Obamateurism of the Day

posted at 8:01 am on October 25, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Within hours of having been exposed for the third straight debate as lacking an agenda for a second term, and with his campaign strategy of delegitimizing Mitt Romney in shambles, Barack Obama finally got around to putting out an agenda for the next four years on Tuesday morning. That didn’t keep Obama from using silly personal attacks on the campaign trail to belittle Romney. Obama had begun calling Romney’s purported shifts in policy stances “Romnesia” last week, but on Tuesday decided to equate it to cancer and end-stage renal failure (ESRD) by using the term “Stage Three” along with it (via Daniel Halper):

Obama: Now, we’ve come up with a name for this condition. It’s called Romnesia. (Applause.)

Audience: Romnesia! Romnesia! Romnesia!

Obama: We had a severe outbreak last night. (Applause.) It was at least stage three Romnesia. (Laughter and applause.) And I just want to go over with you some of the symptoms, Delray, because I want to make sure nobody in the surrounding area catches it. (Laughter.) If you say that you love American cars during a debate, but you wrote an article titled, “Let Detroit Go Bankrupt,” you might have Romnesia. (Applause.)

Sounds like Obama has a bit of an honesty problem on the Detroit accusation, as even his friend David Letterman discovered when he did what Obama didn’t … which was to check the record.  Beyond that, though, this kind of playground-level ridicule of someone’s name hardly befits an incumbent President.  As I wrote on Saturday, it reeked of desperation when George H. W. Bush did it in 1992, even without using medical terminology best known to apply to cancer and kidney failure.

Call this an acute case of ESRD — End Stage Re-election Desperation.

Got an Obamateurism of the Day? If you see a foul-up by Barack Obama, e-mail it to me at obamaisms@edmorrissey.com with the quote and the link to the Obamateurism. I’ll post the best Obamateurisms on a daily basis, depending on how many I receive. Include a link to your blog, and I’ll give some link love as well. And unlike Slate, I promise to end the feature when Barack Obama leaves office.

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Nutstuyu on October 25, 2012 at 8:03 AM

Call this an acute case of ESRD — End Stage Re-election Desperation.

Obamination Constipation.

Happy Nomad on October 25, 2012 at 8:03 AM

Better Romnesia than Obamitis. The latter is terminal.

Steve Eggleston on October 25, 2012 at 8:04 AM

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

Nutstuyu on October 25, 2012 at 8:04 AM

Did you see the front page of the Des Moines Paper today?

Romney friendly

gophergirl on October 25, 2012 at 8:04 AM

petulant man child

GET OUT THE VOTE folks, can’t have another 4 years of this crapola

cmsinaz on October 25, 2012 at 8:05 AM

Why should anyone be surprised. He’s got nothing else to talk about.

awc on October 25, 2012 at 8:05 AM

Romney’s ad with 2008 clips of Obama “When you got nothing, you call people names” and then playing this embarrassment, is genius.

Marcus on October 25, 2012 at 8:05 AM

My newest t-shirt:

I’d Rather Have Romnesia
Than Obamarrhea

Nutstuyu on October 25, 2012 at 8:06 AM

We need to get NEA or the UAW to represent our overseas representatives and staff.

The embassy men in Libya wish they had bankruptcy as an option when they asked for a bailout.

IlikedAUH2O on October 25, 2012 at 8:06 AM

gophergirl on October 25, 2012 at 8:04 AM

excellent

cmsinaz on October 25, 2012 at 8:07 AM

Just a few more days until the country sends the “big message” to BHO…

Khun Joe on October 25, 2012 at 8:07 AM

lol-this is a significant poll(TIME)
-morning joe

cmsinaz on October 25, 2012 at 8:08 AM

How can anyone take this man seriously?

esr1951 on October 25, 2012 at 8:08 AM

How can anyone take this man seriously?

esr1951 on October 25, 2012 at 8:08 AM

They must like to be called Shirley.

Steve Eggleston on October 25, 2012 at 8:11 AM

I think OBAMA has a case of BENGHAZI-NESIA!!!

And the symptoms are:

Easily tired.

Dismissive.

Failure to protect.

Denial and covering up.

And by the way it’s not fatal to the immediate sufferer….it’s fatal to those that serve him in hostile gun-running operations.

PappyD61 on October 25, 2012 at 8:12 AM

It’s amazing how his preacher accent comes and goes.

Uh oh….is that racist of me to notice that?

