the jobs report

Steve Benen: The first several months of 2011 showed steady and strong improvements to the nation’s employment picture, and there were reasons for optimism for the near future. That optimism is now long gone. If May’s job numbers were a punch to the gut, June’s job numbers felt like getting kicked while already on the ground.

….in June, the economy created even fewer jobs, totaling just 18,000 for the month. The unemployment rate also went up, reaching 9.2%. All told, the private sector gained 57,000 jobs, while the public sector lost 39,000 jobs, due entirely to budget cuts at the state and local level.

… If our political system were sane in the slightest, elected leaders would look at these numbers and conclude that the economy desperately needs a boost. Job creation should be the first, and arguably one, priority on the minds of policymakers. Instead, the only topic of discussion allowed in Washington is about debt reduction – which takes money out of the economy and makes unemployment worse.

This jobs report is a flashing red light …. we have a jobs crisis, not a debt crisis. The longer we’re stuck in the wrong conversation, the longer it will be until conditions improve.

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President Obama walks out of the Oval Office to the Rose Garden to make a statement about the unemployment numbers


Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi: “Today’s jobs report makes it clear: more must be done to create jobs and strengthen our middle class. Republicans must join Democrats to focus squarely on Americans’ top priority – putting people back to work.

“In the six months since Republicans have been in charge of the House, they have failed to bring a single jobs bill to the floor or offer a clear jobs plan. Democrats have forced ten votes on job-creation measures in this Congress – and Republicans have voted ‘no’ each time.

“Democrats know that creating jobs must be job number one for this Congress, yet Republicans continue to push their plan to end Medicare in order to give billions in tax breaks to Big Oil and corporations that ship American jobs overseas.  And now, they are putting our entire economy at risk – by threatening to let our nation default for the first time, injecting uncertainty into the economy, and demanding we balance our budget on the backs of seniors and the middle class.

“We are ready to work together on a balanced, bipartisan approach to bring down our debt, while creating jobs, strengthening the middle class, and growing our economy.”


ThinkProgress: Appearing on CNBC this morning, presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann was asked about this morning’s dismal jobs report and whether higher unemployment rates might help her chances of winning in 2012. “Does it strike you that as the unemployment rate goes up, your chances of winning office also go up?” host Carl Quintanilla asked. “Well, that could be. Again, I hope so,” Bachmann replied. More here

Thank you Desert Flower


Steve Benen: In a statement this morning, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus blamed rising unemployment on “out-of-control spending.” Perhaps now would be a good time for reasonable political observers to call this what it is: dangerously stupid.

… When the jobs reports were looking quite good in the early spring, Republican leaders were eager to take credit for the positive numbers they had nothing to do with. Needless to say, GOP officials are no longer claiming responsibility … It’s a nice little scam Republicans have put together: when more jobs are being created, it’s proof they’re right; when fewer jobs are being created, it’s proof Obama’s wrong…

…the great irony of the 2010 midterms is that voters were angry and frustrated by the weak economy, so they elected a lot of Republicans who are almost desperate to make matters worse.

…It’s not too late. We can boost public investments. The Federal Reserve can stop worrying about inflation that doesn’t exist. We can stop pretending spending cuts can create jobs.

If the politics won’t allow for measures to make things better – if, in other words, Republicans refuse to consider steps to create jobs – then it’s probably time for the public to change the politics.

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165 Responses to “the jobs report”

  1. 1 collegekay
    July 8, 2011 at 9:16 am


    See we don’t need anymore cuts. It doesn’t work. It hurts the states.

  2. July 8, 2011 at 9:18 am

    They are doing what they did to fdr, same playbook and people fall for it. In 1937 fdr focused on the deficit, the new deal worked to bring unemployment down from 25 to 15%.
    he cut government services, cut veterans services, and the economy tanked, went right back up to 25%!

    It seems the republicans and wall street dusted off the old playbook.

    • 3 meta
      July 8, 2011 at 9:25 am

      Get Christine Romer back.

    • 4 CoyotiMarti
      July 8, 2011 at 9:36 am

      So we should have learned from FDR’s and the country’s experience. I’m sorry, but POTUS should have been screaming about this long before instead of talking deficit and debt the last six months. That may have been WStreet’s and the Repub playbook, but we didn’t have to follow it.

      • July 8, 2011 at 9:38 am

        Yeah but nobody is on his side, he is doing what the center right country wants. Everything else is gravy!

      • July 8, 2011 at 9:47 am

        Actually, during the last six months he has been talking jobs, investment,encouraging emtrepreneurship to grow the economy. last six The republicans have been focussed laserlike on debt and deficit in a way that can tank the economy.

      • July 8, 2011 at 10:09 am

        I have to agree. He fell into the “deficit” trap set by the Republicans and their media shills. He’s human and he can make mistake, but this might cost the re-election and I don’t even want to think about such disaster.

        • 8 hopefruit2
          July 8, 2011 at 10:19 am

          I doubt the President is that naive. So far, there has been no action taken to reduce the deficit, therefore, “deficit talks” which are just that – talks, do NOT explain the sudden change in job trends in May/June.

          The sudden shift in job trends are due to a concerted effort by certain GOP in congress and within the Pro-GOP power structure which exists on Wall Street, corporations, MSM.

          • July 8, 2011 at 10:23 am

            It’s not about whether they already took action or not – it’s about give in completely to the Republicans/beltway media narrative. This debt ceiling negotiation should have not been on the table at all.

            • July 8, 2011 at 2:11 pm

              True but it’s still just a narrative. Republicans never had any leverage because CEO’s and Wall Street back the President.

              • 11 Puddin
                July 8, 2011 at 3:10 pm

                It’s a narrative the GOP/MSM used as a distraction….to take away the focus from the GOP 2010 campaign rhetoric…JOBS. They lied about wanting to/creating jobs so they could continue to do what they have been doing since Jan 2009…DEFEATING OBAMA. They changed the narrative so they could tie the debt ceiling issue to the jobs issue. PBO talked about creating jobs since day one, even during the HCR debates, but as Jovie stated, he hasn’t had any help. PBO walked in door (Jan 2009) ready to work…to get things done, but he was working with a congress that wasn’t use to working…they wanted/expected for him to do every damn thing. The dems have been lazy and the repubs have been busy obstructing. PBO is not perfect…yes, there have been (a few) mistakes made along the way, but hell he has done/is doing the best he can with what he has to work with and what’s working against him. We all have got to work harder…he can not do this by himself. I like the efforts/energy/fundraising that has taken place over the last few weeks…it has been exciting to witness. We can’t let today’s job report nor the GOP talking points take the wind out of our sails…as Curtis Mayfield sang, “we have got to keep on pushing”. Stay Strong TOD Family.

                OBAMA/BIDEN AGAIN!

        • 12 makesense4tulips
          July 8, 2011 at 11:42 am

          he did’nt fall we pushed him. we are the blame. He gives the ppl what they want and polls came ppl wanting the deficit worked on . having Amnesia is the problem with american, they never want to take the blame for their decision and the one who did not want it, did not let their voices be heard they stayed home.

        • 13 Puddin
          July 8, 2011 at 3:27 pm

          “…the faith of a mustard seed”


        • 14 nospin
          July 9, 2011 at 12:36 am

          Jobs will not cause the president this re-election. He can’t make legislation, he made recommendations, spoke multiple times to hte people on what we can do to increase job numbers right now (check out WIW website).

          We do have a deficit problem that should be addressed now. That is the right thing to do but the key is doing it responsibly. So we have to push Congress on expectations on how they intend to make that happen.

          Besides, if we allow PO to lose in 2012, PO and his family will be just fine. Everyone but the top 1% will be shyte out of luck.

