Latest Obama attack ad: “Number One”

posted at 10:41 am on June 12, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

Having opened a proverbial can of worms with their “vulture capitalism”-tinted attacks on Mitt Romney’s business record at Bain Capital (all of those surrogates wandering off-message were just too much of a darn headache), Team Obama has since pivoted to attacking Romney’s record as governor of Massachusetts. Here’s today’s latest contribution reiterating that line of argument:

Same stuff we saw last week, but I have to say, I find it uniquely galling that President Obama can point to Romney’s experiences in the private sector and as a state executive as failures, when he himself has expertise in neither of those areas and his own “on the job” training has us struggling beneath the weight of a three-year economic downturn. As much as he likes to pretend that Mitt Romney had one of the “worst economic records in the country,” President Obama has provided the entire country with one of its worst economic records.

Mitt Romney was “number one in state debt”? Mr. President, you’ve added $5 trillion to our national debt in less than one term. And honestly, as for job creation — I’m surprised President Obama can even use that term with a straight face. Under his administration, our labor participation rate (a more accurate reflection of unemployment) is at a record low, and Mitt Romney’s record isn’t even remotely what Obama’s trying to make it out to be. Last week, the WSJ took a closer look at the “47th in job creation” claim:

But the state was climbing, not falling, because Massachusetts was ranked 49th in the year before Mr. Romney took office. Both Mr. Romney and Mr. Obama took office during periods of rising unemployment. In Massachusetts, unemployment had risen to 5.6% from 4.8% in the year before Mr. Romney took office, according to BLS’s state statistics, and peaked at 6% in June of his first year. It then fell to 4.6% by the time he left office in 2007.

By contrast, the U.S. rate stood at 7.8% at Mr. Obama’s inauguration and now stands at 8.2%. All in all, the Bay State economy added about 48,000 jobs during the Romney administration. This is an increase of about 1.5%, compared to U.S. growth in the Obama era of less than one-tenth of one percent, or negative growth, depending on the survey.

So Mr. Romney’s jobs record looks relatively good—at least next to the microscopic jobs recovery of the Obama years.

Call me old-fashioned, but I really think people in glass houses shouldn’t be throwing stones.


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KOOLAID2 on June 12, 2012 at 10:43 AM

…Community Organizer!

KOOLAID2 on June 12, 2012 at 10:43 AM

…the Public Sector creates wealth!

KOOLAID2 on June 12, 2012 at 10:44 AM

worst economic records in the country

Obama wins the Nobel Prize for that one

faraway on June 12, 2012 at 10:44 AM

That was the dumbest 30 seconds I’ve been through all day, and I caught some of the Today show this morning.

Red Cloud on June 12, 2012 at 10:44 AM

Wasn’t it just last week when TFGP said he can’t just focus on one company as Rombo did at Bain, that he has to manage the entire nation? Then his team produces this? O_o

Bishop on June 12, 2012 at 10:45 AM

…unemployment is good for the economy!

KOOLAID2 on June 12, 2012 at 10:45 AM

…..and 47TH sumpin…sumpin!!

canopfor on June 12, 2012 at 10:45 AM

Team Obama is about to put down the stones and start shooting a bazooka in their glass house…

Pass the popcorn…

Khun Joe on June 12, 2012 at 10:48 AM

Ericka,

I am a Mitt supporter but if you want fairness in politics and less glass house analogies you should move to ?. I can’t think of any.

As Mitt himself says “politics aint beanball”

lol

gerry-mittbot-Ericka friend

gerrym51 on June 12, 2012 at 10:48 AM

Obama really wants to put out an ad that talks about the debt?

lorien1973 on June 12, 2012 at 10:49 AM

lorien1973 on June 12, 2012 at 10:49 AM

That said; Dukakis did have a better job creation record than Romney.

Yeah, that’s a good goof.

lorien1973 on June 12, 2012 at 10:49 AM

what i should have said,

Barack Obama,

more debt per person than any other country

gerrym51 on June 12, 2012 at 10:50 AM

The Obama campaign hopes people are living under rocks and don’t know about Obama’s awful record. He either has the worst campaign team ever or the most dishonest.

