Obama: We’re better off, even if you aren’t smart enough to “feel it”

posted at 10:01 am on September 29, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Another nugget from Barack Obama’s interview with 60 Minutes is making the rounds today, but it’s less surprising than one might think. Steve Kroft challenged the President to make a midterm pitch for his party, and Obama responded by insisting that the nation is better off today than it was six years ago. He acknowledged, though, that most people don’t “feel” it:

Steve Kroft: You’ve got midterm elections coming up. Are you going to get shellacked?

President Obama: Well…

Steve Kroft: Or do you think that, I mean, are you optimistic? What are the issues and what are you going to tell the American people?

President Obama: Here’s what I’m going to tell the American people. When I came into office, our economy was in crisis. We had unemployment up at 10 percent. It’s now down to 6.1. We’ve had the longest run of uninterrupted private sector job growth in our history. We have seen deficits cut by more than half. Corporate balance sheets are probably the best they’ve been in the last several decades. We are producing more energy than we had before. We are producing more clean energy than we ever had before. I can put my record against any leader around the world in terms of digging ourselves out of a terrible, almost unprecedented financial crisis. Ronald Reagan used to ask the question, “Are you better off than you were four years ago?” In this case, are you better off than you were in six? And the answer is, the country is definitely better off than we were when I came into office, but now we have to make…

Steve Kroft: Do you think people will feel that?

President Obama: They don’t feel it. And the reason they don’t feel it is because incomes and wages are not going up. There are solutions to that. If we raise the minimum wage, if we make sure women are getting paid the same as men for doing the same work, if we are rebuilding our infrastructure, if we’re doing more to invest in job training so people are able to get the jobs that are out there right now, because manufacturing is coming back to this country. Not just the auto industry that we’ve saved, but you’re starting to see reinvestment here in the United States. Businesses around the world are saying for the first time in a long time, “The place to invest isn’t in China. It’s the United States.”

The reason that people don’t “feel” the recovery is because it hasn’t been much of a recovery at all. The supposedly historic streak of private-sector job growth has barely kept pace with population growth for the last five-plus years of the technical recovery. We still have millions of workers sidelined, and job growth hasn’t gotten out of the 200K monthly range. Economic growth, which should have spiked after a sharp recession, has been in the 1.8%-2.2% annual range ever since. Obama takes credit for cutting deficits in half, but neglects to mention that it was his budgets that had to be cut from the $1.5-trillion deficit range, and that the deficit reductions for the next few budget cycles are based on wholly unrealistic expectations of economic growth. Our energy production growth has mainly come from the Bakken extraction in North Dakota and natural gas production from fracking, neither of which this administration supports; they just can’t do much about the former, and the EPA’s still working on the latter.

Still, though, this is the same sing-song argument that Obama made in 2010, 2012, as well as 2014. It didn’t work in either of the first two cycles.  Obama got shellacked by his own admission in the first midterm election, and he won in 2012 by demonizing Mitt Romney rather than on his own merits — which is why he ended up with millions of votes fewer the second time around, the only President to win re-election while doing so. He’s not going to admit that people don’t feel the recovery because it’s been mostly stagnation in place since the Great Recession. The real question is why Kroft didn’t challenge Obama on some of those claims during the interview, although he did offer a rather skeptical statement at the end:

Steve Kroft: You think you can sell this.

Obama thought he could sell it in 2010, too, and look how that turned out. He ended up underestimating the anger over Democratic policies, and when that happens again this time, look for him to blame Debbie Wasserman Schultz for failing to alert him.


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This clown’s deadpan comedy skills are extraordinary.

tsj017 on September 29, 2014 at 10:05 AM

I’m smart enough to not be fooled by this buffoon.

Barry, we aren’t all as stupid as your voters.

