The ratio of of people in the work force dropped to a historic low after Obama took office and it is stuck down there. (These include people who are not shown on the unemployment rate because they gave up looking.)
“And most of all, I would wake up every single day, EVERY SINGLE DAY, and spend every waking hour, thinking about you, fighting as hard as I knew how for you!”
“Obama played the 100th round of golf of his presidency Sunday, spending nearly five hours at the Beverly Country Club in Chicago with two friends...
“Bush played 24 rounds of golf during the first two years of his presidency, but then, six months into the war in Iraq, decided to stop. "I think playing golf during a war just sends the wrong signal," he said in an interview in 2008 with Yahoo and Politico.com.
“During President Bill Clinton's 18 days of summer vacation in 1995 that took him to Wyoming, Hawaii and California, he logged over 71 hours playing 273 holes (roughly 15 games) of golf.”
“WASHINGTON -- New claims for unemployment benefits rose sharply last week to 386,000, the biggest jump in more than a year... amid an avalanche of other data that show the economic recovery is stuck in low gear.
“Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke this week delivered a downbeat assessment of the recovery as pressure builds on the central bank to take more action to stimulate growth.”
GOV. ROMNEY: “The context is worse than the quote. The context, he says, you know, you think you've been successful because you're smart, but he says a lot of people are smart. You think you've been successful because you work hard, a lot of people work hard.
“This is an ideology which says hey, we're all the same here, we ought to take from all and give to one another and that achievement, individual initiative and risk-taking and success are not to be rewarded as they have in the past. It's a very strange and in some respects foreign to the American experience type of philosophy. We have always been a nation that has celebrated success of various kinds. The kid that gets the honor roll, the individual worker that gets a promotion, the person that gets a better job. And in fact, the person that builds a business.
“And by the way, if you have a business and you started it, you did build it. And you deserve credit for that. It was not built for you by government. And by the way, we pay for government. Government doesn't come free. The people who begin enterprises, the people who work in enterprises, they're the ones paying for government. So his whole philosophy is an upside-down philosophy that does not comport with the American experience...”
New Hampshire — President Obama's motorcade passes a "We did build it!" Sign - Aug 18, 2012
“RADFORD, VA -- A Radford small business owner said "no" ... Crumb & Get It owner Chris McMurray, told the advance team for the Vice-President that he was not welcome... McMurray believed Biden wanted a photo-op with a small business...”
Celebrities also reacted to that ridiculously out of touch statement, including Country Star Lane Turner writing and performing a song called "I Built It" to an America's Got Talent winner singing "God Bless the U.S.A. (I'm Proud to be An American)" then shouting out "We Built it!"
To see these performances, and photos and statements of other celebrities, see this link:
“We will not rest until we are succeeding in generating the jobs that this economy needs.” — Pres. Obama, November, 2009
“I'm not going to rest. My administration is not going to rest, in our efforts to help people who are looking to find a job.” — Pres. Obama, March, 2010
“The president has been working on the economic recovery every day that he has been in office... the president has been focused on jobs, he works on jobs every day.” — Whitehouse spokesman, March, 2010
[You will get] “an unrelenting, unyielding, day-by-day effort from this administration to fight for economic recovery on all fronts.” — Pres. Obama, April, 2009
“We do have a jobs emergency. Pres. Obama promised an unrelenting, unyielding day-by-day effort by this administration to fight for economic recovery on all fronts. [He has] a relentless commitment to jobs creation.” — Whitehouse Spokesman, Dec 2009
“We've been working on jobs the whole time.” — Pres. Obama, December, 2009
As of one year ago:
“Since taking office, President Obama has taken 10 "vacation" trips of lengths from 2 days to 12. They total all or part of 61 days. His "vacation" starting today is #11. These numbers are separate from his 20 visits to Camp David spanning all or part of 48 days.”
“With much of the East Coast still struggling to recover from recent storms that cut power to millions of residents during a heat wave, President Barack Obama is wrapping up a comfortable vacation in Camp David. He was not too busy to visit the scene of wildfires in swing-state Colorado--and make some fundraising calls from Air Force One en route--but he somehow could not muster the strength to address the state of emergency closer to home.”
“Accounting for trips out of Washington for several days, the total number of vacations Washington Secrets tabulated is 16... Not included were Camp David visits or trips like the first family’s New York City date night in May, 2009.”
“As many Americans continue to struggle to find work, forgoing Christmas presents and vacations this year as a result, Barack Obama is headed to Hawaii on Friday for his 17-day long, $4 million vacation courtesy of taxpayers. The Hawaii Reporter breaks down the numbers by category...
