Obamateurism of the Day

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

Don’t know much about history

Barack Obama’s attempt to insert himself into the history of his predecessors got a rousing reaction yesterday — consisting mainly of scorn and ridicule.  The entire effort qualifies as an Obamateurism simply for its naked narcissism and obvious self-centeredness.  But even within the overall effort were a couple of gems worth mentioning, not the least of which is the odd argument that the Department of Energy isn’t part of the Obama administration, but works “with” the White House.  One might think that a President would know that Cabinet departments in the executive branch are very much a part of any administration, which is why their leaders (the Secretaries) sit on his Cabinet.  There’s also the already-debunked claim that Ronald Reagan endorsed Obama’s “Buffett Rule” surtax on high-income earners, which runs aground on the fact that Reagan lowered tax rates for the upper income level.

But for sheer amateurishness, let’s take another look at the entry for John F. Kennedy:

President John F. Kennedy famously suggested the American people: “Ask what you can do for your country.” In 1961, the Peace Corps was created, facilitating service among citizens working toward peace in developing countries. In 2011, President Obama celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Peace Corps with a Presidential Proclamation.

As I noted yesterday, the apparent lesson here is that JFK created the Peace Corps while Obama created … a proclamation.  That’s practically a self-indictment.  On top of that, though, Obama’s staff bowdlerized one of the most famous presidential quotes in modern American history, from Kennedy’s Inaugural Address.  The full quote is, “And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country.”

Why not get the quote right, especially since it is so well known?  Maybe Obama feels threatened by Kennedy.  That seems to be what Caroline Kennedy thinks these days, too.

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Hey…Obama was, y’know, just quoting.

CitizenEgg on May 16, 2012 at 8:07 AM

All Haill Dear Leader and his Presidential Proclamations!!!

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he’s not very good at getting quotes right is he…first the MLK quote on a rug and now this…

cmsinaz on May 16, 2012 at 8:07 AM

JFK: “Ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country.”

BHO: “Ask not what your country can do for you — demand it.

Bruce MacMahon on May 16, 2012 at 8:07 AM

“Ask what you can do for me.”

NeighborhoodCatLady on May 16, 2012 at 8:07 AM

Flop-eared fairy thinks EVERYTHING is all about him.

Long haired country boy on May 16, 2012 at 8:08 AM

“Ask what you can do for me.”

NeighborhoodCatLady on May 16, 2012 at 8:07 AM

winner!

cmsinaz on May 16, 2012 at 8:09 AM

As ham-handed as this is, it’s also insidious, since the ones who most often use the whitehouse.gov website to look up presidential profiles are students at the junior high or high school levels. Inserting Obama’s name into all those bios was an attempt to target them with propaganda on how magnificent the current president is.

jon1979 on May 16, 2012 at 8:10 AM

Why not get the quote right, especially since it is so well known?

Because for our benevolent god-king, the quote is really “Ask what your country can do for you, and how much money you can suck off of the system.”

crazy_legs on May 16, 2012 at 8:10 AM

Other than noting that top hats at inaugurations are something we should go back to, I like more what comes after the famous line:

My fellow citizens of the world, ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man.

Finally, whether you are citizens of America or citizens of the world, ask of us here the same high standards of strength and sacrifice which we ask of you. With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love, asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God’s work must truly be our own.

Happy Nomad on May 16, 2012 at 8:10 AM

“Ask what you can do for me.”

NeighborhoodCatLady on May 16, 2012 at 8:07 AM

I’m shocked that Obama hasn’t draped an enormous picture of “Himself” from the top of the Capitol dome draping down over the entrance with “We are all witnesses” as the caption.

IE: like the Lebron James banner they had in Cleveland…

wildcat72 on May 16, 2012 at 8:11 AM

What’s amazing to me is that, even after the outpouring of scorn and ridicule all day yesterday, Obama’s role in every president’s accomplishments still remain up on the White House website. These people are completely out of touch with reality and the reactions of the populace. Can their arrogance be so stupendous, or is it just rank incompetence?

