Obamateurism of the Day

posted at 8:01 am on October 31, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

There seems to be nothing more conducive to creative thinking than an election that has slipped away from an incumbent. All of a sudden, Barack Obama is chock full of new ideas. He wants a “grand bargain” on debt and entitlement reform, for instance, even though neither were part of his 20-page picture book, er, second-term agenda that he just released last week.  But even more creatively, Obama wants to create another Cabinet position — the Secretary of Business:

In an interview with MSNBC, the president said he wants to consolidate a number of business and trade-related agencies, creating a “one-stop shop” for oversight.

“I’ve said that I want to consolidate a whole bunch of government agencies. We should have one Secretary of Business, instead of nine different departments that are dealing with things like giving loans to SBA [the Small Business Administration] or helping companies with exports,” he said in an interview with MSNBC’s Mika Brezezinski and Joe Scarborough.

Maybe he should show up for his current Cabinet meetings.  As the Wall Street Journal reports, Obama already has a Cabinet official that’s supposed to promote business:

Maybe Republicans would have opposed the Secretary of Business if they’d learned about it somewhere besides cable news, but who knows? The reasons could include turf, but also the fact that the government already has an agency with a “focus on expanding the American economy and job creation” and that “invests in America’s long-term growth and competitiveness”

It’s called the Department of Commerce, with its very own Secretary, and the quotes in the preceding paragraph are how the White House describes its mission in its 2013 budget. Mr. Obama wants to expand Commerce spending by 5% to some $8 billion annually. Extra credit goes to anyone who can name the acting Commerce Secretary. No Googling.

It’s actually Rebecca Blank, who has been acting Commerce Secretary since June, when John Bryson left after having a strange series of vehicle accidents in Los Angeles.  Bryson replaced Gary Locke, Obama’s first appointee, who became Obama’s Ambassador to China.  Now, if you don’t know all that, don’t feel bad.  Neither does Obama, apparently.

 

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Chinese Checkers.

Lourdes on October 31, 2012 at 8:03 AM

Ed: are you still writing these after Romnet wins next Tuesday?

/BISHOP!!!!

Khun Joe on October 31, 2012 at 8:03 AM

D’oh!

cmsinaz on October 31, 2012 at 8:04 AM

All of a sudden, Barack Obama is chock full of new ideas bullshizzat, just like he’s always been.

Prepare three envelopes champ, if you haven’t done so already.

ted c on October 31, 2012 at 8:04 AM

what’s a cabinet meeting?
-dear leader

cmsinaz on October 31, 2012 at 8:05 AM

It just makes me feel warm inside to know that the current occupant is looking out for business this way.

Hmmm… I think I just threw up in my mouth a little.

Six more days of this crap, people. Six more days…

Crusader Rabbit on October 31, 2012 at 8:05 AM

Next up: the Department of Redundancy Department.

NeighborhoodCatLady on October 31, 2012 at 8:06 AM

Ed: are you still writing these after Romnet wins next Tuesday?

/BISHOP!!!!

Khun Joe on October 31, 2012 at 8:03 AM

Barry will still be a lame duck (did I spell that right?) as POTUS until Inauguration Day on 1/21/13. There will be plenty of amateurish and juvenile acts from the grifter couple till then.

bayview on October 31, 2012 at 8:07 AM

I’m all for consolidating departments and eliminating redundancy. But this “secretary of business” thing is such an obvious last-gasp try at “matching” Romney’s vast advantage in that area, it’s just plain sad. Obummer’s apparent unfamiliarity with his own Commerce Dept. just makes it even sadder. If America re-elects this amateur, we are in BIG trouble.

KS Rex on October 31, 2012 at 8:09 AM

Can you smell the desperation?

pilamaye on October 31, 2012 at 8:10 AM

He has let go of the straw men and just has the straws!

tim c on October 31, 2012 at 8:10 AM

He has let go of the straw men and just has the straws!

tim c on October 31, 2012 at 8:10 AM

Actually, he just has the empty box the straws came in.

pilamaye on October 31, 2012 at 8:10 AM

After his handling of Benghazi with the Denver 9news interview, I am calling Obama “Secretary of None of Your Business” !

hillsoftx on October 31, 2012 at 8:11 AM

He’s brilliant,they’ll say.No other president has thought of this,they’ll say.

docflash on October 31, 2012 at 8:14 AM

“we leave nobody behind”

portlandon on October 31, 2012 at 8:17 AM

Maybe he should create..

