Obama, Speechwriters Blindsided by Unemployment Dip
BY KENNETH R. BAZINET -- New York Daily News -- December 4, 2009
The conspiracy theorists will hate this one: the White House was so caught off guard by the improving employment data released today that President Obama’s speechwriters had to do major surgery on a draft of the remarks he later made today in Allentown, Pa, insiders tell The Mouth.
The Labor Department reported that the unemployment rate actually dipped to 10%, when many officials, including Obama, expected it to get worse. It was the best job loss data released since 2007.
So, when the new numbers came out this morning, Obama hugged his top economic adviser, then he and his aides scrambled to rewrite the speech.
I suspect Obama will be having many more similar embarrassments in the coming months.