Obamateurism of the Day

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

When Barack Obama ran for office in 2007 and 2008, he promised to get troops out of Iraq in sixteen months.  Instead, he stuck with George W. Bush’s timeline, and forty-two months into his term, Obama is taking credit for a plan that, er, Bush built in declaring the Iraq War over:

In a web video released Monday, the Obama campaign celebrated the withdrawal of American forces from Iraq. “As your commander in chief, and on behalf of a grateful nation, I’m proud to finally say these two words, and I know your families agree – welcome home. Welcome home,” Obama says in a clip from a speech he gave at Fort Bragg in December. The president repeats that phrase again for dramatic effect, “Welcome home.”

As Jake Tapper reports, the timing was … pretty bad:

President Obama’s campaign today released a video praising the president for ending the war in Iraq. It turns out that today has proven to be the deadliest day of the year in that country.

A wave of attacks throughout Iraq – IEDs, explosions, and gunmen — has resulted in more than 100 people killed and more than 200 wounded.

Yesterday, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, al-Qaeda’s top leader in Iraq, released an audio message announcing, ”We are setting off a new stage of our struggle, with the launch of a plan named ‘breaking the walls.’”

Declaring victory usually means that your enemies aren’t the last ones in the field.

 

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timing has never been his forte…

cmsinaz on July 25, 2012 at 8:03 AM

So Bush will get the blame, right?

0bama is such a SCoaMF.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PbzSi0LTu0s

ProfShadow on July 25, 2012 at 8:04 AM

The O campaign goin’ nuclear on the “you didn’t build it” gaffe? Yeah, that will work. Just keep it in the spotlight and people talking about it. Keep putting salt in that wound.

esr1951 on July 25, 2012 at 8:05 AM

looks like AQ in Iraq failed to get the memo……

I blame the post office. Maybe the roads too…./

ted c on July 25, 2012 at 8:10 AM

Jake Tapper reported this…on his blog…on ABC’s nightly news show?…not so much. That kind of bitter irony is only reported — and gloated over — when Republicans are in the White House.

Rational Thought on July 25, 2012 at 8:12 AM

Yeah, sure, what ev’s…

We all know that Afghanistan was the “good” war…and under Obama we are just sweeping our way to victory out there, rather than waste our time in Iraq.

BTW, how is that Afghan thing goin’ for ya, Barry?

Got that Afghan “democracy” all set up? BFF’s with Pakistan as well? I’m sorry…Pahkeestan. And the Moslem world just loooves them some USA since Bush is gone, right?

Putz.

[OT...but have heard that Code Pink will be protesting at the convention. The GOP convention. ]

coldwarrior on July 25, 2012 at 8:12 AM

Hey Obama, you wanna declare victory in Iraq…b-b-b-but y’know, you didn’t win that.

CitizenEgg on July 25, 2012 at 8:13 AM

ted c on July 25, 2012 at 8:10 AM

heh

cmsinaz on July 25, 2012 at 8:13 AM

[OT...but have heard that Code Pink will be protesting at the convention. The GOP convention. ]

coldwarrior on July 25, 2012 at 8:12 AM

idiots…

cmsinaz on July 25, 2012 at 8:14 AM

Mission Accomplished

ted c on July 25, 2012 at 8:16 AM

so we can put our eye back on the ball in Afghanistan…???

ted c on July 25, 2012 at 8:16 AM

Declaring victory usually means that your enemies aren’t the last ones in the field.

Depends on which side you’re rooting for, and what your definition of “victory” is.

crazy_legs on July 25, 2012 at 8:18 AM

@esr1951:

From the linked article in the headlines-

“an all-out response to Mitt Romney’s attack on President Obama over his “You didn’t build this” line — which the president and independent fact checkers have said has been taken out of context.”

What a freakin’ joke- “independent fact checkers”? Oddly, they are unnamed in the article. “Out of context”? Interesting…was not aware that a DIRECT QUOTE was taking something out of context.

I heard what this idiot said… nothing was taken “out of context”.

The context was, and always is, that our president is a slackjawed idiot with barely the skill to read someone else’s words off of magic ‘prompter paddles. When he endeavors to use the atrophied, drug addled thing in his skull charitably called a brain, he says and does stunningly moronic things. As in this case.

I saw the ridicutarded ad that earflaps the downgrader cut to “combat” this heinous direct quoting of the stupidity he burped up in Roanoke. Outside of the horrific stench of flop sweat and the assault of the whistling yammers it contained, it shows just how desperately the presidolt has screwed up here.

“Nuclear” might be the correct descriptor, but it should be applied to what the mincing moron has done to his own misbegotten campaign.

Gigantic, fascistastic imbecile.

