Video: “Lost Focus”

posted at 10:01 am on June 13, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

The RNC goes after Barack Obama ahead of his “reframing” speech in Ohio tomorrow by reminding people just how often Obama has had to “reframe” his approach to the economy.  In “Lost Focus,” the spot highlights just a few of the promises of “pivots” to jobs by the Obama administration:

Reuters has more on the “reframing” speech, which as we noted yesterday, won’t contain any new proposals on how to get the economy moving forward again.  In fact, it will be so bereft of new ideas that Obama will actually reach back three years to an old strategy that served him well at the time … blaming George W. Bush:

In an economic speech on Thursday that could set the tone for months of campaigning, Obama is not likely to unveil new ideas to boost the economy and create new jobs, according to Democrats familiar with the preparations for the address.

Instead, he will make the case that he needs four more years to undo the damage left by George W. Bush, his Republican predecessor in the White House, and argue that a President Romney would bring back the weak financial regulation and budget-busting tax cuts of the Bush years.

Reuters notes that this rehashed strategy “carries risks” for Obama, which is an understatement.  He’s been President for almost four years, and the country is on the verge of a recession that will be entirely on Obama’s back.  Instead of coming up with new ideas — as Obama’s policies clearly aren’t working — Obama will propose that the failure of Obamanomics is still the fault of a man who hasn’t been President in almost four years.  Voters may still blame Bush for the economic collapse in 2008, but they’re not going to buy that the current economic malaise isn’t due to Obama’s policies, and they certainly aren’t going to vote to “stay the course” as we slip back closer to another recession.


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Rasmussen has Mitt four points ahead of bho today. I hope bho keeps trying to blame Bush, it sure isn’t working very well with voters?
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letget on June 13, 2012 at 10:04 AM

I thought Willy already said we’re in a recession?

CTSherman on June 13, 2012 at 10:05 AM

You say “pivot,” he hears “divot,” and then he heads for the golf course…safest place for him.

RBMN on June 13, 2012 at 10:05 AM

instead of “reframing” it should be called “recrimination”…..

ted c on June 13, 2012 at 10:05 AM

“The failure of the latest Five Year Plan is the result of counter-revolutionary sabotage and drought.”

Akzed on June 13, 2012 at 10:06 AM

He does know that Bush isn’t running right?

gophergirl on June 13, 2012 at 10:07 AM

The ad is weak.

But 0bama running against Bush again? That’s ultra weak, and no one is going to buy that nonsense. Compared to today, the Bush years seem like a golden age.

Rebar on June 13, 2012 at 10:07 AM

recrimination – mutual accusations
accusal, accusation – a formal charge of wrongdoing brought against a person; the act of imputing blame or guilt

recrimination
noun bickering, retaliation, counterattack, mutual accusation, retort, quarrel, squabbling, name-calling, countercharge The war sweeps up everything in hatred and recrimination.

ted c on June 13, 2012 at 10:08 AM

But the darn steak dinner tab was so expensive Ed..

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hillsoftx on June 13, 2012 at 10:08 AM

Unfortunately, 45% of the voters are in the bag no matter what he says. Still hear that the tax cuts and the wars are the reason for the deficits, which is bogus, at best. So, even though we know the truth, there are many that will buy this meme once again. I am cautiously optimistic, but still worried that “we” will get this nimrod for another 4 years.

mel23059 on June 13, 2012 at 10:08 AM

Julia begins to think about voting republican.

trigon on June 13, 2012 at 10:10 AM

Good ad. Keep attacking on all fronts. Don’t play it safe.

Ted Torgerson on June 13, 2012 at 10:10 AM

Obama, here is something unique, that you haven’t tried…get the Senate to actually put a budget together.

I know, I know, it’s radical to think that the Senate needs a budget, that America needs a budget…

right2bright on June 13, 2012 at 10:11 AM

Breaking…Obama just lost the support of Obama girl. It’s over. /s

Oil Can on June 13, 2012 at 10:11 AM

Obama will actually reach back three years to an old strategy that served him well at the time … blaming George W. Bush

Well, that settles it. I will not vote for George W. Bush in this next election.

