In 2010, shortly before the midterm elections, Barack Obama came to Cuyahoga Community College and tried to frame the problems of the economy as a result of previous failures, not his own policies:
Millions of jobs were lost before our policies even had a chance to take effect. We lost 4 million in the sixmonths before I took office. It was a hole so deep that even though we’ve added jobs again, millions of Americans remain unemployed. Hundreds of thousands of families have lost their homes. Millions more can barely pay the bills or make the mortgage. The middle class is still treading water,and those aspiring to reach the middle class are doing everything they can to keep from drowning.
Now, two years later, the President is returning to Tri-C to deliver what the Washington Post calls “a major campaign speech.” Apparently, they’re even calling it a “reframing” speech, and Obama is going to do another one of his “hard pivots” to jobs. He will try, according to the newspaper, “to frame the election as a choice between two economic visions —one that protects the middle class and another that takes the country back to the failed policies of the past.”
- The median annual income has dropped by $4,300 under Obama’s watch.
- Unemployment remains stuck over 8 percent.
- One hundred thousand fewer new businesses started every year under President Obama than under President Bush.
Lately, he’s even taken to tell us that “the private sector is doing fine.” That assertion seems somewhat questionable, to say the least.
Two years ago, the President said here in Ohio that the election is “a choice between sliding backward and moving forward…That’s the choice you will face in November.”
Well, at least he framed one part of this election correctly.