Obama: Man, all of these “phony scandals” have really been getting in the way of this economic recovery we’re in

posted at 4:01 pm on July 24, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

I found it kind of hilarious that Twitter exploded with the news of the finally-revealed Royal Baby’s name at about the same time that President Obama was really getting into his groove at his “major” economic speech kicking off jobs-pivot #58493 in Illinois this afternoon — and by “major,” I mean eighty-ish minutes of the same ridiculous recycled phrases and economically backwards platitudes about a lot of new “investments” and stimulus and federal initiatives and whatever else that I think we can safely say probably aren’t going to happen. I personally thought the best bit was when the president blamed the “parade of distractions” and “phony scandals” that have allowed Congress to “take its eye off the ball” of economic recovery — it was a like a distraction within a distraction, you know?

They’ll talk about government assistance for the poor, despite the fact that they’ve already cut early education for vulnerable kids, they’ve already cut insurance for people who’ve lost their jobs through no fault of their own. Or they’ll bring up Obamacare — this is tried and true — despite the fact that our businesses have created nearly twice as many jobs in this recovery as businesses had at the same point in the last recovery, when there was no Obamacare. That’s what we’ve been fighting for, but with an endless parade of distractions, political posturing and phony scandals, Washington has taken its eye off the ball. And I am here to say this needs to stop. This needs to stop.

The speech is really only news because there isn’t that much news out there, and how delivering yet another speech full of been-there-done-that Keynesian grandiosity is going to help to breakup the longstanding gridlock in Washington the president so sincerely bemoaned, I have no idea — but, then again, that really wasn’t the point. As Chris Cilliza points out at WaPo, we’ve got another round of debt-ceiling warfare coming this fall, and this and an incoming series of economy-focused speeches are probably more of a way to get out in front with messaging than anything else:

Instead what the speech seemed designed to do is to re-state the arguments that worked during the campaign for Obama in hopes of framing the coming government shutdown and debt ceiling debates on friendly political ground for the President and Congressional Democrats.  He did so more pointedly than he had in the past and with more urgency as well, pledging to spend the next several weeks touring the country — he will stop in Florida and Missouri later this week — making the case.

The Obama speech then wasn’t really about trying to ensure any near-term forward movement. Instead it was about positioning — both for the policy fights to come this fall and for the midterm elections next November.


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Priorities in Detroit.
obama is a blessing to the land and the world.

Schadenfreude on July 24, 2013 at 4:06 PM

Same old class warfare ,blame the republicans, I saved the economy with a side of “phony” scandals thrown in…

sandee on July 24, 2013 at 4:06 PM

Well, at least O and Jay have their stories aligned.

dont taze me bro on July 24, 2013 at 4:07 PM

So, real people didn’t die in Benghazi?

Oil Can on July 24, 2013 at 4:07 PM

19th pivot, per the WS.

RWM has way more.

Schadenfreude on July 24, 2013 at 4:07 PM

Really goes to show how little he thinks of the American people to label his messes as phony?

What a phony Commander-In-Chief…

It would be nice if the f’n republicans could quit licking his boots and pushing his agenda and hold this guy accountable for once. For the love of the freakin’ republic, get your act together.

Chubbs65 on July 24, 2013 at 4:08 PM

Well, at least O and Jay have their stories aligned.

dont taze me bro on July 24, 2013 at 4:07 PM

Phony scandals does seem to be there newest talking point doesn’t it?

sandee on July 24, 2013 at 4:08 PM

Carney is Baghdad Bob, on steroids.

He makes Goebbels chickenshit.

Schadenfreude on July 24, 2013 at 4:08 PM

His remarks were written for him by crr6 no doubt.

Del Dolemonte on July 24, 2013 at 4:08 PM

Putz.

beatcanvas on July 24, 2013 at 4:09 PM

Recall this

Schadenfreude on July 24, 2013 at 4:09 PM

Obama: Man, all of these “phony scandals” have really been getting in the way of this economic recovery we’re in

Lol!

