Chuck Todd: Nothing new in Obama’s déjà pivot

posted at 3:21 pm on July 25, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

NBC’s Chuck Todd didn’t expect to hear anything new from Barack Obama’s “déjà pivot,” and in that sense Obama certainly delivered.  Noting that the first three letters of news is N-E-W, Todd told the Morning Joe crew today that Obama didn’t make any of either.  Obama went on the campaign trail not to make a difference in the political debate, Todd believes, but as a self-tonic (via The Corner):

Yesterday’s job speeches were more of the same from President Obama, says NBC’s Chuck Todd. “If you’re looking for the ‘new’ — No, there wasn’t ‘new’ in there,” he said on Morning Joe today.

Todd sensed that the speeches were also a sign that the “flagging” White House is “stuck” because of a lack of agenda. “I think the president needed to do this,” Todd explained. “I think he needed to go in front of crowds, I think he needed to re-energize himself.”

Dana Milbank had reached that conclusion a day before Obama gave the speech.  The entire exercise, Milbank wrote, showed that Obama was out of ideas, and had gone into “reruns” instead:

How can the president make news, and remake the agenda, by delivering the same message he gave in 2005? He’s even giving the speech from the same place, Galesburg, Ill.

White House officials say this will show Obama’s consistency. “We plead guilty to the charge that there is a thematic continuity that exists between the speech the president will give in Galesburg, at Knox College on Wednesday, and his speech in Osawatomie [Kansas, in 2011] and his speech back at Knox College in 2005,” White House press secretary Jay Carney said.

Yes, but this also risks sending the signal that, just six months into his second term, Obama is fresh out of ideas. There’s little hope of getting Congress to act on major initiatives and little appetite in the White House to fight for bold new legislation that is likely to fail. And so the president, it seems, is going into reruns. …

If he’s to break through the resistance, Obama will need some bold new proposals. That’s why his speech returning to the oldies would seem to confirm that the White House has given up on big achievements.

The editors at the Wall Street Journal note that Obama’s attempt to blame “inequality” for the sorry state of the Obama recovery is indeed the same-old, same-old — and it’s the reason why Obama had to give the speech at all.  Had Obama focused on growth rather than “fairness,” both of these problems might have disappeared:

The President summed up his economic priorities close to the top of his hour-long address. “This growing inequality isn’t just morally wrong; it’s bad economics,” he told his Galesburg, Illinois audience. “When middle-class families have less to spend, businesses have fewer customers. When wealth concentrates at the very top, it can inflate unstable bubbles that threaten the economy. When the rungs on the ladder of opportunity grow farther apart, it undermines the very essence of this country.”

Then the heart of the matter: “That’s why reversing these trends must be Washington’s highest priority. It’s certainly my highest priority.”

Which is the problem. For four and a half years, Mr. Obama has focused his policies on reducing inequality rather than increasing growth. The predictable result has been more inequality and less growth. As even Mr. Obama conceded in his speech, the rich have done well in the last few years thanks to a rising stock market, but the middle class and poor have not. The President called his speech “A Better Bargain for the Middle Class,” but no President has done worse by the middle class in modern times.

By now the lackluster growth figures are well known. The recovery that began four years ago has been one of the weakest on record, averaging a little more than 2%. And it has not gained speed. Growth in the fourth quarter of 2012 was 0.4%. It rose to a still anemic 1.8% in the first quarter but most economists are predicting even slower growth in the second quarter.

Populism may sell with voters, but its policies don’t create economic growth, as the last four years have conclusively demonstrated.  If Obama was more interested in economic growth than his own political energy, he might have suggested a real change of course on regulatory and tax policies.  Instead, we just got the familiar déjà pivot.


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Perfect picture, inside.

Schadenfreude on July 25, 2013 at 3:23 PM

Chunky is a lead fluffer.

Bmore on July 25, 2013 at 3:25 PM

NEWS.

North. East. West. South.

