Video: Gibbs tells MS-NBC that Obama’s ready to take responsibility for economy

posted at 3:05 pm on June 30, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Gee, and it only took six months! Yesterday, MS-NBC’s Chuck Todd asked White House press secretary Robert Gibbs when the time will come to judge the success of the stimulus package Barack Obama pushed Congress to pass. Gibbs says we can start now:

Now that we can actually hold Obama accountable, what has the stimulus done? Joblessness has gone to 9.4%, and even Barack Obama admits that it’s on its way to double digits.  While Obama ran re-runs for his weekly radio address, the Republicans demanded to know where the jobs arePorkulus money has actually slowed as the administration fumbled its “ramp-up” of stimulus spending.

Thanks to Gibbs, though, when jobs fail to appear and the economy remains mired, we know who to blame.  It won’t be Bush, either, but Obama and the Democrats who spent $800 billion on a non-stimulating stimulus, instead of allowing capital to remain in the market and to build solid economic growth.   The first test for this will be next Thursday, when the BLS announces the jobless rate for June.  If it goes up — and indications this month show new claims rising each week — Obama will own it.


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Own it, Barry…

ladyingray on June 30, 2009 at 3:07 PM

Gibbs refused to rule out tax increases for people making under $250K today for health ins, when asked by Major Garret. He hemmed and hawed like a shy schoolgirl.

JiangxiDad on June 30, 2009 at 3:07 PM

It’s been his the whole time. He was, if you remember, a senator prior to being President. He voted for everything that is currently going on. It’s always been his economy. And theirs. And, unfortunately, ours.

lorien1973 on June 30, 2009 at 3:09 PM

Do you hear that MSM? you now have permission to stop blaming the last administration

Locrian on June 30, 2009 at 3:09 PM

And Jeremiah Wright is ready to do a Bar Mitzvah.

LibTired on June 30, 2009 at 3:11 PM

while this is all well and good, when will it start to show up in his poll numbers. That’s when he will truly own the economy.

RedSoxNation on June 30, 2009 at 3:11 PM

I can’t wait for taxes to go up for people making less than 250k…. we have thousands of sound bites in the waiting.

BPD on June 30, 2009 at 3:11 PM

Barry owns Boardwalk & Park Place with 2 Hotels, GM,Chrysler,Freddie & Fannie.

“That’ll be $7 trillion dollas sucka. Pay Up.”-Barry O-bey

portlandon on June 30, 2009 at 3:12 PM

Thanks to Gibbs, though, when jobs fail to appear and the economy remains mired, we know who to blame.

In your dreams Ed. When the economy continues to falter and lag, we’ll receive “clarification” that Gibbsy MISSPOKE, or that his statements “ARE NO LONGER OPERATIVE”.

Nuance.

GarandFan on June 30, 2009 at 3:12 PM

I never realized a President (our employee) could decide whether or not something was his fault…

Especially when, not 4 months ago he was talking about how he had the authority to SAVE it…

Skywise on June 30, 2009 at 3:12 PM

Well, I’m going to be the foreign object in the punch bowl and partially defend the Administration.

You can’t turn around an economy the size and scope of the US in less than six months especially since much of Obama’s program – for good or bad – has only been in the pipeline for several months.

Yeah, his program stinks – we’re monetizing our debt and creating massive structural problems down the line – but I think he deserves more time.

SteveMG on June 30, 2009 at 3:12 PM

Oh sure, like this is the last time we’ll ever hear that the economy is Bush’s fault. Please.

Aitch748 on June 30, 2009 at 3:12 PM

Oh! The blessed fruit of affirmative action!

LimeyGeek on June 30, 2009 at 3:12 PM

I always choked a bit when BHO said that he “inherited” the economy.

He didn’t inherit jack. He BOUGHT it. Paid for it with your, my and our children’s credit cards.

kurtzz3 on June 30, 2009 at 3:12 PM

He already owns it, whether he wants to or not. There’s a reason the poll numbers are declining and the White House is doing damage control over porkulus.

