Obamateurism of the Day

posted at 8:05 am on March 19, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

If you think Barack Obama is an amateur at political leadership, just watch him as a sports commentator. CBS caught up with President Obama at halftime of the Western Kentucky-Mississippi State in the first round of the NCAA men’s basketball championships, and was asked to give his expert analysis:

Well, I’ve got to say that both teams are shooting terribly. It may be nerves — these are not teams that end up coming to the tournament.

Really? That’s news to WKU alum and OOTD reader Craig S, who pointed me to WKU’s record in men’s basketball:

  • 3 NCAA Tournament wins since 2008
  • 2008 and 2009 Sun Belt Conference Champions
  • Two NBA Draft picks in last four years (Courtney Lee, 1st round, 2008; Jeremy Evans, 2nd round, 2010)
  • 42 conference championships, third-most in NCAA history
  • 40 seasons with 20+ wins, sixth-most in NCAA history
  • 38 All-Americans
  • 34 national post-season appearances
  • 21 NCAA Tournament berths
  • 14th in NCAA history in all-time wins (1,643)
  • 8th in NCAA history in all-time winning percentage (.670)
  • 7 “Sweet 16″ appearances in NCAA tournament
  • NCAA Final Four in 1971

How about Mississippi State?  They have had 10 appearances in the NCAA tournament, making the Final Four in 1996.  In fact, six of those appearances have come in the last 14 years, meaning they got to the tournament roughly every other year during the tenure of head Coach Rick Stansbury, who resigned after losing the game to Western Kentucky.

In other words, don’t quit your day job, Mr. President.  Unless, of course, you’d like to do so.

Update: It was Mississippi Valley State that lost to WKU, not Mississippi State, which lost to UMass.  Of course, I don’t know the difference between a pick and the key, except that in most applications outside of basketball, you can use the former instead of the latter.

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Stansbury “resigned” alright…after being asked to.

Would that Scooter would do the same…immediately.

kingsjester on March 19, 2012 at 8:08 AM

Well, I’ve got to say that both teams are shooting terribly. It may be nerves — these are not teams that end up coming to the tournament.

That bad shooting must be the fault of George W. Bush. Right?

Happy Nomad on March 19, 2012 at 8:09 AM

c’mon, Ed…he’s a cubs fan too, yaknow. And he might even be able to name his favorite white sox player if you ask him…

he also knew about Jeremy Lin before you did, Ed.

He’s Sporty Spice.

ted c on March 19, 2012 at 8:09 AM

Hopefully barack just burned down a couple bridges that he wont be able to rebuild by November. I know that KY loves their basketball. I am sure that Miss does too, and the moron in chief just opened his mouth and inserted his foot.

DuctTapeMyBrain on March 19, 2012 at 8:10 AM

Would that Scooter would do the same…immediately.

kingsjester on March 19, 2012 at 8:08 AM

I’m pretty sure that he’d have plenty of help loading up the U-Haul.

Happy Nomad on March 19, 2012 at 8:10 AM

In other words, don’t quit your day job, Mr. President. Unless, of course, you’d like to do so.

Please do, now!

D-fusit on March 19, 2012 at 8:11 AM

Next time he jacks up, let’s blame it on his nerves and state that “this is not the type of guy that comes to the presidency.”

Maybe he’ll get out on a medical.

ted c on March 19, 2012 at 8:13 AM

Probably doesn’t know much about that Titleist he’s driving, either. It’s not battery powered.

VietVet_Dave on March 19, 2012 at 8:13 AM

Well, I’ve got to say that both teams are shooting terribly. It may be nerves — these are not teams that end up coming to the tournament.

barack (what he really wanted to say): It may be nerves – knowing that I am in the crowd evaluating their game, ya know. Wanting to take them on one-on-one, and they know it, that tends to make people nervous.

DuctTapeMyBrain on March 19, 2012 at 8:13 AM

The ball was too big, so he put his foot in his mouth.

Yoop on March 19, 2012 at 8:14 AM

please quit…please…i’m sure CBS or ESPN would love to have you on a permanent basis

cmsinaz on March 19, 2012 at 8:14 AM

In other words, don’t quit your day job, Mr. President. Unless, of course, you’d like to do so.

Please do, now!

D-fusit on March 19, 2012 at 8:11 AM

Just don’t expect a gig with ESPN.

Dee2008 on March 19, 2012 at 8:15 AM

They weren’t playing by Chicago rules, that’s for sure.

