Obamateurism of the Day

posted at 8:01 am on October 4, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Nothing says sincerity like campaign promises, huh?  Last week, Barack Obama released a two-minute TV spot in which he directly talked into the camera and made a few promises about his second term.  The problem, as Guy Benson discovered, is that most of these promises are recycled from his first presidential campaign:

(1) His “plan” is to magically create a million manufacturing jobs.  Never mind the fact that the manufacturing sector has shed well over half a million jobs during his tenure, including 15,000 last month alone.  Focus on the words. 

(2) He pledges increased energy independence.  Never mind that he made similar unfulfilled promises during his last campaign, that he’s manipulated science and unilaterally blocked domestic energy projects that his green allies don’t like.  Focus on the words. 

(3) He calls for new “investments” to help build our economy.  Never mind that his investment record (using our money and borrowed funds) has been piss poor over the last four years, and that we’re trillions in the hole because of it.  Focus on the words.

(4) He says he’ll reduce the deficit through a “balanced” approach.  Never mind that he’s shattered his first-term promise to halve the deficit by now, and that his claimed war “savings” have been pummeled by fact-checkers as a thoroughly unserious gimmick.  Focus on the words.

Obama finishes with a call for “economic patriotism,” which our Erika Johnsen ripped:

It’s time for a new economic patriotism. Rooted in the belief that growing our economy begins with a strong, thriving middle class. Read my plan. Compare it to Governor Romney’s and decide for yourself. Thanks for listening.

“New economic patriotism”? Does that sound severely creepy to anyone else?

Sounds more severely protectionist, and as Guy points out (and I did earlier as well), more likely to produce jobs overseas by attacking capital that could be invested in the US.  Looks like Obama’s not only recycling old unfulfilled campaign promises, he’s also recycling Smoot Hawley, too.

 

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SSDD

cmsinaz on October 4, 2012 at 8:04 AM

Obama…

Defend him Trolls..

Electrongod on October 4, 2012 at 8:04 AM

That’s Obama in a nutshell. Everything he says to a camera is just like the first time, so he feels free to repeat himself, contradict himself, say anything…and never expects to get caught out by anybody.

Last night’s debate was a classic example of what happens when you tell lies when the guy you’re telling them about can rebut them (and do it pretty darned effectively).

CitizenEgg on October 4, 2012 at 8:04 AM

Gloves. Off.

We’ve all been wondering where the Death Star of ads was. The fact of the matter, though, is that we were looking for what we assumed Romney would do, and missed the single most salient fact in this election.

Mitt Romney IS the Death Star!!!

Washington Nearsider on October 4, 2012 at 8:05 AM

“Time to move to a different subject” – The Messiah

Electrongod on October 4, 2012 at 8:05 AM

Obamateurism of the Day

He woke up

Jabberwock on October 4, 2012 at 8:05 AM

Just words.
Just speeches.

VibrioCocci on October 4, 2012 at 8:09 AM

Obamateurism of the Day Century:

Last night’s debate performance.

hillsoftx on October 4, 2012 at 8:10 AM

Looks like Obama’s not only recycling old unfulfilled campaign promises, he’s also recycling Smoot Hawley, too.

Yup. This economic downturn is much like the Depression:

Both were caused by and prolonged by liberalism.

itsnotaboutme on October 4, 2012 at 8:11 AM

Obamateurism of the Day

Gonna go out on a limb and say it was last night.

Gatsu on October 4, 2012 at 8:11 AM

Looks like the pharmacies will be having a record day with all the Libs placing urgent calls to their Docs to get their anti-depression meds strengthened…

hillsoftx on October 4, 2012 at 8:12 AM

So tired but so worth it. Last night was just beyond expectations.

gophergirl on October 4, 2012 at 8:13 AM

So tired but so worth it. Last night was just beyond expectations.

gophergirl on October 4, 2012 at 8:13 AM

If only there were styrofoam Greek Column..

Electrongod on October 4, 2012 at 8:15 AM

Obama to the public-

Pay no attention to the last four years!

Happy Nomad on October 4, 2012 at 8:16 AM

Obamateurism of the Day Century:

Last night’s debate performance.

hillsoftx on October 4, 2012 at 8:10 AM

Ed could get a century’s worth out of last night’s debate.

Steve Eggleston on October 4, 2012 at 8:16 AM

If only there were styrofoam Greek Column..

