Great news: Obama to pivot to the economy

posted at 12:01 pm on July 22, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

I’ve lost count of the pivots back to jobs and economic growth Barack Obama has promised over the years. (The NRCC counts eleven times, but that seems low.)  His first promised pivot came in December 2009, when he promised to put off ObamaCare and conduct a “hard pivot” to jobs, which had continued their decline 10 months after the passage of his $800 billion stimulus.  That ended up being a 360-degree pivot as the White House put on the full-court press for ObamaCare anyway.

A year later, after the disastrous midterm elections, Obama pledged that economic growth would be his “singular focus.”  Eight months later, Obama again insisted that it was his “singular focus,” despite not putting forward any pro-growth agenda and a Democratic Senate actively blocking the Republican House’s legislation. The result: American GDP growth in 2011 came to 1.8%, less than 2010′s wan 2.4%, and in 2012 came to a similarly stagnant 2.2%.

But this time, Obama really means it, or something:

President Obama will deliver the first in a series of economic speeches Wednesday aimed at gaining the upper hand in this fall’s looming budget showdown with Congress.

Obama will speak at Knox College in Illinois, the same location where he first outlined his economic vision as a Senate candidate in 2005.

What’s up with Pivot #37B?  Dan Pfeiffer tells the media that it’s to get attention off of the “phony scandals”:

Senior Obama adviser Dan Pfeffier told reporters in an email Sunday that Obama wants to steer Congress away from “phony scandals” and to prioritize economic benefits for the middle class in the looming budget wars.

First, if the scandals are phony, then the White House doesn’t need to provide any counter-narrative to them; they will implode on their own.  So far, that’s not happening, and the fact that the President needs a campaign agenda tells us they won’t any time soon, either.

That’s especially true if Obama wants to focus on jobs and the economy, which have been disappointing to say the least over the entire four years of the Obama Recovery.  We’re not even averaging enough job creation to outpace population growth, which is why our civilian workforce participation rate is near a 34-year low, reached earlier this year.  So far this year, Obama has talked about practically everything except the economy, from immigration to gun control, even though Americans are mainly concerned with jobs and unemployment.

Unsurprisingly, Obama’s standing continues to erode as a result:

President Obama’s approval rating fell for the second consecutive quarter, according to Gallup’s average of daily tracking polls for the last three months.

Obama averaged a 47.9 percent approval rating for his 18th quarter in office, running from April 20 to July 19. That’s down from 49.7 percent in the first quarter of Obama’s second term in office, and down from 51.9 in the 16th quarter, when he was reelected.

That comes despite the media often confusing “beating expectations” with actual good economic indicators.  If Obama wants to start boosting his standing and that of his party ahead of the midterm elections, his policies had better start producing more of the latter rather than relying on the former.


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The Poverty Pimp in Chief was going to “focus on it like a laser, daily”, meh.

Schadenfreude on July 22, 2013 at 12:03 PM

It will be “Royal Baby” wall to wall for a week. Eat your heart out, obama.

Schadenfreude on July 22, 2013 at 12:04 PM

Just for starters, that’s the perfect picture for Yet Another Pivot to the Economy

There Goes the Neighborhood on July 22, 2013 at 12:04 PM

This time he’s really going to focus like a laser. And he has it set to kill.

Flange on July 22, 2013 at 12:04 PM

Obama to pivot to the economy

Triumph, the Insult Comic Dog: “Obama to poop on the economy”

faraway on July 22, 2013 at 12:06 PM

Focus like a laser

Schadenfreude on July 22, 2013 at 12:06 PM

Detroit must have shook him to the quick.

docflash on July 22, 2013 at 12:08 PM

Remember, Obama loves his basketball.

And in basketball, one can pivot forever without ever going anywhere.

Bitter Clinger on July 22, 2013 at 12:08 PM

The economy is this generation’s Emmitt Till.

rogerb on July 22, 2013 at 12:08 PM

Wrong picture, Ed.

