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President Obama has never managed a business in his life. Not even so much as a hot dog stand. He
has never competently managed anything. Before becoming a Chicago politician, he worked as a
"community organizer" (big deal!) making perhaps $12,000 a year.
The left-leaning national news media have painted Barack Obama as the most intelligent person
ever to walk in the White House. This is a fabrication that is easily dismantled, using
the commentary and circumstantial evidence on this page. Personally, I doubt if there's
a Mensa membership card in Obama's pocket, because if there was, he'd be showing it off daily.
Mr. Obama strikes me as a man who should be very proud to have a triple-digit IQ... if in fact he does.
The most obvious evidence of Mr. Obama's pedestrian intellect comes from his unquestionable addiction to
the teleprompter. The man simply cannot speak a single coherent extemporaneous sentence in public.
At the very least, this shows that he is not the "greatest orator of our time" as we were led to believe in
On nearby pages:
Obama and his team are incompetent.
Bad ideas, bad decisions and poor judgment.
Obama's gaffes and blunders during the 2008 campaign.
On this page:
Obama is helpless without a teleprompter.
Barack Obama's greatly overrated intellect.
Obama is helpless without a teleprompter
If Mr. Obama is so smart, and has even a loose grasp on all the important issues of the day,
why does he need to rely on a teleprompter for every word he speaks? Can you
imagine the mocking derision we would hear from the press if the person glued to the
teleprompter was President John McCain, or President Dan Quayle, or President Ron Paul?
The next time you see Mr. Obama give a speech on television, notice that he constantly alternates
his gaze between the teleprompter on the left and the teleprompter on the right. Back and forth,
left and right, about three seconds on each side. More than likely there are notations in his
script about when to pause, when to inhale, and which words to emphasize. It's all a
façade. Without the teleprompter and a staff of speech writers, he would be just
another community organizer (i.e., troublemaker) from Chicago.
also "Community Organizer" — Big
In speech ad-libs, Obama shows anti-business bias.
when Obama is off teleprompter? The texts of Barack Obama's recent speeches seem tailor-made for
softening the White House's often hostile description of American business, but the president's impromptu
additions are highlighting his efforts to subordinate business to government.
liar: Why Obama is failing. Obama has been unable to use the Bully Pulpit.
No one pays attention to him. The vaunted Demosthenes of the campaign trail disappeared literally
upon inauguration. He hasn't been able to convince anyone of anything. He only succeeds when
he acts purely as a bully, muscling through legislation. Some say this is because he wasn't such a
great orator in the first place. He just read decently off a teleprompter and with the prompter
gone the emperor has not clothes.
stolen teleprompter recovered, national silence averted. First, the bad news: They recovered
President Obama's teleprompter. So, anybody going to his speeches on the current Darth Vader armored bus
tour through North Carolina and Virginia is still going to get the full 22-minute monty about how he's there
Obama is lost without a teleprompter.
[Scroll down] The White House is looking to install a small video or computer screen into the podium used by the
president for press conferences and events in the White House. "It would make it easier for the comms guys
to pass along information without being obvious about it," says [a former communications] adviser. The
screen would indicate whom to call on, seat placement for journalists, pass along notes or points to hit, and
so forth, says the adviser. Using a screen is nothing new for Obama; almost nothing he said in supposedly
unscripted townhall events during the presidential campaign was unscripted, down to many of the questions and
the answers to those questions. Teleprompter screens at the events scrolled not only his opening remarks,
but also statistics and information he could use to answer questions.
He Can: Obama Spoke Without Teleprompter. Now it makes headlines when President Obama doesn't use
his trademark Teleprompter. Wrapping up his three-day bus tour of North Carolina and Virginia today, the
president stopped at a Chesterfield firehouse to promote his jobs bill. "It is great to be at Fire Station
Number 9 with some of Virginia's finest," the president said without the use of his Teleprompter.
The Editor says...
Wow, that's pretty good! It's almost as if he went to law school.
The Empty Vessel President.
Although African-American in appearance, he was raised by whites and educated in the most elite Eastern liberal
tradition, with only a thin veneer of calculated street cred imbued by his time in the south side of Chicago.
Although swept to office as the recipient of the gift of soaring rhetoric, he has been found to be as heavily
dependent on a teleprompter as any beginning mass communications student, and prone to stammering and
self-contradiction in its absence. So what's left?
He Knows, He Just Doesn't Care. Where
Clinton was a natural actor, Obama is an unnatural one. Unlike most politicians, he lacks that instinct,
because he lacks any degree of empathy. And so Obama needs extensive prep time to get his show on the road.
Without prep time and a teleprompter, the mask begins to slip and the man underneath is cold and distant
delivering a mechanical performance.
In 2009 President Obama subjected the nation to 52 addresses, 158 interviews, 42 news
conferences, 23 town hall meetings and used the teleprompter 178 times. Oddly, the master of
speechifying says more by saying nothing then if every utterance that ever passed Obama's lips was pooled
into one unending communiqué.
Obama's Salary Cap.
During a two-day swing through Illinois, Missouri and Iowa, the president went off teleprompter and blundered
into another Joe the Plumber moment, that unguarded instant during the 2008 campaign in which he told a potential
small-business owner that he planned to spread the wealth around.
Aren't Late Night Comics Looking For Obama Material? Could
you imagine if Ronald Reagan or George W. Bush had used a teleprompter to answer questions during a
press conference? The late night joke writers wouldn't have let it go until the President gave in to the
merciless ridicule as he was painted as an idiot who couldn't tie his shoes without being fed instructions on
how to do it.
President Sticks to the Script,
With a Little Help. As he introduced his new choice for secretary of health and human services
in the East Room this week, President Obama turned his head from right to left, but he was not looking at the
audience. He was reading from two teleprompters strategically set up outside the tight television camera
Story Shows Another Way Old Media Covers for Obama. Carol E. Lee of Politico had a short
March 5 piece about President Obama's singular inability to give a speech, even short ones, without the
crutch of a TelePrompter in front of him to prod him about what to say next. ... The Old Media puts in a
herculean effort to make sure The One still looks like he is speaking extemporaneously by working
overtime to make sure those speech prompters are NOT in the picture.
TelePrompTer addiction: It's all President Obama haters can do to keep from slapping their heads
whenever they hear or see references to his being a master of public speaking. He's helpless without a
TelePrompTer, the critics say, and they point to the very deliberate way he often speaks, including his use of
the universal filler "umm" when he speaks extemporaneously.
Not making eye
contact with the American people. Perhaps another sign that the media is restless with the
President they helped create is this story from Politico about how Obama is never without his teleprompter.
He uses it at almost all his appearances, even when making brief announcements or when repeating themes he
has spoken on many times before.
My President, But I Don't Have to Like It. Judging by the early days of his administration, I
have had to reevaluate [Obama]. He's even worse than I feared. It's been one disaster after
another. His appointments have been a series of embarrassments. His hard sell of the Pelosi-Reid
trillion dollar earmark makes him look like the worst sort of fear-monger. And, considering the fact
that he was sold to us as eloquent and a fellow who could think on his feet, his use of a teleprompter at his
press conference reminded me of the Wizard of Oz, the con man behind the curtain.
Obama's safety net: the TelePrompter.
President Barack Obama doesnŐt go anywhere without his TelePrompter. The textbook-sized panes of glass
holding the presidentŐs prepared remarks follow him wherever he speaks. Resting on top of a tall, narrow
pole, they flank his podium during speeches in the White HouseŐs stately parlors. They stood next to him
on the floor of a manufacturing plant in Indiana as he pitched his economic stimulus plan. They traveled
to the Department of Transportation this week and were in the Capitol Rotunda last month when he paid tribute
to Abraham Lincoln in six-minute prepared remarks.
Obama's Crutch — Why
Is He So Afraid of Speaking Without a Teleprompter? Could you imagine if Ronald Reagan or George W.
Bush had used a teleprompter to answer questions during a press conference? The late night joke writers
wouldn't have let it go until the President gave in to the merciless ridicule as he was painted as an idiot
who couldn't tie his shoes without being fed instructions on how to do it.
reliance on teleprompters. Is President Obama able to conduct a news conference without
a teleprompter? Is he is an automaton in answering questions? With all the jokes about Karl Rove
as George Bush's brain or cracks during the 1980s about Ronald Reagan supposedly being an amiable dunce,
could you imagine the reaction if either president had used a teleprompter to answer questions? The
late night joke writers wouldn't have let it go until the president gave in to the merciless ridicule as
he was painted as an idiot who couldn't tie his shoes without being fed instructions on how to do it.
The O is for Overrated. In
one area, Obama as the great communicator, a little bit of the glow is gone. For it turns out that while there is
only one O in teleprompter, without this trusted device, we might not have the Big O in the White House (apologies
to Oscar Robertson). It is now coming out (though not in the New York Times or Washington Post) two years too late,
that underlying of the gifted public speaker iconography is a machine. Our President has a dependency, and it is
not on tobacco products. The real "jones" is for a teleprompter.
Does Barack Obama Think For Himself?
Speculation is that David Axelrod is the man behind the prompter, whether it be speeches or press conference
crib notes, and if that's the case it should make us all wonder what's really happening upstairs in the
president's head. Is he really this deep thinker or is he just a bubblehead, doing what he's
told to do and say?
Thanks Himself, Irish PM Repeats Speech in Teleprompter Meltdown. Irish Prime Minister Brian
Cowen reads word for word a speech that Obama had just read from a teleprompter, while the president
apparently thanked himself for the invitation.
Gaffe: President Obama Thanks Himself — Where's the Video?. I've been searching for the
video of Obama accidentally reading Irish PM Brian Cowen's speech yesterday. He even thanks himself at
the end! Apparently his teleprompter went loopy. If this were GWB, the video would be everywhere,
yet I can't find a clip on the Internet of a public press conference that took place yesterday.
The 5 biggest myths about Obama.
[#2] Obama is a great communicator. Cut away the soaring rhetoric in his speeches, and the
resulting policy statements are often vague, lawyerly and confusing. He is not plain-spoken: He
parses his language so much that a casual listener will miss important caveats. That's in part why he
uses teleprompters for routine policy statements: He chooses his words carefully, relying heavily on
ill-defined terms like "deficit reduction" (which means tax increases, rather than actual "savings") and
"combat troops" (as opposed to "all troops in harm's way").
Republicans Can't Afford to Default to Obama.
The pro-Obama media have been trying to conceal from TV audiences the fact that Obama is reading all his
speeches, even short ones given before small groups, but there are two difficulties. A teleprompter
requires Obama to turn from side to side and never make eye contact with his audience, and it's almost
impossible to get a good photograph of Obama without revealing at least a part of the teleprompter screen.
President Obama doesn't go anywhere without his teleprompter. He depends on it for every speech, even
his six-minute tribute to Abe Lincoln, simple introductions of his own Cabinet officials and informal small
gatherings. He is the first president to be so completely dependent on the teleprompter.
TelePrompTer® compares Model T to SUV. At a visit to at the Edison electric car factory
in California, President TelePrompTer told the employees that "A Model T got better gas mileage than
today's SUV". Not wanting to take a man of his stout reputation at his word alone, let's look at the
specs for each.
Teleprompter Gaffe Tape Matters. When George W. Bush was President, the Democrats and certain
press outlets hammered every little mistake he made as evidence of him being "the dumbest President ever." ... As
of this writing, the video of the event with President Obama and Brian Cowen has not been released. By
some reports, the video shows that Obama oftentimes has no idea what is on that teleprompter before he reads it
and therefore, as he did on St. Patrick's Day, ends up doing things like thanking himself for inviting everyone
to the White House.
This is what happens when the teleprompter crutch is not available:
Obama Makes Fun of Special
Olympics on Jay Leno's Show. Here's why presidents of the United States should be wary of
going on late-night comedy shows: Toward the end of his appearance on NBC's "Tonight Show" on Thursday [3/19/2009],
President Barack Obama told host Jay Leno he's been practicing at the White House bowling alley but wasn't happy with his
score. "I bowled a 129," Obama said to laughs. "It was like Special Olympics or something."
'It's Like the Special
Olympics'. The first appearance by a sitting president on "The Tonight Show" may well end
up being the last. President Obama, in his taping with Jay Leno Thursday afternoon, attempted to yuk it
up with the funnyman, and ended up insulting the disabled.
Believe it or not, he has done worse. In an interview last year, candidate Obama (without the
benefit of a teleprompter) accidentally used the phrase, "my Muslim faith," leading to speculation (on the internet,
not on television) that he is a closet Muslim.
Obama Continues To
Set Records For Incompetence. [Scroll down slowly] Everyone can make a stupid mistake, but this one is
especially instructive: Now you know why he has to be on teleprompter whenever possible. That's because, with
all due respect to his supporters who think he is the smartest man on the planet, when he is off the teleprompter he is
as gaffe-prone as Vice President Joe Biden. That led to a cartoonist putting Mr. Obama in bed with his wife and his
teleprompter, with the caption of Mrs. Obama saying the president should put his teleprompter away and go to bed.
Incidentally, if he is really so brilliant why can't he talk without a teleprompter?
Teleprompter. Unfortunately, something went awry despite the teleprompter's best efforts: "All terrific
press for Orion, except that Obama kept pronouncing the company's name wrong, calling it OAR-ee-on."
The curse of the teleprompter leaves President looking
leaden. The teleprompter in the East Room on Tuesday night [3/24/2009] — not the
usual pair of glass screens reflecting text at each side of the podium but a huge scrolling TV screen facing
Mr Obama at the back of the room — had the effect of deadening the proceedings. Galloping
through the statement, Mr Obama was at his most tediously professorial and least engaging.
The Editor says...
Just as I thought. When I saw footage of Mr. Obama staring straight ahead, I suspected that the
teleprompter had been moved to the center of the room somehow.
Teleprompter Telegraphs Obama Caution. What kind of politician brings a teleprompter to a news
conference? A careful one. President Barack Obama took no chances in his second prime-time news
conference, reading a prepared statement in which he took both sides of the AIG bonus brouhaha and asked an
anxious nation for its patience. ... It was a carefully modulated statement, and Obama — relying
on a familiar crutch — read it off a flat-screen monitor perched at the back of the East Room.
Teleprompters Swapped for Giant TV Monitor for News
Conference. "He read that opening statement from one massive TV monitor from the back and
middle of the East Room. White House officials removed the normal glass teleprompters that usually
are positioned on both sides of the podium. That change likely a reaction to the focus on the
President's heavy use of teleprompters."
Obama stumbles without his
notes. Transcripts of prompterless Obama speeches (on the campaign trail in 2008) show
that Obama is incapable of making a coherent speech without a script.
Teleprompter President. It is amazing how swiftly a presidential tendency turns from
observation to joke to meme. Barack Obama — called "the most eloquent political
speaker of our time" — has become known as the teleprompter president.
