Obamateurism of the Day

posted at 8:01 am on June 22, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

It’s easy to tell the pros from the amateurs. Pros understand that politics ain’t beanbag and know how to roll with the punches.  Amateurs throw punches but get, er, flustered when punches come back.  Earlier this month, the Washington Post reported which of these applies to Barack Obama in an article headlined, “President Obama bristles when he is the target of activist tactics he once used” (via Jennifer Rubin):

Obama looked taken aback by the direct confrontation from Salas and then turned to aides seated against the wall, according to several participants. The aides affirmed that, yes, criminals were the priority. …

The president spoke sternly. Several participants described him as defensive. One person said that, at times, Obama was “pissy.” …

The session began on a tense note when one of the participants, a young Colombian immigrant named Juan Rodriguez, refused to shake Obama’s hand as the president tried to greet him. Rodriguez, 20 at the time, had been invited to represent the “dreamers” who had walked from Miami but could not gain access to the White House because of their legal status. Rodriguez had recently gained legal residency.

“I’m sorry,” Rodriguez recalled telling Obama. He then started to tell the president that this breach of etiquette was a protest on behalf of fellow immigrants who could not attend. Obama, visibly annoyed, cut him off. “Okay, I get it. You’re not going to shake my hand,” the president said, quickly moving on to greet the next advocate. …

“Don’t know exactly why you’ve got to holler, because we already hear you, all right?” Obama said, trying to quiet the shouts from the crowd. CNN was airing the remarks live. Obama showed a rare public flash of anger when a woman could be heard yelling, “It’s time for equality for all Americans.” In a sarcastic tone, he said to the demonstrator, “I’m sorry, do you want to come up here?”

Obama later vented to one of his senior aides, Jim Messina, while leaving the event in his limousine. He didn’t see why these activists were angry with him when he was so clearly supportive of their cause, according to a person familiar with the conversation.

Of course, Obama finally took some action to mollify them, even if they’d be crazy to take advantage of it, as Greta van Susteren argued on Wednesday:

Under the president’s new immigration policy, those here illegally, but who came here before age 16 and are younger than 30 (and meet certain other qualifications) may sign up and get work permits. That might sound good… but think deeper. The president’s new policy is a TEMPORARY PROGRAM — a TWO YEAR PROGRAM. (Yes, it could be extended but right now it is only a two-year protection from deportation.)

To get that work permit, the person here illegally would have to admit being here illegally (why else would the person need a work permit?) and provide all sorts of personal info (e.g. where to find the person!) In other words, the person would be putting a big target on his or her back for ICE deportation in two years when the program expires (if not extended.)

What person here illegally (and in his right mind), will go to the government, announce being here illegally (e.g. plead guilty), provide all sorts of information as to where that person lives etc. to get a work permit only to be a target for deportation in two years? Or, perhaps sooner if Governor Romney is elected and he decides to cancel the temporary program? Answer: no one.

People here illegally are not looking for ways to identify themselves to the government for a temporary program. The president’s new immigration policy will be rationally perceived as simply bait for ICE, and not some great dream.

Reading the Washington Post article on both immigration and gay rights, it becomes pretty clear that Obama only did just enough to keep his own allies from being mean to him … and that’s even more amateurish.

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Bishop was here and gone already.

Yoop on June 22, 2012 at 8:03 AM

mr thin skin in chief

he can dish it but can’t take it

cmsinaz on June 22, 2012 at 8:04 AM

People are no longer kissing his ring, and he can’t handle it. He acts like a spoiled five year-old. Let the complete meltdown begin!

Xyz22 on June 22, 2012 at 8:06 AM

In a sarcastic tone, he said to the demonstrator, “I’m sorry, do you want to come up here?”

MOSTEST LIKABLE PREZEEY EVAH!!!!

/lib

crazy_legs on June 22, 2012 at 8:09 AM

One person said that, at times, Obama was “pissy.” …

What’s unusual about this? There are countless examples of Obama having hissy fits when somebody tells him no. The reporter from the Daily Caller that yelled a question during his amnesty give away speech really got under his skin- but he did elicit a response. “Because it is the right thing to do” which of course ignored the question “How is this the right thing to do for Americans looking for work?” Which means that Obama essentially declared that he would be handing out amnesty and work permits “because I said so” before he stormed off irate that somebody would dare question the king.

Happy Nomad on June 22, 2012 at 8:10 AM

People are no longer kissing his ring, and he can’t handle it. He acts like a spoiled five year-old. Let the complete meltdown begin!