The Rogue Tomato on June 13, 2012 at 10:11 AM

He does know that Bush isn’t running right?

gophergirl on June 13, 2012 at 10:07 AM

Never assume.

Happy Nomad on June 13, 2012 at 10:11 AM

Or, I’ll let him use my video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wmh2Rft7nSQ

stenwin77 on June 13, 2012 at 10:11 AM

Julia begins to think about voting republican.

trigon on June 13, 2012 at 10:10 AM

Julia suddenly develops eyes, a mouth, and a brain.

Happy Nomad on June 13, 2012 at 10:13 AM

He does know that Bush isn’t running right?

gophergirl on June 13, 2012 at 10:07 AM

C’mon, of course he knows. It’s not like he signed the Westminster Abbey register last year with 2008 instead of 2011 or called Romney by the first name of George….oh wait.

Doughboy on June 13, 2012 at 10:13 AM

Julia begins to think about voting republican.

trigon on June 13, 2012 at 10:10 AM

Never will happen.

Julia was there when the Wall fell. She was finally free…

Now she longs for Government again….

Electrongod on June 13, 2012 at 10:13 AM

That settles it. God, what a mess. No way I will vote for George W. Bush in November.

fogw on June 13, 2012 at 10:13 AM

The problem I have with this ad, and others like it, is that they use text in parts of it instead of a voice.

A lot of people leave a room when a commercial/ad comes on. What good will text on the screen be in those instances?

Flora Duh on June 13, 2012 at 10:14 AM

At one point, President Bush had 52 consecutive months of employment growth.

At one point preparing for the Census, Obama boasted of 3 consecutive months of employment growth.
Last month we added 3 million New H.S. Grads to the workforce. where are their jobs?

seven on June 13, 2012 at 10:14 AM

The ad is weak.

Rebar on June 13, 2012 at 10:07 AM

I agree. The RNC has so much material they could have done better.

Happy Nomad on June 13, 2012 at 10:14 AM

Here’s my question: what did Bush do to cause our current economic situation? I can point at specific actions Obama has taken which will stifle economic growth–Obamacare, Dodd/Frank, EPA overreach, threatening cap & trade, permitorium, etc. But I can’t think of anything (off the top of my head, I could be wrong) that Bush specifically did which would cause job losses or economic stagnation, aside from deficits due to Medicare Part D.

Mohonri on June 13, 2012 at 10:15 AM

[RBMN on June 13, 2012 at 10:05 AM]

LOL. Safest place for us, too. He’s put way too many divots in the economy that any one president should be allowed over such a short tenure.

Obama played the economy.

Dusty on June 13, 2012 at 10:15 AM

Good ad

Vua newsbusters mika sure is hoping that the blame bush strategy works

Cant send linky at this time

Ed can you update?

cmsinaz on June 13, 2012 at 10:15 AM

The Rogue Tomato on June 13, 2012 at 10:11 AM

Beat me to it. Almost word for word. :)

fogw on June 13, 2012 at 10:16 AM

I like the fact they are using the lsm

cmsinaz on June 13, 2012 at 10:18 AM

A lot of people leave a room when a commercial/ad comes on. What good will text on the screen be in those instances?

Flora Duh on June 13, 2012 at 10:14 AM

I’m not sure I want the fate of the nation decided by people who have to be persuaded while they are in the midst of taking a potty break.

Happy Nomad on June 13, 2012 at 10:18 AM

Breaking…Obama just lost the support of Obama girl. It’s over. /s

Oil Can on June 13, 2012 at 10:11 AM

I stand firm with obamagirl now.

VegasRick on June 13, 2012 at 10:18 AM

Vua newsbusters mika sure is hoping that the blame bush strategy works

Cant send linky at this time

Ed can you update?

cmsinaz on June 13, 2012 at 10:15 AM

Mika Brzezinski: ‘I’m Hoping’ Blaming Bush Will Work

Flora Duh on June 13, 2012 at 10:19 AM

Obama risked his whole first term on passing the first step of nationalized health care, which 60% of the nation rejected and the SC will throw out.

