The Press Was Met
Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett met with direct resistance from David Gregory when she claimed that the president had turned the economy around:
Let’s, let’s just remember where we were a year ago, David. We were losing 700,000 jobs a month. We were in the middle of the worst economic meltdown in our nation’s history. Our financial system was on the brink of collapse. We had the largest federal deficit in our nation’s history. And what’s happened over the last 12 months? We’re no longer losing 700,000 jobs a month. We’ve cut that number by–to less than 10 percent. We’ve turned the economy around. We are moving forward in the right direction.
MR. GREGORY: You can’t say–I’m sorry.
MS. JARRETT: However, however, David…
MR. GREGORY: You can’t say you’ve turned the economy around when there are four million jobs that have been lost on the president’s watch.
MS. JARRETT: You didn’t let…
MR. GREGORY: When the debt is higher and the stimulus did not produce the jobs that the administration said it would.
It’s not often that a Sunday morning host directly contradicts a guest. Their objections usually begin with “Some might say…” or “Your critics contend…” Not this time. Gregory just delivered his opinion.