Is the president finally wrapping up his 2012 campaign and getting down to business? In a 40-minute interview conducted with the New York Times and published online today, a sometimes feisty President Obama said that he would not “sit around and twiddle [his] thumbs for the next 1,200 days” waiting for the GOP to get on board with his agenda.

What, then, is the president planning to do? In his weekly address, he assured the nation that his laser-like focus on jobs and the economy is for real this time, and he’ll spend every minute of every day doing everything he can to jump start the economy. With 1,200 days left, that’s nearly 2 million minutes dedicated to recovery.

Just to get it on the record one more time:

And as long as I have the privilege of holding this office, I will spend every minute of every day doing everything in my power to make this economy work for working Americans again; to build that better bargain for the middle class; to make sure that the American Dream is something that’s achievable for everybody – not just today, but for decades to come.

https://twitter.com/MPeper/status/361135538662682625

Something tells us the weather might factor into the president’s commitment to work every minute of every day.

Related:

Snap-tastic! Obama has 1,200 days left in office; Monica Crowley has idea

Editor’s note: This post has been amended to remove a tweet that was inadvertently included.

  • Marjorie

    …so what has he been doing for the past four and a half years? Oh…silly me…golf, basketball and vacations not to mention fathering Trayvon and creating a racial divide.

    • The Penguin

      We know he wasn’t shooting clays…friggin’ girl.

    • nickdqwk

      And campaigning, campaigning, campaigning, and still more campaigning.

      • aztectrumpet

        and he is still campaigning because all he cares about is himself.

        • Finrod Felagund

          Fortunately for us, the only person he can successfully campaign for is himself.

    • Adi

      “Fathering Trayvon”… you’re so wrong.

      The Messiah is the Father but also He is St Trayvon (the son) Himself, and of course the Wholly Spirits are upon Him, PBUH.

      The Messiah embowels the holy trinity of “Progressivism”.

    • BeukendaalMason

      You forgot vilifying political enemies and ignoring the numerous jobs bills passed by Republicans. If Jimmy Nixon really cared about the economy he would have actually done something years ago.

    • Maxx

      Indeed.

      When a President lowers his golf handicap AFTER taking office, that’s usually not a good sign for the country.

      Come to think of it, Obama’s entire five-years has been nothing but one continuous “fore!”

  • Lady 12

    How did we elect this arrogant snub?

    • Marjorie

      Still trying to wrap my head around that question.

    • The Penguin

      “We” didn’t

      • Damien Johnson

        I did. I didn’t know and I’m sorry. though I doubt it counted from Texas.

        • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

          I’m still ashamed that my first Presidential vote was for Jimmy Carter. I’ve tried my best to make up for it since.

          • conservative2012

            Jimmy Carter was the last democratic president I voted for.

          • Damien Johnson

            Obama was my first and second time voting so yeah, don’t hate me but I only remember what life was like under Clinton and after 😛

          • NRPax

            The first step is acknowledging your mistake. -:-)

          • Damien Johnson

            Too bad I haven’t yet been very outspoken about why I’ve renounced my former support for Obama irl.

          • NRPax

            Bah. Your business, not mine. I’m just teasing you. I went the third party route for a while myself.

          • Billie Slash

            You voted for Obama twice??

          • Damien Johnson

            that’s right, but that was because I didn’t know better then. I would’ve voted 3rd party.

          • Lady 12

            Wow, you seemed so smart to me… =P

          • Damien Johnson

            I didn’t know! I was still trying to decide between Obama, Romney, and saying “Screw them both” (which is what my heart said) and voting third party, but I fell for the democrats marketing that life was going to be oh-so-terrible for poor people under Romney.

          • Billie Slash

            What does it feel like now, being fed a sh!t sandwich?

          • Damien Johnson

            Well it’s not terribly tasty I’ll tell ya that.

    • V the K

      It wasn’t “we,” it was low-information voters who thought Mitt Romney was going to outlaw tampons and put women in binders, or something.

