President Obama’s latest clarification-inducing comment came Wednesday, and it’s eyebrow-raising to say the least. Speaking on employment and the economy, the silver-tongued president declared, “Just like we’ve tried [the Republicans’] plan, we’ve tried our plan, and it worked. That’s the difference.”
Moe, who has graphically shown the fallacy of Obama’s “it worked” claim, summed up his rebuttal by declaring that “the only way that you can possibly justify suggesting that Obama’s economic program ‘worked’ is if you define ‘not working’ as ‘the country is now on fire’.”
Given this obvious state of affairs, Democrats, media, and apologists (but I repeat myself) have once again entered full-on spin-and-clarification mode, claiming (yet again) that their skilled orator and effective communicator in chief has been taken out of context, and that he was actually referring to something else, like the economic policies of President Clinton and his Republican Congress. Of course, a look at the transcript – combined with Obama’s penchant for taking credit for policy successes where (to put it charitably) none is due, makes this claim unlikely at best.
Being out of touch and making outlandish claims about his own policies’ effectiveness is nothing new for Obama, of course. We all recall “the private sector is doing fine” and if you like your doctor or health care plan, you can keep it.” Further, the condescending, exasperated tone he strikes with the “it worked” comment is similar to his 2010 comments about tax day rallies, in which he said, “I’ve been a little amused over the last couple of days where people have been havin’ these rallies about ‘taxes,’ ‘taxes,'” and famously declared, “you would think they would be saying ‘Thank You!'”
Forty-one straight months of unemployment above 8 percent, 8.2 million people working part-time who want full-time work, a record 88 million Americans not in the labor force, 1.9 percent GDP growth in the past quarter, more bad GDP numbers expected tomorrow, a stagnant housing market, $5 trillion in new debt, the downgrading of the U.S. credit rating, 38 percent of Americans living paycheck to paycheck, 45 million Americans on food stamps, food prices continuing to increase dramatically, the poverty level likely to rise to the highest level in nearly fifty years…
and this means the plan “worked”?!?
Perhaps the president really thinks his “plan” – trillions in new debt, almost-double-digit unemployment, massive new taxes, and hundreds of billions trillions in wasted “stimulus” dollars Renminbi – “worked.” Perhaps he just thinks repeating ridiculous things will fool the commoners into voting for him.
Perhaps, in the end, he just needs to go. Maybe as a parting gift, he can take an iPod pre-loaded with his own speeches to watch. After all, he’s already demonstrated a belief that that’s a gift fit for royalty.