Romney touts support from CEOs… on President Obama’s Jobs Council

posted at 4:01 pm on November 1, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

Lest we all forget that Jeff Immelt — CEO of General Electric and chief of President Obama’s specially-appointed and now dusty-from-disuse Council on Jobs and Competitiveness — announced in August that he intends to vote for Mitt Romney over our incumbent president, Team Romney is following up on their “Secretary of Business? [Really?]” ad by touting the support of business leaders to highlight his free-market credentials.

The latest name on Team Romney’s endorsement-list of entrepreneurs and execs includes yet another member of the White House Jobs Council, Intel CEO Paul Otellini, who gave to John McCain in 2008 but joined the president’s (completely symbolic) team of business advisers with ideas for growth — unfortunately, no such luck, via the WSJ:

Supporters include Charles Schwab, Cisco Chief Executive John Chambers and Bernie Marcus, the co-founder of Home Depot. The newest name on the list belongs to Intel CEO Paul Otellini, a member of President Barack Obama’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness.

… In 2010, he criticized the administration for failing to generate more robust job growth. He was particularly critical of the stimulus. But the Intel CEO joined the president’s so-called jobs council to much fanfare the following year as Mr. Obama embarked on a very public – if short-lived – courtship of big business.

The president lauded Intel for investing in the U.S. during a trip last year to one of the chipmaker’s advanced manufacturing facilities in Oregon. …

It’s too bad President Obama never took the advice of his Jobs Council, merely trotting it out for show in an effort to repair his relationship with big business — maybe if he had done so instead of resorting to regulation and stimulus and government involvement at every turn, he wouldn’t be in this awkward position (not that it’s any wonder the business community is flocking to the camp of a candidate who’s successfully worked in the private sector for decades and proved his mettle as a turnaround artist and free marketeer, versus the candidate who can’t seem to grasp real-world economics).

By the way, anybody find it a little odd that President Obama can apparently appreciate the private sector for creating, producing, and mass-distributing something as mind-blowingly efficient and life-altering as micro processors, but doesn’t seem to think the private sector capable of producing viable green-tech ventures on its own? There’s a disconnect there, no?


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So I guess bayam has to vote for Romney now.

rogerb on November 1, 2012 at 4:04 PM

I have a feeling that there will be hundreds who do the same as these ceo’s are doing? And if they don’t come out and say it, they will vote R&R? bho has slammed every human in America at one point and now he has to deal with getting his skinny rear end voted out!
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letget on November 1, 2012 at 4:05 PM

None of them will become Obama’s Sec. of Business, heh.

Schadenfreude on November 1, 2012 at 4:05 PM

Jobs Council, Security Briefing…..Whatever….

FORE!!!!

WryTrvllr on November 1, 2012 at 4:05 PM

The jobs council Obama hasn’t met with in months? But, no worries great unwashed, he’s stickin’ up for you. And stuff.

changer1701 on November 1, 2012 at 4:05 PM

I hear the Price is Right’s “you fail” jingle.

Oil Can on November 1, 2012 at 4:05 PM

There’s a disconnect there, no?

There’s no disconnect.

He’s just a blathering idiot when it comes to free enterprise.

BacaDog on November 1, 2012 at 4:06 PM

No big deal … The fact the people on Obummer’s jobs council support Romney just proves Obummer is a bipartisan bridge-builder & healer! /sarc

KS Rex on November 1, 2012 at 4:07 PM

Yes. There’s a major disconnect there. The market has, and will continue, to drive cleaner and more economic energy supplies in response to consumer demand. Look at natural gas and fracking, for instance. Cleaner than oil or coal, and much more inexpensive as well. The world stands in awe, and envy, of our enormous supply of attainable, cheap to produce, natural gas.

thatsafactjack on November 1, 2012 at 4:07 PM

dusty-from-disuse Council on Jobs and Competitiveness

LOL – good word picture, Erika.

