Jay Carney: Obama’s job council isn’t active because he’s too busy or something

Posted by: ST on July 18, 2012 at 6:15 pm

Quite revealing (via):

President Barack Obama has not met for six months with the CEOs and others on his Jobs Council in part because he’s simply been too busy, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Wednesday.

“There’s no specific reason, except the president has obviously got a lot on his plate, but he continues to solicit and receive advice from numerous folks outside the administration about the economy about ideas that he can act on with Congress or administratively to help the economy grow and help create jobs,” Carney said in the White House’s first on-the-record response to a POLITICO story noting the hiatus.

While there’s been no official meeting of the 26-member council since January, Obama has been tapping members of the panel and others for job-creation ideas, Carney said during his daily briefing for reporters.

“The president solicits and receives input and advice from members of his Jobs Council and others about economic initiatives all the time. And I would point you to the numerous initiatives put forward by the Jobs Council that this administration, under the president’s direction, has taken action on, including a presidential memorandum in August of last year that selected 14 job-creating high-priority infrastructure projects for expedited review.  Four of those are already under construction,” the press secretary said.

Carney insisted that the Jobs Council was useful, even though the president has been publicly campaigning against one of the panel’s significant proposals on taxes, which is also favored by likely GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

Another GOP/Romney campaign ad practically writes itself.  Bryan Preston adds:

That’s a pretty positive Politico spin on the fact that Obama’s own jobs council isn’t, in fact, doing its job. The “hornet’s nest of issues” comes down mostly to the fact that the council, which is composed of quite a few successful business leaders, and the president do not agree on what to do about the economy. After Friday, those business leaders also might have a new thing or two to say to the president.

The Romney camp wasted no time in highlighting the contrast between the inactivity of the Obama jobs council and the splendid job that Obama is doing flying around the country for campaign appearances. The score is Obama campaign appearances 106, to 0 jobs council meetings over the past six months.

The Obama campaign is simply falling apart at the seams.  Unfortunately, so is this country. Remember that, friends, come November.

Well, you know, the truth of the matter is that as President of the United States, I’ve got a lot of responsibilities. I was supportive of Tom and have been supportive of Tom. Obviously, you know, I would have loved to have seen a different result.” – President Obama on why he didn’t campaign for Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett in the WI recall,  6/11/12

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7 Responses to “Jay Carney: Obama’s job council isn’t active because he’s too busy or something”


  1. Wendy says:

    The executives of the company my daughter works for have met with the administration as part of a housing construction group to discuss the industry and things that might or could be helpful to the industry. The employees were briefed at one point and the general statements made by the company were that although they believed Chairman Bernanke was genuinely concerned about the situation and interested in ideas, they felt like the Administration was simply not interested. That the gathering was nothing more than a political opportunity. This is what we are dealing with – I understand an incumbent President needs to campaign, but the fact that nothing is being done right now is a crime. I was watching a CNBC special last week with Warren Buffet, Alan Simpson and Irsken Bowles – Mr. Bowles turned to Mr. Buffet at one point and essentially said if your business were on a financial cliff and about to go under would you be waiting 4 months before you did anything? Although we may not have agreed with the Bowles/Simplson commission – like they said – at least get together and change those things you don’t like, but do something. They talked about their ideas needing to be in legislative language, which apparently has now been done and they are starting a website for people to vote to get Congress to start something. The Congress and the Administration are flipping unbelievable, but boy they can sure address the audacity of making Olympic Uniforms in China – which is awful, but wow – is that really the most important thing right now?

  2. Drew the Infidel says:

    The so-called jobs council and the Simpson-Bowles commission are nothing more than mere “window dressing”, only created in an attempt to distract from Obhammud’s lousy record and lack of performance. There is no one so stupid as someone who is stupid and doesn’t know it.

  3. Carlos says:

    Heck, if I’d been out campaigning for the last 3-1/2 years like him, I wouldn’t have time to meet with the jobs council, either. Or the Republican congressional leaders. Or the military.

    Or anyone else, either, except for those dumb schlubs who dump millions into his campaign just to get access.

    Out here in the real world we call that bribery. In this WH they call it “campaigning.”

  4. Charlotte says:

    Yes, because a jobs council run by the government for the government is sure the way for the jobs problem to be solved…/sarc off

    If the government would just stop trying to confiscate every cent working Americans make in order to redistribute it to lazy jerks, then perhaps the economy would recover.

    I cannot believe the incredible incompetency of this affirmative action peter principle POTUS. I still cannot believe that there are ANY people stupid enough to vote for him a second time. Get a clue.

  5. Carlos says:

    @Charlotte: The people stupid enough to vote for this mega-loser are the same ones that were stupid enough to vote for him the first time around, and aren’t smart enough to check their wallets or to see if they’re any better off now than when he was running on nothing but gasbag “Hope & Change.”

    There are a ton of reasons to dump the clod, and maybe some reasons to pursue criminal actions against him and others, but the most important reason to rid ourselves of this disease is that he is the one telling Harry Reid not to even consider doing anything of any import in the Senate until after the elections. That way he figures he’s got more of a chance on convincing the stupids referenced above that it’s either the Republicans’ fault or, if all else fails, GW’s fault.

  6. Charlotte says:

    Carlos, you are SO correct. Hopefully, many of the same people WON’T be voting for Obummer again.

    The Senate hasn’t passed a budget for 3 years. They are going to DO NOTHING until the election. Harry Reid is a partisan hack who would let our country go down the tubes in order to retain power for his party.

    Hey, Harry!!! You disgrace the Founding Fathers. You are a sorry excuse for a Senator and a human being. May you reap what you sow.