Obamateurism of the Day

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

I’m old enough to recall the Roberto Duran – Sugar Ray Leonard fight in which the Panamanian champion simply stopped fighting in the middle of the round, telling the referee “No mas, no mas.”  I watched that fight live; I missed the Mitt Romney – Barack Obama championship bout, but this looks kind of like a replay:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O8PvNjU3cOI

Did Obama want to have Jim Lehrer change the topic?  Probably not, but that’s what it sounded like.  An experienced debater would be focused on his own answer, rather than giving the moderator a not-so-subtle hint to find something else to talk about after his opponent just dominated him on a topic.

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where’s my binky?

cmsinaz on October 8, 2012 at 8:03 AM

Ass meet hand.

skeedro on October 8, 2012 at 8:04 AM

Has anyone explained why the O team agreed to 3 debates? I would have thought they would have wanted fewer.

txmomof6 on October 8, 2012 at 8:05 AM

I hate to sound (and be) such a wonk but I have watched this debate multiple times and it just gets better and better each time.

skeedro on October 8, 2012 at 8:06 AM

Jim Lehrer – PBS – ” Mr. president – Your time is up”

FlaMurph on October 8, 2012 at 8:07 AM

It was like an X-men taking on Barney the Dino..

Pathetic really.

Electrongod on October 8, 2012 at 8:09 AM

Jim Lehrer – PBS – ” Mr. president – Your time is up”

FlaMurph on October 8, 2012 at 8:07 AM

LOL.. Your five seconds ended a long time ago. And I said, “Yes, yes it did.”

skeedro on October 8, 2012 at 8:10 AM

An experienced debater

There were several things that got him off of his game.Oh and Romney did nothing but lie.

docflash on October 8, 2012 at 8:14 AM

70 million viewers and didn’t cost Mitt’s ad expense account a dime…

hillsoftx on October 8, 2012 at 8:14 AM

I’ll be watching the next debate for Barky to beg a similar bail out by Candy Crowley.

Given CNN’s “Hello sailor” reputation when it comes to Democrats in trouble I’m betting Candy will do her best to pander Zero.

viking01 on October 8, 2012 at 8:15 AM

@PeterHambyCNN

“Mr. Obama made clear to advisers that he was not happy about debating Mr. Romney, whom he views with disdain.” http://t.co/fcYN5VeL

Flora Duh on October 8, 2012 at 8:15 AM

No Mas pbHo.

VietVet_Dave on October 8, 2012 at 8:16 AM

“Jim, you may want to move on to another topic…..”

Like what Mr. President? How well you did on the March-madness picks? How to buy shrimp? How well those shovel-ready jobs are working out? How about YOU, Mr. President, MOVE ON TO ANOTHER CAREER.

Rovin on October 8, 2012 at 8:17 AM

@PeterHambyCNN

“Mr. Obama made clear to advisers that he was not happy about debating Mr. Romney, whom he views with disdain.” http://t.co/fcYN5VeL
Flora Duh on October 8, 2012 at 8:15 AM

Ahhh poor baby. Then he went and got his butt kicked besides.

gophergirl on October 8, 2012 at 8:18 AM

Obama got his wounds licked by his base…
And Hollywood.

Pathetic really.

Electrongod on October 8, 2012 at 8:19 AM

heh. the followup fight was “Uno Mas”

ted c on October 8, 2012 at 8:19 AM

Mr. Alligator Mouth with Tadpole Azz, meet The King of the Swamp.

Or, here’s what happens when someone who has no experience doing anything meets someone who has a lifetime of experience doing many things.

There’s just something so intriguing about watching a train wreck over and over again.

Crusader Rabbit on October 8, 2012 at 8:21 AM

the difference betweeen the Duran vs Ray Leonard fight and Obama vs Romney debate is that one was a fight between equally matched fighters and the other was one where a guy came prepared whilst the other sat in his corner and menstruated.

ted c on October 8, 2012 at 8:21 AM

Has anyone explained why the O team agreed to 3 debates? I would have thought they would have wanted fewer.

txmomof6 on October 8, 2012 at 8:05 AM

In Obama’s case, having “a second bite at the apple”, might become his undoing. (crossing fingers)

Rovin on October 8, 2012 at 8:21 AM

Interesting article here:

The Real Debate: The good father versus the abandoned son.

esr1951 on October 8, 2012 at 8:24 AM

@PeterHambyCNN

“Mr. Obama made clear to advisers that he was not happy about debating Mr. Romney, whom he views with disdain.”