Xyz22 on June 22, 2012 at 8:06 AM

Hey! What do you have against five-year-olds? At least with real children you can put them in time out and they don’t have the nuclear codes. A President who routinely has hissy fits is just scary.

Happy Nomad on June 22, 2012 at 8:11 AM

It’s the first time in his life he’s been expected to accomplish results or been held to account. He’s never had to do it before thus he doesn’t know how to do it now. Therein lies the frustration.

tommyboy on June 22, 2012 at 8:12 AM

Obama bows to America’s enemies, his enemies get put on lists that get sent to the IRS & to union thugs.

itsnotaboutme on June 22, 2012 at 8:12 AM

The pacific mask crumbles when the narcissist has become convinced that the very people he purported to speak for, his constituency, his grassroots fans, the prime sources of his narcissistic supply – have turned against him. At first, in a desperate effort to maintain the fiction underlying his chaotic personality, the narcissist strives to explain away the sudden reversal of sentiment. “The people are being duped by (the media, big industry, the military, the elite, etc.)”, “they don’t really know what they are doing”, “following a rude awakening, they will revert to form”, etc.

When these flimsy attempts to patch a tattered personal mythology fail – the narcissist is injured. Narcissistic injury inevitably leads to narcissistic rage and to a terrifying display of unbridled aggression. The pent-up frustration and hurt translate into devaluation. That which was previously idealized – is now discarded with contempt and hatred.

Barack Obama – Narcissist or Merely Narcissistic?

Flora Duh on June 22, 2012 at 8:13 AM

“One person said that, at times, Obama was “pissy.” …”

Pissy, prissy, prickly, peevish, pr!ckish… he’s full of himself pee no matter how you look at it. Proof… his eyes are yellow.

Yoop on June 22, 2012 at 8:14 AM

There isn’t a day that I wonder – given his vast resources and unquestionable intelligence, couldn’t George Soros find a better Manchurian candidate to promote his agenda?

Archivarix on June 22, 2012 at 8:15 AM

Clearly Obama cares not a bit about these so-called ‘innocent victims’ of illegal immigration, but it was a total pander move to shake loose some LaRaza funds for his campaign. Same as the gay marriage pander.

Obama is in some serious trouble with respect to fundraising, he has only 100M on hand and last month spent more than came in.

In other words, he’s no better at running his campaign without a huge deficit than he is the country. Go figure.

With Romney out-raising him and the SuperPAC’s, Emperor Hussein isn’t going to have much of, if any at all, advantage in cash this time.

wildcat72 on June 22, 2012 at 8:17 AM

Of course Obama doesn’t care about the actual implementation of his decree.

The whole purpose is to buy votes. And creat enough muddles for the Nov. election, if the margin is close.

Sir Napsalot on June 22, 2012 at 8:18 AM

There isn’t a day that I wonder – given his vast resources and unquestionable intelligence, couldn’t George Soros find a better Manchurian candidate to promote his agenda?

Archivarix on June 22, 2012 at 8:15 AM

Unfortunately for George, trying to run the country via a Kabuki puppet candidate has one disadvantage that can’t be overcome: In order to be sure the puppet will take orders he has to be an IDIOT incapable of independent thought.

And that describes Barry Hussein Soetoro to a T.

He’s the dumbest person in any room he’s in.

wildcat72 on June 22, 2012 at 8:19 AM

There’s much more to this story than the fact Obama was “pissy” that his own tactics were being used against him. More important is the fact that activists like Guitterez demanded he issue an executive order and O eventually complied with this demand.

Buy Danish on June 22, 2012 at 8:21 AM

Barack Hussein Kardashian Milhous Øbama

mmm mmm mmm

petefrt on June 22, 2012 at 8:22 AM

How dare these people cause Bark grief?

Ungrateful scum.

CorporatePiggy on June 22, 2012 at 8:22 AM

How dare these people cause Bark grief?

Ungrateful scum.

CorporatePiggy on June 22, 2012 at 8:22 AM

They treat him “like a dog”. Fortunately not the way Barry treats dogs, or they’d have ate him.

wildcat72 on June 22, 2012 at 8:25 AM

How hard does anyone have to strain themselves to imagine Obama being p!ssy? Life must seem so unfair to him these days, as he’s exposed to the limitations of the presidency (as crafted by the framers).

