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Obamateurism of the Day: OBAMA says he doesn't speak Austrian
hotair.com ^ | April 6, 2009 | Ed Morrissey

Posted on 04/06/2009 9:14:47 AM PDT by Tolik

George Bush’s critics rightly roasted him for his tortured syntax and waterboarded grammar, and used it to make the claim that the graduate of both Harvard and Yale was an idiot.  Well, perhaps, but I don’t recall him ever claiming that Austrian was a language.  It takes a highly-esteemed intellect, it seems, to miss the fact that Austrians mainly speak German:
 
 

Obama: It was also interesting to see that political interaction in Europe is not that different from the United States Senate. There’s a lot of — I don’t know what the term is in Austrian — wheeling and dealing — and, you know, people are pursuing their interests, and everybody has their own particular issues and their own particular politics.

Austrians speak German and Italian primarily, as well as French — and I’m sure some Austrians speak languages ranging from Albanian to Swahili, being an intelligent and cultured people. However, none of the speak Austrian, because it doesn’t exist.

I got a deluge of e-mails on this, so thanks to all who sent the tip.  Other bloggers on this Obamateurism:

Update: LGF claims they have a clip of Bush bowing to Abdullah, but he’s actually bending down to receive a medal from the Saudi king.  Bush is much taller than Abdullah, which would have made it impossible for Abdullah to get the medal around his neck otherwise.  We can question whether Bush should have accepted a medal from the Saudis, but he wasn’t greeting Abdullah with a bow.

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

Illustrations by Chris Muir of Day by Day.


Barcepundit: OBAMA SAYS he doesn't speak Austrian. It's unknown if he can speak Argentinean or Brazilian but, to his credit, his American is way better than his English.


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KEYWORDS: austrian; bho44; gaffe; obama; obamateurism
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1 posted on 04/06/2009 9:14:48 AM PDT by Tolik
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To: Tolik

America owes Dan Quayle an apology.


2 posted on 04/06/2009 9:16:00 AM PDT by Jeff Chandler (" the non-objective, imbalanced filter of the echoes in the western media.")
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To: Tolik

*lol* i´m austrian too and even i don´t speak austrian.


3 posted on 04/06/2009 9:16:31 AM PDT by Jonny foreigner
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To: Tolik

Ooooooooooh! He’s soooooo worldly, intelligent and articulate! /s *snort*


4 posted on 04/06/2009 9:17:14 AM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear ("The smallest minority on earth is the 'individual'." ~ Rush Limbaugh)
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To: Tolik

Next Teleprompter line:

ICH BIN EIN AUSTRALIAN!


5 posted on 04/06/2009 9:17:21 AM PDT by relictele
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To: Jonny foreigner

You, ignorant you, </sarcasm>


6 posted on 04/06/2009 9:17:52 AM PDT by Tolik
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To: Tolik

I’ve also noticed that the word ‘vulnerable’ had now officially become ‘vunnerable’ under this president......


7 posted on 04/06/2009 9:18:21 AM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (FR. ....Monthly Donors Wanted.)
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To: Tolik

Pardon my Austrian, but 0bama is an #$@&*#$!


8 posted on 04/06/2009 9:18:38 AM PDT by Above My Pay Grade
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To: Tolik
Everyone know that the Austrians speak Australian!

Geez!

9 posted on 04/06/2009 9:19:17 AM PDT by mojito
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To: Jeff Chandler

Nah, Obama means well. That’s all that is important, don’t you know?


10 posted on 04/06/2009 9:19:28 AM PDT by Tolik
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To: Jonny foreigner

etz’at ma klur.


11 posted on 04/06/2009 9:19:48 AM PDT by patton (I hope that they fight to the death and both sides win.)
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To: Above My Pay Grade

That was Greek too me. :^)


12 posted on 04/06/2009 9:20:02 AM PDT by Tolik
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To: Jonny foreigner

re: speaking “Austrian”

Yes, but maybe you need to speak “Austrian” because after all the “smartest man in the world” already thinks that you do!

Just make up a new language and Obama will feel better.....

I just hope he doesn’t get too confused about what language people in England speak......

“I don’t know how you folks say it in English but.....”

England and America, two peoples separated by a common language (I think Churchill said that?).


13 posted on 04/06/2009 9:21:58 AM PDT by Enchante (Obama Grovels Before Saudi King --- Our Founders are Spinning in their Graves)
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To: Jeff Chandler
America owes Dan Quayle an apology.

A comic once joked about Dan Quayle saying he did not speak Latin when visiting Latin America, but it was a joke and not a fact. Regardless, the media reported that as a fact hundreds of times over many many years.

14 posted on 04/06/2009 9:23:08 AM PDT by Always Right (Obama: more arrogant than Bill Clinton, more naive than Jimmy Carter, and more liberal than LBJ.)
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To: relictele
I thought Australiens were exstinky during the last great Asteriodian Impacto?

I wonder if he can speak Eyetailian?

15 posted on 04/06/2009 9:23:56 AM PDT by Young Werther (Julius Caesar (Quae Cum Ita Sunt. Since these things are so.))
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To: Tolik

I’m sure he’s fully fluent in Arabic though.


16 posted on 04/06/2009 9:24:35 AM PDT by Sig Sauer P220 (Leave no authority existing not responsible to the people ----- Thomas Jefferson)
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To: patton

etz’at ma klur.


*lol* is this the secret austrian languange?
because sorry i didn´t understand a single word ;-)


17 posted on 04/06/2009 9:25:24 AM PDT by Jonny foreigner
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To: Tolik

Obama is the biggest scam artist in all of human history!

Take a classic ghetto jive talker Three Card Monte hustler-idiot, give him an affirmative action Harvard socialist education, and... voila... you have Obama!


18 posted on 04/06/2009 9:26:56 AM PDT by FormerACLUmember (Chains you can believe in)
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To: Jonny foreigner

Yes it is, and demonstrated by your bard, Klaus Lage.

“Jetzt ist es mir klar”, in German.


19 posted on 04/06/2009 9:29:07 AM PDT by patton (I hope that they fight to the death and both sides win.)
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To: Jonny foreigner

Hey, I speak Austrian!:

Bama-osay is-say an-say ool-fay.


20 posted on 04/06/2009 9:29:21 AM PDT by FormerACLUmember (Chains you can believe in)
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To: Tolik
Yes, but he's one of the only low-grade morons who speaks fluent TELEPROMPTER!

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21 posted on 04/06/2009 9:30:36 AM PDT by Dick Bachert
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To: Tolik

I don’t speak Nicaraguan.


22 posted on 04/06/2009 9:30:37 AM PDT by RexBeach ("Do your duty in all things." Robert E. Lee)
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To: Tolik

I’m sure the MSM will cover this up. If necessary, by creating an Austrian language and counterfeit novels, textbooks, etc. in the Austian language. (Sort of like that DailyKos birth certificate).


23 posted on 04/06/2009 9:31:45 AM PDT by Above My Pay Grade
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To: Jonny foreigner

oops - turns our he is German. LOL!


24 posted on 04/06/2009 9:32:03 AM PDT by patton (I hope that they fight to the death and both sides win.)
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To: StarFan; Dutchy; alisasny; BobFromNJ; BUNNY2003; Cacique; Clemenza; Coleus; cyborg; DKNY; ...
Excerpt:

Obama: It was also interesting to see that political interaction in Europe is not that different from the United States Senate. There’s a lot of — I don’t know what the term is in Austrian — wheeling and dealing — and, you know, people are pursuing their interests, and everybody has their own particular issues and their own particular politics.

Austrians speak German and Italian primarily, as well as French — and I’m sure some Austrians speak languages ranging from Albanian to Swahili, being an intelligent and cultured people. However, none of the speak Austrian, because it doesn’t exist.

