You’re not misreading the headline. Yes, the Huffington Post really did put together a video montage showing how often Barack Obama has promised to focus on jobs, and how that promise has gone unfulfilled.
Here’s how author Ben Craw puts it:
In his very first address to Congress in February of 2009, President Barack Obama promised an agenda focused on job creation. Following every major subsequent event of his presidency — be it a concerted campaign like health care reform or, much more frequently, an unwelcome crisis — he has been forced to reiterate that he will now focus on jobs. Just how many times has he made the jobs promise?
Now here’s the telling video:
In July, 117,000 jobs were added in the economy, and the unemployment rate dropped to 9.1 percent from 9.2 percent. But the drop in the unemployment rate should not be celebrated as a signal of strong growth: It came almost entirely from Americans dropping out of the labor force.
As more Americans simply give up looking for work, the employment-to-population ratio fell to 63.9 percent in the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ latest snapshot of the U.S. labor market, a new low.
“We’re continuing to see very weak growth,” said Dean Baker, economist and co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research. “117,000 new jobs is a really pathetic growth rate. It might be fine if we were at 4.5 percent unemployment, but in the context of 9.1 percent, it’s going to take us more than 20 years to get us back to where we used to be.”
How bad are things for Obama, you ask? Read this article again.
As some readers have pointed out, earlier today we posted a story on how Press Secretary Jay Carney noted yesterday — and it may have been a first — that the White House doesn’t create jobs. It’s quite different from what you hear the administration trumpeting in the HuffPo montage. You can view that Carney video here.