I went and read that article and chuckled as I pictured him dealing with all these familiar tactics and thinking to himself “This isn’t FAIR!! I’m the WON. I’m popular and these people need to get back in line.”

Yeah illegals, if you meet all the criteria for this ‘temporary work permit’ feel free to sign up. It even comes with a free T-shirt from, er…Target.

CitizenEgg on June 22, 2012 at 8:26 AM

…ok…I’m dumb!…did not realize it was a two year program only….Then what?…we just discontinue to enforce the laws like we do now?

KOOLAID2 on June 22, 2012 at 8:29 AM

Unfortunately for George, trying to run the country via a Kabuki puppet candidate has one disadvantage that can’t be overcome: In order to be sure the puppet will take orders he has to be an IDIOT incapable of independent thought.

And that describes Barry Hussein Soetoro to a T.

He’s the dumbest person in any room he’s in.

wildcat72 on June 22, 2012 at 8:19 AM

One doesn’t have to be an idiot to take orders. Military personnel take orders daily and follow them faithfully, and very few of them are as stupid as Barry O. That’s why I believe that Obama was chosen not only for his Marxist views or willingness to harm America, but also by the ability of his puppeteers to hold the Damocles sword of his birth certificate over his head. Fear is the best cattle prod.

Archivarix on June 22, 2012 at 8:29 AM

I am so enjoying watching the fall-out from Obama’s imperial order on immigration. He has enraged a lot of citizens, and pi$$ed off the illegals, who sense they’re being played (what took you so long?)

Obama’s lawlessness may end up costing him more votes than it nets. Reminds me of that quote that Obama is so fond of, something about the moral arc of the universe bending towards justice . . . .

AZCoyote on June 22, 2012 at 8:29 AM

In a sarcastic tone, he said to the demonstrator, “I’m sorry, do you want to come up here?”

I would have said “You bet your crinkled ass I do, mofacky, I’m on my way!”

Bishop on June 22, 2012 at 8:30 AM

I went and read that article and chuckled as I pictured him dealing with all these familiar tactics and thinking to himself “This isn’t FAIR!! I’m the WON. I’m popular and these people need to get back in line.”

CitizenEgg on June 22, 2012 at 8:26 AM

Just wait until the campaign really kicks in and Obama isn’t greeted at rallys with the same kind of elan he had in 2008. We have the potential of a real meltdown.

Happy Nomad on June 22, 2012 at 8:33 AM

Then what?…we just discontinue to enforce the laws like we do now?

KOOLAID2 on June 22, 2012 at 8:29 AM

You do realize that the Imperial Edict was temporary only because it will expand if Obama gets re-elected. For example, limiting amnesty to 16-year-olds is so arbitrary. Why that age and not 12-year-olds?

No, this was just an opening salvo to send the message to ALL illegals will be taken care of once this election is over and those opposed to amnesty are powerless to thwart future edicts.

Happy Nomad on June 22, 2012 at 8:37 AM

Pissydent Obama.

hillsoftx on June 22, 2012 at 8:37 AM

Obama later vented to one of his senior aides, Jim Messina, while leaving the event in his limousine. He didn’t see why these activists were angry with him when he was so clearly supportive of their cause,

“They should be thanking me,” he fumed.

AZCoyote on June 22, 2012 at 8:39 AM

One person said that, at times, Obama was “pissy.”

Off by one vowel.

50sGuy on June 22, 2012 at 8:40 AM

Getting help from Prezzy EP is like getting a free gift for signing up to buy some magazines. The gift is always a piece of junk that you end up throwing away but you are still stuck paying for the magazines.

Kissmygrits on June 22, 2012 at 8:41 AM

president pissy pants?

ted c on June 22, 2012 at 8:41 AM

Pros understand that politics ain’t beanbag and know how to roll with the punches. Amateurs throw punches but get, er, flustered when punches come back.

Even more so when they’re “punching above their weight.…”…/

ted c on June 22, 2012 at 8:44 AM

One doesn’t have to be an idiot to take orders. Military personnel take orders daily and follow them faithfully, and very few of them are as stupid as Barry O. That’s why I believe that Obama was chosen not only for his Marxist views or willingness to harm America, but also by the ability of his puppeteers to hold the Damocles sword of his birth certificate over his head. Fear is the best cattle prod.

Archivarix on June 22, 2012 at 8:29 AM

The military are told that they are as responsible for the legality of their orders as the person giving them.

