Obamateurism of the Day

posted at 8:01 am on June 13, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

What’s the one issue foremost on the minds of voters in this election cycle? The economy, and specifically job creation. Every poll shows that the economy is by far the predominant issue for the electorate, almost always with a majority. Barack Obama likes to accuse Mitt Romney of being out of touch, but at least the Republican challenger has built his  campaign to demonstrate that jobs and the economy are his central focus.  What does Obama think is the most important issue for a second term in office?  Here’s a hint — if you’re thinking “jobs,” you’re not getting warmer at all.  In fact, that’s not even his second pick (via the American Thinker):

Obama has an ambitious second-term agenda, which, at least in broad ways, his campaign is beginning to highlight. The President has said that the most important policy he could address in his second term is climate change, one of the few issues that he thinks could fundamentally improve the world decades from now. He also is concerned with containing nuclear proliferation.

Climate change, followed by nuclear proliferation?  The last time Gallup polled on election issues was in February, and climate change didn’t even make the list.  Nuclear proliferation might be considered a part of “terrorism and national security,” but that came in fifth place.  In first place was the economy, followed by unemployment, the budget deficit, and repealing ObamaCare.  Rasmussen tests this in its daily tracking polls, and the latest week’s data shows economic issues being chosen as most important by 53% of likely voters, followed by fiscal issues (16%), domestic issues (14%), and cultural issues (6%).  Climate change and nuclear proliferation aren’t even on the radar screen in an electorate tired by years of economic malaise.

Besides, as Investors Business Daily points out, it’s not as if Obama hasn’t spent a lot of money on green-tech issues already. In fact, when charted out, Obama’s spending looks like a hockey stick, just like AGW hysterics seem to enjoy:

So forget about the abysmal jobless numbers above 8% for over three years, or the $15 trillion deficit that threatens to turn the U.S. into Greece. No, amid those very real calamities, climate change is more important.

If this isn’t a sign of a president out of touch with reality, what is? If climate change is Obama’s “most important” policy issue, then neither the Tea-Party-led victories around fiscal discipline — such as the Wisconsin vote, nor the West Virginia primary, here 40% of Democrats chose a jailbird to protest Obama’s anti-coal agenda, made a dent on him.

Like a madman doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result, it can only mean Obama intends to double-down on his green agenda if re-elected.

Already no president has ever spent money on “climate change” as he has. The Congressional Budget Office reports that since 1998, $99 billion has been spent among 14 agencies on “climate change.” Of that, $35 billion was earmarked from the 2009 stimulus.

The top agency charged with enacting the Obama green agenda — the Department of Energy — has seen its budget soar from $24 billion in 2009 to $38 billion in 2012, the Office of Management and Budget estimates.

Here’s the chart:

Looks like Obama’s been a little too obsessed with his own hobby horses.  Maybe voters should elect a President who shares their priorities … and can handle them.

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#1 priority…..ME

cmsinaz on June 13, 2012 at 8:03 AM

Viacom to edit out Don Rickles’ joke.

John the Libertarian on June 13, 2012 at 8:04 AM

he won’t get it…his little speech on thursday will be the same ol same ol….

cmsinaz on June 13, 2012 at 8:08 AM

Hockey schtick.

Horse hockey.

Hokey.

NeighborhoodCatLady on June 13, 2012 at 8:08 AM

The best contribution to “global warming” Obama could make would be to stop emitting hot air from his mouth and shut up.

wildcat72 on June 13, 2012 at 8:11 AM

Mal investment, squandering of opportunity and wealth…for a hoax

tom daschle concerned on June 13, 2012 at 8:11 AM

The President has said that the most important policy he could address in his second term is climate change, one of the few issues that he thinks could fundamentally improve the world decades from now. He also is concerned with containing nuclear proliferation.

So is the jug-eared Kenyan suggesting that he’ll be able to solve the high unemployment rate and bad economy between now and November? Or does he simply intend to ignore such “trivialities” after being reelected. After all, the private sector is going gangbusters in Obama’s world so why waste time on the economy when there are polar bears to save or something?

Happy Nomad on June 13, 2012 at 8:11 AM

And yet, 0bamabots will still vote for him.
{facepalm}

ProfShadow on June 13, 2012 at 8:12 AM

The President has said that the most important policy he could address in his second term is climate change

Isn’t is obvious by now? This is his economic policy. How many times has Obama complained that we are only __% of the world population yet consume __% of energy resources*? He believes that we need to be taken down a few notches to fall in line with the rest of the world. This is his economic policy.

