Politico: John Boehner: Jobs report not good enough02/03/12
By Jake Sherman
President Barack Obama has no shortage of advisers, but he got some unsolicited advice Friday from an unlikely source: Speaker John Boehner.
Republicans insisted at a news conference that the 8.3 percent unemployment rate is still too high — and the Ohio Republican offered Obama a pointer on how to win another term.
“If the president really wants to get the economy moving again, really wants to improve his own chances for reelection, maybe he’ll pick up the phone and call Sen. [Harry] Reid and ask Senate Democrats to get off their rear ends,” Boehner said, urging the passage of a few dozen House bills that the Senate chamber has ignored.
That wasn’t exactly the overarching message from GOP lawmakers. They tried to position the above 8 percent unemployment as good, but not good enough. America “can do better,” they said.
“The jobs numbers today are certainly welcome news,” Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) said. “I think all of us want to see more Americans get back to work. But as my colleagues have laid out, we could do a lot better.”
Boehner said that still-too-high unemployment rate is the “story now for 36 straight months.”
“There are flickers of hope in our recovery and certainly they’re welcome,” the speaker said. “But the American people were promised by the president that unemployment would not exceed 8 percent. And here we are 36 straight months with unemployment over 8 percent.”
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