Obama: U.S. faces economic difficulties because it “had gotten a little soft”

posted at 2:05 pm on September 30, 2011 by Tina Korbe

Always adept at finding excuses for the economy’s poor performance under his watch, President Barack Obama recently blamed the nation’s economic difficulties on what you might call a national malaise:

President Barack Obama told a Florida TV station yesterday that the United States is facing economic difficulties because it has “gotten a little soft” during the last 20 years.

“This is a great, great country that had gotten a little soft and we didnʼt have that same competitive edge that we needed over the last couple of decades,” Obama said.

The fix is that “we need to get back on track,” he said, while urging Congress to pass his new $447 billion one-year stimulus bill.

Now, I’ve been known to say I’m looking for a leader who will say we are our own problem and we’re also our own solution. That’s not this. This is a president saying we’re the problem (and not including himself in the “we,” like a responsible leader would) and that the government is the solution. And he uses as evidence that we are the problem a lack of a competitive edge in the 1990s. Really? As a reminder, the 90s were the decade that produced companies like Microsoft, SiriusXM, Google, Facebook, Wal-Mart, Whole Foods, Apple, Amazon and eBay, to name just a few (h/t to TheDC’s Neil Munro for that convenient list!).

If we had “gotten soft,” it wasn’t for a lack of technological innovation or entrepreneurship. It was because we allowed the government to grow too big, became too reliant on ineffective government programs and assumed we’d never actually have to pay for the profligacy. The Tea Party was a response to that complacency.

But the president still doesn’t grasp that. He boasts of the country’s abundant advantages — “the best universities, the best scientists, best workers in the world; the most dynamic economic system in the world” — but seems to think government is what has made the nation great. Our system of government has, yes, but precisely because it frees people for excellence (and also for failure).

At the very least, if the president refuses to take responsibility, he ought to pick an excuse and stick with it. Isn’t the cardinal rule of politicking to “stay on message”? What is the president’s message anymore? I flat-out can’t follow it.


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He does sound like Jimmy Carter. Everything bad in the world is someone else’s fault. No leadership or vision. Just crap.

taney71 on September 30, 2011 at 2:07 PM

As if Obama ever put in a full day’s work in his life. His entire life, everything has been made easy for him.

Blake on September 30, 2011 at 2:09 PM

Can’t you see it’s all our fault because we didn’t just lay down and give up when the left tried to turn the country socialist overnight.
We just don’t understand how this is for our own good. /

Hard Right on September 30, 2011 at 2:11 PM

we didnʼt have that same competitive edge that we needed

Federal regulations are like concrete against a sharp edge.

Turns razors into butter knives.

Butter = Soft.

Damn, he’s right.

We need less regulation.

BobMbx on September 30, 2011 at 2:11 PM

Says the douche who has had everything handed to him on a silver platter.

Go live in Compton for a year or two, PBHO, or Detroit. Or maybe try making it out here running a business that doesn’t consist of handing out grant money to urban lackeys.

Bishop on September 30, 2011 at 2:11 PM

He should have been wearing a cardigan when he said that.

Vashta.Nerada on September 30, 2011 at 2:11 PM

Obama: “America, you suck”

faraway on September 30, 2011 at 2:11 PM

Way to go Obaby. You’ve more than earned that diaper. ;)

capejasmine on September 30, 2011 at 2:11 PM

but seems to think government is what has made the nation great.

He definitely thinks it’s the government, but I don’t believe he thinks this nation is great. There are still too many private enterprises and individuals still have too many rights and responsibilities (to things other than the State).

forest on September 30, 2011 at 2:11 PM

i knew it!! its all our fault, not President Awesome’s

chasdal on September 30, 2011 at 2:11 PM

You know who else is soft? Christie.

I mean, have you seen him?

lorien1973 on September 30, 2011 at 2:11 PM

It’s scary that the president is soooo dumb, not to realize what he said.

The best counter-report is this one.