Does President Obama
Need "Cue Cards?" The White House has a problem. A technical malfunction at a
St. Patrick's Day event, in no way the resident's [sic] fault, has nonetheless focused attention on what
some news organizations have called Obama's "overreliance" on the TelePrompTer. This, in and of
itself, might not be such a bad thing except that it conflicts with his reputation for being a compelling
speaker possessed of a broad command of the issues.
War on English. When more than one word has to be produced, Barry defers to his teleprompter
to ensure rigid semantic integrity and to minimize his brain's default proclivity of generating "uhhhhhs"
and "ummmms." In a recent speech before a requisitely awed group of business leaders, the teleprompter
displayed the following gem, which The Father of the $1.2 trillion stimulus package voiced with
contemplative gravitas: "I don't like the idea of spending more government money, nor am I interested
in expanding government's role." ... In Barry's bizzaro world, reality in and of itself doesn't matter.
Careful choreography as Obama meets
the press. A presidential press conference is as stage-managed and tightly choreographed as a
Broadway show. ... Supremely confident as ever, the President read his opening remarks from a large
teleprompter. ... When the teleprompter faded to black it was time for questions. But there was
to be nothing random about who got the nod.
of Totus, the President's Teleprompter. Notice anything missing from Tuesday night's presidential
news conference? Those teleprompters that generated so much attention at President Obama's first
prime-time session with reporters were gone. Or actually, just out of sight. The White House
replaced the tall, thin teleprompters that were standing to Mr. Obama's right and left in the East Room a
month ago and instead set up a large screen behind the reporters — and out of the camera shot.
The Teleprompter Debate.
President Obama has been criticized for relying too much on the use of a teleprompter — you know,
those slightly tilted boat-paddle-looking devices that flank each side of the presidential podium. They're
essentially projection screens to his right and left from which he can read his speech, rather than speaking
extemporaneously or with printed notes.
101: What if I told you that the president actually isn't a very adept or versatile public
speaker. Would you believe me? Well, let me explain. There are basically four kinds of
public speaking: manuscript, memory, extemporaneous and impromptu. Speaking from a manuscript
means reading a speech. The speaker rehearses from the manuscript, which he has in front of him during
the actual delivery. Obama is primarily a manuscript speaker.
All TOTUS No POTUS. Goodness knows
we all want to get it right ... Those in the public eye, especially, wish to handcraft every syllable to put
our best foot forward, not in our mouth. That, and new technology to enable it, may explain how we
came to get the teleprompter president. ... Anyway, it's not so surprising that he makes use of
technology. It's the extent of his use. Extent, after all, is the difference between
the connoisseur and a wino, and we may have elected a man who's gone from the enabling drug of a
crackberry, to the hard stuff.
President. During the presidential campaign we were repeatedly told that Obama had superior
intellect. The public has never been privy to Obama's academic transcripts or read anything he wrote
as editor of the Harvard Law Review. Also, there has been considerable debate if Obama really wrote his
two books or if they ghostwritten for him. Obama has done little to dispel these questions. His dependence
on a teleprompter and his poor performance when speaking without one makes you wonder if he is just reading a script
like an academy award winning actor. So the question remains, is he as advertised or is he just reading a
script? And if he is just reading the script, who is behind the curtain directing the performance?
that flummoxed the great orator. An example of Obama's performance level in the absence of a
12-Teleprompter Entourage Is Not Newsworthy, or Humor-worthy. On Monday, the UK's Evening
Standard, at its "This Is London" site, matter-of-factly noted the following in the final sentence of its
report about President Obama's upcoming European trip: "Accompanying the party will be a total of
500 officials including kitchen staff, 35 vehicles in all, four speech writers and 12 teleprompters."
teleprompter commits mutiny during major science speech. Maybe President Obama's teleprompter wanted more
coverage. After all, last month it was getting a ton of media attention. Especially when the teleprompter was
retired temporarily in favor of a giant IMAX-type screen at the president's last press conference. Today,
the teleprompter broke the moratorium and got back in the news cycle.
gets ahead of prompter. President Obama's speech at the National Academy of Sciences Monday morning hit a
brief snag when Obama got ahead of his script. Laying his plan for a President's Council of Advisors on Science and
Technology, Obama began to name the members of PCAST listed in his prepared remarks — before realizing
he'd already introduced them, earlier in his speech.
The Editor says...
Here's a helpful hint I learned as a teenage disk jockey: Read the script before you go on the air.
Obama Reaches the Limits of
His Oratorical Prowess. The fact that there's even a debate underway as to who won the match-off indicates
that the public's perceptions of Barack Obama's oratorical skills have crossed the Rubicon and are diminishing.
How come? From over exposure? Too little variety of style? Or, is it that side-to-side teleprompter
swing where he talks to the scrolling mirrors? We figure Cheney wrote his own speech. Who wrote Obama's?
the Vast Business Mind of President Obama. TOTUS, (Teleprompter of the United States) gave a
stirring and charismatic speech today, much like it gave yesterday and the day before. In fact, I do
believe TOTUS has given speeches every day of its reign. But as the President today read from the
teleprompter, he sounded so knowledgeable as he faulted GM for not coming up with a viable restructuring plan
to avoid bankruptcy. As Mr. Obama expertly read his statements, alternating between prompters, going
back and forth so as to give the impression that he's addressing the audience in a truly inclusive manner...
a Teleprompter Falls in the White House Does It Make a Sound? Midway through his speech on urban
and metropolitan policy in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building this afternoon [7/13/2009], one of his two
small glass prompters came crashing down, hitting the wood floor and crashing in many pieces. ... For
the rest of the speech the president relied on the one remaining teleprompter, to his right, and notes
on his podium to finish his speech. Shards of glass remained near the president's feet for the
duration of his speech.
dandy speech — if truth doesn't matter. This was the speech of an ideologue posing
as a pragmatist. Of course, it was an able and spirited performance. Obama with a TelePrompTer is
like Yo-Yo Ma with a cello.
The Gaffe Czar. The fact
that Obama can't survive two minutes without a teleprompter doesn't matter. It only matters that he
dazzles — and that he's liberal. That, in truth, is the key. Ronald Reagan, after all,
could dazzle. But he was a conservative. Because he used his rhetorical abilities to advocate
smaller government and greater individual responsibility, the media viewed that talent as a weapon, not an
What If Obama's
Teleprompter Failed at Valley Forge? The scene: President Obama is about to give a speech
at historic Valley Forge, Pennsylvania.
deny what happened at Fort Hood. [Scroll down] President Barack Obama's display on
Thursday made my point more clearly than it usually can be made, for he turned on a dime. He assumed
the "presidential grieving tone" over the Fort Hood massacre, the moment after he'd just done an equally
scripted segment of light joking banter for the benefit of the Tribal Nations Conference he was addressing.
Millions in the television audience must have watched this incredibly cynical "quick flip." I wonder
how many noticed it? We should not allow ourselves to be moved by the cold hearts of professional
tear-jerkers because when we reward that kind of thing we help perpetuate an emotional order that is
dangerously false. We should instead be annoyed by attempts to manipulate us.
Satire / mocking derision:
Obama's teleprompter malfunctions during family dinner.
Why Is No One Laughing?
Both of these men [Obama and Biden], when untethered from their Teleprompters, are prone to gibberish.
Actually I suspect that the President's Shanghai preposterosity appeared in the text rolling down his
Teleprompter. His speechwriters are as prone to the absurd as their boss. Nonetheless, President
Obama is reputed in the media to be an orator of great gifts and anyway he is very charismatic. So
apparently the journalists are insensate as the gaffes, the howlers, the jaw-dropping exaggerations roll
This is how the great orator performs
in the absence of a teleprompter:
out of fashion for O. Responding to the attempted terror attack on an American plane in US skies,
Obama took a break from the sandy beaches and golf links of Hawaii to make his first remarks about the simple
thwarting of what were supposed to be the highest security procedures. It was three days late and Obama
mailed it in. Unaided by his trusty TelePrompTers, the president read through his statement like a
schoolkid dutifully treading through his book report.
Shot of the Day: Here's Obama dropping in for a chat with his middle-class task force.
And people made fun of Reagan because of his notecards!
Uses Teleprompter To Address Sixth Graders, Media Mum. Last Tuesday, President Obama spoke to a
group of sixth graders and apparently brought his trusty teleprompter along to make sure he didn't make any
The White House confirmed to TWS that the teleprompters were used for his remarks
to the press, not with students.
The Editor says...
So what? Why does the president need a teleprompter to answer questions from reporters?
Barack's Blue Blanket.
[Scroll down slowly] Yet while verbally exuding confidence, both Obama and Linus [van Pelt] are a
paradox. Both flaunt self-perceived intellect while diametrically exhibiting a predilection to
insecurity. Linus rarely appears without a blanket tossed over one shoulder, and Barack refuses
to leave Pennsylvania Avenue without the teleprompter ... Thus far, Barry seems unaware that a United
States president setting up a teleprompter in a sixth-grade classroom is as pathetic as appearing at a
lectern while sucking a plastic nipple.
Obama also needs a pronounce-o-prompter. Over at RealClearPolitics, they show the video of
President Obama mispronouncing the word "corpsman" this morning. It's embarrassing all on its own, but
it also makes one wonder about the story he's telling.
Mispronounces "Corpsman" At Prayer Breakfast.
Unsustainable's the new
normal. At the National Prayer Breakfast, Barack Obama singled out for praise Navy Corpsman Christian
Bouchard. Or, as the president called him, "Corpseman Bouchard." Twice. Hey, not a big deal.
Throughout his life, the commander in chief has had little contact with the military, and less interest.
lets Commander-in-Chief Down as He Mispronounces 'Corpsman,' Mangles French. Surely, the White House
has someone on the staff who can teach the President how to pronounce the word "corpsman." It would also be
great if someone in media knew what a corpsman is...
This proves that Obama will read whatever comes up on the teleprompter.
will see 'premiums fall by as much as 3,000 percent' under Obamacare. Monday in Strongsville,
Ohio, President Obama said that ObamaCare will reduce health insurance premiums by "3,000 percent." ... Just
think, America: These are the people telling us that they know best how to run 1/6 of our economy.
More proof that Obama is utterly helpless without a teleprompter:
Bret Baier: 1;
President Obama: 0. With all due respect to Brit Hume and Charles Krauthammer, who didn't
acknowledge on air that their colleague bested the president, Baier clearly had Obama fumbling around and
stuttering and totally flustered. Like other young and studious-looking white guys Paul Ryan and
Eric Cantor, Baier used annoying and inconvenient facts to unveil the childish and petulant Obama that
a fawning Jurassic media has never bothered to investigate.
When Obama ad-libs, we learn what he really believes.
Obama: Stuck on Begrudge.
Off the teleprompter for a few seconds while stumping for financial reform recently in Illinois, President
Obama had this to say about money, incomes and success: "Now, what we're doing, I want to be clear, we're
not trying to push financial reform because we begrudge success that's fairly earned. I mean, I do think
at a certain point you've made enough money."
The (Not So) Great
Pretender. [Scroll down] Obama pretends to be a brilliant scholar. He successfully
accomplished this during the campaign by sticking with a cool, calm persona and shutting up when the
teleprompter was off. His acolytes in the press and Democratic Party were so eager to be conned that
they did not notice that Obama never provided any evidence of a stratospheric IQ. College transcripts
were safely locked away. The candidate started appearing nowhere without his teleprompter or glued to
his campaign staff...
Obama's teleprompters are 'idiot boards'. Former Vice President Walter Mondale said on CNN that
President Obama relies too much on teleprompters — which Mondale called "idiot boards" —
when speaking to the American people. In a discussion of whether Obama projects empathy in his speeches,
the 82 year-old Mondale said the president "has got to connect with the American people."
to make its debut in Parliament when Obama speak. A teleprompter will be in use for the first
time in the Central Hall of [the Indian] Parliament when US President Barack Obama addresses MPs on November
Embarrassment in India. The pathetic inability of Barack Obama to speak without the help of a
teleprompter will be showcased to the world's most populous democracy when the president flees the electoral
aftermath and decamps for India after the November election.
officials discuss teleprompter for Barack Obama. A US technical team today [11/1/2010] discussed with
Indian officials installation of a teleprompter in the Central Hall of Parliament for use by US President
Barack Obama during his address which will also mark the debut of the speaking aid in its hallowed precincts.
The US team deliberated on the teleprompter issue with officials of ministry of external affairs and the
Parliament, official sources said today.
to use teleprompter for Hindi speech. Namaste India! In all likelihood that will be
silver-tongued Barack Obama's opening line when he addresses the Indian parliament next week. ... But few in
India know that the US president always carries the teleprompter with him wherever he speaks.
More about President Obama's
big Indian junket.
Truth and Science and
Facts vs. Unwashed Hillbillies. [Scroll down] Just my unwashed observation: We have
a president who knows what our brains are hardwired to do and can describe the emotional state of an entire
country, but he can't get subject and verb to agree and pronoun and antecedent to agree in just two sentences
not read from a teleprompter. Good thing he didn't say "refudiate."
more teleprompters. President Obama continues to live in a state of denial regarding the message
of the midterm elections. He stubbornly clings to the belief that his policies had nothing to do with
the historic "shellacking" the voters gave his party and instead blames the red tide on his lack of communications
skills. What a change from the 2008 campaign, when Mr. Obama was being heralded as the great orator of the
21st century. Apparently, the 2010 election was lost because Mr. Obama didn't have enough teleprompters.
Me Being President.
There is, in fact, a clear difference between the president's command of English grammar when he is ad-libbing
and when he is reading from a teleprompter. Obama's command of the language in his several books is also
at variance with his impromptu performances. It is almost as if Obama had no hand in writing his own formal
remarks and the books published under his name. ... If the president is unable to form a coherent sentence in the
absence of a teleprompter, what must his mental life be like the rest of the time? That is a troubling
Inventor "Hub" Schlafly Dies. You've never heard of Hubert J. "Hub" Schlafly Jr., but
if you've seen a major political speech in the past generation, you know his work. Schlafly invented
the TelePrompTer and changed public address in America. He died April 20th in Connecticut.
President Barack Obama, is hailed by supporters as a gifted orator. But he has been lambasted by
critics for his reliance on the teleprompter. In truth, every President since Dwight D.
Eisenhower, excepting Nixon, has used one for major speeches in Congress.
The Editor says...
Yes, other presidents have used the teleprompter, but no other president has been so obviously helpless
without it. This is another example of "Bush did it too!" bias on the part of ABC News.
teleprompter coach revealed. Barack Obama, the purported master orator, is spending a hundred
thousand dollars of our tax money on an outside consultant to help him with his teleprompter skills.
Perhaps last minute coaching is the reason why Sunday night's OBL speech was delayed so long. The
hundred grand comes on top of the $624,000 payroll of the White House speechwriting team, so Obama's masterful
oratory is costing us close to three quarter of million bucks a year.
The Cost of Feeding TOTUS.
So who is it that feeds all of those glowing phrases into the teleprompters and what do they get
paid for providing this service? The Washington Times has an interesting and
frequently humorous look at the men (and women) behind the curtain.
