Tee hee: Obama now joking about his own giant economic failures

posted at 6:50 pm on June 13, 2011 by Allahpundit

Via Ace, remember how angry we all were when he admitted that “shovel-ready” public works projects — the ostensible target of the stimulus — um, don’t really exist? The Democrats spent weeks before he was inaugurated selling voters on the concept and did a good enough job that they ended up with a $787 billion check from Congress for their trouble.

Well, get ready to turn those frowns upside down, America:

It was explained to Obama [at today's event] that the permitting process can delay projects for “months to years … and in many cases even cause projects to be abandoned … I’m sure that when you implemented the Recovery Act your staff briefed you on many of these challenges.” At this point, Obama smiled and interjected, “Shovel-ready was not as … uh .. shovel-ready as we expected.” The Council, led by GE’s Jeffrey Immelt, erupted in laughter.

If you think that’s funny, wait until you hear his five-minute set on the national debt and the coming S&P downgrade. Although, I don’t know — maybe this could be a good approach for him on the stump next year. If the economy stays flat, there’s no way he’ll be able to spin the numbers to his advantage. He’ll be left saying surreally stupid things like this or, per the second clip below (via Greg Hengler), slightly less stupid things about how he’s “not satisfied” with the way things are but still feels pretty darned proud of all the good economic work he’s done. He’s doomed if he plays it straight, so why not keep it light? Have fun with it. I’m sure the “Daily Show” writers would be willing to work pro bono. We’re the funniest people in the world, damn it. If we’re destined for fiscal collapse, let’s at least greet the Reaper laughing.


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Yeah, it’s a real hoot and a holler that my hubby’s been out of work for over 3 years and can’t find a da*n thing in or out his field due to his age. (Don’t anybody ever tell me there’s a law against age discrimination. BS.)

We just love going hungry because gas and food prices are so high, we have to decide between that or keeping a roof over our heads.

And we’re doubled over with laughter because I have no longer have health insurance and am still having to be monitored because of breast cancer.

Yep, it’s a hoot and a holler alright, Mr. Bozo.

How I loathe that man.

GrannyDee on June 13, 2011 at 8:16 PM

I mentioned some of the news last week about “skyrocketing” electric prices and the new EPA regs to two Democrats (Moms with kids) that voted for Obama in 2008.

Their response “cut him some slack” look at what he “inherited from Bush”.

SoundByte Americans won’t even notice this statement………and will anyone of the GUTLESS RINO’s in the debate mention it?

PappyD61 on June 13, 2011 at 8:17 PM

Not only has this clown destroyed our oil-producing industries, but he intends to do the same to the coal-producing ones and energy sources that rely on coal-fired plants. His crony capitalism has been busy buttering the bread of his Chicago friends though.
http://www.americanthinker.com/2011/06/crony_capitalism_and_obamas_anti-coal_crusade.html

The details in this piece are infuriating. ObaMao is unraveling our nation’s wealth and productivity.

onlineanalyst on June 13, 2011 at 8:19 PM

Hooo weeee. I love good comedy.

I have a joke:

Michelle Antoinette walks into a seafood restaurant….crap…I already forgot the punchline.

Bishop on June 13, 2011 at 8:20 PM

The ads write themselves – this joker repeatedly talking about shovel-ready jobs when he was selling the trillion dollar stimulus, followed by this admission of his own ignorance about shovel-ready jobs. One trillion down the sh$$tter.

PatMac on June 13, 2011 at 8:24 PM

I just flew in from Augusta National, boy are my arms tired.

Take my vice president, please.

So Michelle walks into a bar and the bartender says, “Hey, why the long fa *comment redacted by the HotAir ban alert system*

Bishop on June 13, 2011 at 8:24 PM

You’ll love this one………in case you didn’t see the headline on FOX Business today of the DOTUS’s speech talking about deficits were a “concrete impediment” to economic growth.

http://www.foxbusiness.com/markets/2011/06/13/obama-us-debt-dampens-economic-growth/

Lectures from Obama on Deficits and economic growth!!!

