Obama: I didn’t do a good enough job selling the stimulus

Victor Joecks

For someone whose main claim to fame is being a first-rate public speaker, President Obama sure blames messaging an awful lot for his policy failures.

The president says he also wants to do a better job of explaining to the public how his policies will help the economy grow. Obama claims he didn’t do a good enough job selling Americans on the stimulus plan and the auto company bailout because he was so focused on acting to fix the economy. (Emphasis added)

And what a fix it was. When you can spend $787 billion for 8.3 percent unemployment when your own analysis shows doing nothing would have lead to 6 percent unemployment, you have to do it.

The problem with the stimulus isn’t that President Obama hasn’t talked about it enough – it’s that the stimulus was and is an epic failure and no amount of sweet talk, even from the President, can disguise the fact that it failed. Miserably.