CHARLOTTE, N.C.--After a Democratic convention that celebrated President Barack Obama and cranked up activists to go out and win him a second term, the tepid jobs report Friday released Friday was a big dose of reality.
More jobs were created--about 96,000--and the jobless rate is about the same about 8 percent--which gave Mitt Romney the peg to criticize Obama for the slow economic recovery.
Slapping Obama in a message that was also part of a fund-raising appeal Romney said, "At the Democratic National Convention, former President Bill Clinton told America that his solution to joblessness and budget deficits was one word -- arithmetic. I couldn't agree more. Let's take a look at Barack Obama's record these last four years -- I think you'll agree the numbers just don't add up:
• 23 million Americans are out of work, have stopped looking for work, or are underemployed
• $16 trillion national debt (that's $50,000 for every American)
• 43 straight months of 8% or higher unemployment
• 4 straight trillion dollar budget deficits in a row -- more than any other president combined
Ultimately, it's simple arithmetic -- the policies of Barack Obama just don't add up to the kind of future America deserves."