Good news: Obama to ‘focus on job creation’ in SOTU

posted at 3:01 pm on February 8, 2013 by Mary Katharine Ham

Does this sound familiar? It should:

UPI reports:

U.S. President Barack Obama told House Democrats Thursday his State of the Union address will focus on job creation, education and energy independence.

Speaking at the House Democratic Issues Conference in Leesburg, Va., the president repeated a theme from his 2012 re-election campaign, that “our economy succeeds and our economy grows when everybody is getting a fair shot and everybody is getting a fair shake and everybody is playing by the same rules.”

“Because I believe that is a growth agenda — not just an equity agenda, not just a fairness agenda — that is a growth agenda,” he said.

“And that means that what you’ll hear from me next week, I’m going to be talking about making sure that we’re focused on job creation here in the United States of America,” Obama said.

Is federal gun control part of his growth agenda, because that seems to be what we’re spending the most time on right about now. Or, maybe the comedy of errors that is the Hagel pick? No, he’s just focusing on exactly what he wants to focus on and then pretending that it has a ton to do with creating jobs, which is what he’s been doing for the last four years. In the absence of an actual growth agenda that produces, well, growth, we’ll just tack on $7 trillion more in debt, because investments. You can’t pivot to focusing on jobs this much unless things have been taking precedence over jobs, from which you must pivot.

I look forward to learning how shrinking the economy is actually a keen, new innovation in a growth agenda.

But let’s look at the audience President Obama will be addressing Tuesday night.

Twice as many voters believe the country is weaker, rather than stronger, since Obama took office. In addition, by a 52-40 percent margin voters think the worst is yet to come on the economy.

That “worst to come” number is slightly better than 2009, when the crisis was at its initial height, but worse than 2012. But here’s the bigger problem number for Obama:

During recent budget negotiations, Obama reportedly said he doesn’t believe the government has a spending problem. Most voters — 83 percent — disagree. That includes most Republicans (97 percent), independents (87 percent) and Democrats (69 percent).

In addition, out of 13 issues tested, more voters are “extremely” concerned about government spending than any other issue. Moreover, nearly all voters are either extremely (32 percent) or very concerned (52 percent) about spending.

Obama is fond of saying the public is with him on any issue he happens to be talking about at the moment, even when they’re not. On the central mission of his second term— spend more to make the economy grow or something—a whopping 17 percent of Americans are with him. The mandate may have been exhausted after he got his tax hike on people making $400,000 and up. As Chris Stirewalt writes:

But as we careen from one fiscal crisis to the next, Republicans know that voters are still on their side when it comes to the question of cutting versus spending. The next fight over looming automatic spending cuts looks like a good one for the GOP since Obama wants lawmakers to act to raise taxes again in order to prevent the spending cuts. He’s seeking a doubly unpopular plan while simply by not acting and allowing the cuts to occur, Republicans will be on the side of public sentiment.

The reason is that voters disagree with the president’s economic approach. They always have and likely always will. Do recall that Romney beat Obama in exit polls on the issue of the economy, the number one issue for voters last year.

As Obama tries to expand his mandate to spending and the economy, he will learn the difference between a choice and a mandate.

I was on Fox News this morning with a Democratic strategist who looked at these poll numbers and had to admit (paraphrased), “Well, yes, it has been a terrible couple of years and the American people are exhausted and depressed and pessimistic. Who can blame them. Washington is dysfunctional, leadership in Washington has failed, and things are very, very bad, and somehow this has nothing to do with the man who purports to lead Washington.”

Her reasoning is, of course, that Obama would have been a resounding success if it hadn’t been for those meddling Republicans…who didn’t have control over anything for two years of his first term and now only control one half of one House of Congress.

President Obama is the one who says look to Washington for solutions. His inaugural address heralded Washington’s ability to fix every social problem we encounter almost to the exclusion of all else— sorry, churches, civic groups, non-profits, and individuals. He is the one who insists massive new spending and massive new regulations are needed in every nook and cranny of business and personal life in the country in order to make the country run humanely. He is the one who asked us to turn our eyes upon him as he healed the cantankerous capital and brought everyone together to accomplish his audacious goals. He and the federal government, he says, are the only thing standing between us and poisoning our grandparents and children with tainted calcium chews and ice cream.

