WH reporter wonders why Obama has been AWOL while Dem numbers “nosedive”

posted at 2:04 pm on September 2, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Say, where has Barack Obama been while polling numbers for Democrats have nosedived this summer? One member of the White House press corps asked Robert Gibbs this question, who giggled at the delivery and then insisted that Obama hasn’t gone AWOL from his position as nominal Democratic Party leader.  Greg Hengler grabs the exchange in this clip, in which Gibbs assures everyone that Obama will continue to defend the policies of this administration and his party:

Come on, now, that’s a little harsh, isn’t it?  Certainly, Obama has been happy to talk about issues except at those moments where he’s buying shrimp or otherwise engaged on vacation, which has been … well, most of August and a portion of July, too.  The only consistent voice out of the Obama administration has been Joe Biden’s, who’s selling “Recovery Summer” like it was a timeshare resort package in Bakersfield.  Even people inside the White House acknowledge that Obama has gone off the radar completely on the economy, or did until he shoehorned four paragraphs of platitudes on the economy into a war speech in his Oval Office address this week.

The problem for Obama is that he has become one of the driving factors behind the nosedive.  It’s no coincidence that fellow Democrats have been criticizing Obama and Nancy Pelosi in their ads in a futile attempt to distance themselves from party leadership.  Obama has become, in Time Magazine’s words, “Mr. Unpopular.”  The question isn’t why Obama has kept off the campaign trail this summer to shore up numbers for Democratic incumbents — it’s quantifying just how big of a drag Obama has become to their prospects for re-election.  Expect Obama to project an “above the fray” image for the next seven weeks to allow Democrats to change the subject away from the President in the White House to, er, the President who hasn’t been in the White House for almost two years.


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When happy clowns defend sad clowns…

NickelAndDime on September 2, 2010 at 2:07 PM

Nevermind the now, just think of the past! But not too far back, like the 70′s! Or even 2002-6, when we took over! Booooooosh!

Vanceone on September 2, 2010 at 2:08 PM

Obama knows his best chance for re-election is to be able to blame the Republicans for his short-comings.

Democrats are really really short on loyalty. Amazingly so.

petunia on September 2, 2010 at 2:08 PM

Thank goodness Labor Day weekend is almost here. Obama can use another vacation.

WashJeff on September 2, 2010 at 2:09 PM

This president is not a one term pres. He’s a no term president.At least Jimmy and Bill showed up. This guy isn’t even present when he’s there.

BruceB on September 2, 2010 at 2:09 PM

Maybe it would be better if he stayed on vacation.

You know, let someone with some intelligence, that knows how to grow the economy instead of destroying it, take over.

Chip on September 2, 2010 at 2:10 PM

when is the last time zero had a press conference? Why are the lapdogs in the LSM not pissed about that?

iam7545 on September 2, 2010 at 2:11 PM

Nice zing at the end there Ed……heh

cmsinaz on September 2, 2010 at 2:11 PM

The democrats need to throw Obama under the bus. He is long overdue for that.

On second though please keep him Democrats he is the best example of what is wrong with your pary. Its all about his race and nothing about his ability.

William Amos on September 2, 2010 at 2:11 PM

“The difference between 1994 and now is, you’ve got me”

-Barack Obama

Sponge on September 2, 2010 at 2:11 PM

Hey, if Obama wants to announce he is going on vacation for the next three years, I bet his approval ratings would skyrocket.

Come to think of it, we have had two other presidents recently that had a reputation of not being there: Reagan who slept through cabinet meetings (allegedly) and Ike, who supposedly only ever golfed. And gee, the country prospered mightily during both of their administrations.

Go for it, Obama!

