Obamateurism of the Day

posted at 8:05 am on August 23, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Barack Obama wants immediate action on three trade deals that he says will create jobs in the US. Congress, Obama says, is dragging its heels on these bills and making it harder for the White House to create jobs. There’s only one problem with this argument, which ABC’s Devin Dwyer points out:

President Obama has touted three pending U.S. trade deals as measures that could immediately spur job growth, if only Congress would approve them to become law. The only problem: the White House has not yet formally sent the deals to Congress for a vote.

Besides, the “do-nothing Congress” meme Obama clearly wants to push has another problem: Republicans only control the House. Treaties are ratified in the Senate only, and that’s been controlled by Harry Reid and the Democrats for more than four years. And it’s worth pointing out that these trade deals have actually been languishing for almost that long — since they were originally negotiated and signed by George Bush and not Barack Obama:

All three trade agreements were signed during the George W. Bush administration, but none of them advanced in the Democratic-controlled Congress.

So yes, let’s point out that we have a do-nothing Senate, which hasn’t produced its own budget plan for only slightly less long than those treaties — which could have created jobs in the US when we really needed them — got blocked. By Democrats.

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Obama says, is dragging its heels on these bills and making it harder for the White House to create jobs.

As President Barack Obama once again pivots to focus on economic growth, Press Secretary Jay Carney declared Thursday that “the White House doesn’t create jobs.”

ted c on August 23, 2011 at 8:08 AM

Know nothing, do nothing, now if for once he’d just shut up and say nothing….

NeighborhoodCatLady on August 23, 2011 at 8:10 AM

Press Secretary Jay Carney declared Thursday that “the White House doesn’t create jobs.”

True, as far as it goes. What the White House does is destroy jobs.

NeighborhoodCatLady on August 23, 2011 at 8:11 AM

All three trade agreements were signed during the George W. Bush administration, but none of them advanced in the Democratic-controlled Congress.

Is that the same do-nothing Congress that Senator Barack Obama was a member voted present in? just checking….

ted c on August 23, 2011 at 8:12 AM

Busted!

trying to pull the old ‘its the gop house fault’….ain’t gonna fly this time buddy….

cmsinaz on August 23, 2011 at 8:12 AM

Idjit. Even Moochelle would rather listen to her Ipod.

kingsjester on August 23, 2011 at 8:12 AM

since they were originally negotiated and signed by George Bush

The told me if I voted for John McCain that I was voting for a 3rd Bush term and we would have an idiot for a VP. Well I did and we do.

darwin-t on August 23, 2011 at 8:13 AM

Geez, Ed, you think Obama really cares that he’s throwing his Democrat Senate under the bus? Nobody is spared, save Obama.

Extrafishy on August 23, 2011 at 8:13 AM

Liar.

sammypants on August 23, 2011 at 8:15 AM

We create jobs only when it is convenient to say so as a bill we want passed languishes in Congress. However, if the real outcomes are known that jobs aren’t being created (bill or no bill), then we pivot towards the “we don’t create jobs” so that we can escape responsibility for when they aren’t created.
/official white house policy

how convenient.

ted c on August 23, 2011 at 8:18 AM

For the past few weeks President Obama has been staking out the claim that “a certain group of politicians” are “playing politics” to send the President back to Chicago, and not concerned with repairing the nation’s perilous economic situation. As commentator’s have pointed out, he is questioning their patriotism in putting party above country. Look no farther than your own Senate President “I have a plan” Obama.

Rovin on August 23, 2011 at 8:19 AM

It so hard to decided who I dislike more – harry or barack. I guess today it will be barack.

And as my mother says, “Liar, liar, pumpkin eater”

DuctTapeMyBrain on August 23, 2011 at 8:20 AM

It’s never about the truth with this guy. Only about what sounds good at the moment.

The suit has no emperor.

Crusader Rabbit on August 23, 2011 at 8:20 AM

President Obama has touted three pending U.S. trade deals as measures that could immediately spur job growth

is that immediately immediately? Spur connotates violent action against a horse resulting in pain, why so h8in on animals? PETA, your thoughts?

ted c on August 23, 2011 at 8:22 AM

They are in exactly the same place as that “Jobs Plan”.

JimK on August 23, 2011 at 8:22 AM

Bo is trying to bamboozle us, you know giving us the okie doke.

tim c on August 23, 2011 at 8:23 AM

IBD has a good editorial out on this: As failure grows, Obama blames others:

A sample:

Obama can’t have it both ways. He can’t blame Republicans when they’re in power, and then keep blaming Republicans when he’s in power. At some point, he’s got to take responsibility for the jobless recovery — the first since WWII with no gain in wages and salaries in the first eight quarters after a recession’s end. He’s got to take ownership for the failure of his own ideas and leadership.

It seems all this president knows how to do is talk eloquently about problems or demagogue opponents. When he’s not giving speeches, he’s demagoguing. When he’s not demagoguing, he’s giving speeches. He doesn’t know how to get much of anything done for the good of the country.

The blame game looks like a poor strategery.

Rational Thought on August 23, 2011 at 8:24 AM

Obama keeps throwing out the Congress as the bad guys with the “translation” being Republicans…Of course in this case the translation should be obstructionist Senate under dingy Harry. Of course the media runs with it in the hope the sheeple will believe it.

sandee on August 23, 2011 at 8:25 AM

…the administration has yet to send final legislation on the agreements to Capitol Hill. The White House wants to ensure that a package of retraining assistance for American workers displaced by trade deals is alongside the three agreements.

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Political considerations could make it difficult for Obama to reintroduce the pacts in a re-election year. Unions and labor leaders — both are core constituencies for the president — are largely opposed to the free trade agreements

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Hmmmmmm, what is a political chicken to do? What what what? Wait until the sky is falling, then push for a fast, just-in-the-donkey’s-butt-time passage through the Congress. Emergencies are such a good opportunity to get your way without explaining a damn thing.

ExpressoBold on August 23, 2011 at 8:25 AM

Rational Thought on August 23, 2011 at 8:24 AM

good linky

cmsinaz on August 23, 2011 at 8:31 AM

I understand that Obama tried to tweak those treaties to be more favorable to American trade unions, too.

onlineanalyst on August 23, 2011 at 8:33 AM

Once again, a 3-for-the-price-of-1 Obamateurism of the Day.

itsnotaboutme on August 23, 2011 at 8:33 AM

I have been saying for awhile now. Sen. McConnel should everytime, Pres. Obama says something about the do-nothing congress. He should come out and hold a press conf. saying he agrees with the President. The do-nothing senate hasn’t produced a budget for over 800 days.

RUReadingthis on August 23, 2011 at 8:41 AM

The situation is actually worse than described. Under the procedures of the Trade Act of 2002 (the relevant statute), the President must transmit the agreements to Congress in the form of (identical) implementing bills, which are then introduced immediately in both the House and Senate. Despite the fact that the House Ways and Means Committee and the Senate Finance Committee both informally approved the bills for the three FTAs on July 7, the President has yet to transmit the bills. The WSJ editorial page pointed this out.

Net, this Obamateurisim really comes down to Obambi blaming Congress for something where he himself must (by law) take the next action. How ridiculous.

osogrande on August 23, 2011 at 8:43 AM

Is it simply that we have more technology these days, and it’s easier to match up politicians with their lies, or do we have a singularly incompetent jerk as president?

rbj on August 23, 2011 at 8:50 AM

cmsinaz on August 23, 2011 at 8:12 AM

I wouldn’t bet on that. With the LSM’s help he’ll be able to sale that to a majority of the people.

chemman on August 23, 2011 at 8:54 AM

I guess he figures he’s done enough for the unions for awhile.

(Isn’t that why they kind of disappeared in the 1st place?)

golfmann on August 23, 2011 at 9:11 AM

He doesn’t want these treaties ratified. Trumka has already threatened union pullback (Dem convention in a right to work state, very little support in WI from the man who said he would put on his comfortable Gucci loafers to walk a picket line, etc.)–do you honestly think these treaties will be signed–it means more union jobs out the door. What with treaties and allowing illegal aliens to stay here, union leadership is NOT happy with the Emperor.

herm2416 on August 23, 2011 at 9:12 AM

chemman on August 23, 2011 at 8:54 AM

good point, kool-aid drinkers and those who only watch the alphabet networks will NOT blame dear leader for any of this crapola…

cmsinaz on August 23, 2011 at 9:16 AM

POTUS doesn’t know that these bills were signed by Bush.

POTUS doesn’t know that it’s the senate, not congress, that ratifies treaties.

POTUS doesn’t know that these bills haven’t been submitted to the senate for approval.

POTUS doesn’t know much, does he?

I guess Rules for Radicals didn’t cover any of this.

Akzed on August 23, 2011 at 9:18 AM

I wish Boehner would respond to some of this noise.

the_souse on August 23, 2011 at 9:24 AM

if only Congress would approve them to become law. The only problem: the White House has not yet formally sent the deals to Congress for a vote.