“Out. Of. Touch. Remember, Ronald Reagan stayed in Washington D. C. for Christmas so his security staff could be with their families.”
“President Obama appears to be mostly taking the week off, making a rare sojourn at Camp David through Tuesday before celebrating the Fourth of July and then heading out on the campaign trail...
“Obama found time for 33 fundraisers in June and campaigned widely, sometimes returning to the White House after Midnight and then sleeping in the next day...
“But it’s hard to see why he would head to Camp David for a long weekend – he’s been there since Saturday – if his goal was to focus on matters of State. And the Thursday and Friday campaign romp will be of the type from which it’s the least easy for him to conduct business – a barnstorming bus tour.”
“Blue collar Democratic voters, stuck taking depressing “staycations” because they can’t afford gas and hotels, are resentful of the first family’s 17 lavish vacations around the world and don’t want their tax dollars paying for the Obamas’ holidays, according to a new analysis of swing voters.
“ “They view everything through their own personal situation and if they can’t afford to do it, they can’t enjoy it, they don’t like Obama using their tax dollars to benefit himself,” said pollster John McLaughlin. “In this case, they see him as out of touch.”
“Now is the time to jump start job creation.” — Pres. Obama, Feb. 24, 2009
“I'm not interested in taking a wait and see approach when it comes to creating jobs. What I'm interested in is taking action right now... Right now! We've been working on jobs the whole time.” — Pres. Obama, December, 2009
“We now have to pivot and focus on jobs and growth. My singular focus over the next two years ... jump starting the economy so that we actually start making a dent in the unemployment rate.” — Pres. Obama, December, 2010
“President Obama will move the economy forward on his own. He knows that we can't wait.” — DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz
“The American people did not send us here to think about our jobs, they sent us here to think about theirs.” — Pres. Obama, September, 2010
“They want us to start worrying less about keeping our jobs, and more about helping them keep their jobs.” — Pres. Obama, February, 2010
The only job Obama seems focused on saving is his own job--
“President Obama will attend six fundraisers today in Maryland and Pennsylvania, a series of cash collection events that bring his total number of fundraisers held for his reelection bid up to 160, according to figures maintained by CBS News’ Mark Knoller.
“That, again according to Knoller, is more than double the 79 events that President George W. Bush had held at this same time in the 2004 presidential race.
“On average, one can reasonably say attending a fundraiser takes two hours out of the president’s schedule...” [equaling 320 hours or 8 work weeks]
“Obama has managed to take things to a whole new level. According to statistics compiled for a book to be published this summer, the president has already set a record for total first-term fundraisers — 191 — and that’s only through March 6. Measured in terms of events that benefit his reelection bid, Obama’s total (inflated in part by relaxed fundraising rules) exceeds the combined total of George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter.
“It’s not just the gatherings officially categorized as campaign events. To a greater extent than his predecessors, Obama has used the trappings of his office to promote his reelection prospects even while handling taxpayer-funded business...
“Obama was the first commander in chief in at least 32 years to visit all of the presidential battleground states during his first year in office. He has kept that pace, devoting nearly half of his travel to 15 swing states that account for just over a third of the population.
“The election is still six months away, but it’s increasingly difficult to distinguish Obama’s political events and speeches from the official ones.
“This was the case on Monday, when he spoke to a group of trade-union leaders at the Washington Hilton. The event, the morning after he and Clinton made a joint fundraising appearance, was ostensibly an “official” speech to the AFL-CIO’s building trades section. But it was a campaign rally in everything but name...
“He is erasing the already blurred lines between campaigning and governing. During his “official” speech to the union group Monday, he hailed Tim Kaine as “the next United States senator from the great commonwealth of Virginia,” and his partisan speech spurred audience members to shouts of “Vote ’em out!” and “Gotta throw ’em out!”
“ “Not everything should be subject to thinking about the next election instead of thinking about the next generation,” Obama said of the Republicans. “Not everything should be subject to politics.”
And the real clincher— Obama uses stimulus funds intended to create jobs to run ads for his reelection:
“The Labor Department paid out hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal stimulus funds to a public relations firm to run more than 100 commercials touting the Obama administration’s “green training” job efforts on two MSNBC cable shows, records show.
“The commercials ran on MSNBC on shows hosted by Rachel Maddow and Keith Olbermann in 2009, but the contract didn’t report any jobs created, according to records reviewed recently by The Washington Times.
“Spending reports under the federal Recovery Act show $495,000 paid... for “two approved spots” airing 14 times per week for two months on “Countdown With Keith Olbermann” and “The Rachel Maddow Show,” according to a project report, which listed the number zero under a section of the report asking how many jobs had been created through the stimulus contract.”