Secretary of Defense..

Since we obviously have no defense.

Electrongod on October 31, 2012 at 8:19 AM

Six more days of this crap, people. Six more days…

Crusader Rabbit on October 31, 2012 at 8:05 AM

81 days.
75 with Obama unchained to do what he will along with his regime of czars.

Like the Michael Moore ad states.. “we’ll burn this M.F. down”.

Mimzey on October 31, 2012 at 8:22 AM

Next he’ll be telling us he wants to create a Secretary of the Military, cause we need a consolidated cabinet to help those guys, too.

JimK on October 31, 2012 at 8:26 AM

In an interview with MSNBC

All right!
I was wondering when the President was finally going to get some tough questions from a real journalist.

hahahahahahaha

itsnotaboutme on October 31, 2012 at 8:26 AM

It’s actually Rebecca Blank, who has been acting Commerce Secretary since June, when John Bryson left after having a strange series of vehicle accidents in Los Angeles.

What I read:

It’s actually Rebecca Black

This is what I get for reading HA before having my coffee.

Deep Thought on October 31, 2012 at 8:27 AM

Didn’t Hitler, Mussolini and other Fascist Dictators have a similar position? Are we going to have the “4 year plan”?

Here’s a hint, the best thing an office like that could do, is spend it time tirelessly keeping government out of the private sectors way and lowering taxes on them.

I guess as long as the trains run on time, libs will be happy.

hawkdriver on October 31, 2012 at 8:30 AM

If America re-elects this amateur, we are in BIG trouble.

I’ve come to the conclusion that even with the media black-out on his failures, his record is all around us for everyone to see. There’s ample evidence that he has been an abject failure and the worst President in my lifetime at least. I don’t see how anyone can objectively look at the last four years and say that this fool deserves a second term. Moreover, I don’t see how anyone could look at the debates (Pres and VP) and come to the conclusion that this crew is sane and competant, and that Romney/Ryan wouldn’t be thousands of times better.

So with all this that piled up over the last four years (and most of it in the last four weeks) if America re-elects this amateur we deserve what’s coming.

crazy_legs on October 31, 2012 at 8:31 AM

More government……gag, puke….paging barrack, your pink slip is ready

crosshugger on October 31, 2012 at 8:31 AM

How about a new cabinet position called “Keeping track of stuff”.

Finbar on October 31, 2012 at 8:33 AM

You find so much fodder when you plumb the depths of what Zero don’t know. Just like he don’t know the military still depends on bayonets. Hasn’t he been to Arlington? The honor guard still carries those pointy things. And the ships that go under water, like his ship of state. Wait til he finds out about the rats who leave it. Can’t wait for that show.

Kissmygrits on October 31, 2012 at 8:38 AM

If O wins, I am writing to Trump to ask for $5 million to make a film to really P. O. the Islamofacists. We can express thanks to Hill and O in the credits for the drone strikes and and their secret plan to wipe out all non-Christians.

If we don’t spend it all there, we can do a comedy movie about our first entirely toxic POTUS since we have years of recent material.

Of course, some stories have to be tragicomedic in order to be global.

IlikedAUH2O on October 31, 2012 at 8:38 AM

Six more days of this crap, people. Six more days…

Crusader Rabbit on October 31, 2012 at 8:05 AM

I never thought we’d get here. I hoped but it was soooo far away 4 years ago.

81 days.
75 with Obama unchained to do what he will along with his regime of czars.

Like the Michael Moore ad states.. “we’ll burn this M.F. down”.

Mimzey on October 31, 2012 at 8:22 AM

Here’s hoping Issa, et al, is giving him enough of a colonoscopy about Benghazi that he decides one more long family vacay is needed. On our dime of course.

txhsmom on October 31, 2012 at 8:39 AM

The Secretary of Business will create 1,000 permanent jobs and reduce the deficit by a billon dollars according to some unnamed economists. I know this to be true. BO

RickinNH on October 31, 2012 at 8:40 AM

The Secretary of Business is to oversee those operations that did not build themselves.

bayview on October 31, 2012 at 8:44 AM

BHO’s theory of throwing money at a problem till it goes away has worked as well as anyone who’s tried that ever failing business mistake.

