Every month, without fail, White House officials respond to monthly job numbers in the identical way: there will be month-to-month fluctuations and it’s best not to make too much of any one report.
And while the official line hasn’t changed, President Obama seemed awfully eager to talk about the new jobs numbers at an event in Virginia this morning.
For those who can’t watch clips online, Evan McMorris-Santoro had this report.
“This morning we found out that the unemployment rate has fallen to its lowest level since I took office. More Americans entered the work force. More people are getting jobs,” Obama said Friday at a campaign stop at George Mason University in Fairfax County, Virginia.
The president said the unemployment figure “reminds us that we have still got too many of our friends and neighbors who are looking for work, and they’re too many middle-class families that are still struggling to pay the bills,” but it was clear he viewed the drop below eight percent as a reason to vote for his reelection.
“Today’s news certainly is not an excuse to try to talk down at the economy to score a few political points,” Obama said. “It is a reminder that this country has come too far to turn back now.”
Also note, the president stressed the fact that America’s private sector has added 5.2 million jobs over the last 30 months. In fact, U.S. businesses have added more jobs under Obama in one term than it did under Bush in two terms.
It’s true that it’s best not to make too much of any one jobs report, but under the circumstances, and with just 32 days left before Election Day, it’s hardly surprising the president would be eager to share some good news.