Speaker Boehner Claims Obama Has 'Given Up On The Economy And The American People'

October 27, 2011 2:03 pm ET — Alan Pyke

In a radio interview this morning, Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) claimed that President Obama has "give[n] up on the economy" and "give[n] up on the American people." He attempted to contrast this depiction of Obama with his own efforts, claiming that "the House has been focused all year on trying to create a better environment for job creation in our country."

BOEHNER: Laura I've gotta tell you I've had my share of disappointments this year, but I gotta tell you what, there's nothing that's disappointed me more over the last 8 weeks than to watch the President of the United States basically give up on the economy, give up on the American people, decide he's gonna quit governing and spend his entire next 14 months campaigning. [...]

People are frustrated, and that's why the House has been focused all year on trying to create a better environment for job creation in our country. And while we've worked on it all year, we finally formalized our plan for America's job creators back in May. And we've worked on this plan all year long. [...]

INGRAHAM: Congressional republicans have about a 20 percent approval rating when it comes to the jobs plan. So something isn't working with the Republican message to the people, whether it's an RNC messaging issue or a messaging issue coming out of Congress, for whatever reason, the folks aren't thinkin' that there's a plan coming from the Republicans. Why is that?

BOEHNER: Well I don't know that Republicans have talked enough about our plan.


Boehner did not explain how H.R. 3, which attempted to redefine rape and restrict access to reproductive health care, helped create a better environment for job creators. He did not link the GOP's threat to shut down the government over Planned Parenthood funding, the downgrade of U.S. debt that his members caused with their brinkmanship, or their blockading of funds to keep teachers and firefighters on the job, to job creation. The fact that employers are far more concerned with demand than regulations did not come up.

Neither did the actual facts of President Obama's "past eight weeks," in which time he's proposed an ambitious jobs bill that's projected to create about two million jobs, largely through policies Republicans used to support, only to see it pronounced dead on arrival by Boehner's posse. It's that proposal that Obama is out "campaigning" for, yet Boehner sees that as 'giving up on the economy and the American people.'

If anything, Obama's giving up on Boehner and appealing directly to the people. That would make sense, given that Americans overwhelmingly support both the provisions of his jobs bill, and higher taxes on millionaires (which even millionaires themselves favor). A bigger man might concede that Obama's ideas have won the day, but Boehner is so self-deceived about his own leadership that he agrees with a right-wing radio host that it's just "a messaging issue."