Obamateurism of the Day

posted at 8:01 am on April 30, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Jim Geraghty catches another couple of interesting moments from Jodi Kantor’s book The Obamas, one of which follows up on one we’ve already highlighted in the OOTD canon.  In late 2010, Barack Obama was telling people that he was a centrist Blue Dog Democrat at heart:

The body of Mr. Obama’s writing and experiences before he became a presidential candidate would suggest that he is instinctively pragmatic, typical of an emerging generation that sees all political dogma — be it ’60s liberalism or ’80s conservatism — as anachronistic. Privately, Mr. Obama has described himself, at times, as essentially a Blue Dog Democrat, referring to the shrinking caucus of fiscally conservative members of the party.

These days — and when he’s talking to donors — Obama has changed his tune.  Now he’s no longer a centrist Blue Dog Democrat at heart.  Now, Congress makes him be a centrist:

The president had been taking questions for almost an hour. He had apologetically told the mostly liberal crowd that he had been forced to take a centrist point of view in his presidency because of divided government. (Never mind that Obama had told conservative Democrats in Congress that he was one of them, too: “I’m a Blue Dog at heart,” he had said in more than one meeting.)

Maybe Obama thinks that no one will compare notes.

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Maybe Obama thinks that no one will compare notes.

sadly, with these folks, they won’t

another what if W did this part 5,634

cmsinaz on April 30, 2012 at 8:06 AM

Who do you expect to “compare notes”, Ed…the MSM?

swinia sutki on April 30, 2012 at 8:06 AM

a centrist Blue Dog Democrat at heart.

The inevitable already-tired dog-eating jokes commence 4…3…2…

itsnotaboutme on April 30, 2012 at 8:07 AM

I suppose that every man thinks he is the epitome of reasonableness and that anyone with a different opinion on any matter is some kind of extremist. But very few are brazen enough to seriously proclaim such a thing for the whole world to hear.

The real question in Obama’s case is why anyone believed him. A Chicago Democrat, a disciple of Ayers, Wright, and Alinsky, claiming to be a Blue Dog? Seriously?

jwolf on April 30, 2012 at 8:07 AM

I guess there’s an inherent problem in being all things to all people.

But, the true person is in there, hiding. And, rotten to his socialist core. (Too bad the press wasn’t/isn’t honest, huh?)

RedCrow on April 30, 2012 at 8:11 AM

He’s the origninal etch-a-sketch politician. One shake of his head and he’s got a blank slate to work with again.

CitizenEgg on April 30, 2012 at 8:12 AM

No, at heart Obama is a Red-diaper Communist who would prefer to devour and destroy the capitalist running dogs. Nobody is buying Obama’s narrative du jour anymore except those in his fan club.

onlineanalyst on April 30, 2012 at 8:13 AM

Privately, Mr. Obama has described himself, at times, as essentially a Blue Dog Democrat, referring to the shrinking caucus of fiscally conservative members of the party.

Thanks Obama – I haven’t laughed that hard in days.

Blue Dog – Obama – LOL! LOL! LOL! LOL! LOL! LOL! LOL!

gophergirl on April 30, 2012 at 8:13 AM

barack is a lying, two-faced, empty-suit. You can tell that he is lying, or at best, pandering, because his lips are moving.

BTW, barack sucks.

DuctTapeMyBrain on April 30, 2012 at 8:14 AM

You repeat lies often enough & the stupid believe.
In a world of 7+ Billion, there sure is enough stupid to go around.

Badger40 on April 30, 2012 at 8:14 AM

The inevitable already-tired dog-eating jokes commence 4…3…2…

itsnotaboutme on April 30, 2012 at 8:07 AM

Nah, they never get old.

cozmo on April 30, 2012 at 8:15 AM

The real question in Obama’s case is why anyone believed him. A Chicago Democrat, a disciple of Ayers, Wright, and Alinsky, claiming to be a Blue Dog? Seriously?

jwolf on April 30, 2012 at 8:07 AM

Exactly right. Does no one check this guy’s political roots anymore? A certain odor lingers when you crawl from a sewer.

