August 7th, 2009
09:56 AM ET
10 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. steve

    Republican party is a toxic poison .
    One of your own Sen martinez from Frorida just abandoned your party because of of your mob mentality and uncivility.
    Stop scaring and lying to old folk about health care reform.

    August 7, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  2. Fnord-a-saurus Rex

    give Obama a break.

    Do republicans even remember Bush's "Mission Accomplished" aircraft carrier fiasco?

    If these people spent half the time trying to undo the last 8 years, that they spend atatcking Obama, then maybe the country wouldnt be in such bad shape.

    August 7, 2009 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  3. Lisa --

    In the words of Jon Stewart - "Is there never any sunshine allowed in a Democratic administration"?

    Get on board or get out of the way.

    August 7, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  4. Jose

    If someone handed these republicans whatever they wanted right now, as long as Obama or the Democrats are in office, they would be complaining about it. I'm tired of do nothing congress people who just want to complain, confuse and cause chaos! It is time to get things done in this country, not sit back and enjoy the easy life.

    August 7, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  5. stevegee

    The only reason the jobless figure dropped in July is because upper management went on vacation. Jobs will continue to be shed - except for in Washington, D.C., gotta feed that Socialist Machine!

    August 7, 2009 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  6. Deb

    How quickly republicans are poised to attack our President? It says our job loss went down...what is the problem? Michael Steele with his priviledged job...what exactly do you do other than (I am taking it to the streets) "hate on President Obama"?
    Everyday the negativity that is the republican party is making their base more hateful and bias. The Republicans are creating and breeding hatred. A truly scary mix.

    August 7, 2009 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  7. katiec

    What the republicans fail to mention and, of course, CNN, is the big job loss last fall while they were still in power. What they will not admit, and, of course, CNN never mentions is that these last eight years are what created all the numerous diasters we face.
    They refuse to accept the American people will no longer allow or tolerate big business, lobbyists, special interests and those who support them run our country and make crucial decisions for us.
    They give us no credit for intelligence as they continue to try to
    destroy our country and us.

    August 7, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  8. Excuse me?

    Of course they slammed him. Republicans hate to hear good news...that the President's agenda is working. Things are "changing" America, and we're going to be stronger for it. The President was honest when he told us it would take months – years – to turn the mess he inherited around. It's beginning to only 200 days. I am still waiting to hear one – JUST ONE – idea from the Repubs that would make the economy or health care better. Just one. They don't have anything, so all they can do is spew hatred and incite riots at town hall meetings. They are so wrapped up with insurance companies to get richer, they don't care about me at all. Why can't all of America see that? Oh...that's right...the Repubs are "color" blind. Keep up the good work Mr. President. This white, Christian, southernn male supports you 100%!!!

    August 7, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  9. HAbTheory

    Why don't you Republicans quit fighting the prsident in some testosterone- laden sophmoric show of immaturity. The people who put you in DC want OUR lives to improve. You think its a high school rivalry issue. This is why we will replace you one-by one in every election. GROW UP!! YOU"RE THE ONE WHO TOOK US TO THIS POINT!!

    August 7, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  10. Mario, mtl, ca.

    GOP: blablablabla

    August 7, 2009 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  11. AJP

    I am so tired of the Republican's who will say anything bad to slam the Democrats.

    The Republicans are so un-American it is unbelieveable.

    The Republican's are becoming like the Republican party in Scotland.

    In Scotland the official name of the Republican party is the Republican Communist party.

    Is the American Republican party following the same path?

    I leave it for you to decide.

    August 7, 2009 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  12. bob


    These people are whackos. Does anyone need any more evidence as to where these racist pigs stand? They hate America. We need a "War on Republicans" not a "war on Terror".

    The "Johnny Reb" party is D.U.N. There needs to be new party; the Conservative Democrats. but these people are absolutely nuts. What a bunch of hypocrits. How dare they claim God and Jesus. They stand for against EVERYTHING our Lord and Savior stands for. Stop the blasphemy.

    If President Obama was White, there wouldn't be such retoric. C'mon CNN, do you thing these ignorant mouth breathers are gonna be your future market?

    August 7, 2009 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  13. The Teester

    You will never please these Republicans. Coninue on President Obama as we, The American People, know you want the best for us–it is clear your plans are working and the "Party of NO" just wants us to hurt more. Shame on the Republicans, they are truly showing who they really are; may they never reign again.

    August 7, 2009 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  14. addon

    What victory lap? I've heard "until jobs are a net positive we're not satisfied; though the trend is headed in the right direction."

    Imagine how quickly we could get out of the recession if all americans (republicans and democrats) worked together to find solution for the worst down turn in our life time?

    Obama is doing the best job possible. Why do we hate him for everything?

    ok ...don't answer that.

    August 7, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  15. kathy

    I'm ashamed of the behaviour taking place at the town hall forums over health care reform. Health care reforn is good and can work....not everyone is always going to happy w/the terms, etc...but it works in other countries and can here. the republican party needs to be more open minded to the presidency and the american people if the want to survive the party. The ungliness that erupts at meetings should not be tolerated yet it is encouraged thru the republican representatives...they are the ones who encourage this type of nonsense by their hate speeches etc. We need to pull together as a country....we can learn from other countries and their methods. We need to promote unity w/in our own borders instead of letting other countries see us dividing.

    August 7, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  16. TW in Nawlins

    So, the unemployment rate goes up and the GOP scream, holler and complain. The unemployment rate goes down and they still complain? Well what the hell? Go figure.

    August 7, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  17. Linda Va

    Had the numbers gone up you would have slammed the president, when the numbers go down you slam the presiden. there is no winning with you people.You are just haters.You know who you are.

    August 7, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  18. Pepou

    Suck on it GOP ! I am sure you will find something wrong with this too. I know they want President Obama (and us all) to fail but he will win.

    August 7, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  19. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    So what ideas does the RNC have? NONE? Thought so.... why don't they just shut up....

    August 7, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  20. Uh oh...

    The republicans worse nightmare??? America getting better.

    Think about that......the GOP is cheering for and hoping for the demise of America.

    Makes me sick...

    August 7, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  21. Former Military

    I just want to get this straight, so, the people who drove the economy into the toilet by pushing for a complete lack of regulation and putting their collective head in the sand when things went south, are now upset that the economy is beginning to turn? Don't they want the economy to improve? Or is it because the Democrats are in charge on so no matter what happens, even if it is great for America, then the Republicans will say it is bad? How is that patriotic? How is that constructive, or, do we not care?! Hmm, well, I do, so, please Republicans, if you have something constructive to say, please offer that up, otherwise, stop ruining the country. These statements serve no purpose!

    August 7, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  22. Johnny DC

    They can tweak the stats and reports as much as they want. Pork does not create jobs, it's just that simple.

    Unemployment figures waver as people become ineligible for continued unemployment benefits. Why? BECAUSE THEY'VE EXCEEDED THE LIMIT.

    People have been unemployed so long that they're no longer even counted as unemployed, but this president and this congress declare "victory".


    August 7, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  23. Mary

    No matter how good the news for Americans the GOP will denounce it. What sore losers!

    August 7, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  24. Spudmctater

    Hmmm. WHO exactly ran up the deficit over the past eight years after a Democratic president had a SURPLUS?

    Republicans should look in the mirror before criticizing the new president about how he is handling the economy. He's been president six months – he has to clean up EIGHT YEARS of Republican mess.

    August 7, 2009 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  25. Greg

    Poor poor conservatives. Every time we get good news they try and either make it bad news or find bad news. Only because it's bad news for there election chance. They don't care about the people just getting elected.

    August 7, 2009 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
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