ConstantineXI on September 29, 2014 at 10:06 AM

Filthy, greasy, shiftless, lazy, no-account irresponsible lying Thug-in-Chief…

JohnGalt23 on September 29, 2014 at 10:07 AM

So Obumbler’s solution to incomes and wages not going up is……for the government to mandate that they go up. Yeah, that’ll work out.

smfic on September 29, 2014 at 10:07 AM

Funemployment at 6.1%….HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Bishop on September 29, 2014 at 10:08 AM

And be “We” he means he, him and himself. And possibly his tranny wife.

Flange on September 29, 2014 at 10:09 AM

Does anyone believe a single word he says? Even Democrats think he’s lying whenever his mouth is moving.

MTF on September 29, 2014 at 10:10 AM

The real question is why Kroft didn’t challenge Obama on some of those claims during the interview,

I love your sense of humor, Ed.

Basilsbest on September 29, 2014 at 10:11 AM

Obama: the 18th Century President.

“Let them drink Starbucks!!!”

Oil Can on September 29, 2014 at 10:12 AM

Now if we add back into the “unemployment formula” the tens of millions of people who have just given up and out of the system, I think that Umemplyment number would be in double digits genus.

Whiterock on September 29, 2014 at 10:13 AM

We have seen deficits cut by more than half.

Yeah, triple the deficit and then pretend to cut it in half. A well orchestrated lie.

rbj on September 29, 2014 at 10:14 AM

Is obama saying the ‘recovery’ hasn’t trickled down?

Fenris on September 29, 2014 at 10:15 AM

so funny…….obama employed, everybody else unemployed…..obama unemployed, everybody else employed…….obama is the silliest most obtuse and most blinkered man i have ever witnessed….so funny

clandestine on September 29, 2014 at 10:15 AM

Don’t pay any attention to the man behind the curtain, you know the one who is not wearing any clothes….
Add this article to yesterday’s QOTD, and it is obvious we got ourselves a real problem. I am sure the opposing Party will bring this all to light.

Whiterock on September 29, 2014 at 10:16 AM

OBAMA: We had unemployment up at 10 percent. It’s now down to 6.1. We’ve had the longest run of uninterrupted private sector job growth in our history. We have seen deficits cut by more than half.

92+ million Americans out of work, not counted by the BLS because they’ve practically dropped out of the workforce and aren’t seeking employment. Thanks to perpetual unemployment “benefits” and welfare programs, that’s exactly what was bound to happen. The real unemployment is well over double digits, and probably closer to 11-12%.

The labor force participation rate is at its lowest since the late 1970s, otherwise known as the Jimmy Carter Malaise era. As for the deficits? Ed covered that well. They are Obama’s own massive deficits that are being projected — falsely so — to be lowered over the coming years due to economic predictions that are based more in wishful thinking than in actual progress.

Energy production is rising in spite of Obama and his administration, not because of them. The healthcare industry has become a colossal mess ever since ObamaCare started implanting its tentacles into the sector. Floods of illegal aliens pouring into America, many of them with criminal records, possible disease, and no intention of working hard (instead planning to live off the land).

Face it, Obamabots. Your guy is a disaster, and his “record” is a pathetic disappointment.

Aizen on September 29, 2014 at 10:16 AM

Ronald Reagan used to ask the question, “Are you better off than you were four years ago?” In this case, are you better off than you were in six? And the answer is, the country is definitely better off than we were when I came into office, but now we have to make…

They don’t feel it. And the reason they don’t feel it is because incomes and wages are not going up.

So…income and wages are not going up while the cost of living and taxes are(Obama conveniently omits that not-so-minor inconvenience). Then how in the hell are people better off than they were 6 years ago?

Doughboy on September 29, 2014 at 10:17 AM

Ramirez on Obama’s Virtual Reality: We’re safer today than ever before.

petefrt on September 29, 2014 at 10:17 AM

If we raise the minimum wage, if we make sure women are getting paid the same as men for doing the same work, if we are rebuilding our infrastructure, if we’re doing more to invest in job training so people are able to get the jobs that are out there right now, because manufacturing is coming back to this country.

Perhaps you should start with what you pay your own female staffers.

