Obamateurism of the Day

posted at 8:01 am on May 18, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

When a candidate wants to hammer a message, he takes every opportunity he can to do so, and let nothing stand in his way.  Barack Obama, however, takes it to a whole new level.  Deciding in February that he needed to keep hammering on the supposed Republican “war on women” after pushing his HHS contraception/sterilization/abortifacient mandate onto employers and schools, Obama requested the commencement-speaker slot at all-female Barnard College this past Monday:

After the presidential campaign has been focusing on female reproductive rights and other women’s issues, President Barack Obama is coming to the city Monday to deliver the commencement address at all-female Barnard College and attend two high-profile fundraisers.

Arriving in the city late Monday morning, the president is slated to deliver the commencement address before 600 Barnard graduates at 1 p.m.

NY1 will carry the president’s commencement address live from Barnard College, starting at about 1 p.m. Monday.

Obama called Barnard President Debora Spar on February 29 and requested to speak at the commencement.

Good move, right?  After all, nothing says which side of the war on women like, er … kicking a prominent woman out of the same speaking slot:

The original scheduled speaker, New York Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson, agreed to step aside to allow the president to headline the event.

Respect! Good thing that Obama replaced Ms. Abramson, because otherwise the graduates at Barnard might never have gotten a woman’s perspective on the world.

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LMAO. 0 knows what is best for the women-folk…

OmahaConservative on May 18, 2012 at 8:03 AM

wow, stay classy there dude….

and yet she lets it slide as well…

all hail dear leader

cmsinaz on May 18, 2012 at 8:04 AM

Good thing that Obama replaced Ms. Abramson, because otherwise the graduates at Barnard might never have gotten a woman’s perspective on the world.

God as my witness, this man needs to go away.

Happy Nomad on May 18, 2012 at 8:04 AM

Maybe Oboobi was just running low on estrogen and needed a fix.

swinia sutki on May 18, 2012 at 8:05 AM

Maybe Oboobi was just running low on estrogen and needed a fix.

swinia sutki on May 18, 2012 at 8:05 AM

No, he wanted a room full of chicks to reinforce the idea that he is America’s most prominent feminist. Essentially telling Catholics to go screw themselves because sluts at Georgetown Law need free contraception.

Happy Nomad on May 18, 2012 at 8:07 AM

To paraphrase the refined and erudite Sarah Silverman:

“There is a mere hair’s difference between either of these two women- Abramson and soetero.”

GrassMudHorsey on May 18, 2012 at 8:08 AM

Paternalism.

steebo77 on May 18, 2012 at 8:08 AM

Obama called Barnard President Debora Spar on February 29 and requested to speak at the commencement.

I always thought that speakers were asked to speak at a University commencement. barack had to ask to be invited to the party?!? What a gooberish moron.

BTW, barack sucks.

DuctTapeMyBrain on May 18, 2012 at 8:08 AM

As if Barnard graduates had never heard a woman’s perspective. Their loss is getting a lecture from a guy who wears mom jeans.

WhatNot on May 18, 2012 at 8:09 AM

Didn’t Time declare Ø the first woman president? Or do I have my sources mixed up? Anyhow, he requested the gig…. who in the world does that?
.
Out, out, damned spot!

ExpressoBold on May 18, 2012 at 8:14 AM

ExpressoBold on May 18, 2012 at 8:14 AM

very good point…first female president…very apropo then

cmsinaz on May 18, 2012 at 8:16 AM

Julia was transfixed.

t8stlikchkn on May 18, 2012 at 8:17 AM

Julia was transfixed.

t8stlikchkn on May 18, 2012 at 8:17 AM

Under Obama, being transfixed will be fully covered.

Under Romney, women will be forced into back alley transfixions.

forest on May 18, 2012 at 8:21 AM

Paternalism.

steebo77 on May 18, 2012 at 8:08 AM

Pretty much. Evidently many Lefty women crave Big Daddy Government to protect them from the meanies in the real world.

Ironically most of these seemingly fragile women’s “needs” could be better satisfied (more accountability/flexibility/control) at the state and local level. But the Left rejects federalism, so…

visions on May 18, 2012 at 8:23 AM

Obama shoved a girl back in his day…
Why expect less from Gay Obama today.

Electrongod on May 18, 2012 at 8:24 AM

Well at least he didn’t have to wait for the women to ‘settle down’ and stop ‘creating havoc’ like that other time at band camp, er I mean the women’s economic forum where he shared some of his super important thoughts about why they should vote for him.

CitizenEgg on May 18, 2012 at 8:29 AM

seamus and stuff

Slade73 on May 18, 2012 at 8:31 AM

Well he is the first Female President.

