ABC’s Karl: What does the White House have to say for itself over a jobs report that is “barely treading water”?

posted at 7:01 pm on January 10, 2014 by Erika Johnsen

Not much. Via RCP:

JON KARL: Back to the jobs numbers today, I seem to remember you at the podium not long ago, showing us charts of jobs growth over the past couple years, and the implication — taking some credit, the White House taking credit that the president’s policies contributed to jobs growth. Now we have this report, I mean, barely treading water, 74,000 are created, and probably more ominously, the workforce participation rate is down at a low for almost 40 years.

CARNEY: Pretty much where it’s been since 2009, but yeah.

KARL: So does the White House, do the president’s policies have anything to do, are they to blame at all for this jobs report?

CARNEY: Jon, as I think you know, when we talk about the monthly jobs reports, we always begin with the fact that whether it exceeds expectations or comes in below expectations, that there is more work to do. This report is no different. What it does represent is 46 consecutive months of private sector jobs creation. 8.2 million jobs over that period. … It reinforces that we need to continue to have jobs growth, economic security, economic mobility as our top priority.

…So, does it make a difference that you’ve been saying the exact same thing about having “more work to do” and periodically reasserting “jobs growth” as your top priority throughout those 46 months, during which time the workforce participation rate has steadily dropped? No?


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I never learned to speak “jacka$$” so what he said is unintelligible to me.

EdmundBurke247 on January 10, 2014 at 7:09 PM

What is on his face???

faraway on January 10, 2014 at 7:10 PM

Billions saved

faraway on January 10, 2014 at 7:10 PM

If only there was a free press in america…

Murphy9 on January 10, 2014 at 7:11 PM

What is on his face???

faraway on January 10, 2014 at 7:10 PM

His voice is changing & his testicles descended too.

portlandon on January 10, 2014 at 7:12 PM

Bush did it… Next question…

sandee on January 10, 2014 at 7:12 PM

It reinforces that we need to continue to have jobs growth, economic security, economic mobility as our top priority.

Well thanks for clearing that up. I was about to advocate for killing jobs, destroying economic security, and making our kids economic opportunities evaporate quicker than a lobster in front of the First Yeti.

Of course, that is exactly what Obama’s policies are doing.

Happy Nomad on January 10, 2014 at 7:15 PM

I still can’t get used to seeing James Spader with a beard.

Bitter Clinger on January 10, 2014 at 7:15 PM

KARL: “So basically, we won’t see any growth in this country until Obama is out of the White House..”

Electrongod on January 10, 2014 at 7:17 PM

…P I V O T…!!!
…campaign…

KOOLAID2 on January 10, 2014 at 7:18 PM

Ugh, he looks as if he needs to take a bath. What is with the hipster/hippie wannabes?

upinak on January 10, 2014 at 7:18 PM

If only there was a free press in america…

Murphy9 on January 10, 2014 at 7:11 PM

.
… where the endless parade of lies was met by withering contempt – especially among “conservative” outlets?

Not going to happen in the GOPe & GOPe-media’s America …

… they just offer up an occasional frown (see post we are commenting on as an example) and then get back on message telling us how:

a) Immigration reform is smart politics.
b) Sequestration was HURTING our national defense contractor spending.
c) The surveillance state was almost destroyed by Snowden’s revelations.
d) We have ALWAYS been at war with Eastasia.

PolAgnostic on January 10, 2014 at 7:19 PM

there is more work to do.

…but instead, we’re going to work on amnesty and redistributing declining income.

Axeman on January 10, 2014 at 7:20 PM

ABC’s Karl: What does the White House have to say for itself over a jobs report that is “barely treading water”?
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Here ye go:

Mark Knoller ‏@markknoller 2m

Furman’s analysis of the jobs picture posted at http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/01/10/employment-situation-december
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The Employment Situation in December
Jason Furman
Jason Furman
January 10, 2014
09:40 AM EST

http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/01/10/employment-situation-december

canopfor on January 10, 2014 at 10:22 AM

canopfor on January 10, 2014 at 7:20 PM

Nothing.

Obama knows shills Diane “Stoned” Sawyer, Ann “Clenchface” Compton and Vic “Rat” Ratner will cover his lazy entitled ass.

viking01 on January 10, 2014 at 7:21 PM

What is on his face???

faraway on January 10, 2014 at 7:10 PM

faraway:

Residue from Brown-Nosing!:0

canopfor on January 10, 2014 at 7:23 PM

I don’t know why there’d be any new above-ground job creation in the US regardless of who is president. You can’t compete with Chinese wages and illegal alien wages.

