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Home Depot Founder Slams Obama on Economy in RJC Ad (VIDEO)

October 5, 2012 1:04 pm 17 comments

Home Depot founder Bernie Marcus speaks on a Republican Jewish Coalition ad. Photo: YouTube.

Home Depot founder Bernie Marcus, who is also a Jewish philanthropist, said in a new advertisement released by the Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC) that the retailer “couldn’t get past six stores” in the current American business environment.

“I’ve created jobs in America. I ran a business. I see what’s going on today, and I’m frightened to death,” Marcus said in ad airing on television networks in the election swing states of Florida, Ohio, Nevada and Pennsylvania.

In the latest RJC aiming to sway Jewish voters against President Barack Obama, Marcus said the president “doesn’t understand the economy” and is “surrounded with college professors, economics professors” rather than enough businesspeople.

RJC said in a statement that Marcus “is in a unique position to know which policies can bring about economic growth and prosperity and how badly Pres. Obama’s policies are hurting us” because of his experience growing Home Depot “from one store to one of the largest companies in the world.”

17 Comments

  • Really Netanyahu deserves to be treated with disdain! Netanyahu and Israel and their AIPAC are nothing but destructive death bringing war mongers! I can not stand them! Thanks to their war mongering for their precious Israel I lost a family member in Iraq! You know that war allegedly about WMDs but was really to rid Israel of their arch enemy in Saddam! I wish I could nominate Obama for a third term!

  • So, I’m done at Home Depot. You think a guy who runs such a sloppy store knows about creating jobs? Home Depot was once a good company — but that was before they started with layoffs and screwing workers out of pay and hours.

    Plus, this guy should stay out of politics. I have a choice — and Home Depot won’t be it anymore. I’m going with Lowe’s.

  • Julie Padoolie

    Yes, Home Depot. Another Walmart. They came in and away went the local hardware, flooring, electrical, and kitchen & bath remodeling stores. Yes, they provide jobs…low-paying jobs for people who owned their own businesses or worked for local businesses, until the GW Bush years. Oh! You don’t have a job but you have skills? Go to Home Depot! They offer benefits for part-time hours. No, you can’t support your family on the wages, but hell, you’ll have a job! This ad is a joke. I’m on board with people like Colin Powell, Mayor Bloomberg and the Economist Magazine (for educated, intelligent folks). Those who vote for Romney can keep spending their hard-earned dollars for junk products at Walmart and Home Depot. I’ll keep supporting those few, locally-owned shops, and be happy paying a little more for good-quality work and merchandise. By the way, my husband is a jew, has lived in Israel, and family there, and is pro-Obama.

  • judith gronquist

    I have shopped at Home Depot for many years – to the point that my friends kidded me about having stock in HD. Having seen Mr. Marcos’s disgraceful ad in which he bites the hand that feeds him (the middle class), I will never again shop there and will make it conditional on contractors that nothing be purchased at Home Depot. Shame on you, Mr. Marcos.

  • Renee Richard

    Was on my way to Home Depot when I was told about this ad. Will not buy another thing from Home Depot.

    • The ignorance of the Obama voter amazes me…He’s failed for four years, is destroying America and the Liberal cna’t handle the truth. Go somewhere else. I’m headed to Home Depot for building supplies.

  • I want to boycott home depot as well. Where can i sign up. I already stopped purchasing there and now go to ace and lowes

  • Dancing Baby must have been born yesterday if he believes Bush “made” our econonmy. He must have forgotten it was the Clintons that pressured Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac into making all the subprime loans that have nearly bankrupted our country. And as far as the rich getting rich off the backs of the poor, that is a prime example of class envy. Are we supposed to believe if the rich weren’t rich the poor would have more? The poor aren’t poor because someone stole their money. And the rich aren’t rich because they stole from others. The vast majority of rich people (taxpayers) are self made millionaires like Bernie Marcus who got where they are thanks to hard work, sacrifice and innovation. Dancing Baby is yet another of the uninformed millions. You want to know how many Americans are uninformed and clueless? The same number that voted for Obama.

    • Amen Kingfish… It was Clinton and his Attorney General Janet ‘Butch’ Reno that use threats and force to assure that the ‘poor’ got loans they couldn’t afford and were sure to fail. Glad to see that someone pays attention.

    • if Clinton made Fannie Mae and Freddie “Give the loans” then why was it not until the early 2000″s that people could get these outrageous interestonly loans for triple what they actually could afford?

  • I spend over $20,000 per year on my Home depot account which will now go to Lowes. Boycott Home depot sounds like the next step. Will develop the press release and FaceBook page as my weekend project. I do not mind a well thought out comment but this guy sounds unhinged. Glad they don’t sell guns.

  • A difference of opinion is one thing but lying is another. There’s plenty of Lowes and other small locally owned hardware stores in our area I can use.

  • Some people seem to have forgotten that Bush started this economy the way it is. No one care what BERNIE has to say because he is just another rich republican trying to keep things better for the rich and to hell with the middle class. The rich gets richer off the backs of the poor. I would never spend a dime in HOME DEPOT even before “Bernie” put in his two cents on the economy.Dont worry “Bernie” you will still remain rich no matter who is elected President, so stop worrying about your money cause you cant take it with you when you die anyways.

  • And I will boycott Home Depot. I

  • Lawrence kulak

    thank G-d for at least two sane jews”: Jill and Bernie Marcus. Nowadays you have to count them on two hands.
    Marcus said it right, Obama is surrounded by college professors and economic professors. He forgot to say that some of them are “lying” college professors such as Elizabeth Warren who in her speech at the Democratic Convention promoted the notion that you can grow an economy from the middle up. No such animal, and she knows it. That is why foodstamp recipients have gone up from 32 per cent to 48 percent in this country in four years. You call that growth?
    Getting back to Marcus, you see relying upon college professors is ‘good enough’ for Obama because that is all he ever truly was. In fact, mediocraty is ‘good enough for the Obama Administration from the top down and you can see this in his choice of cabinet ministers )ie, Eric Holder whose most important credential for leading Justice is the fact that he is black) Well,good enogh is not enough to keep America on top but that is justit: Obama and his clan DO NOT WANT AMERICA ON TOP ANYMORE. Lets take a hint from his pastor and mentor Jerimiah Wright when he screamed “G-d bless America? No, G-d D— America. If Obama is elected to second term G-d forbid, we just might get that.

  • It leaves me in utter bewilderment that any American Jew could support Obama. He has taken a deficit and snowballed it into the potential and near decimation of America. Just re-vote in Obama, and say goodbye to America. You think Obamacare is a good idea? The Country is trillions in debt and the World will not let America continue printing worthless money. Obamacare will seriously hasten America’s demise, because that is the only way it could be funded. It is great to have lofty ideas of philanthropy but America is ready to file for bankruptcy and instead of looking at someone who can restore the economy, you want to vote in someone who has shown he doesn’t have a clue. Meantime, Obama is continuing to hand out billions around the World as if America was still a healthy World Power; she’s not respected as that any longer. 1.5 billion to Egypt, who has broken treaties with Israel and are now run by a Sharia compliant Government. Obama courts all things Muslim yet treats Netanyahu with disdain? And the Jews still support him? Many of us look on in total amazement and wonder when y’all are going to wake up?

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