      • ObamaFail

        They heard Romney actually wanted to get the American people back to work, and the idea of getting off the couch and having to actually EARN their money instead of getting a government check terrified them.

        • The Penguin

          I want work. I want my employees to have work. I want the American people to have work…but I’m just a white guy with no say. Obviously my motives are racist.

          • Spiny Norman

            Racist? A greedy bastige, too!

            ::snork::

          • Billie Slash

            Capitalist pig!! :)

          • The Penguin

            My apologies comrade.

        • Michael Hampton

          The economy is better. Why aren’t the job creators creating jobs now? Is it just because Romney lost? So they are punishing the American people just because a democrat got elected? Really?

          • ObamaFail

            Michael, you can’t pretend things are getting better under Obama. Employers in my town are cutting jobs left and right and I’m seeing the lines at the unemployment office getting longer and longer. And there are lines. Before Obama got elected, there wasn’t a line outside the door. There was a waiting room, sure. But now that room is full and there’s a line going outside the door. Obama keeps making promises, but the last 4 years shows he has no intention of actually turning the economy around. Job creators aren’t making jobs because your guy is shoving a job killing heath bill down our throats.

            A harsh reality you Obama supporters don’t want to admit is that cost of living is getting higher, while income for average Americans is getting lower. My family has less money coming in than we’ve ever had in my entire life, but our bills continue to climb. Especially the electric bill. Which with Obama’s green energy nonsense, that bill will get even higher.

            Obama’s biggest success is probably what you libs are proudest of. Obama has given us the highest poverty levels in 50 years. And for every 1 job he’s created, 2 people have been added to food stamps at tax payers expense.

          • Michael Hampton

            Um…the health care bill was meant to be discussed and debated and fixed. Republicans have refused to do so and haven’t offered anything to replace it. Put blame where it belongs. And the “job creators” who are shortening hours and work weeks in order to keep from paying for health care are the ones that you should be mad at, not someone who is trying to fix a broken system alone. Republicans are the ones to blame for the gap in pay for the rich and the poor as well. Romney ran on trickle down economics which would have benefited the rich even more. How could you support that?

          • mike_in_kosovo

            Um…the health care bill was meant to be discussed and debated and fixed

            That’s suppose to happen *BEFORE* it’s made law, skippy.

            Put blame where it belongs.

            We are – on the Democrats that railroaded the bill through Congress.

          • Michael Hampton

            Then why wouldn’t the republicans discuss it? It had to be pushed through otherwise nothing would have been done. I understand that the insurance companies don’t want health care to become affordable and that the republican party is in the pocket of big businesses, but why not even have a debate? Why just say that because another party wants something and big business doesn’t, that there can’t even be civil discourse. Look here. You have called me every name in the book for just wanting to talk about it. I don’t see how insulting people and talking down to them is going to get anyone on your side.

          • mike_in_kosovo

            Then why wouldn’t the republicans discuss it?

            When were they given the opportunity to? They were locked out of briefings and, when they protested, labeled as racists in the media for daring to object, or that they wanted Granny to die…when it was *Obama* talking about “maybe it’s better to take the pain pill than get the bypass”.

            I understand that the insurance companies don’t want health care to become affordable and that the republican party is in the pocket of big businesses, but why not even have a debate?

            Given that O’care is a huge benefit to insurance companies, your statement should read “democrats are in the pocket of big business”. And see above about debates.

            Why just say that because another party wants something and big business doesn’t, that there can’t even be civil discourse.

            One party wants something and big labor doesn’t, so there’s no civil discourse.

            Look here. You have called me every name in the book for just wanting to talk about it. I don’t see how insulting people and talking down to them is going to get anyone on your side.

            Dude. You come in here and spout talking points regardless of ANY information you’ve been shown to the contrary. You *continue* to do so even AFTER being shown you’re wrong.

            You don’t want a discussion, you want to lecture.

          • RaggedyAnn46

            Are you seriously that stupid? Really?

          • mike_in_kosovo

            Why, yes…yes he is.

