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Fact checking the President

From an article in todays StarNews:

OBAMA: “After years of grueling recession, our businesses have created over 6 million new jobs.”

THE FACTS: That's in the ballpark, as far as it goes. But Obama starts his count not when he took office, but from the point in his first term when job losses were the highest. In doing so, he ignores the 5 million or so jobs that were lost on his watch, up to that point.

Private sector jobs have grown by 6.1 million since February 2010. But since he became president, the gain is a more modest 1.9 million.

And when losses in public sector employment are added to the mix, his overall jobs record is a gain of 1.2 million.
Way too many people are trying to undersell the intensity of the recession in the hopes that it will make the President somehow look bad,or worse than he already does, depending upon your political beliefs.
His job creation ranking - taken as whole is pathetic. His shrinkage in government employment is welcomed but not enough.
He's had to deal with the second worst recession in our time.
He's had to deal with political parties that no longer think of the country first as opposed to their own ideology.
He's had to deal with a very weak Speaker - who can't get his own party in line, and a weak Senate Majority leader who is bordering on senility.

I won't say he's an empty chair - it's just the auditorium that's vacant.



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