WaPo: It’s looking like Obama has nothing new to offer on jobs, economy

posted at 5:31 pm on July 7, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

How much damage did Friday’s jobs report — the third disappointment in a row — do to Barack Obama’s re-election effort?  It might take some time for the answer to be fully known, but one measure might be the reaction in the media.  The Washington Post news report of Obama’s response to the worst jobs quarter in two years explicitly wonders whether Obama can maintain the position that his policies are doing anything to help, and whether he has any new ideas to break the country out of this stagnation:

Obama’s message on his two-day bus tour through Ohio and Pennsylvania has been twofold. First, he pointed to modest signs of progress in rebuilding the economy–the health of the auto industry is his principal case study across Ohio’s northern tier. At the same time, he warned that the medicine offered by Romney and the Republicans is exactly the wrong prescription.

As he said here Friday morning, “We tried it, and didn’t work.”

But it has become increasingly difficult for the president to argue that what he has tried is working well, or that he has something new to offer. Each month that the economy produces fewer jobs than are needed just to keep pace with population growth adds to the burden the president faces as the clock ticks toward November.

The Post also noticed that Obama tried avoiding the subject, and hoped that voters would give him a pass on it:

Obama barely mentioned the latest jobs report in his first appearance after it was released. “It’s still tough out there,” he said. But June’s hiring numbers, like those for May, were another reminder that there is still no bigger issue in the campaign than the economy and that its weight threatens to defeat the president four months from now.

Obama’s advisers offered two thoughts about the latest numbers: first, that the bad news was expected, seemingly a sign that they were resigned to a negative reaction; second, that the public still gives the president some slack because of the economy he inherited and that the campaign still offers him the chance to make the case that he would do more than Romney to help the middle class.

Good luck with that strategy.  Voters routinely put jobs and the economy first in their concerns when contemplating their vote, and any other issue shows up a distant second.  (In most polls, the second-place issue is the federal deficit, which isn’t a good topic for Obama, either.)  Even Robert Reich has tired of Obama dodging the issue of jobs and the economy with the “I inherited a bad economy” excuse.  As the Post implicitly underscores, the issue is no longer 2008, but 2012, and it’s clear that we’re not moving in the right direction.

Investors Business Daily’s Michael Ramirez offers a more concise look at the impact of the jobs report on the Obama campaign:

Also, be sure to check out Ramirez’ terrific collection of his works: Everyone Has the Right to My Opinion, which covers the entire breadth of Ramirez’ career, and it gives fascinating look at political history.  Read my review here, and watch my interviews with Ramirez here and here.  And don’t forget to check out the entire Investors.com site, which has now incorporated all of the former IBD Editorials, while individual investors still exist.

And a heads-up — Ramirez will have a new book out soon.  We’ll have more on that later this summer.


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CW on July 7, 2012 at 7:09 PM

Yeah. Funny. Funny that it is still a horserace after all that.

Limerick on July 7, 2012 at 7:12 PM

HE DOESN’T CARE.

tom daschle concerned on July 7, 2012 at 5:34 PM

It could also well be that enough of the electorate doesn’t care either to ensure Mr. Obama has a second term.

This government has delayed a great deal of the pain that unemployment of the current magnitude would ordinarily cause. Unemployment benefits extended into years, record numbers on food stamps and social security disability have lessened the impact.

MessesWithTexas on July 7, 2012 at 7:12 PM

CW on July 7, 2012 at 7:09 PM

Barry/Axelrod plan to continue to copy/paste the statement from now till November.

bayview on July 7, 2012 at 7:13 PM

Canadian bus.

Wonder which pipeline supplied the energy of the steel and aluminum, the oil for tires, hoses, belts, upholstery, plastic for all the many lightweight parts.

I wonder which parts are wood, stone or dirt, or anything biodegradable, bamboo maybe.

If oil is so horrible maybe the President should avoid it. Ride a donkey.

Speakup on July 7, 2012 at 6:11 PM

I’m pretty sure that they fuel it with 100% biodiesel, right?

slickwillie2001 on July 7, 2012 at 7:13 PM

Key West Reader on July 7, 2012 at 6:53 PM

That was hilarious! I love that blog.

