Mitt Romney’s campaign is hitting President Obama for admitting during a fundraising swing in Seattle on Thursday night that sometimes he forgets the magnitude of the economic crisis when it first struck in 2008.
“It was a house of cards and it collapsed in the most destructive, worst crisis that we’ve seen since the Great Depression,” Mr. Obama told supporters gathered at Paramount Theater in downtown Seattle. “And sometimes people forget the magnitude of it, you know? And you saw some of that, I think, in the video that was shown. Sometimes I forget.”
In the last six months of 2008, Mr. Obama went on to say, three million Americans lost their jobs and 800,000 lost their jobs in the first month he took office. The president then emphasized his decision to bail out the auto industry and the slow but steady job creation each month of his presidency.
A spokeswoman for Mr. Romney disputed the level of job creation Mr. Obama was responsible for, referring to jobs numbers the Bureau of Labor Statistics released last week showing that nearly 23 million Americans are unemployed, underemployed or have stopped looking for work and the percentage of adults working or looking for work falling to the lowest level in more than 30 years.
“It’s not surprising that a president who forgot to create jobs, forgot to cut the debt, and forgot to change Washington has now admitted that he’s forgotten about the recession,” Andrea Saul said in a statement to reporters. “In fact, it seems that the president has forgotten that he’s been in office for the last three and a half years. In November, the American people won’t forget.”
The Democratic National Committee fired back, assailing Mr. Romney for wanting to continue the policies of the Bush administration, which Democrats say led to the global economic collapse.
DNC Communications Director Brad Woodhouse told CNN that “the problem with Mitt Romney is he’s forgotten what sank our economy into the worst recession in our lifetimes and who got us there. What else could explain why he wants to go back to the same failed policies that nearly sank our economy or why he’d surround himself with the Bush political and economic team that ran our economy into the ground.”