54,000 jobs added, unemployment at 9.1%

Marketwatch: Job growth decelerated sharply in May, the Labor Department said Friday. Total nonfarm payrolls increased by 54,000, much lower than the 125,000 gain expected by Wall Street economists. This is the smallest increase in nonfarm payroll since September. The unemployment rate ticked higher 9.1% in May from 9.0% in the previous month.

More here

Don’t panic – remember this from yesterday:

National Journal: …Wall Street analysts are fairly united in their view that the recovery has entered a “soft patch,” just like it did last year, and that sooner or later, growth and job-creation are on track to pick up again. Several analysts and columnists have been reminding Americans that recoveries from financial crises can often feel like stop-and-go traffic on the freeway … Gault, and several other top analysts, expect growth to accelerate in the third quarter….

Full article here


I just saw Robert Shrum’s article from yesterday – even more appropriate today:

Robert Shrum: Nationally and globally, the economy is at a tipping point. The GOP, driven by invincible ignorance or cynical design – and perhaps both – is working overtime to trash the recovery with budget cuts that would drain demand from the economy – or a debt ceiling vote that could trigger a financial collapse equal to 2008, or perhaps unpredictably graver.

For proof, all you had to do was listen to Mitt Romney’s announcement speech. In it, he made a smarmy attempt to blame Barack Obama for the economic pain actually caused by the dereliction of duty by George W. Bush & Co., pain that was then prolonged by the obstruction of congressional Republicans. Those legislators contrived successfully to limit the stimulus package, block a second one, and forthwith blame the stimulus that saved us from another Great Depression for the slow climb out of the Great Recession. Never, of course, did they mention that the America’s deep deficits were generated by the fraudulent Bush war in Iraq and the unfair Bush tax cuts, which were founded on the false premise that they would pay for themselves.

…And now the GOP that has moved decidedly to the right of Bush would compound his errors. Congressional Republicans could shatter the restored credibility of the United States by refusing to protect its full faith and credit by raising the national debt ceiling or by holding that essential measure hostage to the repeal of the New Deal – something that never even occurred to Ronald Reagan or either Bush president. In those Oval Offices, they regularly signed debt-ceiling increases….

…the Republicans’ strategy on the budget and the debt ceiling can be seen, accurately, as rolling the dice with the American economy, gambling that it will crap out to their political advantage….

Full article here


CEA Chairman Austan Goolsbee: “Today’s employment report shows that private sector payrolls increased by 83,000 in May and the unemployment rate ticked up to 9.1 percent. There are always bumps on the road to recovery, but the overall trajectory of the economy has improved dramatically over the past two years.

While the private sector has added more than 2.1 million jobs over the past 15 months, the unemployment rate is unacceptably high and faster growth is needed to replace the jobs lost in the downturn.

The initiatives put in place by this Administration – such as the payroll tax cut and business incentives for investment – have contributed to solid employment growth overall this year, but this report is a reminder of the challenges that remain. We are focused on promoting exports, reducing regulatory burdens and making the investments in education, research and development, and infrastructure that will grow our economy and create jobs. We will continue to work with Congress to responsibly reduce the deficit and live within our means.

Overall payroll employment rose by 54,000 in May. Solid employment increases occurred in professional and business services (+44,000) and education and health services (+34,000). Sectors with employment declines included local government (-28,000), retail trade (-8,500), and manufacturing (-5,000). Despite the decline this month, manufacturing has added 238,000 jobs since the beginning of 2010, the best period of manufacturing job growth in over a decade.

The monthly employment and unemployment numbers are volatile and employment estimates are subject to substantial revision. Therefore, as the Administration always stresses, it is important not to read too much into any one monthly report.

101 Responses to “54,000 jobs added, unemployment at 9.1%”

  1. 1 Fred
    June 3, 2011 at 8:39 am

    we can thank the Republicans for that 😡

  2. June 3, 2011 at 8:45 am

    The msm is happy!

    • 3 Hachikō
      June 3, 2011 at 9:18 am

      Yup. and they will harp on it and harp on it until they drag his approval numbers down. They will do anything to hobble this President’s efforts to move our country forward again.

      • 4 pinkbunny
        June 3, 2011 at 9:19 am

        Good morning Hachiko! 🙂

        Just stopped by to get my daily dose of TOD before heading to work 🙂

  3. 5 Tulips
    June 3, 2011 at 8:45 am

    The twitter hshtg should be where is the jobs Speker Bohner.

    • June 3, 2011 at 8:48 am

      The GOP will be very aggressive now, pushing for cuts. Of course, when you have a slowdown like this, you are suppose to spend, but the beltway media has convinced everybody to cut…

      • 7 Fred
        June 3, 2011 at 8:51 am

        cuts won’t create jobs

      • 8 hopefruit2
        June 3, 2011 at 8:53 am

        Actually, no. They argued for cuts in December, remember? They said that preserving the Bush tax cuts would create jobs, and Obama compromised even though he disagreed. Where are the jobs then?

        They also claimed that once they got into the house, they would pass legislation that would create jobs because they were elected in 2010 to do just that. Where is the legislation for job creation? The last time I checked, cutting funding for Planned Parenthood was not a job creator.