What an idiot. I guarantee you'll never hear/read this in the MSM. If a Republican said this, you'd hear it about it for decades a la Dan Quayle...

25 posted on 04/06/2009 9:32:07 AM PDT by nutmeg (DemocRATs: The party of tax cheats and other assorted crooks)
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To: Tolik

What a kartoffelkopf...


26 posted on 04/06/2009 9:32:22 AM PDT by NFHale (The Second Amendment - By any means necessary.)
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To: Tolik

Y’all remember Zero during the election crawl making a statement mocking Americans for not being able to speak other foreign languages?

Here it is!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kdxP85ouT9c


27 posted on 04/06/2009 9:32:27 AM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear ("The smallest minority on earth is the 'individual'." ~ Rush Limbaugh)
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To: Tolik

I failed to mention that he is a perfect representative of those who voted for him.


28 posted on 04/06/2009 9:32:31 AM PDT by Dick Bachert
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To: Tolik

If Bambi would like a quick example of how an Austrian gives a proper speech in Austrian without a teleprompter, he should look here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Q-6H4xOUrs


29 posted on 04/06/2009 9:32:37 AM PDT by cynwoody
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To: Tolik
Leno .... Paging Jay Leno ....

Doubt will ever see this mentioned. He is still doing Bush jokes.

30 posted on 04/06/2009 9:33:17 AM PDT by TheCipher
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To: Tolik

I don’t speak Marxism, but I’m afraid I’m picking up a few words here and there by listening to our Marxist in Chief. The phrase I’m struggling with mostly is “redistribution of wealth” but MiC rolls it off the teleprompter so smoothly, like he’s been saying it all his life and believes in it. Gee, I wonder why?


31 posted on 04/06/2009 9:37:35 AM PDT by Type Righter (...flying the Gadsden flag 24/7 until the Usurper is Gone! ..."Don't Tread on ME"...)
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To: Tolik

Does anybody?


32 posted on 04/06/2009 9:37:42 AM PDT by MarkeyD (OBAMA. Chains we can believe in!)
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To: mojito

I was so wishing he’d said something about putting a shrimp on the barbie.


33 posted on 04/06/2009 9:38:46 AM PDT by MarkeyD (OBAMA. Chains we can believe in!)
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To: patton

oops - turns our he is German. LOL!


No no still austrian, i was just figuring out that you mean “jetzt is ma klar” *lol* oh those different slangs in
Austria. i will take the blame for this :-)
greetings


34 posted on 04/06/2009 9:38:51 AM PDT by Jonny foreigner
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To: Tolik

Actually there is a distinct Austrian accent to the German spoken there. Native German speakers pick up on it right away.

Just like Spanish speakers can tell a Mexican from a Puerto Rican from a South American accent. My Spanish is very limited but even I can tell the Castillian accent from Spain.


35 posted on 04/06/2009 9:41:05 AM PDT by CholeraJoe ("Their armor is weak at the neck and under the arms!")
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To: nutmeg

JFK called himself a Jelly doughnut, but did so in German. Obama pulled an “Ich bein ein Weiner” moment, in english.


36 posted on 04/06/2009 9:46:30 AM PDT by rmlew ( The SAVE and GIVE acts are institutioning Corvee. Where's the outtrage!)
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To: TheCipher

Perception of reality in many instances is as important as reality itself. “Bush =idiot, Obama=genius” reality was instrumental in bringing Obama to power. But it has limitations. It does not take into account the players outside of this system. And the real world provides schemers and intrigants that can and will eat Obama for breakfast. As Chicago machine had an advantage over less skillful players, its not a match against people that came to power in the jungles of Kremlin, Peking, Tehran, Pyongyang.


37 posted on 04/06/2009 9:46:37 AM PDT by Tolik
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To: Jonny foreigner

Doesn’t Osterreich mean “Eastern Nation”, implying the eastern portion of the German-speaking peoples? In fact, if memory serves me, it was renamed Ostmark (Eastern Province) in the days of the Anschluss.


