Video: The real “story” of the Obama economy

posted at 3:21 pm on July 18, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

Hey, remember last week, when President Obama said that the greatest mistake of his presidency has been his supposed failure to craft an inspiring story for the American people?

“When I think about what we’ve done well and what we haven’t done well,” the president said, “the mistake of my first term – couple of years – was thinking that this job was just about getting the policy right. And that’s important. But the nature of this office is also to tell a story to the American people that gives them a sense of unity and purpose and optimism, especially during tough times.” …

“It’s funny – when I ran, everybody said, well he can give a good speech but can he actually manage the job?” he said. “And in my first two years, I think the notion was, ‘Well, he’s been juggling and managing a lot of stuff, but where’s the story that tells us where he’s going?’ And I think that was a legitimate criticism.”

Yeah, that was… precious. Especially when he followed it up with that awesome (sans-teleprompter, cough cough) “you didn’t build that“-speech — I just felt so inspired. So uplifted and empowered, ya know?

Well, the GOP has a news flash for you, sir — your storytelling has probably been the greatest accomplishment of your presidency, because the policy, well… Not. So. Much. Actions speak louder than words:

Maybe if President Obama had taken a few more policy tips from his own jobs council, like approving the Keystone XL pipeline, we wouldn’t be in quite such an economic mess right now. But he won’t — because too many of their policy prescriptions interfere with his “story.” …How awkward for him.

President Barack Obama’s Jobs Council hasn’t met publicly for six months, even as the issue of job creation dominates the 2012 election.

At this point, the hiatus — which reached the half-year mark Tuesday — might be less awkward than an official meeting, given the hornet’s nest of issues that could sting Obama and the council members if the private-sector panel gets together. …

Then, there’s the fact that some members of the commission have conspicuously declined to endorse him. And that Obama has conspicuously declined to endorse some of their recommendations. And that some of what Obama won’t endorse has been warmly embraced by Republicans, including likely GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

To cap it all off, several of the companies whose CEOs serve on the panel are involved to some extent in outsourcing — a fact that could undercut the ferocious attack Obama and his campaign are mounting on Romney over his alleged ties to the practice.


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The real story on Obama.

Schadenfreude on July 18, 2012 at 3:23 PM

Yeah, Bammy’s problem is that he didn’t ram more of his ugly mug and boring, rambling speeches down our throats.

wildcat72 on July 18, 2012 at 3:23 PM

From my link, above, for history to witness

Two doesn’t make a trend, but taken together with Mollie’s post below, it certainly looks like President Obama is in trouble — at least, out there in grassroots-land if not in the national lickspittle Obama-besotted press. From the Chicago Tribune:

When President Barack Obama hauled off and slapped American small-business owners in the mouth the other day, I wanted to dream of my father.

There was no federal bailout money for us. No Republican corporate welfare. No Democratic handouts. No bipartisan lobbyists working the angles. No Tony Rezkos. No offshore accounts. No Obama bucks.

Just two immigrant brothers and their families risking everything, balancing on the economic high wire, building a business in America. They sacrificed, paid their bills, counted pennies to pay rent and purchase health care and food and not much else. And for their troubles they were muscled by the politicos, by the city inspectors and the chiselers and the weasels, all those smiling extortionists who held the government hammer over all of our heads.

I thought about this after I heard what Obama told a campaign crowd the other day, speaking about business owners and why they were successful.

And then it gets personal:

Obama’s changed. Gone is that young knight drawing the sword from the stone, selling Hopium to the adoring media, preaching an end to the broken politics of the past. These days, he wears a new presidential persona: the multimillionaire with the Chicago clout, playing the class warrior, fighting for that second term.

And he offers an American dream much different from my father’s. Open your eyes and you can see it too. He stands there at the front of the mob, in his shirt sleeves, swinging that government hammer, exhorting the crowd to use its votes and take what it wants.