        • June 3, 2011 at 8:58 am

          I guess you are not hearing my analysis? They can get there fabricated message out, because the msm is all about the republicans.
          Can you believe this? No dems in the news this morning, all republicans,
          Instead, waxmsn will sit on his ass snd let Austin goolesbee explain the economic slowdown!

        • 10 Fred
          June 3, 2011 at 9:14 am

          all we’ve heard from the Tea’s and ReTHUGS are shutting down Planned Parenthood;NPR;Shariah Law and stopping the gays from taking over this country and getting married 🙄 😡

  4. 11 Tulips
    June 3, 2011 at 8:46 am

    No one is holding him accountble, he and his party campaign on this issue.

    • 12 hopefruit2
      June 3, 2011 at 8:50 am

      Thank you. They supposedly argued that Americans voted for them in 2010 because they were tired of being unemployed and not being helped y the Democrats. They also argued that preserving the Bush Tax Cuts would create jobs. Yet they haven’t passed a single piece of legislation to create jobs. WHERE ARE THE JOBS that the REPUBLICANS PROMISED, and why aren’t they held accoutable by the liberal media?

    • June 3, 2011 at 8:52 am

      Funny thing is, company profits were still pretty good. But, they do not want to hire. Wall street is still nervous.
      After that stimulus package in December, economist said the economy would grow at a 4 percent rate,
      It is only 6 months later snd it is at 2 percent.
      I thought tax cuts for the wealthy created jobs? Guess not…

      • 14 hopefruit2
        June 3, 2011 at 8:54 am

        Wall Street has NOTHING to be nervous about. Wall Street did pretty darn good during the Clinton years when taxes were at their highest. Wall Street is in bed with the Republicans & Corporate Media to destroy this economy so that a Republican can hopefully be elected in 2012. My prediction: It won’t work.

        • June 3, 2011 at 9:06 am

          It will not work because the alternative is scary. That said, this election will be very very close. Like it was with Kerry bush, only Barack will win.

        • 16 theo67
          June 3, 2011 at 1:18 pm

          The only thing Wall Street should be concerned about is the recklessness of the Republican party and their tea party crazies who want to plunge the world economy into depression. I’m sick of Wall Street.

  5. 17 Me4obama
    June 3, 2011 at 8:50 am

    Iam NOT going to panic neither am I going to Turn on any news Cannels until Monday.

    • 18 Audrey
      June 3, 2011 at 9:26 am

      Exactly Me4O!
      It is sickening that we all have to sit around pretending not to notice that every single person outside the WH isn’t gleefully and actively working against and betting against a full recovery!

      But there is a righteous God who will not be mocked!

    • 19 lisalovesobama
      June 3, 2011 at 11:02 am

      I know! I haven’t either. I wanted to know how the stocks are taking the news, thank heavens for my ipod app. What I realize about our media is that they feed on drama and scandal and in the absence of both with this president, they either make crap up or blow things WAAAAAAAYYYY out of proportion. Well, I won’t be contributing to that mess. I’m flipping tv stations between The Fresh Prince and I Dream of Jeannie. EAT MY SHORTS MSM 😡

      • 20 utaustinliberal
        June 3, 2011 at 1:49 pm

        Hahaha. “eat my shorts” – classic. I’m not going to panic either. This is a growing economy. There are going to be bumps along the way. Yes, the May job numbers are not absolutely great, but there’s always hope on the horizon. I’m taking the glass half full approach and not letting myself be plunged into despair by panicky comments or the msm. Life’s too short for that. Besides Chrysler has paid all the money the Govt lent them 6 years early. That’s some good newws to go with your coffee. 😉

  6. 21 halo
    June 3, 2011 at 8:50 am

    Sigh. Looks like it’s going to be another day of hate. Why is it always around April/May that the economy slows down??

    • 22 Fred
      June 3, 2011 at 8:52 am

      I think the bad weather we’ve had has contributed to that but that’s just my opinion here

      • 23 hopefruit2
        June 3, 2011 at 8:56 am

        I don’t think it’s the bad weather Fred. I truly believe that companies sat on their money in an effort to help Repblicans who have been floundering with their presidential field. This is an opportunity to help a potential GOP candidate run on “something.”

        • June 3, 2011 at 9:03 am

          Funny, how cantor we t to wall street in early may after a very good jobs report.
          All of a sudden, the jobs report sucks and the m is talking about a second great depression.
          Something is fishy in Denmark.

          • 25 anniebella
            June 3, 2011 at 9:22 am

            Jovie, part of me believe the same thing.

            • 26 dotster
              June 3, 2011 at 10:00 am

              Close to home and I think I mentioned this before but my daughter’s big company in Chicago just got rid of 1/3 of their employees despite record profits, partners making more money in last fiscal year than ever, record bonuses. No one could figure it out. Why? She was one of the lucky ones who survived the cut, but many good people were let go, and no one was given any good reason. Mighty strange.

              • 27 hopefruit2
                June 3, 2011 at 10:36 am

                Thank you dotster. These are the kinds of stories that we need to hear and that need to be tweeted, emailed and spread far and wide. The spotlight needs to be shone on the Republicans on Wall Street & other private companies who are raking in staggering profits, yet for some reason, refuse to hire. Obama has given them their tax cut – now they have absolutely ZERO excuse to sit on piles of money.

