The Comeback Kid? President Obama

U.S. President Barack Obama smiles during remarks at the White House Tribal Nations Conference in Washington

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U.S. President Barack Obama smiles during remarks at the White House Tribal Nations Conference in Washington

U.S. President Barack Obama smiles during remarks at the White House Tribal Nations Conference in Washington December 3, 2014.
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>by: Steve Benen |

Exactly one month ago today, President Obama, at least on a surface level, looked like he was in a very discouraging place. A day earlier, the Republican Party had not only scored a series of big wins in the 2014 midterms, the White House was confronted with the realization that the GOP would dominate control of Congress for Obama’s final two years.

The president was quickly dismissed as the lamest of lame ducks. But as Eric Boehlert noted yesterday, quite a bit has happened over the last month.

For a “lame duck” politician who’s supposed to be licking his wounds after the Democratic Party’s steep midterm losses, President Obama these days probably doesn’t mind scanning the headlines each morning. Instead of confirming the slow motion demise so many in the pundit class had mapped out for him, the headlines paint a picture of a president, and a country, in many ways on the rebound.

Boehlert published this yesterday, before the great new job numbers released this morning.

And in context, it’s just one important data point among many. Over the last month, gas prices have plummeted. And Obama announced a breakthrough climate deal with China. And the number of Ebola cases in the United States dropped to zero.
The White House gave new hope to 5 million immigrants, and there wasn’t much Republicans could do about it.
The Affordable Care Act has arguably had its best month ever. The stock market soared. The Republican-led House Intelligence Committee definitely discredited the Benghazi conspiracy theories.
A successful secret mission freed American prisoners in North Korea. The president announced two very high-profile cabinet nominees, and both were well received. The population of the detention facility at Guantanamo continued to shrink.
Obviously, there have been incredibly painful, difficult challenges in this country over the last month. That said, as far as the president is concerned, Obama appears to have thrown out the script that’s supposed to be applied to lame-duck presidents.
Our pals at “All In with Chris Hayes” had a good segment on this the other day:

Since midterm elections, Obama on a roll

Published on Dec 5, 2014

All In with Chris Hayes, 12/2/14, 8:45 PM ET

via The Comeback Kid? | MSNBC.

Hum…#DLU_US! You would have to be an idiot, blind or conservative Republican; viewing the U.S., through the lens of conservatism not to see the economy growing. Take your blinders off and see that gas prices are dropping, more cars on the roads, the stock market above 18K, 57 straight months of continued private sector job growth since 2009…Get the facts: The Employment Situation in November


1. The private sector has added 10.9 million jobs over 57 straight months of job growth, extending the longest streak on record.

2. Total employment has risen by 2.65 million in the eleven months this year, already totaling more jobs than in any full calendar year since the late 1990s.

3. The pickup in the pace of job growth in 2014 has been in industries with higher wages.

4. While many retailers add additional workers to accommodate heightened customer traffic during the holiday season, the magnitude of holiday hiring differs substantially across retail sub-sectors, and seasonally adjusted data give a more accurate picture of the economy’s performance.

5. Many major sectors saw particularly strong job gains in November.


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