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Lowered Expectations

- September 7, 2011

If Obama’s Past Speeches Are Any Indication, Thursday’s Jobs Speech Will Fall Short

“But As A Tool To Make Things Happen — To Move Legislation, To Advance Foreign Policy Agendas, Or To Achieve Compromise On Tough Issues — The Speeches By Mr. Obama Have Struggled To Accomplish Their Tasks.” (Michael Shear, “Can Another Speech Really Help Obama?” The New York Times’ “The Caucus, 8/18/11)

TIME AND TIME AGAIN, OBAMA’S SPEECHES HAVE OFFERED LITTLE SUBSTANCE BUT MUCH DISAPPOINTMENT

2011 State Of The Union: Lacked Specifics, Vision And Was Just Plain “Meh”

The Washington Post’s Ezra Klein: “[T]here Weren't Enough Specifics To Really Know Where The President Is Going.” (Ezra Klein, “Lots Of Vision, But Few Policy Specifics,” The Washington Post, 1/25/11)

  • ·         CNN’s Ed Henry: “It's Feeling Like There Was Less On ‘Jobs’ Than Expected.” (CNN’s Ed Henry Twitter, 1/25/11)

Paul Krugman: “Meh”  "We’re going to invest in the future — but we’re also going to freeze domestic spending. So mixed signals — and although there were no numbers, given the further assurance that the freeze won’t affect anything important, this has to mean that the investment plans are small change...I have no idea what the vision here was. We care about the future! But we don’t want to spend! Meh.” (Paul Krugman, “Meh” The New York Times’, “The Conscience Of A Liberal” Blog, 1/25/11)

The Washington Post: Obama Could Have Laid Out His Plan To Lead On Jobs But “He Disappointed.” “President Obama entered office promising to be a different kind of politician - one who would speak honestly with the American people about the hard choices they face and would help make those hard calls. Tuesday night's State of the Union Address would have been the moment to make good on that promise. He disappointed.” (Editorial, “President Obama Needs To Lead Congress On The Path To Compromise,” The Washington Post, 1/25/11)

April Budget Speech: Delivered “Partisan Broadsides” And No Plan

President Obama’s April Budget Speech Was “One Of The Most Overtly Partisan Broadsides He’s Ever Delivered From A Podium With A Presidential Seal.” “Obama’s long-anticipated speech on the deficit at George Washington University was one of the oddest rhetorical hybrids of his presidency – a serious stab at reforming entitlements cloaked in a 2012 campaign speech that was one of the most overtly partisan broadsides he’s ever delivered from a podium with a presidential seal.” (Glenn Thrush and Manu Raju, “Barack Obama Leaves GOP In No Mood To Deal,” Politico, 4/14/11)

Obama Delivered A “Sharply Political Speech That Was His First Since He Announced Last Week That He Was Running For Re-Election In 2012.” “Accused by critics of failing to lead on the issue of a ballooning deficit, Obama tried to take the initiative in a sharply political speech that was his first since he announced last week that he was running for re-election in 2012.” (Caren Bohan and Andy Sullivan, “Obama Sets Deficit Target, Rips Republican Plan,” Reuters, 4/14/11)

It Was Billed As Serious Speech On Fiscal Policy But Turned Out To Be The First Speech Of Obama’s Reelection Campaign.  “It was billed as President Obama’s big speech on reducing the federal budget deficit. But the Wednesday afternoon address sounded at times like the speech he did not give when he launched his reelection campaign last week.” (Perry Bacon Jr., “Obama’s Budget Speech Has Partisan Tone,” The Washington Post4/13/11)

MSNBC’s First Read: But More Than Anything Else, The Address Was The President's First 2012 Campaign Speech A Week After He Formally Filed For Re-Election.” (Mark Murray And Domenico Montanaro, “Obama’s First 2012 Campaign Speech,” MSNBC’s First Read,” 4/13/11)

  • First Read: “The White House hasn’t posted a plan, and the president called for creating another group, led by Vice President Biden and congressional leaders, to come up with legislation.” (Mark Murray And Domenico Montanaro, “Obama’s First 2012 Campaign Speech,” MSNBC’s First Read,” 4/13/11)

July Primetime Debt Address: Partisan Finger Pointing And, Again, No Plan

The Wall Street Journal: “This Was More Like A DNC Fund-Raiser Than An Oval Office Address.” (Editorial, “A Leadership Default,” The Wall Street Journal, 7/26/11)

  • MSNBC’s Chris  Matthews: “The President Shouldn't Have Gone On National Television To Give A Political Address.” (MSNBC’s “Rachel Maddow Show,” 7/25/11)

The Hill: “Obama Did Not Lay Out Any New Plans” During His Primetime Address. “Obama did not lay out any new plans Monday night, offering instead an endorsement of the latest plan from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid while at the same time asserting that taxes and entitlement programs will still need to be reformed.” (Sam Youngman, “Obama Takes His Case To Primetime, Rips GOP ‘Cuts-Only’ Proposals,” The Hill, 7/25/11)

CBS’ Norah O’Donnell: “Nothing New In Terms Of Policy But Certainly A New Political Message Tonight…” (CBS’ “Special Report,” 7/25/11)