          • 15 Chi
            July 9, 2011 at 1:04 am

            Spot on Nospin, spot on…

            I’m sick and tired of the freak out and those who insist on inflicting their wishy-washy support and never-ending hysterics upon us here…

            Many of us came here to get away from the ridiculous waves of second guessing and micro-managing President obama by even those who claim to support him, but clearly seem to lack any sustaining faith in his intelligence and abilities…

            And now this site too has been infiltrated by those who want to bring that crap here…

            Enough please…

            Take the nonsense, the freak-out and lack of faith back to those other blogs, we can do without it here…

      • 16 askew
        July 8, 2011 at 10:52 am

        Yep and what is frustrating is that there are plenty of things the admin can do to boost jobs without Congress, but Obama’s team seems to timid to do them. It’s incredibly frustrating. There has to be a better jobs plan than begging CEOs to hire people.

        • 17 Puddin
          July 8, 2011 at 3:36 pm

          …there are a few things held up in congress. So………………………..

        • 18 nospin
          July 9, 2011 at 12:37 am

          like what askew? What can PO do outside of Congress to boost jobs substantially for the American people without Congress?

  3. 19 Fred
    July 8, 2011 at 9:18 am

    oh lawd I do NOT love those #’s at all.As a matter of fact they are bad

    July 8, 2011 at 9:22 am


    • 22 utaustinliberal
      July 8, 2011 at 9:54 am

      The republicans are trying to everything in their power at the federal and state level to undermine the economic growth. When a nation is coming out of a recession, the immediate debt does not matter, what matters is getting the economy on sound footing. That can be accomplished by investments in infrastructure, maufacturing, research and development, technology, healthcare, small businesses, increasing tax revenues and closing tax loopholes, along with a host of other job initiatives. Consumer confidence should be high so they can spend money and it goes back to the government, the Fed pumps it back into the economy and whole cycle continues. These draconian cuts we see on every level are to blame for the lagging job numbers not President Obama and the msm need to start demanding that John Boehner produce a jobs bill.

  5. 23 hopefruit2
    July 8, 2011 at 9:23 am

    Something is NOT adding up here. There is some manipulation going on with the job numbers AND the jobs themselves. More on that later.

      July 8, 2011 at 9:27 am


    • July 8, 2011 at 12:17 pm

      I’m agreeing with you hopefruit2, and Sue D. Smith. Something is fishy here.

    • 26 Puddin
      July 8, 2011 at 3:14 pm

      I would bet my last dollar that this is true! I have thought this for a few weeks…can’t wait to see what you “dig out/up”.

    • 27 nospin
      July 9, 2011 at 12:39 am

      hopefruit2 – I sense the same thing.

  6. 28 halo
    July 8, 2011 at 9:24 am

    Can we never post ADP predictions again? They ALWAYS seem to be wrong.

    • 29 kefauver
      July 8, 2011 at 3:49 pm

      Yes, please. I don’t understand how their numbers can be so off. It really is fishy. Even Wall Street was buying into them, as the DOW has gone up a couple hundred points this week in anticipation of better than expected jobs numbers. I don’t even want to check the markets today . . .

    July 8, 2011 at 9:24 am


    July 8, 2011 at 9:25 am


    • 32 Puddin
      July 8, 2011 at 3:43 pm

      YES, YES, AND YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! BUT THE PRESIDENT HAS A SECRET WEAPON…US! We just have to “work harder”…I saw a play at one of the local theaters in Berkeley, CA a few years back and one of the main characters (a little African boy) would hear the whispers of the ancestors…”work harder”. 2008 wasn’t easy and 2012 is going to be tough, but we can do this…YES WE CAN!

      Stay Strong!

      • 33 Chi
        July 8, 2011 at 8:27 pm

        Thank you so much Puddin for your strength, focus and consistency…

        Thank you for not caving to the psychological warfare that has effectively set a meme that many including those who purport to support this hard working and all around amazing President, appear to have fallen victim to…

        You know the meme…

        If only he’d ‘fight harder’…

        Get ‘better advisers’…

        He should be more like FDR…

        He ‘fell for the republican deficit trap’…

        And on and on and on…

        As one who started coming to this blog site ages ago to get away from the madness, would it be too much to ask that these well-worn presumptuous, know-it-all directives to the President of the United States be taken back to the other blogs where the prevailing mentality that others know better than this President what to do, is common place…

        The decision to contaminate this wonderful blog with the very same recycled and now seemingly set talking points of both the left and right that targets this President, is disturbing to say the very least…

        It is intellectually dishonest to buy into the pretense that this is somehow President Obama’s fault when the Republicans with the effusive support of the media and corporate America, are on record and brazenly and publicly doing everything to obstruct, depress, destabilize and destroy…

        Just curious, why the need to re-post comments already expressed on other blog sites here…?

        Why the need to contaminate this place with the very same mindset many of us who sought and found refuge here at Chipsticks’ blog consciously decided to run away from…?

        There has to be at least one place of refuge from the madness and this was supposed to be it…

  9. July 8, 2011 at 9:26 am

    And if the democrats do not come together and stop this every man for himself mode…
    One thing cantor said yesterday is the republicans are all united.
    That is a powerful message. At times, in Washington, it seems the president is all alone!!!

      July 8, 2011 at 9:29 am


  10. 36 hopefruit2
    July 8, 2011 at 9:28 am

    The job market was trending quite well until May after Obama catches Bin Laden. Then the jobs trend suddenly and sharply changed in the opposite direction…something is amiss here. This is political manipulation at it’s best. Chuck Schumer was on to something. The GOP field is weak -none of the candidates can beat Obama on their own merits. So what does the GOP do? Collude with Wall Street and corporations (and the MSM & PL) to destroy a recovering economy in hopes of beating Obama in 2012. That’s what this “jobs” report is all about.

    • 37 collegekay
      July 8, 2011 at 9:31 am

      I think that is exactly what’s happening!

      July 8, 2011 at 9:31 am


    • July 8, 2011 at 9:40 am

      Hopefruit2 you are so right! How could the ADP numbers be so far off? They are not. There is manipulation going on and of course Wall Street and the CEOs are in bed with the GOP. It’s disgusting. I posted on Twitter that American should be marching on the offices of the republicans and the media. This is just sick.

    • 40 CoyotiMarti
      July 8, 2011 at 9:44 am

      Actually, that’s when all the FED and regular stimulus had finally been petered-out for several months, and all the state layoff were kicking in. Predicted back in 2009 when the first inadequate stimulous package was passed. Basic economics.

      • 41 hopefruit2
        July 8, 2011 at 9:54 am

        That’s not about stimulus. The PRIVATE SECTOR was adding over 100,000 jobs a month until May. What happened to Wall Street? This has absolutely NOTHING to do with stimulus/FED.

    • 42 meta
      July 8, 2011 at 9:46 am

      WORD. They do nothing but sit back and wait. Obstruct and wait.

    • July 8, 2011 at 11:01 am

      Yep hopefruit2, I am feeling the same way about this. As to POTUS doing something about manufacturing/ jobs/ hiring – he has been all over this country doing just that.. touting manufacturing at a variety of companies- and that they ARE both Producing and HIRING.

    • 44 lmrj
      July 8, 2011 at 1:30 pm

      That’s absolutely what this jobs report and every other piece of bad news is all about. MANIPULATION of the highest order. Who owns Wall Street? Who owns Congress? Who owns the MSM echo chamber and Faux news? It sure isn’t PBO and it sure isn’t the majority of Dems.

