The Obama administration may be many things, but one thing it is not is consistent in its outgoing messages to the American people. When Press Secretary Jay Carney was asked yesterday about the president’s pivot back to jobs, Carney replied—in a moment of rare candor—that “the White House doesn’t create jobs.”
As Business Insider pointed out, this is “certainly not a sentiment Obama wants to project as Republicans ratchet up criticism of his leadership on economic issues, and his presidential campaign kicks into high gear.”
So he didn’t. This morning, following a somewhat upbeat jobs report for July, the president told a crowd of veterans at the Washington Navy Yard:
There is no doubt this has been a tumultuous year. My singular focus is the American people. Getting the unemployed back on the job.
Perhaps he should have checked with his press secretary before publicly making a liar out of him.
Something the president didn’t do today was mention the Dow’s 500-point plunge on Thursday, but that was shortly after this morning’s opening bell, which seemed to herald a buoyed market. But the president may want to check himself there, too. Since the his appearance, the market is down again, having dipped below yesterday’s close at 7428.
- Obama Administration “pivots to jobs”—again
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