This is what I just don’t get; how does a rational adult “disdain” someone like Mitt? I understand that you might disagree with his politics or his methods, but Mitt is not an adulterer or a mob boss. The behavior that deserves disdain in Obama’s mind is curious indeed.

2L8 on October 8, 2012 at 8:26 AM

When Mitt Romney uses the word “balanced” in a sentence, it is usually as part of the phrase “balanced budget”.

When Barack Obama uses the word “balanced” in a sentence, it is usually as part of the phrase “balanced approach”. What that means is that he wants to “balance” spending cuts with tax increases. And when Obama talks of “cutting the deficit by $4 Trillion”, he is talking about over a span of TEN YEARS, so he really only means cutting the annual deficit by about $400 Billion, which will not come ANYWHERE CLOSE to balancing the budget.

And that is why, when Barack Obama hears the phrase “Balanced Budget”, he wants to move on to another topic as quickly as possible.

ITguy on October 8, 2012 at 8:28 AM

“Mr. Obama made clear to advisers that he was not happy about debating Mr. Romney, whom he views with disdain.”

Who does that communist not disdain?

The media, Romney, hell, the country. He disdains anyone who can be a challenge.

Barkey probably disdains Alynsky now because he’s followed his damn playbook and it ain’t working.

BacaDog on October 8, 2012 at 8:33 AM

esr1951 on October 8, 2012 at 8:24 AM

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And yet, the abandoned son glorifies the lack of decency in his dream father, and desires to fulfill his just Marxist cause all the same – justifying the means.

To take the name of this deadbeat father and a man of question values, is very telling of Hopey’s ideals.

FlaMurph on October 8, 2012 at 8:34 AM

This is what I just don’t get; how does a rational adult “disdain” someone like Mitt? I understand that you might disagree with his politics or his methods, but Mitt is not an adulterer or a mob boss. The behavior that deserves disdain in Obama’s mind is curious indeed.

2L8 on October 8, 2012 at 8:26 AM

I believe Obama has disdain for just about everyone, particularly, white men.

bopbottle on October 8, 2012 at 8:34 AM

OBAMA: “Jim, you may want to move on to another topic (because I’m getting my azz kicked on this one).”

AZCoyote on October 8, 2012 at 8:35 AM

Interesting article here:

The Real Debate: The good father versus the abandoned son.

esr1951 on October 8, 2012 at 8:24 AM

The roots of Obama’s disdain:

If you think this is lost on Barack Obama when he stands opposite Romney, then you think the president is stupid, which he is obviously not. But it’s worse for him yet, because he is standing opposite a father who has worked harder, has more experience, and is more knowledgeable and charitable than he and he, on some level at least, must know it.

Fallon on October 8, 2012 at 8:35 AM

Ace’s site crashed. Having the same issues for a few days, now.

Seems the Daily Caller has an expanded piece on the Obama campaign illegal donations scandal.

Claim: Obama campaign illegally solicited foreign donors via social media website

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2012/10/08/claim-obama-campaign-illegally-solicited-foreign-donors-via-social-media-website/#ixzz28i7FDOSt

so-notbuyingit on October 8, 2012 at 8:37 AM

The Left still has no clue that Obama really is a empty suit in a empty chair. I can imagine the rage Obama has as more and more members of the inner circle give him advice on how to turn this around. He must be livid. To be a fly on the wall after he hanges up after Bill Clinton called.

RickinNH on October 8, 2012 at 8:37 AM

I need to read another Maureen Dude article explaining to the world how Bark is the most accomplished, most intelligent politician in history. Preferably with some of his backstory about how he was the inspiration for a host of leaders from Booker T Washington, to Martin Luther King, to Jay-Z.

CorporatePiggy on October 8, 2012 at 8:37 AM

Fallon on October 8, 2012 at 8:35 AM

yep. That says it all. That is the root of his disdain.

esr1951 on October 8, 2012 at 8:38 AM

Chavez won. Venezuela lost.

so-notbuyingit on October 8, 2012 at 8:41 AM

Barky is childish, cheap, lazy and stupid whereas Romney, easily demonstrated, is an energetic, exceptionally successful, generous, bright businessman.