If he can’t manage to succeed at central planning when in total control of both parts of Congress and fails to an even greater degree when there are members of an opposing party occupying just half of the seats in one house of Congress, tell me, isn’t there a flaw in his plan?

Hence, we pivot. Again.

Update: So, maybe that triumphant, unabashedly liberal inaugural address that hardly mentioned jobs wasn’t the greatest idea after all? But as usual, it’s not Obama’s fault for giving a speech that barely mentioned the No. 1 issue on voters’ minds. It’s those famously hostile reporters who got it wrong:

Job One for President Obama in his State of the Union address will be to convince Americans that his top priority is their jobs.

White House officials tell me they feel stung by coverage of the inaugural address. Reporters highlighted the president’s left-leaning stances on immigration, gun control, climate change and gay and women’s rights. Obama’s aides argue that he devoted more inaugural address language to the economy, jobs and the deficit than all other issues combined.

Still, the perception remains that Obama lost focus on the economy — the top issue in the minds of most voters.

So look for an address Tuesday tilted heavily toward policies pledging action on joblessness, growing the economy and expanding the middle class, White House officials said Friday. Other issues will be discussed, aides said, but there will be no mistaking that Obama’s paramount concern is the economy.

Though Obama’s team would dismiss its significance, Democratic allies took notice of Quinnipiac University’s new poll that showed Obama’s approval rating dropping since his election, from a 53 percent approval rating in December to 46 percent.

The perception came from hearing the actual words of the speech, not some inaccurate interpretation.

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The reason is that voters disagree with the president’s economic approach. They always have and likely always will. Do recall that Romney beat Obama in exit polls on the issue of the economy, the number one issue for voters last year.

Yet Romney lost because too many idiot voters thought that Obama cared more about them….despite not sharing their concern about spending or jobs. I give up.

Doughboy on February 8, 2013 at 3:03 PM

Jobs you say?

The only jobs Obama knows about are the hand jobs and blow jobs he gets from the main stream media.

SmallGovtGuy on February 8, 2013 at 3:06 PM

Some of the people will actually BELIEVE him. s i g h: (

listens2glenn on February 8, 2013 at 3:06 PM

Naw, just give away more free stuff.

John the Libertarian on February 8, 2013 at 3:07 PM

Seems to me since he has been focused like a laser on jobs creation since 2007 that we would be far better off if he stuck to playing golf.

SWalker on February 8, 2013 at 3:07 PM

Sure, he’ll likely blame GWB and the “Republicans”.

Schadenfreude on February 8, 2013 at 3:08 PM

“… isn’t there a flaw in his plan?”

No Mary Katharine…

… It’s working perfectly.

Seven Percent Solution on February 8, 2013 at 3:08 PM

Like a laser…

d1carter on February 8, 2013 at 3:11 PM

Good news: Obama to ‘focus on job creation’ in SOTU

AGAIN ??

Jobs are getting shy about being focused on so much.

Jabberwock on February 8, 2013 at 3:14 PM

Job creation, education and energy independence hardest hit. It’s the anti-Midas effect.

rbj on February 8, 2013 at 3:14 PM

Well, he already created/saved his own job, so I’m guessing he will be talking about jobs for Hillary in 2016 and his Dem buddies in Congress in 2014.

Christien on February 8, 2013 at 3:15 PM

That man catches on quick, doesn’t he.

VorDaj on February 8, 2013 at 3:16 PM

Why in God’s green earth would anyone believe one single word out of this forked tongue lying snake bho?

No way will we watch/listen to bho, never do, never will! CAN not stand his voice or face! But that is just me!
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letget on February 8, 2013 at 3:17 PM

Job creation by “investing” in
(1) Green jobs
(2) Teachers/Unions
(3) Government programs

gwelf on February 8, 2013 at 3:18 PM

AGAIN ??

Jobs are getting shy about being focused on so much.

Jabberwock on February 8, 2013 at 3:14 PM

Someone needs to do another one of those videos where they compare a previous Obama speech to this one to see if they’re nearly word-for-word identical.

Doughboy on February 8, 2013 at 3:18 PM

Like a laser…

d1carter on February 8, 2013 at 3:11 PM

Or like a drone. He likes those much better. He can just order drone strikes on on the unemployed and eliminate the problem.