You should have gone with a screen cap from “Memento”, the amazing film about a gentlemen who cannot stay focused/remember anything for more than 5 – 10 minutes at a time – so he ends up tattooing the things he MUST remember on his body.

That’s the perfect meme for Obama and the economy.

PolAgnostic on July 22, 2013 at 12:09 PM

New Headline: “Obama to kill the economy”.

kirkill on July 22, 2013 at 12:09 PM

As Foghorn Leghorn would say, “Teh SCOAMT pivots more than an ice skater in an entire season.”

Steve Eggleston on July 22, 2013 at 12:09 PM

Moron in Chief

Schadenfreude on July 22, 2013 at 12:10 PM

“I’m going to focus on the economy like a Sharknado!”

kirkill on July 22, 2013 at 12:10 PM

Obama will speak at Knox College in Illinois, the same location where he first outlined his economic vision as a Senate candidate in 2005.

Too bad. I would think that putting him in the middle of Detroit so he can gloat about how he saved them would be a far more fitting venue. He kept them from going bankrupt!

Happy Nomad on July 22, 2013 at 12:11 PM

This Fool in Chief said on Oct. 13, 2012 “I saved Detroit from going bankrupt”, as opposed to Romney, who wanted to let Detroit go…belly up.

Schadenfreude on July 22, 2013 at 12:12 PM

Aww, we are saved :)

jimver on July 22, 2013 at 12:13 PM

“I’m going to focus on the economy like a Sharknado!”

kirkill on July 22, 2013 at 12:10 PM

There is a lot of truth in that.

A sharknado is improbable, preposterous, and gimmicky. The same can be said for the rat-eared mullato’s economic policies.

Happy Nomad on July 22, 2013 at 12:13 PM

Obooba is awesome.

Akzed on July 22, 2013 at 12:14 PM

President Obama will deliver the first in a series of economic speeches

Awwwwwwwwwww Yissssssssssssss!!!!
- More trips in Air Force One!
- More ‘campaign’ speeches with useful idiots in the background!
- More shuckin’ and jivin’ with the common folks!

If that ain’t presidentin’ I don’t know what is!

Obama wants to steer Congress away from “phony scandals” and to prioritize economic benefits for the middle class in the looming budget 2014 election wars.

FIFY.

Marcola on July 22, 2013 at 12:14 PM

Why the land is where she is…and they didn’t even know of Jeantel.

Btw, Jeantel speaks 3 languages…though English is not one of them.

Schadenfreude on July 22, 2013 at 12:15 PM

What’s up with Pivot #37B? Dan Pfeiffer tells the media that it’s to get attention off of the “phony scandals”

I like the implied reference to Juror 37B, and the whole use of the George Zimmerman trial as a distraction from Obama’s failures.

ITguy on July 22, 2013 at 12:15 PM

SSDD

puhleeze
c’mon lsm, you know this is crap…man up

cmsinaz on July 22, 2013 at 12:16 PM

President Obama will deliver the first in a series of economic speeches Wednesday aimed at gaining the upper hand in this fall’s looming budget showdown with Congress.

It’s all a setup for the “Obstructionist Republican” narrative in the fall.

Just like sequester, no budget, etc.

It’s all those horrid Republican’s fault and if they would just get out of the way, Obama the Great would heal all wounds, while increasing the GDP by 12%… silly rubes.

Because nothing says “getting the upper hand” in fiscal policy like a good ole speech.

Odie1941 on July 22, 2013 at 12:17 PM

Schadenfreude on July 22, 2013 at 12:04 PM

the lsm will pivot to race as soon as the baby arrives…don’t you worry :)

cmsinaz on July 22, 2013 at 12:17 PM

Obama: “Set laser-like focus on kill.”

The Rogue Tomato on July 22, 2013 at 12:18 PM

President Obama will deliver the first in a series of economic speeches Wednesday aimed at gaining the upper hand in this fall’s looming budget showdown with Congress.