          • chewydog

            I feel dumber after reading M.Hampton’s post…

    • Justin Hogan

      Well organized combo of ignorance and fraud.

      • cynicalfel

        Don’t forget all the cries of ‘Racist’ whenever anyone dared to question his background, credentials, or weather he preferred white or wheat bread in the morning…

        • Justin Hogan

          Most definitely. False accusations of racism to further the agenda and hide the inconvenient truths are culminated by ignorance and fraud.

    • nickdqwk

      Some stuff turkeys in November, others ballot boxes!

  • Matthew Koch

    That’s what we’re afraid of….

  • Txgirlinnh

    Nobody said you would be sitting around twiddling your thumbs Obama. We all know you will be golfing, vacationing, or endlessly repeating the same old speeches you’ve been giving for the past 5 years.

  • Steve_J

    I don’t want to know what he’s going to do with his thumbs if he isn’t twiddling them.

    • Marjorie

      Crush the middle class?

      • The Penguin

        Done and done…next…

        • Marjorie

          True that…maybe he could clean his ears and listen…oh…he’s tone deaf…perhaps we could string him up by his thumbs.

          • The Penguin

            Easy there…NSA is listening….Sshhhh

          • Marjorie

            Hopefully they have more interesting leads or we’re all in serious trouble :)

          • The Penguin

            You mean like the “Muslim Major” at Fort Hood, The Boston Bombers, The idiot that “supposedly” shot up the school in Ct, Nah…

          • Marjorie

            I guess we ARE in trouble. Stringing up by the thumbs is SO much more threatening!

  • Marjorie

    Forgot to mention the health care debacle and the apology tour.

  • The Penguin

    Hope…Change. Oceans and Skies. C’mon! What more do you want out of the guy?

    • Marjorie

      Rainbows and unicorns?

      • The Penguin

        That’s also…tomorrow

        • Marjorie

          He’s seen “Annie” too many times.

          • The Penguin

            More like Elvis’ “Tomorrow Never Comes”.

          • The Penguin

            Really? No up-vote or response to a reference to The King? That’s worthy of a bite me.

          • Mead

            It’s been 24 minutes. Relax.

          • The Penguin

            Right…cause I was all serious and stuff. Just playin’ yo. People are so touchy today.

          • Marjorie

            I think it’s “never, never” but not sure. Too lazy to Google.

        • Marjorie

          “Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye” Johnny Winter

          • The Penguin

            Elvis, 1970

          • Marjorie

            I’ll take your word for it…I thought it was a double never but in 1970 my knowledge of music was lost while I changed diapers and tried to put my other (better) half through college after his three tours in Vietnam. He would probably know but he was a victim of agent orange.

          • Lady 12

            See, when I first saw that, I immediately thought of the Luke Bryan song with that title. And … No thank you.

    • BlahBlah

      Hey now! OCEANZSKIEZKITTEHZPUPPIEZUNICORNZ

  • Richard J Sunkle

    The phony president is one sick ass joke.

    • World B. Free

      What’s worse is that he still has plenty of idiot cultists who think he’s just totally fabulous

  • BlahBlah

    Rome wasn’t built in one hole.

    ~Me

    • The Penguin

      Only took a day to burn it though.

      • BlahBlah

        But I bet you I could do it in 1,200 days.

        • The Penguin

          I see what you did there you…

        • Clete Torres

          I bet I could do it in a hell of a lot less.

      • Marjorie

        …while Obama fiddles…oops…twiddles!

    • mike_in_kosovo

      And how can modern-day Nero fiddle if Rome is not burning?

    • Nov-cubed

      Man cannot live by the front nine alone.

  • Clete Torres

    If first five years of laser-like focus on jobs and the economy are any indication, his actions will amount to results measureable in negative numbers.

    • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

      I think the economy would recover IF he’d just sit around twiddling his thumbs.

  • Jd1367

    I think by “rebuilding the economy”, he means he’s going to start paying for his own golf

    • World B. Free

      Romney would, but then, Romney is a guy who has actually accomplished something in his life.

