“The truth of the matter is that, as i said, we’ve created 4.3 million jobs over the last 27 months, over 800,000 just this year alone. The private sector is doing fine. Where we’re seeing weaknesses in our economy have to do with state and local government.” – Pres. Barack Obama
A VERY BAD week continued for Pres. Obama when he let the words slip during his morning press conference. Nobody heard or bothered to report his full quote, which is offered completely above.
The countdown began… 3… 2… 1 and then came the reaction from Mitt Romney, which was instantaneous.
“He said the private sector is doing fine,” Romney said. “Is he really that out of touch? I think he’s defining what it means to be detached and out of touch with the American people. Has there ever been an American president who is so far from reality?”
Addressing about 300 supporters in a grassy downtown park, Romney rattled off a slew of statistics – 23 million Americans unemployed or underemployed, slow economic growth, falling median incomes and record foreclosures – to paint a dire portrait of the U.S. economy.
“For the president of the United States to stand up and say the private sector is doing fine is going to go down in history as an extraordinary miscalculation and misunderstanding by a president who’s out of touch,” Romney said. “We’re gonna take back this country and get America working again.”
Not even Mitt Romney could miss this easy layup, a gift for a man who prides himself on his economic prowess, whether it’s true or not. Politics is a game of perception.
Buzzfeed has the nifty graph.
Matt Yglesias had the perfect tweet, with Twitter exploding the second the statement came out of Pres. Obama’s mouth:
Presidential press conferences seem to be all-downside no-upside events. I’m shocked they ever happen.
Pres. Obama should give Pres. Clinton a call to commiserate on their dueling gafferifficness.