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Obama on Grim Economy: I Don't Control the Weather
Townhall.com ^ | December 12, 2011 | Katie Pavlich

Posted on 12/12/2011 6:20:13 AM PST by Kaslin

During an interview with 60 Minutes on Sunday, President Obama was asked if he could understand why the American people are frustrated with the lack of economic recovery. Obama responded by saying he "doesn't control the weather."

"No matter how well we're steering the ship, if the boat's rocking back and forth and people are getting sick and, you know, they're being buffeted by the winds and the rain ... if you're asking, 'Are you enjoying the ride right now?' folks are  going to say, 'No.' " Obama said. "People are  going to say, 'You know what? A good captain would have had us in some smooth waters and sunny skies at this point.' And I don't control the weather."

Obama may not control the weather, but he does control what projects and legislation to sign in order to foster an environment that allows the economy to recover. To continue off of the boat analogy, the American economy was a sinking ship in 2009 when Obama was sworn into office and he decided to "fix" it not by bailing water out of the boat, but by pouring more water in. The $800 billion stimulus package is one example. The worst part is that Obama really believes he has been steering well.

And of course, Obama just couldn't help but throwing in some class warfare:

"The problem is, is that our politics has gotten to the point where we can't have an honest conversation about the greatest income inequality since the 1920s, and we can't have an honest conversation about the irresponsibility that resulted in the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, without somebody saying that somehow we're being divisive," Obama said. "No, we're being honest about what happened, and we've got to be honest about how we move forward."

Obama also said Americans shouldn't be satisfied with the current economic climate.

"We've gone through an incredibly difficult time in this country. And I would be surprised if the American people felt satisfied right now," Obama told CBS' Steve Kroft in an interview to air on "60 Minutes" on Sunday. "They shouldn't feel satisfied. We've got a lot more work to do in order to get this country and the economy moving in a way that benefits everybody, as opposed to just a few."

So there you have it voters, are you satisfied? Obama says you shouldn't be and with his latest approval at just 41 percent, it doesn't look like the American people have much confidence in the "captain" getting us out of this mess. Why? Obama still believes the government creates jobs, rather than the private sector and small businesses.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: blamegame; classwarfare; lameexcuses

1 posted on 12/12/2011 6:20:19 AM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin
I thought he controlled the tides and the temperature of the earth?

lol

2 posted on 12/12/2011 6:21:37 AM PST by TexasFreeper2009 (Newt Gingrich 2012!)
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To: Kaslin

Maybe he should get Karl Rove on board.


3 posted on 12/12/2011 6:22:04 AM PST by Mr Ramsbotham (Laws against sodomy are honored in the breech.)
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To: Kaslin

If Oh-Baw-Mah doesn’t control the weather, then why again the earlier (Cap-n-Tax) push re “climate change?”


4 posted on 12/12/2011 6:24:38 AM PST by ScottinVA (I miss America.)
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To: Kaslin

Really? George Bush got blamed for Natural Disasters...


5 posted on 12/12/2011 6:25:09 AM PST by mom4melody
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To: TexasFreeper2009

Isn’t the machine that controls all the hurricanes and other weather phenomema located in the basement of the White House?

And doesn’t he have the lease on the place for now?

Get downstairs and get to work. Or send Joe Biden to do it for you.


6 posted on 12/12/2011 6:25:11 AM PST by alloysteel (Are Democrats truly "better angels"? They are lousy stewards for America.)
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To: Kaslin

So now he’s blaming the weather—just as the Soviets blamed poor harvests on an 84-year-long drought that began in 1917.


7 posted on 12/12/2011 6:27:51 AM PST by Fiji Hill
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To: alloysteel

that’s what I was thinking.. why doesn’t he just use George Bush’s weather machine? heck he could even get OBL which bush captured years ago to opperate it for him!

lol


8 posted on 12/12/2011 6:28:19 AM PST by TexasFreeper2009 (Newt Gingrich 2012!)
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To: alloysteel

The problem with the metaphor is that he forgot to name the ship he was the captain of: Titanic


9 posted on 12/12/2011 6:28:25 AM PST by nj patriot (How is that hope and change working out?)
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To: alloysteel

“Isn’t the machine that controls all the hurricanes and other weather phenomema located in the basement of the White House?”....

It is - you do remember when Karl Rove used it to steer Hurricane Katrina to New Orleans, with the sole purpose of drowning poor black people? Or, was it Dick Cheney who did it? Maybe both......


10 posted on 12/12/2011 6:29:22 AM PST by astounded (Barack Obama is a clear and present danger to the USA)
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To: Kaslin

The reason Obama inherited a bad economy was because of the bad loans for mortgages. Not Bush’s fault! He asked Congress 14 (fourteen) times for oversight on Fannie and Freddy. Congress wouldn’t do it. And Fannie and Freddy (two Democrat programs) just kept on handing houses to people without any way to pay for them.


11 posted on 12/12/2011 6:33:51 AM PST by kitkat (Obama, rope and chains)
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To: Kaslin

I thought he was digging us out of a ditch. Now we’re in a rocking boat? I can’t keep up with the bad metaphors.


12 posted on 12/12/2011 6:35:08 AM PST by fullchroma
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To: Kaslin

But the earth was supposed to “heal and the “oceans...begin to rise.”


13 posted on 12/12/2011 6:36:30 AM PST by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto.)
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To: Kaslin

I can’t listen to him anymore. I guess we ditched the car in the ditch and now we are heading out to sea in a boat. Can someone please tell me again how smart this man is.


14 posted on 12/12/2011 6:36:57 AM PST by cnsmom (csmom)
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To: Kaslin
hussein is a lying POS. Of course WH policy affects, significantly affects, the economy.

In short you lying, un-American, anti-American SOB... The current economic situation is 100% your fault. A leader, a real American leader that believed in liberty and freedom (ahem, that include economic liberty and freedom for you slower liberal lurkers out there) would have turned this economy around within two years, tops. That {expletive} hussein is still digging, we haven't seen the bottom yet.

15 posted on 12/12/2011 6:38:46 AM PST by ThunderSleeps (Stop obama now! Stop the hussein - insane agenda!)
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To: Kaslin

....but I thought Obama said: “[T]his was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal,” ???


16 posted on 12/12/2011 6:39:18 AM PST by TaxPayer2000
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To: mom4melody
You bet he did. For example Gore blamed him for Katrina

Gore: Bush to Blame for Katrina

Also one of the Kennedy's, I think it was Robert Kennedy, jr accused him of having created Katrina. The left also accused him of causing the 2004 Tsunami in the Indian Ocean. You don't have no idea how powerful President Bush was according to the lunatics on the left

17 posted on 12/12/2011 6:42:18 AM PST by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: Kaslin

On the ship of state, Obama isn’t on the bridge, he’s on the poop deck.


18 posted on 12/12/2011 6:42:30 AM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Kaslin

Basically exactly what you would expect from a NARCISSIST!


19 posted on 12/12/2011 6:45:56 AM PST by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: Kaslin
No matter what this disingenuous creep says, remember, Citizen... nobama hates you, hates your family, hates your success, hates Free America, hates Americans, hates the Constitution and hates the Bill of Rights. nobama is a hate crime foisted upon America. nobama is the Destroyer . Everything nobama does is intentional. God help us all.
20 posted on 12/12/2011 6:46:37 AM PST by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: Kaslin

No he doesn’t control the weather, so he’ll understand that it’s nothing personal when the coming torrent washes him off his rock and out of the oval office in 11 months. We’ll ask him if he’s enjoying the ride then.


21 posted on 12/12/2011 6:46:37 AM PST by throwback ( The object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid)
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To: Kaslin

That is funny. The leftist aka progressive blame global warming on people. So people must control the weather.


22 posted on 12/12/2011 6:48:56 AM PST by DMG2FUN
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To: Kaslin

You caused every bit of this depression... you kenyan pu$$y-boy!

