Obamateurism of the Day

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

Yesterday, the Romney campaign took their Democratic counterparts to school.  Team Obama released their May fundraising numbers early, hoping to get a boost in the media with the improved totals over April of $60 million, in partnership with the DNC.  Within the hour, Romney’s campaign completely swamped out their media strategy, changing the narrative from Obama improvement to Romney’s triumph, beating Team O by nearly $17 million in May.

Unfortunately, Barack Obama flunked that lesson.  Instead of letting his campaign address the issue, Obama took to Twitter to argue that Romney’s fundraising was somehow less genuine:

“What we’re seeing are two very different models of fund-raising.” http://OFA.BO/LQrRyE

Really?  The Romney campaign quickly pointed out — again — that 93% of their donations in May were $250 or less:

 In the first full month of joint fundraising between Romney’s campaign, RNC and various committees associated with the two, 93% of donations were of $250 of less, totaling 297,442 individuals. That leads to a grand total of more than 319,800 donors for team Romney, compared to the more than 572,000 who donated to Obama and the DNC in May. Ninety-eight percent of donations to the president’s side were $250 or less.

So, that looks pretty much like the same model, doesn’t it?  And really, dahling, is Obama in any position to argue about being more connected to The Little People after running this ad a week ago?

Maybe someone should take the Twitter device away from the President.

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Genuine failure…

OmahaConservative on June 8, 2012 at 8:02 AM

Continue the beatings.

antisocial on June 8, 2012 at 8:03 AM

projection….

cmsinaz on June 8, 2012 at 8:04 AM

hollywood money is fabulous

gop money is evil

cmsinaz on June 8, 2012 at 8:05 AM

Twitter dee and Twitter dumb!

Bubba Redneck on June 8, 2012 at 8:06 AM

cmsinaz on June 8, 2012 at 8:05 AM

Koch Bros…

OmahaConservative on June 8, 2012 at 8:06 AM

Hard on the heels of this news coming out I received an email from BHO asking for a contribution of “anything” even “$3″.

Do people really donate $3 to a candidate? This isn’t a Unicef campaign. “Just $3 will feed Michelle for an entire 12 seconds” etc.

CorporatePiggy on June 8, 2012 at 8:07 AM

So fundraising from people who are overpaid to pretend to be real people is more legitimate than fundraising from genuine real people?

wildcat72 on June 8, 2012 at 8:07 AM

barack needs to learn to keep his mouth shut, because Mitt will be glad to shut it for him. Actually, I hope he doesn’t learn that lesson. His desparation is fun to watch!

DuctTapeMyBrain on June 8, 2012 at 8:07 AM

Anyone else get chills when Ed says, dahling?

No? Just me?

Fallon on June 8, 2012 at 8:08 AM

I’m really starting to warm up to this Romney campaign. I may have to become one of those small donors soon.

Zero is punching above his weight with Romney in the ring.

stvnscott on June 8, 2012 at 8:08 AM

Maybe someone should take the Twitter device away from the President.

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WHY?
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Isn’t easier to win if the other side loses through its own ineptitude, incompetence and failure? No one wants a country whose government is administered by an inept, incompetent failure!

ExpressoBold on June 8, 2012 at 8:10 AM

Wow. So, Romney rolled out that Solyndra ad last week and yesterday, totally curb stomped the O’s fundraising numbers. The timeliness of the Romney campaigns strategy is proving effective. I’m impressed.

ted c on June 8, 2012 at 8:11 AM

That face in that video . . .
Have mercy please! Eye surgery is expensive!

Bubba Redneck on June 8, 2012 at 8:11 AM

What was Anna Wintour like as a child?

Shorter.

AubieJon on June 8, 2012 at 8:12 AM

Zero is punching above his weight with Romney in the ring.

stvnscott on June 8, 2012 at 8:08 AM

He sure seems to be!
Who knew Mitt had it in him?! I have to say, I’m happily impressed.

herm2416 on June 8, 2012 at 8:12 AM

Fallon on June 8, 2012 at 8:08 AM

Deep in the spine ones . . .

Bubba Redneck on June 8, 2012 at 8:13 AM

Who knew Mitt had it in him?! I have to say, I’m happily impressed.

herm2416 on June 8, 2012 at 8:12 AM

A true leader knows his limitations and surrounds himself with people who complement him.

Obama surrounds himself with people who compliment him.

AubieJon on June 8, 2012 at 8:15 AM

I, too, have been happily surprised at the gumption of the Romney campaign.

kingsjester on June 8, 2012 at 8:15 AM

Maybe someone should take the Twitter device away from the President

Let the twit tweet all he wants. What we really need to take away from him are the keys to the U.S. Treasury.

