Obama: How about I show you my economic plan next month? Update: Lincoln got criticized a lot too, says new Lincoln

posted at 7:40 pm on August 15, 2011 by Allahpundit

All it took to get him to focus was a months-long economic slowdown, an unprecedented downgrade by S&P, and, I guess, this NYT editorial.

In response to a question at a town hall in Decorah, Iowa, Monday evening, President Obama said that when Congress returns in September, “I’ll be putting forward…a very specific plan to boost the economy, to create jobs and to control our deficit. And my attitude is get it done.

“And if they don’t get it done,” he continued, “then we’ll be running against a Congress that isn’t doing anything for the American people and the choice will be very stark and very clear.”

Translation: I hope they don’t get it done so that I can run around questioning their patriotism instead. At the risk of getting you really excited about what he has in mind for Recovery Winter, here’s a tantalizing tidbit buried in a Times story over the weekend. More bureaucracy + heavy-handed election-ready “branding” = crazy delicious:

Administration officials say that their focus is on a number of smaller programs that could benefit the economy, a theme Mr. Obama has emphasized in his recent speeches…

The administration may also merge the Department of Commerce, the Office of the United States Trade Representative and some economic divisions at the State Department into a new agency, administration officials said. Possible names include the Department of Jobs or the Department of Competitiveness.

The Department of Jobs is not to be confused with the Department of Labor, whose chief task these days is reminding Americans periodically why the feds are desperate enough to consider something as stupid as a Department of Jobs in the first place.

Here’s the latest video of him questioning Republicans’ patriotism from his bus tour today, which, you’ll recall, is supposed to be official state business, not politicking for his reelection campaign. You’ll be pleased to know that the original draft of his speech last week in which he attacked them for the first time was milder in tone; it was The One himself who added the “country first” crap to maximize his electoral leverage. Exit question: What’s the real cause of America’s economic malaise? Could it be … bad luck?

Update: While America’s worried about unemployment, The One’s busy wondering where he ranks in the annals of Legendarily Righteous American Statesmen Unfairly Vilified By Mean-Spirited Opponents:

“When you listen to what the Federalists said about the Anti-Federalists, and the names that Jefferson called Hamilton and back and forth — I mean those guys were tough,” Obama said. “Lincoln — they used to talk about him almost as bad as they talk about me. So democracy has never been for the faint of heart.”

The president has had historical analogies on his mind lately. At a high-dollar fundraiser in New York City last Thursday, he discussed the difficulties he has faced recently and included a meditation on Martin Luther King, Jr. “I think that we forget when he was alive there was nobody who was more vilified, nobody who was more controversial, nobody who was more despairing at times,” the president said.

Follow the link and see what sort of “tough” questions he’s getting on this bus tour.

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I thought he was focused on jobs?

carbon_footprint on August 15, 2011 at 7:42 PM

He is focused on getting re-elected.

carbon_footprint on August 15, 2011 at 7:42 PM

It’s the only thing he is good at; campaigning.

carbon_footprint on August 15, 2011 at 7:42 PM

Perry will put an end to that.

carbon_footprint on August 15, 2011 at 7:43 PM

“then we’ll be running against a Congress that isn’t doing anything for the American people and the choice will be very stark and very clear.”

In other words, watch me build a strawman village of 535 of your representatives….

ted c on August 15, 2011 at 7:43 PM

Nah, show us your moobies instead.

Fortunata on August 15, 2011 at 7:44 PM

Nancy Pelosi explains:

We have to elect Obama to his first term in order to find out what’s in his economic plan during his second term.

CyberCipher on August 15, 2011 at 7:44 PM

Sounds like there are actually 2 plans- jack and sh1t.

Chuck Schick on August 15, 2011 at 7:44 PM

Wow Carbon_Footprint, You are the fastest poster EVAH!!

portlandon on August 15, 2011 at 7:44 PM

Leading from behind.

CTSherman on August 15, 2011 at 7:44 PM

Wow Carbon_Footprint, You are the fastest poster EVAH!!

portlandon on August 15, 2011 at 7:44 PM

: )
It felt like the Twilight Zone there for a bit.

carbon_footprint on August 15, 2011 at 7:45 PM

Could it be … bad luck?

well, that calls for a song dammit!

ted c on August 15, 2011 at 7:46 PM

Why am I paying for this?

