Obama: “As a nation, we’re moving forward again”

posted at 4:01 pm on October 6, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

Of course, they’re obviously going to spin any seeming drop in the unemployment rate, no matter how paltry, as a win due to President Obama’s policies (nevermind that the president told us that the unemployment rate would fall below six percent by now with the stimulus), and use it as an excuse to tell Congress that they need to do more to comply with President Obama’s agenda, that the financial recession was Wall Street’s fault, that we need to get behind Obama’s proposed tax hike, rabble rabble rabble — all the usual suspects.

After losing about 800,000 jobs a month when I took office, our businesses have now added 5.2 million new jobs over the past two and a half years. And on Friday, we learned that the unemployment rate is now at its lowest level since I took office. More Americans are entering the workforce. More Americans are getting jobs.

But too many of our friends and neighbors are still looking for work or struggling to pay the bills – many of them since long before this crisis hit.

We owe it to them to keep moving forward. We’ve come too far to turn back now. And we’ve made too much progress to return to the policies that got us into this mess in the first place.

For example – two years ago, we put in place tougher, commonsense rules of the road for Wall Street to make sure that the kind of crisis we’ve been fighting back from never happens again.

These rules mean that big banks are no longer going to be able to make risky bets with your deposits. And if a big bank does make a bad decision, they pay for it – not taxpayers.

And we also put in place the strongest consumer protections in our history to crack down on the worst practices of credit card companies and mortgage lenders.

Jim Pethokoukis had some great posts yesterday explaining why the newly revealed unemployment rate isn’t so much a sign of going “forward” as going nowhere, but it would appear that the cheap, populist, soak-the-rich messaging is having an effect on at least some people:

President Obama and the Democrats shattered the election cycle’s fund-raising record with a $181 million haul for September, the campaign announced on Saturday morning.

The amount — a mix of funds raised directly by the campaign and large checks taken in by the Democratic National Committee — was even more than some earlier reports had suggested. And while it did not quite match the roughly $191 million Mr. Obama and the Democrats raised during the same month four years ago, the announcement offered a jolt of good news for Mr. Obama’s supporters in the wake of a lackluster debate performance on Wednesday that left many of them worried.

Romney’s September tally isn’t out yet, but this is it — we’re heading into the last month of crunch time, and both camps are going to be burning through their cash. Just in case you haven’t had enough of campaign spots popping up on TV and YouTube and whatnot with Team Obama hyping up the not-a-recovery with this type of messaging, the fun’s only just getting started.


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WE need to hire a MINIMUM of 150,000/month just to keep up with population growth.

He’s hailing 114,000 as ‘moving forward’?

With 23 million unemployed or acutely underemployed.

1 out of every 6 Americans living at or below the poverty level.

1 out of every 7 Americans on food stamps.

100 million Americans on welfare.

43% of all immigrants, legal or illegal, who’ve been in this nation for 20 years or more, on welfare.

11-20 million illegal aliens currently at large in the nation costing tax payers $113 billion/yr. for social services alone.

7-8 million illegal aliens, according to estimates from the PEW CENTER, holding full time jobs.

What a dismal excuse we have for a President.

thatsafactjack on October 6, 2012 at 4:15 PM

…MSM….*shuuuuuuuuuuuuu!*…quiet you!

KOOLAID2 on October 6, 2012 at 6:17 PM

“Moving forward,” heh?

Must have his map backwards (or he’s using the iPhone app).

joated on October 6, 2012 at 6:33 PM

So, if Benghazi was spontaneous protest this must be, spontaneous campaign conspiracy? Or, one lie begets another? Or maybe the lying just never stops, yeah, that must be it.

http://media.townhall.com/Townhall/Car/b/gmc10280220120816120100.jpg

Speakup on October 6, 2012 at 6:40 PM

Speak for yourself, Jugears.

minnesoter on October 6, 2012 at 6:40 PM

No one believe a word he says.

This is a great read.

Schadenfreude on October 6, 2012 at 6:42 PM

“As a nation, we’re moving forward again”

Yes, we are.

Our embassies are being burned again by radical Islamists after a long drought brought on by the policies of GWB.

Inflation is being held off by the printing of money (don’t worry, you’ll get your fair share…thats what Obama is all about).

Domestic violent crime is approaching pre-GWB levels and will soon be at historically equivalent levels.

The private sector is doing fine.

BobMbx on October 6, 2012 at 6:42 PM

“Victory is in sight”—–Mitt Romney 10/5/12

31 days…..imagine the scene……his concession speech with the Lets Move goddess standing beside him.

The YouTube of that might get more views than PSY and his “Gangnam Style” video.