Schadenfreude on September 30, 2011 at 2:12 PM

His poll numbers are gonna go a little soft after this.

faraway on September 30, 2011 at 2:12 PM

What is the president’s message anymore?

I knew it would become my fault at some point. Well, here we are.

ted c on September 30, 2011 at 2:12 PM

Here’s a prescription to get our competitive edge back. Let’s graduate some more Poli Sci majors, African American Studies majors, Womyn Studies majors, Sociology majors, Philosophy majors. Real winning the future with these.

Let’s leave the Engineering, Computer Science, Business, Medicine and the like to has been countries like China, India, Japan, ect.

MNHawk on September 30, 2011 at 2:13 PM

Bambi should pay more attention to the words of one of his predecessors who actually *knew* what he was doing:

“In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.”

Link to the audio, it’s music to my ears:
http://www.hark.com/clips/jrnppndgms-government-is-the-problem

SoRight on September 30, 2011 at 2:14 PM

If Barry thinks America is too soft, does that mean he’s endorsing that cocky Southerner, Rick Perry?

Doughboy on September 30, 2011 at 2:14 PM

Chrissy: “I’m going soft now”

faraway on September 30, 2011 at 2:15 PM

You know who isn’t soft? Morgan Freeman, after his granddaughter gets off of his lap.

Anyone up for Dolphin’s Tale, this weekend? Great kids (and grandkids!) movie, I hear.

MNHawk on September 30, 2011 at 2:16 PM

He’s just reading this stuff without comprehension, has to be. How else can you tell the audience they are soft in the middle of a speech asking for another stimulus?

Vashta.Nerada on September 30, 2011 at 2:16 PM

This is what is soft, aside from Obama’s brain, but they are related.

Note the Goebbels-like change of name, to not “stigmatize” the ones who receve 3,500 a months in gof’t assistance.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Incidentally, the program was recently changed to SNAP to eliminate the stigma that comes with a name like food stamps.

Media and folks of the U.S. the still thinking ones, wake up. You are being robbed of the last oz. of decency you have left.

Schadenfreude on September 30, 2011 at 2:17 PM

“Let me be crystal clear. It’s his fault. It’s their fault. It’s your fault. But it’s never my fault. Remember that we I won.”

shick on September 30, 2011 at 2:17 PM

What is the president’s message anymore? I flat-out can’t follow it.

It’s everybody else’s fault. Not mine!

rbj on September 30, 2011 at 2:19 PM

This is what is “soft”. Spread the news about this. YOU are being robbed in daylight. Hate the looters in the Obama admin. more than the moochers, who are but fools in the modern day plantation.

Schadenfreude on September 30, 2011 at 2:19 PM

There is an entire generation of young men and women out there confronting savages that would scare Genghis Khan, tell them that America is going soft.

What a crumb this guy is, dirty little speck of a man.

Bishop on September 30, 2011 at 2:19 PM

Mush from the Wimp-II.

Little Boomer on September 30, 2011 at 2:19 PM

What a crumb this guy is, dirty little speck of a man.

Bishop on September 30, 2011 at 2:19 PM

He is drek.

Schadenfreude on September 30, 2011 at 2:21 PM

Guess Michelle being proud of her country for the first time in her life hasn’t worked out. Or, she likes failure. It seems to be catching within her family.

tomg51 on September 30, 2011 at 2:21 PM

The act is a combination of tax increases and cuts that the president claims will help create 1.9 million jobs.

I read and re-read this a couple of times. It sums up the madness of Obamanomics pretty well.

forest on September 30, 2011 at 2:21 PM

America got a lot soft…in the head.

Look at the sorry POS we elected for our President.

BigWyo on September 30, 2011 at 2:22 PM

I have this mental picture of Wimpy telling Popeye that hamburgers are a problem, all the while holding out his hand for a loan.

Vashta.Nerada on September 30, 2011 at 2:22 PM

You know what else is soft?

