Will four words — or two — derail Obama’s re-election?

posted at 2:41 pm on July 27, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Old and busted: Barack Obama is the most gifted orator in American politics since … well, FDR, Lincoln, William Jennings Bryan, take your pick.  New hotness: The President can’t express himself clearly without his apologists at the ready to explain his “context.”  For the third time in two months, Obama’s musings on the economy have put him in hot water and given Mitt Romney huge openings to exploit.  Kim Strassel believes that four words in particular have Team Obama in a panic:

What’s the difference between a calm and cool Barack Obama, and a rattled and worried Barack Obama? Four words, it turns out.

“You didn’t build that” is swelling to such heights that it has the president somewhere unprecedented: on defense. Mr. Obama has felt compelled—for the first time in this campaign—to cut an ad in which he directly responds to the criticisms of his now-infamous speech, complaining his opponents took his words “out of context.” …

Ms. Warren’s argument—that government is the real source of all business success—went viral and made a profound impression among the liberal elite, who have been pushing for its wider adoption. Mr. Obama chose to road-test it on the national stage, presumably thinking it would underline his argument for why the wealthy should pay more. It was a big political misstep, and now has the Obama team seriously worried.

And no wonder. The immediate effect was to suck away the president’s momentum. Mr. Obama has little positive to brag about, and his campaign hinges on keeping negative attention on his opponent. For months, the president’s team hammered on Mr. Romney’s time at Bain, his Massachusetts tenure, his tax returns. “You didn’t build that” shifted the focus to the president, and his decision to respond to the criticisms has only legitimized them and guaranteed they continue.

The Obama campaign’s bigger problem, both sides are now realizing, is that his words go beyond politics and are more devastating than the Romney complaints that Mr. Obama is too big-government oriented or has mishandled the economy. They raise the far more potent issue of national identity and feed the suspicion that Mr. Obama is actively hostile to American ideals and aspirations. Republicans are doing their own voter surveys, and they note that Mr. Obama’s problem is that his words cause an emotional response, and that they disturb voters in nearly every demographic.

The problem for Obama didn’t start with those four words, however.  They started in June, after a poor jobs report and the affirmation that the first quarter showed significant decline in the US economy and the second quarter was headed in the same direction, which was confirmed today.  Obama insisted that “the private sector is doing fine” and pushed for more government jobs.  Both of those assertions caused widespread scorn and created the appearance that Obama was oddly disconnected from economic reality.  That played directly into Obama’s Warren declaration earlier this month, amplifying and corroborating that sense of disconnect.

It doesn’t stop there, either.  Last week, Obama spoke two words to an Oakland, California audience that may arguably haunt him even more — “it worked”:

I’m running because I believe you can’t reduce the deficit  — which is a serious problem, we’ve got to deal with it — but we can’t reduce it without asking folks like me who have been incredibly blessed to give up the tax cuts that we’ve been getting for a decade.  (Applause.)  I’ll cut out government spending that’s not working, that we can’t afford, but I’m also going to ask anybody making over $250,000 a year to go back to the tax rates they were paying under Bill Clinton, back when our economy created 23 million new jobs — (applause) — the biggest budget surplus in history and everybody did well.

Just like we’ve tried their plan, we tried our plan — and it worked.  That’s the difference.  (Applause.)  That’s the choice in this election.  That’s why I’m running for a second term.

Obama apologists are screeching once again that his critics are taking him out of context.  Obama was referring to the Clinton tax-hike plan, they insist, which worked.  There are a number of problems with this, not the least of which is that the Clinton tax hikes took place in 1993, well after the recovery from the 1990-1 recession began, and the real boom took place after 1997, when tax cuts got put in place.  But there is a more fundamental problem with this argument: Obama put into place his own plan, not Clinton’s, in 2009 — a massive stimulus bill that cost $838 billion and flopped at its expressed goals, keeping unemployment below 8% and stimulating better-than-usual recovery growth.  During Obama’s first two years in office, he had plenty of time to push Clinton’s policies through a Congress with large majorities in both chambers had he wanted to do so.  Finally, Obama wasn’t even in politics in 1993 when Clinton passed his tax hikes, so he can hardly call it “our plan.”

If one accepts the “context” of Obama’s apologists on this point, then one would have to conclude that Obama himself considers his own plan a failure, and that we need to revert back to the 1993 plan in which Obama had no part at all.  That’s not the case, as Obama has talked about another round of stimulus spending, making it clear that it is his own plan to which he referred in Oakland, as he needs a second term to pursue it. And it’s equally clear from the results that Obama’s plan hasn’t worked at all.

Investors Business Daily’s double Pulitzer-winning editorial cartoonist Michael Ramirez has a sharp riposte to those who insist that quoting Obama accurately is somehow unfair:

Indeed. I believe, as does Guy Benson, that it’s these two words that will be the most damaging for Obama in this election … at least so far.

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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In the America of today, 3 words will get him elected.

I’m a Communist.

OhEssYouCowboys on July 27, 2012 at 2:43 PM

Love Ramirez’ rendition of Obama. Nails him in every way.

AubieJon on July 27, 2012 at 2:43 PM

4 words plus 2 words = 6 words that will sink Obama. It all matters.

oldroy on July 27, 2012 at 2:44 PM

You’re all “racists”, heh.

To expect this little of the dummy first black president is the ultimate form of racism.

Schadenfreude on July 27, 2012 at 2:45 PM

What he said he intended to say because he thinks many of his constituents are marxists like him. Saying it was an off the cuff remark and not a rehearsed speech is bogus.

aniptofar on July 27, 2012 at 2:45 PM

It worked?

Say goodnight Barry.

50sGuy on July 27, 2012 at 2:46 PM

…the two words for me are…YOU LIE…!!!

KOOLAID2 on July 27, 2012 at 2:46 PM

Could a few word destroy Obama’s chances of getting reelected. No. But a few words which cause people to reflect on his record just might.

A Rising Star.

SWalker on July 27, 2012 at 2:46 PM

New hotness: The President can’t express himself clearly without his apologists at the ready to explain his “context.”

…and without the TOTUS

The man is an empty vessel, with no curtain to hide behind any more.

It’s a parody of global proportions. I love how it unfolds, right in front of all the eyes to see.

The higher the top, the bigger the drop. May this charade go into 1001 smithereens.

Schadenfreude on July 27, 2012 at 2:46 PM

At some point the media will have to turn. That will be something to behold.

Schadenfreude on July 27, 2012 at 2:47 PM

Take a look at one of the biggest dummies on the other side.

Schadenfreude on July 27, 2012 at 2:48 PM

…the far more potent issue of national identity and feed the suspicion that Mr. Obama is actively hostile to American ideals and aspirations.

No kidding! Because that’s the real issue and the real issue that’s bothering many of us voters about Obama and for very real reasons why.

Obama has a history now laden with an abundance of acts, statements and behaviors that do substantiate that he does, indeed, hold a hostile position to and about America.

The more voters who get that about him — put two and two together — the better and sooner than later. Because Obama IS hostile to the U.S. in just about every capacity he can be, socially, politically, economically, racially, ethnically, ethically, legislatively.

Lourdes on July 27, 2012 at 2:48 PM

But Mitt’s wife rides an Anglo-Saxon horse!!!!!!!!11!!

KS Rex on July 27, 2012 at 2:48 PM

Heh, but Putin is building a naval base in Cuba.

Si, se puede!

Schadenfreude on July 27, 2012 at 2:49 PM

Ramirez missed the mark on this one, which like, never happens. The only gloss needed is another two words. “It worked.” “For me.” Yup, sad to say, his plan shtupped everybody else, but it sure as heck made the government more and more the center of everything. Which was his plan all along. It worked, for him. But only him.

smellthecoffee on July 27, 2012 at 2:49 PM

Never, never, never forget

Schadenfreude on July 27, 2012 at 2:49 PM

“You lie” was the truest thing ever told about Obama.

