Remember back in February 2008 when Obama was running for president and he proudly proclaimed words matter? “Don’t tell me words don’t matter! Just words? Don’t tell me words don’t matter!”
Fast forward to Friday, June 8, 2012…
President Obama on Friday called a special press conference to let Americans know the private sector is doing fine. Yes, he said that.
Obama also went on to say:
“Where we’re seeing weaknesses in our economy have to do with state and local government – oftentimes, cuts initiated by governors or mayors who are not getting the kind of help that they have in the past from the federal government…”
I guess Obama forgot his spiel in Albany, NY on May 8, 2012:
“The only time government employment has gone down during a recession has been under me. So I make that point — I make that point just so you don’t buy into this whole bloated government argument that you hear.”
Major word oopsie doopsie.
Three hours after Obama’s presser, he tried to ‘walk back’ his statement (oh, those sticky words that matter...). Weekend news reports were peppered with appearances from David Axelrod and others from Team Obama spinning for the President faster than a whirligig caught in a Chicago gale force wind.
• Ryan Williams, Romney campaign spokesman:
“President Obama may think the private sector is ‘doing fine,’ but he can’t seem to get his story straight on the public sector. Last Friday, he said the real weakness in the economy was state and local government employment – yet a month earlier, he touted the fact that government employment had fallen on his watch. Americans deserve a president who understands how to grow the economy and has a real plan to get our country back to work.”
• A reminder of Obama’s horrible, terrible, no good week comes from ABC News’ Rick Klein; he says Obama has lost his swagger:
First went the mood. Next, the muscle failed. Finally, to close out a horrific week for President Obama’s reelection bid, went the message. The first week of June began with a monthly jobs report that solidified a sense of an anemic economic recovery. Then a Democratic loss in Wisconsin, coupled with staggering Romney campaign fundraising figures, revealed the strength of political organization on the right. The week was punctuated by the most prominent voice in the party short of the president himself undercutting key Obama campaign messaging. To round out the rough patch, the president tried to turn the story lines around, but wound up delivering the kind of line that’s tailor-made for his opponents to make famous. “The private sector is doing fine,” President Obama said Friday, at a press conference organized because it most certainly isn’t, at least in the minds of most Americans…This was about more than losing a few news cycles, or inspiring a few Web videos. Taken together, the beginning of June 2012 may be remembered as a time period that shook the pillars of the Obama reelection effort. If nothing else, it’s shown the 2012 landscape to be so different from 2008 as to make assumptions based on four years ago seem worthless.
• On the same day we were told about our swell economy, FOX News’ Neil Cavuto had this to say:
“President Obama just lost the election today.” – Neil Cavuto
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