PappyD61 on June 13, 2011 at 8:25 PM

*comment redacted by the HotAir ban alert system*

Bishop on June 13, 2011 at 8:24 PM

fully operational, eh? heh

ted c on June 13, 2011 at 8:27 PM

PatMac on June 13, 2011 at 8:24 PM

My brute force electron microscope still hasn’t found the pubs gonads hence while the ads are shovel ready the pubs won’t use them.

chemman on June 13, 2011 at 8:35 PM

Who does he think he’s kiddin’? Stabilized the economy…created 2M jobs…Where? Maybe in foreign countries when business leaves the US.

Kissmygrits on June 13, 2011 at 8:35 PM

Not only has this clown destroyed our oil-producing industries, but he intends to do the same to the coal-producing ones and energy sources that rely on coal-fired plants. His crony capitalism has been busy buttering the bread of his Chicago friends though.
http://www.americanthinker.com/2011/06/crony_capitalism_and_obamas_anti-coal_crusade.html

The details in this piece are infuriating. ObaMao is unraveling our nation’s wealth and productivity.

onlineanalyst on June 13, 2011 at 8:19 PM

Dude. Thank you.

I have been e-mailing tips to HotAir for over two years about the stealth campaign against coal, with links. It’s all been for naught.

I have seen firsthand the hyper-regulation and the denial of permits that have hamstrung the barely-recovering (from-UMWA abuses) coal industry here and have also watched as a planned power plant has turned into a political football instead of the seed for growth that this always job-stagnant area sorely needs.

The straws in the wind portend even worse things ahead for us all.

Jugears and his crew are anti-America, not just anti-coal or anti-CO2 or anti-WD-40, or any of the other pretend villains.

Unless these guys are completely blind and stupid, they are purposefully trying to put our way of life in the scuppers.

hillbillyjim on June 13, 2011 at 8:38 PM

‘Taint Funny McGhee

teh Won Aspires

Caststeel on June 13, 2011 at 8:39 PM

Time to resurrect that ObaMao as The Joker gif?

onlineanalyst on June 13, 2011 at 8:45 PM

You know, the media blew this guy’s head up with these lofty expectations of what a great and noble and all knowing wise president he would be. He’s turned out to be none of those things. Yet he marches on, thinking that all his blunders are just some kind of joke and he will waltz right back into the office with the help of his adoring followers. He IS the joke. At least under previous administrations we were credit worthy and weren’t under the watchful eye of the Chinese for crying out loud.

scalleywag on June 13, 2011 at 8:46 PM

Again, thanks to onlineanalyst for linking this important article:

http://www.americanthinker.com/2011/06/crony_capitalism_and_obamas_anti-coal_crusade.html

I urge you all to take the time to read it carefully and ponder its implications.

For me to be serious for this long, you must know that it’s no small thing. Please read it. It describes policies that impact us all severely.

hillbillyjim on June 13, 2011 at 8:46 PM

Yeah not funny.

tx2654 on June 13, 2011 at 8:49 PM

What America Was Like Under A Real President

teh Won not so much but D’rats must disown this President. One more reason why America will survive this skank.

Caststeel on June 13, 2011 at 8:57 PM

Consumers could see their electricity bills jump an estimated 40 to 60 percent in the next few years.

The reason: Pending environmental regulations will make coal-fired generating plants, which produce about half the nation’s electricity, more expensive to operate. Many are expected to be shuttered.

The increases are expected to begin to appear in 2014, and policymakers already are scrambling to find cheap and reliable alternative power sources. If they are unsuccessful, consumers can expect further increases as more expensive forms of generation take on a greater share of the electricity load.

Here, in the heart of Appalachian coal country, 25% or more of existing power plants are now slated for decommissioning by 2014, no thanks to the arbitrary EPA regulations that Barry Jesus and his minions have imposed by fiat; i.e. WITH NO AUTHORITY FROM CONGRESS, the branch of our government assigned by the Constitution to make law.

If Congress allows the Executive Branch to exert this much power unchallenged, we are no longer the country we once were, nor are we the country that our founders envisioned, and that so much blood and treasure has been spent to conserve. Period.

hillbillyjim on June 13, 2011 at 9:12 PM

hillbillyjim on June 13, 2011 at 8:46 PM

You’re right. And energy is not the only foundation upon which destruction is planned. Finance of all sorts. Transportation. Representation. It’s all targeted. The plan was to have all in place before we proles knew of it.

