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Obama's 3-part message for the Sunday shows

It took a couple of days, but finally much of the mainstream media have settled on how to handle the aftermath of the first debate between President Obama and Mitt Romney. Through luck and gall a three-part message has developed just in time for the Sunday shows.

First, since Romney was unscathed by the president during the debate, Obama’s allies must now do the scathing. They started with “Since he didn’t say it, we will say it for him.” The chorus on the left, in unison, is now saying, “Ahem, Governor Romney, we want to rehash the 47 percent remark over and over again. This is what the debate should have been about and so we will right that wrong.”

Next, the Obama camp says that the president wasn’t sufficiently coddled by Jim Lehrer. They will fix him. The next debate moderators are on notice; protect Obama or else.

And finally, the president is the greatest job creator of all time. Just when he needed it, the president got the biggest one-month job increase in the number of people who are employed in 29 years.  Somehow, 873,000 more people are employed in September than were employed in August, even though only 114,000 new jobs were created in the past month. The Bureau of Labor Statistics figures completely offend common sense and reek of clumsy, selfish manipulation of the data, but no matter. The numbers are the story, and the mainstream media are sticking to them with straight faces. No other analysis is needed or considered legitimate aside from what the White House says about the September data.

And by the way, while Obama invitingly holds the door, millions of American workers have simply walked out of the labor force during his presidency. If the labor force participation rate was the same today as it was in January 2009, when Obama took office, the unemployment rate would be 11 percent.

The president went almost three days without his safety net while his minders and enablers had to pick up the pieces. He almost had to deal with the consequences of his own action.

Ed Rogers is a contributor to the PostPartisan blog, a political consultant and a veteran of the White House and several national campaigns. He is the chairman of the lobbying and communications firm BGR Group, which he founded with former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour in 1991.


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