Good news: Obama pivoting again to the economy

posted at 9:21 am on September 12, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

After his humiliation on the world stage over Syria, we all knew this was coming … right?  Behold, the evergreen “pivot” strategy (via Instapundit):

The White House is signaling it wants to shift back to the economy after two weeks in which the Syrian crisis has dominated President Obama’s schedule and workload.

Obama will be “focusing” on issues related to the economy in the coming weeks, White House press secretary Jay Carney said Wednesday at his daily briefing.

He said the president wants to push forward with economic policies that the White House believes will grow the middle class.

Obama tried starting off his summer with a campaign-style tour of the nation, until suddenly deciding that bombing Syria took precedence.  At the time, pundits thought his sudden switch to foreign policy was a tactic to distract from his Magical Economy Tour flop. Now he needs to divert attention from his huge debacle on global security and diplomacy, and it’s any pivot in a storm.

Democrats are happy to see the pivot, so that both parties can look bad, rather than just the one controlling foreign policy:

The pressure off for now on Syria, Democrats are eager to return to Washington’s regularly scheduled gridlock.

Pitched debates loom on the government’s budget and its debt – never flattering endeavors that in recent years have sunk the nation’s credit rating and Congress’ popularity.

At least those debacles made both parties look bad. For Democrats, that’s a welcome reprieve from the political turmoil President Barack Obama stirred with his on-off bid to get Congress to get behind the missile strike he wanted to launch against Syria over its alleged use of chemical weapons in a civil war.

At least the White House got some good news on that front today, with the lowest weekly initial jobless claim level in years– but don’t get too excited:

In the week ending September 7, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 292,000, a decrease of 31,000 from the previous week’s unrevised figure of 323,000. The 4-week moving average was 321,250, a decrease of 7,500 from the previous week’s revised average of 328,750.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.2 percent for the week ending August 31, a decrease of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week’s unrevised rate. The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending August 31 was 2,871,000, a decrease of 73,000 from the preceding week’s revised level of 2,944,000. The 4-week moving average was 2,953,000, a decrease of 24,750 from the preceding week’s revised average of 2,977,750.

That’s the good news.  The bad news is that two states had computer problems and didn’t report any numbers at all. The Department of Labor didn’t identify the states, but the revision next week is likely to be substantial.

The problem, though, is that we’re not adding jobs either — at least not in terms of population growth.  The White House published data this week showing that, which I posted in the Green Room on Tuesday.

The charted level of annual job creation looks decent at 2 million a year, but not when you take into account population growth, as I explained:

We need to add about 150,000 jobs a month to keep up with population growth, which comes to 1.8 million jobs a year.  At a pace of 2 million a year, it would take us 25 years to create enough jobs to catch up to the 5 million who have left the work force since January 2011, when the stagnation curve starts in this chart.

Even the people who put Obama-era jobs reports in the sunniest of terms pointed out this month that the jobs market is going in reverse, and that the August report was bad news.  This is what we get from four years of constant pivoting — spin and running in circles.  At least the spin is wearing thin, finally.


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Renee on September 12, 2013 at 9:23 AM

Obama will be “focusing” on issues related to the economy in the coming weeks, White House press secretary Jay Carney said Wednesday at his daily briefing.

He said the president wants to push forward with economic policies that the White House believes will grow the middle class.

They actually sat down and discussed issuing these
statements??

WOW!

Clinical Depression is such an Insidious disease…

ToddPA on September 12, 2013 at 9:23 AM

Maybe Putin can make obozo surrender his economic laser after he’s done disarming Syria.

Flange on September 12, 2013 at 9:23 AM

Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha. Wreckovery Fall.

JimK on September 12, 2013 at 9:24 AM

Oh. My. God. Can’t he just go on vacation, and leave us alone?

MTF on September 12, 2013 at 9:24 AM

Who knew that Obama wasn’t smart enough to do both debacles at the same time???

Gunlock Bill on September 12, 2013 at 9:25 AM

It is an amazing coincidence that the Syria ‘crisis’ ended on the Benghazi anniversary. Amazing.

Let the scandal talk begin anew.

faraway on September 12, 2013 at 9:25 AM

Pound sand, you doorstop, this pivoting is getting old; everyone knows the man is bereft of the skills necessary to do his job, nothing will change.

Bishop on September 12, 2013 at 9:26 AM

Ok, how much more does he want to spend?

rickv404 on September 12, 2013 at 9:26 AM

Maybe Obombya can offer an Op-Ed on the economy to Pravda….

hillsoftx on September 12, 2013 at 9:26 AM

I guess the immigration issue is now off the table.

