Now He Tells Us… Obama Admits There's No Such Thing as a Shovel Ready Job

Back on March 3, 2009, 14 days after democrats rammed through their record $787 non-Stimulus package, Barack Obama told Americans that those shovels were already hitting the ground.

Well, it’s been a year and a half and we all know that the shovels weren’t hitting anything. The stimulus was a horrible failure.

Even Obama agrees. Obama told the press this week that there is not such a thing as a shovel ready job.
The Caucus reported, via Evan Coyne Maloney:

In the magazine article, Mr. Obama reflects on his presidency, admitting that he let himself look too much like “the same old tax-and-spend Democrat,” realized too late that “there’s no such thing as shovel-ready projects” and perhaps should have “let the Republicans insist on the tax cuts” in the stimulus.

Now he tells us.

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  • Donh

    My shovel is ready for Nov 2 !

  • kansas

    There isn’t a shovel big enough to shovel all the shi# Obama and Biden have been spreading.

  • kansas

    President Obama said that he expected Republicans to offer him more cooperation after November’s elections, no matter the outcome.

    Since he’s been giving them the finger for two years, I’m sure they’re just dying to cooperate with him.

  • down with dems

    admitting that he let himself look too much like “the same old tax-and-spend Democrat,”

    So he’s only sorry that he was transparently, obviously, a tax-and-spend Democrat? He wishes he had concealed it better? That’s like the non-apology “I’m sorry you were offended”. “I’m sorry I made my tax-and-spend proclivities so obvious”.

  • Militant Conservative

    He gives us a steaming shovel full every time he opens his mouth.

    WE are digging Obama’s political grave as we speak.
    We the People are going to blister his black Narcissist butt in November. powder is dry.

  • Sasja

    He’s lying.

  • bg


    no, they needed to tell their dopers, uh, hopers a
    fairy tale to keep them hooked on the UNAcorn..

    the majority of “we the people” knew better..


  • Sibyl West

    This sounds like the drug addict or adulterer breaking down in tears, saying he was wrong and promising he’ll never, ever do it again.

    Yeah right. Anyone who believes him is a fool.

  • His education in basic economics is costing us way too much. Perhaps our next President will come in with some experience in the real world.

  • bg


    ps: sorry to have to say this, but i don’t think we’ve woken up yet,
    and better late than never may not work for US anymore.. *sigh*



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  • Army Mom

    I have a shovel ready for Obama and all of congress in the next few election cycles. Do you remember all the classless people who sang “Na na na na, na na na na, hey hey hey, goodbye” to GWB when he left office in 2009? I can’t wait to see if it comes back in 2013 when Obama is leaving. Paybacks are a bit@#!!

  • Dr_Irish

    The only thing shovel ready is the grave these policies are going to put us in.

  • BBC

    The infrastructure deteriorated under the responsibility and watchful eye of the government. For decades, politicians steered funds away from the infrastructure to pet projects or simply ignored ignored it and relied on wishful thinking and fantasy for its maintenance.

    We should be very careful in allocating funds to politicians to spend in the normal way for this important work.

    We need to change the system first before pouring more billions down this rat hole.

  • Valerie

    It took this long for his advisors to figure out that he needed to steer toward the center?

    And he couldn’t figure out for himself how long it takes for legislative monies to filter into the economy? Or even consider how much it costs to have the government, as opposed to an individual, create a job?

    This guy is supposed to be a lawyer with experience in getting grant money, and spending it, and failing to have it produce the planned effect. Didn’t it once occur to him that all the process and people involved in all those governance steps for his charity would apply equally to other grants of public funds?

    Did it not once occur to him that the Republicans and the Tea Partiers have a point when they talk about what works in our economy?

    Did it not once occur to him that surrounding himself with academics instead of people with practical experience might give his administration tunnel vision?

    The voters should extract a price for that kind of stupidity.

  • Dr_Irish

    Shovel Ready? I was high when I said that.

  • Kevin P

    Kansas #3 – “President Obama said that he expected Republicans to offer him more cooperation after November’s elections, no matter the outcome.

    Since he’s been giving them the finger for two years, I’m sure they’re just dying to cooperate with him.”

    I want to hear the Republicans say… no SHOUT “Elections have consequences”. Or, “WE WON”.

    Stick it in his eye.

  • Kevin P

    People shoudl know by now, when Obama speaks… get the shovel ready!

  • From even before he took the oath, I, and others, were trying to tell the idiots who voted for him that he was naive, inexperienced and had no clue how to govern or lead.

    I said on my blog in late 2008 that people would be turning against him by summer of 2009 and I’m no Dick Morris but it sure did not take a seer to realize that.

