Obama hit on most of the Democrats’ economic talking points in his acceptance speech Thursday night. But he mostly stayed away from the argument that jobs are coming back, albeit slowly.
His lack of specifics on jobs and other matters, in favor of a message of faith in the direction of the nation and his administration, was seen as feeble by conservative pundits and presidential by liberals.
I can’t help but wonder, was his speech shaped in part by his advance warning about this morning’s all-important August jobs and unemployment report? The consensus is that employers added 125,000 jobs, and that unemployment remained flat at 8.3 percent — not a number that will win many votes.
Although the data is guarded like a military attack plan before the 8:30 am eastern time release, presidents are said to get a heads-up the night before. Perhaps Obama heard bad news about job creation and adjusted his speech accordingly, away from progress, toward hopefulness and faith.
My guess: only 78,000 jobs created, but unemployment ticks down to 8.2 percent.
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