Obama in 2008: “We’re going to keep on trying a bunch of stuff until something works”

Via morgenr. This is fantastic and should be run by Romney in ads in all the battleground states:

Here is the full transcript of this interaction just to prove it wasn’t taken out of context. I’ve highlighted the portions in the video:

GIBSON: You also said at this rally we need new direction, we need new leadership in Washington. What would you be doing right now that’s any different than what the Bush Administration has done and is doing?

OBAMA: Well, I’ll tell you what. I do think that the administration is hampered by the fact that people don’t have a lot the confidence in the president. I mean, if you think about previous crises — you know, FDR. There were a whole bunch of programs that he tried that didn’t work. But what he was able to provide to people was a sense that somebody’s in charge and we’re going to get through this.

And — and that is as important as anything. And the fact that, if you’ve seen President Bush come out of the Rose Garden for two minutes at a time and, you know, not give a clear sense of what is taking place, describing this — describing this rescue package as — seeing it described as a bailout where the average person still thinks that what’s happening is $700 billion is going out the door, and we’re never going to see it again, and it’s going to a bunch of Wall Street types. You know…

GIBSON: That’s puts you in a position — that puts you in a position of essentially saying trust me. I’m a 47-year-old guy with one term in the Senate.

OBAMA: Yeah.

GIBSON: You got to put your faith in me.

OBAMA: Well, of course. Look, if I wasn’t — if I didn’t have confidence in the ability to lead the country, I wouldn’t be running for president. But it’s not simply trust me. What I’m saying to the American people is trust in us. Trust in ourselves. Trust in our innovation, the talent of our workers. Trust in our ability to be pragmatic and think these problems through and solve them. I mean, the truth is that very rarely when we have a crisis like this do we just have a blueprint solution that pops out and everything runs smoothly. That’s not how things work. One of the great gifts of America is we’re practical people so we try things. If they don’t work, then we try something else. And we fidget with this and we tinker with that. But we maintain confidence in our core institutions, our core values, and we remain confident in the American people. And that’s the job of the president to organize the — the best people out there to rally the country, to give them a sense of direction and vision and say, you know what, we’re going to keep on trying a bunch of stuff until something works.

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  • Spartan4Palin

    Throwing a bunch of crap at the wall to see what sticks? Gotcha!

    He throws crap better than he throws a ball!!!!

    • warpmine

      Isn’t that what the monkeys do, throw crap at the wall to see if it sticks.

      • Landscaper

        warpmine, sorry but (monkey) is out of line. got your point, makes conservatives look like biggots. maybe an edit?

        • warpmine

          Oh, I see, I didn’t realize that the left or for that matter so many would take it upon themselves to assume I meant that our illustrious leader looked like a lower class primate. He doesn’t but his intelligence isn’t quite up to that level and that was the only point that I was conveying here.

          Why is it when anyone uses the words namely the common names of primate when in the same sentence as that Marxist(I can use that word, right? Didn’t check the Marxist application guide) crap thrower of stinky ideas, people assume we’re insulting this useless wipe? I confess, I was more of a science and math guy with mild case of dyslexia so reading wasn’t a my forte’ back when AI was a school lad. I hate this PC world we live in where I’m expected to endure endless insults from the left but cannot respond the way I know how because it may look racist to a conservative or progressive trash. Man political correctness worked well so I wonder if Mao knew just how well it did.

          Must we add the famous Seinfeld side note of “Not that there’s anything wrong with that” to everything that might offend anyone on the planet? Before you answer that place thin in context of the attacks on the 1st Amendment.

          • Landscaper

            the libtards read this site too. excuses to say “see there, now they are calling him a crap throwing monkey” i got your back. no disrespect

        • prlgrl

          In light of the recent study – funded by our tax dollars – to see ‘why monkeys throw their poop,’ I don’t think it’s racist at all.

    • agas84363


  • Sounded like last night’s speech.

