June 20th, 2012
09:56 AM ET
10 years ago

New ad keeps 'doing fine' in the spotlight

(CNN) - A major conservative organization, Americans for Prosperity, became the latest group Wednesday to capitalize on President Barack Obama's line that the "private sector is doing fine," with an ad in six presidential battleground states.

Backed by what they say is a $5.5 million ad buy, the AFP spot weaves the president's June 8th line with economic statistics and narration.

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"How can the president be so out of touch?" the narrator in the spot says while the screen reads "40 straight months of unemployment above 8%." "How can he fix the economy if he doesn't know what's wrong?" the narrator continues.

Obama made the statement at a press conference while saying the private sector added 4.3 million jobs in the past 27 months, compared to the performance of the public sector that he said was not at the same level.

He clarified the remark later in the day following heavy criticism from those on the other side of the political aisle.

"It is absolutely clear that the economy is not doing fine," Obama said.

Mitt Romney, his campaign and the super PAC supporting his candidacy are among those who have attacked the president for the gaffe.

AFP said the latest commercial, which will run over the next ten days in Colorado, Florida, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio and Pennsylvania, is part of $20 million spent since last fall criticizing Obama administration policies.

"Our new ad demonstrates just how far removed the president is from the real economy," AFP President Tim Phillips said in a statement. "The fact is the private sector is severely hampered by the specter of rising taxes and new regulations."

The group that receives funding from the millionaire Koch brothers unveiled plans Tuesday, including ads, to influence Senate campaigns in Montana, Nevada, Florida, Missouri, Wisconsin and Virginia that will tie Democratic senators to the president.

- CNN Political Reporter Shannon Travis contributed to this report.

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soundoff (140 Responses)
  1. Fair is Fair

    According to Obama, the private sector is doing fine. So... since the public sector feeds off the private sector (not unlike a parasite), shouldn't the public sector be doing fine by default? The dude is clueless.

    June 20, 2012 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  2. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of FAILURE

    YEAH!! 8.2% (actually more like 13-15%!) UNEMPLOYMENT IS JUST GREAT!!! Yeah baby, we need four more years of this so we're ALL on welfare and food stamps! I'm sure with more of the same Obama and the Democrats can get us right up there with Spain at 20%!! The socialist utopia of equal misery for ALL!!!

    June 20, 2012 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  3. Ed1

    What part don't voters understand Obama doesn't have a clue and never will.

    Lies continue to come from his mouth and he doesn't get it.

    Go rock star go.

    June 20, 2012 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  4. vic , nashville ,tn

    Obama doing fine spreading Koch brothers money
    Thanks to Obama

    June 20, 2012 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  5. Rob Rubin

    Bottom line. If these corporations and CEOs have enough money laying around to buy millions of dollars worth of political advertising instead of hiring new employees then they are doing more than just fine.

    EVERY recent recession, except this one was stunted by increases in public sector hiring.

    Economists say that an increase in public sector hiring would bring unemployment down to around 7.3%

    The GOP wants no part of bringing down unemployment before Novemeber. Only really, really stupid people can't see that.

    It amazes me how Romney, who can't give a straight answer to anything and is basically just trying to run out the clock is even neck and neck with Obama.

    I get that nobody cares about where we were in 2008 and that it's all about what have you done for me lately. But it's the GOP in Congress that is to blame for the mess we are in. Not Obama.

    June 20, 2012 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  6. MM

    Old news. *yawn*
    This is all those bitter losing old GOPers have left. Wasted time and money.
    If the private sector wasn't doing fine these misinformed right wing PACs wouldn't have the money to spend on old news and everything else they puke out.

    June 20, 2012 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  7. ART

    Obama was right the private sector is making huge profits, but as usual the trickle down aspect is just not happening ,because they are not hiring and continue to squeese the regular workers as their Ceo's make record (disgusting) saleries. Its time Americans wake up and smell the coffee, because if Romney gets in its just going to be more of the same because that is who he identifies with.

    June 20, 2012 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  8. Pander Bear

    Well at least the Koch Brothers of the private sector seem to be doing well. They can afford $5.5Million in propaganda without thinking about it. Always funny watching Fair is Foul and Bendover defending the Uber rich from their jobs at the drive through window.

    June 20, 2012 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  9. joe

    The private sector IS doing fine. Corporate America is making records profits. If they refuse to create jobs with this unprecedented wealth, there is nothing any president can do about it.

    June 20, 2012 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  10. Felix El Gato

    He meant to say "The ruling class is doing fine".

    June 20, 2012 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  11. Kenneth

    Didn't Mittens make the comment that "he is NOT worried about the poor"? At the time the GOP was screaming how OUT OF CONTEXT the statement was taken. Now look how they are so holier than though over this statement. Hypocritical much???

