Good News: Obama’s “Doing Fine” Gaffe Actually Helps Him or Something

Posted by on Jun 12, 2012 at 9:07 am
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Coming on the heels of his historic win in the Wisconsin recall, now we’re being told how Obama’s absurd “doing fine” blunder from Friday is actually going to help him.

Yes, really.

When President Obama made his famous gaffe last Friday, saying “the private sector is doing fine,” he was trying to make a factual point. Republicans have spent the last three years lashing him as a huge spender and assailing him for harming the economy, but in fact, the current recovery has seen a sharp and unusual contraction of public sector employment. (Ezra Klein has a nifty chart showing this.)

You know you can stop reading when they cite presidential historian Ezra Klein to buttress the argument.

Then this twit descends into mental contortions. Dig this silliness:

What’s more, this debate fulfills a second goal of Obama’s: to place himself in opposition to the economic status quo. The broader purpose of his Friday press conference was to remind America that he has an economic plan that Republicans won’t enact. Romney’s general strategy is to force Obama to own everything that has happened to the economy, even those things that have happened over his opposition. Now Romney is endorsing the status quo, and Obama is against it. That is surely the opposite of what Romney wants.

Thanks for clearing that up. You know, it’s almost as if the media wants to give this guy a free pas.

6 Responses to “Good News: Obama’s “Doing Fine” Gaffe Actually Helps Him or Something”

  1. Blue Hen on 12/12/12 at 10:03 am

    So. Obama is challenging the status quo? How? by demanding still more spending, and reversing what contraction of governmnet that has occurred? While most states, including Illinois, can’t afford their current employees because of benefits committments to retirees that they can’t hope to honor?

    yeah, that’s real gutsy.

  2. Tired American on 12/12/12 at 9:27 pm

    Have Obama and the rest of his cabinet lost total touch with reality? With Obama’s recent comments that the “Private sector is doing fine” it confirms all my beliefs that he’s living on his own world.

    Seriously, we must dissect his statement. Does he really think the private sector is fine? Contrary to all indicators such as the high unemployment rate, increased people on welfare, section 8 and other government programs and soaring underemployment rate, he could think private industry is doing fine. As mindboggling and as totally absurd as it sounds, he may actually believe it.

    Is there that much of a disconnect with him and the real world? Does he have any grasp of simple economics? Does he even understand how the economy works? Does he know how much people around the country are hurting for work? Does he understand how difficult it is, despite a good education, to find a quality job?

    The simple and most logical answer is that there is a disconnect and he’s as clueless as Kim Kardashian at a Mensa convention. It would explain his inexplicably naive comment and make sense of his whole tenure as president. We all realize by now that he was unqualified for the job and his entire resume consisted of a single speech (As eloquently pointed out by Hillary Clinton) at Senator Kerry’s Democratic convention. The truth of the matter is that being President of the USA is no joke. It takes skill, training and one heck of a resume. If you’ve really accomplished nothing significant in life like Obama, then taking on the job of president was well out of his league.

    I believe that this is the most probable cause for his statements. However, I still have a nagging feeling that he simply doesn’t care. It’s been about him since day one when he got into office. When the brave Navy seals killed Bin Laden, he took the credit. He took credit for Bush’s Iraqi withdrawal schedule. He took credit for the auto industry. When things went bad, however, he never took the blame. It was Bush, the European economy, the Republican in Congress, or the Supreme Court and the list goes on.

    When President Truman was in office he said that the buck stops here. Obviously the only thing that stops in the White House now is his media cronies, Hollywood elitists and his personal lobbyist. Well, Mr. Obama, I have some advice for you. As President of the great USA you should feel proud to serve the people and not feel as if we should feel proud to have you lead us. Remember that the next time you speak.

  3. pat on 13/13/12 at 3:09 am

    Ezra Klein should step out of the bar once in a while. I know the 10AM sun can be blinding, but he really needs to see the real world one day.

  4. Occasional Reader on 13/13/12 at 9:21 am

    Obama economics gaffe = Obama winning

    Walker recall results = Obama winning

    I URGE Democrats to keep up this sort of thinking through November.