Videos: “Headwinds,” “Strong Leadership”

posted at 11:21 am on June 8, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Fresh off of their fundraising triumph in May, the RNC and the Romney campaign have two fresh new videos to make their case in June.  Let’s start with the RNC, which goes on the attack against Barack Obama over the economy.  The President has been trying to explain the stagnant “recovery” for two years by claiming that circumstances are out of his control, and his speeches have picked up a breezy tic in that time, and suggests at the end that Obama has met the “headwind,” and it’s himself:

How long will we experience “headwinds” rather than recovery?  It’s undeniably true that the American economy is vulnerable in part to forces outside of itself.  It’s also undeniably true that that’s been the case for decades.  This is still the worst recovery since World War II, made doubly worse since recoveries get sharper when recessions are deeper over that period.  If the man in charge is still complaining about headwinds two years later, it might be time to find another sailor to take the helm.

Team Romney goes positive in their ad, sticking with the “Day 01″ theme from the past few weeks, and promising “strong leadership” will be the difference:

Romney hopes to pre-empt the Obama campaign’s attack on his record in Massachusetts by defining it first.  Republicans tried to hit Romney on some of the same points Team O has hammered, but it didn’t work out too well for them either.  Romney will have more trouble parsing the differences between RomneyCare and ObamaCare than defending his budgets or his record on jobs.  Neither are spectacular from a conservative point of view, but Romney did govern in a time when the unemployment rate went down and the civilian participation rate went up or remained level; Obama has governed while the topline unemployment rate went up (net) and the civilian population rate hit a 30-year low.  Romney balanced budgets while not raising taxes, although the Democratic legislature hiked fees, but that’s still a far cry from the four trillion-dollar deficits of Obama’s presidency. If Team O wants to have a fight on those grounds, I’m pretty sure that Team Romney will be happy to engage.

 


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He keeps talking about “headwinds” because he is on AF1 so much fund raising…

d1carter on June 8, 2012 at 11:24 AM

“We are the headwind we’ve been waiting for.” – Barack Hussein Obama

AubieJon on June 8, 2012 at 11:26 AM

The

“Head Winds”,

are blowing,and its morphing into a Catagory #5
Sh*t Hurricane,with P*ss Hail to boot,and its gonna
deluge the Democrat Party,in deep Donkey Poo!
(sarc).

canopfor on June 8, 2012 at 11:28 AM

The Headwinds ad is going to face some headwinds from democrats

OrthodoxJew on June 8, 2012 at 11:28 AM

Experiencing headwinds? Change directions

In a hole? Stop digging

Bluffing? Do not say “Don’t call my bluff!”

forest on June 8, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Headwinds?Oh yeah George Bush did it…

sandee on June 8, 2012 at 11:31 AM

Headwinds: Keystone pipeline, Drilling in the Gulf or anywhere else, Solyndra debacle, GM given to unions and still owes the taxpayer billions, Chrysler sold to an Italian automaker, Auto Dealers forced out out of business, Coal industry being forced into oblivion, Boeing delayed from running a plant in SC, giving stimulus money to liberal, non-economic groups, Obamacare costing Americans much more for healthcare and being under government thumb, stimulus money going to Finnish auto maker, bailouts to European banks, U.S. aid going to our enemies, etc., etc., etc. Those are headwinds alright!

Christian Conservative on June 8, 2012 at 11:31 AM

It’s remarkable how much the stature of the Presidency has diminished this term. Sad really.

ronsfi on June 8, 2012 at 11:32 AM

The title should be “Breaks Wind”.

kingsjester on June 8, 2012 at 11:32 AM

Great ads.

I love those Romney Day 1 ads.

gophergirl on June 8, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Headwinds and roofhits. The obambi admin.

VegasRick on June 8, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Both videos very effective. The first turns Obama’s supposed oratorical ability on its head, and shows he’s just a guy with some stale talking points. Cannot wait for November. I like the crease of this Romney fellow’s cuff.