DRayRaven on June 12, 2012 at 10:51 AM

Call me old-fashioned, but I really think people in glass houses shouldn’t be throwing stones.

What else has Obama got? Nothing. Hail-Mary it is then!

Fenris on June 12, 2012 at 10:51 AM

Team Obama is apparently looking for new ways to shoot themselves in the foot.

Romney’s response will likely make both Obama and Romney’s successor in Massachusetts, Gov. Deval Patrick, look like the morons they are.

teke184 on June 12, 2012 at 10:51 AM

The narcissist in chief will not relinquish the “number one” meme for anything. He’s only pointing out what a piker Romney is when speaking of the total debt. Romney appears to be an amateur when you compare him to Obama. No one can top Obama (at least when it comes to negatives)!

iamsaved on June 12, 2012 at 10:52 AM

Hope and Change 2008…
………………..It Didn’t Work Then,

and,

Forward 2012…….
…………………It Won`t Work Now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

canopfor on June 12, 2012 at 10:53 AM

It’s like Maj. Nidal Hasan complaining that one of his jailers gave him a wedgie.

RBMN on June 12, 2012 at 10:53 AM

and Mitt’s response should be “When Obama took office, Bush left him with 5% unempl, $1.95 gas prices and $10 trill in debt. Today, we have …………..”

hillsoftx on June 12, 2012 at 10:53 AM

Call me old-fashioned, but I really think people in glass houses shouldn’t be throwing stones.

That is conventional wisdom and would generally work for someone who wants to maintain or build up what they have. It is useless for someone who wants to tear the whole thing down.

chemman on June 12, 2012 at 10:54 AM

The worst president evah bashing mitts record

Pathetic

cmsinaz on June 12, 2012 at 10:55 AM

Weak tea.

Keep it up, 0bama campaign. You’re getting smacked around pretty good by your opponent and we’re enjoying watching you flail in response.

UltimateBob on June 12, 2012 at 10:55 AM

Barack campaign is sure is funny sometimes. They attack Mitt’s debt less then a week after Barack said WE NEED TO INCREASE THE NATIONAL DEBT to $6 Trillion so we can hire more government workers.

So is DEBT BAD OR GOOD Barack?

BroncosRock on June 12, 2012 at 10:56 AM

I’m not surprised about the so-called quality of this ad. With a math genius like Geithner (pause here to allow reader to recover from hysterical laughing)Obama is bound to come up with some rediculous figures.

Kingfisher on June 12, 2012 at 10:57 AM

worst economic records in the country

Obama wins the Nobel Prize for that one

faraway on June 12, 2012 at 10:44 AM

There is a Nobel Prize for lying?

SWalker on June 12, 2012 at 10:57 AM

In reality Obama and Krugman should be endorsing Romney….

albill on June 12, 2012 at 10:57 AM

In reality Obama and Krugman should be endorsing Romney….

albill on June 12, 2012 at 10:57 AM

In reality Obama and Krugmen should be consulting a Neroproctologist for emergency care regarding their Cranial-Rectal Disorders.

SWalker on June 12, 2012 at 11:01 AM

I think something should be said, too, about the fact that Massachusetts is a ‘showcase’ liberal state with all of the accompanying liberal welfare programs to go with that title. When a state offers above average payouts and benefits for welfare and other social service programs it becomes attractive to those who choose to live on those systems. Massachusetts has a larger than average population of people who CHOOSE not to work or acquire the skills necessary to garner employment because of those attractive benefit programs. This undoubtedly accounts for some of its more intractable unemployment elements, particular in the urban areas.

For a prime example of the effect of offering exceedingly generous and easy to acquire social services and public assistance programs on local and state economies and seemingly intractable unemployment levels, look at California, which offers exceptionally generous social services benefits and public assistance programs compared to the rest of the nation, and has some of the highest long term unemployment pockets (not coincidentally, generally located in its urban areas) in the nation.

thatsafactjack on June 12, 2012 at 11:02 AM

whats cory booker say about this? anyone seen him recently?

t8stlikchkn on June 12, 2012 at 11:03 AM

There is a Nobel Prize for lying?

