Jeff Dobbs inspired me to unleash the search engines on yet another Barackrobatic obsession:
- March 24, 2009:
"We have to persevere, and that's what I'm going to emphasize," Obama said. "But what I'm confident about is that we're moving in the right direction."
- April 29, 2009:
"I do think that our administration has taken some steps that have restored confidence in the American people that we're moving in the right direction and that simply opposing our approach on every front is probably not a good political strategy," he said.
- May 14, 2009:
So I believe we're moving in the right direction. Step by step, we're making progress. Now, we've got a long way to go before we can put this recession behind us.
- June 9, 2009:
This was the fewest number of jobs that we have lost in about eight months. So it was about half of the number lost of just a few months ago. And it's a sign that we're moving in the right direction.
- July 11, 2009:
We are not there yet, and I continue to believe that even one American out of work is one too many. But we are moving in the right direction.
- August 7, 2009:
Today we're pointed in the right direction. We're losing jobs at less than half the rate we were when I took office.
- September 7, 2009:
But for the second straight month, we lost fewer jobs than the month before, and it was the fewest jobs that we had lost in a year. (Applause.) So, make no mistake, we're moving in the right direction. We're on the road to recovery, Ohio. Don't let anybody tell you otherwise. (Applause.)
- October 31, 2009:
But today, I am pleased to offer some better news that - while not cause for celebration - is certainly reason to believe that we are moving in the right direction.
- November 6, 2009:
So although it will take time and it will take patience, I am confident that our economy will recover. I'm confident that we're moving in the right direction. And I promise that I won't rest until America prospers once again.
- December 7. 2009:
We have had a very tough year, and we've lost millions of jobs. But at least now we are moving in the right direction.
- January 8, 2010:
Last month, however, we slipped back, losing more jobs than we gained, though the overall trend of job loss is still pointing in the right direction.
- March 18, 2010:
That's how economists measure a recovery -- and by those measures, we are beginning to move in the right direction.
- April 15, 2010:
So I've been a little amused over the last couple of days where people have been having these rallies about taxes. (Laughter.) You would think they would be saying thank you. (Laughter.) That's what you'd think. (Applause.) So we're headed in the right direction on our road to recovery.
- May 13, 2010:
But I want to just say to Buffalo -- I want to say to all of you and I want to say to America, we can say beyond a shadow of a doubt, today we are headed in the right direction. We are headed in the right direction. (Applause.)
- June 4, 2010:
This economy hasn't returned to prosperity yet, but we're heading in the right direction. There are going to be some ups and downs.
- July 30, 2010:
We're still going to have to do a lot of work to put folks back to work. But we are moving in the right direction. The trend lines are good.
- August 18, 2010:
But here's what I can tell you: After 18 months, I have never been more confident that we are headed in the right direction. We are doing what's needed to move forward.
[Yes, that's close to one quote per month since March 2009. For some reason, the President took "in the right direction" off his teleprompter for February 2010.]
GOP operatives will want to save this quote from February 10, 2009, when the Obama presidency was a mere three weeks old:
But Obama said he was under no illusions that his popularity could withstand a prolonged downturn. "If stuff hasn't worked and people don't feel like I've led the country in the right direction, then you'll have a new president," he said.We'll be seeing that quote a lot over the next couple years, I think. The campaign ads pretty much write themselves.
(Original link via the indispensable Geraghty.)