I have a tin ear, sometimes, for this kind of thing. But how bad is this comment going to be for the president? We all spend time scanning the headlines and the web for the first sign of a Helmet Incident — you remember that famous (and deadly) photo of Michael Dukakis, in 1988, wearing an absurd tank helmet? — and some might say it’s Romney’s tax issue, some might say it’s something else.

But it might be the moment when a sitting president told small business owners that someone else got up in the morning and went to bed late and scrimped and saved and built their business.

Schadenfreude on July 18, 2012 at 3:25 PM

Obama’s chances for reflection are doing fine.

Lmfao.

tom daschle concerned on July 18, 2012 at 3:26 PM

Cut it down to 60 seconds, and get it on the air, pronto!

JohnGalt23 on July 18, 2012 at 3:26 PM

Then, there’s the fact that some members of the commission have conspicuously declined to endorse him. And that Obama has conspicuously declined to endorse some of their recommendations. And that some of what Obama won’t endorse has been warmly embraced by Republicans, including likely GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

Jeffrey Immelt, call your office.

Bitter Clinger on July 18, 2012 at 3:27 PM

Mock Oafbama for not realizing that ALL of government is funded by taxes, earned by hard labor by sole proprietors and other employers and private employees.

He is either an incredible fool, promoted by PC for idiocy and latte, or he plays one good for the moochers of the modern day plantations.

Schadenfreude on July 18, 2012 at 3:27 PM

Well, there you have it. We haven’t been talking enough about Obama and where he’s going.

J.E. Dyer on July 18, 2012 at 3:28 PM

“But the nature of this office is also to tell a story to the American people that gives them a sense of unity and purpose and optimism, especially during tough times.”

And that story is…….. the end of Barack Obama’s presidency.

Bitter Clinger on July 18, 2012 at 3:29 PM

I don’t know how bho could get with his jobs cauncil, he hasn’t been at the wh a total of a week in the last two years? He has been out campaigning, golf, vacations, other nations slamming the US, and giving away billions upon billions, all our security while he has been gone! All this presindentin is so hard on the little worm isn’t it?
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letget on July 18, 2012 at 3:30 PM

council
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letget on July 18, 2012 at 3:31 PM

WTH?

He didn’t fabricate a better fairy tale?

Cripes what a distortion artist.

SparkPlug on July 18, 2012 at 3:31 PM

New and improved message…yeah that’s it…

PatriotRider on July 18, 2012 at 3:33 PM

WTH?

He didn’t fabricate a better fairy tale?

Cripes what a distortion artist.

SparkPlug on July 18, 2012 at 3:31 PM

Hmmm, Distortion artist… That’s a euphemism for a fat mouthed feet stinking don’t believe in Jesus liar if ever I heard one… ;)

SWalker on July 18, 2012 at 3:34 PM

Good ad now shorten it for tv

cmsinaz on July 18, 2012 at 3:34 PM

Maybe if President Obama had taken a few more policy tips from his own jobs council, like approving the Keystone XL pipeline, we wouldn’t be in quite such an economic mess right now.

Keystone would have added jobs but only a fraction of those saved when the auto industry was given a lifeline by Bush and then Obama.

It’s surprising that some people are shocked by the consequences of balance sheet recession in the face of an unprecedented asset bubble collapse, and the resulting fall in consumer demand. The only thing that held GDP in positive territory for many months was stimulus spending to prop up public sector jobs and extend unemployment benefits.

The only surprising thing about this economy after 2008 is that the US isn’t in a full-blown depression.

bayam on July 18, 2012 at 3:35 PM

Um, get that on TV.

lorien1973 on July 18, 2012 at 3:37 PM

The only surprising thing about this economy after 2008 is that the US isn’t in a full-blown depression.

bayam on July 18, 2012 at 3:35 PM

NEWS FLASH: The US IS in a full-blown depression, the Fifth Column Treasonous Media has been lying to you to protect the Marxist-in-Chief.

Recession=your neighbor loses his job
Depression=you lose your job
Recover=Obama loses his job.

SWalker on July 18, 2012 at 3:38 PM

Obama lied, our economy died, and so did Brian Terry.

