Our president may be lauded occasionally for his oratory, but Barack Obama's moribund stand-up comedy is funny as a crutch.
How dare President Obama make a joke out of joblessness.
There he was in Durham, N.C., this week, where members of his Jobs Competitiveness Council told him that government red tape and byzantine permitting procedures were holding up construction projects that his administration famously -- now perhaps infamously -- referred to as "shovel-ready jobs."
In response to this sad news, Obama uncorked this little nugget of flippancy: "Shovel-ready was not as shovel-ready as we expected," he quipped to laughing subordinates.
What an utter disgrace for a president to joke about a crucial policy failure on jobs when legions of his citizens are out of work.
These jobs were a key selling point in the Obama administration's snake-oil sales campaign for its $830 billion stimulus package in 2009.
The whole point of these "shovel-ready" projects is that planning would be complete, approvals would be secured and the jobs could commence immediately after funding is allocated.
Now, to America's detriment, we know differently. But back then, it appears the only people who were "shovel-ready" were Obama's cheerleaders, eager to shovel out lies to the public to push the president's flawed policies through Congress.
The president even admitted it last year. In October, Obama told New York Times White House correspondent Peter Baker that "there's no such thing as shovel-ready projects."
The very projects on which the bulk of the stimulus bill was predicated -- and they didn't even exist. In response, the rest of the mainstream media merely yawned.
Would the media have allowed George W. Bush to get away with such a blatant lie? They certainly didn't mind holding his feet to the fire when times were comparatively much better.
Unemployment under Bush was just over 5 percent in mid-2004, a little more than half of what it is now under Obama. Yet here was how Dan Rather accusingly led off his Oct. 8, 2004, CBS newscast: "Tonight, where are the jobs? "
If hypocrisy were gold, the media could solve Obama's government debt problems overnight. America's jobless rate is at its highest in a quarter-century. Where are journalism's talking heads demanding of Obama, "Where are the jobs?"
And where is Obama's sense of perspective? What kind of president would laugh off such an abject failure of his economic philosophy that has imperiled millions of American families?
Certainly not the kind of president you could even think about re-electing.