Spinsanity: Wasserman Schultz claims unemployment has not gone up under Obama

Posted by: ST on December 12, 2011 at 7:23 pm

Here’s Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the woman who also chairs the DNC, on Fox and Friends this morning in a somewhat lively exchange with morning co-host Gretchen Carlson:

Gretchen Carlson, FOX News: Unemployment has gone up precipitously since he took office.

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, DNC Chair: That is simply not true. In fact, unemployment has now dropped below 9%. It’s continuing to drop. He’s been focused on —

Carlson: It’s higher than when they promised the stimulus would lower it to 8%.

Wasserman Schultz: You see, that narrative doesn’t work for you anymore, though, because —

Carlson: It’s not my narrative. I’m just talking about facts.

Wasserman Schultz: You just said the unemployment rate is going up since Obama took office, and it hasn’t.

Carlson: Is unemployment higher since President Obama took office?

Wasserman Schultz: What’s happened since President Obama took office —

Carlson: Is unemployment higher than when he took office?

Wasserman Schultz: Unemployment is nearing right around where it was when President Obama took office and it’s dropping. You just said it’s been increasing and that’s not true.

For laughs, here’s video of the back and forth:

As the old saying goes, you are entitled to your own opinion but you are not entitled to your own facts, Ms. Wasserman Schultz. Steve Goldstein at WSJ’s MarketWatch blog explains:

A charitable defense may be that she was initially reacting to the word “precipitously.” But she later in the interview flat out denied that the unemployment rate rose during the Obama administration, which it has.

The jobless rate has gone up from 8.2% in February 2009, the first full month Obama was in office (it was 7.8% in Jan. 2009), to 8.6% last month, having peaked at 10.1% in October 2009, as the chart on the bottom of the story shows.

The president himself in an interview on “60 Minutes” said the unemployment rate may drop to 8.0% by the time voters get to decide whether he deserves a second term.

Guy Benson at Town Hall adds:

Approximately two million fewer jobs exist in America today than when President Obama took office, even as millions of discouraged worker have abandoned the labor force.  This sobering phenomenon is what accounted for much of the illusory drop in the November unemployment rate; nearly three times as many people fled the workforce as added jobs last month.  Righty Jim Pethokoukis from AEI andWaPo Lefty Ezra Klein agree: If the labor force had simply remained static since January 2009, the current unemployment rate would be 11 percent.

The Democrats are going to continue to try and peddle to the American people a whole bunch of lies and “half-truths” in order to try and get their celebrity “leader” Barack Obama re-elected, and while they’ll get away with some of those lies due in part to not only the complexity of certain issues but also thanks to a willingly complicit mainstream media, this is one that won’t hold water even to those who don’t pay that much attention to current events. And because we know Democrats will say whatever it takes to maintain their hold of the White House, let’s hope that Congresswoman Wasserman Schultz will keep on spouting out false facts and figures that are just as easy to see through by the Average Joe as this one was.

Ed Morrissey quips:

Maybe the DNC should consider having a chair who has some connection to reality. But what fun would that be for the rest of us?

Exactly. :D

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13 Responses to “Spinsanity: Wasserman Schultz claims unemployment has not gone up under Obama”


  1. Carlos says:

    Actually, I see no difference in the lies the Democraps are telling now than what they were telling people in the ’06 midterms and the ’08 general election.

    And what they aren’t telling people is that because of decades of Democraps forcing mortgage houses into bad mortgages and consequently causing the worldwide failure of the economic systems involved, plus having control of Congress for the four really important years just before and at the beginning of that worldwide economic failure, socialist policies (aided, unfortunately, by the socialist president GW) pretty much destroyed any chance of a reasonably quick recovery, and that the Democraps’ policies today are keeping us from realization of any real progress toward recovery.

    And remember, these are the same people who wish to prevent the Keystone Project from becoming reality. Tell me, since that by itself will ensure much higher oil company profits and continued funding of terrorism against the United States, which party is the party of “Big Oil?”

  2. Dave B says:

    There are two things I would like to hear from our candidates every debate instead of attacking each other with things that have nothing to do with policy. The first thing would be the ACTUAL unemployment number. They should do it like Herman Cain did with 9-9-9. Make it “11-11-11” or more likely a higher number. The second fact I would like them to repeat over and over again is the unemployment rate on the date the Democrats took over both houses with super majorities in 2006.

  3. Carlos says:

    The second, Dave, is the more important and the most ignored, at least by the Democraps.

  4. Drew the Infidel says:

    This is how “blonde” jokes get started.

  5. PE says:

    Another brazen, illegal space alien heard from. It’s amazing how well they fit in with the champions of anarchy and thievery.

  6. Carlos says:

    She would be the archetypal “wind tunnel” blonde, but the empty wind gets diverted frequently through her mouth and makes irritating noise.

  7. Chris Bennett says:

    Gafferman-Schultz must make Dems long for the calm, intelligent, steady leadership of Nancy Pelosi.

  8. Joseph Brown says:

    As you know, and Democrats are very good at it; “Tell a lie enough and it becomes the truth”. Or something like that.
    Is the airhead married? If she is I really feel sorry for her husband for being married to the little blowhard.

  9. mike in Baltimoe says:

    Ironic that a new york jew would use the exact tactics of the Nazi party and Joseph Goebbels.
    “Tell a lie enough and loud enough, and people will believe it.”

  10. redgypsy says:

    Wow, how…ditzy… you are so right, Drew, about the blonde jokes.
    Although this one would make me want to cry if I’d had anything to do with putting her in Congress. And if she manages to get anybody to actually believe her, I guess we can all cry.
    Let’s just make sure we don’t SIT DOWN and cry

  11. MarkJ says:

    Debbie Wasserman-Schultz: Living proof that certifiable idiocy is no longer an impediment to a long and lucrative career in Democratic Party politics.

  12. Carlos says:

    Walking, babbling proof that the court decisions to allow mentally unstable people to walk the streets was injurious to the “general welfare” clause.