1 Year Later, Will the Media Recall Obama’s “Mission Accomplished” Moment?

By David Stein

In 2003, when George W. Bush gave a speech aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln backed by a banner that read “Mission Accomplished,” the media immediately pounced, claiming that Bush was prematurely declaring victory in Iraq (of course, the MSM ignored both the context of the banner’s words, and the fact that Bush’s speech made multiple references to the fact that the Iraq conflict was far from over).

The “mission accomplished” incident haunted Bush for the rest of his presidency. The media never let him forget it, and never passed up an opportunity to mention it.

With Labor Day fast approaching, let’s not forget that it was one year ago that President Obama delivered his “mission accomplished” speech about the economy. During his 2010 Labor Day speech, delivered at the Milwaukee “Laborfest” union gathering, Obama triumphantly claimed that if the economy were to be compared to a car stuck in a ditch, his administration had fixed the problem – they’d gotten the car “out of the ditch.”

Don’t remember? Here it is:

“We got it out of the ditch.” There was no ambiguity in the president’s words; the car was “out of the ditch.”

Of course, the president seemed to be one of the very few people who believed that at the time. Click here to read a list of quotes from Obama’s friends in the “mainstream media” regarding the economic picture in September 2010. Bleak, bleak, bleak. Yet none of those media outlets criticized his “ditch” metaphor for being too optimistic (or unrealistic…or just plain false).

With more and more economists warning that the risk of a double-dip recession is real and growing, will any of the “unbiased” sages in the media remind their readers that exactly one year ago the president declared victory in the struggle to get the economy “out of the ditch?” Will CNN or MSNBC run the clip of the “out of the ditch” speech followed by a clip of former Obama economic adviser Lawrence Summers claiming “the indicators suggest that the economy has at least a 1-in-3 chance of falling back into recession,” or CNBC analyst Meredith Whitney stating “I think you’re getting increasing signs that we’re at a risk for a double dip….we’re certainly in a double dip on housing,” or Obama pal George Soros declaring “if a double-dip recession was in doubt a few weeks ago, it is less in doubt now,” or Ronnie Lowenstein of the New York City Independent Budget Office warning that “the likelihood of a double-dip recession has increased,” or CNN Money flatly asserting “the risk of double dip recession is rising”…will any of those statements, all uttered this month, be played against clips of Obama’s 2010 “out of the ditch” speech?

I never like asking questions to which I already know the answer.

Of course, I might be wrong. The MSM is a bit more willing to be critical of Obama now than they were a year ago. But I remain skeptical. To the media, some “mission accomplished” moments are more worthy of endless recollection than others.

One Response to “1 Year Later, Will the Media Recall Obama’s “Mission Accomplished” Moment?”
  1. RightAsRain says:

    The bias is just astounding. Thank you for keeping the heat on!

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