Obamateurism of the Day

posted at 8:01 am on October 17, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

The Barack Obama media avoidance strategy continues apace in the OOTD feature, once again with a bit of a twist. On Monday night, Hillary Clinton announced that she took “full responsibility” for the security failures that led to the attack on Benghazi — while Obama still hasn’t addressed it since his UN speech in which he blamed a YouTube video. But he’s got a hard-hitting interview coming up this week, with another opportunity to opine on the really important topics of the day. Is it with ABC News’ Jake Tapper, CBS’ Mark Knoller, or perhaps even the Washington Post? Not exactly– and even Politico has begun calling out the Leader of the Free World:

Cue the outrage from the Fourth Estate: President Barack Obama, who hasn’t done a full White House press conference since March, is taking questions from the celebrity magazine Us Weekly.

“Ever wanted to ask the President of the United States a question?” writes the magazine. “Here’s the chance, because President Barack Obama wants to hear from Us! As Obama, 51, campaigns for reelection in a race with Republican nominee Mitt Romney, the commander in chief will answer questions from Us Weekly’s readers — about his platform, his opponent, life at home in the White House with Michelle, Sasha, Malia and Bo, touring America on the campaign trail, his favorite celebs (Beyoncé and Jay-Z, perhaps?) and more!”

Shouldn’t they be outraged — or at least asking why Obama won’t meet with the press about the death of a US Ambassador and a misleading cover story from the White House that blew up in Obama’s face?

And it just got worse yesterday.  Reporters at the debate gave Obama an opportunity to talk about Hillary’s statement and follow it up with his own.  However, after showing a willingness to exchange pleasantries with the press, Obama walked away when the question got a little tough:

Mr. President, we know leadership when we see it … and Leadership Rn’t Us.

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proper vernacular is “Leadership Ain’t Be Us”

/per my dictionary

ted c on October 17, 2012 at 8:03 AM

He really wants to be King, but had to settle for President.

NeighborhoodCatLady on October 17, 2012 at 8:04 AM

when you look up the word leadership in the dictionary, you won’t see dear leader’s mug next to it…

pathetic

cmsinaz on October 17, 2012 at 8:05 AM

Look, this is symptomatic of a failure of courage. Failing to engage an increasingly skeptical press as foreign policy failures mount atop economic misery might be illuminated in a regular press interview. Not so with a dime store rag like Us, People etc. He’s decided to shirk the press and his responsibility to share what is going on in the Executive Branch and trade it for a fleeting tongue bath by some bimbo who wants to know about the all important boxers or briefs question.

He’s a yellow, lily-livered coward. Don’t give me any more of the Osama Bin Laden is dead crap, champ. Unless you kitted up and got on the bird out of JBad, you’re just another pantload observer.

ted c on October 17, 2012 at 8:07 AM

I don’t think the Fourth Estate is quite ready to face reality yet. They are vey much like a batered spouse, still in love with their battering spouse, just not sure why.

TIdbIT on October 17, 2012 at 8:09 AM

ted c on October 17, 2012 at 8:07 AM

Yep. What ted said.

coldwarrior on October 17, 2012 at 8:10 AM

Tee Time Trumps all.

TimBuk3 on October 17, 2012 at 8:12 AM

(Former Massachusetts governor Romney, 65, declined this opportunity when approached by Us Weekly.)

Good!

Brat on October 17, 2012 at 8:13 AM

Video? What video?

Atrocious, terrorist, words just words…

Obama spoke stupidly.

maverick muse on October 17, 2012 at 8:14 AM

The media has been traitorous the last 5 years……trying to prove it’s NOT racist and that IT is the gatekeeper of all power in DC.

And there are PLENTY of republican whores that will dance on the medias pole for a little attention.

#ugh
#mccain
#peterking
#lugar
#lindsaygraham

To name a few.

PappyD61 on October 17, 2012 at 8:16 AM

On China and Finance

I am not the only one who remembers Obama’s brother in Red China’s finance ministry.

maverick muse on October 17, 2012 at 8:17 AM

I don’t think the Fourth Estate is quite ready to face reality yet. They are vey much like a batered spouse, still in love with their battering spouse, just not sure why.