    • 45 Puddin
      July 8, 2011 at 3:47 pm

      YES, YES, AND YES! We know what we are working with. My mama use to say, “the devil is a liar”. Let’s stay busy making sure we make a liar out of the devil…I mean the GOP!

  11. 46 collegekay
    July 8, 2011 at 9:30 am

    This is not good at all. I don’t like this 😦 I want PBO to make it better. 😦 😦 😦

    Can’t wait to hear his statement. I won’t even listen to the Republicans with their usual talking points and political posturing.

      July 8, 2011 at 9:32 am


    • 48 hopefruit2
      July 8, 2011 at 9:59 am

      collegekay take heart. This is just noise. We’ve been through this before with the GOP and their friends in the media. I have strong reason to believe that the jobs market is being artificially manipulated by certain powers that be and their disgusting behavior is being covered up and protected by the MSM, just as Bush’s lies to get us into Iraq war were covered up and protected by the media. But most people were asleep in the world of politics in 2001 – that is not the case in 2011. Their tactics will seem to be working for a few months, but will backfire by the end of the year.

  12. July 8, 2011 at 9:31 am

    And that mcclatchy poll yesterday, voters number one choice is nit jobs anymore it is fixing the nations debt.

    58% feel the nation should fix it’s debt before any other issue.

    He needs to go out of the box and get risky change things up. The republicans fear and scare in the economy is working, we need a new plan. This one ain’t working.

    Msm is just all happy as can be, giddy too.

    • 52 CoyotiMarti
      July 8, 2011 at 9:40 am

      Deep breath Javie. McClatchy polls are well, let’s just say not well respected. NO other poll out has shown anything CLOSE to that.

  13. July 8, 2011 at 9:33 am

    One good note: the man that threatened the presidents life a few days ago, has been arrested!

    July 8, 2011 at 9:35 am


    • July 8, 2011 at 10:12 am

      yes, and pretty soon we americans must somehow gather the strength and cajones to take to the streets to demand that our elected congress serve us, not threaten/destroy our livelihood. Somehow we’ve allowed the leeches to become fat and fatter by our passivity as a people. As we pray for our President, we need pray that something will move us off our collective asses to actively help him again drag this country back from the brink of collapse.

    • 57 Puddin
      July 8, 2011 at 3:53 pm

      I have been saying this since Jan 2009….I scream it out loud at my tv everyday:-)

    July 8, 2011 at 9:35 am


    July 8, 2011 at 9:36 am


  17. July 8, 2011 at 9:36 am

    Also, if you have the NASA channel flip it on…

  18. 63 hopefruit2
    July 8, 2011 at 9:55 am

    The Republicans gained control of the house in January 2011. They promised voters in 2010 that if they were elected, they would immediately bring back jobs. They argued on behalf of the Bush tax cuts, that companies would start hiring if the Bush tax cuts were extended for the millionaires and billionaires.

    They got their wishes on both fronts: So, we ask of the Republicans, WHERE ARE THE JOBS THAT YOU PROMISED?

    • 64 dotster
      July 8, 2011 at 10:15 am

      And I see the GOP has already issued a statement saying with the horrible numbers today, tax cuts for billionaires have to be extended. I’m suspicious also about purposeful manipulation. I’ve mentioned before that my daughter works for a big co. in Chgo. with a nationally recognized name, and everyone was shocked when they laid off 1/3 of their workforce, a very sizeable number, when their earnings were the highest in the history of the company, CEOs and partners were hauling in the most ever, with huge bonuses, everything was optimistic and humming along and there seemed to be no reason for the lay offs. Now everyone is doing the work of 3 people with no increase in pay. I think this kind of purposeful downsizing has been going on at big companies across the country.

  19. 65 Ladyhawke
    July 8, 2011 at 9:59 am


    July 08, 2011

    Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today after the Department of Labor reported that the economy added 18,000 jobs in June and unemployment rose to 9.2 percent. With 57,000 jobs added by private businesses, this marks the 16th consecutive month of private sector job growth:

    “Today’s jobs report makes it clear: more must be done to create jobs and strengthen our middle class. Republicans must join Democrats to focus squarely on Americans’ top priority – putting people back to work.

    “In the six months since Republicans have been in charge of the House, they have failed to bring a single jobs bill to the floor or offer a clear jobs plan. Democrats have forced ten votes on job-creation measures in this Congress – and Republicans have voted ‘no’ each time.

    “Democrats know that creating jobs must be job number one for this Congress, yet Republicans continue to push their plan to end Medicare in order to give billions in tax breaks to Big Oil and corporations that ship American jobs overseas. And now, they are putting our entire economy at risk – by threatening to let our nation default for the first time, injecting uncertainty into the economy, and demanding we balance our budget on the backs of seniors and the middle class.

    “We are ready to work together on a balanced, bipartisan approach to bring down our debt, while creating jobs, strengthening the middle class, and growing our economy.”


    • 66 hopefruit2
      July 8, 2011 at 10:00 am

      Thank you Speaker Pelosi, for shining the spotlight squarely where it belongs – on the REPUBLICANS.

      Bohener, where the hell are the jobs you promised?

      • 67 sam uk obama supporter
        July 8, 2011 at 4:41 pm

        Boner will start producing a jobs bill when there is a republican in the WH – they will have a freaking long wait though until 2017! Congress really need to start serving the people who put them there and not their own interests. Things may look tough for the President right now but he has fought against the odds before and won and he will again. Just remember ‘Nothing can stand in the way of millions of voices calling for change.’

        Obama/Biden 2012!!

    • July 8, 2011 at 10:05 am

      And the president will say exactly the same thing, pelosi is meeting him now.
      The fact is we know what is going on, but the msm is covering their asses!

    • 69 PoliticalJunkessa
      July 8, 2011 at 11:03 am

      I love Nancy 😛 !

  20. July 8, 2011 at 10:06 am

    And the president will say exactly the same thing, pelosi is meeting him now.
    The fact is we know what is going on, but the msm is covering the GOP asses!

    • 71 hopefruit2
      July 8, 2011 at 10:09 am

      “but the msm is covering the GOP asses!”

      Yup, and it’s deja vu. That’s exactly how we got into the war in Iraq.

  21. July 8, 2011 at 10:08 am

    Everyone in the msm seems to be in a good mood! I wonder why?

  22. 74 meta
    July 8, 2011 at 10:23 am

    President to speak in just a few minutes at http://www.whitehouse.gov/live/

    Jay Carney to follow with daily press briefing shortly thereafter……

  23. 75 desertflower
    July 8, 2011 at 10:29 am

    This is what I woke up to this morning, right out of the gate! http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2011/07/08/263564/michele-bachmann-hope-unemployment/ If this doesn’t make things PERFECTLY CLEAR, I don’t know what will. The idea that someone would be happy because of the pain of others, for their own personal gain, is more than replusive…this needs to go viral. Look at those “good Christian values” hard at work.

  24. July 8, 2011 at 10:35 am

    We’ve been doing a great job responding on twitter, etc. but we need more to combat this lying republican-controlled media. We need to take a page from Wisc. and go on the attack. Boycotts of media sponsors, constant e-mails and phone calls, marches on local stations, petitions — whatever it takes. We need to be loud and numerous. What do you think?

  25. July 8, 2011 at 10:40 am

    My heart aches for PBO. He’s working so damn hard for this ungrateful country. But he’s strong and will prevail.