Small problem for the socialist smartest people in the room. Their 100 year old plan ain’t working. And it’s too soon to call out the mob to subdue us. Too late for our lying eyes to be fooled. Besides, we are accustomed to plan for our own affairs. Self reliance it’s called. It ain’t supposed to happen this way.

Without the plan, socialists are confused. Heh, maybe that’s an oxymoron. But America is stronger than expected.

Undoing four years of internal subversion won’t be easy. 2012 matters a lot but I, for one am optimistic and, worse for the mob, prepared.

Caststeel on June 13, 2011 at 9:17 PM

It’s not just the EPA, it’s all of the alphabet agencies.

Out.

Of.

Control.

If we let it stand, we’re toast, and our grandchildren will be crumbs under the table where the toast once was.

hillbillyjim on June 13, 2011 at 9:19 PM

The funniest part for me was when I noticed the screencap on the bottom clip says, “President Obama Discussing Jobs and Economy in NC…
Who was sentenced to two years in jail.”

Frankly, I think that’s not enough, but I’ll take it.

DrAllecon on June 13, 2011 at 9:30 PM

And to think people complained at the picture of Obama as The Joker.

Why so serious?

DrAllecon on June 13, 2011 at 9:31 PM

Without the plan, socialists are confused. Heh, maybe that’s an oxymoron. But America is stronger than expected.

Undoing four years of internal subversion won’t be easy. 2012 matters a lot but I, for one am optimistic and, worse for the mob, prepared.

Caststeel on June 13, 2011 at 9:17 PM

They weren’t planning on being caught out, in the first place. They thought that with the tacit approval from most of the established media, they would be too far along before they were exposed.

I am disappointed in our so-called leaders.
I am aware of the disingenuous nature of our failed media.
I am horrified by our elected representatives’ proclivities towards rapacious spending for which they know has no recompense.

However:
I am heartened every time I come to HA and find kindred spirits seeking the truth about what is happening to our country.
I am determined to never quit believing in the American spirit and in our ability to overcome adversity. We have done it before; we can do it again. This requires people to be aware of the adversity, of course.

We’ve got to get our beloved nation back on its feet, people. The politicians aren’t going to do it unless we make them. We must insist on the same responsibility from our leaders as we impose upon ourselves.

We’re not done, yet.

The time is near, though, when actions will have been too late.

hillbillyjim on June 13, 2011 at 9:31 PM

hillbillyjim on June 13, 2011 at 9:19 PM

Does not matter. As did my forefathers, I intend to leave an example for my grandchildren and maybe a few others. And a socialist country will not remember individualism.

Caststeel on June 13, 2011 at 9:35 PM

Does not matter. As did my forefathers, I intend to leave an example for my grandchildren and maybe a few others. And a socialist country will not remember individualism.

Caststeel on June 13, 2011 at 9:35 PM

As I referenced at 9:31 PM:

We have done it before; we can do it again.

hillbillyjim on June 13, 2011 at 9:50 PM

Small difference, hillbillyjim, I do not seek political truth. BTDT I read our Constitution and a lot of history.
I contribute my mite to a very few politicians.
My morals are not subject to the situation.
The house flagpole is my responsibility.
Winston Churchill had it right, “Never …. Never…. Never… give up.”

Caststeel on June 13, 2011 at 9:57 PM

We have done it before; we can do it again.

Sorry, posted before reading yours.
F’n A right.

Caststeel on June 13, 2011 at 10:01 PM

Caststeel on June 13, 2011 at 9:57 PM

With the left at the helm of the executive, and with the left at the helm of most of the media, a lot hinges on our ability to make aware the majority of Middle America.

Thankfully, the idiots now in charge have been so egregious in their behavior and so dismissive of most of us that this will not be much of a challenge. They have done our job for us in their overzealous quest for power.

There is solace in some of the writing on the wall.

Take gun sales for example.

Take the falling future of rags like NYT and WaPo.

Take the phenomenon of Glenn Beck.