Trafalgar on May 16, 2012 at 8:12 AM

Inserting Obama’s name into all those bios was an attempt to target them with propaganda on how magnificent the current president is.

jon1979 on May 16, 2012 at 8:10 AM

That’s what Wikipedia is for!

Seriously, I think it is insidious but I also think it is a mark of the petty insecure bastard in the Presidency. He’s got to insert himself in the lives of real leaders because he has done so little for this nation.

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

Eh, TFGP wanted to say “I will tell you what you are going to do for your country whether you like it or not.”

Bishop on May 16, 2012 at 8:14 AM

We as a country not only put a Marxist in the White House but a full blown psycho’s fingers on the button.

This guy truly has mental issues.

MNHawk on May 16, 2012 at 8:17 AM

They…..at the White House…..(and 45% of the voters) believe every word he says.

All worship to the first Gay Messiah (non-Muslim) President!!!!

PappyD61 on May 16, 2012 at 8:17 AM

The more you feel compelled to tell people how great you are, the more pathetic you appear. Keep it up, Barry.

swinia sutki on May 16, 2012 at 8:18 AM

What’s amazing to me is that, even after the outpouring of scorn and ridicule all day yesterday, Obama’s role in every president’s accomplishments still remain up on the White House website. These people are completely out of touch with reality and the reactions of the populace. Can their arrogance be so stupendous, or is it just rank incompetence?

Trafalgar on May 16, 2012 at 8:12 AM

The short answer is, of course, “yes”.

We are witnessing the unraveling of a narcissist. In public, on TV, for the world to see. The catastrophic moment (when the narcissist Obama finally faces REJECTION head on) will be devastating and has yet to come.

Why should it surprise anyone that the Soetoro campaign is proving to not be any less INCOMPETENT than the Soetoro governing Regime? It really shouldn’t.

To this point, Hussein has –NEVER– faced a contested election where the following were true:

1. He has a record to run on that he can’t avoid
2. An actual opponent who isn’t just going to lay down and be steamrolled.

John McCain ran the absolute WORST campaign of ALL TIME in 2008. And it wasn’t Sarah’s fault, she was the only LIFE that campaign ever had.

wildcat72 on May 16, 2012 at 8:18 AM

The Obama Admin claims this is common practice. Is that true?

ctmom on May 16, 2012 at 8:19 AM

What’s amazing to me is that, even after the outpouring of scorn and ridicule all day yesterday, Obama’s role in every president’s accomplishments still remain up on the White House website. These people are completely out of touch with reality and the reactions of the populace. Can their arrogance be so stupendous, or is it just rank incompetence?

Trafalgar on May 16, 2012 at 8:12 AM

To remove it would be to concede the point. Obama will NEVER concede any point.

Washington Nearsider on May 16, 2012 at 8:19 AM

“Ask what you can do for me.”

NeighborhoodCatLady on May 16, 2012 at 8:07 AM

winner!

cmsinaz on May 16, 2012 at 8:09 AM

Yep, heard him say it. All those army guys, and seals, all fighting on his behalf; doing it for him.

Franklyn on May 16, 2012 at 8:19 AM

The Obama Admin claims this is common practice. Is that true?

ctmom on May 16, 2012 at 8:19 AM

No previous Administration has done anything similar.

Washington Nearsider on May 16, 2012 at 8:19 AM

swinia sutki on May 16, 2012 at 8:18 AM

+1

cmsinaz on May 16, 2012 at 8:20 AM

He’s got till November to keep screwing up.

TimBuk3 on May 16, 2012 at 8:20 AM

But despite the tension, both families know the Kennedys have no one else to support, and that “really pisses [Caroline] off.”

they can certainly support mitt, it’s all good caroline

cmsinaz on May 16, 2012 at 8:22 AM

The more you feel compelled to tell people how great you are, the more pathetic you appear. Keep it up, Barry.

swinia sutki on May 16, 2012 at 8:18 AM

Exactly.