KS Rex on November 1, 2012 at 4:08 PM

Kudos to Cisco and Intel CEOs putting their country before their companies. If Obama wins, I would expect…shrinkage…in their government contracts.

BocaJuniors on November 1, 2012 at 4:10 PM

None of them will become Obama’s Sec. of Business, heh.
Schadenfreude on November 1, 2012 at 4:05 PM

They know from experience how useless that would be.

cheetah2 on November 1, 2012 at 4:11 PM

Bernie Marcus, the co-founder of Home Depot

I don’t know if it was Bernie Marcus, but there’s a scathing new commercial out with one of the founders of Home Depot in it, speaking about how anti-business 0bama has been.

I’m going to have to start supporting Home Depot over Lowe’s, even though it’s further from my house.

UltimateBob on November 1, 2012 at 4:16 PM

It’s too bad President Obama never took wanted to hear the advice of his Jobs Council in the first place

FIFM

txmomof6 on November 1, 2012 at 4:17 PM

I hear the Price is Right’s “you fail” jingle.

Oil Can on November 1, 2012 at 4:05 PM

Made me laugh. Classic!

UltimateBob on November 1, 2012 at 4:18 PM

Nice to see that Jeffrey Immelt came to his senses. He should’ve seen what a disaster Obama was from a mile away.

Bitter Clinger on November 1, 2012 at 4:18 PM

None of them will become Obama’s Sec. of Business, heh.

Schadenfreude on November 1, 2012 at 4:05 PM

There’s a highly sought-after job. Must be binders of resumes already.

slickwillie2001 on November 1, 2012 at 4:18 PM

America is ready for a little R&R in so many ways.

txhsmom on November 1, 2012 at 4:19 PM

Obama doesn’t even know the names of those on his “jobs council” but he can recite every lyric to every Jay Z song on his ipod.

HumpBot Salvation on November 1, 2012 at 4:20 PM

HumpBot Salvation on November 1, 2012 at 4:20 PM

It’s probably a window into his college days.

Oil Can on November 1, 2012 at 4:22 PM

Obama doesn’t even know the names of those on his “jobs council” but he can recite every lyric to every Jay Z song on his ipod.

HumpBot Salvation on November 1, 2012 at 4:20 PM

He doesn’t even know that he has a Sec. of Commerce.

Schadenfreude on November 1, 2012 at 4:23 PM

Didn’t he blow them off for more than six months in a row earlier this year, or something?

In addition to his basic economic stupidity, you just plain old don’t make friends that way. But narcissists think that their snubbing others makes them more attractive.

It would be difficult to describe how much I tried to give this man a chance when he first got elected, and how much I utterly despise him now.

inviolet on November 1, 2012 at 4:24 PM

Schadenfreude on November 1, 2012 at 4:23 PM

Sadly, that’s probably the case.

thatsafactjack on November 1, 2012 at 4:24 PM

OT/

Rumsfeld is going to be on Hugh Hewitt’s show tonight. According to Duane Patterson Rumsfeld’s agent contact them and asked for the opportunity to weigh in on the Benghazi cover up.

http://www.hughhewitt.com Click on ‘Listen Live”

Cody1991 on November 1, 2012 at 4:25 PM

He doesn’t even know that he has a Sec. of Commerce.

Schadenfreude on November 1, 2012 at 4:23 PM

It’s unbelievable but am seriously considering the possibility that he doesn’t know. Pres. “profit/earnings ratio” is just that dim about business.

inviolet on November 1, 2012 at 4:26 PM

Didn’t he blow them off for more than six months in a row earlier this year, or something?

In addition to his basic economic stupidity, you just plain old don’t make friends that way. But narcissists think that their snubbing others makes them more attractive.

It would be difficult to describe how much I tried to give this man a chance when he first got elected, and how much I utterly despise him now.

inviolet on November 1, 2012 at 4:24 PM

Very well said, and well worth repeating.

