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. gl, From Pittsburgh

    Sorry, but Republicans you can not spin this good news. I think all and all President Obama end of the week was great. Noboby is listen to you losers any more.

    August 7, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  2. Lynda/Minnesota

    Guess what GOPers? There are less unemployed than were predicted. How is this bad news for anyone other than you all?

    I for one am very happy for each American who hasn't lost their job. One would think we ALL should feel this way.

    Unfortunately, continuing to say NO and mocking those who are at least trying to act responsibly does have it's consequences.

    August 7, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  3. addon

    You know...I can't recall when the republicans actually had a plan...let alone something that actually worked.

    I bet I can sum up the most popular republican plan...."let's give the wealthiest americans a tax cut....yeah, that's the ticket....Look how good its worked in the past" Never mind it got us in this position in the first place.

    How many americans can't remember when the republicans were running the economy? It was only 7 months ago and already they have better plans? Why didn't they use them before? Oh that's right...they failed. OK...then why is everything Obama does wrong for america? Even modest improvements are denounced i.e. no good deed or improvement goes unpunished.

    Please....some republican answer that for me

    August 7, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  4. gl, From Pittsburgh

    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":

    Please John Boehner please stop with your criticizing becasue it is not working.

    August 7, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  5. Kenny

    This is good news for America, why can't the Republicans accept that. Stop all this hating and scare tactics. Maybe you would do better in the upcoming elections.
    All of this Obama bashing just makes you look like sore losers.

    August 7, 2009 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  6. Bob Lees

    Gotta love automatic "responses" from the GOP talking heads. If these "off the cuff" responses were any closer to each other they'd have to be considered verbatim copies. With the economy slowly improving it's getting harder to believe the phony outrage coming from the party that caused this to begin with.

    Bonus points for once again trying to tie the health care reform measures to the way better than expected jobs report.

    August 7, 2009 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  7. AMY OF DAYTON, OHIO

    What a joke Michael Steele and John Boehner are. These imposters talk as if President Obama made this mess. Have they forgotten their failed policies and failed ideas of the previous 8 years got us in this mess. Obama, said it was not going to be easy, more jobs would be lost, but WE WILL RECOVER AMERICA. I am going with the Man who has a REAL PLAN, AND REAL IDEAS, AND WHO LISTENS TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THE MAN WHO IS NOT LYING !!! THAT MAN IS PRESIDENT OBAMA. THANK GOD FOR HIM.... WE WILL RECOVER AMERICA. LETS KEEP OUR AUDACITY AND HOPE ALIVE !!!!

    August 7, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  8. Disbelief

    Funny, i did not hear the President take a victory lap for anything, i just heard the media announce the Jobs news...

    If you follow the Republicans anything that could be seen as our economy getting better, the president has nothing to do with but every mishap is his fault... .

    Hillary Clinton said it best " If the Republicans saw our President walk on water, they would come back and tell us that he cant swim"... LOL

    Thanks for the motivation Repubs (haters) .... "Yes we can "

    August 7, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  9. Frank in Wilton Manors

    Typical Republican drivel considering they are the ones that got us into this mess.

    August 7, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  10. Ohio Man

    HUH???

    Did I read the job report wrong or is it that the Repubs are reading something else? The job reports said that it's down a 1% and that the lost of job is the lowest since last year... not sure if they know how to read or even understand what that means... But to me that would say it's not going up its declining meaning less people are loosing there jobs... and the stock market is looking better every month... My stock is doing very well... And how do you expect to have a complete 360 of this problem in 8 months? When the average person can't even pay off a 1,000 credit card bill in 8 months, but they expect the debt that was left to be wiped out in 8 months... With the repubs saying this today about jobs... i know now that they just don't like Obama... Because it’s very clear that it's down instead of up... But maybe they are reading something else...

    August 7, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  11. Daisy

    Heaven forbid you take any good news for what it is: GOOD NEWS.

    Stop your fear mongering for two seconds and be glad that the jobless rate is starting to go down. This is something that should bring a glimpse of hope and a moment of happiness to ALL Americans.

    August 7, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  12. Sqs1

    They take the best economic news this country has saw in over a year and try to twist it to their agenda???.....Instead of trying to help, they're still obviously only trying to further tear the country apart. And in the process, only making themselves more irrelevant by the second.....

