President Obama Mocks Sen. Mitch McConnell for Trying to Take Credit for Economic Growth

obama-mcconnellVery little that Republicans say or do actually surprises me anymore. Obviously I haven’t “seen it all yet” (conservatives continually prove they can outdo their own absurdities), but they’ve established themselves as a grouping of people who really don’t have any boundaries when it comes to being ridiculous.


But I will say a few weeks ago when Sen. Mitch McConnell tried to give the Republican party credit for our economic growth (especially the historic growth we saw in 2014), even I was somewhat shocked.

For years Republicans have done nothing but fear-monger about anything and everything President Obama has done, often claiming that it was going to torpedo the economy and destroy job creation. Yet there McConnell was, trying to give the GOP credit for our rapidly increasing economic growth based on the absurd notion that the growth we saw in 2014 was thanks to Americans anticipating the GOP taking over the Senate.

And, you know, that might actually almost make sense if the economy hadn’t already been building toward the best economic year we’ve seen since the late-90’s well before this past year. Not only that, but Republicans did just about anything they possibly could to leading up to the 2012 presidential election to impede economic progress, hoping that it might cost President Obama his job.

Well, during a speech he was giving in Washington, President Obama mocked McConnell’s claim that the economic numbers we saw last year were linked to the assumption that Republicans were going to reclaim the Senate.

“Our Republican leader in the Senate, as he was coming in, after trying to block every single thing that we have done to strengthen the economy, starts looking at jobs numbers, says you know, it is getting better because we just got elected. And people are feeling more optimistic,” Obama said.

“Which – okay. I didn’t know that’s how the economy worked, but maybe,” he laughed, smiling. “We’ll call some economists.”


McConnell’s comments were also rather humorous considering he was trying to take credit for our positive economic numbers, while many within his own party are still claiming that Obama’s economy has been a failure. Who knew that record stock levels; nearly 12 million jobs being created; a deficit that’s been reduced by over $1 trillion; and an unemployment rate that’s been nearly cut in half (all coming off the worst economic recession in nearly a century) could be considered a “failure.”

The truth is, with these kinds of economic numbers, if President Obama were white and a Republican they’d be calling him an American legend.

I just wish President Obama would do this more often. I’ve always said that one of his biggest weaknesses is that he doesn’t take Republicans head-on nearly enough. While I respect him for trying to stay above the fray, it’s hard to watch the Democrats’ biggest weapon sit back and allow Republicans to push their propaganda nearly unchallenged by the president.

Thankfully he stepped up this time to perfectly mock McConnell’s pathetic attempt to give the GOP credit for the economic recovery they tried to sabotage and continue to pretend doesn’t exist.




Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • DMJ

    I feel like while this was a good thing all republicans will do is try to use it as a way to say the president is unfit for his job. The fact that so many will deny the economic upswing and claim the president is unamerican or trying to gut our constitution astounds me given the fact we can look at states like Alabama and see how it looks to really watch someone gut the constitution. The truth is those in congress don’t really want anything for the people they just parrot old rhetoric that is slowly being seen for what it really is a bunch of buzz words with no substance

    • strayaway

      The majority of new jobs since the depth of the recession do not pay as much as the average job lost during the recession. The majority of those new jobs went to lower payed foreign workers; legal or otherwise. This ‘progress’ has come at a cost of $7.8T new debt under Obama. That translates into $25,000 for every man, woman, and child in the US. Of course, its the children who will pay for Obama’s recovery such as it is. That would be child abuse if it was an alcoholic father breaking open this kiddies piggy banks to make himself feel and look better. No matter – president Obama will further revive the economy by allowing 5M illegal aliens compete for a wider range of jobs and is trying to fast track the TPP. Even Robert Reich has broken ranks to warn us of the latter.

      It was former Democratic Congressman Dennis Kucinich who said that bombing Libya by executive order was an impeachable offense. The president is also gutting the constitution according to his former self. A poll was just conducted showing Democrats really don’t care if he does so.

      “We’ve got a government designed by the Founders so that there’d be checks and balances. You don’t want a president who’s too powerful or a Congress that’s too powerful or a court that’s too powerful. Everybody’s got their own role. Congress’s job is to pass legislation. The president can veto it or he can sign it. … I believe in the Constitution and I will obey the Constitution of the United States. We’re not going to use signing statements as a way of doing an end-run around Congress.” -Obama 5/19/08 before going to the dark side

      • DMJ

        Sources or should I just take your word for all this?

