President Obama: “The private sector is doing just fine”

posted at 12:01 pm on June 8, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

By most counts, it hasn’t exactly been a spectacular week for Team Obama. Mitt Romney is giving him a formidable run for his money on the campaign trail; poor jobs numbers combined with more bad news from Europe has everybody feeling down; that whole Wisconsin debacle was perhaps a tiny bit embarrassing; and to top it all off, there’s been some very pointed muttering about whether the White House may have intentionally leaked some classified information to the media for a little foreign-policy boost.

President Obama magnanimously appeared before us on Friday morning to explain away these charges, most particularly concerning the economy and Europe, and to exhort Congress to step up their game on passing jobs-related legislation. Europeans, he said, face the challenge of needing to both get their spending under control, while also encouraging growth. The United States has the same problem, and needs to find ways to grow the economy in order to create jobs and wealth and boost revenue. Curiously, the jobs he seemed most concerned about are state-and-local government jobs, including cops, teachers, and firefighters, because apparently, the private sector is doing just fine, or something.

You know, I was in complete agreement with the President as he was saying that it’s much easier to deal with debts and deficits when your economy is growing — but his solutions include the government making more “investments” on Americans behalf, sponsoring infrastructure projects to put the construction industry back to work, “stabilizing the banks” (because that worked so well, cough cough, “too big to fail”), and adding more workers to state-and-local public payrolls. All of which are ideas, he claims, with which most bipartisan economists agree, and if Republicans wanted to “be helpful” and allow the country to “move forward,” they’d get on board.  …The Keynesianism is overwhelming me.

Contrary to what President Obama says, Congress does have ideas to grow the economy — by forcing the government to get out of its own people’s way and allow the private sector to function as it should. Yesterday, for instance, I applauded a bill proposed by Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy that would force the Obama administration to issue more drilling permits on federal land. More energy production is a proven route to prosperity, not more of the same government-stimulus that has had us just meandering along in the longest “recovery” following a recession since WWII.

The President also denied the allegations of his White House releasing sensitive national security information, calling the idea “offensive” and “wrong.” “People need to have a better understanding of how I approach this office and of how the people around me approach this office,” he scolded. Riiiiight.


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You lie!

locomotivebreath1901 on June 8, 2012 at 12:03 PM

can President worth $10 million share some with me then? Time to share all that Money Prez since my private sector is not doing fine!

SDarchitect on June 8, 2012 at 12:03 PM

Out.
Of.
Touch.

UltimateBob on June 8, 2012 at 12:03 PM

first.

Obama sure gives good sound bites.He makes Mitt seem like Winston Churchill and himself like Joe Biden

lol

gerrym51 on June 8, 2012 at 12:04 PM

OK, I’m not a licensed Psychologist….but I’ll bet the farm that this guy is clinically delusional

Renee on June 8, 2012 at 12:04 PM

The President also denied the allegations of his White House releasing sensitive national security information, calling the idea “offensive” and “wrong.” “People need to have a better understanding of how I approach this office and of how the people around me approach this office,” he scolded. Riiiiight.

Then why won’t you have a special prosecutor empaneled rather than have Holder and the FBI investigate it?

teke184 on June 8, 2012 at 12:04 PM

Rush will clobber him with this.

MeatHeadinCA on June 8, 2012 at 12:05 PM

President Obama: “The private sector is doing just fine”

So… Let’s have MY jobs program.

There are no indications that ” the private sector is doing just fine.”

Jabberwock on June 8, 2012 at 12:05 PM

Convinced of his own smug magnificence only a greater expansion of government is worthy.

And since his Wall St donors are profiting no more private sector growth is needed.

Speakup on June 8, 2012 at 12:06 PM

He’s the lowest spending president in the history of the universe.
The private sector is doing great.
And he has a kill list.

A man detached from reality shouldn’t probably have a kill list.

MAC1000 on June 8, 2012 at 12:06 PM

Azzhole.

VegasRick on June 8, 2012 at 12:06 PM

Beam me up Scotty !

Sandybourne on June 8, 2012 at 12:06 PM

“People need to have a better understanding of how I approach this office and of how the people around me approach this office,” he scolded.

