Obamateurism of the Day

Barack Obama wants America to know that this country can’t move forward on just slogans and gimmicks. No, he wasn’t speaking ironically at the Congressional Correspondent’s Dinner, but as Conservatives 4 Palin notes, he went off of his TelePrompter to try to zing Sarah Palin on “drill, baby, drill.” Unfortunately, Obama’s practically the poster child for the ills he decries:

But here’s the thing – we’ve been down this road before. Remember, it was just three years ago that gas prices topped $4 a gallon. I remember because I was in the middle of a Presidential campaign. Working folks haven’t forgotten that. It hit a lot of people pretty hard. But it was also the height of political season, so you had a lot of slogans and gimmicks and outraged politicians waving three-point-plans for two-dollar gas – you remember that-’drill, baby,drill’-we were going through all that. And none of it would really do anything to solve the problem. There was a lot of hue and cry, a lot of fulminating and hand wringing, but nothing actually happened. Imagine that in Washington. The truth is, none of these slogans made a bit of difference.

So the man who got elected almost entirely on the basis of one slogan — Hope and Change — and whose economic policies consist of one gimmick after another (Porkulus, Cash for Clunkers, short-term homebuyer credits) now warns us about “slogans and gimmicks”? Isn’t Obama Exhibit A for that warning?

Oh, and by the way … the utterly trite “drilling won’t solve the problem” is a slogan, too, and a lot more empty than “drill, baby, drill.”

Update: I can’t believe I missed this, but Obama is griping about empty slogans while standing in front of a “Winning The Future” backdrop. Thanks to commenter FlipFlop for pointing that out.

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