TIdbIT on October 17, 2012 at 8:09 AM

I hope you all have your Race Cards polished ’cause we’re going be maxing them out on November 7th when they realize what Obama has done to their party.

txhsmom on October 17, 2012 at 8:19 AM

I’m sure the RNC spent the night splicing and dicing what Obama really said about Benghazi into his answer last night.

Revisionist history is hard, champ. It’s harder with youtube.

aw.

ted c on October 17, 2012 at 8:20 AM

Can’t wait to see the OOTD regarding his debate statement that low gas prices 4 yrs ago were caused by the bad economy.

itsnotaboutme on October 17, 2012 at 8:22 AM

President Kardashian is the only celebrity who could force the Real Houseviwes of New Jersey off the cover of US Magazine.

Such a coward. He might be ashamed of himself, if he hadn’t been raised by wolves.

Naturally Curly on October 17, 2012 at 8:25 AM

Obama’s gas economy narrative was especially maddening to listen to. That ignorant f*@(er doesn’t know the first thing about the economy, energy, physics, or markets.

I really hope everybody that supported him suffers immeasurably under his stupid policies.

tom daschle concerned on October 17, 2012 at 8:26 AM

Obama wanted to fundamentally transform America.

I would like to fundamentally transform the Fourth Estate.

22044 on October 17, 2012 at 8:28 AM

He really wants to be King, but had to settle for President.

NeighborhoodCatLady on October 17, 2012 at 8:04 AM

I think his actual sights are set on being All Powerful All Knowing All Seeing Eternal Master Supreme Of Time,Space, and Dimension.

Not that this would help his golf game any, of course.

pilamaye on October 17, 2012 at 8:29 AM

Can’t wait to see the OOTD regarding his debate statement that low gas prices 4 yrs ago were caused by the bad economy.

itsnotaboutme on October 17, 2012 at 8:22 AM

If 4% unemployment and gas prices at $1.87 are a bad economy, then give me a bad economy!

txhsmom on October 17, 2012 at 8:29 AM

Candy Lied.

Candy paid airtime tithe to her revisionist messiah.

Therein Candy skimps (9% instead of 10%), but certainly not in her consumption.

So much for questions FROM TOWNHALL CITIZENRY.

Someone do the review. How many prepared questions were permitted from the “regular people” in attendance vs. how many questions did Candy herself pose?

Ego Obesity to an Obama fault.

Not once did Romney interrupt Obama. Not once did Obama NOT interrupt Romney. And Candy made herself another debate panel member, interrupting at will, answering her own questions, promoting fictitious fabrications as if “record”. Repeat a lie enough, and it becomes the record…UNLESS THE PUBLIC REJECTS IT!

And Obama beginning with the lame Biden liar line, “Everything he just said is a lie” made all that Obama said subsequently ad nauseam regurgitation of regurgitation.

When the rhetoric itself lacks all credibility, damn it.

Whether it’s language or math, Obama NEVER does his homework, and Romney always does his homework.

maverick muse on October 17, 2012 at 8:30 AM

Yeah, what ted c said.

Night Owl on October 17, 2012 at 8:33 AM

Can’t wait to see the OOTD regarding his debate statement that low gas prices 4 yrs ago were caused by the bad economy.

itsnotaboutme on October 17, 2012 at 8:22 AM

The only logical conclusion to Obama’s statement and his economy would then be gas should now be a .25 cents…

hillsoftx on October 17, 2012 at 8:35 AM

President Barack Obama, who hasn’t done a full White House press conference since March

Another promise broken.

Mr. Obama has indicated he will hold a news conference once a month

- Published in the New York Times on November 7, 2008

ITguy on October 17, 2012 at 8:36 AM

Obama needs women, youth, and low. information. voters.

marybel on October 17, 2012 at 8:40 AM

Sorry, I can’t muster much sympathy for the media this morning. After watching the debate last night where the partisan whore moderator was all but wearing a “I heart Obama” button.

Happy Nomad on October 17, 2012 at 8:41 AM

Obama needs women, youth, and low. information. voters.

marybel on October 17, 2012 at 8:40 AM

Oh marybel! The rat-eared wonder needs far more than that!!!!

Happy Nomad on October 17, 2012 at 8:42 AM

Another day, another cowardly act from the president.

scalleywag on October 17, 2012 at 8:54 AM

He avoided the question last night, too:

Who was it that denied enhanced security and why?

