Obamateurism of the Day

posted at 8:01 am on September 26, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Erika took a look at the most eye-popping quote from yesterday’s UN speech by Barack Obama, but the larger context bears some comment. Unfortunately, like “you didn’t build that,” the context of the remark that “the future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam” doesn’t improve Obama’s speech. In fact, it makes it even worse.  Here’s the end of that passage, along with a more full transcript of Obama’s demand for “tolerance” and its apparent opposite:

The future must not belong to those who target Coptic Christians in Egypt – it must be claimed by those in Tahrir Square who chanted “Muslims, Christians, we are one.” The future must not belong to those who bully women – it must be shaped by girls who go to school, and those who stand for a world where our daughters can live their dreams just like our sons. The future must not belong to those corrupt few who steal a country’s resources – it must be won by the students and entrepreneurs; workers and business owners who seek a broader prosperity for all people. Those are the men and women that America stands with; theirs is the vision we will support.

The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam. Yet to be credible, those who condemn that slander must also condemn the hate we see when the image of Jesus Christ is desecrated, churches are destroyed, or the Holocaust is denied. Let us condemn incitement against Sufi Muslims, and Shiite pilgrims. It is time to heed the words of Gandhi: “Intolerance is itself a form of violence and an obstacle to the growth of a true democratic spirit.” Together, we must work towards a world where we are strengthened by our differences, and not defined by them. That is what America embodies, and that is the vision we will support.

If Gandhi said that intolerance is a form of violence, it must have been one of his off days.  Intolerance may lead to violence, but it’s not violence in itself.  Neither are “slander” equal to churches being destroyed, or the “bullying” of women.  Even if we knew what “slander” of a 1500-years-dead historical figure encompasses — literary criticism?  theological critiques? — the speaking of opinion about Mohammed or anyone else thousands of miles away doesn’t even come close to the act of vandalizing churches or conducting pogroms against the Copts. For that matter, neither does Holocaust denial; in the case of Ahmadinejad, it’s a symptom of the danger he represents as (nominal) head of the Iranian government, which is actively seeking nuclear weapons to aim at Israel.  It’s not the Holocaust denial that’s the danger.

Even worse is the implication of Obama’s equating of “slander” to acts of real violence.  He seems to be offering a deal that he can’t deliver, which is that the US will ban such “slander” if people stop torching churches and committing violence against women.  That’s a dangerous expectation to set for people in parts of the world who don’t understand that Obama can’t possibly deliver on it.

Demanding an end to outspoken criticism of the “prophet of Islam” is just another way of calling for blasphemy exceptions to free speech.  That is most certainly not “what America embodies.”  In a free society, people can choose to deny the Holocaust just as they can remain intolerant of, and criticize, Islam or Christianity or God Himself.  They can even express that intolerance in speech, writing, and yes, even filmmaking.  They just can’t commit violence to impose those views on others.  And that’s what America embodies.

Too bad Obama doesn’t seem to know that.

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The future belongs to those that define tolerance……and that’s me.

P.S
Mr. president……..Tolerance, once defined?…..isn’t.

PappyD61 on September 26, 2012 at 8:05 AM

Who needs violence to impose one’s views on others when you can simply sign an Executive Order?

NeighborhoodCatLady on September 26, 2012 at 8:06 AM

Hey it’s just like that MLK quote about the arc of the covenant bending towards justice…or whatever man. I’ve got a tee time to make.

CitizenEgg on September 26, 2012 at 8:07 AM

those who condemn that slander must also condemn the hate we see when the image of Jesus Christ is desecrated

so a crucifix in urine is still ok then?

cmsinaz on September 26, 2012 at 8:07 AM

Too bad Obama doesn’t seem to know that.

indeed

but hey, squirrel!!!!
-lsm

cmsinaz on September 26, 2012 at 8:08 AM

Wait a tick,Obama appears to be running for,

President of the World!!

canopfor on September 26, 2012 at 8:09 AM

He makes my blood boil.

gophergirl on September 26, 2012 at 8:09 AM

I remember when the President was an American who defended the First Amendment. How much better that was than this filthy black Muslim who suggests that he will deliver the United States of America to the Muslim terrorists who hate our very being.

And make no mistake when the rat-eared Muslim bastard makes the statement:

The future must not belong to those corrupt few who steal a country’s resources – it must be won by the students and entrepreneurs; workers and business owners who seek a broader prosperity for all people.

The corrupt few he is talking about is you and I.

