RNC video: Happy anniversary to the three-year, one-term promise, Mr. President!

posted at 1:55 pm on February 2, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Three years ago today, while Barack Obama demanded almost $800 billion in stimulus funds, he told NBC that the money would generate millions of net new jobs and a new period of growth in short order.  “If I don’t have this done in three years,” Obama told NBC, “then there’s going to be a one-term proposition.”  The RNC “celebrates” the third anniversary deadline on Obama’s promise, and shares the grades he gets … from his fellow Democrats, including at least one of the advisers who built the stimulus plan.  Needless to say, their remarks don’t indicate “a good, solid B-plus”:

Heck, we don’t even need to hear what Democrats have to say about the economy.  The CBO projections released this week for the economic future under Obama’s policies show that Obamanomics gets a good, solid F-minus, emphases mine:

In part because of the dampening effect of the higher tax rates and curbs on spending scheduled to occur this year and next, CBO expects that the economy will continue to recover slowly, with real GDP growing by 2.0 percent this year and 1.1 percent next year (as measured by the change from the fourth quarter of the previous calendar year). CBO expects economic activity to quicken after 2013 but to remain below the economy’s potential until 2018.

In CBO’s forecast, the unemployment rate remains above 8 percent both this year and next, a consequence of continued weakness in demand for goods and services. As economic growth picks up after 2013, the unemployment rate will gradually decline to around 7 percent by the end of 2015, before dropping to near 5½ percent by the end of 2017.

Yeah, that’s one hell of a report card, isn’t it?  Don’t forget that the economic recovery began more than two and a half years ago, and that Obama got his $800 billion by promising that it would prevent unemployment from reaching eight percent.  It hasn’t been below it since, and now the CBO expects it to remain above the 8% mark not just this year but also all of next year, too.

If a 1.1% GDP annual growth rate in the fourth year of a recovery is your idea of Hope and Change, well, you’ve got the right guy in office now.  The rest of us would like to collect on that one-term pledge, please.  The RNC needs to cut this down to 60 seconds and start airing it in swing states.

Update: For those spluttering, “That wasn’t a promise Obama made!”, I know.   I’m also not really wishing him a “happy anniversary.”  It’s called snark, and we like it from time to time.


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Its Bush’s fault.

vcferlita on February 2, 2012 at 1:57 PM

That’s a good ad. I’m guessing we’ll see that “If I don’t have this done in 3 years…” line a lot this year.

rndmusrnm on February 2, 2012 at 1:58 PM

That was said before he realized that Bush had left him a bigger mess than originally thought. Or something like that.

Flange on February 2, 2012 at 1:58 PM

Our on-the-job training president is still far behind the learning curb.

It’s over for this guy, anyone who thinks this country will progress under what passes for Obama’s “leadership” is completely delusional.

NoDonkey on February 2, 2012 at 2:00 PM

I HOPE we CHANGE Presidents in 2012.

Steve Z on February 2, 2012 at 2:00 PM

Hip hop? Who are they targeting? ;) Be bold. I like it.

Fish on February 2, 2012 at 2:00 PM

i want to see the ads come up against holder..

what a corrupt criminal

this is a mild ad. we need to pound out ads on the corruption

uhangtight on February 2, 2012 at 2:01 PM

You do realize that bho opened his mouth three years ago to say this and when that happens lies come out?
L

letget on February 2, 2012 at 2:03 PM

@uhangtight

I think once we have a candidate, whoever it is, all this static will go away and a line will be drawn and the ads will commence pounding. Just hang tight.

Fish on February 2, 2012 at 2:04 PM

That music playing in the background is flat out racist.

-MSM

change is for suckers on February 2, 2012 at 2:04 PM

Usually I take what the Democraps say with a grain of salt. This is the first time I truly believed what they were saying.

DuctTapeMyBrain on February 2, 2012 at 2:05 PM

Yeah. Where is Good, Solid B+? I ain’t seen him.

Lanceman on February 2, 2012 at 2:06 PM

By “one term” PBHO actually meant a lifetime appointment as El Presidente, or Politburo Chairman as Tom Friedman would say.

Bishop on February 2, 2012 at 2:07 PM

I love the smell of failure in the morning…..er, afternoon.

Mord on February 2, 2012 at 2:08 PM

Haven’t we had enough Downgrade in the economy?

Chip on February 2, 2012 at 2:09 PM

DAYUM…Is he so stupid that he didn’t think this statement would come back to haunt him. I really think BHO thought that America would look a lot different by now. Card check didn’t go through, amnesty didn’t go through, Cap and trade didn’t go through…all of those different ‘vote buying avenues’ didn’t materialize like he thought they would…Americans are stronger than he thought they’d be…

Ltlgeneral64 on February 2, 2012 at 2:09 PM

+1 charge

Spot on, they hear it everywhere don’t they

cmsinaz on February 2, 2012 at 2:10 PM

But if we don’t give him four more years then he can’t finish the job!

