Today it was announced that the unemployment rate went from 8.3 to 8.1 per cent, a big change for the good. But there is and will be no acknowledgment of that by Republicans who are all in the thrall of their rightwing corporate and media masters.
Their response to this change for the good will be to dismiss it as a fact that only hides a worse reality because people have stopped looking for jobs or because the job creation numbers weren't as good as some expected etc. And I would accept that IF when it went in the other direction, from 8.2 to 8.3 they hadn't make a big deal out of how these numbers reflected the failure of Obama's policies!
In other words Obama can't win for losing, or to use another cliche, they will always move the goalposts so they can be smug in their dismissal of their president because they only revel in his failure no matter the consequences for the country and all of us. Just as they couldn't and can't even credit him for Osama Bin Laden's death when he initiated the policy, saying the capture or death of Bin laden was now a priority and he would even pursue him into Pakistan if necessary, where the previous administration after failing to get Bin Laden declared one man wasn't such a big deal and Romney said he would never pursue Bin laden into Pakistan.
And not only did Obama initiate that policy, he made the call to risk his political future on what could have turned out like Carter's attempt to rescue the Iran hostages, an event that contributed mightily to Reagan's beating Carter in the election that soon followed. Obama was aware of that yet took the risk to fulfill a promise Bush/Cheney were unable to keep. But as soon as the cheers quieted Republican leaders in the Congress and media declared that it was The Seals that did it not Obama. The Navy Seals certainly deserve credit for their bravery and professionalism, but last time I checked they don't act without orders and under Bush/Cheney they never got those orders and under Romney according to his own statements they wouldn't have either.
The rightwing stalker on this blog commented first thing this morning on how the miserable jobs news was another sign of Obama's failure, although he put it in much more derisive and rightwing parroting anti-Obama words. But the news isn't bad. It's not as good as we all would want to see, but it is still good in ways that matter. Jobs WERE created, not as many as some expected or the economy needs to get out of the hole Bush/Cheney put us in with their unpaid for wars and giant tax cuts for the richest among us, but under them we were LOSING jobs and this month's figures show that I think for the thirtieth month our economy has been creating jobs (there have been more manufacturing jobs created, for instance, under Obama than in decades and under Bush/Cheney these jobs were sent overseas by corporations who get no tax benefit for keeping them here, something Obama has been trying to pass but has been obstructed by rightwing Republicans).