I just hope the tea parties this weekend don’t go soft on Obama and the Dems. I could understand back on Tax Day that the attendees didn’t want to turn it into a GOP rally, but let’s not kid ourselves. One party is almost entirely responsible for the disastrous path we’re currently on.

Doughboy on June 30, 2009 at 3:12 PM

Maybe they have a sneak preview on this week’s job report and it’s not so bad.

Or maybe they finally realized how stupid they sound blaming a president out of power for over 5 months.

Hell even Soros isn’t buying Obamanomics:

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Billionaire investor George Soros on Tuesday predicted a “stop-go” economy for the United States, saying fears of inflation will drive up interest rates and choke off growth.

Soros, one of the world’s most successful hedge fund managers who was speaking at a breakfast hosted by the Wall Street Journal, said borrowing costs are the major headwinds for the economy.

“As markets revive, fear of inflation will drive up interest rates, which will choke off recovery,” he said.

Rising U.S. Treasury yields have driven mortgage rates back up, threatening a recovery in the housing market and a refinancing boom that has helped preserve the still-fragile health of recession-weary households and the banks that lend to them.

The rise in bond yields and mortgage rates may also act to check the huge recent rally in global stock markets of the past three months, with the Federal Reserve trying to end an 18-month recession and yet not spur inflation.

Chuck Schick on June 30, 2009 at 3:13 PM

he deserves more time

To due what? Fuck up the economy even further?

GarandFan on June 30, 2009 at 3:13 PM

You can’t turn around an economy the size and scope of the US in less than six months

Yes we can!

LimeyGeek on June 30, 2009 at 3:13 PM

lol…instead of blaming Bush now he will start blaming his advisers, Congress, the Senate, the Media, Big Business and of course the American people for his failure.

Dreadnought223 on June 30, 2009 at 3:13 PM

What I meant to say was…….

Seven Percent Solution on June 30, 2009 at 3:13 PM

lol…instead of blaming Bush now he will start blaming his advisers, Congress, the Senate, the Media, Big Business and of course the American people for his failure.

Dreadnought223 on June 30, 2009 at 3:13 PM

I wouldn’t be surprised if he tried to throw Pelosi and Reid under the bus, but that’s not gonna save his ass in 2012.

Doughboy on June 30, 2009 at 3:14 PM

The bottom-feeders are fishing for the bottom of the recession.

ICBM on June 30, 2009 at 3:15 PM

It was starting to happen anyway. Blaming Bush was having diminishing returns anyhow.

KW64 on June 30, 2009 at 3:16 PM

SteveMG on June 30, 2009 at 3:12 PM

Sure you can. If you can go from good economy to bad economy in a single quarter (or 2 quarters as that defines recession), surely you can go the other way just as quickly. If not, recoveries are simply not possible.

Can you go from -5% to +5% in 6 months? No.

But can you go from -5% to 1% in 6. Of course you can.

I think we all know how to do it too.

Cut corporate and personal taxes. Remove the payroll taxes in negative gdp growth quarters until growth turns positive again – or better yet, remove them permanently. Cut federal spending.

It’s not exactly rocket science.

Can the federal government do it? No, it cannot. Can people and businesses? Yes.

lorien1973 on June 30, 2009 at 3:17 PM

If it doesn’t go well I am sure we will find that this statment is about his pay grade.

Cindy Munford on June 30, 2009 at 3:17 PM

The fall is going to be painful to watch. The sooner it comes the better though, a comeback in the mid terms could stop this clown cold.

echosyst on June 30, 2009 at 3:17 PM

He’ll take responsibility when no more fault can be wrung out of George Bush and when barrows and gilts are airborne.

whitetop on June 30, 2009 at 3:18 PM

Hold a Democrat responsible for something??? Sense when? I don’t believe it. The Democrats have been running Congress for more than two years and Pelosi and Reid are still blaming the GOP for everything from bad weather to high unemployment.

Terrye on June 30, 2009 at 3:19 PM

So, does this mean Obama admits to owning the “unexpected” drop in consumer confidence that was reported yesterday?