My base of support. (nervous laughter)

lorien1973 on September 30, 2011 at 2:23 PM

From the headline thread…

You mean coddling people until they are 26 so they can be under their parent’s health care coverage doesn’t toughen them up? Or that people are ‘guaranteed’ health care coverage doesn’t toughen them up? Or that getting them to be addicted to Medicare/Medicaid doesn’t toughen them up? Or that telling people that they don’t have to worry about an insolvent system that won’t have money for ANY entitlements doesn’t toughen them up?

That using moral relativism to excuse any behavior from terrorism to just speaking your mind doesn’t toughen people up?

That class warfare of pitting the poor against the rich to liquidate the middle class doesn’t toughen them up?

That not being able to cite achievement and acknowledge it and, instead, making ‘everyone a winner’ doesn’t toughen them up?

Say, Barry, where are your college transcripts, you marshmallow?

ajacksonian on September 30, 2011 at 7:36 AM

ajacksonian on September 30, 2011 at 2:23 PM

President DAMH???

Dog Ate My Homework…..

BigWyo on September 30, 2011 at 2:23 PM

Is that why I’m out on the highways in an 18-wheeler, busting my ass to keep up with Obama’s Great Recession?

I try to respect our gov’t leaders, but precedentlongleggedmackdaddy can kiss my busted ass.

davidk on September 30, 2011 at 2:24 PM

ajacksonian on September 30, 2011 at 2:23 PM

That’s what I meant to say.

davidk on September 30, 2011 at 2:26 PM

Maybe because academic socialists like you, Steven Chu, and Van Jones have been doing nothing but throwing sand into the machinery of private enterprise?

VastRightWingConspirator on September 30, 2011 at 2:26 PM

Sorry but the 90′s did not magically make Walmart. Unless you believe that 125 stores and $340 million in sales in 1975 as non-producing.

jdkchem on September 30, 2011 at 2:29 PM

Carlton, is that you?

Black Adam on September 30, 2011 at 2:29 PM

What is the president’s message anymore? I flat-out can’t follow it.

It is what it’s always been:

* not my fault, not my problem

PackerBronco on September 30, 2011 at 2:30 PM

Obama just made this personal.

SlaveDog on September 30, 2011 at 2:31 PM

Waiting for the President to say “trust me”.

Speakup on September 30, 2011 at 2:31 PM

So, we get all bent over Bambi insulting America/Americans, but HA has 50+ headline commenters a day saying most Americans are stupid.

Insults are insults, coming from either side.

Bat Chain Puller on September 30, 2011 at 2:31 PM

The 90′s did not make Apple either in fact the 90′s nearly crushed Apple. It was not until after they watched Diamond get crushed by the RIAA that Apple got into the mp3 player market that saved Apple.

jdkchem on September 30, 2011 at 2:31 PM

Obama’s the only one that isn’t soft. Why…….he single handedly killed Awlaki. That’s right. He just happened to be out for a stroll, when he jumped up, and grabbed the drone. With his mighty strength, he steered it straight for Awlaki. Whome he found, because of his magnificent 6th sense, and xray vision. He doesn’t like to brag about the vision much. Michelle naked ya know.

So he finds Awlaki, steers the drone straight toward him, and single handedly killed the American terrorist. Much to the chagrin of Ron Paul and the ACLU.

Being the giving, selfless, humble man/child that he is…he’s trying hard not to take ALL the credit. Unless of course, he knows he can get a bump in the polls if he does take all the credit.

So there you have it. We’re soft, and Obaby is strong!

Side note: Not responsible for any nausea, vomitting, migrains, loosie goosies, depression, anger, disillusionment, or facial twitches these facts might bring.

LOL

capejasmine on September 30, 2011 at 2:34 PM

Nice to see O’bama admitting that the last Democrat President to precede him left his successor 9/11.

A+

Del Dolemonte on September 30, 2011 at 2:36 PM

I’m sorry baby, you need to stop making me hit you like that. Now quit crying, go wash your face off, put some makeup over that bruise. You don’t want to be late to work again or I may have to bust you another one.

