The Hill: This is Obama’s fifth pivot to the economy in 2013

posted at 9:01 am on November 26, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

On Saturday, Barack Obama tried executing yet another “pivot” to the economy — his stock in trade when the White House finds itself under siege thanks to its own incompetence.  It’s gotten so blatant that the news media has begun counting the pivots.  The Hill checks its scorecard and calls this the fifth pivot of the year:

The White House, for at least the fifth time this year, is seeking to pivot to the economy, this time in a bid to change the subject from the disastrous rollout of ObamaCare.

It’s a common play for the White House, which frequently seeks to refocus attention on its jobs and infrastructure agenda when facing political crises.

The move is so familiar that NBC White House correspondent Chuck Todd has dubbed it the “déjà pivot.”

The Hill counted at least five times the White House has sought to pivot to the economy this year by reviewing news accounts.

Republicans, citing their own statistics, argue that President Obama has circled back to the economy at least 14 times since 2011.

The formula is rote: Following a misstep or messaging error that battered Obama’s approval ratings, the White House announces events intended to promote the president’s economic agenda.

Rote? It’s become a laughable cliché.  What makes it all the worse is that the White House has ignored the economy ever since its 2009 stimulus package, which it still claims was a great success.  In the four years afterward, the civilian workforce participation rate has plunged from 65.7% to a 35-year low of 62.4% as millions of jobs disappeared from the American economy.

And Americans have noticed — across all partisan, ethnic, and geographic lines.  A new poll from the Washington Post shows Americans living in economic anxiety at levels not seen in almost 40 years:

More than six in 10 workers in a recent Washington Post-Miller Center poll worry that they will lose their jobs to the economy, surpassing concerns in more than a dozen surveys dating to the 1970s. Nearly one in three, 32 percent, say they worry “a lot” about losing their jobs, also a record high, according to the joint survey, which explores Americans’ changing definition of success and their confidence in the country’s future. The Miller Center is a nonpartisan affiliate of the University of Virginia specializing in public policy, presidential scholarship and political history.

Job insecurities have always been higher among low-income Americans, but they typically rose and fell across all levels of the income ladder. Today, workers at the bottom have drifted away, occupying their own island of insecurity.

Fifty-four percent of workers making $35,000 or less now worry “a lot” about losing their jobs, compared with 37 percent of lower-income workers in 1992 and an identical number in 1975, according to surveys by Time magazine, CNN and Yankelovich. Intense worry is far lower, 29 percent, among workers with incomes between $35,000 and $75,000, and it drops to 17 percent among those with incomes above that level.

Lower-paid workers also worry far more about making ends meet. Fully 85 percent of them fear that their families’ income will not be enough to meet expenses, up 25 points from a 1971 survey asking an identical question. Thirty-two percent say they worry all the time about meeting expenses, a number that has almost tripled since the 1970s.

Only 38% are not worried about losing their job — overall, not just in lower income demos.  A majority of 51% of those making over $75,000 a year worry at least a little about losing their jobs, and that goes to 75% for those earning under $35,000.  The number for those who worry a lot in the lowest income demo actually exceeds the percentage of those answering similarly in the mid-1970s; it’s the worst reading in the poll series.

Obama seems to think that the economy is a political ATM available to him for advances in good will.  The data shows that he’s long been overdrawn on this account, and his credit may end up getting revoked for good.


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The problem is that he’s always “pivoting” to it. He never remains focused on it once it’s usefulness as a distraction has passed.

Of course, giving his reverse Midas touch, maybe him not being focused on the economy is a good thing. Imagine how much damage he could do if he really tried to fix it.

Chris of Rights on November 26, 2013 at 9:03 AM

It’s good to see the Presstitute Organs finally starting to call travelling on Obama’s “pivots”. Unfortunately, they just hand the ball right back to him.

Steve Eggleston on November 26, 2013 at 9:04 AM

As long as the economy has a face, the Democratic Party has a place to sit.

RushBaby on November 26, 2013 at 9:05 AM

What choice does he have? Your typical LIV doesn’t know or care about Iran. Obamacare is a perpetual disaster. And gun control and amnesty ain’t going anywhere in the House. All he’s got left is the economy. Which still sucks, BTW. Oh, and I noticed gas prices are starting to creep back up. 16 cents higher at the local station in just a week. Right in time for the holidays.

Doughboy on November 26, 2013 at 9:07 AM

He actually thinks he can BS his way out of this again.

forest on November 26, 2013 at 9:10 AM

“Quack!”, said the (thankfully) Lame Duck.

KS Rex on November 26, 2013 at 9:11 AM

Rote? It’s become a laughable cliché.

Everything about this lazy stupid bastard is cliche. When he confronted the issue of amnesty for the illegals yesterday he said that he can’t just reward the little brown criminals. That he blamed Congressional Republicans for no amnesty was so predictable I knew what he was going to say before he said it.

This, folks, is not leadership.

Happy Nomad on November 26, 2013 at 9:12 AM

How did BHO get re-elected?

Was Romney really that bad of a candidate?

Deafdog on November 26, 2013 at 9:13 AM

I listened to tingles for a few minutes last night…..he was trying to pivot for dear leader on all of his wonderful achievements

Lol

cmsinaz on November 26, 2013 at 9:13 AM

Not to be a Pollyanna, but it appears that the press sharks are circling POTUS. The usual story – the press loves a winner on the way up, and loves to stick the knives in on the way back down. Live by celebrity culture, die by celebrity culture.

cww on November 26, 2013 at 9:14 AM

How did BHO get re-elected?

