Campaign Buzz June 8, 2012: President Barack Obama Press Conference Backlash: Mitt Romney, GOP Jump on Obama’s Statement that the Private Sector is Doing Fine — Shows He is Really Out of Touch — Obama Backtracks



By Bonnie K. Goodman

Ms. Goodman is the Editor of History Musings. She has a BA in History & Art History & a Masters in Library and Information Studies from McGill University, and has done graduate work in history at Concordia University. Ms. Goodman has also contributed the overviews, and chronologies in History of American Presidential Elections, 1789-2008, 4th edition, edited by Gil Troy, Fred L. Israel, and Arthur Meier Schlesinger published by Facts on File, Inc. in 2011.



Romney: Obama’s ‘Private Sector’ Comment Will Go Down in History: Mitt Romney wasted no time Friday seizing on remarks by President Obama in which he said that the “the private sector is doing fine,” saying that the remark will “go down in history” as an “extraordinary miscalculation.”
“[Obama] said a number of things and one of the most interesting things he said was this,” said Romney, standing in a park in Western Iowa. “He said the private sector is doing fine.”
“He said the private sector is doing fine,” Romney repeated, slower, putting an emphasis on every word of the phrase. “Is he really that out of touch? I think he’s defining what it means to be detached and out of touch with the American people.”
“Has there ever been an American president who is so far from reality as to believe in an America where 23 million Americans are out of work or have stopped for work, or can only find part time jobs, and need full time jobs, where the economy grew in the first quarter of the year at only 1.9 percent?” said Romney.
“For the President of the United States to stand up and say the private sector is doing fine is going to go down in history as an extraordinary miscalculation and misunderstanding by a president who’s out of touch,” said Romney. “And we’re gonna take back this country and get America working again.”…. – ABC News Radio, 6-8-12

  • Romney: Is Obama “really that out of touch?”: Mitt Romney jumped Friday on President Obama’s statement that “the private sector is doing fine,” calling the comment an “extraordinary miscalculation and misunderstanding by a President who is out of touch…. – CBS News, 6-8-12
  • Obama backtracks on comments that private sector is doing “fine”: Just hours after President Obama said the “the private sector is doing fine” and Republican challenger Mitt Romney criticized him for being “out of touch,” the president insisted that more work needs to be done to jump-start the economy…. – CBS News, 6-8-12
  • Obama gets grief for saying private sector ‘fine’: President Barack Obama made Mitt Romney’s day by declaring “the private sector is doing fine” and opening himself to the accusation that he — not the rich Republican — is the one who is out of touch…. – AP, 6-8-12
  • Obama Dials Back Optimism After Romney Criticism: President Barack Obama sought to contain political damage by clarifying optimistic comments about the state of the US private sector, saying it is “absolutely clear that the economy is not doing fine.”… – BusinessWeek, 6-8-12
  • Obama walks back remark about private sector ‘doing fine’: President Obama this afternoon tried to clarify earlier remarks about the state of the economy that set off a round of criticism from Republicans, including the party’s presidential nominee, Mitt Romney. Obama told reporters that he didn’t mean to … LAT, 6-8-12
  • ‘Private sector is doing fine’? Obama retracts as GOP mocks: President Obama’s remark that the sagging economy is due to cuts in public-sector jobs riled Republicans in Congress, who pledge to extend the Bush tax cuts and repeal health-care reform…. – CS Monitor, 6-8-12
  • Obama seeks to clarify private sector remarks, says it’s ‘absolutely clear economy not fine’: President Barack Obama, seeking to clarify comments about the strength of the US economy, said later Friday it is “absolutely clear” that the US economy is “not doing fine.” Obama spoke hours after saying in a White House news conference…. – WaPo, 6-8-12
  • Romney: Obama comments on economy will ‘go down in history as an extraordinary miscalculation: President Barack Obama declared Friday that “the private sector is doing fine,” drawing instant criticism from Republicans who said it showed a lack of understanding of the nation’s economic woes. GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney…. – WaPo, 6-8-12
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