Romney Reacts to Dismal Jobs Report: “If Last Night was the Party, This Morning is the Hangover”

Reactions to Another Dismal Job Report

Another month of jobs numbers are out and, not surprisingly, the Obama Administration continues to underwhelm. President Obama hasn’t found time to meet with his Jobs Council in more than six months — apparently fundraisers and golfing are way more important.

After 43 months of unemployment higher than 8%, one thing is clear: Obama cares more about keeping his job than trying to create jobs for struggling Americans.

Mitt Romney summed up the August jobs report rather fittingly:

“If last night was the party, this morning is the hangover. For every net new job created, nearly four Americans gave up looking for work entirely. This is more of the same for middle class families who are suffering through the worst economic recovery since the Great Depression. After 43 straight months of unemployment above 8%, it is clear that President Obama just hasn’t lived up to his promises and his policies haven’t worked. We aren’t better off than they were four years ago. My plan for a stronger middle class will create 12 million new jobs by the end of my first term. America deserves new leadership that will get our economy moving again.”

And Paul Ryan took to airwaves to counter punch the Whitehouse’s claim that the “recovery” continues to progress:

**Read below to see what pundits, analysts and commentators across the country are saying about the weak report.**


CNN Money’s Steve Hargreaves: “Job Growth Fell To A Disappointingly Slow Pace.” “The labor market lost momentum last month as job growth fell to a disappointingly slow pace.” (CNN Money, 9/7/12)

Politico’s Ben White: “This Economy Just Is Not Very Good And Is Not Getting Any Better.” “JUNE AND JULY BOTH REVISED DOWN. This economy just is not very good and is not getting any better. Bad day for Obama” (Twitter.com, 9/7/12)

MarketWatch: “Job Growth Slowed Sharply In August…” “Job growth slowed sharply in August, the Labor Department said Friday.” (MarketWatch, 9/7/12)

The Wall Street Journal’s Steven Russolillo: “Ouch. These Numbers Are Terrible.” (The Wall Street Journal, 9/7/12)

NBC News’ Chuck Todd: “Not A Good Jobs Report, Period.” (Twitter.com, 9/7/12)

The Associated Press: “A Weak Figure…” “U.S. employers added 96,000 jobs last month, a weak figure that could slow any momentum President Barack Obama hoped to gain from his speech to the Democratic National Convention.” (The Associated Press, 9/7/12)

Bloomberg: “Payrolls Rose Less Than Projected In August…” “Payrolls rose less than projected in August and the unemployment rate declined as more Americans left the labor force, indicating the U.S. labor market is stagnating.” (Bloomberg, 9/7/12)

The Wall Street Journal: “U.S. Job Growth Slowed In August, A Sign Of A Slack Recovery…” “U.S. job growth slowed in August, a sign of a slack recovery that could mute any postconvention momentum for President Barack Obama and spur the Federal Reserve to take further steps in an effort to stimulate the economy.” (The Wall Street Journal, 9/7/12)

The Washington Post’s Ezra Klein: “This Is A Bad Report.” “Also, we lost more than 40,000 jobs in revisions. So this is a bad report.” (Twitter.com, 9/7/12)

National Journal: “Signs Of A Lackluster Economy.” “On the heels of Obama’s convention speech, the just-out August jobs report reinforces signs of a lackluster economy.” (Twitter.com, 9/7/12)

The Washington Post’s Neil Irwin: “Yikes…” “Yikes–huge rise in people not in labor force. +581k. Even the drop in headline unemployment not that good.” (Twitter.com, 9/7/12)

USA Today: “A Disappointing 96,000 Nonfarm Jobs…” “Employers added a disappointing 96,000 nonfarm jobs in August and the unemployment rate fell to 8.1% from July’s 8.3% as the size of the workforce continued to drop, according to a Labor Department report Friday.” (USA Today, 9/7/12)

Reuters: “Jobs Growth Slowed More Than Expected … Sluggish Economy…” “Jobs growth slowed more than expected in August, setting the stage for the Federal Reserve to pump additional money into the sluggish economy next week and dealing a blow to President Obama as he seeks reelection in November.” (Reuters, 9/7/12)

