Obamateurism of the Day

posted at 8:01 am on June 25, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

What’s a great way to connect to an important audience, one that you desperately need to have any chance of success in an upcoming election? How about implying that they can’t be trusted around you with … forks? Despite Barack Obama’s appearing at literally dozens of fundraising dinners over the last several months, the attendees of NALEO — a Hispanic voter group — had to surrender their utensils before Obama would speak:

Does a fork or dinner knife pose an unacceptable danger to President Barack Obama?

One wouldn’t think so, given the hundreds of lunches and dinners he’s attended ranging from state dinners to political fundraisers to run-of-the-mill stops on the rubber-chicken circuit.

However, at one such lunch Friday afternoon, guests heard an unusual announcement that they needed to hand over their silverware for security reasons.

“It’s very important that you use your utensils as soon as possible,” National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials board member Raquel Regalado told about 1000 delegates at the group’s annual conference.

Politico reports that the Secret Service made the request after finding out that Obama would address the group immediately after the meal was concluded. Supposedly this is just routine, but Josh Gerstein and Reid Epstein note that Obama appears frequently at dinners without having the Secret Service round up silverware — usually at fundraisers. Apparently, people who give money aren’t as suspicious as people who don’t.

Even assuming this is standard operating procedure, why not just ask NALEO to put a little more time between the meal and the President’s appearance, or to delay the meal until afterward? Didn’t Obama or his campaign staff consider how this would look to the Hispanic activists in the room?  And for that matter, the Secret Service is also providing protection to Mitt Romney, who spoke the day before at 1:20 in the afternoon, shortly after lunch.  Did Romney’s security detail demand that the attendees be stripped of their silverware too?

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They’ll vote for him anyway.

22044 on June 25, 2012 at 8:06 AM

Just fork it over.

NeighborhoodCatLady on June 25, 2012 at 8:07 AM

Stick a fork in him; he’s done.

NeighborhoodCatLady on June 25, 2012 at 8:07 AM

I wonder if they had to show a photo ID to to get into the venue.

That being said, I wonder what they had for lunch that didn’t require a knife. Perhaps in the future, they should merely provide a sporks.

Happy Nomad on June 25, 2012 at 8:07 AM

okay….cuckoo

i guess they were not offended….odd

cmsinaz on June 25, 2012 at 8:07 AM

As Yogi Berra said, “When you come to a fork in the road, take it!”

NeighborhoodCatLady on June 25, 2012 at 8:07 AM

Why not the knives too?

petefrt on June 25, 2012 at 8:08 AM

They were afraid the attendees would use the utensils as digging tools and attempt an escape.

JimK on June 25, 2012 at 8:09 AM

******* Latino SilverWare Non-Seal Team 6 ***************
(sarc)

canopfor on June 25, 2012 at 8:09 AM

Guess stewed dog was on the menu, and spoons were all they needed.

chai on June 25, 2012 at 8:10 AM

In Kenya, they eat with their hands.

DuctTapeMyBrain on June 25, 2012 at 8:11 AM

With denying Latino`s forks,essentially forcing them to eat
with there fingers,was a deliberate act,to force sickness
upon them,and…and….making them/they/those dependant,

on HopeyHealthCare!!
(snark)

canopfor on June 25, 2012 at 8:13 AM

Racism at its finest…….

angrymike on June 25, 2012 at 8:13 AM

Why not the knives too?

petefrt on June 25, 2012 at 8:08 AM

It sounds like they never got knives to start with. They should serve ribs…fall off the bone tender…just the way Obama likes ‘em, before he skips out on the bill.

CitizenEgg on June 25, 2012 at 8:14 AM

Kinda sounds like Team Obama loathes and despises Latino’s. His slogan should be Vote For Me And Table Scraps For Thee.

meci on June 25, 2012 at 8:15 AM

I’m sure he had to take away the forks because of George W. Bush. We all know somehow it’s his fault

LordDaMan on June 25, 2012 at 8:15 AM

Why not the knives too?

petefrt on June 25, 2012 at 8:08 AM

They weren’t given knives. Butter knives, even. Just forks and spoons.

What about the tortillas? They have pointy ends.

Next, Marion Barry will be confiscating the chopsticks at an Asian-American luncheon.

Timothy S. Carlson on June 25, 2012 at 8:16 AM

He shouldn’t worry now. He won’t have a fork stuck into Biden and him until November.

50sGuy on June 25, 2012 at 8:16 AM

“If they bring a fork to the fight, you bring a knife.”

