Question for Obama: Hey, any regrets in hindsight about calling this “Recovery Summer”?

posted at 1:02 pm on September 3, 2010 by Allahpundit

Like Tapper says, there’s an awful lot of stammering at the beginning here. Plus this:

Flanked by members of his economic team – including outgoing Council of Economic Advisers Dr. Christina Romer, whose replacement has yet to be named – President Obama chose to look at the silver lining in the economic clouds of today’s jobs report – not even mentioning that August saw a net job loss of 54,000 jobs.

“In the month I took office, we were losing 750,000 jobs a month,” the president said. “This morning, new figures show the economy produced 67,000 private sector jobs in August, the eighth consecutive month of private job growth. Additionally, the numbers for July were revised upward to 107,000. Now that’s positive news, and it reflects the steps we’ve already taken to break the back of this recession.”

The net job loss for August is largely because of the layoffs of 114,000 Census temporary workers.

If you’re wondering why he decided to hold this little mini-presser today when he has a full press conference scheduled for next week, it’s because Democrats are simply at their wit’s end waiting for him to talk about new recovery measures. Said one strategist to WaPo, “We did the mosque, Katrina, Iraq, and now Middle East peace? And in between you redo the Oval Office? It has become a joke.” More from David Corn:

Democrats are spooked by recent polls and predictions indicating the GOP may slam the Dems so badly that the D’s lose the House and possibly the Senate. The Republicans need to gain 39 seats to seize the House, and it’s not difficult these days to find nonpartisan handicappers who predict the R’s could gain 40 to 50 seats. The conventional wisdom in D.C.: A tsunami is heading toward the Democrats. A Democratic strategist toiling on the party’s House efforts refers to working on the “Titanic” (though he claims there may be some hidden life rafts). “The president keeps saying it’s a tough environment,” says a Democratic House staffer. “We know that. We want to know what he’s going to do about it.”…

“He still wants to be seen as post-partisan and bipartisan,” says a House Democratic leadership aide. “But we’re in a fight here.” Democrats expect Obama to come out swinging nonstop — bashing the R’s repeatedly and proposing economic initiatives that actually register with voters. At the same time, members of the House Democratic leadership are worried that Obama will cave and yield to GOP demands that George W. Bush’s expiring tax cuts for the wealthy be extended. “If he doesn’t do something immediately, our members will be livid,” says a House Democratic aide. “And when there’s fear of a bloodbath, it’s never too early to start the blame game.”

It’s never too early for the media to start spinning either. Your takeaway headline from Time magazine, no joke: “What’s Good About Rising Unemployment.”

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I don’t know what you guys are so upset about. Let me be clear, I had an AWESOME summer…

B.Obama

Wyznowski on September 3, 2010 at 1:09 PM

Winnerunfortunately for all of us…

Khun Joe on September 3, 2010 at 2:31 PM

Obama doesn’t look well. I am concerned about his health.

faraway on September 3, 2010 at 2:36 PM

Who’s the tool nodding her head in agreement with everything the President says? Must be drinking too much Kool-Aid. He can’t really say with a straight face that he doesn’t regret calling this summer “recovery summer.” No amount of spinning can make that statement sound genuine.

Callie C. on September 3, 2010 at 2:38 PM

Good reporting, asking the question that will make a president stammer.

scalleywag on September 3, 2010 at 2:39 PM

Well champ if this is the right direction I’d sure as hell see what the wrong direction looked like.

Can we get W. or heck even the Peanut farmin rabbit killer back?

dhunter on September 3, 2010 at 2:47 PM

“Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got a tee time. Good to talk to you, let’s do it again real soon.”

Fuquay Steve on September 3, 2010 at 2:50 PM

Obama doesn’t look well. I am concerned about his health.

faraway on September 3, 2010 at 2:36 PM

I was thinking the same thing. Minus the concern.

Shiny_Tiara on September 3, 2010 at 2:51 PM

TOTUS is still AWOL, hence the stammering. A solid B+, Barry.

JoePa for POTUS on September 3, 2010 at 2:53 PM

Obama doesn’t look well. I am concerned about his health.

faraway on September 3, 2010 at 2:36 PM

Give the man a break. He needs a vacation. A permanent vacation.

maryo on September 3, 2010 at 2:55 PM

“He still wants to be seen as post-partisan and bipartisan,”—Really? When was he ever post or bi-partisan?

WarEagle01 on September 3, 2010 at 2:58 PM

…seriously, though. I’m all over this economy thing. I have oodles of good ideas and I’m going to be working closely with Congress to get those passed…just as soon as I get back from the Labor Day long weekend in Camp David.

XOXO

Barry and Michele O.

Wyznowski on September 3, 2010 at 3:05 PM

You have to wonder if he regrets pursuing this job in the first place. Yea, it got him the fame and the glory and the celebrity status and the perks and vacations and the jets and the helicopters and the concerts and the Nobel and all that. But the job also came with a boatload of problems to solve, and he’s pretty much proven that he’s been overwhelmed, almost trampled by them. He wasn’t counting on his policies not working, didn’t expect the Golf to be soiled, didn’t want to get surprised by failures in our homeland security in his first year. The cockiness and self confidence have eroded with each one of his failures and now you see before you a graying and almost timid mad, stumbling and stammering while trying to make his case. I think he can’t wait to get out of this situation and have a normal family life again. He could do us all a favor and do that sooner than later.

scalleywag on September 3, 2010 at 3:12 PM

Of course, we could revert to the old CNN Situation Room where they added the subtitle “How is this bad for the President ?” to every story they presented.