  7. 28 Ladyhawke
    June 3, 2011 at 8:54 am

    This might be a good time for someone in the feckless MSM to ask Republican Speaker Boehner how many jobs bills they have introduced in the four months they have been in the majority. But that would be an obvious question to ask so I don’t expect anyone on cable or network television to go there. But clearly, DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (and any Democrat that gets near a microphone) should be all over the fact that the GOP has done nothing about job creation. During the 2010 midterms, all they talked about was jobs jobs jobs. Now they will make skid marks to the microphones to criticize President Obama for 9.1 unemployment.

    • 29 Sue in Minnesota
      June 3, 2011 at 6:54 pm

      You know I have lost all faith in our MSM. I think he should circumvent them, turn off the channels, as long as we have sites like TOD, BWD.et al that aggregate information. If you have a journalist who you value and want to follow, do so, but avoid general browsing of the corporate news sources. Engage in conversations about the deplorable state of our MSM, challenge peoples perceptions if they are neutral or more likely repeating baseless or biased information. Our corporate news sources have IMO, become little different than reality TV.

      I also think we have to start barraging our elected representatives, especially the Republicans with calls, e-mails and letters. Hold their feet to the fire, they promised jobs and have done absolutely nothing to deliver.
      CredoAction.com and alerts@TrueMajority.org are two sites that host petition drives and are set up so you can easily forward them via e-mail, or Facebook, and the other social networking sources (total retard here when it comes to anything beyond e-mail). Today I signed one, of many, that brought me great joy….To the MSM to start reporting the news and leave the freak show that is Sarah Palin alone. Encourgae like minded people to get engaged. Encourage them to seek credible information from reliable sources. I for one refuse to ingest the propoganda we are being fed, I no longer attempt to understand why or speculate when will they change their
      coverage. I am done with them.

      If writing our calling reps, especially Republicans you might suggest to them, that instead of whats wrong, we want to start hearing about whats in the pipeline to make things better. Tired of this gloom and doom shit, these people are paid to do a job, to resolve problems, not to create more, and they certainly are not being paid to put politics before governance. End of rant….hope I didn’t bend any ears.

  8. 30 halo
    June 3, 2011 at 8:55 am

    Well, from what I’ve read the weather has had negligible effects, but the Japan nuclear crisis which stopped production at alot of plants as well as high gasoline prices due to the Arab Spring hit us in the gut last month.

  9. 31 Tulips
    June 3, 2011 at 8:58 am

    Well i will email one simple message to Speaker Bohner, WHERE ARE THE JOBS1 This should be the meme of the summer. we have to agggressively call them out.

    • 32 Proud of Obama
      June 3, 2011 at 9:27 am

      Totally agree, Tulips. I just called Boehner’s Washington office and totally frustrated this aid who is using the talking points that cutting taxes and reducing legislation creates jobs. I told him they ran on jobs but I’ve not seen one jobs bill. All I’ve seen them focus on is abortion and defunding Planned Parenthood. He hung up on me.

      We should flood the office with calls: 202-225-6205

      • 33 Fred
        June 3, 2011 at 9:31 am

        thanks for the # PoB.I’ll give him a call

        • 34 Fred
          June 3, 2011 at 10:57 am

          some punk answered and when I told him that we’ve been waiting for jobs bill he told me it was the President and not them that was holding the jobs back with “ObamaCare”.I told him about his crazy Shariah Law;PP and gays;he told me I didn’t know what I was talking about and hung up 😮 😡

          can’t say i am surprised but wtf! 😡

          • 35 lisalovesobama
            June 3, 2011 at 11:21 am

            Seriously!Everybody call this number and dlet your voice be heard. I called 3 times
            1. to talk to his voice mail
            2. to talk to an aide with a stink ass attitude who sounded very frustrated like he wanted to tell me to stick where the sun don’t shine. Plus he was such a liar! I said to him, “the unemployment was lower before your boss got his job, now it’s higher.” He lied to me and said: “No it was higher!” I said: “Don’t lie to me, stop lying. Plus I saw your pathetic jobs bill, it’s 10 pages of drawings and graphs, it’s got no substance!” I think he got even more pissed and the bad attitude was leaking through the phone lines. But I think he didn’t realize that I ALWAYS give as good as I get so he re-routed me in the middle of my sentence to Rusty’s voice mail. Soooooo…
            3. I called again in hopes of giving him an even BIGGER piece of my mind but a polite woman picked, I asked about the jobs and told her my two cents to which she replied: “I’ll pass that on to him.”

            Call as many damn times as you want! Frustrate those fools as MUCH as you want. Make them Work for whatever they get paid and if they don’t get paid, make them pay for working for that callous tool of a boss they have. I see it as getting even for all the jobs Rusty and his band of megalomaniacs have killed- petty? Yes! But someone needs to be held accountable and until 2012, this is the only way I can get even.

            • 36 isonprize
              June 3, 2011 at 11:33 am

              That’s what I’m talking about. Everyone has to make calls, send emails, DO SOMETHING!!!

