Skip to comments.Axelrod To Wallace: Americans ‘In A Better Position Than We Were Four Years Ago’
Posted on 09/02/2012 3:29:27 PM PDT by NYer
Appearing on Fox News Sunday this morning, President Obama’s senior adviser David Axelrod told host Chris Wallace that he believes Americans are better off today than they were four years ago.
“Can you honestly say that Americans better off today than they were four years ago?” Wallace pointedly asked Axelrod.
“I can say that we’re in a better position than we were four years ago in our economy, in the sense that when this president took office, we were losing 800,000 jobs a month,” Axelrod responded. “And the quarter before he took office was the worst since the Great Depression and we are in a different place.”
“29 straight months of job growth, 4.5 million private sector jobs,” the adviser cited as statistical evidence, but conceded: “Are we where we need to be? No.”
Axelrod then went on to pan Mitt Romney‘s Republican National Convention performance as a “terrible failure” for failing, in his view, to offer a “plausible” alternative to President Obama’s path.
Wallace then challenged Axelrod for trying to refocus on Romney, putting up statistics that showed worse numbers now on unemployment, median household income, national debt, and gas prices since the president took office in 2009.
“Looking at the president’s record and the statistics,” Wallace pressed again, “is the average American better off than four years ago?”
Axelrod initially dodged the question by saying that “the average American recognizes that it took years to create the crisis that erupted in 2008 and peaked in 2009, and it’s going to take some time to work through it.”
Unsatisfied, Wallace pressed Axelrod again: “[Obama] is the one seeking reelection. He famously said if ‘I don’t turn this thing around, I will be a one-term president.’ The economy has 300,000 fewer jobs than in February 2009.”
“I think those auto-workers whose industry would have collapsed if the president hadn’t intervened are certainly better off,” Axelrod said. “I think that the millions and millions of young Americans who have health care today that wouldn’t have had it if the president hadn’t acted are better off. I think the millions of people who have been able to renegotiate their mortgages so that they are paying lower interest rates are better off.”
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Unemployment was 7.8 percent when the president took office. It's now 8.3 percent.
Median household income was almost $55,000. It's now less than 51,000.
Gas was a $1.85 a gallon when he took office. Now, it's $3.78, almost doubled.
National debt was $10.6 trillion and it may go past $16 trillion this week.
So, just looking at the president's record and those statistics, David, is the average American better off than four years ago?
AXELROD: Chris, as I said to you before, I think the average American recognizes that it took years to create the crisis that erupted in 2008 and peaked in January of 2009. And it's going to take some time to work through it.
So, you know, you say I talk about Mitt Romney. I keep talking about Mitt Romney because all Mitt Romney does is it talk about Barack Obama. And this election is a choice.
What you're going to hear this week in Charlotte is a president who is going to present a clear agenda for the future talks, that talks about how we build a sound economy and lift the middle class in this country. You didn't hear those kinds of things from the Republican Party. Their platform was locked up in the same vault as Mitt Romney's tax returns. They simply don't want to talk about their ideas, because their ideas are not ideas about the future. They are derivative of what we did in the last decade, that brought our economy to its knees.
Oh I don’t know. Being bent over this stump isn’t any more comfortable than it was on day 1.
He is either lying to present an untrue narrative or ....completely insane!
YIKES! He pulled that straight out of his rectum.
'nuff said, now get your lying POTUS impersonator ass out of the Oval Office 0bama!
I wish they would have trials for treason after this is over.
“that it took years to create the crisis that erupted in 2008 and peaked in January of 2009. And it’s going to take some time to work through it.”
The Obama childish “not ym fault” routine.
Axelrod straight up lied.
If by “America” you mean do-nothing bureaucrats, crony capitalists and lazy, shiftless welfare moochers, you’d be right. Everyone else, I’m afraid, are in the 21st Century version of the Great Depression.
Accurate on both counts.
I do have a few calluses now. But being bent over a stump is still being bent over a stump. Despite some thicker skin.
Now we know what he means by stump speech.
With how these people can lie and vilify a person’s character with impunity, maybe duels weren’t such a barbaric practice...
I smell a really good ad coming from these sound bites, i really do..... If R2 has the BALLS to run it. Or, FreedomWorks or ??
"Mountains made of sand, fall into the sea, eventually"
This regime has got to go.
I guess that means more people on their knees begging.
Little Davy is in denial.
The question isn’t whether a person is better off now than 4 years ago.
There are three questions to be answered.
First, are you as well off as you should be today. If you aren’t part of the liberal cabel who have been paid off by our tax dollars, the answer is no.
Second, Does Obama have any plan that could possibly improve our lives in the next 4 years. The answer is hell no.
Third, are we stupid? The answer I hope is NO for a majority of americans.
“Americans In A Better Position Than We Were Four Years Ago”
Yes, in a better position to rid the country of the Communist fraud of a POTUS.
Figures. Axelroad prefers being on his hands and knees.
The campaign ads just write themselves with these out of touch jokers.
I watched the “interview”, just a few minutes ago.
It’s still unbelievable that 52% of America voted for that subhuman POS, and after 4yrs of hell, 47% still approve and would vote him back in for 4 more years of absolute hell, in comparison to the 1st term.