Lily on September 30, 2011 at 2:36 PM

I wish one citizen would stand up after this drivel bag blames us again and gives him the big F bomb. Or better yet, throw an old shoe at him.

search4truth on September 30, 2011 at 2:36 PM

Bat Chain Puller on September 30, 2011 at 2:31 PM

Do the writers or commenters here have the national microphone of criticism that Obaby has? I don’t think so.

And not all Americans are stupid. Just the liberal/progressives are.

capejasmine on September 30, 2011 at 2:36 PM

Obummer keeps pitching Porkulus II no matter what the question is.
BTW, did I miss when the ocean tides receded?

CA_Conservative on September 30, 2011 at 2:37 PM

This is all part of his plan. get ready for the cardigans in the winter. of course, the difference between between when carter wore them and obama, carter looked like that weird uncle, while obama looks like that weird professor that no one liked

ConservativePartyNow on September 30, 2011 at 2:38 PM

Anyone notice a resemblance between the features of Obaby and Carter? Could it be? Maybe? Is Carter, Obabys true mother?

capejasmine on September 30, 2011 at 2:39 PM

A baby is an alimentary canal with a loud voice at one end and no responsibility at the other.

John the Libertarian on September 30, 2011 at 2:42 PM

“WE”? Does Barry have a mouse in his pocket?

GarandFan on September 30, 2011 at 2:43 PM

“Soft” is a Chicago put-down. Malaise is a Plains Georgia putdown.

His crowd thinks such talk is about sex-so they love it. No more telephone sex talk for them sophisticates-it’s now a TOTUS app.

Don L on September 30, 2011 at 2:44 PM

Surreal or alternate reality, except it is real.

Schadenfreude on September 30, 2011 at 2:45 PM

The only reason it may be a little soft is because this been nowhere, done nothing political aberration has been constantly kicking it in the groin.

rplat on September 30, 2011 at 2:46 PM

Bat Chain Puller on September 30, 2011 at 2:31 PM

The commenters here haven’t been elected as the President of the United States.

If your co-worker insults you or talks down to you, thats one thing, but if your boss does, that is an entirely different thing altogether. A decent boss does not demean or insult his workers on the job. If he did he wouldn’t expect to have workers very long. I am not saying it doesn’t happen, but when it does, it does not inspire loyalty and hardwork among the help. And it is certainly not the sign of a stellar boss.

Lily on September 30, 2011 at 2:46 PM

You know who isn’t soft? Morgan Freeman, after his granddaughter gets off of his lap.

MNHawk on September 30, 2011 at 2:16 PM

BWWWAAAAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!

That Sprite sure burns as it passes through the sinuses.

UltimateBob on September 30, 2011 at 2:47 PM

Off Topic

carbon_footprint on September 30, 2011 at 2:42 PM

Is this a repeat? Or does Jones just made the same speech every two months for the past two years?

teke184 on September 30, 2011 at 2:48 PM

President Barack Obama told a Florida TV station yesterday that the United States is facing economic difficulties because it has “gotten a little soft” during the last 20 years.

He’s right actually. Although it has been happening for a lot longer than 20 years.

But I’m sure that this dolt does not see the connection between the welfare state that he and his ilk created, and people being unable to think or take care of themselves.

UltimateBob on September 30, 2011 at 2:50 PM

FUBO WAPS

The Mega Independent on September 30, 2011 at 2:50 PM

We’re living off of our borrowing. If you had an income of $40,000 a year, $15,000 of which was borrowed money … the endgame would be cutting off the $15,000 a year (and continuing to pay interest on all your debt). And you’d have to live on $25,000 a year. A huge adjustment. Bread and water. So any President that balances our budget will cause massive deprivation. But if he puts it off it will be even worse. So what’s it going to be?

Paul-Cincy on September 30, 2011 at 2:52 PM

If Barry thinks America is too soft, does that mean he’s endorsing that cocky Southerner, Rick Perry?

