Kaine: Obama too busy with ObamaCare to deal with job creation

posted at 11:35 am on January 2, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Pam Key at The Blaze captures this exercise in spin from today’s State of the Union on CNN, as Tim Kaine attempts to explain why Barack Obama has to promise yet again to shift his focus to job creation.  Ed Henry wonders why it took so long for Obama to focus on jobs and the economy, since Obama took office during an unemployment crisis that went from the mid-7%s to double digits in the first two years.  Kaine says that Obama’s been really, really busy [rush transcript from CNN]:

HENRY: Now you mentioned that difficult economy, employment still very high at 9.8 percent. The president mentioned that yesterday in his weekly radio and Internet address. Let’s [listen] to what he said.

(BEGIN AUDIO CLIP)

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: As president, that’s my commitment to you, to do everything I can to make sure our economy is growing, creating jobs, and strengthening our middle class. That’s my resolution for the coming year.

(END AUDIO CLIP)

HENRY: Now when you make a resolution, usually that means that you did something wrong and you want to do something better in the new year and that is year-end news conference the president also said his singular focus in the next two years is going to be focusing on creating jobs. Does that suggest that maybe he did not fully focus on creating jobs in the first two years?

KAINE: Well, Ed, he had a lot of things he had to do. When he started as president we were in the midst of two wars. He stopped one of them and we were also in the midst of the worst economic collapse since the Great Depression and we to spend an awful lot of time stabilizing the financial system of the country so that it wouldn’t put us into a deeper tailspin.

With that work done he now can focus specifically on increasing job production. We’ve seen an economy from losing 750,000 jobs a month when he started to gaining jobs now. We just have to do work to accelerate the path of that recovery.

HENRY: But are you acknowledging, though, that all the time he spent on health care reform, for example, in the first two years, did that pull him off having that singular focus on jobs in the first two years?

KAINE: Well, Ed, I think health care reform is going to go down in history as one of the great achievements of this president. And it’s not unrelated to the economy. One, you know, one-sixth of the American economy is health care and what we see in the small businesses are finding it increasingly difficult to provide health care to their employees. So it was important, both for the future of the economy, the health care and dealing with the deficit to bring health care costs down.

The president again has taken an economy that was shrinking in terms of its size, GDP, jobs being lost and now we’re gaining jobs again, but we just have to, you know, now that we’re climbing out of the ditch we were in, we have to keep climbing and that’s what the president is focusing on.

“He stopped one of them”?  Actually, that was George Bush who “stopped” the war in Iraq, thanks to the surge strategy that Obama opposed and repeatedly assailed in public … until it worked.  It was Bush that signed the Status of Forces Agreement with the Nouri al-Maliki government, which Obama has wisely chosen to follow rather than implement the 16-month withdrawal he demanded as a candidate on the campaign trail.  You’ll notice that Obama has been in office 24 months, and that we still have tens of thousands of troops in Iraq, don’t you, Governor Kaine?  Bush “stopped” the war in Iraq by winning it.

On jobs, Kaine wants to argue that ObamaCare has been a net job creator as well as a significant deficit reducer.  Thanks to the doc-fix legislation passed this year, the latter claim is now defunct.  I’d also love to see the actual dynamic analysis as to how many actual jobs — outside of government — ObamaCare has produced, and then we can compare that to the drag on private-sector job creation it has caused with its additional cost burdens and uncertainties.

Regardless, the voters made it pretty clear in the midterms that they don’t see ObamaCare as a stimulant to the private economy or as a great example of rational prioritization in this economic mess.  Obama admitted as much in his weekly address, but Kaine wants to pretend as though it was a victory speech instead.


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Excellent. If Obama’s busy with Obamacare, perhaps then he can explain to us how to implement it. Because God knows we’re having a h*ll of a time trying to figure out what they meant in the bill and they sure aren’t all that helpful (which probably means that they don’t know).

mjk on January 2, 2011 at 11:39 AM

This commentary is silly. Presidents direct the attention of others they don’t do it all by themselves. There’s no such thing as being too busy on topic A to give any attention to topic B. Contention for presidential attention at key junctures is real but if continuous presidential attention were required how would Mr. Obama find time to play golf? Nonsense on stilts.

Mason on January 2, 2011 at 11:42 AM

Ummm…its been over a year since they passed O-Care.

So Obama has spent the last year after passing Obamacare trying to pass Obamacare?

He’s been so focused on legislation which passed over a year ago that he hasn’t been able to ‘focus’ on employment at all in the intervening year?

And if O-Care has done such a bang-up job creating jobs, why has the employment rate stagnated?

Was the Democrats New Year’s resolution to make their spin even more stupid than last year?

catmman on January 2, 2011 at 11:43 AM

Another Obama apologist–the question might be: Why does he need so many?

jeanie on January 2, 2011 at 11:44 AM

“When he started as president we were in the midst of two wars. He stopped one of them …..”

Can Froggy pluck his magic twanger a few more times and stop unemployment, stop the recession, stop the redistribution of wealth, stop world hunger, stop diseases and stop lying his ass off?

fogw on January 2, 2011 at 11:44 AM

we should hook Kaine up to a dynamo and at least let his spinning generate some electricity!

Justrand on January 2, 2011 at 11:44 AM

Maybe Obama just needs a waiver from ObiCare so he has time for other important stuff.

Electrongod on January 2, 2011 at 11:44 AM

Here is a good explanation why Obama hasn’t been focusing, he doesn’t get any rest.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E6mfmuuxY4o

fourdeucer on January 2, 2011 at 11:46 AM

Well, Ed, he had a lot of things he had to do

Yep, town hall meetings, campaigning, golf, vacations, begging for the Olympics that we didn’t get, Wednesday night parties at the White House, playing basketball, zipping around the world in Air Force One and going to Christmas parties while Bill Clinton took over.

Have I left anything out?

Knucklehead on January 2, 2011 at 11:49 AM

Pivot. Focus. Jump start. Puke.

petefrt on January 2, 2011 at 11:50 AM

Have I left anything out?

Knucklehead on January 2, 2011 at 11:49 AM

General douchebaggery

darwin-t on January 2, 2011 at 11:52 AM

Jeebus……. I was hope’n that Barry could of peddled and steered by now. So we could take the train’n wheels off. Now we learn that the guy can’t walk and chew gum at the same time.

roflmao

donabernathy on January 2, 2011 at 11:55 AM

Young people in this country must understand that it is THEIR future that is being destroyed by these increasingly socialistic policies. There are and will continue to be NO jobs with a future for them. They can’t possibly be happy living with mommy and daddy after four year (or more) of college. There’s nothing romantic about being a thirty something working in Starbucks. YOU’RE BEING BAMBOOZLED !
A State with no respect for the individual is destined for failure.

teacherman on January 2, 2011 at 11:57 AM

Jeebus……. I was hope’n that Barry could of peddled and steered by now. So we could take the train’n wheels off.

Now I really enjoyed that–well put. I hope it catches on.

jeanie on January 2, 2011 at 11:58 AM

Have I left anything out?

Knucklehead on January 2, 2011 at 11:49 AM
General douchebaggery

darwin-t on January 2, 2011 at 11:52 AM

LOL!

Egregious and Excessive Douchebaggery in Hi-Def.

Key West Reader on January 2, 2011 at 11:58 AM

but we just have to, you know, now that we’re climbing out of the ditch we were in, we have to keep climbing and that’s what the president is focusing on.

I can’t believe their still using that car in the ditch thing. Did Mr. Kaine mention slurpee’s too?

Knucklehead on January 2, 2011 at 12:00 PM

The only Duh Won needs on job creation is how to get the government the hell out of the way.

single stack on January 2, 2011 at 12:03 PM

The only focus…

sheesh

single stack on January 2, 2011 at 12:03 PM

now that we’re climbing out of the ditch we were in, we have to keep climbing and that’s what the president is focusing on.

That would require some evidence of an upward movement which hasn’t been the case.

darwin-t on January 2, 2011 at 12:06 PM

Can Froggy pluck his magic twanger a few more times and stop unemployment, stop the recession, stop the redistribution of wealth, stop world hunger, stop diseases and stop lying his ass off?

fogw on January 2, 2011 at 11:44 AM

Lordy! I feel old, I actually know what you’re referring to. Do you remember the show, or have you just heard about it from the “Older folks”?

As to your question. Obama’s magic is similar to The Wizard of Oz’s magic only less effective. He forgot to put up a curtain.