  • Catchance

    You notice the loophole he included: “…doing everything in my power to make this economy work for working Americans again;” See, he didn’t say anything about putting people back to work, only that those already working will have a working economy. Or something.

    • The Penguin

      Or anything but, CREATING JOBS!!!

  • spepper

    “….except when I’m not golfing….or going on vaycay on the most expensive taxpayer-funded transportation in the history of mankind….etc etc”

  • Garth Haycock

    And this time he means it!

  • $27789750

    Please don’t. All you can possibly do is make it worse.

  • gregl311

    Now he decides to try and rebuild the economy? Obama was hired to do a job. He us really bad at his job. If you or I are really bad at our jobs we get fired. Obama got a promotion. smh

  • Jill

    In light of this proclamation, I think the nation should beg him to take even more vacations and plays even more rounds of golf.

  • ObamaFail

    There he goes again blaming Republicans for the bad job he’s doing. Will this coward ever admit to his mistakes? What’s he going to do when Obamacare happens and damages the economy further? Knowing that gutless worm, he’ll probably blame Republicans, and the low-info gutter trash will fall for it.

    • The Penguin

      No. Nothing.And Yes.

    • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

      Didn’t he tell us to stand by the road and drink a Slurpee while he was pushing the car further into the ditch?

    • cynicalfel

      In thirty years, Obama will be looked back upon as the ‘Black Kennedy’ by his fans, despite all the ‘facts’ to the contrary. That’ll either be blamed on Bush, or everyone else being a racist. If it worked for his election campaign, it’ll sure as shoot work for his legacy as the best president ever.

      • ObamaFail

        Kennedy cheated on his wife while in office. So he was similar to today’s Democrats in a lot of ways. But job wise? Obama isn’t even worthy of licking Kennedy’s shoes.

  • Steve_J

    Hasn’t he said that same thing before? Usually before he heads to a golf course.

  • capisce

    …”as soon as I get back from Martha’s Vineyard”.

  • John Howard

    “We still on for golf on Monday?”

  • Don Truscott

    Martha’s Vynard bound…….get r done . Time for vacation. He dont have time to worry about us. This a@@ is on vacation every month.

  • Marjorie

    Off topic…but damn I love Judge Jeanine!

  • grais

    …just as soon as he gets back from Martha’s Vineyard.

  • Ms Angel

    Just like OJ’s search for the real killers on every golf course in America.

    • World B. Free

      Precisely.

  • Steve_J

    Since he’s come into office the average household income has gone for $55,000.00 to $51,000.00. By by spending minute of everyday working on the economy he should be able to reduce the average household income to $28,000.00 before he’s out of office.

  • AZWarrior

    Obama, PLEASE don’t “help” us anymore. We can’t afford it.

  • neoface

    But of course, rhetoric is everything!!!!

  • teeter

    I spend every minute…..if you need me I’ll be on my (your ) 747 headed to Martha’s Vimyard. Seriously, …every minute….laser focused…alright, who has my mom jeans?

  • stellatruman

    Ok I am going to weigh in here. My husband is an immigrant small business owner..the last few years have been a struggle, mostly because of the economy and Hurricane Sandy. He never whines about it , but it keeps him awake at night and he puts in 12 hour days 7 days a week , sometimes more. Our business is closed only two days a year.
    He thinks the president should not take one day off until he turns the economy around ( which we know will never happen ) If my husband can, why can’t the POTUS ?

    • Michael Hampton

      Did you expect the same from Bush when he started those wars where men and women were dying every day? Why not? They are what threw our economy into a tailspin.

      • stellatruman

        Ah yes, another ” everything is Bush’s fault ” Tell me, at what point do you think it’s time for Obama to take responsibility for his own failed economic record ?

  • Scott Sage

    That’s really going to take a toll on his vacation time to Martha’s vineyard, Africa and the moon…….