Oh, we do understand, Dear Liar. That’s your problem. And quit being such a whiny crybaby.

rbj on June 8, 2012 at 12:06 PM

OK, I’m not a licensed Psychologist….but I’ll bet the farm that this guy is clinically delusional

Renee on June 8, 2012 at 12:04 PM

There’s a bunch of stuff that this guy probably has, with “Narcissistic Personality Disorder” near the top of the list.

teke184 on June 8, 2012 at 12:07 PM

Bad economy?
(fingers in ears) I can’t hear you, lalalalala!

50sGuy on June 8, 2012 at 12:07 PM

Which private sector is he looking at?

gravityman on June 8, 2012 at 12:07 PM

Either 0bama does not know “the private sector” or “doing fine” means or he is an inept lying SCAOMF.

You be the judge.

jukin3 on June 8, 2012 at 12:07 PM

A man detached from reality shouldn’t probably have a kill list.

MAC1000 on June 8, 2012 at 12:06 PM

Let alone one who watches the results with a bottle of hand lotion and a box of tissues.

teke184 on June 8, 2012 at 12:07 PM

This man is delusional.

New Romney attack ad hammering Obama on this in 3, 2, 1…

milcus on June 8, 2012 at 12:08 PM

Headwinds are the only problem.

a capella on June 8, 2012 at 12:08 PM

This is just as bad as McCain’s

The fundamentals of our economy are strong.

JSR08 on June 8, 2012 at 12:08 PM

If the private sector is doing just fine, then all we have to do is hire more government workers and the unemployment problem will disappear.

Is he kidding?

walkingboss on June 8, 2012 at 12:08 PM

Obama DOES NOT WANT a healthy private sector so to him, it IS doing “just fine”. He needs a large number of people on government benefits in order to keep Democrats in office by demagoguing Republicans as wanting to “cut off” people’s benefits. If people aren’t on various forms of government assistance, he has nothing to offer.

crosspatch on June 8, 2012 at 12:08 PM

Saw “Private Sector: MISSION ACCOMPLISHED” in a tweet…. lol’ed.

taternuggets on June 8, 2012 at 12:09 PM

Remain calm. All is well… ALL IS WEEELLLL!!!

logis on June 8, 2012 at 12:08 PM

Just what I was thinking.

I figure that Axelrod will end up trampled like Chip Diller by the end of this.

teke184 on June 8, 2012 at 12:09 PM

AH HA HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Yeah, I can tell by all the For Rent and For Lease signs in all of the strip malls and business parks around here in Central Florida.

Obummer’s like the the bad guy from Die Hard 2 that is masquerading as an air traffic controller that directs the airliner into the ground…THAT’S what he wants to do to our economy.

Battlecruiser-operational on June 8, 2012 at 12:09 PM

Curiously, the jobs he seemed most concerned about are state-and-local government jobs

Nope. The only job he cares about is his.

Bobbertsan on June 8, 2012 at 12:09 PM

I think Romney should shut her down. Go home, don’t say another word. Let this $hit stain drive himself down to about 20 percent approval on his own, and wait to be elected in a landslide. Incompetence on steroids.

msupertas on June 8, 2012 at 12:09 PM

Yesterday, for instance, I applauded a bill proposed by Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy that would force the Obama administration to issue more drilling permits on federal land. More energy production is a proven route to prosperity, not more of the same government-stimulus that has had us just meandering along in the longest “recovery” following a recession since WWII.

The West Texas oilfield situation compared to southeastern New Mexico is a perfect example. Same oilfield, same type of formations where new fracking techniques can access more proven oil reserves. But the number of active rigs on the mostly private lands in Texas have almost tripled in the past five years, while the number of active rigs in New Mexico is virtually the same as they were five years ago, because the Bureau of Land Management owns most of that land, and the feds are dragging out the permitting process.

jon1979 on June 8, 2012 at 12:09 PM

This guy is worried about what Clinton and Booker say ?

People will have a field day with this.

Jabberwock on June 8, 2012 at 12:10 PM

A similarly stupid remark by McCain in the ’08 election was the turning point. Make it a loop, Romney.