RonRon on June 25, 2012 at 8:17 AM

Obama probably assumed they would be eating tacos and wouldn’t need utensils.

Bitter Clinger on June 25, 2012 at 8:18 AM

I wouldn’t mind giving up my silverware. He’s enough to put you off your feed anyway.

TXMomof3 on June 25, 2012 at 8:18 AM

They could have saved themselves this embarrassment by serving everyone Bulldog Burritos.

CorporatePiggy on June 25, 2012 at 8:20 AM

@bakedflounder

How can we “Eat Our Peas” if Obama takes our forks?

@iowahawkblog

Obama’s Latino outreach: confiscate forks from Hispanics in Florida, give machine guns to Hispanics in Mexico

Flora Duh on June 25, 2012 at 8:21 AM

They were sayin’ stick a fork in me if Prezzy EP talks for more than an hour. Just doesn’t look the same as people fainting.

Kissmygrits on June 25, 2012 at 8:21 AM

Wait a tic,was

Rham Emanuel,invited,with his infamous
stabbing the steak,with there all
gonna F`kn Die!
(snark)

canopfor on June 25, 2012 at 8:22 AM

@iowahawkblog

Obama’s Latino outreach: confiscate forks from Hispanics in Florida, give machine guns to Hispanics in Mexico

Flora Duh on June 25, 2012 at 8:21 AM

Flora Duh:Thats a work of a verbal art!:)

canopfor on June 25, 2012 at 8:23 AM

Obama’s four-pronged strategy.

TimBuk3 on June 25, 2012 at 8:24 AM

Stick a fork in him; he’s done.

NeighborhoodCatLady on June 25, 2012 at 8:07 AM

That’s why he doesn’t want anyone around with a fork. They might just demonstrate that he’s done.

The Rogue Tomato on June 25, 2012 at 8:25 AM

Flora Duh:Thats a work of a verbal art!:)

canopfor on June 25, 2012 at 8:23 AM

He is teh awesome, isn’t he? My favorite person to follow on Twitter.

Next to Mr. Morrissey, of course. ;-)

Flora Duh on June 25, 2012 at 8:27 AM

I’m thinking that a room full of people with spoons and leftover peas could comprise quite a threat to the preezy, as he stands up there with his mouth open and nothing of value coming out. Just sayin’…

Is there an official Obama swag spork that his people would feel comfortable with?

CitizenEgg on June 25, 2012 at 8:27 AM

Interesting. The Latinos can’t fork the president, but the press corps can spoon him.

Dexter_Alarius on June 25, 2012 at 8:29 AM

Who needs forks? They’re eating out of the palm of his hand.

lynncgb on June 25, 2012 at 8:30 AM

I’m thinking that a room full of people with spoons and leftover peas could comprise quite a threat to the preezy, as he stands up there with his mouth open and nothing of value coming out. Just sayin’…

CitizenEgg on June 25, 2012 at 8:27 AM

LMAO! Thanks for the mental image.

Flora Duh on June 25, 2012 at 8:31 AM

For you Hot Air Crew in Florida……ALERT,
possible Tornado in Fernandina Beach!!

http://www.weather.com/social/fullfeed/Fernandina+Beach+FL+USFL0144

canopfor on June 25, 2012 at 8:31 AM

Did he request they remove their shoes as well?

BKennedy on June 25, 2012 at 8:31 AM

What about sporks?

vcferlita on June 25, 2012 at 8:32 AM

The Latinos were served already cut chicken breasts because everyone knows that minorities need a bureaucrat to cut their meat.

Now imagine the field day the press would have if Romney de-fork an NAACP luncheon…

Laurence on June 25, 2012 at 8:33 AM

For the life of me I can’t understand how Obama is personally popular with anybody. He goes deliberately out of his way to shove his selfcenteredness and ego right in everyone’s face — even his own party’s political base. How is he personally likable in any way?

jwolf on June 25, 2012 at 8:34 AM

I’m thinking that a room full of people with spoons and leftover peas could comprise quite a threat to the preezy, as he stands up there with his mouth open and nothing of value coming out. Just sayin’…

CitizenEgg on June 25, 2012 at 8:27 AM

CitizenEgg:

So,your saying(kinda),that the utensils,might be substituted,
for Throwing Slippers,er shoes!!

canopfor on June 25, 2012 at 8:34 AM

I can’t wait to hear Carney’s explanation of this, or has he made one already? If he did/does it will go something like the canned response we usually here…the Republicans would rather focus on dining utensils than try and create jobs or deal with the economy. Or, the forking policy was initially implemented by the Bush administration.

scalleywag on June 25, 2012 at 8:34 AM

Si Si Puedo!!!

docflash on June 25, 2012 at 8:35 AM

canopfor on June 25, 2012 at 8:23 AM

He is teh awesome, isn’t he? My favorite person to follow on Twitter.

Next to Mr. Morrissey, of course. ;-)

Flora Duh on June 25, 2012 at 8:27 AM

Flora Duh:Hehe,Twitter Buddy,Capt`n Ed….yup!:)

canopfor on June 25, 2012 at 8:36 AM

Were we aware that Dear Leader had an irrational fear of silverware, or is this a new thing?

BettyRuth on June 25, 2012 at 8:36 AM

How is he personally likable in any way?

jwolf on June 25, 2012 at 8:34 AM

AND they gave him money to sit there and be insulted.

scalleywag on June 25, 2012 at 8:37 AM

I tell you what, a lot of young people start getting their graduation and wedding gifts taken away to donate to Obama campaign, and you’ll start seeing a shift in his likability with the young, not so bright crowd.

TXMomof3 on June 25, 2012 at 8:39 AM

Paranoia is strong with this Won

Electrongod on June 25, 2012 at 8:39 AM

Now imagine the field day the press would have if Romney de-fork an NAACP luncheon…

Laurence on June 25, 2012 at 8:33 AM

Better that than serving something like fried chicken since no forks are required. ;0

Happy Nomad on June 25, 2012 at 8:41 AM

Maybe they should have held the thing at Medieval Times Dinner And Tournament, where there are no utensils and everyone has to eat with their hands.

If anything, B.O. could have sat up there on the throne in full King regalia, overlooking the crowd in all his splendor and just felt right at home among the lowly serfs!

pilamaye on June 25, 2012 at 8:42 AM

Stick a fork in him; he’s done.

NeighborhoodCatLady on June 25, 2012 at 8:07 AM

Thread winner.

Runners-up:

Did he request they remove their shoes as well?

BKennedy on June 25, 2012 at 8:31 AM

“If they bring a fork to the fight, you bring a knife.”

RonRon on June 25, 2012 at 8:17 AM

Next, Marion Barry will be confiscating the chopsticks at an Asian-American luncheon.

Timothy S. Carlson on June 25, 2012 at 8:16 AM

itsnotaboutme on June 25, 2012 at 8:43 AM

I tell you what, a lot of young people start getting their graduation and wedding gifts taken away to donate to Obama campaign, and you’ll start seeing a shift in his likability with the young, not so bright crowd.

TXMomof3 on June 25, 2012 at 8:39 AM

What struck me most about this “appeal.” Obama is constantly telling the public to go out and buy stuff to help the economy and yet he now seeks to divert money from places like Target or Home Depot, or other retailers and give it to Obama. How is that helping the economy?

Happy Nomad on June 25, 2012 at 8:44 AM

So,your saying(kinda),that the utensils,might be substituted,
for Throwing Slippers,er shoes!!

canopfor on June 25, 2012 at 8:34 AM

We jest a lot here, but it’s not a stretch to imagine some Mexican survivor of an attack by the cartels armed by this administration following the lead of that Iraqi reporter who tossed shoes at W.
Who else thinks the media might not get quite the same ‘kick’ out of it happening to Barry?

(I hope he uses the curly toed boots:http://tinyurl.com/4ybvg6y)

CitizenEgg on June 25, 2012 at 8:47 AM

Scrawny Obama couldn’t fend off someone attacking him with a dinner napkin.

fogw on June 25, 2012 at 8:48 AM

TXMomof3 on June 25, 2012 at 8:39 AM

Happy Nomad on June 25, 2012 at 8:44 AM

He was getting verbally crucified for that stroke of genius in a comment thread I was reading on Boston’s CBS website.

Boston of all places!

Flora Duh on June 25, 2012 at 8:49 AM

Stick a fork in him; he’s done.

NeighborhoodCatLady on June 25, 2012 at 8:07 AM

The Obama SS clearly sees that as a threat to the President.

/sarc

wildcat72 on June 25, 2012 at 8:59 AM

What a wuss Hes surrounded by secret service agents and cant defend himself against a fork? Is there anything at all you can respect about this guy?

ldbgcoleman on June 25, 2012 at 9:01 AM

Scrawny Obama couldn’t fend off someone attacking him with a dinner napkin.

fogw on June 25, 2012 at 8:48 AM

The really stupid thing is that they didn’t need an announcement but rather simply telling the wait staff to make sure they clear the tables quickly and make sure they get all the tableware.

