So The One decides that he's just not been getting enough air time lately and calls a press conference ostensibly to discuss his next failed plan on improving the economy. Those of us on the right feel giddy elation when we hear he's doing one of these because he always says something stupid that he has to explain away later (Beer summit anyone?).
So he comes out and blames the oft-used but never defined "headwinds" excuse?
Yes. Blame Bush ATM's and everything else but himself? Yes. But then he said this:
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.
The private sector is doing fine, 8.2% unemployment with tens of millions not being counted and a lagging GDP and Obama says everything is just groovy. I guess it looks that way from Pennsy Ave and from the podium at all the celebrity fundraisers he's been doing. They see no discernible reduction in their quality of life.
Romney jumped all over it and had video out within hours and a coordinated response that is making the GOP faithful feel all warm and fuzzy.
So is this the gaffe that will change the election? Perhaps, and I'm sure there will be more but the simple fact he walked it back within hours says all you need to know about how this looked. sounded and affected the message delivery the Obamabots are trying to get out there.
Much of this shamelessly borrowed from Treacher.