Obama's 'deal' dupes investors

Turns out the president's 'compromise' with the GOP is just a messy framework that leaves us in limbo.

By Jim Cramer Dec 8, 2010 9:49AM

more market commentary and stock picks from jim cramerWhat were we thinking? That's kind of how I felt getting up this morning. Did we really think President Barack Obama had any party -- his or theirs -- locked up with this "deal"? Did we really think that there wouldn't be dithering and horse trading and delay, delay, delay?


The answer is that "we" were those who believed the president represented his party. Judging by the sell-off after his press conference, those who believed joined those who didn't as we watched a president who doesn't have the juice to get this deal done, at least not within the time frame the market demands right now. Certainly not within the time frame needed to offset worries about further Chinese tightening -- something we'd better get used to, because it is going to happen fairly often until China re-creates a soft-landing scenario.


That's why the big machinery companies didn't maintain their rally. That's why the banks couldn't hold. It's because, hour by hour, people figured out that the "compromise" wasn't really a compromise but some sort of messy framework that will leave us in limbo and therefore send us down, not up, as long as the limbo lasts.


Another disappointment.

It did seem too good to be true, with a pro-growth package that surely meant more hiring and better numbers ahead. I thought the spooking of the bond market meant that the deal was real. I didn't get the decline in gold, and I still don't. I want to buy it as a surrogate currency.


But the notion that we are somehow out of the woods because Obama said we were? Shame on me. I should know better than to expect anything good to come out of Washington. The "good" comes from everything but Washington.


I'd better remember that the next time I sense that something helpful will emanate from this Congress and this president. Now it is back to wait-and-see. It's just not what the market ordered.


Jim Cramer is co-founder and chairman of TheStreet. He contributes daily market commentary for TheStreet's sites and serves as an adviser to the company's CEO.


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Dec 8, 2010 12:03PM
 The "good" comes from everything but Washington.

Yet you and CNBC bend over and keep  the Obama-ites on their pedestal, unlike  OReilly.


I know why!  Its because GE needs protection from DOJustice over their working on  IRAN projects, not to mention never cleaning up the PCBs in the HUDSON RIVER.


Its time to SHATTER all those multi-nationals into smaller companies that NEED employees. 

Think how many jobs were vaporized when banks merged out of communities!


Stand and be counted, or become part of the skeleton entourage in US closets.



Dec 8, 2010 1:37PM
This president and his party are continuing to destroy the economy of this country. Do they have the conscience to stop?
Dec 8, 2010 4:17PM

The country is chaotic and the main reason is because the media keeps labeling the decisions made by the current administration as either "for the GOP" or "for the Dems." Did you ever think that decisions should be made for the United States of America, which consists of Dems, Repubes, and ever increasingly Independents (thank the gods)?

Hopefully when the old Harvard vs Yale ideology is no longer appreciated by the US consensus, we will let those Yale/Harvard graduates spend all their money for campaigns for President of their respective Universities. Hopefully, the next new President will have graduated from a school for learning (Stanford, MIT, Northwestern, etc...) not monetary prestige.

No offense, Mr. Cramer, at least you put your education to good use.


Dec 8, 2010 4:03PM
Hmmmm, Cramer, who is "The Market" to demand anything ? "The Market" doesn't run things and neither do you and the other talking heads. Better get back to understanding that YOU need to lose that big, fat ego of yours and get back in line with the rest of us. Keep it up, the market will fall again and people with torches and pitchforks will be at your door in the dark of night looking for your big, fat head on a pole. You have become a monster, Cramer-stein.
Dec 8, 2010 11:57AM
Good old congress, always passing the buck.  In the real world you cannot just band-aide everything and hope it goes away...
Dec 8, 2010 11:37AM
Blah, blah, blah at least Uncle Ben can get it done w/o listening to the Leftie Socialists and Righty Stuffed Suits.  Who cares WTF Congress thinks.  THey got us here and still are fighting over politics and religion.  What a disguising bunch of hypocrites.
Dec 8, 2010 11:25AM
Jimbo! You told me 2 years ago to take all of my money out of the market and the banks and put it in a mattress for 5 years!! When can i take it out? Seems like i have missed nearly 60% move up in the market. Anyone else besides me listen to your advice??
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