Depressing video of the day: Obama talks about America’s horrible economy with … child reporters

posted at 9:08 pm on September 2, 2011 by Allahpundit

Via Dan McLaughlin, who writes, “I’m picturing Reagan or Clinton talking to kids, & can’t imagine either being this glum & defensive.” True enough, but in fairness to O, how do you put on a happy face to tell a couple of kids that they may well be facing economic Thunderdome in their young adulthood? Then again, his demeanor doesn’t change much in any of the six other clips from the interview — except for the last one, when Bo makes a cameo and the funereal atmosphere is mercifully lifted. At certain points, it feels like he’s about to pull out a pack of smokes, light one up, and just shake his head in sad, silent defeat. Good lord. Someone buy this guy a beer.

Late word from Politico tonight is that he’s planning to unveil a deficit-reduction plan shortly after the big jobs speech next week. And not just any deficit-reduction plan. A detailed deficit-reduction plan. Hope and change at last?

In the speech Thursday, Obama will challenge the 12-member congressional supercommittee to exceed its $1.5 trillion goal for budget savings — setting a higher target that would allow the additional money to fund tax breaks and other stimulus spending…

The deficit plan will be more specific than the framework the White House released in April. It is likely to include some unpopular measures that, until now, Obama backed only behind closed doors during the July talks with House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), according to Democratic officials familiar with proposal.

Before the “grand bargain” fell apart over tax revenues, Obama and Boehner agreed on about $250 billion in proposed cuts to Medicare, including gradually raising the eligibility age to 67 and hiking co-pays and premiums for wealthier beneficiaries. They also agreed to change the inflation calculator for Social Security and other federal programs — which critics call a benefit cut.

I’m amazed that he’s willing to inch out on that limb, especially now that Perry’s the frontrunner among Republicans. Democrats are licking their lips at the thought of hammering him as a radical on entitlements if he’s the nominee; if O floats even a modest Medicare reform plan on grounds that we can’t put this off any longer, it’s going to defang the whole “GOP hates grandma” messaging campaign next year. Maybe the White House figures that now that Perry’s in and Romney’s all but certain to attack him on entitlements himself, they might as well get out in front of this issue by proposing some very modest reforms. A debate on Medicare and Social Security under the spotlight of a presidential campaign will raise public awareness of the programs’ unsustainability. Obama will need to address that somehow when it’s thrown at him during one of the debates. Maybe this plan is how he’s decided to do it.

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Late word from Politico tonight is that he’s planning to unveil a deficit-reduction plan shortly after the big jobs speech next week. And not just any deficit-reduction plan. A detailed deficit-reduction plan. Hope and change at last?

Nope, just massive tax increases.

RJL on September 3, 2011 at 12:22 AM

“Yeah, well…” he said between deep drags on his cigarette. “You see, the economy’s not going to get any better. I wish it would but there’s nothing left anyone can do.”

He saw the confusion in the children’s eyes and remembered his childhood in Malaysia.

“There’s no more work coming.” He looked out the window and tried to collect his thoughts for a long while, raising his cigarette repeatedly to his lips between long slow breaths. He had never had to think this through before. “Soon your friend’s parents will have run through their savings and they’ll have to move, probably, to a shelter or something.”

He stubbed out his cigarette in the ashtray and lit another. “It’s not my fault,” he shrugged. “Congress can’t do its job.” A smoldering light showed in his eyes and the corners of his lips twitched slightly. “It’s that damned Tea Party.”

He moved to get up out of the undersized school desk that uncomfortably trapped his thighs. “What you need to do,” he added, “Mark my words. Most of you children, children just like you, will never get a job. You have to be the biggest shark to feed. So go to college.” He rose from his chair and looked the little children in the eyes for the first time. The President could see the girl had wiped tears from her eyes. “Just don’t expect any student loans. There won’t be any,” he said.

He straightened and adjusted his suit. It felt loose even after being taken in again. “Damn,” he said aloud. And walking between the Secret Service agents he quietly strode from the room.

flicker on September 3, 2011 at 12:34 AM

allow the additional money to fund tax breaks and other stimulus spending…

Finally they get it. Tax breaks have become co-equal to “stimulus spending”.

Wasn’t that the Republican position from the outset — that every dollar the Government spends should be matched by an equal rebate to those who work to make the tax dollars the Government spends?

unclesmrgol on September 3, 2011 at 12:35 AM

I hated and mean hated school from 3rd grade till high school even thou my IQ was at the top of the class.

Today I am doing fine earning 140k a year. If I were to get let go tomorrow I could find a new job within the next day by placing a couple of phone calls.

F15Mech on September 3, 2011 at 1:12 AM

F15Mech on September 3, 2011 at 1:12 AM

Did you get a college degree? Or are you military-trained.

flicker on September 3, 2011 at 1:15 AM

So, I’m the only one to say where the heck is the volume??????????

I got 3 browsers and I heard guy local in south florida try to play it and the same thing then he finally got the volume. This is great picture but…..

auspatriotman on September 3, 2011 at 1:22 AM

If he’s re-elected, I can see a scenario where he confiscates gold. …….
petefrt on September 2, 2011 at 9:15 PM

Molon Labe.

