Video: Obama ready to talk this economy back to life, baby; Update: Speech on the economy coming next week

posted at 7:09 pm on December 3, 2009 by Allahpundit

The highlight from today’s jobs yakfest in D.C. It’s nice to hear a guy described by some as a socialist acknowledge that “Ultimately, true economic recovery is only going to come from the private sector.” Too bad the private sector’s chief lobbyist wasn’t invited to hear it in person, huh? Well, no matter. Contempt for this pointless PR stunt is sufficiently bipartisan that TNR’s take on it today sounds almost as harsh as the Journal’s. Quote:

Little more than a month after taking office, he held a “Fiscal Responsibility Summit” where he solicited ideas for battling the deficit; a few weeks after that he hosted a “Health Care Summit” to kick off his drive for health care reform; and later still came the “H1N1 Preparedness Summit” and the “Distracted Driving Summit.” Then there were the assortment of international summits (Summit of the Americas, NATO Summit, G-8 Summit, G-20 Summit, ASEAN Summit), head-of-state summits (Karzai, Zardari, Medvedev, Hatoyama, Hu), and, of course, the Beer Summit with Henry Louis Gates and Sergeant James Crowley. And today Obama’s summitry comes full circle when he holds another jobs summit, where he and 130 other people (including Paul Krugman, Joe Stiglitz, and even Eric Schmidt, in case he has any new ideas he didn’t put forth 14 months ago) will chew over how to get the unemployment rate out of double digits. Add it all up and that’s an astounding amount of gas-baggery in such a relatively short period of time…

Indeed, in the age of Obama, the summit has replaced the vaunted bipartisan commission as the ultimate empty gesture. Where a president once kicked a nettlesome political problem down the road by assembling a panel of bipartisan worthies to produce a report on entitlement reform, say, or how we made the mistake of thinking Saddam had WMDs, Obama now holds a confab to jawbone the problem to death. Even better, unlike with a bipartisan commission, with a summit, there’s no final report to have to contend with. That’s not to say Obama’s wonkery and love of deliberation is a pose. It isn’t. It’s just that we know he’s doing it for real when, as in the case of Afghanistan, he does it behind closed doors.

In fairness, today wasn’t totally useless. The One finally admitted that his “shovel-ready” talking point is itself, shall we say, shovel-ready. And more importantly, he got out in front of tomorrow’s big news, which, if JP Morgan is correct, will show unemployment up another two ticks in November to 10.4 percent. Between that and the “stunning” report tonight that consumer sales declined slightly last month after being expected to grow between five and eight percent, he simply can’t afford not to be seen as proactive anymore. Even if his “proactivity” consists of gabbing with Paul Krugman in front of a pair of mikes and a couple of cans of Shasta.

Update: Words make the jobs grow!


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So will he tell small business owners that he is the only thing standing between them and the pitchforks?

Wethal on December 3, 2009 at 8:22 PM

Don’t know much about history
Don’t know much about producing energy
Don’t know much about an economics book
Don’t know much about the constitutional law I took

But I do know that I would love imposing Marxism on you
And I know that if you would just love Lenin too
What a wonderful socialist country this would be

La ta ta ta ta ta ta
(History)
Ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh
(Producing energy)
La ta ta ta ta ta ta
(Economics book)
Ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh
(Constitutional law I took)

But I do know that I would love imposing Marxism on you
And I know that if you would just love Lenin too
What a wonderful socialist country this would be
- The Boy Emperor

MB4 on December 3, 2009 at 8:30 PM

I just heard on the Fox panel that he is planning another prime time speech about this

Knucklehead on December 3, 2009 at 7:26 PM

So what Christmas Special is he preempting this time?

Maybe he should just be written into Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer… he’d fit right in on the Island of Misfit Toys.

malclave on December 3, 2009 at 8:30 PM

Given the anti-business turn of the courts what’s to keep Congress and the “won” from mandating that every small business must hire one new employee next year. Litigating the law would take years with no guarantee that SCOTUS would come down on the side of business. I know this is way out there but I’m trying to think outside the box.

chemman on December 3, 2009 at 8:34 PM

Why doesn’t this guy just get a regular TV show? Or perhaps a network? Doesn’t Chavez have one? He could run it 24 hours a day. He could even name it after himself and he could be the only one on camera …ever.

I hope Fox broadcast does not indulge him.His free time on TV affects people’s incomes and jobs…

Buckeye Babe on December 3, 2009 at 8:35 PM

chemman on December 3, 2009 at 8:34 PM

Very interesting. Obamacare requires that people enter into a sale contract for insurance or pay a fine or go to jail. Can’t see how, given Pelosi’s interpretation of the constitution, they couldn’t require business owners to enter into employment contracts.

Wethal on December 3, 2009 at 8:36 PM

Buckeye Babe on December 3, 2009 at 8:35 PM

Unfortunately “Charlie Brown Christmas” is on ABC this year.

Wethal on December 3, 2009 at 8:37 PM

If he causes ABC to cancel Charlie Brown again…we are going to have words. Think about it, one is exposed to far more wisdom in that cartoon than one would ever pick up from a Obama speech.