I think your comment is salient to, and reflective of, the sentiments of many Americans.

thatsafactjack on November 1, 2012 at 4:26 PM

Whatever happened to Obama’s CEO luncheons. Anyone remember those:

From March, 2010:
Obama tapping CEOs for lunch, new ideas
President says meetings help him think of ways to create ‘smarter economy’

Overall, with the lunches and other events, Obama, Jarrett and Emanuel between them have met with more than 200 CEOs, according to the White House. The contacts haven’t generated much criticism because the administration also has frequently welcomed labor leaders, small business representatives and others to the White House.

Danielle Brian, executive director of the Project of Government Oversight, credited the White House for listening to a wide range of voices and being upfront about the lunches, in contrast to the Bush administration’s more secretive approach. Brian did say it seemed a little silly to ask the CEOs to pay for their food.

“Come on,” she said. “On that one, they’re trying too hard.”

In the end, of course, it’s policy that matters, not power-lunching.

How’s that “policy” working out now that we are over 2 years later. Oh yeah, he has done squat.

There are very few things worse than inviting CEOs to lunch and wasting their time by not implementing any of their ideas or addressing any of their concerns. I am not at all surprised that CEOs are flipping in droves to Romney.

weaselyone on November 1, 2012 at 4:28 PM

Immelt is a whore; the worst kind of corporate slut.

rickyricardo on November 1, 2012 at 4:31 PM

Nice to see that Jeffrey Immelt came to his senses. He should’ve seen what a disaster Obama was from a mile away.

Bitter Clinger on November 1, 2012 at 4:18 PM

I’m sure he came to his senses after his billion dollar gift. From the Ward Healer from Chicago.

Key West Reader on November 1, 2012 at 4:33 PM

Johnny can’t lead but it’s everybody else’s fault.

All who sustain this idiocy should suffocate from what they consume.

Immelt is a whore; the worst kind of corporate slut.

rickyricardo on November 1, 2012 at 4:31 PM

Whores and sluts are indignant.

Schadenfreude on November 1, 2012 at 4:34 PM

Immelt is Exhibit A in the problem with corporate America. No principaled POS.

rickyricardo on November 1, 2012 at 4:34 PM

It would be difficult to describe how much I tried to give this man a chance when he first got elected, and how much I utterly despise him now.

inviolet on November 1, 2012 at 4:24 PM

No way. I instantly despised him and knew what destruction he’d bring. His first term is just the skimming…if he wins re-elect the land is done.

Schadenfreude on November 1, 2012 at 4:37 PM

bho/team vastly underestimated a huge number of American’s when they thought they could put their third world policies here? bho has bhopress near his hind end and a great number of d’s in dc doing his bidding to getter done? But WE have Fox, conservative blogs, conservative radio giving us the truth that those near bho’s hind end won’t!

I have to say, IF it wasn’t for the likes of Fox(for the most part) and a few others on network news, HA, MM, Rush, and so many others helping us, bho would/could have done all the wanted and would be re-elected? And God help us if WE don’t give bho the boot, even if we do, from the time he knows he is going to be gone, look out no telling what that snake will do to our Republic?
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letget on November 1, 2012 at 4:37 PM

NBFDSlow New Day?

paulsur on November 1, 2012 at 4:38 PM

Immelt is a whore; the worst kind of corporate slut.

rickyricardo on November 1, 2012 at 4:31 PM

Immelt is not the prototype CEO I have no love for him, but it is pretty embarrassing that people Obama put on his job council has thrown him under the bus

Conservative4ev on November 1, 2012 at 4:39 PM

Romney touts support from CEOs… on President Obama’s Jobs Council
…to counter this, OBOZO today announced that Jay-Z will campaign with him in Ohio. That should clinch the state – and the election – for OBOZO.

TeaPartyNation on November 1, 2012 at 4:40 PM

Immelt is a whore; the worst kind of corporate slut.

rickyricardo on November 1, 2012 at 4:31 PM

Senator Menendez would like to know this Imelt. Where can he be bought?

portlandon on November 1, 2012 at 4:44 PM

I’m going to have to start supporting Home Depot over Lowe’s, even though it’s further from my house.