  26. July 8, 2011 at 10:42 am

    Obama needs to get out of the bubble, his ecom. team is not working. He needs to stop talking about cuts and talk more about Jobs. Even if he can not get a bill through, He needs to put one out there and keeping talking about it daily, send someone out to the media and on the Sunday shows, just to talking about his Job bill. Ever time he speaks he can say something about his Job bills and that the Republican refused to pass it. God know I love me some Obama but he have to talk more about Jobs. People going to give Rommy a chance if he don’t start sticking to talking about Jobs more. Just put a bill out there and keep talking about it. And if it don’t pass, it will be the Republican falut. I have not work in almost 3years, being living off my saving, but it all gone now. I will alway stand with obama, even if I have to sell everything I have, I just need him to win next year. Because with him I have hope for a better tomorrow. But there are people who are not as paitence as i’m am. He needs those people to keep believing in him because the media noise and the jobs rate are causing some to give up hope in him.

    • July 8, 2011 at 10:53 am

      And his fellow dems need to get off their butts and fight the republicans. PBO can’t write one bill. It’s on them.

    • 81 meta
      July 8, 2011 at 10:56 am

      He actually does talk about jobs just about every day. But I agree wholeheartedly that he needs an entire army to help him with his message. And they need to go around the media because they are complicit.

    • 82 Janelle
      July 8, 2011 at 11:02 am

      This is not just about the President. He’s out every week talking to the people about jobs, investment, infrastructure etc. Does he have the other Dems to reinforce his message? No!! The media cuts off his speeches all the time. Where are the Congressional Dems as a group? It is time that people need to stop hand-wringing (as FLOTUS would say) and be proactive—call Congress now!

    • July 8, 2011 at 11:24 am

      He constantly talks about jobs. We, who follow his every word on our laptops, personal pc or public library pc are sure enough believing in his integrity and his extraordinary talent at this impossible job as President of the United States. PBO talks about jobs. The republican dominated congress talks only about cuts. Iam so impressed with PBO’s patience with us whiners.

      • 84 Doreen
        July 8, 2011 at 12:01 pm

        I agree that he talks about jobs all the time, but the message is not getting out. We have to remember that there are more people who are not on their laptops, etc. as we are. Most people get their “news” from their local or cable channels and we know how much they report on the President’s speeches, visits to work sites, etc. It’s all in the messaging and we’re losing that battle. I wish I had an answer or solution of how to get around the MSM, but I don’t. Twitter, FB, etc. are great tools, but again a lot of people are not on their computers, have access to computers, or have the time to go to public libraries, etc. I’m amazed just by my circle of friends and family who really don’t know what’s going on or have incorrect info based on what they’ve heard in the media. I’m getting tired of having to “school” them on what the realities actually are.

    • 85 hopefruit2
      July 8, 2011 at 11:29 am

      DUN, your first sentence suggests that you have not been paying attention. President Obama has been all over the place talking about jobs. Whenever he visits plants and manufacturing sites, the media blacks him out and focuses on irrelevancies such as Prince William and Kate, Casey Anthony, Sarah Palin’s bus tour, etc.

      And you are now doing exactly as the MSM and GOP would hope that Obama supporters will start doing – that is, turn on him and start accusing him of not doing enough, not doing this, not doing that.

      It’s time that we not fall for the GOP/MSM trap and instead start focusing on Speaker Bohner, the Republicans in congress, the Republican state governors who are slashing teacher and fire-fighter jobs, the Wall Street executives who are sitting on piles of cash, giving themselves huge multi-million dollar annual raises and most importantly, the Koch-sponsored MSM who are shilling and covering for the GOP’s disgusting behavior. They are ones you should be lashing out at. President Obama can jump all over US talking about jobs until he’s blue in the face. If the Republicans are NOT held accountable, and if we simply sit around and wait for the President to hold them accountable (which will be interpreted by the MSM & PL as whining and “defensive”) then we are part of the problem, not the solution.

    • 86 nospin
      July 9, 2011 at 12:49 am

      “Just put a bill out there and keep talking about it.”

      There are 10 job bills led by Democrats in the House right now and PO speaks on this topic daily. Republicans refuse to let them come to the floor.

      On jobs – http://www.whatisworking.com/2011/06/what-can-congress-do-right-now.html

      PO is not the issue. Republicans are.

  27. 87 Kasai
    July 8, 2011 at 10:51 am

    Good Day!!!

    We can longer sit still is time to let the Rethugs know, what’UP…
    Phones should be ringing off the hook………….We must let them know, that what they doing is hurting this country, we know they don’t give a damn, But we Do…and this President needs our voice more than ever….We can’t have a repeat of 2010…and by the looks of today it could be possible…People vote with emotions, anger, and frustration, it worked in the primary.
    Please call http://www.house.gov/representatives/

  28. 91 PoliticalJunkessa
    July 8, 2011 at 10:59 am

    I want better advisors around PBO.

    I love me some Obama, but for the life of me I can’t understand how certain topics got tied up into debt ceiling talks. My love is deep, but it ain’t blind.

    I am reserving full judgment until I hear/see things for myself and not through a filtered and biased media. However, I will say this: this country is not broke, not even close. Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare are the holy grail (or should be) of the Democratic Platform. These wildly successful and morally right programs really shouldn’t be in this conversation.

    I understand the President is in a ridiculously tight spot and he has the weight of the world on his shoulders, both politically and personally. This is where I would really like to see that fire in the belly back and a line drawn in the sand.

    Have a great day, everyone :mrgreen: !!!

    • 92 askew
      July 8, 2011 at 11:25 am

      He needs better advisors and a fire under his belly to do something to help people. They all seem lost in this useless debt talk which will increase unemployment thru cutting spending and hurt the middle class with cuts to entitlements (Medicaid, Medicare, SS).

      His only answer in the presser today was the same lame crap he’s been pushing for 2 years. A tiny infrastructure bank and speeding up the patent process is not going to significantly change the unemployment picture.

      He needs to start talking about using TARP money to do a 2nd stimulus. I truly don’t see how he gets re-elected if he doesn’t do something major soon that will help unemployment. At some point, blaming Bush and the Republicans won’t work.

      • 93 hopefruit2
        July 8, 2011 at 11:38 am

        Askew, there is nothing that would give a GOP more pleasure than reading your and political junkessa’s posts this morning. Why you may ask? Because their antics have successfully got you focused away from their disgusting vile tactics of manipulating the markets (Which the President will NEVER come out on a presser and say – even though he may know it), and instead criticizing the president – even using some of the PL’s talking points like “he oughta”, “he shoulda,” he needs to..”lame crap.”

        In your post, you have not challenged the Republicans in congress to a single task – they promised jobs if people voted for them in Nov 2010 – remember? Where is your calling out of Speaker Boehner? Why haven’t you held the Republican governors in their respective states accountable for slashing union worker jobs, and turning down funding for rail and construction projects?

        This reminds me of the oil spill situation, where the media and the GOP successfully got people to turn on the President while giving BP and the oil companies a free pass.

        • 94 askew
          July 8, 2011 at 12:04 pm

          Damn, you too? I was just run off BWD’s site for daring to criticize Obama and no I am getting attacked here too. I am not ignoring the Republicans culpability in this, however, the Republicans are not responsible for:

          1. Obama not proposing one new job initiative in 2 years.
          2. Obama not changing his stump speech on jobs in years. It’s the same platitudes over and over again. No wonder the media ignores it.
          3. The administration’s refusal to think outside of the box or to do a primetime address with a jobs initiative that inspires Americans. Speeding up the patent process isn’t inspiring anyone and won’t fix the economy.
          4. Obama buying into the deficit nonsense and letting that overwhelm this year so far. He’s going to go into 2012 with huge unemployment numbers and nothing to show for trying to improve the economy. He will however signed off on a bill that will lower the deificit and hurt our economy.