22044 on September 12, 2013 at 9:27 AM

He will start out about helping the middle class then pivot to the unfairness of wage difference between the top and bottom.He does it everytime.He never stops trying to buy votes and nothing gets done.

docflash on September 12, 2013 at 9:29 AM

Maybe the rat-eared bastard can get some pointers on improving the economy from Comrade Putin. Actually, he’s more of a capitalist than Obama ever was, even in his own imagination.

TXUS on September 12, 2013 at 9:31 AM

Which part of the economy does he plan on destroying this time.

Grunt on September 12, 2013 at 9:31 AM

Slightly OT. The low information, under 30 voters have no idea that if they don’t have health insurance they have to pay next year.
I don’t know how the pivot president is going to be able to keep all these balls in the air.
At some point, young Joe Blow figures out that a new war has started and he’s being charged for health insurance he doesn’t want and doesn’t need.
It is going to start this month as Joe Blow is being asked to sign up for benefits plans right now through the end of October.

ORconservative on September 12, 2013 at 9:31 AM

What happened to the Printing Presses for the Money??

Did they break the Fu*king things??

ToddPA on September 12, 2013 at 9:32 AM

DOTUS

Always working to bring this country to its knees.

PappyD61 on September 12, 2013 at 9:32 AM

We’re saved!

myiq2xu on September 12, 2013 at 9:33 AM

Good thing there are no scandals in the Executive branch to distract us from wrecking the economy further.

Well, maybe we can legalize about 30 million illegal aliens and give them all government supplied health insurance.

That’ll get this economy started.

Chris of Rights on September 12, 2013 at 9:33 AM

The man’s “pivoting” is far more like scurrying. Like a roach from the light.

ROCnPhilly on September 12, 2013 at 9:34 AM

He said the president wants to push forward with economic policies that the White House believes will grow the middle class.

Whose middle class? Mexico’s? Obama’s policies are destroying the U.S. middle class, but if he manages to ram amnesty through, on top of Obamacare, it’ll be a real boon to Mexico’s economy.

AZCoyote on September 12, 2013 at 9:34 AM

Oh. My. God. Can’t he just go on vacation, and leave us alone?

MTF on September 12, 2013 at 9:24 AM

Yah, please…like: F O R E !!

gracie on September 12, 2013 at 9:35 AM

Cause he’s done such a bang up job on it so far.

Earth to Obama – Teachers and Firefighters are not the answer to every question.

gophergirl on September 12, 2013 at 9:39 AM

Well with jobs growth not even handling normal population increase let alone replacing lost jobs… Clearly what we need to do is push for an additional importing of 50 million foreign nationals in desperate need of a job ( or welfare) over the next ten years

And it wouldn’t hurt to cut off all energy production at the knees and add trillions of dollars in cost by adding thousands of new Federal regulations… Many of which can’t even be complied with because the technology doesn’t exist or the regulations literally make no sense and are designed to shut down industries ‘we don’t like’

How’s that for a lazer focus!

Caseoftheblues on September 12, 2013 at 9:40 AM

He’s pivoting while Vlad Putin is dunking on him and putting a jock strap over his head……

ted c on September 12, 2013 at 9:40 AM

May Putin will write another op-ed column this time schooling Obama on domestic issues.

veni vidi vici on September 12, 2013 at 9:42 AM

Obama will be “focusing” on issues related to the economy in the coming weeks, White House press secretary Jay Carney said Wednesday at his daily briefing.

Remember when our Presidents were not stupid lazy fifth columnists who only concentrate on one thing at a time, do it badly, embark on a campaign to sell inane ideas, all before flitting off to some other thing?

Good times.

Happy Nomad on September 12, 2013 at 9:50 AM

To alleviate the overworked employees at the US mint, Obama’s new plan to boost the economy will be to issue everyone their own printing press so every citizen and non citizen alike, can print their own capital.

veni vidi vici on September 12, 2013 at 9:50 AM

Obama will be “focusing” on issues related to the economy in the coming weeks, White House press secretary Jay Carney said Wednesday at his daily briefing.

You mean “focused like a laser” or a child’s penlight?
In other words, whatever gets the objective media off his back.
The Petulant Pissant is unable to multi-task. Oh wait! What am I saying! B. Hussein Øb☭ma IS “focused” alright … on himself.
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Karl Magnus on September 12, 2013 at 9:51 AM

He wants to help the middle class, huh? How about pivoting 180 degrees and undo everything he’s done in the last 4-1/2 years, that would be a start.

antipc on September 12, 2013 at 9:51 AM

May Putin will write another op-ed column this time schooling Obama on domestic issues.

veni vidi vici on September 12, 2013 at 9:42 AM

another good idea.

