Obamateurism of the Day

posted at 8:01 am on June 15, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Three days ago, Barack Obama used a colorful metaphor to use in his efforts to blame Republicans for three years of economic malaise.  Speaking at a campaign event in Baltimore, Obama told the crowd that it was like getting stiffed on a check at a restaurant:

It’s like somebody goes to a restaurant, orders a big steak dinner, martini all that stuff, and then just as you’re sitting down — they leave — (laughter) — and accuse you of running up the tab.

You mean … kind of like what Obama did yesterday?

Celebrating Father’s Day early, the president had lunch with two service members and two local barbers at Kenny’s BBQ on Capitol Hill.

As the group chatted about fatherhood, the president enjoyed a steaming plate of pork ribs with hot sauce, collard greens, red beans and rice and cornbread.

The bill for the president and his four guests was $55.58, but was left unpaid at the point of sale, according to pool reports.

Sounds like the way Obama approaches budgeting and spending.  He buys everyone what they want, and leaves the bill for someone else.  The difference between the two metaphors is that one is now literally true. (via Ben Howe at RedState)

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D’oh!

Flora Duh on June 15, 2012 at 8:04 AM

Hypocrite-in-Chief.

itsnotaboutme on June 15, 2012 at 8:04 AM

Pay your bills.

antisocial on June 15, 2012 at 8:05 AM

To paraphrase Forest Gump: “Like ma’ mama used to say, ‘Stupid is as Stupid does‘”

I’d take Forest over this poser in chief any day.

DuctTapeMyBrain on June 15, 2012 at 8:05 AM

the president enjoyed a steaming plate of pork ribs with hot sauce

On the way out, he begged,
“Don’t tell Michelle I had pork!”

itsnotaboutme on June 15, 2012 at 8:06 AM

Proves you can’t say sh*t without stepping in sh*t if you are 0bama.

ProfShadow on June 15, 2012 at 8:07 AM

Birds gotta fly. Fish gotta swim. Moochers gotta mooch.

Naturally Curly on June 15, 2012 at 8:08 AM

“Do as I say, not as I do”

“Paying their bills is what the little people do – I’m the dictat… er, President.”

revwillie on June 15, 2012 at 8:08 AM

I heard Obama had somebody print up some money an pay the BBQ joint a little later.

forest on June 15, 2012 at 8:09 AM

Fact is stranger than fiction, this guy is amazing with his idiocy.

Gotcha on June 15, 2012 at 8:09 AM

Book him Danno.

meci on June 15, 2012 at 8:11 AM

Shame on you, Ed! Don’t you know that Emperors never touch money?

radjah shelduck on June 15, 2012 at 8:11 AM

Airhead deluxe.

docflash on June 15, 2012 at 8:11 AM

The restaurant was going to offer a Barack Obama special, but then it’s since changed its mind.

22044 on June 15, 2012 at 8:11 AM

Of course

gophergirl on June 15, 2012 at 8:12 AM

Uncle Sam will pick up the tab, no doubt.

JimK on June 15, 2012 at 8:12 AM

I have noticed that liberal people are cheap tippers. Funny how generous they are with other people’s money. Now, walking out on a bill is something entirely different. I’d like to see him eat healthy like Michelle Obama preaches to the rest of us.

TXMomof3 on June 15, 2012 at 8:13 AM

the president enjoyed a steaming plate of pork ribs with hot sauce

On the way out, he begged,
“Don’t tell Michelle I had pork!”

itsnotaboutme on June 15, 2012 at 8:06 AM

You sure it was pork? :)…

jimver on June 15, 2012 at 8:14 AM

I’m guessing he didn’t tip either.

Happy Nomad on June 15, 2012 at 8:15 AM

Projection. It’s what he does whenever blaming the others.

AH_C on June 15, 2012 at 8:15 AM

The restaurant was going to offer a Barack Obama special, but then it’s since changed its mind.

