After weeks of humiliation over his foreign policy disaster it’s time to get back what he does even worse: Focusing on the economy. Remember, it’s the first thing he thinks of every day when he wakes up or something.
Shifting the national conversation to the economy after a week of intense focus on Syria, the Obama administration now is highlighting its policy response to the Great Recession.You ever notice with these so-called national conversations that the people who should be listened to are ignored?
In a report released late Sunday, the White House is trumpeting the steps President Obama has taken over the last four-and-a-half years to address the economic downturn, the worst since the Great Depression, and linking them to the recovery.Summarizing the report, Gene Sperling, Obama’s chief economic advisor, argued that those efforts, while controversial, were also necessary to prevent the economy from sinking further.
“Think about where we were five years ago. The economy was on the verge of a great depression,” Obama said in an interview with ABC’s “This Week,” which aired Sunday. “And we came in, stabilized the situation. We’ve now had 42 straight months of growth, seven and a half million new jobs created, 500,000 jobs in manufacturing [and] 370,000 jobs in an auto industry that had completely collapsed.”
“So we have seen, I think undoubtedly, progress across the board,” he added.