Boehner’s office, calling it like it is: “Yikes” on jobs report

posted at 3:15 pm on July 8, 2011 by Tina Korbe

While GOP presidential campaign offices crafted long and careful responses to today’s unemployment numbers, House Speaker John Boehner’s spokesman, Brendan Buck, fired off a one-word, spot-on reaction to the report that showed 14.1 million Americans would like to work but can’t find a job. “Yikes,” Buck tweeted.

Yikes, indeed. Buck wins for best and most honest response. But, of course, Boehner’s office wasn’t the only to comment. Other congressional leaders had impressions to add and quickly related the report to the deficit reduction talks that began yesterday and continue Sunday:

Republicans were quick to use the disappointing report to bolster their argument against raising taxes. “These numbers serve as a warning that as we address the debt limit increase we shouldn’t do so in a way that raises taxes and impedes the ability of small businesses to create jobs and get people back to work,” said House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R., Va.) in a statement.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) said the report shows the economy isn’t adding jobs at an “acceptable rate.” But he said the government has to reduce a deficit in a way that won’t dampen job creation. “That means taking a balanced approach in which millionaires and billionaires contribute to deficit reduction,” Mr. Reid said.

And, of course, at least a few of those carefully-crafted campaign responses also deserve honorable mentions in any review of reactions to the jobs report. Minnesota Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann was one of the first to send out a statement, laying the blame squarely on President Barack Obama and the “architect” of his failed economic policies, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner:

Today’s unemployment report is another stark reminder of the failure of President Obama’s economic policies. The President promised if we passed the massive stimulus package that unemployment wouldn’t go above 8 percent, we are now at 9.2 percent. Unfortunately, millions of Americans are suffering today as a result of the president’s broken promise and his policy of attempting to create jobs through massive government spending that has added over 35 percent to our national debt.

Amidst this economic freefall, it should not be lost that the architect of the President’s failed economic policies, Timothy Geithner, will head for the door after he attempts to cement the President’s legacy of massive spending and debt by raising the debt limit another $2.4 trillion dollars. We can only hope that the President will be right behind him after the next election.

The President promised ‘shovel-ready’ projects that would create jobs, but now the President says ‘shovel-ready was not as shovel-ready as we expected.’ Mr. President, it’s time to take the shovel out of your hand and stop digging. ATM’s aren’t responsible for our high unemployment rate; your administration’s threat of higher taxes, massive government spending, and overregulation are.

Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, in keeping with the new image he’s trying to project (“The loudest guy … in the bar usually isn’t the toughest“), issued a brief, but stern reaction:

President Obama is out of answers and running out of time.  His policies are not creating the necessary jobs and he has no plan to do anything about it. We will have continued anemic growth and disappointing job creation so long as Barack Obama is president. I will turn around the economy as president by setting bold growth goals and implementing specific proposals to achieve them.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich managed to whip together a video response — and a pretty solid one, for all that folks frequently seem to forget he’s running.

But, of course, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney topped them all with his “Fire Plouffe” comments — at least in terms of garnering attention.

Bottom line: Nobody’s pleased and nobody’s buying Obama’s “I’m totally innocent” act.


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We just need a few more golf games.

NickDeringer on July 8, 2011 at 3:17 PM

Yikes: In RINO-speak, it means “I can live with that”

BobMbx on July 8, 2011 at 3:18 PM

“Yikes” + raise the debt ceiling = DOOM

maverick muse on July 8, 2011 at 3:18 PM

Obama/Boehner: Grade B leadership

I’d like to see an Andrew “Ol’ Hickory” Jackson come out of the woods at the GOP RINO primary.

BobMbx on July 8, 2011 at 3:21 PM

“That means taking a balanced approach in which millionaires and billionaires contribute to deficit reduction,” Mr. Reid said.

I’m tired of being singled out by this idiot.

leftnomore on July 8, 2011 at 3:22 PM

Well, it’s a good thing the Democrats have finally passed a workable budget and sent it to Obama to sign.

Oh, wait…

Good Lt on July 8, 2011 at 3:22 PM

Harry with his millionaires and billionaires meme

Shut up!

cmsinaz on July 8, 2011 at 3:23 PM

Mr. President, it’s time to take the shovel out of your hand and stop digging.

Take the broom and sweep them all out.

Oh, yes, Obama “is ready to roll up sleeves”. See Drudge.

Schadenfreude on July 8, 2011 at 3:24 PM

Perry/Palin/Bachmann and Santelli, in any combo.

Schadenfreude on July 8, 2011 at 3:25 PM

Ok liked bachmanns response over tpaws

cmsinaz on July 8, 2011 at 3:25 PM

“Bottom line: Nobody’s pleased and nobody’s buying Obama’s “I’m totally innocent” act.”

