Obamateurism of the Day

posted at 8:01 am on September 14, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Yesterday, I asserted that Barack Obama was channeling Jimmy Carter on foreign policy. As it turns out, I was being unfair … to Jimmy Carter.  How bad does a President have to be to get a correction from one of the worst Presidents of the modern age?  This bad:

President Carter spoke to Drake University in Des Moines and was asked if he agrees with what Obama said about Egypt:

Carter: “Egypt is an ally of the US, we know Egypt well.”

There have been few foreign policy stumbles as bad as Barack Obama’s dismissal of the Egyptian alliance in memory, and few backtracks as blatantly embarrassing, either.

 

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When you’ve lost the Jimmuh….

JimK on September 14, 2012 at 8:05 AM

Smart Power!!!!

VelvetElvis on September 14, 2012 at 8:05 AM

Did you all see the other day that Carter now has the distinction of being the President who has lived the longest after leaving office? Well, Jimmy, live long enough and you’ll see everything–even a president who is worse than you were.

radjah shelduck on September 14, 2012 at 8:05 AM

“ ‘Ally’ is a legal term of art,” said Tommy Vietor, a spokesman with the National Security Council

Does that mean “kinetic military action” is a legal term of art, too?

These people are pure, unadulterated dopes.

Carted must be relieved.

herm2416 on September 14, 2012 at 8:09 AM

Whole countries can fit under the bus.

NeighborhoodCatLady on September 14, 2012 at 8:10 AM

“It’s a work in progress.”

The same cannot be said for the current “leadership”. No work, no progress.

Freelancer on September 14, 2012 at 8:11 AM

And yet Obama’s middle east debacle won’t sink his chances of winning the election. It appears that the electorate is hell bent on putting him back in the White House.

WordsMatter on September 14, 2012 at 8:12 AM

Sucks to be called out by a peanut farmer…

hillsoftx on September 14, 2012 at 8:14 AM

And yet Obama’s middle east debacle won’t sink his chances of winning the election. It appears that the electorate media is hell bent on putting him back in the White House.

WordsMatter on September 14, 2012 at 8:12 AM</blockquote

Enhanced for accuracy.

hillsoftx on September 14, 2012 at 8:15 AM

This is why I am seeing all this stupidity happening and am looking at the latest polls putting Obama ahead with a jaundiced eye. Either they are asking the wrong people or these polls are intentionally slanted. Either way, I no longer trust them, regardless who is conducting them.

pilamaye on September 14, 2012 at 8:18 AM

… and few backtracks as blatantly embarrassing, either.

Egypt is our ally. Egypt has always been our ally, just like Saturn and Pluto.

petefrt on September 14, 2012 at 8:18 AM

And yet Obama’s middle east debacle won’t sink his chances of winning the election. It appears that the electorate is hell bent on putting him back in the White House.

WordsMatter on September 14, 2012 at 8:12 AM

As it has been said…

Obama could be an accomplice to murder and Americans would still kneel to him..

..Oh wait…

Electrongod on September 14, 2012 at 8:22 AM

Is it too soon for Our Dear Leader to recieve the Nobel Peace Prize for a second time?

RickinNH on September 14, 2012 at 8:24 AM

Well, don’t give Jimmuh too much credit.
He went on to praise Morsi as a good leader.

itsnotaboutme on September 14, 2012 at 8:26 AM

And yet Obama’s middle east debacle won’t sink his chances of winning the election. It appears that the electorate is hell bent on putting him back in the White House.

WordsMatter on September 14, 2012 at 8:12 AM

I fear you may be correct. The voting public has lost its values, its pride, it love of country and its good sense. They are only concerned about how much government free stuff they will receive from their political messiah. Sadly, this once great Republic is rotting from its core.

rplat on September 14, 2012 at 8:26 AM

Carter: “Egypt is an ally of the US, we know Egypt well.”

But, fair or not, Maureen Dowd heard an unspoken word in the air: Egypt is an ally of the US, boy!