22044 on June 15, 2012 at 8:11 AM

Dog fillet? …

jimver on June 15, 2012 at 8:16 AM

don’t blame me!

cmsinaz on June 15, 2012 at 8:16 AM

Think the MSM will ever point out that in the years leading up to the collapse of the housing market, it was primarily Democrats like Obama who were the people pushing the idea that everyone “deserves” to own a home — whether they can afford one or not? Or that it was Democrats who pushed (and in Obama’s case, sued) banks to make mortgage loans to unqualified borrowers? Or that it was Democrats who kept lowering the lending standards at FM/FM, and insisting that taxpayers take on more risk, not less? Or that it was Democrats who rebuffed Bush’s attempts to curb some of the abuses at FM/FM (and not coincidentally, it was also Democrats who for years used the two government-sponsored mortgage giants as their personal ATM machines)?

Nah . . . so much easier just to say it’s all Bush fault, or Obama inherited a bad economy than to explain some actual facts.

AZCoyote on June 15, 2012 at 8:16 AM

Silly serfs! Don’t you know that benevolent god-kings don’t have to pay for anything? They just have to clap their hands twice and it becomes so.

Currency? Bah! Only for the little people.

crazy_legs on June 15, 2012 at 8:17 AM

Do that at a store, and you’re arrested as soon as you step out?

ScoaMF? Anybody?

MNHawk on June 15, 2012 at 8:18 AM

Shouldn’t the bill be paid by future generations?

trubble on June 15, 2012 at 8:20 AM

You have to enjoy the fact that the lackey’s in the “Press Pool” are given a great stories everyday from the moron in chief-Prez Transparency – and have to suppress or ignore what they should be able to be print- which some would call Journalism.

poor comrades in the press- just wanting a story they can write about.

Miss me yet ? ………………. You know they do.

FlaMurph on June 15, 2012 at 8:21 AM

Nah . . . so much easier just to say it’s all Bush fault, or Obama inherited a bad economy than to explain some actual facts.

AZCoyote on June 15, 2012 at 8:16 AM

I don’t know that it would matter if Democrats were presented with the facts. They seem oblivious to reality. Nothing is ever their fault. You know how so many young people don’t take responsibility for their own behavior? As young people they are Democrats, then one day they grow up and start taking responsibility (hopefully) and begin to vote more conservatively. Maybe the reason I never went through the liberal stage, (other than living in a Republican home) was that I was never indoctrinated in college. I got out of school, got married, and went to work. Paying your own bills kind of makes you have a greater understanding of what real life is about.

TXMomof3 on June 15, 2012 at 8:22 AM

Kenny was ‘sposed to give that meal to Obama….charge the other guys, for sure, but Obama’s BBQ pork? That’d be free.

He’s the Prezdit, ya know.

Still a putz.

coldwarrior on June 15, 2012 at 8:23 AM

Literally ! – Joe Biden

BKennedy on June 15, 2012 at 8:25 AM

Cheapskate-In-Chief!

pilamaye on June 15, 2012 at 8:32 AM

I’m guessing he didn’t tip either.

Happy Nomad on June 15, 2012 at 8:15 AM

The mere presence of Mr. Obama is tip enough.

kringeesmom on June 15, 2012 at 8:32 AM

…..the president enjoyed a steaming plate of pork ribs with hot sauce, collard greens, red beans and rice and cornbread.

BREAKING NEWS: NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg announces plans to ban pork ribs with hot sauce, collard greens, red beans and rice and cornbread from all NYC eateries.

pilamaye on June 15, 2012 at 8:34 AM

What a jackass.

Red Cloud on June 15, 2012 at 8:35 AM

Darn it Ed, now I want a steaming plate of pork-ribs.

listens2glenn on June 15, 2012 at 8:37 AM

As the group chatted about fatherhood, the president enjoyed a steaming plate of pork ribs with hot sauce, collard greens, red beans and rice and cornbread.

Congressional Black Congress: ABC News is a racist news-reporting agency.

BuckeyeSam on June 15, 2012 at 8:37 AM

Now we have to wait and see if the bbq joint goes out of business. Prezzy Free Stuff must have left his Bank of China CC in the WH.

Kissmygrits on June 15, 2012 at 8:41 AM

The barbers and the servicemen got used as props and had to pay for the privilege.

Fools.

Future props should remember to get their money upfront.

