How petty. And false.
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest moved quickly to diminish Donald Trump’s success at keeping Carrier Corp. from moving 1,000 jobs to Mexico, saying it doesn’t compare with President Obama’s record of job creation.
“If he is successful in doing that 804 more times, then he will see the record of manufacturing jobs that were created in the United States while President Obama was in office,” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said. “President Obama has set a high standard.”
Not just petty, but completely dishonest. Because Earnest is leaving out the manufacturing jobs that were lost before Obama started creating them.
According to Politifact:
If you start from the beginning of Obama’s term — which started in a severe economic downturn — the number of manufacturing jobs is actually down by about 303,000.
It’s like a football team claiming victory because it outscored its opponent in the second half. If only we could just tune into the Obama presidency during the good moments . . .
Manufacturing workers have suffered grievously under Obama. There are many reasons for that, some having nothing to do with Obama. But for the White House to claim success on this front demonstrates just how uncaring and out of touch Obama is toward manufacturing workers, and why Rust Belt states rejected this president’s policies.