Obamateurism of the Day

posted at 8:01 am on November 2, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

This one was so obvious, even Politico reported it as a flub. Barack Obama gave Americans living in Hurricane Sandy’s path some great advice if thing suddenly got bad in the storm, which was to go onto the Internet and keep up with the latest information. That’s certainly great advice … if the storm hasn’t knocked out your power and/or Internet connection:

When President Barack Obama urged Americans under siege from Hurricane Sandy to stay inside and keep watch on ready.gov for the latest, he left out something pretty important — where to turn if the electricity goes out.

Yeah, that might be an important consideration — and it was for millions of Americans who lost power for a significant amount of time during the storm. In this case, Obama wasn’t alone in failing to think outside the (computer) box:

Despite the heightened expectation of widespread power and cable television failures, everyone from the president to local newscasters seem to expect the public to rely entirely on the Internet and their TVs for vital news and instructions.

None of the major cable or local news channels put emergency phone numbers or key radio station frequencies on their screens.

And what’s worse is that the advice to check out ready.gov turns out to be rather lousy advice.  Why?  Because ready.gov wasn’t, er, ready:

The only phone-related instructions on the homepage of ready.gov is how to get monthly disaster-prep text messages. The Federal Emergency Management Agency told the public via Twitter to use texts and social media outlets to stay informed.

That’s fine for those with smartphones, but not exactly helpful for those without.  And even those with smartphones need cell service to use texting, social media, and the Internet, much of which failed in New York City during the storm.

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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those community organizing skills really came in handy

cmsinaz on November 2, 2012 at 8:03 AM

4 Days

tdarrington on November 2, 2012 at 8:04 AM

If Bush had said it.

hawkdriver on November 2, 2012 at 8:04 AM

When all else fails, go to the Intartubes! Or Not.

JimK on November 2, 2012 at 8:05 AM

Eat internet cake New York and Jersey.

hawkdriver on November 2, 2012 at 8:05 AM

Learned a lot from Katrina, didn’t they?

Kraken on November 2, 2012 at 8:06 AM

Nicolia Tesla did have a dream about the wireless transmission of electricity, however, his dream still hasn’t been realized. That certainly isn’t due to a failure of investing in stuff named “Tesla” though…..

nice work champ. Next up: iPads for Eskimos??

ted c on November 2, 2012 at 8:06 AM

those community organizing skills really came in handy

He got a little rusty. He has spent the last 4 years working so hard for the middle class, and all those other presidenty things.

tdarrington on November 2, 2012 at 8:06 AM

Reports coming out of NYC and Jersey in the next 4 days will be damaging to Obama.

nitzsche on November 2, 2012 at 8:07 AM

Good morning kids!

those community organizing skills really came in handy

cmsinaz on November 2, 2012 at 8:03 AM

Not only Bishop, CM, you just hit it out of the park in one sentence. Well done!

herm2416 on November 2, 2012 at 8:08 AM

After you finished your freshly cooked roast at dinner, you can enjoy the just brewed pot of Java while keeping up with what is going on the internet.

bayview on November 2, 2012 at 8:08 AM

On the bright side their carbon output is way down.Should make all of the greenies estatic.

docflash on November 2, 2012 at 8:09 AM

tdarrington on November 2, 2012 at 8:06 AM

:)

nitzsche on November 2, 2012 at 8:07 AM

the lsm will portray the mayors and governors in a bad light and deflect for dear leader for as long as possible, imo

cmsinaz on November 2, 2012 at 8:09 AM

But Bush started Homeland Security, so any failings rest squarely on his shoulders. /sarc

tdarrington on November 2, 2012 at 8:09 AM

Hurricane Sandy……OBAMAS’ KATRINA.

And that whole “Superstorm Sandy” meme is to give Obama extra cover (and the NYC media was affected so natch it’s not just a Hurricane it’s a SUPER Storm!!

