Romney: “Is he really that out of touch?”

posted at 2:01 pm on June 8, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

It didn’t take long for Mitt Romney to hit the hanging curve Barack Obama threw earlier today in his press conference.  Speaking in Iowa, a key swing state in the election, Romney asked whether any American President has been more out of touch with economic reality:

Now this morning, the President had a press conference. I don’t know if you heard it, but he called a press conference and pulled people in and said a number of things, and one of the most interesting things he said was this: he said the private sector is doing fine. He said the private sector is doing fine. Is he really that out of touch? I think he’s defining what it means to be detached and out of touch with the American people. Has there ever been an American president who is so far from reality as to believe in an America where 23 million Americans are out of work, or stopped looking for work, or can only find part-time jobs and need full-time jobs, where the economy grew in the first quarter of the year at only 1.9 percent, where the median income in America has dropped by 10% over the last four years, where there have been record number of home foreclosures, for the President of the United States to stand up and say the private sector is doing fine is going to go down in history. It’s an extraordinary miscalculation and misunderstanding by a President who is out of touch, and we’re going to take back this country and get America working again.

The LA Times picks up on the story:

Mitt Romney hit back at President Obama‘s comments Friday morning that the private sector was “doing fine,” with the GOP nominee saying it was evidence that the president does not understand the economy or the financial struggles facing Americans.

“Is he really that out of touch? I think he’s defining what it means to be detached and out of touch with the American people,” Romney told supporters gathered in a park in Council Bluffs, Iowa. “Has there ever been an American president who is so far from reality?”

Romney countered by reeling off a litany of statistics about the nation’s economic plight — 23 million Americans unemployed, underemployed or dropped out of the labor force; the economy growing at a meager 1.9% in the first quarter; the median income dropping by 10% over the last four years; and record home foreclosures.

“For the president of the United States to stand up and say that the private sector is doing fine is going to go down in history as an extraordinary miscalculation and misunderstanding by a president who is out of touch and we’re going to take back this country and get America working again,” Romney said.

“Extraordinary miscalculation” sounds about right.  This could very well be a tipping point for Obama, who was going to have a tough time defending his economic record in any case.  The only saving grace for the President might be that it happened this early in the cycle, and that subsequent events might allow his laughable remark to fade from memory.  However, I’d bet that the Romney campaign will be making that statement the centerpiece of every ad about economic policy they run from now until November.  They certainly won’t let Obama forget he said it.

Update: It didn’t take long for the RNC to cut this ad:

That won’t be the last one, either.


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Trolls, here is another meme of yours debunked.

Schadenfreude on June 8, 2012 at 3:04 PM

Says the billionaire who buys Nascar teams in his spare time. Sorry, Willard…America has already bought into the meme that you’re the out of touch one. Nice try.

inthemiddletankforObama on June 8, 2012 at 2:13 P

And if it was true regarding Nascar, how many jobs directly (drivers, mechanics, pit crew,etc) and indirectly (parts suppliers, travel crew, setup, promotions, etc) does Mitt’s money help support..

hillsoftx on June 8, 2012 at 3:04 PM

Or as he says: “you aren’t too bright”, or something.

right2bright on June 8, 2012 at 3:03 PM

Just you. Smarter folks figure it out.

cozmo on June 8, 2012 at 3:04 PM

Did it ever occur to you that they might not have the intellect for that? :)…

jimver on June 8, 2012 at 3:02 PM

You mean the intellect to back up their statements?

Than in that case, they are ripe for ridicule…

right2bright on June 8, 2012 at 3:05 PM

NO Triple Crown Winner – “I’ll Have Another” scratched from race because of tendonitis.

ExpressoBold on June 8, 2012 at 2:48 PM

…well that’s a bummer! Was looking forward to it…but better to not push further injury.
…maybe we can get SJP to wear the silks?…she might like that bit!

KOOLAID2 on June 8, 2012 at 3:05 PM

Breaking news!!!!!!

Mayan archeologists announced a breakthrough in their translation of a new and entirely complete Mayan calendar and related carvings.

“The Mayan prophecy of doom has been wildly overstated.” said the lead researcher at a press conference that verged on bedlam. The team stated they have conclusive proof that the Mayans were not forecasting the end of the World on december 21, 2012.

“Amazingly, the Mayans were specifically setting the date for the extinction of the last of a species which did not yet exist in their time. The team at first thought they were referring to lemmings BUT cross analysis showed this to be false.”

“The Mayans took great pains to define this species as a cult of humans who would come into existence for a brief period in a society of great wealth. This cult was predicted to devote itself to the destruction of their own society, its wealth and its morals.”

“They even used a specific name for the cult: Liberas. What is less clear is what basis the Mayans used for making their prediction. Never the less, the team felt it was incumbent upon us to release our findings NOW so other researchers could validate them and make observations on this extinction event.”

The resarch team refused to comment on reports that several members of the team who had long been politically active in liberal politics had committed suicide when the findings were confirmed.

PolAgnostic on June 8, 2012 at 3:05 PM

It won’t take long for PolygaMitt to pull an Etch-a-Sketch moment and stick his Louis Vuittons in his mouth.

inthenuthouse on June 8, 2012 at 2:24 PM

Yeah, and then what? We get to laugh at him for a minute or two before we realize “Hey…waitaminute…this guy’s our president for the next 4 years”.

Boy, that DOES sound funny. Almost as funny as your mother’s face.

MelonCollie on June 8, 2012 at 3:06 PM

Amazing. I will now send my first contribution to Romney.
I am encouraged by his quick and aggressive attacks on Obama, who deserves to be constantly ridiculed. We may actually be able to get rid of our Jerk in Chief.

