Skip to comments.Axelrod To Wallace: Americans ‘In A Better Position Than We Were Four Years Ago’
Posted on 09/02/2012 3:29:27 PM PDT by NYer
Appearing on Fox News Sunday this morning, President Obama’s senior adviser David Axelrod told host Chris Wallace that he believes Americans are better off today than they were four years ago.
“Can you honestly say that Americans better off today than they were four years ago?” Wallace pointedly asked Axelrod.
“I can say that we’re in a better position than we were four years ago in our economy, in the sense that when this president took office, we were losing 800,000 jobs a month,” Axelrod responded. “And the quarter before he took office was the worst since the Great Depression and we are in a different place.”
“29 straight months of job growth, 4.5 million private sector jobs,” the adviser cited as statistical evidence, but conceded: “Are we where we need to be? No.”
Axelrod then went on to pan Mitt Romney‘s Republican National Convention performance as a “terrible failure” for failing, in his view, to offer a “plausible” alternative to President Obama’s path.
Wallace then challenged Axelrod for trying to refocus on Romney, putting up statistics that showed worse numbers now on unemployment, median household income, national debt, and gas prices since the president took office in 2009.
“Looking at the president’s record and the statistics,” Wallace pressed again, “is the average American better off than four years ago?”
Axelrod initially dodged the question by saying that “the average American recognizes that it took years to create the crisis that erupted in 2008 and peaked in 2009, and it’s going to take some time to work through it.”
Unsatisfied, Wallace pressed Axelrod again: “[Obama] is the one seeking reelection. He famously said if ‘I don’t turn this thing around, I will be a one-term president.’ The economy has 300,000 fewer jobs than in February 2009.”
“I think those auto-workers whose industry would have collapsed if the president hadn’t intervened are certainly better off,” Axelrod said. “I think that the millions and millions of young Americans who have health care today that wouldn’t have had it if the president hadn’t acted are better off. I think the millions of people who have been able to renegotiate their mortgages so that they are paying lower interest rates are better off.”
Video at above link.
Unemployment was 7.8 percent when the president took office. It's now 8.3 percent.
Median household income was almost $55,000. It's now less than 51,000.
Gas was a $1.85 a gallon when he took office. Now, it's $3.78, almost doubled.
National debt was $10.6 trillion and it may go past $16 trillion this week.
So, just looking at the president's record and those statistics, David, is the average American better off than four years ago?
AXELROD: Chris, as I said to you before, I think the average American recognizes that it took years to create the crisis that erupted in 2008 and peaked in January of 2009. And it's going to take some time to work through it.
So, you know, you say I talk about Mitt Romney. I keep talking about Mitt Romney because all Mitt Romney does is it talk about Barack Obama. And this election is a choice.
What you're going to hear this week in Charlotte is a president who is going to present a clear agenda for the future talks, that talks about how we build a sound economy and lift the middle class in this country. You didn't hear those kinds of things from the Republican Party. Their platform was locked up in the same vault as Mitt Romney's tax returns. They simply don't want to talk about their ideas, because their ideas are not ideas about the future. They are derivative of what we did in the last decade, that brought our economy to its knees.
Oh I don’t know. Being bent over this stump isn’t any more comfortable than it was on day 1.
He is either lying to present an untrue narrative or ....completely insane!
YIKES! He pulled that straight out of his rectum.
'nuff said, now get your lying POTUS impersonator ass out of the Oval Office 0bama!
I wish they would have trials for treason after this is over.
“that it took years to create the crisis that erupted in 2008 and peaked in January of 2009. And it’s going to take some time to work through it.”
The Obama childish “not ym fault” routine.
If by “America” you mean do-nothing bureaucrats, crony capitalists and lazy, shiftless welfare moochers, you’d be right. Everyone else, I’m afraid, are in the 21st Century version of the Great Depression.
Accurate on both counts.
I do have a few calluses now. But being bent over a stump is still being bent over a stump. Despite some thicker skin.
Now we know what he means by stump speech.
With how these people can lie and vilify a person’s character with impunity, maybe duels weren’t such a barbaric practice...
I smell a really good ad coming from these sound bites, i really do..... If R2 has the BALLS to run it. Or, FreedomWorks or ??
"Mountains made of sand, fall into the sea, eventually"
This regime has got to go.
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