Obama saw jobs numbers Thursday night
September 7th, 2012
06:28 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama saw jobs numbers Thursday night

Iowa City, Iowa (CNN) – President Barack Obama viewed the latest jobs numbers Thursday night, before the figures were made available to the public, a White House official told CNN.

But the official would not say if Obama saw them before or after his Thursday night acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention.

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In a CNN interview earlier this summer, former Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers Christina Romer indicated that it's standard practice for the White House to receive economic figures the evening before they are released.

Romer said the president's top economist receives the numbers early because "there's supposed to be one person in the government, you know, I'm supposed to look at them and say, 'Gee, do I need to call the Fed chair? Or do I need to call the Secretary of the Treasury and say, 'This, this is, you know, could have a market implication?'"

Romer went on to say she looked at them before briefing the president.

When the numbers were bad, "you'd have to go over and say, 'I'm sorry, it's another horrible number,'" Romer said.

Alan Kreuger, the current chair of the Council of Economic Advisers, would presumably have had that duty this week.


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  1. GI Joe

    Our President isn't killing this country - Filibusters in the Senate and out-right Obstructionism in the House are what is killing this country.

    AND THE REPUBLICANS SPIN, TWIST, AND LIE ABOUT IT.

    September 8, 2012 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  2. taxweary1

    Obama didnt have to see these numbers he already new that by not addressing it it would not get better! He hasnt even met with the jobs commitee in almost a year! His gift of gab has run out now he must stand on his record this economy is his even though he inherited a mess others have done the same and made it better he didnt!

    September 8, 2012 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  3. w l jones

    The 96,000 new employee say thing look up for them.

    September 8, 2012 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  4. Romney Hood's a FRAUD

    Alright CNN. What's the point of this story?? This is not new news. I'd hope EVERYONE knows the president gets this information BEFORE the rest of the country gets it. It's ALWAYS been that way....

    September 8, 2012 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  5. Pete

    Pres.Obama wasn't happy but he knows as an intelligent person it just doesn't happen overnight.This rebuilting,retooling process will be slow and it'll hopefully be around for a long time as long as republicans don't get near it to screw it up,they're usually the culprits,but as usual they're never there to help fix it back,the Great Depression,Bushs recession,where were republicans,no where to be found but boy can they obstruct creation,restructuring that's their fortay screwing things up,short and sweet,then hiding saying its not their fault and they're not helping to fix their messes..Do they want the Afghanistan war stopped,of course not,do they want job creation,of course not,do they want tax reduction for middleclass,of course not,its been this way for years why change their stances now..Just like rats that they are,come out at night,make a mess then scurry back to their holes at the slight amount of noise,don't want to be caught right!!But boy can these hypocrites point fingers especially the guilty ones who actually created the mess,they'll never plead guilty,never will.Look up republicans in the dictionary,you'll find loser,losers always vote for losers,it been that way for years ,why change things right!!

    September 8, 2012 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
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