CTSherman on August 15, 2011 at 7:46 PM

The sad thing is, there is absolutely no way to make him pay for this trip out of those $38,5000/per person checks he’s been getting.
Our election laws are feckless. He’s still paying off the millions of dollars of fines his campaign incurred last time around. At this rate, the taxpayers will fund his whole 2012 campaign and he can use the $billion to pay off the new fines.

MayBee on August 15, 2011 at 7:47 PM

Exit question: What’s the real cause of America’s economic malaise? Could it be … bad luck?

My collie says:

Bad luck is SO RACIST.

CyberCipher on August 15, 2011 at 7:47 PM

Investing in a stimulus named something else and yet another brand new federal department.

I wonder who the Secretary of Jobs will be?

Any guesses as to who would look good sitting next to his right hand at the cabinet meeting photo releases to show his commitment to jobs?

Brian1972 on August 15, 2011 at 7:47 PM

CTSherman on August 15, 2011 at 7:44 PM

Leading from with his behind.

Josiah on August 15, 2011 at 7:47 PM

Obama: How about I show you my economic plan next month?

Translation:

“Hey.Pull my finger….”

portlandon on August 15, 2011 at 7:48 PM

Administration officials say that their focus is on a number of smaller programs that could benefit the economy, a theme Mr. Obama has emphasized in his recent speeches…

but he’d never dare to put down on paper…

ted c on August 15, 2011 at 7:48 PM

I can’t imagine how nuts this guy is going to get next year on the stump- he’s practically in Captain Queeg territory now.

jjshaka on August 15, 2011 at 7:49 PM

I just gotta ask, how much money and people are involved in bho getting his new plan out for us? Is totus going to go along with this? You can bet your bippy, this is going to be a dandy plan if bho is putting his input in! Maybe buffett will be happy, he is gonna get taxed big time?
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letget on August 15, 2011 at 7:49 PM

What we need is another Jobs Czar.

carbon_footprint on August 15, 2011 at 7:50 PM

Barry is obviously focused on creating MORE GOVERNMENT JOBS.

Come on 2012!

GarandFan on August 15, 2011 at 7:50 PM

“Lincoln — they used to talk about him almost as bad as they talk about me.

they talk about me like a dawwwg…

ted c on August 15, 2011 at 7:50 PM

Tell ya what, Scooter. Howzabout we show you our economic improvement plaN in November 2012?

kingsjester on August 15, 2011 at 7:50 PM

I just think if I ever saw this guy in person I couldn’t overcome the desire just to flip him off.

gophergirl on August 15, 2011 at 7:51 PM

Department of jobs? How…1984-ish. I hope this company is first in line for Obama’s shiny new department that’s sure to “put Americans back to work”:

Evergreen Solar Inc., the Massachusetts clean-energy company that received millions in state subsidies from the Patrick administration for an ill-fated Bay State factory, has filed for bankruptcy, listing $485.6 million in debt

Weight of Glory on August 15, 2011 at 7:51 PM

Will Steve Jobs be secretary of Jobs?

andy85719 on August 15, 2011 at 7:51 PM

Free us slaves, Obama.

SouthernGent on August 15, 2011 at 7:52 PM

Update:

How long before he trots out some form of, “You know who else was hated? Every one of God’s prophets in the Bible.”

Weight of Glory on August 15, 2011 at 7:52 PM

President Obama…I’ve read about Lincoln. You’re no Lincoln.
You’re not even a Carter.

kingsjester on August 15, 2011 at 7:52 PM

Exit question: What’s the real cause of America’s economic malaise? Could it be … bad luck?

The last time somebody had a string of bad luck like that, the Soviet Union split up.

AUINSC on August 15, 2011 at 7:53 PM

Department of Jobs.

Really.

*facepalm*

RedNewEnglander on August 15, 2011 at 7:53 PM

So now he’s Reagan and Lincoln?
We are not worthy.
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annoyinglittletwerp on August 15, 2011 at 7:55 PM

Department of Jobs.

Really.

*facepalm*

RedNewEnglander on August 15, 2011 at 7:53 PM

If it wasn’t being brought up by the POTUS – it would be quite funny in a pathetic sort of way.

gophergirl on August 15, 2011 at 7:55 PM

“I knew Abraham Lincoln; I was a friend of Abraham Lincoln. You, sir, are no Abraham Lincoln.” – Ghost of Some Old Timey Guy

carbon_footprint on August 15, 2011 at 7:55 PM

“Mr. President, sir, who are you most like,in your mind– Lincoln, Jefferson, Hamilton, or Martin Luther King Jr.? You may only choose one.