But go ahead just shuck and jive and flash that smile of yours as hile you spread your pack of lies. It’s all you got for 2014.

Happy Nomad on September 29, 2014 at 10:18 AM

How much would the economy have rebounded – without his interference?

OldEnglish on September 29, 2014 at 10:19 AM

Actually, until DeathCare fully kicks in and enslaves us all: we aren’t dead enough to feel it …

ShainS on September 29, 2014 at 10:20 AM

Obama: the 18th Century President.

Oil Can on September 29, 2014 at 10:12 AM

I initially read that as: the 18th Hole President …

ShainS on September 29, 2014 at 10:22 AM

exactly what that pos juan williams told imus this morning.

and all the presidents stooges.

renalin on September 29, 2014 at 10:23 AM

“Here’s what I’m going to tell the American people…”

Oh goody – yet another speech to look forward to with Obama looking down his professorial nose at us as he peers at his magnificent pair of teleprompters.

Drained Brain on September 29, 2014 at 10:23 AM

Has he totally lost contact with objective reality or is he simply a narcissistic psychopath . . . or both?

rplat on September 29, 2014 at 10:24 AM

Senator Sessions: Nearly 1 in 4 Americans between 25 and 54 Unemployed

http://www.hngn.com/articles/43898/20140927/senator-sessions-nearly-1-in-4-americans-between-25-and-54-unemployed.htm

Facts are stubborn things – John Adams

workingclass artist on September 29, 2014 at 10:24 AM

Well the government is taking in record tax revenue, the Puerto not so much. Thirty hour maximum work weeks don’t help. Record high meat, good, gas, and energy prices don’t help. In short, income is down, prices for necessities is up, and we still have fewer people working than when Obama took office. 1+1=POTATO

jukin3 on September 29, 2014 at 10:25 AM

The real question is why Kroft didn’t challenge Obama on some of those claims during the interview

Kroft clearly has the monopoly on interviews whenever the lazy stupid rat-eared bastard wants a public tongue bath. Larry King used to be the preferred outlet. I guess 60 minutes (which used to be a real news program) has decided to be the home of the softball question.

Happy Nomad on September 29, 2014 at 10:26 AM

Or, as Lizzy Warren would put it: “Øbama speak with forked tongue”…

If she were really a Cherokee, that is….

DimsdalePiranha on September 29, 2014 at 10:27 AM

President Obama: They don’t feel it. And the reason they don’t feel it is because incomes and wages are not going up. There are solutions to that. If we raise the minimum wage,

More leftist idiocy. Incomes — separate from wages in this case as Obama himself says — aren’t rising, so let’s have the government mandate that minimum-wage incomes are increased. Then you end up with employers cutting jobs or rising prices (or both) to make up for the loss in profit created by the mandate, and that ultimately does nothing to help the people whose incomes aren’t rising — instead being in danger of falling because of government interference.

Not just the auto industry that we’ve saved,

The same “auto industry” that’s now killing people and being forced to make recalls every few weeks?

Bravo, Obama.

And enough of the claptrap about “infrastructure.” The stimulus was a boondoggle that helped out Democrat governors and unions. Get government red tape and bureaucracy out of the way, cut taxes, and observe as the private sector reinvigorates America with an ever-expanding economy.

Aizen on September 29, 2014 at 10:27 AM

Kroft clearly has the monopoly on interviews whenever the lazy stupid rat-eared bastard wants a public tongue bath. Larry King used to be the preferred outlet. I guess 60 minutes (which used to be a real news program) has decided to be the home of the softball question.

Happy Nomad on September 29, 2014 at 10:26 AM

Yup…

January 2013:Steve Kroft’s Softball Obama Interviews Diminish ’60 Minutes’

Drained Brain on September 29, 2014 at 10:28 AM

Wow. What a clueless moron.