Speakup on July 18, 2012 at 3:38 PM

The only thing that held GDP in positive territory for many months was stimulus spending to prop up public sector jobs and extend unemployment benefits.

Nice admission as to what the stimulus really was. It certainly wasn’t for infrastructure, which is how it was sold to the public. At least if we would have gotten new roads and bridges, we would still have them.

weaselyone on July 18, 2012 at 3:39 PM

Keystone would have added jobs but only a fraction of those saved when the auto industry was given a lifeline by Bush and then Obama.

It’s surprising that some people are shocked by the consequences of balance sheet recession in the face of an unprecedented asset bubble collapse, and the resulting fall in consumer demand. The only thing that held GDP in positive territory for many months was stimulus spending to prop up public sector jobs and extend unemployment benefits.

The only surprising thing about this economy after 2008 is that the US isn’t in a full-blown depression.

bayam on July 18, 2012 at 3:35 PM

Nice of you to admit that the stimulus was just a ploy to “prop up public sector jobs and extend unemployment benefits”. However, the big continual drains on the economy and job-creation are the constant ramping up of regulations (like O-Care) and the constant uncertainty over taxes and federal spending.

Bitter Clinger on July 18, 2012 at 3:40 PM

NEWS FLASH: The US IS in a full-blown depression, the Fifth Column Treasonous Media has been lying to you to protect the Marxist-in-Chief.

Recession=your neighbor loses his job
Depression=you lose your job
Recover=Obama loses his job.

SWalker on July 18, 2012 at 3:38 PM

And hiding the Taxmageddon economic crash that is happening EVEN AS I TYPE is about as achievable as the New York Times attempting to conceal the Sun at noon on a clear day.

wildcat72 on July 18, 2012 at 3:41 PM

bayam on July 18, 2012 at 3:35 PM

Dear secretary of the ministry of truth, can you tell me how much my chocolate ration was raised this month?

tom daschle concerned on July 18, 2012 at 3:41 PM

But the nature of this office is also to tell a story to the American people that gives them a sense of unity and purpose and optimism, especially during tough times.”

You Commie imbecile, it’s your Commie Command economics that destroy “unity and optimism.”

He’s not only a Commie, he’s an imbecile and a clown. It’s almost like his buffoonery is expanding – geometrically.

OhEssYouCowboys on July 18, 2012 at 3:41 PM

That statement would make more sense if he had actually gotten some policy right.

magicbeans on July 18, 2012 at 3:42 PM

..doncha just love the tail end of that ad with Jug Earz sittign in a motel room looking at on of those old 18″ TVs of those clips running?

Points up what a pathetic, iggorant, clueless little man he is.

The War Planner on July 18, 2012 at 3:45 PM

If anyone wants a clear indicator of the economic damage Zero has done just look at grocery prices which reflect a synthesis of Obungler’s Gulf drilling ban and foreign policy screwups, his EPA screwups, his GM screwups, hyper-regulation, the prospect of O’CommieCare and just about everything he’s touched which immediately becomes FUBARed.

viking01 on July 18, 2012 at 3:46 PM

And hiding the Taxmageddon economic crash that is happening EVEN AS I TYPE is about as achievable as the New York Times attempting to conceal the Sun at noon on a clear day.

wildcat72 on July 18, 2012 at 3:41 PM

Dishonesty, it’s isn’t just a hobby for the Fifth Column Treasonous Media.

SWalker on July 18, 2012 at 3:47 PM

Dear secretary of the ministry of truth, can you tell me how much my chocolate ration was raised this month?

tom daschle concerned on July 18, 2012 at 3:41 PM

Your chocolate ration has been raised to 1 cup of Victory Coffee, which is down from 2 cups!

OhEssYouCowboys on July 18, 2012 at 3:47 PM

But hey, its still about hope, its about bringing a new tone to Washington, no more divisiveness, putting racism behind us, its still about cutting the deficit in half, green jobs for everyone. Oh..Wait!