Ukiah on February 2, 2012 at 2:10 PM

But…but…but it’s all Bush’s fault!

GarandFan on February 2, 2012 at 2:12 PM

But if we don’t give him four more years then he can’t finish the job!

Ukiah on February 2, 2012 at 2:10 PM

Kind of like how Che finished off prisoners in his personal gulag?

Chip on February 2, 2012 at 2:12 PM

“A black background? Obviously a call-out for Tea Party racists to start lynching black people before they can vote this November.”

-Chris Matthews

Bishop on February 2, 2012 at 2:12 PM

Fish on February 2, 2012 at 2:04 PM

I sure hope so….

I think the corruption will hopefully cause some of those independents to wake up and vote against the Zero.

uhangtight on February 2, 2012 at 2:14 PM

Yeah, don’t worry about this. Romney said yesterday that he “doesn’t care about the very poor (SNIP).”

/

Red Cloud on February 2, 2012 at 2:14 PM

Compared to his competition he appears sane, competent and calm.

Axelrod and him have angels and gods on their side.

Schadenfreude on February 2, 2012 at 2:15 PM

That’s a good ad. I’m guessing we’ll see that “If I don’t have this done in 3 years…” line a lot this year.

rndmusrnm on February 2, 2012 at 1:58 PM

Mittens did mention in his Florida victory speech. One of his better lines that night.

Doughboy on February 2, 2012 at 2:16 PM

“Bush made me say that!!” – PBHO

BRunner on February 2, 2012 at 2:18 PM

Actually, “they” are VERY close to “finishing the job” (of “fundamentally transforming America”)…One more term and they’ll have it all done and the America we once knew will be but a distant memory replaced by yet another failed “Euro-Socialist Nanny State”…
Almost there!

Strike Hornet on February 2, 2012 at 2:18 PM

Is there a Guinness Book, of truths or promises kept by a liberal?
Nothing to publish?
Thought so!

KOOLAID2 on February 2, 2012 at 2:19 PM

Our on-the-job training president is still far behind the learning curb.
It’s over for this guy, anyone who thinks this country will progress under what passes for Obama’s “leadership” is completely delusional.
NoDonkey on February 2, 2012 at 2:00 PM

The phrase is normally ‘learning curve’, but I see what you did there!
I do agree there should be a curb involved here.

Marcola on February 2, 2012 at 2:20 PM

So long as Obama is attacked on his character issues the Republican candidate will win.

The President is a damned liar, if he’s held accountable for that and his corruption and his imperial presidency, he can schmooze the public till he’s blue in face and if the public doesn’t believe him then its unlikely he’ll get another chance to take down this country.

Allow Barack to dupe the public again and its four more years, in paradise.

Speakup on February 2, 2012 at 2:21 PM

Let’s get this straight: Obama ain’t promising anything in that clip. He is predicting that he is not going to be reelected unless the economy turns for the better in three years.

It hasn’t turned for the better, and the fact that he still has a reasonable chance of being reelected is a clear sign of how impotent today’s Republican Party is.

This is 2004 in reverse. Now, just like then, the opposition hates the president’s guts; and just like then, the opposition can’t muster a charismatic leader to beat a weak guy in the White House.

Time Lord on February 2, 2012 at 2:25 PM

Love it. Save it for October.

faraway on February 2, 2012 at 2:26 PM

Biden, Hillary, even the Boy King himself told everyone over 3 yrs ago he wasn’t ready for the job.

One of the few times they’ve told the truth and still people voted for him.

Flora Duh on February 2, 2012 at 2:29 PM

As economic growth picks up after 2013, the unemployment rate will gradually decline to around 7 percent by the end of 2015, before dropping to near 5½ percent by the end of 2017.

If Obowma is re-elected…

… you can kiss those rosey projections good-bye!

CBO: Taxes Will ‘Shoot Up by More Than 30 Percent’ Over Next 2 Years

Seven Percent Solution on February 2, 2012 at 2:32 PM

We the people of the United States of America call upon Barack Husein Obama to honor his pledge and to resign from the Presidency of the United States of America.

Yeah! Right! That will happen…

CiLH1 on February 2, 2012 at 2:32 PM

If I don’t have this done in three years,” Obama told NBC, “then there’s going to be a one-term proposition.”

He never said when the clock started!

Happy Nomad on February 2, 2012 at 2:37 PM

To paraphrase from Slick Willie’s flack, “He’s kept all of the promises he intends to keep.”

