In his WSJ column, The President Moves the Economic Goalposts, Karl Rove drew attention to the President’s use of the word, “immediately,” to describe when the stimulus package would take effect.
When it came to the stimulus package, the president and his administration promised, in the words of National Economic Director Larry Summers, “You’ll see the effects begin almost immediately.” Now it’s clear that those promised jobs and growth haven’t materialized.
So Mr. Obama is attempting to lower expectations retroactively, saying in an op-ed in Sunday’s Washington Post that his stimulus “was, from the start, a two-year program.” That is misleading. Mr. Obama never said if his stimulus were passed things might still get significantly worse in the following year.
When? 2010? Maybe, no one really knows. This gave the GOP a chance to pounce and they did with this ad; entitled Obama vs. Obama on the stimulus.