AZCoyote on June 8, 2012 at 8:16 AM

“What we’re seeing are two very different models of fund-raising.” http://OFA.BO/LQrRyE

Yeah, one is effective and the other not so much. Is that a man in the picture? Looks like she has an Adams apple.

Kissmygrits on June 8, 2012 at 8:17 AM

I was one of those small donors in May and proud of it.

Keep hammering away team Mitt – you are winning.

gophergirl on June 8, 2012 at 8:17 AM

Yepper OC

cmsinaz on June 8, 2012 at 8:18 AM

McCain would rule this type of response out of bounds and ungentlemanly. Mitt is hammering Supreme Leader every time He turns around. He’s staying on offense. I too am surprised and impressed.

Dingbat63 on June 8, 2012 at 8:19 AM

I can’t see that ad enough…it is like a car wreck, a broken bungee cord, a man falling into a manhole, a motorcycle jump going bad…I just replay it and can’t believe the ending…”…but just don’t be late”, the vocal intonation is remarkable, it must have taken years to perfect that tone.

Elitism to perfection, for decades this will be the standard of all things wrong with progressives.

Degrading the wealthy, while lavishly living the lifestyle. Like a Broadway play about the poor, they perform…than after the play go out and party.

right2bright on June 8, 2012 at 8:22 AM

“Just $3 will feed Michelle for an entire 12 seconds”

Have you SEEN the price of arugala lately?

Laurence on June 8, 2012 at 8:24 AM

“Just $3 will feed Michelle for an entire 12 seconds”

Have you SEEN the price of arugala lately?

Laurence on June 8, 2012 at 8:24 AM

I don’t consume arugala and looking at the six axe-handle wide rear of Moochelle, I doubt she does either.

wildcat72 on June 8, 2012 at 8:26 AM

Lil’ Barry is knee-deep in poo stink, and the tide is rising. Mitt’s campaign is really on it’s toes. I may have to let the moths out of my wallet and send him a few bucks.

Naturally Curly on June 8, 2012 at 8:31 AM

A true leader knows his limitations and surrounds himself with people who complement him.

Obama surrounds himself with people who compliment him.

AubieJon on June 8, 2012 at 8:15 AM

Excellent observation!

Drained Brain on June 8, 2012 at 8:32 AM

Not tonight, Michelle, I’m losing my election.” – Barack

PolarCoug on June 8, 2012 at 8:34 AM

A true leader knows his limitations and surrounds himself with people who complement him.

Obama surrounds himself with people who compliment him.

AubieJon on June 8, 2012 at 8:15 AM

Excellent observation!

Drained Brain on June 8, 2012 at 8:32 AM

Obama desires worshipers, not capable people.

He still thinks he’s some kind of god.

wildcat72 on June 8, 2012 at 8:37 AM

A true leader knows his limitations and surrounds himself with people who complement him.
AubieJon on June 8, 2012 at 8:15 AM

like mike leavitt?

renalin on June 8, 2012 at 8:38 AM

Mitt has the knife in and needs to keep twisting it.

docflash on June 8, 2012 at 8:40 AM

cause folks if ya thought mike leavitt was gonna get rich, you aint seen nothing yet! wait till romneycare goes through. it’ll be beacoup bucks time for mike.

crony capitalists 2012

renalin on June 8, 2012 at 8:42 AM

Maybe someone should take the Twitter Presidentin’ device away from the President.

Cleombrotus on June 8, 2012 at 8:42 AM

What we see from the amateur is to be expected. What is truly awesome with this story is that with Romney we are not seeing a repeat of the McCain strategy.

Keemo on June 8, 2012 at 8:43 AM

like mike leavitt?

renalin on June 8, 2012 at 8:38 AM

I have to believe Leavitt was chosen for other reasons besides his leanings toward Obamacare. Romney would alienate a lot of supporters if he’s elected and then appoints Leavitt to a position that would allow him to act on those leanings.

AubieJon on June 8, 2012 at 8:44 AM

Not tonight, Michelle, I’m losing my election.” – Barack

PolarCoug on June 8, 2012 at 8:34 AM

There’s an REM parody song in there somewhere.

Ooh life’s … a bugger
Buggers you then me
And you are not free
The lengths that I will stoop to
The distance in my lies
Oh no, I’ve said Bush too much
I f#cked it up

That was me in the corner
That was me in the spotlight
Losing my election
Trying to keep up with my golf too
And I don’t know if I can do it

(something, something)

Maybe not.

hawkdriver on June 8, 2012 at 8:46 AM

I truly believe that the vast majority of liberal women are not attractive because of the very things they have on their hearts and support……How could you possibly be happy being a liberal…..liberalism perverts everything

crosshugger on June 8, 2012 at 8:47 AM

AubieJon on June 8, 2012 at 8:44 AM

it would be too late. he would be the president and would do as he wished. i was not surprised by leavitt. its who romney is. he will also raise taxes, and eventually open borders. no different than obama.

renalin on June 8, 2012 at 8:50 AM

Not tonight, Michelle, I’m losing my election.” – Barack

PolarCoug on June 8, 2012 at 8:34 AM

There’s an REM parody song in there somewhere.

