But this makes my blood boil.
From Oct 7th (FOUR DAYS AGO)
Could she be a bigger brat here folks? Is it possible? First of all her attitude is so cavalier it's disgusting.
When asked if our economy is in a recession she says:
You know I don’t think that we know. Obviously, this next quarter is probably not going to be a very good one. And we know that. But we know that the last quarter we had about a 2-percent* growth, which is not too bad. But obviously, right now we are in a very difficult situation.
When asked what has changed since February when Bush assured us "We're NOT in a recession" vs. now "maybe we're in a recession," Perino snarkily bites:
Just look at what’s happened. That’s what’s changed, is what’s happened in the market.
The reporter says:
"No, no, I’m not being flippant — I mean, I know things have changed. But he was emphatic, saying we’re not in a recession and we’re not going into one. And just last week you were standing at the podium — you and Tony stood at the podium, saying –"
MS. PERINO: I wasn’t here last week.
REPORTER: Well, the week before. Okay, let’s –
MS. PERINO: I don’t know — look, April, I don’t know if there’s — if we are in a recession right now. And in fact, there’s no one who could actually tell you if we precisely are in a recession right now.
REPORTER: All I’m just saying –
MS. PERINO: Last February, when the President was asked that question — again, if you look at the classical definition of a recession, we were not in it. That doesn’t mean that the President doesn’t understand that people are hurting, or that people are concerned about their savings accounts, or people are concerned about their retirement accounts. But it doesn’t mean that we are necessarily in a recession. And I think we should be careful about throwing around words like that until there’s actually some evidence.
Evidence like Steve Forbes saying we're in a serious recession?
Or taxpayers having to pony up 700 billion (apparently so AIG wouldn't have to cancel their spa retreat)
Or the Dow plummeting thousands of points and bouncing around like a drunk on a trampoline?
As one commenter so aptly put it:
If you are standing in a boat, and there is water around your waist, you do not have to ask anyone, “Are we sinking?”
The fact that all this goes on and the White House press secretary is STILL trying to claim "We dunno" when asked if this is a recession... it makes me see bright spots everywhere.