Obamateurism of the Day

posted at 8:01 am on April 24, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

So what’s on your personal “life list”?  What kind of items might be on yours?  I’ve been fortunate to already check off most of the items I wanted to do before kicking the bucket — visiting Ireland, visiting Rome and the Vatican, getting married, being a father and grandfather, making a living as a writer — but still have a few more.  Other people want to climb Mount Everest, sail around the world, make their first million dollars.

How many people would have these two bucket items on their “life list“?

I might believe that meeting George Clooney could be on someone’s bucket list, but Obama and his team aren’t exactly promising that.  They just promise to have a lucky winner of their $3 lottery attend a party hosted by Clooney.  You get to meet Barack Obama, and meeting a President is a pretty cool thing, but a life list item?  Really?  Of course, Barack Obama himself is telling you that it’s a life list item for you, so it must be true.

Besides, Obama wasn’t always so enthusiastic about lotteries:

Appearing on the public TV program “Chicago Tonight,” then-StateSen. Obama argued that the lottery is not a good way to spend money, especially for the poor.

“One of the concerns that I have, obviously, is that a disproportionate number of people who consistently buy lottery tickets tend to be lower-income and working-class people who can least afford it,” he said. “Even if they’re not compulsive gamblers, they are probably spending money that they don’t necessarily have.”

Obama also suggested that state lotteries’ marketing practices made them complicit in fleecing the low-income crowd.

“Now, we might say that this is their entertainment dollar the same way that somebody else has entertainment dollar and spends it on a movie,” he said. “But I think the fact that the state systematically targets what we know to be lower income persons as a way of raising revenue is troublesome.["]

Hey, at least when you buy $3 worth of lottery tickets, you have a (very small) chance of getting some money back.  In this lottery, the winner only gets an opportunity to get fleeced at a fundraising dinner.  That’s not exactly a bucket list item for anyone.

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They just promise to have a lucky winner of their $3 lottery attend a party hosted by Clooney.

Being frugal by nature, the best part of this is that I get to snub both an idiot President and a smug moron celeb… FOR FREE!

Happy Nomad on April 24, 2012 at 8:07 AM

I guess meeting this president is on somebody’s drool bucket list.

CitizenEgg on April 24, 2012 at 8:09 AM

If I buy a ticket will I be eligible for some Obama stash? Or be in line for the next cabinet post? SCOTUS? Perhaps an ambassadorship- to China?

OkieDoc on April 24, 2012 at 8:12 AM

Wouldn’t cross the street to meet either assclown. But thats just me.

DeweyWins on April 24, 2012 at 8:14 AM

Low Life List.

JimK on April 24, 2012 at 8:16 AM

Meeting me is the biggest thing that will ever happen to you.

That’s basically what the guy is saying. Who knows, judging from the leftists posting here I can probably believe it, at least for them.

MNHawk on April 24, 2012 at 8:18 AM

Instead of playing the lottery, just give the money to the Big O.

TimBuk3 on April 24, 2012 at 8:18 AM

Prostitution does seem to be a team Obummer theme these days.

FlaMurph on April 24, 2012 at 8:20 AM

The other guests would be more fun to chat with: Raul Castro, Hugo Chavez, and Louis Farrakhan at least.

CorporatePiggy on April 24, 2012 at 8:20 AM

I see Clooney and Vick in the White House soon. That way having both a Lottery Czar and a Canine Czar all aspects of future “fund-raising dinners” are covered.

Yoop on April 24, 2012 at 8:21 AM

At least there is a chance with the lottery.Not so much with him.$3 won’t get you in to a cLOONY movie either.

docflash on April 24, 2012 at 8:22 AM

Obama is dishing it out by the bucketful. Get your shovels ready.

backwoods conservative on April 24, 2012 at 8:23 AM

“One of the concerns that I have, obviously, is that a disproportionate number of people who consistently buy lottery tickets tend to be lower-income and working-class people who can least afford it,” he said.”

The Liberal mind at work…if you can call it that.

“disproportionate”..the whole fallacy that there is some sort of fair and equal distribution of things in the world and that any group not falling into the average is somehow being exploited.

“Even if they’re not compulsive gamblers, they are probably spending money that they don’t necessarily have.

Last time I checked, one can only use cash to buy a lottery ticket. It’s is impossible to spend cash that you ‘don’t have.’

BierManVA on April 24, 2012 at 8:28 AM

I wouldn’t cross the street to see either of them.

wildcat72 on April 24, 2012 at 8:30 AM

…I’d rather catch genital herpes!

KOOLAID2 on April 24, 2012 at 8:30 AM

I thought these lottery tickets had been dropped from $3 to $1? I would have done it then, but $3 is way too rich for my blood. /

Night Owl on April 24, 2012 at 8:32 AM

Couldn’t you argue that making the price for this 3 bucks is targeting lower income and working class people?

bobsacramento on April 24, 2012 at 8:33 AM

On my life list: To see Teh Won sentenced as The Man Without a Country:

The protagonist is a young United States Army lieutenant, Philip Nolan, who develops a friendship with the visiting Aaron Burr. When Burr is tried for treason (historically this occurred in 1807), Nolan is tried as an accomplice. During his testimony, he bitterly renounces his nation, angrily shouting, “Damn the United States! I wish I may never hear of the United States again!” The judge, on convicting him, icily grants him his wish: he is to spend the rest of his life aboard United States Navy warships, in exile, with no right ever again to set foot on U.S. soil, and with explicit orders that no one shall ever mention his country to him again.

petefrt on April 24, 2012 at 8:40 AM

Obama also suggested that state lotteries’ marketing practices made them complicit in fleecing the low-income crowd.

Maybe there should be an executive order prohibiting low-income citizens from buying lottery tickets?

How about alcohol? Cell phones? Cable TV? Cigarettes?

BobMbx on April 24, 2012 at 8:41 AM

I can go further in life using that $3 for a 2/3rd gallon of gasoline.

Thanks President Obama.

Electrongod on April 24, 2012 at 8:42 AM

…I’d rather catch genital herpes!

KOOLAID2 on April 24, 2012 at 8:30 AM

Heck, you’re missing a lifetime opportunity – attending a party with Hollywood celebrities and catching genital herpes. Three things off someone’s life list!

Archivarix on April 24, 2012 at 8:45 AM

The Professor.

rogerb on April 24, 2012 at 8:47 AM

Maybe there should be an executive order prohibiting low-income citizens from buying lottery tickets?

How about alcohol? Cell phones? Cable TV? Cigarettes?

BobMbx on April 24, 2012 at 8:41 AM

War on West Virginians?

Happy Nomad on April 24, 2012 at 8:49 AM

…I’d rather catch genital herpes!

KOOLAID2 on April 24, 2012 at 8:30 AM

Hang in there! GH is for life! We only have to deal with this clown for another 271 days, 5 hours, and 9 minutes

VietVet_Dave on April 24, 2012 at 8:50 AM

Meeting me is the biggest thing that will ever happen to you.

That’s basically what the guy is saying.
MNHawk on April 24, 2012 at 8:18 AM

Yep. (yes, a staffer wrote it but you know the existence of the lottery itself means he agrees)

If the narcissism weren’t so overweening and pathetic it’d actually be funny.

inviolet on April 24, 2012 at 8:52 AM

Barack Obama Ali….I AM the greatest!!

Long haired country boy on April 24, 2012 at 9:00 AM

Clooney has been downgraded….they will now accept ANY donation for a chance at this once in a lifetime opportunity.

ctmom on April 24, 2012 at 9:12 AM

Hang in there! GH is for life! We only have to deal with this clown for another 271 days, 5 hours, and 9 minutes

VietVet_Dave on April 24, 2012 at 8:50 AM

But really, who’s counting?

Maddie on April 24, 2012 at 9:13 AM

Let’s me see, I buy a $3 ticket that goes to elect a man who wants to punish individual success, promoting redistribution of wealth over freedom. Seems like a lose-lose proposition. Clooney’s handsome but not that handsome.