*It never seems to occur to the Left that while we’ve consumed a lot of resources we also have delivered a massive amount of goods, products, ideas, and services to the rest of the world. That takes a lot of energy.

visions on June 13, 2012 at 8:12 AM

Mitt needs to make this into a series of campaign commercials and run them over and over.

JimK on June 13, 2012 at 8:13 AM

This is no doubt the toughest job the media has ever had; to get Americans to completely ignore the economic sh!t sandwich they’re eating and give in to Obama’s distractions and misdirections. Any media puke that can pull this off could sell crotchless panties at a convent.

Extrafishy on June 13, 2012 at 8:14 AM

#1 priority…..ME

cmsinaz on June 13, 2012 at 8:03 AM

The Audacity Of Narcissism.

pilamaye on June 13, 2012 at 8:17 AM

“Global warming melted the economy. Moving FORWARD I will save the world by freezing your asse t s.”-BHO

Yoop on June 13, 2012 at 8:17 AM

He doesn’t care about our reality. He has a vision of himself making these changes and going down in history as someone who changes the world. If he gets reelected we’d better get used to less of everything, being cold and hungry and no health care. Get your red hot solar panels, get your red hots.

Kissmygrits on June 13, 2012 at 8:18 AM

he won’t get it…his little speech on thursday will be the same ol same ol….

cmsinaz on June 13, 2012 at 8:08 AM

WTH?!?!? Another speech from obaka??? More like a nonspeech, no doubt…

ladyingray on June 13, 2012 at 8:19 AM

The President has said that the most important policy he could address in his second term is climate change,

What a bunch of bull…farts!

Flora Duh on June 13, 2012 at 8:21 AM

NeighborhoodCatLady on June 13, 2012 at 8:08 AM

The spending graph does resemble a hockey stick. Huh.

Fallon on June 13, 2012 at 8:21 AM

This’ll play well in Peoria.

tru2tx on June 13, 2012 at 8:21 AM

He lies.

#1 Talk about himself
#2 Destroy Capitalism
#3 Talk about himself
#4 Golf
#5 Talk about himself
#6 Party
#7 Talk about himself
#8 Vacation
#9 Talk about himself

The Rogue Tomato on June 13, 2012 at 8:22 AM

New RNC ad: Lost Focus

Flora Duh on June 13, 2012 at 8:25 AM

Climate change is code words for Power. It is the way that this Commie SOB can really control every aspect of our lives. It has nothing to do with the environment, it has Everything to do with an all powerful government telling the serfs where and how to live.

BeachBum on June 13, 2012 at 8:26 AM

WTH?!?!? Another speech from obaka??? More like a nonspeech, no doubt…

ladyingray on June 13, 2012 at 8:19 AM

Let him speak. The more he speechifies, the worse he looks. Besides, maybe we’ll get another gem like “the private sector’s doing fine” out of it.

Lost in Jersey on June 13, 2012 at 8:28 AM

The President has said that the most important policy he could address in his second term is climate change, one of the few issues that he thinks could fundamentally improve the world decades from now. He also is concerned with containing nuclear proliferation.

 
From the man who is incapable of increasing employment by 1%.
 
Well played, Mr. President.

rogerb on June 13, 2012 at 8:31 AM

I hope president cool keeps saying these cool things!

Jeffster on June 13, 2012 at 8:33 AM

Let him speak. The more he speechifies, the worse he looks. Besides, maybe we’ll get another gem like “the private sector’s doing fine” out of it.

Lost in Jersey on June 13, 2012 at 8:28 AM

I’m hoping for a broken TOTUS. More ad libs, Mr. President.

Drained Brain on June 13, 2012 at 8:34 AM

I hope president cool keeps saying these cool things!

Jeffster on June 13, 2012 at 8:33 AM

You racist!!

Flora Duh on June 13, 2012 at 8:35 AM

He behaves as if he’s got the election under wraps already. The idea that he could be right scares the living shlt out of me.

Archivarix on June 13, 2012 at 8:37 AM

Of course Obama is going to do a hard pivot for the climate change vote…he has to.

Obama is trying to win over the 18-22 year-old vote…the one that got him elected last time around…but he cannot go after the 22 and above vote…they’ve seen reality…they voted for this empty suit last time around and got zip, nada, zilch, except for a lot of promises and a lot of Obama speeches, and a lot of unemployment, broken dreams and a ton of debt along the way.

What have our high schools been teaching/indoctrinating the last four years?

— Climate change.

— Evil Conservatives.

