February 3rd, 2012
10:16 AM ET

Congressional Republicans on Jobs Numbers: Don’t Hit Send Yet!


The better-than-expected jobs numbers caught congressional Republicans, as well as economists, off guard.  They were poised to send out pre-written press releases about the 'disappointing' numbers.  But some offices had to take time to adjust those email blasts, two congressional Republican sources told CNN, prompting a noticeable delay.

House Speaker John Boehner and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor emailed out statements 40 minutes after The Labor Department announced the unemployment rate had dipped to 8.3% and the economy had added 243,000 jobs.  They normally send out emails almost immediately.

Republicans leaders certainly had a common refrain of welcoming the lower than expected unemployment numbers, but House Speaker John Boehner in a release also warned, “[W]e must do better.”

Majority Leader Cantor sounded a more positive note in a statement saying, “[W]e are finally seeing some good news in today’s jobs report.”  Cantor added, “These numbers are encouraging, especially for those millions of Americans out of work, but we should aim even higher.”

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus released a statement welcoming the news of lower unemployment but added, “[F]ar too many Americans are still without work.  Our economy remains unacceptably weak, and families across the country are still struggling to make ends meet.”  Priebus’s statement sent out to media about an hour and a half after the government released the January jobs numbers also called for President Obama to be a one-term president.  He usually sends out a statement just minutes after The Labor Department’s monthly jobs report.

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  1. MBG

    This goes to show...that no matter what happens...before they even know what's going to happen...their response is always going to be negative and blame Obama. Instead of helping the situation, they just want to be negative. I'm very dissapointed in Congress.

    February 3, 2012 at 10:36 am |
    • David T

      That's exactly how I feel. Republican or Democrat it doesn't matter. We're all the same team. It's called Team America. Start playing for the team please and maybe we can do something productive with our country.

      February 6, 2012 at 10:26 am |
    • Tytha

      This is the second time in just five menutis that I've seen this particular viewer being used for flickr favorites. How do I find such utility? Lovely favourites by the by.Chris T.’s last blog post..

      April 3, 2012 at 10:28 am |
  2. Bob

    They will ALWAYS find SOME way to criticize this President.

    February 3, 2012 at 10:39 am |
    • jon

      It's rather easy when you are a complete failure like Obama

      February 3, 2012 at 5:54 pm |


        February 3, 2012 at 6:42 pm |
      • Hawk in Texas

        The only failures that the president has ahd is the republicans blocking every thing that would create jobs. they have had one ajenda since obama was elected. do every thing possible to make him a failure .

        February 3, 2012 at 7:45 pm |
      • HomeSweetHome

        Let's see.

        The GOP/TP have been in the House going on 13 months now. So how many jobs have they
        been able to create?

        I must say they have been busy with taking away the rights of the poor, old and women.
        They have been busy taking away money from Children's Education and giving it to rich
        corporations and oil companies that do not need it. They have been busy picking on
        the police, teachers and firefighters and taking away their rights to bargain for
        safer working conditions and better pay.

        Sorry GOP/TP most of us do not believe you. We believe what we can see and the
        President's Policies are working.

        Obama 2012!!!

        February 3, 2012 at 8:22 pm |
      • joep199

        Nice to see someone who has an open mind here ...

        February 3, 2012 at 10:41 pm |
      • Teresa

        Jon, Why do you just continue to poppet the same lame crap the GOP puts out there? Do you have an opinion for yourself?The day Obama took office 655,000 were already lost to Bush tax cuts and Bush wars and Bush's unfunded mandates. The unemployment rate in the first month of the Obama administration had already fallen to 7.8%. Did you notice that the first "Bailout" went to banks and investment firms? It took President Obama and a democratic controlled house to put a plan in place that stopped the downward slide we were in. It took 8 years for Bush and his policies to get us into this mess. From what I've seen President Obama is doing a pretty good job of getting us out of it after only 3 years. I'm looking forward to what he'll do in the next 5 years with a new congress.

        February 4, 2012 at 9:40 am |
      • jerrylax

        oh you mean the GOP should vote for marxist agenda? obama has failed because he is to far to the left and does not negotiate...and unfortunates for him this is not a dictatorship or kingship like they have in Africa.

        February 4, 2012 at 11:26 am |
      • Bro L

        Spoken like a true republican! Facts don't matter, the numbers don't matter. All that matters is you get what we want.
        Republican Party = The Party of me , and America knows it now. You cant fool people into voting republican any longer.
        We are taking back the house in 2012.
        Signed ex-republican and never looking back

        February 4, 2012 at 12:12 pm |
      • ArmyCSM

        JON, I beg the dirref with you. His record is noted online if you Foxfools ever take the time to read as opposed to listening to hate radio and adsurd hanutty. The economy is/will get better before Nov 12. If you are posting on these site dude you cannot afford to vote republican. Period. just sayin

        February 5, 2012 at 12:39 am |
      • smarter than jon, Jon

        wow jon, seems you have been served..

        February 5, 2012 at 8:29 am |
      • smarter than jon, Jon

        JERRYLAX, so uneducated....you post is one of a child.

        February 5, 2012 at 8:30 am |
      • annie s

        jerrylax, can you leave the racism at home when you post here. People might be more inclined not to think you're a fool.

        February 5, 2012 at 9:35 am |
      • MTATL67

        I like it when folks make comments like this without backing them up. I don't agree with all the President choices but he has worked tirelessy to make things better. Obstructionism was not and is not constructive and that is what Republicans chose. They chose not to help in they recovery.

        February 5, 2012 at 1:33 pm |
    • Howard

      The jobless rate reported today is “corrupt as it can be” because President Barack Obama’s administration has decreased the size of the workforce, Rush Limbaugh said on his radio show.

