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. Greg in Miami

    Unemployment is slowing, the markets are up, home starts are up and the Republicans still have nothing but negativity. All they seem to have is old, uneducated white people on Medicaid (social program) screaming down and threatening members of congress. Way to go Republicans.

    August 7, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  2. Heidi

    Along with the jobs report came the month end report for some retailers. Better then expected PROFITS not to mention the rise in the stock market, but your right the stimulas isn't even helping at all

    August 7, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  3. Adam

    I don't understand how you can slam the President with the news today. Is it great news? No, we are still at 9.4% unemployment. However, it is better news than we have been getting. This problem started under THEIR President's watch. So they should have just laid low on this issue.

    August 7, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  4. Lee

    The Republicans may like to forget that they caused this economic crisis. How much has the war in Iraq cost us? To what purpose? How about those banks in New York? Who was stuffing their pockets with our money? As a recovering Republican, I think anything the party says now is laughable. A fat, and I do mean fat, lot of rich, spoiled corrupt windbags.

    August 7, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  5. Tony

    Big surprise, the Republicans will try and slam Obama every chance they get. Funny how Steele is blaming Obama for 2.8 million jobs lost since the begining of the year, especially since the recession started during Bush's reign. If anyone is to blame for this mess, its Bush and his Republican cronies. Its just more of the same from them. But have no fear, the American public will see through their lies and it will only serve to disengage them even more from the people.

    August 7, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  6. Joan

    This unemployment report is positive and is another indication that the recession is slowing and starting to turn around. The Republican leaders are so frustrated and blinded by fear that Pres. Obama's policies are starting to work that they are in denial. They seem to think if they criticize and exaggerate enough times that people will start to believe them. They need a dose of reality. They can't take any credit for any positive turnarounds because they tried to obstruct them all.

    August 7, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  7. Craig of LA

    Some facts folks to counter Republican 'math';
    1. One trillion dollars over 10 years you say?
    2. We spend 2.6 trillion a year on health care.
    3. 1 trillion divided by 10 years = 100 billion additional health care costs per year under the current bill.
    4. 100 billion/year divided by 2.6 trillion/year = an additional cost of 3.8%
    5. The current annual increase in medical costs is 15%

    Conclusion: reform will save money and the annual costs of 3.8% are quite reasonable. Americans want reform. YES WE CAN!

    August 7, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  8. GOP = 21st century dodo

    Every single time one of these comes out Boehner puts out a statement. Job numbers bad? Boehner complains. Job numbers good? Boehner complains.

    The GOP started off as a political party, but it's dying as a joke

    August 7, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  9. GOP= Getting Out Played

    America isn't failing ...Obama Wins again....Sotomayor confirmed, Cash for Clunkers huge success..Economy coming back.....Health Care REFORM is next....Wingnuts having fits because America is coming back...Obama has done more in 200 days than the Repugs have done in 8 years....

    August 7, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  10. Charles

    GOP has memory problem. They forgot who created this mess at the first place. They didn't mention that last president (only 8 months ago) that doubled our national debt to almost 11 trillions.

    August 7, 2009 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  11. alvino

    Since Boehner wants to eliminate any competition for the health care industry, it seems that his position is anti capitalistic. Typical anti American position from the party of "No!"

    August 7, 2009 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  12. HBO

    These guys are truly twisted! This is good news for all Americans and they simply cannot find a way to turn from negativity and cynisism -not even for a bried moment...

    Can somebody please explain this strange behavior and way of thinking?

    August 7, 2009 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  13. rhoward

    What else would you expect these chumps to say?

    August 7, 2009 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  14. Pat in Omaha

    The "Mission Accompished" crew is accusing Obama for a "victory lap"?
    Amazing! Our country could be in stellar condition and the Republicans would be complaining!

    August 7, 2009 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  15. Karl in SLC

    Ahhhh, the party of NO.

    These idiots got us in this mess and now they act like spoiled children.

    It's so nice to have adults in charge once again, 8 years was way too long.

    August 7, 2009 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  16. will nyc

    sigh... the Party of No the GOP/Whigs is a lost cause. The honestly are trying to make this country less stable with their rhetoric.... frankly its disgusting.

    August 7, 2009 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  17. Mike

    Real Republican reforms such as.........? Nevermind.

    August 7, 2009 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  18. kevin

    Oh man the Rethuglican are so funny, I can't keep a strait face. The Potus is this, and the Dems are that yet the Rethug has not answer for anything. OH yeah I forgot Taxes Cuts, Scare tatics, and Lies.

    Thank you Mr. President you have not cleaned up all of the rethuglican mess but you are well on you way. I give you a B+ for all you effort.

    The market is up and Job losses are down, no matter how small it is it is better than it was a month ago. Please take credit for all your hardwork. I for one will let you have the time to fix what is wrong in this country. Pass Health and Insurance Reform, America needs it. Not the Rethuglican they are health and don't need help with the health care. So let it be Health and Insurance Reform for all american except the Rethuglicans.

    August 7, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  19. Rob

    Republicans are passe and irrelevant. Thank God they are powerless. We are making great strides because of Democratic leadership.

    August 7, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  20. Harold

    Voter's better wake-up to what the President and congress are doing to our beloved country! Absolute ruination!

    August 7, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  21. carlo

    Wow, can't they just say that's good news? Not everything is about their political futures. In fact, none of it is.

    August 7, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  22. scott

    Sorry GOP you cant have it both ways....they Slam him if the numbers had gone up – even though he's trying to fix Their failures from the past 8 years.

    His Stimulus IS WORKING and now the numbers dropped.

    But of course thr GOP cant stomach to have Anything Positive at all to say.

    They are predictably Negative & Devisive

    Just amazing to me after "200 days" the GOP openly states their goal to "Destroy" his Presidency. Lest we forget what THEY (President Bush – Cheney & a GOP run Govt') were doing the previous 8 years to destroy our economy & standing in the world...Sad

    August 7, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  23. Gerald

    We just had a 8 year run of republican ideas, that is what got us into this mess. About the deficit, we are still working on a Bush budget until October. We just put the Iraq war onto the budget and that made the deficit go up quite a bit but that is called being open and honest with the Amarican people.

    August 7, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  24. Marcus, Great Lakes IL

    No matter what happens, these people are always going to find something wrong with something positive.

    They are all immersed with their own pity party that they don't realize that life has more to offer than just "doom and gloom."

    August 7, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  25. Helen Gibson

    At what point will the American citizenry decide to put a halt to this oppressive piling on of debt by this administration? Apparently, a majority of voter last Nov thought Obama was smart, but he is proving that he doesn't have the faintest idea what to do about anything except weasel on all foreign relations, blame the US for all bad stuff, and pile on debt. Does he really think this is okay with Americans? (It's not!)

    August 7, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
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