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. HEH

    its a good point from teh republicans. Its is GREAT that not as many people lost their jobs... but people are STILL losing their jobs. No, it is not 523k lost but still....237 THOUSAND People lost their job! Thats a lot of people!

    August 7, 2009 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  2. Alan in Marietta

    WOW! I'm speechless. It is clear that republicans don't want the country to success as long as a democrat is in the white house. They want things to get worse so that they can say the democrats failed.

    August 7, 2009 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  3. Jonathan

    We get it already. No matter what happens, you will complain and say Obama's doing a terrible job. Hostages are freed from North Korea? Obama's doing a terrible job. Hostages freed from Somali pirates? Obama's doing a terrible job. Great progress in Iraq? Obama's doing a terrible job. A moderate with incredible experience is picked for the Supreme Court? Obama's doing a terrible job. Gun rights are expanded so you can carry in National Parks? Obama's doing a terrible job. We have a better reputation across the world? Obama's doing a terrible job. Stimulus? Health Care? The Environment? Obama must be doing terrible there too.

    If you say the same thing no matter what he does, why should we still listen to you?

    August 7, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  4. Polar Bears Against Palin

    Suddenly, these right-wing slugs have all the answers. They didn't seem to have any solutions for the economy when they were trashing it for some 8 years.

    Typical of CNN to even post the Republican response. They were obviously hoping the unemployment numbers would be bad so they could take their own 'victory lap".

    August 7, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  5. George

    BOOOOOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOO Boehner will cry when any good news comes our way. He and his loser republican friends can not stand to see America do well. They want Obama to fail and America to fail. If I were a democrat in Washington, I would ignore the republicans, and do what bills are needed without them. Anyone who wishes America harm for their own personal political gains, are sick people.

    August 7, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  6. Georgia Peach

    What happened to the Michael Steele column assuring us that jobless claims would rise? Those Republicans have some very compelling arguments.

    August 7, 2009 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  7. Kevin in Ohio

    They are right..... Simple math. if the jobless figures went UP, and the unemployment rate went DOWN, that can only mean less people are looking. Which means people are giving up. Great job, Obama.

    August 7, 2009 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  8. Claudia in Houson

    John Boehner should be ashame of himself because during the Bush administration he put Ohioians in the soup lines while Boehner played golf and sun tanned. This guy is about as phony and useless as they come.

    August 7, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  9. Doug Harrod

    The party of "no' cannot even deal with good news on the jobless front. Their negativity and lack of any "let's try to work together attitude" continues to ooze with every statement they make. There only tactic continues to be creating fear and doubt among Americans in order to make political gain in the next election cycle. Growing up a Republican in 60's and 70's and witnessing what has happened to the GOP since that time has truly saddened me!

    August 7, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  10. annie s

    Please, please, please President Obama and our Congressmen, please do NOT " work with Republicans on real reforms". We are still battling our way out of the disastrous results of Republican policies, and all of their proposals are more of the same. Things are working and improving under this present administration, and the fact that everyone can see that except Republicans is simply pathetic. They are so desperate for Obama to fail that they will distort even positive news – how sad!

    August 7, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  11. Maggie

    The unemployment rate fell!

    August 7, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  12. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Boehner is gone next year thank goodness. I hope the people of Ohio vote him and his tanning bed out. Why do all the republicans try and make it sound like it's a government takeover when clearly it isn't. After listening to the ignorant questions from right wing loonies, I can see why they are so gullible to believe anything Rush puts into their head.

    August 7, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  13. Melissa

    What a bunch of whiny babies the Republicans are.

    August 7, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  14. Nestor

    Why for once cant the GOP be positive. Have they always been this negative? We have a positive upturn in the unemployment rate and they still dont give up on the bashing. God they suck

    August 7, 2009 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  15. The black spider

    Wow I agree If we would have elected john mccain and Sarah palin they would have turn the average 750000 job lost during the last days of Bush to a 3 millions jobs creation in 3 months without any government stimulus spending.
    Because we republicans believe americans people are stupid and will believe everything we tell them.
    Amen

    August 7, 2009 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  16. Peggy - TX

    The Republicans are simply not credible. President Obama has done an extraordinary job of preventing economic collapse. His Stimulus Package has just began to kick in, but has already gone far to bolster optimism in the market system.

