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Jobs report is Cliche Time at the White House

posted at 12:17 pm on April 5, 2013 by

Our good friend Jeryl Bier has recently joined the Weekly Standard’s on-line effort, and today he makes an interesting observation about the White House reaction to jobs data.  It seems that they have a template, and that template starts with the same seven words no matter what the data shows:

When the monthly employment report came out Friday morning, Alan Krueger, Chairman of President Barack Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers, quickly commented on the White House blog.  He began with the observation that “more work remains to be done”:

April 4, 2013 - “While more work remains to be done, today’s employment report provides further evidence that the U.S. economy is continuing to recover from the worst downturn since the Great Depression. It is critical that we continue the policies that are helping to build an economy that creates jobs and works for the middle class as we dig our way out of the deep hole that was caused by the severe recession that began in December 2007.”

If the words sound familiar, there’s a good reason.  After a brief respite in March, Mr. Krueger used the same two opening sentences in the April post that were used in the preceding seven Employment Situation blog posts (although to be fair, Megan Slack is credited with the November 2012 entry).

March 8, 2013 - “While more work remains to be done, today’s employment report provides evidence that the recovery that began in mid-2009 is gaining traction.”

February 1, 2013 - “While more work remains to be done, today’s employment report provides further evidence that the U.S. economy is continuing to heal from the wounds inflicted by the worst downturn since the Great Depression. It is critical that we pursue the policies needed to build an economy that works for the middle class as we continue to dig our way out of the deep hole that was caused by the severe recession that began in December 2007.”

January 4, 2013 - “While more work remains to be done, today’s employment report provides further evidence that the U.S. economy is continuing to heal from the wounds inflicted by the worst downturn since the Great Depression. It is critical that we continue the policies that are building an economy that works for the middle class as we dig our way out of the deep hole that was caused by the severe recession that began in December 2007.”

“While more work remains to be done” is apparently the new “I feel your pain.” Jeryl accuses Krueger of “phoning in his responses,” but the problem is really that the Obama administration has been phoning in its economic policy since the passage of the stimulus bill in February 2009.

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Any other president would feel ashamed over that.

joekenha on April 5, 2013 at 12:28 PM

Let’s face it, this administration has been using many phrases over and over for the past 4 yrs. on many topics while the MSM is happily holding water for O.

CoffeeLover on April 5, 2013 at 12:30 PM

“headwinds”

crrr6 on April 5, 2013 at 12:32 PM

Like a Laser Beam……

portlandon on April 5, 2013 at 12:45 PM

“Unexpectedly”

krome on April 5, 2013 at 12:50 PM

Obama will be pivoting “any day now” towards job creation.

HotAirian on April 5, 2013 at 1:06 PM

Don’t you usually have to START WORKING before the work gets done?

LarryinLA on April 5, 2013 at 1:14 PM

Cliche time? I’ll play.

http://data.bls.gov/timeseries/LNS12300000

Prior to the recession 62-63% of the workforce had a job.

At the end of the recession (June 2009) 59.6% of the workforce had a job.

This March after almost Two Three Four years of “recovery” we’re at 58.4% 58.5% 58.5% employment for the workforce.

When do we “recover” back to the employment levels when the recession “ended”?

Another year, another comment wondering when things will get better. Somehow I’m not really optimistic here.

gekkobear on April 5, 2013 at 1:36 PM

Oh damn, 59.4% in June 2009… I looked at the May line. Really should double-check my work (but the main point still stands).

gekkobear on April 5, 2013 at 1:37 PM

HO LEE CRAPP…

http://economix.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/04/05/sequestration-and-the-jobs-report/?src=busln

NY Times Blog on the jobs report…

The March jobs report came in much weaker than expected, with employers adding just 88,000 workers over the course of the month. Did sequestration – the $85 billion in mandatory budget cuts that Congress never managed to unwind, despite promises to the contrary – take a bite?

The short answer is no. At least according to the preliminary data, sequestration does not seem to be particularly at fault.

Emphasis added by me

I did NOT see that coming from the NY Times.

gekkobear on April 5, 2013 at 1:40 PM

Jobs report is Cliche Bull$hit Time at the White House

…why can’t Ed just say that^ ^ ^ ?…that’s not a terrible word!…Cliche is not appropriate. There are good cliche’s!…these people just shovel malarkey at us constantly!

KOOLAID2 on April 5, 2013 at 1:40 PM

The short answer is no. At least according to the preliminary data, sequestration does not seem to be particularly at fault.

Emphasis added by me

I did NOT see that coming from the NY Times.

gekkobear on April 5, 2013 at 1:40 PM

I think it was Chris Stirewalt who I heard on FOX this afternoon pointing out that the 0bama tax increases that hit on Jan. 1, 2013 were six times the size of the sequester (which, by the way, hasn’t even taken effect yet).

So, which of those was more likely to have an effect on economic activity and job growth?

Just a hunch, but I’m going to guess it was the tax increases.

UltimateBob on April 5, 2013 at 2:20 PM

Any other president would feel ashamed over that.

joekenha on April 5, 2013 at 12:28 PM

Clinton.

dogsoldier on April 5, 2013 at 3:04 PM