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And this is power play live welcome back.
Still with us is Kirsten Powers.
Now about the economy and Chris and I want to get your thoughts on this and how the strategy plays out.
But the first thing I wanna do is we've got Mike Emanuel.
Who's over at the White House and I want to get the take on the ground over there.
Mike are you with us.
I'm with you Chris aria will -- -- with you man.
So where is the president right now he's in Northern Virginia what's he doing over there.
Well he's going to put presidential spotlight Chris on a partnership if you will between private industry.
The government and educational institutions spotlighting a program in Northern Virginia Community College.
We're essentially the auto industries come in and said.
These are the -- -- skills.
That we need workers of the 21 century to have -- so the president taking a tour of an automotive facility there at Northern Virginia Community College.
Getting young workers up to speed so hopefully.
In a tough economy they can be hired for -- good paying jobs Chris.
Now I I was yesterday asked the question about why the president wasn't doing it daily economic briefing anymore.
And I joked that maybe it was because there's nobody left to brief him because his whole economic team.
Basically the campaign team in the original launch the presidency they've all gone except for Tim Geithner the Treasury Secretary.
Are their outward signs of anxiety.
-- concerned coming from the White House about what the way forward is for their economic message.
Chris I'm nobody line which expert but seeing President Obama yesterday talking about the economy.
Where he said you know -- -- no worries about a double dip recession still hearing that phrase coming out of his mouth.
Had to be troubling expressing some frustration about saying we're on the road to recovery but it's not going as quickly as I would like.
Clearly recognition that nine point 1% unemployment which is the latest jobs figure is not going to cut it.
In terms of his reelection -- it's also not gonna cut it for the millions of Americans -- -- out looking for work and I can tell you just today we spotted going into the White House David Axelrod Robert Gibbs.
And Anita -- the original communications director this White House so he got a little to the old team coming back to meet with the current team.
And of course as you mentioned Austan Goolsbee announce that he's going back to the University of Chicago.
Virtually the entire economic team except for Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner will be turning over by the fall.
But I just -- -- you know construction still continues here at the White House.
That's good that's important world where they're winning the future with construction excellent Mike thanks so much -- -- we'll talk pizza.
-- -- you heard my eight.
And obviously the administration.
Whatever they do they certainly have to look concerned don't -- I mean it's not good enough to say steady as she goes and we're gonna make this is a.
Bump in the rug yes well they don't wanna be -- George Bush.
The first George Harrison was where people felt that he really didn't understand what was going on.
They're they're just -- -- in a tough position because this economy is going to be it I mean it's going to be a very slow recovery and I do believe that we are in a recovery.
But it's going to be as Bernanke said yesterday you know it's a very moderate slow recovery now how do you sell that politically people don't wanna hear that people wanna hear.
Sales of course made that that.
Critical mistake of saying that they -- -- you know unemployment was kind of dropped -- -- percent and meanwhile it's gone off and you know instead they've they've never really prepared people for what was coming this when you when you are the place where we -- what we were on the verge of a total.
It takes time to get out of that and -- I think it's a very difficult thing to sell.
And politically it just puts him in about positions.
Well the folks on the chat the folks in the Twitter verse.
Out there of are very skeptical.
About what the president's talking about and and obviously.
I wonder though if the problem here we -- him right when you when you kill it all back.
It's hard to -- proven negatives.
Supposition the administration says if we hadn't done the things we -- We would be in it in the capacity to think that the situation you describe meltdown around the world bread lines all of these things.
-- I think I wonder if the realization is now setting in that it's like.
You can't just tell people will be be glad it wasn't a depression it could've been much worse so just be glad that's just kind of sluggish sure -- What can they do I mean that that really is the problem it's because I again I do believe that that is true I -- from all the people that I've interviewed.
That had they not taken the steps -- -- -- things would be worse that is not a great.
Political message so the only thing that Obama could have done is to inspire people to feel.
I get it.
Stay with me but you don't wanna go back the way it was before and you know I just suggest you gotta stick with me because I really do understand what's going on and he hasn't been able to convey -- -- -- voters well and you know Mike Emanuel broke a little news for us -- -- talking about seeing.
Anita Dunn and -- rob the whole team basically to await campaign team gas coming into the White House four cram session.
And you have to think that.
It's probably too late for -- empathy thing it's probably too late to do to start feeling people's pain or convincing folks that he really feels a pain he puts that in every speech he talks about that but he doesn't have that clintonian ability.
-- have to really it's really jazz piece out about that.
I wonder if there has to be some policy pronouncement if they have to come up with some policy pronouncement that says that they're doing something.
They will probably do that but I don't think it is that there's any policy that they can do that's gonna change what's going on.
You know and I ally people watching -- thinking all of they just cut the budget and they just the other stuff.
Well that's not ready you know that's not their full philosophical view their philosophical view -- you need to keep spending.
In the system and you don't wanna cut off spending government spending the time that you're coming out of recovery so they're not going to be evidently philosophically do not believe it I know a lot of our viewers believe that they're they're doing that because actually socialists and sciences right you know -- at and that's really their motive for their motives really is that they believe philosophically just.
Need to -- Money in the in the pipeline.
Well you you mentioned cuts and what the Republicans are proposing an all of those things.
I I argued in the -- of power play that I wrote this morning.
That the administration's position in this battle.
He is weakened by the weaker economy because basically which attorney here economists now say.
We don't care what you do but please do something please remove -- Taken actually decide what's going on with the debt and deficit decide what the tax rates are going to be high level in between -- please just decides who we -- -- money off the sidelines do you think that that's.
Uncertainty absolutely is not good for the markets it's not good -- upbeat I think there is an element of and is more than elements -- it's very true that people not knowing what their tax rates are going to be is going to make them very cautious about what they do very cautious about hiring very cautious about investing.
You know especially because -- mostly targeted -- the people who.
Are going to be creating the jobs so it does have a disproportionate impact -- so.
Could we do need to have a resolution of what's going on that can't be you know is the debt ceiling going to be raise all this uncertainty is very very bad for the recovery.
But there are a lot of other things going on -- and you know economy and Japan ground completely to a -- I guess there's also president of global things are also playing into this I think that they thought things were going to be moving a little faster.
But they can't control these external circumstance.
You heard it here again first it's complicated.
And had rain easily out its its complicated if -- is not well.
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