Obamateurism of the Day

posted at 8:01 am on June 11, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

The only reason this moment wasn’t on yesterday’s poll was that it came too late on Friday morning — which is one reason why Barack Obama’s assertion that “the private sector’s doing fine” such a faceplant:

Now, this is an OOTD candidate for plenty of reasons — for its sheer inaccuracy, for the opening it gave Mitt Romney to attack Obama’s already-poor economic record, and for the argument that followed — which was that Obama really needed to expand the public sector on the heels of a smackdown of public-employee unions just three days earlier in Wisconsin.  (In fact, expect to see that as a separate entry this week.)

But the main reason this makes the list is that it represents a perfect backfire of campaign strategy.  This wasn’t a regularly-scheduled press appearance by Obama; in fact, Obama rarely does press conferences at all.  The White House arranged this presser on short notice, after a week in which Obama took body blows on all sides.  The media had been talking about the stunning failure of the recall effort in Wisconsin and Romney’s sudden uptick in standing in a traditionally blue state.  When the media wasn’t talking about Wisconsin, the focus instead fell on the bad jobs report from the previous week or the attacks on Bill Clinton and Cory Booker by the White House for daring to question Team Obama’s unsuccessful attacks on Bain Capital and Romney’s supposed “vampire capitalism.”

They needed a game changer.  Obama held the press conference on Friday morning in order to drive the media narrative for the weekend, and get the media talking about something else.  Instead, not only did media outlets continue to discuss the bad economy this weekend, they also discussed how clueless the incumbent President seems to be about worsening jobs figures and the overall economy, and that maybe Clinton and Booker had a point after all.  It’s a perfect-storm faceplant.

Got an Obamateurism of the Day? If you see a foul-up by Barack Obama, e-mail it to me at obamaisms@edmorrissey.com with the quote and the link to the Obamateurism. I’ll post the best Obamateurisms on a daily basis, depending on how many I receive. Include a link to your blog, and I’ll give some link love as well. And unlike Slate, I promise to end the feature when Barack Obama leaves office.

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O O T Y candidate maybe even winnner!

cmsinaz on June 11, 2012 at 8:03 AM

Every thread needs music, this OOTD is no different.

It’s the end of the world as we know it, (and mr. O thinks the private sector is doin’ just fine….)

ted c on June 11, 2012 at 8:05 AM

Obama still paying his union do’s.

meci on June 11, 2012 at 8:05 AM

One of our local reporters blogged about this on the station’s website. She said Obama was taken “out of context”.

Even here in liberal land – the comments took her to the woodshed.

gophergirl on June 11, 2012 at 8:05 AM

I know that Mitts team has already jumped all over this (good for them. They are on the ball and not afraid to play hard).

This needs to be played often, and as the economy gets worse and towards late October, even more so.

I’m starting to get a Mitt-Tingle in my leg!

BTW, barack sucks.

DuctTapeMyBrain on June 11, 2012 at 8:06 AM

O O T Y candidate maybe even winnner!

cmsinaz on June 11, 2012 at 8:03 AM

+1

Watching Axholerod spin was the best part.

VibrioCocci on June 11, 2012 at 8:06 AM

gophergirl on June 11, 2012 at 8:05 AM

heh

‘this gaffe won’t stick’
-candy crowley

cmsinaz on June 11, 2012 at 8:07 AM

VibrioCocci on June 11, 2012 at 8:06 AM

:)

cmsinaz on June 11, 2012 at 8:08 AM

Oops,Hopey drove the “Private Sector”,into da ditch,
and no one wants to help him out,of that Debacle!!!
(sarc)

canopfor on June 11, 2012 at 8:08 AM

O O T Y candidate maybe even winnner!

cmsinaz on June 11, 2012 at 8:03 AM

That’s what I was thinking, but Obama has shown an amazing ability to outdo himself in that regard.

backwoods conservative on June 11, 2012 at 8:08 AM

Instead, not only did media outlets continue to discuss the bad economy this weekend, they also discussed how clueless the incumbent President seems to be about worsening jobs figures and the overall economy, and that maybe Clinton and Booker had a point after all. It’s a perfect-storm faceplant.

