Overpromise and underdeliver: If Obama’s 2012 campaign had an honest slogan, that would be it.
Last Monday, President Obama made news by promising to give a speech in September detailing, “a very specific plan to boost the economy, to create jobs and to control our deficit.”
But has that “very specific plan” already been downgraded to an outline?
That is, at least, the impression I got watching Obama advisors Robert Gibbs and David Axelrod on yesterday’s Sunday morning shows.
“The president is going to outline a short-term plan to accelerate the economy,” Axelrod said on ABC’s This Week, “in the face of the hits we’ve taken, because of the Arab Spring and oil prices, because of the Japanese earthquake, because of Europe that have slowed down economic growth.
On Meet the Press, Gibbs used similar language, “The president is going to outline some ideas, the president has outlined ideas every day he’s been in the White House.”
“Outlining” is one of two things this president always does (the other being, doing things the American people clearly don’t want). Someone, some adult if any are left in the Obama White House, needs to take Barry aside and tell him that voting present isn’t going to cut it anymore. This “outline” stuff is not going to fly, not after he promised a specific jobs agenda before heading off to Martha’s Vineyard, and not with the economy continuing to flake out. He needs to man up and offer something specific, and it had better be honest and workable — his job is very much on the line. Heck, I gave him a very specific idea this morning that would help get things moving, and I don’t even want him re-elected. I just want to see us get out of the ditch.
(h/t Weasel Zippers)