Recovery Summer III:
David Axelrod 2010: David Axelrod, a senior adviser to the president, said: “This summer will be the most active Recovery Act season yet, with thousands of highly-visible road, bridge, water and other infrastructure projects breaking ground across the country, giving the American people a first-hand look at the RecoveryAct in their own backyards and making it crystal clear what the cost would have been of doing nothing.”
“In the face of the greatest economic crisis since the Great Depression, Republicans in Congress chose to play politics with economic recovery and declared the Recovery Act a failure before it even began. They made a cynical bet that if the President fails, they win. Democrats chose to act by tackling the crisis head-on. Just over a year later, the Recovery Act is putting millions of Americans to work and helping the economy grow again. But our work is far from over:”
David Axelrod 2012 with Chris Wallace: Wallace: Didn’t this White House badly misjudge this recovery? I remember in 2010, two summers ago, you and Vice President Biden were running around talking about ‘Recovery Summer.’ That was the summer of 2010 and the fact is the White House said if you got the stimulus, the $800 billion that unemployment would stay under 8%. In fact, with the stimulus, unemployment has stayed over 8% for the last 42 months. That’s three and a half years.
Axelrod: Chris, first of all, I wasn’t running around saying anything other than that we were going to have to be persistent. That it took years to get in this mess, it was going to take years to get out —
Wallace: You talking about ‘Recovery Summer’ in 2010, sir.
Axelrod: Well you should show me the tape of me saying that. I’ve been very consistent about the fact that we need to be very persistent in our efforts here.
Now doesn’t that just a lot about Obama and his cronies lies, distortions and need to constant revise history to make it look like they are better and Bush was worse than is actually true?
Tell a Lie often enough and it becomes the Truth.
In other words, let’s talk about what the definition of is, is.(Katie Pavlich)
After all, Obama has been decrying Super PACs, while using them. Liberals decry the Citizens United decision, then use corporations as people donors for cash.
Want to know if a Liberal is a two-faced bold-face lying hypocrite?
Are they breathing?
Then then they are.
“It depends on what the meaning of the word ‘is’ is. If the — if he — if ‘is’ means is and never has been, that is not — that is one thing. If it means there is none, that was a completely true statement. … Now, if someone had asked me on that day, are you having any kind of sexual relations with Ms. Lewinsky, that is, asked me a question in the present tense, I would have said no. And it would have been completely true.”–President Clinton 1998.
“If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen. The Internet didn’t get invented on its own. Government research created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the Internet.”–President Obama
If you thought our president was saying that if you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that, then you heard wrong. All he was saying was that somebody else made that happen — that you, Mr. Businessman, or Ms. Businesswoman, owe your success not to your own hard work or talent, or just plain luck and God’s help, but to somebody else — the rest of us, the Great Collective, or just those roads and bridges government built. Which is what the president meant by “that.”
But who in real life talks like that, referring to roads and bridges not as those but that? The president of the United States, apparently.
It’s enough to make us miss plain English. And not for the first time. What ever happened to the plain meaning of words, to the way people, not politicians, talk?
Remember the days when you didn’t need an interpreter to understand what a president of the United States was saying? But that was ages ago, that is, before this year’s endless presidential campaign began.
Now the country has a president who has to keep explaining, or rather not explaining, what he said about American businessmen not creating their own businesses. That’s his story and he’s sticking to it, despite the plain meaning of words.
Let’s not even go into this president’s highly debatable version of who created the Internet and why, namely: Government invented it so American companies could make money off it.
Yes, there was a forerunner of the Internet designed largely for military purposes called ARPAnet, and it originated with the government’s Advanced Research Projects Agency, but it was developed by a private company, BBN Technologies, its hardware was designed by Honeywell, and AT&T set up the phone lines. And a number of think tanks and universities played supporting roles in that cast of thousands. If all the credits were rolled, there would be enough of them for a Hollywood blockbuster.
All in all, Mr. President, it wasn’t quite as simple as “Government research created the Internet so that all companies could make money off the Internet.”
Indeed, far from being designed for commercial purposes, ARPAnet was declared off-limits for private use. As late as 1982, a handbook on computing put out by MIT warned students:
“It is considered illegal to use the ARPAnet for anything which is not in direct support of government business. . . . Sending electronic mail over the ARPAnet for commercial profit or political purposes is both anti-social and illegal. By sending such messages, you can offend many people, and it is possible to get MIT in serious trouble with the government agencies which manage the ARPAnet.”
So much for government’s having invented the Internet to help American businesses make money off it.
Not that the private sector couldn’t be just as blind to the Internet’s potential. Xerox was so obsessed with making copiers in the 1970s, it couldn’t be bothered with developing the Internet — or inventing the personal computer, for that matter. All that would be left to Steve Jobs at Apple. Are we supposed to believe he didn’t build that company, that somebody else did? That it was built by all those roads and bridges?
This president needs a fact-checker, or at least a good copyeditor, hard as both are to come by.
A wise president, or just a wise man, having been caught in so gross a misstatement, would simply say he was sorry, or maybe “No excuse,” as we were taught to say in the service after we’d screwed up royally. Then the air would be cleared, and the whole mess put behind us. Confession is good not just for the soul, but for peace of mind. What would it cost, a little false pride? And it would be more than compensated for by a healthy measure of self-respect.
Here’s a tip from an old editor: Run a correction and be done with it!Instead, by trying to “explain” what he said, or didn’t say, our president has only prolonged this controversy and his own verbal ordeal. And he’s also entrenched the phrase, “You didn’t build that,” in American memories. Much like “It depends on what the meaning of the word ‘is’ is.” (Paul Greenberg)
I guess was all THAT.