Doughboy on September 30, 2011 at 2:14 PM

That guy really is mean. I hear he shoots coyotes. I just hate that.

AZCoyote on September 30, 2011 at 2:52 PM

Is this a repeat? Or does Jones just made the same speech every two months for the past two years?

teke184 on September 30, 2011 at 2:48 PM

Obama’s been preaching against deficit spending for years and years. Gorgeous speeches.

From Sen. Obama’s Floor Speech, March 20, 2006:

The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the U.S. Government can’t pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government’s reckless fiscal policies. … Increasing America’s debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that “the buck stops here.” Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better.

Moral of the story — don’t believe anything Obama says.

Paul-Cincy on September 30, 2011 at 2:56 PM

Why is it so hard for libprogarxists to admit that overregulation and overtaxation are, at the very least, part of the reason the economy is struggling? Is economic pain not a reasonable price to pay for a utopian society where workers are esteemed and rewarded for their hard work? Surely we all want to punish those evil rich people who have exploited the working class to get rich, don’t we? Wouldn’t we all rather live a life where all the tough decisions are made for us?

This is the grand utopia where we get to all sit around and pick lice out of each other’s hair. Standing in the bread line is sure a lot easier than working.

You GO BO!

ClanDerson on September 30, 2011 at 3:01 PM

Says the epitome of a lifetime of softness.

onlineanalyst on September 30, 2011 at 3:06 PM

NAFTA is what caused a competitive imbalance. You can never be competitive against another nation that will use it’s citizens as slave labor via central planning.

The only thing that has kept us competitive is innovation.

ButterflyDragon on September 30, 2011 at 3:14 PM

Son of Malaise.

either orr on September 30, 2011 at 3:14 PM

Obama’s re-election defeat is gonna make Carter’s re-election loss look mild. Expect the predator strikes to ramped up to ridiculously high levels. And sooner or later, one of these drone strikes is gonna go bad in a big way. When that happens, you can fully expect the Obama Administration to stab the military and CIA in their respective backs.

olesparkie on September 30, 2011 at 3:15 PM

¡Viagra for all!

Akzed on September 30, 2011 at 3:16 PM

The only thing soft is obama’s head.

Hard Right on September 30, 2011 at 3:20 PM

We need less regulation.

BobMbx on September 30, 2011 at 2:11 PM

This is why he should not be re-elected. Bold-faced liar. Period.

RDE2010 on September 30, 2011 at 3:21 PM

Uh, Tina I know you are young but Wal-Mart was not created in the 90s. Try 1962.

Vince on September 30, 2011 at 3:21 PM

Seriously .. I read that article/comment yesterday. What’s up with the 24 hour delay on a lot of these stories? I heard someone else complaining about the same thing in a thread yesterday.

preallocated on September 30, 2011 at 3:23 PM

@jdkchem: Thanks for the information about Walmart and Apple. As I put in parentheses, I found the list in another report. But I was also thinking the 90s seemed a little recent for Walmart.

Tina Korbe on September 30, 2011 at 3:25 PM

Ummmm, yeah, soft and whiny.
.
But you know what I’m thinking: I really want to concentrate on the Chilean Model.
.
Hey, who has my cardigan? I need that thing for when I sleep in my car at night.

ExpressoBold on September 30, 2011 at 3:26 PM

Wish someone, somewhere would ask this insufferable dimwit a follow-up question….

Like, “what EXACTLY do you mean by “soft?” You mean, wearing -bathroom- slippers soft?

Obama is just shuckin’ and jivin’, with stuff bypassing his brain, flying out his piehole, that can be interpreted any which way. Obama’s fuzzy generalizations really beg clarification…and nobody calls him, to his face, on his b.s.

SOFT, my fat patootie.

marybel on September 30, 2011 at 3:27 PM

The king of the social safety hammock is telling us who foot the bill that we’re “soft”?