UltimateBob on November 1, 2012 at 4:16 PM

That’s strange, in my area they are always either side by side or across the street from each other.

Night Owl on November 1, 2012 at 4:45 PM

Schadenfreude on November 1, 2012 at 4:37 PM

Did you see the headline above from ‘Newsbusters’?

Andrew Sullivan: ‘If You Voted For Obama in 2008 and Don’t in 2012, You Never Really Voted For Him’

I laughed out loud when I saw this, despite its open implication that if you fail to vote for Obama… again… in 2012… after having done so in 2008… you’ve become a ‘raaaacist’. (Pretty bad strategy by the way…calling one’s own base racists if they’re disappointed in the Lightbringer and his failure to keep his many promises, or for disagreeing with his policies).

I had to wonder if this was a clever way for those on the LEFT who DID vote for Obama in ’08, to thus expiate themselves of the guilt and to try to justify a claim that they really didn’t vote for him on ’08 after all! The thought tickled me so much that I laughed out loud!

thatsafactjack on November 1, 2012 at 4:46 PM

Helicopters overhead filming early voting lines. Woot!

Key West Reader on November 1, 2012 at 4:52 PM

The greatest problem facing Obama, however, is not just his mediocre record of governance, but the growing public perception that he is as uncool in 2012 as he was cool in 2008. Voters no longer feel they’re square for voting against Obama. Instead, it’s becoming the “in” thing to shrug that enough is enough.

A common theme of classic American tales such as The Rainmaker, Elmer Gantry, The Music Man, and The Wizard of Oz is popular anger unleashed at Pied Piper–like messiahs who once hypnotized the masses with promises of grandeur.

The bamboozled people rarely fault their own gullibility for their swooning over hope-and-change banalities, but rather, once sober, turn with fury on the itinerant messiahs who made them look so foolish. In other words, it is not just the economy, foreign policy, poor debating skills, or a so-so campaign that now plagues Obama, but the growing public perception that voters were had in 2008 and that it now is okay — even cool — to no longer believe in him.

Send this around to all you know. It’s liberating.

Schadenfreude on November 1, 2012 at 4:54 PM

thatsafactjack on November 1, 2012 at 4:46 PM

I had not even seen this, when I posted the above 4:54. You must read. Both are hilarious. VDH clarifies it for all, as only he can.

Yes, I had seen the Sullivan insanity. He’s a sick puppy.

Schadenfreude on November 1, 2012 at 4:56 PM

To be clearer, I had seen the Sullivan thread but not your comment when I posted the 4:54 comment.

Schadenfreude on November 1, 2012 at 4:57 PM

KWR, in one week!!!

Fight, fight, fight!

Schadenfreude on November 1, 2012 at 4:58 PM

Nice to see that Jeffrey Immelt came to his senses. He should’ve seen what a disaster Obama was from a mile away.

Bitter Clinger on November 1, 2012 at 4:18 PM

I doubt he came to his senses really. We’re talking about the man who runs the parent company of NBC. Chris Mathews’ boss just sees the writing on the wall and wants to suck up to the next POTUS. That’s all.

MJBrutus on November 1, 2012 at 5:09 PM

To see visual evidence of just how uncool 0 has/is becoming. Have a peek at Drudge.

Bmore on November 1, 2012 at 5:11 PM

Send this around to all you know. It’s liberating.

Schadenfreude on November 1, 2012 at 4:54 PM

VDH definitely has a way with words.

UltimateBob on November 1, 2012 at 5:19 PM

Terrifying picture of Bronco and mooch at drudge.

I gotta go shower.

tom daschle concerned on November 1, 2012 at 5:23 PM

To see visual evidence of just how uncool 0 has/is becoming. Have a peek at Drudge.

Bmore on November 1, 2012 at 5:11 PM

Some people still think that he’s not only cool, but worthy of worship.

