Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Axelrod To Wallace: Americans ‘In A Better Position Than We Were Four Years Ago’
Mediate ^ | September 2, 2012 | Andrew Kirell

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.”

Video at above link.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Extended News; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: dnc; obama; rnc; romney
Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-60 next last

1 posted on 09/02/2012 3:29:33 PM PDT by NYer
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: All
WALLACE: But you keep talking about Romney. I'd like to talk about the Obama record and I want to put statistics up on the screen.

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.

Full Transcript

2 posted on 09/02/2012 3:30:31 PM PDT by NYer (Without justice, what else is the State but a great band of robbers? - St. Augustine)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: NYer

Oh I don’t know. Being bent over this stump isn’t any more comfortable than it was on day 1.


3 posted on 09/02/2012 3:32:00 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: NYer

He is either lying to present an untrue narrative or ....completely insane!


4 posted on 09/02/2012 3:32:33 PM PDT by SumProVita
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: NYer
"29 straight months of job growth"

YIKES! He pulled that straight out of his rectum.

5 posted on 09/02/2012 3:32:42 PM PDT by Libloather (The epitome of civility.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: NYer; bootless
We should also be asking them if Americans are better off than they were six years ago.
6 posted on 09/02/2012 3:32:53 PM PDT by TwelveOfTwenty (Ho, ho, hey, hey, I'm BUYcotting Chick-Fil-A)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: NYer
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.”

'nuff said, now get your lying POTUS impersonator ass out of the Oval Office 0bama!

7 posted on 09/02/2012 3:33:04 PM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: NYer

I wish they would have trials for treason after this is over.


8 posted on 09/02/2012 3:33:27 PM PDT by lookout88 (.combat officer's dad)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: NYer

“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.


9 posted on 09/02/2012 3:34:48 PM PDT by CodeToad (Be Prepared...They Are.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Libloather

Axelrod straight up lied.


10 posted on 09/02/2012 3:36:16 PM PDT by sf4dubya (I rebelled against my parents by becoming a conservative)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: NYer

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.


11 posted on 09/02/2012 3:37:58 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SumProVita

Accurate on both counts.


12 posted on 09/02/2012 3:38:12 PM PDT by Jagdgewehr (It will take blood)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: cripplecreek

I do have a few calluses now. But being bent over a stump is still being bent over a stump. Despite some thicker skin.


13 posted on 09/02/2012 3:38:42 PM PDT by bigheadfred
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: NYer
axelrodent is insane. If black Americans were to vote with an understanding of history (past and recent) and would stop listening to the lies of all democRATs, black Americans would prosper. As it is 0bama hates blacks and whites. If you are anything other than a moslem zer0 hates you. Wake up black America. If you want to be lied to and have higher unemployment, vote 0bama.
14 posted on 09/02/2012 3:40:17 PM PDT by no-to-illegals (Please God, Protect and Bless Our Men and Women in Uniform with Victory. Amen.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: bigheadfred

Now we know what he means by stump speech.


15 posted on 09/02/2012 3:40:45 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

To: lookout88

With how these people can lie and vilify a person’s character with impunity, maybe duels weren’t such a barbaric practice...


16 posted on 09/02/2012 3:41:25 PM PDT by mikrofon (NObama '12)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: TwelveOfTwenty

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 ??


17 posted on 09/02/2012 3:41:25 PM PDT by IllumiNaughtyByNature ($1.84 - The price of a gallon of gas on Jan. 20th, 2009.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: NYer
It's going to take some time to work through it...

As they double the price of gas and add $6 trillion to the national debt.
18 posted on 09/02/2012 3:41:44 PM PDT by nhwingut (Sarah Palin 12... No One Else)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: NYer
Who cares what ObaMao says? Everyone knows he's a pathological liar. What he has done says it all. As someone once told me "people will sometimes believe what you say, but they will always believe what you do".

"Mountains made of sand, fall into the sea, eventually"

Jimmy Hendrix

19 posted on 09/02/2012 3:41:51 PM PDT by uncommonsense (Conservatives believe what they see; Liberals see what they believe.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: NYer
Why does this regime's screaming heads and their sycophants keep saying they bailed out the auto industry? Ford didn't take a bail out, and GM could be in bankruptcy again by December (plus they haven't paid us back yet).

This regime has got to go.

5.56mm

20 posted on 09/02/2012 3:41:51 PM PDT by M Kehoe
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: NYer

I guess that means more people on their knees begging.


21 posted on 09/02/2012 3:44:01 PM PDT by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: NYer
Of course, he fails to take into account the hundreds of thousands of skilled workers who have left the workforce in hopeless frustration.

I don't mind telling you that I and my family are demonstrably worse off than we were four years ago. My wife is working for the local school system - hasn't had a raise in five years. I work free-lance on a contract basis - my going rate has dropped 20% in the last four years. My daughter, who graduated from college last year with an outstanding academic record, cannot find a job. Our income has declined incrementally over the last four years, while our expenses rise.

More importantly, we are not as secure now as we were in 2008. Obama has systematically undercut the efficiency of our military and undermined our foreign policy interests. He is truly a disaster as POTUS.



Genuflectimus non ad principem sed ad Principem Pacis!

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

22 posted on 09/02/2012 3:44:57 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: NYer

Little Davy is in denial.


23 posted on 09/02/2012 3:50:48 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Had enough of the freaks running the show yet?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: NYer

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.


24 posted on 09/02/2012 3:51:07 PM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: NYer

“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.


25 posted on 09/02/2012 3:53:39 PM PDT by AlexW
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: NYer
Axelrod To Wallace: Americans ‘In A Better Position Than We Were Four Years Ago’

Figures. Axelroad prefers being on his hands and knees.

26 posted on 09/02/2012 3:55:59 PM PDT by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: NYer

The campaign ads just write themselves with these out of touch jokers.


27 posted on 09/02/2012 4:02:04 PM PDT by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: NYer

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.


28 posted on 09/02/2012 4:02:58 PM PDT by carriage_hill (Harry Reid [PERVERT-NV] has Vickie-the-goat in lingerie & stiletto heels, tied-up in his office.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: NYer
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.

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.

29 posted on 09/02/2012 4:10:48 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Americans want what Americans always wanted: Better lives for families; little government authority.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: NYer

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.


30 posted on 09/02/2012 4:11:58 PM PDT by Thank You Rush
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: DoughtyOne

“”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.


31 posted on 09/02/2012 4:13:48 PM PDT by Thank You Rush
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 29 | View Replies]

To: All

There is no LIE that Obama and his minions WON’T TELL


32 posted on 09/02/2012 4:14:18 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: NYer
Axelrod To Wallace: Americans ‘In A Better Position Than We Were Four Years Ago’

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.

33 posted on 09/02/2012 4:14:31 PM PDT by spokeshave (The only people better off today than 4 years ago are the Prisoners at Guantanamo.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: ConorMacNessa
I have a small little Etsy shop where I sell hats that I make myself. I started it in 2006 and 2008 was my best year.
Since 2009 I have steadily lost business and it is down about 70% of what it was in 2008. I think many people do not have the extra income to make purchases that are not necessary. FU Axelrod
34 posted on 09/02/2012 4:14:53 PM PDT by funfan
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 22 | View Replies]

To: NYer; All

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.


35 posted on 09/02/2012 4:18:26 PM PDT by oliviasdad
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: sf4dubya
Axelrod straight up lied.

No he didn't.Some workers are indeed better off...... such as civil servants, not those of us working in non government jobs

36 posted on 09/02/2012 4:20:45 PM PDT by llevrok (2012 : This is a civil war, not an election)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: ConorMacNessa

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.


37 posted on 09/02/2012 4:20:45 PM PDT by sf4dubya (I rebelled against my parents by becoming a conservative. REJECT THEN STOP SOCIALISM THIS NOV!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 22 | View Replies]

To: NYer
“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.”

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?

All the people who are "better off" are mooching off the American Taxpayer! Hello Romney campaign - please pick up a white courtesy phone!


38 posted on 09/02/2012 4:26:35 PM PDT by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Libloather

Wasn’t it August of 2011 when ZERO jobs were created?


39 posted on 09/02/2012 4:29:01 PM PDT by Kharis13 (That noise you hear is our Founding Fathers spinning in their graves.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: NYer

better position to do what? file personal bankruptcy???


40 posted on 09/02/2012 4:31:29 PM PDT by BookmanTheJanitor
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: NYer

He’s right, from the imperial point of view.

It’s so much easier to decapitate an enemy who is on his knees.


41 posted on 09/02/2012 4:39:17 PM PDT by Dr.Zoidberg (With (R)epublicans like these, who needs (D)emocrats?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: NYer
Is it just me, or does Axelrod remind anyone else of the unctuous Uriah Heep from David Copperfield? I can hardly bear to look at him much less listen to him talk.
42 posted on 09/02/2012 4:41:58 PM PDT by srmorton (Deut. 30 19: "..I have set before you life and death,....therefore, choose life..")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: NYer

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.


43 posted on 09/02/2012 4:42:40 PM PDT by rod1 (CTLY)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: BookmanTheJanitor

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..........


44 posted on 09/02/2012 4:48:59 PM PDT by tina07 (In loving memory of my father,WWII Vet. CBI 10/16/42-12/17/45, d. 11/1/85)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 40 | View Replies]

To: NYer
He never talked about his $5 trillion tax cut skewed to the wealthy,

What the !!! 5 Trillion tax cut. Where did he get that figure? I was wondering why Chris didn't call him on that.

45 posted on 09/02/2012 4:51:16 PM PDT by mc5cents
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: NYer
ONCE_UPON1

46 posted on 09/02/2012 4:51:40 PM PDT by Wings-n-Wind (The main things are the plain things!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: NYer

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.


47 posted on 09/02/2012 5:15:27 PM PDT by al_c (http://www.blowoutcongress.com)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: al_c; NYer

Uh ... of course I meant Axelrod, not Wallace.


48 posted on 09/02/2012 5:16:09 PM PDT by al_c (http://www.blowoutcongress.com)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 47 | View Replies]

To: NYer
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.

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!

*Bullshit

49 posted on 09/02/2012 5:20:41 PM PDT by publius911 (Formerly Publius 6961, formerly jennsdad)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: NYer

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.


50 posted on 09/02/2012 5:44:29 PM PDT by RightWingConspirator (Obamanation--the most corrupt regime since Robert Mugabe's Zimbabwe)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]


Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-60 next last

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson