by Ryan Streeter on May 4, 2012. Follow Ryan on Twitter.
Does it strike anyone as slightly ironic that the candidate who made “Hope” his theme in 2008 is relying on hopelessness to bring unemployment down?
As the Times pointed out this morning, “the decline [in unemployment from 8.2 to 8.1%] was not because more unemployed workers were hired; it was entirely because 342,000 workers dropped out of the labor force.”
When people become hopeless, they give up. Unfortunately, that’s what is happening with too many Americans.
Of course, President Hope’s White House sees the jobs numbers as “further evidence that the economy is continuing to heal” from the economic downturn (which, as they point out in every release about the economy, began in 2007 BEFORE HOPE CAME TO WASHINGTON – MEANING DON’T BLAME ME!).
It’s sad to watch this President continue to lose it. He has nothing to stand on. His only hope is that Romney is too weak an opponent…and that hopelessness continues to bring the unemployment numbers down before election day. That he is finding hope on the backs of the hopeless is a fitting metaphor for a failed presidency.
At least we have the New Yorker to remind us to try to laugh at such things: