Media — and others — oddly unimpressed with presidential re-reruns

posted at 9:21 am on June 15, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Rule Number One for major addresses and for presidential press conferences is this: a President had better have a good reason for announcing either one.  If the speech or the statement doesn’t break new ground — indeed, if it turns out to be the fiftieth iteration of a speech or statement made at the beginning of a presidency — the anticlimax will lead the media to think that the President has run out of ideas, or worse, is simply lying to cover for that fact.  Instead of just going to Ohio to campaign, however, Barack Obama and his team decided to promote his speech yesterday as a major “reframing” of his economic message, and ended up breaking both rules.  The media didn’t take long to rip the speech as a dull and long-winded repetition of practically every speech on the economy over the last four years, including the normally friendly environs of MSNBC.

Nor is that the only normally-friendly corner ripping Obama, and not just for the dull repetition.  For instance, can readers guess which columnist wrote this?

I had high hopes for President Obama’s speech on the economy. But instead of going to Ohio on Thursday with a compelling plan for the future, the president gave Americans a falsehood wrapped in a fallacy.

The falsehood is that he has been serious about cutting government spending. The fallacy is that this election will be some sort of referendum that will break the logjam in Washington.

It wasn’t Charles Krauthammer (who would surely not have had high hopes for the speech), but his Washington Post colleague Dana Milbank.  I’m not sure why Milbank had high hopes for the speech; Obama has repeatedly violated Rule 1 in both press conferences and speeches promoted as “major addresses” without delivering anything new.

Milbank hammers Obama for his rank dishonesty and false equivalence on spending cuts by claiming that both Democrats and Republicans have “laid out their policies on the table”:

Obama has made no serious proposal to fix the runaway entitlement programs that threaten to swamp the government’s finances.

“My own deficit plan would strengthen Medicare and Medicaid for the long haul by slowing the growth of health-care costs — not shifting them to seniors and vulnerable families,” Obama said. “And my plan would reduce our yearly domestic spending to its lowest level as a share of the economy in nearly 60 years.”

That’s incorrect. As Politifact has pointed out, Obama’s claim that he would reduce annual domestic spending to a percentage of gross domestic product not seen in 60 years is true only if you don’t count the enormous spending on programs such as Medicare. (Obama presumably means he would cut domestic discretionary spending to a 60-year low, a lesser boast.)

Of more concern is Obama’s nonsensical claim that he has a deficit plan that would strengthen Medicare for the long haul. He has called for doubling Medicare spending over the next 10 years, to nearly $1 trillion in 2022. His cuts in the rate of growth amount to just a few percentage points. As The Post’s Lori Montgomery has reported, the president’s 2013 budget marked “the second year in a row Obama has ignored calls to restructure Social Security and Medicare entitlement programs.”

Nor was Milbank and MSNBC’s Jonathan Alter the only people in the media to notice that Obama offered nothing new, and spent a lot of time delivering it.  Politicker aggregated media tweets during the event, and noted that some even begged the President to stop:

Prior to President Barack Obama’s marathon 54 minute speech in Ohio today, the Obama campaign sent our several statements promising the speech would be a major address framing the campaign going forward. Despite the hype, the speech was mainly a rehash of themes and ideas from the president’s recent stump speeches and his remarks were widely panned as overly long by the political press corps. …

All of these points have already been featured in the president’s other recent speeches. Between the pre-speech hype from the campaign, the lack of new material and the overall length of the speech reporters were clearly dissatisfied with end result. Read on for a sampling of Tweets from the political press slamming the president’s speech.

MSNBC’s Mike O’Brien checked out halfway through:

My friend Olivier Knox at Yahoo wondered whether the official transcript would be published in novel-length form:

Zeke Miller stuck to the facts:

It wasn’t just the media, either.  In a development which should deeply worry  Team Obama, Democratic Rep. Mark Critz of the critical state of Pennsylvania immediately followed the speech with a statement blasting Obama, hoping to put as much distance as possible between himself and the President:

Battered by a once-again slackening economic recovery, Democrats of late have publicly betrayed their concerns about President Obama. That criticism reached a fever pitch Thursday, when Rep. Mark Critz, D-Pa., issued an unsolicited rebuke to the White House moments after the president’s high-profile economic speech ended.

“President Obama and others in Washington need to realize that we cannot spend our way to prosperity and that to in order to create jobs,” Critz, who represents much of the late John Murtha’s district around the Western Pennsylvania town of Johnstown. “We need to address unfair trade deals that ship jobs overseas and enact policies that allow us to take advantage of our vast natural resources such as coal and natural gas in a safe and responsible manner which will lower energy costs and create jobs and approving the Keystone XL Pipeline would be a good first step.”
Ouch. Not even a passing criticism of Republicans or any momentary mention of protecting popular safety net programs like Social Security or Medicare. Just a head-on, unqualified attack at his own party’s leader.

Ouch, indeed.  If Critz is running away from Obama so dramatically, what does that say about Obama’s chances in Pennsylvania?