Instead of focusing on the economy and jobs for ALL AMERICANS, the man began his personal crusade of class warfare and redistribution of wealth thru his regulatory Czars, and he thinks the nation will swallow “it’s still Bush’s fault”???? Now even the unions are abandoning this pretender.

Rovin on June 13, 2012 at 10:19 AM

Here’s my question: what did Bush do to cause our current economic situation?

Mohonri on June 13, 2012 at 10:15 AM

He was President when the housing bubble burst. Therefore it was his fault, and his alone(well, his party’s too). That’s pretty much it. Obama has for years been blaming the economic malaise on “the failed policies of the past administration”. But no one, politician or reporter, has ever asked him for specifics as far as which policies.

Doughboy on June 13, 2012 at 10:19 AM

Thanks Flora :)

cmsinaz on June 13, 2012 at 10:22 AM

He does know that Bush isn’t running right?

gophergirl on June 13, 2012 at 10:07 AM

On “Meet the Press” a few weeks ago Newt summed it up perfectly. “At this point in the 1984 election, President Reagan wasn’t talking about the mess he inherited from Jimmy Carter. He was detailing his successes.”

dirtseller on June 13, 2012 at 10:22 AM

Last month we added 3 million New H.S. Grads to the workforce. where are their jobs?

seven on June 13, 2012 at 10:14 AM

There are no jobs for them (or their older siblings who are graduating from college), but the good news for all of these “kids” is that if they accidentally inhale a marijuana seed and choke while they’re choomin’ in mom and dad’s basement, their ER visit will be covered by mom and dad’s health insurance — at least for the next couple of weeks, until the SCOTUS rules Obamacare unconstitutional.

AZCoyote on June 13, 2012 at 10:22 AM

Beat me to it. Almost word for word. :)

fogw on June 13, 2012 at 10:16 AM

Great minds.

The Rogue Tomato on June 13, 2012 at 10:23 AM

I’m not sure I want the fate of the nation decided by people who have to be persuaded while they are in the midst of taking a potty break.

Happy Nomad on June 13, 2012 at 10:18 AM

I get your point but, my office is in the room next to my kitchen. On those few times I do have the TV on, I often walk into the kitchen to refill my coffee cup. In other words, I can hear the television from the kitchen – I can’t see it. This ad is 52 seconds long, about the amount of time it takes me to get to the kitchen, refill my cup and get back to the office, at which time the ad will be over.

Flora Duh on June 13, 2012 at 10:23 AM

ted c on June 13, 2012 at 10:08 AM

This.
His entire focus is raising taxes,any kind of tax.I want him to keep pushing tax increases.Americans are tax weary now.

docflash on June 13, 2012 at 10:25 AM

…he will make the case that he needs four more years to undo the damage left by George W. Bush…

If this is Obama’s “reframing” of his approach to the economy, it’s over.

Romney doesn’t even need to argue that It Wasn’t All Bush’s Fault– no time to make the case, and low-information voters won’t buy it anyway. The simple counter is: Obama Made It Worse. And it’s getting worse. And in four more years it will be even worse.

Romney can even triangulate: he’s isn’t going restore Bush’s “failed economic policies,” but everyone knows we definitely need to dump Obama’s. Time for a new approach, the Romney Way (and he’d better have the outline of a convincing one).

This neutralizes the Dems’ “Romney will take us back to the past” argument, and places Obama in the same position as he placed McCain in 2008 (as another Bush): someone who needs to be replaced so that the nation can move forward with something new. That works.

de rigueur on June 13, 2012 at 10:25 AM

The ad is weak…….