Schadenfreude on July 27, 2012 at 2:51 PM

They raise the far more potent issue of national identity and feed the suspicion that Mr. Obama is actively hostile to American ideals and aspirations.

Suspicion ? Really ?
I thought Hussein has already proved with his words, associations and actions that he has nothing but hostility and contempt for our country.

burrata on July 27, 2012 at 2:52 PM

One word…

Pantload.

Seven Percent Solution on July 27, 2012 at 2:53 PM

Well it really did work. He now has the country on the brink of financial collapse, so yes as far as he is concerned it worked. If he gets re-elected it’s over, tyranny will be the end result.

bgibbs1000 on July 27, 2012 at 2:53 PM

Six words – “The private sector is doing fine”

Four words – “You didn’t build that”

Two words – “It worked”

myiq2xu on July 27, 2012 at 2:54 PM

quoting Obama is now hate speech, that’s too awesome for words

DanMan on July 27, 2012 at 2:55 PM

At some point the media will have to turn. That will be something to behold.

Schadenfreude on July 27, 2012 at 2:47 PM

I am looking forward to that. After the first couple go, it will be a stampede. If, it happens.

cozmo on July 27, 2012 at 2:56 PM

Six words – “The private sector is doing fine”

Four words – “You didn’t build that”

Two words – “It worked”

myiq2xu on July 27, 2012 at 2:54 PM

Well, at least he’s getting more efficient.

The Rogue Tomato on July 27, 2012 at 2:57 PM

It’s amazing that the one thing that Obama will accomplish on his own is his destruction politically.

It appears he really did build that.

kim roy on July 27, 2012 at 2:58 PM

At some point the media will have to turn. That will be something to behold.

Schadenfreude on July 27, 2012 at 2:47 PM

I don’t think that’ll happen. They have way too much invested. Even if Romney wins, I fully expect the media to look back and wax rhapsodic about how great Obama’s presidency was.

The Rogue Tomato on July 27, 2012 at 2:59 PM

Six words – “The private sector is doing fine”

Four words – “You didn’t build that”

Two words – “It worked”

myiq2xu on July 27, 2012 at 2:54 PM

Well, at least he’s getting more efficient.

The Rogue Tomato on July 27, 2012 at 2:57 PM

I can name that tune in ONE note: Fail.

kim roy on July 27, 2012 at 2:59 PM

Dear 0, at some point you’ve said enough.

Lummox on July 27, 2012 at 3:00 PM

Imagine – if for some reason the two candidates all of the sudden had to actually and truly speak their hearts and minds.

No filters, no teleprompters, no speechwriters – just their real thoughts and beliefs in public for all to see.

What do you think the polls would look like?

My best guess:

Romney 87%
Obama 13%

Marine WX on July 27, 2012 at 3:00 PM

It’s not just “you didn’t build that” or “it worked” it’s the narrative of the last 5+ years that is building. People now have quite a few revealing comments to assess when voting.

Starting with: “bitter clingers; typical white person; spread the wealth around; for the first time I’m proud of my country (Meechele); America is a down-right mean nation (Meechele again!); we are nation of cowards (Holder); America isn’t exceptional; all the bowing; Giving up the missile sheild; returning the Churchill bust; snubbing Bibi, the Dalai Lama, the Poles, the Chzecks, the Brits, etc. and now, YOU DIDN’T BUILD THAT AND IT WORKED!”

There are many more…the narrative is building and he is done!

JAM on July 27, 2012 at 3:00 PM

At some point the media will have to turn. That will be something to behold.

Schadenfreude on July 27, 2012 at 2:47 PM

I don’t think that’ll happen. They have way too much invested. Even if Romney wins, I fully expect the media to look back and wax rhapsodic about how great Obama’s presidency was.

The Rogue Tomato on July 27, 2012 at 2:59 PM

Which will be a win because there won’t be anyone left buying it. The only people left will be the ones who want to believe because they don’t like the alternative (reality). They know they’re getting BS’d, but can accept that. You know, like the MSDNC viewers.

kim roy on July 27, 2012 at 3:01 PM

“it worked” for your crony friends, they’re “doing just fine”…the rest of us got screwed…

PatriotRider on July 27, 2012 at 3:02 PM

Well at least bho didn’t say a ‘three letter word, jobs‘ as dear joe did?

But give him time, there is plenty of time for bho to make gobs more gaffes!
L

letget on July 27, 2012 at 3:02 PM

The beauty of this sudden downturn for Obama is that it was precipitated by statements made OFF OF THE TELEPROMPTER that revealed Obama’s true views of this nation, the American people, and the role of government.

He can’t blame any of it on a bad speech writer, biased reporting, or complain that it has been ‘taken out of context’. These sentiments came directly from him, on camera.

In every election, people are often mystified as politicians and speech writers, experts in the art of obfuscation, twist perception or outright lie. However, its uncanny how most people can recognize those occasions when that same politician is being completely candid.

My late father had a saying that, I think, is very accurate in this circumstance. When it came to lies and liars, he used to say “No one can tap dance forever.”

I think that on November 6th, Obama is going to find that the music has ended.

thatsafactjack on July 27, 2012 at 3:02 PM

Obambi is turning into the best damn campaign spokesperson that Romneys money didn’t buy.

Alberta_Patriot on July 27, 2012 at 3:03 PM

Really doesn’t matter. Either way is fine.

So long, farewell, alfretazain, goodbye. And don’t let the door hit you on the way out.

DuctTapeMyBrain on July 27, 2012 at 3:03 PM

Investors Business Daily’s double Pulitzer-winning editorial cartoonist Michael Ramirez has a sharp riposte to those who insist that quoting Obama accurately is somehow unfair:

He’s devolved into self-parody….

Whatever he says, he cannot be taken seriously. If he says the truth, it is utterly crucifying for his campaign.

ted c on July 27, 2012 at 3:04 PM

A Rising Star.

SWalker on July 27, 2012 at 2:46 PM

Something is happening in PA. I saw an article from the American Spectator yesterday and apparently dems, old guards repubs, unions and lobbyists have been exposed in their rampant looting of the public treasury. It appears a group called the CAP(Conservative Association of Pennsylvania ? or something like that) is upsetting the GOP applecart by getting entrenched incumbents beat in their primaries.

DanMan on July 27, 2012 at 3:04 PM

No, the reason he will not be reelected is the fact that he is now known as a Marxist Progressive. He has let the mask slip too many times to deny it now.

d1carter on July 27, 2012 at 3:05 PM

The Rogue Tomato on July 27, 2012 at 2:59 PM

You be wrong, good one. Weasels and rats jump. They all know that they sold an empty vessel, and are embarrassed that he showed his insides.

Schadenfreude on July 27, 2012 at 3:06 PM

The private sector is doing fine? Are these mistakes? The theme is constant and repetitious. I wish someone would point that out.

pat on July 27, 2012 at 3:06 PM

This is like a fumble followed by an interception and the opposing team scores off of both turnovers.

Hey Champ…. if it was “halftime in America” back in February, looks like you’re losing the 4th quarter.

ted c on July 27, 2012 at 3:06 PM

Obama apologists are screeching once again that his critics are taking him out of context.

And they’re adding in ‘racist’ against Mitt for keeping up the pressure of, “You didn’t build that.”

The only way Obama’s revealed sentiments can be used is if Mitt keeps up the pressure. At some point, the Left will try claiming Mitt is ‘beating a dead horse’, to try staving off the current effect that can resonate among more and more people over time. Not that such is sure to happen, but it has a sturdy potential.

If the pressure remains constant, and possibly increases, Obama will likely make more such ‘gaffes’.

I don’t call them gaffes. If it is true Obama is a genuine narcissist, he’s going to get more and more angry. In that rising fury, he is going to reveal more of himself. Which doesn’t bode well for him; I doubt his handlers will be able to keep his delusions and ego in check past a certain point.

I don’t think Obama’s own utterances are going to strike him down by themselves; the MSM is pretty much his Praetorian Guard. What will derail him, I believe, is the constant effective use of his own words against him.

