He's No Lebron, Baby!
5:44 PM, Jun 8, 2012 • By JAY COST
Lebron James had a fantastic game last night, scoring 45 points as the Heat defeated the Celtics. This afternoon, Obama scored the equivalent of 45 points for the Romney campaign, thanks to these comments during his press conference:
That’s bad, obviously. But the full context is much worse. Earlier in the presser, the president said this:
The point the president is trying to make here is defensible: The private sector is adding jobs, but these two sectors are weak and we need to focus on them. I don’t buy this argument for a minute; in fact I think his American Jobs Act is just a bunch of symbolism designed to get the unions working full time for him. But it’s an argument that does not sound ridiculous.
But then he tried to repeat it, literally seconds later, and it sounded ridiculous.
Obama has long been praised as a great orator, but he just plain isn’t, at least when he’s off script. He went out today to make a fairly mild and modest point, made it successfully the first time, but on the second attempt he screwed it up.
Lebron, baby? I don't think so!
Jay Cost is a staff writer for THE WEEKLY STANDARD and the author of Spoiled Rotten: How the Politics of Patronage Corrupted the Once Noble Democratic Party and Now Threatens the American Republic, available now wherever books are sold.