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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soundoff (276 Responses)
  1. Shari, NY

    What? The economic indicators are better than expected. Ouch! That bit of news hurts some people.

    I distinctly remember the President saying from the very beginning of his tenure that the recession would have to abate before employment rebounds. Yes, we all would like a quick fix but not even a resurrected Houdini could perform such magic.

    August 7, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  2. WhoCares?

    I can't believe they are so angry the economy is showing good signs of recovering...THEY ARE ANGRY AT THIS!!

    Wow..fine Americans.

    August 7, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  3. 60's survivor

    I will never vote repulican again. not that I ever really did that often. I just can't stand their agenda. I believe in quality. not quantity. we deserve a cleaner environment. affordable health care. excellent educational opportunities. a decent job. no. I not a slacker. I worked since I was 17 years old. retired in 2006. I have health insurance provided with my annuity. however I see many around me that are in similar condition. no health insurance. no back up. we are surviving. we are among the retired poor. we are struggling to help our kids who have lost their jobs. have no insurance. have children in a school. I am tired of republicans puttiing down obama supporters as welfare recipients and non contributing members of society. hogwash!!

    August 7, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  4. brian

    Uh, the first time the jobless rate has decreased in ONE YEAR and the republicans still put a spin on it. We were told by our new president that it would take time and it has but the economy is on the rebound. Anyone who says otherwise might also have a Kenyan birth certificate to sell you.

    August 7, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  5. BobH

    It doesn't matter what the news is on employment (fairly good today) or how the Obama administration comments on it (fairly modestly and blandly, saying it's good news but things are still bad), the Republican leadership will still say the news is awful and the President is taking "victory laps."

    They just invent their own reality.

    August 7, 2009 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  6. stephen Pagnozzi

    Why shouldn't Obama be satisfied with the current trend of the economy? His stimulis is Working and working at a faster pace than I thought, and as Obama stated, we shouldn't be satisfied until the job market starts to flourish once more and it looks like it turned another corner. All we hear, is Republican's whine and whine and never offer any solutions(just look at the health care issues!), And another joke, is that they call for tax cuts or no taxes, How in the heck do you think roads are maintained, infrastructure improved and schools built? There will ALWAYS be taxes whether or not we like it!

    Steve

    August 7, 2009 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  7. Truthiswhatweneed

    I have finally come to the conclusion and with care analysis that the Republican Party is un-American.

    August 7, 2009 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  8. pat c

    steele and his do nothing republicans just can not stand the fact that president obama is making headway. the president never told us he could fix the republican mess in 6 months an the american public knows this. the repubs have been worthless and have had NO ideas of their own so all they can do is blow smoke an hope we americans are fooled by the slander and lies of the good ole GOP.
    president obama is successful an has the american people behind him in spite of the negative ugly spin the republicans are spewing.

    August 7, 2009 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  9. Laurie

    Congratulations President Obama. Pay no attention to the nay sayers in the Republican Party. They would not be happy if everyone in the United States had a job and were millionaires. Continue chipping away at problems stemming from eight years of Republican policies. You are doing a great job!!!!

    August 7, 2009 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  10. Rob F

    Gop is scared that stimulus is working. They will be the next unemployed.

    August 7, 2009 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  11. Fred the Moderate

    Of course they reject the jobless figures, it hurts their attack machine, them saying NO and that means this President is succeding. It is pittiful when a party will do anything to remain in power.

    President Obama, keep up the good work. It will be over soon and you would have turned this thing around in 1/4 of the time it took the GOP to tear it down. You are a true American hero!

    August 7, 2009 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  12. MEL IN florida

    Steele and Boehner, were where you for the past eight years??? when all this spending has brought us to this point???? After all what was't that Bush said??? We got drunk and now we have a huge hang over. And we are paying for it. Thank you Bush, Steele and Boehner, to the last ones, thank you for looking the other way!!!!

    August 7, 2009 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  13. Mike Stone

    Typical GOP reaction. I guess they have gorgotten about "The war in Iraq is won" by their ex-leader George Bush. Obama has actually made a difference, albeit a small one to start with. However the magnitude of the problems left by the GOP are so large that it will take time to repair the damage they caused in the first place

    August 7, 2009 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  14. Carmen, Miami FL

    I've seen a million of these urgent Republican press releases. They're all the same. When are they going to present the public with their own policy ideas? What exactly do they think would help the economy? They don't have a clue.

    August 7, 2009 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  15. FreeNLovIt - Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed (1SPMI) of the gospel, for it is (3SPAI) the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes (PAPMSD), to the Jew first & also to the Greek

    Since when did they start caring? They're the ones that shipped all the jobs overseas. In fact, GWB praised it...

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

    Sounds to me like the Party of NO is having a hard time with the turning in the economy. They have bet on failure by the administration and when they start to see a light flickering at the end of the tunnel it is hard accept.

    August 7, 2009 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  17. JDM

    The shotgun method of reponses by the GOP is getting overexpose. 8 years ago we did not have quick reaction of twitering, e-mail, blogs and web news. You could not connect the dot as fast as you can today. Just say NO is starting to connect with really crazy people faces as the point people for the GOP.
    This may look good on local news, however the WHOLE WORLD IS WATCHING AND THE USA IS STARTING TO LOOK CRAZY, CRAZY AND CRAZY!

    August 7, 2009 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  18. Stephanie

    Gee whiz; the stock market's way up, unemployment less than anticipated, wages bumped up a bit instead of declining as expected - but these signs of recovery after only six months in office apparently mean nothing because the situation was worse than anyone thought when Obama took office. I guess the Republicans are so impressed with Obama's intelligence and abilities that they figure he would have fixed everything by now. Contemplate the world had McCain and Palin won the election...

    August 7, 2009 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  19. sonny chapman

    They're emboldening the enemy with such 'Blame America First" rhetoric.

    August 7, 2009 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  20. chudi

    Aren't these the most stupid statements you've heard from republicans to date? What is wrong with these people as every news is bad NEWS to them after GW Bush Jnr did this to us. I will be surprised if America looks their way again in 2010!

    August 7, 2009 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  21. Larry

    blah, blah, blah. Repubs would criticize the Easter Bunny if it stood near Obama.

    August 7, 2009 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  22. Gary

    This is good news and lets us know that we don't need anymore borrowing, stimulus or bailouts. Let things alone and we will slowly get out of this recession.

    August 7, 2009 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  23. Lance

    I don't know who sounds more ridiculous- the Democrats for celebrating that we "only" lost 247,000 jobs last month or the Republicans for celebrating that we are still losing jobs under Obama.

    August 7, 2009 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  24. Able

    Everthing they stated was true to take it as constructive criticison. Obama sheep....2.8 MILLION JOBS LOST since the supreme leader took over. Please don't report my grandmother to the Healthcare hotline at the Whitehouse.

    August 7, 2009 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  25. Coleen

    As usual, the republicans shoot off their mouths. As a person with two brothers who are unemployed, I am glad to see the unemployment rate slow. As someone who has a brain in my head, I know that the problem the previous administration got us in would not be fixed in a matter of weeks but would be many, many months. The economy is recovering and the republicans just hate that.

    August 7, 2009 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
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