Presidential spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders (full disclosure: my daughter) was asked to respond to Barack Obama’s attempt to take credit for the robust job creation numbers, suggesting it’s just part of the continuing streak that started on his watch.  He actually attributes the boom in jobs (and I assume also the record-setting stock market, sky-high consumer confidence and GDP growth of 3.3% and rising) to the carbon regulations he imposed on industry and his focus on clean energy.  Yes, nothing makes the economy boom like expensive, complicated government regulations and huge giveaways of tax money to crony companies like Solyndra.  All those years of growth below 3% (well, it was an unprecedented accomplishment for a President) were just the economy’s way of gathering steam so that it could burst forth as soon as business owners and investors (purely coincidentally) learned that Hillary Clinton wasn’t going to be able to continue and expand Obama’s policies. 

While this article declares that Sarah had the perfect response (personally, I thought her laughter alone would’ve been the perfect response), I wrote here recently about this trend of liberal Presidents trying to take credit for things accomplished after they were gone.  There’s a revisionist movement that claims the boom under Reagan was really attributable to the decisions made by Jimmy Carter, and if he’d only gotten four more years, the economy would’ve boomed under him instead of Reagan.  Uh-huh.  (It was actually the tough choices made by Reagan, which were necessary to end stagflation but took a couple of years to take effect before the economy took off like a rocket.  As Reagan joked, “You’ll notice our Democratic friends don’t call it ‘Reaganomics’ anymore now that it’s working.”  For the record, nobody ever named anything that worked after Jimmy Carter.)

 


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I wrote that you almost feel sorry for these poor liberal Presidents, always doing all the right things to make the economy boom (more government, taxes, regulations, etc.), only to have it stubbornly refuse to take off until after they leave.  If only those companies that were sitting on capital to keep it from being taxed away had just used it to expand when they were in office!  If only there had been more manufacturing jobs (as there are now) instead of just waiter and bartender jobs!  If only Jimmy Carter had had eight years, and Obama had had 12, or 16, then things might have finally boomed under them!  And maybe, just maybe, someday, the Great Pumpkin really will show up. 

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  • Ron

    12/28/2017 01:52 AM

    My President, Donald Trump, is the best President since Ronald Reagan. I liked George Bush also. However, he failed to clean the progressive liberal democrats out of the top jobs in the fbi which is one problem we have faced in the joke of an investigation of lying hilary by the cover-up fbi top jobs in their organization.... I understand most of them were placed there by bill clinton. I did go to school and know that names of people should be capitalized. However, I only do that for people who have earned my respect. Difficult to respect liars. Donald Trump has a thick hide and can take anything the lefty liars throw at him. I pray for him each day and I thank Almighty God that He placed Trump in that position. I like you too Mike and thank you for all you do for our Almighty God and this Country. When it comes to voting for politicians it is very easy to inspect the fruit. Galatians 5:22-23. Can't vote for anyone who endorses the cold bloody murder of babies or anyone who doesn't believe the Word Of God. Oh Yes Tax Reform-----Good Job President Trump and the Republican Congressmen and Senators. Oh, and I am praying for the confused, democrats. My prediction, the democrats will take back the country in 2024. Old people like me will be graduating to a much better place. The young brain washed college youth of today will bring socialism in which will be the downfall of this great nation. I hope I am wrong.

  • Darlene Osuji

    12/26/2017 01:49 PM

    I thank God for Sarah! I am so sick of all the left's actions. I have never saw a president shown so much disrespect. I thank God for you mike too. We need more people like you and Sarah! God bless you both.

  • James B. Johnson

    12/22/2017 05:33 PM

    Democrats are totally useless and need to be put out to pasture. They're all rich and that is all they really care about anyway!!

  • Dana Dansereau

    12/20/2017 11:32 AM

    Why doesn't someone ask the Pelosi/Shumer tag team exactly what about the tax bill is so harmful to Middle America? How is it like Armageddon? What part of it will destroy America? Or better yet, have they even read the bill? Remember this . . .'Sign it and we'll find out what's in it?' Enough of the broad terms and general criticisms. Give me an example, backed up with support, that this bill is what they are trying to brainwash the Left into thinking it is! The Pied Piper comes to mind . . .