Ben Hur on July 25, 2013 at 3:25 PM

Dana Milbank had reached that conclusion a day before Obama gave the speech.

Well, Chuck Todd is a little slower than most people.

UltimateBob on July 25, 2013 at 3:26 PM

Never mind jobs/economy…the poverty pimp and race-huckster has his priorities.

Fluke you all, into oblivion, where you belong.

Schadenfreude on July 25, 2013 at 3:26 PM

I think at a certain point you’ve made enough speeches.

PackerBronco on July 25, 2013 at 3:27 PM

When you’ve lost Democratic operative and professional propagandist Chuck Todd….

MTF on July 25, 2013 at 3:27 PM

Welcome to Bangladesh

Schadenfreude on July 25, 2013 at 3:29 PM

The architect of destruction, the USA’s princeling.

Schadenfreude on July 25, 2013 at 3:31 PM

obama gave the same exact speech, sans the oceans/skies idiocy, in 2005.

NO one gives a damn about a word he says.

Schadenfreude on July 25, 2013 at 3:32 PM

Well I thought his speech was fantastic. He’s just trying to warn us that we can’t keep returning to the same failed policies of the last 10 ye….uh, I mean the previous 10 years….I mean whoever came before him. It’s his fault!

Doughboy on July 25, 2013 at 3:32 PM

I don’t know why the Obama Campaign doesn’t just come up with some kind of novelty to keep these guys fappin. It wouldn’t take much. A catch phrase. A gimmick. Something just a little better than “grow from the middle out” would do the trick.

forest on July 25, 2013 at 3:36 PM

“I think he needed to go in front of crowds, I think he needed to re-energize himself.”

True dat. He feeds off adoration and applause. Reinforces his narcissism.

Must not be getting much ego-stroking from Valerie and Michelle lately.

Wethal on July 25, 2013 at 3:39 PM

When you’ve lost Democratic operative and professional propagandist Chuck Todd TOAD….

MTF on July 25, 2013 at 3:27 PM

FIFY.

bofh on July 25, 2013 at 3:40 PM

Wow a Lame Duck six months into his second term. That has got to be a record.

Johnnyreb on July 25, 2013 at 3:42 PM

Speaking of déjà vu, wasn’t this posted yesterday???

conservative pilgrim on July 25, 2013 at 3:43 PM

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Pres Obama has tightened up his economic speech. Today it ran about 26minutes. 1st one yesterday was 1hr 6mins.

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canopfor on July 25, 2013 at 3:44 PM

Lost. Decade.

xuyee on July 25, 2013 at 3:46 PM

Obama Idiocy of the Day: Ho Chi Minh Was Inspired By America’s Founding Fathers

Resist We Much on July 25, 2013 at 3:33 PM

What a commieturd, for the shame of the land, and the world.

Schadenfreude on July 25, 2013 at 3:46 PM

President Obama speaks on state of US economy, July 2013
http://www.breakingnews.com/topic/president-obama-speaks-on-state-of-us-economy-july-2013
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President Obama: ‘If we’re willing to take a few bold steps… our economy will be better a year from now’ – live video

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President Obama: More modern ports mean more good jobs; ‘that’s why I took executive action’ to speed up port modernization at JAXPORT – @markknoller

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canopfor on July 25, 2013 at 3:47 PM

Pres Obama has tightened up his economic speech. Today it ran about 26minutes. 1st one yesterday was 1hr 6mins.

Mark Knoller ‏@markknoller 32m

It’s AMAZING what happens when you cut ‘Boooooooooooooosh!’ out of an Obama speech.

Resist We Much on July 25, 2013 at 3:50 PM

MeanWhile,this just Popped Up::

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canopfor on July 25, 2013 at 3:50 PM

Obama would do better to announce a new Five Year Plan every few weeks, to replace the one(s) from last month.

He’s nothing more than a one-trick pony, and this show got old halfway through his first term.

Liam on July 25, 2013 at 3:52 PM

Gee, why didn’t he drag those Greek columns back out for the speech?

