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Obama: Message, I Care!

Well, that didn’t take long.

President Obama this afternoon walked back his comment from this morning in which he stated that “the private sector is doing fine,” amending it by saying the “economy is not doing fine” and revising it into an assertion that there is “some good momentum in the private sector.”

It’s no use. If Obama loses the election, today’s contention that all is well in the private sector will go down as one of the mistakes that helped usher him out the White House door.

Obama was already widely under fire for the statement, including from Mitt Romney, who said the president was “defining what it means to be detached and out of touch with the American people.”

Obama was asked about Romney’s comment after he and Philippine President Aquino had finished their post-meeting statements to the press.

I’m not sure how this went down, but the White House was clearly expecting the question and had prepared Obama to respond. Obama almost NEVER takes questions after these little remarks with foreign leaders.

Obama pretended that as usual he didn’t want any questions, saying “All right, thank you everybody,” the signal for reporters to get out. At that point, one of them blurted out:

Mr. President, Mitt Romney says you’re out of touch for saying the private sector is doing fine. What’s your response?

Obama was ready with a detailed response showing as much “in touchness” as he possibly could without saying he was presiding over an economic disaster.

Listen, it is absolutely clear that the economy is not doing fine.  That’s the reason I had the press conference.

The economy is not doing fine.  There are too many people out of work.  The housing market is still weak and too many homes underwater . . .

Now, I think if you look at what I said this morning and what I’ve been saying consistently over the last year, we’ve actually seen some good momentum in the private sector .  . .   And so that has not been the biggest drag on the economy . . .

I believe that there are a lot of Americans who are hurting right now, which is what I’ve been saying for the last year, two years, three years, what I’ve been saying since I came into office.

As George H.W. Bush once put it, on the way to his own reelection defeat, “Message: I care!”

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33 Responses to Obama: Message, I Care!

  1. He said it twice, he explained it, and now he says he didn’t mean it..
    All the Dems have been backtracking their comments this month and they all sound devious, and well, stupid.

  2. He didn’t say the economy is doing fine; he said “the private sector is doing fine”. He was trying to shore up the public unions after their resounding defeat in Wisconsin on Tuesday. A defeat which many of his drones are blaming on him since he was off shuckin’ and jivin’ with the rich and famous rather than walking the line in his comfortable shoes with them. Rather than shoring them up, he came off sounding like the out of touch elitist that he is.

    Suzanne, with the fraudster-in-chief it’s always “I, me, or mine” when he wants to take credit for something. He doesn’t want to take credit for the devastating destruction he and his fellow travelers have wreaked on this country so he shifts the blame to “WE”.

  3. He’s running out of excuses and scapegoats. The rats are jumping ship. He’s looking more and more like Captain Queeg every day! The only things missing are the little steel balls.

  4. There was a decided difference in his 3 news events today.
    In the first, America had to listen one more time to his political talking points while pontificating to Europe about handling their economy and a stern “O knows Best” chastisement to the Republicans for not falling in lock step.
    In the second, he attempted his usual smoke and mirrors act while attempting to distance himself from his own words and dismal record.
    In the last — the true O showed up. His enthusiasm went through the roof.
    How depressing and telling that only celebrities, sports figures, and the very wealthy receive the full O star treatment. Does anyone still recall the times he was rude to people asking for his autograph or a picture with him? Does anyone recall the disrespect shown visiting dignitaries?

    • Shep Smith at 3pm on FBN has an annoying habit (one of many) of showing way too much of Obama speaking… I ge the fact that Shep is lazy and would rather fill his 3pm “news” show with Obama giving a campaign speach or some local-yokel, who-cares car chase… but come on; just show a live shot (with muted sound) and say the Pres. is speaking at a campagin event in _____ . and just move on.

    • Good catch. When he arrives at the presser, he looks around as if someone might be stirring a kettle of tar and holding a bag of feathers.
      With the visiting dignitary, he’s so, so, serious.

      Fast forward to the football team and the 1,000 watt smile shines and he’s happy . That’s what he loves, being surrounded by famous people who ask nothing of him. Cheering crowds of students puts a bounce in his step.

