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June 4, 2012 at 12:15 PM

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Discuss: Do the latest job numbers really portend doom for President Obama's re-election?


Judging from the chatter on the Sunday political commentary shows, the latest, disappointing U.S. job numbers seem to strike a blow to President Obama's re-election chances.

But a lot can happen between now and the November election. The roaring debate between not enough stimulus and not enough cuts reminds me about President Harry S Truman's lament that he wanted to hire a one-armed economist -- one that wouldn't offer advice with these caveats: "On the one hand ... and on the other hand..."

To be sure the jobs report is disappointing, but there are many factors that could affect the economy -- and the election going forward.

As the the president's defenders point out, Obama inherited a very difficult economy and federal budget situation, made worse by excessive spending on wars and simultaneous tax cuts.

So the question: Is it fair to hang the economy's stutter-steps on the president? Let us know in comments below?


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It's fair to hang at least some of the disappointing jobs report on Pres. Obama. His... MORE
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