Bitter Clinger on July 25, 2013 at 3:52 PM

Lost. Decade.

xuyee on July 25, 2013 at 3:46 PM

Oh, it’ll be much longer than that. Try half-century.

nobar on July 25, 2013 at 3:52 PM

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canopfor on July 25, 2013 at 3:53 PM

Related topic by a water carrier Tom Jacobs of Salon:

Given the many instances of Tea Partiers lashing out in anger over the past few years, it’s reasonable to think this is an extremely unhappy group of people. Reasonable, but wrong. At least, that’s the implication of newly published research from Canada. It finds a “significant association” between authoritarian attitudes and a subjective sense of well-being

What’s wrong with this phrasing? Well, everything. Does anyone remember the “many instances of TEA partiers ‘lashing out in anger’”? Can these instances be cited with specific examples?

And who is more “authoritarian” than the do-gooder self-named “progressives”?

Why would anyone trust such garbage “research” or its conclusions?

onlineanalyst on July 25, 2013 at 3:54 PM

MeanWhile,this just Popped Up::

Congressional Budget Office: Canceling sequestration would create 900,000 jobs – @WashTimes

canopfor on July 25, 2013 at 3:50 PM

So, the government just isn’t spending enough?

Mega fail.

Bitter Clinger on July 25, 2013 at 3:54 PM

Funny how redistribution, spreading the wealth, or fairness doesn’t ever seem to do what those words would indicate.

When a group of people suddenly get charged with divvying up a pile of money, some of that money always makes it back to the group’s friends.

hawksruleva on July 25, 2013 at 3:55 PM

Populism may sell with voters, but its policies don’t create economic growth.

How true. Facts never ever enter into the picture. Suppose you had a city, the most prosperous in the entire world, beautiful and dynamic in every way. Then suppose you put this city under the strict control of union Democrats so that “the virtues of the middle class could be protected from the rapacious rich.” Then let’s suppose that the city went into complete ruin, became one huge slum and eventually had to declare bankruptcy. You might think that “fact” might show people that Democratic policies don’t work. But, no, liberals argue, the reason it slid into bankruptcy was that Democrats hadn’t been doing enough in the city. They were too soft and moderate. They should have ratcheted up their policies to the nth degree.

Likewise with our country. Under Obama, our country has been falling into wreckage. “Oh, please, you just don’t understand!” cry the liberals. “It’s because Obama hasn’t been able to go far enough. Just let him do exactly what he wants and unicorns will come and dance for us.”

Burke on July 25, 2013 at 3:55 PM

Chuck Todd would still lick Obamas shoes if he had the chance.

Jack_Burton on July 25, 2013 at 3:57 PM

Does Obysmal have to fire up AF-1 repeatedly to spew this regurgitated drivel?

onlineanalyst on July 25, 2013 at 3:57 PM

This gentleman said it best:

“Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.”

Winston Churchill

Quagmire would take 2 hours to say something that that great man summed up in one sentence. Great intellect my a$$.

jukin3 on July 25, 2013 at 3:59 PM

Mark Knoller ‏@markknoller 32m

It’s AMAZING what happens when you cut ‘Boooooooooooooosh!’ out of an Obama speech.

Resist We Much on July 25, 2013 at 3:50 PM

Resist We Much:

True Dat,once again,Obama is Kicking the can down the road,
then,……….plays golf,………..le nuts!:)

canopfor on July 25, 2013 at 4:00 PM

It was the same warmed-over Marxism its always been.

What do people expect from the Dear Liar?

Galt2009 on July 25, 2013 at 4:03 PM

Todd may have been down on the speech, but I’m sure if you ask David Brooks, he’ll tell you it was Obama’s latest “Best Speech Ever”, in a 1/2 year line of “Best Speech Ever” pronouncements by David.

jon1979 on July 25, 2013 at 4:04 PM

Shameless times

Schadenfreude on July 25, 2013 at 4:06 PM

canopfor on July 25, 2013 at 3:50 PM

So, the government just isn’t spending enough?

