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. tim nyc

    John Boehner hasn't made a positive comment since he hailed the Bush doctrine as a political mandate. Would somebody please ask this complete fraud to put a lid on it. As a native of Ohio I am totally embarrassed. Good to see the Party of No continues its verbal attacks without offering any solutions whatsoever. Very credible!

    August 7, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  2. MT

    I find it interesting that the highest unemployment percentages are in States that are also LIBERAL strongholds

    CA – Liberal
    MI – Liberal (Union)
    FL – Liberal
    RI – Liberal

    While the CONSERVATIVE midwest strates are weathering this crisis better.

    August 7, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  3. carlos only smarter

    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."
    that's what the beener stated, work with repugnants? is like asking a lion not to go hunting.......now they are talking about affordable health care???????? what happened to the last 4 decades??.....when they were enjoying their OWN healthcare without paying a cent......and still do today........incite, incite just like the alska hag......

    August 7, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  4. talmag

    Wow...two negative comments from the republicans....what a surprise. If the man found a cure for cancer, they would still not give him credit. I was hoping for a little better from Mr. Steele, but what can you expect from a man who apologizes to Mr. Limbaugh because he doesn't want him to say something bad about him on his show. That is really having a backbone. Mr. Boehner...did exactly as expected as he has been doing since the second day of President Obama's presidency. No other president has been met with such negativity since day one. Without even President Obama doing anything. What does that tell you? As Hannity said.....the republicans will never support him and I guess he was right. Since nothing like this has ever happened before...one wonders if it is the color of his skin.

    August 7, 2009 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  5. Larry

    Boehner, I'm from Fairfield, OH. We're going to replace you with someone with a brain in the next election.

    Nice job President Obama. Your policies are showing results.

    August 7, 2009 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  6. Georgio

    Can you imagine what the Republicans and their supporters mSm would be saying if these jobs numbers were going up than trending down like these numbers shows today????????????.

    August 7, 2009 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  7. Randolph Browne

    The GOP is a pack of losers. Can't they generate some new ideas? Do they constantly have to behave like a bunch of spoiled brats who just keep yelling foul when they get struck out.

    August 7, 2009 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  8. Ari in Virginia

    NO GOOD DEED GOES UNPUNISHED.

    The republicans ditched the country, when they were in control for over 8 years, continue to be negative, not cautious–critisize just about everyting without ever having a better solution then what we have or what is suggested by the other side

    When all americans, not just the privileged americans, get something to bring the country together, it becomes the same old song...
    "the sky is falling, run for your lives!!"

    Maybe if we all got together as americans, not dems or repubs, but just the decent americans that the "greatest generation" taught us then we can continue to be a great country not just mouth off that we are a great country.

    Good job Mr. President,

    Keep going–we have a long way to go.

    August 7, 2009 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  9. Carol

    You know the Republicans had never had it in mind to work with the new administration.

    Critical responses are pre-written, hell they probably have templates. From the get go it was the stick our feet in the ground and drag them, fight, complain, whine and blame this president for the mess he inherited mentality.

    You can't have bi-partisanship if one side never had the willingness to try.

    August 7, 2009 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  10. Marc

    Things get worse, slam Obama. Things get better, slam Obama. That's the entire Republican platform right now. No matter what, slam Obama.

    If you keep slamming a guy who keeps getting it right once the final results come in, you eventually lose all credibility. Saved banking system, saved auto industry, bettering overall economy through stimulus, improved foreign relations, shot pirates, and got a justice confirmed. 6 months in and the successes keep mounting.

    The Republicans better pray to God healthcare doesn't pass and become another win while they've been opposing the whole way.

    August 7, 2009 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  11. RAY IN NJ

    I'm still waiting for the GOP's plan to turn our economy around! Has anyone heard one yet? All I hear is the 'nattering nabobs of negativity'. It's far easier to sit back and criticize than to actually put forth a plan that works! Come on, GOP, what do YOU have that's new and not recycled from the past??!!

    August 7, 2009 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  12. RandyT

    An economic bust created by Republican, nay conservative, top end tax cuts, deregulation and speculative energy markets and these clowns want to blame an administration that has been in office 200 days? What a joke on the American people the Republican Party has been the last 8 years and more.

