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Monday, August 15, 2011

Obama Launches His Bus Tour With "Stunted Economy" and Terrible Approval Numbers

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The AP writes today, “President Barack Obama launches a political counteroffensive this week, weighed down by a stunted economy, wilting support among some of his most ardent backers, and a daily bashing from the slew of Republicans campaigning for his job. ‘We’ve still got a long way to go to get to where we need to be. We didn’t get into this mess overnight, and it’s going to take time to get out of it,’ the president told the country over the weekend, all but pleading for people to stick with him. . . . With his approval numbers sliding, the Democratic president will try to ease their worries and sustain his resurrected fighting spirit when he sets off Monday on a bus tour of Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois.”

It’s little wonder that the president feels the need to try and change the conversation, given that so much of it has been about the unfortunately struggling economy and his sagging poll numbers.

For instance, USA Today reports, “The chances of the economy slipping into another recession have risen significantly, and forecasts for economic growth and job gains over the next year have been substantially downsized, according to USA TODAY’s quarterly survey of top economists. The 39 economists polled Aug. 3-11 put the chance of another downturn at 30% — twice as high as three months ago, according to their median estimates. That means another shock to the fragile economy — such as more stock market declines or a worsening of the European debt crisis — could push the nation over the edge. Yet even if the USA avoids a recession, as economists still expect, they see economic growth muddling along at about 2.5% the next year, down from 3.1% in April’s survey. The economy must grow well above 3% to significantly cut unemployment.”

And the Los Angeles Times wrote yesterday, “President Obama’s summer woes have dragged his approval rating to an all-time low, sinking below 40% for the first time in Gallup’s daily tracking poll. New data posted Sunday shows that 39% of Americans approve of Obama’s job performance, while 54% disapprove. Both are the worst numbers of his presidency.”

Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) summarized the situation in the Weekly Republican Address on Saturday, saying, “President Obama inherited a weak economy, but by nearly every measure, he has made the economy worse. Over two years ago, his administration told us that passing his $787 billion stimulus bill would keep unemployment below 8 percent. Instead, since the stimulus was enacted, our economy has lost more than 1.3 million jobs and the unemployment rate has averaged over 9 percent.

“Today, fewer people are working; gas prices are higher; home values are lower; wages are weaker; healthcare is more expensive; taxes are heading higher and our federal deficits are much larger than when President Obama took office. Clearly, the policies of this administration are not working.”

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10 Comments:

Anonymous Jackie Aurburn said...

‎$2 million bus and he's campaigning.. Our tax $$ at work folks

8/15/2011  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes Jackie and I would like to see a photo of that 2.5 million $$ bus that we paid for!! What a sham.

8/16/2011  
Anonymous Rob Jesmer, NRSC Executive Director said...

The President doesn’t take directions from the American people. He made that crystal clear when he passed...

- Obamacare;
- The So-Called "Stimulus"; and
- "Financial Oversight" legislation

And so, while 14 million Americans are unemployed — while the national debt is at an unprecedented 14.6 trillion dollars and climbing — while his approval rating has fallen below 40% — and while 73% of Americans are telling him to TURN THE BUS AROUND, President Obama isn’t going to listen.

Because you see, the President doesn’t have a plan on how to bring this country back from the brink of economic disaster. What the President does have, and all he’s been listening to, is a navigation system: Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, and the rest of the Democrat elite in Washington telling him where and when to turn.

And unless we are able to stop them, they are going to direct the President, and the over 300 million Americans forced along for the ride, off a cliff.

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8/16/2011  
Anonymous Maggie Thurber said...

Bill - did you see that they spent $1.1 million to buy a new bus for Obama's 'non-campaign' tour through the Midwest?

8/17/2011  
Anonymous Tea Party Patriots said...

WHY ARE TAX PAYERS PAYING FOR THIS (I DO NOT WANT TO)
http://tpponline.blogspot.com/2011/08/new-buses-for-obamas-tour-cost.html

8/17/2011  
Blogger Bill Smith said...

Maggie, No - missed the figure but knowing the Gov't, expect the would purchase an armored bus.

8/17/2011  
Anonymous Maggie Thurber said...

Oh - and that bus? built in Canada....

8/18/2011  
Anonymous Sonny Black said...

@Maggie they bought two one will be for the eventual GOP candidate as well.

8/18/2011  
Anonymous Maggie Thurber said...

‎Sonny Black - why is the government purchasing a bus for the GOP candidate? Or any candidate for that matter? Have they done this before? Does this count as a campaign contribution then?

8/18/2011  
Anonymous Sonny Black said...

It's a national security issue the leased buses they used b4 didnt have bullet proof body these one do. This is government purchase not a campaign donation.

8/18/2011  

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