Obama: I give myself an “incomplete” on the economy

posted at 8:41 am on September 4, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Barack Obama spoke to KKTV in Colorado Springs last night, which didn’t ask the tougher question of the week — are we better off than we were four years ago? — but did ask Obama to grade his performance on the economy.  Obama gave himself an incomplete, which as BuzzFeed notes is the same grade Obama gave himself in 2010 and 2011:

Incomplete?  Maybe Professor Obama doesn’t realize this, but report cards come out pretty soon.  We’re not going to let him stay after school for extra credit at this point.  Obama already flunked his midterms, so unless he’s got a better argument than a demand for an extension, he’s likely to get expelled for academic inadequacy.

Of course, Obama’s not doing much worse than his surrogates in defending his economic record.  National Journal’s Jill Lawrence marvels at just how badly Democrats booted the “better off” question, even though it has been asked in every presidential election cycle for 32 years:

Democrats start their convention on Tuesday in Charlotte dogged by the unforced errors of not one but three top Obama advisers and allies who muffed a fundamental question that’s been utterly predictable ever since Ronald Reagan asked it during his campaign against President Carter more than 30 years ago.

The Obama campaign is scrambling to regain its footing, and party strategists predict that the Sunday-show flubs will be forgotten by week’s end. “Speeches by Clinton and Obama will be just what the doctor ordered,” said veteran communications strategist Doug Hattaway, referring to the former president, who is slotted for Wednesday night, and the current one, who will accept the nomination on Thursday.

But the display on TV had to be less than reassuring for Democrats, particularly since two of those who struggled with the question—senior White House adviser David Plouffe and chief campaign strategist David Axelrod—would theoretically be the coaches preparing top-tier surrogates such [as] Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, who answered “No” on Sunday when asked if the country is doing better than it was four years ago.

Democrats tell Lawrence that no one will remember the “better off” answers by the end of the week.  If they truly think that, they’re in bigger trouble than they realize.  That’s going to be the core question of this election, and Republicans will make sure that they are focusing directly on that point for the next two months.

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Dear Hot Air Lib,

There isn’t a Hot Air regular that doesn’t know how to turn this around. We’ve known for sure since JFK. How come you have to ask?

BetseyRoss on September 4, 2012 at 1:07 PM

Moving his losing azz to a smaller arena.

Schadenfreude on September 4, 2012 at 1:07 PM

Look who parks their cash at Bain, liars and hypocrites of the world.

Schadenfreude on September 4, 2012 at 1:20 PM

So I’d say this puts teh one as a member of Delta House, be proud America your president is nothing but a frat boy.

D-fusit on September 4, 2012 at 10:46 AM

Yes, but in the end credits he did become SENATOR Blutarsky later on in life \\\\

Art imitating life?

ICanSeeNovFromMyHouse on September 4, 2012 at 1:51 PM

Note: University policy is that a grade of I (Incomplete) automatically changes to a grade of F (Failure) if the course requirements are not met by the deadline of November 6, 2012.

RINO in Name Only on September 4, 2012 at 2:09 PM

As a college professor, I will say that 95% of the people who get incompletes end up failing anyway. The other 5% were A or B students who had some kind of medical catastrophe.

Same goes for high school.

Bob's Kid on September 4, 2012 at 2:12 PM


Sununu is out already: (I) doesn’t stand for “incomplete”, it stands for “incompetent”.

Marcus on September 4, 2012 at 3:10 PM

BHO: “Romney’s dog ate my accomplishments”

gregbert on September 4, 2012 at 3:17 PM

President Obama: “Well, I Don’t Think That They Are Better Off Than They Were 4 Years Ago”


M2RB: The Clarks

Resist We Much on September 4, 2012 at 3:23 PM

Back to voting present again I see… this guy is the classic ‘underachiever’ and the fact he became president of this nation is a scar on its history of excellence forever. Banana Republic.

chicagoray on September 4, 2012 at 3:27 PM

Obummer gives himself “incomplete” so he gets more time to complete the job.