SWalker on June 12, 2012 at 10:57 AM

I think that’s the Pulitzer, not a Nobel Prize.

And Bambi’s Nobel Prize win was an affirmative-action one, much like him being head of the Harvard Law Review. The lefties overseas would give the prize to almost any US President who wasn’t W.

teke184 on June 12, 2012 at 11:03 AM

At the same time Massachusetts fell to only 47th in job creation.

Of course, the year before Romney took office Massachusetts was in last place (50th, not 57th). That’s a rise, not a fall.

Although Obama may argue that Romney wasn’t creating nearly enough state and local government jobs. But losing only 40,000 manufacturing jobs during his governorship (continuing a manufacturing decline since the 60s, and the number was larger in the 4 years both before and after Romney), compared to the loss of 1.9 million jobs since Obama took office.

de rigueur on June 12, 2012 at 11:03 AM

Boy was I sad to see the automatic video ad on the home page today. I couldn’t believe it was HA assaulting me with that shit.

thedudesblog on June 12, 2012 at 11:04 AM

Team Romney should make this exact same ad with Obama’s numbers — really make them look as close to the same as possible but with Obama & his numbers on debt per person & unemployment rate.

Dark Star on June 12, 2012 at 11:07 AM

Does Team Obama REALLY want to talk about the economy?

GarandFan on June 12, 2012 at 11:07 AM

Interesting. If this is the best attack ads his political team can conjure up, what the heck is all that campaign cash really for?

BlaxPac on June 12, 2012 at 11:09 AM

Politifact rates this ad 110% True!!!

DavidW on June 12, 2012 at 11:11 AM

…it’s YOUR ECONOMY stupid…!!!

KOOLAID2 on June 12, 2012 at 11:11 AM

“Mr. Obama, what you’ve just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.”

Seems to fit pretty well.

search4truth on June 12, 2012 at 11:14 AM

Uh hoh geez….listen to Obama.
He represented one the the biggest slums in America before he became POTUS.

NeoKong on June 12, 2012 at 11:14 AM

Interesting. If this is the best attack ads his political team can conjure up, what the heck is all that campaign cash really for?

BlaxPac on June 12, 2012 at 11:09 AM

It’s mainly a slush-fund for the turnout machine. And that won’t help them this time around.

teke184 on June 12, 2012 at 11:15 AM

+1 davidw

cmsinaz on June 12, 2012 at 11:15 AM

When are we going to see Obama’s “Twilight in America” ads?

The Count on June 12, 2012 at 11:16 AM

Call me old-fashioned, but I really think people in glass houses shouldn’t be throwing stones.

Obama shatters everything around him.

Bitter Clinger on June 12, 2012 at 11:18 AM

I guess this is Obama’s pivot to economic issues his…strength?

So what’s the average voter supposed to take away from this ad? That Mitt will be worse for the economy than Obama?

This is simply a stupid place for Obama to go. BEsides the outright mendacity as exposed by the WSJ, right now Romney’s ad’s are writing themselves.

Oh, and if this election wasn’t so serious, people would be chortling at this tripe.

Marcus Traianus on June 12, 2012 at 11:19 AM

I’d use that old ‘saw’:

This is the Pot calling the Kettle black

But no doubt that would be considered racist by the lieberals…

LegendHasIt on June 12, 2012 at 11:22 AM

Obama and Axelrod really got nothin’ against Romney.

Elizabetty on June 12, 2012 at 11:24 AM

So Mr. Romney’s jobs record looks relatively good—at least next to the microscopic jobs recovery of the Obama years.

So….Romney’s record is okay with everyone just because Obama’s is worse?!?
Wow…setting the bar mighty low.

tencole on June 12, 2012 at 11:24 AM

Mitt Romney also operated with an overwhelming majority Dem legislature for his first two years [and his remaining two years] just like Obama, yet he still managed to do better for MA than Obama did for the nation.

BKennedy on June 12, 2012 at 11:26 AM

Where are all those MSM fact checkers when you need them?

bflat879 on June 12, 2012 at 11:27 AM

So, Romney was Gov for 4 years and he is responsible for all the “bad” that happened in Mass during those 4 years.

BUT!!!

