Video: Obama promises Janesville that plant will “thrive,” “will be here for another 100 years”

posted at 3:31 pm on September 3, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Last week, I wrote extensively about the risible and embarrassing “fact checks” applied to Paul Ryan’s convention speech regarding his recollection of Barack Obama’s promise to Janesville to keep the plant open for another hundred years, but Phil Kerpen has managed to dig up the video of the event.  Read my earlier post to refresh your memory of that media failure, and then watch Obama do exactly what Ryan said he did — tell the people at the GM plant in Janesville that his plan would usher in a clean-energy economy that would keep the plant slated for shuttering open for another 100 years:

I believe that if our government is there to support you, and give the assistance you need to retool and make this transition, that this plant will be here for another 100 years. So, that’s our priority… I want it to thrive right here in the United States of America, I want it to thrive right here in Janesville, Wisconsin. And that’s the future I will fight for as president of the United States of America.

Here’s what Ryan said in his speech:

“A lot of guys I went to high school with worked at that GM plant. Right there at that plant, candidate Obama said: `I believe that if our government is there to support you … this plant will be here for another hundred years.’ That’s what he said in 2008. Well, as it turned out, that plant didn’t last another year.”

Sounds like Ryan got it exactly correct — especially since Ryan told the story to explain how people in Janesville and around the country voted for Obama based on his promises of Hope and Change, not just in general, but in very specific terms as in Janesville.  Those are just the facts, ma’am.

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Paul Ryan didn’t argue that. He argued that President Obama made a promise that wasn’t kept. It’s not President Obama’s fault that the plant was closed in the first place, but if his promise were kept, it would have resulted in the reopening of the plant.

NukeRidingCowboy on September 3, 2012 at 5:36 PM

Shhh you’re killing their narrative.

CW on September 3, 2012 at 5:48 PM

*crickets chirping*
nothing to see here, move along now

INFURIATING

cmsinaz on September 3, 2012 at 5:51 PM

Shhh you’re killing their narrative.

CW on September 3, 2012 at 5:48 PM

Oh my. Is there someone I should submit an apology to?

NukeRidingCowboy on September 3, 2012 at 5:54 PM

Pantload…

Seven Percent Solution on September 3, 2012 at 5:54 PM

Oh my. Is there someone I should submit an apology to?

NukeRidingCowboy on September 3, 2012 at 5:54 PM

Nah don’t worry about it. It is hilarious to see the machine in motion and the left acts like the coordinated machine does not exist all the while crossing their fingers behind their backs. What a smarmy bunch.

CW on September 3, 2012 at 5:57 PM

I can’t figure out why we are letting GM keep plants opened overseas instead of making them bring the jobs here. Normally it wouldn’t be any of our business where a company opens it plants but it should have been part of the deal. If Obama is saying that his car company couldn’t make it by bringing those jobs here, that is something to explore. He’d be saying that American companies keeping a business viable is only acceptable if it’s GM and unamerican for everyone else.

Buddahpundit on September 3, 2012 at 6:03 PM

I can’t figure out why we are letting GM keep plants opened overseas….
Buddahpundit on September 3, 2012 at 6:03 PM

Obama has friends overseas and owes them payback.

CW on September 3, 2012 at 6:08 PM

“The Democrats hold a party while factories are drowning….”
~(Ex-) Yahoo News Editor…

Strike Hornet on September 3, 2012 at 6:12 PM

OT: Comedy Gold, Jerry!

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Massachusetts Democratic Party Chair John Walsh scrambled to apologize this afternoon hours after a convention kickoff gaffe this morning when he said U.S. Sen. Scott Brown was trying to be an “honorary girl” by folding laundry.

“In the excitement of getting the convention underway and getting the message out about how important it is to re-elect President Obama and elect Elizabeth Warren, I made a statement about Scott Brown that I regret. I apologize for that remark,” said Walsh in a statement.

Walsh was tweaking Brown at a Massachusetts delegation breakfast when he said Brown “spent a couple million dollars folding towels on TV to prove he’s an honorary girl.”

Classy…

Del Dolemonte on September 3, 2012 at 6:19 PM

As they continue to prepare for the “Emperor has no clothes” moment …

But even those loyal to Mr. Obama say that his quest for excellence can bleed into cockiness and that he tends to overestimate his capabilities.

J_Crater on September 3, 2012 at 6:25 PM

Classy…

Del Dolemonte on September 3, 2012 at 6:19 PM

And Obama should be carrying Bill’s bags. The dems are racists and sexists.

CW on September 3, 2012 at 6:27 PM

But even those loyal to Mr. Obama say that his quest for excellence can bleed into cockiness and that he tends to overestimate his capabilities.

J_Crater on September 3, 2012 at 6:25 PM

They seem to be making contradictory statements. A person who strives for excellence knows his own limitations and strives to fill those areas of his own limitations with people on his staff with the knowledge and abilities to perform well in those areas.

The real fact is that he is cocky because he is less than capable and makes up for it in bravado. I’ve run into lots of those folks in my career; people who think they are good, let you know they are good, and are really mediocre at best or incompetent. The really good people simply perform their jobs well because they know that of which they are capable and do it. They don’t have to embellish their own capabilities because the people with whom they work are their advocates.