SoFlaCon on June 8, 2012 at 12:10 PM

President Obama: “The private sector is doing just fine”

So how soon until Team Mitt and/or the RNC has an ad with this quote.

My guess end of the day.

gophergirl on June 8, 2012 at 12:10 PM

If the private sector is doing just fine, why the exhortations for Congress to pass Son Of Stimulus…?

JohnTant on June 8, 2012 at 12:10 PM

The smartest, most truthful, most transparent man in any rubber room!

Lewfarge on June 8, 2012 at 12:11 PM

The empty suit blamed Europe, the congress, providence and etc…just no accountability for himself.

Worst of all, he deflected what will be his biggest headache, right after the jobs/economy conundrum this summer, his leaks of state/Iraeli and other secrets, for his own glory.

May it all come to light, in time.

Sens. Feinstein and Levin are livid.

Schadenfreude on June 8, 2012 at 12:11 PM

Obama is getting frustrated. I can’t wait for the debates. I hope Romney can get him to meltdown and lose his composure. His true whiny, pettiness is BEGGING to be unleashed.

portlandon on June 8, 2012 at 12:12 PM

Did he go down – all the way ?

Rush covering the presser now.

stenwin77 on June 8, 2012 at 12:12 PM

If the private sector is doing just fine, why the exhortations for Congress to pass Son Of Stimulus…?

JohnTant on June 8, 2012 at 12:10 PM

That certainly is a stimulating question.

And one that will be ignored and go unanswered by the Panderer-in-Chief.

ProfShadow on June 8, 2012 at 12:12 PM

One more thing – Obama enabled myriad of jobs to be moved outside the U.S., to include Brazil, and this fact ‘escaped’ him…teh heh…the Muenchhausen of all times has a nose much longer than Pinocchios ever could be.

The beg. of the end was Friday. The next chapter was Tuesday night…the house of cards is wet and crumbling too.

Schadenfreude on June 8, 2012 at 12:13 PM

“People need to have a better understanding of how I approach this office and of how the people around me approach this office,”

Just think “Chicago style politics” and everything will explain itself.

GarandFan on June 8, 2012 at 12:13 PM

He won’t be happy or satisfied until the government comprises 100% of the economy.

ButterflyDragon on June 8, 2012 at 12:13 PM

The President also denied the allegations of his White House releasing sensitive national security information, calling the idea “offensive” and “wrong.” “People need to have a better understanding of how I approach this office and of how the people around me approach this office,” he scolded

…OMG!…YOU LIE…!!!

KOOLAID2 on June 8, 2012 at 12:14 PM

Data proves Obama is correct – private industry adding jobs past 2 years while public sector taking the big jobs hit.

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/images/private-vs-public.png

cornfedbubba on June 8, 2012 at 12:14 PM

#DescribeObamaInThreeWords

Pants On Fire

The Rogue Tomato on June 8, 2012 at 12:15 PM

President Obama: “The private sector is doing just fine”

Twitter’s already on it, like a dog on a bone.

#doingjustfine

Flora Duh on June 8, 2012 at 12:15 PM

Created 800k jobs this year? Really?

ButterflyDragon on June 8, 2012 at 12:15 PM

“Looking through the prism of $50,000 a plate fundraising galas, I believe that the private sector is doing just fine.” – Emperor B. Hussein O’cha-ching

Pork-Chop on June 8, 2012 at 12:16 PM

Data proves Obama is correct – private industry adding jobs past 2 years while public sector taking the big jobs hit.

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/images/private-vs-public.png

cornfedbubba on June 8, 2012 at 12:14 PM

Data from a Liberal website? Try again when we all stop laughing at you.

kingsjester on June 8, 2012 at 12:16 PM

A man detached from reality shouldn’t probably have a kill list.

MAC1000 on June 8, 2012 at 12:06 PM

Next you are going to say that Iran shouldn’t have a nuke. RACIST!

DuctTapeMyBrain on June 8, 2012 at 12:17 PM

President Obama: “The private sector is doing just fine”

Man, what an ad to be run in an endless loop. It’s far worse than:

“There is no Soviet dominance of Eastern Europe.”

