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OBAMA: Gingrich wrong about the president

Letter by Justin Earick, Tacoma on Jan. 23, 2012 at 1:15 pm with 21 Comments »
January 23, 2012 1:43 pm

Re: a recent letter (TNT, 1-19) endorsing Newt Gingrich’s fantastically stereotypical imagery of Barack Obama as the “food stamp president.”

Of the 46 million people who participate in the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (food stamps), 49 percent are children. Also, most are white.

According to 2010 Department of Agriculture data, most people on food stamps are white children.

Also, Obama was accused of authoring a “failed presidency” by composing “failed policies” that Gingrich and the letter writer suppose are painting our currently unacceptable jobs picture. But the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the U.S. hemorrhaged 1.9 million jobs during the last four months of 2008.

This was the state of the union inherited by Obama when he took office on Jan. 20, 2009.

Now, the BLS report of January 2012 shows 22 consecutive months of private sector job growth under this supposedly “failed presidency.“ Still, there is much work to be done.

Twisting reality and name-calling? They are distractions that offer no attempt at progress, demand no hope for our future and lack any regard for realizing a more perfect union.

The severity of this moment requires more of us and demands more of our leaders.

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  1. Pacman33 says:

    That is by far the worst performance of job generation following any of the dozen recessions since the 1930s.

    In the past, the economy recovered lost jobs 13 months on average after a recession. If this were a typical recovery, nearly 10 million more people would be working today than when the recession officially ended in June 2009.

    We were told, in a lie to garner support for his failed stimu-less bill, that unemployment wouldn’t rise above 8%. Years after what turned out to be nothing but 0bama’s kickback to the unions, we are still over 8%, a figure we were told wouldn’t come to see.

    Obama’s record on jobs is enough on it’s own. His Wall Street corruption and union cronyism only cements it’s failed status. The only twisting is from the rhetoric of those who suggest this is anything but a failed presidency.

  2. hansgruber says:

    The fact remains that at the end of 2008 there were less than 32 Million Americans on food stamps and at the end of 2011 there were over 46 Million Americans on food stamps. and increase of over 14 million American.

    http://www.dailyjobsupdate.com/wp-content/uploads/Food-Stamps-Yearly.jpg

    http://www.dailyjobsupdate.com/wp-content/uploads/Food-Stamps-Monthly.jpg

  3. hansgruber says:

    And for those of you who still think we are in a ressession:

    Recession officially ended in June 2009

    Speaking to a town hall meeting in Washington, President Obama said the announcement about the end of the recession is further proof that steps taken early in his administration, including the economic stimulus package, were the right ones. But he cautioned it does not mean that the economy has recovered.

    http://money.cnn.com/2010/09/20/news/economy/recession_over/index.htm

  4. man, they chopped and screwed my letter. i call bs! ima copy paste that joint. they erased all of the beautiful wordsmithing dag nabbit! they chopped the end off like ole whatshername… bobbit.

  5. In respect to a recent letter published by the TNT; endorsing Newt’s fantastically stereotypical imagery of Barack Obama as the “Food Stamp President” (19JAN).
    I would humbly submit that, of the 46 million people who participate in the SupplementalNuritionalAssistanceProgram or “food stamps“, 49% are children. Also, most are white.
    Simple to research online.
    According to 2010 Department of Agriculture data, most people on food stamps are…kids, white kids.
    Also, our president, Barack Obama, was accused of authoring a “failed presidency” by composing “failed policies”, that Newt and the letter writer suppose are painting our currently unacceptable jobs picture.
    Except the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that we hemorrhaged 1,900,000 jobs during the last four months of 2008.
    This was the state of the union inherited to our president, Barack Obama, on January 20th, 2009.
    Now, the BLS report of January 2012 shows 22 consecutive months of private sector job growth under this, supposedly “failed presidency“.
    Still, there is much work to be done.
    Twisting reality and name-calling? dog-whistles and innuendo? Distraction that offers no attempt at progress, demands no hope for our future, and lacks any regard for realizing a more perfect union.
    The severity of this moment requires more of us, and demands more of our leaders.
    I accept and appreciate that folks have differing views and that some won’t see mine; but I expect, and we all should require that a spectrum of views be shown in the “Letters”. Lord knows there’s plenty to choose from.

  6. i wont be bobbitted!

  7. And I bet Mr. Justin Earick was just as supporting of George W. Bush when the left was saying all those same things about him as well. All the “failed presidency” talk, and worse.

    Facts are facts… when you try to look with an unbiased assessment of Mr. Obama’s time in office so far, there aren’t too many of his contemporaries that did worse than he has.

    Far greater men have sat in the Oval Office….

  8. Darn it… now I’m going to be called a “racist.”

  9. 3 years compared to 8.
    When this president has presided over a this duration and rate of unemployment, it’s not hard to put a fake smile on his dismal failure when there is at least some semblance of growth, no matter how pithy it is.