ABC News’ Jake Tapper: “Below Expectations.” “Jobs report +96K, below expectations. Unemployment rate down to 8.1% with almost 400k people having given up looking for work.” (Twitter.com, 9/7/12)

CNBC: “Employment Growth Remained Weak…” “Employment growth remained weak in August, with just 96,000 new positions created but the unemployment rate dropped to 8.1 percent, according to a report that raises the possibility of more Federal Reserve easing.” (CNBC, 9/7/12)

Politico: “Lower Than Expected…” “New jobs numbers released on Friday came in lower than expected dealing a blow to President Barack Obama’s reelection campaign a day after the president closed out the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. by asking voters to give his administration four more years to get the economy on the right track.” (Politico, 9/7/12)

The Wall Street Journal’s Kevin Kingsbury: “There’s No Way To Color Today’s Jobs Report Positively…” “There’s no way to color today’s jobs report positively despite the drop in the unemployment rate to 8.1% from 8.3%.” (The Wall Street Journal, 9/7/12)

The New York Times: “Well Below Expectations…” “The economy created 96,000 jobs in August, well below expectations and adding pressure on Federal Reserve policy makers, who have hinted they will act to stimulate the economy when they meet next week.” (The New York Times, 9/7/12)

AEI’s James Pethokoukis: “If Labor Force Rate Had Just Stayed Same As Last Month, Unemployment Rate Would Be 8.4%” (Twitter.com, 9/7/12)

Los Angeles Times: “A Broadly Disappointing Economic Report…” “In a broadly disappointing economic report, U.S. employers added a smaller-than-expected 96,000 jobs in August as manufacturers cut back their payrolls and government continued to shed workers.” (Los Angeles Times, 9/7/12)

Bloomberg: “Even Weaker Than The Official Unemployment Rate Indicates…” “The job market is even weaker than the official unemployment rate indicates because it misses people who aren’t even looking for jobs.” (Bloomberg, 9/7/12)

The Washington Post’s Dylan Matthews: “This Morning’s Jobs Report Was Awful.” (The Washington Post, 9/7/12)

McClatchy: “Not Only Was The August Jobs Report Soft, Statisticians Revised Down The June And July Jobs Numbers By 41,000.” (McClatchy, 9/7/12)

The Hill: “Falling Well Short Of Expectations… The Figure Is A Buzz Kill…” “The economy added 96,000 jobs in August, falling well short of expectations and dealing a blow to President Obama as he heads out Friday on a three-state campaign swing. The figure is a buzz kill for Democrats after a rousing week at their party convention and shows the labor market is still struggling as the economy goes through another summer slowdown.” (The Hill, 9/7/12)

AFP: “The US Economy Added A Poor 96,000 Jobs In August…” “The US economy added a poor 96,000 jobs in August, but the overall jobless rate fell to 8.1 percent from 8.3 percent as more people dropped out of the labor market, the Labor Department said Friday.” (AFP, 9/7/12)

ABC News: “The Latest Monthly Jobs Report Came In Below Economist’s Expectations.” (ABC News, 9/7/12)

The Wall Street Journal: “Meager…” “The U.S. unemployment rate dropped to 8.1% in August and a broader measure dropped even more to 14.7%, even as the economy added a meager 96,000 jobs.” (The Wall Street Journal, 9/7/12)

CBS News: “August Jobs Report Disappoints” (CBS News, 9/7/12)

NBC News: “Job Creation Slipped Further Into The Doldrums Last Month…” “Job creation slipped further into the doldrums last month, heightening worries about the state of the recovery and adding to the hurdle President Barack Obama needs to leap to win re-election in November.” (NBC News, 9/7/12)

Former Biden Economic Adviser Jared Bernstein: “All Told, It’s Not A Strong Report.” (The Huffington Post, 9/7/12)

MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough: “You Just Never Feel Like You’re Gaining The Traction You Want To Gain.” SCARBOROUGH: “This wasn’t as strong. This is such a frustrating economy for the White House because you just never feel like you’re gaining the traction you want to gain.” (MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” 9/7/12)