St Gaudens on October 25, 2012 at 8:15 AM

It is silly name calling, but it could be turned on Obama quite easily. What do you call it when when the 2008 candidate makes many, many promises which he failed to honor, or which he reversed himself on completely?

Obamnesia.

Dextrous on October 25, 2012 at 8:16 AM

Mark Levin said the entire country has a bad case of Obamaroids. Snort!

Naturally Curly on October 25, 2012 at 8:18 AM

If Mitt wasn’t so Mormon he could cut a deal with the auto companies, the UAW and related players to steal Ohio and have a shot at winning this election.

Of course, the union and US car hating wingnuts would rather lose.

This administration will kill our auto industry with their future plans.

So for this election, I even know the right button. And so does he.

Mitt? Mitt?

IlikedAUH2O on October 25, 2012 at 8:18 AM

St Gaudens on October 25, 2012 at 8:15 AM

Careful, yes, there are some who would consider that racist. Not me though.

O/T: I love your moniker. Are you referring to Augustus Saint Gaudens? His statue of Clover Adams is hauntingly beautiful.

esr1951 on October 25, 2012 at 8:19 AM

And that’s what you call Class

Sgt_H on October 25, 2012 at 8:20 AM

big deal. Sarah Palin is a racist and Mourdock loves rape.

Slade73 on October 25, 2012 at 8:21 AM

Ot : Detroit news endorses Mitt

cmsinaz on October 25, 2012 at 8:21 AM

Romnesia – Trying to forget four years of Obama.

Fallon on October 25, 2012 at 8:22 AM

Obamaroids!

remember the prep H guy from Conan?

Slade73 on October 25, 2012 at 8:22 AM

Obamaroids.

Naturally Curly on October 25, 2012 at 8:18 AM

Maybe Mucinex will cure it.I keep hearing alot about that product lately.

docflash on October 25, 2012 at 8:23 AM

The Letterman part was interesting. I took that as a bit of desperation on David’s part to show Romney how fair he’d be if Romney would only…please…pretty please, come on his show and set himself up as a comedy patsy. I’m sure they’ve got a binder full of stupid Seamus tricks they’ve been waiting months to use.

CitizenEgg on October 25, 2012 at 8:23 AM

Give the hump dog media ANYTHING to distract the people away from Benghazi.

FlaMurph on October 25, 2012 at 8:25 AM

Romney got the Detroit News endorsement

News

gophergirl on October 25, 2012 at 8:26 AM

Barry’s presidency is on a respirator with a sign of “DNR” hanging over the bed.

bayview on October 25, 2012 at 8:26 AM

Call this an acute case of ESRD — End Stage Re-election Desperation.

Enabling Stupid’s Re-election Destruction.

Yoop on October 25, 2012 at 8:28 AM

I’d Rather Have Romnesia
Than Obamarrhea

Nutstuyu on October 25, 2012 at 8:06 AM

Thread winner!

AH_C on October 25, 2012 at 8:29 AM

If Romney were even slightly worried at this point…

… we’d be hearing some push-back on using cancer references to mock someone who’s been through a cancer scare. We’d be hearing about Ann Romney’s breast cancer. Total tone deafness from the Obama campaign.

ClintACK on October 25, 2012 at 8:30 AM

Did he laugh at his own jokes like he did at the Al Smith dinner? He’s nothin’ but a street corner hustler.

Kissmygrits on October 25, 2012 at 8:32 AM

Romney got the Detroit News endorsement

News

gophergirl on October 25, 2012 at 8:26 AM

Yeah but the Detroit Free Press is going to endorse the rat-eared wonder.

Happy Nomad on October 25, 2012 at 8:33 AM

My Obamateurism of the Day- Colin Powell endorses bo for 2nd term.

tim c on October 25, 2012 at 8:34 AM

He’s nothin’ but a street corner hustler.

Kissmygrits on October 25, 2012 at 8:32 AM

That statement is an insult to street corner hustlers everywhere!

Happy Nomad on October 25, 2012 at 8:35 AM

If Mitt wasn’t so Mormon he could cut a deal with the auto companies, the UAW and related players to steal Ohio and have a shot at winning this election.

Of course, the union and US car hating wingnuts would rather lose.

This administration will kill our auto industry with their future plans.

So for this election, I even know the right button. And so does he.

Mitt? Mitt?

IlikedAUH2O on October 25, 2012 at 8:18 AM

Oh yes because that would really shore up Ohio when only one third of the auto industry jobs in the state are because of Government Motors while most of the jobs are because of Honda which is in my hometown.