      According to the Department of Labor, employers added almost a quarter of a million jobs in January. According to Limbaugh, it eliminated 2 ½ million positions.

      “The number of jobs not available to be filled exploded by an unprecedented, record number of 1.2 million,” he said. “That’s not a typo. That’s part of this 2 ½ million fewer jobs. It is corrupt as it can be.”

      He said the shrinking of “the overall universe of jobs” led to the misconstrued dip in the unemployment rate, to 8.3, from 8.5 in December.

      “No president has ever been re-elected when the unemployment rate’s over 8 percent, so guess what it’s going to be by the time we get to Election Day”

      February 3, 2012 at 9:48 pm |
      • joep199

        Try as hard as I can, I honestly can not look at Rush Limbaugh as an honest commentator on anything to do with politics, or anything else, for that matter.

        February 3, 2012 at 10:36 pm |
      • jean2009

        The problem with your paragraph is the reference to Rush Limbag. Anyone who would quote Rush Limbag as a source of accurate reporting is not playing with a full deck...and neither is Rush.

        February 4, 2012 at 11:26 am |
      • jerrylax

        the domestic economy is a mess but then look at the foreign policy...failure everywhere you look and getting worse and more uncertain.

        February 4, 2012 at 11:28 am |
      • Bro L

        If you believe Rush Limbaugh, you should verify his false statements on your own. Rush came out one day and call Nancy Pelosi everything but a public servent. So I checked for my self on her record. And all I can say is, Thank you Rush...
        I am now a Democrat and no longer shooting myself in the foot voting republican. Rushs job is to brainwash the masses to vote againest there own best interests. And he does it well. Be smart do your own reasearch!!

        February 4, 2012 at 12:25 pm |
      • Trace

        ...ha, the village idiot is quoting Rush Limburger as his source. Talking about the Oxy Cotin nobody leading a parade of the mentally deficient.

        Hey How-ee! Ever wonder why the Dow Jones has returned to almost where it was pre-recession? Its funny that doofuses like you profess to know more about the unemployment rate, than the guys that actually paid to know, doing the analysis, review market trends, financial quarterly reports, projected GDP, ROI...etc.

        Ok...Who are we kidding here How-ee(?), you don't know squat...all of us know that including YOU! You're just talking out of your other orifice as usual.

        February 4, 2012 at 4:09 pm |
      • Thinking12

        To claim no President has ever been re-elected when unemployment has been over 8% is factually untrue. Franklin Roosevelt was elected 4 times throughout the ups and downs of the Great Depression

        February 4, 2012 at 10:57 pm |
      • ArmyCSM

        MoFo...please! Give me a BREAK! Dusche lumboy?. Get real, how many little kids have you molested today???

        February 5, 2012 at 12:44 am |
      • smarter than jon, Jon

        hehehe...quoting Oxyrush.... That will surely win you friends.....

        February 5, 2012 at 8:34 am |
      • jean2009

        Doesn't it crack you up that idiots like Howard, Rick, Exlax quote Murdoch's drop-outs as an intellectual source.
        Yeah! Can't cut college that's too hard...but they run their gums anyway.

        February 5, 2012 at 4:52 pm |
  3. Carla Nelson

    They are jealous of the Prez and don't want the econony to get better. I think he is doing a good job inspite of the Congress blocking the jobs bill. If If I was Obama I would not let them take credit for anything.

    February 3, 2012 at 10:43 am |
    • Howard

      Oh my ... just one day after the spot light was on Obama and Holder for Fast and Furious, the unemployment numbers magically rise in favor of Obama, and the Headlines and Democratic bloggers are full of praise. Well, I no longer believe a word that comes out of this corrupt, dishonest, self-serving White House ... nor should you !!!

      February 3, 2012 at 3:35 pm |
      • KatR

        Well then, Howard, continue to live in your little word of hate because Obama is going to be president for 4 more years!!

        February 3, 2012 at 5:31 pm |
      • Hawk in Texas

        It is small people like you that believes that republican drivell that is mostly the problem with this country.

        February 3, 2012 at 7:46 pm |
      • ArmyCSM

        Poor little Howard, I say unto thee; The law of a logical argument states that "anything is possible if you don't know what you are talking about". ..and you don't have a clue, being unable to think for yourself and have the MFing audacity to qoute Limpboy.
        You are an idiot. Go home before the library close for a chance. Allow someone else to used that public computer paid for with my tax dollars and blood. Imbecile..

        February 5, 2012 at 12:54 am |
      • jean2009

        I doubt if Howard knows where the local library is located since he hasn't cracked a book. His information comes from Limbag and nothing but FAUX...maybe he only goes to the library to use their computer.

        February 5, 2012 at 6:19 pm |
  4. Michelle

    Republicans have no plan for America – their only position is beat Obama as if the problems ordinary citizens face depends on who wins a contest. There has been zero effort to work with this president and when that happens then nothing really happens. We need to take note of this and vote them out. As for people who say democrats did nothing when they were in charge – I say democrats tried to build a bi-partisan concensus and never got one. And unlike republicans, democrats are independent thinking people who don't swallow talking points – whether they are true or not – and walk lock step right off the cliff.

    February 3, 2012 at 11:34 am |
    • Risky

      Democrats never had control over congress during Obama's term. They only had a slight majority, but not enough to take charge. A lot of people dont know this, or choose to ignore it (very common among republican voters).

      February 3, 2012 at 11:52 am |
      • AGREED

        @RISKY, you are so right. Gopers and Teatrolls don't want facts, just want Obama out. They also choose to forget that the economy tanked before Obama took office. Hey the first bail out money went out under GWB, my 401K tanked before Obama took office. Yes the economy progressively got worse but the hole and pile of crap GWB left for Obama, he didn't have a big enough shovel to dig us out. GWB took office with a huge Surplus left for him by Clinton, and what did he and his administration do with it.