That’s what happens when a party leader repeatedly sets up his own team for disillusionment and disappointment.  It’s akin to Lucy and the football, and it’s not conservatives who are getting repeatedly disillusioned by these stunts.  Conservatives already knew that Barack Obama was a one-note President who had no ability to come up with a Plan B.  He’s run out of gas, intellectually and on policy, and can’t help himself from offering the same speech over and over again with increasing stridency in the hope that people start believing it again.  The only effect that this has is to make his intellectual bankruptcy unmistakable to independents and even to his own allies on the Left.  The more this continues, the fewer people Obama will have to line up to kick his football in this election.

Update: Turns out I’m not the only one to use the Lucy-and-the-football analogy.  ABC’s Amy Walter tweeted me shortly after the post went up:

Like I said, it’s not support from conservatives that Obama risks losing with disillusionment …


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Obama is an inflexible Marxist ideologue. He’s incapable of doing what would get him re-elected. And even if he were it’s FAR too late now.

He’s Won and Done.

wildcat72 on June 15, 2012 at 9:25 AM

Great analogy, Ed (Charlie and Lucy).

listens2glenn on June 15, 2012 at 9:26 AM

The old definition of insanity is apropos here.

rockmom on June 15, 2012 at 9:28 AM

So many Obamaturisms, so few days.

percysunshine on June 15, 2012 at 9:28 AM

Here’s the irony….

We had to listen to it to see what wasn’t in it.

right2bright on June 15, 2012 at 9:30 AM

It is way past time for this man to go… NO-vember 6th can’t get here soon enough…

Khun Joe on June 15, 2012 at 9:30 AM

Barack Lucy Kardashian.

Akzed on June 15, 2012 at 9:30 AM

I loved how he doubled-down, tripled-down on “It isn’t fair! I just want what’s fair!”

Besides sounding like President Whiny, every employer knows that is code for “You’re going to pay more under me.”

November will be a blow-out. I’m taking the week off and booked a beach-front room.

Marcus on June 15, 2012 at 9:31 AM

I never knew there were so many racists in the media.

/

backwoods conservative on June 15, 2012 at 9:31 AM

Yesterday’s speech is a classic example of Obama simply being highly impressed with himself, and still thinks that everyone else is too.

Sorry Mr. Narcissist…your legions now have one eye open…

PatriotRider on June 15, 2012 at 9:32 AM

Cornered.
Any new or specific idea will be met with why now and not 3 years ago?

tomg51 on June 15, 2012 at 9:32 AM

As The Post’s Lori Montgomery has reported, the president’s 2013 budget marked “the second year in a row Obama has ignored calls to restructure Social Security and Medicare entitlement programs.”

He blames Bush. But as I recall the Dems thwarted Bush’s efforts to restructure Social Security and made him out to be throwing grandma over the cliff in the process with the collusion of the lamestream media.

Christian Conservative on June 15, 2012 at 9:32 AM

I ask colleague for CQ transcript of Obama speech. Response: “Sure, but it looks like they only have the first 45,000 words.”

I love this comment!

Seriously, When you are running for President and have reliable lefties like Dana Milbank wondering what the hell Obama did in Ohio yesterday, it really is time for a re-set. But it needs to be internal. Axelrod or whoever allowed Obama to ramble on for 54 minutes without saying anything should be fired by noon today.

If the Obama campaign continues in this death spiral, the DNC convention is going to be a mightly glum affair.

Happy Nomad on June 15, 2012 at 9:33 AM

and can’t help himself from offering the same speech over and over again with increasing stridency in the hope that people start believing it again.

This.

Obama’s believe’s he’s the smartest guy in the room administration world. He really believes that if he talks long enough with his so called soaring rhetoric, the American people will finally get it.

WisRich on June 15, 2012 at 9:33 AM

Someday, he’ll go to the podium and tell us what he REALLY believes, probably flanked by Van Jones and Rev. Wright.

RBMN on June 15, 2012 at 9:33 AM

We had to listen to it to see what wasn’t in it.

right2bright on June 15, 2012 at 9:30 AM

Heh

tomg51 on June 15, 2012 at 9:33 AM

Also as I recall, Bush questioned the sanity of Fannie and Freddie ensuring loans to people who couldn’t pay, but the Dems thwarted him on that one too. But keep diggin’, Oblamo, blame Bush. See how that works in November.

Christian Conservative on June 15, 2012 at 9:35 AM

Just had an evil thought for a political commercial titled “Land Shark”.

It starts with Obama on his bicycle stopping to take a breath. Then the “Jaws” music starts as the camera panned across the ground till it finally begins to head for Obama who frantically starts to run like a scared schoolgirl. As the camera is just about to Obama, everything stops.

George W Bush (smiling): Hi Barack, how’s it going ?

Announcer: America deserves a President who can take on his demons.

J_Crater on June 15, 2012 at 9:35 AM

Or as Andrew Sullivan said:

My bottom line? A home run.