MobileVideoEngineer on October 25, 2012 at 8:39 AM

gophergirl on October 25, 2012 at 8:26 AM

That is a good piece !
The Freeper won’t be so clear, when they go for Preezy.

pambi on October 25, 2012 at 8:39 AM

Romney’s ad with 2008 clips of Obama “When you got nothing, you call people names” and then playing this embarrassment, is genius.

Marcus on October 25, 2012 at 8:05 AM

…my favorite ad!

Obamaroids.

Naturally Curly on October 25, 2012 at 8:18 AM

…listening to Mark Levin should be a requirement!…it took me months to get used to him yelling at drones though!

KOOLAID2 on October 25, 2012 at 8:41 AM

…listening to Mark Levin should be a requirement!…it took me months to get used to him yelling at drones though!

KOOLAID2 on October 25, 2012 at 8:41 AM

He does not suffer fools, that’s for sure.

Naturally Curly on October 25, 2012 at 8:46 AM

MobileVideoEngineer on October 25, 2012 at 8:39 AM

OK. Get Mitt to adopt what I think you were talking about and then watch the election results.

Having him park the SUV and drive a Civic on his TV ads.

That is a sure winner for a Republican.

IlikedAUH2O on October 25, 2012 at 8:46 AM

Just watching a clip of jug-ears with Leno last night. He makes me sick.

Naturally Curly on October 25, 2012 at 8:47 AM

How did this putz ever get on the ballot…let alone get elected?

The last 100 days of the Obamanation will not be pretty.

Some people just cannot get past their racism and recognize that there is no character there at all.

coldwarrior on October 25, 2012 at 8:53 AM

Did you see the front page of the Des Moines Paper today?

Romney friendly

gophergirl on October 25, 2012 at 8:04 AM

What happened. The paper I used to deliver, that turned into a leftist rag, just to run a front page that looks like that??!!

That couldn’t have been intended, such an out and out contrast.

MNHawk on October 25, 2012 at 8:56 AM

Did you see the front page of the Des Moines Paper today?

Romney friendly

gophergirl on October 25, 2012 at 8:04 AM

Something strange occured with that paper over the last couple days. I’m not much into conspiracy theories but this is what I think is strange.

The hoopla about him giving an interview with them and then demanding it be off the record. Why would you even give a full interview and then say that it was off the record? huh? And then him turning around and saying, oh no big deal, print it. And there is nothing in the article that he wouldn’t want out there. As a matter of fact, it’s such a puff piece is as far as the questions asked and the answers, they read like a script he had to read from. Something very fishy in my mind. They either made a big deal out of not allowing it to be be printed to interest people in reading it or it was so bad they demanded a redo and just sent the DMR “the interview”. (wink, wink)

When I saw the cover, it made me suspicious again. It couldn’t be much more unflattering to obama. WTH?

Payback from the DMR?

hawkdriver on October 25, 2012 at 8:57 AM

It is silly name calling, but it could be turned on Obama quite easily. What do you call it when when the 2008 candidate makes many, many promises which he failed to honor, or which he reversed himself on completely?

Obamnesia.

Dextrous on October 25, 2012 at 8:16 AM

It is silly name calling, but it could be turned on Obama quite easily. What do you call it when when the Commander in Chief totally forgets that he has a consulate being attacked and then heads off to Las Vegas to raise campaign money?

Obamnesia.

Are there more?

hawkdriver on October 25, 2012 at 9:01 AM

Symptoms of Obamanesia

If you are against gay marriage before you are for it.

If you are against raising the debt ceiling before you are for it.

If you say raising the debt is unpatriotic before adding the most debt in US history in the shortest amount of time.

If you are for medical marijuana use before you are against it.

If you are for closing GITMO before you against it.

If you are for taking public funding before you are against it.

If you are for reducing the deficit before you are against it.

If you for raising taxes in a recession before you are against it before you are for it.

If you are against executive orders before you are for them.

If you are against air-raiding villages and bombing children before you are for them.

If you are against the individual mandate before you are for it.

If you are against military trials before you are for them.

If you are against rendition before you for them.

If you were against genocide in Sudan before you appeased the Sudan regime.

If you were for Mubarak in Egypt before you were against him.

If you were for $2 Billion in funding for NASA before you were against it.

If you were against a sitting president to use military force without Congress authorization before you are for it.

If you are against Super Pacs before you are for them.