Bigurn on June 8, 2012 at 11:34 AM

Headwinds… or a blowhard?

de rigueur on June 8, 2012 at 11:34 AM

Did Obama say “headwinds” in today’s lecture?

forest on June 8, 2012 at 11:35 AM

Hmmm… I wonder how far down these “headwinds” go?

MobileVideoEngineer on June 8, 2012 at 11:35 AM

Romney’s latest line of attack on obamacare, that it was considered a priority over jobs, is a good one and helps shield him a bit from his own record.

stldave on June 8, 2012 at 11:35 AM

And you know what they say about spitting in the wind…

Logus on June 8, 2012 at 11:35 AM

It’s remarkable how much the stature of the Presidency has diminished this term. Sad really.

ronsfi on June 8, 2012 at 11:32 AM

*”Those Americans really are a silly bunch sometimes” – the rest of the world.

VegasRick on June 8, 2012 at 11:36 AM

He just finished his news conference with this same drivel and I am sure we will see a post shortly. He blamed Congress, blah,blah, and offered NOT one single new idea. He knows he is 100% toast in Nov. and now just wants to mail it in, and that with Obama would be air mail, to Hollywood.

hillsoftx on June 8, 2012 at 11:36 AM

I love those Romney Day 1 ads.

gophergirl on June 8, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Agree. Very subtle messaging that keys into what most people are thinking: nothing is going to change until there’s a change. It begins on Day 1.

de rigueur on June 8, 2012 at 11:37 AM

Whew, things are getting better. Obama just assured everyone that the private sector is doing just fine.

I loved the press pool shouting out more questions at him as he skedaddled offstage after 3 questions. ‘What about Wisconsin?’ and my favorite: ‘How was the pie?’

CitizenEgg on June 8, 2012 at 11:37 AM

I want to see someone try to make the case, that a second Obama term will be any better than the first.

He won’t have a rubber stamp Democrat Congress this fall, that’s out of the question. We know he is too weak to overcome any oppostion or to persuade anyone who isn’t already on his side.

In 2014, he’ll be a lame duck.

The Obama agenda is dead, it just doesn’t know it yet.

If we give this loser a second term, he’ll still be blaming Bush and “headwinds” in 2016 when he leaves office.

Is that what anyone wants?

NoDonkey on June 8, 2012 at 11:37 AM

It will go from headwinds, to hurricane force winds of change in Nov. No one would say it, but the market was up sky high after the Walker victory. It was the same as a very loud cheer from the bleachers at a NC game.

Kissmygrits on June 8, 2012 at 11:37 AM

The President has been trying to explain the stagnant “recovery” for two years by claiming that circumstances are out of his control

What a load ot crap.

BallisticBob on June 8, 2012 at 11:38 AM

The President has been trying to explain the stagnant “recovery” for two years by claiming that circumstances are out of his controlWhat a load ot crap.

BallisticBob on June 8, 2012 at 11:38 AM

FTFM

VegasRick on June 8, 2012 at 11:40 AM

Love it that the rnc just has to show dear leader in his own words

Kudos

cmsinaz on June 8, 2012 at 11:40 AM

He’s convinced that his over spending has saved the nation and anyone expecting him to take responsibility for our current misery just doesn’t appreciate him, personally.

Anyone watching him this morning who didn’t see right through his load of BS is truly blind.

Speakup on June 8, 2012 at 11:41 AM

He couldnt’ do anything with a Dem congress, nor a Republican one. That’s not the mark of a leader, it’s the mark of a failure.

Next, please.

ted c on June 8, 2012 at 11:41 AM

The lsm will be sure praise dear leaders presser blaming the gop oncw again

cmsinaz on June 8, 2012 at 11:42 AM

There are certainly somethings beyond my control, but that didn’t stop me from promising you all the pie in the sky……
/bho

ted c on June 8, 2012 at 11:42 AM

Geez, whatever happened to “Punching above their weight”?

a capella on June 8, 2012 at 11:43 AM

Headwinds in Missouri… Mitt is up comfortably… but that was ours anyway…

http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/elections/election_2012/election_2012_presidential_election/missouri/election_2012_missouri_president

PA Guy on June 8, 2012 at 11:41 AM

Not according to PPP! :P

GOPRanknFile on June 8, 2012 at 11:44 AM

civilian population rate hit a 30-year low

Not a fan of Bark’s but I don’t think his regime has indulged in any kind of mass murder.