Take my wife, please. (sorry, couldn’t resist)
–but seriously, folks…

There are good reasons to dig in, buck up, and just say never.

I’m with you, Caststeel.

It’s like that CRAZY Glenn Beck was telling folks a while back: There are a lot more of us than there are of them.

I know that requires parsing by some; it makes good sense to me.

hillbillyjim on June 13, 2011 at 10:11 PM

Obama is a giant failure.

Schadenfreude on June 13, 2011 at 10:14 PM

Obama is a giant failure.

Schadenfreude on June 13, 2011 at 10:14 PM

Only if you ignore his goals.

hillbillyjim on June 13, 2011 at 10:15 PM

Obama is a giant failure.

Schadenfreude on June 13, 2011 at 10:14 PM

If you accept that O’Jugears has a Cloward-Piven philosophy, then he is a redounding success.

In the short term, at the least.

hillbillyjim on June 13, 2011 at 10:19 PM

Politicians are not looking after our tax money. Obviously in Georgia, for instance, they just let it be given away:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z92plqoP3GE

Chessplayer on June 13, 2011 at 10:35 PM

If Weiner had to check into rehab to get cured of a non-existent malady (is there a cure for nasty piece of work?), what are we gonna do with a failure on the grand scale of president I hesitate to attach that title to? There is no insane asylum large enough for president Hannibal Lecter Obama in existence.

Nowadays I mean–there used to be the perfect place and they called it Bedlam….for two cents we could poke him with sticks purchased from the souvenir shop….

Sherman1864 on June 13, 2011 at 11:12 PM

We aren’t going to win any election with such weak attacks on Obama. He comes across pretty good in both clips in my opinion, and I utterly reject Obama’s economic ideas.

thuja on June 13, 2011 at 11:42 PM

Obama. Failure In Chief. Thanks Barry.

realitycheck on June 13, 2011 at 11:53 PM

thuja on June 13, 2011 at 11:42 PM

I’m done in Alabama right now and I was listening to the local talk radio waiting to go to work today. The local program was on fire for his making light of the economy. Real folks calling in one after the other talking about being out of work for so long and Obama kidding about it. They didn’t sound like they thought his comments were well made at all.

PS, we’re not going to beat him playing nice either. We need to use their own tactics right back on them.

hawkdriver on June 14, 2011 at 12:43 AM

He handled the economy like he was in the Special Olympics.

Heh heh heh.

fossten on June 14, 2011 at 12:44 AM

hillbillyjim on June 13, 2011 at 10:19 PM

We agree. Was meant in that sense, of course.

Schadenfreude on June 14, 2011 at 1:04 AM

We agree. Was meant in that sense, of course.

Schadenfreude on June 14, 2011 at 1:04 AM

Never a doubt.

hillbillyjim on June 14, 2011 at 1:09 AM

What we need, of course, is more COWBELL.

That, and a couple of dozen trillion dollars.

hillbillyjim on June 14, 2011 at 1:20 AM

And not that inky-dinky downward-spiraling toilet tissue that keeps emanating from the Fed.

You know, the good stuff. Based on reality, not free-based into existence.

This Ponzi scheme y’all are running is going to run out of suckers before long.

THEN WHAT?

hillbillyjim on June 14, 2011 at 1:23 AM

Rodney Dangerfield Obama. No Respect.

diogenes on June 14, 2011 at 1:31 AM

Is this whole “experiment” funny anymore?

russcote on June 14, 2011 at 2:51 AM

Is this whole “experiment” funny anymore?

russcote on June 14, 2011 at 2:51 AM

It never was; it never will be.

The sad fact, though, is that given enough leeway, the community-organizer-in-chief will have pissed away our future, that of the next generation, and beyond.

Just like a fart machine, Ojugears is the gift that keeps on giving and giving — no matter how much anyone detests the ‘gift’.

He is either too stupid to help us or too malignant to want to try. There have been award-winning economists who’ve said in so many words that Mr. Chicago couldn’t have done a better job than he already has done, if his goals are the permanent destruction of capitalism as we know it and America as we love it.