JimK on March 19, 2012 at 8:15 AM

Happy Nomad on March 19, 2012 at 8:09 AM

+1

cmsinaz on March 19, 2012 at 8:16 AM

I went to Mississippi State. They lost to UMass. Don’t quit your day job, Ed :)

Stansbury was a good good, but he really mismanaged the talent they had this yaer, and they were not at all prepared for Umass after they did not make the NCAA. I don’t think he would have been fired, but it was clear things we getting shaky.

NoFanofLibs on March 19, 2012 at 8:17 AM

NoFanofLibs on March 19, 2012 at 8:17 AM

southern miss here :)

cmsinaz on March 19, 2012 at 8:19 AM

Color Commentary?

Racists. I don’t care if it’s an accepted term that’s been used for years, when being used to criticize El Presidente, it is racist. And, in addition, from now on “black olives” will be known simply as “olives” while “green olives” will be known as “olives of privilege”.

trubble on March 19, 2012 at 8:20 AM

Keep his day job…? huh…. what’s that? Golf pro? Vacation planner? Demagogue?

ted c on March 19, 2012 at 8:20 AM

southern miss here :)

cmsinaz on March 19, 2012 at 8:19 AM

At least you guys made it. We collapsed from a lack of depth,

NoFanofLibs on March 19, 2012 at 8:22 AM

could he just stick to somethin’ he’s good at?

Let us know when he figures out what that might be……

ted c on March 19, 2012 at 8:22 AM

In other words, don’t quit your day job, Mr. President. Unless, of course, you’d like to do so.

Please do, now!

D-fusit on March 19, 2012 at 8:11 AM

Right out of the box with the Comment of the Day™. Can we just call it Tuesday now?

Steve Eggleston on March 19, 2012 at 8:22 AM

I fainted watching that.

It’s simply devastating to experience the Smartest Man In History speaking.

Even on Youtube.

CorporatePiggy on March 19, 2012 at 8:24 AM

could he just stick to somethin’ he’s good at?

Let us know when he figures out what that might be……

ted c on March 19, 2012 at 8:22 AM

I’ve already got it figured out – demagoguery. Teh SCOAMF has a future on PMSDNC.

Steve Eggleston on March 19, 2012 at 8:24 AM

Don’t forget…..he said that the Sox play at ComiNskey Field and the Bears play at SoldierS Field. Yeah, he’s a native Chicagoan alright.

ABO 2012

herm2416 on March 19, 2012 at 8:25 AM

A i r b a l l Øblama! He shoots, he misses! As usual…
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Here’s a look at at Ø’s full “barack-et” with the updates automatically entered and highlighted. Of course, the Missouri loss and the Duke loss wrecked everyone’s – I mean, everyone’s – brackets.
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Still, he only knows big school ball and I doubt he would recognize that VCU reached the Final Four last year.

ExpressoBold on March 19, 2012 at 8:25 AM

not Miss State, Miss VALLEY State

chasdal on March 19, 2012 at 8:27 AM

Reaaaalll sports fans of geeenius…..

here’s to you mister sideline sports commentator, man!

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

how about the sappy announcer…..”this is a BLESSING, A PRIVELEDGE AND AN HONOR” to talk to you lyingignorantass…..

SDarchitect on March 19, 2012 at 8:28 AM

Ding ding ding Steve @8:24

cmsinaz on March 19, 2012 at 8:29 AM

To clarify it Western Kentucky vs Mississippi Valley State (Jerry Rice’s alma mater. But thanks for the plug anyway, Ed.

NoFanofLibs on March 19, 2012 at 8:30 AM

Why pray tell would it be a “blessing, privilege, and honor” for that sports commentator to have Obama appear on CBS? I get the privilege and honor part but a blessing? More like a curse IMO- I simply cannot stand to hear that jug-eared socialist speak even about something like NCAA basketball.

Happy Nomad on March 19, 2012 at 8:31 AM

Rutherford B. Hayes was a lousy free throw shooter, less than 40 percent from the line. He’ll never be voted into the Professional Basketball Hall of Fame.

WordsMatter on March 19, 2012 at 8:33 AM

I think the real Obamaturism is that with sky-high unemployment, gas approaching a national average OF $4.00/gallon, record defecits, record forclosures, record underwater mortgages, no economic recovery in sight, a Middle East that’s literally self-destructing (and who’s destuction will inevitably reach our shores), not to mention multiple economic crisis is Europe, the most important thing on Giggles’ mind is college basketball.

