"Southside with You" is the first official Barack Obama feature. But it's hardly the one that captures what the president has done to the U.S. economy.
“Southside” shows us when Barack met Michelle. It’s the start of a potent courtship that carried the couple all the way to the White House. The film screened at the just-wrapped Sundance Film Festival and will likely be released nationwide later this year.
The new Anna Kendrick/Miles Teller comedy “Get a Job” reflects the fallout from seven-plus years of Obama’s economic policies.
“Graduating was the easy part,” the film’s promotional tag line reads.”
Now, it’s doubtful Obama will be name-checked in the comedy, set for a March 25 release. Getting political in a breezy romp isn’t the best idea.
Still, millennials have taken one body blow after another during the Obama years. Will they make the connection between their bottom lines and the current White House occupant? They should. Consider the following from Forbes.com:
44% of college grads in their 20s are stuck in low-wage, dead-end jobs, the highest rate in decades, and the number of young people making less than $25,000 has also spiked to the highest level since the 1990s.
One reason why: “financial insecurity” is causing Baby Boomers to cling to their current jobs and delay retirement, according for Forbes.com. The worst may be yet to come. Consider the liberal push for higher minimum wages, a measure Obama applauds.
Wherever cities implemented big minimum-wage hikes to $10 an hour or more last year, the latest data through December show that job creation downshifted to the slowest pace in at least five years.
About 2.1 million Americans have been unable to get a job for over half a year. The government calls these people the “long-term unemployed.”
The irony is that “Get a Job” was shot more than three years ago and has struggled for a release ever since. Now, with new fiscal headwinds battling the economy, “Job” is back on track.
The fact that “Get a Job” stars Kendrick and Teller are bigger names now likely helped the film secure a release date. Had the economy roared back as Team Obama told us it would, though, the timing would make very little sense.
Hollywood will officially feel the millennials’ pain on March 25. Here’s betting the comedy will pack a happy ending after some economic hardships. The same may not be true for today’s hard-luck millennials.
UPDATE: Even former President Bill Clinton says Millennials feel “trapped” following the past seven years.