Oldnuke on January 2, 2011 at 12:08 PM

Sometimes I wonder if these mouths actually believe what they are saying. I also wonder how difficult it must be to keep repeating the lies day after day and year after year. These are not men of honor, they are jackals of deception.

Key West Reader on January 2, 2011 at 12:12 PM

Of course the bottom line is to ram through socialism under the guise of medical reform (or green jobs or environmental control) and couch this reform in so much abstruse legal baffle gab and into so many thousands of pages that not even its authors know exactly what’s in it. Since it would take months (if not years) to decipher the Byzantine legalisms contained within these white elephants it is best to expedite the passage accompanied by dire warnings that “the end of the world is coming and the sky will fall” (Chicken Little) unless the bill(s) is (are) not passed within the next ten seconds!!!!

Job creation is almost irrelevant and immaterial in this master scheme to transform Americans into socialistic zombies. Once this goal has been accomplished, then the Keepers of the Flame can worry about employment for the stultified and stupefied masses.

MaiDee on January 2, 2011 at 12:13 PM

That has to be one of the most tone deaf, idiotic, damaging statements to come out of a Dems mouth in awhile.

IT’S THE JOBS, MORONS!

portlandon on January 2, 2011 at 12:14 PM

What a tool. I think that the short attention span tool crowd got really energized for Obama in 2008 and got him elected. I don’t think they’ll be nearly as energized in 2012.

…At least I hope not.

Mojave Mark on January 2, 2011 at 12:15 PM

General douchebaggery

darwin-t on January 2, 2011 at 11:52 AM

Oh, is that the nominee for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff?

turfmann on January 2, 2011 at 12:15 PM

Oldnuke on January 2, 2011 at 12:08 PM

OMG. I haven’t heard that in years. I do remember it. The only other place that we used to kid about Froggy and his magic twanger was in college when a couple of us remembered Buster Brown shoes. Smilin’ Ed McConnell(who could tell cause it was radio?)

Back to Obama. The guy is totally lazy and will pawn this off on someone else to do or prented to do. Obama doesn’t care about jobs or the economy. If he had half a brain he would get the economy roaring again, but he is trying to redestribute wealth that hasn’t been earned yet. He isn’t a very good Marxist either. Let’s face it, the guy is a total failure with his base and the rest of the world.

BetseyRoss on January 2, 2011 at 12:21 PM

Barry must be exhausted keeping track of it all, he should hire a staff or something to help him out.

Little Boomer on January 2, 2011 at 12:22 PM

Is Tim Kaine that much of a egregious pompous ass that he seems to think he can deceive the average person into believing that someone like Obama can only tackle one task at a time?

Would this therefore mean that Obama is literally one of these people who cannot walk and chew gum at the same time?

Or hasn’t it yet sunk into Kaine’s nickel-plated thick skull that his “explanation” is the exact type of moron mentality that got the majority of Democrats in the House booted out last November?

Obamacare is NOT the primary item this idiotic administration should be focusing on right now, Timmy! It should be jobs creation and improving the economy!

pilamaye on January 2, 2011 at 12:22 PM

KAINE: Well, Ed, I think health care reform is going to go down in history as one of the great achievements of this president.

If this is true, obama is in a world of trouble. 2012 cannot come soon enough

ConservativePartyNow on January 2, 2011 at 12:24 PM

Same old crappola, just in another year.

OmahaConservative on January 2, 2011 at 12:26 PM

Obama doesn’t know what he is doing. And if now he does, it means he will have to reverse all his policies.

Blake on January 2, 2011 at 12:26 PM

One, you know, one-sixth of the American economy is health care and what we see in the small businesses are finding it increasingly difficult to provide health care to their employees.

Under this President, small businesses are finding it increasingly difficult to even stay in business!

SPCOlympics on January 2, 2011 at 12:27 PM

Oldnuke I was able to obtain a few MP3s from the Smilin’ Ed McConnell Show (late 40s -early 50s):

“Plunk your magic twanger, Froggie”
“Hi ya kids, Hi Ya Hi Ya”

What simpletons we children were then. Now we learn about daddy’s boyfriend, mommy’s girlfriend and condom distribution.

MaiDee on January 2, 2011 at 12:31 PM

So what I’m reading here is that Obama has a lazy eye that he needs to keep refocusing over and over on the same thing.