Buddahpundit on January 10, 2014 at 7:25 PM

What is on his face???

faraway on January 10, 2014 at 7:10 PM

He’s in love with Duck Dynasty.

Schadenfreude on January 10, 2014 at 7:26 PM

Boy is Jon Karl generous. When 497,000 more people leave the ranks of the “officially” unemployed than find work between December 2012 and December 2013, it’s not “barely treading water”, it’s gurgling underwater.

Steve Eggleston on January 10, 2014 at 7:28 PM

It reinforces that we need to continue to have jobs growth, economic security, economic mobility as our top priority.

Only economic mobility there’s going to be with all that government-enforced economic security is DOWNWARD.

Marcola on January 10, 2014 at 7:28 PM

And didn’t Obama start his government mandated wage push during this time? Are you gonna hire someone now just to fire him when you can’t afford him after a forced wage hike?

Buddahpundit on January 10, 2014 at 7:28 PM

“We don’t want to be bogged down by ideological fights, that’s why we’re making income inequality our top priority for this election year.”

Paraphrasing, of course.

BKeyser on January 10, 2014 at 7:30 PM

He’s in love with Duck Dynasty.

Schadenfreude on January 10, 2014 at 7:26 PM

Were that true!

The ratings for Jay Carney visits the Robertson clan would be epic. And something tells me that Carney that he’d feel like he was in a real-life version of Deliverance.

Happy Nomad on January 10, 2014 at 7:31 PM

Our policies, as implemented by King Barack the Magnificent, are working as planned!

It’s the American people who are letting their King down!

GarandFan on January 10, 2014 at 7:31 PM

The failed policies of the previous administration and the car in the ditch metaphor no longer serve.

mchristian on January 10, 2014 at 7:35 PM

Boy is Jon Karl generous. When 497,000 more people leave the ranks of the “officially” unemployed than find work between December 2012 and December 2013, it’s not “barely treading water”, it’s gurgling underwater.

Steve Eggleston on January 10, 2014 at 7:28 PM

Yeah that 13-day slowdown of the federal government by the Tea Baggers really hurt all the good things the President has been doing. Damn you Ted Cruz!

Happy Nomad on January 10, 2014 at 7:36 PM

The failed policies of the previous administration and the car in the ditch metaphor no longer serve.

mchristian on January 10, 2014 at 7:35 PM

Car in the ditch? No, we’re to the point where Obama is Susan Smith.

Happy Nomad on January 10, 2014 at 7:38 PM

Car in the ditch? No, we’re to the point where Obama is Susan Smith.

Happy Nomad on January 10, 2014 at 7:38 PM

Now that’s spot on!!!

Bitter Clinger on January 10, 2014 at 7:41 PM

It really doesn’t hurt the Democrats to have a lot of unemployment and people who have given up and are on the government dole. Republicans might need to take matters into their own hands to get employment moving. I can tell them how to create millions of new job openings for Americans almost immediately. Call for major import taxes and eviction of the illegals and propose a 10 year moratorium on third world immigration. You sweep the elections and America starts rebounding even before that in anticipation and to get out ahead of the coming economic surge, and they’ll want to snatch up all available labor before a labor shortage occurs. Labor shortage is a good thing. It makes wages rise and narrows the gap between rich and poor in a natural way.

Republicans could also call for an illegal-hiring amnesty that ends in a couple of months and anyone who employs an illegal after that will be put out of business when the Republicans take over. You’d have a mass exodus of illegals because companies aren’t going to chance it.

Buddahpundit on January 10, 2014 at 7:41 PM

“We don’t want to be bogged down by ideological fights, that’s why we’re making income inequality our top priority for this election year.”

Paraphrasing, of course.

BKeyser on January 10, 2014 at 7:30 PM

…of course…we will be granting WAIVERS needed to the companies and individuals who bundle money for our party…but don’t concern yourself about that…until our campaign is over!

KOOLAID2 on January 10, 2014 at 7:45 PM

What is on his face???

faraway on January 10, 2014 at 7:10 PM

…pubic hair!

KOOLAID2 on January 10, 2014 at 7:47 PM

once again, our media sucks butt. When scruffy-face responds to the part about the workforce participation rate being at a 40 year low, this a-hole says

pretty much where it’s been since 2009, but yea

Um, NO. It’s been dropping steadily since 2009. Look, if you want to believe that your administrations policies are helping, well you’re delusional. But, if you’re going to try to say that a drop from about 65% workforce participation down to under 63% is “about the same”, well then you’re an bald face liar-liar-pants-on-fire and someone sitting in that room should call you on it!!!!

