MN reporter: Yeah, we didn’t hear anything new from Obama on this visit

posted at 6:01 pm on June 27, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

President Barack Obama came to my neck of the woods this week in an effort to pivot to the economy … and gripe about Republicans being mean to him. Mission accomplished on the second goal, but Obama didn’t score well with the local media on the first. KSTP reporter Tom Hauser reports that Obama didn’t have anything new to say to Minnesotans in his economic speech, calling it a “campaign rally” and a “pep rally.” As far as pivots go, Hauser told his audience that “we didn’t hear anything new,” except Obama telling people not to get cynical:

He had plenty to say about Republicans who “block me and call me names,” though:

“They don’t do anything, except block me and call me names,” an indignant Obama said against a backdrop of sailboats and a band shell shaped like a castle. He insisted that as the nation works to restore middle-class prosperity after the recession, congressional Republicans are the only holdout.

Playfully warning his audience that he was in the mood to “say what’s on my mind,” Obama accused Republicans of letting greed and gridlock perpetrate an economic system that is rigged against American families. He said he gets the sense that Republicans just don’t get what Americans are going through.

“The basic attitude is everybody is just crazy out there. If you read the fine print, it turns out the things you care about, right now, Democrats are proposing,” Obama said.

It’s worth pointing out that Obama had carte blanche for his economic agenda for the first two years of his presidency, which resulted in $800 billion in wasted and gimmicky stimulus spending and the worst US economic recovery in decades. (The civilian participation rate in the workforce is still at a 36-year low.) Voters put the GOP in charge of the House in part to “block” that agenda and offer new direction in policy — and the House has passed dozens of bills that do just that. The Senate, in control of Obama’s fellow Democrats, “block” those bills from getting a vote and then “block” Senate Republicans from offering amendments to Democratic legislation in the upper chamber.

The lack of anything new is one very good reason why Republicans aren’t rushing to endorse Obama’s economic agenda. It’s also why Obama is falling in the polls, both on the economy and overall. After all, when 54% of the public rejects Obama’s leadership and his economic policies, why should Republicans do nothing but shut up and follow? If all Obama has for the next two and a half years is whining and regurgitation, the NBC/WSJ result on leadership might end up being a high-water mark.


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Laser anyone? Focused like a laser on the economy?

COgirl on June 27, 2014 at 6:05 PM

Obama Came, He saw, we spent.

portlandon on June 27, 2014 at 6:05 PM

Well, I haven’t heard anything “new” from Obama since early 2008. Sure, there have been a whole lot of statements that reached their expiration date, but “new”, not so much.

Steve Eggleston on June 27, 2014 at 6:06 PM

You mean say whats on Valeries mind.

Sven on June 27, 2014 at 6:08 PM

“If only we had a crisis we could take advantage of. You guys let me know if there are anymore school shootings. How about school stabbings? Anything within a 3 mile radius of a school. A couple Tornadoes or maybe an earthquake would be nice. I think I can look real hands on in a devastation zone. Hand out sandwiches. Anything?”

-President O’bama

portlandon on June 27, 2014 at 6:10 PM

If Bark is spending two days in Minneapolis, and giving a speech at Lake Harriet, an area that votes reliably DFL 85% to 15% in every election, the internal polls the Donks are seeing must be truly horrifying.

Bruno Strozek on June 27, 2014 at 6:10 PM

Cynicism is also what killed those vets on the secret waiting list.

gwelf on June 27, 2014 at 6:11 PM

Cynicism is why you can’t keep your doctor if you like your doctor.

Cynicism is also why you have to pay higher premiums and have higher deductibles.

So, the real question is, why has America failed Obama?

gwelf on June 27, 2014 at 6:13 PM

ISIS is approaching Saudi Arabia…

… Maybe you should approve the Keystone XL pipe line Skippy.

Seven Percent Solution on June 27, 2014 at 6:13 PM

obama, the impertinent thuggish oaf, must and will be punished.

Plus, this – why?

Schadenfreude on June 27, 2014 at 6:14 PM

If Bark is spending two days in Minneapolis, and giving a speech at Lake Harriet, an area that votes reliably DFL 85% to 15% in every election, the internal polls the Donks are seeing must be truly horrifying.

Bruno Strozek on June 27, 2014 at 6:10 PM

No kidding and if Hauser is not impressed that doesn’t bode well either.

I wonder what Pat Kessler thought.