Night Owl on July 7, 2012 at 7:13 PM

and whether he has any new ideas to break the country out of this stagnation:

Stagnation is always the result of leftist policies. ALWAYS. Centralization forces stagnation. It’s what it’s all about.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on July 7, 2012 at 7:14 PM

bayam on July 7, 2012 at 6:15 PM

Go do some research loser. You will find many bills that the pubs have put forth designed to help the job situation yet the Dems block them every chance they get. Keep drinking your koolaid and whatever else you drink. Just please wash your hands and chin.

CW on July 7, 2012 at 7:14 PM

Then why still stuck in moderation?

The links, maybe?

cozmo on July 7, 2012 at 6:50 PM

For some reason, CNN links won’t go through. There is a way, but I forgot what it is:-) Someone else may know. I think Flora Duh does.

bluefox on July 7, 2012 at 7:02 PM

CNN, CNBC links not allowed at HA. Something about ‘not credible sources’.

Odds are that for any CNN story, you can do searches and find a blog that discusses it, and post a link to that.

slickwillie2001 on July 7, 2012 at 7:15 PM

Yeah. Funny. Funny that it is still a horserace after all that.

Limerick on July 7, 2012 at 7:12 PM

Hey, I thought you little irish people were supposed to be funny.

Key West Reader on July 7, 2012 at 7:16 PM

I’m pretty sure that they fuel it with 100% biodiesel, right?

slickwillie2001 on July 7, 2012 at 7:13 PM

More like 100% BS.

BlaxPac on July 7, 2012 at 7:17 PM

Key West Reader on July 7, 2012 at 7:16 PM

I use to be, then someone bought HotAir.

Limerick on July 7, 2012 at 7:18 PM

Thanks for the link, I have it bookmarked.

And for more ridicule of democrats, check out Big Hairy News with some very fine photoshopping skillz.

the new aesthetic on July 7, 2012 at 7:00 PM

That blog is really funny. Thanks.

Night Owl on July 7, 2012 at 7:23 PM

That blog is really funny. Thanks.

Night Owl on July 7, 2012 at 7:23 PM

You’re welcome.
I love how they distort the images.

the new aesthetic on July 7, 2012 at 7:26 PM

CW on July 7, 2012 at 7:09 PM

Oh wow. Rmoney campaign, please pick up the red phone.

Are you sure it’s not ‘you be racist’? I’m not sure any more, so I has to aks.

Liam on July 7, 2012 at 7:03 PM

Haha, Aks not what your country can do for you, aks what you can do for your country. J. Fitzizzy Kennedy.

the new aesthetic on July 7, 2012 at 7:29 PM

But he’s trying really hard. /

scalleywag on July 7, 2012 at 7:32 PM

Just between you and me, I think Kasich would make a very good VP. He’s an actual conservative, but he’s very low key.

Night Owl on July 7, 2012 at 6:51 PM

I think Kasich has been mentioned. However, as bad a shape Ohio has been in and now on the road to recovery, I’d like to see him stay here:-)

I’ve thot of Gov. Brian Sandoval from Nevada. He has a good background. Just elected Gov in 2010. I doubt if Romney will make any decision prior to the Convention.

bluefox on July 7, 2012 at 7:34 PM

Obama is more and more trying to paint himself as a “victim” of the economy…

albill on July 7, 2012 at 6:47 PM

And as a “victim” of big bad Republican bullies in Congress. And of Bush. And of miscellaneous stuff he “inherited”. And of unexpected oil spills. And of European economic problems. And of evil capitalists sitting on their money. And of FOXnews. And of tsunamis. And of volcanoes, earthquakes, and floods. And of British colonialism. And of Western Civilization. And of bigotry and racism. And of lions, and tigers, and bears! Oh My!

