May 2nd, 2014
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Crossfire: Does Obama deserve credit for unemployment falling?

(CNN) - Van Jones and Newt Gingrich debate with Reps. Andy Harris and Barbara Lee over whether the GOP should give President Obama any credit for the latest dip in the unemployment rate.

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  1. Lizzie

    Why not, he is the greatest.

    May 3, 2014 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  2. stingerhp


    May 3, 2014 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  3. 2_indy1600

    Open mouth, insert foot for claiming percentage drop in numbers is upwards mobility. Too many have dropped out to be crowing about roaring comeback. Everyone knows these numbers are not showing the true state of employment. Don't insult our intelligence.

    May 3, 2014 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  4. Gurgyl

    -true, he is a legend. He is the smartest president in USA history. CNN better not block the comments.

    May 3, 2014 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  5. linford young

    Yes he deserve credit. But the
    Republicans never give him credit for anything.If its was the other way around they would be all it claiming responsibility.

    May 3, 2014 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  6. Gunderson

    You can fool some of the people all of the time and you can fool all of the people some of the time but you can't fool all of the people all of the time. The liberals want to do great things, they just want to do it with other people's money. The facts and figures don't give any good news to speak of. After nearly 6 years official unemployment figures have improved, real figures are a different story. If the 17.6 Trillion Dollar Federal debt was coming down instead of going up you could give Obama Credit. Sorry but no credit.

    May 3, 2014 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  7. ThinkAgain - Don't like Congress? Get rid of the repub/tea bag majority.

    @HenryMiller; "Of course the Obama administration deserves no credit for falling unemployment!. It's due to the policies of this administration that's this recovery is taking so long."

    A bigger lie was never spoken. The repub/tea bags have done everything they can to obstruct President Obama's agenda – including not accepting federal money to expand Medicare at the state level, which would help so many people who are struggling to get by.

    The kicker is the gop/tea bags' claim of moral and spiritual superiority – when none of them would recognize Jesus if he came up to them on the street and shook their hand.

    Although, he'd probably just look at them sadly, shake his head and then get on to helping the truly less fortunate (hint: it's not the "persecuted" whiny wealthy).

    May 3, 2014 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  8. Pags

    Give Obama all of the credit, because the percentage that they're discussing is a LIE. We have hit a record number of people not working (as per CBS) which brings our effective unemployment rate is apparently over 17%. We also have a record number of people on welfare, etc...but the administration presents the numbers using whatever fuzzy math can make them look 'productive', and you chumps take the bait without a question of the actual number. You blind fools make me mad, and the overall country sick with your ignorance.

    May 3, 2014 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  9. don in albuquerque

    Reading a few of the moronic posts here it should become very clear that President Obama gets credit for nothing unless it is another conspiracy campaign orchestrated by the right. Got news for you folks, with the horrid mess that the right wing resident left this country in, I don't believe the man or woman has been born yet that could fix it in twenty years. Oh maybe one, and they crucified him. Time to recognize these people for what they are, Liars.

    May 3, 2014 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  10. jpmichigan

    Media states unemployment at 6.3% but the REAL unemployment is 12.3% for there are 6% not even looking for work and then there are those who have part-time jobs and need full time jobs. All of this is what you can thank the President and this administration for, a NANNY society. Dependence on the government to provide.

    May 3, 2014 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  11. Name. willard

    Kick out of hillary clinton and presdient obama wad liar story what happened about benghinzia
    Why obama wont tell truth people or media what happened about fraud check scam from aftcian amercian

    May 3, 2014 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  12. Peace

    It is human nature. When things go wrong, they jump to the person incharge, when they go right, suddenly everyone becomes, deaf, blind and don't care. Republicans know to apply this nature very well.

    May 3, 2014 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  13. Ice2424

    " December 2008, the number of unemployed persons increased by 632,000 to 11.1 million and the un- employment rate rose to 7.2 percent."

    This is the mess this country was left with after 8 yrs. of G-Dub. Thank you President Obama for keeping us moving for despite constant obstructions. Your story is the story of African Americans everywhere.....success in the face of hostility from our enemies.

    May 3, 2014 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |

    Well the GOP ran on jobs, jobs jobs in 2010 and have done NOTHING SENCE, and they think we are going to vote for them in November ,Obama did all the hard work while the GOP did NOTHING . Your in for a big LOSS in November GOP , do you actually think we are going to vote for MORE GOP FAILURE ??????

    May 3, 2014 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  15. salty dog

    Pags, tax breaks for the 1% creates jobs, right, please they took 95% of all wealth, and they want you to think they nerd more incentive,wake up, what has the gop done for you, honestly? If your not rich, they have literally nothing to offer you but lies. The say the economy would have recovered faster under a Republican, their policy plans are the exact same as what got us here, half a million jobs gone a month before he took over, wake up, your prejudice is blinding you!

    May 3, 2014 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  16. donald

    I cant believe what has happen to me and thousands in this Country. i had 2 jobs for 14 years 1 @ Nursing Home, the other Public School Dept. 2012 The Nursing Home had to close due to funding from from medicare was cut down. The School combine my job 2013. With the 2 jobs I was making under 40k. With 1 job it drop down 22k. I couldnt get any unemployment for 1 job I loss in 2012. I loss the second job in 2013 so I filed for unemployment.Job ended august 2013 unemployment started last of august. I loss benefits Jan 2014. When filed for unemployment it was up till aug 2014 before exhausted my claim. I cant seem to find jobs since getting laid off. I think the senators and congress has failed Americans by not giving us the Federal part of Unemployment that our employers paid in over the years. John Boehner is rude and doesnt give #%$&. I feel when election time we need to get rid of the failures working in the Congress and Senate. Let them go a week or the 4 months without a paycheck and see Reality.folks we need more Independents running this country. I think all of us that are unemployed should be working in the senate ,and congress. We know what its like to for gotten.Hey John Boehner thats the thing you have asked for job creation. folks think hard before you vote for what we have running this Country down . Stop Spenting Money in Countries to dont do anything for US. I wish I was President this Country would be my top priority not countries over seas .

    May 3, 2014 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
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