          I want Obama to be re-elected desperately. He’s the best president of my lifetime. But, if he continues down this path and does nothing but halfheartedly blame the Republicans for stalling his legislation, he won’t get re-elected. And that scares me. But, apparently I should just ignore my concerns and post Obama rulz comments. If I don’t, I’ll get attacked.

          • 95 Nellcote
            July 8, 2011 at 12:30 pm

            What about the 3 trade deals worth billions to the economy he’s negotiated that the goopers are holding up in congress because they don’t want to fund support for workers that might be displaced? The enemy here is the republicans not the Prez.

            • 96 askew
              July 8, 2011 at 12:52 pm

              I didn’t say the enemy was the President. I just think he could and should do more. Maybe he gives a night time address and explain to the general public why the trade deals are good for us and that the Republicans are holding them up. I just think he needs to shake up the narrative by doing something.

              • 97 Audrey
                July 8, 2011 at 5:42 pm

                Here you are falling apart at hearing one bad job report and yet you feel very qualified to instruct and direct President Obama who has to balance and deal with a thousand more issues all at once, on what and how he needs to proceed!
                Amazing how even the weakest folks seem to think they know better than PBO and while sitting behind a computer theorizing!

          • 98 makesense4tulips
            July 8, 2011 at 12:32 pm

            Askew don’t u go no where! calm down. you are definitely a voice. So please let i roll off we got work to do and i need you.

            • 99 askew
              July 8, 2011 at 12:56 pm

              Thank you so much! You are the one person on this site and BWD’s who said 1something nice to me. BWD’s site was so awful that I was in tears and won’t be going back.

              I am going to take a break for a while and then come back. I think I have just been too engaged in politics for awhile and it is getting to me. It’s a long road to November 2012 after all.

              • 100 makesense4tulips
                July 8, 2011 at 12:59 pm

                Don’t let that spirit get to u. stay engaged and keep coming back. you should not be attacked for your opinion, but made to look at things in a different light. Ppl are upset and frustrated that ppl don’t get what we are trying to say. When it get like that u have to reach back for strength, i always try to imagine the fight and the will my ancestors had to have during slavery and civil rights. I then become stronger.

              • 101 Logan
                July 8, 2011 at 1:05 pm

                I agree with everything you have said. The president needs to act on jobs, even if he fails to get anything passed in Congress. A stimulus should be part of the debt ceiling agreement. We need to use a metaphorical gun on Republicans. Spend now, and cut later.

              • 102 kittypat
                July 8, 2011 at 1:14 pm

                askew I join Tulips in saying don’t let this get you down, your ideas about a jobs initiative and messaging that inspires the American people are sound and constructive suggestions. We can criticize the Rs intransigence AND improve the way we (the Ds) deal with important issues. peace out to everyone here off to do a 1:1.

              • 103 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
                July 8, 2011 at 1:20 pm

                askew I answered you pleas at BWD. Please don’t leave the movement. We are all hurting over this news. But you have to be realistic that PBO is being hamstrung by the Teapubs in Congress. They are stalling and blocking everything to see his ouster. Your rage should be toward the Teapublicans. Albeit I have recommended a primetime address from the prez to informe the nation what is on the table for job creation and let the public know what the Rethugs are actully doing. KEEP HOPE ALIVE askew!! 🙂

              • July 8, 2011 at 1:47 pm

                Oh Askew, I’m just a retired Obama Citizen here, and I don’t know a hell of a whole lot about politics, like most of you do, but please Askew, I can understand your feelings here, and I enjoy all of your comments, Please let’s just try to refocus here, It’s just tha none of us like the manipalated news we heard this morning, and all of our nerves are on edge. I said all of that to say, please don’t leave this site, I’ll hurt with you, just to be a good sport. I really do enjoy this site, and I come here every day. so Askew, we all are entitled to our opinions, please know I love YOU, and all the rest here. Heyyyy we got to stick together. So the chips are down today, but again we rise, as Maya Angelou would say. Okay Askew? I’m looking forward to seeing you show up here daily, 🙂 🙂 🙂

              • 105 askew
                July 8, 2011 at 2:19 pm

                Thanks to all of you who encouraged me to stay and made me not feel like an outcast for being worried about Obama’s re-election. It makes me feel like part of the team here.

                I have to echo John Cole at Balloon-Juice and say why does politics in the summer suck so much?

          • 107 Audrey
            July 8, 2011 at 5:59 pm

            Oh please spare us all Askew!
            Maybe you ought to spend some time alone when you have these moments!

            The gloom and doom interspersed with catty remarks like your “Obama rulz” dig might be better suited at some other place – and there are lots of those other places!

            This blog was created as a reprieve from that mindset!

          • 108 Kasai
            July 8, 2011 at 10:29 pm

            Askew, I understand your feelings, I too wonder to why the dems, and the administration allows the media to write the narrative and run with it.

            1. First was the birthers…when He finally had to put the brakes, while he was working on Bin Ladin capture
            2. BP spill
            4. Numerous of Natural Disasters
            5. Beer Summit
            6. Weiner Scandal
            7. Gas Prices
            8. Egypt
            9. Lybia (ongoing)
            10. Debt Ceiling (nothing to do w/jobs)

            I can go on and on…., I noticed that each and every time Democrats were all over the Media blaming PBO for everything, instead of focusing on Jobs…The lazy like Sanders, Grayson and others, chose to critisize before PBO could even utter a word, they can tweet and talk to the media all they want, these idiots are to lazy to out to their own neighborhoods, hold town hall meetings, you know like Giffords used to due.
            After the shellacking of 2010, you would think they learned something about messaging, Look at the Sundays Talk shows? hello?
            We got lucky with some crazies in the primary; like Odonnell (I am you The Witch) and Angle..but those 2 States could have gone either way, to think that we amost Harry Reid in Vegas, was a writing in the wall. We watched Teapartiers, Birther take the stage with the backing of Koch Bros. They Got Loud, In your face Loud..and the media ate it all up. They didn’t listen when PBO was going around the country begging not to give them the keys back, and now we at a place, not only are we fighting for rights being taken away (WI/OH) and some other states…the effect of the primary lingers on. If Dems present a job bill and is voted out, They should scream loud and clear over and over…same with stimulus being used to balance their budget, rather than use it to create jobs, or not used at all.
            They should make a point to get in every Sunday show and explain to the american people every damn week. It is clear that we have to take it upon ourselves to send a message loud and clear. We can no longer rely on anyone to have PBO’s back.

            We are millions strongs, We do’t need the Media, we don’t need David Plouffe, We don’t need High Technology..All we need is a voice, healthy legs, and most of all coordination, cooperation and the will to take back this country to a better future, we owe it to our children/grandkids and to those who marched, bled and lost their lives for us
            We can’t give up, We must remain United…and keep on moving….everything else is a DISTRACTION!

            Please stay Askew

            much Love

            October 7, 2010 7:12 PM

            David Plouffe: 2010 Election Won’t be Like 1994

            “By their definition, success is winning back the House, winning back the Senate and winning every major governor’s race,” Plouffe said. “When you’ve got winds this strong in your favor, that’s the kind of election you need to have – or it should be considered a colossal failure.”

            read the rest of this interview


          • 110 Chi
            July 9, 2011 at 12:53 am

            You were run off of BWD’s site and you bring your poisonous, debilitating sentiments here…

            Wrong site…

            Even if Politicaljunkessa tells you otherwise…

            This is not what this site was set up for…

            There are plenty of blogs out there where your comments today would be popular refrain and I dare say you’d be at home there…

            But this is not the place…

            We who found this little piece of heaven ages ago have no use for the hand-wringing and repetition of disrespectful blame President Obama narrative…

            Please take it elsewhere…

            This site was created as a respite to the madness, and those of of who found refuge here don’t need the hyper-ventilation and unwarranted hysteria…

        • 111 PoliticalJunkessa
          July 8, 2011 at 12:14 pm

          Back up.

