Obamateurism of the Day

posted at 8:01 am on June 5, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Consider this the Wisconsin recall edition OOTD.  At first, I was fairly certain we wouldn’t get an OOTD out of this event at all.  Barack Obama has done his best to stay as far away from Tom Barrett as humanly possible.  In fact, last Friday he managed to fly over Wisconsin to get to Minnesota for a few fundraisers, and then fly over Wisconsin again to get to a few more fundraisers in Chicago later the same day, a fact with which Republicans had some fun this weekend:

The president, who campaigned for Mr. Barrett two years ago, has been conspicuously absent this time. His aides argued that he had a full plate and did not have time to come. But Republicans were quick to point out that Mr. Obama was only a helicopter ride on Marine One away from the state on Friday when he visited Minneapolis, and again on Saturday after spending the morning in his old neighborhood in Chicago.

“He couldn’t drive 15 miles and show his face here?” said Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, who spent the weekend in his native Wisconsin to stir the pot and campaign for Mr. Walker. “There are going to be a lot of Democrats in Wisconsin who are going to be pretty disappointed with their president who did not come in and help out.”

Fear not, Democrats!  Barack Obama has finally reached out in support of Barrett, as Allahpundit noted briefly in an update on this post.  But he picked a strange medium for the support, and hilariously ironic wording, too:

It’s Election Day in Wisconsin tomorrow, and I’m standing by Tom Barrett. He’d make an outstanding governor. -bo

Obama could have cut a TV spot, a web ad, or even a voice-over for a last minute radio spot.  Instead, the deepest level of commitment Obama could muster for Barrett is a Twitter message.  And note that the tweet claims to have Obama doing something he refused to do literally — “standing by Tom Barrett.”  Not only did Obama do his best to avoid standing anywhere near Barrett in this election, Obama apparently couldn’t dare to be in the same state.

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Probably helps Barret…

OmahaConservative on June 5, 2012 at 8:05 AM

Long lines are already forming here in Madison.

sammypants on June 5, 2012 at 8:05 AM

pathetic….

cmsinaz on June 5, 2012 at 8:06 AM

When Obama himself goes down to defeat, I hope this is the kind of treatment he gets from other Democrats.

jwolf on June 5, 2012 at 8:06 AM

You are wrong…this is not a mistake by Obama, it’s how he rolls.

If you cannot directly help him, you are of no use.

right2bright on June 5, 2012 at 8:07 AM

but it ended with -bo so you know he actually wrote that tweet
-lsm

c’mon

cmsinaz on June 5, 2012 at 8:07 AM

Barrack “phone it in” Obama.

Mord on June 5, 2012 at 8:08 AM

If you like your Governor, you can keep your Governor…er, no wait.

More than one lefty political analyst will spin themselves deep into the ground over these results.

CitizenEgg on June 5, 2012 at 8:09 AM

but it ended with -bo so you know he actually wrote that tweet -lsm

c’mon

cmsinaz on June 5, 2012 at 8:07 AM

I think the dog wrote it.

Naturally Curly on June 5, 2012 at 8:11 AM

“Obama, we are your army,….lets take these sons of b|tches out!!!”

“Hey…where are you going??”

Electrongod on June 5, 2012 at 8:11 AM

He did not have the guts to use his full name either.
He just left his “BO” at the end of the message.
That stinks. ;)

mechkiller_k on June 5, 2012 at 8:11 AM

Naturally Curly on June 5, 2012 at 8:11 AM

heh

cmsinaz on June 5, 2012 at 8:12 AM

Twit.

NeighborhoodCatLady on June 5, 2012 at 8:12 AM

He didn’t write it. Bo did.

crazy_legs on June 5, 2012 at 8:13 AM

And notice the use of “He’d” instead of “He’ll” – notes a marked lack of confidence, doncha think?

Turn MD Red on June 5, 2012 at 8:14 AM

when you care enough to send the very best, say it in 140 characters or less.

/hallmark

ted c on June 5, 2012 at 8:15 AM

Poor Barrett. He was hoping for the cavalry – instead, he got grandma on a Rascal.

AubieJon on June 5, 2012 at 8:16 AM

I hope all the democrats running for election this fall return the favor and tweet him their good wishes rather than appear with him at campaign stops.

Night Owl on June 5, 2012 at 8:18 AM

And notice the use of “He’d” instead of “He’ll” – notes a marked lack of confidence, doncha think?

Turn MD Red on June 5, 2012 at 8:14 AM

Yes, I noticed that, too. Sure must be inspiring to receive that tweet–don’tcha think?

ABO2012

herm2416 on June 5, 2012 at 8:18 AM

Present.

TimBuk3 on June 5, 2012 at 8:18 AM

Dear Leader likes to keep dirty jobs at arm’s length. This is like a positive Predator Drone.

Hitler probably loved V-2s, also.

What a rotten remark…

IlikedAUH2O on June 5, 2012 at 8:19 AM

when did Mr. O reach out his staff across the GDP growth and utter “Be Still!” and it was so??

ted c on June 5, 2012 at 8:19 AM

What i love most is that given that he chose to tweet his support, he MUST know he’s radioactive. For a narsissist that has to hurt. Chickens roosting and all that.

beselfish on June 5, 2012 at 8:20 AM

barack obama – phoning it in, one election at a time.