Vanceone on September 2, 2010 at 2:12 PM

Washjeff, I wonder what will be the Friday evening dump since it is a holiday weekend

cmsinaz on September 2, 2010 at 2:13 PM

Atypical Propaganda, govern against the will of the people .
Make all Government officials un reachable and once a month ( or in Obama’s case once a year when a national disaster occurs give a press conference ) let some BUFFOON like Capt. Gibbs come out and back peddle and deny and if all else fails mock the person answering teh question .
The best part to me is how Gibbs answers the question with sentences that the subject matter has NOTING to do with the question asked .
He might as well have said “The average annual rainfall in the Mojave ,BLAH BLAH, BLAH “

ELMO Q on September 2, 2010 at 2:15 PM

cmsinaz on September 2, 2010 at 2:13 PM

That’s a scary thought. BTW, Robert Gibbs is the ultimate douchebag!!!!!!! And that’s insulting douchebags, they at least serve a purpose!

milwife88 on September 2, 2010 at 2:15 PM

I heard that the president has an infectious disease and is quarantined from being in the public for the next 60 days.
He should recover and be able to be in the public at around November 3rd.
Maybe someone has a name for this disease? Lositus?

right2bright on September 2, 2010 at 2:17 PM

Weren’t they saying that Zero is “radioactive” last week?

Did they forget that already? Or were they uhhh not paying attention? I know, I know. The shrimp thing distracted them and their minds do tend to wander…

dogsoldier on September 2, 2010 at 2:17 PM

Cocaine and booze have done it to alot of people I have known.Look at his face now.Hangovers can be picked up on to the trained eye.

docflash on September 2, 2010 at 2:17 PM

Milwife88, right on!

cmsinaz on September 2, 2010 at 2:18 PM

Obamalo is like a god figure, standing above it all while the human children struggle and whine, gently prodding and cajoling us idiots to do the right thing.

PBHO is there, you just have to look up to see him floating around your living room.

Bishop on September 2, 2010 at 2:18 PM

“The difference between 1994 and now is, you’ve got me”

-Barack Obama

Sponge on September 2, 2010 at 2:11 PM

“Don’t remind us.”

-House Dems

Abby Adams on September 2, 2010 at 2:19 PM

Here in WA (the state) Patty Murray is running ads making her opponent look like the incumbent. It’s such an amazing piece of shamelessness it’s hard to even fathom. oh wait, Patty Murray, never mind.

WitchDoctor on September 2, 2010 at 2:19 PM

Washjeff, I wonder what will be the Friday evening dump since it is a holiday weekend

cmsinaz on September 2, 2010 at 2:13 PM

I don’t know, but here is the truck to deliver it.

right2bright on September 2, 2010 at 2:20 PM

except at those moments where he’s buying shrimp

Was that barbecued shrimp, boiled shrimp, broiled shrimp, baked shrimp, or sauted shrimp ?
I mean .. there is shrimp-kabobs, shrimp creole, shrimp gumbo. Pan fried, deep fried, stir-fried. There’s pineapple shrimp, lemon shrimp, coconut shrimp, pepper shrimp, shrimp soup, shrimp stew, shrimp salad, shrimp and potatoes, shrimp burger, shrimp sandwich.
Is it one special type of shrimp or all of them ?

J_Crater on September 2, 2010 at 2:20 PM

Zero has been AWOL busy helping Marie Antoinette redecorate the Oval Office.

The leopard print carpets, the tiger print couches, the peacock feathers on the lampshades all lending the subtle, yet primitive touch for which Moochelle is famous.

Next they’ll need to redecorate another room to house all that loot Moochelle hauled back from Spain.

viking01 on September 2, 2010 at 2:23 PM

More cowbell, Barry. The country needs more primetime speeches.

OhioCoastie on September 2, 2010 at 2:24 PM

Obama is a busy man. To many oil rigs/platforms, and not enough time! LOL

capejasmine on September 2, 2010 at 2:25 PM

The WH Press Corp must be chuffed that they’re stuck with the Michelin Man day after day. The majority of this crowd probably voted for BO and expected their Chicago Jesus to drop by occasionally and dazzle them with his colossal intellect.

