Obama saw jobs numbers Thursday night
September 7th, 2012
06:28 PM ET
8 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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soundoff (30 Responses)
  1. Ta111

    That's funny. They have to go over and say "I'm sorry, another horrible number." they've been saying that every month for 43 straight months. Why not just make a recording and play it back every month. He had got to go to save our country.

    September 7, 2012 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  2. myviewis

    Does anyone believe that President Obama was not given the jobs numbers before his speech????

    September 7, 2012 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  3. Jon

    You can bet if the numbers were good ... Obama would have made some referance in his speach ... Like ... "We are looking forward to good jobs numbers tomorrow, and if we gt them this means taht our programs are working."

    September 7, 2012 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  4. ThinkAgain: Mittens 'n' Munster are Liars

    The number are positive – and we've had 30 straight months of private sector job growth.

    To all you Obama-haters out there, why on EARTH would you want to go back to the policies that crashed our economy, causing it to shed 800,000 jobs a month? This is a deep hole we're coming out of; it's going to take time. And we're going in the RIGHT DIRECTION.

    So grow a pair, suck it up and start SUPPORTING the man and the party that are leading us forward: Obama/Biden 2012

    September 7, 2012 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  5. Four and The Door

    When the numbers were bad, "you'd have to go over and say, 'I'm sorry, it's another horrible number,'" Romer said.
    I bet she knows that drill really well! Enough already. No, it's not that the Stimulus was not big enough. It's performing just like predicted. And here is just another horrible jobs number. How many more people need to give up on the American economy ever finding a job for them before Obama realizes his liberal ideas about how an economy works are flawed? Does he even care? Apparently not. We need someone who knows and cares about economics. Romney/ Ryan 2012.

    September 7, 2012 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  6. Namejkane sfl a vote for the gop will cut your moms medicare and soc sec .can you afford to pay for them???

    Jobs increase under dems and decrease under the gop ,if you don't like it ,move to somila with the rest of the gop bums . I heard romney the tax cheat has money stashed there !!!

    September 7, 2012 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  7. Gurgyl

    So what???? Nothing wrong. Ok.

    September 7, 2012 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  8. Pirate King

    Oh please, what does it matter? We have known for YEARS now that his policies are nothing but cr. ap. What is the big deal?

    Headlines: Obama's Economic and Fiscal Policies Bring Nation to the Edge of Depression.

    Shocking. I am just so shocked.

    September 7, 2012 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  9. Padraig

    Of course he should see them first, he is the President. It must be very disappointing to him that his policies have failed and he could not get cooperation from the Republican party. I know some will say that the Republicans block everything but so do the Democrats (i.e. bill to audit the Federal Reserve). But for the first two years the Democrats had control of both the house and senate.

    What is also distressing wasa the article posted on this website that now states 16 to 24 year olds have stopped looking for jobs. Add that to the 40+ who also have stopped and quit.

    Whose fault is it? Ulitmately it is the President's, take the praise and the blame you inflamed buttocks boil.

    September 7, 2012 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  10. boattown

    IT is tough to even think about staying the course when it looks like the skipper is so far off course.

    All of that touchy, feely rhetoric from the convention will go up in a puff of smoke when the reality and personal pain of what these numbers mean to our fellow Americans.

    It is time for this skipper to lose his license. We simply can not allow this to go on any longer. It really is time for a change.

    September 7, 2012 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  11. T'sah From Virginia

    I know you have seen that famous employment Bar Chart didn't you? We're still far above the ZERO mark in creating jobs, right? Now take a look at where we came from.

    Also think about this, the Republicans already said that their only effort was to make President Obama a one-term president – And that’s the truth! So what makes you think they were concerned about this country when they were proposing job bills – as they claim? They were proposing bills that they knew damn will would not get President Obama; as a matter of fact, they probably didn’t believe half of ‘em themselves. This is not compromise and that is NOT a Congress that was willing to work with President Obama.

    Obama 2012 – The Only Trusted Way Forward!

    September 7, 2012 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  12. nobama

    4 and out.

    September 7, 2012 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  13. tammyk tammy

    Don't worry President Obama, we've got your back. I am currently unemployed, but I remember who outsourced my job and who is responsible for keeping unemployment high in an effort to keep their tax breaks. You have my vote and I will continue to volunteer on your behalf. We won't let them buy this election.

    September 7, 2012 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  14. helen

    I find it totally insulting and an example of how out-of-touch the Obama's are for Michelle to suggest that we might need to suffer. Do you think she might forgo buying a $7,000 top or maybe cancel a few of her million dollar vacations? I kind of doubt it. I guess we should cut our meal to one a day and let our children wear clothes that don't fit instead so she won't have to suffer.