In short, he is an affirmative action product of the modern American Leftist worldview, taught every day in American schools. Anything bad that happens to you is not your fault. If you lose it is not your fault. In fact, how you behave is not your fault. It is all society’s fault.

farsighted on July 7, 2012 at 7:40 PM

CW on July 7, 2012 at 7:09 PM

If you say it enough times…
I must be true…

Electrongod on July 7, 2012 at 7:56 PM

Voters care about jobs for themselves and people they are close to. They couldn’t care less about unemployment statistics.

burt on July 7, 2012 at 7:59 PM

Voters care about jobs for themselves and people they are close to. They couldn’t care less about unemployment statistics.

burt on July 7, 2012 at 7:59 PM

I suspect it plays on the psyche. My family lately has done alright but I do fear a lot for my children who will enter the workforce(post college) in the next several years.

CW on July 7, 2012 at 8:32 PM

Barry’s record is a barn door and we can’t hit it with Pikes Peak.

Limerick on July 7, 2012 at 6:52 PM

..we all appreciate your concern. May I also suggest a decent writing class at your local community college? Tell the instructor you need to brush up on constructing metaphors.

The War Planner on July 7, 2012 at 8:41 PM

Aw.

Don’t fear the reaper.

It’s only death.

//////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

hillbillyjim on July 7, 2012 at 9:03 PM

Voters care about jobs for themselves and people they are close to. They couldn’t care less about unemployment statistics.

burt on July 7, 2012 at 7:59 PM

Voters who actually want jobs care about those things. Voters wishing to keep the freebies flowing vote for the guy promising to keep the spigot open.

RDuke on July 7, 2012 at 9:07 PM

do to Barack Obama’s re-election effort?

I hate it when I submit too quickly sentences with grammatical errors but I hope I at least recognize them. I hope you realize, Ed, that the idiom is “due to”, not the awful “do to”.

Anyway, it was surely not due to the re-election efforts but due to general incompetence as a community organizer trying to do a president’s job. What can one expect from a Affirmative Action Harvard guy?

Chessplayer on July 7, 2012 at 10:15 PM

Aw.

Don’t fear the reaper.

It’s only death.

hillbillyjim on July 7, 2012 at 9:03 PM

To quote an old saying “I’m not afraid of a dirt nap, it’s the going to sleep that scares the (poop) out of me.”

MelonCollie on July 7, 2012 at 10:45 PM

The bestest Presi-dunce ever, er EVAH!

Either he is dumb as a bag of hammers (Bat Nan) or it is purposeful.
So, which is it dunceman? He’s ‘wicked smaht’ you know.

Loathe.

I wonder if he can spell fail in caps?

mickytx on July 7, 2012 at 11:02 PM

The WP will carry Obama’s record even when it is dying and running off a mimeograph machine. They simply can not admit that Obama and ALL of his appointees are complete disasters.

pat on July 7, 2012 at 11:39 PM

feel free to pitch in with your suggestions:)

renalin on July 7, 2012 at 6:12 PM

Sure. Grow some wontons, you whiny d-bag

Uppereastside and bayam are more man than you are.

Chuck Schick on July 8, 2012 at 1:05 AM

“I inherited a bad economy”

…JugEars everyday until he dies!

“We own the economy. We own the beginning of the turnaround and we want to make sure that we continue that pace of recovery, not go back to the policies of the past under the Bush administration that put us in the ditch in the first place,” Wasserman Schultz told Mike Allen at POLITICO’s ‘Playbook Breakfast.’

…said by DWS over a year ago!…JugEars may also want to talk to Joe Biteme, before all his plugs fall out about whose economy the plagiarizer is running since he’s watched over every dollar of the stimulus money and has overseen growth like nobodies business!

KOOLAID2 on July 8, 2012 at 1:06 AM

Actually Obama does have a plan, but it’s the same ol’ and revealing: Tax the rich to pay for more government jobs.

MaggiePoo on July 8, 2012 at 1:08 AM

–the health of the auto industry is his principal case study across Ohio’s northern tier.

LOL. The auto industry is Bammy’s big economic success story? The industry (really just two auto companies, GM and Chysler) that he “saved” by having them go through a managed bankruptcy proceeding in which secured creditors and taxpayers were screwed over so that auto workers union members wouldn’t have to make any sacrifices?