          I have not turned on the President by any means. I know exactly what the diabolical republicans are up to from the local level to the state level to Capitol Hill. I know they are consistently cooking up even more evil plans are we speak.

          I am not demoralized; I am not deceived by rethuglican rhetoric. I am not swayed by the corporate-owned media — in fact, as every regular here should know by now, I barely watch any of it, and encourage (quite ineffectively, probably, lol) to turn it off. I don’t partake in the endless reactions to two-bit pundits that so many here seem to enjoy ad nauseum.

          I have stated a relatively mild opinion regarding what *I* — a voter, a volunteer, a contributor (my last $20.12 just was deducted last week and my bumper sticker is in the mail), and a citizen would like to see: a mere clarification of, and separation of, these issues. *I* do not want to see the debt ceiling issue obscured in this manner.

          I rarely critcize PBO — especially not in a public form like a blog — he has my support. This was a mild critique, no more, no less.

          • 112 hopefruit2
            July 8, 2011 at 12:27 pm

            Junkessa I know that you support this president 100%. But just as you’d like to see more “fire in the belly” from him, I’d like to see more highlighting of the underhanded GOP tactics from you (and others, myself included). I just noticed that there was a relative absence of any Repbublican criticism in your previous post – when they are LARGELY responsible for what we’re currently experiencing. And Republicans and the MSM LOVE to see the President getting criticized by his supporters while they are seemingly being let off the hook. That’s what I was reacting to.

            • 113 PoliticalJunkessa
              July 8, 2011 at 12:46 pm

              Please don’t attempt to tell me how to compose my posts. A huge number of my posts are either poking fun at, expressing anger at, calling out, or otherwise throttling the cult known as the TeaO’P. Another sizable portion is calling out weak-willed “Democrats” who should have the President’s back. If any republican wanted to sample my comments, he/she wouldn’t be happy.

              This was ONE post on ONE topic, and it was a mild critique at best. Not every post I make has to be perfectly balanced. I said what was on my mind, and that’s it. The right-wing taliban does not need my post as an excuse or an encouragement to continue to go for the jugular. That’s been their plan from the beginning.

              I love it MOST when Democrats stand on Democratic ideals — I loved Nancy Pelosi’s statement this morning and I was ecstatic with PBO’s smackdown last week. I want to see THIS sort of messaging continue, particularly on the issues of Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.

              • 114 hopefruit2
                July 8, 2011 at 1:16 pm

                I wasn’t referring to your posts in general. I was referring to that one post – that much is clear. And all it takes for GOP to push an MSM narrative is a single comment.

      • 116 Karen Sr.
        July 8, 2011 at 6:26 pm


        TARP was shut down last year and it was never a stimulus. TARP was the “bank bailout” signed by Bush. Your confusing it with the Recovery Act. Go to the WH website and click on the Recovery Act link to see the good it did. A 2nd stimulus has a snowball’s chance in hell of passing. Not even a dem controlled House could get that passed now.

      • 117 nospin
        July 9, 2011 at 1:05 am

        “He needs a fire under his belly”

        What exactly does that mean and now can you say debt talk is useless? If the US defaults on its obligations, what impact do you think that would have on jobs and the economy?

        “I truly don’t see how he gets re-elected if he doesn’t do something major soon that will help unemployment.”

        What specifically can he do askew that he hasn’t already done? What is the role of Congress?

  29. 118 desraye
    July 8, 2011 at 11:06 am

    desraye This is when I disengaged from politics. I mean just because the econonmy added 18,000 jobs people on here going to give up. I mean talking about PBO need to do this and that. The economy slowed down around the same time last year and it bounce back. It will bouce back once the auto plant open back up and the debt is settle. sound like deafetism to me. I am unemploy and I will not give up but if I want to remain sane I got to disgaged from this blog and politics all together. I hope this blog remains postive.

    • 119 Janelle
      July 8, 2011 at 11:15 am

      I so agree desraye, we must buck up during the difficult times and become even more active. Defeatism is what Wall St., Koch Bros., Rove are banking on. Blogging is a great way to get emotions out, but activism is what gets things done. Activism against the media and holding all branches of government accountable.

      • July 8, 2011 at 11:19 am

        I agree 100% Janelle and Desraye. Today’s reaction sounds almost like most of us reacted to the unsubstantiated news about Social Security cuts the day before yesterday. We’ve got to pull ourselves together and become more actively involved so that we can help President Obama led this country forward.

    • July 8, 2011 at 11:21 am

      (I mean talking about PBO need to do this and that)

      I support obama 100% but he do need his ecomomy team out and about daily. this is not a put down it just an opinion. i will just do more praying and less opinion.

      Father God, May Your Holy Light shine upon Barack Obama,
      May Your Holy Light surround him and may he and his family be protected.
      May his words carry strength, and inspiration and hope,
      May he be used by You, Father God, to help heal our Nation.

      May his enemies be confounded, their hatred turned back on them, and their wicked schemes be defeated permanently. 
      May You, Lord Jesus, forgive this country its transgressions as we attempt to begin to change our path from wrong thinking and violence, to justice and peace.
      May the Holy Spirit protect Barack Obama from all harm and guide him to victory for the sake of this nation’s and of the world. And So We Pray, In Jesus Name, Amen.  

      • July 8, 2011 at 11:23 am

        Very timely and appropriate prayer, dun. Thanks.

      • July 8, 2011 at 2:02 pm

        Honey Child, Amen! A beautiful prayer, and Folks, that’s what we need to do more of. Now I believe In Prayer. Are there anyone here famaliar with the stories of Shadrack, Meshack, and Abindigo??? God Is the same today, as he was yesterday. Pray, pray, Pray

    • July 8, 2011 at 11:25 am

      Excellent desraye- it is ONE jobs report.. and this is not some failure on POTUS part.. even though he will always take responsibility in some form, being who and how he is. Fingers need to be pointed at Republican governors who’ve been letting state workers go/ not hiring.. fingers need to be pointed at a republican congress which does nothing.

      POTUS out of the bubble someone wrote here? he speaks to more, gets out more than any President in my lifetime- I was born in 1957.

      I wish you all the best in your job hunt and I applaud your positive and thoughtful attitude desraye.

    • 125 nospin
      July 9, 2011 at 12:56 am

      SayWha!!!! Let me see if I read this right. . . “the economy added 18,000 jobs”

      added jobs. Not lost jobs. Added.

  30. 126 hgerhard
    July 8, 2011 at 11:24 am

    I think we need to revamp the jobs-reporting mechanisms. The differences between various reporting units and the official numbers is much greater than could be expected as normal discrepancy. With today’s technology, it should be possible to report more accurate figures. The official numbers, as well, are always subject to major revisions. This creates unnecessary panic or undue optimism. I have always believed that official figures should not be seasonally or otherwise adjusted. Swings in real numbers can be explained and non-adjusted raw numbers are not as vulnerable to manipulation. Just a thought.

  31. 127 Tulips
    July 8, 2011 at 11:30 am

    My tweets today. American you gave the keys back to the republicans and the tea party who never driven anything. this is what u get. never let anyone convince u not to vote. You see what happens. What more can the President, if you are not willing to trust, u trust a bafoon for 8yrs and then turned around and gave the bafoon control of

  32. 129 Me4obama
    July 8, 2011 at 11:30 am

    Iam sick to my stomach reading some comments here. Really? Obama should do this, Obama should do that? He is doing every freaking thing to make people’s lives better even those who didn’t vote for him and still not planning to vote for him. Iam finishing my 2 weeks volunteer for PBO reelection this Sunday and the energy is so positive out here in the fields as i type this comment. So everyone needs to chill the fuck down, you have no idea what this man is feeling right now and yes my support for him is unshakable rain or shine, sad or happy.

