To a growing number of us, it is no big shock that Barack Obama is running another dishonest campaign, as he hides behind his shameless operatives while they create their own facts.
Within this Chicago-style method of politics, it also seems that Mr. Obama is enabled to slander his opponent as much as he wishes, through the mouthpiece of others, and then to just deny any knowledge of this slander when it is brought to light and questioned. In spite of his promises from 2008 to operate with a “positive” campaign and to head what would be the most “open and transparent” administration in history, it seems that both of his campaigns and his administration have turned out to be just the opposite. But with an increasing scrutiny of his messages, as well as half-empty houses along the campaign trail, Obama’s success with this sort of approach may finally be coming to a long overdue end.
Back in 2008, at a campaign event in Las Vegas, Mr. Obama talked about “…the ugly phone calls, the misleading mail and TV ads, the careless, outrageous comments, all aimed at keeping us from working together, all aimed at stopping change.” He then claimed that “This is not what we need right now,” and that “The American people don’t want to hear politicians attack each other. You want to hear about how we’re going to attack the challenges facing the middle class all over the country.” Just as based on the very negative tone of his current campaign, complete with empty rhetoric and accusations, Obama must have decided that this IS “what we need right now.”
Recently, with MSNBC’s Willie Geist, Obama’s deputy campaign manager, Stephanie Cutter was vaguely discussing the president’s plans to help the current unemployed in the event of his reelection. During this discussion, Geist asked Cutter, “What would you say to that same person that said, ‘Well, that hasn’t worked for four years. I haven’t had the job over time; it’s time for a change.’ Cutter’s response was, “Well, I think that worker probably has a good understanding of what’s happened over the past four years in terms of the president coming in and seeing 800,000 jobs lost on the day that the president was being sworn in, and seeing the president moving pretty quickly to stem the losses, to turn the economy around, and over the past, you know, 27 months we’ve created 4.5 million private sector jobs. That’s more jobs than in the Bush recovery; in the Reagan recovery. There’s obviously more we need to do, and as I said to Mika at the beginning of the program, I think that unemployed worker probably sees one person in this race trying to move the country forward, and that’s the president.”
O.K… if she says so. Even if we give the hypothetical benefit of the doubt that Obama actually created 4.5 million jobs during his entire first term as president, Ms. Cutter’s figures are still incorrect. As it turns out, Ronald Reagan created 8 million jobs in 27 months, and even at the lowest point of the recession, Bush’s job numbers amounted to 4.8 million jobs. Maybe this would qualify as some of that “fuzzy math” that President Bush used to talk about?
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