Quotes of the day

posted at 9:31 pm on June 3, 2012 by Allahpundit

The bleak jobs report on Friday predictably had heads snapping toward the White House, looking to President Obama to do something. Yet his proposed remedies only underscore how much the president, just five months before he faces voters, is at the mercy of actors in Europe, China and Congress whose political interests often conflict with his own…

[E]ven in 2008, with the financial system near collapse, most Congressional Republicans rejected the rescue plan of a Republican president, George W. Bush. And now, despite their own record-low numbers in the polls, they have next to no incentive to help an embattled Democratic president lift the economy…

Gene Sperling, the chief White House economic adviser, said, “There is no question that had Congress acted on the president’s proposals nine months ago to prevent teacher layoffs, put construction workers back to work and cut small-business taxes, our job situation today would be notably stronger and unemployment would be lower.” Analyses by macroeconomic firms and nonpartisan financial analysts agreed.

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Republicans are hoping the economy continues to struggle so they can win the White House in November and should put those political concerns aside and take steps to boost job creation, top Obama campaign officials said Sunday.

“They need to get off their hands and stop rooting for failure,” Stephanie Cutter, Obama’s deputy campaign manager, said on ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos.”…

“Instead of high-fiving each other on days when there is bad news, they should stop sitting on their hands and work on some of these answers,” Axelrod said.

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“What we really have here is a deficit in leadership. And this president came into office without any prior experience running anything. He never even ran a corner store. And I think it shows in the way that he’s handling the economy,” Fehrnstrom said on ABC’s This Week…

“I do think it’s important for Republicans in Congress to come together with the president on some bipartisan jobs legislation,” Fehrnstrom said. “The problem is, this president has made it nearly impossible to do that because of the way he demonizes his opposition – his personal attacks against Paul Ryan.”

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“No one’s arguing whether Mitt Romney is qualified to be president,” Axelrod said of the former governor and private equity firm founder. “What we’re arguing is whether he’s qualified to call himself a job creator. That’s not what he did in his business. That’s not the purpose of his business, and it’s certainly not what he did in Massachusetts where they had one of the worst economic records in the country.”…

On Sunday Axelrod defended the strategy of speaking out in Boston: “We went up there to make a point about Governor Romney’s economic record,” he said. “Governor Romney offers himself as a job creator, a kind of economic oracle, and he’s saying the same exact things he said 10 years ago when he ran for governor of Massachusetts. And what happened? Massachusetts plunged to 47th in job creation. They lost manufacturing jobs at twice the rate of the country. They grew jobs at one-fifth the rate of the rest of country. It wasn’t the record of a job creator. He had the wrong economic philosophy and he failed…

“What was striking about what happened on Friday was how quick the leaders of Congress were out there wringing their hands. These are the architects of obstruction, and now they’re complaining about the pace of the recovery,” he said. “They should put down their political hats and join us and help solve these problems.”

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Speaking on Fox News Sunday, Gillespie noted the healthcare reform law and the White House decision not to move forward with the Keystone pipeline this year as factors hurting “job-creators.” To improve the economy, Gillespie said those polices need to change, which can only come from the ballot box.

“This is a hostile environment for job creation in our economy and that’s why, frankly, it has a sense of urgency in terms of this year’s election to be able to turn things around because the only thing that’s going to change it are changing the policies and that means changing the person in the White House,” Gillespie said…

“Gov. Romney thinks we need stronger presidential leadership. You don’t see President Obama — all he does seemingly is campaign and go to fundraisers. Where is his leadership on this, on tax-mageddon and the sequestration? Has he done anything at all to try to bring members of Congress together to try to avoid this?” Gillespie said.

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“Nobody is happy with the rate of job creation today. I believe that without the policies that the president put in place, we would not even have this level of job creation,” said Rattner on Fox News Sunday…

Rattner acknowledged Romney’s qualifications gained at Bain, but said Obama’s experience helming the economy since his election had the edge.

“Decades in the private sector give you an insight into all of the things that you speak about. But when Romney turns around and attacks the president’s qualifications. I would say three years in the trenches, fighting this economic war every single day, dealing with economic policy matters, auto rescues, bank rescues, every single day for three years actually gives you more qualifications to be president,” he said.

