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Miami Herald: Obama turns to recovery in auto industry as example of economic success amid bad news

by Lisa Mathias

Among reports of 9.1 percent unemployment, President Obama visited Toledo, Ohio to highlight the success of Chrysler, which he had decided to bailout after the economic collapse 3 years ago. Peter Nicholas from the Miami Herald turned to The WG’s David Winston for insight:

“He’s struggling to find something he can go out and talk about,” said David Winston, a Republican strategist.
The president is relying on the fact that “Chrysler still exists and didn’t disappear under his watch,” Winston said. “It’s not really a great statement of success.”

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NYT: Obama Lauds Bailout at Visit to Chrysler Plant

by Lisa Mathias

In Friday’s New York Times, Jackie Calmes writes about President Obama’s visit to Toledo, Ohio, where many lauded him for saving their jobs with the bailout. Calmes points out that Obama skirted around the issue of 9.1 percent unemployment that remains, while giving a speech to the auto workers. David Winston, President of the Winston Group, points out that the auto industry is only a segment of the economy which is hardly something to be proud of:

“It’s the macro-situation that matters in terms of how people are going to ultimately view his success or lack thereof with the economy,” Mr. Winston said. To the extent Mr. Obama boasts selectively, “that tends to reinforce the idea, ‘Maybe he’s disconnected.’ ”

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