UltimateBob on November 1, 2012 at 5:25 PM

There’s a disconnect in all Liberal thinking. You can’t be a true liberal and use common sense or logic. They clash with their Ideology! How else do you explain the up is down mentality and the endless hypocrisy? How can you not be disconnected, when you fight against any repercussions for your actions, but demand retribution and penalties for any mistake Your opposition makes? I could go on for days, but I’m sure you get the picture. Socialist/Marxist Ideology will not allow them to make sense or the Ideology breaks down. Many would rather kill people, than admit their Ideology is Failed! For those who don’t believe me, I have one word…Benghazi!
Addendum on the fight against the Obama Enemy media: http://paratisiusa.blogspot.com/2012/09/an-open-letter-to-those-who-should-know.html?spref=tw

God Bless America!

paratisi on November 1, 2012 at 5:25 PM

In a conference call with key backers today, which included comments from Gov. Romney, Neil Newhouse, Romney’s National Pollster, summarized his polling data both nationally and in key battleground states. I can say that data were quite positive and very encouraging for the Romney campaign.

TeaPartyNation on November 1, 2012 at 5:27 PM

Heh, yet another one flees the ship……love the Intel company though I’m a Mac…is that true about Immelt ???? He has seriously moved into Romney camp? Why would that be, he got every single favor from O during the past 4 years…smels more like rat fleeing the loosing ship to me…don’t trust him anyways but his vote and hopefully his employees’ ones are welcome :)..

jimver on November 1, 2012 at 5:28 PM

To see visual evidence of just how uncool 0 has/is becoming. Have a peek at Drudge.

Bmore on November 1, 2012 at 5:11 PM

The picture of him/her is creepy…but realistic.

Schadenfreude on November 1, 2012 at 5:33 PM

The picture of him/her is creepy…but realistic.

Schadenfreude on November 1, 2012 at 5:33 PM

He’s the one in the red sweatshirt facing away from the camera….right??

WryTrvllr on November 1, 2012 at 5:43 PM

on President Obama’s Jobs Council

…*Herkel’s voice*…”did I ^ do that?”

KOOLAID2 on November 1, 2012 at 5:45 PM

I hate to say it in words but I honestly am beginning to think Tuesday is on track for being a landslide. Nothing I can point to but like all the churn beneath a duck in water, I just get this sense that all the elements are coming together to work against a second term for the rat-eared wonder. Seriously.

Happy Nomad on November 1, 2012 at 5:53 PM

By the way, anybody find it a little odd that President Obama can apparently appreciate the private sector for creating, producing, and mass-distributing something as mind-blowingly efficient and life-altering as micro processors, but doesn’t seem to think the private sector capable of producing viable green-tech ventures on its own? There’s a disconnect there, no?

But- THEY DIDN’T BUILD THAT! The private sector created, produced, and mass-produced because of all the stuff and infrastructure they got from the government. No way that Intel would be making money were it not for Eisenhower or something.
Small wonder a second term by the rat-eared wonder would start with a war on the private sector.

Happy Nomad on November 1, 2012 at 5:58 PM

Watch Obama turn and rip them all now. WAAAAAAAAAAAH!

Ward Cleaver on November 1, 2012 at 6:03 PM

He doesn’t even know that he has a Sec. of Commerce.

Schadenfreude on November 1, 2012 at 4:23 PM

Has he met with any cabinet member? Had a cabinet meeting?

IOW, has he done his job at all in the past four years?

Jvette on November 1, 2012 at 6:04 PM

He doesn’t even know that he has a Sec. of Commerce.

Schadenfreude on November 1, 2012 at 4:23 PM

He doesn’t have one. He has a deputy Sec. of Commerce, because he never put anyone up to be confirmed by the Senate after John Bryson caused a hit and run in L.A.

cptacek on November 1, 2012 at 6:23 PM

I guess Immelt didn’t get the contracts he wanted for GE. Under the bus, Jeff!

Like everybody else.

PattyJ on November 1, 2012 at 6:54 PM