J_Crater on September 3, 2010 at 3:23 PM

I swear he is losing it every time he opens his mouth, you can see his mind working, “How did I lie about this the last time?”

Wanna watch a comedy? Watch Obama stumble over his words.. it’s classic!!

RoxanneH on September 3, 2010 at 3:35 PM

Q1 growth 2.7%. Q2 growth 1.6% (both after revisions).

This is “moving forward”? Um, can I maybe ask where we think we’re going here? Seriously, lets stop and ask directions.

Japan, you went this way for a decade; what’s down this road exactly?

gekkobear on September 3, 2010 at 3:57 PM

we’re moving forward? and you’re confident that the steps that we’ve taken are moving us forward and we have to wait till next week until after the next vacaycay to again here how we’re moving forward and how GWB is to blame for everything??

wow, holding my breath over here for that one…./

ted c on September 3, 2010 at 4:05 PM

“He still wants to be seen as post-partisan and bipartisan,” says a House Democratic leadership aide.

“We won.”

Hmm, doesn’t sound either post- or bi-…

disa on September 3, 2010 at 4:27 PM

Speaking of Recovery Summer… check out Michael Ramirez today.

That one is a keeper.

The Ugly American on September 3, 2010 at 4:33 PM

“We did the mosque, Katrina, Iraq, and now Middle East peace? And in between you redo the Oval Office? It has become a joke.”

Chelley did Spain.

Then they did Martha’s Vineyard.

Now they do Kamp David, she being fully muzzled for the next 6 months, at least.

Christmas is near – something else to do.

Schadenfreude on September 3, 2010 at 4:45 PM

I was glad to see him finally nail down the primary reason small business owners are balking at hiring new employees. Those darn Republicans and their partisan blockage of his deceitful deficit neutral small jobs economic tonic bill.

Koa on September 3, 2010 at 4:57 PM

Yeah, Mr Post-Partisan. Mr “I Won!”….shortly to be Mr Lame Duck.

GarandFan on September 3, 2010 at 5:00 PM

I love this line:

“He still wants to be seen as post-partisan and bipartisan,” says a House Democratic leadership aide. “But we’re in a fight here.” Democrats expect Obama to come out swinging nonstop — bashing the R’s repeatedly and proposing economic initiatives that actually register with voters.

Delusional.

Terrye on September 3, 2010 at 5:35 PM

What an economic thinker

“In the month I took office, we were losing 750,000 jobs a month,”

with that logic… when everyone is unemployed and all the businesses are shuttered … he can say “great news, no one lost their job this month.”

I’d explain his flawed logic further but i’m afraid it’s above his pay grade.

roflmao

donabernathy on September 3, 2010 at 6:50 PM

If there is anyone working in the White House whose nickname is “Chipper” . . . they were certainly NOT present in that crowd!

Trochilus on September 3, 2010 at 6:56 PM

The comments on the Time article are priceless:

So if rising unemployment is good, and the Stimulus was designed to slow or halt rising unemployment, does that mean the Stimulus was bad?

And if unemployment would have been worse without the Stimulus, then wouldn’t it have actually been better since rising unemployment is good?

And wouldn’t a second stimulus stifle the goodness of rising unemployment?

And

Wait. Back in 2002-8, when the unemployment percentage was low, the left mocked a jobless recovery. When the percentage was low, the left claimed it was dispirited ones who gave up looking. When the jobs added wasn’t “good enough”, the left mocked that. When the percentage went up, the left mockingly asked where the jobs were.

And now, in the age of Skittles and Rainbows, rising percentage is good? Less negative growth and stagnation is good?

And there’s more. MUCH more. In fact, there’s a distinct lack of the usual left-wing sock puppets.

And didja happen to hover that link? The URL ends with
“unemployment-rises-hurray”

Bit ‘o snark? Or something… more?

Paul_in_NJ on September 3, 2010 at 6:57 PM

Paul_in_NJ on September 3, 2010 at 6:57 PM

It is actually quite difficult to describe the Time header . . . a verbal contretemps?

Beyond belief, really.

Could it be that they are now trying to out Newsweek Newsweek! . . . Maybe they’re hoping to sell the rag for only 50 cents?

Trochilus on September 3, 2010 at 7:26 PM

Zero never mentions where he’s getting those figures from. Oh, yeah, the comics section of the nyt. Maybe he’s counting on GM selling stocks to pay us back so he can say he’s reduced the deficit.

Kissmygrits on September 3, 2010 at 10:26 PM

I think Free Fall will follow Summer of Recovery.

bayview on September 4, 2010 at 1:46 AM

Our president needs a relief, like a job more suiting his intellect and experience … Give him an orange crate, set it up on a street corner, and then the ever present teleprompters … and have at it.

It’s all he knows.

tarpon on September 4, 2010 at 9:35 AM

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