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Mar 17th 2009

Obama on the Economy: I Feel Like I’m Taking Crazy Pills

Dear President Obama:

I feel like I am taking crazy pills. You see, everything you denounced during the campaign, you are doing. I can’t go through every single instance right now. It would take me a few days to type out the whole list of things you have switched positions on in just six months time.

But the latest example is your position on the economy. Just six months ago, your opponent said the fundamentals of the economy were strong. You said they were in shambles. Now you say the opposite: The fundamentals of our economy our sound.

[T]his is John McCain last September [2008], in comments subsequently and routinely derided by Obama:
“You know,” said McCain, “there’s been tremendous turmoil in our financial markets and Wall Street and it is — people are frightened by these events. Our economy, I think, still the fundamentals of our economy are strong. But these are very, very difficult time. And I promise you, we will never put America in this position again. We will clean up Wall Street. We will reform government.”

And here is President [Obama] speaking [Friday, March 13, 2009]:

“There are a lot of individual families who are experiencing incredible pain and hardship right now.”
“But if we are keeping focused on all the fundamentally sound aspects of our economy,” he added, “all the outstanding companies, workers, all the innovation and dynamism in this economy, then we’re going to get through this. And I’m very confident about that.”

Not even the Times can look past this absurdity:

Mr. Obama actually came close to using the same language that helped doom the campaign of his Republican opponent, Senator John McCain, who was hammered by Democrats last year for declaring that “the fundamentals of our economy are strong.”

It’s baffling. As Obama explained at the time, the fundamentals of our economy were in shambles, given our chaotic health care, failing public schools, and lack of an (alternative) energy policy.

I do not understand what has changed in these last few months, except that the stock market has gone down another 30%. Please explain where the economy has improved, President Obama. Otherwise, kindly admit that when you made those past statements, you were just lying to get votes.

Thanks in advance!

Update:

Robert Gibbs explained it so clearly!

5 Responses to “Obama on the Economy: I Feel Like I’m Taking Crazy Pills”

  1. Many that voted for Obama were sold on a charade. There is not nearly the level of competence and commitment that was promised.

    I would love to see a comprehensive list Travis. It could even become a quarterly post. You could title it, “Then and Now: Where the Obama Administration Currently Stands on the Issues.”

  2. Miguelisimo

    Oh my goodness, Gibbs has done it again! The man cranks out one classic moment after another. Does he remind anyone else of the Information Minister that was in place in Iraq when the U.S. invaded (“There are no American infidels in Baghdad. Never!”)?

  3. N Chung

    silly semantic quibble.

  4. silly semantic quibble.

    I believe Obama called it “being out of touch” on the campaign.

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