Tar Heel Sooner on January 10, 2014 at 8:08 PM

Buddahpundit on January 10, 2014 at 7:41 PM

Agreed

bernzright777 on January 10, 2014 at 8:09 PM

OT

Go take this straw poll

http://gop.com/act/presidential-straw-poll?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=presidential_straw_poll

Blow the establishment candidate out of the water!

gophergirl on January 10, 2014 at 8:11 PM

The last thing I remember this administration doing about the job situation was passing the stimulus bill, which turned out to be a big nothingburger. A big 800 billion $ nothingburger. Since then all we’ve heard is speeches about how they’ve created so many jobs, how they’re pivoting back to jobs and the economy, blah, blah, blah.

scalleywag on January 10, 2014 at 8:11 PM

When Karl says the LPR is at about a 40 year low Carney says like it was in 2009. LIE! It was something like 65.8% and now its 62.8%. Huge difference. Karl let it go but I guess we should be happy he even mentioned the LPR.

crazywater on January 10, 2014 at 8:16 PM

What does the Obysmal policy-making have to say about the numbers of citizens dropping out of the workforce? Or about the number of times that federal unemployment insurance has had to be reapproved? Or about the growth of the number of people on food stamps (or whatever euphemism that the WH prefers to call it)?

onlineanalyst on January 10, 2014 at 8:18 PM

I don’t have access behind the WSJ firewall, but Kim Strassel has a column that begins this way:

The Senate didn’t pass a single appropriations or jobs bill in 2013.

By
Kimberley A. Strassel

Jan. 9, 2014 7:25 p.m. ET

The popular judgment that Washington’s dysfunction is the result of “partisanship” misses a crucial point. Washington is currently gridlocked because of the particular partisanship of one man: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. And Republicans are warming to the power of making that case to voters.

It’s often said the 113th Congress is on track to become the “least productive” in history—but that tagline obscures crucial details. The Republican House in fact passed more than 200 bills in 2013. Some…

onlineanalyst on January 10, 2014 at 8:21 PM

onlineanalyst on January 10, 2014 at 8:21 PM

if you want to get around the wsj paywall

search google with

wsj then the title of the article

it will get you past the paywall

gerrym51 on January 10, 2014 at 8:31 PM

OT

Go take this straw poll

http://gop.com/act/presidential-straw-poll?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=presidential_straw_poll

Blow the establishment candidate out of the water!

gophergirl on January 10, 2014 at 8:11 PM

Should have figured it was just a fund raising ploy to get my email address. They don’t give a rats ass who I would like to see in the White House. Now I’ll start getting all those pleas for money. Drat!

yesiamapirate on January 10, 2014 at 9:51 PM

CARNEY: Jon, as I think you know, when we talk about the monthly jobs reports, we always begin with the fact that whether it exceeds expectations or comes in below expectations, that there is more work to do throw the facts out the window because we don’t have the slightest idea what we are doing and care even less.

FIFY

ghostwalker1 on January 10, 2014 at 11:10 PM

Nice to see Jay finally hit puberty. :) Maybe Jon Karl will stop stomping on his glasses now.

PattyJ on January 11, 2014 at 12:49 AM

enough with inheritance…this is all on you guys now…..

cmsinaz on January 11, 2014 at 7:12 AM

Just think about the press Bush got with an unemployment rate under 6%. It was like the economy was falling apart. THe press would get right on the White House after the initial reports, only to remain silent when the adjusted figures came in, lowering the unemployment rate. THe irony is, the unemployment rate actually went down, versus the doctored figures we have today. No one, who’s given any thought to the press reports, believes the unemployment rate went down.

What has Obama done to create jobs? Nothing!!! WHy? I believe he’s taken care of the unemployed by making it easier for them to apply for disability payments and food stamps, then by continuing the extend unemployment compensation. He believes in only giving them money to subsist and not enough extra to start buying the pitchforks. That may prove to be the secret to his success.

bflat879 on January 11, 2014 at 7:58 AM

Today’s numbers are also a reminder of the work that remains

Its funny how bad reports are ‘reminders’ and the rare good reports are “proof that the economy turned the corner”. How many corners can there be?

malkinmania on January 11, 2014 at 8:02 AM

Blame the intrusive Republicans because it works & the Corrupt Liberal Media makes sure of it.

RdLake on January 11, 2014 at 10:08 AM