Star Bird on September 29, 2014 at 10:30 AM

“We had unemployment up at 10 percent. It’s now down to 6.1.”
And that entire reduction was accomplished by simply deciding that millions and millions of unemployed American were no longer part of the work force. It was just a few weeks ago that this administration stated the unemployment rate had gone down during a period when there was a net DECREASE in the number of jobs.

tommyboy on September 29, 2014 at 10:30 AM

Has he totally lost contact with objective reality or is he simply a narcissistic psychopath . . . or both?

rplat on September 29, 2014 at 10:24 AM

Likely both

Obama is ably abetted by complicit sycophants and a corrupted and flaccid GOP leadership.

workingclass artist on September 29, 2014 at 10:30 AM

Bull shirt artist.

GarandFan on September 29, 2014 at 10:30 AM

The supposedly historic streak of private-sector job growth has barely kept pace with population growth for the last five-plus years of the technical recovery.

And that stagnation has come at a cost of more than $6 TRILLION … not including the TRILLIONS of funny money the Fed keeps printing and pumping out.

Economic growth, which should have spiked after a sharp recession, has been in the 1.8%-2.2% annual range ever since.

And that “growth” is only due to the fact that the feral government has been deficit spending at rates from 5% to 8+% of GDP, annually. Let’s see … borrow and spend 8% of GDP and then claim “growth” of a meager 1.8% … and crow about it! In regular business, this would be known as “fraud” and those responsible for it jailed. Of course, Barky should have been shackled and led away the minute he came back from that repulsive, offensive, and highly illegal campaign rally in Germany … for friggin Germans … paid in part by the friggin German government. Sadly, the idiot running against him had no interest in campaign finance laws or general notions of restricting political campaigns to actual American citizens …

All I want to know is when Barky is finally going to be fitted for his orange jumpsuit. Everything else is a waste of time.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on September 29, 2014 at 10:31 AM

Arrogant little twerp

Pelosi Schmelosi on September 29, 2014 at 10:31 AM

Bull shirt artist.

GarandFan on September 29, 2014 at 10:30 AM

I prefer con man

workingclass artist on September 29, 2014 at 10:32 AM

Yeah, triple the deficit and then pretend to cut it in half. A well orchestrated lie.

rbj on September 29, 2014 at 10:14 AM

It actually works on Dem voters though. It really does. Which is both scary and sad.

visions on September 29, 2014 at 10:33 AM

Flinging bovine poo is not an art…despite what moon bats say…

workingclass artist on September 29, 2014 at 10:34 AM

Has he totally lost contact with objective reality or is he simply a narcissistic psychopath . . . or both?

rplat on September 29, 2014 at 10:24 AM

Barky’s a malevolent retard. He’s got the IQ of a shriveled slug and gets off on telling the dumbest, most ridiculous lies, not that he’s got the intellectual ability to make up anything better … But it’s the people who refuse to say what a total moron he is (“profit AND earnings ratios!!”) who are the real problem. Barky couldn’t figure out how to work a mop by himself.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on September 29, 2014 at 10:35 AM

Gas double what it was when he took office, beef at all time record highs and doubled energy bills. Yeah, I can pretty much say that he’s pissing on my leg and telling me that it’s raining.

Clink on September 29, 2014 at 10:30 AM

Let’s play a little game with this. As this week progresses, try and identify just how many pundits lead with this theme that things are far much better than what we stupid Americans believe.

I’m guessing I can find at least 20 by Friday.

Happy Nomad on September 29, 2014 at 10:35 AM

Obama’s approval rating up aggregate 4 points in new CNN/ORC poll out this morning.

mypalfish on September 29, 2014 at 10:35 AM

Does this clown actually believe what he says? Does he think we are going to buy this load of crap? It looks to me like he does, which reinforces my thought that he is hopelessly inflicted with narcissistic personality disorder. It can’t be his fault because he is Barack Obama.

theosdad on September 29, 2014 at 10:35 AM

Yeah, triple the deficit and then pretend to cut it in half. A well orchestrated lie.

rbj on September 29, 2014 at 10:14 AM

It actually works on Dem voters though. It really does. Which is both scary and sad.

visions on September 29, 2014 at 10:33 AM

People will often do anything to avoid reality and protect their failures…including the voter.