    August 7, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  13. yuri

    Bohner's belligerent behavior keeps blockin' his short-sighted and jaundiced vision further and further. He does not seem to act like a responsible politician. This guy is a maniac and he should be kicked out of office for his unskilled yakkitting.

    August 7, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  14. Brice

    Republicans are a full of crap. Why can't you do research on many issues instead of listening to CBO, polls, and special interests?? I can't even understand what is your point about Health care that will increase costs, drive up the deficit, raise taxes, and destory jobs. That not enough information, you need to tell us more details instead of manufacturing people to be angry at Democrats. Thank you and nice try. I know that Polls can't prove with only less than 2,000 or 5,000 results from their opinions. If more than 1 millions from their opinions, story will tell big differences.

    August 7, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  15. Jerry

    Republicants are excellent at critizing, poor at offering solutions and like lemmings happy to walk off a cliffs edge in lock step like they did with there "hero" Bush. What losers...

    August 7, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  16. claudio

    These guys can't stand the fact that the economy is slowly but steadily recovering. The Republicans are demonstrating over and over again that they are still very bitter about the election and that they really don't care about anything except attack Obama.

    Bring some ideas, besides the "Just say NO" and may be the Country will listen.
    Until then, please do yourself a favor and stop embarrassing yourself.

    August 7, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  17. Tom C

    Everyone knows that the job reports and unemployment are lagging indicatiors in which the economy is going. Bottom line, the tide is slowly starting to turn and unemployment will finally start to trend down. Republicans will be heart broken when this happens.

    August 7, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  18. Jerry

    Republicants are excellent at critizing, poor at offering solutions and like lemmings happy to walk off a cliffs edge in lock step like they did with there "hero" Bush. What losers…

    August 7, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  19. musselmanm

    NO, NO, AND NO!
    Republic party is trying to shovel excriment against the incoming tide of better news since we removed them from any legislative responsibility.

    August 7, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  20. crystalm

    The Republicans are a bunch of crazy people. They created this mess and now that there's a little light of progress, you want to throw dirt on it. Wow, and these people were voted into office, HOW? WHY? WHERE is the BI-Partsian. I see a group of angry old men , that are scared that they will be losing their perks. They care nothing about the American people, if they did we would not be discussing the issues that we are having now. They took, and they where greedy. Now the Democrats are cleaning up their mess, their failures. Instead of thanks, good job, they throw dirt. Republicans grow up!

    August 7, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  21. Steve

    Remember it was the Republicans with their $3 Trillion in tax cuts to the wealthy and their $3 Trillion Wars and their failure to regulate Wall Street that led us to where we are. Obama has been on the job for 200 days – fewer days than Bush was on vacation during his term.

    It is this propaganda style and false accusation mode that has soured me on the Republicans after voting for Reagan and Bush 1.

    Unfortunately too many Americans are still fooled by Fox News and Rush.

    August 7, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  22. Jeff

    Oh, the Republicans have a solution now, after 30 years of Republican dominatin in Washington, from Reagan to the Republican COntract for America during the Clinton years, to Bush Jr., the economy and healthcare system today is a PRODUCT OF THEIR DOING. If they have the anwsers, why didn't they implement their great solutions during their 30 year reign of power? Indeed everything they did during those 30 years has led this nation on the road to ruin.

    August 7, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  23. ttbala

    OH REPUGS,

    You cannot stand anything good that happens to the American people do you if it is the work of the DEMS, you are a sorry excuse of a party and a bigger sorry excuse for Minority Leader, when are the Ohioians going to wake up and boot this guy out of the office, all I have heard him do is creticize, well Mr. Minority Leader, you were in tha majority with the past administration, if you are so smart including the RNC, why in the world did you let this great country come to this ha, if you are so smart give us an answer or shut up and let people clean up your MESS!!!!!!!!!

    August 7, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  24. Chris

    Everyone retirement age that is against government run health care should put their money where their mouth is and give up their Medicare. That or shut up!

    August 7, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  25. BJ

    I read/watch the news carefully. From all I can see, the Republicans have nothing to offer this country but negativity, gloom and doom, no support whatsover for the American people – there is NOTHING they find right and they don't offer solutions. I will never ever vote for this party again and I will do my best to keep them out of power. They are destructive, they distort, and they use scare tactics. The typical UGLY American. And for those moderates – shame shame shame you don't speak out. And for those media that fan the flames, shame on you. I'm sick to death of "expert panelists" and daily polls of 1,000 people that are supposed to be representative of millions? Give me a break!

    August 7, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
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