So much for those business classes he failed/never attended/imagined in college.

patman77 on October 31, 2012 at 8:45 AM

Department of Killing
Department of the Land Inside the Country
Department of Skrool
Department of Battening Hatches
Department of Workin’
Department of Growin’ Stuff
Department of Ex-Baby-Killers
Department of Fuel
Department of Feelin’ Good and Servin’ Peeps
Department of Cribs an’ de ‘Hood
Department of Ambulance Chasin’
Department of Movin’ Around
Department of Overcharged
Department of Money

0bama RAWKS!

cane_loader on October 31, 2012 at 8:47 AM

Most ten-year-olds understand the private sector better than Obama. Obama is a business/finance/economics illiterate.

petefrt on October 31, 2012 at 8:50 AM

It’s actually Rebecca Blank, who has been acting Commerce Secretary since June, when John Bryson left after having a strange series of vehicle accidents in Los Angeles.

What I read:

It’s actually Rebecca Black…

This is what I get for reading HA before having my coffee.

Deep Thought on October 31, 2012 at 8:27 AM

And I was reading it Karen Black, hopeful that someone with more skill than BHO can land this sucker.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on October 31, 2012 at 8:52 AM

Is the ratio of Government workers to non Government workers 1:1 yet?

Night Owl on October 31, 2012 at 8:55 AM

It’s actually Rebecca Blank, who has been acting Commerce Secretary since June, when John Bryson left after having a strange series of vehicle accidents in Los Angeles.

Oops, forgot the

Department of Sellin’ Stuff.

Fixed it.

cane_loader on October 31, 2012 at 8:57 AM

What I read:

It’s actually Rebecca Black…

This is what I get for reading HA before having my coffee.

Deep Thought on October 31, 2012 at 8:27 AM

At first glance, I thought the same thing.

Unfortunately, the thirteen-year-old is far more coherent than Barry,

pain train on October 31, 2012 at 8:58 AM

Secretary of Community Organizing

Secretary of Redistribution

Secretary of Death Panels

Secretary of Talk Radio and Fox News Channel

Secretary of Free Contraception

Secretary of Muslim Outreach

Secretary of Food Stamps

Secretary of You-Didn’t-Build-That

petefrt on October 31, 2012 at 9:04 AM

“As President, my first priority is:

[Pick one]

a)
B)
C)
D)
E)
F)
G)
H)
I)
J)
K)
L)
M)
N)
O)…yep, that’s right, O…mah first priority is O…me.”

{Suckers…they’ll vote for anything..jus’ so’s they can say they re-elected an historic president, an’ git free stuff from gubmint…I can run with this for another four years, if not longer. Best gig, evah.)

coldwarrior on October 31, 2012 at 9:05 AM

He has let go of the straw men and just has the straws!

tim c on October 31, 2012 at 8:10 AM

gotsta cling to something.

Bitterly clinging to power…..

ted c on October 31, 2012 at 9:19 AM

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

Nutstuyu on October 31, 2012 at 9:28 AM

what’s a cabinet meeting?
-dear leader

cmsinaz on October 31, 2012 at 8:05 AM

It’s where Moochelle doesn’t allow him to go because there’s eeeevviiil food behind those cabinet doors.

Nutstuyu on October 31, 2012 at 9:29 AM

Secretary of Community Organizing

Secretary of Redistribution

Secretary of Death Panels

Secretary of Talk Radio and Fox News Channel

Secretary of Free Contraception

Secretary of Muslim Outreach

Secretary of Food Stamps

Secretary of You-Didn’t-Build-That

petefrt on October 31, 2012 at 9:04 AM

I feel a Twitchy storm coming on.

Nutstuyu on October 31, 2012 at 9:29 AM

…another Secretary… of Bullsh!t?

KOOLAID2 on October 31, 2012 at 9:32 AM

Secretary of Halloween Candy Redistribution

Secretary of Windmills and Unicorn Farts

petefrt on October 31, 2012 at 9:33 AM

Secrectary of State Creation (58, 59, 60, 61)

Secretary of New Language Discovery

Nutstuyu on October 31, 2012 at 9:36 AM

He wants a “grand bargain” on debt and entitlement reform, for instance, even though neither were part of his 20-page picture book, er, second-term agenda that he just released last week.

On the topic of debt and deficits:

What Democrats (including Obama, Biden, Clinton, Pelosi, Reid, and others) “inherited” was the FY 2007 budget.

The FY 2007 budget was passed in 2006 and was the last budget passed by a Republican House, Republican Senate, and Republican President.

The FY 2007 budget produced a deficit under $161 Billion.