“The unexamined life is not worth living” – Socrates according to Plato

workingclass artist on September 29, 2014 at 10:36 AM

Average Misery Index:

George W. Bush: 8.11

Barack Obama: 10.26

MI Low:

Bush: 5.71 – Oct 2006

Obama: 7.30 – July 2009

MI High:

Bush: 11.47 – Aug 2008

Obama: 12.97 – September 2011 7.83

Starting MI:

Bush: 7.93

Obama: 7.83

Ending MI:

Bush: 7.39

Obama: 7.81 (as of Dec 2013)

Percentage Change in MI:

Bush: -0.54

Obama: -0.02

Resist We Much on September 29, 2014 at 10:45 AM

Another nugget from Barack Obama’s interview with 60 Minutes….

Let’s call them ‘smuggets’, ’cause that’s how he comes across in delivering this baseless propaganda.

DaveDief on September 29, 2014 at 10:46 AM

Does this clown actually believe what he says? Does he think we are going to buy this load of crap? It looks to me like he does, which reinforces my thought that he is hopelessly inflicted with narcissistic personality disorder. It can’t be his fault because he is Barack Obama.

theosdad on September 29, 2014 at 10:35 AM

yeah i definitely believe he is a narcissist. he’ll say anything to take the blame off himself. he thinks he can do no wrong. he thinks that people will believe everything he says, true or not. sadly, some people will believe it. but many people in america have woken up and realized that obama is bs’ing them…

Sachiko on September 29, 2014 at 10:47 AM

I can put my record against any leader around the world in terms of digging ourselves out of a terrible, almost unprecedented financial crisis. Ronald Reagan used to ask the question, “Are you better off than you were four years ago?” In this case, are you better off than you were in six? And the answer is, the country is definitely better off than we were when I came into office, but now we have to make…

Inflate opinions of yourself much Obama?

He honestly cant help it, Narcissists rarely can.

Johnnyreb on September 29, 2014 at 10:47 AM

For the first time I have to complement the President.

Where I come from a “whopper” is a fine art. It takes ability to stack half-truth (cut the deficit in half, after creating the trillion dollar deficit) after half-truth in such away that it sounds truthful but is in fact a horrendous lie. This can top anything I’ve ever heard grownups say when I was growing up.

I’m amazed and admire his ability to do it with a straight face.

The only thing left now is when Dead Peckerhead comes here and posts that he really believes it!!!! :D

itsspideyman on September 29, 2014 at 10:53 AM

Obama’s approval rating up aggregate 4 points in new CNN/ORC poll out this morning.

mypalfish on September 29, 2014 at 10:35 AM

Ah, CNN right on time to help shape the news instead of reporting on it.

Aizen on September 29, 2014 at 10:58 AM

Honestly, what do you expect a pathological liar to do when he is confronted? Tell the truth?

NOMOBO on September 29, 2014 at 11:00 AM

We’re better off, even if you aren’t smart enough to “feel it”

Feelings? Well, I can say this. I feel I and many of the US citizenry feel we would be better off have never heard of you 0. Of course better than half feel they are smarter than the average US citizen./

Bmore on September 29, 2014 at 11:01 AM

Hey O’dummer!

“Perception is Reality” . . . bottom line.

Nat George on September 29, 2014 at 11:07 AM

President Obama: They don’t feel it. And the reason they don’t feel it is because incomes and wages are not going up. There are solutions to that. If we raise the minimum wage, if we make sure women are getting paid the same as men for doing the same work, if we are rebuilding our infrastructure, if we’re doing more to invest in job training so people are able to get the jobs that are out there right now,

Actually, income and wages are not just not going up, they’re going DOWN, Chief.

Raising the minimum wage actually reduces the respective wages of WHO, exactly, Chief?? Oh, that’s right, the middle class – so in addition to wages going DOWN under your policies, you actually want to reduce the value of the dollar for everyone so that the middle class actually has less buying power too. Great grasp of economics there Chief.