WORK IT HotAirians…..calls, emails, photos, yard signs, empty chairs in the front yard on Election Day….

……..”we can do this”.

PappyD61 on October 6, 2012 at 6:52 PM

First (no not Bishop) comment is, is TX flyover country? Okay.
Secondly, without a firm scheduling for automotive maintenance, and some fault with a teeny back issue which is always fun, those that have episodes know full well, I didn’t get there on friday last.

I showed up today just to ask if they might have another time.
Short, sweet. Now? Okay. Sebastian doesn’t know manual transmissions, I obliged. Heh.
He’s great on the balancer. With their advice, I’m smooth rolling for the time being.
My thanks to all of them.

The longer story, of course, is how good businesses flourish and how they feel about recommending other businesses. As a customer, we’d like to get good value. Where it is, actually, life and death vis-a-vis automobiles, nothing is better than competent, passioned, good work.

The myriad of businesses that keep us safe on the roads is a big deal. Oh, yes.

I could, but won’t, carry on about the persons involved. They all amaze me for their good work.

You HA folks can guess at Sebastian, and Gino, and others. We don’t care about it.
Persons doing great work. That’s the test, presidunce. You’ll never understand, and that’s why you need to be ‘let go’. Fired.
P.S. — they’ll be getting more business from me. Oh, yes, yes indeed.

mickytx on October 6, 2012 at 7:13 PM

This is a great read.

Schadenfreude on October 6, 2012 at 6:42 PM

Woooweeeee. The best commentary on the debate yet.

The mystery Obama—the hollow receptacle of out-sized fantasies left and right—is not a creation of his own making, political chameleon though he may well be. It emanates instead from a journalistic community that no longer in any way fulfills its designated function, that no longer even attempts the fair presentation of facts and current events aimed at helping the American electorate make up its mind according to its own lights. Rather, left-wing outlets like the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, Time, Newsweek, NBC News, ABC News, CBS News, and the like have now devoted themselves to fashioning an image of the world they think their audiences ought to believe in—that they may guide us toward voting as they think we should. They have fallen prey to that ideological corruption that sees lies as a kind of virtue, as a noble deception in service to a greater good….

Governor Romney’s unprecedented dismantling of the president in their first debate—an encounter so one-sided it reminded me of the famous cartoon in which Godzilla meets Bambi, with predictable results—was surprising only for Romney’s warmth and clarity. Obama’s hapless fumbling, bad temper, and inarticulate inability to defend his record were actually thoroughly predictable. They were simply facets of the man as he truly is, unfiltered by the imagination of his media supporters: a man who has succeeded, really, at almost nothing but the winning of elections; a man who cannot distinguish between his ideology and life; a man who does not seem to know how the machinery of the world actually works.

Klavin is always very good. This time he’s the best.

petefrt on October 6, 2012 at 7:14 PM

I can hardly keep up.

No one believe(s) [sic] a word he says.

This is a great read.

Schadenfreude on October 6, 2012 at 6:42 PM

Oh, hell yes!

Speak for yourself, Jugears.

minnesoter on October 6, 2012 at 6:40 PM

And, while he does he can’t.
Wear it, Mr. President. Sununu cold-cocked him, right Andrea?

Hey, wait a minute, where goes my bObamaPhone? Oh, Mitt sucks. Yep, that’s the answer.
Where’s drywall and cap (the bendy characters) to set us all straight on the state of the nation.
Not doomed, at all. Keep at’em folks. Land-slickety-slide, if we bear patience…

mickytx on October 6, 2012 at 7:29 PM

I’m not the least proficient at this blogging thing, but stand, seldom seen, strong folks.
Incredible literary and linky (canopfor) folks here. I’m at your grace, surely.

mickytx on October 6, 2012 at 7:33 PM

……..”we can do this”.

PappyD61 on October 6, 2012 at 6:52 PM

must PD61

mickytx on October 6, 2012 at 7:49 PM

I’ll shut up and read. How’s that.

mickytx on October 6, 2012 at 7:50 PM

Hopey-

You can’t debate talking points-you need those honest things they call- FACTS

And the fact is —- you are a Chicago Corruptocrat Socialist with Anti-American philosophy.

And you are naked.

Go Gators.

FlaMurph on October 6, 2012 at 7:54 PM

warning for bad language:

http://youtu.be/kxg7kNC82oo

mittens on October 6, 2012 at 8:21 PM

Is there a likelihood that the unempl number goes back up on 11/2?

Robb on October 6, 2012 at 8:24 PM

Is there a likelihood that the unempl number goes back up on 11/2?

