President Barack Obama said Sunday that he deserves to remain in the White House for four more years, even though the economy has been shaky throughout his first term in office.
“I deserve a second term, but we’re not done,” Obama said during a pre-Super Bowl interview with NBC’s Matt Lauer, who noted that Obama said in 2009 that if the economy hadn’t fully recovered by 2012, he would be a one-term president.
“When you and I sat down [then], we were losing 750,000 jobs a month,” Obama said. “Now we’re creating 250,000. We’ve created 3.7 million jobs over the last 23 months. We’ve created the most jobs since 2005, the most manufacturing jobs since 1990. But we’re not finished.”
The president also said he needs another term to boost manufacturing, energy and job training and that he also needs more time to ensure the country’s “return to old-fashioned American values,”.
“That means, for example, regulations that ensure that Wall Street is following the rules same as Main Street,” the president said. “But we’ve made progress. And the key right now is to make sure we don’t start turning in a new direction that could throw that progress off.”
While going from shedding 750,000 jobs a month to creating 250,000 is a good thing, it is hardly anything to brag about. Creating half a million jobs less per month than we were losing is an incredibly mediocre recovery especially considering that we spent at least a trillion dollars on said recovery. Obama’s green jobs initiative has been an abject failure and his administration has absolutely refused to prosecute any of the big banks for their role in the economic collapse despite mounds of evidence of criminal behavior. Add to that Obama’s signage of NDAA allowing for indefinite detention of American citizens, his attempt to negotiate an extension of troop presence in Iraq beyond 2011, his re authorization of the Patriot Act and secret assassination list that allows the President to kill whom ever he wants, including Americans, without due process.
Does Obama “deserve” another term? Absolutely not, but lucky for him his supporters are more interested in cheerleading than policy and the GOP leadership is too busy flying over the cuckoo’s nest.