GM still owes taxpayers more than $20 billion, and they also received more than $25 billion in specially-made-for-them tax waivers. So “saving” GM cost taxpayers around $50 billion dollars.

If GM is the “principal case study” of Bammy’s economic policies, then we should all consider ourselves extremely lucky that our economy is not in even worse shape than it is.

AZCoyote on July 8, 2012 at 7:26 AM

If oil is so horrible maybe the President should avoid it. Ride a donkey.

Speakup on July 7, 2012 at 6:11 PM

That would be redundant.

Scott P on July 8, 2012 at 7:48 AM

The wheels on the bus keep falling off…

Ramirez has it right: you can’t put unemployment under-bus.

ajacksonian on July 8, 2012 at 7:56 AM

If GM is the “principal case study” of Bammy’s economic policies, then we should all consider ourselves extremely lucky that our economy is not in even worse shape than it is.

AZCoyote on July 8, 2012 at 7:26 AM

GM is now being sued for faking their “success.” They have been caught “channel stuffing.”

Once again the Emperor’s claims of achievement are as real as any tin pot dictator.

dogsoldier on July 8, 2012 at 8:08 AM

The Private Sector is Doing Fine…The Private Sector is Doing Fine…The Private Sector is Doing Fine!! I said, The Private Sector is Doing Fine!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Aggghhhhhhhhhhhhh

If they say it enough, people will believe it. Wait, if it wasn’t for that pesky reality, I would have gotten away with it!

Tbone McGraw on July 8, 2012 at 11:27 AM

slickwillie2001 on July 7, 2012 at 7:13 PM

Don’t give the the Dems any ideas. If our POTUS rode a donkey the environmentalists would love it and the media would be in a line with palm branches and rose petals.

BTW, did the same people who designed the 2009 stimulus set up the San Diego fireworks?

IlikedAUH2O on July 8, 2012 at 11:42 AM

BTW, did the same people who designed the 2009 stimulus set up the San Diego fireworks?

IlikedAUH2O on July 8, 2012 at 11:42 AM

Nope. The fireworks actually worked longer than the stimulus.

BlaxPac on July 8, 2012 at 12:26 PM

Let me offer my perspective as a business owner employing a dozen in the software development business: My partner and I, along with just about every other small business owner I know, will steadfastly refrain from hiring one additional person so long as it appears possible that Obama will remain in the White House for another four years overseeing Big Government hell. None of our clients, NONE, are making any long term investments in this climate. They’re treading water, and therefore so are we.

From speaking with our clients, many of whom represent large manufacturers, I have no doubt that a GOP sweep in November, along with a firm message of newfound fiscal responsibility and regulatory retraction in Washington, would result in a springboard effect on the business front, the likes of which we haven’t seen in a good 15 years. Until that time, expect more lackluster economic news coupled with continued strained spin by the left that everything is “headed in the right direction,” right up to November.

I sincerely hope Team Romney has a firm plan to unleash the wolves on Obama after labor day insofar as the campaign goes. In the meantime, this far out from election day, I think the best strategy may be to just continue to lay low for the most part, letting Obama and his Dem minions politically hang themselves with the rope that is almost entirely of their own making.

swanzoid on July 8, 2012 at 12:54 PM

That headline seems to say that he has nothing new to offer as if that’s something new. This loser never had anything new to offer bcuz he’s been spewing the same old lies and bilge, recycled, over and over and over again and they weren’t new even the first time. Still don’t get how Americans were stupid enough to ever believe him.

stukinIL4now on July 8, 2012 at 1:05 PM

Is this true? Are taxpayers actually paying C-17s to FLY THESE TWO BUSES AROUND so that Obama can actually ride on Air Force One to a stop and board the bus for a MILE?

The so called “Bus Tour” was not a bus tour at all

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=cb1_1314314885

“After Air Force One landed in Toledo on Thursday, Obama climbed aboard a Secret Service-approved black bus and his motorcade headed for his first stop in Maumee….”

An AP reporter said that Obama might have ridden these expensive buses only one mile at each stop. Therefore, it wasn’t really a “BUS TOUR”!

Obama spent most of the “BUS TOUR” on an airplane traveling between stops.