George Washington never had to tell anyone he was great.
Neither did Reagan. Neither did Churchill.

Pretenders and imposters like Obama always have to toot their own horn.

wildcat72 on May 16, 2012 at 8:22 AM

Carter worked hard to combat the continuing economic woes of inflation and unemployment. By the end of his administration, he could claim an increase of nearly eight million jobs and a decrease in the budget deficit, measured in percentage of the gross national product.

Good time, good times…

From Obama’s website:

Through April 2012, the economy has added more than 4.2 million private sector jobs over 26 consecutive months of job growth.

forest on May 16, 2012 at 8:23 AM

Seriously, I think it is insidious but I also think it is a mark of the petty insecure bastard in the Presidency. He’s got to insert himself in the lives of real leaders because he has done so little for this nation.

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

The unique thing about Obama is his a mega-beta male, but his look and non-threatening to moderates persona made him the perfect vessel for the left, which for the better part of a quarter century did all of Barack’s heavy lifting for him and then gave him the credit, because they believed they could use him long-term as a vessel to get all their dream projects passed.

So basically, Obama’s the little kid in T-ball who barely tapped the ball in front of home plate, but who was allowed by the parents and coaches to circle the bases, and now thinks he hit a home run. His handlers have fed into that massive ego by convincing him he should always get something for nothing, while the hired help in some cases actually buys into the hype and produces something as embarrassingly egotistical as this (while thinking this will help program a generation of liberal yutes to support their cause).

jon1979 on May 16, 2012 at 8:25 AM

forest on May 16, 2012 at 8:23 AM

So what you’re saying is…

JIMMY CARTER performed 100% better than Obama vis a vis the economy?

But Obama deserves a second term and Jimmy didn’t, right, Bam?

Washington Nearsider on May 16, 2012 at 8:25 AM

Barack’s ongoing screw-ups like this are a fine illustration of what happens when a leader drowning in his own hubris surrounds himself with brainless, fawning sycophants. I hesitate to give his campaign and his White House team advice, but they really need to open their checkbooks and sign on a couple of nameless, faceless conservative-minded folks to advise them. There isn’t a single person around him with the intelligence or will to say, “Are you fuc*ing kidding me?! That is a dumb idea, Mr. President, and here’s how it’s going to be seen by voters who aren’t far-left fanatics like everyone else in this room is…”

Rational Thought on May 16, 2012 at 8:26 AM

BHO: “Ask not what your country can do for you — demand it.

Bruce MacMahon on May 16, 2012 at 8:07 AM

If Barry Soetoro had a country, It would look like America. Unfortunately the filthy bastard only understands the reaping of benefits part, not the hard work and dedication of his predecessors. It is profane that he would insert himself into their biographies.

Happy Nomad on May 16, 2012 at 8:26 AM

The Obama Admin claims this is common practice. Is that true?

ctmom on May 16, 2012 at 8:19 AM

No previous Administration has done anything similar.

Washington Nearsider on May 16, 2012 at 8:19 AM

So more bold faced lies that the MSM will not call them out on.

ctmom on May 16, 2012 at 8:27 AM

I’m kind of torn about this one, since we tore it apart yesterday with the kinds of outrageous comparisons that The White House never intended. It is so, so amateur to do what they did, however, to hang the Øbama brand onto every presidential biography within grasp.
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The thing that divides my mind, however, is that anyone who can piss off the Clan Kennedy this deeply has got to get an “attaboy.” Not more than that, just a pat on the back and a “Good luck, Chuck” handshake.
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I wonder if we will have enough popcorn for the fall? Corn futures must be going up!

ExpressoBold on May 16, 2012 at 8:27 AM

Obama was doin’ Blow in the cool kids van back in the time.
He wants to feel needed.