  10. Vox_clamantis_in_deserto says:

    man, they chopped and screwed my letter.

    Go cry to your buddy Kardnos’s latest iteration – he claims the TNT does not edit LTE’s, and he claims to have inside access. (Now knowing that, how can one believe anything that troll has to say.)

    As to the rest of your… letter, jellee, great to see you actually do no how to use the shift key. But I suppose the editor had a tough time deciding which was more annoying; your incessant use of “textspeak” (either belying or revealing your level of maturity), or your repetition of half-true data already used and discarded in this forum (and already refuted therein – still awaiting your response).

    “Beautiful wordsmithing“, LMAO, now you need to learn how to use the space bar… or at least the hyphen key. Actually, the TNT did you a favor by editing – your unabridged version was tedious… at best. The rest is now in re-runs.

  11. great to see you actually do no how to use the shift key.

    Too bad you don’t know how to use the “k” and “w” keys….

    ;-)

  12. ManuelMartini says:

    From reason.com:

    It’s true that the most recent figures from the Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service (provided to Factcheck.org/USA Today) show that a record number of people—some 46.2 million—are enrolled in the program. But the same data shows that more individuals were added to the program while George W. Bush was in office than have enrolled under Obama’s presidency: Under Bush, the program grew by 14.7 million individuals; under Obama so far, it’s grown by 14.2 million, and, as of October, was declining.

    So Bush wins on volume, and Obama wins on velocity: In just a few years, President Obama managed to expand the program by nearly as much as Bush. But Obama didn’t do it without some help from his Republican predecessor, who approved policy changes that set the stage for the program’s current growth.

    As with most of what you hear from the Republicans, this issue has been manipulated from the facts.

    “Food Stamp President” is a rhetoric phrase issued to get the same response as “welfare queen”.

    As you can see, it works.

    As to “letter editing”, one may want to consider the number of words. The editors can always refuse to run a letter and be called names for that, also. Tradtionally, LTEs are verbatim, unless in violation of rules.

  13. ManuelMartini says:

    More to the point – since when does the President of the United States set standards for food stamps? Does Congress not play a part in the problems of our economy? Maybe not, since nothing gets done other than affirming religious jargon for mottos.

  14. ManuelMartini says:

    Since someone wanted to make an issue –

    “Letters are subject to condensation and may be edited for clarity. Letters should be limited to 250 words; those less than 150 words will be given priority.”

    whether traditional or not, above is the TNT guidelines

  15. alindasue says:

    vox_clamantis_in_deserto said, “…he claims the TNT does not edit LTE’s…”

    It says right in the submission instructions, “Letters are subject to condensation and may be edited for clarity.” It happens all the time. It has happened a couple times with my own submitted letters.

    There is a 250 word limit on letters that does not appear to be on comments. Based on your post of the original letter, jellee, I would say that they probably “chopped the end off” simply because they considered it too long.

  16. alindasue says:

    ManuelMartini obviously types faster than I do.

  17. Strictly speaking, based on numbers and dates alone, there actually may be more people on food stamps under the Obama administration than any other presidential administration previously. I don’t know that for a fact, but…

    I remember the 2008 presidential campaign. I remember when John McCain had to “temporarily suspend his campaign” to “rush back to Washington D.C.” to take care of the national financial crisis created by the Wall Street meltdown. I remember that clearly, because he cancelled out on a scheduled appearance on Dave Letterman’s late-night TV show so he, McCain, could “rush back to Washington,” to fix the problem. But, Dave caught McCain, on camera, still in New York taping an interview with Katie Couric, when McCain was supposedly “rushing” to get back to D.C.

    McCain was in such a hurry to fix the mess that he had to suspend his campaign, cancel out on Dave, yet he made the time to chat with Katie before heading out of town in his big rush. It was funny!

    That moment was like a stake in the ground that clearly pegged those events in time linked with the Wall Street financial meltdown, which was the initial starting point of the world-wide financial disaster, that caused the American recession, that threw millions of Americans out of their jobs, and thus caused many of them to need to seek assistance from things like Food Stamps, and that all started BEFORE BARACK OBAMA WAS ELECTED PRESIDENT.

    So, if you want to be honest about it, regardless of any numbers you can quote today, you just cannot in good conscience blame President Obama for putting people on food stamps like that liar Newt Gingrich has.

    Be honest. Don’t be a Newt!

  18. BlaineCGarver says:

    This economy is Obama’s “MISSION ACCOMPLISHED” Let’s get him and his arrogant, socialist, elitest programs and “BoBo Care” (and that is insulting to the clown BoBo) out of DC.

  19. your boy’s original letter submission was under 250 words. i say, i say again; they chopped and screwed my joint like dj mike watts, and for no apparent reason. (oh and wordsmithing was not in the either text, but in my comments)

  20. Whiner.

  21. Vox_clamantis_in_deserto says:

    Too bad you don’t know how to use the “k” and “w” keys….

    I new someone would catch that.

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