Fairly or unfairly, jobs have become one of the most important barometers in assessing the president's performance. And if President Obama hoped to end his birthday week with a positive jobs report, he was disappointed.
The first Friday of every month, when the new employment numbers come out, is a moment of truth for the White House. The president tries to strike the appropriate balance between confidence in the direction of the economy and compassion for the millions of Americans still out of work.
That's from Scott Horsley's report for All Things Considered (NPR) and I don't think most of us feel sorry for Barry O and his wife Marie-Michelle Antoinette.
They have no grasp of what everyone's going through. I know, for example, a young man who's been out of work for ten months. He lost his unemployment assistance because Dems wanted to push through a pork filled bill (Republicans can explain their side on that, I'll stick to my side of the street). There is no job for him. And there's no job for most of the millions unemployed. Barack's done everything except focus on the economy.
He's refused to do that. He's had beer summits. He's had vacations. He's posed for magazines, taped a whorish commercial for George Lopez' show, gone on The View, done everything but govern.
And we really aren't in the mood for Barack or Marie-Michelle these days.
I think his polls are only going to keep slipping.
He brought it on himself.
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