    • Marjorie

      Is Michelle sending him to the moon? Pow Barry to the moon. (plagiarized from a post on another thread)

  • sardiverdave

    Tough to twiddle your thumbs when one of them is up your ass.

    • DutyFirst

      LOL – yeppers – thumb in bum, mind in neutral as the saying goes – cepting I believe having an actual brain is a prerequisite for having a mind. I detect no indicators of a functioning brain in the ‘white’ African American currently masquerading as POTUS

  • stuckinIL4now

    I must post this again. With regard to the economy, what Obamuh was really saying was, “And as long as I have the privilege of holding this office, I will spend every minute of every day…” For those in Rio Linda, “spend” is the operative word here.

    • cynicalfel

      Sounds like a Rush disciple. High five, good sir.

  • Damien Johnson

    We all (including me) gave Bush grief then for going to his ranch a lot. Why are they not doing the same to Obama? At least Bush didn’t take a 100,000,000 dollar vacation! Far as I know.

    • cynicalfel

      Obama is 1: black

      2: If you don’t like what he’s doing you hate America
      3: He’s still, despite the lack of progress and change for the better, the media’s darling. He can do no wrong.

      • Damien Johnson

        well that sums it up.

    • Deborah Hallsted

      And he stopped playing golf, which he loves, out of a sensitivity to the troops and their families.

      • Damien Johnson

        I wish. I was not terribly happy when I heard he cut their fireworks. That’s pretty weak.

        • NRPax

          No no…Bush cut his golfing.

          • Michael Hampton

            He still took more vacation days than Obama and Clinton and Regan combined. 1,020 to be exact.

          • Damien Johnson

            Oh, I misunderstood what I was replying to. I thought she was saying Obama cut his golfing.

    • Michael Hampton

      He did. He and his family took several. It just didn’t bother you when he did it. Laura went to Africa four times and took the girls.

      • Damien Johnson

        Who do you think you are to assume? I was never a huge fan of Bush. You also ignored the key phrase “far as I know.”

        • Michael Hampton

          I merely informed you that they did take more vacations and spent similar amounts of money. I simple internet search showed it. And yet you are calling out Obama for it as if no other President has ever done such a thing as take a vacation.

          • NY2DC

            Yeah, except that Bush had a working West Wing at his ranch in Texas. Those aren’t vacations. Do you really believe Bush going home to do exactly as he would have in DC is the same as the Obamas taking trips all over the world? Liberals try to make this argument all the time and it’s stupid. Working on his ranch in Texas is, in no way, comparable to Obama flying to Florida to get a golf lesson from Tiger Woods while the rest of the family is off skiing somewhere.

          • Damien Johnson

            “It just didn’t bother you when he did it” doesn’t qualify as an assumption?

  • right_on

    Don’t misunderstand Mr. Obama…when he says he’ll spend ‘every minute of every day’ rebuilding the economy, he MEANS he will not waste a single minute of any day worrying about the economy. After almost five years of watching the pedantic polecat dodge, spin, lie, obfuscate, dither, blame Bush, tsunami’s, global warming, etc., why would anyone take anything he says, seriously?

  • RATBURL

    The fucking economy would be fine if our resources were not going to filthy illegal immigrants! I’ll never understand why you would want these people here? They will be the ones who destroy this country mark my words!

  • T.O.

    Now, after golf, sleeping in, vacations, speeches, more speeches, blaming the GOP, the weather, Bush, the boogie man… that should leave about 4 weeks of sporadic ADHD. In all, his usual laser focus. Uhuh. I feel better. I can hear that pen being sharpened already.

    • dagnytaggart

      You forgot partying with Bey and J.

  • John Rollinson

    But? He “didn’t build that…”
    He tore it down….

  • Deborah Hallsted

    Anyone notice that a few days after O started his “middle class need help” meme, Weiner did too?

    • Teddi

      Yes – Jarrett is desperately feeling her way around several meme’s to find one that sticks and distracts from the onslaught of scandals which are getting closer to the WH.

