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It Wasn’t Me, America!

- August 31, 2011

Obama Offers At Least 11 Different Excuses As To Why His Economy Is Still Stagnant, But The American People Have Caught On

“The President Appears To Consider Himself Immune From Error And Asserts The Fault Always Lies Elsewhere …” (Mortimer Zuckerman, Op-Ed, “Obama And The ‘Competency Crisis,’” The Wall Street Journal, 8/25/11) 

OBAMA IS PINNING THE BLAME FOR THE ECONOMY ON EVERYTHING BUT THE “KITCHEN SINK”

Back In 2009 Obama Said He Was Responsible For The Economy “Give It To Me.” OBAMA: “My administration has a job to do as well. That job is to get this economy back on its feet. That's my job, and it's a job I gladly accept. I love these folks who helped get us in this mess and then suddenly say, ‘Well this is Obama's economy.’ That's fine. Give it to me. My job is to solve problems, not to stand on the sidelines and carp and gripe. So, I welcome the job. I want the responsibility."(President Barack Obama, Remarks At Macomb Community College, Warren, MI, 7/14/09)

But “Obama Took To Pointing Fingers When His Poll Numbers Started To Slip Last Fall.” (Salena Zito, “Battlegrounds Of Resentment,” Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 8/28/11)

“So Far, He Has Blamed The Stagnant Economy On Atms, Ditches, Slurpees, Corporate-Jet Owners, The Tea Party, Republicans, Japan’s Earthquake, The Arab Spring, The Arab Summer, George Bush, And ‘Fat-Cat’ Wall Street Something-Or-Others. The Kitchen Sink May Be Next.” (Salena Zito, “Battlegrounds Of Resentment,” Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 8/28/11)

Three Years Later, The Economy Is Still Bush’s Fault

Even As The Number Of Americans That See Him As Part Of The Problem Keeps Rising, Obama Keeps Saying He “Inherited” A Bad Economy. “Lately, Obama and his aides have taken to saying that they ‘inherited’ a troubled economy, a more subtle reference to the past at a time that many voters increasingly see Obama as being part of the problem.” (Peter Wallsten, “Obama: Bush Put Us In A Hole,” The Washington Post8/30/11)

  • Obama: “I Inherited” Debt And Deficit Problems. “So the most recent discussions, obviously, have been about debt and deficit.  Look, we do have a serious problem in terms of debt and deficit, and much of it I inherited when I showed up.” (President Barack Obama, Remarks by the President at a DNC Event in Washington, DC, 8/8/11)

Or Congress

Obama: It’s Our “Dysfunctional Political System.” OBAMA: “And Lord knows we still have a dysfunctional political system in Washington, as we just witnessed over the last couple of weeks.”  (President Barack Obama, Remarks by the President at a DNC Event in Washington, DC, 8/8/11)

Obama Blames Congress For “Holding This Country Back.” “The only thing preventing us from passing these bills is the refusal by some in Congress to put country ahead of party. That’s the problem right now. That’s what’s holding this country back.” (President Barack Obama, Weekly Address: Getting America Back To Work, 8/20/11)

Obama: It’s The Republicans “Sipping On A Slurpee” And “Kicking Dirt” Onto Democrats. “And we've been pushing that car, pushing it, pushing it, pushing it.  The whole time the Republicans have been standing on the sidelines.  They’ve been looking down, fanning themselves, sipping on a Slurpee.  Kicking dirt down into the ditch.  Kicking dirt in our faces.  But we kept on pushing” (President Barack Obama, Remarks By The President At A Rally In Minneapolis, MN 10/23/10)

Or Business Owners

Obama: Businesses And “Corporate Jet Owners” Don’t Pay Enough In Taxes . “And it’s why I’ve said if we’re going to reduce our deficit, then the wealthiest Americans and the biggest corporations should do their part as well. Before we stop funding clean energy research, let’s ask oil companies and corporate jet owners to give up the tax breaks that other companies don’t get.” (President Barack Obama, Remarks At The University Of Maryland Town Hall, 7/22/11)

  • But Raising Taxes On Billionaires And Millionaires Won’t Solve The Problem. “But the only core issue on which he took a clear position in the recent debt-ceiling negotiations was that it would have to include new taxes on the wealthy—and he didn't even hold to that. He made the politically tested and calculated statement that if you raise taxes on billionaires and millionaires you could solve the problem. This is not so.” (Mortimer Zuckerman, Op-Ed, “Obama And The ‘Competency Crisis,’” The Wall Street Journal, 8/25/11) 

Or Foreign Crises

Obama: Problems In Europe “Wash Over Into Our Shores.” “But the truth of the matter is, is that we now live in a global economy where everything is interconnected, and that means that when you have problems in Europe and in Spain and in Italy and in Greece, those problems wash over into our shores.” (President Barack Obama, Remarks by the President at a DNC Event in Washington, DC, 8/8/11)