We knew Obama would make the campaign nasty, he has to, you don’t go broke selling what people want to buy, and this President is broke, he’s morally bankrupt, the very thing he promised he would not be.

Before the country went on the path to destitution this President charted the path.

Speakup on July 18, 2012 at 3:48 PM

The real Hope ‘n Change

Oprah Winfrey has one less connection to Chicago.

Winfrey sold her Streeterville co-op Tuesday for $2.75 million, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Winfrey originally bought the eight-room, 4,607-square-foot home at 199 E. Lake Shore Drive for $5.6 million, but never actually occupied it.

Schadenfreude on July 18, 2012 at 3:49 PM

If anyone wants a clear indicator of the economic damage Zero has done just look at grocery prices which reflect a synthesis of Obungler’s Gulf drilling ban and foreign policy screwups, his EPA screwups, his GM screwups, hyper-regulation, the prospect of O’CommieCare and just about everything he’s touched which immediately becomes FUBARed.

viking01 on July 18, 2012 at 3:46 PM

We have always been at war with eastasia grocery prices…

SWalker on July 18, 2012 at 3:49 PM

But he’s pivoting (i.e., spinning like a top) with laser-like focus to the jobs question. You know; he’s too busy campaigning and playing golf to meet with his jobs council IN SIX MONTHS.

Boink here to hear The Fetus (a.k.a., Carnivilal Carney) alibi him for that.

The War Planner on July 18, 2012 at 3:50 PM

Mock Oafbama for not realizing that ALL of government is funded by taxes, earned by hard labor by sole proprietors and other employers and private employees.

Schadenfreude on July 18, 2012 at 3:27 PM

Well, except the part that’s funded by money printed out of thin air by the fed, but who wants to pick nits.

Lost in Jersey on July 18, 2012 at 3:50 PM

He told a whopper of a story by telling all of us how HE got Osama. Next he’ll tell us how he swept all the mines in the Strait of Hormuz.

fogw on July 18, 2012 at 3:51 PM

Indeed, List in Jersey…the leftists think money comes from the banks and milk from the stores…

Here’s a good smackdown of Oaf.

Schadenfreude on July 18, 2012 at 3:51 PM

Sorry, s/b Lost in Jersey.

Schadenfreude on July 18, 2012 at 3:52 PM

Maybe if President Obama had taken a few more policy tips from his own jobs council…

Which hasn’t met in six months!

Akzed on July 18, 2012 at 3:52 PM

fogw on July 18, 2012 at 3:51 PM

Or how he earned the Nobel, all by himself.

Schadenfreude on July 18, 2012 at 3:53 PM

He told a whopper of a story by telling all of us how HE got Osama. Next he’ll tell us how he swept all the mines in the Strait of Hormuz.

fogw on July 18, 2012 at 3:51 PM

He stormed the D-Day beaches at Auschwitz, along with his Great Uncle! He was a Corpseman!

[rolling eyes at fogw]

OhEssYouCowboys on July 18, 2012 at 3:53 PM

At least if we would have gotten new roads and bridges, we would still have them.

weaselyone on July 18, 2012 at 3:39 PM

Not to mention, we’d all have successful businesses too, because after all …

step 1: new road
step 2: ???????
step 3: profit!

Lost in Jersey on July 18, 2012 at 3:53 PM

President Barack Obama’s Jobs Council hasn’t met publicly for six months, even as the issue of job creation dominates the 2012 election.

Ok, glad to see you knew that too!

Akzed on July 18, 2012 at 3:54 PM

The only thing that held GDP in positive territory for many months was stimulus spending to prop up public sector jobs and extend unemployment benefits.

Danish wind turbine factory workers are not public sector jobs.

Bishop on July 18, 2012 at 3:55 PM

Those jug ears really look goofy from behind.

natasha333 on July 18, 2012 at 3:56 PM

Indeed, List in Jersey…the leftists think money comes from the banks and milk from the stores…

Here’s a good smackdown of Oaf.