Already — He's Not So Smart. [Scroll down] Think back to his press
conference when, recklessly venturing beyond range of a teleprompter, he described his campaign efforts
through the 57 states. If Dan Quayle had said that, people would have thrown potatoes at him.
The Chosen One.
[Scroll down] In short, Barack Obama himself is not that remarkable. He can give a rousing political
speech, of course, but that is usually not sufficient to get oneself elected president. So, since he seems to
have been reading from a teleprompter all his life, and since words certifiably his own are both few and opaque,
it is most fruitful as well as relevant for us to focus on whom and what he has been following. What
accounts for his smooth, unlikely ascent?
Brilliance Of Barack Obama. There are hundreds more examples of Obama gaffes but one has to Google
them on the Internet because the mainstream media never reported them. Yet every slip of the tongue by
Bush was deemed evidence of his stupidity. In fact, Obama has made many more slips when speaking without
his teleprompter but these are excused as merely a result of exhaustion or some other lame explanation.
is not leadership, Mr. President. Does President Obama even read what is put in the teleprompter
before he delivers it?
Obama Opens Speech With Minute Of Unexplained Silence. President Obama took to the
podium today [8/5/2011] to talk to Americans about the White House's initiatives to help veterans get back
into the work force and what the government is doing to encourage a health economy. But before
he dove into the details, the President stood at his podium for a good minute or so in silence,
interrupting only to let the audience know that he was "just waiting, here."
When the teleprompter goes blank, Obama is stupefied.
How Stupid is Obama?
[Scroll down] Then to top it off, we have the strange incident — the latest of many
strange incidents — on Friday, August 5th, when Obama, about to give a speech, stood
staring for a full minute while evidently waiting for the Teleprompter to switch on. Under such
circumstances, the normal politician will joke, will tell a yarn or two, tease the audience, do
anything but what Obama did: stare off into space after announcing, "We're waiting."
Fallen off Olympus,
Obama stammers. Warriors live by the sword and die by the sword. Politicians live by the
speech. And they die by the speech. The most shocking thing about President Obama's political
implosion from bright supernova to deadened black hole has been the complete undoing of his ability to speak.
Remember when he was famous for speaking?
President Priss. [Scroll
down] Perhaps most illuminating are those moments when he speaks without the use of a teleprompter, which
are indeed rare. Obama uses teleprompters more than any president in history. He uses a teleprompter
for routine introductions, 12-person cabinet meetings, and speaking at an elementary school. He even
had the U.S. Air Force transport an astonishing 12 teleprompters on his trip to the U.K. It is a
disturbing spectacle to watch Obama when he goes off teleprompter. He can ramble on with a painfully
long and convoluted response to a simple question, stumble over his very own comments or mix-up the living
and the dead as he did with a pair of Medal of Honor recipients.
minutes, two teleprompters. President Obama required two heavy-duty teleprompters on Monday [8/29/2011]
during a three-minute speech in which he nominated Alan Krueger to serve as chairman of his Council of Economic
Advisers. "I am very pleased to appoint Alan and I look forward to working with him," Obama said, staring
at the large, flat-screen monitor to his right, then shifting his eyes to the teleprompter on his left. "I
have nothing but confidence..."
Photo by Hayley Peterson, Washington
mock Obama's teleprompter use. Picking up on a theme that has been rippling through GOP circles
for two years, Republican presidential candidates are trying to use President Obama's reliance on teleprompters
to deflate one of his biggest strengths — his oratorical skill. If Obama can't give a two-minute
speech without a screen telling him what to say, the critique goes, it's a sign that he doesn't know what he's
talking about and can't be trusted to do his job.
Who is the
Real Barack Obama? According to our President's new view of history, capitalism is a theory that has
"never worked." ... But Obama's knowledge of history is limited to what is written on his teleprompter.
Anything You put on that 'Prompter, President Burgundy Will
Read. Particularly in the clip aimed at Alaskan voters, with its large close-up on the- Sen. Obama's face, you can see
Obama's eyes flick back and forth as he scans his teleprompter. And like Will Ferrell's Ron Burgundy character in Anchorman,
Burgundy Obama will read just about anything you put in that 'prompter. (No matter how
shameless it makes him look later.)
Comparative analysis of the teleprompter president's oratory.
The man reads from his teleprompter like a pro but has little of import to say, lies shamelessly, uses eighth-grade
language, leans heavily toward long-windedness, and stumbles over his own tongue like a stroke victim when the
teleprompter is unavailable.
Jumping Through Hoops. [D]id anyone catch
the loving treatment Mr. Obama received from CBS during halftime of last night's NCAA basketball finals? To be sure, he
did look a bit lost without his teleprompter while trying to respond to CBS's analyst Clark Kellogg's tough questioning.
And he did look rather runty in the presence of Kellogg, a towering former NBA and Big Ten star forward. Yet it also
amounted to four minutes of adoring advertising, it would seem.
Obama off the Cuff. Conservatives caricature
24/7 Barack Obama's reliance on the teleprompter. True, his speeches are scripted; but we forget why so: He is very good at reading a
prepared script as if he were talking off the top of his head, and he is very bad at actually talking off the top of his head. In the former
mode, he sounds pleasantly moderate and mellifluous; in the latter, sort of creepy and awkward. Yet the result is paradoxical: Obama
seems to feel false when he sounds balanced and eloquent reading someone else's ideas on a teleprompter, and genuine only when he is extreme
and ad hoc in his own words.
Bumbling Obama Makes an
"Uncharacteristic Error". Uncharacteristic, that is, if you haven't paid attention to the fact this
guy is a stuttering, stammering buffoon who can't sting a coherent sentence together without his trusty teleprompter.
Ready, Fire, Aim. We are rapidly approaching the moment at which
Washington reevaluates the Obama campaign's reputation for competence and expertise. Every week, one or several of Obama's
surrogates trip over their own words; every day, Jim Messina and David Plouffe and David Axelrod must scratch their heads in wonder
at the mess they are creating. One gaffe is an isolated event. Two is an embarrassment. But three or more form a
pattern, one that is damaging not only Obama's precarious chances for reelection but also the fortunes of the Democratic Party.
If it rolls up on the teleprompter, he will say it.
Twice Mistakenly Mentions 'My Sons,' While Defending Contraception Mandate. In two campaign speeches over the last two days
[May 24-25, 2012], President Barack Obama has twice mistakenly mentioned "my sons" when defending his administration's regulation
requiring virtually all health-care plans in the United States to provide women, without any fees or co-pay, with sterilizations and all
Food and Drug Administration-approved contraceptives, including those that can cause abortions. Obama, of course, has two
daughters — 10-year-old Sasha and 13-year-old Malia — but no sons.
The Editor says...
The way I see it, the three most likely explanations are these: (1) The words popped up on the teleprompter and he read them
reflexively, as he probably does with every speech (because he almost certainly does not write his own speeches), or (2) he is
sending some sort of coded (dog whistle) message to someone, or (3) he is
Is President Obama trying to fill in some missing
pieces of his biography?. What kind of brain freeze or derangement leads someone to refer to my sons, when
two daughters are the only fruit of conception one has created? If George W. Bush has spoken of his sons in
public twice, can you even begin to imagine the ridicule the likes of David Letterman, Bill Maher, and Jon Steward would
heap on him? But with BHO, all one hears is the sound of crickets chirping.
Obama's Sons: They Are Real for
Him. Much has been said, [...] at American Thinker and elsewhere, about Barack Obama's recent pair of
teleprompted references to his (presumably) non-existent sons. Thomas Lifson toys with the notion that Obama might in
fact have secret sons, as a way of making sense of the seeming insanity of it. Selwyn Duke suggests it might
indicate brain damage from Obama's (presumably) past drug use. (Funny, isn't it, how often one is left no choice
but merely to presume about the Cipher-in-Chief.) David Paulin asks whether Obama might be the victim of a
teleprompting prankster/saboteur. All of these are reasonable speculations — which is, in itself, reason
to be perturbed about America's current devolved state.
Obama Is Not That Bright.
Mr. Obama has said a lot of unsmart things: there are 57 states; Canada has a president; "Austrian" is a language; America
is "20 centuries" old; Arabic is spoken in Afghanistan. He's called the Falkland Islands (Malvinas) the Maldives, and
declared it would be "unprecedented" for the Supreme Court to invalidate a law passed by Congress. President Obama's stimulus bill
didn't stimulate. His subsidies to "green" firms have produced neither the jobs nor the energy he promised. Unemployment on
his watch peaked at 10 percent, one of the highest rates since the Great Depression. Deficits are out of control. "The
man who promised everything is delivering nothing," wrote Noemie Emery in the Weekly Standard.
President's Tone Deaf Camp. The perils of reading scripts written by hacks from teleprompters were shown by a
president who has a habit of insulting and betraying allies. He has succeeded in making his vice president look eloquent.
Obama switches off his teleprompter.
President Obama is weaning himself off his teleprompter. At recent campaign events in Pennsylvania, Virginia and again Monday [7/16/2012]
in Ohio, Obama spoke to crowds in high school gymnasiums and at crowded outdoor events without his teleprompter, instead using written notes.
The difference is dramatic. Instead of turning in his characteristic manner from right to left and back again, reading from the two sloping,
clear-plastic planes of his teleprompter, Obama has glanced down at pages in a binder on his podium.
of Obama Campaign Planting Questions at Cincinnati Speech. At a campaign stop in Cincinnati, Obama seemed to have a lot of trouble
getting through his speech without a teleprompter to lean on. In the video [linked to this article], Obama calls for one last question, and
seems to blunder through saying he "promised" and then "promise" and finally, "I'm gonna call on this young lady here." But it wasn't a young
lady, it was a boy. He corrects himself, joking, "that's a handsome young man." Then ten minutes later, he launches into the end of the
speech, and mellifluously saunters into the words, "when I look at this young woman here, I see my daughters" while pointing at the boy again.
This is the brilliant orator people are swooning over?
[Emphasis in original.]
Hey Obama: We Built That Stuff
Too! First, let me say how thrilled I am that you went off-teleprompter last week. This "If you've got a business,
you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen" thing was just wonderful. Now I know how Chris Matthews felt.
Oh ... I know. Your handlers weren't all that thrilled with your amazing screw-up, and, frankly, they have been worried
this day was coming for a long time. They know how you feel about the private sector. [...] They had hoped to keep your true
feelings in check with those teleprompters ... but nooooooooo ... you just had to improvise, didn't you?
The Myth of Obama's Rhetorical
Brilliance. To believe that Obama was talking about businesses, you only have to watch his speech in context and
take it at its literal meaning. To believe Obama was talking about something else, you have to divine certain messages from
his ambiguous body language, assume he mixed up his demonstrative pronouns, and concede that the context was structured oddly.
Even then, it isn't clear what exactly he's referring to. How could this be, considering he's supposed to be one of the world's
most celebrated orators? The answer is, no teleprompter.
Obama is divider in
chief. I must be having a nightmare, because what I hear the president say in his campaign speeches is scary stuff. When he
went off the teleprompter in Roanoke and made the ridiculous claim about successful businesspeople not having done it on their own I thought I was
listening to a Third World dictator speaking. The problem is, that is what he truly believes, and that should be enough for thinking people
to absolutely tune this guy out and turn him out of office. His real philosophy came through as he did not have Mr. Teleprompter turned on
to help him deliver his speech.
Obama's rough month off the
teleprompter. Now we know why President Obama is so fond of his teleprompter. Over the past month, Obama has made three major
gaffes in off the cuff remarks on the economy.
The Return of TOTUS. The famous
Teleprompter of the United States made a triumphant return to the campaign of President Barack Obama. The experiment to
wean Obama off the machine failed in spectacular fashion when, without the benefit of a prepared script, the president uttered
his now famous "You didn't build that" comment. Even after the damaging gaffe, the Obama campaign insisted that the
teleprompter would rarely be used. Until yesterday [8/2/2012].
Back on the trail, Obama
clings to the teleprompter. President Obama spoke to supporters in Florida this afternoon [8/2/2012], but was careful to stick to
his script, relying heavily on his teleprompters. The president campaigned without teleprompters last month, when he made his
controversial "you didn't build that" remark about business owners.
Mitt Romney doesn't need a Teleprompter to tell him what he believes.
Look Ma, no Teleprompter! Wow! Imagine
speaking eloquently with just a few notes. The last time someone did that, Jimmy went down for the count.
Is Obama a Ventriloquist Dummy? For years, some people
have ridiculed Barack Obama's reliance on the teleprompter. The Presidential teleprompter even has its own blog. Critics have alluded that perhaps the
world's greatest orator is not adept on his feet. Certainly, recent evidence of this idea can be found in his reluctance to hold press conferences or interviews
(except, recently, in such high-brow outfits as People magazine and Entertainment Tonight). [...] But there may be more to the reliance on the "telly" than is usually
assumed. What if, literally, Barack Obama does not even really know what is in the speeches when he gives them?
'Is This an Act of War?'
Obama Turns His Back on Question about Libyan Attack. President Barack Obama took no questions at the White House
Rose Garden press conference on the attacks in Libya, turning his back and walking away as a reporter asked, "Is this an act
The Editor says...
Obama is obviously afraid to answer any difficult question without a Teleprompter to show him the correct answer.
humiliated Obama in the presidential debate. Last night was a good example of what happens when you take President Obama off an autocue.
He falls to pieces. Obama's performance during the first presidential debate was a mess.
The Empty Chair Showed Up. This is what happens
when you have to run on your sorry record. This is what happens when there is no teleprompter. This is what happens when you don't have the
mainstream media to run cover for you.
The Comeback of 'President Teleprompter'. Obama doesn't do debates, he
does Teleprompter appearances. Obama doesn't show up where adult voters congregate, he does captive audiences at university campuses, where lib-left
professors instruct students not to ask meaningful questions. Many of the estimated 65 million who watched the debates on television may have been
frightened when they saw close up for the first time, the sulking, head down, smirking Obama caught in the glare of the headlights as Romney ran away
with a clear win.
Beholding the essential Obama. President
Obama looked great at most official functions. But beginning with Ron Suskind's fine book "Confidence Men" and continuing on with Bob Woodward's
recent "The Price of Politics," it has been increasingly apparent that this president does not sit through meetings — not even national
security briefings — does not know how to make or implement policy and much prefers to gabble on and on, preferably with the assistance
of a teleprompter.
The Not-So-Great Communicator: Is Obama Overrated As A Speaker?
For a man who was elected president partly on his ability to give a great speech, Barack Obama has been at times a surprisingly poor communicator in office and on the
Obama and Bush Eulogies: The
Grotesque and the Graceful. President Obama has a very serious ego problem, and when he goes off teleprompter, it sticks out like a
sore thumb. [...] It is time to amp up the ridicule of Obama.
53 Seconds that Should End a
Presidency. The great orator, Obama, seems lost and easily thrown without his teleprompter.