Electrongod on October 4, 2012 at 8:15 AM

The only thing that would have made last night better is if Barry would have stormed off the stage.

gophergirl on October 4, 2012 at 8:18 AM

If only there were styrofoam Greek Column..

Electrongod on October 4, 2012 at 8:15 AM

The fake Greek Column would have had a better performance.

I know that one debate is not the same as winning the election but OMG! How awesome was last night’s debate (if you aren’t a supporter of the rat-eared coward).

Happy Nomad on October 4, 2012 at 8:18 AM

The only thing that would have made last night better is if Barry would have stormed off the stage.

gophergirl on October 4, 2012 at 8:18 AM

The only thing that woudl hve made last night better is if Barry ran off the stage in tears because Mitt was picking on him.

Happy Nomad on October 4, 2012 at 8:20 AM

OT- Fred Barnes this morning. Best performance by a Republican in decades. Better than Reagan.

Happy Nomad on October 4, 2012 at 8:21 AM

Obamateurism of the Day Century:

Last night’s debate performance.

hillsoftx on October 4, 2012 at 8:10 AM


“Never has The One done so little for so many.”

Gloves. Off.

We’ve all been wondering where the Death Star of ads was. The fact of the matter, though, is that we were looking for what we assumed Romney would do, and missed the single most salient fact in this election.

Mitt Romney IS the Death Star!!!

Washington Nearsider on October 4, 2012 at 8:05 AM


Hear! Hear!

There are an easy 30 minutes of ads which can be created JUST from last night’s debate

PolAgnostic on October 4, 2012 at 8:22 AM

The only thing that woudl hve made last night better is if Barry ran off the stage in tears because Mitt was picking on him.

Happy Nomad on October 4, 2012 at 8:20 AM

With his head shaved..:)

Electrongod on October 4, 2012 at 8:24 AM

The only thing that woudl hve made last night better is if Barry ran off the stage in tears because Mitt was picking on him.

Happy Nomad on October 4, 2012 at 8:20 AM

Okay yours is better

gophergirl on October 4, 2012 at 8:24 AM

“I need to find a better Accountant” – President Romney

Obama….Doh

Electrongod on October 4, 2012 at 8:25 AM

When he said (last night) that Social Security is more cost-effectively run by the Government than by PRIVATE !
.
That’s my “Obamateurism” of the day.

listens2glenn on October 4, 2012 at 8:26 AM

There are an easy 30 minutes of ads which can be created JUST from last night’s debate

PolAgnostic on October 4, 2012 at 8:22 AM

.
Yes !

listens2glenn on October 4, 2012 at 8:27 AM

The proof of real American “patriotism”is coming in a few days.

docflash on October 4, 2012 at 8:28 AM

The liberals hand-wringing this morning is absolutely glorious. Schadenfreude? Well, that does not even begin to describe it.

We have a President who has forced his agenda upon us in legislative efforts, Executive Branch fiats and vis a vis his staunchest supporters in both the media and key support groups. We have been subjected to the most curious, contra-intellectual string of “remedies” to our economic malaise I can remember in my lifetime. We have lost our status as a world leader with allies, enemies and reluctant admirers alike. Our foreign policy is adrift and dangerous, while our Executive Branch military decisions seem to be largely made on the basis of politics rather than cogent and wisely articulated goals- then broadcast by the administration operatives, classified information and all.

This all culminates in a desperate view held by many in our country that our troubles have no end in sight and our greatness as a nation is waning because the prescriptions over the last four years have simply been ill-advised, divisive and ultimately make our situation worse.

Largely unnoticed in last nights thrashing is the fact that Mr. Obama has mostly gone unchallenged and unquestioned on his actions. He has been insulated from the criticism that is not only on the minds of political rivals, but a great deal of our nation. That is indeed ultimately a great disservice to the President, leaving him ill prepared for a discussion based on facts and results- which are unavoidable to all who notice. In a democratic republic one cannot rule as a tyrant at night without ultimately facing the owners of this nation by daylight.

We live in this nation together, but it does not seem that in the last four years. Somehow, both the country and by extension Congress, have been divided by lines which the President has drawn. We are rich or poor, separated by skin color and creed, liberal or conservative, have’s and have-not’s or Republican or Democrat. Perhaps those underlying differences have always existed. But in the end, we shelved them for the common bond of being Americans. We cast them aside like refuse in order to accomplish great things together. That is the hallmark of our nation.

I have to admit, it seemed to me that some divisions created over the last four years appeared too deep to overcome. I worried for the future of our nation and grieved over what might be lost forever and unable to be restored. But last night gave me some hope that good people with perseverance and honesty can appeal to our common bond and reinvigorate us as a nation.

