Joltin’ Joe whiffs on his own curveball

posted at 10:38 am on July 26, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

After watching their stimulus package fail to stimulate and an increasing number of Americans wondering whether President Barack Obama has the first clue on economics, Vice President Joe Biden steps back into the fray to rescue his partner.  In a New York Times op-ed, Biden argues that voters have misunderstood Porkulus.  It wasn’t intended to deliver a big “jolt” to the economy, Biden says — apparently forgetting what he himself said last month:

Notwithstanding this progress, the nature of the Recovery Act remains misunderstood by many, and misconstrued by others: critics have suggested that the entire $787 billion is being spent on pet programs. As the person leading the administration’s efforts to put the Recovery Act into effect, I want to set the record straight. …

The care with which we are carrying out the provisions of the Recovery Act has led some people to ask whether we are moving too slowly. But the act was intended to provide steady support for our economy over an extended period — not a jolt that would last only a few months.

Biden says that the administration’s progress has been right on target.  Yet Biden just three weeks ago today told ABC News that the White House had misread the economy:

“The figures we worked off of in January were the consensus figures and most of the blue chip indexes out there,” Biden said.

“We misread how bad the economy was, but we are now only about 120 days into the recovery package,” Biden added. More jobs will be created in coming months, he said.

As for the “jolt,” Jonathan Adler at The Corner and Mark Silva at Swamp Politics note that just a couple of weeks before that, Biden was Joltin’ Joe when it came to the stimulus:

As recently as June, at a roundtable in New York, Biden called the Recovery Act “an initial big jolt to give the economy a real head start.”

In March, the vice president said ”the Recovery Act, as we call it, provides a necessary jolt to our economy to implement what we refer as ‘shovel-ready’ projects.”

And in November, as a new White House in planning was assembling its new economic team, President-elect Barack Obama said: “The most important thing to recognize is that we have a consensus, which is pretty rare, between conservative economists and liberal economists, that we need a big stimulus package that will jolt the economy back into shape and that is focused on the 2.5 million jobs that I intend to create during the first part of my administration. We have to put people back to work.”

All of the above links come from the White House web site.  Maybe Biden would like to do a little research at the office before attempting to build the next ridiculous cover story for the failure of Obamanomics.


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The Obama administration has an accute case of “SorryAss”itis. Unfortunately even Obamacare can cure it.

milwife88 on July 26, 2009 at 3:20 PM

This is the only thing I have heard Biden say that was actually true:

“I’m sorry I’m not an economist,” Biden said as he was describing the methodology. “My background is foreign policy and the constitution.

Your not a good liar either dumbass!!

Baxter Greene on July 26, 2009 at 3:27 PM

He’s either a senile old bat or a blatant liar.

Take your pick.

Shy Guy on July 26, 2009 at 10:51 AM

I pick blatantly lying senile old bat.

massrighty on July 26, 2009 at 3:29 PM

Is a reporter ever going to call these guys on such things?

No

Is that too much to ask?

evergreen on July 26, 2009 at 3:00 PM

Yes

Red State State of Mind on July 26, 2009 at 3:36 PM

Anyone believing a single word that comes out of this Barnum and Bailey “administration” is a complete idiot.

If Obama and Biden were running a corporation, they would have been sued out of existence in the very first month. Stockholders would have dumped every share they could.

No wonder Obama and Biden hate the free market. Idiots like Obama and Biden aren’t tolerated.

NoDonkey on July 26, 2009 at 3:42 PM

To me there is no difference between the girl from Santa Cruz and Joe Biden… both believed their stories.

Dire Straits on July 26, 2009 at 3:49 PM

Cue the AC/DC:

“Whoa, shot down in flames!
Shot down in flames!
Ain’t it a shame,
To be shot down in flames?
Oh, shot – shot down in flames!
Ooh, shot down in flames!
Ain’t it a shame,
To be shot down in flames?

I don’t need the pain,
Don’t wanna be… shot
down in flames!”

maineconservative on July 26, 2009 at 3:53 PM

And there are people out there among us that wanted this bozo to be President.

oakpack on July 26, 2009 at 4:14 PM

And there are people out there among us that wanted this bozo to be President.

oakpack on July 26, 2009 at 4:14 PM

Just for clarification, to which of these two Bozos (Obama/Biden) do your refer?

