published Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

Obama's startling acknowledgments

Candor is not something for which politicians -- especially politicians who are seeking re-election -- are often known.

So it was stunning when President Barack Obama made two candid admissions during a recent interview with ABC News.

The reporter said: "There are so many people who simply don't think they're better off than they were four years ago. How do you convince them that they are?"

The president replied, "Well, I don't think they're better off than they were four years ago."

Of course, since he has been in office for most of that time period, it should be apparent that he and his policies bear at least part of the responsibility for the fact that the American people are not "better off than they were four years ago."

But the president went even further -- stating that the United States isn't just enduring tough times on his watch but is actually in a recession!

The American people, he said, are not "better off than they were before Lehman [Brothers financial services firm] collapsed, before the financial crisis, before this extraordinary recession that we're going through."

Did you catch that? The president referred, in the present tense, to "this extraordinary recession that we're going through."

That contradicts his administration's repeated assurances that his big-spending policies are boosting the economy.

And sure enough, perhaps realizing that he had said too much, the president quickly told ABC that "I think that what we've seen is that we've been able to make steady progress to stabilize the economy ... ."

Do you feel that the current economy is "stabilized"? We have high unemployment and millions of home foreclosures -- plus huge numbers of Americans are having to rely on food stamps.

Or do you believe, as the president acknowledged, that we are not better off than we were before he took office?

Is it any wonder that a recent ABC News/Washington Post poll found that a majority of Americans now believe Obama will be a one-term president, while only slightly more than a third believe he will be re-elected?

The president said he is counting on the American people seeing that he has a "vision for the future that can actually help ordinary families recapture that American Dream."

But before considering his "vision for the future," it would be wise to consider his "past performance" -- and decide whether we can afford four more years of the same.

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conservative said...

Obamination's admission of failure is certainly welcomed even if he just about the last one to notice. What has been obvious to me is the lack of praise or support for him and his policies by his sheep.

October 12, 2011 at 10:56 a.m.
Livn4life said...

Tough times call for toughening up. It is only a matter of days before everyone else gets the blame for this not better than four years ago deal or the ongoing recession. Just wait, just listen, it is amazing he even went this far. How long before we hear again how the people just don't understand him and just can't comprehend how his failing efforts will eventually work. It will be interesting to see how things pan out and just what he will be saying as campaigning heats up.

October 12, 2011 at 2:50 p.m.
JustOneWoman said...

He is always this candid! If you find it amazing, maybe you should find your news elsewhere.

October 12, 2011 at 3:08 p.m.
carlB said...

opinion » free press editorials


The conditions which you are talking about and what President Obama said about the continuing effects of the 2007 recession is not a surprise to anybody who has any knowledge or admission of what happened during the last administration. The opponents of President Obama would be criticizing him if he could have corrected every critical issue confronting this country on his first day in office.
It is misleading Editorials as this which do not solve any of the crisis issues or provide the true information as to why our economy has not recovered from the 2007 deep recession.

The Question of; Are you better off today than you were four years ago is a farce in itself and insinuates that the people who know what has/is occurring from the effects of the 2007 deep recession would have instantly gone away without the spending of money. In other words, what condition would this country really be in if Bush W. had not borrowed the $700 billion dollars? It has been almost impossible for Obama to even stabilize the increasing unemployment rate under the negative atmosphere of the opposition to his policies, working to correct the conditions which caused the 2007 recession. Now you want the people to think that the conditions/situations which were present before November 2008, prior to President Obama being elected, and were not corrected before he took office in January 2009 would not continue to cause our unemployment to keep increasing?

October 12, 2011 at 9:25 p.m.
chioK_V said...

The truth is, the republicans will never work with Obama to get America back on track. Their superior beliefs consider it beneath them to even remotely consider such a thing. They want Obama to fail and fail miserably. Even other countries around the world realize what's really going on with America's leadership and its politics. Only Americans pretend to have no clue.

Obama is truly one of the smartest leaders America has had in quite some time. Unfortunately, those abilities will never be acknowledged nor embraced by any of the present republican side. They're not going to deal with Obama in any shape or form, even if it means destroying America in the process. They're only willing to deal with someone who looks like them. Chavez and other world leaders knew what they were talking about when they implied as much from the onset.

October 12, 2011 at 9:48 p.m.
carlB said...

chioK_V, you said all that needs to be said.
We know what the objectives of the opponents of President Obama are since their actions and their voices have told us. What really makes me concerned are the voters' attitudes of sticking to and accepting the anti Obama rehetoric as if it is the truth and they do not dare hear the truth or change their opinions.

October 13, 2011 at 4:23 p.m.
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