I am SOOO glad those conventions are over.
Yes, I managed to suffer through another night of paeans and virtual hymns of praise for Barack Obama, the man who apparently can do anything (as long as you ignore the last four years). Obama was lauded, praised, and credited with killing Bin Laden, saving GM, protecting the environment, killing Bin Laden, supporting unions, …and killing Bin Laden. Absent was any mention of the sputtering economy or the shrinking job market, save the occasional plea to have faith that (have no fear) he’ll really get it fixed in four additional years.
But Obama’s speech fell flat. Worse, it was re-treads of every speech he’s given over the past four years. He acted and sounded tired; goodness knows I was after listening to it.
In a way, the erstwhile President Xerxes now reminds you of a Walter-Mitty-meets-Willy-Loman type, broken-down and pitiable, convinced of his immense talents in areas where he’s much worse than hapless.
Case in point: the August jobs numbers, which just came out this morning. If you hear anything about this report at all, you’ll probably hear it framed as a huge win for Obama’s policies. Well, it’s a result for his policies all right, but I don’t think “win” is the appropriate word.
From James Pethokoukis at American Enterprise Institute:
This was not the employment report either American workers or the Obama campaign were hoping for. A huge miss. It shows the U.S. labor market remains in a deep depression, generating few jobs and little or no income growth.
While the unemployment rate dropped to 8.1% from 8.3% in July, it was due to a big drop in the labor force participation rate (the share of Americans with a job or looking for one). If fewer Americans hadn’t given up looking for work, the unemployment rate would have risen.
Here’s the chart that James includes with his post:
I won’t even try to parse and breakdown the laundry list of prevarications that President Obama rattled off in his address. We’ve heard almost every word before, back when his TelePrompter was loaded with far better speeches. Now, it’s a bit like watching the drunk best-man at a wedding stumble through his toast: you just want it to be over, for your sake and his.
It’s apparent to anyone with functioning eyes that we’re going down the wrong path, and based on last night’s lecture, Obama undoubtedly isn’t going to change. It’s up to us to turn things around come November. I don’t much care if you voted for Obama last time or not; he’s done less than nothing to warrant a second shot at the biggest job on the planet.
It can’t be stated any better than this:
“When someone isn’t doing the job, we’ve got to let him go.”
UPDATE: Remember when I said that Obama’s speech was full of fibs, lies, etc.,..?
Looks like President Pander has set a new “Statement Expiration Date” RECORD for himself this time: “Surprise!! HHS pilot program to send 2 million poor seniors into …Voucher Programs“.
And the truly sad thing? I’m not even a little surprised.