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“The fact of the matter is, this president has not managed to get very much of what he wanted done,” Krugman said. “It’s terribly unfair that he’s being judged on the failure of the economy to respond to policies that had been largely dictated by a hostile Congress.”

But ABC News’ George Will said the Obama has not lived up to his economic promises, and has little time before the election to make further progress.

“With his predictions about what his stimulus would accomplish, what his green jobs programs would accomplish, the president gave a lot of hostages to fortune, and fortune has shot the hostages,” Will said.

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Via Mediaite.

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I sent Congress a jobs bill last September full of the kinds of bipartisan ideas that would have put our fellow Americans back to work and helped reinforce our economy against those outside shocks. I sent them a plan that would have reduced the deficit by $4 trillion in a way that’s balanced – that pays for the job-creating investments we need by cutting unnecessary spending and asking the wealthiest Americans to pay a little more in taxes.

Since then, Congress has only passed a few parts of that jobs bill, like a tax cut that’s allowing working Americans to keep more of your paycheck every week. That was important. But Congress hasn’t acted on enough of the other ideas in that bill that would make a difference and help create jobs right now. And there’s no excuse for that. Not when so many people are looking for work. Not when so many people are struggling to pay the bills.

So my message to Congress is, get to work.

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Via the Right Scoop.


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Night Bmore.

RedCrow on June 4, 2012 at 2:10 AM

Logus on June 4, 2012 at 2:05 AM

That part about your mom scaring the kids was funny.

4Grace on June 4, 2012 at 2:11 AM

Thanks RedCrow!

Well, it’s time for this fart to pass out. The twins don’t always let us sleep in!

Bon nuit mes amis!

Logus on June 4, 2012 at 2:12 AM

Goodnight, Logus.

4Grace on June 4, 2012 at 2:13 AM

Logus on June 4, 2012 at 2:05 AM

See, that’s a good story. Not sure how to work that into an interview, unless you caught someone taking a glance.

Humor is really good in interviews, when used sparingly.

(Didn’t read your link, yet. Probably bookmark it for tomorrow. Too much reading today.)

RedCrow on June 4, 2012 at 2:13 AM

Bon nuit mes amis!

Logus on June 4, 2012 at 2:12 AM

And Bonus nachos to you, my friend.

RedCrow on June 4, 2012 at 2:14 AM

4Grace on June 4, 2012 at 2:13 AM

Did you see your official Plugs theme song?

RedCrow on June 4, 2012 at 2:15 AM

Nachos. Yum.

4Grace on June 4, 2012 at 2:15 AM

Oh, good to know, so 4graces sock will be Druids. I better write that down. Thanks. ; )

Bmore on June 4, 2012 at 1:52 AM

Good, then you can remind me when I forget.

4Grace on June 4, 2012 at 1:58 AM

Just make sure you don’t get into character until after you’ve turned on the computer and logged into Hotair under your troll identity.

It would be a shame if you went to the trouble of crafting a female Joe Biden impersonation, and did it so well that you couldn’t post because your new persona didn’t know its own user name.

RINO in Name Only on June 4, 2012 at 2:16 AM

Did you see your official Plugs theme song?

RedCrow on June 4, 2012 at 2:15 AM

Yes! That movie is too funny. I did theater for quite a few years. I was quite good at the rehearsed stuff, but was never as strong at improv. I love a good comedy with a lot of improvisation.

4Grace on June 4, 2012 at 2:17 AM

RINO in Name Only on June 4, 2012 at 2:16 AM

Lolz. It would be sad. I’ll admit that there are days that the real me might have the same problem.

4Grace on June 4, 2012 at 2:20 AM

RHINO: If you don’t mind saying, what time is it at your location?

4Grace on June 4, 2012 at 2:22 AM

Goodnight Bmore and Logus.

RINO in Name Only on June 4, 2012 at 2:22 AM

4Grace on June 4, 2012 at 2:17 AM

Glad you liked that. (It might be my favorite movie, though lately I’m glued to the set for anything Hitchcock.)