        February 3, 2012 at 2:56 pm |
      • Steveo

        The truth is they has 58 dems in the Senate but folks seem to forget about the 2 indys that NORMALLY voted with the dems. Up until 2010 the dems controlled the house (Pelosi was speaker). The speaker comes from the controlling party!

        Fillibuster proof majoirity and control are not the same things!

        February 3, 2012 at 3:12 pm |
      • jean2009

        @Steveo The last I checked it takes both houses to pass legislation and at no time has President Obama had a clear major in both at the same time.

        February 5, 2012 at 6:22 pm |
      • Steveo

        I responded to Risky who used the term "CONTROL". The Dems had CONTROL! Reid and Pelosi CONTROLLED their respective chambers!

        February 7, 2012 at 1:44 pm |
    • AGREED

      Michelle, well said. Under Clinton who left GWB a huge surplus, I say to the GOPERS/TEABAGGERS what did GWB leave for Obama?

      February 3, 2012 at 3:00 pm |
      • Hawk in Texas

        The largest debt that any president (tripled) ever had plus 2 unfunded wars.

        February 3, 2012 at 7:58 pm |
      • jean2009

        An economy in shatters, two unfunded wars, a stock market crash on the level of the Great Depression, and job losses at the rate of 2.6 Million for 2008, and 540,000 alone for the month of January 2009....plus two unfunded wars costing us roughly $17 Million each hour, and a tripled national deficit.

        February 5, 2012 at 6:32 pm |
    • Howard

      Self serving Pro Obama information coming out of the White House is usually B.S. ...

      1. Back in 1961 people of color were called 'Negroes.' So how can the Obama 'birth certificate' state he is 'African-American' when the term wasn't even used at that time?

      2. The birth certificate that the White House released lists Obama's birth as August 4, 1961. It also lists Barack Hussein Obama as his father. No big deal, right? At the time of Obama's birth, it also shows that his father is aged 25 years old, and that Obama's father was born in " Kenya, East Africa ". This wouldn't seem like anything of concern, except the fact that Kenya did not even exist until 1963, two whole years after Obama's birth, and 27 years after his father's birth. How could Obama's father have been born in a country that did not yet exist? Up and until Kenya was formed in 1963, it was known as the "British East Africa Protectorate".

      3. On the birth certificate released by the White House, the listed place of birth is "Kapi'olani Maternity & Gynecological Hospital". This cannot be, because the hospital(s) in question in 1961 were called "KauiKeolani Children's Hospital" and "Kapi'olani Maternity Home", respectively. The name did not change to Kapi'olani Maternity & Gynecological Hospital until 1978, when these two hospitals merged. How can this particular name of the hospital be on a birth certificate dated 1961 if this name had not yet been applied to it until 1978?

      February 3, 2012 at 3:54 pm |
      • jean2009

        @ Howard you are an idiot and a liar.

        FYI Kenya participated for the first time in the 1956 Summer Olympics-Melbourne, Australia

        Yes there was a Kapiolani Maternity & Gynecological Hospital in 1961



        Here is the link to the President's birth certificate; it doesn't list him as being anything other than being a Male, born on April 4,1961 at 7:24 P.M. At Kapiolani Maternity & Gynecological Hospital, Honolulu, Oahu Hawaii.

        It does list his father as being an African from Kenya, East Africa.
        His mother as a Caucasian from Wichita, Kansas.


        You are not only bad at truth...but horrible at research.

        February 6, 2012 at 12:02 pm |
      • jean2009

        FYI The Kapiolani Maternity & Gynecological Hospital was so named in 1931, which was 30 years before the President was born there. The hospital was founded in 1894 when Princess Kapiolani died and left her home as a maternity home to help Hawaiian mothers. In 1918, it was named the Kapiolani Maternity Home. In 1931, the name was changed to Kapiolani Maternity & Gynecological Hospital at which President Obama was born in 1961...then in 1971 the name was changed to Kapiolani Hospital.



        Do you actually enjoy wasting your time listening to absolute lies? When you could spend a few minutes researching for truth.

        February 6, 2012 at 2:06 pm |
      • jean2009

        Howard....pictures don't lie...here are pictures of the Australia vs. Kenya Hockey game on 11-23.1956, from the Australian Olympics collection for 1956.


        Plus, Kapiolani Maternity and Gynecological Hospital is listed in the 1950 Hawaiian Medical Journal Vol.10.

        The name of the hospital the President was born appears on the birth of the Nordyke Twins who were born the day before the President at the same hospital....plus I assume as were many others from 1931 forward.


        February 6, 2012 at 2:29 pm |
  5. older than dirt

    The Republican hate machine is just getting warmed up. They will find a way take credit for this hiring. Maybe the hiring is due to the massive amount of help the Republicans have been giving business in the last year. Excuse me I forgot the Republicans have done zip to help get hiring going.

    I am looking forward to the next election. The American people are going to give congress the flushing they deserve.

    February 3, 2012 at 12:16 pm |
    • jparker

      Your right and where are all those jobs the pea-party said would appear after winning in 2010? they havent created anything, zero jobs they have only created more problems & gridlock. The GOP is in for a rude awaking in November.

      February 4, 2012 at 1:45 pm |
  6. kevin

    Wake up America!!!!
    Know truth by studying history and really listening.
    Republicans continue to use Reagan.. Hello Bush is not even asked for or supported, by the Republican Party because he was a failure. Yet I am hearing the same nonsense. What does the public want to hear? We can sell them another round of the rich get richer… Great job Ronald…

    Let's see, deregulate, and knock down the walls of protectionism. Big business that could afford it used the open door to move manufacturing. Do you see the booming economy that has occurred in the places our industries moved? Republicans are "you can buy product cheaper", how stupid is the public.... A. The prices didn't bottom out. B. Out of work and underemployed middle class no longer has the buying power to support the economy. C. Now we get to buy poorly made stuff. Good job Newt and gang.