Ugh

PappyD61 on November 2, 2012 at 8:10 AM

herm2416 on November 2, 2012 at 8:08 AM

morning :)

cmsinaz on November 2, 2012 at 8:10 AM

nice work champ. Next up: iPads for Eskimos??

ted c on November 2, 2012 at 8:06 AM

They will still need elcectricity to chatge them :).:

jimver on November 2, 2012 at 8:10 AM

U mean the solar powered Obamaphone with free Internet couldnt stay in touch…those darn rain clouds!

hillsoftx on November 2, 2012 at 8:11 AM

Electricity that is…

jimver on November 2, 2012 at 8:11 AM

If only New Yorkers would have checked and inflated their tires.

Electrongod on November 2, 2012 at 8:12 AM

jimver on November 2, 2012 at 8:10 AM

That was the joke.

tdarrington on November 2, 2012 at 8:12 AM

Was anyone left behind?

Dextrous on November 2, 2012 at 8:13 AM

Why do we have an emergency broadcast system?

It’s never used.

Ben Hur on November 2, 2012 at 8:13 AM

When President Barack Obama urged Americans under siege from Hurricane Sandy to stay inside and keep watch on ready.gov for the latest, he left out something pretty important — where to turn if the electricity goes out.

The guy makes Mayor Nagin look competent….

Don L on November 2, 2012 at 8:14 AM

Reports coming out of NYC and Jersey in the next 4 days will be damaging to Obama.

nitzsche on November 2, 2012 at 8:07 AM

Yup, the locals are already perturbed this morning that Mayor Doomberg has authorized the NYC marathon to continue as planned and he is bringing in generators and food for the event…while fights continue for food at the local dumpsters and millions w/out power…

hillsoftx on November 2, 2012 at 8:14 AM

Why do we have an emergency broadcast system?

It’s never used.

Ben Hur on November 2, 2012 at 8:13 AM

They used it to tell people to go to http://www.ready.gov for info.

tdarrington on November 2, 2012 at 8:15 AM

This one was so obvious, even Politico reported it as a flub. Barack Obama gave Americans living in Hurricane Sandy’s path some great advice if thing suddenly got bad in the storm, which was to go onto the Internet and keep up with the latest information. That’s certainly great advice … if the storm hasn’t knocked out your power and/or Internet connection:

This exactly and precisely defines the core problem with the left. Like they think that electricity comes from the wall socket in your house.

You all see the disconnect, they don’t. They think food comes from the grocery store. There are parts of reality their brains refuse to wire together.

Like government spending and where the money comes from. Same disconnect.

dogsoldier on November 2, 2012 at 8:18 AM

nice work champ. Next up: iPads for Eskimos??

ted c on November 2, 2012 at 8:06 AM

They will still need elcectricity to chatge them :).:

jimver on November 2, 2012 at 8:10 AM

Naw, those thick mittens full of greasy whale blubber aren’t much good at logging on. Perhaps with those long daylight nights a bit of liberal midnight basketball is in order.

Don L on November 2, 2012 at 8:18 AM

Reports coming out of NYC and Jersey in the next 4 days will be damaging to Obama.

nitzsche on November 2, 2012 at 8:07 AM

Are you kidding? Have you seen the jacket he’s wearing?

- jamegumbandpokemon

Doughboy on November 2, 2012 at 8:19 AM

Reports coming out of NYC and Jersey in the next 4 days will be damaging to Obama.

nitzsche on November 2, 2012 at 8:07 AM

This is why there will be no delay to the elections. Can’t risk loosing NY and NJ.

CTSherman on November 2, 2012 at 8:19 AM

Is the Preezy really on his way to LV, again?

Kraken on November 2, 2012 at 8:19 AM

James Pethokoukis ‏@JimPethokoukis

October Job Report consensus forecast (Reuters): 125,000 net new payrolls, 7.9% unemployment

we shall see.

hillsoftx on November 2, 2012 at 8:20 AM

Is the Preezy really on his way to LV, again?

Kraken on November 2, 2012 at 8:19 AM

tapper mentioned being there and Green Bay y’day…could only draw 4600 and 2500 at each event…

hillsoftx on November 2, 2012 at 8:21 AM

“Here’s a disaster preparedness tip from the first lady and I: Be sure to stock up on brandy, cartons of Kool Lights 100′s, Wagyu beef and lobster tails. And have at least half of your 40 personal aides prepared to give emergency foot rubs and/or hot-towel face wraps. This tip is brought to you by me, your president, Bark Ocoward.”

