Obamateurism of the Day

posted at 8:01 am on August 22, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Once again, we return to Barack Obama’s press conference on Monday for today’s example of the “Me or Your Lyin’ Eyes” credibility strategy.  In this case, President Obama gets asked whether he’s prepared to condemn the super-PAC run by his former aide, Bill Burton, which implied that Mitt Romney was responsible for the death of a laid-off worker’s spouse.  Obama tells the press that he had nothing to do with the ad:

Q    Well, why not send a message to the top super PAC that’s supporting you and say, I think an ad like that is out of bounds?  We shouldn’t be suggesting that –

THE PRESIDENT:  So let’s take that particular issue, as opposed to — because you lumped in a whole bunch of other stuff that I think was entirely legitimate.  I don’t think that Governor Romney is somehow responsible for the death of the woman that was portrayed in that ad.  But keep in mind this is an ad that I didn’t approve, I did not produce, and as far as I can tell, has barely run.  I think it ran once.

That’s true, strictly speaking, that Obama didn’t produce the ad; campaigns cannot legally coordinate with PACs or super-PACs, only with their party committees.  However, as BuzzFeed’s Andrew Kaczynski discovered, Obama’s official campaign website certainly promoted the claim the ad made.  Andrew found this image in a slideshow attacking Romney:

Does Obama not expect to be held responsible for his own campaign website?  Perhaps that’s why he’s been hiding from the national news media and giving fluff interviews with People and Entertainment Tonight.  As far as whether we should trust Obama or our own lyin’ eyes, well …

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Does Obama not expect to be held responsible for his own campaign website?

No

forest on August 22, 2012 at 8:05 AM

Does Obama not expect to be held responsible for his own campaign website?

with this lsm…yes

cmsinaz on August 22, 2012 at 8:06 AM

What is truth anymore?

Electrongod on August 22, 2012 at 8:06 AM

Does Obama not expect to be held responsible for his own campaign website?

Yes

Axe on August 22, 2012 at 8:06 AM

Does Obama not expect to be held responsible for his own campaign website?

Give him a break, will ya? He’s never run anything in his life before he was elected C-in-C. He needs time to learn executive stuff.

itsnotaboutme on August 22, 2012 at 8:07 AM

Wow. Somebody go get Dire and tell him Ed Morrissey spun up a tune. :)

Axe on August 22, 2012 at 8:08 AM

This could all be filed under the more general heading of ‘making stuff up’.

CitizenEgg on August 22, 2012 at 8:08 AM

Does Obama not expect to be held responsible for his own campaign website?

No. Because the boy king has never been held responsible for anything. Ever.

Flora Duh on August 22, 2012 at 8:08 AM

What a filthy dirty liar. What else can you say about this jug-eared Kenyan who practices socialism and crony capitalism?

Happy Nomad on August 22, 2012 at 8:09 AM

“I thought by now you’d realize…”

The problem is, half the country still doesn’t realize.

WordsMatter on August 22, 2012 at 8:09 AM

What is truth anymore?

Electrongod on August 22, 2012 at 8:06 AM

The truth is what I tell you it is! geesh..

/bho

HoustonRight on August 22, 2012 at 8:09 AM

Ed, to be nit-picky, the Lyin’ Eyes the song refers to is the way the expression in her eyes reveals that what she says is not true.
With Obama, he’s implying that what we see is not true, that our own eyes are deceiving us.

itsnotaboutme on August 22, 2012 at 8:11 AM

He’s never taken responsibility for anything in his whole skid-greased life. Begone with you, petty little man!

Naturally Curly on August 22, 2012 at 8:13 AM

Ed, to be nit-picky, the Lyin’ Eyes the song refers to is the way the expression in her eyes reveals that what she says is not true.

With Obama, he’s implying that what we see is not true, that our own eyes are deceiving us.

itsnotaboutme on August 22, 2012 at 8:11 AM

I know, I know. Give an Eagles fan a break, will ya? ;-)

Ed Morrissey on August 22, 2012 at 8:13 AM

It is the duty and responsibility of the press to hold the boy king responsible for his actions and those of his administration.

Jake Tapper: The Media Is Failing The Country

Flora Duh on August 22, 2012 at 8:13 AM

Give him a break, will ya? He’s never run anything in his life before he was elected C-in-C. He needs time to learn executive stuff.

itsnotaboutme on August 22, 2012 at 8:07 AM

Can you imagine Obama running a private sector company? He couldn’t even manage a 7-11.

“Hey Barack, those guys you hired just left 3 hours early to play golf. One guy harassing customers in the parking lot. No one is at the register.”

Barack, manager of a 7-11: “I did not hire those guys. They are not my problem. They don’t work here. Who are they? Why do you hate women? You must hate poor people. We’ve got to move Forward.”

visions on August 22, 2012 at 8:18 AM

No. Because the boy king has never been held responsible for anything. Ever.

Flora Duh on August 22, 2012 at 8:08 AM

Until this November…perhaps.

swinia sutki on August 22, 2012 at 8:20 AM

We are a country of deep despair when the lying thug possesses the “favorability” ratings that he has…

hillsoftx on August 22, 2012 at 8:21 AM

Can you imagine Obama running a private sector company? He couldn’t even manage a 7-11.

visions on August 22, 2012 at 8:18 AM

Especially because he doesn’t have a slight Indian accent.

bayview on August 22, 2012 at 8:22 AM

The hilarious thing about Obama is that he’ll tell anyone who listens that he could do their job better than them.

CitizenEgg on August 22, 2012 at 8:24 AM

This is what you get when an “attorney” – using the term loosely when it comes to this master prevaricator – is president.

tru2tx on August 22, 2012 at 8:27 AM

I know, I know. Give an Eagles fan a break, will ya? ;-)

Ed Morrissey on August 22, 2012 at 8:13 AM

I’m guessing you’re not a big fan of Shaggy. Plus it’s a bit racy for this early in the day…

It Wasn’t Me:

To be a true player you have to know how to play
If she say a night, convince her say a day
Never admit to a word when she say and if she claims
And you tell her baby no way

Fallon on August 22, 2012 at 8:27 AM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4YfWaERDyS0&feature=youtu.be
A good ad from Team Romney, simple and to the point.

bayview on August 22, 2012 at 8:29 AM

It Wasn’t Me:

To be a true player you have to know how to play
If she say a night, convince her say a day
Never admit to a word when she say and if she claims
And you tell her baby no way

Fallon on August 22, 2012 at 8:27 AM

There was an Imus parody of BJ Clinton at the time of Lewinsky, using the song and a BJ sound alike. It was hilarious.

bayview on August 22, 2012 at 8:31 AM

A pet peeve of mine is people who don’t stand behind what they’ve said and done. Strike that. That don’t even ACKNOWLEDGE that what they’ve said and done in the past is the opposite of what they’re saying and doing today. I guess that’s just part of lying.

Paul-Cincy on August 22, 2012 at 8:33 AM

We are a country of deep despair when the lying thug possesses the “favorability” ratings that he has…

hillsoftx on August 22, 2012 at 8:21 AM

I really question these polls.
Everyone I talk to physically, even liberals, are no fan of his.

Badger40 on August 22, 2012 at 8:35 AM

I know, I know. Give an Eagles fan a break, will ya? ;-)

Ed Morrissey on August 22, 2012 at 8:13 AM

Even if Bark was “…standin’ on a corner in Winslow, Arizona” he wouldn’t be able to tell the truth if it was as big as life right in front of him in “… a flatbed ford”. ;-)

Yoop on August 22, 2012 at 8:36 AM

I know, I know. Give an Eagles fan a break, will ya? ;-)

Ed Morrissey on August 22, 2012 at 8:13 AM

yeah, but pre-joe walsh eagles? does that count?

t8stlikchkn on August 22, 2012 at 8:36 AM

That don’t even ACKNOWLEDGE that what they’ve said and done in the past is the opposite of what they’re saying and doing today. I guess that’s just part of lying.

Paul-Cincy on August 22, 2012 at 8:33 AM

It’s really worse than that because when it is pointed out that Obama is a filthy dirty liar, he just denies and moves on. He really thinks we are that stupid and the lapdog media wouldn’t dare contradict the rat-eared bastard.

Happy Nomad on August 22, 2012 at 8:37 AM

That don’t even ACKNOWLEDGE that what they’ve said and done in the past is the opposite of what they’re saying and doing today. I guess that’s just part of lying.

Paul-Cincy on August 22, 2012 at 8:33 AM

I believe you are right.
We have a daughter who has done this all 18 years of her life.
She learned from her real mother who lies about everything.
This child is now going out into the world, 18 yrs going on 12yrs & is using & abusing every loved one in her life to get what she wants, all the while pretending everything is OK.
And refuses contact with anyone who calls her on her $hit.
I honestly do not know what to do with people who act like this. Once you’ve tried everything, all there is to do is be there to pick up the pieces if they ever implode.

Badger40 on August 22, 2012 at 8:38 AM

Perhaps that’s why he’s been hiding from the national news media and giving fluff interviews with People and Entertainment Tonight.

…and now for local interviews the JugEarred Won will have “rules” on what the interviewer can, and cannot ask!

KOOLAID2 on August 22, 2012 at 8:46 AM

They are so focused on reshaping America into their socialist utopia they justify it all in their own small arrogant minds. The question is will it work?

ldbgcoleman on August 22, 2012 at 8:46 AM

HoustonRight on August 22, 2012 at 8:09 AM

Holy crap! It’s been almost two years!

Lanceman on August 22, 2012 at 8:49 AM

What is truth anymore? Electrongod on August 22, 2012 at 8:06 AM

Thank you, Pontius.

Akzed on August 22, 2012 at 8:56 AM

We are a country of deep despair when the lying thug possesses the “favorability” ratings that he has…

hillsoftx on August 22, 2012 at 8:21 AM

This. I can remember a time when integrity was #1 requirement.

petefrt on August 22, 2012 at 9:08 AM

Did I say “no”? I meant “yes”. Obama is not to be held to account for anything ever.

forest on August 22, 2012 at 9:12 AM

Give him a break, will ya? He’s never run anything in his life before he was elected C-in-C. He needs time to learn executive stuff.

itsnotaboutme on August 22, 2012 at 8:07 AM

Can you imagine Obama running a private sector company? He couldn’t even manage a 7-11.

visions on August 22, 2012 at 8:18 AM

Because he doesn’t have an Indian accent.

itsnotaboutme on August 22, 2012 at 9:13 AM

Electrongod on August 22, 2012 at 8:06 AM

It’s on the poster in the hall.

Axe on August 22, 2012 at 9:14 AM

Ed, to be nit-picky, the Lyin’ Eyes the song refers to is the way the expression in her eyes reveals that what she says is not true.

With Obama, he’s implying that what we see is not true, that our own eyes are deceiving us.

itsnotaboutme on August 22, 2012 at 8:11 AM

I know, I know. Give an Eagles fan a break, will ya? ;-)

Ed Morrissey on August 22, 2012 at 8:13 AM

They were the very first big-name act I ever saw in concert. It was The Long Run tour.

t8stlikchkn on August 22, 2012 at 8:36 AM

Yup, Joe Walsh made them rock, IMHO.

itsnotaboutme on August 22, 2012 at 9:17 AM

Lanceman on August 22, 2012 at 8:49 AM

Long story but good one. Can’t beleive you remember! Good to see ya! And everyone else for that matter :)

HoustonRight on August 22, 2012 at 9:21 AM

Lanceman on August 22, 2012 at 8:49 AM

And no I wasn’t in jail!!!!

HoustonRight on August 22, 2012 at 9:23 AM

I honestly do not know what to do with people who act like this. Once you’ve tried everything, all there is to do is be there to pick up the pieces if they ever implode.

Badger40 on August 22, 2012 at 8:38 AM

That is the best way for you to show your love, you cannot let her pull you over the bridge with her, cause then you’ll just have 2 casualties.

LouBob1980 on August 22, 2012 at 9:30 AM

I know it’s too much to ask but I knew that the Obama campaign had used this Soptic story hours after the ad first hit the blogosphere, how hard could it have been for a professional White house reporter to have a follow up question ready?

Gwillie on August 22, 2012 at 10:01 AM

Give him a break, will ya? He’s never run anything in his life before he was elected C-in-C. He needs time to learn executive stuff.

itsnotaboutme on August 22, 2012 at 8:07 AM

With all his free time, the guy could have gotten an on-line MBA in management or something. Heck, they could have flown in some Univ of Chicago business school profs with his pizza chef. Then he could claim he saved taxpayers some money.

I hope this fool is exposed daily for his bufoonery until November.

freedomfirst on August 22, 2012 at 10:18 AM

When will we be free of this lying idiot? Please, God!

avagreen on August 22, 2012 at 10:26 AM

Does Obama not expect to be held responsible for his own campaign website?

Barry isn’t “responsible” for anything.

Unless, of course, he wants to take credit for the work of someone else.

GarandFan on August 22, 2012 at 10:33 AM

Does Obama not expect to be held responsible for his own campaign website?

Bush hacked his website…imagine that…

right2bright on August 22, 2012 at 10:51 AM

Blaming others for for his failures and taking credit for others success. It’s the Wyle B. Obama super genius way!

jukin3 on August 22, 2012 at 11:05 AM

Badger40 on August 22, 2012 at 8:38 AM

We lived through that kind of nightmare. The lies do catch up with the person, sooner or later. With Obama, it has been later to the country’s detriment. With your daughter, I pray it is sooner, and that you will be there to pick up the pieces.

jazzuscounty on August 22, 2012 at 11:09 AM

Oh those lying lips, that lying face, those lying eyes…

His whole attitude hinges on the stupid remaining so…

With a complicit media backing his every word, there is no real hope for this poseur to be found out for the lying liar he is…

With everything he has thrown at the country in the matters of class division and using the R card, pitting us against each other, I can’t see a way clear to be ever rid of this lying liar…

Scrumpy on August 22, 2012 at 11:36 AM

I believe you are right.
We have a daughter who has done this all 18 years of her life.
She learned from her real mother who lies about everything.
This child is now going out into the world, 18 yrs going on 12yrs & is using & abusing every loved one in her life to get what she wants, all the while pretending everything is OK.
And refuses contact with anyone who calls her on her $hit.
I honestly do not know what to do with people who act like this. Once you’ve tried everything, all there is to do is be there to pick up the pieces if they ever implode.

Badger40 on August 22, 2012 at 8:38 AM

I think our 17 yr old is her long-lost sister.

Nutstuyu on August 22, 2012 at 11:42 AM

I really question these polls.
Everyone I talk to physically, even liberals, are no fan of his.

I use to think the same. Then we visited WA state. Say a word that even sounds like you might be referring to teh won and you can see you’ve stepped in it.

BTW the area we are in just passed a law where you don’t get a bag in any store unless you pay $0.05 for it – you have to carry your own.

katablog.com on August 22, 2012 at 11:57 AM

This guy is appalling only if you consider him as a normal President! Look realistically at him as a smoother version of a New Black Panther standing threateningly with a billie club ready to attack! Same is true for First Mooch and Holder at DOJ! They are hate-filled liars in everything they do or speak of!Remember in November!

Marco on August 22, 2012 at 1:12 PM

Obowma didn’t build that….website.

It takes a village idiot to believe what Obowma claims every day.

dthorny on August 22, 2012 at 6:31 PM

Perfect response by Barry. “I don’t think Romney is responsible for her death, but…”. Perfectly disgusting.

waelse1 on August 22, 2012 at 10:51 PM