The Big Fail: If You’re “Happy” And You Know It…

- July 8, 2012

DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz Says She’s “Happy” With 8.2% Unemployment


Fox News’ John Roberts: “So then is the suggestion that we should just do keep doing the same thing? There’s that old definition of doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.”

DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz: “What we should do – well, I’m pretty happy about 28 straight months of job growth in the private sector.”

Roberts: “Are you happy about 80,000 jobs last month, 69,000 the month before that. Are you happy with those numbers?”

Rep. Wasserman Schultz: “Like I’ve said and President Obama has said, we need to continue to improve and we need to do more and we need to work together.”

(Fox’s “Fox News Sunday,” 7/8/12)


Obama Adviser David Plouffe On Bad Jobs Report: “It’s What Everybody Expected.” “Obama campaign senior adviser David Plouffe seemed to shrug off the jobs numbers, telling CBS News, ‘It's what everybody expected.’” (Norah O’Donnell and Chloe Arensberg, “Obama: ‘Can’t Be Satisfied’ With Small Jobs Increase,”CBS News, 7/6/12)


ACCOUNTABILITY: In 2009, Obama Said “If I Don’t Have This Done In Three Years, Then There’s Going To Be A One-Term Proposition.”  OBAMA: “That's exactly right. And — and, you know, a year from now I think people — are going to see that — we're starting to make some progress. But there's still going to be some pain out there. If I don't have this done in three years, then there's going to be a one-term proposition.” (NBC’s “The Today Show,” 2/2/09)

  • Obama On The Stimulus: “As President, I Expect To Be Judged—And Should Be Judged—By The Results Of This Program.” (President Barack Obama, Remarks On Infrastructure, Springfield, VA, 2/11/09)
  • White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer: “I Think The Economy Isn’t Something You Can Spin Your Way Out Of.” “‘I think the economy isn’t something you can spin your way out of,’ said Dan Pfeiffer. ‘The fact is, people are hurting. And there’s a real danger of sounding out of touch with the reality that people have on a day-to-day basis.’” (Richard Wolffe, Revival: The Struggle For Survival Inside The Obama White House, 2010, p. 161)

UNEMPLOYMENT: Obama’s Economic Advisers Predicted The Stimulus Would Keep The Unemployment Rate Below Eight Percent. (Christina Romer and Jared Bernstein, “The Job Impact Of The American Recovery And Reinvestment Plan,”1/9/09)

GDP: The Obama Administration Predicted In Their FY2010 Mid-Session Review That 2012 GDP Growth Would Be 6.0 Percent.  (Office Of Management And Budget, “Mid-Session Review: Budget Of The U.S. Government Fiscal Year 2010,” The White House, 8/25/09)

  • Last Week, The Federal Reserve Downgraded Its Forecast For Economic Growth This Year To Between 1.9 Percent And 2.4 Percent, Too Weak To Reduce The Unemployment Rate.  “The Federal Reserve last week downgraded its outlook for 2012 growth. The Fed now predicts the economy will grow between 1.9 percent and 2.4 percent this year — a half a percentage point lower than its forecast in April. And it doesn't see the unemployment rate falling much lower this year.” (Christopher S. Rugaber, “Tepid Economic Growth Weighs On US Job Market,” The Associated Press, 6/28/12)

JOB GROWTH: In April 2010, Vice-President Biden Boldly Predicted That The Economy Would Be Adding Up To 500,000 Jobs A Month “In The Next Couple Months.” “Vice President Biden predicted Friday at a Pennsylvania fundraiser that the U.S. economy would be adding up to 500,000 jobs each month ‘sometime in the next couple of months. … ‘Even some in the White House said, 'Hey, don't get ahead of yourself.' Well, I'm here to tell you, sometime in the next couple of months, we're going to be creating between 250,000 jobs a month and 500,000 jobs a month.’”(Garance Franke-Ruta and Frank Ahrens, “Biden Predicts Economy Will Create Up To 500,000 Jobs A Month Soon,” The Washington Post, 4/23/10)

  • The Associated Press“U.S. Employers Added Only 80,000 Jobs In June, A Third Straight Month Of Weak Hiring That Shows The Economy Is Struggling.” (Christopher S. Rugaber, “US Employers Add 80,000 Jobs As Economy Struggles,” The Associated Press, 7/6/12)

POVERTY: President Obama Said That The Stimulus Bill Would Lift Two Million Americans Out Of Poverty. OBAMA: “And it's a plan that rewards responsibility, lifting 2 million Americans from poverty by ensuring that anyone who works hard does not have to raise a child below the poverty line. So as a whole, this plan will help poor and working Americans pull themselves into the middle class in a way we haven't seen in nearly 50 years.” (President Barack Obama, Remarks At The Signing Of The American Recovery And Reinvestment Act, Denver, CO, 2/17/09)

  • 146.4 Million Americans, 48 Percent Of The Population, Now Qualify As Either Low-Income Or In Poverty, Up Over 4 Million Since Obama Took Office. “About 97.3 million Americans fall into a low-income category, commonly defined as those earning between 100 and 199 percent of the poverty level, based on a new supplemental measure by the Census Bureau that is designed to provide a fuller picture of poverty. Together with the 49.1 million who fall below the poverty line and are counted as poor, they number 146.4 million, or 48 percent of the U.S. population. That's up by 4 million from 2009, the earliest numbers for the newly developed poverty measure.” (Hope Yen, “Census Shows 1 In 2 People Are Poor Or Low-Income,” The Associated Press, 12/15/11)

RECOVERY: Obama Said That His Stimulus Would “Immediately Jumpstart Job Creation And Long-Term Growth.” OBAMA: “That is why I have moved quickly to work with my economic team and leaders of both parties on an American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan that will immediately jumpstart job creation and long-term growth.” (President-Elect Obama, Remarks On The American Recovery And Reinvestment Plan, Bedford Heights, OH, 1/8/09)  

  • In February 2009, Shortly After The Stimulus Was Passed, Vice President Biden Said The Stimulus Would “Literally Drop-Kicks Us Out Of This Recession.” BIDEN: "This is a monumental project, but I think it's doable. But I just think we got to stay on top of it and we got to stay on top of it on a weekly basis. Because this is about getting this out and spent in 18 months to create 3.5 million jobs and do -- to set -- tee this up so the rest of the good work that's being done here literally drop-kicks us out of this recession and we begin to grow again and begin to grow again." (Vice President Joe Biden, Remarks At Recovery Plan Implementation Meeting, Washington D.C., 2/25/09)
  • In September 2009, Biden Said Of The Stimulus: “In My Wildest Dreams, I Never Thought It Would Work This Well ...” (Elizabeth Williamson, "Biden On Stimulus: 'Never Thought It Would Work This Well,’” The Wall Street Journal, 9/24/09)
  • In August 2010, Treasury Secretary Geithner Wrote An Op-Ed Titled “Welcome To The Recovery” (Timothy F. Geithner, Op-Ed, “Welcome To The Recovery,” The New York Times, 8/2/10)
  • After A Dismal June 2011 Jobs Report, Austan Goolsbee Claimed It Was Only “A Little Bump In The Road.” “‘We should never read too much into any one month’s report,’ Goolsbee, chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, said in an interview on Bloomberg Television. ‘No doubt we face some headwinds and hit a little bump in the road.’” (Mike Dorning and Roger Runningen, “Goolsbee Calls Jobs Report ‘Little Bump’ On Recovery Path,” Bloomberg, 6/3/11) 

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