Delivered 699 Speeches Using a Teleprompter Since Taking Office. Since becoming the president of the United States of
America, Barack Obama has delivered 699 speeches using a Teleprompter, according to statistics compiled by CBS reporter Mark
Knoller. That number includes campaign speeches, State of the Union addresses, and everything in between.
Respect the office, not necessarily the
man. Barack Hussein Obama does not deserve the respect due the office of the President. He is an empty suit man who
can't speak without a tele-prompter. His Presidency is marked by constant drama, distortions, and exaggerations, which is just now
waking up the mainstream media and the low information voters. He has embarked on his promised transformation from capitalism to
socialism on the path to communism, just as he was taught by his leftist mentors. He has made the economy worse; people's jobs and
wealth have been destroyed; and our nation's global reputation has been destroyed.
Man Gets 7 Years for Stealing Obama's Teleprompter.
A career criminal who stole a truck containing President Obama's audio equipment was sentenced Thursday [4/11/2013] to seven years in federal prison. Sentencing
guidelines called for a term of about three years, but Eric Brown of Richmond, Va., agreed to the longer sentence to avoid prosecution for 14 similar truck thefts
in three localities.
Biden needles Obama on
teleprompter. Vice President Biden ribbed President Obama over his teleprompter use at a Jewish-American Heritage Month
reception in New York City on Tuesday [5/21/2013]. Biden asked that the teleprompter in the room be taken down before his address,
according to the pool report. "You can't tell Barack that the teleprompter's down," Biden said. "The standing joke in the
office is Barack's learning to speak without a teleprompter. I'm learning to speak with one. I apologize for the teleprompter."
Our Make No Mistake About It/Let Me Be Perfectly Clear President.
Never has a commander in chief so casually, so confidently approached the podium as if he were popping open his own laptop, his jaw almost in Mussolini
style thrust out, with eyes fixed three feet above the heads of the audience — all with just the right mixture of self-assurance and canned
humility. No wonder that after all that we expect a "four score and seven years ago" that will match the perfect choreography. Never has a
president so mastered the teleprompter — no easy task in itself — with just the right pauses, followed with a timely ratcheting up
of passion, punctuated with a half-smile, a grimace, a laugh.
Maybe the teleprompter is being loaded by somebody in Moscow.
Obama's Sword and Shield. In watching
President Obama speak on terrorism last week, we were taken aback to hear him say that America needs an anti-terrorism program that
is both our sword and our shield. This was a striking choice of words by an American president. Remember the
emblem of the KGB? Maybe you don't, but we do.
Obama, the great orator, proves again that he is unable to ad-lib.
Obama snaps at staff after realizing his prepared remarks are missing. As President Obama approached the podium this
afternoon to deliver a speech, he quickly realized his prepared remarks were not there. "I think there's only one problem,
and that is that my remarks are not sitting here," he said as the crowd chuckled.
at total loss for words as staff forgets his speech. President Obama strolled out to the podium today in San Jose, CA and
was immediately at a loss for words. Not only did the President not have teleprompter, his aides forgot his speech.
The Editor says...
Obama must be completely incompetent, because if he had adequate comprehension of the issues America faces (other than
the problems Obama has inflicted himself), he would be able to speak extemporaneously about them for a few minutes. Long enough to
load the prompter, at least. This isn't the first time Barack Obama has frozen in mute stupefication in the absence of a prepared script.
Obama: Real Good Talker, Really Bad Communicator. Once upon a time Barack Obama was known as a good speech-giver.
That's how he debuted in 2004 and why he almost always relies on a teleprompter; so he can concentrate on the delivery, not the
content. [...] Recall last week when Obama had no teleprompter and staff forgot to deliver his speech to the podium? The
most powerful man in the world was speechless, literally. Flummoxed. Improv not his thing. Had no idea
what to do or say. Reduced to mocking his own staff.
Chris Matthews: Lack of Teleprompter
'Ruined' Obama's Berlin Speech. MSNBC's number one Obama fanboy, Chris Matthews, was obviously disappointed with President
Obama's letdown of a speech in Germany Tuesday [6/18/2013]. Rather than place the blame where it belonged — on the empty
rhetoric, hypocritical platitudes, and a crowd 95% smaller than the one Obama captured in '08 as a presidential candidate —
Matthews blamed it on the sun blotting out Obama's teleprompter. [Video clip]
Matthews: Berlin Sun
'Ruined' Obama's Speech. MSNBC host and Obama sycophant Chris Matthews blamed the sun for spoiling the president's speech
in Berlin today. [...] Speaking behind a glass bulletproof shield, Obama appeared to be using the text of the speech rather than reading
off of teleprompters.
White House Blows the Berlin Speech.
President Obama's speech at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin today was a stage director's nightmare. The president was sweating
profusely — you could see the outlines of his undershirt. There were ghostly reflections off the protective glass
in front of him. And instead of heaving throngs of admirers, Obama addressed 6,000 or so invited guests. And something
was wrong with TOTUS!
Obama's Off-teleprompter Race Speech.
Much has been made of Obama's impromptu crashing of the press briefing at the White House the other day to weigh in yet again on Trayvon
Martin's death. The reception of Obama's discussion reminded me of the movie The King's Speech, where the man who would be king of
England had to give just one good speech, so all of England would feel comfort. As in the movie, I chuckled at the big deal made by
"reporters" that the man who is supposed to be a great orator and "Leader of the formerly Free World" did so without his "blankie," the
The Editor says...
How do we know there wasn't a big teleprompter at the other end of the room?
Obama Proves Just How Smart He Isn't. For years I have
heard many credible people, even those on the political right touting how smart and what a great orator Obama is. In fact, he isn't smart. He is
manipulative, and when he has a ministry of propaganda (the press / media) to convince others, he can look like pretty much anything he likes. The same
is true of his speaking skills. Sure, he can read a teleprompter with the best of them, but take it away and his skills disappear.
Obama as Chaos. In short, whenever the president prefaces a sweeping statement
with one of his many emphatics — "make no mistake about it," "I'm not making this up," "in point of fact," "let me be perfectly clear" —
we know that the reverse is always true. For Obama, how something is said matters far more than what is said. If he stumbles, as is his wont,
through an un-teleprompted remark that on rare occasions can be mostly accurate, that is a serious lapse; if, more frequently, he mellifluously asserts a
teleprompted falsehood, there is little worry. The result is not so much untruth, lies, or distortions, as virtual chaos. Is what he says untrue,
contradictory of what he said or did earlier, or just nonsensical?
Does Obama Have
Any Idea What Is Going On In His Own Administration? When President Obama speaks off the cuff, he is often revealing, if you can
penetrate his trademark incoherence.
DNC chair utters a
strange word to defend Obama. Unlike many officials this long into elected service, President Obama has stuck with his teleprompter.
It not only ensures he utters the vocabulary words pre-polled by his communications strategists for effectiveness and resonance with voters. Ever
heard him, for instance, not combine the words "quality affordable health care"? No accident. But the prompter frees Obama from having
to think much about what he's saying, lets him focus more on a really sincere delivery.
Barack Obama's greatly overrated intellect
President Obama's problem is not just inexperience
or the fact that he'd rather play golf or basketball than sit in his office and make difficult decisions.
There is a lot of evidence (presented below) that he's just not terribly bright.
It goes without saying that if Barack Obama had credentials, the news media would gladly show them off
to the world. But for one reason or another, Mr. Obama has hidden his college transcripts from Occidental
College in California, Columbia College in New York, and Harvard Law School in
No college transcripts, published records, or even contemporary newspaper announcements about his education
have been released.*
What else is he hiding? Plenty, but that's
another subject altogether.
Oh, but Barack Obama wrote two best-selling books, didn't he? I don't think so. He now faces
credible accusations of plagiarism:
Forensic analysis shows that apparently someone other than Barack Obama wrote those books.
Why do you suppose this hasn't been reported by
the news media?
Obama: The Affirmative Action President.
President Barack Obama is the perfect "Low Information President." He is not really interested very much in doing his job. He doesn't know
anything going on in his own administration. He is always the last to know. He learns important developments only when he reads about it in
the newspaper, apparently after first reading the sports section. But Obama is keenly interested in basketball. He has turned his NCAA
championship "brackets" predictions chart into a presidential event. He is into music, movies, culture. Obama is the "Pop Culture
President." [...] President Obama has played over 160 rounds of golf in office. Obama's White House has pickup basketball games with NBA
basketball stars. Obama knows who is up for Academy Awards. He gets his news from Entertainment Tonight.
You Didn't Build It... because I Didn't Earn It.
Obama knows he didn't have what it took to get into Columbia, and he didn't have what it took to get into Harvard Law. Let's face an inescapable
reality. If Obama had great grades, his transcripts would be in a full-page ad in the New York Times. Obama became president of the
Harvard Law Review (HLR) without ever having an article published in it, a status that separated him from every other HLR president who preceded him.
In fact, while Obama was the HLR's first black president, few people know that 70 years earlier, Charles Houston had become the HLR's first black
editor, contradicting the myth that black people cannot succeed without affirmative action. Obama didn't possess the skills to be on the HLR, let
alone to be the review's president.
Obama's Make-Believe Life . Barack Obama exists
only as the sock puppet of his handlers, of the people who have maneuvered and manufactured this pathetic individual's life. When anyone else
would quickly and easily produce a birth certificate, this man has spent over a million dollars to deny access to his. Most other documents, the
paper trail we all leave in our wake, have been sequestered from review. He has lived a make-believe life whose true facts remain hidden.
We laugh at the ventriloquist's dummy, but what do you do when the dummy is President of the United States of America?
Unforced Errors Are Sinking Obama. By May 2008, Michelle
Malkin already had a mountain of evidence, which she acknowledged was only a sample, that when away from his teleprompter, this alleged super-smarty
is in reality a walking, talking "perpetual gaffe machine." Her itemization included his reference to the country's "57 states" and his
description of Arkansas as being "in the middle" of Kentucky and Obama's home state of Illinois. Later in that year's campaign, we were
treated to a stumbling, bumbling candidate describing asthmatics as needing "breathalyzers" and "inhalators" and having the country's energy
problems solved if only drivers would properly inflate their tires.
Written at 8th Grade Level for Third Straight Year. Obama's SOTU addresses have the lowest average
Flesch-Kincaid score of any modern president; Obama owns three of the six lowest-scoring addresses since FDR. ... In
Obama's own words: "My message is simple."
This is what is known as stammering.
Obama: "I, I, I,
I, I'm A Warrior For The Middle Class". "You know what? If asking a billionaire to pay their
fair of taxes. To pay the same tax rate as a plumber or a teacher is class warfare, then you know what?
I, I, I, I, I'm, I'm a warrior for the middle class. I'm happy to fight for the middle class," President
Obama said at the Brent Spence Bridge in Cincinnati, OH.
More of the same:
Obama's Breathtaking Gall.
"The way I think about it is, you know, this is, uh, you know, a great, uh, great country that had gotten a
little soft, and you know, we didn't have that same competitive edge that we needed over the last, uh, couple of
decades. We need to get back on track."
How Political Correctness Gave America a
Con-Man President. Obama's incompetence has become so well attested, it's reached apocryphal
status. No matter what kind of imbecility is attributed to Barack, the average American would tend to
believe it. But how did this transition of perception occur? How did one so touted as a
super-competent, "messianic" mega-genius fall so utterly, so quickly? According to Occam's Razor,
the likeliest explanation is that, whatever his IQ, Barack is, on a practical, real-world level — a
staggering cretin. For example, he's never taken note of the fact that socialism and Marxism always
fail, and kill millions of the innocent along the way. How was one elected with all the fanfare of a
Heisman winner, yet be such a zero?
Obama's speeches are replete with meaningless
pap and filler.
says everything — and nothing. The most cerebral president in America's history —
yes, much smarter than Madison, Jefferson, Adams, any of the Founding Fathers, to hear the mainstream media
gush — is suddenly sounding like a community college dropout.
Barack Obama smart enough to make it as an Air Force pilot? [Scroll down]
Remember, this is a previously strong supporter of Obama saying this. Not only is he now
questioning the "disquieting aspects" of the president's biography, but he is also calling into
question the accepted myth of Obama's "brilliance." Maybe now more on the left and more in the
liberal mainstream media will ask by what criterion did they elevate Obama to the level of "brilliant?"
As Westen points out, beyond Obama's "singularly unremarkable career as a law professor" — or
anything for that matter — is the very question of his actual competence. Beyond the
mandates of political correctness, how is a man who refuses to release the results of his SAT scores,
his I.Q. test, or his transcripts from Occidental college deemed "brilliant?"
Obama's Anti-Intellectual 2008 Campaign. Some of the reaction to Politico's tireless
quest to find out if Democrats think Rick Perry is "dumb" centered on the fact reporters conveniently
have yet to produce President Obama's school records. That's true — and a point
You Don't Have
To Be "Smart," Just Right. In a recent Politico piece (one that mistakes
wonkery for overall intelligence), readers are asked, Is Rick Perry dumb? ... What makes a
person dumb is repeating mistakes when all the evidence tells him to stop for his own good.
Obama Must Go. Delivering a
speech at the National Prayer Breakfast on February 4, 2010, President Obama twice referred to
a Navy corpsman as a "corpse-man," a solecism he had made before. Those familiar with the
president's penchant for getting things wrong would not have been surprised. After all, the
man who famously believed there are 58 states in the union, that Austrians speak "Austrian,"
that America and Islam "share common principles of justice and progress, tolerance and the dignity
of all human beings," and other screamers too numerous to mention, might plausibly be expected to
misspeak whenever given the opportunity to embarrass himself. His malapropisms, however, are
not only a sign of a deeply ignorant man but also a symptom of the policy miscarriages he has
implemented since taking office — again, too numerous to mention in toto.
President Stupid. You have to be
stupid to openly declare that you want to drive the coal industry out of business when it provides half of all
the electricity the nation uses every day, but that is precisely what President Stupid's administration is
doing. You have to be stupid to declare a moratorium on drilling for oil in the Gulf of Mexico after
courts have twice told you to remove it. You have to be stupid to lecture the U.S. Chamber of Commerce
on how to create jobs when your economic policies have been killing them for two years. ... You have to be stupid to have spent the first two years
of Sundays playing golf and then expect people to believe you are deeply religious.
Says He's Spock Then Misuses English Language. Remember how the left always asserted that
George W. Bush was stupid? Remember how they were so thrilled to have the Obamessiah that spoke so
well, a president that was perpetually the smartest man in the room? Well, after the many stammering
TelePrompter free stump debacles during the campaign, many began to doubt this claim of his superior
intelligence. Here is another small dent in that perception.
Obama Doesn't Know the Price of an Apple.
President Obama today tried to pay for four apples with one dollar. Now, if Bush did this, can you imagine the
uproar?? ... Recognizing the error, Obama personal aide Reggie Love quickly stepped in with some more money for the fruit
seller, who had just been ripped off by the leader of the free world.
Obama's Problem as 'The Smartest
Person in the Room'. In terms of IQ, Obama is clearly not the smartest person in any room he enters.