The Dog genocide notwithstanding.

CorporatePiggy on June 8, 2012 at 11:45 AM

according to Obama the 16 million out of work are downsized state employees. what planet is he from.

gerrym51 on June 8, 2012 at 11:45 AM

Saw this on Facebook yesterday:

Obama’s Kill List

Jobs
Keystone XL Pipeline
Offshore oil drilling
Coal
A national budget
Affordable health insurance
Religious liberty
American prestige
Trust from our Allies
Fear from our Enemies

rockmom on June 8, 2012 at 11:46 AM

1) If Reagan had used the same terms over and over the media would have strung him up (is that racist?) for being an “actor” reading a “script,” as opposed to the smartest man evah who never had an original thought.

2) Okay now I’m just sayin’: Mitt Romney is HOT.

exliberal on June 8, 2012 at 11:47 AM

The title should be “Breaks Wind”.

kingsjester on June 8, 2012 at 11:32 AM

…lol…therefore your ‘handle’

(you can tell by JugEar’s ads he hangs too much with HOLLYWOOD)

KOOLAID2 on June 8, 2012 at 11:47 AM

Headwinds… or a blowhard?

de rigueur on June 8, 2012 at 11:34 AM

..er..wasn’t that Meee-shellll?

The War Planner on June 8, 2012 at 11:48 AM

Headwinds? Obama has a a set of huge fans in front of him that he installed himself. They’re called tax increases, Obamacare, insane regulation, both actually and threatened.

ParisParamus on June 8, 2012 at 11:48 AM

KOOLAID2 on June 8, 2012 at 11:47 AM

As long as he has himself, he’ll never be alone.

kingsjester on June 8, 2012 at 11:49 AM

Barack Obama IS THE ill wind that blows no one good.

NoDonkey on June 8, 2012 at 11:50 AM

It’s remarkable how much the stature of the Presidency has diminished this term. Sad really.

ronsfi on June 8, 2012 at 11:32 AM

The blame for that fact can be laid squarely at the feet of the 52% who judge not by the content of the character, but by the color of the skin.

SnarkySam on June 8, 2012 at 11:50 AM

Headwinds in Missouri… Mitt is up comfortably… but that was ours anyway…

http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/elections/election_2012/election_2012_presidential_election/missouri/election_2012_missouri_president

PA Guy on June 8, 2012 at 11:41 AM

Yeah, I live in Missouri and there’s no chance for Obama here. I even live in a an area that more than likely voted heavily for Obama in 2008 (North St. Louis County) and things are just getting worse for everyone up here.

I still see an Obama shirt every once in a while and a bumper sticker here and there, but not nearly as many as when I first moved here in July of 2009. I think I’ve seen a total of about 5 Obama 2012 bumper stickers and no I’m not exaggerating.

MobileVideoEngineer on June 8, 2012 at 11:51 AM

Even George McGovern now knows that government is the problem, not the solution.

What I Know Now

PattyJ on June 8, 2012 at 11:52 AM

If Team O wants to have a fight on those grounds, I’m pretty sure that Team Romney will be happy to engage.

i’m sure that TEam O will fight a valiant rear guard action via Twitter or something….

ted c on June 8, 2012 at 11:52 AM

i cannot stand to watch the guy so this was like too unreal
what a dweeb

losarkos on June 8, 2012 at 11:56 AM

The Headwinds ad is going to face some headwinds from democrats

OrthodoxJew on June 8, 2012 at 11:28 AM

And if they are smart “Day 1,462″./

VegasRick on June 8, 2012 at 11:57 AM

Love it that the rnc just has to show dear leader in his own words

Kudos

cmsinaz on June 8, 2012 at 11:40 AM

Yup…

… use his own words, his own failed policies, and his own stink against him.

Pound him to dust…!

Seven Percent Solution on June 8, 2012 at 11:57 AM

Romney wasn’t my first or second choice, but he has been looking very good the last few weeks. I sure hope he can keep it up for the next 5 months.