Though that might be more than anyone here wants to know about excitable-Andys “bottom-line”…

Valkyriepundit on June 15, 2012 at 9:35 AM

Since the President likes illustrations:

An ethnic high school is comprised of 50% kids of Bosnian descent, & 50% kids of Ukranian ancestry. The starters on their football team–we’ll call them the Americans–were 60% Bosnian (including the QB) & 40% Ukranian. The Americans do well for most of the first half of an important game, but in the final few minutes they give up three touchdowns, making it 24-17 at halftime. The coach had inexplicably replaced several of the Bosnians with Ukranians seven minutes before the end of the half. The coach somehow blamed the remaining Bosnians for the 21-point collapse, so he replaced several more Bosnians with Ukranians, including the QB. At the end of the third quarter, the Americans were losing 44-17. The new QB blamed the Bosnians. What should the coach do?

The school is the USA.
Bosnians = Republicans.
Ukranians = Democrats.
The first half was the eight years of Bush Administration.
The third quarter is the Obama Administration.
The QB is the president.
The offense is the House of Representatives.
The defense is the Senate.
The coach is the voting public.

itsnotaboutme on June 15, 2012 at 9:36 AM

The old definition of insanity is apropos here.

rockmom on June 15, 2012 at 9:28 AM

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Shhhhhhhhhhhh . . . . . . . . . . . . not so loud. Do you want them to hear?

But yes, it is.
.
.

Here’s the irony….

We had to listen to it to see what wasn’t in it.

right2bright on June 15, 2012 at 9:30 AM

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Threadwinner? : )

listens2glenn on June 15, 2012 at 9:36 AM

Valkyriepundit on June 15, 2012 at 9:35 AM

*said about the speech!

Valkyriepundit on June 15, 2012 at 9:37 AM

The Empty Suit might suddenly realize we all know it’s empty now. He is having his Presidential “Oh Sh!t” Moment.

goflyers on June 15, 2012 at 9:37 AM

J_Crater on June 15, 2012 at 9:35 AM

Send that gem straight to the Romney campaign.

nobar on June 15, 2012 at 9:37 AM

Ahhh go easy on the guy – he had two fundraisers to attend. He didn’t have time for a new speech.

gophergirl on June 15, 2012 at 9:37 AM

We’re just too stupid to understand what he’s saying.

BacaDog on June 15, 2012 at 9:37 AM

But they told me he was the greatest campaigner ever.

FruitedPlain on June 15, 2012 at 9:37 AM

The pundits and writers can go on and on and on, But, there are just so many ways to reframe “Tax and Spend”.

RADIOONE on June 15, 2012 at 9:38 AM

ABC’s Amy Walter tweeted me shortly after the post went up:

How long before the dinosaur media not just follows HA but are lead by HA?

cozmo on June 15, 2012 at 9:38 AM

To think that the country has had to endure 4 years of this guy…

PatriotRider on June 15, 2012 at 9:38 AM

The real fools are those who believe that Obama can change. Can a leopard change its spots? Can Marxism change its Manifesto?

OldEnglish on June 15, 2012 at 9:38 AM

It’s difficult for ordinary people to comprehend a genius…

PatriotRider on June 15, 2012 at 9:39 AM

I liked Doc Zero’s comment …

This Obama speech is so long-winded it might be the first attempt to filibuster an election.

Lost in Jersey on June 15, 2012 at 9:40 AM

Obama is an inflexible Marxist ideologue. He’s incapable of doing what would get him re-elected. And even if he were it’s FAR too late now.

wildcat72 on June 15, 2012 at 9:25 AM

I think you may be overcomplicating it. Yes Obama is an inflexible Marxist ideologue. But make no mistake he will do anything to keep his job. He doesn’t particular like the “presidenting” but he likes the perqs as does his vacation-addicted spouse. But he made a strategic mistake. He thought diverting all that stimulus money to the unions and bundlers along with public adoration would be enough for an easy victory in November. He has yet to understand that the public is holding him accountable for the last three years even as he whines about what he inherited.

Happy Nomad on June 15, 2012 at 9:40 AM

Reminds me of what Winston Churchill had to say about Josef Stalin and Russia….”It is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma…..”

what is Milbank trying to say or characterize????

ted c on June 15, 2012 at 9:40 AM

He’s run out of gas, intellectually and on policy, and can’t help himself from offering the same speech over and over again with increasing stridency in the hope that people start believing it again.

This is the liberal mindset. They’re so fixated on their own supposed “intelligence” that they believe that us rubes will fawn at their feet if they only explain their policies better. And when that doesn’t work, explain it again. And again. And again. And again. And again…

According to them it’s never the fact that their ideas suck, it’s our fault for not understanding them.

crazy_legs on June 15, 2012 at 9:41 AM

“President Obama and others in Washington need to realize that we cannot spend our way to prosperity and that to in order to create jobs,” Critz, who represents much of the late John Murtha’s district around the Western Pennsylvania town of Johnstown. “We need to address unfair trade deals that ship jobs overseas and enact policies that allow us to take advantage of our vast natural resources such as coal and natural gas in a safe and responsible manner which will lower energy costs and create jobs and approving the Keystone XL Pipeline would be a good first step.”

