Let’s lay this out: If Obama had a job in the private sector (stop laughing) and made this sort of excuse for why he had failed in what he has declared is his most important job, he would be fired on the spot, his desk would be packed up and security would be escorting him on a walk of shame to his car.
This is from today’s presser with WH spokesman Jay Carney, who tries his hand at defending the indefensible.
REPORTER: On the Jobs Council, obviously they’ve reported to haven’t met formally or publicly for six months. Why is exactly is that?
CARNEY: Look, the president solicits and receives input and advice from members of his Jobs Council and others about economic initiatives all the time. And I would point you to the numerous initiatives put forward by the Jobs Council that this administration under the president’s direction has taken action, presidential memorandum of August of last year that selected 14 job creating high-priority infrastructure projects for expedited review. Four of those are already under construction.
In March of this year, just four months ago, an executive order launched interagency effort to cut red tape and improve outcomes for infrastructure projects.
REPORTER: So there’s no reason they haven’t met publicly?
CARNEY: No, there’s no specific reason except that the president’s obviously got a lot on his plate….
Let’s be fair: The president does have a lot on those $50,000 plates served at his 106 fundraisers this year.
But let’s look at some of the things the president had on his plate while he wasn’t meeting with his jobs council:
He spent a lot of time going over his NCAA brackets.
He went out to watch the US men’s basketball team (but not the women’s team) tune up for the Olympics.
Obama has obviously been closely following baseball all season.
But he has too much “on his plate” to be able to meet with his jobs council.
More: Yeah, BO just has too much on his plate.