              • 37 lmrj
                June 3, 2011 at 1:29 pm

                Calls are easily disposed of. E-mails are easily sent to trash. I think a twitter or facebook campaign is what’s needed. Social media seems to be way more effective now. They seem to respond to social media way better than anything else. AND there needs to be a concerted effort with large numbers. That’s when the media types get interested. Look at what happened to Christie yesterday. Paying back that money was an immediate response.

      • 39 meta
        June 3, 2011 at 11:14 am

        GREAT. So the staff of the Speaker of the House of the United States of America is HANGING UP on Americans????????? That needs to be posted EVERYWHERE.

      • 40 Tulips
        June 3, 2011 at 11:53 am

        just called and ask where is thee jobs bill, I guess its about time to put the democrats back in office , at least things were moving since republican been in we are going back into the ditch.

      • 41 africa
        June 3, 2011 at 3:21 pm

        Thanks, POB, I called, got a female who hurried me off the phone as I was still talking.

  10. 42 anniebella
    June 3, 2011 at 9:20 am

    This President have had alot of crap to deal with. If people hadn’t voted the Republicans in control of the House in 2010, I believe if this President had had a Congress willing to work with him instead of against him, the economy would have been better. First it was the Republican Senate filibusting everything, then when they got the House,oh no. If the voters had said we will give Obama and the Democratic Congress time to get us out of this mess, but no it was all about sending a message. Well what was the message, put the Tea-Republican in charge of the House and see that they are willing to let this economy go into depression just so they can win. We should be talking about jobs, jobs, jobs. Both parties. The main thing ought to be getting this economy strong and back on track, but all we hear about is debt, cutting this and cutting that. As I said this President have had alot of crap to deal with, but I will not lose faith in him. Sometimes I wonder if these businesses aren’t hiring because they are trying to help the Republicans.

    • 43 lmrj
      June 3, 2011 at 1:32 pm

      BINGO!!! That’s exactly what they’re doing!

      • 44 HZ
        June 3, 2011 at 2:05 pm

        I concur. But we will prevail. Count on it. I am not giving up hope , Not Now. President Obama and team have worked too hard We will NOT be discouraged. That is why we will stick together and work and pray hard together.

  11. 45 Proud of Obama
    June 3, 2011 at 9:20 am

    Morning all. I chose to follow my brilliant President’s example in dealing with the jobs news. He always says he doesn’t get too high or too low. I refuse to get low today. What is happening is exactly what the rethugs and their enablers in the business world and msm have been orchestrating. Tank the economy in order to keep PBO from getting re-elected. That smarmy Joe Kernan of CNBC was all over TV yesterday trashing the President and he was almost gloating today. These are the same bums who knew exactly what Wall Street was doing in 2008 but allowed their business cronies to tank the economy without saying a word.

    Today, a guy by the name of Zandy (I think) was on CNBC and he said there’s no reason to panic. The economy is going to have fits and starts as it recovers and that you cannot ignore the fact that overall we are still recovering.

    I firmly believe the business crooks are purposely not hiring. The msm has started the meme that PBO’s re-election hinges on the unemployment rate. (Why should it?) So they’re trying to keep it high.

    Shrum is right on the money. How can we help get this out to the masses? Twitter? Letters to the editors?

    I know one thing, we need to be emailing the dems demanding they step up and do their damn jobs and quit putting everything on PBO. My congressman is Andre Carson and I am dialing his number right now.

    • 46 Audrey
      June 3, 2011 at 9:33 am

      Amen POB!

      How are you holding up sweetheart? Continuing to keep your beloved and your family in my heart and prayers!

      God is good and to the Almighty be the glory in seemingly bad times and in good!

      • 47 Proud of Obama
        June 3, 2011 at 9:40 am

        Thank you sooooo much, Audrey! I have good days and challenging days. Some days I miss my Will so much that I can’t even speak about him. But God is keeping me.

        Just hung up from my Congresman’s office (Andre Carson) and gave his assistant an earful about the democrats. Carson is a staunch supporter of PBO’s but he seems to try to keep a low profile. I told them it’s time for them to get off their butts.

  12. June 3, 2011 at 9:26 am

    I agree that the weather and these huge natural diasters did impact our jobs number. The mild up tick doesn’t look great but I’m okay and we shouldn’t panic. Americans who know better get it that tax cuts for the wealthy is a bunch of bull crap.

    Lets all do our best to make some type of purchase this weekend to create demand. As a girl, I will be buying some cute ass shoes and a dress or two. Also, I’m so pissed at the Repigs, I will now donate to President Obama’s re-election campaign..

  13. 49 StR
    June 3, 2011 at 9:29 am

    Unemployment Rate is a pretty useless gauge in all of this. If more people are encouraged by job prospects that they enter the job hunt then unemployment goes up.

    Why would companies hire now when the government is toying with defaulting on their debts and crashing the economy? GOP are getting exactly what they want here.

  14. 50 cat48
    June 3, 2011 at 9:31 am

    I guess I’ll turn off my TV today. It’s sickening watching the Confederate GOP all excited about a bad jobs report with NO JOBS PLAN. They control the Purse now & the unemployed will get NOTHING from them.

