The Mitt Romney campaign continued to turn President Obama’s words against him Monday in a new Web video that shows a confident Obama accepting responsibility for the state of the US economy.
The video features excerpts from a speech Obama delivered on July 14, 2009 at Macomb Community College in Warren, Mich.
“Now, my administration has a job to do, as well, and that job is to get this economy back on its feet,” Obama said at the time. “That’s my job. And it’s a job I gladly accept. I love these folks who helped get us in this mess and then suddenly say, ‘Well, this is Obama’s economy.’ That’s fine. Give it to me. My job is to solve problems, not to stand on the sidelines and harp and gripe.”
Onscreen text follows Obama’s remarks: “So where are we now? Now, 23.2 million Americans [are] out of work, underemployed or no longer looking for work. Forty straight months over 8 percent unemployment. Middle-class struggles have deepened. And median household income has dropped by more than $4,000.”
The new video from Romney, the presumptive GOP presidential nominee, follows one his campaign recirculated last week that highlights a Feb. 2, 2009 interview with NBC’s Matt Lauer.
“I will be held accountable,” Obama said at one point in the interview. Later, he added, “If I don’t have this done in three years, then there’s going to be a one-term proposition.”
Romney’s point seems to be that the president once took a buck-stops-here approach to managing the nation’s economic recovery but now refuses to take the blame for an economy that Obama says “isn’t where it needs to be.”
Senior White House adviser David Plouffe pointed the finger at congressional Republicans Sunday during an interview on ABC, saying they are “openly talking about doing nothing on the economy over the next five months because it would help Mitt Romney.”
The new Romney video concludes with the former Massachusetts governor addressing Obama directly.
“Well, Mr. President, you’ve had your moment,” Romney says. “We’ve seen the results, and now, Mr. President, this is our time.”
A Gallup poll published last Thursday showed Americans still blame former President George W. Bush for the country’s economic condition more than they blame Obama. Sixty-eight percent of survey respondents said they blame Bush a great deal or a moderate amount, compared to 52 percent who said the same about Obama.Callum Borchers can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @callumborchers.