Romney ad blasts Obama’s plan for a Secretary of Business; Chuck Todd spins

Rumor is now NewSpeak for “anything stupid that President Obama says.” You see, President Obama’s super awesome plan includes creating a Secretary of Business. Because, you know, not enough bureaucracy is the problem. And silly rubes don’t understand the nuance-y nuance between a Secretary of Business and Secretary of Commerce. To be fair, at least he didn’t make it a Czar this time.

Twitter users, including Secretary Rumsfeld, were quick to point out the idiocy of President Obama’s idea.

Obama’s ‘Secretary of Business’ idea reflects a lack of understanding that innovation happens in private sector, not govt bureaucracy.

— Donald Rumsfeld (@RumsfeldOffice) October 31, 2012

Obama’s solution for our economic mess is to create a Secretary of Business 1 week before an election. NewsFlash: Obama doesn’t have a plan!

— Richard Grenell (@RichardGrenell) October 30, 2012

Obama wants a new cabinet post called Secretary of Business? For 4 years Obama didn’t know he had a Secretary of Commerce?

— Richard Grenell (@RichardGrenell) October 30, 2012

Obama’s New Jobs Plan: Create a Secretary of Business… #tcot #gop DOH! What’s your Sec’y of Commerce do, freak?

— Katy (@KatyinIndy) October 30, 2012

This Secretary of Business mess that the left is talking up is a huge step towards government control of business. Nefarious indeed.

— me (@americanj) November 1, 2012

Shouldn’t “Commerce Secretary” be doing something along the lines of a “Secretary of Business” ?

— bradcundiff (@bradcundiff) November 1, 2012

Today, Romney is out with a new ad, rightfully slamming the ridiculous notion. And guess what? Little lapdog Chuck Todd of NBC/MSNBC was at the ready to wag his tail and bury a bone for Obama.

Had a feeling that “Secretary of Business” rumor would become Romney fodder. New ad here.…

— Chuck Todd (@chucktodd) November 1, 2012

Idiot RT: @chucktodd: Had a feeling that “Secretary of Business” rumor would become Romney fodder. New ad here.…

— DrewM (@DrewMTips) November 1, 2012

Oh, it was just a rumor, you see! When President Obama specifically says something, it didn’t actually happen until the lapdogs convene and decide if he actually meant it or not. Until then? Just a rumor, you wingnuts!

According to NBC White House Reporter @chucktodd, when Obama says he’ll do something, it’s a “rumor”…

— DrewM (@DrewMTips) November 1, 2012

More from The Huffington Post:

Speaking to the hosts of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Monday, Obama said a Secretary of Business would serve to consolidate several commerce-related government agencies, a plan he originally proposed in January.

“We should have one Secretary of Business, instead of nine different departments that are dealing with things like getting loans to SBA [the Small Business Administration] or helping companies with exports,” Obama said Monday. “There should be a one-stop shop.”

Nothing to see here, move along. Obama saying, “We should have one Secretary of Business” doesn’t actually mean he said we should have one Secretary of Business. It’s just a rumor!

More Twitter users give pitiful Chuck Todd the business.

@chucktodd Rumor? How do you define a “rumor,” exactly? Obama suggested it!

— Ryne (@rynemcclaren) November 1, 2012

@chucktodd The president did specifically refer to a “Secretary of Business”…not a rumor.

— John Swinford (@arthur23) November 1, 2012

@amandacarpenter So apparently even @chucktodd doesn’t watch MSNBC. Or do actual journalism. Or is aware of the world around him (#Benghazi)

— Eric Strobel (@EricStrobel) November 1, 2012

how’s that a “rumor”? he said it on *your* network? MT @chucktodd: Had feeling the “Secretary of Business” rumor would become Romney fodder.

— bragg (@bragg) November 1, 2012

Wait, @chucktodd thinks it’s just a “rumor” that Obama would appoint a “Secretary of Business?” He doesn’t know Obama floated the idea?

— Gabriel Malor (@gabrielmalor) November 1, 2012

@chucktodd rumor? Obama didn’t tell Morning Joe he wanted to create a “Secretary of Business”

— Conn Carroll (@conncarroll) November 1, 2012

Todd is a shill“@jeffemanuel: If Obama has a stupid idea, and Romney mentions it, then the latter is responding to “rumors,” per @chucktodd

— Dennis Mitchell (@dmitchell624) November 1, 2012

Chuck’s a hack MT @seanagnew: A rumor, @chucktodd? That you’ll talk about #Benghazi this week. Oh, wait.. No.. that’s a lie. You won’t.

— Seton Motley (@SetonMotley) November 1, 2012

@drewmtips @chucktodd I love that even the actual reports on the “announcement” forget that it was actually announced in JANUARY.

— Matthew DesOrmeaux (@cynicusprime) November 1, 2012

Todd then tries to walk it back. Y’all don’t get his nuance-y nuance, either!

Folks, calm down. used “rumor” like “speculation”; How’s this, “idea” “proposal”… Everyone is a tad jumpy. 5 days out, I get it

— Chuck Todd (@chucktodd) November 1, 2012

He fails.

@chucktodd: Sir, you communicate for a living. If you don’t understand how to use basic words, perhaps you should find another line of work.

— J.G. Alt (@nycconservative) November 1, 2012

.@chucktodd Obama’s own proposals are “speculation”?

— Jeff Emanuel (@jeffemanuel) November 1, 2012

.@chucktodd What’s the “speculation”? That Obama actually proposed the idea you’re calling a “rumor”?

— Jeff Emanuel (@jeffemanuel) November 1, 2012

“Rumor”, “speculation”, and “proposal” can’t be used interchangeably, @chucktodd. For example, it’s speculation that you’re an O surrogate.

— FN_BOOT (@FN_BOOT) November 1, 2012

@chucktodd JUMPY????

— John Podhoretz (@jpodhoretz) November 1, 2012

.@chucktodd Looks more like you intended to convey the idea that Romney was pouncing on a “rumor.” #hacktastic

— Gabriel Malor (@gabrielmalor) November 1, 2012

So @chucktodd‘s defense is he used a “rumor” in a way that’s unrelated to its actual meaning. Also, it’s not “speculation” it was a proposal

— DrewM (@DrewMTips) November 1, 2012

I hate when people can’t admit they simply made a mistake and they blame it on people who noticed. That’s what 5 year olds do. @chucktodd

— DrewM (@DrewMTips) November 1, 2012

Old line gatekeppers like @chucktodd think they can still do the “we’re reporters, we’re never wrong” thing. It’s funny and pathetic.

— DrewM (@DrewMTips) November 1, 2012


As for Romney’s ad on this “rumor?” Boom!

“Why not have a president who actually understands business?” a narrator in the ad says. “Under Obama, millions of people can’t find work. And more families on welfare and a record number of Americans on food stamps. Mitt Romney understands business, knows how to create jobs and get our economy moving. He’s done it before, he can do it again.”

Romney Ad Hits Obama For Suggesting A “Secretary of Business” RealClearPoliticsVid

— New Right Media (@NewRightMedia) November 1, 2012

One of the best they’ve done. RT @msgorman NEW @mittromney TV AD: “Secretary of Business” #RomneyRyan2012

— Harry(@Tark31) November 1, 2012

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