Alright, I admit that it was a stretch to think that I could go an entire Friday without doing another post, but President Obama had a presser where he said something too tempting to pass up and that sealed the fate of my “rest of the day off” notion.

Timing is everything in comedy, and President Obama is pretty good at it. Today, on the heels of a dismal May jobs report, with food stamp use at a record high, gas still up, EPA regs killing jobs and the lowest labor force participation rate in 30 years, Obama said the private sector is “doing just fine.” I suppose that depends on what your definition of “fine” is.

The quote from Real Clear Politics by way of Sister Toldjah:

Question: What about the Republicans saying that you’re blaming the Europeans for the failures of your own policies?

President Obama: The truth of the matter is that, as I said, we created 4.3 million jobs over the last 27 months, over 800,000 just this year alone.

The private sector is doing fine. Where we’re seeing weaknesses in our economy have to do with state and local government. Oftentimes cuts initiated by, you know, Governors or mayors who are not getting the kind of help that they have in the past from the federal government and who don’t have the same kind of flexibility as the federal government in dealing with fewer revenues coming in.

So if the federal government would spend more money by giving it to local and state governments to hire more government workers, our economy would be back to full strength? Isn’t that, combined with other idiocies, more of what helped cause the problem in the first place?

Obama is saying that the private sector is successful enough and it’s time to take some of that money and grow government.

The One still hasn’t caught on to the mood of the voters — and that’s not really a bad thing. Or maybe he has caught on, but he’s got nothing else to offer.

Romney responded:

“He said the private sector is doing fine,” Romney said. “Is he really that out of touch? I think he’s defining what it means to be detached and out of touch with the American people. Has there ever been an American president who is so far from reality as to believe in an America where 23 million Americans are out of work.”

But Obama’s entire point, if we can call it that, is that there wouldn’t be 23 million Americans out of work if the government would simply create 23 million jobs. Problem solved! Yes, this administration actually thinks that way:

Harry Reid said the same thing last October.

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Update: This is pitifully funny:

Get that? If the private sector does badly, it’s a drag on the economy. Used to be the private sector pretty much was the economy. But now, according to Obamanomics, if the private sector doesn’t perform it puts a crimp on the government’s ability to flourish.

It’s good to know though that even Obama might be aware that Obama is the biggest drag on the economy.

Update II: Obama also says Ray Bradbury is “doing just fine.”

That’s satire, right? With this administration it’s impossible to tell the difference sometimes.

Update III: The RNC has some seriously impressive turnaround time these days:

Update IV: Obama: Did I say the private sector was just fine? I mean to say that the economy is pretty shitty.

Notice how Obama carefully carves the “economy” and the “private sector” into two distinctly separate entities.


15 Responses to “Obama Punchline: The Private Sector is Doing Just Fine; Updates: RNC Responds in New Web Ad, Obama Backtracks”

  1. Marshall_Will on June 8th, 2012 5:05 pm

    Agog. Just… agog.

    We're not feeding ENOUGH bullsh!t 'funding' to cities and states already..? What do you think those "Build America Bonds" were all about Mr. pResient?

    For those perhaps unfamiliar, while originally peddled to Mom & Pop investors as "investments in infrastructure" they proved nothing more than payday loans for local governments. Local gov's that weren't making their -bloated- payrolls as is!

    If that isn't oblivious enough, while the PRIVATE sector has been absolutely decimated over the last several years, there was actual GROWTH in public sector hiring! But don't interrupt, I think this man is ON to something..?

  2. jeffythequick on June 8th, 2012 5:28 pm

    Doug, blogging is like potato chips, eh? You can't just blog one, especially with this bag of spud-heads.

    Like how we didn't comment on your blog free post? We're pretty sharp, eh?

    (Commenting from Oregon… Hey SPG!)

  3. clu seatoe on June 8th, 2012 5:38 pm

    “The private sector is doing fine,” Zero said.

    “He said the private sector is doing fine,” Romney said. “Is he really that out of touch? I think he’s defining what it means to be detached and out of touch with the American people. Has there ever been an American president who is so far from reality as to believe in an America where 23 million Americans are out of work.”

    Boy, Howdy!

    I think this dipstick doesn’t go all the way down to reality.

    Is “dipstick” on the list? Well, he should be.

  4. jeffythequick on June 8th, 2012 5:47 pm

    He really is having those GHW Bush moments where 41 was marvelling at the barcode scanners. He seems to have them every day.

    As for 23 million Americans out of work, I think Obama thinks that's a good start.

  5. SignPainterGuy on June 8th, 2012 8:50 pm


    I just got back from the Asheville, NC airport checkin` out a very nice 1929 Ford Tri-Motor. Got 57 pix with some inside. Yes, they let me climb aboard and see the pilot`s cabin; ultra cool ! The plane filled up w/ interested fliers who shelled out $80. for a half hour flight. When they fired up the engines, I told one of the crewmen, "There`s just nuthin` like the sound of radial engines !"

  6. SignPainterGuy on June 8th, 2012 8:59 pm

    The local radio talk show host played Zero`s clip saying his admin. had created 4.3 Million jobs in 27 months. The host did the math and it came out to more like …. 800,000 !! Part time, gov., union jobs.

  7. Patti on June 8th, 2012 9:04 pm

    The Tea Party greets Captain Clueless at SF Fundraisers….

  8. SignPainterGuy on June 8th, 2012 9:15 pm

    We keep hearing that the tea party is dead; I guess they got better !

  9. Truesoldier__ on June 8th, 2012 10:10 pm

    The hits keep coming with Obama. Drudge is reporting that two special prosecuters have been named to lead the investigations into the leaks about Obama's kill list and our involvement with the cyberattack on Iran.

    Obama is claiming the leaks couldn't have come from his WH cause he wouldn't tolerate it. The NYT articles that brought to light the leaks say that they had 3 dozen sources from the WH, both current and former WH staffers, to include Obama's former chief of staff (Bill Daley), his former and current security advisors and a whole lot of others.

    Seeing that the Dems control the Senate and it was the Senate that demanded the investigation it is not looking good for Obama.

  10. jeffythequick on June 9th, 2012 2:29 am

    I come down here and you go to Asheville? I can't blame you, though. The closest I've been to one of those is the Museum of Flight in Tukwila.

    Indeed, there is nothing like that sound. The sound of strength.

    It seems so long ago we heard it from Washington, DC.

  11. SignPainterGuy on June 9th, 2012 2:58 am

    I missed seeing the Memphis Belle, the famous B-29 on the ground over there, but did see it fly over. I got to an air show just too late to see a B-24 and a P-51 Mustang up close, but watched them take off and do a low swoop and away. That was a tremendously lovely sound.

    Yes, how great it would be to hear such strong music from the halls of congress !

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