Happy Nomad on September 26, 2012 at 8:09 AM

That’s a dangerous expectation to set for people in parts of the world who don’t understand that Obama can’t possibly deliver on it.

It worked in the U.S., why not try it world-wide..

hillsoftx on September 26, 2012 at 8:10 AM

Constitutional Professor, my azz. He has a dogcatcher’s understanding of the Constitution, but maybe I’m being unkind to dogcatchers.

JimK on September 26, 2012 at 8:11 AM

I need to me more years of taxes from Mitt..
He must be hiding something…

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Electrongod on September 26, 2012 at 8:11 AM

Out of context! That quote was heavily edited – only a 300 word snippet.

forest on September 26, 2012 at 8:11 AM

I have permanently muted him. He makes me sick. He doesn’t care about Jesus because he would have to get off the stage ……

crosshugger on September 26, 2012 at 8:12 AM

Obama: “The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam”
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So,what kind of future,will one have then…..hmmmmmmmmm!

canopfor on September 26, 2012 at 8:13 AM

Anybody else hear Loki saying “Freedom is life’s great lie. Once you accept that, in your heart…you will know peace” every time he opens his mouth?

twidgetnator on September 26, 2012 at 8:13 AM

At least ending anti-religious slander in the United States is a slightly more realistic promise than the ones he made at his ’08 Democratic nomination speech, where he promised to slow the rise of the oceans and heal the planet.

So you see, it’s good because Obama is actually lowering the bar on what kind of omnipotence he thinks he has.

Of course, he thinks he’s omnipotent, everyone else knows he’s incompetent.

BKennedy on September 26, 2012 at 8:13 AM

I have permanently muted him. He makes me sick. He doesn’t care about Jesus because he would have to get off the stage ……

crosshugger on September 26, 2012 at 8:12 AM

crosshugger:Off the stage,I was thinking,the CROSS!
(snark)

canopfor on September 26, 2012 at 8:15 AM

Demanding an end to outspoken criticism of the “prophet of Islam” is just another way of calling for blasphemy exceptions to free speech.

Yes, and from there to shutting down conservative media is an easy step to make (especially in one’s second term).

petefrt on September 26, 2012 at 8:16 AM

He doesn’t care about Jesus because he would have to get off the stage ……

crosshugger on September 26, 2012 at 8:12 AM

Don’t you remember the last National Prayer Breakfast? Christ is sporting an Obama ’12 button because every thing the rat-eared bastard is Christ-like. In short, Christ would be the one who would willingly leave the stage for all of Obama’s greatness.

Happy Nomad on September 26, 2012 at 8:17 AM

Odoesnthaveaclue believes in religious tolerance, except when it comes to healthcare.

txag92 on September 26, 2012 at 8:17 AM

The future must not belong to those corrupt few who steal a country’s resources – it must be won

Campaigning.

rogerb on September 26, 2012 at 8:21 AM

And yet I still would have changed my mind and voted for Obama if only when he’d gone on “The View” he’d had Michelle hold down Joy Behar while he farted repeatedly in her face.

radjah shelduck on September 26, 2012 at 8:21 AM

Chances they’ll go back and look at a few Hollywood Christian hit pieces like “Saved” and ban them? None. Chances that any Constitution loving Christian would even support it? None.

hawkdriver on September 26, 2012 at 8:23 AM

Barry knows it’s almost over and is just letting it all hang out now.

Punchenko on September 26, 2012 at 8:23 AM

This shows what a genius Axleshaft is. He has divided everybody into a small niche, and made it appear as if the fate of the country rides on their niche issue, which only Obama can handle properly. Obama can flop around like a beached carp (dogwhistle?) and be an utter disgraceful embarrassment, but people only see and vote on their niche. The fact that he polls above 10% is bewildering.

tdarrington on September 26, 2012 at 8:23 AM

half white Kenyan Muslim

Obama who? I was talking about a troubling bowel movement I experienced this morning.

Slade73 on September 26, 2012 at 8:24 AM

Chances they’ll go back and look at a few Hollywood Christian hit pieces like “Saved” and ban them? None. Chances that any Constitution loving Christian would even support it? None.

hawkdriver on September 26, 2012 at 8:23 AM

agreed. Saved was a weaksauce lib hit piece anyway, and it was kinda funny. Letters From the Earth absolutely skewers Christianity. That’s what quality hit piecing looks like.

