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No Coincidence

- September 1, 2011

It’s No Coincidence That Obama ChoosesTo Play Politics In An Address To Congress To Distract From His Failure On Jobs

“President Obama Will Address A Joint Session Of Congress On Sept. 8 To Lay Out His Plan For Jobs And The Economy, The White House Announced Wednesday Night.” (David Nakamura and Felicia Sonmez, “Obama Relents On Jobs Speech To Congress, Moves Address To Sept. 8,” The Washington Post, 8/31/11)

AFTER 962 DAYS IN OFFICE, OBAMA WILL RECYCLE HIS LACKLUSTER PITCH FOR MORE GOVERNMENT SPENDING IN A POLITICIZED ADDRESS TO CONGRESS

MSNBC’s Chuck Todd: Obama’s Timing “Politicizes A Joint Speech To A Joint Session Of Congress.” CHRIS CILLIZZA: “I know they wanted to do it after Labor Day. They knew what was happening. They knew that NBC was hosting a debate. This is not by accident. They want to force the contrast with Republicans. They want to force a choice of people of what they want to watch, fact." CHUCK TODD: “It does. It’s tough, it politicizes though a joint speech to a Joint Session of Congress.”  CILLIZZA: “And it makes you focus on strategy, Chuck, rather than what’s actually in the speech.” (MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports,” 8/31/11)

Obama’s Original Choice To Deliver His Jobs Speech During The Republican Debate Is “Remarkable.” “That Mr. Obama was going to make his speech next week was expected. But it is remarkable that he would choose to do so in such an elevated setting, and at the same time that Republican candidates for president will be laying out their own vision for how to get the country out of the economic doldrums …” (Helene Cooper, “Obama Seeks Joint Seesion For Jobs Speech,” The New York Times’ “The Caucus,” 8/31/11)

The Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza: “The Idea That The Timing Was Purely Coincidental Was, Well, Far-Fetched.” “And so, when the White House announced today that President Obama would deliver his much-anticipated jobs speech on Sept. 7 at 8 pm — the exact same day and time that the 2012 Republican candidates are scheduled to debate in California — the idea that the timing was purely coincidental was, well, far-fetched.” (Chris Cillizza, “Coincidences Don’t Happen In Presidential Politics. Ever.,” The Washington Post’s “The Fix”, 8/31/11)

  • “‘It’s A Bad Idea [And] Seems A Little Small,’ Said One Democratic Consultant Granted Anonymity To Speak Candidly.” (Chris Cillizza, “Coincidences Don’t Happen In Presidential Politics. Ever.,” The Washington Post’s “The Fix”, 8/31/11)

Since Every Other Jobs Plan Has Failed, Politics Is All The White House Can Offer

“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. “He signed an $820 billion stimulus package to buy (mostly public sector) jobs, followed by an $18 billion jobs package lumping construction funds with hiring incentives for small business. We watched the Paul Volcker-led Economic Recovery Advisory Board of 2009 disappear, replaced by the much-hyped Council on Jobs and Competitiveness of 2011, chaired by GE's Jeffrey Immelt. 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.” (Nina Easton, “Washington Needs To Wake Up To The Jobs Crisis,”CNN Money, 8/24/11)
  • Obama Has Promised His Policies Would Create Over 15 Million Jobs Since Taking Office, Click Here To See The Full List

THE PRESIDENT’S DITHERING HAS AMERICANS TUNING HIM OUT AND QUESTIONING HIS ABILITY TO LEAD

The Buffalo News: “The Inability Of President Obama To Run This Country Has Reached New Levels Of Concern.” “The inability of President Obama to run this country has reached new levels of concern, including within the Democratic Party itself. The idea of challenging a sitting president for the presidential nomination is practically unheard of, but then we are not talking about normal times, nor an acceptable performance.” (Editorial, “Can Obama Succeed?” The Buffalo News, 8/16/11)

  • “It's Impossible To Understand Why The President Has Done Nothing Given The Condition Of The Country And People's Declining Faith In Him.” (Editorial, “Can Obama Succeed?” The Buffalo News, 8/16/11)

Americans Are Losing Confidence In Obama’s Handling Of The Economy, His Numbers Are Falling Even Among Democrats.  “More people now believe the country is headed in the wrong direction, a new Associated Press-GfK poll shows, and confidence in Obama's handling of the economy has slipped from just a few months ago, notably among fellow Democrats.” (Tom Raum, “AP-GfK Poll: Views On Economy, Obama Role Sour,” The Miami Herald8/25/11) 

  • “Among Democrats, 58 Percent Approve Of The President's Handling Of The Economy, Down From 65 Percent In June.” (Tom Raum, “AP-GfK Poll: Views On Economy, Obama Role Sour,” The Miami Herald8/25/11) 

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)

OBAMA’S POLICY PRESCRIPTIONS HAVE CAUSED RECORD DAMAGE TO ECONOMY AND THE WORKFORCE

“Unless The Economy Turns Around In The Next 18 Months, Obama Is On Track To Have The Worst Jobs Record Of Any President In The Modern Era. That Would Be An Accurate Statement.” (Glenn Kessler, “Rick Perry’s Claim That Obama Has ‘Killed More Jobs’ Than Any Other President,” The Washington Post’s “The Fact Checker,” 8/22/11)

  • Since 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 8/31/11)

“The Average Length Of Time A Person Is Unemployed Rose To 40.4 Weeks Last Month, The Longest Period Ever, And An Estimated 1.1 Million Americans Have Given Up On Looking For Work Entirely.” (Eli Saslow, “Virginia House Painter Fights To Keep Business As Recession Becomes A Way Of Life,”The Washington Post, 8/29/11)

  • “A Record Number Of People Exist On The Fringes Of The Workforce.” “A record number of people exist on the fringes of the workforce: part-timers looking for more hours and the self-employed eager for more work. Like Morales, they hang their fate on a turbulent economy, sitting in the car, waiting for a call.” (Eli Saslow, “Virginia House Painter Fights To Keep Business As Recession Becomes A Way Of Life,” The Washington Post, 8/29/11)

Consumer Confidence Have Fallen To Near All-Time Lows. “Consumer confidence stabilized last week at a level that’s within striking distance of an all-time low as Americans remained pessimistic about the economy. The Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index was minus 47 in the week to Aug. 21 compared with minus 48.3 reading the previous period that halted a three-week slide.” (Press Release, “Consumer Index In U.S. Stabilizes Close To Record Low,” Bloomberg, 8/25/11)

Politico: “The Congressional Budget Office Painted A Dreary Economic Picture Wednesday In A New Report That Warns Of ‘Profound Budgetary And Economic Challenges’ Ahead.” (Seung Min Kim, “CBO Warns Of ‘Profound’ Challenges,” Politico, 8/24/11)

  • Congressional Budget Office: “[T]he Pace Of The Recovery Has Been Slow, And The Economy Remains In A Severe Slump.” (“The Budget And Economic Outlook: An Update,” Congressional Budget Office, 8/24/11)
  • CBO: “The Slowing In Growth In U.S. Output During The First Half Of 2011 Might Portend The Onset Of Another Recession.” (“The Budget And Economic Outlook: An Update,” Congressional Budget Office, 8/24/11)

The CBO’s Estimates For Future Unemployment Are Higher Than January’s Due To “Weaker Economic Activity Expected For The Next Several Years.” “However, CBO’s projections of the unemployment rate for 2012 through 2016 are higher than they were in January because of the weaker economic activity expected for the next several years.” (“The Budget And Economic Outlook: An Update,” Congressional Budget Office, 8/24/11)


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