The fact of the matter is that Obama's IQ scores have not been made public. Guesses by enthusiasts of his IQ range from
140 to 170. Obama's detractors calculate a much lower IQ.
Offends — And Doesn't Seem To Know It. It's one thing to be offensive. It's yet another
thing to be offensive, and to be clueless about it.
Obama Is Not That Bright.
Barack Obama is the smartest man with the highest IQ ever to be elected to the presidency, historian Michael Beschloss told radio talk show host
Don Imus in November of 2008. "So what is his IQ?" Mr. Imus asked. Mr. Beschloss didn't know. He was just assuming.
Many shared that assumption. Adjectives frequently applied to Mr. Obama are "smart" (278 million hits on Google), "intelligent"
(62 million) and "brilliant" (24 million). There is little evidence to support it.
Community Organizer in
Chief. When Barack Obama humbled Hillary Clinton, the campaign orchestrated for him by Democratic
fixers was widely misread as a thing of genius. Because Hillary has fans who delude themselves into thinking
of her as the smartest woman in America, an influential few figured that anyone who beat her had to be
even smarter. But smooth is not the same as smart, and neither smooth nor smart should be confused
with effective. In fact, there is more evidence for saying that Obama is vindictive than for saying
he is smart, and that matters when smarts are supposed to compensate for inexperience.
Just How Smart Is Obama?
[Scroll down] As far as Barack Obama being smart as a whip goes, he has no clue in economics, nor has he any
understanding of foreign policy; he is supremely arrogant and doesn't care if it rubs people the wrong way; he
has few political skills and no administrative ability, nor does he have any desire to engage in the day-to-day
drudgery of ruling, preferring to reign instead; and he revels in the luxury of presidential perks and
delights in flaunting his excess. Other than that, he is a true genius.
How 'Brilliant' Can President Obama
Be? What and where is the proof that Obama is such a sharp fellow? The recorded evidence is
unavailable since his academic records, and test scores from three universities are sealed at his demand.
Sure, he graduated from Harvard, but so did George Bush, who earned an MBA but is still pilloried by some as
dumber than dirt. We shall have to examine Obama's performance and make our own assumptions based on
observations. [For example,] Obama selected advisers and Cabinet heads who have basically no experience
in the private sector. He relies heavily on them to tell him what to do about the sick economy.
Obama is the disgraceful fruit of the public school system.
Up With All the Presidential Gaffes, Anyway? Someone who tells a crowd in Vienna that his
"Austrian" isn't very good, who tells Marines that he's pleased to speak to the "Marine Corpse," and who,
just today [6/23/2011], said he'd given the Medal of Honor to a survivor from the 10th Mountain Division,
when in fact the award was given posthumously, doesn't fit my definition of a brilliant and cultured man. ... It
tells us that the president and his trusted advisers are the products of the atrocious, politically correct
educational system that's wrecking the country in so many ways.
President Priss. He
has been called the most intelligent man ever elected president. Some believe he is literally a genius.
Obama himself "always believes he is the smartest person in any room," according to those who know him.
In spite of these claims of brilliance, close examination of his remarks indicates he is of average intellect
at best. In fact, analysis of his 2011 State of the Union address revealed his remarks were written at
8.1 grade school level, the second lowest of the 70 SOTU addresses delivered since the 1930s.
Underscoring his pedestrian intelligence are his college transcripts. He would have publicly released
them if they were in any way flattering.
Why President Obama Is
Painful to Watch. Mr. Obama makes use of awkward and unusual figures of speech. One
glaring example that I've never figured out is the title of his second book, The Audacity of Hope.
I realize it is a phrase he took from his mentor and long-time pastor, Jeremiah Wright. Wherever it
came from, what in the world does it mean? It is typical of most of what Mr. Obama says. I
suppose that it was meant to sound profound, but if you think about it, it's anything but.
Smart? Socrates taught that wisdom begins in the recognition of how little we know.
Mr. Obama is perpetually intent on telling us how much he knows. Aristotle wrote that the type
of intelligence most needed in politics is prudence, which in turn requires experience. Mr. Obama
came to office with no experience. Plutarch warned that flattery "makes itself an obstacle and
pestilence to great houses and great affairs." Today's White House, more so than any in memory,
is stuffed with flatterers.
Obama Letter Confirms Inability to Write. Not surprisingly, it confirms everything I know about
Barack Obama, the writer and thinker. ... "Since the merits of the Law Review's selection policy
has been the subject of commentary for the last three issues," wrote Obama, "I'd like to take the time
to clarify exactly how our selection process works." If Obama were as smart as a fifth-grader, he would
know, of course, that "merits ... have." Were there such a thing as a literary Darwin Award, Obama could
have won it on this on one sentence alone.
The phrases President Obama can't
do without. For all his flourish, President Barack Obama sure falls back on a few familiar
The Editor says...
This is the same Barack Obama who was supposed to be such a great orator. At least that's what we
were told during his campaign. Why does he have such a limited vocabulary?
The dumbest thing
done by a president in living memory. You may recall that President Obama committed a diplomatic
faux pas by giving British Prime Minister Gordon Brown a box set of 25 American movie DVD's after Brown's gracious
gifts that included a wood carving from a ship that helped end the slave trade. But that is not the end of
the Obama administration's stupidity — not by a long shot.
The High School Valedictorian
Presidency. Listening to President Obama speak Tuesday [7/7/2009] at the New Economic School in
Moscow, it became completely clear that his intellect is greatly overrated.
Obama is dumb. Admittedly, George Bush was not the most eloquent President we've ever had, but
of course, neither is Barack Obama once he gets off his teleprompter. ... Was it George Bush who claimed that there were more than
57 states? Did Bush say he saw our "fallen heroes" in the audience during a speech? Was it
George Bush who made a racist comment about "typical white people?" Did W. spend 20 years without
complaint at a church where the pastor spouted off ignorant, anti-Semitic ideas and conspiracy theories?
Was George Bush so much of an airhead that he actually ended up "thanking himself in a speech" because
that's what his teleprompter said to do?
Is President Obama an economic illiterate? Harsh as that sounds, there's growing evidence he understands little
about economics and even less about economic growth or job creation. ... The president talks as if free market
solutions are nonexistent, and in his mind they may be. Three weeks after taking office, he said only
government "has the resources to jolt our economy back into life." He hasn't retreated, in words or
policies, from that view.
Just how smart is Obama?
Comparing books attributed to Obama with known undisputed samples of his writings, [Jack] Cashill has shown
that, in fact, Obama is a crappy writer, who, despite a Harvard-educated father, a mother with a PhD,
attendance at the best private prep school in Hawaii and degrees from Columbia University and Harvard Law
School, never mastered such elemental matters of grammar as the necessary agreement of verbs and nouns in a
Rumors of a Coup.
[Scroll down] Commandant Zero is being revealed as the most inept president on record. This is in no
way hyperbole; it is a sober evaluation of the record as it exists. Fillmore, Buchanan, and even Carter
are simply not in the running here. As a schlemiel, Obama stands in a class by himself, a man who not
only can't solve problems, but can't recognize them when they appear.
The Dumbest President...
EVER! How dumb? How-many-Obamas-does-it-take-to-screw-in-a-light-bulb dumb.
Obama in a rush for higher gas prices?
At Friday's news conference, President Obama tried to connect with the common man coping with rising gasoline
prices. Instead, the president left little doubt that he is clueless about cars. "You may want to buy a
fuel-efficient car," quoth Obama, "but you may not be able to afford it. And so you're stuck with the old
clunker that's getting 8 or 10 miles a gallon." Eight to 10 mpg? Which clunker would that
be? I wondered. ... You have to go back to the Carter administration years or earlier to find Obama's idea of
a gas-guzzling family car — and even that vehicle would have been a van, light truck/SUV or luxury model.
And yet he is behind the wheel of Washington's energy policy.
All it takes is one gaffe to taint a Republican for life. The political establishment never let Dan Quayle
live down his fateful misspelling of "potatoe."
But what about Barack Obama? The guy's a perpetual
gaffe machine. Let us count the ways, large and small, that his tongue has betrayed him throughout the
The gaffes Barack Obama has committed would have crushed the typical Republican politician. But the reporters
who can't get over Dan Quayle's misspelling of "potato" have little to say about their man's slip-ups.
Barack Obama: Gaffe
machine. Let us count the ways, large and small, that his tongue has betrayed him throughout
the campaign: Last May, he claimed that Kansas tornadoes killed a whopping 10,000 people: "In case
you missed it, this week, there was a tragedy in Kansas. Ten thousand people died — an entire
town destroyed." The actual death toll: 12.
Obama? Imagine that John McCain named a young running mate to campaign with him, and this national
rookie suggested America had 58 states, repeatedly used the wrong names for the cities he was visiting,
and honored a Memorial Day crowd by acknowledging the "fallen heroes" who were present, somehow alive and standing
in the audience. How long would it take for the national media to see another Dan Quayle caricature?
scenario is very real, except it isn't McCain. It's the other fellow.
Caddell On Obama: "Does This Guy Have Any Idea What He Is Doing?". After watching Obama's press
conference this morning, Democrat pollster Pat Caddell said it is time to confront the elephant in the room:
That is, the question as to whether Obama actually has any idea what he's doing. He must be talking about
the elephant in the MSNBC green room, or something, because I think everyone else has been openly wondering
about that for some time now — and we have serious doubts.
How Stupid is Obama?
It has become obvious, in a sense that cannot be denied, that Obama is a fundamentally stupid man.
He has all the equipment, all the training, would probably do well on all the tests — but it
doesn't come together and produces no worthwhile results. He knows all the buzzwords, and how to
get them across. He easily impresses crowds and onlookers so long as the questions don't get too
detailed. But he can't turn any of this into action. Everyhing he touches, without exception,
falls to pieces. He has no single political success to his record.
Does America Deserve Obama? President Obama is
a socialist and a vapid demagogue who has been educated beyond the level of his intelligence.
Purposeful inaction is a form of passive-aggressive
declares war on mousepads and coffee mugs in bid to trim government's excessive spending. The
President has begun a war against mousepads, coffee mugs and other commemorative items in a bid to curb unnecessary
government spending and tackle America's $14 trillion deficit. This week he signed an executive order
directing government agencies to cut back on 'extraneous promotional items', which the White House says cost
taxpayers billions of dollars a year.
The Editor says...
In the time it took President Obama to sign this executive order, the US government spent more money on
welfare entitlements and bureaucracies than it has ever spent on mouse pads, coffee mugs and trinkets.
Electability and MSM Bias. The liberal media have never, to my knowledge, shined the spotlight on
Obama's many embarrassing gaffes. They have rarely called attention to his deceit, broken promises and policy
failures. Part of the reason is their presupposition that because he's a credentialed left-winger, he is
brilliant, and any departure from that is a mere aberration, an exception that couldn't possibly detract from
his presumptive brilliance.
blunders as he condemns attack on the 'English' Embassy in Tehran. The U.S. President has come
under fire today after referring to the 'English' instead of the British Embassy in his condemnation of the
violence that broke out at the building in Iran yesterday [11/29/2011].
Welcome to Texas!
Campaigning in Kansas today, President Obama momentarily forgot which of the 57 states he was in. But
that was just a slip of the tongue. The really dumb thing he said is that the internet is causing
unemployment. ... This is one more reminder — as if we needed it — that President
Obama has no understanding of the economy.
thin gruel at Osawatomie. Democrats like to think of themselves as the party of smart people.
And over the last four years we have heard countless encomiums, and not just from Democrats, of the intellect and
perceptiveness of Barack Obama. But a reading of the text of Obama's December 6 speech at Osawatomie,
Kansas, billed as one of his big speeches of the year, shows him to be something like the opposite. Even
by the standards of campaign rhetoric, this is a shockingly shoddy piece of work.
many gaffes of Barack Hussein Obama. For much of his eight years in office, George W. Bush was
portrayed as a dope by the very media that ignored Obama's mention of "57 states." Of course, if your
name is Barack Hussein Obama (and you have a 'D' behind your name) the rules are much different. You have
been annointed "god of all things," and you have adoring fans in the media who would gladly shine your shoes
with their tongues (on camera) with a snap of the finger. Gaffes? Who cares?
Obama-isms: Dumb Quotes and Gaffes by
Barack Obama. [For example,] "The Middle East is obviously an issue that has plagued the region
for centuries." — Tampa, Fla., Jan. 28, 2010. [And] "UPS and FedEx are doing just
fine, right? It's the Post Office that's always having problems." — attempting to make the
case for government-run healthcare, while simultaneously undercutting his own argument, Portsmouth, N.H.,
Aug. 11, 2009.
Legend Becomes Fact, Print the Legend'. Consider. Did Obama achieve a B+ average at
Columbia? Who knows? (Who will ever know?) But even today's inflated version of yesteryear's
gentleman Cs would not normally warrant admission to Harvard Law. And once there, did the Law Review
editor publish at least one seminal article? Why not? I ask not because I particularly care about
the GPAs or certificates of the president, but only because I am searching for a shred of evidence to
substantiate this image of singular intellectual power and known erudition.
Neuter Obama. Having been
told for years of Barack Obama's brilliance, many have a visceral longing to see him destroyed in debate.
Admittedly, an opportunity to show the world the true brilliance of Obama is hard to resist.
are Barack Obama's critics so smart? For all its talk of "smart power", this is a gaffe-prone
presidency that makes mistakes so elementary they are embarrassing. Instead of calling Obama's critics
"dumb", the president's supporters should be telling their own Executive Branch friends to smarten up their
act and do a bit of homework, especially when it comes their less-than-stellar knowledge of current affairs.
... And as for the myth that the current president is smarter than his Yale-educated predecessor, I don't recall
George W Bush ever referring to "the English Embassy", or incredibly describing France as America's
Now We Know Who Was
Right about Obama. On intelligence, sadly, the Democrats were completely wrong. Democrats
swooned over Obama's suave self-presentation. They constantly cited his position as editor at the Harvard
Law Review as an impressive qualification to be president of the United States. (Strange, but true.)
Republicans who did their homework knew that Obama was not the first black, but only the first affirmative action
Harvard Law Review editor. He did make history at the Law Review: he was the only editor
never to write an article for the Review. Indeed, Obama has never written a law article on anything.
Is Obama, Anyway? Race isn't the only reason Obama edged out John McCain and Hillary Clinton.
But it's the main reason why an obscure state legislator wound up in the White House before enough people noticed
he wasn't all that bright.
[Emphasis in original.]
How Obama Makes Decisions.
