WASHINGTON--GOP 2012 White House hopeful Mitt Romney slams President Obama in a new spot for calling the slow economic recovery a "bump in the road."
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney was asked Monday to react to the spot: Does the president regret using the phrase "bump in the road" to describe the economy? Was it appropriate?
Said Carney, "Bump in the road is exactly what the president said, when you are emerging from the worst recession since the Great Depression, 8 million jobs lost because of the recession that he inherited when he took office ... what he said is that as we emerge from this recession it's not going to be a straight road, there may be some bumps on the road. These are common phrases in the English lexicon and his meaning is clear. We are headed in the right direction, but it is not necessarily a smooth path and it is precisely because of the devastating impact of the recession he inherited... "