GrassMudHorsey on July 25, 2012 at 8:19 AM

This is what Forward looks like and the “new way the world looks at our country.”

Pitiful. What a disservice to our military and our country.

conservative pilgrim on July 25, 2012 at 8:21 AM

IEDs, explosions, and gunmen — has resulted in more than 100 people killed and more than 200 wounded.

Wow, that sounds almost as dangerous as Chicago on a given summer weekend.

Not good.

CorporatePiggy on July 25, 2012 at 8:23 AM

shut up GrassMudHorsey! you didn’t build that you jerk

Slade73 on July 25, 2012 at 8:23 AM

timing has never been his forte…

cmsinaz on July 25, 2012 at 8:03 AM

unless he is playing golf, presumably….

chai on July 25, 2012 at 8:24 AM

Barry has a habit of taking credit not due, and denying all responsibility and blame for his own failures.

bayview on July 25, 2012 at 8:25 AM

GrassMudHorsey on July 25, 2012 at 8:19 AM

Yep. The whole rant was a threat to anyone who makes a profit, saves for the future, or works hard.

Another O/T: Jay Cost in his new book says that LBJ made 30 phone calls a day to congressional leaders, while pushing through his Great Society. Does Obama EVER telephone anyone in the congress, while trying to solve the tax issues?? Or any other issue?

esr1951 on July 25, 2012 at 8:25 AM

… forty-two months into his term, Obama is taking credit for a plan that, er, Bush built in declaring the Iraq War over ….

That is not Obamateurish. That is typical Obama-ish.

Sir Napsalot on July 25, 2012 at 8:27 AM

So, the smartest guy in the room, the most articulate (and clean, too,thank you, Joe) and gifted President we have ever had now has to spend millions and millions of campaign funds to make up for or try to quash a stupid inarticulate mumbling speech he gave in Roanoke???

Way to stay on message, Barry, focused like a laser on the economy, eh?

Gotta love it…off message, wasting cash, disarray everywhere…and it is all Barry own fault for being, well, stupid.

coldwarrior on July 25, 2012 at 8:28 AM

IEDs, explosions, and gunmen — has resulted in more than 100 people killed and more than 200 wounded.

Wow, that sounds almost as dangerous as Chicago on a given summer weekend.

Not good.

CorporatePiggy on July 25, 2012 at 8:23 AM

or a Planned Parenthood clinic’s monthly stats…….

ted c on July 25, 2012 at 8:29 AM

Jake Tapper has tiny mini balls…he wants to criticize the president, but not too harshly or on anything but a blog.

this means Jake Tapper has the Largest MSM Balls ever

Slade73 on July 25, 2012 at 8:29 AM

Total freaking moron. When he started crowing about our troops coming back from Iraq, I asked everyone who praised obama for HIS decision if they knew what the SOFA was in Iraq that Bush had signed. Who, what, where? Looks like it’s time to remind them again.

Xyz22 on July 25, 2012 at 8:33 AM

you didn’t build those Balls Jake Tapper

Slade73 on July 25, 2012 at 8:36 AM

GrassMudHorsey on July 25, 2012 at 8:19 AM

The Roanoke remarks definitely left a mark. It affirmed so much about this administration’s view of the private sector. Since no business succeeds without government, it is only right that the government tax the hell out of them as the “fair share” of paying back that which government has provided them. This is the point that Obama made in Roanoke not withstanding the last week of damage control.

Today’s OOTD points out that Obama is as deaf to security issues as he is to economic issues. Which leads to a very important question. Just what the hell does Obama do with his days that he is so detached from the issues that matter (and I’m not talking about the NCAA Basketball brackets, par on the sixth hole at the golf course on Andrews AFB, or fundraising).

Happy Nomad on July 25, 2012 at 8:36 AM

“Welcome home.”

…the people in Chicago are practicing for November!
…and in JugEars old church they are adding the words “to roost!”

KOOLAID2 on July 25, 2012 at 8:36 AM

We have a new war on America…
And it’s right here…
Well over there in the WH…

Electrongod on July 25, 2012 at 8:38 AM

Barack Obama – the most loathsome American in history.

Mitt Romney should declare a national holiday to celebrate being rid of this scoundrel.

And instead of chiseling his likeness into the side of Mount Rushmore, we should spray paint it on one of those rock facades on the Cross Bronx Expressway.

Come to think of it, Barry is to America what graffiti is to art – the telltale sign of blight and necrosis.

turfmann on July 25, 2012 at 8:39 AM

When he started crowing about our troops coming back from Iraq, I asked everyone who praised obama for HIS decision if they knew what the SOFA was in Iraq that Bush had signed.

