Obamateurism of the Day

posted at 8:01 am on April 16, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Whenever liberals want to convince people that their ideas are reasonable, they haul out Ronald Reagan for a posthumous endorsement.  Sometimes they just use Reagan as a general straw man, claiming that Reagan couldn’t win a Republican primary in today’s Republican Party.  In other cases, they get more specific. Last week, Barack Obama pulled this same trick, claiming that his Buffett Rule tax proposal came right out of the Gipper’s playbook:

So this president gave another  speech where he said it was “crazy”—that’s a quote—that certain tax loopholes make it possible for multimillionaires to pay nothing, while a bus driver was paying 10 percent of his salary.  That wild-eyed, socialist, tax-hiking class warrior was Ronald Reagan.

He thought that, in America, the wealthiest should pay their fair share, and he said so. I know that position might disqualify him from the Republican primaries these days, but what Ronald Reagan was calling for then is the same thing that we’re calling for now: a return to basic fairness and responsibility; everybody doing their part.

Well, yes, Reagan did say this — but in support of his proposal for comprehensive tax reform, which actually lowered tax rates in exchange for eliminating a significant number of deductions.  Bill Kristol wondered how many times Obama misrepresented Dutch, and then counted the ways:

Did Reagan, as Obama claimed, “travel across the country pushing for the same concept” as Obama today? No. Reagan was pushing for comprehensive tax reform, at the center of which was an across-the-board tax rate reduction combined with elimination of tax shelters. The idea was to simplify the system, out of respect for citizens and for the health of the economy. Obama, by contrast, has never risked offering a serious big tax reform proposal. What he does want to do is to raise marginal tax rates on many American families. …

Here’s what else Reagan had to say: He ascribed the economic comeback of the previous few years, in which “hope has returned, and America’s working again,” to the fact that we “cut tax rates and trimmed federal spending.”

Why didn’t President Obama quote that? What about Reagan’s explanation for why his administration had cut rates?

“What’s really important is what inspired us to do these things. What’s really important is the philosophy that guided us. The whole thing could be boiled down to a few words—freedom, freedom, and more freedom. It’s a philosophy that isn’t limited to guiding government policy. It’s a philosophy you can live by; in fact, I hope you do.”

Somehow, Obama neglected to quote that.

Reagan went on to defend his tax plan: “We want the part of your check that shows federal withholding to have fewer digits on it. And we want the part that shows your salary to have more digits on it. We’re trying to take less money from you and less from your parents.” Reagan noted that some people would save the additional money, some would spend it, some would invest it—but all were fine. Because “whatever you do with it, you’ll be the one who’s doing the doing. You’ll make the decisions. You’ll have the autonomy. And that’s what freedom is.”

Obama didn’t quote that either.

Yeah, liberals like to use Reagan as an argument, but they don’t like Reagan’s ideas.  Just call them Fauxnald Reagans.

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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Reagan’s not working for him.
Back to Lincoln.

TimBuk3 on April 16, 2012 at 8:05 AM

Yeah, liberals like to use Reagan as an argument, but they don’t like Reagan’s ideas. Just call them Fauxnald Reagans.

I’ve never understood this tactic. It didn’t work back in 1988 when Dan Quayle was running around comparing himself to John F. Kennedy. It doesn’t work when Obama tries to make the case he is the second coming of Ronald Reagan.

Conservatives who admire Ronald Reagan could easily use Lloyd Bentsen’s retort to Dan Quayle.

Mr. President, I served with Ronald Reagan, I knew Ronald Reagan, Ronald Reagan was a friend of mine. Senator, you’re no Ronald Reagan.

Happy Nomad on April 16, 2012 at 8:14 AM

It’s particularly ironic that a leftwinger would invoke Reagan, considering how viciously they all ripped into him while he was president.

jwolf on April 16, 2012 at 8:14 AM

barack is selective in his hearing, in his remembering, in his thinking, and in his speaking.

He is the consummate professional empty suit.

DuctTapeMyBrain on April 16, 2012 at 8:16 AM

“They will bear you up in their hands,
That you do not strike your foot against a stone.
You will tread upon the lion and cobra,
The young lion and the serpent you will trample down.
” – Psalm 91:12 -13

Yeah, Satan has a a way of conveniently misquoting and half-quoting as well.

AubieJon on April 16, 2012 at 8:16 AM

It’s particularly ironic that a leftwinger would invoke Reagan, considering how viciously they all ripped into him while he was president.

jwolf on April 16, 2012 at 8:14 AM

And still blame him for all the nation’s problems. Of course this is pandering, making the case that Obama’s ideas of wealth redistribution are somehow more in line with Reagan’s values than Mitt Romney.