- President Gerald Ford, in a debate with Jimmy Carter, 1976

And, chocolate rations were increased 6-fold last week and we’ve always been at war with Eurasia.

The Keynesianism is overwhelming me.

Speaking of Keynesianism…

No, Krugman, Reagan Was Not The “Keynesian” And Obama Is Not The “Anti-Keynesian”

http://predicthistunpredictpast.blogspot.com/2012/06/no-krugman-reagan-was-not-keynesian-and.html

M2RB: Monty Python

Resist We Much on June 8, 2012 at 12:17 PM

in other words, “I won, so shut up and let me get on with the destruction of evil Capitalism as Mr. Ayers and Mr. Soros have told me I must do. I was elected because I have a nice commanding voice, and I can parrot the progressive lies…I mean truths.”

kirkill on June 8, 2012 at 12:17 PM

Hard to believe this economic buffoon graduate from Harvard.

dthorny on June 8, 2012 at 12:17 PM

OK, I’m not a licensed Psychologist….but I’ll bet the farm that this guy is clinically delusional

Renee on June 8, 2012 at 12:04 PM

This guy is such an azz that you need to be a proctologist to diagnose him.

Flange on June 8, 2012 at 12:18 PM

“People need to have a better understanding of how I approach this office and of how the people around me approach this office,” he scolded. Riiiiight.

I suspect most people around him approach that office on their knees….

Tenwheeler on June 8, 2012 at 12:18 PM

Obama’s next autobiography should be entitled “Clueless: Stories of My White House Years

AZCoyote on June 8, 2012 at 12:18 PM

Which private sector is he looking at?

gravityman on June 8, 2012 at 12:07 PM

…well…Mooch has a book coming out soon…and that is HOW he made his money!

KOOLAID2 on June 8, 2012 at 12:18 PM

Let’s put Obama into the private sector, and he’ll find out how “fine” it’s doing.

Steve Z on June 8, 2012 at 12:19 PM

Hard to believe this economic buffoon graduate from Harvard.

dthorny on June 8, 2012 at 12:17 PM

No it’s not.

Mark1971 on June 8, 2012 at 12:19 PM

Man, what an ad to be run in an endless loop.

This can be a series of ads localized for each swing state.

Put that sound clip on with pictures of Michigan, Nevada, Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania, etc., nearly all of which have gotten destroyed economically in the past 4 years.

teke184 on June 8, 2012 at 12:19 PM

He’s destroying it, and that is just fine with him.

Brat on June 8, 2012 at 12:19 PM

More energy production is a proven route to prosperity, not more of the same government-stimulus that has had us just meandering along in the longest “recovery” following a recession since WWII.

Funny you mention that point. The same type of government-stimulus had us meandering through the Great Depression with no appreciable recvovery.

Steve Eggleston on June 8, 2012 at 12:20 PM

“The fundamentals of our economy are strong”

GOPRanknFile on June 8, 2012 at 12:20 PM

Created 800k jobs this year? Really?

ButterflyDragon on June 8, 2012 at 12:15 PM

…JugEars thinks this is Asia!

KOOLAID2 on June 8, 2012 at 12:20 PM

President Obama: “The private sector is doing just fine”

Obowma imitates Luke Skywalker”s Jedi mind trick.

dthorny on June 8, 2012 at 12:21 PM

“The Private Sector is fine”

-Liar in Chief

ArtVandelay on June 8, 2012 at 12:21 PM

Erika; you are doing a bangup job thus far. You really produce quite a few posts and have the snark thing going for you. Nice work.

ted c on June 8, 2012 at 12:22 PM

Data from a Liberal website? Try again when we all stop laughing at you.

kingsjester on June 8, 2012 at 12:16 PM

I, for one, will ALWAYS laugh at that jackazz.

VegasRick on June 8, 2012 at 12:22 PM

I knew McCain was finished in 2008 when he said that the fundamentals of the economy were just fine. History repeating itself?

