President Obama’s Unfortunate Jimmy Carter Moment

Friday, September 30, 2011

Echoing former President Jimmy Carter’s infamous “malaise” speech 32 years ago, President Obama on Thursday claimed that America has “gotten a little soft.”

Both Carter and Obama are known “deep thinkers”and also like Carter, Obama finds himself faced with declining job approval numbers, rising energy costs, and numbers that show people no longer believe the future of America is going to be as good as it is right now.

In a desperate effort to redeem his presidency, Jimmy Carter delivered what became known as his “malaise” speech. In it, Carter admonished the American people for their “self-indulgence and consumption.” The boomerang effect was instant as historian Douglas Brinkley noted op-ed pieces began to appear with calls of:

“Why don’t you fix something? There’s nothing wrong with the American people. We’re a great people. Maybe the problem’s in the White House, maybe we need new leadership to guide us.”

President Obama, speaking to the NBC affiliate in Orlando similarly admonished the American people, saying:

“I mean, there are a lot of things we can do. The way I think about it is, you know, this is a great, great country that had gotten a little soft and, you know, we didn’t have that same competitive edge that we needed over the last couple of decades. We need to get back on track.”

With unemployment in the U.S. now at 9.1% and real unemployment at 22%, I have to wonder if there are “a lot of things we can do,” as Obama said, then why hasn’t he done them? Unemployment has risen since he was sworn in on January 20, 2009.

Like the op-eds suggested following Jimmy Carter’s malaise speech 32 years ago, I am forced to conclude the problem in 2011 isn’t the American people but the occupant in the White House. We need new leadership to guide us. Desperately.

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16 Responses to President Obama’s Unfortunate Jimmy Carter Moment

  1. Seabec says:

    This is Obama’s problem in a nutshell.

    His ego is so disproportionately large that it would never occur to him that he is the problem so he blames the American people. His policies have led to an increase in unemployment, his lack of an energy policy is why gas prices are $1 higher today than a year ago, and it is his economic advisers who are responsible for increased inflation.

    The American people aren’t “soft,” Barry. But you’re a dope.

  2. Hi Seabec,

    I agree 100%. Obama is projecting. He’s the one who has gone “soft.”

    He can’t even stand up to a cigarette smoking drunkard like John Boehner and Mitch “Button Eyes” McConnell in the recent debt ceiling fracas. Obama actually offered to slash Medicare and Social Security to make the Tea Party happy.

    Or as Boehner chortled, “We got 98% of what we wanted from this president.”

  3. Pechanga says:

    If Obama is an idiot. If he wants America to be competitive again, he needs to pull this country out of NAFTA because NAFTA has resulted in America losing 12 million manufacturing jobs.

    Next up, he could repatriate the thousands of American companies who have received tax breaks to move their operations and their jobs to Mexico, Colombia, China and Vietnam. Give them a 10-year tax holiday to come home with their jobs.

  4. Jim says:

    Amen to that.

  5. DMason says:

    I am even more troubled that President Obama gave the order to send one of his killer drones to off an American born al-Qaeda operative based in Yemen without a trial. Regardless of the guilt or the innocence of this man, American citizens are presumed innocent until proven guilty. But Obama, in his haste to be a warrior president, thumbed his nose at the U.S. Constitution and said, “Hey y’all, lets kill the sucka.” We must get Obama out of office next year. This is getting serious.

  6. Rachel says:

    David – What order did Obama give? I’m out of the loop today, so I don’t know what he’s done now.

  7. DMason says:

    Rachel – Some guy from the U.S., native born American, changes his name to Anwar al-Awlaki and moves to Yemen. He announces he’s joined al Qaeda. Obama gets pissed and sends a Love Drone to bomb him. What ever happened to trail by jury? I guess that’s just a quaint concept in Obama’s world. Our warrior president.

  8. retahyajyajav says:

    Obama is off the chain. I see why he’s rarely allowed to speak with a teleprompter.

    Last Saturday, Barry told a stunned Congressional Black Caucus audience, “Take off your bedroom slippers. Put on your marching shoes. Shake it off. Stop complainin’. Stop grumblin’. Stop cryin’.”

    Thursday, Barry tells NBC Americans have gone “soft.” I don’t have a clue what he means and to be completely frank, I no longer care. He makes me ill and I want him out of the White House.

  9. The Real Adam says:

    I find it telling that Mr. Obama can’t quite bring himself to really get down in the gutter and criticize the GOP and the Tea Party and tell it like it is but, he has no difficulty inventing some yarn about the American people going “soft.”

    Brother, you’re the one who has gone soft. Soft in the head.

  10. Harry says:

    Blaming the American public for your shortcomings and failures isn’t exactly the way to convince people to reelect you.

  11. Debbie Banuelos says:

    Obama needs to SFTU. He’s clueless.

  12. joost says:

    One of the reasons I don’t post as much as I did back in 2008 and 2009 is I work two jobs now. The second job is to get the hell out of credit card hell and save enough for a 20% downpayment on a house so I can get the hell out of renter’s hell. So when I read how Obama says the America people are “soft,” to him I say, fuck off. Don’t blame the people who put you in the White House for your very real failures as president.

  13. Brigadoon says:

    Yea, mocking hardworking, buried in debt, nervous American citizens is a sure path to reelection.

  14. Estacada says:

    Definitely, Obama’s Carter moment.

    I don’t understand how he thinks speaking to the American people like we’re a bunch of losers will translate into votes? Especially, with job approval numbers in the high-30’s.

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