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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Gibbs was never knowledgeable, intelligent or articulate. But he does make Obama look that way in the beginning by comparison. Gibbs is still the same stupid person he has always been. It’s Obama that is falling in the eyes of the electorate now making all that surround him look stupid, too. By next week they will all be looking more stupid than they do today. I know it is way too slow for this to be happening, but at least it is happening.

BetseyRoss on June 30, 2009 at 5:08 PM

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 if you asked Obama 6 months ago how fast the stimulus would work it would be a matter of weeks. Heck, it was so fast they didn’t even have time to read it.

Scrappy on June 30, 2009 at 5:19 PM

Gibbs is setting the stage for another “saved or created moment”…..If unemployment rises to 11%, Mr. Obama is only “responsible” for tiny bump. The rise due to the Bush administration ….5, 6, 7%??

normschaef on June 30, 2009 at 5:30 PM

Obama and Gibbs remind me of that bumper sticker….
Free Beer at (whomever) tomorrow

It is always tomorrow, never today.

right2bright on June 30, 2009 at 5:32 PM

And with cap, and trade a possibility, and obama care….watch for those numbers to necessarily sky rocket.

Watch for Obama to lay it at the feet of Congress, in the name of Pelosi, and Reid.

capejasmine on June 30, 2009 at 6:05 PM

And with cap, and trade a possibility, and obama care….watch for those numbers to necessarily sky rocket.

Bingo! We’ll look back at 11% unemployment as the good ol’ days.

xblade on June 30, 2009 at 6:22 PM

Perhaps they know what the numbers will look like?

rob verdi on June 30, 2009 at 6:59 PM

If the voters knew Obama would spend his first six months in office blaming everything bad that happened on Bush, I wonder if they would have elected him. Someone should have told Obama that the Office of the President isn’t the right job for someone who is responsibility-averse. But evidently “the buck stops here” stopped being valid for any Democrat except the one who coined the phrase.

Socratease on June 30, 2009 at 7:22 PM

In the land of total idiots the half-idiot is king. Obama’s secret to success.

MaiDee on July 1, 2009 at 1:04 PM

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