Bringing good news on the jobs front:
As I said, just one year ago, we were losing an average of more than 700,000 jobs each month. But the tough measures that we took -- measures that were necessary even though sometimes they were unpopular -- have broken this slide and are helping us to climb out of this recession. We’ve now added an average of more than 50,000 jobs each month over the first quarter of this year. And this month’s increase of 162,000 jobs was the best news we’ve seen on the job front in more than two years.
This month, more Americans woke up, got dressed, and headed to work at an office or factory or storefront. More folks are feeling the sense of pride and satisfaction that comes with a hard-earned and well-deserved paycheck at the end of a long week of work.
But of course, the bitter antics of the Tea Party crowd were also in evidence:
"Throw them out! Throw them out!" they chanted, and stabbed thumbs down as the president passed. A hand-lettered sign, one of dozens, waved: "Somewhere in Kenya a village is missing its idiot."
Somewhere in Charlotte there's a village idiot convention...
Steve Sweigart, a 51-year-old Charlotte information technology worker, sensed the erosion of civil liberties and the swelling size of government while George W. Bush was in office. "He said he was for smaller government," Sweigart said, "but it just didn't stop growing."
And you said nothing back then. Is that because all that new bureaucracy was being built by Republicans?
Goswick, 50, prides himself on being an informed, active voter. But lately, he said, elected officials don't respond to his notes and calls.
"Four years ago, the TV news would make me mad, but what could one guy do about it?" he said, gesturing at the crowd. "Now look around."
I know, right? Having a Black President sure does loosen the tongues of people who were mad four years ago...