This? From a democrat even! This is good news and indicates to me that when Romney is elected, we will be able to get some cooperation from the dems.

Vince on June 15, 2012 at 9:41 AM

What’s a Grecian Urn?

Less than yesterday
And the day before
and the day before that.
.
.
Change or Fail
Romney 2012

tomg51 on June 15, 2012 at 9:42 AM

I’m not sure why Milbank had high hopes for the speech;

I am. He’s a certifiable cult member.

Cleombrotus on June 15, 2012 at 9:43 AM

ABC’s Amy Walter tweeted me shortly after the post went up:

How long before the dinosaur media not just follows HA but are lead by HA?

cozmo on June 15, 2012 at 9:38 AM

.
Well, that was a very unkind thing to say about Katie Couric.

listens2glenn on June 15, 2012 at 9:43 AM

the second year in a row Obama has ignored calls to restructure Social Security and Medicare entitlement programs

It is more like his fifth year starting when he was freshman senator.

burt on June 15, 2012 at 9:45 AM

The pundits and writers can go on and on and on, But, there are just so many ways to reframe “Tax and Spend”.

RADIOONE on June 15, 2012 at 9:38 AM

You referring to Obama’s “economic justice” and “investment” plans?

Happy Nomad on June 15, 2012 at 9:46 AM

Well, that was a very unkind thing to say about Katie Couric.

Great!

burt on June 15, 2012 at 9:47 AM

The media didn’t take long to rip the speech as a dull and long-winded repetition of practically every speech on the economy over the last four years

It was Chavez-esque.

Dusty on June 15, 2012 at 9:49 AM

Well, that was a very unkind thing to say about Katie Couric.

Great!

burt on June 15, 2012 at 9:47 AM

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: )

listens2glenn on June 15, 2012 at 9:49 AM

The Viking King Canute, after people hoisted him up as some “god”, asked to be taken down to the seashore where he would command the tide to recede…of course it didn’t work and it was to show the people that he was just a man, and that only God had that power.

He was a wise man, and wanted to ensure that people knew that he was just a man…Obama is no King Canute.

right2bright on June 15, 2012 at 9:51 AM

Well, that was a very unkind thing to say about Katie Couric.

listens2glenn on June 15, 2012 at 9:43 AM

Well, I never turned to her for my news, so I wasn’t consciously referring to her. But if the shoe fits…she is a creepy old big-headed addle brained dinosaur pining for the day when the dinosaur media got to shape public opinion.

Like the dog that I am, since I ain’t gonna’ eat, or have relations, with those dinosaurs, I say p___ on them.

cozmo on June 15, 2012 at 9:51 AM

Obama’s believe’s he’s the smartest guy in the room administration world. He really believes that if he talks long enough with his so called soaring rhetoric, the American people will finally get it.

WisRich on June 15, 2012 at 9:33 AM

That’s the thing though, it’s not soaring anymore. It sounds like he’s defensive and whiny.

MobileVideoEngineer on June 15, 2012 at 9:52 AM

“Welcome to the party pal,”
…John McClane – Die Hard.

“It’s Deja` Vu all over again.”
…Yogi Berra

“Funny thing about that Signed Document, it wasn’t Noterized.”
…Lucy Van Pelt.

jaydee_007 on June 15, 2012 at 9:52 AM

When I think back to all the hot water Clinton got himself into during his terms, his fellow Democrats were always 100% supportive, no matter how bad it got. It’s pretty amazing that Barry has managed to alienate so many of his side and they have no problem going public with their ire. It makes me wonder if they’ll come to a consensus that Obama needs to go and they’ll start concentrating on 2016. Works for me.

BettyRuth on June 15, 2012 at 9:52 AM

This is the liberal mindset. They’re so fixated on their own supposed “intelligence” that they believe that us rubes will fawn at their feet if they only explain their policies better. And when that doesn’t work, explain it again. And again. And again. And again. And again…

Liberals believe because they’ve checked the requisite boxes of education, they’ve been imparted with “knowledge” and don’t need “reason”. Plutarch had them pegged as far back as ~75BC …

“Understanding is not a vessel which must be filled, but firewood, which needs to be kindled; and love of learning and love of truth are what should kindle it.”

Lost in Jersey on June 15, 2012 at 9:53 AM

Rule Number One for major addresses and for presidential press conferences is this: a President had better have a good reason for announcing either one.

…why was this one different than every one JugEars has had in the last two years?

“My own deficit plan would strengthen Medicare and Medicaid for the long haul by slowing the growth of health-care costs — not shifting them to seniors and vulnerable families,” Obama said. “And my plan would reduce our yearly domestic spending to its lowest level as a share of the economy in nearly 60 years.”