Obama has been prezzie for 3 1/2 years and EVERYTHING “bad” is STILL Bush’s fault?

Whatever!

Gunlock Bill on June 12, 2012 at 11:27 AM

He either has the worst campaign team ever or the most dishonest.

DRayRaven on June 12, 2012 at 10:51 AM

I’m not so sure it’s an either/or deal.

JusDreamin on June 12, 2012 at 11:31 AM

But the state was climbing, not falling, because Massachusetts was ranked 49th in the year before Mr. Romney took office. Both Mr. Romney and Mr. Obama took office during periods of rising unemployment. In Massachusetts, unemployment had risen to 5.6% from 4.8% in the year before Mr. Romney took office, according to BLS’s state statistics, and peaked at 6% in June of his first year. It then But the state was climbing, not falling, because Massachusetts was ranked 49th in the year before Mr. Romney took office. Both Mr. Romney and Mr. Obama took office during periods of rising unemployment. In Massachusetts, unemployment had risen to 5.6% from 4.8% in the year before Mr. Romney took office, according to BLS’s state statistics, and peaked at 6% in June of his first year. It then fell to 4.6% by the time he left office in 2007.

..this is a stinging rebuke from the WSJ and deserves to go viral. Ms Johnsen, I am fast becoming one of your most ardent fans ~~ in a purely platonic way, mind you. You seem to have the Morrissey-ian penchant for bringing numbers and analysis to your posts; something for us geeks to chew on. My heartfelt thanks.

Tangentially, in a re-heated comment I made on another thread last night: Often the inference is made by Asselhat and his cronies that Romney’s perfomance caused MA to reside in 47th place. But ir the unemployment figures were 4.9% or 5.7% or whatever, what does that say about the same figures in the other 46 states? That was 2003-2007, mind you before Pelosi and Reid got their grimy claws on the controls and when “W” was preezy.

Which is it Axelturd? Thread that needle, old son.

The War Planner on June 12, 2012 at 11:33 AM

WShat a stupid line of attack. Vulnerable much?

Eren on June 12, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Oops,under Team Bluey!

August 2011 Last updated at 04:38
US loses AAA credit rating after S&P downgrade
**********************************************

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-14428930

canopfor on June 12, 2012 at 11:34 AM

GHWB tarred and feathered Dukakis pretty well with his MA record. It seems perhaps O is trying to replicate that against Romney. Time for a robust defense, and pre-innoculate wherever possible: as “O will say… but the truth is…”

anotherJoe on June 12, 2012 at 11:34 AM

What bunk -

1 State residents do not have debt, by law! Each state is required to balance their budgets annually. What the Obamanites are actually meaning is the TAX BURDEN of Mass. residents, hence the term “Taxachusett”.

2 When unemployment is less than 5%, it is pretty hard to create more jobs, as the 5% level is generally thought of as being full employment, one more concept Obama doesn’t understand.

gonnjos on June 12, 2012 at 11:35 AM

I’m desperately trying to think of a good comment, but all I can come up with is BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

Oh, man… Obama attacks Romney on debt. Can’t get better than that.

The Rogue Tomato on June 12, 2012 at 11:37 AM

Mitt’s record as governor is pretty dang good with Democrats controlling Mass Congress. When he left office he had a 4.7% unemployment rate.

BroncosRock on June 12, 2012 at 11:39 AM

So….Romney’s record is okay with everyone just because Obama’s is worse?!?
Wow…setting the bar mighty low.

tencole on June 12, 2012 at 11:24 AM

Nice, the way you ignored these two previous paragraphs:

But the state was climbing, not falling, because Massachusetts was ranked 49th in the year before Mr. Romney took office. Both Mr. Romney and Mr. Obama took office during periods of rising unemployment. In Massachusetts, unemployment had risen to 5.6% from 4.8% in the year before Mr. Romney took office, according to BLS’s state statistics, and peaked at 6% in June of his first year. It then fell to 4.6% by the time he left office in 2007.

