Obamateurism of the Day

I’m old enough to recall the Roberto Duran – Sugar Ray Leonard fight in which the Panamanian champion simply stopped fighting in the middle of the round, telling the referee “No mas, no mas.”  I watched that fight live; I missed the Mitt Romney – Barack Obama championship bout, but this looks kind of like a replay:


Did Obama want to have Jim Lehrer change the topic?  Probably not, but that’s what it sounded like.  An experienced debater would be focused on his own answer, rather than giving the moderator a not-so-subtle hint to find something else to talk about after his opponent just dominated him on a topic.

Got an Obamateurism of the Day? If you see a foul-up by Barack Obama, e-mail it to me at [email protected] with the quote and the link to the Obamateurism. I’ll post the best Obamateurisms on a daily basis, depending on how many I receive. Include a link to your blog, and I’ll give some link love as well. And unlike Slate, I promise to end the feature when Barack Obama leaves office.

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David Strom 6:01 PM on March 29, 2023