    • July 8, 2011 at 11:35 am

      Thank YOU Me4obama for being out there! Right there with you in spirit- all the way 🙂

    • 131 hopefruit2
      July 8, 2011 at 11:44 am

      SPOT ON Me4Obama – The Republicans have a duty to govern this country responsibly as well. They are in control of the House. Not a single job from them since Jan 2011. The Republican state governors are busy slashing jobs and refusing funds to build railways and other job-creating projects. Why isn’t anyone calling them out?

      They promised that if the Bush tax cuts were extended, the companies would be more secure to start hiring. Well, it’s been five months now. Not only that, but something happened in May which caused a sharp turn in job trends. No one has yet to explain the sudden departure from a positive jobs trend. As our fellow TODer “Dotser” indicated, her/his daughter suddenly lost her job with no real explanation from a company which made huge profits. And that’s where my suspicion that this is in fact a manipulation is coming from.

    • 133 Betsy
      July 8, 2011 at 11:58 am

      Me4Obama, I love you girl! It’s so good to have someone stand up and tell some people on this board to STFU! We who follow the President know that he is not in the bubble, that he’s out working harder, meeting with americans all over the country, and with businesses trying to convince them to hire. It’s the MSM and the GOP that are in the bubble. As far as I’m concerned, the GOP is committing treason. Bachman is proof of that. They need to be investigated. There is something not right about this.

    • 134 sam uk obama supporter
      July 8, 2011 at 4:57 pm

      Love your post Me4Obama, thank you. Thank you for your volunteering for PBO too, you are awesome! It is true that none of us know what that great man is feeling having the problems of the world on his strong, capable shoulders but he is one man and he needs us all includig the dems in congress to have his back. I will NEVER give up on him, NEVER! I am behind him infinately. I wish with all my heart that there was more I could do other than support him from afar and badger all my friends/family stateside to continue in their support for him – and to pray for him.

  33. 135 Tulips
    July 8, 2011 at 11:31 am

    the livestock. No one is more responsible for this then the American ppl

  34. July 8, 2011 at 11:34 am

    Our magnificent PBO just told congress to get off their asses and pass the several jobs producing bills already pending and to go ahead and raise the debt ceiling. He is laying responsibility for todays jobs report squarely at their obstructive feet.

  35. 137 Janelle
    July 8, 2011 at 11:35 am

    I refuse to be a defeatist. I refuse to disengage on a tough day. I’m in it to win it. We’re not privvy to what all is being talked about behind closed doors. Yes the President is in a tough spot. That’s why Congressional Dems should be helping him out until the debt ceiling is raised. We all should be calling Congress RIGHT NOW and often. I refuse to be powerless and walk away. That’s what some in the top 1% have designed, and after reading some of these comments, they have succeeded. I refuse to give up or look to one man to solve all my problems—change comes from the bottom up! Call your reps in Congress whether Repub. or Dem. Trust me, they don’t like to have their phones ringing b/c it scares them into action. Congress hates to receives calls b/c then they don’t feel accountable. Dems should have the President’s back right now and they don’t. Hold them accountable. Hold the Repubs accountable—call them and let them know that we are awake! I got upset this morning for about 15 min. and now I’m done with my whining. My pity party is over.

    Be proactive even on the tough days.

    • 138 hopefruit2
      July 8, 2011 at 12:33 pm

      That’s the spirit Janelle – that’s the spirit! There is nothing more that would please the GOP than DEM infighting and apathy – something the Media and GOP have been trying to engender by their manipulated “jobs data” in the last 2 months (noted AFTER Bin Laden was caught).

      Their presidential candidates are weak so much so that their strongest candidate is neck n neck with Michelle Bachman!! So of course, they need to create a huge monster to bully this President into defeat – and what better monster to take PBO down than a huge great economic depression along with an angry, apathetic populace.

  36. 139 Martha
    July 8, 2011 at 11:43 am

    We need to wake up, and march to Washington, ask the GOP where are the jobs?

  37. 140 Bobfr
    July 8, 2011 at 11:43 am

    Please excuse me for repeating myself:

    Simply, everyone of us, and every Democratic Party Leader and Candidate must be certain that “the official Republican plan is to destroy Medicare” are 8 words every American hears 1000s of times between now and Nov 2012.

    Beyond that the simple mantra is a gift given to every Democratic candidate, to wit:

    The Republicans promised jobs in 2010:

    – instead they insisted on tax cuts to the wealthy and corporations

    – instead they attacked collective bargaining

    – instead they attacked education

    – instead they attacked unemployment insurance

    – instead they attacked women and girls

    – instead they brought the Nation to the brink of default on its debt

    – instead they tried to KILL DADT

    – instead they voted for GLOBAL WAR


    Republican jobs created – ZERO

    Republican destruction of jobs – Large and accelerating

    Republican pursuit of the destruction of America if that’s what it takes to defeat President Obama in 2012 – so obvious even some pundits and politicians have noticed what we have all known since Jan 2009.

    Don’t muddle; don’t confuse – take full advantage of the blatantly obvious Republican attacks on the middle class, on Medicare, on Medicaid, on Social Security and the very solvency of the United States of America and make change happen, Americans.

    Yes.We.Can. … DO.More.Together!

  38. 145 halo
    July 8, 2011 at 11:46 am


  39. July 8, 2011 at 11:58 am

    We should be focusing on jobs, but yet it is all about the debt ceiling. This is the Republicans ploy. It wouldn’t shock me if the businesses were not hiring in order to help the Republicans. And what happen to the report showing that the job numbers would be better? All this is an attempt to defeat this President.

  40. 147 meta
    July 8, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    He needs “fire under his belly”?? What does that mean? You want him to yell? EVERY speech he talks sincerely and passionately about being moved by the letters he reads EVERY DAY and working from the time he gets up to the moment he goes to sleep on THIS issue of jobs.

    There have been no cuts to entitlements.

    That “lame crap” has added over 2 million jobs.

    A 2nd stimulus, really? With which Congress?

    When Repubs obstruct every signal job measure and propose legistation to KILL jobs for teachers, transport, etc. etc. etc., we most certainly ARE going to hold them responsible for this sluggish economy. PBO cannot do it alone.

    • 148 meta
      July 8, 2011 at 12:02 pm

      This was in response to askew. Not sure why it showed up here?!

    • 149 sam uk obama supporter
      July 8, 2011 at 5:02 pm

      Well said Meta, PBO doesn’t need ANY of us turning on him now. I love your post, everything you said id so true.

  41. 150 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
    July 8, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    It is happening again folks. A complicit and EVIL mainstream media in cahoots with Corporate America, Wall St. and the GOP to cover up the crimes of the Rethugs. Last time a mass coverup like this happened was in 2001 thru 2003 with the orchrestrated Iraqi invasion. Today’s difference we have a Democrat in the Whitehouse, but the GOP are getting the same results. It is UP TO US and the DEM party to not allow America to sleep on the GOP’s latest CRIME….intentional sabotage of the ECONOMY for their personal POWER GRAB!! WE CAN NOT LET THIS HAPPEN AGAIN PEOPLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Obama/Biden 2012!!

