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Bush Blames Congress for Economic Woes

April 29, 2008 04:12 PM
by findingDulcinea Staff
President Bush dodged the word “recession” at a Rose Garden news conference on Tuesday, and criticized Congress for failing to alleviate the situation.

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The conference comes a day before the nation’s gross domestic product report will be released, which will most likely reveal sluggish economic growth. Similarly, U.S. employment numbers will come out Friday, and “Wall Street analysts are projecting that the economy lost jobs in April,” The New York Times reports.

President Bush called on Congress to help him handle the nation’s economic troubles, confront the mortgage crisis, boost energy production, and diminish subsidies to farmers, “by sending me sensible and effective bills that I can sign instead of just issuing or sending, you know, bills that simply look like political statements.”

N.Y. Sen. Charles Schumer shot back at Bush for his remarks against Congress, saying, “The truth is that the president has closed his eyes and put his hands over his ears as these crises have grown,” according to NPR. “Until very recently, we heard the president say ‘Don’t worry, be happy, everything is going to be just fine.’ Now all of a sudden he’s realizing the problems.”

Blogger Mark Impomeni commended the press conference as helping the GOP to rally the Republican vote. But The Carpetbagger Report said, “I’d be surprised if anyone really fell for this nonsense.”

Headline Link: 'Saying Times Are Difficult, Bush Presses Congress to Act'

Reaction: Senator shoots back

Background: ‘IMF Feeds Fears of U.S. Recession’

Opinion & Analysis: Thoughts on the conference

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