GaltBlvnAtty on June 8, 2012 at 3:07 PM

If you respond to a troll, the troll wins.

myiq2xu on June 8, 2012 at 3:07 PM

PolygaMitt

inthemiddle on June 8, 2012 at 2:24 PM

Will someone ban this religious bigot?

John the Libertarian on June 8, 2012 at 3:07 PM

He lives in a socialist fantasyland.

farsighted on June 8, 2012 at 3:02 PM

Or, as I now call it:

‘My Progressive Little Ponyland’

Welcome To ‘My Progressive Little Ponyland’! It’s Forward! It’s The Future And I Swear It Works!

M2RB: Goo Goo Dolls

Resist We Much on June 8, 2012 at 3:07 PM

Just you. Smarter folks figure it out.

cozmo on June 8, 2012 at 3:04 PM

Move on pal…three others also found it an odd posting. Posting almost exactly what I stated, it was wrong then, it’s wrong now…and if you have to keep defending yourself, back up and take a look at how poorly you tried to be “clever”…other words, take responsibility for being not clear in your post.
Fortunately, someone came and bailed you out…now it’s time for you to move on…it’s a “teachable” moment for you, don’t pick a fight over something not important. Learn from it.

right2bright on June 8, 2012 at 3:09 PM

Says the billionaire who buys Nascar teams in his spare time. Sorry, Willard…America has already bought into the meme that you’re the out of touch one. Nice try.

inthemiddle on June 8, 2012 at 2:13 PM

Have you stocked up on Preparation H, Kleenex and Mad Dog? You are going to need plenty of all. It’s just funny now, watching your pathetic attempts to, well, whatever it is you’re trying to do.

Night Owl on June 8, 2012 at 3:10 PM

This is Obama’s “Mission Accomplished” moment.
In his mind we’ve arrived – welcome to your ‘robust’ European economy (confiscatory taxes soon to follow).

gwelf on June 8, 2012 at 3:10 PM

Resist We Much on June 8, 2012 at 3:07 PM

From a female friend:

“Imagine Obama as the witch and socialism as the Schmooze. He wants it to overrun the land, turning people against each other and make everything the same – colorless and ugly. Too bad there’s no magic solution for him!!!”

MelonCollie on June 8, 2012 at 3:11 PM

Will someone ban this religious bigot?

John the Libertarian on June 8, 2012 at 3:07 PM

Not because of his views…but because he states lies, and doesn’t back them up, time and time again.
After awhile, it gets tiresome and irksome to try and get these guys to back up their misstatements…even if they weakly defend it, is better than running and hiding.

right2bright on June 8, 2012 at 3:11 PM

Our Dear Leader, King Barack Hussein Louie Obama, will be a great Emperor for Life as he is a very highly educated man. He went to University where he was well schooled in bigotry and allegations, of course, to begin with, and then the different branches of arithmetic: ambition, distraction, falsification and derision. Trust him. He knows what he is doing. Just be patient. His economic plan will work perfectly. I have worked it all out mathematically. Let me see now, four million times five million is twelve million, and four billion times six billion is thirteen billion, and four trillion times seven trillion is … … oh my! We shall never get to economic recovery and prosperity at that rate! However, the multiplication table doesn’t really apply. Let’s try geography. Iraq borders Pakistan, the center of the Universe was Iraq but now it’s Afghanistan, America has 57 states, Minnesota is in the tropics because of Global Warming. No, that’s all wrong, but geography doesn’t really apply either, I’m certain! Let’s try religion. The Mossad was behind 9/11, Palestinians are victims, Saudi Arabia is our good friend and Islam is a great religion of peace. No, that’s all wrong too! Maybe if our Dear Leader just starts over and this time he reads the directions then perhaps directly he will be able to direct himself in the right direction.

Cheshire Cat on June 8, 2012 at 3:11 PM

The profits to earnings ratios have gone up 3000% in all 57 states!

bitsy on June 8, 2012 at 3:13 PM

Says the billionaire who buys Nascar teams in his spare time. Sorry, Willard…America has already bought into the meme that you’re the out of touch one. Nice try.

inthemiddle on June 8, 2012 at 2:13 PM

But Obama – the guy who announces the chance to giddy libtard donors to join him with Sarah Jessica Parker and Anna Wintour for dinner on the same day abysmal job numbers comes out – is in touch?
You’re smoking something.

Romney has spent his life building up companies. Obama has spent his life agitating to get special groups of people more government bennies and trying to shame companies.

gwelf on June 8, 2012 at 3:13 PM

Did it ever occur to you that they might not have the intellect for that? :)…

jimver on June 8, 2012 at 3:02 PM

You mean the intellect to back up their statements?

Than in that case, they are ripe for ridicule…

right2bright on June 8, 2012 at 3:05 PM

Which they get plenty on all the HA threads..sometimes…I wonder if they are massochists of sorts…apart from being intellectually challenged…

jimver on June 8, 2012 at 3:15 PM

The fact that people like Obama and he is ahead in the overall EC polls kills conservatives. You can just tell they’re seething inside – “Why won’t they hate him like I do???”.

Forward. ’12

inthemiddle on June 8, 2012 at 2:26 PM
Pure undiluted trolling.

farsighted on June 8, 2012 at 3:16 PM

three others also found it an odd posting.

right2bright on June 8, 2012 at 3:09 PM

2 others besides me publicly stated that they interpreted the statement as it was intended to be interpreted.

I guess that means your team wins and those of us who didn’t see it the way your team did, didn’t really see what we thought we saw.

Or something.

