Obama backing away from newest claim that today’s jobs report is a “step in the right direction”

John Lott by John Lott on July 7th, 2012

Remember Obama’s statement last month: “The private sector is doing fine. Where we’re seeing weaknesses in our economy have to do with state and local government.”  Obama never really backed away from that comment.  After today’s unemployment numbers, Obama claimed the jobs report is a “step in the right direction.”

But at a stop Friday afternoon in Pittsburgh, his last on a two-day bus tour through Ohio and Pennsylvania, Obama dropped the line — stressing instead the work that remains.
“We have been fighting back,” Obama said. “But what we all understand is that we’ve got so much more to do. Too many of our friends and family members and neighbors are still out of work. Too many folks still are seeing their home property values under water.”  . . .

The connection in both statements is that the private economy in Obama’s mind is really doing fine.

So should the tag for this post be to classify Obama’s statements as misstatements (not really) or dishonest (probably).

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