Obama 'Pivots' for 19th Time
9:27 AM, Jul 24, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
According to political reporter Salena Zito, today's economic speeches by Barack Obama represent the 19th "pivot" for the president:
Chuck Todd tried to coin a phrase "this pivot to the economy," by calling it "Déjà Pivot":
“This speech, this pivot – pivot to the economy, again it’s like déjà pivot I have when it comes to the economy. But it seems like they really are signaling they are going to have a campaign approach to this fight with congress when it comes to the debt ceiling, when it comes to sequestration 2.0. All of the decisions coming to a head in the fall, they’re basically saying, hey, we’re going to travel the country.” THE WASHINGTON POST’S DAN BALZ: “Well, they learned that lesson in 2011 during the debt ceiling debacle, which was playing out at this point two years ago. When that collapsed and turned into such a mess, they pivoted away as we all know and went into campaign mode in the fall. And as you remember, he put the Jobs Act forward right after Labor Day in 2011 mostly as a campaign effort. And I think what we're going to see is very similar. But I think that the real question is what does he really have to say at this point? Is he simply trying to do it for politics? Perhaps. But that begs the question of what do you do about a sticky unemployment rate, middle class families that are struggling. There’s a lot that he has to deal with,” said Todd, previewing today's speeches.
The Republican National Committee emailed this list of Obama's previous "pivots" yesterday (which adds up to 14 times, but only goes back to January 2011, two years after Obama became president):
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