Flora Duh on June 8, 2012 at 3:16 PM

Move on pal…

right2bright on June 8, 2012 at 3:09 PM

Honey, I moved on long ago.

Three whole folks couldn’t figure it out. I consider that a victory.

That means most people saw it and realized it was what it was.

But, if it bothers you that much…maybe you should move on. And try harder next time.

cozmo on June 8, 2012 at 3:18 PM

Obooba quickly responds to Mitt!!!

It didn’t take long for President Obama to step in with some damage control after saying Friday morning that the private sector is “doing fine.” It’s “absolutely clear” that the economy not fine, he said in a brief appearance before cameras in the Oval Office following a meeting with Phillippine President Benigno Aquino.

Akzed on June 8, 2012 at 3:21 PM

Says the billionaire who buys Nascar teams in his spare time. Sorry, Willard…America has already bought into the meme that you’re the out of touch one. Nice try.
inthemiddle on June 8, 2012 at 2:13 PM

Um, who are you talking about? If you falsely believe that describes Mitt Romney it wouldn’t surprise me because you have “low information voter” (aka, “Useful Idiot”) written all over your “commentary”.

Buy Danish on June 8, 2012 at 3:22 PM

“Is he really that out of touch?”

NO he’s just an F’ing LYIER!!

Obama Will Say and Do Anything

Lying. Dissembling. Peddling half-truths.

Redefining words. Taking credit for something in which he had no part. Those words/phrases describe what President Barack Hussein Obama has said or done and is now saying or doing.

•Lying: “Big Oil” and Lobbying
“Big Oil” has become a favorite Obama target. On March 29, 2012, Obama said, “Congress up until this point has thought it was a good idea to send billions more of your tax dollars to the oil industry.” Obama appealed to Congress to “stand with the American people” and vote to end subsidies to the oil and gas industry. But there is one problem: “Big Oil” receives tax incentives. In no sense can what “Big Oil” receives be called a subsidy — the sending of “billions more of your tax dollars to the oil industry.” Further, the incentives (sometimes referred to as tax breaks) are available to any US company.

On November 10, 2007, candidate Obama said, “I am in this race to tell the corporate lobbyists that their days of setting the agenda in Washington are over. They have not funded my campaign, they will not run my White House, and they will not drown out the voices of the American people when I am president.”

The Obama administration recently hired former lobbyist Steve Ricchetti, a registered federal lobbyist for nearly a decade, to serve as counselor to Vice President Joe Biden.

Although Obama signed an executive order codifying this pledge on his first full day in office, the administration has made use of a loophole in the order that permits waivers for former lobbyists to serve. In some cases, the administration has hired former lobbyists without a waiver.

•Dissembling: ObamaCare and Oil Reserves
The Obama administration’s argument for ObamaCare had been that it will initially increase costs and deficits. But it pays for itself, the administration says, in the long run because it reduces costs in coming decades. However, the CBO says that in its second decade, ObamaCare significantly increases health care costs, increasing deficits even more than in the first decade.

Obama’s own first-decade numbers were built on arithmetic trickery. New taxes to support the health care plan began in 2011, but the benefits part of the program doesn’t begin until 2015. That excess revenue is one-time-only, making the first-decade numbers look artificially low, but once you pass 2015, the yearly deficits become larger and eternal.

Regarding oil, Obama has said numerous times, “With only 2% of the world’s oil reserves, we can’t just drill our way to lower gas prices, not when we consume 20% of the world’s oil.”

It turns out President Obama’s statement is A BIG FAT LIE!.

The 2% figure Obama uses refers to proved oil reserves and greatly undercounts how much oil the U.S. actually has. In fact, far from being oil-poor, the country has vast quantities of oil — enough to meet all the country’s oil needs for hundreds of years. The U.S. has 22.3 billion barrels of proven reserves, which is a little less than 2 percent of the entire world’s proven reserves, but proven reserves are a small subset of recoverable resources because they count only the oil that companies are currently drilling for in existing fields.

When you look at the whole picture, it turns out that there are vast supplies of oil in the U.S. according to various government reports. The U.S. has 60 times more oil than Obama claims.

•Peddling Half-Truths: Auto Industry Loan Repayment and Domestic Oil Production
While technically true, General Motors (GM) did, indeed, pay its government bailout loan early. How GM accomplished that feat had nothing to do with earnings, management, or sales.

GM did it by taking Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) money to pay off the bailout loan, and now it must pay off the TARP money. Overall, GM’s debt remained the same.

This is how GM and the Obama administration used a PR gimmick to fool the American public in hopes of winning some favor. All of these shenanigans were going on while Obama hailed auto industry’s comeback.

Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA) wrote in April 2010: “The taxpayers are still on the hook, and whether TARP funds are ultimately recovered depends entirely on the government’s ability to sell GM stock in the future. Treasury has merely exchanged a legal right to repayment for an uncertain hope of sharing in the future growth of GM. A debt-for-equity swap is not a repayment,
” Grassley wrote, referring to the $60-plus-billion loan which the Obama administration allowed GM to convert to an “unsecured” “security.”

And here is a bit of news that you will not hear from Obama or the MSM. The Detroit News reported in February 2012 that the U.S. Treasury now says it has lost an extra $170 million in the auto industry bailout because the price of GM stock has fallen 35% from its high.

And, by the way, while Obama, his administration, and the MSM hail TARP money payback, how it was done is, at best, a half-truth.

On March 22, 2012, in Boulder City, NV, Obama said, “We’re going to continue to produce oil and gas at a record pace.” In another speech, he said, “Under my administration, America is producing more oil today than at any time in the last eight years.”

