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Obama To Highlight Economic Successes

From a straight-faced Associated Press:

Obama seeks to highlight economic successes

By Jim Kuhnhenn, Associated Press
January 21, 2011

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama wants to cast some light on economic success stories in the shadows of a slow recovery. And he is looking to find some more.

Maybe if we would legalize economic success stories, they could then come out of the shadows.

On Friday, the president travels to Schenectady, N.Y., birthplace of the General Electric Co., to showcase a new GE deal with India and announce a restructured presidential advisory board to focus on increasing employment and competitiveness

As opposed to whatever it was focused on before.

For Obama, the visit to upstate New York is also an opportunity to claim credit for tax, trade and energy policies pursued by his administration as the nation attempts to recover from the worst recession since the 1930s. It’s the first of many treks during the second half of his term that the president is expected to take to put a more hopeful countenance on the economy amid stubbornly high unemployment.

The GE plant is benefiting from a power turbine contract with India announced during Obama’s Southeast Asia trip in November. [GE CEO and newly appointed head of Obama’s economic advisors, Jeffrey] Immelt also has been an advocate of alternative forms of energy, and the GE facility, the company’s largest energy plant, is the future site of GE’s advanced battery manufacturing program. New battery technology has become something of an Obama pet project as a symbol of innovation, clean energy and job creation.

For the record, GE is not even scheduled to start making sodium-based batteries until November. Still, we can’t think of any cleaner, more environmentally friendly business than making sodium batteries. Can you?

"This is a company that has brought jobs from overseas back into the United States," Obama spokesman Robert Gibbs said.

The White House said GE completed a $755 million agreement with India’s Reliance Power Ltd. to supply gas and steam turbines for a power plant expansion in India. The deal will allow for about $500 million in exports from the United States, the White House said, and help support 1,200 manufacturing and 400 engineering jobs in the Schenectady plant.

Maybe that will balance out the jobs lost when GE closed their last incandescent light bulb plant back in September. Those evil incandescent light bulbs are now being made in China.

Obama also plans to take note of GE employees as examples of middle class Americans who are benefiting from the payroll tax cut he negotiated with Republicans in a December economics package that retained Bush-era tax rates for all taxpayers.

This highly touted payroll tax is actually only 2%, and limited to two years. Which we would call pretty small potatoes.

And he is expected to make a pitch for new business incentives and renewable energy tax credits contained in that compromise deal. GE and GE customers would benefit from those provisions

You see. Tax credits are good for the economy. But only so long as they encourage ‘renewable energy’ – like earth friendly batteries.

Of course there is no real news in this AP article. But we couldn’t resist it, just for its ludicrous headline alone. But this story also signals that Mr. Obama’s re-election campaign has truly begun in earnest.

From now on we are going to be seeing Mr. Obama trying to kiss up to the very same corporations that he has attacked for the last two years. Now that he needs their campaign contributions.

This is something so glaring that even the AP alludes to it at the very end of this fluff piece:

Immelt has been supportive of Obama since the start of his presidency, though his political contributions tend to be bipartisan and he financially supported Hillary Rodham Clinton and Republicans John McCain, Rudy Giuliani and Mitt Romney during the 2008 presidential campaign.

General Electric employees and their spouses, however, supported Obama over any other presidential candidate

No kidding. Especially the GE employees working at NBC and MSNBC.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, January 21st, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

12 Responses to “Obama To Highlight Economic Successes”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    Sweet babbling buddha.

    This bit of AP babbledyboo is the epitome of Kool-Aid

  2. River0 says:

    My fellow citizens, this is a test. It’s a moral and ethical choice you must make, and it carries grave consequences for your soul. Do not buy into this absurd propaganda; reject the river of effluvium coming out of the Administration mouthpieces.

    General Electric is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Democrat Party and the Obama Administration.

    The goals, methods, tactics, and principles of the ‘progressive’/crypto-Marxists who control GE and Washington are diametrically opposed and mutually exclusive to the Constitution, the Declaration, American traditions and values.

  3. heykev says:

    “Obama seeks to highlight economic successes”

    Since there are absolutely NO Successes to highlight, you will know he’s lying whenever his lips move.

  4. tranquil.night says:

    Politically showcasing private foreign trade contracts like he did with the re-tooled GM plants, eh? How’s that new messaging campaign working out for ya? More pages from the Stalinist handbook, we see. Yep, nice optics, champ. Good luck in 2012 with this weak-ass crap. It’s gonna take another national crisis or tragedy to budge those polls, cough cough.

  5. proreason says:

    Somehow, I suspect the successes will be elsewhere than in the USA.

    After all, Imhelt’s bonus doesn’t depend on US profits.

  6. Petronius says:

    Over the last ten years the US has lost 42,400 factories and 32% of its manufacturing jobs.

    Only in Liberal La-La Land do they call that “an economic success.”

  7. Rusty Shackleford says:

    “Obama seeks to highlight economic successes”

    Not sure I’m ready for that amount of darkness.

  8. untrainable says:

    Obama seeks to highlight economic successes
    CHARLIE… CUE THE CRICKETS!!! What?… Whatdya mean we had to lay-off the crickets? OK. OK. Just throw that tumbleweed across the stage and make that wind noise….

  9. Rusty Shackleford says:

    That laser-like focus on jobs has panned out so well. Why, I do believe that since he said that unemployment actually went down. I mean, I read it in the NYT and saw it discussed on MSNBC so I know it’s got to be true. I wish my neighbor, who used to be unemployed and lost his house and then blew his head off out of despair had waited until that laser-like focus took hold. Oh, those people who just have no faith in the president…..they are so….so…..unfaithful. (and stuff)

    (sarcasm)

  10. Mae says:

    As Rush says, only mind-numbed robots would buy into this. It is sincerely hoped that when Obot starts recounting his successes, the Republicans start laughing. I want laughter, boys and girls, laughter! I won’t know if the Repubs will follow my suggestion until afterward ’cause my TV won’t be turned on to this beyond-absurdity. U.n.b.e.l.i.e.v.a.b.l.e!!

  11. Liberals Demise says:

    Dangle a carrot in front of a dead horse and you get……?

    GE laid off 21,000 American workers last year.
    Who does dingleBarry have that keeps propping him in front of
    this kind of ‘success’ story?

    “This is a company that has brought jobs from overseas back into the United States,” Obama spokesman Robert Gibbs said.

    The White House said GE completed a $755 million agreement with India’s Reliance Power Ltd. to supply gas and steam turbines for a power plant expansion in India. The deal will allow for about $500 million in exports from the United States, the White House said, and help support 1,200 manufacturing and 400 engineering jobs in the Schenectady plant.

    This just pegged my Bullshiite meter.
    Uh…..they made a deal in India.
    Helloooooooooo!!
    It didn’t create one (1) damn job.
    It helped ‘support’ 1,200 manufacturing and 400
    engineering jobs.

    Think this over:
    GE CEO and newly appointed head of Obama’s economic advisers,
    Jeffrey Immelt……….”Conflict of Interest”

  12. canary says:

    The massive photo reminds me of the fairy tale Hansel & Greta moment. They tricked the witch to look into the oven inferno.
    I guess it’s more like a Star Trek setting and Obama is looking into a the tunnel with a big
    vacuum into the black hole.


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