Back in June, President Obama and was asked by Eric Cottonham, a member of the Steelworkers Union employed by Carrier, ‘if anything could be done to stem the tide of jobs flowing out of the country,’ as Trump had promised to do:
“I see here you’re doing a lot of things, but in Indianapolis, there’s nothing there for us,” he asked. “I mean, what’s next? I mean, what can we look forward to in the future as far as jobs, employment, whatever? Because all of our jobs has left or in the process of leaving, sir.”
“Those jobs of the past are just not going to come back,” Obama told Cottonham. Instead he ‘advised workers losing their jobs to learn how to adapt their skills to new technologies, particularly the “clean energy sector.”:
“Let’s focus on those,” he suggested. “The days when you just being able to — you just being willing to work hard and you can now walk into a plant and suddenly there’s going to be a job for you for 30 years or 40 years, that’s just not going to be there for our kids because more and more, that stuff’s going to be automated.”
And Obama singled out Trump for derision, saying:
When somebody says, like the person you just mentioned who I’m not going to advertise for, that he’s going to bring all these jobs back, well how exactly are you going to do that? What are you going to do? There’s — there’s no answer to it. He just says, “Well, I’m going to negotiate a better deal.” Well, how — what — how exactly are you going to negotiate that? What magic wand do you have? And usually, the answer is he doesn’t have an answer.
Fast-forward to December 1, 2016:
President-elect Donald Trump touched down in wingman Mike Pence’s home state Thursday to take a bow for their dramatic, job-saving deal with Carrier air conditioning.
The stop, in the state Vice President-elect Pence still serves as governor, came amid a “thank you” tour of the Midwestern states that helped propel their ticket to victory.
“I will tell you that United Technologies and Carrier stepped up, and now they’re keeping over 1,100 people,” Trump said. “It’s so great.”
Trump said he got involved after seeing a report on Carrier’s announcement it would leave for Mexico. Trump said he was moved by a Carrier employee and Trump supporter who promised his co-workers that Trump wouldn’t let the company leave.
“It’s because of that guy,” Trump said, scanning the assembled throng and explaining how he reached out to the company’s top brass.
“Companies are not going to leave the United States anymore without consequences,” Trump thundered, before tempering the threat with pledges for deregulation and lower taxes.
And that’s seven weeks before President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration.
Tells you something, doesn’t it?