    Let's see, "small business will employee people and save the economy"... Wow, small business cannot afford middle-income wages. So industry that can pay middle income leaves the U.S. and small business hires you at poverty levels. So millions of middle class with sufficient income that bought volumes of widgets are gone. Great job Bush…

    But hey wait; the rich have the trickle down going meaning they have yet more money. That will save and improve the economy, but wait there isn't consumers to but the widgets. Wow, rich people would have to be stupid to build a factory to build items for non-existent consumers. Very impressive plan....

    But hey look, taxes are the issue. Oops, most big business and top earners pay little to zero taxes. Look at taxes as the issue suckers..... Boy are we stupid. During the times of prosperity taxes were not an issue and yet taxes percentage were at there highest. Daaaa

    Hey let's deregulate, hello Wall Street, we know you will do the right thing. Hello lets encourage bad loans and business practices and bet on their failure. The American public is stupid, they won't catch on until it collapses...by then we will be rich beyond our wildest dreams. But hey, the government will have to bail us out because the cannot afford another great depression....winner

    Hey look at "entitlements" ha we can sell social security and Medicare a s an entitlement to the public. The public will never notice they pay for out of every check and it is really their money. The bonus is we can use their money for things like the Iraq war and call the program broke.... pretty cool.

    You know around 70% of every tax dollar goes to military spending. They will never catch on because we say other departments will be cut or we will end this or that entitlement. Wow really, we can harp on 1-3% of expenditures and convince the public it will make differences. And even better we can issue a pie chart that moves over defense money to foreign aid and hide other expenditures under different wedges. Great job Rush..

    Hey the Republican Party can use the rhetoric of I and me the public never catch onto the anti-American and anti-christian movement of all about me..... Suckers let’s run a Mormon, a serial adulteress and disgraced ethics violator, a man raised by communist, a man who wants to legalize drugs, and as bonus let’s keep a man whom trumps all thief’s in the wing. …

    Wake up America!!!

    PS. Reagan and Bush decreased taxes during their recessions. Oddly enough it continued. Clinton increased taxes and the economy was great. AAH logic.. The bad loans occurred under Bush with deregulation and the push on loan companies to pump up the failing economy. Study history!!!

    February 3, 2012 at 12:17 pm |
  7. Joi Gibson

    Rinse needs to give it a rest. Maybe the RNC needs a chairman with even a modicum of class. This guy just makes my skin crawl. Whenever he speaks you can almost hear the hate he has for President Obama. It is one thing to disagree, but this guy is just hateful. I'm thinking most of us have had enough of their vile talk.

    February 3, 2012 at 12:36 pm |
  8. S.Positive

    President Obama will win in Nov 2012

    February 3, 2012 at 12:44 pm |
    • jon

      Win what? Dog catcher maybe

      February 3, 2012 at 5:55 pm |
      • Hawk in Texas

        Crawl back under your rock. slime.

        February 3, 2012 at 7:59 pm |
      • Trace

        ...are you qualified for that position? The President is more than capable of running this country, if that's what you were trying to say. Otherwise do us all a favor and leave the childish insults in your trailer park double wide.

        February 4, 2012 at 4:14 pm |
      • smarter than jon, Jon

        jonnie boy, rudeness turnes the indies to the left, nobody likes a punk like you, not even your mother.

        February 5, 2012 at 8:39 am |
  9. Phil Hansen

    Prince Rebus aka Reince Priebus "Damn, too many people are getting jobs, we have to stop that"

    February 3, 2012 at 1:52 pm |
  10. Trace

    Hey...All Lefties (and I say that with pride and admiration)....I'm trying to be conciliatory, something the GOP/tea people have great difficulty doing...must be something in their water. Anyway, here is my previous post from another article:

    GOP says: Ruut Roww Shaggy, looks like the U.S. economy is recovering despite our best efforts to destroy President Obama. This guy has stayed on message...even with us calling him every name we possibly could. What do you do now?

    Ok...GOP/Tea people...I've made a proclamation to do my best to stop calling you folks names. I didn't say I would never do it again, but I'm trying to be like Obama and just be above it all. You can help me....

    Here's how; if you do not want to be called a racist, moron, or an imbeccile, please stop calling the president names, stop with the un-patriotic rants about this president is doing nothing, and for heavens sakes, for the good of this nation, stop saying "No" to the mostly logical proposal to get this country on track. What you should try to do is have an intelligent debate, STARTING WITH FACTS, not Faux non-news lies. If you still want to watch those liars, that's up to you, but realize those people are not talking about reality, but rather paid opportunists trying to maintain the status quo for the wealthiest of americans. Otherwise, Do have a Great Day! our economy is on the mend....but we must start passing these jobs bills to keep it going, because Europe is a huge problem that could case unemployment to begin to rise again, and therefore stall the overall recovery. And we don't want that – Right ?? Right?? ....Howard, Jerry/ex-lax, Joey, Steveo, C-lo. Of course you can join the rest of us "lefties" in supporting this president and the country as a whole at anytime. All will be forgiven ...LOL

    February 3, 2012 at 2:05 pm |
    • Steveo


      Thanks for the invite but I 'm kinda fond of where I am. From Wiki:

      Obama won 52.9% to 45.65% (popular)
      Moderates 60%-39%
      Indys 52%-39%

      Folks like me still have something to say! Thanks again! Good news about the economy! We can cut that 99 weeks of unemployment back now! Excellent!