God, please help us and save America.
Oh my God this is insane. What every citizen should ask, is why didn't he offer up this fodder for past talks, say when he had a Democrat majority in the House and Senate for the first two years of his term in office?
Why are we supposed to believe he'll come up with a plan now?
He had four years to present a plan. Now he's about to get spanked at the polls, and it's, "Honest mommy, I'll be good from now on." Bull pucky...
Come November 6th, you're going to be Donald Trumped you jackass.
Chris did a good job of boring back in on Axelrod. I’d like to know what good it’s going to do us when obozo says he can reduce the debt by $4 trillion in 10 years when we KNOW he’s going to add another $4 trillion to it (and probably more) in 4 more years if reelected.
Axelrod was getting miffed but that’s ok. You know when someone has to keep saying, “As I already said...As I already told you”, they are losing the argument.
“”Why are we supposed to believe he’ll come up with a plan now?””
Exactly what I was muttering to myself as I was fixing dinner.
There is no LIE that Obama and his minions WON’T TELL
Yeah...right on Axle
We can better evaluate Obama and his merry band of Marxists and Musslims together with record unemployment, housing, food stamp use, national debt, and declining GDP.
The only people better off today than 4 years ago are the Prisoners at Guantanamo.
Chris Wallace pulverized David Axlerod. The GOP could get some good “ad material” from that broadcast. It was AWESOME!!! There will be a re-run tonight at 9 Eastern / 8 Central on FOX.
No he didn't.Some workers are indeed better off...... such as civil servants, not those of us working in non government jobs
This country has a chance this November to flat out reject socialism.
After this November, we have the duty to stop it dead in its tracks.
Not one single business owner (except the gun store owners) I know can say their business is booming and they need to hire a ton of people.
Boy, there's alot of gold in that statement isn't there?
Mr. & Mrs. Joe Six Pack: Are YOU better off today, than the UAW workers who received almost a combined one-hundred BILLION dollars in taxpayer bailouts? Are your pensions guaranteed by THEIR tax dollars?
Mr. & Mrs. Joe Six Pack: Are you happy paying for OTHER PEOPLE's health care insurance when you can hardly afford to pay your own?
Mr. & Mrs. Joe Six Pack: Are you happy helping pay for OTHER people's mortgages via your taxpayer dollars and increased banking fees when you're struggling to pay your own?
Wasn’t it August of 2011 when ZERO jobs were created?
better position to do what? file personal bankruptcy???
He’s right, from the imperial point of view.
It’s so much easier to decapitate an enemy who is on his knees.
Note that Axelrod is using the royal “WE”.
Obama and the Chicago thugocracy are in a better position.
The rest of us ...not so much.
already had to do that, bankruptcy. Also had to take husband’s annuities from tile union job (long gone to survive), job that has had scant to no work in 4 yrs.. Hours determine having medical benefits, need 900 to 1500 a year, haven’t had anything close to that so our medical coverage is also gone. The most hours in one year have been about 300, this year about a month of work so far..we are dying.
Everything looked rosy in 2007-2008, we bought our first home after 30 yrs. and now could lose it anytime now...thanks O-BLAME-O, yeah, we’re so much better off, NOT. Have never experienced unemployment this long in my husband’s entire time in the tile union, since 1989. Cliffs and bridges are looking inviting..........
What the !!! 5 Trillion tax cut. Where did he get that figure? I was wondering why Chris didn't call him on that.
Um ... nope. We went from a one income family living comfortably to a two income family trying to match what we had before. Wallace is wrong.
Uh ... of course I meant Axelrod, not Wallace.
Broken Axelrod was peddling the usual democratic BULLSHIT*
The economy tanked and the private sector contracted and withdrew capital from the economy as soon as it became possible that Obama, the unknown, might have a shot at the presidency. Yes, Bush was still president, but the private sector is not stupid. The entire contraction was triggered by the Great Fraud.
Why should we expect a clear plan from Obama this time? HOPE and CHANGE is not a plan, and that is the only BULLSHIT* he gave us in 2008. No actual plan; not even a hint of plan.
The entire country with IQs over 75 know how that turned out. No speculation there. No "Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda..." Just verifible history.
If I were Broken Axelrod, I would be embarrassed to keep repeating the same BS mantra. Getting hit and run over by a semi is "change." But not exactly the sort of change too many people assumed he meant. He gave us empty promises, and he kept every one!
What do you do when you hire someone to do a job, he talks big and fails miserably?
YOU FIRE HIM!
I don’t know where these Democrat nitwits come up with the “created 4.5 million private sector jobs” mantra, but we hear it all of the time. Particularly distressing is when some Democrat trumpets that figure on O’Reilly and doesn’t get called on it.
We now have 25 million people unemployed and under employed (they’ve lost good jobs and now are working at minimum wage jobs). In 2008 we had 6.5million unemployed. Today we have 12.8 million unemployed, and there are 300,000 fewer total private sector jobs than before Obozo took over. How can anyone say with a straight face that 4.5 million new private sector jobs have been created? Someone needs to call these liars out on that.