Marcus Traianus on October 4, 2012 at 8:29 AM

most of these promises are recycled from his first presidential campaign:

Maybe Obama is caught in another Groundhog Day.

darwin on October 4, 2012 at 8:31 AM

Obama debating Milton Friedman (Mitt)showed the Marxist vs Capitalist and Obama new he was a loser. He preaches marxism but cannot defend it.

tim c on October 4, 2012 at 8:33 AM

The only thing that woudl hve made last night better is if Barry ran off the stage in tears because Mitt was picking on him.

Happy Nomad on October 4, 2012 at 8:20 AM

Well, he was standing like a girl. (Drudge is sooo mean. Heh.)

Wethal on October 4, 2012 at 8:33 AM

Anybody wanna bet that last night for his anniversary Obama had “performance issues”?

Renee on October 4, 2012 at 8:34 AM

Barry approaches the office of the presidency as unprepared and unwilling to prepare as he did with the first debate.

bayview on October 4, 2012 at 8:35 AM

Obama debating Milton Friedman (Mitt)showed the Marxist vs Capitalist and Obama new he was a loser. He preaches marxism but cannot defend it.

tim c on October 4, 2012 at 8:33 AM

Yep..

Shout out to Reverend Wright!

You’ve done good..

Ha..

Electrongod on October 4, 2012 at 8:35 AM

Maybe Obama is caught in another Groundhog Day.

darwin on October 4, 2012 at 8:31 AM

Nope. Just a lack of intellectual capital.

Happy Nomad on October 4, 2012 at 8:37 AM

Retreaded old campaign promises, eh?? that’s funny, I told my wife last night as we watched the debate that it sounded as if Obama was just rehashing old stuff he’d told us before.

President Retread.

/Don’t (Re)tread on me

ted c on October 4, 2012 at 8:39 AM

OT- On the radio just now. Did Romney win the debate last night? Did Sitting Bull win at Little Big Horn?

Happy Nomad on October 4, 2012 at 8:42 AM

Economic Patriotism: An empty phrase of empty words uttered from an empty suit.

pilamaye on October 4, 2012 at 8:45 AM

Two other points that become clearer the morning after: Over four to eight years, President Obama grew quite dependent upon audience reaction to feed his energy during appearances like this. The audience followed Jim Lehrer’s instructions and there was no applause other than the introduction, little or no laughter. Without it, his energy flagged, and his mood seemed to darken; his irritation with Romney and occasionally Lehrer (“I had five seconds left, before you interrupted me”) couldn’t be concealed.

Geraghty at NRO.

Without the twin crutches of the teleprompter and the adoring crowd, Obama collapsed.

Wethal on October 4, 2012 at 8:45 AM

Posted on my social media accounts for all my lib “friends”:

Do not fret, I over-nighted a care package to the Pres: defibrillator, tourniquet, tissues and a sympathy card. I signed it, “Get Well..Sincerely, Patriots”…

No replies yet…

hillsoftx on October 4, 2012 at 8:45 AM

Obama has won all of the debates he’s been in up to this point of his presidency. Sorry to say that all of those debates have been up against strawmen.

ted c on October 4, 2012 at 8:45 AM

now chicago knows they are going to have to go to the last trick bag. its going to get even worse. and the fraud meter just jumped to 8….11 coming…

t8stlikchkn on October 4, 2012 at 8:49 AM

OT- Fred Barnes this morning. Best performance by a Republican in decades. Better than Reagan.

Happy Nomad on October 4, 2012 at 8:21 AM

The Honorable Bill Bennett said exactly the same thing !!

pambi on October 4, 2012 at 8:52 AM

Expect some Mormon bashing from the One’s surrogates.

Wethal on October 4, 2012 at 8:54 AM

Expect some Mormon bashing from the One’s surrogates.

Wethal on October 4, 2012 at 8:54 AM

Yep

gophergirl on October 4, 2012 at 9:02 AM

SSDD

cmsinaz on October 4, 2012 at 8:04 AM

Same $#!+head Different Delivery?

Laura in Maryland on October 4, 2012 at 9:10 AM

The President, last night was full of excuse making a blame pointing when it came to talking about crafting bi partisan solutions. We all hold our breath over that term, but that is what it is called. But in fact when they talk about bi partisan issues, a more pure definition of common ground, is non partisan good ideas. Obama is not honest with himself, we have the video of him putting our guy, Paul Ryan in his place more than once, saying he won the election and Ryan’s ideas were not wanted.

