Denial ain’t just a river in Egypt.
Via Real Clear Politics:
Earlier this week David Plouffe, one of Obama’s senior advisers and an architect of his 2008 campaign, was panned for saying “the average American does not view the economy through the prism of GDP or unemployment rates or even monthly jobs numbers.”
…White House press secretary Jay Carney basically told the press corps the same thing…
“I don’t know where, you know, the voters that some other folks might be talking to — but — or — but most people do not sit around their kitchen table and analyze GDP and unemployment numbers,” Carney said.
No, most people probably aren’t paying much attention to the statistics, but they know when they’re out of work, and they know when their friends and family members are out of work. Last night I was at a book club meeting and of the five in attendance, one was unemployed, one was working for free with the hope of getting employed, and one was doing part-time consulting with the hope of getting employed. That’s 20% unemployed and 40% underemployed among five smart, hardworking professional women. Statistically relevant? Of course not. But a lot of people are looking around at their friends and neighbors and seeing the same trend.
The White House can tell everyone we’re in rainbow and unicorn land all it wants. The sharp, pungent scent of reality is intruding.