Again, what he said is technically true, but while domestic oil production may have increased under Obama, it has absolutely nothing to do with his policies.

Again, Obama is telling a half-truth.LIES!!!… Approximately 96% of the total increase in domestic oil production between 2007 and 2011 occurred on non-federal land, which Obama does not control. Not only did almost all of the production take place on land beyond the Obama administration’s control, but it decreased on land within his control.

So, yes, he was truthful, but not completely truthful. Are we being generous to credit him with half the truth?

•Redefining Words: “Subsidy” and “Fair”
One of the favorite words Obama likes to throw around is “subsidy.” A bill, the Close Big Oil Tax Loopholes Act, introduced by Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and Claire McCaskill (D-MO) — a bill that Obama favored — purports to “put an end to the unfair tax subsidies that only benefit Big Oil’s bottom line[.]” Further, they say the bill “will put an end to taxpayer handouts to the 5 largest oil companies making record profits.”

Obama, while in Boulder City, NV, said, “The current members of the Flat Earth Society in Congress, they would rather see us continue to provide $4 billion in tax subsidies, tax giveaways to the oil companies.” Isn’t it rather ironic that the word “subsidy” is being redefined in view of Solyndra, Beacon Power, and Ener1? It appears that, in light of Obama’s failed “green energy” policy, he is trying to hide behind his redefinition of the word.

Another of Obama’s favorite words to redefine is “fair” (adjective).” While speaking at Osawatomie, KS, in December, 2011, he called for rich to “pay their fair share.” If we are supposed to be fair, to play by the same set of rules, why do we need 30-plus “czars” to exercise powers over Americans who have committed no crimes? If we’re all going to be fair, to play by the same rules now, does that mean that Obama’s buddies are going to return their ObamaCare waivers?

The central concept of liberal and socialist thought, the progressive tax system, is founded on the concept of treating people “unfairly.” Obama didn’t speak of the huge number of “unfair” rules designed to penalize activities of which the government disapproves, or about subsidies received by activities of which the government does approve.

I guess “fair” depends entirely upon how Obama defines, or redefines, it.

•Taking credit for something in which he had no part: Keystone XL Pipeline, Fracking, Killing Osama bin Laden
Obama was in Cushing, OK on Thursday, March 22, 2012, to “fast-track” the southern portion of the Keystone XL pipeline. TransCanada, the company behind the Keystone XL Pipeline, announced that it will build the southern half of the pipeline and does not need Obama’s approval.

So what Obama did was make a photo-op of a private company’s project that was going to be built anyway. You will remember that in January 2012, Obama blocked the northern portion of the pipeline — the part that does need his approval. Obama’s attempt to take credit for a pipeline he blocked and against which he personally lobbied Congress is staggering in its disingenuousness.

In his State of the Union speech on January 24, 2012, Obama said, “And by the way, it was public research dollars, over the course of 30 years, that helped develop the technologies to extract all this natural gas out of shale rock – reminding us that government support is critical in helping businesses get new energy ideas off the ground.”

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), when questioning Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Steven Chu, asked, “The president took two pieces of credit in his State of the Union that I wanted to just question you on factually. First of all, he said the Department of Energy created fracking. He took credit for that in the State of the Union. My understanding is fracking was created 60 years ago.” Chu replied, “It’s absolutely true that there were earlier ventures in the fracking [technology].” He said DOE invested in the technology from 1978 until about 1992, but then “got out.”

Regarding the killing of Osama bin Laden, Obama said, “[s]hortly after taking office, I directed Leon Panetta, the director of the CIA, to make the killing or capture of bin Laden the top priority of our war against al-Qaeda[.]” That statement was followed by a bunch of “I” sentences. “I was briefed … I met repeatedly … I determined today … at my direction, the United States launched…” Former President George W. Bush is not mentioned until Obama noted that Bush had made clear that this was not a war against Islam.

Obama never said anything about the CIA, the Navy SEALs, or the efforts of the Bush administration. Obama clearly built on efforts initiated during the Bush administration. It is true that ultimately Obama had to make the final decision on whether to proceed, but he may have given a bit more public credit to his predecessor.

I have highlighted just a few of Obama’s words/sayings/tactics. I’m quite sure you can easily expand on my effort.

Obama’s actions will only intensify as November 2012 draws near. The most disheartening part is that the MSM rarely, if ever, says anything about what comes from Obama’s mouth or what he does.

Dr. Beatty earned a Ph.D. in quantitative management and statistics from Florida State University.
specializing in using statistics to assist/support decision making.

He has been a consultant to many small businesses and is now retired. Dr. Beatty is a veteran who served in the U.S. Army for 22 years.

Obama is a song and dance,,shim sham man,. Lies are his truth.

He blogs at: rwno.limewebs.com.

Capt-Dax on June 8, 2012 at 3:22 PM

If you respond to a troll, the troll wins.

myiq2xu on June 8, 2012 at 3:07 PM

Fair enough, but I have seen some of them take hilarious, monumental beat downs and they still come back for more. The only real problem is trolls lack creativity.

arnold ziffel on June 8, 2012 at 3:23 PM

Will someone ban this religious bigot?

John the Libertarian on June 8, 2012 at 3:07 PM

Not because of his views…but because he states lies, and doesn’t back them up, time and time again.
After awhile, it gets tiresome and irksome to try and get these guys to back up their misstatements…even if they weakly defend it, is better than running and hiding.

right2bright on June 8, 2012 at 3:11 PM

Isn’t that what got lib4life banned? Turning a thread that had nothing to do with Romney’s religion into one about polygamy?