I’m glad things are going so well that our benevolant god-king can waste taxpayer money and time on college hoops.

crazy_legs on March 19, 2012 at 8:38 AM

That commentator is acting too familiar with Mr Obama. You just can’t put your hands all over the President of the United States’ shoulders like that. Especially at your first meeting with him.

itsnotaboutme on March 19, 2012 at 8:39 AM

Eh, since he’s never wrong just change the”facts”

BTW, I hear that Michelle and Cass Sunstein are “concerned” about the health risks of basketball.

Maybe they could try to do something about that?

PappyD61 on March 19, 2012 at 8:39 AM

President “Earflaps McSandTraps” has been side-tracked by the Tiger Woods story.
(did he hear that tiger had a tiff with HIS wife?)

Barry the B-Boy-in-Chief would rather be out on the links enhancing his tan. Oh, and playing golf with a huge “handicap” …
The nagging wife at home (OUR “house”) as she pines away for her man, but, wait just a sec – there’s another vacation in her future at OUR expense.
Thanks, Barry. /sarc
~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on March 19, 2012 at 8:39 AM

Why pray tell would it be a “blessing, privilege, and honor” for that sports commentator to have Obama appear on CBS?

Happy Nomad on March 19, 2012 at 8:31 AM

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What? You don’t recognize Clark Kellogg, Big 10 player, NBA star and constant foil for Billy Packer’s ACC love? He benefited from an “astroturf” campaign for CBS to hire him, replacing the supposed “racist,” according to the astroturfers, Billy Packer who had done NCAA Tournament commentary and analysis for years on CBS. In my opinion, Packer has it all over Kellogg in basketball knowledge and commentary.

ExpressoBold on March 19, 2012 at 8:41 AM

I’m glad things are going so well that our benevolant god-king can waste taxpayer money and time on college hoops.

crazy_legs on March 19, 2012 at 8:38 AM

1./ He doesn’t give a rip about any of that other stuff. It is boring.
2./ Even if he did care, it’s so far above his competence level he could never address it.

Can’t you just let him eat his waffle / play golf / be a BB fan? Sheesh. Some people have unrealistic expectations.

CorporatePiggy on March 19, 2012 at 8:41 AM

WTF? He’s supposed to be a big basketball fan he doesn’t know about WKU? His name is truly obaka.

ladyingray on March 19, 2012 at 8:42 AM

Why pray tell would it be a “blessing, privilege, and honor” for that sports commentator to have Obama appear on CBS?

Happy Nomad on March 19, 2012 at 8:31 AM

And, Dear Leader beams at the praise. It’s almost sad that a grown man needs so much positive reinforcement.

Analysis by Obama: The team that shoots the most points is gonna win.

Sports broadcaster: Brilliant! He’s touched by God.

Fallon on March 19, 2012 at 8:44 AM

Rutherford B. Hayes was a lousy free throw shooter, less than 40 percent from the line. He’ll never be voted into the Professional Basketball Hall of Fame.

WordsMatter on March 19, 2012 at 8:33 AM

Outstanding research from the Rutherford B. Hayes Chautauqua County Historical Society!

Phone it in.

VietVet_Dave on March 19, 2012 at 9:03 AM

I don’t normally click on Obowmao clips but I couldn’t resist this time. All I have to say after that vid is HOLY CRAP! Hey Barry, could you sink a free throw? Even after 10 tries? I doubt it. Whatta maroon. He don’t know jack about any sport, anything he says that’s sports related has been spoon fed to him. I know a sports fan when I hear one and he ain’t one of ‘em.

tbear44 on March 19, 2012 at 9:03 AM

These are just tiny schools.

Kissmygrits on March 19, 2012 at 9:04 AM

JugEars is just great at everything! He most be the 4th best basketball analyst ever!

KOOLAID2 on March 19, 2012 at 9:05 AM

One of my teams lost in the first round, Montana, and Obozo never gave them a heads up. My other team, Go Gators!, is in it to win it.

Kissmygrits on March 19, 2012 at 9:05 AM

A i r b a l l Øblama! He shoots, he misses! As usual…
ExpressoBold on March 19, 2012 at 8:25 AM

Give it up already with the “Airball” stuff. No one’s buying what you’re selling, sorry.

Maddie on March 19, 2012 at 9:06 AM

Barry Soetoro or whatever the hell is name is, doesn’t know what he is talking about. NEWS FLASH!

tbear44 on March 19, 2012 at 9:11 AM

Shut up all you wingnuts! If you don’t recognize the brilliance of our Historical Genius Scientific Genius Climatological Genius Basketball Jones in Chief, you probably think a basketball is flat!

MNHawk on March 19, 2012 at 9:14 AM

These are just tiny schools.