      February 3, 2012 at 3:22 pm |
      • ONLY 99 WEEKS

        Steveo, what about the unemployment prior to Obama? The fact that Wall Street, Freddi & Fannie ran our economy into the ground that started the high unemployment we see today we put all that on Obama, I am going to say this NOT FAIR, but who said being POTUS should be a fair assessment of how he is running this country, who cares that the truth be known that the economy tanked before he took office, because my 401K tanked big time before Obama took office. And who borrowed money from China so Americans could receive a token $600? not Obama

        February 3, 2012 at 3:32 pm |
      • jerrylax

        obama tried to sound center left when he ran...the uniter and etc.. However, his politics are clearly not liberal (the defination of liberal is center left)...he is far far left, probably marxist. The GOP is now center left, this is proven my both Romneys and Gingrich's politics...for all intense and purpose liberal. America is for the most part center left and has been for decades (leaving out the hardliners on both sides)...so, a vote for obama IS certaily a vote to take
        America to the far left socially and financially...and this is dangerous to the American way of life and our constitution. God help us!

        February 3, 2012 at 3:51 pm |
    • Steveo


      Before you hammer me. If this is a real and sustained recovery, I do expect the 99 weeks of unemployment to be reduced (maybe not today, may be not tomorrow, but eventually) how about you?

      February 3, 2012 at 3:45 pm |
      • Trace

        Of course Steveo, we should cut the length of Unemployment benefits, based upon getting the results of the current trend. In other words, remember when we had Osama Bin Laden cornered, and we wondered off into Iraq(?) We don't need to take that same approach in this matter....don't you agree?

        Now, back to your refusing my invitation to join those (the Lefties) fighting for the recovery of this Country. I thought you would be willing to work with the team working for the betterment of this country, as a matter of principal and not hang on to policies that have not work and further characterizing a strict ideolog. Here's why I would think, you would want to work with us 1) ....Your current party GOP/Conservatives have done nothing to help in this current recovery, except oppose everything the president has presented. Imagine where the recovery would be if we had the energy of people like you in this fight (?) 2) ...Intelligent pragmatists look at outcomes as opposed to rigid ideology. No matter the political affiliation, this country needs to return to an approach that says "difficult times require all hands on deck, fighting for the same goal(s)....and these are the most difficult times in this nation's history.

        Don't find or create excuses for helping this nation recovery...its un-patriotic, un-dignified, dishonorable and flat wrong. So please reconsider the invitation to join "the lefties" until your party actually presents a credible alternative, NOT THE CURRENT GOP field of candidates.....There is No Chance whatsoever any one of them would lead this country back to prosperity. Obama 2012

        February 3, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
    • DisgRACE

      Did you or any of the leftards on here even read the report from the bureau of labor statistics??? Go read it and see the "adjustments" and data manipulation they did.

      February 3, 2012 at 5:11 pm |
      • Nathan G.

        Ignoring the fact that by choosing to lob insults you make irrelevent what you are trying to say before you get even the first sentence out...

        Why is it that any time there is something that has a positive impact Republicans have to find a way to portray it as bad? "Unemployment is down? They must be lying about the numbers." Seriously? Can't you just take good news as good news without having to insert partisanship? Does it really matter who is doing it as long as it gets done?

        February 6, 2012 at 7:15 am |
  11. BLKMANnAmerica

    "Republicans leaders certainly had a common refrain of welcoming the lower than expected unemployment numbers, but House Speaker John Boehner in a release also warned, “[W]e must do better.”..................Right bonehead, with or without your assistance? What a jerk.
    "Majority Leader Cantor sounded a more positive note in a statement saying, “[W]e are finally seeing some good news in today’s jobs report.” Cantor added, “These numbers are encouraging, especially for those millions of Americans out of work, but we should aim even higher.”.......................Really! considering the FACT that these numbers were reached WITHOUT any assistance from the repuks. SUCH HATERS!

    February 3, 2012 at 4:04 pm |
    • Trace

      Yes BLKMAN, it is disappointing that a party that has for decades, framed their platform on the idea of being the most patriotic, are standing on the side lines giving passive applause without lending a single finger to help.

      If I were a Republican/Conservative I couldn't look at myself in the mirror every morning out of shear embarassment. But I guess they're ok with it, as long as Obama doesn't succeed. Its either racism or flat stupidity, I can't tell which...but it has to be one of the two, or a combination of both.

      February 3, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
  12. Bruce

    Can somebody tell me what inthe h#!! was The Donald talking about yesterday during the endorsement show. He must have gotten his numbers from FAUX News! LMAO! Another clown show!

    February 3, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
  13. Boomer

    President Obama is brilliant. If he can accomplish all that he has with the mess he inherited, the do-nothing congress and with the shape the entire world is in, he can take America to places far beyond what it ever was.

    February 3, 2012 at 5:00 pm |
  14. WiredWrong Dominican Mama for NObama

    LOL how many libtards here actually read the report from the bureau of labor statistics instead of commenting only based on headlines or what a website "journalist" wrote??? Go to the source and see how they've adjusted and manipulated the data...

    February 3, 2012 at 5:15 pm |
  15. jon

    The dirty secret is out. Actual jobless numbers are between 9 and 10% when you add back in those that simply stopped looking for work.

    February 3, 2012 at 5:53 pm |
    • joep199

      How about providing us with some FACTS to back up your comments?

      February 3, 2012 at 10:38 pm |
      • Trace

        ouch.....don't ask for a Republican for a fact...they've never been able to spell lthe word, let alone, know what one is.

        February 4, 2012 at 11:35 am |
    • jerrylax

      the proof is in the CBO numbers released 4 days ago...look it up dopy...or just drink obama cool-aid.

      February 4, 2012 at 11:36 am |
      • Nathan G.

