President Obama just wants a little bit of credit.
The economy, which has been an anchor on his presidency for most of his nearly six years in office, is finally showing strength. Layoffs have fallen to the lowest they've been in a decade, the unemployment rate may soon drop below 6 percent, job growth has been steady, and the GDP bounced back from a drop at the start of 2014 to post an impressive 4.6 percent jump in the second quarter.
Yet to Obama's increasing consternation, voters either haven't noticed the rebound or are in no mood to say thanks.
That was the backdrop for the president's 50-minute address Thursday at Northwestern University, where he sought to wake Americans up to the fact that while the economic improvements might not amount to boom times, the country had long since turned the corner from the deep recession he inherited.
Obama recited a number of rosy statistics, including the drop in the unemployment rate, a 13-year high in job openings, and the creation of 10 million new jobs in the last four-and-a-half years, "the longest uninterrupted stretch of private sector job creation in our history."
"This progress has been hard, but it has been steady, and it has been real," the president said. "It is a direct result of the American people’s drive and their determination and their resilience but it is also the result of sound decisions made by my administration. So it is indisputable that our economy is stronger today than it was when I took office."