So, the new and revised employment numbers are out and the unemployment rate is below 8% for the first time in years. The Republicans and their rightwing media and corporate masters have been yelling about how the unemployment rate has been over 8% under Obama (never acknowledging that it got to that point because of a Republican administration etc. or that it has been steady dropping—that's why Romney in the debate focused on the "over 8%" rather than on the declining numbers: 8.5, 8.3, 8.1, and now 7.8%).
So the big question is, will these same Republican media mouthpieces and Republican Party leaders acknowledge that Obama has succeeded in bring the unemployment rate below the 8% they kept complaining about? The obvious answer is: Never.
So what does Obama have to do? If I were him or his advisers I'd apologize for not doing better in the debate [I think he should have done that in his first appearance the next day, honestly assessed the failure of his and his team's strategy in terms of how it came across, not on how much he was telling the truth and Romney was lying, same for us, his supporters] at stating simply and clearly this administration's accomplishments and for not repeatedly and clearly connecting Romney and Ryan to the failed policies that got us into the mess Bush/Cheney caused, because Romney and Ryan advocate the same policies.
Yes, Obama attempted to do that during the debate, but not simply and clearly and repeatedly. Scientific studies have shown that the human brain reacts more positively to simple statements framed in either/or contrast than more subtle and layered, i.e. nuanced statements. Even if the latter are more factual and true.
But the reality is, Obama doesn't have to lie like Romney to make the point over and over that things have been getting better under Obama than they were when he took office, and that things will get worse if Romney is elected. That's reality based on just the facts ma'am (the old DRAGNET line that reportedly was never actually said in that old and very conservative TV show hearkening back to the imaginary past of rightwing nostalgia).