Valkyriepundit on June 8, 2012 at 12:23 PM

OUT OF TOUCH OUT OF TOUCH OUT OF TOUCH OUT OF TOUCH OUT OF TOUCH OUT OF TOUCH OUT OF TOUCH OUT OF TOUCH OUT OF TOUCH OUT OF TOUCH OUT OF TOUCH OUT OF TOUCH OUT OF TOUCH OUT OF TOUCH OUT OF TOUCH OUT OF TOUCH

DavidW on June 8, 2012 at 12:24 PM

cornfedbubba on June 8, 2012 at 12:14 PM

It’s ok, we know you must obey what your masters tell you.

The best economy in the US? The counties in and around Washington DC.

I work in the private sector…thank God. And my company has had to lay off about 20% of it’s workforce since the Pelosi, Reid, Obama devastation. We’ve also had to off shore to India and Argentina…sadly.

kirkill on June 8, 2012 at 12:24 PM

Anybody in the private sector get a raise/merit increase/cost of living adjustment in the last 3-4 years?

“Just fine”

Jeddite on June 8, 2012 at 12:24 PM

Obama’s quote has got to star in a Republican commercial which shows just how bad things are and makes Obama look like Marie Antoinette!

CatoRenasci on June 8, 2012 at 12:24 PM

If the private sector is doing just fine, why the exhortations for Congress to pass Son Of Stimulus…?

JohnTant on June 8, 2012 at 12:10 PM

Easy, because the Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious Stimulus Act of 2009 was not about the private sector. It was about bailing out the states, doling out money to cronies like George Kaiser, “green” jobs like janitor jobs at the Sierra Club’s lobbyists’ offices in DC, paybacks to the unions, more bennies for those on the government teat, etc. Son of Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious Stimulus will be more of the same.

Resist We Much on June 8, 2012 at 12:24 PM

Whenever a politician says

The truth of the matter is…

whatever follows is typically a lie.

strictnein on June 8, 2012 at 12:24 PM

Hard to believe this economic buffoon graduate from Harvard.

dthorny on June 8, 2012 at 12:17 PM
No it’s not.

Mark1971 on June 8, 2012 at 12:19 PM

“Gentleman’s C” – look it up.

VegasRick on June 8, 2012 at 12:24 PM

Sez the guy who demonizes, regulates, and attacks the private sector every chance he gets.

antipc on June 8, 2012 at 12:24 PM

People need to have a better understanding of how I approach this office

ah yes. The classic, liberal position of “more education needed” amongst the proles.

bend over proles, the lesson is about to start.
/dnc

ted c on June 8, 2012 at 12:24 PM

“People need to have a better understanding of how I approach this office and of how the people around me approach this office,”

We do and there’s a neat little abbreviation for it – SCOAMF.

CorporatePiggy on June 8, 2012 at 12:25 PM

If the public sector actually was doing fine then there would be plenty of tax revenue for public sector to be doing fine.

gerrym51 on June 8, 2012 at 12:25 PM

The President also denied the allegations of his White House releasing sensitive national security information, calling the idea “offensive” and “wrong.”

The rumor on the Hill is that Petraeus and Panetta are about to drop the hammer on Team Obama for these leaks. I do hope it’s true.

TXUS on June 8, 2012 at 12:26 PM

let us educate the sheeple to what the private sector is and then play him saying this every 30 minutes till the election..

gov romney would win handily……..

oh i forgot most teachers are leftist loons.

maybe we need the private sector to educate our kids, yes yes that is the way!

school vouchers for all.

losarkos on June 8, 2012 at 12:26 PM

Hard to believe this economic buffoon graduate from Harvard.

dthorny on June 8, 2012 at 12:17 PM

No it’s not.

Mark1971 on June 8, 2012 at 12:19 PM

Indeed, we need to stop letting the intellectuals with no real world experience rule us. They all believe the same economic fallacies of all failed socialist societies.

kirkill on June 8, 2012 at 12:27 PM

democratic underground says the president looks tired:

http://www.conservativecave.com/index.php/topic,74079.0.html

Mr Snuggle Bunny on June 8, 2012 at 12:27 PM

Geez, will someone just stick a sock in this hack’s pie hole?

I’ve had it up to HERE with Obama’s incompetence.

