A joke? That’s the excuse.
Maybe Obama was joking, but his continued push for class warfare later during the speech is no laughing matter:
Layoffs too often became permanent, not part of the business cycle. And these changes didn’t just affect blue collar workers. If you were a bank teller or a phone operator or a travel agent, you saw many in your profession replaced by ATMs and the internet.
Is Obama suggesting that Americans would be better off without the internet and ATMs? Is he saying that those advances in technology have resulted in fewer jobs and opportunity, not more? Or is he just saying they are consequences of the unfair capitalist system that needs to be corrected by government through welfare, redistribution of wealth, subsidies, regulations, unions, higher minimum wages, higher taxes on the wealthy, etc?
More Obama “jokes”:
Flashback: Obama refers to Hawaii as Asia
It’s hard to mistake that Hawaiian scenery.
But President Obama apparently forgot where he was during his press conference Sunday on the outskirts of Honolulu — despite being born there.
The president mistakenly described his location as “Asia” while answering a question about budget cuts.
“When I meet with world leaders, what’s striking — whether it’s in Europe or here in Asia — the kinds of fundamental reforms and changes, both on the revenue side and the public pension side, that other countries are having to make are so much more significant than what we need to do in order to get our books in order,” Obama said.
Obama understandably had Asia on the mind, as his press conference came in the middle of the U.S. hosting the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit, where representatives from many Asian countries were in attendance.
Flashback: Obama claims he visited 57 states.