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Obama Slams George W. Bush Economic Legacy in New Ad

With the Occupy protesters resuming battle stations, and Mitt Romney in place as the presumptive Republican nominee, President Obama has begun to fashion his campaign as a crusade for the 99 percent–a fight against, as one Obama ad puts it, “a guy who had a Swiss bank account.” Casting Romney as a plutocrat will be easy enough. But the president’s claim as avenging populist may prove trickier, given his own deeply complicated, even conflicted, relationship with Big Finance. – Why Can’t Obama Bring Wall Street to Justice?

“We’re certainly running on our record.” – David Axelrod, senior Obama strategist on ABC’s “This Week.”

CANDIDATE OBAMA is always so much better than elected Obama. It’s the cross the Democratic Party has had to bear.

Candidate Obama didn’t show up in 2010, so there was an avalanche of Republican wins across the country, which revved up the war on women like we haven’t seen since the early days of Ronald Reagan.

It’s important to remember that Barack Obama came into office with a Democratic House and Senate. Instead of doing the job of a partisan leader, which is implementing why you were elected, president-elect Obama decided to play nice with Republicans, which played into the right’s hands. It allowed his first term narrative to get well out of his control.

Now that his presidency is on the line Obama’s locked and loaded, with Republican economic policies the target. With the Paul Ryan budget the template of the Republican party in 2012, it makes team Obama’s job so much easier.

Women are the vote to rock this year. Single women and younger females don’t respond well to negative ads. They also don’t trust them. Positive ads of comparison that also show what you’ve done is what works for them. Reminding them of where the country was when George W. Bush left office is a good thing. Because whether you like Pres. Obama or not, he was handed a crap sandwich on multiple fronts, sometimes screwing things up, but we are on the mend and every economist worth his or her credentials knows or has seen from the examples around the world that austerity won’t work, because it simply hasn’t.

But whether it’s Obama or Romney we’re still going to get some sort of entitlement “grand bargain” once 2013 hits.

For some reason elite politicians don’t understand that today’s blue collar worker has the same back breaking job that people like my husband do every day. Anyone who thinks new workers should have their retirement age pushed, which goes for waitresses and others in grueling jobs, is as out of touch as our political elite.

Who’s fighting for the new blue collar workers in November?

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33 Responses to Obama Slams George W. Bush Economic Legacy in New Ad

  1. Rick Roberts May 8, 2012 at 9:04 am #

    Honest question. Not snark. What issue has Obama led on?

  2. jinbaltimore May 8, 2012 at 9:04 am #

    Now that his presidency is on the line Obama’s locked and loaded, with Republican economic policies the target.

    It’s a shame that once re-elected, he’ll continue those policies just as he did in his first term. I suppose it’s nice to hear that he’ll fight for the middle class, though.

    • Rick Roberts May 8, 2012 at 9:26 am #

      We can’t depend on what he says. Public option, for example. The president does not lead, and he doesn’t make friends. He hangs back to see how an issue is coalescing, and then he jumps in at the final hour to be a weak negotiator. It is maddening.

      • whitepaw May 8, 2012 at 10:38 am #

        And claim credit for whatever and act like a hero… at the last hour.

  3. guyski May 8, 2012 at 9:36 am #

    ….today’s blue collar worker has the same back breaking job that people like my husband do every day. Anyone who thinks new workers should have their retirement age pushed, which goes for waitresses and others in grueling jobs, is as out of touch as our political elite.

    This makes absolute perfect, but….unfeasible.

    This would mean having some kind formula to calculate retirement ages, based on job classifications which would never float with the public, regardless of political leanings.

    It is also what is kind of implied by Hollande’s proprosal in France. Reducing the retirement age to 60 from 62. This reduction is based on a person working at age 18 contributing to the pension fund for 42 years. But what is not answered by his plan is what if a person does not have 42 years in the pension fund, then what?

    Should someone who goes to college for 4-8 years have their retirement delayed accordingly? How do you classify these occupations? Who makes the classifications? How would some kind of step retirement system work? Would a white collar employee defer their retirement, so a blue collar employee can retire before them? What about a stressful exhaustive job compared to a physically exhaustive job? On and on.