Fallon on September 14, 2012 at 8:26 AM

Was that a reference to ‘Fast and Furious” Electron?

countrybumpkin on September 14, 2012 at 8:29 AM

countrybumpkin on September 14, 2012 at 8:29 AM

Yep…

Electrongod on September 14, 2012 at 8:30 AM

And yet Obama’s middle east debacle won’t sink his chances of winning the election. It appears that the electorate is hell bent on putting him back in the White House.

WordsMatter on September 14, 2012 at 8:12 AM

We’ll see. I still think way more people than the media lets on are engaged this time around and are PO’d. Now that’s not to say they won’t be outnumbered on Election Day by the welfare queens, open borders crowd, young’uns, abortion-on-demand types, and minorities who vote solely on the basis of skin color, but I have my doubts. Every major election since 2009 seems to indicate we’re not only the majority, but a big one.

Doughboy on September 14, 2012 at 8:34 AM

And, yet another pass.

TimBuk3 on September 14, 2012 at 8:34 AM

Iran was an ally too before the disaster known as Jimmy Carter. Obama lost us Egypt.

wildcat72 on September 14, 2012 at 8:35 AM

This is why I am seeing all this stupidity happening and am looking at the latest polls putting Obama ahead with a jaundiced eye. Either they are asking the wrong people or these polls are intentionally slanted. Either way, I no longer trust them, regardless who is conducting them.

pilamaye on September 14, 2012 at 8:18 AM

I give these polls the same level of respect I give reports of AGW. They’re skewed and manipulated to produce a desired result and not an accurate number by people with a vested interest to protect, however desperately and dishonestly they can.

If Biden had said Egypt is not an ally, they’d be able to brush it off as per past practices, but now Obama is making Joe look like the smart one? That’s gonna leave a mark no matter how they try to cover it up.

CitizenEgg on September 14, 2012 at 8:37 AM

OT from Drudge: POLL: ROMNEY 48% OBAMA 45%… DEVELOPING…

I’m almost certain this is in reference to Rasmussen.

Doughboy on September 14, 2012 at 8:38 AM

Cut the dogeater some slack, people. He was headed for Vegas. Vegas has a pyramid. Vegas has a Sphinx. But common folks aren’t supposed to go to Vegas. Egypt has a pyramid. Egypt has a Sphinx. Egypt is Vegas. So Egypt cannot be an ally.

See how simple the liberal mind works.

Yoop on September 14, 2012 at 8:40 AM

Not all Nobel Peace Prize winners are alike. Some are bad. Some are worse.

Paul-Cincy on September 14, 2012 at 8:42 AM

Foreign Policy Judgment

Headline:

Obama Praises Arab Spring, Libya On Day Our Ambassador To Libya Was Murdered/ Breitbart & Western Center for Journalism

Two of the security men killed were former Seals who were under contract. We have had a lot of former military under contract in hell holes for decades.

I missed bathtub boy. He used to love sneering at independent contractors who were serving in Iraq. “Mercenaries”, in other words, he used to say. You remember, like the ones found hanging from a bridge.

In the meantime, POTUS was on a hair trigger to thank the sodomizers and butchers for dropping off bodies at hospitals.

Any Romney shoots first?

IlikedAUH2O on September 14, 2012 at 8:45 AM

There have been few foreign policy stumbles as bad as Barack Obama’s dismissal of the Egyptian alliance in memory, and few backtracks as blatantly embarrassing, either

…well…JugEars could have mentioned that THEIR “private sector” is doing fine!

KOOLAID2 on September 14, 2012 at 8:59 AM

I thought Egypt was our 57th state.

exhelodrvr on September 14, 2012 at 9:00 AM

Reset!

workingclass artist on September 14, 2012 at 9:01 AM

Sucks to be called out by a reckless peanut farmer…who shoots first, asks questions later

hillsoftx on September 14, 2012 at 8:14 AM

fify

workingclass artist on September 14, 2012 at 9:04 AM

Well, don’t give Jimmuh too much credit.
He went on to praise Morsi as a good leader.

itsnotaboutme on September 14, 2012 at 8:26 AM

Morsi a good leader?

Well, to be fair, Morsi’s apparently a hell of a lot better than The One we presently have.

coldwarrior on September 14, 2012 at 9:04 AM

Fire, aim, ready………Obama’s Foreign Policy..well actually all of his policies.