Bishop on November 2, 2012 at 8:24 AM

But Obama looked kewl in that bomber jacket.

forest on November 2, 2012 at 8:24 AM

Is the Preezy really on his way to LV, again?

Kraken on November 2, 2012 at 8:19 AM

He does seem to enjoy going to Vegas right after a major crisis hits.

Doughboy on November 2, 2012 at 8:24 AM

slightly ot:just saw a link on drudge bloomie diverting sandy aid towards the marathon….wow

i can’t believe they are going to hold the marathon instead of taking care of folks…doesn’t make sense

cmsinaz on November 2, 2012 at 8:29 AM

He does seem to enjoy going to Vegas right after a major crisis hits.

Doughboy on November 2, 2012 at 8:24 AM

More like he goes there after he has failed at something..

He should buy a house there..

Electrongod on November 2, 2012 at 8:30 AM

i can’t believe they are going to hold the marathon instead of taking care of folks…doesn’t make sense

cmsinaz on November 2, 2012 at 8:29 AM

Blue State..

Electrongod on November 2, 2012 at 8:31 AM

7.9%

cmsinaz on November 2, 2012 at 8:31 AM

Electrongod on November 2, 2012 at 8:31 AM

my bad

cmsinaz on November 2, 2012 at 8:31 AM

According to Drudge:

OCTOBER UNEMPLOYMENT: 7.9%

JOBS: +170,000

A decent jobs number, but the uptick in the U3 rate kinda undermines it politically.

Doughboy on November 2, 2012 at 8:32 AM

OT. 7.9%

Oops…

Kraken on November 2, 2012 at 8:32 AM

170000 jobs? and they had to slash that number in half last report

cmsinaz on November 2, 2012 at 8:32 AM

DRUDGE: OCTOBER UNEMPLOYMENT: 7.9%

JOBS: +170,000

hillsoftx on November 2, 2012 at 8:32 AM

does dear leader keep his job?

a positive for the president
steve rattner

cmsinaz on November 2, 2012 at 8:33 AM

Learned a lot from Katrina, didn’t they?

Kraken on November 2, 2012 at 8:06 AM

Apparently not. In the aftermath of Katrina, anybody with a 504 area code could not get connected no matter where they were because of the collapse of the cell system in New Orleans.

Happy Nomad on November 2, 2012 at 8:34 AM

Recovery Something!

Bishop on November 2, 2012 at 8:34 AM

“Unemployment has dropped to 7.9%” – LSM

Electrongod on November 2, 2012 at 8:34 AM

something tells me that 170,000 will be revised down post election

cmsinaz on November 2, 2012 at 8:35 AM

does dear leader keep his job?

a positive for the president
steve rattner

cmsinaz on November 2, 2012 at 8:33 AM

NOPE–Mitt can continue to jam home the Pres ue rate has averaged over 8% for 4 yrs where he promised it would be at 5.4% by this time…7.9=nothing burger, esp in light of trend to revise #s downward later in the month…

hillsoftx on November 2, 2012 at 8:36 AM

Unemployment rate is up at 7.9% with about 171K new jobs created. Rate is up and jobs are far less than those needed at this point in a recovery. This news should cause Obama to wear his protective underwear although you can expect him to spin, spin, spin. Romney, on the other hand knows the truth and will so state.

rplat on November 2, 2012 at 8:37 AM

i can’t believe they are going to hold the marathon instead of taking care of folks…doesn’t make sense

cmsinaz on November 2, 2012 at 8:29 AM

Do you understand just how much money the marathon brings to NYC?

A few years ago I was in NYC over the marathon weekend. It’s a big deal with people from all over the world.

Happy Nomad on November 2, 2012 at 8:37 AM

hillsoftx on November 2, 2012 at 8:36 AM

*crossing fingers*

cmsinaz on November 2, 2012 at 8:37 AM

When he gave this advice,
was he wearing a cardigan?

mrt721 on November 2, 2012 at 8:37 AM

This news should cause Obama to wear his protective underwear although you can expect him to spin, spin, spin. Romney, on the other hand knows the truth and will so state.

rplat on November 2, 2012 at 8:37 AM

The rat-eared wonder’s marching orders to BLS was to keep the number below 8% and they delivered. Expect revisions after the election.

