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“The top priority is to continue to work hard on getting this economy back on track and creating jobs,” White House spokesman Robert Gibbs told a news briefing.
That was January 2010.
Of course that didn’t last long as his top priority.
In fact, it seemed over the years he had a slew of top priorities.
FREE TRADE AGREEMENTS: “…that’s something that’s going to be a top priority.” (4/27/10)
ENERGY SECURITY: “And that’s why my energy security plan has been one of the top priorities of my Administration since the day I took office.” (4/28/10)
EDUCATION REFORM: “To train our workers for the jobs of tomorrow, we’ve made education reform a top priority in this Administration.” (2/24/10)
STUDENT LOAN REFORM: “This is something that I’ve made a top priority.” (2/1/10)
EXPORTS BY SMALL BUSINESSES: “This is going to be a top priority.” (12/3/09)
HEALTH ASSISTANCE TO 9/11 FIRST RESPONDERS: “I’m not just talking the talk, we’ve been budgeting this as a top priority for this Administration.” (2/3/10)
END HOMELESSNESS AMONG VETERANS: “I’ve also directed (Veterans Affairs) Secretary Shinseki to focus on a top priority: reducing homeless among veterans.” (8/17/09)
HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS: “Our top priority is ensuring the public safety. That means appropriate sheltering in place or if necessary, getting as many people as possible out of harm’s way prior to landfall.” (5/29/09)
H1N1 FLU VACCINATIONS: “And throughout this process, my top priority has been the health and the safety of the American people.” (5/1/09)
SUPPORT FOR MILITARY FAMILIES: “These military families are heroes too. And they are a top priority of Michelle and me. And they will always have our support.” (5/30/09)
STRENTHENING TIES WITH CANADA AND MEXICO: “We’re going to make this a top priority…” (10/16/09)
CONSUMER PROTECTION: “During these challenging times, the needs of American consumers are a top priority of my Administration.” (2/11/09)
ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION: “So this is going to be a top priority generally improving our environmental quality.” (11/5/09)
Fast forward to earlier this month, when he was going to focus on the economy.
So why hasn’t he focused on the economy yet?
Revelations about the comical neglect and disintegration of the White House jobs council come immediately after the president said he didn’t think building a business was much of an accomplishment anyway. His jobs council hasn’t met in six months and doesn’t have plans to meet again in the near future. Many members haven’t endorsed the president, he has ignored many of the jobs council recommendations, and one of the council’s key staff members appears to have quietly left for a job . . . in China! Is this sad, funny, pathetic or all of the above? How can the president keep a straight face when he talks about reducing unemployment, ending outsourcing, etc., if we give him another four years in power?
Let’s face it, we know what his top priority is.
President Barack Obama is heading to the West Coast next week for a three-day campaign trip heavy on fundraising and bracketed by speeches to top veterans and civil rights groups.