Aside from the class warfare, gender warfare, and race-baiting that have been the cornerstones of the Obama presidency (which race-baiting, by the way, is probably to blame for the 18-percent rise in crime against white people from 2010 to 2011), the other mainstay has been the President’s myriad pivots from one distracting issue to the issue of jobs: from capitalizing on the Newtown shooting in order to push prohibitive gun laws, and then back to jobs; to capitalizing on the Republican notion that women are adult enough to take care of their own sex lives in order to push the faddish belief that Republicans are anti-woman, and then back to jobs; to capitalizing on the shooting death of a black gangster (which hardly ever happens!) in order to stoke the embers of racial discord, and then back to jobs. (Mustn’t leave out the outings in which he takes a full day to play a single round of golf; Michelle must be hell to live with.)
After last Saturday’s racial speech aimed purely at lowering the morale of black youths and boosting the morale of the white, Democrat-owned media, Obama is once again, for the umpteenth time, on the back swing of “refocusing on jobs.” Tomorrow President Obama will deliver a speech at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois, to, as his senior adviser, Dan Pfeiffer, worded it, “lay out his vision for rebuilding an economy that puts the middle class and those fighting to join it front and center.” The significance of the address’s being given at Knox College is that Obama gave his first economy-related speech there in 2005. As is so often the case in politics, it is the symbolism that matters, not the reality.
The (damning) reality is that, one, in Obama’s fifth year as President, he is giving what must be his 116th speech on jobs and the economy, and, two, in 2016, when a whole new coterie of Republicans and Democrats duke it out to win the title Obama currently holds, the primary issue at the forefront of the debate will yet again be, just as it was during the 2008 and 2012 campaigns . . . the economy.
Tomorrow’s speech, and the other similar ones that are scheduled to follow in the coming days, is one of countless attempt to convince the public that things are looking up and that—for real this time!—he is going to focus on jobs. If his first 115 attempts to refocus on jobs had been successful, he would not need to make a 116th attempt. All one really needs to know about employment in this country is that, despite all of the President’s supposed efforts, there are more people unemployed today than when Obama first took the presidency. No speech is going to change that, nor, sadly, will any of Obama’s “new” efforts.