  42. 151 Betsy
    July 8, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    I blame the GOP for the lack of jobs, but I also blame the Democrats. They are not solidly behind the President and that’s just WRONG! If they all spoke out about what the GOP is doing, saying the things President Obama can not say, the MSM would be forced to cover this. They are cowards, and don’t deserve to be in Congress! Only Nancy Pelosi is doing something, and occasionally Chuck Schumer. We need all of them to get on board. I sure hope Ben Nelson is retired and a real democrat wins in his place.

    • 152 Martha
      July 8, 2011 at 12:30 pm

      This is what happen to us, in the midterm election, we chose push the dems under the bush because we did agree with some dems. look what happen, we now have the GOP asses in congress. Now nothing is getting done. I pefer DEMs anyday to these asses in congress. I hope we don’t act so idiotic in 2012.

  43. 153 bonkers
    July 8, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    Wow. 57,000 PRIVATE SECTOR jobs created. Not bad for this time of year and given all the MegaMedia doom and gloom and Repub malfeasance.

    Repub hatred of the US Constitution and for the majority of American citizens (not exaggerating…this is clearly and easily documented), leads to a bunch of public employee layoffs, which we all knew was happening, and cuts into the total jobs amount. This is exactly as Repubs planned and we predicted.

    So get immunized people! The sky is not falling. Stop falling into their traps and being Chicken Littles at a moments notice. It’s Barack Hussein Obama we’re talking about here. There’s that photo and caption where it says, “Chill out. I got this.” and we should make one that has a giant crowd at one of his rallies that says, “Chill out. WE got this.” Anyone at an OFA meeting right now knows this.

    So…57,000 private sector jobs created. Not great…not horrible…certainly better than a negative number such as we had when Shrub was running things, but considering nearly every economist is predicting a strong second half of the year, we’ve got to stay strong. Fired up!

    • 154 lmrj
      July 8, 2011 at 1:48 pm

      AMEN…. AMEN…. AMEN!!!!! Fired up and ready to go!

    • July 8, 2011 at 2:01 pm

      I’m disappointed in the job numbers, but no way am I giving up. I plan to fight for this President till I can’t fight anymore. So we will have our ups and downs, but no way am I giving up. Putting this country in the hands of the Tea-Republicans would be a disaster. We already see what they are willing to do just to regain the White House. They are holding this country hostage with this debt ceiling. And what have they done about jobs? NOTHING. NOTHING. If they gave a dam about this country they would be fighting to put people back to work, instead of fighting for the rich to keep their mansions, jet planes, and money. So no way am I going to give up. I’m still fired up and ready to go. Because I still believe in the President.

  44. July 8, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    Well Chips, I feel the urge to pray right now, because this particular blog, Has high emotions right now. This Is what I do when things are the chips are down, I pray.

    Lord Jesus, I first want to thank you for all your goodness, life, health and strength. Lord Jesus i want to thank you , for having the freedom to come to *The Obama Diary* to vent, and voice our opinions. Lord Jesus I just want to thank you for Chips, who created this site, that we so richly enjoy. Lord God I thank you for choosing President Barack Hussein Obama to be the our President. Lord Jesus we feel that he was sent by you, yes we elected him, but Lord God, we feel deep down within that you chose him for our Country. We thank you Lord Jesus, and we are so grateful. Our Father In heaven, we are depending on you to give us strength when the chips are down. Lord we know we can’t fight this battle alone. We need you Lord God. We are calling and seeking you to help us. Sometimes Lord God, It seems our enemies are attacking us from every side. Sometimes Lord we feel forsaken. Sometimes Lord God, It seems that the more we fight to stand up for the right things, well the more our enemies defeat us. But LOrd Jesus, we believe In you Lord. We believe that you can do anything but fail
    ut fail. Lord we remember what you did for the three Hebrew Boys, Shadrack, Meshack, and Abindigo. And lord we know what you did for Daniel In the Lion’s Den. Lord we also remember what and how PBO won the 2008 election. At times Lord God, even back then, he had enemies camped all around him, but Lord God through It all, you brought him through. Lord God, we just believe you will do It again. Thank you Lord Jesus, thank you.

    Now Lord Jesus, bless everyone that came here on this blog today, for we all need your help. Lord Jesus I pray for the ones who feelings were bruised this morning, and Lord I pray For EVERYONE here today. LOrd Jesus forgive us all for we all need your forgiveness. Hear my prayers right now Lord Jesus. Thank you Lord God, Amen

  45. 158 Mae who love our CIC
    July 8, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    No matter what the narrative is the Repubs wants to keep the unemployment figures the focus because this is the only numbers that they can manipulate. This is one month figures we others so let us keep motivation in tact because they will not win with their dishonesty. You know the Repubs in control helps to to reelect President Obama. They are scared. They can’t win on their own merit. Lying and dishonesty is their trademark. Keep our heads up and support our President without wavering.

  46. 159 ingrid
    July 8, 2011 at 3:07 pm




  47. 160 carolyn
    July 8, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    My, my…..a lot of heat today, but not a lot of light…..This report is a bump. I remember what I thought were devastating blows in the 2008 campaign…….the picture of him and Michelle in terrorist costumes on the New Yorker, the Rev. Wright deal, the Bill Ayres deal…..they came fast and furiously…..each time I would think “Oh no, the sky is falling.” It didn’t, and it won’t today. Don’t give the Rethugs the satisfaction of seeing us at odds and down. They would love that. President Obama is the man who comes out IN PEPRSON and announces the numbers, who doesn’t send an aide to do that, can we be any less than he is?

  48. 161 Dakota
    July 8, 2011 at 4:57 pm

    Yes, that’s exactly what it is…a bump. We can’t expect it to be smooth sailing all the way and I believe intellectually we know that, but with all the crap that the President has coming at him, I think our hearts overtake our heads when there is a “setback” like this. We have to as Adam Clayton Powell used to say “Keep the Faith, baby!” We must stay strong and have the President’s back through all kinds of weather. Trust me, this news today is minor! Please be assured that even moreso than we, the President knew before he declared he was going to run fight in was in for…and the depths that would be gone to to discredit and defeat him. If we feel he is getting battered and tired, WE must give him our strength to battle back. He will prevail and what’s more WE will prevail with him which is what he’s asked of us from the beginning.

  49. 162 lmrj
    July 8, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    OMGEEEEE….. “Rep. Bachmann’s Far-Right Family Pledge Argues Black Kids Were Better Off In 1860
    “During SLAVERY???!!!! Oh really??? How offensive!

  50. 163 LYNND
    July 8, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    The stimulus cash may be gone, but the Bush tax cuts live on. We’ve just renewed the sucker, and we still have nothing. Where are the jobs? The Governor of our state recently signed a bill giving big honking tax cuts to big business. You would think that business’s would be flocking to our state, or that the ones that are still here would start hiring, but no. No one is hiring except for the industry that the President saved. They are laying off state and city workers off by the hundreds. Teachers, firemen, policemen, the poor, the elderly, children, veterans no one is spared from the Republican cuts for a balanced budget, except for big business of course. They are sitting on a huge pile of cash, and tax cuts, while the rest of us hobble along trying to survive. Show us the jobs Republicans, or move your lazy butts out of the way!

  51. 164 Betty's Girl
    July 8, 2011 at 6:49 pm

    Thank you so much to all the TOD members who kept positive today. It has rubbed off on me today! I was at work so I could not respond when I wanted…thank God! I believe (hope) jobs will start going back in other direction once the debt limit deal is done.

  52. 165 DD
    July 8, 2011 at 8:09 pm

    Why are the GOPs so happy that the econcomy is doing bad? I think that they are deliberately trying to make Obama a one term president, it’s so…obvious. Why Congress haven’t done their part as far as creating jobs too.

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