Women IN YOUR OWN ADMINISTRATION do not make the same money as men there Chief. Perhaps you should oh, I don’t know, set an example????!!

Rebuilding our infrastructure is going to make people feel this mythical recovery you keep telling us about, HOW, EXACTLY??

How is investing in job traing going to make people feel this mythical recovery you keep telling us about, HOW, EXACTLY???

He says all these words and flowery phrases, but he never actually says anything valuable. And when he says things that are blatantly false like claiming raising the minimum wage will actually make people “feel it”, he is given a free pass.

KMC1 on September 29, 2014 at 11:08 AM

Correct me if I’m wrong, but I believe the unemployment rate was 7.8% when Barky took office, NOT 10%. It rose to 10% and then with his funky way of computing the rate, it has dropped. The fact is that more people are unemployed under this POS than at any time in recent history.

bimmcorp on September 29, 2014 at 11:08 AM

Your party will hopefully “feel” the election.

Sven on September 29, 2014 at 11:15 AM

Let’s call them ‘smuggets’, ’cause that’s how he comes across in delivering this baseless propaganda.

DaveDief on September 29, 2014 at 10:46 AM

Funny, I watched some of that last night and that was the first thing I thought…what a smug so and so he was.

scalleywag on September 29, 2014 at 11:26 AM

Barry, we aren’t all as stupid as your voters.

ConstantineXI on September 29, 2014 at 10:06 AM

Oh, but we could be!

Now, here’s your soma, Costantine. Be a good ‘citizen’ and take it regularly.

GWB on September 29, 2014 at 11:33 AM

Obama responded by insisting that the nation is better off today than it was six years ago.

The date on which Barack Hussein Obama became part of the majority party in Washington, D.C., and George W. Bush ceased to be part of the majority party, was NOT 1/20/2009, it was 1/3/2007!

The real question is are you better off now, after 7¾ years of Democrat majority control (Democrats have held 2+ out of 3 of the House, Senate, and Presidency since 1/3/2007) than you were when Republicans last held the House, Senate and Presidency?

ITguy on September 29, 2014 at 11:34 AM

Obama: We’re better off, even if you aren’t smart enough to “feel it”

Of course you’ve gotta understand that “We” means “Obama”: NOT YOU!!

* Unlimited free vacations
* No hard work
* Unlimited budget for personal use
* Fawning adoration of corrupt journalists
…etc…

landlines on September 29, 2014 at 11:41 AM

“You think you can sell this?”

Out of fairness, he did in 2012.

will77jeff on September 29, 2014 at 11:42 AM

Has he totally lost contact with objective reality or is he simply a narcissistic psychopath . . . or both?

rplat on September 29, 2014 at 10:24 AM

The second includes the first – by definition.

Gas double what it was when he took office, beef at all time record highs and doubled energy bills. Yeah, I can pretty much say that he’s pissing on my leg and telling me that it’s raining.

Clink on September 29, 2014 at 10:30 AM

The much shorter version of Ed’s post!

All I want to know is when Barky is finally going to be fitted for his orange jumpsuit. Everything else is a waste of time.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on September 29, 2014 at 10:31 AM

I would prefer to see all the folks intent on destroying our Constitutional Republic fitted for something else. I won’t say what on this blog.

GWB on September 29, 2014 at 11:45 AM

He probably believes what he is saying – Valerie told him so.

TerryW on September 29, 2014 at 12:07 PM

Last week on “The Five” Bob Beckle said there were thousands and thousands of jobs when announcing the economy grew 4.1 per cent. Where I live the unemployment rate is the same as it was in 2009. Obama forgot to mention about his broken promises, of being more transparent, and lied of course about his Obama Care. He also can’t brag about being more secure or as Americans being more “free”. He could care less about any liberty and freedom for Americans or anyone else for that matter.

garydt on September 29, 2014 at 12:37 PM

Let’s look at the promises the Democrats made in 2006, when Republicans controlled the House, Senate, and Presidency:

Democrats are proposing a New Direction for America…

With integrity, civility and fiscal discipline, our New Direction for America will use commonsense principles to address the aspirations and fulfill the hopes and dreams of all Americans. That is our promise to the American people….