Besides, the “do-nothing Congress” meme Obama clearly wants to push has another problem: Republicans only control the House. Treaties are ratified in the Senate only, and that’s been controlled by Harry Reid and the Democrats for more than four years.

So yes, let’s point out that we have a do-nothing Senate, which hasn’t produced its own budget plan for only slightly less long than those treaties — which could have created jobs in the US when we really needed them — got blocked. By Democrats.


Many of the people Barry is trying to fool with this crap are fooled. They are morons who believe Obama’s words because he is their messiah.
When he says Congress is blocking… they hear… those evil Republicans.
When he lies about a plan he never actually submitted… they imagine it to be wondrous and the Republicans to be vile for blocking the miracles Barry could create.
When 9.2% talks about jobs… they think he actually cares.

But it also seems that many are just not buying it any more. Keep talking chump… Words are cheap… and you are a Lame-a** Duck.

RalphyBoy on August 23, 2011 at 9:27 AM

This is not an Obamateurism, this is just one more calculated, purely political, weaselly move from the Hustler-in-Chief. He doesn’t want these bills signed – he’s just pretending he does and thinks he can get away with blaming Congress!:

The longer the trade deals languish, the more uncertain their future. Political considerations could make it difficult for Obama to reintroduce the pacts in a re-election year. Unions and labor leaders — both are core constituencies for the president — are largely opposed to the free trade agreements.

Buy Danish on August 23, 2011 at 9:37 AM

He doesn’t want these treaties ratified. Trumka has already threatened union pullback…
herm2416 on August 23, 2011 at 9:12 AM

Exactly!

Buy Danish on August 23, 2011 at 9:41 AM

Barack Obama wants immediate action on three trade deals that he says will create jobs in the US. Congress

We don’t want more jobs in Congress! We want private sector jobs.

Wha? Oh. I missed that. Nevermind.

Fallon on August 23, 2011 at 9:43 AM

is that immediately immediately? Spur connotates violent action against a horse resulting in pain, why so h8in on animals? PETA, your thoughts?

ted c on August 23, 2011 at 8:22 AM

Nobody at PETA is available to respond.
They’re all too busy checking out their new pron site.

VelvetElvis on August 23, 2011 at 10:19 AM

THE dumbest, most out of touch, ignoramus administration, ever.

Sponge on August 23, 2011 at 10:41 AM

Is it simply that we have more technology these days, and it’s easier to match up politicians with their lies, or do we have a singularly incompetent jerk as president?

rbj on August 23, 2011 at 8:50 AM

Alex, let’s make it a double jeopardy. I’ll take “singularly incompetent jerk as president” for $1,000.

GrannyDee on August 23, 2011 at 10:46 AM

How well I remember Harry Truman calling the 80th congress the “Do Nothing Congress”. They opposed many FDR bills and Truman’s Fair Deal bills but passed many pro-business bills. Truman in ’48 used the “Do Nothing Congress” as his campaign slogan against Dewey. Zero is calling on Harry Truman for help as he has never had an original idea.

dragondrop on August 23, 2011 at 10:49 AM

Why, it could spur job growth in days, not months…

Heh.

hillbillyjim on August 23, 2011 at 10:51 AM

The only problem: the White House has not yet formally sent the deals to Congress for a vote.

Glad this made the Obamateurism of the Day. Kudos to Jake Tapper too, for catching this while interviewing David Axelrod on This Week. It’s about time someone calls Obama’s bluff.

GrannySunni on August 23, 2011 at 11:07 AM

This is the sort of thing you would thing the all valuable independent voters should hear loud and clear. Would this really hurt the unions? It seems like jobs would help everyone. This man is such a liar.

Cindy Munford on August 23, 2011 at 11:29 AM

Besides, the “do-nothing Congress” meme Obama clearly wants to push has another problem: Republicans only control the House.

Since Jan. 2011.

He wants despertely for Congress to share his depression pie, but only under Boehner, not Hammerwitch/Reid.

Schadenfreude on August 23, 2011 at 1:03 PM

Dope.

Tim_CA on August 23, 2011 at 4:11 PM

PREDICTION: Having failed in his latest attempt to duck responsibility and blame the GOP for lack of any trade deals, Obama will escalate attempts to avoid responsibility for continued joblessness by excluding those “terminated because of new government regulations” from the jobless count.

landlines on August 23, 2011 at 6:04 PM