    But as a side note idea perhaps a foregiveness of student loans in exchange for a delayed retirement age? Naw.

  4. mjsmith May 8, 2012 at 9:39 am #

    “-Why, despite widespread outrage, financial-fraud prosecutions by the Department of Justice are at 20-year lows

    -Attorney General Eric Holder’s lucrative ties to a top-tier law firm whose marquee clients include some of finance’s worst offenders

    -How Obama’s trumpeted “task force” for investigating risky mortgage lenders–announced in this year’s State of the Union speech–is badly understaffed and has yet to produce any discernible progress”

    Great read and I think it is still far enough from November to allow Newsweek to publish such an objective article. Holder is a joke. Obama doing anything for people struggling to pay their mortgages is a joke. President Obama and his team would like to talk about Romney or George W. Bush or anything else that does not have to do with himself.

    So now the occupy fringe group is part of the re-elect Obama campaign. Who cares. I rememebr all of the crazy protests in DCwhen President George W. Bush was in Office. Now they are all gone. I do not remember a single anti-war protest in DC since Obama took Office. If there was one, it certainly did not get a shred of attention. What happened? Did all of the wars suddenly stop? No more blood for oil? Did we stop bombing places? Or was the anti-war hype that was over exposed and plain ridiculous just part of the democrat party machine. So now the occupy squatters have taken the place. Their anger is not towards Obama or Holder, or anyone from Golman Sachs that is now currently part of the Obama administration. The occupy movement is being shown, by Newsweek, for what it really is, a part of the democrat party political machine. How pathetic.

    • cjoblak@hotmail.com May 8, 2012 at 10:36 am #

      Great points, MJ.

      I’m not impressed with the occupy movement. I don’t like their methods, and it seems the majority of them have no idea about anything, what their protesting about, etc. They’re dirty, destructive to property and they are promoting violence. They come across as just some angry losers wanting a free ride.

      • whitepaw May 8, 2012 at 10:43 am #

        I have first-hand experience of the destructive nature of so-called occupiers after they occupied a vacant house we own a while back… Granted, they are not all destructive in this manner … a few give a bad name for the movement overall.

      • secularhumanizinevoluter May 8, 2012 at 10:43 am #

        “I don’t like their methods, and it seems the majority of them have no idea about anything, what their protesting about, etc. They’re dirty, destructive to property and they are promoting violence. They come across as just some angry losers wanting a free ride.”

        Nice parroting of the Faux Not News and repugnantklan/teabagger line.

        • mjsmith May 8, 2012 at 11:01 am #

          secularhumanizinevoluter – Do you have anything to contribue to the conversation or are you just ridiculing what other people say, again. I am curious, if you could enlighten, where is the clean, non-violent, non-destructive, peaceful, respectable occupy squat located? Not in Oakland, New York or Washington D.C. What is the message of this “movement”? (pun intended).

          I already have my own answers to each of these questions. I sincerely want to know what your answers are, to help me understand where you are coming from.

          • cjoblak@hotmail.com May 8, 2012 at 11:33 am #

            He always ridicules everything I post on here, MJ, He has a hard on for me.

          • Sandmann May 8, 2012 at 12:35 pm #

            There are always bad seeds and random nitwits who take advantage of the chaos generated by protest situations, but anyone being honest with themselves knows that these people are not representing anyone but themselves.

            Why do you speak of OWS as a movement of villains? Are you in the big club ? Do you really have more in common with Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan-Chase, CitiBank, Bank of America, Wells-Fargo, etc.?

            Which OWS protester is personally responsible for your discontent?

          • secularhumanizinevoluter May 8, 2012 at 5:52 pm #

            1″secularhumanizinevoluter — Do you have anything to contribue to the conversation or are you just ridiculing what other people say, again.”

            Well when the wingnutesphere’s talking points are disseminated through Faux Not news and then are repeated ad nauseam here I kinda think pointing that fact out IS making a positive contribution.

            2.” I am curious, if you could enlighten, where is the clean, non-violent, non-destructive, peaceful, respectable occupy squat located? Not in Oakland, New York or Washington D.C. What is the message of this “movement”? (pun intended).”

