For liberals, maybe they should be more worried about how distant the White House seems from reality. First this past week, David Plouffe, who ran the President’s 2008 Election campaign, had this brilliant sound byte:
“The average American does not view the economy through the prism of GDP or unemployment rates or even monthly jobs numbers,” Plouffe said. “People won’t vote based on the unemployment rate, they’re going to vote based on: ‘How do I feel about my own situation? Do I believe the president makes decisions based on me and my family?’”
This, of course, was roundly criticized by members of the Right and the Left. Mitt Romney didn’t wait more than minutes before responding, and calling for Plouffe’s resignation or firing:
“If David Plouffe were working for me, I would fire him and then he could experience firsthand the pain of unemployment. His comments are an insult to the more than 20 million people who are out of work, underemployed or who have simply stopped looking for jobs. With their cavalier attitude about the economy, the White House has turned the audacity of hope into the audacity of indifference.”
However, do not let this White House ever be seen as admitting a mistake. Press Secretary Jay Carney doubled down on this idiocy:
“Well, I understand that we’re engaged in the – or rather, the Republicans are engaged in a primary campaign, trying to get some media attention. I don’t know where, you know, the voters that some other folks might be talking to — but — or — but most people do not sit around their kitchen table and analyze GDP and unemployment numbers. They talk about how they feel their own economic situation is. And they measure it by whether they have a job, whether they have job security; whether their house – whether they’re meeting their house payment, whether their mortgage is underwater; whether they have the money to pay for their children’s education or they don’t; whether they’re dealing with a sick parent and can afford that, or whether they can’t.
They do not sit around analyzing The Wall Street Journal or other — or Bloomberg to look at the — you know, analyze the numbers. Now, maybe some folks do, but not most Americans. I think that’s the point David Plouffe was making; that’s the point the president was making just moments ago in his statement in the Rose Garden.”
I guess, that in a way is true. What Carney misses is that people’s own person economic situation sucks royally. No one is going to argue that people struggling to meet their next month’s rent or find money for dinner are worried about the unemployment rate. But they are concerned about the economic climate in general. Apparently, this White House doesn’t exactly share that concern.
The absolute ineptitude of this White House on the economic front is now coming to fruition. But if that was not bad enough, they do not seem to even understand the severity of the problem. At the current rate of job production, it will take 10 years to get back to 2007 peak employment levels. During that time, however, the unemployment rate will steadily increase, as the number of people overall increase by normal population increases.
Moreover, the President and his West Wing staff do not appear to ‘get it’. They seem to have locked themselves in a cocoon, not letting any outside opinions interfere with their perception of reality. This hearkens back to 1991, when then President George H.W. Bush was being harshly criticized for not understanding the difficulties of the common man. This, of course, opened him up to attacks from then Governor Bill Clinton, and his famous catch phrase, “I feel your pain”.
Right now, one thing is clear: Mr. Obama and his comrades do not feel anyone’s pain, especially yours.