      • Kinda strange a big American President going to school campuses K-Elem-Hi-College to speak to young people and reap their adoration. Not strange , I mean CREEPY.

  5. Hello. my name is Private Sector, U.S.A.(unemployed), and for your information Mr. President, I am not doing that great. You are confused and misinformed if you believe otherwise.

  6. This week in politics has been like the grand finale at a 4th of July fireworks display; something blowing up all over the place. Wisconsin recall, a bad joke, a stupid statement, a retraction, accusations of treason, hiring special prosecutors, ……

  7. This week has been great for many of us. Finally the little man who is supposed to be the Wizard of the West peeks out behind the protective curtains. His incompetence and feebleness is there for all to see.
    I read about his speech about Europe. Obama yearns for a big bailout here so the upcoming European turbulence and recession can be postponed until after the American election. Otherwise some voters might connect his politics with the failure in Europe. However, the voters in the more fiscally responsible parts of Europe ( the north ) are absolutely disgusted with the Greeks way of conducting their economy and also want to protect ourselves as much as possible from the free fall we see coming in some south European countries. So Obama can preach all he want to the European leaders in the upcoming G20 summit in Mexico but I am sure the no-nonsense Mrs Merkel will give him a cold stare meaning ” Who are you to lecture us ?”

    • I disagree – it hasn’t been a great week. A great week will be when we replace this Manchurian/Chicago politician with someone who wants to get the country back on track, and not one seeking to build some sort of great monument to himself.

      I can’t really celebrate every stupid-assed thing Obama says and does, although I will not and point and laugh. But the consequences are simply too serious. That he can say the private sector is “fine” – WTF? I’m rather convinced that it was one of those LIES he hoped to repeat and repeat and repeat until people started believing it. But, people DID notice.

      But, in HIS little mind – it is the public sector that is in trouble, because that’s the world he travels in. The private folks – the rich people supporting his campaign ARE doing fine, and aren’t really those types affected by the economy. Entertainers. Athletes.

      • Well, I meant to say that he has exposed himself this week and soon there will be nowhere to hide.Of course the really great time will be when there is a new First Couple in the White House.

      • I’ll celebrate the fact that the media is having trouble containing all of his stupid-ass comments. It’s like filling a bag with water, eventually it starts to leak out. I’m hoping the bag bursts at some point.

        • No, I do enjoy his stupid comments. But a ‘great week’ will be when our country is on the right path again.

          I’m willing to concede we had “an amusing” week, and that Obama had a “horrible, no good, very bad week.”

          But, I’m keeping my eye on the ball. Which is not merely rah-rah “my team”, but to root for our country.

          I’m not scolding anyone, and I’m sorry if I sounded like that. DIdn’t mean to come off that way. I’m PLEASED that the person I thought Obama to be is finally being revealed. I’m ecstatic that his Jedi mind trick on our population appears to be crumbling a bit.

  8. “Now, I think if you look at what I said this morning and what I’ve been saying consistently over the last year, we’ve actually seen some good momentum in the private sector . . . And so that has not been the biggest drag on the economy . . .”

    Barry has been the biggest drag on the economy, with Me-Chelle a close second.

    • That’s what I said yesterday when he made that comment. HE is the drag. Duh.

      But he’s an idiot. The private sector and public sector (which is pretty much funded by the private sector being HEALTHY/ robust) are linked.

      And, I want to hear discuss that a bit further. Gee. WHY is the public sector “the drag” on the economy? Humn?

  9. I imagine if Hillary wasn’t Sec of State with thoughts of 2016 Bill would have
    not have walked back his remarks he meant what he said.

  10. “… the signal for reporters to get out. At that point, one of them blurted out ….”

    One of them? WHO? WHO? WHO was the prepped servant of the Obama admin?

  11. Here we go again – some variant of the phrase “Let me be clear” or some combination of those words, followed immediately by muddled incoherence. The really insulting thing is that he assumes WE are really that stupid. I realize that his base is and that he’s merely engaged in a derogatory sense of projection (assuming we’re the simple-minded sheeple his drones, er, supporters are) but it’s getting tiring.

    It’s long past time for this clown to exit the show.