Was Romney really that bad of a candidate?

Deafdog on November 26, 2013 at 9:13 AM

Yes, Romney was a horrible candidate. Remember, he had his dog ride on the roof of his car during a family vacation and his wife likes horses. And on top of that he wanted to murder Big Bird and ban birth control for Sandra Fluck. Soooo. Yeah… He was totally unelectable.

/MSM

Key West Reader on November 26, 2013 at 9:15 AM

Jeebus…what a clown. Is there not one last sane person left in his circle who can say “Sir, this is stupid, DeathCare can’t be glossed over with a supposed pivot.”

Bishop on November 26, 2013 at 9:16 AM

Obama seems to think that the economy is a political ATM available to him for advances in good will.

But I thought Obama said ATMs were bad because they were costing bank tellers their jobs or something.

Bitter Clinger on November 26, 2013 at 9:17 AM

But he got bin laden
He got us out of Iraq
He’s getting us out of Afghanistan????
He’s got a deal with iran
-tingles

cmsinaz on November 26, 2013 at 9:18 AM

Jeebus…what a clown. Is there not one last sane person left in his circle who can say “Sir, this is stupid, DeathCare can’t be glossed over with a supposed pivot.”

Bishop on November 26, 2013 at 9:16 AM

Nobody likes telling him bad news.

Bitter Clinger on November 26, 2013 at 9:18 AM

How did BHO get re-elected?

Was Romney really that bad of a candidate?

Deafdog on November 26, 2013 at 9:13 AM

There are several reasons Romney didn’t win:

1) Incumbent Presidents usually get reelected. Excluding Ford who was never elected, only 3 have failed to win a 2nd term in the last 100 years(Hoover, Carter, Bush 41).

2) Obama turned out his base; Romney didn’t.

3) Too many voters gave Obama a pass on the economy and didn’t understand the dangers of Obamacare.

What’s frustrating is that after suffering for another year under this regime, Romney probably would win if the election were held today. But credit Obama and the Dems with knowing what they were doing. There’s a reason they delayed the pain of Obamacare til late 2013/early 2014.

Doughboy on November 26, 2013 at 9:19 AM

Yes, Romney was a horrible candidate. Remember, he had his dog ride on the roof of his car during a family vacation and his wife likes horses. And on top of that he wanted to murder Big Bird and ban birth control for Sandra Fluck. Soooo. Yeah… He was totally unelectable.

/MSM

Key West Reader on November 26, 2013 at 9:15 AM

Don’t forget those binders full of women.

War on Womyn!!!!

Bitter Clinger on November 26, 2013 at 9:19 AM

Yes, Romney was a horrible candidate. Remember, he had his dog ride on the roof of his car during a family vacation and his wife likes horses. And on top of that he wanted to murder Big Bird and ban birth control for Sandra Fluck. Soooo. Yeah… He was totally unelectable.

/MSM

Key West Reader on November 26, 2013 at 9:15 AM

You forget that Mitt was a carcinogen- randomly inflicting cancer on the spouses of union thugs.

Happy Nomad on November 26, 2013 at 9:20 AM

Is there not one last sane person left in his circle who can say “Sir, this is stupid, DeathCare can’t be glossed over with a supposed pivot.”

Bishop on November 26, 2013 at 9:16 AM

Are you kidding us? Once the website is running and Obamacare is operational, the tide will shift and everybody is going to love Obamacare and the lazy stupid clown it is named after.

Seriously, the White House thinks that if they can weather the next 6-8 weeks they think they’ll have won the battle. I think they’re deluding themselves.

Happy Nomad on November 26, 2013 at 9:22 AM

@cww above..

“..they stab it with their steely knives, but just can’t kill the beast..”

The War Planner on November 26, 2013 at 9:22 AM

There are several reasons Romney didn’t win:

Doughboy on November 26, 2013 at 9:19 AM

You forget the real reason why the lazy stupid bastard won…… vote fraud. I saw it firsthand at my polling place in a battleground state.

Happy Nomad on November 26, 2013 at 9:23 AM

This is Obama’s M.O., when he’s tanking, he goes back to the economy.

sadatoni on November 26, 2013 at 9:24 AM

And what does our government want to do, both right and left? Amnesty. Amnesty at this point in this economy is pure evil meanness to the middle and working classes in America. And politicians and the talking head elites don’t give a fig.

magicbeans on November 26, 2013 at 9:24 AM

Normally when he pivots it involves some kind of fundraising event as well, so he’s not lying when he says he’s focused on the economy and jobs…it just happens to be about the Dem party economics and his own job.

scalleywag on November 26, 2013 at 9:25 AM

Yes, but this time, he really, truly, “will not rest!”

You should hear Levin read Obama’s daily schedule as put out by the White House; it’s high-comedy. He usually strolls into his first meeting of the day around 10:30, then breaks for lunch, then meets some potentate later in the afternoon, and that’s about it.

Between the golfing, vacations, parties, and slacker schedule, seems like all this jack-hole does is rest.

CaptFlood on November 26, 2013 at 9:26 AM

…the White House announces events intended to promote the president’s economic agenda.

