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“Fantasy Land”

- June 12, 2011

Even Host David Gregory Scoffs At Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s Suggestion On Meet The Press That Obama Turned The Economy Around

RNC Chairman Reince Priebus: “[T]he Chairwoman's living in fantasy land. We know that the facts are the facts and we can't get away from that, and Barack Obama’s defenseless to the truth on what's going on in the American economy. … This President has been a disaster to this economy, and that's why when you ask Americans whether or not they're better off today than they were three or four years ago, they say no.” (NBC’s “Meet The Press,” 6/12/11)

Watch Debbie Wasserman Schultz Talk About The Democrats’ Economic Fantasy Land

Wasserman Schultz Claims Obama And The Democrats Turned The Economy Around: “[W]e were able to, under President Obama's leadership, turn this economy around.”( NBC’s “Meet The Press,” 6/12/11)

But Back In The Real World

NBC’s David Gregory: “Whoa, whoa, let me just stop you there. Clearly, the economy has not been turned around, I mean, you just saw those numbers … Americans don't believe that's the case.” (NBC’s “Meet The Press,” 6/12/11)

Obama’s Economic Reality By The #’s:

The Associated Press: “Employers Added 54,000 Jobs In May, Fewest In 8 Months; Unemployment Rate Rose To 9.1 Pct.” (“Employers Added 54,000 Jobs In May, Fewest In 8 Months; Unemployment Rate Rose To 9.1 Pct.” The Associated Press, 6/3/11)

Rather Than Keeping Unemployment Below Eight Percent, The Unemployment Rate Has Remained Above Eight Percent For A Post-WWII Record 28 Straight Months. (Bureau Of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov, Accessed 6/3/11)

Since President Obama’s $831 Billion Stimulus Bill Passed The Nation Has Lost 1.79 Million Jobs. (Bureau Of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov, Accessed 6/3/11)

  • Since President Obama’s $831 Billion Stimulus Bill Passed The Unemployment Rate Has Increased From 8.2 Percent To 9.1 Percent. (Bureau Of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov, Accessed 6/3/11) 

The Average Duration Of Unemployment Increased To A Record 39.7 Weeks. (Bureau Of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov, Accessed 6/3/11)

The Second Estimate For First Quarter GDP Growth Remained At 1.8 Percent. (Press Release, Bureau Of Economic Analysis, BEA.gov, 5/26/11)

And Americans Disagree With DWS:

Washington Post-ABC News Poll: “Americans’ Disapproval Of How [Obama] Is Handling The Nation’s Economy And The Deficit Has Reached New Highs.” “The public opinion boost President Obama received after the killing of Osama bin Laden has dissipated, and Americans’ disapproval of how he is handling the nation’s economy and the deficit has reached new highs, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.” (Dan Balz and Jon Cohen, “Obama Loses Bin Laden Bounce; Romney On The Move Among GOP Contenders,” The Washington Post, 6/7/11)

Washington Post-ABC News Poll: “About Six In 10 Of Those Surveyed Give Obama Negative Marks On The Economy And Deficit.” “Overall, about six in 10 of those surveyed give Obama negative marks on the economy and the deficit. Significantly, nearly half strongly disapprove of his performance in these two crucial areas. Nearly two-thirds of political independents disapprove of the president’s handling of the economy, including — for the first time — a slim majority who do so strongly.” (Dan Balz and Jon Cohen, “Obama Loses Bin Laden Bounce; Romney On The Move Among GOP Contenders,” The Washington Post, 6/7/11)

Washington Post-ABC News Poll: Nine In 10 Americans “Rate The Economy In Negative Terms And Six In 10 “Say The Economy Has Not Started To Recover.” “By 2 to 1, Americans say the country is pretty seriously on the wrong track, and nine in 10 continue to rate the economy in negative terms. Nearly six in 10 say the economy has not started to recover, regardless of what official statistics may say, and most of those who say it has improved rate the recovery as weak.” (Dan Balz and Jon Cohen, “Obama Loses Bin Laden Bounce; Romney On The Move Among GOP Contenders,” The Washington Post, 6/7/11)

One In Three Likely Voters Think They Will Be Poorer Next Year. “More than one in three likely voters expect to be worse off when they go to the polls a year from this November, a somber fact for President Obama’s reelection campaign, while just 25 percent believe they will be better off, according to this week’s The Hillpoll.” (John T. Bennett, “The Hill Poll: Many Voters Expect To Become Poorer,” The Hill6/6/11)

  • Sixty-Five Percent Of Likely Voters Think The Country Is On The Wrong Track. “Thirty-nine percent said they expect to be in the same economic position they are now, but 65 percent also said they believe the country is on the wrong track.” (John T. Bennett, “The Hill Poll: Many Voters Expect To Become Poorer,” The Hill,6/6/11)

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