It ain’t just for ‘arms’.

LegendHasIt on September 3, 2011 at 2:07 AM

Can’t we just get beyond Thunderdome?

Asher on September 3, 2011 at 2:20 AM

Does he flip off the little girl at 0:30 of the clip?

Mallard T. Drake on September 3, 2011 at 2:34 AM

Obama is not smarter than a fifth grader.

BDavis on September 3, 2011 at 3:23 AM

Q1. What job did obama ever hold? Seriously, does anyone know of any paid JOB this jerk had?

Q2. Are his ears growing? (Or is his head shrinking?)

jarhead0311 on September 3, 2011 at 5:04 AM

flicker on September 3, 2011 at 12:34 AM

Great prose. Too bad it will likely come true.

Mr. Grump on September 3, 2011 at 5:36 AM

Q1. What job did obama ever hold?

jarhead0311 on September 3, 2011 at 5:04 AM

Taken from MediaCircus.com, Obama was employed to sue CitiBank “to get them to make bad loans under the Community Reinvestment Act which was a factor in causing the economic crisis…”

“In these lawsuits, ACORN makes a bogus claim of Redlining (denying poor people loans because of their ethnic heritage). They protest and get the local media to raise a big stink. This stink means that the bank faces thousands of people closing their accounts and get local politicians to lobby to stop the bank from doing some future business, expansions and mergers. If the bank goes to court, they will win, but the damage is already done because who is going to launch a big campaign to get the bank’s reputation back?”

“U.S. District Court Judge Ruben Castillo certified the Plaintiffs’ suit as a class action on June 30, 1995.”

“The parties voluntarily dismissed the case on May 12, 1998, pursuant to a settlement agreement.
Plaintiff’s Lawyers…Obama, Barack H. (Illinois) FH-IL-0011-7500 | FH-IL-0011-7501 | FH-IL-0011-9000…”

There are several other sites that address this.

Ironic, ain’t it?

flicker on September 3, 2011 at 5:42 AM

Mr. Grump on September 3, 2011 at 5:36 AM

Thanks. Yeah, it’s fake, but true. But what else could he have meant?

He could have said: The times are tough all over. We have to all chip in and help each other.

Or: This is a good time for Americans to engage with their faith organizations and reach out to those who are struggling now.

Or: America is at its best when things are toughest; your friends’ parents will make it. We’ll all see to that.

Or: Now is yur chance to see what you can do to help your friends in little ways while they get back on their feet.

But what did he say? Times are tough, kiddo. I thought it was kind of creepy.

flicker on September 3, 2011 at 5:55 AM

Does he flip off the little girl at 0:30 of the clip?

Mallard T. Drake on September 3, 2011 at 2:34 AM

It did look like he was going for the tried and true “cleverly disguised as scratching an itch” middle finger move. How dare that kid ask him a question? Raaaaaccciiissstt!

KGB on September 3, 2011 at 7:53 AM

Obama has no skills at all yet he managed to get a job.

nwpammy on September 3, 2011 at 8:51 AM

Okay, kids who had waffles for breakfast? Nobody, huh?
All right lets get this over with. My golf cart is waiting.

A is for Attainder

B is for Broke

C is for Chicago Way

D is for presidential Dork

E is for Embezzlement

F is for “F(our Obamanomics status)-ed”

G is what you’ll say when you pay taxes.

H is my main bro’ over at Just-us working the coverups.

I is me, me, me.

J is that late night guy who no longer completely brown noses me.

Etc.

viking01 on September 3, 2011 at 9:53 AM

Did the kids say they heard all of this from him in speeches 2 years ago?

Kissmygrits on September 3, 2011 at 9:54 AM

Kissmygrits on September 3, 2011 at 9:54 AM

lololol

cmsinaz on September 3, 2011 at 10:03 AM

What an odd delivery style. Why did he say, “What I would tell these kids…” as a speaking style, which is a very distant 2nd person style, as opposed to just TELLING THEM in a first person way??

EasyEight on September 3, 2011 at 10:22 AM

Obama has no skills at all yet he managed to get a job.

nwpammy on September 3, 2011 at 8:51 AM

He’s got something way more important than skills,..IYKWIMAITYD

a capella on September 3, 2011 at 10:33 AM

Typical Obama answer – ramble aimlessly for 2 minutes to avoid the tough follow-up question from a 12-year old.

PatMac on September 3, 2011 at 10:44 AM

The children destroyed him.

Chuck Schick on September 3, 2011 at 11:00 AM

So stay in school for as long as you can to shield yourselves from the harsh and unfair realities of life aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah, and to keep that private sector cash rolling into subsidized liberal universities, aaaaaaaaaaah that promote crap like global climate change and you evolved from an ape.

ericdijon on September 3, 2011 at 11:01 AM

ZERO the HERO

birdhurd on September 3, 2011 at 11:30 AM

I hated and mean hated school from 3rd grade till high school even thou my IQ was at the top of the class.

