Obamateurism of the Day

posted at 8:05 am on March 21, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

When giving a speech, especially to highlight one’s own economic policies by showing how they create jobs, it’s important to get the basics right … like where the plant one is extolling actually resides. Last week Barack Obama went to Prince George County to speak at a Rolls Royce factory, but never mentioned Prince George:

Controversy over President Barack Obama’s visit to Prince George last week — he was standing in the county for his speech, but most of the spotlight fell about three miles away.

It’s those three miles that have county leaders filing a complaint to the White House.

The president came to town to talk jobs and the economy, but during his roughly 25 minutes he repeatedly said something that ruffled a few feathers.

During his speech he mentioned the city of Petersburg at least five times.

Problem is, the president was *not* in Petersburg… but neighboring Prince George County, home of the Rolls Royce plant where the president chose to deliver his speech.

The President can’t even get his current location correct in a prepared speech? There’s a confidence-builder.

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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don’t blame me
-dear leader
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another what if W said this part 6,378

cmsinaz on March 21, 2012 at 8:09 AM

Predator ;-)

angrymike on March 21, 2012 at 8:09 AM

Dang it.

angrymike on March 21, 2012 at 8:10 AM

Hey, he only says what’s written on the teleprompter. Can’t blame barack for having a stupid teleprompter.

DuctTapeMyBrain on March 21, 2012 at 8:11 AM

When we’re talking about the presidency and the bully pulpit, care and skill in selecting the right words are admirable and necessary qualities. And preparing remarks ahead of time allows the president’s staff to make sure he’s got the facts on his side…

From this brilliant article in yesterday’s headlines.

Who knew it’d be applicable so soon? (Never mind.)

RedCrow on March 21, 2012 at 8:13 AM

He was THIS close. Shucks.

JimK on March 21, 2012 at 8:13 AM

The fact of the matter is that the speech was for a larger audience. More people are apt to know where Petersburg is than Prince George County.

Plus the teleprompter was the entity that was confused not the jug-eared dictator himself.

Happy Nomad on March 21, 2012 at 8:14 AM

Can we elect a smarter teleprompter in November?

WhatNot on March 21, 2012 at 8:14 AM

What a maroon! I swear the next idiot who tells me how smart he is is gonna get popped.
Hot Air and its writers do not condone violence. Thank you.

angrymike on March 21, 2012 at 8:15 AM

The President can’t even get his current location correct in a prepared speech?

TOTUS needs a vacation.

petefrt on March 21, 2012 at 8:16 AM

“I’m not blaming the president, because I don’t think he knew, but whoever set this up overlooked this is Prince George, not Petersburg,” said Skalsky.

he’s getting a free pass anyway

cmsinaz on March 21, 2012 at 8:17 AM

And they gave Dan Quayle hell over the potato thing.

Badger40 on March 21, 2012 at 8:17 AM

Guess they’d better change the name.

TimBuk3 on March 21, 2012 at 8:18 AM

SMARTEST EVAH!

blame buuuuuussssssshhhhhhhh

SDarchitect on March 21, 2012 at 8:18 AM

Redcrow
ya I’ll bet that teleprompter that Ronnie used had all his wit and jokes written beforehand. /

angrymike on March 21, 2012 at 8:19 AM

He’s probably really lucky he didn’t have Prince Georges County written in the teleprompter, since that county is in Maryland. If only he could get this right, things would be so much better! NOT!

ExpressoBold on March 21, 2012 at 8:20 AM

Come on! Can’t a guy eat his waffle watch college basketball in peace? You really can’t expect him to get a few “little things” correct when he’s got a laser-like focus on NCAA basketball, can you?

crazy_legs on March 21, 2012 at 8:22 AM

It all depends upon which hemisphere his Geography 101 covered.

Yoop on March 21, 2012 at 8:23 AM

And they gave Dan Quayle hell over the potato thing.