BuckeyeSam on June 15, 2012 at 8:41 AM

On the way out, he begged,
“Don’t tell Michelle my imam I had pork!”

itsnotaboutme on June 15, 2012 at 8:06 AM

Archivarix on June 15, 2012 at 8:41 AM

Note that for Luddite Obama, an ATM would have come in handy. I guess he didn’t have the time to run to a branch office to withdraw money from a teller.

BuckeyeSam on June 15, 2012 at 8:44 AM

It’s like somebody goes to a restaurant, orders a big steak dinner, martini all that stuff, and then just as you’re sitting down — they leave — (laughter) — and accuse you of running up the tab.

This is actually more like Democrat / Leftists thinking. Run up a big bill, then expect someone who had nothing to do with it, pay for it.

Mitoch55 on June 15, 2012 at 8:44 AM

“Eat your peas”

Lost in Jersey on June 15, 2012 at 8:44 AM

That bill should have been paid by millionaires and billionaires.

In most restaurants if a customer walks a tab it comes out of the server’s salary. Average basic server wage round here? $2.13 per hour.

To be honest you can’t expect better behavior out of these classless fools in the WH. You can be certain Moochelle hasn’t cut a check since she set foot in the WH.

CorporatePiggy on June 15, 2012 at 8:45 AM

Obama gets a steaming plate of pork ribs.

The rest of us get a steaming plate of sh*t.

Thank you, Prezdit Obama.

May I Have another?

coldwarrior on June 15, 2012 at 8:57 AM

I once worked for a direct mailer who did a lot of campaign mailings for Republicans and Democrats – but they eventually stopped doing work for Democrats.

Why?

They never wanted to pay their bills. When they received an invoice, they would first try to solicit the owner to consider it a “donation.” When that didn’t work, they would invent complaints to get a credit for part of the bill or the whole thing. If that failed (or even if it didn’t), trying to get an actual payment from them was like pulling teeth.

Finally, the owner said, “Forget it. We aren’t taking any more jobs from you.” And from that point on, we were a GOP house exclusively – because they paid their bills on time and without complaint.

DRayRaven on June 15, 2012 at 9:01 AM

It was the way he was raised, don’tcha know?

herm2416 on June 15, 2012 at 9:04 AM

Monarchs never lower themselves to actually carry any currency with them – that’s only for the little people.

OldEnglish on June 15, 2012 at 9:18 AM

Jerk-in-Chief!

Christian Conservative on June 15, 2012 at 9:27 AM

Obamateurism of the Day
Jun 15, 2012 8:01 AM by Ed Morrissey

Karma.

His Karma ran over his Dogma.

ITguy on June 15, 2012 at 9:40 AM

I am doing so fine I bet I can predict what the Obamateurism of the week year will be……

tommyboy on June 15, 2012 at 9:41 AM

Dude makes 400,000 a year, has free food, housing, transportation, and security and cannot manage to carry a few dollars for his photo-op meals??? Maybe once they put his face on the money, he will pass it around to the peasants.

Schwalbe Me-262 on June 15, 2012 at 9:48 AM

He buys everyone what they want, and leaves the bill for someone else.

Need to correct this falsehood. Owebama only buys for his “friends” and contributors. There are many of us out here who haven’t received a thing from Owebama except a large bill to pass on to our children and grandchildren.

katablog.com on June 15, 2012 at 9:50 AM

Owebama leaving lunch unpaid is a perfect example of what he’s done for the last 3.5 years – spend and leave the bills unpaid.

katablog.com on June 15, 2012 at 9:58 AM

This is just more proof of how super scary smart Barry “The Destroyer” Obama really is……racists.

jukin3 on June 15, 2012 at 10:03 AM

Keep it intellectually consistent.
 
libfreeordie on June 6, 2012 at 11:30 AM

rogerb on June 15, 2012 at 10:06 AM

As the group chatted about fatherhood, the president enjoyed a steaming plate of pork ribs with hot sauce, collard greens, red beans and rice and cornbread.
The bill for the president and his four guests was $55.58, but was left unpaid at the point of sale, according to pool reports.

A plate of ribs usually goes for at least $15 in most restaurants. What did the other 4 guys eat for under $10 each?

Luckily Obama has naturally short hair–the two barbers he invited would NEVER cut his hair–they wouldn’t get paid either!

Memo to restaurant owners of America: If the President comes in, make sure he meets the bouncer on the way out!