All things go bettah with you tube!

faceplant compilation

ted c on June 11, 2012 at 8:08 AM

It’s still hard to believe these klutzes took down the Clinton machine.

50sGuy on June 11, 2012 at 8:09 AM

I’m surprised none of the reporters thought to ask Obama what he is smoking these days after that Choomer of a press conference.

Nicole Coulter on June 11, 2012 at 8:09 AM

canopfor on June 11, 2012 at 8:08 AM

have another slurpee on me canopfor :)

cmsinaz on June 11, 2012 at 8:10 AM

backwoods conservative on June 11, 2012 at 8:08 AM

true the year ain’t over yet…but this one is a doozy

cmsinaz on June 11, 2012 at 8:10 AM

which is one reason why Barack Obama’s assertion that “the private sector’s doing fine” such a faceplant:
======================================

Speaking of Face Plants,and Private Sector….le oops!!

Secretary Of Commerce John Bryson Investigated For Hit-And-Run Crashes
6:33 am, June 11th, 2012
—————————

http://www.mediaite.com/online/secretary-of-commerce-john-bryson-investigated-for-hit-and-run-crashes

canopfor on June 11, 2012 at 8:12 AM

Obama speaks – media swoons. Content and context are irrelevant.

SKYFOX on June 11, 2012 at 8:12 AM

does the Team O Memorial Bus have a winch on it? They may need one to drag this campaign outta the ditch. Wait, did someone say “ditch”…? Why does my mouth water for Slurpee when someone mentions “ditch?”../

ted c on June 11, 2012 at 8:12 AM

canopfor on June 11, 2012 at 8:08 AM

have another slurpee on me canopfor :)

cmsinaz on June 11, 2012 at 8:10 AM

cnsinaz:Haha,Ooooh what a difference four years makes!!!

canopfor on June 11, 2012 at 8:14 AM

It is still amusing that liberals call this former Harvard Professor (he never was) the most intelligent man on earth.

He’s about average IQ at best.

Take away TOTUS and he starts to look and sound like a bona fide idiot.

CorporatePiggy on June 11, 2012 at 8:15 AM

does the Team O Memorial Bus have a winch on it? They may need one to drag this campaign outta the ditch. Wait, did someone say “ditch”…? Why does my mouth water for Slurpee when someone mentions “ditch?”../

ted c on June 11, 2012 at 8:12 AM

ted c:Its a shame Obama didn’t jam the gear selector into reverse,
just before he uttered said phrase!!:)

canopfor on June 11, 2012 at 8:15 AM

canopfor on June 11, 2012 at 8:14 AM

yepper

cmsinaz on June 11, 2012 at 8:16 AM

Depends on what the definition of “Fine” is.

TimBuk3 on June 11, 2012 at 8:17 AM

canopfor on June 11, 2012 at 8:14 AM

yepper

cmsinaz on June 11, 2012 at 8:16 AM

cmsinaz::)

canopfor on June 11, 2012 at 8:18 AM

That presser made a nice bridge from Clueless Friday to Clueless Monday in Øbamaland. I hope to get an exit visa from Øbamaland.

ExpressoBold on June 11, 2012 at 8:19 AM

Keep talking like this Champ, “you’re doing fine.”

Flora Duh on June 11, 2012 at 8:19 AM

true the year ain’t over yet…but this one is a doozy

cmsinaz on June 11, 2012 at 8:10 AM

Yes it is.

When it’s all over, and the amateur is sent into retirement, I wonder if Ed will do a poll to let us pick the Obamateurism Of The Administration.

backwoods conservative on June 11, 2012 at 8:20 AM

Obama held the press conference on Friday morning in order to drive the media narrative for the weekend, and get the media talking about something else.

I’ve heard several pundits make this same point. You don’t hold a presser if you don’t have anything to announce. In the absence of some real tid bit. For example his “evolving” on the issue of gay marriage as if his figurative prehensile tail dropped off or something was newsy enough to dodge economic talk a few weeks back. But on Friday, in the absence of anything new to say, Obama’s comments became gaffe-tastic to the point that even Biden was impressed. Couldn’t have happened to a nicer bunch of street thugs!

