Don't you just love how The Obama Truth Team jumps on Romney's gaffes?
*For those who have bandwidth issues, I have transcribed the ad below the orange thingamajig.
UPDATE: Help get this out there! Post it on your Facebook and email it to you friends and family!!! Media Matters reports:Yesterday, the Right went crazy over a comment President Obama made:
Fox News Repeatedly Aired Romney's Attacks On Obama, But Omitted Public Worker Comments.Don't let the media ignore this! Make them take notice!
ABC News: "Republicans Ran With Just Those Two Words: 'Doing Fine.' " In a report on Obama's comments, ABC News chief White House correspondent Jake Tapper noted Republican attacks on Obama, including from House Speaker John Boehner and Rep. Eric Cantor. ABC also aired a snippet of Romney's criticism but omitted his public workers comments.
CBS News Aired Significant Portion Of Romney's Comments, But Edited Out His Public Worker Remarks.
Obama addressed economic concerns directly on Friday, declaring at a White House news conference that "the private sector is doing fine." That prompted instant criticism from Republicans, who said it showed a lack of understanding of the nation's economic woes.After making his "gaffe" President Obama took care to walk it back as quickly as possible, Meanwhile, while campaigning in Iowa, where Romney asked "Is he really that out of touch?" about President Obama, he also said:
"Is he really that out of touch?" Romney charged while campaigning in Iowa.
Clarifying his remarks later in the day, the president said it was "absolutely clear that the economy is not doing fine." While there had been some "good momentum" in the private sector, he said public sector growth lagged behind, making it imperative that Congress act on his proposals to boost state and local government jobs.
"I cannot give you a good reason why Congress would not act on these items other than politics," Obama said after being asked to respond to the Republican criticism.
“He [Obama] wants another stimulus, he wants to hire more government workers. He says we need more fireman, more policeman, more teachers. Did he not get the message of Wisconsin? The American people did. It’s time for us to cut back on government and help the American people.”(Be sure to take some time to go to the youtube site and read the comments attached to that video. It will make you smile.)
And check out some more news:
The "message of Wisconsin" can be debated. But the controversy surrounding Gov. Scott Walker, who survived the recall election effort to unseat him this week, wasn't about the rampant cutting of public-sector jobs like firemen, policemen and teachers. It was about the law he signed that ends unions' collective bargaining while forcing them to pay more for pensions and health-care benefits.
When Mitt Romney sits across from the Fraternal Order of Police to seek their presidential endorsement, I can't wait to hear his reaction to these men and women carrying guns and tasers when they ask him to explain why he doesn't think the nation needs more of them on the streets.
It’s hard to argue that the message from Wisconsin was that Americans don’t think we should hire more firefighters and cops. They were exempted from Scott Walker’s crackdown on public employee bargaining rights, which enabled him to “divide and conquer” labor.One of the things I admire about President Obama's campaign is when something happens, they are quickly on it. There are ads, videos on youtube, press releases, etc.
But beyond that, this could resonate in the presidential race: It will allow the White House to reframe the debate over public sector workers and job creation on more favorable terms.
One of the components of the American Jobs Act that Obama continues to demand that Republicans pass would invest $35 billion in federal funds to keep cops, firefighters, and teachers on the job. Republicans, Romney included, oppose this plan. Central to their argument against this type of investment is to keep the focus on public sector workers as a class, arguing that they are bilking the taxpayer and are to blame for the economic plight of struggling Americans. As Romney recently put it: “We have 145,000 more government workers under this president. Let’s send them home and put you back to work.”
This time, however, Romney deserves points for honesty: He has forthrightly declared that the class of government workers holding back other Americans does include cops, firefighters and teachers. And in so doing, he has singlehandedly reframed the debate from one over despised government bureaucrats to one over whether we should hire more cops, firefighters and teachers to get the economy going. This is a debate the White House will be happy to have.
This is what totally boggles my mind (not that I'm complaining one bit): I searched Google news through dozens of reports and I couldn’t find a single one where the Romney campaign reacted or did anything to try and change the impression that Romney thinks the message of Wisconsin was that we should fire firefighters, police and teachers in an effort to shrink government even further. On a Friday, going into the weekend, this is not a good impression to leave the country with after Romney asked if President Obama is out of touch with reality. Obama walked back his comments. How did Romney deal with the reaction to his comments? Crickets.
Also, I can’t count the number of times I’ve read an article that ended with “we contacted the Romney campaign for comment” and the result was that they either did not return the call, or they would have to get back to them once they figured out what Romney’s position was on whatever the article was about. The man has been running for president for like six years now. You’d think he’d have a campaign coordinated enough to respond to requests for comment.
TRANSCRIPT OF NEW OBAMA AD:
As music plays in the background,
HEADLINE ON SCREEN: Bloomberg
Teachers, Firefighters, Cops Face More Layoffs: The Ticker
Nov 4, 2011
HEADLINE ON SCREEN: NBC Connecticut
First Responders Plead for Jobs as Council Passes Budget
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
HEADLINE ON SCREEN: Inquirer Trenton Bureau
N.J. firefighters, police taking hit
Public-safety workers become municipal budget casualties.
December 5, 2010
HEADLINE ON SCREEN: The Huffington Post
Police Layoffs Ripple Through Key Swing State Of Florida
January 31, 2012
has a plan to help.
President Obama Talking while images of teachers, police and firefighters are displayed: "One of the biggest weaknesses has been state and local governments, which have laid off 450,000 Americans. These are teachers and cops and firefighters. Congress should pass a bill putting them back to work right now, giving help to the states so that those layoffs are not occurring."
What would Mitt Romney do?
Video of Mitt Romney from Iowa campaigning on June 8, 2012:
“He says we need more fireman, more policeman, more teachers. Did he not get the message of Wisconsin? The American people did. It’s time for us to cut back on government and help the American people.”
Wild cheering from crowd.
Fewer Police Officers
It Didn't Work Then.
It Won't Work Now.
Obama - Biden