Sunday, July 8, 2012

Obama Reaction to Dismal Jobs Report: “Step in the Right Direction”

By John W. Lillpop
As the pressures of the presidential election campaign grow more and more intense, President Obama has crafted a means for shielding himself from bad news of the type which might reflect on his performance: 

It’s called denial.

For instance, the June employment numbers show that the US economy added only 80,000 new jobs, while the unemployment rate persisted at 8.2%.

Most people blessed with “genius” intelligence, as Obama allegedly is, would conclude that the June report reflects very bad news about the economy and the lack of positive momentum on the jobs front.

However, America’s genius -in –chief somehow saw good news in the reports. 

As reported at the reference, Obama said the following:
President Obama, at his second campaign stop Friday following a dismal June jobs report, dropped a line from his speech in which he cited the faint job growth as a "step in the right direction."

The president had taken heat for the comment from both the Mitt Romney campaign and Republican National Committee.
"Seriously?" Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul said in an email earlier that drew attention to the remark. She noted the 80,000 jobs recorded in June are far below the 130,000 to 150,000 it takes to keep pace with population growth.
This “step in the right direction” faux pas comes on the heels of Obama’s “the private sector is fine” boo-boo after the May report was issued.

Good grief, Mr. President, 23 million Americans are unemployed or under employed and adding 80,000 jobs is a step in the right direction?

Direction to what, sir? The fate of Greece? Spain? Italy?

With nonsensical public remarks like these, Obama is giving credence to those who claim he is an out-of-touch elitist who is in severe denial, and incapable of tending to the economy.

In Obama’s mind, there is NO problem. Rather, the angst and fear are products of right-wing extremists who are distorting the facts in order to harm Obama.

Sorry sir, but there are 23 million Americans whose lives are on hold while you deny the truth.

Some of those 23 million will vote in November. Many will vote to replace our out-of-touch elitist with a man whose business credential are “sterling,” according to another well-known Democrat.

Perhaps the gut-wrenching reality of unemployment will finally make it to Obama’s consciousness on November 7, the day after Mitt Romney is elected US president 45?