GOP pounces on Obama economic comments
June 8th, 2012
03:27 PM ET
2 years ago

GOP pounces on Obama economic comments

(CNN) - Republicans wasted little time on Friday after President Barack Obama's assertion that the "private sector's doing fine," hammering him for the comment in a web video, conference call, and on stage at the Conservative Political Action Conference.

GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney asked at a campaign event in Iowa if the president was "really that out of touch."

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In a Friday press briefing, Obama provided the fodder for Republicans, saying, "we've created 4.3 million jobs over the last two - 27 months. Over 800,000 just this year alone. The private sector is doing fine." Local governments and infrastructure - the public sector - are stuttering, he continued, urging Congress to consider "how do we help state and local governments and how do we help the construction industry." At a photo-op later in the day, the President sought to clarify his comments saying "it is absolutely clear that the economy is not doing fine."

Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey shot back in his appearance at CPAC that Obama "saddled us with all of these federal rules and regulations that don't allow governors to have the freedom to do what we really want."

"He has the audacity to stand up this morning and say that it's the nation's governors and mayors who are driving our economy down by not hiring enough people for government work," he said.

A few hours after the press conference, Obama's remarks were rolled into a Republican National Committee web video, which sandwiched it between news clippings.

"How can President Obama fix our economy if he doesn't understand what's broken," the video asked.

RNC chairman Reince Priebus said in a conference call with reporters that "his announcement that the private sector is doing 'fine' says to me that he's just completely out of touch with the 23 million struggling Americans, and doesn't have a clue how to create jobs or turn the economy around."

The president, Priebus said, "has to be living in an alternate universe."

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Filed under: 2012 • Chris Christie • President Obama • Republicans
soundoff (36 Responses)
  1. Leroy

    Reince Priebus is a disease.......

    June 8, 2012 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  2. Ex-GOP Con

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    Of course the private sector is doing fine. What have they been doing these 10 plus years with their tax savings Priebus?
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    June 8, 2012 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  3. Delusional Democrats Whining Crying Blaming, My Dream Has Come True

    I can hardly wait for the Obama video apologizing for the comment (like Bill Clinton made) or maybe another "hostage video" like Cory Booker made further explaining his out of touch statement.....

    But it is clear that this buffoon really does believe this. He is THAT far out there in his leftist bubble floating somewhere around Jupiter. I can hardly wait for his $5 TRILLION Super Stimulus proposal. I guess at that point it will be OK to put the straight jacket on him and swear Crazy Joe in as the new Presdient.

    June 8, 2012 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  4. Enough is Enough

    Obama said "how do we help state and local governments". First get rid the greedy unions. Obama needs to provide a list of the success stories in which growing government solved the problem.

    June 8, 2012 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  5. bill

    I'm sure uhbama will 'evolve' and say that is not what he meant to say.

    June 8, 2012 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  6. Ex-GOP Con

    If the private sector isn't doing fine, then you tell me Priebus.....what have the "job creators" been doing with their 10+ years of tax savings!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 8, 2012 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  7. Expat American

    The Republicans will jump on and spin anything if they think it will help them regain power. Working Americans were never a concern to the Republicans for the past 3+ years. It’s always been about obstructing progress for the purpose regaining power – and the ones who suffer the most are working people; this including poor, uneducated whites who blindly support them (which is the most odd).

    June 8, 2012 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  8. tee27

    In March, the House passed a budget plan to force non-defense cuts of $27 billion below levels agreed to in a budget and debt pact forged by President Barack Obama and Speaker. Since then, spending bills have generally shielded some Cabinet departments – like Justice, Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security – from the cuts, while the departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Interior will bear a much larger share.

    In addition to cuts to day-to-day agency operating budgets, Republicans last month passed legislation cutting food stamps, pension benefits for federal workers, health care and social services programs like Meals on Wheels for the elderly

    June 8, 2012 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  9. cali girl

    The President apologized for his Private Sector comment, and that is good. He knows everyone is suffering.
    I do agree though that public needs changes, but we do need teachers back, police and fire also. Teachers in California are going through the pink slip process again, for the 4th year in a row. Every city and county is looking to close schools, furloughs again coming with more tax cuts. Who loses in this equation? The teachers do yes, but it is our kids and grandkids that lose out. A possiblity due to the budget shortfall is that the state may shorten the school year by 3 weeks. This mess was created with the last 8 years of GOP rule in the Governator and his team. Furloughs were his big brain idea.

    June 8, 2012 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  10. Dan

    What in the world were the Obama speechwriters thinking when they put that line into the speech? And what in the world was he thinking when he OK'd it?

    June 8, 2012 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  11. J

    bill

    I'm sure uhbama will 'evolve' and say that is not what he meant to say.
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    Anytime I see a comment where an individual intentionally misspells "Obama", it tells me that the individual lacks maturity.

    June 8, 2012 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  12. The Real Tom Paine

    -Enough is Enough

    Obama said "how do we help state and local governments". First get rid the greedy unions. Obama needs to provide a list of the success stories in which growing government solved the problem.
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    Show us an example where laying thousands of government workers helps things. It might interest you to know these people pay taxes and buy things as well.