  • Chris Whitesell

    So his last 400bil jobs bill was another stimuli experiment? And how about Dodd/Frank and Obamacare? What a bunch of neophytes and idiots. I mean this administration has no clue what they are doing. I was angered to see them even talk about debt reduction when they are the reason we have run 1+ trillion dollar deficits for four years and seen no economic improvement. This jobs report is a sham as they create less than 100K jobs and more than 300k leave the workforce. Apparently no real growth has happened in this entire term as every time the unemployment rate drops it is a result of people exited the workforce, but only statistically. I am sure many of those considered to be out of the workforce are still looking or hoping for jobs. We still have 10+ % unemployment and have ever since 09. We need to give someone else a shot as we will continue to wallow for 4 more years if we don’t send these kensyian dumbasses packing

  • RosiesSeeingRed

    So let me get this straight. His plan was to throw a bunch of spaghetti at the wall until a strand or two stuck? Greaaaaaat. That would explain the big, freakin’ mess he made!!!!!

    • keninil

      But he didn’t cook like the Jobs Council or Simpson-Bowles told him he tried to do with dry spaghetti.

  • Cindy09


  • conservative58

    Spoken like a true ‘community’ organizer!

  • warpmine

    The school system failed us even in the seventies and farther back because they somehow failed to teach us that hidden responsibility of the president to take charge of everything. We were erroneously taught that the President’s responsibility was to defend the constitution. I hate those bastards because now I’m inclined to be a constitutionalist instead of a brilliant leftist elastic constitutionalist.

  • welltempered2

    He’ll try everything except what works. A supremely confident dope.

  • ConnieConservative

    FDR is our President’s hero. He extended the 1930’s depression by many years with
    his massive government intervention. Just like president Obama is doing now.
    They both love to ignore the constitution.
    What ever happened to that oath they took to defend and protect our constitution?

  • SierraBear

    What an incompetent moronic dweeb!

  • Liberal Definitions 101:
    “Investing” : Public sector spending, funding endeavours with taxpayer money that private sector financiers will not support (usually for a reason).
    urban dictionary: Spending someone else’s loot, so you don’t have to risk your own.

    “Middle class” : Public sector and union employees.
    Urban dictionary: Dedicated Democratic Party donors

    “Inherited” : Problem that liberal/ progressive policies created but blame has been effectively assigned to others to prevent ownership of the problem, thereby creating an atmosphere to “fix” the problem with larger liberal policies and more “investments”.
    Urban Dictionary : Bait and switch

    “Voter suppression” : Attempts to keep the dead, illegal and unqualified voters from casting legal votes for Democrats through voter ID laws.
    Urban dictionary : Ballot box stuffing, “vote early and often” is a right.

    “Access” : Having somebody else foot the bill for your basic needs and activities so that you can have disposable income for sneakers, cell phones, tvs and other goodies.
    urban dictionary : Bling and hush money.

    “Out of touch” : Anyone not residing in the New York or LA metropolitan areas or who do not aspire to be or think like those within said areas.
    Urban dictionary: The unwashed masses of flyover country; racist, sexist, bigoted, homophobe, knuckle dragging rednecks.

    “Paying your fair share” : Confiscatory tax policy for “out of touch” high earners, so that Liberals can “invest” in the “middle class” and enable “access” to those who are victims of “voter suppression” to prevent them from “inheriting” future problems.
    Urban dictionary: Liberal economics 101 (and that’s a WHOLE different ball game).

    • On the mark! I like those definitions.

  • Landscaper

    Hey A-hole,
    It’s not a lightbulb like Edison tinkered with. It’s our damn country, our lives, our future. We are not a 1960’s Erector Set to play with. Go home and play with that. By the way, Edison figured it out and the rest is history. Now you are history.

  • Joe

    Less than 2 Months LEFT!


    Have a nice weekend!

    (Did I hear him say he spoke to FDR?)

  • Charlatan- a person who pretends to have expert knowledge or skill that he or she does not have; fake

    • poljunkie

      Perfect analogy Cheryl.

    • kong1967

      Obama is now saying that he has foreign policy experience and Romney doesn’t. I have never seen a President push this argument before and it’s disgusting. No one has the foreign policy experience that comes from being President until they get the job. He didn’t have a clue when he came to office and he still doesn’t. He’s helping the Muslim Brotherhood secure power around the world. Yeah, that’s the type of experience we don’t need.

      • His foreign policy experience is all bowing, kowtowing and apologizing for America.

        • kong1967

          Yes, because we are unjustly more powerful than the third world nations and are responsible for their failures. We have no right to be exceptional.

  • WordsFailMe

    There’s like a disconnect in this moron’s brain. Has he never had to face adults with minds? has he always simply preached to students, sycophants and other morons.