Common Sense on June 8, 2012 at 11:58 AM

Over at RCPin scrolling the comments I didn’t see one in support of Obama. It’s going to be a blowout this November. The man is hated by too many.

moo on June 8, 2012 at 11:58 AM

The funny thing about the headwind is that he keeps pissing in it.

The Rogue Tomato on June 8, 2012 at 11:59 AM

I would like to see an ad that says Romney will save millions right off the bat because his wife won’t be taking 17 vacations on the taxpayer’s dime.

Common Sense on June 8, 2012 at 11:59 AM

headwinds

The issue is one that effects both parties and all presidents.Taking credit for good, blaming others for what is bad.

If the economy is good, like Bill Clinton(forced into fiscal responsibility by the GOP)He’s still bragging about thwe success the GOP forced upon him.

If the economy is bad, then pretend you never claimed messiahship but you blame Bush, like “His Obamaship”

Don L on June 8, 2012 at 11:59 AM

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 12:00 PM

It became apparent some weeks ago when the president talked on the stump—where else?—about an essay by a fellow who said spending growth is actually lower than that of previous presidents. This was startling to a lot of people, who looked into it and found the man had left out most spending from 2009, the first year of Mr. Obama’s presidency. People sneered: The president was deliberately using a misleading argument to paint a false picture! But you know, why would he go out there waving an article that could immediately be debunked? Maybe because he thought it was true. That’s more alarming, isn’t it, the idea that he knows so little about the effects of his own economic program that he thinks he really is a low spender.

President Obama said Friday the “private sector is doing fine,” in a press briefing.

J_Crater on June 8, 2012 at 12:01 PM

The lsm will be sure praise dear leaders presser blaming the gop oncw again

cmsinaz on June 8, 2012 at 11:42 AM

cmsinaz:

Yup,I caught some of it!

Boehner will respond at 12:30 PM Presser!:)

The Live Video should pop up,Around that time,just keep
checking till it does!
=======================

House Speaker John Boehner and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor will respond to Obama statement at 12:30 p.m. EDT

– @NBC News Story
Submitted 1 hour ago

http://www.breakingnews.com/

canopfor on June 8, 2012 at 12:02 PM

Romney wasn’t my first or second choice, but he has been looking very good the last few weeks. I sure hope he can keep it up for the next 5 months.

Common Sense on June 8, 2012 at 11:58 AM

As an old Red Sox fan, I worry about what happens after that. With Romney winning -I worry. With him losing however, I cry.

I sure appreciate his “unlike McCain” fighting so far. If the truth offends them -double down!

Don L on June 8, 2012 at 12:04 PM

Imagine the CEO of any company blaming economic “headwinds” for his failure or troubles. Wasn’t the CEO hired to combat those conditions and move the company forward regardless of external forces. To do anything less is admitting your incompetance in the face of adversity. This is Obumbo’s America: excuses for his failure…way past time to replace this CEO…

aposematic on June 8, 2012 at 12:04 PM

Headwinds: Keystone pipeline, Drilling in the Gulf or anywhere else, Solyndra debacle, GM given to unions and still owes the taxpayer billions, Chrysler sold to an Italian automaker, Auto Dealers forced out out of business, Coal industry being forced into oblivion, Boeing delayed from running a plant in SC, giving stimulus money to liberal, non-economic groups, Obamacare costing Americans much more for healthcare and being under government thumb, stimulus money going to Finnish auto maker, bailouts to European banks, U.S. aid going to our enemies, etc., etc., etc. Those are headwinds alright!

Christian Conservative on June 8, 2012 at 11:31 AM

Very well noted…..I would just add the $2 billion of U.S. Taxpayer funds sent to Brazil to fund their “offshore” exploration efforts…..with love, from Barack Hussein Obama!

tomshup on June 8, 2012 at 12:05 PM

G.W. farts. B.O. turns AF1 directly into headwind. Intercept and inhale AF1 roof hits. Choomy!

term-limits-4-all on June 8, 2012 at 12:06 PM

If the man in charge is still complaining about headwinds two years later, it might be time to find another sailor to take the helm.