Happy Nomad on November 2, 2012 at 8:38 AM

Happy Nomad on November 2, 2012 at 8:37 AM

understand, but if folks are stranded in hotels and such, where do the runners stay? just optically, it doesn’t make sense…

cmsinaz on November 2, 2012 at 8:40 AM

7.8 in Sept..7.9 in Oct—numbers even a low-info D voter can grasp..

hillsoftx on November 2, 2012 at 8:41 AM

When President Barack Obama urged Americans under siege from Hurricane Sandy to stay inside and keep watch on ready.gov for the latest, he left out something pretty important…

He meant to tell everyone to check the air in their tires.

BacaDog on November 2, 2012 at 8:46 AM

We’re from the government, and we are ready.gov to help.

kringeesmom on November 2, 2012 at 8:50 AM

He could have just told all the people affected by the hurricane to stop getting so wee-wee’d up!

That would have done the trick.

pilamaye on November 2, 2012 at 8:53 AM

http://m.cbsatlanta.com/w/main/story/77250187/

Alabama work crews responding to help with sandy were turned away because they were non-union. No wonder its taking so long to get the lights on in places cos unions are protecting their turf evev in a disaster! Someone get ed or allah or mkh on this one.

theflyonthewall on November 2, 2012 at 9:00 AM

It must be the ATM’s fault

Grunt on November 2, 2012 at 9:01 AM

All these jobs are election year jobs.

nitzsche on November 2, 2012 at 9:08 AM

Nvm what I linked is in the headlines under waff. Still a crock yhat help is turned away for being nonunion

theflyonthewall on November 2, 2012 at 9:10 AM

When President Barack Obama urged Americans under siege from Hurricane Sandy to stay inside and keep watch on ready.gov for the latest, he left out something pretty important — where to turn if the electricity goes out

..is there a food source that gives people this “smart power” …or something?

KOOLAID2 on November 2, 2012 at 9:11 AM

7.9% is still higher than when he took office.

nitzsche on November 2, 2012 at 9:11 AM

We’re from the government, and we are ready.gov to help.

kringeesmom on November 2, 2012 at 8:50 AM

a masterful delivery…..stroke of genius

ted c on November 2, 2012 at 9:16 AM

If the politicians throughout our history hadn’t the

benefit of America’s best and brightest backing them

up, we would have been completely overrun decades ago.

We have wasted so much in correcting the fu’s of
these tools that it’s a wonder we have time and
resources to give anymore.

That’s a testament to the heart of this great nation
and the soul of it’s people. (Cue musical fanfare…)

OkieDoc on November 2, 2012 at 9:17 AM

Learned a lot from Katrina, didn’t they?

Kraken on November 2, 2012 at 8:06 AM

Apparently not. In the aftermath of Katrina, anybody with a 504 area code could not get connected no matter where they were because of the collapse of the cell system in New Orleans.

Happy Nomad on November 2, 2012 at 8:34 AM

It goes back a lot further than that. During 9/11 (01) the cell towers were jammed with people trying to make calls. That’s the problem with these people. History only started in 2008. Unless it’s something to flail someone with to make them feel guilty (slavery).

Mitoch55 on November 2, 2012 at 9:24 AM

Once that ready.gov site is up, I expect they will post some recipes for ‘disaster cakes’ that can be made in either your toaster ovens or microwaves.
All you need is fresh milk, butter, eggs…

Dexter_Alarius on November 2, 2012 at 9:30 AM

Why do we have an emergency broadcast system?

It’s never used.

Ben Hur on November 2, 2012 at 8:13 AM

We should never have scrapped the “Town Crier” model.

Finbar on November 2, 2012 at 9:37 AM

This reminds me of my old cable company which also provided my internet service. If you were waiting on line to report an outage, they would repeatedly run a helpful message that logging on through the internet for assistance might be faster than waiting on the line. Um, my internet is out, too, you morons.