CC Senor on April 30, 2012 at 8:15 AM

The real question in Obama’s case is why anyone believed him. A Chicago Democrat, a disciple of Ayers, Wright, and Alinsky, claiming to be a Blue Dog? Seriously?

jwolf on April 30, 2012 at 8:07 AM

Don’t forget Franklin Marshall Davis (“Uncle Frank”) and Valerie Jarret, schooled by her Marxist daddy Vernon.

onlineanalyst on April 30, 2012 at 8:15 AM

Maybe Obama thinks that no one will compare notes.

Fact checking is racist!

Happy Nomad on April 30, 2012 at 8:15 AM

“they talk about me like a dog”

Sit boy, sit….good dog.

Electrongod on April 30, 2012 at 8:15 AM

He must have asbestos pants.

50sGuy on April 30, 2012 at 8:16 AM

Øbama’s a Blue Dog Dem like Frank Marshall Davis, Saul Alinsky, Bill Ayers and Jeremiah Wright are Blue Dog Dems.

Newsbusters: Will MSM Report on Obama Membership in Socialist New Party?

petefrt on April 30, 2012 at 8:17 AM

The real question in Obama’s case is why anyone believed him. A Chicago Democrat, a disciple of Ayers, Wright, and Alinsky, claiming to be a Blue Dog? Seriously?

jwolf on April 30, 2012 at 8:07 AM

In Obama’s case, they wanted him to fit a certain narrative. The truth didn’t matter.

Happy Nomad on April 30, 2012 at 8:18 AM

petefrt on April 30, 2012 at 8:17 AM

good linky, the crickets will continue to chirp sadly

cmsinaz on April 30, 2012 at 8:19 AM

In Obama’s case, they wanted him to fit a certain narrative. The truth didn’t matter.

Happy Nomad on April 30, 2012 at 8:18 AM

THIS

cmsinaz on April 30, 2012 at 8:19 AM

a perpetually reinvented individual…..

ted c on April 30, 2012 at 8:21 AM

When you’re going in circles, it’s easy to be a “centrist.”

Kraken on April 30, 2012 at 8:24 AM

Nothing’s ever his fault.

TimBuk3 on April 30, 2012 at 8:24 AM

He’s a Blue Dog Communist at heart.

The Rogue Tomato on April 30, 2012 at 8:28 AM

Maybe Obama thinks that no one will compare notes.

Why should he even care? Obama’s never been taken to task for anything he’s ever done or said.

Mitoch55 on April 30, 2012 at 8:29 AM

I’m sure this campaign will go down in history as “The Canine Campaign.” Everybody seems to have a dog in this fight!

ExpressoBold on April 30, 2012 at 8:31 AM

He had apologetically told the mostly liberal crowd that he had been forced to take a centrist point of view in his presidency because of divided government.

It’s never his fault. The theme continues…

Fallon on April 30, 2012 at 8:32 AM

There are none so blind as those who will not see. The MSM is digging its’ own grave. Can’t wait to see what they put on the headstone.

Naturally Curly on April 30, 2012 at 8:34 AM

Nothing’s ever his fault.

TimBuk3 on April 30, 2012 at 8:24 AM

You got there first.

Fallon on April 30, 2012 at 8:35 AM

I’m comparing notes and every single one of them says “Start hoarding and get to the range more often”.

Bishop on April 30, 2012 at 8:38 AM

I’d hate to be him when all his different interest groups realize… Oh, nevermind, they won’t.

Night Owl on April 30, 2012 at 8:38 AM

I concur with Bishop…and add…keep your powder dry

crosshugger on April 30, 2012 at 8:41 AM

The inevitable already-tired dog-eating jokes commence 4…3…2…

itsnotaboutme on April 30, 2012 at 8:07 AM

…he has eaten the Blue Dog Democrats!
There are only carcasses left!

KOOLAID2 on April 30, 2012 at 8:51 AM

How stupid must someone be to have voted for this moron?

St Gaudens on April 30, 2012 at 8:57 AM

Ahhh, A Man For All Seasons. And All Flavors.

JimK on April 30, 2012 at 9:00 AM

How stupid must someone be to have voted for this moron?

St Gaudens on April 30, 2012 at 8:57 AM

My dad has a saying about this:

Think of a person you know who is of average intelligence. Now, realize half the country is dumber than him.

