Our View: ‘Deja pivot’

Posted: July 25, 2013

Occasionally, even the mainstream media, whose sloppy love affair with President Obama has been well-chronicled, can get off a good one at the White House’s expense. This happened earlier this week when NBC’s Chuck Todd called Mr. Obama’s latest return to economic philosophizing “deja pivot.”

Whenever the president feels the heat on other issues, or sees his approval rating crater (like now), or is up for re-election, he pivots to the economy and wraps tired old panaceas in new verbiage. Where once America was intent on “winning the future,” now we must grow the economy “from the middle out.” A rose, or skunk, by any other name . . .

All of this is accompanied by the standard excoriation of Republicans and Congress. On Wednesday, Mr. Obama spoke of “an endless parade of distractions, political posturing, and phony scandals . . . And I am here to say this needs to stop.” Never mind that he and his party have opted to focus on issues — immigration and gun control — way down on the electorate’s list of priorities. And the “scandals” — Benghazi, IRS — are largely of the administration’s making.

Still, if the president wishes to talk about the economy and growth, we’ll gladly oblige, starting in this space Friday.