By contrast, the U.S. rate stood at 7.8% at Mr. Obama’s inauguration and now stands at 8.2%. All in all, the Bay State economy added about 48,000 jobs during the Romney administration. This is an increase of about 1.5%, compared to U.S. growth in the Obama era of less than one-tenth of one percent, or negative growth, depending on the survey.

to make your comment. Take Romney’s results in a libtard state like Mass. and apply them to the nation. It doesn’t take much thought to see that Obama’s record would be even more abysmal in comparison.

AubieJon on June 12, 2012 at 11:41 AM

What’s wrong with you people…everybody knows that unemployment insurance, food stamps and welfare create jobs…

PatriotRider on June 12, 2012 at 11:48 AM

Mitt’s record as governor is pretty dang good with Democrats controlling Mass Congress. When he left office he had a 4.7% unemployment rate.

BroncosRock on June 12, 2012 at 11:39 AM

*groan*…..you can rationalize with the best of them. This sort of sounds like a Scott Brown 2 and we will never know how Mitt will truly govern.

tencole on June 12, 2012 at 11:52 AM

*groan*…..you can rationalize with the best of them. This sort of sounds like a Scott Brown 2 and we will never know how Mitt will truly govern.

tencole on June 12, 2012 at 11:52 AM

..you cannot know how your concern immeasurably moves us. Our sincere and heartfelt (W.O.T.D.) gratitude for your eternal diligence.

The War Planner on June 12, 2012 at 11:56 AM

*groan*…..you can rationalize with the best of them. This sort of sounds like a Scott Brown 2 and we will never know how Mitt will truly govern.

tencole on June 12, 2012 at 11:52 AM

I’ve only seen two comments from you, and both indicate a problem with reality.

AubieJon on June 12, 2012 at 11:57 AM

GHWB tarred and feathered Dukakis pretty well with his MA record. It seems perhaps O is trying to replicate that against Romney. Time for a robust defense, and pre-innoculate wherever possible: as “O will say… but the truth is…”

anotherJoe on June 12, 2012 at 11:34 AM

..morning, Joe! We’ll know when Obama’s thrown in the towel when we see him riding around in a tank, maybe? Would not put it past him.

The War Planner on June 12, 2012 at 12:00 PM

Desperation is a stinky, stinky cologne.

JohnGalt23 on June 12, 2012 at 12:02 PM

Heh. Wait for the Mittness comeback ad. If they have a remark about “glass houses” then we know teamRomney reads hotgas.

AH_C on June 12, 2012 at 12:10 PM

I’d use that old ‘saw’:

This is the Pot calling the Kettle black

But no doubt that would be considered racist by the lieberals…

LegendHasIt on June 12, 2012 at 11:22 AM

It would be racist if you said, “This is the Pot calling the Kettle a zebra.”

/sarc

Myron Falwell on June 12, 2012 at 12:15 PM

Obama really wants to put out an ad that talks about the debt?
lorien1973 on June 12, 2012 at 10:49 AM

Smartest guys in the room! (trademark pending)

vityas on June 12, 2012 at 12:15 PM

Call me old-fashioned, but I really think people in glass houses shouldn’t be throwing stones.

I guess nobody ever told Captain Kickass that when you live in a glass house you throw your stone standing outside.

Primusprimer on June 12, 2012 at 12:18 PM

Desperation is a stinky, stinky cologne.

JohnGalt23 on June 12, 2012 at 12:02 PM

He probably just found out that there would be no improvement in the economy from now till elections, not even a hint of it that he ‘could ‘help’ with a l’il fudging of numbers in the Obama admin tradition…so, de ided to employ some food ole fashion demagoguery instead..but then, .what’s new…

jimver on June 12, 2012 at 12:19 PM

‘he ‘decided’ and ‘good ole fashion’, that is..my ipad betrayed me, alas, again :)…

jimver on June 12, 2012 at 12:22 PM

Call me old-fashioned, but I really think people in glass houses shouldn’t be throwing stones.

All is not equal in this contest; little Bammie and the democratics have the entire liberal old media protecting them from the stones.

slickwillie2001 on June 12, 2012 at 12:25 PM

Please, Mr. President, keep producing ads portraying public held debt in a negative light.

Something about a petard, or whatever.

The Schaef on June 12, 2012 at 12:31 PM

The Obama campaign is daft if they want to draw a correlation between high debt and bad job creation.

theperfecteconomist on June 12, 2012 at 12:34 PM

How could Romney have created jobs when MA was already at full employment under his watch?