How many times has he had a presser with these guys? I can’t remember the last one.

Cody1991 on September 2, 2010 at 2:25 PM

Expect Obama to project an “above the fray” image for the next seven weeks to allow Democrats to change the subject away from the President in the White House to, er, the President who hasn’t been in the White House for almost two years.

Sure, of course. Word to the “fellow” Democrats running for office…..this is what cannon fodder feels like. Didn’t see it coming didja?

ted c on September 2, 2010 at 2:25 PM

Thank goodness Labor Day weekend is almost here. Obama can use another vacation

Let’s send him back to Martha’s Vineyard….

Barry meet Earl!

txdoc on September 2, 2010 at 2:26 PM

The catastrophic Obama has already lost control of his office. The rest of his time as president (may it be brief) will only be a playing-out of the results of the control that he has already lost.

The pace and intensity of his real-world failures continues to increase, and I don’t think he has a clue of how to slow it all down to manageability, except to make believe by shooting golf balls or eating ice cream on Martha’s Vineyard.

He goes AWOL because that is his only strategy for dealing with a presidency that he has already fumbled and lost, and has no hope of retrieving. That disengaged, diffident, flat and uninspiring speech a couple nights ago is likely the very best he can do at this point.

Edouard on September 2, 2010 at 2:28 PM

I could think of a couple of other questions to ask Bozo the Clown if I had a chance to sit in that room…

Seven Percent Solution on September 2, 2010 at 2:29 PM

The only consistent voice out of the Obama administration has been Joe Biden’s, who’s selling “Recovery Summer” like it was a timeshare resort package in Bakersfield.

I have been to Bakersfield, and that’s just not fair!

Khun Joe on September 2, 2010 at 2:30 PM

Gibbs admits WH monitors radio guys. That’s gotta have ears bleeding.

BHO Jonestown on September 2, 2010 at 2:30 PM

Let’s take a deep breath and remember ..
When the domestic policy agenda fails, fall back to the foreign policy agenda.

Hey, look at that … Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas are in DC for Middle East peace talks.

J_Crater on September 2, 2010 at 2:31 PM

Washjeff, I wonder what will be the Friday evening dump since it is a holiday weekend

cmsinaz on September 2, 2010 at 2:13 PM

Labor Day has been cancelled this year due to the lack of labor being performed and it is unfair to those without employment.

WashJeff on September 2, 2010 at 2:32 PM

That’s all Mr. President has done all summer is campaign vacation, play golf, and give speeches. Seriously, this guy has no clue why democrats have taken a dive in the polls? Maybe he’s the one who needs to look at a few charts.

scalleywag on September 2, 2010 at 2:34 PM

WashJeff on September 2, 2010 at 2:09 PM

That is a winner!

search4truth on September 2, 2010 at 2:34 PM

The only consistent voice out of the Obama administration has been Joe Biden’s, who’s selling “Recovery Summer” like it was a timeshare resort package in Bakersfield Barstow.

even worse.

ted c on September 2, 2010 at 2:34 PM

Here in WA (the state) Patty Murray is running ads making her opponent look like the incumbent. It’s such an amazing piece of shamelessness it’s hard to even fathom. oh wait, Patty Murray, never mind.

WitchDoctor on September 2, 2010 at 2:19 PM

I hope that Rossi repays that by running ads detailing some of Patty’s dumber statements over her years in DC, with the one about Bin Laden building hospitals at the top of the list.

teke184 on September 2, 2010 at 2:36 PM

Obama’s looking to do something bold and credible before the election

Nothing Obama can do will ever again be credible, but the bold part gives me nightmares.

Skandia Recluse on September 2, 2010 at 2:37 PM

As we get closer to the November elections, Obama will come out swinging like never before. The mainstream media will cover his back and the dire predictions for the Dems will not materialize.