DrStock on August 15, 2011 at 7:55 PM

Last week he was MLK, now he’s Lincoln? Who will he be next week?

ramrants on August 15, 2011 at 7:55 PM

Follow the link and see what sort of “tough” questions he’s getting on this bus tour.

They’re probably being bused around the country with him…hope somebody is keeping an eye out for the same people asking the questions again and again.

AUINSC on August 15, 2011 at 7:55 PM

Lincoln — they used to talk about him almost as bad as they talk about me. So democracy has never been for the faint of heart.”

Wait for Obama’s Next Bus stop stump speech:

“Jesus – they used to crucify him almost as bad as they crucify me. So being a Deity has nver been for the faint of heart.”

portlandon on August 15, 2011 at 7:55 PM

He sure is talking a lot on this listening tour.

JammieWearingFool on August 15, 2011 at 7:56 PM

“Lincoln — they used to talk about him almost as bad as they talk about me.

Does he really believe this $hit or am I missing something???

Yeah Barry, they already have your face mapped out on Mt. Rushmore….Construction begins in October next year….

BigWyo on August 15, 2011 at 7:56 PM

MLK and Lincoln? You know, for a guy whose only “plans” have involved spending more money, he sure has an inflated idea of the quality of his leadership.

Jewels on August 15, 2011 at 7:56 PM

Would someone please shut King Barry’s microphone off since I helped pay for it?

Knucklehead on August 15, 2011 at 7:57 PM

Why not combine the Dept. of Labor and the Dept. of Energy and he can call it the Dept. of Green Jobs?!!

DrStock on August 15, 2011 at 7:57 PM

His constant comparison of himself to both MLK & Lincoln should be consider slander.

Dark Star on August 15, 2011 at 7:58 PM

How does the House get pegged as the “do nothing” guys anyway? They already passed a budget that dealt with this. Obama’s budget- back when it was due- was a joke. So now he thinks he can get a do-over and announce himself the winner?

MayBee on August 15, 2011 at 7:58 PM

Possible names include the Department of Jobs or the Department of Competitiveness.

George Orwell and Ayn Rand are indignant. Obviously Barry’s first-class grade-AA+ education did not include their writings. How long before they just make it illegal for a business to layoff workers? That’ll solve everything!

Why not the Department of We Know Where You Live?

Naturally Curly on August 15, 2011 at 7:58 PM

Why not combine the Dept. of Labor and the Dept. of Energy and he can call it the Dept. of Green Jobs?!!

DrStock on August 15, 2011 at 7:57 PM

Don’t give them any ideas.

carbon_footprint on August 15, 2011 at 7:59 PM

Last week he was MLK, now he’s Lincoln? Who will he be next week?

ramrants on August 15, 2011 at 7:55 PM

Hugo Chavez?

Knucklehead on August 15, 2011 at 8:00 PM

He’s focused like a laser on golf, greasy cheeseburgers and french fries and campaign donations.

The economy? schmnomy.

He just has to be seen more often? As if, every damn day isn’t enough?

dthorny on August 15, 2011 at 8:00 PM

Desperate man. He’s throwing everything against the wall this time around.

sherry on August 15, 2011 at 8:00 PM

Does he honestly think people are too stupid to realize that he’s doing his politicking on OUR DIME?

Murf76 on August 15, 2011 at 8:01 PM

Last week he was MLK, now he’s Lincoln? Who will he be next week?

ramrants on August 15, 2011 at 7:55 PM

Batman?

CyberCipher on August 15, 2011 at 8:01 PM

Last week he was MLK, now he’s Lincoln? Who will he be next week?

ramrants on August 15, 2011 at 7:55 PM

Captain KickA$$?

DrStock on August 15, 2011 at 8:03 PM

Ministry of Plenty

aquaviva on August 15, 2011 at 8:04 PM

Does he honestly think people are too stupid to realize that he’s doing his politicking on OUR DIME?

Murf76 on August 15, 2011 at 8:01 PM

Yes, because there is something really wrong with this man. But we only need about 10% of every crowd he gathers to walk away thinking “what an idiot”.

sherry on August 15, 2011 at 8:04 PM

He’s a shapeshifter…from Lincoln to Gandhi to JFK, MLK, Reagan…..!!

tinkerthinker on August 15, 2011 at 8:05 PM

Dept. of Jobs.