        I just read the report. The numbers not looking for work have changed little from last year – that means that they had no effect on the current employment rate change since they had virtually the same impact as they did on the unemployment rate last year, in case you have trouble understanding that. Not sure what Kool-Aid (sic) you are talking about, but I recommend you read the report before you comment and start looking for any.

        February 6, 2012 at 7:31 am |
    • Trace

      yeah....jon, what a genius you are! But consider this, the calculation for determining unemployment is the same we've used for the past 50 years. Have You ever heard of a "Baseline".....essentially this is used as a point of reference. So if what you are saying is correct, Obama should be given the same credit for bringing down this country's unemployment from over 10% unemployment to 9% as you are saying(?) ...great ! But we already knew that Obama was reducing unemployment by himself.

      Either way, Obama is reducing unemployment from something higher to something lower....What's your point again?...don't you hate the fact, you're not smart enough to make a point that makes the president look bad? Ok now, go take you meds, lay down and leave the thinking to the people that can actually do the intellectual heavy lifting.

      February 4, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
      • ArmyCSM

        @Trace...We are wasting our time trying to get these Fox clones to listen to themselves. They are too blinded by fear, bitterness
        and loss of their entilemental mentality. These are the so called "babyboomers" the generation that hate produced. In about 15 years most of them will be dead in hell and we can continue to build a country where peace, tolerance, empathy and Godliness will prevail. So Trace, save your thoughts – we will have a beautiful country when the gray beards are gone, about 10 – 15 years....L8TR

        February 5, 2012 at 1:04 am |
    • GetReal

      What would the numbers be if President Obama had not extended the unemployment benefits for the victims of the recession, jon? Those that you say are dropping off of the chart would have done so a lot sooner, which would make Obama's stats look a lot better. right?
      In other words, the President does what is right for the country, instead of what would be politically beneficial for him. Country before politics. Obama 2012!

      February 5, 2012 at 12:32 am |
    • smarter than jon, Jon

      little jonnie has no idea, soundbytes from Faux, so sad he Cant Understand Normal Thinking!

      February 5, 2012 at 8:46 am |
  16. george of the jungle

    love how the repos keep trying to find something negative to say. Hey look at the numbers . 5 straight months . Not where we want to be but possitive. The less possitve you are the more you bash this president the more you loose. People are tired of being negative and the repo party is full of hate and negativity. It has taken its toll. No one is listening to you doom sayewrs anymore. WE don't believe the lies and off the wall remarks. Obama/Biden 2012 vote all repos out move this country forward.

    February 3, 2012 at 6:19 pm |
    • Hawk in Texas

      Typical republican gloom and doom reply which by the way is far from the truth. george go back to swinging in the trees. you have hit so many dead center that it has some what ruined your ability to reason.

      February 3, 2012 at 8:05 pm |
      • jerrylax

        if you wanted doom gloom remember obamas speeches (diatribes) against President Bush and the economy.... had so many people convinced things were terrible and then the panic....

        these jobs numbers are seasonal adjusted and we have a very warm winter.... a very small uptick, certainly not enough for obama to shout about....but then he is full of HOT air soooo lets hear it Barry!

        February 4, 2012 at 11:35 am |
      • GetReal

        Jerry – Hello! If Obama diatribed Bush's policies, then he was absolutely correct. Hindsight is 20-20, bro. But, as you have just pointed out, Senator Obama had foresight back in 2006!

        February 5, 2012 at 12:39 am |
  17. Yomi Olalere

    Have you ever heard the general saying that you can never please everyone? Oh wait a minute! We are talking about people getting jobs here and able to put food on their tables, you would think all Americans will welcome the news with excitement and some comfort on the direction of the economy. I must have been living in a dream land forgetting that Politicians rarely demonstrate their humane nature in the land of politics.

    I know many people will argue Bush's tenure has got nothing to do with the state of the economy afterall, it's Obama's administration, but I beg to differ. I don't understand how you want to measurea progress without acknowledging the original state of the nation before the new administration emerged. This is not just Demo or Rebub but a common sense yardstick.

    Considering the geometric progression at which things were going very bad during the tenure of the last administration and countless undeclared atrocities, you would be doing yourself a great injustice by not recognizing the efforts made thus far by the present administration.

    The Republican contestants, congress and the party are quick to condemn the effort and achievement of this administration but guess what, I haven't seen any of them able enough to turn this economy around. Managing a private company (Romney) is a tip of water in the ocean when it comes to managing a country. You are not managing just an investment company or a state you are responsible for the whole nation consisting of over 300million people.

    Republicans are succeeding by making Americans belief as though Obama has not achieved anything. Who could have done better among Republicans given the performance of the last administration. If the economy was such in a bad state before George Bush was sworn in, can you imagine what could have happened to middle-class Americans?

    Admittedly, Sadam Hussein was a threat to the Iraqis, but declaring war that ended up hunting civilians was not the single solution. Look at how Obama has smartly carried out operations in Lybia and Pakistan without loosing a single life; two times rescue operations in Somalia without loosing any soldier was a victory. Withdrawal of Troops from Iraq and drawing down of Afghan team were both a promise kept.

    In all of these achievements, it is absolutely bizarre not to have Republicans appreciating the successes. Is this all American democracy can offer the rest of the world? What won't they question or criticize? Some of the bloggers here have said the figures were faked and manipulated, despite a bipartisan report.

    In the midst of all these, I really do hope some people will realize that it costs far more to re-build than to destroy. What took 8 years to destroy can not be solved in four years.

    As an Independent, I will strongly consider Obama over the non-option out there.