Obamacare is Obama’s economic agenda. That’s going to mean more job losses and business closings. You can count on it. That thing is simply too expensive and Obama and his party are launching it on an economy already weakened from he and his party’s spending, not to mention the spending of Bush and his party.

rickv404 on November 26, 2013 at 9:26 AM

Ask Dog Eater what the pivot means, what does he plan on doing.

“I pivoted, what more do you want???”

Bishop on November 26, 2013 at 9:29 AM

…the White House announces events intended to promote the president’s economic agenda.

Yeah, like hob knobing with the Hollywood elite last night…Nothing says middle class like a bunch of lib millionaires

sandee on November 26, 2013 at 9:29 AM

You forget the real reason why the lazy stupid bastard won…… vote fraud. I saw it firsthand at my polling place in a battleground state.

Happy Nomad on November 26, 2013 at 9:23 AM

That certainly was a factor. As were the shenanigans with the IRS and the fraudulent unemployment data. The problem is it’s hard to quantify how much that helped Obama. I still think the biggest factor in Romney’s loss was that he took the base for granted and geared his general election campaign almost entirely toward appealing to moderates and disaffected Dems.

Doughboy on November 26, 2013 at 9:30 AM

Speaking of Pivots:

US budget negotiations 2013
13m
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Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md.: Budget negotiations not progressing at pace to avoid Jan. 15 shutdown – @DomenicoNBC

http://www.breakingnews.com/topic/us-sequester-budget-resolution-2013/

canopfor on November 26, 2013 at 9:30 AM

This describes this miscreant as well as I can.

The SCOAMF does not have the courage nor the backbone to tell the truth. He flails with his lies because he is a

NOMOBO on November 26, 2013 at 9:30 AM

The White House, for at least the fifth time this year, is seeking to pivot to the economy, this time in a bid to change the subject from the disastrous rollout of ObamaCare.
=========================================

Which means, more Speechys!!

canopfor on November 26, 2013 at 9:32 AM

Wow. I’ve never seen black Oxford toe shoes before.

S. D. on November 26, 2013 at 9:33 AM

Rote?

Yes. Rote.

Economic Pivot = government spending to help crony capitalists and further cripple those poor souls who don’t know any better.

Deafdog on November 26, 2013 at 9:35 AM

I still think the biggest factor in Romney’s loss was that he took the base for granted and geared his general election campaign almost entirely toward appealing to moderates and disaffected Dems.

Doughboy on November 26, 2013 at 9:30 AM

The case can be made for taking the base for granted.

I, however, would suggest that refusing to engage on any issue but the economy was the biggest factor. For example, when the lazy stupid bastard rallied around Sandra Fluke’s vajayjay with the HHS mandate, Romney should have been out there preaching religious freedom. Instead we got silence.

Happy Nomad on November 26, 2013 at 9:37 AM

How did BHO get re-elected?

Deafdog on November 26, 2013 at 9:13 AM

Massive turnout by the (walking)dead democRATs.

Solaratov on November 26, 2013 at 9:38 AM

There are several reasons Romney didn’t win:

1) Incumbent Presidents usually get reelected. Excluding Ford who was never elected, only 3 have failed to win a 2nd term in the last 100 years(Hoover, Carter, Bush 41).

2) Obama turned out his base; Romney didn’t.

3) Too many voters gave Obama a pass on the economy and didn’t understand the dangers of Obamacare.

What’s frustrating is that after suffering for another year under this regime, Romney probably would win if the election were held today. But credit Obama and the Dems with knowing what they were doing. There’s a reason they delayed the pain of Obamacare til late 2013/early 2014.

Doughboy on November 26, 2013 at 9:19 AM

I disagree. The complicit, knee-pad media is why we have a second term. They have just now, since Oct 1, began doing their duty and look at O sinking faster than a weighted turd.

hillsoftx on November 26, 2013 at 9:39 AM

You moron liberals can be so proud of the destruction of the country.

ultracon on November 26, 2013 at 9:40 AM

“Every month (on average), for about a year, there has been a startling discrepancy between employment as measured by the household survey and jobs as reported by the establishment survey.

I believe the discrepancy is yet another Obamacare artifact…

Jobs vs. Employment Discussion

Establishment Survey: If you work one hour that counts as a job. There is no difference between one hour and 50 hours.
Establishment Survey: If you work multiple jobs you are counted twice. The BLS does not weed out duplicate social security numbers.

Household Survey: If you work one hour or 80 you are employed.
Household Survey: If you work a total of 35 hours you are considered a full time employee. If you work 25 hours at one job and 10 hours at another, you are a fulltime employee.

Recall that the definition of fulltime under Obamacare is 30 hours, but fulltime to the BLS is 35 hours.

Next, consider what happens under Obamacare if someone working 34 hours is cut back to 25 hours, then picks up another parttime job.

Obamacare Effect

Prior to Obamacare
34 hours worked = 1 parttime job household survey
34 hours worked = 1 job establishment survey

Enter obamacare
Person cut back to 25 hours and takes a second job for 10 hours
Here is the new math

25 + 10 = 1 fulltime job on the household survey.
25 + 10 = 2 jobs on the establishment survey.

In my example, the household survey totals up all the hours and says, voilla! (35 hours = full time). So a few extra hours that people pick up working 2 part time jobs now throws someone into full time status – thus no surge in part-time employment, but there is a surge in jobs.

