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A blast from the past and -- harbinger of an unpleasant future both today at the White House the president.
Mired in a tough reelection fight brace for more bad news on the jobs front.
While welcoming a predecessor he has repeatedly and loudly blamed for creating the conditions he inherited.
-- White House correspondent Ed Henry has the store.
For a few moments former president George W.
Bush was the decider again.
As -- official quarter was unveiled in the east room he Keith President Obama offered -- Economic crisis on him you know be able to -- in this -- -- me ask what would yours do -- As the current president praised his predecessor first smooth transition for years ago he still found a way to remind everyone he inherited a mess.
The months before I took the oath of office were a chaotic time we knew our economy was in trouble.
Our fellow Americans were in pain -- went out of your way.
To make sure that the transition.
To a new administration was as seamless as possible.
President Bush understood that rescuing our economy was not just a democratic or Republican.
Now it's an issue solely in the hands of the democratic president.
Who's struggling to make sure a sour economy.
Does not turn him into a one -- commander in chief.
Like the first President Bush.
One way to avoid that is to borrow a page from the second Bush's playbook define your Massachusetts opponent early with a barrage of attacks.
Which is why Obama campaign advisor David Axelrod was in Boston today -- presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney's record as a businessman.
-- it's been about generating short term profit.
Not about generating long term growth or.
Building for the future but about taking what he can when he.
So the steps of the state house in Massachusetts axle -- was drowned -- -- points but Republican protesters as he noted Romney right.
47 big job creation as governor.
Know the -- my friends and that's the problem.
The sparring comes amid signs economic growth is slowing again.
Today first quarter GDP was revised down from 2.2 percent to one point 9%.
While the Labor Department reported that number of Americans filing for jobless benefits rose last week for the fourth straight week.
What I was governor of Massachusetts we took the unemployment rate from five point 6% down to four point 7%.
I think four point seven presents pretty good number of my guess is the people of America will be very pleased.
As Romney defended his record new polls from NBC -- show he has pulled into a dead heat with the president in a series of battlegrounds including Iowa Colorado and Nevada.
Now the president headed out to Nevada next week to talk about the economy but first tomorrow we'll be in Minnesota talking jobs and it is -- Chicago raising more campaign cash.
But it's happening on the same day that he's gonna get the verdict on the may jobs report big day tomorrow -- That -- a lot in the north lawn Ed thank you.
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