Hey Obama….. Ronald Reagan was BORN in Illinois. Ronald Reagan was RAISED in the United States. Ronald Reagan WORKED his way through college. Ronald Reagan EARNED a living from private sector employers for most of his career. Ronald Reagan’s had a RECORD going into his first term as President. Ronald Reagan was a LEADER in ways you and those of your ilk will never understand.

Happy Nomad on April 16, 2012 at 8:21 AM

Is it asking too much to have ONE major network journalist call him on his Bee-Ess? One, pretty please, just one.

hillsoftx on April 16, 2012 at 8:25 AM

The correct comparison is Obama to Carter. How come the Demonrats don’t want to bring up Carter?

Gladtobehere on April 16, 2012 at 8:30 AM

“They will bear you up in their hands,
That you do not strike your foot against a stone.
You will tread upon the lion and cobra,
The young lion and the serpent you will trample down.” – Psalm 91:12 -13

Yeah, Satan has a a way of conveniently misquoting and half-quoting as well.

AubieJon on April 16, 2012 at 8:16 AM

You said it before I could, & probably better than I could.
Just as the Bible is misquoted & misrepresented, so are Reagan & the Constitution.

itsnotaboutme on April 16, 2012 at 8:31 AM

I thought Reagan was an idiot whose trickle-down policies led to 25 years of greedy unfair prosperity.

forest on April 16, 2012 at 8:31 AM

By Friday there will be carefully arranged photo-ops of PBHO wearing a cowboy hat, aviator sunglasses, and hauling sticks and brush around the Rose Garden.

Bishop on April 16, 2012 at 8:38 AM

It’s particularly ironic that a leftwinger would invoke Reagan, considering how viciously they all ripped into him while he was president.

jwolf on April 16, 2012 at 8:14 AM

They still do. To many Lefties Reagan was the worst of the worst. At least this is what I gather from reading Krugman, that hack from Media Matters (can’t remember the name), my Lefty “activist” friends, etc.

visions on April 16, 2012 at 8:38 AM

“Win one for the Gypper (sic).”

Yoop on April 16, 2012 at 8:41 AM

It’s just the Bamster showing us his Stockholm syndrome.

VietVet_Dave on April 16, 2012 at 8:51 AM

Yeah, Dems love to say that Reagan couldn’t get the nomination in today’s GOP. I don’t actually believe that for a second, but when my lib friends say it, I just respond with “Do you think JFK could get nominated by today’s Democratic party?”.

flipflop on April 16, 2012 at 8:51 AM

How come the Demonrats don’t want to bring up Carter?

Gladtobehere on April 16, 2012 at 8:30 AM

Seriously? Do you really have to ask? The comparison is apt in some important ways including a overt hatred for Jews. However, I think there is a distinct difference. Carter was sincere but inept while Obama is purposely trying to destroy the nation (in order to rebuild it in the European Socialist model). It is the only way to explain some of the inexplicable things this administration has done to the United States.

Happy Nomad on April 16, 2012 at 8:52 AM

By Friday there will be carefully arranged photo-ops of PBHO wearing a cowboy hat, aviator sunglasses, and hauling sticks and brush around the Rose Garden.

Bishop on April 16, 2012 at 8:38 AM

Great! White House garden tour is coming up, I’m sure the staff could use the help!

Happy Nomad on April 16, 2012 at 8:53 AM

Seriously? Do you really have to ask? The comparison is apt in some important ways including a overt hatred for Jews. However, I think there is a distinct difference. Carter was sincere but inept while Obama is purposely trying to destroy the nation (in order to rebuild it in the European Socialist model). It is the only way to explain some of the inexplicable things this administration has done to the United States.

Happy Nomad on April 16, 2012 at 8:52 AM

+1

I really wish people would stop attributing to stupidity what, in Obama’s case, is clearly malice.

The Rogue Tomato on April 16, 2012 at 8:58 AM

Mr. President, I served with Ronald Reagan, I knew Ronald Reagan, Ronald Reagan was a friend of mine. Senator, you’re no Ronald Reagan.

Happy Nomad on April 16, 2012 at 8:14 AM

…JugEars is not fit to shine RR’s shoes!
Funny how the Parrot Press lets him mention RR so much!

KOOLAID2 on April 16, 2012 at 8:58 AM

There is no way that the fake sitting in the oval office could even come close to Ronaldus Maximus…….

crosshugger on April 16, 2012 at 9:04 AM

There he goes again.

Oldnuke on April 16, 2012 at 9:06 AM

I really wish people would stop attributing to stupidity what, in Obama’s case, is clearly malice.

The Rogue Tomato on April 16, 2012 at 8:58 AM

Stupid people can be malicious.