VorDaj on February 8, 2013 at 3:19 PM

Rubio should do his response as a town hall meeting. A conversational format would be an awesome contrast to Obama’s tiresome sermonizing and empty platitudes.

Speaking to a camera from an empty room never works as a response. GOP needs to get creative.

commodore on February 8, 2013 at 3:19 PM

Excellent… He never said this rhetoric before… (super extreme sarcasm)…

Jobs are not coming back because of one reason… Obama…

mnjg on February 8, 2013 at 3:20 PM

The first quesrtion he should receive after the speech is “why did you dismantle the Jobs Council”?

Tater Salad on February 8, 2013 at 3:22 PM

Eww… I feel a wave of prophecy sweeping over me…

Obama will call for…

Investing in the future

Investing in education

Investing in infrastructure

Breathtaking vision

Ragspierre on February 8, 2013 at 3:22 PM

Every time he “focuses on jobs” another company inevitably files for bankruptcy. But he is a globalist, and this is all part of the plan. Just wait for our dollar to collapse……

search4truth on February 8, 2013 at 3:25 PM

Romney beat Obama in exit polls on the issue of the economy, the number one issue for voters last year.

Yet the people reelected Obama and most every incumbent congressman.

We should change our flag from the stars and stripes to an Alfred E. Newman banner.

BacaDog on February 8, 2013 at 3:25 PM

And everytime bho blames the r’s for something, all the d’s will spring to their feet clapping like trained seals! This dog and pony show sotu is a super joke all the hypocrites acting like the like each other and bho!
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letget on February 8, 2013 at 3:26 PM

OT..but not really

Venezuela just announced that it has devalued it’s currency to 6.3 bolivars from 4.3..how’s that socialism working for ya now?

galtg on February 8, 2013 at 3:26 PM

‘focus on job creation’

Please don’t, your tinkering is the problem. Just leave it alone.

Bmore on February 8, 2013 at 3:28 PM

I think he’s got Alzheimers and ADHD as well as being a chronic liar…can’t stand the sight of him, can’t stand the sound of him…

RedInMD on February 8, 2013 at 3:29 PM

isn’t there a flaw in his plan?

No, not really. It’s going pretty much the way he wants it to go. Well, maybe he wanted to crash the economy and create civil unrest faster than he’s doing it, but you know, these things take time.

The Rogue Tomato on February 8, 2013 at 3:29 PM

I’m probably repeating someone but like a laser?

Cindy Munford on February 8, 2013 at 3:33 PM

No one’s posted it yet, so I will …

*facepalm*

Check out this part of his speech after garnering the Dem nom:

Obama, June 3, 2008:

The journey will be difficult. The road will be long. I face this challenge with profound humility, and knowledge of my own limitations. But I also face it with limitless faith in the capacity of the American people. Because if we are willing to work for it, and fight for it, and believe in it, then I am absolutely certain that generations from now, we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment when we began to provide care for the sick and good jobs to the jobless; this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal; this was the moment when we ended a war and secured our nation and restored our image as the last, best hope on Earth. This was the moment — this was the time — when we came together to remake this great nation so that it may always reflect our very best selves, and our highest ideals.

Good jobs? What does he know about work?

He keeps talking about his humility. That’s because it’s such a struggle for him to go there. It’s like a sex addict talking about trying to be abstinent. Obama is totally narcissistic. He’s a god in his eyes. A Lightworker. A healer. Even the winds and seas obey him. What manner of man is this?

Paul-Cincy on February 8, 2013 at 3:35 PM

Good news: Obama to ‘focus on job creation’ in SOTU

“…..like a virgin; hard pivot to laserlike focus on jobs for the very first time…..like a virrr irrr irrrgin…..”

roy_batty on February 8, 2013 at 3:35 PM

Here we go again. More snake oil.

sadatoni on February 8, 2013 at 3:36 PM

Every time he “focuses on jobs” another company inevitably files for bankruptcy.

search4truth on February 8, 2013 at 3:25 PM

/racist

Paul-Cincy on February 8, 2013 at 3:37 PM

Rubio should do his response as a town hall meeting. A conversational format would be an awesome contrast to Obama’s tiresome sermonizing and empty platitudes.

commodore on February 8, 2013 at 3:19 PM

You’d have to have a bi-lingual audience (or at least half who speak Spanish).

bw222 on February 8, 2013 at 3:37 PM

Obama’s laser has bad optics.

