(The Root) — Did you know that President Barack Obama promised at the beginning of his term that he would create a 5.6 percent unemployment rate?
Oh, you didn’t? Then allow the American Crossroads super PAC to clear that up for you in its anti-Obama ad, released this week. The ad suggests that Obama has not kept his promise on unemployment and has driven America $5 trillion deeper in debt.
My response, like that of many folks who have been watching all of this unfold, was to let loose a highly audible sigh and think, “But no one knew exactly how hard we were hit by the economic collapse of 2008. We were still losing jobs by the crapload!” Yes — crapload is a recognized unit of measurement. Obama simply spoke from under the shared, nationwide blanket of ignorance on how bad the economic collapse was.
But then I caught NBC News’ senior political editor, Mark Murray, on MSNBC’s The Daily Rundown, with Chuck Todd.
And it turns out that Obama never made that promise. The number in the ad is from a report that came out before Obama was sworn in as president. When he was sworn in, all hell was breaking loose, and yet this ad — and many pundits — have been hammering the president on a report that came out before he took the reins? I assumed that Murray was just throwing out some sort of liberal media spin. This simply can’t be. Then I found this (pdf).