President Donald Trump recently ridiculed former President Barack Obama for claiming in 2016 that he would need a “magic wand” to create a manufacturing boom in the United States.
“Last year was the best year for American Manufacturing job growth since 1997, or 21 years,” Trump wrote on Twitter.
“The previous administration said manufacturing will not come back to the U.S., ‘you would need a magic wand.’ I guess I found the MAGIC WAND – and it is only getting better!”
The phrase that Obama used during a June 1, 2016 PBS town hall in southern Indiana was slightly different. He was with the late journalist Gwen Ifill, but he did suggest a manufacturing rebound was hopeless without magical powers.
“When somebody says … 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?’” he asked, responding to an audience question about Trump’s economic promises.
“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.”
Obama was maintaining at the time that manufacturing jobs would never come back to the U.S. after they disappeared south of the border. He said America’s smartest play was to educate workers to fill other positions in emerging industries.
The former president cited “clean energy” along with “3-D printing or, you know, nanotechnology – all kinds of stuff that I can’t really explain because, you know, scientists and really smart people know all about it.”
While at that town hall in Indiana,Obama refused to utter the word “Trump.”
“You know, he seems to do a good job mentioning his own name,” he told Ifill. Then-president Obama also referred to Trump as “the Republican nominee” and “the person I’m not going to advertise for.”
The president regularly makes mention of monthly Labor Department statistics that show how many jobs the private sector U.S. economy has created.
Trump has declared that they boosted payrolls in 2018 by a net 284,000 jobs.
That was up from 207,000 jobs a year earlier.
Trump has relied on Obama’s “magic wand” statement in the past to make a point about the health of the U.S. manufacturing sector under his administration.
“President Trump would need a magic wand to get to 4% GDP,’ stated President Obama,” he tweeted in September. “I guess I have a magic wand, 4.2%, and we will do MUCH better than this! We have just begun.”
Weeks before, at a Philadelphia convention of electrical contractors, he found a different angle, saying: “Do you remember that? Magic wand? There was no magic wand. It’s good policy and other things.”
Credit: Daily Mail