LLS


23 posted on 12/12/2011 6:51:12 AM PST by LibLieSlayer ("Americans are hungry to feel once again a sense of mission and greatness." Ronaldo Magnus)
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To: Kaslin

A good Captian looks at the weather report before leaving port.

He goes around the weather if possible. I do not know of any Captain who would head directly into a Hurricane like this dork has done.


24 posted on 12/12/2011 6:53:34 AM PST by Venturer
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To: Kaslin

But Obama will tell you with authority its ‘trickle down economics’ that got us into trouble in the first place.


25 posted on 12/12/2011 6:53:43 AM PST by skeeter
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To: Kaslin
if the boat's rocking back and forth and people are getting sick and, you know, they're being buffeted by the winds and the rain ... if you're asking, 'Are you enjoying the ride right now?' folks are going to say, 'No.' " Obama said. "People are going to say, 'You know what? A good captain would have had us in some smooth waters and sunny skies at this point.'

Captain eh....?

Try Captain Woodgate late of the Cutty Sark....

Faced down a mutinous screw with pistol and axe while rounding Cape Horn.....

Used the pistol to hold the crew at bay while he smashed the lifeboats with the axe...

Crew became un-mutinous shortly thereafter.....(no-where else to go for those in Rio Vista)

26 posted on 12/12/2011 7:03:04 AM PST by spokeshave
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To: TexasFreeper2009

Yes, I distinctly remember him saying during the Presidential campaign that he could control the weather.


27 posted on 12/12/2011 7:07:04 AM PST by super7man
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To: Kaslin

It’s all show and talk. They’re really just looting the economy up until the day the whole system collapses. Ref: JP Morgan’s transfer of 70 trillion derivatives liability to the federal reserve system.


28 posted on 12/12/2011 7:08:45 AM PST by Justa
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To: Kaslin

This is Obama putting lipstick on the pig. Next he will try to teach the pig to sing. He has 11 months to do this or at least make it seem like the pig’s grunts sound like singing.

In this effort he will have the able support of the hard core left & lifetime Democrats (30% of the electorate), the unions (including the educationcrats who teach our public school kids), the tort lawyers, the minority grievance groups and the lame street media! With a $billion war chest that he does not need to touch until summer, we are going to have wall-to-wall messaging from then to November.

What a thing to look forward to!


29 posted on 12/12/2011 7:18:16 AM PST by SES1066 (Government is NOT the reason for my existance!)
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To: Kaslin

Barack Obama - The Four Year American Handicap.

You may not control the weather, but you sure do make the weather much less bearable!


30 posted on 12/12/2011 7:18:19 AM PST by Eagle of Liberty (Shaking My Head on a daily basis)
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To: Kaslin

No, DumBO does not control the weather, yet, just, the ability to keep warm in the cold.


31 posted on 12/12/2011 7:22:43 AM PST by depressed in 06 ( Where is the 1984 Apple Super Bowl ad when we need it?)
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To: kitkat

Pelosi and Reid have controlled Congress since 2007. Every economic indicator has gotten worse since 2007. Obama was in the Senate beginning in 2005. Obama, Reid and Pelosi have ALL been in Washington with significant control of our economy during that time up until the end of last year. They have complete responsibility for our current state of affairs and if Americans are stupid enough to retain them in ANY seat of power in Washington, this “ship” will continue to travel in stormy waters.


32 posted on 12/12/2011 7:24:57 AM PST by Eagle of Liberty (Shaking My Head on a daily basis)
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To: Kaslin

Some conspiracy people do think that Obama and his government controls weather. It is called the HARP the program.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High_Frequency_Active_Auroral_Research_Program


33 posted on 12/12/2011 7:25:23 AM PST by Mozilla
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To: Kaslin
We've got a lot more work to do

You don't. We have seen YOUR work and we do not like it. YOUR system will not fix our problems but will, ON PURPOSE, sink this ship.
34 posted on 12/12/2011 7:27:31 AM PST by Eagle of Liberty (Shaking My Head on a daily basis)
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To: Kaslin

What else would you expect from the Captain of The Titanic?