Xyz22 on July 25, 2012 at 8:33 AM

GWB- I’m proud to be your Commander-in-Chief.

BHO- You should be proud that I’m your Commander-in-Chief.

I really think this sums up the difference between the last administration and this when it comes to the troops.

Happy Nomad on July 25, 2012 at 8:42 AM

Lil’ Barry’s campaign has more exploding cigars than a Shriner’s Convention. Thank You, Jesus.

Naturally Curly on July 25, 2012 at 8:42 AM

Happy Nomad on July 25, 2012 at 8:36 AM

What’s Obama doing all day long?

Remember all that “secret” construction at the White House a year or so ago?

Choom Room.

coldwarrior on July 25, 2012 at 8:42 AM

:) chai

cmsinaz on July 25, 2012 at 8:42 AM

another day without any reference by hot air to the libor scandal! just sayin…

nathor on July 25, 2012 at 8:45 AM

@Happy Nomad:

“Today’s OOTD points out that Obama is as deaf to security issues as he is to economic issues.”

Just so. Believe the people of Poland, the Maldives, the Czech Republic, the United Kingdom, and the Honduras would also agree.

Putin, Hu Jintao, and ahmadinnerjacket also agree, if you can understand them between paralyzing fits of mocking laughter.

This jugeared clown college dropout has screwed up things so bad vis a vis foreign policy that it will take decades to undo the damage- assuming the Republic is still around.

I would point to the idiocy of baraka v. 1.0 (that is, carter classic) and Iran back in the 70′s as a model for what we’ll be dealing with in the years to come thanks to baraka v 2.0 (or new carter).

GrassMudHorsey on July 25, 2012 at 8:50 AM

Welcome Home?

It sounds like Der Vun and Moochelle have been watching “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”.

AubieJon on July 25, 2012 at 8:54 AM

nathor on July 25, 2012 at 8:45 AM

Just googled “libor scandal” got 58,000,000 hits in .12 seconds. All the major business dailies, most business and finance rags, a number of major papers and all the networks have done the story and seem to be on top of it.

coldwarrior on July 25, 2012 at 8:57 AM

A question for the general audience…please define “tipped over their skis” for me?

Have never heard the expression.

But, apparently the Republicans, according to Obama, the most articulate President ever, the Republicans have tipped over their skis….

President Obama went on the defensive today over his understanding of small business owners, saying Republicans “may have tipped a little bit over their skis” in their attempts to use his words against him.

“Earlier today Gov. Romney was at it again. He’s been twisting my words around to suggest I don’t value small business,

Tripped over…yeah.

But clearly “tipped over?”

Or is ABC “twisting” Obama’s words?

OOTD for tomorrow?

coldwarrior on July 25, 2012 at 9:10 AM

Mission Accomplished Aborted

itsnotaboutme on July 25, 2012 at 9:46 AM

” President Obama went on the defensive today over his understanding of small business owners, saying Republicans “may have tipped a little bit over their skis” in their attempts to use his words against him.

coldwarrior on July 25, 2012 at 9:10 AM

This from the guy who doesn’t understand the difference between outsourcing and offshoring.

Happy Nomad on July 25, 2012 at 9:49 AM

Just googled “libor scandal” got 58,000,000 hits in .12 seconds. All the major business dailies, most business and finance rags, a number of major papers and all the networks have done the story and seem to be on top of it.

coldwarrior on July 25, 2012 at 8:57 AM

that is exactly my complaint, Hot air usually covers all big stories at least with an headlines reference and for some reason this story not mentioned in HA.

its a big story and many of the big american banks that are said to be involved have an history of sponsoring both dems and repubs.

so we are having now proven corrupt banks sponsoring presidential candidates and for some reason, HA does not believe this is worth mentioning or discussing. its very strange.

nathor on July 25, 2012 at 9:59 AM

nathor on July 25, 2012 at 9:59 AM

Have you tried tips@hotair.com

If the guys upstairs wish to follow up…it is their site.

If not…it is their site.

coldwarrior on July 25, 2012 at 10:03 AM

Only Barry could snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

GarandFan on July 25, 2012 at 10:42 AM

We went into Iraq for bad reasons and created instability where, for good reasons or bad, there really was none. We deposed a dictator we helped empower in the first place, a man who if nothing else knew who his enemies were and kept them in check. We created a breeding ground for jihadists. We started out thinking we had a man ready to take over, and he was a fraud, so we ended up with nobody with any credibility in Iraq to take the reins when we left. Now we are out and the mess is bloodier than when we went in. It’s emblematic of our entire failed ME policies.

And on another note:

coldwarrior on July 25, 2012 at 9:10 AM

“Tipped” or “tripped”, this from the guy who talks about Romney being out of touch?

