April 2nd, 2010
10:08 AM ET
5 years ago

Steele: Obama should not declare economic success

(CNN) - Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele said in a statement Friday President Obama should not declare economic success when the unemployment rate is still at 9.7 percent:

"No matter what spin the White House puts on these job numbers, it is unacceptable for President Obama to declare economic success when unemployment remains at 9.7 percent and a large portion of the job growth came from temporary boost in government employment," Steele said in the statement. "As Democrats grow Big Government, Americans grow weary of the strain on family budgets, job security and peace of mind."

Full statement after the jump:

STATEMENT FROM RNC CHAIRMAN MICHAEL STEELE ON UNEMPLOYMENT REPORT
WASHINGTON – The Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Michael Steele released the following statement today:
"No matter what spin the White House puts on these job numbers, it is unacceptable for President Obama to declare economic success when unemployment remains at 9.7 percent and a large portion of the job growth came from temporary boost in government employment. As Democrats grow Big Government, Americans grow weary of the strain on family budgets, job security and peace of mind. As America's employers announce the frightening and immediate impact of the Democrat government-run healthcare experiment on their balance sheets, American workers wonder why the only place exempt from increasingly painful belt-tightening seems to be Washington, D.C. In November, the American voters will deliver a few more pink slips – to Congressional Democrats."

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soundoff (99 Responses)
  1. alpha_nu_916

    so now that there is good news regarding job growth, steele still bashes the prez. this man is a total loser; i mean, if you do not have anything nice to say, say nothing.

    April 2, 2010 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  2. Bertina

    Yeah can't spin like all the republicans do especially about health care.

    April 2, 2010 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  3. tjaman

    Yes. While the Obama administration has been responsible for every bad thing that's happened to the economy since 2007, it should be obvious that any recent gains made in the economy are simply a vindication of the Bush tax cuts. /sarcasm

    April 2, 2010 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  4. Meka

    Prime Example as to why "STEELE'S DAYS ARE NUMBERED" Come November, he will be in the UNEMPLOYMENT LINE!

    April 2, 2010 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  5. CMG

    Looking at the last few weeks and appreciating how Mr. Steele spends money, why would he suddenly be considered an authority on economic success? Mr. Steele, if I didn't know better, I would be suspicious that you are just plain jealous of Pres. Obama. Let the truth come out.....

    April 2, 2010 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  6. John

    Steele: Obama should not declare economic success

    Yet it's been OK for Republicans to claim for decades that trickle down economics is a sure fire winner.

    April 2, 2010 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  7. please

    "No matter what spin the White House puts on these numbers, it is unacceptable for the President to stand in front of a mission accomplished banner when hundreds of thousands of our young men and women are still in harms way."

    Oops, I guess that wasn't a big deal was it?

    April 2, 2010 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  8. rs

    And Steele ought not forget it was his party that created the whole mess for Obama to fix.

    April 2, 2010 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  9. Death Panel Sarah

    If the unemployment was 0.0001%, you would still find something to complain about!!!

    April 2, 2010 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  10. ben jackson

    The President knows this doesn't mean the jobs crisis is over. Unlike Bush, i don't expect Mr Obama will stand in front of a banner and declare "mission accomplished". I am sure he is well aware there is lots of work to do to get the economy back on track.
    One of the prolems is that republicans are unable to see any progress in the programs in place to help this country. They (repubs) are so against this President that they will naysay any progress that they don't get credit for. Ask any republican politician why he/she is against EVERYTHING put forth by President Obama and watch them dance around an answer. Michael Steele and his cohorts are out to get rid of this President and if the country suffers because of it, thats life according to the right.

    April 2, 2010 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  11. Paula

    Repugs are so bummed we are subtly digging ourselves out from an economic depression. They would prefer all of us to be severely financially crippled. Then we'd have to continue listening to their rhetoric.

    April 2, 2010 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  12. get real

    Hmmmm, I haven't heard anyone call it a success. I have heard the democrats and President Obama (accurately) say we're making progress but more work needs to be done.

    April 2, 2010 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  13. FL Voter

    Please. As if RNC Steele has been "belt tightening" with his extravagant waste of donors' entrusted funds...

    The Voyeur Club, private jets, Hawaii conventions, limos, etc. appear to be exempt from Steele's hypocritical denial.

    April 2, 2010 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  14. Wayne

    Well, it's better than the Republicans claiming they can fix the economy, when they are the one's responsible for its collapse.

    April 2, 2010 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  15. David in Houston

    Michael Steele is such a tool.

    April 2, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  16. Steph

    Dear Mr. Steele,
    Even if you take out the census workers that were hired last month, there were 100,000 jobs created in the private sector. Now, I know you really want this administration (and the country) to flounder for your own political gain, but I'll celebrate the first month of job creation in THREE years. That is the truly patriotic thing to do. Yay for jobs creation! God Bless America!

    April 2, 2010 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  17. fed up

    America was losing over 800,000 jobs per month under the misguided direction of these losers when this administration took over. Now these just say "NO" cheerleaders want to deride the addition of 162,000 jobs. The only thing Michael Steele and these duplicitous incompetents have created is division and polarization. Michael Steele has spent over $100,000,000 since becoming head of this bankrupt movement and now has the audacity to criticize others spending. He, Cantor, Boehnner and McConnell are prime examples of say anything. They lie so much their foul breathe emits through the television. Prayerfully America sees through their lies and the hate espoused by them and their followers. Remember $2,000,0000,000, 000 in unpaid debt was created and left by the likes of these LIARS.

    April 2, 2010 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  18. FactCheck

    So you don't want the democrats to take any credit when they do something right but you want them to take all them blame when YOUR party screws up? Sounds about right for the wingnuts. Next week, Steele will be blaming Obama for Katrina.

    April 2, 2010 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  19. Dem in AZ

    Any amount of jobs that can be had is a success. Mr Steele yet again has his talk off wrong. President Obama keep fighting the good fight. Mr Steele can keep talking the way he is. Nobody takes him seriously anyways.

    April 2, 2010 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  20. a health economist

    I agree. If Obama declared economic success now it would be analogous to Bush claiming victory in Iraq back on that aircraft carrier.

    April 2, 2010 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  21. Melissa

    Hey steele, any party that would consider claiming going to a bondage sex club as a valid expense is NOT a party worth listening to. Shut your trap.

    April 2, 2010 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  22. A keen observer

    It is time for Steele to become part of the solution rather than part of the problem!

    April 2, 2010 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  23. vegage

    who understand republicans? after we were left by them at the edge of the abyss, finally the efforts invested by Obama are paying back results. now republican are just envious to see that the economy is coming back and that finally is adding jobs. of course I think they would be happy to see the contrary and they will be happy to see the unemployment continue to grow just to make Obama to fail. thanks God now we are leaded by a true President with a greta vision for this country, that's Obama.

    April 2, 2010 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  24. AK Steve

    Thank you GOP for turning a positive into a negative. You do realize that this most of the economic mess we are in was created on YOUR WATCH.

    Thank God you weren't left in power, because there would be no good news to try to spin – period.

    Just what have you done since Obama became President? Let me answer that for you – NOTHING!

    Oh, wait, you do whine and complain a lot.

    April 2, 2010 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
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