Bomber jacket-in-chief is just as clueless.

Fallon on November 2, 2012 at 9:48 AM

Remember how James Carville took Obama to task for not getting more involved with the BP oil spill and yelled that Obama better do something, that people were dying?

Obama never gets involved, never engages. If a natural disaster hits, you’re on your own. Obama didn’t care about victims of the oil spill, didn’t care about the survivors and loss of life in Joplin, didn’t care about the attack in Libya and loss of life and now we move on to yet another sad disaster that means nothing to him. He’s too busy campaigning, don’t you know. While victims of Sandy are suffering he’s out to $10,000 per plate dinner with Eva Longoria.

Obama will be in 3 different cities in Ohio today. God forbid anything keep him from campaigning.

GrannySunni on November 2, 2012 at 9:53 AM

I have a business in Joplin, MO with 40 employees. Right before the tornado hit in May of 2010 and for the 2 weeks following local radio was what provided needed information and relief for the survivors. No power, no TV, no cable, no phone. Just radio.

olddog58 on November 2, 2012 at 9:58 AM

Hey now, this all worked for FDR. Remember in 1929, he got on the TV and told people what was happening when the stock market crashed to re-assure them. If FDR could do that when TV was just a lab curiosity and he wasn’t even president yet, then why would it be any surprise that Jugears expects people to be able to connect to the internet without electricity, cell service, cable, or phone lines available?

AZfederalist on November 2, 2012 at 10:03 AM

Because we are being governed by overaged adolescents.

RebeccaH on November 2, 2012 at 10:17 AM

I have a business in Joplin, MO with 40 employees. Right before the tornado hit in May of 2010 and for the 2 weeks following local radio was what provided needed information and relief for the survivors. No power, no TV, no cable, no phone. Just radio.

olddog58 on November 2, 2012 at 9:58 AM

We went through the same thing after Hurricane Ike. With no power for 2 weeks, we used the hand-cranked radio for news.

Our telephone lines worked, but were fairly useless; we keep a phone that doesn’t require a power source, but we couldn’t get any calls through to people/places that used cordless phones. Cell phone service was spotty. Text messaging generally works better than voice, but even it was spotty. Needless to say, no one was using the web unless they had a generator or went to the Mall for the power and free wifi it provided as a public service. If you had the luxury of internet access, you weren’t likely to be one of the people most seriously damaged.

obladioblada on November 2, 2012 at 10:31 AM

That leather jacket with the enormous presidential seal on it is outrageously tacky. It’s right up there with the seal of the president-elect, the styrofoam columns, the Berlin speech, using the Lincoln Bible… what a self-absorbed, self-aggrandizing little man.

obladioblada on November 2, 2012 at 10:35 AM

The SMARTEST man on the planet, just ask him or anybody in the media.

jukin3 on November 2, 2012 at 11:07 AM

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

Nutstuyu on November 2, 2012 at 11:10 AM

Hey now, this all worked for FDR. Remember in 1929, he got on the TV and told people what was happening when the stock market crashed to re-assure them. If FDR could do that when TV was just a lab curiosity and he wasn’t even president yet, then why would it be any surprise that Jugears expects people to be able to connect to the internet without electricity, cell service, cable, or phone lines available?

AZfederalist on November 2, 2012 at 10:03 AM

Little known fact: FDR gave the entire public address in the newly-found language of Austrian.

Nutstuyu on November 2, 2012 at 11:12 AM

Did anyone give Joe Biden the number for the ready.gov website?

Nutstuyu on November 2, 2012 at 11:13 AM

Isn’t some of this stuff just like totally unbelievable, especially for the tech savvy smartest president evahhhhhhh?

katablog.com on November 2, 2012 at 11:28 AM

The dope’s days are numbered…they can be counted on one hand.

Tim_CA on November 2, 2012 at 11:29 AM

He either is a very big dummy or plays one good on TV.

Schadenfreude on November 2, 2012 at 11:37 AM

President Barack Obama urged Americans under siege from Hurricane Sandy to stay inside and keep watch on ready.gov for the latest

What’s the problem here? Doesn’t everybody had a web enabled satellite “smart” phone?