At least L4L had the guts to stick around the thread and try to defend her stinkbombs. Maybe that’s why inthemiddle doesn’t. He/she/it knows it will eventually say something that will elicit the ban hammer.

Flora Duh on June 8, 2012 at 3:24 PM

If you respond to a troll, the troll wins.

myiq2xu on June 8, 2012 at 3:07 PM

If the troll gets banned, the troll loses.

farsighted on June 8, 2012 at 3:25 PM

If the troll gets banned, we all win.

Akzed on June 8, 2012 at 3:26 PM

I don’t have much liquidity at the moment, I’ll have to cash in some silver or gold, but I sure as hell am going to send money to Mitt’s campaign. Not because I believe in ever word he says, or that I don’t think he’s a mush, but because I think he can thump obama now and he’s running a pretty good campaign that will likely only get better.

That, and I know it pisses the liberals off to the point of brain hemorrhage.

Wolfmoon on June 8, 2012 at 3:26 PM

Romney’s team can now do to Obama what Bill Clinton did to GHW Bush: portray him as out-of-touch on the weak economy.

So far, I am impressed with Romney’s political team, and surprised at the ineptness of Obama’s.

acasilaco on June 8, 2012 at 3:27 PM

It’s “absolutely clear” that the economy not fine, he said in a brief appearance before cameras in the Oval Office following a meeting with Phillippine President Benigno Aquino.

Akzed on June 8, 2012 at 3:21 PM

Either he thinks it is, or he thinks its not. Even the boy king can’t have it both ways.

Golly I hope he just keeps digging this hole.

Flora Duh on June 8, 2012 at 3:27 PM

If the troll gets banned, we all win.

Akzed on June 8, 2012 at 3:26 PM

Shhh, don’t tell that to Lanceman. He was jonesing for a troll last night in the QOTD thread. Wouldn’t you know it, none showed up.

Flora Duh on June 8, 2012 at 3:29 PM

Flora Duh on June 8, 2012 at 3:27 PM

The media will cover for him.

His sycophants will defend both statements.

The internet will keep this one going though. It did it before (Rather and Bush), it will do it again.

cozmo on June 8, 2012 at 3:30 PM

O/T: NO Triple Crown Winner – “I’ll Have Another” scratched from race because of tendonitis.

ExpressoBold on June 8, 2012 at 2:48 PM

Oh no, its a conspiracy. Obama must have forced “I’ll Have Another” out of race, because every time that a horse has won the triple crown, except for the FDR years, the presidency has flipped from the sitting president’s party to the opposing party in the following election. (This is true, look it up)

AverageJoe on June 8, 2012 at 3:30 PM

Isn’t that what got lib4life banned? Turning a thread that had nothing to do with Romney’s religion into one about polygamy?

Flora Duh on June 8, 2012 at 3:24 PM

That’s how I remember it. IIRC, that thread also had nothing to do with Romney, so the hijack attempt was completely off topic. This one is about a comment Romney made. The PTB may consider that a trolling loophole, or something.

farsighted on June 8, 2012 at 3:30 PM

Ooops.. messed up the URL thingy … http://youtu.be/-PPfkDCyn8k

pambi on June 8, 2012 at 3:32 PM

Says the billionaire who buys Nascar teams in his spare time. Sorry, Willard…America has already bought into the meme that you’re the out of touch one. Nice try.

inthemiddle on June 8, 2012 at 2:13 PM

Obama says we’re on the right track, 70% say we”re on the wrong track. That’s out of touch.

Wagthatdog on June 8, 2012 at 3:32 PM

Wouldn’t you know it, none showed up.

Flora Duh on June 8, 2012 at 3:29 PM

They have been getting culled.

Its not a good thing. The troll eaters are getting hungry.

Need some more noob trolls…and some more noobs.

The old noobs that survived ain’t noobs no more.

cozmo on June 8, 2012 at 3:32 PM

Correction about 60%

Wagthatdog on June 8, 2012 at 3:33 PM

So June really is the tipping point. It certainly is bustin’ out all over.

de rigueur on June 8, 2012 at 3:34 PM

The Romney campaign could REALLY make hay from some of the things Obama has said recently. For example, they should produce T-shirts for

Acme Thingamijigs
For your furnace!

and maybe:

Hewlett Packard
We’re doing just fine!

These could go absolutely viral in popularity and bring in campaign funds.

crosspatch on June 8, 2012 at 3:34 PM

Wait. Is GWB running again?

inthemiddle on June 8, 2012 at 2:19 PM

That would mean averaging 5% unemployment..

Wagthatdog on June 8, 2012 at 3:35 PM

Shhh, don’t tell that to Lanceman. He was jonesing for a troll last night in the QOTD thread. Wouldn’t you know it, none showed up. Flora Duh on June 8, 2012 at 3:29 PM

It’s great to witness their defenestrations! Why, I recall seeing Narutoboy get the ol’ heave ho. I can still see it like it was yesterday… [strokes chin]

Akzed on June 8, 2012 at 3:35 PM

It seems the Pubs actually want to win this time. This is a step forward.

paul1149 on June 8, 2012 at 3:36 PM

Romney: “Is he really that out of touch?”

…versus inthemiddle and JugEars…who only touch themselves…constantly!

KOOLAID2 on June 8, 2012 at 3:37 PM

de rigueur on June 8, 2012 at 3:34 PM

I believe July will be the real tipping point when the Q2 economic numbers are released.

crosspatch on June 8, 2012 at 3:37 PM

Either the quality of trolls around here has really dropped or Obama is in even more trouble than I thought because they keep trying to make debunked & rejected smears about Romney happen. TeamObama seriously needs to get some new material.