HumpBot Salvation on September 14, 2012 at 9:07 AM

President Carter spoke to Drake University in Des Moines and was asked if he agrees with what Obama said about Egypt:
Carter: “Egypt is an ally of the US, we know Egypt well.”

Is this an Obamateurism or a Carmateurism? Maybe Carter knew Egypt well in the days of Anwar Sadat, who proved that he could be trusted far more than Morsi can today. But are Carter and Obama trying to out-naive each other now?

Egypt WAS an ally of the US in 1978, but is probably not now. Somewhat like Iran, thanks to Jimmuh.

But both Obama and Carter stepped in it, by Obama admitting that Egypt is no longer an ally, after he tried to force out Mubarak, who WAS our ally despite his faults. As Carter did to the Shah of Iran, who WAS our ally despite his faults.

Exit question: Does Obama really want Carter out there drawing attention to parallels between Iran circa 1979 and Egypt circa 2012?

Steve Z on September 14, 2012 at 9:14 AM

OT from Drudge: POLL: ROMNEY 48% OBAMA 45%… DEVELOPING…

I’m almost certain this is in reference to Rasmussen.

Doughboy on September 14, 2012 at 8:38 AM

Rasmussen had that result a few days ago for the state of Missouri, while other polls have a bigger lead for Romney in Missouri.

Let’s see if this is a national poll or a state poll before celebrating.

Steve Z on September 14, 2012 at 9:18 AM

Thought for the Day: If Obama is reelected, just think of the mess he will inherit the second time.

mobydutch on September 14, 2012 at 9:23 AM

Far beit from me to refer to another news/comment source. However, I think that HA should include this in their hot links. The Diplomad has been around for a long time, was/is a diplomat and knows everybody involved. He is an authority on international affairs, with many personal interesting touches. I think including Diplomad 2.90 woud be a great thing for HA>

Old Country Boy on September 14, 2012 at 9:23 AM

I don’t know why the link didn’t take but here it is in plain test: http://thediplomad.blogspot.com/

Old Country Boy on September 14, 2012 at 9:24 AM

Jimmy is working hard to get the number two slot.

Oldnuke on September 14, 2012 at 9:44 AM

I don’t know why the link didn’t take but here it is in plain test: http://thediplomad.blogspot.com/

Old Country Boy on September 14, 2012 at 9:24 AM

Interesting read. Thanks.

Fallon on September 14, 2012 at 10:07 AM

Carter speaking at Drake? I’ll bet that was a well attended snooze fest.

Kissmygrits on September 14, 2012 at 10:13 AM

Ugh.

If we’re at the point where dummy carter- CARTER, for pete’s sake – is more clued in about foreign policy than the dunce we have for preezy, things are very very dire for Team America.

But maybe the mincing moron in the White House can sing another Al Green snippet, and it’ll be cool and stuff.

Gads, I hate that JEF.

GrassMudHorsey on September 14, 2012 at 10:27 AM

Obama’s an anti-American muslim. Of course he would call Egypt an ally.

jqc1970 on September 14, 2012 at 11:01 AM

“We’ve always been at war with Egyptasia.”

Akzed on September 14, 2012 at 11:06 AM

GrassMudHorsey on September 14, 2012 at 10:27 AM

“JEF”?

Solaratov on September 14, 2012 at 11:11 AM

Solaratov on September 14, 2012 at 11:11 AM

It’s not hard. Jug Eared ‘Fellow’.

manyears on September 14, 2012 at 1:21 PM

Hilarious.

The previous “Biggest Dope” correcting the current “Bigger Dope”.

Libtards are just friggin’ amazing.

Tim_CA on September 14, 2012 at 1:29 PM

And yet Obama’s middle east debacle won’t sink his chances of winning the election. It appears that the electorate media is hell bent on putting him back in the White House.

WordsMatter on September 14, 2012 at 8:12 AM</blockquote

Enhanced for accuracy.

That was the exact correction I was going to make.

Maybe enough rational voters will show up at the polls and enough parasites will stay home for Romney to pull it out.

talkingpoints on September 14, 2012 at 7:25 PM