Rebar on June 13, 2012 at 10:07 AM

Maybe, but the fact is THIS RNC is certainly not asleep at the wheel. Priebus (sp?) is doing a bang up job. The energy is evident.

dirtseller on June 13, 2012 at 10:25 AM

Reuters notes that this rehashed strategy “carries risks” for Obama, which is an understatement. He’s been President for almost four years, and the country is on the verge of a recession that will be entirely on Obama’s back. Instead of coming up with new ideas — as Obama’s policies clearly aren’t working — Obama will propose that the failure of Obamanomics is still the fault of a man who hasn’t been President in almost four years.

So this is all the “smartest people in the room” can come up with.

….”it’s not me” is the strategy that you would expect out of a 5 year old.

How pathetic.

Baxter Greene on June 13, 2012 at 10:27 AM

Blaming Bush just won’t cut it because Obama has had 4 years to right the ship and instead has only made things worse.

cheetah2 on June 13, 2012 at 10:28 AM

Weak ad. Somebody knows how to run an Avid, but not how to tell a story in 30 seconds.

greggriffith on June 13, 2012 at 10:29 AM

But no one, politician or reporter, has ever asked him for specifics as far as which policies.

[Doughboy on June 13, 2012 at 10:19 AM]

I’ll mention one. Bush’s policy of backing down in the face of avalanches of H8 directed at him by Dems when he wanted to reform Fannie Mae and Freddy Mac, with special mention going to Barney “roll the dice” Frank.

That’s why no politician or reporter wants to ask that question.

We might have avoided the predicament we’re in now if not for Democratic Party.

Dusty on June 13, 2012 at 10:29 AM

those crafty Dems like to forget that San Fran Nan only sent a continuing resolution for the FY2009 budget to George W Bush, so all spending increases for FY2009 are directly on Jugg-ears’ watch…

phreshone on June 13, 2012 at 10:29 AM

…the House with Pelosi and the Senate with Reid…will join in to belatedly blame Bush too!

KOOLAID2 on June 13, 2012 at 10:30 AM

Time for Obama to implement his volunteer service plan from four years ago, and call it employment? No?
How about having Exxon-Mobil taxes pay for Obamacare, so its free, like four years ago? No?
or
How about Failure in Europe – you are my only hope!!!!

tomg51 on June 13, 2012 at 10:30 AM

Last month we added 3 million New H.S. Grads to the workforce. where are their jobs?

seven on June 13, 2012 at 10:14 AM

..this is the largely ignored component when this gibbering fool, his cronies, minions, and slavering sycophants trot out that hoary 4.3 million jobs crated in 27 months.

His/their math is as incautious as their ill-considered and harmful public policies.

Sorry for the blatant, shameless blog-whoring link but I did the calculations yesterday and found out that even the followers are complicit in this lie.

The War Planner on June 13, 2012 at 10:32 AM

Of course there won’t be any “new” ideas. The Socialist-in-Chief only knows “Socialist Truth”. He just needs MORE time and MORE money.

Hillary 2012! “To keep the White House”.

GarandFan on June 13, 2012 at 10:33 AM

Obama will propose that the failure of Obamanomics is still the fault of a man who hasn’t been President in almost four years.

“Look, I’m at the start of my administration. One nice thing about the situation I find myself in is that I will be held accountable. You know, I’ve got four years,” Obama told The Today Show’s Matt Lauer on February 1, 2009.

“A year from now I think people are going to see that we’re starting to make some progress,” said Obama. ”But there’s still going to be some pain out there. If I don’t have this done in three years, then there’s going to be a one-term proposition.

Flora Duh on June 13, 2012 at 10:33 AM

In “Lost Focus,” the spot highlights just a few of the promises of “pivots” to jobs by the Obama administration:

I posted this yesterday:

Awesomely Awesome News! Awesomely Awesome Obama Plans An Awesomely Awesome “Pivot” To Awesomely Awesome Jobs For The Awesomely Awesome 15th Time!

http://predicthistunpredictpast.blogspot.com/2011/08/awesomely-awesome-news-obama-plans.html

M2RB: Spose

It’s from my blog and it is dated 4 August 2011.

Pivots. Eyerolls.

Resist We Much on June 13, 2012 at 10:33 AM

Just wait until the “Bush Justices” overturn OCare. Then we we really be hearing the Blame Bush Mantra.