    This pipsqueak is going to get his spiny tail twisted tighter than DWS’ curls in a debate with a grown up. His already peeing down his leg, trying not to piss off Romney personally. He;ll let that flatuous lap dog, Biden snarl and drool but President Potatoe head will never attack another man from the front and alone. Watch that half ass Kenyan start rubbing his eyes and wiping sweat off his lips like a petty, slinking burglar at the station house during the debate.

    At the start of the first debate, I’d like to see Romney walk across the stage and slap this shit out of that cowardly, traitorous slime. Just slap the invertido an say, “Not in my country you won’t.”

    • ebola131

      I’d rather he said “You’re under arrest for the murder of Brian Terry.

  • Army_Pilot1967

    Sounds like obama knew what he was suppose to do…..he just decided he wasn’t going to do anything to improve the economy. What a hack. He’s doing everything he can to bring America to its knees, and if he’s re-elected he might achieve that objective.

    • Exactly. He knows what he is doing. In disagreement with Romney and Ryan, he is most definitely NOT a nice person. He is an extreme ideologue and will arrogantly stick to his ideology no matter what occurs. I would call that purposely contributing to the destruction and/or downfall of the country.

  • PAWatcher

    Yah, keep on trying til something works, obama. Your practice days are over, you are not a competent quick study, really makes me want to see your grades…oh, right incomplete. Anyone worth their salt knows what to do and how to get it done in a lot less than 4 years or they are fired. Your pink slip is on the way.

  • toongoon

    Isn’t this exactly what government always does, coming from the guy who said he was going to change everything. Obama is the epitome of incompetence.

  • PVG

    WOW! What a confidence builder. Just knowing the potus is trying “a bunch of stuff” I’ll sleep better tonight.

  • FreeManWalking

    Spoken like a man WITHOUT a PLAN!

    We would have done better if our president was A Broke Clock, or a Blind Hog.

    • Or an…empty chair?

  • 911Infidel

    A crap sandwich is still a crap sandwich. You can call it whatever you like Herr Oblatherer, but its still crap. But you just keep on shining that turd sparky, and we will stomp your a$$ at the polls in November.

    • kong1967

      “keep on shining that turd sparky”

      You almost made me spit my drink all over my computer. That’s freaking hilarious.

      • 911Infidel


  • Ya see Barack, Adam Smith called this the invisible hand because he knew there would be guys like you who wouldn’t understand how the free market works. See it’s invisible because individuals you can’t see are in the know on the ground making decisions. And another thing, Barack, the key word in the free market, is free. Not free like my welfare is free but free as in freedom to do what you think is best. I know this is hard for you to understand, but please try.

  • Best ads are those that would have Obama’s Own Words!! It exposes him by him and people need to see that!

  • And Obama got it right from Day 1. With the Stimulus, which even the US Chamber of Commerce said was necessary, we put a floor under the freefall and turned the economy around, creating 4.5 Million private sector jobs in 3 years.

    • toongoon

      Where? We give links around to back our comments up.

    • toongoon

      Also, if that were true you wouldn’t need to be here trying to convince anyone.

    • Absolute utter, unproven hogwash.

    • kong1967

      The stimulus went to protect union jobs because unions give the Dems a big fat paycheck every election cycle.

      Obama didn’t create any private sector jobs. All government can do is try to make their policies business friendly and give investors an environment that is condusive for conducting business and creating jobs. Obama’s policies are very hostile to business.

      That said, we have the lowest percentage of people working for decades and the most people on food stamps ever. We have to create at least 150,000 jobs a month just to keep up with population growth, otherwise we are losing ground. You can’t call it a recovery as long as we remain below that number every month as we have for the last…what…43 months?

      The economy tries to rectify and recover on it’s own, but Obama is stifling it.

  • conservocop

    I’m tellin’ Ya’. This guy is a pathological liar. The only contemporary out there who is a better liar is Bubba. Obama read his book and then went out there and waxed Hillary and seduced the MSM and went on to the win the presidency

    • kong1967

      Clinton might be a better liar but I think Obama lies far more often.

  • Yeah, trust him. Trust in the folks he has surrounding him. How is that working out today? Has he and his administration earned anybody’s trust? At least anybody who is grounded in reality? Now El Presidente wants four more years of “trust”. I think the only person we can trust right now is the very person he took out of his platform at the DNC…and then had to put back in, blatantly over the objections of the mind-numbed zombies in attendance.

