The Washington Times - March 6, 2009, 09:05AM

Attorney General Eric Holder is traveling with President Obama to Columbus, Ohio, Friday for a day trip.

The president is getting out of D.C. on a day where the economy and the stock market are again getting pummeled by new job loss numbers: 651,000 jobs lost in February.


The unemployment rate is now above 8 percent. The last time it was that high was 1983.

So Mr. Obama and Mr. Holder are attending the graduation ceremony for 25 Columbus City police officers whose jobs were cut last month before being saved by the $787 stimulus bill.

The message: Times are bad, but the government is making a difference, and things will get better. The question is, will something like this make even a dent in the nation’s psyche?

I’m traveling on Air Force One with the president and the other pool reporters today. Any color or detail that I can’t get into the regular story for the Web site or newspaper, I’ll post on here. And I’ll probably post a few notes on Twitter. You can follow me on Twitter here.

— Jon Ward, White House reporter, The Washington Times

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