More Government employees sucking of the economy and if their not happy…strike.
I guess I better allocate another dollar out of my paychecks for this fine program.

Electrongod on August 15, 2011 at 8:06 PM

of = off
their = they’re.

Must practice.

Electrongod on August 15, 2011 at 8:07 PM

I want to see the ONE answer questions from a crowd who is not paid to be there…

d1carter on August 15, 2011 at 8:07 PM

The administration may also merge the Department of Commerce, the Office of the United States Trade Representative and some economic divisions at the State Department into a new agency, administration officials said. Possible names include the Department of Jobs or the Department of Competitiveness.

Now, I saw this the other day and thought is was some joke. The Department of Jobs??? Really???

This is straight out of ‘Idiocracy’….Why not ‘The Department of Fairness and Redistribution’?? Something like that would get the Leftards peeing all over themselves.

IRS = The Department of Stolen Wealth.
Department of Health & Human Services = Department of Free Rent.
DOE = Department of Teachers.

BigWyo on August 15, 2011 at 8:07 PM

my gosh..he has lost it completely.

Dept of Jobs?

that’s just what we need. another bloated beauracracy with 1000 mid level mangers making $100k a year to create something that they cannot create.

this president is officially set on blast.

DrW on August 15, 2011 at 8:07 PM

Fore! More years!

carbon_footprint on August 15, 2011 at 8:08 PM

Ministry of Plenty

aquaviva on August 15, 2011 at 8:04 PM

HEH!!

BigWyo on August 15, 2011 at 8:08 PM

Lincoln — they used to talk about him almost as bad as they talk about me

Almost as bad? He’s whining about being more oppressed than a guy that got a bullet in the back of his skull? Really?

What next? Griping about how he’s being crucified for a bad economy…you know, like Jesus — only worse.

29Victor on August 15, 2011 at 8:09 PM

What’s next? Department of Hip Hop?
I know, I am racist.

carbon_footprint on August 15, 2011 at 8:09 PM

Who would have though Mr. Present would go on a tour to showcase his jobs plan that consists mostly of reshuffling departments.

pedestrian on August 15, 2011 at 8:09 PM

“Lincoln — they used to talk about him almost as bad as they talk about me.

Truly astounding. I keep reading this over and over thinking I’m not understanding what he said.

JavelinaBomb on August 15, 2011 at 8:09 PM

Has Obama compared himself to Jesus preaching in His home town of Nazareth yet? Being a messiah, and all.

“A prophet is not without honor…” will work its way into Obama’s next speech.

Wethal on August 15, 2011 at 8:09 PM

Wait for Obama’s Next Bus stop stump speech:

“Jesus – they used to crucify him almost as bad as they crucify me. So being a Deity has nver been for the faint of heart.”

portlandon on August 15, 2011 at 7:55 PM

I have no doubt that it’s coming like a Freight Train High-Speed Rail.

Spit.

Naturally Curly on August 15, 2011 at 8:10 PM

Don’t worry about the Dept of Jobs thing. Before any new hires can be made the EPA will need to do an environmental impact study on each applicant. That should take ten years per head, easy.

Limerick on August 15, 2011 at 8:10 PM

Obama’s talent show is failing.

Key West Reader on August 15, 2011 at 8:10 PM

President Downgrade.

dthorny on August 15, 2011 at 8:10 PM

DOE = Department of Teachers.

BigWyo on August 15, 2011 at 8:07 PM

Good point. They need to split the DOE into Department of Smart for teachers and a Department of Attendance for administrators.

pedestrian on August 15, 2011 at 8:11 PM

This is what a lifetime of Marxism looks like…

d1carter on August 15, 2011 at 8:11 PM

Lincoln got criticized a lot too, says new Lincoln

You lazy, entitled snotnose – Lincoln wasn’t given anything. He worked for everything he had and became. He was a man of courage and honor.

You, on the other hand, are a parasite.

disa on August 15, 2011 at 8:11 PM

Translation: I hope they don’t get it done so that I can run around questioning their patriotism instead.

We’re all racist capitalist Barry! Can’t you get anything right?

Department of Jobs.

Really.

*facepalm* RedNewEnglander on August 15, 2011 at 7:53 PM

I’d say it’s time for a Dept. of Impeachment.