Liam on July 27, 2012 at 3:06 PM

FDR? Lincoln?
Sorry, I recall some East Coast Liberal rag (? Nation ? New Yorker?) claiming we had seen and heard nothing like him since Caesar.

Marcus on July 27, 2012 at 3:07 PM

You be wrong, good one. Weasels and rats jump. They all know that they sold an empty vessel, and are embarrassed that he showed his insides.

Schadenfreude on July 27, 2012 at 3:06 PM

I truly hope you’re right and I’m wrong.

The Rogue Tomato on July 27, 2012 at 3:08 PM

Exactly! 4 x 2 (words). The 2 words: government jobs. That’s O answer, his antidote, but it’s the poison instead. Pointless government jobs crowds out productive private sector jobs, and balloons the deficit. As a famous person should say:

Government jobs are not the solution. Government jobs are the problem!

anotherJoe on July 27, 2012 at 3:09 PM

The President can’t express himself clearly without his apologists at the ready to explain his “context.”

Ahh yes, the second most egregious sin that a Republican can commit.—thou shalt not take thy Liberal Betters out of context—

ted c on July 27, 2012 at 3:09 PM

At some point the media will have to turn. That will be something to behold.

Schadenfreude on July 27, 2012 at 2:47 PM

Dream on. They will never turn on him.

He could have his oldest daughter euthanized in the same way a baby is aborted and the media would hail and sympathise with him as the first president to endure the hardships of a late term abortion.

He’s their guy and no matter what he will be their guy.

bgibbs1000 on July 27, 2012 at 3:10 PM

Six words – “The private sector is doing fine”

Four words – “You didn’t build that”

Two words – “It worked”

myiq2xu on July 27, 2012 at 2:54 PM

I see a pattern:

6, 4, 2, Ø

Fallon on July 27, 2012 at 3:10 PM

Next time a Democratic spokesman says, “When President Obama said, ‘We tried our plan and it worked,’ he meant that President Clinton’s plan worked during the Clinton administration,” the proper response should be:

“Okay, so what about when we tried President Obama’s plan during the Obama administration? Did that work?”

J.S.K. on July 27, 2012 at 3:12 PM

They raise the far more potent issue of national identity and feed the suspicion that Mr. Obama is actively hostile to American ideals and aspirations.

Game-changer.

Just like we’ve tried their plan, we tried our plan — and it worked.

2 + 2 = 5

petefrt on July 27, 2012 at 3:12 PM

You’re all “racists”, heh.

To expect this little of the dummy first black president is the ultimate form of racism.

Schadenfreude on July 27, 2012 at 2:45 PM

Yep; if he was white he would be a car salesman.

slickwillie2001 on July 27, 2012 at 3:13 PM

LMAO – Funniest Ramirez ‘toon yet (and that’s saying something).

Can’t wait for the book….!!

Tim_CA on July 27, 2012 at 3:13 PM

Ahh yes, the second most egregious sin that a Republican can commit.—thou shalt not take use thy Liberal Betters out of context own words to show them for what they really are—

ted c on July 27, 2012 at 3:09 PM

I proceeded from the liberal point of view.

Liam on July 27, 2012 at 3:15 PM

Six words – “The private sector is doing fine”

Four words – “You didn’t build that”

Two words – “It worked”

myiq2xu on July 27, 2012 at 2:54 PM

One word – “Goodbye”

Nick_Angel on July 27, 2012 at 3:15 PM

Take a look at one of the biggest dummies on the other side.

Schadenfreude on July 27, 2012 at 2:48 PM

Damn you for making me follow a link to… David Brock.

either orr on July 27, 2012 at 3:16 PM

Yep; if he was white he would be a car salesman.

slickwillie2001 on July 27, 2012 at 3:13 PM

And damn sure wouldn’t have been admitted to Harvard.

OhEssYouCowboys on July 27, 2012 at 3:17 PM

Wrongway Obama

faraway on July 27, 2012 at 3:17 PM

the second most egregious sin that a Republican can commit.—thou shalt not take thy Liberal Betters out of context—

And thy Liberal Betters context is always subject to change and evolution as needed.

