Another great speech from the Republican Leadership Conference.
Unemployment was to never go above 8%. So much for that! President Obama has successfully broken unemployment records set during the Great Depression. That isn’t something to be proud about, but since he had his way on virtually ever piece of legislation to go through Congress during his first two years I’m sure he’d love to take credit for it – or maybe he’d rather continue to blame Bush.
Yesterday I posted a great speech given by Governor Rick Perry at the RCL that took place this past weekend. Like him or not he is feeling the pressure from many conservatives to jump in the race for President. Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann who is in the race for the Republican nomination was also there and this is what she had to say about Obama’s record on unemployment:
Pointing to double-digit unemployment rates among African Americans and Hispanics, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R.-Minn.) said on Friday that President Barack Obama “has failed” both these communities.
“This president has failed the Hispanic community. He has failed the African-American community,” said Bachmann. “He has failed us all when it comes to jobs.”…
“Mr. President, the status quo is not working for Americans,” said Bachmann. “The status quo certainly isn’t working for the African-American community, with 16 percent unemployment, or the Hispanic community, with nearly 12 percent unemployment. It’s even worse for the youth: For Hispanic youth right now, 26 percent unemployment; for African-American youth, 40 percent unemployment.
“As president of the United States, my goal will be job creation in the Hispanic community, job creation in the African-American community, job creation for all Americans, and turning this economy around,” said Bachmann. “And we will.”
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Bachmann’s statement on unemployment in the African American and Hispanic communities is accurate.
Overall seasonally-adjusted unemployment was 12.7 percent in the African American community when President Obama was inaugurated in January 2009, according to the BLS. By May 2011, the latest month reported, it had risen to 16.2 percent.
In the Hispanic community, the overall unemployment rate was 9.9 percent in January 2009, when President Obama was inaugurated. By May 2011, it had risen to 11.9 percent.
Among African Americans 16 to 19 years old, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 36.3 percent in January 2009 and had risen to 40.7 percent by May 2011. Among Hispanics 16 to 19 years old, the unemployment rate was 24.3 percent in January 2009 and had risen to 26.1 percent by May 2011.
It should be note that the RLC straw poll winner was not Bachmann (or Perry), but in fact Texas Congressman Ron Paul. That announcement brought many cheers as well as many boos. He does well at straw polls so it is not a big surprise. Paul fans apparently spare no expense when it comes to showing up at his events. The surprise is really that the lessor known and more moderate John Huntsman took second place (and Bachmann third).