Post-SOTU poll shows disbelief among most voters on Obama claims

posted at 10:35 am on January 30, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Did Barack Obama sell Americans on his claims of progress in Wednesday night’s State of the Union speech?  According to a Rasmussen poll released today, Obama didn’t get a “good, solid B-plus” for honesty.  Only a fifth of respondents believed that Obama cut taxes for 95% of Americans, and even Democrats couldn’t believe the “two million jobs saved or created” fantasy:

The president in the speech declared that his administration has cut taxes for 95% of Americans. He even chided Republicans for not applauding on that point. However, just 21% of voters nationwide believe that taxes have been cut for 95% of Americans. Most (53%) say it has not happened, and 26% are not sure. Other polling shows that nearly half the nation’s voters expect their own taxes to go up during the Obama years.

The president also asserted that “after two years of recession, the economy is growing again.” Just 35% of voters believe that statement is true, while 50% say it is false.

Obama claimed that steps taken by his team are responsible for putting two million people to work “who would otherwise be unemployed.” Just 27% of voters say that statement is true. Fifty-one percent (51%) say it’s false. …

As for the claim about two million jobs, 46% of Democrats say it’s true, while 77% of Republicans say it’s not. As for those not affiliated with either major party, 24% say it’s true, and 59% say it’s false.

The “saved or created” Porkulus fable gets some interesting results in the internals.  Rasmussen mentions that only a plurality of Democrats believe that, and black voters by an even more anemic 38%, with 47% unsure.  The only demographic that has a majority belief in that claim is self-professed liberals, 58% to 18% disbelief.  In every age and income demographic, a majority or plurality reject that claim, including those who make less than $20K a year — where many of the potential hires for new jobs would come.

The numbers get worse for Obama on whether he accomplished what he set out to do in his first year.  An overwhelming majority of 70% say no, including a plurality of Democrats (49%) and liberals (56%).

Overall, Obama is getting a good, solid F for achievements and honesty, but the SOTU speech did have one salutary effect: it momentarily increased the enthusiasm of Democrats.  Before his speech, only 50% of Democrats strongly approved of Obama; in the two polling cycles after SOTU for Rasmussen’s daily tracking poll, that number increased to 65%.  However, Rasmussen reports that the approval ratings of Republicans and independents didn’t change at all, which may indicate that Obama has done little to appeal to the center with this effort.


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Considering the amount and magnitude of his past lies anyone still believing him would be in need of some serious help.

rplat on January 30, 2010 at 10:37 AM

Well, they did fake a nice White House garden, so I give him an F+ just to be fair.

AubieJon on January 30, 2010 at 10:38 AM

Most of Obama’s claims he also had contradicted at some point. We have a choice of which to believe or not. C-SPAN. everything will be on C-Span. Not true.

seven on January 30, 2010 at 10:38 AM

Obviously, a case of bad messaging./

ICBM on January 30, 2010 at 10:38 AM

POTUS delivered SOTU stupidly. Time for beer summit 2.0!!!

/s

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on January 30, 2010 at 10:39 AM

Most of us Conservatives DO think he’s a Bolshevik. The only problem is his followers now view him as a Menshevik.

abobo on January 30, 2010 at 10:39 AM

The portion of the speech where he said, ‘I thought I would get applause for that’ was one of the most telling parts, I thought. It made the entirety of the rest of the speech unbelievable from an part of the political spectrum since he was saying, ‘What I am saying, I am saying for acclaim’, not conviction. So much for his hard truths.

Spirit of 1776 on January 30, 2010 at 10:40 AM

I say it’s time to give “Say it ain’t so, Joe” a shot. At least the comedic factor would be present.

anniekc on January 30, 2010 at 10:40 AM

Good, solid liar+

Dopenstrange on January 30, 2010 at 10:41 AM

“an part” should by “any part”. Apologies for the typo.

