Bill Clinton can have brain cramps. He showed that when he was President. There was a Bush who had brain cramps before and after that. Ronald Reagan had brain cramps. Jimmy Carter suffered from them. Gerald Ford … yep. Richard Nixon had at least one doozy of a brain cramp.
Barack Obama is not immune. It’s an election year, which means his brain cramps are magnified to the Nth degree.
“We’ve created 4.3 million jobs over the past 27 months. The private sector is doing fine,” Obama said in a press conference Friday to discuss the continued anemic economic recovery.
If he’d stopped that remark after the first sentence, he would have been fine. He messed up a bit with the second sentence, needing to focus a bit more on how many more jobs still need to be created. He needs to reflect on the positive upticks in jobs that have been seen through much of his presidency, but to say the private sector is doing fine overall at this point … brain cramp.
Of course, presumptive presidential challenger Mitt Romney and other Republicans saw fit in this election season to pounce.
“He said the private sector is doing fine. Is he really that out of touch? I think he’s defining what it means to be out of touch with the American people,” said Romney, who pretty much knows what defining being out of touch with the American people is all about.
As for another Republican who’s out of touch, there was this from House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia.
“We just listened to the president say that the private sector is doing fine. And my question would be to the president: Are you kidding? Did he see the job numbers that came out last week? The private sector is not doing fine. And, frankly, I’d ask the president to stop engaging in the blame game. It’s not because of the headwinds of Europe. It’s not — despite his attempts and his party’s attempts here in Congress — it is not because of House Republicans. It’s because of the failed stimulus policies and other items in his agenda that small businesses in this country just aren’t growing,” Cantor said, apparently forgetting or just flat out disregarding that if the auto industry hadn’t gotten some stimulus help, the picture right now would be looking even more dismal.
It just seems so comical all the way around, so many people running the show on each side claiming to have their finger on the pulse of America yet falling a bit short in the diagnosis or the cure for what ails us.
Correct me if I’m wrong, but haven’t Republicans in the House had their chance to do something to turn around the jobs picture over the last couple of years and fallen woefully short? Hasn’t there been a jobs bill that was proposed by the White House and quickly shot down with little in the way of alternatives or any action whatsoever in that time?
That’s what my memory recalls, anyway.
I haven’t seen much in the way of any sense of urgency when it comes to Republicans showing leadership in a jobs bill since taking control of the House. Yet they do a good job themselves of pointing fingers and talking about what a bunch of finger-pointers the other side is, which gets us … where?
Meanwhile, the election year trudges on — in the never-ending election cycle that produces little in the way of true action or at least compromise — and the latest jobs reports look dismal, but by golly we can sure point fingers with the best of them.
Washington, D.C., is good at looking for brain cramps, and making the most out of them if it can get them anywhere politically.
The middle class are still hanging onto their refrigerators and their televisions and their cell phones as much as possible, so things must not be all that bad … right?
As for me, I’ll be going into my third and final week tomorrow of a re-training class to do what I can to try and improve my own situation. That’s about the best thing that people in my situation can do — try their best to improve their own situation by broadening and sharpening their skills, however and whenever possible.
If we don’t do something ourselves, who will? Certainly not those who suffer such intense, ling-lasting, election-driven bouts with brain cramps.
- Ben Stein: Obama’s not very smart (politico.com)
- Time’s Joe Klein Says the Election Isn’t About Obama’s Record (newsbusters.org)
- Political Memo: Demographic Shifts in Key States Could Aid Obama in Fall (nytimes.com)
- President Barack Obama: “Private Sector is Doing Fine” (newstalkcleveland.com)
- Obama gets grief for saying private sector ‘fine’ – Boston.com (boston.com)
- Obama Battles Romney Over Who Is Most in Touch on Economy – Bloomberg (bloomberg.com)
- Obama Says Private Sector ‘Doing Fine'; GOP Jumps on Gaffe (usnews.com)
- Obama says it’s clear US economy ‘not doing fine’ – Reuters (reuters.com)
- Obama, Republicans Bicker On Whether Hiring Teachers Will Help Economy (ibtimes.com)
- Shock: House Republicans and Mitt Romney would rather take Obama out of context than create jobs (dailykos.com)
- Obama gets grief for saying private sector ‘fine’ (sfgate.com)