Electrongod on May 16, 2012 at 8:28 AM

If Barry Soetoro had a country, It would look like America. Unfortunately the filthy bastard only understands the reaping of benefits part, not the hard work and dedication of his predecessors. It is profane that he would insert himself into their biographies.

Happy Nomad on May 16, 2012 at 8:26 AM

If Barry Soetoro had a country it’d look like Zimbabwe. As will America if his fantasy of perpetual rain vis a vi “Julia”, in which his Regime goes on and on, decade after decade…

wildcat72 on May 16, 2012 at 8:29 AM

*cough…cough*
Downgrade!

Electrongod on May 16, 2012 at 8:31 AM

Maybe Obama feels threatened by Kennedy. That seems to be what Caroline Kennedy thinks these days, too.

Who cares about Caroline Kennedy or any of that family of inbred morons with a sense of entitlement think? They are almost as big grifters as Mooch and Barry. Besides, they supported Obama over Hillary Clinton because they were angry when Hillary brought up Bobby Kennedy’s assassination in an interview.

Happy Nomad on May 16, 2012 at 8:36 AM

Who cares about Caroline Kennedy or any of that family of inbred morons with a sense of entitlement think? They are almost as big grifters as Mooch and Barry. Besides, they supported Obama over Hillary Clinton because they were angry when Hillary brought up Bobby Kennedy’s assassination in an interview.

Happy Nomad on May 16, 2012 at 8:36 AM

Caroline Kennedy is a degenerate idiot like the rest of them.

wildcat72 on May 16, 2012 at 8:37 AM

Not more than that, just a pat on the back and a “Good luck, Chuck” handshake.

ExpressoBold on May 16, 2012 at 8:27 AM

Stand up for Chuck!

Happy Nomad on May 16, 2012 at 8:38 AM

Barack, you will bow down to the Kennedys…or…or…they will throw furniture and stuff — and then vote for you anyway.

Rational Thought on May 16, 2012 at 8:40 AM

Will someone please give him his participation trophy already?

rogerb on May 16, 2012 at 8:44 AM

“Pretenders and imposters like Obama always have to toot their own horn.”

All too true.

Something about a droning fool claiming credit for the creation of the Internet and being the inspiration for the movie “Love Story” comes to mind here.

The demented ravings of a magic hat owning swift boat driver talking about non-existent missions carried out on Christmas Eve while listening to non-existenst speeches on the radio also come to mind.

Or the fabricated stories of landing under gunfire in Bosnia from a presidential candidate (shrillary).

Or the false claims of being a Vietnam vet (Blumenthal from Connecticut, Harkin from Iowa)

Or false claims of service in Serbia (Kirk from Illinois)

Or the false claims of being Native American (Warren, Churchill).

Seems to be a common thread here, just can’t figure it out….

GrassMudHorsey on May 16, 2012 at 8:46 AM

The full quote is, “And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country.”
Why not get the quote right, especially since it is so well known?

Because the moochers, looters, and grifters of this country (a/k/a Barry’s base) are more of the “what have you done for me lately?” types.

AZCoyote on May 16, 2012 at 8:47 AM

I wonder if a Member of Clan Kennedy would ever not vote in a national election as a “statement.” It would kinda, sorta be like voting “Present” a lot in the Illinois Senate, wouldn’t it?

ExpressoBold on May 16, 2012 at 8:47 AM

he’s not very good at getting quotes right is he…first the MLK quote on a rug and now this…

cmsinaz on May 16, 2012 at 8:07 AM

…thanks!…forgot about that one…and that it had been made and was on the floor before someone had to point it out.
His people can’t get anything right! I have less and less respect for Harvard almost on a weekly basis…since, most of his people seem to come from that school.

KOOLAID2 on May 16, 2012 at 8:47 AM

LOL rogerb

:)

cmsinaz on May 16, 2012 at 8:48 AM

Seems to be a common thread here, just can’t figure it out….

GrassMudHorsey on May 16, 2012 at 8:46 AM

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D… De…. Du… Darn, what could it possibly be?

