The Bad Job Numbers

by Pejman Yousefzadeh on June 5, 2011

I am late getting to this, but there is no getting around the fact that Friday’s job numbers were awful. We can blame the weather, high gas prices which reduce consumer consumption, and the earthquake and recession in Japan, but no one can doubt that the pace of job creation is just abysmal.

And what is the White House’s reaction to the jobs report? Well, look for yourself:

President Obama’s comments [Friday] made no specific mention of the disappointing jobs report or the fact that the unemployment rate ticked upward.

Instead the president focused on signs of life in the auto industry, while saying: “I don’t want to pretend like everything is solved. We’ve still got a long way to go not just in this industry, but in our economy; for all our friends, all our neighbors who are still feeling the sting of recession. …Even though the economy is growing, even though it’s created more than 2 million jobs over the past 15 months, we still face some tough times. We still face some challenges.”

While House officials claimed that there was no change in the president’s general message. And it’s true that the president generally has the same talking points about how things are getting better though we’re not out of the woods yet, and there are ups and downs.

But when the jobs numbers are good, the president likes to acknowledge them, and tell people the number.

So much for that practice. The Obama Administration is reduced to pretending that the bad job numbers simply did not exist.

Intrade continues to believe that President Obama is a favorite for re-election. So do I. But if you want to know why I sometimes have my doubts–and why there are a bunch of Republicans out there convinced that they can deny this President re-election–then just take a look at the sputtering employment market.

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