    February 3, 2012 at 6:32 pm |
    • jerrylax

      back in 2006 (before the recession began) obummer bashed the economy and the division in the country..."drove the truck off the cliff diatribes". And now the GOP rightfully runs against obama policies and the NOW very poor economy and you have a problem with that...hahaha

      February 4, 2012 at 11:31 am |
      • Trace

        ...right...The Republicans said, specifically Dick Cheney said "...deficits don't matter" in 2006. You say we should follow that guide? Are you being paid by some Republican campaign to hopefully capture the entire moron vote or are you a complete Jack-a$$ without being prompted? I mean certainly You must be the biggest idiot on this planet.

        Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity. Martin Luther
        King Jr., ... ....you Jerry ex-lax are that very danger to which Dr. King eluded

        February 4, 2012 at 11:45 am |
      • jean2009

        @ exlax
        Historically.... if I remember rightly and of that I'm very certain that I do...it was G W Bush whose hands were holding the wheel when the economic truck of state went off the cliff.

        Since then President Obama has righted the truck...hauled it back on the road, it is picking up speed at putting American's back to work, that is helping set the stock market in the right direction, and has ended one war and is working at ending the other. He has taken out several very bad people who would harm Americans. He is opening the way for Americans to be able to afford better health care....plus the list of good things he has achieved against a heavy GOP head wind which has been busy spoon feeding your ignorance.... the list of good is well into the hundreds of items which you can find posted online.

        You are truly an thankless ingrate.
        Obama-Biden 2012-2016!

        February 4, 2012 at 4:03 pm |
  18. F-Gingrich

    Keep spinning right wing-nuts. This news is your worst nightmare. In spite of the fact that the do nothing Congress sets up hurdles, Obama effortlessly leaps over them.

    You morons don't have a chance come November...Obama for four more years!

    February 3, 2012 at 6:56 pm |
  19. dottie kolasz

    Obama/Binden 2012

    February 4, 2012 at 12:21 am |
  20. ian

    Anyone else find it pathetically sad that the GOP has not been able to give 1 Kudos to the President. Not even when he takes out a terrorist. The 2012 election should be a slam dunk for Obama. Since the republicans fooled people back in 2010 name 1 constructive bill, law anything they have done. Taken away peoples rights and specifically women rights. Wasted time and good money on voters rights. Where are the jobs you promised?

    The republican/Tea Party pride themselves as Americans. Nothing what they do says america to me. Holding the nation hostage so the rich wont be taxed i feel is ground for treason. They want less government. So how is it that they want to come into my bedroom and decide for me to have a child or not. You cant have anymore government up in you than that. Besides where the responsible economic planning ahead while forcing people have children when financial unfit at the moment.

    Reading some peoples posts on here it looks like education should be a top priority. People that cant put facts behind what they say are idiots. People who wont get behind the President when good news comes for our country are unpatriotic. It is not rocket science when one party protects the rich and take from what little the poor have. The other party just wants the rich to pay their fair share as everyone else is. Some of you can't think for yourself. You go spewing the lies the Republicans spit out and only later to find out it is not true. How many times has the Republican lies have to be proven (without even 1 apology) false for you to realize that they are not for the people. So how many foolish lies have to be proven false before you wake up?

    Obama is not perfect but light years ahead of the Republicans on every level. The republicans always say "this great nation" well how do you think it got this way. Nothing that this nation got great on resembles a Republican's belief. When the Republican stated that they would fight Obama after his election speaks mountains of how unpatriotic these people are. Illegal aliens- a republican last gave them citizenship in the 80's so whats the big difference now? Tearing down our defense (army,navy, etc) 1.6% of the defense budget is still not enough but the sky is falling if you ask a republican. Obamacare is not perfect but with time and the correct people it will work. And those of you crying about Obamacare are unfit to think for yourself. You will listen to a politician saying "the american people do not want free health care" but that politician and his family are covered. Your listening to people who are covered by us. I do not understand how the public can take sides of a 2 faced liar that is covered? "I can have it but not you"? where is the logic behind that? Besides anyone who cant see the big picture here needs to think outside the normal and look into the future. Why would you want to burden you grandchildren with unrealistic insurance companies and unfitting prices. The insurance companies are only their to profit. I could go on and on but this is pointless...

    February 4, 2012 at 2:37 am |
  21. dlh1000

    Well said Yomi.................4 more for Mr. Obama

    February 4, 2012 at 9:32 am |
  22. Irma in North Carolina

    it is a crying shame about the republicans, they cant never say anthing good, even when there is proof of it. All the republicans need to get voted out of office. They all stink.

    February 4, 2012 at 2:00 pm |
  23. jparker

    I could understand being mad at Obama if he came into power with a strong economy, a huge surplus & zero wars & somehow he managed to screw that up. Truth his he came into power with a economy that was in a depression, im sorry but thats what it is. There were two wars & huge deficit & the whole world hated us. There was a reason why other countries celebrated the presidency of Obama they were sick to death of Bush. Things would have been much worse if McCain had won with Palin barking in the back round. Obama has done a good job considering the fact that he has had to deal with the most disrispectfull Congress ever, remember the congress man who shouted " YOU LIE!!!" he should have been fired for that little stunt instead he goes on faux news & is a hero. I'm voting again for Obama republicans are disgusting & lack any positive vision. Grover Norquist is public enemey # 1 Obama 2012!!!!

    February 4, 2012 at 2:00 pm |
    • jerrylax

      Do you know how to think for yourself? OMG, how ignorant can a person be. You have bought this obama crap hook line and sinker.

      February 4, 2012 at 8:30 pm |
      • GetReal

        Right back at ya, ol' buddy. Now, whose crap are you swallowing, hook, line, and sinker? Romney, Gingrich, Norquist, Limbaugh, Beck, Boehner, McConnell, ...? There's not a reasonable leader among them.
        President Obama is the first politician that I have ever trusted. The man is above reproach and you, sir, are the idiot!

