Obamateurism of the Day

posted at 8:01 am on July 30, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

With Mitt Romney on his way to Israel, Barack Obama needed to make a public gesture showing his commitment to the key American ally. Unfortunately, Obama couldn’t quite figure out the difference between “million” and “billion” when it came to the spending he had just authorized with his signature, and ended up incorrectly correcting himself — in a rare televised signing from the Oval Office:

“I’m also very pleased that this week we are going to be able to announce $70 million in additional spending — $70 billion, excuse me, in additional spending for Iron Dome.”

Actually, it was $70 million; $70 billion would be far larger than our total foreign-aid outlays. The Daily Caller dryly notes, “It is unclear why Obama was unfamiliar with the amount of the foreign aid increase.”  Unfortunately for those of us who have analyzed Obama’s spending proclivities, it’s entirely clear that he can’t tell the difference between millions and billions.

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don’t know what i’m signing but hey my signature looks good doesn’t it?

cmsinaz on July 30, 2012 at 8:04 AM

Billions, millions, trillions…. it’s all the same to this guy.

taternuggets on July 30, 2012 at 8:04 AM

The Daily Caller dryly notes, “It is unclear why Obama was unfamiliar with the amount of the foreign aid increase.”

Is it really all that unclear? You have to sign the bills to read them!

This was a low-class attempt to look Presidential as Romney actually visits the nation that Obama clearly despises. Obama is more and more looking too small to be President.

Happy Nomad on July 30, 2012 at 8:05 AM

Billions, millions, trillions…. it’s all the same to this guy.

taternuggets on July 30, 2012 at 8:04 AM

Yeah, not his money.

Happy Nomad on July 30, 2012 at 8:06 AM

or TRILLIONS…..it’s all money you and I did not earn anyway!

SDarchitect on July 30, 2012 at 8:06 AM

I just hope no one tells him what comes after “trillion”. What a moron. He probably doesn’t even know what it said when he signed it.

Night Owl on July 30, 2012 at 8:06 AM

“Millions” is petty cash these days..

Electrongod on July 30, 2012 at 8:06 AM

Billions, millions, trillions…. it’s all the same to this guy.

taternuggets on July 30, 2012 at 8:04 AM

When it’s other people’s money.

swinia sutki on July 30, 2012 at 8:06 AM

the autopen must have been down for repairs

cmsinaz on July 30, 2012 at 8:06 AM

Math is racist. And homophobic too!

Naturally Curly on July 30, 2012 at 8:07 AM

Too quick for me, Happy Nomad.

swinia sutki on July 30, 2012 at 8:07 AM

He looks rather unnatural as he cranes his neck from teleprompter to teleprompter with people literally at his elbow and the press a couple feet away.

CorporatePiggy on July 30, 2012 at 8:10 AM

Millions, billions—what does it matter? To the rest of us, that sounds like “real money”, but to this guy, there is no such thing. Money and ladling it out is just pushing dope.

Barack Obama needed to make a public gesture showing his commitment to the key American ally.

“Intercepted!” Mr. O quips. Just like chooming a joint in the back seat of some dude’s van. Romney was just lookin’ for a hit from the Israelis’ doob when Mr. O swoops in and is now toking deeply as a result.

ted c on July 30, 2012 at 8:11 AM

Five trillion here; 5 billion there. No big deal… they’re just numbers, right?
/bho

Romney is now controlling the narrative.

VietVet_Dave on July 30, 2012 at 8:15 AM

I’m sure Obama would really like to reduce that by %3000, but handing out other people’s money for his own political gain is what he does.

forest on July 30, 2012 at 8:17 AM

It’s just money and bo don’t know money!

tim c on July 30, 2012 at 8:17 AM

Reminds me of the time he was told that two Brazilian soldiers were killed in Afghanistan. He was solemn for a moment and then asked “How many is a brazilian, anyway?”.

Finbar on July 30, 2012 at 8:18 AM

I can’t quip much about bad math this morning. I just asked a convenience store clerk if he could break a $20—has asked what I needed and I said 2 fives and 2 tens would be great. He snarked, “I bet it would, but how’s a ten and two fives?”

/coffee needed.

ted c on July 30, 2012 at 8:18 AM

My concern is who built the roads and bridges in Israel.

docflash on July 30, 2012 at 8:18 AM

Math is racist. And homophobic too!

Naturally Curly on July 30, 2012 at 8:07 AM

Hahahah! Math = hate speech

Marcus on July 30, 2012 at 8:19 AM

don’t know what i’m signing but hey my signature looks good doesn’t it?

cmsinaz on July 30, 2012 at 8:04 AM

I’m sure he thinks so. In more ways than one.

Flora Duh on July 30, 2012 at 8:19 AM

My concern is who built the roads and bridges in Israel.

docflash on July 30, 2012 at 8:18 AM

It was the Romans…..after they confiscated a few denarii and crucified a few dudes.

ted c on July 30, 2012 at 8:21 AM

All those zeros must have looked a little fuzzy to the Won.

Kissmygrits on July 30, 2012 at 8:24 AM

Oh yeah flora

cmsinaz on July 30, 2012 at 8:25 AM

Upon showing up in the office, getting his makeup done, signing the bill, and shaking hands afterward, the president smiled at his hard work and hit the links for some well-deserved time off.

beatcanvas on July 30, 2012 at 8:26 AM

In “Chicago politics” 70 billion buys more votes than 70 million. Why not go for it.

aknews on July 30, 2012 at 8:26 AM

All those zeros must have looked a little fuzzy to the Won.

Kissmygrits on July 30, 2012 at 8:24 AM

Zero love him some zero’s.

VietVet_Dave on July 30, 2012 at 8:27 AM

Billions, millions, trillions…. it’s all the same to this guy.

taternuggets on July 30, 2012 at 8:04 AM

This is the same guy who thinks people making $250,000 are millionaires.

Bitter Clinger on July 30, 2012 at 8:28 AM

OT/ but what’s up with the malware warning from Goggle for Daily Caller? Is this how they are going to keep us from getting news and opinion from sites from time to time?

Kissmygrits on July 30, 2012 at 8:28 AM

Idiot, the entire military aid budget for Israel is only about 3.5 billion, most of which comes directly back to US Defense contractors.

JimK on July 30, 2012 at 8:29 AM

“Millions, billions. I don’t know. Valerie said to sign it, so I signed it.”

– Preezy of the United Steezy

bofh on July 30, 2012 at 8:29 AM

In his mind, zeros mean nothing.

TimBuk3 on July 30, 2012 at 8:30 AM

OT/ but what’s up with the malware warning from Goggle for Daily Caller? Is this how they are going to keep us from getting news and opinion from sites from time to time?

Kissmygrits on July 30, 2012 at 8:28 AM

I had that too this morning. I looked it up and it was a malware “clickjacking” thing. One recommended fix was to download “No Script” add on for firefox and set it to “allow” scripts from The DC, HA, Townhall etc….

ted c on July 30, 2012 at 8:31 AM

Sounds like Obama had a Carl Sagan moment.

Billions and Billions and Billions and…..

pilamaye on July 30, 2012 at 8:32 AM

kissmygrits; the clickjacking thing was notorious for targeting firefox and google chrome. If you click it, it’ll add some *exe file that you don’t want, of course, and do things to your ‘puter that you don’t need.

ted c on July 30, 2012 at 8:33 AM

I’m sure he thinks so. In more ways than one.

Flora Duh on July 30, 2012 at 8:19 AM

Snort!

Naturally Curly on July 30, 2012 at 8:33 AM

The way our money is being printed, pretty soon billions and millions won’t make any difference.

Sir Napsalot on July 30, 2012 at 8:35 AM

Obama: “Really? It’s only millions? What’s the point, then? Hell, I spent more than that on my last vacation.”

The Rogue Tomato on July 30, 2012 at 8:35 AM

Well, which of our other allies needs more aid? (It’s only money. We can print more.) Romney should schedule a “Friends of America” tour with Obama furiously signing aid legislation before Mitt gets to each place.

He can start at my house.

Fallon on July 30, 2012 at 8:41 AM

Obama Schedule || Monday, July 30, 2012

by Keith Koffler on July 29, 2012, 10:51 pm

11:10 am || Receives the Presidential Daily Briefing
1:45 pm || Participates in an Ambassador Credentialing Ceremony
3:30 pm || Departs White House
4:40 pm || Arrives New York City
8:05 pm || Delivers remarks at a fundraiser; NoMad Hotel, New York City
9:35 pm || Departs New York City
9:35 pm || Arrives White House

Wow. Some official duties today before campaigning.

As for the millions or billions – it’s opm. The peasants will pay, so who cares?

Cody1991 on July 30, 2012 at 8:43 AM

He’s so used to spending billions, what else could it be?

Xyz22 on July 30, 2012 at 8:45 AM

I wonder who else he’s going to write checks to in order to try to be re-elected.

Night Owl on July 30, 2012 at 8:47 AM

…math is hard!
…what’s a deficit?…is that like some decimal point or something?

KOOLAID2 on July 30, 2012 at 8:57 AM

Barack Obama needed to make a public gesture showing his commitment to the key American ally.

Somehow I think he makes a rather different type of “gesture” to Israel when the camera is off.

lynncgb on July 30, 2012 at 8:58 AM

What an unmenschable character…

Kraken on July 30, 2012 at 9:23 AM

Obama Schedule || Monday, July 30, 2012

by Keith Koffler on July 29, 2012, 10:51 pm

11:10 am || Receives the Presidential Daily Briefing

Cody1991 on July 30, 2012 at 8:43 AM

Are you freaking kidding me? He gets his first briefing at 11:10? Does he always sleep in? Or is he lying in bed, complaining his “tummy hurts” and doesn’t want to go to work today?

Mitoch55 on July 30, 2012 at 9:40 AM

When the Republicans controlled the House, Senate, and Presidency, we used to measure the annual deficits in Billions.

Since the Democrats took majority control in 2007, we’ve had to measure the annual deficits in Trillions.

Average annual deficits have tripled under Obama as compared to under Bush…

Average annual deficits under Bush: about $500 Billion
Average annual deficits under Obama: about $1,500 Billion ($1.5 Trillion)

ITguy on July 30, 2012 at 9:50 AM

It is a composit number, no big deal. He must be on something otherwise how does one explain hs gaffes like 57 states, Comanskey park, Hawaii in Asia, Maldives in Argentina, cannot name a single favorite White Sox player, can’t remember his wife’s name, can’t tell his daughter’s age . . . . ?

Sticky Wicket on July 30, 2012 at 9:51 AM

He just signs whatever Valerie Jarrett puts in front of him anyway……….

ctmom on July 30, 2012 at 10:08 AM

0bama isn’t too smart, is he?

He obviously didn’t stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night.

UltimateBob on July 30, 2012 at 10:19 AM

Are you freaking kidding me? He gets his first briefing at 11:10? Does he always sleep in? Or is he lying in bed, complaining his “tummy hurts” and doesn’t want to go to work today?

Mitoch55 on July 30, 2012 at 9:40 AM

Oh yeah, hotshot? How fast can YOU get through the front 9?

Give the guy a break…

/

Kraken on July 30, 2012 at 10:36 AM

Obama couldn’t quite figure out the difference between “million” and “billion” when it came to the spending he had just authorized with his signature

Millions and Billions are chump change to Obama. If it’s not spending trillions at a time, it’s not worth Obama’s time.

TulsAmerican on July 30, 2012 at 10:38 AM

He’s cursed.

Akzed on July 30, 2012 at 10:39 AM

From the way he’s turning his head back and forth between two spots, I’m guessing TOTUS was in the room and this was just a misread.

EconomicNeocon on July 30, 2012 at 10:40 AM

Did Obama put down the correct date? Did he get the correct year?

I know, I know like all the ahhhs, erres, and uhhhhs in his speech, not knowing the current date and year is just more proof of how super scary smart Obama is.

jukin3 on July 30, 2012 at 10:42 AM

No wonder Obama wont release his math grades!!!

landlines on July 30, 2012 at 11:01 AM

Obama is a fool racist who hate Jews but loves their money for his campaign. If reelected he will help the muslims destroy Israel.

jqc1970 on July 30, 2012 at 11:21 AM

Millions, Billions…..whatever.

As long as it’s other peoples money.

Tim_CA on July 30, 2012 at 11:36 AM

it’s entirely clear that he can’t tell the difference between millions and billions.

You didn’t “make them”…so what does he care.

An utter oaf is president.

Schadenfreude on July 30, 2012 at 11:36 AM

The teleprompter must have shown the actual number instead of spelling it out, always a mistake when dealing with the Fearless Reader. He’s used to seeing 12 zeroes in spending numbers, not just 7, so it’s easy to imagine his utter confusion. Kind of like when the 12 people killed in Kansas tornadoes in 2008 became 10,000. We need to outlaw those racist decimal points that keep shifting when he’s not looking.

MrKleenexMuscles on July 30, 2012 at 11:39 AM

The Azzhole in Chief needs Bill Clinton to save his azz.

Schadenfreude on July 30, 2012 at 11:45 AM

you make a big election about 70 billion small things—> FAIL ABO

screwauger on July 30, 2012 at 11:50 AM

0bama isn’t too smart, is he?

He obviously didn’t stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night.

UltimateBob on July 30, 2012 at 10:19 AM

But I did!

Nutstuyu on July 30, 2012 at 11:57 AM

A billion here, a billion there, and pretty soon you’re talking about real money. But never when the Resident is concerned. Math is hard, even when there’s no math involved.

Freelancer on July 30, 2012 at 12:00 PM

Regarding a total number, we must be into billions of BHO “gaffes” that reveal who he really is, or maybe it just feels like it.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on July 30, 2012 at 12:03 PM

Sheez, you guys are acting like this was real money or something.

katablog.com on July 30, 2012 at 12:59 PM

I can’t quip much about bad math this morning. I just asked a convenience store clerk if he could break a $20—has asked what I needed and I said 2 fives and 2 tens would be great. He snarked, “I bet it would, but how’s a ten and two fives?”

/coffee needed.

ted c on July 30, 2012 at 8:18 AM

Which proves that President Obama knows less about math than the average convenience store clerk.

Steve Z on July 30, 2012 at 1:46 PM