            Considering the vast, VAST majority of any violence has been committed through abuse of power violence by police against citizens employing their CONSTITUTIONAL rights.
            You want them “respectable” when confronting hypocrisy and criminal behavior of elected officials, police and the corporate criminals responsible for the economic melt down?

            3.”I already have my own answers to each of these questions.”

            Really? Other then parroting the Faux Not News line you have yet to state them…

            4.” I sincerely want to know what your answers are, to help me understand where you are coming from.”

            My answers? They are doing exactly what they set out to do, pointing out the criminal behavior and hypocrisy of the governmental bodies, police and Banks. Ask Bank of America how things are going.
            KEEP OCCUPYING! Can’t wait to make another donation to a Pizza fund.

          • secularhumanizinevoluter May 8, 2012 at 5:54 pm #

            “cjoblak@hotmail.com 08 May 2012 at 11:33 am #

            He always ridicules everything I post on here, MJ, He has a hard on for me.”

            Hardly, but my you do flatter yourself don’t you. I simply point out your consistent male bovine fecal matter you apparently passes for your wisdom.

    • whitepaw May 8, 2012 at 10:41 am #

      Great post –

      • angels81 May 8, 2012 at 1:58 pm #

        Agreed. Sandman is the voice of reason and truth. I was appalled by the first few comments on this thread about OWS. Just for a minute I thought I had stumbled onto some right wing site.

        • mjsmith May 8, 2012 at 2:21 pm #

          It is OK for people to post how they honestly feel. To answer Sandman a.k.a. “the voice of reason and truth” -”Do you really have more in common with Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan-Chase, CitiBank, Bank of America, Wells-Fargo, etc.?” I say that you just listed companies that are supporters of Obama. How many people from Goldman Sachs are part of the Obama Administration? I really do not have anything in common with anything from the people out there in the occupy movement either. They are also supporters of Obama. Angles81, which statements appalled you? Was is “teabagger”? I was appalled by that too.

          • whitepaw May 8, 2012 at 2:55 pm #

            Good for you, refusing to be bullied by the Obama apologists.

          • Sandmann May 8, 2012 at 3:21 pm #

            …they are also supporters of Obama

            :shock: Do they know this?

            …I really do not have anything in common with anything from the people out there in the occupy movement either.

            That’s because you imagine OWS as another manufactured political front group like the Tea Party/Koch Enterprises…nope, this is what a real protest looks like without the safe hand of a puppeteer.

          • secularhumanizinevoluter May 8, 2012 at 6:04 pm #

            1.”It is OK for people to post how they honestly feel.”

            And it’s OK for people to point out when how some people “feel” is oddly consistent with the talking points from faux Not news. If that upsets you come up with an original thought.

            2.” To answer Sandman a.k.a. “the voice of reason and truth” -”Do you really have more in common with Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan-Chase, CitiBank, Bank of America, Wells-Fargo, etc.?” I say that you just listed companies that are supporters of Obama. How many people from Goldman Sachs are part of the Obama Administration?”

            And that’s why OWS is protesting THAT fact also.

            3.” I really do not have anything in common with anything from the people out there in the occupy movement either.”

            That’s pretty clear as you exhibit nothing but contempt for the Constitution and the guarantees contained therein.

            4.” They are also supporters of Obama.”

            You are displaying that disassociated from reality thingy again.

            5.” Angles81, which statements appalled you? Was is “teabagger”? I was appalled by that too.”

            I doubt Angels was appalled at the use of the cute, self chosen nickname these imbecilic ass monkeys gave themselves….until it was pointed out it had another meaning.

  5. secularhumanizinevoluter May 8, 2012 at 10:49 am #

    “Candidate Obama didn’t show up in 2010, so there was an avalanche of Republican wins across the country, which revved up the war on women like we haven’t seen since the early days of Ronald Reagan.

    It’s important to remember that Barack Obama came into office with a Democratic House and Senate. Instead of doing the job of a partisan leader, which is implementing why you were elected, president-elect Obama decided to play nice with Republicans, which played into the right’s hands. It allowed his first term narrative to get well out of his control.”

