Skip to comments.WaPo: Jobs report puts a damper on Obama's effort to keep the message positive (BARF!)
Posted on 08/06/2010 10:24:11 AM PDT by maggief
President Obama spent much of the week harvesting bits of good news from some of his short- and longer-term initiatives.
In Chicago, he showcased the revived U.S. auto industry that he bailed out last year.
And here in Washington his senior advisers highlighted a federal report showing that most of the oil in the Gulf of Mexico is gone, suggesting a less-grave scenario than had been predicted. White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs called that "good news" and said the federal response to the spill had played an important part in containing the potential damage.
Obama even dropped in on a briefing for journalists to say that new sanctions on Iran appear to be exerting new pressure on the government there.
Then came the jobs report, the monthly reminder that one number above all others matters most to the country and the Democratic Party's political future. That would be the unemployment rate, still stuck at 9.5 percent.
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The gay marriage decision in California? The passage of the pro-abortion constitution in his native Kenya?
He knew it was coming and made a full bore feint to take the news off the unemployment numbers but it was crushed.
The numbers were reported and disprove all he said.