        February 5, 2012 at 12:51 am |
      • jerrylax

        I dont trust any of the politicians....would be more inclined to trust Mitt than obama...as obama has some real shady characters/associations in his past...and the Rev Wright oh my.... Even with President Bush there were no sealed records and controversity in his past...obama is one shady man.

        February 5, 2012 at 9:33 pm |
      • Nathan G.

        Bush had no sealed records? Really? You might want to look into that. No controversy? He was arrested for DUI more than once. He was no different than any other politician; you'd be hard pressed to find one that didn't have a shady past coated in as much slime as possible to bury it from public view.

        February 6, 2012 at 7:49 am |
  24. jerrylax

    and now Panetta is folding...showing his ignorance. And, he was the only advisor who agreed with obama to go in and take out Osama...makes you wonder doesn't it? Idiot!

    February 4, 2012 at 8:29 pm |
    • jean2009

      @exlax The only one showing ignorance and idiocy is J-exlax, Bonehead and Cant-do. Leon Panetta is one of the president's assets. The only wonder here is that you think you have anything of worth to add to the conversation.

      February 5, 2012 at 10:46 am |
    • Kel

      Dude, please lay off the fox juice. It's eating you up inside. As an independent voter, I have yet to see a credible plan from the Republicans to get this country going. Mittens (Mitt Romney) will not win the presidency. He's out of touch with the common American who was not born into wealth such as this guy. Note his comments about the poor the other day. Hell–a lot of poor people don't want a hand out, they just want a fair shake at trying to make it in this country. I know because I grew up in household where we didn't have a lot of money but my mom and pops put food on the table every day. My parents always stressed to get an education and work hard (Received BS degree and also served over 21 years in the US Air Force). That's the American way.

      The Republican Party's number one goal is to make President Obama a one-term president according to Minority Leader Senator Mitch McConnell. Well Mitch–that part will fail just like your party has failed this country.

      Hopefully, folks will wake up and stop voting against their interests simply because they don't like Obama. I don't like squash but if that's all I had in the house to eat, I'll eat it instead of starving to death.

      One last thing, please for God's sake–the "teabaggers" have got to go and bring in individuals who are loyal to America and not a party and Grover.

      Definitely Obama/Biden in 2012.

      February 5, 2012 at 1:10 pm |
      • jerrylax

        your biggest mistake is referring to the voting American as "tea baggers"... I wouldn't minimize them if I were you...this is what the left did when President Regan and Nixon came to power after the left destroyed our economy...the silent majority (not the far right or left nut cases like you) kicked the deems off the planet!

        February 5, 2012 at 9:44 pm |
    • jerrylax

      heck yes, panetta and biden are assets thats for sure...they are GOP assets.... hahaha and that witch h clinton (were did the rodham go?)...wow!

      You are going to see some real class in the Romney Team...top drawer...there will be a real contrast to what we have had to live through with the media-in-chief snake oil salesman.

      February 5, 2012 at 9:37 pm |
  25. Charles T

    That's right America don't get your hopes up yet concerning the economy, because the Republicans are hard at work to bring the economy to a screeching halt before November's elections.

    February 4, 2012 at 9:55 pm |
    • jerrylax

      are you saying obama is lame duck...yes, he is, domestically and overseas. And, that is clear with his recent mortgage proposal that he and everyone knows is a dead end...obama is finished, get used to it.

      February 5, 2012 at 9:39 pm |
      • Nathan G.

        Lame Duck? Really? It was the stated goal of the GOP to make Obama a one-term president. This was before he was able to sit in the office for the first time. They have been obstructionist the entire time – no matter how often the President has reached out to them for input. Has his reaching out changed? Of course, because every time he does the GOP bites his hand. Now I ask you this – who is at fault, the person not getting everything they want done or the people doing their level best to ensure he does not?

        You know, it would have made more sense for the GOP to work with the President, compromise on bills to get some of their agenda in and so on. Then they could have campaigned on what they accomplished – "Look, we were able to change x bill so it didn't negatively impact y and more positively impacted z, and we were bipartisan about it." The last thing people want i their leaders is bipartisan toddleresque bickering. That's self evident in Congress' historically low approval rating.

        February 6, 2012 at 7:35 am |
      • Nathan G.

        ...and seriously, lame duck overseas? You're joking, right? Our standing in the world is far better than it was before Obama took office. Gaddafi is out of power and we didn't even have to spend trillions and put boots on the ground – and we stepped in because they asked us to, not because we decided we had to. Obama has improved our international relations, and that's the most important thing you can do in foreign policy. If the people of other nations like us, it is easier for their leaders to side with us.

        You really might want to look up the definition of lame duck. If he were truly a lame duck president, nothing would have been accomplished and we'd be exactly where we were when he took office. After you look up the definition, look back over all your posts and pick out parts where you said he did something, even that you view as negative. Then try and tell yourself again he is a lame duck.

        February 6, 2012 at 7:40 am |
  26. Mike M

    The problem is we still have massive deficits, our debt is over 100% GDP, we've been credit downgraded and will be again very soon, and we're still trying to be the policemen of the world. Bush helped create this mess and Obama has done nothing but spend more money, start conflict with Libya without congressional approval, and nearly double the troops in Afghan. Obama admin did leave Iraq, though. But he did so on the timetable Bush's joke of an administration called for, which was 2011. Obama re-appointed Bush's Bernake, whose monetary policies are nothing but a continuation of Greenspan's bubble-prone, low-interest, bailout mess. So where are all these spending cuts all these politicians talk about?

    February 6, 2012 at 1:19 am |
  27. Mike M

    Believe it or not, taxing the rich back to the pre-bush era levels would actually only increase revenue by close to $200 billion, which would still leave us with over a trillion dollar budget deficit. That's a start, but certainly not a solution. And yes, Bush did start this mess...

    February 6, 2012 at 1:21 am |