I am quite sure this is what is happening, but I cannot prove it…”

Read more at http://globaleconomicanalysis.blogspot.com/#PX6Dy14YOxeV2elY.99

workingclass artist on November 26, 2013 at 9:40 AM

Most of the low information voters still think that Bush caused the economy to decline and Obama just can’t over come all the difficulties he inherited.
Our problem as a country is that we have a near majority of voters who believe this crap.Bread and circus baby.

celtic warrior on November 26, 2013 at 9:40 AM

MeanWhile,…..Hopey says what??

Reuters Politics ‏@ReutersPolitics 15m

Obama says

the delay of presidential appointee confirmations

harms the economy – live remarks
==================================

http://reut.rs/PoliticsLive

https://twitter.com/ReutersPolitics

canopfor on November 21, 2013 at 2:25 PM

canopfor on November 26, 2013 at 9:41 AM

Hey barry you liar, your economy is just as bad as everything else you touch. Only the stupid believe you anymore.

crosshugger on November 26, 2013 at 9:42 AM

Hmmmmm….

CNBC:

” It’s one of the largest and most rapid wealth migrations of our time: hundreds of billions of dollars, and waves of millionaires flowing out of China to overseas destinations.

According to WealthInsight, the Chinese wealthy now have about $658 billion stashed in offshore assets. Boston Consulting Group puts the number lower, at around $450 billion, but says offshore investments are expected to double in the next three years.

A study from Bain Consulting found that half of China’s ultrawealthy—those with $16 million or more in wealth—now have investments overseas.

And it’s not just the money that’s exiting the country. The wealthy are increasingly following their money overseas.

A study by Hurun and Bank of China found that more than half of China’s millionaires are considering emigrating or have already taken steps to move overseas.

(Read more: China has a word for its crass new rich)

Many experts say that the wealthy are moving to protect their wealth, their health and their families. With China increasingly cracking down on ill-gotten gains and corruption, many of the politically connected wealthy are looking for safer havens abroad….”

workingclass artist on November 26, 2013 at 9:42 AM

How did BHO get re-elected?

Deafdog on November 26, 2013 at 9:13 AM
Massive turnout by the (walking)dead democRATs.

Solaratov on November 26, 2013 at 9:38 AM

Let us not forget the stupid conservatives that were too lazy to go to the polls. Each one of them is responsible for this, just as much as all the african-americans that blindly follow this pot-head, marxist.

ultracon on November 26, 2013 at 9:42 AM

Yes, Romney was a horrible candidate. Remember, he had his dog ride on the roof of his car during a family vacation and his wife likes horses. And on top of that he wanted to murder Big Bird and ban birth control for Sandra Fluck. Soooo. Yeah… He was totally unelectable.

/MSM

Key West Reader on November 26, 2013 at 9:15 AM

While I don’t take away from what you are saying here about the media being a propaganda arm for Obama/liberalism – Romney was a terrible candidate. He did not fight whatsoever, did not press any attacks, had not GOTV effort, had no campaign theme, gave no purpose for wanting to be president, and could not connect with anyone. Romney’s campaign learned nothing from McCain’s campaign and basically repeated it – only worse if possible because there was a lot more to attack Obama on after 4 years of his incompetence and lies.

I said this all during the primaries – I wanted a conservative candidate and never believed Romney is remotely conservative (he is a slightly right of center bureaucrat type) – but I admit there wasn’t much to chose from in the GOP field. But my biggest complaint against Romney was that he was never going to run to win. He was always going to run a weak campaign and hope that Obama lost on the poor economy – which is exactly what Romney did and it did not work – as I argued would happen. Because I saw that coming – I would have preferred even a lightening rod like Santorum over Romney for the nominee. At least Santorum would have put up a fight. He would not have won, but I doubt he would have done worse than Rommey.

One of the biggest problems the GOP establishment has is this fantasy belief that if they play nice, the media, et al., will be fair. They are afraid to fight. I’m not even talking RINO vs. Conservative issues here. I’m just talking pragmatism. The people that are in the establishment think they are buddies with the DNC honchos and the media and that they can play by Senate Club rules.

They are, in essence, idiots when it comes to politics. The biggest thing we as conservatives need to do is get rid of the “professionals” that make up the GOP establishment. They are incompetent and shiftless.

While not the main thrust of my point here, I would also point out that the GOP “professionals” are not remotely conservative. I doubt one professional campaign person on the republican side is a bona fide conservative. Which means they have no clue how to make the conservative case against the dems. Which is why they always revert to weird arguments that make no sense and don’t convince anyone.

Monkeytoe on November 26, 2013 at 9:43 AM

I disagree. The complicit, knee-pad media is why we have a second term. They have just now, since Oct 1, began doing their duty and look at O sinking faster than a weighted turd.

hillsoftx on November 26, 2013 at 9:39 AM

Yes, the media was completely in the tank for Obama. And even by their standards, they went to lengths I’d never seen(Candy Crowley in the 2nd debate being the worst offense). But Romney could’ve used the media to bolster his own candidacy. Look at what Newt going after them in the primary debates did for his numbers. Unfortunately Romney was so eager to play nice with them that he let them get away with their crap.

Doughboy on November 26, 2013 at 9:44 AM

Our problem as a country is that we have a near majority of voters who believe this crap.Bread and circus baby.

celtic warrior on November 26, 2013 at 9:40 AM

Our problem as a country is that we have a near majority of parasites who suck off the productivity of the other half. They contribute nothing but don’t you dare get between them and their “benefits!”