Putin for President by Proxy.

gracie on September 12, 2013 at 9:51 AM

Obama and Syria: Stumbling Toward Damascus by JOE KLEIN(!!!) It’s time for one more PIVOT.

The President’s uneven Syria response has damaged his office and weakened the nation.

Resist We Much on September 12, 2013 at 9:52 AM

So Syria is all wrapped up, that’s good to know.

Say, what’s the Syrian body count today at the hands of Asswad’s deadly, out of control militia. Not that it matters because everyone killed with a conventional munition died with a smile on their face.

Bishop on September 12, 2013 at 9:52 AM

Obama is like a tuna flopping around on the deck of a ship.

No matter which way he goes he’s just bouncing around without direction.

Gatsu on September 12, 2013 at 9:52 AM

Earth to Obama – Teachers and Firefighters are not the answer to every question.

gophergirl on September 12, 2013 at 9:39 AM

Of course not! In fact it is the public sector unions that are the answer to every question. That’s how you keep up your ground game for the next election.

But it is interesting. Have we so resolved Syria that it is time to focus on the economy again? Seems to me that nothing has been resolved other than the fact that the thin-skinned rat is as incompetent as he is lazy and stupid.

Happy Nomad on September 12, 2013 at 9:53 AM

A word of advice for his next scripted speech…

Obama: “As a young boy, I dreamed of being a baseball; but tonight I say, we must move forward, not backward; upward, not forward; and always twirling, twirling, twirling towards freedom!”

Ukiah on September 12, 2013 at 9:53 AM

Obama seems to really like being the pivot man. At this point isn’t it really a pirouette?

Rocks on September 12, 2013 at 9:54 AM

Oh crap! The stock market tanked after his Magical Economy Tour, then took off again when he had his broken laser focused on Syria. Go find some other distraction and leave the economy alone, it does very well without you.

Trafalgar on September 12, 2013 at 9:55 AM

To alleviate the overworked employees at the US mint, Obama’s new plan to boost the economy will be to issue everyone their own printing press so every citizen and non citizen alike, can print their own capital.
veni vidi vici on September 12, 2013 at 9:50 AM

Why not, he is giving away everything else! From cell phones to cash from “Obama’s Stash” (ht: Ken Ragulski, WJR Radio, Detroit)
I Came, I Saw, I Gave it All Away. – BHO
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Karl Magnus on September 12, 2013 at 9:55 AM

Earth to Obama – Teachers and Firefighters are not the answer to every question.

gophergirl on September 12, 2013 at 9:39 AM

You’re right, gophergirl!

‘Let me be clear, roads & bridges’ are the answers to the others!’

- President Obama

Resist We Much on September 12, 2013 at 9:58 AM

Say, what’s the Syrian body count today at the hands of Asswad’s deadly, out of control militia. Not that it matters because everyone killed with a conventional munition died with a smile on their face.

Bishop on September 12, 2013 at 9:52 AM

You right-wingers! This is why you keep losing elections. You don’t understand nuance the way the Obama administration does. Conventional munitions are not CW so there is nothing immoral about killing innocent civilians by CIA-provided weaponry. That’s why it was okay for the United States to rain cruise missiles down to kill innocent Syrians to send the message that it is wrong to kill innocent Syrians. Nuance!!! /

Russia is kicking our ass and the thin-skinned rat wants to simply ignore foreign policy again? Sorry but he broke it, he bought it.

Happy Nomad on September 12, 2013 at 9:59 AM

Which part of the economy does he plan on destroying this time.

Grunt on September 12, 2013 at 9:31 AM

No kidding! He’s like a Reverse Midas.

Resist We Much on September 12, 2013 at 10:01 AM

The president may be the most temperamentally unfit person ever to serve in the White House, but man, ballerinas at the Joffrey wish they could pivot as much as Obama and draw the same sort of media huzzahs.

jon1979 on September 12, 2013 at 10:01 AM

Obama is like a tuna flopping around on the deck of a ship.
No matter which way he goes he’s just bouncing around without direction.
Gatsu on September 12, 2013 at 9:52 AM

That’s how Emperor Øligula rolls, like the leader of the “Choom Gang”.
OR … The Three Stooges: ♫♪ “The Curly Shuffle” ♫♪ …
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=upkF1LTQK94

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Karl Magnus on September 12, 2013 at 10:01 AM

Obama pivoting again to the economy

Why? What’d we ever do to him?

Midas on September 12, 2013 at 10:02 AM

And green energy, don’t forget green energy. What we need are more bridges built with green energy so firefighters can get to burning schools which are also built with green energy and rescue the teachers who are the watchdogs of our children.