James on January 2, 2011 at 12:33 PM

Watching that reminds me that these absolute losers have but one playbook that they run over and over… In a decade or two, that playbook will likely work once again as the cycle of life continues. Our only hope for real solutions for our problems lies with the Tea Party.

Keemo on January 2, 2011 at 12:39 PM

…The problem goes far beyond youth unemployment, which is at 40 percent in Spain and 28 percent in Italy. It is also about underemployment. Today, young people in Southern Europe are effectively exploited by the very mechanisms created a decade ago to help make the labor market more flexible, like temporary contracts.

Because payroll taxes and firing costs are still so high, businesses across Southern Europe are loath to hire new workers on a full-time basis, so young people increasingly are offered unpaid or low-paying internships, trainee-ships or temporary contracts that do not offer the same benefits or protections…

Let’s keep Obama focused on something else than ‘Job Creation’. All the socialist ideas he wants to do…Green Jobs for example, have been tried in Spain. Their heavily subsidized green industries are not viable and have sucked up funds like the flushing toilet that southern Europe has become.

Uniblogger on January 2, 2011 at 12:46 PM

When Obama says he’s going to focus on jobs….he means HIS job. Everyone else can go #$@! themselves for all he cares.

capejasmine on January 2, 2011 at 12:47 PM

The DNC and White House should really try to coordinate their message.

“On “Meet the Press” December 26, top White House adviser Valerie Jarrett said President Obama’s “biggest regret” is that the severity of the economic crisis forced him to “spend almost every waking hour in Washington focusing very hard on solving that crisis” and thus kept him from traveling the country to connect with the American people.”

lowandslow on January 2, 2011 at 12:47 PM

What Kaine’s spin comes down to basically is Obama wasn’t focusing on jobs because he was doing the things he, Harry and Nancy wanted to do, not what the swing voters who elected him in 2008 expected him to do. With the GOP now in control of the House, look for Obama to start pushing some high cost jobs bills he knows are DOA on Capitol Hill, but can be used to claim the Republicans don’t care about creating jobs.

jon1979 on January 2, 2011 at 12:50 PM

Translation: “Let them eat cake Government Cheese.

portlandon on January 2, 2011 at 12:53 PM

So it was important, both for the future of the economy, the health care and dealing with the deficit to bring health care costs down.

So instead you dip$hits enacted a giant new entitlement program that your own analysts now admit is making Americans’ health care costs higher?

Heckuva job, Timmy (and Barry)!

AZCoyote on January 2, 2011 at 1:05 PM

I have a prediction to make for the coming House of Representatives–Nanz, having run the country for the last two years, is not going to give up and will cause problems no one will believe for the upcoming 112th congress.

dragondrop on January 2, 2011 at 1:09 PM

now that we’re climbing out of the ditch we were in, we have to keep climbing and that’s what the president is focusing on.

Great, sparky; now where’s the damn car, if you’re climbing out of the ditch?

massrighty on January 2, 2011 at 1:15 PM

Kaine hasn’t figured out that we consider that a bug, not a feature.

obladioblada on January 2, 2011 at 1:16 PM

Barry must be exhausted keeping track of it all, he should hire a staff or something to help him out.

Little Boomer on January 2, 2011 at 12:22 PM

This used to be the media’s job before they became straight crooked liberal lackeys.

Rovin on January 2, 2011 at 1:17 PM

How people like Kaine can sit there and knowingly say those kinds of bald, naked plainly false statements without simply bursting into flames is both a mystery and a shame.

Midas on January 2, 2011 at 1:42 PM

Do you remember the show, or have you just heard about it from the “Older folks”?

Oldnuke on January 2, 2011 at 12:08 PM

I watched Howdy Doody, Roy Rogers, Fury, The Rifleman and Sky King as a child. That probably answers your question.

fogw on January 2, 2011 at 1:55 PM

I watched Howdy Doody, Roy Rogers, Fury, The Rifleman and Sky King as a child. That probably answers your question.

fogw on January 2, 2011 at 1:55 PM

:-) Yep, sure does. I loved Sky King! Even today I watch reruns of Cheyenne, Have Gun Will Travel and The Lawman on Encore westerns.

Oldnuke on January 2, 2011 at 3:29 PM

Kaine – the ‘new and improved’ Baghdad Bob of the Obama administation.

