Obamateurism of the Day

posted at 8:01 am on August 21, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

I love Barack Obama press conferences, scheduled or impromptu.  Either way, they provide fertile ground for OOTD entries, and yesterday was no exception. When challenged on the negative manner in which his re-election campaign has operated — especially with the personal attacks on Mitt Romney — Obama seemed nonplussed, emphasis mine:

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

Nancy Cordes, CBS: As you know, your opponent recently accused you of waging a campaign filled with anger and hate. You told Entertainment Tonight that anyone who attends your rallies can see that they are not angry or hate-filled affairs. But in recent weeks, your campaign has suggested repeatedly – without proof – that Mr. Romney might be hiding something in his tax returns. They have suggested that Mr. Romney might be a felon for the way that he handed over power of Bain Capital. And your campaign and the White House have declined to condemn an ad by one of your top supporters that links Mr. Romney to a woman’s death from cancer. Are you comfortable with the tone being set with your campaign? Have you asked them to change their tone when it comes to defining Mr. Romney?

President Obama: Well, first of all, I am not sure that all of those characterizations that you laid out there were accurate. For example, nobody accused Mr. Romney of being a felon. And, I think that what is absolutely true is if you watch me on the campaign trail, here’s what I’m talking about. I’m talking about how to put Americans back to work.

Really?  Then I guess that Stephanie Cutter, one of Team Obama’s official spokespeople, has officially been declared a “nobody”:

Obama deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter suggested that Mitt Romney may be a criminal on a conference call with reporters this morning about a Boston Globe report that shows that Romney stayed at Bain Capital three years past when he said he’d left.

Cutter said that there were two ways to interpret the story. The first: Mitt Romney was “misrepresenting his position” at Bain to the Securities and Exchange Commission, “which is a felony.”

Don’t take our word for it.  Here’s Cutter on CNN accusing Romney of committing a felony:

Aaaaaaaaand here’s Ed Rendell rebuking Team Obama for going the full felony:

Maybe Obama doesn’t know what his own campaign is doing … but that’s taking deniability into the realm of the implausible.

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I think Obama and his staff have all attended advanced classes in Basic Speak (BS). Part of the political syllabus.

CitizenEgg on August 21, 2012 at 8:04 AM

Obama, tomorrow:

Nobody said that nobody accused Romney of being a felon.

itsnotaboutme on August 21, 2012 at 8:04 AM

Liar in chief…pure and simple….
no denial, just plain lying and NO ONE calls him out on it….

i blame the WH press corps just as much

cmsinaz on August 21, 2012 at 8:04 AM

Maybe Obama doesn’t know what his own campaign is doing … but that’s taking deniability into the realm of the implausible.

Oh, I don’t know. What with all the parties, vacations, golf outings, fundraising,etc.; the jug-eared Kenyan has pretty much been running the administration by autopilot.

Happy Nomad on August 21, 2012 at 8:05 AM

If Obama didn’t personally hear it, it simply didn’t happen. It’s that simple. Wingnuts!!

JimK on August 21, 2012 at 8:05 AM

I’m talking about how to put Americans back to work.

The only SKILL he has.

hillsoftx on August 21, 2012 at 8:06 AM

i blame the WH press corps just as much

cmsinaz on August 21, 2012 at 8:04 AM

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I blame them more. They are supposed to keep the government honest and yet this group of DNC stenographers are remarkably uncritical when Obama comes out with comments about how his campaign isn’t divisive, nobody called Mitt Romney the grim reaper of Bain, etc.

First question from this group yesterday- Does Obama think Republicans hate women in the wake of the Akin statement.

Happy Nomad on August 21, 2012 at 8:08 AM

And, I think that what is absolutely true is

Only a Harvardesque professorial type would construct a sentence this way.

Is it absolutely true? Then why do you only “think” it to be true?

And vice versa.

itsnotaboutme on August 21, 2012 at 8:08 AM

A President can’t simply make stuff up. Even BHO knows that. Right.

JimK on August 21, 2012 at 8:08 AM

Happy Nomad on August 21, 2012 at 8:08 AM

good poing HN

cmsinaz on August 21, 2012 at 8:09 AM

point
*drinks more coffee*

cmsinaz on August 21, 2012 at 8:10 AM

The sad part is that Obama knows he can blatantly lie about anything he likes, and his butt-sniffing buddies in the MSM will never challenge him — and will continue to work for his re-election.

AZCoyote on August 21, 2012 at 8:10 AM

It is pathological…or it is driven by his own blind Marxist philosophy.