Slade73 on September 26, 2012 at 8:26 AM

Even if we knew what “slander” of a 1500-years-dead historical figure encompasses — literary criticism? theological critiques? —

Yes, it’s quite a slippery slope, isn’t it?

As a Christian, I consider statements by Muslims that Jesus Christ was merely a prophet, or that he did not rise from the dead, to be slanders against Christ and Christianity.

Are we going to have laws now that ban such teachings by Muslims? When Christ is mentioned in a madrassa and a student raises his hand to ask who Christ was, what will the answer be? “I’m sorry Abdul, but the answer to that question is prohibited by law.”

AZCoyote on September 26, 2012 at 8:29 AM

Obysmal has a willful blindness of the black flags being hoisted in the places of Islamic unrest.

Charles C. W. Cooke calls the black flag a harbinger of bedlam as he traces its history and current use.
http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/328534/black-flags-spell-trouble-charles-c-w-cooke

onlineanalyst on September 26, 2012 at 8:31 AM

“Even worse is the implication of Obama’s equating of “slander” to acts of real violence. He seems to be offering a deal that he can’t deliver, which is that the US will ban such “slander” if people stop torching churches and committing violence against women. That’s a dangerous expectation to set for people in parts of the world who don’t understand that Obama can’t possibly deliver on it.”

How about this part of the world? Americans have been listening to Obama making “undeliverable” promises for how long now? And now he’s attempting to sell this garbage to the rest of the world? The man’s deceiving the American public about what happened on Libya, and he’s making deals with the devil—while the soul of this nation is getting sold to the highest bidder. I’m beginning to wonder who’s more of a nut job at the U.N. this week.

Rovin on September 26, 2012 at 8:32 AM

The fact that he polls above 10% is bewildering.

tdarrington on September 26, 2012 at 8:23 AM

To me td, it demonstrates the power the MSM still wields. This Administrations handling of the Benghazi Embassy attack would have been an October surprise handed down from God had a Republican been in the office. They would have played the incompetence angle 24/7 and it would have been done on CSPAN, NPR and PBS too. Wall to wall, (and probably appropriate for any administration to be called to task for a failure of this magnitude).

That they were able to distract and push the focus to the video really speaks volume of the influence they still have. Handled objectively, this news story would have sunk Obama’s reelection chances.

hawkdriver on September 26, 2012 at 8:33 AM

There are no gays in Iran either.
Obama’s trying to be all things to all people except conservative Americans–worse if you’re rich and conservative.
Hey but he killed Bin Laden!

racquetballer on September 26, 2012 at 8:33 AM

Anytime someone quotes Gandhi, I have to question the prudence of accepting the wisdom of a man who thought drinking his own urine a good idea.

Adjoran on September 26, 2012 at 8:33 AM

Sty Candy steps in it again.

viking01 on September 26, 2012 at 8:35 AM

What does Ben Kingsley have to do with any of this?

Slade73 on September 26, 2012 at 8:36 AM

The more I read the transcript, the worse its implications get. Sure sounds like he sets Islam above other religions (no mention of Judaism, was there?), and his statement

The future must not belong to those corrupt few who steal a country’s resources – it must be won by the students and entrepreneurs; workers and business owners who seek a broader prosperity for all people.

surely seems to be a kick at the US.

mathgal60 on September 26, 2012 at 8:36 AM

More pandering and appeasing. Sound off like you got a pair

jaywemm on September 26, 2012 at 8:37 AM

I guess that Dante will be on Obysmal’s Index of Forbidden Books in that the poet relegated Mohammed to one of the circles of Hades.

onlineanalyst on September 26, 2012 at 8:37 AM

Ed, you don’t need an atta boy from me to make your day, but that was well written. We are seeing creepy stuff every day lately that is threatening freedom of speech. Opinion pieces that make it all sound so reasonable. I’ve always felt Obama wanted to make the UN more powerful and wind up there. He’s greasing the skids.

tj4osu on September 26, 2012 at 8:37 AM

And today we get we get to hear a dictator delivering a speech filled with hate against Jews on Yom Kippur. It seems that if a mythical “prophet” of the religion of terrorists is not to be defiled then the civilized world should object to such individuals being treated as part of the community of nations when they espouse 13th century views about other religions and deny the holocaust even happened.

But that’s just the bitter clinger in me. No place for that kind of sentimentality with a filthy rat-eared Muslim in charge of the nation.

Happy Nomad on September 26, 2012 at 8:38 AM

That’s a dangerous expectation to set for people in parts of the world who don’t understand that Obama can’t possibly deliver on it.

