Getting out of the way the usual acknowledgments that anyone can misspeak, it remains utterly stunning and astonishing that the president could even remotely think that saying “the private sector is doing fine” was a good idea. Of course, the comment is patently untrue, and of course, it makes Barack Obama look like he is spectacularly out of touch with the concerns of ordinary people. And as we all know, if a Republican made this kind of statement, he/she would be characterized as not understanding the state of the economy, the struggles of average citizens, etc. Can you imagine what the reaction would have been from Team Obama if Mitt Romney said that any part of the economy is “doing fine”? The president’s campaign crew, the Democratic party in general, and Obamaphile hacks in both old and new media would have had a field day denouncing Romney as being cocooned from economic realities by his wealth, and his rich friends.
As the article notes, four years ago, when John McCain said that “the fundamentals of our economy are strong,” he received no end of grief. Barack Obama shouldn’t escape the kind of political pain McCain experienced. And hey, remember the video of George H.W. Bush marveling over a supermarket scanner, and the subsequent Democratic reaction claiming that since the 41st president seemingly didn’t know everything that there was to know about cutting-edge supermarket technology, he didn’t understand the life challenges of the American people? Turns out that was an urban legend. By contrast, Barack Obama’s out-of-touch moment is all too true a story.