And, Candy didn’t hold him to actually answering the question, either.

Fallon on October 17, 2012 at 8:54 AM

If you were Barky would you want to have to answer any real questions? He looks uncomfortable enough in the debates, if you put him in front of Chris Wallace for an interview he’d storm off the set in under 2 minutes.

How do you defend the indefensible? The girly man eats dogs for goodness sake.

CorporatePiggy on October 17, 2012 at 8:57 AM

Too much Candy, Crowley.

justltl on October 17, 2012 at 9:06 AM

When the questions get tough, the tough go golfing……….;-D

angrymike on October 17, 2012 at 9:32 AM

When the questions get tough, the tough go golfing……….;-D

angrymike on October 17, 2012 at 9:32 AM

Or…when the going gets tough, Obama gets going…away from the media.

swinia sutki on October 17, 2012 at 9:35 AM

Obama’s Congress has raised taxes on the lower income Middle Americans.

Those earning less than $50K/year had their taxes INCREASED this Obama administration.

There is no virtue claiming to bring back Clinton Era Tax Levels!

Those highly skilled labor and artisans in right to work states during Clinton years earned so little that they qualified for food stamps but had to take out $8K to pay Clinton administration higher taxes on the lower income Middle America. And that doesn’t even include the damned manufacturing lay-offs during Clinton’s bad economic administration.

Reagan’s eventual positive impact on the economy didn’t last through Clinton’s administrations, though it benefited his initial numbers.

But the massive depression after 1980 during Reagan’s administration is completely ignored by his fan base. It lasted YEARS while machine shops closed throughout the nation and lay-offs were painful since relocation wouldn’t help the unemployed, not an option.

Romney’s economic plan does not take into consideration Romney’s foreign policy plan to augment the costs of wars v. Syria (terrible mistake according to NATO Deputy Secretary-General Vershbow, August in Washington, reported in The Air Force Magazine Oct 2012 issue “Syria is not Libya”), and v. Iran /Russia, China, N.Korea, etc. According to Vershbow and anyone else whose bothered with the facts, the US taxpayer finances the “lion’s share of the load” for NATO.

IT’S THE ECONOMY, STUPID. Don’t start another war, Romney. What an insult and offense to our Military to be ordered about as the pawns of global corporate profiteers. More Americans should view the movie, “Restrepo” documentary. http://movies.nationalgeographic.com/movies/restrepo/

maverick muse on October 17, 2012 at 9:40 AM

The EU just awarded itself the Nobel Peace Prize. The Euro is dead, kept on life support via US taxpayers no thanks to the Federal Reserve. And our NATO allies failed to contribute their share in financing, military craft and in arsenal of missiles in THEIR Libyan war to pirate the oil, gold and wealth from the modern and educated Libyan people, their Central Bank and their Republic nation. Their universities, schools, hospitals, housing, highways, transportation all destroyed in the name of advancing democratic terrorism, through Obama’s al Qaeda US/Nato alliance.

Romney’s platform is to rebuild our Military. We’ll see if Mitt makes any positive impact given the 60 year monopoly that the war industry has over Washington, District of Corruption. The Brass are in it for themselves, bloody lucre. There is no efficiency. Our Military contracts are never completed, every contract halted before completion with another contract replaced by the next, etc., each contract padding the pockets of insiders at the entire cost that sabotages our Military strength, our national defense. Our Military is provided 25% of what was initially the plan before beginning conquests in the Middle East at a price inflated 400%. Parts for repairs are not contracted. Yet the bulk of our aircraft and ships life expectancy expired a decade or more ago. And the illegal Obama War that destroyed Libya just wore out what we had, requiring renewal of arsenal. Romney is promising to provide the Military everything they need, not to protect the US Constitution and the US citizens (though that may be his intent), but to nation build for the profits of global corporate monopolies (status quo), all expenses paid by US taxpayers. Even the sky is not the limit. Go figure how Mitt can economically have his cake and eat it too, attempting to “balance the budget, and lower Middle America taxation”. The costs of wars exhaust TRILLIONS of tax dollars, not to mention the tens of thousands of American lives, and the millions of indigenous lives, particularly promoting the genocide of those very same people that neoconservatives presume compassion — propagandizing their lie to provide protection and opportunity promoting Natural Rights, human rights. Hell, we’re losing those rights at home in America because/while we are advancing their loss over there. American citizens are not profiting by the wars that never end and that cost national debt and the lives of our American Military personnel. The Middle Eastern Muslim population governments that the US/Nato are destroying are the very functional “modern” nations (more liberty for women and maintaining the peace between population rivalries) that have over the past century evolved away from malevolent monarchies. The US/Nato are militarily protecting and augmenting the abuses of power and influence of those malevolent monarchies. See Bahrain and Saudi Arabia for what they are. NOT “friends” of Americans or protectors of the Natural Rights of humanity.

