Q Robert, to follow up on the story about the Republicans driving the car into the ditch, the President has now been behind the wheel of this car for two years. At what point does he stop --
MR. GIBBS: Well, just -- I would say pushing the car out of the ditch first, right? Yes.
Q Right, but he has been trying to move the car --
MR. GIBBS: Let’s be faithful to the story.
Q So he has been moving the car -- he has been moving this car now for two years. At what point does he stop talking about the people who were last driving that car? I mean, does this continue after the midterm elections?
MR. GIBBS: Well, Dan --
Q It becomes his car and he’s behind the wheel.
MR. GIBBS: No, and -- look, there’s an Obama bumper sticker on the car; we get that. But, Dan, inherent in your question is somehow that on January 20th everything reset to zero and we all got to start all over again. That wasn’t the case, right? We watched an economy from December 2007 through -- I’m doing this off the top of my head -- probably sometime in the fall of 2009 lose jobs every single month, right? We’ve now had nine consecutive months of positive job growth, and probably -- I know there was one month in there -- so it’s probably like 11 of 12 or 12 of 13 -- I’d have to go back and look at the exact graph.
Look, Dan, the President has taken responsibility for the steps that he’s taken since coming into office. But the six months before he got into office we lost 4 million jobs. You can’t -- again, you can’t reset the frustration involved with somebody who lost their job in that time period, can you? I mean, that’s just --
Q At what point does he stop talking about --
MR. GIBBS: How we got into this mess?
MR. GIBBS: It’s going to take us years to get out of --
Q You would think you would be talking about the incremental steps of getting that car down the road now, as opposed to how that car got in the ditch. It gets to be somewhat of a broken record, does it not?
When do they take accountability?
If you took two years to get my car out of the ditch and on the road, I think I'd be pissed off at you. Two years? Guess what? I probably would have gotten a new car already.
You think I can wait two years without a car. I'm taking my granddaughter to the doctor, I'm running my all errands, doing my church work, and all the rest and doing it for two years while you, who told me you'd get my car out of the ditch, keeps stalling on when you're going to get around to it?
If you can't get my car out of the ditch in one day, you're clearly not up to the job. (Which is more and more clear about Barack Obama.)
He was elected to a four-year term and, though you may forget now, back then, on the campaign trail, he made noises about how he wanted to do the right thing and he might not even want to run for a second term, he might just embrace the freedom of it all and blah blah blah.
So he always knew -- yes, even dopey him -- that he was looking at four years. And he intends to spend half of it with our car in the ditch?
People can't afford food with the rising costs. People have lost jobs and there are no new jobs to be found. Who the hell is he kidding?
Don't give me that ditch analogy again. It's not only lame, it's insulting because not one of us would say, "Can you get my car out of the ditch? What's that? It'll take two years? Oh, I guess that's okay."
It's not okay. And notice, he's still not working on the economy, he's still campaigning. I wish it were 2012 so we could vote him out of office already.
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