Vote for Obama, so the hyperpolitical Bush appointees can be counterbalanced by even more hyperpolitcal Obama appointees.

weaselyone on June 13, 2012 at 10:34 AM

But 0bama running against Bush again? That’s ultra weak, and no one is going to buy that nonsense. Compared to today, the Bush years seem like a golden age.

Rebar on June 13, 2012 at 10:07 AM

Yes….

Political messaging is a lot like the music industry.

The democrats had a No.1 hit with “It’s Bush’s fault” that was played on every station and news program for years.
But just like all one hit wonders…..it starts to get old,stale and loses it’s effect.

Obama trying to run with this to a second term is like Madonna trying to reach No.1 on the Billboards again with Material Girl.

Blaming Bush 4 years into your own term is so pathetic it would be laughable if there wasn’t so much at stake.

Baxter Greene on June 13, 2012 at 10:35 AM

Obama risked his whole first term on passing the first step of nationalized health care, which 60% of the nation rejected and the SC will throw out.
Rovin on June 13, 2012 at 10:19 AM

He’s a uniter, not a divider!

Laura Curtis on June 13, 2012 at 10:35 AM

Can we establish one fact up front?

Barack Obama is not interested in Creating or Saving Jobs.

Specifically JOBS, Plural.

Obama is interested in saving One Job and only One Job.

His!

jaydee_007 on June 13, 2012 at 10:37 AM

I’ll mention one. Bush’s policy of backing down in the face of avalanches of H8 directed at him by Dems when he wanted to reform Fannie Mae and Freddy Mac, with special mention going to Barney “roll the dice” Frank.

That’s why no politician or reporter wants to ask that question.

We might have avoided the predicament we’re in now if not for Democratic Party.

Dusty on June 13, 2012 at 10:29 AM

Yeah, but that’s something Bush DIDN’T do. And it’s a policy that Obama’s done nothing to stop. In fact, he wants to continue the practice of extended loans to people who can’t afford them. Just once, I’d love for someone, anyone to look him in the face and ask him to list what it is Bush did to cause the economic mess and what he’s done differently to fix it.

Doughboy on June 13, 2012 at 10:37 AM

Smartest. President. Ever.

Do you all remember how the media wailed and moaned because, after Obama won the election, he had to wait 3 whole months before getting sworn in? They all wanting him to be calling the shots on November 7th.

He was running around the country with that ridiculous “office of the President-Elect” seal on his podium. I felt right then that this guy was going to be a disaster.

Mord on June 13, 2012 at 10:37 AM

Unfortunately, 45% of the voters are in the bag no matter what he says. Still hear that the tax cuts and the wars are the reason for the deficits, which is bogus, at best. So, even though we know the truth, there are many that will buy this meme once again. I am cautiously optimistic, but still worried that “we” will get this nimrod for another 4 years.

mel23059 on June 13, 2012 at 10:08 AM

Romney needs to stress this everywhere and often. Who ran the congress and senate in 07 and 08? That would be the Dems. Any “inherited crisis” that Oblama points to has to be laid at least partially at their door. Having said that, how pathetic is it that this idiot is still blaming Bush 4 years into his administration. Sadly about 45% of this country gets their share of Oblama’s stash directly from us the working half so it is in their own self interest to vote for the blamer-in-chief. Question for these idiots—what happens slackers when the workers no longer have jobs?

neyney on June 13, 2012 at 10:38 AM

Baxter

Its got a good beat but hard to dance to after 4 years

cmsinaz on June 13, 2012 at 10:43 AM

I stand firm with obamagirl now.

VegasRick on June 13, 2012 at 10:18 AM

I’m behind her and down with her 100%.

TXUS on June 13, 2012 at 10:44 AM

“Voters may still blame Bush for the economic collapse in 2008, but they’re not going to buy that the current economic malaise isn’t due to Obama’s policies, and they certainly aren’t going to vote to “stay the course” as we slip back closer to another recession.”

Unfortunately about 45% will buy it.

