Obamateurism of the Day

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

If you want good advice on how to accrue wealth, it’s a pretty good idea to listen to those who succeed at it.  If you want good advice on how to remain stuck on government handouts, don’t take consumer advice from a man who peddles subsidy programs to the masses.  That’s the lesson one learns over the stink Barack Obama raised last week, months after Mitt Romney offered this advice to a prospective university student:

Obama chided Romney for telling Ohio college students in April that they should “borrow money if you have to from your parents” to get a head start in life and telling a high school student in March that he should “shop around” for the best deal on colleges.

“He didn’t say a word about community colleges or how important higher education is to America’s future, he said the best thing you can do is shop around,” Obama said. “The best thing I can do for you is to tell you to shop around. That’s it, that’s his plan. That’s his answer to young people who are trying to figure out how to go to college and make sure they don’t have a mountain of debt.”

Shop around?  That advice sounded pretty familiar to Jeryl Bier, who finally recalled where he’d heard it before:

Third, there’s going to be more competition so that consumers can shop around for the best rates.  Right now, some underwater homeowners have no choice but to refinance with their original lender — and some lenders, frankly, just refuse to refinance.  So these changes are going to encourage other lenders to compete for that business by offering better terms and rates, and eligible homeowners are going to be able to shop around for the best rates and the best terms.

Who said that?  Why, none other than Barack Obama — speaking directly on lending issues, no less.  So unless housing and mortgage commitment are somehow less important than college educations, why not shop around for both, especially since competition might allow students to end up with less debt in the end?  Jeryl wonders, too, and notes that Obama and the campaign have already begun retreating:

Granted, in each case, these statements are accompanied by explanations of why government must be heavily involved in housing, medical care, and health insurance to ensure fair competition and affordability.  But when it comes to higher education, not only must the government be heavily involved (you can’t expect the students themselves or their families to handle it, after all,) but price is no object.  As I wrote about earlier this week, even the Obama campaign seemed to realize perhaps they overdid it on their endorsement of educational extravagance.  But apparently in this case, they were unable to contain their disgust for that Walmartian-sounding advice “shop around.”  Puh-lease.

Besides … it took Obama four months to come up with a rebuttal, and that was the best he could do?

Shopping around is pretty good advice … especially in politics.

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Of course the video had to be posted…lol

22044 on August 30, 2012 at 8:04 AM

take those faded obama posters off your walls kiddies…

cmsinaz on August 30, 2012 at 8:06 AM

Ha! Videos FTW!!

ya bettah shop around…..

ted c on August 30, 2012 at 8:09 AM

Obama shopped around and landed in Harvard…
How cool is that?

Electrongod on August 30, 2012 at 8:10 AM

there’s a line in that song that says, “Keep your freedom for as long as you can…”

that has to be code for something/

ted c on August 30, 2012 at 8:12 AM

take those faded obama posters off your walls kiddies…

cmsinaz on August 30, 2012 at 8:06 AM

But don’t throw them away. You’re going to need something to burn this winter for heat.

swinia sutki on August 30, 2012 at 8:14 AM

Shopping is the ENEMY of Progressives.

It implies that you have a free market choice.

EVERYTHING should be a collectively owned utility because who better to pick the winners than those elites that no best?

PappyD61 on August 30, 2012 at 8:15 AM

So he shopped around? I thought Phil Rezko was his only option.

hillsoftx on August 30, 2012 at 8:16 AM

take those faded obama posters off your walls kiddies…

cmsinaz on August 30, 2012 at 8:06 AM

cmsinaz:You and Ryan/ S.E.Cupp had a Vulcan MindMeld,haha!:)
=====================================================

S.E. Cupp ‏@secupp

Ryan: “College graduates shouldn’t have to live out their 20s in their childhood bedrooms staring up at fading Obama posters…”

https://twitter.com/hashtag/gop2012

canopfor on August 30, 2012 at 8:19 AM

Too bad voters didn’t shop around for a better president in 2008 before electing this clown.

AZCoyote on August 30, 2012 at 8:19 AM

Just wait till they try shopping around for a better student loan interest rate.

atxcowgirl on August 30, 2012 at 8:20 AM

So he shopped around? I thought Phil Rezko was his only option.

hillsoftx on August 30, 2012 at 8:16 AM

none of the other realtors would buy up the lot next door, then cut it in half and sell it to the Obama’s for half price. I guess the 1% of realtors that find that kinda thing “okay” just service a select clientele. Interesting to note is that Rezko is cooling his heels as he awaits his pardon in federal PMITA prison….well, I wish it were PMITA prison….

ted c on August 30, 2012 at 8:20 AM

Shop Around
============

Thats what this election is about,the American voters want a better deal!!!

canopfor on August 30, 2012 at 8:22 AM

even the Obama campaign seemed to realize perhaps they overdid it on their endorsement of educational extravagance. But apparently in this case, they were unable to contain their disgust for that Walmartian-sounding advice “shop around.”

never let a chance to demagogue go to waste, right David. putz

An inability to contain ones disgust at what is fairly sound advice is a symptom of a chronic malcontent.

ted c on August 30, 2012 at 8:24 AM

We shopped around, Barry, and we’re not buying what you’re selling. Even at half price with a 20% off coupon you’re no bargain.

Naturally Curly on August 30, 2012 at 8:24 AM

“you took me out of context”…
- bHo

VietVet_Dave on August 30, 2012 at 8:30 AM

I’m not shopping around.I’ve made my selection.

docflash on August 30, 2012 at 8:32 AM

Mr. Morrissey, are you saying that if I happen to criticize Mitt Romney for offering the same advice, with the same language, on education, that I offered on obtaining a home mortgage that I am being an amateurish, hypocritical demagogue?
@BarackObama

yes, Mr. President, that is what we are saying.

ted c on August 30, 2012 at 8:38 AM

Obama concerned with the youth having a “mountain of debt?” Seriously?