Soon after the elections of 2008, I became very interested in the grassroot efforts of the conservative and independent blogs. I was beginning to witness the total transformation of my country to one I barely recognize anymore. The “melting pot” of the world became a perpetual state of melting, and the solidification back into a unified country again seemed to be lost forever. It still remains that way. It seems as if the fighting back and forth among the Dems, the Repubs and the independents is just one big game for a power grab.

There are hundreds of instances that scream out for a radical, yet fundamental change in the governing of the U.S. since Obama became the President. It even began long before Obama. However, these instances and injustices just get lost in the shuffle from one administration to the next. And from one blog to the next.

I appreciate what Hot Air and the others are doing, but the level of frustration is not enough to “restore the honor” as Beck would say. The dems are working quietly behind the scenes and will surprise everyone in November. That is why we are not seeing a sense of urgency or panic from Obama, Pelosi, Biden or any of Obama’s henchmen (Gibbs). The future calls for much, much more work to be done by those of us who want our country back.

metroryder on September 2, 2010 at 2:39 PM

Radio Guys=Unmitigated truth.

I can’t wait to see this giggling glob of gefilte fish be flushed down the dirtiest toilet in DC.

Back in your gefilte fish jar, Fibbs.

Gob on September 2, 2010 at 2:40 PM

when is the last time zero had a press conference? Why are the lapdogs in the LSM not pissed about that?

iam7545 on September 2, 2010 at 2:11 PM

A HuffPo writer and loyal Democrat is wondering the same thing.

conservative pilgrim on September 2, 2010 at 2:41 PM

Say, where has Barack Obama been while polling numbers for Democrats have nosedived this summer?

The residents of LA encountered Barry fundraising this summer. There has been a non-vacation BO event. They prefer that he skip the fundraisers and stick to vacations.

conservative pilgrim on September 2, 2010 at 2:44 PM

Expect Obama to project an “above the fray” image for the next seven weeks to allow Democrats to change the subject away from the President in the White House to, er, the President who hasn’t been in the White House for almost two years.

Well that won’t work in Ohio. 50-42 margin of voters there say they’d rather have Bush in the White House now than Obama, even Independents at a 44-37 margin. And more Democrats would take Bush back than Republicans who’d take Obama.

Deanna on September 2, 2010 at 2:45 PM

BTW, Robert Gibbs is the ultimate douchebag!!!!!!! And that’s insulting douchebags, they at least serve a purpose!

milwife88 on September 2, 2010 at 2:15 PM

That’s like comparing 0bama to a lying sack of sh!t. It’s an insult to sacks of sh!t everywhere.

At least the sack of sh!t has a purpose. You can fertilize your garden with it.

UltimateBob on September 2, 2010 at 2:47 PM

The WH Press Corp must be chuffed that they’re stuck with the Michelin Man day after day. . . .

Cody1991 on September 2, 2010 at 2:25 PM

Even though they’re mainly on the left, I imagine that they miss the brief peak of collegial openness and intellect that characterized Tony Snow’s stint as press secretary.

Back to Gibbs — it was fun seeing how the reporter condescended to him, talking as he would to a young child, probably of foreign tongue with minimal understanding of English.

Sowell Disciple on September 2, 2010 at 2:49 PM

C’mon guys he’s buying shrimp.

rjoco1 on September 2, 2010 at 2:50 PM

He needs to go back out to the Caterpillar plant in Indiana and tell us how many jobs he created there.

Let’s take a deep breath and remember ..
When the domestic policy agenda fails, fall back to the foreign policy agenda.

Hey, look at that … Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas are in DC for Middle East peace talks.

There will be a convenient “breakthrough” announced on November 1, which Abbas will conveniently renounce on November 3. Trick or Treat!

