Probably because he didn’t need to. The Obamabots blame the ongoing, continuing, new-normal high unemployment rate -that has only gone higher before returning to exactly where it was when he took office- on the Republicans and the Tea Party.
By the way, I watched exactly ZERO seconds of the “festivities” yesterday, as I could not stomach watching this supposed genius (like Wile E. Coyote) and his hideously-coiffed spouse parade around like a couple of celebrities whose 15 minutes should have been up long ago. Alas, we are stuck with them, and the damage they’ll inevitably do, for four long years.
Why did President Obama barely mention unemployment in his inaugural address? After all, today’s jobless rate, 7.8 percent, is precisely what it was when Obama first took the oath of office in January 2009. It’s even worse; if you combine the unemployed with those who are working part-time but want a full-time job, and those who have been too discouraged to look recently, the figure is 14.4 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.That is a desperately bad situation. People know it. In poll after poll, Americans list jobs and the economy as the issue most important to the country. They’ve been saying the same thing every day Barack Obama has been in office.
And yet, in his inaugural address the president said essentially nothing about the nations most pressing problem. Why? Because he didn’t have to. His base supporters — loyalists and activists who would declare war on a Republican president with a similar unemployment rate — continue to give Obama a pass on joblessness. There are other issues, like immigration reform, climate change and raising taxes, that excite them more than economic recovery.
Before the presidents speech Monday, I spoke to several of his supporters as they headed to the Mall. Even though the crowd was dense, the security checkpoints slow and the walk long, they were delighted to be there. And when I asked their thoughts about an unemployment rate as high today as when Obama took office, they were in no mood to point fingers at the man on the inauguration stand.”It has nothing to do with the president,” said Germaine Hodge, of Austin, Texas. “I blame the Republicans and the Tea Party.”
The low-information voter has become the majority, and Obama is poised to take advantage of his good fortune in the his second term. Only the Republican-controlled House of Representatives stands in his way, and that might not last past 2014.