Not optimal.

Electrongod on February 8, 2013 at 3:38 PM

Are you sure he didn’t say “take aim at job creation”?

Dexter_Alarius on February 8, 2013 at 3:39 PM

Obama dances on the head of the pen that holds together his pack of lies and fraud.

The pen has no foundation but for other lies held together by a bad mix of concrete that he never gave time to set up, pouring new lies in the foundation ditch daily.

Danceing fool he is.

President and leader not so much.

Brian Terry is dead.
Amb. Stevens is dead.

Only the lies live, and they are on life support by the liar msm.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on February 8, 2013 at 3:39 PM

Rubio should do his response as a town hall meeting. A conversational format would be an awesome contrast to Obama’s tiresome sermonizing and empty platitudes.

Speaking to a camera from an empty room never works as a response. GOP needs to get creative.

commodore on February 8, 2013 at 3:19 PM

Sounds like a great idea, except the networks will never air something like that(and in fairness, they shouldn’t have to). They could always have him speak in front of a live audience like Gov. McDonnell did a few years ago. That was arguably the best SOTU response I’ve ever seen.

Doughboy on February 8, 2013 at 3:39 PM

Yep…. it’s February

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xkW_ZkMtmlQ

roflmmfao

donabernathy on February 8, 2013 at 3:42 PM

Tax and Spend Lies.
CO2 kills lies.
Accounting fraud.
Money printing fraud.
Selling Tresury Bonds via Asset Valuation fraud.
Vote fraud.
Telaprompter fraud.
I love America fraud.
Buying of votes of the Senate.
Selling U.S.A.Short.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on February 8, 2013 at 3:43 PM

I can hear him already, “I’ve provided the Republicans with common sense solutions to get our economy moving again, yet they refuse to act. I guess I’ll have to act by executive order again.”

bflat879 on February 8, 2013 at 3:43 PM

Good news: Obama to ‘focus on job creation’ in SOTUSTFU…!!!!

KOOLAID2 on February 8, 2013 at 3:44 PM

Uh, oh. I got burned the last time he turned his laser-like focus on this subject.

Dusty on February 8, 2013 at 3:44 PM

“Because I believe that is a growth agenda — not just an equity agenda, not just a fairness agenda — that is a growth agenda,”

He certainly believes in growth…of government.

weaselyone on February 8, 2013 at 3:49 PM

LIKE A LASER… FOCUSED FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME…
LIKE A LAA-AA-AA-AA-SER…

OH LOOK – A SQUIRREL!

Marcola on February 8, 2013 at 3:51 PM

He’ll sprinkle some more pixie dust on the land.

The foolish land deserves him and his destruction, in full.

Schadenfreude on February 8, 2013 at 3:53 PM

Finally….!!! I knew he was gonna get around to focusing on jobs… eventually… Oh, wait: hasn’t been talking about this for the last 4 years?

I guess his laser- like focus must have been bounced off several mirrors all around the room.

The sad part is that the Obamabots don’t really care about jobs. They just want the ban on guns “because we need to do something”, a national gay marriage approval law “because we are violating some right nobody finds in the constitution”, and “protections for women” because apparently they can’t protect themselves from violence at home, get their own contraceptives, or negotiate their pay with their bosses, but they can be given a gun and sent to the front lines of combat.

ptcamn on February 8, 2013 at 3:55 PM

Obama: “I’m going send out my new Jobs Czar to focus like a laser on jobs…”

Plankton (from SpongeBob)… “RUN YOU MINIONS! ZZZAAAAPPPP! BWHAHAHAHA! ZZAAAPPPP!!!….”

dominigan on February 8, 2013 at 3:56 PM

Most of America will believe everything coming out of obama’s mouth.

There is no reason why they wouldn’t. Every media outlet except sometimes FOX is constantly covering for him and other democrats.

We can fight this if we work together.
We have to stop complaining about the unfairness and organize and fight the root of our problem, the media.

GardenGnome on February 8, 2013 at 4:02 PM

Job creation by “investing” in
(1) Green jobs
(2) Teachers/Unions
(3) Government programs

gwelf on February 8, 2013 at 3:18 PM

You forgot one:

(4) Infrastructure construction jobs

Which I’ve never understood how that one gets traction. I mean, sure it’s good for construction laborers. But what about the rest of us who are trained and want to do other jobs?