Dark Star on June 8, 2012 at 3:37 PM

So June really is the tipping point.

de rigueur on June 8, 2012 at 3:34 PM

Well, June better stay away from Guam.

- Hank Johnson

Flora Duh on June 8, 2012 at 3:39 PM

Obama can say “Mission Accomplished” like Bush but he’ll never average 5% unemployment like he did. Who’s the idiot again?

Wagthatdog on June 8, 2012 at 3:40 PM

I recall seeing Narutoboy get the ol’ heave ho. I can still see it like it was yesterday… [strokes chin]

Akzed on June 8, 2012 at 3:35 PM

Him and race card went way past their sell by dates until Mr. Ed cleaned up the store.

arnold ziffel on June 8, 2012 at 3:40 PM

…maybe we can get SJP to wear the silks?…she might like that bit!

KOOLAID2 on June 8, 2012 at 3:05 PM

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LOL

ExpressoBold on June 8, 2012 at 3:41 PM

Well, June better stay away from Guam.

- Hank Johnson

Flora Duh on June 8, 2012 at 3:39 PM

BEAUTIFUL

Resist We Much on June 8, 2012 at 3:43 PM

And he backtracks … http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/06/president-obama-clarifies-private-sector-is-doing-fine-remarks-2/

pambi on June 8, 2012 at 3:39 PM

Oh! When he said, “the private sector is doing fine”, what he really meant was, “the economy is NOT doing fine”. I understand now.

The Rogue Tomato on June 8, 2012 at 3:44 PM

…versus inthemiddle Lucky Pierre2 and JugEars…who only touch themselves…constantly!

KOOLAID2 on June 8, 2012 at 3:37 PM

Can.I.be.in.the.middle is Lucky Pierre1.

After all, they obviously aren’t referring to their political ideologies…

Resist We Much on June 8, 2012 at 3:45 PM

Mitt,

I know that Zero has made this easy for you thus far, seeing that he and the DNC screw-up machine have fallen flat on their keisters attempting to attack you and Mrs. Romney. But now is the time for you to get on television and attack. This news conference was full of gems – private sector is fine, more Chinese stimulus money for public-sector unions and bridges to nowhere, etc., and you need to speak to us directly about Zero’s delusional worldview.

Thanks!

Philly on June 8, 2012 at 3:46 PM

And he backtracks … http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/06/president-obama-clarifies-private-sector-is-doing-fine-remarks-2/

pambi on June 8, 2012 at 3:39 PM

Oh! When he said, “the private sector is doing fine”, what he really meant was, “the economy is NOT doing fine”. I understand now.

The Rogue Tomato on June 8, 2012 at 3:44 PM

Wow. He is Bookering himself and making his own hostage tapes now.

Pass the popcorn.

Resist We Much on June 8, 2012 at 3:46 PM

I have a feeling he’s going to be doing a LOT of Baracktracking this campaign season.

The Rogue Tomato on June 8, 2012 at 3:46 PM

It won’t take long for PolygaMitt to pull an Etch-a-Sketch moment and stick his Louis Vuittons in his mouth.

inthemiddle on June 8, 2012 at 2:24 PM

…so you’re double jointed…and we know what you have in your mouth…that you would give your wee wee a first and last name… is hilarious!

KOOLAID2 on June 8, 2012 at 3:47 PM

The Romney campaign is reacting like lightning, ‘barry the idiot’ says something dumb… (is that a redundant statement? sorry) and there is an add ridiculing him for it within hours!! Talking about taking the fight to barry!

keithofboston on June 8, 2012 at 3:48 PM

Don’t hate me, but inthemiddle has a point.

I am completely at a loss to understand how Obama is still a point or two ahead.

Seething, not so much, but truly unable to see why.

Although, I think it has to do with the fact that the Dem Party is all about identity politics and is focused on who belongs by race and class… so for many Democrats it doesn’t matter what Obama does. He is still black so they defend him.

But that should only be 1/3 of the population who do that. Why is he still getting nearly 50%?

It simply defies logic.

Yes, I find that frustrating! Half the country has done so many drugs their brains have ceased functioning and their vote counts as much as the clear headed!

petunia on June 8, 2012 at 3:50 PM

The private sector is doing just fine

To paraphrase a great leader:”Now there you go again Barack”

Don L on June 8, 2012 at 3:51 PM

Is he really that out of touch?

Only like a bull in a china shop, he’s dared anyone to stop him in his drive to make over this country into another failed socialist state and his minions have thugishly tried to intimidate anyone who’s tried to put the brakes on.

Federal Judges have told him to stop implementing Obamacare, its made no difference to him whatsoever, Obama’s made it plain he intends to bulldoze his way through our Constitution until he’s stopped and hobble us with as many booby traps as he can when he finally does leave.

Speakup on June 8, 2012 at 3:51 PM

Obama can say “Mission Accomplished” like Bush but he’ll never average 5% unemployment like he did. Who’s the idiot again?

Wagthatdog on June 8, 2012 at 3:40 PM

_____________________________________

Naaahhh. Less “Mission Accomplished”, and more “AAAALLLLL IS WELLLLLL” from O’Butthead

ICanSeeNovFromMyHouse on June 8, 2012 at 3:51 PM

petunia on June 8, 2012 at 3:50 PM

+++++

GaltBlvnAtty on June 8, 2012 at 3:52 PM

The private sector must be selling more thingamajigs according to the Economic Savant in the WH

ICanSeeNovFromMyHouse on June 8, 2012 at 3:54 PM

It’s “absolutely clear” that the economy not fine, he said in a brief appearance before cameras in the Oval Office following a meeting with Phillippine President Benigno Aquino.

