Obama is the pivot man…

And the pivot man is going to pivot to jobs in the State of the Union address. After all, the unemployment rate is higher than when he took office over four years ago.

President Obama has spent this year talking about debt reduction, gun control, climate change, and immigration, but Tuesday’s State of the Union address is expected to focus on the issues that brought him to power: Jobs and the economy.

“I’m going to be talking about making sure that we’re focused on job creation here in the United States of America,” Obama told House Democrats last week.

Does that sound at all familiar to you?

August 2, 2011: “President Obama said Washington should quickly pivot to job creation efforts…”

February 4, 2011: “Obama’s pivot to jobs seemed attainable in the wake of his well-received speech to Congress.”

September 7, 2010: “President Barack Obama will signal he is making a long-promised pivot to jobs…”

January 8, 2010: “President Obama pivots to jobs as key theme.”

November 30, 2009: “President Obama will pivot later this week to the economy…”

February 14, 2009: “With a $787 billion stimulus package in hand, President Barack Obama will pivot quickly to address a budget deficit… “

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7 Responses to Obama is the pivot man…

  1. Matt says:

    But this time he really means it.

    From Wikipedia’s entry on “Battered Person Syndrome”, from which >50% of the electorate apparently suffers:

    ” . . . the violent partner makes gestures of contrition. However, the partner does not find solutions to avoid another phase of tension building and release so the cycle repeats. The repetition of the violence despite the abuser’s attempts to “make nice” results in the abused partner feeling at fault for not preventing a repeat cycle of violence. However, since the victim is not at fault and the violence is internally driven by the abuser’s need to control, this self-blame results in feelings of helplessness rather than empowerment. The feeling of being both responsible for and helpless to stop the violence leads in turn to depression and passivity. This learned depression and passivity makes it difficult for the abused partner to marshal the resources and support system needed to leave.”

  2. EastBayLarry says:

    Isn’t pivot just another word for spin?

  3. notamobster says:

    I can’t believe it. I thought everyone knew what a pivot man was…