35 posted on 12/12/2011 7:35:51 AM PST by ballplayer
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To: Kaslin

A good captain does not steer directly into a hurricane on purpose and blame the rough seas on someone else.


36 posted on 12/12/2011 7:36:14 AM PST by N. Theknow (Obama - 5 letters; loser - 5 letters; poser - 5 letters; cheat - 5 letters; idiot - 5 letters)
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To: Kaslin
Pathetic little man boy. . . . .
37 posted on 12/12/2011 7:41:50 AM PST by DeaconRed (I know how to get Grinch Ginrich to drop in the poles. He will if I endorse him. All my others did)
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To: Justa
It’s all show and talk. They’re really just looting the economy up until the day the whole system collapses.

Yep. And the system will collapse on the Republicans' watch and the Republicans will be demonized for all eternity after that.
38 posted on 12/12/2011 7:48:13 AM PST by Eagle of Liberty (Shaking My Head on a daily basis)
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To: Kaslin

I wonder which captain he’s referring to... Captain Hook? Captain Bligh?
Hopefully, we can retire this captain next year!!


39 posted on 12/12/2011 7:59:33 AM PST by dsutah
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To: nj patriot

The Jolly Roger? hehehehhe....Captain Hook?


40 posted on 12/12/2011 8:02:28 AM PST by dsutah
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To: Kaslin
...we're being honest about what happened, and we've got to be honest about how we move forward."


41 posted on 12/12/2011 8:26:48 AM PST by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: TaxPayer2000
You wrote: "....but I thought Obama said: “[T]his was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal,” ???"

Yes, he did:

Obama's Nomination Victory Speech In St. Paul Tuesday, June 3, 2008.

"This was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal ... The journey will be difficult. The road will be long. I face this challenge with profound humility, and knowledge of my own limitations. But I also face it with limitless faith in the capacity of the American people. Because if we are willing to work for it, and fight for it, and believe in it, then I am absolutely certain that generations from now, we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment when we began to provide care for the sick and good jobs to the jobless; this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal; this was the moment when we ended a war and secured our nation and restored our image as the last, best hope on Earth. This was the moment - this was the time - when we came together to remake this great nation so that it may always reflect our very best selves, and our highest ideals. Thank you, God Bless you, and may God Bless the United States of America."

<>

...and much more:

Sunday, December 13, 2009
“The Hope can be a Cross”

Obama as the Messiah.

The effigy of Obama on the cross is doing the rounds of the blogosphere. ..[it] is an interweaving of the two icons Jesus Christ and Barack Obama "erected as a symbol of the new martyr for humanity, like the cross that bears the weight of expectations placed on him."

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....and much more HERE (WARNING: BRING YOUR BARF-BAG)

42 posted on 12/12/2011 8:38:22 AM PST by Matchett-PI ("One party will generally represent the envied, the other the envious. Guess which ones." ~GagdadBob)
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To: Kaslin

every time you think his excuses could not get more pathetic...


43 posted on 12/12/2011 10:04:22 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: TexasFreeper2009

“I thought he controlled the tides and the temperature of the earth?”
/////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

Well, he DID say in Denver when nominated that he would DEFEAT POVERTY, disease and CLIMATE CHANGE. Now whether he means literal weather or figurative weather meaning economic fluctuations he has said more than three years ago that he DOES control it. He said he would defeat poverty, that alone means that he controls the economy. To defeat climate change he must be in control of the atmospheric weather.


44 posted on 12/12/2011 6:54:54 PM PST by RipSawyer (This does not end well!)
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To: combat_boots

Actually the oceans were supposed to STOP rising and the Earth begin to heal. I suspect that oceans will indeed stop rising but no thanks to Obamalamadingdong.


45 posted on 12/12/2011 6:58:41 PM PST by RipSawyer (This does not end well!)
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To: combat_boots

Actually the oceans were supposed to STOP rising and the Earth begin to heal. I suspect that oceans will indeed stop rising but no thanks to Obamalamadingdong.


46 posted on 12/12/2011 6:59:17 PM PST by RipSawyer (This does not end well!)
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