Well today Obama went to Canada and of course said nothing about our massive trade deficits with Canada or Mexico, instead saying we don't want to be that canard protectionist word.
"Now is a time where we have to be very careful about any signals of protectionism," Obama told a joint news conference after several hours of talks with Harper on his one-day visit to Ottawa.
"And as obviously one of the largest economies in the world, it's important for us to make sure that we are showing leadership in the belief that trade ultimately is beneficial to all countries," he said.
He stressed the United States would meet its international trade obligations and told Harper he wanted to "grow trade not contract it."
"I'm quite confident that the United States will respect those obligations and continue to be a leader on the need for globalised trade," Harper said afterward.
Below is a CNN report on Obama choice of USTR: a rabid bad trade promoter:
Previously I wrote many posts on how Obama's economic advisers were pure bad trade deal promoters and he was in fact promising nothing but making it appear like something during the campaign.
I'll bet Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Indiana just blew up their TV sets by throwing them through the window listening to this rhetoric today. If there are any states where U.S. workers desperately need trade agreements renegotiated, it's these and where Obama made the most promises in order to win elections.