Teacher in Tejas on June 13, 2012 at 10:48 AM

I don’t remember where I read it this morning, but Obama said:

“The Republicans strategy is ‘Blame Obama’ and ‘It’s Obama’s fault!’ Well, it’s not gonna work!”

Why not?

“It’s Bush’s fault” and “Blame Bush” worked for you.

Bush hasn’t been in office in 3.5 years. Maybe, you should have thought more carefully about blaming him for everything. Now, you are arguing that so much of the economy is outside of the president’s control. Presumably, the same held true when Bush was in office.

Resist We Much on June 13, 2012 at 10:48 AM

This ad is perfect.

It’s hard to remain ‘likeable’ when he’s viewed as lost/confused.

faraway on June 13, 2012 at 10:49 AM

Who ran the congress and senate in 07 and 08? That would be the Dems. Any “inherited crisis” that Oblama points to has to be laid at least partially at their door.

Wasn’t there a senator from Illinois named…Bush…no, it was Obarack or something like that. He helped to run up the deficit and debt and could never, would never dare to blame Bush, would he?

Don L on June 13, 2012 at 10:49 AM

I can’t wait for Romney’s first state of union. He will say, “I’m not going to go on and on about the horrible economy I’ve inherited. Instead, I’m going to tell you exactly how my team is going to start growing it. This time next year I will be reporting back about how much progress we have made and how many people are back to work. In short, Obama will be a distant and bad memory!”

JAM on June 13, 2012 at 10:51 AM

I stand firm with obamagirl now.

VegasRick on June 13, 2012 at 10:18 AM

ahhhh… the lamentation of his women.

faraway on June 13, 2012 at 10:52 AM

“The failure of the latest Five Year Plan is the result of counter-revolutionary sabotage and drought.”

Akzed on June 13, 2012 at 10:06 AM

Spiritually, this hits closest to the mark.

roy_batty on June 13, 2012 at 10:53 AM

You say “pivot,” he hears “divot,” and then he heads for the golf course…safest place for him.

RBMN on June 13, 2012 at 10:05 AM

An absolutely brilliant post…this will leave me chuckling all day long.

conservative4freedom on June 13, 2012 at 11:03 AM

Ha! Are people really so clueless that they don’t realize BO doesn’t care about the economy. That’s not why he’s president. He’s president to transform the country into his “infallible” vision of utopia. The economy is just a distraction and nuisance he has to swat at every once in a while because it’s irritating him.

yhxqqsn on June 13, 2012 at 11:04 AM

“This horrid economy is a distraction from . . . look a squirrel!” – Barack Obama

NoDonkey on June 13, 2012 at 11:06 AM

This ad is perfect.

It’s hard to remain ‘likeable’ when he’s viewed as lost/confused.

faraway on June 13, 2012 at 10:49 AM

Sympathy for impotency?

If “stimulus” were Viagra, the economy would be buried in blue pills in an empty room.

NoDonkey on June 13, 2012 at 11:09 AM

I can’t wait for Romney’s first state of union. He will say, “I’m not going to go on and on about the horrible economy I’ve inherited. Instead, I’m going to tell you exactly how my team is going to start growing it. This time next year I will be reporting back about how much progress we have made and how many people are back to work. In short, Obama will be a distant and bad memory!”

JAM on June 13, 2012 at 10:51 AM

..in other words, we will have an experienced chief executive who is a grown-up doing this job instead of an incautious, immature, child with a kaleidoscopic vision and infinitesimal attention span.

The War Planner on June 13, 2012 at 11:15 AM

Voters may still blame Bush for the economic collapse in 2008, but they’re not going to buy that the current economic malaise isn’t due to Obama’s policies, and they certainly aren’t going to vote to “stay the course” as we slip back closer to another recession.

Says who? Obummer may have lost some of his true believers since 2008, but a large swath of low-information and/or fanatically-left voters will pull the lever for him, no matter how the economy fares.