— Republicans (especially Mormon ones) are out to kill Blacks, Hispanics, immigrants, gays, transgenders, pot-smokers, video game geeks, anyone who isn’t Christian.

— Kill Wall Street and banks. Take their money. Give it to those who “need” it more.

— Obama is a God.

That sort of tripe is central to way too many high school lesson plans.

So…since there are enthusiastic potential voters from that age group just waiting to be plucked…why waste time and money trying to convert those older voters who got royally screwed last time around?

Even Obama’s “base” is fracturing in a major way…

Amateurism? Obamateurism?

How about last hope for a close election come November?

A close election? Bring in the preprinted ballots…and bring the “yutes” out into the streets to burn down “the man.”

Seems like a socialist fascist game plan to me.

coldwarrior on June 13, 2012 at 8:40 AM

This’ll play well in Peoria.

tru2tx on June 13, 2012 at 8:21 AM

It doesn’t matter in Peoria. The corrupt Illinois voting pattern is determined by the Chicago machine.

Happy Nomad on June 13, 2012 at 8:41 AM

Obama has a boner for Green stuff..

Electrongod on June 13, 2012 at 8:41 AM

Obama’s retirement plan: to be the black AlGore.

AubieJon on June 13, 2012 at 8:41 AM

Ladyingray

ssdd speech

cmsinaz on June 13, 2012 at 8:43 AM

New RNC ad: Lost Focus

Flora Duh on June 13, 2012 at 8:25 AM

It makes a good point but is a pretty boring ad.

Happy Nomad on June 13, 2012 at 8:43 AM

And yet, 0bamabots will still vote for him.

Because they share his belief that “climate change” is caused by humans and therefore humans should be taxed back to the stone age (literally).

crazy_legs on June 13, 2012 at 8:43 AM

The President has said that the most important policy he could address in his second term is climate change

Since he won’t be serving a second term, I’m happy to report that there will be a slight climate change—from DC to the Windy City—enjoy the change Mr. Obama, a grateful nation will too!

Rovin on June 13, 2012 at 8:45 AM

Hope and Climate Change!

hillsoftx on June 13, 2012 at 8:51 AM

Wow! I had no idea! He wants to put GoreBull Warmin’ at the top of his second term agenda? It almost seems as it he is thinking ahead about his “legacy” and what his presidency might mean to “The World.”
.
Residents of the US should be able to make a living and grow their wealth without having to worry about what Ø has in mind for their tax burden, their regulatory environment, the value of their dollar eroded by inflation and debt, and the constant control issues that one man – ONE MAN – sticks in their faces day after day day while living like an emperor on the taxpay funds.
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One man and his henchmen cannot have another term.

ExpressoBold on June 13, 2012 at 8:52 AM

He probably got the priorities from his daughter Malia just like his guru Jimmy Carter did in those malaise days.

Sticky Wicket on June 13, 2012 at 8:58 AM

…2nd term?…let the Czar’s finish destroying our system…while he doubles down on golf and vacations.

KOOLAID2 on June 13, 2012 at 8:59 AM

A little O/T but heard this yesterday about BOA and my head almost exploded. They are not lending to small business, yet will spend $50B on this? I want my money back from these traitors.

http://english.capital.gr/News.asp?id=1525641

FLconservative on June 13, 2012 at 9:14 AM

This seems to be a strategy that did well in focus groups with rabid lefties and has no basis in reality. Mitt’s rapid response team has shown themselves to be capable and should be able to shred this policy plan like the dirty napkin it was written on.

CitizenEgg on June 13, 2012 at 9:18 AM

The climate change hoax is how he plans to control the details of our every day life, while redistributing our wealth among people and nations.

petefrt on June 13, 2012 at 9:27 AM

Maybe we should elect a president who, like, actually governs? When is the last time Obozo hasn’t been out golfing, stumping, fund-raising, schmoozing with celebs? Hmmmmm…. can’t think of the time…

chai on June 13, 2012 at 10:00 AM

Beachbum and petefrt. Both are correct and the first thing I pictured. It amounts to nothing more than this. Power and control.

scookam on June 13, 2012 at 10:03 AM

If Obummer is really worried about climate change, why did he send $2 billion of OUR MONEY to Brazil to drill for oil in the South Atlantic?

In reality, the climate is going the same way Obummer’s green energy development is going–nowhere fast. Arctic ice is melting (because the sun shines on it this time of year) at the same rate it did each of the last 10 years, and it will re-freeze this fall, just as it did the previous 10 years.