…what was voted down in the Senate 99 – zero?

KOOLAID2 on June 15, 2012 at 9:53 AM

Obama is going down into the Little Bighorn, just like Col. Custer, and he is going to be greeted just like Custer was. No, this will not be Obama’s Waterloo, it will be his Little Bighorn. And we all know what happened at the Little Bighorn.

There are millions of pissed off voters down there. And when they get done with you, there won’t be nothing left but a greasy stain. This ain’t Chicago, Mr President, and them ain’t brainless Democrats and hippies waiting for you. They’re Republican’s, and Independents. You go down there, Mr President, if you’ve got the nerve.

SWalker on June 15, 2012 at 9:54 AM

Cue the killer rabbit…

MidniteRambler on June 15, 2012 at 9:55 AM

One problem that I see is that while there are those of us who already know what this guy all about, there are too many uninformed people out there who believe he’s doing a wonderful job. Just look at the comments sections from other mainstream websites. It’s staggering how divided this country is.

bsinc1962 on June 15, 2012 at 9:55 AM

He was a wise man, and wanted to ensure that people knew that he was just a man…Obama is no King Canute.

right2bright on June 15, 2012 at 9:51 AM

Canute did not claim that the mere act of electing him caused the seas to recede.

Happy Nomad on June 15, 2012 at 9:55 AM

To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,
To the last syllable of recorded time;
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player,
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage,
And then is heard no more. It is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.

catmman on June 15, 2012 at 9:55 AM

To think that the country has had to endure 4 years of this guy…

PatriotRider on June 15, 2012 at 9:38 AM

What we said about Carter…and it led to many years of prosperity.

American’s, we seem to almost place themselves in a position of despair, just to be able to create prosperity out of nothing.

I relish the next 4-8-12 years, where we only have to point and say…”Look where we have come from, look what we overcame, let’s never go back”.

And what we point to, no one will want to go back…

right2bright on June 15, 2012 at 9:55 AM

Rule Number One for major addresses and for presidential press conferences is this: a President had better have a good reason for announcing either one. If the speech or the statement doesn’t break new ground — indeed, if it turns out to be the fiftieth iteration of a speech or statement made at the beginning of a presidency — the anticlimax will lead the media to think that the President has run out of ideas, or worse, is simply lying to cover for that fact.

So the media was fine with iterations 4-49?

No.

Now that it’s becoming clear that Obama might be an albatross around the left’s neck, the media will throw him under the bus to preserve their, *ahem*… “reputation” for being impartial. They will usually defend a Democrat to the grave if he contributes to the cause, but this is a drain on electoral resources. This is an existential crisis for the media, because it no longer allows them to delude themselves into thinking that they’ve been unbiased. If the media can’t ascribe credibility to themselves, they have no raison d’etre. Self-preservation is the reason behind their response to Obama’s speech yesterday.

And so, unless Obama manages to pull a game-changer, the media will sound the dog whistle to let the professional left know that it’s okay to bounce Obama. It’s not racist at all; he was just that wildly incompetent. They might not actually believe that, but on the left, self-interest trumps all, and as the wolves close in, the media knows it only needs to outrun Obama.

mintycrys on June 15, 2012 at 9:57 AM

And yet the same press will be dutifully licking his posterior a mere few days later.

Archivarix on June 15, 2012 at 9:58 AM

This was a sheer panic move. I’m sure he hoped the media would carry his water by saying what a far thinking, brilliant speech it was, thus creating a little momentum and adding a little heft to a worn out meme. But it didn’t work out that way. I’d love to have been a fly on the wall at his morning at his staff meeting as they went over the media respones to his tired snooze-fest.

tommyboy on June 15, 2012 at 9:58 AM

Empty. Suit. Present.

FlatFoot on June 15, 2012 at 9:58 AM

The falsehood is that he has been serious about cutting government spending.

Look at

Table 1.2—SUMMARY OF RECEIPTS, OUTLAYS, AND SURPLUSES OR DEFICITS (–) AS PERCENTAGES OF GDP: 1930–2017

Give the majority of the credit/blame to the party that controlled a majority (2+ out of 3) of the House, Senate, and Presidency.

Republicans held majority control from Fiscal Year (FY) 1996-2007. During those 12 Fiscal Years, the
Average Annual Outlays were 19.3% of GDP, and the
Average Annual Deficit was 0.8% of GDP.

Democrats have held majority control from Fiscal Year (FY) 2008 to present. During the past 5 Fiscal Years, the
Average Annual Outlays were 23.7% of GDP, and the
Average Annual Deficit was 7.9% of GDP.

Despite the promises that Democrats made in 2006 of “no new deficit spending”, they never had any intention of reducing deficits. No, they had every intention of making deficits skyrocket.