38 posted on 04/06/2009 9:47:49 AM PDT by ccmay (Too much Law; not enough Order.)
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To: Jeff Chandler
America owes Dan Quayle an apology.

Is it 'potato' or 'potatoe' in Austrian?

39 posted on 04/06/2009 9:48:47 AM PDT by VeniVidiVici (The Democrats want nationalized health care? I'll take the coverage Congress has. Nothing less.)
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To: Tolik
So, will the companies that made the 'Bushism' calendars adn such make 'Øbamism' calendars?

There is plenty of material out there...

40 posted on 04/06/2009 9:53:13 AM PDT by 5thGenTexan
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To: CholeraJoe

True, and Bostonians, New Yawkers and Alabamans all are distinctive but it’s still the same language, which is the point.


41 posted on 04/06/2009 9:55:08 AM PDT by Zman516 (socialists & muslims -- satan's useful idiots.)
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To: CholeraJoe

I’m told the Deutschland Germans are rather bigoted against their Austrian and Swiss cousins. A rural Austrian is called a Schluctenscheißer, or “canyon sh*tter”.


42 posted on 04/06/2009 9:58:11 AM PDT by ccmay (Too much Law; not enough Order.)
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To: nutmeg

Thanks for the ping!


43 posted on 04/06/2009 10:02:41 AM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: Jeff Chandler

I have also heard several clips of his speeches in which he uses incorrect grammar and nary a word is said about it.
I recall a total ROASTING of GW and endless playing of
“Is your children learning?”

And yes, we heard the “POTATO” story endlessly.
Here is an interesting twist. I think he was set up.
http://www.capitalcentury.com/1992.html


44 posted on 04/06/2009 10:04:28 AM PDT by a real Sheila (God bless us everyone.)
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To: Jeff Chandler

So this “scholar” is illiterate in Austrian in all 57 states?


45 posted on 04/06/2009 10:07:13 AM PDT by omega4179 (boycott government run entities)
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To: Tolik

46 posted on 04/06/2009 10:07:54 AM PDT by pabianice
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To: rmlew
JFK called himself a Jelly doughnut, but did so in German. Obama pulled an “Ich bein ein Weiner” moment, in english.

LOL. That's right about JFK. But you rarely hear about that faux pas. JFK and Camelot live on to this day, unfortunately...

47 posted on 04/06/2009 10:14:36 AM PDT by nutmeg (DemocRATs: The party of tax cheats and other assorted crooks)
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To: ccmay

Doesn’t Osterreich mean “Eastern Nation”, implying the eastern portion of the German-speaking peoples? In fact, if memory serves me, it was renamed Ostmark (Eastern Province) in the days of the Anschluss.


no im sorry has nothing to do with it. Österreich doesn´t mean Eastern nation. it´s true that “ost” translated into english means “east” and “reich” can be translated into “empire,kingdom...”) But this is just “ coincidence” that this fits somehow with the english language.
Has nothing to do with the name of the country. i have to admit i just tried to take a crash course on the internet because i was interessted too where the name Österreich does come from. this even totally confused me (because it´s more than 1000 years of history and the name has changed a lot during this time). and my english is just to limited to only try to explain it :-) but you are correct about the “anschluß” it was named “ostmark” (because austria did no longer official “exist” during this time) and this can be translated into eastern providence. but again has nothing to do with the real name Österreich.
greetings


48 posted on 04/06/2009 10:16:09 AM PDT by Jonny foreigner
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To: NFHale
What a kartoffelkopf...

Potato Head. I was thinking scheisskopf was more applicable to Zero.

49 posted on 04/06/2009 10:16:33 AM PDT by Myrddin
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To: CholeraJoe

Yes but there is a difference between local, regional and national dialects and a different language. I can tell a southerner from a Bostonian but they both speak English. Let’s not forget that in the Spanish world they all taught Castilian as the primary language.


50 posted on 04/06/2009 10:27:24 AM PDT by aft_lizard (One animal actually eats its own brains to conserve energy, we call them liberals.)
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