      • Charles Vincent
      • DMJ

        That doesn’t even source any place either. Can I get a source that can site back up evidence?

      • Charles Vincent

        Look it up on the CBO website. That’s where they got the information from.
        Here is a search result showing the Obama Administrations debt.

        https://www.google.com/search?q=national+debt+under+obama+chart&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8

      • DMJ
      • Charles Vincent

        that shows debt through 2012 its 2015 idiot.

      • Charles Vincent
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      • DMJ

        Sure it does if you include the debt we had going in otherwise it would really be under Bush

      • Charles Vincent

        Actually no it doesn’t it separates debt by president in one of my links you are being willfully ignorant.

      • DMJ

        You’re ignoring the fact the debt was already there nd acting like it was simply obama that created it. The only worthwhile one was Washington post which actually points out the different looks. I am not saying there isn’t a debt nor that it hasn’t increased but to act like this was all because of Obama is more ignorant. You want to believe that Obama’s debt is somehow the hugest by all means believe that but keep it real and don’t call a disagree belief willfully ignorant when you personally don’t want to look at the other side

      • Charles Vincent

        And it doesn’t change that Obama has added 7 trillion in debt you know the debt you questioned and asked for proof of. And fyi 7 trillion in 6 years is bigger than 5 trillion in 8 that bush had your cracked idea of it not being bigger and or the biggest in history is well like i said willful ignorance.

      • Nodramame

        That’s not true. At all. What he did was finally put on the books the two wars that Bush never budgeted for nor paid for. That didn’t show up until Obama did the right thing and acknowledged it. And by the way Reagan grew the debt more than Obama did.

      • Charles Vincent

        Bullshit the Bush war debts are listed as 2009 debt and scored against Bush not Obama learn to read. Reagan added ~1.8 trillion In debt over 8 years Obama added 7 trillion in 6 years. So not only has he added more per year than Reagan did, his total debt is 6 times more than Reagan.

      • Cougar Age

        If you really believe we wouldn’t be worse off with debt and the economy had Obama lost, you really should go back and look at how many different wars the republicans were happy to get us into, even though we’re already broke from dumb wars.

      • Charles Vincent

        Well the first sentence is speculation on your part. I suppose I need to remind you that many democrats including Hillary Clinton supported the wars in Iraq and in Afghanistan and voted for it, if you bothered to check the roll calls on those votes you would have known that and avoided planting both your feet in your mouth.

      • Nodramame

        Charles Vincent – The Heritage Foundation is the most Right wing of sites as is the Cato Organization. If you are going to quote somebody, quote somebody who doesn’t have an agenda.

      • Charles Vincent

        Not only is this post Ad lapidem nonsense it’s quite possibly one of the stupidest arguments anyone could make. Here is why. IF right wing sources have an “agenda” so do left wing sources. FYI all the sources I provided got their numbers from the CBO moron. You really need to learn to read better.

      • Nodramame

        Wow. Name calling. What an effective way to make and win and argument. Smart. Really smart.Congrats on your intelligence/

      • Charles Vincent

        Stop making moronic comments then and I wont call you a moron.

      • Nodramame

        To be clear, you can call me what you want. It doesn’t affect me. I know who I am. Your name calling, however, says a whole lot about you, no matter what you say.

      • Charles Vincent

        And your ad lapidem and irrational arguments say the same about you. I called it the way your replies dictated sorry it hurt your feelings.

      • Cougar Age

        Calling someone a moron is not the way to get them to listen to you…it’s simply a juvenile tactic. If you want people to listen, try to argue with their words instead of calling them names.

      • Charles Vincent

        Perhaps you should read all my posts before you say anything else my arguments are factual and attack the argument s they posited. The fact that they stooped to ad lapidem and ad hominem fallacies is proof they are moronic and ignorant and intransigent

      • Cougar Age

        The instant someone goes to name calling that’s how you know you have won. People who are winning the debate and want to influence others should always refrain from name calling. It tends to stop people from finding you credible. Just accept the win.

      • Cougar Age

        This is the same Heritage Foundation that pushed for shutting down the government to get rid of Obamacare…yeah I’m gonna trust ANYTHING they say. It’s your mistake if you trust them after that debacle.

      • Charles Vincent

        Don’t conflate the shut down with the heritage foundation. The heritage foundation abandon the aca style medical reform long before the shut down your talking about. Furthermore they abandon the idea of the aca because it violated people’s civil rights. Specifically the right to contract.

