Obamateurism of the Day

Someone call Evan Thomas and let him know that I may owe him an apology. This weekend, I derided Newsweek’s editor for calling Barack Obama “sort of God,” but it turns out that he’s not the only one with that opinion. President Obama suggested that he may even exceed Undoubting Thomas’ expectations in answering a question from the European press:

On Saturday, a reporter asked the president whether Europe was low on his priority list, following newspaper reports he turned down a private dinner with the French president after 65th anniversary D-Day commemorations.

“I have a very tough schedule and I would love nothing more than to have a leisurely week in Paris, stroll down the Seine, take my wife out to a nice meal, have a picnic in Luxembourg Gardens,” Obama said, pointing out that he was caught up in dealing with the pressing financial crisis at home.

If Obama plans on “walking down the Seine,” I hope he can swim. The Seine is the river that runs through Paris. It’s a tremendously clueless claim — unless, of course, Obama believes he can walk on water. After Thomas’ remarks, it’s apparent that some members of the national press already believe it.

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Jazz Shaw Jun 22, 2021 6:01 PM ET