    September 7, 2012 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  15. Chris

    Thoughts about Democrats/Republicans:
    1) according to this article (http://money.cnn.com/2009/06/01/news/companies/gm_bankruptcy/), GM did in fact file for BK AFTER Obama took office. The initial request for TARP funds was requested during Bush's time in office and didn't pass the senate, however Obama voted to provide the funds as a state senator.
    2) Here is some more information as to the timeline: http://www.thepoliticalguide.com/Issues/TARP_and_GM/ Strangely enough, Obama did have a "talking point" stating that GM had repaid it's loans to the gov't in April 2010.
    3) Here is another link wherein the Obama administration had stated that GM and Obama's task force had produced a "... viable, achievable plan ..." to get the auto maker on it's feet again by injecting another $33M.
    4) And just in case anyone was wondering, yes Obama voted for TARP: http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=110&session=2&vote=00212, therefore he (and also the Republicans) are to blame for overspending taxpayer's money.

    September 8, 2012 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  16. SDCinNS

    We need change we can believe in! Like.. changing who's president!

    September 8, 2012 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  17. Lost

    8 more years! Fired Up & Ready To Go!

    September 8, 2012 01:02 am at 1:02 am |
  18. ThinkAgain: Mittens 'n' Munster are Liars

    This is the fundamental reason Mittens' n' Munster's economic plan won't work: Tax cuts for the rich DO NOT result in job creation or investment here in the United States.

    Folks need to accept the harsh reality that, for all the lip-service the GOP pays to God and Country, they only care about making money – and are too lazy to do it here in the U.S. where people expect to work for a living wage.

    The GOP and its cronies want to invest overseas where labor is cheap and environmental regulations don't exist. So while it may have made sense 60 years ago that companies with extra cash invested it in OUR country and OUR people, today the millionaire and billionaire backers of Mittens and the GOP want only to suck as much money out of our country so they can leave us high and dry while they invest it overseas.

    President Obama wants to invest in OUR people, in OUR future, to the benefit of the WHOLE COUNTRY, not just the top 0.5% of wage earners.

    The choice IS clear: Obama/Biden 2012

    September 8, 2012 01:15 am at 1:15 am |
  19. Bob

    And he lied to us anyway.

    September 8, 2012 01:21 am at 1:21 am |
  20. truthman

    Well, were the numbers bad?

    September 8, 2012 02:23 am at 2:23 am |
  21. FedUp

    My money is on before his speech. That's why there was no smile. He knew he would be found out in the morning.

    September 8, 2012 03:44 am at 3:44 am |
  22. Larry in Houston

    so the big sucking sound continues – 'ol ross perot was right. – 15,000 factory Jobs in the minus column. and more restaurant & night club & bar Jobs, & mall Jobs. Yeah right. yep, that's the way to go. pitiful, just pitiful.

    September 8, 2012 05:47 am at 5:47 am |
  23. Open Minded

    Listen up all teachers, firemen, policemen if there are no jobs there will be a reduction in these DNC union backed jobs also no mateer how much stimulus you get. The privet sector makes all govt. jobs possible from the revenue they produce. Many current jobs were part of the stimulus. 2 + 2 = 4 no matter who is pandered.

    September 8, 2012 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  24. GI Joe

    Of course he saw them. He's the President. He sees a lot of top secret stuff that others will never see or hear about because they are TOP SECRET. Romney cannot be in the know until he actually HAS TO KNow.

    Romney Lies, people die.

    September 8, 2012 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  25. GI Joe

    July 13, 2012
    The Senate broke the stride of the Obama administration's hoped-for march toward new tax breaks for small-business owners on July 12.

    In what Democrats characterized as a partisan effort, the Senate, in a 53-to-44 vote, defeated a proposed 10-percent tax break in the Small Business Jobs and Tax Relief Act that would have encouraged new hires. The outcome of the final vote was largely attributed to a Republican-led filibuster. The bill needed 60 votes to survive the Senate.

    A Political Football
    Elliott Richardson, president and executive director of the nonprofit Small Business Advocacy Council (an association with 540 small-business members), says the vote is "emblematic of what goes on in Washington when it comes to small businesses."

    "Primarily, we're used as a political football," he adds. "You get a shot at a 10-percent tax break, and it's just a shame that political folks on both sides of the aisle can't come together and do the right thing."

    What Could Have Been
    Had it passed, the Act stood to create as many as 1 million jobs,ame that political folks on both sides of the aisle can't come together and do the right thing."

    What Could Have Been
    Had it passed, the Act stood to create as many as 1 million jobs,

    September 8, 2012 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
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