Akzed on June 8, 2012 at 3:21 PM

Either he thinks it is, or he thinks its not. Even the boy king can’t have it both ways.

Flora Duh on June 8, 2012 at 3:27 PM

He’s still evolving on the economy matter :)…

jimver on June 8, 2012 at 3:54 PM

Obooba quickly responds to Mitt!!!

It didn’t take long for President Obama to step in with some damage control after saying Friday morning that the private sector is “doing fine.” It’s “absolutely clear” that the economy not fine, he said in a brief appearance before cameras in the Oval Office following a meeting with Phillippine President Benigno Aquino.

Akzed on June 8, 2012 at 3:21 PM

This is not a retreat.

In Odumbos eyes only the Public Sector counts. That is what he meant by the economy. He said nothing about the private sector in his non “correction”.

Steveangell on June 8, 2012 at 3:56 PM

Don’t hate me, but inthemiddle has a point.

I am completely at a loss to understand how Obama is still a point or two ahead.

Seething, not so much, but truly unable to see why.

Although, I think it has to do with the fact that the Dem Party is all about identity politics and is focused on who belongs by race and class… so for many Democrats it doesn’t matter what Obama does. He is still black so they defend him.

But that should only be 1/3 of the population who do that. Why is he still getting nearly 50%?

It simply defies logic.

Yes, I find that frustrating! Half the country has done so many drugs their brains have ceased functioning and their vote counts as much as the clear headed!

petunia on June 8, 2012 at 3:50 PM

Silent majority, silent majority. I honestly believe people don’t want to say they don’t like Obama because they will be seen as racist. I think that may have been overstated last election simply because a lot of people probably just thought it would be “cool” to have a black president. However, now it’s a whole different ball game. People are literally going for months or years without jobs and things aren’t even close to getting any better. The groundswell is there, it’s just not ready to emerge until either the media drops their fawning over him (which is starting to happen) or until election day.

MobileVideoEngineer on June 8, 2012 at 3:56 PM

Maybe the visiting President Aquino set our wonderkind Obama straight on the condition of the American private sector.

GaltBlvnAtty on June 8, 2012 at 3:56 PM

Mitt is in it to win it.
romney is going to win Obama looked defeated already

Conservative4ev on June 8, 2012 at 3:57 PM

Either he thinks it is, or he thinks its not. Even the boy king can’t have it both ways.

Flora Duh on June 8, 2012 at 3:27 PM

He’s still evolving on the economy matter :)…

jimver on June 8, 2012 at 3:54 PM

What the? Can’t a guy just be flexible? Prezzidenting is hard—-he has “superior” knowledge.

arnold ziffel on June 8, 2012 at 3:58 PM

First comment: “the PRIVATE SECTOR is doing fine”
Backtrack: “I’ve been saying for years, the ECONOMY is NOT doing fine. And the question then is what are we going to do about it?”

He’s so out of touch, he can’t even IMAGINE that we would actually understand that he wants to get more Gubmint (union) jobs !
(since the PRIVATE sector’s doing so well, and all)
What a maroon !!

pambi on June 8, 2012 at 4:00 PM

I just went to see the retraction.

Stupid! He doesn’t even address what he said!

Why would he think that would help?

He must really believe the private sector is doing fine and can’t bring himself to say otherwise.

petunia on June 8, 2012 at 4:03 PM

From a Richmond Times-Dispatch update:

President Barack Obama, seeking to clarify comments about the strength of the U.S. economy, said later today it is “absolutely clear” that the U.S. economy is “not doing fine.”

If Corey Booker is dead to the WH after his comments, what will Obama’s status be?

hawksruleva on June 8, 2012 at 4:03 PM

And he backtracks … http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/06/president-obama-clarifies-private-sector-is-doing-fine-remarks-2/

pambi on June 8, 2012 at 3:39 PM

It is becoming clear that Barack Obama is a horrible candidate without the media just spinning for him night and day. They could spin the “Hope and Change” guy of 2008, but this 2012 candidate is the actual president. They just can’t cover for him completely like they did in ’08. Last time around, a bone-headed remark like this would have gone down the memory hold faster than you can say “I just want to spread the wealth around, Joe.” But the Obamamedia knows that these comments cannot be buried when they are coming from the President of the United States. Barack is used to saying anything he wants, and having the media put lipstick on it or make it go away. They can’t do that anymore, so we keep getting these moments of breath-taking incompetency with no cover from the media.

Rational Thought on June 8, 2012 at 4:03 PM

I was worried that Obama might just pull off a win a month ago and would have been happy just to have him lose. I’ve now upped the benchmark and won’t be happy until he’s run out of town as a failure. Keep it up!

moo on June 8, 2012 at 4:03 PM

pambi on June 8, 2012 at 4:00 PM

I can’t wait to see the ads with those 2 conflicting statements, issued just hours apart.

I never thought I’d say this but, keep talking mr. presendent, keep talking.

Flora Duh on June 8, 2012 at 4:04 PM

After mentioning all those bad statistics, Mitt should have said, “well, he was just saying what his teleprompter told him to say.”

Bada-bing!

DuctTapeMyBrain on June 8, 2012 at 4:08 PM

MobileVideoEngineer on June 8, 2012 at 3:56 PM

Because Mitt is sending mixed messages.

I will repeal Obama care. But I will hire a huge fan of Obama Care to work on health Care.

I will lower spending. But I will hire a Economics team that does not want spending lowered any time soon.

I will lower taxes. But eliminate deductions for the top 1%.

No one has any idea what Mitt will actually do.