  • TheRedLeaf

    Sorry O, but a symbol, a lying face, an empty suit in an empty chair just isn’t enough to make a country great. You don’t give ‘feelings’ you give answers that are supposed to work!

  • Jay

    Suddenly I’m reminded of the old poster: Would you buy a used car from this man?

  • kong1967

    Let me translate….

    “I don’t have a clue what I’m doing so I’m just going to spend as much money as possible to give people the illusion that I know what I’m doing.”

  • agas84363

    definition of this man’s thoughts and ideas (learned on this forum)………HUBRIS

    Tips: Hubris is a Greek word for “arrogance or pride,” which, in Greek mythology and literature, often leads to a character’s demise. The same application is often used today to describe executives or anyone in power. Hubris is a negative: not just pride, but excessive pride and over-confidence

  • I guess nothing worked, because we’re not better off than we were four years ago. With roughly 23 million people unemployed and almost 50% of college graduates unable to find decent jobs, how can anyone say we’re better off? Making matters even worse, Obama doesn’t seem to have a plan for the next four years, just more money for “investments,” which in Washington means a lot more spending of money we don’t have. This is Jimmy Carter all over again and I think people are beginning to realize it.

  • bobemakk

    What a crock! As the president he should know that stimulus programs never worked ever since they started. He should be solving our problems not increasing them. Romney for president.

  • We already know what works. That’s the one thing you won’t try.

  • bartman44

    This is further evidence that this country elected a non-serious, inexperienced bufoon that does not have a clue! The polls HAVE to be rigged or else the people of this country have been bought, too lazy to care, or don’t feel the anxiety that is pervasive in those who do care and understand the situation.

  • bartman44

    I shake my head when I recall how the MSM labeled this man “the smartest man in America.” Another great utterance falling off his purple lips. That one is sure to make the history books.

    • rich wojcik

      I couldn’t find his and his advisers names in my
      Mensa Directory….must be an omission………….(blink blink)

  • Sounds like “go find me a rock” to me.
    Might as well have said: We’re gonna keep throwing mud at the wall until something sticks!

  • Retired_Coach

    Friends, neighbors and fellow countrymen, please listen carefully: This is EXACTLY what way too many of the voters would want to hear. What they will hear when they see this clip is: “He really cares.” “He really is trying everything in his power to help us.” “See, he will leave no rock unturned until he solves our country’s economical problems.” This is just the stimulus they need to validate their feelings and provides justification for voting for the guy again. We as humans way too often react with our emotions and not on truth or reality. We impulse buy and we now vote on American Idol charisma. Truth and character doesn’t seem to matter for many people anymore.

  • Army_Pilot1967

    Yeah, obama, you’ve tried a whole bunch of stuff….matter of fact you’re full of stuff. How about trying some viable solutions to kick-start our ailing economy and that will create jobs for the millions of unemployed. We’re tired of your stuff…so stuff it!!!!!

  • WordsFailMe

    Bored today? After watching the replays of the murders of 911/2001, try this for entertainment

    The Reverend Wright Church Choir Director murdered in 2007- Unsolved 5 years later


    Said to have been Obama gay lover.


    Make sure to watch this video all the way to the end to see that last pictures of Obama’s murdered limo-mate. This one’s a real loser.

    God Save the United States.

  • agas84363

    I just applied for a management position….I told the owner of the company, that I didn’t know what to do, but I was going to try a whole bunch of stuff until something worked ,to save his company..After the man asked me ….What happens if we go broke first??…He SENT MY DUMB A$$ HOME!!!…..Wake up american voters!!! The president of the United States should have some clue!!!!!This guy could not manage a lemonade stand…Looking at his history, he would probably invest in dead lemon trees promising he would save them…

  • GuessWhoFan

    I’ve seen him throw; he can’t reach the wall. That’s why we all keep stepping in it.

  • cheyennecowboy


  • rich wojcik

    he basically says: “I’ll try this…or that…or whatever my anty-people people tell me….or ask Castro….or Penn…or that bald loser Baldwin…whatever…gotta go to play golf and eat a burger, ciao”
    An amateur….a total amateur without capital “A”….kids playing with our destiny.
    God help us.