Here is what Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats promised in 2006 in order to win the 2006 elections and control of Congress:

Over the past decade, the Republican controlled Congress took our nation in the wrong direction. Too many Americans are paying a heavy price for those wrong choices: record costs for energy, health care and education; jobs shipped overseas; and budgets that heap record debt on our children. For millions, the middle-class dream has been replaced by a middle-class squeeze…

Democrats are proposing a New Direction for America…

With integrity, civility and fiscal discipline, our New Direction for America will use commonsense principles to address the aspirations and fulfill the hopes and dreams of all Americans. That is our promise to the American people….

Our federal budget should be a statement of our national values. One of those values is responsibility. Democrats are committed to ending years of irresponsible budget policies that have produced historic deficits. Instead of piling trillions of dollars of debt onto our children and grandchildren, we will restore “Pay As You Go” budget discipline.

Budget discipline has been abandoned by the Bush Administration and its Republican congressional majorities. Congress under Republican control has turned a projected $5.6 trillion 10-year surplus at the end of the Clinton years into a nearly $3 trillion deficit– including the four worst deficits in the history of America. The nation’s debt ceiling has been raised four times in just five years to more than $8.9 trillion. Nearly half of our nation’s record debt is owned by foreign countries including China and Japan. Without a return to fiscal discipline, the foreign countries that make our computers, our clothing and our toys will soon be making our foreign policy. Deficit spending is not just a fiscal problem – it’s a national security issue as well.

Our New Direction is committed to “Pay As You Go” budgeting – no more deficit spending.

And here is what Nancy Pelosi promised on January 4, 2007 when she became Speaker of the House:

After years of historic deficits, this 110th Congress will commit itself to a higher standard: pay-as-you-go, no new deficit spending. Our new America will provide unlimited opportunity for future generations, not burden them with mountains of debt.

- New Speaker Nancy Pelosi, 01/04/2007

Nancy Pelosi was Speaker of the House from January 4, 2007 to January 3, 2011. How much new debt was created during Pelosi’s 4 years as Speaker?

Over $5.3 TRILLION!

And how much new debt that has been created since the Democrats took majority control on January 4, 2007?

Over $7 TRILLION!

ITguy on June 15, 2012 at 9:59 AM

Scientists are looking into why the wind turbines in Ohio added significantly to the electrical grid yesterday!

Deano1952 on June 15, 2012 at 10:00 AM

An analogy:

Obama is a severely inebriated driver. The fawning media are passengers in his car. Obama is bound and determined to drive like a maniac, pressing the accelerator to the floor, the car traveling faster and faster.

Obama keeps telling his passengers that all that will happen is that they will eventually get themselves unstuck from the ditch and then the can all go get Slurpees.

But now the media realizes that not only are they not in a ditch, they are rocketing down the highway straight for a bridge abutment. Panic is beginning to set in as they realize their fate – its that awful moment when things are as they have always been, but its about to change and it the pain hasn’t hit the brain yet.

And its going to hurt them plenty.

turfmann on June 15, 2012 at 10:00 AM

In a development which should deeply worry Team Obama, Democratic Rep. Mark Critz of the critical state of Pennsylvania immediately followed the speech with a statement blasting Obama

What did Jugears expect? He keeps wagging his finger at this “do nothing congress” so now he gets the big middle finger in return.

Heh, Blue on Blue.

I think I’m going to invest in popcorn futures.

pain train on June 15, 2012 at 10:01 AM

Okaaaay…let me try to get a handle on this: Obama gives an speech on the economy , sporting all the gravitas of Peter Noone of Herman’s Hermits singing “I’m Henry VIII I Am”.

Second verse, same as the first…

Meanwhile, Mr. Class Warfare himself is hanging out and begging money from the nation’s Liberal Elite…the 1%, if you will, while Moochelle is picking out her Fall Wardrobe while clutching the White House Credit Card in her hot little hands.

kingsjester on June 15, 2012 at 10:02 AM

He has a gift . . . .

AZCoyote on June 15, 2012 at 10:02 AM

Obama has never been in a real politcal campaign against real competition that fights back. He’s either run unopposed, or against very weak opponents like McCain. And he’s clearly not up to the task because he’s a whiny narcissist who has been a complete failure for the past 4 years. So I expect Obama to continue to decompensate,and it should be a lot of fun to watch because he deserves everything he’s going to get.

eyedoc on June 15, 2012 at 10:02 AM

Barack Obama and his team decided to promote his speech yesterday as a major “reframing” of his economic message

He didn’t say it would be a different frame, just that it would be a new one.

Like “I’m going to put new windshield wipers on my car”.

BobMbx on June 15, 2012 at 10:03 AM

Apparently the president just decided to enact some of the dream act by executive order. Awesome!

Keyser-Soze on June 15, 2012 at 10:04 AM

He was a wise man, and wanted to ensure that people knew that he was just a man…Obama is no King Canute.

right2bright on June 15, 2012 at 9:51 AM

Canute did not claim that the mere act of electing him caused the seas to recede.