Happy Nomad on June 25, 2012 at 9:06 AM

itsnotaboutme on June 25, 2012 at 8:43 AM | Delete | Delete and Ban <–er oh!…there it is again!

…you’re right!…I don’t remember an Obamateurism of the Day where almost every reponse… out of so many…were so ‘forken’ good!

KOOLAID2 on June 25, 2012 at 9:06 AM

Next time he should have the dinner at Medieval Times where they don’t give you any utensils and you get a helluva show to boot.

Xyz22 on June 25, 2012 at 9:08 AM

Stick a fork in him; he’s done.

NeighborhoodCatLady on June 25, 2012 at 8:07 AM

I have it on authority that this is exactly what the Secret Service heard someone say just before they decided to collect the silverware.

katablog.com on June 25, 2012 at 9:08 AM

O/T from our Ed on twitter

Hospiblogging today — FM getting a biopsy to check on status of transplanted pancreas. Should be outpatient.

Praying for you Ed! Modern medicine is amazing.

txhsmom on June 25, 2012 at 9:08 AM

Did he request they remove their shoes as well?
BKennedy
 on June 25, 2012 at 8:31 AM

Nah. That’s for Muslim events.

AH_C on June 25, 2012 at 9:09 AM

Boston of all places!

Flora Duh on June 25, 2012 at 8:49 AM

They’ll ridicule but they’ll also vote for Obama.

Happy Nomad on June 25, 2012 at 9:09 AM

Personally, I think this is actually worse than Ed makes it out. Romney was on hostile territory. This isn’t an equivalent situation. The secret service allowed him to make his speech to people much less predisposed to his point of view (according to a pole posted here earlier this morning 68%-22%) and with more reason to want to harm him.

I have to believe that the secret service would not allow him to have done that if they believed there was any danger, OR if it was standard operating procedure Romney’s people would have worked around it for the optics sake. Which leads me to believe that:
a) The secret service wasn’t the one that made the call, or they’d have done it both times.
OR
b) Romney’s people were smart enough to change the timing so it wasn’t so obvious.
OR
c) Obama’s people had that done and are pinning the blame on the secret service.

Because
d) Secret Service is taking better care of Obama than Romney
is a horrifying thought.

WashingtonsWake on June 25, 2012 at 9:10 AM

I hear paranoia at the end of a reign is common for Emperors……

Renee on June 25, 2012 at 9:10 AM

canopfor on June 25, 2012 at 8:34 AM

We jest a lot here, but it’s not a stretch to imagine some Mexican survivor of an attack by the cartels armed by this administration following the lead of that Iraqi reporter who tossed shoes at W.
Who else thinks the media might not get quite the same ‘kick’ out of it happening to Barry?

(I hope he uses the curly toed boots:http://tinyurl.com/4ybvg6y)

CitizenEgg on June 25, 2012 at 8:47 AM

CitizenEgg:

Too funny on the pontoons,and I never thought of the revenge angle!:)

canopfor on June 25, 2012 at 9:11 AM

Racism at its finest…….

angrymike on June 25, 2012 at 8:13 AM | Delete <- 0h oh-Mikey…I didn't do that yet!

…it’s good to see you are taking your union approved posting contract seriously!

KOOLAID2 on June 25, 2012 at 9:14 AM

Obviously not about security since Romney didn’t have them confiscated!

Obama was afraid these Hispanics would steal the silverware before he could so he had it confiscated?
Soon to come a to the wedding registry, Obama sends forks if you register to donate to his campaign.
Forks R Us and Target hardest hit!

ConcealedKerry on June 25, 2012 at 9:22 AM

“Fork those damned little brown people!”

coldwarrior on June 25, 2012 at 9:27 AM

The sad thing is that to hear the reports he was still very well received. I don’t want hear anymore garbage about police profiling.

Cindy Munford on June 25, 2012 at 9:27 AM

How paranoid was Caligula or, for that matter, Saddam al-Tikriti?

ExpressoBold on June 25, 2012 at 9:35 AM

Free The Forks!

JimK on June 25, 2012 at 9:39 AM

Did Romney’s security detail demand that the attendees be stripped of their silverware too?

Of course, the answer is no. Not to mention Romney made the point that Obummer has ignored NALEO since the last time he needed their votes.
And yet… and yet…

Poll: Obama leads Romney among Latinos, 66/25

There’s just no explaining the entrenched mind-control the Dems have over some groups.

