During an interview last Friday with a Washington-based hip-hop radio station, First Lady Michelle Obama praised her husband’s policies for the creating the “huge recovery” the U.S. is currently enjoying.
“Mrs. Obama, you know what, in your words, tell us what you think the state of the union is in right now?” asked radio host Pablo Sato.
“I mean, we are seeing right now that we are in the midst of a huge recovery. Right? Because of what this president has done,” the First Lady responded.
“Yes,” one co-host chimed in enthusiastically.
“Pulled this economy from the brink of collapse when we were losing 800,000 jobs a month. Now were gaining every -- throughout most of his presidency, we’ve been adding jobs to this economy because of what he’s been doing. The stock market has doubled. Housing prices are rising. Foreclosure rates are lowering. But in the face of that, you still have people trying to convince us that things aren’t better,” the First Lady continued.
“And that just doesn’t make sense. Now, Barack of all people knows that we still have a long way to go to completely rebuild the economy. But we’re headed in the right direction. And when you see all of that truth, it’s hard to understand why are people blocking this? Why are people talking about not raising taxes on wealthy people? Why is it that people don't want to fight to make sure that veterans have job opportunities?” the First lady asked.
“They just like to talk, Mrs. Obama,” the radio host assured her.
Final Thought: Although the First Lady is not wrong when when she claims foreclosure rates have decreased since President Obama took office, the recent losses in the manufacturing sector, the decline in core capex orders, the fact that unemployment spent 43 months above 8 percent, the impending “fiscal cliff” that no one wants to address, the fact that U.S. household median annual incomes have fallen from $53,508 to $50,964 since June 2009, and the fact that certain states are scrambling to address rising energy costs, leaves us with no choice but to respectfully disagree with her characterization of the so-called "recovery."
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