Spirit of 1776 on January 30, 2010 at 10:41 AM

Who is surprised? I mean, besides Obama?

cibolo on January 30, 2010 at 10:41 AM

Moving the KSM trial to GITMO will change those lefty numbers a bit. “He promised,…”

a capella on January 30, 2010 at 10:42 AM

Once you lose a person’s trust it is virtually impossible to regain it. He chose to lie to the public, humiliate us, degrade us, attack free markets and small businesses and force a “healthcare reform” through; backroom deals, open bribery, spending lavishly on himself and the wife, the list goes on and on.

It all adds up. We don’t like Obama or his policies. Dems are toast in 2010 and 2012.

Key West Reader on January 30, 2010 at 10:42 AM

Long legged mack daddy!!!

50sGuy on January 30, 2010 at 10:43 AM

All Obama does is LIE. It’s time to acknowledge the obvious.\

Does he always think he is talking to and audience of ignorant Indonesians? Seems so. Else he hasn’t yet discovered the Internet.

tarpon on January 30, 2010 at 10:43 AM

It was one big freaking LIE

blatantblue on January 30, 2010 at 10:44 AM

It’s Bush’s fault.
If only O had 70 senate seats; ya that’s it.

B Man on January 30, 2010 at 10:46 AM

What is unbelievable is that a majority knows that he is a liar but he has raised back up to 49% approval on Rassmuson.

farright on January 30, 2010 at 10:46 AM

It was too little, too late IMHO. We’ve been hearing the same old thing for a year now, and we’ve gotten nothing to show for it.

scalleywag on January 30, 2010 at 10:48 AM

America is no longer buying the crapolooza anymore…..The might sleeping Giant is awake and mad as hell…..Odumbo and the rest of these fascist pigs are going to have their collected Donkeys booted from power…..
Live Free or Die…

hawkman on January 30, 2010 at 10:49 AM

Hey, I’m going to use these lemons and make lemonade.

After watching the SOTU, I think there’s gold in selling Joe Biden bobbleheads.

turfmann on January 30, 2010 at 10:49 AM

He’s lost Obama girl’s support, and I think she symbolizes the average first time voter who’s basically apolitical or moderately lefty without much thought. They are finally realizing what a phoney Obama is.

Disturb the Universe on January 30, 2010 at 10:50 AM

wHaT??? No question on whether Matthews really forgot Obama was black for that hour?

Dusty on January 30, 2010 at 10:50 AM

SOTU speech did have one salutary effect: it momentarily increased the enthusiasm of Democrats. Before his speech, only 50% of Democrats strongly approved of Obama; in the two polling cycles after SOTU for Rasmussen’s daily tracking poll, that number increased to 65%.

So what does that tell you about the capriciousness of
starry-eyed Democrats?

Extrafishy on January 30, 2010 at 10:51 AM

Maybe he hasn\’t explained things clearly enough.

Fishoutofwater on January 30, 2010 at 10:51 AM

Mr. President is just one big disappointment. I knew he’d be a bad president, I didn’t think he’d be phenomenonally bad!

scalleywag on January 30, 2010 at 10:52 AM

I read elsewhere that while Obama was against outsourcing American jobs, America had outsourced its Presidency.

Dale on January 30, 2010 at 10:53 AM

The American people have stopped listening to this man and started watching his actions. The day when this guy can get buy on a good speech or a debate are over. The only people who haven’t gotten that message yet are the pundit/”educated” classes. Massachusetts proves it.

WAKE UP.

TheBigOldDog on January 30, 2010 at 10:53 AM

However, Rasmussen reports that the approval ratings of Republicans and independents didn’t change at all, which may indicate that Obama has done little to appeal to the center with this effort.

That confirms my feelings about his SOTU speech, despite all the gushing hyperbole from the lefties. That speech was a loser.

petefrt on January 30, 2010 at 10:55 AM

Well, yeah, but likehe said; he won’t quit. What the people think does not matter.

MikeA on January 30, 2010 at 10:56 AM

Is he going to take Sarah’s advice on ksm trial? She’s in his head, along with Rush. Must be lots of empty space there.