    Now the rube thinks he can just say “oops, my bad, there really isn’t such a thing as a shovel ready job”

    Good Christ. We really need to neuter this train wreck on Nov. 2nd, and toss him out on his ass in 2012.

    Never again, never ever again!!

  • DINORight

    The man is beyond the pale with his lies. First he says that ObamaCare “won’t cost a single dime” or he won’t sign the bill…..then says “of course we knew it would have to cost us; you can’t insure 30,000,000 more people without increasing costs” – AND NOW he’s admitting the “shovel-ready” lie about the Stimu-Porku-lous!!!!???

    I never cease to be amazed at the chutzpah, the unmitigated gall, the blatant flat-out LYING he does. With a straight face. And his turnabout – with a straight face. As if he never said anything to lead anyone to believe otherwise. Shame is unknown, foreign, to this narcissist!

    Stupid? Nah. Short memory? A$$-covering? Nope. Just a leftist Alinsky political organizer doing what comes naturally – trying his best to take down the greatest country ever. Using every trick in the book that he must have studied morning, noon, and night.

    Shovel-ready. Impeachment is the shovel, and it has the name Obama on it!

  • bg


    Valerie @ 8:51 am #15

    re: [The voters should extract a
    price for that kind of stupidity.]

    bottom line imho:

    this is not about Obama being as brilliant as
    a shining star or as dumb as a grain of sand..

    the transitioning Obama is guiding US through
    is not about OBAMA.. it’s about US period..

    Obama knew & still knows exactly what
    he is doing, as do his puppet masters..


  • BuddyG
  • KR

    “I won” also stated this: “…he expected Republicans to offer him more cooperation after November’s elections, no matter the outcome.”
    From day one barry has refused to give an inch in cooperation.

    The new congress needs to make it clear to all that they are there to REPRESENT the people, not march in lock step with the prez.

  • Granny

    You know, you have to wonder whether TheWon even recalls what he has previously read from his teleprompter from one day to the next. Makes me wonder if he doesn’t have some truly serious mental disability or neurological problem or psychosis. This is far and away beyond the normal different story every day you get with habitual liars.

  • bg


    Granny @ 9:28 am #24

    so what if he does, we seem to be following the leader here regardless
    of reality, ergo, perhaps it is US who have the mental problem.. duh!!


  • StandUp4Chuck

    Was there ever any doubt about this bunch? Up is down and down is up. They lie, its what they do.

  • Lauren

    Of course there are shovel-ready jobs. Digging up all those dead people who will be voting this narcissist and his ilk back into office.

  • sandy

    Time to toss the Dems under the bus. Because Obama needs to save himself at all costs. Reminds me of the Titanic ship owner who decked himself out in a dress so he could get aboard one of the life boats.

  • sandy

    KR — We are seeing the beginning of the new Obama agenda for the next 2 years. He expects the Republicans to cooperate with him and if not, he’s going to go it alone and do what he wants anyway.

    The moaning will be at a higher pitch because he’s all alone in wanting to save the nation and he feels he must do what’s right for the American people. Time to vomit.

  • Valerie

    October 13th, 2010 | 9:06 am | #21

    Oh, it could be that BO & Co really do intend to destroy our system and replace it with a command-and-control economy along the lines of the failed example in Russia. Bill Ayers, of course, probably still has that intent.

    It’s just that human stupidity explains so much.

  • bg


    Valerie @ 9:58 am #30

    well, the STUPID is in charge of US, go fig..


  • StrangernFiction

    “LET the Republicans insist on the tax cuts” in the stimulus.

    Hmm, so I guess Il Douche not only controls what Republican policies are enacted, but which ones they will insist on. Behold the freaky mind-control powers of The One.

  • StrangernFiction

    “the same old tax-and-spend Democrat”

    No, you see Barky is a newfangled tax-and-spend Democrat.

  • StrangernFiction

    President Obama said that he expected Republicans to offer him more cooperation after November’s elections, no matter the outcome.


    Do it Republicans, and it will be the end of the Republican Party.

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  • Finncrisp

    Barry’s latest comments have “pegged” my BS meter. He will say anything he doesn’t mean to try and turn around his political fortunes. The more he tries, the more of a whiner he becomes. I am disgusted with the lies and the now demonstrated ignorance he brought to office. NOvember will correct all of this.

  • DocScience

    The spiderwebs of liberal regulations ensure that projects are only POWERPOINT ready… set for years of costly studies and high priced lawyering.

