Poor Economy Will Shift Obama 2012 Campaign Economy Plan

Good news! He’ll do what he does best: lie and Blame Others

After months of relatively robust job growth, President Barack Obama and his team must now reckon with the reality that the economy probably won’t be on firm ground during the 2012 campaign – and that he must temper some of the Morning-in-America optimism he’d hoped to run on.

Contrary to belief, outward optimism from POTUS is actually a good thing, whether the person is a Democrat or Republican. And optimistic outlook can help increase the optimism of the general public. Of course, there comes a point when the people can see that the optimism is complete cow patties in the face of serious issues. Obama reached the point of “dude, you’re living in a fantasy world” well over a year ago.

The president has been unable to curb the nation’s nine percent unemployment rate, so he will be forced to put the best possible face on a sputtering recovery.

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He’s been unable to do that because he has the wrong policies in place, and overreaches with others. Consider, what if the Stimulus had been aimed primarily at the private sector, and at stimulating existing sectors, instead of trying to invent new green tech and weatherize the same homes people were being kicked out of? What if he had said “I want the 2001/2003 tax cuts reauthorized for 6 years”, which would have brought certainty in the tax realm? What if he had kept Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi to simple legislation that would have been aimed solely at those without health insurance, and wanted it (which was the original point, until Reid and Pelosi went to the extreme)? This is why Biden was so correct in that the White House doesn’t lend itself to on the job training.

Democratic strategists say that means adopting an ungainly three-pronged political approach: Talking up economic gains since the darkest days of 2008 and 2009, highlighting a modest job-creation agenda blocked by Republicans and making the case that things would be far worse if the GOP were in charge.

In other words, lie and blame Republicans. We all know that Blame Bush will make an appearance. Hopefully, the GOP contenders, and whoever the final nominee is, will blast Obama with the truth that he held large majorities in the Senate and House, and could have forced through legislation.

Politico points out that he gave this meme a whirl on Friday on a jaunt to Toledo, Ohio, and

“Even though the economy is growing, even though it has created more than 2 million jobs over the past 15 months, we still face some tough times, we still face some challenges,” Obama said Friday during a visit to a Chrysler plant.

“This economy took a big hit. It is just like if you had a bad illness, if you got hit by a truck, it’s going to take a while for you to mend. That’s what happened to our economy,” the president said. “It’s taking a while to mend.”

He also ticked off a list of “headwinds” beyond his control: Japan’s crisis, instability in the Mideast and rising gas prices.

See? Anything good is Thanks To Obama, anything bad is Someone/thing Else’s Fault. Gotta love a president who acts more like the kid from Family Circus, who blames things on Not Me. Remember, though, all his early legislation was designed to kick start the economy immediately, not to take years. Compare to Reagan, who had similar conditions, and put in place wise policies that got things going. Bush came in with a slow economy, then was hit with the affects of 9/11, and put in place wise policies. Obama’s stumbling around in the dark without a flashlight.

Anyhow, over at MSNBC, we get

President Barack Obama cannot escape one giant vulnerability as he bids to keep his job: There are millions of voters who still don’t have one.

Suddenly, the snapshot of the American economy is depressing again.

Job creation is down. So is consumer confidence. And homes sales, auto sales, construction spending, manufacturing expansion.

The brutal month of May was a reminder of the economy’s fragility and the risks for an incumbent president.

Liberal supporters in the media and punditry are starting to realize that Obama is in a wee bit of trouble in Reality Land.

(No idea who did the image, found it at Red State while looking to make one myself)

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