This morning during the radio show, Glenn played this new at from the GOP:
Like the ad shows, President Obama is touting the same promises as he runs for a second term that he did in 2008. If he had kept the promises he made in 2008 and things in America are improving after four years of an Obama presidency, shouldn’t Americans be hearing a different message from the president?
The raises the question that has been making the rounds since Mitt Romney’s speech at the RNC last week where he raised the question, “Are you better off than you were four years ago?”
Maybe you are – but probably not – and America as a whole certainly isn’t.
It’s not hard to figure out the answer to that question – as Paul Ryan would say, “it’s math.”
Math, not shockingly, is apparently not be one of our Vice President’s strong points as you’ll find out in the clip below where Joe Biden tell’s a crowd that America is better off today than it was four years ago – but fails to explain why.
Here’s Joe Biden:
“You, organized labor, are one of the reasons why this country is coming back. Folks, let me make something clear and say to the press: America is better off today than they left us when they left.”
Now you’re probably thinking, ‘why?’ or ‘How does he know that?’
Don’t worry, like Biden said, he wants to make it very clear. After all, the press is there to tell the entire country and spread the word.
“And if it weren’t so hot, if it weren’t so hot, I’d go into detail why I say that…”
“You can’t get into details like that when you’re hot,” Pat joked.
Joe Biden’s not alone his is “opinion” about the country. The talking points must have made the rounds, because David Axelrod was saying the same thing …well, sort of.
On Fox News Sunday, Chris Wallace asked David Axelrod this question: “David, can you honestly say that the average American is better off today than they were four years ago?”
His response? Well, Axelrod didn’t try to lie. Then again, he didn’t answer the question either.
“Here’s what I can say, Chris. I can say that we’re in a better position than we were four years ago…”
A better position?
“So it’s about to…we’re getting ready to pounce!?” Glenn joked.
Deputy Campaign Manager Stephanie Cutter for Obama’s re-election campaign who charged right through the very same question by pointing her finger at the Democrat’s favorite target, President George W. Bush, on CBS over the weekend.
“Are we better off today than we were four years ago when President Obama was elected?” Today show host Natalie Morales asked Cutter.
“Absolutely,” she answered. “Just let me walk you through what life was like four years ago.”
Pat couldn’t take it though, “I can’t be walked through,” he said before moving on to Debbie Wasserman Shultz’s response when she was asked the question by Megyn Kelly.
“Well, when President Obama took office, the economy was about to go over a cliff. We were hemorrhaging 750,000 jobs a month. We had lost in the last six months of the Bush presidency 3 1/2 million jobs and now we created 4 1/2 million jobs, since Barack Obama took office, in the private sector, had 29 straight months of job growth in the private sector, a resurgence in manufacturing, and companies bringing jobs back to America thanks to President Obama’s tax policies. So yes, we are better off. We have a ways to go.”
Yes, Debbie Wasserman Shultz did cite the president’s tax policies as a reason Americans are better off now than they were four years ago. Tax policies like the highest corporate tax rate IN THE WORLD, Glenn pointed out.
“That doesn’t make any sense at all,” Glenn said.
Of course, none of these Democrats would have been so abruptly confronted with this question if Governor O’Malley had remembered it is not okay to stray from the approved talking points on CBS’s Face the Nation Sunday morning, where he answered the question, “No, but that’s not the question of this election.”
Of course, he wouldn’t be a proud supporter of the president if he didn’t completely contradict himself by walking back the statement the very next day on CNN, where he said the country as a whole was “clearly better off as a country because we’re now creating jobs rather than losing them.”
“Wow,” Pat responded.
“So he’s now clearer that we are much better off,” Glenn said, “and that is the question of our day. The only problem is if you listen to Wasserman Schultz, if you listen to Stephanie Cutter, if you listen to David Axelrod or Governor O’Malley and they are all saying that we’re absolutely better – the one that hasn’t had the little stop by visit…is the president,” Glenn said.
And this is what the president has been saying out on the campaign trail:
“Well, I don’t think they’re better off than they were four years ago.”
“He’s actually insulted by the question. “I don’t think we’re better off than we were four years ago, obviously, you moron. I’m just saying it’s not that bad.” He actually seems insulted by the question,” Stu said.
Well, the DNC starts tonight, so the Democrats better get on the same page shortly. Whatever page it is, it’s not likely that it will be one chalked full of Obama’s economic victories from the last four years.