More like another round of demagoguery. Obamacare, Dodd-Frank and The EPA are just a few of the hay-makers Barry has delivered with his pivots. He’s an enemy of the American economy.

RadClown on July 22, 2013 at 12:19 PM

Divot-In-Chief to pivot. Yawn.

hillsoftx on July 22, 2013 at 12:20 PM

For all the pivoting Barry does, bet he was popular among the club set in Chicago.

coldwarrior on July 22, 2013 at 12:20 PM

meanwhile dodd and frank are revising history re: house bailout…
these people could not afford a house and the gop allowed them to buy them, yada yada yada

nevermind w trying to fix it and teh dems wouldn’t budge

cmsinaz on July 22, 2013 at 12:21 PM

The same can be said for the rat-eared mullato’s economic policies.

Happy Nomad on July 22, 2013 at 12:13 PM

I don’t think that helps to advance our cause.

faraway on July 22, 2013 at 12:22 PM

Because nothing says “getting the upper hand” in fiscal policy like a good ole speech.

Odie1941 on July 22, 2013 at 12:17 PM

Let him give all the damn speeches he wants. But just how much is it costing the taxpayers for the bastard to go back to where he gave a speech in 2005 instead of doing it from the Oval Office? Or the Rose Garden (if that isn’t reserved exclusively for lying your arse off about the effects of YouTube videos). He could make a big deal about meeting with Congressional leaders and then give a speech at the end of the meeting. He could even go to the Hill and make a big show about rolling up his sleeves and sitting down with Congress to come up with a plan.

Instead we’re spending hundreds of thousands of dollars so he can give a speech back where it all began when he was running for the Senate.

Happy Nomad on July 22, 2013 at 12:23 PM

Obama will speak at Knox College in Illinois, the same location where he first outlined his economic vision as a Senate candidate in 2005.

Who’s the Goron at The Hill that wrote that sentence. By 2005, Teh SCOAMT was focusing on the Oval Office from his Senate seat.

Steve Eggleston on July 22, 2013 at 12:23 PM

I don’t think that helps to advance our cause.

faraway on July 22, 2013 at 12:22 PM

What cause might that be? Personally I’m through with being nice to the enemy. Give the bastards an inch and they’ll demand six feet. Make a deal with them and they’ll make sure that they get what they want but they’ll renege on the other part of the deal.

Happy Nomad on July 22, 2013 at 12:25 PM

Obama will speak at Knox College in Illinois, the same location where he first outlined his economic vision as a Senate candidate in 2005.

Too bad that class is long gone, so they cannot remind him of how well things have turned out. They’re grads now, for 8 years, likely still out looking for a decent job.

IrishEyes on July 22, 2013 at 12:26 PM

As Foghorn Leghorn would say, “Teh SCOAMT pivots more than an ice skater in an entire season.”

Steve Eggleston on July 22, 2013 at 12:09 PM

Some more paraphrased Foghorn Leghorn:

“That Obama, I say, that Obama’s so dumb, you put his brain on the sharp edge of a razor blade, it would look like a marble rolling down a 4 lane highway!!”

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on July 22, 2013 at 12:26 PM

Will Obama really have time to pivot / misdirect re the economy before he and the First Family jet off to the Vineyard for another multi-million dollar vacation?

One more question – after 5+ years of focusing on the economy, at what point do the American people and the corruptocrats in the lamestream media hold him accountable for the worse economy since the Great Depression?

Athos on July 22, 2013 at 12:29 PM

Remember, Obama loves his basketball.

And in basketball, one can pivot forever without ever going anywhere.

Bitter Clinger on July 22, 2013 at 12:08 PM

And isn’t that called “spinning”? Seems fitting somehow…

dominigan on July 22, 2013 at 12:29 PM

The Turd in Chief will pivot until the land is Detroit.