HornHiAceDeuce on February 2, 2012 at 2:54 PM

It was arrogant and bullheaded to say back then, he deserves to lose every voter he’ll lose from this ad. Nothing on earth, other than hubris, could’ve made anyone believe saying this would be a good idea.

libfreeordie on February 2, 2012 at 2:55 PM

That was said before he realized that Bush had left him a bigger mess than originally thought. Or something like that.

Flange on February 2, 2012 at 1:58 PM

I’m never sure if his flunkies are really that stupid enough to truly believe that, or if they’re just lying about being really that stupid enough to believe that.

squint on February 2, 2012 at 3:00 PM

The problem is that BHO thinks things are better. They’re running around the country saying things have turned around and we’re starting to see growth. They claim to have created 2 million jobs. It is obviously hogwash but the dems truely believe that they have kept it from getting worse and things are turning around. Delusional thinking, but that is what they are running with. If you can’t win the argument with the truth then think up a lie that benefits you. Thats the strategy…Things are sooooo much better. They absolutely have no shame.

buckeyerich on February 2, 2012 at 3:01 PM

DAYUM…Is he so stupid that he didn’t think this statement would come back to haunt him.
Ltlgeneral64 on February 2, 2012 at 2:09 PM

No, It’s narcissistic arrogance.

SWalker on February 2, 2012 at 3:08 PM

The sad part of this clip is Obama’s smug demeanor. He actually seemed to think it was going to be easy. There’s not a hint of doubt on his face. The man is clueless and still has no idea what he’s doing.

Go RBNY on February 2, 2012 at 3:08 PM

What’s up with the HipHop backround music? Who are their target demographics on this, MTV Cribs fans?

Egfrow on February 2, 2012 at 3:08 PM

If you can’t win the argument with the truth then think up a lie that benefits you. Thats the strategy…Things are sooooo much better. They absolutely have no shame.

buckeyerich on February 2, 2012 at 3:01 PM

Yeah, the truth is not their friend right now (if it ever was); so I think they’re seeking refuge in audacious lies.

squint on February 2, 2012 at 3:11 PM

The sad part of this clip is Obama’s smug demeanor. He actually seemed to think it was going to be easy. There’s not a hint of doubt on his face. The man is clueless and still has no idea what he’s doing.

Go RBNY on February 2, 2012 at 3:08 PM

He’s skated his entire life on you-know-what program, without being aware of that fact. Now that he is not covered by the program when it comes to really getting something done, he is in neverland.

slickwillie2001 on February 2, 2012 at 3:13 PM

Manufacturers of “Summer of Recovery” bumper stickers hardest hit.

NapaConservative on February 2, 2012 at 3:26 PM

Should be easy, right, 0 is the worst ever. Right?

Bmore on February 2, 2012 at 3:37 PM

Yeah, the truth is not their friend right now (if it ever was); so I think they’re seeking refuge in audacious lies.

squint on February 2, 2012 at 3:11 PM

The MSM will let this go. Too much invested in the “One”.

buckeyerich on February 2, 2012 at 3:44 PM

That’s a good ad. I’m guessing we’ll see that “If I don’t have this done in 3 years…” line a lot this year.

rndmusrnm on February 2, 2012 at 1:58 PM

It is good. I think almost as damaging is the clip of Obama laughing about shovel-ready jobs not existing. Put them in a 30-second segment for a devastating commercial.

The Count on February 2, 2012 at 4:15 PM

Red meat for an increasingly shrinking minority.

Uppereastside on February 2, 2012 at 4:16 PM

Red meat for an increasingly shrinking minority.

Uppereastside on February 2, 2012 at 4:16 PM

Which shrinking minority?

squint on February 2, 2012 at 4:28 PM

Red meat for an increasingly shrinking minority.

Uppereastside on February 2, 2012 at 4:16 PM

I love the smell of libtard delusion in the morning.

NapaConservative on February 2, 2012 at 4:44 PM

And why would we expect him to keep this promise any more than all the others he has failed to keep?

dentarthurdent on February 2, 2012 at 4:50 PM

one lifetime term, after martial law

t8stlikchkn on February 2, 2012 at 4:57 PM

Boooooooooooooooooooooooossssshhhh!!!!

And evil Republicans in Congress!!!!

And that dastardly filibuster!!!!!

Liberals will never admit defeat. They will never acknowledge a mistake they made. Their mental disorder forces them to double down on their mistakes and try to alter reality in their heads.

ButterflyDragon on February 2, 2012 at 4:59 PM

Whack!…..
……2009
….2010…..
2011…..

2012…

Fore!!!

litebeam1 on February 2, 2012 at 7:40 PM

Get that out on the airways. The bluer the state, the better. Hit them hard. Hit them often.

BTW, loved the background music.

yongoro on February 2, 2012 at 10:40 PM