And a big shout out to Team Romney for crushing Obama over this comment at Romney’s very next campaign stop. McCain would have made some comment about Obama not really meaning it the way it has been reported.

Happy Nomad on June 11, 2012 at 8:21 AM

Ed nailed in on the faceplant multiplier. Gaffe aside, what was the real message supposed to be that validated holding a presser (and arriving 30 min late)? Does anyone know if the teleprompters went on strike? The last thing his handlers should allow is him relying on cue cards or gasp…speaking off the cuff. He’s dangerous to his campaign when that happens and the cameras are rolling.

Obama is still convinced he has a super power of oratization that can solve all his problems, if he can just get in front of a big enough crowd and blather on with his talking points. How many times has that worked for him since getting elected? Next thing you know, he’ll be sighted on the WH roof wearing a cape while a crowd of onlookers yell ‘Jump! Show us you can fly.’.

CitizenEgg on June 11, 2012 at 8:22 AM

When it’s all over, and the amateur is sent into retirement, I wonder if Ed will do a poll to let us pick the Obamateurism Of The Administration.

backwoods conservative on June 11, 2012 at 8:20 AM

That will be so much fun.

gophergirl on June 11, 2012 at 8:24 AM

Funny, all this time I thought the public sector was created and sustained by the private sector in order to facilitate and serve the private sector. Obama’s words really highlight his warped, ignorant view of wealth.

Over the next few months, look for his apologists to contend that this stagnant economy he has given us is the best he could have done. We don’t have to accept this defeatist nonsense. Just look how markets reacted in the days following Walker’s victory last week. We’re ready to go to work whenever you are, Mr. President.

http://www.fiscalwars.wordpress.com

stout77 on June 11, 2012 at 8:24 AM

Mickey Kaus:

Why Obama’s “gaffe” wasn’t a phony story…

The problem is that many voters (myself included) don’t think government jobs are just another sector. We want the number of housing and manufacturing jobs to keep growing–the more the merrier, all things being equal. We don’t want the number government jobs to keep growing, in part because we pay for them without the assurances, offered in a competitive private economy, that we’re getting our moneys worth or that the jobs are necessary at all. It’s one thing to boost government jobs as a temporary stimulus measure. It’s another thing to never let federal, state and local governments shrink to a more sustainable size.

Drained Brain on June 11, 2012 at 8:25 AM

When it’s all over, and the amateur is sent into retirement, I wonder if Ed will do a poll to let us pick the Obamateurism Of The Administration.

backwoods conservative on June 11, 2012 at 8:20 AM

That’s a no-brainer. It’s got to be the passage of Obamacare. A bill so wildly unpopular with the public it had to be passed by devious means. A law so invasive it has resulted in voter revolt and turning out the Dems in Congress in 2010. A legislative process that took over a year to pass Congress (Obama planned it taking four months, the August vacation, and starting in on amnesty for illegals). A signature piece of legislation so poison that Obama isn’t even running on the platform that he’s the one that delivered socialized medicine to America. A law that could well be gutted by the SCOTUS by the end of this month.

Happy Nomad on June 11, 2012 at 8:26 AM

The unemployed just need a nice arugula salad and a few rounds of golf to relax.

Grunt on June 11, 2012 at 8:30 AM

It’s still hard to believe these klutzes took down the Clinton machine.

50sGuy on June 11, 2012 at 8:09 AM

It was a lot easier for them when they had a “dreamy” blank-slate “historic” candidate without a lousy record to defend.

AZCoyote on June 11, 2012 at 8:30 AM

Hope this continues to dog him…

OmahaConservative on June 11, 2012 at 8:33 AM

AZCoyote on June 11, 2012 at 8:30 AM

You nailed it.

50sGuy on June 11, 2012 at 8:33 AM

in fact, Obama rarely does press conferences at all

Ahhh, consider this “Exhibit A” as to why that is.

pain train on June 11, 2012 at 8:35 AM

Hope this continues to dog him…

OmahaConservative on June 11, 2012 at 8:33 AM

I see what you did there…

pain train on June 11, 2012 at 8:36 AM

It literally astounds me every time I realize that Zero does something stupid so frequently that this meme can exist for going on four years so far, and that they are all so compelling that choosing each week’s winner is very difficult. Amateur, indeed!

stvnscott on June 11, 2012 at 8:38 AM

O O T Y candidate maybe even winnner!

cmsinaz on June 11, 2012 at 8:03 AM

Definitely. Obama and press conferences don’t go together.