Kissmygrits on March 19, 2012 at 9:04 AM

Not overpowering schools like Duke.

/snort

MNHawk on March 19, 2012 at 9:15 AM

Not overpowering schools like Duke.

/snort

MNHawk on March 19, 2012 at 9:15 AM

Bwahahaha! Although Duke’s loss helped kill my bracket

NoFanofLibs on March 19, 2012 at 9:18 AM

barack (what he really wanted to say): It may be nerves – knowing that I am in the crowd evaluating their game, ya know. Wanting to take them on one-on-one, and they know it, that tends to make people nervous.

DuctTapeMyBrain on March 19, 2012 at 8:13 AM

What a tragedy for the country that Barry/Baraka wasn’t the talented basketball player he has always longed (and imagined himself) to be.

He’d have done a lot less damage to the country in the NBA than in the White House.

AZCoyote on March 19, 2012 at 9:26 AM

sorry.

Maddie on March 19, 2012 at 9:06 AM

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I’ve had exactly one complaint – and you’re it. Not giving it up yet. Not sorry. Free speech and all that, don’t you know?

ExpressoBold on March 19, 2012 at 9:29 AM

Question: What does Missouri, Duke, and Obama all have in common?

Rovin on March 19, 2012 at 9:33 AM

I hate March Madness.

Maybe because I am 6 foot 7 and the only shot I can make at a distance is with a rifle.

mechkiller_k on March 19, 2012 at 9:41 AM

Give him a break. It’s not like they’re Sycacuse.

mchristian on March 19, 2012 at 10:14 AM

gee, if only he was a sports commentator instead of our constitutionallydestructive prez

i hope we the people throw their butts out of our white house, by by valerie “tool” jarret………….

losarkos on March 19, 2012 at 10:19 AM

Shut up all you wingnuts! If you don’t recognize the brilliance of our Historical Genius Scientific Genius Climatological Genius Basketball Jones in Chief, you probably think a basketball is flat!

MNHawk on March 19, 2012 at 9:14 AM

Well-played, Hawk. For those who missed the reference:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JIbp5C-5WXM

I don’t recall which sports wrap-up I was watching, but the commentator was shocked and appalled that a sideline reporter would repeatedly place his hand upon the POTUS. “They be bros” must be the excuse du jour for classlessness.
(Then again, Barry does invite that sort of thing: being the man-child of the ‘folks’)
*rolleyes*
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Karl Magnus on March 19, 2012 at 10:28 AM

Keep his day job…? huh…. what’s that? Golf pro bum? Vacation planner? Demagogue?

ted c on March 19, 2012 at 8:20 AM

His day job is destroyer of personal freedoms and waster of taxpayer funds, I give him a solid B- on that part. /sarc BTW I fixed the golf part!

Mini-14 on March 19, 2012 at 10:30 AM

You know, some of the most expensive procedures performed in Hospitals around the country and around the world are repairing injured athletes, you know all those arthroscopic knee surgeries and rehabs cost the taxpayer millions a year, and it’s really really expensive to keep the foot stealing doctors away from those rehabbing athletes also. I think we should replace all pro and college sports with blue pills, imagine how much money we can save in health care! I guess I had better add /sarc to this one!!!

Mini-14 on March 19, 2012 at 10:39 AM

Question: What does Missouri, Duke, and Obama all have in common?

Rovin on March 19, 2012 at 9:33 AM

ONE and DONE, baby!!!

ted c on March 19, 2012 at 11:16 AM

I don’t think this Obamateurism is fair game because sports commentating isn’t part of his paid job. He is genuinely an amateur in this matter so cannot be faulted for delivering an amateur performance.

YiZhangZhe on March 19, 2012 at 11:20 AM

Open mouth, insert foot. The man is terrible without a teleprompter.

More proof that at best 0bama is of mediocre intelligence.

jukin3 on March 19, 2012 at 11:22 AM

And the people ask….

Is this dope good at friggin’ anything?

Tim_CA on March 19, 2012 at 11:28 AM

So if both teams are shooting terribly, they should take more outside shots, which have less chance of going in the basket than inside shots?

In other words, don’tPLEASE quit your day job, Mr. President. ASAP

FIFY, Ed.

Steve Z on March 19, 2012 at 12:00 PM

I fainted watching that.

It’s simply devastating to experience the Smartest Man In History speaking.

Even on Youtube.

CorporatePiggy on March 19, 2012 at 8:24 AM

You should eat more. Dr. Barry said so.

Solaratov on March 19, 2012 at 1:05 PM