Steve Z on September 2, 2010 at 2:50 PM

<—thinks Romer is a puppet of Obama ,and he asked her to resign , so she could devote her every waking moment to producing a series of Ads for the Midterm election .
The brief 30 second commercials will focus around Obama's
" PUT THE CAR IN D " slogan .
Romer will reprise the roles of famous clowns from our past
Each Clown will demonstrate how to use the gear selector to
safely engage the D icon , than drive the clown car around in a circles while CHINESE FIRE DRILL flashes across the screen.
White House sources confirmed that Romer already has these spots in Production :

Freddy The Free Loader ( this may be a dual spot with Obama as the passenger )

BOZO
Clarabelle the Clown
Homey the Clown
KRUSTY
Stay tuned more to be announced later ……..

ELMO Q on September 2, 2010 at 2:52 PM

Gibbs really knows what he’s doing here: When your “fearless leader” is in hiding, nothing builds confidence among his subjects like responding to questions with nervous giggling!

logis on September 2, 2010 at 2:53 PM

Democrats are really really short on loyalty

That is what comes from having no core values or beliefs except yourself. When you’re your own God, you have no need to worship anything else.

oldleprechaun on September 2, 2010 at 2:53 PM

Even though they’re mainly on the left, I imagine that they miss the brief peak of collegial openness and intellect that characterized Tony Snow’s stint as press secretary.

Since Tony Snow is unfortunately no longer with us, Obama needs to improve his image by hiring Dana Perino.

Since Obama has already hired Bush’s Defense Secretary and General (Petraeus), why not his last Press Secretary?

Steve Z on September 2, 2010 at 2:54 PM

Wrecovery Bummer

OxyCon on September 2, 2010 at 2:55 PM

The president has been working as hard as he has ever worked in his life. The vacations and golf trips are merely taken so as to not rub the fact that he has a job in the faces of those who are unemployed because of the evil Bush/Cheney recession.

Lily on September 2, 2010 at 2:56 PM

I have heard that if Obama’s favorablity falls another 3 points, several democrats who refuse to identify themselves as such, will head to Craford Texas in hopes of getting their picture taken w/ GWB!!

gonnjos on September 2, 2010 at 2:56 PM

right2bright on September 2, 2010 at 2:20 PM

heh

cmsinaz on September 2, 2010 at 2:57 PM

Why you gotta be hatin’ on Bakersfield, Allah? It’s really nice here, you know, when it’s not 105°… It’s a dry heat, damnit. Besides, we’re a solid red county in a solid blue state.

classicaliberal on September 2, 2010 at 2:58 PM

Typhoid Barry.

NeighborhoodCatLady on September 2, 2010 at 2:58 PM

Damn, apologies to Allah… It’s my boy Ed hating on Bakersfield.

You cut me deep, Ed.

classicaliberal on September 2, 2010 at 2:59 PM

On vacation! Where else?

When will the media turn on Gibbs for being sanctimonious, smug and basically just a full blown asshole?

Why do they put up with it?

roninacreage on September 2, 2010 at 3:00 PM

It’s by design. If he is the last Dem standing after Nov 2 it serves his purposes as the “last stand” against the rampaging hordes of Republican “right wingers” and teabaggers”.
That is how he will portray his image after the midterm dem squashing.
He knows he is toast if he cruises into 2012 with a dem dominated Congress.
What he does not know is he is toast no matter. The social experiment failed.

FireBlogger on September 2, 2010 at 3:02 PM

ELMO Q on September 2, 2010 at 2:52 PM

Oh, this is GOOD!!
A commercial on this -

Picture a very serious scene, a serious announcer, a serious messege. The car door opens, a white gloved hand grabs the steering wheel, and carefully puts the car in “D”. The picture pans back and the driver is a skinny, big eared clown wearing golfing attire who obviously doesn’t know how to drive.

He shouts to his minions outside the car, push it, push it, and the minions are even more clownish figures pushing the car from the side, the front, trying to pick up the car, turning the car over, chasing each other around playing goose ‘em, ect, ect.