EconomicNeocon on November 2, 2012 at 11:42 AM

Still lots of people in NJ, who won’t be able to check the internet for quite a while… can’t have non-union workers helping to restore power.

Hill60 on November 2, 2012 at 11:43 AM

a common criminal and a thug…. gee, thanks idiot liberals. No free gas, no free rent, and in NY…. NONE of the free cell phones work.

ultracon on November 2, 2012 at 11:53 AM

OT: HOLY COW!! Just read an article at WSJ by Peggy Noonan titled…

How Far Has Obama Fallen

While the article was good, the comments were even better!

So many took Noonan to task for her 2008 blinders!

BUT… I have to point out some comments worth your time to read! Go to page 32 of the comments and start reading the collected facts provided by William Sulcer! WOW! I actually copied these all together to provide out as a Facebook note… talk about detailed history collected on Obama’s ties to communism and corruption!

dominigan on November 2, 2012 at 11:54 AM

Obama did his Photo Op and now could care less about the flood victims.

jqc1970 on November 2, 2012 at 12:08 PM

Still lots of people in NJ, who won’t be able to check the internet for quite a while… can’t have non-union workers helping to restore power.

Hill60 on November 2, 2012 at 11:43 AM

Here in CT, which wasn’t as hard-hit as NJ and NYC, they’re brining in crews from Missouri to fix transformers and power lines. They learned their lesson from Irene and Snow-tober last year.

Maybe the electrical workers from Missouri might stop by and help NYC if Bloomie will buy them a super-sized soda.

And what will those without power think of their Obamaphones when nobody is on the other end? The 3 AM Hillary ad?

Steve Z on November 2, 2012 at 12:22 PM

Remember how James Carville took Obama to task for not getting more involved with the BP oil spill and yelled that Obama better do something, that people were dying?

The guy who was really “engaged” was Gov. Bobby Jindal, and Obama’s EPA told Jindal he couldn’t build a sand bar between two barrier islands to protect the marshlands from the oil spill.

To paraphrase George W. Bush, “you’re doing a heckuva job, Brownie”. Stuck on stupid…

Steve Z on November 2, 2012 at 12:28 PM

More useful information might have been if the big Oaf could have told them which dumpsters in town were likely to have the most food in them to scavenge from, since it’s been 3 days now and apparently that’s what thousands are being forced to do.

scalleywag on November 2, 2012 at 12:53 PM

When President Barack Obama urged Americans under siege from Hurricane Sandy to stay inside and keep watch on ready.gov for the latest, he left out something pretty important — where to turn if the electricity goes out.

Food comes from Food Stamps.

Rent comes from, well, it’s just paid.

And gas for the car, it’ll always be there in those pumps. Next door to PopEye’s. Who takes the EBT card.

Electricity? Didn’t “The Housing” say they’d pay that? So if it’s paid, then, no need to worry about it not being there.

Thus, the Obama supporters chant his name….

Lourdes on November 2, 2012 at 1:19 PM

When President Barack Obama urged Americans under siege from Hurricane Sandy to stay inside and keep watch on ready.gov for the latest, he left out something pretty important — where to turn if the electricity goes out.

Obama can’t be bothered to think about that. Which is why he demands a Secretary of Business!

/hapless Liberal.

Lourdes on November 2, 2012 at 1:20 PM

Have never understood why so many supposedly intelligent people think that President Obama is also very intelligent. The guy can’t even put a full sentence together without stammering unless he has a teleprompter. I would never expect him to know that in violent storms the power usually goes out as I’m sure logic is not one of his strong suits. The ready.gov website probably lead off with a campaign message.

kaye on November 4, 2012 at 2:59 AM

I thought there was a way to get the full listing of Obamateurisms or at least at one time I saw them. I would love to have the listing again as there is so much…but so much has been forgotten.

Please direct or provide.

whatfur on November 4, 2012 at 7:00 AM

those community organizing skills really came in handy

cmsinaz on November 2, 2012 at 8:03 AM

Even at 0800 on a Sunday morning, the jokes still write themselves.

[tips hat]

BobMbx on November 4, 2012 at 10:15 AM