Old Obama campaign excuse: The economy is terrible because the GOP’s blocking my jobs bill. New Obama campaign excuse: The economy is terrible because red-staters who hate me won’t hire anyone out of spite.

Tomorrow we’re eating turkey but tonight it’s red meat all the way:

“Can’t afford it,” explained the employer, Bill Looman, Tuesday evening. “I’ve got people that I want to hire now, but I just can’t afford it. And I don’t foresee that I’ll be able to afford it unless some things change in D.C.”…

Looman made it clear, talking with 11Alive’s Jon Shirek, that he is not refusing to hire to make some political point; it’s that he doesn’t believe he can hire anyone, because of the economy. And he blames the Obama administration…

Looman did receive some unexpected attention not long after he put up his signs and Facebook photos. He said someone, and he thinks he knows who it was, reported him to the FBI as a threat to national security. He said the accusation filtered its way through the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security and finally the Secret Service. Agents interviewed him.

“The Secret Service left here, they were in a good mood and laughing,” Looman said. “I got the feeling they thought it was kind of ridiculous, and a waste of their time.”

Like Ace, I’m wondering whether “Bill” is his first name or his middle name because the media will find that an important point about his credibility once the inevitable punitive airing of this poor guy’s dirty laundry begins.

Just think: If the Romney skeptics are right, this guy won’t be able to hire someone for another five years. Here’s the clip of Tooman plus, via Greg Hengler, a snippet of Home Depot co-founder (and Romney supporter) Ken Langone piling on. All we need is one more for a trend!