America is sitting on 400 years’ worth of coal, 150 years’ worth of shale oil, and untold centuries’ worth of fracked natural gas, but we’re still importing oil from everywhere but Canada, and Obummer wants to work on climate change?

Construction of power plants has ground to a halt in this country due to Lisa Jackson’s draconian rules on carbon dioxide “pollution”, and Obummer wants to go further?

Let’s give Obummer and Lisa Jackson a vacay:
A one-way trip to to Hudson Bay
To watch healthy polar bears at play.

Steve Z on June 13, 2012 at 10:04 AM

The Rogue Tomato on June 13, 2012 at 8:22 AM

The administration does not presently want to destroy capitalism.

They just want to punish any parts of it that fail to support their goals.

You don’t think that George Clooney and his mega bucks industry is going to suffer in any of the current plans, do you?

IlikedAUH2O on June 13, 2012 at 10:04 AM

Despite all that’s happened over the last four years, it’s never occurred to me that he could possibly be this obtuse. Economy drowning in 2009…Hey! Let’s do Healthcare! Economy STILL in the dumps in 2012…Hey! Let’s do Climate Change!

Tomolena1 on June 13, 2012 at 10:12 AM

So, in other words, he plans to hand the country over to the UN, lock, stock, and barrel.

CurtZHP on June 13, 2012 at 10:30 AM

The President has said that the most important policy he could address in his second term is climate change, one of the few issues that he thinks could fundamentally improve the world decades from now.

Smartest Man in the World.

GarandFan on June 13, 2012 at 10:41 AM

Obama says the present private sector of the economy is doing “Just Fine” So, based on that logic, he wants us to elect him to Fix the Future in the Future!! “WTF??” I believe he calls it!! Do they think Americans are nuts?? Remember in November!!

Marco on June 13, 2012 at 10:46 AM

Wow. And I thought the comment about the public sector “doing fine” was a shoe-in for OOTY. This one has to be at least a close second.

But either one will do, since they both highlight his cluelessness about (and unwillingness to discuss) economic issues. And both 0bamateurisms are another self-inflicted torpedo into the hull of his bid for re-election.

UltimateBob on June 13, 2012 at 10:48 AM

This says it all. http://townhall.com/political-cartoons/2012/06/13/100050

ArtVandelay on June 13, 2012 at 11:05 AM

Obama is a malevolent ideologue trying to bring the U.S. “down to size.” He knows nothing about the economy so all he can do there is talk about raising taxes and throwing more stimulus money at it. So knowing he can’t win on the economy, he’ll try to put the UN in control by focusing on “climate change” and making people dependent on government. Oh and giving Russia all they want to be able to overcome us militarily.

Christian Conservative on June 13, 2012 at 11:05 AM

13-June-2012

San Diego, CA

Forecast ~ Morning low clouds, 62F. Mostly sunny, high 70.

Oh yes, the climate is in trouble.

Freelancer on June 13, 2012 at 11:27 AM

On nuclear proliferation: “Tell Vlad that after the election I will have more flexibility…”

slickwillie2001 on June 13, 2012 at 11:27 AM

Have at it there 0. You’ll be doing it on your own time soon. You sir will get no second term.

Bmore on June 13, 2012 at 11:59 AM

The President has said that the most important policy he could address in his second term is climate change, one of the few issues that he thinks could fundamentally improve the world decades from now. He also is concerned with containing nuclear proliferation.

oh good.

Landslide.

Tim_CA on June 13, 2012 at 12:20 PM

The Anthropogenic Global Warming hoax, aka the Climate Change Hoax (renamed after the AGW moniker turned toxic) is the crucial pretext for extending and expanding control of the economy and the means of production via regulatory schemes.

So of course it is a priority for Obama. Establishing the new socialism, Regulatory Socialism, is his plan to “fundamentally change” America into a socialist paradise.

It is for your own good, you idiots, and he means to do it whether you like it or not.

novaculus on June 13, 2012 at 12:23 PM

Those seem to be excellent goals for a “Former President” to work toward.

Gus Bailey on June 13, 2012 at 12:28 PM

Looks like Obama’s been a little too obsessed with his own hobby horses. Maybe voters should elect a President who shares their priorities … and can handle them.

He’s been too obsessed with his own nose.

Landslide. Don’t believe the polls. People lie to pollsters like never before.