Schadenfreude on July 22, 2013 at 12:30 PM

Only their special agenda matters, actual help for the country
Naaaahhhhhhh!

losarkos on July 22, 2013 at 12:31 PM

Stop. Democrats don’t understand math. They major in feeling and philosophy. We are screwed as long as a D is in the White House.

First Detroit. Next Illinois and California. Then my country. Only Krugman thinks otherwise

Bensonofben on July 22, 2013 at 12:32 PM

It strikes me as very weird that he keeps using the word “pivot” like he hasn’t used it a hundred times already!

It shows either his utter contempt for the public, or his incompetence. Or both?

PattyJ on July 22, 2013 at 12:32 PM

They’re grads now, for 8 years, likely still out looking for a decent job.

IrishEyes on July 22, 2013 at 12:26 PM

Oh! Much worse than that. Assuming that the class of 2005 were around 21-years-old when they graduated, they’ve been adults (i.e. off mommy’s health plan) for several years now!

Happy Nomad on July 22, 2013 at 12:33 PM

My Favorite Foghorn: That boy’s about as sharp as a bowling ball!!

Deano1952 on July 22, 2013 at 12:33 PM

Ted Cruz said it best:

“Reaganomics: You start a business in your parents’ garage. Obamanomics: You move into your parents’ garage.”

beatcanvas on July 22, 2013 at 12:33 PM

Economy to be hardest hit.

rbj on July 22, 2013 at 12:38 PM

MeanWhile,Hopey perpares more Speechify,..talky..talky..talky…
..where are the BOINKING JOBS….

Oh,this is first speech of NeverEnduS!!

President Obama to deliver economic speech at Knox College in Illinois, White House says – @politico

9 mins ago from http://www.politico.com by editor
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W.H.: Knox College first in series of economic speeches

http://www.politico.com/politico44/2013/07/wh-knox-college-first-in-series-of-economic-speeches-168861.html?hp=r5

canopfor on July 22, 2013 at 12:39 PM

Now do “Recovery Summers” count as pivots or are they merely swishes?

Happy Nomad on July 22, 2013 at 12:42 PM

“First, if the scandals are phony, then the White House doesn’t need to provide any counter-narrative to them; they will implode on their own.”

They don’t need to run a counter-narrative because nobody is going to do anything about them anyways. After the bazillion hearings on Fast & Furious, the IRS, Benghazi, the NSA, etc., etc. what has the GOP done about it? Nothing, but it’s a nice touch for this administration to pretend they’re worried about congress.

lowandslow on July 22, 2013 at 12:44 PM

First thing, last thing.

pain train on July 22, 2013 at 12:45 PM

So far, the only “phoney” scandal has been the One’s buddy getting rich off Obamaphones. All the other scandals been proven worse than first thought.

ROCnPhilly on July 22, 2013 at 12:46 PM

Hey, I got offered a scholarship to attend Knox College many moons ago. No, it’s not important, neither will Obama’s speech be important.

If Trayvon had had a job…

Fallon on July 22, 2013 at 12:47 PM

Speaking of Dan Pfeiffer, he recently posted this on the White House web site…

Eight years ago, not long after he was elected to the United States Senate, President Obama went to Knox College in his home state of Illinois where he laid out his economic vision for the country.

http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2013/07/20/youre-going-want-watch-speech

I’m glad that Dan Pfeiffer helps highlight that Barack Obama has held elected office in Washington, D.C. for over 8 years… from January 3, 2005 to present (with the brief exception of about two months between when he resigned his Senate post on November 16, 2008 and when he was sworn in as pResident on January 20, 2009).

When Obama began elected office in Washington, D.C. on January 3, 2005, Republicans had held majority control of Washington, D.C. (holding 2+ out of 3 of the House, Senate, and Presidency) continuously for the previous 10 years. The Employment-Population Ratio for the preceding month (December 2004) was 62.4%.