      She also has to position Obama for a Fed Gov shutdown (i.e., “I’m on the side of the middle class, the working person – how dare they shut down the Fed Gov…” etc.).

      • Deborah Hallsted

        Do you think anyone in the middle class is buying this? I personally don’t believe many middle class people go to his speeches any more..

        And yes, Jarrett is pretty successful at this; the sycophantic media seems to follow her every direction.

        • Teddi

          The MSM is still the overwhelming message delivery service around and they are in full propaganda spin – have been since the re-election.

          But the avg voter amazes me… I watched some reporter walk around central park asking if Weiner should remove himself from the race and [i know its NYC] just couldn’t believe what most people said, it was jaw dropping.

          • Deborah Hallsted

            My analogy is that we somehow are living in a world -“through the looking glass”, i.e., the Christian inspired tolerance of turning the other cheek is turned into-tolerate everything ! or you are full of hate. Love your neighbor- accept vile behaviour, or you are full of hate. Free agency-you are free to do what we tell you, or you are full of hate. Love thy neighbor as thyself, (except conservatives or religious of course) is, you had better, especially if they don’t believe or act as you do, or …. Thus making it judgmental if you make a “judgement call”, or hold anyone to a standard of ethics. So holding Wiener {{sigh}} to any sort of standard or accountability is -“wrong”.

            Politically, socially, and in the public arena, the “silent majority” is being forced to tolerate the worst of human behaviour, under the guise of “it’s the right thing to do”.
            I do not like living in “Underland”.

  • G21

    Clearly, Hussien Obama is a liar, a fraud, and a fool.

  • Trudy Hill

    except when I am not.

  • Trudy Hill

    Biden too I bet, like the time he had the biker chick on his lap.

  • Trudy Hill

    I have this picture in my head to help me understand how he can go up time after time and make these statements like everyone only has a 10 minute memory. I see him tip toeing through the white House Garden singing to himself while covering his ears to keep out any words that ruin his fun, the song is the very very end of Micheal Jackson’s song Loving You… where it gets real high.. lalalalaa lalalalaa lalalalaa so beautiful …lalalalaalalalalaa

  • Trudy Hill

    ” Now that it has been brought to my attention by reading a newspaper, I’ll get right on it!”

  • Roto

    For the love of Pete, paaaalease do “sit around and twiddle your thumbs” Mr. President. The country can’t afford for you to double our debt-to-GDP ratio again to over 150% in the next 4 years, like you did in your first 4 years. Take an Intro. to Economics class if you have to….

  • http://Twitter.com/jkerrysforehead John Kerry’s Forehead

    In all fairness, imagine the millions of (taxpayer) $ that gets poured into the local economy around those golf courses…having to feed and house his massive entourage and all.

    I’m being sarcastic….so save your attacks.

  • Citizen Loring

    I actually hope Obama stays on vacation. Look on the bright side people, if hes on vacation, he cant screw us.

  • SansMercy

    That is retarded, sir. He’ll twiddle for only 1199 days.

    • R.C.

      Well, in all fairness, I don’t think you can twiddle thumbs and play golf at the same time.

  • Michael Hampton

    So why weren’t you mad when Bush took more vacations that any President in history while the economy crumbled, our nation was attacked, and he started two wars and Americans perished. Why didn’t that bother you, but Obama playing golf does?

    • ObamaFail

      I never had problems finding work when Bush was in office. And Bush didn’t go on $100 million vacations with his family either. You also forget that Bush gave the Democrats their way quite a few times when they ran Congress under him. They pushed for deregulations and that’s why the economy started going down the toilet.

  • brwaldbaum

    Victor Frankenstein rebuilt stuff too.

  • TheRedCoat92

    “And as long as I have the privilege of holding this office…”

    *Gasp* quick! Somebody, fire whoever wrote that speech, Zero’s not allowed to apply the evil “privilege” word to himself! What are they trying to do, destroy his street cred?

  • Cam

    Since liberty unleashes the knowledge of millions of free people, free countries are able to use far more knowledge than socialist systems.