ScottiesRule on December 3, 2009 at 8:37 PM

ScottiesRule on December 3, 2009 at 8:37 PM

No worries, you can watch Obama’s version here…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wuPDm5fYFT8

Romeo13 on December 3, 2009 at 8:42 PM

I am so effing tired of his effing face. It is Christmas!! And I am typing “effing” way too effing much. Let me see my Christmas shows. Charlie Brown and Prep & Landing (what I really want to see since I have the CB DVD) were both pushed back this week because of his snoozefest on Tuesday. He delays more programming and his approval ratings will end up in the gutter.

Any chance it isn’t a prime time speech?

XWing5 on December 3, 2009 at 8:51 PM

This is all getting frustrating. A year ago the dems were bashing Bush on all this spending and Zero is doing more spending than Bush did and there out there saying because the people won’t spend it.
Now Zero is going to go on tv again, probably tell us we need another shovel-ready stimlus to save or create more jobs than the 1.6 million already saved or created. But Unemployment is continuing to rise.
When will it stop, I mean really. How much more of this crap can this country take? He needs to quit doing prime time speeches, traveling around the world, and keep his a$$ in the White House until the country starts to rebound.
It’s a never ending nightmare with Zero.

Brat4life on December 3, 2009 at 8:52 PM

Best thing these guys could do to jumpstart the economy would be to announce that they are withdrawing cap-and-trade, health care reform, and financial reform legislation from Congress tomorrow. Then announce that all unspent Porkulus funds will be returned to the Treasury and canceled. Then send the Colombian Free Trade agreement to Congress for immediate ratification. Then announce an auction of General Motors, GMAC, and Chrysler.

Show the private sector that they are serious about getting government out of the auto and banking businesses, curbing spending, and not piling on any further uncertainties, costs, or regulatory burdens on the private sector. Then sit back and watch companies start hiring!

rockmom on December 3, 2009 at 8:54 PM

The speech IS next Tuesday (can’t find time yet), and Charlie Brown is on at 8 pm EST that night.

Wethal on December 3, 2009 at 8:55 PM

Very interesting. Obamacare requires that people enter into a sale contract for insurance or pay a fine or go to jail. Can’t see how, given Pelosi’s interpretation of the constitution, they couldn’t require business owners to enter into employment contracts.

Wethal on December 3, 2009 at 8:36 PM

Why not go even further and make it illegal to fire or lay off anyone?

rockmom on December 3, 2009 at 8:55 PM

Absolute BS

bluegrass on December 3, 2009 at 8:58 PM

Obama ready to talk this economy back to life, baby; Update: Speech on the economy coming next week

Good lord, does he do anything besides giving speeches?

CP on December 3, 2009 at 9:02 PM

At the 1:05 mark, he brags about the recovery act and the 1.6 jobs he created. Not bad for 787 billion dollars!

notanobot on December 3, 2009 at 9:07 PM

chemman on December 3, 2009 at 8:34 PM

Interesting and trying to pull this would not surprise me one bit. If he tries or if it happens, I close up shop and retire. How many others will do the same?

Knucklehead on December 3, 2009 at 9:08 PM

Was this posted already? It’s from last week:

11 Ideas for Obama’s Job Summit

–G.L. Hoffman U.S. News and World Report

geckomon on December 3, 2009 at 9:08 PM

he is going to pre-empt NCIS again? I need Mark Harmon.

this one act alone would be enough to hate him.

kelley in virginia on December 3, 2009 at 9:11 PM

Listening to BO is positively sick-making. Doesn’t matter what the subject is, economics, history, foreign policy – whatever. He has no grasp of anything other than grievance politics.

Rush said it best today. He said that the best thing Barry could do for the economy is to resign.

It’s as simple as that.

Cody1991 on December 3, 2009 at 9:16 PM

rockmom at 8:55
It is not illegal yet, but it is getting very difficult and very expensive, as well as very dangerous to lay off employees. That, of course, together with uncertainty about what additional burdens will be imposed on employers based on the numbers of their employees, makes hiring new employees a last resort.

GaltBlvnAtty on December 3, 2009 at 9:20 PM

blah blah blah blah and in conclusion, yammer yammer yammer yammer.

Terrye on December 3, 2009 at 9:23 PM

rockmom at 8:55

The new unemployment and COBRA extensions in Porkulus II would almost make it better to keep the person on the payroll. At least the employer could get some work for the money.

Wethal on December 3, 2009 at 9:27 PM

he is going to pre-empt NCIS again? I need Mark Harmon.

this one act alone would be enough to hate him.

kelley in virginia on December 3, 2009 at 9:11 PM

And I think it is a new episode next week, not a rerun.

Wethal on December 3, 2009 at 9:27 PM

Let me be clear….this asshat really loves himself.

HornetSting on December 3, 2009 at 9:39 PM

Let me be clear….this turd really loves himself.