OBAMA’S LATEST JOBS PLAN LOOKS TO BE MORE FAILED AND RECYCLED IDEAS WHICH WON’T HELP BOOST THE ECONOMY

In His Speech, “The President Is Likely To Discuss Items He Has Pitched Before.” “The president is likely to discuss items he has pitched before, including an extension of payroll tax cuts, a string of free-trade deals and new infrastructure projects -- items he said Republicans and Democrats should agree on.” (David Jackson, “Obama: Jobs Are Our ‘Urgent Mission,” USA Today’s “The Oval,” 8/29/11)

“If Obama's Fall Campaign To Tackle The Jobs Crisis Sounds Familiar, That's Because It Is. This President Has Talked About Jobs More Than 200 Times Since Taking Office.” (Nina Easton, “Washington Needs To Wake Up To The Jobs Crisis,” CNN Money, 8/24/11)

  •  “There's Not Much To Show” For Obama’s Job Plans. “There's not much to show for all that. In the 26 months after the nation's unemployment rate first breached 9%, it slid back under only twice. Long-term joblessness is especially sinister: Minneapolis Fed chief Narayana Kocherlakota says it is unprecedented in post-World War II U.S. history to have this portion of the population unemployed for more than a year. Meanwhile a quiet cultural crisis brews as one out of five American men stop collecting paychecks -- getting by instead on unemployment or disability checks, the incomes of friends and family, and in some cases illicit activity.” (Nina Easton, “Washington Needs To Wake Up To The Jobs Crisis,” CNN Money, 8/24/11)

Obama Supporters Are Preparing To Be “Underwhelmed” By His Jobs Speech. “As President Obama prepares to deliver another major speech on the economy, his supporters demand a job growth plan that's big and bold, even as they prepare to be underwhelmed.” (Devin Dwyer, “Democrats Seek ‘Boldness’ In Obama Jobs Speech,” ABC News8/30/11)

  • Obama “Has Just Got To Become Much More Aggressive About What His Vision Is.” “‘The president has just got to become much more aggressive about what his vision is, where he wants to get the economy and why other approaches are not as good as his. Period,’ said Simon Rosenberg, a former adviser to President Clinton and founder of the New Democrat Network.” (Devin Dwyer, “Democrats Seek ‘Boldness’ In Obama Jobs Speech,” ABC News8/30/11)

Economists Say That Obama’s Job Plan “Won't Be Enough To Propel It [The Economy] To New Heights.” “While promising a major jobs package, Obama is hamstrung by budget cuts and a tight debt ceiling that he had a hand in negotiating. As a result, economists predict that while the president's initiatives could eliminate some drag on the economy and maintain the status quo, they won't be enough to propel it to new heights.” (Jim Kuhnenn, “Obama Looks To Spur Private Sector Hiring,” The Associated Press, 8/31/11)

AMERICANS WANT LEADERSHIP FROM THEIR PRESIDENT, NOT MORE SPEECHES

Since President Obama Took Office, The Nation Has Lost 2.4 Million Jobs And The Unemployment Rate Has Increased From 7.8 Percent To 9.1 Percent. (Bureau Of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov, Accessed 9/2/11)

  • In August, The Nation Gained Zero (0) Jobs, The Lowest Amount In Eleven Months. (Bureau Of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov, Accessed 9/2/11)

81 Percent Of Americans Think Obama’s Economic Policies Are Either Having No Effect On The Economy Or Are Making Things Worse. (ABC News/Washington Post Poll, 1001 A, MoE 3.5%, 8/29-9/1/11)

When Asked If Americans Are Better Off Than They Were When Obama Was Elected, More Than 2 To 1 Americans Say They Are Not As Well Off Financially As They Were At The Start Of Obama’s Term.” “Things are also bad for Obama when Americans are asked a version of the famous ‘are you better off today’ question that Reagan used to bludgeon Jimmy Carter on his way to defeating Carter in 1980. By better than 2 to 1, more say they are not as well off financially as they were at the start of Obama’s term.” (Jon Cohen and Dan Balz, “Obama Ratings Sink To New Lows As Hope Fades,” The Washington Post9/6/11)

  • The Highest Number In ABC News/Washington Post Poll History. “More than half of Americans now disapprove of Barack Obama’s job performance, six in 10 rate his work on the economy and job creation negatively and more than one in three say they’ve become worse off financially under his presidency – a high in ABC News/Washington Post polls since Ronald Reagan trademarked the question a generation ago.” (Julie E. Phelan and Gary Langer, “Summer of Discontent Slams Obama and Republicans – ABC News / Washington Post Poll,” ABC News9/6/11)

62 Percent Of Americans Disapprove Of Obama’s Handling Of The Economy, The Highest Disapproval Rating Of His Presidency. (ABC News/Washington Post Poll, 1001 A, MoE 3.5%, 8/29-9/1/11)

  • 62 Percent Of Americans Disapprove Of Obama’s Handling Of Job Creation, The Highest Disapproval Rating Of His Presidency. (ABC News/Washington Post Poll, 1001 A, MoE 3.5%, 8/29-9/1/11)
  • 50 Percent Of Americans Are Pessimistic About The Chances For Improvement In The Jobs Situation Over The Next Year. (ABC News/Washington Post Poll, 1001 A, MoE 3.5%, 8/29-9/1/11)

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