Bmore on July 24, 2013 at 4:10 PM

Obama: Man, all of these “phony scandals” have really been getting in the way of this economic recovery we’re in

Well Sparky, there is an easy way to rid yourself of all these scandals – come clean and explain your actions…

Of course, that only works if you have nothing to hide and you’re innocent.

Galt2009 on July 24, 2013 at 4:10 PM

What was the point of this whole speech, anyway? To try to shift focus from all these non-scandals? To try to shore up his poll numbers? Surely even he and his coterie of boot-lickers can’t think that will work?!?

cynccook on July 24, 2013 at 4:10 PM

By now, no one believes him. He’s ploughed this ground too many times already. It is gratifying to watch him go through this speechifying again in order to divert from the policy failures and corruption scandals creeping closer to his toes.

a capella on July 24, 2013 at 4:10 PM

When’s the last time we had a POTUS have a “nervous breakdown” while in office..?

d1carter on July 24, 2013 at 4:11 PM

Between Carney on Morning Joe and the President’s PM speech, it would appear that Jarrett has established this summer’s talking points.

That is, it’s everyone else’s fault.

Jabberwock on July 24, 2013 at 4:12 PM

yet another speech full of been-there-done-that Keynesian grandiosity

zzzzzzzzzzz pray for America zzzzzzzzzz

Jackalope on July 24, 2013 at 4:12 PM

phony scandals

But enough about Carlos Danger.

Christien on July 24, 2013 at 4:13 PM

He had that same look on his face that Johnny Carson used to have when a joke bombed…everyone is laughing too.

d1carter on July 24, 2013 at 4:15 PM

Look at all those white people behind him. Is he speaking a a Republican gathering? -MSNBC

changer1701 on July 24, 2013 at 4:16 PM

Lot of white people in the audience behind Dog Eater, and they look like the cast of “Dawn of the Dead”.

Bishop on July 24, 2013 at 4:16 PM

Imagine all those millions of new jobs created if that Ambassador Stevens didn’t get himself killed in that silly manner, or if the Tea Party didn’t act so suspiciously as to warrant an IRS uber zealous scrutiny, or if Clinton didn’t make the mistake to officially acknowledge that the NSA does indeed exist :)

jimver on July 24, 2013 at 4:18 PM

Obama: Man, all of these “phony scandals” have really been getting in the way of this economic recovery we’re in

That’s right! I told my wife the other day that I wasn’t going to hire anyone else until we got to the bottom of Benghazi, the IRS, Fast and Furious and the EPA.

I mean, I just can’t possibly run a business with all that crap out there unresolved.

//

What a punk.

BacaDog on July 24, 2013 at 4:19 PM

That fat white lady really does have fat arms. Yikes.

sentinelrules on July 24, 2013 at 4:19 PM

What would we do without the Chris Cilliza’s of the State Run Media to intepret the meaning of Dear Leaders deep, deep messages..?

d1carter on July 24, 2013 at 4:20 PM

The POTUS is talking -nay- preaching to his base. They believe. So, when this promised mana doesn’t fall from the sky again, will they seek out the evil that keeps it from happening?

apostic on July 24, 2013 at 4:22 PM

“…but with an endless parade of distractions, political posturing and phony scandals…”

In other words, “They’re picking on me again!”

Liam on July 24, 2013 at 4:22 PM

I’m awesome.

Republicans stink.

Lather-Rinse-Repeat.

dpduq on July 24, 2013 at 4:23 PM

What was the point of this whole speech, anyway? To try to shift focus from all these non-scandals? To try to shore up his poll numbers? Surely even he and his coterie of boot-lickers can’t think that will work?!?

cynccook on July 24, 2013 at 4:10 PM

I guess it was to give himself a boost in the polls, specifically with regard to the economy. The problem is it was a horrible speech. To illustrate how bad this was today, this is how he concluded his remarks(which BTW last over an hour!):

“America, we have made it through the worst of yesterday’s winds. And if we find the courage to keep moving forward; if we set our eyes on the horizon, we too will find an ocean of tomorrows, a sky of tomorrows – for America’s people, and for this great country that we love.”