A Republican will always be found to take their Liberal Betters out of context.

Nuance and flexibility is the key to liberal context.

hawkeye54 on July 27, 2012 at 3:17 PM

Damn you for making me follow a link to… David Brock.

Yup, Once I saw the name, I had no need to read.

hawkeye54 on July 27, 2012 at 3:18 PM

First it was six words, “the private sector is doing fine.”

Then it was four words, “you didn’t build that.”

Then it was two words, “it worked.”

Won’t be long, and maybe he’ll be trained to shut up.

Harrell on July 27, 2012 at 3:19 PM

I never thought I would see the day when Democrats were playing defense.

Keep at it, GOP. As many here have said, Obama may be close to a meltdown. He can’t take real criticism.

Nick_Angel on July 27, 2012 at 3:20 PM

He’ll be down to one word soon. His favorite.

Me Me Me Me Me Me Me

faraway on July 27, 2012 at 3:20 PM

Obambi is turning into the best damn campaign spokesperson that Romneys money didn’t buy.

Alberta_Patriot on July 27, 2012 at 3:03 PM

Yep. It’s ironic that Barry is beating himself in this election. He’s so used to running unopposed — either because he managed to get his opponents disqualified (Chicago), or because the other guy voluntarily laid down for him (McCain), you’d think Barry would know how not to beat himself. But apparently just the fact that he has an actual opponent competing against him in this race is too much for Barry.

And I agree that the “it worked” claim is going to get a lot of play. I’m looking forward to seeing the Romney commercials with that clip playing over and over, as we see on the screen the abysmal numbers (e.g., food stamp recipients, unemployed, the $5 T in new debt, etc.) graphically demonstrating just how well Barry’s plan has “worked.”

AZCoyote on July 27, 2012 at 3:21 PM

“You didn’t build that” revealed how classless he is (well, class envy is all he’s got, but you get the idea, because…)

“It worked” revealed how clueless he is.

de rigueur on July 27, 2012 at 3:21 PM

A “composite” speech of Obama’s greatest gaffs, blunders, and homespun socialist sayings could be awesome.

farsighted on July 27, 2012 at 3:21 PM

Look what our side gave us :
4 words–
I hope he fails
2 words–
You lie
and they don’t need any contextualizations !

burrata on July 27, 2012 at 3:21 PM

Editorial cartoonist’s note: There was nothing more absurd than the president’s own words.

that is sooo money!

ted c on July 27, 2012 at 3:21 PM

One word, Incompetence

Schadenfreude on July 27, 2012 at 3:22 PM

Just like we’ve tried their plan, we tried our plan — and it worked.

Tim Geithner to Paul Ryan: “We don’t have a definitive solution… We just don’t like yours”

Flora Duh on July 27, 2012 at 3:22 PM

DanMan on July 27, 2012 at 3:04 PM

I believe this is the article about PA.

esr1951 on July 27, 2012 at 3:22 PM

he became politically viable because of his mouth, and it is the same mouth that is his undoing.

aw.

ted c on July 27, 2012 at 3:23 PM

At some point the media will have to turn. That will be something to behold.

Schadenfreude on July 27, 2012 at 2:47 PM

It may be starting. I was shocked (really) that Conan O’Brian last night SLAMMED Obummer and Biteme with a series of clips of some of the stupid things they’ve been saying – after Conan’s intro that they are looking for a new catch phrase for the campaign.

dentarthurdent on July 27, 2012 at 3:23 PM

Isn’t it time for a “major speech?”

That’s what O usually resorts to when he starts taking flak.

Nick_Angel on July 27, 2012 at 3:23 PM

“May his own words become a trap for him.” That’s been my prayer for the past few months.

AubieJon on July 27, 2012 at 3:25 PM

Even in times like these, I’m amazed that the Republican candidate for President of the United States seems fully prepared to base his entire campaign on a blatant, obvious lie.