Kissmygrits on January 30, 2010 at 10:56 AM

Where does one even start, analyzing P-Bo?…

For one, he shows every trait of Grandiosity just like many serious Addicts.

paragon27x on January 30, 2010 at 10:57 AM

Words, just words.

jnelchef on January 30, 2010 at 10:57 AM

I am pretty sure that he if he just had 2 hour special on network T.V. so he could FINALLY have a chance to get his message out, that would do it.

The only thing on Wednesday nights is American Idol, so if he bumped that back 2 hours, he’d be golden. As long as he has plenty of cowbell. He needs more cowbell.

Lily on January 30, 2010 at 10:57 AM

Disturb the Universe on January 30, 2010 at 10:50 AM

He never called Obama girl. I blame Michelle.

B Man on January 30, 2010 at 10:58 AM

Maybe he hasn’t explained things clearly enough.

Fishoutofwater on January 30, 2010 at 10:51 AM

More likely: We haven’t listened to him carefully enough.

Or maybe: We’re just too dumb to understand.

petefrt on January 30, 2010 at 10:58 AM

Susan Collins Destroys Obama on War on Terror in GOP Weekly Radio Address.

Anita on January 30, 2010 at 10:46 AM

Wow, not feeling too moderate/bipartisan today, is she? I just wish she didn’t read a speech like Bobby Jindal, or that could really go viral.

Laura on January 30, 2010 at 10:59 AM

That speech was a loser.

petefrt on January 30, 2010 at 10:55 AM

It’s not that it was a loser per se, it’s that nobody is listening because nobody believes him anymore. He’s lost all credibility. A speech or a debate will not help him an iota at this point. Those days are long gone.

TheBigOldDog on January 30, 2010 at 10:59 AM

The only people the speech ‘appealed to’ were the lobotomized obamabots. And he already has them in his pocket. Pity that it’s not enough to win him re-election any time soon.

GarandFan on January 30, 2010 at 11:00 AM

Spirit of 1776 on January 30, 2010 at 10:40 AM

I felt the same.

It was almost a ‘Kneel Before Zod!” moment…

catmman on January 30, 2010 at 11:00 AM

Obama admires Lincoln, but fails to heed his words.

“You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.”

Fletch54 on January 30, 2010 at 11:00 AM

The Marxist in Chief has no intention of backing down. Progressives are desperate to remake America in their vision and will do whatever is necessary to see that it’s done.

A desperate progressive is even more dangerous. Expect another “crisis” … manufactured of course.

darwin on January 30, 2010 at 11:00 AM

He is so delusional I think he actually believes his own lies….

theaddora on January 30, 2010 at 11:01 AM

The man lies every time he opens his mouth. But the good news is that the American people are starting to recognize that.

Christian Conservative on January 30, 2010 at 11:01 AM

Do you lie to people almost on a daily basis?

I don’t. It pains me to lie. I feel very uncomfortable. I get a bit of dry mouth, I feel a little bit hot.

Can anyone reading this imagine what it would feel like to purposefully lie to 50 million people? People that supported and believed in you? People that sent you money?

Worthless POS.

Dorvillian on January 30, 2010 at 11:01 AM

So what does that tell you about the capriciousness of
starry-eyed Democrats?

Extrafishy on January 30, 2010 at 10:51 AM

It tells me they cannot stand up because they have been bent over for so long–they are unable to try another position…

lovingmyUSA on January 30, 2010 at 11:03 AM

Interesting information on the TV ratings for the SOTU. Anyone see a common theme.

From the AP:
About 48 million watch Obama’s State of the Union

Thursday, January 28, 2010

About 48 million viewers watched President Barack Obama’s first State of the Union address on 11 networks, with Fox TV drawing the biggest share.

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The Nielsen Co. said viewership for Wednesday’s speech was 7 percent lower than for President George W. Bush’s first such address in 2002 but 5 percent higher than for President Bill Clinton’s inaugural State of the Union speech in 1994.

From 9-10 p.m. EST, more than 9.7 million people watched the hour-plus speech on Fox, with ABC drawing 7.6 million viewers, NBC 7.2 million and CBS 6.2 million, according to preliminary Nielsen figures Thursday. Those early numbers don’t reflect West Coast viewership of the speech that aired at 5 p.m. PST.

