Reporter's Note: President Obama has a job until at least next January, but then…depending on the unemployment rate, he too could be out of work. Who knows? In the meantime, I write a letter to him every day.
Dear Mr. President,
I think I’m going to dig a bunker in the back yard and crawl in each month when the jobs report comes in, because you just never know when it is going to be a bombshell. These numbers today are just lousy.
But I guess I don’t have to tell you that. I’m pretty sure you have a crack team of number crunchers down there who were screaming and breaking their pencils all morning over this news. As I understand it, economists thought the nation would pick up about 150,000 jobs in the month, and we came up with a whopping 69,000 instead. That’s not even vaguely close enough to keep up with the number of younger folks entering the workforce, so the unemployment rate cranked up a bit too.
You make a fair case that Europe’s troubles are part of the problem. After all, they are rumbling through some financial and political earthquakes over there that might make us run en masse into the ocean. However, in terms of practical politics, there is just no way any sitting president…Democratic or Republican…can escape some very hard questions in circumstances like these. To wit: What did you do to improve the economy? Why did it not work better? And what will you do next?
I realize that you have answered those questions before, but trust me, you are going to have to answer them again, and again, and again if you want to win this election…or at least once a month when the jobs numbers come out.
Good luck with that. Meanwhile, I’ll be in my bunker.
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