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WH's Carney: "Most People Do Not ... Analyze GDP And Unemployment Numbers"

Earlier this week David Plouffe, one of Obama's senior advisers and an architect of his 2008 campaign, was panned for saying "the average American does not view the economy through the prism of GDP or unemployment rates or even monthly jobs numbers."

In a condescending way, White House press secretary Jay Carney basically told the press corps the same thing. Carney told ABC News' Jake Tapper that Americans talk to each other about their feelings of the economic situation rather than "analyze the numbers."

"I don’t know where, you know, the voters that some other folks might be talking to — but — or — but most people do not sit around their kitchen table and analyze GDP and unemployment numbers," Carney said. "They do not sit around analyzing The Wall Street Journal or other — or Bloomberg to look at the — you know, analyze the numbers." Transcript of the exchange below:

JAKE TAPPER, ABC NEWS:  "Lastly, comments by Senior Adviser David Plouffe were criticized today.  Earlier this week, he said, quote, “The average American does not view the economy through the prism of GDP or unemployment rates or even monthly jobs numbers.  People won’t vote based on the unemployment rate, they’re going to vote based on how do I feel about my own situation:  Do I believe the president makes decisions based on me and my family?”
And Republican front runner Mitt Romney said that those comments were — he suggested they were out of touch, and he said that if Plouffe worked for him, he would fire him."

JAY CARNEY:  "Well, I understand that we’re engaged in the – or rather, the Republicans are engaged in a primary campaign, trying to get some media attention.  I don’t know where, you know, the voters that some other folks might be talking to — but — or — but most people do not sit around their kitchen table and analyze GDP and unemployment numbers.  They talk about how they feel their own economic situation is.  And they measure it by whether they have a job, whether they have job security; whether their house – whether they’re meeting their house payment, whether their mortgage is underwater; whether they have the money to pay for their children’s education or they don’t; whether they’re dealing with a sick parent and can afford that, or whether they can’t.
They do not sit around analyzing The Wall Street Journal or other — or Bloomberg to look at the — you know, analyze the numbers.  Now, maybe some folks do, but not most Americans.  I think that’s the point David Plouffe was making; that’s the point the president was making just moments ago in his statement in the Rose Garden."

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