Election 2016: Hillary Clinton: I need to ‘work on’ press relations
Our celebrity President, on today’s dismal jobs report:
The unemployment rate rose to 9.2 percent and the economy added just 18,000 jobs last month, raising serious concerns about a stalled recovery that could scramble the nascent budget talks and further threaten the president’s reelection prospects.
“What matters most to Americans, and what matters most to me as president in the wake of the worst downturn in our lifetimes, is getting our economy on a sounder footing more broadly so that the American people can have the security they deserve,” Obama said after the Labor Department released data showing that the unemployment rate had climbed from its 9.1 percent rate in May and far fewer jobs were created than analysts had expected.
“That means getting back to a place where businesses consistently grow, and are hiring, and where new jobs and new opportunity are within reach,” the president added. “Where middle-class families once again know the security and the peace of mind they’ve felt slipping away for years now. And today’s job report confirms what most Americans already know. We still have a long way to go and a lot of work to do to give people the security and the opportunity they deserve.”
Translation: We have so long to go, that I’m asking you to please keep me in the White House so we can continue “turning the corner.”
Transparency you can believe in …