Happy Nomad on June 15, 2012 at 9:55 AM

There is contention in this story. Originally, Canute was believed to have been so flattered by his courtiers, that he tried to command the sea, and rebuked said courtiers for making him look a fool. Later revisions sought make him look the wiser.

OldEnglish on June 15, 2012 at 10:04 AM

Smartest guy in the room?

Isn’t that what all the adoring Obamatrons told us time and time again…this Obama is soooo smart?

Bull!

And all those who voted for this mental midget?

A helluva lot dumber than Obama, that’s for sure.

coldwarrior on June 15, 2012 at 10:04 AM

eyedoc on June 15, 2012 at 10:02 AM

It’s almost as if he’s an . . . amateur . . . isn’t it?

AZCoyote on June 15, 2012 at 10:05 AM

So many Obamaturisms, so few days.

percysunshine on June 15, 2012 at 9:28 AM

New feature at HA: Obamaturism of the Hour (OOTH)

What say you, Ericka?

BobMbx on June 15, 2012 at 10:05 AM

Reminds me of what Winston Churchill had to say about Josef Stalin and Russia….”It is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma…..”

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Yup, except O’Butthead’s speech was bullcrap, wrapped in recycled bullcrap, inside even more recycled bullcrap…

ICanSeeNovFromMyHouse on June 15, 2012 at 10:06 AM

From Twitter

David Burge @iowahawkblog

“Obamas Speech today was truly inspired.
By Panic.”

or

“Somewhere a Starbucks is missing an Expresso machine wiper.
#ObamaSpeechwriterJon Favreau”

ConcealedKerry on June 15, 2012 at 10:07 AM

Who would have thought Obama could top the response to “the private sector is doing fine”, but with this reframing and rebooting speech, the response is looking just brutal.

Barry needs to do something quickly to stop the expected hemorrhaging in his poll numbers. I’d recommend he go wind surfing.

Dusty on June 15, 2012 at 10:08 AM

This is campaign season. If it’s not a legitimate speech pursuant to his presidential duties or press conference regarding such, then it is a campaign speech for which the president should have to pay or the networks should have to provide equal time to the Republicans and any other contending parties.

Knott Buyinit on June 15, 2012 at 10:08 AM

“This is all a vast right-wing extremist conspiracy to prevent another Democrat from regaining the White House” – H. Clinton

LoganSix on June 15, 2012 at 10:11 AM

Obama has never been in a real politcal campaign against real competition that fights back. He’s either run unopposed, or against very weak opponents like McCain.

eyedoc on June 15, 2012 at 10:02 AM

He’s never had to run on and defend his record.

WisRich on June 15, 2012 at 10:11 AM

Full Disclosure: I am by no means a history professor.

But can anyone else here think of other examples of leaders who, when it was apparent to them they were losing their grip on the masses, would force said masses to endure long, rambling, pointless speeches just to kind of re-enforce their authority?

If I recall correctly, none of the examples I’m looking for were stellar people.

Just a thought.

a5minmajor on June 15, 2012 at 10:16 AM

He’s never had to run on and defend his record.

WisRich on June 15, 2012 at 10:11 AM

What if the Rats knew this and the plan all along was for the first black pResident to ram as much as he could, knowing he would be a one term wonder and then have the first Woman pResident come in and finish off the socialist agenda?

Make no mistake Hillary was Alinsky before Obama made Alinsky cool he may have even rammed through HER healthcare bill and cut a deal with her last time around. I’ll be POTUS name you Sec State for internationla credes then you finish up!

What if Hillary is the nominee come Oct 15th

ConcealedKerry on June 15, 2012 at 10:17 AM

..most transparent administration evah?

OT from AP via Drudge:

OBAMA TO GRANT AMNESTY TO YOUNG ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS!

..really hitting the intersection of the subset to vote for this clown, isn’t he? I’m guessing a lot less dead people will need to report to the polls on 6 November, eh?

The War Planner on June 15, 2012 at 10:17 AM

Barry needs to do something quickly to stop the expected hemorrhaging in his poll numbers. I’d recommend he go wind surfing.

Dusty on June 15, 2012 at 10:08 AM

Pandering to the Hispanics by arbitrarily deciding to launch a mini-version of the DREAM act is apt to help with polling. I just question how he gets away with selecting what laws his administration enforces and which ones they do not.

Happy Nomad on June 15, 2012 at 10:18 AM

Which is why I roll my eyes every time Obama references the old tire ideas of the past that haven’t worked. Obama has no new ideas and his ideas haven’t worked. Obama talks like he hasn’t been president since 2008, with a Democrat controlled Congress for the first two years of his presidency.

gwelf on June 15, 2012 at 10:20 AM

Once again, conservatives get to mock the lefty press. We had this five years ago.