USMCDevilDog on May 18, 2012 at 8:32 AM

Under Obama, being transfixed will be fully covered.

Under Romney, women will be forced into back alley transfixions.

forest on May 18, 2012 at 8:21 AM

Too Funny! LOL!

Happy Nomad on May 18, 2012 at 8:34 AM

The bumping or horning in on other speakers seems to be a pattern.

At Virginia Tech, Sen Mark Warner was the slated commencement speaker; however, the O Admin decided Michelle should have the prime spot so bumped Warner into second.

On the other hand, I’ve been out of college for almost 3 decades — maybe the student body doesn’t vote on the speaker in this post-modern age?

Greyledge Gal on May 18, 2012 at 8:39 AM

No one thought it might be a bad idea to send the Secret Service to an all girl college?

Their morality monitors must have been busy.

Sgt Steve on May 18, 2012 at 8:40 AM

…if he had worn a dress under his robe while speaking…the media wouldn’t have reported it!

KOOLAID2 on May 18, 2012 at 8:43 AM

Here is an article by a young woman who attended the commencement speech and felt “stereotyped, simplified, and used.”

http://www.cpreview.org/2012/05/obamas-politicized-commencement-speech/

This was very well written, and pointed out how women are individuals, not cogs in the Dem collective. Somehow, I do not think Ayelet Pearl’s major is some typical feel-good subject. Hopefully, she will rock the boat as a journalist in time. When will they break out the torches and pitchforks and attack her, I wonder?

Madisonian on May 18, 2012 at 8:45 AM

The original scheduled speaker, New York Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson, agreed to step aside to allow the president to headline the event.

Also, the first woman to become Executive Editor of the NYT’s, for Mz. Abramson, this is a badge of honor for her to “step aside” for her King of Liberalism. Little Jill had helped produce campaign ads for Jimmy Carter and Governor Bill Clinton. She obviously knew her place was to submit to a higher authority.

Rovin on May 18, 2012 at 8:45 AM

Under Obama, being transfixed will be fully covered.

Under Romney, women will be forced into back alley transfixions.

forest on May 18, 2012 at 8:21 AM

…lol…I’m crabby till noon…I like people who are humorous in the morning!

KOOLAID2 on May 18, 2012 at 8:46 AM

So it’s been established that the President is black, gay, and female. Next thing we know, he’s also handicapped.

Archivarix on May 18, 2012 at 8:47 AM

Under Obama, being transfixed will be fully covered.

Under Romney, women will be forced into back alley transfixions.

forest on May 18, 2012 at 8:21 AM

Laughed out loud and the better half thinks I’ve finally lost it.

No one thought it might be a bad idea to send the Secret Service to an all girl college?

Their morality monitors must have been busy.

Sgt Steve on May 18, 2012 at 8:40 AM

Sgt Steve has never been to an “all GIRLS college”. I hate to paint with broad brushes however, not too much to worry about unless the SS agents are also “girls”. IYKWIMAITYD.

D-fusit on May 18, 2012 at 8:52 AM

So it’s been established that the President is black, gay, and female.

Archivarix on May 18, 2012 at 8:47 AM

And, don’t forget a global citizen like Eduardo Saverin.

Fallon on May 18, 2012 at 8:55 AM

Mitt hates dogs

Slade73 on May 18, 2012 at 8:56 AM

Good thing that Obama replaced Ms. Abramson, because otherwise the graduates at Barnard might never have gotten a woman’s perspective on the world.

Well he is the first gay President so, close enough?

HotAirian on May 18, 2012 at 8:58 AM

Respect! Good thing that Obama replaced Ms. Abramson, because otherwise the graduates at Barnard might never have gotten a woman’s perspective on the world.

Ahem Socialist Algebra:

TFGP > Wimmyn

CorporatePiggy on May 18, 2012 at 9:14 AM

God as my witness, this man needs to go away.

Happy Nomad on May 18, 2012 at 8:04 AM

+1

So it’s been established that the President is black, gay, and female. Next thing we know, he’s also handicapped.

Archivarix on May 18, 2012 at 8:47 AM

Well, he DID get the first handicapped SC justice confirmed (Sotomayor is diabetic)…does that count?

herm2416 on May 18, 2012 at 9:25 AM

Narcissist in chief.

vcferlita on May 18, 2012 at 9:27 AM

That’s OK darlings. You can still be successful and be fashionable all at the same time.

MNHawk on May 18, 2012 at 9:35 AM

Reminds me on O’Reilly the other night, the body language person (Tonya Something) was analyzing Obummer’s appearance on The View, and she said serveral times how his mannerisms indicated his desire to “fit in with the other women“. LOL

KS Rex on May 18, 2012 at 9:38 AM

He’ll be looking for Julia among the graduates.

