Obama: Candidate vs. President

CBSNews: Obama Mocked Commissions, Then Established Four

One of the amusing past times of Obama’s first term is counting up all the ways in which Obama the Presidential Candidate would have hated Obama the President. ┬áHere’s another one to add to the growing list:

President Obama’s National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform is meeting today as part of its efforts to craft recommendations by December on how best to address America’s red-ink problem.

Mr. Obama established the commission in February, saying debt and deficits can “hobble our economy” and “saddle every child in America with an intolerable burden.”

Yet the president’s decision to establish a commission to address a problem he described as potentially catastrophic seems odd in light of his earlier criticism of commissions in general. As Ari Shapiro noted on National Public Radio today, the president mocked the notion of commissions to address problems back when he was a candidate.

Here’s Mr. Obama on September 18, 2008, not long after the economic collapse: “Senator McCain’s first answer to this economic crisis was – get ready for it – a commission. That’s Washington-speak for ‘we’ll get back to you later.’”

“Folks, we don’t need a commission to spend a few years and a lot of taxpayer money to tell us what’s going on in our economy,” he continued. “We don’t need a commission to tell us gas prices are high or that you can’t pay your bills. We don’t need a commission to tell us you’re losing your jobs. We don’t need a commission to study this crisis, we need a President who will solve it – and that’s the kind of President I intend to be.”



  1. Me Me Me Me Me says:

    Ahhhh, humility:


    Might wanna try that personality trait sometime, Obama.

  2. Gail B. says:

    We need a commission, alright! We need a House Commission to figure out how to get the corruption out of the White House, the Congressional House, and the Blair House.

    Does NO ONE see what they’re doing? And, what they’re doing is CRIMINAL! Why has no one raised a hand to speak about it? I am beginning to admire Blago because of his trial.

  3. Boston Blackie says:

    We all know what they are doing, they are just kicking the ball ahead until after the midterm elections. At that point the commission will recommend the VAT be put into place immediately to clean up the disaster “they inherited”. Then of course the lapdog lame duck congress will rush it through before the new congress is sworn in. It is like watching the movie Groundhog Day.
    Funny how this commission on fiscal responsibility and reform needed a federal bailout of their own because they ran out of money. Unbelievable, only in D.C. is this the norm!

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