Obamateurism of the Day

Allahpundit noted on Friday the irony of the Finger-Pointer in Chief demanding an end to finger-pointing between the oil companies regarding blame for the Gulf oil spill, but it’s worth adding to the Obamateurisms for a couple of reasons. First, let’s note that the little ploy didn’t fool anyone, not even CBS. Okay, maybe it fooled CBS just a little:


The president seemed genuinely angry today, on a beautiful spring afternoon in the Rose Garden. Having watched him on a daily basis for about a year and a half, I’m confident he wasn’t faking it.

He seems deeply upset about the growing calamity in the Gulf, about the environmental damage, about the irresponsibility of the companies involved, and about their efforts to shift the blame.

“I did not appreciate what I considered to be a ridiculous spectacle during the congressional hearings into this matter,” he intoned. “You had executives of BP and Transocean and Halliburton falling over each other to point the finger of blame at somebody else.”

President Obama may have decried finger-pointing today, but he also did a fair amount of it himself. Not only at the three companies, but at previous administrations.

Oh, please, Chip Reid. It’s been two weeks since the spill began. Are we to believe that President Obama suddenly got angry because of the debate over the liabilities involved in the spill? Spoken like a true lawyer!

But if Obama’s goat can be gotten over finger-pointing, then perhaps he should have a chat with his Vice President. Less than two months ago, Joe Biden tried to palm off the administration’s staggering loss of popularity on … guess who?

VPOTUS blamed the George W. Bush administration for any unpopularity the current administration has suffered.

“We inherited a cynical republic, and I can’t blame them,” he said.

“Eight years of collapse, eight years of being misled about wars.”

He cast the Republican political strategy since last January as irresponsible cynicism., and boasted that the recent passage of health care reform might dispel it.

“They [Republicans] still believe cynicism will prevail, that the government can’t do anything, that we’re a bunch of socialists – all these things you hear. I think the healthcare debate put a big stake in the heart of that argument.”


Add that to the many times that Obama himself declared that he “inherited” his woes from his predecessor, and it makes for a very amateurish attempt to exploit the Gulf spill for a populist response from the American public.

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