NEW YORK, July 25, 2013— Last night, Obama once again spoke in front of an adoring audience, oblivious to the millions of Americans who long ago tuned him out.
Starting with his “Arsenio Hall” impersonation, finger pointing and recognizing people that were “in the house,” the President then joked about how a white guy and his ten brothers all look alike.
A Republican joking about ten black brothers who look alike would not be given a pass. The cries of racist would echo the liberal halls.
Obama then adopted his professorial mode offering his version of history from 1979 through 2007. He neglected to mention that President Ronald Reagan turned around the failed Carter economy or that 1982 through 2007 was one of the biggest economic booms in American history.
He spoke of a 2008 economy that was “totally juiced up.” That is the 2013 stock market under Ben Bernanke.
He then praised himself because he does that saying “America has fought its way back,” as though it was 100% true and he was 100% responsible. The truth is that America is hurting under a stagnating economy growing at a pathetic pace barely greater than zero.
In full-out cheerleader mode he claimed that “We saved the auto industry, took on a broken healthcare system, invested in new American technology…” forgetting that Detroit has collapsed into Chapter 9 bankruptcy, with Ford, the only automative industry company not taking his bailouts, being the lone success story from the Motor City.
Obamacare is also collapsing, and the worst elements of it have businesses scared to hire workers.
Alternative energy technology has failed. America “Doubled investments in wind and solar power,” which means double the complete and total losses in fraudulent technology that would be exactly like oil except oil actually works.
He took credit for Ford rebounding, although Ford refused bailout money. He took credit for increased oil production, which happened despite him. He failed to block drilling on private land in North Dakota.
“A lot of us have tightened our belts…” even has the First Family takes extravagent vacations.
“Companies continue to hold back on hiring…” even has Obamacare regulations stifle hiring.
“Healthcare costs are slowing down…” Just not true.
He continued waxing poetic about rungs on the economic ladder.
“Too often, Washington’s made things worse….” ignoring the the president “is” Washington.
He praised the falling deficit while attacking the sequester even as the sequester is why the deficit is falling. The sequester was Obama’s idea. He lamented that the sequester prevented “investing in education,” which is another reason to love it.
He blamed Republicans for “gutting the farm bill” and harming children while claiming that businesses are hiring twice as many workers than in the last recovery because of Obamacare, and again, yeah no.
He criticized “phony scandals,” showing his cavalier attitude toward using the IRS to target half the country and leaving four people to die in Benghazi.
Then, as always, there was the pivot away from the economy and toward the subjects he actually cares about. Immigration reform, gun control, climate change, civil rights, and women’s rights all fit into one rambling sentence.
He “will not allow gridlock or inaction or willful indifference to get in our way.” Of course, he is the gridlock.
Most people do not need innovation institutes. They just do things. They do not navel gaze. They are too busy working.
This is Obama. By week’s end he will be back to climate change, education, and other issues disconnected from helping struggling families find jobs now. In six months he will again pivot back to the economy with another useless speech.
As Spinal Tap sang, “the more it stays the same, the less it changes.”
Brooklyn born, Long Island raised, and now living in Los Angeles, Eric Golub is a politically conservative columnist, author, public speaker, and satirist. Eric is the author of the book trilogy “Ideological Bigotry, “Ideological Violence,” and “Ideological Idiocy.