Republicans would continue to hold majority control for Obama’s first 2 years as Senator. On January 3, 2007, the balance of power shifted from Republican to Democrat, and Obama and his fellow Democrats inherited an Employment-Population Ratio of 63.4% (the Republican majority had raised the E-P Ratio a full point in Obama’s first two years).

Again, when Obama and his fellow Democrats took majority control of Washington, D.C. on January 3, 2007, they inherited an Employment-Population Ratio of 63.4%.

Democrats have held majority control of Washington, D.C. from January 3, 2007 to present.

What have Democrats’ economic policies brought us over the last six and a half years?

In comparison, Ronald Reagan held elected office in Washington, D.C. for eight years from January 20, 1981 to January 20, 1989.

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So let’s compare the Employment-Population Ratio beginning with when Reagan and Obama each began elected office in Washington, D.C. and see what that looks like…
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When Reagan began elected office in Washington, D.C. in January 1981, Democrats had held majority control of Washington, D.C. (holding 2+ out of 3 of the House, Senate, and Presidency) continuously for the previous 26 years. Reagan inherited a double-dip recession from the Democrats, and turned it around in two years… then had six straight years of very strong growth in the Employment-Population ratio.

When Obama began elected office in Washington, D.C. on January 3, 2005, Republicans had held majority control of Washington, D.C. (holding 2+ out of 3 of the House, Senate, and Presidency) continuously for the previous 10 years and would continue to hold majority control for Obama’s first 2 years. On January 3, 2007, the balance of power shifted from Republican to Democrat, and Obama and his fellow Democrats inherited an Employment-Population Ratio of 63.4%.

It was the Democrat majority that pushed through three hikes in the Minimum Wage, hikes which ended the recovery we had been enjoying since the passage of the second part of the Bush Tax Cuts. It was the Democrats who protected Fannie and Freddie up to the point of their collapse. And it was the Democrats who rammed ObamaCare through with late-night votes on a bill they hadn’t read and had to use the reconciliation process to achieve final passage and avoid a Senate filibuster.

Obama played a very direct role in the multiple minimum wage hikes and record-breaking deficits of FY 2008 and FY 2009. Obama played a very direct role in the subprime mortgage crisis. Senator Obama came in the top 3 of Top Recipients of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Campaign Contributions, 1989-2008, exceeded only by Chris Dodd and John Kerry, and if you consider that Obama was only campaigning for Federal office for five of those 20 years (2004-2008, whereas Dodd and Kerry covered all 20 of those years), Obama’s per year receipts of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Campaign Contributions easily tops the list.

Obama and the Democrats own this economy… the longest period of below-59% employment since April 1978.

ITguy on July 22, 2013 at 12:47 PM

I just read the transcript from the 2005 speech. It essentially is a call to work collectively in a global society. Everything that essentially kills job growth, economic opportunity, and prosperity.

Happy Nomad on July 22, 2013 at 12:49 PM

Boy, I’ll bet your average everyday citizen can’t wait for the big Oaf to start spouting his rhetoric about how important the economy is to him, again. What can he even talk about nowadays, he has no record? Everything has been downhill since he planted his feckless a$$ in the WH. Gas just went up another 15 cents where I live.

scalleywag on July 22, 2013 at 12:53 PM

Business groups push US Congress to pass legislation in the next 9 days to prevent import tax hike – @Reuters

3 mins ago from http://www.reuters.com by editor
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http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/07/22/us-usa-trade-benefits-idUSBRE96L0NT20130722

canopfor on July 22, 2013 at 1:07 PM

I’ve got my Slurpee at hand, but I’m still stuck in the ditch.

Chris of Rights on July 22, 2013 at 1:07 PM

He does more pirouettes than a ballerina performing the “Red Shoes.”

Will this be a pivot with laser like focus?

