A number of media reports over the last several days say President Obama plans to pivot to the economy and jobs in order to “change the subject” from Obamacare. Hold onto your hats.
Right after his inauguration in 2009, Obama immediately vowed to pivot to job creation. Unemployment rose from 7.6 percent to 7.8 percent.
He then promised that if Congress passed the $800 billion stimulus package, he’d quickly pivot to jobs. The next month unemployment rose to 8.8 percent.
Obama spent most of the ensuing year trying to get Obamacare passed, promising to pivot back to job creation once it did. And once Obamacare passed, unemployment rose to 9.8 percent.
In late spring 2010, he again pivoted to job creation, just in time for the “Recovery Summer.” The unemployment rate ”recovered” to a wonderful 9.6 percent.
After the mid-term elections in November, 2010, he swore to pivot, once again, to the economy and job creation. Unemployment rose to 9.8 percent.
Soon thereafter, Obama became distracted by the spring 2011 operation in Libya. But after he was done leading from behind he pledged to pivot, yet again, to the economy and job creation. His pivot was so successful that the unemployment rate was a full three percentage points higher than what he promised it would be after his “stimulus” pivot.
Obama then . . . well, you get the idea. After five years of dizzying Obama pivots the economy remains anemic, job creation is pathetic, and we’ve had the weakest “recovery” since the Great Depression. He’s pivoted to the economy and jobs almost as many times as Michael Jordan pivoted to the basket. Jordan, however, tended to score.