“After nearly four years in office, President Obama is eager to make excuses for his failed policies at home and abroad by declaring ‘bumps in the road.’ But it’s clear Americans can’t afford four more years like the last four years under the President’s policies. The middle class is in shambles, with fewer good-paying jobs and record poverty, and our nation’s security is threatened abroad. As president, Mitt Romney will build a stronger, more secure nation for all Americans.” – Andrea Saul, Romney Campaign Spokesperson


Tonight, President Obama Referred To Recent Unrest In The Middle East As “Bumps In The Road”:


President Obama, On Recent Turmoil In The Middle East: “I Was Pretty Certain And Continue To Be Pretty Certain That There Are Going To Be Bumps In The Road…” KROFT: “Have the events that took place in the Middle East, the recent events in the Middle East given you any pause about your support for the governments that have come to power following the Arab Spring?” OBAMA: “Well, I'd said even at the time that this is going to be a rocky path. … But I was pretty certain and continue to be pretty certain that there are going to be bumps in the road because-- you know, in a lot of these places-- the one organizing principle-- has been Islam. The one part of society that hasn't been controlled completely by the government.” (CBS’s “60 Minutes,” 9/23/12)


What Is President Obama Describing As “Bumps In The Road”? Growing Unrest Abroad And A Middle East In Turmoil:


The Wall Street Journal: “Mideast Turmoil Spreads” (The Wall Street Journal, 9/14/12)


Bloomberg: “U.S. Officials Concerned Over What Follows Arab Spring” (Bloomberg, 9/12/12)


The Associated Press: “Arab Winter? Spreading Anti-American Unrest Prompts Debate On US Policy In The Arab World” (The Associated Press, 9/14/12)


The New York Times: “U.S. Is Preparing For A Long Siege Of Arab Unrest” (The New York Times, 9/15/12)


And This Isn’t The First Time President Obama Declared Americans Were Experiencing “Bumps On The Road” – He Used It As An Excuse For The Dismal Recovery:


President Obama, On The Dismal Recovery Last Year: “There Are Always Going To Be Bumps On The Road To Recovery.” OBAMA: “And there are still some headwinds that are coming at us.  Lately, it’s been high gas prices that have caused a lot of hardship for a lot of working families.  And then you had the economic disruptions following the tragedy in Japan.  You got the instability in the Middle East, which makes folks uncertain.  There are always going to be bumps on the road to recovery.  We’re going to pass through some rough terrain that even a Wrangler would have a hard time with.” (President Barack Obama, Remarks, Toledo, OH, 6/3/11)


More Than Twenty-Three Million Americans Are Unemployed, Underemployed, Or Have Stopped Looking For Work. (Bureau Of Labor Statistics,, 9/10/12)


The Latest Jobs Report Showed The “Economy Slogged Along For The 43rd Month In A Row With Joblessness Above 8 Percent.” “American employers added 96,000 jobs in August, the Labor Department reported Friday. The unemployment rate fell to 8.1 percent as the economy slogged along for the 43rd month in a row with joblessness above 8 percent.” (Susanna Kim, “August Jobs Report: Unemployment Falls To 8.1 Percent,” ABC News, 9/7/12)


In August, The Unemployment Rate Either Increased Or Was Unchanged In 38 States. “The Labor Department says rates increased in 26 states. They fell in 12 states and were unchanged in the other 12.” (Christopher S. Rugaber, “Unemployment Rates Rise In Half Of US States,” The Associated Press, 9/21/12)


In 2011, 46.2 Million People Lived In Poverty – Nearly One In Six Americans. “About 46.2 million people, or nearly 1 in 6, were in poverty. That is not statistically different from the 15.1 percent who were impoverished in 2010.” (“Census Bureau: Poverty Rate Remains At 15 Percent,” The Associated Press, 9/12/12)


“A Record 46.7 Million Americans Received Food Stamps In June…” “A record 46.7 million Americans received food stamps in June, up 0.4 percent from the previous month, the government said. Participation was 3.3 percent higher than a year earlier and has remained higher than 46 million all year as the unemployment rate has stagnated just above 8 percent. New jobless numbers will be released Sept. 7.” (Alan Bjera, “Food-Stamp Use Climbed To Record 46.7 Million In June, U.S. Says,” Bloomberg, 9/4/12)