Happy Nomad on November 26, 2013 at 9:44 AM

“The is Obama’s 5th pivot divot to the economy in 2013.”

There. Fixed the headline for you.

PD Quig on November 26, 2013 at 9:45 AM

Even this enormous gaggle of “C” average journalist majors can’t ignore reality forever.

rplat on November 26, 2013 at 9:48 AM

Jimmah Carter performs his celebratory dance… not seen since the Iran Hostage Release.

socalcon on November 26, 2013 at 9:50 AM

I said this all during the primaries – I wanted a conservative candidate and never believed Romney is remotely conservative (he is a slightly right of center bureaucrat type) – but I admit there wasn’t much to chose from in the GOP field. But my biggest complaint against Romney was that he was never going to run to win. He was always going to run a weak campaign and hope that Obama lost on the poor economy – which is exactly what Romney did and it did not work – as I argued would happen. Because I saw that coming – I would have preferred even a lightening rod like Santorum over Romney for the nominee. At least Santorum would have put up a fight. He would not have won, but I doubt he would have done worse than Rommey.

Another point – Romney, like most GOP establishment types, are far more comfortable attacking the right wing of the GOP then they are attacking the dems.

My guess isn’t so much that they “hate” conservatives as that it is politically acceptable in the circles they run in to attack conservatives but not so acceptable to attack liberals (again, they hang out with the media types and Washington insiders, very, very, very few of whom are even remotely conservative even if they are not out and out liberals). Plus, because of who they are and who they hang out with, they understand the language used to attack conservatives, they don’t understand the conservative arguments attacking liberalism. So it is much easier for them to attack the right wing of the GOP then to attack dems.

Most humans follow the path of least resistance in any endeavor. So, for politicians, even GOP politicians, the path of least resistance is almost always attacking conservatives. The media and their Washington insider friends all cheer them on.

Monkeytoe on November 26, 2013 at 9:50 AM

That was my point Happy Nomad.

celtic warrior on November 26, 2013 at 9:50 AM

Our problem as a country is that we have a near majority of voters who believe this crap.Bread and circus baby.

celtic warrior on November 26, 2013 at 9:40 AM

Our problem as a country is that we have a near majority of parasites who suck off the productivity of the other half. They contribute nothing but don’t you dare get between them and their “benefits!”

Happy Nomad on November 26, 2013 at 9:44 AM

It’s not just us…This dependency sickness is everywhere. It is a symptom of demoralization.

“A case study contained within a lengthy World Health Organization report reviewing the health inequities among European countries says Greeks may be contracting HIV intentionally in order to go on public assistance.

According to the “case study” contained in the report “Review of social determinants and the health divide in the WHO European Region: final report,” while suicides, homicide, and thefts increased during the Greek economic crisis, so too did the rate of HIV infection — about half of which the report says were likely self-inflicted to obtain benefits.

“Suicides rose by 17% between 2007 and 2009 and to 25% in 2010, according to unofficial 2010 data (398),” the case study reads. “The Minister of Health reported a further 40% rise in the first half of 2011 compared with the same period in 2010. Suicide attempts have also increased, particularly among people reporting economic distress (610). Homicide and theft rates have doubled.

“HIV rates and heroin use have risen significantly, with about half of new HIV infections being self-inflicted to enable people to receive benefits of €700 per month and faster admission on to drug substitution programmes,” it continued.

The New Scientist reports that the HIV infection rate estimate are for the years 2009-2011.

Media Matters notes that the WHO’s analysis on the rate of self-inflicted HIV is likely a misrepresentation of a report on Greece that appeared in The Lancet. That report focused on the decline in Greek health as a result of the country’s financial crisis — at the time noting the possibility for “a few” people to self-inflicted HIV as a way to obtain benefits.

“These adverse trends in Greece pose a warning to other countries undergoing significant fiscal austerity, including Spain, Ireland and Italy,” the WHO report reads. “It also suggests that ways need to be found for cash-strapped governments to consolidate finances without undermining much-needed investments in health.”

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2013/11/25/report-half-of-new-hiv-cases-in-greece-from-2009-2011-self-inflicted-to-get-benefits/#ixzz2llO4iS83

workingclass artist on November 26, 2013 at 9:50 AM

The White House, for at least the fifth time this year, is seeking to pivot to the economy, this time in a bid to change the subject from the disastrous rollout of ObamaCare.
=========================================

Which means, more Speechys!!

canopfor on November 26, 2013 at 9:32 AM

Yippeee!!! He real good at speechifyin’. Speechifyin’ makes everything better.

/Puke,

Key West Reader on November 26, 2013 at 9:51 AM

What makes it all the worse is that the White House has ignored the economy ever since its 2009 stimulus package, which it still claims was a great success. 

Think about it. He would have no place to pivot to if he did anything for the economy. And the beat goes on…….and on.

Herb on November 26, 2013 at 9:51 AM

He actually thinks he can BS his way out of this again.

forest on November 26, 2013 at 9:10 AM

So did the King of France.

workingclass artist on November 26, 2013 at 9:53 AM

@cww above..

“..they stab it with their steely knives, but just can’t kill the beast..”

The War Planner on November 26, 2013 at 9:22 AM

“‘Good luck,’ said the nightman.
‘We are programmed to receive.
‘You can check out anytime you like,
‘but you can never leave.’”

