The June job numbers were basically flat, showing that the economy isn’t roaring back from the worst recession in 80 years. Mitt Romney was all over the news, blaming President Obama for all of it, and blasting him for blaming it on his predecessor. Mr. Romney did not want to hear statements like this:
You guys are bright enough to look at the numbers. I came in and the jobs had been just falling off a cliff. And I came in and they kept falling for 11 months. And then we turned around and we’re coming back. And that’s progress.
“And if you’re going to suggest to me that somehow the day I got elected, somehow jobs should immediately turn around, well that would be silly. It takes a while to get things turned around. We were in a recession; we were losing jobs every month, we’ve turned around, and since the turn around we’ve added 50,000 jobs. That’s progress.
Small problem: that was Mitt Romney explaining why the Massachusetts economy was weak during his term in office.
So it’s okay for Mitt Romney to blame his economic progress on his predecessor, okay for him to say they were making progress but not where he wanted it to be, okay for him to tell us to be patient, okay for him to say that the first year or so didn’t count because these things take time, and okay for him to hope that the government would help with job growth, but not okay for President Obama to use the same logic? Got it.