Oldnuke on April 16, 2012 at 9:08 AM

It’s particularly ironic that a leftwinger would invoke Reagan, considering how viciously they all ripped into him while he was president.

jwolf on April 16, 2012 at 8:14 AM

IIRC, it was Elena Kagan who drank herself into a stupor and cried for several days when Reagan was first elected, and generally acted like the world as she knew it was coming to an end.

PatriotGal2257 on April 16, 2012 at 9:10 AM

Well, sure, it is a deceit, but I wouldn’t call it an “Obamateurism.” It isn’t amateur at all.

It is more of Obama’s and the Democrat Party’s highly professional endless propaganda campaign. It is more Big Lie: “Obama is like Reagan was.”

fadetogray on April 16, 2012 at 9:11 AM

I thought Reagan was an idiot whose trickle-down policies led to 25 years of greedy unfair prosperity.

forest on April 16, 2012 at 8:31 AM

Democrats have no problem at all having multiple directly conflicting views floating around in the vacuum between their ears, believing them all with religious fervor.

fadetogray on April 16, 2012 at 9:16 AM

Carter was sincere but inept while Obama is purposely trying to destroy the nation (in order to rebuild it in the European Socialist model). It is the only way to explain some of the inexplicable things this administration has done to the United States.

Happy Nomad on April 16, 2012 at 8:52 AM

^^^This.

I really wish people would stop attributing to stupidity what, in Obama’s case, is clearly malice.

The Rogue Tomato on April 16, 2012 at 8:58 AM

^^^And this.

It is more of Obama’s and the Democrat Party’s highly professional endless propaganda campaign. It is more Big Lie: “Obama is like Reagan was.”

fadetogray on April 16, 2012 at 9:11 AM

I just read this article this morning and it seems very appropriate. The Democrats’ Biggest Lie

PatriotGal2257 on April 16, 2012 at 9:20 AM

During the Carter years we had gas rationing and high prices. During the Reagan years my 401K got very healthy. We have the highest prices for gas which will lead to us self rationing. My 401K is dwindling every day. We had a leader who told the commies to tear down the wall. We have a pretend leader who gives our money to the Muslim Brotherhood. Tell me again where dear leader is just like RR.

Kissmygrits on April 16, 2012 at 9:46 AM

that certain tax loopholes make it possible for multimillionaires to pay nothing, while a bus driver was paying 10 percent of his salary.

Can we be frank? Could it be the Harvard/Columbia degree that makes someone such a retard, as to not be able to differentiate between net worth and net income? Does the boy even realize the IRS does not tax net worth?

MNHawk on April 16, 2012 at 9:49 AM

“He thought that, in America, the wealthiest should pay their fair share, and he said so.”

So quotes the stuttering inept imbecile who pursued every deduction to reduce his tax rate to 20.5% from his “fair share” of 35%.

Nice leading by example by the jugeared fool. Or not.

Yeah, go with “not”.

As ever…baraka FAIL.

GrassMudHorsey on April 16, 2012 at 9:55 AM

MNHawk on April 16, 2012 at 9:49 AM

No.

Once again I give the simply answer to the question of why Owe claims to be Reagan. Owe’s base just grabs the sound bites and is on their way to the polls. Remember 2008 when Peggy Noonan wouldn’t do research but simply fell at Owe’s knees. Remember Chris Matthews that followed the tingle in his leg. While most of Owe’s followers don’t have jobs, they are only on the lookout for what they can get. They don’t care about taxes because they don’t pay taxes. Reagan was a man beloved by both the right and the left. Owe’s compared himself to many other great presidents, this is just another effort to obtain a historical place.

katablog.com on April 16, 2012 at 10:12 AM

He’s already invoked Jesus and the Bible a few times, why not throw in Reagan? By the election he will be travelling everywhere on a Dais and referring to himself as the Dalai Obama.

CorporatePiggy on April 16, 2012 at 10:16 AM

He ascribed the economic comeback of the previous few years, in which “hope has returned, and America’s working again,” to the fact that we “cut tax rates and trimmed federal spending.”

For the Double Jeopardy, “What are Things Obama will Never Say.”

Happy Nomad on April 16, 2012 at 10:23 AM

He’s already invoked Jesus and the Bible a few times, why not throw in Reagan?

CorporatePiggy on April 16, 2012 at 10:16 AM

Because it isn’t a recipe. Take two parts Jesus, one part FDR, a dash of Reagan and season to taste.

I truly hope that behind the scenes we really are not being governed by bumper stickers and superficial selective understanding of political history.

Happy Nomad on April 16, 2012 at 10:27 AM

Owe’s compared himself to many other great presidents, this is just another effort to obtain a historical place.

katablog.com on April 16, 2012 at 10:12 AM

I think you mean an unprecedented place. Sadly skin color aside, most of it has been negative unprecedented.

Happy Nomad on April 16, 2012 at 10:30 AM

Does [Obama] even realize the IRS does not tax net worth?