With the FY 2007 budget, Bush and the Republican Congress did better than Bill Clinton did in either of his two budgets with a Democrat Congress.

Clinton’s first two budgets, passed with a Democrat Congress, produced larger deficits than Bush and the Republicans did in FY 2007.

(It was not until voters gave Bill Clinton a Republican Congress that he got to sign budgets with surpluses.)

Many people mistakenly give Bill Clinton credit for the budget surpluses that were created by a Republican House and Republican Senate.

And many people mistakenly give George W. Bush the blame for the budget deficits that were created in FY 2008 and FY 2009 by a Democrat House and Democrat Senate. George Bush wasn’t even the President who signed the FY 2009 budget… that was Barack Obama, because the Pelosi House and Reid Senate held back the budget until Obama was sworn in and could sign it.

Democrats “inherited” the FY 2007 budget with a deficit less than $161 Billion, and Democrats tripled the deficit in FY 2008, tripled it AGAIN in FY 2009, and Democrats have not even passed a budget for FY 2010, 2011, 2012, or 2013, keeping the annual deficit well over $1,000 Billion ($1 Trillion) each and every year.

That is unsustainable. It’s time for CHANGE.

ITguy on October 31, 2012 at 9:41 AM

Let me repeat, for emphasis:

With the FY 2007 budget, Bush and the Republican Congress did better than Bill Clinton did in either of his two budgets with a Democrat Congress.

ITguy on October 31, 2012 at 9:43 AM

The undercurrent here is that Zero has now admitted he knows nothing about business and that Romney does.

stvnscott on October 31, 2012 at 9:45 AM

who is the new secretary of deceit and lies?

katablog.com on October 31, 2012 at 9:53 AM

Secretary of Deceit and Lies
Secretary of Apologies
Secretary of the Teleprompter
Secretary of Moochelle’s “vacations”
Secretary of School Lunches
Secretary of the Nanny State
Secretary of Occasional Press Conferences
Secretary of Business Regulations
Secretary of Global Warming
Secretary of Green Energy
Secretary of Wind Mills
Secretary of Recovery

katablog.com on October 31, 2012 at 9:57 AM

Secretary of Proper Pronunciations for Military Terms
Secretary of Photo-Ops

katablog.com on October 31, 2012 at 10:00 AM

Shouldn’t each Secretary have a Secretary?

Bmore on October 31, 2012 at 10:31 AM

The Secretary of Business can do to business what the Secretary of Energy has done to energy production and prices and the Secretary of Education has done to per student costs and graduation rates.

Did Obama, Super Economic Genius, also bring out his call for a Secretary of Explainin’ Stuff too?

jukin3 on October 31, 2012 at 10:37 AM

Did we miss the Secretary of Hate and Discontent?

countrybumpkin on October 31, 2012 at 11:01 AM

Did Obama, Super Economic Genius, also bring out his call for a Secretary of Explainin’ Stuff too?

jukin3 on October 31, 2012 at 10:37 AM

Jay Carney hardest hit.

Freelancer on October 31, 2012 at 11:04 AM

“and I’ll select a fully qualified person, with a successful business background, somebody who knows what it takes to get government out of the way of business another marxist member of academia to fill the position…”

Hill60 on October 31, 2012 at 11:21 AM

According to the “President’s Daily Schedule” at Whitehouse.gov, Obama has had ONE full Cabinet meeting in 2012.

He has not met with any cabinet secretary other than Panetta, Geithner, Clinton and Vilsack, in the last six (6) months.

Everyone needs to tell everyone they know to review the schedule.

It is APPALLING that this man is President of the United States.

It is DOUBLY APPALLING that he gets a complete pass from the main stream media.

Turn MD Red on October 31, 2012 at 11:50 AM

countrybumpkin on October 31, 2012 at 11:01 AM

Secretary of Class Warfare

Secretary of Bitter Clingers

petefrt on October 31, 2012 at 12:44 PM

who is the new secretary of deceit and lies?

katablog.com on October 31, 2012 at 9:53 AM

Goebbels and Cutter

Schadenfreude on October 31, 2012 at 1:05 PM

It’s actually Rebecca Blank, who has been acting Commerce Secretary since June, when John Bryson left after having a strange series of vehicle accidents in Los Angeles.

So when it came to install leadership, Commerce drew a Blank!!???!!!

LOL!!

landlines on October 31, 2012 at 1:26 PM