    • 51 Asher in Boston
      June 3, 2011 at 12:18 pm

      I know the feeling cat48, they are litelary foaming at the mouth with glee about the job numbers. What idiots, had to mute them then decided on turning off the tv all together as to save my electric bill as well instead of listening to those lying idots.

  15. 52 Lovepolitics2008
    June 3, 2011 at 9:36 am

    Folks, to your phones and your computers. Contact the news media and ask them why they are putting the blame on the President. Ask them to ask republicans why they haven’t produced a single bill on JOBS. Ask the media to look at the impact of the policies of the new state governors, many of them republicans…

  16. June 3, 2011 at 9:39 am

    Chipsticks, I made my donation. I tried to use your logo but it was stuck so I had to donate on President Obama’s site directly.

  17. 54 Proud of Obama
    June 3, 2011 at 9:54 am

    Funny, when unemployment went down to 8.9 the stupid pundits shrugged it off. Now it ticks up a bit and the sky is falling. Idiots.

  18. 55 bjw2
    June 3, 2011 at 9:56 am

    The assignment today folks is phoning these media institutions and hitting your twitter and facebook accounts with viral messages to the GOP and the media.

    To the media we are not dumb and we have seen every effort by the gop to block everything that this president has attempted to do, so the media is responsible also.

  19. 57 bonkers
    June 3, 2011 at 9:57 am

    Oh, so the sky is falling once again? Thanks for providing a tent, Chipsticks!

    Think I’ll find that photo today of President Barack Hussein Obama with the text, “Chill out. I got this.” So true…

  20. 58 Debz
    June 3, 2011 at 10:11 am

    Thanks for the Bob Shrum article. I wish we would see more of him. He seems to be one of the few people who consistently support the Dems. I’m not terribly concerned about the jobs report, there are many reasons for the poor job growth, including the fact that R governors are getting rid of public employees.
    What I am angry about are the lazy congressional dems. Where are they? Why aren’t they flooding tv asking about the house repugs jobs bill. Why did Waxman have the nerve to demand that PBO use the magical “bully pulpit” instead of getting out there and using his own voice. They are really lazy and expect the President to do everything.

    • 59 Proud of Obama
      June 3, 2011 at 10:30 am

      I just called Waxman’s office. Told his assistant while I have great respect for the congressman, I feel he and the rest of the democrats need to be more aggressive against the republicans and stop putting everything on the President. Waxman’s number is 202-225-3976.

      We should all call our congressperson and senator. My senators are lying repugs. Ugh.

      • 60 Debz
        June 3, 2011 at 10:35 am

        I’m stuck with Shimkus as my congressman. At least I know I have 1 dem senator. Thanks for the phone # for Waxman.

        • 61 theo67
          June 3, 2011 at 2:07 pm

          I just called Waxman’s office and thanked him for his work, but also stressed that with hundreds of Democrats in Congress, I hope they are going to make their presence known instead of just relying on the President to do their jobs for them. It’s a Democratic agenda, after all, not just President Obama’s agenda.

      • 62 africa
        June 3, 2011 at 11:53 am

        Thanks POB, I just called. I told the young lady that answered to let the Congressman know that we have the Democrats’ back but that we would like to see more of them on TV taking on the Republicans. I told her that against all odds the Democrats and this president have done exceedingly well, but that we can’t expect the president to be the only one out here talking. She told me thanks for calling and that she would get the word to the Congressman.

        If anyone else has more numbers, please post them. I don’t watch TV, have not started working yet, and so I have time on my hand. I can and will call each of these guys. Collectively if we can let them hear from us, maybe it will make a difference.


        • 63 theo67
          June 3, 2011 at 2:09 pm

          Great job, Africa. I’m also planning to call Feinstein and Boxer – my Democratic Senators here in California. I’ll call Boehner’s office, but trying to get my blood pressure down first so I can be respectful of the office, and not insult anyone.

  21. June 3, 2011 at 10:24 am

    Dems cannot get on the “tvee” if they are not invited. The corporate controlled media has no interest in the Democratic party telling the truth or getting our message out. Please remember those “lazy democrats” some keep referring to also lost seats when they gambled to pass the Afforable Act… In my opinion “lazy people” don’t take risks and the Dems did take a risk that has and will benefit us all. Please be mindful of this huge victory when we turn and attack the people who do have our back….

    • 65 theo67
      June 3, 2011 at 2:15 pm

      Michele – I get what you’re saying. But, those same Dems who take risks should reign in their colleagues who can’t wait to get on TV and bash the President, or applaud the disrespectful Netanyahu while the President is out of town, or pass resolutions chastising him for doing his job as he sees fit (especially those who said nothing to George Bush). I can’t abide by a group of people who are silent while the country is under attack because they are trying to save their own skins. Right now, the fight is between the Republicans, media, some on the left and crazy population of people vs. President Obama all by himself. There are hundreds of Democratic members of Congress, and there are actually more registered Democrats than Republicans. Where are the tweets from Democratic lawmakers, the ads, the op-eds? There are ways to get out their news even with the media bombardment. There’s a saying, “you’ll fall for anything if you can’t stand for something”. Instead of saving their seats, they should be risking them for something worthwhile – otherwise, what’s the point?