When it’s all over, and the amateur is sent into retirement, I wonder if Ed will do a poll to let us pick the Obamateurism Of The Administration.

backwoods conservative on June 11, 2012 at 8:20 AM

Great idea! Once Obama is ousted, Ed can compile all these OOTDs into a book for all the people wondering what happened. We knew from the beginning.

conservative pilgrim on June 11, 2012 at 8:38 AM

Hey it’s monday.How long is the job seeker line today?

docflash on June 11, 2012 at 8:39 AM

Excellent idea backwoods

Ed i think we need an oota for sure

cmsinaz on June 11, 2012 at 8:44 AM

The private sector is doing fine, AND I did not authorize any one in my administration to release classified information to make me look like a tough guy on terrorism—to get re-elected. So stop picking on me and getalife!

Rovin on June 11, 2012 at 8:45 AM

Every morning, in America, there are over 23 million people who wake up unemployed, underemployed, or seeking a job. They know everything in the private sector is not “fine”.

Every night, in America, there are over 23 million people who go to sleep unemployed, underemployed, or seeking a job. They know everything in the private sector is not “fine”.

That is 23 million people whom, last Friday, Barack Obama insulted for their lack of being able to acquire suitable employment, or any employment, in this “fine” private sector economy. That is 23 million people for whom Barack Obama could not “feel their pain”.

Payback is going to be a b!tch for Obama,

Yoop on June 11, 2012 at 8:46 AM

You folks don’t seem to understand that for Obama, the private sector IS doing fine. He personally will have no trouble finding a high paying job with a private firm when his government position ends on January 20th.

radjah shelduck on June 11, 2012 at 8:47 AM

They keep saying this is a gaffe but the truth is they actially DO think the private sector is doing fine and just sitting on money because hes black or something. Im sure Obamas big donors from the private sector are doing fine.

ldbgcoleman on June 11, 2012 at 8:51 AM

That’s a no-brainer. It’s got to be the passage of Obamacare. A bill so wildly unpopular with the public it had to be passed by devious means. A law so invasive it has resulted in voter revolt and turning out the Dems in Congress in 2010. A legislative process that took over a year to pass Congress (Obama planned it taking four months, the August vacation, and starting in on amnesty for illegals). A signature piece of legislation so poison that Obama isn’t even running on the platform that he’s the one that delivered socialized medicine to America. A law that could well be gutted by the SCOTUS by the end of this month.

Happy Nomad on June 11, 2012 at 8:26 AM

Good observation. I’d only add “and a higher priority to him than addressing the economy.”

Drained Brain on June 11, 2012 at 8:51 AM

O O T Y candidate maybe even winnner!

cmsinaz on June 11, 2012 at 8:03 AM

Indeed… 2 of the 3 have come from Press Conferences…

2009 Obamateurism of the Year

2010 Obamateurism of the Year

2011 Obamateurism of the Year

ITguy on June 11, 2012 at 8:54 AM

George Romney has got to be lovin’ this.

lynncgb on June 11, 2012 at 8:57 AM

Yoop on June 11, 2012 at 8:46 AM

Those 23 million should take it personally and hold Bark to account for the longest sustained economic downturn since the Great Depression.

After nearly 4 years “Bush Did It!” should not be a viable excuse for anyone, especially the 23 million.

CorporatePiggy on June 11, 2012 at 8:58 AM

Indeed… 2 of the 3 have come from Press Conferences…

2009 Obamateurism of the Year

2010 Obamateurism of the Year

2011 Obamateurism of the Year

ITguy on June 11, 2012 at 8:54 AM

There are VERY good reasons why he almost never does a traditional presser.

CorporatePiggy on June 11, 2012 at 8:59 AM

O O T Y candidate maybe even winnner!

cmsinaz on June 11, 2012 at 8:03 AM

Oh, ye of little faith. He can top that.

katy the mean old lady on June 11, 2012 at 9:04 AM

gophergirl on June 11, 2012 at 8:05 AM

Who was this? I’d like to see this for myself :)

BTW – once we have President Romney, I’m really going to miss this every morning. (Ok, maybe not really.) But, Ed will need to come up with something else.

