How did the president respond to dismal news about jobs? By telling legislators to get to work on these initiatives.
President Obama confronted a stark reality this morning in the Rose Garden: The U.S. economy isn't growing.
The economy added only 18,000 jobs in the last month, with the national unemployment rate hovering at 9.2 percent, unchanged from June.
This carries obvious political implications for Obama and his reelection chances, but possibly also for the debt-ceiling negotiations happening in Washington. Obama and congressional leaders are eyeing a possible $4 trillion in deficit reduction over the next 12 years, including cuts to Social Security. Insofar as anyone is worried that Washington will hurt the economy by not raising the debt ceiling in time, today's bad news may add a sense of urgency to negotiations -- though more people (48 percent) are concerned that raising the debt ceiling would lead to more federal spending than are concerned (35 percent) that not raising the debt ceiling would hurt the economy, according to The Washington Post and the Pew Research Center.
How did Obama relate the dismal numbers to the country, in his brief 11 a.m. remarks from the Rose Garden? By saying, as he has before, that Congress could be doing more.