    In our town, a flood washed away a 25 foot long footbridge over a creek. (which feeds the Chesapeake Bay via wetlands). The replacement could have been built in a week.

    But it took 6 years of permitting process to replace it thanks to the maze of requirements.
    6 YEARS!!!!!!!!!

  • Stuart

    There certainly is a shovel ready project. It’s called the November elections. I am ready to shovel the Demos into the hole that they have dug for this nation.

  • Next he’ll be telling us there is no such thing as a ‘job saved’. /sarc

  • pm

    This deluded fool thinks he let himself look too much like “the same old tax-and-spend Democrat”? Wish it were so.

    Sorry, pal. November’s tsunami is gonna hit you because you managed to do more damage – in less than two years – than this country’s seen in its entire history.

    And I say tsunami because in that interview you offer only two scenarios: Republicans won’t do as well as anticipated or they’ll do reasonably well.

    Grab your swimtrunks, Barry. The big one’s about to hit.

  • bg


    StrangernFiction @ 10:38 am #34

    you mean outside of the TPM candidates, the
    top banana Reps still have a leg to stand on??



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  • “shovels were already hitting the ground”

    Perhaps they need to get their eyes examined?

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  • pjean

    But, but, the signs said………

  • I know of a shovel ready job just waiting to be done. THE BORDER FENCE!

  • StrangernFiction


    Most Americans have no clue how bad it really is — how much harm is done by governmental intrusion at all levels. Having worked for a local regulatory agency for a brief period I can attest to how bad it is. I am utterly disgusted when I hear people on both sides promote the fatalistic meme that there is only so much that can be done to revive our economy — we can cut taxes and reduce some spending, but that’s it. COMPLETE BS.

  • burt

    The only jobs he was interested in saving were the DNC’s. This whole thing was only campaign money for the Democrats.

  • chuck in st paul

    Awwww, sure there is. He’s been shoveling it since day one.

  • no shovel ready jobs? this reminds me of the WMD’s that the lefty loons, and the MSM were howling about when we invaded iraq. So! obama lied!!!!

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  • Just for you Chuck … in St. Paul [I ain’t selling anything (you’ll know it if/when I do)]:

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  • Louis

    Now wait a darn minute, let’s be fair. I can think of at least Two

    1). Ted “Splash” Kennedy

    2). Robert “KKK” Byrd

  • Hedgehog


  • does obama think that constantly contradicting himself makes him look good? it just makes him look like the inexperienced, incompentent, marxist fool his critics said he was back in 2008. i wonder if the liars in american tass who defended obama by branding every criticism as racist lies put out by political enemies will ever admit that they were wrong about him.

  • Hedgehog

    bg wrote:

    I’m glad I’m not the only one who realizes just how serious our plight is. What these criminals have done is unforgivable. They must be removed. Nothing else will allow for any of this mess to be corrected.

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  • myohmy

    We are shovel ready on Nov. 2

  • Jerry Alexander

    I will say,without doubt,that the vase majority of Americans have not clue of anything this looser said,or,didn`t say…No Clue!!
    It`s the greedy,self serving Americans that have allowed America to become what it is today…PERIOD!
    I mean! what does it take to recognize a phony..Jeane Dixon?

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  • Jerry Alexander

    I know how to bring all of this to an end without firing one shot,or,raising a hand to harm anyone.These so called Leaders are cowards.If they are exposed,the Mask removed,they will cower in the nearest corner.
    America must do better at exposing these NAZI`S.Make them visible to all….their children,their neighbors,their clergy,”The Butcher,the Baker,the Candle stick maker.We must make damn sure that everyone knows exactly what kind of American they are,if American at all…We must take it to their door step(s).We must protest at their hiding place(s).The only problem for us is the cops.They are just waiting for their God to tell them what to do…right or wrong,constitutional or not,Civil,or,not,and! they don`t even care about the Oath they took…They will even come to you Hospital Room and steel you new born baby if their GOD tells them to.These cops must also be exposed to all….off with the mask…..tell their parents,and their children what kind of person their parent(s) really is.

  • Jerry Alexander

    AND BEHIND A SHIELD…..Nobody liked these people in High School,or,even in the neighborhood…the cops I`m talking about.
    The others,the politicians,came form the other side of the tracks where the 9th graders drove nice cars to school,and everyone else took the bus.They were disconnected then,and! they`re disconnected now.

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  • Militant Conservative

    Jerry Alexander
    October 14th, 2010 | 8:00 am | #65

    Read his posts to get a feel of a enraged troll posing as a conservative. Just does not feel right. Jerry your a poser and I am on clean up patrol for troll dung. powder is dry.

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