Originally Posted by cosmo20002
Yeah, you're ignoring all the relevant details. Obama never said that. It was simply in a report from some advisers, along with a bunch of qualifiers that you ignore. There was no promise or prediction from Obama.
And whether it was successful or not is not limited whether or not it hit the 8% mark. If it kept it from going to 15%, that would be pretty successful, would it not? Of course, we'll never know, so as you said, you can't really judge it without knowing what would have happened without it.
Obama isn't a King. It doesn't matter that he didn't say it. His top economic advisers said it on his behalf. You can't simply dismiss that as irrelevant. His administration set the measure and the stimulus failed to live up to it. It wasn't even close. Massive fail.