3 Things Barack Obama Did That Ruined Mitt Romney’s Week

If you were listening to the media last Thursday you got an earful of Obama is doomed chatter, but by doing three things President Obama turned the tide and gave Romney a horrible week.

Here are the three things Obama did to ruin Romney’s week.

1). The Immigration Decision

The power of the presidency was on full display as the negative media talk about Obama quickly shifted when the president dominated the news by announcing a change in immigration policy that sent shock waves through the country. If the Romney campaign had any momentum, they were deflated, and left stumbling and stammering for an immigration answer. Mitt Romney has since compounded the damage by bombing his first Sunday morning network television interview on Face The Nation by repeatedly refusing to answer the immigration question, and four days later he still offered no answers while speaking at the NALEO Annual Conference.

2). The Outsourcer-In-Chief

The Romney camp was still reeling from the immigration decision when a Washington Post story, that they denied comment to, was published that used SEC filings to demonstrate that while he was the head of Bain Capital, Mitt Romney was not creating jobs, he was exporting them. The Romney campaign put out a statement that did not dispute any of the facts or research, just the use of the term outsourcing. David Axelrod and the Obama campaign quickly seized on the story and labeled Romney the outsourcer-in-chief, and for the second time in less than a week, the Romney campaign was caught with their pants down. They allowed Obama to define Romney as a job exporter. The more minutes pass without a strong reply, the more that label sticks.

3). Obama Puts the Final Nail into Romney’s Bad Week

When it was President Obama’s turn to speak at NALEO Annual Conference on Friday, he defined Romney’s immigration policy for him, “Your speaker from yesterday has a different view. In his speech, he said that when he makes a promise to you, he’ll keep it. Well, he has promised to veto the DREAM Act, and we should take him at his word. I’m just saying. And I believe that would be a tragic mistake. You do, too.” For good measure, Obama reminded everyone of the Romney college affordability plan which is for students to borrow the money for school from their parents, “In this country, we believe that if you want to take a risk on a new idea, you should have the chance to succeed. And you shouldn’t have to have wealthy parents in order to be successful.”

Notice what President Obama did over the last seven days. He created a bad week for Mitt Romney by taking action that changed the political discussion, defined his opponent when new information became available, and he ended the week by defining his opponent’s position on the issue which he put front and center for him. The Democrats lost presidential elections in 1988 and 2004 because they allowed their Republican opponents to define their image with voters. This time, the Democrat is solidly in control of the narrative.

By allowing his opponent to define him and his positions on the issues, Mitt Romney is going down the path to defeat. In all fairness, Romney has his work cut out for him. The Republican is facing a president that appears to understand the full power of his office. With one announcement President Obama was able to assert his control over this election, and reshape the national conversation. The fallout from Obama’s announcement set off an avalanche of Romney missteps that sent the Republican nominee into his current reeling state.

There is one dominant candidate in this election, and right now Barack Obama is exerting his will over Mitt Romney anytime he pleases. If Romney thinks this week was bad, he hasn’t seen anything yet.

21 Replies to “3 Things Barack Obama Did That Ruined Mitt Romney’s Week”

  1. I absolutely love this article Jason.Barack Obama is going to tear Mitt Romney apart come debate time.

  2. Obama needs to constantly keep Romney off his feet. The only problem with that is it may help him to answer questions at debates. IF Romney does debate.

    But we can be sure the Axe and Obama have the upper hand on what to do to Romney

    Make all that GOP money worthless

  3. No, simply beucase the documents that Issa wants are not germane to the program itself. Any court will throw it out and declare that Holder has done all he was required to do.

  4. Nailed it .. Game, Set Match (at least for this week) I have noticed the political chatter starting to boil over. Guess when things don’t go their way, the name calling begins. I like to respond with FACTS, so thank you for providing them to us!


  5. I love, love, love your article. It really has been great to watch our President show everyone how wonderful he is. It should encourage Democrats to have his back and trust him, both the Dems in Congress, and we the people who are Democrats. I can’t wait to vote for him in NOvember!

  6. Brilliant wrap up of President Obama’s week, Jason, which means a successful week for the United States of Amercia.

    I’m sure the cable mediawhore$$$ will still have doom and gloom for our Prez. Their livlihood depends on it. Looking at you, Chuck Todd and Jodi Kantor to name just two predictable gopropaganda carriers.

  7. What Nancy Pelosi said is absolutely, literally true. Holder is being witch-hunted for doing his job.

    I too love this article, I’ll be posting in various places, Romney’s FB page for one =) Gotta inform the uninformed, right? =)

  8. About the Koch Bros…I just had to add, I saw tonight that there is an app out there now with the products to boycott so you don’t put any cash in their corrupt pockets.

  9. I agree. The Koch brothers are getting the full glare of sunlight which I’m not sure they wanted. Dare I say “Kochroaches”?

  10. Great article. I find it very disheartening sometimes to listen to the news on television because all they do is say how the President is “failing” or has been knocked off his feet, etc. The truth is that he is running a pretty good campaign; he is dominating the news cycle and pushing Romney further and further to the right. Sometimes it is subtle, sometimes it is right in their faces, yet the media still portrays this as a close race, one in which the President is losing. Nothing could be further from the truth. Say what you will about President Obama but the man knows how to run a campaign and he’s doing a great job.

    One thing in the article that really troubles me is Romney’s position on financing a college education. My parents raised five daughters, we did not have a lot of money. There is no way I could have borrowed money from them to pay for college. I imagine a lot of people who obtained student loans for their education were in the same boat. I got my undergrad degree and I’m 3 classes away from my graduate degree – all financed with student loans. It bothers me that Romney thinks people are getting student loans when they could just get the money from their parents. He thinks every parent is like his parents and that’s just not the case.

    Every day I am reminded of what a horrible president Romney would be and I hope that everyone gets out to vote in November and votes for the President and other Democrats so our country moves forward in the right direction. Romney would take us backward in a heartbeat. He simply cannot be allowed the Presidency – I don’t care how much he thinks he deserves it simply because he’s rich. He does not care about the American people at all and anyone who thinks he does is fooling themselves.

  11. I’d gotten nervous lately as I realized Barack Obama wasn’t running his campaign this time around, being’s how he’s busy running the country being President and all; lo, I’d forgotten this President is a capable multi-tasker!

    This read makes for a more comfortable weekend for me.

  12. I hope that Romney and his (FRIENDS)supporter’s and o yes his bankers have wonderful time at there retreat which buy the way is about 35 miles from where I live I know the places well dame there goes the neighborhood

  13. Betsy, you’re so right. Let’s not forget all the down-ticket races as well. Vote Democratic for everyone on your ballot. We must re-take the House and hold the Senate so the President can truly get something done. Just remember everyone, Romney isn’t in it for you!
    Also, I heard that on Sunday in that ridiculous interview Romney did with Bob Schiefer that he said he only wanted one term. I didn’t see the interview except that part about him not answering the questions about the change in immigration policy, but if he did say that, why did he say it, and why isn’t anyone talking about that? Why would any president only want one term? I can see why John McCain said it before the ’08 election, because he’s older than dirt, but why would Romney? Honestly, can anyone answer that? Obama ’12!

  14. On top of that, gasoline dropped by nearly 50 cents a gallon over the last three weeks, at least on my side of the continent. (of course Faux News will discount that; it’s a Democratic president’s fault when gas goes up, and the free market when it goes down, and applause for a Republican when it goes down, and the free market when it goes up. Oh, yes, and it’s bad to cut taxes on the rich, but good to raise taxes on the poor. Let’s not forget that one).

    But gas still dropped, and people _notice_ that.

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