O’Jugears, please go back home to Hawaii and smoke yourself some of that famously good stuff; then stuff yourself in a corner where you can’t do us any more damage.

You are not the one ANY DAMN ONE was waiting for. GO AWAY and make speeches in front of your mirror if you must. Maybe even text them to Anthony the National Flasher. I’m sure that he can appreciate your dilemma as far as what to do with all of that malignant narcissism. If it all works out, maybe you guys could form a support grope, er, group.

hillbillyjim on June 14, 2011 at 4:43 AM

The sad fact, though, is that given enough leeway, the community-organizer-in-chief will have pissed away our future, that of the next generation, and beyond.

hillbillyjim on June 14, 2011 at 4:43 AM

Hope and Change isn’t just for the Commies.

There is no quick fix, but if Obama gets voted out it will at least get the Leftists to start bickering with each other and get us some breathing room. We have enough problems without these Marxists interfering.

The thing is, there are so many divisions on the Right and I feel that the more radical elements are going to further fragment us and drive away those that aren’t in lock step with their personal views and preferences. Obnoxious, ignorant, big-mouthed Conservatives are every bit as destructive as their counterparts on the other side of the fence.

Wish we could just throw them all into the Coliseum and let them have it out.

Dr. ZhivBlago on June 14, 2011 at 5:11 AM

Failbama and this crew are all having a belly laugh at the expense of the American people.

Did I hear correctly that he’s about to take another lavish vacation?

dogsoldier on June 14, 2011 at 5:57 AM

He handled the economy like he was in the Special Olympics.
Heh heh heh.
fossten on June 14, 2011 at 12:44 AM

Very very good! As Obama described his bowling unskills, I recall? What a jerk he is and your turn of phrase is masterful!

I truly despise Obama!

Sherman1864 on June 14, 2011 at 9:01 AM

Ah, what the hell? It was only a couple of hundred billion dollars.

Pablo Snooze on June 14, 2011 at 10:04 AM

Obama. Failure In Chief. Thanks Barry.

realitycheck on June 13, 2011 at 11:53 PM

What a joke.

VegasRick on June 14, 2011 at 11:04 AM

Obama is a failure. No question. His social and economic policies are destroying this country.

I believe it’s calculated, and is rooted in something deeper than just this administration. But Barry continues to blame Bush, or jokes about Bush’s or Obama’s own incompetence. Brilliant strategy. Admit failure, walk away, play another round of golf.

Frankly, Barry, I don’t see a whole lot of “CHANGE” from the previous administration. (We won’t get into the “HOPE” part of your promise. I’m not sure you have the RAM to consider two different thoughts.)

But good show on the teleprompter reading. I know a few folks here who could probably get you a job as a weather reporter after this term, if you can master a green screen. “Hint – you’ll need to move right, if you mean left. It’s all reversed on the monitor. Good luck girl.”

You and Boosh both spent money you didn’t have, created programs we could not afford, and promised things you could not fulfill. Barry, be happy to know that that you’re the Charlie Sheen of deficit spending – YOU’RE WINNING!!!

Both you and Bush have denied the Constitutionally guaranteed and God given inalienable rights and freedoms of American Citizens in the name of Homeland Security, or the TSA. These are policies that create a subserviant citizenery, while invaders pour over our physical and economic borders. But thank God we’re groping children, nuns and grandmothers to the point of sexual assault in airports. I really feel so safe now.

The fact that you’re expanding this thing to include American students attending their Prom, bus stations, sporting events, and anywhere else that you decide your thugs want to grab someone’s stuff is something I have been hoping for? Damn. That is certainly Change. Not sure about the Hope thing though dude.

People: It’s a critical time to choose very carefully who will run the show. It’s beyond critical. Let the Constitution prevail. There are a lot of posers out there.

realitycheck on June 15, 2011 at 12:19 AM

“subservient”

Sorry officer, missed that stop sign. It will never happen again.

Promise.

realitycheck on June 15, 2011 at 12:37 AM

“teh Won not so much but D’rats must disown this President. One more reason why America will survive this skank.”

Survive? Maybe. Thrive and continue to be a beacon of hope to the world? No.

davod on June 15, 2011 at 6:26 AM

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