      • 66 utaustinliberal
        June 3, 2011 at 2:21 pm

        Exactly theo. Dems also have media aides that can get them on Tv and the sunday talking shows. It is not an excuse to sit back and fold one’s arms in despair and expect only PBO at the bully-pulpit. He’s the President; he has a lot of problems to take care of. He can’t hold the dems hands and sing a lullaby. They’re adults. Utilize your media aides and interns and get on The Today Show, The Early Show, GMA, The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, Real Time with Bill Maher, The Tonight Show….etc Pound the pavement, send out more people and get the word out about what your side has accomplished and what PBO has accomplished and the failures of the repubs.

  22. 67 Anonymous
    June 3, 2011 at 10:44 am

    Anybody here know where blackwaterdog has gone? She hasn’t posted anything new for two days!

    • 68 Fred
      June 3, 2011 at 10:58 am

      yeah I’ve been wondering about that too.I sure hope she’s okay

      • 69 isonprize
        June 3, 2011 at 11:03 am

        I just posted a “Hey, you deserve a break, but folks are worried about you” message at “The only adult in the room” I hope she’s just chillin’ somewhere, taking a well-deserved break. It’s funny how we’ve never met face-to-face, but you come to feel familiar with the names that you see on line.

        I’m really concerned and hope that BLACK WATER DOG feels the love and heartfelt concern about her well being.


        KEEP YOUR EYES ON THE PRIZE (isonprize)

        • 70 HZ
          June 3, 2011 at 2:07 pm

          I hope that she is taking some needed rest and relaxation. Maybe she is taking a nice trip. We will keep praying for you her and light our candles with our good and loving energy going out to surround her.

    • 71 Dorothy Rissman
      June 3, 2011 at 2:29 pm

      I was thinking the same thing. Anonymous, are you the person who told the story about the two soldiers? If so, your story makes perfect sense, because I just read that republicans make up 60 of the armed forces. I guess those repugs love war. So, anything I might have said is recalled. Forgive me I offended you in anyway.

      I guess we all get so tense at times that it is hard to pick at statements. After all we know about those no gooders who do all they can to destroy the president.

      • 72 utaustinliberal
        June 3, 2011 at 2:40 pm

        Hiya DR. It was gc who wrote about the soldiers and for some weird reason her screenname appeared as “Anonymous.” She was being sarcastic but a lot of people didn’t understand her joke. She felt bad about the comments she received so I apologized on the commenters behalves for some of the messed up comments. She said she understood and felt better and I’m sure if she reads your statement she’ll be further comforted. I know we all love The First Family and defend them fiercely but when members we’ve known for a long time ask a question or share a concern (like Fred did); your’re right that we should not jump at their throats or call them trolls(we know the real trolls or when a troll has infiltrated our haven) but answer their questions or concerns in a fair and kind manner.

        Hope you’re having a great day dr. 🙂

  23. 73 Carolyn
    June 3, 2011 at 10:48 am

    I think the Dems can put pressure on various TV outlets to get their people on. It is not all a matter of invitation. I wrote the DSCC and DNCC and asked them to be more aggressive and assertive in getting their people on the shows. There are avenues they have to pursue. Anyone who is a Senator or Rep has access to the media. We need to keep writing both the media and the legislators, which I can see we are doing. Public pressure works.

  24. 74 anniebella
    June 3, 2011 at 11:00 am

    Don’t get me wrong, I am no way getting down or depress, because the election is in November 2012, it’s June 2011. It wasn’t a job lost, it was 54,000 gain, not lost. Not what was expected. But I believe this President will do all he can for this country and the people. So my faith is still strong, in the Lord above, and in the President he blessed us with. Keep the Faith, everyone.

  25. 75 meta
    June 3, 2011 at 11:04 am

    Good morning, TODville.

    It’s been 12 1/2 years since the Bush Tax cuts and there is NO evidence that they helped spur any job growth. NONE.

    It’s been 149 days since the Republicans and Rusty took over the House majority and there have been ZERO jobs creation bills. Instead, we’ve had posturing and a wholesale effort to roll our country back to the 50’s.

    Office of the Speaker
    H-232 The Capitol
    Washington, DC 20515
    Phone: (202) 225-0600
    Fax: (202) 225-5117

    • 76 EDP4BHO
      June 3, 2011 at 11:15 am

      “12 1/2 years since the Bush Tax cuts and there is NO evidence that they helped spur any job growth”

      I’m sitting at work reading all the comments, and was wondering when someone would eventually post this fact. This is the main attack strategy we have to focus on. Nothing says it better, IMO. Right on Meta 😀

    • 77 meta
      June 3, 2011 at 11:16 am

      And post it on FB and Twitter and every blog that the staff of the Speaker of the House of the United States of America is HANGING UP on Americans when they call. That is a DISGRACE.

    • 78 HZ
      June 3, 2011 at 2:26 pm

      Thanks Meta, I just sat here and wrote to the Speaker.

      • 79 Left-Indie
        June 3, 2011 at 5:06 pm

        Great Meta. I love concise and clear point making. Now if we could get a number of Dem reps to repeat this on every media vehicle…Oh! Lemme dream please.

