August 7th, 2009
09:56 AM ET
5 years ago

Republicans react to jobless report

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Just 20 minutes after the release of July's unemployment report, The Republican National Committe released a statement slamming President Obama for taking a "victory lap" over some better-than-expected economic indicators:

"While President Obama was taking a victory lap to celebrate the economy's performance, more Americans lost their jobs and the budget deficit soared to a record $1.3 trillion in July. In the month of July alone 247,000 Americans lost their jobs, which means more than 2.8 million Americans have lost their jobs since the president took office," said RNC Chairman Michael Steele in an e-mail. "The president said his stimulus bill would keep unemployment from rising higher than 8 percent. It hasn't. Now he expects Americans to believe his trillion-dollar health care experiment will improve their health care? It won't. America simply can't afford more of the president's costly experiments."


Twelve minutes later, House Minority Leader John Boehner of Ohio, reacting to the jobless numbers, criticized Democrats for what he called their "job-killing agenda":

"Today's unemployment report is yet another reminder that more spending, taxing, and borrowing does not mean more jobs for the American people. Instead of rewriting history on their 'stimulus' promises, Washington Democrats should abandon their job-killing agenda," said Boehner in a release. "Rather than pushing an increasingly unpopular government takeover of health care that will increase costs, drive up the deficit, raise taxes, and destroy jobs, Democratic leaders would be well-served to work with Republicans on real reforms that expand Americans' access to affordable health care and help small businesses create more jobs."

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  1. kevin

    of course they do, they had nothing to do with it and can claim no credit so they bash the POTUS.

    WHAT A BUNCH OF LOOOSSSEEERRRSSS.

    August 7, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  2. John, Black citizen

    The GOP gave BIG business the power to destroy jobs, send jobs overseas, reduce wages, create fire-at-will. And now they are concerned about people's welfare. The GOP need to shut up and retire cause they have destroy the economy of this country.

    August 7, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  3. gideonwayne

    God forbid President Obama could do anything right. The Republicans would probably find fault even if the unemployment rate was 0%

    August 7, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  4. XGOP

    What a joke. These buffoons must have a short memory.The GOP laid waste to our economy.Thank GOD for President Obama coming to Wakarusa Indiana the other day. George Bush visited our area only with an outstretched hand looking for donations. Obama brought us HOPE.

    August 7, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  5. kryg

    The Republicans before they criticize Obama should remember that the mess, such as recession and high unemployment, we are experiencing now are after effects of the bad decisions and "shock and awe" styles of management of a Republican president and Republican subordinates before our current president.

    August 7, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  6. Azzaro

    This president can bring the employment down to 5% they will still complain. These dam " sons of jerks" are still playing politic. They just don't want to give him any credit. They are acting stupidly.

    August 7, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  7. Hopeful Optimist

    Repubs in the latest episode of 'steel boner'.

    August 7, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  8. kevin

    CNN, please stop protecting the Rethuglican. I can't stand you site.

    If I was bashing he Democrats my comment would be posted and now that I am telling the truth about the Rethuglican you won't print my commment.

    I already stop watching CNN and now I will never return to you site again. You are in the pocket of the Rethuglican and I find you to be nothing more that a tabloid rag.

    August 7, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  9. Dale

    Republicans caused this mess. Why should we listen to them?

    August 7, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  10. IndyVoter

    Excuse me? The unemployment rate was sky high and jobs were bleeding WAY before the President took office thanks to Republicans. If the jobless rate was zero or very low when he Pres. Obama took office and then it just Jumped up to 9.4 % then you would have an argument. But since the umemployment rate is a DIRECT consequence of the recession, almost depression, that the Republican leadership brought on this country I am thrilled that Pres. Obama's wisdom and forsight is helping us turn the economy around. We are not fooled. Be Gone! Your spin has no power here!

    August 7, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  11. Barbara

    No matter what obama does it still isn't good enough for republicans. I say if you don't like the what's cooking in the white house get your boney arse out and stop whenning about it.