Steve Z on June 15, 2012 at 10:29 AM

“It’s OK, Mr President. We Know you’re busy. We’ll get that for you. Again.”

- We Who Pay Taxes

TimBuk3 on June 15, 2012 at 10:31 AM

Dude makes 400,000 a year, has free food, housing, transportation, and security and cannot manage to carry a few dollars for his photo-op meals??? Maybe once they put his face on the money, he will pass it around to the peasants.

Schwalbe Me-262 on June 15, 2012 at 9:48 AM

They’ll put his face on the trillion-dollar bill. He needs it to pay his debts.

Steve Z on June 15, 2012 at 10:34 AM

“…a big steak dinner, martini all that stuff…”

“…a colorful metaphor…”

Actually, I found it to be a strangely dated metaphor out of the 50s, sort of like my late grandmother talking about “brazen hussies.” That’s the kind of meal Perry Mason would order in the Erle Stanley Gardner novels when he, Della Street, and Paul Drake were talking over a case.

It’s another example of Obama trying so hard to be like “the rest of us” and pretending to inhabit the world of ordinary Americans that he’s never truly known.

Drained Brain on June 15, 2012 at 10:41 AM

Should have at least signed the bill, might have sold on eBay for enough to cover the meal—at least until November.

stillings on June 15, 2012 at 10:46 AM

I’m guessing he didn’t tip either.

Happy Nomad on June 15, 2012 at 8:15 AM

The opportunity to bask in the reflected glory of the magnificence that is Baracka Hussein Obama is more than enough gratuity for any peasant.
Think of the stories they’ll be able to tell their (massively indebted) grandchildren around the cooking fires.

Solaratov on June 15, 2012 at 11:06 AM

Drained Brain on June 15, 2012 at 10:41 AM

The O’Blame’O’s love them some martinis! Here’s just 2 examples…

The Obamas’ drink: a dirty martini
When President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama go out to dinner, they often start with a round of cocktails. Their drink of choice? Dirty martinis….when she dines with her husband, they usually start a meal with a dirty martini, generally made with Stolichnaya.

Obamas at Blue Hill: Michelle Sips Martinis, Barack Goes for Wine
Michelle tossed back two martinis! Nice. That’s about four shots of booze — and here people thought Hillary was badass for pounding one. Barry, on the other hand, opted for a wine pairing (ironic given how many cocktails have been named after him).

Brat on June 15, 2012 at 11:19 AM

Surprised?

Tim_CA on June 15, 2012 at 11:28 AM

President Dine-n-Dash.

Left Coast Right Mind on June 15, 2012 at 11:38 AM

A disgrace… a monumental disgrace. Liberals in general who voted for him, and Anna Wintour, in particular are so proud of the POS.

ultracon on June 15, 2012 at 12:06 PM

Typical Libtard. Bet his foodserver will switch from voting Democrat to Republican.

They should have grabbed our Kenyan Communist Muslim-In-Chief and made the SOB wash dishes to make up for not paying his tab & tip.

As for him eating pork ribs, well that’s just him practicing the good ol’ Muslim deception tactic of taqqiya.

CatchAll on June 15, 2012 at 1:19 PM

katablog.com on June 15, 2012 at 9:50 AM

The whole Social Democrat, Democrat or left wing machine is predicated on handing out goodies which they take from others with State Power.

In the worst cases, it detours into mega programs like The War on Poverty, Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action, Clean Air or Green Energy. Then you have vast riches and opportunities to hand out.

IlikedAUH2O on June 15, 2012 at 1:29 PM

Celebrating Father’s Day early, the president had lunch with two service members and two local barbers at Kenny’s BBQ on Capitol Hill.
As the group chatted about fatherhood, the president enjoyed a steaming plate of pork ribs with hot sauce, collard greens, red beans and rice and cornbread.
The bill for the president and his four guests was $55.58, but was left unpaid at the point of sale, according to pool reports.

…how come the MSM won’t get wet, and dip into that pool?

KOOLAID2 on June 15, 2012 at 2:35 PM

Obama stiffed the restaurant where he ate ribs yesterday. Obama has been stiffing the American people for 3 1/2 years.

jqc1970 on June 15, 2012 at 3:58 PM