Robb on October 6, 2012 at 8:24 PM

I posted this piece from Heritage on one of these threads today. The writer concludes that it’s an outlier — impossible given every single other economic indicator — but that outliers happen sometimes. What does NOT happen, though, is outliers two months in a row. He concludes:

The September household survey is one to set aside to wait for a more reliable report next month, which will almost certainly reverse the odd results from September. If it does, then we have both confirmation of the power of statistics and of the weakness in the economy. If the next household survey is like the September survey, however, then we will know the Obama Administration was playing games with the numbers as alleged. The odds against two such anomalous reports back-to-back are not 100 to 1, but 10,000 to one, or about once in 800 years.

Rational Thought on October 6, 2012 at 8:35 PM

Paul-Cincy on October 6, 2012 at 5:39 PM

I’ve found it effective to not try to tell them anything but to ask them questions about what they believe and how they arrived at those beliefs.

It opens a world of possibilities for you to just walk into.

Cleombrotus on October 6, 2012 at 8:47 PM

Obama just ran an Obama approved ad, with Obama’s voice, that claims Romney is a liar. Obama states that we cannot have a liar in the White House.

Looks to me like ANY chance of ANY compromise in a lame duck session is no longer possible.

Freddy on October 6, 2012 at 8:49 PM

OBAMA AD:

It only took us 4 years to get unemployment down one-tenth of a percentage point!

Image how much we can do in four more!

Unemployment down to 7.7% by 2016!

Huzzah!

FORWARD!

profitsbeard on October 7, 2012 at 1:42 AM

Obama:

We’ve come too far to turn back now. And we’ve made too much progress to return to the policies that got us into this mess in the first place.

Obama is implying that the policies of Republicans in general, or President Bush specifically, are “what got us into this mess in the first place.”

Republicans controlled a majority (2+ out of 3) of the House, Senate, and Presidency from January 3, 1995 to January 3, 2007. Twelve straight years, the first 6 under President Clinton, the second 6 under President Bush. And for the last 4, from January 3, 2003 to January 3, 2007, Republicans controlled all three: the House, Senate, and Presidency.

If Republican policies in general, or the policies of President Bush in particular, had been “what got us into this mess in the first place”, then after 144 consecutive months of Republican control, the last 48 months of which with Republicans controlling the House, Senate, and Presidency, then the economy must really have been horrible at the end of that, right?

Yet unemployment was 4.4% in December 2006.

And the Employment-population ratio was 63.4% in December 2006.

Democrats have held majority control (2+ out of 3) of the House, Senate, and Presidency from January 3, 2007 – present.

If we had the same Employment-population ratio now as we had when Republicans last held the majority, 63.4% of the current civilian noninstitutional population age 16+ would be employed. That population is currently 243,772,000.

63.4% of that population (rounded to thousands) is: 154,551,000

Even if you believe the claim of 873,000 growth in employment reported in September, the total employed was 142,974,000. And the reported Employee-Population ratio was:
142,974,000 / 243,772,0 = 58.6507% rounded up to 58.7%.

But how many more people would have to be employed to get back to the same level of Employment that we enjoyed after 12 consecutive years of Republican majorities?

Again, 63.4% of the current civilian noninstitutional population age 16+ (rounded to thousands) is: 154,551,000
That is the number that SHOULD be employed.
But again, even if you believe the claim of 873,000 growth in employment reported in September, the total employed was only 142,974,000.

So, just to get back to where Republican policies had us in December 2006, Democrats would have had to have created
154,551,000 – 142,974,000 = 11,577,000 MORE jobs. (On top of the reported 873,000 increase in employment)

That means that the total increase needed in September to bring employment levels back to where they last were under a Republican majority, would have been 11,577,000 + 873,000 = 12,450,000.

They needed 12.45 Million jobs. They reported 0.87 Million new jobs, and even that was a huge stretch.

Democrats are still 11.58 Million jobs behind where Bush and the Republicans were, percentage of population-wise, in December 2006.

ITguy on October 7, 2012 at 4:18 AM

With Obama and his administration as leaders, the country is moving forward in the wrong direction. But then, everything in this administration is either upside down or backward.

savage24 on October 7, 2012 at 11:57 AM

After losing about 800,000 jobs a month when I took office, our businesses have now added 5.2 million new jobs over the past two and a half years.

OK, so let’s do the math…..
800,000 jobs a month … into 5.2 million jobs = 6.5 months
2 1/2 years = 30 months
So, Obama’s growth rate is 1/5 the loss rate at the beginning of his administration? Wow. Color me impressed. /s

GWB on October 7, 2012 at 10:02 PM

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