Obama: Most people would “acknowledge that I’ve tried real hard”

posted at 4:01 pm on July 7, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

Via RCP, President Obama made a stop during his campaign tour of Ohio on Friday to speak with a local television station. When asked what he would say to a constituent who may be disappointed with President Obama’s promise that he was going to reach across the aisle to get things done and who may be on the fence about November’s election, the president replied:

“I suspect that most people in Cincinnati would acknowledge that I’ve tried real hard, and we just haven’t gotten the kind of willingness on the part of the Republicans to engage on a whole range of issues that, I wish had happened, and, part of what I think needs to happen in this election is the voters once again have to send a message, ‘We want common sense ideas. We don’t folks who are just saying no to everything.’ Even stuff, traditionally [they] were in favor of. …”

I would absolutely agree with President Obama that he’s ‘tried real hard’ on a lot of things. Three and a half years into his presidency, he’s tried to fleece voters into believing that all of his economic problems were ‘inherited’ from his predecessor; he’s tried to blame the Republican House for frustrate his efforts to pass more progressive legislation, despite the fact that Americans voted overwhelmingly in 2010 specifically to thwart any more attempts at ObamaCare-ishness and DoddFrank-ery; he’s tried real hard to “invest” not-his-money into politically-favorable pet projects; nor should we forget that he’s also tried real hard at improving his golf game and constantly campaigning. And maybe he really does believe that the big-government, central-planning agenda that he’s tried so hard to implement can bring about the booming economy we’re all waiting for — but it demonstrably has not.

Unfortunately for President Obama, this is America — and in America, we have winners, and we have losers. There’s success, and there’s failure. There’s no “A for effort,” no participation award, no “Most Improved” accolade — especially not when you’re the President of the United States and your actions unilaterally affect hundreds of millions of people’s daily lives. “Trying” is not “doing.” President Obama has had a ‘fair shot’ at fixing things, and he has failed to do so — it’s time to give somebody else a try.


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“Most stupid people would acknowledge that I’ve tried real hard.” Good-bye Barry; Enjoy your retirement in sandtraps and deep ruff.

racquetballer on July 8, 2012 at 1:30 PM

Let’s face it, the president has tried real hard on the things he should be trying real hard on. When’s the last time he’s had Congressional leaders up to the White House? I would love to see Romney hit him on the “What have you actually done?” question. Aside from campaigning constantly and complaining about what Republicans haven’t done, what has he done. He’s sent up guidelines or something, I guess he thinks Pelosi is still in charge where those guidelines turn into progressive legislation, by some miracle that Obama just can’t seem to figure out.

Where’s his budget chief? He can’t submit a budget that one Democrat will vote for, what’s that deal? How’s that trying real hard if you can’t submit a budget that one Democrat will vote for. If he could get all the Democrats to vote for one, he could blame Republicans, when you can’t even get a Democrat vote, I think you might want to look internally.

bflat879 on July 8, 2012 at 1:44 PM

Hasn’t everyone who has been fired said the same thing?

Ellis on July 8, 2012 at 2:20 PM

Liar!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

lilium479 on July 8, 2012 at 6:55 PM

You are very trying, very, very trying.

mixplix on July 8, 2012 at 7:56 PM

Earlier I wrote that Obama has the authority and could correct this economy in 15 min or less by changing the mortgage policies but will not. Someone else said I should look into this some more, so I did. I now think the situation is worse then I though. Since the housing market burst about 5 years ago nearly 9,000,000 Americans can no longer get a mortgage through no fault of their own. That dose not include 2011 or 2012. Only those that caused the problem can get the low interest loans at a greatly reduced property cost. Local governments are only getting 20% of the tax revenues that they were getting. Maybe this is why rental costs have increased by nearly 20%. Obama could eliminate these problems in 15 minutes by executive order BUT he won’t.

WHY?? WHY??

jpcpt03 on July 8, 2012 at 9:29 PM

Liberal-progressives have always equated trying with doing. They always want us to judge them on their intentions, not the outcome of their actions. Only Republicans get judged for that (as anybody rightly should). You’d think a president with Yoda ears would understand Yoda’s admonition that there is no try. There is “do” or “do not”.

Extrafishy on July 9, 2012 at 6:12 AM

Full quote: “Most people would acknowledge that I’ve tried real hard to destroy the country as we know it.”

Pest on July 9, 2012 at 7:59 AM

Is that shopped, or did Obama really look like a scolded 12 year old boy in the graphic?

BKennedy on July 9, 2012 at 8:38 AM

What in the crap is that dorky outfit Bam is wearing?

He could go sailing in that shirt and I wish he would!

Sailing! Takes him away ….la la la

Sherman1864 on July 9, 2012 at 9:07 AM

Barack The Destroyer has tried REAL hard to sabotage this nation and overload/collapse the system. This America-hating nut has to go, man.

bob77 on July 9, 2012 at 10:59 AM

Not only did he try hard, he also succeeded in pushing forward his agenda on many fronts, notably government healthcare, green energy (at any price), undermining of Israel, gay marriage, open immigration. It’s a long list.

What he should try harder to do is to understand the effects of his policies and statements. He should look at his direct effect on the Las Vegas hotel industry. He should look at the stubborn unemployment figures. He should look at the decline in all forms of economic activity in the US, and on its dependent world markets.

But he won’t. His liberal doctrines were inculcated through his protracted adolescence and there is little sign that he tries hard to understand the effects of his policies on real people.

Hope is not enough, and change is not all good.

virgo on July 9, 2012 at 11:26 AM

I think needs to happen in this election is the voters once again have to send a message, ‘We want common sense ideas. We don’t folks who are just saying no to everything.’

Earth to Obama: The voters DID send a message in 2010, and they voted for “folks” who say no to everything Obama wants!

There’s no “A for effort,” no participation award, no “Most Improved” accolade

Let’s give him an E for Effort, and an O for OUT!!!

Steve Z on July 9, 2012 at 12:01 PM

Me and some guys from school
Had a band and we tried real hard
Jimmy quit and Jody got married
I shoulda known we’d never get far

aengus on July 9, 2012 at 12:34 PM

Obama has had a ‘fair shot’ at fixing things, and he has failed to do so

Oh stop. Obama has not tried to fix anything. He has tried to destroy our economy and make certain that he front loads the destruction of any future gains by tripling our debt. The only reason Soros doesn’t love him is because he hasn’t been destructive enough. But hey, this is America, where everyone deserves a second chance, even a fascist president. And remember, he’ll have more “flexibility”, in his second term.

woodNfish on July 9, 2012 at 3:29 PM

Our local tv network is doing an “exclusive interview with President Obama” – they should call it what it is – a campaign commercial.

Is he doing these interviews all around the country? If so, then once again the press is acting as his campaign mouthpiece.

Ibanez Lotus on July 9, 2012 at 11:57 PM

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