They don’t blindly obey.

wildcat72 on June 22, 2012 at 8:45 AM

What makes Obama truly pissy is that down deep, he’s in total sympathy with the activists, but thinks they’re too selfish/stupid to realize he can’t go in 100 percent with them because of all those stupid bitter clingers in flyover country — no not the conservatives, they’re the stupid and evil bitter clingers; the just plain stupid ones are the swing voters Obama is being told by his handlers he has to cater to in order to win re-election.

He can’t be the community organizer he wants to be, at least until after Nov. 6, but people on his own side are working to blow up the deception needed to make the moderates trust him with another four years. No wonder Obama’s pissy — he can’t even count on his own liberal activists to know their roles.

jon1979 on June 22, 2012 at 8:54 AM

“One person said that, at times, Obama was ‘pissy.’ …”

Guess he got all wee-wee’d up…

The pressure is really getting to him. He’s cracking and if he breaks, it is going to be epic.

italianguy626 on June 22, 2012 at 8:55 AM

Somebody lied to Barry. He’s been told he is the most intelligent, special, superior person, ever. It hurts when you realize you are not special, not overly smart, and just a bit inferior. I doubt his mama filled his head with all that. She shipped his butt to grandma.

TXMomof3 on June 22, 2012 at 8:57 AM

One person said that, at times, Obama was “pissy.”

Off by one vowel.

50sGuy on June 22, 2012 at 8:40 AM

My thoughts exactly

NoFanofLibs on June 22, 2012 at 9:01 AM

First, I think it’s great that he’s being “disrespected” with the same tactics the lefties always use. Narcissists are always hypocrites.

Second, for those speculating on a meltdown, do you think it might happen ala Howard Beale in Network? He just goes off-TOTUS, and starts ranting, flinging epithets, spittle flying? Or, does he do it in the WH, behind closed doors, and his aides simply start cancelling public appearances and giving excuses about how busy the job of President is in these times (that he inherited from Bush, of course)?

GWB on June 22, 2012 at 9:12 AM

President Kardashian’s behavior is not surprising since he never even ran a corner lemonade stand growing up…

He has been “in WAY over his head” since day 1, and even the lackeys in the 4th Estate can’t completely cover for his incompetence any more… The cover up on Fast & Furious will be his downfall…

Jimmy Carter, SUPER GENIUS… Just stand next to Barack…

Khun Joe on June 22, 2012 at 9:14 AM

Exactly what do Democrats have to lose by making Uhhhbama and Holder walk the plank and installing another presidential candidate? I don’t see any downside, now.

Even the Democrats have started yelling, “Anybody but Uhhhbama!”

TheClearRiver on June 22, 2012 at 9:19 AM

Obama was “pissy.”

Hey Obama, you want to see “pissy”?

Wait till November, when the rest of us REALLY show you the meaning of “pissy”!

pilamaye on June 22, 2012 at 9:23 AM

“Okay, I get it. You’re not going to shake my hand,” the president said.

Smartest president evah! He gets it, give him another peace prize.

Fallon on June 22, 2012 at 9:23 AM

Heh, I’m sensing a great ad campaign here with a tie-in to the adult diaper market.

Will President Obama get pissy today? That DEPENDS on who’s protesting against his do-nothing White House. Either way he’s covered and confident with the number one adult diaper in the room.

CitizenEgg on June 22, 2012 at 9:35 AM

There isn’t a day that I wonder – given his vast resources and unquestionable intelligence, couldn’t George Soros find a better Manchurian candidate to promote his agenda?

Archivarix on June 22, 2012 at 8:15 AM

Nope. A better candidate would be more flexible, and not as big a progressive stooge.

Gladtobehere on June 22, 2012 at 9:41 AM

More important is the fact that activists like Guitterez demanded he issue an executive order and O eventually complied with this demand.

Buy Danish on June 22, 2012 at 8:21 AM

^^^^THIS^^^^

Worth repeating.

lynncgb on June 22, 2012 at 9:53 AM

Obama was being pissy?

Probably will refuse to attend the 2013 Inauguration.

Since he won’t be the center of attention and adoration…why bother?

Putz.

coldwarrior on June 22, 2012 at 9:57 AM

Funnies

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M2RB: The Kinks

Resist We Much on June 22, 2012 at 10:05 AM

Obama was being pissy?

Probably will refuse to attend the 2013 Inauguration.

Since he won’t be the center of attention and adoration…why bother?

