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Sent: Friday, February 5, 2016 12:52 PM
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Subject: Obama takes credit; pool report #1
President Obama came into the Brady briefing room to talk about the latest jobs report.
Mr. Obama gave a statement and turned to go but then said to his press secretary that he would take a few questions.
“After reaching 10 percent in 2009, the unemployment rate has now fallen to 4.9 percent even as more American joined the job market last month,” he said. “Americans are working.”
He acknowledged that Republicans have, despite positive job numbers, complained about the economy.
“I guess you cannot please everybody,” he said.
Asked why he has not gotten the credit he feels he deserves for the improved economy, Mr. Obama explained that the recovery from the Great Recession is ongoing and many had yet to entirely recover from the losses they experienced then.
“The argument I’m making here and will continue to make during the course of this year is that we should be proud of the progress we’ve made,” he said and then compared the economy to his own gym workouts that, while not what they were when he was a younger man, are still fairly good.
Before leaving, Mr. Obama wished reporters a pleasant Super Bowl weekend.
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