That’s why Barky disdains him. Zero is a Liberal media hoax where Zero knows it. Romney isn’t.

viking01 on October 8, 2012 at 8:43 AM

so-notbuyingit on October 8, 2012 at 8:37 AM

Uh Oh

gophergirl on October 8, 2012 at 8:43 AM

The Left still has no clue that Obama really is a empty suit in a empty chair. I can imagine the rage Obama has as more and more members of the inner circle give him advice on how to turn this around. He must be livid. To be a fly on the wall after he hanges up after Bill Clinton called.

RickinNH on October 8, 2012 at 8:37 AM

I wonder what they will do/think after another debate loss like that.

If it is as bad as this one, what on earth can they say?

Can’t be the altitude.

so-notbuyingit on October 8, 2012 at 8:43 AM

Interesting article here:

The Real Debate: The good father versus the abandoned son.

esr1951 on October 8, 2012 at 8:24 AM

Very good read – thanks for pointing it out.

gophergirl on October 8, 2012 at 8:43 AM

gophergirl on October 8, 2012 at 8:43 AM

no problem! This angle really explains a lot, yet no one else has explained his debate performance in these terms.

esr1951 on October 8, 2012 at 8:51 AM

Meanwhile, there is a pre-debate contest, who’s hotter contest Biden or Ryan. Oh, and “Do The Paul Ryan!” Really.

bloggless on October 8, 2012 at 8:51 AM

There were several things that got him off of his game.Oh and Romney did nothing but lie.

docflash on October 8, 2012 at 8:14 AM

Yep, been seeing the “Romney lied” meme all over the lib blogs. They’re particularly incensed about the “lie” that Obama cut $716 Billion dollars from Medicare.

Hard to believe that even brain-dead libs can accept the Obama camp’s spin on that one. It is a fact that Obamacare cuts $716 Billion from Medicare spending. But the Dims insist that it won’t have any effect on Medicare beneficiaries (seniors) because the cuts are only to Medicare providers (doctors and hospitals that treat Medicare patients)!

Try to get your mind around that argument. It’s like if the government was running a program to provide meals to seniors, and the government was paying the private companies that buy and prepare the food $100 a week (per senior) to provide the meals. The government then cuts the reimbursements to the food companies from $100 a week to $45 a week, but says: “Don’t worry, seniors, you’ll still get all your meals. The cuts we’ve made are only to the food companies’ reimbursements. But those cuts won’t affect the size or quality of your meals at all!”

AZCoyote on October 8, 2012 at 8:52 AM

…I’m as nervous about the second debate as I was for the first…waiting for the moderator to overtly get involved…hoping that the second debate has the same results as the first.

KOOLAID2 on October 8, 2012 at 8:56 AM

Try to get your mind around that argument. It’s like if the government was running a program to provide meals to seniors, and the government was paying the private companies that buy and prepare the food $100 a week (per senior) to provide the meals. The government then cuts the reimbursements to the food companies from $100 a week to $45 a week, but says: “Don’t worry, seniors, you’ll still get all your meals. The cuts we’ve made are only to the food companies’ reimbursements. But those cuts won’t affect the size or quality of your meals at all!”

AZCoyote on October 8, 2012 at 8:52 AM

…yet it is JugEars who keeps talking about math !

KOOLAID2 on October 8, 2012 at 8:59 AM

Carly Fiorina wanted several debates with Babs Boxer before the ’10 elections including one in Fresno and she refused.Boxer is a pathetic POS and beyond stupid and a checken$hit to boot.

jeffinsjvca on October 8, 2012 at 9:07 AM

I think we ALL want to move on to somethingone else.

Maddie on October 8, 2012 at 9:07 AM

Or, here’s what happens when someone who has no experience doing anything meets someone who has a lifetime of experience doing many things.

Crusader Rabbit on October 8, 2012 at 8:21 AM

Romney v. Øbama

Substance v. Style

Maker v. Taker

petefrt on October 8, 2012 at 9:08 AM

Rasmussen today has the race tied at 48, which means Obama also won the Sunday polling sample.

So Romney had two good days because of the debate and then faded when the jobs number became the issue.

Looks like I was right that Obama would be ahead by Tues or Wed.

gumbyandpokey on October 8, 2012 at 9:09 AM

Obama got his wounds licked by his base… And Hollywood. Pathetic really. Electrongod on October 8, 2012 at 8:19 AM

Fitting, since Mitt kicked his ass.