    I think “candidate Obama” was the REASON there was an avalnche of repug/bagger wins. Had Candidate Obama morphed into President Obama implementing what candidate Obama had promised 2010 would have turned out FAR different.
    The repug/baggers didn’t convince any Dems to vote repug.bagger. Obama’s performance caused them to stay home in disgust.

  6. angels81 May 8, 2012 at 3:20 pm #

    Obama apologist? I was talking about the OWS, not the damn president. Try reading the posts before making silly comments.

    • whitepaw May 8, 2012 at 3:35 pm #

      Pardon me…

  7. casualobserver May 8, 2012 at 5:02 pm #

    Interesting to note that even though the best and brightest of the left (no doubt represented by those posting above) have thrown everything they have every day at the Tea Party for the last 3 years, the Tea Party has clearly settled in at a consistent 25% approval rating…….not an ignorable voting bloc by any measure…….whereas OWS is now coming in around 16%……..a couple of more points and the OWS people will be qualified to be in Congress.

  8. Lake Lady May 8, 2012 at 5:17 pm #

    Actually the French have it right it would be very good for society for people to retire at 60. They would have more time for family,civic involvement and volunteering.They would have more time for fitness and maybe ward off some of the age related diseases. It would open up jobs for younger people.

    The vast majority of the volunteers for all of my projects like the Farmers Market and our Fall Festival are retired and they also work as mentors and at food pantries, they start charities and foundations. They are real contributors to society.

    Guyski there are several occupations that are already allowed to retire early like police, and firemen. In occupations that do not allow it there are people way past their prime holding on to well paid jobs because they can’t stop until they can get medicare. Many are resistent to learning new technologies and methods and can slow down progress in their places of work.

    That is not to say that there aren’t people who can work well into their seventies but they are the exception not the rule. Any job that requireds daily physical work starts to really take a toll on the human body by the late forties,early fifties.This creates an underclass of people on disability and medicaide.

    Nothing bugs me more that some old geeser like George Will sitting on their behind pontificating about how they are in their dottage and still work.

  9. StrideHyde May 8, 2012 at 5:46 pm #

    Lake Lady and guyski: it looks as though you are on two sides of the earlier retirement issue. I think it definitely has several sides. There are some industries in which the work is not physically taxing, where late-middle aged people are at the top of their game but they are getting edged out anyway because their gray hair makes other people uncomfortable. Pushing the retirement age up should not just be a consideration of how long people live but also how long they are allowed to work when more and more of their co-workers are younger than they are.

    • whitepaw May 8, 2012 at 6:05 pm #

      All I can say is that I am 48, have been working since I was 14… And do not want to work until I am 70 to retire……… but that is just me………..

  10. StrideHyde May 8, 2012 at 6:57 pm #

    And whitepaw, that could very well be completely reasonable, depending on your industry. But whenever talk of raising the retirement age comes on it seems to me that one 800 pound gorilla is the fact that 59 year olds are being pushed out of some work that they are still brilliant at in favor of younger faces for the sake of younger faces (and sometimes lower salaries).

    • whitepaw May 8, 2012 at 8:35 pm #

      I work as a research engineer…mentally taxing, but not so physically. There are very few people even my age at the corporation where I work… Simply because it is so draining as the work never stops… essentially always on call. But at least I have a job, and a good one at that.

      • Lake Lady May 8, 2012 at 9:54 pm #

        whitepaw~ With your interests, you are going to love retirement.

    • Lake Lady May 8, 2012 at 9:53 pm #

      That would be a shame and it is heartless the way our benefits are set up now. I would be willing to bet that the cost to cover them for medical insurance is another factor. In my city hall we had two of the older employees retire and the reductiion in our medical insurance costs were very significant.

      • guyski May 9, 2012 at 6:21 am #

        Lake Lady, read your post. Valid points. Just a friendly word of advice. Perhaps the comment above should have been kept private. It could be construed has age discrimmination.

  11. Lake Lady May 8, 2012 at 9:56 pm #

    That last comment was meant in response to StrideHyde. :smile: Don’t know what I did?

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