AZfederalist on July 26, 2009 at 4:34 PM

Is there anyone in the government who knows what’s going on and how to do things? Barry and Biden are both so far in over their heads it’s scary. Rahm and Axelrod are both psychos with one thing on their minds…destroy America. Barry and Joe are just their puppets.

UnEasyRider on July 26, 2009 at 4:40 PM

Joe Blow Biden has always suffered from the delusion that people tend to forget anything he may have said the previous week, thinking that whatever he did say will long be relegated into far distant memory and he is then safe to go ahead and contradict himself at will.

The problem is that Joe has now established himself as such a blithering idiot that people DO remember with great clarity and recall exactly what he said previously. The other problem is that the media is now recording every syllable that comes flying out of his mouth, so that comparing what he said then and now is an even more entertaining exercise in hilarity.

More and more, he makes Dan Quallye look like the living embodiment of genius.

pilamaye on July 26, 2009 at 4:45 PM

Joe Blow Biden has always suffered from the delusion that people tend to forget anything he may have said the previous week, thinking that whatever he did say will long be relegated into far distant memory and he is then safe to go ahead and contradict himself at will.

Another thought is that when in the Senate he could make rambling comments and no one took notice. Now when he speaks the whole world sees what a complete idiot he is about the subject at hand. I’m sure if we would look up all his Senate comments we would find many “pearls”.

hillbilly on July 26, 2009 at 5:08 PM

President Obama – ‘in his own words’ as they say in White House East Room, January 28, 2009:

“Now most of the money that we’re investing as part of this plan will get out the door immediately and go directly to job creation, generating or saving three to four million new jobs. And the vast majority of these jobs will be created in the private sector. Because, as these CEOs well know, business, not government, is the engine of growth in this country.”

Mr_Magoo on July 26, 2009 at 5:16 PM

Obama/Biden…making it up as they go along because they believe most Americans are too stupid to notice.

[Suggested campaign slogan for Obama/Biden in 2012.]

coldwarrior on July 26, 2009 at 12:58 PM

They got 70% of the high school dropout vote last year. Probably will get 100% of it the next time.

Del Dolemonte on July 26, 2009 at 5:58 PM

Is a reporter ever going to call these guys on such things? Is that too much to ask?

evergreen on July 26, 2009 at 3:00 PM

LOL, why would they? After all they all voted for them.

Del Dolemonte on July 26, 2009 at 5:59 PM

Joe Biden is the gift that just keeps on giving. Perhaps you should start up recurring thread, like the Obamaturism of the Day, and call it “Joe Says the Darndest Things”. Art Linkletter, where are you when we need you. LOL

simkeith on July 26, 2009 at 6:12 PM

And for your happy thought of the day,

THREE AND A HALF MORE YEARS OF THIS!!!!!!!

Yakko77 on July 26, 2009 at 6:24 PM

oakpack

There are still approximately 30% of the population that strongly approve of both of these bozos… unbelievable!

HellCat on July 26, 2009 at 6:24 PM

Obama/Biden…making it up as they go along because they believe most Americans are too stupid to notice.

[Suggested campaign slogan for Obama/Biden in 2012.]

coldwarrior on July 26, 2009 at 12:58 PM

I believe most Americans are too ignorant and uninterested to notice.

burt on July 26, 2009 at 6:30 PM

You could throw Biden into a bucket of breasts and he’d come out sucking his thumb.

Sharke on July 26, 2009 at 6:50 PM

You know, according to Hillary Clinto this morning on MTP, Obama’s Administration is “disciplined.”

If that’s the case, how do you square that with what seems to be Obama’s inability to screen what Biden puts into the NYT, so that it doesn’t contradict Teh Won’s official meme (lie)?

/rhetorical

bluelightbrigade on July 26, 2009 at 6:57 PM

IF the shit were not hitting the fan sooo bad, this would be funny.

jukin on July 26, 2009 at 7:05 PM

The people that think they are so super smart always make asses of themselves.