Man, I amaze myself sometimes with my deep thinking.

Bishop on September 12, 2013 at 10:07 AM

Why pivot to the economy unless it is to take his ‘credit card’ away. Shut him down. It’s the only way to stop him. BTW, where is the budget???? Where has one been since 2009?

BetseyRoss on September 12, 2013 at 10:07 AM

Russia is kicking our ass and the thin-skinned rat wants to simply ignore foreign policy again? Sorry but he broke it, he bought it.

Happy Nomad on September 12, 2013 at 9:59 AM

On the one hand, it’s hilarious to watch as Øb☭ma is rolled by Mad Vlad (ras)Putín like a kid with a stick and an old tire. On the other, important hand, he is embarrassing as git out to the United States as he demonstrates that we are “led” by a man-child in mom-jeans.
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Karl Magnus on September 12, 2013 at 10:08 AM

He’s pivoting while Vlad Putin is dunking on him and putting a jock strap over his head……

ted c on September 12, 2013 at 9:40 AM

I see what you did there….

In keeping with the basketball metaphor, any casual observer would agree that every time Obama pivots, he drags his pivot foot. This shows his lack of offensive skills and poor coaching (or poor application of his coaching.) With impartial refs, such “walking” results in a loss of possession. Instead, in our country right now the refs say “Play on!” in the hopes that he can somehow score in spite of his ineptitude, hoping that the country will be better off if he eventually gets the ball in the basket.

What chilling naivete from the self-proclaimed “smart people”!

He has passed all other Presidents as the most inept political post player in our nation’s history, and he still has 3 more years to set a lower standard….

rwenger43 on September 12, 2013 at 10:11 AM

the president wants to push forward with economic policies that the White House believes will grow the middle class.

Next the Middle class appeals to Russia for help.

Kenosha Kid on September 12, 2013 at 10:14 AM

Between this man’s continuous circular reasoning and his multitudinous pivots to the left, it’s no wonder all of his followers are so dizzy.

They haven’t learned yet to ignore him for their own well-being.

rwenger43 on September 12, 2013 at 10:15 AM

Good news: Obama pivoting again to the economy

Well, got to get off the shnide, and break that “O”-fer- four &1/2.

socalcon on September 12, 2013 at 10:16 AM

After Obysmal’s flameout in the realm of foreign policy with the Syria debacle, I’d be worried if I was in the middle class and looking for a job. Who’s he going to outsource this effort to?

Kissmygrits on September 12, 2013 at 10:18 AM

Obama’s basic problem is that his one and only strategy is to talk about a problem in grandiose terms until he moves on to his next job. This time he’s stuck around so long people a starting to notice he never actually gets to finish anything.

Fred 2 on September 12, 2013 at 10:21 AM

It’s not really a pivot, it’s more like a sit and spin.

Flange on September 12, 2013 at 10:25 AM

Awesome crease in those pants, just awesome.

Oldnuke on September 12, 2013 at 10:37 AM

Hard to pivot to the economy when he standing on it’s neck.

JimK on September 12, 2013 at 10:39 AM

Does anybody know if Putin is speaking at CPAC?

smitty41 on September 12, 2013 at 10:45 AM

History is replete with examples of empires mounting impressive military campaigns on the cusp of their impending economic collapse.

roflmmfao

donabernathy on September 12, 2013 at 10:49 AM

Geesh! Obama’s already made a huge mess of the economy and everything else he’s done. Can’t he just go back to the golf course and stay there?

jqc1970 on September 12, 2013 at 10:49 AM

Why is King Obama still sitting on his hands with not approving the Keystone pipeline?? This nation need jobs and independence from foreign suppliers! It’s a no brainer, but of course, why give hope to workers when its more convenient to suppress progress. How’s that golf game going Obama?

karlinsync on September 12, 2013 at 10:53 AM

So now, back to one of his other many trainwrecks.

stukinIL4now on September 12, 2013 at 10:56 AM

Let him be clear here; he will not rest until the economy improves.

For a guy who presumably never rests, he sure spends an awful lot of time golfing and vacationing…

CaptFlood on September 12, 2013 at 10:57 AM

Zero will solve the problem, using his unique and scary blend of math and logic. If lowering the work week to 29.9 hours a week created lots of jobs, imagine what lowering it to 19.9 hours could do. People would just be two jobs away from being back to a 39.8 hour work week, which would bolster the middle class! If that doesn’t work, there is always the Democrat fallback of a $25 minimum wage, 6 years of unemployment, EBT cards a-plenty, new and improved fines for anyone employed, and including everything up to a paper cut as a disability.

Given Zero’s lifetime track record of uselessness, most recently evidenced by his being played during the CubanSyrconia Missile Crisis, you’ll have to forgive my lack of confidence. The Pivot and Squirrel Game is long past shopworn.

MrKleenexMuscles on September 12, 2013 at 10:57 AM

Yeah its pretty much a given that the minute the party of stupid gets into it with the party of stupid voters the GOP will screw it up and make the Dems look good.

neyney on September 12, 2013 at 11:16 AM

karlinsync on September 12, 2013 at 10:53 AM

I’m pretty sure you answered your first sentence with your second sentence.

Cindy Munford on September 12, 2013 at 11:20 AM

The White House is signaling it wants to shift back to the economy after two weeks in which the Syrian crisis has dominated President Obama’s schedule and workload.

The results of his efforts these past two week would suggest that this is not such a great idea.

For us, that is.

Jabberwock on September 12, 2013 at 11:40 AM

Putin achieved what the domestic and int’l media refused to do – expose obama to his real size.

Suffocate in his azz, most all media. YOU deserve no less and the world/USA are diminished because of your Utopian PC insanities. I hope you all will be destroyed.

Schadenfreude on September 12, 2013 at 12:09 PM

Laurel & Hardy

Schadenfreude on September 12, 2013 at 12:12 PM

I see numerous commenters’ pose the question: Why does he hate us?
You’d think the Manure Spreading Media might consider asking that question … after all they’re only 6 YEARS TOO LATE in asking.
My suggestion is that they start by reading his TWO autobiographies. Yea, two written by a freshman Illinois senate member (voting a record times “present”) and Panahou High School bench scrub who proposed nor supported few pieces of legislation, except perhaps that part about making it legal to kill an aborted fetus that survived the trauma. (He still believes in this masterful stroke of savage legislation). I can’t wait until his daughters ask him about why he supported that.
In ‘HIS’ book’s you’ll discover that King Putt has a VICERAL HATERED for America. All Fifty-seven states

Missilengr on September 12, 2013 at 12:14 PM

The charted level of annual job creation looks decent at 2 million a year, but not when you take into account population growth…

Exactly.

Look at the Employment-Population Ratio, correlated with Majority Party.

If we had the same level of employment now that we enjoyed under Bush and the Republican Congress, over 11.8 Million more people would be employed right now.

ITguy on September 12, 2013 at 12:39 PM

Progressives must also stop this.

http://www.newgeography.com/content/002349-why-america%E2%80%99s-young-and-restless-will-abandon-cities-for-suburbs

For well over a decade urban boosters have heralded the shift among young Americans from suburban living and toward dense cities. As one Wall Street Journal report suggests, young people will abandon their parents’ McMansions for urban settings, bringing about the high-density city revival so fervently prayed for by urban developers, architects and planners.

Some demographers claim that “white flight” from the city is declining, replaced by a “bright flight” to the urban core from the suburbs. “Suburbs lose young whites to cities,” crowed one Associated Press headline last year.

Yet evidence from the last Census show the opposite: a marked acceleration of movement not into cities but toward suburban and exurban locations. The simple, usually inexorable effects of maturation may be one reason for this surprising result. Simply put, when 20-somethings get older, they do things like marry, start businesses, settle down and maybe start having kids.

PappyD61 on September 12, 2013 at 12:52 PM

This is what we get from four years of constant pivoting — spin and running in circles.

Constant left turns get you back where you started.

AesopFan on September 12, 2013 at 1:04 PM

I think of this wise quote when Obama talks to the nation and keeps on talking:

It does not require many words to speak the truth.
– Chief Joseph

sadatoni on September 12, 2013 at 1:04 PM

Yet evidence from the last Census show the opposite: a marked acceleration of movement not into cities but toward suburban and exurban locations. The simple, usually inexorable effects of maturation may be one reason for this surprising result. Simply put, when 20-somethings get older, they do things like marry, start businesses, settle down and maybe start having kids.

PappyD61 on September 12, 2013 at 12:52 PM

Maturation has nothing to do with it. There are no jobs for the college graduates, which means they can’t bar-hop, go clubbing, or split the rent. So it’s back to Mommy’s basement and X-Box.

Maddie on September 12, 2013 at 6:00 PM

I’m sorry, but I’m starting to find this hysterically funny, even as much of a stupid shamble.

He turns to Syria to get everyone to ignore the economy, then turns to the economy to ignore Syria? That’s some funny shiite, right there.

Ah, the theater the low information voters aren’t getting.

sage0925 on September 12, 2013 at 8:08 PM

Even as much of a stupid shamble it is…sorry, home brewed beer was involved there.

sage0925 on September 12, 2013 at 8:09 PM