Either way, returning Obama to the White House after the November elections will spell nothing but serious trouble for the Nation.

coldwarrior on August 21, 2012 at 8:10 AM

AZCoyote on August 21, 2012 at 8:10 AM

yepper

*sigh*

cmsinaz on August 21, 2012 at 8:11 AM

If Obama didn’t personally hear it, it simply didn’t happen. It’s that simple. Wingnuts!!

JimK on August 21, 2012 at 8:05 AM

Kinda like atheists.

“I haven’t seen proof of God’s existence, therefore only backwoods mouth-breathing knuckle-dragging Neanderthals believe in Him.”

itsnotaboutme on August 21, 2012 at 8:11 AM

Two sets of rules.

TimBuk3 on August 21, 2012 at 8:14 AM

A President can’t simply make stuff up. Even BHO knows that. Right.

JimK on August 21, 2012 at 8:08 AM

It doesn’t matter to him. That’s why, with a straight face, he can espouse garbage like “the private sector is doing fine”. For 50% of the people on some form of the government dole permanently, they are too stupid to even challenge such idiocy – and the lapdog WH press corPSE just enables him. If the messiah said it, it must be true.

VietVet_Dave on August 21, 2012 at 8:17 AM

Obama:’You can’t just make stuff up. That’s something I’ve learned as President.’ Me: Geez, you mean you didn’t KNOW that already?

CitizenEgg on August 21, 2012 at 8:17 AM

Obama:’You can’t just make stuff up. That’s something I’ve learned as President.’ Me: Geez, you mean you didn’t KNOW that already?

CitizenEgg on August 21, 2012 at 8:17 AM

Sigh… He didn’t say it was a felony-felony. They were just talkin’ ’bout a “holder” felony. According to ‘Sheriff Joe’ those are the No-BFD kind.

Yoop on August 21, 2012 at 8:18 AM

But again, no one in the press corpse had any kind of comeback for zero until Tapper chimed in at the end.

CitizenEgg on August 21, 2012 at 8:19 AM

Barry doesn’t know what he is doing.

bayview on August 21, 2012 at 8:19 AM

He has a lying soul.

Once he bowed at that altar of failing to protect the newly born in the Illinois State Senate, every other compromise and untruth was easy.

Now we see that soul as it has matured, evolved if you will.

PappyD61 on August 21, 2012 at 8:20 AM

Now we see that soul as it has matured, evolved if you will.

PappyD61 on August 21, 2012 at 8:20 AM

Decayed and rotted is more like it

CitizenEgg on August 21, 2012 at 8:21 AM

Obama: “You can’t just make stuff up. That’s something you learn as president of the United States.”

Bwaaaahahahahahahahahaha…

petefrt on August 21, 2012 at 8:22 AM

But, it’s OK.

He only lies when he’s not under oath.

franksalterego on August 21, 2012 at 8:22 AM

Maybe Obama doesn’t know what his own campaign is doing …

…..or maybe he is doing what he has been doing the entire time he has been President and what he does best as the good little Chicago machine politician that he is……….namely he is lying through his teeth.

pilamaye on August 21, 2012 at 8:23 AM

BAM! New ad released this morning by the RNC hits the boy king on just this issue.

“Willing”

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

Winner for ootw methinks

cmsinaz on August 21, 2012 at 8:25 AM

Obama: ’You CAN just make stuff up. That’s something I’ve learned as President.’

Edited for honesty. :/

Fallon on August 21, 2012 at 8:26 AM

I’m talking about how to put Americans back to work.

K. How?

Axe on August 21, 2012 at 8:26 AM

Dang cant watch it flora….Android phone :(

cmsinaz on August 21, 2012 at 8:27 AM

Total train wreck, that presser was. Zero looked weak and defeated. He wasn’t even trying. His lapdogs weren’t even trying. Everyone just wanted it to end before he started to cry.

Rational Thought on August 21, 2012 at 8:30 AM

Pathological liar.

petefrt on August 21, 2012 at 8:31 AM

Looks like the folks in the White House have utterly NO IDEA what each other happens to be doing. This is the gang that can’t shoot straight. StefCutz says one thing, Obama says the other and who in the press is going to unravel the inconsistencies in their stories. StefCutz called Romney a felon, Obama setup a strawman argument to deny it and we’re having a lie followed by a fallacy. Nice work, White House, you guys are dumber than a box of hammers.

ted c on August 21, 2012 at 8:31 AM

It takes more than chutzpah for Barry to say:

The American people have assumed that if you want to be president of the United States, your life’s an open book when it comes to things like finances.

bayview on August 21, 2012 at 8:32 AM

BAM! New ad released this morning by the RNC hits the boy king on just this issue.

“Willing”

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

More BooYah than Bam but this is a great ad that will be seen by nobody but the people who already support Romney. Nevertheless, it is great putting Obama’s lie in the same clip as Cutter’s equally unsubstantiated comments.

Happy Nomad on August 21, 2012 at 8:33 AM

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

basically a cleaned up version of the middle clip repeated. Good quick response, but there’s a mountain of material from that presser to work with.

CitizenEgg on August 21, 2012 at 8:34 AM

Who in the press is going to go back to StefCutz or Fast Eddie Rendell and get their take on what the president just said? Either these two are liars, or the president is, or maybe all three of them? Who approved these two surrogates going out to make the felon call in the first place? It had to be Obama, he has to approve those messages. If there was a mess created, does he realistically think he can just come out and LIE his face off and paper over it???? What in the heck???

ted c on August 21, 2012 at 8:34 AM

He’s not alone, but it’s as if video and audio recording had never been invented. It’s got to be pathological.

Eren on August 21, 2012 at 8:35 AM

Well, she didn’t say he was a felon. Just that what he “did” is a felony.

He’s taken nuance to a whole new level.

tru2tx on August 21, 2012 at 8:36 AM

O: Ok, so Stef Cutter is a nobody. I stand by my statement… nobody accused Mr. Romney of being a felon. See how you wingnuts accuse me of lying?
/

VietVet_Dave on August 21, 2012 at 8:36 AM

I think the question that they should be hammering him with is “Mr. President, when exactly did you learn that you can’t just make stuff up and what stuff did you make up before learning that basic lesson?”

Goes right at his credibility (such as it is I know) and opens the door for all sorts of examples.

CitizenEgg on August 21, 2012 at 8:37 AM

Maybe Obama doesn’t know what his own campaign is doing

Riiiiiight. Am I on candid camera?

The Rogue Tomato on August 21, 2012 at 8:37 AM

Happy Nomad on August 21, 2012 at 8:33 AM

It is my understanding that the ad will be on television and radio.

Flora Duh on August 21, 2012 at 8:37 AM

It takes more than chutzpah for Barry to say:

The American people have assumed that if you want to be president of the United States, your life’s an open book when it comes to things like finances.

bayview on August 21, 2012 at 8:32 AM

Yes, there’s more at work here than chutzpah. There’s a pathology to it.

petefrt on August 21, 2012 at 8:37 AM

I think the question that they should be hammering him with is “Mr. President, when exactly did you learn that you can’t just make stuff up and what stuff did you make up before learning that basic lesson?”

CitizenEgg on August 21, 2012 at 8:37 AM

+100

Yes!

petefrt on August 21, 2012 at 8:38 AM

BAM! New ad released this morning by the RNC hits the boy king on just this issue.

“Willing”

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

Hope there is a large buy in the swing states. Simply and brutally exposes him for the liar he is.

hillsoftx on August 21, 2012 at 8:39 AM

Maybe StefCutz gets paid like nobody else in the White House. She may get a bow-tied box of rubbers and a new set of knee pads every two weeks for her labors. *ahem*

ted c on August 21, 2012 at 8:42 AM

Hmmm, the serfs are starting to talk about him…openly.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7exZw484DHE&feature=youtu.be

CitizenEgg on August 21, 2012 at 8:46 AM

It’s just that the commercials I saw last night were all about how Romney is paying a lower income-tax rate than me, and how his “plan” is to raise the taxes on the middle class while giving himself a further tax break. I’m not sure how your message of putting Americans back to work fits into that, so I must have missed the point.

*sip*

I’d like to talk about putting Americans back to work, Mr. President. I want to hear you plans. Sincerely.

Axe on August 21, 2012 at 8:46 AM

BAM! New ad released this morning by the RNC hits the boy king on just this issue.
“Willing”

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

Good ad. Hopefully they will make it a series. “on August 21, President Obama said That when you run for president your life should be an open book. His first act as president was to sign an Executive Order sealing all his records. What is he hiding?”

Naturally Curly on August 21, 2012 at 8:54 AM

Naturally Curly on August 21, 2012 at 8:54 AM

Yep. The ads write themselves, because it’s all based on stuff that Obama ‘actually’ said and ‘did’. You don’t even have to make stuff up because in a world with responsible and impartial reporting, you couldn’t make this stuff up.

CitizenEgg on August 21, 2012 at 9:04 AM

Nothing Barry says means anything at all ever because it’s so clever it can mean 10 different things to 10 different people as long as they all reflect favorably on Barry.

NoDonkey on August 21, 2012 at 9:13 AM

What’s in a name?

BHO 2013

Tim_CA on August 21, 2012 at 9:14 AM

Plausible deniability…implausible deniability…it’s all the same to Barry.

SKYFOX on August 21, 2012 at 9:25 AM

Hubris = Obama
nuff ced

D-fusit on August 21, 2012 at 9:53 AM

He’s standing there with a straight face looking us in the eye and lying to us. We sit there taking it all in and nod in agreement even tho we know he’s lying to us. This is the new normal in the O regime, and the reason so many will still vote for a lying sos.

Kissmygrits on August 21, 2012 at 9:56 AM

These people have decided to ignore technology. They lie right to your face knowing that there is at least audio proof. And that’s because the media lets them get away with it. The lies should be an equally huge story.

Cindy Munford on August 21, 2012 at 9:57 AM

Reality is what Barry says it is, and if you don’t accept that and print it, he won’t hold any more pressers. So there!

GarandFan on August 21, 2012 at 10:02 AM

Obamadysseus. “My name is Nobody.”

TouchingTophet on August 21, 2012 at 10:12 AM

GarandFan on August 21, 2012 at 10:02 AM

I know I’m not a member of the media but I’d take that deal all day long.

Cindy Munford on August 21, 2012 at 10:17 AM

Just another in a long string of lies from this President. Despicable.

Christian Conservative on August 21, 2012 at 10:23 AM

Liar in chief…pure and simple….
no denial, just plain lying and NO ONE calls him out on it….

i blame the WH press corps just as much

cmsinaz on August 21, 2012 at 8:04 AM

…the press asks questions that he doesn’t answer…and all of a sudden everybody claims… WOW!…They’re getting tough!…They’re finally turning on him!……..yeah…right!

KOOLAID2 on August 21, 2012 at 11:13 AM

Stalin has convulsions in his grave.

Schadenfreude on August 21, 2012 at 12:17 PM

Sigh… He didn’t say it was a felony-felony. They were just talkin’ ’bout a “holder” felony. According to ‘Sheriff Joe’ those are the No-BFD kind.

Yoop on August 21, 2012 at 8:18 AM

Are we talking about a legitimate felony here?

Nutstuyu on August 21, 2012 at 12:28 PM

A quick on-the-road communication from a longtime D.C. political operative rips the cover off of what is being reported as a surprise visit by President Barack Obama to the daily White House press briefing. This was no surprise visit – it was a carefully planned and staged event with the complicit cooperation of White House approved media figures all intended to gain political points by reigniting the now old and tired “war on women” ploy.

Schadenfreude on August 21, 2012 at 12:35 PM

He knows his media well.

He is their Pimp.

They are his harlots.

He feeds them his sh*t.

They think it’s Beluga caviar.

Suffocate, you fools.

He hates you.

Schadenfreude on August 21, 2012 at 12:43 PM

Nobody has called Mitt Romney a felon… today.

Laurence on August 21, 2012 at 12:59 PM

You can’t make stuff up but you sure can tell the press what topics they’re allowed to question you on. They’re nothing but a buncha slimestream enablers questioning the pathological liar-in-chief then lapping up his slop like hungry animals.

stukinIL4now on August 21, 2012 at 1:24 PM

Maybe Obama doesn’t know what his own campaign is doing

Psst, Barry: They’re making you look bad. Really bad.

EconomicNeocon on August 21, 2012 at 1:57 PM

I’m beginning to think Obama doesn’t know what’s going on in his own campaign. That’s because Valerie Jarrett is running it, and she only tells him what she wants him to hear.

RebeccaH on August 21, 2012 at 2:48 PM

Another day, another lie. Every media outlet in this country should show this clip of Barry, immediately followed by the one of Stephanie Cutter. But, they won’t. The upcoming election is going to be very scary. I predict massive voter fraud, and if it looks like that isn’t working, then the riots will start. Martial law, suspension of elections? I put nothing past this power-hungry putz anymore.

Xyz22 on August 21, 2012 at 3:52 PM

Felon:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G2y8Sx4B2Sk

Only in the land of Obowma.

dthorny on August 21, 2012 at 5:55 PM