There seems to be a pattern of someone who wants to avoid having his intellect scrutinized (tellingly, of course,
he never completed a single work of legal scholarship). Is he fearful of revealing that he is not the grand
intellect that besotted journalists have proclaimed him to be? Is this why he is tethered to the
teleprompter? Do his handlers know something we do not? Certainly when he goes off the prompter
he says some truly ridiculous things (Hawaii is in Asia, there are 57 states in America, "spread the
A Guide to the Liberal
Mind. As a great fan of Jeff Foxworthy, it occurred to me that it might be a good idea to use his
hilarious you-might-be-a-redneck comedy routine in an attempt to characterize the liberal mindset (tweaking
Jeff's formula a bit to convert it from the suppositional to the unconditional). ... [For example,] If you
believe that Obama is an intellectual giant whose IQ is off the charts even though you have no idea what
his IQ actually is, you are a liberal.
and Unprecedented: Most Well-Spoken President Ever Says "Uhh" 96 Times in Under Five Minutes. I
was struck how bad a public speaker this guy is when he doesn't have his trusty teleprompter. While speaking
he utters an "uhh" at least 96 times, often repetitively.
Comparative analysis of the teleprompter president's oratory.
The man reads from his teleprompter like a pro but has little of import to say, lies shamelessly, uses eighth-grade
language, leans heavily toward long-windedness, and stumbles over his own tongue like a stroke victim when the
teleprompter is unavailable.
Rutherford B. Hayes responds. The mockery is
well-earned by our sneering president. Part of the derision is the usual political guffawing. 57 states.
Speaking Austrian. Corpse-man. But some of it is taking off on a president who boasts about how smart and
well-educated he is, but who in reality is fairly average. Oh he is knowledgeable about some things. I am
pretty sure that he could lecture us on critical race theory, black liberation theology and the life of Saul Alinsky.
But comments like the one the other day about how he feared warm weather in Chicago — as if that were proof
of global warming — reveal his limits.
president flunks history — again. For a guy touted as an "intellectual," President Obama does
get a lot of history wrong.
Who Is Barack Obama? Apparently,
words do not come easily to Barack Obama unless he has an ever-ready teleprompter, replete with the language and ideas of his handlers.
Of Barack Obama's writings, we have almost nothing — no signature legislation (save that crafted by Sen. Coburn to which Obama
appended his name as a joint sponsor), nor are there any signature writings from his time in college, law school or, oddly, as the
editor of the Harvard Law Review. Barack Obama's public relations machines try to promote Obama's brilliance, but his transcripts
have never been released to the public — so who knows?
The Man Who Knew Too Little.
We were half-joking yesterday when we asked if Barack Obama slept through his Harvard Law class on Marbury v. Madison, the
1803 case in which the U.S. Supreme Court first asserted its power to strike down unconstitutional laws. It turns out
it's no joke: The president is stunningly ignorant about constitutional law.
Did Obama pass the Bar? Apparently a
Harvard education was wasted on the president because on Monday, the president said it was "unprecedented" for a "group
of unelected people" to tell him no. Instead of studying John Marshall, Charles Evans Hughes and Oliver Wendell
Holmes, Barack Obama must have been poring over George Wallace's tirades against that "group of unelected people"
Constitutional Ignoramus. I've been growing weary of hearing people mention that he's a "constitutional
scholar," since he never published a single thing on the subject either as editor of the Harvard Law Review or as a
member of the faculty at the University of Chicago Law School. But hey — he taught constitutional law,
didn't he? Not really. His course on constitutional law, one of several constitutional law courses on the
U of C curriculum, dealt exclusively with the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment — the
favorite, all-purpose clause for liberal jurists to use to right wrongs and make us more equal by judicial fiat.
There is no evidence that Obama ever taught courses that considered other aspects of constitutionalism, such as executive
power, the separation of powers, the Commerce Clause, or judicial review itself.
Obama is an ignoramus on the causes of
high fuel prices. Kudos to David Goldman (AKA "Spengler") for eviscerating President Obama's ignorant musings on why oil prices are
going up. [...] If oil supply cannot keep up with demand — because the Obama administration has restricted development, among other
factors — the oil price goes up.
Eric Holder: My boss is an idiot. Apologizing
for your idiot president. Now that's unprecedented.
How Are Those Supreme Court Attacks Working Out for You?
Obama is a poor student of history, and not just of Supreme Court history despite his prior position as a "Senior Lecturer" in constitutional
law. And without understanding the past, the president thinks of FDR's 1930s attack on the Supreme Court as part and parcel of Roosevelt's
being elected to the presidency four times.
Obama makes Falklands gaffe by calling Malvinas the Maldives. President Obama erred during a speech at the
Summit of the Americas in Cartagena, Colombia, when attempting to call the disputed archipelago by its Spanish name.
Instead of saying Malvinas, however, Mr Obama referred to the islands as the Maldives, a group of 26 atolls [...] that
lie off the South coast of India.
Obama's Falklands Gaffe.
Asked at a press conference Sunday [4/15/2012] in Colombia to comment on Argentina's claim to the Falkland Islands,
President Obama made reference to "the Maldives." This is a gaffe on top of a gaffe: The Maldives are
in the Indian Ocean, and he obviously meant the Malvinas — the Argentine government's name for The
Falklands. But he shouldn't have been trying to say "Malvinas," either; that's an Argentine nationalist
propaganda term that implicitly denies the right to self-determination of the 3000 British subjects who live
on the Falklands.
Obama's Gaffes Are His Own.
Yesterday Barack Obama addressed the Summit of the Americas in Colombia and spoke about the conflict between the United Kingdom and
Argentina over the Falklands. [...] Only Obama didn't say Malvinas, he said Maldives — an entirely different group of
islands located thousands of miles from the Falklands in the Indian Ocean. So with one word, Obama both offended the British
and made himself a laughingstock with the Latin Americans.
real Maldives/Malvinas gaffe: abandoning Britain over the Falklands. President Barack Obama's answer during a joint
press conference with President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia must go down as one of the most inept and misguided utterances of
his presidency. The question, from a Colombian reporter with RCN TV, cannot have been unexpected.
Betraying Every Ally.
Obama's obnoxious behavior is all the more senseless because while there isn't very much that the United States
needs from Argentina, it needs to maintain a good level of cooperation with the UK. Last year the UK lost one
soldier to every ten American soldiers in Afghanistan. This year it's more like one to five. If
Obama wants any kind of orderly retreat from Afghanistan, he needs the cooperation and help of a country
where the war is even more unpopular than it is here.
This election is about eating dogs.
Obama is rapidly looking less and less like a President and more and more like an inept pol who's also something of a doofus.
Early Obama Letter
Confirms Inability to Write. On November 16, 1990, Barack Obama, then president of the Harvard Law Review,
published a letter in the Harvard Law Record, an independent Harvard Law School newspaper, championing affirmative action.
Although a paragraph from this letter was excerpted in David Remnick's biography of Obama, The Bridge, I had not seen
the letter in its entirety before this week. Not surprisingly, it confirms everything I know about Barack Obama, the
writer and thinker.
Dumb and Dumber. The lack of complexity in
President Obama's recent speeches to college students suggests that they were stump speeches more suited for the
presidential campaign than official government business, experts say. Obama addressed the coeds at the
Universities of North Carolina, Colorado, and Iowa at a sixth grade reading level, according to Flesch-Kincaid
reading comprehension difficulty tests conducted by the Washington Free Beacon.
Obama Have Lower SAT Scores Than George W. Bush? President Barack Obama is hailed by his supporters and the mainstream media as one of the most
brilliant men ever to hold the office. However, his refusal to release his academic records, his admitted deficiencies as a student, and his frequent
factual errors — even in his chosen field of constitutional law — have cast doubt upon his supposed genius.
Obama's Bio Grows Even Sketchier.
[Scroll down] Why would Obama fictionalize his life story? For answers, let's go back to 1991. At the time he got his book deal, Obama
was graduating from Harvard Law School, which required strong grades for entry. Yet by all accounts, Obama had weak grades. Did he juice his
application [...] to hedge his bet in case his minority status wasn't exotic enough to overcome his grades? Northwestern University professor John
McKnight said a desperate Obama approached him for a letter of recommendation to Harvard, because he couldn't get any of his undergrad professors to pen
one due to underwhelming academics.
This Ain't No Polish Joke. You
cannot use the phrase "Polish death camp" without offending tens of millions of Poles. There were no Polish death camps.
The Poles were the ones, by and large, in the Nazi and Soviet death camps. And yet, that's exactly what the author of "smart
diplomacy" said last night [5/29/2012], at a ceremony that was supposed to honor WWII Polish underground leader Jan Karski.
Infatuated with the New
Deal. [Scroll down] Obama acted as if he's downright puzzled by the lack of hiring. "I want
to hear from CEOs about what's holding back our business investment and how we can increase confidence and spur
hiring," he said. "And if there are things that we're doing here in Washington that are inhibiting you, then
we want to know about it." Could the president really not have a clue about his administration's role in
putting a chill on hiring? I doubt it. He couldn't be that oblivious.
Don't Know Much About History. President Barack
Obama's inaccurate assertion that Nazi extermination camps in occupied Poland were in fact "Polish" has led to concern among
historians and foreign policy experts that the president's knowledge of Jewish history and Israel is lacking. During a
ceremony honoring a Polish resistance fighter who told the world about Nazi atrocities, Obama referred to a "Polish death camp," a
term that incorrectly blames Poland for operating Adolf Hitler's extermination camps. Obama's flub came just hours after
the president informed a group of Jewish leaders that he "probably knows about Judaism more than any other president because
he read about it."
Reasons Obama Must Disclose His College Records. [#1] Liberal historians have crowned Obama "the smartest
guy ever to become president." Prove it. We're not convinced. Neither are the millions of Americans
who still can't find jobs, thanks to his failed policies. Let's see his course work. Did he get an F in
Econ 101 while acing his Marxism classes? We wouldn't be surprised. [...] [#7] While Obama graduated from
Columbia with a poli sci degree, his cumulative grade point average is unknown. There are indications it was not
Barack O'Gobbledygook. At a fund-raising event in
Philadelphia, he said: ["]There's (sic) still too many people who are out of work, too many homes underwater, and middle-class families
that still don't have the confidence that the future for their kids and grandkids are (sic) going to be brighter than their futures have
been (sic).["] This president gets the right agreement between noun and verb only half the time. For the sake of consistency it
might be better if he got it wrong all the time.
Does Obama Know Who Brian Terry Is? Well,
this is what happens your son doesn't look like President Obama. Now imagine the fury that would have followed if one of George W.
Bush's press secretaries couldn't remember the name of a soldier who had died in Iraq. Then again it is probably just as well that
it was Carney who said "the family that you referred to". If it was President Obama, he'd have probably called Terry a "corpseman".
Come to think of it, does President Obama even know who Brian Terry is? Or for that matter Jaime Zapata?
Did Maraniss Commit Fraud to Protect
Obama? The Sundial article is Obama's defining piece, his Rosetta Stone. The mistakes he makes — the
random use of commas, the tortured sentence structure, the awkward participles, the inept word selection, and especially the misaligned
nouns and verbs — reappear in his 1988 essay "Why Organize" and in a lengthy 1990 letter he wrote to the Harvard Law
Record, the only other prose pieces before his 1995 memoir, Dreams from My Father, that bear his name. Let me
explain why this matters.
Mythographer in Chief. If a writer will fabricate the
details about his own mother's terminal illness and quest for insurance, then he will probably fudge on anything. For months the President
fought the Birthers who insist that he was born in Kenya, only to have it revealed that he himself for over a decade wrote just the fact in his
own literary biography. Is Barack Obama then a birther? Has any major public figure (57 states, Austrian language, corps-men,
Maldives for Falklands, private sector "fine," etc.) been a more underwhelming advertisement for the quality of a Harvard education or a Chicago
Law School part-time billet?
The Contents of Obama's Character. [Scroll
down] [Scroll down] Obama has no clue of what's been tried and found wanting. He surrounds himself with ideologues and
tunes out anyone who's ever made an honest dime in the real world. Thus every single idea the "progressive" president puts forward
is a regressive throwback to notions that have been failing miserably for more than seventy years. The stuff he believes is just
plain dopey. He thinks technology is the cause of unemployment. He does not understand that only private jobs create the
wealth that makes public jobs possible. He thinks that wind and solar energy should be subsidized and fossil fuel production
suppressed. He insists on bringing the European social model to the U.S. even as the model implodes in front of our eyes.
Obama Hails The 'Miami Heats'. At the top of his
remarks at the Jackie Gleason Theater in Miami Beach [6/26/2012], Obama said his public recognition of dignitaries and special guests would be
"incomplete if I did not congratulate the city of Miami for having the world champion Miami Heats here in town."
tells 21 supporters who passed out at campaign event to seek medical attention from 'paralegals'. It was either a Freudian
slip or a slip of the tongue, but Barack Obama told supporters who were feeling woozy from extreme heat at a campaign event to seek medical attention
from 'paralegals.' The embarrassing mistake sent the crowd at a fire station in Roanoke, Virginia, on Friday into fits of laughter.
Top Ten Things Obama Has Not
Released. [#9] Academic transcripts. His supposed academic brilliance was a major selling point, but Obama (by his own
admission) was a mediocre student. His GPA at Occidental was a B-plus at best, and his entering class at Columbia was weak.
Can he prove his merit?
mistakenly promises Israel $70 'billion' for anti-missile program. During a televised Oval Office statement on Friday
morning [7/27/2012], President Barack Obama mistakenly said that the U.S. would be giving Israel $70 billion for an anti-missile
program. [...] After meeting with Israeli officials, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta in May disclosed that the administration would
seek provide an additional $70 million for Iron Dome.
Where's the Evidence Obama's a Policy Genius?
Where's the proof that Obama is a master of public policy? To be sure there's ample proof that he's a master at talking about public policy,
describing the problems, summarizing the current thinking, regurgitating all of the reigning clichés and platitudes. But where's the evidence
that he's actually good at public policy?
Obama 'Intellectually Exhausted,
Out of Ideas, and Out of Energy'. Mitt Romney finally caught up with the rest of us via a fiery speech in Ohio on Tuesday [8/14/2012] where
he proclaimed three simple truths that frame Barack Obama: "Intellectually exhausted, out of ideas, and out of energy." Those lines are still
too charitable; Obama has been intellectually barren from the beginning.
President Obama: The Democratic Ticket's Weak Link.
If a Republican presidential candidate had said he had visited 57 states with one to go, said candidate would have been branded by the liberal media as
stupid. If a Republican presidential candidate had claimed 10,000 people had been killed by a tornado in Kansas, said candidate would have faced a
whirlwind of negative coverage. If a Republican presidential candidate had said African Americans were a bitter people who clang [sic] to guns and
religion there would be a hell to pay for said candidate. But then Barack Obama isn't a Republican or, heaven forbid, a conservative. As such
he was held to the lowest of expectations and the lowest of standards during the 2008 election. Of course, things haven't changed much in three and
a half years in the White House. Obama is still held to the lowest of expectations and the lowest of standards.
Obama Caught in
Misspelling of a Four-Letter State, Wapo Tries to Rescue. The smartest President ever to grace us with his intellect, the man who
was destined to lead us to a better America, who was to lead the nation out of the doldrums of the Great Recession, couldn't lead three college
kids to the proper spelling of a four-letter state.