That’s not a joke. He actually said those words. I think he’s mailing it in at this point.

Doughboy on July 24, 2013 at 4:24 PM

pledging to spend the next several weeks touring the country — he will stop in Florida and Missouri later this week — making the case.

Finally, the preznit is hitting the road, traveling, talking; about damn time.

Bishop on July 24, 2013 at 4:25 PM

According to the polls, Obama’s racist speech on Friday about St. Skittles failed miserably.

Time to move onto something else for St. Hussein.

sentinelrules on July 24, 2013 at 4:25 PM

I just want to know how much they paid those folks to sit still through that mess. And clap? get out

DanMan on July 24, 2013 at 4:26 PM

How many trillions have been spent since Obama and the Democrats got control of the budget?

Well you’d think that they could have solved some of our problems with all that money.

They keep saying they want investments in infrastructure. Well, we’ve spent trillions so we’ve got something to show for it right? Something other than transfers of wealth to Democrat client groups right? At least a bridge or a dam or something right?

gwelf on July 24, 2013 at 4:26 PM

Erika, the caption of your thread s/b “Baloney”.

Schadenfreude on July 24, 2013 at 4:27 PM

If someone tells you 16 times that they are going to do something and for the 16th time they don’t do it, can you stop believing them, even if you are MSNBC? Just sayin…..

Johnnyreb on July 24, 2013 at 4:28 PM

Mamma Said

Schadenfreude on July 24, 2013 at 4:30 PM

When’s the last time we had a POTUS have a “nervous breakdown” while in office..?

d1carter on July 24, 2013 at 4:11 PM

Dunno, I’d have said Clenis, but he had more of a moral breakdown than a nervous one…

jimver on July 24, 2013 at 4:30 PM

BO has checked out. He looks like this is the last thing he wants to do. He even looks like he doesn’t believe his own BS any more.

TexAz on July 24, 2013 at 4:31 PM

Petulant child.

This is the man that the Dem’s elected to lead us, sickening.

D-fusit on July 24, 2013 at 4:31 PM

Ohhhh. They’re phony. Whew! I can relax now. For a while, I thought this administration was really a bunch of good-for-nothing criminals and thugs. I’m glad he cleared that up.

SailorMark on July 24, 2013 at 4:33 PM

yet another speech full of been-there-done-that Keynesian grandiosity

For the last time! Obama was born in this country!!!!! ;0

Seriously, I had a (stupid and young) co-worker that didn’t understand the difference.

Happy Nomad on July 24, 2013 at 4:33 PM

Serious guys, this time the fascists are going to figure out how to centrally plan a robust economy.

gwelf on July 24, 2013 at 4:33 PM

Old & Busted:

Good afternoon, everybody. I just finished speaking with Secretary Lew and senior officials at the Treasury Department to discuss the investigation into IRS personnel who improperly screened conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status. And I look forward to taking some questions at tomorrow’s press conference, but today, I wanted to make sure to get out to all of you some information about what we’re doing about this, and where we go from here.

I’ve reviewed the Treasury Department watchdog’s report, and the misconduct that it uncovered is inexcusable. It’s inexcusable, and Americans are right to be angry about it, and I am angry about it. I will not tolerate this kind of behavior in any agency, but especially in the IRS, given the power that it has and the reach that it has into all of our lives. And as I said earlier, it should not matter what political stripe you’re from — the fact of the matter is, is that the IRS has to operate with absolute integrity. The government generally has to conduct itself in a way that is true to the public trust. That’s especially true for the IRS.

So here’s what we’re going to do.

First, we’re going to hold the responsible parties accountable. Yesterday, I directed Secretary Lew to follow up on the IG audit to see how this happened and who is responsible, and to make sure that we understand all the facts. Today, Secretary Lew took the first step by requesting and accepting the resignation of the acting commissioner of the IRS, because given the controversy surrounding this audit, it’s important to institute new leadership that can help restore confidence going forward.