Steve Eggleston on November 26, 2013 at 9:54 AM

Yes, the media was completely in the tank for Obama. And even by their standards, they went to lengths I’d never seen(Candy Crowley in the 2nd debate being the worst offense). But Romney could’ve used the media to bolster his own candidacy. Look at what Newt going after them in the primary debates did for his numbers. Unfortunately Romney was so eager to play nice with them that he let them get away with their crap.

Doughboy on November 26, 2013 at 9:44 AM

What? You didn’t like it when the fat pig put down the bucket of fried chicken long enough to “coincidentally” wave a transcript of the very topic being discussed. And furthermore affirm the rat-eared bastard’s claim even though that was a complete lie!

IMO, the GOP needs to get smarter with the media. Starting with refuing to use journalists as moderators for debates. The Republican candidates are not going to get any help from the media so they might as well focus on message control. And BTW, some of Obama’s best dirt on Romney was stuff provided to him by Newt during the primaries.

Happy Nomad on November 26, 2013 at 9:54 AM

canopfor on November 26, 2013 at 9:32 AM

Yippeee!!! He real good at speechifyin’. Speechifyin’ makes everything better.

/Puke,

Key West Reader on November 26, 2013 at 9:51 AM

Key West Reader:Cripes, and I thought it was the Hope part,..(sarc):)

canopfor on November 26, 2013 at 10:00 AM

What? You didn’t like it when the fat pig put down the bucket of fried chicken long enough to “coincidentally” wave a transcript of the very topic being discussed. And furthermore affirm the rat-eared bastard’s claim even though that was a complete lie!

IMO, the GOP needs to get smarter with the media. Starting with refuing to use journalists as moderators for debates. The Republican candidates are not going to get any help from the media so they might as well focus on message control. And BTW, some of Obama’s best dirt on Romney was stuff provided to him by Newt during the primaries.

Happy Nomad on November 26, 2013 at 9:54 AM

In fairness to Romney, whether Crowley was handed that transcript or not, that was still completely unprofessional and unprecedented for her to do that. Go back and look at Romney’s reaction. He didn’t know what to do at that point. And who can blame him? The debate moderator was running interference for Obama in the middle of Romney’s answer.

Doughboy on November 26, 2013 at 10:00 AM

Like the picture of the reb. … Iconic

AH_C on November 26, 2013 at 10:04 AM

In fairness to Romney, whether Crowley was handed that transcript or not, that was still completely unprofessional and unprecedented for her to do that. Go back and look at Romney’s reaction. He didn’t know what to do at that point. And who can blame him? The debate moderator was running interference for Obama in the middle of Romney’s answer.

Doughboy on November 26, 2013 at 10:00 AM

The obviousness of the way she did what she did was unprecedented, but not the fact of what she did. GOP candidates have to know how to respond to those pretending to be journalists advocating for the other side. The fact that they never are proves much of my points above.

Monkeytoe on November 26, 2013 at 10:07 AM

Speaking of the Economy:

The Associated Press ‏@AP 4m

BREAKING: U.S. consumer confidence falls to lowest level since April on weaker outlook for jobs, pay.

https://twitter.com/AP

canopfor on November 26, 2013 at 10:11 AM

“pivot to the economy”
“refocus attention on jobs”

Fact: Barack Obama became part of the minority party in Washington, D.C. on January 3, 2005.

Fact: Barack Obama became part of the majority party in Washington, D.C. on January 3, 2007.

Obama didn’t “inherit” an economy on January 20, 2009. He had played a role in helping to create that economy… by serving 2 years in the minority party and 2 years in the majority party.

One can honestly say that President George W. Bush “inherited” an economy on January 20, 2001, becuase Bush had not played any role in Congress prior to his inauguration.

One can not honestly say that pResident Barack Obama “inherited” an economy on January 20, 2009, becuase Obama had played a role in Congress for 4 years prior to his inauguration.

The most relevant date in regards to transition is not January 20, 2009 (when Obama took office as pResident), but rather January 3, 2007 (when Obama, Pelosi, and Reid took majority control of the House and Senate).

What did Pelosi, Reid, and then-Senators Obama, Biden, Clinton, Kerry, etc. inherit on January 3, 2007?

Employment-Population Ratio for December 2006 was 63.4%.

What is it now?
58.3%

More than 5% more of our civilian noninstitutional population age 16 years+ should be employed right now…
well over 12.5 Million Americans who should be employed, but aren’t, thanks to the policies of the Democrat majorities for the last nearly 7 years.

ITguy on November 26, 2013 at 10:22 AM

In fairness to Romney, whether Crowley was handed that transcript or not, that was still completely unprofessional and unprecedented for her to do that. Go back and look at Romney’s reaction. He didn’t know what to do at that point. And who can blame him? The debate moderator was running interference for Obama in the middle of Romney’s answer.

Doughboy on November 26, 2013 at 10:00 AM

Any Republican needs to go into these situations knowning that the media is the enemy. They are essentially debating both the Demonrat and the moderator.

Crowley was more blatant than most but her actions were hardly unprecedented. Remember Dan Rather’s fake memos?

Happy Nomad on November 26, 2013 at 10:22 AM

Speaking of the Economy:

The Associated Press ‏@AP 4m

BREAKING: U.S. consumer confidence falls to lowest level since April on weaker outlook for jobs, pay.

canopfor on November 26, 2013 at 10:11 AM

Well that was quick! Time for another pivot. Maybe to amnesty.

