Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Obama Spokesman: President will not Introduce "Specific" Details on Jobs, Merely "Some Reasonable Ideas"

This is the definition of President Obama voting "present" for the millionth time since he became President.  This month, before going on a vacation to a luxurious estate on Martha's Vineyard, Mr. Obama tried to deflect criticism on his handling of the economy by stating that he had a "very specific" plan to announce on jobs come September.  However, an Obama Spokesman has downgraded expectations for the President's speech, saying that the President merely will offer "some ideas" next month.

With unemployment still over 9%, President Obama has been criticized for promising too much and under-delivering.  As this criticism mounted, the President decided to go on vacation and play golf on Martha's Vineyard.  Yet, Mr. Obama made it seem as if his 10-day break was, in fact, a chance for him to work.
Mr. Obama
Before leaving for Massachusetts, the President emphasized that his "laser-like focus" was still on jobs, even as he swam and built sand castles.  President Obama unambiguously stated:
"I'll be putting forward, when they come back in September, a very specific plan to boost the economy, to create jobs, and to control our deficit. And if they don't get it done, then we'll be running against a Congress that's not doing anything for the American people, and the choice will be very stark and will be very clear."
Despite this, however, it now appears that President Obama will not be terribly specific when it comes back.  The newly added ambiguity comes from an Obama-spokesman who detailed what the President will discuss in his speech.

Mr. Obama will offer “some reasonable ideas that can have a tangible impact,” White House deputy Josh Earnest stated. “There will be some ideas that the President will lay out in this speech... new ideas... I think [Republicans] will find a lot of things in the President’s speech that they'll like,” he added.

With some time left before Mr. Obama makes his speech, there is a good chance that his "ideas" will be downgraded again.

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