Fallon on April 24, 2012 at 9:16 AM

First prize: Attending a party hosted by George Clueless.
Second prize: Attending the party and meeting Obama.
Third prize: Attending the party and meeting Obama and Clueless.

Losing: priceless.

mr.blacksheep on April 24, 2012 at 9:22 AM

The poor must be budgeting, obviously, so they have the cash to spend on lottery tickets. Whether they should or not spend their money on the tickets is their business, cuz it’s their money.

Kissmygrits on April 24, 2012 at 9:40 AM

So many of those “lower-income and working-class people who can least afford it,” don’t know that they are actually giving their personal information and paying $3 to do so.
I see a lot of $3 lottery participants as future donators!
Who knew?

askwhatif on April 24, 2012 at 9:52 AM

I want to meet Joy Behar.

bloggless on April 24, 2012 at 9:53 AM

I want to meet Joy Behar.

bloggless on April 24, 2012 at 9:53 AM

Go to the local pound and locate the yappiest dog they have available. Then just sit there for a couple hours and let the dog do its thing. Same experience without the travel. Get four of these yappy dogs and you could check off watching The View live.

Happy Nomad on April 24, 2012 at 10:09 AM

Worst president evah and the worst Batman evah.

I’d rather floss my dogs teeth.

dthorny on April 24, 2012 at 10:22 AM

I want to meet Joy Behar.

bloggless on April 24, 2012 at 9:53 AM
Go to the local pound and locate the yappiest dog they have available. Then just sit there for a couple hours and let the dog do its thing. Same experience without the travel. Get four of these yappy dogs and you could check off watching The View live.

Happy Nomad on April 24, 2012 at 10:09 AM

If Joy was put in the dog pound, would that not be cruelty to animals?

Sabercat2 on April 24, 2012 at 10:42 AM

I wouldn’t mind meeting Clooney but would be down in the five figures on my bucket list. 0bama I don’t want to meet.

jukin3 on April 24, 2012 at 11:20 AM

It’s all about the Owe.

katablog.com on April 24, 2012 at 11:22 AM

Wouldn’t cross the street to meet either assclown. But thats just me.

I’d make an effort to take another street, just to avoid both. But that’s just me.

hawkeye54 on April 24, 2012 at 11:39 AM

What he meant is that you can meet two azzholes at one party.

Schadenfreude on April 24, 2012 at 11:49 AM

Will they be serving peas?

qestout on April 24, 2012 at 11:59 AM

For $3 I can get six chances for the Illinois lottery, minimum $2mil jackpot.

Nutstuyu on April 24, 2012 at 12:15 PM

A chance to have dinner with Clooney and Obama? I wouldn’t spit on either one of them if they were on fire.

RebeccaH on April 24, 2012 at 12:17 PM

The lottery is at least fair. Everyone entering has a chance of winning.

I read that for these Obama contests, they randomly select a portion of the entrants (500 is what I read – though I wonder if sometimes 500 isn’t already ALL of the entrants), then vet them, and select their choices.

So it’s like a lottery, followed by an audition. You won’t win if you don’t strike them as good PR material.

Alana on April 24, 2012 at 12:18 PM

Hang in there! GH is for life! We only have to deal with this clown for another 271 days, 5 hours, and 9 minutes

VietVet_Dave on April 24, 2012 at 8:50 AM

UPDATE:
http://obamaclock.org/

~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on April 24, 2012 at 12:31 PM

As he told the DNC chair, wasserman ,it is all about him.

dunce on April 24, 2012 at 1:15 PM

You couldn’t pay me to go see either one of those worthless jackasses.

jqc1970 on April 24, 2012 at 2:16 PM

Hang in there! GH is for life! We only have to deal with this clown for another 271 days, 5 hours, and 9 minutes

VietVet_Dave on April 24, 2012 at 8:50 AM

…that is funny!

KOOLAID2 on April 24, 2012 at 7:22 PM