ExpressoBold on May 16, 2012 at 8:49 AM

I hear ya koolaid

cmsinaz on May 16, 2012 at 8:49 AM

The full quote is, “And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country.”
Why not get the quote right, especially since it is so well known?

And in the background, they could have a rapper singing: “It’s free! Swipe it on your EBT”.

Anybody know if Obama’s campaign has picked out a theme song yet? I think I know of one that would fit perfectly . . . .

AZCoyote on May 16, 2012 at 8:53 AM

JFK: “Ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country.”

BHO/OWS: “Ask not what your country can do for you — demand it.

Bruce MacMahon on May 16, 2012 at 8:07 AM

Thought I’d throw in some of Barry’s “supporters”, Bruce.

Rovin on May 16, 2012 at 8:53 AM

Exactly.

George Washington never had to tell anyone he was great.
Neither did Reagan. Neither did Churchill.

Pretenders and imposters like Obama always have to toot their own horn.

wildcat72 on May 16, 2012 at 8:22 AM

Just last night in bed I was reading a book about John Adams. The chapter I read dealt with the nomination of Washington as Military Commander of the colonies by the Continental Congress. After he was nominated (and there were a few other serious contenders) he stood up and gave a short speech accepting the nomination but insisting he was unfit for the assignment. Adams was struck by how, instead of being some bit of false modesty, Washington very sincerely believed he was being overestimated by his peers. We know now that they underestimated him, if anything.

Is it even possible to underestimate our current CiC?

KGB on May 16, 2012 at 8:53 AM

Anybody know if Obama’s campaign has picked out a theme song yet? I think I know of one that would fit perfectly . . . .

AZCoyote on May 16, 2012 at 8:53 AM

How about “I’m a loser—and I’m not what I appear to be” ?

Rovin on May 16, 2012 at 8:57 AM

Is it even possible to underestimate our current CiC?

KGB on May 16, 2012 at 8:53 AM

Any regard for the man has long ago been replaced with deep loathing. I have no expectations other than to work my hardest to see that the filthy bastard and his vacation-addicted wife are removed from the People’s House come January 20th.

Happy Nomad on May 16, 2012 at 9:00 AM

I wonder how Barry and Julia would fare on Jeopardy.

docflash on May 16, 2012 at 9:04 AM

Anybody know if Obama’s campaign has picked out a theme song yet? I think I know of one that would fit perfectly . . . .

AZCoyote on May 16, 2012 at 8:53 AM

Toby Keith’s I wanna talk about me comes to mind.

Happy Nomad on May 16, 2012 at 9:04 AM

I wonder how Barry and Julia would fare on Jeopardy.

docflash on May 16, 2012 at 9:04 AM

Well considering one is a self-absorbed moron and the other has no eyes, I’m guessing they would give Chris Matthews a run for the cellar.

Happy Nomad on May 16, 2012 at 9:06 AM

The photoshopped historical moments there are hilarious.

wildcat72 on May 16, 2012 at 8:07 AM

I still think one of Obama on the Sistine Chapel, the scene where God creates man, would be apropos. It would capture so much…

Kraken on May 16, 2012 at 9:12 AM

That should be Sistine Chapel ceiling!

Kraken on May 16, 2012 at 9:13 AM

I wonder how Barry and Julia would fare on Jeopardy.

docflash on May 16, 2012 at 9:04 AM

Well considering one is a self-absorbed moron and the other has no eyes, I’m guessing they would give Chris Matthews a run for the cellar.

Happy Nomad on May 16, 2012 at 9:06 AM

If Wolf Blitzer, Chris Matthews, and Barry Hussein Soetoro competed on Jeopardy they’d all end up with negative scores by Final Jeopardy.

wildcat72 on May 16, 2012 at 9:14 AM

“Spruance, victor at Midway. In the footnote Morison says, Admiral Spruance, in commenting on the first draft of this volume, requested that I delete ‘victor at’ and substitute ‘who commanded a carrier task force at,’ but…I have let it stand.”