Christopher Guest and his troupe are very good. If you have the opportunity, check out:

Waiting for Guffman
Best in Show
For Your Consideration
(and, maybe) A Mighty Wind

Also, but you won’t find it–I had to order it from Amazon–check out the rap version of Spinal Tap. It’s from the early to mid-nineties and is called “Fear of a Black Hat”. (The group’s name is N.W.H.: (N-words) With Hats.) (There are clips on YT.)

RedCrow on June 4, 2012 at 2:23 AM

Nachos. Yum.

4Grace on June 4, 2012 at 2:15 AM

Actually, that would be good. But, I’d be up all night burping–can’t have that. Also, not sure if nachos are still legal–I mean, no one needs a nacho.

RedCrow on June 4, 2012 at 2:25 AM

Still haven’t seen Best in Show. I love that cast and am sure I would enjoy the movie.

4Grace on June 4, 2012 at 2:28 AM

It would be a shame if you went to the trouble of crafting a female Joe Biden impersonation, and did it so well that you couldn’t post because your new persona didn’t know its own user name.

RINO in Name Only on June 4, 2012 at 2:16 AM

LOL!
Who’s Biden?!?
I had to read your comment a second time before I got it!
(It’s gettin’ late.)

RedCrow on June 4, 2012 at 2:29 AM

So, someone mentioned a PPP poll of Wisconsin tonight. Will the final polls be tomorrow, or are they done?

4Grace on June 4, 2012 at 2:30 AM

Still haven’t seen Best in Show. I love that cast and am sure I would enjoy the movie.

4Grace on June 4, 2012 at 2:28 AM

You certainly would, especially if you like dogs, as it’s about people (and their dogs) competing in a dog show.

Also, the great Fred Willard is fantastic in it.

RedCrow on June 4, 2012 at 2:33 AM

RHINO: If you don’t mind saying, what time is it at your location?

4Grace on June 4, 2012 at 2:22 AM

It’s 9:35AM here.

RINO in Name Only on June 4, 2012 at 2:35 AM

Also, the great Fred Willard is fantastic in it.

RedCrow on June 4, 2012 at 2:33 AM

He’s the primary reason I want to see the movie!

4Grace on June 4, 2012 at 2:35 AM

RINO in Name Only on June 4, 2012 at 2:35 AM

Thanks, I was guessing something in that range.

4Grace on June 4, 2012 at 2:38 AM

Well, I’ve still got a few things to finish up before heading to bed. So, I’m OUT for tonight.

Goodnight all. Enjoy the remainder of your Monday. :)

4Grace on June 4, 2012 at 2:40 AM

So, someone mentioned a PPP poll of Wisconsin tonight. Will the final polls be tomorrow, or are they done?

4Grace on June 4, 2012 at 2:30 AM

According to some political guys I follow on Twitter tonight’s poll was the last one before the election. Also of note- they noticed that PPP didn’t send out any of the signals that they usually do if the (D) is ahead and Tom’s camp was already sending out spin of their own internals in advance.

Betenoire on June 4, 2012 at 2:40 AM

Well, I hate to leave the party, but I have to get up early in the morning–well, at least by 8am, not very early but it’s past 2:30 here. It’s gonna come soon.

I’ll leave with this link of a Charlie Rose interview with Christopher Guest talking about Fred Willard. (Bookmark it–it’s good, but 9min long.)

G’nite, HA crew.

RedCrow on June 4, 2012 at 2:40 AM

Betenoire on June 4, 2012 at 2:40 AM

Thank you for that info! I’m still sweatin’ it a little.

RedCrow on June 4, 2012 at 2:40 AM

Thanks, I will definitely bookmark it.

Goodnight.

4Grace on June 4, 2012 at 2:46 AM

Goodnight Grace, RedCrow.

RINO in Name Only on June 4, 2012 at 2:47 AM

Hey AllahPundit and Ed, here’s a story that would make a great dude post.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2154283/Cats-away-Artist-turns-dead-pet-flying-helicopter-killed-car.html

SoulGlo on June 4, 2012 at 3:07 AM

Hey AllahPundit and Ed, here’s a story that would make a great dude post.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2154283/Cats-away-Artist-turns-dead-pet-flying-helicopter-killed-car.html

SoulGlo on June 4, 2012 at 3:07 AM

You should probably email them (tips@hotair) if you want them to see that.