MNHawk on April 16, 2012 at 9:49 AM

I am certain that he realizes that and fervently wishes he had the power of, say, Hugo Chavez in order to change that “unfortunate” feature of our tax laws.

jwolf on April 16, 2012 at 10:30 AM

I thought Reagan was an idiot whose trickle-down policies led to 25 years of greedy unfair prosperity.

forest on April 16, 2012 at 8:31 AM

‘There you go again’……trying to think.

Solaratov on April 16, 2012 at 10:53 AM

If 0bama had accomplished anything in his three years that the American people wanted or liked he would be mentioning it non-stop. He has not.

jukin3 on April 16, 2012 at 11:04 AM

Easy rule of thumb:

If Barack Obama cites Ronald Reagan to support his policies, he’s lying!

Same for any other Democrat or liberal tool.

Even a verifiable quote is sure to have been taken out of context. Any other use certainly distorts his meaning beyond recognition to serve purposes completely at odds with what Reagan intended.

I didn’t expect much reality to intrude on any campaign run by Obama and Axelrod. I have to admit, I never anticipated just how far from reality they would stray, nor how many people they would successfully con. It just goes to show how easily appealing to peoples’ emotions and prejudices can trump telling the truth when it is done by people who are utterly shameless and totally unscrupulous.

novaculus on April 16, 2012 at 11:15 AM

“Reagan would love me and stuff.”

Tim_CA on April 16, 2012 at 11:17 AM

Seriously? Do you really have to ask? The comparison is apt in some important ways including a overt hatred for Jews. However, I think there is a distinct difference. Carter was sincere but inept while Obama is purposely trying to destroy the nation (in order to rebuild it in the European Socialist model). It is the only way to explain some of the inexplicable things this administration has done to the United States.

Happy Nomad on April 16, 2012 at 8:52 AM

Seriously, yes. Obama wants the fast road to socialism, while Carter was willing to take the slow road. The destination is the same for all modern Democrats.

Gladtobehere on April 16, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Ed,

I sincerely, and respectfully, request that you begin to divide the excretions from this Resident into two categories; amateurisms and demagoguery, or socialisms, or simply lies. Because this isn’t Obama amateurishly in error, this is manufactured, obfuscating lies.

What Reagan did would have had the same impact had there been no graduated tax scale. If a flat income tax rate had been in place, and he closed loopholes, it still would have resulted in those with the ability to take advantage of those loopholes paying more than they had been. It would NOT have meant them paying a higher rate. Going back to Reagan’s first words on the subject, it was about one man paying “nothing” (0%), while another pays 10%. And now, what Obama wants, is for the bus driver to pay nothing, and the wealthy man to pay everything. One president equal justice under the law, the other wants the false perception of fairness, and equality is out the door.

Freelancer on April 16, 2012 at 12:16 PM

Ronald Reagan won reelection in the biggest landslide, lopsided victory ever. He did it because of the “Reagan Democrats”.

Obama squeaked into the presidency with the help of some of the independents and even some Republicans taken in by his “rhetorical skills.”

Obama knows he is losing that small percentage that put him over the top in 2008 and so he hopes by invoking Reagan he can recapture those he needs to put him back in office. And, as usual the Dems are counting on the majority of people not knowing history and falling for his propaganda.

Jvette on April 16, 2012 at 12:28 PM

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virtualjohn on April 16, 2012 at 12:31 PM

Who was it who said “The only Conservative a Liberal likes is a dead Conservative?” Not meant explicitly literally, but rather the only respect and consideration they have for anyone on the Right are those long dead whom they vilified when they were alive.

hadsil on April 16, 2012 at 12:45 PM

Whenever liberals want to convince people that their ideas are reasonable, they haul out Ronald Reagan for a posthumous endorsement. Sometimes they just use Reagan as a general straw man, claiming that Reagan couldn’t win a Republican primary in today’s Republican Party. In other cases, they get more specific. Last week, Barack Obama pulled this same trick, claiming that his Buffett Rule tax proposal came right out of the Gipper’s playbook:

I keep seeing this exact same topic used by Romney supporters, who somehow attempt to convince us that Romney is just like Reagan.

Oh wait. You already said, “liberals.”

tom on April 16, 2012 at 7:03 PM

Does [Obama] even realize the IRS does not tax net worth?

MNHawk

Shhhhh! Don’t remind him. He might resurrect Clinton’s proposals to tax the unrealized increased value in whole life insurance policies as well as the unrealized equity appreciation in people’s homes. Not that either category is as rippingly prosperous under Dear Leader as back in those halcyon days when Billy Jeff eyed them, but still, let’s not give BHO any new targets.

ugottabekiddingme on April 16, 2012 at 8:12 PM