Or does this mean he only owns the things that happened right after Gibbs gave this answer?

myrenovations on June 30, 2009 at 3:20 PM

So, we are finally going to get our unicorns?

califcon on June 30, 2009 at 3:20 PM

hmmm so when does he blame Bush for 10% funemployment we will see come thursday? After all didn’t the project that funemployment was to top out around 8.5% with the “stimulus” package?

jharada on June 30, 2009 at 3:20 PM

Well, I’m going to be the foreign object in the punch bowl and partially defend the Administration.

You can’t turn around an economy the size and scope of the US in less than six months especially since much of Obama’s program – for good or bad – has only been in the pipeline for several months.

Yeah, his program stinks – we’re monetizing our debt and creating massive structural problems down the line – but I think he deserves more time.

SteveMG on June 30, 2009 at 3:12 PM

When your surgeon is performing a gall bladder operation on you but instead of a bad gall bladder, a broken hip. There’s not much point in waiting to see if the operation works over time.

Jeff from WI on June 30, 2009 at 3:21 PM

jharada on June 30, 2009 at 3:20 PM

I’m actually starting to wonder if it’ll top 10. I’ve thought it unthinkable, but the drop in consumer confidence and what I’ve seen in my business this month makes me think something bad is about to reported.

lorien1973 on June 30, 2009 at 3:21 PM

Hold a Democrat responsible for something??? Sense when? I don’t believe it. The Democrats have been running Congress for more than two years and Pelosi and Reid are still blaming the GOP for everything from bad weather to high unemployment.

Terrye on June 30, 2009 at 3:19 PM

Even idiot Obama voters(I know, I’m being redundant) have to be aware at this point that it’s not the GOP who’s running the show. And when unemployment is in double figures, the last thing people struggling to make ends meet want to hear is that it’s all the fault of the previous Administration which has been out of power nearly 6 months now.

And BTW, it should be noted that Bush has been absolutely brilliant to remain silent since leaving office. It makes it a lot harder for Obama, the Dems, and the drive-bys to demonize him when he’s not saying anything. I hope he doesn’t conduct a single interview until 1/20/13 when the next President is inaugurated.

Doughboy on June 30, 2009 at 3:22 PM

For some reason, the line, “Video: Gibbs tells MS-NBC that Obama’s ready to take responsibility for economy” sounded uncannily like, “All right, Mr. DeMille, I’m ready for my close-up.”

cthulhu on June 30, 2009 at 3:23 PM

To those who say you can’t turn around an economy in 6 months…

…recall 2003.

-Bush signs into law all remaining tax cuts, including those on capital gains, dividends and income tax cuts for the upper 2 brackets

-Unemployment peaks the following month at 6.3%

-Quarter starting a month after is the biggest quarter of GDP growth in 20 years- 7.2%

Don’t tell me it can’t be done.

Chuck Schick on June 30, 2009 at 3:23 PM

Gibby, get your bags packed. I think you will be reporting to the Lower Zambuda office soon.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on June 30, 2009 at 3:24 PM

Well, I’m going to be the foreign object turd in the punch bowl and partially defend the Administration.

Jeff from WI on June 30, 2009 at 3:21 PM

fify

califcon on June 30, 2009 at 3:24 PM

There will not be any tax increases. At all. Dear Leader has said so.

However, Dear Leader also knows that we are so appreciative of His leadership that we want to donate more of our money (think of it as a “love offering”) to help Him remake America. And as we all lead such busy lives, rather than sitting back waiting for us to find the time to make such donations, The One will just automatically deduct the love offerings from our pay. This will also help the environment, because it will cut down on paper & envelopes & transporting checks and such. This is why Dear Leader is so great, He anticipates our every desire.

So no new taxes, just the ability to make “love offerings” to Dear Leader.

rbj on June 30, 2009 at 3:24 PM

Do you hear that MSM? you now have permission to stop blaming the last administration

Locrian on June 30, 2009 at 3:09 PM

one hopes they will….

cmsinaz on June 30, 2009 at 3:24 PM

I wouldn’t be surprised if he tried to throw Pelosi and Reid under the bus, but that’s not gonna save his ass in 2012.

