Since Slate seems to have conceded the field and decided to remain locked in the past, I’ll fill the gap here at Hot Air. As often as we have material, I’ll post an Obamateurism of the Day right here at Hot Air. If you see a foul-up by Barack Obama, e-mail it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org with the quote and the link to the Obamaism. I have the separate account ready now, and I’ll post the funniest and most embarrassing rhetorical stumbles by The One over the next four years. Unlike Jacob Weisberg, though, I’ll give it up once Obama leaves office.
This week has certainly given us plenty of material, but I’ve already linked the AIG-is-a-suicide-bomber and the Special Olympics gaffes that Weisberg is trying mightily not to spot. Instead, here’s a different kind of stumble, from Politico, demonstrating that the White House can’t quite figure out who represents what district in California:
Obama did the town hall, making the usual introductions: “We have Hilda Solis,” applause! and “The lieutenant governor,” applause! He added: “Got an outstanding member of Congress, Rep. Loretta Sanchez,” applause!
“Now, this is not Loretta’s district; this is actually Dana Rohrabacher’s district.” Boos come from the Dem crowd. “No, no, no, we actually — our office screwed up, and I think didn’t get the invitation to him on time, so he’s not here. That was a screw-up on our part. So I want to let him know we’re sorry about that, and I want everybody to give him a big round of applause; it’s his district.”
Update: Actually, I like the title Obamateurism of the Day. It gives a little more leeway on the range of material, and it flows better than Obamaisms, which sounds a little clumsy when spoken aloud. I’ve changed the title of the post to reflect the new title. I’m keeping the e-mail addy the same, though, and it will be posted on each entry. Also, include your blog link on any submissions and I’ll credit you with a link.
I also liked Malabarackisms, but that limits us to just malaprops.