Badger40 on March 21, 2012 at 8:17 AM

What always killed me about the whole “potato” fiasco is that the plural is “potatoes”. So, Quayle, not being a very good speller, dropped the ‘s’ and kept the ‘e’. (Plausible, no?)

We can find worse usage (even spelling) in the NYT daily, but this was a big deal. Probably has something to do with his politics?

RedCrow on March 21, 2012 at 8:24 AM

Awesome speech, better than an A-

WordsMatter on March 21, 2012 at 8:27 AM

Hint: Flyover.

rogerb on March 21, 2012 at 8:27 AM

ExpressoBold
any news on DHChron?

angrymike on March 21, 2012 at 8:28 AM

Time for a new stimulus bill…upgrade the teleprompters with the latest GPS software. It should only cost a few billion or so.

moo on March 21, 2012 at 8:30 AM

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HumpBot Salvation on March 21, 2012 at 8:32 AM

He’s not to blame. He inherited it from the previous administration.

backwoods conservative on March 21, 2012 at 8:33 AM

This entire fiasco has really gotten the folks here upset. They are justifiably proud of that plant and the fact that it’s located here. To be called Petersburg, well, that’s just a bit of an insult to the locals. A lot of bad blood, politically, between Petersburg and the nearby counties. Petersburg is on of the Democratic centers in the commonwealth. 95%+ voted Dem in 2004 and 2008.

It wouldn’t have been so bad if he hadn’t done a shout out to the Petersburg Mayor by name and quoted last years Petersburg High School’s Validictorian speech.

You’ve got to love speech writers that just look at a place’s mailing address and assume that’s where it’s located. With Virginia’s Commonwealth status, that’s not always a given. Quite a few of the local counties have the closest city for post office service. The areas of Prince George and Dinwiddie Counties closest to the city are serviced by Petersburg post offices.

Sham on March 21, 2012 at 8:34 AM

[Don Adams voice] Missed it by THAT much.

The Rogue Tomato on March 21, 2012 at 8:35 AM

He’s strictly a city guy rural areas don’t matter.

aknews on March 21, 2012 at 8:35 AM

According to him Hawaii is in Asia and must have got confused here too. You can’t blame him, there are too many states in the US.
By the way, is Rolls making electric cars?

Sticky Wicket on March 21, 2012 at 8:37 AM

One of the best tools the Republicans have in the upcomming campaign is the recorder. Just let Obama, Biden and the rest keep giving speeches and they will beclown themselves beyond redemption.

joated on March 21, 2012 at 8:39 AM

HumpBot Salvation on March 21, 2012 at 8:32 AM

HumpBot you just start my morning out right! Thank you! I’m singing in my office… and everyone is looking at me, and a couple of liberals are NOT amused! That, makes my day!

KOOLAID2 on March 21, 2012 at 8:39 AM

RedCrow on March 21, 2012 at 8:24 AM

actually he was in an elementary class doing a spelling lesson w/ flash cards. the flash card had potato spelled “potatoe”.

chasdal on March 21, 2012 at 8:40 AM

Sham on March 21, 2012 at 8:34 AM

Hey! Those people in Prince George County just need to shut up and eat their peas. If Obama says he is in Petersburg then the matter is settled!

Seriously, being Petersburg adjacent sucks a whole lot less than being a conservative Republican stuck in the middle of the people’s republic of Arlington County.

Happy Nomad on March 21, 2012 at 8:41 AM

If they can’t find Prince George’s County, they’re really going to be lost this afternoon when the president goes to Maljamar, N.M. for the BLM land oil drilling photo op, since it officially qualifies as “out in the middle of nowhere” (though the people actually working in the area who are opposed to the government’s planned oil drilling ban due to the dune sagebrush lizard know exactly where it is and plan to be out there protesting today).

jon1979 on March 21, 2012 at 8:44 AM

Whoever the nominee is…we need to have a BOOK of Ed’s Obamateurism’s and just read them in front of the cover-up media, at every campaign stop. No taking any questions…just read Obamateurism’s… daily!

