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They Said It! Another Top Obama Adviser Says High Unemployment Doesn’t Matter

- July 7, 2011

Another Top Obama Adviser Says High Unemployment Doesn’t Matter  

Obama Senior Adviser David Plouffe: “The average American does not view the economy through the prism of GDP or unemployment rates or even monthly jobs numbers.” (Julianna Goldman, “Unemployment Rate Won’t Hobble Obama’s Re-Election, White House Aide Says,” Bloomberg, 7/7/11) 
Just One Month Ago, Obama Adviser David Axelrod Said Talking About The 9.1% Unemployment Rate Was A “Meaningless Discussion”:

Obama Adviser David Axelrod Said Talk About 9.1% Unemployment Rate Is A “Meaningless Discussion.” “‘One monthly job figures are more robust than expected and everybody goes tearing up the one direction, and the next month they're not as good and they go in the other,’ Axelrod said, referring to the negative reaction that greeted news of May's anemic jobs growth. ‘For the average person this is a meaningless discussion, what is meaningful is what they experience in their own lives.’” (Sam Stein, “David Axelrod Downplays Bad Jobs News, Says Austan Goolsbee To Play Big Reelection Role,” The Huffington Post, 6/8/11)

The Obama Economy That Obama’s Top Advisers Say Doesn’t Matter:

The Current Unemployment Rate Is 9.1 Percent. (Bureau Of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov, Accessed 7/6/11)

  • The Unemployment Rate Has Remained Above 8 Percent For A Record 28 Straight Months And 13.9 Million Americans Remain Out Of Work. (Bureau Of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov, Accessed 7/6/11)

81 Percent Of Americans Say The Current Economic Condition Is Poor. (CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll, 1015 A, MoE 3%, 6/3-7/11)

57 Percent Of Americans Say An Economic Recovery Has Not Begun. (ABC News/The Washington Post, 1002 A, MoE 3.5%, 6/2-5/11)

58 Percent Of Voters Disapprove Of Obama’s Handling Of The Economy. (McClatchy-Marist Poll, 801 RV, MoE 3.5%, 6/15-23/11)

60 Percent Of Independent Voters Disapprove Of Obama’s Handling Of The Economy. (McClatchy-Marist Poll, 801 RV, MoE 3.5%, 6/15-23/11)


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