White House: 8.3 percent unemployment? No! 8.254 percent!

Your daily technically-accurate-but-politically-cringe-inducing-spin moment came courtesy of the chairman of President Barack Obama's Council of Economic Advisers, Alan Krueger, who took issue Friday with reports that the unemployment rate rose in July from 8.2 percent to 8.3 percent.

"More precisely, the rate rose from 8.217% in June to 8.254% in July," Krueger wrote on the official White House blog, adding: "Acting BLS Commissioner John Galvin noted in his statement that the unemployment rate was 'essentially unchanged' from June to July. "

Krueger was technically accurate.  But his comment raised eyebrows. Republican National Committee spokesman Tim Miller called it "the dumbest spin I've seen in ages."

Obama's chief weakness ahead of November is the still-sputtering economy. No president since World War II has been reelected with unemployment above eight percent.

Join the Discussion
You are using an outdated version of Internet Explorer. Please click here to upgrade your browser in order to comment.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
You Might Also Like...