Obamateurism of the Day

posted at 8:01 am on August 2, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Barack Obama seems to have trouble with his economic citations.  Just last week, he noted a favorable review from what Obama described as a “non-partisan” economist … who just happened to be a contributor to his campaign.  Yesterday in Mansfield, Ohio, Obama told a campaign-stop crowd that Romney’s tax-reform plan had garnered an unfavorable review from “an independent, non-partisan organization … This wasn’t my staff.”  Ah, but that depends on the definition of wasn’t:

And you do not have to take my word for it. Just today, an independent, non-partisan organization ran all the numbers on Governor Romney’s plan. This wasn’t my staff. This wasn’t something we did. Independent group, ran the numbers.

Independent? Not exactly. The study at the Brookings Institute was co-authored by Adam Looney — and guess where Looney worked before his current gig?

Adam Looney is a senior fellow in Economic Studies and policy director of The Hamilton Project. His research focuses on tax policy, labor economics, inequality and social policy. Previously, Looney was the senior economist for public finance and tax policy with the President’s Council of Economic Advisers and has been an economist at the Federal Reserve Board.

In fact, Looney worked for Obama for two years, 2009-10, on the same economic advisory board that brought us “shovel-ready jobs.”

So … “independent”?  “Non-partisan”?

Just wait until he starts citing Christine Romer as a conservative economist …

Got an Obamateurism of the Day? If you see a foul-up by Barack Obama, e-mail it to me atobamaisms@edmorrissey.com with the quote and the link to the Obamateurism. I’ll post the best Obamateurisms on a daily basis, depending on how many I receive. Include a link to your blog, and I’ll give some link love as well. And unlike Slate, I promise to end the feature when Barack Obama leaves office.

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Princess Bridge yoootoob FOR THE WIN!

ted c on August 2, 2012 at 8:03 AM

So when does the Politico factchecker weigh in on these statements?

CitizenEgg on August 2, 2012 at 8:04 AM

er…ummm…. bridge=bride….

/didn’t build that.

ted c on August 2, 2012 at 8:04 AM

perfect clip Ed :)

cmsinaz on August 2, 2012 at 8:05 AM

Obama’s goons are everywhere.

Electrongod on August 2, 2012 at 8:07 AM

Good morning..
cmsinaz,
Ted
and …
CitizenEgg

Electrongod on August 2, 2012 at 8:08 AM

Transparency!!

JimK on August 2, 2012 at 8:09 AM

Just wait until he starts citing Christine Romer as a conservative economist …

That would be a twofer OOTD. Not only is Christine Romer a socialist, but she is an academic (not a practicing economist) who really thought the crap she has taught for decades would work in the real world.

Happy Nomad on August 2, 2012 at 8:10 AM

New Obama: “I didn’t make that up. Somebody else made that up.”

Yoop on August 2, 2012 at 8:10 AM

Obama sounds like a used car sales guy…

Electrongod on August 2, 2012 at 8:11 AM

It doesn’t matter anymore what this guy says or if the media reports it fairly. He sounds desperate and whiny and like a broken record. The more he talks the more people see he’s got nothing. He’s a failure. His ideology is a failure. Nobody likes a whiny failure.

Night Owl on August 2, 2012 at 8:11 AM

Electrongod on August 2, 2012 at 8:08 AM

morning EG

cmsinaz on August 2, 2012 at 8:12 AM

i wish i could find the carol kane clip from that movie…’Liar, Liar!’

cmsinaz on August 2, 2012 at 8:13 AM

Has he ever told the truth about anything in his whole miserable skid-greased life?

Naturally Curly on August 2, 2012 at 8:13 AM

“Independent…non-partisan…unnamed…anonymous…adviser…source…” all the words of the Left to name he/she/that which either doesn’t “actually” exist or can’t be named because they’re not reliable or legitimate or “real”.

Lourdes on August 2, 2012 at 8:14 AM

It makes lying easier when you don’t have to provide any facts to support what you’re saying.

Obama is, quite literally, the epitome of that: no source material, no “links”, nothing proven, just a very big wad of “independent…non-partisan…unnamed…anonymous…adviser…sources who don’t want to be identified…”

He’s taken the art of hoodwinkery and conartistry to new levels. Oh, yes, he’s transparent, he’s utterly see-through.

Lourdes on August 2, 2012 at 8:17 AM

Obama Kool aid drinkers and Chik Fil A protestors aren’t listening.

The 45% automatic re-elect base cannot be disturbed that they might have made a mistake voting for him in 2008.

Forward!!

PappyD61 on August 2, 2012 at 8:17 AM

Shades of Monty Python, it’s time to play SPOT THE LOONEY!!!!!

pilamaye on August 2, 2012 at 8:19 AM

And you do not have to take my word for it.

That is pretty much a bygone conclusion. As a matter of fact, it became one the day after Inauguration Day.

pilamaye on August 2, 2012 at 8:20 AM

i wish i could find the carol kane clip from that movie…’Liar, Liar!’

cmsinaz on August 2, 2012 at 8:13 AM

http://dailywav.com/daily.php?Airdate=2010-10-12

Sound file.

Lourdes on August 2, 2012 at 8:21 AM

Electrongod on August 2, 2012 at 8:08 AM

And a good morning back to you too! (and all the Hot Gassers)
:-)

CitizenEgg on August 2, 2012 at 8:22 AM

…with all the sh!t coming out of JugEars mouth…his breath has got to be bad!

KOOLAID2 on August 2, 2012 at 8:25 AM

ot/…Bill Bennett was mentioning reading Hot Air on Morning in America… this morning

KOOLAID2 on August 2, 2012 at 8:26 AM

@Night Owl- “Nobody likes a whiny failure.”

Nobody likes one twice, anyway. Nobody with a brain.

Thanks fah nuttin’ 52.

Idiots.

GrassMudHorsey on August 2, 2012 at 8:27 AM

Thanks Lourdes

cmsinaz on August 2, 2012 at 8:33 AM

Obama lied? Help me deal with the shock.

The Rogue Tomato on August 2, 2012 at 8:35 AM

Obama sounds like a used car sales guy…

Electrongod on August 2, 2012 at 8:11 AM

Since Obama I have a new found respect for used car salesmen.

docflash on August 2, 2012 at 8:35 AM

Over the edge!!!

Obama 2012

PappyD61 on August 2, 2012 at 8:39 AM

Obama is just telling his Cultists what they want to hear to make them feel good about themselves. It doesn’t matter if it’s real or not.

Obama Cultists only care about one thing: making themselves feel better about themselves. Politics is all just a game to them… Just look at their actions.

visions on August 2, 2012 at 8:40 AM

Has he ever told the truth about anything in his whole miserable skid-greased life?

Naturally Curly on August 2, 2012 at 8:13 AM

“Under my plan electricity prices would necessarily skyrocket.”

(not sure I have that right word for word but it’s pretty close)

jwolf on August 2, 2012 at 8:41 AM

Obama told a campaign-stop crowd that Romney’s tax-reform plan had garnered an unfavorable review from “an independent, non-partisan organization

Not for nothin’, but didn’t zero’s plan garner an 0-fer bi-partisan review from the entire US Congress … at least twice?

Lost in Jersey on August 2, 2012 at 8:43 AM

Transparency!!

JimK on August 2, 2012 at 8:09 AM

The Regime is only transparent when it comes to national security secrets.

forest on August 2, 2012 at 8:43 AM

Why are leftists such cowards when it comes to admitting they’re leftists? What is it about leftism that elicits such shame amongst it’s followers?

cowardlyleftistclamingtobeinthemiddle, tell me.

MNHawk on August 2, 2012 at 8:44 AM

Shovel ready economics that we need to cover up like dog poo.

Kissmygrits on August 2, 2012 at 8:47 AM

As November 6 gets closer, watch the “Forward” T-shirts change to “Fast Forward.”
They sense that they’re chum in a sea of pizzed-off conservative sharks.

TheClearRiver on August 2, 2012 at 8:47 AM

I’ll take Pygmalion Effect for $400, Alex.

VietVet_Dave on August 2, 2012 at 8:53 AM

If Oblamer was a troll on this site, he would rank below Inthemiddle, with his lack of substance.

They truly have no idea what awaits them in a 100 days.

hillsoftx on August 2, 2012 at 8:53 AM

i wish i could find the carol kane clip from that movie…’Liar, Liar!’

cmsinaz on August 2, 2012 at 8:13 AM

Liar, liar.

mwdiver on August 2, 2012 at 9:03 AM

Obamateurism of the Day ==> Ipecac of the Day

freedomfirst on August 2, 2012 at 9:04 AM

he makes me want to puke.
It’s visceral.

freedomfirst on August 2, 2012 at 9:05 AM

i wish i could find the carol kane clip from that movie…’Liar, Liar!’

cmsinaz on August 2, 2012 at 8:13 AM

A better one.

mwdiver on August 2, 2012 at 9:08 AM

ot/…Bill Bennett was mentioning reading Hot Air on Morning in America… this morning

KOOLAID2 on August 2, 2012 at 8:26 AM

And Hannity mentioned reading Ed’s analysis of the CBS/NYT poll yesterday on the radio.

I wasn’t on the threads yesterday afternoon so forgive me if everyone is already aware.

lynncgb on August 2, 2012 at 9:19 AM

Thanks mwdiver :)

Have fun storming the castle

cmsinaz on August 2, 2012 at 9:19 AM

Obama lied? Help me deal with the shock.

The Rogue Tomato on August 2, 2012 at 8:35 AM

Here you go:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YYqnoULgD30

Maddie on August 2, 2012 at 9:22 AM

“Non-partisan” used to mean “unbiased”. Unfortunately many people didn’t get the memo that the term has morphed (“my, what big teeth you have…”).

teejk on August 2, 2012 at 9:27 AM

Has he ever told the truth about anything in his whole miserable skid-greased life?

Naturally Curly on August 2, 2012 at 8:13 AM

I’m not sure how to link on here, but yes:
http://youtu.be/Pp50h4VyLmo

Sue Doenim on August 2, 2012 at 9:42 AM

Economic policy from the Looney bin.

Steve Z on August 2, 2012 at 10:08 AM

Does Obama not realize how insincere he sounds by hammering on “don’t take my word for it”, and “independent”, and “nonpartisan”?

RebeccaH on August 2, 2012 at 10:39 AM

Obama Cultists only care about one thing: making themselves feel better about themselves…

visions on August 2, 2012 at 8:40 AM

Well, THAT and all the taxpayer-funded freebies…

SnarkySam on August 2, 2012 at 10:44 AM

Two simple rules concerning anything that comes out of Obama’s mouth.

Rule 1: Obama lies, Obama lies all the time.

Rule 2: Refer to Rule 1.

jukin3 on August 2, 2012 at 10:53 AM

er…ummm…. bridge=bride….

/didn’t build that.

ted c on August 2, 2012 at 8:04 AM

[Starbucks venti soy latte out my nose and all over my keyboard]!

Mary in LA on August 2, 2012 at 11:10 AM

Obama is , quite literally,the epitome of that: no source material, no “links”, nothing proven, just a very big wad of “independent…non-partisan…unnamed…anonymous…adviser…sources who don’t want to be identified…”

Lourdes on August 2, 2012 at 8:17 AM

As stirring as that indictment was, it’ll never fit into a tweet, so I took the liberty of editing it down to the bare essentials.

:-)

Mary in LA on August 2, 2012 at 11:13 AM

“We tried our plan, and it worked”.

Good you are done then. Have a nice life, somewhere outside the WH.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on August 2, 2012 at 11:26 AM

Narcissism is a dangerous disease. Sadly, the danger isn’t to the one inflicted, but to those who must suffer the behaviors of the one inflicted.

The Resident is so far removed from the truth that he can say these things without even knowing what ridiculous lies they are.

I wonder why the trolls don’t comment on this kind of thread.

Freelancer on August 2, 2012 at 11:57 AM

This statement means either:

A) He does not know about the influences on his experts.

B) He knows what fact checking will harvest and thinks that the people are too bamboozled to doubt him or read accurate reports and/or the media is too lazy, corrupt or “enchanted” to make an issue of it.

And I wanted a really good contest between articulate spokesmen of competing ideologies for our beloved voters to judge.

IlikedAUH2O on August 2, 2012 at 1:26 PM

The miserable marxist will say and do anything to be reelected.

jqc1970 on August 2, 2012 at 2:52 PM

Sheesh – they just keep blatantly lying and there’s absolutely no major media journalists left in this world to call them on it. Once again, Romney needs to beat this home in ads to show how much the Owe team LIES. But then, everyone with a brain already knew that.

katablog.com on August 2, 2012 at 6:35 PM