Our federal budget should be a statement of our national values. One of those values is responsibility. Democrats are committed to ending years of irresponsible budget policies that have produced historic deficits. Instead of piling trillions of dollars of debt onto our children and grandchildren, we will restore “Pay As You Go” budget discipline.

Budget discipline has been abandoned by the Bush Administration and its Republican congressional majorities. Congress under Republican control has turned a projected $5.6 trillion 10-year surplus at the end of the Clinton years into a nearly $3 trillion deficit– including the four worst deficits in the history of America. The nation’s debt ceiling has been raised four times in just five years to more than $8.9 trillion. Nearly half of our nation’s record debt is owned by foreign countries including China and Japan. Without a return to fiscal discipline, the foreign countries that make our computers, our clothing and our toys will soon be making our foreign policy. Deficit spending is not just a fiscal problem – it’s a national security issue as well.

Our New Direction is committed to “Pay As You Go” budgeting – no more deficit spending.

When Pelosi, Reid, then-Senators Obama, Biden, Clinton, Kerry, and their Democrat peers took control of the House and Senate on 1/3/2007, the Total Public Debt Outstanding was
$8,677,214,255,313.07

On 9/03/2014, after 92 continuous months of Democrats holding majority control (holding 2+ out of 3 of the House, Senate, and Presidency), the Total Public Debt Outstanding was
$17,734,663,408,950.92

That’s an increase of more than NINE TRILLION DOLLARS, after the Democrats complained, “The nation’s debt ceiling has been raised four times in just five years to more than $8.9 trillion”, and promised, “integrity, civility and fiscal discipline“, “Instead of piling trillions of dollars of debt onto our children and grandchildren, we will restore “Pay As You Go” budget discipline”, and “Our New Direction is committed to “Pay As You Go” budgeting – no more deficit spending.”

The damn liars have MORE THAN DOUBLED the total debt!

The debt is now more than TWICE what it was when (then-Senator) Barack Hussein Obama became part of the MAJORITY PARTY in Washington, D.C. on 1/3/2007.

We are NOT better off than we were $9.1 TRILLION in new debt ago!

ITguy on September 29, 2014 at 12:39 PM

With Bill Clinton, there was a problem of what “is” is.

Mr Obama has brought a new meaning to who is “your” in “feeling your pain”

J_Crater on September 29, 2014 at 1:23 PM

ITguy on September 29, 2014 at 12:39 PM

I have nothing but contempt for Democrats/liberals, however the debt could not have increased a dollar in the past four years were it not for Boehner’s House. The elites in both parties are responsible. Obama could have vetoed spending bills however, but we would not expect a socialist to do that.

cajunpatriot on September 29, 2014 at 1:31 PM

It would be bad enough if he were just an incompetent boob like jima carter. But he is not. He is all that and a chronic devious liar. That is so much worse.

maryo on September 29, 2014 at 1:45 PM

“Quit whining, you unappreciative peasants, and THANK ME for all that I’ve done for you.”

–Dear Leader

orangemtl on September 29, 2014 at 1:48 PM

Arrogant little twerp
Pelosi Schmelosi on September 29, 2014 at 10:31 AM

annoyinglittletwerp objects–same last name, no relation…

*glare*

Newtie and the Beauty on September 29, 2014 at 2:15 PM

Reality bites–POUTS zero

Newtie and the Beauty on September 29, 2014 at 2:15 PM

We had unemployment up at 10 percent.

It didn’t get anywhere near 10% until Obama had been in office for several months. He ran on keeping it much lower than 10%. He had a particular number which I don’t remember.

burt on September 29, 2014 at 2:55 PM

Obama: We’re better off, even if you aren’t smart enough to “feel it”

Such a lying, thug, crook. Incredible.

