President Obama handed GOP operatives everywhere a gift at the Jobs Council meeting today. With a big grin, he noted, “Shovel-ready was not as — uh — shovel ready as we expected.” His remark prompted hearty laughter from others on the panel, including GE’s Jeffrey Immelt.
This comment won’t do much to tamp down the narrative from both liberals and conservatives that Obama isn’t serious about job creation. In addition to criticism from the NAACP and the Romney campaign, a Politico article today also has environmentalists carping Obama hasn’t done enough to produce “green jobs.”
The image of Obama snickering about shovel-ready jobs as his corporate executive advisers yuk it up next to him also hands Republicans yet another populist attack to use against the president. And that’s on the heels of a New York Times report that Obama held a DNC fundraiser at the White House to pander to Wall Street “fat cats,” as he once referred to them.
How long until we see this clip featured in one of Romney’s attack ads?