Obama botches rank of top
Navy SEAL. Barack Obama has always been known for his silken words, soaring rhetoric and ability to use language to his advantage.
Lately, however, the president seems to be losing command of the details.
Turn to Family, Not Government. Making a pitch for greater government control of student loans, Obama cited
himself as an example of the value of education, saying, "I got an education and it worked out pretty good. (Laughter
and applause.)" The White House website, which dutifully records alleged audience reaction in its transcripts, does not
specify whether the "laughter" here was at the expense of the Harvard lawyer's primary school drop-out grammar, so we must
assume it was not.
Obama Flubs His 'Three Proud Words'.
It's a standard part of the president's stump speech to tout his plan to create jobs by rewarding companies that make goods "stamped with three
proud words: Made in America." Rallying supporters in Kissimmee, Fla., Saturday [9/8/2012], however, the president said this:
"We can create a million new manufacturing jobs in the next four years, because we're selling goods around the world stamped with three proud
words: Made in the USA."
Tech challenge: Obama has
trouble with iPhone. On the campaign trail, President Obama is constantly talking about the importance of technology, but he met
his match in an iPhone Sunday [9/9/2012].
Obama Struggles To Use Iphone.
President Barack Obama enjoys a tech-savvy reputation, but struggled to use an iPhone yesterday after being introduced to the technology
for what was apparently the first time. [...] In 1992, President George H.W. Bush, facing re-election, was mocked, unjustly, for not
apparently understanding how a laser scanner in a supermarket works. In this case, Obama's befuddlement seems genuine, as he is
used to using a BlackBerry.
Barack Obama hails 'three
proud words: Made in the USA'. President Barack Obama has spent a day hammering Mitt Romney's 'bad math' tax plan but
then twice described 'Made in the USA' as 'three proud words'. In what is known in politics as 'doing a Biden' — the
Vice President once said that Obama's economic plan was about 'a three-letter word: jobs' — Obama had problems doing
the math at two Florida events in Kissimmee and Melbourne.
Obama who can't count. It seems that Joe Biden's proclivity for gaffes is really rubbing off on Barack Obama.
And they all have to do with what Pennsylvania Joe called that three-letter word, "J-O-B-S." Obama has not been immune to
gaffes, although for some strange reason they don't seem to attract quite as much media attention as if some Texan made the same
silly mistakes. There was the infamous 57 states, Austrians speaking Austrian, Navy corpseman, president of Canada,
E Pluribus unum as the national motto.
Media and Obama are Taking Us Down the Rabbit Hole. To re-elect Barack Obama, the media has a long list of what
they expect us to believe. [...] The media expect us to believe that Obama is the smartest person on the planet, even though
he won't show anybody his academic records.
Broken Barack. When you spend 4 years with a compliant media,
you never need to be well versed on policy and detail, and he assumed it would be the same last night. Obama thought he won before he walked in
the door and was surprised that he would actually have to contend. Talk about taking an opponent lightly, Obama acted as if he was going to be
debating an empty chair — not realizing for a moment, he was the empty chair.
Obama's Mask Slips. Much is being made of the devastating blow
that Mitt Romney administered to President Obama in the first presidential debate Wednesday night. Romney was masterful; Obama was
incomprehensible. Romney was presidential; Obama was incoherent. Romney schooled Obama; Obama responded by doing the hand motions to "The
Wheels On the Bus Go Round and Round." Republicans and conservatives alike were cheering.
Obama Is Right. It's not that he hasn't told us
stories; it's that the ones he has told bear little resemblance to reality. After all the suffering America has experienced while
he was busy getting the "policy right," there is no one left who still believes in Barack's brilliance. After watching him in two
debates sans teleprompter, his reputation as humanity's greatest orator has evaporated along with his lead in the polls.
Gets Military Tech All Wrong in Debate. President Barack Obama ended up revealing an astonishing level of ignorance about
the state of military technology during the presidential debate in Boca Raton, FL Monday night [10/22/2012]. The U.S.
Commander-in-Chief misspoke about bayonets. He misspoke about horses. He misspoke about the size of the U.S. Navy. He
misspoke about the makeup of the Navy. And the whole time, he thought he was teaching his opponent Mitt Romney a lesson.
Obama requires help with voting.
President Obama appeared to need some help on Thursday [10/25/2012] as he cast his early ballot in Chicago. Obama, using a
touch-screen voting machine, required the assistance of one of the poll workers a few minutes into the process.
Obama Pretends to Be Well-Read, Proves He Isn't.
[Scroll down] Clutching mightily to any straw man Obama can find rather than grapple honestly with, or seek to begin to understand, any political philosophy that
stands in the way of his own political agenda, is classic Obama. But it also makes clear, as Hans Schulzke at United Liberty suggests, that the president hasn't
actually read [Ayn] Rand.
The Wizard of Obama. [During the first presidential
debate in Denver], the American people watched "the smartest guy in the room" struggle to put together a simple declarative sentence, and then ask the moderator
to move onto another topic after Mitt Romney had given a strong statement about jobs and growth and tax revenues.
Obama Flubs: U.S. Has More Bayonets Today Than in 1916.
President Obama erroneously asserted during Monday night's debate that the U.S. military has fewer bayonets than it did in 1916. In fact, the armed
forces likely possess more than three times as many of the weapons as they did before the U.S. entry into World War I. The error is significant
because Obama sought during the debate to portray himself as having an edge on Gov. Mitt Romney because of his experience leading the military, referring to
himself three times as "commander in chief."
Wealthy Columbia Univ. donor: School told me
Obama had 2.6 GPA. The shroud over President Barack Obama's college records — recently spotlighted by Donald Trump's $5 million
challenge — is prompting Americans to share what they've got, and The Daily Caller is getting its share of leads, including one story that the
president scored a GPA of only 2.6 at Columbia University.
Barack Obama blunders again on the world
stage. It is only two weeks since his re-election, and his second term remains two months away, but Barack Obama is already blundering again on the
world stage, with the kind of gaffes that would have been plastered on the front page of The New York Times if they had been committed by George W. Bush when
he was in the White House. Obama's first term was littered with foreign policy gaffes, and there is every chance the second term will be more of the same.
The ill wind blowing past Benghazi. The
president himself is in Southeast Asia, mispronouncing the names of everyone he meets, and trying to play kissyface with Aung San Suu Kyi, the heroic woman who led
the struggle to free Burma from the grip of evil generals. In the photographs, the lady is trying to keep her mouth out of the way of Mr. Obama's kissing
equipment. The president was just being friendly, but she doesn't look as if she's enjoying herself.
trip: No bows this time, but he did grab an awkward kiss. For someone alleged to have grown up in Asia, Barack Obama is
repeatedly clueless about customs there. It's one thing if you're a tourist. But as the president of the United States?
Obama Struggles With
English, Facts On Twitter. There are so many things wrong with this. For a president who has actually done some good things
in terms of education reform, he's really struggling to construct a basic sentence. Even with the limitations imposed by Twitter,
President Obama still could have spelled out "the."
White House refers
to 'Santa Clause,' twice. That's right; The White House misspelled Santa Claus.
President Obama lazy? Supporters tout his intelligence, yet nothing historical shows Obama as intellectually
curious. [...] His transcripts and college thesis are mysteries. [...] He struggles without teleprompters, stuttering and
stammering when veering from programmed scripts. [...] and nobody can find his publishings that would offer at least one
indicator of his intelligence.
Why the Obamas
Really lost their law licenses. Barack Obama passed the bar exam in Illinois but never worked in a big firm because
no firm would hire him. He wanted to work for Sidley Austin (where Michelle worked) and he performed a summer internship
there, but he was not offered a job there when he graduated from Harvard. That is extremely unusual because Sidley
Austin tries to snatch up as many black Ivy League graduates as it can get to constantly up its "diversity" profile. It's
bizarre that they didn't offer Obama a job... unless you remember that law firms have access to more than just a student's
transcripts when decided on which graduates they want to pursue for positions in the firm. Sidley Austin knew Barack was
lazy and benefitted from constant affirmative action preferential treatment, and they didn't want to carry him along like that
here in Chicago at their firm.
Explaining the Inexplicable.
The president really does believe that at some mythical date the capitalists and profit mongers have no choice but to get back
to work and make tons of money, and that the resulting increased revenue will pay off the debt without cuts or hardship.
Therefore, he genuinely thought in 2009 that the stimulus would lead to the summer of recovery. He believed that the
first $4 trillion in debt would stimulate the economy, and so is surprised that we are still massively borrowing.
5 Reasons Barack
Obama is a Creep. Is Barack Obama the Vladimir Lenin of American Presidents? No, Lenin was competent in an evil
sort of way. Obama is more like Leonid Brezhnev: an ultra left-wing, belligerent doofus who isn't laughed at by the general
population primarily because the mainstream media liberals say nice things about him out of fear that they'll end up in a gulag if
they're too harsh.
Information Voters? How about a Low Information President? There is a real possibility, a strong likelihood,
that President Obama knows nothing of the nuts and bolts, the details and realities of the positions he promotes. [...] He
drives the fancy car but needs help filling it with gas and couldn't point to the air filter if you popped the hood.
Imagery sans leadership. Celebrity is the accomplishment here, and adoration is the metric.
Obama's insults expose
his ignorance and mental laziness. My theory about people who put down other people is that they're deeply insecure.
They think they can build themselves up by putting other people down.
Obama Announces Arrest of Dangerous Illegal Aliens He Let Go Last Week. So Bammy, how's that sequester temper
tantrum working out for you? You're a national punchline after closing the White House tours and frankly should be
facing impeachment for unleashing dangerous criminal illegals out onto the streets in a cheap, cynical political ploy.
Newtown Shooter Gunned Down 20 Children With 'Fully Automatic Weapon'. At a fundraiser last night [4/3/2013] in San Francisco,
President Barack Obama said that the Newtown killer gunned down 20 children using a "fully automatic weapon."
Obama: Newtown Shooter Used 'Fully
Automatic Weapon'. President Barack Obama doesn't know the barrel of a firearm from a hole in the ground.
Obama's Psychodramas. In President Obama's State of the Union Address this
February, he cited current inclement weather to argue for renewed efforts to implement some type of cap-and-trade taxes and to grant
more subsidies of "sustainable energy" (e.g., wind and solar): "Heat waves, droughts, wildfires, and floods — all
are now more frequent and intense. We can choose to believe that Superstorm Sandy, and the most severe drought in decades, and
the worst wildfires some states have ever seen, were all just a freak coincidence. Or we can choose to believe in the overwhelming
judgment of science — and act before it's too late." Such weather hysteria brings to mind candidate Obama's bizarre
claim in May 2007 that the tornado in Greensburg, Kan., killed 10,000 people.
Barack Obama, the Great Bystander.
Obama didn't know the IRS was targeting conservatives until he read it in the papers. He didn't know about "Fast and Furious"
until he read it in the papers, too. He has "complete confidence" in Holder, and didn't know about the decision to collect the
phone records of reporters. He didn't know about the investigation into CIA director David Petraeus's affair. He told
Letterman during the election he didn't know what the national debt was. He didn't know about the AIG bonuses in the TARP
legislation. He said he didn't know how bad the economic crisis was when he took office.
No Moore: Obama flubs name of Oklahoma
city devastated by tornado, calls it 'Monroe'. During his visit to the Jersey Shore with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie Tuesday [5/28/2013],
President Obama referred to the wrong city in Oklahoma devastated by a tornado last week.
The Editor says...
All he knows how to do is make speeches, and he can't even do that right.
Stupid. "You're stupid," is not something even his most severe
critics usually say to President Barack Obama. But on Friday morning [5/24/2013] I picked up the Wall Street Journal and learned that the
president had given a speech about the war on terror saying, "This war, like all wars, must end." [...] This war, like all wars, must end when someone
wins it. The president — speaking at the National Defense University, of all places — said, "the core of al Qaeda ... is
on the path to defeat." And so it may be. But meanwhile, the core of al Qaeda, its aims and its beliefs, is also on the path to Boston and
London and any number of other places.
Obama: We'll Be There for Folks of 'Monroe, Oklahoma'.
President Obama said the government would be there for the "folks in Monroe, Oklahoma after the devastation of last week" during his address on the Jersey
Shore Tuesday afternoon [5/28/2013], making him the second Democrat Tuesday to call Moore, the city crushed by a tornado May 20, by the same incorrect name.
The Editor says...
This incident by itself doesn't prove that Mr. Obama is a dimwit, but it does show one of two similar things: Either (A) he is so completely out of
touch with the current events in his own country (i.e., he never watches Fox News or CNN) that he doesn't know the name of the city that was flattened by
a tornado the previous week, which means he doesn't do his homework, or (B) he wasn't able to read the teleprompter clearly and thought it said
Monroe when it really said Moore. But (B) would require (A) to be true as well, unless he is unable to say anything that contracdicts
the teleprompter. In either case, he is unfit for politics.
Barack Obama's big oops moment at G8 summit.
US President Barack Obama repeatedly called British finance minister George Osborne "Jeffrey" at the G8 summit, media reported on Thursday [6/20/2013].
The US president said three times that he agreed fully with "Jeffrey" during his presentation on G8 host Britain's plans to crack down on tax avoidance,
leaving Osborne red-faced.
Monoglot Obama. President Obama told a German audience today that
the U.S. lags behind other countries because Americans don't speak enough foreign languages. [...] Obama may be right that Americans should speak more foreign
languages. (Of course, that leaves aside the propriety of lambasting the people you lead while representing them in a foreign country.) But it's a
strange point for him, of all people, to make. After all, Obama has no demonstrated facility for (or, indeed, interest in) foreign languages. The
self-proclaimed "citizen of the world" has conceded that he speaks no foreign languages.
The Parochial President. Barack Obama is turning
into a one-man gaffe machine. "Obama repeatedly called British finance minister George Osborne 'Jeffrey' at the G8 summit." [...] Earlier in the
week, Obama made what the Scottish Catholic Observer construed as "an alarming call for an end to Catholic education in Northern Ireland".
Our Dim-Witted President. The real Jeffrey Osborne was
excited to hear about the mishap, and George Osborne was gracious about it. But good grief: the first obligation of a diplomat is to keep track of
whom he is speaking to. One can imagine the hilarity if George W. Bush had referred to Gordon Brown, the Chancellor of the Exchequer and Prime
Minister during his administration, as "James Brown," confusing the Prime Minister with his favorite R&B singer. [...] Would such a gaffe have been laughed
off? I doubt it.
hits a wall in Berlin. [Scroll down] Shifting his strange focus from Russia's nuclear weapons, Obama said "we can... reject the nuclear
weaponization that North Korea and Iran may be seeking." Were Obama given to saying such stuff off the cuff, this would be a good reason for
handcuffing him to a teleprompter. But, amazingly, such stuff is put on his teleprompter and, even more amazing, he reads it aloud.
Neither the people who wrote those words nor he who spoke them can be taken seriously.
O's rotten road trip.