Steve Z on May 18, 2012 at 9:38 AM

Well, he DID get the first handicapped SC justice confirmed (Sotomayor is diabetic)…does that count?

herm2416 on May 18, 2012 at 9:25 AM

I don’t think it counts. The White House bio for FDR only says that:

Today the Obama Administration continues to protect seniors and ensure Social Security will be there for future generations.

Happy Nomad on May 18, 2012 at 9:40 AM

Mitt hates dogs

Slade73 on May 18, 2012 at 8:56 AM

barack loves dogs. Especially grilled and covered with gravy.

BTW, barack sucks.

DuctTapeMyBrain on May 18, 2012 at 10:15 AM

I was waiting for you to peg this one. Not all that long ago it would have been inconceivable that a male politician lecture women on their aspirations and needs. Amazing to me that the “women’s liberation” movement has devolved so far that there was nary a peep about Obama’s presumption.

UnrepentantCurmudgeon on May 18, 2012 at 10:36 AM

Obama called Barnard President Debora Spar on February 29 and requested to speak at the commencement.

I always thought that speakers were asked to speak at a University commencement. barack had to ask to be invited to the party?!? What a gooberish moron.

BTW, barack sucks.

DuctTapeMyBrain on May 18, 2012 at 8:08 AM

President Barack Obama is coming to the city Monday to deliver the commencement address at all-female Barnard College and attend two high-profile fundraisers.

So you missed the real reason the One asked to speak. He had 2 fundraisers to attend in that city and needed an “official” function also so that WE the taxpayers could pay for the flight, etc…

climbnjump on May 18, 2012 at 10:38 AM

I bet Michelle makes him wear his mom jeans to the graduation….hahahah

Iron Butterfly on May 18, 2012 at 10:58 AM

And then he told them not to worry so much about shopping for clothes, or something.

Which is, you know, SEXIST.

Ben Hur on May 18, 2012 at 11:08 AM

The original scheduled speaker, New York Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson, agreed to step aside to allow the president to headline the event.

Well, this is how it works. You start by pushing around painfully shy little black girls in grade school and you wind up pushing around women who are NYT executive editors.

But I’m sure it was an inspirational commencement address for the young ladies:

You, Too, Can Be Julia

de rigueur on May 18, 2012 at 11:15 AM

So it’s been established that the President is black, gay, and female. Next thing we know, he’s also handicapped.

Archivarix on May 18, 2012 at 8:47 AM

he is. that is why he takes TOTUS with him everywhere he goes.

katablog.com on May 18, 2012 at 11:34 AM

climbnjump on May 18, 2012 at 10:38 AM

yep, nail on the head.

katablog.com on May 18, 2012 at 11:36 AM

Fluke him. He appeals to stupid women.

No one is more mysoginist than Obama.

Schadenfreude on May 18, 2012 at 11:39 AM

Jeebus …
Y’all need a new category called:
Pathetic Pandering:

“Obama called Barnard President Debora Spar on February 29 and requested to speak at the commencement.”

The hubris and narcissism of that thing from Kenya apparently has no end.
Truly Pathetic.
~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on May 18, 2012 at 11:49 AM

The “war on women” article that outraged me was the one about the woman who had her blog removed by the State Department.
She’s a breast cancer survivor, but made the mistake of using the word “nipple”.

fjb3795 on May 18, 2012 at 11:54 AM

Good thing that Obama replaced Ms. Abramson, because otherwise the graduates at Barnard might never have gotten a woman’s perspective on the world.

Amen.

Tim_CA on May 18, 2012 at 12:04 PM

…if he had worn a dress under his robe while speaking…the media wouldn’t have reported it!

KOOLAID2 on May 18, 2012 at 8:43 AM

That’s a sarong.

Solaratov on May 18, 2012 at 1:02 PM

All in line with his “support” of women as demonstrated by taking the Democratic presidential nomination from Hilary Clinton despite her having more Democratic primary votes. Howard Dean just decided not to count some of the states. Not to suppress women of course. Democrates would never do that./

talkingpoints on May 18, 2012 at 3:15 PM

Jill Abramson was originally scheduled to be honored with the “Barnard Medal of Distinction.” Was it given to (taken by) Obama instead?

Colony14 on May 18, 2012 at 4:12 PM

Obowma’s ever-evolving war on women.

dthorny on May 18, 2012 at 4:30 PM

So it’s been established that the President is black, gay, and female. Next thing we know, he’s also handicapped.

Archivarix on May 18, 2012 at 8:47 AM

Oh, we’ve known that for some time now. We’ve heard him speak.

Freelancer on May 18, 2012 at 9:56 PM