At least he didn’t come Downtown.

gophergirl on June 27, 2014 at 6:15 PM

Leftist message, same as from obama

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Ok. bye now!

coolrepublica on June 26, 2014 at 5:02 PM

Schadenfreude on June 27, 2014 at 6:16 PM

Our petulant president.

sadatoni on June 27, 2014 at 6:17 PM

What a small man…

JoeHanson on June 27, 2014 at 6:19 PM

It’s worth pointing out that Obama had carte blanche for his economic agenda for the first two years of his presidency, which resulted in $800 billion in wasted and gimmicky stimulus spending and the worst US economic recovery in decades. (The civilian participation rate in the workforce is still at a 36-year low.)

To expand the points:

- The publicly-held portion of federal debt increased by $6.2 trillion to $12.5 trillion during the Obama Presidency (a near-doubling, and there’s still over 2 1/2 years to go).
- That participation rate cratered mostly AFTER the Great Recession “ended”.
- The succeeding wreckovery is barely better than the first part of the Great Depression.

Steve Eggleston on June 27, 2014 at 6:21 PM

They don’t do anything except block me and call me names,”‘ says Pres Obama of GOP in Congress.

me, me, me.

faraway on June 27, 2014 at 6:21 PM

Obama Came, He saw, we spent.

portlandon on June 27, 2014 at 6:05 PM

To Hades, the land, it went.

Schadenfreude on June 27, 2014 at 6:22 PM

I don’t think obama knows the term “cynicism”.

Schadenfreude on June 27, 2014 at 6:23 PM

ISIS is approaching Saudi Arabia…

… Maybe you should approve the Keystone XL pipe line Skippy.

Seven Percent Solution on June 27, 2014 at 6:13 PM

I don’t think you understand how crony government works.

The Connected Class go long on oil futures, and then have Barry do whatever he can do to ensure that those investments pay off big time. So his oil transport people have already made the move to invest in such a way where KXL is offline. This imbroglio in the middle east is just another market moving opportunity that they can control and profit. Hurricanes are too unpredictable, but wars can be engineered and manipulated if you are on the side of impoverishing forces.

Its far far easier to break things than fix things, so financial advice is simply invest in things that are easy to break and cause pricing spikes that can be capitalized on.

Reuben Hick on June 27, 2014 at 6:23 PM

The Founding Fathers are spinning in their graves….

Lord Whorfin on June 27, 2014 at 6:24 PM

Crybaby in Chief

Shay on June 27, 2014 at 6:24 PM

Mommy Valerie, the bad Republicans called me names.

Sven on June 27, 2014 at 6:24 PM

Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm????????????????

3h
On the flight back from Minneapolis, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest disputes that President Obama’s speech today was a midterm election campaign speech – @markknoller

canopfor on June 27, 2014 at 6:31 PM

He’s going to ban land mines.

Rancher on June 27, 2014 at 6:32 PM

Frank Thorp V @frankthorpNBC · 9h

Boehner Spox: Obama calling lawsuit a “stunt” “only reinforces (Amer people’s) frustration” w/ Obama’s “failure to follow the Constitution”

canopfor on June 27, 2014 at 6:33 PM

ISIS is approaching Saudi Arabia…

… Maybe you should approve the Keystone XL pipe line Skippy.

Seven Percent Solution on June 27, 2014 at 6:13 PM

SA is supporting ISIS. Not that that means anything in the ME.

Rancher on June 27, 2014 at 6:41 PM

obama is ill.

Schadenfreude on June 27, 2014 at 6:41 PM

What do sociopathic narcissists do when they are thwarted and find themselves without options to be king?

crankyoldlady on June 27, 2014 at 6:44 PM

I wonder what Pat Kessler thought.

I’m certain Pat is a FAR leftie and has always bowed down to King Putt. Hauser is far better non-partisan political journalist.

Agree with the above comment about Dems polling data. Combine that with the fact that Franken minimized his being seen with POTUS…Franken knows he’s in trouble.

Tony0253 on June 27, 2014 at 6:50 PM

crankyoldlady on June 27, 2014 at 6:44 PM

They get people killed or do it themselves, especially if they are psychopaths.

dogsoldier on June 27, 2014 at 6:54 PM

On the flight back from Minneapolis, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest disputes that President Obama’s speech today was a midterm election campaign speech – @markknoller

canopfor on June 27, 2014 at 6:31 PM

If they have to tell you…..

dogsoldier on June 27, 2014 at 6:56 PM

Well, I haven’t heard anything “new” from Obama since early 2008. Sure, there have been a whole lot of statements that reached their expiration date, but “new”, not so much.