Ooh life’s … a bugger
Buggers you then me
And you are not free
The lengths that I will stoop to
The distance in my lies
Oh no, I’ve said Bush too much
I screwed it up

That was me in the corner
That was me in the spotlight
Losing my election
Trying to keep up with my golf too
And I don’t know if I can do it

(something, something)

Maybe not.

hawkdriver on June 8, 2012 at 8:50 AM

What we see from the amateur is to be expected. What is truly awesome with this story is that with Romney we are not seeing a repeat of the McCain strategy.

Keemo on June 8, 2012 at 8:43 AM

Yep. I am pleasantly surprised. I expected a repeat of the disastrous and impotent McCain campaign.

If you seek and GET our nomination YOU ARE OBLIGED to fight as hard as possible against the `Rats.

wildcat72 on June 8, 2012 at 8:51 AM

…JugEars has Hollywood…the singers…the actors…the sports people…Romney is starting to get…US!

KOOLAID2 on June 8, 2012 at 8:54 AM

renalin on June 8, 2012 at 8:50 AM

Okay.

AubieJon on June 8, 2012 at 8:55 AM

“What we’re seeing are two very different models of fund-raising.”

That’s true, assuming that the Romney campaign is checking the identity of credit-card donors.

Sowell Disciple on June 8, 2012 at 9:06 AM

Wow. So, Romney rolled out that Solyndra ad last week and yesterday, totally curb stomped the O’s fundraising numbers. The timeliness of the Romney campaigns strategy is proving effective. I’m impressed.

ted c on June 8, 2012 at 8:11 AM

Count me in there too!

VibrioCocci on June 8, 2012 at 9:08 AM

Good to see the kid gloves are off…I want a knockout punch…pummel this fool.

hillsoftx on June 8, 2012 at 9:14 AM

ted c on June 8, 2012 at 8:11 AM

Count me in there too!

VibrioCocci on June 8, 2012 at 9:08 AM

And me. I expressed some reservations early that Romney might be saddled with kid gloves for this administration like Sen McCain. So far, he’s proving to not be shy about going bare knuckles.

It does seem effective and more please.

hawkdriver on June 8, 2012 at 9:15 AM

Hahaha, this is actually a pretty good one. I usually don’t care for the Obamateurism of the Day, but this one’s good. I think the real OOTD isn’t the fact that he came out early with his fundraising numbers, I think it’s the way he stepped in it after the fact. The article Obama linked to mentions April numbers where as the LA Times article mentions the actual May numbers.

MobileVideoEngineer on June 8, 2012 at 9:21 AM

So Obama is counting all the $3 lotto tickets for dinner at Clooney’s as individuals for donations? I’m betting some people bought more than 1 ticket. Remember he said that was worth $15 million (500,000 x $3) Subtracting that from his list of donors makes the number of donors pretty skimpy

KenInIL on June 8, 2012 at 9:34 AM

Mitt Romney is no John McCain. Rick Perry, Newt Gingrich, and Rick Santorum thought they were playing footsie with Mitt Romney until they had their asses handed to them. If the president wasn’t paying attention, he’s about to learn the same lesson. Romney seems to be a very good and decent man, but he’s tough.

The Bringer on June 8, 2012 at 9:47 AM

That’s encouraging news. Go Mitt!

scalleywag on June 8, 2012 at 10:00 AM

“What we’re seeing are two very different models of fund-raising.”

That’s true, assuming that the Romney campaign is checking the identity of credit-card donors.

Sowell Disciple on June 8, 2012 at 9:06 AM

Absolutely correct.

Anyone who thinks Obama is getting 98% of his fundraising from small donors is nuts. Go to his web site and make a donation in the name of a fictitious character. Go ahead & give $3. Make up a phony name, phony street, phony city, phony occupation. It goes through on your credit card … Which means LARGE donors (or foreign donors) simply have to disguise their names and donate multiple times. Incredibly, campaigns do not have to turn over their list of small donors (those contributing in amounts less than $250).

Moreover, sad to say, Romney has quite likely turned his off, too. While he does notify you that the “address doesn’t match the records on the card” … the donation GOES THROUGH. He’s taking money from people without proven identities.

When it comes to the corruptive influence of money in politics … we’re screwed either way.