Ed, while I agree with most of what you wrote, be careful here. Don’t make the rather dangerous assumption that “Obama can’t possibly deliver on it.” We’ve seen the gradual, but ever-increasing, restriction of our free speech through the “soft tyrrany” of everything from political correctness to so-called “hate crimes” legislation. Do not assume the time won’t come very soon when saying something negative about Islam will be a prosecutable offense.

Shump on September 26, 2012 at 8:43 AM

Too bad Obama doesn’t seem to know that.

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“That” freedom of religion stance is one among myriad and sundry other ideas about everything that Ø doesn’t know. To be fair, in the Ed Morrissey tradition of Hot Gas fairness, The Preezy of the United Steezy is surrounded by authoritarian liberals and Democrats so he never gets a chance to reject the non-authoritarian point of view.
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Øbama: soaring rhetoric applied to pedestrian ideas is a hallmark of his hyperinflated reputation.

ExpressoBold on September 26, 2012 at 8:46 AM

soaring rhetoric? I think we’re all well past the idea that Obama is and oratory uhhhhhm, uhhhhhh, genius

Slade73 on September 26, 2012 at 8:48 AM

Øbama: soaring rhetoric applied to pedestrian ideas is a hallmark of his hyperinflated reputation.

ExpressoBold on September 26, 2012 at 8:46 AM

Lofty platitudes and soaring cliches.

petefrt on September 26, 2012 at 8:50 AM

And today we get we get to hear a dictator delivering a speech filled with hate against Jews on Yom Kippur. It seems that if a mythical “prophet” of the religion of terrorists is not to be defiled then the civilized world should object to such individuals being treated as part of the community of nations when they espouse 13th century views about other religions and deny the holocaust even happened.

Happy Nomad on September 26, 2012 at 8:38 AM

This part is well stated.

hawkdriver on September 26, 2012 at 8:52 AM

Lofty platitudes and soaring cliches.

petefrt on September 26, 2012 at 8:50 AM

A much more apt description of Obysmal’s stylin’.

onlineanalyst on September 26, 2012 at 8:53 AM

…how come I’ve never wanted to punch a president before?

KOOLAID2 on September 26, 2012 at 9:03 AM

Top 3 Contenders for OoTY (and all time):
1: “You didn’t build that”
2: This one
3: Can’t change Washington from the inside.

nobar on September 26, 2012 at 9:04 AM

Seems to me slander in that world would equal declarations by Christians that Jesus is God. Iranian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani falls into that category and look what happened to him and is still happening to those like him. Our fearless(?) leader steps in it again.

deedledee on September 26, 2012 at 9:10 AM

KOOLAID2 on September 26, 2012 at 9:03 AM

Easy there. Not necessary.

hawkdriver on September 26, 2012 at 9:14 AM

Speaking of cliches…

One should take a look at Jonah Goldberg’s observations of Gandhi in his book, “Tyranny of Cliches”. It gives a somewhat different perspective on the man.

Here is a glimpse in response to the NYT’s trashing of the book, which I would recommend to any critical thinker.

Droopy on September 26, 2012 at 9:20 AM

Meh…I’m having a hard time getting riled up about this speech. The election isn’t far off and I don’t think anything in this speech is going to help get this con man out of the Oval Office. This whole administration is filled with fools who are getting Americans killed. The focus needs to stay on the security failures at Benghazi and the lies and cover up that have followed. I can’t say I care about this fool’s turn at the podium at the U.N. He’s just the opening act for the next fool up there today.

lynncgb on September 26, 2012 at 9:20 AM

The Obamateurism of the campaign was the miserable failure of conservative blogs, such as Hot Air, to cover and praise Romney’s brilliant speech yesterday before the Clinton Global Initiative.

Basilsbest on September 26, 2012 at 9:33 AM

We sliced up Einstein’s brain to see what comprises brain power. Some day we’ll slice up Obama’s brain to see what comprises cotton candy.

Finbar on September 26, 2012 at 9:36 AM

That is most certainly not “what America embodies.”

How would Scooter know that? No matter where he was born, the way he was raised and his core beliefs demonstrate that he is not American and doesn’t know what America embodies. Unless he read it in a book somewhere

AZfederalist on September 26, 2012 at 9:47 AM

I have permanently muted him. He makes me sick. He doesn’t care about Jesus because he would have to get off the stage ……

crosshugger on September 26, 2012 at 8:12 AM

Agreed. When I heard that quote yesterday, thought I would faint with anger. Then I remembered the words (which apparently Obozo knows nothing about): God is in charge. ….

chai on September 26, 2012 at 9:47 AM

Quisling.