Putz.

coldwarrior on June 22, 2012 at 9:57 AM

Interesting point. I like to wonder: if SippyCup is humiliated at the polls this November, will he go literally nuts like the Goreacle?

SnarkySam on June 22, 2012 at 10:31 AM

What person here illegally (and in his right mind), will go to the government, announce being here illegally (e.g. plead guilty), provide all sorts of information as to where that person lives etc. to get a work permit only to be a target for deportation in two years?

Sting operation? Brilliant!

iurockhead on June 22, 2012 at 10:52 AM

Just wait until the campaign really kicks in and Obama isn’t greeted at rallys with the same kind of elan he had in 2008. We have the potential of a real meltdown.

They’ll make sure to prevent that by only letting in “pre-screened” invitees…

DaSaintFan on June 22, 2012 at 11:01 AM

Billy Bob Clinton nailed it “The Amateur!”

Barry has enough talent to work as a ‘community organizer’. Beyond that, he’s out of his league.

GarandFan on June 22, 2012 at 11:03 AM

I don’t understand this attitude that illegal immigrants are somehow owed anything by the US. We are under no obligation whatsoever to let one single non citizen into this country much less give them freebies. Of course we do because legal immigrants add much to the fabric of this country and who we are. Recently, in my local paper there was an article that was the usual sob story about an illegal immigrant who was caught and being deported. The news story (it was not on the editorial page) was about how this”law abiding” “immigrant” was being treated unfairly by being forced to return to Mexico (where his wife and children were btw). Just below that was an article about another family whose work visas were not being renewed. Mom and Dad were both professionals. They were attempting the process to become citizens with their children but were also being sent back to their home country. These kinds of stories need to be highlighted more. I also don’t understand why latino voters aren’t upset about fellow latinos that are following the rules to come here instead of the law breakers.

hopeful on June 22, 2012 at 11:15 AM

Unfortunately for George, trying to run the country via a Kabuki puppet candidate has one disadvantage that can’t be overcome: In order to be sure the puppet will take orders he has to be an IDIOT incapable of independent thought.

And that describes Barry Hussein Soetoro to a T.

He’s the dumbest person in any room he’s in.

wildcat72 on June 22, 2012 at 8:19 AM

First requirement in the red diaper president project was to be a marxist. There are very few if any marxists that aren’t idiots.

slickwillie2001 on June 22, 2012 at 11:53 AM

It’s the first time in his life he’s been expected to accomplish results or been held to account. He’s never had to do it before thus he doesn’t know how to do it now. Therein lies the frustration.

tommyboy on June 22, 2012 at 8:12 AM

This is why we need an amendment barring senators and representatives from running for president. They’re never held accountable for all the ridiculous crap they do–when they do anything at all.

Nutstuyu on June 22, 2012 at 12:02 PM

NOT A SURPRISE:

Obama discovers that actually solving problems and dealing with actual people is a lot harder than simply shouting and ponting at others (as “community organizers” do).

landlines on June 22, 2012 at 12:42 PM

tommyboy on June 22, 2012 at 8:12 AM

Exactly so.

I’ve never understood why people kept calling Obama “unflappable.” His prickly nature was evident every time he stubbed his toe. He is very flappable. This is why this current confrontation is so important: he will — repeat, WILL — wither in the fire. His decision to invoke EP in the Holder matter is evidence of this happening already.

There are reasons of humanity and justice to keep F&F front and center, but there is a strategic reason as well: Holder told the House committee that he first learned of F&F around the beginning of 2011. But Holder announced the program in 4/09, and Obama also referred to it in 2/09. So that was pure perjury. Holder may or may not resign, but even if he does we must not let this fade. To paraphrase Alinsky: never let a good scandal go to waste.

Romney wants a gentlemanly campaign, elevated and high-minded. But like all campaigns this will be won in the corners and on the ropes, and we need to keep swinging our elbows. Obama can’t take it.

UnrepentantCurmudgeon on June 22, 2012 at 12:53 PM

I can hardly wait for Sadam Obama’s complete meltdown. The thin-skinned sociopath just can’t stand to be questioned. After all, he won.

jqc1970 on June 22, 2012 at 3:16 PM

And folks wonder why Obastard is referred to as the Jackass-In-Chief!?! He has already screwed the Spanish folks, and they just keep coming back for more!?! No wonder DummycRATs have a Jackass for a party symbol!?!

Colatteral Damage on June 22, 2012 at 3:29 PM