    August 7, 2009 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  13. alvino

    For an economy that was 'cratering' on the edge of depression, we have come a long way in the last 8 months. That, of course, is with no help from the party of "No!"

    As our economy starts to look better, the wing nuts are really getting desperate to scare people more. Fear and lying is all the GOP has.

    August 7, 2009 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  14. no name calling

    These guys seem to have a short memory on what caused this fiacso and who was in charge when it started.

    Work together, please or we are all doomed.

    August 7, 2009 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  15. tee

    All the money from the stimulus has not been allocated yet.....why don't you repugs idiots talk about how many jobs were save...and while your at it offer some solutions.......you guys are useless....President Obama Continues to make you guys look like unqualified idiots......face it you have been EXPOSED!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 7, 2009 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  16. Napoleon Complex

    More bad news for the Republicans. More good news for the rest of us.

    August 7, 2009 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  17. cramit

    Bush – DOW over 13,000 unemployment at 4.7 and we were told we were in a recession, Now DOW AT 9000 unemployment almost 10 economy shrinking at 1% and recession is over ?

    So............good is bad and bad is good right ? Do I have it now?

    Man Carter is even starting to look better.

    August 7, 2009 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  18. T'SAH from Virginia

    OMG – let the news get its feet wet first!!! Keep it up REPUBS. You're goimg to fimd yourselves UNEMPLOYED once this economy gets right and health care becomes a WAY OF LIFE!!! Watch the POLLS come 2010 – 2012!!

    Way to GO – Party of NO!!!

    August 7, 2009 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  19. Tyran

    THEY JUST WON'T STOP!!! The GOP is so blinded by their own anti-big government, anti-spending ideology that they can't see progress even when it's staring them in the face! Yes, the job numbers are irratic, but Obama IS doing something right or the job loss numbers would not be steading out. The Republican just will never give him any credit. AND WE SHOULD JUST LISTEN TO THEM AND KILL THE HEALTHCARE BILL!!!! Americans, is it REALLY in our BEST intrest to kill the heathcare bill knowing the job situation in this country, along with the fact that the GOP offers no real alternative healthcare plan? Politics aside, if you had to bet your LIFE on Obama's healthcare plan and just siding with the GOP, who would you choose. Remember this GOP is the party that told us "we would be greeted as liberators in Iraq". We all know how that turned out!

    August 7, 2009 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  20. jeremy.....Dallas...Texas

    What is the party of NO response to the ailing economy ? NO. Answer to improving economy thanks to Obama hard work ? NO. God bless america. Republicans can continue to build Iraq and fight more wars. Clinton left money only for Bush to trash down. Go Obama. Spend it here to the tax payer.

    August 7, 2009 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  21. Greenwood,IN

    It takes nerve and gall for the Republicans to respond since it was their policies that cause the meltdown of the American economy-At the the President and the Democrats are trying to fix things while the Reps are just doing their usual lap-just say no-no to helping the people of the US and not the big corporations.The Republicans in their statements are just reminding the Americans of the problems they caused in the first place.

    August 7, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  22. Big Ed

    I'd like a job like Boehner's. Do nothing all day, send out nasty press releases, gripe in front of the camera, get a good tan, outstanding health benefits and isn't held accountable for anything he says or does / doesn't do. Did I say he makes a good amount of money doing this? Where can I apply for such a cushy job??

    August 7, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  23. Candy Wilson

    when did the president EVER say the Economy would be fixed overnite? Let's try to be a bit more UPLIFTING in this country!! AGAIN teh party of gloom

    August 7, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  24. Arliss V.

    The GOP's hatred for any Democratic progress shows just how out of touch they are and how badly they're "praying" for the economy to tank for their "I told you so" moment...too bad for them that things are looking up. How long before they all move to Texas and secede...I can't wait much longer. LOSERS.

    August 7, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  25. Derek

    Unemployment rate goes down, and the Republicans complain that Obama is making people lose their jobs. Wow. It's no wonder that nobody takes them seriously anymore... well, except for the 15% tea bagger population – but nobody listens to those fools anyway.

    August 7, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
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