  • Phil Shea

    12/19/2017 11:07 AM

    The only two things Carter did for us was double-digit interest rates and Billy Beer

  • Nancy M Hamlett

    12/18/2017 11:38 PM

    I completely see that President Trump and his team know so much more about getting Americans back into the workforce. President Obama was leading everyone towards a socialism and making people too dependent on the government for basic life decisions. President Obama gave our jobs away to be handled by other countries in the form of outsourcing.
    Yah! to Sarah and her comment!

  • NAncy (NAN) Isaacson

    12/18/2017 08:39 PM

    Good job, Sarah! Keep putting the truth back in the media's face until someone has the courage to print it.
    I sure would like to see the Democratic Party abolished--just fall apart and replaced with a law- abiding, term-limited, Constitution abiding, moral Party.
    Do you think God will not judge this nation grimly for 70 thousand murders of the unborn...think again! It is time, American citizens, to connect dots. "Sin is a reproach to any nation" We are going to have ours until repentance occurs for these sins, and if no repentence,
    the, "I wonder which coast will have the biggest earthquake?" Do you think God is not judging us for these sins: keep watching.....
    how many more floods, hurricanes do you need?
    it is not "global warming", it is SIN! Our idols are fame, fortune, materialism, sports! Hello, everyone, God is waiting and watching.

  • Bruce Nason

    12/18/2017 07:47 PM

    Good one Mike. Obama, well, you know, narcissistic people think like that. Thank God he is out.

  • David Fannon

    12/18/2017 12:38 PM

    If anyone could have answered the difficult questions as clearly and concisely as Sarah Huckabee Sanders during the presidential debates, that person surely would have been elected president. I have become more and more impressed with Sarah the more I hear her speak. I think we will see great things from her in the years ahead.

  • Stephen McCartney

    12/18/2017 09:36 AM

    What amazes me is that she dresses her kids and sends them off to school every AM. Well, actually it shouldn't because that is what likely grounds her and reminds her about priorities. Having raised kids..I can see why Sarah handles the press so well. She has had practice by dealing with children at home !
    Keep it up Sarah..you have our admiration. Stephen F. McCartney, M.D FACS Cape Carteret, NC

  • Barbara Sterry

    12/17/2017 08:08 PM

    Govenor, please share my comments with your daughter.
    Sarah, I cannot imagine how tough your job is, but you are up to the task! Keep up the great work. You are making us proud. I watch the press briefing every chance I can.

  • Diane Woodard

    12/15/2017 12:31 PM

    I look forwzrd to your comments and truthful information. I must tell you that my friends and family love Sarah Huckabee Sanders!!!!!!!! She is so perfect for the job she holds and does it with intelligence, grace and meaningful eye contact. We think she is the greatest thing sice sliced bread!

  • MMK

    12/14/2017 09:08 PM

    Speaking of Sarah H. S., please pass along, I thought she looked great in her navy outfit with the pearl accessories. She's doing a great job!

    We LOVE your sagacious and humorous remarks.
    Keep on draining the swamp and Make America GREAT Again!!!

  • Katherine Ellis

    12/14/2017 01:32 AM

    The only things that really prospered under the Obama era were the food stamp program, and those who benefitted from the Obama Care program while a good majority of us footed the bill. I was glad to see him go but I would be even morepleased if he could keep his mouth shut.

  • ELAINE Rhodes

    12/13/2017 08:44 PM

    OBAMA IS CLEARLY DEMENTED WHEN IT COMES TO HIS 8 YEARS AS PRESIDENT. NOTHING IN AMERICA IMPROVED OR IN AMERICANS LIVES; IT WAS TRULY A DISMAL TIME FOR EVERYONE, EXCEPT HIS AND MICHELLE'S FAMILIES, FRIENDS AND POLITICAL BUDDIES. I CANNOT THINK OF ONE THING THAT HE DID THAT BENEFITED AMERICA OR ITS PEOPLE. WE ARE SOOOO GLAD THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP IS DOING WHAT HE CAMPAIGNED TO DO, DESPITE THE FAKE NEWS OF THE MEDIA, OBAMA, THE CLINTONS, AND GEORGE SOROS.
    TRUE AMERICANS AND TRUE REPUBLICANS, ELAINE AND FLOYD RHODES, GEORGETOWN, TEXAS

  • Janice Peterman

    12/13/2017 06:53 PM

    I don't tire of hearing Sarah's reply to the "fake news " reporter - especially "I'm not done!" - so glad that Fox News played it on several shows. Love that woman!!