If you were for banning assault weapons before you are against them before you be for banning them if re-elected.

If you were for sequestration before you were against it.

If you were for calling something a terrorist attack before you were against calling something a terrorist attack.

If you were against making elections about somethings before you were for it.

HumpBot Salvation on October 25, 2012 at 9:01 AM

Poor Obama

He appears to be suffering from Electile Dysfunction.

HumpBot Salvation on October 25, 2012 at 9:02 AM

“Poor Barry… he was born with a silver foot in his mouth.”

Akzed on October 25, 2012 at 9:07 AM

When he made that reference to Stage 3, the first thing I thought of what that my wife of 32 years passed away from cancer 14 months ago.

Unlike Romney’s son, who made the comment after the debate and later apologized for it, I can honestly say that for making this comment Obama made regarding Stage 3, if I had the chance, not only would I like to punch him in the face, I would do it with enough force to knock every tooth out of his worthless mouth.

And if Lawrence O’Donnell wants to come after me for saying that, fine. I will beat the crap out of him as well.

I swear, Obama is such a pompous ass, if defines logic!

pilamaye on October 25, 2012 at 9:13 AM

BO demonstrates once again that he is not presidential material:

FIRST LOOKRolling Stone cover, “Obama and the Road Ahead: The Rolling Stone Interview,” by Douglas Brinkley: “We arrived at the Oval Office for our 45-minute interview … on the morning of October 11th. … As we left the Oval Office, executive editor Eric Bates told Obama that he had asked his six-year-old if there was anything she wanted him to say to the president. … [S]he said, ‘Tell him: You can do it.’ Obama grinned. … ‘You know, kids have good instincts,’ Obama offered. ‘They look at the other guy and say, “Well, that’s a bullshitter, I can tell.”’”

Cody1991 on October 25, 2012 at 9:21 AM

HumpBot Salvation on October 25, 2012 at 9:01 AM

HumpBot Salvation on October 25, 2012 at 9:02 AM

You’re on a roll today! Good ones.

KS Rex on October 25, 2012 at 9:32 AM

pilamaye on October 25, 2012 at 9:13 AM

You have the prayers and support of many other people.

Those of us who have lost girlfriends or wives send special condolences and respect.

IlikedAUH2O on October 25, 2012 at 9:33 AM

Cody1991 on October 25, 2012 at 9:21 AM

Yep… Stay classy, Obummer, stay classy.

KS Rex on October 25, 2012 at 9:34 AM

Obama just embraced his IQ.

fistbump on October 25, 2012 at 9:41 AM

“Poor Barry… he was born with a silver foot in his mouth.”

Akzed on October 25, 2012 at 9:07 AM

LOL
“good old” Ann Richards !!
LOL

pambi on October 25, 2012 at 9:47 AM

Sounds like Obama has a bit of an honesty problem

Yeah, a bit.

The Rogue Tomato on October 25, 2012 at 11:06 AM

Obama comes out with a coloring book chock full of pictures of his wonderful self and calls it a “plan.”

It would be funny if not for the fact that his supporters lap it up.

natasha333 on October 25, 2012 at 11:07 AM

Visualize the Obama concession speech.

Best one EVER!

NoDonkey on October 25, 2012 at 11:10 AM

0bama has stage three cranial rectal inversion.

Seriously, this man represents the USA to foreign powers both friendly (although less so) and unfriendly (although more so) throughout the world. Would you hire 0bama to broker a deal for you, your family, or company?

jukin3 on October 25, 2012 at 11:12 AM

Sure, but, “Well, that’s a bullshitter, I can tell.”’”

Bmore on October 25, 2012 at 11:19 AM

Obama grinned. … ‘You know, kids have good instincts,’ Obama offered. ‘They look at the other guy and say, “Well, that’s a bullshitter, I can tell.”’”

Cody1991 on October 25, 2012 at 9:21 AM

He must hang out with some really classy and well read 6 year olds. (/?)

kekelaward on October 25, 2012 at 2:11 PM

Obama’s comtempt for the intelligence of his audience is exceeded only by his lack of intellect

No wonder the guy loves Chavez

entagor on October 25, 2012 at 2:59 PM

Nothing more hilarious than cancer.

Remind me again of this dopes eloquence?

Tim_CA on October 25, 2012 at 3:13 PM

Not to be that person, but stage three of chronic kidney disease is NOT end-stage. I know; it ruins the acronym. Boo.

JeepGirl on October 25, 2012 at 5:36 PM