Obama: It Was The Arab Spring. “And the fact is, this has been a tumultuous year for the economy.  We’ve weathered the Arab Spring’s effect on oil and gas prices.” (President Barack Obama, Weekly Address, 8/6/11)

Or “The Japanese Earthquake And Tsunami’s Effect On Supply Chains.” (President Barack Obama, Weekly Address, 8/6/11)

Or The American People For Not Thinking Clearly

During The Midterm Elections, Obama Said Democrats' "Facts And Science And Argument" Wasn’t Winning Because Americans Were Not Thinking Clearly.  OBAMA: "People out there are still hurting very badly, and they are still scared. And so part of the reason that our politics seems so tough right now, and facts and science and argument does not seem to be winning the day all the time, is because we're hard-wired not to always think clearly when we're scared.  And the country is scared, and they have good reason to be." (President Barack Obama, "Remarks By The President At DSCC Fundraiser," Boston, MA, 10/16/10)

When Asked About His Regrets, Obama Said “I Could Have Told The American People More Clearly.” “Sounding like a job applicant asked to name his faults, Obama also said he could have ‘told the American people more clearly’ how dire the nation's economic situation was, and that he was ‘so focused on ... getting the policy right’ he failed to explain why he was taking the steps he took.” (Michael A. Memoli, “Regrets? Obama Has Had A Few,” Los Angeles Times7/22/11) 

“Beyond That, I Also Think That Over The First Two Years I Was So Focused On Policy And Getting The Policy Right, That Sometimes I Forgot Part Of My Job Is Explaining To The American People Why We’re Doing This Policy And Where We’re Going.” (President Barack Obama, Remarks At The University Of Maryland Town Hall, 7/22/11)

  • “But In Politics, The Failure Of Communication Is Invariably The Fault Of The Communicator.” (Mortimer Zuckerman, Op-Ed, “Obama And The ‘Competency Crisis,’” The Wall Street Journal, 8/25/11) 

Whatever It Was, It Was Out Of Obama’s Control

While In Durham, Obama “Cracked Wise” About The Jobs His Stimulus Was Supposed To Create. “While meeting with his Jobs and Competitiveness Council today in Durham, N.C., President Obama cracked wise about one of his administration's early catchphrases. Remember ’shovel-ready projects.’ Those were construction projects in the 2009 stimulus bill that were supposed to get moving right away -- but jobs council members told Obama today that some got held up because of elaborate government regulations and permitting procedures.” (David Jackson, “Obama Jokes About ‘Shovel-Ready Projects,” USA Today6/13/11)

  • Obama: “Shovel-Ready Was Not As Shovel-Ready As We Expected.” (President Barack Obama, Remarks In Durham, N.C., 6/13/11)

Obama Blamed A Lack Of Jobs On ATMs And Automation. OBAMA: “When I go into factories these days, what’s amazing is how clean and how quiet they are, because what used to take 1,000 folks to do now only takes 100 folks to do.  And one of the challenges in terms of rebuilding our economy is businesses have gotten so efficient that -- when was the last time somebody went to a bank teller instead of using the ATM, or used a travel agent instead of just going online?  A lot of jobs that used to be out there requiring people now have become automated.” (President Barack Obama, Remarks by the President in a Town Hall Meeting in Atkinson, Illinois, 8/17/11)

SO IT’S NO WONDER AMERICANS ARE HAVING THEIR DOUBTS ABOUT OBAMA’S LEADERSHIP SKILLS

Many Americans Are “Consumed With Uncertainty” And “Have Tuned-Out” Obama. “Americans along such roads all across the country are struggling economically. They are consumed with uncertainty. And they have tuned-out the president.” (Salena Zito, “Battlegrounds Of Resentment,” Real Clear Politics, 8/28/11)

Obama’s “Strong Leader” Image “Is Starting To Erode.” “For the better part of the last two years, President Obama’s saving grace has been his image as a strong leader who people like and trust, regardless of the issues of the day. Even that is starting to erode.” (Chris Cillizza, Aaron Blake, & Rachel Weiner, “Americans Begin To Question Obama’s Leadership,” The Washington Post’s The Fix,” 8/26/11)

Obama’s Leadership Numbers Have Fallen More Than His Other Numbers.” “All of these numbers have fallen in the aftermath of the debt ceiling debate — in which nearly everybody involved took a political hits. But the fact that Obama’s leadership numbers have fallen more than his other numbers suggests that there has been a shift in how he is viewed as a person.” (Chris Cillizza, Aaron Blake, & Rachel Weiner, “Americans Begin To Question Obama’s Leadership,” The Washington Post’s The Fix,” 8/26/11)

“A Record High Number Of People Say That Obama Is Not A Strong Leader (47 Percent), Can’t Get Things Done (50 Percent), Isn’t Well-Informed (33 Percent), Is Not A Good Communicator (22 Percent) And Doesn’t Stand Up For What He Believes In (22 Percent).” (Chris Cillizza, Aaron Blake, & Rachel Weiner, “Americans Begin To Question Obama’s Leadership,” The Washington Post’s The Fix,” 8/26/11)


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