  • Susan Hanes

    12/13/2017 05:46 PM

    Dear Mr Huckabee, I thank God for you because you say everything I want to say but you have the thread of humor to present it with. God bless you!!

  • Patty Helms

    12/13/2017 02:45 PM

    What was Sarah's response to BO's taking credit for Trumponomics? ? I've reread your article but I don't see what she said.

  • Evelyn Felice

    12/13/2017 02:18 PM

    I look forward every day to catch your daughter giving her news briefing. What a breath of fresh air she is! I am sure you are inordinately proud of her. I certainly am! She is such a change from the stuttering lot we have had to put up with
    till now. She has a wonderful mastery of the English language and to my utter delight she does not suffer fools gladly! A veritable chip of the old block if you don't mind my saying so. Congratulations!!

  • James Ray Murdock

    12/13/2017 01:36 PM

    First I would thank you for your voiceof reason crying in the wilderness. I also am very impressed with Sarah she is doing a fantastic job, as she appears to me as the christian thrown to the lions, but she is extremely intelligent and has done a remarkable job of handling them. It amazes how far in the wrong direction this great country has stumbled, while most of "we the people" have quietly went about working hard trying to build something for future generations, corruptness and foreign values(Muslim) took our highest office for 8 years and Obama was amazingly effective he did a fantastic job of weakening our military, destroying our economy and worst destroying a lot our freedoms especially in the arena of religion that was the foundation our country was built on. I was terrified that Mr Trump would not beat Hillary and was scared for my grandchildren, but I view it as God gave us one more chance and it is absurd for Obama to claim any type rebound in this country economics or anything positive. In a different light every time I get on a interstate with traffic jammed(fortunately not often as I live in a rural area) I think that with the money Obama thru away every interstate in this country could have been 6 laned. Thanks for all you do Sincerely and Respectfully James Ray Murdock

  • Maris Hodges

    12/13/2017 11:49 AM

    I love Sarah. Her intelligence, humor and tenacity just make me smile. She is beautiful inside and out and more than perfect for the job. Thank you Sarah.

  • Judith A. Watson

    12/13/2017 10:29 AM

    You can certainly tell that Sarah has children. She uses her experience as a mom to handle the press.

  • Charles M

    12/13/2017 10:19 AM

    Best comment I ever heard about obama was attributed (correctly or not) to V. Putin - "He is like a pigeon that struts around on a chessboard knocking over all the pieces, defecates on the board, and then declares victory". Says it all, doesn't it?

  • Judith A. Watson

    12/13/2017 10:03 AM

    God bless your daughter! I'd like her to ask the "press" to remember the toughest question they asked obama. I recall him being asked "what about the white house do you find most enchanting?" For the most transparent presidency why are his college papers still sealed. Journalism is dead in the United States of America.

  • Tom Stennis

    12/13/2017 08:51 AM

    You truly have a great sharp intelligent daughter. Must me family trait.

  • Frank Tomlin

    12/13/2017 02:11 AM

    My wife and I really Love Sarah we think she is one of the best press secretary we have ever had she dose a great job putting these Left wing nuts in there place we love it. Sarah God Bless you and keep up the good work lite there hair on fire.

    Yours truly Frank and Shirley Tomlin

  • Clairann Haney

    12/12/2017 11:58 PM

    I just want to say that Sarah is doing a wonderful job--she has been raised right and it shows in her demeanor, and message and ability to handle (wrangle) the press. I appreciate her in that position.