Zero is sooooo full of sheep dip.

dogsoldier on July 22, 2013 at 1:08 PM

The good thing is, “He will not rest.” I know this, because he says this every single time he has no intention of following through on a promise or course of action…

CaptFlood on July 22, 2013 at 1:08 PM

He does more pirouettes than a ballerina performing the “Red Shoes.”

dogsoldier on July 22, 2013 at 1:08 PM

+100

CaptFlood on July 22, 2013 at 1:11 PM

As sure as the sun rises in the East, here’s another Obamacare sandwich from the lying sack of Obamacare-in-chief.

ElectricPhase on July 22, 2013 at 1:11 PM

Obama and his low-info, communist, racist, followers destroy everything that they get in charge of! Detroit is a foreshadowing of many other democrat cities and fiefdoms, Obama and his bizzaro beliefs will certainly bankrupt the U.S. treasury if allowed to continue unchecked! Republicans better bite the bullet on this next budget round or we are doomed to be Detroit! BTW the immigration bill of the demos is another Obamacare type of financial disaster! Detroit saw it coming and did nothing! Will congress bow the the muslim dictator and let him bankrupt the nation? Or let him speak of Travon and a fair shot! (Probably not speaking of the shot that Zimmerman got off that saved his life!)This is serious stuff!History shows that one can never, never, never, pay the blackmailers and extortionists enough to satisfy them! They want all land that borders their land!!

Marco on July 22, 2013 at 1:26 PM

He does more pirouettes than a ballerina performing the “Red Shoes.”

dogsoldier on July 22, 2013 at 1:08 PM

+100

oh that was good :)

scalleywag on July 22, 2013 at 1:26 PM

The SCOAMF couldn’t pivot more if he had one foot nailed to the floor.

I can’t imagine what he or his handlers hope to accomplish by having him fly to the financial basket-case of IL in between golf games to read a bunch of words written by someone else off a teleprompter. He is not a serious man nor a serious president. He just spews meaningless crap. Actually, I don’t think he understands about half of what he reads off the TOTUS.

deepdiver on July 22, 2013 at 1:40 PM

Obama is pivoting to jobs? You’re pulling my leg, aren’t you?

RebeccaH on July 22, 2013 at 2:46 PM

speeches always pivot the economy. After all, look what Obama’s “save Detroit” speech did!

katablog.com on July 22, 2013 at 3:29 PM

Republicans better bite the bullet on this next budget round or we are doomed to be Detroit!

Republicans bite the bullet? That’s almost as good as Obama’s pivoting the economy. Apparently no one gets it – We the People have NO representation. The politicians have taken over. Live with it.

katablog.com on July 22, 2013 at 3:31 PM

“Obama will speak at Knox College in Illinois, the same location where he first outlined his economic vision as a Senate candidate in 2005.”

Why can’t this pretend president stay home and do his job?

sadatoni on July 22, 2013 at 3:43 PM

This erratic charlatan has all the stability of an atom in free space.

rplat on July 22, 2013 at 4:13 PM

He destroyed the economy five years ago. All business growth ended the day he was sworn in. This is why he is free to watch ESPN and smoke Kools all day when he is not golfing or on vacation.

When the 3 AM call came in from Benghazi he hit the snooze alarm.

The catastrophic actual unemployment rate is his biggest accomplishment.

It’s not a bug, it’s a feature.

DeweyWins on July 22, 2013 at 4:27 PM

President Obama should do a George Constanza 180 pivot. He might get better results.

I keep looking for pitchfork and torches companies to invest in but I am appalled at the lack of outrage over such dismal economic results under this president.

billrowe on July 22, 2013 at 4:54 PM

If Obama wants to start boosting his standing and that of his party ahead of the midterm elections, he and the rest of the Democratic House and Senate should resign their positions immediately his policies had better start producing more of the latter rather than relying on the former

.

FIFY

GarandFan on July 22, 2013 at 5:03 PM

What happened to his supposed pivot all the way back in …. May? If memory serves, he headed on down to Texas, a state doing well, and gave a speech basically saying his ideas were better (and then flew off to a fundraiser).

William Teach on July 22, 2013 at 6:44 PM