Jaibones on June 15, 2012 at 10:23 AM

But can anyone else here think of other examples of leaders who, when it was apparent to them they were losing their grip on the masses, would force said masses to endure long, rambling, pointless speeches just to kind of re-enforce their authority?

a5minmajor on June 15, 2012 at 10:16 AM

If you’re speaking for 54 minutes without saying anything of importance, you are not a leader. Seriously, that is State of the Union length WITHOUT all the clapping and standing ovations. If it had gone much longer, Amnesty International would be protesting the cruel torture techniques used by the Obama administration against Ohio students.

Happy Nomad on June 15, 2012 at 10:23 AM

What if Hillary is the nominee come Oct 15th

ConcealedKerry on June 15, 2012 at 10:17 AM

Then Romney win’s by a margin that eclipses even George Washington’s Presidential Victory.

SWalker on June 15, 2012 at 10:25 AM

Who cares what Obama said?

crr6 on May 24, 2011 at 12:13 PM

Del Dolemonte on June 15, 2012 at 10:25 AM

This is campaign season. If it’s not a legitimate speech pursuant to his presidential duties or press conference regarding such, then it is a campaign speech for which the president should have to pay or the networks should have to provide equal time to the Republicans and any other contending parties.

Knott Buyinit on June 15, 2012 at 10:08 AM

True, but it would be hard to calculate the cost if yesterday was any indication. How many networks started covering the speech and then just stopped, saying “We have heard all this before, if we hear anything new, we’ll come back”?

Night Owl on June 15, 2012 at 10:26 AM

Ouch, indeed. If Critz is running away from Obama so dramatically, what does that say about Obama’s chances in Pennsylvania?

His chances are fading everywhere.

He’s run out of gas, intellectually and on policy, and can’t help himself from offering the same speech over and over again with increasing stridency in the hope that people start believing it again

Yes. Some dems will stick with him and become more shrill others like Critz are swimming for the lifeboats. When a ship sinks though it tends to drag those close by down with it.

It appears now a different image if Obama resolves itself in the minds of the media and the democrat party. They see him floundering and bankrupt of new ideas. They didn’t want to believe it even after the recent articles to that effect, but now they are confronted with the reality of “Lucy and the football” and they see clearly where Obama is headed.

Nowhere.

dogsoldier on June 15, 2012 at 10:34 AM

I for one loved the speech – even though I did not hear it or see it. Obama’s inability to connect with anyone other than the left must be getting frustrating to the “king makers.”

I have no doubt they will have some surprises in store for voters before November but the momentum shift sure feels good.

sdbatboy on June 15, 2012 at 10:34 AM

Here’s the irony….

We had to listen to it to see what wasn’t in it.

right2bright on June 15, 2012 at 9:30 AM

…LOL!

KOOLAID2 on June 15, 2012 at 10:35 AM

Poor TOTUS. They have to just stand there and take it day after day after day…

HiJack on June 15, 2012 at 10:37 AM

B+

HiJack on June 15, 2012 at 10:39 AM

There is contention in this story. Originally, Canute was believed to have been so flattered by his courtiers, that he tried to command the sea, and rebuked said courtiers for making him look a fool. Later revisions sought make him look the wiser.

OldEnglish on June 15, 2012 at 10:04 AM

Good grief…good grief…good grief…I guess you missed the metaphor.

You are like the person, when someone is telling a joke, they jump in and say the punch line before the end of the story.

Yeah, there is “some” contention…tell me, when someone says we landed on the moon, are you the guy who says “Some people don’t believe we landed on the moon”….good grief…

right2bright on June 15, 2012 at 10:41 AM

Who cares what Obama said?

crr6 on May 24, 2011 at 12:13 PM

Del Dolemonte on June 15, 2012 at 10:25 AM

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Keep the hits coming, Del.

And this morning, from the MI poll thread:

Dire polling for the President. If its accurate he has little chance in November. We’ll see how things shape up.

libfreeordie on June 15, 2012 at 10:20 AM

Cleanup on Aisle 5!

ICanSeeNovFromMyHouse on June 15, 2012 at 10:50 AM

Axelrod or whoever allowed Obama to ramble on for 54 minutes without saying anything should be fired by noon today.

Happy Nomad on June 15, 2012 at 9:33 AM

Obama campaign strategist Axelrod. The guy who unleased the Dog Wars™ with his snarky tweet. Now everyone knows he strategizes for the Dog-Eater-in-Chief.

The guy who single-handedly derailed the campaign’s entire “Bad Governor Romney” with his outmaneuvered, out-shouted, unnerved and rattled whimp-out appearance in Boston.

The guy who presciently critiqued a President for golfing during bad economic times and add that as a campaign tactic, bashing Bush “is all we got.”

Has anyone ever seen David Axelrod and Lee Atwater in the same room together? Just sayin’. (And don’t tell me Atwater’s dead. Take a look at Axelrod.)

de rigueur on June 15, 2012 at 10:50 AM

right2bright on June 15, 2012 at 10:41 AM

a) Only if I’ve heard it before – many times.

b) Yes. Absolutes need to be … absolute.

OldEnglish on June 15, 2012 at 10:54 AM

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