  • Pam Short

    12/12/2017 11:20 PM

    I feel sorry for obama! He is no longer the President of the USA! Donald Trump is our President! Please liberals respect our President! I love your daughter Sarah!

  • Jody Robinson

    12/12/2017 10:33 PM

    I find it rather odd that Obama blamed Bush for every job lost, every business closed under his watch, yet takes the credit when Trump is in office creating millions of jobs, unleashing small business, and repealing hateful regulations. Leftists prove they are crybabies, incompetent, and plain hateful every time they open their mouths to lie about what's going on!

  • Linda L Fuentes

    12/12/2017 10:02 PM

    I am so very proud of the way that Sarah handles all of the challenges she faces with the crybaby media. I find myself becoming so disgusted with the way they handle their stories. No longer do they take their jobs seriously in getting the truth before reporting it. If Sarah were to run for President I would definitely be one to vote for the 1st woman President.

  • Myrna Ellsworth

    12/12/2017 09:38 PM

    You must be so pleased with her quick responses. My concern for her is how long can she continue at this pace? God bless her and her family. She has to be the best we've had in this job for many years. Possibly, ever.

  • Karen McKee

    12/12/2017 08:35 PM

    Please let Sarah know that she is admired and deeply respected by this American lady. She is poised, confident & I love her "stand my ground" attitude. Of we can encourage her more in any way, please let your readers know. If love to send her & even our President a personal card but, not certain they would actually see them. Above all, let her know she is high on my prayer list. She doesn't have an easy job but, she's doing a beautiful one.

  • Nancy St.Romain

    12/12/2017 07:25 PM

    I think your daughter is doing a outstanding job and for sure is a great example for young girls or old!

  • Holly Chapo

    12/12/2017 06:33 PM

    Sarah is a favorite of mine in the administration. She is the perfect person for the job - smart, good sense of humor, knowledgeable and tough as nails. I really enjoy the way she stands her ground and will not allow the media fools to intimidate her. What a great choice for presidential spokesperson!

  • Geraldine F. Habitz

    12/12/2017 05:59 PM

    Once again, I have to get my two cents in: I'm flabbergasted that Obama is STILL sticking his nose in every which way and every day and making the most preposterous statements........like this one about his "efforts" being the reason for the economic growth we have seen under President Trump. Oh how I wish someone could invoke the Logan Act on him and shut him up. I don't know how President Trump keeps his cool over Obama's continual impertinent invasion into our current government, even bashing away at the President. The unmitigated gall!! Love you; love Sarah. God Bless !! Merry Christmas !! Don't you love the REAL CHRISTMAS - ALL OVER - look in the White House !!

  • Peggi Gooch

    12/12/2017 05:20 PM

    I love your daughter and admire the job she is doing. I have searched for her emailed so I could tell her thank you for standing up to the news reporter and for a job well done.

  • KD

    12/12/2017 04:16 PM

    I LOVE to watch Sarah handle "the FAKE Corps"! You and Mrs. Huckabee did GOOD ! And it is just as God promises about how to raise up a child- not only polite and capable, thinks on her feet, is smart and HAS WISDOM !
    GRAND-SLAM,HOME-RUN SARAH !

  • Robert OLMSTED

    12/12/2017 03:54 PM

    What did Sarah say? I read over this article 3 times. Was her response more than the laugh? Please rerun her response.

  • Don Sackett

    12/12/2017 03:54 PM

    Dear Governor Huckabee,
    I am a small business owner that loves this country, and a father of a teenage daughter. You should be very proud of Sarah, she is so impressive as press secretary. I try to watch her briefings whenever possible, but my work and travel schedule limits my opportunities. She is by far the best press secretary ever. Congratulations to you and your wife for raising such an impressive woman. Loved today with the "only if your mind is in the gutter" comment!

  • Jeff Floyd

    12/12/2017 03:28 PM

    Yes Jimmy Carter was the greatest at destroying the Trucking Industry, with his signature in August 1980 on a bill to deregulated the Industry, and then Obama finished off the Family owned business people with his time in office.