Ronald Reagan didn’t give himself an “incomplete” in 1984–he asked whether people were better off than in 1980, and voters wanted more of the same.

Steve Z on September 4, 2012 at 4:42 PM

Obama: I give myself an “incomplete” on the economy

Heh….so do I.

BobMbx on September 4, 2012 at 4:54 PM

What a complete and utter fraud. Couldn’t give an honest answer if his life depended on it.

sgtstogie on September 4, 2012 at 5:09 PM

I want my Black and White TV!

John the Libertarian on September 4, 2012 at 5:12 PM

i want valerie jarret vetted

losarkos on September 4, 2012 at 5:26 PM

It has been the custom at universities to give graduate students incomplete grades at the end of a semester or quarter with the understanding that they would complete the required projects within a certain time frame. Sometimes the faculty in question would stretch out those time frames, but in the end, no one could graduate and receive a degree with an incomplete grade in any course unless they successfully petitioned to drop the incomplete course from their record, and that petition would never be approved for a course required by an accredited degree program.

“Incomplete” after four years stinks of failure. Worse, it illustrates an excuse from a mindset still woefully inhabiting the faculty lounge.

RebeccaH on September 4, 2012 at 5:31 PM

An incomplete means the same as a present did years back.

mixplix on September 4, 2012 at 6:20 PM

This is why the republicans will lose. They never talk about what they will do to turn this economy around. All they do is focus on trivial attacks that people don’t care about.

The HA team is yet to post ONE single positive thing about their anti middle class candidates.

HotAirLib on September 4, 2012 at 9:25 AM

Really? You mean all the commies ranting and raving about Romney’s “tax returns” and how he is a “felon”? The dog on the roof, his high school pranks, the poor woman he gave cancer to, his wife’s horse, the car elevator in his La Jolla home, Bain Capital? All those important issues that will turn the economy around that progressives are talking about 24/7?
And you wonder why you dopey commies have no credibility? LOL

Strike Hornet on September 4, 2012 at 6:48 PM

Hey, if an “Incomplete” was good enough to get his Choom Gang butt into Columbia and Harvard Law, it should be good enough for reelection, right? Why raise the standard on the Affirmative Action President in the middle of his “transformative” reign? That’s RAAAAACIST!!!!1!

Presidentin’ be hard, y’all.

Adjoran on September 4, 2012 at 7:15 PM

“Obama: I give myself an “incomplete” on the economy”

Well, if he’s giving himself his own grade, I’m surprised he didn’t tell everyone he deserved an A. One wonders why he didn’t.

He must be pushing to repeat the course, but if gets back in, any spare change I have is going to be pretty hard to find.

That reminds me that the second segment of “Atlas Shrugged” is coming out in October.

corbeck on September 4, 2012 at 9:40 PM

An ‘incomplete’ means you didn’t show up.

Guess that empty chair meant something after all.

GarandFan on September 4, 2012 at 10:44 PM

Matt McDonald: Part of what we saw at the convention in Tampa is Governor Romney connect with the American people and speak from the heart and talk about who he is and what his values are and where he wants to lead this country. But the other thing is he put forth his plan for how we get the economy moving. That includes an increased focus on education reform, that includes an increase in energy production with the goal of making North America energy independent by 2020, it includes a simplification of taxes and regulation to help support small businesses, fair trade.

Do I see anywhere it says, “Cut government spending?”

Again, I ask, why would a fiscal conservative pick Romney over Obama? I am still sitting out this next election because NEITHER candidate is for a smaller government.

And you can just suffer with Obama for another four years until the GOP puts up a conservative instead of just another party hack.

A people get the government – and president – they deserve. Almost any other GOP candidate would have been better than liberal-lite Romney. Frankly, I see the two candidates as Lokai and Bele, identical in almost all respects except to one-another.

Wino on September 4, 2012 at 11:00 PM

Obama is a narcissist. He uses the word “I” more than they use the 1 key at the Dollar Store.

monkeyboy on September 4, 2012 at 11:13 PM

I give myself an incomplete on the economy, It’s not dead yet.



The Rock on September 4, 2012 at 11:43 PM