KOOLAID2 on March 21, 2012 at 8:45 AM

chasdal on March 21, 2012 at 8:40 AM

I knew he was at a school, but not about the flash card.

RedCrow on March 21, 2012 at 8:48 AM

“There is no other prince but me.” – The One

Finbar on March 21, 2012 at 8:49 AM

KOOLAID2
No wonder your around a lot, you cheat. I’m a lowly machinist I can’t play at work, your lucky!
But I am the BOSS, that helps. ;-)
Oh and like Bammy, I missed by this much on the first comment. Dang, Dang, Dang!

angrymike on March 21, 2012 at 8:50 AM

He couldn’t see the words written on the teleprompter for the $$ signs in his eyes.

docflash on March 21, 2012 at 9:01 AM

angrymike on March 21, 2012 at 8:50 AM

…I have a window open on my computer, that when I get a minute I check if a thread comes up. I usually can’t read most of the posts until evening, when I’m listening to the news or talk radio…that’s why you see me answering someone’s post hours later…plus… I a m s l o w, except for work related functions, I am computer challenged.

KOOLAID2 on March 21, 2012 at 9:02 AM

KOOLAID2
Well you did pretty good yesterday
predator is feeling a lot better, it makes me feel good to finally be part of the family.

angrymike on March 21, 2012 at 9:14 AM

angrymike on March 21, 2012 at 8:19 AM

Yeah, but Reagan was really (almost) one-of-a-kind, as presidents go.
Really, (almost) unique as a politician. The main reason, I think, is because he was honest and comfortable being himself.

Lol. As much as I dislike Obama, I wouldn’t expect him to even come close to comparing.

RedCrow on March 21, 2012 at 9:17 AM

don’t blame me
-dear leaderReader
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cmsinaz on March 21, 2012 at 8:09 AM

Fixed it for us.

Or am I being racist now?

LibraryGryffon on March 21, 2012 at 9:18 AM

HumpBot Salvation on March 21, 2012 at 8:32 AM

NICE!!!

KOOLAID2 on March 21, 2012 at 8:39 AM

Sing LOUDER!!

Maddie on March 21, 2012 at 9:25 AM

Sasha to Barack: Where are you, Daddy?

Steve Z on March 21, 2012 at 9:32 AM

The fact of the matter is that the speech was for a larger audience. More people are apt to know where Petersburg is than Prince George County. …
Happy Nomad on March 21, 2012 at 8:14 AM

I’ve heard Prince George’s County mentioned lots of times, but never heard of Perersburg. And I live in Kansas!

KS Rex on March 21, 2012 at 9:37 AM

By the way, is Rolls making electric cars?

Sticky Wicket on March 21, 2012 at 8:37 AM

I think the Rolls-Royce factory Obama was at manufactures jet engines and is a different company than the auto maker. They split sometime in the 1970′s, I believe.

St Gaudens on March 21, 2012 at 9:52 AM

HumpBot Salvation on March 21, 2012 at 8:32 AM

Hot Gas the musical?

Genius.

CorporatePiggy on March 21, 2012 at 10:04 AM

KS Rex – Petersburg is south of Richmond, VA. Lots of Civil War history here (Seige of Petersburg prior to Lee’s surrender at Appomattox, City Point, and the Battle of the Crater come to mind). Prince George County (no ‘s) is just outside. Fort Lee (Army base for logistics training) is located here. We tend to get a little upset about getting compared to folks in Maryland. Prince George’s County, MD is too close to the nuthouse in DC.

Sham on March 21, 2012 at 10:07 AM

Problem is, the president was *not* in Petersburg… but neighboring Prince George County, home of the Rolls Royce plant where the president chose to deliver his speech.

Hey look ya’ll. When you’re the first post-modern president, then the truth is what you say it is. If he was sezzin that you was in Petersburg, then you was in Petersburg.

ted c on March 21, 2012 at 10:09 AM

ST Gaudens – the plant here makes a lot of the internal components for jet engines. The parts are then shipped to other plants for assembly into the engines themselves. One is in England and I believe the other is somewhere stateside, but can’t recall exactly where.