RINO in Name Only on June 4, 2012 at 3:25 AM

tips@hotair.com

RINO in Name Only on June 4, 2012 at 3:25 AM

RINO in Name Only on June 4, 2012 at 3:26 AM

“They need to get off their hands and stop rooting for failure,” Stephanie Cutter, Obama’s deputy campaign manager, said on ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos.”…

I haven’t heard of any republican rooting for obama.

The republicans have put up plans and budgets, voted them on toward the senate, where dingy harry the scumbag extraordinaire tables them or tosses them on a stack somewhere to collect dust while he runs around with nancy pelosis’s thumb in his butt while looking for his microscopic pensi.

If dingy harry even has one. We already know he has no balls, obama ate those along with a side of puppy a couple years back.

Wolfmoon on June 4, 2012 at 4:04 AM

Moochelle’s SS codename is Renaissance. ??!?

They should have let me pick the names.

4Grace on June 4, 2012 at 2:05 AM

Rebirth, as in what? It certainly wasn’t pride in her country.

Resist We Much on June 4, 2012 at 5:59 AM

Gene Sperling, the chief White House economic adviser, said, “There is no question that had Congress acted on the president’s proposals nine months ago to prevent teacher layoffs, put construction workers back to work and cut small-business taxes, our job situation today would be notably stronger and unemployment would be lower.” Analyses by macroeconomic firms and nonpartisan financial analysts agreed.

Oh puhleaze….as if these people would have cut George Bush any slack…besides, if Obama wanted to work with the Republicans he could have. It seems to me his reaction to their input in all this was a snarky I won.

Terrye on June 4, 2012 at 6:13 AM

Hey AllahPundit and Ed, here’s a story that would make a great dude post.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2154283/Cats-away-Artist-turns-dead-pet-flying-helicopter-killed-car.html

SoulGlo on June 4, 2012 at 3:07 AM

lol

Does anyone doubt that there will be a mention of Orville on RedEye? :)

Bizarro No. 1 on June 4, 2012 at 6:51 AM

“Instead of high-fiving each other on days when there is bad news, they should stop sitting on their hands and work on some of these answers,” Axelrod said.

from the Mr. I Won admin

puhleeze

cmsinaz on June 4, 2012 at 7:00 AM

Terrye on June 4, 2012 at 6:13 AM

THIS

cmsinaz on June 4, 2012 at 7:02 AM

Wolfmoon on June 4, 2012 at 4:04 AM

+1

cmsinaz on June 4, 2012 at 7:06 AM

I still miss getalife from days of yore…

OmahaConservative on June 4, 2012 at 1:08 AM

shutup you stupid cons

obama is the best president ever

you stupid cons should bow to him

Is that a decent enough impersonation OC?

Flora Duh on June 4, 2012 at 7:17 AM

If Ignorance is Bliss, then Libbies must be in a constant state of bliss.

It also must be nice to have A Convenient Memory that forgets who did what when over the past 8 years.

Logic, Reason? Naw, we have Alinksy and it is more fun! Besides, they didn’t need it for their degree in Womyn Studies or Liberal Philosophies.

No wonder they are so much fun to rile up when they troll the site! Even if that’s the only way they can make a dime, since I hear Soros pays by the post. And why they post on conservative sites, since they tolerate and engage opposing views.

ProfShadow on June 4, 2012 at 7:24 AM

morning joe still giving out advice to dear leader this am…

cmsinaz on June 4, 2012 at 7:39 AM

t had Congress acted on the president’s proposals

Yeah sure! And had Obamacare not been force into law, the Giant panda would be reproducing fast, the glaciers would move south, Soylendra would be a Fortune 500 company now, the smart car would be able to tow two-ton boats while getting 50MPG, the Islamists would have made peace with Israel, the Russians and Chicoms would have dismantled their military, GHollywood would produce decent movies, and cancer would have personally been cured by the Navy Seals upon order of Obama.