Schadenfreude on July 18, 2012 at 3:51 PM

and electricity from the wall.

BTW, from your link, Lovitz appears to have really gone all the way and may not be just a temporary defector from the leftist paradise. Whodathunk.

Lost in Jersey on July 18, 2012 at 3:56 PM

Keystone would have added jobs but only a fraction of those saved when the auto industry was given a lifeline by Bush and then Obama.

bayam on July 18, 2012 at 3:35 PM

Only one who thinks O’bama gave the auto industry a “lifeline” is you. He gave the lifeline to the auto unions.

And how’s that costly failure known as the Chevy Volt working out?

lol-

Del Dolemonte on July 18, 2012 at 3:56 PM

cap it all off

O’s energy policy in a nutshell. Economic policy too I guess.

Marcola on July 18, 2012 at 3:57 PM

Winfrey originally bought the eight-room, 4,607-square-foot home at 199 E. Lake Shore Drive for $5.6 million, but never actually occupied it.

Schadenfreude on July 18, 2012 at 3:49 PM

So she sold it for half of what she originally paid. What a country!

Del Dolemonte on July 18, 2012 at 3:58 PM

GOOD one .. Needs to be on TV.
Just LOVED (actually giggled) seeing Zero watching these reports, himself.
Nice job !!

pambi on July 18, 2012 at 3:58 PM

GOOD one .. Needs to be on TV.

Just LOVED (actually giggled) seeing Zero watching these reports, himself.

Nice job !!

pambi on July 18, 2012 at 3:58 PM

Zero isn’t intelligent enough to be that involved – he was waiting for Teletubby re-runs. Winky, or whatever the name was of that Teletubby that Falwell used to talk about, reminds Zero of Chris Matthews.

OhEssYouCowboys on July 18, 2012 at 4:04 PM

We have always been at war with eastasia grocery prices…

SWalker on July 18, 2012 at 3:49 PM

I figure you follow why I chose that example because that is a direct indicator almost entirely of domestic production, the skyrocketing cumulative costs and the struggling private sector running it which Zero claims is “doing fine.”

viking01 on July 18, 2012 at 4:04 PM

He told a whopper of a story by telling all of us how HE got Osama. Next he’ll tell us how he swept all the mines in the Strait of Hormuz.

fogw on July 18, 2012 at 3:51 PM

Just tell Moochie that there’s lobsters on the bottom of the Strait, she’ll go through it like that Russian rocket torpedo.

slickwillie2001 on July 18, 2012 at 4:05 PM

So she sold it for half of what she originally paid. What a country!

Del Dolemonte on July 18, 2012 at 3:58 PM

It’s all part of the ingenious buy high – sell low investment strategery Oblamer taught her.

viking01 on July 18, 2012 at 4:07 PM

President Barack Obama’s Jobs Council hasn’t met publicly for six months, even as the issue of job creation dominates the 2012 election.

Ok, glad to see you knew that too!

Akzed on July 18, 2012 at 3:54 PM

YUPS ! And, wasn’t there a pic floating around out on the interwebs that showed ALL GOPers present, but ZERO Dems ? Wish I could find that, just no time.

pambi on July 18, 2012 at 4:08 PM

The real “story” of the Obama economy

Let’s not forget about how Romneycare [NOT 0bamacare] double dipped into the Medicare fund which is part of the 0bama TRILLION DOLLAR DEFICITS!

Oh well. We all will be paying for that eventually, one way or the other.

DannoJyd on July 18, 2012 at 4:15 PM

He told a whopper of a story by telling all of us how HE got Osama. Next he’ll tell us how he swept all the mines in the Strait of Hormuz.

fogw on July 18, 2012 at 3:51 PM

“That’s right, I swept up all those mines myself.”

-How did you do that, Mr. President?

“How? Well uh…uh…with a broom of course. Next question.”

Bishop on July 18, 2012 at 4:17 PM

DannoJyd on July 18, 2012 at 4:15 PM

Moby is concerned.