Happy Nomad on November 26, 2013 at 10:24 AM

Well that was quick! Time for another pivot. Maybe to amnesty.

Happy Nomad on November 26, 2013 at 10:24 AM

That’s been his primary talking point during his begathons in Mexifornia….

…and even then he remains mendacious and disingenuous.

Athos on November 26, 2013 at 10:33 AM

It couldn’t possibly be because the economy is the #1 issue in America could it…naaaaahhh

nonpartisan on November 26, 2013 at 10:33 AM

Interesting that Mussolini’s slogan was also Forward. Observing the Progressive tyrants over history the thrusted chin, the preoccupation with trains,places the Fool closer to Mussolina than Hitler or Mao though he also has some Lenistic characteristics.One would have to suspect that he has some identity problems since he didn’t know who his father was. Pure speculation amidst the hell he has brought to this FREE nation.

kenny on November 26, 2013 at 10:38 AM

Levin’s reading of the President’s daily schedule gave me an idea. Levin should read the President’s daily schedule each morning, and follow that up by reading President Bush’s schedule on the same date during his 2nd term.

I have a feeling the comparison on an ongoing basis would be….illuminating.

Meremortal on November 26, 2013 at 10:38 AM

The guy pivots more than Bob Cousy…

CaptFlood on November 26, 2013 at 10:51 AM

The Hill: This is Obama’s fifth pivot to the economy in 2013

Only the fifth? Not the 50th?

But let’s pivot to the economy.

How many jobs would be created if the Keystone XL pipeline were built?

How many jobs were lost due to Obama’s War on Coal?

How many jobs would be created by opening Federal land for oil drilling and fracking?

How many people will be shifted to part time due to Obamacare?

Obama: Look! A windmill !

Steve Z on November 26, 2013 at 10:51 AM

But credit Obama and the Dems with knowing what they were doing. There’s a reason they delayed the pain of Obamacare til late 2013/early 2014.

Doughboy on November 26, 2013 at 9:19 AM

And it’s the same reason they’ll push it out again to avoid catastrophe in 2014, bank on it.

That, and let’s not forget that the decisions made by GOP establishment that *led* to the ‘base didn’t turn out for Romney’ is a chicken that the GOP is determined to continue f*cking for the foreseeable future.

Midas on November 26, 2013 at 11:12 AM

It couldn’t possibly be because the economy is the #1 issue in America could it…naaaaahhh

nonpartisan on November 26, 2013 at 10:33 AM

And yet it’s taken him 5 years, and 5 pivots this year for him to realize it. Obama is either the biggest idiot in this country, or a f*cking liar that only brain-dead lemmings can follow.

dominigan on November 26, 2013 at 11:13 AM

It couldn’t possibly be because the economy is the #1 issue in America could it…naaaaahhh

nonpartisan on November 26, 2013 at 10:33 AM

And yet it’s taken him 5 years, and 5 pivots this year for him to realize it. Obama is either the biggest idiot in this country, or a f*cking liar that only brain-dead lemmings can follow.

dominigan on November 26, 2013 at 11:13 AM

Y’know, that troll shouldn’t surf to other sites while trying to buy insurance on Healthcare.gov. She might crash the site again.

CurtZHP on November 26, 2013 at 11:18 AM

It couldn’t possibly be because the economy is the #1 issue in America could it…naaaaahhh

nonpartisan on November 26, 2013 at 10:33 AM

Dinkhead made the bad economy. Recessions usually last about one and 1/2years He managed by interference to expand it throughout his “term”. The man is a functional illiterate.

kenny on November 26, 2013 at 11:21 AM

Let us not forget the stupid conservatives that were too lazy to go to the polls. Each one of them is responsible for this, just as much as all the african-americans that blindly follow this pot-head, marxist.

ultracon on November 26, 2013 at 9:42 AM

I used to be right there with ya in that perspective.

Not so much anymore.

I’ve watched the GOP tell conservatives to f*ck themselves for three years, then browbeat them to vote for mostly shitty ‘moderate’ milquetoast candidates for a year – repeating that presidential candidate cycle for more than a couple of decades at this point.

They do the same thing in House and Senate election cycles – “f*ck you conservative a$$hats… oh hey, vote for us, because – the other guy is worse!”

And, well – that just doesn’t cut it anymore. In retrospect, it never did cut it well. Yeah, at some level I’d rather have Romney than Obama, but I’m pretty f*cking tired of being told I have to toe the line and vote for the lesser of two evils, and stabbed in the back when the lesser of two evils gleefully helps the greater of two evils do what they want to do anyway.

Keep f*cking that chicken if you want, I’m kinda weary of it.

Midas on November 26, 2013 at 11:23 AM

And yet it’s taken him 5 years, and 5 pivots this year for him to realize it. Obama is either the biggest idiot in this country, or a f*cking liar that only brain-dead lemmings can follow.

dominigan on November 26, 2013 at 11:13 AM

Don’t for a moment believe that this pivot, more than previous ones, will actually do anything. It’s kabuki, nothing more.

He hasn’t ‘realized’ anything in terms of an actual “holy crap, I didn’t notice that we were destroying the economy, we should stop that and actually do something beneficial instead” enlightenment.

Midas on November 26, 2013 at 11:26 AM

I used to be right there with ya in that perspective.

Not so much anymore.