Sue Doenim on June 11, 2012 at 9:04 AM

Hope this continues to dog him…

OmahaConservative on June 11, 2012 at 8:33 AM

Newsflash: Obama Bites Dog!

Gladtobehere on June 11, 2012 at 9:06 AM

I think the main point of the presser was to show his outrage over McVain accusing him of leaking the secrets stuff. But then someone slipped in a math question, and he failed.

Schwalbe Me-262 on June 11, 2012 at 9:10 AM

Today this story hits the “water cooler”, then later in the week, O’s polling numbers. Look for our fearless leader to become increasingly shrill and provide more of such cluelessness.

exdeadhead on June 11, 2012 at 9:11 AM

Good observation. I’d only add “and a higher priority to him than addressing the economy.”

Drained Brain on June 11, 2012 at 8:51 AM

After TARP, the stimulus, Cash for Clunkers, and stealing money from GM’s bondholders, he thought the economy was on the road to recovery. But as Maggie Thatcher observed,”…sooner or later you run out of other people’s money.”

Gladtobehere on June 11, 2012 at 9:13 AM

His commerce secretary was just involved in a hit-and-run, what a perfect metaphor for this careening, out-of-control disaster of an “administration”.

NoDonkey on June 11, 2012 at 9:16 AM

Obama speaks – media swoons. Content and context are irrelevant.

SKYFOX on June 11, 2012 at 8:12 AM

…even with “The private sector is doing fine!”…the MSM is not alarmed at the goofball’s giberish.

KOOLAID2 on June 11, 2012 at 9:23 AM

It’s a perfect-sh*t-storm faceplant.

Kraken on June 11, 2012 at 9:37 AM

It’s a perfect-storm faceplant.

Yes it is. People will be talking about it for weeks.

dogsoldier on June 11, 2012 at 9:39 AM

Incompetent, malevolent and unable to tell the truth! What a guy!

Christian Conservative on June 11, 2012 at 9:41 AM

So now Obama is going to invite Repub to come upfront to sit in his doomed bus.

[Remember early in his presidency, he said Repub could join his bus but had to sit at the back?]

And yes, some Repub are going to join him.

Sir Napsalot on June 11, 2012 at 9:43 AM

The real question is what was going on with the reporters at that presser – only 8 questions and 6 were about the European economy – not a word on the jobs report, Wisconsin, Booker and Clinton which were the biggest headlines of the week. That Obama stumbled on the “private sector” gaffe was a sheer accident.

2nd Ammendment Mother on June 11, 2012 at 9:47 AM

What you want to bet that the next so called presser only has questions about how much ketchup he puts on his ‘fries or how big his slurpee is.

Kissmygrits on June 11, 2012 at 9:54 AM

This OOTD has legs that will probably run it into November.

Romney laid out the Romney’s private equity vs. Obama’s public equity comparison in his “Obama’s Government-Centered Society” speech after sweeping the primaries in Wisconsin, Maryland and Washington, D.C.:

“The president has pledged to transform America. And he’s spent the last four years laying the foundation for a new government-centered society. I will spend the next four years rebuilding the foundation of an opportunity society led by free people and free enterprises.”

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker told The Weekly Standard that Obama’s comments reflect a fundamental misunderstanding of the economy:

“There are two very different views in the country,” Walker said. “The current administration seems to think that success is measured by how many people are dependent on the government. I think success is measured by how many are not.”

HT: Dan Spencer in Saturday’s RedState.

petefrt on June 11, 2012 at 9:57 AM

…even with “The private sector is doing fine!”…the MSM is not alarmed at the goofball’s giberish.

KOOLAID2 on June 11, 2012 at 9:23 AM

And we’ve always been at war with Eastasia.

Happy Nomad on June 11, 2012 at 10:00 AM

This guy is only fit to appear on the view, or american idol. Didn’t he promise to sing at his next raffled dinner?

Sir Napsalot on June 11, 2012 at 10:02 AM

[It’s still hard to believe these klutzes took down the Clinton machine.

