deliberate lie, again hoping we were stupid. These were all part of the strategy that got him elected, lies and hypocrisy.
So the only true amateur comment was the Hayes debacle. It showed a lack of experience and knowledge that was truly amateur hour, much like the Lincoln comments.

Deanna on March 18, 2012 at 12:39 PM

“All this nonsense for the past two weeks on me — well, it is about getting rid of me — but it’s also about firming up Obama’s base. That’s all he’s doing, ’cause he’s in trouble with his base. He’s in trouble with women. He’s in trouble everywhere. Panic has set in in the White House. Don’t doubt me on this.” – Rush

Green eyed Lady on March 18, 2012 at 1:22 PM

I would have added ‘compares himself to Columbus and Lincoln in the same week.’

pat on March 18, 2012 at 1:41 PM

All good this week!!

Had to go with Limbaugh though…mainly because the blowback (while awesomely awesome) was totally predictable.

Seriously, we’re governed by a jug-eared dope.

Tim_CA on March 18, 2012 at 1:46 PM

Meanwhile, in the Friday Night news dump:

Executive Order – National Defense Resources Preparedness

News article here.

tbrosz on March 18, 2012 at 9:29 AM

Thanks for posting that, no one will ever know from MSM..

Post to your facebook pages and anywhere else you can!

Tim Zank on March 18, 2012 at 10:04 AM

Both of you please read this first then please re-assess.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on March 18, 2012 at 2:17 PM

Ted! Watch your language! Sasha and Malia might see that!

Ohiogal on March 18, 2012 at 9:05 AM

Yea, what is the term in Austrian?

dthorny on March 18, 2012 at 2:54 PM

Yes. We also know that his K-12 was done in shifty Indonesian schools and a proggie finger-painting private school in Hawaii. We’ve seen plenty of evidence that he doesn’t know the basics of american history, arithmetic, or science.

slickwillie2001 on March 18, 2012 at 11:21 AM

All Obowma knows is community agitating and he steps aside tolet others do the heavy lifting.

dthorny on March 18, 2012 at 2:56 PM

I chose number 4, the blatant lie about the cafe standards.

Yes, I know there were other equally egregious lies in the list, but this one is completely amateur, because is is to transparently false.

Siddhartha Vicious on March 18, 2012 at 3:46 PM

‘it is’ not ‘is is’ (how Clintonesque), Dammit.

Siddhartha Vicious on March 18, 2012 at 3:47 PM

and, over time, that saves you, a typical family, about $8,000 a year.

Just think how much more you can save by driving even more!

obladioblada on March 18, 2012 at 4:26 PM

Crap. It is really tough to pick one from the lot! I went with the CAFE standards line. What an idiot. I am really starting to think that he is genuinely unintelligent.

ghostwriter on March 18, 2012 at 5:00 PM

Dunning–Kruger effect. No more is necessary to explain Obama.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dunning%E2%80%93Kruger_effect

ProfShadow on March 18, 2012 at 6:05 PM

Is that O-flag a joke are are they serious?

Dr. ZhivBlago on March 19, 2012 at 12:29 AM

Dunning–Kruger effect. No more is necessary to explain Obama.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dunning%E2%80%93Kruger_effect

ProfShadow on March 18, 2012 at 6:05 PM

Is this a symptom of NPD or a root cause?

swinia sutki on March 19, 2012 at 5:47 AM