John Ransom

They say the “selfies” are over in the White House.

Red Sox’s designated hitter David Ortiz snapped one last week at the White House with Barack Obama, a picture which was subsequently used as a promotional series by Samsung, the maker of the device that Ortiz used.

"In general, whenever someone tries to use the president's likeness to promote a product, that's a problem," White House Press Jester Dan Pfeiffer said.

He meant promoting a product that isn't about the president is a problem.

Because if I were you, I wouldn’t count on the Selfie President giving up on selfies yet.

Or ever.

Look, folks: This is the first presidency in the history of the United States that’s been only about one man.

And you know that man as Barack Obama, himselfie.

Who doesn’t believe he has a wall full of selfies with the other guy cropped out?

If it weren’t for the "selfie" Obama would have no presidency at all.

Only a Barack Obama presidency, a presidency designed to prop up the most unpropable of men, would claim unemployment is going down—“making progress” is how they term it—when in fact our labor force bears vast scars, not from the “Slight Depression”, but rather from the opportunist who sough to take advantage of it to ensure his place in history.

The scars are semi-permanent too, regardless of where the official unemployment number goes.

We don’t have the capacity to restore full economic growth under a regime that continues to promote electricity while crippling our ability to manufacture it.

Nor will we be able to generate the economic growth we need, when we play economic victim to worldwide oil cartels, eastern European thugs and Middle East strongmen on both sides of the religious divide.

For all the talk about how poor the economy has been, for how terrible the recession was—a recession that Obama inherited—who really thinks that such a nightmare scenario should support oil prices at $100 per barrel?

And $100 a barrel for oil, in the end, costs Americans jobs, and economic opportunity.

If people want to know where jobs went, all they have to do is look at the totality of Obama’s policies one by one and subtract the jobs.

The War on Coal costs jobs.

The Solar boondoggle costs jobs.

Interest payments on the debt costs jobs.

Dodd-Frank costs jobs.

The Stimulus costs jobs.

And of course any one of these programs would have cost any other president his job.


John Ransom

John Ransom is the Finance Editor for Townhall Finance.