And regardless of whatever revisionist label, the entire business of nation building is a disaster, always was a disaster. Obama’s promotion and participation in the Arab Spring was illegal warfare that has brought calamity to all concerned EXCEPT for those industries profiting at US taxpayer expense, and those individuals bribed including Karzai.

Abusing the US Military to clear the path for globalist corporate monopolies is heinous and treasonous.

The Federal Reserve debasing the value of the US Dollar is heinous and treasonous.

Revisionism has become a propagandized crime against humanity.

I want to vote FOR Constitutional Governance, not for revisionism. And given Obama, America has seen what comes from voting for a revisionist messiah.

Sadly, eventually Romney will only augment the abuses and the rationalization that the abuses mount for our own good. Hope is not a plan. And a plan that fails to account for the agenda is just another fraud. But then, we’re not voting for a messiah.

Intentionally or not, lip service to the Constitution covers sabotage of the Constitutional Republic, and favors the grotesque authoritarian DHS Patriot Act augmented Statism. Aside from taxes, this is achieved at the cost of Natural Rights (Life, Liberty, Pursuit of Happiness), aka Civil Rights, Bill of Rights. Recall how Hitler and Mussolini created “jobs, jobs, jobs” and provided accurate transportation scheduling. Revisit and compare our contemporary US presence in the Middle East with the expansionism of the 1930s. Kinder. Gentler. Compassionate. Genocidal. Suicidal.

Vanity, vanity, all is vanity. Given corruption, the more things change, the more they stay the same.

Eurasia has always been at war with Oceania.

maverick muse on October 17, 2012 at 9:46 AM

Typical Obama. When the going gets rough, Barry does a celeb interview.

GarandFan on October 17, 2012 at 10:20 AM

The media should be forgiven. It is hard for a bunch of star struck concubines and panderers to give the master anything but lifelong support let alone a bad time, whatever he may do.

It should be easy for his opponent to nail a lazy leader with a very bad record but Mitt is apparently too busy talking to PTA socials and rallies in towns with a population of 10,000.

The two of them let a leader who just supervised, if not instigated, the most poorly executed bucket brigade of lying and whitewash in human history slip away from requital. Worse yet, the rash and false statement of the moderator, ironically named “Candy”, resulted in the strangest pardon since Barnardine in Measure for Measure.

But the evening was very Chicago: misleading ruffians ruled.

IlikedAUH2O on October 17, 2012 at 10:36 AM

Not much here after the President owned it during the debate.

Far more significant is last night’s lie and its implicit admission, as I posted in the debate thread moments ago:

“No acts of terror will ever shake the resolve of this great nation, alter that character, or eclipse the light of the values that we stand for. Today we mourn four more Americans who represent the very best of the United States of America.”

Given what he said for 2 weeks following that statement and what others in the administration said — that they didn’t know the cause and were investigating — the President’s claim at last night’s debate that he labeled in his Rose Garden speech what happened in Bengazi to be an act of terror is an outright lie.

Though significant, that solitary untruth pales in significance compared to what it embodies. Specifically, by resolutely stating without qualification that on September 12th he had labeled it a terrorist attack, he implicitly admits that he knew it was a terrorist attack on that very day. Occurring merely a month ago, the time he learned it was a terrorist attack must be etched firmly in his mind. So make no mistake, as we have all expected all along, he has admitted that he personally knew it was a terrorist attack at least from day two.

PS, anyone remember Biden’s statement from the Veep debate about what they knew initially? Hint: it’s different from what the President said.

EconomicNeocon on October 17, 2012 at 10:42 AM

E-I-P-C
F-I-A-L

Nutstuyu on October 17, 2012 at 10:45 AM

Canadian papers saying “Obama bounces back” after debate.

