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Obama Sets Up GOP to Take the Fall for the Economy

President Obama this morning signaled he will seek to use the shutdown to his political advantage, launching what is sure to be a repeatedly told message that GOP tactics harmed the economy.

Nearly five years into Obama’s reign, the economy is still growing painfully slowly and hiring is mediocre. But Obama has managed to elude much of the blame, and he intends to keep it that way.

Speaking at the  White House, Obama charged that the shutdown, for which he says Republicans bear responsibility, slowed economic growth:

These last few weeks have inflicted completely unnecessary damage on our economy. We don’t know yet the full scope of the damage, but every analyst out there believes it slowed our growth.

We know that families have gone without paychecks or services they depend on. We know that potential homebuyers have gotten fewer mortgages, and small business loans have been put on hold. We know that consumers have cut back on spending, and that half of all CEOs say that the shutdown and the threat of shutdown set back their plans to hire over the next six months.

We know that just the threat of default — of America not paying all the bills that we owe on time — increased our borrowing costs, which adds to our deficit.

Obama went on to claim that “nothing has done more to undermine our economy these past three years than the kind of tactics that create these manufactured crises.”

But he offered no proof that any of the shutdown’s effects have actually slowed the economy. He cited as proof a threat by a credit rating agency to downgrade America’s rating- but that’s not proof of a slowdown, and it hasn’t actually happened.

Republicans even aided our enemies, Obama charged.

But probably nothing has done more damage to America’s credibility in the world, our standing with other countries, than the spectacle that we’ve seen these past several weeks. It’s encouraged our enemies. It’s emboldened our competitors. And it’s depressed our friends who look to us for steady leadership.

The Bush administration has now receded five years into the past, so Obama doesn’t have his predecessor to kick around anymore. He needs a whipping boy. A few new red herrings for his pond. And now, he thinks, he has them.

Here is the full video of Professor Obama’s morning lecture, in case you slept in and missed class.

48 Responses to Obama Sets Up GOP to Take the Fall for the Economy

  1. Does this cypher, for he is no man, have an intelligent bone in his body? He is the perpetual adolescent who has gone through life screaming it isn’t fair. He needs a good swift kick in his ass, but it would be difficult to know where to start because of the totality of his affliction.

  2. Who does not want to puke? I guess Obama is perfect. If it was not for mean Republicans serving as opposition party, this country will be growing and millions of jobs can be created. Republicans gave him trillions of dollars in stimulation for shovel ready jobs, increased taxes and he keeps on blaming. I wonder if he can sleep at night peacefully.

    • He sleeps quite well at night I’m sure. He’s a psychopathic narcissist. He thinks he is way smarter than any of us and we will believe anything he says because he said it. He has no conscience. He doesn’t care who or what he destroys. He’s the Antichrist.

      • I’m not a shrink but ‘psychopathic’ works for me. I doubt that any of us were prepared for just how diabolical his true nature is. He reminds me of a case study straight out of Hervey Cleckley’s classic textbook, The Mask of Sanity.

  3. What a depressing bore he is.
    Could he once, just once, speak to America’s good, show some confidence that things will improve, and that all is not lost.

  4. Hard to say how this will play. Like the boy who cried wolf and was eventually was no longer believed, Americans expect that Obama will blame everyone but himself for almost everything that goes wrong.

    We’ve even seen the seedling of blaming Republicans for the Obamacare debacle.

    And we’ve still got more than three years of this to look forward to.

  5. This dude is the Master Spinner – no one does it better. He sets up the republicans for at least the next six months – or even year – for all bad things that happen.

    Pardon my bluntness but we are fucked.

  6. Good gravy–it was days not weeks or months. How ridiculous. Yes, there were some delays in FHA approvals on houses, govt workers without a paycheck in savings have to wait to pay bills, etc. This was not some economic catasrophe any more than cutting 2% out of the budget was.

    • That must be some very good gravy, or whatever it is that keeps him from getting to his own podium on time.

      Today, our Late President was 25 minutes late to a 20 minute speech in his own dining room. And he had most of an hour to get there after his daily briefing.

      Why can’t this “man” figure out a way to get to his own speeches on time?

      He acts like nothing is his fault. “Not on my watch” could certainly be his motto.

      • Has this compulsive,mental pop tart ever apologized for any thing he’s done…. ever admitted to being wrong even once..
        with all the lies,deceit and hate he spews, I can only see him as a miserable, washed up racist living in our WH

  7. September unemployment numbers will be out next week. I’d say he already knows that they’re not good and he’s getting out in front of them.

    He’ll become more offensive as O’care continues to implode. Look for more blame – more of the same.

  8. No one wanted this ‘shutdown’ more than Obama! It was his big chance to ‘manufacture’ another crisis to blame on the R;s and take the eyes of the world off of the disaster called Obamacare. He could hardly wait to get out there this morning and conflate what was essentially a ‘slowdown’ into something that was as grave as the financial collapse in 2008. Even the pundits over at CNN expressed disgust with his vitriol – saying he had an opportunity to unite the country-but he blew it. He really overplayed it this time!