Dr. ZhivBlago on September 29, 2014 at 3:23 PM

Anyone else remember the media lampooning Bush 41 when he stated correctly that we were out of the recession?

Just waiting for the media to treat Obama’s ‘good times’ declaration with the same derision.

RJL on September 29, 2014 at 3:38 PM

So, who are you going to believe? Obama or your lying eyes?

This guy should only know what my family has gone through as a consequence of his policies.

Another example. Remember this?

RED ALERT: Did anti-Obama campaign contributions dictate which Chrysler dealers were shuttered?

This isn’t my family, but we were living in this town at the time. I used to drive by this dealership.

Letter from a Dodge dealer

My name is George C. Joseph. I am the sole owner of Sunshine Dodge-Isuzu, a family owned and operated business in Melbourne, Florida. My family bought and paid for this automobile franchise 35 years ago in 1974. I am the second generation to manage this business.

We currently employ 50+ people and before the economic slowdown we employed over 70 local people. We are active in the community and the local chamber of commerce. We deal with several dozen local vendors on a day to day basis and many more during a month. All depend on our business for part of their livelihood. We are financially strong with great respect in the market place and community. We have strong local presence and stability.

I work every day the store is open, nine to ten hours a day. I know most of our customers and all our employees. Sunshine Dodge is my life.

On Thursday, May 14, 2009 I was notified that my Dodge franchise, that we purchased, will be taken away from my family on June 9, 2009 without compensation and given to another dealer at no cost to them. My new vehicle inventory consists of 125 vehicles with a financed balance of 3 million dollars. This inventory becomes impossible to sell with no factory incentives beyond June 9, 2009. Without the Dodge franchise we can no longer sell a new Dodge as “new,” nor will we be able to do any warranty service work. Additionally, my Dodge parts inventory, (approximately $300,000.) is virtually worthless without the ability to perform warranty service. There is no offer from Chrysler to buy back the vehicles or parts inventory.

Our facility was recently totally renovated at Chrysler’s insistence, incurring a multi-million dollar debt in the form of a mortgage at Sun Trust Bank….

This atrocity will most likely force my family into bankruptcy. This will also cause our 50+ employees to be unemployed. How will they provide for their families? This is a total economic disaster….

This destruction and damage to individual lives has been repeated thousands of times over while Obama has been president. I don’t know what happened to Mr. Joseph, but he comes to mind when Obama goes into his callous and arrogant braggadocio.

INC on September 29, 2014 at 3:59 PM

Short form:

“You idiots are too stupid to know when you’re well off.”

wagnert in atlanta on September 29, 2014 at 4:06 PM

“And you’re not a child, preezie” — me

Schadenfreude on September 29, 2014 at 6:11 PM

It didn’t get anywhere near 10% until Obama had been in office for several months. He ran on keeping it much lower than 10%. He had a particular number which I don’t remember.

burt on September 29, 2014 at 2:55 PM

Eight. He said we needed the stimulus to keep the unemployment rate from breaking eight per cent. From the time it passed, the rate was basically never below eight per cent until the report released immediately before the 2012 election. Riding that number to victory, it was later revealed that last jobs number had turned out to be “incorrect” (read: cooked).

The Schaef on September 29, 2014 at 6:45 PM

The real question is why Kroft didn’t challenge Obama on some of those claims during the interview

Because he wants to believe?

There Goes the Neighborhood on September 30, 2014 at 1:31 AM

The real question is why Kroft didn’t challenge Obama on some of those claims during the interview

Because he wants to believe?

There Goes the Neighborhood on September 30, 2014 at 1:31 AM

The above quote failure was brought to you by Hot Air or its javascript, which somehow managed to deselect the text I had selected, and therefore only put in a single blockquote tag instead of a begin blockquote tag and end blockquote tag.

I’ve seen this kind of blockquote fail before, but this is the first time I was paying close enough attention to see how it happened, so I can definitively say, “It was not my fault!”

There Goes the Neighborhood on September 30, 2014 at 1:36 AM