Nutstuyu on October 17, 2012 at 10:45 AM

When the questions get tough, the tough go golfing……….;-D

angrymike on October 17, 2012 at 9:32 AM

Or…when the going gets tough, Obama gets going…away from the media.

swinia sutki on October 17, 2012 at 9:35 AM

When the going gets tough, Obama … Hey! Where did he go?!

tom on October 17, 2012 at 10:46 AM

Can’t wait to see the OOTD regarding his debate statement that low gas prices 4 yrs ago were caused by the bad economy.

I was yelling at the TV trying to help Mitt last night. He could have said “If the economy was the reason for low gas prices 4 years ago, why isn’t gas still as low now? Unemployment hasn’t changed, 23 million people are still out of work…(rest of Mitt’s statistics)”

Mayday on October 17, 2012 at 10:48 AM

No more drinking games based on every time 0 lies. My aching head.

Bmore on October 17, 2012 at 10:49 AM

Canadian papers saying “Obama bounces back” after debate.

Nutstuyu on October 17, 2012 at 10:45 AM

Yet another reason why we should have invaded Canada before we invaded Iraq.

CorporatePiggy on October 17, 2012 at 10:53 AM

Wouldn’t it be great if whoever the reporter is for Us is actually a closet Rush Limbaugh, Mark Levin, Victor Davis Hanson, etc fan?

Turns up for the interview with serious, specific questions about serious policy questions – energy, debt, deficit, security, defense.

Guy/gal could really make a name for him/herself!

Marine WX on October 17, 2012 at 10:54 AM

he implicitly admits that he knew it was a terrorist attack on that very day.

How soon until we see the ads up showing last night’s statement and video clips of he, Hillary, Biden lies since 9/12?

Of course Romney will be demonized for politicizing the tragedy. With a treasonous media, the ONLY way the American people will know the facts is if someone tells them. Maybe they should say that in the ad, “this ad approved by Mitt Romney because the media refuses to tell you the truth”

Mayday on October 17, 2012 at 10:55 AM

maverick muse on October 17, 2012 at 9:46 AM

The folks running the show around here do it based on comfort and convenience.

They also look to finance but they don’t let scary figures off in the future interfere with the expediency of rule one above.

And as to our local police state, how do we kill all the terrorists? Or just leave the world to them?

We learned to stop worrying and love the bomb and now must replace the horror of running centrifuges with the running of a debt clock.

As for simple solutions, there is a list of OOTDs that have not worked, even though he was armed with the love of most of the world and near absolute military power.

IlikedAUH2O on October 17, 2012 at 11:53 AM

Hello?……Hey!!

Hello…..?

Tim_CA on October 17, 2012 at 11:54 AM

Can’t wait to see the OOTD regarding his debate statement that low gas prices 4 yrs ago were caused by the bad economy.

itsnotaboutme on October 17, 2012 at 8:22 AM

…one of JugEars many dumb comments…and nobody has followed up on that!

KOOLAID2 on October 17, 2012 at 12:04 PM

“this ad approved by Mitt Romney because the media refuses to tell you the truth”

Exactly! Only use it at the start: “I’m Mitt Romney, and I approved this message because you deserve the truth that the media refuses to share with you.”

EconomicNeocon on October 17, 2012 at 12:05 PM

He looked tiny all throughout the debate.

Schadenfreude on October 17, 2012 at 12:11 PM

if he hadn’t been raised by wolves.

Naturally Curly on October 17, 2012 at 8:25 AM

Please. Wolves are rather noble animals – all things considered.

More likely, lil barry could have been raised by hyenas – the garbage pickers of Africa. Truly vicious animals who live to destroy and scavenge – and are, at best, cowardly animals. Were it not for them cleaning up dead animals and garbage, they’d be wiped out as pests. As it is they have to be culled regularly to be kept in check because they breed prolifically and cause undue problems for animals and humans.

Solaratov on October 17, 2012 at 12:44 PM

On Monday night, Hillary Clinton announced that she took “full responsibility” for the security failures that led to the attack on Benghazi

Isn’t by the definition of “full responsibility” that the next words out of Hillary Clinton’s mouth should be… “and that is why I am resigning immediately”? Taking responsibility means there should be consequences. Lives were lost. In business resignations happen over money lost, for goodness sake.

CanCon on October 17, 2012 at 1:57 PM