 
Look around you, Mr. President.
 
Look around you, you poor, poor man.

rogerb on May 16, 2012 at 9:16 AM

But despite the tension, both families know the Kennedys have no one else to support, and that “really pisses [Caroline] off.”

Here’s an idea…
How about supporting the person who’s BEST FOR OUR COUNTRY, rather than who is at the top of your ticket?!!

askwhatif on May 16, 2012 at 9:27 AM

Look around you, you poor, poor man.

rogerb on May 16, 2012 at 9:16 AM

You say poor, I say pathetic.

Spruance didn’t want to be called a victor of one of America’s most important naval battles. Obama wants us to believe he personally led SEAL Team Six into combat and took the kill shot that “got” OBL.

The comparison couldn’t be starker.

Happy Nomad on May 16, 2012 at 9:35 AM

Jack Kennedy was the mythological front man for a particularly juicy slice of our history. He called a slick line and wore a world-class haircut. He was Bill Clinton minus pervasive media scrutiny and a few rolls of flab.

- James Elroy

CorporatePiggy on May 16, 2012 at 9:35 AM

How about supporting the person who’s BEST FOR OUR COUNTRY, rather than who is at the top of your ticket?!!

askwhatif on May 16, 2012 at 9:27 AM

That’s not how the Kennedy’s are wired. Fortunately the days when the name Kennedy was a guarantee of election are long over.

Happy Nomad on May 16, 2012 at 9:38 AM

What JFK understood, but barky and your average lefties don’t is that this Country is not it’s government.

Lost in Jersey on May 16, 2012 at 9:39 AM

The photoshopped historical moments there are hilarious.

wildcat72 on May 16, 2012 at 8:07 AM

That RNC website is so funny and cutting that, for the first time in many years, I actually contributed to them.

petefrt on May 16, 2012 at 9:42 AM

What JFK understood

Lost in Jersey on May 16, 2012 at 9:39 AM

Was looking great and getting laid.

The rest of it, mediocrity.

Aside from foreign policy which was a rolling disaster.

CorporatePiggy on May 16, 2012 at 9:47 AM

Oh look… the amateurs over at the White House got out of their kiddie pool long enough to go fix their amateurish flub:

His Inaugural Address offered the memorable injunction: “Ask not what your country can do for you–ask what you can do for your country.” As President, he set out to redeem his campaign pledge to get America moving again.

notta_dhimmi on May 16, 2012 at 9:48 AM

The Daily Caller’s Top 10 Obama ties to history

3.) The late dictator of Turkmenistan, Saparmurat Niyazov — better known as Turkmenbashi — created an extensive cult of personality. Among other things, he had a gold-plated 50-foot statue of him built that revolved so it would always face the sun. He also named the month of January after himself, as well as several cities. In 2012, President Obama’s administration decided to write the president into every chapter of American history.

2.) In 1940, the novel “Lassie Come Home” was published. In 1943, the story about a fictional pup was made into a film. In 1954, “Lassie” became a TV series. As a child in Indonesia in the 1960s, Barack Obama ate a dog.

1.) At the beginning of time, God created the heavens and the Earth. In May 2011, Barack Obama ordered the raid that killed Osama bin Laden.

Good stuff, this. The other 7 are here.

petefrt on May 16, 2012 at 9:49 AM

To paraphrase former Sen. Lloyd Bentsen: “I knew Jack Kennedy, and you [Obama] are no Jack Kennedy.”

Steve Z on May 16, 2012 at 9:49 AM

Fortunately the days when the name Kennedy was a guarantee of election are long over.

Happy Nomad on May 16, 2012 at 9:38 AM

The Kennedy’s-as-saints crowd is dying off or, like my mother, too old and frail to go out and vote.

swinia sutki on May 16, 2012 at 9:50 AM

This whole thing has been hilarious. Of course, we all know what the next entry to the presidential biographies will be:

Barack Hussein Obama: “America’s First Gay President.”

