Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Spinning the State of the Union

Like we discussed in class yesterday, Republicans in the House are spinning the State of the Union before it happens tonight. The National Republican Congressional Committee issued a press release slamming the Obama White House for not creating jobs in its first two years.

President Obama claimed this week in a campaign video that his "No. 1 focus" this year will be "creating jobs."

"‘My No. 1 focus,' he said, ‘is going to be making sure that we are competitive, and we are creating jobs not just now but well into the future.'" (Jackie Calmes and Jeff Zeleny, "Obama to Press Centrist Agenda in His Address," The New York Times, 1/22/2011)

But Obama has promised to focus on the economy or has bragged about creating jobs every single month since being sworn-in to office. The gap between Obama's rhetoric and reality is 24 months old and counting:


"And I think we are past the crisis point in the economy, but we now have to pivot and focus on jobs and growth.And my singular focus over the next two years is not rescuing the economy from potential disaster, but rather jumpstarting the economy so that we actually start making a dent in the unemployment rate and we are equipping ourselves so that we can compete in the 21st century." (White House Press Conference, Los Angeles Times, 12/22/2010)

1 comment:

  1. In the Republican reaction Paul Ryan criticized President Obama for over spending and over reaching in his attempts to expand government.

    Others were more blunt. According to the a Huffington Post

    "Rep. Paul Broun (R-Tenn.) apparently didn’t pick up the post-partisan vibes that President Obama was attempting to thread into his State of the Union address on Tuesday. As Obama was ending his speech, the Tennessee Republican (or at least a member of his staff) tweeted the following: "Mr. President, you don't believe in the Constitution. You believe in socialism.'"