Second, we’re going to put in place new safeguards to make sure this kind of behavior cannot happen again. And I’ve directed Secretary Lew to ensure the IRS begins implementing the IG’s recommendations right away.

Third, we will work with Congress as it performs its oversight role. And our administration has to make sure that we are working hand in hand with Congress to get this thing fixed. Congress, Democrats and Republicans, owe it to the American people to treat that authority with the responsibility it deserves and in a way that doesn’t smack of politics or partisan agendas. Because I think one thing that you’ve seen is, across the board, everybody believes what happened in — as reported in the IG report is an outrage. The good news is it’s fixable, and it’s in everyone’s best interest to work together to fix it.

I’ll do everything in my power to make sure nothing like this happens again by holding the responsible parties accountable, by putting in place new checks and new safeguards, and going forward, by making sure that the law is applied as it should be — in a fair and impartial way. And we’re going to have to make sure that the laws are clear so that we can have confidence that they are enforced in a fair and impartial way, and that there’s not too much ambiguity surrounding these laws.

So that’s what I expect. That’s what the American people deserve. And that’s what we’re going to do.

Thank you very much.

- President Barack Obama, 15 May 2013

New Hotness: It’s a phony scandal.

Resist We Much on July 24, 2013 at 4:35 PM

Ohhhh. They’re phony. Whew! I can relax now. For a while, I thought this administration was really a bunch of good-for-nothing criminals and thugs. I’m glad he cleared that up.

SailorMark on July 24, 2013 at 4:33 PM

It’s also telling that he’s also referring to scandals he’s already apologized for and is supposedly still pursuing a resolution on.

From Benghazi to IRS and the others he’s made assurances that he’s getting to the bottom of what happened and things will be fixed and government will be accountable. Now he admits that he’s doing jack and doesn’t even see any wrongdoing.

gwelf on July 24, 2013 at 4:35 PM

The Obama speech then wasn’t really about trying to ensure any near-term forward movement. Instead it was about positioning — both for the policy fights to come this fall and for the midterm elections next November.

Well then, the GOP should be putting out an ad taking the rat-eared fraud’s words about saving Detroit and using them as a voice over of images from the third-world rat-hole that is the reality.

Happy Nomad on July 24, 2013 at 4:35 PM

The only thing that’s real about this regime is the scandals.

Flange on July 24, 2013 at 4:36 PM

Old & Busted:

With respect to Benghazi, we’ve now seen this argument that’s been made by some folks primarily up on Capitol Hill for months now. And I’ve just got to say — here’s what we know. Americans died in Benghazi. What we also know is clearly they were not in a position where they were adequately protected. The day after it happened, I acknowledged that this was an act of terrorism. And what I pledged to the American people was that we would find out what happened, we would make sure that it did not happen again, and we would make sure that we held accountable those who had perpetrated this terrible crime.

- President Barack Obama, 13 May 2013

New Hotness: It’s a phony scandal.

Resist We Much on July 24, 2013 at 4:38 PM

That’s what we’ve been fighting for, but with an endless parade of distractions, political posturing and phony scandals, Washington has taken its eye off the ball. And I am here to say this needs to stop. This needs to stop.

Two words:

Trayvon
Martin

GrannyDee on July 24, 2013 at 4:38 PM

Where do they find these dupes to stand behind him?…

PatriotRider on July 24, 2013 at 4:39 PM

Ladies and Gentlemen….THE GREAT UNITER!

What a waste of 8 years….

jjjdad on July 24, 2013 at 4:40 PM

The sad thing is we’ll never see justice.

Iblis on July 24, 2013 at 4:42 PM

New Hotness: It’s a phony scandal.

Resist We Much on July 24, 2013 at 4:35 PM

Right on.

Thanks for digging up his actual statements.

Obama was outraged that his happened. He was also outraged that anyone would suggest that he or his administration had a hand in it. He was outraged that people doubted his sincerity in holding government accountable. Now we have his own admission that he doesn’t care.

gwelf on July 24, 2013 at 4:42 PM

Ladies and Gentlemen….THE GREAT UNITER!

