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Blooper reels won’t dethrone Obama

26 April 2012

3:41 PM

26 April 2012

3:41 PM

This compilation of President Obama’s gaffes is going viral, as they say.  

Quite amusing. There’s something satisfying about seeing that ‘President Cool’  isn’t such a smooth operator. Obama is good with teleprompters, but he blunders when extemporising. It’s mostly
forgotten that, in the 2008 debates against Hillary Clinton, he often looked and sounded out of his depth.
Still, it is a bit hysterical — and humourless — for Gary L Bauer to call his video ’53 seconds that should end the Obama presidency’, in reference to Rick Perry’s infamous disaster answer in a debate.
Voters don’t really care about presidential bloopers. And is it wise for Republicans to attack the president for verbal clumsiness? Remember, on that front, Obama has nothing on his

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  • Randall

    If you watch closely, Obama tends to stutter when he is either stretching the truth, or just outright lying… Otherwise, he is quite steady in his speech patterns. Of course, I am not including defective teleprompters in my analysis…

  • Kevin

    Some more for the Obama blooper reel:

    “in terms of the Maldives or the Falklands, whatever your preferred term”
    “Navy Corpseman”
    “I would immediately call the president of Mexico, the president of Canada, to try to amend NAFTA”

  • The Masked Marvel

    Kevin has it right above. How sad that readers have to point out reality to those who live inside the media bubble and have been kept from hearing about the many Obama gaffes. This so-called blooper reel is pretty weak tea, more like a “stutter reel”. In reality Obama has made worse errors.

    Freddy Gray is obviously unaware of the gaffes Kevin points out, just like his colleagues at the Telegraph said that Obama’s Maldives/Malvinas gross error (a betrayal of Britain and a display of ignorance all at once) was unusual. It isn’t. To add to Kevin’s list:

    “We’re the country that built the Intercontinental Railroad.”;
    Saying that Hawaii is in Asia;
    Describing Abraham Lincoln as the founder of the Republican Party;
    Saying that he’d awarded the first Medal of Honor in person to a soldier who had come back from Afghanistan when the soldier had in fact received the honor posthumously;

    None of these errors were pounced on by the media like even the tiniest misstep of Sarah Palin. Gray and his colleagues would do well to get out of the media bubble once in a while.

  • Craig Strachan

    “Hysterical and humourless” is wholly implied by “Gary L Bauer”.

  • john gerard

    A bloopers reel? Is that it? Big deal. He’ll walk the election, no problem. Get ready for the worst US presidential term in history. And this time, it will be gloves-off, nothing-to-lose…

  • daniel maris

    BS, I’ve heard him respond in interviews – not staged ones – and he’s been remarkably fluent and coherent. I expect the bloopers come from those days when he was trying to cut out his nicotine habit.

  • Christian Jones

    Obama made palin look like a foreign affairs expert, like when he said we needed more Arabic speaking interpreters for Afghanistan, even though afghans don’t speak Arabic.

  • Augustus

    “So what if he takes time to THINK before he speaks now and then?”

    You mean – “How can I lie my way outta this one?”

    One need only revisit Obama’s 2008 campaign and his years in office to grasp how audacious his capacity for lying was and is. It was apparent to anyone watching and listening to Barack Obama that a moron was running for office, one willing to say anything for five minute’s advantage. He literally lied his way into the Oval Office. Much of the world holds Obama in contempt, the lies just keep coming, the class and race warfare is being ramped up, and media useful idiots continue to talk up his chances of being re-elected.

  • callingallcomets

    OMG another example where Mr Gray is about 2 years behind the game. The top conservative bloggers were onto this ages ago when the US and UK media were full of Palin’s so called mis-speaks. The media simply never reported Obama’s slips, just as they nver say much about the loosest mouth of all VP Biden.
    The Speccie has always been at the forefront of the drive to spin a Chicago machine hack with nil experience into a political messiah. There has been zero mention here of Fast & Furious, Solyndra or the Black Panther/Holder scam.
    As always my advice is to forget about messrs Gray, Forsyth & co and go straight to Hot Air or Legal Insurrection….

  • Kevin

    “Obama has nothing on his predecessor”

    Maybe it is just The Spectator that has nothing on Obama.

    The Internet does not discriminate against Republicans, hence we know the following Obama bloopers not included in the above video:

    “Over the last 15 months, we’ve traveled to every corner of the United States. I’ve now been in 57 states? I think one left to go.”
    “I don’t know what the term is in Austrian”
    “Everybody knows that it makes no sense that you send a kid to the emergency room for a treatable illness like asthma…when, if…they got some treatment, and a, a breathalyzer, or inhalator, not a breathalyzer.”
    “On this Memorial Day, as our nation honors its unbroken line of fallen heroes — and I see many of them in — in the audience here today”
    “Throughout our history, America’s confronted constantly evolving danger…from the bomb that fell on Pearl Harbor, to the threat of nuclear annihilation.”
    “I’m confident that the Supreme Court will not take what would be an unprecedented, extraordinary step of overturning a law that was passed by a strong majority of a democratically elected Congress.”

  • John Jefferson Burns

    Difference between the two is that Bush is cuddly and likeable while Obama is supercilious and distant.

  • In2minds

    “in the 2008 debates against Hillary Clinton, he often looked and sounded out of his depth”.

    But we got used to it!

  • tom jones

    Quite happy to rip into Obama for his massive debts and overspending, but he does have growth on his side which is more than what we’ve got at the moment AND bloopers attacking him? So what if he takes time to THINK before he speaks now and then? Just because the Americans got used to Bush and his fast nonsensical answers, doesn’t mean it’s wrong for Obama to THINK before SPEAKING. As for the special olympics line? The Republicans have extremely harsh names for people who abort babies in America so they’re hardly ones to talk.

  • Ben G

    Is that the best they can do?

  • Frank P

    The Spectator’s still got his back then? Not surprising – they’ve been in the tank since day one of his emergence. All part of a piece.

  • Ralph

    The difference is that Bush’s mistakes got broadcasted as news, while Obama’s have been generally ignored.

  • and I’ll go to bed at noon

    Good post, but please, please, please don’t flirt with the “good with a teleprompter, can’t extemporise” myth. It’s really not true, and there are countless examples of him managing just fine off-the-cuff (see for example his Q&A session with Republican leaders in early 2010:

    Like most modern politicians, the man spends a good proportion of his time being recorded. Given that, it’s amazing that over three years in office have only managed to yield under a minute of embarassing material. As Mr Gray notes, not a claim that can be made about his predecessor.

  • Gilead

    ‘Voters don’t really care about presidential bloopers. And is it wise for Republicans to attack the president for verbal clumsiness? Remember, on that front, Obama has nothing on his predecessor’

    Perhaps that’s true. However, voters don’t remember W any more. He’s yesterday’s man. The idea expressed here would make sense if you had compared Obama to Romney.