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By Angel, on June 9th, 2012
Yesterday Obama gave a speech on the economy, he said the private sector is doing fine, it is government jobs that are feeling the pains…
Really Obama? The private sector is doing okay? Over 25 million are out of work, and the private sector is doing okay? Well the GOP did take the opportunity to let Americans know how out of touch obama is with the American people and our economy, and rightfully so…
…it does show exactly how the president is out of touch.
So, in a brief photo opportunity, Obama revisited the issue.
“It is absolutely clear that the economy is not doing fine. That’s the reason I had the press conference,” said the president, who had called reporters together to press Congress to pass his stalled jobs program.
“That’s why I spent yesterday, the day before yesterday, this past week, this past month, and this past year talking about how we can make the economy stronger,” he said.
“The economy is not doing fine. There are too many people out of work. The housing market is still weak and too many homes underwater. And that’s precisely why I asked Congress to start taking some steps that can make a difference,” Obama said. But he also insisted that “we’ve actually seen some good momentum in the private sector.”
And the president renewed his criticisms of Republicans, underlining their rejection of his jobs plan.”Now, you can’t give me a good reason as to why Congress would not act on these items other than politics — because these are traditionally ideas that Democrats and Republicans have supported,” he said.
“And one of the things that people get so frustrated about is that instead of actually talking about what would help, we get wrapped up in these political games.
Back in 2008 Obama didn’t mind playing the “political game” that he thinks should be stopped, when John McCain made a similar statement about the economy, Obama pounced on it right away and even made an AD about it…
UPDATE: Ann and Van go at it Re: Obama comment: “the private sector is just fine”
George Stephanopoulos had a lively roundtable to host today on This Week, where the President’s “the private sector is doing fine” comment took center stage and, as one can expect, Ann Coulter and Mike Huckabee differed wildly from Ed Rendell and Van Jones on the meaning of the words. The conversation turned into a heated debate over whether the federal government should be investing in more firefighters and teachers, and whether the private sector could only grow at the expense of the public sector.