    The Republicans BLOCK real reform.

    The Republicans have had the power to make real reform for the previous eight years . Rather then push for real reform when they could, they just talked a bunch of CRAP and the result is the mess President Obama inherited, but they are still talkng a bunch of CRAP.

    August 7, 2009 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  17. Andy J, NY, NY

    im so sick of republicans and democrats

    both of these parties can, in the word of Ralph Malph, sit on it.

    August 7, 2009 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  18. RDS

    LOL...it must be really hard for these republicans to stay relevant these days. Even when the economic news is good they have to complain..ha ha I love it!! Housing market is becoming stable, stock market is rebounding, jobless numbers dropping what are they going to do when things start to get even better. Their argument is ridiculous when in the history of America have we had a economic crisis that WASN'T caused by capitalism...Wall Street collape Great Depression, S & L collapse, .com bust, stock market crash of last year..etc etc. All have been caused by private industry not gov't.

    August 7, 2009 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  19. Mary Bryant

    I agree 100%. What has happened since Obama went into office is unbelievable. We really received change, didn't we? I don't understand how these democrats think they can run this country. We could get rid of some unnecessary expenses from all of them. Why does Nancy need her private plane? Does she fly home at our expense??????????
    It seems health care is the major concern for Obama. Does he and his royal democrat senators really understand what unemployment is ? Do something about this unemployment; quit giving money away when it definitely is not helping the most needed American citizens.
    Get with the republicans and get this mess cleaned up and don't blame it all on Bush. Remember we had Clinton before Bush. The housing problems started with Clinton.

    August 7, 2009 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  20. AdamW

    Where were these know-it-alls when the economy was collapsing for the past 8 years under their majority rule? Why do they not have a real solution?

    I am a lower-middle-class American and I want UNIVERSAL HEALTHCARE! I don;t even care if my taxes are a little higher. Better than getting bullied and dropped and rejected by these overpriced blood sucking criminal private insurance agencies. They do not care for anyone but the rich.

    For 8 years people were losing jobs and the economy was crashing and all these GOP leaders were happy to waste money on two wars and throw away millions to their criminal buddies- Now they know it all and judge. Give me a break. We are not falling for it.

    America Unite!

    August 7, 2009 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  21. Rushcheneycan Whiners Need To Grow A Pair

    And the Republican plan with NO NUMBERS or DOLLAR AMOUNTS was a solution for exactly what?

    August 7, 2009 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  22. Timothy

    I am so tired of listening to these Republicans.
    We live in this electronic age where we are used to getting instant gratification and when we don't get things RIGHT NOW we complain.

    The Republicans are using that to try and get us all worked up. They are putting a lot of energy and time into this instead of trying to bring the nation together and work with The President to fix things.

    The fix IS NOT going to happen over night. It will take time and a lot of work. The President has been very clear on this.

    The Republican need to KNOCK IT OFF!!!!!!!!

    August 7, 2009 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  23. rice, bryan

    OMG, enough is enough! doom, and gloom, the sun will never rise as long as there is democrat president. if only we had voted for mccain all these problems would already been fixed. if only the american would have voted for the gop, then we would be in so much better shape than we are in. give me a break!! eight years of gop rule got us into this god awful mess. and for gods sake, please realize at some point that bush was president, the man on top of the government. there is no way on this planet that the gop can not accept any part of this recession. and now that things have been done, the gop hasn't even tried to come up with solutions, just doom, and gloom. and i know that there will be those of you out there that will still eat up what is being said by limbaugh, hannity, and fox news like it is written in the bible. but if the gop has the answer to fix this huge mess, then why in the hell did it happen on bush's watch? and remember this just like limbaugh, if it takes time to get fat, and will take longer to get skinny again. get the point?

    August 7, 2009 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  24. Brina

    The rushpulicans have had 6 months to work with President Obama but they have choosen NOT to so they need to get out of the way.

    August 7, 2009 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  25. cr

    How many ways CAN the GOP prove itself to be irrelevant and obnoxious?

    August 7, 2009 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
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