Maybe next time we should hire a captain who knows how to sail, and has actually been on a boat before, instead of some clueless landlubber who’s never done anything more than stand on shore and criticize everybody else’s sailing, while claiming that if he were captain, he’d be the best ever!

AZCoyote on June 8, 2012 at 12:09 PM

The funny thing about the headwind is that he keeps pissing in it.

The Rogue Tomato on June 8, 2012 at 11:59 AM

Hilarious and true!

tomshup on June 8, 2012 at 12:09 PM

The funny thing about the headwind is that he keeps pissing in it.

The Rogue Tomato on June 8, 2012 at 11:59 AM

Yeah, and we’re the ones getting splattered by the blowback.

Flora Duh on June 8, 2012 at 12:10 PM

HEAD WINDS

headwinds

Headwinds

HeadWinds

Head-winds

HEADWINDS

An experienced captain knows how to tack through headwinds.

Tim_CA on June 8, 2012 at 12:11 PM

If nothing else, the “Headwinds” ad with show people that barack is a broken record with no imagination. Just off the top of my head, I’m thinking, “uphill struggle”, “mired in the muck”, “stuck in neutral”. Come on barack, show a little diversity. Or maybe you could tell the truth and say: “I really suck at this job

DuctTapeMyBrain on June 8, 2012 at 12:12 PM

Not a fan of Bark’s but I don’t think his regime has indulged in any kind of mass murder

Some might just call abortion and post-abortion slaughter just that. Not to mention calling his exporting of this tax funded evil against the most helpless and innocent very much what it is -mass murder.

Don L on June 8, 2012 at 12:14 PM

Barry Obama is a SCOAMF. Things are going to get really weird as those internal WH polls plummet.

jukin3 on June 8, 2012 at 12:14 PM

claiming that circumstances are out of his control

WHAT? The Obamassiah is powerless? Say it ain’t so!

Oh for the simple heady days when “It’s ALL Bush’s fault” covered a multitude of things that GASP! were out of Bush’s control. Oh, wait.

GarandFan on June 8, 2012 at 12:15 PM

“When I clenched the Democratic nomination for president, this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal the headwinds began to blow.”
– Barry Obama

AZCoyote on June 8, 2012 at 12:15 PM

Romney wasn’t my first or second choice, but he has been looking very good the last few weeks. I sure hope he can keep it up for the next 5 months.

Common Sense on June 8, 2012 at 11:58 AM

Five months and Eight years.

DuctTapeMyBrain on June 8, 2012 at 12:18 PM

Mr. President, the “headwinds” you’re experiencing normally happens when you fall off the cliff.

Kingfisher on June 8, 2012 at 12:20 PM

Romney’s campaign should be a simple one with one very clear message”

“I’m here to lead, not blame everyone and everything for the situation we’re in. Look what four years of that got us.”

Scrappy on June 8, 2012 at 12:23 PM

It’s remarkable how much the stature of the Presidency has diminished this term. Sad really.

ronsfi on June 8, 2012 at 11:32 AM

*”Those Americans really are a silly bunch sometimes” – the rest of the world.

VegasRick on June 8, 2012 at 11:36 AM

…and it’s his supporters that named him “Preezy of the United Steezy”!

slickwillie2001 on June 8, 2012 at 12:35 PM

Obama gets lots of headwinds since he’s an airhead.

If a ship or plane is facing headwinds, one way to get tailwinds is to TURN AROUND. But for that, you need a rudder and a captain who knows where he’s going, which have been absent since January 2009.

Steve Z on June 8, 2012 at 12:36 PM

Perhaps if DingleBarry would pull his head out of his flatulent commie azz, he would not be facing such strong “headwinds”.

Pork-Chop on June 8, 2012 at 12:41 PM

Idiot.

totherightofthem on June 8, 2012 at 12:41 PM

Obowma policy on preventing increased domestic oil production is the self inflicted headwind.

The EPA in Calif has halted new water injection well drilling for the past 3 years. Allowing the drillling of water injection wells increases oil production which lowers gas prices and company operating expenses are lowered so these same companies can eventually hire new workers.