HornetSting on December 3, 2009 at 9:40 PM

Woo hoo! Another open thread! Be there! Aloha!

ya2daup on December 3, 2009 at 9:41 PM

Why wait for his speech? It’s so easy to predict:

“As you know, I inherited a disastrous economy (which was not in any way my fault, even though I was a senator when we set the last few budgets)…
Through my brilliance, I have saved the economy from further disaster (by spending all the money in the world)….
I have always said that jobs would lag recovery…
Some people say we shouldn’t do anything….
Those strawmen are wrong…
And that is why tonight I am announcing a new program, called the [fill in the blank-must have a cool acronym], which will end unemployment and put America back to work and will be deficit neutral. [Look down nose/wait for applause.]”
The end.

LASue on December 3, 2009 at 9:51 PM

Primetime address the other day.

Another primetime speech next week.

Isn’t he also doing a primtime w/Oprah Obamamas, er Christmas Special the week after?

Perhaps the world will also be enthralled by a Christmas Morn appearance as well?

catmman on December 3, 2009 at 10:01 PM

If he bumps Charlie Brown again we must impeach him.

strictnein on December 3, 2009 at 10:05 PM

And that is why tonight I am announcing a new program, called the [fill in the blank-must have a cool acronym], which will end unemployment and put America back to work and will be deficit neutral. [Look down nose/wait for applause.]”
The end.

LASue on December 3, 2009 at 9:51 PM

Getting ready for

First
Urban
Challange
Kickoff
Under
Super
Awsome
?

macncheez on December 3, 2009 at 10:12 PM

Oh, thank God: the President is going to give another “major” speech. Once every three weeks simply isn’t enough.

DRPrice on December 3, 2009 at 10:30 PM

This fruity administration has more summits than the freakin’ Himalayas! This guys suffers from oral diarrhea….or rather we suffer from his oral diarrhea.

Proud Texan on December 3, 2009 at 10:44 PM

If healthcare and cap & tax died today, the economy would enjoy an instant surge. It really is that simple.

Connie on December 3, 2009 at 11:32 PM

Here’s the new economic program.

Obama’s
National
Empowerment
Through
Economic
Recovery
Mnemonic

Perfect no?

Mojave Mark on December 3, 2009 at 11:39 PM

Mojave Mark on December 3, 2009 at 11:39 PM

Perfect yes.

LASue on December 3, 2009 at 11:43 PM

Another speech, kill me!

tessa on December 3, 2009 at 11:57 PM

His words mean nothing so I look at him. He has as much padding in the shoulders of that suit as a football player wears in a game. The upper sleeve of the coat is empty and just flops. He shouldn’t do that, there are enough people calling him an empty suit, why advertise?

Oleta on December 4, 2009 at 12:28 AM

It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.

MikeA on December 4, 2009 at 7:17 AM

Obama is giving his “malaise” speech two-and-a-half years early?

Jimmy Carter can pretty much kiss his legacy goodby; he’s been hopelessly overshadowed by The One.

logis on December 4, 2009 at 8:20 AM

If he bumps Charlie Brown again we must impeach him.

At least use the Charlie Brown specials’ “adults speaking” sound to cover his speech: you know that sound like muted French horns playing slow random notes, under a blanket, in the closet down the hall?

I realize that “adults speaking” is a singularly inappropriate term here, but using this sound would add significant content and excitement to his speech.

drunyan8315 on December 4, 2009 at 8:27 AM

Before heading to Denmark next week for the conference on climate change, President Obama will deliver a speech on the economy at the Brookings Institution on Tuesday, the White House announced.

Blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah. Blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah. Blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah. Blah blah blah blah frikkin’ blah blah blah blah.

Does he know how to do anything besides talk? Is he really that in love with the sound of his own voice – whistling s’s, mouth full of popcorn tone and all – that this is all he can do?

I’m really beginning to believe that this is it. He is completely impotent to do anything else besides read from TOTUS and drone on and on and on and on and on and on and on. He isn’t even that inspiring an orator anymore (I never thought he was, but you could make an arguement for his DNC speech… in 2004. That’s the only one anyone remembers even a single quote from). He lectures and talks (and talks and talks and talks) at us instead of speaking to us, and it’s wearing thin with the American people – just look at the poll numbers.

But keep it up, Giggles. Yet Another Most Historically Unprescidented And Completely Wickedly Leg-Thrillingly Awesome Since The Time Of Caesar Speech will do the trick! Blah blah blah blah frikkin’ blah blah blah blah.

crazy_legs on December 4, 2009 at 8:38 AM

Just finished reading Rush’s account of how yesterday’s “jobs summit” was conducted and I’m sad to say that I pretty much hit the agenda and results on the head in a posting I made earlier thus week.

This man-child spouts economic jargon but he knows nothing about economics.

And you business owners who are fixated on earning profits are Blue Meanies; whys, oh whys won’t you hire somebody, anybody? Haven’t you heard that we’ve turned this thing around and our glorious future chock full of green jobs is just over the horizon!

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: the only “green jobs” projected under The Unprecedented’s plans are mucking out the unicorns’ stalls. What’s that you say? Unicorns don’t exist? Well, neither do “green jobs”, suckas!

ya2daup on December 4, 2009 at 8:56 AM

Ok, but if he slaps a hand on it’s forehead and starts yelling “HEAL!”, he’s outta here…

mojo on December 4, 2009 at 10:13 AM

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