He’s living in denial.

NoDonkey on June 8, 2012 at 12:27 PM

Hard to believe this economic buffoon graduate from Harvard.

dthorny on June 8, 2012 at 12:17 PM

Who’s that? It certainly isn’t Barack Obama. He’s never taken an economics class in his life.

Resist We Much on June 8, 2012 at 12:28 PM

Obowma continues to focus like a laser on jobs through the 4th annual Summer of Recovery.

We simply fail to grasp hope and change, or something.

You do have to laugh at his limited knowledge of economics as he is such an arrogant jerk.

dthorny on June 8, 2012 at 12:28 PM

“People need to have a better understanding of how I approach this office and of how the people around me approach this office,” he scolded.

*Sigh*…once again, us unwashed bitter-clingers are just too ignorant…

Your problem, SippyCup, is that we already DO have a better understanding of how you approach the golf course & fundraisers. I honestly doubt you even know where your office is, IDIOT.

SnarkySam on June 8, 2012 at 12:28 PM

The private sector is doing fine.–Barack Obama, Washington, D.C., June, 2012.

The side streets have been plowed; everything is under control.–Michael Bilandic, Chicago, January, 1979.

Barnestormer on June 8, 2012 at 12:29 PM

He still has stars in his eyes.
HOLLYWOOD sector is doing just fine.
That’s all he needs to know.

pambi on June 8, 2012 at 12:29 PM

democratic underground says the president looks tired:

http://www.conservativecave.com/index.php/topic,74079.0.html

Mr Snuggle Bunny on June 8, 2012 at 12:27 PM

Awww, well, maybe he should resign and take a permanent vacation. No one would vote to elect Biden. It would be the biggest landslide in the history of the world.

Resist We Much on June 8, 2012 at 12:30 PM

Well geeze, the buddies he golf with, and golfs with, and golfs with, again and again and again … all have jobs.

stenwin77 on June 8, 2012 at 12:30 PM

**FLASHBACK**: Harry Reid October 2011“It’s very clear that private-sector jobs have been doing just fine; it’s the public-sector jobs where we’ve lost huge numbers.”

FlatFoot on June 8, 2012 at 12:33 PM

“People need to have a better understanding of how I approach this office and of how the people around me approach this office,” he scolded.

That’s silly, we already know how all of them “approach” the office.

With their heads up his azz, especially him.

Flora Duh on June 8, 2012 at 12:35 PM

Hard to believe this economic buffoon graduate from Harvard.

dthorny on June 8, 2012 at 12:17 PM

Harvard is completely overrated.

It’s not even the best school in Boston. I’d rather have my children attend M.I.T.

NoDonkey on June 8, 2012 at 12:35 PM

OT-

Drudge headline-

“Detroit Broke In One Week”

Link

This can’t help Bambi’s turnout in Detroit come November.

teke184 on June 8, 2012 at 12:35 PM

Obama’s pivot to JOBS, JOBS, JOBS, is always for union jobs: union cops, union fire-fighters, more union teacher jobs, more union construction worker jobs, more government union AFSCME jobs. As for the private sector, non-union jobs – not to worry the private sector is doing just fine – LOL. Unions vote Democrat, private sector non-union workers, no so much.

Bob in VA on June 8, 2012 at 12:35 PM

Watching the left wallow in denial is kind of funny.

Right now I’m watching some moron lady on MSNBC say the big $$$ Democrat donors are sitting on the sidelines waiting for the right moment to pony up. Hilarious! :-D

Punchenko on June 8, 2012 at 12:36 PM

Team Romney responds:

“Today, President Obama inexplicably claimed that ‘the private sector is doing fine.’ But the 23 million Americans who are struggling for work are not ‘doing fine.’ Job creators and small businesses are not ‘doing fine.’ The middle class is not ‘doing fine.’ There is no denying that President Obama has been fundamentally hostile to job creators and his policies have prevented our economy from rebounding. America needs a president who understands the economy and knows how to get our country back on track.”

J_Crater on June 8, 2012 at 12:37 PM

Idiot.

totherightofthem on June 8, 2012 at 12:38 PM

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