Give the MSM a few more minutes…

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Seven Percent Solution on July 8, 2011 at 3:28 PM

Obama has rolled his sleeves up. Jobs are coming! Jobs are coming! Jobs are coming!

faraway on July 8, 2011 at 3:28 PM

Heh 7%

but so bloody true

cmsinaz on July 8, 2011 at 3:30 PM

“Yikes!” = “I guess we should reschedule the golf game”

Seven Percent Solution on July 8, 2011 at 3:30 PM

HotAir title: “Boehner’s office, calling it like it is: “Yikes” on jobs report”

MSM translates title: “Boehner viciously attacks President Obama’s attempts to bring down unemployment – holds a gun to Americans’ heads with his other hand”

VibrioCocci on July 8, 2011 at 3:33 PM

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) …said the government has to reduce a deficit in a way that won’t dampen job creation. “That means taking a balanced approach in which millionaires and billionaires contribute to deficit reduction,” Mr. Reid said.

Yeah, Harry, we have to do it in a way not to harm job creation by harming job creators. Yeah, that’ll work!

cartooner on July 8, 2011 at 3:39 PM

Only small business can create the number of jobs our economy needs to recover. Only substantial job creation will solve the real estate foreclosure crisis. Only more jobs will close the budget defecit gap entirely…we can’t save our way into the black.

Thus, helping small businesses create more jobs is the goal.

What conditions are neccessary for small business entrepunuers to either start a new business or expand an existing one?

1. Confidence that there will be a free and fair market.
2. Access to capital
3. Costs that can be accureatly estimated and predicted.

As a member of the small biz class, I can assure you that I have no confidence that the market for my product is free and fair. The governemt picks winners and losers every day. Capital is hard to obtain becuase the big banks learned their lessons during TARP…they are better off letting us sink than opening their doors to the Treasury Sec again. And costs cannot be pinpointed becuase Obamacare and the stability of future tax rates make that process impossible.

erog .. we are sitting out the rest of this presidency. see you in 2013..we hope.

DrW on July 8, 2011 at 3:45 PM

Reread this, not to let out of sight.

Schadenfreude on July 8, 2011 at 3:45 PM

Well the solution to this problem is clear. Let me be clear, the TSA must be expanded from just airports to cover all cities and towns in all 57 states, where anyone resembling a 68-year-old white doctor, a 34-year-old white insurance salesman, a Thai man, a Filipino nursing student or a 42-year-old Japanese doctor will be groped and XXX-rayed. And better strip search a few elderly Anglo women and young Anglo girls just to be on the safe side.

Lon Chaney on July 8, 2011 at 3:46 PM

Yikes: In RINO-speak, it means “I can live with that”

BobMbx on July 8, 2011 at 3:18 PM

Or…”Yikes! We’re really in deep dooo-dooo when they learn that we caved like a cheap souffle’ on the debt ceiling”.

SouthernGent on July 8, 2011 at 3:51 PM

Actually, this would have been an appropriate occasion for Boehner’s tears.

PackerBronco on July 8, 2011 at 3:51 PM

No mention of Herman Cain’s statement? Businesses creat jobs. short, sweet and too the point.

kringeesmom on July 8, 2011 at 3:53 PM

If only Obama had rolled up his sleeves 6 months ago, we wouldn’t be facing this crisis. What a shame.

stefano1 on July 8, 2011 at 3:55 PM

Time for Ed or AP to resurrect those old news articles from the early to mid 2000s regarding George W’s horrible jobs figures which, as I recall were in the 270,000′s per month vs the raging 18,000 to 57,000 we’re seeing now. /s

parke on July 8, 2011 at 3:57 PM

Democrats want higher taxes on millionaires and billionaires, but want to ensure they keep getting Social Security checks and Medicare coverage like everyone else.

Why the RNC doesn’t make more of this I don’t know.

DrSteve on July 8, 2011 at 3:57 PM

Reread this, not to let out of sight.

Schadenfreude on July 8, 2011 at 3:45 PM

He’s right. The ongoing debate with the pundits as to whether or not BO is clueless, distanced or incompetent is as risible as the “unexpected” response when disastrous economic news is constantly revealed.

There are no surprises with this administration. They are precisely what many of us knew them to be prior to winning the election. Their agenda could not be more obvious.

We need to get away from the notion that BO is simply incompetent, unprepared or that he should be treated kindly or with respect. He’s hurting too many people, and it isn’t an ‘accident.’

Cody1991 on July 8, 2011 at 3:58 PM

Barak Insane Obama

rjoco1 on July 8, 2011 at 4:03 PM

Cody1991 on July 8, 2011 at 3:58 PM

Yes, we need to thread the needle between respect for the office of the president, and total disrespect for the idiot d!ck jackass little Bammie.

slickwillie2001 on July 8, 2011 at 4:19 PM

Holy Effin Yikes is what I first thought.