KS Rex on June 13, 2012 at 11:22 AM

Voters may still blame Bush for the economic collapse in 2008, but they’re not going to buy that the current economic malaise isn’t due to Obama’s policies,

Some may even figure out that the Pelosi-Reid Congress may have been to blame for the recession in the first place. Along with Barney Frank and Chris Dodd and Obama’s millionaire cronies at Fanny and Freddie.

Christian Conservative on June 13, 2012 at 11:26 AM

Voters may still blame Bush for the economic collapse in 2008, but they’re not going to buy that the current economic malaise isn’t due to Obama’s policies, and they certainly aren’t going to vote to “stay the course” as we slip back closer to another recession.

I agree and apparently Reuters sees this as a loser too. The Emperor Downgrade will push ahead with it anyway. He’s got nothing left.

His supporters will see that same old tired baloney and all but the most rabid will slowly fade away. Obama has completely run out of gas five months from the election and the economy is crumbling.

He isn’t facing headwinds. It’s a tsunami.

dogsoldier on June 13, 2012 at 11:37 AM

Says who? Obummer may have lost some of his true believers since 2008, but a large swath of low-information and/or fanatically-left voters will pull the lever for him, no matter how the economy fares.

KS Rex on June 13, 2012 at 11:22 AM

There aren’t as many of those 0Zombies as you might think. Also Obama has been systematically angering all of the traditional dem core groups. Of them a few will vote for Romney, but many will just not vote for Obama.

dogsoldier on June 13, 2012 at 11:40 AM

The ad is weak.

Rebar on June 13, 2012 at 10:07 AM

I agree. The clips are sloppily edited together and the message isn’t simple and clear enough. Very informed voters will understand the ad, but many others probably won’t get the point of playing those particular brief clips from various commentators. You can’t even hear very well what is being said in every clip.

They should have done this with a graphical timeline in the ad to show how many times over the last few years Obama has “pivoted” to jobs. Showing the repetition over and over in the timeline, concluding with something to the effect of, “and what is Obama expected to announce now? You guessed it. Haven’t we heard this before?”

This ad was much more effective: Headwinds Even still, the Headwinds ad could have been much better, given all the material they have to work with! I’m a little disappointed in the ad production team for the RNC. They need to hire the people who did the “Restore our Future” PAC ads during the primary season. Those ads against Gingrich and Santorum were deadly and hit their marks dead on. It almost seems like the RNC ads are aimed at the press and people already familiar with the day-to-day political news, not general voters.

bluegill on June 13, 2012 at 11:44 AM

I’ve seen this movie before.

J_Crater on June 13, 2012 at 11:48 AM

“Look, I’m at the start of my administration. One nice thing about the situation I find myself in is that I will be held accountable. You know, I’ve got four years. And, you know, a year from now I think people are going to see that we’re starting to make some progress,” Obama said. “But there’s still going to be some pain out there. If I don’t have this done in three years, then there’s going to be a one-term proposition.”

Are we supposed to assume that he is always lying ?

J_Crater on June 13, 2012 at 11:49 AM

The ad is weak.
But 0bama running against Bush again? That’s ultra weak, and no one is going to buy that nonsense. Compared to today, the Bush years seem like a golden age.
Rebar on June 13, 2012 at 10:07 AM

Except for Democrats. Sadly there are still too many people who still think that “it was Bush’s fault” and that O’ actually “saved” the country from… something, I guess, with his massive spending. In other words, they take the position of making the other side try to prove a negative. A lot of people will believe that message ignoring any and all economic data from the last four years.

Fun and applicable:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tkmS6JrWSPU&feature=youtube_gdata_player

ptcamn on June 13, 2012 at 12:35 PM

“George Bush left me with the dinner check”…Washington, Adams, Franklin and Hamilton must be turning over in their graves!

cajunpatriot on June 13, 2012 at 1:14 PM

I stand firm with obamagirl now.

VegasRick on June 13, 2012 at 10:18 AM
I’m behind her and down with her 100%.

TXUS on June 13, 2012 at 10:44 AM

…all the way down?

KOOLAID2 on June 13, 2012 at 1:34 PM