  26. 80 lisalovesobama
    June 3, 2011 at 11:30 am

    I wish we could all rally and storm capitol hill en mass with signs reading:


    ugh! How do we organize a rally? I’m willing to do it, I just don’t know how! 😦

    • 81 EDP4BHO
      June 3, 2011 at 11:38 am

      Actually, Rev. Al Sharpton is holding a rally for jobs in DC in, I believe, August. Go to National Action Network’s site to get the details.


  27. 83 lisalovesobama
    June 3, 2011 at 11:50 am

    hey all, just sent this love letter to Rusty. I hope it really, really touches him:

    Hello Mr. Speaker,
    I just wanted to tell you what a fantastic job you are doing! Before you got your promotion, unemployment was going down, but now, with you in office for five months, it’s gone up! Good job! Before you got your promotion, the economy was healing up, slowly sure, but it was on it’s way to a clean bill of health, now stocks have been plummeting and you are holding our good faith and credit hostage with a gun pointed at the American people’s head! Good Job! You’ve slashed and burned and hacked and sawed away at everything America stands for. You’ve made our government into a joke and continuously embarrassed us with one misstep, and misdeed after another i.e: Paul Ryan’s Kill Medicare Bill that you incompetently allowed to pass the House! Good Job! You’ve put our livelihoods, our health and our well-being in the crapper. Good Job! You’ve made me and countless other Americans ashamed of you and the megalomaniac hoodlums you inexpertly preside over. Good Job! So what I’m trying to say is, you’ve done SUCH a GREAT JOB, that come 2012, I can’t WAIT to FIRE you and idiots you steer. Good day to you sir,
    Where’re Thejobs

    • 84 Debz
      June 3, 2011 at 12:07 pm

      That letter is too funny. Good for you we all need to go after him.

    • 85 theo67
      June 3, 2011 at 2:19 pm


    • 86 Sue in Minnesota
      June 3, 2011 at 7:22 pm

      Clap, clap, clap, clap…awesome. I wish I had your skills of articulation. I am going to look into attending the National Action jobs march in August. When they had their march in 2010, same day Beck/Palin rally on the National Mall….I seriously considered going but ended up donating my air fare to help fund transportation for others. I’ld love to bring my loud mouth to Washington.

      • 87 lisalovesobama
        June 3, 2011 at 10:25 pm

        Amen Sue, I’m grateful to EDP for posting the site so I can look into it. You are such a kind person and your donation last year was just one example of your generous nature.
        ps- I think you get your points across beautifully.

  28. 88 EDP4BHO
    June 3, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    Seems Rusty is taking advantage of the data today to proclaim that slashing spending is the key to recovery. Haven’t we all been here before, where rethugs are taking credit, but then PBO comes back with a hammer? Then they all scramble to save face? I think Smittens is going to eat crow. I have been watching PBO for all this time, with all the ups and downs, have watched his reserve and resolve, have prayed and agonized myself, yet I have always, and I mean always been pleasantly comforted by the eventual outcomes of all of PBO’s efforts. I decided I will not panic about this newest revelation, because I feel there is much truth there, but also a bit of maneuvering. Don’t have concrete data to back this up. I am just going by perseverance and long-suffering on the part of PBO, and history.

    “Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth”. Isa. 43:19

    “I will make darkness light before them, and crooked things straig””ht”. Isa. 42:16

    “Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked”. Eph. 6:16

    We all have to fight our battles, but hold on to that faith we all had when we went storming to get Barack Obama elected. When he is fighting every minute, we need to believe that God has his back. Remember, Barack means blessed. Keep kicking butt!

  29. 90 Me4obama
    June 3, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    I believe in this great President. I am here chilling out waiting to see what he has to say in Toledo. Yes we can and yes we will.

  30. 91 Ladyhawke
    June 3, 2011 at 12:32 pm




    “For more than five months, the Republican majority has refused to bring a single jobs bill to the House floor; in fact, their ideological agenda only threatens to make matters worse and destroy jobs. Instead, Republicans have voted twice to end Medicare and raise costs for seniors, while providing tax cuts for companies that ship American jobs overseas.

    All the Republican Party talked about during the 2010 midterms was jobs jobs jobs. After five months in the majority in the House there has been zero jobs bills. Instead, there has been a concerted effort to take away reproductive rights for women, disenfranchise voters, dismantle unions, ensure oil companies continue to get subsidies they do not need, ensure the rich get tax breaks they do not need.

    What the Republican Party is doing is Un-American and unpatriotic. I know that because if the roles were reversed, that’s exactly what they would be saying about the Democrats. The fact that we have elected government officials from the Republican Party who are actively trying to sabotage the economic recovery is chilling.

    Meanwhile, the feckless mainstream media chases Sarah Palin like a love sick teenager and obsesses over Anthony Weiner and his twittergate problem.

    • 92 africa
      June 3, 2011 at 12:43 pm

      Great release. Now, I would like to see Pelosi and Wasserman/Shultz tag team and blanket TV repeating this ad nasueam. If I was a Democrat in a safe District, I would hussle my way on TV and just say something provocative, but true, and watch the sheep on TV go wild, repeating it over and again.