It looks like Obama has scammed the American people again……..with the help of the liberal media. There is no telling just how much this “show” cost the American taxpayer.

This is really disgusting! The so called “Bus Tour” was not a bus tour at all !

OBAMA’S HYPOCRISY KNOWS NO BOUNDS !!!

“Greyhound 1″…. Secret Service Buys Two New $1.1 Million Buses For Three-Day Trip…

Photos:

President Barack Obama (C) walks to his bus as he arrives in Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, Minnesota, August 15, 2011, where he is to begin his three-day bus tour in the Midwest centering on ways to grow the economy.

He FLYS into an airport somewhere in the midwest, hops into a brand new $1.1 million bus–paid for by taxpayers–for a “bus tour” ‘around the midwest’ and– after an hour or so– gets driven back to the airport for ANOTHER FLIGHT, lands at another airport where another $1.1 million brand new black bus is waiting for him… and repeats all that until his midwest “bus tour” is done.

And don’t forget……..those brand new shiny black buses aren’t DRIVEN to the location where they meet Obama. Those buses are loaded up on one or more C-17s. Then, they are flown to the destination ahead of Air Force One and…….this is REPEATED FOR EVERY CAMPAIGN STOP.

On this ‘bus tour’, the Prez will lecture the ‘little people’ on how they need to live within their means and cut-back! Remember when very recently Obama told that family man to GO BUY A HYBRID VAN when he said he couldn’t afford to fill up his truck???? Obama’s ‘carbon footprint’ must be as large as most cities by now.

All of this on the taxpayer’s dime…..But remember, this is NOT a campaign trip – it is “Meet with the people” trip only! Part of his “official duties” as President; so taxpayers cover the costs!

So that the DNC does NOT pay a cent for all of this.

mountainaires on July 8, 2012 at 1:28 PM

does that bus come with a slurpee dispenser on the side or is it BYOS to the party at the edge of the ditch??/

ted c on July 8, 2012 at 1:31 PM

bluefox on July 7, 2012 at 7:34 PM

The only reason Ohio is doing well is that Kasich was decisively neutered last November. Kasich repeated the biggest mistake that was first made in 1958 – thinking that he can shove down legislation at will that over 60% rejected and less than 40% favored.

That means the state doesnt go too far right or left, where folks like Kasich and Celeste are rare oddities. Scandals aside, Voinovich and Taft were more representative of Ohio’s preference for stability.

sethstorm on July 8, 2012 at 1:35 PM

Liar in Chief lies every time he opens his trap.

His maternal grandma was the first female VP in a big HI bank. He lies with every word and the stupid media buy his crap, mistaking it for Beluga caviar.

Schadenfreude on July 8, 2012 at 1:43 PM

Obama might not do much for our economy but he’s sure helpful when it comes to the economy of Muslim Brotherhood countries:

Obama invites Egypt’s Islamist leader to US

This meeting will be all about more billions of our taxpayer money going to Egypt. Aid money is the only reason these Islamic countries sometimes pretend to be friendly with us filthy infidels. Your tax money at work for the Islamists. Hope you don’t mind, suckers.

Chessplayer on July 8, 2012 at 1:48 PM

It’s not the economy now, stupid! It’s the blame game.

chipandcharge on July 8, 2012 at 5:36 PM

bama will just blame the house repubs for blocking all of his “proposals”. The media will help him with this. Question is – will that work?

harpman on July 9, 2012 at 12:11 PM

CW on July 7, 2012 at 7:09 PM

“Therefore it’s important not to judge my administration on three and a half years of these kinds of jobs reports.”

Scrappy on July 9, 2012 at 4:05 PM

Focused like a LASER beam. Yea, sure.
Ladies & Gentlemen, let me help you understand one important point.
King Putt does not now, nor did he ever, given a good gawdamn about the unemployment numbers. And he never will, until he himself is in that position. It is up to us to assist him this November into getting in touch with his inner self.
So he’ll have much more time to spend with The Vacation Queen.
(Or perhaps they’ll try to get their law licenses back?)

Missilengr on July 10, 2012 at 7:05 PM

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