This meme, usually expressed as a still from 'The Simpsons' with Bart Simpson holding an "At Least You Tried" cake, is a more sophisticated variant of "FAIL." It's used when, instead of utterly falling on his face, the subject has done something in the neighborhood of what he was attempting—but simply sucked at it. Generally posted as a response to a person who has said something dumb or misguided.

Teen has hilariously casual reply to police who said she was missing
Seems like the first place you'd look.
Oil executive sued for allegedly doing worst Elon Musk impression ever
Incoming email from elontesla at Yahoo dot com.
Apple’s new ear cigarettes are for cool kids only
The resemblance is uncanny.
North Korea solves all its problems by banning sarcasm
This is going to work so well.
Toddler has the most savage solution to the infamous trolley problem
Well, that's one way you could do things...
British Olympic team realizes that matching luggage wasn’t the best idea
It probably seemed like a great idea at the time.
Pole vaulter has Olympic bid sabotaged by his own penis
When your own pole screws you over.
8 times someone ruined their car by trying to make it cooler
You wouldn't be caught dead driving these hot rods.