It’s the special Jobs Report Talking Points edition,in which Scottie’s responses edited down to today’s talking points:
Q New job figures today — 32,000 new jobs. That’s a pretty small number compared to expectations. Unemployment dropped a bit. Can you talk about this —
MR. McCLELLAN: Sure. You may hear more from the President in a minute. … changing economy. There is more to do. .. we must continue to act to create as robust an environment as possible for job creation.
Q Economists say that 200,000 to 300,000 a month is what you have to do for a substantive recovery. And you’re at 32,000. Isn’t this a situation where job recovery is in a pattern where it’s about to stall out?
MR. McCLELLAN: That’s why I said — we’re continuing to add jobs…. And that’s why I said the economy is continuing to move forward, but we’ve got more work to do… six-point plan that will create a robust environment — as robust an environment for job creation as possible… our economy is moving forward. But we’ve got more work to do.
Q Doesn’t this make his pitch more complicated, though? I mean, he talks about how there’s still more that needs to be done, but it’s a pretty upbeat assessment —
MR. McCLELLAN: And again, I think you’ll hear from him — no, the President is not satisfied… changing economy we’re in. We’re in a changing economy… it is moving forward… It is a changing economy, and that’s why we must continue to act.