With today’s jobs report indicating an increase in unemployment to 8.3%, the Obama campaign is sure to draw attention away from the number 8.3 and instead focus on the number of jobs created, 163,000.
It will be celebrated as progress, a step in the right direction, and proof that the private sector is doing fine.
But the only way anyone can possibly believe that is to have been barraged for four years of repeatedly lowered expectations.
Jonathan Collegio of American Crossroads writes:
In short: It is impossible to celebrate 163,000 new jobs as an accomplishment three years into a recovery – unless you have lowered expectations to the point that you do not expect to get folks back to work. Today’s jobs report only exceeds expectations if the president has exceedingly low expectations for America.
Proof of that can be found in the President’s own words. Surely he had higher expectations when George W. Bush was in office, based on this statement criticizing the number of jobs created in a 2004 report. Then Senator Barack Obama blasted President Bush on the state of the economy in a radio address to fellow Democrats:
“For the past few weeks, President Bush and members of his administration have traveled the nation to celebrate recent improved economic statistics. Well, I’ve been traveling too, all over this large and diverse state. In cities and suburbs, downstate and upstate, I’ve heard from people who say it’s way too early to claim victory when it comes to our economy,” Obama says in the Democrats’ radio address from June 26, 2004.
“After three dismal years of job-loss, we all welcome encouraging statistics,” Obama acknowledges in the 2004 address. “But for most Americans, the health of our economy is measured in a different and more personal way: If I lose my job, where will I find one that pays as well and offers real benefits? Can I afford health-care coverage on my own, or the cost of sending my children to college? Will I ever be able to save and retire with dignity and security? These are the questions I hear hardworking people asking. For them, the basic rewards of a middle-class life, rewards that we once took for granted, have become an elusive dream.”
The numbers Obama blasted? 310,000 jobs created, and 5.6% unemployment. Somebody should be making a campaign video right now with those very same words, referring to today’s economic outlook under the President.
Ace of Spades writes:
Where a woman asked why Obama was issuing so many visas to foreign engineers, when her own husband couldn’t land a job in the field?
And Obama said to forward the resume along, and he’d do what could?
That guy still doesn’t have a job.
Now, aside from the fact that it’s not necessarily the job of the President to indulge in job placement for individuals, would it not have behooved him to make sure this guy was hired somewhere, if for no other reason than to use it as proof that he can create jobs, or excuse me, touch lives? Instead, it can now be held up as yet another embarrassing example of the President’s economic inability.
More than two months after President Barack Obama asked for Darin Wedel’s résumé, the phone is quiet, e-mails are no longer flooding in and the long-sought-after job interviews — which had begun to be scheduled — have petered out.
“Not even recruiting companies are calling anymore,” said Jennifer Wedel, the Fort Worth mother of two who chatted online this year with Obama about her out-of-work husband.
Human Events explains why this matters:
The “optics” of this story are absolutely horrible for the White House, but it was actually horrible from the moment it began. The idea that Americans should have to beg the royal court for indulgences – which the court then demonstrates it cannot provide! – is nauseating, and it’s not a new aspect of the Obama presidency. In the very first weeks of his Administration, he was at a town hall meeting in Florida when a homeless woman asked him for a house, and lo! A house was soon offered, after the President hugged her.
The President loves to govern by anecdote, peppering his speeches with references to all the letters of supplication he receives from the New Poor (formerly known as “the middle class”) All of these people’s lives will supposedly be shattered if the Obama agenda is opposed. The childish absurdity of basing the decisions of a titanic mega-government on a handful of personal appeals never occurs to him, or to the media, which congratulates him on his political skill in “personalizing” huge social “crises.” That’s how the last shreds of cold, hard reason are steamed out of our discussion of the most bankrupt government in history.
It’s Obamanomics in a nutshell: if you’re lucky enough to find your way into his carefully controlled town hall meetings, or you’ve got the right political connections, you can do okay… until things get so bad that His Majesty can no longer wave his hand and cause bounty to be showered upon selected peasants. Fortunately, Obama can count on the media to downplay this story, instead of treating it as a powerful symbolic moment in a failed presidency, as they would if he were a Republican.
Perhaps the man should be down at the unemployment office seeking some of those famed ‘Obama bucks’.