UnrepentantCurmudgeon on July 25, 2012 at 10:46 AM

” President Obama went on the defensive today over his understanding of small business owners, saying Republicans “may have tipped a little bit over their skis” in their attempts to use his words against him.

Who goes skiing in July?

Or was Obummer Summer talking about water skiing? All those gasoline fumes in the water, all the carbon footprint–Yuck!!!

Steve Z on July 25, 2012 at 11:10 AM

Like buying the thingamajig for the furnace in June…

Steve Z on July 25, 2012 at 11:11 AM

” President Obama went on the defensive today over his understanding of small business owners, saying Republicans “may have tipped a little bit over their skis” in their attempts to use his words against him.

coldwarrior on July 25, 2012 at 9:10 AM

Perhaps it’s an expression from his youth in Indonesia…a country renowned worldwide for its superlative ski slopes.
And lil barry – superlative athlete that he is – just lapsed momentarily into the ‘ski jargon’ of his youth.

Solaratov on July 25, 2012 at 11:29 AM

“As your Commander-in-Chief” – translation, me, me, me and I’m above you little people.

No commander speaks like this; it reduces unit camaraderie. That’s the real OOTD. One more example of leadership incompetence.

Bigurn on July 25, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Declaring victory usually means that your enemies aren’t the last ones in the field.

Victory? When has he ever declared “victory”? Claiming victory in armed conflict goes against everything he stands for.

This administration believes there can be no winners, only losers in war. If their mindset had prevailed, we would be a conglomeration of colonies and no doubt considerably less than 50.

EconomicNeocon on July 25, 2012 at 11:39 AM

A question for the general audience…please define “tipped over their skis” for me?

Have never heard the expression.

Tripped over…yeah.

But clearly “tipped over?”

coldwarrior on July 25, 2012 at 9:10 AM

Isn’t this the opposite of “punches above their weight?”

Maddie on July 25, 2012 at 11:46 AM

It is summer so I expect some Slurpee analogies from the world’s smarterest man evah!

jukin3 on July 25, 2012 at 11:48 AM

Welcome Home?

It sounds like Der Vun and Moochelle have been watching “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”.

AubieJon on July 25, 2012 at 8:54 AM

More like Coming Home where military men and women surprise their families in various ways. It’s a great show and always a tearjerker in the way their kids react to their parents return from war.

At the end of each episode,, the TV Host Matt Rogers, says those exact words to each military vet.

dthorny on July 25, 2012 at 12:11 PM

Weren’t over 100 killed on the day Odumbo released his self-celebration?

jqc1970 on July 25, 2012 at 12:11 PM

Coming Home web site:

http://www.mylifetime.com/shows/coming-home/

dthorny on July 25, 2012 at 12:13 PM

“Mission Accomplished” — Obama style, heh

Schadenfreude on July 25, 2012 at 12:16 PM

We went into Iraq for bad reasons

Does anyone remember how many times Hussein threw the international nuclear committee out of Iraq? How many UN sanctions did he ignore?
Does anyone remember the parade of vehicles heading toward Syria with (suspected) ammo and WMD?
Now, (big surprise) Syria is unstable and everyone is concerned about Al-Qeada grabbing those WMD? Hmmm, wonder if any of those are from Iraq?
Naaa, couldn’t possibly be from Iraq.///

askwhatif on July 25, 2012 at 2:44 PM

This is just Obama taking credit for anything and everything again, as long as it might be construed by somebody as a good thing. I’m only surprised he didn’t come forward last Christmas to admit that he was responsible for all the gifts under the trees.

RebeccaH on July 25, 2012 at 5:43 PM

In the 1980s and 1990s, one nation above all others was the most dangerous in which to live. More dangerous to its own citizens than anywhere else, with an average of 500 regime-sponsored murders per month for nearly 30 years.

President Bush put an end to the unmatched mass slaughter, wanton destruction of life, confiscation of property, and complete lack of liberty which was Saddam Hussein’s Iraq. The end of the torture rooms operated by their president’s own henchmen, the end of their president’s own sons randomly choosing on a daily basis who would live or die by their whim.

More than 100 mass graves, each containing more than 1,000 bodies, were uncovered by U.S. & allied military units while hunting for al-Qaeda holdouts, supplies, and WMDs.

The atrocities conducted against their own people by the “leaders” of that nation went on year after year.

I heartily pray that in leaving now, we haven’t left the people of that nation to be once again subjected to this form of treatment at the hands of a new group of despotic leaders. May they have gotten strong enough to rise up and defend themselves against the next tyrant who attempts to control their daily lives.

I pray this for our own nation as well.

Freelancer on July 26, 2012 at 10:01 AM