Doughboy on June 30, 2009 at 3:14 PM

Well the interesting thing will be to see how he behaves during the mid terms in 2010. Who he supports, who he does fundraisers for and who he endorses. Because I’m sure that all the senior democrat congress critters will be begging him for his endorsement in a desperate attempt to save their own hides from the inevitable voter backlash the Democrats are going to cop.

Dreadnought223 on June 30, 2009 at 3:25 PM

Oh! The blessed fruit of affirmative action!

LimeyGeek on June 30, 2009 at 3:12 PM

OMG That made me laugh out loud. Thanks for a good chuckle. Soooo true.

marklmail on June 30, 2009 at 3:25 PM

Forgot to include: Bush signed tax cuts into law at the end of May, 2003. Unemployment peaked the following month after rising steadily for about 3 years.

Chuck Schick on June 30, 2009 at 3:25 PM

The un-employment rate will hit double digits very soon (maybe in August).
If the Dems pass the Cap & Tax scheme and/or ObamaCare the inflation rate will hit double digits next year.

Double-digit inflation…double-digit un-employment?? Jimmy Carter, please call your office…we need your malaise speech again!

Justrand on June 30, 2009 at 3:26 PM

Gibbs: “Of course I said that the President should start taking responsibility for the economy. But you must remember that no one knew how badly George Bush destroyed the economy, so of course our plans had to be delayed as far as getting the economy going again”.

Jeff from WI on June 30, 2009 at 3:26 PM

Their internal poll numbers must be sinking faster than they ever imagined they would.

SouthernGent on June 30, 2009 at 3:26 PM

Doughboy on June 30, 2009 at 3:22 PM

Actually, a significant part of the problem is that too many people have been brainwashed into believing that government ‘runs the show’. It doesn’t. It meddles with our running of it.

We run the show. We produce the wealth. We are the biological cogs of the economy. Not government. They are merely unqualified servants that stupidly attempt to interfere with what we know best how to operate.

Disaster is all but inevitable.

We must remove them from the equation – with force, if ultimately necessary.

LimeyGeek on June 30, 2009 at 3:27 PM

Chuck Schick on June 30, 2009 at 3:23 PM

Exactly. Way too many people are buying the “give him more time” crap. Bush turned around the economy after a terrorist attack and the dotcom bubble burst.

He didn’t nationalize the airlines to do so. Nor banks.

lorien1973 on June 30, 2009 at 3:28 PM

The un-employment rate will hit double digits very soon (maybe in August).
If the Dems pass the Cap & Tax scheme and/or ObamaCare the inflation rate will hit double digits next year.

Double-digit inflation…double-digit un-employment?? Jimmy Carter, please call your office…we need your malaise speech again!

Justrand on June 30, 2009 at 3:26 PM

Add in the terrible foreign policy and the limp wristed weak reputation as a leader…My God it IS Carter all over again!! A BLACK CARTER

Jeff from WI on June 30, 2009 at 3:28 PM

Why was that video cut off right there?

DaveS on June 30, 2009 at 3:28 PM

To those who say you can’t turn around an economy in 6 months…

…recall 2003.

The status of the economy in 2003 was/is far different than 2008 and 2009.

A better analogy is Reagan in 1981 where it took a good year to year and a half for his tax cuts to kick in.

Again, the program that Obama has put into place is going to lead to massive inflation and debt and spending that will be unsustainable.

But I think it’s unfair to saddle any President – Obama or Reagan – with an entire economy six months into his first term.

SteveMG on June 30, 2009 at 3:29 PM

For some reason, the line, “Video: Gibbs tells MS-NBC that Obama’s ready to take responsibility for economy” sounded uncannily like, “All right, Mr. DeMille, I’m ready for my close-up.”

cthulhu on June 30, 2009 at 3:23 PM

Sounded to me like “Daddy can take the training wheels off now”

The adults are in charge, I’m told.

LimeyGeek on June 30, 2009 at 3:29 PM

Justrand!

artist on June 30, 2009 at 3:29 PM

so phukin weak.

moonbatkiller on June 30, 2009 at 3:29 PM

I’m actually starting to wonder if it’ll top 10. I’ve thought it unthinkable, but the drop in consumer confidence and what I’ve seen in my business this month makes me think something bad is about to reported.

lorien1973 on June 30, 2009 at 3:21 PM

Are you asking if it’ll top 10% going into July? I think that’s possible. It went up half a percentage point last month, so it’s not unthinkable that it would increase by .6% on the next report.

You know things are a lot worse than the media and Administration are letting on. Obama is openly admitting unemployment will hit double figures soon and his advisors are trying to backtrack on their economic predictions after the passage of porkulus. They know things are going to get very ugly and they’re trying to soften the blow that his poll numbers are inevitably going to take.

Doughboy on June 30, 2009 at 3:29 PM

Perhaps the proper phrasing is that it is impossible for a socialist leaning Democrat to turn around an economy in 6 months.

myrenovations on June 30, 2009 at 3:29 PM

“Die, you gravy sucking pigs!” I forget the movie where that immortal quote came from, but it just seemed so appropriate in responding to Odingo and his cohorts. People are going to wake up with nothing and will be looking for a hide to tar and feather…. pot’s a boilin’!

HomeoftheBrave on June 30, 2009 at 3:30 PM

Why was that video cut off right there?

DaveS on June 30, 2009 at 3:28 PM

I was wondering the same thing.

Jeff from WI on June 30, 2009 at 3:31 PM

But I think it’s unfair to saddle any President – Obama or Reagan – with an entire economy six months into his first term.

SteveMG on June 30, 2009 at 3:29 PM

It is not unfair if one looks at the policies proposed/passed by the president, especially having his party in total control of the Congress.

myrenovations on June 30, 2009 at 3:31 PM

A better analogy is Reagan in 1981 where it took a good year to year and a half for his tax cuts to kick in.

SteveMG on June 30, 2009 at 3:29 PM

Imagine how fast it would have turned around if Reagan had taken over the auto industry and the banks and legislated a cap & trade bill and gone after the coal industry and set salary caps and all that good stuff!

califcon on June 30, 2009 at 3:32 PM

How can it be bad….We Have Hope & Change!

Jeff from WI on June 30, 2009 at 3:32 PM

He’ll take responsibility when no more fault can be wrung out of George Bush and when barrows and gilts are airborne.

whitetop on June 30, 2009 at 3:18 PM

AH! You have pigs!! You’re speaking my language!

Oink on June 30, 2009 at 3:34 PM

Let’s see if he fires up AF1 for a few more “historic messiah” road shows. Clearly, the daily television appearances aren’t distracting people from reality. It will be interesting to see if he can still rally the devoted.

sherry on June 30, 2009 at 3:34 PM

It is not unfair if one looks at the policies proposed/passed by the president, especially having his party in total control of the Congress.

I agree. But that’s a different matter.

His policies are absurd and contradictory. As Robert Samuelson has pointed out, Obama is ignoring basic economics.

Excellent overview here – Samuelson.

SteveMG on June 30, 2009 at 3:35 PM

Still lots of Bush bashing left in the bottle. 2010 will be a fine year for ‘blame Booosh’. 2012….not so much.

DrW on June 30, 2009 at 3:37 PM

Actually, a significant part of the problem is that too many people have been brainwashed into believing that government ‘runs the show’. It doesn’t. It meddles with our running of it.

We run the show. We produce the wealth. We are the biological cogs of the economy. Not government. They are merely unqualified servants that stupidly attempt to interfere with what we know best how to operate.

Disaster is all but inevitable.

We must remove them from the equation – with force, if ultimately necessary.

LimeyGeek on June 30, 2009 at 3:27 PM

Exactly.

Normally I would lay little blame on the president when it comes to the ups and downs of the economy, but Obama is doing everything in his power to keep his foot on the throat of an economy that will eventually recover.

We would have already been on the way there if he were not in office.

cntrlfrk on June 30, 2009 at 3:37 PM

I never realized a President (our employee) could decide whether or not something was his fault…

Especially when, not 4 months ago he was talking about how he had the authority to SAVE it…

Skywise on June 30, 2009 at 3:12 PM

This is win-win for O’Bonehead, who gets to dictate to our sycophant press how many jobs he has “saved” from the Bush recession. He’s God-like.

Jaibones on June 30, 2009 at 3:38 PM

Gibbs will be fired within 3 months.

Just you wait….

omnipotent on June 30, 2009 at 3:38 PM

1980 Election – Republican Swing

Senate +12
Housee +34

We can but hope 2010 is the same.

Terry_Dyne on June 30, 2009 at 3:40 PM

Senator Obama owns this economy

PrezHussein on June 30, 2009 at 3:42 PM

Do you hear that MSM? you now have permission to stop blaming the last administration

Locrian on June 30, 2009 at 3:09 PM

I’m sorry what did you say…I was busy writing a story about how Sarah failed as a mother, and now is failing as a grandmother…we can do what now?

right2bright on June 30, 2009 at 3:44 PM

This is win-win for O’Bonehead, who gets to dictate to our sycophant press how many jobs he has “saved” from the Bush recession. He’s God-like.

Jaibones on June 30, 2009 at 3:38 PM

The bonehead press and O’Bonehead administration. The liars leading the blind.

saiga on June 30, 2009 at 3:44 PM

Yeah, his program stinks – we’re monetizing our debt and creating massive structural problems down the line – but I think he deserves more time.

SteveMG on June 30, 2009 at 3:12 PM

The problem isn’t so much that we haven’t given it enough time to work. The problem is that the program won’t work no matter how much time we give it.

It’s been proven that stimulus spending like this is 100 percent ineffective. Just look at the numbers now.

Or just watch this.

Chaz706 on June 30, 2009 at 3:45 PM

Ogabe to Gibbs later tonight: “You said WHAT, you dumb cracka mofacky?”

Bishop on June 30, 2009 at 3:49 PM

Now, who is going to tell the White House press corp what Gibbs meant to say?

d1carter on June 30, 2009 at 3:50 PM

gibbs is just a puppet with hand up his arse…..

SHARPTOOTH on June 30, 2009 at 3:51 PM

I can’t wait for taxes to go up for people making less than 250k…. we have thousands of sound bites in the waiting.

BPD on June 30, 2009 at 3:11 PM

Already has for me…

*lights up*…*takes drag*…*exhales*

Damn middle class kids and their cheap parents…

Joe Caps on June 30, 2009 at 3:51 PM

Of course Obama owns the economy. He was present when it happened.

backwoods conservative on June 30, 2009 at 3:51 PM

IT’S AN OBAMANATION – ECONOMICS STYLE

bwconq on June 30, 2009 at 3:52 PM

Is it just me but doesn’t Gibbs remind you of that clown killer..Bundy?

Jeff from WI on June 30, 2009 at 3:53 PM

NO, I guess it was John Wayne Gacy

Jeff from WI on June 30, 2009 at 3:55 PM

Yeah, his program stinks – we’re monetizing our debt and creating massive structural problems down the line – but I think he deserves more time.

SteveMG on June 30, 2009 at 3:12 PM

SteveMG: Historically, the policies that the Obama administration has proposed and instituted have proven to be failures. They have demonstrably extended the length of recessions and depressions.

Obama ignored or belittled other types of economic advice and proposals that would have set us on our way to a recovery. He and his party did not allow for amendments in bills out of sheer partisanship even though those ideas have proven to be successful.

Obama has owned this economy since he was a voting member in the Senate and even more so as president since he has encouraged Pelosi to use the House as a political payoff purse rather than to act in a fiscally responsible way. Obama’s guiding philosophy is that we must spend “enough” to unravel this economic quagmire. “Enough” has been irresponsibly too much, and the exponential debt he is incurring endangers the economic health and security of our nation.

onlineanalyst on June 30, 2009 at 3:55 PM

DrW on June 30, 2009 at 3:37 PM

I would hope they would not play that card in 2010 with Gibby’s response above….

Chuck needs to replay this video in 2010….

cmsinaz on June 30, 2009 at 3:59 PM

Soooo, I guess a tax holiday was probably the way to go – instead of the “”””Stimulus”””” ?

marklmail on June 30, 2009 at 4:02 PM

Gibbs will be fired within 3 months.