    • I would like to think that the people who voted for him would be ashamed of him at this point. How could anyone possibly say they are proud of our president!

    • Barry will never try to unite the country. Division between rich and poor, black and white, left and right – he revels in it and foments it at every opportunity.

  9. If it was all the Republicans fault …. why didn’t the Republicans know about all those custom made shutdown signs (with logos) for all the National Parks … the newly printed generic shutdown signs at the Memorials in D.C. … the signage to shutdown the overseas Memorial at Normandy … the miles of cones along the nation’s highways, to block off scenic overlooks of open air National Monuments …and all those many many many barricades. They were deployed within 8-10 hours of the “shutdown”. It takes longer than 8-10 hours to custom print signs with the proper Park Logos & shutdown verbage and ship them to National Parks across the whole Nation, authorize and procure barricades , cones, chains, locks, wires, zipties, whatever … plus set up and organize the manpower through chain of command to implement the shutdown in so many areas at the same time. This was all planned, organized, and scheduled in advance … WAY AHEAD of the shutdown. Do you really think the Republicans could pull that off under the nose of a Democrat Administration, with the IRS and the NSA and all those Czars watching them under a microscope ? I don’t think so. If Republicans were planning ahead for this, the Democrats would have known and threw a royal fit and leaked it to their complicit mainstream media. NOPE, the Democrats under Obama caused and organized this shutdown right on schedule with all the necessary supplies ordered and waiting in advance. Does that sound like someone who is “Bending over backwards” and willing “To Negotiate with Anyone” ? I don’t think so. They did however cost the taxpayers a lot of time and millions of dollars to get exactly what they wanted. More borrowing, more spending, more Obamacare, more taxes, more pork in the bill for Democrats, and more control over … the Government, the Republicans, and the Taxpayers … PLUS they spun it and blamed it ALL on the Republicans. Do you seriously think this was a “Republican” plan as Obama says ? You better think again. The Victory and all the Spoils of this battle went to the Democrats and Bigger Government right on schedule.

    • Exactly. It did not occur to me at first, but this whole thing stinks of manipulation. My fear is that parts of the GOP were well aware of it as well.

    • Good points, but I’m not sure how many will read them all the way through.

      Would you complain if I give you a friendly internet writing tip? Solid walls of text scare readers away. Readers’ eyes take one look at that and go, “Where do I REST in there?! Next post!”

      If you have to go long, break your post up visually with a double-space here and there. It’s much more inviting, and people will be more likely to read the whole thing.




      overboard. That’s obnoxious.

      Read that post, gang: Mr. Jacobs does have some very valid points.

        • Perhaps. There are some “good guy” angels–Cassiel is one–that prefer the overnight hours.

          Sometimes it’s just good for the soul to be outside, on a cool fall night, with no one about, and the stoplights in flash mode, just having the streets of the city all to oneself…ah!

          The apostle Paul once wrote that Satan is disguised as an angel of light. Perhaps it works both ways.

          But I may have said too much…

          • Yes, Paul so said….
            i have enjoyed the night sans light except for stars and partial moon…and the blessed quiet…for the past few days.
            May God bless you with insight and courage and wisdom.
            God is Light, I believe, and He shines in the darkness.
            May He have mercy on our souls.

    • This was right on schedule ahead of the November elections. Now the democrat rallying cry can be those evil Republicans that starved granny during the shutdown.

  10. That “professor” should have been found guilty of academic fraud and denied tenure long since.

    Who’s he going to blame next week? Reagan? Nixon? Eisenhower? Lincoln?

    • All those and more. Bloggers, those who respond on blogs, anyone who criticizes or disagrees with him or his policies…..

      Yes, you too can become his next “Enemy of the State”.

  11. He forgot to mention that we also kill puppies with our bare hands and pee in every flower vase we see. I guess I need to write to the teleprompter guy and tell him he’s missing some stuff.

  12. Las Vegas Review Journal.
    April 3,2013
    By Wayne Allyn Root

    Mr.Root was a classmate of O’s at Columbia Universty
    O is a devout Muslim
    O is using the “Cloward- Priven Strategy” to fundamentally change America into a Marxist ‘America’.

    I don’t have the attachment, to add, to this comment. Worth the search .

  13. Well, another of his boring, demeaning and untrue lectures to the American people. We get the message –get the Republicans out of the House so I can finish the job on you white Americans. Well, you have a good chance of it the way the Republicans are acting.

  14. What an insult to the collective intelligence.

    It’s as obvious as the nose on our faces that your policies, Hussein Obama, are the reasons for the economy that we are forced to suffer under, and ObamaNoCare is at the head of the list, you know, the Unaffordable Care Act that was crammed down our throats. Stop insulting me you peabrain.