In Massachusetts, Romney talked his brand of financial straight talk to that 87% democrat legislature, until they were convinced that his ideas were the only ideas that would fix the money here. They forget now, because when Romney was done, they seized the savings, the piles of money and let Duval Patrick squander it. But at the time, they knew they would never see another free dollar to spend unless they let Romney do the job. Some of the media here referred to this as MA being put in the Receivership of Mitt Romney. The dem legislature, because individual reps could not be seen as liberals voting for the specific kind of cuts and re organization Romney proposed, instead voted on carte blanche cutting power for the governor to fix things, so they could cut and not be blamed. (Loosely)

On Health Care, if you are new to this subject, MA had voted repeatedly for an amorphous “Universal Health care coverage” of which the meaning was in the ear of the hearer. Libs thought it meant public option. It would pass, no one could implement it, and then it would die away and then rise from the ashes again in the next referendum question.

In a state with 90% coverage already, some people like Greens and Working Party types still thought we should all have government public option health care: Euro style care. In a state with more Medical schools and private specialists than in any other state, with the cutting edge in medical technologies located right here, the dim witted would propose this every other year. MA has had Gourmet Medicine, which attracts customers from around the world. If they could not have Public option, they wanted Medicaid for 10% more people. Which is what Obama Care does, it puts the uninsured, who might afford a modest insurance plan onto Medicaid.

That is the key to Romney care, not that it was a model for Obamacare, but that it was an alternative to cover 5-10% of the people who did not have anything available to buy, in a state with mega plans for big employers. The exchanges were designed so you could say I want to buy a cheap plan that covers a certain amount of health care, that I can afford. And, the original “penalty” was that if you did not buy insurance or pay thru work, you lost a tax deduction. In MA, if I do not pay rent, I lose the rental deduction. It was like that. The lesson of course for thinking conservatives is that any good idea can be wrecked when liberals get a hold of it, which really means the government just can’t be a solution.

But as for negotiating with liberals, Romney reduces the argument to the basics until they admit they don’t have the money for grandiose liberal ideas, and at the state level, MA could not print money to get out of their billion dollar hole. He aims for the non partisan good ideas, and the Democrats in Washington had better start getting honest with themselves, the way they do when they debate a smart conservative, and you see them co opting our ideas, because, conservative ideas are real and work. Democrat ideas always always always cost more money than anyone has.

Fleuries on October 4, 2012 at 9:11 AM

/OT (sorta)

I’m thinking last night’s debate would be Obama’s OOTDOTY

But hey, he could be worse…there is still time.

ProfShadow on October 4, 2012 at 9:16 AM

… made a few promises about his second term. The problem, as Guy Benson discovered, is that most of these promises are recycled from his first presidential campaign

….JugEars truly is the first “green” president!

KOOLAID2 on October 4, 2012 at 9:27 AM

Marcus Traianus on October 4, 2012 at 8:29 AM

Well done!

Marco on October 4, 2012 at 9:28 AM

Worth bookmarking: Fact-checking Romney and Obama on healthcare and entitlements. This is a succinct contrast summary to present to Obysmal supporters.
http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/329408/fact-checking-obama-and-romney-health-care-and-entitlements-avik-roy

onlineanalyst on October 4, 2012 at 9:39 AM

The problem, as Guy Benson discovered, is that most of these promises are recycled from his first presidential campaign

I said the exact same thing a week ago on another thread.

He has been saying the same talking points/ideas for four years now; and for some insane reason, the Left thinks that they are brand new! It’s like I’m taking crazy pills!

Patriot Vet on October 4, 2012 at 9:55 AM

(2) He pledges increased energy independence.

Glad this came up. I thought this was one of Mitt’s best moments from last night, where Barky claimed that domestic oil & gas production are higher than when he took office. Romney shot back that yes, but the increase in production is on private lands, not government land.

Barky, of course had no answer and just hung his head in shame. It was brilliant.

It’s almost as if Mitt has been reading Hot Air!

UltimateBob on October 4, 2012 at 10:07 AM

The NYT editorial board must not have watched the same debate as everyone else did. Obysmal relies on platitudinous talking points unrooted in economic reality.
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/04/opinion/an-unhelpful-presidential-debate.html?hp&_r=1&

onlineanalyst on October 4, 2012 at 10:09 AM

Mitt Romney IS the Death Star!!!

