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‘The private sector is doing fine’?! — Obama’s catastrophic news conference

President Obama’s news conference started out predictably — blaming “headwinds” (an excuse mocked by the RNC just before the news conference) and Congress (which has passed about 30 stimulus/job-related bills. He offered no proposals, leaving listeners wondering if he didn’t confirm Mitt Romney’s argument that he’s in over his head. And then this:

“The truth of the matter is that, as I said, we’ve created 4.3 million jobs over the last 27 months, over 800,000 just this year alone,” he said. “The private sector is doing fine.”

Oh. My. Goodness. Republicans will have a field day, and rightly so. With 23 million Americans unemployed, unemployment at 8.2 percent and more than 500,000 fewer jobs than when Obama took office, the private sector is doing miserably. But in his universe, if government is borrowing more money to hire more public employees, all is well. Nothing Romney could say can be more damaging to Obama than the revelation that this is what the president actually believes.

It is hard to overstate how off-key and obtuse Obama sounds. Romney can save some money in ad consultants and simply run that entire mess of a news conference — first whiny and rambling and then shockingly ignorant — over and over again.

Jennifer Rubin writes the Right Turn blog for The Post, offering reported opinion from a conservative perspective.


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