Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus responded to President Barack Obama’s comments on Friday in which Obama stated the private sector economy is “doing fine.” Obama made those comments at press conference on the economy that Obama had attempted to use to “bigfoot” what had been a disastrous week for the White House politically.
Priebus, in a conference call with reporters, said Obama’s comments showed Obama was “out of touch,” “clueless” and “living in an alternative universe” and continued his pattern of “blaming everyone except the man in the mirror on what is happening” with the economy.
At Obama’s press conference, Obama also said that he felt the weakness in the economy was in “state and local government,” which face “cuts initiated by governors or mayors who are not getting the kind of help they have in the past from the federal government and who don’t have the same flexibility as the federal government in dealing with fewer revenues coming in.”
In response, Priebus said these comments were “tone deaf” and represents a president who thinks “job growth ought to be through government spending and tax dollars” and showed that Obama seemed oblivious to his own failed government stimulus program.
Governor Scott Walker’s victory in Wisconsin was the worst piece of news for Democrats and the White House in a week in which Obama fundraised from New York to Hollywood and was also confronted with evidence that, in the past, he had sought the endorsement of the Socialist New Party, contrary to previous Clintonian denials on the part of Obama and his allies in the mainstream media.
Priebus said Walker’s decisive victory in Wisconsin’s recall election showed that Mitt Romney and the GOP “are in a good position to compete” in Wisconsin, a state even Obama’s campaign has now put in the swing state column. Priebus said Walker’s win showed the energy was on the Republican side heading into the fall and the RNC’s political director, Rick Wiley, discussed the formidable ground operation the GOP now has in Wisconsin, which will only be enhanced heading into November.
Priebus also discounted the mainstream media’s use of flawed exit polls from Wisconsin on Tuesday to highlight items that were favorable to Obama in the polls and emphasized that November’s contest would be between Romney, who understand the private sector, and Obama, a president who lacks experience in the private sector. Priebus noted that Obama would probably be unfamiliar with the workings of a lemonade stand.