Sham on March 21, 2012 at 10:09 AM

Barry’s in over his head, and you expect him to know where he’s at?

GarandFan on March 21, 2012 at 10:27 AM

Ah, that teleprompter is such a prankster. Remember when it had Obama thank himself?

Bitter Clinger on March 21, 2012 at 10:44 AM

Time for this again:
Math is hard, science is hard but research is the hardest of them all.

chemman on March 21, 2012 at 10:46 AM

Prince George County is obviously racist and hates women and stuff.

Tim_CA on March 21, 2012 at 10:47 AM

Geography is just another dirty Republican political trick.

UnrepentantCurmudgeon on March 21, 2012 at 10:48 AM

angrymike on March 21, 2012 at 8:28 AM

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I haven’t read a word! Sometimes, they go off the deep end and take self-imposed “break.” I’ve done that.
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It’s time for my signature taunt:
A i r b a l l Øblama! He shoots a brick! It’s his only trick!
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Watching for a Maddie comment in this space…

ExpressoBold on March 21, 2012 at 10:48 AM

Bitter Clinger on March 21, 2012 at 10:44 AM

Yeah, but my guess is that Obama wrote that part himself.

UnrepentantCurmudgeon on March 21, 2012 at 10:48 AM

ExpressoBold
I saw DHChron this morning. ;-)

angrymike on March 21, 2012 at 11:12 AM

angrymike on March 21, 2012 at 11:12 AM

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Really, on HA? Was he stable?

ExpressoBold on March 21, 2012 at 11:49 AM

Prince George’s County is famous for all the wrong reasons. The reason he chose that locatation is because it is close to DC, has a very large Black population and has been mired in Liberalism for many, many, years.

BetseyRoss on March 21, 2012 at 11:56 AM

And there’s this:

http://gawker.com/5885630/politico-mistakes-state-flag-for-union-flag-idiocy-ensues

Smartest guy in the room?

dthorny on March 21, 2012 at 11:59 AM

“Bad, TOTUS, bad!”

What an embarrassment.

~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on March 21, 2012 at 12:08 PM

By the way, is Rolls making electric cars?
 
Sticky Wicket on March 21, 2012 at 8:37 AM

 
They showed an electric concept recently. Massively expensive, same charge-time/range problems as every other electric car, and no production plans.

rogerb on March 21, 2012 at 12:24 PM

With, or without, a prompter, he’s a destructive dummy.

Schadenfreude on March 21, 2012 at 12:58 PM

“Hello Cleveland!!! Are You Ready To Mock!

2Tru2Tru on March 21, 2012 at 2:28 PM

This discussion is moot. The whole region was consolidated and renamed Obamagrad last Friday. Notifications are pending.

Arnold Yabenson on March 21, 2012 at 2:35 PM

How I wish someone would hack into TOTUS and replace the end of a speech with “F*** you America.” (ala Ron Burgundy). He’d probably say it, too.

Problem is, 40% of the people would still vote for him.

italianguy626 on March 21, 2012 at 3:54 PM

It’s all Bush’s fault.

dahni on March 21, 2012 at 4:15 PM

Are those people paid to smile and laugh behind him? I understand that happening because of the excitement (for many idealistic people)in 08, but now?

jazzuscounty on March 21, 2012 at 4:48 PM

As Bugs Bunny would say; “What a maroon”. P.S. Maybe Osama took a right turn in “Albaquerky” instead of a left, thus, the confusion. Tee-he.

NotaSlickFan on March 21, 2012 at 8:11 PM

angrymike on March 21, 2012 at 9:14 AM

…you’re good people..you’re not angry…that’s why I call you mikey

KOOLAID2 on March 21, 2012 at 9:50 PM

Sing LOUDER!!

Maddie on March 21, 2012 at 9:25 AM

…about the third time around…the G.M. came out of his office and gave me “the look”…for my crescendo.(:>)

KOOLAID2 on March 21, 2012 at 9:54 PM