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September 12, 2013

Important Pivoting Alert

The leader of the free world is about to direct his laser-like focus to yet another urgent priority:

The White House is signaling it wants to shift back to the economy after two weeks in which the Syrian crisis has dominated President Obama’s schedule and workload.

Obama will be “focusing” on issues related to the economy in the coming weeks, White House press secretary Jay Carney said Wednesday at his daily briefing.

He said the president wants to push forward with economic policies that the White House believes will grow the middle class.

Obama himself in his prime-time address to the nation Tuesday on Syria said voters wanted him focused on the economy and not on Syria. Public support for a military intervention in Syria is low.

Hmmm.... should the President focus on one of several global humanitarian crises that have been going on for quite some time? Or should he try to avert a total shutdown of the federal government?

Which is more pressing: long term problems occurring halfway around the world over which the United States has little direct control? Or the ticking domestic time bomb set to explode in two weeks? It is a puzzlement:

Lawmakers must agree on a continuing resolution to fund the federal government by the end of September, which also marks the end of the fiscal year. If they fail to do so, the government would shut down, except for essential services.

The president had wanted to use the beginning of September to press forward on his economic policies ahead of fights with Congress on government spending and debt.

The nation is also rapidly approaching the drop-dead date for hitting the debt ceiling, which restricts Washington’s ability to loan money and cover its payment obligations. An analysis released Tuesday by the Bipartisan Policy Center estimated the country would hit the debt ceiling sometime between Oct. 18 and Nov. 5.

Obama had hoped to enter those battles with momentum from a mid-August campaign-style tour that included a college bus trip through the Northeast, a visit to an Amazon shipping facility in Tennessee and a discussion of mortgage reform in Arizona.

The president had planned to continue that push this week, but that plan was knocked aside by the alleged use of chemical weapons by Syria’s government on Aug. 21.

When all else fails, announce another pivot. Or better yet, summon the unicorns.

Posted by Cassandra at September 12, 2013 12:29 PM

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Has anyone thought of wrapping Obama in magnets and putting him inside a copper coil? Maybe then, we'd actually get something valuable out of him.

Posted by: Yu-Ain Gonnano at September 12, 2013 01:39 PM

President Pivot picked a peck of pointedly political priorities.

I dunno, maybe it just me, but ever time I hear that the president has "pivoted" yet again I think of this computer doohickey-thingabob:

Pivot Animator, previously known as Pivot Stickfigure Animator, is a great animation application that allows you to create stick figure animations that range from the simple to impressive - with a little time and patience.

Posted by: spd rdr at September 12, 2013 01:39 PM

"Summon the unicorns."

Uh, no. The last time that happened we got Cash for Clunkers, Shovel Ready Jobs that *weren't*, tax-payer guaranteed loans to green energy companies that were already in bankruptcy proceedings, QE's 1 & 2 that left us over $7 trillion in debt and a world apology tour by Xerxes, Lord of the Lies.
Right now I'm thinking that being under the mushrooom might be a better place than out in the open where unicorn fart dust can fall on you.

Posted by: DL Sly at September 12, 2013 01:43 PM

Yanno, by definition, if you pivot enough times, it physically/literally becomes a spin.
Jus' sayin'.....

Posted by: The Wyzzerd of Izz at September 12, 2013 04:17 PM

Pivot? Pivot?

Jobs, jobs, jobs.

Work, work, work.

What a guy! What will he do for us next?

Posted by: Don Brouhaha at September 12, 2013 04:26 PM

it's actually sad & pathetic.
I'm guessing Jimmy Carter is secretly pleased he is no longer the weakest and most feckless POTUS in the last 100 years, but is afraid to say it our loud.
I detest his policies, but am mortified by his foreign policy faceplant(s) . . . . over, and over, and over.
I'm angry, hugely angry at his total disregard and avoidance of our military as POTUS, his disdain shames the office.

At this point guess I'm just a little agog at anyone that suggests we should take his policy proposals seriously.

Posted by: CAPT Mike at September 12, 2013 06:09 PM

Can we afford another d/pivot?

Posted by: htom at September 12, 2013 08:08 PM

To everything

Pivot, Pivot, Pivot

There is a season

Pivot, Pivot, Pivot

And a time for every campaign slogan

From Obama

Posted by: Don Brouhaha at September 13, 2013 07:45 PM