Throw that bum out of office!

clnurnberg on September 30, 2011 at 3:28 PM

I loathe obaka…

ladyingray on September 30, 2011 at 3:33 PM

Didn’t Biden just come out and say that this was pretty much Obama’s fault? Hello? Paging President Delusional.

RDE2010 on September 30, 2011 at 3:34 PM

it’s not me, it’s you

yup, sounds like Barry.

DANEgerus on September 30, 2011 at 3:34 PM

Well Carter and Obama both have big smiles, so there’s that.

txmomof6 on September 30, 2011 at 3:53 PM

If the US is soft, please direct our attention to a state that is not soft. This way, we can have more information as we deduce the meaning of your latest platitude.

BobMbx on September 30, 2011 at 3:57 PM

When liberalism fails it always seems to be the people’s fault.

gwelf on September 30, 2011 at 3:59 PM

Absolutely no fan of Carter, but didn’t he train in some area of naval engineering? You can’t be a halfwit and do that. He accomplished something before becoming president. Politically he did not have it, and he has become more twisted and jaded in his international ideology as time goes on. Carter should not have been president, but there was some accomplishment before his term.

With Obama, there was absolutely no evidence that he was up to the job. Now he has stumbled into Carter territory.

mwbri on September 30, 2011 at 4:05 PM

Actually, I kind of agree with him here.

52% of this country is soft in the head, or at least, they were back in 2008. We will see if they figure out that socialism is for losers by nov 2012.

bitsy on September 30, 2011 at 4:09 PM

Well Carter and Obama both have big smiles, so there’s that.

txmomof6 on September 30, 2011 at 3:53 PM

If you were an unqualified jerk who’d convinced millions of saps to vote you into the most powerful office in the world and guarantee you a life of wealth, luxury, and privilege, you’d probably have one of those $hit-eating grins on your face, too.

AZCoyote on September 30, 2011 at 4:12 PM

Absolutely no fan of Carter, but didn’t he train in some area of naval engineering? You can’t be a halfwit and do that.

The existence of Carter and his naval career answer your question.

His is a nitwit.

He was selected to train as an officer in the Nuclear Power field under Adm. Rickover. But he resigned prior to starting school. He was a submarine officer (conventional) for a short while.

BobMbx on September 30, 2011 at 4:14 PM

BobMbx on September 30, 2011 at 4:14 PM

So he padded his resume a bit–another similarity with the O–but I will give him credit for being a naval officer. Obama would have never made it through officer training.

mwbri on September 30, 2011 at 4:25 PM

Appropriate ad over on the right: Have you ever considered natural products to remedy your baby’s teething pain?

onlineanalyst on September 30, 2011 at 4:33 PM

I’m sorry everybody, it’s all my fault…I’ve gotten a little soft…

PatriotRider on September 30, 2011 at 4:42 PM

Soft in the head because they voted for you!

Bambi on September 30, 2011 at 4:46 PM

Why try hard when the Govt. will send you a check for not trying at all

multiuseless on September 30, 2011 at 5:03 PM

Hey, Barry, this was your plan. Don’t you remember how much you despised the relentless American hogging of raw materials and child labor? Don’t you remember how you told us all that we were going to have to settle for less, because there were people in the world who had nothing?

Of course you remember, you just can’t say it out loud because you want the dummies who voted for your sorry SCOAMF azz in 2008 to reelect you.

THIS WAS WHAT YOU VOTED FOR, OBAMA FANS. Do you really want another dose of this bad medicine?

disa on September 30, 2011 at 5:07 PM

Microsoft was founded in the 1970s and picked up steam in the 80s with MS-DOS.

the_souse on September 30, 2011 at 5:21 PM

The most important evidence that we’ve gotten soft is the fact that we elected a man with no experience in governing based only on his promises of “Hope and Change.”

The inevitable Carter comparisons just keep coming, don’t they?

flataffect on September 30, 2011 at 5:23 PM

Schadenfreude on September 30, 2011 at 2:12 PM

Oh please. He has the highest IQ of any POTUS…

ladyingray on September 30, 2011 at 6:03 PM

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