Obama on defense after jobs report; blames Congress

Posted Sep 7, 2012 by Larry Clifton
Friday, after an acceptance speech that disappointed many and a job growth report that disappointed many more, President Obama went back to blaming Congress for the weak economy.
Then Florida Governor Charlie Crist hugs President Barack Obama.
Then Florida Governor Charlie Crist hugs President Barack Obama.
Job growth according to Friday’s employment report is “not good enough,” Obama said, before lamenting that things would get better quicker if Congress would cooperate, according to an L.A. Times report.
Without citing specifics, Mr. Obama told a crowd in Portsmouth, N.H., “We need to fill the hole left by this recession faster, and there’s a lot more that we can do."
Obama had to address the new job numbers released Friday morning. The country only gained about 96,000 new jobs in August, far short of the 250,000 most analysts say is required to significantly grow the economy. The unemployment rate edged downward from 8.3% to 8.1% mostly due to people giving up looking for work.
Though the president did not offer any new approach to firing up the U.S. economy, he was quick to condemn his opponent Mitt Romney’s plan as just “tax cuts for the wealthy.”
Some analysts say Mr. Obama failed to win over skeptics and Independents with his acceptance speech at the Charlotte convention because it offered little in the way of specifics. Then, as Obama hit the campaign trail Friday, the weak jobs report put his campaign on defense.
Romney, coming off a day of rest, fired back at Obama, saying the job numbers represent a convention “hangover” for Obama, according to the Daily Caller.
“There’s almost nothing the president’s done in the last three and a half, four years to give the American people confidence he knows what he’s doing when it comes to jobs and the economy,” Romney told reporters before an Iowa event.