What does everyone think of the 60 minutes interviews? I was upset with the lack of follow up questions to both Romney and Obama.
What really irks me about Obama is the job creation. People hear the 4.5M and think "wow what a great job" and fail to go out and research and fact check things. It's really only about 300k. Huge difference. I would respect him more if he told the truth about it. More annoying is why hasn't anyone questioned him about it?
I would link it but it's not going through with the new update.
Well the 4.5M is not "fake." It's just a carefully selected time period to present the most favorable sounding statistic possible. It's not as if they took scattered good months from the past 4 years and said "In months where the economy added jobs, we created 6M private sector jobs!" I agree that saying, "Since Jan 2010. . ." beforehand is going to mislead some people in that they'll forget that starting date by the time they hear "4.5M." I don't feel a big need to question Obama on it though because the answers are so predictable.
Reporter: "You say that the economy under your leadership has added jobs, right?"
President: "Yes. Since we turned the economy around in January 2010, [etc]"
Reporter: "But over the course of your entire
presidency, the economy has only added 300k private sector jobs."
President: "Well that may be, but I took over in the middle of a terrible recession, the worst one in decades. Once my policies took hold (in Jan 2010 of course) we began to steadily add jobs."
Does any of that sound interesting? If you dig hard enough on that, then I guess you might eventually get to some point where Obama either admits that his results haven't been so good or says something that sounds out of touch about how good things are economically. But unless the he were to really slip up, I don't see much damage being done there. Most people (based their friends' and their own financial situations) have their opinions about the economy and whether it's bad or good enough, and one stat being touted by president won't change that.
Edit: Stressing the 300k overall part might actually help
Obama, because he'll counter with 4.5M since 2010, and then it sounds like the jobs momentum is very positive, which probably matters more to voters than the overall total's mediocrity.
Edited by Devils Dose, 24 September 2012 - 02:08 PM.