Mitoch55 on February 8, 2013 at 4:02 PM

This guy’s been pivoting so much, isn’t he dizzy to the point he can’t stand up anymore?

Mitoch55 on February 8, 2013 at 4:03 PM

the only reason he’s stayin on the campaign trail rhetoric is to try and get a House majority in 2014, otherwise this guy is a lame duck POS

burserker on February 8, 2013 at 4:04 PM

Ground Hog Day was last week.

OxyCon on February 8, 2013 at 4:06 PM

From the Hillary thread

How much of the Hillary fanclub are fans of the woman herself, and how many back her in hopes of a back-door Bill Clinton restoration?

People want the good old days back… and a President enjoying his free time in the hands (literally) of female interns is for most Americans a fair trade off for the prospect of a balanced budget and robust job growth.

Of course that’s not realistic, it’s tantamount to chasing a mirage. The fall of US manufacturing and rise of China cannot be reversed, nor can the ongoing transition of the US to a post-industrial economy that excludes far too many people who unfortunately lack the right skills.

But the promise is enough to deliver Hillary the White House.

bayam on February 8, 2013 at 4:03 PM

Schadenfreude on February 8, 2013 at 4:07 PM

dumb dumba$$ will be spooning it again for the great unwashed.
loathe.

mickytx on February 8, 2013 at 4:08 PM

More gov’t intervention, your taxes being wasted, under the guise of “jobs” and “health”.

Schadenfreude on February 8, 2013 at 4:14 PM

Here comes “Recovery Summer IV”

J_Crater on February 8, 2013 at 4:17 PM

Ground Hog Day was last week.

OxyCon on February 8, 2013 at 4:06 PM

…ok…that’s funny!…you meant the movie too right?

KOOLAID2 on February 8, 2013 at 4:23 PM

Focus You Keep Using That Word, I Do Not Think It Means What You Think It Means — Inigo Montoya

ProfShadow on February 8, 2013 at 4:29 PM

Same sh!t, different year.

totherightofthem on February 8, 2013 at 4:36 PM

The perception came from hearing the actual words of the speech, not some inaccurate interpretation.

In Barry’s world it’s ALWAYS the FAULT of SOMEONE ELSE!

GarandFan on February 8, 2013 at 4:44 PM

How many times now has he pivoted to jobs? He must be dizzy!

I hope he announces his plan for giving free phones to people on unemployment. Is Tracfone a donor or something?

FREE STUFF FOR EVERYBODY!

PattyJ on February 8, 2013 at 5:50 PM

Then why hasnt Obamas approval rating tanked out?? Why are people still so in awe over him and why did he win re election?? I give up…

Jack_Burton on February 8, 2013 at 6:32 PM

Good news: Obama to ‘focus on job creation’ in SOTU

What about that all-important “job saving”? Those “saved” jobs were the key to Barky’s fraudulent numbers. Why’s he going to give up on them, now. There were tens of millions of jobs “saved” and you couldn’t swing a dead cat around “jobs created” without hitting a “saved or”.

Barky and his junta came up with the fantastical “jobs saved or created” and now they are going to act as if the “saved” part doesn’t matter? I’m so disappointed.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on February 8, 2013 at 6:43 PM

I couldn’t listen to him but for a few seconds – it’s worse than nails on a chalkboard.

Did he repeat his usual “It’s the first thing I think about in the morning… and the last thing I think about before bed” crap again?

Hill60 on February 8, 2013 at 7:51 PM

Hence, we pivot. Again.

The Left would have us believe this dweeb was a basketball star in his early days, right? {Never mind that in his autobiography his coach remembers him as almost the last player he would put into the game, and the only published footage of Barry’s exploits has him making a layup in the state championship when his team was ahead by 60+ points. Hardly star material}

Any basketball player who pivots this often would get called for a walking violation. Or for 3 seconds in the lane. ‘Cause in 4.5 years he certainly hasn’t put up a shot yet. All he wants to do is hold the ball.

rwenger43 on February 9, 2013 at 12:47 AM

Bet those glowing reviews of the SOTU speech are already written.

TimBuk3 on February 10, 2013 at 11:48 AM