Obamateurism of the Day

posted at 8:01 am on July 19, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

We all had a chuckle over Barack Obama’s fumbling of the “Kiss-Cam” at the Verizon Center in Washington DC last weekend, disappointing fans when the First Couple decided not to lip-lock on camera.  After getting booed, the official story was that the Obamas’ daughter encouraged them to smooch when they suddenly got a second chance to make things right.  The crowd cheered, of course.

But was that second chance just a lucky break for the President?  Not according to New York Times reporter Peter Baker, reporting from the pool:

Obama apparently demanded a re-do just to get the press to report on the smooch, and to cover for his earlier gaffe.

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Obama thinks that being preezy is like golfing: unlimited mulligans.

wildcat72 on July 19, 2012 at 8:03 AM

Heh. He takes a mulligan whenever he can.

CitizenEgg on July 19, 2012 at 8:03 AM

pathetic…truly pathetic

cmsinaz on July 19, 2012 at 8:04 AM

A mulligan kiss.

Fallon on July 19, 2012 at 8:04 AM

One thing for sure, he can kiss his ass goodbye come November.

rightside on July 19, 2012 at 8:04 AM

SAYS MORE ABOUT THE MEDIA THEN OBAMA.

rob verdi on July 19, 2012 at 8:05 AM

LOL. I wonder why we think in golf terms when it comes to Obama. I figure it’s the only fore-play he indulges in. I could go on and on, but will leave it at that.

CitizenEgg on July 19, 2012 at 8:06 AM

and the lemmings help him out anyways…

cmsinaz on July 19, 2012 at 8:06 AM

rob verdi on July 19, 2012 at 8:05 AM

exactamundo

cmsinaz on July 19, 2012 at 8:06 AM

Of all the things in Obama’s web of Lies I always thought his marriage was not one of them, Now I’, not so sure.

Gwillie on July 19, 2012 at 8:08 AM

Of all the things in Obama’s web of Lies I always thought his marriage was not one of them, Now I’, not so sure.

Gwillie on July 19, 2012 at 8:08 AM

Barry would marry himself if he could. He’s so in love.

wildcat72 on July 19, 2012 at 8:09 AM

I was more inclined to applaud when I DIDN’T see them kissing. Ack.

waterytart on July 19, 2012 at 8:10 AM

Those are two creepy people. I feel sorry for their children. (IF they ARE their children-LOL, we just don’t know!)

Night Owl on July 19, 2012 at 8:12 AM

The Department of Truth would like you to know, there was only the kiss. Footage of earlier balk (who could blame either of them for refusing to kiss the other one?) is no longer available.

*bzzzzzzzzztt*

There was a beautiful and spontaneous kiss at the game today. All hail the loving First Couple.

Fallon on July 19, 2012 at 8:13 AM

Obama and his media stooges can’t even do something meaningless like this without deception.

forest on July 19, 2012 at 8:13 AM

The Obama administration is putting The Onion out of business.

visions on July 19, 2012 at 8:16 AM

WPE

WordsMatter on July 19, 2012 at 8:17 AM

But Chrissy says he is the perfect husband. It really was stunning to me “Mr. I Wanna Be Cool and Adorned By My Disciples” whiffed on a golden opportunity.

hillsoftx on July 19, 2012 at 8:17 AM

rob verdi, you are so right. This shows us where the real marriage is. BO and the MSM, hope they are so happy.

tj4osu on July 19, 2012 at 8:17 AM

Americans aren’t stupid. They know the president is trying his best
 
Uppereastside on July 6, 2012 at 1:13 PM

rogerb on July 19, 2012 at 8:18 AM

… upon realizing that TOTUS was unavailable for a kissing-op, POTUS was required to go off script to fill-in.

Fumble… ball recovered at the 2 yard line.

VietVet_Dave on July 19, 2012 at 8:20 AM

WPE

WordsMatter on July 19, 2012 at 8:17 AM

WPE?

Night Owl on July 19, 2012 at 8:20 AM

“You must remember this, a kiss is just a kiss”

Except when it has to be redone for pr purposes.

Play It Again Sam

Flora Duh on July 19, 2012 at 8:20 AM

What a brain dead clown. Didn’t know what to do with his beard.

The stuttering imbecile didn’t have a pair of magic ‘prompter paddles instructing him to move his misshapen, stank breathed face toward the scary creature sitting next to him and *gack* make a show of kissing it- so as usual, he did the exact wrong thing and got booed by normal human beings.

And, as usual, the kneepad press was there to make this pathetic sideshow freak’s bizarre behavior disappear down the memory hole.

GrassMudHorsey on July 19, 2012 at 8:20 AM

Good thing we have these hardworking journalists digging into these stories in their quest for truth.

Naturally Curly on July 19, 2012 at 8:22 AM

and the lemmings help him out anyways…

cmsinaz on July 19, 2012 at 8:06 AM

Yeah, she looks enough like a man to satisfy his “urges”. What’s his problem?

Night Owl on July 19, 2012 at 8:23 AM

Obama apparently demanded a re-do just to get the press to report on the smooch, and to cover for his earlier gaffe.

That was no gaffe, Mooch probably caught holy h*ll afterward–didn’t you see how utterly cold and icy his face became after she rebuffed him? It sent chills down my back. He looked Satanic. Go back and watch it–he couldn’t hide it–a very brief slippage of his mask.

Yeah, The Perfect Man.

herm2416 on July 19, 2012 at 8:25 AM

Did Moochelle bring her own chair with her? Cause I can’t imagine that Hugh Jass of hers fitting into a standard stadium seat.

Begone with them!

Naturally Curly on July 19, 2012 at 8:27 AM

The marriage is a sham. This is a perfect illustration of it.

Rational Thought on July 19, 2012 at 8:29 AM

Heh NO

cmsinaz on July 19, 2012 at 8:29 AM

That was no gaffe, Mooch probably caught holy h*ll afterward–didn’t you see how utterly cold and icy his face became after she rebuffed him? It sent chills down my back. He looked Satanic. Go back and watch it–he couldn’t hide it–a very brief slippage of his mask.

Yeah, The Perfect Man.

herm2416 on July 19, 2012 at 8:25 AM

Rumor has had it that Barry is in Mooch’s doghouse for grounding her from taking the exotic taxpayer funded vacays she had planned this year, plus no “family” vacay at Martha’s Vineyard this year.

wildcat72 on July 19, 2012 at 8:31 AM

One thing for sure, he can kiss his ass goodbye come November.

rightside on July 19, 2012 at 8:04 AM

From your mouf to Godz earz.
*Poor spelling was just because I felt like it*

annoyinglittletwerp on July 19, 2012 at 8:33 AM

SAYS MORE ABOUT THE MEDIA THEN OBAMA.

rob verdi on July 19, 2012 at 8:05 AM

…yes…they always have to watch his back!

KOOLAID2 on July 19, 2012 at 8:35 AM

Phoney. Everything about this little punk is phoney.

petefrt on July 19, 2012 at 8:39 AM

Rumor has had it that Barry is in Mooch’s doghouse for grounding her from taking the exotic taxpayer funded vacays she had planned this year, plus no “family” vacay at Martha’s Vineyard this year.

wildcat72 on July 19, 2012 at 8:31 AM

That didn’t stop her from spending $83,000 for a weekend of luxury skiing! (Per Flora Duh on this am QOTD thread- I’m too lazy to link it!)

Night Owl on July 19, 2012 at 8:39 AM

SAYS MORE ABOUT THE MEDIA THEN OBAMA.

rob verdi on July 19, 2012 at 8:05 AM

…yes…they always have to watch his back!

KOOLAID2 on July 19, 2012 at 8:35 AM

This isn’t the first time the media has allowed King Barry to “correct” a mistake.

Even the LSM doesn’t expect much from Barry. The soft bigotry of low expectations.

wildcat72 on July 19, 2012 at 8:40 AM

Shows more of his and the media’s weakness.

docflash on July 19, 2012 at 8:43 AM

Obama apparently demanded a re-do just to get the press to report on the smooch, and to cover for his earlier gaffe.

109 days until TEANAMI2!!

When that political wave comes ashore (like it did in 2010) he and a lot more of these politicians will have plenty of time to sleep in, get kisses, get reduxs, and invest time and money in their Libraries and institutes.

November 6th, let’s politically wash the rest of them out to sea.

PappyD61 on July 19, 2012 at 8:43 AM

Would you kiss her?

kingsjester on July 19, 2012 at 8:47 AM

Did he have to negotiate for the do over? Wonder how much that’s going to cost us. Another pair of $500 tennis shoes or a trip to Spain maybe.

Kissmygrits on July 19, 2012 at 8:47 AM

And our intrepid non-partisan media dutifully put the first take down the memory hole, just like the LA Times’ Rashid Khalidi video.

Schwalbe Me-262 on July 19, 2012 at 9:01 AM

I do hope it doesn’t destroy Mitt and Ann’s marriage in the process *grin*.
 
inthemiddle on July 15, 2012 at 8:13 PM

rogerb on July 19, 2012 at 9:01 AM

and to think, we used to make fun of Pravda back in the day.

Lost in Jersey on July 19, 2012 at 9:12 AM

More proof neither of these people are politically savvy. After almost four years in the WH, neither could anticapte the public reaction, really?

I just went back and looked at the footage and the Kiss Cam shows about 6 couples caught on camera before it went to the Obamas. Every single couple immediately kissed with no awkwardness or hesitation all. Says a lot about BO & MO.

And what teenage kid wants to see their parents kiss? I still remember being grossed out by may parents kissing when I was a kid.

Mayday on July 19, 2012 at 9:12 AM

I’ve got something he can kiss, but I’m bus sitting on it right now.

Mini-14 on July 19, 2012 at 9:15 AM

didn’t you see how utterly cold and icy his face became after she rebuffed him?
 
herm2416 on July 19, 2012 at 8:25 AM

 
Yep. He was pissed when he realized what had been caught on film.
 
The best way I heard it explained was the most likely. Similar to his “you didn’t build that” comment, the kiss-cam let the truth slip out. It wasn’t polled or focus grouped, and they weren’t told what to do for his reelection in that spontaneous situation.
 
Axelrod or Jarret hadn’t told them how to respond so they both responded naturally. You get to see the real them there. Watch at eight seconds in this clip:
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X2zgu6Nay8Y
 
Look at him biting his lip before he taps her (ahem) lovingly on her arm. That was just about when he realized what had happened.
 
Simple as that, and why they demanded a second take for his campaign.

rogerb on July 19, 2012 at 9:22 AM

Would you kiss her?

kingsjester on July 19, 2012 at 8:47 AM

I’d sooner kiss a bear.

wildcat72 on July 19, 2012 at 9:33 AM

You can tell how much President Downgrade loves his wife. He kissed her on the forehead. The guy sitting directly behind them looks like he was about to vomit.

RobertE on July 19, 2012 at 9:40 AM

I’d sooner kiss a bear.

wildcat72 on July 19, 2012 at 9:33 AM

Which end?

CurtZHP on July 19, 2012 at 9:58 AM

I’m just so thankful that it wasn’t a repeat of Algore & Tipper!

Cindy Munford on July 19, 2012 at 10:02 AM

Sooooooo…..

Obama didn’t do that????

landlines on July 19, 2012 at 10:22 AM

Aww, the poor First Couple!

Maybe they need another “Date Night?” At 200K a pop? Spending other people’s money usually rekindles the romance with these two.

Maddie on July 19, 2012 at 10:53 AM

Which end?

CurtZHP on July 19, 2012 at 9:58 AM

Yes.

Maddie on July 19, 2012 at 10:53 AM

WPE?

Night Owl on July 19, 2012 at 8:20 AM

Worst Person Ever.

Maddie on July 19, 2012 at 11:02 AM

Oh, cut him some slack. It was the first time he’d even seen “Kiss Cam”. And since he didn’t see anyone named Cam nearby, ….

john1v6 on July 19, 2012 at 12:23 PM

But Tingles said the Obamas have the perfect marriage and he’s the perfect husband and he’s never done anything wrong. This story must be false.

talkingpoints on July 19, 2012 at 12:35 PM

Obama apparently demanded a re-do just to get the press to report on the smooch, and to cover for his earlier gaffe.

Love among beards

Schadenfreude on July 19, 2012 at 1:34 PM

Maybe they need another “Date Night?” At 200K a pop? Spending other people’s money usually rekindles the romance with these two.

Maddie on July 19, 2012 at 10:53 AM

Remember the India trip at $200 Million a day, 40 planes, and renting entire hotels?

nazo311 on July 19, 2012 at 3:45 PM