What is this un-provable, ridiculous, woulda, coulda, shoulda, fantasy other than more Chicago bred bovine excrement?

Don L on June 4, 2012 at 7:40 AM

morning joe still giving out advice to dear leader this am…

cmsinaz on June 4, 2012 at 7:39 AM

Too bad “dear leader” won’t listen to him. That would be one way to assure a Romney win.

Flora Duh on June 4, 2012 at 7:41 AM

The Libs are beginning to see that they’re backing the wrong horse…and they’re getting desperate.

kingsjester on June 4, 2012 at 7:43 AM

Sounds like panic setting in around Obama campaign headquarters. Mitt sticking to his talking points and not chasing after their weekly distractions has them unnerved. All the more reason to select a VP that will keep him on message. One stands above the crowd … http://bit.ly/qVdDUt

ombdz on June 4, 2012 at 7:45 AM

Morning Joe is like a bunch of people sitting around at a wake the night before a funeral. Is Tingles about to cry more over Scott Walker or the Anna Wintour ad? Tingles really looked pea green nauseous in the face.

Marcus on June 4, 2012 at 7:46 AM

…calling the battle to recall Gov. Scott Walker a “dry run” for the November election.’
Whoa! Does this mean they are planning to recall Barack?
Has Joe Biden been informed? Will Debbie W S be forced to go on welfare or hawk Sham-wow stuff? Will Harry reed elope with Nancy Pelosi and they do a Thelma and Louise finale?

Don L on June 4, 2012 at 7:46 AM

WHERE ARE THE JOBS?

at every campaign appearance…….make it Boston /Axelrod EVERYWHERE.

PappyD61 on June 4, 2012 at 7:47 AM

Flora Duh on June 4, 2012 at 7:41 AM

:)

kingsjester on June 4, 2012 at 7:43 AM

yup

cmsinaz on June 4, 2012 at 7:48 AM

Marcus on June 4, 2012 at 7:46 AM

i sure heard it in his voice…

go big or go home according to him…this is the double down president…

cmsinaz on June 4, 2012 at 7:49 AM

“It’s terribly unfair that he’s being judged on the failure of the economy to respond to policies that had been largely dictated by a hostile Congress.”

Boo, f’ing hoo, Krugman. Obama’s jobs bills have been the only bi-partisan thing he has accomplished by getting both sides to vote unanimously against his cluelessness.

I sent Congress a jobs bill last September full of the kinds of bipartisan ideas that would have put our fellow Americans back to work and helped reinforce our economy against those outside shocks. I sent them a plan that would have reduced the deficit by $4 trillion in a way that’s balanced – that pays for the job-creating investments we need by cutting unnecessary spending and asking the wealthiest Americans to pay a little more in taxes.

Boo, f’ing hoo, Obama. Same comment here.

College Prof on June 4, 2012 at 7:50 AM

“Instead of high-fiving each other on days when there is bad news, they should stop sitting on their hands and work on some of these answers,” Axelrod said.

I’ve not seen one high-five in the face of your bosses failures. You sir are just an evil human being who deserves to go down in defeat along with the jug-eared Kenyan.

Happy Nomad on June 4, 2012 at 8:05 AM

Uppereastside, please define middle class for us.
 
Net worth and annual salary both, please.
 
Thanks.
 
rogerb on June 3, 2012 at 10:28 PM

 
No actual numbers, eh Uppereastside?
 

“Just words? Just speeches?”
 
- President Barack H. Obama, February 2008

rogerb on June 4, 2012 at 8:10 AM

“Instead of high-fiving each other on days when there is bad news, they should stop sitting on their hands and work on some of these answers,” Axelrod said.

from the Mr. I Won admin

puhleeze

cmsinaz on June 4, 2012 at 7:00 AM

I wonder how you can high five while sitting on your hands, because there is bad news every day.

Night Owl on June 4, 2012 at 9:12 AM

Is that a decent enough impersonation OC?

Flora Duh on June 4, 2012 at 7:17 AM

Probably, but I think she was banned before 0bama became president…

OmahaConservative on June 4, 2012 at 9:30 AM

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