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Today marks the third anniversary of president Obama's economic stimulus package chief White House correspondent Ed Henry looks -- what was promised what was delivered.
And how it's all been received.
In early 2009 Blanche Lincoln was an Arkansas Democrat weighing whether to support president Obama's stimulus and after -- Oval Office arm twisting the senator voting yes on 787.
Billion dollars in taxpayer money we were in dire straits and we needed to take some steps those steps came with big promises.
The president's economic team predicting that by now unemployment would be all the way down to 6%.
Today does mark the beginning of the end.
However the Congressional Budget Office now says unemployment will stay above 8% -- 2014.
Despite the stimulus alluding to 825.
And Republicans today again charged it was a payoff to public employee unions and failed clean energy companies like Solyndra -- -- -- More about supporting your political friends and public entities that supported view.
-- -- was really about stimulating the economy.
White House aides know 13 of the money was actually immediate tax cuts for families and businesses.
Which stopped the bleeding and set the stage for a rebound over the past two years because there's a better about three point seven million new jobs.
The problem for the president is Democrats like Blanche Lincoln made that case in the 2010 mid terms all it was a brutal election -- were swept out of office admitted an avalanche of Republican hands.
Barack Obama's nearly trillion -- spending scheme just won't work and it's packed with pork barrel programs not job he's trying to avoid a repeat.
This November the president seemed to fit that Bill Clinton a bit by suggesting he feels voters -- At a shivers just -- fund raiser late Thursday marks and sometimes.
It doesn't come as fast folks want to.
We've -- setbacks.
I've made mistakes remember.
What we used to say they're in the -- the real change big change is hard and it takes time.
Now that she's had time to think it over Blanche Lincoln has no regrets and says four straight months of unemployment coming down suggests the stimulus helped prevent a depression.
I think people realized we were definitely an -- to the cleanup.
Late today the president's council of economic advisors put out there annual forecast predicting the economy we will add two million jobs this year.
Although the stimulus fight showed predictions.
Are rarely perfect.
Brett -- said it's for.
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