Amazing Obowma can’t understand that fact…or does he? Cough, New Party, cough.

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/06/07/Obama-Caught-Lying-Again-He-WAS-Member-of-New-Party-Says-Kurtz

dthorny on June 8, 2012 at 12:54 PM

Obama seems to be making the race easier and easier. He is the liar-in-chief.

COgirl on June 8, 2012 at 1:05 PM

It’s not headwinds; it’s a continuous stream of hot-air logorrhea coming out Zero’s mouth.

Archivarix on June 8, 2012 at 1:25 PM

A point about headwinds and sailing: if you are trying to get to a particular position, and the winds are blowing straight at you from that point, you change your direction, and tack back and forth, using the directions the wind PERMITS you. Only a really stupid seaman will go straight into the wind.

In the same sense, if the economy is being stopped because of “headwinds” it is because the chosen direction is wrong. Why stop productive industries like oil/gas/coal, some agriculture, construction and so forth with oppressive regulation? That is the direction the wind is LETTING you go. Why force unworking industries on people like biofuels, solar power, and meatless hamburgers? That’s like sailing straight into the wind.

Seaman Obama and those on his craft are pretty stupid. Unfortunately, they may be able to swamp everyone else’s boats, when they go down. That’s the problem.

DrUrchin on June 8, 2012 at 1:41 PM

Obama gets lots of headwinds since he’s an airhead.

If a ship or plane is facing headwinds, one way to get tailwinds is to TURN AROUND. But for that, you need a rudder and a captain who knows where he’s going, which have been absent since January 2009.

Steve Z on June 8, 2012 at 12:36 PM

+ 10000

But then this would require a real man to figure out their mistakes and change course, not a pathological liar and a self-obsessed narcissist…

jimver on June 8, 2012 at 1:54 PM

“If you don’t pass (legislation) during an election year, you should explain to the American people,” Obama said.

Now tell that to the DEMOCRAT SENATE that refuses to even propose a budget or pass any of the jobs bill sent to them by the REPUBLICAN HOUSE.

Wagthatdog on June 8, 2012 at 1:56 PM

Head winds?

*blink* *blink*

You can only get headwinds when the vehicle is moving.

It is called a *breeze* otherwise.

ajacksonian on June 8, 2012 at 1:58 PM

I think the Obama administration is trying to avoid everything that might contribute to “headwinds” against his reelection , even stuff like having the State Dept.
purge the Religious Freedom Section from Its Human Rights Reports

After praising his “Arab Spring” Muslim friends he wouldn’t want us to know that they and other Muslims around the world do an unacceptable amount of suppression & killing of Christians.

Chessplayer on June 8, 2012 at 2:23 PM

“When I clenched the Democratic nomination for president, this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal the headwinds began to blow.
– Barry Obama

AZCoyote on June 8, 2012 at 12:15 PM

“Who’s this ‘Headwinds’ girl? And is she available?” — Bill Clinton

dominigan on June 8, 2012 at 2:44 PM

“Who’s this ‘Headwinds’ girl? And is she available?” — Bill Clinton

dominigan on June 8, 2012 at 2:44 PM

Is she related to Fauxcahontas?

Resist We Much on June 8, 2012 at 3:33 PM

With ears like his, every thing seems like a headwind.

Damn things are like air-brakes.

BobMbx on June 8, 2012 at 4:01 PM

“When I clenched the Democratic nomination for president, this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal the headwinds began to blow.”
– Barry Obama

AZCoyote on June 8, 2012 at 12:15 PM

That, my friend, is a commercial waiting for airtime.

BobMbx on June 8, 2012 at 4:03 PM

With ears like his, every thing seems like a headwind.

Damn things are like air-brakes.

BobMbx on June 8, 2012 at 4:01 PM

He went skydiving once and had to tape them down first.

slickwillie2001 on June 8, 2012 at 4:03 PM

“Headwinds”? Or BJ? You decide…
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RalphyBoy on June 8, 2012 at 4:18 PM

Head winds?

More like Obowma is breaking wind.

dthorny on June 8, 2012 at 8:09 PM