No President in modern times has run for re-election with unemployment is as high as it is now and if Barack Obama thought Friday’s jobs report would ease that situation he was no doubt disappointed.
June’s job figures showed unemployment holding stedy at 8.2 percent and lackluster numbers for jobs growth remain the highest since the Great Depression.
Democratic strategists tell Capitol Hill Blue that depression is just what they are seeing at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue these days.
“Let’s just say the mood in the West Wing is not good,” says one, who asked not to be identified. ”There is a lot of doom and gloom in the White House.”
Obama tried to put a positive spin on the bad news, saying the net growth of just 80,000 jobs is “a step in the right direction.” GOP challenger Mitt Romney, of course, called the jobs report a continuation of national misery.
“This kick in the gut has got to end,” Romney said Friday.
True enough, but does Romney — or anyone else for that matter — have a real or workable solution to the problem?