Steve Eggleston on June 27, 2014 at 6:06 PM

What concerns me is some of what he said back then and before…and also out of the mouths of his minions. Where is all the Communist stuff? Did it simply evaporate? That could be the case if they’re just using Leftist ideology to get elected and deflect criticism while in the meantime they’re robbing the joint blind. Pretty clever if you think about it.

But these red blanket baby types are just too steeped in the Marxist stuff. Even though they are crooks, they also really, really believe in this ideology.

Puzzled.

Dr. ZhivBlago on June 27, 2014 at 6:57 PM

Please people, enough of reposting CR’s rant.

She just gets off on it.

Barred on June 27, 2014 at 6:59 PM

I’m certain Pat is a FAR leftie and has always bowed down to King Putt. Hauser is far better non-partisan political journalist.

Agree with the above comment about Dems polling data. Combine that with the fact that Franken minimized his being seen with POTUS…Franken knows he’s in trouble.

Tony0253 on June 27, 2014 at 6:50 PM

Oh I think he is too but was just curious.

Franken is in big trouble. I think McFadden has a real shot.

gophergirl on June 27, 2014 at 7:02 PM

Crybaby in Chief

Shay

You would never have heard ANY other president, Dem or Repub, talk about himself so much. Where’s his character? Where’s his sense of leadership for the country?

No, it’s just all sad stuff about poor, poor him.

Ms. Contrarian Scientist on June 27, 2014 at 7:04 PM

If all Obama has for the next two and a half years is whining and regurgitation, the NBC/WSJ result on leadership might end up being a high-water mark.

Uh, that is pretty much all he has ever had.

Heck he just recycled the “Hope” slogan from his 2008 campaign the other day in an interview. After six years, that is still all he has. He continues to run against Bush even after he has had six years in office. Obama is a sad pathetic excuse for a man, let alone a President.

Johnnyreb on June 27, 2014 at 7:09 PM

This President is a failure and he’s settled on a reason why:

“I had a hash pipe dream to build a socialist utopia out of these ashes that were the U.S.A., and I’d have gotten away with it, too, if it weren’t for you meddling Republicans!”

ROCnPhilly on June 27, 2014 at 7:35 PM

He won. And he’s black.

Therefore, he should get his way every. single. time. Duh. Haven’t you all figured that out yet?

UnderstandingisPower on June 27, 2014 at 7:53 PM

Even if he were sincere in what he says, it’s too late. He lost credibility a long time ago, no one believes in him anymore. Blaming the GOP is how he started his presidency, odd that he wants to wrap things up doing the very same thing. Arrogant to the very end!

scalleywag on June 27, 2014 at 8:40 PM

He’s making excuses for his failures. I wonder how much he could have gotten done if he hadn’t been such a cocky, arrogant jacka$$ and actually tried to work with the GOP. Remember “I won”, “grab a mop”, give up the car keys”, etc., etc., etc.

scalleywag on June 27, 2014 at 8:47 PM

It was Potemkin all the way through — it turns out that mysterious Rebekah that he met with yesterday to much fanfare had been a Democratic operative who worked for Patty Murray before she moved to Minnesota.

Mr. D on June 27, 2014 at 9:14 PM

People trying to thwart you is an occupational hazard.

A good POTUS, Reagan for example, overcomes it and succeeds.

Choom has always had everything handed to him unopposed because racism.

formwiz on June 27, 2014 at 9:40 PM

I don’t remember any GOP congressmen, senators or anyone in the MSM calling him names. Can someone enlighten me on what names obama is referring too? This man is so thin skinned. I am surprised the conservative media in this nation still survives.

garydt on June 27, 2014 at 11:55 PM

Are Congressmen actually calling him names? Really?

I call him names. But I don’t see any Congressmen calling him names. What names do Congressmen call him?

Examples please.

It think this is another lie from Obama.

Now disagreeing with him? Investigating him? Suing him? Yes.

But actual name calling? Show me the money.

petunia on June 28, 2014 at 12:09 AM

garydt on June 27, 2014 at 11:55 PM

Should have read before posting… you win.

petunia on June 28, 2014 at 12:13 AM

Well, dear leader did get the oceans to recede in his first term. Right? Those dirty repubs blocked that, too? But, just look at all those future hi tech new citizens we’re getting across the border. They’ll be doing jobs Americans won’t do anytime now.

Kissmygrits on June 28, 2014 at 10:13 AM