Washington Nearsider on April 30, 2012 at 9:00 AM

How stupid must someone be to have voted for this moron?

St Gaudens on April 30, 2012 at 8:57 AM

And how much more stupid do they have to be to repeat that error four years later?

Happy Nomad on April 30, 2012 at 9:07 AM

Itsabraincramp
maybe he said he ate blue dogs as a child……..

angrymike on April 30, 2012 at 9:07 AM

He’s the not my fault cic unless it’s something he can take credit for, then he’s responsible. Was he looking to the right or to the left when he said that? That’s a tell, folks.

Kissmygrits on April 30, 2012 at 9:23 AM

unless it’s something he can take credit for, then he’s responsible. Was he looking to the right or to the left when he said that? That’s a tell, folks.

Kissmygrits on April 30, 2012 at 9:23 AM

Unemployment ticks down a tenth of a percentage point, Obama shows up at the White House Press Briefing to claim credit. Unemployment ticks up, Obama is nowhere to be found and Jay Carney blames Bush and talks about what Obama “inherited.”

OBL is taken out and you would think that Obama led the SEAL Team and personally made the kill shot. But of course, he was oblivious to the fact that Operation Fast and Furious was arming Mexican Drug Cartels, killing hundreds of innocent civilians, and setting up the conditions to make the push for an assualt on the Second Amendment.

Happy Nomad on April 30, 2012 at 9:29 AM

I heard from an experienced source that if you sniff enough glue, you start seeing blue dogs everywhere. Maybe Obaka saw one in the mirror, too.

Archivarix on April 30, 2012 at 9:41 AM

If Obama’s mouth is moving, he’s talking out of both sides of it.

College Prof on April 30, 2012 at 9:59 AM

Maybe Obama thinks that no one will compare notes.

Um, his voters don’t.

MNHawk on April 30, 2012 at 10:04 AM

How stupid must someone be to have voted for this moron?

St Gaudens on April 30, 2012 at 8:57 AM

And how much more stupid do they have to be to repeat that error four years later?

Happy Nomad on April 30, 2012 at 9:07 AM

Free stuff – free money!!!

Half the country doesn’t pay income taxes and a large majority of those are getting one government handout or another. They will vote to keep the gravy train steaming.

climbnjump on April 30, 2012 at 10:06 AM

Maybe Obama thinks that no one will compare notes.

Back before the internet he would probably be right.

Browncoatone on April 30, 2012 at 10:39 AM

BTW, barack sucks.

DuctTapeMyBrain on April 30, 2012 at 8:14 AM

…..AND EATS DOGS, TOO.

Solaratov on April 30, 2012 at 10:50 AM

On Obummer’s political spectrum, anyone to the right of Hugo Chavez is a centrist.

All the real Blue Dog Democrats who lost their seats in 2010 over ObummerCare must be howling right now!

Steve Z on April 30, 2012 at 11:00 AM

“I’m a Blue Dog at heart”

Probably a mis-remembered line…

Obama was probably discussing lunch options or something.

“I’ll take the blue crab, dog, and artichoke hearts.”

Plausible.

Possible.

Fake but accurate.

But, in any case, Obama is no blue dog. Never was. Never will be.

He’s socialist red, red, red, right to the bone.

Speaking of bones.

Did ya’ll know Obama eats dog?

coldwarrior on April 30, 2012 at 11:01 AM

He said he wanted a blue dog

(he thought it was dog with blue-cheese dressing.)

Tim_CA on April 30, 2012 at 11:05 AM

Can you imagine what things would be lk,e if he thought of himself as a far left ideologue?

Good thing he is not.

jukin3 on April 30, 2012 at 11:07 AM

Obama tells people what he thinks they want to hear. It’s that simple, and the fact that he’s constantly contradicting himself makes no impression on him at all. He’s like a robot in that respect.

RebeccaH on April 30, 2012 at 12:01 PM

Now, Congress makes him be a centrist

“Damn those checks and balances! Damn them!!”

/Barry I, benevolant god-king of America

crazy_legs on April 30, 2012 at 12:14 PM

Dogs should be blue before you can eat them.

His actions prove Obowma is far from centrist.

dthorny on April 30, 2012 at 12:25 PM