Among the cable news networks, Fox News was the leader with 5.7 million, followed by CNN with 3.3 million and MSNBC with 2.4 million. The speech also was carried live on Telemundo, Univision, BET and CNBC.

CWforFreedom on January 30, 2010 at 11:03 AM

What is unbelievable is that a majority knows that he is a liar but he has raised back up to 49% approval on Rassmuson.

farright on January 30, 2010 at 10:46 AM

Just a little bump from the SOTU. It will dissipate quickly—especially when they start the reconciliation process, many more will realize they’ve been had.

IrishEi on January 30, 2010 at 11:04 AM

He is so delusional I think he actually believes his own lies….

theaddora on January 30, 2010 at 11:01 AM

Grandiosity…

paragon27x on January 30, 2010 at 11:05 AM

The man lies every time he opens his mouth. But the good news is that the American people are starting to recognize that.

Christian Conservative on January 30, 2010 at 11:01 AM

I’m sure that’s why he uses a telprompter … to keep his lies straight. When he’s on his on he let’s the truth slip out. Remember “We need to redistribute the wealth”? “Those people that cling to their guns and religion”? “Electricity rates will skyrocket”?

There are many more.

darwin on January 30, 2010 at 11:05 AM

Wow, not feeling too moderate/bipartisan today, is she? I just wish she didn’t read a speech like Bobby Jindal, or that could really go viral.

Laura on January 30, 2010 at 10:59 AM

I watched the Greta Van Susteren interview with Olympia Snowe and was fairly impressed with her presentations. I had not seen her interviewed before.

a capella on January 30, 2010 at 11:06 AM

Before his speech, only 50% of Democrats strongly approved of Obama; in the two polling cycles after SOTU for Rasmussen’s daily tracking poll, that number increased to 65%.

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Every time he gives them ‘roses’ (or makes a really awesome speech)… they forget the past sins of lying, racism, thuggery, hiring lobbyists, and generally abusing them and breaking their hearts. I think there is a disorder here.
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This is why he still does so many terrific lectures to the nation, and it also exposes who he is manipulating and guilting back into line with his “just words”.
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The others, like Chrissy (Mr. Closet Racist Leg Thrills,) don’t need to be kicked daily… They are pwned lock, stock, and wet dreams.
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RalphyBoy on January 30, 2010 at 11:07 AM

I wonder how long people will continue to buy blaming W. When times are bad and you look at who’s in charge it’s going to be Mr. Obama for the vast majority of people. But he can’t bring himself to encourage only lecture and punish.

Cindy Munford on January 30, 2010 at 11:07 AM

That speech was a loser.

petefrt on January 30, 2010 at 10:55 AM

at least in substance

total F—— in substance

blatantblue on January 30, 2010 at 11:07 AM

Upgrading his socialist mop to a Bolshevik plot tells me he knows his history and is audacious enough to tell the truth in deriding his enemies. Saul Alinsky do you think? He is a nasty progressive and will never stop even after the presidency he will lead the progressives.

tim c on January 30, 2010 at 11:08 AM

Obama’s talent for audacious, poker-faced lying has been revealed for what it is: Dishonesty. People have a low opinion of politicians as it is, since the stereotype is that politicians lie. Obama turns dishonesty into a Bruce Lee-style martial art, sometimes with dizzying effect.

But it’s still just plain lying. He knows no other way to communicate. The electorate has no other choice than to tune out what he says and vote this fool out of office.

But first there’s the matter of the midterms and getting rid of the liars in Congress.

EMD on January 30, 2010 at 11:09 AM

He’s lost all credibility.
TheBigOldDog on January 30, 2010 at 10:59 AM

Agreed. That’s much more to the point. Folks know he’s a prolific liar, that he lies whenever it suits his purposes. He’s lost his credibility.

petefrt on January 30, 2010 at 11:09 AM

I’d love to see Greta interview Obama.
O reilly made Obama look like a fool back then.

Greta is a thousand times smarter and better at doing interviews then BOR is.

