Late night comedians are no longer holding back, however, as Ace notes: Turns Out, Obama Is Sort of Mock-Worthy:
I don’t watch any of the late-night talk show hosts, so I didn’t know that they actually are making fun of Obama (or rather, his SCOAMF on the economy/jobs front). Even bitter old lefty Letterman.
Leno has a good one:
Leno: The NFL season kicks off Thursday night right here on NBC. We are all very excited. The game will be on right after the season finale of President Obama.
More jokes at the link.
This isn’t actually a joke, but it sure is funny: Dems Face Catastrophe in NY and Nevada Races as Unpopular Obama Becomes Drag on Party.
Things aren’t going very well for the Obama White House….
The truth is, his jobs plan has been met with derision and snickers since the night it was announced, as Michael Barone reminds us:
What is there to say about Barack Obama’s speech to Congress Thursday night and the so-called American Jobs Act he said Congress must pass? Several thoughts occur, all starting with P.
Projection. That’s psychologist-speak term for projecting your own faults on others. “This isn’t political grandstanding,” Obama told members of Congress, as Republicans snickered (but thankfully resisted the temptation to shout, “You lie!”). “This isn’t class warfare.”
Obama is like the guy in the bar who says, “I’ll stand drinks for everyone in the house,” and then adds, “Those guys over there are going to pay for them.”
What’s fascinating here is that once again the supposedly pragmatic and sometimes professorial president is not making use of the first class professionals in the Office of Management and Budget to come up with specifics, but is leaving that to members of Congress, maybe in a midnight marathon session with deadlines pending. Same as on the stimulus package and Obamacare.
Pathetic promises. Perhaps he hoped people wouldn’t notice, but Obama did put in two words — “faster trains” — as a plug for his pet project of high-speed rail. Liberal blogger Kevin Drum calls California’s HSR project, the largest in the nation, “a fantastic boondoggle,” likely to cost three or four times estimates and with ridership estimates that are “fantasies.” “We have way better uses for this dough,” Drum concludes.
Wow. Not even Obama’s supporters take him seriously.
From his speech today as posted at the White House website:
And the American Jobs Act is not going to add to the debt — it’s fully paid for. I want to repeat that. It is fully paid for. (Laughter.)
It’s not a good sign when members of his own party are skeptical…
This is even a worse sign from Obama’s old stomping grounds, Hawaii News Daily: The Obama Jobs Plan: 10 Reasons Why It Is A Bad Joke.
Marc Faber, editor of the Gloom, Boom and Doom report also says Obama’s Jobs Plan is ‘a Complete Joke’
President Barack Obama’s recently unveiled $447 billion job-creating bill is “a complete joke” and won’t work because the economy needs less spending not more, says Marc Faber, editor of the Gloom, Boom and Doom report.
The package is “another complete failure of Keynesian economics and corrupt interventions,” Faber tells CNBC.com.
“This all amid talk of deficit reductions,” Faber says, adding the package is a “complete joke.”
White House reporter, Keith Koffler is also laughing: White House Jobs Plan Paid for by Raising Taxes:
That Jack Lew. He’s so funny. Especially for a budget guy. He stood up in the briefing room and said President Obama wants to pay for his $447 billion “jobs” package by raising income taxes.
This was the funniest thing I had heard in Washington since Jody Powell announced that Jimmy Carter had been attacked by a rabbit.
Here’s what Lew said today during the White House briefing. He suggested the Republicans might pass this. And no – I can hear you thinking over here – this is not one of my damn satire pieces.
If you haven’t yet heard the one about the new taxes, and increased spending, and how Republicans get blamed when things don’t work out as planned, read on. It’s an oldie but goodie.
Doug Ross quips: Gee, those new taxes should really jump-start hiring!
Also hilarious – Obama’s promises to cut red tape and create jobs while his Latest EPA Rules Kill Another 500 Jobs. (Okay, I’m kidding that’s not funny, at all.)
El Rushbo calls Obama The Most Petulant,Childish,Angry,Divisive President In History.
Michelle Malkin has taken to calling Obama, “President Rerun”.
President Rerun will be quite busy this week, rehashing his warmed-over porkulus plan across the country.
Nora O’Donnell asked WH spokesman, Jay carney about that: why all the campaigning, already? The White House press corp laughed in Jay Carney’s face when he said Obama’s “campaigning for growth and jobs” not reelection…
James Lileks noted the obvious – How much more fail is necessary to convince Dems their Keynesian plans don’t work:
A half-century experiment in draping steamship anchors around the necks of the productive class and expecting them to run a four-minute mile has ended in failure. The confiscation of rights and property, the moral impoverishment of generations caused by the state’s usurpation of parental obligations, the elevation of a credentialed elite that believes academia’s fashions are a worthy substitute for knowledge of history and human nature, and above all the faith in a weightless cipher whose oratorical panache now consists of looking from one teleprompter screen to the other with the enthusiasm of a man watching someone else’s kids play tennis–it’s over, whether you believe in it or not. It cannot be sustained without reducing everyone to penurious equality, crippling the power of the United States, and subsuming the economy to a no-growth future that rations energy.
Doug Powers reported: Obama Sends ‘American Jobs Act’ to Congress, and I Think He Wants Them to Pass It:
Conceptually it’s not a bad Hail Mary attempt for a desperate administration: Propose a bill that looks pretty much like all the other stuff that didn’t work so you know that the opposition would never commit political suicide by passing, and then when it doesn’t pass, blame the opposition for the mess that already existed anyway. Sadly, many voters will actually believe that (the P.T. Barnum factor is a constant).
That’s the question, isn’t it? How many people actually take his jobs plan seriously? I sure hope Congress doesn’t.