Mitt will often say something like Obama is doing his best. Sorry we do not believe that. Obama could care less if millions lose their jobs because of his Green Energy policies. Mitt is not at all clear he will end these either. He says we need them. Sorry but so far nearly every one is a failure. The ones that are not are the ones that do not need Government help. Hybrid cars and trucks for example where Government Motors is doing far worse than private companies.

The difference is Scott Walker was clear and consistent in what he would do. Strongly conservative. Voters were 14% more for him than Mitt. Scott Walker most likely would not hire a single person that works for Mitt.

Steveangell on June 8, 2012 at 4:08 PM

If Corey Booker is dead to the WH after his comments, what will Obama’s status be?

hawksruleva on June 8, 2012 at 4:03 PM

PRICELESS !
+++++++

pambi on June 8, 2012 at 4:09 PM

“Not tonight, Michelle, I’m losing my election.” – Barack

PolarCoug on June 8, 2012 at 4:10 PM

Quick, see the pic on Drudge ! LOL !!

pambi on June 8, 2012 at 4:10 PM

New Drudge headline under O’s pic: ECONOMY BAD

What fun! Face palmists are exhausted.

This is hilarious. The emperor is fully naked. I am impressed with Mitt and the RNC’s alacrity. More!

Opinionator on June 8, 2012 at 4:11 PM

Candy Crowley doesn’t think this will stick to dear leader and thatfolfs dont think he is out of toucg

DELUSIONAL

HOLY COW

cmsinaz on June 8, 2012 at 4:12 PM

The difference is Scott Walker was clear and consistent in what he would do. Strongly conservative. Voters were 14% more for him than Mitt. Scott Walker most likely would not hire a single person that works for Mitt.

Steveangell on June 8, 2012 at 4:08 PM

And when Scott Walker runs for President, we’ll support him. At this time he’s not so all you’re really doing is dirtying up another thread with your usual bs.

Flora Duh on June 8, 2012 at 4:12 PM

In a word, yes. Not to mention, Obama loves the look and feel of his boot on the private sector neck. Makes him feel all manly and stuff. I wonder if he stands in front of a mirror and practices his best Captain Morgan pose, imagining his raised foot on some businessman’s body.

totherightofthem on June 8, 2012 at 4:23 PM

Oh! When he said, “the private sector is doing fine”, what he really meant was, “the economy is NOT doing fine”. I understand now.

The Rogue Tomato on June 8, 2012 at 3:44 PM

Obama did not really walk anything back. He only added that he thinks the economy is doing bad, and how could anyone think otherwise.

He thinks the primary reasons for the bad economy are public sector layoffs and not enough public sector spending — like on infrastructure, we need more infrastructure, more, more, more.

IOW, the economy is doing badly, the public sector is doing badly, but the private sector is doing fine — except for those who had private sector jobs who are now unemployed, or something.

Bottom line, he is a socialist.

The socialist President does not really care about growing the private sector. He wants the government to tax more, spend more, employ more people, and create more government dependent jobs. That’s his plan for fixing the economy, the socialist model.

farsighted on June 8, 2012 at 4:26 PM

Of all, people, Ben Smith at Buzzfeed has a delicious article up remembering how fast the Obama campaign pounced when John McCain said “the fundamentals of the economy are strong.” That was a tipping point in that campaign, and this probably is too.

rockmom on June 8, 2012 at 4:27 PM

Steveangell on June 8, 2012 at 4:08 PM

Hey, Steve? Why do you persist in this? Not everyone who supports Romney now supported him in the primaries. We had to think about switching to Romney and those of us who did, are taking our lumps and doing it because we want Obama gone. Those who supported Romney from the get-go did aren’t going to change their minds now. Romney is the nominee. Either support and vote for him or not, but why don’t you save the preaching for after Romney gets in and after he disappoints you. I promise, you can say “I told you so” as many times as you want and I won’t chastise you for it. In the meantime, this former Gingrich supporter will vote for Romney and see how he does. Win or lose.

totherightofthem on June 8, 2012 at 4:28 PM

From a Richmond Times-Dispatch update:

President Barack Obama, seeking to clarify comments about the strength of the U.S. economy, said later today it is “absolutely clear” that the U.S. economy is “not doing fine.”

If Corey Booker is dead to the WH after his comments, what will Obama’s status be?

hawksruleva on June 8, 2012 at 4:03 PM

Evolving by default :)….

jimver on June 8, 2012 at 4:28 PM

I just went to see the retraction.

Stupid! He doesn’t even address what he said!

Why would he think that would help?

He must really believe the private sector is doing fine and can’t bring himself to say otherwise.

petunia on June 8, 2012 at 4:03 PM

He was blind-sided by his original statement.

Night Owl on June 8, 2012 at 4:28 PM

This is not a retreat.

In Odumbos eyes only the Public Sector counts. That is what he meant by the economy. He said nothing about the private sector in his non “correction”.

Steveangell on June 8, 2012 at 3:56 PM

Excatly.

farsighted on June 8, 2012 at 4:28 PM

I really believe now that, “The Private Sector is doing fine” equals to the “No New Taxes” pledge.

This is really going to hurt and I would use it in every speech, commercial, shirt

Conservative4ev on June 8, 2012 at 4:31 PM

He’s still evolving on the economy matter :)…

jimver on June 8, 2012 at 3:54 PM

What the? Can’t a guy just be flexible? Prezzidenting is hard—-he has “superior” knowledge.

arnold ziffel on June 8, 2012 at 3:58 PM

….of gulf…

jimver on June 8, 2012 at 4:32 PM

Golf that is :)..

jimver on June 8, 2012 at 4:34 PM

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