What a sick show the GOP campaign has devolved into. Everyone knows the point the President was making in that speech. Everyone knows that the Romney campaign and its apologists, including Hot Air, is purposefully misrepresenting him. But the main discussion now seems to be centered on now about how effective the lie will or won’t be, not the immorality of the lie itself.

Good lord, if this is the way he runs his campaign, can you imagine the deceptive nature of an actual Romney adminstration?

Drew Lowell on July 27, 2012 at 3:25 PM

Latest bad news for the boy king: Obama admin lies about the Churchill bust.

Busted by none other than Media Matters. LOL

Flora Duh on July 27, 2012 at 3:25 PM

Really is this what has become of the America population. there are three years of complete and utter failure for this POTUS. Three years of the the longest highest post war unemployment. three years of record forclosures, three years of + $1 trillion dollar DEBT added every year, three years of increasing dependence on Food Stamps, three years of lawlessness in the White House, three years of bowing to other nations and the “smartest people” in the room think 2 words or 4 words will sink Obama? Geez people OBAMA”S RECORD WILL SINK OBAMA. BLAST HIS RECORD EVERY AD. EVERY TV APPEARANCE REMIND VOTERS OF HIS FREAKING RECORD. DOn’t play gotcha games like “It worked” in Ads They can be spun by the other side as out of context. But OBAMA”S RECORD CAN”T BE SPUN. IT can not be laughed away. REMIND VOTERS OF OBAMA’s RECORD DAILY if you want to defeat him. NOTHING ELSE WILL SINK OBAMA

unseen on July 27, 2012 at 3:25 PM

I sense another pivot towards jobs…..

/

ted c on July 27, 2012 at 3:26 PM

he became politically viable because of his mouth, and it is the same mouth that is his undoing.

aw.

ted c on July 27, 2012 at 3:23 PM

Those who live by the mouth shall die by the mouth….

dentarthurdent on July 27, 2012 at 3:26 PM

One word…

… Pantload.

Seven Percent Solution on July 27, 2012 at 2:53 PM

…LOL!

KOOLAID2 on July 27, 2012 at 3:26 PM

Drew Lowell on July 27, 2012 at 3:25 PM

I think it makes perfect sense for Romney to base his campaign on Obummer’s lies.

dentarthurdent on July 27, 2012 at 3:27 PM

Resist We Much on July 27, 2012 at 3:18 PM

Yep. Smell the pander-monium!

AZCoyote on July 27, 2012 at 3:27 PM

Nice job, Lakoff.

Cicero43 on July 27, 2012 at 3:29 PM

Drew Lowell on July 27, 2012 at 3:25 PM

LOL. Thanks, I needed a good laugh.

Do you ever take this act on the road?

AZCoyote on July 27, 2012 at 3:29 PM

Take a look at one of the biggest dummies on the other side.

Schadenfreude on July 27, 2012 at 2:48 PM

No kidding! The full context makes it even clearer and more terrible!

The left (including Obama) has gone from simply telling lies with a straight face to denying something that is right in FRONT of everyone’s face.

I imagine if Obama did strangle a kitten on live TV, the left would be saying, “No, he did not strangle a kitten on live TV.”

Alana on July 27, 2012 at 3:30 PM

White House OMB just released it’s mid-year report, revising downward the projected budget deficit from $1.32 trillion (TRILLION) to $1.21 trillion. Isn’t that special? Deficits of over a trillion dollars every year he’s been President.

“We tried our plan– and it worked!”

de rigueur on July 27, 2012 at 3:30 PM

esr1951 on July 27, 2012 at 3:22 PM

That was it. Cap = Citizens Alliance for Pennsylvania. The same problem is likely rampant throughout the states.

DanMan on July 27, 2012 at 3:30 PM

Own goalBama

pain train on July 27, 2012 at 3:31 PM

White House OMB just released it’s mid-year report, revising downward the projected budget deficit from $1.32 trillion (TRILLION) to $1.21 trillion. Isn’t that special? Deficits of over a trillion dollars every year he’s been President.

“We tried our plan– and it worked!”