Washington Nearsider on October 4, 2012 at 8:05 AM

I prefer to think of it this way:

The Death Star is big government, and Barky is Lord Vader at the helm, so proud of his new super weapon.

With its lasers trained on the Economy (represented by the planet Alderaan) ready to deliver a fatal blow, a lone Jedi warrior in a fighter jet destroys the Death Star with precision gunfire, saving the day.

Romney is the Jedi warrior.

UltimateBob on October 4, 2012 at 10:15 AM

I can’t help but wonder just who lil barry is blaming this morning for his performance last night….because you know that he’s not taking responsibility for his own inability to perform.

Electile disfunction, anyone……………….? :)

Solaratov on October 4, 2012 at 10:16 AM

New economic patriotism

Sounds ‘severely’ fascist. Trust me, it sounds creepy for a reason.

GWB on October 4, 2012 at 10:24 AM

Glad this came up. I thought this was one of Mitt’s best moments from last night, where Barky claimed that domestic oil & gas production are higher than when he took office. Romney shot back that yes, but the increase in production is on private lands, not government land.

Barky, of course had no answer and just hung his head in shame. It was brilliant.

It’s almost as if Mitt has been reading Hot Air!

UltimateBob on October 4, 2012 at 10:07 AM

Yep, good catch. It was just one of the lies Mitt beat Obama over the head with.

I’m listening to John Sununu on Dennis Miller and they’re having too much fun lol.

CitizenEgg on October 4, 2012 at 10:24 AM

Empty chair, empty suit, empty head.

GarandFan on October 4, 2012 at 10:27 AM

Heh, bookmark this one, too. The GOP ad comes out ablazing with “Smirk.”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dKMUHcgsbag&feature=player_embedded

Get ‘er done, Mitt. The facts are on your side.

onlineanalyst on October 4, 2012 at 10:31 AM

Obama made a promise last night that I am sure he will keep if reelected:

He will work just as hard in his second term as he did in his first.

More vacations, golf, fundraisers, appearances on The View/Letterman/Fallon, tough interviews with Pimp with a Limp and Glamour magazine.

bailey24 on October 4, 2012 at 10:45 AM

Heh, bookmark this one, too. The GOP ad comes out ablazing with “Smirk.”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dKMUHcgsbag&feature=player_embedded

Get ‘er done, Mitt. The facts are on your side.

onlineanalyst on October 4, 2012 at 10:31 AM

Wow, that’s a good one. Little Barky is in so far over his head, it almost makes you feel sorry for him.

NOT! Smug little pr!ck, I can’t wait to see him get his skinny a$$ handed to him on election day.

UltimateBob on October 4, 2012 at 10:51 AM

his irritation with Romney and occasionally Lehrer (“I had five seconds left, before you interrupted me”) couldn’t be concealed.

Geraghty at NRO.

Without the twin crutches of the teleprompter and the adoring crowd, Obama collapsed.

Wethal on October 4, 2012 at 8:45 AM

He used that five seconds & about 120 more, too.

itsnotaboutme on October 4, 2012 at 10:53 AM

Not a debate thread, but best line of the night was that Romney has been in business for 25 years and doesn’t know what O is talking about vis-a-vis getting tax breaks for moving plants overseas or some such. Definitely pointed to the leadership of Romney vs. the amatuerism of ‘the one’.

mel23059 on October 4, 2012 at 11:01 AM

Obama bombed last night. Somebody get the hook!

jqc1970 on October 4, 2012 at 11:16 AM

Obamateurism of the Day Century:

Last night’s debate performance.

hillsoftx on October 4, 2012 at 8:10 AM

Enough Said!

jaydee_007 on October 4, 2012 at 11:40 AM

It’s time for a new economic patriotism.

Shut Up.

Tim_CA on October 4, 2012 at 11:53 AM

we create a million new manufacturing jobs…

Hmm, two ways to do this I suppose.

First, a la Steve Martin: You get a million manufacturing jobs …

Second, the old standard: How do you create a million new manufacturing jobs? You start with two million manufacturing jobs and …

parke on October 4, 2012 at 12:21 PM

Ed… I’m glad you took the time to actually put into print what the video said because frankly, I don’t really like to listen to this guy anymore.

fistbump on October 4, 2012 at 12:23 PM

Who’d have thought that Obama was the challenger in this race instead of the president for the last four years?

Bizarro World

jnelchef on October 4, 2012 at 4:01 PM