    August 7, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  12. Josh

    The party of no is obviously angry that President Obama's policies are WORKING. No one expected 8 years of Bush's mess to be cleaned up in 200 days. That's idiotic thinking. Congratulations President Obama on your excellent job so far!

    August 7, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  13. kishen c.rao

    why didn't they react when we went to Iraq in false pretext...ok how sad...GOP....GOP, for you....breaking pres. obama is not stopping health care...you think like this...ok..sad..sad...sad...it is not going to work....

    August 7, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  14. JDB

    It would have been much more effective if the republicans would have just said the unemployment numbers look promising. Instead they come back with nothing more than whining. They prove that they're really hoping for the worst, not a trend toward improvement. It's just more hooey from the nattering nabobs of negativity. I've tuned them out, I prefer to maintain my optimism.

    August 7, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  15. Unemployed

    Maybe the focus should not be on creating new jobs which are not neccessarily good jobs, but rather finding ways to reduce the huge layoffs from companies who are not even losing money and still paying huge bonuses to executives.

    August 7, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  16. Bill

    Amazing the lack of perspective the Republican party has...it is their former president, their deregulation of the financial services sector and their wars on two fronts that dragged down the economy and blew out our budget deficit...all while accomplishing virtually nothing over the course of 8 years in terms of a domestic agenda. Obama has been fighting Bush's uphill battle with the economy and would actually like to fix a system that future president's allowed to fall into its current state of disrepair. Enough partisan rhetoric – offer some solutions of your own you cowards.

    August 7, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  17. Otto

    What have the Republican congressional leaders done to help? Nothing!

    At every turn they said no, yet, they find reasons to complain because the economic news is not as bad as expected.

    Even if all unemployed person fund jobs this pass month, they would still complain. This group of selfish people should be voted out and many will during the midterm election.

    Though there are too many ignorant people in this country; the Republicans think we are all stupid so they continue the fear tactics in the hope they will scare as many as possible.

    Had they held the presidency, I hate to say the unemployment figures would have shown to be 15% by now. Just say no to everything except more wars and wasteful spending on the military machine, for weapons no longer needed or free give away to their friends in Haliburton.

    August 7, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  18. PaulMoATX

    What victory lap? Republicans are so full of crap. We continue to receive good news on the economy, and party of NO continues to be negative and pessimistic in wanting the President to fail. Unfortunately, if the President fails, the American people do as well.

    What a bunch of sore losers.

    August 7, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  19. Jane/Seattle

    Suddenly Republicans are all concerned about spending! Where were they during the great robbery of the Bush era?

    August 7, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  20. Ant

    Republicans, please please please! be quite! We lost jobs plenty of jobs under Bush and spent money, with all those tax cuts................your way did not work either....stop acting like you are the only party that has all the answers to fixing a mess that you created, by doing it your way. Go ahead American celebrate that the job loss this month is lower than expected. I am so tried of all these politics.

    August 7, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  21. Fred

    The party of NO is disappointed that the economy is picking up once more. The American people are wiser that all of you put together. Continue to arrange protesters to sabotage the economy your waterloo awaits you Republicans at the front.

    August 7, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  22. mike d

    he's still cleaning up the bush-republican mess he inherited. rational people know the unemployment rate doesn't go from 9.5 to 5 in one month.

    August 7, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  23. Tim

    If this doesn't truly explain just how negative and out of touch these crazed Republicans are, I don't know what does. What a bunch of losers.

    August 7, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  24. PJ

    The Obama camp will spin this saying "If it wasn't for the stimulus, things would be a whole lot worse!." That's like me saying I kept Katrina from being worse by putting a fan on my roof to blow the hurricane away. By the way, my electricity went out and the fan did not work anyway....kind of like the stimulus package.

    August 7, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  25. Bill

    Make that former presidents...though its likely future presidents should they be Republicans would continue to allow our healthcare system to crumble.

    August 7, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
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