      On days like these, I try to practice Obamaism: I try not to get too high or too low. We know, especially as Speaker Pelosi’s statement shows, Republicans are the ones trying to supress jobs. And we need to keep reminding the cable and news sheep about this via letters, call, tweets or facebook.

  31. 93 Me4obama
    June 3, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    They need to stop obsessing about Weiner’s Pickle and Invite Nancy Pelosi on Sunday Shows.

  32. 95 sjterrid
    June 3, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    I’m not going to get upset by the job numbers. The Republicans are doing everything they can to stop the economy from getting better for millions of Americans, only helping their wealthy benefactors. In spite of this, Employment is still going up, our manufacturing economy is steadily increasing, President Obama’s favorable ratings are going up, while the republican legislators favorable ratings are extremely low.
    When the msm is happy when employment numbers are low, and don’t say anything when we were gaining approximately 200,000 jobs a quarter, I’m not going to let them bring me down.
    There are a lot of people in the midwest, Florida, and NJ who have seen what their Republican Governors and Legislators have done to benefit big businesses at the expense of the middle class. The seniors aren’t fooled by Paul Ryan’s and the Republicans plan to eliminate medicare and medicaid.

  33. 96 Left-Indie
    June 3, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    I love Pelosi and Debbie. Debbie is already more effective on tv than my ex-gov Tim Cain. What a drip he was on TV. Me thinks we have another potential lady star fighter on our hands. The new Rep from New york district 26. If we could coordinate anything, we would have these ladies plus Rachel on the Sunday rounds. I’m a dude, and wondering sadly about a lot of Dem dudes. Obama needs a dude like McAuliffe to the Clintons, loyal political friend that will swing all out for him anytime anywhere. As it stands, it seems he is a one man band. That he is doing as well as he is doing is a testament to his emence personal talent. My God travel with him along this journey.

    • 97 Ladyhawke
      June 3, 2011 at 2:20 pm

      I totally agree about Kathy Hochul. I saw her interviewed on the Rachel Maddow Show and I was very impressed. She was on message and making sense.

      Whatever happened to Robert Gibbs? I was hoping he would be the pit bull on cable defending the administration. I wonder what he is up to. I guess it takes sometime to recover after dealing with the jackals for two years. That was a tough job.

      You are so right about Debbie Wasserman Schultz. She is awesome and she doesn’t take any guff from anybody. Excellent choice to replace Tim Kaine. I really liked Tim Kaine, but he was just awful as DNC Chairman.

      And of course, I am crazy about Nancy Pelosi. It breaks my heart to even say Speaker Boehner. You can just imagine where we would be now if Nancy was still the speaker. She supported President Obama and she got things done.

      • 98 utaustinliberal
        June 3, 2011 at 2:31 pm

        You’re right LadyHawke. No matter how much they demagogued Nancy Pelosi or called her names. She delivered. She delivered on Healthcare, The Dream Act, Credit Card Reform, Financial Reform, The Stimulus and many more. Boehner should ask himself: what the heck have I accomplished… except looking like an orange oompa loompa and crying like a leaky faucet. I can’t wait for him to be kicked out in 2012 and the dems would be smart to put Nancy back in and stop being afraid of the msm and repubs demagoguing her.

      • 99 HZ
        June 3, 2011 at 2:32 pm

        I concur with you Ladyhawk about Debbie. She is a tough cookie. I believe the President knows that and that is why he nominated her. They have mutual respect for each other also. But Debbie does not hold back. We will continue to pray for her and pray for more of the great Dems to get on the Sunday shows to speak out. I am praying that Gibbs is rested and ready to go in a few weeks or months to speak out. We know he was tired, but I pray that he is re-fueling and ready to go. I will pray for him to show up ready to go.

  34. 100 theo67
    June 3, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    I heard a fool on the radio this morning who was interviewed about the jobs report – he was just a common man on the street. All the other people were saying “it’s going to fluctuate, that’s how life is”, but this one guy said “I can’t wait for 2012”. I’d like to ask this person what exactly he thinks is going to happen in 2012, and why he thinks that Republicans will do anything different than what they’re doing now? What did they do in the past that would lead a sane person to think they’ll suddenly shift and start working for the people? he didn’t sound like someone who is part of the top 2%. These people who think that Republicans are going to save the day are completely deluded. There is no plan, no idea, no positive agenda on the Republican side that will magically reverse the damage they’ve done to this country over the past 30 years. In fact, it’s proven that Republican ideas cause damage, and have put us in this mess. To hand it back to them, after witnessing the destruction they’ve done to the middle class just in these last four months, is willfully ignorant and totally destructive.

    I don’t care how bad it gets, I will trust President Obama to do his best to make it better. He’s got the results to prove it, with seven quarters of job growth, a doubling of the stock market value, and a heart of gold.

    • June 3, 2011 at 2:37 pm

      Hi Theo, I agree with you so much. We will get this done. I totally believe that President Obama will prevail for the better in this. We will be faithful to continue to support him and work together as a family and make this happen for 2012. I know we will win, and I believe that things will be in fine order just at the right time. We will not be sad, and if we get to a point, we have each other here to encourage each other . It is very painful at times, but I believe if it can be done, we could not ask for a better man in that Oval Office than President Barack Obama. We Got This.

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