GarandFan on January 2, 2011 at 3:36 PM

Midas on January 2, 2011 at 1:42 PM

and NO ONE calls him out on it as well…

cmsinaz on January 2, 2011 at 4:10 PM

Where’s Joe Wilson when you need him? Someone needs to shout, “You lie!!”

tom on January 2, 2011 at 4:52 PM

Thanks to ObamaCare, this small business owner’s insurance premiums got jacked up 36%. Nice going, Barry.

redfoxbluestate on January 2, 2011 at 5:56 PM

Kaine lies from the get go. He also by what he says about BHO’s focus on hellscare that BHO can’t focus on more than one topic at a time. One would think with daily briefings, cabinet members, advisors, staff, and with this one, countless czars, BHO would have found the time to stimulate the economy in the right way. He’s turned out, however, to be as big a letdown as a $2 hooker.

madmonkphotog on January 2, 2011 at 6:16 PM

Obama expands recovery plan, aims for 3 million jobs – Bloomberg 21 DEC 2008
Obama says jobs are his main priority – CBN 24 NOV 2009
Obama’s top priority to boost jobs – Reuters 19 JAN 2010
Jobs top priority, Obama tells Congress – CBC 30 AUG 2010

Seems to me that ‘creating jobs’ has been about priority #1,000,000 for Obama. Getting his golf handicap down, however, that has been an every week affair, often two or three times a week.

Golf scores or jobs? And just how many vacations does this guy take, anyway?

Tim Kaine, the gravel at the bottom of the box of rocks.

ajacksonian on January 2, 2011 at 6:47 PM

Kaine is so gay!

Sherman1864 on January 2, 2011 at 7:43 PM

The “green economy” was supposed to be the latest and greatest algore invention. Like the internets he invented. It is not working out. There are trillions invested by our betters and we’re not fallng in line with the plan.

Things are going to get really interesting this year.

Key West Reader on January 2, 2011 at 7:51 PM

Was the Democrats New Year’s resolution to make their spin even more stupid than last year?

catmman on January 2, 2011 at 11:43 AM

Their spin has always been stupid – it’s the RINOs that keep throwing them a lifeline ala the lameduck session.

TheRightMan on January 2, 2011 at 8:10 PM

He’s turned out, however, to be as big a letdown as a $2 hooker.

madmonkphotog on January 2, 2011 at 6:16 PM

That’s a slap in the face to some very hard working women.

Alden Pyle on January 2, 2011 at 9:12 PM

Ojesus:

Let me make this perfectly clear. FORE!

hillbillyjim on January 3, 2011 at 2:24 AM

Kaine was always a leftist hack, so he is the right man for the job whenever the job is spouting their talking points.

The puzzling thing is how he got elected Governor of Virginia in the first place.

This is now the “Third Annual” Obama pledge to “focus on job creation.” How many times will he be believed?

While the markets and the retail quarter have been optimistic, they could both reflect phenomena other than recovery. For instance, consumers have been putting off spending for a couple of years, so it wouldn’t be a shock if they said “Darn it all, we’re having a good Christmas this year!” and spent a little more.

Equities look good because capital has nowhere else to go. Normally, it would seek its first safety in bonds, but debt isn’t as stable as it always has been. Commodities are up (which could also reflect the dollar’s decline), but conservative investors are leery of investing at ten-year high prices.

Housing and exports have led every recovery since WWII. Housing gets the construction trade going domestically, and both stimulate manufacturing. But housing inventory is still way too high, unemployment depresses demand, and exports need some recovery abroad to get going.

Short term, I am not optimistic. Long term, we will be fine once we vote out enough Democrats and restore some sanity to government.

Adjoran on January 3, 2011 at 6:06 AM

And it’s not unrelated to the economy. One, you know, one-sixth of the American economy is health care and what we see in the small businesses are finding it increasingly difficult to provide health care to their employees. So it was important, both for the future of the economy, the health care and dealing with the deficit to bring health care costs down.

Ok, so he’s bringing down the cost of health care?

http://hotair.com/archives/2010/09/09/obamacare-bends-the-cost-curve-upward/

Yeah… he bent the curve upward.

Thank goodness Obama ignored jobs and the economy to make Health Care more expensive… that’s what we needed I guess.

gekkobear on January 3, 2011 at 6:41 AM