President Obama tells Time magazine why his policies are so unloved:
The president says he also wants to do a better job of explaining to the public how his policies will help the economy grow. Obama claims he didn’t do a good enough job selling Americans on the stimulus plan and the auto company bailout because he was so focused on acting to fix the economy.
“[W]e were in the midst of a once-in-a-lifetime crisis, so we had to just do stuff fast. And sometimes it wasn’t popular,” Obama told Time. “And we didn’t have the luxury of six months to explain exactly what we were doing with the Recovery Act, which was basically a jobs act and making-sure-middle-class-families-didn’t-fall-into-poverty act.”
Poor salesmanship, eh? Too busy presidenting to do any speechifying? That’s not what the record says — this President was omnipresent during 2009 and 2010. His polls tended to rise when he cut back on all the speeches and personal appearances.
Maybe — just maybe — Americans are sour on the stimulus because of this chart.
Obama’s next B.S. excuse is that “we didn’t know how bad it really was.” Puh-lease. What did he spend his transition doing? What was he reading in the weeks prior to passing the stimulus — Cat Fancy?magazine?
He didn’t have time to make the sale, he didn’t know how bad things really were, he didn’t even write the damn legislation. What did he spend the last four years doing, other than just being his totally awesome self and working up his March Madness picks?
We should also note that the economy had bottomed out in June of 2009, before a single stimulus dollar had been spent. All the stimulus did was dole out hundreds of billions to special interest groups and accelerate the dual bankruptcies of Social Security and Medicare.