I’ve watched the GOP tell conservatives to f*ck themselves for three years, then browbeat them to vote for mostly shitty ‘moderate’ milquetoast candidates for a year – repeating that presidential candidate cycle for more than a couple of decades at this point.

They do the same thing in House and Senate election cycles – “f*ck you conservative a$$hats… oh hey, vote for us, because – the other guy is worse!”

And, well – that just doesn’t cut it anymore. In retrospect, it never did cut it well. Yeah, at some level I’d rather have Romney than Obama, but I’m pretty f*cking tired of being told I have to toe the line and vote for the lesser of two evils, and stabbed in the back when the lesser of two evils gleefully helps the greater of two evils do what they want to do anyway.

Keep f*cking that chicken if you want, I’m kinda weary of it.

Midas on November 26, 2013 at 11:23 AM

Preach it, brother! (Got my hands in the air, and I’m not even Pentecostal.)

I’m sick of the party establishment treating me the way the democrats treat blacks. Actually, the establishment treats us worse, because at least the democrats are smart enough not to outright insult their black voters to their faces.

CurtZHP on November 26, 2013 at 11:30 AM

I’m sick of the party establishment treating me the way the democrats treat blacks. Actually, the establishment treats us worse, because at least the democrats are smart enough not to outright insult their black voters to their faces.

CurtZHP on November 26, 2013 at 11:30 AM

Amen! :)

Midas on November 26, 2013 at 11:32 AM

Heard on the news that construction permits were up in October by over 6% compared to those in September.

Discuss amongst yourselves – Does that mean economic engine is starting to rev or the American dream of single-family home ownership continues its spiral downwards?

Weren’t the eastern bloc countries filled with “multi-family” residences?

normschaef on November 26, 2013 at 11:34 AM

Y’know, that troll shouldn’t surf to other sites while trying to buy insurance on Healthcare.gov. She might crash the site again.

CurtZHP on November 26, 2013 at 11:18 AM

I have to figure he/she is on one of his/her parent’s insurance.

slickwillie2001 on November 26, 2013 at 11:40 AM

So this has been one giant Circle j*rk, and Obama’s
the Pivot man??

ToddPA on November 26, 2013 at 12:47 PM

It couldn’t possibly be because the economy is the #1 issue in America could it…naaaaahhh

nonintelligent on November 26, 2013 at 10:33 AM

Only one poll in over 2 months has confirmed that. Because that’s the only poll on this subject that has been conducted.

You should replace that teaspoon you’re digging with and get an entrenching tool.

Del Dolemonte on November 26, 2013 at 12:57 PM

And yet it’s taken him 5 years, and 5 pivots this year for him to realize it. Obama is either the biggest idiot in this country, or a f*cking liar that only brain-dead lemmings can follow.

dominigan on November 26, 2013 at 11:13 AM

Don’t sell obama short. He can be both.

HumpBot Salvation on November 26, 2013 at 1:07 PM

It couldn’t possibly be because the economy is the #1 issue in America could it…naaaaahhh

nonpartisanhack on November 26, 2013 at 10:33 AM

Why did he focus exclusively on obama’care’ back then?

You’re not very smart.

Schadenfreude on November 26, 2013 at 1:11 PM

Let us not forget the stupid conservatives that were too lazy to go to the polls. Each one of them is responsible for this, just as much as all the african-americans that blindly follow this pot-head, marxist.

ultracon on November 26, 2013 at 9:42 AM

Blaming people for not buying what one is selling is pretty stupid marketing.

The idea that the GOP is entitled to, deserves, or should get certain votes is part of the problem.

If the GOP wants a vote – it has to earn that vote. Don’t tell me I have to vote for your party or candidate because the other one would be worse. Particularly when it is just a matter of degree. What? Obama will grow the gov’t at 100% but the GOP will grow it at only 75%? What a win for me and conservatism. Let me race out and vote GOP!!

Monkeytoe on November 26, 2013 at 1:15 PM

It couldn’t possibly be because the economy is the #1 issue in America could it…naaaaahhh

nonpartisan on November 26, 2013 at 10:33 AM

Yeah, to SCOAMF it is the #1 issue in America, except when he has other stuff to screw up. And, yeah, I understand he can multifunction. He has the awesome ability to F#ck up several things at the same time.

Reminds me of the Schwarzzenager movie about Christmas where he calls everyone “his #1 customer”, including his wife.

So nonpartisanfunctional, why don’t you go outside and play with the other children and get away from your Mom’s computer.

NOMOBO on November 26, 2013 at 1:34 PM

Only 15 more to go!!!

txhsmom on November 26, 2013 at 1:34 PM

“These adverse trends in Greece pose a warning to other countries undergoing significant fiscal austerity, including Spain, Ireland and Italy,” the WHO report reads. “It also suggests that ways need to be found for cash-strapped governments to consolidate finances without undermining much-needed investments in health.”

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2013/11/25/report-half-of-new-hiv-cases-in-greece-from-2009-2011-self-inflicted-to-get-benefits/#ixzz2llO4iS83

workingclass artist on November 26, 2013 at 9:50 AM

‘Ways need to be found..without undermining much-needed investment in health’…. typically leftist…These idiots never get it, do they…that they have already ran out of people’s money…

jimver on November 26, 2013 at 2:15 PM

The Hill: This is Obama’s fifth pivot to the economy in 2013

As Michael Ramirez showed over two months ago (09/20/2013)…

ITguy on November 26, 2013 at 3:58 PM