    June 20, 2012 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  12. rs

    The private sector is sitting on $2 trillion and, theoretically, those trickle down jobs if we believe GOPonomics, so Mr. Obama's statement stands. More telling is the GOP's outrage over "the private sector is fine" because it shows that even the GOP doesn't believe in their economic programs.

    We're playing with fools here.

    June 20, 2012 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  13. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of FAILURE

    My personal poll has Obama down 100%-0%. Then again, I don't know any government welfare cases, union thugs or illegal aliens which is where Obama gets his numbers.

    June 20, 2012 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  14. Val

    What's annoying about this is that the quote is out of context and the president clarified what he meant the next day. Basically, the people that this ad is going to influence are stupid, sorry to say, because they are the ones who won't do the research to see what he really meant. It seems to me that the GOP doesn't care that idiots vote for them, as long as they get elected. Not to say that idiots don't vote democrat too, but let's be honest, most uneducated people in this country vote republican.

    June 20, 2012 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  15. AmericanSam

    Perhaps taken out of context?

    June 20, 2012 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  16. Chuck in Jasper, Ga.

    @Fair is Fair. You are the definition of clueless. Taking what Obama said out of context is the only thing a simple minded sock puppet can come up with. As to the "public sector" feeding on the private sector, more simple minded rhetoric. Ourmilitary are "public sector" employee's. If anyone is feeding off of others, it is people like you. Put on a uniform and serve your country if you are so much better. Clueless? Look in a mirror.

    June 20, 2012 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  17. nightsun2k7

    "This is an impressive crowd — the haves and the have-mores. Some people call you the elite. I call you my base."
    —George W. Bush, at the annual Al Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner, Oct. 19, 2000

    "You know, one of the hardest parts of my job is to connect Iraq to the war on terror."
    —President George W. Bush, interview with CBS News' Katie Couric, Sept. 6, 2006

    "Well, I think if you say you're going to do something and don't do it, that's trustworthiness."
    —Presidential candidate George W. Bush, CNN online chat, Aug. 30, 2000

    "Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we."
    —President George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., Aug. 5, 2004

    "There's an old saying in Tennessee — I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee — that says, fool me once, shame on — shame on you. Fool me — you can't get fooled again."
    —President George W. Bush, Nashville, Tenn., Sept. 17, 2002.

    "See, in my line of work you got to keep repeating things over and over and over again for the truth to sink in, to kind of catapult the propaganda."
    —President George W. Bush, Greece, N.Y., May 24, 2005

    "I'll be long gone before some smart person ever figures out what happened inside this Oval Office." –George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., May 12, 2008

    June 20, 2012 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  18. Lisa - VA

    I am not sure why this is a story. It is clear that the overall economy is not doing well...however, the private sector is doing a lot better than the public sector. Just look at the markets; not to mentioned the fact that the private section is paying lower taxes. So the Republicans (and whomever else) can "kick rocks".

    June 20, 2012 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  19. Pvt Sector

    The private sector IS doing fine – taxes at an all time low – CEO pay at an all time high – stock market nearly doubled in last 3 years – just waiting for that republican trickle-down to kick in

    June 20, 2012 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  20. Rudy NYC

    Moderator: What is the Republican/Romney/Ryan plan for creating jobs?
    Romney: "Since he's been in office, President Obama has simply made things worse."

    Moderator: "What is the Obama administration's plan for creating jobs?
    Obama: "I need Congress to pass my transportation bill, my education bill, my veteran's bill the gives credits to small businesses that hire veterans."

    June 20, 2012 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  21. Darrell

    Fair is Fair..you got it backwards: Private companies are seeking government contracts, at every level. So, the private companies are the parasites. Never heard of a government asking private companies for contracts. In your own words, the dude, you, are clueless.

    June 20, 2012 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  22. The GOP should pack up and leave

    And McCain said that the fundamentals of our economy are sound even though we were heading towards a depression.

    June 20, 2012 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  23. tor5

    Here we go again. Another election that’s nothing but silly sound bites taken out of context, pushed on the ignorant masses by a billion dollar ad campaign. It’s hard to see how we’ll ever solve anything, especially when Republicans do nothing but damage the country so they can “win.” Wake up America.

    June 20, 2012 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  24. simp

    @fair is fair and – Bend forward America

    You loser are completely clueless. When I read these type of blogs it let"s me know that you moron are the one's that's out of touch or you just done get it. Let me help you, the private is doing better than the public sector that's what President Obama was saying.

    June 20, 2012 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  25. Al-NY,NY

    and according to Flip, he likes to fire people, Detroit should have gone bankrupt, and all the other things he said that he claims "were taken out of context"

    June 20, 2012 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
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