First he mistook Britain's chancellor of the exchequer for a soul singer, calling him Jeffrey Osborne instead of George. Then he explained
to an audience in sectarian Belfast that, in the interests of religious harmony, Catholics ought not to have their own schools. Finally,
sweating in the hot sun and without his TelePrompTer, he stumbled through a nearly incoherent speech at the Brandenburg Gate that almost nobody
Obama: Ho Chi Minh Was Inspired by Our
Founders. President Obama hailed hard-core communist revolutionary Ho Chi Minh today as a pretty open guy who was actually
inspired by the Founders. Obama took a break from his jobs-pivot speeches to meet Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang at the White
House. The pair held joint remarks in the Oval Office afterward.
Obama claims Ho Chi Minh was fan of Founding Fathers. Move over Jane
Fonda, President Barack Obama has all but toppled you from that iconic anti-aircraft gun perch as as America's top Communist Viet Nam booster.
Talking to reporters as he stood beside Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang yesterday [7/25/2013], Obama told his biggest whopper to date:..."we
discussed the fact that Ho Chi Minh was actually inspired by the U.S. Declaration of Independence and Constitution, and the words of Thomas Jefferson."
The Obama-Zinn connection. From time to time,
we have noted President Obama's lack of knowledge about American history. The most recent manifestation — his claim that Ho Chi Minh
was inspired by America's Founding Fathers — suggests that Obama's ignorance is to some extent willful. It is, in any event, not accidental.
From Stanley Kurtz, we learn that Obama is a fan of the leftist historian Howard Zinn. [...] It shouldn't come as a surprise that President Obama had a
special interest in the views of an anti-American historian.
To Ho Chi Minh [is] A New Low For Obama. Few comparisons have been as odious as the one offered by the president linking
one of the great mass murderers of history to one of America's Founding Fathers and authors of our liberty. [...] The 44th president
conveniently forgot Vietnamese history and slandered ours by linking a founder of our democracy, Thomas Jefferson, to the mass murderer
Ho Chi Minh.
Obama calls the United States and Europe 'developing countries'. You can imagine the derision that would have flowed from the liberal
"mainstream media" if George W. Bush had referred to the United States as well as its European allies as "developing countries." This is
exactly the term he used in an interview with The New York Times, which has just been published. [...] As we've seen on a number of previous
occasions, Barack Obama clearly struggles with his words when he is without his beloved teleprompter.
Obama: 'We Don't Have a Domestic
Spying Program'. President Obama tells comedian Jay Leno that "We don't have a domestic spying program." He made the
comment during a taping of Leno's TV show. Obama also says the U.S. is not overreacting by closing some U.S. embassies for a week.
The president tells Leno, "The odds of dying in a terrorist attack are a lot lower than they are of dying in a car accident, unfortunately."
Great Orator Gaffes Again. "The
odds of people dying in a terrorist attack obviously are still a lot lower than in a car accident, unfortunately," President Obama told NBC's
Jay Leno last night. Wait, "unfortunately"? Does the president really wish more Americans were killed in terrorist attacks?
Indeed, orders of magnitude more, since nationwide traffic fatalities typically run between 30,000 and 50,000 a year?
Ho Chi Minh, Obama's Freedom Fighter. Ho Chi Minh
was a committed Marxist-Leninist revolutionary who cut his teeth at Moscow's Lenin School. He became one of the Soviet Comintern's most successful
agents. Among the testimonies to his efforts are the countless boat people from Vietnam who now live in America (many of whom voted for Obama).
But not only is Obama's statement nonsense; it's also the product of communist propaganda.
Obama can't remember
Dr. Jill Biden's name or where the Gulf of Mexico is. Yes, one could assume for the president that he meant "along the Gulf"
AND "places like Charleston ... Savannah ... Jacksonville," none of which are on the Gulf of Mexico, just as we all would have assumed that's what
George W. Bush meant in a moment of misspeaking, right? But that's not what he said, and as with 57 states, I'm not as inclined to
give the Smartest President of All Time as much slack as, say, the AP gave him by fixing up the quote.
ABC, CBS and NBC
Overlook Obama's Gaffe-tastic Performance on Leno. Barack Obama delivered one gaffe after another in his August 6 interview with
Jay Leno, but the networks that usually mock every mistake or slip of the tongue made by Republicans ignored the President's verbal mishaps.
AP Admits Covering Up Obama's 'Gulf' Gaffe.
During his Wednesday [8/7/2013] appearance on Jay Leno's "Tonight Show,' President Obama made three factual gaffes; one of them involved the claim that cities not
found along the Gulf of Mexico are. Were Obama a Republican, these gaffes would have led news coverage for the next forty-eight hours. Not only did most
of the media ignore or downplay these gaffes; the Associated Press went so far as to cover one of them up.
Obama Flubs Mayor of Buffalo's Name. President
Barack Obama flubbed the mayor of Buffalo's name, calling him Brian Higgins instead of Byron Brown.
Obama's Latest Gaffe: 'Like Eating Your Corn
Seed'. Somebody should tell President Obama to forget the folksy metaphors. The prez sounds phony mouthing them, and since they are unfamiliar
to him, he's apt to get them wrong. As was the case at today's townhall at Binghamton University, when Obama claimed that reducing spending on government
programs would be "like eating your corn seed." You might have thought the man from Illinois would have known that the phrase is "eating your seed corn."
The Buck Stops Here.
"First of all, I didn't set a red line," Barack Obama said today at a press conference in Stockholm. "The world set a red line.
The world set a red line when governments representing 98% of the world's population said the use of chemical weapons are [sic] abhorrent
and passed a treaty forbidding their use, even when countries are engaged in war."
The Editor says...
This is more proof that Barack H. Obama can't get a subject and verb to agree, even verbally or in print.
Obama, the First Lord of the Admiralty. Our entertainment tonight
is the comic Commander who doesn't know a deep-water port from a riverbank, the Atlantic seaboard from the Gulf of Mexico, has never encountered a U.S. Navy corpsman, instead
refers to one as a "corpseman", can't distinguish the living from the dead on Memorial Day, thinks a handshake is as good as a salute, uses a U.S. Marine as a personal valet in
a rain shower, and who believes Hawaii is in Asia.
Lies or stupidity's got Obama's tongue.
[Scroll down] After all, this is the same guy who closed Gitmo — right? And once said on national television that he was of the "Muslim faith," until
Democrat Kool-Aid drinker George Stephanopoulos had to remind him that he is a Christian. When he was trying to sell a book he said he was born in Kenya, and when he was
running for president he said he was born in the U.S. Dr. Obama has said, among other things, that kidney problems require patients to have "Breathalyzers," that the United
States built the "intercontinental" railroad, and that if every motorist would just properly inflate their tires, the energy crisis would be over. Fifty-seven states. [...]
Supposed Brilliance Is Very Much In Question. I mean no disrespect to the president or his admirers, but where is the proof that he is
"brilliant?" Any real proof. [...] Again, even supporters of President Obama who declare him "brilliant" because he speaks well with the aid of
a teleprompter from words written by others may admit he is often factually and grammatically challenged without his rhetorical crutch.
Obama Claims Raising Debt Ceiling
Doesn't Boost Debt. In a speech to the Business Roundtable this week covered by CNSnews.com, Obama added this gem to the budget debate:
"Raising the debt ceiling, which has been done over a hundred times, does not increase our debt; it does not somehow promote profligacy." What?
This kind of gibberish is a big reason voters have so little faith in their public officials these days. Suffice it to say that if the debt ceiling has
been raised "over a hundred times" and each time the debt went higher, one would have to conclude there's a very high — indeed, perfect —
correlation between a higher debt ceiling and higher debt.
Pelosi: GOP just doesn't like Obama.
Nancy Pelosi, the top Democrat in the U.S. House, seems to believe that Republicans don't like President Obama because they're jealous. "You know why
it is," Pelosi told Politico in an interview. "He's brilliant ... He thinks in a strategic way in how to get something done ... and he's completely eloquent.
Obama Proves Just How Smart He Isn't. For years I have
heard many credible people, even those on the political right touting how smart and what a great orator Obama is. In fact, he isn't smart. He is
manipulative, and when he has a ministry of propaganda (the press / media) to convince others, he can look like pretty much anything he likes. The same
is true of his speaking skills. Sure, he can read a teleprompter with the best of them, but take it away and his skills disappear.
Judge Jeanine Humiliates Obama: 'If You're So
Brilliant...'. Judge Jeanine outright mocked Obama, and his "cheerleader" Nancy Pelosi on a variety of issues on her FOX News show
Saturday, specifically, Pelosi's slobbering affirmations of Obama's so-called "brilliance." [Video clip]
Obama's Shutdown and Public Choice Theory.
More and more, as we Americans trudge through the mire of the Obama years, we have to ask if the president is just plain ignorant.
The ObamaCare Black Hole. One thing that the past few weeks
have accomplished is the total destruction of Obama's "towering intellect" persona. This is one the standard lenses through which Obama is viewed, with
differing but complimentary angles from each end of the spectrum: the liberal "reigning intellect of his age" as opposed to the conservative "master
chess player with a plan for destruction." The basis of Obama's reputation for intellectual superiority lies in a mixture of Democratic propaganda and PC
indoctrination. [...] He is connected with no intellectual circles or movements, as Reagan was. He has no known hobbies or interests of an intellectual nature.
The Universal Obamaphone. President Obama has shown
an alarming tendency to be unaware of most everything. To begin with, he was unaware that the NSA was spying on world leaders until he read about it
in the papers. Although he argued that Obamacare would let Americans keep their existing plans, his administration apparently knew all along that
millions would lose — have already lost — their coverage. How to explain this contradiction? Well, Obama was probably
unaware of what Obamacare would do also. Why, he didn't even know there were problems with the Obamacare website until two days after it launched,
despite the fact that nobody could seem to log on to it!
The Editor says...
I doubt if anyone in the White House is really that stupid. Mr. Obama has to be lying when he says he is unaware of all the scandals surrounding
his administration. However, Mr. Obama seems quite proud to make those claims, apparently believing his willful ignorance will protect him from
the inevitable fallout. In other words, he's not too bright, but he's assuming that you're even dumber than he is.
The media in panic
that Obama is the 'nowhere man sitting in his nowhere land'. The media is concerned that President Obama looks detached, aloof and any other word
synonymous to disconnected. They don't understand how the smartest man to ever take the oath knows so little of what is going on around him.
Mika Suggests Obama 'Too Smart' For The
Job. Too smart to be President. Is that really Barack Obama's problem? Mika Brzezinski thinks so. On today's [11/4/2013] Morning
Joe, as Mike Barnicle and John Heilemann kicked around the notion, as others have before, that President Obama doesn't much like politics and the people
in it, Brzezinski piped up with a different explanation for his aloofness: he's "too smart for the job," she suggested.
Obama: The Most Dangerous of Morons.
Have you ever noticed how many of these "really smart" people there are in government? It's a magnet for morons, and it seems every [last]
one of them is portrayed by the media as a genius in his own right. Yet, they never seem to be able to do anything but make things worse, and
usually much worse. These are America's morons and Barry is their leader. [...] A moron can be productive — providing he knows his
limitations and can use what God has given him within those limitations. A dangerous moron, however, is all arrogance and bluster,
always convinced that every one of his incompetent actions and the inevitable results, are actually brilliant successes and if not, somebody
else's fault. Dangerous morons hate to admit they were wrong. They are also incapable of feeling shame or guilt.
Maybe Barack Obama
is just inferior. Obama's story of failure is his ideology, not race. He has terrible ideas, and he implements those terrible ideas
terribly. Inferior. What other word describes a man not good at anything? Those praising his campaigning abilities require
clarification. What other word describes a man not good at anything that matters?
Does Obama Have
Any Idea What Is Going On In His Own Administration? One of the books on Chappaquiddick describes how the Kennedy brain trust gathered
at the family compound in Hyannis Port to plot a strategy to salvage Ted Kennedy's career. One person conspicuously absent from the conclave was
Teddy himself. He was on the beach, flying a kite. The family's advisers considered him too stupid to make any contribution to saving his
own skin. Is that how senior members of Obama's administration treat him? Is he considered a useless fifth wheel?
Obama's Slow Learning Curve.
Much of the controversy concerns the propriety of the president's declining to enforce a duly enacted law (bearing his signature) whose
constitutionality he does not doubt, and whether insurance companies will be able to abruptly change course after three years of preparing to
comply with their elaborate and interwoven legal obligations under Obamacare. But perhaps the president's most astonishing statement
involved an insouciant confession of ignorance. Returning to a common but under-appreciated motif of his presidency, Obama remarked:
"What we're also discovering is that insurance is complicated to buy."
This is an original
compilation, Copyright © 2013 by Andrew K. Dart
Senator Obama made a whole series of blunders
while campaigning for the office of President. Fortunately for him, they were
all covered up by
the left-leaning national news media.
See also Joe Biden brings his own gaffes
Gaffe's Bigger Problems. Just because Britain's largest daily newspaper has a top ten gaffe reel
assembled, and online before your presidency is barely 60 days old, you might believe that you're the
laughingstock of serious members of the world community of leaders.
Bow-ow-ow: Obama's painful
missteps. There has been one needless gaffe after another — from the president's
tacky appearance on a late-night comedy show to the kitsch gifts given to the British prime minister,
followed by the sweater-clad first lady's over-familiarity with the queen and culminating in the
jaw-dropping spectacle of a president of the United States bowing to the king of Saudi Arabia.
Second World War
history is not Barack Obama's strong suit. [Scroll down] Last May ... Mr Obama said that
his uncle "was part of the first American troops to go into Auschwitz". Republicans pointed out that it
was the Soviets who liberated Auschwitz. "Unless his uncle was serving in the Red Army, there's no way
Obama's statement can be true," a Republican spokesman said. The Democratic candidate issued a correction,
but critical historians have found earlier examples of Mr Obama's elastic approach to the facts.
Smartest President in
History Botches Oval Office Rug Quote. Woven into the new presidential seal rug adorning the
Oval Office is a misattributed quotation, offering us a perfect metaphor for the Obama presidency.
Top 10 Barack Obama Blunders.
Even beyond his disastrous policies, President Obama is turning out to be a terrible politician. The
great orator and master campaigner of 2008 is stumbling through his presidency, piling up gaffes and making
odd political moves.
President Obama Has No Idea
What Year It Is. This is how President Obama signed the guestbook at Westminster Abbey earlier
today [5/24/2011], where he got a tour from the Very Reverend Dr. John Hall and laid a wreath on the Grave of
the Unknown Warrior.
It is a great privilege to commemorate our common heritage, and common sacrifice.
24 May 2008
It was really nice until he got the date wrong by three years.
British Newspaper Blasted
Bush's Etiquette Flub, but Glosses Over Obama's. Imagine the newspaper headlines if President
George W. Bush had written the wrong date in the Westminster Abbey guest book; or if he had continued
toasting the Queen of England after the British national anthem started playing. Obama did both of
those things on Tuesday, and while media outlets reported the incidents, there was no suggestion that
he is a blundering fool.
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