KS Rex on June 25, 2012 at 9:40 AM

NEXT THEY’LL BE TELLING PEOPLE TO TURN IN THEIR SHOES!

GarandFan on June 25, 2012 at 9:43 AM

I wouldn’t have dinner with Obama no matter how much money he offered to pay me.

wildcat72 on June 25, 2012 at 9:44 AM

Latino votes won’t really matter if we deport all of them.

Tancredo / Arpaio 2016

Archivarix on June 25, 2012 at 9:45 AM

We are so forked!

GrannyDee on June 25, 2012 at 9:55 AM

I wouldn’t have dinner with Obama no matter how much money he offered to pay me.

wildcat72 on June 25, 2012 at 9:44 AM

LOL! Did you see that the ‘lucky’ winners of Dinner with Barack will have to pay taxes of up to $560 on that $3 investment. Via Instapundit: http://taxprof.typepad.com/taxprof_blog/2012/06/dinner-with-.html

CitizenEgg on June 25, 2012 at 10:21 AM

Wait….he won’t let potential Latino voters use utensils at a lunch over concerns for his safety, yet he is putting thousands of guns into the hands of Latino criminals to kill US border agents and Mexican citizens.???

mechkiller_k on June 25, 2012 at 10:30 AM

If Obama’s people blamed the Secret Service and it wasn’t them, this is another lie they’re in. And if the secret service did it for Obama and not Romney, this leads to anotherquestion of the competency of the Secret Service.

WashingtonsWake on June 25, 2012 at 10:35 AM

Clearly they expected The Blue Raja to be in attendance.

The Schaef on June 25, 2012 at 10:52 AM

Obama’s staff and the Secret Service were simply trying to prevent any more campaign fork-ups.

ghostwalker1 on June 25, 2012 at 10:59 AM

Remember when he went to that hamburger joint with …wasn’t it the Russian President or someone? I wonder if they stripped that place of all sharp objects?

MAC1000 on June 25, 2012 at 11:02 AM

We are having a ball with all this over on FR I’ve termed it “forkgate”.Its the photos that really drive all this home.
Stainless forks knives and spoons for eveyone but Hispanics,just too good.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/2898683/posts?page=75

rodguy911 on June 25, 2012 at 11:06 AM

No knives or forks, just a silver spoon in Obummer’s mouth.

Or maybe Obama thinks Hispanics need to be spoon-fed propaganda.

Next time Obama speaks, we’ll bring pitchforks.

Steve Z on June 25, 2012 at 11:14 AM

WEIRD. UNLESS THIS GUY WAS THERE, I’M PRETTY SURE OBAMA WAS SAFE:
Bullseye (comics)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bullseye_(comics)

StewartIII on June 25, 2012 at 11:16 AM

THere is yet another dimension to this story.
Does O’Kardashian trust the Secret Service to really defend him in time of need or not? Seems not.

rodguy911 on June 25, 2012 at 11:22 AM

canopfor on June 25, 2012 at 8:34 AM

Living almost on the left coast sucks sometimes. By the time I get to replying all the good ones have been taken. My first thought was the shoes vs utensils but you already made the comparison. Fine minds and all that.

chemman on June 25, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Obama to the attendees: Fork you!

Hill60 on June 25, 2012 at 11:45 AM

Obama hates you, Latinos, dead or alive. He just wants your votes.

Wake up.

Schadenfreude on June 25, 2012 at 12:09 PM

Nothing to do with safety.
The silverware was collected so they could count it.

mrt721 on June 25, 2012 at 12:16 PM

Stick a fork in him; he’s done.

NeighborhoodCatLady on June 25, 2012 at 8:07 AM

Affter Trayvon Martin, all Hispanics, not just the “White” Hispanics, look to him like George Zimmerman. Crazy, isn’t he?

Gladtobehere on June 25, 2012 at 1:01 PM

Obama will be forked in November.

jqc1970 on June 25, 2012 at 1:22 PM

so…

1. No recording devices
2. No cellphones
3. No plastic utensils.

Are pens and pencils still OK?
Lighters?
Nail Clippers?

Do we need to get TSA involved??

Tim_CA on June 25, 2012 at 2:47 PM

I’m way late to this thread after a long day at work, but you mean the Secret Service will take a bullet for the guy, but they won’t take a fork? WTFork?

PatMac on June 25, 2012 at 8:37 PM