  • Patricia A. McMahon

    12/12/2017 03:20 PM

    It's very interesting that when in office Obama blamed EVERYTHING on the Bush Administration. The economy, world wide Islamists' attitudes, everything. Nothing he did was working because of Bush. NOW he's claiming responsibility? Oh for heaven's sake! Give me a break! Why can't he just go away. Obama is OVER. President Trump is THE PRESIDENT. Get over it people.

  • Michael Mosley

    12/12/2017 03:13 PM

    Greetings Governor Huckabee, We just love it every time your daughter steps up to the mic ! President Trump knocked it out of park picking her as his Press Secretary, he couldn't possibly have done better. We love to hear her line out journalist ( so called ) that think they can bait her or trap her. She's always a jump ahead, doesn't take any lip or back talk & when she's done answering them she moves on !! We just Love Sarah, & your undoubtedly a proud Papa !! We love your TBN show also !! Praying Gods favor, grace, blessings & peace to you & all your family during the Christmas season & always !

  • Sandra Hackworth

    12/12/2017 03:03 PM

    Your daughter seems to always have the perfect response to the "gotcha" reporters, (I mean repeaters), who want to make a name for themselves by posing loaded or utterly ridiculous questions. They are hoping to fluster her composure and maybe even cause her to misspeak. She has never once accommodated any of them. Her answers always reflect her intelligence as well as her knowledge and competence in all situations. Sarah Huckabee Sanders is a talented Press Secretary. She proves that at every White House Press Briefing as she keeps the militant liberal reporters on their toes and in their places. She does an awesome job!!!

  • Steve Henry

    12/12/2017 02:15 PM

    Thank you Governor Huckabee for a great show-and thank you for raising your daughter to stand up for what's right. Her tenacity is just what has been lacking in the press briefings, and it's a breath of fresh air to watch her put those "journalists"(LOL) in their place. Please let her know that we folks in flyover country are cheering her on, every day. Keep up the good fight Sarah,keep it up!!!!!

  • Janet I Day

    12/12/2017 12:52 PM

    Thank you Mr. Huckabee for your informative and spot-on commentaries. So many believed that our economy and country were doing well under the prior Administration - truly they were waiting on the Great Pumpkin. By the way, I am proud that Sarah Huckabee Sanders is our presidential spokesperson.

  • Debra Black

    12/12/2017 12:10 PM

    Obama is a habitual liar. I think the world realizes that. His brother vouched for that. Your daughter is a wonderful Press Secretary and she holds her own well. These reporters are like slithering snakes waiting for their next bite. I've not heard any intelligent questions coming from them. They thrive on negative feedback.

  • Bernadine R. Decoteau

    12/12/2017 11:37 AM

    I am so happy Obama is gone. He just can't stand the fact that Pres. Trump is making changes that really help the American people and stimulating the economy against all the stupid rules he imposed so the business's were chocking with regulations! Bernie

  • Christy Morton

    12/12/2017 11:36 AM

    Are you kidding, he was the worst president this nation has ever seen. In fact, he is in so many pockets it's hard to untangle the mess! He is a traitor to the U.S. and should be exiled to his Muslim family in the middle east. he makes me sick! I am struggling every day in the high cost of medical insurance costs and taxes and I am very sick that English has been pretty much banned as the nation's first and only language. No more Islamic temples, no more illegal aliens as they are a threat to families, our economy and our safety. He should go join the NAACP or hang out in Hollywood and reveal his sinful self!

  • Tim Darnell

    12/12/2017 11:32 AM

    Your daughter is masterful at her job (and that's an understatement). We're as thankful for her as we are the Donald. You must be quite proud and rightfully so!

  • Janice Short

    12/12/2017 11:05 AM

    Congratulations to Sarah for the great job she is doing! Obama has nothing to be proud of since he nearly ruined America. Thank God Donald Trump stepped up & is trying to "Make America Great Again". The Liberals are so jealous of this, they have to attack everything our President does. Shame on you Mr. Obama, for your petty attacks & claiming credit for all the good things President Trump has done. Oh, Mr. Obama, stop pretending you are still President. You are breaking the law by going to other countries & speaking for our government! What do you think you can accomplish now? You did nothing in the 8 years you tried to be President!!