Judging by his actions, this man does not care -at all- about the youth, especially those coming from lower and middle-income families.

These are the people that will be paying for Obama’s failed ideology, through confiscation of labor (taxation), inflation, and reduced economic opportunities.

visions on August 30, 2012 at 8:39 AM

Swinia :)

Canopfor , one of the best lines :)

cmsinaz on August 30, 2012 at 8:40 AM

Obama shopped around and landed in Harvard…
How cool is that?

Electrongod on August 30, 2012 at 8:10 AM

…you think he paid anything?

KOOLAID2 on August 30, 2012 at 8:42 AM


take those faded obama posters off your walls kiddies…

cmsinaz on August 30, 2012 at 8:06 AM

cmsinaz:You and Ryan/ S.E.Cupp had a Vulcan MindMeld,haha!:)
=====================================================

S.E. Cupp ‏@secupp

Ryan: “College graduates shouldn’t have to live out their 20s in their childhood bedrooms staring up at fading Obama posters…”

https://twitter.com/hashtag/gop2012

canopfor on August 30, 2012 at 8:19 AM

…have you two pulled an all-nighter…neither one of you have been to bed yet have you?

KOOLAID2 on August 30, 2012 at 8:45 AM

We shopped around, Barry, and we’re not buying what you’re selling. Even at half price with a 20% off coupon you’re no bargain.

Naturally Curly on August 30, 2012 at 8:24 AM

And I thought we got a real deal. Two moochers for the election of one!

Archivarix on August 30, 2012 at 8:49 AM

Koolaid2…a few hours :)

Lots of coffee this am

cmsinaz on August 30, 2012 at 8:55 AM

Obama shopped around and landed in Harvard…
How cool is that?

Electrongod on August 30, 2012 at 8:10 AM

Close the thread!

herm2416 on August 30, 2012 at 8:56 AM

Obama shopped around and landed in Harvard…
How cool is that?

Electrongod on August 30, 2012 at 8:10 AM

I didn’t get the levity in that one at first blush, but now I do….

nice work.

ted c on August 30, 2012 at 9:11 AM

That’s it, that’s his plan.

Mr. Obama offered us tire gauges and tune-ups as his answer to increases in oil prices…and I haven’t seen much in the way of help ever since. I guess that was the plan.

lynncgb on August 30, 2012 at 9:16 AM

Hey Ed – I finally click on the Day By Day link, and find that today it’s NSFW and NSFM! (where W is both Work and Wife, and M is either Morals or Mormons)

I have appreciated HotAir’s efforts to avoid descending into a HuffPostian pornographic stew – please keep them going. If Muir wants HA to continue to sponsor and endorse, I think avoiding full-on nudity is a good idea.

Prufrock on August 30, 2012 at 9:18 AM

I guess I wasn’t as smart as what our Colleges of Poli Sci are churning out today. I shopped around and found out that I could take the same classes at community college for hundreds of dollars, that would cost me thousands as University.

Yes children, that was all the way back in the ancient 1980′s. I guess to day that would be thousands and tens of thousands.

MNHawk on August 30, 2012 at 9:21 AM

A four month rebuttal turn around is going to make for a slooooow debate.

Cindy Munford on August 30, 2012 at 9:29 AM

Good advice actually. American voters are going to take 0 up on it, Nov 6 th.

Bmore on August 30, 2012 at 9:30 AM

You posted a video of a black artist to criticize a black president. You are obviously racist without realizing it. HotAirLib says so.

CurtZHP on August 30, 2012 at 9:59 AM

So Obama wants college students to shop around for colleges?

How about letting them shop around for student loans from private banks, instead of forcing them to borrow from the Government?

Steve Z on August 30, 2012 at 10:03 AM

Ed, may I offer another video apropos of this SCOAMF and his stumbling, bumbling with our economy: The Silhouettes, “Get A Job”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ato64iEK8Go

(Sorry for the Cadillac commercial.)

The War Planner on August 30, 2012 at 10:13 AM

This is so dumb, I’m speechless.

Smartest Preezy Eva, eh?

J.H. on August 30, 2012 at 11:05 AM

Did Obowma pay top dollar for his weed and cocaine, or as they say in Austrian use “wheeling and dealing”?

Why did Tony Rezko offer him a deal for his Chicago home? if Obowma thinks shopping around is a such a bad idea.

Did Obowma shop around Solyndra for kickbacks and cronyism?

Why does Obowma have so many fundraisers, isn’t that considered shopping around?

dthorny on August 30, 2012 at 11:55 AM

The Miracles.

Well done!

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FlatFoot on August 30, 2012 at 12:44 PM

Obama is doing everything he can to dare the media into calling him out it seems. He will go down in history not only for his failed presidency, but for being the catalyst of the MSM collapse. Even the rubes clue in eventually and they tend to never forgive the ones that played them for a sucker and laughed at them along the way.

CitizenEgg on August 30, 2012 at 12:51 PM

Obama is the biggest liar ever to sit in the Oval Office. He makes LBJ, Nixon, and Clinton look like a bunch of Boy Scouts.

Adjoran on August 30, 2012 at 1:04 PM

Comeon, mr president, tell us where and who got you into college and where you shopped around for money mmmm to tell!

jaywemm on August 30, 2012 at 5:48 PM