On Tuesday, Barack Obama let loose with what was probably the single most inane defense of his horrible record on jobs and the economy – in at least the last week.
Speaking to NBC News’ Ann Curry, Obama claimed that the nation’s 14 million unemployed are unable to find work because of ATMs and automation. I knew it was the job killing robots (right).
It actually wouldn’t be a bad argument if it weren’t for the last 50 years or so of robust economic growth amid an explosion of automation and the use of technology to achieve efficiency. But Obama – The One – seems to have afforded himself the luxury of not being compared to any other point in history because, to him, history began on January 20, 2009.
Not surprisingly, Curry doesn’t bat an eyelash or challenge him to explain why the chickens of automation have chosen now to suddenly come home to roost.
“The other thing that happened though, this goes to the point you were just making, is there are some structural issues with our economy where a lot of businesses have learned to become much more efficient with a lot fewer workers,” President Obama said about unemployment in an interview with NBC’s Ann Curry.
“If you see it when you go to a bank you use the ATM, you don’t go to a bank teller. Or you go to the airport and you use a kiosk instead of checking in at the gate,” he said.
You can’t blame a guy for trying, I guess. As much as I’d love for him to be honest and say “You know, I suck at this job and I should probably quit,” it’s probably not realistic. He says these things because his stenographers in the press let him get away with them.
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