      • VictorPWiley

        You need to get an arse whipping fatty

      • Charles Vincent

        I got fat by eating little trolls like you…

      • Charles Vincent
      • Charles Vincent
      • VictorPWiley

        Yo Chuck. Go back to Africa. You ugly 47

      • strayaway

        Don’t take my word for it. Google it.

      • Nodramame

        And google is always right, just like Fox News. Right

      • strayaway

        You need to learn how to include “Faux News”, “Koch Brothers”, and “because he’s black” together in one sentence on this site as a substitute for researching facts.

      • Nodramame

        Why do I “need” to do anything on your account. I have never said any of those things, however if I were to use them, it is to note the inherit bias that is built into source. That does not count as truth and anybody who is interested in unbiased truth wouldn’t be willing to use them. Unless they are blind or stupid.

      • strayaway

        Why do you have to imaginary links to Fox News which I never mentioned? I’m just suggesting that if you go that route, make the most of it.

      • VictorPWiley

        Your word? You are a moron. Just shut up.

      • Jim Bean

        You should already have these facts in your head.

  • BPMM

    If Obama was a white man and a Republican, the House and Senate would be naming airports after him and pass a law to add him to Mt, Rushmore.

    • Jim Bean

      If Obama was a white man, the name of the current POTUS would be Joe Biden.

  • Mark Stone

    Does dip stick Mitch not understand the concept of cause and effect? Probably but it does not fit his narrative. Vote them out in 2016!

  • Russ Moore

    He redistributed 7 trillion dollars! You guys are daft!

    • Duckbudder

      Care to back that up with some verifiable facts?

      • Charles Vincent
      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        obviously under a rock is where you reside if cnsnews is your source. Right wing hackery is not a source. You are a doosh

      • Charles Vincent

        More ad lapidem nonsense from a mental midget. They get their numbers from the CBO you retard.

      • wake up

        You are dumb ass hell if you believe the CBO! Even Bill O’Reilly said the CBO tell lies.

      • Charles Vincent

        hahaha who pray tell am I supposed to believe then? The left who also get fiscal numbers from the CBO? And you’re calling me dumb GG moron.

        Moreover where is either the video or printed article where O’Reilly said this?

      • VictorPWiley

        Hey arse wipe.

    • Cougar Age

      I really don’t care if he did. Obama has improved the economy, improved consumer confidence in the economy, enacted policies that gained jobs, ordered the kill and the method of taking out Osama Bin Laden, has improved the USA’s outlook in the world, supports women’s rights, appointed impressive SC justices, and in general done a real fine job. I’m pleased he blocked the pipeline, which was possibly an environmental disaster for America, and has refrained from being a fool like his predecessor.

      I don’t like everything Obama did-keeping the Patriot act up, NSA baloney, but I don’t for one second thing it would have been better under a republican president. And if the republicans are going to put forth Donald then I as a Registered Independent will vote for another democratic president.

      When you insult and knock down a successful president, it doesn’t make sense, and I won’t be convinced by irrational and hysterical rants.

      PS-If you make more money, you SHOULD pay more taxes. You get the most benefits of living here, so don’t be greedy and pay your fair share without whining.

  • Charles Vincent

    Wow you morons still conflate debt and deficit.

    • Creeayshun Sighuntist

      wow, and you morons still think Mitch McConnell and the GOP deserve any credit for the things he is seeking credit for….typical

      • Charles Vincent

        AD lapidem nonsense I don’t give two shits about Mitch McConnell.

    • raysot

      …still winning friends I see!

    • Cougar Age

      I don’t care about how much money is spent. The last time a democrat left a surplus, the next president DESTROYED it. Unless we have consecutive presidents with brains, we’re only going to end up further in the hole. The economy is better when a democrat is in the White House.

      • Charles Vincent

        Clinton didn’t leave a surplus he used money from the social security fund to balance the budget. Go look at the treasuries balance sheet and see for your self. No we end up in the hole because of liberal spending policies that don’t work, Detroit is an example of those policies and how they failed. Moreover the hole is getting deeper because congress and the president keep kicking the can down the road.

  • Jim Bean

    I was somewhat shocked when, after the Left guaranteed sequestration would send us into the worst depression ever, the economy actually did the opposite and improved. I was not, however, shocked when the Left decided, “Well, I guess we may as well give ourselves credit for this.”

  • Bacon s meat

    Meow victor , how is the shoe box you sleep in every night.

  • Bacon s meat

    Victor ?