B Man on January 30, 2010 at 11:10 AM

The portion of the speech where he said, ‘I thought I would get applause for that’ was one of the most telling parts

okay – I’m admitting here that I did not watch the SOTU and only have listened to small snippets after the fact, mainly on Rush. For those of you who will never get that 70 minutes of your life back, He actually said, “I thought I would get applause for that”? Or was that a GMA post SOTU interview looking back with snippets and Obama’s commentary?

kscheuller on January 30, 2010 at 11:11 AM

Obama claimed that steps taken by his team are responsible for putting two million people to work “who would otherwise be unemployed.”

I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that 99% of those so-called “2 million saved or created jobs” were unemployed Marxists who now hold government jobs.

Barb Dwyer on January 30, 2010 at 11:12 AM

The American people are just too dumb to agree with him. BHO needs to make more speeches…

d1carter on January 30, 2010 at 11:13 AM

What the he!! are these Democrats crowing about?

Hasn’t every president received a popularity boost after the SOTU? It has always been crafted by the image masters, and especially now that it’s broadcast in high-def with surround sound.

This time, however, the afterglow was quickly extinguished by that poor performance in front of the GOP yesterday.

jay12 on January 30, 2010 at 11:13 AM

He did say that, it was after he said 95% of Americans got a tax cut.

scalleywag on January 30, 2010 at 11:14 AM

I think more and more people are paying attention to the “Mao” behind the curtain.

wildcat84 on January 30, 2010 at 11:14 AM

Before his speech, only 50% of Democrats strongly approved of Obama; in the two polling cycles after SOTU for Rasmussen’s daily tracking poll, that number increased to 65%.

I am only surprised that it is not higher.

CWforFreedom on January 30, 2010 at 11:14 AM

Funny — the economy _is_ growing again.

That’s just a fact. Might be a jobless recovery, given public policy right now, but it’s there.

The other stuff — jobs, tax cuts, etc. — the president’s been stretching the truth (lying?) on.

Goes to show, though, that once you lose people’s credulity, they just don’t believe a thing you say.

tigerinexile on January 30, 2010 at 11:14 AM

total F—— in substance

blatantblue on January 30, 2010 at 11:07 AM

Yep, it drove home nothing, and it wandered and rambled too. It was a loser in that it failed to appeal to the center.

That said, I think TheBigOldDog on January 30, 2010 at 10:59 AM hits the more important point. The man has lost his credibility among all but the True Believers, and this speech did nothing to restore it. Just more of the same.

petefrt on January 30, 2010 at 11:15 AM

This time, however, the afterglow was quickly extinguished by that poor performance in front of the GOP yesterday.

jay12 on January 30, 2010 at 11:13 AM

and soon the unemployment numbers will come

CWforFreedom on January 30, 2010 at 11:16 AM

I wonder how long people will continue to buy blaming W. When times are bad and you look at who’s in charge it’s going to be Mr. Obama for the vast majority of people. But he can’t bring himself to encourage only lecture and punish.

Cindy Munford on January 30, 2010 at 11:07 AM

At some point people get to the point where they will say, “ok, we get it, W sucked, but you’ve been in charge for (instert time) and you are doing NOTHING about it!”

The blame Bush record has had it’s grooves just about worn out.

wildcat84 on January 30, 2010 at 11:17 AM

Funny — the economy _is_ growing again.

That’s just a fact. Might be a job loss jobless recovery, given public policy right now, but it’s there.

tigerinexile on January 30, 2010 at 11:14 AM

FIFY

CWforFreedom on January 30, 2010 at 11:17 AM

The only thing Obama had left was personal approval. He ruined it with petulant, childish behavior and denigrating our respected institutions, like the Supreme Court.

Game, set, match. Can we start writing the history books on our nation’s most unsuccessful presidency?

Grace_is_sufficient on January 30, 2010 at 11:17 AM

Funny — the economy _is_ growing again.

That’s just a fact. Might be a jobless recovery, given public policy right now, but it’s there.

The other stuff — jobs, tax cuts, etc. — the president’s been stretching the truth (lying?) on.