Maybe you should head on over to liberalstryingtodemoralizeRomneysupporters.com and spam every thread over there, because seeing you go ballistic against Rombo on every single topic here is really getting old.

Bishop on July 18, 2012 at 4:19 PM

“That’s right, I swept up all those mines myself.”

-How did you do that, Mr. President?

“How? Well uh…uh…with a broom of course. Next question.”

Bishop on July 18, 2012 at 4:17 PM

Striking to insert .. “I gave the orders for ‘such’n’such’ division to take care of that.. and they’re here to take their kudos, and be IDENTIFIED for all the world, even our enemies, to know ! Let’s all give them a hand !!”

pambi on July 18, 2012 at 4:23 PM

Nice admission as to what the stimulus really was. It certainly wasn’t for infrastructure, which is how it was sold to the public. At least if we would have gotten new roads and bridges, we would still have them.

weaselyone on July 18, 2012 at 3:39 PM

Even when there really are roads or bridges, how many of these projects have actually been completed? Remember 3 years ago when the porkulus propaganda signs started popping up on the highways? The Capital Beltway overpass at MD 201 was one of them. After all this time, it’s still barely halfway done. Yet just a few miles north, a complete toll road, the Intercounty Connector, connecting I-95 and I-270, was finished in less than 2 years, along with a complete rebuild of the Old Gunpowder Rd. overpass just south of the terminus. Que differencia!

adoubledot on July 18, 2012 at 4:25 PM

For the last time, its The 0 Economy™, Geez.

Bmore on July 18, 2012 at 4:28 PM

President Barack Obama’s Jobs Council hasn’t met publicly for six months, even as the issue of job creation dominates the 2012 election

…JugEars needs to tell the story of Simpson $ Bowels.

KOOLAID2 on July 18, 2012 at 4:37 PM

because seeing you go ballistic against Rombo on every single topic here is really getting old.

Bishop on July 18, 2012 at 4:19 PM

Obsessive-compulsive disorder. They can’t help themselves. There are medications, I think….

a capella on July 18, 2012 at 4:38 PM

Bishop on July 18, 2012 at 4:19 PM

I’m So sorry! I keep forgetting how thin skinned you liberal Romney supporters are, so the truth hurts you twice as much. /smug

Aren’t you glad that you LIBERAL Romney supporters decided to attack me now? I believe in giving people what they’ve paid for with good measure.

DannoJyd on July 18, 2012 at 4:44 PM

That picture of bho probably shows him viewing all the thousands of speeches he has made since elected and ‘all is well’ in his world? bho’s wonderfulness is all bho needs to keep him going?
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letget on July 18, 2012 at 4:58 PM

DannoJyd on July 18, 2012 at 4:44 PM

Not a case of thin skin, more a case of trying to figure out why you insert Romney-hate into every topic. From poll results to stories about some kid who ate 20 pounds of chocolate at one sitting, you manage to scream “ROMNEY SUCKS!” on all of them.

Bishop on July 18, 2012 at 5:05 PM

Romney said at Bowling Green,OH, today. ““We have a jobs crisis in this country, a real emergency. Yet President Obama seems to have just given up on the economy. He hasn’t convened a meeting with his jobs council in six months, but has held more than a hundred fundraisers for his campaign. The only job he is interested in saving is his own.”

Smack!!

bayview on July 18, 2012 at 5:15 PM

There once was a dude we called “Barky”
Who thought it was cute to be snarky.

When he opened his mouth
and the truth tumbled out,

The crowd saw he was full of malarkey……

That’s the story of this idiot, and I just HOPE he keeps flappin’ his oh-so-smart gums.

waterytart on July 18, 2012 at 5:25 PM

Barry is good at palaver – and nothing else.

GarandFan on July 18, 2012 at 6:37 PM

Those jug ears really look goofy from behind.

natasha333 on July 18, 2012 at 3:56 PM

The back of the head shot is priceless.

petefrt on July 19, 2012 at 8:37 AM