What a waste of 8 years….

jjjdad on July 24, 2013 at 4:40 PM

Not 8…when he leaves the land’s ratial relations will be set back by at least 70 years, due to him.

Schadenfreude on July 24, 2013 at 4:42 PM

Resist, for your blog.

Schadenfreude on July 24, 2013 at 4:43 PM

Resist, pls. post your link with the more than 19 resets.

Schadenfreude on July 24, 2013 at 4:45 PM

Obama: Man, all of these “phony scandals” have really been getting in the way of this economic recovery we’re in

Man, I mean, I know he already views himself as Lincoln and Jesus, but he must now think he’s a Jedi warrior too after that Obi-Wan type “these aren’t the droids you’re looking for” type speech.

nextgen_repub on July 24, 2013 at 4:48 PM

That’s what we’ve been fighting for, but with an endless parade of distractions, political posturing and phony scandals, Washington has taken its eye off the ball. And I am here to say this needs to stop. This needs to stop.

Obvious question of the day: How would these “phony scandals” possibly get in the way of this so-called “economic recovery?”

Reading between the lines gives a clear indication of how Obama views this country. Read his comments again: “Washington has taken its eye off the ball.” To Obama Washington, not Americans, creates jobs. If Washington becomes distracted the entire country naturally falls apart.

Once again, Obama views Americans as nothing more than servants of the government. Without Washington, we’re nothing.

Another question. If Obama is so willing to work with the Republicans then why is he not burying the hatchet? Instead, he points the blame at Republicans while, at the same time, complains about “finger pointing” in Washington. When will he actually lead and decide to rise above the pathetic blame game?

Obama is one hell of a narcissistic president.

Kingfisher on July 24, 2013 at 4:50 PM

Look another phony scandal…this time DOE.

d1carter on July 24, 2013 at 4:51 PM

The Great Divider—I am on board, let’s divide the country into two and have our own governments. Scrap the Mexico wall, instead build it parallel to the Keystone pipeline—with of course the pipeline on our side. Let those fools and tools tax and abort themselves all they want while we thrive.

hillsoftx on July 24, 2013 at 4:54 PM

Did I hear correctly that Obutthead is now claiming that Obamacare has resulted in a multitude of new job creation? Now he’s counting all those “navigators” and 14,000 new IRS pukes as increasing employment? What a putz.

NOMOBO on July 24, 2013 at 4:56 PM

Phoney! Obama is the BIGGEST PHONEY the world has ever seen. He makes wrestling seem real.

tim c on July 24, 2013 at 5:01 PM

“investments”

Lying doublespeak like this and “revenues” irritates me more than anything.

SirGawain on July 24, 2013 at 5:08 PM

despite the fact that our businesses have created nearly twice as many jobs in this recovery as businesses had at the same point in the last recovery, when there was no Obamacare.

The last recovery had all the jobs lost back in 27 months (which was the worst post Great Depression recovery at that time).

We’re at 48 months in now… how are jobs looking?

http://data.bls.gov/timeseries/LNS12300000

Still bouncing along the bottom I see. Is that the goal, seeing as that is what he’s proud of now?

The last recovery, and in fact EVERY recovery since the GD was DONE “at this point” and had been done, on average for OVER TWO YEARS. The recovery was over as we had RECOVERED.

Am I not supposed to know that?

gekkobear on July 24, 2013 at 5:12 PM

What a horrible, horrible man.

John the Libertarian on July 24, 2013 at 5:13 PM

“I wish Woodward and Bernstein would knock it off with the phony scandals.” ~ Dick Nixon, 1973

Afterseven on July 24, 2013 at 5:21 PM

Maybe Prezy Zero is confused since he himself is a ‘phony’ and a ‘scandal’.

ghostwalker1 on July 24, 2013 at 5:21 PM

As long as he remains president, may I say “no justice, no peace”.

mobydutch on July 24, 2013 at 5:24 PM

That’s what we’ve been fighting for, but with an endless parade of distractions, political posturing and phony scandals, Washington has taken its eye off the ball.