Mega fail.

Bitter Clinger on July 25, 2013 at 3:54 PM

Bitter Clinger:It takes money to make money,er wait,…(sarc)!:)

canopfor on July 25, 2013 at 4:10 PM

I’m still laughing about this from yesterday’s speechifying:

“We’ve got to set our eyes on the horizon. We will find an ocean of tomorrows. We will find a sky of tomorrows for the American people and for this great country that we love.”

All hail the Unicorn King!

Sufferin’ succotash, who the h*ll writes drivel like this? It sounds like something a lovesick 16-yr-old girl would send to her boyfriend.

GrannyDee on July 25, 2013 at 4:14 PM

Does anyone remember the “many instances of TEA partiers ‘lashing out in anger’”? Can these instances be cited with specific examples?

onlineanalyst on July 25, 2013 at 3:54 PM

Tea Partiers don’t have to do anything to be labeled ‘angry’. Our opposition to big government is enough to condemn us. Liberals have relied since the 80s on their stereotype of Conservatives as ‘angry white men’ for their definition of us. That’s their basis of all things about, or to do, with us. The other day, in three threads, one troll kept tossing the word ‘conservative’ in everything he posted, to the tune of about thirty times. It was his word of the day.

Liberals don’t know the definition of us, don’t understand us, and don’t want to grasp our points. They dismiss them (and us) out of hand, they pigeonhole us in their narrow and limited terms.

Fair enough, I guess. We don’t have much use for liberals, either.

Liam on July 25, 2013 at 4:15 PM

Obama, pivots to “focus like a lazer” and “will not rest until he fixes the economy” for the 19th time during his Presidency.

Hey, what is that definition of insanity?

Gunlock Bill on July 25, 2013 at 4:17 PM

All hail the Unicorn King!

Sufferin’ succotash, who the h*ll writes drivel like this? It sounds like something a lovesick 16-yr-old girl would send to her boyfriend.

GrannyDee on July 25, 2013 at 4:14 PM

GrannyDee:

Lol,I’m mezmerized by the RainBow Laser Beams!!:)

canopfor on July 25, 2013 at 4:45 PM

whaddya mean nothing new, F-Chuck???
.
Het Buddy, we learned ALL the those distracting Obumma Admin scandals have been manufactured by the Republican controlled congress and are basically phony.
.
I’d say we heard plenty of new “feel good” Toadster.

FlaMurph on July 25, 2013 at 5:08 PM

I think Obama made news by saying that Washington was distracted by “phony” scandals. That’s certainly a change from saying that he was “outraged” about the IRS scandal.

TarheelBen on July 25, 2013 at 5:13 PM

Chuck Todd would still lick Obamas shoes kiss Obama’s ass if he had the chance.

FIFY

txdoc on July 25, 2013 at 5:18 PM

If Obama was more interested in economic growth than his own political energy

You’re asking that of a Narcissist?

Another Drew on July 25, 2013 at 5:37 PM

It sounds like something a lovesick 16-yr-old girl would send to her boyfriend.

And Barry fills both ends of that relationship.

Another Drew on July 25, 2013 at 5:39 PM

Lol,I’m mezmerized by the RainBow Laser Beams!!:)

canopfor on July 25, 2013 at 4:45 PM

It sounds like something a lovesick 16-yr-old girl would send to her boyfriend.

And Barry fills both ends of that relationship.

Another Drew on July 25, 2013 at 5:39 PM

Giggles of the day.

GrannyDee on July 25, 2013 at 6:01 PM

Now we know why we’ll never see his college transcripts or works.

The guy’s never had an original idea.

Now the whole world knows.

MichaelGabriel on July 25, 2013 at 6:04 PM

The only reason TFG’s speech was cut from an hour plus to 20 minutes is that he’s got a tee time to make.

This POS knows he can leave the press to fill in the blanks for him, good little Truth Ministry propagandists that they are.

MTF on July 25, 2013 at 6:30 PM