Rovin on August 15, 2011 at 8:11 PM

Hey! New Lincoln, you might want to study old Lincoln:

America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.
- Abraham Lincoln

Don’t interfere with anything in the Constitution. That must be maintained, for it is the only safeguard of our liberties.
- Abraham Lincoln

I hope to stand firm enough to not go backward, and yet not go forward fast enough to wreck the country’s cause.
- Abraham Lincoln

Our defense is in the preservation of the spirit which prizes liberty as a heritage of all men, in all lands, everywhere. Destroy this spirit and you have planted the seeds of despotism around your own doors.
- Abraham Lincoln

alohapundit on August 15, 2011 at 8:13 PM

The department of jobs, first job?

A. Dig a hole
B. Fill the hole

That’s 5 million jobs saved or created, right there.

dthorny on August 15, 2011 at 8:13 PM

Also, Lincoln was called an ape. Anyone who calls Obama an ape would be hounded to the end of time, if not ruined and jailed by the PC police.

Does anyone recall the Smirking Chimp? I guess that one’s been used up.

disa on August 15, 2011 at 8:13 PM

Lincoln got criticized a lot too, says new Lincoln

…and he didn’t have all that bad luck…

right2bright on August 15, 2011 at 8:14 PM

I wasnt aware you could focus any sharper than “Laser Like”…color me wrong.

Koa on August 15, 2011 at 8:14 PM

pedestrian on August 15, 2011 at 8:11 PM

Actually no. It should be

DOE = NEA….

BigWyo on August 15, 2011 at 8:14 PM

OT: I read on Twitter that a Tea Partier shouted out a question to the ONE about Biden’s calling them terrorists…heh.

d1carter on August 15, 2011 at 8:15 PM

The Department of Jobs is not to be confused with the Department of Labor, whose chief task these days is reminding Americans periodically why the feds are desperate enough to consider something as stupid as a Department of Jobs in the first place.

I thought the Department of Labor’s chief task these days is suing U.S. employers who fail to pay their illegal alien employees all the salary and benefits that “rightfully” belong to them?

AZCoyote on August 15, 2011 at 8:15 PM

<a href="http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2011/08/15/moodys-lowers-economic-growth-outlook/"Scaving remarks

On Obama’s economy.

Key West Reader on August 15, 2011 at 8:15 PM

This ‘bus tour’ is a joke. The ‘bus’ is really an armored tank and it is hauled around the country on an Air Force cargo plane. Little Bammie flies in on his own luxury jet, and travels a few miles to his engagement in the ‘bus’ instead of the ‘SUV’ which is really another armored tank.

He’s a real ‘man of the people’.

slickwillie2001 on August 15, 2011 at 8:16 PM

Oops forget the link to his “bad luck”.

right2bright on August 15, 2011 at 8:16 PM

Obama: How about I show you my economic plan next month

Great. We’ve got President J. Wellington Wimpy.

“I will gladly tell you my plan next Tuesday if you vote for me today.”

teke184 on August 15, 2011 at 8:17 PM

So democracy has never been for the faint of heart.”

What????????

capejasmine on August 15, 2011 at 8:17 PM

Obama v. America.

Key West Reader on August 15, 2011 at 8:18 PM

He is the creator of “American Idle”. Thanks.

DrStock on August 15, 2011 at 8:19 PM

hey Bambi, you ride around in a SUV but you don’t think the auto makers should just make SUVs & trucks even though that is what sells! what a maroon

kelley in virginia on August 15, 2011 at 8:19 PM

Does he honestly think people are too stupid to realize that he’s doing his politicking on OUR DIME?

Murf76 on August 15, 2011 at 8:01 PM

Yes, because he knows that the MSM is never going to report on the fact that he is using taxpayer money to pay for his fancy new armored black bus so that he can tour around in luxury as he campaigns.

AZCoyote on August 15, 2011 at 8:20 PM

Lincoln? Obama is going to free the aliens.

faraway on August 15, 2011 at 8:20 PM

Lincoln Carter got criticized a lot too, says new Lincoln Carter.

FIFY.

Blackacre on August 15, 2011 at 8:20 PM

How about this quote today.

“You can’t just make money on SUVs and trucks,” Obama said during a town hall forum in Cannon Falls, Minn. “There is a place for SUVs and trucks, but as gas prices keep on going up, you have got to understand the market. People are going to try to save money.”

aquaviva on August 15, 2011 at 8:21 PM

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