Xyz22 on May 16, 2012 at 10:06 AM

What’s the big deal of misquoting Kennedy. Obama misquotes God and the Bible all the time.

Christian Conservative on May 16, 2012 at 10:09 AM

Affirmative Action, you can’t hide it in the real world.

jukin3 on May 16, 2012 at 10:26 AM

naked narcissism

But…but….but EXCESS in WORSHIP of The Chosen One is not a fault! And here I thought the ‘cult of personality’ was only an occurrence in places like Russia, China and North Korea.

All Hail The Obamassiah!

GarandFan on May 16, 2012 at 10:34 AM

Seems to be a common thread here, just can’t figure it out….

GrassMudHorsey on May 16, 2012 at 8:46 AM

Because at a leftist’s core is… nothing. And something has to fill the void. Anything. To leave it unfilled, even if only with ersatz accomplishments or identity, is fatal.

…when you gaze long into an abyss the abyss also gazes into you.

de rigueur on May 16, 2012 at 10:38 AM

I think we may have just found a finalist for the 2012 Obamateurism of the Year.

joekenha on May 16, 2012 at 10:57 AM

Why not get the quote right, especially since it is so well known?

The obvious implication is that liberals actually do want people to “ask what their country can do for them.” That is the underlying basis to liberalism in the United States–use the country to dole out benefits and then treat those benefits as something the country is doing for the individual. In return, the individual becomes dependent on those benefits and then continues to asks the country, what are you going to give me next?

Conservative in NOVA on May 16, 2012 at 11:04 AM

For all of those who were wondering if this is “common practice” just go to the Wayback Machine and find out.

Here is the bio for Calvin Coolidge in October 2008, before Glorious Leader’s Historic Election Against Which all Others Pale by Comparison.

Logic on May 16, 2012 at 11:09 AM

And yet again…..

It’s all about meeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!

Tim_CA on May 16, 2012 at 11:20 AM

He’s got till November to keep screwing up.

TimBuk3 on May 16, 2012 at 8:20 AM

and then ’til January to just outright inflict damage…

affenhauer on May 16, 2012 at 11:29 AM

“And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country.” –John Kennedy

“And so, my comrade Americans: ask not what you can do for yourselves and your country—ask what your gov’t can do for you.” — Obama

Schadenfreude on May 16, 2012 at 11:44 AM

Reminds me of a Dog leaving his scent everywhere he treads.

Unfortunatly, it stinks to high heaven.

jaydee_007 on May 16, 2012 at 11:48 AM

Excerpt from the Biography of King Arthur…

King Arthur answered, “The Lady of the Lake, her arm clad in the purest shimmering samite held aloft Excalibur from the bosom of the water, signifying by divine providence that I, Arthur, was to carry Excalibur. THAT is why I am your king.” Barack Obama also received annointing from the Lady of the Mainstream Media, thier countenance clad within the shimmering telecommunications devices found in all homes, held aloft The One signifying by the Providence of the Elite that he was to carry Hope and Change.

jaydee_007 on May 16, 2012 at 11:58 AM

The full quote is, “And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country.”

Asking not what your country can do for you undermines Obama’s entire philosophy of government.

So reciting the entire quote and actually putting the second half in context would conflict with the narrative. (Julia’s wonderful gubmint-assisted life would have been a disaster if she hadn’t asked what her country could do for her!)

Obama and his crew have never shrunk from distorting or misrepresenting history if it serves their political agendas. Of course, in many cases, they are simply ignorant of history and fabricating from whole cloth.

novaculus on May 16, 2012 at 12:07 PM

I was talking with the wife about this and our teenage daughter overheard and remarked that this was just standard procedure for a thug. She said that it was the same way at school or their neighborhoods, they were always leaving their “mark”…..names, initials, gang signs. If they wanted to proclaim to the world that this area was theirs, they’d tag it.