We just won’t comprehend how well it has worked until after he wins re-election, when he really starts working us over.

hawkeye54 on July 27, 2012 at 3:37 PM

Six words – “The private sector is doing fine”

Four words – “You didn’t build that”

Two words – “It worked”

myiq2xu on July 27, 2012 at 2:54 PM

One word – “bye”

VietVet_Dave on July 27, 2012 at 3:37 PM

“May his own words become a trap for him.” That’s been my prayer for the past few months.

AubieJon on July 27, 2012 at 3:25 PM

My prayer for the past couple of years has been, “Please let him speak his heart.”

Sort of the same thing as yours. Those prayers seem to be being answered.

Alana on July 27, 2012 at 3:42 PM

Six words – “The private sector is doing fine”

Four words – “You didn’t build that”

Two words – “It worked”

myiq2xu on July 27, 2012 at 2:54 PM

One word – “bye”

VietVet_Dave on July 27, 2012 at 3:37 PM

Bye

Schadenfreude on July 27, 2012 at 3:42 PM

But his plan did work– Obama dreamed of an America that wasn’t special, that wasn’t exceptional, and that had few if any advantages over other nations. An America, in short, where success would decided by a central authority, and resources allocated by an elite cadre of bureaucrats– just like in Europe. He’s been making great strides in that direction.

morganfrost on July 27, 2012 at 3:43 PM

Even in times like these, I’m amazed that the Republican candidate for President of the United States seems fully prepared to base his entire campaign on a blatant, obvious lie.

What a sick show the GOP campaign has devolved into. Everyone knows the point the President was making in that speech. Everyone knows that the Romney campaign and its apologists, including Hot Air, is purposefully misrepresenting him. But the main discussion now seems to be centered on now about how effective the lie will or won’t be, not the immorality of the lie itself.

Good lord, if this is the way he runs his campaign, can you imagine the deceptive nature of an actual Romney adminstration?

Drew Lowell on July 27, 2012 at 3:25 PM

Why yes. We didn’t hear what we heard. We didn’t hear the entire context. We didn’t hear his very words, or have any idea what he meant.

Yes, everyone knows we didn’t really hear any of that.

And when he strangles babies on stage, you’ll be telling us we didn’t see that? And everyone knows he didn’t do that?

Alana on July 27, 2012 at 3:44 PM

At some point the media will have to turn. That will be something to behold.

Schadenfreude on July 27, 2012 at 2:47 PM

I seriously doubt they will ‘turn’, in the true meaning of the term.

What I think will happen if they bail on him, at best, is that they try extricating themselves from the fawning and tingling of their support for Obama the past for years. They will try pushing the meme, “We were objective and knew the crest of elation for him. We reported such, as is our job.”

In other words, the “Who? Me?” defense.

The MSM will NOT turn, which I expect you know. So, I’m not trying to somehow do a liberal thing and ‘enlighten’ you. I wouldn’t presume.

What I think happened is that the liberal Left saw a chance to legally (key term here) overthrow the Constitution. They really thought they had it all locked up, with Obama being the figurehead–the spearpoint of a ‘new’ America.

And it all failed. The liberal Democrat left got in over its head, bit off more than it can chew. To me, that reveals a brilliance of our Founders even they didn’t anticipate in 1789.

I wonder, just for consideration…Will the MSM and other Democrats be willing to throw Obama under the bus?

We’re all shocked when an MSM type reports the news as it is. But, maybe…the Left knows Obama is the wrong guy to further their agenda.

And maybe they’re willing to cut him loose, without overtly cutting him loose.

Just some ideas.

I used to be very liberal and once thought like they still do after all these years.

Romney just has to keep beating Obama with his own effluences. That’s that’s the winner.

Liam on July 27, 2012 at 3:44 PM

“I quit” or
“I got fricking fired”?

Tennman on July 27, 2012 at 3:46 PM

Now that 0 is rattled he will probably make even more unintentionally revealing statements.

pedestrian on July 27, 2012 at 3:47 PM

Liam on July 27, 2012 at 3:44 PM

Thanks for joining the dark side :)

Schadenfreude on July 27, 2012 at 3:49 PM

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