Akzed on October 8, 2012 at 9:11 AM

Oh well. The thread couldn’t remain spam-free forever….

viking01 on October 8, 2012 at 9:12 AM

Slightly OT/

Breitbart is reporting that abc.com has completely omitted Romney’s opening remarks from its debate transcript. When I checked the site the statment was indeed entirely missing.

http://abcnews.go.com/Site/pag… to email your displeasure

susietwo on October 8, 2012 at 9:13 AM

OT I know but it puts into perspective how important Supreme COurt appointments will be,.

Jennifer Waters’s Consumer Confidential Archives | Oct. 7, 2012, 2:00 p.m. EDT · Your right to resell your own stuff is in peril

It could become illegal to resell your iPhone 4, car or family antiques
CHICAGO (MarketWatch) — Tucked into the U.S. Supreme Court’s agenda this fall is a little-known case that could upend your ability to resell everything from your grandmother’s antique furniture to your iPhone 4.

At issue in Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons is the first-sale doctrine in copyright law, which allows you to buy and then sell things like electronics, books, artwork and furniture, as well as CDs and DVDs, without getting permission from the copyright holder of those products.
{snip}
That’s being challenged now for products that are made abroad, and if the Supreme Court upholds an appellate court ruling, it would mean that the copyright holders of anything you own that has been made in China, Japan or Europe, for example, would have to give you permission to sell it.

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/your-right-to-resell-your-own-stuff-is-in-peril-2012-10-04

Deanna on October 8, 2012 at 9:15 AM

gumbyandpokey on October 8, 2012 at 9:09 AM
Sad that you actually believe we care what you say or predict.

pambi on October 8, 2012 at 9:16 AM

Deanna on October 8, 2012 at 9:15 AM

Troubling.

That plus Chavez puts me in a foul mood.

petefrt on October 8, 2012 at 9:30 AM

Does anyone remember Obama’s other pathetic display of desperation during the debate?

He brought up his dead grandma (the one he outed as a racist) and reminded everyone watching the debate that she died a few days before he was elected.

What was the point of that except another Obama pity party.

Must be a bitter pill for the left to swallow.
The only time Obama brings his A-game is when he’s reading off of a script. And even then he’s a total bore.

bailey24 on October 8, 2012 at 9:33 AM

Some clown like Just-Us Benedict Roberts likely would rule that you aren’t really the owner of your own body… just a temporary licensee.

viking01 on October 8, 2012 at 9:39 AM

Corporate Piggy,

Don’t think Barry would be a fan of either Booker T Washington or Martin Luther King, DuBois and Malcome X are more to his liking.

hardrowtohoe on October 8, 2012 at 9:43 AM

OT, but just in case anyone would like this at their fingertips … The law covering foreign donations… Could not be more clear.

http://codes.lp.findlaw.com/uscode/2/14/I/441e

pambi on October 8, 2012 at 9:52 AM

An experienced debater would be focused on his own answer

But, but, but…Romney was mean and he lied! …and he hates puppies.

Wyznowski on October 8, 2012 at 9:57 AM

“gumbyandpokey on October 8, 2012 at 9:09 AM”

Oh, look- it’s gerg/toldyaso, the brain dead troll that gets spanked continuously on Ace, come over to HotAir to spew the same demented nonsense.

GergyandPokey you dolt- your krep is still wrong, no matter where you post it. Yesterday on Ace you were trying to maintain that one day’s worth of data represented a trend, and today you’re talking just as stupidly.

As ever…FAIL.

GrassMudHorsey on October 8, 2012 at 10:00 AM

bloggless on October 8, 2012 at 8:51 AM

Whoa, I got about halfway through that video. Bad, very bad.

Brat on October 8, 2012 at 10:00 AM

2L8 on October 8, 2012 at 8:26 AM

The operative word is “rational”. Not a single Leftist can fit that description.

BetseyRoss on October 8, 2012 at 10:05 AM

Some clown like Just-Us Benedict Roberts likely would rule that you aren’t really the owner of your own body… just a temporary licensee.

viking01 on October 8, 2012 at 9:39 AM

This whole thing comes about because companies allow their overseas manufacturers to sell outside the U.S. for less. Just think of the implications, when do the rights transfer to the buyer, if ever? And considering all the things made overseas this could be a nightmare. I can’t believe some idiot appellate court already ruled this way…okay, maybe I can.

Deanna on October 8, 2012 at 10:09 AM

http://abcnews.go.com/Site/pag… to email your displeasure
susietwo on October 8, 2012 at 9:13 AM

They must be receiving a lot of “displeasure”…

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jffree1 on October 8, 2012 at 10:18 AM

jffree1 on October 8, 2012 at 10:18 AM

Same result here. Poor babies can’t handle the traffic, or won’t handle the criticism.

pambi on October 8, 2012 at 10:36 AM

Out of context, Ed, & I think you know it.