Schadenfreude on June 13, 2012 at 12:31 PM

He lies. Priorities:

#1 Talk about himself
Fundraise
#2 Destroy Capitalism
Fundraise
#3 Talk about himself
Fundraise
#4 Golf
Fundraise
#5 Talk about himself
Fundraise
#6 Party
Fundraise
#7 Talk about himself
Fundraise
#8 Vacation
Fundraise
#9 Talk about himself
Fundraise

The Rogue Tomato on June 13, 2012 at 8:22 AM

FIFY

talkingpoints on June 13, 2012 at 12:40 PM

Of course Obama is going to do a hard pivot for the climate change vote…he has to.
Obama is trying to win over the 18-22 year-old vote…the one that got him elected last time around…but he cannot go after the 22 and above vote…they’ve seen reality…they voted for this empty suit last time around and got zip, nada, zilch, except for a lot of promises and a lot of Obama speeches, and a lot of unemployment, broken dreams and a ton of debt along the way.
What have our high schools been teaching/indoctrinating the last four years?…..
…….Seems like a socialist fascist game plan to me.
coldwarrior on June 13, 2012 at 8:40 AM

As a teacher I can say you are basically right. Indoctrination of children is usually the top priority of any socialist government to insure that its citizens will have the right attitudes and beliefs that facilitate government control. Germany is a good example of this fact. Home schooling is still allowed but greatly discouraged since they do not feel, in their words, that home schooled children are properly indoctrinated as they would be in the public schools. Any academic failure for any reason is an excuse to remove the child from the family and placed with a proper family with little hope to be returned to their family.

Political and ideology Indoctrination destroys a basic tenet of education; a school should be a neutral place for all students to learn. Political indoctrination, social engineering, or social change, are obviously not compatible with tenet of a neutral educational environment that creates a learning atmosphere for all students. That was what was done decades ago. It is not so hard now to find statements along the line that schools are the tools of social change.

Many of us probably remember interesting lesson taught by our teachers. We probably don’t remember our teachers focused on teaching to the lowest performing student in the class. The Federal government with it “No child left behind” is the Federal Governments tool to insure that they have control over what is taught in the classroom. With teachers being held accountable with no excuse for a failing student, they are teaching to the test. That means they teach only what is predicted to be on the next test based on past test. Anything else, anything the government does not consider desirable for them to know much about, is glossed over to allow more time for what the teacher needs to drill on. I did one of those studies for my district and was surprised at what was not likely to be on the test, which put a very heavy emphasis on current events with a strong preference to those that instilled social change.

Franklyn on June 13, 2012 at 2:56 PM

Every time Obama opens his big mouth he sticks his foot, shoe and all, in it. What a complete waste of human skin!

jqc1970 on June 13, 2012 at 3:17 PM

Climate change is code words for Power. It is the way that this Commie SOB can really control every aspect of our lives. It has nothing to do with the environment, it has Everything to do with an all powerful government telling the serfs where and how to live.
BeachBum on June 13, 2012 at 8:26 AM

If you happen to be in the area of the Communist Party USA (cpusa.com) take a note of their political platform. If you can’t find it, look at Obama’s 2008 platform. They are practically the same.

In the late 90’s the CPUSA did not really understand the internet and they were painfully honest about their political platform goals. One of their political planks was getting anti-pollution laws passed and enforced. The goal was to stop emitting pollution. Who would argue against that? That would hurt the profits of the large corporations. Next the plan was to force them to clean up any past pollution issues. Who would argue against that? Next they hoped the combined expense of complying with the laws would force the large corporations, the back bone of the American capitalistic economy to collapse. The model of production would then shift to smaller local centers of production. Sounds a lot like the old soviet model.

They no longer have a plank for anti-pollution laws. The new plank is called Green Laws. The name changed but not the goals. Climate change has become the vehicle of forcing new laws to obtain those goals. This is where we see Obama digging in and we should not really be surprised when he has nothing else to work with that he believes in.

Climate change and green laws are closely related terms and have related objectives. They both mean that a limited number of investors are going to make a fortune on their investments in climate change green technology. Those people and governments that support climate change and green laws are going to gain power. There have been a few setbacks with exposed and calculated deceptions, falsified data, debunk self proclaimed climate scientist, but people have short memories and the time is coming to push it again. The winners of course or those who invested in green technology companies and third world nations who will benefit through wealth redistribution from the creation of taxpayer backed carbon credits created from thin air.

So we now have Obama trying to find something he can talk about. He has no understanding of the economy, of why jobs are not growing, or industries expanding or moving overseas, or middle class Americans. He has to go with what he has left and that is climate change and green technology, not that he understands either anymore than jobs, but it is safe for him to talk about them.

Franklyn on June 13, 2012 at 4:38 PM