So give Barry some slack dude…..he’s just marking his s**t!

Renee on May 16, 2012 at 12:27 PM

We are witnessing the unraveling of a narcissist. In public, on TV, for the world to see. The catastrophic moment (when the narcissist Obama finally faces REJECTION head on) will be devastating and has yet to come.

Why should it surprise anyone that the Soetoro campaign is proving to not be any less INCOMPETENT than the Soetoro governing Regime? It really shouldn’t.

To this point, Hussein has –NEVER– faced a contested election where the following were true:

1. He has a record to run on that he can’t avoid
2. An actual opponent who isn’t just going to lay down and be steamrolled.

John McCain ran the absolute WORST campaign of ALL TIME in 2008. And it wasn’t Sarah’s fault, she was the only LIFE that campaign ever had.

wildcat72 on May 16, 2012 at 8:18 AM

Everything you write here is true (and I, as I’ve said many times, I personally cannot wait to see Obama’s public melt down), but I do want to add something re: McCain.

In fairness, a lot of McCain’s wrong decisions had to do with the race card. McCain was terrified after what he saw Obama (and the media) pull on Hillary & Bill Clinton (for the love of dog! Say what you want about them, but they aren’t racists, yet all the Obots & the MSM were calling them racists and threatening “blood on the streets of Denver” if Obama didn’t win Dem. nomination). I don’t think McCain should have been so wimpy about it but what Obama did was vicious & scary (and is shows how big Palin’s balls are that she didn’t care). Now, in 2012, playing the race card the second time doesn’t have the same effect.

Dark Star on May 16, 2012 at 12:33 PM

Can their arrogance be so stupendous…

Trafalgar on May 16, 2012 at 8:12 AM

Yes.

jana on May 16, 2012 at 1:43 PM

It was a “composite” quote.

Sherrytex on May 16, 2012 at 1:58 PM

Ok… I was wrong.

I thought Obama was deliberately and maliciously misquoting people, taking them out of context, and basically lying on purpose.

But after he fails to property quote what may be JFK’s MOST famous quote… clearly he’s too incompetent to quote anyone on anything ever. He either can’t think, cant’ listen, or can’t figure out how the two work together.

Clearly he’s not malicious; he’s our first barely functional mentally disabled President.

Not really a ringing endorsement though.

gekkobear on May 16, 2012 at 2:18 PM

LMFAO! Anybody remember the movie Forrest Gump?

wish I could post an image, but check out the Fox News lead with the pic “Horning in on History”

Fighton03 on May 16, 2012 at 3:58 PM

The new and improved Obowma quote:

Ask me what you can do for me and I’ll tell you what I want you to do.

Obowma should know the Kennedy quote, he was there/sarc.

dthorny on May 16, 2012 at 4:40 PM

For all of those who were wondering if this is “common practice” just go to the Wayback Machine and find out.

Here is the bio for Calvin Coolidge in October 2008, before Glorious Leader’s Historic Election Against Which all Others Pale by Comparison.

Logic on May 16, 2012 at 11:09 AM

Thank you for posting this – I needed some proof of this to make my point to someone on FB. But I used President Reagan’s bio in place of Coolidge. Just because.

Ygritte on May 16, 2012 at 5:15 PM

Considering that his followers feel completely comfortable proclaiming the exact opposite of JFK’s quote, “Ask not what you can do for your country, but what your country can do for you!” I think no one in that White House Staff could bring themselves to actually quote him correctly… it could mean they may actually still be capable of shame.

joejmz on May 16, 2012 at 5:31 PM

“And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country.”

Obama no doubt does not like the first part of the quotation because it suggests that Americans not rely on government – an attitude which is totally inconsistent with his policies and agenda. The significance of making an issue of an anniversary proclamation is unclear — but at least it was not spelled “Peace Corpse!”

Colony14 on May 16, 2012 at 6:54 PM