Just you wait….

omnipotent on June 30, 2009 at 3:38 PM

I give him a week.

Daggett on June 30, 2009 at 4:07 PM

Give him more time? I wish we could turn back the time he’s had in office. How much more time do you think we can afford?

http://www.usdebtclock.org/

scalleywag on June 30, 2009 at 4:19 PM

Dreadnought223 on June 30, 2009 at 3:25 PM

Wasn’t Obama’s trip out to Las Vegas done on behalf of Reid?

When Gibbs is on the defensive, his voice goes into those huffing-helium ranges between his sighs and uh’s.

onlineanalyst on June 30, 2009 at 4:22 PM

a) the unemployment numbers for June will somehow, magically show Teh One’s policies are working

b) if not a, there will be an expiration date on this admission by Gibbs and Bush will receive the blame.

c) if not a or b, somebody’s going under the bus!

conservative pilgrim on June 30, 2009 at 4:24 PM

but I think he deserves more time.

SteveMG on June 30, 2009 at 3:12 PM

Sorry the limiter has come off the National Station Wagon. We don’t have very much time.

Caper29 on June 30, 2009 at 4:25 PM

I know myself and 4 others have or will be making new jobless claims. Same for one of our other offices.

aikidoka on June 30, 2009 at 4:30 PM

I’m not sure who is the bigger idiot…. Obama, or the morons that he surrounds himself with (Bidem, Clinton, Geithner, Gibbs, etc).

It’s a tough call. Gibbs is pretty frigging stupid.

UltimateBob on June 30, 2009 at 4:31 PM

Nice of Obama’s team to finally acknowledge that The One has some responsibility for what’s going on in this country.

Obama was a Senator before he became President. He has been a part of the Federal Government for 4 years and a member of the Legislative ruling majority for 2.

His supporters keep acting as if parachuted in from a foreign country on January 20th — the day history began.

cruadin on June 30, 2009 at 4:37 PM

But I think it’s unfair to saddle any President – Obama or Reagan – with an entire economy six months into his first term.

SteveMG on June 30, 2009 at 3:29 PM

As they blame Bush for the last 6 months of his.

Personally, I don’t think blame lies primarily with the President. He doesn’t have the authority to mandate spending or higher taxes. Congress does.

BacaDog on June 30, 2009 at 4:41 PM

As the days of Summer 2009 slowly plod along, Robert Gibbs is sounding less and less like a knowledgeable, intelligent, articulate spokesman for the B.O. Administration and instead is sounding more and more like a completely blithering, drooling idiot. He seems to be on a quest to take the concept of stupidity to a level unheard of until now, and at the rate he is going, he may not only achieve that level, but exceed it.

pilamaye on June 30, 2009 at 4:45 PM

The Democrats don’t want economic growth. After all, according to them, economic growth is bad for the environment, and America already consumes way too much of the world’s resources. Sure, the Dems talk about creating jobs all the time, but they really don’t want the American economy to grow–that would be against their global warming religion.

I’m hoping this will be Obama’s downfall. He will not be able to create real jobs (private sector jobs) with economic policies that actually discourage economic growth, such as cap and tax, taxation of the foreign earnings of American corporations, taxation of health insurance benefits, etc., etc. etc.

chipandcharge on June 30, 2009 at 4:55 PM

Hmm, will it be 9.8% when the numbers are released next week?

lorien1973 on June 30, 2009 at 4:55 PM

Gee, and it only took six months!

If you ask economists, most will say that governmental policies take much longer than six months, and may even take longer than full presidential terms, to manifest.

tneloms on June 30, 2009 at 5:03 PM

And when unemployment is in double figures, the last thing people struggling to make ends meet want to hear is that it’s all the fault of the previous Administration which has been out of power nearly 6 months now.
Doughboy on June 30, 2009 at 3:22 PM

Bush was a lame duck president and was out of power for the past year. Dems would pass nothing in hopes their savior would win, and he did, so Dems own the past 12 months.

WoosterOh on June 30, 2009 at 5:03 PM

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