    June 8, 2012 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  13. Cheryl Jefferies

    Now, let's make him "back-track" on these hideous security leaks, folks:

    George Bush, in conjunction with Israel, their military and intelligence community and our military and intelligence community, started StuxNet…a cyber attack on Iranian computers used in Iran’s nuclear development program. Designed specifically to make it NOT work.

    And, it was successful: their centrifuges went hay-wire and they couldn’t figure out what was wrong. They thought it was faulty equipment, incorrect calculations and shoddy work by their scientists and engineers. The cyber attack was WORKING!

    And, Obama comes along and decides to let it keep going. For once, a decent decision.

    And, now, in a effort to make him “look tough” in an election year, his minions (and you KNOW it was at his behest) start talking to the NY Times and other lap-dog media types.

    And, BLOW THE WHOLE THING! IT WAS WORKING ! IT WAS A SUCCESS!

    And, they blabbed! All to make him look good!

    And, now they’re talking about how “tough” he is, sitting in the Situation Room, or wherever it is he sits when he’s in the White House (which isn’t often these days with all the fund-raising) and, once a week, consulting his own, personal “hit list” and deciding which “bad guy” he’s going to use the drones on this week to take out!

    And, the blabbing is costing us our national safety! Putting our lives, our military's life, our nation's life, at risk. Not to mention our allies. Not to mention that Israel is FURIOUS…AGAIN!

    These idiots have outed Israel and OUR OWN PEOPLE. AGAIN!

    All to get Obama up in the polls. All to get him thought of as “a tough guy.”

    Tough guy?! He’s nothing but a self-serving thug.

    June 8, 2012 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  14. Sue

    Great job Romney/superpacs.......Keep showing this ad/video in ads in all states until the election. Be sure to also include a clip from the interview/video where Obama laughs when he is asked about the shovel ready jobs that never appeared (do a search on youtube to see the video/interview with Obama laughing about this). Hold on America/voters/workers--only 5 more months until Obama is kicked out of the White House and sent back to Chicago!!

    June 8, 2012 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  15. Rudy NYC

    The private sector is doing just fine. He didn't say they are soaring like eagles, and he has said in the past that it could be doing better. But, there is more to the economy than the private sector. It's called the public sector, that part that the Republicans want to destroy and privatize, so that all of our costs can go up.

    June 8, 2012 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  16. Delusional Democrats Whining Crying Blaming, My Dream Has Come True

    Obama's big problem is that he just doesn't know when to shut up. He thinks he's the smartest guy on the planet and that everybody is sitting and waiting on his every word. At this point, he might remember that it is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt.

    June 8, 2012 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  17. grvol

    What do you expect from a man who has never worked in the private sector. He probably really believes like other liberal Bolsheviks do that government creates wealth. What a moron we have as president.

    June 8, 2012 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  18. once upon a horse

    man oh man what on earth would we do without You-tube now a days. LOL And as far as Priebus is concerned do a Politco-Fact check on him and see how much comes out of his mouth that's true. Here's a hint: IT AIN'T MUCH!!

    June 8, 2012 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  19. vic , nashville ,tn

    “private sector's doing fine," yes True proof CEOs making fat money

    June 8, 2012 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  20. Gurgyl

    Had it not been doing good, Stocks would have crashed like September 2007......

    June 8, 2012 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  21. Hogarth

    If you think giving millionaires and billionaires more money than they already have is going to make jobs magically appear, you are incredibly, stunningly unobservant. The wealthy and, indeed, the "private sector" ARE doing just fine – you can see it all around you. But where are all these jobs that the "job creators" are supposed to be providing? They have had YEARS to get off the dime. They will not change if you give them more.

    June 8, 2012 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  22. fullclarity

    Butt out, Gov. Christie. You've got your own issues here.

    June 8, 2012 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  23. Mike

    "What in the world were the Obama speechwriters thinking when they put that line into the speech? And what in the world was he thinking when he OK'd it?"

    He was testing the stupidity of the people again, fortunately it back-fired.

    June 8, 2012 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  24. Delusional Democrats Whining Crying Blaming, My Dream Has Come True

    The Real Tom Paine
    Show us an example where laying thousands of government workers helps things. It might interest you to know these people pay taxes and buy things as well.
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    Show us where borrowing billions of dollars to hire government union workers we can't afford helps things. It might interest you to know that taxpayers have to pay billions plus interest to pay for these make work union jobs and the benefits and pensions that go along with them. I sure can point to several near bankrupt states that are there because of this very practice.

    June 8, 2012 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  25. Scott

    It's amazing how many people on here

    A) are hating Obama for what he said when, really, how can we even measure something "doing fine", so in reality, Obama can't really be "wrong" about this unless we were losing jobs, which I'm almost certain we're gaining jobs.

    B) are finding any reason to Obama bash.

    C) seem to forget that Romney wants to lay off police, fire fighters, and teachers.

    June 8, 2012 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
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