Bishop on July 8, 2011 at 4:22 PM

Bottom line: Nobody’s pleased and nobody’s buying Obama’s “I’m totally innocent” act.

Don’t kid yourself. There are plenty of idiots out there that totally buy, and obey what Obama says, and does. He’s still their messiah, and they still blindly follow.

capejasmine on July 8, 2011 at 4:25 PM

Yikes is what I say to Boehner’s leadership.

search4truth on July 8, 2011 at 4:25 PM

Fox News’s stand-in for Cavuto is on with the usual democratic talking heads, seriously discussing another round of stimulus for infrastructure. Crumbling roads, falling down bridges, blah-blah…

slickwillie2001 on July 8, 2011 at 4:35 PM

I’ve got a shovel-ready project: insert Barack Hussein Obama into a front-end loader with a one-way ticket to a Chicago landfill.

Steve Z on July 8, 2011 at 5:01 PM

The only reason O’Bama is rolling up his sleeves is that he doesn’t want to get them dirty when he reaches into his *** to pull out jobs.

This moron has no idea where jobs come from.

Yet he has pulled some real stinkers out before, waved and paraded them in front of his fawning fans, and very few of them ever figured out where the stink originated.

rwenger43 on July 8, 2011 at 5:13 PM

How about a one-time surtax of 1%?

BUT, EVERYONE MUST PAY IT.

disa on July 8, 2011 at 5:23 PM

18,000 new jobs created last month in the entire nation.

That’s like one sparsely attended major league baseball game.

PattyJ on July 8, 2011 at 5:25 PM

President Obama is out of answers and running out of time. His policies are not creating the necessary jobs and he has no plan to do anything about it.

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Sure he has a plan… It’s in place and working beautifully as we speak. Everyone knows that you need to tear down the structure first… then you put the new one in it’s place. That is fundamental to the plan’s success…
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So don’t get your panties all twisted until the food riots start.
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Now leave Barry alone./
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RalphyBoy on July 8, 2011 at 5:40 PM

How about a one-time surtax of 1%?

BUT, EVERYONE MUST PAY IT.

disa on July 8, 2011 at 5:23 PM

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Everyone who pays their current legally due taxes… is taxed enough. So… No.
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It’s the wasteful out of control spending… not the taxes.
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RalphyBoy on July 8, 2011 at 6:16 PM

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) said the report shows the economy isn’t adding jobs at an “acceptable rate.” But he said the government has to reduce a deficit in a way that won’t dampen job creation. “That means taking a balanced approach in which millionaires and billionaires contribute to deficit reduction,” Mr. Reid said.

Nothing says balanced approach better by gauging
just
millionaires and billionaires.

Odie1941 on July 8, 2011 at 6:30 PM

Thank God for Tina. Allah seems to focus on gay-rights issues and bash-Palin posts, while Ed has gotten kind of wishy-washy on conservative principles (say it ain’t so).

fabrexe on July 8, 2011 at 11:33 PM

Boehner, for God’s sake go to your room. Shut up with the concept of loopholes or a///holes… you have your fill of those when you walk into the oral office (named by Clinton). Meantime, please, please Boehner, get up, stand up, shine your shoes, sober up, get your pants ironed, get your nails done, practice your words and START ACTING LIKE YOU REPRESENT US AMERICANS. FOR GOD’S SAKE BOEHNER WILL YOU PLEASE STAND UP TO THIS AH. HE IS RIDICULING YOU AND YOUR PEOPLE AS IS PELOSI. STOP ALLOWING THEM TO DO THAT. SHUT UP WITH YOUR DEFENSIVE CRAP AND COME OUT STRONG…. THEY ARE WRONG…. GIVE THE FACTS TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE FOR GODS’ SAKE. BOEHNER, WHERE ARE YOU????????????

highninside on July 8, 2011 at 11:46 PM

HotAir title: “Boehner’s office, calling it like it is: “Yikes” on jobs report”

MSM translates title: “Boehner viciously attacks President Obama’s attempts to bring down unemployment – holds a gun to Americans’ heads with his other hand”

VibrioCocci on July 8, 2011 at 3:33 PM

Actually Vib, while traveling yesterday and listening to CBS radio news, it was painted to sound like the jbs report showed positive signs and the GOP was out of touch. The same news made it sound like the GOP is out to lunch on the debt ceiling debate and ole prez is just ah working his butt off to try to meet them before they do some real damage.

BTW…I hate the news.

hawkdriver on July 9, 2011 at 8:04 AM

Anyone seen Hal?

B.A. Moderate on July 10, 2011 at 12:10 AM