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WH: Why no, our latest economic ‘pivot’ won’t involve any new proposals

posted at 4:27 pm on July 22, 2013 by

So about that big “pivot” to jobs and the economy Team Obama is talking up for the umpteenth time…talking really is the key word:

White House officials said the three speeches will not offer new proposals or approaches, including the use of executive actions to sidestep congressional opposition. Instead, officials said, Obama will outline in broad terms his view of the economic debate ahead.

Goodie.  Instead of fresh ideas that might actually accomplish something, we can expect the same warmed-over, overwrought rhetoric, the same unaffordable, dead-end ideas, and the same stagnant economy.  USA Today wonders if this “new” push will fall flat, citing the diminishing returns of Obama’s bully pulpit:

In the campaign, Obama will lay out his vision directly to Americans for how Washington and the private sector can put a charge into an economy that is improving only in fits and starts. He is turning to a tool — the bully pulpit — that has largely failed him on issues such as gun control and budget cuts.

Yep, he went all-in on guns and sequester scare tactics, and whiffed on both.  Incidentally, I put “new” in scare quotes because it’s only been a few months since the White House’s last pivot to focusing on jobs like a laser beam, or whatever.  We’ve literally heard it all before — even MSNBC’s Chuck Todd and WaPo’s Dan Balz seem bored:

“What does he really have to say at this point? I mean is he simply trying to do it for politics? … You know what they’re acknowledging, is they have nothing new to say.  Because, what are they saying, ‘Hey look back at this speech, he has said it all before!’ So he doesn’t have anything new to say.”

Care to clear any of this up, Jay Carney?  No, not really:

In any case, Obama’s pivot to jobs and the econ….OMG, it’s a boy!

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Sounds to me like we’re in for a speech about “Comprehensive Economic Reform”.

xdwall on July 22, 2013 at 5:01 PM

So Obama decides to come to Jacksonville, Florida on Thursday.

I’m pretty sure that there are about 50 golf courses within an hour or so drive from Jacksonville.

Not to mention TPC and Sawgrass.

We know why he REALLY is coming to Florida.

ProfShadow on July 22, 2013 at 5:10 PM

If Obama has to keep pivoting back to the economy, doesn’t that mean he pivoted away from the economy in the first place? Why doesn’t he just stay pivoted? The nation’s unemployed and small business owners might appreciate that.

IndieDogg on July 22, 2013 at 5:22 PM

Hey–just one Obama speech in Cairo brought about the overthrow of two governments. Don’t sell the man short.

ElectricPhase on July 22, 2013 at 6:09 PM

So he’s NOT boycotting Florida in the wake of the self-righteous indignation of the Progs?

Stevie Wonder will be soooooo irked!

heldmyw on July 22, 2013 at 6:17 PM

“WH: Why no, our latest economic ‘pivot’ won’t involve any new proposals”

Thank goodness – if OBOZO ever did any REAL work, the universe would collapse.

TeaPartyNation on July 22, 2013 at 7:14 PM

Yep, Jimmy Carter’s looking better every day.

sgtstogie on July 22, 2013 at 10:53 PM

Thank goodness – if OBOZO ever did any REAL work, the universe would collapse.

TeaPartyNation on July 22, 2013 at 7:14 PM

He hasn’t done any real work in his entire career. He talks a lot and claims he’s a vision guy.

Also, I think he really has serious psychological issues.

dogsoldier on July 23, 2013 at 5:46 AM

White House officials said the three speeches will not offer new proposals or approaches, including the use of executive actions to sidestep congressional opposition. Instead, officials said, Obama will outline in broad terms his view of the economic debate ahead.

The man loves listening to himself talk.

Bitter Clinger on July 23, 2013 at 7:59 AM

So he’s NOT boycotting Florida in the wake of the self-righteous indignation of the Progs?

Stevie Wonder will be soooooo irked!

heldmyw on July 22, 2013 at 6:17 PM

Obama to Wonder: “We don’t need you to do that.”

Axeman on July 23, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Wow, who could have seen this coming?

Chris of Rights on July 23, 2013 at 10:07 AM

It’s been a couple months since Barack Obama was out on the campaign trail, or at least since June. So it’s time for him to get out there and do some more speechifying. That’s really all we need to make America great again — more speeches by Obama.

J Baustian on July 23, 2013 at 12:59 PM


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