Obamateurism of the Day

I blame TOTUS for this fumble at Texas A&M:

I know you’re busy. I know that sometimes, even if you don’t like to admit it, service can feel a bit like a chore.

But if Mallory Myers can repeat last year’s success and get more than 12,000 students to perform more than 20 — a hundred — let me try that again — 1,200 — it’s so much that it boggles the mind — (laughter and applause) — Mallory, 12,000 students and 1,200 service activities in this community –- (applause) — if Mallory can do that, then surely you can round up a few friends to volunteer in your community too.

But just to be fair, let’s also give Obama some credit for what followed:

If President Bush could fly 58 combat missions when he was younger than many of you here today –- and keep on fighting even after he was shot down and nearly captured by the enemy –- then surely you can keep going when your service project gets a little tough. (Laughter.) Don’t you think? (Applause.)

Was TOTUS on a union break?

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