This could be great!!!

gonnjos on September 2, 2010 at 3:04 PM

search4truth on September 2, 2010 at 2:34 PM

2nd that

cmsinaz on September 2, 2010 at 3:04 PM

Molly’s looking hot…

bhawknine on September 2, 2010 at 3:09 PM

Come on, guys, can’t you let me vote present?

joeindc44 on September 2, 2010 at 3:22 PM

nothing builds confidence among his subjects like responding to questions with nervous giggling!

logis on September 2, 2010 at 2:53 PM

Yea, stunning, isn’t it? This guy wouldn’t have a job by now if the country were being run by a real leader.

scalleywag on September 2, 2010 at 3:26 PM

“The difference between 1994 and now is, you’ve got me”

-Barack Obama

Sponge on September 2, 2010 at 2:11 PM

Which is also the difference between 2008 and now.

Barnestormer on September 2, 2010 at 3:28 PM

Residents of Bakersfield now deeply offended.

John the Libertarian on September 2, 2010 at 3:33 PM

Residents of Bakersfield now deeply offended.
John the Libertarian on September 2, 2010 at 3:33 PM

Damn straight!

classicaliberal on September 2, 2010 at 3:48 PM

Jeeeeeeeez!

Punchy The Clown can’t even muster up a decent Chip Diller (“Remain calm! All is well!”) moment for the Press Corps that smells blood in the water!

Jack Deth on September 2, 2010 at 4:58 PM

The fools walked the plank for Obama and now they are surprised that there is a void at the end of the board?

But they look back just to find that the ship is sinking. They are going to drown either way.

Yoop on September 2, 2010 at 5:19 PM

Robert Gibbs IS the Pillsbury Dough Boy. He wears white, looks puffy, and giggles like a little girl when you press his belly.

What a clown.

Grace_is_sufficient on September 2, 2010 at 5:33 PM

Say, where has Barack Obama been while polling numbers for Democrats have nosedived this summer?

Out with Michael Steele?

andycanuck on September 2, 2010 at 5:34 PM

Re Gibbs, very insecure leaders will not hire anyone smarter than they are. It’s a serious character defect you have to watch for in leaders, whether in industry, academia, or politics.

slickwillie2001 on September 2, 2010 at 6:29 PM

Gibbs should go back to Easter Island and take the blockhead spot he vacated. I`m just saying . . . . put glasses on one of those wonderful stone carvings . . . . But, really, Gibbs must serve his master as long as he can. Boy do I miss the the days of those excellent WH spokesmen and women under Bush. But then again, they were under Bush and not Obummer.

Sherman1864 on September 2, 2010 at 9:01 PM

Better rethink this guys! This is all by design. Think cloward and piven. Do your research. We’re giving $ to causes that are against traditional American values, suing states and sheriffs for following OUR laws, redistributing wealth through Agriculture to blacks and muslims, poking America in the eye with the ground zero mosque, telling our foreign allies to go away…..think about it people!

conmo on September 2, 2010 at 9:59 PM

Obama has a choice to make, but he doesn’t have to decide until early next year at the earliest. He can mount an all-out campaign for reelection by attempting to blame everything on Republican obstructionism, and run the risk the people are smart enough to realize there weren’t enough Republicans to obstruct him while he made a bad situation into a disaster. Or he can take a centrist tack and attempt to work with the GOP Congress, which seems completely against his character.
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Finally, he take the Eric Cartman approach and say, “Screw you guys, I’m playing golf!” and enjoy his last two years of vacation before taking his lifetime pension and laughing at us as he tours the world receiving honors from terror sponsors.

Adjoran on September 3, 2010 at 2:42 AM

I look at President Obama’s vacations are my vacations, Because it is a relief not having to hear from him.

MSGTAS on September 3, 2010 at 9:55 AM

Ah, for the good old days, when Barry told them not to worry about the mid-term elections. After all “You’ve got me!”.

GarandFan on September 3, 2010 at 10:26 AM

…he’s buying shrimp…

They say “sweets to the sweet,” and so it follows…

landlines on September 3, 2010 at 11:07 AM