Goes to show, though, that once you lose people’s credulity, they just don’t believe a thing you say.

tigerinexile on January 30, 2010 at 11:14 AM

Who is going to hire anyone when the manchild in the White House keeps threatening deathblow style regulations and taxes to industry after industry?

wildcat84 on January 30, 2010 at 11:18 AM

Anyone here ever higher someone after telling them that the job is difficult only to hear them whine about how hard it is after they got the job? That is Obama.

CWforFreedom on January 30, 2010 at 11:18 AM

restore it. Just more of the same.

petefrt on January 30, 2010 at 11:15 AM

unfortunately
there is a lot of time left for him to improve his standing

blatantblue on January 30, 2010 at 11:18 AM

The only thing Obama had left was personal approval. He ruined it with petulant, childish behavior and denigrating our respected institutions, like the Supreme Court.

Game, set, match. Can we start writing the history books on our nation’s most unsuccessful presidency?

Grace_is_sufficient on January 30, 2010 at 11:17 AM

That and talking down to the Congressional Republicans who have not had a majority in the Senate or the House for three years.

CWforFreedom on January 30, 2010 at 11:20 AM

Quick! Go do some polling on language and how to market your sh!t sandwich ideas democrats!

daesleeper on January 30, 2010 at 11:20 AM

I’m afraid what’s happening is Mr. President doesn’t even know what the truth is anymore. What’s insulting is that he thinks the American people don’t either.

scalleywag on January 30, 2010 at 11:20 AM

This does not bode well for the democrat party. When the voting public stops believing your B.S. you have to move rapidly to consolidate control. Thus the frantic move to pass health care.

conservnut on January 30, 2010 at 11:20 AM

blatantblue on January 30, 2010 at 11:18 AM

A lot of time for plenty more ‘pivots’?

petefrt on January 30, 2010 at 11:21 AM

A lot of time for plenty more ‘pivots’?

petefrt on January 30, 2010 at 11:21 AM

to spin
to twist, massage, and alter the truth

to create strawmen

etc etc

blatantblue on January 30, 2010 at 11:22 AM

crimsontime1/29/2010 12:25:36 PM
Why was it OK for Bush to wrack up 6.6 Trillion worth of debt? The amount Obama has added as Triage to the financial crisis is a tiny fraction of that.

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/nov05election/detail?entry_id=56294#ixzz0e75pYwKx

I saw this posted at SFGATE. As long as so many take this attitude we are in trouble. The poster obviously has not been listening to many on the right. Early in Bush’s first term I complained and noted he was not a conservative while I was derided for it. Today we find he was not . This childish attempt to justify spending under Obama may well be the death of a prosperous America.

CWforFreedom on January 30, 2010 at 11:24 AM

That and talking down to the Congressional Republicans …

CWforFreedom on January 30, 2010 at 11:20 AM

Krauthammer really surprises me when he doesn’t mention the condescending lecturing. Or maybe he does, and I need to go back and listen again?

petefrt on January 30, 2010 at 11:25 AM

The president also asserted that “after two years of recession, the economy is growing again.” Just 35% of voters believe that statement is true, while 50% say it is false.

Wow, 35% of those polled where exactly? Anyone believing the economy is really growing is completely out of touch with well everything.

Pretending we don’t have some serious problems is interfering with practical solutions. Not that the current occupant of the white house has a clue about real solutions or real problem solving, except to “organize” some other people to do it. And his choices to do that are just as clueless as he is.

dogsoldier on January 30, 2010 at 11:25 AM

What is unbelievable is that a majority knows that he is a liar but he has raised back up to 49% approval on Rassmuson.

farright on January 30, 2010 at 10:46 AM

I’m guessing that slight raise is temporary.

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capejasmine on January 30, 2010 at 11:27 AM

Who is going to hire anyone when the manchild in the White House keeps threatening deathblow style regulations and taxes to industry after industry?

wildcat84 on January 30, 2010 at 11:18 AM

That’s for sure. When I interview potential new hires, I now have to take into consideration the likelihood of them filing an EEOC complaint against me after 15 or 20 years, courtesy of the Ledbetter law eliminating the statute of limitations on such action.

jay12 on January 30, 2010 at 11:29 AM

The only demographic that has a majority belief in that claim is self-professed liberals, 58% to 18% disbelief.

