President Obama is pointing to problems in Japan and Europe as challenges for the U.S. economy, placing some blame on events abroad for a domestic recovery that is showing signs of slowing down.
[It] is a political challenge for the president, whose re-election in 2012 may depend on his ability to convince voters that his economic policies have been successful.
Part of his pitch will include steering attention to outside forces as causes for economic woes at home.
The president did just that in his weekly radio and Internet address, broadcast Saturday, by highlighting “head winds” that are affecting the United States.
“Even though our economy has created more than two million private sector jobs over the past 15 months and continues to grow, we’re facing some tough head winds,” he said.
“Lately, it’s high gas prices, the earthquake in Japan, and unease about the European fiscal situation. That will happen from time to time. There will be bumps on the road to recovery.”
(emphasis added by MBL)
It’s always somebody else’s fault with this guy. Blaming Bush is passé now, so he has to find someone else to throw under the bus. So why not our European and Japanese allies? They can keep Israel company under there.
Does this guy have a foreign policy worthy of the name? If he does, it is very difficult to detect. Mitt Romney has pointed out this lack of discernible foreign policy a number of times. Obama seems to be making it up as he goes.
(Mitt also made the point that those aren’t “bumps on the road” as Obama so cavalierly labels them. They’re Americans.)
The only consistent foreign policy this president seems to have is to offend our friends and coddle our foes. One would think you could expect better from the reputed smartest person ever to hold the office. Yet such is not the case.
It is now less than twenty months to January 2013. Can we endure Obama’s incompetence that long?