AZfederalist on September 3, 2012 at 6:42 PM

The problem is that Ryan (and a number of other people) are arguing that Obama is somehow to blame for that plant closing, when there is no conceivable way to argue that he is. But this story must be getting serious traction if you’re going to engage in this kind of intense intellectual dishonesty.

libfreeordie on September 3, 2012 at 4:02 PM

Can we get a link to Ryan saying that? I’d hate for anyone to accuse you of interllectual dishonesty. Thanks.

Eren on September 3, 2012 at 6:50 PM

I’m kinda tired of libfreeordie’s crap. Ryan said Obama showed up in Janesville and got votes in 2008 by strongly implying he’d keep the plant open doing green vehicles with govt. funding. Didn’t happen because Obama was AWOL as he is on most things (“the thought counts”). Nothing Ryan said was inaccurate.

ex Dem from Miami on September 3, 2012 at 7:19 PM

Pompous Brokaw repeated the lie about Janesville on Meet The Press. Carly Forina and Gingrich were the two Republicans on the panel. Neither got the opportunity to point out Brokaw’s hypocrisy, although Fiorina made an attempt but Brokaw kept talking.

Brokaw got away with it and a lot of uninformed listeners are just sure that Ruan was lyin’.

PC14 on September 3, 2012 at 7:30 PM

Brokaw got away with it and a lot of uninformed listeners are just sure that Ruan was lyin’.

PC14 on September 3, 2012 at 7:30 PM

What’s really maddening is that scum like Brokaw never, never, never point out the lies from the democrat side. They don’t point to some statement made by Obama and say, “but in reality … “

AZfederalist on September 3, 2012 at 7:52 PM

Janesville is still closed and Gitmo is still open.

Promises, promises!

Resist We Much on September 3, 2012 at 8:06 PM

I know General Motors has been going through some bad news lately

going through some bad *news* . . . who talks like that ???

williampeck1958 on September 3, 2012 at 8:50 PM

PC14 on September 3, 2012 at 7:30 PM

What’s really maddening is that scum like Brokaw never, never, never point out the lies from the democrat side. They don’t point to some statement made by Obama and say, “but in reality … “

AZfederalist on September 3, 2012 at 7:52 PM

…it’s also time for Tom to retire…he should have been playing with tinker toys the last few years.

KOOLAID2 on September 3, 2012 at 10:09 PM

going through some bad *news* . . . who talks like that ???

williampeck1958 on September 3, 2012 at 8:50 PM

People who made a bad “investment” using other people’s money.

farsighted on September 3, 2012 at 10:22 PM

Seriously Ed? But this story must be getting serious traction if you’re going to engage in this kind of intense intellectual dishonesty.

libfreeordie on September 3, 2012 at 4:02 PM

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The only intellectual dishonesty going on here is when your messiah PROMISED those people he would keep that plant open if they voted for him in 2008. THAT’S what community organizers do.

Paul Ryan had more of a personal connection to that Janesville plant than the Lying Chicago Pied Piper ever could or would.

Stop your liberal nit pickin ‘n spinnin, and just admit Obama knowingly promised many things on his campaign trail that he could not, and did not deliver. He deceived many voters.

Now THAT’S dishonest.

FlaMurph on September 3, 2012 at 11:03 PM

Using the Janesville plant as a surrogate, let’s say the company was looking for someone, a President or CEO for the company, to help get it straightened out and keep the plant open. And let’s assume, further, that GM hired an executive search firm to find someone to help this plant survive.

Barack Obama would not make the list. In fact, there might not be any company in America that would hire Barack Obama, the President and CEO of the United States, to run it.

In fact, I’d love to hire a premium executive search firm to conduct a nationwide search for candidates to fill the office of President of the United States.

I would go all in on the premise that Barack Obama wouldn’t even rate an interview for the job.

He’s not even qualified for the job after four years in the job.

He might be elected. He would never be selected.

And a large chunk of the American electorate is clueless to the difference.

IndieDogg on September 4, 2012 at 2:49 AM

Seriously Ed? No one is saying that Obama didn’t claim that the plant would thrive. The problem is that Ryan (and a number of other people) are arguing that Obama is somehow to blame for that plant closing, when there is no conceivable way to argue that he is. But this story must be getting serious traction if you’re going to engage in this kind of intense intellectual dishonesty.

libfreeordie on September 3, 2012 at 4:02 PM

You can’t pretend that you read either Ryan’s words, or Ed’s presentation, and then make the statement that Ryan is arguing that Obama is to blame for the closure. That’s a LIE. Ryan doesn’t blame Obama for the plant closure. He points out that Obama promised that his policies would restore the plant for another 100 years.

The only intellectual dishonesty is yours. Please try again.

Freelancer on September 4, 2012 at 8:17 AM

And, of course the government – the Bush government – did not give the plant what was necessary what it needed to retool and transition and the plant closed while Bush was President. Did you expect Obama to do this before he was elected?

plewis on September 4, 2012 at 11:42 AM

Another empty promise from the empty suit in the chair in the Oval Office.

Yesterday upon the stair
I met a man who wasn’t there
He wasn’t there again today
Oh, how I wish he’d go away
William Hughes Mearns

billrowe on September 4, 2012 at 2:50 PM

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