Interestingly, this group also believes in unicorns 65% to 20% disbelief.

rbj on January 30, 2010 at 11:30 AM

Answer: His lips are moving.

Do I get my prize now?

Drained Brain on January 30, 2010 at 11:30 AM

Funny — the economy _is_ growing again.

That’s just a fact. Might be a jobless recovery, given public policy right now, but it’s there…

tigerinexile on January 30, 2010 at 11:14 AM

I’m sorry, we all know that Bush would never be credited with a so-called “jobless” recovery. The liberals would be crying, “it’s main street, not Wall Street,” as if the two should not be related in a capitalist society.

In Obama’s socialist utopia, the masses must suck on big government’s teat. How will we survive another 3 years of this moron?

kscheuller on January 30, 2010 at 11:31 AM

the SOTU speech did have one salutary effect: it momentarily increased the enthusiasm of Democrats.

A couple of the analyses I read after the speech mentioned that the speech was tailored to reinvigorate his base. Which makes sense, considering the sarcasm and insults sprinkled therein.

How cynical for Plouffe and Co. to send out a mass email asking for $15 at the end, to cash in on the hyena-glee of his remaining base, which is somewhere around 30%.

When will liberals get sick of being exploited this way?

RushBaby on January 30, 2010 at 11:34 AM

By Definition, 50% of the Electorate is of BELOW average intelligence.

You may deceive all the people part of the time, and part of the people all the time, but not all the people all the time.

Abraham Lincoln

Obama deceived enough of the People, enough of the time, to get elected…

But the American People wiill, IMO, (just as they are finally doing with Global Warming) see through any deception.

Question now becomes, how much damage can Obama do the Republic on his way out.

Romeo13 on January 30, 2010 at 11:34 AM

.
Oh, I believe him when he says he has cut taxes for Americans. If you used to have a job and a home and now have neither, my guess is that your taxes have gone way down.
.

Joan of Argghh on January 30, 2010 at 11:35 AM

kscheuller on January 30, 2010 at 11:11 AM

Moments earlier, Obama acted surprised that Republicans had not applauded his talk of tax cuts.

“I thought I’d get some applause,” Obama said.

I can’t find it in the transcript, but that’s little surprise since the comment was off the cuff, and not in the prepared speech.

Spirit of 1776 on January 30, 2010 at 11:35 AM

Rasmussen did say he got a bump up from the speech. He went from -17 to -12. The problem with that increase was that it came from his own party, and not from Republicans or Independents. So much for moving to the middle.

sandee on January 30, 2010 at 11:36 AM

Who is going to hire anyone when the manchild in the White House keeps threatening deathblow style regulations and taxes to industry after industry?

wildcat84 on January 30, 2010 at 11:18 AM

Exactly. Read Mark Steyn from NRO today:

http://article.nationalreview.com/423390/more-washington/mark-steyn

BuckeyeSam on January 30, 2010 at 11:39 AM

kscheuller on January 30, 2010 at 11:11 AM

Moments earlier, Obama acted surprised that Republicans had not applauded his talk of tax cuts.

“I thought I’d get some applause,” Obama said.

I can’t find it in the transcript, but that’s little surprise since the comment was off the cuff, and not in the prepared speech.

Spirit of 1776 on January 30, 2010 at 11:35 AM

oh – so was this actually from the SOTU or his lecture to the Republican caucus?

kscheuller on January 30, 2010 at 11:39 AM

He actually said, “I thought I would get applause for that”?
kscheuller on January 30, 2010 at 11:11 AM

He actually said it, during the speech.

RushBaby on January 30, 2010 at 11:40 AM

O’s credibility with the man on the street is gone. Even the loyal left questions his veracity.

T J Green on January 30, 2010 at 11:42 AM

This pathetic excuse of a man, is like a child with a cheap box of crayons and a 5 page coloring book; And he thinks he can color everybody’s reality.

Cybergeezer on January 30, 2010 at 11:43 AM

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