Nicole Coulter on June 8, 2012 at 10:17 AM

Rick Perry, Newt Gingrich, and Rick Santorum thought they were playing footsie with Mitt Romney until they had their asses handed to them.

The Bringer on June 8, 2012 at 9:47 AM

Good job. Don’t let anyone convince you you’re doing more harm than good with your comments. No really, you’re not alienating people who started out supporting the other candidates.

hawkdriver on June 8, 2012 at 10:18 AM

It does seem effective and more please.

hawkdriver on June 8, 2012 at 9:15 AM

..it is exciting to watch a skilled surgeon wield that scalpel, eh HawK?

The War Planner on June 8, 2012 at 10:22 AM

No really, you’re not alienating people who started out supporting the other candidates.

hawkdriver on June 8, 2012 at 10:18 AM

..OUCH! ibidem.

The War Planner on June 8, 2012 at 10:23 AM

Really? The Romney campaign quickly pointed out — again — that 93% of their donations in May were $250 or less:

I’m telling ya….the Romney Team just keeps bringing a “gun” to obumble’s “knife fights”.

This is a pleasure to watch.

(a shame he’s not a conservative – but you takes what dee RNC gives ya, I guess)

Tim_CA on June 8, 2012 at 10:34 AM

I guess team 0 forgets that $15 million haul from the Hollywood Illiterati.

Far from being the smartest person in the room Obama is proving to be at best a mediocre intelligence with dips into indiocracy.

jukin3 on June 8, 2012 at 10:38 AM

Maybe someone should take the Twitter device presidency away from the President.

Higher priority.

iurockhead on June 8, 2012 at 11:00 AM

When it comes to the corruptive influence of money in politics … we’re screwed either way.

Nicole Coulter on June 8, 2012 at 10:17 AM

It pays to keep these things in perspective. Even though we’re giddy with the prospect of finally being rid of the most ridiculous excuse for a chief executive in two or three lifetimes.

Cleombrotus on June 8, 2012 at 11:07 AM

When it comes to the corruptive influence of money in politics … we’re screwed either way.

Nicole Coulter on June 8, 2012 at 10:17 AM

Cleombrotus on June 8, 2012 at 11:09 AM

Romney’s campaign seems to be very efficient and “quick on its feet”–a refreshing change from the McCain campaign.

After Obama’s campaign turned down public financing in 2008 so that donations would be unlimited, this is a great payback–Romney is beating Obama at his own game! Something about those venture capital CEO’s–they know how to handle money!

Steve Z on June 8, 2012 at 11:14 AM

Mitt Romney is no John McCain. Rick Perry, Newt Gingrich, and Rick Santorum thought they were playing footsie with Mitt Romney until they had their asses handed to them.
The Bringer on June 8, 2012 at 9:47 AM

Romney deceived people in the primary fight, throwing lies and half truths at his opponents with the help of RINO’s. If I were a Mitt supporter I wouldn’t bring that up.

Christian Conservative on June 8, 2012 at 11:15 AM

Twitter dee and Twitter dumb!

Bubba Redneck on June 8, 2012 at 8:06 AM

Well played!

ITguy on June 8, 2012 at 11:45 AM

Let him twitter. He’s as ‘smart’ there as he is in general.

Schadenfreude on June 8, 2012 at 12:18 PM

Wintour has to lay off the plastic surgery on her lips, if she goes any further she will look like Bubba Blue from Forrest Gump.

slickwillie2001 on June 8, 2012 at 12:28 PM

Obowma is the 1% he demonizes.

dthorny on June 8, 2012 at 12:38 PM

Obama is going down! I can’t hardly wait for his total meltdown. Bet they already have increased his meds.

jqc1970 on June 8, 2012 at 12:52 PM

“..take the Twitter device away from the President”?

When our Kenyan Communist Muslim-In-Chief is on the Internets, he always spells Twitter as “Twitters”.

CatchAll on June 8, 2012 at 1:45 PM

I’d admit this is a classic move. Oboobie is the dope that got roped. If Oboobi’s team weren’t so choomed up during their strategy sessions, they might have run a slightly better campaign. But I guess when you know your message sucks, you might as well get TA’d to dull the pain of rejection.

AH_C on June 8, 2012 at 1:59 PM

Romney deceived people in the primary fight, throwing lies and half truths at his opponents with the help of RINO’s. If I were a Mitt supporter I wouldn’t bring that up.

Christian Conservative on June 8, 2012 at 11:15 AM

Yup.

AH_C on June 8, 2012 at 2:00 PM

What is the difference between Barack Obama and God? God does not think he is Barrack Obama.

logicman_1998 on June 8, 2012 at 3:52 PM