Joe E. Biiiden….soooooooper genius.

jukin on July 26, 2009 at 7:10 PM

Would like to start a poll! Who’s the dumbest Politician? your choices are!

1) Joe Biden

2) Barbara Boxer

3) Both of the above.

jainphx on July 26, 2009 at 7:24 PM

Biden is as stupid as the burglar who rings the front door bell.

MaiDee on July 26, 2009 at 7:51 PM

Is it just me, or are the trolls conspicuously absent in this thread?

CurtZHP on July 26, 2009 at 8:23 PM

Slow Joe is the most unstable Veep candidate since Tom Eagleton, only now with more electric shock treatments. Those hair plugs are turbo charged.

Terrie on July 26, 2009 at 9:20 PM

Shovel-ready is, as Shovel-ready does.

percysunshine on July 26, 2009 at 11:17 AM

They just didn’t say what they would be shoveling.

BTW, I saw film of The One promising that the projects were ready to go and that the nationwide construction work was all approved and “shovel” ready. This was in response to Republican doubts. Why doesn’t anyone play this in His face? Even FOX doesn’t bother.

IlikedAUH2O on July 26, 2009 at 9:26 PM

They got 70% of the high school dropout vote last year. Probably will get 100% of it the next time.

Del Dolemonte on July 26, 2009 at 5:58 PM

My money is on 114% of the dropout vote.

BobMbx on July 26, 2009 at 10:55 PM

Sharke @6:50:Quote of the Day.ROFLMAO

DDT on July 26, 2009 at 10:57 PM

Would like to start a poll! Who’s the dumbest Politician?

Obviously, a trick question.

BobMbx on July 26, 2009 at 10:59 PM

http://sarainitalyblog.blogspot.com/2009/07/true-welcome-home-to-hero.html

Awww, give the trolls a break, they have a hard enough time trying excuse The One’s glaring inadequacies. Trying to cover for gaffe-amatic Biden is just a bridge too far!

Archimedes on July 26, 2009 at 11:08 PM

What? How the hell did that link get there? Damn, Damn,….

Archimedes on July 26, 2009 at 11:09 PM

Obviously, a trick question.

BobMbx on July 26, 2009 at 10:59 PM

You got me, it was a trick, the real answer is The Whole damn Demoncrapic party.

jainphx on July 27, 2009 at 12:04 AM

I’ve given Biden a new nickname: VP Whopper Teller

LFRGary on July 27, 2009 at 12:56 AM

What? How the hell did that link get there? Damn, Damn,….

Archimedes on July 26, 2009 at 11:09 PM

I think you’re stuck on me… ;O)

sarainitaly on July 27, 2009 at 5:19 AM

Another case of “You didn’t hear what you heard. Who you gonna’ believe, us or your lying ears!”

SuperManGreenLantern on July 27, 2009 at 6:30 AM

Is a reporter ever going to call these guys on such things?

Yeah, uh, reporters don’t really spend any time getting to the bottom of things much anymore. That sounds like “work” and I’m sure it doesn’t fit in with the corporate news cycle.

NickelAndDime on July 27, 2009 at 9:41 AM

In the current Op-Ed, Biden says the stimulus is “not a jolt that would last only a few months.”

None of the earlier quotes where he says “jolt” say that it is intended to be a jolt that lasts only a few months.

Thus, there’s nothing inconsistent here. Try again.

orange on July 27, 2009 at 11:52 AM

In the current Op-Ed, Biden says the stimulus is “not a jolt that would last only a few months.”

None of the earlier quotes where he says “jolt” say that it is intended to be a jolt that lasts only a few months.

Thus, there’s nothing inconsistent here. Try again.

orange on July 27, 2009 at 11:52 AM

There is a clip of Obama saying it would be a jolt to the economy, and render jobs into the market. So it is contradictory at best, and definitely, this was written to do some damage control. Polls are funny little ways of getting people motivated, to skew the truth.

If this were inconsistent, then why weren’t cooler, calmer heads used, when passing this crud? Instead we got…Pass it NOW, or it will be our doom!

capejasmine on July 27, 2009 at 12:31 PM

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