President Obama is asking voters to take the prospect of economic recovery on faith: That the weak indicators of restoration are early signs of a more robust revival in the near future. The bad indicators, meanwhile, are just “bumps in the road.”
Whenever the unemployment picture darkens or the economy falters, voters are likely to hear the president or one of his advisers talk about “bumps in the road.”
Now, the president is applying the same metaphor to the deteriorating international situation, leading to the unforced error of calling the Middle East and North Africa unrest — which has included everything from the recent attack on the consulate in Libya to violent protests – as “bumps in the road.”
The campaign of Republican nominee Mitt Romney is pouncing on that gaffe, made in an interview on “60 Minutes” just as Republicans have for years been blasting the president for calling tens of millions of Americans being unemployed, underemployed or having given up looking for work as “bumps in the road.”
The situation is made worse because Obama’s interview aired just two days after CNN went public with passages from the slain ambassador’s diary that show he was in increasing fear of attack but did not receive additional security in the unstable, Islamist nation.