Today I am doing fine earning 140k a year. If I were to get let go tomorrow I could find a new job within the next day by placing a couple of phone calls.

F15Mech on September 3, 2011 at 1:12 AM

Awesome. Then why are you here on this forum? If you’re quite OK on your own merits, then why would you worry about the direction this country is going? Somewhere deep down you must realize that those opportunities you (and the rest of us) have may suddenly evaporate due to circumstances beyond your control…no matter how skilled, smart or hard-working you are.

If I’m right, then that means that all of us are thoroughly dependent upon a system that is shaky. If it weren’t, this forum and others like it wouldn’t get the traffic it gets.

As always, it just comes down to who to blame. But blame doesn’t keep the lights on nor food on the table.

Dr. ZhivBlago on September 3, 2011 at 12:03 PM

“Things are getting better” WTF?

The only thing better about today, than yesterday…is we are one day closer to voting this ‘lying sack of marxist dung’ out of office.

deedtrader on September 3, 2011 at 12:06 PM

We’re going to do everything we can to start new businesses…

“…because my staff and I have such rich experience in this field.”

Akzed on September 3, 2011 at 12:15 PM

Romney to attack Perry on entitlements?! That should put him out of his misery. Romney, that is.

curved space on September 3, 2011 at 9:46 PM

Q1. What job did obama ever hold? Seriously, does anyone know of any paid JOB this jerk had?

Q2. Are his ears growing? (Or is his head shrinking?)

jarhead0311 on September 3, 2011 at 5:04 AM

He was employed at an ice cream parlor once in Hawaii and scooped ice cream – the job lasted a few months, if that.

Then there’s speculation that he was a “street hustler” — whatever that means, use your imagination, sold drugs, whatever — but since he’s placed most of his life-history on private, and people who used to wheel and deal with him have an odd shared behavior of never being identified or disappearing once they are, everything except the ice-cream-scooping two months or so job is unknown.

Lourdes on September 3, 2011 at 11:26 PM

Obama looks decidedly as though he does not like those two children. I note that the kids are “White”.

And did he give them the finger at the start of that tape?

Lourdes on September 3, 2011 at 11:31 PM

Way to go, B.O.! Now this poor kid is probably going to end up later on in life smoking crack, living on the street, and just giving up on life altogether!

New campaign slogan!

OBAMA 2012! ABANDON ALL HOPE AND TRAUMATIZE THE YOUTH OF AMERICA!

pilamaye on September 4, 2011 at 8:22 AM

Glad Pobus is not my Dad

Too bad Pobus thinks he is my Dad

Before the “grand bargain” fell apart over tax revenues, Obama and Boehner agreed on about $250 billion in proposed cuts to Medicare, including gradually raising the eligibility age to 67 and hiking co-pays and premiums for wealthier beneficiaries

Hope Boehner isn’t that stupid to fall for this trap before such an important election. $250 billion is chump change. It will not save the economy but it will depress the public spirit. This tells me some of Pobus’s Po’ Me posturing is just that, a trap to sucker giddy elephants. Earth to Boehner: propose cutting anything but the grand entitlement before the election.

It is better to show you are trying to save Medicare by killing pork, than to show you are trying to save pork by killing Medicare

Here’s Boehner’s problem, and it comes from not being of Tea Party stock: the basic DC pol relies on the pork protection plan before elections to buy votes. The only thing they don’t feel bad about cutting is Social Security and Medicare. It is as if all pork is local and only the Grand Entitlement is national. I ask: who needs the Senate and why do you want to risk any seat this election?

if O floats even a modest Medicare reform plan on grounds that we can’t put this off any longer, it’s going to defang the whole “GOP hates grandma” messaging campaign next year

IMHO it will hang on the GOP only, because they have already been posed by the MSM are the ones hold Congress hostage.

Pobus is posing as a President held hostage. He will be the ‘weak’ President who caved against vicious elephants. Note the Dowd article linked at Drudge – poor helpless Obama too weak to stop the GOP (from shooting themselves in the foot)

A debate on Medicare and Social Security under the spotlight of a presidential campaign will raise public awareness of the programs’ unsustainability.

This is the only debate that should not happen. Anyone want to win the election? Then turn the debate to a question: why are we even considering clipping Medicare or Social Security until we have cleaned house on pork? Obama’s grand pork failures are blossoming. Use that against him.

Obama will need to address that somehow when it’s thrown at him during one of the debates. Maybe this plan is how he’s decided to do it.

I agree on that. He may well be planning to propose a chump change Medicare cut to sucker the primary contenders into statements they can never retract. The granny card has always been Obama’s ace.

entagor on September 4, 2011 at 11:46 AM

Does he flip off the little girl at 0:30 of the clip?

He famous for his subtle flips and as soon as you become aware of them they are very clear.

mixplix on September 4, 2011 at 5:02 PM

Give they guy a break. It’s been at least a week since he’s had any time off.

TedInATL on September 5, 2011 at 7:41 AM

I am surprised President Obama does not highlight going to school to receive the indoctrination necessary to understand who and what to vote for.

MSGTAS on September 7, 2011 at 10:16 AM

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