Present!

DuctTapeMyBrain on June 5, 2012 at 8:20 AM

I mean, Anthony Weiner cared enough to send his very best via Twitter, so, why not? right?

ted c on June 5, 2012 at 8:20 AM

He did not have the guts to use his full name either.
He just left his “BO” at the end of the message.
That stinks. ;)

mechkiller_k on June 5, 2012 at 8:11 AM

43.8% of all recipients of that tweet thought it was from the First Dog.

itsnotaboutme on June 5, 2012 at 8:21 AM

I mean, Anthony Weiner cared enough to send his very best via Twitter, so, why not? right?

ted c on June 5, 2012 at 8:20 AM

I get the feeling that they both were sending the same message.

AubieJon on June 5, 2012 at 8:24 AM

weedle deetle deet, Tweedle deetle deet
Tweedle deetle deet, Tweedle deetle deet
Tweet, tweet, tweet, tweet

ExpressoBold on June 5, 2012 at 8:26 AM

He didn’t have time for a campaign stop since he had to attend fundraisers in the other 56 states…

MaaddMaaxx on June 5, 2012 at 8:26 AM

did a white dove appear when the tweet came down ?

ted c on June 5, 2012 at 8:29 AM

when you care enough to send the very best, say it in 140 characters or less.

/hallmark

ted c on June 5, 2012 at 8:15 AM

Heh!!!Winna

docflash on June 5, 2012 at 8:30 AM

beselfish on June 5, 2012 at 8:20 AM

“The difference is, you’ve got me!” –Barack Obama

AZCoyote on June 5, 2012 at 8:30 AM

when you care enough to send the very best, say it in 140 characters or less.

/hallmark

ted c on June 5, 2012 at 8:15 AM

LOL!

Night Owl on June 5, 2012 at 8:32 AM

Looks like it’s time for Teh Won to get a bigger bus.

WordsMatter on June 5, 2012 at 8:33 AM

43.8% of all recipients of that tweet thought it was from the First Dog.

itsnotaboutme on June 5, 2012 at 8:21 AM

Rats, I thought the cleaver turn of phrase of “BO” and “stink” would be the funny.
Outdone by the darn dog.

mechkiller_k on June 5, 2012 at 8:33 AM

What i love most is that given that he chose to tweet his support, he MUST know he’s radioactive. For a narsissist that has to hurt. Chickens roosting and all that.

beselfish on June 5, 2012 at 8:20 AM

I’d like to think he has internal polling that convinced him it just wasn’t worth the effort.

swinia sutki on June 5, 2012 at 8:42 AM

This is a transparent administration as in virtual as in no substance whatsoever.

NoDonkey on June 5, 2012 at 8:42 AM

I listened to a lefty radio station this morning, just for giggles. And oh, there were giggles. The curse words were flying already…along with the predictable “this has nothing to do with Obama” distancing.

This could be a fun night. :-)

Grace_is_sufficient on June 5, 2012 at 8:43 AM

“[I]f American workers are being denied their right to organize when I’m in the White House, I will put on a comfortable pair of shoes and I will walk on that picket line with you as president of the United States,” Obama told a crowd in Spartanburg, South Carolina, in November 2007.

Maybe Bo the dog chewed up his comfortable shoes.

Flora Duh on June 5, 2012 at 8:45 AM

I come before you to stand behind you and tell you a story I know nothing about.

…if you do not believe this lie is true, just ask the blind man; he saw it too.

backwoods conservative on June 5, 2012 at 8:47 AM

isn’t madison a liberal left wing cesspool?

losarkos on June 5, 2012 at 8:56 AM

Present.

TimBuk3 on June 5, 2012 at 8:18 AM

….President Present!

KOOLAID2 on June 5, 2012 at 8:56 AM

Maybe Bo the dog chewed up his comfortable shoes.

Flora Duh on June 5, 2012 at 8:45 AM

…”they treat me like a dog!”…well…“bo”…don’t sign your messages, like a dog!

KOOLAID2 on June 5, 2012 at 9:00 AM

If Wisconsin Dems really wanted Obowmao there, they’d would have told The White House it was a vote to abort Walker.

Laura in Maryland on June 5, 2012 at 9:01 AM

Present.

TimBuk3 on June 5, 2012 at 8:18 AM

Barely.

“Yesterday, upon the stair,
I met a man who wasn’t there
He wasn’t there again today
I wish, I wish he’d go away…”

backwoods conservative on June 5, 2012 at 9:01 AM

What’s Barry’s record in endorsing, seems lately everyone he endorses loses?

Maybe Barrett asked him to stay away.

NoDonkey on June 5, 2012 at 9:02 AM

What’s next … someone tweets a marriage proposal?

Paul-Cincy on June 5, 2012 at 9:02 AM

We must continue the fun from yesterday.

It’s Thingamajig Day in Wisconsin tomorrow, and I’m standing by Tom Barrett. He’d make an outstanding thingamajig. -bo

Nutstuyu on June 5, 2012 at 9:03 AM

What’s next … someone tweets a marriage proposal?

