For Obama, it might take a long time for the bleeding to stop, as the Romney campaign continues to pounce on his remark that the “private sector is doing fine.” The presumptive Republican nominee has released a new video that highlights a weaker economy and higher unemployment, telling Obama that things are not so fine.
Last Friday, during a news conference at the White House, Obama said that the “private sector is doing fine,” and later on clarified that he meant that the private sector was doing fine in comparison to the public sector and that he was aware that the “economy is not doing fine” while accusing the Republicans of playing political games by trying to turn his own words against him.
However, when it comes to politics, even a small mistake in the choice of words can cost too much sometimes. Context, most of the times, hardly matters. (Remember Romney’s own gaffe when he said “I’m not concerned about the very poor.”)
Romney’s campaign also ignored Obama’s clarification and since he uttered those five words, they have been continuously hitting the president on his comments.
In the recently released video titled “Jolt” Romney asks the nation, "Has there ever been a president so out of touch with the middle class?” The video then features the stories of unemployed workers across the country and a countdown to Inauguration Day 2013.
Obama’s campaign seems unsure of the reply that can help end this political gaffe. Nonetheless, they appear to have learned one thing: If you don’t have much to say, don’t do a presser.
The latest ad is also suggestive of a September 2008 hit from the Obama campaign that attacked Republican Sen.for saying that the “fundamentals of our economy are strong” at a time when the nation was hit by the biggest financial crisis since the Great Depression.
Republicans hope that Obama's “doing fine” comment acts as a major political gaffe that continues to haunt him.