Quisling.

QUISLING!

When your name becomes an adjective, it is significant to history, and should be understood by all.

We already know what will be the adjectival definition of Obama, and it is far less complimentary to that of one Mr. Vidkun Quisling. Whether he deserves an equivalent fate is yet to be considered. He deserves to be tried on similar charges.

Freelancer on September 26, 2012 at 9:55 AM

If Gandhi said that intolerance is a form of violence, it must have been one of his off days.

Maybe so, but it does appear to be a quote of his, Ed. (Mind you, I can’t find anyplace that attributes it to him that also gives an actual citation to when or where it was said.)

Of course, he also said:

Poverty is the worst form of violence.

So, I’m not so sure he knows what violence really is.

GWB on September 26, 2012 at 10:03 AM

The world will rue the day that a group of takers, white guilters, and students elected a muslim marxist to the WH.

jukin3 on September 26, 2012 at 11:04 AM

Wait a tick,Obama appears to be running for,

President of the World!!

canopfor on September 26, 2012 at 8:09 AM

I called this from day one with my family. His rise to power is just too creepily similar to the Potentate of the “Left Behind” series. I know, I know, those books are just fiction. But sometimes fact is stranger than, and follows, fiction.

Nutstuyu on September 26, 2012 at 11:22 AM

Since when is this an OOTD? This is a much more serious issue, speaking to the President’s (deliberate?) misunderstanding of the First Amendment and the real meaning of freedom of speech. The OOTDs are usually examples of fecklessness about often peripheral issues, not about a core Constitutional principle.

Upstreamer on September 26, 2012 at 11:23 AM

Hey Obambi, I got your slander right here!

Fluke you and your murdering, lying, thieving pedophile of a “prophet”.

Nutstuyu on September 26, 2012 at 11:24 AM

Constitutional Professor, my azz. He has a dogcatcher’scooker’s understanding of the Constitution, but maybe I’m being unkind to dogcatcherscooker’s.

JimK on September 26, 2012 at 8:11 AM

FIFY.

Nutstuyu on September 26, 2012 at 11:35 AM

Ed-too bad you’re not the president’s speech writer. Your last paragraph is all President Obama needed to say.

hopeful on September 26, 2012 at 11:53 AM

The new Libyan president is smarter and more honest than Obama.

Plus, buffoon!

Schadenfreude on September 26, 2012 at 12:19 PM

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. It doesn’t matter if Obama wins or loses. He’ll be first “American” head of the UN and then we’ll all be screwed!!!

Vntnrse on September 26, 2012 at 12:32 PM

So, I’m not so sure he knows what violence really is.

GWB on September 26, 2012 at 10:03 AM

Gandhi also said that when faced with a choice between violence and cowardice, he would have to choose violence.

FWIW

Solaratov on September 26, 2012 at 1:19 PM

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. It doesn’t matter if Obama wins or loses. He’ll be first “American” head of the UN and then we’ll all be screwed!!!

Vntnrse on September 26, 2012 at 12:32 PM

Why. The UN has no power that we don’t allow them to have. They can issue all of the edicts that they wish…but we don’t have to acquiesce or obey.
And without American money, where would they get the power to “enforce” any edict?

Solaratov on September 26, 2012 at 1:22 PM

Another day, another new Obamateurism. This man’s missteps would fill volumes.

RebeccaH on September 26, 2012 at 3:03 PM

I’m a Christian. And sometimes it’s hard to turn the other cheek or to love your fellow man – but I try. I have no problems associating with Muslims, Jews, Hindus, Christians, etc. on a daily basis – again I try. I love to swap stories, family histories and recipes. However, I’ll not suffer this fool gladly – absolutely stop tolerating this POTUS (Phool of the US) along with the fabricated stories of his relatives (dead or alive), the fictional composite characters and fake exploits in his fantasy novels, the power-thirsty corrupt cronies, and his hired sycophants. Go back to the political machine which you came from POTUS and bother us no more. Note: take slow Joe and his sexually explicit wife with you.

HHW on September 26, 2012 at 3:08 PM

We have never had a more despicable, disgusting individual as president. Richard Nixon was a saint next to the lying sociopath in the white house now.

jqc1970 on September 26, 2012 at 3:46 PM