Paul-Cincy on June 5, 2012 at 9:02 AM

I tweeted a marriage proposal to my pet parrot, but the bigots won’t let me marry who I love.

Nutstuyu on June 5, 2012 at 9:04 AM

Aside from campaign/fundraise for himself and vacation, what exactly does Obama do?

St Gaudens on June 5, 2012 at 9:05 AM

“He who joyfully marches to music in rank and file has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would suffice.” Albert Einstein

An fitting description of the “prog-regressives,” yes?

Wisconsin’s Dems are crawling alive with “Loser Cooties.” The Big Zero could actually see the hideous infestation from Air Farce One’s window. Surely, the unions didn’t expect their little golden calf to land and mix it up with the guys who are about to melt him down, did they? Feel the heat, Barky?

TheClearRiver on June 5, 2012 at 9:09 AM

Aside from campaign/fundraise for himself and vacation, what exactly does Obama do?

St Gaudens on June 5, 2012 at 9:05 AM

What did he ever do? I know he smoked pot and liked to play basketball. If he ever worked or created anything in his life, I missed it. Well, he’s creating tweets. Or his staff is. Whatever.

Paul-Cincy on June 5, 2012 at 9:17 AM

I thought the dog wrote it, too. Actually, the dog would have been more of a boost to him then the Zero.

JoAnn1965 on June 5, 2012 at 9:23 AM

What else does B. O. stand for?

Steve Z on June 5, 2012 at 9:32 AM

Tammy just turned over in her grave.

Kissmygrits on June 5, 2012 at 9:39 AM

Tammy just turned over in her grave.

Kissmygrits on June 5, 2012 at 9:39 AM

Heh. Good one

SteveInRTP on June 5, 2012 at 9:42 AM

Maybe Obooba’s didn’t actually avoid WI…

“I barely have a chance as it is, the last thing I need is that moron standing next to me in Walker’s ads!” -Barrett.

Akzed on June 5, 2012 at 9:44 AM

“Hail to the Chief First Twit”.

Yoop on June 5, 2012 at 9:46 AM

And notice the use of “He’d” instead of “He’ll” – notes a marked lack of confidence, doncha think? Turn MD Red on June 5, 2012 at 8:14 AM

You think he knows the difference?!

Akzed on June 5, 2012 at 9:46 AM

BO is SO awesome that he didn’t even need all 140 characters to sway the voters and change the outcome of the recall. Might as well call off the election: it’s a done deal.

Laurence on June 5, 2012 at 9:46 AM

What else does B. O. stand for?

Steve Z on June 5, 2012 at 9:32 AM

“We’re $5 trillion (to be $6 trillion) more in debt, and all I got for it is this lousy T-shirt

Paul-Cincy on June 5, 2012 at 9:53 AM

Voting “present” via Tweet…what a TWIT!

LaRepublican on June 5, 2012 at 10:01 AM

This is Obama being his usual classless self. Will the dems wake up to the fact that for him, it’s all about the O?

dogsoldier on June 5, 2012 at 10:03 AM

Aside from campaign/fundraise for himself and vacation, what exactly does Obama do?

St Gaudens on June 5, 2012 at 9:05 AM

Well those golf score cards don’t just fill themselves up with lies on their own y’know?

CitizenEgg on June 5, 2012 at 10:05 AM

What a twit.

NoFanofLibs on June 5, 2012 at 10:14 AM

Barrett has learned what foreign leaders have already learned: It’s time to start worrying when Barry Obama says “I stand by you!”.

GarandFan on June 5, 2012 at 10:27 AM

Maybe this followed by this.

Bmore on June 5, 2012 at 10:41 AM

43.8% of all recipients of that tweet thought it was from the First Dog.

itsnotaboutme on June 5, 2012 at 8:21 AM

Tweeting from beyond the wok no less.

CorporatePiggy on June 5, 2012 at 10:57 AM

It almost looks like the Prez spammed him lol.

ArtVandelay on June 5, 2012 at 11:04 AM

when you care enough to send the very best, say it in 140 characters or less.

/hallmark

ted c on June 5, 2012 at 8:15 AM

Moses heard a message from God from a burning bush. Liberals heard a message from their Obamagod from a tweet with a halo around it.

Gladtobehere on June 5, 2012 at 11:10 AM

Always wondered why they named the dog BO, after Obama. Who knew that his dog could tweet?

One thing we can be asured of, Obama was never anywhere near this tweet when it was sent.

As for not dropping by while he was over the nieghborhood. He understood that doing so would be wasting the taxpayers money that paying for his campaign events fundrasiers, that he needs for other places that show their appreciation of him by electing Democrats and supporting their local thugs unions who assure him adoring crowds and voters who will vote and vote often for him.

Franklyn on June 5, 2012 at 11:26 AM

The Great Communicator hard at work. Heh.

Pablo Snooze on June 5, 2012 at 1:49 PM

Presidentin’ be hard, y’all.

Adjoran on June 5, 2012 at 2:54 PM

Obama only cares about himself. Obama is a coward.

jqc1970 on June 5, 2012 at 3:22 PM