The Economist: “The Details Of The Report Were Worse Than The Headline.” (“More Of The Same, Unfortunately,” The Economist, 9/7/12)

Houston Chronicle: “A Grim August Jobs Report.” “This morning, reality returned in the form of a grim August jobs report. The economy added just 96,000 jobs last month, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said today.” (Houston Chronicle, 9/7/12)

Capital New York: “Continues A Stretch Of Middling Economic Growth…” “The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported a gain of 96,000 jobs in August, slightly lower than analysts had predicted, which continues a stretch of middling economic growth after some encouraging months earlier in the year.” (Capital New York, 9/7/12)

About Nora Gutierrez:

A mother of four rowdy boys writing from the great state of Ohio (Sandusky area). Long-time Catholic conservative with a passion for politics. Informed voter. Ohio State grad and Romney fan since 2007.

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9 Responses to Romney Reacts to Dismal Jobs Report: “If Last Night was the Party, This Morning is the Hangover”

  1. David says:

    So Obama’s asking for a “Mulligan.” In golf terms that means a do-over. Sorry Barack, your internship is now over. Time for the grown-up to fix things.

  2. Annette S says:

    The August Job growth number is at 94000 and they had to revise June and July which cost us 40000 jobs. Not good for Obama. Unemployment went down to 8.1%, but only due a shrinking national work force. Not good.

    Obama gave his nomination speech last night fully embracing the left wing economic approach of big government, higher taxes and regulations. Let’s not forget the Hollywood actresses that came out swinging for Obama. I’m impressed.

    Wake up…America…we need a change!..Romney/Ryan..2012!

  3. ccr says:

    Thanks for the article, Nora!

    I have to wonder that while the majority of us see and decry the effects of BHO’s policies, he, himself, and his cohorts are pleased with the decline of the American economy. After all, if we can believe his view of the world/America as presented in 2016, this would be one of their objectives, right?

    Of course, he wants to be re-elected to “finish” the job so will show some angst and excuse it away until……….the election is over.

  4. Nora Gutierrez says:

    You’re welcome, ccr.

    I’m a new contributor to MRC — loving it so far! Nice to see people are reading. :)

  5. RC says:

    How can the American people be so stupid, so gullible and so lazily apathetic? The Democrats are trying to spin this as fast as it can spin. They cannot accept a Republican defeat, pure and simple. They would rather see the country go down the tubes rather than acknowledge or give in to the facts and especially to the truth.

  6. Jayde Wyatt says:

    Thanks for the report, Nora! Welcome to Team MRC!

    Obama tried like the dickens to send his speech last night soaring into the universe with hopes of returning universal adoration. He really had to fake it to get some oomph behind his re-tread words. That speech echoed around the scaled-down, sans-balloons Time Warner Cable Arena, but outside of that – kaput.

    Our out-of-ideas, failed President is hoping to keep the lipstick on the economy pig long enough to keep his family in the White House for another four years.

    This latest jobs report is convention BUZZ KILL.

  7. AfricansforRomney says:

    Informative article. It is hard to expect good news from this admin. What we’ve is EMPTY CHAIR prez. The Dems convention proven to us that the incompetent Obama is a far, far left party leader Prez instead of USA Prez. We need to elect an adult leader Gov Romney, experianced business leader in the WH. Obama sucks!

    Please, please, get involved locally. We’ve got NO time left.
    One LOve for Gov Romney!!!

  8. Cathy says:

    If Obama hasn’t fixed things in the first 4 years, you can bet he doesn’t have a plan for the next 4. Same old, same old, and I can’t afford another 4 years of evasive talk and no action…can you??

    Mitt Romney knows how to run things and will surprise you at what he can accomplish. I’m with Mitt!

  9. Joan C. says:

    Nothing matters more than the budget at this time. We are almost at the point that recovery will be impossible. Mitt and Paul Ryan will deal with this. OBama is spending more of his campaign money than he takes in, does that tell you something? We need responsibility in this matter or nothing else will matter.