Jim Lehrer did “want to move on to another topic.”

Mr Obama actually prevented him from doing so, for a moment, anyway.

You can (& will) do better, Ed!

itsnotaboutme on October 8, 2012 at 10:36 AM

E-I-P-C
B-B-A-Y

Nutstuyu on October 8, 2012 at 11:06 AM

Has anyone explained why the O team agreed to 3 debates? I would have thought they would have wanted fewer.

txmomof6 on October 8, 2012 at 8:05 AM

Because, true to character, Barky the Narcissistic Dog Eater was overconfident and believed he was immortal, indestructible, and that his shit doesn’t stink.

At this point, I’m sure Barky’s people are wishing there were no more debates.

It’s not that he had a bad night last Wednesday. He did poorly because he’s got nothing.

UltimateBob on October 8, 2012 at 11:12 AM

Out of context, Ed, & I think you know it.

Jim Lehrer did “want to move on to another topic.”

Mr Obama actually prevented him from doing so, for a moment, anyway.

You can (& will) do better, Ed!

itsnotaboutme on October 8, 2012 at 10:36 AM

I actually agree with this. But why give Barky the benefit of the doubt?

UltimateBob on October 8, 2012 at 11:15 AM

Romney v. Øbama

Substance v. Style

Maker v. Taker

petefrt on October 8, 2012 at 9:08 AM

Competence v. Charisma

… and it’s about bloody time.

parke on October 8, 2012 at 11:32 AM

…yet it is JugEars who keeps talking about math !

KOOLAID2 on October 8, 2012 at 8:59 AM

It may just be that that word does not mean quite what he thinks it means.

//

;-)

Solaratov on October 8, 2012 at 11:52 AM

Mr. Wizard, get me out of here!

~ Zero

Freelancer on October 8, 2012 at 11:52 AM

gumbyandpokey on October 8, 2012 at 9:09 AM

Uu-u-u-h, pokebutt…from Drudge…………….

GALLUP: 5-POINT ROMNEY BOUNCE…

POLL: Romney leads among independents 51-35…

‘Enthusiasm’ gap 13-point spread for Republican…

Economist: Obama Misrepresenting My Study on Romney Tax Plan…

Poor lil pokebutt. Watchin’ his master fail so epically must be terrible.
BWAHAHAhahahahahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Solaratov on October 8, 2012 at 11:59 AM

Mr President, your hopeandchange ran out 4 years ago.

An empty promise to gullible liberals who bought the mantra and not the man. The man is, was and will be a statist who wants equal pay for all through redistributing your money to the lazy, envious lemmings who support Obowma.

dthorny on October 8, 2012 at 12:56 PM

This one ought to be the Obamateurism of the year!

RebeccaH on October 8, 2012 at 1:21 PM

Out of context, Ed, & I think you know it.

Jim Lehrer did “want to move on to another topic.”

Mr Obama actually prevented him from doing so, for a moment, anyway.

You can (& will) do better, Ed!

itsnotaboutme on October 8, 2012 at 10:36 AM

I actually agree with this. But why give Barky the benefit of the doubt?

UltimateBob on October 8, 2012 at 11:15 AM

Because Obama went on addressing the subject he allegedly wanted to avoid, but Ed’s clip cut him off.

itsnotaboutme on October 8, 2012 at 4:18 PM

When Barack Obama uses the word “balanced” in a sentence, it is usually as part of the phrase “balanced approach”. What that means is that he wants to “balance” spending cuts with tax increases. And when Obama talks of “cutting the deficit by $4 Trillion”, he is talking about over a span of TEN YEARS, so he really only means cutting the annual deficit by about $400 Billion, which will not come ANYWHERE CLOSE to balancing the budget.

And that is why, when Barack Obama hears the phrase “Balanced Budget”, he wants to move on to another topic as quickly as possible.

ITguy on October 8, 2012 at 8:28 AM

Except, Obama never actually seems to “cut” anything. Not that we’ve had a budget in years, but I am not aware of any Democratic proposals that actually reduced overall spending compared to the year before. They refer to smaller increases in spending as “cuts”.

It’s pretty hard to balance the budget when one of the major teams will not actually decrease any spending and the Senate won’t even bring a budget up for a vote.

talkingpoints on October 8, 2012 at 5:39 PM