Tell that to George Zimmerman.

weaselyone on July 24, 2013 at 5:25 PM

Lot of white people creepy azz cracka’s in the audience behind Dog Eater, and they look like the cast of “Dawn of the Dead”.

Bishop on July 24, 2013 at 4:16 PM

Fixed

chewmeister on July 24, 2013 at 5:26 PM

0bama does know that since he has been president the economy has 9.5 million fewer jobs. That’s not what I call creating more than twice as many jobs as the last recession. Of course 0bama lies, he lies all the time.

jukin3 on July 24, 2013 at 5:27 PM

The last recovery, and in fact EVERY recovery since the GD was DONE “at this point” and had been done, on average for OVER TWO YEARS. The recovery was over as we had RECOVERED.

Am I not supposed to know that?

gekkobear on July 24, 2013 at 5:12 PM

No, you’re not. Like the low info nitwits that voted for this jackwagon, you are supposed to believe what ever he tells you.

chewmeister on July 24, 2013 at 5:30 PM

Of course 0bama lies, he lies all the time.

jukin3 on July 24, 2013 at 5:27 PM

Only when his lips move.

chewmeister on July 24, 2013 at 5:31 PM

Yawn. He’s going to Florida? I thought the sunshine state was verboten. Brooks to call this speech historic in 3…2…1.

Kissmygrits on July 24, 2013 at 5:40 PM

The really important news was in the CNN ticker on the bottom of the screen, that the future king of England is named George Alexander Louis.

By the time Hussein the First is finished with us, we might want to be subjects of George VI.

Steve Z on July 24, 2013 at 5:44 PM

Obama: Man, all of these “phony scandals” have really been getting in the way of this economic recovery we’re in

Benghazi wasn’t a phony scandal, because Obama wasn’t on the phone! Neither was Hillary, but what difference did that make?

Steve Z on July 24, 2013 at 5:48 PM

The only thing that’s real about this regime is the scandals.

Flange on July 24, 2013 at 4:36 PM

I was searching for the right words and… Bam! You nailed it.

Fallon on July 24, 2013 at 5:48 PM

His remarks were written for him by crr6 no doubt.

Del Dolemonte on July 24, 2013 at 4:08 PM

I was gonna say, he got a job in the White House?

Ward Cleaver on July 24, 2013 at 6:00 PM

What a bad, bad man.

John the Libertarian on July 24, 2013 at 5:13 PM

Edited for accuracy.

Del Dolemonte on July 24, 2013 at 6:16 PM

You know what’s phony, Obama??? You!!! I believe you weren’t born here because there is nothing American about you!!! It’s a sin that Obama can get away with all these ‘phony’ scandals. He should be in jail by now along with his criminal friend and AG Eric Holder.

sadsushi on July 24, 2013 at 6:30 PM

Baron Barack Munchausen.

His lies wear seven league boots.

profitsbeard on July 24, 2013 at 11:27 PM

Wow…. Barry has gone from douche to just another joke.

donabernathy on July 25, 2013 at 12:57 AM

When Is MSNBC Going To Start Giving Obama Credit For This ‘Amazing Economy’?

Resist We Much on July 24, 2013 at 4:32 PM

To be fair, they’re probably still working from the last memo that said the economy was all Bush’s fault — er, credit.

There Goes the Neighborhood on July 25, 2013 at 1:30 AM

When Is MSNBC Going To Start Giving Obama Credit For This ‘Amazing Economy’?

Resist We Much on July 24, 2013 at 4:32 PM

Great graphs, by the way.

There Goes the Neighborhood on July 25, 2013 at 1:35 AM

Obama is a great cheerleader. The point, though, is that we don’t need a cheerleader, but a quarterback.

Theophile on July 25, 2013 at 3:01 AM

Nice try but the scandals are NOT phony. Try something else.

Amazingoly on July 25, 2013 at 7:09 AM

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