The Count on June 12, 2012 at 12:41 PM

Call me old-fashioned, but I really think people in glass houses shouldn’t be throwing stones.

All is not equal in this contest; little Bammie and the democratics have the entire liberal old media protecting them from the stones.

slickwillie2001 on June 12, 2012 at 12:25 PM

Like people are incapable to discwrn for themsleves that they are worst off than 4 years ago, all LSM can do at this point is damage control for Barkey (they should get ready for huge amounts of it), but sell him as a SAviour of the economy, read my lips IT WONT WORK THIS TIME!…

jimver on June 12, 2012 at 12:42 PM

Discern tha is…

jimver on June 12, 2012 at 12:43 PM

Lucifer has a better record of Job creation, than the Administration.

……and let’s not forget he hasn’t had help from Unions creating his jobs.

If it came down to voting for the Communist/Marxist/Democrat or the devil which would you pull the lever for?

PappyD61 on June 12, 2012 at 1:03 PM

Strikes me that the Obama campaign has a problem since, in the main, the things that the public feel is wrong about what is happening happens to be what Obama wants to keep doing. Since the results have been mediocre at best (talking domestically) and worsening at worst, it is hard to stand on the One’s record.

This kind of attack is very understandable since the team that has to come up with what to do just has to come up with something else someone might ask, “we pay you and what do you do? NOTHING”. That it seems inane and stupid is not the issue except from the campaign’s point of view. The folks dreaming up this kind of thing wants to keep employed. That is slots into the campaign’s biases just makes it believable (to the campaign).

Russ808 on June 12, 2012 at 2:09 PM

Obama is going after Romney on increasing the debt load and lackluster job creation?

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA

You’ve got to be kidding. What, next he’ll claim he has a funny sounding name? That he’ll bow and apologize to foreign leaders? That his wife will take expensive vacations on the taxpayer dime? that he’ll play too much golf?

Tell me Obama isn’t THIS incapable of self-awareness, this is almost a psychiatric disability level of denial and cluelessness.

gekkobear on June 12, 2012 at 2:22 PM

The War Planner on June 12, 2012 at 12:00 PM

Just as long as we don’t see Romney riding around in a tank. Then -we- got trouble…

anotherJoe on June 12, 2012 at 2:59 PM

Can’t wait to see the Politifact analysis. Romney suddenly responsible for Massachusetts economy?

Brad G on June 12, 2012 at 3:48 PM

Erika Johnsen:

I find it uniquely galling that President Obama can point to Romney’s experiences in the private sector and as a state executive as failures, when he himself has expertise in neither of those areas and his own “on the job” training has us struggling beneath the weight of a three-year economic downturn.

Erika, you and the rest of the conservative bloggers need to understand that Obama was not qualified for the Presidency when he was elected. HE HAD NO EXECUTIVE EXPERIENCE AT ALL. He has almost 3 1/2 years of executive experience now, but not “expertise”. He is an executive failure. Obama has not learned the job, he does not understand economics which is why the idiot keeps making the same stupid mistakes. He still believes the communist economic theory of his academic mentors. Which is why he and his minions actually believe that you grow the economy by growing government.

Romney is a proven successful executive expert in both the private and the public sector.

woodNfish on June 12, 2012 at 4:29 PM

Call me old-fashioned, but I really think people in glass houses shouldn’t be throwing stones.

That is conventional wisdom and would generally work for someone who wants to maintain or build up what they have. It is useless for someone who wants to tear the whole thing down.

chemman on June 12, 2012 at 10:54 AM

Obama shatters everything around him.
Bitter Clinger on June 12, 2012 at 11:18 AM

I guess nobody ever told Captain Kickass that when you live in a glass house you throw your stone standing outside.

Primusprimer on June 12, 2012 at 12:18 PM

All is not equal in this contest; little Bammie and the democratics have the entire liberal old media protecting them from the stones.

slickwillie2001 on June 12, 2012 at 12:25 PM

People developing a narrative = Fable under construction.

AesopFan on June 12, 2012 at 5:29 PM