50sGuy on June 11, 2012 at 8:09 AM]

These klutzes didn’t take down the Clinton machine. When Soros saw that the “fainting masses” would vote for the prince of darkness, he pulled his support from Hillary. She’s secretary of state because Obie does Soros’ bidding.

If it looks like Obie will crash and burn in Nov., Soros will give Hillary the go-ahead for a nomination from the dem convention floor. Her behavior – and Bill’s – have for months been broadcasting signals and clues that this is what’s up. The first obvious signal was that time when Obie submissively turned his press conference over to Bill. Then Hillary started growing her hair out [don't laugh - it's to make her look younger!] and doing/saying small things to criticize or undermine Obie. It has grown slowly and steadily for months, and now lately – combined with Bill’s antics – has become more overt. Actually, very overt.

If Obie refuses to bow out – if he’s on the ticket in Nov., Hillary will never be president. After eight years of Obie, there’s no way a democrat could win in 2016. If Romney wins, she only has half a chance in 2016. More than any man ever, she wants to be ensconced in that Oval. It was supposed to be hers in ’08 – she was ENTITLED, for crying out loud. Scorned doesn’t come close to the Obama effect of her being thrown under Soros’ bus: the dems’ waiting room.

GGMac on June 11, 2012 at 11:14 AM

A man called in to Levin’s radio show to say that his small business was a victim of the Stimulus. His company, working under a state government contract funded by Stimulus money, was forced to raise the pay of his employees because, under the Davis-Bacon rules. This mandatory pay increase was pressed upon him AFTER the contract had begun, and the terms for payment established. As a result, he was forced to lay off several employees because he could not sustain the higher wages after establishing a fixed revenue. He later learned that all of his remaining employees’ jobs were counted as “jobs created or saved” by the Administration in their accounting of the Stimulus.

That’s how fine the private sector is doing under this Resident. Of course, had they been direct government employees with a public sector union, THEN they would have been fine.

Freelancer on June 11, 2012 at 11:15 AM

Figures show “cash for clunkers” amounted to $24,000.00 per vehicle using taxpayer funds.

I nominate that as BHO’s first failure and a bellwether of everything that followed.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on June 11, 2012 at 11:34 AM

Now, this is an OOTD candidate for plenty of reasons — for its sheer inaccuracy, for the opening it gave Mitt Romney to attack Obama’s already-poor economic record, and for the argument that followed.

Certainly would have been enough, but…

But the main reason this makes the list is that it represents a perfect backfire of campaign strategy.

Cherry on Top!

Tim_CA on June 11, 2012 at 11:55 AM

0, never fails to deliver. Or is it, 0 always fails to deliver?

Bmore on June 11, 2012 at 12:57 PM

One of our local reporters blogged about this on the station’s website. She said Obama was taken “out of context”.

Even here in liberal land – the comments took her to the woodshed.

gophergirl on June 11, 2012 at 8:05 AM

That’s been fun for this one. If you read the speech and the surrounding text; clearly it is perfectly IN context. The context shows more clearly this is exactly what he meant to say, and how he meant to say it.

So it has been a liberal IQ test. If you complain about the context, you’re not clever enough to know what those words mean; it shows that you say that phrase when a liberal is quoted saying something that makes them look bad.

Which has actually made this funnier for me.

gekkobear on June 11, 2012 at 1:14 PM

Obama can’t speak without TOTUS. What a fool!

jqc1970 on June 11, 2012 at 1:22 PM

They needed a game changer. Obama held the press conference on Friday morning in order to drive the media narrative for the weekend

He held a press conference with nothing to say.

Then he stepped into it with the private sector jobs, and the leaks.

Then he backtracked on both, before Friday was over.

Then Axelrod made an even bigger fool of himself in CNN.

Today the Commerce Chief is found to drive drunk.

Holder is being voted in contempt of congress.

The Nutroots are all out for Warren, an Indian American exploiter, the white primadonna of them all.

The carnival and the circus continue.

The land is run by clowns but the subjects are awake, with eyes fully open.

Schadenfreude on June 11, 2012 at 1:45 PM

Calling it.

OOTY winner right here!

Pablo Snooze on June 11, 2012 at 5:28 PM